– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –
U.S. U-17 MNT TO FACE CANADA IN BLAINE, MINN., ON SUNDAY: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will travel to St. Paul, Minn., tomorrow (July 8) for a five-day training camp, which will be capped off with an exhibition match against Canada on Sunday (July 13) at 7:30 p.m. CT at the National Sports Center in Blaine. This will be the first match for the U-17 MNT since its return in early June from Busan, Korea where it took second in the Busan International Youth Tournament. Tickets are still available for the game and can be purchased by calling the Minnesota Thunder at 763-785-3668 or by visiting www.mnthunder.com. The U-17 MNT will then travel to Carson, Calif. for a week-long training camp at The Home Depot Center. The team is preparing for the FIFA Under-17 World Championships, which begin August 13 in Finland. The U.S. is in Group D with South Korea, Sierra Leone and Spain, and will play its matches in the city of Lahti. Head coach John Ellinger has called in an 18-man roster for the match against Canada.
U.S. Under-17 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Phil Marfuggi (West Windsor, N.J.), Quentin Westberg (Saint Cloud, France);
DEFENDERS (6): Adrian Chevannes (Ft. Worth, Texas), Kyle Helton (Alpharetta, Ga.), Brandon Owens (Murrieta, Calif.), Jonathan Spector (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Chris Germani (Yardley, Pa.), Steven Curfman (Raleigh, N.C.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): John DiRaimondo (St. Louis, Mo.), Corey Ashe (Virginia Beach, Va.), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars), Jose Gomez (Inglewood, Calif.), Brian Grazier (Edwardsville, Ill.), Guillermo Gonzalez (L.A. Galaxy);
FORWARDS (4): Freddy Adu (Potomac, Md.), Michael Harrington (Greenville, S.C.), Jacob Peterson (Portage, Mich.), Jamie Watson (Coppell, Texas).
U.S. UNDER-19 WOMEN WIN FIRST TWO MATCHES IN EUROPE: The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team won the first two of its three matches on this European tour, both by shutouts, defeating Germany, 4-0, on July 2 in Duisburg, Germany, and Holland, 3-0, in Groensbek, Holland on July 5. The USA will face the Dutch again on Wednesday (July 9) in Heenk, Holland, to finish the trip. The U.S. U-19s, who are early in the preparation stages for the 2004 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championships, scored all four of the goals against Germany in the first half over an 18-minute span. Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), a veteran of the USA's 2002 U-19 World Champion Team, scored in the 25th and 37th minutes, while Megan Schnur (Butler, Pa.) and Carrie Schmitt (La Mesa, Calif.) added goals in the 35th and 43rd minutes, respectively. Against Holland, 15-year-old Alexia Orand (Orange, Calif.) opened the scoring in the 14th minute. Schmitt added a goal in the 43rd and Hanks finished the scoring in the 73rd, marking her eighth goal of the year for the U-19s and ninth international goal at the U-19 level. Jeff Pill is serving as head coach for this trip as Tracey Leone gave birth to her first child in early June.
U.S. U-19 WNT Schedule/Results
Date: Opponent - Result (U.S. Goal Scorers)
July 2: Germany - 4-0 (Hanks (2), Schnur, Schmitt)
July 5: Holland - 3-0 (Orand, Schmitt, Hanks)
July 9: Holland
U-16 BOYS BEGIN TOURNAMENT AGAINST ENGLAND THIS WEEK: The U.S. Under-16 Boys National Team, made up of mainly younger players in the U.S. Under-17 residency program, face England today (June 7) in its first game of the International U-17 Tournament in Notts County. The four-team tournament includes the U.S., England, Brazil and Portugal in a round-robin format with matches also set for July 10 and 13. The U.S. will face Brazil on Thursday (July 10) and Portugal on Sunday (July 13). All six tournament matches will be played at Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground and will be televised by SkySports. The team will be coached by U-17 MNT assistant John Hackworth, as head coach John Ellinger will be with the U-17 Men’s National Team, who are traveling to Blaine, Minn., tomorrow for a training camp and match against Canada on July 13 at the National Sports Center.
U.S. U-16 BNT Schedule
July 7: England
July 10: Brazil
July 13: Portugal