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Youth National Team Update: Feb. 2-Feb. 9, 2004


U.S. U-21 WOMEN BEGIN TRAINING CAMP AT HDC ON FEB. 16: U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team head coach Chris Petrucelli will hold his second training camp of 2004 from Feb. 16-22 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The U-21s are working towards the 2004 Nordic Cup, the top competition in the world for U-21 women, to be held this summer in Iceland. Petrucelli is also preparing the U-21s for their first trip abroad of 2004, a tour of China in March where the team will face several top Chinese club teams.  The roster includes five players from the USA's 2002 Under-19 World Championship team in Keeley Dowling, Sarah Huffman, Jill Oakes, Manya Makoski and Kelly Wilson.  Natasha Kai from the University of Hawaii, who scored 29 goals for the Rainbow Wahines last season, gets her second call-up.
U.S. U-21 WNT Roster – NTC Training Camp; Carson, Calif.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), Cindy Bennett (Stony Brook), Kate Taylor (Boston College); DEFENDERS (4): Keeley Dowling (Tennessee), Nandi Pryce (UCLA); Christie Shaner (Notre Dame), Carmen Watley (UNC); MIDFIELDERS (10): Jessie Bruch (Nebraska), Kelly Hammond (Virginia), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Lindsey Huie (Portland), Carly Lloyd (Rutgers), Joanna Lohman (Penn State), Jill Oakes (UCLA), Juliane Sitch (DePaul), Nikki Thaden (Texas), Kacey White (UNC); FORWARDS (7): Ali Andrzejewski (Maryland), Jenny Farnenbaugh (Stanford), Tina Frimpong (Washington), Natasha Kai (Hawaii), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Tiffany Weimer (Penn State), Kelly Wilson (Texas).

U-19 WOMEN HEAD TO MEXICO FOR TWO MATCHES AGAINST SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM: U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team head coach Tracey Leone will take her team to Mexico from Feb. 15-21, for two matches against the full Mexican Women's National Team.  It will be the first two full international matches of 2004 for the U-19s, who are preparing for CONCACAF Qualifying in May for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship that will be held in November in Thailand.  The U.S. U-19s have traveled to Mexico in the first part of the year for the last three years, and it has proven to be a valuable trip for the team in terms of competition and development, especially due to playing in front of highly partisan crowds.  Last year, the young U.S. team dropped the first match of the tour 1-0 before coming back to take the second leg 2-0, on goals from Megan Rapinoe and Angie Woznuk.  This year, the USA will face Mexico in Mexico City on Feb. 18 followed by the second leg in Tabasco on Feb. 20.  The 18-player U.S. roster is a young one, with only seven players currently in college, including just one of the forwards.  Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris is the most experienced player on the roster, owning 23 caps at the U-19 level.  Forward Kerri Hanks has 19 caps and 10 goals for the U-19s.   Following is the U.S. roster for the two matches:
U.S. U-19 Mexico Tour Schedule - Feb. 15-21
Date        Opponent                        City
Feb. 18    Mexico                             Mexico City             
Feb. 20    Mexcio                             Tabasco                             
U.S. U-19 WNT Mexico Tour Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.), Ashley Phillips (West Peabody, Mass.); DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Jen Buczkowski (Notre Dame), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kia McNeil (Avon, Conn.), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia); MIDFIELDERS (5): Elizabeth Jobe (Clemson), Rebecca Moros (Duke), Lorraine Quinn (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Jennifer Redmond (Morristown, N.J.), Angie Woznuk (Portland); FORWARDS (5): Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), Julia Schnugg (Florida State).

U-17 ‘87s DRAW WITH UCLA AND CHICAGO FIRE, FALL TO GALAXY LAST WEEK: The U.S. Under-17 ’87 Men’s National Team concluded its week-long training camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., with two matches against UCLA and the L.A. Galaxy, before facing the Chicago Fire on Sunday (Feb. 8), a day after returning to Residency at Bradenton, Fla. UCLA took the lead three times (with two goals by former U-17 and U-20 Jordan Harvey), but the U.S. found the equalizer after every Bruins tally to give the Under-17s a 3-3 draw with the UCLA on Thursday (Feb. 5). After Christian Jimenez’ penalty kick made it 1-1 in the 35th minute, U.S. defender Tim Ward paced the U-17s during the back and forth match, assisting on Rodrigo Hidalgo’s goal in the 42nd minute to make it 2-2 and scoring on a free kick in the 88th minute (his first with the U-17s) to equalize for the final time at 3-3. The following day, the U.S. fell to the L.A. Galaxy 3-1. Midfielder Adam Sloustcher found the equalizer for the U.S. in the 29th minute to make it 1-1, but L.A.'s 2004 SuperDraft first round pick, Joseph Ngwenya, was able to find the back of the net twice before the end of the first half for the two-goal victory. After flying back to Bradenton, Fla., late Friday night, the Under-17s earned a 2-2 draw against the Chicago Fire on Sunday afternoon. Dax McCarty and Rodrigo Hidalgo scored for the U-17s in the first half of the 60-minute match, but the Fire was able to get two back late in the second half (57th and 59th) for the draw.
U-17 ‘87s MNT Results
Date           Opponent      Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
Feb. 5        UCLA             3-3 T       Jimenez, Hidalgo, Ward
Feb. 6        L.A. Galaxy    1-3 L       Sloustcher
Feb. 8        Chicago Fire  2-2 T       McCarty, Hidalgo

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