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U.S. U-17 MNT Arrives in Turku, Begins Preparations for Sunday Match vs. Brazil


U.S. Under-17 MNT Notes
August 22, 2003
Turku, Finland

BRAZIL ON SUNDAY
The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will face Brazil in the quarterfinals of the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Turku, Finland on Sunday, August 24. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. local / 7 a.m. ET and will be televised same-day delay by Galavision at 11 a.m. ET/PT. Fans can also follow the action live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, starting at 7 a.m. ET.

FINAL GROUP D STANDINGS
Team GP W D L GF GA ± Pts.
Spain 3 2 1 0 8 5 3 7
USA 3 2 0 1 8 4 4 6
Korea Republic 3 1 0 2 6 11 -5 3
Sierra Leone 3 0 1 2 6 8 -2 1

Thursday, August 14
USA 6, Korea Republic 1
Sierra Leone 3, Spain 3

Sunday, August 17
USA 2, Sierra Leone 1
Spain 3, Korea Republic 2

Wednesday, August 20
Korea Republic 3, Sierra Leone 2
Spain 2, USA 0

FROM LAHTI TO TURKU
The U.S. made the 3-hour bus trip from Lahti, the location for Group D, to Turku on Thursday morning. After checking in around 3 p.m., the team went through a pool workout and then had dinner before crashing off to bed.

FIRST TURKU PRACTICE
Head coach John Ellinger put the team through their first practice in Turku this morning at a field directly next to Kupittaa Stadium, the location for its match against Brazil. After a short warm-up, assistant coach John Hackworth worked with the players on passing and some tactical aspects. Ellinger then ran a game of possession before finishing with a shortened field game.

FANS PILING IN
According to FIFA, the average attendance for the first round matches at this year’s tournament was 5,631. The world governing body of football called the figure “very encouraging,” because the average number of spectators attending the Top Finnish League is only around 2,500. In comparison, the average match attendance in Trinidad & Tobago 2001 was 9,734 and in New Zealand 1999 was 5,710. The average attendance for Group D in Lahti was 3,518 – the lowest of the four Finland sites. The highest attended game in Lahti was the U.S.-Sierra Leone game, which drew 4,950 fans.

ONE AWAY
There were 93 goals scored in the first 24 games of the FIFA U-17 World Championship, just one short of the record of 94 set in the first round of Egypt 1997. On average, there were 3.88 goals scored per match.

ADU TIED FOR GOAL-SCORING LEAD
U.S. forward Freddy Adu is tied for the tournament lead in goals scored with four in the first three games. At the top with Adu are Carlos Hidalgo of Colombia (who scored all four goals in a 9-1 rout of Finland) and Curto Manuel of Portugal.

JULES JOURNAL – EIGHTH EDITION
Julian “Jules” Valentin is back again with his eighth edition of his hilarious journal. Jules continues to chronicle the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team’s journey in the World Championship by giving an inside look into the team’s bus ride to Turku (which includes a reference to Bob Ross), providing the dirt on ‘keeper Quentin Westberg, explaining the “I Love Lahti” sign that never was, and finally providing his famous “Play of the Day.”

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