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U-16 GNT and U-17 WNT to Face Germany's U-17s in Matches at HDC from March 4-7

CHICAGO (February 23, 2007) - Some of the top young female players in the world will come together at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from March 4-7 as the U.S. Under-16 Girl’s and Under-17 Women’s National Teams host the German Under-17 Women’s National Team.

The Germans will play two matches each against the U.S. U-16s and U-17s on alternating days while the U.S. U-16s and U-17s will kick off the five-game schedule with a match against each other on Friday, March 2 at 4 p.m. PT.

The U-17 Women’s National Team will play Germany on Sunday, March 4, at 4 p.m. PT and Tuesday, March 6, at 10 a.m. PT while the U-16s will get their chance to face Germany on Monday, March 5, at 4 p.m. and Wednesday, March 7, at 10 a.m. This will be the third consecutive year that the German U-17s have visited California in late February/early March to face the U.S. U-16s and U-17s.

U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team head coach Kazbek Tambi will bring 24 players to the event as he continues preparations for next year’s FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, the first-ever FIFA women’s championship held for this age group, taking place in the fall of 2008 in New Zealand. The USA is gearing up for CONCACAF qualification for the World Cup, but the dates and host country have not yet been decided. The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will also have 24 players for the matches.

The Germans will bring 28 players for their four games in four days schedule, about half in the U-16 age group and half in the U-17s. Last year, the U.S. U-17s defeated Germany 3-2 and tied 1-1. The U.S. U-16s lost the first match against Germany last year by a 3-0 score, but rallied in the second game to win 2-1 on an 88th minute goal from Tiffany McCarty, who this year will be playing with the U.S. U-17s. Brittani Bartok, the other U.S. goal scorer in that match, will also play for the U-17s.

All of the matches between the USA and Germany will be played on Field #1 at The HDC.

U.S. U-16/U-17 vs. Germany U-17 Game Schedule
Friday, March 2                         Kickoff        HDC Field
U.S. U-16 vs. U.S. U-17              4 p.m. PT     Field #3

Sunday, March 4                        Kickoff        HDC Field
U.S. U-17 vs. Germany U-17       4 p.m. PT      Field #1

Monday, March 5                        Kickoff        HDC Field
U.S. U-16 vs. Germany U-17       4 p.m. PT      Field #1

Tuesday, March 6                        Kickoff        HDC Field
U.S. U-17 vs. Germany U-17       10 a.m. PT    Field #1

Wednesday, March 7                   Kickoff        HDC Field
U.S. U-16 vs. Germany U-17       10 a.m. PT    Field #1

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Roster
Matches vs. Germany U-17s
March 4 & 6, 2007

Player Pos. Hometown Club
Alwine, Lauren F Elizabethtown, Pa. Super Nova FC ‘89
Averbuch, Shira M Upper Montclair, N.J. Arsenal World Class
Ayinde, Sade F North Bellmore, N.Y. East Meadow Shooting Stars
Bartok, Brittani F Union, N.J. Arsenal World Class
Brunache, Danielle D Belmont, Calif.  MVLA Mercury
Burk, Charney M Santa Ana, Calif. Slammers FC
Cline, Chelsea M Des Moines, Iowa Shattuck-St. Mary’s
Frierson, Katy M Homewood, Ala. Mountain Brook SC
Garcia, Brianna F Babylon, N.Y. East Meadow Dynamite
Gordon, Shawna M Alta Loma, Calif. Alta Loma Arsenal
Leroux, Sydney F Scottsdale, Ariz. Sereno Golden Eagles
Levin, Camille D Newport Coast, Calif. Slammers FC
Mastroianni, Jill GK Durham, Conn. South Central Freedom
Mathias, Merritt F Birmingham, Ariz. Vestavia Attack ‘88
McCarty, Tiffany F Laurel, Md. Free State Shooters
Newman, Cody M Bellerose, N.Y.  Albertson Fury
Noyola, Teresa M Palo Alto, Calif. MVLA Mercury
Olivier, Michelle D Rosewell, Ga. Peachtree City Lazers ‘88
Parkhill, Cat GK Apple Valley, Minn. PSA Panthers U17
Pember, Alyssa D Northport, N.Y. Albertson Fury ‘89
Rape, Ashley D Dallas, Texas Dallas Texans
Sandiford, Chante GK Owings Mills, Md. Bethesda Rapids
Short, Casey F Naperville, Ill. Chicago Eclipse
West, Beth M Centennial, Colo. Real Colorado

U.S. Under-16 Women’s National Team Roster
Matches vs. Germany U-17s
March 5 & 7, 2007

Player Pos. Hometown Club
Brooks, Amber D New Hope, Pa. Arsenal World Class
Bywaters, Zakiya D Las Vegas, Nev. Neusport SC
Carpenter, Stephanie D Mays Landing, N.J. Mount Laurel United
Castleberry, Kim F McKinney, Texas Dallas Texans
Colohan, Cloee  D West Point, Utah Black Diamond Park City SC
Cummins, Kristin M Lewisville, Texas Dallas Texans
Daly, Hannah GK Lake Tahoe, Nev. Reno Sparks United
Dickerson, Lindsay GK Los Gatos, Calif. De Anza Force
DiMartino, Vicki F Massapequa, N.Y. Albertson Fury
Eckman, Kayla F Freeport, Pa. Beadling SC
Gaul, Alexa GK Naperville, Ill. Eclipse Select
Hall, Alexandria D Hawthorn Woods, Ill. Eclipse Select
Johnson, Samantha F Palmdale, Calif. Real So Cal
Klei, Olivia M Pleasanton, Calif. Pleasanton Rage
Mewis, Kristen D Hanson, Mass. Scorpion SC
Miller, Caroline F Rockville, Md. McLean Freedom
Nasser, Fatima D Dearborn, Mich. Livonia United
Nogueira, Mariah M Westminster, Calif. Slammers FC
Perusse, Alev M Eagle River, Alaska Alaska FC
Quon, Rachel D Lake Forrest, Ill. Eclipse Select
Rich, Alyssa F Cincinnati, Ohio Ohio Elite Academy
Richmond, Jenna M Centreville, Va. McLean Freedom
Roberts, Julia D Frederick, Md. McLean Freedom
Rodriguez, Brianne M Frederick, Md. Eclipse Select

Germany Under-17 Women’s National Team
Matches vs. U.S. U-16s and U.S. U-17s
March 4-7

Goalkeepers: Almuth Schult (FC SG Gartow), Jeanette Romberg (FFC Recklinghausen), Desirée Schumann (FFC Turbine Potsdam);
Defenders: Claudia Bujna (Herforder SV), Valeria Kleiner (VfB Friedrichshafen), Julia Losert (SC Viktoria Griesheim), Laura Störzel (TUS Graveneck), Inka Wesely (SG Essen-Schönebeck), Laura Brosius (FFC Turbine Potsdam), Sarah Mahler (Herforder SV), Leonie Pankratz (VfB 1900 Gießen), Marith Prißen (FCR 2001 Duisburg), Lena Wermelt (FFC Heike Rheine);
Midfielders: Marie-Louise Bagehorn (FFC Turbine Potsdam), Michelle Baumann (SC Viktoria Griesheim), Isabelle Linden (SC Fortuna Köln), Jennifer Maroszan (FC Saarbrücken), Kristina Gessat (FC Gütersloh 2000), Marina Hegering (DJK SV Lowick), Stefanie Mirlach (FC Bayern München);
Forwards: Sara Doorsoun (SC Fortuna Köln), Svenja Huth (FFC Frankfurt), Sarah Schröder (FFC Recklinghausen), Alexandra Popp (FFC Recklinghausen), Bianca Joswiak (FC Union Berlin), Kim Kulig (VfL Sindelfingen), Turid Knaak (FCR 2001 Duisburg), Jessica Wich (SC Regensburg).