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U.S. Youth National Teams Go Unbeaten in Opening Matches of U.S. Soccer Festival


CHICAGO (Wednesday, August 2, 2000) - After inclement weather conditions postponed the opening matches of the 2000 U.S. Soccer Festival for one day, the U.S. Youth National Teams went undefeated last night, 1-0-3, as they compete in the United States Amateur Soccer Association's annual tournament in Kingston, Rhode Island, which will continue through August 6. All four national teams will play their second of four matches tonight at the University of Rhode Island.

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team opened the tournament with a 2-2 draw last night against the USASA South Region team. South midfielder Mark Lisi opened the scoring in the 20th minute but the U.S. was able to level the score 10 minutes later when U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu scored in the 30th minute, his second goal of the year. In the 37th the U.S. was forced to play the rest of the match a man down after Ricky Leiws received a red card. With three minutes left in the first half Abe Thompson successfully converted a USA penalty kick to put the U.S. up 2-1. However, with only twenty seconds remaining before halftime the U.S. conceded a goal when the South's Robinson scored in the 45th minute to even the match at 2-2. Pushing forward, playing a man down and looking for the game winner the USA controlled much of the second half but were unable to convert on numerous scoring chances. The U-20s will play the East regional team tonight which is set to kickoff at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The featured match of the tournament will pit the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team against border rival Canada on Friday, August 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET. In their opening match the Canadian U-20 National Team drew 0-0 against the USASA-East regional team.

The U.S. Under-18 Men and the U.S. Under-16 Girl's National Teams both opened the U.S. Soccer Festival with 1-1 draws. Later today the U.S. U-18 Men will play the West regional team who shutout the Rhode Island All-Stars 2-0 last night. The U.S. U-16 Girls and the South Region team (0- 1-0) will square off today at 3 p.m. ET. The U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team was the only U.S. team to record a victory in opening play, a 3-2 win over the USASA's Midwest regional team. The U-18s will battle the West today, who beat the USYSA U-17 regional team 2-0.

The U.S. Amateur Soccer Festival was originally conceived when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) discontinued the staging of their annual Sports Festival in 1995. The U.S. Amateur Soccer Festival, which is sponsored and organized by the USASA, has incorporated the concept used in the U.S. Sports Festival and has expanded it to also include several U.S. National Teams.

The fifth annual tournament include men's and women's select amateur teams from all four USASA regions along with Canada's Under-20 Men's National Team and the California Storm of the Women's Professional Soccer League (WPSL).

The teams have been divided into two groups of four on the both the men's and women's sides with each U.S. National team playing a total of four games.

Competition Schedule
DateMatchResults
Tues., August 1Women: U.S. Under-16 Girls National Team vs. USASA East1-1
Women: WPSL California Storm vs. USASA SouthStorm, 1-0
Women: USYSA U-17 Regional Team vs. USASA WestWest, 2-0
Men: U.S. U-18 National Team vs. USASA Midwest1-1
Men: USASA South vs. U.S. Under-20 National Team2-2
Women: USASA Midwest vs. U.S. Under-18 National TeamUSA, 3-2
Men: Rhode Island All-Stars vs. USASA WestWest, 2-0
Men: USASA East vs. Canada Under-20 National Team0-0

Competition Schedule
DateMatchTime (ET)
Wed., August 2Women: USYSA U-17 Regional Team vs. USASA Midwest3 p.m.
Men: USASA West vs. U.S. Under-18 National Team3 p.m.
Women: USASA South vs. U.S. Under-16 National Team3 p.m.
Women: USASA West vs. U.S. Under-18 National Team3 p.m.
Men: USASA South vs. Canada Under-20 National Team6:45 p.m.
Men: USASA Midwest vs. Rhode Island All-Stars3 p.m.
Women: USASA East vs. WPSL California Storm6:30 p.m.
Men: U.S. Under-20 National Team vs. USASA East8:30 p.m.
Fri., August 4Women: USYSA U-17 Regional Team vs. U.S. Under-18 National Team3 p.m.
Men: USASA West vs. USASA Midwest 3 p.m.3 p.m.
Women: U.S. Under-16 National Team vs. WPSL California Storm3 p.m.
Men: USASA East vs. USASA South3 p.m.
Men: Rhode Island All-Stars vs. U.S. Under-18 National Team6:45 p.m.
Women: USASA South vs. USASA East3 p.m.
Women: USASA West vs. USASA Midwest6:30 p.m.
Men: U.S. Under-20 National Team vs. Canada Under-20 National Team8:30 p.m.
Sat., August 5Women: U.S. Under-16 National Team vs. USYSA U-17 Regional Team4 p.m.
Women: U.S. Under-18 National Team vs. WPSL California Storm4 p.m.
Men: USASA #3 vs. USASA #4 (Consolation game)4:30 p.m.
Women: USASA #3 vs. USASA #4 (Consolation game)4:30 p.m.
Men: U.S. Under-18 National Team vs. U.S. Under-20 National Team6 p.m.
Women: USASA #1 vs. USASA #2 (Championship game)6:30 p.m.
Men: USASA #1 vs. USASA #2 (Championship game)8 p.m.
Sun., August 6Men: U.S. National Amateur Team vs. Canada Under-20 National Team11 a.m.


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