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Abe Thompson Leads U.S. U-20s Over East Region with Four Goals at U.S. Soccer Festival


CHICAGO (Thursday, August 3, 2000) - The U.S. Youth National Teams went 2-1-1 in the second day of competition at the 2000 U.S. Soccer Festival yesterday, as they compete in the United States Amateur Soccer Association's annual tournament in Kingston, Rhode Island, which will continue through August 6.

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team (2-0-0) shutout the East Region team, 4-0, last night as USA forward Abe Thompson (Fairfax Station, Va.) scored all four of the USA's goals. Thompson, who will attend the University of Maryland next Fall and who was also a member of the 1999 U.S. U-17 National Team, began his scoring spree in the 17th minute when Philip Salyer (Trophy Club, Texas) hit a bending cross from the sideline that Thompson was able to re-direct into the goal. In the 38th minute Thompson tallied his second of the match when Raul Palomares (Inglewood, Calif.) served an accurate cross to Thompson who again made no mistake in his finishing giving the USA a 2-0 lead at halftime. Thompson and Slayer would combine again in the 72nd minute and five minutes later Thompson would round out his scoring frenzy with a individual effort and a 15-yard shot that would beat the East 'keeper and solidified a 4-0 thumping of the East Region team. The U.S. U-20s will play border rival Canada on Friday, August 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET in what will be the featured match of the tournament.

"The team played well. The ball movement was good and the combination play was fantastic. We need to carry this over to our match against Canada on Friday," said U-20 head coach Wolfgang Suhnholz. "Abe played very well. He was having one of those nights where he was in the right places at the right times and was able to put four goals away."

The U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team continued their unbeaten streak at the U.S. Soccer Festival by downing the West Region team 1-0. The U-18s will play the USYSA U-17 Regional team (0-1-1) on Friday, August 4.

Playing against a much older and physical West Region team the U.S. U-18 men were able to hold their ground and walk away with a much deserved 0-0 draw. The U.S. U-18s have compiled a 0-0-2 record at the tournament and will be looking for their first win when they take on the Rhode Island All-Stars (0-1-1) on Friday, August 4 at 6:45 p.m. ET.

U.S. Under-16 midfielder Noella Keselica's two goals were not enough as the USA fell to the South Region team 3-2. Playing against older competiton in the tournament the young USA squad will look to improve on their 0-1-1 record when they take on the California Storm of the Women's Professional Soccer League (WPSL) on Friday, August 4 at 3 p.m. ET.

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.

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
Wed., August 2Women: USYSA U-17 Regional Team vs. USASA Midwest0-0
Men: USASA West vs. U.S. Under-18 National Team0-0
Women: USASA South vs. U.S. Under-16 National TeamSouth, 3-2
Women: USASA West vs. U.S. Under-18 National TeamUSA, 1-0
Men: USASA South vs. Canada Under-20 National TeamSouth, 1-0
Men: USASA Midwest vs. Rhode Island All-Stars1-1
Women: USASA East vs. WPSL California StormEast, 1-0
Men: U.S. Under-20 National Team vs. USASA EastUSA, 4-0

Competition Schedule
DateMatchTime (ET)
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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