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U.S. Under-20 MNT Continue World Youth Championship Preparations


CHICAGO (Thursday, February 20, 2003) — The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will continue their preparations for the FIFA World Youth Championship with a training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this week, followed by a three-game trip to Portugal in March. In all, the U.S. are scheduled to play four matches in 12 days – including two internationals – before taking one final break prior to departing for the United Arab Emirates and the world championship on March 19.  The USA’s first match in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship is scheduled for March 27 in Abu Dhabi against Paraguay.

In Florida for their final domestic training camp before the world championship, the U.S. faces the Colorado Rapids on Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University.  The U.S. then travels to Portugal on February 27, where they will compete in the Madeira International Tournament.  The U.S. faces Portugal on March 3 at 11 a.m. local time (6 a.m. ET), Norway on March 5 at 2 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) and a Madeira Regional Select Team on March 7 at 10 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET).

“The chance to play four matches, including two internationals, in 13 days is invaluable preparation for the team as we prepare for United Arab Emirates,” said U.S. Under-20 MNT head coach Thomas Rongen. “There are still a few things we are working on, and we’ll use the next two weeks to get our team together and make some final decisions about this squad.”

Rongen selected a total of 22 players for the matches – although only 19 players will be with the team in Florida and 20 players will travel to Portugal.  Arturo Alvarez, Mike Magee, Justin Moose, Drew Moor and Heath Pearce are five players who will compete in this camp after missing out on November’s CONCACAF qualifying tournament.  From the players involved in this series of matches, Rongen is expected to select his 20-man roster for the FIFA World Youth Championship.

U.S. Under-20 captain Bobby Convey will rejoin the team in Florida for his first Under-20 action since the qualifying tournament.  Convey has spent the last two months training with the full U.S. Men’s National Team, starting and impressing in the team’s first three matches of 2003.  Convey played just four games with the Under-20s in 2002, but has invaluable experience at the Under-20 level, having participated in the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina, where he led the team with two assists in four games.

Nine of the U.S. players invited to camp currently earn their living in Major League Soccer, including the D.C. United trio of Santino Quaranta, Devin Barclay and Convey, the Dallas Burn duo of Jordan Stone and Ed Johnson, a pair of MetroStars rookies - Ricardo Clark and Mike Magee, the Chicago Fire’s Justin Mapp and Alvarez of the San Jose Earthquakes.

Quaranta, who leads the U.S with four goals in five appearances in 2003, will train and play with the U.S. in Florida, but will not travel to Portugal for personal reasons.  Rongen will then select 17 of the remaining 18 players in Florida to join Alvarez and the European-based duo of Frank Simek and David Johnson in Portugal.  Alvarez is currently in Spain participating in La Manga Cup with the Earthquakes.

The eleven college players named to the roster joined Rongen in camp on February 13 to spend six days focusing on conditioning, before being joined by eight MLS players.

The U.S. Under-20s have recorded a 21-8-10 record since January 2002, more than doubling their opponents’ scoring output (73 goals for; 35 goals against).

U.S. Under-20 MNT Schedule

Date                Opponent                        Location
February 22    Colorado Rapids              Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
March 3          Portugal                           Madeira, Portugal
March 5          Norway                           Madeira, Portugal
March 7          Madeira Select                Madeira, Portugal
March 27        Paraguay                         Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
March 30       Germany                          Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
April 2            Korea                              Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
April 5-6        Round of 16                     United Arab Emirates
April 9           Quarterfinals                     United Arab Emirates
April 12         Semifinals                         United Arab Emirates
April 16         Third Place / Final             United Arab Emirates

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Training Roster
Training Camp (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Madeira International Tournament (Portugal)
February 13 – March 8, 2003

NamePos.Ht.Wt.BirthdateHometownClub/College
*Alvarez, ArturoF5'9"14506/28/85Houston, TexasSan Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Barclay, DevinF5'9"16504/09/83Annapolis, Md.D.C. United (MLS)
Cameron, KnoxF6'3"21009/17/83Bronx, N.Y.University of Michigan
Clark, RicardoM5'10"16502/10/83Jonesboro, Ga.MetroStars (MLS)
Cochrane, RyanD6'1"17008/08/83Portland, Ore.Santa Clara University
Convey, BobbyM5'8"15005/27/83Philadelphia, Pa.D.C. United (MLS)
Cronin, SteveGK6'2"19505/28/83Fair Oaks, Calif.Santa Clara University
Grabavoy, NedM5'7"15507/01/83New Lenox, Ill.Indiana University
Harvey, JordanD5'11"17001/28/84Mission Viejo, Calif.UCLA
*Johnson, DavidM5'11"16001/16/84Venice, Calif.Willem II (Holland)
Johnson, EdF6'0"17003/31/84Palm Coast, Fla.Dallas Burn (MLS)
Klaas, C.J.D5'7"16008/23/83Cherry Valley, Ill.University of Washington
Magee, MikeF5'9"15009/02/84Long Grove, Ill.MetroStars (MLS)
Mapp, JustinM5'10"14010/18/84Brandon, Miss.Chicago Fire (MLS)
Marshall, ChadD6'3"18508/22/84Riverside, Calif.Stanford University
Moor, DrewD6'0"17001/15/84Dallas, TexasFurman University
Moose, JustinM5'7"14511/23/83Statesville, N.C.Wake Forest University
Pearce, HeathD6'0"17008/13/84Modesto, Calif.University of Portland
Quaranta, SantinoF6'1"18510/14/84Baltimore, Md.D.C. United (MLS)
*Simek, FrankD6'0"17510/13/84Millstadt, Ill.Arsenal (England)
Stone, JordanM6'1"17003/16/84Allen, TexasDallas Burn (MLS)
Williams, FordGK6'3"19002/20/84Raleigh, N.C.University of North Carolina

*only participating in Madeira International Tournament

Head Coach: Thomas Rongen (Potomac Falls, Va.)
Asst. Coach: Cle Kooiman (Alta Loma, Calif.)
GK Coach: Dave Dir (Dallas, Texas)
Scout: Fernando Clavijo (Davie, Fla.)
Strength & Conditioning: Pierre Barrieu (Charlottesville, Va.)
Team Coordinator: Erik Carlson (Chicago)
Doctor: Mel Hayashi (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
Doctor: Dwight Dahms
Trainer: Kelly Flynn (Apple Valley, Minn.)
Trainer: Oliver Ramiro (Chicago)
Equipment Manager: Bryan Rosenbaum (Tuscon, Ariz.)


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