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Youth National Team Update: Jan. 21-Jan. 26, 2004


 U-17 ‘87s HEAD TO NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER FOR SIX-DAY CAMP NEXT WEEK: The U.S. Under-17 ‘87s Men’s National Team will be leaving the warmth of one city for another on Saturday, Jan. 31 as they will move from the IMG campus in Bradenton, Fla., and travel across the country to Carson, Calif., for a week-long training camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center. The Under-17s will arrive on Saturday and hold their first training session the following day at the NTC. The team will practice for five straight days, before topping off the camp with a scrimmage against the L.A. Galaxy on Friday, Feb. 6. Head coach John Ellinger has included three local players – Eder Robles, Andreas Andrews and David Arvizu – to compliment the U-17 squad that is currently in Residency and will be making the trip.
U-17 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Rein (Modesto, Calif.), Stephen Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio), Matthew Walker (Grand Blanc, Mich.); DEFENDERS (8): Greg Folk (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Adam Sloustcher (Pleasanton, Calif.), Carlos Borja (Anaheim, Calif.), Tim Ward (Waukesha, Wis.), Eder Robles (Lynwood, Calif.), Andreas Andrews (Los Angeles, Calif.); MIDFIELDERS (8): Dax McCarty (Maitland, Fla.), Daniel Szetela (Clifton, N.J.), Michael Bradley (Pennington, Calif.), Michael Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Eric Avila (Encinitas, Calif.), Christian Jimenez (San Dimas, Calif.) Gabriel Farfan (San Diego, Calif.) David Arvizu (Santa Ana, Calif.); FORWARDS (4): Rodrigo Hidalgo (Atlantis, Fla.), Michael Stephens (Woodridge, Ill.), Cesar Nunez (Gurnee, Ill.), Brett King (Wilmington, N.C.).
U-17 MNT Schedule
Date        Opponent
Feb. 6       L.A. Galaxy

U-17s DEFEAT TWO IMG TEAMS OVER THE WEEKEND: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Teams came up with wins this weekend against two IMG teams in Bradenton, Fla. The U-17 '87s exploded for four goals in the second half against IMG U-18 to coast to a 5-1 victory on Saturday (Jan. 24) afternoon. Playing his first match since being drafted No. 1 overall by D.C. United in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, forward Freddy Adu led the way with one goal and two assists. Eric Avila knocked in the first two goals in the second half, while Rodrigo Hidalgo and Christian Jimenez scored the following two for the victory. The U-17 '88s were involved in a much closer match on the same day, but were still able to come away victorious, downing IMG U-17 1-0 behind Tony Ampaipitakwong's winning goal off a pass from Jonathan Villanueva in the 55th minute.
U-17 '87s Result
Date     Opponent    U.S. Goal Scorers
Jan. 24    IMG U-18    Adu, Avila (2), Jimenez, Hidalgo
U-17 '88s Result
Date     Opponent    U.S. Goal Scorers
Jan. 24    IMG U-17    Ampaiptakwong

U-16 GNT HEADS TO THE HOME DEPOT CENTER FOR FIRST CAMP OF 2004:
The U.S. Under-16 Girl's National Team will kick off its first camp of the year at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., on January 30 as head coach Sue Montagne Patberg will train 24 players until Feb. 7.  Among the 24 players are 11 from Region 1, six from Region 2 (including forward Casey Nogueira, the daughter of indoor soccer goalkeeping legend Victor Nogueira), four players from Region 4 and three players from Region 3, all from Texas.  Among the three goalkeepers is 5-foot-11 Nicole Weiss, who doesn't turn 15 until the day before the camp ends.  Following is the U.S. roster for the training camp:
GOALKEEPERS: Wendy Balogun (Bowie, Md.), Alyssa Naeher (Stratford, Conn.), Nicole Weiss (Redding, Conn.); DEFENDERS: Jenna Belcher (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.), Hannah Cerrone (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Gina DeMaio (Parsippany, N.J.), Lindsay Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.), Nicole Moore (Virginia Beach, Va.), Kristen Stalter (Strongsville, Ohio), Lauren Switzer (St. Charles, Ill.), Alexondrea Trusty (Media, Pa.); MIDFIELDERS: Courtney Barg (Plano, Texas), Amber Gnatzig (Humble, Texas), Alexandria Hawkins (Encinitas, Calif.), Hallie Huston (Leucadia, Calif.), Meghan Klingenberg (Wexford, Pa.), Casie Ludemann (Holtsfield, N.Y.), Olivia West (Columbus, Ohio); FORWARDS: Bianca D'Agostino (Longmeadow, Mass.), Katya Hessel (Edwardsville, Ill.), Whitney Hooper (Houston, Texas), Ashley Moore (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Casey Nogueira (Cedarburg, Wisc.), Danielle Toney (Northville, Mich.).
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