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Youth National Team Update: March 29-Apr. 5


– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-19s LEARN OPPONENTS FOR CONCACAF WOMEN’S QUALIFYING: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s Nationalk Team learned its three first round opponents for the 2004 CONCACAF Under-19 Women’s Qualifying tournament, which will take place from May 28-June 6 in Canada. As the defending FIFA U-19 World Champions, the USA will compete in Group B along side Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago and Dominican Republic at the CONCACAF event. The host nation is in Group A along with Mexico, Panama and Jamaica. The eight-team tournament will be played in Ottawa’s Frank Clair Stadium and Montreal’s McGill University Molson Stadium and will produce two CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship in Thailand from Nov. 10-27. This is the second time that CONCACAF has staged a qualifying event for the U-19 World Championship the previous one taking place in Trinidad & Tobago in 2002. Last time around in qualifying, the U.S. U-19s cruised by their three opponents by a combined score of 34-1.
2004 CONCACAF U-19 Final Round Qualification
Group A: Canada, Mexico, Panama, Jamaica
Group B: USA, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, Dominican Republic
U-19 WNT WC Qualifying Schedule (Group B)
Date              Opponent                                City               Kickoff (ET)
May 28         Dominican Republic                 Ottawa           7 p.m.
May 30         Trinidad & Tobago                  Montreal        6 p.m.
June 1           Costa Rica                               Montreal        7 p.m.
June 4           Semi-finals *                            Montreal        5:30 / 8 p.m.
June 6           Final / Third Place *                 Ottawa          10 a.m. / 1 p.m.
* if necessary

FIRST-EVER PHILIPS LIGHTING U-19 WOMEN'S SOCCER INVITATIONAL STARTS TUESDAY: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team will play in its first major domestic competition this week (April 6-10) as China, Japan and Holland join the hosts for the first-ever Philips Lighting U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational to be held at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The round-robin competition will feature three match days – April 6, 8 and 10 – as the USA squares off against Asia’s top two U-19 teams as well as the always competitive Dutch. The U.S. team, under head coach Mark Krikorian, is preparing for the CONCACAF U-19 Women’s Qualifying Tournament that will be held in Ottawa and Montreal, Canada, from May 28-June 6, 2004. The top two finishers at that tournament qualify for the 2nd FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship to be held in Thailand from November 10-27, 2004. The USA will play its first match tomorrow (April 6) at 6:30 p.m. PT against Holland, then face Japan on Thursday (April 8) at 6:30 p.m. PT before finishing the tournament on Saturday (April 10) at 1 p.m. PT against China. All the U.S. matches will be held on Field 5 at the Home Depot Center, which is Field Turf, as the USA’s qualifying matches in Canada will be played on the same surface. All the other matches will be held on the adjacent Field 4. Krikorian brought 21 players to the event and will choose 18 to suit up for the matches.
U-19 WNT Schedule
Date              Opponent            Kickoff (PT)
April 6           Holland               6:30 p.m.
April 8           Japan                  6:30 p.m.
April 10         China                  1 p.m.
U-19 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.), Ashley Phillips (West Peabody, Mass.); DEFENDERS (6): Jen Buczkowski (Notre Dame), Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Portland), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia); MIDFIELDERS (5): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Chioma Igwe (Belmont, Calif.), Stacy Lindstrom (UCLA), Jennifer Redmond (Morristown, N.J.), Carrie Schmit (Texas); FORWARDS (8): Bristyn Davis (UCLA), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), Kia McNiel (Avon, Conn.), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), Julie Schnugg (Florida State), Angie Woznuk (Portland).

U-18 MNT FALL 2-0 IN FIRST MATCH OF SUPER GROUP AT DALLAS CUP: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team fell 2-0 to CA Paranaense yesterday afternoon (April 4) in their opening match in the U-19 Super Group at the 25th Dallas Cup in Dallas, Texas. The U.S. had the best chance in the 20th minute when midfielder Danny Szetela ripped a 20-yard rocket that caromed off the crossbar. In the second half, Bob Jenkins’ squad should have put points on the scoreboard a couple of times, but in the end it was Paranaense that notched two goals. The first goal came in the 55th minute, when Evandro Goebel played a nice give-and-go with a teammate at the top of the box, pushing him through on goal against goalkeeper Stephen Sandbo for an easy finish. The second goal came with five minutes remaining as the Brazilian side doubled their lead when Anderson Aquino got behind the U.S. defense and raced onto a long ball from midfield. Sandbo came out to cut off his angle, but Aquino was able to slip it by him, ending any chance the U.S. had of finding an equalizer. The U-18s have two more matches in Group B play, facing Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica today and then CF Monterey of Mexico on Wednesday (April 7). The U.S. will need to grab some points in their next two matches to have a chance of qualifying for the semifinals, which will consist of each group winner and one wild card spot.
U-18 MNT Results
Date             Opponent                    Result       U.S. Goal Scorers
April 4          C.A. Paranaense         0-2 L        ---
U-18 MNT Schedule
Date             Opponent
April 5          Deportivo Saprissa
April 7          CF Monterey
April 9          Semifinal *
April 11        Final *
* if necessary
U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Marcus Rein (Modesto, Calif.), Stephen Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio); DEFENDERS (7): Greg Folk (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Mike Orosco (Stanton, Calif.), Karl Schilling (Canton, Conn.), Adam Sloustcher (Pleasanton, Calif.), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Tim Ward (Waukesha, Wis.); MIDFIELDERS (7): Eric Avila (Encinitas, Calif.), Michael Bradley (Pennington, N.J.), Nico Colalluca (Coventry, R.I.), Christian Jimenez (San Dimas, Calif.), Dax McCarty (Maitland, Fla.), Daniel Szetela (Clifton, N.J.), Mike Videira (Milford, Mass.); FORWARDS (4): Mike Grella (Glen Cove, N.Y.), Rodrigo Hidalgo (Atlantis, Fla.), Robbie Rogers (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Jamie Watson (Coppell, Texas).

U-17 '88 MNT ARRIVES IN FRANCE, GETS SET FOR INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-17 ’88 Men’s National Team arrived in France at the end of last week to take part in the 32nd Mondial Minimes Montaigu Vendee Tournament in Montaigu, France this week from April 7-12. The team arrived on April 3 and have held a few days of training in preparation for their first match against Italy on Wednesday (April 7). The ‘88s will then face England a day later, before finishing group play against Ivory Coast on Saturday (April 10). Depending on how they finish in their group, the U.S. will play in a classification match on April 12. The international matches will be the first of the year for the U-17 ‘88s. Head coach John Ellinger is bringing an 18-player roster to France. Before the Under-17s left for France, they drew 0-0 with the University of South Florida on March 31 at IMG Academy.
U-17 ’88 MNT Results
Date               Opponent                Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
March 31       South Florida           0-0        ---
U-17 ’88 MNT Schedule
Date               Opponent
April 7            Italy
April 8            England
April 10          Ivory Coast
April 12          Placement Match
U-17 ’88 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Evan Newton (Virginia Beach, Va.), Bryant Rueckner (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.); DEFENDERS (4): Richard Edgar (Mechanicsville, Md.), Eric Lichaj (Downer’s Grove, Ill.), Ofori Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Michael Balogun (Houston, Texas); MIDFIELDERS (7): Kevin Alston (Silver Spring, Md.), Tony Ampaipitakwong (Carrollton, Texas), Carlos Borja (Anaheim, Calif.), Michael Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Jeremy Hall (Tampa, Fla.), Jonathan Villanueva (Dallas, Texas), Blake Wagner (Tampa, Fla.); FORWARDS (5): Gabriel Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Quavas Kirk (Aurora, Ill.), Michael Stevens (Woodridge, Ill.), Ryan Soroka (Langhorne, Pa.), Preston Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.).

U-15 MNT FIGHT BACK FOR 1-1 DRAW WITH INTER BLACK AT DALLAS CUP: Giuseppe Carotenuto converted a penalty kick in the 71st minute to give the U.S. Under-15 Men’s National Team a 1-1 draw against Dallas Inter Black yesterday in their first match of the Dallas Cup in Dallas, Texas. Playing in the older Under-16 Bracket, the Under-15 MNT came out flat in the first 20 minutes and fell behind early in the match as David Reed got in on goal and finished past ‘keeper Matt Walker in the fifth minute. In the second half, Walker was sent off after pulling down an Inter Black striker who gotten a breakaway when defender Douglas Ferner, who had a terrific game in the back, slipped and fell. Down to 10 men for most of the second, substitute ‘keeper Brian Perk came up with some huge save as the U.S. was able to keep it just a one-goal game. After a number of chances, the U.S. found finally found the elusive equalizer when second half substitute Cesar Nunez was fouled in the penalty area. Nunez had beaten three players in the box and was near the endline when he was whacked from behind. Carotenuto scored on the penalty to give the U.S. the draw and kept them in position to advance to the quarterfinals. The U.S. will next play Ruckus, a club team from Redwood City, Calif., on Monday, April 5 before facing CJSO of Jackson, Mississippi on April 7. The U.S. has to win their group to advance into the quarterfinals.
U-15 BNT Results
Date               Opponent                    Result       U.S. Goal Scorers
April 4            Dallas Inter Black        1-1 T        Carotenuto
U-15 BNT Schedule
Date               Opponent
April 5            Atlanta Ruckus
April 7            CJSO
April 9            Quarterfinals*
April 10          Semifinals *
April 11          Final *
* if necessary
U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brian Perk (R.S. Margarita, Calif.), Matthew Walker (Grand Blanc, Mich.); DEFENDERS (4): Douglas Ferner (Bloomfield, Mich.), Cameron Lamming (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Steven Morales (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Darryl Tom (Los Altos, Calif.); MIDFIELDERS (6): Bryan Arguez (Miami, Fla.), Cameron Brown (Garland, Texas), Guiseppe Carotenuto (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Victor Cortez (El Sobrante, Calif.), Peri Mesosevic (Guilford, Ill.), Anthony Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.); FORWARDS (6): Andrew Giallombardo (Manalapan, N.J.), Brett King (Wilmington, N.C.), Cesar Nunez (Gurnee, Ill.), Joseph Sorrentino (Trenton, N.J.), John Tardy (Staton Island, N.Y.), Justin True (Lee’s Summit, Mo.).

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