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U-21 WNT Calls 22 into Camp Before Nordic Cup

CHICAGO (June 15, 2004) -- U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team head coach Chris Petrucelli has named a 22-player squad for a training camp to be held from June 21-30 at the U.S. National Team Training Center in Carson, Calif.  It will be the last training camp before Petrucelli names the 18-player team that will travel to Iceland in late July for the 14th Annual Nordic Cup.

The U.S. team will reassemble to train in New Jersey from July 16-18, then depart for Iceland, which will be hosting its second Nordic Cup.  The USA won its second of six Nordic Cup titles in Iceland in 1999.  Held in Northern Europe every summer, the Nordic Cup is the top competition in the world for U-21 women and the focus of the USA’s oldest youth national team during its seven-month run-up to the prestigious competition. 

The USA was drawn into a tough Group B and will face Finland, Norway and Germany in first-round play.  Group A features Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and England.  The top two finishers in each group will cross over to play for the championship, while the two second place finishers will play for third, the third place finishers for fifth and the last place finishers in the groups will vie for seventh place.

The USA opens the tournament against the Finland on Friday, July 23, in Akureyrarvolluer, and then faces Norway on Sunday, July 25, in Olafsfjordur.  The U.S. will finish first-round play against Germany on Tuesday, July 27, in Dalvik.  All four placement matches are set for Thursday, July 29.  All the matches will be played at nine different small venues in the northern part of Iceland up around the Arctic Circle.

“I know the team is excited and looking forward to the competition at the Nordic Cup,” said Petrucelli.  “We have a pretty dynamic team going forward.  Last year, I thought the strength of the team was our back four, but this year we have a group that has the potential to score a lot of goals.”

The USA has won an amazing six out of the last seven Nordic Cups, winning its first in 1997 in Denmark, before falling the next year to Norway in the title game.  Since then, the USA has reeled off five straight titles under four different coaches.  This will be the second Nordic Cup for Petrucelli, who led the USA to 2-1 victory over Sweden in the 2003 Nordic Cup title game as Joanna Lohman scored both goals. 

The 2004 Nordic Cup team should have a much different look than the 2003 version, with just five veterans of the 2003 side coming to the training camp in Carson, including Lohman, forwards Kelly Wilson and Manya Makoski, midfielder Lindsey Huie, and goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart.  Five players from that 2003 Nordic Cup title team are currently in full-time Olympic Residency Camp with the U.S. Women’s National Team – Lindsay Tarpley, Leslie Osborne, Amy LePeilbet, Lori Chalupny and Cat Reddick – and several of those players could travel to Iceland if they do not make the 2004 Olympic Team.  Tarpley, Osborne, Chalupny and Heather O’Reilly, who is also in full-time Olympic Residency Camp, will train for several days with the U-21s during the camp while the professional players Olympic Residency Camp are engaged in the WUSA Festivals.

“We have a strong team this year so it’s going to be fun,” said Lohman, who will play in her third Nordic Cup should she get named to the final squad. “The Nordic Cup is a great tournament for young players trying to break into the full team.  You can get some quality international experience in games that really mean something.”

Petrucelli has also called in his top three scorers from 2004 in Natasha Kai (seven total goals) and midfielders Carli Lloyd (5), and Lohman (5), both of whom have spent time training with the senior national team this year.  In addition, Petrucelli has called in five members of the USA’s 2002 U-19 World Championship Team, including Jill Oakes and Manya Makoski, both of whom have played in past Nordic Cups.

Age eligible players for the 2004 Nordic Cup are those born on or after January 1, 1983, but Petrucelli has the option of including four “overage” players on team.  Those are players who were born on or after January 1, 1980.  Of the 22 players in this training camp, five are “overage” in Barnhart, Huie, Lloyd, Lohman and UNC defender Carmen Watley. 

2004 Nordic Cup Schedule- Iceland - July 23-29, 2004
Opening Round
Date Match-up  Venue
July 23 Denmark v Sweden Saudarkrokur
July 23 Iceland v England  Saudarkrokur
July 23 USA v Finland  Dalvik
July 23 Norway v Germany  Akureyrarvollur
July 25 England v Sweden Blonduos
July 25 Iceland v Denmark Akureyrarvollur
July 25 Finland v Germany Olafsfjordur
July 25 USA v Norway  Olafsfjordur
July 27 Denmark v England Saudarkrokur
July 27 Sweden v Iceland  Blonduos
July 27 Norway v Finland  Olafsfjordur
July 27 Germany v USA  Dalvik

Placement Matches
Date Match-up  Venue
July 29 Match for 7th and 8th KA-vollur
July 29  Match for 5th and 6th Thors-vollur
July 29 Match for 3rd and 4th Akureyrarvollur
July 29 Championship  Akureyrarvollur

Players  Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown College  U-21 Caps/Goals
Barnhart, Nicole GK 5-10 10/10/81 Gilbertsville, Pa. Stanford  7
Bohn, Erika GK 6-0 09/13/84 Brookfield, Conn. Notre Dame  0
Dowling, Keeley D 5-7 02/17/83 Carmel, Ind. Tennessee  4/0
Farenbaugh, Jenny F 5-6 09/08/84 Reseda, Calif. Stanford   2/0
Huffman, Sarah M 5-3 03/05/84 Flower Mound, Texas Virginia  4/0
Huie, Lindsey M 5-3 12/26/82 Mission Viejo, Calif. Portland  11/1
Hunt, Hayley D 5-7 02/28/84 San Marino, Calif. Stanford   3/0
Hurless, Tara F 5-4 03/16/83 Rockford, Ill. Illinois  1/0
Kai, Natasha F 5-8 05/22/83 Kahuku, Hawaii Hawaii  4/3
Lloyd, Carli M 5-7 07/16/82 Delran, N.J. Rutgers   7/2
Lohman, Joanna M 5-5 06/26/82 Silver Spring, Md. Penn State   18/4
Makoski, Manya F 5-3 04/18/84 Trumbell, Conn. Arizona State   8/1
Moore, Kristen D 5-6 07/06/83 Mission Viejo, Calif. Portland  0/0
Negron, Esmeralda D 5-6 01/15/83 Harrington Park, N.J. Princeton   0/0
Oakes, Jill M 5-7 07/18/84 West Hills, Calif. UCLA  8/1
Seibert, Kate D 5-8 04/12/84 Downingtown, Pa. Duke   0/0
Sitch, Julianne M 5-3 09/18/83 Oswego, Ill. DePaul   0/0
Spisak, Kati Jo GK 6-2 11/22/83 St. Louis, Mo. Texas A & M  0/0
Thaden, Nikki M 5-9 12/12/84 Clive, Iowa Texas  3/0
Watley, Carmen D 5-7 05/08/82 Greensboro, N.C. North Carolina  0/0
White, Kacey M 5-4 04/27/84 Arlington, Texas North Carolina  4/0
Wilson, Kelly F 5-6 02/19/83 Odessa, Texas Texas  8/0

Roster by Position 
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), Erika Bohn (Notre Dame), Kati Jo Spisak (Texas A&M); DEFENDERS (6): Keeley Dowling (Tennesse), Haley Hunt (Stanford), Kristen Moore (Portland), Esmeralda Negron (Princeton), Kate Seibert (Duke), Carmen Watley (UNC); MIDFIELDERS (8): Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Lindsey Huie (Portland), Carli Lloyd (Rutgers), Joanna Lohman (Penn State), Jill Oakes (UCLA), Julianne Sitch (DePaul), Nikki Thaden (Texas), Kacey White (UNC); FORWARDS (4): Jenny Farenbaugh (Stanford), Tara Hurless (Illinois), Natasha Kai (Hawaii), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Kelly Wilson (Texas).

Team Staff:
Head Coach:  Chris Petrucelli 
Assistant Coach: Karen Ferguson
Goalkeeper Coach: Mick D’arcy
Team Coordinator: L.J. Esslinger
Trainer:   Sean Sreniawski
Equipment Manager: Amanda Trokey