The U.S. Under-19s flew to Chicago early Saturday morning from their training camp in Chula Vista, Calif., and will depart Chicago for a three-game tour of Holland and Germany on Tuesday. Tracey Leone's squad dominated play for the majority of the match, but was unable to finish their numerous chances. For the match against the U.S. Under-19s, Mexico called up several older players to bolster the Under-18 Women's Team that fell to the U.S. Under-16s 3-0 on Friday.
The U.S. Under-16s, who posted two wins and a draw in their first three Festival matches, jumped on top of the National Select Team with a goal from Angela Woznuk in the 12th minute. Shannon Foley, who also assisted on the late-game equalizer, set up Woznuk for her third goal of the Soccer Festival.
The National Select squad equalized late in the first half and then grabbed the lead in the 73rd minute. But the U.S. ended their stint at the Soccer Festival in style, scoring perhaps their prettiest goal in the 89th minute to secure a tie and keep their undefeated season intact. A series of one-touch passes freed up Foley, who was able to set the table for a Krambeer goal.
Three U.S. Youth National Teams competed at the sixth annual U.S. Soccer Festival, and the Under-19s joined the party on the final day. Playing against older competition the entire tournament, the U.S. youth squads fared well. The U.S. Under-16 Girls, and the Under-17 and Under-18 Men boasted the three youngest teams in the Soccer Festival.
The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team used the Festival to continue preparing for the FIFA Under-17 World Championship, after the team had a month-long break. John Ellinger's squad was missing players through injuries and club commitments, but still managed to score first in each game. The Under-17s finished with two draws and two losses.
The U.S. Under-18s got off to a rough start, dropping their first two matches, but rebounded to post back-to-back emphatic wins to close out their run at the tournament.
This year's U.S. Soccer Festival follows a successful 2000 Amateur Soccer Festival that was held in Kingston, Rhode Island. The first Amateur Soccer Festival was held in San Antonio in 1996, and previous Amateur Soccer Festivals have also been held in Portland (1999), Manchester, N.H. (1998) and Blaine, Minn. (1997).
Recognizing the need to continue the development of young American players and needing a forum to identify other up-and-coming players, the United States Amateur Soccer Association has developed this event to serve those needs through its partnership with the United States Soccer Federation and a grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
The U.S. Amateur Soccer Festival was originally conceived when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) discontinued staging their annual U.S. 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, and for the third consecutive year, international teams.
The 2001 Amateur Soccer Festival is being hosted this year by the Illinois State Soccer Association, who received a grant of $179,000 from the state of Illinois to plan, promote and host the U.S. Soccer Festival, as well as the Midwest Regional Tournament of State Champions and the local qualification phase of the Tournament of the Mexican-American Communities of the U.S.A.
U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team Match Summary
Lineup: Kim Bingham; Keeley Downing, Hayley Hunt (Kelly Hammond, 81), Amy Steadman; Alison Graham, Heather O'Reilly (Manya Makoski, 46) (Allie True, 75), Leslie Osborne, Annie Schefter (Kacey White, 46); Mary Boland, Megan Kakadelas (Kim Devine, 46), Kelly Wilson, (Lindsay Tarpley, 46).
U.S. Under-16 Girl's National Team Match Summary
Angela Woznuk (Shannon Foley), 12.
Catherine Krambeer (Shannon Foley), 89.
Lineup: 1-Julie Ryder (18-Kelsey Rasmussen, 46); 3-Rachel Buehler (20-Catherine Krambeer, 60), 5-Becky Sauerbrunn; 4-Jen Buczkowski; 7-Shannon Foley, 6-Stacey Lindstrom (Ali Christoph, 46), 13-Caitlin Ursini (Carrie Schmit, 46), 8-Amy Burlingham (Mary Castelanelli, 46); 11-Cristina Estrada, 12-Adele Letro (Ashley Foster, 75), 10-Angela Woznuk (Katherine Mahoney, 46).