ADU HAS FOUR OF TEAM’S EIGHT GOALS IN WINS OVER SOUTH KOREA, SIERRA LEONE: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continued its string of impressive results by opening the FIFA U-17 World Championship with two wins and a whopping eight goals in Group D play. In their first match on Aug. 14, the U-17s avenged a 3-0 loss to Korea from earlier this year by running up a lopsided 6-1 result. After defender Brandon Owens gave South Korea a 1-0 lead on an own goal in the 11th minute, forward Freddy Adu equalized just five minutes later for the first of six team goals and the first of a hat trick that he completed with goals in the 89th and 90th minutes. In their second match, the U-17s used superb goalkeeping from Phil Marfuggi and a penalty kick from Guillermo Gonzalez in the last minute of the first half to level the score at 1-1 against a tough Sierra Leone team before Adu ran down a perfect flick header from forward Jamie Watson and converted the game winner again in the 89th minute. With the win, the U.S. is assured a first or second place finish in Group D and a spot in the quarterfinals. The U.S. will face Spain in their third and final Group D game on Wednesday (Aug. 20) live on Galavision and via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker at 12:55 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT (tape delay). The winner of Group D is scheduled to take on the second place finisher in Group C (Brazil, Portugal, Yemen and Cameroon) on Sunday (Aug. 24), while the second place finisher in Group D will face the winner of Group C.
U.S. U-17 MNT Results / Schedule – Finland 2003
Date: Opponent, Result (U.S. Goal Scorers)
Aug. 14: South Korea, 6-1 W (Adu-3, Owens, Curfman, Watson)
Aug. 17: Sierra Leone, 2-1 W (Gonzalez, Adu)
Date: Opponent - Kickoff / TV
Aug. 20: Spain - 12:55 p.m. ET (live) / 1 p.m. PT (delay) / Galavision
Aug. 24: 1D vs. 2C - 10:55 a.m. ET (live) / 11 a.m. PT (delay) / Galavision
2D vs. 1C - 7 a.m. ET (no TV)
GALAVISION TO CONTINUE U-17 BROADCASTS FROM FINLAND WITH QUARTERFINALS: Spanish-language station Galavision will continue to broadcast select matches from the FIFA Under-17 World Championship from Finland this week as the USA meets Spain on Wednesday (Aug. 20) at 12:55 p.m. ET (live) and 1 p.m. PT (tape delay). In addition, two of the four quarterfinals will be shown this weekend, with one each on Saturday (Aug. 23) and Sunday (24). The following week, Galavision will broadcast one of the two semifinals on Aug. 27 and the final on Aug. 30.
Date: Match-up - Broadcast Time
Aug. 23: Quarterfinal 1B-2A - 10:55 a.m. ET (live) / 11 a.m. PT (delay)
Aug. 24: Quarterfinal 1D-2C - 10:55 a.m. ET (live) / 11 a.m. PT (delay)
Aug. 27: Semifinal - 12:55 p.m. ET (live) / 12:55 p.m. PT (delay)
Aug. 30: Final - 8:55 a.m. ET (live) / 8:55 a.m. PT (delay) OR 5:55 a.m. PT (live), if USA, Mexico, Brazil or Argentina
RONGEN NAMES 18-MAN ROSTER AS U-20s HEAD TO SPAIN FOR L’ALCUDIA TOURNAMENT: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has selected an 18-man roster to participate in the eight-team L’Alcudia International Tournament in Spain, which will run from Aug. 21-28. The U.S. has been placed in Group A along with Egypt, Russia and Slovenia. Group B includes Gabon, Ukraine, Uruguay and Valencia, a regional team from Spain. The U.S. opens the tournament on Thursday (Aug. 21) against Egypt, followed by a match against Russia on Saturday (Aug. 23) and the final group game versus Slovenia on Aug. 25. The roster is highlighted by five European-based players in Frank Simek and Danny Karbassiyoon of Arsenal, newcomer Zak Whitbread of Liverpool, David Johnson of Willem II (Holland) and Dimi Colon of Freiburg (Germany). Prior to the tournament, the U.S. will play a friendly match on Aug. 19 vs. Villareal. The U-20s remain in preparation for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates from Nov. 27 to Dec. 19.
U.S. Under-20 MNT Roster – L’Alcudia International Tournament
Goalkeepers (2): Adam Schuerman (UConn), Ford Williams (UNC);
Defenders (5): Chad Marshall (Stanford Univ.), Heath Pearce (Univ. of Portland), Patrick Phelan (Enfield, Conn.), Frank Simek (Arsenal – England), Zak Whitbread (Liverpool -- England);
Midfielders (6): Craig Capano (Chicago Fire – MLS), Patrick Ianni (UCLA), David Johnson (Willem II – Holland), Drew Moor (Indiana Univ.), Miguel Saavedra (Dallas, Texas);
Forwards (5): Arturo Alvarez (San Jose Earthquakes – MLS), Marc Burch (Evansville), Dimi Colon (Freiburg – Germany), Clint Dempsey (Furman Univ.), Danny Karbassiyoon (Arsenal – England).
U.S. Under-20 MNT Schedule – L’Alcudia International Tournament (* if necessary)
Aug. 21: Egypt
Aug. 23: Russia
Aug. 25: Slovenia
Aug. 27: Semifinals*
Aug. 28: Placement Match*