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Youth National Team Update: June 9-15, 2003

UNDER-17 MEN DRAW KOREA, SIERRA LEONE, SPAIN FOR FINLAND 2003 IN AUGUST: The United States Under-17 Men’s National Team has been drawn into Group D with Korea, Sierra Leone and Spain for the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Finland. The U.S. opens against Korea on August 14 at 5:30 p.m. local time/10:30 a.m. ET, then faces Sierra Leone on August 17 (3 p.m. local time/8 a.m. ET) and concludes group play on August 20 (8 p.m. local time/1 p.m. ET) against Spain. The U.S. will play all three of their first round games at Lahti Stadium in Lahti, Finland. Every U.S. match at the World Championship can be followed live via’s MatchTracker, presented by Phillips Electronics. The U.S. is the only nation to compete in all 10 world championships at this age group. The 16-team field will be divided into four groups of four, with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the quarterfinals. The tournament will be played in Helsinki (Toolo Stadium), Turku (Turku Stadium), Tampere (Ratina Stadium) and Lahti (Lahti Stadium). The FIFA tournament final will be the first ever played on an artificial surface as Toolo Stadium was recently outfitted with the FieldTurf due to Finland’s cold climates, which make it difficult to grow natural grass.
2003 FIFA Confederations Cup Draw
Group A (Toolo Stadium; Helsinki): Finland, China, Mexico, Columbia
Group B (Turku Stadium; Turku): Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Nigeria
Group C (Ratina Stadium; Tampere): Yemen, Portugal, Cameroon, Brazil
Group D (Lahti Stadium; Lahti): Korea Republic, USA, Spain, Sierra Leone

WOMEN'S YOUTH TEAMS TRAIN AT HOME DEPOT CENTER: After the U.S. Soccer National Training Center opened on June 6 with a Under-17 Men's National Team single training session, four more Youth National Teams will use the Carson, Calif. training grounds during the month of June. The U-17 Women's National Team arrived on June 14 and will remain in camp for one week. One day later, the U-19 Women's National Team arrived to train until June 21. Later this week on June 20, the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team arrives for an 11-day camp, before they are joined by the U-18 Men's National Team at the Center from June 22-29.

U-15 BOYS FALL TO ITALY TO OPEN MUNDIALITO TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-15 Boys National Team fell to Italy by a 5-0 margin in front of an estimated 5,000 fans in the opener of the 2003 Mundialito Tournament in Salerno, Italy, yesterday. The host team opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and continued with goals in the 41st, 63rd, 76th and 83rd minutes. The U-15s, coached by Ken Lolla, continue the tournament tomorrow (June 17) versus Germany and then on Thursday (June 19) in a placement match.
U.S. Under-15 BNT Results/Schedule
Date       Opponent    Result    U.S. Goal Scorer
June 15     Italy    5-0 L    ---
June 17     Germany
June 19      [Placement Match]