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U.S. Soccer Wire: Under-23s Set for Olympic Qualifying


U.S. UNDER-23s ARRIVE IN MEXICO, BEGIN QUALIFYING ON SUNDAY: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team arrived in Guadalajara, Mexico, (via Houston) on Thursday (Jan. 22), where they began training in advance of the eight-team 2004 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament from Feb. 2-12. Head coach Glenn Myernick brought along a 22-player travel roster that will eventually be trimmed to 20 by CONCACAF’s deadline of Jan. 31. The U.S. roster is led by current U.S. Men’s National Team stars Landon Donovan (San Jose Earthquakes), DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago Fire) and Bobby Convey (D.C. United). The U.S. will open the tournament versus Panama on Feb. 3, followed by matches against Canada on Feb. 5 and Honduras on Feb. 7. All Group A matches will take place at Estadio Tres de Marzo, with each of the USA’s matches available via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The top two finishers in Group A will advance to the semifinals, where they will meet the top two teams from Group B, which includes Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and T&T. The two semifinal winners earn automatic berths to Athens 2004 in August.
U.S. U-23 MNT Olympic Qualifying Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): D.J. Countess, Doug Warren; DEFENDERS (8): Nat Borchers, Jose Luis Burciaga, Ricky Lewis, Chad Marshall, Logan Pause, David Stokes, Zak Whitbread, Chris Wingert; MIDFIELDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Brian Carroll, Bobby Convey, Brad Davis, Eddie Gaven, Ed Johnson, Kyle Martino; FORWARDS (4): Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan, Alecko Eskandarian, David Testo.
U.S. U-23 MNT Schedule (*if necessary)
2004 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Final Round) -- Mexico
Date    Opponent                    Venue      Kickoff (local/CT)
Feb. 3              Panama                         Estadio Tres de Marzo           8 p.m.
Feb. 5               Canada                        Estadio Tres de Marzo           8 p.m.
Feb. 7               Honduras           Estadio Tres de Marzo           1 p.m.
Single Elimination
Date                 Opponent                       Venue           Kickoff (local/CT)
Feb. 10*           Semifinals (B1 or B2)     Estadio Jalisco                        5:30 p.m. / 8 p.m.
Feb. 12*           Third Place / Final    Estadio Jalisco                       5:30 p.m. / 8 p.m.

U.S. WNT OPENS FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT VS. SWEDEN ON FRIDAY: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach April Heinrichs brought a roster of 22 players to Shenzhen, China to compete in the Four Nations Tournament. Forward Heather O’Reilly makes her return to the full national team after suffering a broken leg last year. In addition to O’Reilly, Heinrichs named three other players from the USA’s 2002 Under-19 Women’s World Championship team in forward Lindsay Tarpley, 20, and midfielders Leslie Osborne, 20, and Lori Chalupny, 19. Midfielder Stacey Tullock and defenders Amy LePeilbet and Heather Mitts will make their first trips abroad with the full National Team. The USA plays its first match against Sweden on January 30 in a rematch of the opening game of the 2003 Women’s World Cup, a 3-1 U.S. victory. The USA will face 2007 Women’s World Cup host China on Feb. 1 and finish the tournament in a rematch of the 2003 Women’s World Cup third place game against Canada on Feb. 3. The defending champions of this event, the U.S. roster includes 15 players from the 2003 Women’s World Cup Team. The U.S. departed for China on Friday, Jan. 23, after 10 days of training at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at The Home Depot Center.
U.S. WNT Four Nations Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Briana Scurry, Siri Mullinix; DEFENDERS (7): Kylie Bivens, Joy Fawcett, Kate Markgraf (nee Sobrero), Heather Mitts, Amy LePeilbet, Christie Rampone (nee Pearce), Cat Reddick; MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx, Lori Chalupny, Julie Foudy, Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly, Leslie Osborne, Tiffany Roberts, Stacey Tullock, Aly Wagner; FORWARDS (4): Shannon MacMillan, Heather O’Reilly, Lindsay Tarpley, Abby Wambach
U.S. WNT Schedule – Four Nations Tournament – Shenzhen, China
Date    Opponent      Kickoff  
Jan. 30    Sweden    TBA                   
Feb. 1              China             TBA               
Feb. 3              Canada     TBA   

U.S. WNT TO OPEN CONCACAF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING IN COSTA RICA AGAINST T&T: The U.S. Women’s National Team will open up Group A of the 2004 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Final Round in Costa Rica on Wednesday, February 25 against Trinidad & Tobago at 3 p.m. CT at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose. For its second match, the U.S. switches venues to Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero in Heredia to face Haiti on Friday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. CT. The U.S. returns to Estadio Nacional in San Jose for the final group play match on Sunday, Feb. 29 vs. Mexico at 3 p.m. CT. The semifinals will be played on March 3 in San Jose and the Final/Third Place match will be played March 5 in Heredia. All U.S. matches will be available live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The two semifinal winners will earn the CONCACAF’s automatic berths to Athens.
U.S. WNT Schedule (*if necessary)
2004 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying (Final Round) -- Costa Rica
Date        Opponent                        Venue; City                                     Kickoff (CT)
Feb. 25        Trinidad & Tobago          Estadio Nacional; San Jose     3 p.m.
Feb. 27        Haiti                                Eladio Rosabal Cordero; Heredia        8 p.m.
Feb. 29          Mexico                            Estadio Nacional; San Jose    3 p.m.
Single Elimination
Date              Opponent                         Venue; City                                        Kickoff (CT)
March 3*       Semifinals (B1 or B2)        Estadio Nacional; San Jose                1 p.m. / 3 p.m.
March 5*       Third-Place / Final    Eladio Rosabal Cordero; Heredia      6 p.m. / 8 p.m

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-17 ‘87s HEAD TO NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER FOR SIX-DAY CAMP NEXT WEEK: The U.S. Under-17 ‘87s Men’s National Team will be leaving the warmth of one city for another on Saturday, Jan. 31 as they will move from the IMG campus in Bradenton, Fla., and travel across the country to Carson, Calif., for a week-long training camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center. The Under-17s will arrive on Saturday and hold their first training session the following day at the NTC. The team will practice for five straight days, before topping off the camp with a scrimmage against the L.A. Galaxy on Friday, Feb. 6. Head coach John Ellinger has included three local players – Eder Robles, Andreas Andrews and David Arvizu – to compliment the U-17 squad that is currently in Residency and will be making the trip.
U-17 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Rein (Modesto, Calif.), Stephen Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio), Matthew Walker (Grand Blanc, Mich.); DEFENDERS (8): Greg Folk (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Adam Sloustcher (Pleasanton, Calif.), Carlos Borja (Anaheim, Calif.), Tim Ward (Waukesha, Wis.), Eder Robles (Lynwood, Calif.), Andreas Andrews (Los Angeles, Calif.); MIDFIELDERS (8): Dax McCarty (Maitland, Fla.), Daniel Szetela (Clifton, N.J.), Michael Bradley (Pennington, Calif.), Michael Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Eric Avila (Encinitas, Calif.), Christian Jimenez (San Dimas, Calif.) Gabriel Farfan (San Diego, Calif.) David Arvizu (Santa Ana, Calif.); FORWARDS (4): Rodrigo Hidalgo (Atlantis, Fla.), Michael Stephens (Woodridge, Ill.), Cesar Nunez (Gurnee, Ill.), Brett King (Wilmington, N.C.).
U-17 MNT Schedule
Date        Opponent
Feb. 6       L.A. Galaxy

U-17s DEFEAT TWO IMG TEAMS OVER THE WEEKEND: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Teams came up with wins this weekend against two IMG teams in Bradenton, Fla. The U-17 '87s exploded for four goals in the second half against IMG U-18 to coast to a 5-1 victory on Saturday (Jan. 24) afternoon. Playing his first match since being drafted No. 1 overall by D.C. United in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, forward Freddy Adu led the way with one goal and two assists. Eric Avila knocked in the first two goals in the second half, while Rodrigo Hidalgo and Christian Jimenez scored the following two for the victory. The U-17 '88s were involved in a much closer match on the same day, but were still able to come away victorious, downing IMG U-17 1-0 behind Tony Ampaipitakwong's winning goal off a pass from Jonathan Villanueva in the 55th minute.
U-17 '87s Result
Date     Opponent    U.S. Goal Scorers
Jan. 24    IMG U-18    Adu, Avila (2), Jimenez, Hidalgo
U-17 '88s Result
Date     Opponent    U.S. Goal Scorers
Jan. 24    IMG U-17    Ampaiptakwong

U-16 GNT HEADS TO THE HOME DEPOT CENTER FOR FIRST CAMP OF 2004:
The U.S. Under-16 Girl's National Team will kick off its first camp of the year at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., on January 30 as head coach Sue Montagne Patberg will train 24 players until Feb. 7.  Among the 24 players are 11 from Region 1, six from Region 2 (including forward Casey Nogueira, the daughter of indoor soccer goalkeeping legend Victor Nogueira), four players from Region 4 and three players from Region 3, all from Texas.  Among the three goalkeepers is 5-foot-11 Nicole Weiss, who doesn't turn 15 until the day before the camp ends.  Following is the U.S. roster for the training camp:
GOALKEEPERS: Wendy Balogun (Bowie, Md.), Alyssa Naeher (Stratford, Conn.), Nicole Weiss (Redding, Conn.); DEFENDERS: Jenna Belcher (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.), Hannah Cerrone (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Gina DeMaio (Parsippany, N.J.), Lindsay Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.), Nicole Moore (Virginia Beach, Va.), Kristen Stalter (Strongsville, Ohio), Lauren Switzer (St. Charles, Ill.), Alexondrea Trusty (Media, Pa.); MIDFIELDERS: Courtney Barg (Plano, Texas), Amber Gnatzig (Humble, Texas), Alexandria Hawkins (Encinitas, Calif.), Hallie Huston (Leucadia, Calif.), Meghan Klingenberg (Wexford, Pa.), Casie Ludemann (Holtsfield, N.Y.), Olivia West (Columbus, Ohio); FORWARDS: Bianca D'Agostino (Longmeadow, Mass.), Katya Hessel (Edwardsville, Ill.), Whitney Hooper (Houston, Texas), Ashley Moore (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Casey Nogueira (Cedarburg, Wisc.), Danielle Toney (Northville, Mich.).

– AROUND THE SOCCER REGION –

U.S., HONDURAS TO HOST UNDER-20 QUALIFYING FOR 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP: CONCACAF has unveiled the venues for the Under-20 final qualifying stages that will take place in 2005. The USA, along with Honduras, has been selected as a host nation for one of the two qualifying groups for the competition that will lead to four CONCACAF berths into the FIFA World Youth Championships Netherlands 2005. The U.S. finished fifth at the FIFA World Youth Championship UAE 2003. The U.S. and Honduras will each stage one group of four teams, with the top two finishers from each group qualifying for the FIFA event. In addition to the hosts, Canada and Mexico have already been awarded a spot in the tournament. Two of the other teams will be from Central America and two will be from the Caribbean. This event will be played in February/March 2005. A total of 31 countries have submitted their applications to compete in the CONCACAF U-20 qualifying rounds that will ultimately lead to places in the FIFA World Youth (U-20) Championships in 2005 taking place in the Netherlands. This is three more than competed in this event last time.
Confirmed National Associations for 2005 CONCACAF Under-20 Qualification
Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala (currently suspended by CONCACAF/FIFA), Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Suriname, Saint-Martin (CONCACAF Affiliate/Non-FIFA Member), Trinidad & Tobago, USA, US Virgin Islands

CANADA, COSTA RICA TO HOST UNDER-17 QUALIFYING FOR 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP: Canada and Costa Rica will each host a group for the final stage of CONCACAF U-17 qualification, where three teams will advance to the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005. The U.S. finished fifth at the FIFA World Youth Championship Finland 2003. Games in the final qualifying event will take place in April/May 2005. Canada and Costa Rica will be joined by six other competing nations comprising of Mexico and USA from North America, two from Central America and two from the Caribbean. The group winners will qualify directly to the FIFA U-17 World Championship, while the two group runners-up will compete in a home-and-away playoff, with the winner earning the final CONCACAF berth to the FIFA event. A total of 32 nations have applied to participate in the preliminary rounds qualification for the U-17 FIFA event to be held in Peru in 2005. This is up from the 29 that participated in qualifying for the equivalent tournament in 2003.
Confirmed National Associations for 2005 CONCACAF U-17 Qualification

Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala (currently suspened by CONACAF/FIFA, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
 
- U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT-

PEAK PERFORMER: The Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer for announcing that they have signed an agreement with Bridgeview, Illinois, to build a $70 million, 20,000 to 25,000-seat, world-class soccer stadium in Chicago’s Southland region that will house the Major League Soccer team permanently with a targeted move-in date of Spring 2006. The venue will become the fourth soccer specific stadium among MLS teams.

MARQUEE MATCH-UP: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Women’s World Cup runner-up Sweden in a rematch of the FIFA WWC 2003 Opening Game on Friday, Jan. 30 in Shenzhen, China. With no Hamm, Foudy or Chastain the U.S. has a younger feel for this tournament that includes four members of the Under-19 World Championship Team from 2002.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Soccer giant Brazil, on a quest to win all four FIFA World Championships in one cycle, will not be sending a team to Athens for the Olympics this summer. A 33rd minute goal by Paraguay defender Jose De Vaca was all his team needed for a 1-0 upset on Sunday, Jan. 25 in Santiago, Chile in CONMEBOL Olympic Qualifying.

QUOTABLE: “He said, ‘I will show you that I'm a 90-minute player.’ He showed that, put the team on his back and carried us to the championship.”
-- Bruce Arena, who recalled thinking that recently retired D.C. United midfielder Marco Etcheverry wasn't fit enough to play a full 90 minutes during the team's first season in 1996.

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