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U.S. Under-17 MNT Prepares to Face Peru in Second Match of South America Tour

United States Under-17 Men’s National Team
Training Camp Update
San Luis, Argentina
October 10, 2006

GEARING UP FOR PERU: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team kicks off the Torneo Internacional Sub-17 Provincia de San Luis against Peru on Tuesday night in the second match of a doubleheader that pits host Argentina against New Zealand in the opening match. Kickoff at the Estadio Juan Gilberto Funes is set for 6 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET). A full match report will be available following the match at, along with photos and all_access highlights.

FORMAT: The tournament format consists of two first-round matches, with the winners of each match competing for the championship while the losers meet for third place. Since there must be a winner in each match, if the teams are tied after 90 minutes they will immediately proceed to penalty kicks to decide the outcome. The final and third place matches will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. local time.

HACKWORTH NAMES 20-MAN ROSTER FOR PERU MATCH: U.S. U-17 head coach John Hackworth has made two changes to the roster that suited up for the Oct. 5 match against Uruguay, adding defender Brandon Zimmerman and midfielder Ryan Gracia. The match is the second of nine matches (four internationals) the U.S. U-17s are scheduled to play while in Uruguay and Argentina.

U-17 MNT Roster vs. Peru
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo, Zac MacMath
DEFENDERS (6): Mykell Bates, Kofi Sarkodie, Howard Turk, Matthew Uy, Sheanon Williams, Brandon Zimmerman
MIDFIELDERS (9): Danny Barrera, Greg Garza, Ryan Gracia, Jared Jeffrey, Brendan King, Amobi Okugo, Jesse Paredes, Kirk Urso, Daniel Wenzel
FORWARDS (3): Jose Altimorano, Axel Levry, Ellis McLoughlin.

U-17s VS. PERU: The U-17s have twice faced Peru in the last four years, splitting the results in matches both held on foreign soil. The teams first faced off in the third place match of the Mondial Minimes Montaigu Vendee Tournament in France. Eddie Gaven recorded the USA’s lone goal in the 3-1 loss on April 1, 2002. Just over two years later, the visitors played spoilers to the host nation at the Copa Telefonica in Piura. Preston Zimmerman (Hamburg SV) and Quavas Kirk (Los Angeles Galaxy) paced the U.S. to a 2-1 win on April 10, 2004.

SETTLING IN TO SAN LUIS: The U.S. team has taken up residence at the Hotel Potrero de los Funes in the central Argentinean town of San Luis, approximately a 10-hour bus ride (yes, we timed it) west from Buenos Aires. Overlooking a small lake, the hotel is nestled in a valley in a region famous for its production of onyx. Both Argentina and Peru are staying in the same hotel as well, which made for a very busy dining room last night at dinner. After arriving from Buenos Aires around 5 p.m. Monday night, the boys made a quick change and headed to the stadium for a 90-minute workout as the sun fell on San Luis. This morning, the coaches put the team through a light session that included practicing penalty kicks.

SEEING THE SUPERCLASICO: The team took the day off last Sunday from training, but still got some of the best soccer education in the world when they witnessed one of the most exciting spectacles in all of soccer, the famed ‘Superclasico’ between Buenos Aires rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors. Played at the Estadio Monumental, site of the 1978 World Cup final and home of River Plate, the game inspires a passion and energy unlike anything most fans have ever seen (photo gallery). The stadium was overflowing with the sound of singing, drums and the cheering of rival fans – and this was two hours before kick off! Boca entered the match in first place and four points ahead of River in the standings, which naturally made the game a ‘must-win’ for River, according to the massive media coverage that blanketed the country in the week leading up to the game. Sitting in seats just off midfield and about 20 rows up from the pitch, the boys watched as River turned a 1-1 halftime score into a 3-1 victory, sending the throngs of supporters into an absolute frenzy. Some of the boys got into the act, waving flags and sporting the jersey of the ‘home’ team. Stay tuned for an all_access video that chronicles the exciting afternoon.

IN MEMORY OF MOOCH: The impact of the loss of Glenn Myernick in the U.S. Soccer community extends across the country, and the ripples are certainly felt here in Argentina. U-17 MNT head coach John Hackworth, a long-time friend and understudy of Mooch, and the rest of the players and staff will wear black armbands tonight in memory of their mentor and friend. “I feel like I lost a dear friend, a mentor and human being that personified all the good things in life,” said Hackworth. “He will be missed tremendously, and we will try to honor Mooch by continuing to represent the sport and our country in a way that would make him proud. Our deepest sympathies go out to Nancy, Kelly and Travis, and the rest of his family.”

ALL_ACCESS VIDEO – SOUTH AMERICAN STYLE: In case you haven’t been keeping up, all_access video continues to chronicle the team’s South American adventure. Already on the play list are highlights from training, including a talk with midfielder Danny Wenzel and Mykell Bates, and scenes from the Oct. 5 match against Uruguay. For all the latest video, photos and news, log on to

“I knew that Boca-River was a big rivalry, and it looked pretty intense having seen it on TV, but it’s nothing compared to being in the stadium. It was packed, extremely loud and intense. The fireworks and flares kind of caught me off guard a bit, but it was amazing. I definitely walked out of there a River Plate fan. ”

U.S. defender Lonnie Carter, on the ‘Superclasico’.

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