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U.S. Youth Update (July 19, 2004)


U-21 WNT HEADS TO ICELAND FOR 2004 NORDIC CUP: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team left for Iceland on Sunday, flying out of New York's JFK airport after spending a few hours enjoying the sites of Manhattan despite a rainy day. The U.S. team will encounter a much different landscape at the Nordic Cup, traveling to northern Iceland, not far from the Arctic Circle, as they attempt to win the USA U-21's sixth consecutive Nordic Cup title. The U-21s warmed up for the trip with a well-played 1-0 win over the U.S. U-19 Women's National Team at the end of a quick three-day training camp in New Jersey. Midfielder Joanna Lohman converted a second-half penalty kick for the game's lone goal after midfielder Sarah Huffman was taken down in the penalty area. It was Lohman's eighth goal of the year for the U-21s. The 14th Annual Nordic Cup will be held July 23-29. The USA, which was placed in Group B, opens the tournament against Finland on Friday, July 23, in Dalvik, and then faces Norway on Sunday, July 25, in Olafsfjordur. The U.S. will finish first-round play against Germany on Tuesday, July 27, in Dalvik. Group A features Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and England. All four placement matches are set for Thursday, July 29. Held in Northern Europe every summer, the Nordic Cup is the top competition in the world for U-21 women and the focus of the USA’s oldest youth national team during its seven-month run-up to the prestigious competition. Petrucelli chose six veterans of past Nordic Cups and included in the 18-player roster are six players who were members of the USA’s 2002 Under-19 World Championship. Forwards Manya Makoski and Kelly Wilson, midfielders Huffman and Lori Chalupny, and defenders Jill Oakes and Keeley Dowling were all part of the U.S. U-19 team that defeated Canada 1-0 in overtime at the 2002 U-19 World Championship Final in Edmonton in front of almost 50,000 fans. The top two finishers in each group will cross over to play for the championship, while the two second place finishers will play for third, the third place finishers for fifth and the last place finishers in the groups will vie for seventh place.

U-21 WNT 2004 Nordic Cup Schedule
Date    Opponent
July 23    Finland
July 25    Norway
July 27    Germany
July 29    Placement Match

U-21 WNT 2004 Nordic Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), Kati Jo Spisak (Texas A&M); DEFENDERS (5): Keeley Dowling, (Tennessee), Jenny Farenbaugh (Stanford), Lindsey Huie (Portland), Haley Hunt (Stanford), Jill Oakes (UCLA); MIDFIELDERS (7): Lori Chalupny (North Carolina), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Carli Lloyd (Rutgers), Joanna Lohman (Penn State), Julianne Sitch (Depaul), Nikki Thaden (Texas), Kacey White (North Carolina); FORWARDS (4): Natasha Kai (Hawaii), Esmeralda Negron (Princeton), Manya Makoski (ArizonaState), Kelly Wilson (Texas).

U-20 MNT DRAW WITH DENMARK, GET SET TO FACE TURKEY, WALES IN MILK CUP: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team had the lead twice, but ended up allowing Denmark to find equalizing goals to finish their opening match of the 2004 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland in a 2-2 draw. Midfielder Stuart Holden was involved in both of the U.S. goals, scoring the opening goal in the 40th minute and then assisting on Chad Barrett's goal in the 71st. Denmark was able to strike back in the 49th and 77th minutes to snag one point from the match as the two teams sit tied for second place in Group 2 after one match. The U-20s will next face Turkey on Monday, July 19 at the Ballymena Showgrounds before finishing group play in the eight-team tournament against Wales at the Coleraine Showgrounds on July 21. Depending on how they finish in Group 2, the U.S. will play for their final standing on July 23 in the placement match, going up against the team in Group 1 (Brazil, Russia, Northern Ireland and Israel) that finishes in the same position. The Milk Cup will help head coach Thomas Rongen continue to prepare for the CONCACAF U-20 Qualifying Tournament in January 2005.

U-20 MNT Results / Schedule
Date        Opponent    Results    U.S. Goal Scorers
July 17    Denmark     2-2 T         Holden, Barrett
July 19    Turkey
July 21    Wales
July 23    Placement Match

U.S. U-19 WOMEN FINISH CAMP, LOOK TOWARD ASIAN TOUR: The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team completed a 12-day camp in New Jersey yesterday with a 1-0 loss to the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team. The hard fought match came after almost two weeks of training and double-days for the U-19s, who were in their first training camp since qualifying for the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship that will be held in Thailand in November. Three veterans of the USA CONCACAF qualifying roster, forward Kerri Hanks (the leading scorer at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament), midfielder Sheree Gray and New Jersey's Nikki Krzysik, did not play against the U-21s as they were nursing slight injuries. On July 14, the U-19s played the Long Island Lady Rough Riders of the USL W-League, recording a 3-0 win while getting all three goals from players who were not on the qualifying roster as Jessica Rostedt scored twice and Jaime Gilbert added another. Three CONCACAF qualifying veterans added the assists as New Jersey's Jen Redmond, Megan Rapinoe and Kia McNeil set up the goals. The U-19s will next be in action during a still-to-be-finalized tour of China next month, which will serve as excellent preparation for the U-19 World Championship in Thailand.

U-19 WNT Results
Date    Opponent                                    Results    U.S. Goal Scorers 
July 14    Long Island Lady Roughriders    3-0 W      Rostedt (2), McNeil
July 18    U.S. U-21 WNT                        0-1 L        -

U-18 MNT KICK OFF USASA SOCCER FESTIVAL AGAINST BAVARIANS ON TUESDAY: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will kick off the USASA Soccer Festival against the Milwaukee Bavarians on Tuesday, July 20 at 8 p.m. CT in Milwaukee, Wis. The U.S. will then face the USASA Men’s National Select Team on Thursday, July 22 before finishing the tournament against the Milwaukee Kickers on Saturday, July 24. Head coach Bob Jenkins has brought a 22-player squad for the tournament. The team arrived on Friday and has held two-a-day training sessions for the past three days in preparation for their first match on Tuesday.

U.S. U-18 USASA Soccer Festival Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cain Chey (Aurora, Ill.), Stephen Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio), Chris Seitz (San Luis Obispo, Calif.); DEFENDERS (7): Greg Folk (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Jamie Franks (Medford, N.J.), Lionel Cruz (Round Rock, Texas), Jamil Roberts (Fremont, Calif.), Diego Martinez (Flushings, N.Y.), Pat Marion (Coto de Caza, Calif.), Mike Vallie (Rockville, Md.); MIDFIELDERS (6): Drew Harrison (Roanoke, Va.), Anthony Beltran (Claremont, Calif.), Michael Konicoff (Montebello, N.Y.), Brad Ring (Rockford, Ill.), Lee Ngyuen (Richardson, Texas), Ryan Maduro (Bristol, R.I.); FORWARDS (6): Ely Allen (Kent, Wash.), Steven Bickford (Cary, N.Y.), Rich Costanzo (Jefferson Hills, Penn.), Michele Grella (Glen Cove, N.Y.), Danny Haro (Hialeah, Fla.), Jacob Peterson (Portage, Mich.)

U-17 MEN DEFEAT CANADA 3-2, NEXT PLAY CRUZ AZUL IN MINNESOTA: Eddie Ababio scored the winning goal in his first international match to give the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team a 3-2 win over Canada on Saturday evening in front of 2,525 fans at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The U.S. came back to tie the match twice before Ababio scored the game winner in the 65th minute, just a few minutes after coming on as a reserve. After falling behind 1-0 in the 23rd minute, defender Ofori Sarkodie headed home a Ryan Soroka corner kick to the far post past Canadian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Canada broke the tie once again in the 49th minute as Mike D’Agostino pounced on a deflection in mid-air just inside the 18-yard line and hit snap header into the upper-right side of the goal. The U.S. found the equalizer once again in the 58th minute with a beautifully combination play on the right flank that ended with Carlos Borja crossing to Quavas Kirk for a wide-open goal from the six-yard box. Seven minutes later, Ababio gave the U-17s the victory scoring just three minutes after coming on as a substitute when he collected a Dax McCarty header that sent him through one-on-one with the keeper and he calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net. The U.S. came away with the win despite playing against an older Canadian squad as the U.S. roster is mainly filled with players born in 1988, while Canada’s squad is primarily players born a year earlier in 1987. U.S. head coach John Ellinger did start six ‘87s, putting goalkeeper Marcus Rein, defender Julian Valentin, and midfielders Adam Sloustcher, Danny Szetela, Eric Avila and Dax McCarty on the field. The U.S. will next face another older team when they meet U-18 Cruz Azul, a famous club team in Mexico, on Monday, July 19 at 7:35 p.m. in Blaine, before facing Canada once again a day later.

U-17 MNT Results / Schedule
Date    Opponent    Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
July 17    Canada    3-2 W    Sarkodie, Kirk, Ababio
July 19    Cruz Azul
July 20    Canada

U-17 WNT BEGIN CAMP AT HOME DEPOT CENTER: On Sunday (July 18), the day that the U.S. Women's National Team broke Olympic Residency Camp at the U.S. National Team Training Center in Carson, Calif., the U.S. U-17 WNT hit the field, occupying Field 1 at the Home Depot Center that had been vacated just hours before by the senior team. U.S. U-17 WNT Head Coach David Smith will put 24 players through a camp from July 18-25, during which they will scrimmage two boys teams. Smith, an assistant to Tracey Leone on the 2002 U-19 Women's World Championship winners will be assisted by Pat Baker, who guided Florida State to the NCAA Final Four last season, and Karen Hoppa, also a member of Leone's staff in Canada in 2002. Following is the roster for the U-17 WNT Training Camp.

U-17 WNT Training Camp Roster (July 18-25)
GOALKEEPERS (2); Dianna Pfenninger (Sugar Land, Texas), Megan McCray (San Francisco, Calif.); DEFENDERS (7): Ameera Abdullah (Denver, Colo.), Jenna Blecher (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.), Allison Fries (Dublin, Ohio), Amanda Lernor (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Kasey Moore (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Stefani Rocco (Sacramento, Calif.), Caroline Walden (Guilford, Conn.); MIDFIELDERS (8): Kiara Bosio (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Cydney Currie (Irving, Texas), Courtney Lewis (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Lindsay Lum (Houston, Texas), Mandy Moraca (Mantua, N.J.), Jennifer Om (Fairfax, Va.), Laura Grace Robinson (Houston, Texas), Courtney Rosen (Brecksville, Ohio); FORWARDS (7): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Kylee Rossi (Pennington, N.J.), Kaila Sciascia (North Port, N.Y.), Lauren Shapiro (Phoenix, Ariz.), Erika Sutton (Arvada, Colo.), Brittany Taylor (Campbell Hall, N.Y.).

U.S. U-16 GIRL'S COMPLETE TOUR OF BRAZIL: The U.S. U-16 Girl's National Team finished its tour of Brazil this weekend and picked up some positive results in the team’s only trip abroad in 2004. It was the first-ever trip to Brazil for this age group. Head coach Sue Montagne-Patberg and assistant coach Jillian Ellis, the former U.S. U-21 Women's National Team head coach, led the team to a 3-0 win over Juventus Club on July 15 as Nikki Washington scored two goals and Kelley O'Hara got the other. The young U.S. team then played to a scoreless draw against Gaurani Club in Campinas, a suburb of Sao Paulo, before losing 2-1 to Santos on Sunday at the University of Sao Paulo. The U.S. roster featured five players from the N.Y./N.J. area and three players from Arizona, as well as Casey Nogueira, the daughter of indoor soccer goalkeeping legend, Victor Nogueira.

U-16 GNT Results - Brazil Tour
Date        Opponent           Results    U.S. Goal Scorers      
July 15    Juventus FC      3-0 W    Washinton (2), O'Hara
July 17    Gaurani              0-0 T     --
July 18    Santos                1-2 L     unavailable