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Youth National Team Update: July 22-July 28, 2003

U.S. UNDER-21 WOMEN GO UNDEFEATED IN WINNING SIXTH TITLE IN SEVEN TOURNEYS: The U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team won its fifth consecutive Nordic Cup championship, and sixth in the last seven years, with a 2-1 victory over Sweden in the title game of the world's top competition for U-21 women.  Team captain Joanna Lohman (Penn State) scored both goals for the USA, including the game-winner in the 55th minute, as the Americans continued their amazing streak on European soil. U.S. head coach Chris Petrucelli won his first Nordic Cup and becomes the fourth U.S. coach to win the tournament. The USA opened the scoring in the 14th minute as 18-year-old Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.) crossed from the right side to Lindsey Huie (Portland), whose shot was knocked down by the Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.  Lohman pounced on the rebound to finish from five yards out.  Sweden came back quickly right after the kickoff and earned a corner kick, on which they scored to tie the game. Tied 1-1 at halftime, Lohman made it 2-1 when she rose above the Swedish defense to head in a perfectly struck free kick from Cat Reddick (UNC) for the winning goal. Earlier in the week, the U.S. began with Nordic Cup play with a 1-0 win over host Denmark on July 23, then dominated Iceland 3-0 before finishing group play with a 1-1 tie with Norway. In the other placement games yesterday, Denmark picked up a big win for their program, defeating Germany, 3-2, for third place.  Norway defeated Greece, 2-1, for fifth place and Finland took seventh place, defeating Iceland, 8-7 in penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw in regulation time.
U.S. U-21 WNT Results – 2003 Nordic Cup
Date: Opponent, Result - U.S. Goal Scorers
July 21: Denmark, 1-0 W - Tarpley
July 23: Iceland, 3-0 W - Tarpley, Huie, Lohman
July 25: Norway, 1-1 T - McDonald
July 27: Sweden, 2-0 W - Lohman (2)

Group A Standings
Teams     W  L  T  Pts GF GA GD
USA       2  0  1   7  5   1 +4
Denmark   1  1  1   4  3   2 +1
Norway    0  0  3   3  3   3  0
Iceland   0  2  1   1  1   6 -5

ELLINGER NAMES U.S. U-17 MNT ROSTER FOR FINLAND 2003: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Ellinger announced his 20-player squad to represent the USA at the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Finland from August 13-30. Ellinger has called on all 18 of the players that competed in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying in Guatemala in early March. The Under-17s will travel to Manchester, England, on Wednesday (July 30), where the team has four matches scheduled before it travels on to Finland on August 10. The U.S. will face two local club teams – Blackburn and Manchester United – and two U-17 national teams – Australia and Nigeria, both of whom are in the 16-team world championship field. At Finland 2003, the U.S. will face South Korea on Aug. 14, Sierra Leone on Aug. 17 and Spain on Aug. 20 in Group D.
U.S. U-17 MNT Roster – Finland 2003
Phil Marfuggi (West Windsor, N.J.), Quentin Westberg (Saint Cloud, France), 20-Steve Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio);
DEFENDERS (6): Adrian Chevannes (Ft. Worth, Texas), Kyle Helton (Alpharetta, Ga.), Brandon Owens (Murrieta, Calif.), Jonathan Spector (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Chris Germani (Yardley, Pa.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Steven Curfman (Raleigh, N.C.), John DiRaimondo (St. Louis, Mo.), Corey Ashe (Virginia Beach, Va.), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars), Danny Szetela (Clifton, N.J.), Brian Grazier (Edwardsville, Ill.), Guillermo Gonzalez (L.A. Galaxy), Michael Harrington (Greenville, N.C.);
FORWARDS (3): Freddy Adu (Potomac, Md.), Jamie Watson (Coppell, Texas), Jacob Peterson (Portage, Mich.).
U.S. U-17 MNT Schedule
Date: Opponent
Aug. 2: Blackburn
Aug. 4: Australia
Aug. 7: Manchester United
Aug. 9: Nigeria

UNDER-20 MNT OPENS USASA SOCCER FESTIVAL WITH 1-0 WIN OVER MIDWEST REGION: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team opened its week of action at the 2003 USASA Soccer Festival in Houston, Texas, with a 1-0 win over the Midwest Region yesterday, as forward Ed Johnson provided the lone tally in the 49th minute. The tournament marks the first time that the team has played a match since early March, when it took second in the Madeira International Tournament in Portugal. The U-20s will next take on three international teams, facing El Salvador on July 29, then Honduras on July 31, and Canada on Aug. 2.
U.S. U-20 MNT Schedule 2003 USASA Soccer Festival
Date: Opponent - Result - U.S. Goal Scorers
July 27: USASA Midwest - 1-0 W - E. Johnson
July 29: El Salvador
July 31: Honduras
Aug. 2: Canada

U-18 MNT FINISHES THIRD AT NORTHERN IRELAND MILK CUP WITH PK SHOOTOUT WIN: The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team downed Denmark 5-4 in penalty kicks on July 25 to grab third place at the Northern Ireland Milk Cup. The match was even at 1-1 after regulation before the U.S. hit five of its last six PKs to clinch the result. Denmark opened the scoring in the seventh minute, but the U.S. would answer before the half. Defender Chad Marshall notched the equalizer in the 40th minute off an assist from Arturo Alvarez on a corner kick. The game was even for the entire second half, despite second-half sub Chad Barrett being sent off for the U.S. in the 80th minute with a red card. Denmark took a 1-0 edge in the shootout as Danny Karbassiyoon missed the first U.S. attempt, but the next five U.S. players – Marc Burch, Hunter Freeman, Craig Capano, Arturo Alvarez and Heath Pearce – all converted their chances, while Denmark missed its second and sixth try. In group play, the U.S. went 1-1-1, tying Poland 1-1 in their opener, falling to Paraguay 1-0 and then stopping Scotland 2-0.
U.S. U-18 MNT Results
Date: Opponent, Result - U.S. Goal Scorers
July 19: Poland, 1-1 T - Karbassiyoon
July 21: Paraguay, 0-1 L - ---
July 23: Scotland, 2-0 W - Karbassiyoon, Freeman
July 25: Denmark, 1-1 T (5-4 PKs) - Marshall

U-17 WOMEN TO FACE MEXICO U-19s, REGIONAL TEAMS AT USASA SOCCER FESTIVAL: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will play its first game of the week-long USASA Soccer Festival today against the U-19 WNT of Mexico. The U-17 Women, who are a perfect 4-0 in 2003, will then face all-star teams from USASA West on Wednesday (July 30) and USASA South on Friday (Aug. 1) before a rematch with Mexico on Saturday (Aug. 2).
U.S. U-17 WNT Schedule – 2003 USASA Soccer Festival
Date: Opponent
July 28: Mexico U-19s
July 30: USASA West
Aug. 1: USASA South
Aug. 2: Mexico U-19s