– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
UNDER-19 WOMEN EASILY QUALIFY FOR 2004 FIFA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Behind a first-half hat trick from midfielder Angela Woznuk, the U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team secured a place in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship on June 4 with a 6-0 victory over Mexico in the semifinals of the CONCACAF U-19 Final Qualifying Tournament at McGill University Molson Stadium in Montreal, Canada. The U.S. qualified for its second straight U-19 World Championship with the semifinal victory and will have five months to prepare to defend its crown against the best in the world in Thailand from Nov. 10-27. The U.S. won the inaugural U-19 World Championship in 2002 behind a golden goal from Lindsay Tarpley in overtime for a 1-0 victory over Canada in Edmonton. Canada captured the second of two CONCACAF bids available to the U-19 World Championship after defeating Costa Rica 4-0 in the second semifinal played directly after the USA-Mexico match. In the tournament final, a reversal of the 2002 world championship final, Canada won in the 118th minute on a golden goal by Josee Belanger. The U.S. opened the tournament with dominating victories over Dominican Republic (14-0 on May 28), Trinidad & Tobago (11-1 on May 30) before tying Costa Rica 0-0 on June 1 to win the group and advance to the semifinals. U.S. forward Kerri Hanks finished as the leading scorer of the tournament with nine goals in four matches.
U.S. U-19 WNT Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
May 28 Dominican Republic 14-0 W Kia McNeill (4), Kerri Hanks (3), Megan Rapinoe (2), Stephanie Kron, Yael Averbuch, Rachel Buehler, Alexa Orand, Stacy Lindstrom
May 30 Trinidad & Tobago 11-1 W Kerri Hanks (3), Bristyn Davis (2), Yael Averbuch, Angie Woznuk, Rachel Buehler, Megan Rapinoe
June 1 Costa Rica 0-0 T ---
June 4 Mexico 6-0 W Woznuk (3), Hanks (2), Kron
June 6 Canada 1-2 L (OT) Hanks
UNDER-20s TO FACE BRAZIL ON JUNE 16, TRAVEL TO SOUTH KOREA FOR TOURNEY: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will play defending Under-20 FIFA World Champion Brazil on Wednesday, June 16, at 8 p.m. (ET) at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. It will be the U.S. U-20’s second match at Lockhart Stadium in two months after they defeated Haiti Select 1-0 on April 21 behind a 20-yard strike from Craig Capano in the second half. After the Brazil match, the majority of the team will then travel to Busan, South Korea to participate in the Busan Four Nations International Tournament along with South Korea, Poland and Brazil. The team will leave on June 18 and have a few days of training before facing South Korea in the opening match of the tournament on June 22. The U.S. will then face Brazil on June 24 and finish the round-robin play against Poland on Feb. 26. All the matches will take place at Busan Asiad Main Stadium. Head coach Thomas Rongen will announce his roster for the Brazil match and the South Korea trip tomorrow (June 8). The roster will consist of a mixture of professional, top college and top high school players, as Rongen continues to sort through the U.S. U-20 player pool in preparation for the CONCACAF U-20 World Youth Championship qualifying tournament in January 2005. Advance tickets for the Brazil match on June 16 are $20 for adults and $10 for kids under the age of 12 and are on sale now by calling Complete Ticket Solutions at 1-877-877-7677 or online at www.tixops.com. For groups of 25 or more, there is a $2 discount per ticket. Tickets are also available online at:
U-20 MNT Schedule
Date Opponent Kickoff
June 16 Brazil 8 p.m. ET
U-20 MNT Schedule – Busan International Tournament
Date Opponent Kickoff (local / ET)
June 22 South Korea 7 p.m. / 6 a.m.
June 24 Brazil 4:30 p.m. / 3:30 a.m.
June 26 Poland 12:30 p.m. / 11:30 p.m.
U-17 ’88 MNT TESTED BY OLDER COMPETITION DURING CAMP IN CARSON: The U.S. Under-17 '88 Men's National Team met some tough, older competition during last week’s training camp at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. After falling to the much older U-19 Irvine Strikers 4-0 on May 29, the ‘88s came out with a higher intensity three days later in the rematch and pulled out a tight 1-0 victory behind a clinical finish by David Arvizu, who was sent through by Ryan Soroka in the 77th minute. On June 2, the U.S. fell to an experienced Orange County BlueStars (PDL) team 1-0 after a second half goal off a corner kick. The following day, the U.S. broke into two squads as head coach John Ellinger had brought in seven players not currently in Residency as he looks to solidify his squad as they near qualifying for the U-17 World Championship in early 2005. The majority of Residency players took on the Irvine Strikers once again (as the AEG All-Stars were forced to cancel a day earlier) and fell behind by two goals after the 16th minute, but were able to battle back to tie the match on goals by Quavas Kirk (18th) and Richard Edgar (35th), only to surrender a penalty kick in the 87th minute to fall 3-2 to the older squad. In the final match of the week, the U.S. got goals from Gabriel Farfan, Danny Ortega and David Arvizu to cruise to a 3-1 victory over the Santa Anita Stampede.
U-17 ’88 MNT Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
May 29 Irvine Strikers U-19 0-4 L ---
June 1 Irvine Strikers U-19 1-0 W Arvizu
June 2 Orange Co. BlueStars (PDL) 0-1 L ---
June 3 Irvine Strikers U-19 2-3 L Kirk, Edgar
June 3 Santa Anita Stampede 3-1 W G. Farfan, Ortega, Arvizu