U.S. Under-20 MNT Notes
June 6, 2005
ON TO ENSCHEDE: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has moved from the tranquil town of Mierlo, traveling two hours northeast to the slightly more bustling Holland city of Enschede, their venue for the first round of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. The U.S. will have four days of training before their opening match of the FIFA World Youth Championship against Argentina on June 11 at 5:30 p.m. local time/ 11:30 a.m. ET. The team will then face Germany on June 14 (8:30 p.m. local time/ 2:30 p.m. ET) and conclude group play on June 18 (1:30 p.m. local time/ 7:30 a.m. ET) against Egypt. The U.S. will play all three of their first round games at the 13,500-seat Arke Stadium in Enschede. Every U.S. match at the World Youth Championship can be followed live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
ALL U.S. GAMES ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL: All three of the U.S. Under-20 Group D matches will be televised live by Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura and Galavison. Fox Soccer Channel will also be re-playing the three U.S. games later the same day. A number of other World Youth Championship matches will also be televised by the three stations. For a complete list of matches during the tournament's first week on Fox Soccer Channel, click here. For the tournament's second week schedule, click here.
Date Matchup Television Eastern Time – Live / Replay
June 11 U.S. vs. Argentina FSC/Telefutura 11:30 a.m. / 8 p.m. (FSC)
June 14 U.S. vs. Germany FSC/Galavision* 2:30 p.m. / 11 p.m. (FSC)
June 18 U.S. vs. Egypt FSC/Galavision 7:30 a.m./ 12 and 4 p.m. (FSC)
* Galavision for Germany game is West feed ONLY
CHINA GAME: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team played their final international match before kicking off the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in a slight rain on Sunday evening, defeating China PR 2-0 just over the Holland border in Wegberg, Germany. The U.S. got two first-half goals from Chad Barrett and Patrick Ianni, and goalkeeper Quentin Westberg picked up the shutout to provide the U.S. with the victory. Click here for the full match report.
ALL_ACCESS ON CHINA MATCH: The next installment of ussoccer.com’s All_Access Video is now available. Watch the U.S. as they take on China and hear from head coach Sigi Schmid as he grades the team’s performance. Click here to watch the video.
AUDIO DIARY FROM HOLLAND: As part of ussoccer.com’s new content, midfielders Benny Feilhaber and Sacha Kljestan will be providing an audio diary throughout the U.S. Under-20 MNT’s journey through the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. Now available is their first segment as they talk about their trip over to Holland and their first few days in the town of Mierlo as they go through their final preparations. For the audio diary podcast, click here.
TALKING WITH SPEC’: He hasn’t been with the U.S. Under-20s since February of 2004, which means Jonathan Spector is getting to know the teammates he’s never met on the team this week in Holland. We figured you might be curious as to what Jonathan has been up to since his long spell away from the U.S. national team scene, so ussoccer.com sat down with the Manchester United defender to talk about everything from his nightmare trip to Holland, to his past year with Man U and what he thinks about the team’s chances in the FIFA World Youth Championship. To read Spector’s entire interview, click here.
IANNI PUMPED: Patrick Ianni’s goal against China in their friendly on Monday was his first with the Under-20s and the UCLA defender was definitely excited about finding the back of the net. After the linesman raised his flag to indicate his shot had crossed the line, Ianni sprinted toward the top of the penalty and started yelling (a bit high pitched we must say), before jumping in the arms of a teammate. Not the manliest of celebrations we can remember, but then again you can’t blame a guy who hasn’t had the chance to practice too many times. Plus, you gotta love the spontaneous reaction.
MAN U FRIENDS: Before the U.S. Under-20 MNT’s scrimmage with China on Sunday, a couple acquaintances were reunited ... but they didn’t really talk. Dong Fangzhuo, a forward for the China U-20 national team, and Jonathan Spector are two of Manchester United’s young talents and greeted each other in front of the locker room before the match. We stress greeted because due to Fangzhou’s limited English the two basically shook hands, smiled and said their hellos. Spector first met Fangzhou when he was on trial with United and spent additional time with him when Fangzhou was back at Manchester rehabbing an injury this year. Fangzhou began his Red Devils career with Belgium feeder club Royal Antwerp as he does not qualify for a UK work permit and needs to get his citizenship in Belgium, which would allow him to play in England. United has confirmed that the 20-year-old striker will be with the first team during their four-game pre-season tour of Asia this summer.
U.S. AND MLS GAMES: The U.S. U-20 players didn’t get to see any of the older counterparts take on Costa Rica in their home World Cup qualifier in Utah on Saturday night as the kickoff for the match in Holland was 1:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. As the good players they are, they were sound asleep by then to get a solid nights rest ... at least we think. The match wasn’t on TV here in Holland, but the coaches stayed up to follow at least the first half on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
GOING MOHAWK: While David Beckham isn’t sporting the Mohawk hairstyle anymore, a couple of the U.S. players are going with his famous ‘do in Holland. Colorado Rapids defender Hunter Freeman can be seen fiddling with his hair throughout the day, making sure his hair “Beckham” is looking good, but it’s goalkeeper Quentin Westberg that may be spending the most time on his hair than anyone on the team (even the blond curls of Danny Szetela). Westberg switched to the Mohawk before arriving in Holland and uses enough gel that his hair barely gets messed up during practice.
OUT BEFORE TOURNAMENT STARTS: Two players will not be able to play in the opening games of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship for their respective teams as the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has confirmed that Hongliang Wang (China PR) and Filipe (Brazil) are ineligible. Wang was sent off during the qualification match between Korea Republic and China PR played on October 9, 2004 in Malaysia. As a result, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has banned the player for one game. Similarly, Filipe (Brazil) was sent off during the qualification match between Argentina and Brazil played on February 6, 2005, in Colombia and the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). Thus, both players are not eligible to play in their team´s first match of the tournament. China PR faces Turkey on June 11 in Utrecht, and Brazil takes on Nigeria on June 12 in Emmen.
TOURNAMENT FACT: Out of the 504 players playing in the tournament, 48 have previous experience in a FIFA U-17 World Championship competition and 24 of them played in the last World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates back in 2003.