Youth National Team Update: June 21-June 28
U-20 MEN TAKE THIRD AT BUSAN FOUR NATIONS INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team battled Poland to a 2-2 draw on June 26 in their third and final match of the Busan Four Nations International Tournament in Busan, South Korea, to finish in third place. The U.S. finished tied with Poland in the tournament with one point, but finished ahead of them in the standings with a better goal differential of minus-2, compared to minus-3 for Poland. The U.S. came back twice against Poland after falling behind 1-0 and 2-1, scoring both of their goals in the second half. Will John scored the first equalizer, beating two defenders before blasting his shot into the lower right corner, while Nathan Sturgis forced the draw with a strike from deep that found the upper-left corner. The U.S. fell in their two previous games in the four-team round robin tournament, losing 1-0 to South Korea in the opening match on June 22 and then dropping a close match to Brazil 2-1 on June 24. Against Brazil, the U.S. took a 1-0 lead off a goal from Stuart Holden, but Brazil was able to score two unanswered goals in the second half. South Korea won the tournament, going undefeated after beating Brazil 1-0 in the final match of the tournament.
U-20 MNT Results – Busan International Tournament
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
June 22 South Korea 0-1 L ---
June 24 Brazil 1-2 L Holden
June 26 Poland 2-2 T John, Sturgis
TRAINING FOR 2004 FIFA U-19 WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GEARS UP IN N.J.: In the first training camp since qualifying for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship, U.S. U-19 Women's National Team head coach Mark Krikorian will bring 24 players to New Jersey from July 7-18 to training at the fields of the PDA Soccer Club in Zarephath, N.J. Krikorian called in 17 of the 18 players who helped the USA earn a berth to Thailand, where the 2nd FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship will be held this November, dropping only midfielder Chioma Igwe, who was a last minute replacement for Jen Redmond, who was ruled out of the tournament with a toe injury. The six players (aside from Redmond) who were not at qualifying in Canada and are looking to work their way into a roster spot for the world championship are goalkeeper Alex Gamble (Temecula, Calif.), forwards Amy Berend (Lewisville, Texas), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio), Megan Schnur (Butler, Pa.) and Christina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), and midfielder Jaime Gilbert (North Andover, Mass.). The U-19s will have several days with two training sessions during the camp and will scrimmage the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team on Saturday, July 17, as the U-21s will have a short training period in New Jersey before leaving for the 2004 Nordic Cup in Iceland. All of the top scorers from qualifying will be in camp, including forward Kerri Hanks, who led the tournament in scoring with nine goals. Kia McNeill and Angie Woznuk had four goals each while Megan Rapinoe scored three times. Four other players had two goals in the tournament that saw the USA defeat Mexico, 6-0, in the semifinal to earn its berth to Thailand before falling, 2-1, to Canada in the title game for regional bragging rights. Four of the players in camp will have a short trip to camp, as they hail from New Jersey, in Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.) and Jen Redmond (Morristown, N.J.), who plays for the PDA Galaxy team in the PDA Soccer Club.
U-19 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Alex Gamble (Temecula, Calif.), Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.), DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Portland), Kia McNeil (Avon, Conn.), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia); MIDFIELDERS (6): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Jaime Gilbert (North Andover, Mass.), Stephanie Kron (UCLA), Stacey Lindstrom (UCLA), Jennifer Redmond (Morristown, N.J.), Angie Woznuk (Portland); FORWARDS (9): Amy Berend (Lewisville, Texas), Bristyn Davis (UCLA), Christina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio), Megan Schnur (Butler, Pa.).