Maryland's Salyer Part Of U.S. Soccer's Under-20 Team
March 20, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md.- - U.S. Coach Wolfgang Suhnholz announced his U.S. Under-20 men's soccer team last week, which included University of Maryland freshman defender Philip Salyer. Follow one of the Terps' star defenders through the CONCACAF qualifying tournament here on umterps.com.
Release courtesy of U.S. Soccer, written by Forrest Eber, Team Press Official
SUHNHOLZ ANNOUNCES FINAL 18-MAN ROSTER AS UNDER-20s PREPARE FOR CONCACAF QUALIFYING IN TRINIDAD Galavision to Show March 18, March 22 Matches on Same-Day Delay, Team Travels To Trinidad Wednesday Afternoon
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (March 14, 2001) -- As the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team travels to Trinidad today to begin their final preparations for the CONCACAF qualifying tournament, U.S. head coach Wolfgang Suhnholz has named his 18-player roster that will represent the United States in Trinidad. The final roster includes six professional players, two members of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team and three players who have made an appearance with the full Men's National Team.
After arriving in Trinidad late Wednesday night, the U.S. team will train for three days before playing three matches in five days. The U.S. opens the qualifying tournament at the Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Tunapuna, Trinidad, against Guatemala on March 18, then faces Trinidad & Tobago on March 20 and Costa Rica on March 22. The top two teams from the group will advance to the 2001 World Youth Championship from June 17-July 8 in Argentina.
"Overall, on and off the field, this camp and this team have been better than one could expect," U.S. head coach Wolfgang Suhnholz said. "I am extremely excited for Trinidad and I know the team is ready. We just can't wait to get out onto the field and get the matches going."
The final 18-man roster is the strongest team Suhnholz has fielded in his two-year term as head coach, and marks the first time he has had all of his professional players available at the same time. Landon Donovan (Bayer Leverkusen -- Germany) will be making his first ever Under-20 international appearance, and DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago Fire -- MLS), Bobby Convey (D.C. United -- MLS) and Conor Casey (Borussia Dortmund -- Germany) will be making their first appearances of 2001 with the Under-20 squad. Beasley, Convey and Donovan have combined for eight full Men's National Team appearances, giving Suhnholz's squad unprecedented international experience.
The two other professional players on the roster are Seth Trembly of the Colorado Rapids and Edson Buddle of the Columbus Crew.
Eight players on Suhnholz's roster are from the team that advanced to the 1999 Under-17 World Championship semifinals, including goalkeeper D.J. Countess (UCLA) and defenders Oguchi Onyewu (Clemson), Alexander Yi (UCLA), Nelson Akwari (UCLA) and Trembly. In addition to those five, Beasley, Convey and Donovan were also all on the squad that placed an American-best fourth place at the 1999 event in New Zealand.
Prior to traveling to Trinidad, the U.S. gathered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for a final pre-tournament training camp beginning on March 7. While in Florida the Under-20s played three matches in five days, mimicking the schedule that they will face in Trinidad. The Under-20s dropped a 2-1 decision to the Metrostars on March 9, before rebounding to post two wins against Haiti Select on March 11 and the Miami Fusion on March 13.
Donovan paced the U.S. attack in Florida, wasting no time in adjusting to his newest U.S. team. In just his second match at the Under-20 level, Donovan scored two goals to match his two assists in the first 56 minutes of a 5-1 win against Haiti Select. In a 2-1 win against the Miami Fusion, Donovan again tallied two goals as the U.S. went ahead 2-0 before a late Fusion goal provided the final scoreline.
With Casey's arrival from Germany on Sunday, Suhnholz was finally able play Casey and Donovan together in the 2-1 win against the Fusion. The duo shared the field for 20 minutes, with Donovan playing in the central midfield behind Casey and looked extremely dangerous as Donovan tallied one goal in that period. Throughout the three games in the training camp, the trio of Kyle Martino (University of Virginia), Brian Carroll (Wake Forest) and Kelly Gray (University of Portland) have been Suhnholz's first choice in the central midfield. The three did not allow a goal while on the field together in the team's final two matches of the Florida training camp, and the U.S. scored six goals in that period.
The Under-20s have posted a 9-4-3 record in 2001, including an impressive pair of wins against Mexico in Guadalajara in the team's only two international matches of the year. Buddle leads the U.S. with six goals in 13 games. Martino has produced offense from his attacking midfield position, matching his four goals with four assists in the first 16 matches of the year.
Canada and Jamaica grabbed CONCACAF's first two spots in the World Youth Championship at the Group A qualifying tournament that took place this past week in Victoria, Canada. Canada was the surprise team of the group, going undefeated on its home turf, with victories against Central American powerhouses Mexico and Honduras.
The USA finished 11th at the 1999 World Youth Championship in Nigeria, losing only to eventual finalists Japan and Spain.
Galavision, Fox Sports World to Televise Under-20 CONCACAF Youth Tournament Matches
Galavision has announced that the Spanish-language network will show two of the USA's three matches at the CONCACAF tournament in Trinidad on same-day tape delay in the U.S. The USA's March 18 clash with Guatemala will be shown at 7 p.m. ET, and the USA's final match against Costa Rica on March 22 will also be shown at 7 p.m. ET. Fox Sports World will show all three matches on a delayed broadcast at the conclusion of the tournament.
Under-20 CONCACAF Tournament Television Schedule