Klaas To Compete With U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team In World Qualifying Tournament

Nov. 12, 2002

SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington men's soccer sophomore C.J. Klaas will compete with the United States Under-20 Men's National Team in its CONCACAF world qualifying tournament at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C., beginning Wednesday.

The U.S., competing in the Group B Qualifying Tournament, will face Haiti, Wed., Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by matches with El Salvador Fri., Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Canada, Sun., Nov. 17, at 2:30 p.m. Matches can be followed live on www.ussoccer.com.

The top two team finishers in Charleston will advance to the FIFA World Championships in the United Arab Emirates March 25-April 16.

Klaas, last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and a Soccer America All-Freshman Team selection, missed Washington's last game at Oregon State and will likewise miss the Huskies' season finale with Cal and Stanford at home this Friday and Sunday.

Before joining the U-20 team in Charleston, the Husky midfielder tallied one goal and four assists for Washington. His one goal was the game-winner over No. 3 UCLA in double overtime, Nov. 1.

Klaas has been a national team player since 1997, including stints with the U-18 team in 2001 and the U-16 team in 1998 and 1999.

The U.S. Under-20's are attempting to qualify for a fourth consecutive FIFA World Youth Championship for the first time in U.S. soccer history.

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