Yokers to Compete in Second Straight Nordic Cup
July 9, 2003
BERKELEY - California senior midfielder Kimberly Yokers was one of 18 players chosen to represent the United States at the 2003 Women's Under-21 Nordic Cup Championships, being contested in Denmark from Monday-Sunday, July 21-27. Seven of the athletes, including Yokers, competed in the 2002 Nordic Cup in Finland.
Yokers, a product of Seattle, Wash., was a first team All-Pac-10 and second team NSCAA All-West Region honoree in 2002, posting one goal and four assists for six points. Her only score last season was the game winner in Cal's 2-0 triumph over Denver in the opening round of the NCAA College Cup. Yokers is one of eight returning starters for the Bears in 2003.
The United States has won five out of the last six Nordic Cup tournaments since 1997, and four in a row, including a 2002 crown over Germany. Without a sanctioned FIFA championship for U-21 women, the Nordic Cup serves as the top competition in the world for this age group.
The eight competing teams are divided into two groups of four, with first-round play consisting of round-robin matches within the group. The top teams in each group will cross over to play for the championship, while the two second-place finishers will play for third, the third-place finishers for fifth and the last-place finishers in the groups will vie for seventh.
The U.S. was drawn into a tough Group A and will face Denmark, Norway and Iceland in first-round play. Group B features Sweden, Germany, Finland and the full Greek women's national team, who is using the tournament as preparation for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
The. U.S. opens the tournament against the host nation on July 21, and then faces Iceland on July 23, before completing first-round play against Norway on July 25. All four placement matches are set for July 27. All of the U.S. matches will be played at Randers Stadium in Randers, Denmark.