Ianni Selected To U.S. Under-20 National Team
Aug. 18, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - UCLA freshman defender/midfielder Patrick Ianni (Lodi, Calif./Lodi HS) has been selected to compete for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team in the L'Alcudia International Tournament in Spain from Aug. 19-27.
Ianni will miss the rest of the pre-season training but will return in time for UCLA's season opener against Penn State on Aug. 29 at Cal State Fullerton.
The U.S. is in Group A of the eight-team tournament along with Egypt, Russia and Sovenia. Group B includes Gabon, Ukraine, Uruguay and Valencia, a regional team from Spain. The U.S. Schedule begins with Egypt on Aug. 21. Prior to the tournament, the U.S. will play a friendly match on Aug. 19 vs. Villareal.
The team is in preparations for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championships which will be held in the United Arab Emirates from November 27 to December 19. Originally scheduled for March 25 to April 16, the tournament change dates due to military conflict in the region.
In other Youth National Team news, freshman defender Brandon Owens and the U-17s advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Youth Championships in Finland after a 2-1 win over Sierra Leone. Owens started at defense for the U.S. for the second straight game. In the 6-1 first round victory over Korea, Owens scored the go-ahead goal in the 26th minute.
Under-20 Men's National Team Roster
L'Alcudia International Tournament - Spain - August 17-29, 2003
Name, Position, Hometown (Club/School)
Arturo Alvarez, F, Houston, TX (San Jose Earthquakes)
Marc Burch, F, Cincinnati, OH (University of Evansville)
Craig Capano, M, Hyde Park, NY (Chicago Fire)
Dimi Colon, F, Grossbottwar, Germany (Freiburg)
Clint Dempsey, F, Nacogdoches, TX (Furman University)
Patrick Ianni, M, Lodi, CA (UCLA)
David Johnson, M, Riverside, CA (Willem II, Netherlands)
Danny Karbassiyoon, F, Roanoke, VA (Arsenal, England)
Chad Marshall, D, Riverside, CA (Stanford University)
Drew Moor, M, Dallas, TX (Indiana University)
Heath Pearce, D, Modesto, CA (University of Portland)
Patrick Phelan, D, Enfield, CT (Oakwood SC)
Miguel Saavedra, M, Milwaukee, WI
Adam Schuerman, GK, Brookfield, WI (University of Connecticut)
Frank Simek, D, Millstadt, IL (Arsenal, England)
Mike Videira, M, Milford, MA (Boston Blast)
Zak Whitbread, D, Liverpool, England (Liverpool, England)
Ford Williams, GK, Raleigh, N.C. (University of North Carolina)
National Team Staff
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen (Potomac Falls, VA
Assistant Coach: Cle Kooiman (Alta Loma, CA)
Assistant Coach: Fernando Clavijo (Davie, FL)