Four Bruins Named To U.S. World Youth Championship Team Roster
May 31, 2005
Four UCLA soccer players will represent the U.S. at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland. Current Bruins Benny Feilhaber, Patrick Ianni and Marvell Wynne, along with former Bruin Chad Barrett, were selected by United States Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Sigi Schmid, also a former Bruin player and coach, to the U.S. 21-man roster.
All four Bruins were starters for the U.S. when it won its qualifying tournament in Carson in January. Ianni and Wynne were both starters on a defense that allowed just one goal in three games during the qualifying tournament. In the CONCACAF opener, Feilhaber played a role in the United States' first four goals in a 6-1 victory over Trinidad & Tobago, and Barrett scored the game-winning goal against Costa Rica.
The World Youth Championship will take place June 10-July 2. The team will travel to Holland on Wednesday, June 1 and conduct a week-and-a-half of training before the tournament. The team will spend their first four days in Mierlo, which is east of Eindhoven, before traveling to Enschede, their venue for the first round of play. During their stay in Mierlo, the team is scheduled to play a friendly game against the China Under-20 Men's National Team on Sunday, June 5.
The U.S. Under-20s were drawn into the difficult Group D with Argentina, Germany and Egypt. The U.S. will open the World Youth Championship against Argentina on June 11 at 5:30 p.m. local time/ 11:30 a.m. ET, before facing Germany on June 14 (8:30 p.m. local time/ 2:30 p.m. ET) and concluding group play on June 18 (1:30 p.m. local time/ 7:30 a.m. ET) against Egypt. The U.S. will play all three of their first round games at the 13,500-seat Arke Stadium in Enschede, Holland. Every U.S. match at the World Youth Championship can be followed live via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
In the United States, matches from the FIFA World Youth Championship will mostly be televised on Galavision, with selected games on Telefutura and Univision. Check ussoccer.com for the latest television schedule information.
U.S. Under-20 National Team - World Youth Championship Roster
Goalkeepers - Justin Hughes (Univ. of North Carolina), Andrew Kartunen (Stanford), Quentin Westberg (ESTAC Troyes)
Midfielders - Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Hunter Freeman (Virginia), Brad Evans (UC Irvine), Benny Feilhaber (UCLA), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars), Sacha Kljestan (Seton Hall), Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew)
Forwards - Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Will John (Chicago Fire), Lee Nguyen (Dallas Texans), Sammy Ochoa (Tecos), Jacob Peterson (Indiana Univ.).
In addition, UCLA team awards were presented on May 29. Winning awards were Mike Enfield (Team MVP and MVP Offense, joining McKinley Tennyson Jr. as only the second Bruin in history to win both awards), Aaron Lopez (MVP Defense), Wynne (Rookie of the Year), Eric Reed and Ahmed Khalil (Most Improved), and Ianni (Coach's Award).
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