Steve Purdy To Play For U.S. Under-20 National Team

June 11, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. - California sophomore Steve Purdy was one of 23 players selected to represent the United States under-20 national team in a game against Brazil Wednesday, June 16, at 8 p.m. ET at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Brazil is the defending Under-20 FIFA World Champion.

'This is a great honor for Steve and Cal soccer,' said Cal head coach Kevin Grimes. 'His selection is well deserved based on his exceptional play for us last season. He was recognized around the country as one of the top collegiate freshmen.'

Purdy, a defender and midfielder, earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors as a freshman in 2003. The San Jose, Calif., product started 20 of 22 contests he played in for the Bears last year.

Purdy is in elite company on the under-20 roster, as six members are playing professionally, with five athletes representing teams in Major Lague Soccer. D.C. United's Freddy Adu, who turned 15 last week, is among the pro group. Purdy, who has previously trained with the U.S. under-18 team, is one of three current Pac-10 athletes on the U.S. under-20 squad.

The morning after the match with Brazil, the majority of the U.S. under-20 roster will travel to Busan, South Korea, to participate in the June 22-26 Busan Four Nations International Tournament. The United States will face South Korea, Poland and Brazil once again in a round-robin format.

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