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Bobby Convey and Santino Quaranta to Take On the World

November 13, 2003 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - D.C. United News Release

CHANTILLY, VA (November 13, 2003) — D.C. United stars Bobby Convey and Santino Quaranta have been named to the 20-man roster selected by U.S. U-20 Coach Thomas Rongen that will represent the United States at the World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates from Nov. 27-Dec. 19. The occasion marks the second time that Convey has been asked to participate in the tournament, as he was a member of the squad that traveled to Argentina for the competition two years ago.

“We are excited for Bobby and Santino’s inclusion in the U.S. U-20 World Cup roster,” said United Technical Director Dave Kasper. “We wish them and the American team the best of luck as they compete on the world’s stage.”

The team will travel to UAE on Saturday, Nov. 22 and conduct a week of training before the tournament, which will include a friendly against Panama on Tuesday, Nov. 25 in Abu Dhabi. The U.S. was drawn into Group F and will play all three of its games at Al-Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The Under-20s will open the tournament on Nov. 29 against Paraguay, before meeting Germany on Dec. 2, and finishing group play against South Korea on Dec. 5. Every U.S. match at the World Youth Championship can be followed live via’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. All three U.S. games will also be televised in the U.S. on Galavision.

This season has been a busy one for Convey, who, in addition to wearing the captain’s armband for the U-20’s, is also a member of the U.S. U-23 and U.S. Men’s National Teams. In fact, he made more appearances this year on the full National Team than any other player (15) and scored his first goal for the side with a dramatic game-winner against Costa Rica in the Third Place match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Convey made 21 appearances for D.C. United this season, including his first ever playoff matches on November 1st and 9th. He finished the season with five points on two goals and one assist.

Quaranta joins the U-20’s having recently overcome a nagging knee injury. After missing nearly three months of action for the Black-and-Red, the local product returned to take part in the last three games of United’s season. He also finished the year with five points, with his coming from one goal and three assists. His only goal of the campaign came in the season-opening 3-2 playoff loss to Kansas City on April 12th.

Quaranta is an experienced international, having participated in friendlies and competitive matches with both the U-17 and U-20 teams. He finished the 2001 season as the top assist man for the U-17’s with 11 and was second on the side in goals with 17. He, like Convey, was a member of the U-20 side that earned a berth in the World Youth Championships in last November’s qualifying tournament in Charleston, S.C.

The 24-team field at the FIFA World Youth Championship will be divided into six groups of four, with the top two teams in each group and the four best teams among those ranked third at the end of the first round qualifying for the Round of 16. All of the matches during the tournament will be played in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Dubai and Al-Ain.

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