Earthquakes Midfielder Arturo Alvarez Named To U.S. Under-20 Team For FIFA World Youth Championship
San Jose (Thursday, November 13, 2003) - San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Arturo Alvarez has been named to the 20-man United States Under-20 National Team roster by head coach Thomas Rongen for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, to be held from Nov. 27 - Dec. 19 in the United Arab Emirates.
The U.S. team will travel to the United Arab Emirates on Nov. 22 to begin preparations for the tournament. Should the Quakes advance to the MLS Cup on Sunday, Nov. 23, Alvarez would join the team following that game.
Alvarez, 18, enjoyed a strong rookie season in MLS after joining the Quakes as a 2003 MLS SuperDraft second round draft choice. Alvarez appeared in 15 games for San Jose this season, scoring one goal and registering an assist, including the game-winning goal against Dallas on June 14.
The Houston, Texas native has made numerous appearances with the U.S. Under-18 and Under-20 team this season, providing a quick, attacking presence for both squads. He appeared for the Under-20 team at the USASA Soccer Festival in Houston in late July and also played for the U.S. in its last match against Japan at The Home Depot Center on October 8.
The U.S. Under-20 team will practice for a week in the United Arab Emirates before opening the tournament on Nov. 29 against Paraguay. The U.S. plays Germany on Dec. 2 and finishes group play against South Korea on Dec. 5.
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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