Carpenter, Logterman make U.S. Under-21 National Team for Futbol Internacional Tournament
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas soccer standouts -- NSCAA All-American Kelsey Carpenter (Allen, Texas) and United States Under-20 Women's National Team (WNT) participant Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas) -- are headed to the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament as members of the U-21 roster. The tournament takes place from April 22-28 at six sites in Alabama and will help WNT coach Bill Irwin finalize the roster for the U-21 women's national team that will compete in the 2007 Nordic Cup in July 2007.
The six-team, nine-match tournament features the U.S. U-21s, China's U-21s and Trinidad & Tobago's full Women's National Team in Bracket A while the full Women's National Team of Argentina joins Canada's Olympic Development Team, and Mexico's U-21s in Bracket B. Canada, which is currently preparing for the XV Pan American Games Rio 2007 in July and the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 in September, will send a mixed team of national-team veterans and youth-team prospects to the tournament.
The two group winners will play for the championship, the second place finishers will play for third and the third-place finishers in each group will meet for fifth place.
The U.S. team, lead by Irwin, will open play on Sunday, April 22 against China's U-21s at the famed Legion Field in Birmingham. The USA will also play T&T on Tuesday, April 24 at the Alabama A&M Football Stadium in Huntsville. The placement matches will be held on Saturday, April 28 at Baker High School Stadium in Mobile. These will mark the first international matches of the year for the U.S. U-21s.
The U.S. U-21s are coming off a successful three-game tour in England in mid-March, during which the squad defeated three top English club sides. Irwin is preparing the team for the annual Nordic Cup, which this year will be held in Finland from July 18-24. The USA won seven Nordic Cup titles in a row before falling last summer to Germany in the title game.
The Longhorns are coming off one of the best seasons in school history. UT registered program highs in overall (18), regular season (16) and road (7) victories. Carpenter and defender Kasey Moore (Mission Viejo, Calif.) were named NSCAA All-Americans, and head coach Chris Petrucelli earned Central Region Coach of the Year Honors after leading Texas to the third round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship for the second time in program history.