Capuano Earns U.S. Under-21 Nod

PHILADELPHIA - Natalie Capuano, a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, was named to the U.S. Soccer Under-21 team that represented the United States at the 2007 Futbol Internacional Championship. The eventran from April 22-28 in Alabama.

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Capuano -- who spent time with the under-20 national team last year as a freshman and was an alternate for the U-20 side that went to Women’s World Championships in Russia last fall -- was one of 24 women put on the roster for this tournament.

In Bracket A action, The U.S. team defeated China’s U-21 squad, 2-0 on April 22 at Legion Field in Birmingham, and Trinidad & Tobago’s National Team, 2-0, in Huntsville on April 24. In the final, played April 28 in Mobile, the U.S. lost to the Canadian Olympic Development Team in penalty kicks, 5-3, after the teams played to a 0-0 draw through regulation.

Capuano did not see any match time against either China and Canada,buttook the fieldwearing the Stars and Stripes asa late second-half substitute against Trinidad & Tobago.

The head coach of the U.S. team for this event was Bill Irwin.

“The tournament is an excellent competition and challenge for our U-21s,” he said. “In this group of players are several who are pushing to make it to the next level, and these games aree a great test for our whole team.”

Capuano was a first-team All-Ivy selection as a midfielder for the Quakers this past season.