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Nation's Top High School Seniors Named to Compete in McDonald's® All American High School Soccer Games

May 29, 2003

Seventy-two of the nation's top high school boy and girl soccer players have been named to play in the second annual McDonald's All American High School Soccer Games - Powered by POWERade, scheduled for Sunday, June 15 at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island in Charleston, S.C.

Selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the 36 boys and 36 girls hail from 23 states and represent the "cream of the crop" among seniors competing during the 2002-2003 school year.

"We are pleased to carry on the tradition of honoring top scholastic athletes who excel in their chosen sport," said John Lewicki, Director of McDonald's U.S. Sports Marketing. "The McDonald's All American High School Soccer Games are an outstanding platform to showcase the skills of America's top high school soccer players, many of whom will go on to careers in college and the professional ranks."

"Our selection committee has worked long hours to identify the best players nationwide for the McDonald's All American High School Soccer Games," said Janet Rayfield, President of the NSCAA and Women's Head Soccer Coach at the University of Illinois. "The talented young men and women who will take the field in Charleston will ensure a tremendous event and two highly competitive matches."

Leading the list of All Americans is Zachary Riffett from Brenham High School in Brenham, Texas, the 2003 NSCAA/adidas Boys Player of the Year. Riffett, who is headed to Boston University, helped his team to the state 4A final as a sophomore while earning tournament Most Valuable Player and state player of the year honors. A three-year letterman, two-time all-region and all-state selection, he was the co-district defensive MVP in 2001 and was named Brenham's soccer MVP in 2002.

Other outstanding male players who will represent their high schools in this prestigious game include Jonathan Spector from St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill., who will be going overseas to play professionally for English Premier League powerhouse Manchester United; and Danny Karbassiyoon from Northside High School in Roanoke, Va., who will be playing professionally for Arsenal, another of the top English Premier League teams. In addition, there are 23 players from the United States U17 and U18 National Teams.

The All American Girls team is highlighted by Katherine Krambeer, from Osseo Senior High School in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, who will be attending Texas A&M. Krambeer played on the US U16 National Team and most recently was a member of the US Youth Soccer adidas All Star team that traveled to Europe for competition. Her club team finished second in the nation in 2002 and "Student Sports" named Krambeer to the All Tournament Team. Krambeer was the leading scorer in Minnesota high school play and was named Minnesota's "Ms. Soccer". She is also the state long jump champion.

Among the outstanding female players named to play in the event there are a number of U17/U19 US national pool players, including; Elizabeth Guess and Jessica Maxwell who will both be attending the University of North Carolina; Ashley Foster, Amy Burlingham, and Carrie Schmit who will be teammates at the University Texas in the fall; and University of Virginia bound Shannon Foley and Becky Sauerbrunn.

McDonald's is once again teaming up with POWERade, a Coca-Cola brand; adidas, the world's leading soccer brand; and the NSCAA to sponsor this All Star event. Coca-Cola, McDonald's, and adidas all support soccer worldwide and are official sponsors of the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Women's World Cup. It is, therefore, natural for the All Star event to be "powered by" POWERade, "selected by" the NSCAA, and "equipped by" adidas. In addition, Delta Airlines is the official airline for the Games.

"For many years soccer has been one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States, and POWERade is proud to sponsor this event that showcases the top high school soccer student athletes in the country," said David Preston, Senior Brand Manager for POWERade.

The games are scheduled to be played Sunday night, June 15, at Blackbaud Stadium, home of the Charleston Battery of the A-League. The girls' East-West game kicks off at 5 p.m. (EST), followed by the boys' East-West Game, which begins at 7 p.m. (EST). An All American fireworks celebration will immediately follow the games.

Founded in 1941, the NSCAA has grown into the nation's largest coaches organization regardless of sport. Its 16,000 members coach at all levels of the game and are dedicated to coaching education as well as recognizing achievement in soccer. The NSCAA's annual convention is the world's largest gathering of soccer coaches.

adidas will be the Official Supplier of Soccer Products for the McDonald's All American High School Soccer Games. adidas is the leading manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of soccer products worldwide and in the United States. adidas is also one of the world's most successful sporting goods companies, supplying products for more Olympic sports than any other manufacturer and distributing products in approximately 160 countries.

POWERade, a brand of The Coca-Cola Company, is a system of high performance sports drinks that are engineered to satisfy hydration and energy needs. The Coca-Cola Company is the world's leading non-alcoholic beverage manufacturer, marketer, and distributor and produces more than 230 brands that reach almost 200 countries.

McDonald's is the world's leading foodservice retailer, with more than 30,000 restaurants serving over 46 million people each day in 119 countries. Approximately 80 percent of McDonald's U.S. restaurants are owned and operated by independent local businessmen and women.

The McDonald's All American High School Soccer Games are managed by Sports Events International.

                          BOYS EAST SQUAD ROSTER

  Name                High School             Hometown          College/

  Corey Ashe          Edison Academic Center  Virginia Beach, VA  North
  William Chiles      Spring Brook            Silver Spring, MD   Rutgers
  Issac Collings      Oriskany Central        Oriskany, NY        Syracuse
  Adam Cristman       Mills E. Godwin         Glen Allen, VA      Virginia
  Steve Curfman       Edison Academic Center  Raleigh, NC         Wake
  Jon Eggert          Riverside               Greer, SC           South
  Brian Grazier       Texas Tech              Edwardsville, IL    Saint
  Will Hall           St. John The Baptist    Shirley, NY         Virginia
  Michael Harrington  Edison Academic Center  Greenville, NC      North
  Drew Harrison       Edison Academic Center  Roanoke, VA         Virginia
  Kyle Helton         Edison Academic Center  Alpharetta, GA      Duke
  Danny Karbassiyoon  Northside               Roanoke, VA         Arsenal
  Phillip Marfuggi    Edison Academic Center  Highstown, NJ       Clemson
  Nathan Norman       Rochester Adams         Rochester, MI       Notre
  Olatomiwa Ogunsola  Edison Academic Center  Woodbridge, VA      Clemson
  Jacob Peterson      Edison Academic Center  Portage, MI         Indiana
  Georgios Spanos     St. John the Baptist    West Islip, NY      St.
  Jonathan Spector    St. Viator              Arlington          Manchester
                                                Heights, IL        United

       Coaches: Rob Wilcher, TC Roberson High School, Fletcher, NC
              Brian Gibney, Shawnee High School, Shamong, NJ

                          BOYS WEST SQUAD ROSTER

  Name             High School             Hometown          College/Club

  Chad Barrett     Southridge              Beaverton, OR     UCLA
  Taylor Canel     Sherman Oaks            Sherman Oaks, CA  UCLA
  Adrian Chevannes Edison Academic Center  Fort Worth, TX    Clemson
  Kenny Cooper     Jesuit                  Plano, TX         SMU
  Greg Dalby       Poway                   Poway, CA         Notre Dame
  John DiRaimondo  Texas Tech              St. Louis, MO     Saint Louis
  Ian Etherington  Chaparral               Temecula, CA      Notre Dame
  Patrick Ianni    Lodi                    Lodi, CA          UCLA
  Vedad Ibisevic   Roosevelt               St. Louis, MO     Saint Louis
  William John     Rockhurst Jesuit        Overland          Saint Louis
                                             Park, KS
  Andrew Kartunen  San Clemente            San Juan          Stanford
                                             Capistrano, CA
  Alex Matteson    Chaminade College Prep  Chesterield, MO   Saint Louis
  Ramon Nunez      Texas Tech              Dallas, TX        SMU
  Brandon Owens    Edison Academic Center  Marietta, CA      UCLA
  Zachary Riffett  Brenham                 Brenham, TX       Boston
  Marcus Ryan      Chatfield               Littleton, CO     Stanford
  Jamie Watson     Edison Academic Center  Coppell, TX       North Carolina
  Chase Wileman    Edison Academic Center  Dallas, TX        SMU

          Coaches: Mike Davis, Catlin-Gable School, Portland, OR
              William Hosea, JL Mann High School, Greer, SC

                         GIRLS EAST SQUAD ROSTER

  Name               High School           Hometown            College

  Jessica Bayne      Triad                Troy, IL             Illinois
  Ali Christoph      Columbus School      Columbus, OH         Tennessee
                       for Girls
  Megan Connors      Westfield            Westfield, NJ        North
  Nikki Cross        Notre Dame Academy   Pembroke, MA         Connecticut
  Heather Ferron     Brookfield Central   Brookfield, WI       Boston
  Ashley Foster      Clarke Central       Athens, GA           Texas
  Elizabeth Guess    Athens Academy       Athens, GA           North
  Sarah Johnson      Breck School         Shorewood, MN        Dartmouth
  Ashley Kennedy     Saint Mary's         Edgewater, MD        Maryland
  Katherine Krambeer Osseo                Brooklyn Park, MN    Texas A&M
  Jenny Maurer       East Longmeadow      East Longmeadow, MA  Boston
  Abi Nicholas       Wando                Mt. Pleasant, SC     College of
  Laura Odorczyk     Our Lady of Mercy    Pittsford, NY        Harvard
  Meghan Pipkens     Holt                 Holt, MI             Indiana
  Sara Sample        St. Mary's           Annapolis, MD        George
  India Trotter      St. Thomas Aquinas   Plantation, FL       Florida
  Megan Tuura        St. Pius X           Tucker, GA           Michigan
  Missy Vierling     Cincinnati           Cincinnati, OH       Indiana
                       Country Day

         Coaches: Jack Pickard, Westminster Schools, Atlanta, GA
        Frank Ridlehoover, Hillcrest High School, Simpsonville, SC

                         GIRLS WEST SQUAD ROSTER

  Name              High School           Hometown           College

  Nadia Al-Lami     Harbor               Santa Cruz, CA     California
  Amy Burlington    Newport Harbor       Costa Mesa, CA     Texas
  Mary Castelanelli Tokay                Lodi, CA           UCLA
  Marian Dalmy      Green Mountain       Lakewood, CO       Santa Clara
  Tina Estrada      Washington           Fremont, CA        Santa Clara
  Kari Evans        Mountain Ridge       Glendale, AZ       Portland
  Priscilla Fite    Mac Arthur           Colleyville, TX    Texas
  Shannon Foley     Santa Margarita      Rancho Santa       Virginia
                     Catholic              Margarita, CA
  Anna Key          Bishop O'Dowd        Oakland, CA        California
  Stephanie Lopez   Elk Grove            Elk Grove, CA      Portland
  Jessica Maxwell   Colleyville          Colleyville, TX    North Carolina
  Kelsey Rasmussen  Bellarmine Prep      Gig Harbor, WA     Washington
  Tiffany Roberts   Arcadia High School  Phoenix, AZ        Santa Clara
  Beck Sauerbrunn   Ladue Horton         St. Louis, MO      Virginia
  Carrie Schmit     Grossmont            La Mesa, CA        Texas
  Shari Summers     Valencia             Canyon             Stanford
                                           Country, CA
  Nikki Thaden      Vickey Poole         Clive, IA          Texas
  Caitlin Ursini    San Pedro            San Pedro, CA      UCLA

        Coaches: Maureen McVey, St. Joseph Academy, St. Louis, MO
               Frank Dixon, Carmel High School, Carmel, IN

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