Two Columbia soccer players are in Canada today as members of the U.S. team that is seeking an under-20 World Cup berth in Australia in 1993.
Clint Peay, a freshman at the University of Virginia, and Hamisi Amani-Dove, a senior at Wilde Lake High, made the elite team based on a March tryout in Chapel Hill, N.C., and an April tryout in Seattle, Wash. They left for Canada yesterday.
To qualify for the under-20 World Cup, the 18-member U. S. team must finish as one of the top two teams at the 12-team North and Central American and Caribbean Football Confederation tournament that begins May 3.
The U. S. team will play all of its CONCACAF games in Kelowna, British Columbia. CONCACAF is the controlling organization forWorld Cup preparation play.
Coached by Bobby Howe and Glenn Myernick, the U. S. team is scheduled to play Bermuda May 3, Trinidad May 5 and Costa Rica May 7. The finals are scheduled for May 10, 12 and 14.
Peay and Amani-Dove join three other county athletes on national soccer teams. Desmond Armstrong (Howard) is a member of the U. S. World Cup team. Dante Washington (Oakland Mills) is a member of the U.S. Olympic team. And Brock Yetso (Centennial) is on the U. S. under-17 team.
Amani-Dove, the Howard County Sun's 1991 Co-Player of theYear, will play forward for the national under-20 team.
The 18-year-old scored 18 goals and had 10 assists leading Wilde Lake to a state Class 1A championship. He will attend Rutgers University next fall.
"Our team is supposed to have a good chance at making the under-20 World Cup," Amani-Dove said. "We're top-seeded in our bracket. It should be a lot of fun."
Peay, a fullback, led Oakland Mills to a state Class 2A title in 1990 and was also a Howard County Sun Co-Player of the Year. He was a member of the national team when it played in England last December.
Most of the players on the under-20 team are actually 18 or younger. There are only four college players on the squad.
Nevertheless, during the two spring training camps, the U. S. team fared well in a series of exhibition games against college teams such as North Carolina, Wake Forest and South Carolina. They won all five games in North Carolina, and lost just once in Washington in five games.
Amani-Dove scored two goals during those games.
"Unlike the previous tryout last fall in Dallas, this time I played well in the training camps," Amani-Dove said. Amani-Dove failed to make the team last fall.
The Wilde Lake senior also plays for the powerful Bethesda Mustangs club team, and will return to Maryland May 15, just in time for the state cup finals.
The Mustangs are favored to win a state title this year.