Stone Qualifies for U-20 World Cup|
July 10, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - After an impressive run in his first full season, Texas Tech head soccer coach Tom Stone continues to make an effect on the national soccer scene as he recently served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-20 National Team that qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup that will be held later this year in Chile.
The team defeated Costa Rica, 4-0, in the semifinals of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament held in Puebla, Mexico, to officially qualify as one of the 16 teams for the World Cup. The U.S. team fell to Canada in the championship match, 1-0.
"Qualifying for the U-20 World Cup was our main objective and we are happy to be one of the 16 teams in the world that will be competing for a world championship in December," Stone said. "Losing to Canada in the CONCACAF final was disappointing, to say the least, but that harsh memory will serve us well as the players prepare for the U-20 World Cup."
Until he returns to U.S. team, Stone's attention is set solely on his Texas Tech squad that finished fifth in the Big 12 in 2007 after preseason predictions placed the Red Raiders finishing last in the conference.
"It is great to be back in Lubbock and to be getting ready for the fall college season," said Stone. "We have a young squad with 12 freshmen but one that will be fun to work with and we are really looking forward to August 6th, when preseason practices begin."
The Red Raiders kick-off the 2008 season with two-consecutive exhibition matches against West Texas A&M (Aug. 14) and North Texas (Aug. 16) before opening the regular season Aug. 22, against Lamar. All Red Raider home matches will be played at its new soccer facility located west of the Texas Tech Parkway on 10th Street.