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26 June 4:59 pm

Kendall McIntosh, former Earthquakes Academy player and current Santa Clara University goalkeeper, is in Turkey competing with the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team in the U-20 World Cup. McIntosh sends sjearthquakes.com photos and updates from his journey: 

The team seems like it's got a new chance at life! Even though it wasn't the three points we were looking for, the late goal against France to give us a tie was crucial as it gives us the possibility to pass to the next round.

After the France game, we flew to Kayseri, Turkey and have been training at the Kayserispor training facilities. Today we trained inside the Kadir Has Stadium which was very different from Galatasary's venue but spectacular in its own way.

Everyone's focused for our last group game tomorrow as it's win or go home for us from here on out.

Hopefully, we can get the 3 points!

Be sure to watch Kendall and the USMNT U-20s against Ghana on Thursday, 10 a.m. kickoff on ESPNU or WatchESPN. 

24 June 5:30 am

Kendall McIntosh, former Earthquakes Academy player and current Santa Clara University goalkeeper, is in Turkey competing with the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team in the U-20 World Cup. McIntosh sends sjearthquakes.com photos and updates from his journey: 

Although we didn't get the result we wanted, it was a great effort by the boys and a great experience. Walking into the the locker room and seeing everyone's names on the jerseys gave me goose bumps - it was a great feeling. The day after the game we started the morning off with a team walk around the town before shifting our focus onto our next opponent France. During the middle of the day, however, we got a break and U.S. Soccer organized a lunch for the players and all the families that came to support the team.

Yesterday, we worked on the finishing touches of our game plan in preparation for France. Everyone's getting focused and ready to get 3 points today!

My jersey in the locker room: 

Walk around town with the team:

 

20 June 5:21 pm

Kendall McIntosh, former Earthquakes Academy player and current Santa Clara University goalkeeper, is in Turkey competing with the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team in the U-20 World Cup. McIntosh sends sjearthquakes.com photos and updates from his journey: 

June 20, 2013

It's the day before the big game against Spain! Yesterday we practiced at the Galatasaray Annex field which is where the Galatasaray Academy does most of their training. Today was a mostly free day so the players could get focused for tomorrow. We practiced at around 4pm at Turk Telecom Arena which is Galatasaray's game field. It was a short but very sharp training for us, now just on to tomorrow. 

Watch Kendall McIntosh and the U-20 USMNT in their opening match of group play vs. Spain - tomorrow, 10:45 a.m. PT on ESPN2, WatchESPN. 

McIntosh and teammates: 

 

18 June 3:20 pm

Kendall McIntosh, former Earthquakes Academy player and current Santa Clara University goalkeeper, is in Turkey competing with the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team in the U-20 World Cup. McIntosh sends sjearthquakes.com photos and updates from his journey: 

June 18, 2013

After a good week and a half of training in Portugal, we ended our trip on a high note with a 3-1 win over the Portugese U-20s. We arrived in Turkey yesterday night - it took a while to get through customs and to find our way to our bus.

After a good night's rest, we had an early breakfast and a team walk to get prepared for the day. One of the bigger events we had today was a meeting with the FIFA representatives so that they could explain their rules and expectations for the tournament. 

Finally towards the end of the day we had training at Kasimpasa Spor Kulübü, a first division club in Turkey.

Photos from training in Portugal, courtesy of U.S. Soccer: 

Stay tuned for more updates, and be sure to follow Kendall McIntosh on Twitter