U.S. Soccer Wire - January 29, 2007
See what this week has in store for your favorite U.S. National Team, including the WNT having a shot at another Four Nations Tournament title, the MNT back in training camp and the U.S. U-18 traveling to the Copa Chivas in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Jan. 29, 2007
U.S. MNT Back in Camp to Prepare for Match Against Mexico;
U.S. WNT Faces China For Shot at Four Nations Tournament Title
U.S. WNT Faces China For Shot at Four Nations Tournament Title
BRADLEY CALLS IN 26-PLAYERS FOR CAMP PRIOR TO MEXICO MATCH: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has called in 26 players to a training camp that began on Thursday (Jan. 25) at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The group of players is preparing for the United States’ showdown with regional rival Mexico on Feb. 7 (tickets) at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The match will be part of a two-and-half-hour broadcast window on both ESPN2 and Univision beginning at 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET), with kickoff slated for 7:25 p.m. MT (9:25 p.m. ET). The match can also be heard in Spanish on Futbol de Primera radio and fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. In addition to the 26 players arriving in California on Thursday, Bradley has also submitted releases for eight U.S. players based in Europe. The final decision on which European-based players will travel to Phoenix will be made the week prior to the Mexico game. Following the match against Mexico, the U.S. MNT will head to Tampa, to take on South American side Ecuador on March 25 (tickets) at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. Three days later, the U.S. will match up against Guatemala at 8 p.m. CT at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas (tickets). Both March matches will be broadcast live via ESPN2, Galavision and available online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
U.S. Men’s National Team Training Camp Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (4) – Joe Cannon (Los Angeles Galaxy), Matt Pickens (Chicago Fire), Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Matt Reis (New England Revolution)
DEFENDERS (9) – Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Bobby Boswell (D.C. United), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Todd Dunivant (New York Red Bulls), Bryan Namoff (D.C. United), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Dasan Robinson (Chicago Fire) Eddie Robinson (Houston Dynamo)
MIDFIELDERS (7) – Kyle Beckerman (Colorado Rapids), Brian Carroll (D.C. United), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Joshua Gros (D.C. United), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
FORWARDS (6) – Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas Cit y Wizards), Nate Jaqua (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
WNT FACES CHINA FOR SHOT AT FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT TITLE: The U.S. Women's National Team faces China on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m. local time / 3 a.m. ET at Guangdong Olympic Stadium, in a match that could determine the 2007 Four Nations Tournament championship. The U.S. women go into the match after kicking off the tournament with a scoreless draw against Germany, followed by a 1-1 tie with England. The USA got its lone goal on a brilliant header from forward Heather O’Reilly in the 17th minute off an assist from Natasha Kai. China is only team to win a game thus far in the tournament, and with the USA-China and Germany-England matches still to come on Tuesday, China, Germany and the USA are all still in contention for the tournament title. With the Germany-England match taking place first at 1:30 p.m. local, the USA will know exactly what result it needs to win the tournament once the second match kicks off at 4 p.m. Germany, meanwhile, was struck a major blow in training as starting goalkeeper Silke Rottenberg, long one of the best in the women’s game, tore her ACL. It will be a race against time to get healthy for the Women’s World Cup.
2007 Four Nations Tournament Schedule
Date Matchup Time
Jan. 26 China 2, England 0
Jan. 26 USA 0, Germany 0
Jan. 28 China 0, Germany 0
Jan. 28 USA 1, England 1
Jan. 30 Germany vs. England 1:30 p.m. local / 12:30 a.m. ET
Jan. 30 USA vs. China 4 p.m. local / 3 a.m. ET
U.S. WNT Four Nations Tournament Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (7): Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Marci Miller (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Casey Nogueira (Cedarburg, Wis.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U-18 MNT TO COMPETE IN COPA CHIVAS: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will travel to Mexico this week to compete in the 14th Copa Chivas Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico. U.S. U-18 MNT head coach Bob Jenkins has called in 20 players for the trip, and the team will train at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., for three days, starting on Jan. 31, before heading to Mexico for the tournament, which takes place from Feb. 3-10 and includes 24 teams split into four groups of six. The U.S. is in Group C with Atlas, Sapprisa, Necaxa, Estudiantes de la Plata and Santos, and will play the five teams over four days. The U.S. kicks off the tournament on Feb. 3 against Atlas and then face Estudiantes de la Plata a day later. On Feb. 5, the U.S. will play two games, facing Necaxa in the morning and then Saprissa in the evening. The USA’s final match will be on Feb. 6 against Santos. Depending on their group results, the U.S. will move on to the second round.
U-18 MNT Schedule – 2007 Copa Chivas
Feb. 3 Atlas
Feb. 4 Estudiantes de la Plata
Feb. 5 Necaxa (morning), Saprissa (evening)
Feb. 6 Santos
U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Warren Gross (Greenfield Center, N.Y.), David Meves (Arlington Heights, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (5): TJ Cyrus (Virginia Beach, Va.), Greg Eckhardt (Orange Park, Fla.), Blair Gavin (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Colin Givens (Troy, Mich.), Hunter Jumper (Plano, Texas)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Jalil Anibaba (Davis, Calif.), Danny Barrera (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Jose Gonzalez (Soquel, Calif.), Ian Kalis (Dallas, Texas), Stephen McCarthy (Colleville, Texas), Evan Raynr (Calabasas, Calif.), Jimmy Simpson (Warrenton, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): Ross Labauex (Chicago, Ill.), Peri Marosevic (Rockford, Ill.), Demitrius Omphroy (Alameda, Calif.), Cesar Romero (San Diego, Calif.), Michael Stephens (Naperville, Ill.), Casey Townsend (Traverse City, Mich.)
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
2007 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP STRUCTURE FINALIZED: A total of 40 teams, including 24 professional and 16 amateur clubs, will compete in the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup when it kicks off in June for the 94th consecutive year. Due to the busy summer soccer schedule for both professional clubs and the U.S. National Teams, the number of Major League Soccer teams that will enter the tournament proper has been reduced to eight teams. However, every U.S.-based MLS squad will participate in the tournament either in qualifying rounds or in the tournament proper. The United Soccer Leagues First Division will have 10 teams participating in 2007, up from eight in 2006. Qualifying for the first round of the tournament is slated to be completed by May 28. The defending champion Chicago Fire and the other seven MLS teams enter the tournament on July 10 in the third round. The quarterfinals will be played Aug. 7, the semifinals will be played Sept. 4, and the final will be played on Oct. 2. In a change from recent years, the fixture dates in 2007 have been scheduled for Tuesday instead of Wednesday.
2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
May 28 Qualifying Deadline
May 29 First Round Pairings Announced
June 12 First Round All 32 lower division teams enter tournament
June 26 Second Round Round 1 winners face off
July 10 Third Round Round 2 winners face eight MLS teams
Aug. 7 Quarterfinals Round 3 winners
Sept. 4 Semifinals Quarterfinal winners
Oct. 2 Final Semifinal winners
Composition of participating teams:
8 Major League Soccer
10 United Soccer Leagues First Division
6 United Soccer Leagues Second Division
16 Amateur (8 USL Premier Development League, 8 USASA regional qualifiers)
Total Number of Teams: 40
Total Number of Games: 39
MLS ALL-STARS TO TAKE ON CELTIC FC: The Major League Soccer All-Stars will take on famed Scottish club Celtic FC in the 2007 Sierra Mist All-Star Game on Thursday, July 19, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the new home of the Colorado Rapids. The 2007 All-Star match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET. It will be the fourth time the All-Star game has matched up the best players in MLS against one of the world's top clubs, including a 1-0 win vs. Chelsea FC in 2006, a 4-1 victory against Fulham FC in 2005, and a 3-1 triumph over CD Guadalajara in 2003. Ticket prices and an on-sale date will be announced in the near future. More information is available at coloradorapids.com.
USL SCHEDULES SET FOR 2007: United Soccer Leagues has announced the 2007 regular season schedules for the USL First Division, Second Division, Premier Development League and W-League. The USL First division kicks off on April 13 with the Virginia Beach Mariners traveling to face Puerto Rico, and ends with three matches on Sunday, Sept. 9. USL Second Division matches kick off with four games on April 20 and 21, and conclude on Aug. 11, also with four games. The PDL season opens on April 28 with two California matches before getting fully underway the following weekend with 12 games. The season closes on July 22 with eight games. The W-League kicks off the season on May 11, followed by three matches the following night and concluding on July 22 with seven matches. League and team schedules are available at USLsoccer.com.
*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT midfielder DaMarcus Beasley scored his second goal for English Premier League club Manchester City on Sunday (Jan. 28), knocking home an insurance goal against second division club Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Beasley’s 70th minute goal sealed the match at 3-1 for the Blues.
SOCCER SHOCKER: Sure, this may belong more appropriately under ‘Peak Performer,’ but Brian McBride's goal tear for Fulham can certainly be qualified as shocking. After retiring from the U.S. MNT, McBride is scoring at his best-ever pace in Europe at age 34. After scoring this week in Fulham's 3-0 FA Cup victory over Stoke City, McBride now has three goals in his last four games. He also has six goals in his last 12 games, in all competitions, and nine overall for the season (in 26 games in 2006-07).
MARQUEE MATCHUP: On one side, there is U.S. midfielder Bobby Convey, getting his form back after an injury kept him on the sidelines for Reading FC, coming off of playing a full 90 minutes in the team’s 3-2 FA Cup win against Birmingham City on Saturday (Jan. 27). On the other side is U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, who is also overcoming injury woes and working his way into the Manchester City squad, coming off his second goal for the Blues in Sunday’s (Jan. 28) 3-1 win against second division side Southampton. The two MNT teammates square off against each other on Saturday, Feb. 3, in a Premier League matchup. Fans can watch the match delayed at 2:15 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel.
QUOTABLE: “It’s actually pretty cool, just because you are joining a list of players who shaped the history of women’s soccer. They’ve created U.S. women’s soccer and just to be a part of that is an honor, and I feel really blessed.”
-- U.S. WNT defender Cat Whitehill, on joining the ‘100 Cap Club’ in the opening match against Germany at the Four Nations Tournament in China.