U.S. Soccer Wire: June 29, 2009
All the latest news from around U.S. Soccer, including the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams.
June 29, 2009
U.S. MNT CONCLUDE 2009 FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP;
WORLD CUP BID COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS;
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY PLAYOFFS WRAP UP IN GREENSBORO, N.C.
U.S. CLOSES OUT MEMORABLE 2009 FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team concluded its trip to South Africa with an historic matchup against Brazil in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final on July 28. Unfortunately, the U.S. did not walk away with their first major FIFA tournament trophy in as many tries as the dream run came to an end with a 3-2 defeat to the South American giants. The match started very promisingly for the Americans as Clint Dempsey redirected a Jonathon Spector cross into back of Julio César’s goal in the 10th minute. Landon Donovan would double that lead in the 27th minute after capping a beautiful counter attack which started at the top of the American box. The U.S. went into halftime with a 2-0 advantage, but the second half would not be as kind. Luis Fabiano cut the lead in half inside the first minute of the second period and would go on to equalize in the 74th. Dunga’s men kept mounting the pressure, yet needed a corner to find the breakthrough in the 84th minute as Lúcio’s header sealed the victory for the Brazilians. The U.S. was entering the game high on confidence after an epic 2-0 win against No. 1-ranked Spain in the semifinals. Vicente Del Bosque’s men were riding a record tying 35-game unbeaten streak and were yet to concede a goal in the tournament. However, the Americans were about to change all of that as they came out with a high pressure performance that seemed to rattle the strong Spanish side. Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in the 27th minute after turning his Villarreal teammate, Joan Capdevila, and firing a shot past goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Dempsey then clinched the upset in the 74th as he capitalized on a Sergio Ramos error inside the six yard box to slide home the second goal. The win lifted head coach Bob Bradley’s record against top ranked teams to 1-1-1. The U.S. will now turn its attention to the CONCACAF Gold Cup and its opener against Grenada on July 4 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash.
|Date||Opponent||Time / Result||TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s)||Venue; City|
|Jan. 24||Sweden||3-2 W||Kljestan (3)||The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.|
|Feb. 11||Mexico*||2-0 W||Bradley (2)||Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio|
|March 28||El Salvador*||2-2 T||Altidore, Hejduk||Estadio Cuscatlán; San Salvador, El Salvador|
|April 1||Trinidad & Tobago*||3-0 W||Altidore (3)||LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.|
|June 3||Costa Rica*||1-3 L||Donovan||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica|
|June 6||Honduras*||2-1 W||Donovan, Bocanegra||Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.|
|June 15||Italy #||1-3 L||Donovan||Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria|
|June 18||Brazil #||0-3 L||--||Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria|
|June 21||Egypt #||3-0 W||Davies, Bradley, Dempsey||Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg|
|June 24||Spain #||2-0 W||Altidore, Dempsey||Free State Stadium; Mangaung/Bloemfontein|
|June 28||Brazil #||2-3 L||Dempsey, Donovan||Ellis Park, Johannesburg|
|July 4||Grenada ^||6 p.m. PT||FSC/TeleFutura||Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.|
|July 8||Honduras ^||9 p.m. ET||FSC/TeleFutura||RFK Stadium; Washingon, D.C.|
|July 11||Haiti ^||7 p.m. ET||FSC/TeleFutura||Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.|
|Aug. 12||Mexico*||TBD||TBD||Azteca Stadium; Mexico City, Mexico|
|Sept. 5||El Salvador*||5:30 p.m. MT||ESPN Classic/Galavision||Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah|
|Sept. 9||Trinidad & Tobago*||7 p.m. ET||ESPN Classic/Galavision||Away (Venue TBD)|
|Oct. 10||Honduras*||TBD||TBD||Away (Venue TBD)|
|Oct. 14||Costa Rica*||TBD||ESPN2/Galavision||RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.|
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
U.S. VICTORY NOMINATED FOR ESPY'S 'BEST UPSET' AWARD: The USA's victory against No. 1-ranked Spain in the semifinals of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup has been nominated for the 2009 ESPY's 'Best Upset' Award. The 2-0 win that ended Spain's record-tying 35-match unbeaten run has been added to the list as an instant candidate. You can vote for the USA's effort on the official ESPY's website. The 2009 ESPY's will air July 19 at 9 p.m. ET
BRADLEY CALLS 23-PLAYERS FOR 2009 CONCACAF GOLD CUP: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has announced the 23-player roster that will represent the U.S. at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup from July 3 to July 26, 2009. The U.S. will gather in Seattle on June 30 where the U.S. will prepare for the opening game against Grenada on July 4 at 6 p.m. PT at Qwest Field. The team then crosses the country to face Honduras on July 8 at 9 p.m. ET at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., before rounding out group play against Haiti on July 11 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. ET. All of the U.S. matches in the CONCACAF Gold Cup will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and the Univision networks, with all three group games airing on TeleFutura. Ticket information for the Gold Cup is available at goldcup.org. The roster, which carries over four players from the FIFA Confederations Cup squad in Freddy Adu, Charlie Davies, Heath Pearce and Luis Robles, also includes the return of regular starters Steve Cherundolo and Brian Ching from injury. Cherundolo, sidelined after hip surgery, has not appeared since Oct. 11, 2008, against Cuba, and Ching returns after missing the last two FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup with a hamstring strain. Overall, just six players on the roster have more than 10 caps, with Cherundolo leading the way at 51 international appearances. Seven players – including Robles – will be looking to make their U.S. National Team debut, while another nine have five or fewer caps. Jon Busch of the Chicago Fire is the third goalkeeper, and will only join the U.S. team if needed due to suspension or injury.
2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Troy Perkins (IK Start), Luis Robles (FC Kaiserslautern)
DEFENDERS (7): Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Jay Heaps (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaellands), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Sam Cronin (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United)
ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – June 23-June 29
- Game Report: U.S. Falls to Brazil in Confederations Cup Final
- Post-Brazil Reaction: Quote Sheet | Video
- Feature: Feilhaber Returns to the Fold
- News: Bradley Announces 23-Player Roster for 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
- News: Fox Soccer Channel and Univision Networks to Broadcast Gold Cup
- Game Report: U.S. Shocks Top-Ranked Spain, 2-0
- Post-Spain Reaction: Coach Quotes | Player Quotes | Video
- ProZone Analysis: Spain | Egypt
- Feature: Roller-coaster Ride: How the U.S. Advanced to the Semifinals
- Photo Galleries: USA 2, Brazil 3 | USA 2, Spain 0
- MNT Blog | U.S. Soccer on Twitter
- U.S. Soccer Supporters Club Information
TICKETS ON SALE FOR WNT FRIENDLIES AGAINST CANADA: Tickets are on sale now for a pair of friendlies featuring the U.S. Women’s National Team making their 2009 domestic debut taking on Canada. In the first game of the series, the U.S. heads to Rochester, N.Y. – the hometown of U.S. forward Abby Wambach who is in search of her 100th career goal – on Sunday, July 19. The second game will be played three days later as the U.S. returns to Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C., for the first time in four years on Wednesday, July 22. Tickets can be purchased at ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Rochester and Charleston areas. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. The July 19 match will be televised live on ESPN at 3 p.m. ET, while the July 22 match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel at 8 p.m. ET.
UNITED STATES SOCCER FOUNDATION PRESIDENT ED FOSTER-SIMEON JOINS TEAM TO BRING FIFA WORLD CUP TO UNITED STATES IN 2018 OR 2022: United States Soccer Foundation President Ed Foster-Simeon accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its efforts to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022. A champion for soccer as a vehicle for social change as the leader of the Foundation, Foster-Simeon has more than two decades of experience at various levels of the soccer community. He has been an active member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2004 where he served on several committees, including the Executive Committee. At the grassroots level, Foster-Simeon is a former Vice President of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association and past president of Prince William Soccer, Inc. — a 3,000 player recreational and travel club.
ussoccer.com’s 2018/2022 Bid Coverage – June 23-June 29
- News: Ed Foster-Simeon Joines Bid Committee
- News: USA Bid Committee Issues Requests for Proposals to 37 Potential FIFA World Cup Host Cities for 2018 or 2022
FIELD SET FOR 2009 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY FINALS AFTER PLAYOFFS WRAP UP IN NORTH CAROLINA: Of the 64 teams that competed for 16 places at the 2009 Finals Week, 14 waited to clinch on the final match day of the Development Academy Playoffs. Carmel United SC U-17/18 and Real Colorado U-17/18 were the only two teams to secure a place at finals week after the second day of matches, winning Group C and Group F, respectively. The other group winners in the U-17/18 age group were Dallas Texans (Group A), FC Greater Boston (Group B), IMG Academies (Group D), CASL Chelsea FC Academy (Group E), PDA (Group G) and D.C. United (Group H). In the U-15/16 age group, group winners and academy finalists are Derby County Wolves (Group A), New York Red Bulls (Group B), Chicago Magic AS Monaco (Group C), FC Dallas (Group D), Cal Odyssey (Group E), Washington Premier (Group F), PDA (Group G) and Greensboro Youth Soccer (Group H). The eight group winners from each age group will travel to California from July 10-17 to determine the Development Academy champion from each age group at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
POSSIBLE QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS FOR 2009 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP SET, THIRD ROUND SET TO GET UNDERWAY THIS WEEK: U.S. Soccer has determined the possible pairings for the quarterfinals of the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The quarterfinal matches will be played on July 7 and feature the winners of the tournament’s third round matches, to be played Tuesday (June 30) and Wednesday (July 1), respectively. Eight MLS teams enter the tournament in the third round, including defending champion D.C. United and four-time Open Cup champion Chicago Fire. One PDL team remains standing after the Ocean City Barons upset Real Maryland F.C., while for the second year in a row two USL Second Division teams also advanced to the third round. With six of the eight MLS teams having to travel as the away team, the next round is filled with possible upsets in the making.
– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U.S. U-20 MNT ROUNDS OUT FOREIGN TRAINING CAMP WITH 1-0 WIN, 1-1 DRAW WITH EGYPT: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team defeated Egypt 1-0 behind a Mikkel Diskerud goal and a Brian Perk shutout in the first of two friendlies against the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup hosts. The team is also getting accustomed to the climate, weather and atmosphere of the FIFA U-20 World Cup which will take place from Sept. 24-Oct 16. Diskerud – who joined the team on Thursday - started the play that led to a goal by taking a restart to Tony Taylor. Taylor slipped the ball back to the Stabak midfilder and he was in alone on goal, finishing low past Mohamed Abou Gabal for the game's only goal. Taylor also made his presence felt on Monday, netting the game-tying goal by converting a 52nd minute penalty kick.
Under-20 Men’s National Team Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goalscorer(s) Location
June 27 Egypt 1-0 W Diskerud Alexandria, Egypt
June 29 Egypt 1-1 T Taylor Cairo, Egypt
Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn, Ga.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Gale Agbossoumonde (unattached; Syracuse, N.Y.), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), Zarek Valentin (PA Classics; Lancaster, Pa.) Matt Weit (Columbus Crew Juniors; Columbus, Ohio), Sheanon Williams (unattached; Boston, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabak; Oslo, Norway), Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.), Dillon Powers (Andromeda; Plano, Texas), Gerardo Saavedra (Mequon SC; Milwaukee, Wis.), Michael Stephens (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.), Andrew Wenger (PA Classics; Lititz, Pa.)
FORWARDS (3): Sam Garza (Denver; Highland Village, Texas), Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas; Rockford, Ill.) Tony Taylor (Jacksonville; Jacksonville, Fla.)
U.S. U-17 MNT WRAPS UP TRAINING CAMP IN GREENSBORO, N.C.: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team has wrapped up two-consecutive training camps as players depart today from Greensboro, N.C., site of the Development Academy Playoffs. Head coach Wilmer Cabrera and his staff worked with 30 players from June 21-29. Of the 30 players in Greensboro, four were not been a part of the team’s Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. The four players, Keith Cardona, Victor Chavez, Marquez Fernandez and Riley Wolfe, all participated in the Development Academy Select Teams that played against the U-17 MNT at the Spring Showcase over Memorial Day weekend. All 30 players in the camp were born in 1992 or 1993, with the exception of forward Alfred Koroma, who was born in 1994. Each player is eligible for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is slated for Nigeria from Oct. 24-Nov. 15.
Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Keith Cardona (NY Red Bulls Academy; Glen Rock, N.J.), Earl Edwards (La Jolla Nomads; San Diego, Calif.), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (10): Michael Ambrose (Texas Fire; El Paso, Texas), Marquez Fernandez (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Baltimore, Md.), Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis, Ind.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Boyd Okwuonu (Celtic Green; Edmond, Okla.), Emilio Orozco (Rampage FC; Oxnard, Calif.), Tyler Polak (Capital Soccer Academy; Lincoln, Neb.), Jared Watts (North Meck Storm; Statesville, N.C.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Sean Davis (Match Fit Chelsea; Holmdel, N.J.), Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Ducanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; South San Francisco, Calif.), George Malki (SC Delsol Extreme; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier; Battleground, Wash.), Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.), Erik Stephenson (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Riley Wolfe (LA Galaxy Academy; Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (7): Juan Agudelo (NY Red Bulls Academy; Barnegat, N.J.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Alfred Koroma (Solar SC; Southland, Texas), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gotschee; Huntington, N.Y.)
U-14 BOYS NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CONCLUDES TRAINING CAMP IN ZAREPHATH, N.J.: The U.S. U-14 Boys’ National Development Program concluded its domestic training camp in Zarephath, N.J., home of U.S. Soccer Development Academy club PDA. Head coach Manny Schellscheidt has named 36 players who arrived in New Jersey on June 21 and continued training throughout the week. Head coach Manny Schellscheidt gathered 36 players that trained twice per day, with several friendlies against local clubs in the afternoons. It was the final U-14 event for players born in 1995, as the MegaCamp in August will begin a year-long cycle of players born in 1996. The ’95s will move up to the U-15 level and head coach Jim Barlow. In recent years, the United States’ play at the Youth National Team level has confirmed its status as the top youth nation in CONCACAF and one of the most improved in the world. In August of 1997, U.S. Soccer started the U.S. Under-14 National Development Program, knowing that to continue to compete with the elite countries on the international level, the U.S. would have to build a base of soccer players from the youth level up. The Under-14 program introduces young players to a level of soccer they would not otherwise see at such a young age and allows the country’s top youths the chance to experience soccer at its highest level and in an international setting.
Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls Academy; Union City, N.J.), Jonathan Davis (North Meck SC; Gastonia, N.C.), Arthur Eggers (CESA; Moore, S.C.), Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado; Highland Ranch, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (ASG Gold; Allen, Texas), Russell Canouse (New York Red Bulls Academy; Lancaster, Pa.), Feliciano Charles (Chivas USA Academy; Grand Prairie, Texas), Dylan Greenberg (Dix Hills; Dix Hills, N.Y.), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar SC; Roanoke, Texas), Matthew Habrowski (Force FC; Berkeley, Mich.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls Academy; Clifton, N.J.), Vincent Reyes (LAFC Chelsea; West Covina, Calif.), Christian Sady (New England Aztecs; North Adover, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (14): Michael Chang (Sockers FC; Highland Park, Ill.), Nicholas Gaitan (Albertson SC; Oceanside, N.Y.), Spencer Hambleton (PDA; Scotch Plain, N.J.), Emerson Hyndman (Dallas Texans; Plano, Texas), AJ Jeffries (Chicago Fire Juniors; Downers Grove, Ill.), Shane Kronick (New York Red Bulls Academy; Westfield, N.J.), Emilio Lopez (Madison FC; Madison, Wis.), Antonio Murillo (Brazil FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Adam Najem (New York Red Bulls Academy; Clifton, N.J.), Zachary Pfeffer (FC DELCO; Dresher, Pa.), Miguel Polley (Derby County Wolves; West Bloomfield, Mich.), Christian Rodriguez (LMVS Hawks; Alexandria, Va.), John Toher (New York Red Bulls Academy; Blauvelt, N.Y.), Travis Wannamuehler (Evansville, Ind.; FC Evansville)
FORWARDS (9): Martin Arrieta (LAFC Chelsea; Pasadena, Calif.), Paul Arriola (Chula Vista Rangers; Chula Vista, Calif.), Nicko Corriveau (Bethesda SC; Potomac, Md.), Michael Gray (Las Vegas SC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kevin Labastida (Fullerton Rangers; Fullerton, Calif.), Kennedy O’Shea (D.C. United; South Riding, Va.), Devonte Small (Dallas Texans; San Antonio, Texas), Antonio Velazquez (Neusport Green; Las Vegas, Nev.), Henry Wingo (NW Nationals; Lake Forest Park, Wash.)
U.S. U-20 WOMEN’S NATIONAL COMES FROM TWO GOALS DOWN TO TIE GERMANY, 2-2: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fell behind by two goals in the first 10 minutes of its match against Germany before scratching back into the game with two goals of its own, the equalizer coming with just five minutes left from forward Sydney Leroux. The match concluded a nine-day training camp in Germany as the U.S. played both England and Germany as their opponents prepare for the UEFA Under-19 Championship in July.
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goalscorer(s) Location
June 22 England 4-1 W Leroux, McCarty, Hayes (2) Flensburg, Germany
June 26 Germany 2-2 T McCarty, Leroux Hamburg, Germany
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
U.S. SOCCER, WPS RECOGNIZE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1999 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: Ten years after a team of inspired women and a tournament of historic proportions captured the hearts and minds of an entire nation, U.S. Soccer and Women’s Professional Soccer will honor the legacy of that tournament and the legends from the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s National Team at WPS games throughout late June and early July. Working with U.S. Soccer, all seven WPS franchises will feature a 10th Anniversary Tribute Day at one of their WPS home games coinciding with the anniversary of the tournament dates of the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Former U.S. Women’s National Team players will make appearances, sign autographs and be recognized for their accomplishments ten years ago. The 1999 World Cup trophy will also travel to WPS venues during this time for photo opportunities with fans and a special collector’s edition 1999 World Cup autograph card will be printed for fans. Retired players from the 1999 World Cup team making appearances will include: Mia Hamm, Joy Fawcett, Lorrie Fair, Tiffany Roberts, Tisha Venturini and Danielle Fotopolous among others. WPS currently has five ‘99ers playing in the league: Brandi Chastain (FC Gold Pride), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Tiffeny Milbrett (FC Gold Pride), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC) and Briana Scurry (Washington Freedom).
Upcoming Remembering ’99 Tribute Schedule
Date Match TV Venue
July 4 Sky Blue FC vs. Boston Breakers -- Yurcak Field; Piscataway, N.J.
July 5 FC Gold Pride vs. St. Louis Athletica -- Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.
July 5 Washington Freedom vs. Los Angeles Sol FSC Maryland SoccerPlex; Germantown, Md.
July 12 Boston Breakers vs. Sky Blue FC FSC Harvard Stadium; Boston, Mass.
July 12 Chicago Red Stars vs. FC Gold Pride -- Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
ussoccer.com’s Remembering '99 Article Series: Read the memories of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup from:
FOLLOW THE ACTION AT US CLUB SOCCER'S NATIONAL CUP VIII: The 2009 edition of National Cup, U.S. Club Soccer's signature national championship competition, continues June 20-23 with Regionals in Indianapolis, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Pittsgrove, N.J. Regional events will be held through July 7, with the tournament's Finals taking place July 25-28 for boys and July 31-Aug. 3 for girls. Follow the action at each National Cup VIII Regional event via the National Cup Online Headquarters at http://www.usclubsoccer.org/, your source for event information, scores, features, photos and more.
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMERS: After making its first final of a major FIFA tournament, the U.S. Men’s National Team is given the nod as peak performer. Special recognition goes out to Tim Howard, who was voted Golden Glove winner as best goalkeeper in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and Clint Dempsey, who was awarded the Bronze Ball as third-best player in the tournament.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: There is little rest for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it begins its defense of its CONCACAF Gold Cup crown in Seattle on July 4 at Qwest Field against Grenada. Four players from the Confederations Cup roster will be joining the team that looks to get a win against the island nation.
SOCCER SHOCKER: On Wednesday, the U.S. snapped a 15-game winning and 35-game unbeaten streak by the Spanish national team. The goal by Jozy Altidore was the first conceded by a Spanish keeper since an April 1 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Turkey. Also, the clean sheet by Tim Howard and the U.S. backline was the first time Spain had been shutout since their EUFA Euro 2008 quarterfinal matchup against Italy.
QUOTABLE: “Hopefully – but we’re at the point where we don’t want respect, we want to win.” – Landon Donovan on if the team’s performance would garner more international respect.