U.S. Soccer Wire: Jan. 18, 2011
Catch up on all the news and notes from your favorite Men's, Women's & Youth National Teams
Jan. 18, 2011
U.S. MEN TO FACE ARGENTINA AND PARAGUAY IN MARCH;
U.S. MNT TO MEET CHILE ON JAN. 22 IN CARSON, CALIF. AT 7 P.M. PT;
U.S. WNT FACE SWEDEN IN FIRST MATCH OF FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT IN CHINA;
U.S. MNT TO FACE ARGENTINA AND PARAGUAY IN MARCH: The U.S. will take on two-time FIFA World Cup Champion Argentina on March 26 in East Rutherford, N.J. Kickoff at the New Meadowlands Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Three days later, the U.S. hosts Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville. The match will be televised live on an ESPN network and TeleFutura beginning at 7 p.m. CT. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Tickets for both games go on sale to the public Friday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets for the Argentina game are also available at Ticketmaster outlets throughout the New York/New Jersey area, at the New Meadowland Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and at the IZOD Center ticket office (open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). For the Paraguay game, Ticketmaster outlets throughout Central Tennessee (including Kroger stores) and the LP Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will carry tickets.
U.S. MNT AND CHILE FACE OFF ON SATURDAY, JAN. 22, AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: TeleFutura and ESPN3.com will broadcast the U.S. Men’s National Team’s first match of 2011 when they face Chile on Saturday, Jan. 22, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The kickoff time has been moved to 7 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Tickets starting at $18, plus special edition U.S. Soccer on-field seats for $150, are on sale now through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including many Walmart and La Curacao locations). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Follow the MNT Blog from Carson, Calif.
U.S. MNT Roster by Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Dominic Cervi (Celtic), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): A.J. DeLaGarza (Los Angeles Galaxy), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Ryan Miller (Halmstads BK), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Anthony Wallace (Colorado Rapids), Marvell Wynne (Colorado Rapids)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Eric Alexander (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Sam Cronin (San Jose Earthquakes), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Dax McCarty (D.C. United), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Eugene Starikov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage
- Videos: Inside the Lines – Jan. 11 | Inside the Lines – Jan. 18
- Features: Wallace – Through the Ranks | Braun and Ihemelu Depart
- Tickets: MNT vs. Chile | MNT vs. Argentina | MNT vs. Paraguay
- Studio 90: Jan. 13 | Jan. 14 | Jan. 18
- MNT Blog | U.S. Soccer on Twitter | Studio 90 on Twitter
U.S. WNT SET TO FACE SWEDEN AS 23 PLAYERS TRAVEL TO CHINA: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 23 players to the roster for the 2011 Four Nations Tournament taking place in Chongqing, China, where the USA will face Sweden, Canada and the host. With the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup commencing in late June, the tournament will be a key part of Sundhage’s crafting of the eventual Women’s World Cup roster as the USA takes on three strong nations, including Sweden, which is the USA’s third Group C opponent at the Women’s World Cup in Germany. Follow the WNT Blog from China
U.S. WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (out of contract), Christie Rampone (out of contract) Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (out of contract), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (Washington Freedom), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (out of contract)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)
ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage
- Features: Letter from Yael | Four Nations Tournament History
- Video: WNT Arrives in China
- Four Nations Tournament Home
- 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Home | Groups
- U-23 WNT Feature: Pressing Matters with Christen Press
- WNT Blog | WNT on Twitter
U.S. TO HOST 2012 CONCACAF MEN’S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT: On Monday, the CONCACAF EXCO awarded the 2012 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament to the United States. The venues and dates of the tournament are still to be determined. The U.S. also hosted the 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Qualifying Tournament, playing in three venues: The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.), Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.) and LP Field (Nashville, Tenn.). The U.S. and Honduras qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U-20 MNT ROUND OUT 12-DAY TRAINING CAMP IN FLORIDA: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen finished a 12-day training camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 13. The U-20 Men have participated in an intrasquad scrimmage and played against local teams as they prepare for the U-20 CONCACAF Championship in April, where the team will look to qualify for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. A majority of the qualifying roster will likely come from the training camp, which was the final get together ahead of the trip to Guatemala.
ussoccer.com’s U-20 MNT Coverage
U.S. U-20 WNT OPENS NEW CYCLE IN FLORIDA: The first U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team training camp of the new cycle is currently underway in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. from Jan. 15-22. This will be the beginning of the new cycle working towards qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1992 are eligible for that tournament, which has yet to be awarded to a nation by FIFA. Twenty-four players have convened under the direction of Dave Chesler, almost all of whom have experience with the younger age groups of the USA’s youth national teams at the U-18, U-17, U-15 and U-14 levels.
U-20 WNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Emily Oliver (Stanford; Flossmoor, Ill.), Anna Sieloff (North Carolina; Troy, Mich.)
DEFENDERS (8): Torri Allen (Georgia; Stafford, Va.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado; Denver, Colo.), Briana Hovington (Penn State; Lothian, Md.), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.), Carrie Whigham (Oklahoma; Phoenix, Ariz.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; St. Simons Islands, Ga.), Rikki Clarke (Solar Red; Keller, Texas), Alex Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Lindsay Elston (Washington; Sammamish, Wash.), Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Ariana Martinez (UCLA; Moore Park, Calif.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.), Chioma Ubogagu (D’Feeters; Coppel, Texas)
FORWARDS (6): Michelle Cruz (Portland; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Arin Gilliland (Ohio Elite; Wilmore, Ky.), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Kealia Ohai (North Carolina; Draper, Utah), Taylor Smith (Solar Red; Ft. Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.)
CABRERA NAMES 40-PLAYER ROSTER FOR SPRING SEMESTER OF U-17 RESIDENCY: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera has finalized the 40 players who will train during the spring semester of U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. Cabrera will choose from these 40 players the roster that will represent the U.S. at the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in February. The U.S. has been drawn into Group B of the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which will serve as qualifying for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, and will play Cuba on Feb. 14 and Panama on Feb. 18, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
U.S. U-14 BOYS’ NATIONAL TEAM IN GUADALAJARA FOR ANNUAL FOREIGN TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. U-14 Boys’ National Team is set for its lone international training of 2011, an annual trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, from Jan. 16-23 that will include eight days of training and a series of friendly matches against local youth clubs, including Atlas and Chivas de Guadalajara. Every player on the roster was born in 1997, and were identified through the yearly player identification camp (held in August 2010) and U.S. Soccer Training Centers. Of the 36 players on the roster, 23 were part of the team’s trip to the Disney Thanksgiving Interregional event in Orlando, Fla., in November. That event marked the second for the 1997 group under U-14 Boys’ head coach Manny Schellscheidt. Players born in 1996 have now advanced to the Under-15 level.
U.S. U-14 BNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Cameron Keys (Lehigh Valley United FC; Whitehall, Pa.), JT Marcinkowski (Mustangs FC; Alamo, Calif.), Parker Siegfried (Newark Area SA; Granville, Ohio), Justin Vom Steeg (Santa Barbara SC; Santa Barbara ,Calif.)
DEFENDERS (10): Billy Abdallah (Cosmos Academy West; Monterey Park, Calif.), Guillermo Bermudez (Albion SC; San Diego, Calif.), Peter Brown (Grand Rapids Crew; Walker, Mich.), Chester Castellaw (Real So Cal; Hidden Hills, Calif.), Malcolm Jones (Cosmos Academy West; Chino Hills, Calif.), Benny Lorca (Real So Cal; Oxnard, Calif.), Jean Orvil Jr (West Pines United; Miramar, Fla.), Erik Pritschau (PFC; Perry, Ohio), Tommy Redding (FC America Premier; Oviedo, Fla.), Max Stiegwardt (Minnesota Thunder; Maple Grove, Minn.)
MIDFIELDERS (16): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Julian Castro (Concordia Royal; Lorain, Ohio), Jeremy Colvin (Houstonians FC; Houston, Texas), Coy Craft (Fusion FC; Glade Spring Va.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire Academy; Downer’s Grove, Ill.), Chris Gomez (PDA; Jamison, Pa.), Cameron Lindley (Carmel United; Carmel, Ind.), Kostandin Moni (Crew Juniors; Grand Rapids, Mich.), Caleb Moore (Discoveries SC; Rock Hill, S.C.), Pablo Pelaez (Albion SC; San Diego, Calif.), Peter Schropp (Omaha FC; Omaha, Neb.), Shannon Seymour (Chicago Fire Academy; Bourbonnais, Ill.), Benjamin Swanson (Columbus Crew; Grove City, Ohio), Alejandro Vergara (Cosmos Academy West; Long Beach, Calif.), David Villegas (Elk Grove Everton; Sacramento, Calif.), Sean Wilson (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
FORWARDS (6): Malcolm Dixon (NY Red Bulls Academy; Glenridge, N.J.), Stephen Elias (Beachside SC; Rye, N.Y.), Alex Knox (Carmel United; Carmel, Ind.), Christian Lucatero (Houstonian FC; Pasadena, Texas), Amirgy Pineda (Fullerton Rangers; Santa Ana, Calif.), Dylan Smith (Fullerton Rangers; Anaheim Hills, Calif.)
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BRAZIL AND GERMANY/NETHERLANDS TRIPS IN MARCH 2011: In an effort to continue providing unique coaching opportunities to its membership, U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet announces plans to offer educational trips to Brazil and to Germany and the Netherlands. Entering its third year, the aim of U.S. Soccer’s international coaching education program is to expose U.S. coaches to other federations and clubs to learn the steps they take to develop their coaches and players. Attendees interact directly with top-level coaches, administrators and players from some of the best clubs and countries in the world. Scheduled to take place March 17-25, 2011, coaches will visit five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The coaching education workshop in Germany and the Netherlands will take place from April 28 – May 6, 2011 and will mark the 40th anniversary of U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program which began under the direction of Dettmar Cramer.
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Maurice Edu sealed a 4-0 win for his club side Rangers over the weekend win he struck a left-footed shot from the top of the area for his second league goal of the season. The win moved Rangers to within two points of their rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premier League table with two games in hand.
MARQUEE MATCHUPS: The U.S. Men’s National Team plays its first match of 2011 against Chile on Saturday, Jan. 22, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The kickoff time has been moved to 7 p.m. PT and fans can follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. The U.S. Women also get their 2011 Four Nations Tournament campaign underway on Jan. 21, when they face Sweden – who also happen to be a Group C opponent in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.
QUOTABLE: “Coming back from this situation, I have a lot to prove. There’s always going to be opportunities, but you have to earn them and an experience like this shows how you can take the little things for granted, like just being able to run. It sounds so silly, but when you can’t do it, it’s not so amusing.” – U.S. WNT midfielder Tobin Heath on coming back from a lengthy time on the sidelines due to injury