U.S. Soccer Wire - October 16, 2006
See what this week has in store for your favorite U.S. National Team, including how to donate to the "Mooch" Myernick Fund and how the U.S. U-17 MNT are faring in Argentina.
Oct. 16, 2006
U.S. Soccer Foundation Establishes Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Fund;
U.S. Under-17 MNT Finishes Second in Argentina Tournament
U.S. Under-17 MNT Finishes Second in Argentina Tournament
MOOCH MYERNICK MEMORIAL FUND: The U.S. Soccer Foundation has established the Mooch Myernick Fund per a request from the Myernick family, to honor the life, career and years of distinguished service Glenn “Mooch” Myernick dedicated to the sport of soccer. Proceeds from the Mooch Myernick Fund will be distributed through grants by the Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Soccer Federation, to soccer clubs and organizations in urban areas to help create and sustain soccer opportunities for local underserved children. (DONATE) The entire U.S. Soccer family is mourning the loss of U.S. Men’s National Team assistant coach Glenn “Mooch” Myernick, who passed away last Monday morning after failing to regain consciousness following a heart attack. Myernick, 51, died peacefully surrounded by his wife Nancy, daughter Kelly and son Travis, at the North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, Colo. (Myernick tribute) Fans can send their Memories of "Mooch" to ussoccer.com at email@example.com. ussoccer.com has been posting thoughts and memories of Myernick from his friends and fans.
U.S. U-17 MNT FINISHES SECOND IN SAN LUIS TOURNAMENT: A goal in the waning moments of stoppage time condemned the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team to a 2-1 defeat against Argentina in the final of the Torneo Internacional Sub-17 in San Luis, Argentina. A goal by Sierra Mist Man of the Match Ellis McLoughlin allowed the U.S. to carry a 1-0 lead late into the second half before surrendering two goals in the final 20 minutes that ultimately delivered the championship to the host nation. The U.S. U-17 men advanced to the tournament final with a 1-0 victory against Peru. The team is now in Rosario, where they will remain for the duration of the month-long tour of Uruguay and Argentina. The U.S. will next face a River Plate youth team on Monday, Oct. 16. The U.S. will play several matches against club teams, in addition to their final international on Oct. 25 against Paraguay.
U.S. U-17 MNT Uruguay-Argentina Camp Schedule
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Oct. 5 Uruguay 1-6 L Jared Jeffries
Oct. 10 Peru 1-0 W Jared Jeffries
Oct. 13 Argentina 1-2 L Ellis McLoughlin
Oct. 16 River Plate
Oct. 19 TBD
Oct. 23 Rosario Central
Oct. 24 Newells Old Boys
Oct. 25 Paraguay
Oct. 28 Renato Cesarini
CONCACAF WOMEN’S GOLD CUP GROUP TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE: Two-day packages and group tickets are now on sale for the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup semifinals and finals on Wed., Nov. 22 and Sun., Nov. 26, respectively, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The third edition of the Women’s Gold Cup will feature the U.S. Women's National Team competing for the CONCACAF title and one of two two guaranteed spots in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. Two-day packages start at $30 ($15 per ticket) and are available through the L.A. Galaxy (877-3-GALAXY or www.lagalaxy.com) and TicketMaster (213-480-3232 / 714-740-2000 or www.ticketmaster.com). Tickets for groups of 10 or more start at $15 and are available through the L.A. Galaxy (877-3-GALAXY or www.lagalaxy.com). One-day packages start at $20 and are available through the L.A. Galaxy (877-3-GALAXY or www.lagalaxy.com). Individual tickets start at $20 and go on sale beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1. In first round action, Mexico will play against Trinidad & Tobago with Panama having been drawn to face Jamaica at Tropical Park Stadium in Miami, Fla. on Sunday 19 November. The victors in these two first round games will then advance to the semifinals of the event with the winner of Panama vs. Jamaica drawn to play against Canada while the team advancing from Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago will meet reigning Women’s Gold Cup Champions, USA, on . Tournament play concludes with the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup™ Final and a third-place play-off game on Sunday 26 November, also to be held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The Champion team and the runner-up will automatically qualify to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. The third-place finisher in the CONCACAF event will face Japan in a home-and-away playoff for the right to attend the Women's World Cup.
LILLY, WAMBACH NOMINATED FOR FIFA WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: FIFA has announced a short list of candidates for the 2006 Men’s and Women’s World Players of the Year and the USA’s Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach are among the 20 women up for the award. The winners will be announced at the 16th FIFA World Player Gala at the Zurich Opera House on December 18. The Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup, in conjunction with women’s football experts from other FIFA committees have nominated 20 players from the women’s game. The 30 players from the men’s game were chosen by the Football Committee and the Technical and Development Committee. As in the previous two years, the head coaches and captains of men’s and women’s national teams will now vote for the best players from the men’s and women’s games from the lists of candidates. At the beginning of December, FIFA will reveal the names of the three male and three female finalists who have received the most votes. There will be a new Women’s World Player of the Year in 2006 as the winner of the last three awards, German striker Birgit Prinz, is not among the 20 women nominated.
FIFA Women's Player of the Year Candidates
Laura Georges (France), Duan Han (China PR), Laura Kalmari (Finland), Kristine Lilly (USA), Renate Lingor (Germany), Xiaoxu Ma (China PR), Marta (Brazil), Malin Moström (Sweden), Monica Ocampo (Mexico), Cathrine Paaske Sörensen (Denmark), Kum Suk Ri (Korea DPR), Silke Rottenberg (Germany), Cheryl Salisbury (Australia), Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Kelly Smith (England), Sandrine Soubeyrand (France), Ingvild Stensland (Norway), Cynthia Uwak (Nigeria), Abby Wambach (USA).
– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U.S. UNDER-20 MNT DEFEATS HAITI IN SUNRISE, FLA.: Behind an offensive burst in the first half that provided four goals, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated the Haiti Under-23 Men's National Team, 5-1, on Wednesday (Oct. 11) in Sunrise, Fla. Midfielder Dax McCarty was a part of four goals, assisting on three and scoring a penalty kick for the USA's final tally. Michael Bradley opened the scoring in the first half, followed by Miguel Gonzalez, Johann Smith and Tim Ward as the U.S. took a 4-0 lead into halftime. The team and staff wore black armbands to honor the memory of U.S. Men’s National Team assistant coach Glenn “Mooch” Myernick, who passed away Monday. [Share Your Memories of Mooch] The match was part of a four-day training camp in Sunrise, Fla. With the win, U.S. is now 4-4-2 overall this year, with wins over Argentina, Canada and Wales. The U.S. is preparing for the 2007 Under-20 Final Round Qualifying Tournament, which will take place in Mexico and Panama next year. A total of eight teams will be looking to progress to the 2007 U-20 FIFA World Cup in Canada.
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
NINE U.S. WNT STARS NAMED TO NCAA WOMEN’S SOCCER 25TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM: Last week, the NCAA announced the Division I Women’s Soccer 25th Anniversary Team, which recognizes 11 former student-athletes and one coach, for their outstanding achievements while participating in NCAA competition. Nine of the 10 Americans are currently playing or have played for the U.S. Women’s National Team in the past while eight of those have played in a world championship for the USA. The coach was UNC legend Anson Dorrance, who coached the USA to the 1991 Women’s World Cup championship. In 1981, the NCAA began sponsoring women’s championships, which opened the door to increased athletic and academic opportunities for female athletes. Today, the NCAA sponsors 44 women’s championships in 20 sports, providing more than 150,000 women with an opportunity to compete for national titles each year.
NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN’S SOCCER 25TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM
Player School Position U.S. Caps/Goals
Danielle Garrett (Fotopoulos) SMU/Florida Forward 36/15*
Lisa Gmitter (Pittaro) George Mason Forward 12/3
Mia Hamm North Carolina Forward 275/158
April Heinrichs North Carolina Forward 47/37
Kristine Lilly North Carolina Forward 313/113*
Cat Reddick (Whitehill) North Carolina Defender 93/10*
Jen Renola Notre Dame Goalkeeper --
Christine Sinclair Portland Forward --
Tisha Venturini (Hoch) North Carolina Midfielder 132/44
Aly Wagner Santa Clara Midfielder 104/21*
Carla Werden (Overbeck) North Carolina Defender 168/7
Coach: Anson Dorrance North Carolina
*Still active with the U.S. Women's National Team
U.S. PARALYMPIC TEAM DEFEATS CANADA TWICE: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team defeated Canada twice in a pair of training matches last week, putting together mirror 4-0 victories on Oct. 10 and 12 in Chula Vista, Calif. U.S. Paralympic head coach Jay Hoffman had called in 12 players to a week-long training camp that concluded on Oct. 15. Paralympic soccer (played seven-a-side) usually features two 30-minute halves, but the matches against Canada were 90 minutes long, featuring three 30-minute periods. Josh McKinney led the team with three goals during the two matches, while Jon McCullough added two goals and one assist. Marthell Vazquez also scored two goals for the U.S. All three players hail from Virginia Beach, Va. Hoffman used the camp to begin preparing his team for a 2007 schedule that will include the Parapan American Games and a World Championship. The site and dates for the 2007 World Championship, which will serve as qualification for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, have yet to be determined. Paralympian Josh Blue was not with the team at the training camp due to commitments after winning the fourth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing (watch).
U.S. Paralympic Team Results
Date Opponent Result Scoring
Oct. 10 Canada 4-0 W Vasquez (Garrett), Vazquez (Schetka), McKinney (McCullough), McCullough (Vasquez)
Oct. 12 Canada 4-0 W McCullough (Ahrens), McKinney (Vazquez), McKinney (McCullough), Ahrens (Schetka)
U.S. Paralympic Team Roster
Chris Ahrens (Brockport, N.Y.), Joe Chavez (Bonita, Calif.), Louis Garrett (Columbus, Ohio), Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas), Tommy Latsch (Virginia Beach, Va.), Sean Matsey (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Jon McCullough (Virginia Beach, Va.), Josh McKinney (Virginia Beach, Va.), Shaun Schetka (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Jason Slemons (Eagle River, Ark.), Marthell Vazquez (Virginia Beach, Va.), Dave Woosnam (Roswell, Ga.)
USL FIRST DIVISION RETURNS TO CALIFORNIA WITH CALIFORNIA VICTORY: For the first time in USL history, a professional European club will own and operate a USL franchise. Spanish League club Deportivo Alaves has officially acquired a USL First Division franchise beginning in the 2007 season. The club will be named the California Victory, deriving its nickname from Alaves’ home city of Vitoria, the capital city of the province of Alava in the Basque country of Spain. The club will play out of Kezar Stadium located in the southeastern corner of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Calif. The stadium has a current capacity of 10,000 seats. Longtime soccer executive and coach Terry Fisher will serve as the team’s first general manager. The expansion club marks the return of USL First Division soccer to the state of California, where it has been absent since 2001.
GULATI 30-MINUTE INTERVIEW FEATURED ON NEW FSC SHOW ON SUNDAY: U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati will be featured in an in-depth one-on-one interview in a stand-alone show airing on Fox Soccer Channel this Sunday (Oct. 22) at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT. Among the topics discussed in the interview with Nick Webster were the performance of the U.S. Men's National Team in Germany during the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the search for a new head coach. Other topics addressed include the 2010 FIFA World Cup scheduled for South Africa and the USA's potential participation in the 2007 Copa America, which begins just days after the team defends their CONCACAF Gold Cup crown in the 2007 competition.
U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION OPENS 2007 GRANTS PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCESS: The grant application process for the U.S. Soccer Foundation's 2007 Annual Grants Program is open from now until Nov. 22 at ussoccerfoundation.org. With the exception of its All Conditions Fields Grants, the Foundation’s 2007 Grants will be focused exclusively on projects and programs that develop players, referees and coaches in economically disadvantaged urban areas. The Foundation’s All Conditions Fields Grants will continue to be available to projects serving all types of communities, with priority given to those All Conditions Fields projects serving players in economically disadvantaged urban areas. More information about the grants is available at ussoccerfoundation.org/grants.
U.S. Soccer Foundation Important Dates
Sept. 8 2007 Annual Grants Program Online Registration Commences
Nov. 22 Deadline to Submit Completed Application by 5 p.m. ET
*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER(S): Former U.S. youth international and MLS rookie Jacob Peterson came up big for his club on Saturday night as the Colorado Rapids trailed, 3-2, to the Houston Dynamo with a playoff spot on the line. Peterson, who represented the U.S. at the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championship and the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, scored in the 88th minute to tie the match and ensure the Rapids a berth in the 2006 MLS post-season. Also coming up big was the New York Red Bulls’ Amado Guevara, who posted a hat-trick in the 3-2 win against Kansas City. The win put New York ahead of the Wizards, claiming the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
MARQUEE MATCHUP(S): With the final Major League Soccer regular season games taking place last weekend, the MLS playoffs are finally here. The playoffs kick off with the New York Red Bulls hosting D.C. United at 2 p.m. ET and FC Dallas traveling to Colorado at 9 p.m. ET. The weekend continues with the New England Revolution at the Chicago Fire at 1 p.m. ET and ends with Chivas USA hosting the Houston Dynamo at 4 p.m. ET.
SOCCER SHOCKER: English Premier League club Everton FC managed to go two months into the season without losing a match before being downed, 2-1, by Middlesbrough on Saturday (Oct. 14). One bright spot of the match came in the 67th minute, however, when U.S. MNT goalkeeper Tim Howard denied Middlesbrough a goal by saving Aiyegbeni Yakubu’s second penalty kick of the match, keeping the score level at one. Unfortunately, Middlesbrough would go on to score again just four minutes later.
QUOTABLE: “I didn't know where to go or where to run to so I just stopped and waited for someone to come and shake my hand. It's always a good experience when you score your first goal."
-- Chivas USA first-year midfielder Brent Whitfield after scoring his first MLS goal in Chivas’ final game of the season, a 1-1 tie with Real Salt Lake.