U.S. Soccer Wire - May 14, 2007
See what this week has in store for your favorite U.S. National Team, including the U.S. U-20 MNT taking on Argentina live on ussoccer.com on Tuesday and the WNT's 6-2 win against Canada this past Saturday.
May 14, 2007
U.S. U-20 MNT SET TO FACE ARGENTINA
IN ROCHESTER, N.Y., LIVE ON ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS,
WNT LOOKS TO SEND-OFF SERIES AFTER 6-2 WIN AGAINST CANADA
IN ROCHESTER, N.Y., LIVE ON ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS,
WNT LOOKS TO SEND-OFF SERIES AFTER 6-2 WIN AGAINST CANADA
U-20 MNT TO FACE ARGENTINA IN ROCHESTER ON TUESDAY: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will take on the reigning world champion, Argentina, on Tuesday, May 15, at PAETEC Park in Rochester, N.Y. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET. U.S. Soccer and ussoccer.com will present complete MatchACCESS live coverage of the match against Argentina, starting at 6:45 p.m. ET / 3:45 p.m. PT. MatchACCESS will also include post-match coverage and interviews with U.S. Under-20 MNT head coach Thomas Rongen and select players. This will be the second U-20 MNT match broadcast exclusively on ussoccer.com, and is a part of the popular website’s extensive online video streaming coverage. Tickets for the match range from $18 to $35, and can be purchased at PAETEC Park, by phone from Ticketmaster at (585) 232-1900 or at ticketmaster.com.
WNT DEFEATS CANADA, 6-2, IN TEXAS: Wearing special pink uniforms in support of breast cancer awareness, the U.S. Women’s National Team rolled past Canada on a steamy Saturday (May 12) evening at Pizza Hut Park, winning 6-2 on two goals from Abby Wambach and single scores from Kristine Lilly, Lindsay Tarpley, Lori Chalupny and Heather O’Reilly. All of the pink jerseys worn by the U.S. players during the match are up for auction on ussoccer.com until Wednesday, May 16, when the auctions will end, one-by-one, throughout the afternoon. The money raised will be donated to benefit the cause. [Shop Pink] The win upped the USA’s record in 2007 to 7-0-2 and stretched the team’s unbeaten streak to 41 games, 40 of those under head coach Greg Ryan. The U.S. team now has six domestic games remaining before heading to China for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
WNT “SEND-OFF SERIES” KICKS OFF JUNE 16 IN CLEVELAND: The U.S. will continue preparing for the 2007 Women’s World Cup in China, kicking off their “Send-Off Series” against China (tickets) in Cleveland on June 16, Brazil (tickets) in East Rutherford, N.J., on June 23, and Norway (tickets) in East Hartford, Conn., on July 14. The U.S. will also face Japan (tickets) in San Jose, Calif., on July 28 at 10 p.m. ET at Spartan Stadium, New Zealand (tickets) in Chicago on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. ET at Soldier Field, and finally Finland (tickets) in Los Angeles on Aug. 25 at The Home Depot Center in the final Send-Off Series match. Ticket information for all six games is available at ussoccer.com or by calling local Ticketmaster outlets or the respective stadium’s box offices. Group tickets for 15 or more people for any of the Send-Off Series matches are available by calling 312-528-1290 or downloading a group order form at ussoccer.com. ESPN2 will broadcast the New York, Hartford, Chicago and Los Angeles matches live, while ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS will provide live streaming video of the matches in Cleveland and San Jose. Fans can also follow stats and commentary online with ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. For information about the WNT’s draw at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, visit the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup competitions page for a complete schedule and standings, plus features, podcasts, and exclusive all_access video coverage of the WNT in China.
2007 U.S. Women's National Team Schedule & Results
Date Opponent Location Result / Kickoff TV
Jan. 26 Germany + Guangzhou, China 0-0 T
Jan. 28 England + Guangzhou, China 1-1 T
Jan. 30 China + Guangzhou, China 2-0 W
March 7 China @ Silves, Portugal 2-1 W
March 9 Finland @ Ferreiras, Portugal 1-0 W
March 12 Sweden @ VRS Antonio, Portugal 3-2 W
March 14 Denmark @ VRS Antonio, Portugal 2-0 W
April 14 Mexico Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.) 5-0 W
May 12 Canada Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas) 6-2 W
2007 Women’s National Team Send-Off Series
Date Opponent Location Kickoff TV
June 16 China Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio) 7 p.m. ET ussoccer.com's MatchACCESS
June 23 Brazil Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.) 5 p.m. ET ESPN2 / Galavision
July 14 Norway Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.) 6 p.m. ET ESPN2
July 28 Japan Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.) 7 p.m. PT ussoccer.com's MatchACCESS
Aug. 12 New Zealand Soldier Field (Chicago, Ill.) 12 p.m. CT ESPN2
Aug. 25 Finland The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 6:30 p.m. PT ESPN2
U.S. 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
Date Opponent Venue Kickoff
Sept. 11 North Korea Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium) 5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 14 Sweden Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium) 5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 18 Nigeria Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
U.S. MNT TO FACE SWEDEN IN AUGUST: The United States Men’s National Team will play its first match on European soil in 2007 when they travel to face 11-time World Cup finalists Sweden on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Ullevi Stadium in Goteborg, Sweden. Kickoff for the match is set for 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel, with Galavision airing the match live at 2:30 p.m. ET and delayed at 2:30 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The U.S. is gearing up for a busy summer, beginning with a tune-up match against China on June 2 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose (tickets). Five days later, the three-time champions will try to defend their title against 11 other teams at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scheduled from June 6-24 in several cities across the United States. Just a few days later, the U.S. will participate in the 2007 Copa America, the regional championship of South America. The 12-team tournament will run from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. For the United States, the appearance will mark their third entrance into CONMEBOL’s signature event, and the first since a third place finish in 1995.
U.S. MNT 2007 Schedule
Date Match Venue Result/Kickoff/TV
Jan. 20 USA vs. Denmark Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 3-1 W
Feb. 7 USA vs. Mexico Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.) 2-0 W
March 25 USA vs. Ecuador Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.) 3-1 W
March 28 USA vs. Guatemala Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas) 0-0 T
June 2 USA vs. China Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.) 8 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Galavision
June 7 USA vs. Guatemala Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 6 p.m. PT / FSC and Telefutura
June 9 USA vs. T&T Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 2 p.m. PT / FSC and Telefutura
June 12 USA vs. El Salvador Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.) 7 p.m. ET / FSC and Telefutura
June 28 Argentina * Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo) TBD --
July 2 Paraguay * Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas) TBD --
July 5 Colombia * Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto) TBD --
Aug. 22 Sweden Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden) 2:30 p.m. ET / FSC / Galavision (2:30 ET/PT)
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
* Copa America
U.S. PARALYMPIC TEAM TO COMPETE IN THE NETHERLANDS: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team will travel to Zeist, Netherlands, on May 14 to participate in the 2007 CP International Tournament at the KNVB National Training Center. The U.S., currently ranked seventh in the world, will be joined by Russia, Brazil, Iran, England and the hosts in the tournament, representing six of the world’s top eight teams. The round robin tournament will serve as a warm-up for both the ParaPanAmerican Games, which will take place in August in Rio de Janeiro, and the World Championship in November. Both events present opportunities to qualify for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. Head Coach Jay Hoffman has announced the 12 players who will be competing in the Netherlands, including three players, Chris Ahrens, Louis Garrett and Eric Poulin, making their international roster debut. Paralympic soccer is played seven-a-side on a smaller field and with smaller goals than non-disabled soccer. Each team plays with seven men using the International Federation of Associated Football (FIFA) rules which have been slightly modified to accommodate the disabilities of the athletes.
Paralympic Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (1): Keith Johnson
DEFENDERS (4): Derek Arneaud, Louis Garrett Jon McCoullough, Dave Woosnam
MIDFIELDERS (5): Tom Latsch, Josh McKinney, Eric Poulin, Shaun Schetka, Jason Slemons
FORWARDS (2): Chris Ahrens, Marthell Vazquez
TOZER NAMES 16 PLAYERS FOR BRAZIL TRAINING CAMP, MATCHES: U.S. National Futsal Team head coach Keith Tozer has selected 16 players that will travel to Brazil for a 12-day training camp in Curitiba and Jaraguá do Sul. The U.S. team will depart on May 16 and will return on May 28. The schedule includes a pair of games vs. the Brazil National Futsal Team, and three matches vs. Brazilian clubs. Tozer's roster includes players from both MISL and USL rosters, and several top players were not available due to outdoor commitments with USL clubs giving Tozer a chance to invite 13 upcapped players as the team continues preparation for the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup. The roster includes veteran Pat Morris and Ptah Myers from the 2007 MISL Champion Philadelphia KiXX. The team's next planned activity will be a trip to Spain next month.
U.S. Fustal Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS: Jeff Richey (Chicago Storm-MISL), Danny Waltman (Detroit Ignition-MISL)
DEFENDERS: Joe Hammes (Milwaukee Wave-MISL), Freddy Juarez (Minnesota Thunder-USL1), Michael Lookingland (Harrisburg City Islanders-USL2), Pat Morris (Philadelphia KiXX-MISL)
MIDFIELDERS: Jamar Beasley (Detroit Ignition-MISL), Andrew Ducker (Central Florida Kraze-PDL), Andrew Jacobson (Cal State Berkeley), Dana McGregor (Cleveland City Stars-USL2), Ptah Myers (Philadelphia KiXX-MISL), Andy Rosenband (Chicago Storm-MISL), Matt Stewart (Chicago Storm-MISL)
FORWARDS: Elvir Kafedzic (California Cougars-MISL), Aaron Susi (California Cougars-MISL), Enrique Tovar (California Cougars-MISL)
MEDIA ACCREDITATION PROCESS OPENS FOR FIFA U-20 & WOMEN’S WORLD CUPS: Media members may register online for the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007 and the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 at the media services section of FIFA.com. Deadline for applications to the Women’s World Cup is May 31, and the deadline for the U-20 World Cup is May 30. Successful applications will be notified and given further information as the tournament approaches. Applications are subject to confirmation and international applicants are responsible for their own visas. More information about the tournaments is available at FIFA.com.
– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U.S. U-21 WOMEN HEAD TO GERMANY FOR THREE MATCHES: U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin will take 18 players to Dortmund, Germany for three matches against top women’s club teams on a trip from May 18-27. The U-21s are coming off a second place finished at the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament in Alabama, where they fell in penalty kicks to Canada in the championship game. The U-21s will face Gutersloh on May 22, followed by a match against SG Essen-Schönebeck on May 24 and finish with a game against 07 Bad Neuenahr on May 26. The German women’s Bundesliga is widely hailed as one of the top two women’s leagues in the world, along with Sweden’s top division. Irwin will bring a strong squad to Germany as 11 of the 18 players named have played in one or more youth world championships for the USA. Midfielder Angie Woznuk has one cap for the full National Team, the only player on the roster with senior team caps. Defender Rachel Buehler is currently in Residency Training Camp with the Women’s National Team, but will leave camp to play with the U-21s. The U-21s will return home and the squad will have just a week before re-grouping in Portland, Ore., from June 6-13 for a training camp that will be the last preparation for the 2007 Nordic Cup to be held in Finland from July 18-24.
U.S. U-21 WNT Schedule
May 22 Gutersloh
May 24 Essen-Schonebeck
May 26 07 Bad Neuenahr
U.S. U-21 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cori Alexander (Portland), Kelsey Davis (Portland);
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Kendall Fletcher (UNC), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Stephanie Logterman (Texas), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Natalie Capuano (Penn), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Kara Karellis (Wisconsin), Ali Krieger (Penn State), Lisa Sari (Portland), Angie Woznuk (Portland);
FORWARDS (4): Natalie Budge (Portland), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Ella Masar (Illinois), Jessica Rostedt (Virginia).
U.S. UNDER-20 WOMEN WIN BOTH MATCHES IN ENGLAND: The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team won both of its matches in England, downing the Leeds Ladies, 3-1, on May 10 as forward Melissa Henderson tallied twice and Gina DiMartino added a single score, and defeated the Blackburn Ladies, 2-0, on May 12 as forward Whitney Hooper got a goal and an assist and midfielder Teresa Noyola add the other goal. The U-20s were supposed to play the first match on May 8 against the Everton Ladies, but the game was cancelled due to an unplayable field. Against Leeds, the 18-year-old Henderson scored in the 13th minute off an assist from Noyola, before making it 2-0 in the 39th minute, this time off a feed from midfielder Michelle Enyeart, who also assisted on the USA's third goal. Leeds pulled a goal back just before halftime but DiMartino, the younger sister of former U.S. U-20 and current U.S. U-21 Tina DiMartino, put the game away with a goal in the 74th minute. The USA dominated Blackburn, out-shooting them 25-3, but could not find the net until the 72nd minute when Hooper scored off an assist from Hendreson. Noyola, one of the youngest players on the roster, put the game away in the 80th minute, this time off an assist from Hooper. U.S. head coach Jillian Ellis is preparing the team for the Pan-American Games to be held in July in Brazil, as well as qualifying for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, to be held at the end of next year in Chile. CONCACAF qualifying will be sometime in the second quarter of 2008.
U.S. U-20 WNT Schedule
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
May 8 Everton Ladies Cancelled n/a
May 10 Leeds Ladies 3-2 W Melissa Henderson (2), Gina DiMartino
May 12 Blackburn Ladies 2-0 W Whitney Hooper, Teresa Noyola
U.S. U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Chantel Jones (Virginia); Alyssa Naeher (Penn State);
DEFENDERS (4): Kelly Henderson (Boston College), Nicole Ketchum (Texas A & M), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Carly Peetz (Nebraska);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Ali Hawkins (UNC), Whitney Hooper (Texas A & M), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Kylie Wright (So CalBlues);
FORWARDS (7): Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Ashlee Elliott (Florida),Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Rachel Given (Ridgeland, Miss.), Melissa Henderson (Dallas Texans), Alicia Jenkins (Stanford), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix College).
U.S. U-15 GIRLS' NATIONAL TEAM COMES TO THE HDC FOR TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will come together for a training camp from May 19-25 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. U.S. head coach Tad Bobak has called in 24 players to the camp, all born in 1992, as the youngest of the USA’s five youth national teams holds its second training camp of 2007. Bobak may add one or two more players to the roster before camp commences. The U-15s will get a chance to watch the full Women’s National Team train as head coach Greg Ryan’s squad are in Residency Training Camp from May 21-31 before going on a break.
U.S. U-15 GNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Vittoria Arnold (Mesquite, Texas), Erin Dees (Downers Grove, Ill.), Makenna Henry (Fountain Valley, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (8): Mackenzie Akerfelds (Littleton, Colo.), Mia Bruno (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), Briana Hovington (Lothian, Md.), Emi Lawson (Shoreline, Wash.), Megan Oyster (Naperville, Ill.), Mollie Pathman (Durham, N.C.), Cathrine Sessions (Woodbury, Minn.), Carrie Whigman (Phoenix, Ariz.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michelle Cruz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Nicole Duarte (League City, Texas), Kylie Facinelli (Del Mar, Calif.), Kaitltyn Fitzpatrick (Pleasanton, Calif.), Natalia Ledezma (La Mirada, Calif.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Kealia Ohai (Draper, Utah), Courtney Strombeck (Orangevale, Calif.);
FORWARDS (5): Kaley Blades (Largo, Fla.), Kori Chapic (Russel, Ohio), Nicole Locandro (Kennesaw, Ga.), Devin Marshall (Bonita, Calif.), Tawni Martino (Irvine, Calif.)
U.S. U-14 NDP IN CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: The U.S. Under-14 National Development Program is at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., for a one-week camp from May 12-19. Head coach Manny Scheldscheit has called in 36 players for the camp, which will see the U-14s split into two teams and play three matches each over the course of the week.
U.S. U-14 NDP Schedule
May 14 Valley United
Cal South ODP
May 16 Celtic Hoops
May 18 San Diego Surf
U.S. U-14 National Development Program Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jack Falle (Lilburn, Ga.), Max Kurtzman (Haverford, Pa.), Jakob Wagmeister (Oradell, N.J.), William Whiddon (Carlsbad, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (9): David Caban (Kenosha, Wis.), George Fradenburg (Belden, Miss.), Jon-Paul Medina (Fresno, Calif.), Timothy Parker (Hicksville, N.Y.), Victor Pineda (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Matthias Sheeleigh (Mendham, N.J.), Scott Thomsen (Brick, N.J.), Zachery Wenger (Baltimore, Md.), Walker Zimmerman (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (13): Angel Ayala (Long Beach, Calif.), Samuel Coleman (Norman, Okla.), Amadou Dia (Hichland Ranch, Colo.), Nathanael Eggleston (Chevy Chase, Md.), Louis Gil (Garden Grove, Calif.), Christian Johnson (New York, N.Y.), Alfred Koroma (Dallas, Texas), William Packwood (Concord, Mass.), Kevin Pahl (Lakeland, Fla.), Jonathan Ray (Durham, N.C.), Caleb Stanko (Holly, Mich.), Tyler Thompson (Loomis, Calif.), Will Trapp (Gahanna, Ohio);
FORWARDS (10): Samuel Adjei (Newark, N.J.), Daniel Bartok (Union, N.J.), Dominic Bonilla (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Scott Cohen (Studio City, Calif.), Joaquin Del Rosario (Durham, N.C.), Zachary Deville (San Diego, Calif.), Tommy Jaeger (Centennial, Colo.), Markhus Lacroix (New Egypt, N.J.), Gabriel Rivera (La Mirada, Calif.), Joe Shinsky (York, Pa.)
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
HALL OF FAMER GINO PARIANI PASSES AWAY: Hall of Famer Gino Pariani, a defender on the the 1950 U.S. World Cup team that defeated England, passed away on Thursday, May 9. Pariani, who was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., in 1976, played a key role in that USA World Cup upset over England that shocked the world. Pariani was born February 21, 1928, and began his soccer career at the age of 13. By age 15 he was playing in the top division, winning a league championship that year with Schumackers. He won two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championships with the Simpkins-Ford team in 1948 and 1950. His career highlights included selection to the St. Louis Municipal League All-Star team every year from 1947 until 1953. A wake for Pariani will be held on Monday, May 14, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Kutis Funeral Home in St. Louis. A Funeral Mass will also be held at Seven Holy Founders Church, Afton, Mo., on Tuesday, May 16, at 10 a.m. For more information on Pariani's career, visit: http://www.soccerhall.org/famers/gino_pariani.htm
STEPHEN BAUMANN NAMED HALL OF FAME PRESIDENT & COO: Stephen H. Baumann was named President and Cheif Operating Officer of the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., on Friday (May 11). Most recently, Baumann served as Executive Director of the Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena, Calif. Baumann's soccer background includes playing at the University of Pennsylvania and for the NASL's Miami Toros from 1974-77. More information is available at soccerhall.org.
2007 US YOUTH SOCCER GRANTS ANNOUNCEMENT: US Youth Soccer announced on Monday (May 14) that it has made funds available to 27 different groups nationwide as part of its 10th annual grants program cycle. Amongst the 27 programs, US Youth Soccer awarded $85,000 of grants for 2007. Since 1998, the organization has made nearly $2 million available for the growth of the game of soccer through grants and other financial support. Visit USYouthSoccer.org for more.
CONCACAF GOLD CUP ACCREDITATION FORM AVAILABLE ONLINE: Applications for credentials for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup are now available online at concacaf.com and GoldCup.org. Application deadline is June 1 and a color passport photo must be submitted with the application form. No credential applications will be accepted after the deadline.
2007 CONCACAF GOLD CUP TICKETS NOW ON SALE: Tickets for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup are now on sale for all dates and venues. Tickets start at $20 for first round games and can be purchased by calling 1-888-878-2007. Ticket packages are available for all games and match days at a single venue. Discounts are also available for groups. More information is available at ussoccer.com.
VISIT ussoccer.com's YOUTUBE CHANNEL: U.S. Soccer fans can now follow their favorite U.S. National Team coaches and players on ussoccer.com's YouTube channel. It includes interviews, press conferences and other exclusive behind-the-scenes features as well as coverage of the FIFA World Cup, FIFA Women's World Cup, FIFA's Youth World Cups, Olympic Soccer, CONCACAF Gold Cup and other competitions, and all of the National Teams' qualifying competitions and friendlies. Subscribe to ussoccer.com's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/ussoccerdotcom.
U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS SUMMER DATES SET: This summer, candidates will have a chance to learn from some of the nation’s top-level instructors, including current and former National Team, MLS and WUSA coaches at U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools. Officially licensed by FIFA, the schools provide premier coaching education to coaches at all levels of the game. Limited space is available. Make your summer plans now to attend a U.S. Soccer “A”, “B” or “C” License course this June and July. For more information, visit ussoccer.com or call 312-808-1300. [CoachesNet]
*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach was all over the place on Saturday (May 12) in the USA’s 6-2 win against Canada at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Despite Canada’s best efforts to contain the powerful attacker, Wambach scored twice, once off a penalty kick and once off a header. She was also defensive-minded, coming back to help out the midfielders and defenders on several occasions. Wambach now has 71 goals in 90 international appearances.
SOCCER SHOCKER: Chelsea and Ukraine forward Andriy Shevchenko was all the rage in England after Chelsea shelled out 30.7 million pounds for the former AC Milan striker. But the English game didn’t suit Shevchenko all that well, and he only managed to find the back of the net four times in the English Premier League this season. In case anyone is keeping track, that’s one less than U.S. MNT and Fulham defender Carlos Bocanegra.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS is back with live coverage of the U.S. U-20 MNT taking on world champion Argentina on Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. ET. The match will be streamed live on ussoccer.com, with coverage beginning at 6:45 ET. Fans should also stay tuned post-match for exclusive interviews with U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen and select players.
QUOTABLE: “Gino was probably more appreciated by his teammates than the fans. Always reliable, always gave a good game – you could depend upon him to do his job well.”
-- World Cup teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Walter Bahr on Gino Pariani, who passed away on Wednesday, May 9.