U.S. Soccer Wire: June 23, 2008
See what this week has in store for your favorite U.S. National Team, including the roster being named for the 2008 U.S. Women's Olympic Team, and the U.S. MNT advancing past Barbados in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
June 23, 2008
HEAD COACH PIA SUNDHAGE NAMES U.S. WNT OLYMPIC ROSTER;
U.S. MNT ADVANCES PAST BARBADOS IN 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING;
U.S. WNT EARN 2008 PEACE QUEEN CUP TITLE WITH WIN AGAINST CANADA
SUNDHAGE NAMES 18 FOR OLYMPICS: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named the 18-player roster for the 2008 Olympic Team. Nine players on the roster were members of the U.S. team that won the gold medal four years ago in Athens, Greece, including team co-captains Christie Rampone and Kate Markgraf, who will both be participating in their third Olympic Games. After taking over the U.S. team at the end of 2007, Sundhage evaluated 46 players in training camp environments over the past seven months and gave caps to 26 players during 18 international matches before selecting the final roster. Six players who were on the roster for their first-ever world championship at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup have been selected to their first Olympic Team. Those are goalkeepers Nicole Barnhart and Hope Solo, defenders Lori Chalupny and Stephanie Cox, midfielder Carli Lloyd and forward Natasha Kai, who becomes the first Hawaiian to make an Olympic Women’s Soccer Team. The U.S. will open play at the 2008 Olympics on Aug. 6 against Norway in Qinhuangdao. The U.S. will then face Japan on Aug. 9, also in Qinhuangdao, before finishing Group G play against New Zealand on Aug. 12 in Shenyang.
U.S. WNT Olympic Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3): Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.)
MNT WIN, 9-0, ON AGGREGATE TO ADVANCE PAST BARBADOS: With a 1-0 victory against Barbados Sunday afternoon, the U.S. Men’s National Team captured the two-game, aggregate goal series by a 9-0 margin, advancing to the Semifinal Round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Eddie Lewis scored the only goal of the game in the second leg of the affair at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, providing the U.S. with their fourth straight shutout against the Caribbean nation. The U.S. will now prepare for their first match of the Semifinal Round, which will be on the road against Guatemala on Aug. 20. Overall, the U.S. will play a total of six games in the round-robin Semifinal Round, facing all three opponents in the four-team group home and away. The top two teams will advance to the Final Round hexagonal that will be played in 2009. Along with the U.S. and Guatemala, Cuba advanced to the Semifinal Round group with an 8-3 aggregate score against Antigua & Barbuda, including a 4-0 victory on Sunday. Also advancing was Trinidad & Tobago, who defeated Bermuda 2-0 in the second leg for a 3-2 aggregate score. Guatemala advanced with a 9-1 aggregate score againt St. Lucia. After heading to Guatemala, the U.S. will travel to Cuba on Sept. 6 and then host Trinidad & Tobago in Chicago on Sept. 10. The second half of the round-robin play will begin against Cuba at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 11, before moving to Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 14 and finishing in Denver against Guatemala on Nov. 19.
U.S. MNT Upcoming Schedule / Results
|Date||Opponent||Kickoff / Result||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|June 15||Barbados||8-0 W||Dempsey (2), Bradley, Ching (2), Donovan, Johnson, Own Goal|
|June 22||Barbados||1-0 W||Lewis|
|Sept. 10||Trinidad & Tobago||7 p.m. CT|
|Oct. 11||Cuba||4 p.m. ET|
|Oct. 15||Trinidad & Tobago||TBD|
WNT WIN 2008 PEACE QUEEN CUP CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Women’s National Team won the 2008 Peace Queen Cup with a 1-0 victory over Canada as midfielder Angela Hucles scored a fortuitous goal two minutes into second half stoppage time. It was the second time this year that Hucles has scored a stoppage-time winner. The win marked the second time the USA has defeated Canada by a 1-0 score to win the Peace Queen Cup, doing the same in the inaugural tournament in 2006. The win moves the USA to 17-0-1 in 2008 with four friendly matches remaining before the 2008 Olympics. The U.S. team now returns home for a brief break before leaving for Europe on June 27 to play matches against Norway (on July 2 in Fredrikstad) and Sweden (on July 5 in Skelleftea).
U.S. WNT 2008 Peace Queen Cup Result
|Date||Opponent||Result||U.S. Goal Scorer(s) / Kickoff (Local / ET)|
|June 15||Australia||2-1 W||Kai, Wambach|
|June 17||Brazil||1-0 W||Rodriguez|
|June 19||Italy||2-0 W||Wambach (2)|
|June 21||Canada||1-0 W||Hucles|
U-20 WNT ADVANCES TO SEMIFINALS VS. COSTA RICA: The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team earned the top spot in Group A of the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship by defeating host Mexico, 3-0, in front of a hostile crowd at Estadio Cuauhtémoc in Puebla, Mexico. The U.S. will play Costa Rica, who finished in second place in Group B, at 1 p.m. CT on Wednesday, June 25, in the tournament semifinal. The other semifinal features Group B winner Canada against Mexico in the second game of Wednesday afternoon’s doubleheader. The semifinal winners, along with the winner of the third-place game will earn one of the region’s three berths to the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile and a trip to the tournament final on Saturday, June 28.
U.S. U-20 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Result / Kickoff (CT)||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|June 18||Trinidad & Tobago||4-0 W||Enyeart (3), O'Hara|
|June 20||Cuba||9-0 W||Morgan, Washington (2), O'Hara (3), Enyeart (2), Edwards|
|June 22||Mexico||3-0 W||O'Hara, Enyeart, Washington|
|June 25||Costa Rica||1 p.m.|
|June 28||Final / Third Place||2:30 p.m. / 12 p.m.|
Group A Standings
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-- YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE --
UNDER-20 MNT TO FACE MEXICO IN LAREDO, TEXAS: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will face Mexico’s Under-20 Men’s National Team in a friendly match on July 11 in Laredo, Texas. The U.S. will arrive on July 9 and will train for two days leading up to the affair. The 16-man roster will be announced at a later date. The game will take place approximately two weeks before the U.S. is set to travel to the Northern Ireland Milk Cup, where they will face the hosts on July 28 and Wales on July 30, with placement games beginning on August 1.
UNDER-15 BNT WRAPS UP TRAINING CAMP IN ST. LOUIS: The U-15 Boy’s National Team closed out a week-long training camp in St. Louis, Mo. in conjunction with an Under-17 Men’s National Team mini-camp. Head coach Jim Barlow trained with 29 players on the complex of local Development Academy club Scott Gallagher, and scrimmaged the U-15 and U-16 teams from the club throughout the week. The U.S. picked up two scoreless ties and one loss to the U-16 squad, 2-1, with a goal from Cole Iverson.
U.S. U-15 Results
|Date||Matchup||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|June 18||U-16 Scott Gallagher 2, U.S. U-15 BNT 1||Iverson|
|June 19||U.S. U-15 BNT 0, U-16 Scott Gallagher 0||--|
|U.S. U-15 BNT 0, U-15 Scott Gallagher 0||--|
U-15 BNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Max Kurtzman (FC DELCO), Spencer LaCivita (CASL), William Whiddon (San Diego Surf), Adam Zapeda (Corona, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (9): Michael Ambrose (El Paso, Texas), David Caban (Kenosha, Wis.), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Gabriel Rivera (La Mirada, Calif.), Kevin Shafer (Albuquerque, N.M.), Scott Thomsen (PDA), Zachary Wenger (Baltimore Bays), Jacob Wieser (Scott Gallagher), Walker Zimmerman (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Angel Ayala (Guadalajara, Mex.), Robert Botchway (Concorde Fire), Nate Bruccoleri (PDA), Samuel Coleman (Norman, Okla.), Sean Davis (Match Fit Academy), Darvin Ebanks (Macon, Ga.), Nathanael Eggleston (Chevy Chase, Md.), Miguel Lopez (Austin, Texas), Jon-Paul Medina (Cal Odyssey), Luis Medina (Chicago Fire Academy), Kevin Pahl (Lakeland, Fla.), James Petruccelli (Seacoast United), Keegan Smith (Arsenal SC), William Trapp (Gahanna, Ohio), Lucas Winter (Baltimore Bays)
FORWARDS (10): Brandon Allen (PDA), Scott Cohen (Studio City, Calif.), Zachary Deville (San Diego Surf), Oscar Gonzalez (Red Bulls Academy), Cole Iverson (Decatur, Ala.), Marcus Lacroix (New Egypt, N.J.), McAmos Paye (Wendell, N.C.), Henry Rios (Norwalk, Calif.), Chris Sommerville (FC DELCO), Jason Stacy (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
-- AROUND THE SOCCER NATION --
U.S. OPEN CUP ACTION CONTINUES TUESDAY: Winners of the first round of the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup square off on Tuesday, June 24, in the third round of the tournament. At stake in the tournament is $180,000 in prize money broken down as follows: $100,000 to the champion, $50,000 to the runner up and $10,000 to the team that advances deepest into the tournament from each of the Division II, Division III and amateur levels. The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation’s National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. It is the oldest annual team tournament in U.S. sports history and among the oldest soccer tournaments of its type in the world. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor long-time soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.
2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Second Round Matches
|Real Maryland (USL2) at Carolina Railhawks (USL1)||WakeMed Soccer Park||Cary, N.C.||7:30 p.m.|
|Richmond Kickers (USL2) at Western Mass. Pioneers (USL2)||Lusitano Stadium||Ludlow, Md.||7:30 p.m.|
|Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL2) at Rochester Rhinos (USL1)||PAETEC Park||Rochester, N.Y.||7:30 p.m.|
|Cleveland City Stars (USL2) at Minnesota Thunder (USL1)||National Sports Center||Blaine, Minn.||6 p.m.|
|Atlanta Silverbacks (USL1) at Miami FC (USL1)||Tropical Park||Miami, Fla.||8 p.m.|
|Charlotte Eagles (USL 2) at Charleston Battery (USL1)||Blackbaud Stadium||Charleston, S.C.||7:30 p.m.|
|Hollywood United (USASA) at Seattle Sounders (USL1)||Starfire Sports Complex||Tukwila, Wash.||8 p.m.|
|Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL2) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL2)||Skyline Sports Complex||Harrisburg, Pa.||7:05 p.m.|
COACHESNET LAUNCHES 'PREMIER INTERNATIONAL TOURS COACHES CORNER': U.S. Soccer's CoachesNet is providing coaches with another unique educational opportunity through a partnership with Premier International Tours and The Royal Netherlands Soccer Federation (KNVB). "Premier International Tours Coaches Corner" is an on-going series of training sessions, exercises and articles designed to inform and educate coaches on international coaching styles and methods. Each month is highlighted by different topics from youth development, training sessions and coaching styles used by the KNVB to train youth players. (KNVB Coaching Corner | CoachesNet)
CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT 2008 US YOUTH SOCCER REGION IV CHAMPIONSHIP: Sixteen US Youth Soccer Region IV Champions won titles on Sunday (California-South 10, California-North 3, Arizona 2, Colorado 1) and the 12 teams representing the Under-14 through Under-19 boys and girls divisions have earned spots in the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The national championships are the final leg of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series that saw over 10,000 teams compete this year. Overall the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation’s top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. The national championships will be held July 22-27 at Burns Park Soccer Complex in North Little Rock, Ark. US Youth Soccer Region II and Region III Championships are currently in play with Region I beginning June 27, for the list of Region IV Champions and more visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org.
TAMPA BAY ROWDIES RETURN TO USL FIRST DIVISION IN 2010: United Soccer Leagues announced Thursday, June 19, that the Tampa Bay Rowdies will field a USL First Division team in 2010. Matches will be played at a stadium to be built in northwest Hillsborough County and the team will retain the original colors green and yellow. The Rowdies were part of the North American Soccer League and were among the teams that founded what is now the USL First Division. Perry Van Der Beck was named technical director and director of community involvement by the Rowdies ownership group.
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. U-20 WNT forward Michelle Enyeart has been en fuego in Puebla, Mexico this past week. The 20-year-old Californian kicked off the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Championship with a hat trick against Trinidad & Tobago in the 4-0 U.S. win. She followed up that performance with a brace in the 9-0 win against Cuba and a goal in the team’s 3-0 win against Mexico.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. U-20 WNT finished in first place in Group A at the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Championship and now faces Costa Rica for a berth at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile. The match is slated for 1 p.m. CT on Wednesday, June 25, and fans can follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
SOCCER SHOCKER: If watching the Netherlands defeat Italy, 3-0, in the teams’ opening game of Euro2008 was shocking, watching Russia take down the Oranje, 3-1, in overtime of the tournament quarterfinals was beyond words. The surprising upset came just one day after Turkey eeked out a victory in penalty kicks against heavy favorite, Croatia. Tournament play continues with the semifinals kicking off Wednesday, June 25, with Germany and Croatia squaring off. Russia and Spain face each other in the second semifinal on Thursday, June 26.
QUOTABLE: “Being the youngest player on the team is an honor, but it’s also a responsibility. I really feel really fortunate to have come into the team at a time when I’ve had the chance to contribute and I’m so thankful to the coaching staff and the older players for all the guidance they’ve given to all us kids. Now for the younger players, it’s not enough to just be on the Olympic team. We can’t just be happy to be here. We have to keep working really hard in practice to push all the older players and so we can be ready to make an impact if we get the chance to get on the field. It’s a long tournament and it’s going to take the whole team to win.”
--U.S. WNT midfielder Tobin Heath on being the youngest player, at age 20, on the U.S. Women’s Olympic roster. (More quotes)