U.S. Soccer Wire: February 9, 2009
See what this week has in store for your favorite U.S. National Team, including the most recent edition of the heated U.S. MNT vs. Mexico rivalry, which takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Also, Pia Sundhage names her squad for the 2009 Algarve Cup.
Feb. 9, 2009
BOB BRADLEY NAMES MNT ROSTER FOR WORLD CUP
QUALIFYING MATCH AGAINST MEXICO ON WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11;
PIA SUNDHAGE NAMES 18-PLAYER WNT ROSTER FOR ALGARVE CUP;
MNT WILL FACE TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ON APRIL 1 AT LP FIELD IN NASHVILLE, TENN.
BRADLEY NAMES 20-MAN ROSTER FOR MATCH AGAINST MEXICO: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 20 players that will train in advance of the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Mexico on Feb. 11 in Columbus, Ohio. Kickoff for the USA’s most anticipated match of the final round is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and Univision. Fans will also be able to listen to the match on 75 affiliates of the Fútbol de Primera Radio Network, and can follow live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Only 18 of the 20 players on the roster will dress for the match on Wednesday, which will mark the third straight time that Columbus Crew Stadium has hosted the home leg of the final round World Cup qualifying series between the United States and Mexico. Tickets sold out within 90 minutes of going on public sale. Whether attending the match at Columbus Crew Stadium, heading to an Official U.S. Soccer Bar, watching the match at home on television or logging on to follow ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, fans can make a statement by wearing red from head to toe on game day. Fans are also encouraged to download Nike’s cheer cards, which will be handed out to every U.S. fan attending the match at Columbus Crew Stadium. The two-sided card will have NIKE’s famous “Don’t Tread” snake logo on one side, while the other side says “Don’t Tread on the Red!”. Fans not attending the match can download the cheer cards at nikesoccer.com by clicking on the "Get the Fan Card" link and bring them wherever they’ll be watching the game.
U.S. MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 4/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 7/5 SO)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 16/2), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA, 1/0), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 3/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 14/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 12/1), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 7/0), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 21/6), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 6/2), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 3/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 6/0), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew: 0/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 1/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Xerez C.D.: 3/1), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 12/6), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF: 1/1) Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 12/4), Landon Donovan (Bayern Munich: 25/9)
*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals
SUNDHAGE NAMES 18-PLAYER ROSTER FOR 2009 ALGARVE CUP: Following a 17-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named an 18-player roster for the 2009 Algarve Cup, from March 4-11 in southern Portugal. The U.S. team, which has been placed into Group B at the annual tournament, will open play on March 4 against Denmark, face Iceland on March 6 and finish the first-round against Norway on March 9. Group A features Germany, Sweden, China and Finland. Group C consists of Portugal, Poland, Wales and first-time participant Austria. The venues and kickoff times for all the matches will be confirmed shortly.
U.S. WNT Algarve Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (3) (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (6) (St. Louis Athletica);
DEFENDERS (5): Rachel Buehler (2) (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (6) (St. Louis Athletica), Kendall Fletcher (1) (Los Angeles Sol), Heather Mitts (5) (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (9) (Sky Blue FC);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (6) (Los Angeles Sol), Tina DiMartino (1) (FC Gold Pride), Carli Lloyd (4) (Chicago Red Stars), Heather O’Reilly (7) (Sky Blue FC), Lindsay Tarpley (7) (Chicago Red Stars), Kacey White (1) (Sky Blue FC), Angie Woznuk (2) (St. Louis Athletica);
FORWARDS (4): Angela Hucles (5) (Boston Breakers), Natasha Kai (4) (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (1) (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (4) (Boston Breakers).
*numbers indicate number of Algarve Cups attended, including 2009d
U.S. WNT Algarve Cup Schedule
|March 11||Placement Matches|
NASHVILLE’S LP FIELD TO HOST U.S.-TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ON APRIL 1: FIFA World Cup qualifying will go to Nashville, Tenn., for the first time as the U.S. Men’s National Team will face Trinidad & Tobago at LP Field on April 1 at 6:45 p.m. CT in the second of five home qualifiers on the road to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision, and fans can follow online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets ranging in price levels from $20 to $70 go on sale to the public Friday, February 6, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Central Tennessee (including Macy’s, Kroger, and FYE), as well as the LP Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits), are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa® is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale takes place at ussoccer.com starting Thursday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. CT until Friday, Feb. 6, at 8 a.m. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.
U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Venue||Result / Time||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|Jan. 24||Sweden||The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.||3-2 W||Kljestan (3)|
|Feb. 11||Mexico*||Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio||7 p.m. ET||ESPN2HD/Univision|
|March 28||El Salvador*||Estadio Cuscatlan; San Salvador; El Salvador||TBD|
|April 1||Trinidad & Tobago*||LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.||6:45 p.m. CT||ESPN2/Galavision|
|June 3||Costa Rica*||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|June 6||Honduras*||Home (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|June 15||Italy #||Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria||8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET|
|June 18||Brazil #||Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria||4 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET|
|June 21||Egypt #||Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg||8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET|
|July 3-26||CONCACAF Gold Cup||TBD||TBD|
|Aug. 12||Mexico*||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|Sept. 5||El Salvador*||Home (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|Sept. 9||Trinidad & Tobago*||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|Oct. 10||Honduras*||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|Oct. 14||Costa Rica*||Home (Venue TBD)||TBD|
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
U.S. SOCCER TO BID FOR 2018 OR 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP: U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced last week that the U.S. Soccer Federation has officially submitted a declaration of interest to host either the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups, and that David Downs will be the Executive Director of the USA Bid Committee. Downs, who will start immediately, previously served as President of Univision Sports from 2001-2009. Gulati will serve as the Chair of the Bid Committee, with U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Phil Murphy, the former National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee, as the other initial members of the Committee. Other members of the USA Bid Committee will be announced in the near future. The entire bid process will span 16-months, with FIFA setting May 2010 as the deadline for countries to submit their final paperwork. FIFA’s 24-man Executive Committee will then review each bid and name the two hosts for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups in December 2010. Moving forward there will be numerous components that will go into FIFA’s decision process for the two selections, but the only initial requirements for making a formal bid were for a country to have 12 stadiums with minimum capacities of between 40,000 for group matches, and 80,000 for the opening match and final. In addition, the very highest standards of TV broadcasting, information and telecommunications technology, transport and accommodation are an absolute must.
– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U.S. U-23 WNT DEFEATS ENGLAND, 3-0, IN LA MANGA: The U.S. U-23 Women's National Team swept both its matches in La Manga, Spain, defeating the England U-23s by a 3-0 score on Feb. 6 after downing the Norwegian U-23s, 1-0, on Feb. 4. The USA took the lead just five minutes into the game as midfielder Brittany Klein took a pass from Christen Press and hit her shot into the lower right corner from 18 years out. Forward Amanda Cinalli doubled the lead with five minutes left in the half off a corner kick from Yael Averbuch that bounced around in the box before the St. Louis Athletic draft pick hammered it home. The clinching goal came just two minutes from time, also off an Averbuch corner kick. This time the ball flew to the head of defender Kasey Moore, who headed it back into the goal mouth for Lorraine Quinn, the shortest player on the roster at 5-2, to head into the net. These were the first two international matches of the year for the U-23s, who will reconvene for a training camp in Portland, Ore., in April.
U.S. U-23 WNT Results
|Date||Opponent||Result||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|Feb. 4||Norway||1-0 W||Averbuch|
|Feb. 6||England||3-0 W||Klein, Cinalli, Quinn|
U.S. WINS THREE GAMES AT UNDER-20/U-18 SUPER CAMP IN SAN DIEGO: The combined 48-player training camp that ran from Jan. 25-Feb. 1 featuring the U.S. Under-20 and U.S. Under-18 Women’s Team finished up at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., with three wins, defeating two local women’s teams and UC Irvine by a 2-0 score. The U-20s/U-18s defeated a San Diego Select Team on Jan. 29 by a 9-1 score as Alaskan Kelly Cobb scored four times. Allie Vernon, Chelsea Cline, Jazmin Ponce tallied single goals while Haley Brock scored twice in the last seven minutes for the final margin as the U.S. found the net four times in the first half and five in the second. The U.S. team played two matches on Jan. 31, with forward Tani Costa and Tiffany McCarty scoring in the first half in the victory over UCI while Cobb tallied twice more in the 6-1 victory over the San Diego Sea Lions. Kealia Ohai also scored twice against the Sea Lions while Lauren Alwine and Brock each got a goal. U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Jillian Ellis will take 18 players to La Manga, Spain for a 10-team tournament in early March while the U.S. U-18s will next come together for a training camp in April at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
U.S. U-18/20 Results
|Date||Opponent||Result||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|Jan. 29||San Diego Select||9-1 W||Cobb (4), Vernon, Cline, Ponce, Brock (2)|
|Jan. 31||San Diego Sea Lions||6-1 W||Alwine, Brock, Ohai (2), Cobb (2)|
|Jan. 31||UC Irvine||2-0 W||Costa, McCarty|
U.S. U-17 MNT TAKES LA SERENA CUP TITLE WITH UNDEFEATED RECORD IN CHILE: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team rounded out their trip to La Serena, Chile, with an undefeated 3-0-1 record against South American sides, taking home the championship of the La Serena Cup. The U.S. recorded a 2-0 win over Chile in their opening game on Feb. 1, a 1-0 victory against Peru on Feb. 3 and a 1-1 draw against Ecuador to round out group play. Set for a rematch with Ecuador in the final on Saturday, Feb. 7, the U.S. prevailed 2-1 to take the Cup title. Leading the way for the Americans in Chile, Jack McInerney scored three goals in the four games. Earl Edwards started three games in goal, allowing just one goal against, a penalty against Ecuador in the final, in 270 minutes.
U.S. U-17 MNT La Serena Cup Results
|Date||Opponent||Result||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|Feb. 1||Chile||2-0 W||Renken, McInerney|
|Feb. 3||Peru||1-0 W||Duran|
|Feb. 5||Ecuador||1-1 T||Ambrose|
|Feb. 7||Ecuador||2-1 W||McInerney (2)|
U-17 MNT LEARN SCHEDULES FOR CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will open its 2009 CONCACAF Championship campaign against Cuba on April 21 at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET) at Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. will play Canada on April 23 and round out Group A play against Honduras on April 25. Should the U.S. advance out of their group, they will cross over to play one of the top two teams from Group B, which is made up of Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago, in the semifinals. Semifinalists will also earn a berth to the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, slated for Oct. 24-Nov. 16 in Nigeria. The semifinals will be held on Wednesday, April 29, with the third-place game and final held on Saturday, May 2. The event will mark the first time since 1996 that CONCACAF has held a championship event for Under-17 men at a single venue.
U.S. CONCACAF U-17 Championship Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Venue; City||Kickoff (PT/ET)|
|April 21||Cuba||Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico||4 p.m. / 7 p.m.|
|April 23||Canada||Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico||4 p.m. / 7 p.m.|
|April 25||Honduras||Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico||4 p.m. / 7 p.m.|
|April 29||Semifinals||Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico||TBD|
|May 2||Third-place/Final||Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico||TBD|
U.S. UNDER-15 BNT KICKS OFF 2009 WITH 36-PLAYER CAMP IN BRADENTON, FLA.: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team will gather at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. from Feb. 15-22 for an eight-day training camp led by head coach Jim Barlow. All 36 players in attendance for the team’s first camp of 2009, were born in 1994 and are therefore eligible for both the 2009 and 2011 FIFA Under-17 World Cups. The team last met in December at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The USA’s leading scorer from that camp, Melvin Snoh, returns for the February camp along with 17 other players who took part in the December camp and 18 new players.
U.S. U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kendall McIntosh (Santa Rosa, Calif.; Mustang SC), Josh McNeely (Hidden Hills, Calif.; Real So Cal), Fernando Pina (Houston; Texas Premier), Colin Webb (San Diego, Calif.; Albion SC)
DEFENDERS (10): Geno Bigalow (Colorado Springs, Colo.; Colorado Rapids Academy), Andrew Chang (Highland Park, Ill.; Sockers FC), Alfred Edmonds (San Jose, Calif.; De Anza Force), Malcolm Harris (Damascus, Md.; Baltimore Bays), Corey Miller (Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Real So Cal), Marc Pelosi (Sunnyvale, Calif.; De Anza Force), Mykal Riley (Lake Elsinore, Calif.; Arsenal FC), Jalen Robinson (Catonsville, Md.; Bethesda SC), Nathan Smith (Clovis, Calif.; Cal Odyssey), Andrew Sounders (Amherst, Ohio; Premier Soccer Academy),
MIDFIELDERS (17): Atsouh Ayah (Tampa, Fla.; Black Watch), Bryan Celis (Houston; Texas Premier FC), Mael Corboz (Green Brook, N.J.; NJSA Gunners), Alberto Diaz (Chula Vista, Calif.; San Diego Aztecs), Christian Duarte (Dallas; Dallas Texans), Matthew Dunn (Dallas; Premier Soccer Academy), Eric Gonzalez (Corona, Calif.; Los Angeles Galaxy Academy), Alejandro Guido (Chula Vista, Calif.; Aztecs Premier), Brody Hickey (Plano, Texas; Dallas Texans), Colin Martin (Chevy Chase, Md.; Premier Soccer Academy), Oscar Ortega (San Ysidro, Calif.; Albion SC), Travis Pillon (Oakland, Calif.; Danville Mustangs), Andre Reyes (Flower Mound, Texas; Dallas Texans), Mike Russo (Mclean, Va.; Olney Rangers), Melvin Snoh (Coatsville, Pa.; Spirit United), Sebastian Velasquez (Los Angeles, Calif.; Los Alamitos), John Villantroy (Maspeth, N.Y.; Met Oval)
FORWARDS (5): Daniel Bedoya (Jackson Heights, N.Y.; Bayside Aston Villa), Devin Devoy (North Attleboro, Maine; New England Revolution Academy), Kelly Gulley (Clinton, Miss.; Mississippi Chicago Fire), Andrew Oliver (Indianapolis; Westside United), Erick Sanchez (Edinburg, Texas; Houston Dynamo Academy)
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
WEAR RED: Fans are encouraged to wear red to the game, but if you aren’t able to make the trek to Columbus, Ohio, for the U.S. MNT’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Mexico on Feb. 11, there are still ways to be official when you’re watching. We want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience so we've got the next best spot other than the stadium itself—an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be in the stadium, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters by wearing red and watch the game in an atmosphere that is pretty loud and rowdy. Check the latest listings for the Official U.S. Soccer bar in your area.
U.S. SOCCER PARTNERS WITH OLEOLE FOR FAN TICKET EXCHANGE: U.S. Soccer has partnered with OleOle (www.oleole.com) to offer fans unique travel experiences as well as the ability to exchange U.S. National Team tickets. The U.S. Men’s National Team’s much-anticipated match against Mexico on Feb. 11 in Columbus, Ohio, sold out within 90 minutes of going on sale and OleOle is the only fan ticket exchange guaranteed by U.S. Soccer to provide a safe and secure environment for fans to purchase and sell their match tickets. For fans that are looking for a complete turnkey game experience, OleOle is exclusively offering official travel packages for all the home and away 2009 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, including the sold-out game versus Mexico. Packages are available at three and four star hotels and include a game ticket. Click here for details about OleOle’s travel packages. In addition to a ticket exchange and travel packages, OleOle’s website provides a 100 percent soccer fan-driven social media experience. Fans can connect with other fans in the U.S. and across the globe through a variety of social media offerings including blogging, sharing of photos, videos and news about previous U.S. Soccer trips and experiences.
U.S. SOCCER AND ENYYSA TO OFFER “C” LICENSE COURSE IN SPANISH: The U.S. Soccer Federation Coaching Department, in conjunction with the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association, will offer a National “C” License Course from March 18-22 and 26-29, conducted in Spanish. The nine-day course will take place at Flushing Meadows Corona Park Sports complex in Corona, Queens. U.S. Soccer National Instructors Juan Carlos Michia, Rene Miramontes, Roberto Lopez and Alfonso Mondelo will guide participants through 90 hours of class time. Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) will coordinate the Spanish-language “C” License Course. Interested coaches can call (516) 766-0849 or (718) 545-4125, or visit www.enysoccer.com for more information. Space in the course is limited and coaches are encouraged to apply early. To register, interested coaches should follow the following link: http://www.enysoccer.com/Coaches/index_E.html.
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: In a thrilling overtime match, U.S. MNT and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard held their own against Liverpool, winning 1-0 and eliminating the Reds from the FA Cup. Howard joined the MNT in Columbus in advance of the USA’s upcoming match against Mexico on Wednesday, Feb. 11, which open the final round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying for the CONCACAF region.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: Fans, players and media members alike are starting to pour into Columbus, Ohio, for the beginning of the final round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and a showdown with the U.S. MNT’s biggest rival: Mexico. The match is slated to kick off at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN2HD and Univision, as well as on the airwaves via Futbol de Primera. Fans can also follow along via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Fans are strongly encouraged to wear red on Wednesday in solidarity with the U.S. team, whether they watch the game at the stadium, at an Official U.S. Soccer Bar, or at home.
SOCCER SHOCKER: With just two points earned in five games of the final phase of South American qualifying, Argentina’s Under-20 Men’s National Team has failed to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, a tournament they have won five times in the last seven events. It is the first time the Argentineans have not qualified for the tournament since 1993.
QUOTABLE: “Every time you play Mexico there is a level of excitement and anytime I spoke with any of the players after the (hexagonal) draw that was all they talked about. The understanding of how important the game is, the feeling of representing the United States against Mexico, for the guys who have been there, is something that they treasure. Really, we’re just excited to be here and looking forward to the game.”
- U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley, discussing the USA-Mexico qualifying match on a conference call on Monday morning. Click here for the podcast or full transcription.