U.S. Soccer Wire: May 26, 2009
See what this week has in store for your favorite U.S. National Team, including MNT head coach Bob Bradley calling in 24 players to train for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras, and the WNT defeating Canada 4-0 in Toronto.
May 26, 2009
BOB BRADLEY NAMES 24-MAN ROSTER TO TRAIN FOR UPCOMING U.S. MNT
FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING MATCHES AGAINST COSTA RICA AND HONDURAS;
U.S. WNT DEFEATS CANADA 4-0 AT BMO FIELD IN TORONTO, CANADA;
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SPRING SHOWCASE WRAPS UP IN SARASOTA, FLA.
BRADLEY NAMES 24-MAN ROSTER TO TRAIN WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 24 players that will train in advance of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras. In addition to the 24-man roster, two players have been invited to participate in their first camp with the full team: Aston Villa defender Erich Lichaj and Kaiserslautern goalkeeper Luis Robles. The U.S. will be seeking its first-ever victory away to Costa Rica when they meet at Estadio Saprissa in the fourth match of the 10-game final round of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Kickoff on June 3 is set for 8 p.m. MT, and the match will be broadcast live on the ESPN Networks and Galavision. Three days later, the city of Chicago will host its first World Cup qualifier when the U.S. welcomes Honduras to Soldier Field (tickets). More than 44,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s third home match of the final round, where the U.S. will face the team who delivered them their last home loss in World Cup qualifying, a 3-2 defeat on Sept. 1, 2001, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The match will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can follow both matches live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The U.S. is in first place in the final round hexagonal with an undefeated 2-0-1 record. Costa Rica sits one point behind, while Honduras holds the third position. The top three teams will automatically qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
U.S. MNT 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Roster (Club: World Cup Qualifying Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton: 9/7 SO)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 19/2), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA: 1/0), Danny Califf (Midtjylland: 4/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford: 1/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 17/2), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 14/1), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 9/0), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United: 2/1), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Freddy Adu (Monaco: 5/1), DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers: 24/6), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 9/4), Maurice Edu (Rangers: 4/0), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus: 0/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 9/0), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids: 13/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 4/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Xerez: 6/5), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 15/6), Charlie Davies (Hammarby: 1/1), Clint Dempsey (Fulham: 15/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 28/9)
U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Time / Result||TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s)||Venue; City|
|Jan. 24||Sweden||3-2 W||Kljestan (3)||The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.|
|Feb. 11||Mexico*||2-0 W||Bradley (2)||Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio|
|March 28||El Salvador*||2-2 T||Altidore, Hejduk||Estadio Cuscatlán; San Salvador, El Salvador|
|April 1||Trinidad & Tobago*||3-0 W||Altidore (3)||LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.|
|June 3||Costa Rica*||TBD||TBD||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica|
|June 6||Honduras*||7 p.m. CT||ESPN Classic/Galavision||Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.|
|June 15||Italy #||8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET||TBD||Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria|
|June 18||Brazil #||4 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET||TBD||Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria|
|June 21||Egypt #||8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET||TBD||Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg|
|July 4||Grenada ^||6 p.m. PT||TBD||Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.|
|July 8||Honduras ^||9 p.m. ET||TBD||RFK Stadium; Washingon, D.C.|
|July 11||Haiti ^||7 p.m. ET||TBD||Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.|
|Aug. 12||Mexico*||TBD||TBD||Away (Venue TBD)|
|Sept. 5||El Salvador*||5:30 p.m. MT||ESPN Classic/Galavision||Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah|
|Sept. 9||Trinidad & Tobago*||7 p.m. ET||ESPN Classic/Galavision||Away (Venue TBD)|
|Oct. 10||Honduras*||TBD||TBD||Away (Venue TBD)|
|Oct. 14||Costa Rica*||TBD||ESPN2/Galavision||RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.|
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ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – May 18-26
- Studio 90: Memorial Day Edition
- News: Bradley Names 24-Man Roster
- News: ESPN Spotlights Tim Howard in Advance of FA Cup Final, FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
- Podcast: Oguchi Onyewu Talks to ussoccer.com
- Tickets: USA-Honduras on June 6 in Chicago
- MNT Blog: Updates from Players Abroad
- U.S. Soccer Launches U.S. Soccer Supporters Club
U.S. WNT 2009 Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Result/Time||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)/TV||Venue|
|May 25||Canada||4-0 W||Boxx, Rapinoe, Tarpley, Cheney||BMO Field; Toronto, Canada|
|July 19||Canada||3 p.m. ET||ESPN||Rochester Rhinos Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.|
|July 22||Canada||8 p.m. ET||FSC, Fox Sports en Español||Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.|
ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – May 18-26
- Photo Gallery: U.S. WNT 4, Canada 0
- Post-Match Quotes: U.S. WNT 4, Canada 0
- New: U.S. Defeats Canada 4-0 in Toronto
- Studio 90: Memorial Day Edition
- Feature: Boxx Talks WPS And The National Team
- Feature: Abby's Back from Her 'Break'
- News: Sundhage Names 21-Player Roster
- News: U.S. Announces Two-Game Series Against Canada
- Tickets - USA-Canada: July 19 in Rochester, N.Y. | July 22 in Charleston, S.C.
- U.S. Soccer Launches U.S. Soccer Supporters Club
ussoccer.com's Development Academy Coverage – May 18-26
- Studio 90: Memorial Day Edition
- News: U.S. U-20 MNT Tops Costa Rica to Conclude Final Full Day of 2009 Development Academy Spring Showcase
- Feature: A Good Excuse For A Rebound
- Feature: Q & A with F.C. Westchester and Academy Select Forward Brian Span
- News: New Clubs Get First-hand Look at Academy Experience During 2009 Spring Showcase
- News: U.S. U-20 MNT Caps Off Successful Day Three at the Development Academy Spring Showcase
- News: Day Two of 2009 Development Academy Spring Showcase Highlighted by Educational Opportunities
- News: Development Academy Spring Showcase Kicks Off With Nearly 70 Games at the Sarasota Polo Grounds
- News: Development Academy Select Teams to Face U.S. U-17 Men's National Team During spring Showcase in Sarasota, Fla.
– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U-20 MNT TOPS COSTA RICA AT DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SHOWCASE IN SARASOTA: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team defeated Costa Rica 2-1 in front of hundreds of fans at the Sarasota Polo Grounds as part of the Development Academy Spring Showcase in Sarasota, Fla. A full crowd was on hand to watch as Michael Stephens and Jared Jeffrey lifted the U.S. to a come-from-behind win against the CONCACAF U-20 Champions. Costa Rica netted its goal just minutes into the second half when Josue Martinez ripped a high shot that slipped just under the crossbar from close range. In the 60th minute, the home side equalized. Peri Marosevic ripped a shot from 20 yards out that Costa Rica's goalkeeper did well to make a play on, but Stephens pounced on a huge rebound and tapped it into the goal. It was Stephens first international goal at the U-20 level. Two minutes before the final whistle, Tony Taylor sped down the left side and got to the endline. He cut the ball back and past his defender to get a low, driven cross off. Jeffrey, who plays for Belgian side Club Brugge, was there to finish at the back post and make it a 2-1 final. The U.S. U-20s will match up against Costa Rica against on Wednesday morning in Sarasota.
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn, Ga.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Kyle Davies (FC Dallas; Danville, Calif.), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), Ike Opara (Wake Forest; Durham, N.C.), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Sheanon Williams (unattached; Boston, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), Jose Gonzalez (Atlante FC; Soquel, Calif.), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge; Richardson, Texas), Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Alfredo Morales (Hertha BSC Berlin; Berlin, Germany), Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.), Michael Stephens (Naperville, Ill.; UCLA), Guillermo Torres (Longview Lobos HS; Longview, Texas)
FORWARDS (3): Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC; Richfield, Minn.), Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas; Rockford, Ill.) Tony Taylor (Jacksonville University; Jacksonville, Fla.)
U.S. U-20 WNT COMES BACK TO THE HDC FOR TRAINING CAMP: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jillian Ellis kicked off an eight-day training camp for 24 players at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. on May 24 as early preparations for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup continue. Thirteen of the players participated in the USA’s training camp at The HDC in late April, but Ellis will get a chance to see some new players as well as bringing back a few players that traveled to Spain for the La Manga tournament earlier this year. That group includes forward Sydney Leroux, the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe winner as the top player and top scorer at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup where she helped the USA to the world title by scoring five times. Ellis called up five members of the USA’s 2008 U-17 team that finished second in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, including Golden Glove winning goalkeeper Taylor Vancil, defender Crystal Dunn, midfielder Samantha Mewis, midfielder Elizabeth Eddy, and forward Courtney Verloo, who saw some action at defender during the last training camp.
U.S. U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Cat Parkhill (Minnesota; Apple Valley, Minn.), Taylor Vancil (Louisville; South Elgin, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (5): Zakiya Bywaters (Neusport SC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Cami Levin (Stanford; Newport Coast, Calif.), Bailey Powell (Georgia; Fayetteville, Ga.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Charney Burk (Portland; North Tuscan, Calif.), Kelly D’Ambrisi (Georgetown; Turnbull, Conn.), Katy Frierson (Auburn; Birmingham, Ala.), Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Alev Kelter (Alaska Rush; Eagle River, Alaska), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Caif.), Samantha Mewis (SC Scorpions; Hanson, Mass.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Beth West (Texas A & M; Centennial, Colo.)
FORWARDS (8): Lauren Alwine (Virginia; Elizabethtown, Pa.), Kim Castleberry (Dallas Texans; McKinney, Texas), Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues; Costa Mesa, Calif.), Courtney Jones (North Carolina; Danville, Calif.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Phoenix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Courtney Verloo (South Side Strikers, Tualatin, Ore.)
U.S. U-18 WNT HEADS TO HOME DEPOT CENTER FOR TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team head coach Dave Chesler will bring 24 players to a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. from May 30-June 7. Chesler brings back 14 players that attended the U-18 training camp at The HDC in early April, but will also get a look at some additional players as U.S. Soccer continues to keep this active this group of players, mostly born in 1992. The 1992s will make up the core of the player pool that will compete for spots on the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team. Chesler has also brought five 1991s into camp. All of the players in this training camp are age-eligible for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany should U.S. U-20 head coach Jillian Ellis choose to include any in her future training camps or events.
U.S. U-18 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Emily Lilliard (K.C. Comets; Overland Park, Kan.), Lindsey Luke (Slammers; Newport Beach, Calif.), Anna Sieloff (Vardar; Troy, Mich.)
DEFENDERS (7): Torri Allen (Mclean; Stafford, Va.), Julie Johnston (Sereno SC; Mesa, Ariz.), Mollie Pathman (Triangle FC; Durham, N.C.), Rachel Quon (Eclipse Select; Lake Forrest, Ill.), Kendall Romine (So Cal Blues; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Courtney Smith (Dallas Texans; Houston, Texas.), Carrie Whigham (Sereno SC; Phoenix, Ariz.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kate Bennett (Crossfire; Clyde Hill, Wash.), Alex Crown (Space Coast United; Orlando, Fla.), Juliann Jeffrey (Dallas Texans; Richardson, Texas), Mandy Laddish (Blue Valley Stars; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Lauren Matheson (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Wendy Travis (CASL Spartan Elite; Cary, N.C.)
FORWARDS (8): Kelly Cobb (Cook Inlet Velocity; Chugiak, Alaska), Michelle Cruz (Slammers; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Kylie Facinelli (So Cal Blues; Del Mar, Calif.), Samantha Johnson (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Natalia Ledezma (Slammers; La Mirada, Calif.), Rachel Nuzzolese (Rockville Centre; Melville, N.Y.), Kealia Ohai (Utah Avalanche; Draper, Utah), Chioma Ubogagu (D’Feeters; Coppell, Texas)
SPLIT SQUAD OF U-17 MNT EARNS TWO WINS AGAINST DEVELOMENT ACADEMY SELECT TEAMS: The U.S. U-17 MNT took on two Development Academy Select Teams as part of the Spring Showcase in Sarasota, Fla. Hundreds of Academy participants were on hand to watch as 36 players chosen by the U-17 coaching staff and the DA technical advisors battled Wilmer Cabrera’s squad. On Friday, the two teams battled to create numerous chances at both ends of the field and the Select Team scored first when Riley Wolfe finished a breakaway in just the ninth minute. Five minutes later, George Malki equalized for the U.S. and Andrew Craven and Stefan Jerome added second-half goals to make it a 3-1 final. On Saturday, an entertaining match saw the U.S. and the Select Team exchange goals in what finished as an eight-goal affair. Christian Velez, Zack Foxhoven and Joseph Schmid scored for the Select Team and Dustin Corea, Emilio Orozco for the U.S. to make it a level game into the 88th minute. Second-half substitute Sebastian Lletget took control, forcing an own goal in the 88th and netted one of his own from 25-yards away to make it a 5-3 final just before the whistle.
U.S. U-17 MNT Results
|Date||Opponent||Results||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)||Venue|
|May 22||DA Select Team||3-1 W||Malki, Craven, Jerome||Sarasota Polo Grounds; Sarasota, Fla.|
|May 23||DA Select Team||5-3 W||Corea, Orozco, Sarle, own goal, Lletget||Sarasota Polo Grounds; Sarasota, Fla.|
U.S. U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Justin Luthy (Columbus Crew Academy; Dublin, Ohio), Zachary MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Gale Agbossoumonde (unattached; Syracuse, N.Y.), Chad Barson (University of Akron; Lewis Center, Ohio), Paolo Del Piccolo (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), Gregory Garza (Sporting CP; Grapevine, Texas), Kofi Sarkodie (Akron; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (PA Classics; Lancaster, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jose Altamirano (Del Mar Sharks; San Diego, Calif.), Steven Birnbaum (California; Irvine, Calif.), Miiles Byass (Arsenal FC; Highland, Calif.), Nicholas Millington (Wake Forest; Raleigh, N.C.), Amobi Okugo (San Juan Lightning Crew; Sacramento, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Andromeda; Plano, Texas),
FORWARDS (3): Dion Acoff (Arsenal FC; Upland, Calif.), Will Bates (Richmond Strikers; Chester, Va.), Hasani Sinclair (Schulz Academy; Coral Springs, Fla.)
U.S. U-18 MNT Lisbon International Schedule
|May 27||Finland||Lisbon, Portugal|
|May 28||Germany||Lisbon, Portugal|
|May 30||Portugal||Lisbon, Portugal|
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
2009 CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 17-21: The qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF region for the 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will take place June 17-21 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The tournament was originally scheduled for April 29-May 3 but was postponed due to concerns over the outbreak of the H1N1 virus in Mexico. The U.S. was drawn into Group B of the tournament, along with Costa Rica and Bahamas. Group A consists of defending champion and host Mexico, El Salvador and Canada. The U.S. will kick off the tournament against Bahamas at 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday, June 17, and will close out the group at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 19, against Costa Rica. The semifinals, along with the match for fifth place, will be held on Saturday, June 20, and the two finalists will face off on Sunday, June 21.
CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Schedule
|June 17||Bahamas||5 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|June 19||Costa Rica||5 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|June 20||Fifth Place||3 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|June 20||Semifinals||4:15 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|June 21||Third Place||4:15 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|June 21||Championship||5:30 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
US CLUB SOCCER KICKS OFF NATIONAL CUP VIII MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: The 2009 edition of National Cup, US Club Soccer’s signature national championship competition, kicked off on Memorial Day weekend with a Regional event in LaGrangeville, N.Y. Regional events will be held through July 7, with the tournament Finals taking place July 25-28 for boys and July 31-Aug. 3 for girls. Follow the action at each National Cup VIII Regional event via the National Cup Online Headquarters at www.usclubsoccer.org, your source for event information, scores, features, photos and more.
USL SOCCERFEST SET FOR NOV. 19-24: United Soccer Leagues announced the 2009 USL SoccerFest will be held Nov. 19-24 in Tampa, the home of the organization’s headquarters, in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. The USL SoccerFest, launched in the fall of 2005, is comprised of the USL Annual General Meeting, the Super Y-League’s 11th Annual North American Finals, and the Five-A-Side Frenzy.
U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION RAISING FUNDS FOR GRANTS: The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s 2009 Spring Fundraising Campaign is underway as the Foundation works to raise money to provide grants to support urban soccer programs throughout the U.S. Donate today to help the U.S. Soccer Foundation provide children with safe places to play and opportunities to live healthy and active lives. Visit ussoccerfoundation.org/donate to learn more or sign up for the Foundation’s eNewsletter to find out how your club can give back to the game: ussoccerfoundation.org/enews.
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: It was a big weekend for a trio of U.S. national teamers in Europe. In addition to their formal invitation to the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers, DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu and Oguchi Onyewu have also been crowned league champions. In Scotland, Rangers captured their 52nd league title with a 3-0 victory against Dundee United. Maurice Edu went the distance for the eighth straight game in the victory that pushed Rangers four points clear of rivals Celtic. In addition their first league trophy in four years, Rangers receives an automatic berth into the group stage of next year's Champions League. They will be joined in that stage by Standard de Liege, who after a 25-year drought has now captured the last two Belgian league titles. Gooch helped Standard get the shutout in a 1-0 victory against Anderlecht in the second leg of their playoff series, giving Standard a 2-1 aggregate victory.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: With the English Premier League season behind him and FIFA World Cup qualifying ahead of him, U.S. MNT goalkeeper Tim Howard has one more piece of business to take care of before joining the MNT Stateside: the FA Cup final. Howard will lead Everton against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, May 30, at 10 a.m. ET. Fans can watch the match live on Fox Soccer Channel or head over to their local Official U.S. Soccer Bar to catch all the action.
QUOTABLE: “I like the academy a lot because it pushes you to another level. At showcases you know [national team] coaches are going to be at games, and before it wasn’t like that. You want to compete, to show you deserve to be at a higher level. The training is pushing me by playing with older kids, to play with them I have to pick my level up if I want to be better than them. It’s not as easy as playing with kids my age, but from the beginning of the season until now I think I’ve really improved because I’m playing kids that are better, stronger, and faster.”
-- F.C. Westchester forward Brian Span, who played with a Development Academy Select team during the 2009 Spring Showcase, on how it feels to be one of the younger kids on both F.C. Westchester and the Academy Select team.