U.S. Soccer Wire: June 8, 2009
See what this week has in store for your favorite U.S. National Team, including the U.S. Men's National Team heading to the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa after playing back-to-back FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.
June 8, 2009
U.S. MNT HEADS TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR THE 2009 FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP
AFTER BACK-TO-BACK FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING MATCHES;
CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER JOINS USA BID COMMITTEE
BRADLEY NAMES FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP ROSTER: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named the 23-man roster that will compete in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup from June 14-28 in South Africa. The U.S. kicks off action against defending World Cup champion Italy on June 15 at Loftus Versfeld in Tshwane/Pretoria (ESPN, 2:25 p.m. ET), and then faces Brazil on June 18 in the same venue (ESPN2, 9:55 a.m. ET). The United States finishes group play on June 21 against Egypt at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg (ESPN2 2:25 p.m. ET). All 16 matches of the tournament will be available in high definition on the ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD. Fans can also follow all the USA’s matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. All Confederations Cup matches televised on ESPN and ESPN2 will be available in high definition, which will be offered as a simulcast of ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage. Additionally, ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD will feature three pre-game shows leading up to the USA’s match against Brazil, the game between Italy and Brazil on June 21 and the Confederations Cup final on June 28. All three pre-game shows begin at 2 p.m. ET. The U.S. team will depart June 8 for South Africa, setting up camp in Tshwane/Pretoria the following day. The FIFA Confederations Cup is made up of the six champions of each regional confederation, the defending World Cup champions, and the host nation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup by winning their second consecutive CONCACAF Gold Cup. In front of 60,000 fans, the U.S. erased a 1-0 deficit and defeated regional rivals Mexico 2-1 in the final on June 24, 2007 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
U.S. MNT Confederations Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Luis Robles (Kaiserslautern)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Danny Califf (Midtjylland ), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Xerez), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Charlie Davies (Hammarby), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
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*||1-3 L||Donovan||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica|
|June 6||Honduras*||2-1 W||Donovan, Bocanegra||Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.|
|June 15||Italy #||8:25 p.m. / 2:25 p.m. ET||ESPN/Telefutura||Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria|
|June 18||Brazil #||3:55 p.m. / 9:55 a.m. ET||ESPN2/Telefutura||Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria|
|June 21||Egypt #||8:25 p.m. / 2:25 p.m. ET||ESPN2/Telefutura||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.|
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – June 2-June 8
- News: Bradley Announces 23-Man FIFA Confederations Cup Roster
- News: Post Game Quote Sheet: USA 2, Honduras 1
- News: U.S. Men Continue Impressive Form at Home in Qualifying With 2-1 Victory Against Honduras
- Studio 90: World Cup Qualifying
- News: Post Game Quote Sheet: Costa Rica 3, USA 1
- News: U.S. Men Fall 3-1 to Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifying in San Jose
- News: MNT Update
- News: Maurice Edu Unavailable for June 3 Game Against Costa Rica
- News: Head Coach Bob Bradley Conference Call Transcript
- News: Confederations Cup ESPN Broadcast Schedule Released
- News: Assistant Coach Peter Nowak Resigns
- U.S. Soccer Launches U.S. Soccer Supporters Club
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying CONCACAF
|Trinidad & Tobago||4||0||2||2||5||9||-4||2|
ussoccer.com’s 2018/2022 Bid Coverage – June 2-June 8
- News: Governor Schwarzenegger Joins USA Bid Committee
- News: Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm Join 2018/2022 Bid Committee
- News: Bid Committee Receives Confirmation of Interest from 58 Venues
- News: Obama Endorses 2018/2022 Bid from USA
ESPN NETWORKS TO TELEVISE U.S. MNT MATCHES AT THE 2009 FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP AND TELEFUTURA: The U.S. Men’s National Team’s matches at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup will be broadcast on four different ESPN platforms, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV, as well as Telefutura. ESPN and ESPN2 will televise all 16 matches of the tournament, which takes place June 14-28 in South Africa. The United States has been drawn into a powerful Group B along with reigning world champions Italy, five-time World Cup winners Brazil, and reigning African Cup of Nations winners Egypt. The U.S. kicks off action against Italy on June 15 at Loftus Versfeld in Tshwane/Pretoria, live at 2:25 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV and Telefutura. Three days later, the U.S. faces Brazil at 9:55 a.m. ET in the same venue. That match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN360.com and Telefutura. The United States finishes group play on June 21 against Egypt at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg at 2:25 p.m. ET, live on ESPN2, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV and Telefutura. ESPN will also televise the Group B clash between Italy and Brazil at 2:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 21, as well as the semifinals June 24-25, which will be shown simultaneously on ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV. The third place match and tournament final will be broadcast live on ESPN2, as well as ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV.
– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U.S. U-23 WOMEN HEAD TO CLEVELAND FOR TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team, under the guidance of head coach Bill Irwin, will travel to Cleveland, Ohio, for a training camp from June 12-19 at the Premier Soccer Academies, a facility developed and opened by legendary U.S. goalkeeper and current Aston Villa starter Brad Friedel. Irwin will bring 24 players to camp, during which the U.S. team will play two matches against the Cleveland Internationals of the USL W-League. Irwin’s squad is made up entirely of collegiate-aged players, with numerous players eligible for the U-23s currently competing in Women’s Professional Soccer. The roster includes 2008 Olympic gold medalist Tobin Heath, who will be entering her senior season at UNC this fall, as well as five players (including Heath) who have represented the USA in a FIFA youth Women’s World Cup. That group includes forward Alex Morgan, who helped the U.S. U-20s to the world title last year in Chile while scoring four goals and earning the Silver Ball as the second best player in the tournament and the Bronze Shoe as the third leading scorer. The roster also includes midfielder Casey Nogueira and goalkeeper Kelsey Davis, who both trained with the full U.S. team in Canada during its run up to the USA’s 4-0 victory over the Canadians on Memorial Day in Toronto. Irwin will be focusing on this training camp to select an 18-player roster that will travel to England in July for two matches against England.
U.S. U-23 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M; Centennial, Colo.), Kelsey Davis (Portland; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Mo Isom (Louisiana State; Marietta, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Lauren Barnes (UCLA; Upland, Calif.), Caitlin Farrell (Wake Forest; Fort Meyers, Fla.), Lindsey Kowal (Harvard; East Meadow, N.Y.), Carly Peetz (Nebraska; Lincoln, Neb.), Kat Reynolds (Santa Clara; Medina, Wash.), Jessica Schuveiller (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Brianne Young (Texas A & M; Castle Pines North, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kendra Chandhoke (Portland; Morrison, Colo.), Amanda DaCosta (Florida State; Katonah, N.Y.), Sinead Farrelly (Virginia; Havertown, Pa.), Ali Hawkins (North Carolina; Encinitas, Calif.), Tobin Heath (North Carolina; Basking Ridge, N.J.), Elli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah), Kylie Wright (UCLA; R. Santa Margarita, Calif.)
FORWARDS (7): Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Laura Heyboer (Michigan State; Hudonsville, Mich.), Alex Morgan (California; Diamond Bar, Calif.), Casey Nogueira (North Carolina; Raleigh, N.C.), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford; Fayetteville, Ga.), Christen Press (Stanford; PV Estates, Calif.), Katie Schoepfer (Penn State; Waterford, Conn.)
U.S. U-18 WOMEN FINISH CAMP AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team tied two women’s club teams during a week-long training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., that finished up last weekend. On June 1, the U-18s tied the Pacific Pali Blues, 0-0, as U.S. head coach Dave Chesler used 20 players. The U.S. team drew 1-1 with Ajax of Los Angeles of the WPSL on June 2 as Natalia Ledezma tallied in the 17th minute off a through ball from Chioma Ubogagu. Ajax tied the match six minutes before halftime, but neither team could find the net in the second half. A week earlier, the U.S. U-20s had faced Ajax and the Pali Blues during a training camp at the HDC, defeating Ajax 1-0 and tying the Blues in a 4-4 shootout. The U-18s, made up mostly of players born in 1991 and 1992, are trying to work themselves into the contention for spots on the U.S. team that will attempt to qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany (which has a Jan. 1, 1990 age cutoff), but the 1992s are also age-eligible for the 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup.
U.S. U-18 WNT Training Camp Results
|Date||Opponent||Result||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|June 1||Pali Blues||0-0 W||--|
|June 2||Ajax of L.A.||1-1 T||Ledezma|
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
2009 CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP TAKES PLACE 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|
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT captain Carlos Bocanegra scored his second game-winning goal of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying cycle to put the U.S. ahead of Honduras 2-1 on Saturday at Soldier Field. His first game-winner was against Guatemala on Aug. 20, 2008, in the USA’s first World Cup qualifying victory on Guatemalan soil.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: The oldest annual tournament in U.S. team sports history is back on Tuesday, June 9, as the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicks off. The first round features 32 teams facing off throughout the country, with the second round taking place June 16. Major League Soccer teams will join the tournament June 30 in the third round.
SOCCER SHOCKER: As the first half of the final round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup wraps up in the CONCACAF region, Mexico stands in fifth place out of six teams. Yes. That’s right. Mexico dropped a crucial match 2-1 to El Salvador and, after four matches, has only three points. Mexico hosts Trinidad & Tobago in the second match of the double fixture on Wednesday, June 10, at the infamous Estadio Azteca.
QUOTABLE: “It’s a good test for us. It’s going to be a good taste of what the World Cup is going to be like so we’re going to try to take advantage of that by playing three very good teams.”
-- U.S. MNT midfielder Landon Donovan on the significance of participating at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.