U.S. Soccer Wire: May 10, 2010
Catch up on all the news and notes from your favorite Men's, Women's & Youth National Teams
May 10, 2010
BOB BRADLEY TO ANNOUNCE PRELIMINARY 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP ROSTER TOMORROW;
USA BID COMMITTEE TO SUBMIT OFFICIAL BID BOOK TO FIFA ON FRIDAY, MAY 14
U.S. MNT HEAD COACH BOB BRADLEY TO ANNOUNCE PRELIMINARY 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP ROSTER: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley will name the preliminary 30-man roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET live on ESPNEWS, including the list of players who will be attending the Pre-World Cup training camp beginning May 15 in Princeton, N.J. The final 23-player FIFA World Cup roster is due to FIFA by June 1.
USA BID COMMITTEE TO SUBMIT OFFICIAL BID BOOK THIS FRIDAY TO HOST 2018 OR 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP IN UNITED STATES: The USA Bid Committee will take a crucial step in its drive to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™ when its five-person delegation submits the official United States Bid Book to FIFA on Friday, May 14. The U.S. Bid Book will be submitted in a formal ceremony at the home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland. Representing the 90 million soccer fans in the United States, the delegation from the USA Bid Committee will include U.S. Soccer President and USA Bid Committee Chairman Sunil Gulati, USA Bid Committee Executive Director David Downs, USA Bid Committee Managing Director John Kristick and U.S. Men’s National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra. The fifth member of the U.S. delegation will be announced later in the week. The delegation will present the bid book to FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke.
U.S. TO FACE CZECH REPUBLIC AND TURKEY IN SEND-OFF SERIES FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: The U.S. Men's National Team will face two of the traditionally stronger teams from Europe in the Czech Republic and Turkey in the Send-Off Series prior to departing for South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The USA will meet the Czech Republic on May 25 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., at 8 p.m. ET before playing its final home tune-up match against Turkey on May 29 in Philadelphia. The game in Hartford will be broadcast live on ESPN and Galavision, while kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field is set for 2 p.m. ET, with ESPN2 and Galavision providing the television broadcast. Fans can also follow the matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TO MEET AUSTRALIA ON JUNE 5 IN ROODEPOORT, SOUTH AFRICA: The United States will play Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort, South Africa, one week before playing its first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Ruimsig Stadium in suburban Johannesburg is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.
U.S. SOCCER RELEASES ONLINE TRAVEL RESOURCES FOR FANS GOING TO SOUTH AFRICA THIS SUMMER: U.S. Soccer has put together an online travel resource center for fans traveling to South Africa this summer for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This comprehensive online fan resource includes information on planning and preparing for their trip, along with travel and transportation recommendations. The online travel resource center also provides fans with information on where to pick up match tickets, stadium facts, local attractions, safety concerns, communication details, embassy contact information, and a brief cultural and historical background of South Africa. Additional South African sources are also provided here for fans to continue their research.
ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – May 4 – May 10
CLEVELAND TO PLAY HOST TO USA VERSUS GERMANY ON MAY 22: The U.S. Women's National Team will face Germany on May 22 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, as the world’s top two women’s soccer nations meet on American soil for the first time since the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The match will kick off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. The game in Cleveland is the second match of a home-and-home series between the two international powers. In the first contest, played Oct. 29, 2009, in Augsburg, Germany, Abby Wambach's goal gave the Americans a narrow 1-0 victory in front of an enthusiastic German crowd. Germany will host the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup from June 26 through July 17 in nine German cities.
ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – May 4 – May 10
USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE WEEK 5 CONCLUDES AFTER FIVE MATCHES ON SATURDAY, MAY 8: Week 5 of the USSF D-2 Pro League saw some movement at the top of the USL Conference as the Rochester Rhinos took advantage of Portland's idle week to jump to the summit of the standings by way of a 2-1 home win against AC St. Louis. The Montreal Impact continued a string of good results at home by taking the first match of the weekend 2-1 against the NSC Minnesota Stars, while Crystal Palace Baltimore earned their first points of the season by grinding out a 0-0 draw during a visit to NASL Conference leaders Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Tampa Bay Rowdies debuted at home in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 8,000 with a 2-2 tie against the visiting Austin Aztex, who joined Portland for second place in the USL Conference with 10 points. Miami FC continued their streak of drawing matches with their fourth in a row in a 1-1 game at home to the Carolina RailHawks.
ENTER TO BE A PART OF THE U.S. MNT’S OPENING WORLD CUP MATCH: McDonald's, FIFA and U.S. Soccer have teamed up to introduce the McDonald's 2010 FIFA World Cup Player Escort Sweepstakes. Two children between the ages of 6-12 will have the opportunity to escort a player onto the field of the USA's June 12 match against England to open the 2010 FIFA World Cup. More information and sweepstakes rules can be found at http://www.ussoccer.com/mcd/Home.aspx.
– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U.S. UNDER-23 WNT WILL TRAVEL TO GERMANY FOR THREE MATCHES: U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin will take 18 players to Germany from May 21-31 for matches against German club TSG Wieseck (May 24 in Giessen), the German U-23 Women’s National Team (May 26 in Marburg), and the Korea Republic U-20 Women’s National Team (May 29 in Marburg). Irwin has named 17 players and will choose one more before the team departs for Europe.
U-23 WNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Chicago Red Stars; Thousands Oaks, Calif.), Alexa Gaul (Texas; Naperville, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (4): Lauren Barnes (UCLA; Upland, Calif.), Jackie Carron (Michigan; Rochester Hills, Mich.), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Mariah Nogueira (Stanford; Westminster, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Katy Frierson (Auburn, Homewood, Ala.), Tori Huster (Florida State; Cincinnati, Ohio), Elli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah); Rachel Shipley (Texas A&M; Plano, Texas), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown; Upper Montclair, N.J.), Kylie Wright (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Katie Bethke (Minnesota; Eau Claire, Wis.), Danielle Foxhoven (Portland; Littleton, Colo.); Sarah Hagen (Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.); Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Christen Press (Stanford; P.V. Estates, Calif.)
RONGEN FINALIZES U-20 MNT ROSTER FOR TOURNAMENT IN THE NETHERLANDS: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will travel to Uitgeest, Netherlands, from May 14-25 to compete in the Cor Groenewegan Tournament. U.S. head coach Thomas Rongen will bring 20 players to his native Holland for the competition, which will include four international matches. The U.S. team will play friendly matches against Senegal on May 18 and Korea Republic on May 20, and shortened 40-minute games during the tournament proper.
U-20 MNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samir Badr (FC Porto; Fairfax, Va.), Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (SC Braga; Syracuse, N.Y.), Chad Barson (Akron; Lewis Center, Ohio), Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA Academy; Bell, Calif.), Perry Kitchen (Akron, Indianapolis, Ind.), Kofi Sarkodie (Akron; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Parker Walsh (1860 Munich; Roanoke, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Erik Benjaminsen (Stabæk; Sandvika, Norway), Lester Dewee (Olympique de Marseille; Kensington, Md.), Bryan Dominguez (Miami FC; Atlanta, Ga.), Alex Molano (Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Moises Orozco (Real So Cal; Oxnard, Calif.), George Pantelic (FK RAD Belgrade; Woodland Hills, Calif.), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union; Alpharetta, Ga.), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich; Irvine, Calif.)
ELLIS GATHERS WITH 24-PLAYER ROSTER FOR TRAINING FOR PRE-WORLD CUP MATCHES: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has gathered 24 players for a two-week training camp taking place until May 23 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. and the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The team will play four international matches during the camp, spending May 8-15 at The HDC where they will face the New Zealand U-20 Women’s National Team twice (May 13 at 4 p.m. PT and May 15 at 12 p.m. PT) before traveling down to San Diego from May 16-23 for another week of training during which they will play the Mexico U-20 Women’s National Team twice at the OTC (May 20 and 22, both at 4 p.m. PT). This U-20 camp will mark the second-to-last domestic event for the U.S. U-20s before leaving for Germany and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, being held from July 13-Aug. 1 in Bochum, Bielefeld, Augsburg and Dresden. Ellis may add another player to the roster before the start of camp.
U-20 WNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Sade Ayinde (Maryland; North Bellmore, N.Y.), Kelly Conheeney (Virginia Tech; Ridgewood, N.J.), Victoria DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Danielle Hubka (Maryland; Strongsville, Ohio), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kayla Grimsley (South Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpion SC; Hanson, Mass.), Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (4): Maya Hayes (Aristocats; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)
U.S. U-18 WNT AT THE HDC FOR TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team is currently holding a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., until May 16 that will run concurrently with the first week of the U.S. U-20 WNT camp. This group will form the core of the players competing for spots on the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cutoff of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1992. As U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Jill Ellis has narrowed down her player pool for this summer’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany, Chesler has begun to call in players from this year’s U-17 WNT that failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup despite outscoring opponents 38-0 across five games at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Costa Rica. Chesler has named seven players from that squad, including midfielder Morgan Brian, the all-time leading scorer in U.S. U-17 history with 14 goals in 18 U-17 caps. The U.S. U-18s will play three matches during the camp at The HDC, taking on the U.S. U-20s on May 9 at 6:30 p.m. PT, facing the women’s club Ajax of Los Angeles on May 12 at 7 p.m. and then taking on the LAFC women’s team on May 15 at 3 p.m.
U-18 WNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Rachel Boaz (So Cal Blues; Murrieta Calif.), Anna Sieloff (Verder; Troy, Mich.), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (5): Arin Gilliland (Ohio Elite; Wilmore, Ky.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Rileigh McHugh (Hershey Attack SC; Hummelstown, Pa.), Dominique Richardson (Legends FC; Fullerton, Calif.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; St. Simons Island, GA.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Lindsey Elston (Crossfire Premier, Sammamish, Wash.), Brook Gilbert (Emerald City; Snohomish, Wash.), Erin Inman (Lonestar Soccer Club; Austin, Texas), Julie Johnston (Sereno SC; Mesa, Az.), Sarah Killion (Fort Wayne Fever; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Kylie McCarthy (San Diego Surf; Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.), Meagan Morris (Montclair Aristocrates; Montclair, N.J.), Mollie Pathmen (Triangle FC; Durham, N.C.)
FORWARDS (5): Shea Groom (KCFC; Liberty, Mo.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Ariana Martinez (So Cal; Moore Park, Calif.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore. Md), Chioma Ubogagu (D'Feeters; Coppell, Texas)
U.S. U-15 BOYS CONTINUE SUCCESSFUL RUN IN ARGENTINA: The U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team continues their trip in Buenos Aires where they have earned a two wins and a draw in their first three matches. Jim Barlow’s squad opened its trip with a 2-0 win against CA Argentino Juniors, with goals from Martin Arrieta and Zach Pfeffer. On May 5, the U.S. topped Bolivia 5-1 behind a brace from Adam Najem and single goals from Trevor Haberkorn, Marc Delgado and Pfeffer. Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath was in the net for a shutout against Argentina the following day, as the U.S. battled the hosts to a scoreless draw. The U.S. wraps up its trip to Buenos Aires on Tuesday following a game against a select team from the Rosario region.
U-15 BNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls Academy; Union City, N.J.), Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (5): Russell Canouse (New York Red Bulls Academy; Lancaster, Pa.), Dylan Greenberg (Albertson SC; Dix Hills, N.Y.), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar SC; Roanoke, Texas), Matthew Habrowski (Derby County Wolves; Berkley, Mich.), Dakotah Millard (South Carolina United; Hopkins, S.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Marco Delgado (LAFC Chelsea; Glendora, Calif.), Nicholas Gaitan (Albertson SC; Oceanside, N.Y.), Antonio Murillo (Neusport; Las Vegas, Nev.), Adam Najem (New York Red Bulls Academy; Clifton, N.J.), Zach Pfeffer (FC DELCO; Dresher, Pa.) Miguel Polley (Derby County Wolves; San Diego, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Pablo Aguilar (IMG Academy; Guatemala City, Guatemala) Martin Arrieta (LAFC Chelsea; Pasadena, Calif.), Paul Arriola (Chula Vista Rangers; Chula Vista, Calif.), Nicholas Corriveau (Bethesda SC; Potomac, Md.), Antonio Velasquez (Neusport; Las Vegas, Nev.)
U.S. U-15 GNT CONTINUES TRAINING CAMP AT THE OTC IN CHULA VISTA, CALIF.: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team are currently in a training camp until May 15 at The Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., as head coach Mike Dickey has called 24 players, all born in 1995, to San Diego. The U.S. U-15s will play at least three matches during the camp, taking on the Philippines U-19 Women’s National Team on May 11 and May 14 (both at 6 p.m. PT). The squad will also face the San Diego Sea Lions of the WPSL on May 12 (6 p.m. PT). This is the second training camp of 2010 for the 1995s, which are scheduled for two more events this year. These players are expected to form the core of the group that will attempt to qualify for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan.
U-15 GNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (NASA; Kennesaw, Ga.), Morgan Stearns (McLean MPS Power; Burke, Va.), Kat Stratton (Tupelo FC; Belden, Miss.)
DEFENDERS (6): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Massachusetts; Milford, N.H.), Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), Mandy Freeman (Team Boca; Royal PB, Fla.), Zoey Goralski (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.), Shea Newman (FC Stars of Massachusetts; Medfield, Mass.), Jenna Romano (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Eli Boon (Columbia Timbers Premier; Washougal, Wash.), Jo Boyles (CASL Spartan Elite Black; Raleigh, N.C.), Kaitlyn Clark (KC Select Screen; Liberty, Mo.), Rosie DiMartino (Albertson Fury Elite; Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks ‘95; Milford, Mich.), Lauren Kaskie (Neusport Football Club; Las Vegas, Nev.), Lindsey Lane (Freestate Elite; Lusby, Md.), Jordan Meier (St. Luis Scott Gallagher; St. Peters, Mo.), Lydia Simmons (Seacoast United; Londonderry, N.H.), Allison Stuckey (Cleveland FC; Brecksville, Ohio), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; St. Lorton, Va.), Claire Winter (Lamorinda SC; Lafayette, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3): Frannie Crouse (Beadling SC; Jeannette, Pa.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Zoe Swift (NSA Premier Fury; Naperville, Ill.)
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD MAY 24-25 IN CONJUNCTION WITH U.S. MNT MATCH AGAINST CZECH REPUBLIC: The U.S. Soccer Coaching Department will conduct a coaching symposium May 24-25 in conjunction with the first game of the Send-Off Series as the U.S. Men’s National Team faces the Czech Republic in East Hartford, Conn. The Send-Off Series will be the last two matches played in the U.S. before the team travels to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Participating coaches will have the opportunity to watch the U.S. MNT that will be participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as well as hear from a member of the U.S. MNT staff. Along with a ticket to the game, attendees will be given the unique chance to observe a closed-door training session the day before the match. In addition, attendees will be presented with a preview of the new U.S. Soccer National Curriculum developed by newly appointed Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna.
U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD ON MAY 21-22 IN CLEVELAND, OHIO: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will conduct a Coaching Symposium on May 21-22, 2010 in conjunction with the U.S. Women’s National Team’s match against Germany in Cleveland, Ohio. The two-day symposium will offer a variety of presenters and topics. Mike Dickey will focus on “future youth players” while Tom Turner will discuss the “selection of youth players.” In addition, attendees will learn about fitness preparation for senior level players and pre-game objectives for the two top-ranked teams in the world.
USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than seven months to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cup™ to come to the United States – and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup™ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.
U.S. SOCCER SUMMER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools for the “A,” “B” and “C” License Courses will take place throughout the month of June in four locations across the United States. Summer “A” Audit, “A,” “B” and “C” courses are set for June 5-13 at Darlington School in Rome, Ga. and “B” and “C” courses will take place at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass., will host “A” Audit, “A,” “B” and “C” License courses June 17-25 and a National “A” Audit, “A” and “B” course will take place June 19-27 at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill.
CONCACAF PROPOSES CHANGE TO 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING FORMAT: CONCACAF will propose a change in its qualifying format for the 2014 World Cup, starting with a preliminary knockout stage followed by three group phases, the confederation Executive Committee decided Friday. Meeting at CONCACAF's New York headquarters, the committee decided to submit to FIFA the new structure aimed at guaranteeing more early round matches.
MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2010 FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP BEGINS: FIFA announced that the media accreditation process for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup has been launched via a registration form on the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is June 1. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. All applications are subject to confirmation. Also, please be advised that international applicants are responsible for their own visas. Media representatives who have not already registered for the FIFA Media Channel can do so via the following internet address: http://media.FIFA.com/
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Landon Donovan had a remarkable week for the L.A. Galaxy as they defeated the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Wednesday and Seattle Sounders FC 4-0 on Saturday afternoon. Donovan was involved in all five goals for the Galaxy, providing the assist on the game winner in Colorado and the first three in Seattle. He capped his scoring spree with a goal of his own to ice the 4-0 win at Qwest field. For his efforts, he was named MLS Player of the Week.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Clint Dempsey could be the first American to appear in a European cup final this Wednesday when his club side Fulham FC of the English Premier League takes on Atlético de Madrid of the Spanish La Liga in the final of UEFA Europa Cup in Hamburg, Germany at 2:45 p.m. ET.
QUOTABLE: “The whole ride has been great, from beating the previous winners to coming back from a 4-1 deficit against Juventus and a 1-0 deficit to beat Hamburg. It shows the fight we have in this team. Even though we conceded home goals, we were still able to grind it out and get the result we needed to advance. It shows a lot of character and heart.” –U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Clint Dempsey on Fulham’s run to the Europa League Final