U.S. Soccer Wire: March 21, 2011
Catch up on all the news and notes from your favorite Men's, Women's & Youth National Teams
March 21, 2011
RED ALL OVER: SUPPORTERS TO CREATE TO MOTTO FOR U.S. MNT JERSEY;
BRADLEY ANNOUNCES U.S. MNT ROSTER, INJURIES FORCE CHANGES;
SUNDHAGE NAMES 23-PLAYER ROSTER FOR U.K. CAMP, U.S. WNT TO PLAY JAPAN TWICE IN MAY;
RONGEN FINALIZES ROSTER FOR U-20 CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP
RED ALL OVER: SUPPORTERS TO CREATE TO MOTTO FOR U.S. MNT JERSEY: U.S. Soccer and Nike are launching a campaign providing fans with the opportunity to write a new motto that will be featured on the team’s new uniform. Fans can submit their motto on Twitter from now until March 23 using #redallover. The most inspirational motto will debut on the Men’s National Team’s new uniform against Argentina on Saturday, March 26, at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Entrants must be U.S. residents who are 13 years or older, and fans can enter as many times as they like before the deadline. Tweet your #redallover motto to @ussoccer | Full Terms and Conditions
BRADLEY ANNOUNCES U.S. MNT ROSTER, INJURIES FORCE CHANGES: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley named a roster of 24 players, ahead of a pair of international friendlies against Argentina and Paraguay. However, injuries have forced Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden and Zak Whitbread to withdraw from the camp. U.S. head coach Bob Bradley has added defender Eric Lichaj to the roster, bringing the number of players to 22 total that are currently training in Cary, N.C., ahead of the Argentina and Paraguay friendlies. While Cherundolo (groin) and Whitbread (back) will use the international break to recuperate, Holden will spend a lengthier amount of time off the field as his injury to the left knee will rule him out for sixth months, including the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Watch Studio 90 News Update from Cary, N.C.
U.S. MNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton), David Yelldell (MSV Duisburg)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres), Timothy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps), Eric Lichaj (Leeds), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Mikkel Diskeruud (Stabaek), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt)
MORE THAN 59,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR USA-ARGENTINA AT NEW MEADOWLANDS STADIUM: More than 59,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s match against two-time FIFA World Cup champion Argentina on March 26 at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Kickoff against the No. 4-ranked Argentines is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Just three days later, the U.S. will play host to Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville on March 29 at 7 p.m. CT with live television coverage provided by Fox Soccer Channel and TeleFutura. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Tickets for both matches are available at ussoccer.com: MNT vs. Argentina Tickets | MNT vs. Paraguay Tickets
U.S. MNT TO FACE CANADA, GUADELOUPE AND PANAMA IN GROUP C OF 2011 CONCACAF GOLD CUP: The United States will seek its fifth confederation championship title when they join Group C of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup along with Canada, Guadeloupe and Panama. The U.S. will first take on Canada on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET at Ford Field in Detroit. The team then travels south to face Panama on June 11 at 8 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., before rounding out group play against Guadeloupe on June 14 at the brand new LIVERSTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., with kickoff slated for 8 p.m. CT. Tickets are currently available; visit the Gold Cup ticket information page for more details.
ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage
- Tickets: MNT vs. Argentina | MNT vs. Paraguay
- Studio 90: MNT Arrival in Cary
- MNT Blog | U.S. Soccer on Twitter | Studio 90 on Twitter
TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS WEEK FOR TWO U.S. WNT FRIENDLIES AGAINST JAPAN: The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will play a pair of domestic matches in May to prepare for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, facing Japan on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, and on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The match at Columbus Crew Stadium will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET and be broadcast live exclusively on Fox Soccer and Fox Deportes. The second leg in Cary kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPN2. For the game in Cary, tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday, March 22, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For the match in Columbus, tickets go on sale to the general public the following Tuesday, March 29, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000, at all central Ohio Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Kroger stores) and the Crew Stadium ticket office.
SUNDHAGE NAMES 23-PLAYER ROSTER FOR FRIENDLY AGAINST ENGLAND: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named a roster of 23 players to travel to the United Kingdom on March 21 in preparation for the USA’s first match in England on April 2 at Brisbane Road in East London. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET. Brisbane Road, officially known as Matchroom Stadium, is home to English League One side Leyton Orient. The match will be a part of a 20-day training camp in the U.K. for the U.S., which is preparing for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany from June 26-July 17.
U.S. WNT by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Hope Solo (magicJack’s Washington Freedom)
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (magicJack’s Washington Freedom), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (magicJack’s Washington Freedom), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (magicJack’s Washington Freedom), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (magicJack’s Washington Freedom)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack’s Washington Freedom)
ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage
RONGEN FINALIZES ROSTER FOR U-20 CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has finalized a 20-player roster ahead of the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The group traveled to Dallas on March 20 and will depart for Guatemala City, Guatemala, on March 25 to begin its quest to qualify for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Colombia. The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has been drawn into Group B of the CONCACAF tournament and will face Suriname on March 29 at 8 p.m. ET and Panama on April 2 at 6 p.m. ET at Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores. Both games will be televised on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Zac MacMath (Philadelphia Union; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (8): Gale Agbossoumonde (Djurgårdens IF; Syracuse, N.Y.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Sacir Hot (New York Red Bulls; Fair Lawn, N.J.), Sebastien Ibeagha (Duke; Missouri City, Texas), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Zarek Valentin (Chivas USA; Lancaster, Pa.), Korey Veeder (Columbus Crew; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Moises Orozco (UANL Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Kelyn Rowe (UCLA; Newport Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Eder Arreola (UCLA; Chino Hills, Calif.), Conor Doyle (Derby County FC; McKinney, Texas), Joe Gyau (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps FC; El Paso, Texas), Bobby Wood (TSV 1860 München; Irvine, Calif.)
ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage
– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
THE U-17 MNT COACHES’ ROAD TO THE CONCACAF CROWN: When the U.S. U-17 MNT traveled to Montego Bay, Jamaica, in late February for the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, it had two goals in mind: qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup and win the continental crown. The format of the tournament deemed that the winners of all four quarterfinal matches would qualify for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. In order to even make it to the final eight though, the U.S. had to get past Cuba and Panama in Group B play. CoachesNet caught up with top assistant coach Paul Caffrey to take an inside look at the USA’s run to the CONCACAF crown.
U.S. U-17 WNT HOLDS TRAINING CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: The U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team has come together for a training camp from March 20-27 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., under the direction of Jill Ellis. The camp is being held concurrently with the U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team training camp, which is also run by Ellis, who called in 24 players for this first U-17 event since the team played twice against the Germany U-17s in Florida in late January/early February. The U-17s defeated the Germans 3-1 and tied 2-2 in two games. The U-17s are in the early stages of preparation qualifying for the 2012 U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan.
U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Ga.), Morgan Stearns (McLean Youth Soccer; Burke, Va.)
DEFENDERS (6): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Massachusetts; Milford, N.H.), Maddy Bauer (Slammers FC, Newport Beach, Calif.), Gabby Byorth (Ohio Premier Eagles; Dublin, Ohio), Zoe Clark (PDA; New York, N.Y.), Bridget Skinner (PDA; Middletown, N.J.), Claire Wagner (CASL; Cary, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Joanna Boyles (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Kaitlyn Clark (KC Select Viati; Liberty, Mo.), Mandy Freeman (Renegades SC; Delray Beach, Fla.), Zoey Goralski (Team Chicago Academy Botafogo; Naperville, Ill.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Ashton Miller (Michigan Hawks; Okemos, Mich.), Kayla Mills (Slammers FC; West Covina, Calif.), Gabby Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Morgan Stanton (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; St. Lorton, Va.), Kate Walters (PDA; Mt. Laurel, N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Frannie Crouse (Beadling SC; Jeannette, Pa.), Brittain Dearden (Mt. Laurel United Crush; Princeton Junction, N.J.), Madi Lewis (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Toni Payne (BUSA Elite; Birmingham, Ala.)
U.S. U-15 GNT HEADS TO THE HDC FOR FIRST CAMP OF 2011: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team has come together from March 20-27 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., for its first training camp of the year under the direction of Jill Ellis. Twenty-four players were called up and all are age eligible for spots on next year’s U-17 Women’s National Team that will attempt to qualify for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan, which has an age cutoff date of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1995.
U.S. U-15 Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Penelope Edmonds (Match Fit Chelsea; New York, N.Y.), Abigail Pyne (Black Bear United; Dixmont, Maine)
DEFENDERS (8): Paige Crowley (MVLA Lightning; Los Gatos, Calif.), Schuyler Debree (Match Fit Chelsea; Fair Haven, N.J.), Delaney Fechalos (Atlanta Fire; Suwanee, Ga.), Monica Flores (SDFC Lynx; Livingston, N.J.), Sabrina Flores (SDFC Lynx; Livingston, N.J.), Chloe Hemmingway (West Coast FC; Irvine, Calif.), Mariah Lee (Washington Premier FC; Covington, Wash.), Annie Mejia (Arsenal FC; Bloomington, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Megan Buckingham (Michigan Hawks; Novi, Mich.), Jordan Di Biasi (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Maddie Huster (Ohio Elite; Cincinnati, Ohio), Reilly Martin (Carmel United SC; Carmel, Ind.), Genevieve McGowan (FC United; Lake Forest, Ill.), Rilka Noel (Michigan Hawks; West Bloomfield, Mich.), Haley Pounds (Challenge SC; Spring, Texas), Rebecca Rasmussen (Colorado Nike Rush; Golden, Colo.), Sarah Robinson (MLVA Lightning; Los Altos, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Sarah Chase (West Coast FC; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Imani Dorsey (SAC United; Elkridge, Maryland), Mikaela Harvey (Lonestar SC; Liberty Hill, Texas), Gabriella Kaplan (MVLA Lightning; Emerald Hills, Calif.)
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD IN APRIL WITH TWO YOUTH WNT CAMPS: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will conduct a Coaching Symposium on April 23-24, 2011 in conjunction with the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team and U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Camps at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Registered coaches will have the opportunity to observe training sessions and speak with the coaching staff. Coaches will learn more about the selection process and the goals that were set for the week for the team and for individual players. Coaches will also have the opportunity to attend a Major League Soccer match between Chivas USA and the Columbus Crew scheduled for Saturday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. PT. Download Symposium Application | Join CoachesNet Now!
NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS AND “C” RETEST LOCATIONS UPDATED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools in April and June for “A” Audit, “A”, “B” and “C” Courses in California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington. In addition, “C” license retest locations have been finalized. Registration for each course is now open after a pre-registration period for active members of CoachesNet, U.S. Soccer’s official coaches club. Current CoachesNet members will have the first opportunity to register for a winter course beginning today. Register for CoachesNet Now | View Course Schedule | “C” License Retest Schedule
U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET TRIP TO GERMANY/NETHERLANDS QUICKLY APPROACHING: In an effort to continue providing unique coaching opportunities to its membership, U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet announces plans to offer an educational trip to Germany and the Netherlands. Entering its third year, the aim of U.S. Soccer’s international coaching education program is to expose U.S. coaches to other federations and clubs to learn the steps they take to develop their coaches and players. Attendees interact directly with top-level coaches, administrators and players from some of the best clubs and countries in the world. The coaching education workshop in Germany and the Netherlands will take place from April 28-May 6, 2011 and will mark the 40th anniversary of U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program which began under the direction of Dettmar Cramer.
FIFA ACCEPTING CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FROM MARCH 1 TO MAY 1: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 will open March 1 on the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for media to request accreditation is May 1. All media requesting accreditation for the tournament must be an approved member of the FIFA Media Channel. Any media members without access to the Media Channel that plan to request Women’s World Cup credentials should register immediately at media.fifa.com. Please keep in mind that access to the FIFA Media Channel does not mean credentials have been approved or that accreditation is guaranteed. Apply at fifa.com
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Clint Dempsey set the single-season record for a U.S. goalscorer in the English Premier League with 10 goals, after tallying this weekend for Fulham. He moves passed former MNT forward Brian McBride, who also played for the Cottagers when he set the previous record of nine.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team’s match against two-time FIFA World Cup champion Argentina on March 26 at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Kickoff against the No. 4-ranked Argentines is set for 7 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision with additional live coverage on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.
SOCCER SHOCKER: U.S. Men’s National Team and Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden is expected to miss six months after injuring his knee in a challenge with Manchester United’s Johnny Evans during his club side’s 1-0 loss on Saturday.
QUOTABLE: “We’ve got two big games coming up in Argentina and Paraguay. They’ll be good preparation for the Gold Cup as well because it’s right around the corner and we haven’t had too many good opportunities to come together as a group like this.” –U.S. Men’s National Team defender Jonathan Spector on the team’s current training camp in Cary, N.C., in preparation for their two international friendlies.