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Anthony Wallace

Men's National Team

Q & A: Camp Rookie Wallace No Stranger to National Team Setup

A former member of the U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Wallace has represented the U.S. at the U-18 level and played in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The call-up caps a whirlwind year for Wallace that included a mid-season trade from FC Dallas to Colorado, and the MLS Cup title won with his new team against his former team, a trade to expansion Portland and then a return to the Rapids roster only a few hours later. Through his wide range of experience in the professional and international ranks, the 21-year-old son of Jamaican immigrants appears to be taking it all in stride. How did you first get into playing soccer?
Anthony Wallace: “My dad got me my first soccer ball when I was two years old, and he put me in organized soccer when I was four. Ever since then I couldn’t get away from it.” In looking through your rise through the youth ranks, you really are a product of the system.
AW: “It’s true. I started in ODP at the state level, went up to regionals, and then got invited to play with U-15 National Team by Manny Schellscheidt. That helped get me into Residency.” What did you take away from your time in the U-17 Residency Program?
AW: “I had two great coaches there, first John Ellinger and then John Hackworth. They really did a great job of creating a good environment and helping you understand what mentality you needed to continue to move up the ladder. They incorporated a lot of things that the full teams are doing so we would prepared and not be overwhelmed if we got the chance.” We understand you also turned into a pretty good tennis player.
AW: “We had a lot of free time and the courts were all close by, so we practiced a lot. Jozy Altidore and I used to challenge the kids from the Bollettieri Academy. We won a lot of matches. I think we surprised them with our athleticism.” After Bradenton, you were in with the U-18s and eventually made it on the roster for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada that made it to the quarterfinals. What was it like to play in your first big tournament?
AW: “It was a great experience. I knew going in that I wasn’t going to be a starter. We had so many more guys that had a lot of experience. I just wanted to be ready and do my part if I got called on, and I wound up playing games.” With so much time with the youth national teams, do you feel like you were prepared and knew better what to expect coming into camp with the full team?
AW: “No question. From the time with the youth teams, you know that the training sessions are going to be sharp and intense, and you have to bring a good work ethic. You can see with some of the guys here who haven’t been around this type of environment that they aren’t used to the level of accountability on the field; that you have to be able to do things right and consistently.” Has it also helped that you know so many of the guys here?
AW: “I think that has made the transition even smoother. Most of the guys here I’ve either played with or against. I even played against Eugene Starikov, back when he played with the Clearwater Chargers and I was with HC United.” One of those guys is Marvell Wynne, your teammate in Colorado. What’s he like as a roommate?
AW: “Oh, that’s an experience. We are roommates on the road with Colorado. I always look forward to rooming with him, because there’s something different every day. He does play Fallout 3 all the time. Sometimes it’s like I’m not even in the room!” You went through an interesting this season, being traded by Dallas to Colorado and then winning the championship against your former team. That’s a quite an experience.
AW: Obviously it worked out great, but at the time it came as a shock. I didn’t expect it to happen, especially at that point in the season. From that day I found out until two weeks after, everything was a blur. From moving to getting to know teammates and coaching staff, I had to adjust very quickly. It’s like starting over in the middle of the season. It’s definitely the best thing that could have happened to me.” There must have been quite a range of emotions when you won MLS Cup.
AW: “It was such a sweet feeling. Of course I had ex-teammates and friends on Dallas, so that part wasn’t easy, but it was still very satisfying.” And then a few days later the next rollercoaster hits, with Portland picking
you in the draft and the Rapids trading back for you hours later.
AW: “At the time, I was running on about three hours of sleep. I was at a friend’s house at eight in the morning, and I started getting text messages saying congratulations on the move to Portland. I’m thinking ‘Oh man, I have to start all over again.’ Of course a few hours later, to my relief, I had a talk with the GM of Colorado and he told me they traded back for me. At that point, I was so tired it barely hit me.” To cap it all off, you get your first call up to the full team. How did you find out?
AW: “Strangely enough, there was something wrong with my emails so I never got the message from the national team. After a few days, the general manager from the team called to tell me I was invited to the camp because she hadn’t heard from me. It was a dream come true. You never know if that call is ever going to come. I told my dad when he got home from work. He had the biggest smile on his face. He was more excited than I was!” You had a lot happen in the last year, particularly for a young player. Anyone give you any particularly good advice?
AW: “Actually, it was my dad. When things weren’t going well in Dallas, he reminded me to keep my head up, work hard and not let the distractions get to me. He told me things would get better. Turns out he was right.”

Nowak Calls 23 Players Into Final Training Camp Before CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualification

CHICAGO (January 24, 2008) – U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Peter Nowak has named 23 players to participate in the team’s second training camp of 2008 from Jan. 26 – Feb. 2 in at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla.

The week-long camp will be Nowak’s final chance to train and evaluate players before selecting the team that will compete in CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualification from March 11-23, 2008, in Los Angeles, Tampa and Nashville. The U.S. will play their three games of the group stage in Tampa against Cuba on March 11, Panama on March 13 and Honduras on March 15. The eight-team tournament will send the two finalists to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

“With the qualifying tournament approaching quickly, this is an important camp for us to train and evaluate players,” said Nowak. “Having another chance to train in Bradenton will be valuable as we prepare for very challenging Olympic qualifying games in nearby Tampa.”

Thirteen of the players called in were part of the Under-23s latest camp from Jan. 6-20, and will be returning to Bradenton after a two-week sabbatical. Josmer Altidore, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan and Marvell Wynne will re-join Nowak’s squad after training with the Men’s National Team leading up to their January 19 friendly against Sweden, in which the U.S. picked up a 2-0 win. Two additional players, Adam Cristman and Nathan Sturgis, were part of the U-23’s December training camp, though neither made the trip to China due to injury.

Dominic Cervi will be joining his second-ever National Team camp, while Michael Orozco will be part of his first camp since a trip to Dallas with the Under-20 MNT in April of 2004. Orozco, who plays for San Luis in Mexico, is one of four players who play professionally outside of Major League Soccer, along with Charlie Davies of Hammarby IF (Sweden), Tally Hall of Esbjerg fB (Denmark) and Kamani Hill of Vfl Wolfsburg (Germany).

The U.S. plays in the late game in each of the three doubleheaders at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa (tickets), playing Cuba at 8 p.m. ET on March 11, Panama at 8 p.m. ET on March 13 and finishing the round-robin tournament against Honduras on at 7 p.m. ET Saturday, March 15.

Group B, which will begin on March 12, features Canada, Guatemala, Haiti and Mexico, and will be played at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

After group play, the top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals which will be played on March 20 at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. LP Field will also be the location for the third-place and championship matches on Sunday, March 23. The two finalists will advance to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

U.S. Under-23 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Dominic Cervi (Chicago Fire), Tally Hall (Esbjerg fB), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS : Kamani Hill (Vfl Wolfsburg), Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Chance Myers (Kansas City Wizards), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Mike Randolph (LA Galaxy), Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS :Arturo Alvarez (FC Dallas), Maurice Edu (Toronto  FC), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS: Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Adam Cristman (New England Revolution), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)


U.S. Under-20 MNT Falls to Uruguay, 1-0, to Round Out Argentina Trip

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Dec. 1, 2007) -- The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team fell, 1-0, to Uruguay in Buenos Aires, to conclude their three-game tour of Argentina.

Alexis Rivarola broke a scoreless tie in the 80th minute when he headed home a corner kick, and Uruguay would hold on for the win. Goalkeeper Larry Jackson made eight saves for the U.S. in the game.

Thomas Rongen's side tied River Plate's youth squad and Argentina, 1-1, to finish their trip with a 0-1-2 record. The Under-20 Men's National Team is in early preparations for the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report

Participants: USA U20 MNT vs. Uruguay
Competition: Friendly
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date: December 1, 2007
Weather: Hot & Sunny

Scoring Summary:
           1   2        Final
USA   0   0         0
URU  0   1         1

URU Rivarola 80th minute

USA: 18-Larry Jackson, 9-Bryan Arguez (11-Charles Renken, 82), 4-Kyle Davies, 13-Jorge Flores, 10-Abdusalam Ibrahim (6-Andrew Giallombardo, 53), 12-Ian Kalis (5-Gale Agbossoumonde, 46), 14-Amobi Okugo, 16-Aubrey Perry, 15-Kofi Sarkodie (17-Victor Cortez, 53), 8-Ben Speas (3-Chris Klute, 46; 7-Pablito Cruz, 82), 2-Anthony Wallace

Subs Not Used: 1-Josh Lambo

Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

URU: 1-Campana(12-Trilla, half), 4-Gunino, 2-M.Silva(13-Bacardac, 67), 3-J.Silva(18-Techera, 53), 6-Morales, 8-Guarteche(15-Mansulino, 67), 5-Piriz, 10-Rivarola, 7-Urretaviscaya(16-Pereyra, half), 9-Soria(17-Silva, 53), 11-Mendez(14-Mieres, 53)

Subs Not Used:

Head Coach: Diego Aguirre

Statistical Summary:

          USA  URU
Shots 7 / 13
Saves 8 / 4
Fouls 17 / 13
Corner Kicks 3 / 5
Offside 1  / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA   Kyle Davies (caution)           87th minute

U.S. Under-20 MNT Draws Argentina in Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Nov. 28, 2007) -- After falling behind on an 11th minute penalty kick,  the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team came away with a draw against Argentina as part of their foreign training camp in Buenos Aires.

Jorge Flores, who set up the game-tying goal in the team's first match against River Plate's youth squad, scored the equalizer against the host country in the 72nd minute, finishing a Pablito Cruz cross from the right side. 

The U.S. will play the final game of their  tour of Argentina on Dec. 1 against Uruguay in Buenos Aires.

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report

Participants: USA U20 MNT vs. Argentina
Competition: Friendly
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date: November 28, 2007
Weather: Hot & Sunny

Scoring Summary:
          1  2  F
USA  1  0  1
ARG  1  0  1

ARG       # 9                                                11th minute
USA       Jorge Flores (Pablito Cruz)      72.

USA: 1-Josh Lambo, 3-Chris Klute( 15-Kofi Sarkodie, 66), 5-Gale Agbossoumonde, 4-Kyle Davies, 17-Victor Cortez, 2-Anthony Wallace, 14-Amobi Okugo, 6-Andrew Giallombardo (9-Bryan Arguez, 46), 13-Jorge Flores (11-Charles Renken, 74), 7-Pablito Cruz (12-Ian Kalis, 46), 10-Abdusalam Ibrahim(8-Ben Speas, 65)

Subs Not Used: 18-Larry Jackson, 16-Aubrey Perry

Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

ARG: Fernando Monetti, Emanuel Martinez, Federico Fernandez, Fernando Meza, Emir Saul Falccioli, Cristian Gaitan, Ezequiel Benavidez, Gonzalo Cabrera, Javier Carrasco, Gabrial Rodriguez, Gustavo Hernandez

Subs Not Used: N/A

Head Coach: Sergio Batista.

Statistical Summary:

            USA / ARG
Shots 6 / 5
Saves 3 / 2
Fouls 9 / 8
Corner Kicks 1 / 0
Offside 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:

U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Draws River Plate in Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Nov. 26, 2007) -- The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team drew with River Plate, 1-1, on Nov. 26, after their match against Paraguay was canceled.

After the U.S. fell behind in the 55th minute, Amobi Okugo leveled the score in the 72nd minute. Josh Lambo and Larry Jackson split time in goal.

Thomas Rongen's squad will take on Argentina on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Uruguay on Dec. 1, with both games taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Participants: U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team vs. River Plate
Competition: Friendly
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date: November 26, 2007
Weather: Hot & Sunny

Scoring Summary:
                       1   2   F
USA               0   1   1
River Plate   0   1   1

River Plate # 7 55th minute
USA - Amobi Okugo (Jorge Flores) 72nd minute

USA: 1-Josh Lambo (18-Larry Jackson, 46), 15-Kofi Sarkodie (17-Victor Cortez, 46), 5-Gale Agbossoumonde, 4-Kyle Davies (16-Aubrey Perry, 46), 12-Ian Kalis (3-Chris Klute, 46), 13-Jorge Flores, 9-Bryan Arguez (11-Charles Renken, 46), 6-Andrew Giallombardo (14-Amobi Okugo, 46), 2-Anthony Wallace, 8-Ben Speas (7-Pablito Cruz, 46), 10-Abdusalam Ibrahim

Subs Not Used: N/A

Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

River Plate: N/A

Subs Not Used:

Head Coach: N/A

Statistical Summary:

           USA / River Plate
Shots 6 / 9
Saves 5 / 3
Fouls 11 / 9
Corner Kicks 1 / 0
Offside 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
River Plate - #7 (caution)     25th Minute