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U.S. Soccer Wire: Aug. 8, 2005


U.S. MNT Manager Bruce Arena To Announce Roster on Wednesday
For Aug. 17 World Cup Qualifier vs. Trinidad & Tobago in East Hartford, Conn.

U.S. SQUAD TO KICK OFF SECOND HALF OF FINAL ROUND QUALIFYING: U.S. Men’s National Team Manager Bruce Arena will reveal Wednesday on ussoccer.com the players who will face Trinidad & Tobago on Aug. 17 in East Hartford, Conn. The match, slated for 8 p.m. ET at Rentschler Field, will kick off the second half of the final round of World Cup qualifying and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The U.S. is currently in second place in the CONCACAF region with 12 points, one behind Mexico. The U.S. men played T & T in the opening match of the final round, posting a 2-1 win and earning their first three points of the final hexagonal in Port of Spain, Trinidad with goals from Eddie Johnson and Eddie Lewis.

U.S. OPEN CUP QUARTERFINALISTS SET: The fourth round of the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup wrapped up on Wednesday night (Aug. 3) and once again, there was no shortage of excitement for the fans, including overtimes, penalty kicks, a four-goal individual performance and a pair of shocking upsets. While the Des Moines Menace of the PDL couldn't pull off the upset over the defending champion Kansas City Wizards (MLS), they did take home the amateur prize ($10,000) as the only amateur team to reach the fourth round. Meanwhile, the Division III prize was split three ways between the Charlotte Eagles, Wilmington Hammerheads and Western Mass Pioneers who all lost in the third round. The Minnesota Thunder and Rochester Raging Rhinos have their sights set on the Division II prize as the only USL1 teams remaining in the tournament. With eight more teams eliminated from the competition following Wednesday night's action, the quarterfinal pairings are now set as play will resume on Aug. 24. More tournament information is available at ussoccer.com’s U.S. Open Cup competitions page.
2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals Schedule
#   Date      Teams                                                                               Venue;Kickoff (local)
35  Aug. 24 Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)   Spartan Stadium; San Jose, Calif.;7:30 p.m. PT
36  Aug. 24 Minnesota Thunder (USL1) at Kansas City Wizards (MLS)      Park University; Parkville, Mo.;7 p.m. CT
37  Aug. 24 Chicago Fire (MLS) at Rochester Raging Rhinos (USL1)         Frontier Field; Rochester, N.Y.;7:30 p.m. ET
38  Aug. 24 FC Dallas (MLS) at DC United (MLS) Maryland                      Soccerplex; Germantown, Md.;7:30 p.m. ET
2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinals Schedule
#   Date      Teams                                                  Venue Kickoff (local)
39 Sept. 14 Winner Game 35 vs. Winner Game 36     TBD; TBD
40 Sept. 14 Winner Game 37 vs. Winner Game 38     TBD; TBD

U-18 MNT WIN 2005 NORTHERN IRELAND MILK CUP WITH 4-2 WIN OVER HOSTS: The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team defeated host Northern Ireland 4-2 on Friday (Aug. 5) in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, behind a hat trick from forward Charlie Davies to win the elite group of the 2005 Milk Cup for the first time. Northern Ireland took the early lead, but the U.S. rattled off four unanswered goals to run away with the contest. Rodrigo Lopez scored the opening goal off a penalty kick before Davies notched the next three goals. The U.S. had never won the international youth football tournament, which is hailed as one of the premier soccer events in Europe. The U.S. played in the elite group, which also included Brazil and Serbia & Montenegro. Northern Ireland scored the opening goal after winning a penalty kick when U.S. goalkeeper Chris Seitz took down a forward in the box, receiving a caution for the foul. Northern Ireland converted the spot kick to take the 1-0 lead. The U.S. found the equalizer minutes later as they also were awarded a penalty by the referee when a Northern Ireland defender was called for a handball in the box. Lopez stepped up and slotted his attempt past the ‘keeper to begin the USA’s barrage. Davies, who scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Serbia & Montenegro two day earlier, took over the scoring duties for the rest of the match as he buried two strikes before halftime and then drew a penalty kick in the second half, which he converted to complete his hat trick. Northern Ireland scored a late goal, but the U.S. was never in danger of relinquishing their lead.
U-18 MNT Milk Cup Schedule
Date        Opponent                        Result      U.S. Goal Scorers
Aug. 1      Brazil                             1-1 T        Nguyen
Aug. 3      Serbia & Montenegro       1-0 W      Davies
Aug. 5      Northern Ireland               4-2 W      Lopez, Davies (3)

PIZZA HUT PARK ADDED TO SOCCER STADIUM LANDSCAPE IN U.S.: MLS Western Conference frontrunners FC Dallas moved into their new digs on Saturday with a 2-2 tie to the MetroStars as the $80 million Pizza Hut Park opened its doors in Frisco, Texas, as the third soccer-specific stadium in the USA’s top league. The first official event at the new complex was Friday night at the kickoff of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association’s three-day National Cup competition. Saturday evening, the MetroStars traveled to Dallas as the first MLS visiting side to compete in the 21,000 seat venue. Pizza Hut Park joins Columbus Crew Stadium and The Home Depot Center as the only soccer-specific stadiums in Major League Soccer, and represents the continued commitment of both U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer to develop soccer facilities throughout the country. The complex will also feature 17 full-size fields that will be utilized by the entire soccer community.

-- U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --

U-17 ’88 MNT FINISH NETHERLANDS TOUR WITH FINAL MATCH AGAINST AJAX: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will play their fourth and final match during their 10-day Netherlands against Ajax on Monday, Aug. 8, before returning home the following day. The U-17s have gone 0-1-2 in their three previous matches against Dutch club reserve and youth teams as they continue to prepare for the 2005 FIFA Under-17 World Championship. After drawing 2-2 with the PSV U-19s on Aug. 1, the U.S. fell 3-1 to the Heerenveen reserves on Aug. 3, as the older Dutch squad scored three unanswered goals following Quavas Kirk’s opening strike in the sixth minute. The U.S. then traveled over the Belgium border to face the KRC Genk U-19s at the club’s training facility on Aug. 6. The U.S. fell behind just before halftime as the Belgium club was able to beat 'keeper Diego Restrepo in the 43rd minute. In the 78th minute, the U.S. found the equalizer as second half substitute Quavas Kirk found Omar Gonzalez open in the box and the 6-foot-4 striker buried his shot into the net. The U.S. is a little more than a month away from competing in the 2005 FIFA Under-17 World Championship, which will take place in Peru from September 16-October 2. The U.S. was drawn into Group C with North Korea, Ivory Coast and Italy.
U-17 ’88 MNT Holland Schedule
Date         Opponent             Result       U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 1      PSV Eindhoven      2-2 T        Soroka, own goal
Aug. 3      Heerenveen            1-3 L        Kirk
Aug. 6      KRC Genk             1-1 T        Gonzalez
Aug. 8      Ajax

U-17 ’89/90 MNT ARRIVE IN JAPAN, GET SET FOR FIRST MATCH: The U.S. Under-17 ’89/90 Men’s National Team left on Friday (Aug. 5) for a 10-day tour of Japan. The team is currently in Gifu for and will play a match against the Gifu HS Select team on Tuesday, Aug. 9, before departing for Toyota to participate in the 6th Toyota International Youth Football Championship later this week. The U.S. is in Group B with Nagoya Grampus (J-League) and South Korea, while Group A consists of Japan, Mexico and Russia. The U.S. will face Nagoya Grampus on Thursday, Aug. 11, before facing South Korea on Saturday, Aug. 13. Depending on how they finish in Group B, the U.S. will play a placement match against the team that finishes in the same position in Group A. The championship, third-place and fifth-place matches will be played in Toyota Stadium, the home stadium for Nagoya Grampus. As head coach John Hackworth will be working with the U-17 ‘88s as they continue their preparations for the FIFA U-17 World Championship, assistant coach Brian Maisonneuve will handle the head coaching duties for the trip. Maisonneuve is taking 18 players on the trip, a mix of players born in 1989 and 1990, seven of which are already in U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program. The other 11 players are possible additions to Residency this fall semester.
U-17 ’89/90 MNT Schedule
Date        Opponent
Aug. 9      Gifu HS Select
Aug. 11    Nagoya Grampus
Aug. 13    South Korea
U-17 ’89 MNT Japan Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brandyn Bumpas (Denver, Colo.), Josh Lambo (Crystal Lake, Ill.); DEFENDERS (5): Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Greg Eckhart (Orange Park, Fla.), Ian Kalis (Plano, Texas), Anthony Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.); MIDFIELDERS (5): Cameron Brown (Garland, Texas), Edgar Barajas (San Fernando, Calif.), Kyle Davies (Pleasanton, Calif.), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.); FORWARDS (6): Josmer Altidore (Boca Raton, Fla.), Andrew Giallombardo (Manalapan, N.J.), Perica Marosevic (Rockford, Ill.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Joseph Sorrentino (Trenton, N.J.), Michael Stephens (Woodridge, Ill.). 

U-14 NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM'S IDENTIFICATION CAMP SET FOR GIRLS: Just days after the U.S. Under 14 Boys' National Development Program's identification camp finished, the U.S. Under-14 Girls’ identification camp kicked off on Monday, Aug. 8, in Middlesex, Mass., with about 100 players being called in from all across the United States. Each of the four Regions (I, II, III and IV) will submit players to the weeklong camp (Aug. 8-14), which will include instruction and games while they will also be watched, evaluated and directed by U.S. Soccer’s National Staff coaches, U.S. coaches and other regional and state coaches. During the camp, the coaches stress problem-solving within the game, speed of play and competing in competitive environments. A full list of all the players invited to the identification camp will be made available later this week at the U-14 Programs team page on ussoccer.com.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

PDL CHAMPIONSHIP TO TAKE PLACE SATURDAY: The El Paso Patriots will host the Des Moines Menace on Saturday (Aug. 13) in the PDL Championship match. The match will kickoff at 10:30 p.m. ET at Socorro Stadium and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel. El Paso got to the final with a 4-3 win against Richmond Kickers Future and Des Moines did so by coming from behind to win 2-1 against Orange County Blue Star.

O’REILLY LEADS WILDCATS TO W-LEAGUE TITLE; REDDICK NAMED DEFENDER OF THE YEAR: U.S. Women’s National Team forward Heather O’Reilly had one goal and earned a penalty kick for her home state New Jersey Wildcats as the club won its first-ever USL W-League Championship with a 3-0 win over the Ottawa Fury on Sunday evening. England international defender Rachel Unitt scored the first goal, scoring a volley off her own touch to make it 1-0 in the 14th minute. U.S. U-21 international Kendall Fletcher created the goal with a cross from the right side that was flicked up in the air at the near post by U.S. Women’s National Team forward Christie Welsh. Unitt took a touch with her left foot, lifting the ball in the air before pivoting and blasting a point blank shot from five yards past Canadian international goalkeeper Taryn Swiatek. The game remained 1-0 until the 63rd minute when O’Reilly unleashed a brilliant solo dribbling run in the left side of the box, blowing by defender Jenine Stangier before being chopped down by Marie-Eve Nault right on the end line as she turned the corner toward goal. U.S. U-21 international Kacey White stepped up and buried the penalty kick in the left corner to make it 2-0. White, who had a goal and an assist in the 2-1 semifinal victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps, was named the MVP of the W-League Championship. Welsh had the other goal in the semifinal. O’Reilly put the game away in the 70th minute with a great individual effort. She darted at Stangier to block an attempted clearance, then ran down the deflection, bringing the ball to the ground with her chest inside the penalty area while beating two Canadian defenders to the ball. She then powered a half volley into the net an instant before she was up-ended by a crashing defender. Despite losing two players to red cards late in the match, the defending champion Whitecaps took third place with 3-1 win over the Central Florida Krush, which featured U.S. Women’s National Team players Danielle Fotopoulos and Heather Mitts. The Fury had beaten the Crush, 2-1, in the other semifinal to make the championship game. U.S. defender Cat Reddick, who on Saturday was named the 2005 W-League Defender of the Year, marshaled a stellar defense that featured Unitt and Fletcher. With the championship win, the Wildcats avenged their only regular season loss (1-0 to the Fury in the season finale) and allowed just three goals during the entire season while running up a 15-1-0 record. White and Fletcher will enter their senior seasons at UNC in a few days while O'Reilly will be a junior for the Tar Heels.

USASA NAMES NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: The United States Adult Soccer Association declared eight national champions over the weekend, one each four men’s and women’s divisions. The USASA National Cup finals began on Friday (Aug. 5) and ended Sunday (Aug. 7) with champions being declared in men’s and women’s Open competition, Under-23 division, Over-30 division and Amateur competition. The competition was played as part of the celebrated weekend opening of the new Pizza Hut Park facility in Frisco, Texas. In addition to being the site of the new professional stadium for FC Dallas, the facility is home to 17 fields and will be become a national destination point for tournaments like these.
USASA Women’s National Cup Champions
Competition         Result
Open FC             Indiana (WPSL) 4, DCS Titans (NTX) 0
Under-23             Real Colorado (Colo.) 3, Bethesda Fury (Md.) 2
Over-30               Forza (Wash.) 7, Majestics (MDCVA) 2
Amateur              Eclipse (Ill.) 3, DSC Titans (NTX)
USASA Men’s National Cup Champions
Competition         Result
Open                   AAC Eagles (Ill.) 2, Baltimore Colts (Md.) 5
Under-23              Bavarians (NPSL) 0, FC Delco (EPA) 3
Over-30                Azzuri (NTX) 4, Schwaben (Ill.)
Amateur               Hibernian Saints (Wash.) 2, Allied SC (Md.) 1

BOYS U15-U17 NATIONAL CUP IV TITLES AWARDED: National champions were crowned in Boys U15-U17 age groups Monday, Aug. 1 in Orlando, Fla. as the second of three 2005 National Cup IV Finals events concluded.  Three of the four age group competitions were won by California teams in Santa Anita SC, Mustang SC and Pateadores SC with a Virginia team, NOVA FC Royals taking home the fourth national title.  Winners in boys and girls’ U12-U17 age groups from eight National Cup IV Regionals, held earlier this summer, advanced to the 2005 National Cup IV Finals.  The Boys U12-U14 and Girls U12-U15 Finals took place in Jacksonville, Fla. July 21-24.  The 2005 National Cup IV Finals continue this weekend, Aug. 5-8, with Girls U16-U17 action in Stony Brook N.Y.
Premier Boys 2005 National Cup IV Champions
U15 – NOVA FC Royals (VA)
U16 – Mustang SC (CA)
U17 – Pateadores SC (CA)
Super Group Boys 2005 National Cup IV Champions
U15 – Santa Anita SC (CA)

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SELECT TEAM TO FACE REAL MADRID IN SPAIN: A Major League Soccer Select Team will face nine-time European champions Real Madrid on August 23 for the 27th edition of the Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain. The MLS Select Team will be the first American squad to play for the trophy in the history of the competition, which also marks Real Madrid's first game of the new season in front of its home fans at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. The players and coaching staff of the MLS Select Team will be announced at a later date. First held in 1979 in honor of the club's legendary former president for whom the team's stadium is also named, the trophy is contested in what has traditionally become the final international match played by Real Madrid prior to the start of the team's domestic season. Among the legendary teams to have competed in the prestigious event's history are Liverpool (England), A.C. Milan (Italy), Inter Milan (Italy), River Plate (Argentina), Ajax Amsterdam (Holland), Santos (Brazil) and Benfica (Portugal).

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Melvin Tarley. Although his isn’t exactly a household name, this Minnesota Thunder forward became a nightmare for the Colorado Rapids in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday (Aug. 3) at James Griffin Stadium in St. Paul, Minn. Tarley scored once in the first half, followed by a second-half hat-trick that booted the Rapids from the tournament with a 4-1 final score.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: After spending 11 years in the Ajax youth system, thriving on their senior squad, spending almost a year injured and ultimately switching clubs, U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder John O’Brien will return to face Ajax on Sunday, Aug. 14, as a member of ADO Den Haag. Should he play, it would be his first competitive Eredivisie match since November 2004 after being sidelined with a string of injuries. It will be interesting to see how JOB matches up against his former club since returning to form during the U.S. MNT’s run to the CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Although people like to root for the underdog it’s still slightly shocking to actually see them win. Much like on Wednesday (Aug. 3) in the Open Cup when the Minnesota Thunder defeated the Colorado Rapids 4-1 and the Rochester Rhinos beat the MetroStars, 3-1. The two USL teams continue their run in the Open Cup on Aug. 24 against the defending champion Kansas City Wizards and the Chicago Fire, respectively.

QUOTABLE: “If we win this game, it will put us in a remarkable position for qualifying for the next World Cup. I’m sure everybody is going to do everything in their power to get those three points.”
 -- U.S. Men’s National Team Defender Oguchi Onyewu on the importance of the game against Trinidad & Tobago on Aug. 17 in Hartford, Conn., in a ussoccer.com exclusive podcast (listen here).

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