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U.S. Soccer Wire - October 30, 2006

U.S. Men's National Team To Compete in 2007 Copa America;
U.S. Women's National Team Open Peace Queen Cup With Draw

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TO PLAY IN SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Men’s National Team has accepted an invitation to compete in the 2007 Copa America, the regional championship for South America. The U.S. will compete in the South American tournament for the first time since 1995, when the team finished in an impressive fourth place after defeating defending champions Argentina, 3-0, and then Mexico in the quarterfinals. The 12-team tournament will run from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. For the United States, the appearance will mark their third entrance into CONMEBOL’s signature event. The draw to determine the groupings is expected to be held early next year. Copa America is the second international tournament in which the U.S. will compete next summer, and will begin just a few days after the USA tries to defend their title against 11 other teams at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scheduled from June 6-24 in several cities across the United States.

U.S. WNT DRAWS WITH DENMARK IN PEACE CUP OPENER: The U.S. Women’s National Team opened the 2006 Peace Queen Cup with a 1-1 tie against Denmark as Kristine Lilly scored in the 73rd minute to tie the match after Denmark had taken the lead just 12 minutes into the game. The USA’s next match is at Chenoan Stadium outside of Seoul on Tuesday, Oct. 31, against Australia, a 1-0 winner against the Netherlands in the other Group B match. With the draw, the USA likely needs to win its final two matches to make the Peace Queen Cup championship game. After playing Australia, the USA will finish Group B play against the Netherlands on Nov. 2, at Suwon World Cup Stadium on the outskirts of Seoul. For player features, all_access video, podcasts and photos, plus complete tournament results and standings of the WNT's first-ever visit to South Korea, visit the Peace Queen Cup competition page at

Group B Standings
Team  W  L   T  Pts GF GA  GD
AUS    1   0   0   3    1    0    +1
USA    0   0   1   1    1    1     0
DEN    0   0   0   1    1    1     0
NED    0   1   0   0    0    1    -1

U.S. WNT Peace Queen Cup Schedule/Results
Date       Opponent                 Result    U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Oct. 29   Denmark                   1-1 T     Lilly
Oct. 31   Australia
Nov. 2   Netherlands
Nov. 4   Championship Game

MOOCH MYERNICK MEMORIAL FUND: The U.S. Soccer Foundation has established the Mooch Myernick Fund per a request from the Myernick family, to honor the life, career and years of distinguished service Glenn “Mooch” Myernick dedicated to the sport of soccer. Proceeds from the Mooch Myernick Fund will be distributed through grants by the Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Soccer Federation, to soccer clubs and organizations in urban areas to help create and sustain soccer opportunities for local underserved children. (DONATE) The entire U.S. Soccer family is mourning the loss of U.S. Men’s National Team assistant coach Glenn “Mooch” Myernick, who passed away after failing to regain consciousness following a heart attack. Myernick, 51, died peacefully surrounded by his wife Nancy, daughter Kelly and son Travis, at the North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, Colo. has been posting thoughts and memories of Myernick from his friends and fans.

CONCACAF WOMEN’S GOLD CUP GROUP TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE: Two-day packages and group tickets are now on sale for the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup semifinals and finals on Wed., Nov. 22 and Sun., Nov. 26, respectively, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The third edition of the Women’s Gold Cup will feature the U.S. Women's National Team competing for the CONCACAF title and one of the two guaranteed spots in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. Two-day packages start at $30 ($15 per ticket) and are available through the L.A. Galaxy (877-3-GALAXY or and Ticketmaster (213-480-3232 / 714-740-2000 or Tickets for groups of 10 or more start at $15 and are available through the L.A. Galaxy (877-3-GALAXY or Individual tickets start at $20 and go on sale beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1. In first round action, Mexico will play against Trinidad & Tobago and Panama will face Jamaica at Tropical Park Stadium in Miami, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 19. The victors in these two first round games will then advance to the semifinals of the event with the winner of Panama vs. Jamaica drawn to play against Canada while the team advancing from Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago will meet reigning Women’s Gold Cup Champions, USA, on Nov. 22. Tournament play concludes with the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup™ Final and a third-place play-off game on Sunday, Nov. 26, also to be held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The champion and runner-up will automatically qualify to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. The third-place finisher in the CONCACAF event will face Japan in a home-and-away playoff for the right to attend the Women's World Cup.


U.S. U-17 MNT WINS FINAL MATCH IN ARGENTINA: The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team defeated Renato Cesarini Academy, 3-1, in the final match of their month-long trip to Argentina. The U.S. will return to the U.S. on Tuesday, Oct. 31 after spending the entire month of October training and playing matches in Argentina. In their final match, the U.S. took the lead in the 25th minute when Ryan Finley finished off a cross from Amobi Okugo. The Renato Cesarini Academy pulled even, but Finley put the U.S. up for good a few minutes after halftime when he buried a pass from Axel Levry. Ellis McLoughlin put the game out of reach in the 72nd minute when he scored off a free kick from the top of the box. Earlier in the week, the U.S. capped off the four-team Copa Ciudad de Rosario tournament with a 4-3 penalty kick win against Paraguay. The team finished in third place, overall, with a 3-2 win against Rosario Central and a 4-1 loss to Newell’s Old Boys leaving them tied with five points but with a lower goal differential.

U.S. U-17 MNT Results/Schedule – Argentina
Date     Opponent                     Result               U.S. Goal Scorers
Oct. 5   Uruguay                       1-6 L                 Jeffrey
Oct. 10  Peru                            1-0 W                Jeffrey
Oct. 13  Argentina                     1-2 L                  McLoughlin
Oct. 16  Arsenal                        1-2 L                 Finley
Oct. 19  Jorge Griffa Academy   3-2 W                Altimorano (2), Gracia
Oct. 23  Newell’s Old Boys         1-4 L                 Finley
Oct. 24  Rosario Central             3-2 W               Bates, Altimorano, Wenzel
Oct. 25  Paraguay                     0-0 T (4-3 pk)     (Jeffrey, Zimmerman, McLoughlin, Wenzel)
Oct. 28  Renato Cesarini            3-1 W                Finley (2), McLoughlin

U.S. U-17 ’91 MNT DEFEATS IMG ACADEMY, HC UNITED: The U.S. Under-17 '91 Men's National Team defeated IMG, 3-1, on Thursday (Oct. 26) at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Evan Raynr and Dersu Abolfathi led the way for the U.S. as the two players were involved in all three goals. Raynr scored the opening goal in the 17th minute and assisted on Abolfathi's second strike in the 36th minute. Abolfathi scored his first goal in the 31st minute. Two days later, the U.S. U-17 men defeated HC United, 3-0, also at IMG Academy. Bryan Arguez, Abdus Ibrahim and T.J. Nelson scored for the U.S.

U.S. U-17 ’91 MNT Results
Date     Opponent          Result   U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Oct. 26  IMG Academy   3-1 W    Raynr, Abolfathi (2)
Oct. 28  HC United        3-0 W     Arguez, Ibrahim, Nelson


U.S. BEACH SOCCER TEAM ARRIVES IN BRAZIL FOR FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP: The U.S. Beach Soccer team is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2006 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. The 16-team tournament kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 2, with the champion being determined on Sunday, Nov. 12. The U.S. will compete in Group A, along with Brazil, Poland and Japan. The U.S. opens group play on Friday, Nov. 3, against Japan, facing Poland on Nov. 5 and finishing group play on Nov. 7 against Brazil. The U.S. qualified for the World Cup by finishing in first place at the 2006 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, in September. The U.S. posted wins against Canada, Jamaica and Mexico in the tournament, falling only to Costa Rica in the last match.

U.S. Beach Soccer 2006 FIFA World Cup Schedule
Date     Opponent
Nov. 3  Japan
Nov. 5  Poland
Nov. 7  Brazil

U.S. Beach Soccer Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Luiz Montanez, 12-Bayard Elfvin;
DEFENDERS (4): 5-Benyam Astorga, 9-Zak Ibsen, 2-Austin Roman, 3-Brendon Taguinod;
FORWARDS (6): 10-Francis Farberoff, 11-Raphael Xexeo, 7-Noah Merl, 8-Anthony Chimienti, 6-Ronald Silva, 4-Yuri Morales.
Head coach: Roberto Ceciliano

PARKHURST, RED BULLS, MULROONEY AND HALL EARN POST-SEASON MLS AWARDS: Major League Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Foundation named New England Revolution defender Michael Parkhurst 2006 Humanitarian of the Year. The New York Red Bulls earned the Team Humanitarian of the Year honor. Also earning accolades were D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell, FC Dallas midfielder Richard Mulrooney and U.S. Soccer referee Brian Hall. Boswell was named 2006 MLS Defender of the Year while Mulrooney earned MLS Comeback Player of the Year honors. Meanwhile, Hall was named Referee of the Year for the second straight year and third time, overall. More information about the winners, as well as other MLS post-season awards, can be found at Also at the MLS website, fans have until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to narrow down the list of 10 candidates for 2006 Sierra Mist Goal of the Year. Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1, fans will be able to vote for Goal of the Year until Wednesday, Nov. 8. The Sierra Mist Goal of the Year winner will be announced on Friday, Nov. 10.

Goalkeeper of the Year                   Troy Perkins (D.C. United)
Fair Play (Individual)                       Chris Klein (Real Salt Lake)
Fair Play (Team)                             Kansas City Wizards
Humanitarian of the Year                 Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution)
Team Humanitarian of the Year        New York Red Bulls
Defender of the year                      Bobby Boswell (D.C. United)
Comeback Player of the Year          Richard Mulrooney (FC Dallas)
Referee of the Year                       Brian Hall
Most Valuable Player Announced      Nov. 9
Goal of the Year Announced            Nov. 10
MLS Best XI Announced                  Nov. 11

BALBOA, FOUDY AND LAGOS INDUCTED INTO 2006 USL HALL OF FAME: Former U.S. Men's National Team defender Marcelo Balboa, former U.S. WNT midfielder and long-time captain Julie Foudy and former U.S. MNT midfielder Manny Lagos were inducted into the 2006 United Soccer Leagues Hall of Fame. The players join six Builders, four 10+ Clubs--clubs completing 10 years of existence in the USL--and six individuals selected by USL president Francisco Marcos. The six Builders inducted are USL staffer Steve Clamp, Toronto Lynx owners Bruno and Nicole Hartrell, Fort Collins Force owner Amy Snider, New York Magic owner Lyndelle Phillips and the Ocean City Barons’ Cliff Simmons. The six inducted as Players via the President's Selection are Mike Cook (Oklahoma City Warriors), Steve Famiglietta (Albuquerque Outlaws), Saeed Kadkhodaian (Austin Sockadillos), Chris Melton (Amarillo Challengers), Greg Nichols (Garland Genesis) and David Swissler (Lubbock Lazers). The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at the USL Annual General Meeting in Tampa, Fla., on Nov. 17, at the Tampa Hyatt Regency.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION 2007 GRANTS PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN: The grant application process for the U.S. Soccer Foundation's 2007 Annual Grants Program is open from now until Nov. 22 at With the exception of its All Conditions Fields Grants, the Foundation’s 2007 Grants will be focused exclusively on projects and programs that develop players, referees and coaches in economically disadvantaged urban areas. The Foundation’s All Conditions Fields Grants will continue to be available to projects serving all types of communities, with priority given to those All Conditions Fields projects serving players in economically disadvantaged urban areas. More information about the grants is available at

U.S. Soccer Foundation Important Dates
Sept. 8      2007 Annual Grants Program Online Registration Commences
Nov. 22    Deadline to Submit Completed Application by 5 p.m. ET


PEAK PERFORMER(S): Colorado Rapids midfielder Clint Mathis scored a 25-yard rocket in the 114th minute against FC Dallas to tie the aggregate score at 4-4 for the series. The Rapids were in fourth place in the Western Conference going into the post-season and down, 2-1, against Dallas after the first leg of the series. Mathis’ goal in extra time forced the match into penalty kicks, where he also scored and the Rapids advanced, 5-4, after winning the shootout.

MARQUEE MATCHUP(S): With the MLS playoffs narrowed down to four teams, the action will be focused on the Eastern and Western Conference finals on Sunday, Nov. 5, in Washington, D.C. and Houston. D.C. United will host the New England Revolution at 4 p.m. ET in the Eastern Conference final, live on ESPN2. In the West, the Colorado Rapids will travel to Houston to face the Dynamo at 6 p.m. ET, live on Fox Soccer Channel.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The first round of the 2006 MLS playoffs was not for the faint of heart. While the results were not the most shocking, all four series came down to the wire, with two being decided on penalty kicks and the other two being decided in the closing minutes of the game. On Saturday, at the end of two 90-minute matches and two 15-minute overtime periods, the Colorado Rapids found themselves tied, 4-4, with FC Dallas. The Rapids advanced, 5-4, in penalty kicks. New England also advanced, 4-2, in penalty kicks that day against the Chicago Fire after finishing the series tied, 2-2, in aggregate. On Sunday, it took a Christian Gomez goal in the 86th minute to put D.C. United ahead of the New York Red Bulls, 2-1, on aggregate. Similar heroics were required from Brian Ching, who put the Houston Dynamo ahead of Chivas USA, 3-2 on aggregate in the third minute of stoppage time.

QUOTABLE: “I call that the Matrix. Gomez has the most distinct voice on the team when he yells. If it came down to me scoring or him scoring, I know who we would put our money on. I just got out of the way and he did the rest. I just flailed, but it worked out in the end."
-- D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell, on his twisting move to get out of the way of a ball that found Christian Gomez at the back post for their team's 86th minute playoff series winner vs. the Red Bulls.