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U.S. Soccer Wire [Nov. 21, 2005]


U.S. Men's National Team to Take on Norway on January 29, 2006,
at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

MNT FACE NORWAY IN JANUARY: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Norway at The Home Depot Center on January 29, 2006, at 2 p.m. PT, as U.S. Manager Bruce Arena continues to shape and prepare his team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The match will be televised live on ESPN2 and available online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The match will be part of an extended training camp for the U.S. that will be held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., beginning on Jan. 4 to kick off the World Cup year. Tickets begin at $20 and are available at ussoccer.com, all Southern California Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records), The Home Depot Center ticket office (stadium ticket office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m), and by phone at (213) 480-3232.  Groups of 15 or more can purchase discounted tickets starting at $18 by calling U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or downloading a group order form at ussoccer.com. The Jan. 29 fixture will be the ninth game played by a U.S. Soccer team in the main stadium at The Home Depot Center since it opened more than two years ago. This will be the second visit by the U.S. Men’s National Team to the HDC, following a 1-1 draw with Denmark in January of 2004. The U.S. Women have won four times at Home Depot Center, and the U.S. U-20 Men’s National team swept their three world championship qualifying matches there in January of 2005. This will be the 67th match for the U.S. MNT in Southern California, where the team has a 27-19-20 record dating back to 1957.

2005 NIKE FRIENDLIES TO TAKE PLACE DEC. 1-4 IN BRADENTON, FLA.: The 2005 Nike Friendlies will take place from Dec. 1-4 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., with 65 teams competing across the Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 age groups. Elite clubs from 20 states will partake in the fifth annual event, along with the U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team, teams from the USA’s 40-player Under-17 Residency Program and a Brazil Youth National Team, which is making its second appearance at the Nike Friendlies. U.S. Soccer’s Nike Friendlies is an annual competition in which the best youth soccer clubs around the United States are invited for a high-level four-day tournament which stresses quality soccer and player development over wins and losses. Tournament standings are not kept during the competition, in which each team plays four 80-minute games over the four days. U.S. Soccer will once again host a coaching symposium in conjunction with the Nike Friendlies, as well as a Referee Academy. More information, including a full list of teams and schedule of games, is available at ussoccer.com.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ROUNDS OUT RECORD FOUR CONCACAF TEAMS AT WORLD CUP: With a 2-1 aggregate score against Bahrain, Trinidad & Tobago earned a spot at the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals for the first time in the team’s history. Trinidad & Tobago joins the United States, Mexico and Costa Rica as the four CONCACAF representatives at the prestigious tournament, a record for the region. To learn more about the controversial call that sent Trinidad through, check out the latest edition of U.S. Soccer's referee newsletter Fair Play. Also making it to the World Cup is Australia, who hadn’t been to the tournament in 32 years. The Aussies earned their place with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win against Uruguay, after tying 1-1 on aggregate. In Europe, Switzerland claimed a spot, beating out Turkey despite a 4-4 aggregate draw by virtue of two away goals. The Czech Republic overcame Norway 2-0 on aggregate and Spain bested Slovakia 6-2 on aggregate to earn their respective places at the tournament.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-17 ’90 MNT TO PARTICIPATE IN US YOUTH SOCCER ODP INTERREGIONAL: The U.S. Under-17 ’90 Men’s National Team will compete in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Boys Thanksgiving Interregional from Nov. 25-28 in Austin, Texas. Head Coach John Hackworth is bringing a 22-player roster, a mix of players in U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program and players who are being looked at for a possible invite to the program for the spring semester next year. The U-17s will arrive on Nov. 23 and train for two days before kicking off the event with a match against US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Region IV 1989 at St. Stephens School. Hackworth’s squad will then face Region I 1989 on Saturday, Region III 1989 on Sunday and Region II 1989 on Monday, with all three games being played at the Town and Country Complex.
U-17 ’90 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.), John Harris (Arlington Heights, Ill.); DEFENDERS (8): Brandon Lee (Tenafly, N.J.), Thomas Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.), Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Ian Kalis (Plano, Texas), Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.), Azeez Atanda (Rialto, Calif.), Mizuki Hamada (Cupertino, Calif.), Demitri Abraham (Beaverton, Ore.); MIDFIELDERS (8): Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.), Abe Villion (Garden Grove, Calif.), David MacVane (Middle Grove, N.Y.), Brandon Tarr (Knoxville, Tenn.), Yannick Salmon (Westbury, N.Y.), Roberto Farfan (Portland, Ore.), Jorge Rodriguez (East Hartford, Conn.); FORWARDS (4): Danny Barerra (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Louis Ramero Flores (San Diego, Calif.).

U-17 ’90 MNT US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional Even Schedule
Date             Opponent
Nov. 25         Region IV 1989
Nov. 26         Region I 1989
Nov. 27         Region III 1989
Nov. 28         Region II 1989

U.S. U-16 GNT HEADS TO BOCA FOR THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONAL EVENT: The U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team will come together in Boca Raton, Fla., from Nov. 19-25, to play three matches against regional teams that are one year older in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Girls Thanksgiving Interregional. Stephanie Gabbert, who is the U.S. Women’s National Team Staff Coach for Region II, will run the team for matches against Region I 1988 on Nov. 21, Region IV 1988 on Nov. 23 and Region II 1988 on Nov. 25. The U.S. U-16s feature an 18-player roster with 15 players born in 1989 and three players born in 1990. Kazbek Tambi, who will take over as the head coach of the U.S. U-16s next year, will be at the matches to observe and evaluate the current crop of U-16s as well as the US Youth Soccer ODP Regional 1990 Teams, from which next year’s U-16 GNT Player Pool will be chosen. The U.S. U-16s serve as a vital link to the older U.S. youth national teams and give them the experience to compete for spots on the U.S. U-20 Women’s World Championship squads as well as the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team, which will enter world championship competition for the first time in 2008.
U.S. U-16 Girl’s National Team Roster - Boca Raton, Florida
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bianca Henninger (Saratoga, Calif.), Jorden Kussmann (Lakewood, Wash.); DEFENDERS (6): Lauren Barnes (Upland, Calif.), Erica Campanelli (Plano, Texas), Hannah Cerrone (Wappinger Falls, N.Y.), Kate Deines (Issaquah, Wash.), Megan Ohai (Draper, Utah), Ashley Rape (Dallas, Texas); MIDFIELDERS (4): Courtney Barg (Plano, Texas), Sinead Ferrelly (Havertown, Pa.), CJ Ludemann (Holtsville, N.Y.), Teresa Noyola (Palo Alto, Calif.); FORWARDS (6): Jessie Baddley (Ogden, Utah), Bianca D’Agostino (Longmeadow, Mass.), Melissa Henderson (Garland, Texas), Laura Heyboer (Hudsonville, Mich.), Meritt Mathias (Birmingham, Ala.), Casey Nogueira (Raleigh, N.C.).

U.S. U-16 GNT US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional Event Schedule
Date         Opponent
Nov. 21     Region I 1988s
Nov. 23     Region IV 1988s
Nov. 25     Region II 1988s

U-14 BOYS NATIONAL TEAM TO COMPETE IN ODP THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONAL: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team will compete in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Boys Thanksgiving Interregional from Nov. 23-28 in Austin, Texas. Head coach Manfred Schellscheidt has named 35 players into the camp and they will be divided into two teams – Grey and Blue. The U-14 players will arrive on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and train in the evening and have two training sessions the following two days before opening up on the weekend. On Saturday, the Blue team will take on US Youth Soccer ODP Region III 1992 and the Grey team will face Region I 1992. On Sunday, the Blue team will play Region IV 1992 and the Grey team will go up against Region II 1992. On the last day of the camp, there will be an intrasquad scrimmage as the Blue and Grey teams will face off in the morning.
U.S. Under-14 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Earl Edwards (San Diego, Calif.), Drew Hutchins (Morrisville, Pa.), Travis Ives (Bridgewater, N.J.), Eric Reyes (Pembroke Pines, Fla.); DEFENDERS (12): Estanislao Arevalo (Oxnard, Calif.), Robert Derschang (Englewood, Colo.), James Doherty (Mansfield, Mass.), Travis Golden (Austin, Texas), Brycen Howard (Crestwood, Ky.), Emmet Kumeh (Dallas, Texas), Joe Loya (Buda, Texas), Andrew O’Malley (West Chester, Pa.), Tyler Polak (Lincoln, Neb.), Alberto Rosas (N. Hollywood, Calif.), Doural Scott (New Haven, Conn.), Joshua Sylva (Las Vegas, Nev.); MIDFIELDERS (10): Alex Bramall (Newburgh, N.Y.), Zachary Herold (Port Saint Lucie, Fla.), Stefan Jerome (Davie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Indianapolis, Ind.), Sasha Pilipovic-Wengler (The Woodlands, Texas), Michael Raley (St. Inigoes, Md.), Joseph Schmid (Kingston, Pa.), AJ Stueck (Brookfield, Conn.), Ross Tomaselli (Wilmington, N.C.), Jared Watts (Statesville, N.C.); FORWARDS (9): Robert Barrera (Union, N.J.), Dalton Carroll (Wallingford, Pa.), Patrick Donyen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Zachary Foxhoven (Littleton, Colo.), Joseph-Claude Gyau (Silver Spring, Md.), Johan Hernandez (Perth Amboy, N.J.), William Heuser (Hicksville, N.Y.), Charles Renken (Edwardsville, Ill.), Soony Saad (Dearborn, Mich.)

U.S. U-14 BNT US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional Event Schedule
Date         Team                        Opponent
Nov. 26    U.S. BNT – Blue        Region III 1992
                U.S. BNT – Grey        Region I 1992
Nov. 27    U.S. BNT – Blue        Region IV 1992
                U.S. BNT – Grey        Region II 1992
Nov. 28    U.S. BNT – Blue        U.S. BNT – Grey

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

FORMER U.S. YOUTH PLAYERS HEAD M.A.C. HERMANN TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS: Ten former members of U.S. Men’s Youth National Teams lead the list of M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalists. Among them are forward Justin Moose, midfielder Brian Plotkin, midfielder Michael Videira and defender Jed Zayner. Also on the list are midfielders Greg Dalby, Patrick Ianni and Sacha Kljestan, forward Jacob Peterson and defender Marvell Wynne, who were all members of the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team that competed in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. Three men's and three women's finalists for the prestigious collegiate award will be named on Friday, Dec. 9. The winner will be announced on Friday, Jan. 6, live on ESPNews. The winner will be determined in voting by NSCAA Division I member coaches.
2005 MISSOURI ATHLETIC CLUB HERMANN TROPHY MEN'S SEMIFINALISTS
Name                       Year     Pos.               Hometown                               School
Mehdi Ballouchy        Jr.      Midfielder         --                                           Santa Clara
Greg Dalby                 Jr.      Midfielder      Poway, Calif.                            Notre Dame
Jason Garey              Sr.       Forward         Gonzales, La.                           Maryland
Matt Groenwald       Grad.    Forward         Mt. Prospect, Ill.                       St. John's
Patrick Ianni               Jr.       Midfielder     Lodi, Calif.                               UCLA
Aaron King                Sr.       Forward         Denver, Colo.                           North Carolina State
Sacha Kljestan          Jr.        Midfielder     Huntington Beach, Calif.         Seton Hall
Justin Moose             Sr.       Forward         Statesville, N.C.                        Wake Forest
Randi Patterson         Jr.       Forward         Hackensack, N.J.                       North Carolina-Greensboro
Jacob Peterson          Jr.       Forward         Portage, Mich.                          Indiana
Brian Plotkin             Sr.       Midfielder      Lisle, Ill.                                   Indiana
Jeff Rowland             Sr.       Forward         Albuquerque, N.M.                   New Mexico
Michael Videira        So.      Midfielder      Milford, Mass.                           Duke
Marvell Wynne          So.      Defender       Poway, Calif.                            UCLA
Jed Zayner                 Jr.       Defender       Orland Park, Ill.                         Indiana

2005 FUTBOL DE PRIMERA AWARDS TAKE PLACE NOV. 30: Futbol de Primera will once again host the 2005 Honda Symposium on Tuesday, Nov. 29, and the 15th Annual Player of the Year Award on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Los Angeles, Calif. Speaking at the symposium will be U.S. Men's National Team Manager Bruce Arena and U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia. Also speaking at the symposium will be Chivas USA president Antonio Cue and Mexico Under-17 Men’s National Team Head Coach Jesus Ramirez, who recently led the squad to first place at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship. U.S. Men's National Team forward Landon Donovan, midfielder DaMarcus Beasley and goalkeeper Kasey Keller have been named the 2005 Player of the Year Awards finalists. The winner will be announced during the award luncheon celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Honda Player of the Year Award, which will take place on Wednesday, November 30 at The Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

USL SUPER Y-LEAGUE FINALS TAKE PLACE IN FLORIDA: The 2005 USL Super Y-League North American Finals kicked off on Friday (Nov. 18) in Tampa, Fla., as 128 boys’ and girls’ teams compete for a national championship in the Under-13 through Under-17 age groups. The weekend’s festivities included an interactive Player’s Village as well as a televised matchup on Saturday (Nov. 19) between the Vancouver Whitecaps U-16 Boys against the Chicago Magic U-16 boys that will air at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 3, on Fox Soccer Channel. The USL Super Y-League Finals conclude on Nov. 22.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Bobby Convey and Marcus Hahnemann aided Reading's stellar run through the 2005-06 campaign, both contributing to the 3-1 win against Hull City on the weekend.  Convey netted his third goal of the season in the seventh minute, then lent a hand on the go-ahead goal that would eventually be counted as the game-winner.  Unbeaten since the opening day of the League Championship, the Royals are riding a 21-match unbeaten run and now sit second in the table on 44 points, just one behind leaders Sheffield United.

MARQUEE MATCHUP(S): Champions League action continues this week as Matchday 5 takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 22, and Wednesday, Nov. 23. In Group D, Manchester United is looking to regain the top spot as they are one point behind Villareal, who sits in first with six points. The two face off Tuesday at Old Trafford at 2:30 p.m. ET live on ESPN2.

SOCCER SHOCKER: You'd think a 3-0 lead with 20 minutes to go would be safe in soccer - even Liverpool started their three-goal comeback in the 54th minute in last year's Champions League final against AC Milan - but Eddie Lewis and the men of Leeds United thought otherwise.  After surrendering three goals before halftime to Southampton, defender Paul Butler got the first one back off a corner kick in the 71st minute. Robert Blake's finish six minutes later and a penalty conversion by David Healy in the 84th minute set the stage for the dramatic comeback to be completed, which came two minutes later when Liam Miller side-footed a volley home to secure the road victory. The last time Leeds overcame such a deficit was way back on Nov. 8, 1997, having spotted Derby County three goals at Elland Road.

QUOTABLE: "You know the last time we won an MLS Cup, they built this beautiful stadium for us. Maybe if all you cheer loud enough, Mr. Anschutz will buy all of you tickets to travel with us.”
 -- Los Angeles Galaxy team captain Peter Vagenas to the crowd at The Home Depot Center on Sunday (Nov. 20) when the Galaxy hosted a celebration for their 2005 MLS Cup Championship.

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