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U.S. Soccer Wire - August 14, 2006



U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Set to Kick Off
2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship in Russia

U-20 WNT ARRIVES IN MOSCOW: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team headed for Russia over the weekend (photos), meeting at JFK Airport before taking off to Moscow for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship. The World Championship will be held from Aug. 17-Sept. 4. The U.S. team opens the tournament on Aug. 18 against the Democratic Republic of Congo. After opening Group D against the Africans, the USA faces Argentina on Aug. 21, and finishes first round play against France on Aug. 24. All the first-round matches will be played in Moscow and fans can follow them live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship will take place at four stadiums in Moscow (Dynamo, Podmoskovie, Lokomotiv and Torpedo) and at one in St. Petersburg (Petrovsky). Fans can follow all the action from Russia on ussoccer.com’s special U-20 Women’s World Championship competition page, with game stories, a blog, features, interviews, podcasts and all_access video.

U.S. U-20 WNT – 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Joanna Haig (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.), Val Henderson (Orinda, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (6): Carrie Dew (Encinitas, Calif.), Erin Hardy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Nikki Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.), Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill.), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Allie Long (East Northport, N.Y.), Casey Nogueira (Cedarburg, Wis.), Amanda Poach (Bowie, Md.);
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio).

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team – First Round Schedule
2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship
Match No. Date Teams Stadium (Venue) Kickoff Local / ET
7 Aug. 18 USA vs. DR Congo Torpedo (Moscow) 4 p.m. / 8 a.m.
15 Aug. 21 USA vs. Argentina Torpedo (Moscow) 4 p.m. / 8 a.m.
24 Aug. 24 USA vs. France Dynamo (Moscow) 7 p.m. / 11 a.m.


DREI-CAPTAINS IN DEUTSCHLAND: In yet another sign of the increasing respect given to Americans abroad, the U.S. now boasts three players who are captains of their Bundesliga squads heading into the 2006-07 campaign in Germany. Steve Cherundolo has been elevated to captain in his eighth season at Hannover 96, having served as vice-captain for the last two seasons after appearing in 185 games in all competitions for the Die Roten. Heading Southwest to Moenchengladbach, veteran goalkeeper Kasey Keller has been handed the armband by his teammates in his third season in Germany's top flight. Keller's sparkling performances have been a huge reason why 'Gladbach have remained in the top division the last two years. The 2005 Male Athlete of the Year has appeared in all but one match for Die Fohlen since joining the club in January of 2005. Still further South in Bavaria, Gregg Berhalter has been elected captain for his second club in Germany, having worn the armband for Energie Cottbus the last two seasons prior to his move to TSV 1860 Munich this summer. "I'm very honored to be the captain of such a traditional club," said Berhalter. The two-time World Cup veteran began his career in Germany in 2002 and last year helped marshal Energie to promotion for the second time in club history.

U.S. REFEREES IN RUSSIA: U.S. Soccer Referees will once again have representation at a FIFA World Championship as former U.S. Soccer and FIFA referee, and U.S. Soccer National Instructor and National Assessor, Sandra Hunt will be one of two FIFA Instructors at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia. U.S. Soccer referee Jennifer Bennett and assistant referee Kim Oberle will join Hunt in Russia, officiating matches at the tournament as one of 15 referees and 23 assistant referees, respectively.

U.S. PARALYMPIAN JOSH BLUE IS THE LAST COMIC STANDING: Josh Blue, a longtime forward on the U.S. Paralympic soccer team, has made his mark as a stand-up comedian on "Last Comic Standing" on NBC. Blue's routine won him the votes needed to be named the “Last Comic Standing” in a special show last Wednesday (Aug. 9) night. Log on to http://www.nbc.com/Last_Comic_Standing/ to recap Blue’s journey to become the “Last Comic Standing.” Fans can also watch Blue’s decisive performance in its entirety at ussoccer.com’s “Center Circle.”

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-17 ’90 MNT FINISH FOURTH AT TOYOTA INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team finished fourth in the Toyota International Championship in Toyota, Japan, this Sunday after falling to the Nagoya Grampus youth club, 11-10, in penalty kicks. The two teams finished tied, 2-2, in regulation and were clinical in their spots from the kick as they each buried the first 10 shots before U.S. goalkeeper Josh Lambo was unlucky to hit the crossbar. The U.S. took the early lead in regulation when Sheanon Williams buried a penalty kick, but the Japan professional youth squad bounced back with two goals from Ando Ryota before halftime. The U.S. continued to pressure in the second half and Brendan King scored the equalizer to force the game to penalty kicks. The U.S. was playing for third place after finishing second in their group to Japan. The U.S. defeated the Czech Republic, 1-0, and then drew, 0-0, with the hosts to finish tied at four points with Japan, but the hosts went through to the final with a better goal differential, plus-4 to plus-1 (Japan defeated the Czech Republic 4-0). The fall semester of U.S. Soccer's U-17 Residency Program will kick off on Aug. 21. A roster for the semester will be released on ussoccer.com shortly. A week after the semester kicks off, the U.S. '90s will travel to England to participate in the Pepsi International Tournament on Aug. 27. The U.S. will play three games in the round-robin tournament, going up against Portugal (Aug. 30), England (Sept. 1) and Turkey (Sept. 3).

U.S. U-17 ’90 MNT Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 10 Czech Republic 1-0 W Ellis McLoughlin
Aug. 12 Japan 0-0 T n/a
Aug. 13 Nagoya Grampus Youth 2-2 T (11-10 pk loss) Sheanon Williams, Brendan King


U-15 GNT KICKS OFF CAMP IN SUNRISE, FLA.: The U.S. Under-15 Girls' National Team kicked off a weeklong training camp on Saturday, Aug. 12, in Sunrise, Fla. U.S. U-15 GNT head coach Tad Bobak has called in 26 players into camp, which will run through Friday, Aug. 18. The team is scheduled to play three matches during the camp, facing off against Team Boca's Under-18 squad, the Weston Fury SC U-19s and Florida Atlantic University.

Under-15 GNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Lindsay Dickerson (Los Gatos, Calif.), Dana Moreno (Chatsworth, Calif.), Lauren Wolfe (Over Land Park, Kan.);
DEFENDERS (11): Alexandra Balcer (Tucson, Ariz.), Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas, Nevada), Stephanie Carpenter (Maylanding, N.J.), Alexandria Crown (Lake Mary, Fla.), Alina Garciamendez (Fairview, Texas), Alexandria Hall (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), Heather Marik (Naperville, Ill.), Annick McBryar (Indialantic, Florida.), Rachel Quon (Lake Forest, Ill.), Jenna Richmond (Centreville, Va.), Megan Siebert (Troy, Mich.);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Lauren Matheson (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Mariah Noguiera (Westminster, Calif.), Brianne Rodriguez (Aurora, Ill.), Natalia Torosian (Mt. Laurel, N.J.)
FORWARDS (7): Kim Castleberry (McKinney, Texas), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Nicole Read (Orion Township, Mich.), Alyssa Rich (Cincinnati, Ohio), Olivia Stander (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.), Nicole Stone (Runnemede, N.J.),

Under-15 GNT Training Camp Schedule
Date Opponent Time
Aug. 14 Team Boca’s U-18s 6 p.m. ET
Aug. 15 Weston Fury SC’s U-19s 6 p.m. ET
Aug. 17 Florida Atlantic Univ. 6 p.m. ET

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

MICHIGAN BUCKS WIN PDL CHAMPIONSHIP: Nearly 7,000 fans witnessed the Michigan Bucks win their first PDL Championship title as they defeated the Laredo Heat, 2-1, in Laredo, Texas. The Bucks went ahead 2-0 with goals from Kenny Uzoigwe and Tyis Shipalane, before Laredo defender Jose Macias scored off a corner kick to shorten the gap, making it 2-1. The score would hold until the final whistle, giving the Bucks their first championship in their 10th playoff appearance and 11th season overall.

ussoccer.com’s CENTER CIRCLE ONLINE ALL YEAR LONG: It’s been a while since ussoccer.com’s “Center Circle” reached your inbox, bringing an ear-to-ear smile to your face and distracting you from work until you read the latest Armchair Midfielder and In 3’s, topping off your reading with some U.S. National Team trivia. The bad news is, you won’t be receiving a monthly “Center Circle” in your inbox anymore. But the good news is, you don’t have to wait a whole month to get your “Center Circle” fix! Check out “Center Circle” daily at centercircle.ussoccer.com to read the latest Armchair Midfielder, hear from fan favorites in the “Off the Ball” section as the Valentin Chronicles and Manya’s Musings return or meet new players in the new “Hello My Name is…” and “YNT Spotlight” sections. Catch all the action at centercircle.ussoccer.com!

AMERICANS OVERSEAS: Across the Atlantic Ocean, European domestic leagues are about to begin and U.S. Soccer offers a comprehensive preview of those American players participating in the action overseas. If you’ve wondered whether DaMarcus Beasley and his club, PSV, have what it takes for Champions League glory, or whether Bobby Convey and Marcus Hahnemann of newly promoted Reading can avoid relegation in the EPL, then this guide provides the needed information on those American internationals who ply their trade overseas. How will Eddie Lewis’ Leeds United bounce back from last year’s playoff defeat, and can Hannover 96 and Steve Cherundolo finally crack the top half of the table in the Bundesliga? Can Tim Howard fill Everton’s goalkeeping vacancy and can Standard de Liege, led by Oguchi Onyewu, improve on last year’s second-place finish and make waves in Europe? This guide has what you need to follow your favorite current, former, and future members of the U.S. national team in Europe.

HALL OF FAME WEEKEND SET FOR AUG. 26-28 IN ONEONTA, N.Y.: Tickets for the 2006 Hall of Fame Game between the Columbus Crew and the New York Red Bulls at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, in Oneonta, N.Y., are now on sale through Ticketmaster, including online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at (607) 722-7272 and at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout upstate New York, including Kaufmann’s Department Stores. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event. The Hall of Fame Game is the final event of the 2006 Induction Weekend on Aug. 26-28. Former MNT defender Alexi Lalas and former WNT captain Carla Overbeck will be inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, along with veteran Al Trost and builder Philip Anschutz, at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 28. The Induction Ceremony takes place in the HOF museum and is open to the public free of charge. The Hall of Fame Game follows the Induction Ceremony on At-A-Glance Field on the Hall of Fame campus.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. international Eddie Lewis kicked off the League Championship campaign in fine fashion, needing only two games to open his scoring account for Leeds United. After the side opened the 2006-07 season with a 1-0 win home to Norwich, the left-winger created several scoring chances before finishing off a goalmouth opportunity from six yards out in the 65th minute. Unfortunately, United would twice surrender the lead, and a stoppage time goal gave Queens Park Rangers a share of the spoils from a
2-2 draw on Tuesday (Aug. 8). Lewis previews the 2006-07 season: Listen | Subscribe

MARQUEE MATCHUP: After playing a league match this past weekend, both the Chicago Fire and the Kansas City Wizards are hoping for clear skies in the Windy City on Monday night. The Fire and Wizards must play their fourth round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match at 7:30 p.m. CT on Monday, Aug. 14, at the brand new stadium in Bridgeview, Ill., after being rained out on Aug. 2.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The London Times reported that the Aston Villa Board of Directors unanimously recommended approval for a $118.6 million takeover by Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner. Lerner would become the second NFL owner to also own a club in the English Premier League, joining Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer.

QUOTABLE: “I'm honored and very happy, but it doesn't make a big difference for me -- I've always spoken my mind anyhow."
-- U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Kasey Keller to the Associated Press on being named captain for his club side, Borussia Moenchengladbach of the German Bundesliga.

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