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U.S. Soccer Wire: U.S. Women Snap Four-Game Losing Streak vs. Norway with 4-0 Win


MILBRETT PACES U.S. ATTACK WITH GOAL, TWO ASSISTS; PARLOW ADDS PAIR OF HEADERS: The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team put forth a dominating effort in the stifling heat and humidity, scoring three goals in the first half and adding another in the final minute of play on the way to a 4-0 win over arch-rival Norway yesterday at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.  With the win, the USA broke a frustrating four-game losing streak to the Norwegians that dates back to the 3-2 overtime loss in the 2000 Olympic gold medal match. In a match played at relatively slow pace due to the 90-degree temperatures at kickoff, the U.S. women played low pressure against the Norwegians from the beginning, won the majority of air balls and attacked with rhythm and class from a 4-4-2 formation as Chevy Player of the Match Tiffeny Milbrett deftly created two header goals for Cindy Parlow sandwiched around a goal of her own. Heinrichs emptied her bench in the second half, giving time to all 18 players on the roster.  Most notable was veteran Briana Scurry, who came on at halftime to play her first match for the USA since Aug. 20, 2000 against Canada.  Scurry, who was solid in controlling her box to preserve the shutout, was tested right away, making a diving save on a volley from Saethre in the 49th minute. The match also marked the return to the lineup of Mia Hamm, who played the entire second half and notched her world-record 130th goal in the 90th minute.

MILBRETT WINS 2002 ESPY FOR BEST FEMALE SOCCER PLAYER: U.S. Women’s National Team and New York Power forward Tiffeny Milbrett won the ESPY award for Best Female Soccer Player on July 9 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. MiIlbrett, who led the WUSA in scoring with 16 goals and three assists in its successful inaugural season and also led the U.S. in scoring with three goals and one assist in just five international games, has already been honored by WUSA as the 2001 Most Valuable Player and by U.S. Soccer as the 2001 Chevy Female Athlete of the Year. The 29-year-old Portland, Ore., native won the unique ESPN award over U.S. teammate LaKeysia Beene and Australian legend Julie Murray, who were both integral parts of the San Jose CyberRays winning the Founders Cup as the WUSA’s first ever champions. The winners were chosen by the ESPY Awards Academy, which includes Hall of Fame athletes and coaches as well as nationally recognized print and broadcast sports journalists representing every major outlet. Presented by ESPN, the ESPY Awards benefit the V-Foundation and celebrated its 10th year in 2002. Hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, the ESPY Awards featured numerous celebrities from the world of entertainment and sports.

U.S. UNDER-21 WNT KICKS OFF NORDIC CUP TITLE DEFENSE AGAINST FINLAND TODAY: The U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team arrived in Finland this weekend to prepare for the 2002 Women's U-21 Nordic Cup Championship, which is being contested this week in Finland from July 22-28.  Without a sanctioned FIFA championship for U-21 women, the Nordic Cup serves at the top competition in the world for this age group. The U.S. U-21s have achieved tremendous success at the Nordic Cup since 1997, winning the tournament, which is played annually in Northern Europe, in four of the past five years.  The eight competing teams are divided into two groups of four, with first-round play consisting of round-robin matches within the group.  The group winners will then play for the championship. The two second-place group finishers will play for third place, the third-place finishers for fifth and the last-place finishers will play for seventh.  The USA is in Group A along with host Finland, the full Greece Women's National Team and Denmark, while a stacked Group B features Sweden, Germany, Iceland and Norway.  All the matches will be played in and around the city of Turku on the southwest tip of Finland, about 90 miles west of the Helsinki.  A physically taxing Nordic Cup schedule features four matches in seven days for all eight teams, with the group winners meeting for the championship on July 28 in Turku.
U.S. U-21 Nordic Cup Schedule
Date                 Opponent             City                       
Mon., July 22   Finland                 Kaarina, Finland   
Wed., July 24  Denmark              Kaarina, Finland   
Fri., July 26     Greece                 Turku, Finland        
Sun., July 28    Placement Game Turku, Finland    

-- U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

ARENA ANNOUNCES 18-MAN U.S. ROSTER FOR MLS ALL-STAR GAME ON AUG. 3 IN D.C.: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena named an 18-man roster that will battle the best of MLS in the 2002 MLS All-Star Game on Saturday, August 3 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be televised live on ABC. The United States, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time in more than 70 years and captivated a nation in doing so, featured 11 current and five former MLS players. The U.S. roster for this match consists entirely of MLS players, with nine of ten teams represented. "U.S. Soccer is honored to participate in the MLS All-Star Game," said Arena. "We are proud to help acknowledge the players of MLS, who have made such great strides in establishing this league in seven short years. We are looking forward to an entertaining event and having the opportunity to thank our loyal fans." In the spirit of acknowledging the contributions so many have made to the growth of Major League Soccer and the sport in this country during the modern era, Arena has selected players from all three previous World Cup rosters to fill the rosters. The 2002 MLS All-Star Game offers four levels of ticket pricing, ranging from $27 to $55 for individuals, and $22 to $45 for groups of 20 or more. For Group Sales information, call D.C. United at 703-478-6600. For individual tickets call TicketMaster at 202-432-SEAT (metro D.C.); 410-481-SEAT (Baltimore & MD); 703-573-SEAT (Virginia); or go online at www.ticketmaster.com and visit ticket outlets including HECHT's, Tower Records and at RFK Stadium. The complete 18-man U.S. roster is below, with the year in which they participated in a World Cup in parentheses:
U.S. Roster – 2002 MLS All-Star Game
GOALKEEPERS (2): Tony Meola (Kansas City Wizards; 1990, 1994, 2002), Juergen Sommer (New England Revolution; 1994, 1998); DEFENDERS (6): Jeff Agoos (San Jose Earthquakes; 1998, 2002), Mike Burns (Kansas City Wizards; 1994, 1998), Alexi Lalas (Los Angeles Galaxy; 1994, 1998), Carlos Llamosa (Colorado Rapids; 2002), Eddie Pope (D.C. United; 1998, 2002), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids, 2002); MIDFIELDERS (7): DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago Fire; 2002), Chad Deering (Dallas Burn; 1998), John Harkes (Columbus Crew; 1990, 1994), Chris Henderson (Colorado Rapids; 1990), Brian Maisonneuve (Columbus Crew; 1998), Preki Radosavljevic (Kansas City Wizards; 1998); FORWARDS (3): Brian McBride (Columbus Crew; 1998, 2002), Landon Donovan (San Jose Earthquakes; 2002), Josh Wolff (Chicago Fire; 2002).

U.S. WORLD CUP TEAM HONORED BY U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE AS JUNE TEAM OF MONTH: The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced last week the selection of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team as the organization’s Team of the Month for June 2002. Individual awards went to Fencing’s Sada Jacobson, Team Handball’s Darrick Heath and Boxing’s Rashiem Jefferson for June 2002 Athletes of the Month.

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

U.S. UNDER-20s, UNDER-17s LEARN QUALIFYING DRAWS: CONCACAF announced the final qualifying groups for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship and the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championship, putting a tough road in front of the U.S. as the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team attempts to qualify for their tenth straight world championship.  The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will compete in their qualifiers on home ground, as U.S. Soccer will host one of the two final rounds of U-20 qualifying this November at a location that will be announced shortly. The U.S. Under-20s are looking to qualify for their U.S. Soccer record fourth-consecutive World Youth Championship, and will be joined by Canada, the second place team from Central America and the winner from the Caribbean playoff between the Group B and Group C champions.  The tournament will take place from November 13-17. The top two teams from each final round group will qualify for the World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates from March 25-April 16, 2003.The U.S. Under-17s are the only country in the world to qualify for every Under-17 World Championship, but John Ellinger and his team will face one of their toughest tasks to advance to their tenth world championship. The Under-17s will travel to Guatemala in March, where they will face the host, the winner from Central America Group A and the winner from the Caribbean playoff between the Group B and Group C champions. Included in the group of teams that could come from the Caribbean are Jamaica, who the U.S. faced in qualifying for the 2001 Under-17 World Championship, which will be held in Finland in August of 2003. Only the two final round group winners are guaranteed spots in the Under-17 World Championship, with the two final round group runner-ups playing for CONCACAF’s third spot.

U.S. UNDER-20s PREP FOR QUALIFYING AT SOCCER FESTIVAL IN HOUSTON: U.S. Under-20 MNT head coach Thomas Rongen will continue to prepare his team for their November qualifying tournament with four matches at the USASA Soccer Festival, which will take place in Houston, Texas, from July 28-Aug. 3.  The U.S. Men's Under-20 National Team will be joined in Group A by Canada’s U-20 Men’s National Team, the USASA – East Regional Team and the USASA – South Regional Team.  The Men’s Group B bracket is comprised of Mexico’s U-20 Men’s National Team, USASA – Midwest Regional Team, USASA – West Regional Team and the Texas-South State Select Team. The U.S. Under-20s, who are 1-1-1 in international matches this year, will face Canada and Mexico in their final two matches in Houston.  The U.S. topped Canada 1-0 earlier this year.
U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Schedule
Date          Opponent                    Venue                  Time (CT)
July 28      USASA East Region    Carl Lewis Stadium    6:30 p.m.
July 30      USASA South Region  Carl Lewis Stadium    6:30 p.m.
August 2   Canada                 Carl Lewis Stadium  6:30 p.m.
August 3   Mexico                   Robertson Stadium   8 p.m.

U.S. Under-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Steve Cronin (Santa Clara Univ.), Ford Williams (UNC); DEFENDERS (5): Ryan Cochrane (Santa Clara Univ.), Jordan Harvey (UCLA), C.J. Klaas (Univ. of Washington), Chad Marshall (Stanford Univ.), Chefik Simo (Furman Univ.); MIDFIELDERS (7): Ricardo Clark (Furman Univ.), Bobby Convey (D.C. United), Chris Lancos (Univ. of Maryland), Justin Mapp (D.C. United), Miguel Saavedra (Chicago Fire), Stephen Shirley, Jordan Stone (Dallas Burn); FORWARDS (5): Arturo Alvarez (Bear Creek United), Devin Barclay (San Jose Earthquakes), Knox Cameron (Univ. of Michigan), Ed Johnson (Dallas Burn), Bryce Wegerle.

UNDER-16 GIRLS TAKE WINNING STREAK TO SOCCER FESTIVAL IN HOUSTON: The U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team has won their last four matches, including international wins over France and Canada.  The U.S. blanked Canada 3-0 in March in Florida, and then beat France 3-1 in France last month.  The U.S. roster includes seven players who were on the roster for last year’s Soccer Festival.  In last year’s festival, which was played in suburban Chicago, the Under-16s posted three shutouts in four games, including an impressive 3-0 win over the Mexico Under-18 Women’s National Team.
U.S. Under-16 Girls’ National Team Schedule
Date      Opponent                  Venue                Time (CT)
July 29  USASA East Region   Robertson Stadium  6 p.m.
July 31  USASA West Region  Robertson Stadium  8 p.m.
August 3  Mexico Under-19    Robertson Stadium  4 p.m.

U.S. Under-16 GNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Dana Hall (Dallas Texans), Ashley Phillips (Spirit of Mass), Julie Ryder (Eclipse Select); DEFENDERS (3):  Shannon Foley (SoCal Blues), Denay Riley (Wash. Lady Storm), Becky Sauerbrunn (JB Marine); MIDFIELDERS (7):  Amy Berend (Dallas Texans), Jen Buczkowski (Sockers FC), Amy Burlingham (SoCal Blues), Darby Kroyer (Pleasanton Rage), Stacy Lindstrom (SoCal Blues), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove United), Carrie Schmit (San Diego Surf); FORWARDS (5):  Amanda Cinalli (Cleveland FC). Christina DiMartino (Massapequa Spirit), Christina Estrada (Pleasanton Rage), Katherine Krambeer (Tsunami Sota), Megan Rapinoe (Elk Grove United).

U.S. U-19 WNT FINISHES PREPARATIONS FOR FIRST EVER U-19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team continues to train this week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in San Diego, Calif., where they will wrap up on Friday (June 26) to conclude the two-week camp.  Leone will pick the 18-woman roster from these 27 players for the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship, taking place in Canada from Aug. 17-Sept. 1. The U.S. players have been training daily and playing several scrimmages during the camp, all working towards earning a spot on the roster when the USA opens world championship play on Saturday, Aug. 17, against England at 1 p.m. PT in the first match of the tournament.  The USA will face Australia in its second opening round game on Monday, Aug. 19 at 7:15 p.m. PT and finish Group C play on Wednesday, Aug. 21 against Chinese Taipei (a.k.a. Taiwan) at 7:15 p.m. PT. The team will likely be led by the new "Triple-Edged Sword" in Lindsay Tarpley, Heather O'Reilly and Kelly Wilson, a trio of forwards who have combined for 53 goals in their U-19 international careers. The U-19s feature several creative and dangerous midfielders in Jill Oakes, who along with O'Reilly, trained with the full Women's National Team last week, and Lori Chalupny, a key player on last summer's U-21 Nordic Cup championship team along with Oakes. The Americans will regroup in Portland, Ore., for several days of training from Aug. 9-12 before heading up to Victoria, B.C., to begin final preparations for the world championship.

—  2002 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE —

FOUR SUDDEN-DEATH OVERTIME VICTORIES HIGHLIGHT OPEN CUP THIRD ROUND: The 2002 U.S. Open Cup Third Round featured a record four sudden-death (golden goal) overtime victories in one night, as seven MLS teams and one A-League squad earned berths to the tournament’s Quarterfinals slated for August 7.  Along with the four “golden goal“ victories, six overall matches were decided by a goal as Third Round play began last Tuesday with the MetroStars shutting out the host Hampton Roads Mariners (A-League) 1-0 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. Forward Rodrigo Faria scored the game's only goal in the 76th minute as the victory gave the MetroStars their first berth in the Open Cup Quarterfinals since 2000. The remaining seven Third Round matches took place last week as the Columbus Crew (MLS) kicked off “Elimination Wednesday” with a 3-0 blanking of the visiting Richmond Kickers (A-League).  The Crew’s offense was led by forward Dante Washington’s two-goal performance and teammate Brian McBride adding another.  Two former Open Cup champions were sent packing from the 2002 competition last Wednesday.  The 1999 champion Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) squandered a 2-0 lead late in their match, as the Kansas City Wizards (MLS) leveled the score to send the game into overtime.  Second-half substitute Chris Brown notched the game-winner in the 105th minute for the Wizards in the dramatic 3-2 victory.  The 1998 and 2000 champion Chicago Fire (MLS) also suffered a heartbreaking defeat as midfielder Ranko Golijanin scored the only goal of the match to boost the Milwaukee Rampage (A-League) to a 1-0 home-win over their Midwest neighbors.  Two goals by forward Chris Albright led the Los Angeles Galaxy’s (MLS) quest for their second Open Cup title on Wednesday with an easy 4-0 victory over the host Minnesota Thunder (A-League).  In a renewed battle from the old North American Soccer League the visiting San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) defeated the Seattle Sounders (A-League) in a marathon match 4-3 on a “golden goal” by forward Ariel Graziani in the 109th minute.  In other Third Round matches, midfielder Antonio Martinez scored twice, including the game-winner in the 103rd minute to lift the Dallas Burn (MLS) to a 2-1 road victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League), while forward John Spencer notched the only tally eight minutes into sudden death overtime as the Rapids topped the host Charleston Battery (A-League) 1-0.
2002 U.S. Open Cup Third Round Results (* denotes Overtime contests)
Date      Match-up                                                                            Result, Winner
July 16  MetroStars (MLS) @ Hampton Roads Mariners (A)    1-0, MetroStars
July 17  Richmond Kickers (A) @ Columbus Crew (MLS)       3-0, Crew
July 17  Chicago Fire (MLS) @ Milwaukee Rampage (A)        1-0, Rampage
July 17  Kansas City Wizards (MLS) @ Rochester Raging Rhinos (A)  3-2*, Wizards
July 17  Dallas Burn (MLS) @ Atlanta Silverbacks (A)              2-1*, Burn
July 17  Colorado Rapids (MLS) @ Charleston Battery (A)    1-0*, Rapids
July 17  Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) @ Minnesota Thunder (A)   4-0, Galaxy
July 17  San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) @ Seattle Sounders (A)   4-3*, ‘Quakes

FSW, ESPANOL TO BROADCAST GALAXY-EARTHQUAKES OPEN CUP QUARTERFINAL:  In the marquee match-up of the 2002 Open Cup Quarterfinals, the 2001 Open Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy will travel to take on the defending MLS champion San Jose Earthquakes in a match that will be broadcast live on Fox Sports World (FSW) and Fox Sports World Español (FSWE) from Spartan Stadium on Wednesday, August 7 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET).  The Galaxy-Earthquakes match-up marks the third consecutive year that the two MLS-rivals will be meeting in the Open Cup Quarterfinals.  L.A. has twice eliminated San Jose from the Open Cup, winning 10-9 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in 2001 and downing the 'Quakes 2-0 in 2000.  San Jose got a measure of revenge for those two defeats, though, by beating L.A. in overtime to claim the 2001 MLS Cup. Another Quarterfinal match will feature the MLS’ Kansas City Wizards visiting the last remaining A-League squad, the Milwaukee Rampage, at the Rampage Sports Complex in Franklin, Wisc.  The date and kickoff time for this encounter will be announced at a later date.  Rounding out this year's Quarterfinals on August 7 will be the NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS) hosting the Columbus Crew (MLS) at the Mitchell Athletic Complex in Uniondale, N.Y. and the Colorado Rapids (MLS) traveling to meet the Dallas Burn (MLS) at the Cotton Bowl at 7:30 p.m. CT. FSW and FSWE will also broadcasts both U.S. Open Cup Semifinal matches, which are tentatively set for either September 3-4 or 10-11, and the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on the weekend of October 26-27.

— AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD —

MLS ANNOUNCES STARTERS FOR 2002 MLS ALL-STAR GAME: MLS unveiled the starting 11 for the MLS All-Stars that will face the U.S. National Team in the 2002 MLS All-Star Game. The MLS All-Star Team will feature five players making their first-ever All-Star appearance, including the League's top two scorers in Taylor Twellman and Carlos Ruiz. Twellman, the 22 year-old sensation from the New England Revolution, is joined up top by the Los Angeles Galaxy's Ruiz, the Guatemalan forward. Both players lead the league with 13 goals during their first MLS campaigns. Also making their first All-Star appearances are defenders Carlos Bocanegra (Chicago Fire) and Ryan Suarez (Dallas Burn), along with midfielder Richard Mulrooney (San Jose Earthquakes). By contrast, the Colorado Rapids' midfield duo of Carlos Valderrama (sixth selection) and Mark Chung (four appearances) have a total of 10 MLS All-Star Games between them. Seven of the League's 10 teams are represented in the MLS starting selection, while D.C. United, Columbus, Los Angeles and Kansas City saw several players named to Bruce Arena's U.S. National Team yesterday. The following are the MLS starters for the 2002 MLS All-Star Game:
2002 MLS All-Star Game Starters
GOALKEEPER (1): Tim Howard; DEFENDERS (3): Ryan Suarez (Dallas Burn), Mike Petke (MetroStars), Carlos Bocanegra (Chicago Fire); MIDFIELDERS (5): Mark Chung (Colorado Rapids), Dema Kovalenko (Chicago Fire), Richard Mulrooney (San Jose Earthquakes), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution), Carlos Valderrama (Colorado Rapids); FORWARDS (2): Carlos Ruiz (L.A. Galaxy), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution).

U.S. YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE DECIDED THIS WEEK IN MARYLAND: The 2002 U.S Youth Soccer National Championships will be played this week (July 24-28) at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. The annual event features the best 48 competitive boys and girls club teams in the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups who have advanced through a year-tournament at the State Association and Regional levels. The national championships cap U.S. Youth Soccer's year-long tournament, which features competition for boys and girls teams in age groups Under-12 through Under-19. It begins with teams in all 55 state associations vying for the U.S. Youth Soccer State Championship titles. State Cup champions in most age groups are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, and regional champions in the qualifying age groups advance to The U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships. For the 2002 competition, the 12 age groups each will have four teams (each respective regional champion) playing in the first round from July 24-26.  The top two teams from each group will meet in their respective age category final slated for July 28.

U.S. SOCCER . . . . . . . . . .  SPOTLIGHT  . . . . . . . . . . U.S. SOCCER

PEAK PERFORMER: It feels like 1999 all over again, as the forward trio of Tiffeny Milbrett, Cindy Parlow and Mia Hamm wreaked havoc on their fiercest rival in a 4-0 thumping of Norway. Though not the first “triple-edged sword” in U.S. women’s soccer history – that honor goes to Michelle Akers, Carin Gabarra and current WNT head coach April Heinrichs – these three forwards will be heavily counted on to help the U.S. qualify and then defend its Women’s World Cup title in 2003. Milbrett’s tricky dribbling and precise passing, Parlow’s clinical finishing and prowess in the air, and Hamm’s opportunistic nature and instinct around the goal add up to a lethal combination that should produce more hardware come next summer.

SOCCER SHOCKER:  After falling the last four times the two teams met, who would’ve thought that the USA would rebound to dispatch Norway that thoroughly and easily. Sure, the Norwegians were missing striker Dagny Mellgren and top ‘keeper Bente Nordby, but the bottom line is that they ran into a U.S. team that is in top form as the conclusion of the WUSA season approaches. A 4-0 win in the stifling Midwest summer heat isn’t going to grant much revenge from the loss in Sydney, but it sends a message to the Scandinavians and the rest of Europe that it won’t be easy to knock off the U.S. when we’ve got our “A” game.

QUOTABLE:  “I love pulling the USA jersey back on and it's always a really proud time and a proud moment to be able to try to do what you can do for the crowd.”
--U.S. WNT forward Tiffeny Milbrett, whose goal and two pretty assists helped her earn Chevy Player of the Match honors in the 4-0 win over Norway yesterday


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