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U.S. Soccer Wire - March 3, 2008


NOWAK NAMES 24 PLAYERS TRAINING CAMP ROSTER IN ADVANCE OF
2008 CONCACAF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING;
U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM PREPARES TO KICK OFF
2008 ALGARVE CUP AGAINST CHINA ON WEDNESDAY

NOWAK NAMES 24 TO TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Peter Nowak has named 24 players to participate in the team’s final training camp before 2008 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. The camp began March 1 in Bradenton, Fla. The final 20-player roster may include players not in the Bradenton training camp, and will be announced prior to the team’s arrival in Tampa on March 9, two days before the U.S. opens the qualifying tournament against Cuba on March 11 at Raymond James Stadium. The U.S. will then face Panama on March 13 at 8 p.m. ET and Honduras on March 15 at 7 p.m. ET. Group B features Canada, Guatemala, Haiti and Mexico facing off on March 12, 14 and 16 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. LP Field in Nashville will host the semifinals on Thursday, March 20, and the championship match and third-place game on Sunday, March 23. The tournament will send its two finalists to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Tickets priced from $18 to $65 for each of the eight doubleheaders in the tournament are now on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 813-287-8844 (Tampa), 213-480-3232 (Los Angeles) or 615-255-9600 (Nashville) and at local Ticketmaster ticket centers in the venue cities (Tampa | Los Angeles | Nashville).

U.S. U-23 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Dominic Cervi (Chicago Fire), Tally Hall (Esbjerg fB), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Hunter Freeman (New York Red Bulls), Kamani Hil (Vfl Wolfsburg), Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Mike Randolph (LA Galaxy), Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Arturo Alvarez (FC Dallas), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96)
FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), Jozy Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)

U.S. WNT KICK OFF ALGARVE CUP TITLE DEFENSE: The U.S. Women’s National Team is poised to begin defending their Algarve Cup title, kicking off tournament play at 8:45 a.m. ET on March 5 against China. The U.S. team, which has been placed into Group B at the prestigious tournament, will then face Italy on March 7 and finish the first round against Norway on March 10. The USA will use this tournament as its final preparation for 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying, which will be held April 2-12 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. This will be the 13th trip to the Algarve Cup for the U.S. women who won an unprecedented three straight championships from 2003-2005.

U.S. WNT Algarve Cup Schedule
Date          Opponent                         Time (Local / ET)
March 5     China                                1:45 p.m. / 8:45 a.m.
March 7     Italy                                    1:45 p.m. / 8:45 a.m.
March 10   Norway                             3 p.m. / 10 a.m.
March 12   Placement matches      TBD

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL, ESPN DEPORTES TO TELEVISE OLYMPIC QUALIFYING: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team’s road through 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel, the tournament’s exclusive English-language provider, and ESPN Deportes, the tournament’s exclusive Spanish-language provider. Fox Soccer Channel will show a total of seven qualifying matches, including all three of the USA’s first-round matches, semifinals, third-place and championship match. The U.S. takes on Cuba on March 11 at 8 p.m. ET, Panama on March 13 at 8 p.m. ET and Honduras on March 15 at 7 p.m. ET. Along with ESPN Deportes, ESPN360.com will also show all 16 games live online, and will have a replay of each game available on demand for 48 hours following its completion. Tickets priced from $18 to $65 for each of the eight doubleheaders in the tournament are now on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 813-287-8844 (Tampa), 213-480-3232 (Los Angeles) or 615-255-9600 (Nashville) and at local Ticketmaster ticket centers in the venue cities.

DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SPRING SHOWCASE TO TAKE PLACE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: The U.S. Soccer Development Academy will host the Development Academy Spring Showcase in Rockford, Ill., from May 23-26, 2008, bringing all 126 Academy teams from 63 clubs in attendance together for the first time in the Development Academy’s short history. The showcase matches are the third such weekend of a nine-month campaign in which 122 teams will compete in over 1,800 matches in conference play. With 2,440 players, 244 coaches and more than 200 referees participating in individual conference games, travel partner weekends and showcase weekends, the Academy boasts the most comprehensive platform for youth competition in U.S. Soccer history.

U.S. WNT DRAWN INTO GROUP A WITH MEXICO AND JAMAICA: The U.S. has been drawn into Group A along with Jamaica and Mexico for 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying from April 2-12 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The U.S. will open the tournament on April 4 vs. Jamaica before facing Mexico on April 6. Both games will be played in the Estadio Olímpico Benito Juarez, which will host all 10 games during the qualifying tournament. The top two teams from Group A will advance to the semifinals, where they will cross over to face the top two teams from Group B, which includes Canada, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago. The winners of the April 9 semifinals will qualify for the 2008 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Beijing. The U.S. will look to qualify for a fourth consecutive Olympic Games and finish in first place at CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying for the second consecutive time. In 2004, the U.S. won the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Costa Rica, and went on to win gold at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The U.S. qualified for the 1996 Atlanta Games as host, and for the 2000 Sydney Games as a top-seven finisher at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

U.S. WNT 2008 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Schedule
Date          Opponent                                        Kickoff
April 4        Jamaica                                          8:30 p.m. MT
April 6        Mexico                                             1:30 p.m. MT
April 9        Semifinals                                      5 p.m. MT / 7:30 p.m. MT
April 12      Third Place / Championship      5 p.m. MT / 7:30 p.m. MT

- OLYMPIC QUALIFYING UPDATE -

SCHEDULE SET FOR MEN’S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING: The U.S. will kick off Group A of 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying against Cuba on Tuesday, March 11 at 8 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The U.S., which plays in the late game in each of the three doubleheaders, will then face Panama on Thursday, March 13 at 8 p.m. ET and finish the round-robin phase of the tournament against Guatemala on Saturday, March 15 at 7 p.m. ET. Group B, which will begin on March 12, features Canada, Guatemala, Haiti and Mexico, and will be played at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. After group play, the top two teams will advance to the semifinals which will be played on March 20 at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. LP Field will also be the location for the third-place game and championship match on Sunday, March 23. The two semifinal winners qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

U.S. U-23 MNT CONCACAF Championship Schedule
Date           Opponent              Location                                                            Kickoff (local)
March 11   Cuba                      Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.    8 p.m. ET
March 13   Panama                 Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.   8 p.m. ET
March 15   Honduras              Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.   7 p.m. ET
March 20   Semifinals*           LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.                             5 p.m. CT / 8 p.m. CT
March 23   Third Place*          LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.                             1 p.m. CT
March 23   Championship*    LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.                            4 p.m. CT
* If necessary

MEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING INDIVIDUAL TICKETS ON SALE NOW: Individual game tickets for the 2008 Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament are now on sale. The eight-team event, will be played as eight doubleheaders from March 11-23, 2008, and will send two finalists to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Group A, which includes the United States, Honduras, Cuba and Panama, will play at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on March 11, 13 and 15. Group B features Canada, Guatemala, Haiti and Mexico facing off on March 12, 14 and 16 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. LP Field in Nashville will host the semifinals on Thursday, March 20, and the championship match and third-place game on Sunday, March 23. Tickets priced from $18 to $65 for each of the eight doubleheaders in the tournament are now on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 813-287-8844 (Tampa), 213-480-3232 (Los Angeles) or 615-255-9600 (Nashville) and at local Ticketmaster ticket centers in the venue cities. In Tampa and Los Angeles (where first round doubleheaders are scheduled), teams competing at those sites will have seats at every price level set aside for their fans, allowing supporters of the same country to sit together. Fans must order online to choose from this allotment. In Nashville, where the participating teams won’t be known until several days before the semifinal round, seating until the end of the first round will be allocated (based on the local population) for U.S.A., Mexico, and mixed/neutral fan sections at each price level.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. UNDER-23 WOMEN HEAD TO MANCHESTER FOR TWO MATCHES AGAINST ENGLAND U-23s: The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will face the England U-23 Women’s National Team in two matches in Manchester, England, as the oldest of the USA’s youth National Team travels to the U.K. from March 7-14. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin will bring 18 players to England for matches on May 12 and May 14. This will be the second international trip of the year for the U-23s, who traveled to La Manga, Spain, in February where they played U-23 sides from England (loss), Norway (win) and Germany (tie). The USA will be looking to avenge the 3-1 loss to England suffered in Spain. Irwin is preparing the team for the 2008 Nordic Cup to be held this summer in Sweden.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Portland), Val Henderson (UCLA);
DEFENDERS (6): Ameera Abdullah (Florida), Marissa Abegg (Stanford), Erin Hardy (UCLA), Kasey Moore (Texas), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia), Brittany Taylor (UConn);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Yael Averbush (UNC), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Brittany Klein (Santa Clara), Lindsey Ozimek (UNC-Charlotte), Meghan Schnur (UConn);
FORWARDS (5): Ashlee Elliott (Florida), Elizabeth Eng (UConn), Katie Larkin (BYU), Ashlee Pistorius (Texas A&M), Katie Schoepfer (Penn State)

U.S. U-20 WNT TO FACE FULL WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAMS AT CYPRUS TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will travel to Cyprus for the Cyprus Women’s Cup 2008, a tournament featuring five full Women’s National Teams and the U.S. U-20s. It will be the second consecutive high-level competition for the U.S. U-20s, who in February won a tournament in La Serena, Chile, against the English, Norwegian and Chilean U-20 Women’s National Teams. Each country will play the other two within its group of three, with the group winners playing for the championship, the second-place finishers playing for third and the third-place finishers playing for fifth. All placement matches will be played on March 12. Because the tournament features six teams, each country will also play a “non-tournament” match during the competition, giving each nation a chance to play four total games -- two group games, a non-tournament game and a placement game -- while in Cyprus. The USA opens against Scotland on March 5 in Group 2 play, plays its non-tournament match against Russia on March 7, then finishes group play against the Netherlands on March 10. The U.S. U-20s are currently in preparations for qualifying for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup to be held from Nov. 20-Dec. 7 in Chile.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State);
DEFENDERS (6): Lauren Barnes (UCLA), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Brittney Maddonald (Miami), Elli Reed (Portland), Lauren Wilmoth (UCLA);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Amanda DaCosta (Florida State), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Sinead Farrelly (Virginia), Meghan Klingenberg (UNC), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Portland);
FORWARDS (5): Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Brittney Steinbruch (Miami), Nikki Washington (UNC)

U.S. U-18 WNT ENDS CAMP AT HDC, PREPARES FOR GAMES IN SPAIN: The newly re-instated U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team swept matches against three Southern California college teams last week and will now focus on its first international competition of the year, traveling to La Manga, Spain, from March 7-16, where the U.S. U-23s played last month. In a get-together that features U-19 Women’s National Teams from Denmark, England, France, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and Norway, the U.S. U-18s will play three matches against teams preparing for qualifying matches for the European U-19 Women’s Championships. The USA will face Sweden’s U-19s on March 10, take on Norway’s U-19s on March 12 and finish with an always talented France U-19 side on March 14. The U.S. U-18s warmed up for the trip to Spain with three matches played in cold temperatures at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Last week. The USA defeated Pepperdine, 3-0, downed UC Irvine 4-1, and then gutted out a 4-2 win over UCLA on the final day of training camp. Against Pepperdine on Feb. 19, the USA got first half goals from Lauren Alwine, Laurie Nosbusch and Lydia Hastings for the victory. Against the Anteaters on Feb. 21, the USA got first-half goals from Beth West and Caitlin Mooney while Hastings added two scores after the break. The match against the Bruins on Feb. 23 was back-and-forth with the U-18s opening the scoring off a blast from Sade Ayinde in the 16th minute. UCLA scored twice to take a 2-1 lead, but Nosbusch equalized right before halftime. With the match seemingly cruising toward a draw, Toni Pressley struck for two goals in the final 12 minutes to seal the win.

U.S. U-18 WNT La Manga Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bianca Henninger (Los Gatos, Calif.), Cat Parkhill (Apple Valley, Minn.);
DEFENDERS (6): Danielle Brunache (Belmont, Calif.), Camille Levin (Newport Coast, Calif.), Michelle Olivier (Roswell, Ga.), Alyssa Pember (Northport, N.Y.), Ashley Rape (Dallas, Texas), Whitney Sharpe (West Des Moines, Iowa.);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Charney Burk (North Tustin, Calif.), Katy Frierson (Homewood, Ala.), Brittany Kerridge (Trenton, N.J.), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Beth West (Centennial, Colo.);
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Tiffany McCarty (Laurel, Md.), Laurie Noshbusch (Mequon, Wis.), Toni Pressley (Melbourne, Fla.), Casey Short (Naperville, Ill.).

U.S. U-18 WNT La Manga U-19 Women’s Tournament Schedule
Date             Opponent
March 10     Sweden U-19
March 12     Norway U-19
March 14     France U-19

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR 2008 MEN'S CONCACAF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING IS MARCH 6: The online application for credentials for 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying is now available online. The deadline for applications is Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 5 p.m. ET. To apply, media should visit: http://ussoccer.iwebreg.com/apply/2008_CONCACAF_Mens_Olympic_Qualification/Media A color passport size photo MUST accompany all applications. A digital version can be attached to the online application form in the appropriate field.

MLS ANNOUNCES EXPANSION TEAM FOR PHILADELPHIA: Major League Soccer announced that the City of Brotherly Love will be the home of an expansion team that will begin play during the 2010 season. The team will play at a new, soccer-specific stadium to be built in Chester, Pa., just outside Philadelphia. More information is availalbe at MLSPhilly2010.com.

USYS ODP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR FRISCO: The 2008 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program National Championships will be played March 7 and 9 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. State-level boys and girls teams in the 1991 and 1992 age groups will play semi-final matches on Friday, March 7, with championship and consolation matches to be played Sunday, March 9. The teams competing have qualified by winning their respective age division at their US Youth Soccer ODP Regional Championships. Visit www.USYouthSoccer.org for more details complete results.

EL SALVADOR AND ANGUILLA TO FACE OFF IN FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING AT RFK: The national teams of El Salvador and Anguilla will face off at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 26, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The match is the second leg of the home-and-away series between the teams as part of the first round of FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifying. The match is officially a home match for Anguilla, who lost 12-0 to El Salvador on Feb. 6 at Estadio Cuscatlán in El Salvador. The winner of the series faces Panama in the second round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying for the CONCACAF region in June. Match tickets start at $25 and are now on sale through Ticketmaster. For more information, including group tickets, contact D.C. United.

U.S. SOCCER SPRING COACHING SCHOOL SET: U.S. Soccer's National Coaching School Spring dates have been set for March 29-April 6. The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. will host both an “A” Audit and a “B” License course. The “B” License course is currently sold out. Space is available for the “A” Audit course, but is limited. More information is available in the Coaches Section of ussoccer.com.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: It's officially official - Landon Donovan is the U.S. Men's National Team's all-time leading goalscorer. The 25-year-old notched the record-breaker in the 3-0 win against Sweden on Jan. 19 at The Home Depot Center, but had to wait for final clearance while FIFA resolved a question regarding the official status of the USA's match against Denmark from Jan. 20, 2007 (in which Donovan also scored). FIFA sent notice last week confirming the match as an 'A' international, giving Landon a head start on increasing his lead in every scoring category that the U.S. keeps track of.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. WNT begins its defense of the Algarve Cup title on Wednesday, taking on China at the Municipal Stadium in Albufeira, Portugal. The match, which kicks off at 8:45 a.m. ET, represents the U.S. WNT’s first match on the road to qualification for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing as it is the final tournament for the team before 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying. Follow all the events of the Algarve Cup live on ussoccer.com's matchtracker

QUOTABLE: “The main difference between these players and Rylie is that the players actually listen to me all the time and I’ve never had to put any of them into a time out...Well, maybe Natasha Kai.”
-- U.S. Women’s National Team captain Christie Rampone, on the differences between being a mom and being captain of the Women’s National Team.


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