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U.S. Soccer Wire: South Korea and North Korea Grab WWC Spots


SOUTH KOREA, NORTH KOREA GRAB TWO A.F.C SPOTS FOR FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: South Korea joined North Korea in qualifying for the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 last week by virtue of a 1-0 victory over Japan in the Third Place match of the AFC Women's Championship in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday.  It will be the first FIFA Women's World Cup for the co-hosts of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.  Midfielder Hwang In Sun's 18th minute goal held up as the Koreans played most of the second half with 10 women after a red card ejection to Park Eun Sun.  It was a big day for the Koreas, as North Korea defeated China 2-1 on a "golden goal" in the championship game to take its second straight Asian women's title and perhaps signify a changing of the guard atop Asian women's soccer.  Both teams join automatic qualifier China as the three Asian representatives at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003.  Japan will now face Mexico in a home-and-home series to be played on July 5 and 12 to determine the 16th and final berth to USA '03.  Mexico, which has been waiting for an opponent since finishing third at the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup last fall, gets perhaps a tougher foe than it would have excepted in three-time Women's World Cup qualifier Japan.  Mexico qualified for the 1999 Women's World Cup by virtue of a two-game playoff, but that was against Argentina, a country with no Women's World Cup experience.

2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finalists

AFC (3.5): China (original host), North Korea, South Korea, Japan (playoff with Mexico)
CAF (2): Ghana, Nigeria          
CONCACAF (2.5): Canada, USA, Mexico (playoff with Japan)       
CONMEBOL (2): Argentina, Brazil           
OFC (1): Australia              
UEFA (5): Germany, France, Norway, Russia, Sweden

U.S. MNT FALLS GOAL SHORT IN LOSSES TO TURKEY, BRAZIL:  The U.S. Men's National Team came up a goal short in the second consecutive 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup match, falling 1-0 to Brazil in front of 20,306 fans at Gerland Stadium in Lyon, France, on Saturday (June 21). The top-ranked team in the world, the Samba Kings were dangerous from the outset as powerful forward Adriano, wearing the #9 jersey usually reserved for Ronaldo, played like his counterpart from the opening whistle and finished with seven of his team's 13 shots. Brazil took advantage of a giveaway by Gregg Berhalter in the U.S. defensive third to get on the scoreboard in the 22nd minute. After playing the ball up and then receiving a pass right back to him, Berhalter was pressured and then dispossessed by Adriano, who raced in alone on goal. Howard came charging out and saved Adriano's initial shot with his left hand, but the rebound fell right in the path of the strong-as-an-ox striker and he slotted it home as Carlos Bocanegra tried in vain to stab at the ball as it sailed across the goal line. In their opening game, the U.S.  fell to Turkey 2-1 on June 19 at Geoffroy Guichard Stadium in Saint Etienne. The U.S. grabbed a short-lived 1-0 lead when midfielder DaMarcus Beasley headed home a perfect cross from the left flank from Landon Donovan in the 36th minute, but Turkey equalized just three minutes later on an Okan Yilmaz penalty kick. Turkey forward Tuncay Sanli did the U.S. in by scoring in the 70th minute after a give-and-go with midfielder Volkan Arslan. U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard, playing in his first major competition at the full MNT level, has been stellar in the nets and earned Chevrolet Man of the Match honors in both games.

FIFA Confederations Cup – France 2003
Results
Date: Opponent, Result (U.S. Goal Scorer)
June 19: Turkey, 1-2 L (Beasley)
June 21: Brazil, 0-1 L
June 23: Cameroon, 0-0 T

Group B Standings
Team                GP      W        L         T       GF    GA       GD       Pts.
Cameroon       3          2         0         1       2        0         +2         7
Turkey               3          1         1         1       4        4          --          4
Brazil                 3          1         1         1       1        3          --          4
USA                   3          0         2         1       1        3          -2         1
        
REMAINING FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP TV BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
Galavision, TeleFutura and Univison will combine to broadcast the final six of 16 matches of France 2003, with Galavision showing tonight’s final opening round matches and both semifinals on Thursday (June 26), while the third place game will be shown live on TeleFutura on Saturday (June 28) and Univision will show the final live on Sunday (June 29).

2003 FIFA Confederations Cup TV Schedule

Date: Match-Up    Venue            Kickoff     TV
June 23: Brazil vs. Turkey, St. Etienne: 7 p.m. ET & PT (SDD-Galavision)
June 23: USA vs. Cameroon, Lyon: 9 p.m. ET & PT (SDD-Galavision)
June 26: Semifinal (1st B-2nd A), Lyon: 7 p.m. ET & PT (SDD-Galavision)
June 26: Semifinal (1sr A-2nd B), Paris: 9 p.m. ET & PT (SDD-Galavision)
June 28: Third Place Match, St. Etienne: 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT (Live-TeleFutura)
June 29: Final, Paris: 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT (Live-Univision)

– 2003 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE –

USL-PSL TEAMS JOIN U.S. OPEN CUP AS SECOND ROUND PLAY BEGINS TOMORROW: The second round of the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup gets under way tomorrow (June 24) and Wednesday (June 25) at six sites around the country, as the first round winners from the United States Adult Soccer Association and Premier Development League take on teams from the United Soccer Leagues’ Pro Select League. Action begins with the USASA’s Milwaukee Bavarians trying to upset the Reading Rage tomorrow night in Wisc. Results will be updated as soon as possible on the U.S. Open Cup competition page on ussoccer.com. In the third round, eight A-League teams and the MetroStars and D.C. United of MLS join the tournament, with all matches to take place on July 16. Possible pairings for the fourth round will be announced after the completion of the second round.
Second Round
#  Date: Match-up - Venue; City
5   June 25: Bradenton Academics (PDL) @ Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL) - Legion Sports Complex; Wilmington, N.C.
6   June 25: Long Island Rough Riders (USL-PSL) @ Mid-Michigan Bucks (PDL) - Hurley Field; Berkley, Mich.
7   June 25: Bridgeport Italians (USASA) @ New Hampshire Phantoms (USL-PSL) - Singer Park; Manchester, N.H.
8   June 25: Raleigh CASL Elite (PDL) @ Carolina Dynamo (USL-PSL) - MacPherson Stadium; Browns Summit, N.C.
9   June 24: Reading Rage (USL-PSL) @ Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) - Bavarian Soccer Park; Milwaukee, Wisc.
10 June 25: Utah Blitzz (USL-PSL) @ Fresno Fuego (PDL) - Steinert Field; Fresno, Calif.

Third Round
No. Date: Match-up - Venue; City
11 July 16: Seattle Sounders (A-League) @ Minnesota Thunder (A-League) -National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.          
12 July 16: Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A-League) @ D.C. United (MLS) - Maryland Soccerplex; Boyds, Md.           
13 July 16: Game 10 Winner vs. El Paso Patriots (A-League) - TBA                       
14 July 16: Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League) @ Game 5 Winner - TBA                       
15 July 16: Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League) @ Carolina Dynamo - TBA  OR                       
                     Raleigh CASL Elite @ Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League) - TBA
16 July 16: Game 9 Winner @ Milwaukee Wave United  (A-League) - Uihlein Soccer Park; Milwaukee, Wisc.
17 July 16: Game 6 Winner vs. MetroStars (MLS) - TBA                      
18 July 16: Game 7 Winner vs. Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) - TBA

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

U-15 BOYS FALL TO ITALY TO OPEN MUNDIALITO TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-15 Boys National Team fell to Finland 2-1 and finished sixth in the 2003 Mundialito Tournament in Salerno, Italy, last week. After opening with a 5-0 loss to Italy in their first match on June 15, the U-15s lost to Germany 3-0 on June 17 and met Finland in the fifth place match on June 19.  Finland scored on both sides of halftime (44th and 46th minutes) to lead 2-0 before forward Quavas Kirk (Aurora, Ill.) provided the lone U.S. goal of the tournament to pull a goal back in the 68th minute.
U.S. Under-15 BNT Results
Date: Opponent, Result (U.S. Goal Scorer)
June 15: Italy, 5-0 L 
June 17: Germany, 3-0 L 
June 19: Finland, 2-1 L (Kirk)   

-- AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD --

WORLD STARS TOP AMERICAN STARS 3-2 IN 2003 WUSA ALL-STAR GAME IN CARY, N.C.: On a field filled with such U.S. Women’s National Team superstars as Mia Hamm, Tiffeny Milbrett and Brandi Chastain, German international Maren Meinert took center stage to lead the World All-Stars past the American All-Stars 3-2 in front of an overflow crowd of 7,068 fans that packed SAS Stadium in Cary, N.C., for the 2003 WUSA All-Star Game. Meinert, who retired from international soccer three years ago but currently plays forward for the high-scoring Boston Breakers, was a part all three of her team’s goals, scoring two and assisting on the third, and was a natural choice for MVP.  Chastain opened the scoring in the 29th minute to give the Americans a 1-0 lead, but they needed a late header goal from Danielle Fotopolous to draw within one of the World All-Stars.

BAHARMAST & MAURO TO SERVE AS FIFA INSTRUCTORS AT U-17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:  Long-time U.S. Soccer Director of Advanced & International Referee Development Esse Baharmast and former FIFA referee Vincent Mauro have been honored by FIFA with a selection as a FIFA Instructors at the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Finland this August.  The two former U.S. Soccer refereeing standouts will assist FIFA in collecting and analyzing referee data from the tournament games. That information will be presented on a daily basis to the working game officials throughout the event.

-- U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT --

PEAK PERFORMER:  While the U.S. Men’s National Team hasn’t posted the results it might have wanted at the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, there have been some good things to come out of their play in France, namely the outstanding performance in goal from 24-year-old Tim Howard. Howard, who was named Chevrolet Man of the Match in both of the team’s Group B games last week, had six big saves in the 2-1 loss to Turkey on June 19 and then made five even better saves to hold Brazil to one goal in the 1-0 result on June 21. After sitting on the bench at the 2000 Olympics and missing out on a spot as the third goalkeeper at the 2002 World Cup, Howard got the long-awaited opportunity to shine at France 2003, and that’s exactly what he’s done.

MARQUE MATCH-UP: After falling a goal short in each of its first two matches at France 2003, the U.S. Men’s National Team has a chance at redemption and respect when it meets Group B winner Cameroon today at 3 p.m. ET live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or at 9 p.m. ET/PT via same delay broadcast on Galavision.

SOCCER SHOCKER: While they are the reigning champions of Oceania, New Zealand has proved to be the biggest disappointment at France 2003.  The Kiwis have conceded an almost embarrassing 11 goals in three matches, including a 5-0 loss to France in their final Group A match yesterday. New Zealand, who the U.S. defeated 2-1 in Richmond, Va., on June 8, opened the tournament with a 3-0 loss to Japan on June 18 before falling 3-1 to Colombia on June 20.
 
QUOTABLE:  "DaMarcus (Beasley) was absolutely after (Brazilian midfielder Belletti) and I thought he was the one player that started the game with a lot of confidence. He just continues to show he's an outstanding player at this level."
--U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena, on the play of the Chicago Fire midfielder, who along with goalkeeper Tim Howard and midfielder Landon Donovan, has played all 180 minutes in France


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