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U.S. Soccer Wire: March 7, 2011


U.S. WNT ADVANCES TO NINTH CONSECUTIVE ALGARVE CUP FINAL;
CONCACAF TO ANNOUNCE 2011 GOLD CUP GROUPS AND SCHEDULE TOMORROW

U.S. WNT ADVANCES TO NINTH CONSECUTIVE ALGARVE CUP FINAL: The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled past Finland in what amounted to a warm-up match for the Algarve Cup championship game, winning 4-0 on two goals from Alex Morgan and one each from Shannon Boxx and Carli Lloyd. In Group B, Iceland defeated Denmark 1-0 for its third win of the tournament to earn a spot in its first Algarve Cup title match. The USA will be playing for the tournament championship for the ninth consecutive year. The championship game will be held on March 9 at the beautiful Estádio Algarve, built for the 2004 European Championships, with a kickoff of 12 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

U.S. WNT Results
Date                Opponent         Result/Kickoff (ET)   U.S. Goalscorer(s)
March 2           Japan               2-1 W                     Rodriguez, Rapinoe
March 4           Norway            2-0 W                     Tarpley, Lloyd
March 7           Finland             4-0 W                     Morgan (2), Boxx, Lloyd
March 9           Iceland             12 p.m.                  --

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage

CONCACAF TO ANNOUNCE 2011 GOLD CUP GROUPS AND SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The U.S. MNT will learn its path to the regional title when CONCACAF announces the groups and match schedule for the 2011 Gold Cup on concacaf.com Tuesday, March 8 at 12 p.m. ET. The confederation championship will run from June 5-25 in 13 different stadia across the United States, culminating at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for the championship. The United States will be seeking its fifth Gold Cup title, with victories including the inaugural tournament in 1991 and back-to-back trophies in 2005 and 2007. The winner of this summer’s tournament will represent CONCACAF at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

MAURICE EDU CHECKS IN FROM GLASGOW: In a busy season U.S. MNT midfielder Maurice Edu has managed to battle back from injuries to carve out consistent playing time for Rangers. With a title race in Scotland sure to go down to wire and a critical tournament with the national team ahead this summer, he is gearing up for the ride. ussoccer.com caught up with Edu in Glasgow. Watch Edu on Studio 90

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL TO BROADCAST USA VS. PARAGUAY:  The U.S. Men’s National Team will host Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville on March 29 at 7 p.m. CT with live television coverage provided by Fox Soccer Channel and TeleFutura. Three days earlier, the U.S. will take on two-time FIFA World Cup champion Argentina on March 26 in East Rutherford, N.J. More than 44,000 tickets have been sold and are available on ussoccer.com. Kickoff at the New Meadowlands Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Tickets for both matches are available now at ussoccer.com: MNT vs. Argentina Tickets | MNT vs. Paraguay Tickets

U.S. Men’s National Team 2011 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-23 WNT COMES FROM BEHIND AGAINST NORWAY TO WIN FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team scored three goals - two from substitutes - in a 13-minute span at the end of the match to come back from two goals down and defeat Norway 3-2 giving the Americans the championship at the Four Nations Tournament. The USA finished first in the tournament with seven points from the three matches. England was second with five points, followed by Sweden with three and Norway with one. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin brought a roster of 18 players to Spain, 10 of whom will be playing WPS this upcoming season and are now headed to pre-season training camps. 

U.S. U-23 WNT Schedule and Results
Date                Opponent         Kickoff / Result         U.S. Goalscorer(s)
Feb. 25            Sweden           4-2 W                          Henderson (2), Nogueira, Hagen
Feb. 27            England           1-1 T                           Hagen
March 1           Norway           3-2 W                          Henderson, Hagen, Nogueira

FIRST U.S. U-20 WNT MATCH AT TEN NATIONS TOURNAMENT ABANDONED DUE TO LIGHTNING: The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team was locked in 0-0 draw against Sweden at the Ten Nations Tournament in La Manga when the match was abandoned at halftime due to lightning. The rain started just after kickoff, persisted through the first half and then the thunder and lightning came just before the end of the first half. When the inclement weather persisted for more than an hour, the match was abandoned.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Emily Oliver (Stanford; Flossmoor, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): Michelle Cruz (Portland; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Wilmore, Ky.), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), Kassey Kallman (Florida State; Woodbury, Minn.), Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Ponte Verde Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Lindsay Elston (Washington; Sammamish, Wash.), Sarah Killon (Fort Wayne Fever; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Miss.), Alex Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.)
FORWARDS (4): Kelly Cobb (Cook Inlet Velocity; Chugiak, Alaska), Lindsay Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Taylor Smith (Solar Red; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.)

U.S. U-15 BNT SET FOR FIRST CAMP OF 2011 AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: The U-15 Boys’ National Team will convene for its first camp of 2011 from March 13-20 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. U.S. head coach Jim Barlow will work with a group of 36 players, all born in 1996, during the week. Of the 36 players heading into training camp, 20 come from Development Academy clubs including Tyler Turner, who was the first player born in 1996 to earn Academy U-15/16 Performer of the Week honors in early March. 

U.S. U-15 BNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Gianni Carillo (New York Red Bulls Academy; Pine Bush, N.Y.), Cesar Jerez (Cosmos Academy West; Ontario, Calif.), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls Academy; South River, N.J.), Carter Richardson (Crew Soccer Academy; Dublin, Ohio)
DEFENDERS (13): Vernon Bailey (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Bryce Cregan (PA Classics; Dallastown, Pa.), Michael Jimenez (Chicago Fire Juniors; Munster, Ind.), Guyllian Kabala (Seacoast United; Manchester, N.H.), Patrick Khouri (Daniel Island Soccer Academy; Charleston, S.C.), Elijah Martin (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Matt Nance (Vardar; Washington, Mich.), John Requejo (Santa Barbara SC; Carpinteria, Calif.), Jeffrey Rhodes (Westside United; Brownsburg, Ind.), Joe Rodriguez (Matchfit Chelsea; Montclair, N.J.), Bruno Scodari (Olney Boys and Girls Club; Silver Springs, Md.), Billy Stevens (NY Red Bulls Academy; New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Wilfred Williams (Fusion; Johnson City, Tenn.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Corey Baird (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Omar Castro (Plant City FC; Plant City, Fla.), Bradley Dunwell (Alliance Academy; Grand Rapids, Mich.), Zachary Herrivaux (Shalrie Joseph SC; Chestnut Hill, Mass.), Herber Mejia-Flores (GFA Rangers; Manassas Park, Va.), Kevin Pollitz (NY Red Bulls Academy; Morganville, N.J.), Victor Rolph (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Joab Santoyo (Arsenal FC; Fontana, Calif.), Amar Sejdic (United FC; Louisville, Ky.) Tyler Turner (South Central Premier; West Haven, Conn.)
FORWARDS (9): Adonis Amaya (Cosmos Academy West; Westminster, Calif.), Jorge Calix (Team America; Alexandria, Va.), Andre Fortune (Triangle United; Raleigh, N.C.), Danya Kafai (Juventus Sports Club; Redwood City, Calif.), Felipe Liborio Jr. (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), DeAndre Robinson (West Pines United; Hollywood, Fla.), Rubio Rubin (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Alejandro Segovia (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Wesley Wade (New York Red Bulls Academy; South Orange, N.J.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

CANADA AWARDED 2015 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: FIFA has awarded the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup to Canada and allotted hosts for seven youth tournaments in 2013, 2014 and 2015, following a two-day meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee. Canada will also hold the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in preparation for the following year’s event, similar to Germany hosting the U-20 WWC a year before the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be held in Uzbekistan. 

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS TO TAKE PLACE IN APRIL, JUNE AND JULY: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools in April and June for “A” Audit, “A”, “B” and “C” Courses in California, Georgia, Illinois and Massachusetts.  Registration for each course is now open, after a pre-registration period for active members of CoachesNet, U.S. Soccer’s official coaches club. Current CoachesNet members will have the first opportunity to register for a winter course beginning today. Register for CoachesNet Now | View Course Schedule

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET TRIPS TO BRAZIL AND GERMANY/NETHERLANDS QUICKLY APPROACHING: In an effort to continue providing unique coaching opportunities to its membership, U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet announces plans to offer educational trips to Brazil and to Germany and the Netherlands. Entering its third year, the aim of U.S. Soccer’s international coaching education program is to expose U.S. coaches to other federations and clubs to learn the steps they take to develop their coaches and players. Attendees interact directly with top-level coaches, administrators and players from some of the best clubs and countries in the world. Scheduled to take place March 17-25, 2011, coaches will visit five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The coaching education workshop in Germany and the Netherlands will take place from April 28-May 6, 2011 and will mark the 40th anniversary of U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program which began under the direction of Dettmar Cramer.

FIFA ACCEPTING CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FROM MARCH 1 TO MAY 1: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 will open March 1 on the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for media to request accreditation is May 1. All media requesting accreditation for the tournament must be an approved member of the FIFA Media Channel. Any media members without access to the Media Channel that plan to request Women’s World Cup credentials should register immediately at media.fifa.com. Please keep in mind that access to the FIFA Media Channel does not mean credentials have been approved or that accreditation is guaranteed. Apply at fifa.com

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team will close its 2011 Algarve Cup Campaign on Wednesday, March 9, at 12 p.m. ET against first-time championship contenders Iceland. The U.S. will be disputed their ninth consecutive Algarve Cup final as they look to sweep the tournament with a 100 percent record. Live coverage will be provided by ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Last weekend, in a second division Argentinian matchup between Claypole and Victoriano Arenas, a fight broke out during the match provoked by a challenge by Victoriano Arenas midfielder Rodrigo Sanchez. As hostilities escalated, both benches cleared with all players from both sides entering the fray. Referee Damian Rubino, however, was not amused by the all-inclusive fracas and proceeded to dismiss all 36 players who were dressed for the match, necessitating the end of the match and spelling a 2-0 defeat for Arenas as the result at the time of the stoppage would stand as the final. Both teams planned to appeal the referee’s decision, but as the appeals could not be heard before this weekend’s fixtures, the sides were forced to field teams made up entirely of youth players.

QUOTABLE: “That’s my first and foremost goal, to win a championship. Second would be to go surfing.” – Former U.S. Men’s National Team and current LA Galaxy defender Frankie Hejduk on his return to his native southern California after moving to the Galaxy from the Columbus Crew

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