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U.S. Soccer Wire: Nov. 8, 2010


PRESIDENT CLINTON TO TRAVEL TO ZURICH FOR FINAL BID PRESENTATION FOR 2022 FIA WORLD CUP:  President Bill Clinton, honorary chairman of the USA Bid Committee, will speak on behalf of the United States’ bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ when the U.S. delegation makes its final presentation to the FIFA Executive Committee on Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Zurich, Switzerland. President Clinton has been very active in his role as honorary chairman, representing the U.S. earlier this year at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa and working closely with the USA Bid Committee’s Board of Directors on a variety of initiatives to promote the bid here in the U.S. and throughout the world. 

U.S. WOMEN FACE COSTA RICA FOR CONCACAF PLAYOFF BERTH LIVE ON ESPN2: With a direct berth to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup now lost due to the USA’s upset at the feet of Mexico on Nov. 5, the Americans are faced with the task of refocusing against Costa Rica on Monday, Nov. 8, at Estadio Quintana Roo with a victory in the third-place match earning CONCACAF’s berth in a two-game playoff against Italy. Italy finished fifth in European qualifying, defeating Switzerland in the final playoff series. The USA-Costa Rica clash will kickoff at 5 p.m. local / 6 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 with Adrian Healey and Julie Foudy handling the commentary. Fans can also watch the match on as well as, which has been video streaming all the matches of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament.

2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying
U.S. Women’s National Team Schedule and Results
Date                            Opponent        Kickoff/Result                        TV                   Venue
Oct. 28                   Haiti                       5-0 W                                     --                             Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico
Oct. 30                   Guatemala            9-0 W                                     --                             Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico
Nov. 1                    Costa Rica            4-0 W                                     --                             Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico
Nov. 5                    Mexico                  1-2 L                                      --                             Estadio Beta Avila; Cancun, Mexico
Nov. 8                    Costa Rica            6 p.m. ET                              ESPN2                   Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN GERMANY: Individual tickets for all 2011 Women's World Cup matches are officially on sale. Individual tickets are available from approximately $20 for first round matches, with the exception of the opening match, and the match for third place. Of the 700,000 available tickets, more than 270,000 have already been sold as venue specific tickets and group tickets.’s WNT Coverage – Nov. 1 – Nov. 8

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR FOUR CATEGORIES OF 2010 BEST OF U.S. SOCCER AWARDS: After a memorable and historic year for U.S. Soccer, highlighted by the success of the Men's National Team during the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, fans have the opportunity to determine the best moments by participating in the 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards. The popular annual series, now in its ninth year, kicks off today with a fan nomination period for four of the 12 accolades that will be handed out in December. Fans can submit their nominees for the four categories until Friday, Nov. 19, on

U.S. MEN TO FACE SOUTH AFRICA ON NOV. 17 IN NELSON MANDELA CHALLENGE: The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to South Africa to take on 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts South Africa on Nov. 17 at the magnificent Green Point Stadium in Cape Town at 2 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the match live on’s MatchTracker or at and it will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. The U.S. will be returning to South Africa for the first time since the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where they finished in first place in Group C ahead of England, Slovenia and Algeria before going out in the Round of 16.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule’s MNT Coverage – Nov. 1 – Nov. 8

2010 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY WINTER SHOWCASE AND NIKE FRIENDLIES SET FOR DEC. 1-7 IN PHOENIX, ARIZ.: The 2010 Development Academy Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendlies will be held from Dec. 1-7 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz. All 78 Academy clubs will be on hand for three games of non-Conference play alongside the Under-17 Men’s National Teams from the U.S., Brazil, Korea Republic and Turkey. Fox Soccer Channel will televise all three of the U.S. U-17 MNT games, starting with the match against Korea Republic on Dec. 1, Brazil on Dec. 3 and Turkey on Dec. 5, with all three games kicking off at 5 p.m. local time (7 p.m. ET). For the first time, the six-game round-robin event will be played as a tournament and crown a champion. It will be one of the last events for Wilmer Cabrera’s team ahead of the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in February.

U.S. U-17 MNT Nike Friendlies Schedule
Date                Opponent                    Kickoff (ET)   TV                   Venue
Dec. 1             Korea Republic           7 p.m.              FSC                 Reach 11 Sports Complex, Phoenix, Ariz.
Dec. 3             Brazil                           7 p.m.             FSC                 Reach 11 Sports Complex, Phoenix, Ariz.
Dec. 5             Turkey                        7 p.m.              FSC                 Reach 11 Sports Complex, Phoenix, Ariz.’s Development Academy Coverage – Nov. 1 – Nov. 8


U.S. U-20 MNT SQUAD SET FOR TORNEO DE LAS AMERICAS IN KENNESAW, GA.: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has finalized 18 of the 20 players that will participate in the Torneo de las Americas in Kennesaw, Ga., from Nov. 21-29. The U.S. will face Colombia on Nov. 26 and Mexico on Nov. 28 in the three-team round robin tournament held at the Kennesaw State Soccer Stadium. Leagues in seven different countries will be represented on the U.S. team in Kennesaw, including two domestic leagues. Two players from Portugal, Gale Agbossoumonde and Greg Garza, two from England in Cody Cropper and Sebastian Lletget, and one each from Croatia (Alex Molano), Mexico (Moises Orozco), Germany (Parker Walsh), and Israel (Alex Zahavi) join the domestic group. There are two players without professional experience on the 18-man list. Omar Salgado will enter the Major League Soccer draft in January 2011. The lone youth player is goalkeeper Eduardo Fernandez, who will be the first representative of Real Salt Lake AZ to join a U-20 MNT training camp. The final two places on the roster will be decided during the NCAA College Cup tournament.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.), Eduardo Fernandez (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.) 
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (G.D. Estoril Praia; Syracuse, N.Y.), Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA; Bell, Calif.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Korey Veeder (Crystal Palace Baltimore; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Parker Walsh (Karlsruher SC; Roanoke, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), Alex Molano (NK Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Moises Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United, Sterling, Va.), Alex Zahavi (Maccabi Haifa F.C.; Lisbon, Portugal), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.) 
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles Galaxy; Van Nuys, Calif.), Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC; Richfield, Minn.), Omar Salgado (Unattached; El Paso, Texas) 

Torneo de la Americas Schedule
Date                Match                          Kickoff (ET)               Venue
Nov. 26           USA vs. Colombia      3:30 p.m.                     KSU Soccer Stadium; Kennesaw, Ga.
Nov. 27           Colombia vs. Mexico 3:30 p.m.                     KSU Soccer Stadium; Kennesaw, Ga.
Nov. 28           USA vs. Mexico         3:30 p.m.                     KSU Soccer Stadium; Kennesaw, Ga.

U.S. TOP MANCHESTER CITY ACADEMY, FACE SCOTLAND IN MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team topped the Manchester City Academy team Nov. 3 as part of its 11-day training camp in Manchester, England.  Wilmer Cabrera’s team will play its final game on Nov. 10 against Scotland before returning to Bradenton, Fla. Scotland is preparing for the Elite Round of European qualifying, set for March 2011. It will be the second international trip of the Fall semester for Wilmer Cabrera’s side, which returned from Spain in mid-September. During the trip, the team will visit the facilities of the premier league teams while continuing preparations for February’s CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Next up for the U.S. U-17 MNT is the Nike International Friendlies at the Development Academy Winter Showcase in Phoenix, Ariz.

U.S. U-17 MNT Training Camp Schedule
Date                  Opponent                                  Kickoff / Result           U.S. Goalscorer(s)
Nov. 3              Manchester City Academy        2-0 W                           M. Rodriguez, Oliver
Nov. 10            Scotland U-17 MNT                  2 p.m.                          

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kendall McIntosh (Mustang Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas),
DEFENDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy 1969; Tokyo, Japan), Alessandro Mion (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio), Danny Zaid (Camp Elite Guatemala; Guatemala City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Joe Amon (South Carolina United FC; Summerville, S.C.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Esteban Rodriguez (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale, Calif.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.)
FORWARDS (5): Daniel Flores (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Alex Muyl (Cosmos Academy East; New York, N.Y.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.), Cole Seiler (CESA; Anderson, S.C.)

U.S. U-15 GNT HEADS TO FLORIDA FOR WEEK OF TRAINING: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team, under the direction of head coach Mike Dickey, will convene in Sunrise, Fla. from Nov. 19-25 for a week of training that also will include three matches. Dickey has called up 24 players, 20 born in 1995 and four in 1996, for the final U-15 GNT camp of the year. The squad will play two U-16 ODP Regional Teams made up of players born in 1994, facing the Region I (East) team on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. ET at Florida Atlantic University and the Region 3 (South) squad on Thursday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. ET at FAU. The U.S. U-15s will also scrimmage the Norwegian College of Elite Sport (NTG) on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 8 a.m. at FAU. These players are at the beginning of a cycle that has the end goal of qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The roster features players from 18 different states.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Ga.), Carissa Miller (Sereno SC; Cave Creek, Ariz.), Katherine Stratton (Tupelo FC; Belden, Miss.)
DEFENDERS (6): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.); Lauren Kaskie (Neusport FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Annia Mejia (Arsenal FC; Bloomington, Calif.), Meaghan Mulligan (PDA; Freehold, N.J.), Jenna Romano (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Joanna Boyles (Raleigh, N.C; CASL Spartan Elite), Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton Colo.), Rosie DiMartino (Albertson Fury; Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Miranda Freeman (Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Gabrielle Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Lydia Simmons (FC Stars of Mass.; Londonberry, N.H.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; St. Lorton, Va.), Sarah Teegarden (Arsenal FC; Monrovia, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Elizabeth Boon (Columbia Timbers; Washougal, Wash.), Mikaela Harvey (Lonestar SC; Liberty Hill, Texas), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Rebecca Schoales (Crossfire Premier; Port Orchard, Wash.), Gabriela Stoian (Sereno FC; Phoenix, Ariz.), Zoe Swift (NSA Premier; Naperville, Ill.)

U.S. U-15 GNT Training Camp Schedule
Date                Opponent                    Kickoff (ET)               Venue
Nov. 21           Region 1                     10 a.m.                     Florida Atlantic University
Nov. 23           NTG                            2  p.m.                     Florida Atlantic University
Nov. 25           Region 3                     8 a.m.                       Florida Atlantic University


USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than 3 weeks to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cup to come to the United States – and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

WAMBACH AND SOLO NOMINATED FOR FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR: U.S. forward Abby Wambach and goalkeeper Hope Solo are two of 10 nominees for the 2010 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. The nominations included seven players who were part of WPS teams this past season. In addition, for the first time FIFA will name a men’s and women’s coach of the year and U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage is up for the award. The captains and head coaches of every women’s national team will vote and the top-three vote getters in each category will be revealed on Dec. 6. The winners will be revealed at the annual FIFA awards gala Jan. 10, 2011, at the Zurich Kongresshaus.

2010 FIFA Women’s World Player Nominees:
Camille Abily (France), Fatmire Bajramaj (Germany), So Yun Ji (Korea Republic), Marta (Brazil), Birgit Prinz (Germany), Caroline Seger (Sweden), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Kelly Smith (England), Hope Solo (USA), Abby Wambach (USA)
2010 FIFA World Coach of the Year-Women's Soccer Nominees:
Bruno Bini (France/France National Team), In Cheul Choi (Korea Republic, Korea U-20 National Team), Maren Meinert (Germany/Germany U-20 National Team), Albertin Montoya (USA/ FC Gold Pride), Silvia Neid (Germany/Germany National Team), Hope Powell (England/England National Team), Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japan National Team), Bernd Schroeder (Germany/FFC Turbine Potsdam), Pia Sundhage (Sweden/USA National Team), Beatrice von Siebenthal (Switzerland/Switzerland National Team)

SOTO NAMES ROSTER FOR FINAL TRAINING CAMP AHEAD OF THE CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: U.S. Beach Soccer Men’s National Team head coach Eddie Soto will hold the final domestic training camp before the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship from Nov. 10-13 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Soto will use the 18-player camp to finalize his 12-man selection to represent the United States at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifying event, which will be held from Dec. 1-5 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The U.S. last qualified for the annual FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2007, and seven players who are part of this camp participated in Rio de Janeiro: Luis Montanez, Francis Farberoff, Zack Ibsen, Jevin Albuquerque, Yuri Morales, Brendon Taguinod and Raphael Xexeo.

U.S. Beach Soccer Men’s National Team Roster: 
GOALKEEPERS (2); Mike McAndrews (UC Santa Barbara; Long Beach, Calif.), Luis Montañez (Santa Clara Sporting; Hayward, Calif.) 
DEFENDERS (7): Joe Cartlidge (So Cal Beach FC; Redondo Beach, Calif.), Francis Farberoff (Rio Beach Soccer; Hollywood, Fla.), Giovanni Garcia (Pugg BS Club; Miami, Fla.), Zack Ibsen (El Farolito SC; San Francisco, Calif.), Eric Meister (Doxa Italia; Coto de Caza, Calif), Austin Roman (UC Santa Cruz; San Diego, Calif.), Lewie Valentine (US Sand Soccer; Oceanside, Calif.) 
FORWARDS (8): Jevin Albuquerque (Pugg BS Club; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Josh Barton (San Diego Sockers; Murrieta, Calif.), Anthony Chimienti (Sacramento Knights FC; El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Ryan Futagaki (Chicago Fire; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Yuri Morales (BST Zurich; San Francisco, Calif.), Brendon Taguinod (BST Zurich; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Skyler Thuresson (PSA Elite; Long Beach, Calif.), Raphael Xexeo (BS Club Brasil; Lawndale, Calif.) 

U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD ON NOV. 26-27 IN CONJUNCTION WITH U.S. U-20 MNT MATCHES IN KENNESAW, GA.: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will conduct a Coaching Symposium on Nov. 26-27 in conjunction with the U-20 Men’s National Team’s participation in the Torneo de las Americas in Kennesaw, Ga. at the Kennesaw State University Soccer  Stadium (KSU). The U-20 MNT is scheduled to play against traditional South American power Colombia and border rival Mexico. The two-day symposium will offer coaches an opportunity to interact with U.S. Soccer’s U-20 MNT coaching staff and view and listen to how they prepare their squad for this event. Michia will lead the symposium, which will focus on the team’s preparation for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BRAZIL AND GERMANY/NETHERLANDS TRIPS IN MARCH 2011: 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 in 2011. 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.


PEAK PERFORMER: The San Jose Earthquakes pulled off an excellent playoff win this past Thursday, overturning a one-goal deficit with a 3-1 win against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Midfielder Bobby Convey was the consensus man of the match, scoring twice and setting up forward Chris Wondolowski for the decisive third goal. Convey doubled his regular season tally, scoring goals in both halves, before setting up MVP candidate Wondolowski with a delightfully chipped cross that Wondo expertly headed into the bottom corner. Next up for the Earthquakes is a date in the Eastern Conference final against the Colorado Rapids.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: It's crunch time in the MLS Cup Playoffs with the Conference Championships set to be contested this week. As mentioned above, the Earthquakes travel to Dick's Sporting Goods Park to face the Colorado Rapids, who narrowly defeated Columbus in a shootout this past weekend. In the west the Los Angeles Galaxy, finalists in last year' MLS Cup, will play host to FC Dallas, the latter having eliminated the 2009 champions, Real Salt Lake.

SOCCER SHOCKER: It's fair to say Soccer Shocker did not expect to be writing about this today: The U.S. WNT were upset by Mexico last Friday, losing out on the chance to automatically qualify for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. An excellent performance by Mexico, coupled with a fanatical home crowd, was too much to overcome for the WNT who lost to Mexico for the first time in history. But all is not lost for the WNT, who face Costa Rica tonight in a must win third-place match that can be seen live on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. ET. Should the USA prevail, they'll face Italy in a two-legged playoff on Nov. 20 and 27.

QUOTABLE: "I think the theme is definitely 'redemption.' We are obviously disappointied and we are moving forward, but we have a second chance, that's the awesome thing about this scenario. This team is going to be strong, grow from this and put together a great performance." - U.S. Women's National Team midfielder Heather O'Reilly on the team's mindset ahead of tonight's must-win game with Costa Rica.