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U.S. Soccer Wire - January 30, 2006


U.S. U-20 WNT Wins CONCACAF Championship and Earns Berth to
2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship;
U.S. MNT Prepares For Japan After 5-0 Win Against Norway

U.S. U-20 WNT WINS CONCACAF TITLE, SECURES PLACE IN RUSSIA: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team scored early, then went down a player and fell behind by a goal, before rallying to defeat Canada, 3-2, and win the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Final Qualifying Tournament. The victory earned the U.S. women their first regional title at the U-20 level, and the team will now begin to focus on the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship taking place later this year in Russia from Aug. 16-Sept. 2. The USA finished the tournament with a 5-0-0 record while scoring 19 goals and letting in just three. Ten different U.S. players scored in the tournament. The young U.S. team will have February off before re-grouping in March to begin the run to Russia with numerous training camps, matches and trips. The win marked the first youth regional title for the U.S. Women’s National Team program as there was no championship game at the 2002 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament and in 2004, the USA lost to Canada in overtime, 2-1, in the final.

U.S. U-20 WNT 2006 CONCACAF Qualifying Schedule/Results
Date       Round                    Matchup/Result          Time/U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Jan. 19   Group B                  USA 4, Jamaica 1       DiMartino, Rodriguez, Adams, Cheney
Jan. 21   Group B                  Surinam 0, USA 4       Rodriguez, O'Hara, Long, Poach
Jan. 23   Group B                  USA 5, El Salvador 0   Cheney (2), Dew, Rostedt (2)
Jan. 25   Semifinals               Canada 2, Jamaica 1   n/a
             Semifinals               USA 3, Mexico 0         Bock (2), Rodriguez
Jan. 27   Third-Place Match     Mexico 4, Jamaica 1    n/a 
             Championship Final   USA 3, Canada 2        Rodriguez, Rostedt, Cheney


TWELLMAN NOTCHES HAT TRICK IN 5-0 WIN AGAINST NORWAY: The U.S. Men’s National Team got a hat trick from Taylor Twellman to help secure their first victory of 2006 with a dominating 5-0 win against Norway on Sunday (Jan. 20) in front of 16,366 fans at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The five-goal win was the largest margin of victory for the U.S. against a European team and tied the largest margin of victory ever against a non-CONCACAF team (5-0 vs. China on April 4, 1992). Following this victory, which came after a scoreless draw against Canada on Jan. 22, the U.S. continues preparations for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany with a match against Japan at SBC Park in San Francisco on Feb. 10, 2006, at 8 p.m. PT. Tickets start at $22 and are available online at ussoccer.com, at all San Francisco area Tickets.com outlets (including Giants Dugout Stores, Raley’s, and Sportsmart) and by phone at 800-225-2277. Groups of 20 or more can purchase tickets through SBC Park by calling 415-972-2000 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). A limited number of Ultimate Fan Tickets, which include a VIP experience and a personalized U.S. MNT jersey, will be available for this match. For more information, visit ussoccer.com.

– U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

U.S. MNT TO PLAY POLAND ON MARCH 1 IN GERMANY: The U.S. Men’s National Team has scheduled a game against Poland in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on March 1, 2006, in one of the most unique games in the team’s 90-year history. The game will be televised live in the United States on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. ET from a city that is home to 50,000 U.S. service personnel in the southwestern part of Germany. The match against Poland is being staged by U.S. Soccer at Fritz-Walter-Stadion, the site of the USA’s highly anticipated FIFA World Cup match against Italy on June 17. Tickets for the USA-Poland match ranging in price levels from 15 € to 125 € will go on sale starting Thursday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. CET (Central European Time). Tickets will be available on-line via the FC Kaiserslautern website, by phone from Germany at 01 805 3188 00 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CET / .12 € charge per minute), and at FCK Fan Shops and the Fritz-Walter-Stadion Ticket Office (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CET, Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CET). For fans in the United States, log onto ussoccer.com for more information. The match marks the first time in the 472-game history of the U.S. Men’s National Team that the squad will play a stand alone friendly on neutral ground.

U.S. MNT 2006 Schedule
Date       Match                              Venue                                                            Kickoff / TV / Result
Jan. 22   USA vs. Canada               Torero Stadium (San Diego, Calif.)                     0-0 T
Jan. 29   USA vs. Norway                Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)                 5-0 W
Feb. 10   USA vs. Japan                  SBC Park (San Francisco, Calif.)                      8 p.m. PT / ESPN2 (Telemundo delay)
Feb. 19   USA vs. Guatemala            Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)                         1 p.m. CT / ESPN2 & Telemundo (live)
March 1   USA vs. Poland                 Fritz-Walter-Stadion (Kaiserslautern, Germany)   2 p.m. ET / ESPN2 (Telemundo delay)
March 22 Germany vs. USA              Westfalenstadion (Dortmund, Germany)            2 p.m. ET / ESPN2 (Telemundo delay)
April 11   USA vs. TBD                     TBD (United States)                                        TBD
May       Three Homes Games           TBD                                                              TBD
June 12  USA vs. Czech Republic **   FIFA World Cup Stadium Gelsenkirchen           12 p.m. ET / TBD
June 17  Italy vs. USA **                  Fritz-Walter-Stadion (Kaiserslautern)                  3 p.m. ET / TBD
June 22  Ghana vs. USA **               Frankenstadion (Nuremberg)                            10 a.m. ET / TBD


** 2006 FIFA World Cup

U.S. MNT NAMES CARY, N.C., AS PRE-WORLD CUP TRAINING CAMP SITE: The U.S. Men’s National Team has selected SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., as their base training camp prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The team will begin final preparations for Germany on May 9 in Cary, and will train for approximately two weeks at the facility. The team’s schedule in Cary has not yet been finalized. The U.S. team used Cary as its base of operations prior to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan, where the team reached the quarterfinals for the first time in 71 years.

U.S. MNT TO FACE GUATEMALA AT PIZZA HUT PARK: For the first time since 1994, the U.S. Men’s National Team will play a World Cup preparation match in Texas when the U.S. hosts Guatemala on February 19 at 1 p.m. CT at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. This will be the first U.S. National Team appearance at FC Dallas’ new home, which opened five months ago on Aug. 6, 2005. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Telemundo, and will be available to fans online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets are available online at ussoccer.com, at all Dallas-Ft. Worth area Ticketmaster outlets (including Foley’s, Fiesta Stores, and Tower Records) and by phone at 214-373-8000. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets through FC Dallas by calling 888-FCD-GOAL. A limited number of Ultimate Fan Tickets, which include a VIP experience and a personalized U.S. MNT jersey, will be available for this match. The Feb. 19 match will be the 17th meeting all-time between the U.S. and Guatemala. The last time the U.S. played a World Cup preparation match in Texas was a 2-2 tie with Bolivia on March 26, 1994 at the Cotton Bowl. Overall, the U.S. has a 6-2-5 record in the state and a 5-1-4 mark in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan area. The U.S. is unbeaten in Texas in their last 11 matches, with the last loss coming to Ecuador on June 10, 1988, in Houston.

USA TO FACE GERMANY IN DORTMUND: The U.S. Men’s National Team continues preparing for the 2006 FIFA World Cup when they meet Germany on March 22, 2006, in Dortmund, Germany, one of 12 cities hosting matches in the tournament next summer. Kickoff at the Westfalenstadion is set for 8 p.m. in Germany (2 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The U.S. has played Germany seven times dating back to 1993, with the Germans holding a 5-2-0 lifetime advantage. Most recently, Germany ended the USA’s historic run through the 2002 FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 quarterfinal victory on June 21, 2002, in Ulsan, Korea. The teams met once before on German soil, a 4-2 loss for the U.S. on March 27, 2002, in Rostock in the USA’s penultimate match prior to selecting their World Cup roster.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-17 ’90 MNT DEFEATS SUPER Y-LEAGUE ALL-STARS OVER THE WEEKEND: The U.S. Under-17 ’90 Men’s National Team broke into two squads during this past weekend at the Super Y-League ODP National Camp, with both squads picking up victories against two different Super Y All-Star teams, made up of a collection of the best players in the camp. In the first match of the day at Cocoa Expo Sports Center, the U-17s were led by Sheanon Williams, who tallied two first half goals, and Bryan Dominguez, who notched goals in each half, for a 5-2 victory over the Super Y All-Stars. Williams scored in the 23rd and 27th minutes and Dominguez buried his first goal in the 33rd minute to take a 3-0 lead into halftime. The Super Y All-Stars came back with two goals in the second half to cut the lead to one, but Dominguez and Brek Shea tallied in the final 10 minutes to pull away for the victory. The second match was also paced by a two-goal performance as Jared Jeffrey scored the first and last goals (eighth and 88th minutes) for a 3-1 victory. The Super Y All-Stars were able to pull even after Jeffrey’s first tally with a goal in the 36th minute, but Axel Levry scored the game-winner in the 67th on an unassisted strike.

U-17 ’90 MNT Results
Date       Opponent              Result      U.S. Goal Scorers
Jan. 28   Super Y All-Stars    5-2 W       Williams (2), Dominguez (2), Shea
Jan. 28   Super Y All-Stars    3-1 W       Jeffrey (2), Levry


U.S. U-14 BNT WINS FOUR, DROPS ONE AND DRAWS ONE IN MEXICO: The U.S. Under-14 Boys' National Team recently returned from a successful week-long trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, coming back with four wins, only one loss and one draw. Head coach Manfred Schellscheidt selected 36 players for the camp and split the roster up into two teams for matches during the week. Team 1 began the week with a 2-1 loss to the Chivas Guadalajara U-14 team before coming back and beating Jalisco U-14s, 5-1, and Chivas Academy, 3-0. Team 2 started off with a 5-0 win against Jalisco U-14s, followed by a scoreless draw with Chivas U-14s and a 1-0 win against Tecos.

U.S. U-14 BNT Mexico Training Camp Results
Date       Result                                          U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Jan. 17   USA Team 1 1, Chivas U-14 2         Edson Lemus 37
              USA Team 2 5, Jalisco U-14 0         S. Saad 4, C. Renken 30, S. Jerome 39, T. Golden 40, B. Vasquez 64
Jan. 19   USA Team 2 0, Chivas U-14 0
              USA Team 1 4, Jalisco U-14 1          George Pantelic 58, George Pantelic 60, AJ Stueck 63, Robert Barrera 65
Jan. 21    USA Team 1 3, Chivas Academy 0   Edson Lemus 26, George Pantelic 34, Edson Lemus 40
              USA Team 2 1, Tecos 0                    Jared Watts 27, Stefan Jerome 60

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

HOUSTON MLS TEAM NAMED HOUSTON 1836: Major League Soccer announced last week that the MLS team in Houston will bear the name HOUSTON 1836, also unveiling the team's logo and colors. More than 11,000 fans cast votes as part of a “Name the Team” contest sponsored by the Houston Chronicle, with HOUSTON 1836 beating out 11 other choices. The HOUSTON 1836 name commemorates the year that the city was founded. Team colors will be "Raven Black," "Space City Blue" and "Wildcatter Orange." Season ticket deposits are currently being accepted online at Houston1836.com or by phone at (866) 502-6326. HOUSTON 1836 will play its complete 16-game home schedule at Robertson Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston, a facility which has hosted several major soccer events in its history. The 2006 MLS season, the 11th in League history, will kick off on April 1.

VOTE ONLINE FOR 2006 MISL ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS: Fans can vote online through Sunday, Feb. 5, for the six Major Indoor Soccer League players who will be in the starting lineup for the 2006 MISL All-Star Game on Saturday, February 11, at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wis. The 16 players selected by a panel of team personnel and media members to represent the MISL will compete against the Mexican Federation’s National Futbol Rapido Team, a side that will include several MISL standouts, as well as many of Mexico’s elite Futbol Rapido professionals. The MISL’s “Starting Six” will be revealed at the Fiesta Garibaldi Commissioner’s Dinner on Friday, Feb. 10, when Cousins Subs 2006 MISL All-Star Weekend, presented by Time Warner Cable, kicks off in Milwaukee, the home of the defending Major Indoor Soccer League Champion Milwaukee Wave.

2006 MISL All-Star Team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brett Phillips (Saint Louis Steamers), Nick Vorberg (Milwaukee Wave); DEFENDERS (6): Pat Morris (Philadelphia Kixx), Matt Schmidt (Milwaukee Wave), Troy Dusosky (Milwaukee Wave), P.J. Wakefield (Baltimore Blast), Danny Kelly (Baltimore Blast), Lazo Alavanja (Chicago Storm); MIDFIELDERS/FORWARDS (8): Greg Howes (Milwaukee Wave), Adauto Neto (Baltimore Blast), Giuliano Celenza (Baltimore Blast), Todd Dusosky (Milwaukee Wave), Shaun David (Saint Louis Steamers), Ronnie Ekelund (California Cougars), Jamar Beasley (Saint Louis Steamers), Novi Marojevic (Chicago Storm)


2006 US YOUTH SOCCER ODP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program 1988 and 1990 Regional Champions will play at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, on March 17 and March 19, 2006. State-level US Youth Soccer ODP Boys and Girls teams in the 1988 and 1990 age groups will play semifinal matches on Friday, March 17, beginning at 1 p.m., with championship and consolation matches to be played Sunday, March 19 beginning at 8 a.m. The teams competing have qualified by winning their respective age division at their US Youth Soccer ODP Regional Championships. For more information log on to USYouthSoccer.org.

2006 US Youth Soccer ODP National Championship Qualifiers
1988 Girls Teams: California South, Eastern Pennsylvania, Illinois and North Texas State Associations
1988 Boys Teams: California South, Eastern Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Ohio North State Associations
1990 Girls Teams: California South, Florida, Maryland and Michigan State Associations
1990 Boys Teams: California North, Illinois, Maryland and Tennessee State Associations


DAVE O'BRIEN TO CALL SOCCER FOR ESPN AND ABC SPORTS: Play-by-play commentator Dave O'Brien joins ESPN and ABC Sports' soccer team, calling U.S. Men's National Team games and the FIFA World Cup in Germany from June 9 - July 9, 2006. O'Brien made his soccer debut on Sunday (Jan. 29) on ESPN2's live telecast of the USA's 5-0 win against Norway at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. O'Brien joined ESPN in 2002, having previously served as the voice of the Florida Marlins from 1993 through 2001. He is also a play-by-play commentator for ESPN's Monday and Wednesday Major League Baseball telecasts as well as college basketball, where he primarily calls Big Ten and Big East games. He has also provided commentary for Major League Baseball's International coverage of the World Series since 2004.

CARY, N.C., TO HOST USL FIRST DIVISION TEAM IN 2007: United Soccer Leagues, the Town of Cary and Triangle Professional Soccer announced last week that Cary, North Carolina will be home to a USL First Division expansion franchise that will kick off its first season in the spring of 2007 at SAS Soccer Park. As part of the six-year agreement with the Town of Cary, Triangle Professional Soccer will spend the 2006 season developing the team, including hosting 6-10 exhibition matches. After the first year, the team will play 16-20 home games annually. The agreement also calls for revenue sharing in areas such as concessions and sponsorships. SAS Soccer Park is on 150 acres and was built by Wake County. The park includes a 7,000-seat stadium, seven fields, locker rooms, concessions, and a nationally recognized competitive cross-country course. The facility opened in May 2002 and was home to the Carolina Courage of the Women's United Soccer Association. The stadium is also home to the USL Premier Development League’s Raleigh Elite.

LANDON DONOVAN’S HOME TO APPEAR ON MTV’S ‘CRIBS’: Celebrities from Shaq to LeeAnn Rimes have given fans the inside scoop on how the other half lives by giving tours of their home on MTV’s “Cribs.” Next in line is MNT midfielder and stalwart Landon Donovan, who opens up his Manhattan Beach pad for the world to see. Fans can watch Donovan give a tour of his crib at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Feb. 1 on MTV.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT forward Taylor Twellman came out swinging on Sunday (Jan. 29) as the U.S. beat Norway 5-0 at The Home Depot Center in California. Twellman, who had one goal in 14 caps for the MNT before the match, scored the ninth hat trick in MNT history, as well as the first hat-trick since Eddie Johnson netted three against Panama in a 6-0 win on Oct. 13, 2004, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: With one more game to go in the group stages of the 2006 African Cup of Nations, Ghana is tied for second place with Senegal, each with three points. Nigeria leads the group with six points after a 1-0 win against Ghana and a 2-0 win against Zimbabwe. After falling to Nigeria, Ghana defeated Senegal, 1-0, to earn their three points, while Senegal defeated Zimbabwe, 2-0. On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Ghana faces Zimbabwe and Senegal faces Nigeria for a pass to the second round.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Of the five African nations represented at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Tunisia is the only country to have been at the tournament previously. Therefore, it came as quite a shock when Guinea defeated Tunisia, 3-0, on Monday (Jan. 30) to win Group C of the 2006 African Cup of Nations undefeated, with nine points. Tunisia passes into the second round in second place, with six points, after beating Zambia, 4-1, and South Africa, 2-0, in their first two matches.

QUOTABLE: “He scored three goals. That’s sometimes how you are graded as a striker. If that's the case, he gets an 'A' for today.”
-- U.S. MNT Manager Bruce Arena commenting on Taylor Twellman’s hat-trick performance in the 5-0 win against Norway on Sunday (Jan. 29) at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

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