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Soccer Wire: June 15, 2009


U.S. MNT KICK OFF 2009 FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA;
U.S. SOCCER AND WPS TO RECOGNIZE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1999 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP VICTORY WITH FIFA WORLD CUP TROPHY TOUR AT SELECT WPS MATCHES

U.S. FALLS TO ITALY IN CONFEDERATIONS CUP OPENER: The U.S. Men’s National Team dropped its first match of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, falling 3-1 to world champions Italy in Tshwane/Pretoria. The U.S. was reduced to 10 men in the 33rd minute when Ricardo Clark was issued a red card for a tackle on Gennaro Gattuso. Landon Donovan scored the lone goal for the USA, slamming home a penalty kick in the 41st minute after Giorgio Chiellini took down Jozy Altidore in the 18-yard-box. Italy bounced back in the 58th minute, with second-half sub Guiseppe Rossi hammering a shot from distance. Daniele De Rossi added a second goal in the 72nd minute and Andrea Pirlo combined with Rossi for the third and final score in second-half stoppage time. The U.S. will next face Brazil on June 18 in the same venue (ESPN2 / TeleFutura, 9:55 a.m. ET). The United States finishes group play on June 21 against Egypt at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg (ESPN2 / TeleFutura, 2:25 p.m. ET). Fans can also follow all the USA’s matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. All Confederations Cup matches televised on ESPN and ESPN2 will be available in high definition. Additionally, ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD will feature three pre-game shows leading up to the USA’s match against Brazil, the game between Italy and Brazil on June 21 and the Confederations Cup final on June 28. All three pre-game shows begin at 2 p.m. ET. The FIFA Confederations Cup is made up of the six champions of each regional confederation, the defending World Cup champions, and the host nation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup by winning their second consecutive CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2007.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule

Date Opponent Time / Result TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue; City
Jan. 24 Sweden 3-2 W Kljestan (3) The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Feb. 11 Mexico* 2-0 W Bradley (2) Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio 
March 28 El Salvador* 2-2 T Altidore, Hejduk Estadio Cuscatlán; San Salvador, El Salvador 
April 1 Trinidad & Tobago* 3-0 W Altidore (3)  LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
June 3 Costa Rica* 1-3 L Donovan  Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica
June 6 Honduras* 2-1 W Donovan, Bocanegra Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
June 15 Italy # 1-3 L Donovan Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 18 Brazil # 4 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET TBD Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 21 Egypt # 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET TBD Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg 
July 4 Grenada ^ 6 p.m. PT  TBD Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.
July 8 Honduras ^ 9 p.m. ET TBD RFK Stadium; Washingon, D.C.
July 11 Haiti ^ 7 p.m. ET TBD Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
Aug. 12 Mexico* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Sept. 5 El Salvador* 5:30 p.m. MT ESPN Classic/Galavision Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* 7 p.m. ET ESPN Classic/Galavision Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 10 Honduras* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* TBD ESPN2/Galavision RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – June 9-June 15

U.S. SOCCER, WPS TO RECOGNIZE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1999 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: Ten years after a team of inspired women and a tournament of historic proportions captured the hearts and minds of an entire nation, U.S. Soccer and Women’s Professional Soccer will honor the legacy of that tournament and the legends from the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s National Team at WPS games throughout late June and early July. Working with U.S. Soccer, all seven WPS franchises will feature a 10th Anniversary Tribute Day at one of their WPS home games coinciding with the anniversary of the tournament dates of the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Former U.S. Women’s National Team players will make appearances, sign autographs and be recognized for their accomplishments ten years ago. The 1999 World Cup trophy will also travel to WPS venues during this time for photo opportunities with fans and a special collector’s edition 1999 World Cup autograph card will be printed for fans. Retired players from the 1999 World Cup team making appearances will include: Mia Hamm, Joy Fawcett, Lorrie Fair, Tiffany Roberts, Tisha Venturini and Danielle Fotopolous among others. WPS currently has five 99ers playing in the league: Brandi Chastain (FC Gold Pride), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Tiffeny Milbrett (FC Gold Pride), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC) and Briana Scurry (Washington Freedom).

Remembering ’99 Tribute Schedule

Date Match TV Venue
June 20 St. Louis Athletica vs. Washington Freedom -- AB Soccer Park
June 21 Los Angeles Sol vs. FC Gold Pride FSC The Home Depot Center
July 4 Sky Blue FC vs. Boston Breakers -- Yurcak Field
July 5 FC Gold Pride vs. St. Louis Athletica -- Buck Shaw Stadium
July 5 Washington Freedom vs. Los Angeles Sol FSC Maryland SoccerPlex
July 12 Boston Breakers vs. Sky Blue FC FSC Harvard Stadium
July 12 Chicago Red Stars vs. FC Gold Pride -- Toyota Park

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – June 9-June 15 

LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP KICKS OFF, THIRD ROUND POSSIBLE PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer has announced the third round possible pairings for the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Results from the second round of play on June 16 will determine the matchups and venues for the third round to take place on June 30. The second round of play includes eight teams from the United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL1), four from the USL Second Division (USL2), and three clubs from the Premier Development League (PDL); only one side from the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) remains to fill out the 16-team bracket. The first round of the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicked off on Tuesday, June 9, with 28 teams competing for the chance to advance into the second round. Overall it was a night of dominance for the home sides, as only two of the 14 matches were won by the visitors. The first round game between the Ocean City Barons (PDL) and Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL2) was postponed due to weather, as was Real Maryland FC (USL2) against Aegean Hawks (USASA-Va.). Both games took place Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. Complete first round results and possible third round pairings are available at ussoccer.com.

ESPN AND UNIVISION NETWORKS TO TELEVISE U.S. MNT MATCHES AT THE 2009 FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team’s matches at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup will be broadcast on four different ESPN platforms, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV, as well as Telefutura. ESPN and ESPN2 will televise all 16 matches of the tournament, which takes place June 14-28 in South Africa. The United States has been drawn into a powerful Group B along with reigning world champions Italy, five-time World Cup winners Brazil, and reigning African Cup of Nations winners Egypt. Three days after facing Italy in the teams’ group opener at Loftus Versfeld in Tshwane/Pretoria, the U.S. faces Brazil at 9:55 a.m. ET in the same venue. That match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN360.com and TeleFutura. The United States finishes group play on June 21 against Egypt at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg at 2:25 p.m. ET, live on ESPN2, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV and TeleFutura. ESPN will also televise the Group B clash between Italy and Brazil at 2:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 21, as well as the semifinals June 24-25, which will be shown simultaneously on ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV. The third place match and tournament final will be broadcast live on ESPN2, as well as ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV. Univision will televise five matches, including the first-round match between Italy and Brazil, the third place game and the final on Sunday, June 28. All matches on Univision will include 30-minute República Deportiva pre- and post-game shows. Galavision will also broadcast five matches, all during the group phase of the eight-team tournament. Both semifinal games will be broadcast live on TeleFutura.

 

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-23 WOMEN HEAD TO CLEVELAND FOR TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team, under the guidance of head coach Bill Irwin, traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, for a training camp that began June 12 and will run until June 19 at the Premier Soccer Academies, a facility developed and opened by legendary U.S. goalkeeper and current Aston Villa starter Brad Friedel. Irwin called 24 players to camp, during which the U.S. team will play two matches against the Cleveland Internationals of the USL W-League. Irwin’s squad is made up entirely of college-aged players, with numerous players eligible for the U-23s currently competing in Women’s Professional Soccer. The roster includes 2008 Olympic gold medalist Tobin Heath, who will be entering her senior season at UNC this fall, as well as five players (including Heath) who have represented the USA in a FIFA youth Women’s World Cup. That group includes forward Alex Morgan, who helped the U.S. U-20s to the world title last year in Chile while scoring four goals and earning the Silver Ball as the second best player in the tournament and the Bronze Shoe as the third leading scorer. The roster also includes midfielder Casey Nogueira and goalkeeper Kelsey Davis, who both trained with the full U.S. team in Canada during its run up to the USA’s 4-0 victory over the Canadians on Memorial Day in Toronto. Irwin will be focusing on this training camp to select an 18-player roster that will travel to England in July for two matches against England.

U.S. U-23 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A & M; Centennial, Colo.), Kelsey Davis (Portland; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Mo Isom (Louisiana State; Marietta, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Lauren Barnes (UCLA; Upland, Calif.), Caitlin Farrell (Wake Forest; Fort Meyers, Fla.), Lindsey Kowal (Harvard; East Meadow, N.Y.), Carly Peetz (Nebraska; Lincoln, Neb.), Kat Reynolds (Santa Clara; Medina, Wash.), Jessica Schuveiller (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Brianne Young (Texas A & M; Castle Pines North, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kendra Chandhoke (Portland; Morrison, Colo.), Amanda DaCosta (Florida State; Katonah, N.Y.), Sinead Farrelly (Virginia; Havertown, Pa.), Ali Hawkins (North Carolina; Encinitas, Calif.), Tobin Heath (North Carolina; Basking Ridge, N.J.), Elli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah), Kylie Wright (UCLA; R. Santa Margarita, Calif.)
FORWARDS (7): Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Laura Heyboer (Michigan State; Hudonsville, Mich.), Alex Morgan (California; Diamond Bar, Calif.), Casey Nogueira (North Carolina; Raleigh, N.C.), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford; Fayetteville, Ga.), Christen Press (Stanford; PV Estates, Calif.), Katie Schoepfer (Penn State; Waterford, Conn.)

U-20 MNT SET TO TRAVEL TO EGYPT AS PART OF WORLD CUP PREPARATION: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen will take 18 players on a trip to Cairo, Egypt, from June 22-30 to continue preparations for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U.S. will play two international friendlies against Egypt on June 27 and June 29 as both teams prepare for the World Cup. Rongen’s team will also get accustomed to the travel, hotel and food in the country that will host the event from Sept. 24-Oct. 16. Of the 18 players on the roster, 12 were part of the team that took second place at the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Trinidad & Tobago in March. Led by goalkeeper Brian Perk, the team held four-consecutive shutouts leading into the regional final. Perk will be joined in Egypt by UCLA teammate Michael Stephens, who scored in consecutive games against Costa Rica during the team’s most recent camp in Sarasota, Fla. Joining the U-20s for the first time are Gerardo Saavedra from Milwaukee and Gatorade National Boy’s Soccer Player of the Year Dillon Powers. Powers, along with defenders Zarek Valentin and Gale Agbossoumonde, who recently returned from the Lisbon International Tournament in Portugal where they helped the U-18 MNT to a 1-1-1 record. The U.S. has been drawn into a difficult Group C of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and will match up against Germany on Sept. 26, Cameroon on Sept. 29 and Korea Republic on Oct. 2 in the first round. All three of the USA’s group matches will be played at the brand-new Mubarak Stadium in Suez.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn, Ga.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Gale Agbossoumonde (unattached; Syracuse, N.Y.), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), Zarek Valentin (PA Classics; Lancaster, Pa.) Sheanon Williams (unattached; Boston, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.), Dillon Powers (Andromeda; Plano, Texas), Gerardo Saavedra (Mequon SC; Milwaukee, Wis.), Michael Stephens (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.), Andrew Wenger (PA Classics; Lititz, Pa.)
FORWARDS (3): Sam Garza (Denver; Highland Village, Texas), Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas; Rockford, Ill.) Tony Taylor (Jacksonville; Jacksonville, Fla.)

U.S. U-20 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM HEADS TO GERMANY FOR TWO MATCHES: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will travel to Germany from June 19-27 for matches against the England and German Under-19s, who are both preparing for the UEFA Under-19 Women’s Championships which will take place July 13-25 in Belarus. The players on the U.S. team, mostly born in 1990 and 1991, are the same age as their European counterparts. The trip will be especially beneficial to the U.S. team, not only giving them experience in the host country of the next U-20 world championship, but also giving the young players two quality games against teams that could be playing in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that the Germans will host in the late summer. The U.S. U-20s have a 6-1-2 record in 2009, including a 1-1-1 mark in international matches, all played in La Manga, Spain during a tournament in March. The USA lost to Germany, 2-0, in that competition. U.S. head coach Jillian Ellis will bring 18 players to Germany, including 10 that were members of either the USA’s 2008 U-17 or U-20 Women’s World Cup Teams. The roster includes midfielder Christine Nairn, who earned her first full national team cap on May 25 in the USA’s 4-0 win over Canada in Toronto. The roster also includes goalkeeper Taylor Vancil, who won the Golden Glove as the top ‘keeper at the 2008 U-17 WWC in New Zealand and forward Sydney Leroux, who swept the top player and top scorer awards at the 2008 U-20 WWC in Chile. Ellis called-up both Mewis sisters, Kristie and Samantha, who were the first siblings to play for the United States in a Women’s World Cup together when they represented the USA in New Zealand. Kristie won the Bronze Ball as the third best player in the tournament. The young Americans will face England on Monday, June 22, at Stadion Flensburg in Flensburg and will take on the host Germans on Friday, June 26, at Wolfgang Meyer Stadion, in Hamburg.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cat Parkhill (Minnesota; Apple Valley, Minn.), Taylor Vancil (Louisville; South Elgin, Ill.);
DEFENDERS (6): Cloee Colohan (Portland; West Point, Utah), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Cami Levin (Stanford; Newport Coast, Calif.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualitin, Oregon), Beth West (Texas A & M; Centennial, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues, Costa Mesa, Calif.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpion SC; Hanson, Mass.), Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford, Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.);
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Alwine (Virginia; Elizabethtown, Pa.), Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.)

40-PLAYER U-17 MNT TRAINING CAMP UNDERWAY IN ZAREPATH, N.J.: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team has come together for its first training camp of the summer from June 14-21 in Somerset, N.J. Head coach Wilmer Cabrera has called in 40 players who are training at PDA as the team continues preparation for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup. The training camp roster includes 14 players who have not been part of U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program. From that group, 11 participated on Development Academy Select Teams at the recent Development Academy Spring Showcase in Sarasota, Fla. Two teams of 18 players chosen by the U-17 coaching staff and Academy technical advisors competed against a split U-17 MNT over two days. The new players will mix in with 26 veterans of the Residency Program, including 18 players who were part of the U.S. U-17 team that successfully qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a strong showing at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in April. The U.S. won all three games in Tijuana, Mexico, to seal a berth in the world championship. Each player in the training camp was born in 1992 or 1993 as Cabrera and his staff evaluate a large player pool geared toward the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is slated for Nigeria from Oct. 24-Nov.15.

U.S. U-17 MNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Keith Cardona (NY Red Bulls Academy; Glen Rock, N.J.), Earl Edwards (La Jolla Nomads; San Diego, Calif.), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.), Alexander Tambakis (Panathinaikos FC; Athens, Greece)
DEFENDERS (14): Michael Ambrose (Texas Fire; El Paso, Texas), Marquez Fernandez (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Baltimore, Md.), Joe Garcia (Lonestar Aztex Academy; Buda, Texas), Ricardo Hernandez (Arsenal FC; Fontana, Calif.), Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis, Ind.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Torey McGaw (Mustang SC; Alamo, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Celtic Green; Edmond, Okla.), Emilio Orozco (Rampage FC; Oxnard, Calif.), Tyler Polak (Capital Soccer Academy; Lincoln, Neb.), Momudu Sluwar (FC DELCO; Philadelphia, Pa.), Jared Watts (North Meck Storm; Statesville, N.C.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (13): AJ Corrado (Carmel United SC; Zionsville, Ind.), Sean Davis (Match Fit Chelsea; Holmdel, N.J.), Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Ducanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; South San Francisco, Calif.), George Malki (SC Delsol Extreme; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier; Battleground, Wash.), Trey Saunders (Virgina Rush AS Monaco; Virginia Beach, Va.), Joseph Schmid (FC DELCO; Kingston, Pa.), Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.), Erik Stephenson (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif), Riley Wolfe (LA Galaxy Academy; Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (9): Juan Agudelo (NY Red Bulls Academy; Barnegat, N.J.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif), Dustin Corea (East Side United FC; Milwaukee, Ore.), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Zachary Foxhoven (Colorado Rush AS Monaco; Littleton, Colo.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gotschee; Huntington, N.Y.), Alec Sundly (Irvine Strikers; Capistrano Beach, Calif.)

U-15 BNT SETTLED IN ZAREPHATH, N.J. FOR WEEK-LONG TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Under-15 Boy's National Team head coach Jim Barlow kicked off a week-long training camp on Sunday, June 14, as 48 players will gather in Zarephath, N.J. The camp coincides with the U-17 MNT training camp which takes place at the same time at the PDA training facilities. The players will gather from June 14 - June 21 in one of the final U-15 events for players born in 1994. The U-15 BNT recently returned from a week-long stint in Moenchengladbach, Germany, where they trained at the home of Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchenglabach and had daily visits with Men’s National Team midfielder Michael Bradley. From that trip, 18 players return to Barlow’s team including Jalen Robinson, who wore the captain’s armband in the team’s game against Germany on May 22. All players called into camp are eligible to participate in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. U-17 coaches will be evaluating '94s for the next cycle of U.S. Soccer's Residency Program.

U.S. U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kendall McIntosh (Santa Rosa United; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Joshua McNeely (Real So Cal; Hidden Hills, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Texas Premier; Houston, Texas), Jacob Schenk (PDA; Watchung, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (12): Andre Alvarez (Santa Clara Sporting; Albany, Calif.), Andrew Chang (Sockers FC; Highland Park, Ill.), Jerome Cristobal (Vardar; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Malcolm Harris (Potomac; Damascus, Md.), Marc Pelosi (DeAnza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Travis Pillon (Mustang SC; Oakland, Calif.), Mykal Riley (Arsenal FC; Lake Elsinore, Calif.), Jalen Robinson (Bethesda SC; Catonsville, Md.), Michael Russo (Olney Rangers; McLean, Va.), Andrew Sounders (PSA; Amherst, Ohio), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Austin Yearwood (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, S.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (22): Atsou Ayah (Black Watch; Tampa, Fla.), Marco Carrazales (FC Dallas Juniors; Dallas, Texas), Maul Corboz (NJSA; Manahawkin, N.J.), Alberto Diaz (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Christian Duarte (Texas SC; League City, Texas), Matthew Dunn (PSA; Dallas, Texas), Alfred Edmonds (DeAnza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Michael Gamble (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Columbia, Md.), Eric Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy Academy; Corona, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Irvin Gijon (Players Soccer Club; Las Vegas, Nev.), Brody Hickey (Dallas Texans; Plano, Texas), Collin Martin (DC United Academy; Chevy Chase, Md.), Ryan Masch (DeAnza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Oscar Ortega (Albion SC; San Ysidro, Calif.), Andre Reyes (Dallas Texans; Flower Mound, Texas), Joel Salmeron (Chicago Fire Academy; Cicero, Ill.), Erick Sanchez (Houston Dynamo Academy; Edinburg, Texas), Ross Tetro (NJSA 04; Marlboro, N.J.), Sebastian Velasquez (Los Alamitos Italia; Los Angeles, Calif.), John Villantoy (Met Oval; Masperth, N.Y.), Victor Zamora (Rockford Raptors; Rockford, Ill.)
FORWARDS (10): Bryan Celis (Texas Premier FC; Houston, Texas), Ethan Decker (NJSA 04; Green Brook, N.J.), Desmond Gonzalez (PSA; Miami, Fla.), Kellen Gulley (Mississippi Chicago Fire; Clinton, Miss.), Aldo Magano (SCYSO; Ontario, Calif.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Esteban Rodriguez (Italia Ill; Dell Gardens, Calif.), Mario Rodriguez (Rampage; North Hollywood, Calif.), Erik Sa (PDA; Watchung, N.J.), Melvin Snoh (Spirit United; Coatsville, Pa.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

2009 CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP TAKES PLACE JUNE 17-21: The qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF region for the 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will take place June 17-21 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The tournament was originally scheduled for April 29-May 3 but was postponed due to concerns over the outbreak of the H1N1 virus in Mexico. The U.S. was drawn into Group B of the tournament, along with Costa Rica and Bahamas. Group A consists of defending champion and host Mexico, El Salvador and Canada. The U.S. will kick off the tournament against Bahamas at 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday, June 17, and will close out the group at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 19, against Costa Rica. The semifinals, along with the match for fifth place, will be held on Saturday, June 20, and the two finalists will face off on Sunday, June 21.

CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Schedule 

Date Opponent Time Venue
June 17 Bahamas 5 p.m. CT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
June 19 Costa Rica 5 p.m. CT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
June 20 Fifth Place 3 p.m. CT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
June 20 Semifinals 4:15 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. CT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
June 21 Third Place 4:15 p.m. CT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
June 21 Championship 5:30 p.m. CT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

FOLLOW THE ACTION AT US CLUB SOCCER'S NATIONAL CUP VIII: The 2009 edition of the National Cup, US Club Soccer's signature national championship competition, continued the weekend of June 13-16 with Regionals in Dallas, Denver and Modesto, Calif. Regional events will be held through July 7, with the tournament's Finals taking place July 25-28 for boys and July 31-Aug. 3 for girls. Follow the action at each National Cup VIII Regional event via the National Cup Online Headquarters at www.usclubsoccer.org, your source for event information, scores, features, photos and more.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan stepped into the captain’s role as the U.S. faced Italy in the team’s Group B opener. Despite the 3-1 loss to the reigning world champions, Donovan rose to the occasion to earn Man of the Match honors by making numerous decisive runs, providing teammates with well-timed passes to create scoring opportunities and stepping up to score the USA's lone goal on a penalty kick in the 41st minute. The goal marked Donovan’s 40th for the MNT and further established the 27-year-old as a free kick specialist for the U.S. as he has never missed a penalty kick taken for the U.S.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: With the first match of the Confederations Cup in the record books, the U.S. next faces five-time world champions Brazil on Thursday, June 18, in the second Group B match of the tournament. Fans can follow along live on ESPN2, with a pre-game show beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET, and on TeleFutura beginning at 9:55 a.m. ET, as well as ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: After three years, many things were different heading into the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup clash between Italy and the United States, but some things stayed the same. U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark was sent off for a tackle on Gennaro Gattuso in the 33rd minute, leaving the U.S. to play the remainder of the first half, and the entire second half, with 10 men. The U.S. had some experience playing down a man against Italy, after having seen Pablo Mastroeni sent to the showers just before halftime of the teams’ last encounter at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. This time, however, Italy took advantage of the space and scored three goals after the break, winning 3-1 in Tshwane/Pretoria.

QUOTABLE: "I owe it to my colleagues. I score, but I benefit from the work done behind me."
-- Spanish forward Fernando Torres speaks to FIFA.com about the hat trick he scored in Spain’s 5-0 win against New Zealand on Sunday, June 14, at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

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