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U.S. Soccer Wire: 1996 WNT Elected to U.S. Olympic HOF


GOLD-MEDAL WINNING SQUAD RECEIVES ONLY TEAM HONOR AMONG INDUCTEES: The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced yesterday that the 1996 U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer Team was one of 10 new inductees into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony marks the first new class to be added to the U.S Olympic Hall of Fame since 1992. The distinguished Class of 2004 cumulatively owns 26 gold, seven silver and four bronze medals. The ’96 U.S. Women were the only team to be honored as such, with the rest of the class being comprised of six individuals, a Paralympian, a Veteran and a Special Contributor. The award show-style induction ceremony for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame will be held July 1, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago, and will air in a nationally televised special on the USA Network. Voting for the Class of 2004 was divided among U.S. Olympians, select U.S. Olympic family/media and, for the first time ever, online fans. Below are the list of the 10 inductees and their accomplishments:
2004 USOC Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Matt Biondi, Swimming: 11 career Olympic medals (8 gold)
  • Bonnie Blair, Speedskating: Most decorated U.S. winter Olympian of all-time with five gold medals
  • Janet Evans, Swimming: Four-time gold medalist tied as only U.S. swimmer to win four individual titles
  • Florence Griffith Joyner, Track & Field: Three-time gold medalist and current 100m and 200m world record holder
  • Dan Jansen, Speedskating: Broke world record to win gold medal in final event of his fourth Games
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Track & Field: Won back-to-back heptathlon gold medals, earning six Olympic medals
  • 1996 Women's Soccer Team: Led by Mia Hamm, won the first-ever gold in Olympic women's soccer
  • Randy Snow, Basketball, Tennis and Track & Field (Paralympian): Only athlete to compete in three Paralympic Games in three different sports, and win medals in each
  • Alice Coachman Davis, Track & Field (Veteran): 1948 gold medal in the high jump was the first black woman to win Olympic gold
  • Bud Greenspan, Filmmaker (Special Contributor): Olympic documentaries have won six (6) Emmy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Director's Guild of America and a Peabody Award

ROSTER FOR FOXBORO FRIENDLY EXCLUSIVELY ON ussoccer.com WED. AT 1 P.M. ET: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena will announce his 18-player roster for the June 2 match versus Honduras at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., exclusively on ussoccer.com on Wednesday (May 19) at 1 p.m. ET.  The match, which will be the last preparation for the USA’s preliminary round CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying series versus Grenada on June 13 and 20, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and be broadcast via tape delay on Telemundo. The winner of the USA-Grenada aggregate goals series will advance to the semifinal round of qualifying, where they will play six round-robin games against three other teams from Aug. 18 through Nov. 17, 2004. Should the U.S. advance past Grenada, the semifinal round home opener is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 4 and would also be hosted by the three-year-old Gillette Stadium at a time to be determined. Advance tickets for the June 2 game against Honduras range from $25-$45 are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets (including all Filene’s stores), by calling 617-931-2000 (Boston), 413-733-2500 (Western Mass.), 207-775-3331 (Maine), 603-868-7300 (New Hampshire) or 401-331-2211 (Rhode Island), and on-line at ussoccer.com. Advanced ticket information for the Sept. 4 match in New England will be announced soon.

U.S. FUTSAL TO FACE HONDURAS TOMORROW IN MILWAUKEE: The U.S. Futsal National Team will face Honduras tomorrow (May 18) and Thursday (May 20) at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wis., in a two-game Preliminary Round series. Both games kick off at 7 p.m. CT. The winner of the total-goal series will advance to the eight-team CONCACAF Final Qualifying Tournament to be played in Costa Rica during the last two weeks of July. That event will determine the region's two participants in the FIFA Futsal World Championship in Chinese Taipei from Nov. 21 to Dec. 5. In the other two match-ups between Northern Zone and UNCAF representatives in the Preliminary Round, Panama will face Canada, and Mexico will square off against El Salvador. At the CONCACAF Final Qualifying Tournament in Costa Rica, the three winners will join host Costa Rica, Cuba, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname. The eight final teams will battle for the top two spots to qualify for the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Championship.

U.S. WOMEN’S “QUEST FOR SUMMER GLORY” TOUR SET THROUGH AUG. 1 SEND-OFF: The U.S. Women's National Team has the week off before returning to Olympic Residency Camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., where they’ll prepare for their third of six exhibition matches that make up the “Quest for Summer Glory” Tour. The U.S. began the tour with an impressive 5-1 win over Brazil in Birmingham, Ala., with 2004 leading scorer Abby Wambach pumping in a pair of goals and Mia Hamm providing a goal and three assists in the win. The U.S. improved to 12-1-1 on the year and 13-0-0 all-time against Mexico with a 3-0 win in front of almost 18,000 fans in its second domestic match. The U.S. team will regroup on May 23 to prepare for their next match on Sunday, June 6 against Japan in Louisville, Ky. (4 p.m. ET on ESPN2). Tickets for USA-Japan range in price levels from $18 to $45 and are on sale now at all area Ticketmaster outlets (including Kroger’s stores), as well as the University of Louisville athletic ticket office in the Student Activities Center (open Mon. through Fri. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Tickets can also be ordered by phone at 502-361-3100 (Louisville) or 859-281-6644 (Lexington) and online at ussoccer.com. The USA also has matches on July 3 vs. Canada in Nashville, Tenn. (7 p.m. CT on ESPN), July 21 vs. Australia in Blaine, Minn. (6 p.m. CT on ESPN2), and an Olympic send-off match on Aug. 1 in Hartford, Conn., against China (3 p.m. ET on ESPN2). Ticket information for the final three matches is available online in the Tickets section of ussoccer.com.
U.S. WNT “Quest for Summer Glory” Tour
Results
Date            Opponent       Result     U.S. Goal Scorers                                     Attendance
April 24       Brazil              5-1 W    Foudy, Wambach (2), Welsh, Hamm        11,527
May 9         Mexico           3-0 W    Parlow, Hamm, Chalupny                          17,805
Schedule
Date           Opponent        Venue; City                                                  Kickoff (Local) / TV
June 6         Japan              Cardinal Stadium; Louisville, Ky.                  4 p.m. ET / ESPN2
July 3          Canada           The Coliseum; Nashville, Tenn.                     7 p.m. CT / ESPN
July 21        Australia         National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.            6 p.m. CT / ESPN2
Aug. 1        China              Rentschler Field; Hartford, Conn.                  3 p.m. ET / ESPN2

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR U.S. MEN’S QUALIFIER ON JUNE 13 IN COLUMBUS: Single-game tickets for the U.S. Men's National Team first match on the road to the 2006 World Cup against Grenada on June 13 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, went on sale last week. The match, which will kickoff at 1 p.m. ET (live on ESPN2 and Telemundo), is the first of a two-game World Cup qualifying series that will conclude in St. George's, Grenada on June 20. Tickets for the USA's first 2006 World Cup qualifier range from $25-$65. Tickets are available at all local Ticketmaster outlets (including all Kroger stores), online at ussoccer.com or by phone at 614-431-3600.
2004 U.S. MNT Schedule
Date           Opponent        Venue; City                                         Kickoff (Local) / TV
June 2        Honduras         Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass.         7:30 p.m. ET / Telemundo (11:30 p.m. ET/PT)
June 13      Grenada           Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio          1 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Telemundo
June 20      Grenada           St. George's, Grenada                         4 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Telemundo
July 11       Poland             Soldier Field; Chicago                         6 p.m. CT / ESPN2
Aug. 18     Jamaica or Haiti *                  TBD (away)                  TBD
Sept. 4      El Salvador or Bermuda *      Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass    TBD
Sept. 9      Panama or St. Lucia *            TBD (away)                  TBD
Oct. 10     El Salvador or Bermuda *      TBD (away)                  TBD
Oct. 13     Panama or St. Lucia *            TBD (United States)      TBD
Nov. 17    Jamaica or Haiti *                  Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio     TBD
* Should the U.S. advance past Grenada to the semifinal round

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-21 WNT HEAD TO BRAZIL FOR TOURNAMENT NEXT WEEK: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team will leave for Brazil on Friday (May 21) and play in the Cataratas Tournament next week in the state of Parana, which borders Paraguay and Argentina in the south of Brazil. The U-21s will play local club team Paulistana Selection on May 23 before kicking off the tournament on May 26 against the Brazilian League All-Star Team. On May 28, the USA will then face China's Under-21 WNT, which they defeated 2-0 this year during a March trip to China, and finish the tournament with a cracker of a match against the Brazilian Olympic Team on May 29. All the matches will take place Cataratas Stadium. Head coach Chris Petrucelli has called in an 18-player roster that features two players currently in Olympic Residency camp with the senior national team in midfielder Leslie Osborne and defender Amy LePeilbet, both key members of the U-21s over the last two years. LePeilbet and midfielder Joanna Lohman are the only two players on the roster who have exhausted their college eligibility, but they are still eligible for the 2004 Nordic Cup Team as "overage" players.
U-21 WNT Schedule
Date             Opponent
May 23        Paulistana Selection
May 26        League All Star Team
May 28        China U-21
May 29        Brazil Selection
U.S. Under-21 Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2):
Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), Kati Jo Spisak (Texas A&M);
DEFENDERS (4): Keeley Dowling (University of Tennessee), Hayley Hunt (Stanford), Amy LePeilbet (Arizona State), Carmen Watley (UNC);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Lindsey Huie (Portland), Joanna Lohman (Penn State), Jill Oakes (UCLA), Leslie Osborne (Santa Clara), Julianne Sitch (DePaul), Nikki Thaden (Texas), Kacey White (UNC);
FORWARDS (4): Tara Hurless (Illinois), Natasha Kai (Hawaii), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Kelly Wilson (Texas).

U-19 WNT LEAVES FOR CONCACAF WOMEN’S QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT ON THURSDAY: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team will leave this Thursday (May 20) to compete for a berth in the 2004 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship at the CONCACAF U-19 Women’s Qualifying Tournament in Ottawa and Montreal, Canada, from May 28-June 6, 2004. Head coach Mark Krikorian’s 18-player roster is led by four members of the 2002 team that won the FIFA U-19 World Championship in goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defender Rachel Buehler, midfielder Angie Woznuk and forward Kerri Hanks, all born after the cutoff date for the 2004 World Championship, which is Jan. 1, 1985. For the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, the United States was drawn into Group B in the eight-team, two-group tournament and will take on the Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica in first round play. The host Canadians were placed at the top of Group A, along with Mexico, Jamaica and Panama. The top-two finishers in each group will "cross-over" in the semifinals with the winners of those games earning berths to the second FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship, which will be held in Thailand from November 10-27, 2004.
U-19 WNT Qualifying Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.);
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Portland), Kia McNeill (Avon, Conn.), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Stephanie Kron (UCLA), Stacy Lindstrom (UCLA), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Jennifer Redmond (Morristown, N.J.);
FORWARDS (5): Bristyn Davis (UCLA), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), Angie Woznuk (Portland).

U-18 MNT TO PLAY THREE MATCHES DURING TOUR OF ARGENTINA NEXT WEEK: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will play the Argentina U-18 MNT and two local club teams during its trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina next week. Bob Jenkins’ squad will leave on May 23 (Sunday) and spend a week training and playing games before returning on May 31. The U.S. will first face Argentina on May 26, before meeting two Argentina clubs, River Plate on May 29 and Boca Juniors on May 31. Jenkins is bringing 18 players for the trip, half of which recently graduated from U.S. Soccer’s Under-17 Residency Program. MetroStars midfielder Michael Bradley is the only professional on the roster, while University of Virginia midfielder Drew Harrison is the lone college player.
U-18 MNT Schedule
Date             Opponent
May 26        Argentina U-18
May 28        Boca Juniors
May 31        River Plate
U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2):
Marcus Rein (Modesto, Calif.), Steve Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio);
DEFENDERS (6): Greg Folk (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Mike Orozco (Stanton, Calif.), Karl Schilling (Canton, Conn.), Kwame Siriboe (Chino Hills, Calif.), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Michael Bradley (MetroStars), Drew Harrison (University of Virginia), Christian Jimenez (San Dimas, Calif.), Dax McCarty (Maitland, Fla.), Danny Szetela (Clifton, N.J),
FORWARDS (5): Ely Allen (Kent, Wash.), Rich Costanzo (Jefferson Hills, Pa.), Charlie Davies (Manchester, N.H.), Mike Grella (Glen Cove, N.Y.), Rodrigo Hidalgo (Atlantis, Fla.).

U-16, U-15 GIRLS FINISH CAMPS AT HDC; U-16s DOWN U-15s 4-0: The Under-16 Girls' National Team and Under-15 Girls' Developmental Team each finished their training camps last week at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The U-16 GNT won the only match between the two teams, defeating the U-15s 4-0 behind goals from C.J. Ludemann, Kelly O'Hara and two from Nikki Washington on May 10. The U-16s also played another match the following day, defeating the Laguna Hills Eclipse 3-1 as Jessica McDonald, Kelly O'Hara and Carolyn Blank scored three unanswered goals after the local club team had taken an early lead.
U-16 GNT Results
Date             Opponent                Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
May 10        U-16 GNT              4-0 W     Ludemann, O'Hara, Washington (2)
May 11        Laguna Hills             3-1 W     McDonald, O'Hara, Blank

– LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE –

ATLANTA SILVERBACKS, PORTLAND TIMBERS QUALIFY FOR 2004 OPEN CUP: The Atlanta Silverbacks and Portland Timbers of the A-League qualified for the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup last weekend by winning their aggregate goal series versus the Charleston Battery and Seattle Sounders, respectively. Nineteen of the 40 slots have now been confirmed, and only three slots remain for A-League teams to qualify. After winning the first leg of the series 2-0, the Silverbacks got two goals from Mac Cozier in a 2-2 draw with the Battery to win the series. The Battery will advance to the Open Cup as a secondary qualifier as the 2003 A-League Champion. In the other series completed last weekend, the Portland Timbers qualified for the Open Cup for the first time as a member of the A-League with a 3-1 aggregate advantage over the Seattle Sounders. In another A-League qualifying match, the Rochester Raging Rhinos and the Syracuse Salty Dogs played to a 1-1 draw in Syracuse. The second leg of that series will be played on May 22 in Rochester, N.Y. Qualifying continues through May 23 at all levels. For a complete breakdown of the qualifying results, visit the U.S. Open Cup section of ussoccer.com.
2004 U.S. Open Cup Qualifiers
MLS (10 of 10):
Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, Dallas Burn, D.C. United, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution, MetroStars, San Jose Earthquakes;
A-League (5 of 8): Atlanta Silverbacks, Charleston Battery (2003 League Champ), Minnesota Thunder (2003 League Finalist), Portland Timbers, Richmond Kickers;
Pro Select League (1 of 6): Wilmington Hammerheads (2003 League Champ);
Premier Development League (1 of 8): Cape Cod Crusaders (2003 League Champ);
USASA (2 of 8): Milwaukee Bavarians (Wisc.; Region II), S.A.C. Wisla (Ill.; Reg. II).

– AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD –

FIFA NAMES SOUTH AFRICA AS HOST OF 2010 WORLD CUP: FIFA announced on May 15 that South Africa will host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, marking the first world championship in the history of world football’s governing body to be held in Africa. With 14 votes, South Africa was declared the winner after the first round of voting, edging Morocco (10 votes) and easily defeating Egypt (zero votes). Tunisia was also in the running, but withdrew its bid last week, while Libya’s bid was ruled out as it did not meet all the stipulations laid down in the official List of Requirements. The result of the vote represents the highlight and climax of an 18-month procedure that began at the end of 2002 with the African member associations invited to declare an interest in hosting the tournament. As well as the five countries that submitted full bid files and received visits from the FIFA Inspection Group between October 2003 and the end of January 2004, Nigeria had also shown initial interest but decided against following it up at the end of September 2003. In 2000, following the dramatic result of the voting for the host nation of the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Germany prevailing by 12 votes to 11 (with one abstention), the FIFA Executive Committee decided to introduce a rotation policy for the FIFA World Cup and accorded Africa the right to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. FIFA’s flagship event will be held in South America in 2014.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT goalkeeper Kasey Keller completed a remarkable streak of consecutive minutes and matches played over the weekend, helping Tottenham to a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton. With the full 90 in that match, Keller has incredibly appeared in every minute of every match of all of the club’s competitions across the last two seasons (2002-03 and 2003-04).

MARQUEE MATCH-UP: U.S. MNT goalkeeper Tim Howard has a chance to cap an outstanding debut season with his first English hardware as Manchester United battle Milwall in the F.A. Cup final on Sunday (May 23) at Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. If he gets the nod in goal, the 2003-04 EPL Goalkeeper of the Year will lead the Red Devils in search of their 11th F.A. Cup trophy, their 10 titles the most victories of any club in the 132-year history of the tournament. Howard, 25, has posted 16 shutouts in 42 appearances for United, including a 1-0 blanking of EPL Champions Arsenal in the semifinal round.

SOCCER SHOCKER:  For all its star power, Real Madrid is not acting like one of the most formidable teams in the world, losing their club-record fourth straight league match, 2-1, this past weekend to already relegated Murcia. The loss was disastorous for David Beckham and company, as it puts them in third place behind Barcelona by two points with only one game left. If Real finishes in third place behind league-leader Valencia and Barcelona, it will be required to play a Champions League qualifier in August.

QUOTABLE:  “We didn't give up five goals, so that's a good sign."
             --MetroStars defender Tim Regan, on their 1-1 draw with Chicago after a 5-5 tie with San Jose on May 8

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