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U.S. Soccer Wire - July 28, 2008


U.S. MEN’S AND WOMEN’S OLYMPIC TEAMS ON THE GROUND IN CHINA;
U-17 WOMEN CLAIM CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP WITH VICTORY OVER COSTA RICA; YOUTH TEAMS GEAR UP FOR SUMMER TRIPS TO EUROPE, CENTRAL AMERICA AND SOUTH AMERICA

U.S. WOMEN’S OLYMPIC TEAM LANDS FOR QUICK STOP IN BEIJING, THEN TAKES TRAIN TO QINHUANGDAO: The U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer Team arrived in Beijing on the afternoon of July 24, a little weary after the 12-hour flight, but considering this is the USA’s third trip to Asia this year, the players are more than familiar with the travel. The U.S. soccer players are among the first American athletes to arrive in China (the U.S. Boxing Team came the day before) and the team will have about two weeks of acclimation before its opening match against Norway on Aug. 6 in Qinhuangdao. The players did a light jogging workout during the early evening July 24 to get the legs moving after a long flight. The morning of July 25 featured a team outing to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and the players got in a good weight workout in the afternoon. A trip to the Great Wall of China took up most of July 26. The team got in its first full training session on the morning of July 27 before packing up and traveling to Qinhuangdao via train in the late afternoon to set up base for the first match. Follow the team on it’s journey to their first venue on the WNT Blog. (http://wnt-ussoccer.blogspot.com/) The U.S. team comes into the Olympics with a 21-0-1 record in 2008 after sweeping Brazil in the final two exhibition matches, winning both games by 1-0 scores.

USA First-Round Olympic Women’s Soccer
Group G Schedule
Date         Opponent         Venue                                                                                Kickoff
Aug. 6       Norway             Qinhuangdao (Olympic Sports Center Stadium)     7:45 p.m. local / 7:45 a.m. ET
Aug. 9       Japan               Qinhuangdao (Olympic Sports Center Stadium)     5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Aug. 12     New Zealand  Shenyang (Olympic Sports Center Stadium)            7:45 p.m. local / 7:45 a.m. ET

2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2):18-Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), 1-Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (6): 4-Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), 17-Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), 14-Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), 15-Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), 2-Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), 3-Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.);
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), 13-Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), 16-Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), 11-Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), 9-Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), 5-Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), 10-Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.).
FORWARDS (3): 12-Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), 6-Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), 8-Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.).

U.S. MEN’S OLYMPIC TEAM LANDS IN HONG KONG AHEAD OF ING CUP: The U.S. Men’s Olympic Team arrived in Hong Kong over the weekend, and Peter Nowak’s side is gearing up for its final preparations ahead of the Beijing Olympics. Nowak’s 18 man squad will take part in the ING Cup, facing off against fellow Olympic participants Ivory Coast on July 30 and Cameroon on Aug. 2. The U.S. Olympic roster features 12 players who have experience at the full national team level, including the three youngest players on the team, Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, and the most senior member of the team in Brian McBride. Following the conclusion of the tournament in Hong Kong, the team will depart for mainland China, with arrival in Tianjin scheduled for Aug. 3.

U.S. Men's Olympic Team Upcoming Schedule
Date         Opponent           Time (local / ET)             Competition
July 30     Ivory Coast         TBD                                   ING Cup
Aug. 2      Cameroon          TBD                                   ING Cup
Aug. 7      Japan                   5 p.m. / 5 a.m.                2008 Beijing Olympics
Aug. 10    Netherlands       7:45 p.m. / 7:45 a.m.     2008 Beijing Olympics
Aug. 13    Nigeria                 5 p.m. / 5 a.m.                2008 Beijing Olympics

2008 U.S. Men’s Olympic Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (4): Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Danny Szetela (Brescia Calcio)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Brian McBride (Out of Contract), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)

McCARTY REPLACES STURGIS ON MEN’S OLYMPIC TEAM ROSTER: Midfielder Dax McCarty has been added to the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team after defender Nathan Sturgis was ruled out of the Olympics Games with an injured hamstring. McCarty, who plays with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer, joined up with the team in Palo Alto, Calif., this past week in advance of the squad’s departure to Hong Kong. McCarty was a key part of the squad’s successful run though Olympic Qualifying in March, playing in four games, starting three and logging 270 minutes in the CONCACAF tournament. He was also one of four Americans to be named to the tournament’s Best XI. Sturgis re-aggravated his right hamstring, an injury suffered several weeks ago while playing for Real Salt Lake.

INAUGURAL DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE: The Development Academy Finals Week ended on a high note late Saturday evening as the historic inaugural season came to a close at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., with Carmel United (Carmel, Ind.) taking home the U-15/16 championship behind a goal from A.J. Corrodo, just one day after 2008 Gatorade Player of the Year Chris Agorsor came off the bench to lead the Baltimore Bays to a thrilling 4-2 overtime victory against LAFC in the U-17/18 final. Agorsor and U-15/16 Vardar forward Soony Saad were named the Academy Player of the Year for their respective divisions as the end of year awards were announced two weeks ago for the 2007-2008 season. Each player headlined a Starting XI team from each age group, as well as a Starting XI from each conference. U-15/16 Met Oval’s Giovanni Savarese and U-17/18 LAFC’s Rafa Moran were named Academy Coaches of the Year, while Conference Coach of the Year awards were also announced.

Development Academy Finals Week
U-17/18 Final Results
Match                   Result
1st Place             Baltimore Bays 4, LAFC 2
3rd Place             Columbus Crew 4, Colorado Rush 0
5th Place             Concorde Fire 3, Chicago Fire 2
7th Place              FC Westchester 1, CASL 1 (FC Westchester wins 5-4 on penalty kicks)

U-15/16 Final Results
Match                     Result
1st Place              Carmel United 1, PDA 0
3rd Place              Schulz Academy 2, Real Colorado 0
5th Place              Chicago Magic 0, LAFC 0 (Magic win 4-2 on penalty kicks)
7th Place               Albertson 2, CASL 0

NBC TO PROVIDE CHANNEL EXCLUSIVELY FOR OLYMPIC SOCCER COVERAGE: NBC Universal will launch a channel exclusively dedicated to full coverage of Men’s and Women’s Soccer at the 2008 Olympic Games. A total of 32 Men’s and 26 Women’s Soccer Games will be shown in their entirety on the NBC Olympic Soccer Channel, in addition to coverage on USA Network, MSNBC and live streaming on NBCOlympics.com. The seven NBC Networks — NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Oxygen, Telemundo and Universal HD — will provide an unprecedented 3,600 hours of coverage, all in high definition. NBCOlympics.com will also provide over 3,000 hours of on-demand access to full event replays and extensive highlights. The NBC Olympic Soccer Channel is available on most major cable, satellite and telephone companies and distributors.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-17 WNT WINS 2008 CONCACAF U-17 WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP, GAINS BERTH TO U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN OCTOBER: The U.S. U-17 WNT won the 2008 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship by defeating Costa Rica 4-1, with goals coming from Tani Costa (2), Kristen Mewis and Courtney Verloo. While their semifinal victory already assured them of a qualification to the U-17 Women’s World Cup, the young U.S. internationals now know that they will face France, Japan and Paraguay in Group C at the inaugural edition of this age group’s world championship. The U.S. cruised through the CONCACAF tournament, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 29-2. In the semifinals, Kazbek Tambi’s team faced a stern test against Mexico, but a stoppage time goal from Crystal Dunn handed the U.S. a victory. Now the U.S. turns its sites to New Zealand, where they will take place in the World Cup from Oct. 28-Nov. 16.

2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup Final Draw
Locations: Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton and Wellington, New Zealand
Seeded teams: New Zealand, Germany, USA, Brazil

Group A: New Zealand, Canada, Denmark, Colombia
Group B: Costa Rica, Germany, Korea DPR, Ghana
Group C: Japan, USA, France, Paraguay
Group D: Brazil, England, Korea Republic, Nigeria

U.S. Under-17 Women – Group C Schedule
U-17 Women’s World Cup, New Zealand
Date             Opponent                                 Venue
Oct. 30         Japan                                         Hamilton, N.Z. (Waikato Stadium)
Nov. 2          Paraguay                                   Hamilton, N.Z. (Waikato Stadium)
Nov. 5          France                                        Hamilton, N.Z. (Waikato Stadium)

U.S. U-23 WNT DEFEATS GERMANY IN NORDIC CUP FINAL: The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated Germany, 3-0, to win the 2008 Nordic Cup Championship. Goals from India Trotter and Ella Massar (2) handed the U.S. women their 10th Nordic Cup in the past 12 years. Led by Bill Irwin, the U.S. Women allowed zero goals during the tournament, keeping four clean sheets while scoring nine goals at the other end. With her two goals in the final game, Massar finished as the U.S.’ leading scorer in the tournament with three.

U.S. U-23 WNT Results
Date             Opponent            Result        U.S. Goal Scorers
July 16         Switzerland         1-0 W         Klein
July 18         England              3-0 W         Trotter, Bosio, Klein
July 19         Norway                2-0 W         Massar, own goal
July 21         Germany             3-0 W         Trotter, Massar (2)

U.S. UNDER-20 WOMEN HEADS TO ENGLAND FOR PAIR OF FRIENDLIES: After a successful run in the 2008 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Qualifying Tournament, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team has earned its berth to the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile and now buckles down for about four months of preparation before the world championship. After conducting a training camp in Somerset, N.J. this past week, the team is now heading to England to face Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC in a pair of matches against women’s Premier League clubs. After bringing 28 players to training camp in New Jersey, U.S. head coach Tony DiCicco has whittled his squad down to 20 for the England trip. The USA will face Arsenal on Friday, Aug. 1 and Chelsea on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The USA qualified for the U-20 Women’s World Cup along with Canada, who defeated the USA 1-0 in the title game, and Mexico. The field is complete for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that will feature 16 teams.

Asia: China, Japan, North Korea
Africa: Congo DR, Nigeria
Europe: England, France, Germany, Norway
CONCACAF: Canada, USA, Mexico
Oceania: New Zealand
South America: Brazil, Argentina
Host: Chile

U.S. Under-20 WNT Roster
Friendlies in England
July 29- August 6, 2008 – London, England

GOALKEEPERS (2): Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State)
DEFENDERS (6): Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Liz Harkin (ASU), Brittney Macdonald (Miami), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Elli Reed (Portland)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Becky Edwards (Florida State), Christine Nairn (Freestate Freedom), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Denver, Colo.)
FORWARDS (7): Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (Sereno FC), Alyssa Mautz (Texas A & M), Alex Morgan (California), Nikki Washington (UNC)

U.S. UNDER-20 MEN FALL TO HOSTS AT MILK CUP IN NORTHERN IRELAND: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team fell to the hosts, Northern Ireland, by a 3-1 score on Monday at the 2008 Milk Cup. The U.S. got on the scoreboard in the first half on a Northern Ireland own goal. Head coach Thomas Rongen selected 18 players to travel to Northern Ireland, where the U.S. will now face Wales and a team TBD. Rongen has called in 11 players that were part of the team’s most recent match against Mexico, which the U.S. won 3-0, including five players from Major League Soccer and two who play abroad. Midfielder Michael Green will be joining the team for his first-ever National Team camp, after he was spotted by Rongen at the Development Academy Finals, where he was playing with the U-18 Columbus Crew Academy squad that finished in third place.

U.S. Under-20 MNT
2008 Milk Cup
Northern Ireland
July 24 – August 2, 2008

Schedule

Date         Opponent                 Result             USA Scorers        Location
July 28     Northern Ireland        1-3 L             Own goal              Coleraine, NIR
July 30     Wales                                                                                Ballymoney, NIR
Aug. 1      TBD                                                                                    TBD, NIR

U.S. Under-20 MNT 2008 Milk Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (FC Dallas), Brian Perk (UCLA)
DEFENDERS (6): Richard Balchan (Indiana University), Kyle Davies (Southampton FC), Ike Opara (Wake Forest), Zarek Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas), Sheanon Williams (North Carolina)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Daniel Cruz (UNLV), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA), Michael Green (Columbus Crew Academy), Brandon Manzonelli (New England Revolution), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (4): Vincenzo Bernardo (SSC Napoli), Abdus Ibrahim (Toronto FC), Peri Marosevic (Michigan), Casey Townsend (Maryland)

U-18 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TRAVELS TO SOUTH AMERICA FOR FRIENDLIES AGAINST URUGUAY AND PARAGUAY: The U-18 Men’s National Team is heading to South America for two friendlies each against Uruguay and Paraguay. Head Coach Dave Sarachan has named 18 players to the roster for the trip, and the team will take the field on July 31 and August 2 against Uruguay, before heading to Paraguay for games on August 4 and August 6.

U.S. Under-18 MNT
Training Camp
Uruguay and Paraguay
July 27 – Aug. 8, 2008

Schedule
Date                         Opponent                     Location
July 31 & Aug. 2     Uruguay                        Montevideo, Uruguay
Aug. 4 & 6                Paraguay                     Asunción, Paraguay

U.S. Under-18 MNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Abdul Bilal Hamib (Annandale, Va.), Zach MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Anthony Arena (Kenmore, Va.), Taylor Kemp (Highlandsrach, Colo.), Aubrey Perry (Ocoee, Fla.), Harrison Petts (Zionsville, Ind.), Jossimar Sanchez (Patterson, N.J.), Kofi Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Latif Alashe, (Northville, Mich.) Brian Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Paul Islas (Fresno, Calif.), Richard Menjivar (Panoramma City, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Eder Arreola (Chino Hills, Calif.), William R. Bates (Chester, Va.), Kevin Bick (Louisville, Kent.), Erik Hurtado (Beaverton, Ore.), Adam Jahn (El Macero, Calif.), Kelyn Rowe (Federal Way, Wash.)

U-17 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM HEAD COACH WILMER CABRERA NAMES 24 PLAYER ROSTER FOR TRIP TO CENTRAL AMERICA: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera has named a 24 player roster ahead of the team’s training camp in Central American from July 28 to August 12. The team will travel to Panama, Guatemala, Honduras during the trip, facing off twice against each of the hosts. Cabrera’s young team will look to gain valuable experience in Central America ahead of next year’s CONCACAF U-17 World Cup qualification. The U-17s just returned from a July trip to South America where they faced off against national and club teams from South America in the Copa Ciudad de Rosario.

U.S. Under-17 MNT
Training Camp
Panama, Guatemala, Honduras
July 28 – Aug. 12, 2008

Schedule
Date                             Opponent                         Location
July 31 & Aug. 2         Panama                            Panama City, Panama
Aug. 5 & 7                   Guatemala                       Guatemala City, Guatemala
Aug. 9 & 11                 Honduras                         San Pedro Sula, Honduras

U.S. Under-17 MNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Samir Badr (Fairfax, Va.), Earl Edwards (San Diego, Calif.), Spencer Richey (Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (7): Michael Ambrose (El Paso, Texas), Julio Arjona (Germantown, Md.), Andrew Craven (Fairfax, Va.), Zachary Herold (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Nicholas Palodichuk (Battleground, Wash.), Shaquille Phillips (Greenbelt, Md.), Tyler Polak (Lincoln, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Sean Davis (Holmdel, N.J.), Marlon Duran (Duncanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Garden Grove, Calif.), Perry Kitchen (Indianapolis, Ind.), Carlos Martinez (Las Vegas, Nev.), Victor Pineda (Bolling Brook, Ill.), Alex Shinsky (York, Pa.), Erik Stephenson (Del Mar, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Joseph-Claude Gyau (Silver Spring, Md.), Stefan Jerome (Davie, Fla.), Jack McInerney (Alpharetta, Ga.), Soony Saad (Dearborn, Mich.), Dominick Sarle (Huntington, N.Y.), Eriq Zavaleta (Westfield, Ind.)

U-14 GIRLS IDENTIFICATION CAMP UNDERWAY IN POMONA, CALIFORNIA: The U-14 Girls Identification Camp is underway in Pomona, Calif., and Mike Dickey has selected more than 100 girls from all four regions to participate in the camp. Now in it’s 11th year, U.S. Under-14 Development Program introduces young players to a level of soccer they would not otherwise see at such a young age and allows the country’s top youths the chance to experience soccer at its highest level. The camp takes place at Cal Poly Pomona from July 27 to August 2.

– AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD –

DONNA SHALALA NAMED TO THE U.S. SOCCER BOARD OF DIRECTORS: U.S. Soccer's National Council has unanimously approved the addition of Donna E. Shalala to the Board of Directors as the third and final Independent Director. Shalala has been the President of the University of Miami for more than seven years and has more than 25 years of experience as an accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator. In June 2008, President Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. The three Independent Director positions were created at U.S. Soccer’s 2006 Annual General Meeting when the organization's Board of Directors was reduced from 40 to 15. U.S. Soccer’s National Council previously approved the addition of longtime Goldman Sachs Group partner Carlos Cordeiro and California Speaker Fabian Núñez as Independent Directors in 2007.

US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONS CROWNED FOR U14-U19 BOYS AND GIRLS: The 2008 US Youth Soccer National Champions were crowned over the weekend at Burns Park Soccer Complex, in North Little Rock, Arkansas, where the top teams in the country met to conclude the final leg of the 2008 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. After this week's three rounds of preliminary play, only the top two teams in the country remained to determine the champions. North Texas teams led the charge with seven national titles. The US Youth Soccer National League sent seven teams to the finals and three of four defending national champions held their respective titles. Please visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org for the complete list of teams, stories, photos, video and more.

U.S. FUTSAL TEAM DRAWN INTO GROUP B FOR FIFA FUTSAL WORLD CUP: The U.S. National Futsal Team has been drawn into Group B of the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup along with Italy, Portugal, Thailand and Paraguay. The U.S. will travel to South America to compete in the sixth edition of the world championship, which is being hosted by Brazil in Rio de Janeiro from Sept. 30 to Oct. 19. The U.S. team qualified for the FIFA Futsal World Cup by virtue of a third place finish in this year’s CONCACAF Championship. For the first time ever, 20 teams will take part in the Futsal World Cup, with the participants being divided into four groups of five teams.

FIFA Futsal World Cup Final Draw Results
Group A: Brazil, Russia, Japan, Cuba, Solomon Islands
Group B: Italy, Portugal, Thailand, Paraguay, USA
Group C: Argentina, Ukraine, China PR, Guatemala, Egypt
Group D: Spain, Czech Republic, Iran, Uruguay, Libya

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: In one of the most memorable All-Star Games of recent years, the MLS prevailed, 3-2, over visiting EPL side West Ham United. First half goals from Christian Gomez, Cuauhtemoc Blanco and a second half penalty from crowd favorite Dwayne De Rosario gave MLS the win in what was the first ever All-Star Game played in Canada.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s Olympic Team will take to the field against Ivory Coast on July 30 as part of the ING Cup in Hong Kong. The tournament, which will serve as the final preparation ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games, will also pit the U.S. against Cameroon on Aug. 2.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Costa Rica’s U-17 WNT pulled off an impressive feat this past week, beating Canada to secure qualification for the U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand. The Ticos, who defeated the heavily favored Canadians, 2-0, will head to New Zealand as the first ever Costa Rican women’s side to compete in a FIFA World Cup finals. Now if they can beat Germany in their Group B opening game, they will most assuredly be repeating their performance as this week’s Soccer Shocker.

QUOTABLE: “When we got together as a team some months ago, we basically all agreed that our first goal was to get to the World Cup and our second goal was to win the CONCACAF region, this tournament. Now we’re going to set some new goals when we get back home, leading into the World Cup.”
-- Kazbek Tambi, U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach

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