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U.S. Soccer Wire: Feb. 28, 2011


U.S. U-17 MNT WINS 2011 CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP IN JAMAICA;
TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF 2-0 VICTORY AGAINST MEXICO IN COLUMBUS;
U.S. WOMEN PREPARE FOR ALGARVE OPENER AGAINST JAPAN ON WEDNESDAY

U.S. U-17 MNT WINS 2011 CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 3-0 OVERTIME VICTORY: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team earned its first CONCACAF U-17 Championship title since 1992 with a 3-0 victory in overtime against Canada on Sunday evening evening at Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay, Jamaica. After a scoreless draw in regulation, the U.S. got goals in overtime from Nathan Smith, Andrew Oliver and Alfred Koroma to secure the win. The U.S., along with host Mexico, Canada, Jamaica and Panama, will find out their opponents for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup on May 17 when the official draw is held in Mexico City. The U.S. is the only country that has qualified for all 14 FIFA U-17 World Cups. 

U.S. U-17 MNT Results
Date                Opponent         Result                         U.S. Goalscorer(s)
Feb. 14            Cuba               3-1 W                          Koroma, Oliver, E. Rodriguez
Feb. 18            Panama           1-0 W                          Oliver
Feb. 22            El Salvador      3-2 W a.e.t.                  Guido, M. Rodriguez, Pelosi
Feb. 25            Jamaica           2-0 W                          Pelosi, Oliver
Feb. 27            Canada            3-0 W a.e.t.                 Smith, Oliver, Koroma 

ussoccer.com’s U-17 MNT Coverage

TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF 2-0 VICTORY AGAINST MEXICO IN COLUMBUS: The USA-Mexico match on Feb. 28, 2001, was the first of final round qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and one of the most highly anticipated of the hexagonal. While Mexico had historically dominated the series, recent results – including two victories for the United States in 2000 - had suggested the tide may be turning. The teams had previously met 19 times in World Cup qualifying, the U.S. holding a dismal 2-12-5 record. Seeking a rare home field advantage against El Tri, the U.S. Soccer Federation selected the intimate setting of Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, as the venue. Watch Match Highlights

ussoccer.com’s USA 2, Mexico 0 Coverage

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL CONFIRMED TO BROADCAST USA VS. PARAGUAY:  The U.S. Men’s National Team will host Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville on March 29 at 7 p.m. CT with live television coverage provided by Fox Soccer Channel and TeleFutura. Three days earlier, the U.S. will take on two-time FIFA World Cup champion Argentina on March 26 in East Rutherford, N.J. More than 40,000 tickets have been sold and are available on ussoccer.com. Kickoff at the New Meadowlands Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Tickets for both matches are available now at ussoccer.com: MNT vs. Argentina Tickets | MNT vs. Paraguay Tickets

U.S. Men’s National Team 2011 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage

WNT CONTINTUES PREPARATION FOR 2011 ALGARVE CUP OPENER: The U.S. Women’s National Team completed a week of training on the southern coast of Portugal to prepare for its second international tournament of 2011. This is the USA’s 16th trip to the Algarve Cup, which has developed into one of the premier women’s tournaments in the world. The USA will play four matches, the first three in a group format, with a placement game coming on March 9. The U.S. will open the competition against Japan on March 2 at Municipal Stadium in Vila Real de San Antonio. All of the USA’s Group A games kick off at 3 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) and fans can follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (out of contract)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (Washington Freedom), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (Washington Freedom), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (Washington Freedom)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-23 WNT WINS AND DRAWS IN FIRST TWO MATCHES AT FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT: The U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team defeated Sweden 4-2 in its first match of the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain. It was the first international match of the year for the U-23s, which got two goals from Melissa Henderson, one from Sarah Hagen and one from Casey Nogueira. Later in the week, the U.S. drew 1-1 with England as Hagen scored her second goal of the tournament in as many games. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin has brought a roster of 18 players to Spain, 10 of whom will be playing WPS this upcoming season. The USA finishes the tournament on March 1 against Norway.

U.S. U-23 WNT Schedule and Results
Date                Opponent         Kickoff / Result         U.S. Goalscorer(s)
Feb. 25            Sweden           4-2 W                       Henderson (2), Nogueira, Hagen
Feb. 27            England           1-1 T                       Hagen
March 1           Norway           TBA                          --

U.S. U-20 WNT HEADS TO TEN NATIONS TOURNAMENT IN SPAIN FOR FIRST INTERNATIONAL MATCHES OF 2011: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team under the direction of head coach April Heinrichs will travel to La Manga, Spain, from Feb. 28-March 9 for three games at the Ten Nations Tournament. The USA will face Sweden (March 4), England (March 6) and Norway (March 8). There is no winner in the tournament as each team will play three friendly matches. Also participating in the tournament are Scotland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Denmark and Italy.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Emily Oliver (Stanford; Flossmoor, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): Michelle Cruz (Portland; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Wilmore, Ky.), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), Kassey Kallman (Florida State; Woodbury, Minn.), Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Ponte Verde Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Lindsay Elston (Washington; Sammamish, Wash.), Sarah Killon (Fort Wayne Fever; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Miss.), Alex Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.)
FORWARDS (4): Kelly Cobb (Cook Inlet Velocity; Chugiak, Alaska), Lindsay Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Taylor Smith (Solar Red; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.)

U.S. DRAWN INTO GROUP B AT 2011 U-20 CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP IN GUATEMALA: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has been drawn into Group B of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship along with Panama and Suriname. The tournament, which serves as CONCACAF qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, will be held from March 28-April 10 in Guatemala. Details on the match schedule will be released at a later date. The event will be divided between the Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores, a 30,000-capacity venue used for Guatemala National Team matches, and the 16,000-seat Estadio Cementos Progreso, which serves as home to Guatemalan club Comunicaciones.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS TO TAKE PLACE IN APRIL, JUNE AND JULY: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools in April and June for “A” Audit, “A”, “B” and “C” Courses in California, Georgia, Illinois and Massachusetts.  Registration for each course will open on Monday, Jan. 31, after a pre-registration period for active members of CoachesNet, U.S. Soccer’s official coaches club. Current CoachesNet members will have the first opportunity to register for a winter course beginning today. Register for CoachesNet Now | View Course Schedule

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET TRIPS TO BRAZIL AND GERMANY/NETHERLANDS QUICKLY APPROACHING: 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. 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.

FIFA ACCEPTING CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FROM MARCH 1 TO MAY 1: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 will open March 1 on the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for media to request accreditation is May 1. All media requesting accreditation for the tournament must be an approved member of the FIFA Media Channel. Any media members without access to the Media Channel that plan to request Women’s World Cup credentials should register immediately at media.fifa.com. Please keep in mind that access to the FIFA Media Channel does not mean credentials have been approved or that accreditation is guaranteed. Apply at fifa.com

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team earned its first CONCACAF U-17 Championship title since 1992 with a 3-0 victory in overtime against Canada this evening at Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay, Jamaica. After a scoreless draw in regulation, the U.S. got goals in overtime from Nathan Smith, Andrew Oliver and Alfred Koroma to secure the win.

MARQUEE MATCHUPS: The U.S. Women’s National Team will open its 2011 Algarve Cup Campaign on Wednesday, March 2, at 10 a.m. ET against fellow 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers Japan at the Estadio Municipal in Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal. Live coverage will be provided by ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Hit by a spate of recent injuries, German Bundesliga club St. Pauli turned to their front office staff to fill a void in the depleted squad. Hauke Brückner, 30, who works as the team’s press officer, was called into the team by head coach Holger Stanislawski for their match against Hannover 96 this weekend. Brückner was named to the 18-man gameday roster for the Hamburg club but did not see the field as his team fell 1-0 on an 89th minute tally.

QUOTABLE: “I think it was a big turning point in our history, the moment you when decide you are not going to be second best anymore. You go punch for punch and refuse to lose. I think that day we no longer feared Mexico.” – Former U.S. defender Tony Sanneh on the Feb. 28, 2001, win against Mexico

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