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U.S. Soccer Wire: May 17, 2010


PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON NAMED HONORARY CHAIRMAN OF USA BID COMMITTEE;
BOB BRADLEY ANNOUNCES INITIAL 30-PLAYER FIFA WORLD CUP ROSTER;
PIA SUNDHAGE NAMES 22-PLAYER ROSTER FOR FRIENDLY AGAINST GERMANY  

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON NAMED HONORARY CHAIRMAN OF USA BID COMMITTEE: President William Jefferson Clinton has accepted the invitation to join the USA Bid Committee in its efforts to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022 and was named the Honorary Chairman of the USA Bid. In his role, President Clinton will be involved in promoting the USA bid’s cause in the months leading to the final decision in December. President Clinton’s new role with the USA Bid Committee was announced on May 17 at a news conference at the FC Harlem soccer facility. The announcement took place on the field following a soccer clinic hosted by New York Red Bulls players Juan Pablo Angel, Chris Albright and Seth Stammler for students that use the facility.

USA BID COMMITTEE SUBMITS OFFICIAL BID BOOK TO FIFA IN ZURICH: A delegation from the USA Bid Committee submitted the official United States Bid Book to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in a formal ceremony at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 14. Representing the 90 million soccer fans in the United States, the delegation from the USA Bid Committee included U.S. Soccer President and USA Bid Committee Chairman Sunil Gulati, USA Bid Committee Executive Director David Downs, USA Bid Committee Managing Director John Kristick and U.S. Men’s National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra. The delegation presented the bid book to FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke.

ussoccer.com’s USA Bid Coverage – May 11 – May 17

BRADLEY ANNOUNCES 30-MAN PRELIMINARY ROSTER FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has submitted to FIFA the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. From this list, a squad of 23 players must be chosen by June 1 for the final roster that will travel to South Africa. A majority of the 30 players have arrived in Princeton, N.J., for the start of training camp, with field sessions beginning May 17.

U.S. MNT Roster by Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (12): DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), José Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki)

U.S. TO FACE CZECH REPUBLIC AND TURKEY IN SEND-OFF SERIES FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: The U.S. Men's National Team will face two of the traditionally stronger teams from Europe in the Czech Republic and Turkey in the Send-Off Series prior to departing for South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The USA will meet the Czech Republic on May 25 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., at 8 p.m. ET before playing its final home tune-up match against Turkey on May 29 in Philadelphia. The game in Hartford will be broadcast live on ESPN and Galavision, while kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field is set for 2 p.m. ET, with ESPN2 and Galavision providing the television broadcast. Fans can also follow the matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TO MEET AUSTRALIA ON JUNE 5 IN ROODEPOORT, SOUTH AFRICA: The United States will play Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort, South Africa, one week before playing its first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Ruimsig Stadium in suburban Johannesburg is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. SOCCER RELEASES ONLINE TRAVEL RESOURCES FOR FANS GOING TO SOUTH AFRICA THIS SUMMER: U.S. Soccer has put together an online travel resource center for fans traveling to South Africa this summer for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  This comprehensive online fan resource includes information on planning and preparing for their trip, along with travel and transportation recommendations. The online travel resource center also provides fans with information on where to pick up match tickets, stadium facts, local attractions, safety concerns, communication details, embassy contact information and a brief cultural and historical background of South Africa.  Additional South African sources are also provided here for fans to continue their research. 

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – May 11 – May 17

SUNDHANGE NAMES U.S. ROSTER FOR FRIENDLY AGAINST GERMANY ON MAY 22: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has called up 22 players for the USA’s match against Germany on May 22 at Cleveland Browns Stadium (ESPN2 at 6 p.m. ET). The international friendly pits the world’s top two teams according to the latest FIFA rankings and will be the first meeting between the USA and Germany in the United States since the semifinal match of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Fans can also follow the match online via ussoccer.com MatchTracker and at the new Women’s National Team Twitter feed at twitter.com/ussoccer_wnt. The team is currently in Cleveland after arriving on May 17 for a week of training prior to the match.

U.S. WNT Roster by Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (10): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Marian Dalmy (Chicago Red Stars), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Kate Markgraf (Chicago Red Stars), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (St. Louis Athletica), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (3): Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

U.S. Women’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – May 11 – May 17

WEEK 6 OF THE USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE SEES AUSTIN TAKE CHARGE AT TOP OF THE LEAGUE: Week 6 of the USSF D-2 Pro League got off to a surprise start on Wednesday, May 13, with Crystal Palace Baltimore earning its first win of the season by defeating the previously unbeaten Portland Timbers 1-0 on the road. The following evening, the Tampa Bay Rowdies earned three valuable road points as they beat the Carolina RailHawks 2-1 to move up the USL Conference standings. Saturday, May 15, saw three draws played out as Miami FC and the NSC Minnesota Stars tied 1-1 in Blaine, Minn., and AC St. Louis found a late equalizer to grab a point away to Portland in another 1-1 tie. Later in the evening, the Canadian derby ended scoreless as the Montreal Impact picked up a point on the road at Swangard Stadium against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The weekend wrapped up in Austin, where the Aztex were victorious at home against Crystal Palace Baltimore. That result, combined with Portland's loss and tie allowed Austin to seize control of the overall standings where they now sit in first place with 13 points.

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Schedule and Standings

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. UNDER-23 WNT WILL TRAVEL TO GERMANY FOR THREE MATCHES: U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin will take 18 players to Germany from May 21-31 for matches against German club TSG Wieseck (May 24 in Giessen), the German U-23 Women’s National Team (May 26 in Marburg), and the Korea Republic U-20 Women’s National Team (May 29 in Marburg). Irwin has named 17 players and will choose one more before the team departs for Europe.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Chicago Red Stars; Thousands Oaks, Calif.), Alexa Gaul (Texas; Naperville, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (4):  Lauren Barnes (UCLA; Upland, Calif.), Jackie Carron (Michigan; Rochester Hills, Mich.), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Mariah Nogueira (Stanford; Westminster, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Katy Frierson (Auburn, Homewood, Ala.), Tori Huster (Florida State; Cincinnati, Ohio), Elli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah); Rachel Shipley (Texas A&M; Plano, Texas), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown; Upper Montclair, N.J.), Kylie Wright (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Katie Bethke (Minnesota; Eau Claire, Wis.), Danielle Foxhoven (Portland; Littleton, Colo.); Sarah Hagen (Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.); Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Christen Press (Stanford; P.V. Estates, Calif.)

U-20 MNT ARRIVE IN THE NETHERLANDS FOR INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team is currently in Uitgeest, Netherlands to compete in the Cor Groenewegan Tournament. U.S. head coach Thomas Rongen has named 20 players that travelled to his native Holland for the competition, which includes four international matches. The U.S. team will play friendly matches against Senegal on May 18 and Korea Republic on May 20, and shortened 40-minute games during the tournament proper.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samir Badr (FC Porto; Fairfax, Va.), Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (SC Braga; Syracuse, N.Y.), Chad Barson (Akron; Lewis Center, Ohio), Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA Academy; Bell, Calif.), Perry Kitchen (Akron, Indianapolis, Ind.), Kofi Sarkodie (Akron; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Parker Walsh (1860 Munich; Roanoke, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Erik Benjaminsen (Stabæk; Sandvika, Norway), Lester Dewee (Olympique de Marseille; Kensington, Md.), Bryan Dominguez (Miami FC; Atlanta, Ga.), Alex Molano (Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Moises Orozco (Real So Cal; Oxnard, Calif.), George Pantelic (FK RAD Belgrade; Woodland Hills, Calif.), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union; Alpharetta, Ga.), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich; Irvine, Calif.)

U.S. U-20 WNT DEFEATS NEW ZEALAND TWICE AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team won the first pair of contests in what will be four international matches during a two-week training camp, defeating the New Zealand twice last week. On Thursday, May 13, the U.S. won 2-0 on goals from Sydney Leroux and Courtney Verloo. Just two days later, the U.S. posted a 4-0 win using another goal from Leroux and tallies from Samantha Mewis, Tiffany McCarty and Sade Ayinde to come out victorious. The team will now move to the Olympic Training Center in San Diego, Calif., for the remainder of the camp where they will play Mexico twice to round out the schedule of four friendlies.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Sade Ayinde (Maryland; North Bellmore, N.Y.), Kelly Conheeney (Virginia Tech; Ridgewood, N.J.), Victoria DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Danielle Hubka (Maryland; Strongsville, Ohio), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kayla Grimsley (South Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), 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): Maya Hayes (Aristocats; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)

MATKOVICH FINALIZES 20-PLAYER ROSTER FOR TRIP TO LISBON, PORTUGAL: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team head coach Mike Matkovich has finalized a 20-player roster that will participate in the Lisbon International Tournament from May 21-31 in Lisbon, Portugal. The roster includes eight players who featured for the U.S. at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, including the 2009 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Luis Gil. Three players who have already entered college, Earl Edwards (UCLA), Perry Kitchen (Akron) and Jared Watts (Wake Forest) were also part of the team that reached the Round of 16 in Nigeria. There are 14 players on the roster who are currently part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program, including three representing the FC Dallas Juniors – Michael Ambrose, Daniel Garcia and Boyd Okwuonu.  The U.S. will open the four-team tournament against Norway on May 27, continue against Romania on May 28 and round out the event against host Portugal on May 30.

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Earl Edwards (UCLA; San Diego, Calif.), Andrew Wolverton (Concorde Fire; Snellville, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (6): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas Juniors; Frisco, Texas), Bryan Gallego (NY Red Bulls; Kinnelon, N.J), Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Albertson; Brentwood, N.Y.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas Juniors; Edmond, Okla.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Sean Davis (NY Red Bulls Academy; Holmdel, N.J.), Amadou Dia (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Perry Kitchen (Akron; Indianapolis, Ind.), Miguel Lopez (Lonestar SC; Alton, Texas), Daniel Metzger (PDA; Holmdel, N.J.), Jared Watts (Wake Forest; Statesville, N.C), Riley Wolfe (L.A. Galaxy; Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3): Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Sean Okoli (Washington Premier FC; Federal Way, Wash.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

JAY HOFFMAN NAMES 12 FOR PARALYMPIC ROSTER HEADED TO ENGLAND: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer National Team will depart on May 21 for the BT Paralympic World Cup, a four-team international tournament in Manchester, England. Head coach Jay Hoffman has selected 12 players to his roster.  The U.S. kicks off tournament play against England on Wednesday, May 26, followed by a match against Ireland on Thursday, May 27, with the final game of pool play against Netherlands on Friday, May 28. The grueling schedule concludes with the bronze and silver/gold medal matches on Saturday, May 29, marking four international matches in four days for the Americans.

U.S. Paralympic Soccer National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPER (1): Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (2): Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), KaCee Hildreth (Iowa Falls, Iowa)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Adam Ballou (Virginia Beach, Va.), Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), Nick Creasey (Richmond, Va.), Tommy Latsch (Euclid, Ohio), Josh McKinney (Cary, N.C.), Moises Morales (Chula Vista, Calif.)
FORWARD (3): Charlie Howard (Washington, D.C.), Tyler Penn (Manchester, N.H.), Marthell Vazquez (Long Beach, Calif.)

FORMER NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS HEAD TO CÔTE D’IVOIRE AS INTERNATIONAL SPORTS ENVOY PROGRAM CONTINUES: Former U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Juergen Sommer and former U.S. Women’s National Team defender Linda Hamilton traveled to Cote D’Ivoire on Saturday, May 15, as U.S. Department of State Sports Envoys. Sommer and Hamilton will conduct eight clinics in eight cities over the course of five days, reaching as many as 400 boys and girls ranging from 11 to 17 years old. U.S. Soccer, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, SportsUnited Office, develops international sports exchanges as a way to promote mutual understanding with and spark dialogue with children from around the world.

U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD ON MAY 21-22 IN CLEVELAND, OHIO: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will conduct a Coaching Symposium on May 21-22, 2010 in conjunction with the U.S. Women’s National Team’s match against Germany in Cleveland, Ohio. The two-day symposium will offer a variety of presenters and topics. Mike Dickey will focus on “future youth players” while Tom Turner will discuss the “selection of youth players.” In addition, attendees will learn about fitness preparation for senior level players and pre-game objectives for the two top-ranked teams in the world. 

U.S. SOCCER SUMMER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools for the “A,” “B” and “C” License Courses will take place throughout the month of June in four locations across the United States. Summer “A” Audit, “A,”(sold-out)  “B” (sold-out)  and “C” courses are set for June 5-13 at Darlington School in Rome, Ga. and “B” (sold-out) and “C” (sold-out) courses will take place at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass., will host “A” Audit, “A,” “B” (sold-out) and “C” License courses June 17-25 and a National “A” Audit, “A” and “B” (sold-out) course will take place June 19-27 at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill. 

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2010 FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CONTINUES: FIFA announced that the media accreditation process for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup  has been launched via a registration form on the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is June 1. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. All applications are subject to confirmation. Also, please be advised that international applicants are responsible for their own visas. Media representatives who have not already registered for the FIFA Media Channel can do so via the following internet address: http://media.FIFA.com/

NOMINATIONS FOR 2010 COLIN JOSE MEDIA AWARD NOW ACCEPTED: The National Soccer Hall of Fame is soliciting nominations for the 2010 Colin Jose Media Award. This award was created in 2003 to honor the contributions of members of the print and electronic media, including reporters, columnists, authors, broadcasters, editors, public/media relations professionals and others who specialize in communications with respect to soccer in the United States. Past winners include Alex Yannis (2009), Ivan "Ike" Kuhns (2008), George Tiedemann (2007), Seamus Malin (2005) and Jerry Trecker (2004). To nominate an individual, complete the nomination form and return it to Jack Huckel at jack.soccerhall@gmail.com. The deadline to submit nominations is May 27.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER(S): After turning in the official Bid Book, the USA Bid Committee has completed the technical phase of the bid to bring the FIFA World Cup back to the United States in 2018 or 2022. Now it's your turn to get behind the bid and get involved in bringing the game to American soil. Invite your family, friends and teammates to join the grassroots movement to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States by joining the official USA Bid at goUSAbid.com, the Bid Committee's official site. Proclaim to the world that "The Game Is in US."

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team takes on Germany this Saturday, May 22, at 6 p.m. ET at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The match between the top two ranked women’s sides in the world will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and fans can follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or on the new Women’s National Team Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/ussoccer_wnt.

SOCCER SHOCKER: German National Team captain Michael Ballack is set to miss out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa after sustaining ligament damage to his right ankle while playing in the FA Cup final on Saturday for his club side Chelsea.

QUOTABLE: “In my travels around the world – from the dirt fields of Lusaka, Zambia, to playgrounds in schools across America – I’ve seen the transformative power soccer has to bring people together and transform lives on and off the field. I continue to be impressed with FIFA’s work to promote the game as an agent for positive social change, and I’m proud to represent the United States in our bid to bring the World Cup tournament back to American soil, allowing us to inspire action and cooperation on an even greater scale.” –President Bill Clinton on his decision to join the USA Bid Committee to bring the FIFA World Cup back to the United States

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