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U.S. Soccer Wire: Nov. 29, 2010


FIFA DECISION ON 2018 AND 2022 FIFA WORLD CUPS COMES DEC. 2;
U.S. WNT DRAWN WITH KOREA DPR, COLOMBIA AND SWEDEN FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP; VOTING OPENS FOR 2010 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARDS


U.S. TO MAKE PRESENTATION TO FIFA DEC. 1, 2018 AND 2022 FIFA WORLD CUPS AWARDED ON DEC 2: FIFA will announce the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups this Thursday, Dec. 2, at Messe Zürich in Zurich, Switzerland, one day after the makes its final presentation to the FIFA Executive Committee. Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman will speak on behalf of the U.S. bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2022, along with U.S. President Bill Clinton, the honorary chairman of the USA Bid Committee; U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, the chairman of the USA Bid Committee; and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Landon Donovan, a member of the USA Bid Committee board of directors. The U.S. will make the 30-minute presentation at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 1 – the same date that the other four 2022 Bidding Nations will present. All of the presentations will be viewable live on FIFA.com. The decision of the FIFA Executive Committee will be announced at approximately 10 a.m. ET live on ESPN’s SportCenter, Fox Soccer Channel, Univision and ESPN Deportes.

U.S. WNT DRAW KOREA DPR, COLOMBIA AND SWEDEN FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Korea DPR, Colombia and Sweden in Group C at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place from June 26-July 17 in Germany. The Final Draw took place on Monday evening at the Frankfurt Congress Center in Frankfurt, Germany. The U.S. will open Group C play against Korea DPR on June 28 in Dresden at the Rudolf-Harbig Stadium on the third match day of the tournament, face Colombia in Sinsheim on July 2 at the Rhein Neckar Arena and finish group play against Sweden on July 6 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Stadium Wolfsburg. The USA’s group, which looks to be the most difficult of the four, features three of the top six teams in the world in the USA (1), Sweden (4) and Korea DPR (6). The USA will be grouped with Korea DPR and Sweden in first round play for the third consecutive Women’s World Cup, and Korea DPR for the fourth straight time. The meeting with Colombia will be the first for the U.S. women.

2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
Date       Opponent           TV                      Venue                                                    
June 28   Korea DPR        ESPN Networks     Rudolf-Harbig Stadium; Dresden
July 2     Colombia          ESPN Networks      Rhein Neckar Arena; Sinsheim
July 6     Sweden             ESPN Networks     World Cup Stadium Wolfsburg; Wolfsburg

U.S. WOMEN TOP ITALY 1-0 AT HOME, 2-0 IN TOTAL GOALS PLAYOFF SERIES: The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Italy 1-0 in front of more than 9,000 fans in the second match of a two-leg playoff series to win 2-0 on aggregate and earn the 16th and final berth to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA had won the first leg 1-0 in Padova, Italy, on Nov. 20 on a late goal from Alex Morgan. The only goal of the game at Toyota Park came off the foot of Amy Rodriguez in the 40th minute after a nice build-up down the left wing. Megan Rapinoe smacked an angled shot that Italian goalkeeper Anna Picarelli knocked down, but couldn’t hold. Rodriguez was first to the rolling ball, sliding bravely to pound it into the roof of the net from six yards.

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN GERMANY: Individual tickets for all 2011 Women's World Cup matches are officially on sale. Individual tickets are available from approximately $20 for first round matches, with the exception of the opening match, and the match for third place. Of the 700,000 available tickets, more than 270,000 have already been sold as venue specific tickets and group tickets.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Nov. 23 – Nov. 29
• 2011 World Cup Draw: Draw Recap | Groups | Quotes
• Nov. 27 WNT 1, Italy 0: Highlights | Goal | Report | Quotes
• Studio 90: Post-Game Show
• WNT Blog | WNT on Twitter

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR FIRST MNT MATCH OF 2011 AGAINST CHILE: The U.S. Men’s National Team will play their first match of 2011 when they face Chile on Saturday, Jan. 22, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff for the match is set for 6 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets starting at $18, plus special edition U.S. Soccer on-field seats for $150, are on sale now through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including many Walmart and La Curacao locations). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule and Results
ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Nov. 23 – Nov. 29
• Tickets: MNT vs. Chile – Jan. 22
• MNT Blog | U.S. Soccer on Twitter | Studio 90 on Twitter

VOTING OPENS FOR 2010 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARDS: The finalists for each of the four prestigious U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year Awards – Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female – have been announced by the sport’s governing body in the United States. With the announcement, voting for the annual U.S. Soccer awards begins today on ussoccer.com, with fans having the opportunity to make their selections for each of the four Athlete of the Year categories once a day from now until Dec. 10.
• Vote Now for the Athlete of the Year Awards

VOTING CONTINUES FOR 2010 BEST OF U.S. SOCCER AWARDS: U.S. Soccer has announced the finalists for the 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer awards and voting for the 12 categories begins today on ussoccer.com. The 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards will be decided entirely by online fan votes submitted over the next three weeks, and the winners will be announced in mid-December. The ninth annual series gives fans the opportunity to make their selections for the best in soccer in the United States. Fans can vote once a day from now until Friday, Dec. 10, on ussoccer.com. For certain categories, voters will be able to refresh their memories with videos and photos as they relive some of the best moments of 2010.
• Vote Now in the 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 MNT PLAYS COLOMBIA, MEXICO TO 1-1 DRAWS AT TORNEO DE LAS AMERICAS: The U.S. U-20 Men's National Team drew with Mexico 1-1 in the final game of the Torneo de las Americas at the KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga., coming back from a second-half deficit against their CONCACAF rival. It was the second 1-1 draw for the Americans in as many games after a 1-1 scoreline against Colombia on Friday evening. Alex Zahavi, who was playing his first game for the U.S., scored the game’s only goal against Colombia on Friday and set up Gale Agbossoumonde for the game-tying goal late in the game against Mexico. U.S. head coach Thomas Rongen used a blend of new faces and U-20 MNT veterans in the two matches.

U.S. Under-20 Results
Date        Opponent   Result      U.S. Goalscorer        Venue
Nov. 26   Colombia    1-1 T       Zahavi                    KSU Soccer Stadium; Kennesaw, Ga.
Nov. 28   Mexico        1-1 T       Agbossoumonde     KSU Soccer Stadium; Kennesaw, Ga.

ussoccer.com’s U-20 MNT Coverage – Nov. 23 – Nov. 29
• Match Reports: USA 1, COL 1 | USA 1, MEX 1
• YNT Blog: U-20 MNT Wraps Up Georgia Camp

2010 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY WINTER SHOWCASE AND NIKE FRIENDLIES SET FOR DEC. 1-7 IN PHOENIX, ARIZ.: The 2010 Development Academy Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendlies will be held from Dec. 1-7 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz. All 78 Academy clubs will be on hand for three games of non-Conference play alongside the Under-17 Men’s National Teams from the U.S., Brazil, Korea Republic and Turkey. Fox Soccer Channel will televise all three of the U.S. U-17 MNT games, starting with the match against Korea Republic on Dec. 1, Brazil on Dec. 3 and Turkey on Dec. 5, with all three games kicking off at 5 p.m. local time (7 p.m. ET). For the first time, the six-game round-robin event will be played as a tournament and crown a champion. It will be one of the last events for Wilmer Cabrera’s team ahead of the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in February.

U.S. U-17 MNT Nike Friendlies Schedule
Date     Opponent             Kickoff (ET)   TV     Venue
Dec. 1   Korea Republic      7 p.m.         FSC    Reach 11 Sports Complex, Phoenix, Ariz.
Dec. 3   Brazil                   7 p.m.         FSC    Reach 11 Sports Complex, Phoenix, Ariz.
Dec. 5   Turkey                 7 p.m.         FSC    Reach 11 Sports Complex, Phoenix, Ariz.

ussoccer.com’s Development Academy Coverage – Nov. 23 – Nov. 29
• 2010 Winter Showcase Home
• U-15/16 Winter Showcase Schedule
• U-17/18 Winter Showcase Schedule
• News: Around the Academy – Nov. 26

U.S. U-15 GNT FINISH ODP THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONALS: The U.S. U-15 Girl’s National Team finished its three-game set at the ODP Thanksgiving Interregionals with a 1-2-0 record after dropping its last match by a 3-2 score to Region IV 94s. The U.S. started the week with a 4-1 win against Region I 94s and dropped a 1-0 decision to Region III 94s just two days later. These players are at the beginning of a cycle that has the end goal of qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The roster features players from 18 different states.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Ga.), Carissa Miller (Sereno SC; Cave Creek, Ariz.), Katherine Stratton (Tupelo FC; Belden, Miss.)
DEFENDERS (6): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.); Lauren Kaskie (Neusport FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Annia Mejia (Arsenal FC; Bloomington, Calif.), Meaghan Mulligan (PDA; Freehold, N.J.), Jenna Romano (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Joanna Boyles (Raleigh, N.C; CASL Spartan Elite), Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Rosie DiMartino (Albertson Fury; Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Miranda Freeman (Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Gabrielle Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Lydia Simmons (FC Stars of Mass.; Londonberry, N.H.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; St. Lorton, Va.), Sarah Teegarden (Arsenal FC; Monrovia, Calif.).
FORWARDS (6): Elizabeth Boon (Columbia Timbers; Washougal, Wash.), Mikaela Harvey (Lonestar SC; Liberty Hill, Texas), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Rebecca Schoales (Crossfire Premier; Port Orchard, Wash.), Gabriela Stoian (Sereno FC; Phoenix, Ariz.), Zoe Swift (NSA Premier; Naperville, Ill.)

U.S. U-15 GNT Training Camp Schedule
Date        Opponent     Result    Venue
Nov. 21   Region I       4-1 W    Florida Atlantic University
Nov. 23   Region III     0-1 L     Florida Atlantic University
Nov. 25   Region IV      3-2 L     Florida Atlantic University


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL AND FOX DEPORTES TO PROVIDE EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF 2018 AND 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP ANNOUNCEMENTS: Fox Soccer Channel, an Official Partner of the USA Bid Committee, and FOX Deportes, the nation's leading Hispanic sports brand, unveiled their extensive on-air and online coverage leading up to FIFA’s announcement of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup™ host nations on Thursday, Dec. 2. Fox Soccer Channel offers a host of multi-media programming initiatives, culminating with Decision Day 2022: A Fox Soccer Report Special. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 2, this hour-long program brings viewers this historic announcement live from FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, along with interviews with leading figures in U.S. Soccer and fan reaction from viewing parties around the country. In addition, Decision Day 2022: A Fox Soccer Report Special features live Sky Sports News coverage of the latest developments in England, which is in contention to host the 2018 event.

SOTO NAMES ROSTER AHEAD OF CONCACAF QUALIFYING FOR 2011 FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP: The U.S. Beach Soccer Men’s National Team has arrived in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, ahead of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2011 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. U.S. head coach Eddie Soto has brought along 12 players for games against Guatemala on Dec. 1, Bahamas on Dec. 2 and Costa Rica on Dec. 3. The top two teams in each group will advance to the semifinals on Dec. 4, and the winner of the two semifinals move on to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Rome, Italy, from Sept. 1-11, 2011. The U.S. team will be attempting to qualify for its first FIFA Beach World Cup since 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after missing out on Marseilles 2008 and Dubai 2009.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Mike McAndrews (UC Santa Barbara; Long Beach, Calif.), 1-Luis Montañez (Santa Clara Sporting; Hayward, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (4): 10-Francis Farberoff (Rio Beach Soccer; Hollywood, Fla.), 5-Zak Ibsen (El Farolito SC; San Francisco, Calif.), 6-Eric Meister (Doxa Italia; Coto de Caza, Calif.), 11-Lewie Valentine (US Sand Soccer; Oceanside, Calif.),
FORWARDS (6): 8-Jevin Albuquerque (Pugg BS Club; Santa Cruz, Calif.), 3-Anthony Chimienti (Sacramento Knights FC; El Dorado Hills, Calif.), 2-Ryan Futagaki (Huntington Beach, Calif.), 4-Oscar Gil (Rio Beach Soccer; Hollywood, Fla.), 7-Yuri Morales (BST Zurich; San Francisco, Calif.), 9-Raphael Xexeo (BS Club; Brasil; Lawndale, Calif.)

U.S. SOCCER AND EA SPORTS LAUNCH UPDATED FREE ONLINE RESOURCE: EA SPORTS and U.S. Soccer have teamed up to create the second version of EA SPORTS Interactive Training, a free, online tutorial that uses EA SPORTS technology to help train the soccer stars of the future. This interactive resource, available at EASPORTSinteractivetraining.com, employs the EA SPORTS soccer game engine to illustrate U.S. Soccer’s “Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States” which serves as the sport’s definitive player development guidelines. This year’s iteration features drills specifically designed for youth players aged 13 to 18 years old. U.S. Soccer national team staff members Greg Vanney and Manni Klar introduce each video segment with expert coaching advice for players and their coaches to help them improve real-world technique.

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BRAZIL AND GERMANY/NETHERLANDS TRIPS IN MARCH 2011: 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 in 2011. 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.

NATIONAL GOALKEEPER COURSE TO BE HELD JAN. 23-30 AT THE HDC: Registration for U.S. Soccer’s National Goalkeeping License set for Jan. 23-30, 2011 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. is now open. The course, intended for both the goalkeeper coach and the team coach, will focus on improving the coaches' ability to train goalkeepers individually, as well as integrate them into team training. Register at ussoccer.com.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Clint Dempsey got on the score sheet once again for his club side Fulham in their 1-1 draw with Birmingham on Saturday. Dempsey powered in a header to rescue a point for the Cottagers who went down a goal in the first half. The Texas native now has five goals in 15 appearances this season for his club.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team will open its 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign on June 28 in Dresden against Korea DPR. This will be the fourth meeting between the countries with the U.S. holding a 2-0-1 record against the Asian nation with all three previous meetings coming in group play at the last three Women’s World Cups.

SOCCER SHOCKER: It’s déjà vu over and over and over again for the U.S. Women’s National Team as they draw Korea DPR for a fourth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup. On the other hand, the U.S. has never faced Colombia in any competition – and Colombia will be just the third South American opponent ever for the WNT. Other than Brazil, the U.S. faced Argentina twice in the late 1990s.

QUOTABLE: “It is an important date in U.S. soccer history. Thursday's announcement will mark the conclusion of many months of effort. Our presentation to the FIFA Executive Committee on Wednesday will reflect the hard work of our government at every level, our 18 candidate host cities, as well as city officials, sports commissions, stadiums, hotels, training sites, the bid’s Board of Directors and staff members and above all the fans of the game who made a distinctive difference in our bid.” – U.S. Soccer President and USA Bid Committee Chairman Sunil Gulati on the upcoming FIFA announcement of FIFA World Cup hosts

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