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U.S. Soccer Wire: Aug. 17, 2009


 U.S. MNT PREPARES TO FACE EL SALVADOR AFTER FALLING TO MEXICO 2-1;
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIER AGAINST EL SALVADOR;
PHILIP ANSCHUTZ JOINS FIFA 2018/2002 WORLD CUP BID COMMITTEE

U.S. FALLS 2-1 IN ESTADIO AZTECA, EL SALVADOR NEXT: The U.S. Men’s National Team scored first in the ninth minute through Charlie Davies but eventually fell 2-1 to Mexico in Estadio Azteca on Wednesday, Aug. 12. The match, played at 3 p.m. local time and at almost 1.5 miles above sea level, started brightly for head coach Bob Bradley’s men, as they became the first American team to ever hold a lead in Estadio Azteca. However, the Americans would eventually succumb to an 82nd minute strike by Miguel Sabah. After the round of matches for FIFA 2010 World Cup qualifying, the U.S. finds itself in third place, tied on points with Honduras but just one goal back in goal differential. Mexico remains in fourth place. The next match in World Cup qualifying will be at home in Sandy, Utah, at Rio Tinto Stadium against El Salvador on Sept. 5. The match will be broadcast live at 6 p.m. MT on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Tickets are still available at ussoccer.com for fans traveling to the game. The encounter in Utah is also the first match of a double fixture date which sees the MNT travel to Trinidad & Tobago for a game on Sept. 9, which will also be televised live on ESPN Classic and Galavision.

U.S. Men's National Team 2009 Schedule

Date Opponent Time / Result TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue; City
Jan. 24 Sweden 3-2 W Kljestan (3) The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Feb. 11 Mexico* 2-0 W Bradley (2) Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
March 28 El Salvador* 2-2 T Altidore, Hejduk Estadio Cuscatlán; San Salvador, El Salvador
April 1 Trinidad & Tobago* 3-0 W Altidore (3) LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
June 3 Costa Rica* 1-3 L Donovan Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica
June 6 Honduras* 2-1 W Donovan, Bocanegra Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
June 15 Italy # 1-3 L Donovan Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 18 Brazil # 0-3 L -- Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 21 Egypt # 3-0 W Davies, Bradley, Dempsey Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg
June 24 Spain # 2-0 W Altidore, Dempsey Free State Stadium; Mangaung/Bloemfontein
June 28 Brazil # 2-3 L Dempsey, Donovan Ellis Park; Johannesburg
July 4 Grenada ^ 4-0 W Adu, Holden, Rogers, Davies Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.
July 8 Honduras ^ 2-0 W Quaranta, Ching RFK Stadium; Washingon, D.C.
July 11 Haiti ^ 2-2 T Arnaud, Holden Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
July 18 Panama ^ 2-1 W (OT) Beckerman, Cooper Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa.
July 23 Honduras ^ 2-0 W Goodson, Cooper Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
July 26 Mexico ^ 0-5 L -- Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.
Aug. 12 Mexico* 3 p.m. CT mun2/Telemundo Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico
Sept. 5 El Salvador* 6 p.m. MT ESPN Classic/Galavision Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* 7 p.m. ET ESPN Classic/Galavision Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
Oct. 10 Honduras* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* TBD ESPN2/Galavision RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER IN SANDY, UTAH: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face off against El Salvador at the new Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, on Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. MT. Tickets starting at $38 are on sale now through ussoccer.com, by phone at 801-727-2700 (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and at the Rio Tinto Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Ultimate Fan Tickets, special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a customized official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits, are also available now exclusively through ussoccer.com. The U.S. faces El Salvador for the second time in the final round of 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying after coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw in San Salvador behind goals from Jozy Altidore and Frankie Hejduk. 

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Aug. 11-17

MLS FOUNDING INVESTOR PHILIP ANSCHUTZ JOINS TEAM TO BRING FIFA WORLD CUP TO UNITED STATES IN 2018 OR 2022: Philip Anschutz, a founding investor of Major League Soccer (MLS), today accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its endeavor to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. Inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006, Anschutz will play an influential role as a member of the Board of Directors as the USA Bid Committee prepares its application and campaign to bring the world’s largest sporting event to the United States.

D.C. UNITED SET TO FACE SEATTLE SOUNDERS ON SEPT. 2 IN U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL: Two MLS sides will meet to decide the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Sept. 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The Seattle Sounders will travel to the nation’s capital to meet D.C. United in the final of the oldest team tournament in the U.S. The match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7:30 p.m. ET.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-17 MNT DRAWN INTO GROUP E OF FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP WITH SPAIN, MALAWI AND UAE: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team has been drawn into Group E of the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria with Spain, Malawi and the United Arab Emirates. The U.S., the only country to qualify for all 13 FIFA U-17 World Cups dating back to 1985, will play the first two group games against Spain on Oct. 26 and Malawi on Oct. 29 in Kano before moving to Ijebu-Ode to close out the first round against UAE on Nov. 1. The 2009 tournament will be the fifth straight time that the U.S. has been drawn into a group with a team from Europe, Africa and Asia. The U.S. qualified for Nigeria by winning Group A at the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Tijuana, Mexico, in April. The U.S. won three straight games in Tijuana to earn a place in the semifinals, but with the four regional representatives determined by group play of that event, the semifinals and final of the tournament were cancelled due to concerns over the H1N1 virus.

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team World Cup Schedule
Date                 Opponent              Venue
Oct. 26             Spain                     Kano, Nigeria
Oct. 29             Malawi                   Kano, Nigeria
Nov. 1              UAE                      Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria

U.S. U-17 MNT TAKES TWO DRAWS AGAINST COLOMBIA DURING TRAINING CAMP IN MIAMI: The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team played to a 2-2 draw against Colombia on Saturday in a game that was cut short by lightning in the 80th minute, the second of a two-game series at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Fla. Juan Agudelo gave the U.S. a 40th minute lead and began a spurt of 15 minutes surrounding halftime in which all four goals were scored. Edwin Corona leveled the scoring four minutes later, but Alex Shinksy scored just two minutes after half to put the Americans back on top. Juan Saiz rounded out the scoring in the 55th minute. In the first match between the two teams on Wednesday evening, the U.S. U-17 took the lead on a goal from midfielder Luis Gil, but Colombia answered back just before halftime as the team fought for a 1-1 draw at Broward County Regional Park in Lauderhill, Fla. Gil's second goal of the year came in the 29th minute as Victor Chavez picked up the assist in his first international game with the U-17 MNT. Colombia, who is one of 23 other teams to have qualified for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup, leveled the score just seconds before halftime as Edwin Corona struck a well-placed free kick past goalkeeper Earl Edwards.

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Results
Date           Result                            U.S. Goalscorer(s)               Venue
Aug. 12      USA 1, Colombia 1         Gil                                      Lauderhill, Fla.
Aug. 15      USA 2, Colombia 2         Agudelo, Shinsky                 Lauderhill, Fla.

CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR FIFA U-20 AND U-17 WORLD CUPS: FIFA has announced that credential applications are now being accepted for both the FIFA U-20 and U-17 World Cups which will take place this fall in Egypt and Nigeria, respectively. Media who wish to attend either event must apply for credentials online through the FIFA Media Channel at http://media.FIFA.com. Media representatives who have not yet registered for the Media Channel can also do so at that address. Successful applicants will be notified and provided more information leading up to the tournament. The deadline for application for the FIFA U-20 World Cup is Aug. 31, and for the FIFA U-17 World Cup is Sept. 7. The FIFA Media Channel is the primary line of communication for news between FIFA, the local organizing committee of each FIFA competition and accredited media. This password-protected online service is designed to provide media professionals with details on activities, including press conferences, documents and other media resources, information on competition media facilities, including stadium media centres (SMCs), ticketing, FIFA and LOC media contacts, and any special media announcements. The FIFA Media Channel is also the one place where all media accreditation requests for all FIFA competitions must be made.

U.S. U-15 GIRLS HOLD TRAINING CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: The U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team gathered for training camp on Sunday Aug. 16 at The Home Depot in Carson, Calif. until Aug. 23. Twenty-one of the players were born in 1994, with one born in 1993 and two born in 1995. The U.S. U-15s, which are holding their third training camp of the year, will play local youth clubs during the week. The players will also get to attend the inaugural WPS Championship Game that will be held at The Home Depot Center on Aug. 22. The players in this camp are all age-eligible for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1993. The 2008 U.S. U-17 Women’s World Cup Team had several players who were two years younger than the age cut-off year. One player in this camp – 5-foot-8-inch midfielder Morgan Andrews – also participated in the recently completed U.S. U-14 I.D. Camp in Pomona, Calif.   

U.S. U-15 Girls Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sarah Cox (Slammers; Newport Beach, Calif.), McKenzie Karas (Premier ’95 Black; Las Vegas, Nev.), Katelyn Rowland (San Juan Soccer; Vacaville, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Black; Pleasanton, Calif.), Melissa Bomberger (Ohio Premier; Dublin, Ohio), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Rachel Price (Space Coast United; Melbourne, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (11):  Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, Mass.), Caroline Coyer (Chantilly Burn; Oak Hill, Va.), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire Premier FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Mariana Galvan (SC Sporting; San Jose, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush AS Monaco; Golden, Colo.), Kelli Hubly (Sockers FC; Elk Grove, Ill.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Courtney Raetzman (Sockers FC; Elk Grove, Ill.), Haley Washburn (San Juan Spirits; Folsom, Calif.), Sandra Yu (Cleveland Futbol; Strongsville, Ohio)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Bernard (Nordic SC; Colchester, Vt.), Gabrielle Galante (Montclair Thunderbolts; Howell, N.J.), Jasmine Paterson (Miami FC Kendall; Key Largo, Fla.), Brittany Ratcliffe (FC Pennsylvania Strikers; Williamstown, N.J.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Bays; Baltimore, Md.)

U.S. U-14 GIRLS’ NATIONAL TEAM TO HOLD TRAINING CAMP AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-14 Girls’ National Team will hold its only training camp of the year from Aug. 23-30 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The camp will commence immediately after the U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team finishes a week of training at The Home Depot Center. All of the players in this U-14 GNT event recently competed at the 101-player U.S. U-14 Girls’ National Team I.D. Camp in Pomona, Calif. For this week, U.S. national staff coach Mike Dickey brings 36 players (with one player still to be selected) to The Home Depot Center for a week of training and games against local club sides. All of the 36 players were born in 1995 and are looking toward competing in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The camp roster includes Rosie DiMartino, whose three older sisters – Tina, Gina and Vicki – all have competed for the USA in a FIFA youth Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-14 Girls Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (NASA Elite II; Kennesaw, Ga.), Annabella Geist (Lake Oswego SC; Milwaukie, Ore.), Jillian Maloney (Roswell SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Morgan Stearns (McLean; Burke, Va.)
DEFENDERS (11): Mariel Adams (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Calif.), Madeline Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), McKenzie Bricker (Collierville Lady Lobus; Collierville, Tenn.), Donish Cole (Schulz Academy; West Palm Beach, Fla.), Gianna Dal Pozzo (Sockers FC; Naperville, Ill.), Brittain Dearden (Mount Laurel United; Princeton Junction, N.J.), Kelly McCann (So Cal Blues; Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.), Emily Morgan (Lower Merion Heart; Chester Springs, Pa.), Taylor Nelson (Arsenal FC; Fort Collins, Colo.), Jenna Romano (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.), Kylie Schwarz (Minnesota Thunder; Plymouth, Minn.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Joanna Boyles (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C.), Alexandria Carter (Arkansas Rush; Conway, Ark.), Kaitlyn Clark (KC Select; Liberty, Mo.), Frannie Crouse (Beadling SC; Jeanette, Pa.), Rosie DiMartino (Albertson Fury; Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Lauren Kaskie (Neusport FC; Las Vegas, Nevada), Antionette Payne (BUSA Elite; Birmingham, Ala.), Cynthia Pineda (Chicago Fire Jrs.; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Lydia Simmons (Seacoast United; Londonberry, N.H.), Morgan Stanton (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), Claire Winter (Lamorinda United; Lafayette, Calif.)
FORWARDS (9): Elizabeth Bartels (Toro Booya; Omaha, Neb.), Elizabeth Boon (Columbia Timbers Premier SC; Washougal, Wash.), Jenny Chiu (Rio Vista FC; El Paso, Texas), Alessandra Dutto (Mustang; Danville, Calif.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Rachel Hill (Seacoast United; Rollinsford, N.H.), Darian Jenkins (Sparta Premier; Harriman, Utah), Victoria Manfredonia (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.)

–AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

EIGHT CLUBS TO TAKE PART IN INAGURAL ECNL EVENT IN SUBURBAN CHICAGO: Twenty-four teams from eight clubs will participate in U.S. Club Soccer’s Chicago Elite Clubs National League Showcase hosted by Eclipse Select Soccer Club, Aug. 14-16, at the Libertyville Township Soccer Complex. The Chicago ECNL Showcase marks the league’s inaugural event and is the first of five 2009-10 ECNL regular-season tournaments. Member clubs must select three of the five events to attend in advance of the 2009-10 ECNL National Championship, scheduled for July 15-18, 2010, in Seattle.

WPS PLAYOFFS UNDERWAY: The WPS playoffs kicked off this Saturday in Boyds, Md. as Sky Blue FC defeated the Washington Freedom 2-1 behind goals from Natasha Kai and Francielle. Kai opened the scoring on 55 minutes only to see Washington equalize through Lisa De Vanna in the 78th minute. Francielle struck the game winner from 20 yards out in the 84th minute to send the New Jersey club through to the WPS semifinals where they will face St. Louis Athletica on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. The match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel. 

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Charlie Davies tallied three goals in two games this week for club and country. After his ninth minute goal to give the U.S. its first-ever lead in Estadio Azteca on Wednesday, he came on at halftime for Sochaux in their matchup against Bordeaux. He scored both of his team’s goals in a comeback effort that came up short, as reigning French champion Bordeaux eventually came out victors 3-2.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Sky Blue FC and St. Louis Athletica face off on Wednesday, Aug. 19 in the WPS Super Semifinal. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7:30 p.m. from the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Sky Blue FC's run to the playoffs began in storybook fashion. With their season seemingly over after a loss in their final regular season game, the New Jersey club received help from the Los Angeles Sol and a stoppage time penalty kick which lifted the Sol over the playoff hopeful Boston Breakers. The result vaulted Sky Blue over Boston and into the final playoff spot. Impressively, Christie Rampone guided Sky Blue FC through the latter stages of the season and their playoff victory over the Washington Freedom not only as a player and captain, but also as its coach. Rampone took over managerial duties on July 30 when then-coach, Kelly Lindsey, resigned. The team is now in the WPS Super Semifinal after going through their second change at the helm this season. Moreover, she stepped into the position less than two weeks after abdominal surgery.

QUOTABLE: “I have attended all kinds of sporting events: Never have I heard a crowd more stunned than the Mexican crowd after Davies' goal. All traces of sound vanished from the stadium. Like someone pointed a remote control at Azteca and pressed "mute." It was one of those sports moments when you wish they could have stopped the proceedings right there for 20 minutes, just so we could soak in what happened and dream about all the possibilities.” – ESPN Sports Guy Bill Simmons on his Azteca experience 

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