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U.S. Soccer Wire: September 15, 2008


U.S. WNT FACE IRELAND IN NEW JERSEY AFTER
2-0 WIN IN PHILADELPHIA TO KICK OFF ACHEIVE YOUR GOLD TOUR;
U.S. MNT WIN, 3-0, AGAINST TRINIDAD & TOBAGO IN 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING;
U.S. U-20 WNT DRAWN INTO GROUP B AT 2008 FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

WNT KICK OFF ACHIEVE YOUR GOLD TOUR WITH WIN: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team opened the Achieve Your Gold Tour, a 10-game domestic run of matches to celebrate the 2008 Olympic gold medal, with a 2-0 defeat of Ireland in front of 13,176 fans at Lincoln Financial Field. It was the first match for the U.S. women since dramatically winning the gold with a 1-0 overtime triumph over Brazil on Aug. 21 in Beijing, China. Before the match, Heather O’Reilly was honored for earning her 100th cap in that gold medal game and keeping with tradition, she captained U.S. team, coincidentally against the country of her heritage. The win moved the U.S. women to 27-1-1 in 2008 heading into the second match of Achieve Your Gold Tour, which will take place on Wed., Sept. 17 (tickets) against Ireland at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. ET. The U.S. women complete the three-game series against the Irish on Sept. 20 (tickets) at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Kickoff for that match is at 7 p.m. CT and it will be streamed lived on ussoccer.com.

U.S. WNT Olympic Schedule

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 6 Norway 0-2 L --
Aug. 9 Japan 1-0 W Lloyd
Aug. 12 New Zealand 4-0 W O'Reilly, Rodriguez, Tarpley, Hucles
Aug. 15 Canada 2-1 W (OT) Hucles, Kai
Aug. 18 Japan 4-1 W Hucles (2), Chalupny, O'Reilly
Aug. 21 Brazil 1-0 W Lloyd

U.S. WNT Achieve Your Gold Tour
Date Opponent Result / Venue; City Time / U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Sept. 13 Ireland 2-0 W Kai, O'Reilly
Sept. 17 Ireland Giants Stadium; E. Rutherford, N.J. 7:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 20 Ireland Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill. 7 p.m. CT

MNT DEFEATS TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, 3-0, IN 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: The U.S. Men’s National Team earned their fifth consecutive shutout in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup with an impressive 3-0 win Wednesday against Trinidad & Tobago in front of 11, 452 fans at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. First half goals from Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey were complemented by a second half header from Brian Ching to keep the U.S. in first place in Group 1 with nine points after three matches. With the shutout, the U.S. increased their streak to 551 minutes without allowing a goal. The U.S. Men’s National Team will get a break from qualifying until the second leg of games begins for the Semifinal Round. The U.S. will face Cuba at 7 p.m. ET on Oct. 11 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., before traveling to take on Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15. The U.S. wraps up Semifinal Round qualifying against Guatemala at 6 p.m. MT on Nov. 19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

U.S. MNT Semifinal Round Qualifying Schedule 

Date Opponent Result / Time U.S. Goal Scorer(s) / TV
Aug. 20 @ Guatemala 1-0 W Bocanegra
Sept. 6 @ Cuba 1-0 W Dempsey
Sept. 10 vs. Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 W Bradley, Dempsey, Ching
Oct. 11 vs. Cuba 7 p.m. ET Live on ESPN Classic, Galavision
Oct. 15 @ Trinidad & Tobago TBA Live on ESPN Networks, Galavision
Nov. 19 vs. Guatemala 6 p.m. MT Live on ESPN2, Galavision

U.S. UNDER-20 WNT LEARN WORLD CUP OPPONENTS, SET TO HOLD TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will kick off their first of two camps prior to the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, training in Sunrise, Fla. from Sept. 21-28. Head coach Tony DiCicco has called 21 players into the camp, which he will use to make his final World Cup roster selections. The players heading to Sunrise will be available to play in their collegiate matches on Sunday (if applicable) and will return in time for games scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 28. The U.S. has been drawn into Group B of the 2008 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Chile alongside France, Argentina and China. The team will open against France on November 19 before facing Argentina on November 22, with both games taking place at the Estadio Nelson Oyarzun in Chillan. The team will then travel to Temuco to conclude group play against China at the Estadio German Becker.

U.S. U-20 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara), Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Cat Parkhill (Minnesota)
DEFENDERS (5): Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Liz Harkin (Arizona State), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Elli Reed (Portland)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Becky Edwards (Florida State), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Christine Nairn (Maryland), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown)
FORWARDS (8): Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alyssa Mautz (Texas A&M), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix College), Alex Morgan (California), Nikki Washington (North Carolina)

U.S. WNT PLAYERS ON TODAY SHOW AND FOX & FRIENDS ON TUESDAY MORNING: Several members of the U.S. Women’s National Team will be on the NBC Today Show and Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning, Sept. 16, to discuss their recent gold medal triumph, their current Achieve Your Gold Tour, and their allocations later that day to their Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) clubs. Heather Mitts, Christie Rampone, Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach, in her first major TV appearance since her broken leg, will appear on the Today Show while Hope Solo, Angela Hucles and Heather O’Reilly will appear on Fox & Friends. The 2008 Olympic gold medal winners will face Ireland on Wed., Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. ET at Giants Stadium in the second match of the Achieve Your Gold Tour. Fans can follow the game on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The USA won the first game, also against Ireland, by a 2-0 score on Sept. 13 in Philadelphia. The team finishes its three-game series with Ireland on Sept. 20 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., on Sept. 20 in a match streamed live over the web on MatchAccess at ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

TICKETS FOR UPCOMING MNT QUALIFIERS NOW AVAILABLE: Tickets are now available for the U.S. Men's National Team's two upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Cuba on Oct. 11 and Guatemala on Nov. 19. Kickoff against Cuba at RFK Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets ranging in price levels from $28 to $95 are available online at ussoccer.com, through all Washington-Baltimore Ticketmaster outlets (including Macy’s stores), and by phone (Washington 202-397-SEAT (7328); Baltimore 410-547-SEAT (7328); Northern Virginia 703-573-SEAT (7328); out of state 1-800-551-SEAT (7328). Groups of 20 or more can obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Against Guatemala at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., kickoff for the team’s last semifinal round qualifier is set for 6 p.m. MT, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Tickets ranging in price levels from $30 to $95 are now available online at ussoccer.com, by phone at 866-461-6556, at all Dick’s Sporting Goods locations in Colorado, and at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park ticket office, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Visa® is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer.

U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS TO BE ALLOCATED TO WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER CLUBS TOMORROW IN NYC: Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) will announce the allocations of the U.S. Women’s National Team players for the 2009 WPS season in Manhattan tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 16, in an event at the Sports Museum of America, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci, and NBA All-Star Steve Nash, a part-owner in the league, will conduct the allocation as many of the 2008 Olympic gold medalists will be allocated to the seven WPS teams who will participate in the inaugural 2009 season: Bay Area, Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, Los Angeles, Sky Blue FC, St. Louis and the Washington Freedom. Women's Professional Soccer will be offering live coverage of the 2008 WPS Player Allocation announcement at 12:30pm ET (9:30am PT) at fans.womensprosoccer.com.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

CREDENTIAL PROCESS OPEN FOR 2008 FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Media wishing to apply for credentials for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile can register at the FIFA Media Channel: http://mediachannel.extranets.fifa.com/RegProc.aspx. The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will take place from Nov. 19 to Dec. 7in Chile. The U.S. has been drawn into Group B of the tournament, along with Argentina, China and France.

UNDER-17 MNT PICKS UP WIN, DRAW AGAINST CHIVAS USA DEVELOMENT ACADEMY SQUADS: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team picked up a win and a draw against the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s Chivas USA in the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups, respectively. It was the first stop in a nine-city exhibition tour that the U-17 MNT will play throughout the course of the Development Academy season. As part of the Academy’s initiatives to build upon the successful foundation that was built during its inaugural year in 2007-08, clubs that demonstrated excellence both on and off the field will have the opportunity to test themselves against the U.S. Under-17 MNT. The exhibition matches, along with several international training camps and games, will be used to prepare the U-17s as they attempt to qualify for their 14th consecutive FIFA Under-17 World Cup in April or May, when the qualifying tournament will be held in Mexico.

U.S. U-17 MNT Exhibition Tour Schedule / Results

Date* Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Sept. 13 Chivas USA U-15/16 2-0 W Pineda, Renken
  Chivas USA U-17/18 3-3 T McInerney (2), Gil
Sept. 20 NOMADS --  
Oct. 4 Sockers FC --  
Oct. 11 Richmond Strikers --  
Nov. 1 Miami FC Kendall --  
Nov. 15 CASL --  
Nov. 29 LAFC --  
May 2 Chicago Fire --  
May 16 New York Red Bulls --  
*Subject to change

U.S. UNDER-17 WOMEN CONTINUE PREP FOR WORLD CUP IN NEW ZEALAND: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team is in Jersey City, N.J. until Sept. 19 for its second-to-last training camp before the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. U.S. head coach Kazbek Tambi will bring 24 players to camp as he nears the naming of the 21-player roster that will represent the USA at the first-ever world championship for U-17 women being held from Oct. 28-Nov. 16 in New Zealand. Tambi’s squad is undefeated in international matches in 2008, going 8-0-0 which includes wins in all five matches at the U-17 Women’s CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament that was held last July in Trinidad & Tobago. The U.S. team will depart for this historic Women’s World Cup on Oct. 23 and open the tournament on Oct. 30 with a difficult Group C match against Japan in Hamilton. The USA will also face Paraguay on Nov. 2 in Hamilton and finish group play against France on Nov. 5 in Auckland. The 16-nation tournament features four groups of four teams each with the top two finishers in each group advancing to the quarterfinals. During the camp in New Jersey, the U.S. U-17s will get the chance to attend the U.S. Women’s National Team match against Ireland on Sept. 17 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup - New Zealand
USA First Round Schedule
Group C

Date Opponent Venue City
Oct. 30 Japan Waikato Stadium Hamilton, New Zealand
Nov. 2 Paraguay Waikato Stadium Hamilton, New Zealand
Nov. 5 France North Harbour Stadium Auckland, New Zealand

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearney, N.J.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.);
DEFENDERS (6): Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Rachel Quon (Lake Forest, Ill.), Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.), Anne Steinlage (Grand Haven, Mich.);
MIDFIELDERS (10): Kathryn Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Alyson Birgel (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Elizabeth Eddy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Amanda Laddish (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Sydney Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.);
FORWARDS (5): Hayley Brock (Acton, Mass.), Tani Costa (Honolulu, Hawaii), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)

U.S. UNDER-14 BOYS NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER SET FOR THANKSGIVING INTER-REGIONAL: U.S. Under-14 Boys National Team head coach Manny Schellscheidt has named 38 players who will travel to the Thanksgiving Inter-Regional tournament from Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Orlando, Fla. The U.S. will be split into two squads to compete against Under-15 Regional Teams from the Olympic Development Program. More information, including a full schedule of games, will be available at a later date.

U.S. Under-14 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jonathan Davis (Gastonia, N.C.), Arthur Eggers (Moore, S.C.), Joseph Ghitis (Weston, Fla.), Zackary Steffen (Downingtown, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (12): Kellyn Acosta (Allen, Texas), Russell Canouse (Lancaster, Pa.), Feliciano Charles (Grand Prairie, Texas), Christian De Luna (Novato, Calif.), Dylan Greenberg (Dix Hills, N.Y.), Trevor Haberkorn (Roanoke, Texas), Michael Hinkson (Raleigh, N.C.), Emilio Huerta (San Jose, Calif.), Nicholas Hutchinson (Allentown, Pa.), Austin Marques (Chino, Calif.), Vincent Reyes (West Covina, Calif.), Michael Steele (Custer, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (13): Jordan Allen (Rochester, N.Y.), Michael Chang (Highland Park, Ill.), Ever De La Torre (Pasadena, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Plano, Texas), Anthony Jeffries (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Ismael Longo (Weston, Fla.), Oscar Montes (Lakewood, Colo.), Antonio Murillo (Las Vegas, Nev.), Adam Najem (Clifton, N.J.), Zachary Pfeffer (Dresher, Pa.), Miguel Polley (West Bloomfield, Mich.), Christian Rodriguez (Alexandria, Va.), Jonathan Scherzer (Winterville, Ga.),
FORWARDS (9): Paul Arriola (Chula Vista, Calif.), Diego Fagundez (Leominster, Mass.), Ali Jawad (Dearborn Heights, Mich.), Isaias Juarez (Las Cruces, N.M.), James Nosack (Ridgefield, Wash.), Devonte Small (Lacey, Wash.), Jacob Smith (Atlanta, Ga.), Antonio Velazquez (Las Vegas, Nev.), Henry Wingo (Lake Forest Park, Wash.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. FUTSAL NATONAL TEAM WRAPS UP BUSY WEEKEND IN WISCONSIN: The U.S. Futsal National Team put the finishing touches on its domestic preparations for the FIFA Futsal World Cup by compiling a 3-0-1 record during a busy weekend at the Kern Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Head coach Keith Tozer's team played two friendlies with Japan, fighting out a 4-4 draw with the fellow Futsal World Cup participants on Friday night before coming from behind to grab a close 2-1 victory on Sunday. The matches were the last preparations stateside for the U.S., who will head to Rio de Janeiro next week ahead of their Sept. 30 Group B opener with Paraguay. The U.S. will also face Italy, and Thailand before finishing out group play against Portugal. Up next for Tozer is the naming of the 14-man U.S. squad for the FIFA Futsal World Cup which, will be announced shortly.

U.S. National Futsal Team Schedule

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Sept. 12 NY Ecuador FC 11-1 W Stewart, Naumoski (2), J. Beasley (2), Morris, Myers (2), Farias, Wiesner, Rosenband
Sept. 12 Japan 4-4 T Stewart, Farias, Apple, Morris
Sept. 13 NY Ecuador FC 2-1 W J. Beasley, Cabral
Sept. 14 Japan 2-1 W J. Beasley (2)


*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: The U.S. Futsal National Team got the perfect send off to the Futsal World Cup on Sunday, coming from behind to beat Japan, 2-1, at the Kern Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Two late goals from Jamar Beasley erased Japan's lead, and the win improved the U.S. to 3-0-1 over the weekend. Next up for the U.S.: the trip to South America for the FIFA Futsal World Cup which takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 19 in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. WNT continues their Gold Medal celebration with the second and third games of the Achieve Your Gold tour on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in New Jersey and Saturday, Sept. 20, in suburban Chicago. The U.S. Women will face Ireland at 7:30 p.m. ET at Giants Stadium (tickets) before traveling to the Windy City to face the Irish at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Granted there are only been two match days in the Italian Serie A, but this is still not something you see very often. Gracing the top two spots in the table are Lazio and Atalanta, respectively, while, at the other end, Roma hasn’t been able to muster more than one point and sits in 17th place, while AC Milan sits in 19th place with zero points. The pressure is on in Roma and Milan, as they prepare to start European tournament play. Roma faces CFR Cluj-Napoca at 2:45 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the UEFA Champions League and AC Milan takes on FC Zurich at 2:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 18, in the UEFA Cup.

QUOTABLE: “Honestly, every game with this team is an honor so the fact that I have 100 is truly amazing. I think I have the best job in the world, doing what we love every day. I’m definitely very, very fortunate.”
-- U.S. WNT midfielder Heather O’Reilly, on being honored for her 100th cap before the 2-0 win against Ireland.

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