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U.S. Soccer Wire: Oct. 10, 2009


U.S. MNT CLINCHES SPOT IN 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP WITH 3-2 VICTORY AGAINST HONDURAS, LOOKS TO FINISH TOP OF CONCACAF QUALIFYING WITH A WIN AGAINST COSTA RICA; TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR FINAL FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER IN WASHINGTON D.C.  

U.S. MNT CLINCHES SPOT IN 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP WITH 3-2 VICTORY AGAINST HONDURAS, LOOKS TO FINISH TOP OF CONCACAF QUALIFYING WITH A WIN AGAINST COSTA RICA: The U.S. Men’s National Team qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa in dramatic fashion with a 3-2 win against Honduras with five goals scored and a penalty missed by Honduras in a heart-stopping second half. Conor Casey, who started the match, scored his first two international goals to put the U.S. in front 2-1 in the 66th minute after Honduras had taken the lead in the 47th minute. Landon Donovan then added the third in the 71st minute from a direct free kick. That goal would prove to be the game-winner as Honduras scored their second in the 78th minute to set up a tense finish to the match which would see Honduras’ all-time leading scorer, Carlos Pavon, miss a penalty in the 87th minute. The win sees the U.S. remain on top of CONCACAF qualifying with 19 points – one better than Mexico’s 18. Bob Bradley’s men can guarantee a first place finish of the Hexagonal with a win on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. against Costa Rica. The match will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at U.S. Soccer’s Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/ussoccer. 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR OCT. 14 QUALIFIER IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AS U.S. MNT LOOKS TO FINISH IN TOP STOP IN CONCACAF: Tickets for the U.S. Men's National Team's final home qualifier of the 2010 FIFA World Cup cycle are on sale now at ussoccer.com. The USA will take on Costa Rica on Oct. 14 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. in the last game of the final round of qualifying. The United States has a perfect 8-0-0 record in home qualifiers and will try to keep up the run as they meet Los Ticos and try to finish in first place of the Hexagonal. After nine games, the U.S. sits in first place of the six-team group with 19 points on the strength of a 6-2-1 record. The U.S. has clinched a spot in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa after its win in San Pedro Sula against Honduras on Saturday night. Come support the team as they try to finish qualification on top. 

Hexagonal Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

United States

9

6

2

1

17

11

+6

19

Mexico

9

6

3

0

15

9

+6

18

Costa Rica

9

5

4

1

13

13

0

15

Honduras

9

4

4

0

16

11

+5

13

El Salvador

9

2

5

2

10

15

-5

8

Trinidad & Tobago

9

1

6

2

8

20

-12

5


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* 1-2 L Davies Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico
Sept. 5 El Salvador* 2-1 W Dempsey, Altidore Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* 1-0 W Clark Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
Oct. 10 Honduras* 3-2 W  Casey (2), Donovan  Estadio Olímpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* 8 p.m. ET  ESPN2/Galavision RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Oct. 6 – Oct. 12

SUNDHAGE NAMES WNT ROSTER TO FACE GERMANY: U.S. Women's National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named an 18-player roster for the USA’s match against Germany on Oct. 29 at the newly constructed Impuls Arena in Augsburg, Germany. It will be the first meeting since January of 2007 between the world’s top two women’s powers and the first time the USA has played in Germany since the summer of 2000. The match kicks off at 6 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) and fans can follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets are available until Thursday via ussoccer.com. This match will mark the 25th meeting between the two countries (counting two matches against the former West Germany) with the USA having won 16 games, lost four and tied four. The two most successful women’s soccer nations have met in several of the most epic matches in U.S. history, including a 5-2 U.S. win in the semifinal of the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 3-2 U.S. win the quarterfinal of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 3-0 U.S. loss in the semifinal of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and a 2-1 win in the semifinal of the 2004 Olympics.

U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (6): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Out of contract), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (UNC), Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Out of contract), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (2): Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom) 

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Oct. 6 – Oct. 12

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE – 

MATKOVICH SET TO CLOSE 36-PLAYER TRAINING CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: U.S. U-18 MNT head coach Mike Matkovich is wrapping up a 36-player training camp at The Home Depot in Carson, Calif., as the team has trained from Oct. 6-13. The U.S. team was split into two squads for a series of friendlies against local Development Academy clubs Arsenal, Chivas USA, the LA Galaxy and LAFC. The split squads, made up of players born in 1992 and 1993, picked up one win, two draws and a loss near the end of the training camp while playing against teams made up mostly of 1991s.  

U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team Results
Date                Result                                      U.S. Goalscorer(s)      Venue
Oct. 9               USA 1, U-18 Arsenal 1             Adjei                        The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Oct. 9               USA 2, U-18 Chivas USA 0      Okoli, Lacroix             The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Oct. 11             USA 0, U-18 LA Galaxy 0         --                              The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Oct. 11             LAFC 2, USA 0                        --                             The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. 

DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY NAMES PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: The Development Academy has named its Players of the Week for the week beginning on Oct. 5, 2009. Ryan Zinkham scored the game winning goal over McLean Youth Soccer in the 3-0 victory for the Richmond Strikers U-15/16 team.  His efforts have also helped the Richmond Strikers in leading the Atlantic Division and to a 4-2-0 overall record. Zinkham was also invited to join camp with the U-18 Men’s National Team, which is underway this week at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Carlos McCrary, who set the pace last season for the Concorde Fire U-17/18 team for most appearances and goals scored, found the back of the net five times during match play over the weekend.  McCrary accounted for all three goals in the 3-2 win over IMG Soccer Academy and netted two more in the 3-3 draw with the Clearwater Chargers on Sunday.  McCrary also currently leads all U-17/18 Academy players with eight goals scored on the season.   

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION– 

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR THE FINAL DRAW OF FIFA 2010 WORLD CUP ENDS OCT. 30, 2009: FIFA announced that the accreditation process for media representatives who intend to cover the Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ in Cape Town began on Oct. 1 via the FIFA Media Channel (http://media.fifa.com). The deadline for accreditation applications is October 30, 2009. The draw event will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa on Dec. 4, 2009. Media related information for the draw, i.e. media accommodation, media facilities and activities throughout the draw week will be published on the FIFA Media Channel. Thereafter, the applicant’s information will be subject to a review process by FIFA, the Organizing Committee for the FIFA World Cup™ as well as the mandatory security screening conducted by the South African National Intelligence Agency. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail.  

A FIFA WORLD CUP IN THE USA? YOU CAN HELP MAKE IT A REALITY!: The USA Bid Committee is working diligently on a bid to try to secure the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup™ in either 2018 or 2022. As part of the bid’s efforts, it launched goUSAbid.com to serve as the nerve center for all of its initiatives and communications. The bid’s campaign theme, “The Game is in US” is the call to action for soccer fans across the country, regardless of their club and country loyalties, to get behind the effort to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States. Show your support for the cause by visiting goUSAbid.com and adding your name to the online petition. Help us bring the greatest sporting event in the globe to the United States and show the world that “The Game is in US.” 

U.S. PARALYMPIC TEAM DRAWN INTO GROUP B OF 2009 CPISRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer National Team has been drawn into Group B of the upcoming CPISRA World Championship in Netherlands with Russia and Scotland. The U.S. will play first round games against Russia on Oct. 23, and Scotland on Oct. 25, at the National Sports Center – Papendal, in Arhem, Netherlands. The Americans begin the tournament against Russia who are ranked as one of the top two teams in the world (alongside Ukraine) and were the Gold medalist team at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics (with Ukraine earning Gold medals at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games). 

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools for A, B and C License Courses on Jan. 2-10, 2010, in California, Florida and a West Coast location yet to be determined. The National “A” License course will take place at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., and The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  The National “B” and “C” License courses will be offered at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., and at a West Coast location to be announced.  

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL GOALKEEPING LICENSE COURSE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct its National Goalkeeping License course Jan. 24-31, 2010 in Carson, Calif. at The Home Depot Center. Registration will open on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 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 beginning on Sept. 30. 

COACHESNET INSIDER: CoachesNet caught up with U.S. Under-14 Girls' National Team head coach Mike Dickey during their recent training camp in Carson, Calif. For this CoachesNet Insider edition, Coach Dickey shows us his training journal the team used for the week long camp. 

FIFA INTERACTIVE WORLD CUP 2010 KICKS OFF: FIFA, along with Presenting Partners EA SPORTS and PlayStation, announced the start of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2010 (FIWC10) season. The sixth edition of the world’s largest football gaming tournament provides virtual athletes from around the globe the unique opportunity of competing in an official FIFA World Cup. The FIFA Interactive World Champion 2010 will be decided at the Grand Final in Barcelona, Spain on May 1, 2010, for which players can qualify online or at live qualifier events. The winner will receive USD 20,000 and “a money can’t buy” experience of attending the FIFA World Player Gala, where they will mingle with the best football players in the world. Players interested in participating in either the online qualifiers or one of the live qualifier events will find all information on how to register as well as in-depth reports and stories around the tournament on the official website, www.fifa.com/FIWC. 

FIRST 2009 ID2 REGIONAL TRAINING CAMP CONCLUDES IN ZAREPATH, N.J.: Four days of high-level training and off-the-field sessions for boys born in 1996-97 and girls born in 1995-96 has concluded at US Club Soccer’s first 2009 id2 Regional Training Camp, held. Oct. 1-4 in Zarephath, N.J. Attended by USSF National Team staff, Regional Training Camps are part of US Club Soccer’s id2 national player identification and development program, providing an opportunity for the country’s top youth talent to be identified and developed for inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs. 

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT *** 

PEAK PERFORMER: Conor Casey scored two crucial goals, which were his first for the MNT, in Saturday night’s World Cup qualifier against Honduras which clinched qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Colorado Rapids striker equalized in the 55th minute and put the U.S. ahead in the 66th to turn the momentum in favor of the U.S. who eventually came out 3-2 winners in San Pedro Sula. 

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team and Costa Rica face of at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009 at 8 p.m. ET.  The U.S. will be looking to finish atop the CONCACAF qualifying standings while Costa Rica has yet to punch their ticket to South Africa and will be looking to grab the last automatic qualification spot. The match will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision and fans can follow MatchTracker at ussoccer.com and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ussoccer.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier between Peru and Argentina on Saturday was a dramatic encounter of epic magnitude and is sure to become an instant classic. Under driving rain in Buenos Aires, the match seemed destined to be a draw after Hernan Rengifo of Peru equalized the match in second half stoppage time. However, Argentina veteran Martin Palermo answered with a goal of his own in the dying seconds of the game to send the home crowd into raptures and prompt head coach Diego Maradona to do a belly flop through a puddle on the sidelines. Yet, all was not decided. Knowing that literally only seconds remained, Peru launched a shot from the center circle which caromed off the Argentina crossbar and out of play. With the win, Argentina moved into fourth spot in CONMEBOL qualifying and travel to Uruguay who have just one less point and sit in fifth place on Wednesday. The fifth place CONMEBOL team faces the fourth place CONCACAF team in playoff for a spot in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

QUOTABLE: “We have emphasized to the team that our work is not finished.  From the beginning it has been our goal to finish in first place in the group, and with the possibility that winning the group could potentially impact seeding for the World Cup, there is no doubt our mission on Wednesday is to win the game.” – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley on the team’s mentality going into Wednesday’s match against Costa Rica

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