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U.S. Soccer Wire: Hamm, Foudy & Fawcett Call It Quits


HAMM PROVIDES PAIR OF ASSISTS, WAMBACH GETS 30th GOAL OF 2004 IN ROMP AT HDC: The U.S. Women’s National Team’s finished its highly successful 10-game “Fan Celebration Tour” with an emotional 5-0 victory over Mexico on Dec. 8 as legendary stars Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy played their last match in a U.S. uniform while defender Joy Fawcett, who did not play as she is recovering from back surgery, also bid farewell at the end of their remarkable 18-year careers.  The match at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., was filled with memorable scenes as a raucous crowd of 15,549 watched the farewell match for the three pioneers, bringing the total attendance on the team’s victory tour following the Athens Olympics to 156,134. The evening was marked by a number of special presentations and emotional moments, including a pre-game ceremony in which the crowd roared their approval of the retiring legends as they were presented framed jerseys and a bouquet of roses.  On the field, Hamm led the way with two early assists, boosting her final U.S. Women’s National Team totals to an astonishing 158 goals and 144 assists for 460 points in 275 career caps. On the end of her historic final assists were midfielder Aly Wagner and forward Abby Wambach, both of whom scored two goals on the night to pace the U.S. to victory. Shannon Boxx, a native of Redondo Beach, Calif., added a goal and assist in the game, as well.  For captain Julie Foudy, the match was the 271st of her career (45 goals, 59 assists).  She said farewell after the game with a typically spirited on-field introduction of Hamm and Fawcett and an address to the crowd in which all three thanked their families, fans and teammates one final time. Fawcett, whose final match was the 2004 Olympic Gold Medal match, finished her career with 239 games (27 goals, 23 assists) despite taking time off to have three children in the 13-year span between the team’s first Women’s World Cup title in 1991 and their 2004 gold medal. The following are the final results of the 10-game tour.
2004 U.S. WNT “Fan Celebration Tour” Results
Game     Date                    Result                                  Venue                            City                            Attendance
   1         Sat., Sept. 25      USA 4, Iceland 3                 Frontier Field                 Rochester, N.Y.         14,870 (SO)
   2         Wed., Sept. 29    USA 3, Iceland 0                Heinz Field                     Pittsburgh, Pa.            6,386
   3         Sun., Oct. 3         USA 5, New Zealand 0       PGE Park                      Portland, Ore.            16,554
   4         Sun., Oct. 10       USA 6, New Zealand 0       Paul Brown Stadium      Cincinnati, Ohio          18,806
   5         Sat., Oct. 16        USA 1, Mexico 0               Arrowhead Stadium       Kansas City, Mo.        20,435
   6         Wed., Oct. 20     USA 5, Ireland 1                 Soldier Field                  Chicago, Ill.                12,856
   7         Sat., Oct. 23        USA 5, Ireland 0                Reliant Stadium              Houston, Texas           16,991
   8         Wed., Nov. 3      USA 1, Denmark 1             Giants Stadium               East Rutherford, N.J.  18,885
   9         Sat., Nov. 6         Denmark 3, USA 1            Lincoln Financial Field    Philadelphia, Pa.          14,812
   10       Wed., Dec. 8       USA 5, Mexico 0               Home Depot Center      Carson, Calif.              15,549

FANS CAN VOTE DAILY AT ussoccer.com THROUGH DEC. 17: U.S. Soccer fans only have five more days to vote at ussoccer.com for the winners of all 15 year-end awards, including 11 awards that make up the 2004 'Best of U.S. Soccer" series, as well as the four prestigious Athlete of the Year awards – Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female, before the deadline on Friday (Dec. 17). For the Chevrolet Athlete of the Year awards, online votes will be tallied and equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes. As in years past, the other 50 percent will be represented by 100 votes that will be compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from National Team coaches to the National Board of Directors). The 2004 “Best of U.S. Soccer” awards will be decided entirely by online fan votes.
2004 Chevrolet Athlete of the Year Award Finalists
Male: DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Landon Donovan, Kasey Keller, Claudio Reyna
Female: Shannon Boxx, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Lindsay Tarpley, Abby Wambach
Young Male: Alecko Eskandarian, Eddie Gaven, Ed Johnson, Jonathan Spector, Danny Szetela
Young Female: Lori Chalupny, Ashlyn Harris, Natasha Kai, Heather O’Reilly, Angela Woznuk
2004 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards
Best Soccer Bar
Best Soccer Store
Best U.S. Soccer Story
Best Fashion Statement
Best U.S. Crowd
Best Soccer Fans
Best Goal
Best Assist
Best Late-Game Heroics
Best Game Performance (Player)
Best Game Performance (Team)

-- U.S. WORLD CUP QUALIFYING UPDATE --

U.S. OPENS WORLD CUP QUALIFYING ON FEB. 9 AWAY TO TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: The United States will open its bid to qualify for its fifth consecutive World Cup finals in Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 9 as the final round draw for 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying was announced on Nov. 30. The U.S., along with Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago will compete in the 10-game round-robin format from Feb. 9-Oct. 12, 2005, with the top three teams automatically advancing to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.  The fourth-place team will compete in a two-game playoff to be held Nov. 12/13 and Nov. 16 against the fifth-place finisher in Asian qualifying.  Drawn as Team 6 in the final round format, the U.S. faces a tricky road to Germany as their first two games will take place on the road.  The U.S. gets its consecutive home dates for Matches 3 & 4 and 6 & 7, and will then face another two away matches before concluding final round play in the United States.  Venues for the five home matches for the U.S. will be announced as they become finalized.
2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Schedule – CONCACAF Final Round
Date                 Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Feb. 9              Panama vs. Guatemala
Feb. 9              Costa Rica vs. Mexico
Feb. 9              Trinidad & Tobago vs. USA 
Date                 Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 26/27    Costa Rica vs. Panama
March 26/27    Guatemala vs. Trinidad & Tobago
March 26/27    Mexico vs. USA
Date                 Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 30         Panama vs. Mexico  
March 30         USA vs. Guatemala  
March 30         Trinidad & Tobago vs. Costa Rica
Date                Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 4/5           Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama  
June 4/5           Guatemala vs. Mexico  
June 4/5           USA vs. Costa Rica  
Date                 Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 8              Panama vs. USA  
June 8              Costa Rica vs. Guatemala  
June 8              Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date                Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Aug. 17           Guatemala vs. Panama  
Aug. 17           Mexico vs. Costa Rica  
Aug. 17           USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date                Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Sept. 3/4         Panama vs. Costa Rica 
Sept. 3/4         Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guatemala
Sept. 3/4         USA vs. Mexico 
Date                Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Sept. 7            Mexico vs. Panama
Sept. 7            Guatemala vs. USA 
Sept. 7            Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date                Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Oct. 8/9           Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Oct. 8/9           Mexico vs. Guatemala
Oct. 8/9           Costa Rica vs. USA
Date                Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Oct. 12            USA vs. Panama  
Oct. 12            Guatemala vs. Costa Rica
Oct. 12            Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico
 
Playoff (*home team will be determined by lottery at the conclusion of the final round)
Date                Match-up
*Nov. 12/13    AFC #5 vs. CONCACAF #4
*Nov. 16         AFC #5 vs. CONCACAF #4

-- U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --

U-20 MNT KICKS OFF FINAL CAMP OF 2004 AT HDC IN PREPARATION FOR QUALIFYING: Last week, U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Sigi Schmid named his 30-player roster that will participate in the team’s final training camp of 2004 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from Dec. 12-23. This will be the last camp before Schmid selects his final roster to compete in Group A of the CONCACAF Under-20 Qualifying Tournament, which will also be held at The Home Depot Center, from Jan 12-16, 2005. The U.S. will be attempting to qualify for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, which will be held in Holland from June 10-July 2, 2005. Of the 30 players named to camp, 24 are in college while six are professional players, four of which play in Major League Soccer – Freddy Adu (D.C United), Arturo Alvarez (San Jose Earthquakes), Craig Capano (Chicago Fire) and Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew). The final two professional players are goalkeeper Quentin Westberg, who plays for ESTAC Troyes in the second division in France, and Jay Denny of Stoke City in the English first division.  During the 12-day camp, the 30 players will be split into two teams (White and Blue) for games against the Canadian Under-20 Men’s National Team, Necaxa and another team still to be determined. The U.S. will play games on Saturday (Dec. 18) and Dec. 20, with an intra-squad scrimmage on Thursday (Dec. 16). On Saturday (Dec. 18) the White team will go up against Canada in the morning, while the Blue team will face Mexican first-division club team Necaxa in the afternoon. Then on Dec. 20, the Blue will take on Canada with the White team facing off against a team still to be determined.
U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Quentin Westberg (ESTAC Troyes); Justin Hughes (UNC), Andrew Kartunen (Stanford); DEFENDERS (10): Greg Dalby (Notre Dame), Hunter Freeman (Virginia), Kiel McClung (UCLA), Mike Ordonez (Dartmouth), Patrick Phelan (Wake Forest), Steve Purdy (California), Karl Schilling (Connecticut), Nathan Sturgis (Clemson), Tim Ward (St. Louis), Marvell Wynne (UCLA); MIDFIELDERS (9): Arturo Alvarez (San Jose Earthquakes), Craig Capano (Chicago Fire), Nico Colaluca (Virginia), Jay Denny (Stoke City), Benny Fielhaber (UCLA), Patrick Ianni (UCLA), Sacha Kljestan (Seton Hall), Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew), Michael Videira (Duke); FORWARDS (8): Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Ely Allen (Washington), Chad Barrett (UCLA), Adam Christman (Virginia), Charlie Davies (Boston College), Will John (St. Louis), Randi Patterson (UNC-Greensboro), Jacob Peterson (Indiana).
U-20 MNT Schedule
Date         Opponent                         Kickoff (PT)
Dec. 18    Canada U-17                   10 a.m.
Dec. 18    Necaxa                             3:30 p.m.
Dec. 20    Canada U-17                   10 a.m.
Dec. 20    TBD                                 3:30 p.m.

U-20 CONCACAF QUALIFYING SET AS TRINIDAD & TOBAGO FILLS FINAL SPOT: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team found out their final opponent in Group A of the 2005 CONCACAF Under-20 Final Round Qualifying Tournament last week as Trinidad & Tobago advanced after eliminating Cuba 6-5 on aggregate in the Second Round Caribbean Zone Series 1. After winning the first-leg 3-2 at the Estadio Pedro Marrero in La Habana, Cuba, on Nov. 26, T&T drew with Cuba 3-3 on Dec. 10 in the second-leg at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella. Trinidad & Tobago will join Costa Rica, Panama and the USA as they compete in Group A at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from Jan. 12-16, 2005. The six-game round-robin tournament will consist of three doubleheaders with each team playing on January 12, 14, and 16. The U.S. U-20s, who are attempting to qualify for a fifth consecutive FIFA World Youth Championship, play the second match on each day and open against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Jan. 12 before facing Panama on Friday, Jan. 14. The U-20s wrap up the tournament against Costa Rica on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2:30 p.m. PT. The top two finishers in Carson will advance to the FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands from June 10-July 2, 2005. Ticket information will be released and made available at ussoccer.com when it becomes available.
U-20 CONCACAF Final Round Schedule
Date        Match-up                            Kickoff (PT)
Jan. 12    Costa Rica vs. Panama        5:30 p.m.
Jan. 12    USA vs. T&T                      8 p.m.
Jan. 14    T&T vs. Costa Rica             5:30 p.m.
Jan. 14    USA vs. Panama                 8 p.m.
Jan. 16    Panama vs. T&T                 12 p.m.
Jan. 16    USA vs. Costa Rica            2:30 p.m.

U-17s DEFEAT AUSTRALIA IN BRADENTON BEHIND FOUR SECOND HALF GOALS: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team bounced back from a lackluster first half to pour in four unanswered goals in the second half for a 4-1 rout of Australia at IMG Academy Park in Bradenton, Fla. Ryan Soroka scored two goals, while Eddie Ababio notched the first U.S. goal and added two assists to lead the U-17s to their second win over Australia in a week. The U.S. fell behind in the 34th minute when the forward combo of Daniel Miller and David Williams put Australia on top. Williams was able to find Miller behind the U.S. defense and the striker put his shot past U.S. goalkeeper Bryant Rueckner for a 1-0 lead. The U.S. continued to struggle in the second half until Ababio was brought on for David Arvizu in the 58th minute. Ababio’s speed and ball-handling skills put the tired Australian defense on their heels as he quickly pushed into the attack and created chances for the U.S. In the 64th minute, Ababio found the equalizer off a pass from David Williams. The U.S. took the lead 12 minutes later as Soroka notched the first of his two goals off a pass from Ababio. Ababio was once again in the mix for the USA’s third goal, feeding Preston Zimmerman for his 84th minute strike. Soroka knocked in his second goal of the day to finish off the scoring in the 88th minute, finishing a service from Eric Avila. This was the second meeting for the older U.S. Under-17 MNT, as they also defeated Australia 2-0 on Dec. 2 on the first days of the Nike Friendlies.

U-17s TO FACE EL SALVADOR, COSTA RICA AND CUBA AS CONCACAF QUALIFYING SET: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team discovered its other two opponents in Group A of the 2005 CONCACAF Under-17 Final Round Qualifying Tournament, which will take place in Costa Rica from April 12-16, as Cuba and El Salvador advanced this past Friday. Cuba advanced to the 2005 CONCACAF Under-17 Final Round Qualification after eliminating Trinidad & Tobago 6-2 on aggregate in the Caribbean Zone Second Round Series 1. After taking the first-leg 3-1 at the Estadio Pedro Marrero in La Habana, Cuba on Nov. 26, Cuba beat T&T by the same score in the return leg on Dec. 10. El Salvador advanced to the final round by winning the U-17 Central Zone Qualifying this past weekend, defeating Guatemala 1-0 and Nicaragua 9-0. Group B was also finalized as Honduras defeated Panama and Belize to advance to the final round of qualifying. The top team from each group qualifies to the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championships in Peru, while the two runners up from each group meet in a home-and-home playoff for the last berth.

– AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD –

INDIANA EDGES UCSB IN PKs FOR BACK-TO-BACK NCAA MEN’S COLLEGE CUP TITLES: The Indiana Hoosiers earned their second NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament title in a row on Dec. 12 when they outlasted UC-Santa Barbara 3-2 in a penalty kick shootout after a 1-1 tie in regulation and 20 minutes of scoreless overtime at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  Goalkeeper Jay Nolly saved UCSB’s final two attempts to help the Hoosiers win their first title under new head coach Mike Frietag and defend last year’s championship under retired legend Jerry Yeagley.  Indiana got in the board first in the 26th minute with a goal from forward Jacob Peterson, but UCSB’s Drew McAthy struck back to tie it.  Offensive-minded UCSB got to the final by crushing Duke 5-0 in the first semifinal on Dec. 10, while Indiana held off Maryland 3-2. 
NCAA Div. I Men’s College Cup Results
Date         Result   
Dec. 10    UC-Santa Barbara 5, Duke 0   
Dec. 10    Indiana 3, Maryland 2
Dec. 12    Indiana 1, UC-Santa Barbara 1 (Indiana wins 3-2 on PKs)

THREE FINALISTS NAMED FOR MEN’S MAC/HERMANN TROPHY: A three-time All-Big Ten player, a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and a two-time Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year comprise the three finalists for the men's 2004 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer. The finalists were determined in voting by Division I men's soccer coaches who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Indiana University's Danny O'Rourke (Columbus, Ohio), University of Tulsa's Ryan Pore (Mansfield, Ohio) and Virginia Commonwealth University's Gonzalo Segares (San Jose, Costa Rica) are the three finalists who will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, for a news conference which will feature the announcement of the winner of the coveted crystal soccer ball trophy. A banquet at the Club immediately following the announcement will feature the formal presentation of the award to the winter.

O’REILLY HEADLINES THREE FINALISTS NAMED FOR WOMEN’S MAC/HERMANN TROPHY: An Olympic gold medallist, the 2002 Women's College Cup Most Valuable Player and the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the comprise the three finalists for the women's 2004 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer. The finalists were determined in voting of Division I women's soccer coaches who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The University of North Carolina's Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), the University of Portland's Christine Sinclair (Burnaby, British Columbia) and Penn State University's Tiffany Weimer (North Haven, Conn.) are the three finalists. They will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, for a news conference, where the winner of the coveted crystal soccer ball trophy will be revealed. A banquet at the Club that evening will feature the formal presentation of the award. She is the third Tar Heel to be named a Hermann Trophy finalist in the last two years, joining Olympic teammates Lindsay Tarpley and Cat Reddick, the 2003 Hermann Trophy winner.

2005 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS CUP DRAW TO TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY: The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football will conduct the draw for the final phase of the 2005 CONCACAF Champions' Cup on Wednesday (Dec. 15). The eight teams in the draw will be paired to play two-leg, straight knockout, home-and-away series, from March 9-May 11, 2005. The CONCACAF Champions' Cup draw procedure will have two pots of four teams each; one containing two teams each from Mexico and USA and the other with the Caribbean representative and three from Central America. Teams will be paired by selecting one team from each pot. The clubs that have qualified for the 2005 CONCACAF Champions' Cup are: the Kansas City Wizards and D.C. United from the USA; CF Monterrey and Pumas UNAM from Mexico; CD Olímpia (HON), CSD Municipal (GUA) and Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) from Central America; with the eighth spot to be claimed by the winner of the 2004 Caribbean Club Championship Final between Harbour View FC and Tivoli Gardens FC, both from Jamaica.  The Champions' Cup winner will earn a berth in the 2005 FIFA World Club
Championship, a six-team tournament to be held in Japan in December 2005. The champion of each of the six Confederations - CONCACAF (North & Central America & Caribbean), CONMEBOL (South America), UEFA (Europe), AFC (Asia), CAF (Africa) and OFC (Oceania) - will take part in the World Club Championship.

NOMINATIONS STILL BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2004 FRICKER BUILDER AWARD: Nominations are still being accepted for the 2005 U.S. Soccer Werner Fricker Builder Award, honoring the late U.S. Soccer President Werner J. Fricker. The annual award is presented to an individual or individuals who have worked tirelessly in furthering the interest of the sport of soccer, without regard to personal recognition or advancement. The honoree(s) will have created or fostered programs that will outlast his or her own active involvement in the sport and that establish a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the United States. Fricker himself was honored posthumously with the inaugural award in 2002, as his son Werner Jr. accepted on his behalf. Sunil Gulati, vice president of U.S. Soccer, received the award in 2003. With U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting moving from the summer months to March, no award was bestowed in 2004. Interested persons can nominate individuals for the annual Werner Fricker Builder Award by completing the attached form and mailing it to U.S. Soccer, C/O the Werner Fricker Builder Award Committee, 1801 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616.  The form is also available for download at ussoccer.com, and applications must be postmarked by January 1, 2005.

WOMEN’S SOCCER INITIATIVE, INC., LAUNCHED IN ATTEMPT TO REVIVE WUSA:  The WUSA announced last week that Women’s Soccer Initiative, Inc. (WSII), a not-for-profit entity dedicated to guide the re-launch of women’s professional soccer in the United States, has been created in hopes of relaunching the league. Veteran sports business professional Tonya Antonucci has been named Chief Executive Officer and will lead the re-launch efforts. Antonucci, 36, brings over a decade of business experience to the effort, having spent over seven years with Yahoo, Inc.  She headed up Yahoo! Sports and served as general manager of Yahoo’s partnership with the FIFA Men’s and Women’s World Cup.  Prior to her business career, Tonya played soccer at Stanford University, and she was an assistant coach at Stanford and Santa Clara University. In July a WUSA Business Strategy Summit, attended by a diverse group of business, investment, marketing, sponsorship, and media executives, was held to develop a consensus view on a viable business model for re-launching the professional women’s league. In response to key findings of that summit, Women’s Soccer Initiative, Inc. was created to act as the driving force in the re-launch effort.

USL UNVEILS NEW LEAGUE LOGOS, UNDERGOES FACE LIFT TO USLSOCCER.COM: United Soccer Leagues unveiled Friday its new series of league logos and the new look of its website USLsoccer.com.  The release of the new logos and updated website is the completion of the re-branding process that began with the restructuring of its professional division in November to a two-tiered format that saw the league names become USL First Division and USL Second Division. The new series of logos all feature USL prominently within the newly-shaped crest as well as the traditional flaming ball that has been utilized since the league was founded 19 years ago as the Southwest Indoor Soccer League (SISL) and the green and yellow color scheme that was introduced in 1999 when the league name first officially became USL. There is also a secondary set of league logos that feature the individual leagues and United Soccer Leagues across the top.

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