MNT PREPARE FOR FINAL ROUND FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING AFTER 3-2 WIN AGAINST SWEDEN;
TICKETS FOR MNT MATCH AGAINST MEXICO ON FEBRUARY 11 ON SALE JANUARY 28;
LAST WEEK FOR WERNER FRICKER BUILD AWARD NOMINATIONS
MNT DEFEAT SWEDEN, LOOK TO START FINAL ROUND OF FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: Sacha Kljestan scored the 11th hat trick ever for the U.S. Men’s National Team Saturday evening to earn a 3-2 victory against Sweden to open their 2009 campaign at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The U.S. now looks ahead to their opening match of the final round of FIFA World Cup qualifying against archrival Mexico on Feb. 11 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The match, the first of 10 games in the final round – commonly referred to as the ‘hexagonal’ – will kickoff at 7 p.m. ET and fans can watch the match live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and Univision, or listen on the Futbol de Primera radio network. Tickets for the USA-Mexico match go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 12 p.m. ET. As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa® is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale beginning Jan. 27 at 12 p.m. ET for this match before tickets go on sale to the general public. Terms and conditions apply. Visit ussoccer.com for more details.
U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Results / Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Venue||Result / Time||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|Jan. 24||Sweden||The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.||3-2 W||Kljestan (3)|
|Feb. 11||Mexico*||Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio||7 p.m. ET|
|March 28||El Salvador*||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|April 1||Trinidad & Tobago*||Home (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|June 3||Costa Rica*||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|June 6||Honduras*||Home (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|June 15||Italy #||Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria||8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET|
|June 18||Brazil #||Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria||4 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET|
|June 21||Egypt #||Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg||8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET|
|July 3-26||CONCACAF Gold Cup||TBD||TBD|
|Aug. 12||Mexico*||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|Sept. 5||El Salvador*||Home (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|Sept. 9||Trinidad & Tobago*||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|Oct. 10||Honduras*||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|Oct. 14||Costa Rica*||Home (Venue TBD)||TBD|
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
LAST WEEK FOR 2009 WERNER FRICKER BUILDER AWARD NOMINATIONS: Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 U.S. Soccer Werner Fricker Builder Award, which is presented annually 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 award, which was created in 2002 and is the greatest recognition bestowed by U.S. Soccer on its membership, is designed to honor those who have created or fostered programs that will outlast their own active involvement in the sport and that establish a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the United States. Interested persons can nominate individuals for the annual Werner Fricker Builder Award by downloading the form at ussoccer.com and mailing it to: U.S. Soccer, c/o the Werner Fricker Builder Award Committee, 1801 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 or emailing it to email@example.com. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2009 (download application).
U.S. WNT KICK OFF 2009 WITH CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage called in 25 players for a 17-day training camp that kicked off the team’s 2009 activity on Jan. 20. The U.S. team convened at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and will train until Feb. 4 in preparation for the annual Algarve Cup that will be held from March 4-11 in southern Portugal. After the completion of the camp, Sundhage will choose 18 players to make the annual pilgrimage to Portugal for the always competitive Algarve Cup, where the USA will face Denmark, Norway and Iceland in first round play. Germany, Sweden, Finland and China PR fill out the other group. It will be the 14th trip to the prestigious tournament for the U.S.
U.S. WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Stephanie Cox (Los Angeles Sol), Marian Dalmy (Chicago Red Stars), Kendall Fletcher (Los Angeles Sol), Heather Mitts (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tina DiMartino (FC Gold Pride), Tobin Heath (North Carolina), Carli Lloyd (Chicago Red Stars), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago Red Stars), Kacey White (Sky Blue FC), Angie Woznuk (St. Louis Athletica)
FORWARDS (7): Tina Ellertson (St. Louis Athletica), Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Natasha Kai (Sky Blue FC), Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (Boston Breakers), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)
– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U.S. U-20 MNT LEARNS QUALIFYING SCHEDULE: The U.S. Under-20 MNT will open their 2009 World Cup qualifying campaign on Friday, March 6, taking on Jamaica at Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago at 7 p.m. local time (6 p.m. ET). Thomas Rongen’s squad will face the winner of a playoff game between Honduras and St. Vincent & the Grenadines on March 8 at 6 p.m. local (5 p.m. ET) and round out Group A play on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. local (6 p.m. ET). Should the U.S. advance out of Group A, they will qualify for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup as one of the region’s top four teams. They will also travel to Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, Trinidad, for the semifinals on March 13 and either the third-place game or final on March 15.
U.S. U-20 MNT 2009 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Venue; City||Time (local / ET)|
|March 6||Jamaica||Dwight Yorke Stadium; Bacolet, Tobago||7 p.m. / 6 p.m.|
|March 8||Honduras / St. Vincent & The Grenadines||Dwight Yorke Stadium; Bacolet, Tobago||6 p.m. / 5 p.m.|
|March 10||El Salvador||Dwight Yorke Stadium; Bacolet, Tobago||7 p.m. / 6 p.m.|
|March 13||Semifinal||Marvin Lee Stadium; Macoya, Trinidad||TBD|
|March 15||Final / Third Place||Marvin Lee Stadium; Macoya, Trinidad||TBD|
Honduras/St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
U-23 WNT HEAD TO LA MANGA, SPAIN: The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will travel to Europe from Jan. 31-Feb. 7 for two matches as part of a three-team competition in La Manga, Spain. The USA will face Norway on Feb. 4 and England on Feb. 6. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin chose the 18-player roster after a January training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
U.S. U-23 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Portland), Val Henderson (Los Angeles Sol)
DEFENDERS (6): Nikki Krzysik (Chicago Red Stars), Stephanie Logterman (St. Louis Athletica), Kia McNeil (St. Louis Athletica), Kasey Moore (Boston Breakers), Kat Reynolds (Santa Clara), Jessica Tsao (Portland)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Parrissa Eyorokon (Washington Freedom); Brittany Klein (Chicago Red Stars), Lorraine Quinn (Duke), Amy Smerdzinski (Wake Forest)
FORWARDS (4): Amanda Cinalli (St. Louis Athletica), Katie Larkin (Los Angeles Sol), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Christen Press (Stanford)
YOUTH WOMEN BEGIN 2009 WITH SUPER-CAMPS IN CALIFORNIA AND FLORIDA: Four U.S. Women’s Youth National Teams will kick off 2009 with two 48-player super-camps at the end of January. Coming off an extremely successful 2008 in which the USA won the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile and finished second at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, the youth programs now begin a new cycle as the U.S. Under-20s and Under-18s combine for a training camp in Chula Vista, Calif., which began Jan. 25 and will last until Feb. 1 while the U.S. Under-17s and Under-15s combine for a camp in Sunrise, Fla., from Jan. 28-Feb. 5. The combination of the four programs into two training camps will give the coaches a chance to evaluate a large number of players in each age group as the teams begin their runs to what will hopefully culminate in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany and the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago. The U-20 tournament will be for players born on or after Jan. 1, 1990, while the 2010 U-17 Women’s World Cup will be restricted to players born on or after Jan. 1, 1993.
U.S. U-20 & U-18 WNT Super-Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (7): Bianca Henniger (Los Gatos, Calif.), Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Jillian Mastroianni (Durham, Conn.), Emily Oliver (Flossmoor, Ill.), Anna Sieloff (Troy, Mich.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.), Kelsey Wys (Coral Springs, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (12): Tori Allen (Stafford, Va.), Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Danielle Brunache (Belmont, Calif.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Meagan Morris (Montclair, N.J.), Megan Oyster (Naperville, Ill.), Mollie Pathman (Durham, N.C.), Bailey Powell (Fayetteville, Ga.), Rachel Quon (Lake Forest, Ill.), Whitney Sharpe (West Des Moines, Iowa)
MIDFIELDERS (16): Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas, Nev.), Chelsea Cline (Fairbault, Minn.), Elizabeth Eddy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Danielle Hubka (Strongsville, Ohio), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Mandy Laddish (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Camille Levin (Newport Coast, Calif.), Kristie Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Jazmin Ponce (Lawndale, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (Centerville, Va.), Casey Short (Naperville, Ill.), Claire Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Wendy Travis (Cary, N.C.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.), Allie Vernon (Homer Glen, Ill.)
FORWARDS (13): Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Hayley Brock (Acton, Mass.), Kelly Cobb (Chugiak, Alaska), Tani Costa (Honolulu, Hawaii), Vicki DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Maya Hayes (West Orange, N.J.), Courtney Jones (Danville, Calif.), Tiffany McCarty (Laurel, Md.), Kealia Ohai (Draper, Utah), Alev Perusse (Eagle River, Alaska), Toni Pressley (Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Coppel, Texas), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)
U.S. U-17 & U-15 WNT Super-Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (6): Britt Eckerstrom (Boyds, Md.), Bryane Heaberlin (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Megan Kufeld (Fremont, Calif.), Molly Poletto (Englewood, Colo.), Katelyn Rowland (Vacaville, Calif.), Abby Smith (Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (14): Stephanie Amack (Danville, Calif.), Melissa Bomberger (Dublin, Ohio), Olivia Brannon (Troy, Mich.), Whitney Church (Ashburn, Va.), Miranda Cornejo (Vista, Calif.), Abby Dahlkemper (Menlo Park, Calif.), Miranda Freeman (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Laure Liedle (San Diego, Calif.), Megan Marsack (Macomb, Mich.), Sarah Molina (Rocky River, Ohio), Rachel Price (Melbourne Beach, Fla.), Maya Theuer (Carlsbad, Calif.), Tera Trujillo (Valencia, Calif.), Brittany Von Rueden (Mequon, Wis.)
MIDFIELDERS (19): Morgan Andrews (Milford, N.H.), Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Meg Cassells-Hamby (Winter Park, Fla.), Kaysie Clark (Liberty, Mo.), Gabby Cuevas (Wayne, N.J.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda, Md.), Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (Honolulu, Hawaii), Isabel Farrell (Bellevue, Wash.), Jenna Gibney (Wayne, N.J.), Jessica Lee (Tenafly, N.J.), Indiana Mead (Boulder City, Nev.), Ashley Meier (Strongsville, Ohio), Christina Murillo (Ojai, Calif.), Cari Roccaro (East Islip, N.Y.), Dana Rosney (Philadelphia, Pa.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore, Md.), Kaili Torres (Orange Park, Fla.), Haley Washburn (Folsom, Calif.)
FORWARDS (9): Mariana Galvan (San Jose, Calif.), Jocelyn Jeffers (Perio, Ariz.), Cate Parchinski (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Corey Persson (Danvers, Mass.), Courtney Proctor (Santa Clarita, Calif.), Courtney Raetzman (Elk Grove, Ill.), Brittany Ratcliffe (Franklin Township, N.J.), Olivia Schultz (Hopkins, Minn.), Taylor Smith (Fort Worth, Texas)
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
COSTA RICA AND HONDURAS QUALIFY FOR THE 2009 CONCACAF GOLD CUP: Costa Rica and Honduras both clinched a spot in the semifinals of the 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup, earning a berth in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Panama and Guatemala will play Tuesday, Jan. 27, for second place in Group B and the second Group B semifinal spot. The third-place finisher will face off against the third-place finisher from Group A for the final spot in the semifinals and 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will take place July 3-26.
FOUR AFRICAN NATIONS QUALIFY FOR FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP: Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa have advanced to the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup by advancing to the semifinals of the African Youth Championship. The four teams will join host Egypt in representing the continent at the biennial event held from Sept. 25 – Oct. 17. In all, 16 of the 24 teams that will participate in Egypt 2009 are set, with only CONCACAF and CONMEBOL qualifiers still to be determined. The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will attempt to earn one of four regional berths at the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, which will be held from March 6-15 in Trinidad & Tobago.
2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup Qualifiers
CAF: Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa
AFC: Australia, Korea Republic, United Arab Emerites, Uzbekistan
UEFA: Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain
CONCACAF: Four teams, TBD
CONMEBOL: Four Teams, TBD
U.S. SOCCER AND ENYYSA TO OFFER “C”LICENSE COURSE IN SPANISH: The U.S. Soccer Federation Coaching Department, in conjunction with the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association, will offer a National “C” License Course from March 18-22 and 26-29, conducted in Spanish. The nine-day course will take place at Flushing Meadows Corona Park Sports complex in Corona, Queens. U.S. Soccer National Instructors Juan Carlos Michia, Rene Miramontes, Roberto Lopez and Alfonso Mondelo will guide participants through 90 hours of class time. Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) will coordinate the Spanish-language “C” License Course. Interested coaches can call (516) 766-0849 or (718) 545-4125, or visit www.enysoccer.com for more information. Space in the course is limited and coaches are encouraged to apply early. To register, interested coaches should follow the following link: http://www.enysoccer.com/Coaches/index_E.html.
ACCREDITATION FOR CONFEDERATIONS CUP TO START ON FEB. 2: The accreditation process for FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 will start Feb. 2, 2009, via the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is Feb. 22. The FIFA Confederations Cup, also known as the “Festival of Champions,” will be the first major test on the way to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and will be staged at venues in four cities: Johannesburg, Tshwane/Pretoria, Rustenburg and Mangaung/Bloemfontein. The U.S. has been drawn into Group B of the tournament, which will be held from June 14-28. Bob Bradley’s team will take on Italy, Brazil and Egypt. The other group includes Spain, New Zealand, Iraq and host South Africa. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. All applications are subject to confirmation. International applicants are responsible for their own visas. Media representatives who have not already registered for the FIFA Media Channel are requested to do so at http://media.fifa.com as early as possible. The FIFA Media Channel is a registration-only area on www.FIFA.com providing media professionals with tailored content. Only registered individuals may apply for accreditation to FIFA events.
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT midfielder Sacha Kljestan began 2009 focused, scoring all three goals in the U.S. MNT’s 3-2 win against Sweden. With his first goal coming from a free kick, the second from a penalty kick and the third coming from the run of play, Kljestan becomes only the second player in MNT history to score his first goal and a have hat trick in the same match. The first was Aldo “Buff” Donelli, who scored four goals in the USA’s 4-2 victory against Mexico on May 24, 1934, in the lone qualifying match for the 1934 FIFA World Cup in Italy.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: The German Bundesliga kicks off again after the winter break with one match on Friday, Jan. 30, featuring none other than Bayern Munich traveling to face off against Hamburger SV. Fans this side of the Atlantic are waiting to see if Landon Donovan will make his official debut with the club, where he is on loan and has been scoring regularly in friendly matches. Fans can catch all the action at 2:30 p.m. ET on GolTV.
QUOTABLE: “He just told me that was the first one he’s scored since he was 12.”
- U.S. MNT midfielder Robbie Rogers, on Sacha Kljestan’s free-kick goal against Sweden, that opened the way for a 3-2 U.S. win at The Home Depot Center.