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U.S. Soccer Wire - July 31, 2006



U.S. MNT Forward Brian McBride Retires From International Soccer;
U.S. WNT Defeats Canada, 2-0, to End July Undefeated;
U.S. WNT Forward Cindy Parlow Retires From International Soccer

MCBRIDE RETIRES FROM U.S. MNT: U.S. National Team forward and three-time World Cup veteran Brian McBride announced his retirement from international soccer. The decision brings an end to a 13-year international career that produced 30 goals through 95 matches, leaving McBride as the second all-time leading scorer in team history. The only player in U.S. history to score in multiple World Cups (1998, 2002), McBride is also the USA’s all-time leader in World Cup qualifying goals (10). The three-time World Cup veteran (1998, 2002, 2006) has the second-most appearances for the USA in World Cup matches (10), starting all five games in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and netting the game-winners against Portugal and Mexico. He also netted the USA’s lone goal in France ’98. The Arlington Heights, Ill., native collected three medals during his international career, highlighted by the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup crown. McBride captured both the Golden Ball - as tournament MVP - and the Golden Boot as the leading scorer with four goals to lead the U.S. to their second Gold Cup championship. He scored two goals during the USA’s third place run in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, including one against Saudi Arabia in the third-place match, and helped lift the trophy for the 2000 Nike U.S. Cup. McBride has spent the last three seasons at Fulham FC of the English Premier League, amassing 19 goals in 54 league appearances. Honored as the 2005-06 Fulham Player of the Year, he scored 10 times for the Cottagers. Prior to heading to England, he was a five-time MLS All-Star and left the Columbus Crew as their all-time leading scorer.

WAMBACH, KAI SCORE IN U.S. WIN: The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Canada, 2-0, on a hot and humid day at SAS Soccer Park. a first half penalty kick from Abby Wambach and a second half goal from Natasha Kai helped the team record its third domestic win of the year. The U.S. women improved their overall 2006 record to 9-0-3. The U.S. scored its first goal right before halftime after forward Heather O’Reilly got her head on a long U.S. service, directing it down the right side of the penalty area to Wambach. While getting around her defender, Wambach earned a penalty kick, which she slotted low to the right as Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod went the other way. It was Wambach’s 57th career goal in 75 international matches. The USA got the clincher in the 80th minute when Sierra Mist Woman of the Match Leslie Osborne won a header off a Canadian goal kick, sending the ball back to Wambach. Wambach touched it to Carli Lloyd, who chipped it over the Canadian defense to the streaking Natasha Kai. McLeod saved Kai’s first shot on the breakaway, but the Hawaiian pounced on the rebound and knocked the ball into the open net from four yards out. It was Kai’s fifth career goal in just eight career games. The win completed a sweep of the USA’s three July matches. The American women also defeated Sweden, 3-2, in Blaine, Minnesota on July 15 and took down Ireland, 5-0, on July 23 in San Diego. The USA will return to action on Aug. 27 against China at the brand new Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., with a 12 p.m. CT kickoff (tickets). On Sept. 13, the USA will play at the new PAETEC Park in Rochester, N.Y., against Mexico (tickets). That match will kickoff at 8 p.m. ET. Both games will be broadcast live on ESPN2, and fans can also follow the matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. Women’s National Team Results/Schedule
Date Opponent Venue Time/Result (TV)
Jan. 18 Norway Guangdong Olympic Stadium; Guangzhou, China 3-1 W
Jan. 20 France Guangdong Olympic Stadium; Guangzhou, China 0-0 T
Feb. 22 China Guangdong Olympic Stadium; Guangzhou, China 2-0 W
March 9 China Sao Luis Stadium; Faro, Portugal 0-0 T
March 11 Denmark Municipal Stadium; Quarteira, Portugal 5-0 W
March 13 France Stadium Algarve; Faro, Portugal 4-1 W
March 15 Germany Stadium Algarve; Faro, Portugal 0-0 T (3-4 pk)
May 7 Japan KK Wing Stadium; Kumamoto, Japan 3-1 W
May 9 Japan Nagai Stadium; Osaka, Japan 1-0 W
July 15 Sweden National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn. 3-2 W
July 23 Ireland Torero Stadium; San Diego, Calif. 5-0 W
July 30 Canada SAS Soccer Park; Cary, N.C. 2-0 W
Aug. 27 China Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill. 12 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
Sep. 13 Mexico PAETEC Park; Rochester, N.Y. 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2, Telemundo delay)


PARLOW HANGS’EM UP: Former U.S. forward Cindy Parlow has officially announced her retirement from the international game. The two-time winner of the Hermann Trophy and M.A.C. Player of the Year awards, she was hounded by back and head injuries towards the end of her international career. The 5-foot-11 Parlow steps away from the game with 158 matches played for the USA and 75 career goals, good for fifth all-time. She was also the youngest ever player to earn her 100th cap, reaching that milestone on July 23, 2001, at 23 years, 56 days. At 18, Parlow was the youngest-ever Olympic soccer gold medalist for the USA (and won two golds, in 1996 and 2004) as well as the youngest-ever Women’s World Cup champion (1999). She is currently second on the all-time career hat trick list with eight (behind only Hamm), and scored several huge goals for the USA during her career, none bigger than her strike in the opening minutes of the semifinal victory vs. Brazil at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. No doubt the finest player ever out of the state of Tennessee, she has a street named after her at the soccer complex in her hometown. Parlow was the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year in 1998, and also represented the USA at various youth levels during her teenage years. She retires at age 28 as one of the greatest goal scorers in U.S. history behind only Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers and Tiffeny Milbrett on the all-time chart. She played her last match for the USA on Dec. 8, 2004, against Mexico at The Home Depot Center in what was also the final game for Hamm, Joy Fawcett and Julie Foudy.

U.S. PARALYMPIAN JOSH BLUE ON LAST COMIC STANDING: Josh Blue, a longtime forward on the U.S. Paralympic soccer team, has made his mark as a stand-up comedian on "Last Comic Standing" on NBC. Blue's routine has moved him into the final four on the popular show, and on Tuesday night the challenge continues with fans getting a chance to vote for their favorites. Log on to http://www.nbc.com/Last_Comic_Standing/ for more information or to vote. Watch Blue's routine on NBC on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 WNT PREPARES FOR RUSSIA: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold its final training camp from July 30-Aug. 4 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., before leaving for Russia and the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship. The 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship will be held from Aug. 17-Sept. 4. Fans can follow all of the U.S. matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. All 21 players on the world championship roster will be present at the camp, as goalkeeper Val Henderson and forward Danesha Adams return from duty with the U.S. U-21s at the Nordic Cup and midfielder Allie Long and Brittany Bock return from injuries. During the camp, U.S. head coach Tim Schulz will put the finishing touches on the squad that will attempt to improve on the USA’s third-place finish at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand. The U.S. team departs for Russia on Aug. 12 and will open the tournament on Aug. 18 against the Democratic Republic of Congo. After opening Group D against the Africans, the USA faces Argentina on Aug. 21, and finishes first round play against France on Aug. 24. All the first-round matches will be played in Moscow. The 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship will take place at four stadiums in Moscow (Dynamo, Podmoskovie, Lokomotiv and Torpedo) and at one in St. Petersburg (Petrovsky). Fans can follow all the action from Russia on ussoccer.com’s special U-20 Women’s World Championship competition page, with game stories, features, interviews, podcasts and all_access video.

U.S. U-20 WNT – 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Joanna Haig (Inver Grove Heights, Minn), Val Henderson (Orinda, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (6): Carrie Dew (Encinitas, Calif.), Erin Hardy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Nikki Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.), Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill.), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Allie Long (East Northport, N.Y.), Casey Nogueira (Cedarburg, Wis.), Amanda Poach (Bowie, Md.);
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio).

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team – First Round Schedule
2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship
Match No. Date Teams Stadium (Venue) Kickoff Local / ET
7 Aug. 18 USA vs. DR Congo Torpedo (Moscow) 4 p.m. / 8 a.m.
15 Aug. 21 USA vs. Argentina Torpedo (Moscow) 4 p.m. / 8 a.m.
24 Aug. 24 USA vs. France Dynamo (Moscow) 7 p.m. / 11 a.m.


U-20 MNT COMPETES IN NORTHERN IRELAND MILK CUP: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team opened the 2006 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland with a 3-0 victory against Wales. The U.S. scored all three of its goals in the first half. Jonathan Villanueva scored the opening goal in the fifth minute off a pass from Rodrigo Lopez. Five minutes later, the U.S. was gifted their second goal of the night. FC Dallas' Dax McCarty scored the final tally in the 35th minute. The U.S. will next face Denmark on Wednesday, Aug. 2, before finishing the tournament with a placement match on Friday, Aug. 4. In other scores in the Elite Group, Denmark tied Turkey 2-2, while Paraguay defeated the host 3-1.

U.S. U-20 MNT Milk Cup Schedule
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
July 31 Wales 3-0 Villanueva, Own goal, McCarty
Aug. 2 Denmark
Aug. 4 Placement Match


U-17 ’90 MNT ROSTER SET FOR TOYOTA INT’L YOUTH FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team head coach John Hackworth released his 18-player roster that will compete in the Toyota Youth International Tournament from Aug. 10-13 in Toyota, Japan. The U.S. will leave Bradenton, Fla., on Aug. 4 and travel to Los Angeles where they will practice at The Home Depot Center that evening before leaving for Japan the following day. The U-17s will then have three days of practice before kicking off the tournament on Thursday, Aug. 10 against the Czech Republic, who they fell to earlier this year, 1-0, in the final of the 2006 Ballymena International Tournament. Two days later, the U.S. will take on host Japan. Depending on their results from the two-game group play, the U.S. will either be placed in the championship, third place or fifth place match. The other group consists of Croatia, South Korea and a youth team from Nagoya Grampus of the J-League. In 2005, the U.S. won the Toyota Youth International Tournament with a 2-1 victory against Japan in the final. Hackworth is bringing five players that are not currently in U.S. Soccer's U-17 Residency Program, but may get invited for this fall semester - Lonnie Carter, Howard Turk, Evan Raynr, Greg Garza and Zac MacMath. The U-17 staff, which includes Keith Fulk, Raul Diaz Arce, Tim Mulqueen and Brian Maisonneuve, has brought in 76 players since August of 2005 into a national team camp, providing them with an in-depth and close-up look at the available player pool.

U.S. U-17 ’90 MNT Schedule
Date Opponent
Aug. 10 Czech Republic
Aug. 12 Japan
Aug. 13 Placement Match


U-15 BNT TO HOLD 50-PLAYER CAMP IN NEW JERSEY THIS WEEK: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team is holding a 50-player camp this week in Zarephath, N.J. The weeklong camp kicked off on July 30 and will end on Aug. 5. The 50 players include six goalkeepers, 14 defenders, 22 midfielders and eight forwards. The players arrived into Somerset on Sunday, July 30, and head coach Jim Barlow and his four assistants conducted the first training session that evening at Rutgers University. During the week, the U-15 players will be broken up in to teams and will play scrimmages against local club teams. A finalized roster was released last week on ussoccer.com and is listed below. There has been one change to the roster, as Francisco Valdez is unable to join the camp due to injury. This camp will help identify players for the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program.

U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (6): Samir Badr (Fairfax, Va.), Earl Edwards (San Diego, Calif.), Austin Holbrook (Claymont, Del.), Drew Hutchins (Morrisville, Pa.), Travis Ives (Bridgewater, N.J.), Eric Reyes (Pembroke Pines, Fla.).
DEFENDERS (14): Estanilao Arevalo (Oxnard, Calif.), Sam Bradley (Potomac, Md.), Robert Derschang (Englewood, Colo.), James Doherty (Mansfield, Mass.), Marlon Duran (Duncanville, Texas), Joe Garcia (Niderwald, Texas), Travis Golden (Austin, Texas), Emmet Kumeh (Dallas, Texas), Chase Miller (Duncannon, Pa.), Andrew O’Malley (West Chester, Pa.), Shaquille Phillips (Greenbelt, Md.), Tyler Polak (Lincoln, Neb.), Alberto Rosas (North Hollywood, Calif.), Joshua Sylva (Las Vegas, Nev.),
MIDFIELDERS (22): Jonathan Aguirre (Madison, N.J.), Alex Bramall (Newburgh, N.Y.), Jacob Bushue (Champaign, Ill.), Anthony Flores (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Zachary Herold (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Aaron Horton (Lewis Center, Ohio), Stefan Jerome (Davie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Indianapolis, Ind.), Edson Lemus (Wilmington, Calif.), Sebastian Lletget (South San Francisco, Calif.), Alexander Molano (Grapevine, Texas), Joel Nash (Birmingham, Ala.), Chris Niemira (Cumming, Ga.), George Pantelic (Northridge, Calif.), Aleksandar Pilipovic-Wengler (Woodlands, Texas), Joseph Schmid (Kingston, Pa.), AJ Stuek (Brookfield, Conn.), Ataklia Tadese (Minneapolis, Minn.), Ross Tomaselli (Wilmington, N.C.), Francisco Valdez** (Tracy, Calif.), Brian Vasquez (Houston, Texas), Jared Watts (Statesville, N.C.).
FORWARDS (8): Andrew Craven (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Patrick Donyen (Crystal, Minn.), Zach Foxhoven (Littleton, Colo.), Joseph-Claude Gyau (Silver Spring, Md.), Jack McInerney (Alpharetta, Ga.), Charles Renken (Edwardsville, Ill.), Soony Saad (Dearborn, Mich.), Quincy Wento (Glendale, Ariz.).
** Invited but unable to attend


U-14 BNT IDENTIFICATION CAMP HELD IN CONCORD: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team Identification Camp will take place this week at Middlesex School in Concord, Mass. More than 120 players have been invited to participate in the weeklong camp, which kicked off on July 30 and will finish on Aug. 5. A finalized roster was released last week on ussoccer.com and is listed below. The 120 players were selected from the four Regions across the United States. Region I had the most players with 36, followed by Region IV (33), Region III (26) and Region II (25). Along with 120 players selected from across the country, the three-player team that won Nike’s Joga Bonito were invited into the camp, but unfortunately none of them were able to attend. U.S. Under-14 BNT head coach Manny Schellscheidt will run the camp, along with a number of assistants. Listen in as Schellscheidt talks about the U-14 identification camp and the entire U-14 program. [Subscribe]

U-14 BNT Roster – Identification Camp
Region I (36): Samuel Adjei (Newark, NJ), Kyle Bitterman (Lancaster, Pa.), Damian Bziukiewicz (Middle Village, N.Y.), Roy Cabrera (Willingboro, N.J.), Reuban Chapman (Charlottesville, Va.), Ian Cheek (Stafford, Va.), Gianluca Cuomo (Rochester, N.Y.), Felix DeBona (Everett, Mass.), Nathanael Eggleston (Chevy Chase, Md.), Anthony Escamilla (Bayport, N.Y.), Steve Gallego (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.), Tyler Gay (New Cumberland, Pa.), Oscar Gonzalez (Clifton, N.J.), Julian Griggs (Elkridge, Md.), Christian Johnson (New York, N.Y.), Harrison Kendall (Narbeth, Pa.), Drew Klingenberg (Gibsonia, Pa.), Max Kurtzman (Haverford, Pa.), Keagan McDonnell (Proctor, Vt.), James McLaughlin (Malvern, Pa.), Ian O’Brien (Cardinal, Va.), William Packwood (Concord, Mass.), Timothy Parker (Hicksville, N.Y.), Kevin Reitzel (Ashburn, Va.), Roberto Reyna (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Brian Schaake (Southbury, Conn.), Joe Shinsky (York, Pa.), Zachary Shiposh (Clarks Summit, Pa.), Melvin Snoh (Dowingtown, Pa.), Kyler Sullivan (Stafford, Va.), Scott Thomsen (Brick, N.J.), Jacob Wagmeister (Oradell, N.J.), Jesse Wasserman (Unionville, Conn.), Zachery Wenger (Baltimore, Md.), Matthew Wiltse (Belle Mead, N.J.), Lucas Winters (Baltimore, Md.).

Region II (25): Keaton Albert (Park City, Ill.), Ezequiel Alvarez (Dodge City, Kan.), David Caban (Kenosha, Wis.), Brian Carr (Mequon, Wis.), Sean Cunningham (Troy, Mich.), Vince DiPrimio (Bloomington, Ind.), Tyler Dixon (Bucyrus, Kan.), Ryan Fredal (Rochester, Mich.), Matthew Ingram (Indianapolis, Ind.), Isaac Kannah (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Jonathan Kempin (Leawood, Kan.), Luis Medina (Waukegan, Ill.), Eric Miller (Woodbury, Minn.), Kotaro Mitsuhashi (Commerce, Mich.), Dorian O’Lochlayne (Pewaukee, Wis.), Victor Pineda (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tanner Riley (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Yianni Sarris (Mentor, Ohio), Blake Skamiera (Oxford, Mich.), Jason Stacy (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Caleb Stanko (Holly, Mich.), William Trapp (Gahanna, Ohio), Eric Weberman (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Alex Wettermann (Lake Forest, Ill.), Dylan Xiong (White Bear Township, Minn.).

Region III (26): Eduardo Alvarez (Greensboro, N.C.), Dominic Bonilla (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Samuel Coleman (Norman, Okla.), Devin Cook (Round Rock, Texas), Joaquin Del Rosario (Durham, N.C.), Darvin Ebanks (Macon, Ga.), Jack Falle (Lilburn, Ga.), George Fradenburg (Belden, Miss.), William Gagnon (Missouri City, Texas), Brian James (Sunrise, Fla.), Alfred Koroma (Euless, Texas), Cody Lofgren (Kingwood, Texas), Myles Mansfield (Greensboro, N.C.), Marques Mayoras (Fayetteville, N.C.), Mathew Muralles (Weston, Fla.), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Kevin Pahl (Lakeland, Fla.), Jonathan Ray (Durham, N.C.), Nicholas Rittmeyer (Savannah, Ga.), Antonio Rocha (Houston, Texas), Arturo Rocha (Cleveland, Tenn.), Alejandro Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.), Sekani Sinclair (Coral Springs, Fla.), Parker Thornton (Buda, Texas), Jeffrey Torda (Colleyville, Texas), Walker Zimmerman (Lawrenceville, Ga.).

Region IV (33): Michael Ambrose (El Paso, Texas), Angel Ayala (Long Beach, Calif.), Bryce Beisswanger (Hiden Hills, Calif.), Dustin Berg (Castlerock, Colo.), Scott Cohen (Studio City, Calif.), Zachary Deville (San Diego, Calif.), Matt Dishno (Clovis, Calif.), Ryan Felipe (Pukalani, Hawaii), Nathan Fernandez (Wailuku, Hawaii), Newton Hallowanger (Granada Hills, Calif.), Daniel Hamilton (San Diego, Calif.), Kevin Hoyos (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Neil Ignacio (Diamond Bar, Calif.), Tommy Jaeger (Centennial, Colo.), Nico Johnson (Las Vegas, Nev.), Michael Madding (Hillsborough, Calif.), Coliin Mc Atee (Del Mar, Calif.), Jon-Paul Medina (Fresno, Calif.), Chris Miller (Vancouver, Wash.), Alan Mota (Pico Rivera, Calif.), Troy Peterson (Federal Way, Wash.), Dillon Richens (Farmington, Utah), Gabriel Rivera (La Miranda, Calif.), Ridge Robinson (Littleton, Colo.), Kevin Schafer (Albuquerque, N.M.), Nathaniel Schnitman (Calabasas, Calif.), Louis Schott (Medina, Wash.), Daniel Sellitti (Henderson, Nev.), Jacob Speckmeyer (Lomita, Calif.), Blake Steele (Camarillo, Calif.), Tyler Thompson (Loomis, Calif.), Andrew Vu (Simi Valley, Calif.), DeAndre Yedlin (Lake Forest, Wash.).


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO HOST CARIBBEAN CONCACAF WOMEN’S GOLD CUP FINAL ROUND: Trinidad & Tobago will stage the Caribbean Women’s Final Round Qualification for the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup from Sept. 6-10 at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella in Trinidad. The tournament will consist of two groups of three teams each. Group A will have Dominican Republic, Surinam and the host, Trinidad & Tobago, while Bermuda, Haiti and Jamaica are in Group B. The winners of each group will progress to the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup along with Canada, Mexico, Panama and the host USA in November. The six-team Women’s Gold Cup will crown the CONCACAF champion, but will also qualify two nations to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. The third-place finisher from the CONCACAF event will face an Asian team in a home-and-away playoff for the final berth to the FIFA tournament.

AUSTRALIA, NORTH KOREA FIRST TO QUALIFY FOR 2007 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Australia and North Korea have qualified for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in China from Sept. 10-30, becoming the first two nations besides host China to earn spots in the 16-team tournament. The Matildas and the Koreans finished second and third respectively at the AFC Women’s Cup in Adelaide, Australia, that finished on July 30. With China already in the Women’s World Cup as host, the next two finishers in the tournament would earn Asia’s two berths if China finished in the top-three, which they did, actually winning the championship. Australia, under head coach Tom Sermanni, earned its berth with a 2-0 semifinal win against Japan, but then fell to China in the championship game in penalty kicks after the match ended 2-2 in regulation. It was Australia’s first qualifying tournament in Asia after switching over from the Oceania Confederation. In the other semifinal, North Korea fell to China, 1-0, in a match that was marred by an incident at the end when Korean players assaulted the referee after a late equalizer was disallowed. The North Koreans, participants in both the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, rebounded to defeated Japan, 3-2, in the third place match to earn their berth to China. For Australia, it will be its fourth consecutive appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Fourth place finisher Japan must now play off against the third place-finisher from CONCACAF in a home-and-home series. The Japanese await their opponent, who will be determined at the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup to be held in late November in the United States with dates and venues to be announced.

2007 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP BERTHS BY CONFEDERATION
Host: China
Asia: Australia, North Korea (Japan*)
Africa: 2 Berths
South America: 2 Berths
CONCACAF: 2.5 Berths
Oceania: 1 Berth
Europe: 5 Berths

*Japan will meet the third place team in CONCACAF for a berth to China ’07.


W-LEAGUE PLAYOFFS LIVE ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL ON FRIDAY, AUG. 4: The W-League playoffs are in full force as the Charlotte Lady Eagles, Seattle Sounders Saints, Ottawa Fury and Vancouver Whitecaps prepare for the league semifinals, which will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel on Friday, Aug. 4. Ottawa will take on Charlotte at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Seattle facing Vancouver at 10:30 p.m. ET. The finals will be broadcast at 11:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 6, also on Fox Soccer Channel.

MISL ANNOUNCES MULTI-POINT SCORING SYSTEM: The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) announced Tuesday (July 25) that a multi-point scoring system will be in effect for the 2006-07 regular season. Beginning in November, goals will be worth two points, while those scored from the 45-foot arc around the goal or beyond will be worth three points. Multi-point scoring was used in the MISL as recently as three seasons ago. That system, adopted in 1988, featured one, two and three-point goals. A full MISL season schedule will be announced in August, which each club playing a 30-game regular season highlighted by the MISL All-Star Game and the 2007 MISL Championship Series. For more information, visit misl.net.

2006 US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONS CROWNED: The 2006 US Youth Soccer National Champions were crowned at the James W. Cownie Soccer Park in Iowa, where the top 48 teams in the country met to conclude the final leg of the 2006 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. After this week’s three rounds of preliminary play, the top two teams in the country remained for the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups and were set to play for their respective national championship cup. Two teams entered the tournament poised to take their third championship in as many years. On Friday, the Eclipse Select (Under-18 Girls) were eliminated in a shootout against the Dallas Texans 88 Red North. Keeping the hope of another title alive, Arsenal FC (Under-17 Boys) advanced to the finals where they met, for the third time, Solar 89 SC to determine the champion and if Arsenal’s name would be written in the record books as the only boys’ team to achieve back-to-back-to-back national championships. Other defending national champions, So Cal United (Under-15 Boys) and Dallas Texans 88 Red (Under-18 Boys), were also looking to continue a streak of their own. The streak will continue for another years as both sides won their respective championship finals. The Under-19 Boys trophy, the James P. McGuire Cup, is the oldest in youth sport dating back to 1935 with the inaugural youth championships. Hoisting the McGuire Cup on its 71st anniversary is Javanon SC from Kentucky. Complete coverage available at championships.usyouthsoccer.org.

2006 US Youth Soccer National Champions
Under-14 Girls
Elmer Ehlers Cup: ISC Strikers (Southern Calif.)

Under-14 Boys
US Youth Soccer National Cup: Valley United Blast (Southern Calif.)

Under-15 Girls
Kristine Lilly Cup: Eclipse Select (Ill.)

Under-15 Boys
adidas Cup: So Cal United (Southern Calif.)

Under-16 Girls
Patricia L. Masotto Cup: Real Colorado National (Colo.)

Under-16 Boys
D.J. Niotis: Baltimore Casa Mia Bays (Md.)

Under-17 Girls
Laura Moynihan Cup: Eclipse Select (Ill.)

Under-17 Boys
Don Greer Cup: Arsenal FC (Southern Calif.)

Under-18 Girls
Francis J. “Frank” Kelly Cup: Dallas Texans Red '88 (North Texas)

Under-18 Boys
Andy Stone Cup: Dallas Texans '88 Red (North Texas)

Under-19 Girls
Ross Stewart Cup: Colorado Rush Nike (Colo.)

Under-19 Boys
James P. McGuire Cup: Javanon SC (Ky.)


TEST YOUR LAWS OF THE GAME KNOWLEDGE WITH “YOU MAKE THE CALL”: Referees, players, coaches and soccer aficionados can dissect plays, make calls and test their referee skills on ussoccer.com’s “You Make the Call” interactive video site. The presentation allows referees of all ages and grade levels to reinforce their knowledge of “The Laws of the Game,” while allowing players, coaches and fans to put themselves in the referee’s place and learn more about the reasoning behind decisions that officials make. To access “You Make the Call,” simply click here or select “Laws of the Game” from the ussoccer.com homepage navigation menu. A drop-down menu will appear with “You Make the Call” as one of the options. Users will be able to watch a video clip of a foul, along with a summary of the incident. The user is given four choices as to what the referee’s decision should be. Upon submitting an answer, players will get a summary of the results, the reason for the decision according to “The Laws of the Game,” and a short explanation of the correct answer.

HALL OF FAME GAME TICKETS NOW ON SALE: Tickets for the 2006 Hall of Fame Game between the Columbus Crew and the New York Red Bulls at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, are now on sale through Ticketmaster, including online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at (607) 722-7272 and at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout upstate New York, including Kaufmann’s Department Stores. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event. The Hall of Fame Game is the final event of the 2006 Induction Weekend on Aug. 26-28. Former MNT defender Alexi Lalas and former WNT captain Carla Overbeck will be inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, along with veteran Al Trost and builder Philip Anschutz, at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 28. The Induction Ceremony takes place in the HOF museum and is open to the public free of charge. The Hall of Fame Game follows the Induction Ceremony on At-A-Glance Field on the Hall of Fame campus.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. WNT midfielder Leslie Osborne had some big shoes to fill when stalwart and third-place finisher in FIFA Player of the Year voring, Shannon Boxx, went down with an MCL and an ACL tear earlier this month. Osborne stepped it up against Sweden and Ireland, but really showed her grit against Canada on Sunday (July 30), garnering Sierra Mist Woman of the Match honors in the USA’s 2-0 win.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The Chicago Fire will host the MLS All-Star game this weekend at the brand new Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m. ET, live on ESPN. The match will see the best in MLS compete against two-time defending English Premier League champions Chelsea FC, who are stateside with their team of international stars, including newly signed German midfielder Michael Ballack and Ukrainian forward Andriy Shevchenko.

SOCCER SHOCKER: D.C. United’s 14-game unbeaten streak came to an end in Utah on Saturday night (July 29), as Real Salt Lake – the last place team in the league – posted a 2-1 win against the visiting D.C. squad. The shocking part? Real Salt Lake’s goals came on penalty kicks in the 90th and 94th minutes, a rare occaison. A penalty kick in stoppage time is not uncommon, but a penalty kick in the final minute of regulation followed by a stoppage time PK is not something you see every day.

QUOTABLE: “Brian brought a fierce competitiveness and professionalism to the national team that really set the standard for the modern U.S. player. When I look back at his impact on the team and the sport, I think it is easy to say that his legacy will be that of a true ironman on the field and a gentleman off of it. Everyone in the U.S. Soccer family owes Brian and his family a debt of gratitude for his contribution to the sport in the United States, and we wish them the best throughout the remainder of his career."
-- U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati on MNT forward Brian McBride after McBride announced his retirement from international soccer.

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