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U.S. Soccer Wire: Jan. 31, 2011


U.S. MNT MATCH AGAINST EGYPT CANCELED;
U.S. WNT WINS 2011 FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT WITH 2-0 VICTORY AGAINST CHINA;
SUNDHAGE NAMES 32-PLAYER ROSTER FOR TRAINING CAMP IN FLORIDA  

U.S. MNT MATCH AGAINST EGYPT CANCELED: The U.S. Soccer Federation has announced that the match between the U.S. Men's National Team and Egypt has been canceled due to the current conditions in the country. The teams were scheduled to meet on Feb. 9 in Cairo. After exploring other options, the U.S. has determined it will not play a match on this fixture date. The USA’s next international friendlies will be played in March, beginning with a match against two-time FIFA World Cup Champion Argentina on March 26 in East Rutherford, N.J. Three days later, the U.S. hosts Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville. 

TICKETS FOR U.S. MEN VS. ARGENTINA AND PARAGUAY ON SALE NOW:  The U.S. will take on two-time FIFA World Cup champion Argentina on March 26 in East Rutherford, N.J. More than 27,500 tickets have been sold and are available on ussoccer.com. Kickoff at the New Meadowlands Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Three days later, the U.S. hosts Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville with tickets already surpassing 9,000 sold. The match will be televised live on an ESPN network and TeleFutura beginning at 7 p.m. CT. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Tickets for both matches are available now at ussoccer.com: MNT vs. Argentina Tickets | MNT vs. Paraguay Tickets

U.S. Men’s National Team 2011 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage

U.S. WNT WINS 2011 FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT WITH 2-0 WIN AGAINST CHINA : The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated host China PR 2-0 to win the 2011 Four Nations Tournament while getting a first half score from midfielder Carli Lloyd and a second half goal from forward Amy Rodriguez. After Canada beat Sweden 1-0 in the first match of the evening, the USA needed just a victory against China to tie Canada on points with six apiece and win the tournament based on its head-to-head win against the Canadians two days ago. As it turned out, the USA also finished with the best goal differential of any of the four teams at +2. Canada finished second, China third and Sweden, which defeated the USA in the opening game, but then lost two straight, ended in fourth.

2011 Four Nations Tournament Standings

Team

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

PTS

USA

2

1

0

5

3

+2

6

CAN

2

1

0

5

4

+1

6

CHN

1

2

0

4

5

-1

3

SWE

1

2

0

3

4

-1

3



U.S. WNT Four Nations Schedule

Date

Opponent

Result

U.S. Goalscorers

Venue

Jan. 21

Sweden

1-2 L

Lloyd

Yongchuan Sports Center; Chongqing, China

Jan. 23

Canada

2-1 W

Cheney, Tarpley

Yongchuan Sports Center; Chongqing, China

Jan. 25

China PR

2-0 W

Lloyd, Rodriguez

Yongchuan Sports Center; Chongqing, China


SUNDHAGE NAMES 32-PLAYER ROSTER FOR TRAINING CAMP IN FLORIDA: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 32 players to the roster for a training camp taking place in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., from Feb. 3-9, after which she will name a roster for the 2011 Algarve Cup in Portugal.

The Algarve Cup, a tournament in southern Portugal that annually brings together some of the world’s top teams, will this year see the USA face Japan (March 2), Finland (March 4) and Norway (March 7) in group play.

U.S WNT Roster by Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (out of contract)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), Christie Rampone (out of contract), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom), Meghan Schnur (out of contract), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (13): Jordan Angeli (Boston Breakers), Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (out of contract), Sinead Farrelly (Philadelphia Independence), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (Washington Freedom), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kristie Mewis (Boston College), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (out of contract)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-17 MNT FINISHES TRAINING CAMP IN JAMAICA, RETURN TO MONTEGO BAY NEXT WEEK: The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team rounded out its training camp in Jamaica with a 2-1 win against the hosts in Montego Bay. Esteban Rodriguez converted a penalty kick to give the U.S. the lead just before halftime and Alfred Koroma doubled the score just nine minutes into the second half. As the game began to get a bit chippy, Jamaica pulled one back in the 67th minute from Omar Holmes, but the home team was unable to find the equalizer. It was the second meeting of the two teams, who played to a 0-0 draw on Jan. 28. The U.S. team will return to Bradenton, Fla., to continue preparations for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship and will return to Montego Bay on Feb. 10 for that event. Wilmer Cabrera's team has been drawn into Group B and will play Cuba on Feb. 14 and Panama on Feb. 18 in the tournament that will serve as qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.

U.S. U-17 MNT Schedule
Date                 Opponent         Result             U.S. Goalscorer(s)
Jan. 28             Jamaica            0-0 T               --
Jan. 30             Jamaica            2-1 W              E. Rodriguez, Koroma

U.S. U-18 AND U-17 WNTS TO HOLD CONCURRENT CAMPS IN SUNRISE, FLA.: The U.S. U-18 and U-17 Women’s National Teams have gather in Sunrise, Fla., from Jan. 28 - Feb. 2 for concurrent training camps. Dave Chesler will be working with the U-18 team, while U.S. Women’s National Team Development Director Jill Ellis will be on hand to guide the U-17 camp. Also in attendance will be U.S. WNT Technical Director April Heinrichs, as the teams will play three friendlies against a combined Germany U-18 and U-17 squad.

U.S. U-18 and U-17 WNT Schedule

Date

Match

Location

Jan. 31

U-17 WNT vs. Germany

Sunrise, Fla.

Feb. 2

U-18 WNT vs. Germany

Sunrise, Fla.

Feb. 3

U-17 WNT vs. Germany

Sunrise, Fla.


U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2):  McKenzie Karas (Premier; Las Vegas, Nev.), Caroline Casey (Virginia Rush; Chesapeake, Va.)
DEFENDERS (5):  Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Rachel Price (HC United; Melbourne, Fla.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (8):  Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Jordan Jesolva (Breakaway; La Mirada, Calif.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.),  Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Bays; Baltimore, Md.), Haley Washburn (San Juan SC; Folsom, Calif.), Danielle Weatherholt (So Cal Blues; Capistrano Beach, Calif.), Sandra Yu (Cleveland Futbol Club; Strongsville, Ohio)
FORWARDS (7): Lauren Bernard (Nordic SC; Colchester, Vt.), MaKenzy Doniak (Slammers FC; Chino Hills, Calif.), Mariana Glavan (Santa Clara Sporting; San Jose, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Kodi Lavrusky (Legends FC; Yucaipa, Calif.), Kristen McNabb (PDA; Montville, N.J.), Courtney Raetzman (Sockers FC; Elk Grove Village, Ill.)

U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Ga.), Carissa Miller (Sereno SC; Cave Creek, Ariz.)
DEFENDERS (4): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.); Lauren Kaskie (Neusport FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Jenna Romano (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Joanna Boyles (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C), Miranda Freeman (Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Zoey Goralski (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Lindsey Lane (Freestate Elite ECNL; Lusby, Md.), Kayla Mills (Slammers FC; West Covina, Calif.), Gabrielle Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Micaela Powers (Ohio Galaxies FC; Beavercreek, Ohio), Lydia Simmons (FC Stars of Mass.; Londonberry, N.H.), Allison Stuckey (Cleveland Futbol Club; Brecksville, Ohio), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; St. Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (7): Elizabeth Boon (Columbia Timbers; Washougal, Wash.), Jenny Chiu (El Paso Galaxy; El Paso, Texas), Imani Dorsey (Good Counsel; Olney, Md.), Elizabeth Keester (HFC Shubert; Tulsa, Okla.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Rebecca Schoales (Crossfire Premier; Port Orchard, Wash.), Zoe Swift (NSA Premier; Naperville, Ill.)

LOCAL DERBY GIVES ACADEMY PLAYERS A GLIMPSE OF WHAT COULD BE AHEAD: Crossfire Premier U-17/18 coach Bernie James knew it wouldn’t take much to get his team revved up to face their bitter crosstown rivals, Seattle Sounders FC. The two teams faced each other earlier in the year with the U-17/18 Sounders edging out Crossfire 1-0 on a penalty kick in the dwindling minutes of the game. The teams occupy the No. 1 and 2 slots in the Northwest Division of the Academy with the Sounders currently holding the top spot. Yet with all of the buildup leading up to the local derby, James didn’t do anything differently to prep his players.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS TO TAKE PLACE IN APRIL, JUNE AND JULY: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools in April and June for “A” Audit, “A”, “B” and “C” Courses in California, Georgia, Illinois and Massachusetts.  Registration for each course will open on Monday, Jan. 31, 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 for a winter course beginning today. Registers for CoachesNet Now | View Course Schedule

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BRAZIL AND GERMANY/NETHERLANDS TRIPS IN MARCH 2011: In an effort to continue providing unique coaching opportunities to its membership, U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet announces plans to offer educational trips to Brazil and to Germany and the Netherlands. Entering its third year, the aim of U.S. Soccer’s international coaching education program is to expose U.S. coaches to other federations and clubs to learn the steps they take to develop their coaches and players. Attendees interact directly with top-level coaches, administrators and players from some of the best clubs and countries in the world. Scheduled to take place March 17-25, 2011, coaches will visit five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The coaching education workshop in Germany and the Netherlands will take place from April 28 – May 6, 2011 and will mark the 40th anniversary of U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program which began under the direction of Dettmar Cramer.

US CLUB SOCCER NATIONAL CUP X LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS AWAY: With less than four months until the National Cup X gets into full swing with events taking place across the country, online applications are currently available for Regionals running from Memorial Day weekend through July 12.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Maurice Edu produced an outstanding left-footed effort from 20 yards to give his club side Rangers a 2-1 win in their CIS Cup semifinal in Scotland. The win places Rangers in the cup final against old foes Celtic. Watch on the MNT Blog

MARQUEE MATCHUPS: After a transfer deadline day deal, U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Michael Bradley has gone to Aston Villa of the English Premier League on loan until the end of the season. The move sets up a possible clash with Fulham and fellow MNT midfielder Clint Dempsey as Bradley’s debut in the English league on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. ET.

QUOTABLE: “I want to play at the highest level and test myself in the biggest of games. Whether it's on Saturday against Fulham at Villa Park or the week after, I am excited to be here and ready to get going." – U.S. MNT midfielder Michael Bradley on his move to Aston Villa

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