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U.S. Soccer Wire - March 20, 2006


U.S. MNT 18-Man Roster Set to Face Germany March 22;
U.S. MNT’s 2006 FIFA World Cup Television Schedule Set;
U.S. WNT Finishes Second at the 2006 Algarve Cup

U.S. MNT ROSTER SET FOR GERMANY MATCH: U.S. Men’s National Team Manager Bruce Arena has selected 18 players to face 2006 FIFA World Cup host Germany on March 22 in Dortmund, one of 12 cities hosting matches in the tournament this summer. Kickoff at the Westfalenstadion, also known as Signal Iduna Park, is set for 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 (Telemundo delay). Fans can also follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The U.S., which moved to their best-ever fifth place position in the latest FIFA World Rankings, will be looking to stay unbeaten during their 2006 World Cup preparations vs. Germany. The match does not fall on an international fixture date as set by FIFA prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, limiting the players available for selection by Arena. The governing body for soccer in Germany, the Deutscher Fussball Bund (DFB), has an agreement with all the clubs in Germany to release their players for the match in Dortmund, which will allow Germany to call on a nearly full-strength squad. At the same time, the U.S. will also be able to call on their players based in Germany. U.S. MNT midfielder Landon Donovan and defender Frankie Hejduk were originally on the roster, but didn't make the trek to Germany due to injury. Arena then called in former U.S. U-20 midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who is in search of his first full-team cap.

U.S. MNT Roster – March 22, 2006
GOALKEEPERS (2) – Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach); DEFENDERS (6) – Gregg Berhalter (Energie Cottbus), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Cory Gibbs (ADO Den Haag), Heath Pearce (FC Nordsjælland), Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake); MIDFIELDERS (6) – Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburg SV), Chris Klein (Real Salt Lake), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Ben Olsen (D.C. United), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards); FORWARDS (4) – Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards)

U.S. MNT WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE FINALIZED: The U.S Men’s National Team will kick off their 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign live at 11:55 a.m. ET on ESPN2 on Monday, June 12, 2006, against the Czech Republic. ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will broadcast all 64 games of the 2006 FIFA World Cup live in Germany from June 9 through July 9, 2006. ABC Sports will broadcast 12 tournament games, including the USA’s match-up against Italy at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 17, as well as the championship match at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 9, at Berlin’s Olympiastadion. The Saturday afternoon USA-Italy match-up is poised to be one of the tournament’s major highlights. ESPN will televise 31 matches, including the USA’s final group match against Ghana at 9:55 a.m. ET on Thursday, June 22, while ESPN2 will air 21 matches, including the U.S. squad’s opening match and the tournament’s opening match between host Germany and Costa Rica at 11:55 a.m. ET on Friday, June 9. All of the tournament matches will be simulcast in high definition for the first time ever on ABC HD, ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD. A full 2006 FIFA World Cup Television schedule is available at ussoccer.com.

 

U.S. WNT FALL TO GERMANY IN PK’S: The U.S. Women’s National Team dominated Germany in scoring chances during the championship game of the 2006 Algarve Cup on Wednesday (March 15), but could not manufacture a goal through 120 minutes and fell in a penalty kick shootout, 4-3, at Stadium Algarve. The U.S. out-shot Germany, 16-8, earned 13 corner kicks to Germany’s three and hit the crossbar twice in the first half, but German goalkeeper Silke Rottenberg pulled off a handful of spectacular saves to get her team to the shootout. In the penalty kick shootout, Aly Wagner, Cat Whitehill and Kristine Lilly converted for the USA, but Shannon Boxx and Abby Wambach missed the second and fourth attempts while the Germans took four excellent penalties with the final kick from Petra Wimbersky ending the match. The result broke a streak of three straight Algarve Cup titles for the USA. The U.S. team now heads home for a two-week break before beginning a six-month Residency Training Camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. in early April. The USA did pick up two of the tournament’s four awards, as Shannon Boxx was named Best Player of the tournament and Hope Solo was named Best Goalkeeper. Visit ussoccerphotostore.com later this week for exciting action photos of the U.S. WNT’s run to the 2006 Algarve Cup championship match.

U.S. MNT WILL PLAY THREE-GAME SEND-OFF SERIES: The U.S. Men’s National Team’s three-game Send-Off Series prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup will begin at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tenn., on May 23, before continuing to Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 26, presented by Budweiser and concluding at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., on May 28. The three U.S. opponents will be Morocco, Venezuela and Latvia, respectively, with all three matches kicking off at 7 p.m. ET live on ESPN2 and taped delay on Telemundo. Fans can follow all three matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets for each match go on-sale on Wednesday, March 22 at 10 a.m. local time at ussoccer.com and all local Ticketmaster outlets. Group tickets for 20 or more are available for each match, as well as on-field seats and a limited number of Ultimate Fan Tickets. More information is available at ussoccer.com or by calling 312-528-1290.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-17 ’90 MNT TO FACE ARGENTINA IN BUENOS AIRES TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-17 ’90 Men’s National Team will face the Argentina U-17 Men’s National Team in the six-team Copa Esperanzas Corea 2007 tournament next week in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The U.S. will travel to Buenos Aires this Thursday, March 23, and will practice for three days before kicking off Group A of the tournament on March 27 against Selective A, a regional select team from Argentina. Two days later, the U-17 ‘90s will play Argentina in their second international match of the year. The U.S. will play a placement match against a team from Group B, which contains the Australian U-17 Men's National Team, C.A. All Boys and Rafaela Selective. The last two teams in each group will play for fifth place on March 31, while the third place and final will be played on April 1. U.S. U-17 head coach John Hackworth will bring a 20-player roster to Argentina. The day before the U-17 ‘90s leave for Argentina, they will face the University of Cincinnati on Wednesday, March 22 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

U-17 ’90 MNT Roster - Argentina
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.), Chris Miller (Garland, Texas); DEFENDERS (5): Brandon Lee (Tenafly, N.J.), Ian Kalis (Plano, Texas), Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Thomas Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.), TJ Nelson (Garland, Texas); MIDFIELDERS (9): Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.), Tevin Jackson (Baltimore, Md.), Matthey Uy (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Brandon Tarr (Knoxville, Tenn.), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.), Dane Shea (College Station, Texas), Jesse Paredes (Los Angeles, Calif.); FORWARDS (4): Danny Barerra (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Temi Molinar (Chandler, Ariz.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.).

U-17 ’90 MNT Schedule
Date                    Opponent
March 22              University of Cincinnati
March 27*             Selective A
March 29*             Argentina U-17 MNT
March 31/April 1*   Placement Match
* Copa Esperanzas Corea 2007 Tournament

U-17 ’89 MNT TO FACE WAKE FOREST THIS WEEK: While their younger counterparts compete in an international tournament in Argentina, the U.S. Under-17 ’89 Men’s National Team will welcome two college teams to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The ‘89s will see the return of former U-17 players Steve Curfman, Marcus Rein and Julian Valentin when they take on Wake Forest University this Friday, March 24. The following week (April 1), the U.S. will take on NCAA College Cup runners-up New Mexico.

U-17 ’89 MNT Schedule
Date          Opponent
March 24     Wake Forest University
April 1         University of New Mexico

U.S. U-21 WOMEN HOLD TRAINING CAMP AT HDC:The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team in in training at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. U.S. U-21 head coach Jill Ellis called in 24 players for six days of training and several scrimmages which began Sunday (March 19) as she continues the process of selecting a team to participate in the annual Nordic Cup, being held in Norway this coming summer. The USA has won an unprecedented seven straight Nordic Cups against the top U-21 teams from Europe. Numerous players who are eligible for the next Nordic Cup are spending time with the full Women’s National Team and the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, giving Ellis a chance to bring in some new players for evaluation. Ellis has called in several Nordic Cup veterans, including midfielders Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Manya Makoski (Arizona State) and defender Kendall Fletcher (UNC), who was in camp with the full National Team earlier this year. Ellis has confirmed 20 players for the camp and will add four more before the training commences, but will give first looks to goalkeepers Cori Alexander of Portland and Veronica Simonton of USC. Alexander played very well in the 2005 NCAA Final Four, helping the Pilots to the NCAA title. Also getting first call-ups to the U-21s is defender Erin Hardy of UCLA, midfielders Marisa Brown of Wisconsin, Rebecca Moros of Duke and Lisa Sari of Portland, and forward Sophia Mundy of Houston. The U-21s will face the U.S. U-20s in a pair of scrimmages on March 21. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. PT and 7 p.m. PT. The U-21s will also face the women’s club team Ajax on March 23 at 7 p.m. PT.

U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team Training Camp Roster (March 19-24, 2006)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cori Alexander (Portland), Veronica Simonton (USC), Kati Jo Spisak (Texas A&M); DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Kendall Fletcher (UNC), Holly Gault (Kansas), Erin Hardy (UCLA), Hayley Hunt (Stanford), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia); MIDFIELDERS (7): Marisa Brown (Wisconsin), Bristyn Davis (UCLA), Noelle Keselica (Virginia), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Rebecca Moros (Duke), Lisa Sari (Portland); FORWARDS (4): Liz Bogus (Arizona State), Sophia Mundy (Houston), Ashlee Pistorius (Texas A&M), Tiffany Weimer (Penn State).

U.S. U-21 WNT Schedule
Date        Opponent        Kickoff
March 21   U-20 WNT      Noon
March 21   U-20 WNT      2 p.m.
March 23   Ajax of LA      7 p.m.

U.S. U-20 WOMEN IN TRAINING CAMP AT HDC:The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team, fresh off a four-games in four days camp in College Station, Texas, returned to the field on Sunday (March 19) at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. U.S. head coach Tim Schulz called 22 players to the HDC where they will play up to nine matches, including scrimmages against local college teams Long Beach State (March 20 at 5 p.m.), Pepperdine (March 23 at 5 p.m.), Loyola Marymount (March 24 at 5 p.m.), San Diego State (March 25 at Noon) and USC (March 25 at 2 p.m.). The U-20s will also scrimmage the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team, which will be in camp at the same time, in a split-squad match on March 21 at 5 and 7 p.m. Schulz will be without several of his top players as the roster continues to rotate to give the college students more time to focus on school. Schulz will be without defender Stephanie Lopez, who made her first-ever start for the full Women’s National Team on March 13 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, as defenders Stephanie Logterman and Jordan Angeli, midfielder Amanda Poach and forward Amy Rodriguez, who also played for the senior side at the Algarve Cup. Schulz will bring 12 players to camp who were a part of the U.S. team that won the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Mexico at the end of January.

U.S. U-20 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Joanna Haig (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.), Jamie Klages (Coronado, Calif.); DEFENDERS (7): Carrie Dew (Encinitas, Calif.), Ariel Harris (Holly Springs, N.C.), Megan Holmes (Timonium, Md.), Nikki Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.), Lauren Switzer (St. Charles, Ill.), Brittany Taylor (Campbell Hall, N.Y.), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, Colo.); MIDFIELDERS (8): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill.), Natalie Capuano (Aston, Pa.), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Katie Larkin (Draper, Utah), Allie Long (East Northport, N.Y.); FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Jessica Okoroafo (Sylvania, Ohio), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio), Katie Schulz (Peachtree City, Ga.).

U.S. U-20 WNT Schedule
Date         Opponent Kickoff
March 20   Long Beach State 5 p.m. PT
March 21   U-21 WNT 12 p.m. PT
March 21   U-21 WNT 2 p.m. PT
March 23   Pepperdine 5 p.m. PT
March 24   LMU 5 p.m. PT
March 25   SDSU 12 p.m. PT
March 25   USC 2 p.m. PT

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT 2006 US YOUTH SOCCER ODP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS:The 2006 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program National Champions were crowned at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas on Sunday, March 19. Severe weather allowed only a portion of play as lighting caused delays and eventually the termination of play for all matches. “Considering these elite athletes and this beautiful venue we are disappointed that neither were able to shine as they should have due to the severe weather today,” said Dave Jenkins, committee chairman for the US Youth Soccer ODP National Championships. “Despite the weather we were able to see some great play on Friday and in the end all of the programs represented this weekend are champions and should be proud of their accomplishments in earning a slot in the championships.” These State-level US Youth Soccer ODP 1990 and 1988 teams, Under-15 and Under-17, earned their way to the US Youth Soccer ODP National Championships by way of winning their respective regional championships. Leading the charge with three teams was California South US Youth Soccer ODP with Maryland following just behind with two teams. Visit www.USYouthSoccer.org for complete game reports and more.

2006 US Youth Soccer ODP National Champions
1990 Girls Co-Champions: Maryland and California South
1990 Boys Co-Champions: Maryland and Illinois
1988 Girls Co-Champions: Eastern Pennsylvania and California South
1988 Boys Co-Champions: North Carolina and California South

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2006 GRANTS:The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States, announced Tuesday (March 14) that it has made funds available to 31 separate groups nationwide, in 18 different states, as part of its 11th annual grants program cycle. In total, the Foundation’s grants will make more than $1.7 million available in the current year. Through its history, the Foundation has awarded over $21 million to soccer groups and facilities through its annual grants program. Since 1995, the organization has made over $40 million available for the growth of the game of soccer through grants and other financial support. The Foundation, through its partnership with NikeGO, awarded 12 All Conditions Fields grants, 13 grants for soccer development programs and six for programs with field enhancements and upgrades.

Program and Field Enhancement Grant Recipients

  • Alabama Youth Soccer Association (Birmingham, Ala.)
  • City of Morro Bay Parks & Recreation (Morro Bay, Calif.)
  • Central American Refugee Committee (Oakland, Calif.)
  • Salinas Valley Youth Soccer League (Salinas, Calif.)
  • Quest for Excellence (Brunswick, Ga.)
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. (Decatur, Ga.)
  • Inner City Soccer (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
  • South Bend Weed & Seed Alliance, Inc. (South Bend, Ind.)
  • *Parks & People Foundation (Baltimore, Md.)
  • **CityKicks, Inc. (Boston, Mass.)
  • Mississippi Youth Soccer Association (Biloxi, Miss.)
  • ***Newark Now (Newark, N.J.)
  • City of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation (Rocky Mount, N.C.)
  • Cape Fear Soccer Association, Inc. (Wilmington, N.C.)
  • Blue Creek Conservation Area North (Whitehouse, Ohio)
  • The Madeleine School (Portland, Ore.)
  • Starfinder Foundation (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • Hays County, Texas – 5 Mile Soccer Complex (San Marco, Texas)
  • Greater Shawano Area Soccer Association for Youth (Shawano, Wis.)
    * Alan I. Rothenberg Award
    ** Jim Hamilton Award
    ***MLS Players’ Award

All Conditions Fields Grant Recipients

  • Every Child Can Learn Foundation (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • California State Polytechnic University (Pomona, Calif.)
  • Arvada Soccer Association (Arvada, Colo.)
  • Soccer In The Streets, Inc. (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • Kansas State Youth Soccer Association, Inc. (Olathe, Kan.)
  • Blackbear United Football Club (Bangor, Maine)
  • City of St. Louis, Missouri (St. Louis, Mo.)
  • The City of Garfield (Garfield, N.J.)
  • Town of Kearny (Kearny, N.J.)
  • Concordia University (Portland, Ore.)
  • Pittsburgh Dynamo Youth Soccer Association(Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Connellsville Soccer Club, Inc. (Connellsville, Pa.)

GET DETAILED INFORMATION ON GERMANY FOR YOUR WORLD CUP TRIP:U.S. Soccer is working with the German National Tourist Office to help give American fans traveling to Germany to watch the World Cup a source and tool for making their trip this summer an unforgettable one. Germany is rolling out the red carpet for visitors with diverse soccer-related fan festivals, cultural events and special exhibitions in all 12 host cities, as well as smaller towns. Along with public viewing locations for all 64 games, there will be theater events, concerts and parties before, during and after the World Cup. Media and fans can find out about all these spectacular events and get detailed information on every host city by logging onto the German National Tourist Office web site at cometogermany.com.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER:U.S. Under-20 MNT forward Samuel Ochoa, who participated at the FIFA World Youth Championship in June 2005, opened his first-team scoring account on Sunday (March 19) for U.A.G. Tecos of the Mexican Primera Division. Ochoa, who played just his third match for the squad after rising through the Tecos youth system, got his head on a cross from teammate Carlos Casartelli in the eighth minute, sending it past U.N.A.M. Pumas goalkeeper Sergio Bernal. The goal proved to be the game-winner as Pumas was unable to equalize and the game ended 1-0 in favor of Tecos.

MARQUEE MATCHUP:The U.S. MNT will have their hands full on Wednesday, March 22, as they look to keep their 2006 undefeated streak alive against Germany at 2:30 p.m. ET at Westfalenstadion, also known as Signal Iduna Park, in Dortmund, Germany. Meanwhile, Germany will be looking to bounce back from a 4-1 loss at the hands of Italy on March 1. Fans can follow the match live on ESPN2 and via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER:After losing four straight games by a combined score of 14-3, things seem doomed for Fulham FC as they prepared to host league leader Chelsea at Craven Cottage on Sunday (March 19). However, instead of recent history repeating itself, Fulham captain Luis Boa Morte scored in the first half while Chelsea striker Didier Drogba had a goal disallowed due to handling the ball. Fulham won the match, 1-0, which did a lot to improve the team’s morale although they still sit 40 points behind Chelsea in the Premiership.

QUOTABLE:“This was a great game for this young team. It’s a final, it goes to PKs, there is some pressure, but this is our first loss we’ve had in over a year. You hate to go to penalty kicks, but this is also a great lesson for us. We came out (of the game) with a good head on our shoulders.”
-- U.S. WNT Captain Kristine Lilly on the young squad experiencing a championship match as the U.S. fell 4-3 in penalty kicks to Germany on Wednesday (March 15).

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