HEINRICHS TO NAME ROSTER WEDNESDAY FOR FIRST HOME MATCH OF 2004: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach April Heinrichs will announce an 18-player roster on Wednesday (April 21) for the team’s first domestic match of 2004 versus Brazil on Saturday (April 24) at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., live on ESPN2. Advance tickets ranging in price levels from $18 to $50 are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Alabama (including Publix, Coconuts and Wherehouse Music), by phone at 1-800-277-1700, and online at ussoccer.com. The match at the historic stadium will be the second trip in as many years to Birmingham, home of U.S. defender Cat Reddick. The USA trounced England 6-0 in May 2003 as Reddick played 90 minutes in her first appearance for the national team in the city where she was a high-school All-American at Briarwood Christian School and two-time Alabama Girl’s Soccer Player of the Year. The U.S. women completed its second week of its four-month Residency Training Camp at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Deport Center in Carson, Calif., with a pair of exhibitions versus the U.S. Under-21 Women, winning 3-1 on April 15 and tying 1-1 earlier today. Midfielder Lindsay Tarpley and forwards Shannon MacMillan and Abby Wambach tallied for the U.S. women in the win, while midfielder Carli Lloyd chipped WNT goalkeeper Jen Branam for the U-21s only goal. Forward Mia Hamm and U-21 midfielder Joanna Lohman traded goals in the draw.
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
April 15 U.S. U-21 WNT 3-1 W Tarpley, MacMillan, Wambach
April 19 U.S. U-21 WNT 1-1 T Hamm
U.S. ROSTER FOR MEXICO BATTLE LIVE ON ussoccer.com TOMORROW AT 1 P.M. ET: U.S. Men’s National Team manager Bruce Arena will name his roster for next week’s border battle with arch rival and 2002 World Cup foe Mexico tomorrow (April 20) at 1 p.m. ET exclusively at ussoccer.com. The April 28 clash, which will be broadcast live on Telemundo and Fox Sports World at 7:30 p.m. CT, marks the U.S. Men’s first match at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas since 1995. Advance tickets ranging in price levels from $28 to $60 are on sale now at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Texas (including Fiesta and Foley's), by phone at 214-373-8000, and online at ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can call 312-528-1290. The USA has dominated the series of late, winning five of the last seven meetings, with all of the victories coming by shutout. Mexico leads the lifetime series with a record of 28-10-10, dating all the way back to 1934. The competition between the two nations reached its pinnacle in the summer of 2002 when the teams met for the first time as World Cup opponents in the Round of 16 on June 17 in Jeonju, Korea, with the U.S. winning 2-0. In the last meeting, the U.S. and Mexico played to a spirited 0-0 draw in 2003 in front of 69,582 fans at a sold-out Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, marking the sixth shutout for the U.S. in their past seven games against the Mexicans and third in a row.
U.S. MEN HEADED TO FOXBOROUGH FOR JUNE 2, SEPT. 4 MATCHES VS. CONCACAF FOES: The U.S. Men's National Team is headed to Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium for a pair of important matches in the next five months. In the first match, the U.S. is set to meet CONCACAF foe Honduras in an international match on Wednesday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium in a match to be broadcast via tape delay on Telemundo. The match will be the team’s final preparation before they begin the Road to Germany 2006 on Sunday, June 13, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, where the USA will take on Grenada in the first of a two-game CONCACAF World Cup qualifying series that will end in St. George's, Grenada on June 20. The winner of the USA-Grenada aggregate goals series will advance to the semifinal round of qualifying, where they will play six round-robin games against three other teams from Aug. 18 through Nov. 17, 2004. Should the U.S. advance past Grenada, the semifinal round home opener is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 4 and would also be hosted by the three-year-old Gillette Stadium at a time to be determined. Advance tickets for the June 2 game against Honduras range from $25-$45 and go on sale starting Thursday, April 22 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster outlets (including all Filene’s stores), by calling 617-931-2000 (Boston), 413-733-2500 (Western Mass.), 207-775-3331 (Maine), 603-868-7300 (New Hampshire) or 401-331-2211 (Rhode Island), and on-line at ussoccer.com. Advanced ticket information for the Sept. 4 match in New England will be announced soon.
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COLUMBUS CREW STADIUM TO HOST WORLD CUP QUALIFERS ON JUNE 13, NOV. 17: The U.S. Men's National Team's road to the 2006 FIFA World Cup will begin on Sunday, June 13, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, where the USA will take on Grenada in the first of a two-game World Cup qualifying series that will conclude in St. George's, Grenada on June 20. The June 13 match in Columbus kicks off at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Telemundo. The winner of the USA-Grenada aggregate goals series will advance to the semifinal round of qualifying, where they will play six round-robin games against three other teams starting on Aug. 18. Should the U.S. advance past Grenada, the semifinal round finale on Nov. 17 would also be hosted at Crew Stadium. An advance sale for U.S. Soccer fans registered at ussoccerfan.com begins on April 26 for series tickets to both matches. Tickets range from $25-$65 for the June 13 match against Grenada, while tickets for the potential match on Nov. 17 against Jamaica or Haiti range from $35-$85. Fans can also buy series tickets for both games in a public sale from April 30 to May 13. If available, single game tickets for the June 13 match will go on sale May 14.
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U-20s TO FACE HAITI, JAMAICA TWICE IN FT. LAUDERDALE THIS WEEK: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will play the Haiti Under-20 Men’s National Team at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 21, at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The match will be part of the U-20’s third domestic training camp of the year, which started yesterday and runs through Saturday (April 24). During the eight-day camp, the U.S. will also face CONCACAF rival Jamaica in two closed door exhibitions in Sunrise, Fla., on Tuesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 22, and Haiti again in a closed door exhibition on Saturday, April 24. Rongen has named a 23-player roster as he continues to sort through the U.S. U-20 player pool in preparation for the CONCACAF U-20 World Youth Championship qualifying tournament in January 2005. Leading the way for the U.S. are two young, promising Major League Soccer professionals in 14-year-old Freddy Adu (D.C. United) and 17-year-old Eddie Gaven (MetroStars). Three other MLS players – Arturo Alvarez (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Bradley (MetroStars) and Craig Capano (Chicago Fire) – will also partake in the camp. Rounding out the rest of the roster is a collection of top college and high school players, many of which are current or past members of U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. Five current U-17 Residency players – goalkeeper Steve Sandbo, defenders Nathan Sturgis and Tim Ward, and midfielders Danny Szetela and Christian Jimenez – will make the cross-state trip to participate in the camp. Along with Adu and Bradley, recent Residency graduates Adrian Chevannes (Clemson), Brandon Owens (UCLA) and 2003 ACC Rookie of the Year Jamie Watson (UNC) will join them in South Florida.The U.S. and Haiti last met in their first match of Group B at 2002 CONCACAF World Youth Championship Qualifying Tournament in Charleston, S.C., with the U.S. coming away with a 2-0 victory behind goals from Ed Johnson and Santino Quaranta.
U-20 MNT Schedule
Date Opponent Venue Kickoff
April 20 Jamaica Sunrise Hilton 4 p.m. ET
April 21 Haiti Lockhart Stadium 7:30 p.m. ET
April 22 Jamaica Sunrise Hilton TBD
April 24 Haiti Sunrise Hilton TBD
U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Justin Hughes (UNC), Andrew Kartunen (Stanford), Steve Sandbo (Colombus, Ohio); DEFENDERS (8): Adrian Chevannes (Clemson), Kevin Long (San Francisco), Kiel McClung (UCLA), Mike Orozco (Stanton, Calif.), Brandon Owens (UCLA), Patrick Phelan (Enfield, Conn.), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Tim Ward (Waukesha, Wis); MIDFIELDERS (7): Arturo Alvarez (San Jose Earthquakes), Craig Capano (Chicago Fire), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars), Stuart Holden (Clemson), Christian Jimenez (San Dimas, Calif.), Danny Szetela (Clifton, N.J.), Erik Ustruck (Santa Clara); FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Michael Bradley (MetroStars), Kamani Hill (Berkley, Calif.), Will John (St. Louis University), Jamie Watson (UNC).
U-17 '88 MNT TO COMPETE IN BALLYMENA TOURNAMENT IN NORTHERN IRELAND: The Under-17 ’88 Men’s National Team will be leaving for Ballymena, Northern Ireland, next week to participate in the Ballymena International Tournament from April 29-May 3. The team will leave on Sunday (April 25) and will have a couple days of training before their first match of the tournament. The U.S. will face Belgium on April 29, Scotland on April 30 and Austria on May 1. Depending on their place in their group, the U.S. will play in the Placement Match on May 3. Head coach John Ellinger is bringing an 18-man roster for the tournament. The Under-17 ‘88s defeated St. Leo University this past weekend at IMG Academy behind a hat trick from forward Quavas Kirk (goals in the 18th, 26th and 39th minutes) and a 70th minute strike from Preston Zimmerman.
U.S. Under-17 '88 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bryant Rueckner (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Evan Newton (Virginia Beach, Va.); DEFENDERS (7): Richard Edgar (Mechanicsville, Md.), Eric Lichaj (Downers Grove, Ill.), Ofori Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Jeremy Hall (Tampa, Fla.), Alandus Brooks (Jackson, Miss.), Michael Balogun (Houston, Texas), Carlos Borja (Anaheim, Calif.); MIDFIELDERS (4): Kevin Alston (Silver Spring, Md.), Nicolas Boesagno (n/a), Michael Dal Pra (Bronxville, N.Y.), Kyle Nakazawa (Palos Verdes East, Calif.), Ryan Soroka (Langhorne, Pa.); FORWARDS (4): Quavas Kirk (Aurora, Ill.), Michael Stephens (Woodridge, Ill.), Preston Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.), Amechi Igwe (Belmont, Calif.).
U.S. Under-17 '88 MNT Schedule
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
April 17 St. Leo University 4-0 W Kirk (3), Zimmerman
U.S. Under-17 '88 MNT Schedule
April 29 Belgium
April 30 Scotland
May 1 Austria
May 3 Placement Match
U-17 ‘87s TRAVEL TO GREENSBORO THIS WEEK FOR TRIO OF MATCHES: The U.S. Under-17 ’87 Men’s National Team will be traveling to Greensboro, N.C., this week to play three matches against local college and club teams. The ‘87s will face the University of North Carolina-Greensboro on Thursday (April 22), followed by a meeting with Wake Forest on Friday (April 23), and the Greensboro Soccer Club on Saturday (April 24). This past weekend the ‘87s tied the University of Jacksonville 1-1 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., with Brett King scoring the lone goal for the U.S. off an assist from Blake Wagner in the 51st minute.
U.S. Under-17 '87 MNT Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
April 17 Univ. of Jacksonville 1-1 T King
U-17 ’87 MNT Schedule
April 22 UNC-Greensboro
April 23 Wake Forest
April 24 Greensboro Soccer Club
– AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD –
ASIAN OLYMPIC QUALIFYING OPENS IN JAPAN WITH FINAL TWO BERTHS AT STAKE: The Asian Olympic Women's Qualifying Tournament kicked off yesterday in Japan with the final two berths to the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece up for grabs. The teams that win their semifinals and advance to the title game will earn Asia's two berths to the Olympics, spots that will likely go to either reigning Asian champion North Korea, China, Japan or South Korea. Eleven teams spread over three groups will participate in round-robin play with the group winners and top second place team advancing to the semifinals. Group A consists of North Korea, Chinese Taipei, Singapore and Hong Kong. Group B features China, Myanmar, South Korea and Guam. The three-team Group C features Japan, Vietnam and Thailand. The matches will be played in Hiroshima and Tokyo with five games on each first-round match day, April 18, 20 and 22. The semifinals will be played on April 24 with the winner of Group A playing the Winner of Group C at National Stadium in Tokyo while the winner of Group B faces the best runner-up at the Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium. The championship and third-place games will be contested on April 26 in Hiroshima. The two Asian qualifiers will join Sweden, Germany and Greece (Europe); the USA and Mexico (CONCACAF), Australia (Oceania), Brazil (South America) and Nigeria (Africa), in the 3rd Olympic Women's Soccer Tournament. The draw will be held on June 9.
WUSA ANNOUNCES MATCHUPS FOR JUNE SOCCER FESTIVALS IN BLAINE, CARSON: The match-ups are set for the WUSA Soccer Festivals in June, as all eight teams will be competing in the exhibition events. The world's best female soccer players will display their skills at the National Sports Center the weekend of June 17-20 and at The Home Depot Center June 24-27. Complete team rosters, including guest players, will be announced in May. All of the U.S. Women’s National Team players currently in residency and select international stars will compete in the WUSA Soccer Festivals. The WUSA Soccer Festival Weekends will feature a series of soccer-themed events during the Thursday to Sunday timeframe. Each weekend is scheduled to feature soccer clinics, player appearances and autograph signing sessions, WUSA Fan Zones, a Friday luncheon and many other festivities. The match-ups for the two venues follow:
National Sports Center – Blaine, Minn. – June 17-20
Atlanta Beat vs. New York Power
Boston Breakers vs. Washington Freedom
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif. – June 24-27
San Diego Spirit vs. Carolina Courage
Philadelphia Charge vs. San Jose CyberRays
PARALYMPIC TEAM TAKES THREE STRAIGHT IN NETHERLANDS: After falling to Ireland 4-0 in its first match on April 9, the U.S. Paralympic Team rebounded to finish its five-game trip to the Netherlands with three consecutive wins. In their second match on April 10, the U.S. came back from a goal in the first minute by the host nation to tie the match on a goal from Josh McKinney with five minutes remaining for a 1-1 tie. The U.S. concluded opening round play with a sound 4-0 victory over a young team from Finland on April 11. The USA faced the Finish team again on April 12 in the Third Place Match, winning 1-0 on a goal from Josh Blue on an assist from McKinney. Veteran Dave Woosnam captained the team in the match, earning his 35th international cap to equal the milestone set by his legendary father Phil. After the conclusion of the tournament, the U.S. met the Netherlands again in a friendly on April 12 and won 3-1. The U.S. qualified for this summer's Paralympic Games in October 2003. Paralympics soccer is played seven-a-side and on smaller fields by athletes with Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury or stroke survivors.
Paralympic Team Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
April 9 Ireland 0-4 L ---
April 10 Holland 1-1 T McKinney
April 11 Finland 4-0 W Blue, Own Goal, Wolff, McKinney
April 12 Finland 1-0 W Blue
April 12 Holland 3-1 W n/a
BAHARMAST OFF TO MALAYSIA AS INSTRUCTOR FOR FIFA’S “FUTURO III” PROGRAM: U.S. Soccer Director of Advanced and International Referee Development Esse Baharmast will be traveling to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, later this week to conduct the first course for referee instructors as part of Futuro III, FIFA’s new, proactive development program. Baharmast was appointed by FIFA to assist in development of and is the head instructor for this pilot course from April 19-25. FIFA created the Futuro III initiative to develop instructors around the globe in the areas of coaching, refereeing, general administration and sports medicine. Developed after extensive research by FIFA and its members, the program organizes courses where regional federations can send their top instructors to learn from the best in the world. FIFA has stated that the purpose of Futuro III is to educate referee instructors who take an active role in referee development within their respective federations. In addition to the host Malaysia, other federations represented from the region will be Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei and Cambodia.
A-LEAGUE OPENS 2004 SEASON: The 2004 A-league season kicked off last weekend with a pair of matches, as former Richmond Kicker Greg Simmonds made a triumphant return to Richmond on April 17 as he led the 2003 A-League champion Charleston Battery to a 2-0 victory in the A-League season opener. Meanwhile, the Toronto Lynx spoiled the inaugural match of the Puerto Rico Islanders in Bayamon earlier that night with a thrilling 1-0 win, as Ali Gerba put away a loose ball in a goal-mouth scramble in front of over 6,000 fans. The season heats up this weekend with four matches spread over Saturday (April 24) and Sunday (April 25).
*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: It took only five minutes of the MetroStars Saturday’s 3-2 win over D.C. United for Jamaican international Fabian Taylor to show what kind of impact he might have in MLS this season, as he roofed a rebound of his initial shot from a tough angle in the 50th minute after coming on at halftime. Taylor, who averaged a goal per game in the Jamaican league, struck again in the 63rd minute, powering a low shot through traffic to put the MetroStars ahead for good with 3-1 lead.
MARQUEE MATCH-UP: The U.S. Women’s National Team kicks off its six-game “Quest for Summer Glory” tour on Saturday versus the top team in South America on Saturday (April 24) in Birmingham, Ala., live at 12 p.m. CT on ESPN2. Last time they met, the U.S. needed an 89th minute strike from forward Tiffeny Milbrett to defeat the Brazil in New Orleans.
SOCCER SHOCKER: After scoring the second-most goals in the league in 2003 with an average of 1.77 per game, the Chicago Fire still have yet to score in their three games this season despite fielding a similar offense to the one that rang up 53 goals a season ago. If you include their 2-0 loss to Deportiva Saprissa in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions Cup semi-final series on April 14, the normally ferocious Fire have yet to catch ablaze in its last four matches.
QUOTABLE: "Well, it speaks for itself. When we're off, maybe we're getting too complacent. We're letting down. We're not fighting off the teams that are coming back strong at us. We're also on another note not finishing our chances, and that's been an issue too. We're not burying the teams when we can."
--D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen, on the MetroStars' three goals in 13 minutes after D.C. was the dominant team in the first half but only led 1-0 at halftime. D.C. has led all three of its games this year, but has just four points in the standings.