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U.S. Soccer Wire: Week 1 of U.S. WNT Residency Complete


HEINRICHS NAMES 27 PLAYERS FOR OLYMPIC PREPARATION AT N.T.C.: The U.S. Women’s National Team finished the first week of its four-month Residency Training Camp last week at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Deport Center in Carson, Calif., as it trains full-time in preparation for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. The team will train through July, with several week-long breaks in between in order to compete in six domestic matches all across the USA. Matches already confirmed include April 24 vs. Brazil in Birmingham, Ala., May 9 vs. Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., and a July 21 meeting with Australia in Blaine, Minn. After winning three major tournaments over the last three months, the U.S. team has already trained and played together for more days than they did in 2003. U.S. head coach April Heinrichs has named 27 players to the full-time Residency Camp, all competing for a spot on the 18-player Olympic Team that will participate in just the third Olympic tournament for women’s soccer. This training period represents the fifth time the U.S. women have gone into a residency camp situation, also coming together in 1995, 1996 and 1999 in Orlando, Fla., and in 2000 in San Diego, Calif. Without a professional league, the Residency Camp provides a proper training environment for the U.S. team at the state of the art facilities at The Home Depot Center. The WNT Residency Camp represents another significant investment by U.S. Soccer towards the Women’s National Team. The Residency Camp roster features 19 of the 20 players who were on the 2003 Women’s World Cup Team, plus eight players who are trying to make their first world championship roster led by forward Heather O’Reilly and midfielder Lindsay Tarpley.
WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jenni Branam, Kristen Luckenbill, Briana Scurry, Siri Mullinix; DEFENDERS (9): Kylie Bivens, Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett, Amy LePeilbet, Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts, Amy LePeilbet, Christie Rampone, Cat Reddick; MIDFIELDERS (11): Shannon Boxx, Lori Chalupny, Julie Foudy, Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly, Joanna Lohman, Leslie Osborne, Tiffany Roberts, Lindsay Tarpley, Stacey Tullock, Aly Wagner; FORWARDS (6): Mia Hamm, Shannon MacMillan, Heather O’Reilly, Cindy Parlow, Abby Wambach, Christie Welsh.

WAMBACH, BOXX NAMED TO FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD STARS FOR MAY 20 MATCH: FIFA announced last week that forward Abby Wambach and midfielder Shannon Boxx will represent the USA on the FIFA Women’s World Stars Team that will take on Women’s World Cup champion Germany at the Stade de France in Paris on May 20 as part of the Centennial Celebrations. Swedish Women’s National Team head coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors and France Women’s National Team head coach Elisabeth Loisel will coach the all-stars against Germany, who won its first Women’s World Cup by defeating Sweden, 2-1, in sudden death overtime last October at The Home Depot Center. Wambach was the USA’s leading scorer at the 2003 Women’s World Cup with three goals, including a historic goal in a 1-0 victory over Norway in the quarterfinal, and has already scored 23 goals in her 34 career caps for the USA. Boxx became the only player in U.S. history to make a Women’s World Cup Team before earning a cap, and proceeded to set a U.S. record by scoring in her first three games, including the opening game of the 2003 Women’s World Cup against Sweden. The women’s match will take place before reigning World Cup champion Brazil takes on 1998 World Cup champion France in a rematch of the 1998 World Cup Final at the same stadium in which Les Bleus recorded their historic 3-0 win.

U-19s TAKE SECOND AT FIRST EVER PHILIPS LIGHTING U-19 INVITATIONAL: The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team rolled over China 4-0 in the final match of the 2004 Philips Lighting U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational to claim second place behind tournament champion Japan, who drew 2-2 with Holland in the first match of the day. Angie Woznuk, playing in her first match of the competition, paced the USA with two goals while 16-year-old Alexa Orand added another goal and China knocked one into their own net. The U.S. opened the four-team tournament on April 6 with a 2-0 win over Holland led by Orand, who served in a cross for Kerri Hanks to finish in the third minute and added an insurance goal in the 79th minute. Two days later, the U.S. lost to Japan 1-0 on a 79th minute header from team captain Aya Miyama, marking the first-ever loss in the short history of the program to a team at their same age-level. Japan swept all four tournament awards, winning the championship and the Fair Play Award while team captain Miyama picked up the Top Scorer award as well as the MVP. The next action for the U.S. U-19s will come at the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship to be held in Canada from May 28-June 6, 2004. The USA will be attempting to earn one of this region's two berths to the second FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship to be held in Thailand next November.
U-19 WNT Results
Date                Opponent            Result         U.S. Goal Scorers
April 6             Holland               2-0 W        Hanks, Orand
April 8             Japan                  0-1 L          ---
April 10           China                  4-0 W         Woznuk (2), Orand, Own Goal

– U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

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.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR USA-MEXICO BORDER BATTLE IN DALLAS ON APRIL 28: Tickets went on sale last week for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s border battle with arch rival and 2002 World Cup foe Mexico on Wednesday, April 28 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Kickoff for the game is set for 7:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live coast-to-coast on Telemundo. Fans can also follow the game live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. 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. In their 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. That match marked the sixth shutout for the U.S. in their past seven games against the Mexicans and third in a row.

MNT TO MAKE 11-YEAR RETURN TO CHICAGO ON JULY 11 TO FACE POLAND: After the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 1-0 win over Poland in Plock on March 31, the U.S. will host its home leg of the two-game series on Sunday, July 11 at Soldier Field in Chicago at 6 p.m. CT live on ESPN2 in what marks the U.S. MNT’s first match in the Windy City in more than 11 years. Fans can also follow the game live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Tickets to the general public are expected to go on sale in late April, but members of the U.S. Soccer family and Fire season ticket holders have the first chance to secure tickets to the match in a pre-sale that began last week. Tickets prices are $28 to $80. For more information or to purchase tickets, fans can call 1-888-MLS-FIRE or visit ussoccerfan.com. The match is part of a unique doubleheader that also features the Chicago Fire hosting the New England Revolution at 8:30 p.m. CT. The USA took the spoils in the last meeting on U.S. soil, a 3-1 victory on May 9, 1990 in Hershey, Pa. The U.S. Men are making their first appearance in the city that is home to the U.S. Soccer Federation since June 13, 1993, a 4-3 loss to Germany. Overall, the U.S. holds a 1-2-1 record in Chicago, including a 1-0 loss in 1973.

U.S. MEN’S HOME, AWAY MATCH DATES SET FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFYING SEMIFINALS: Should it advance to the semi-final round, the U.S. Men’s National Team will open the four-team, six-match round robin competition on the road on Aug. 18 in Jamaica or Haiti. The first U.S. home game is scheduled for Sept. 4, likely against El Salvador or Bermuda. The U.S. would play three of their first four games on the road before closing with home matches on Oct. 13 and Nov. 17.  Sites for all of the U.S. World Cup qualifying games have yet to be determined.
2004 MNT Schedule

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-21 WOMEN CONTINUE PREPARATIONS FOR NORDIC CUP AT HDC THIS WEEK: U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team head coach Chris Petrucelli will hold a training camp from April 14-25 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., which will feature two scrimmages against the full Women's National Team currently in Olympic Residency Camp at the Home Depot Center.  The U-21s are working towards the 2004 Nordic Cup, the top competition in the world for U-21 women that will be held his summer in Iceland.  The U-21s are coming of a highly successful tour of China, were they won all three matches, including one against the Chinese Youth National Team and one against the Chinese senior team.  The University of Hawaii's Natasha Kai scored in all three matches.  Of the 25 players in camp, Petrucelli will give nine players their first looks with the U-21s, including 2003 NSCAA All-Americans Tara Hurless, goalkeeper Katie Jo Spisak, defenders Michelle Biehl and Melissa Miller and forward Esmeralda Negron, but also has 11 players who were on the China tour.
U-21 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), Julie Ryder (Santa Clara), Katie Jo Spisak (Texas A&M); DEFENDERS (6): Michelle Biehl (Villanova), Melissa Miller (Ohio State), Kristen Moore (Portland), Esmeralda Negron (Princeton), Nandi Pryce (UCLA), Melanie Schneider (Wake Forest); MIDFIELDERS (8): Jessie Bruch (Nebraska), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Lindsey Huie (Portland), Carly Lloyd (Rutgers), Jill Oakes (UCLA), Julianne Sitch (DePaul), Nikki Thaden (Texas), Kacey White (UNC); FORWARDS (8): Ali Andrzejewski (Maryland), Katy Cross (Penn), Leah Gallegos (Florida State), Tara Hurless (Illinois), Natasha Kai (Hawaii), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Tiffany Weimer (Penn State), Kelly Wilson (Texas).

U-19s LEARN OPPONENTS FOR CONCACAF WOMEN’S QUALIFYING: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team learned its three first round opponents for the 2004 CONCACAF Under-19 Women’s Qualifying tournament, which will take place from May 28-June 6 in Canada. As the defending FIFA U-19 World Champions, the USA will compete in Group B along side Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago and Dominican Republic at the CONCACAF event. The host nation is in Group A along with Mexico, Panama and Jamaica. The eight-team tournament will be played in Ottawa’s Frank Clair Stadium and Montreal’s McGill University Molson Stadium and will produce two CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship in Thailand from Nov. 10-27.
U-19 WNT WC Qualifying Schedule (Group B)
Date                Opponent                    City                Kickoff (ET)
May 28           Dominican Republic     Ottawa           7 p.m.
May 30           Trinidad & Tobago      Montreal        6 p.m.
June 1             Costa Rica                   Montreal        7 p.m.
June 4             Semifinals *                  Montreal        5:30 / 8 p.m.
June 6             Final / Third Place *     Ottawa           10 a.m. / 1 p.m.
* if necessary

U-18 MNT GO 1-1-1 IN U-19 SUPER GROUP AT DALLAS CUP: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team finished second in Bracket B with a 1-1-1 record in the U-19 Super Group at the 25th Dallas Cup last week, just missing the wild card position and a spot in the semifinals. In the first match, the U.S. fell to eventual champions Clube Atletico Paranaense 2-0 in a close match that saw midfielder Danny Szetela hit the crossbar in the first half. In their next match, the U-18s did well to tie Deportivo Saprissa 1-1 on a goal from Nico Colaluca in the 65th minute after being forced to play a man down for majority of the match as midfielder Mike Orozco received his second yellow at the 30 minutes mark. Playing for the chance to sneak into the wild card spot in the semifinals, the Under-18s dominated CF Monterey 5-1 in a wild match where the Mexican club received four ejections and was forced to play with only seven men for the final 10 minutes. After Monterey took an early 1-0 lead, Dax McCarty, Julian Valentin, Michael Bradley and Jamie Watson (2 goals) each scored to give the U.S. their first win of the tournament. Despite the USA’s win in their final match, the results in the later games did not go their way and the U-18s did not advance to the semifinals.
U-18 MNT Results
Date                Opponent                  Result        U.S. Goal Scorers
April 4             CA Paranaense         0-2 L         ---
April 5             Deportiva Saprissa    1-1 T         Colaluca
April 7             CF Monterey            5-1 W        McCarty, Valentin, Watson (2), Bradley

U-17s FINISH EIGHTH AT TOURNAMENT IN FRANCE: The U.S. Under-17 ’88 Men’s National Team took eighth place at the 32nd Mondial Minimes Montaigu Vendee Tournament in Montaigu, France last week. The U.S. started off the tournament with a tough 1-1 draw against Italy as forward Quavas Kirk got his first international goal by knocking the Italian ‘keeper’s clearance into the net. In their next match, the Under-17s jumped out to an early lead off a goal by Preston Zimmerman, but England followed with three unanswered goals for a 3-1 victory. The U.S. dominated play in their final Group A match against Ivory Coast, out-shooting their opponent 3 to 1, but couldn’t find the back of the net and fell 1-0. In today’s placement match, the U-17s fell to Cameroon 2-0 to finish in eighth place. The Under-17s will return to the U.S. tomorrow (April 13) and four days later will face Jacksonville University in Bradenton, Fla.
U-17 ‘88 MNT Results
Date                Opponent          Result         U.S. Goal Scorers
April 7             Italy                  1-1 T          Kirk
April 8             England             3-1 L          Zimmerman
April 10           Ivory Coast       0-1 L          ---
April 12           Cameroon         0-2 L          ---

U-15 MNT POST 1-1-1 MARK IN U-16 GROUP AT DALLAS CUP: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team went 1-1-1 in Bracket E of the U-16 Group at the 25th Dallas Cup last week, finishing third in the group with four points. The Under-15s battled local Dallas Inter Black to a 1-1 draw in their first match on April 4, getting an equalizer from Guiseppe Carotenuto on a penalty kick awarded after Cesar Nunez was taken down in the box. The next day, the U.S. fell to Santa Clara Sporting Ruckus 1-0, despite dominating the run of play and putting more shots on goal. Despite already being eliminated from any chance of winning the group and advancing to the quarterfinals, the U.S. beat Central Jackson SO 2-1 behind goals from Anthony Wallace and Joseph Sorrentino.
U-15 BNT Results
Date                Opponent          Result         U.S. Goal Scorers
April 4             Inter Black        1-1 T          Carotenuto  
April 5             Ruckus              0-1 L          ---
April 7             CJSO                2-1 W        Wallace, Sorrentino

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: After a sophomore slump with nine few goals in 2003, Los Angeles forward Carlos Ruiz looks like he’s back to his old self in 2004 with the addition of playmaker Andreas Herzog and forward Jovan Kirovski to help shoulder the offensive load up top. Sure, it’s early, but with his second goal in as many games, he’s on pace to match the almost goal-a-game numbers (24 goals in 26 games) that he amassed on the way to the Galaxy’s lone MLS title in 2002.

MARQUEE MATCH-UP: After dropping the defending MLS champ (San Jose) 2-1 in their first match and being the better team in a 1-1 draw with what looks to be the top team in the West (L.A.) last weekend, a rejuvenated D.C. United team heads back east to take on the mighty MetroStars on Saturday (April 17) at 4 p.m. ET live on ESPN2. After going from 30 minutes in his debut to 45 minutes last week, this could be the match where Freddy sees a full 90 minutes. The match also presents the first meeting of the two individuals that help make the expansion Chicago Fire on of the most successful teams in league history, as Bob Bradley welcomes former midfield workhorse Peter Nowak to the sidelines of the Meadowlands.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The two 2003 MLS Cup finalists are still without a win after the first two weekend of the 2004 MLS season. After leading the league in goals last year, the Chicago Fire have yet to muster a goal this season, drawing 0-0 with Kansas City on April 3 and again versus San Jose on April 10. San Jose is also without a full three points after opening with a 2-1 loss to D.C. in the 2004 MLS season opener.

QUOTABLE:  "Media and fans think he’s going to come on and perform miracles. Professional sports don’t work that way."
           --D.C. United head coach Peter Nowak, on unrealistic expectations for Adu in his rookie season


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