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U.S. Soccer Wire: Jan. 10, 2011


U.S. MNT MATCH AGAINST CHILE TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON TELEFUTRA AND ESPN3.COM: TeleFutura and will broadcast the U.S. Men’s National Team’s first match of 2011 when they face Chile on Saturday, Jan. 22, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The kickoff time has been moved to 7 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow the match live via’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. The team began training Jan. 5 at The HDC, with U.S. head coach Bob Bradley calling a total of 25 players into camp, including Eugene Starikov, who was added to the roster from Zenit St. Petersburg. This is the first January camp of the new World Cup cycle. In the lead up to the USA’s dramatic run in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, 10 players from January camps went on to represent the United States in South Africa. For the latest information from Carson, visit the MNT Blog. Tickets starting at $18, plus special edition U.S. Soccer on-field seats for $150, are on sale now through, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including many Walmart and La Curacao locations). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

U.S. MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Dominic Cervi (Celtic), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): A.J. DeLaGarza (Los Angeles Galaxy), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Ugo Ihemelu (FC Dallas), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Ryan Miller (Halmstads BK), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Anthony Wallace (Colorado Rapids), Marvell Wynne (Colorado Rapids)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Eric Alexander (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Sam Cronin (San Jose Earthquakes), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Dax McCarty (D.C. United), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Justin Braun (Chivas USA), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Eugene Starikove (Zenit St. Petersburg), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

U.S. Men’s National Team 2011 Schedule’s MNT Coverage 

HEINRICHS NAMED TECHNICAL DIRECTOR AND ELLIS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR FOR U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAMS: U.S. Soccer has appointed April Heinrichs as the Technical Director and Jill Ellis as the Development Director for the U.S. Women's National Teams. The hirings mark the first time U.S. Soccer has appointed full-time positions to oversee the women's youth national team program and the programs’ overall development. Heinrichs will provide technical direction for women's soccer in the United States as it relates to the U.S. Women's National Teams with a focus on the Under-20s and younger, while overseeing the U.S. Under-20 and U.S. U-18 Women's National Teams. Ellis will be taking the lead on interacting directly with key coaches within the youth club environment while also guiding and directing the U.S. U-17s, U-15s and U-14s. Both Heinrichs and Ellis hold USSF "A" coaching licenses.

U.S. SOCCER LEGEND KRISTINE LILLY RETIRES: Kristine Lilly, one of the most legendary figures in the history of women’s soccer and holder of the world record with 352 international appearances, has retired. The 5-foot-4-inch midfielder hangs up her boots at age 39 as perhaps the game’s most accomplished player and certainly one of the most successful and decorated female athletes in U.S. history. She played in five FIFA Women’s World Cups (the only woman to do so) and three Olympic Games, helping the USA win four of those tournaments, finishing second once and third three times. Lilly scored in every world championship tournament she played, except her first, the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup when she was 20 years old. She is the only player to appear for the United States in four different decades and is both the youngest and oldest player to ever score a goal for the USA. She is also the oldest player ever to earn a cap by more than three years over long-time teammate Joy Fawcett.

WNT TRAINING CAMP CONTINUES: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage is overseeing 24 players in a six-day training camp from Jan. 8-13 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The camp is preceding a trip to China for the 2011 Four Nations Tournament, a competition that will also feature Sweden, Canada and the host. Several veteran players have been given the camp off by Sundhage, but they will join 15 players selected from the 24-player training camp roster for the trip to China. Sundhage will bring 23 players to Chongqing, China, to play matches against Sweden on Jan. 21, Canada on Jan. 23 and China on Jan. 25. The Swedes are the USA’s third Group C opponent at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (out of contract)
DEFENDERS (5): Stephanie Cox (out of contract), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom), Meghan Schnur (out of contract), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Jordan Angeli (Boston Breakers), Yael Averbuch (out of contract), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Joanna Lohman (Philadelphia Independence), Kristie Mewis (Boston College), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Leslie Osborne (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (out of contract), Lindsay Tarpley (out of contract)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)’s WNT Coverage


U.S. U-23 WNT IN CAMP AT THE HDC: U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team are currently in training camp under head coach Bill Irwin running from Jan. 9-16 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The camp will overlap several days with the full WNT training camp being held from Jan. 8-14. All the players eligible for the U-23s in 2011 were born on or after Jan. 1, 1988.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster Position by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M; Centennial, Colo.), Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Ka.), Alexa Gaul (Texas; Naperville, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Cassie Dickerson (Ohio State; Kalamazoo, Mich.), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Lindsey Kowal (Harvard; East Meadow, N.Y.), Nikki Marshall (Washington Freedom; Mead, Ohio), Kathryn Williamson (Florida; McKinney, Texas)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Bianca D’Agostino (Wake Forest; Longmeadow, Mass.), Becky Edwards (out of contract; Downingtown, Pa.), Colleen Flanagan (Virginia; Downingtown, Pa.), Megan Jesolva (California; La Mirada, Calif.), Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Casey Nogueira (Sky Blue FC; Raleigh, N.C.), Elli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown; Montclair, N.J.), Keelin Winters (Portland; Englewood, Colo.)
FORWARDS (6): Katie Bethke (Minnesota; Eau Claire, Wis.), Sarah Hagen (UW-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Stephanie Ochs (San Diego; San Diego, Calif.), Christen Press (Stanford; P.V. Estates, Calif.), Katie Schoepfer (out of contract; Waterford, Conn.)

U-20 MNT CURRENTLY IN 12-DAY TRAINING CAMP IN FLORIDA: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen is currently with 26 players in a training camp from Jan. 2-13 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Fourteen players return from the team’s most recent training camp that included a pair of wins against Canada in Sunrise, Fla. The U-20 Men have participated in an intrasquad scrimmage and played against a local team as they prepare for the U-20 CONCACAF Championship later this year as the team attempts to qualify for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.), Zac MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Brian Sylvestre (Vancouver Whitecaps FC; Hollywood, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (9): Gale Agbossoumonde (GD Estoril Praia; Syracuse, N.Y.), Greg Garza (GD Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Sacir Hot (Boston College; Fair Lawn, N.J.), Sebastian Ibeagha (Duke; Missouri City, Texas), Perry Kitchen (Akron; Indianapaolis, Ind.), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Korey Veeder (out of contract; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Ethan White (D.C. United; Kensington, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), Fabian Huerzeler (Bayern Munich; Munich, Germany), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), Alex Molano (Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Moises Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Kelyn Rowe (UCLA; Newport Beach, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United; Sterling, Va.), Alex Zahavi (Maccabi Haifa; Los Angeles, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Conor Doyle (Derby County; McKinney, Texas), Omar Salgado (unattached; El Paso, Texas), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich; Irvine, Calif.)

U.S. U-20 WNT OPENS NEW CYCLE IN FLORIDA: The first U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team training camp of the new cycle will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. from January 15-22. This will be the beginning of the new cycle working towards qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1992 are eligible for that tournament, which has yet to be awarded to a nation by FIFA. Twenty-four players will convene under the direction of Dave Chesler, almost all of whom have experience with the younger age groups of the USA’s youth national teams at the U-18, U-17, U-15 and U-14 levels. Five players were a part of the U.S. team that failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup despite outscoring its opponents 38-0 during the qualifying tournament. Four players – defender Crystal Dunn, midfielders Mollie Pathman and Samantha Mewis and forward Maya Hayes – begin their second U-20 cycle after representing the USA in Germany at the U-20 Women’s World Cup last summer.

U-20 WNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Emily Oliver (Stanford; Flossmoor, Ill.), Anna Sieloff (North Carolina; Troy, Mich.)
DEFENDERS (8): Torri Allen (Georgia; Stafford, Va.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.). Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado; Denver, Colo.), Briana Hovington (Penn State; Lothian, Md.), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.), Carrie Whigham (Oklahoma; Phoenix, Ariz.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; St. Simons Islands, Ga.), Rikki Clarke (Solar Red; Keller, Texas), Alex Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Lindsay Elston (Washington; Sammamish, Wash.), Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Ariana Martinez (UCLA; Moore Park, Calif.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.), Chioma Ubogagu (D’Feeters; Coppel, Texas)
FORWARDS (6): Michelle Cruz (Portland; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Arin Gilliland (Ohio Elite; Wilmore, Ky.), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Kealia Ohai (North Carolina; Draper, Utah), Taylor Smith (Solar Red; Ft. Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.)

U.S. U-17 MNT 2011 CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE FINALIZED: The full match schedule for the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship has been finalized with the U.S. will play Cuba on Feb. 14 and Panama on Feb 18 at Trelawny Stadium in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Both U.S. games in Group B will kick off at 3 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET). The top two teams in Group B will cross over to play the top to teams in Group A – which is made up of Costa Rica, El Salvador and Haiti – in the quarterfinals on Feb. 22. The winners of the four quarterfinal games will clinch a berth to the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. As hosts, Mexico has an automatic bid to the World Cup and will not be participating in the CONCACAF event.

CONCACAF U-17 Championship Group B Schedule

Date Match Kickoff (ET) Venue
Feb. 14 USA vs. Cuba 3 p.m. Trelawny Stadium; Trelawny, Jamaica
Feb. 16 Cuba vs. Panama 3 p.m. Trelawny Stadium; Trelawny, Jamaica
Feb. 18 USA vs. Panama 3 p.m. Trelawny Stadium; Trelawny, Jamaica


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.


PEAK PERFORMER: Congrats to U.S. Men’s National Team defender Jonathan Spector for scoring his third goal of the season, the game-winner in West Ham’s 2-0 win against Barnsley in the third round of the FA Cup. His previous two goals came in West Ham’s 4-0 win against Manchester United in the Carling Cup back in November.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Several young players are anxiously awaiting the MLS Super Draft on Thursday, where they will learn their professional future. Zarek Valentin, Kofi Sarkodie, Zac MacMath and Perry Kitchen, all U.S. Soccer Under-17 Residency Alumni, have signed with MLS and are waiting to hear what team they will join. Omar Salgado competed for the U.S. in the 2010 Milk Cup and has also signed with MLS.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Saudi Arabia head coach Jose Peseiro was relieved of his coaching duties by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation mid tournament after the team's opening match of the Asian Cup, which ended with a stunning 2-1 loss to Syria. Peseiro’s time leading the team was already wearing thin after Saudi Arabia failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Peseiro was swiftly replaced by Nasser Al Johar, who led the Saudis to the final of the 2000 Asian Cup.

QUOTABLE: “The thing that has been so great for me in making this decision is that I’m in such a good place with my life and soccer. When I look back at everything I’ve been a part of, it’s been great. There are no regrets. The opportunities I’ve had to play with so many great players and be a part of so many great moments has been amazing. There are so many people who have supported me through my journey and I really want to thank the U.S. Soccer Federation for their support of women’s soccer, the Boston Breakers, the sponsors and the fans for giving me the opportunity to live out my dreams for the past 24 years.”
– U.S. Soccer legend Kristine Lilly on retiring after 24 years with the WNT