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U.S. Soccer Wire: August 25, 2008


U.S. WNT WINS GOLD MEDAL AT 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES;
U.S. MNT DEFEATS GUATEMALA IN 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

U.S. WNT WINS THIRD GOLD MEDAL IN TEAM HISTORY: The U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer Team put together a near perfect defensive performance to hold powerful Brazil scoreless for 120 minutes while getting a goal from Carli Lloyd just six minutes into overtime to record a 1-0 victory and earn the Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games. This victory marked the third gold medal for the U.S. women in four Olympic Games. The USA also won gold in 1996 and 2004 while taking the silver in 2000. The match was played in front of a raucous crowd of 51,612 on a field made slippery by rain that fell during the entire day and for the first part of the match. The game was a rematch of the 2004 gold medal game that saw a similar result with the USA winning 2-1 in overtime off a game-winning goal from Abby Wambach.

U.S. WNT Olympic Group G Schedule
Date      Opponent          Result          U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 6    Norway              0-2 L             --
Aug. 9    Japan                1-0 W            Lloyd
Aug. 12  New Zealand   4-0 W            O’Reilly, Rodriguez, Tarpley, Hucles
Aug. 15  Canada             2-1 W (OT)  Hucles, Kai
Aug. 18  Japan                4-1 W           Hucles (2), Chalupny, O’Reilly
Aug. 21  Brazil                 1-0 W            Lloyd

U.S. WINS FOR FIRST TIME IN WORLD CUP QUALIFYING IN GUATEMALA: The U.S. Men’s National Team earned their first-ever FIFA World Cup qualifying win in Guatemala on Wednesday night behind a Carlos Bocanegra goal after both sides had been reduced to 10 men in a physical match that produced seven yellow cards, two red cards and 40 total fouls. The victory was the first for the United States in Guatemala since 1988, and marked their third-straight shutout victory in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying. After MatchDay 1, the U.S. is in second place of Group A behind Trinidad & Tobago, 3-1 winners against Cuba.

U.S. MNT Semifinal Round Qualifying Schedule
Date       Opponent                    Result / Time     U.S. Goal Scorer(s) / TV
Aug. 20  Guatemala                 1-0 W                   Carlos Bocanegra
Sept. 6   Cuba                           8 p.m. ET             Live on ESPN Classic and Galavision
Sept. 10 Trinidad & Tobago   7 p.m. CT             Live on ESPN2 and Galavision
Oct. 11   Cuba                           7 p.m. ET             ESPN Classic and Galavision
Oct. 15   Trinidad & Tobago   TBA                       ESPN Networks, Galavision
Nov. 19  Guatemala                 6 p.m. MT            ESPN2, Galavision

WNT TO PLAY THREE-GAME TOUR AFTER THE 2008 OLYMPICS: The U.S. Women’s National Team will take on Ireland in a three-match tour following their 2008 Olympic Games gold-medal victory, hitting stops on the East Coast and Midwest shortly after their return from the 2008 Olympic Games in China. The Fall Tour gets underway on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Philadelphia at 8 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field, and continues on Wed., Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The last of these three games will be played on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. CT at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Fans can follow all the matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Ticket information is available at ussoccer.com.

U.S. WNT Post-Olympic Tour
Date        Opponent   Venue; City                                                          Time
Sept. 13 Ireland         Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa.    8 p.m. ET
Sept. 17 Ireland         Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.          7:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 20 Ireland         Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.                             7 p.m. CT

U.S. NATIONAL FUTSAL TEAM TO PLAY IN BRAZIL AND WISCONSIN: Preparations for the FIFA Futsal World Cup, which kicks off on Sept. 30 in Brazil are now underway. With just over a month until the opening match of the tournament, the U.S. National Futsal Team is set to travel to South America and Milwaukee, Wis. for a series of World Cup tune-up matches. First, the Futsal Team will travel to Brazil for a pre-World Cup training camp from Aug. 30 to Sept. 7. The team will then travel to Milwaukee, Wis., for matches from Sept. 12-14. Head Coach Keith Tozer has named a squad of 14 players that will travel to South America where the team will play four friendlies against local opposition. The Futsal Team will return to Brazil in late September where they will compete in the FIFA Futsal World Cup, having been drawn in Group B with Italy, Portugal, Thailand, and Paraguay.

U.S. National Futsal Team Schedule
Date        Opponent       Location                                             Time
Sept. 1    TBD                 Criciúma, Brazil                                6 p.m. ET
Sept. 2    TBD                 Criciúma, Brazil                                6 p.m. ET
Sept. 4    TBD                 Criciúma, Brazil                                6 p.m. ET
Sept. 5    TBD                 Criciúma, Brazil                                6 p.m. ET
Sept. 12  NE Futsal       Kern Center - Milwaukee, Wis.     10 a.m. CT
Sept. 12  Japan              Kern Center - Milwaukee, Wis.      6 p.m. CT
Sept. 13  NE Futsal       Kern Center - Milwaukee, Wis.     10 a.m. CT
Sept. 14  Japan              Kern Center - Milwaukee, Wis.     1 p.m. CT

U.S. National Futsal Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Richey (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Nick Vorberg (Grants Pass, Ore.);
DEFENDERS (2): Joe Hammes (Cedarburg, Wis.), Pat Morris (Philadelphia, Pa.);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Denison Cabral (Baltimore, Md. ), Dan DeGeer (Portland, Ore.), Matt Hatzke (San Jose, Calif.), Ptah Myers (Columbus, Ohio), Sandre Naumoski (Philadelphia, Pa.), Andy Rosenband (Hammond, Ind.), Matthew Stewart (El Paso, Texas);
FORWARDS (3): Mike Apple (Akron, Ohio), Jamar Beasley (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Chile Farias (Los Angeles, Calif.)

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-15 GNT SWEEPS OPPONENTS AT THE 2008 WOMEN’S NIKE FRIENDLIES: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team won all three matches at the 2008 Women’s Nike Friendlies from Aug. 20-24 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. U.S. U-15 GNT head coach Mike Dickey’s squad kicked off the weekend with a 5-0 win against the U-17 FC DELCO, followed by a 6-0 win against the U-17 Irvine Strikers. The team capped off the weekend with a 4-2 win against the U-17 Real Colorado.

U.S. U-15 GNT Women’s Nike Friendlies Schedule
Date       Opponent                   Result   U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 21  U-17 FC DELCO       5-0 W    Haley Rosen, Cate Parchinski, Shea Groom, N/A, N/A
Aug. 22  U-17 Irvine Strikers   6-0 W   Alexandra Doll (2), Olivia Schultz, Christina Murillo (2), Caprice Dydasco
Aug. 24  U-17 Real Colorado 4-2 W   Cate Parchinski, Olivia Schultz, Christina Murillo (2)

U.S. U-14 GNT SPLITS INTO TWO TEAMS, PLAYS SIX MATCHES AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-14 Girls’ National Team split into two teams – Team Stars and Team Stripes – for six matches at the 2008 Women’s Nike Friendlies at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The U-14 GNT Stars team kicked off the weekend with a 2-1 win against the U-16 Surf before tying 1-1 against the U-16 PDA and U-16 Real Colorado. The U-14 GNT Stripes team fell, 1-4, to the U-16 Real So Cal before winning 2-0 against U-16 Sereno and 3-1 against the U-16 PDA.

U.S. U-14 GNT – Team Stars Schedule
Date        Opponent                    Result   U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 21   U-16 Surf                      2-1 W   Ashley Spivey, Valie Lopez
Aug. 23   U-16 PDA                     1-1 T     Alex Anthony
Aug. 24   U-16 Real Colorado  1-1 T      Alex Anthony

U.S. U-14 GNT – Team Stripes Schedule
Date        Opponent                    Result   U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 20   U-16 Real So Cal      1-4 L      Brittany Ratcliffe
Aug. 23   U-16 Sereno               2-0 W     Ashley Meier, Brittany Ratcliffe
Aug. 24   U-16 PDA                    3-1 W     Reilly Parker (2), Brittany Ratcliffe

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE KICKS OFF: The 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round kicks off on Tuesday, Aug. 26, with three matches. The first leg of the round will be played Aug. 26-28, with the second leg taking place Sept. 2-4. The Champions League will replace the Champions' Cup and will determine the CONCACAF representative at the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup. A CONCACAF record 24 teams will participate, including four teams from Mexico and the United States, three teams from the Caribbean, two teams each from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and one team each from Canada, Belize, and Nicaragua.

2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Schedule
Date        Matchup                                                                                        Time (local)
Aug. 26  Joe Public FC (TRI) vs. New England Revolution (USA)          8 p.m.
                Tauro FC (PAN) vs Chivas USA (USA)                                         8 p.m.
                 CD Cruz Azul (MEX) vs. Hankook Verdes (BLZ)                       10 p.m.
Aug. 27    Impact de Montrèal (CAN) vs. Real Estelí (NCA)                      8 p.m. 
                 LD Alajuelense (CRC) vs. Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR)       10 p.m.
                 AD Isidro Metapan (SLV) vs. CD Marathon (HON)                   10 p.m.
Aug. 28   Harbour View FC (JAM) vs. Pumas UNAM (MEX)                       8 p.m.
                 Deportivo Jalapa (GUA) vs. San Francisco FC (PAN)              10 p.m.
Sept. 2    New England Revolution (USA) vs. Joe Public FC (TRI)           8 p.m.
                Chivas USA (USA) vs. Tauro FC (PAN)                                        10 p.m.
                 Real Estelí (NCA) vs. Impact de Montrèal (CAN)                        8 p.m.
Sept. 3    Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR) vs. LD Alajuelense (CRC)          8 p.m.
                 Hankook Verdes (BLZ) vs. CD Cruz Azul (MEX)                          8 p.m.
                 CD Marathon (HON) vs. AD Isidro Metapan (SLV)                     10 p.m.
Sept. 4    San Francisco FC (PAN) vs. Deportivo Jalapa (GUA)                8 p.m.
                 Pumas UNAM (MEX) vs. Harbour View FC (JAM)                       10 p.m.

* Teams listed first are the home teams.

D.C. UNITED, CHARLESTON BATTERY ADVANCE TO U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL: The 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship will feature a United Soccer Leagues First Division team for the first time since 1999, when D.C. United hosts the Charleston Battery on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. ET at RFK Stadium. The 95th edition of the historic tournament final will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel. D.C. United advanced to their third Open Cup final after defeating the defending champion New England Revolution, 3-1, at RFK Stadium on Aug. 12. For their part, the Charleston Battery played the Seattle Sounders, also from the USL First Division, to a 1-1 draw in regulation at Blackbaud Stadium on Aug. 12. The home side advanced to the final for the first time in team history, winning 4-3 on penalty kicks after goalkeeper Dusty Hudock blocked the decisive final penalty in the shootout.

Semifinal Results
Date Matchup Venue; City, State Result
Aug. 12 New England Revolution (MLS) at D.C. United (MLS) RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 1-3
Aug. 12 Seattle Sounders (USL1) at Charleston Battery (USL1) Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C. 1-1 (3-4 pk)

U.S. Open Cup Final
Date Matchup Venue; City, State Time (ET)
Sept. 3 Charleston Battery (USL1) at D.C. United (MLS) RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 7:30 p.m.

U.S. REFEREES SHINE AT 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES: The U.S. had representation in both the gold and bronze medal matches on the women's side at the 2008 Olympic Games. U.S. Soccer referee Kari Seitz served as the fourth official during the bronze medal match between Germany and Japan. Overall, five U.S. referees and assistant referees participated at the 2008 Olympic Games, with Seitz officiating in her second Olympics. Marlene Duffy and Veronica Perez, along with Seitz, were part of the team what officated the group match between Brazil and Germany, as well as the quarterfinal between Brazil and Norway. On the men's side, Jair Marrufo and Kermit Quisenberry represented the U.S. in Beijing in their first Olympic experience. The duo officiated two matches, including the quarterfinal between Argentina and the Netherlands. Both teams kept fans and fellow official up-to-date on the happenings at the Olympics in “Official Take,” the U.S. Soccer referee blog, found here: http://ussoccer-referees.blogspot.com/.

U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUM HELD SEPT. 9-10 IN CHICAGO: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct a coaching symposium from Sept. 9-10 in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Trinidad & Tobago in Chicago. Members of the U.S. MNT coaching staff will present at the symposium. Cost for the symposium is $125 for active U.S. Soccer CoachesNet members and $140 for non-members. Registration includes a ticket (Section 209) to the game, day of game reception, and game day parking pass. Cost of registration also includes a personalized symposium packet which contains a 2008 Men’s National Team yearbook, a Best Practices booklet, a Kwik Goal gift, and a U.S. Soccer CoachesNet notebook. Registration is open to all coaches. “A” licensed coaches will earn two Continuing Education Units for attending the two-day symposium.

MACCABI USA SEEKING ATHLETES FOR MACCABIAH GAMES: Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel is currently seeking male and female soccer players, ages 14-55, to represent the U.S. in the 18th World Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2009. A total of eight teams will be formed through a series of tryouts beginning this fall. The 18th World Maccabiah Games is the third largest sporting event in the world and will attract more than 9,000 Jewish athletes and coaches from 60 countries. Further information regarding age groups, team tryouts and registration is available at www.maccabiusa.com.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: The Women's National Team successfully defended its Olympic Gold Medal this past week, defeating Brazil, 1-0, in Beijing on Thursday night. A goal from Carli Lloyd early in the first period of extra time proved to be the difference between the two sides, but the performance on the day will always be remembered for the resiliency showed by the entire U.S. team as they held off a tough Brazilian squad. Up next: Victory Tour!

PEAK PERFORMER (PART 2): It's unorthodox, we know, but if there was ever a week that deserved an unprecedented TWO peak performers, than this is it. The Men's National Team earned a historic victory on Wednesday night, defeating Guatemala, 1-0, in adverse conditions at the Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City. A second half header from captain Carlos Bocanegra gave the U.S. three points in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Group A. The win in Guatemala, in addition to being the first in 20 years, was the U.S.' first World Cup Qualifying victory ever in the Central American country.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Even though the UEFA Champions League group stage is not yet underway, the qualifying matches for the competition proper have produced some interesting storylines. Most interesting for American fans will be the matchup between Oguchi Onyewu's Standard Liege and perennial English giant Liverpool. The tie is delicately poised after a tense 0-0 first leg, and Wednesday's return fixture at Anfield is sure to be an exciting affair. You can check out how Gooch fares, in addition to following the fortunes of other MNT players overseas, on the U.S. Soccer Global Blog.

QUOTABLE: “Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would score the goal to get us the Olympic gold.”
-- U.S. WNT midfielder Carli Lloyd on winning the Gold Medal. [More WNT Quotes]

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