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U.S. Soccer Wire - June 11, 2007


U.S. MNT OPENS GOLD CUP WITH TWO WINS: The U.S. Men’s National Team kicked off their 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup title defense with two wins in their first two Group B matches. On Thursday (June 7), the MNT defeated Guatemala, 1-0, followed by a 2-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday (June 9), both at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The six points from the two wins ensure that the U.S. will finish at least as one of the two best third-place teams in the first round, and will move on to the tournament quarterfinals. Following the second match, the U.S. boarded a plane for Boston, where they will face El Salvador in their third and final first round game at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 12. Fans can follow all the action live on Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura and’s MatchTracker.

U.S. MNT CONCACAF Gold Cup Schedule / Results
Date             Opponent                   Kickoff/Result        U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
June 7         Guatemala                 1-0 W                      Clint Dempsey
June 9         Trinidad & Tobago    2-0 W                      Brian Ching, Eddie Johnson
June 12       El Salvador                 7 p.m. ET
June 16/17 Quarterfinal*               TBD
June 21       Semifinal*                   TBD
June 24       Final*                           3 p.m. ET
*If necessary

Group B
Team W  L   T  P GF GA GD
USA    2   0   0  6   4    1   +3
SLV     1   1   0  3   2   2     0
GUA    1   1   0  3   1   1     0
TRI      0   2   0  0   1   4     -3

RYAN NAMES 24 TO TRAVEL ROSTER AS SEND-OFF SERIES KICKS OFF: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan will bring 24 players on a two-week road trip as the world’s top-ranked team opens the 2007 Women’s National Team Send-Off Series with games against China on June 16 at Cleveland Browns Stadium (7 p.m. ET on’s MatchACCESS) and Brazil at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.Y., on June 23 (5 p.m. ET on ESPN2). Ryan will name 18 players to suit up for each match as he continues the processes of paring down the squad to the 21-player Women’s World Cup team, which will compete in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup from Sept. 10-30 in China. The U.S. team arrives in Cleveland on Monday from its base at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., where the USA has held Residency Training Camp since the beginning of April. The USA team will train in Cleveland from Tuesday through Friday, face China on Saturday, and then on Sunday travel to New Jersey, where the team will spend Monday and Tuesday before moving to New York City in final preparations for Brazil. After the match, the team will take a break before facing Norway (tickets) in East Hartford, Conn., on July 14. The U.S. will also face Japan (tickets) in San Jose, Calif., on July 28 at 10 p.m. ET at Spartan Stadium before taking on New Zealand (tickets) in Chicago on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. ET at Soldier Field, and finally Finland (tickets) in Los Angeles on Aug. 25 at The Home Depot Center in the final Send-Off Series match. Ticket information for all six games is available at or by calling local Ticketmaster outlets or the respective stadium’s box offices. Group tickets for 15 or more people for any of the Send-Off Series matches are available by calling 312-528-1290 or downloading a group order form at ESPN2 will broadcast the New York, Hartford, Chicago and Los Angeles matches live, while’s MatchACCESS will provide live streaming video of the matches in Cleveland and San Jose. Fans can also follow stats and commentary online with’s MatchTracker. For information about the WNT’s draw at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, visit the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup competitions page for a complete schedule and standings, plus features, podcasts, and exclusive all_access video coverage of the WNT in China. 

2007 Women’s National Team Send-Off Series
Date       Opponent      Location                                                                     Kickoff ;TV
June 16 China             Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio)  7 p.m. ET;'s MatchACCESS
June 23 Brazil               Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)              5 p.m. ET ESPN2 / Galavision
July 14   Norway            Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.)            6 p.m. ET ESPN2
July 28  Japan               Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)                    7 p.m. PT's MatchACCESS
Aug. 12  New Zealand Soldier Field (Chicago)                                         12 p.m. CT ESPN2
Aug. 25  Finland            The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)         6:30 p.m. PT ESPN2

U.S. 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
Date            Opponent             Venue                                                                              Kickoff
Sept. 11      North Korea         Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)         5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 14      Sweden                Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)          5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 18      Nigeria                  Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
Sept. 22       Quarterfinals*     Wuhan or Tianjin                                                         5 p.m. local or 8 p.m. local
Sept. 26/27 Semifinals*          Tianjin or Hangzhou                                                    8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
Sept. 30       Final*                    Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
* If Necessary

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER FIELD ONE DEDICATED TO MOOCH: The U.S. Soccer Federation dedicated the main training field at the organization’s National Training Center as the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field in a special ceremony on Tuesday, June 5, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The commemoration ceremony was followed by the invitation-only Drew Carey vs. U.S. Soccer fundraising event in the Stadium Club, which raised more than $165,000 for the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund. Drew Carey donated $160,000 to the Mooch Fund after going 4-2 against U.S. Soccer stars Hope Solo, Abby Wambach, Taylor Twellman, Kasey Keller and Landon Donovan, as well as his agent. Relive the festivities with’s all_access video or check out the photo gallery of the event. Donations to the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund can be made at

MNT TO PLAY CATALONIA AND SWITZERLAND IN OCTOBER: The United States Men’s National Team will play a pair of friendlies in Europe in October, traveling to face Catalonia and Switzerland for the second and third matches for the team in Europe in 2007. The United States will first meet Catalonia on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the famed Nou Camp in Barcelona (time TBD), marking the debut match between the teams. Three days later, the U.S. will take on 2008 European Championship co-hosts Switzerland for the first game between the two sides in nearly 13 years, and the first since the 1-1 draw in the 1994 FIFA World Cup hosted by the United States. Kickoff for the Oct. 17 match is set for 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET), with the venue still to be determined. Both games will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, and fans can follow both matches live via’s MatchTracker.

U.S. MNT 2007 Schedule
Date          Match                            Venue                                                                Result/Kickoff/TV
Jan. 20      USA vs. Denmark       Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)           3-1 W
Feb. 7        USA vs. Mexico            Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.) 2-0 W
March 25   USA vs. Ecuador         Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)   3-1 W
March 28   USA vs. Guatemala    Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)                      0-0 T
June 2        USA vs. China            Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)              4-1 W
June 7        USA vs. Guatemala^ Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)            1-0 W
June 9        USA vs. T&T^              Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)            2-0 W
June 12      USA vs. El Salvador^ Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)          7 p.m. ET / FSC and Telefutura
June 16/17 Quarterfinal^*             Foxborough or Houston                                  TBD
June 21      Semifinal^*                 Soldier Field (Chicago)                                    TBD
June 24      Final^*                         Soldier Field (Chicago)                                    3 p.m. ET
June 28      USA vs. Argentina #  Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo)               8:45 p.m. ET / GolTV
July 2          USA vs. Paraguay #  Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas)                    6:30 p.m. ET / GolTV
July 5          USA vs. Colombia #  Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto) 6:30 p.m. ET / GolTV
July 7/8      Quarterfinals#*           San Cristóbal, Barinas, Maturín, BarquisimetoTBD
July 10/11 Semifinals#*               Caracas, Puerto Ordaz                                    TBD
July 14       Final#*                          Caracas Olympic Stadium (Caracas)           5:05 p.m. ET
Aug. 22      USA vs. Sweden         Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden)      2:30 p.m. ET / FSC / Galavision (2:30 ET/PT)
Oct. 14       USA vs. Catalonia Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain)                            TBD / FSC & Galavision
Oct. 17       USA vs. Switzerland TBD (TBD)                                                             2:30 p.m. ET / FSC & Galavision
# Copa America
* If necessary


U.S. U-20 MNT FACE CHILE ON JUNE 23 AT GIANTS STADIUM: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will take on Chile in the opening match of a doubleheader with the U.S. Women’s National team on June 23 in Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Under-20 game, which will serve as part of final preparations for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, kicks off at 2 p.m. ET and will be shown live on’s MatchACCESS. The live streaming of the match will provide fans with a final look at head coach Thomas Rongen’s U-20 World Cup roster, as the game is just one week before the U.S. opens their World Cup campaign in Montreal, Canada. Tickets for the double header are already on sale at, at all area Ticketmaster outlets (including Ritmo Latino, Coconuts Music & Movies, and fye), at the Continental Airlines Arena Box Office (Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET) and by phone at 201-507-8900 or 609-520-8383. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by calling (312) 528-1290 or visiting The match against Chile will be part of a pre-World Cup training camp in New Jersey, from which the team will leave for Montreal.

U.S. U-20 WOMEN HEAD TO MARYLAND FOR PAN-AM PREP: In its final training camp before heading to Brazil for the 2007 Pan-American Games, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team is holding a training camp in Maryland as head coach Jillian Ellis brought in 24 players on June 9, for an eight-day period that will include scrimmages against two W-League teams. As the Pan-American Games is an “open” tournament for women, Ellis will bring four “overage” players into this camp, none of whom who are age-eligible for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup to be held at the end of next year in Chile. Those “overage” players are forwards Michele Weissenhofer and Lauren Cheney, midfielder Amanda Poach (a member of the FIFA All-Star Team at the 2006 U-20 WWC in Russia) and defender Brittany Taylor. The camp may have an emphasis on attacking as Ellis has called in 10 forwards among the 24 players. While in Maryland, the U-20s will take on the Virginia Majestics on June 12 and face the Washington Freedom on June 14. The Pan-Am games will be held in Rio de Janeiro from July 12-26 and will feature two groups of five teams each with Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and the USA participating on the women’s side. Matches will be held on July 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 23 and 26.

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Kristin Olsen (USC);
DEFENDERS (4): Meghan Klingenberg (Hot Spurs), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Brittany Taylor (UConn), Lauren Wilmoth (UCLA);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Becky Edwards (Florida State), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Tobin Heath (UNC), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Amanda Poach (Santa Clara), Nikki Washington (UNC), Kylie Wright (So Cal Blues);
FORWARDS (10): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Rachel Givan (Mississippi United), Melissa Henderson (Dallas Texans), Alicia Jenkins (Stanford), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix College), Casey Nogueira (UNC), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Michele Weissenhofer (Notre Dame)

U.S. U-20 MNT GOES 1-1 WITH CANADA DURING WORLD CUP PREPARATION TRIP: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team defeated Canada, 4-1, Sunday afternoon at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa, Canada. Andre Akpan, Preston Zimmerman, Johann Smith and Sal Zizzo each tallied a goal for the U.S. side in the first game. In the rematch on Wednesday, June 6, the U.S. fell to Canada 4-0 at Richardson Stadium in Kingston, Ontario. Getting the chance to play in Ottawa’s Frank Clair Stadium was a crucial part of the USA’s preparations as it is the same location the U.S. will play their third and final Group E match against Brazil. Earlier in the week, the U.S. also got a tour of The Olympic Stadium in Montreal, site of their first two matches against South Korea and Poland. The 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup will be held from June 30-July 22 in Canada. The U.S. was drawn into Group D with Korea Republic, Poland and Brazil. After their opener against the Korea Republic, the U.S. faces Poland on July 3 and concludes group play on July 6 against four-time U-20 world champions Brazil. The U.S. will play Korea Republic and Poland at The Olympic Stadium in Montreal, before heading to Ottawa to face Brazil.

U.S. U-20 MNT Results
Date      Opponent   Result    U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
June 3  Canada       4-1 W     Akpan, Zimmerman, Smith, Zizzo
June 6  Canada       0-4 L       --

U.S. U-17 MNT TO PARTICIPATE IN EIGHT NATIONS TOURNAMENT: The Under-17 Men’s National Team will travel to South Korea for the Eight Nations Tournament to be held from June 17-24. The team is currently in Atlanta, Ga., preparing for the tournament, which will feature some of the top teams who will play in this summer’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup. The U.S. is slated to play a tough schedule with matches against Japan on June 17, Nigeria on June 19 and New Zealand on June 21 in three different World Cup venues. The U.S. will play at Gwangyang, Changwon, and Ulsan, respectively during the tournament, and will play a placement game on June 23 in Cheonan. The team will have a first-hand look at two of the venues that will host their Group E games at the World Cup when they play in Changwon and Cheonan. The 2007 FIFA Under-17 World Cup will take place from Aug. 18- Sept. 9 in eight cities throughout South Korea. The U.S. has been drawn into Group E with Belgium, Tajikistan and Tunisia.

Under-17 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wisc.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.), Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Howard Turk (Fairfax, Va.), Tommy Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.), Chris Klute (Grand Prairie, Texas), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.), Jesse Paredes (Los Angeles), Dane Brek-Shea (College Station, Texas), Greg Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Brendan King (Naperville, Ill.), Nick Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Ryan Garcia (Rockville, Md.)
FORWARDS (7): Axel Levry (Ft. Washington, Md.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Abdus Ibrahim (Richfield, Minn.), Billy Schuler (Allentown, N.J.), Alex Nimo (Portland, Ore.), Alex Dixon (Humble, Texas)

U.S. U-17 ’91 MNT WINS TWO, DROPS ONE IN UKRAINE: The U.S. Under-17 ‘91s traveled to the VI Memorial Viktor Bannikov International Tournament in Kiev, Ukraine, for three games against Serbia, Ukraine and Japan. The U.S. dropped its opening match, 1-0, against Serbia on June 8, but bounced back to defeat the host country 3-1 a day later. Ryan Finley scored two goals and Ben Speas tallied two assists in the win, while Dersu Abolfathi added a goal and Christian Ramos had an assist. The U.S. tallied twice in the first half, and put the game away in the 47th minute when they made the score 3-0. The ‘91s take on Japan on June 11 to determine where they will stand in their group. The U.S. will then play a match to determine their placement in the tournament on Tuesday, June 12.

U.S. U-17 ‘91s MNT Schedule/Results
Date        Opponent    Result    U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
June 8    Serbia          0-1L         --
June 9    Ukraine        3-1 W     Finley (2), Abolfathi
June 11  Japan           3-1 W     N/A
June 12  Slovakia

U.S. U-17 '91 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Mizell (Woodstock, Ga.), Samir Badr (Fairfax, Va.)
DEFENDERS (5): Gale Agbossoumonde (Syracuse, N.Y.), Andrew Quintana (Miami, Fla.), Chad Barson (Lewis Center, Ohio), Kori Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Aubrey Perry (Ocoee, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Christian Ramos (Miami, Fla.), Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Ben Speas (Stow, Ohio), Korey Veeder (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Charles Renken (Edwardsville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Dersu Abolfathi (Irvine, Calif.), Jose Altamirano (San Diego, Calif.), Ryan Finley (Lumberton, N.J.), John Fitzpatrick (Encinitas, Calif.) Eder Arreola (Chino Hills, Calif.)


FIRST FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP 2007 STORE OPENS IN SHANGHAI: On June 9, 2007, the first official FIFA Women’s World Cup 2007 event store opened in Shanghai, China. This innovative store is the first of several event shops that will be opened across the five host cities of the fifth FIFA Women’s World Cup. The shops will offer fans and visitors a taste of the excitement of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on a retail level in line with the philosophy “share the feeling, wear the feeling”. The official FIFA event store will carry an extensive range of soccer-themed licensed merchandise, including apparel and stationery, caps and novelty items. For further information on the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2007 including the venues, the participating teams and the match schedule, visit

US CLUB SOCCER 2007 NATIONAL CUP VI RESUMES: After completing a pair of Regionals over Memorial Day Weekend in LaGrangeville, N.Y., and Jacksonville, Fla., the 2007 National Cup VI resumes June 16-19 in Modesto, Calif., as more than 260 Boys and Girls U-12 through U-17 teams will contend for Region H titles in Super Group and Premier divisions. Eight Regionals are being held across the country through the Fourth of July holiday weekend with the winners advancing to the Finals in North Carolina in late July. The Regionals continue June 23-26 in Pittsgrove, N.J., and San Bernardino, Calif. Visit for more information including game schedules, results and the “Road to the Cup Blog.”

TOZER NAMES ROSTER FOR SPAIN TRAINING CAMP, MATCHES: U.S. National Futsal Team head coach Keith Tozer has selected 16 players that will travel to Spain for a seven day training camp taking place from June 10-16. The team will train in Cordoba and Jaen, Spain with two matches scheduled against the Spanish National Futsal team to take place June 13 in Cordoba, and June 15 in Jaen. The roster for this trip includes nine players who participated in a trip to Brazil in May in which the U.S. lost twice to the Brazilian Futsal National Team. The U.S. is preparing for this summer’s PanAmerican Games, where futsal was added by the hosts.

U.S. Futsal Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS(2): Brett Phillips (Milwaukee Wave-MISL), Nick Vorberg (Milwaukee Wave-MISL)
DEFENDERS(2): Joe Hammes (Milwaukee Wave-MISL), Troy Dusosky (Milwaukee Wave-MISL)
MIDFIELDERS(8): Jamar Beasley (Detroit Ignition-MISL), Andrew Jacobson (Cal), Ptah Myers (Philadelphia KiXX-MISL), Andy Rosenband (Chicago Storm-MISL), Matt Stewart (Chicago Storm-MISL), Denison Cabral (Baltimore Blast-MISL), John Ball (Rochester Raging Rhinos-USL), Andrew Gregor (Portland Timbers-USL)
FORWARDS(4): Elvir Kafedzic (California Cougars-MISL), Aaron Susi (California Cougars-MISL), Enrique Tovar (California Cougars-MISL), Lee Tschantret (Baltimore Blast-MISL)

SECOND ROUND U.S. OPEN CUP POSSIBLE PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer has announced the second round possible pairings for the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The second round will be played on June 26, with the winners of the first round determined on June 12. The first round features 32 teams from the United Soccer Leagues First Division, USL Second Division, Premier Development League and United States Adult Soccer Association ranks. Major League Soccer squads will join the tournament in the third round of competition. During the first round, the match between the Western Mass Pioneers (USL-2) at Danbury United (USASA) was moved to 5:15 p.m. ET. Geographical pairings and host proposals received from each club determined Open Cup match-ups, as they will through the quarterfinals of the tournament. Possible pairings for the third round will be announced after the completion of the first round.

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COACHING SYMPOSIA HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH SEND-OFF SERIES GAMES: Soccer coaches around the nation will have an opportunity to join the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department in supporting the U.S. Women’s National Team this summer in advance of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. Three separate Coaching Symposia will be held in July and August as part of the USA’s final three Send-Off Series games before they take on the world in China. The first Coaching Symposium is scheduled for July 27-28 in San Jose, Calif., as the USA takes on Japan (tickets). Two weeks later, coaches from around the country will converge in Chicago on Aug. 11 for the USA-New Zealand match at Soldier Field on Aug. 12 (tickets). The final U.S. Soccer Coaching Symposium of the summer will be staged at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Aug. 24-25 with the U.S. Women taking on Finland just days before their China departure (tickets). [CoachesNet]


PEAK PERFORMER: D.C. United and U.S. MNT midfielder Ben Olsen was on fire on Sunday, notching a hat trick in the squad’s 4-2 win against Red Bull New York. Olsen opened the scoring in the 15th minute, he scored again in the 72nd minute and put his third goal in in the 84th minute.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Group A of the CONCACAF Gold Cup started off with a surprise as Canada topped Costa Rica, 2-1, on Wednesday, June 6. The surprises continued that day as Gold Cup newcomer Guadeloupe (an archipelago with population less than 500,000) tied Haiti, 1-1, and then beat Canada, 2-1, three days later.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. MNT continue their defense of the CONCACAF Gold Cup title on Tuesday, June 12, against El Salvador at 7 p.m. ET in the final group match of the tournament. Fans can follow the match live on Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura, and fans can follow online on’s MatchTracker. Then, Saturday the U.S. WNT will take on China at 7 p.m. ET, live on’s MatchACCESS as they kick off the Send-Off Series tour before the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

QUOTABLE: “We're here to win the game. We're not here to try and get a point to win the group. We're here to win the game, period. I don't want to tie El Salvador. I want to beat El Salvador.”
-- U.S. MNT forward Landon Donovan about the U.S. Men’s upcoming match against El Salvador in Group B of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.