CHANGES MADE TO WNT ROSTER FOR KANSAS CITY; REDDICK OUT, CHALUPNY AND TARPLEY IN: U.S. head coach April Heinrichs has swapped two North Carolina Tar Heels for one on the roster that will face Italy on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. CT at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City (live on ESPN). Defender Cat Reddick, who played so well in place of the injured Brandi Chastain during the Women's World Cup, will not be on the roster as she catches up in classes missed during the tournament, but midfielder Lori Chalupny (Kah-lup-knee) and forward Lindsay Tarpley, both members of the USA's 2002 U-19 World Championship team were called up. The two sophomores have played major roles in UNC's success so far as the Tar Heels have rolled over the competition and currently sit at No. 1 in the nation at 16-0-0 heading into their final regular season matches next weekend. The 20 year-old Tarpley has an amazing 18 goals and 10 assists in 16 matches while the 19 year-old Chalupny has scored seven times with four assists out of the midfield. Four of Chalupny's goals have been game-winners. Tarpley has played seven times for the full National Team, and earned 26 caps at the U-19 level, scoring 24 goals, including the famed "golden goal" to defeat Canada, 1-0, in the FIFA U-19 World Championship Final on Sept. 1, 2003, in Edmonton, Canada. Chalupny, the unsung hero of the U-19 World Champion for her work rate in the midfield, has four caps on the senior level and played 21 full U-19 internationals, scoring two goals.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Briana Scurry, Siri Mullinix;
DEFENDERS (6): Kylie Bivens, Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett, Christie Pearce, Danielle Slaton, Kate Sobrero;
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx, Lori Chalupny, Angela Hucles, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, Tiffany Roberts, Aly Wagner;
FORWARDS (5): Shannon MacMillan, Tiffeny Milbrett, Cindy Parlow, Lindsay Tarpley, Abby Wambach.
U.S. CAPTAIN JULIE FOUDY TO APPEAR ON ESPN2's "COLD PIZZA" ON TUESDAY MORNING: U.S. captain Julie Foudy, a veteran of four Women's World Cup tournaments and two Olympics will appear on ESPN2's new morning show "Cold Pizza" on Tuesday at about 7:20 a.m. ET. The new morning show, which debuted Monday (October 20) and will be aired live from New York City on Monday-Friday from 7-9 a.m. ET, will offer a unique treatment of sports with a heavy dose of pop culture, entertainment and lifestyle features. Foudy will be talking about the state of women's sports before hopping on a plane to join the U.S. Women's National Team in Kansas City later that afternoon in preparation for the USA's match against Italy on Wednesday at Arrowhead Stadium, live on ESPN at 7 p.m. CT.
U.S. WOMEN TO PLAY ITALY IN KANSAS CITY IN FIRST OF TWO POST-WWC MATCHES: The U.S. Women's National Team will return to the field on Wednesday (October 22) to face Italy at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., in a match that will be broadcast live on ESPN at 7 p.m. CT. The USA has a 6-4-0 all-time record against the Italians, losing the first three meetings in the 1980s before recording five straight wins, interrupted only by a 1-0 loss in Rieti, Italy, on March 7, 2001. Ticket prices for the match, which is being presented to fans by KitKat, start at $15 for adults and $13 for youth (lower level endline) and are $22 for adults and $20 for youth along the lower level sideline. Fans may purchase tickets through TicketMaster by calling 816-931-3330 or online at ticketmaster.com.
U.S. WOMEN TO FACE MEXICO AT THE COTTON BOWL ON NOVEMBER 2: The U.S. Women's National Team will take on the Mexican Women's National Team in a match at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. CT. The game comes just three weeks after the conclusion of the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003, and is being promoted by the Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer and North Texas State Soccer Association. Tickets for the game in Dallas, which is being presented to U.S. Soccer fans by Avaya, are on sale now and may be purchased by calling the Burn office at 214-979-0303 or through Ticketmaster at 214-373-8000. Fans can also purchase tickets at the Dalas Burn office located at 14800 Quorum Drive, Suite 300. Ticket prices start as low as $20.
CHICAGO FIRE WIN THIRD LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP TITLE IN SIX YEARS; TOP METROSTARS 1-0 ON GOAL BY DAMANI RALPH: The Chicago Fire got a 68th minute goal from forward Damani Ralph to earn their third Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title in six years on Wednesday night at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Fire, who also won the Open Cup in 1998 and 2000, bring the championship back to Chicago for the eighth time in the 90-year history of the competition as the first MLS team to win the cup final on the road in six tries. The deciding goal came in the 68th minute with Ralph finding the back of the net on an assist from midfielder Evan Whitfield. The ball was played wide right to Whitfield, who gathered it in space and dribbled toward goal before slotting the ball to an unmarked Ralph. Just three days removed from an international friendly in England with the Jamaican national team, Ralph drilled a 10-yard shot between MetroStars goalkeeper Jonny Walker and defender Eddie Pope that went inside near post for his second goal of the 2003 U.S. Open Cup. The Fire walk away with the $100,000 championship purse, while the MetroStars earn $50,000 as runners-up.
2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final
Date Result Venue, City
Oct. 15 Chicago (MLS) - 1, MetroStars (MLS) - 0 Giants Stadium, E. Rutherford, N.J.
– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U-23s TO FACE ST. KITTS & NEVIS IN OLYMPIC QUALIFYING IN NOVEMBER: The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team will meet St. Kitts & Nevis in the second round of CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, after St. Kitts & Nevis advanced by defeating Dominica in their first round qualifying series. The U.S. begins qualifying on Saturday, November 15, 2003, at St. Kitts & Nevis. The following Wednesday (November 19), the U.S. will return home to complete the second leg of that series at a site to be determined. St. Kitts advanced to the second round after securing a 3-1 home victory on October 11 at Warner Park in Basseterre, and claiming the series 4-1 on aggregate. They had scored a 1-0 upset win in the first leg on Sept. 7 in Grand Bay, Dominica. Four different scorers lead the tiny island nation into their first-ever meeting with the United States in Olympic qualifying play. In all, 25 teams will participate in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, with the United States, El Salvador, Honduras and Saint Lucia receiving byes into the second round. Mexico, as the host, has a bye into the group play stage of the tournament.
U.S. U-23s DOWN HAITI 1-0 IN FRONT OF LARGE CROWD IN FT. LAUDERDALE IN OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TUNE-UP: The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team downed Haiti 1-0 on Wednesday night in front of a raucous crowd of 9,715 at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The Columbus Crew's Edson Buddle scored in the 68th minute on an assist from Eddie Johnson, the goal coming on a restart after a Haitian handball just outside the penalty area. Johnson's Dallas Burn teammate D.J. Countess earned the shutout in the nets for the U.S., registering three saves. The USA's starting line-up featured 10 professionals from Major League Soccer, including three from D.C. United. Three of the four second-half substitutes also play in MLS, with the fourth, David Testo, being the A-League Rookie of the Year for the Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer Leagues. World Cup star Landon Donovan did not start the match for the U.S., but played the final 30 minutes as a second-half sub. Defender Chris Wingert of St. John's University was the only collegian in the line-up. The game was the USA's final preparation before the team starts CONCACAF Qualifying play for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. The U.S. begins qualifying on Saturday, Nov. 15, with a road match at St. Kitts & Nevis, who defeated Dominica by a 4-1 aggregate score last week in their first round series. The U.S. will then return home to complete the second leg of the second round series on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at a site to be determined.
U-16 MNT RETURNS FROM ARGENTINA: The U.S. Under-16 Men’s National Team returned from their week-long trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sunday after playing three hard-fought matches against the U-17 Argentina National Team and two local club teams. The U.S. first met Boca Juniors on Monday (Oct. 13) and fell to the impressive squad 4-0. Two days later, the U.S. clashed with the U-17 Argentina MNT at the Argentina National Training Center, only to fall 1-0 in a defensive-sided match as each team was limited to three shots on goal. In their final match on Friday (Oct. 17), the U-16s fell 3-2 to a more experienced U-18 River Plate team. Despite falling behind 3-0 after 19 minutes, the U.S. fought back and midfielder Michael Farfan notched their first goal of the trip in the 52nd minute off a pass from forward Quavas Kirk. Thirteen minutes later, Kirk scored unassisted to reduce the deficit to one goal, but the U.S. was unable to find the equalizer in the remaining time.
U-17 MNT DOWNS BRANDON FLAMES 3-1; GETS SET FOR TOURNAMENT IN FRANCE: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated the U-18 Brandon Flames last Thursday (Oct. 16) in their final match before they leave for Val de Marne Tournament in France later this week. The U.S. took control early and had a two-goal lead after the first 11 minutes against the Flames. Christian Jimenez scored in the fourth minute off a pass from Dax McCarty, and then seven minutes later, Rodrigo Hidalgo found the back of the net after receiving a ball from Freddy Adu. In the 76th minute, Adu got a goal of his own after finishing a service from McCarty. The Flames were able to get one back in the 80th minute, but it wasn’t enough as ‘keepers Marcus Rein and Stephen Sandbo, who each played a half, combined to get the victory. The U.S. U-17s will train at IMG Academy this week before leaving for France on Saturday, Oct. 25, to participate in the Val de Marne Tournament from Oct. 28-Nov. 1. The U.S. will first meet Japan on Oct. 28 and Poland on Oct. 30, before finishing the tournament against the host country on Nov. 1.
U-17 MNT Schedule -- Val de Marne Tournament
Oct. 28 Japan
Oct. 30 Poland
Nov. 1 France
U-19 WNT HEAD TO HDC FOR 7-DAY TRAINING CAMP: The Under-19 Women's National Team will be heading to Carson, Calif, for their upcoming training camp at the Home Depot Center from Oct. 25-Nov. 2. During the camp, the team will play matches against local club teams, but the opponents or dates have not been set. U-19 WNT head coach Tracy Leone has called in a 24-player roster for the week-long camp.
GOALKEEPERS (4): Laura Comeau (Lee, N.H.), Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.), Lynn Murray (Atlanta, Ga.);
DEFENDERS (4): Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Kia McNeil (Avon, Conn.), Kasey Moore (Mission Viejo, Calif.);
MIDFIELDERS (10): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Cydney Currie (Irving, Texas), Marti Desjarlais (Pewaukee, Wisc.), Lisa Ducote (Fredericksburg, Va.), Melissa Garey (Gonzalez, La.), Jamie Gilbert (North Andover, Mass.), Caitlin Kennedy (Euless, Texas), Ashlee Pistorius (Bloomington, Ill.), Lorraine Quinn (Farmingdale, N.Y.);
FORWARDS (6): Tina DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), Meagan Holmes (Timonium, Md.), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Megan Rapinoe (Reddng, Calif.).
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
CONCACAF MOVES WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT TO COSTA RICA: CONCACAF has announced that the 2004 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualification Final Round will be relocated to Costa Rica and will be played from February 25 through March 7, 2004. The final round of the tournament was originally slated to be played in Mexico. The United States has received a bye through the CONCACAF Olympic preliminaries and will play in Group B, and will be joined by the winners of preliminary qualifying Group 1 (Trinidad & Tobago and Surinam), Group 3 (Haiti and Dominican Republic) and Group 4 (Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua). The top two teams from round robin play in Groups A and B will face off in the semifinals of the Final Round tournament, with the finalists receiving CONCACAF's two berths to the 2004 Summer Games in Athens. The change in venue for the final round now gives Costa Rica a bye through the preliminaries and a spot in Group A alongside Canada. Mexico will now host a preliminary three-team competition with Honduras and Nicaragua from December 10-14, 2003 (Costa Rica was originally scheduled to host that round-robin competition). The qualifying preliminaries include two other three-team competitions: Guatemala hosts Panama and Belize from November 19-23, 2003, and the Cayman Islands host Jamaica and U.S. Virgin Islands from December 3-7, 2003. Rounding out preliminary action, Haiti faces the Dominican Republic in a two-game series October 26 and November 9, and Suriname takes on Trinidad & Tobago in a two-games series on November 9 and 12.
NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME TO HONOR NASL AT 2003 INDUCTION WEEKEND: The 2003 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction will take place October 24-26 at the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum Complex in Oneonta, N.Y. Along with the annual Induction Weekend festivities, this year the Hall will host an NASL reunion, as the 2003 Induction Class is comprised entirely of builders and players that are NASL Alumni. Along with the new Hall of Fame Inductees, such former NASL stars as Giorgio Chinaglia, Ricky Davis, Juli Veee, Werner Roth and Bobby Iarusci have already signed up to attend the weekend's festivities. To be a part of this historical event, sign up today at http://www.soccerhall.org/nasl/.
*** U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: In his first season as a head coach of the Chicago Fire, Dave Sarachan led the MLS team to two titles this past week. On Wednesday, the Fire became the first MLS team to win the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title on the road, defeating former Fire head coach Bob Bradley's MetroStars, 1-0, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. In MLS regular season play on Saturday, the Fire topped the Colorado Rapids, 4-3, on a late goal by Chris Armas to clinch the 2003 MLS Supporters' Shield (regular season points title) for Chicago. Sarachan was appointed head coach of the Fire last off-season after serving as Bruce Arena's top assistant with the U.S. Men's National Team from 2000-2002. Sarachan took over a Chicago team that was in transition going into the 2003 season as the familiar faces of captain Peter Nowak, Hristo Stoitchkov, Dema Kovalenko and Josh Wolff - players who had been key to the club's success in winning the MLS Cup in 1998 and the U.S. Open Cup in 1998 & 2000 - were absent from the Fire's roster due to retirement and trades. However, under the direction of their new head coach, new stars emerged for the Fire, mostly notably rookie Damani Ralph, who scored the lone goal in the U.S. Open Cup Final.
SOCCER SHOCKER: Needing a win on the road to stave off elimination from the race for the final MLS Eastern Conference playoff berth, the Columbus Crew extended its postseason survival to the last weekend of the regular season with two goals from Brian McBride in the closing moments of both regulation and overtime to escape a dramatic encounter against D.C. United with the 3-2 victory they needed. With the scoreline knotted at 1-1 as the clock game approached second-half stoppage time, McBride converted a penalty kick in the 90th minute to give the Crew a 2-1 lead and, presumably, the win. However, the victory celebrations were delayed as D.C. defender Mike Petke headed home an impressive equalizer in the sixth minute of stoppage time to send the match into overtime. As the extra period entered its waning seconds, McBride would secure the Crew all the points it needed with a 100th minute golden goal header past Doug Warren to give the visitors the win.
MARQUEE MATCH-UP: Entering the final weekend of the MLS Regular Season, D.C. United (10-11-8, 38 points) needs just one point to clinch the club's first playoff appearance since their 1999 MLS Cup title run. A win or draw at home versus the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday, October 25th (7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports World) would put the fourth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot out of the reach of the Columbus Crew (9-12-8, 32 points). However, a loss by United would provide Columbus with an opportunity to pass D.C. in the standings with a win win at home against Chicago on Sunday, October 26th (4:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
QUOTABLE:“I think from the start of this whole competition our team had a very good approach. To be able to come into their building in New York and having played them already four times and to come away with a very good result is huge for our team. As a team, organization and a coaching staff we are very proud and pleased knowing that we still have more on the horizon.”
- Chicago head coach Dave Sarachan, after the Fire's 1-0 victory in the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final at Giants Stadium last Wednesday.