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U.S. Soccer Wire - June 4, 2007


U.S. MNT DEFEATS CHINA, 4-1, IN FINAL PREPARATION MATCH BEFORE
2007 CONCACAF GOLD TITLE DEFENSE KICKS OFF JUNE 7;
U.S. U-20 MNT WINS, 4-1, AGAINST CANADA IN FIRST OF TWO MATCHES

U.S. MNT READIES FOR GOLD CUP TITLE DEFENSE AFTER 4-1 WIN VS. CHINA: In the team’s final preparation match before the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the U.S. Men’s National Team steamrolled China 4-1 in front of 20,821 fans at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Four different players tallied goals for the U.S., as DaMarcus Beasley and Benny Feilhaber tallied in the first half, and then assisted on back-to-back headed strikes from Clint Dempsey and Oguchi Onyewu. Next up for the USA is their much-anticipated title defense at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which kicks off against Guatemala on June 7 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The U.S. will then face Trinidad & Tobago on June 9 in the same venue, before concluding group play against El Salvador on June 12 in Foxborough, Mass. The 12-team Gold Cup tournament runs through June 24 where the final is slated for Soldier Field in Chicago. Immediately following the Gold Cup, the USA will participate in the 2007 Copa America, the regional championship of South America. The 12-team tournament will run from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. The U.S. will open Group C play against Argentina on June 28, before facing Paraguay on July 2 and Colombia on July 5.

U.S. MNT 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
DEFENDERS (8) –Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (8) – DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (4) – Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)


U.S. U-20 MNT DEFEATS CANADA, 4-1, IN FIRST OF TWO GAMES: 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 of two games against the World Cup hosts this week as they will play a rematch on Wednesday, June 6, in Kingston at 7 p.m. ET in preparation for the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. Getting the chance to play at 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. SOCCER NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER FIELD ONE DEDICATED TO MOOCH: The U.S. Soccer Federation will dedicate 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 will begin at 6:30 p.m. PT, and will be followed by the invitation-only Drew Carey vs. U.S. Soccer fundraising event in the Stadium Club. All of the proceeds from the Drew Carey event will be donated to the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund, in honor of former coach and MNT captain Glenn “Mooch” Myernick. Donations to the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund can be made at ussoccerfoundation.org/myernick.

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 ussoccer.com’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.) 6 p.m. PT / FSC and Telefutura
June 9 USA vs. T&T^ Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 2 p.m. PT / FSC and Telefutura
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 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

^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
# Copa America
* If necessary


U.S. SOCCER LAUNCHES DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY: The U.S. Soccer Federation has taken the initiative in formalizing a nationwide development academy slated to begin in the fall of 2007 with the launch of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. It will begin with up to 80 elite youth soccer clubs from around the country being selected to join the program. With an emphasis on creating a superior everyday training environment, teams in the Development Academy will have a clean slate for a calendar and will be required to train a minimum of three times a week, eliminating the growing trend of clubs playing an excessive quantity of games in lieu of consistent training patterns. The Development Academy will be divided into regions and will play home and away matches against other Academy teams across a complete season. Each Development Academy region will be comprised of up to 15-20 teams based on geographic proximity, with the winner of each region participating in the annual Academy Finals at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The Academy clubs will be comprised of Under-16 and Under-18 age groups, with a minimum of 22 players on a roster. Younger players in the Academy system will also be allowed to be play “up” within their club. Clubs have the opportunity to apply for membership in the Academy program, and teams will be selected by U.S. Soccer’s National Team coaches. U.S. Soccer’s coaches will evaluate prospective clubs on a number of criteria, including a club’s history of elite youth player development and past success in elite competitions.

– WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

RYAN PARES WNT RESIDENCY ROSTER TO 24 AS USA PREPARES FOR SEND-OFF SERIES: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has reduced the Residency Training Camp roster to 24 players as the team makes final preparations for its six-game 2007 Women’s National Send-Off Series, commencing on June 16 against China at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio (7 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS). The U.S. team begins its next training block at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on June 6 and will travel with all 24 players to Cleveland on June 11 and to New Jersey/New York for the match against Brazil on June 23 at Giants Stadium (5 p.m. ET live on ESPN2). Ryan will name 18 players to suit up for each match. To get to 24, Ryan released forwards Lauren Cheney and Megan Rapinoe and goalkeepers Kristin Luckenbill and Kim Bingham, while injured players Heather Mitts and Amy LePeilbet, both defenders, and goalkeeper Jenni Branam will not be healthy in time to be selected for the 21-player U.S. Women’s World Cup Team. In all likelihood, the Women’s World Cup roster will come from the 24 players coming into camp on June 6. Ryan has also re-called goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, who joins Hope Solo and Briana Scurry to form the USA’s goalkeeper trio.

U.S. Women’s National Team Residency Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (7): Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);
FORWARDS (6): Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.), Christie Welsh (Massapequa Park, N.Y.)


WNT “SEND-OFF SERIES” KICKS OFF JUNE 16 IN CLEVELAND: The U.S. will continue preparing for the 2007 Women’s World Cup in China, kicking off their Send-Off Series against China (tickets) in Cleveland on June 16, Brazil (tickets) in East Rutherford, N.J., on June 23, and 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 ussoccer.com 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 ussoccer.com. ESPN2 will broadcast the New York, Hartford, Chicago and Los Angeles matches live, while ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS will provide live streaming video of the matches in Cleveland and San Jose. Fans can also follow stats and commentary online with ussoccer.com’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 ussoccer.com'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 ussoccer.com'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


– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

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 ussoccer.com’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 ussoccer.com, 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 ussoccer.com. 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 will hold a training camp in Maryland as head coach Jillian Ellis brings in 24 players for eight days from June 9-16, a 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, the ultimate goal of this team, to be held at the end of next year in Chile. Those “overage” players are forwards Michele Weissenhofer and Lauren Cheney (who spent most of the last three months in Residency Training Camp with the full Women’s National Team), midfielder Amanda Poach (a member of the FIFA All-Star Team at the 2006 U-20 WWC in Russia) and defender Brittany Taylor. Ellis also named four players just graduating from high school in Gatorade Girl’s National High School Player of the Year Melissa Henderson, a forward from Garland, Texas, headed to Notre Dame, and defender Meghan Klingenberg from Pennsylvania and forward Rachel Givan from Mississippi, both headed to UNC, and midfielder Kylie Wright, who will attend UCLA. Ellis also named the Parade Girl’s High School Player of the Year, junior Teresa Noyola, who at 17 is the young player on the roster. For the first time, Ellis will have on her roster the three players from U.S. team that competed in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship who are age-eligible for the next U-20 WC, in midfielder Tobin Heath and forwards Casey Nogueira and Kelley O’Hara, all of whom spent some time training with the full Women’s National Team in 2007. Ellis also gives a first call-up to midfielder Nikki Washington, who performed so well for UNC during the NCAA Final Four last fall. Ellis has some serious height in her goalkeeper corps, calling in 5-foot-11 Chantel Jones, 5-foot-9 Alyssa Naeher and 6-foot Kristin Olsen. 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. UNDER-18 MEN TAKE THIRD AT LISBON INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team won one match and lost two at the XIII Lisbon International Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal, to take third place. The U.S. opened their campaign against Finland, falling 3-1. In their next match against Norway, the Americans found themselves down 2-0 in the 26th minute, but a pair of goals from Peri Marosevic evened the score, and a 68th minute strike from Andrew Weideman gave the U.S. a 3-2 victory. In their final game against the hosts, the U.S. fell 4-0. The U.S. Under-18 team is in the midst of preparations for the PanAmerican games, which take place in Brazil in July, and the SBS Cup in Japan in August.

U.S. U-18 MNT Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
May 30 Finland 1-3 L Peri Marosevic
May 31 Norway 3-2 W Marosevic (2), Weideman
June 2 Portugal 0-4 L --

U-18 Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brandon Bumpas (Denver, Colo.), Brian Perk (UCLA)
DEFENDERS (6): Shawn Barry (Miramar, Fla.), Greg Eckhardt (Clemson University), Ryan Finley (Lumberton, N.J.), Blair Gavin (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Colin Givens (Troy, Mich.), Hunter Jumper (Plano, Texas)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Danny Barrera (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Gabriel Hoyos (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Ian Kalis (Plano, Texas), Dan Kelly (Indiana University), Danny Rodriguez (Oxnard, Calif.), Andrew Weideman (San Ramon, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Danny Cruz (Glendale, Ariz.), Matt Kassel (Bridgewater, N.J.), Peri Marosevic (Rockford, Ill.), Brian Ownby (Richmond, Va.)


U-17 '91 MNT TO COMPETE IN UKRAINE TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-17 ’91 Boys National Team will travel to Kiev, Ukraine to participate in the VI Memorial Viktor Bannikov International Tournament. The U.S. will play their first game on Friday, June 8, against Serbia, and after a quick turnaround, will take on the host country on Saturday, June 9. On Monday, June 11, the team will take on Japan before beginning the playoff rounds on June 12.

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.)


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION ELECTS OFFICERS AT BOARD MEETING: U.S. Soccer Foundation Chairman Brad Hays, Vice-Chairman Kevin Payne, Treasurer Charles Marshall and Secretary Ed Roster-Simeon were re-elected as U.S. Soccer Foundation officers. Officers serve one-year terms. Clara Apodaca of Albuquerque, N.M., Brian Klein of Seattle, Wash., and Marla Messing of Los Angeles, Calif., were appointed as Select Directors. Apodaca and Klein will serve three year terms while Messing will fill the remaining two years of a term.

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 (California), 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)


FIRST ROUND U.S. OPEN CUP FIXTURES ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer has announced the first round pairings for the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. 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. Pairings for the opening round were determined by blind draw for the first time since the 2001 tournament. The first round will be played on Tuesday, June 12, with the winners facing off in the second round on June 26.

2007 CONCACAF GOLD CUP TICKETS NOW ON SALE: Tickets for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup are now on sale for all dates and venues. Tickets start at $20 for first round games and can be purchased by calling 1-888-878-2007. Ticket packages are available for all games and match days at a single venue. Discounts are also available for groups. More information is available at ussoccer.com.

VISIT ussoccer.com's YOUTUBE CHANNEL: U.S. Soccer fans can now follow their favorite U.S. National Team coaches and players on ussoccer.com's YouTube channel. It includes interviews, press conferences and other exclusive behind-the-scenes features as well as coverage of the FIFA World Cup, FIFA Women's World Cup, FIFA's Youth World Cups, Olympic Soccer, CONCACAF Gold Cup and other competitions, and all of the National Teams' qualifying competitions and friendlies. Subscribe to ussoccer.com's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/ussoccerdotcom.

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]

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT midfielders DaMarcus Beasley and Benny Feilhaber made their presence well known in San Jose, each tallying a goal and an assist in the USA’s 4-1 win against China on Saturday (June 2). Beasley put in the team’s first goal, sending a penalty kick right down the middle and right past a diving Cheng Dong. Feilhaber was next, capitalizing on a pass from Sacha Kljestan and chipping the onrushing goalkeeper. In the second half, Feilhaber send in a corner kick right to Clint Dempsey’s head for the third U.S. goal, shortly after which Beasley sent a free kick right to Oguchi Onyewu’s head to seal the match. Both players are part of head coach Bob Bradley’s 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Former Brazilian astro Romario has been making headlines as he has consistently sought, and then scored, his 1,000th career goal—although only by his count, which includes goals in youth and amateur leagues. Now, Romario is hoping for another national team call-up…as an overage player on the Brazil U-17 squad that will participate at this year’s PanAmerican games. While the mayor of the PanAmerican Games host city Rio de Janeiro supported the idea, Brazilian Football Confederation president Ricardo Teixeira ruled out the possibility, saying no overage players would be taken to the tournament.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team kicks off their Gold Cup title defense on Thursday, June 7, at 9 p.m. ET as the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup gets underway. The U.S. will face Guatemala live on Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura.

QUOTABLE: “Sacha (Kljestan) just sent me through. At first the goalie hesitated and I wanted him to come out. I even slowed down a little bit to see if he would come out. The ball started bouncing a little bit further away, skipped off the grass and on the second touch it sat up a bit. I figured that I would put the ball over the top. I was just hoping that the defender was not going to get there before the ball crossed the line.”
-- U.S. MNT midfielder Benny Feilhaber describing his first full-team goal, which was assisted by Sacha Kljestan of Benny and Sacha Audio Diaries fame.

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