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U.S. Soccer Wire [Nov. 1, 2004]


U.S. WNT FACE DENMARK TWICE THIS WEEK WITH GAMES IN N.J. AND PHILLY: The U.S. Women's National Team will attempt to add to their record for wins in a calendar year this week as they continue the “Fan Celebration Tour” with two games on the East Coast. The WNT will face Denmark on Wednesday (Nov. 3) at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., (7:30 p.m. ET) and again on Saturday (Nov. 6) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, (3:55 p.m. ET). The match in Philadelphia will be televised live on ESPN2, marking one of the final chances for fans across the nation to watch retiring legends Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy wear the red, white and blue. The WNT will play their final match off the “Fan Celebration Tour” on December 8 at The Home Depot Center (which will be announced later today), but the Nov. 6 broadcast will likely be the final time the three can be seen on TV playing for the U.S.  Hamm and Foudy are expected to be wearing special microphones to record their team talk on and off the field. With their 5-0 victory over Ireland in Houston on Oct. 23, their seventh on the “Fan Celebration Tour,” the U.S. WNT broke the record for wins in a calendar year with 27, besting the 26 wins that the U.S. Women earned in 2000. In that match, Abby Wambach also made history as she scored every goal to become just the fourth player in WNT history to score five goals in a match. The quintet of goals gave the 24-year-old forward a whopping 28 goals this year, and combined with 12 assists, give her a total of 68 points in 2004 moving her past Hamm (60 points in 1998) for the second-most points in a year behind only Michelle Akers (85 points in 1991). The crowd total allowed the U.S. Women's National Team to break the 100,000 attendance mark at this seventh stop on the "Fan Celebration Tour," totaling 106,898 for an average of 15,271 per game.
2004 U.S. WNT “Fan Celebration Tour”


NikeGO DONATING $1 FOR EVERY “FAN CELEBRATION TOUR” TICKET SOLD: For every ticket purchased during the 10-game U.S. Women's National Team "Fan Celebration Tour," NikeGO is donating $1 of Nike soccer product to support the increase of girls soccer participation in each city. The donated soccer product by NikeGO from Wednesday's WNT match at Giants Stadium, will go to support the increase of girls soccer participation at the City of New York's Parks and Recreation Department. NikeGO is a grassroots community outreach program designed to achieve Nike's overarching corporate goal of promoting youth health and fitness through sport. The donation of Nike soccer product is designed to support the increase in soccer participation among young girls in each city. Nike has also purchased 50 tickets for each game for youth involved with the recipient organization. Through the first seven games of the tour, Nike has committed more than $106,000 in sports equipment toward this initiative.

-- WORLD CUP QUALIFYING UPDATE --

U.S., MEXICO & GUATEMALA SECURE FIRST THREE SPOTS IN FINAL ROUND: With its 6-0 victory over Panama on Oct. 13, the U.S. became the first team to clinch a spot in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Later that night, both Guatemala (Group 2) and Mexico (Group 3) came away with victories in their respective qualifying group to also clinch spots in the final round, while Canada and St. Kitts & Nevis were eliminated. With one game left to play for every team (except Mexico and St. Kitts), seven teams will be vying for the final three spots in next year’s hexagonal. In Group 1, the race for second place is open to all three teams. Jamaica advances with a win, or a tie coupled with a Panama tie or loss. Panama clinches with a win and a Jamaica loss or tie, or a tie and a Jamaica loss. El Salvador can still sneak in with a win and a loss by Jamaica. In Group 2, Honduras needs a win at home vs. Costa Rica to go through, while the Ticos need a win or tie to make it to the next round. In Group 3, St. Vincent & the Grenadines are holding on, but will need a three-goal victory on the road to beat out Trinidad & Tobago for the second spot in a group dominated by Mexico.
MNT FIFA World Cup Qualifying Results
Date           Opponent        Venue; City                                                                Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
Aug. 18      Jamaica           National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica                           1-1 T       Ching
Sept. 4       El Salvador      Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass                                  2-0 W      Ching, Donovan
Sept. 8       Panama           Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama     1-1 T        Jones
Oct. 9        El Salvador       Cuscatlan Stadium; San Salvador, El Salvador              2-0 W      McBride, Johnson
Oct. 13      Panama           RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.                                  6-0 W      Donovan (2), Johnson (3), Own Goal
MNT FIFA World Cup Qualifying Schedule
Date        Opponent      Venue; City                                Kickoff (local)       TV
Nov. 17    Jamaica        Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio    7:30 p.m. ET       ESPN2 (Live); Telemundo (Delay 11:30 p.m. ET/PT)


Group 1 Standings
Teams          GP     W    L     T    GF    GA    GD    Pts.
y-USA             5       3     0     2    12       2     +10    11
Jamaica         5       1     1     3     6        4     +2       6
Panama         5       1     2     2     5       11     -6       5
El Salvador    5       1     2     1     2        8      -6       4

Group 2 Standings                   
Team              GP     W    L    D    GF    GA    GD    Pts.
x-Guatemala    5        3     1    1      7       8       -1      10
Costa Rica      5        3     2    0     12       8      +4      9
Honduras         5        1     1    3      9        7      +2      6
z-Canada         5        0     3    2      3        8       -5      2

Group 3 Standings
Team                       GP    W    L     D    GF    GA       GD     Pts.
y-Mexico                   4       4     0     0     14      1        +13    12
Trinidad/Tobago      5       3     2     0     10      8         +2       9
St. Vincent/Gren.     5       2     3     0      4      10          -6       6
z-St. Kitts/Nevis       4       0     4     0      2      11          -9       0

x – clinched final round berth
y-clinched top group spot
z- eliminated


– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

U-19s OFF TO THAILAND TUESDAY FOR FIFA U-19 WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:
  The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team returned to camp on Oct. 29 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as they conduct their final preparations before leaving for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand on Tuesday (Nov. 2). Two weeks ago, U-19 WNT head coach Mark Krikorian named the 21 players that will represent the USA at the world championship, to be played from Nov. 10-27 in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket. The tournament is just one of three FIFA-sanctioned world championship tournaments for women after the Women’s World Cup and the Olympics, and the only FIFA-sanctioned world championship for youth women. The second FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship will feature players born on or after January 1, 1985. The naming of the roster culminates almost two years of preparation for the young U.S. players, which make up a talented and deep squad featuring four members of the U.S. team that won the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in 2002.  Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defender Rachel Buehler, midfielder Angie Woznuk and forward Kerri Hanks will get the chance to play in their second youth world championship tournament.  Harris and Buehler were starters on the 2002 team while Hanks and Woznuk, the two leading scorers for the USA this year with 12 and eight goals respectively, were reserves who will likely get their chance to make their mark on the world’s stage.
U-19 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Laura Comeau (Univ. of Virginia), Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Ashlyn Harris (Univ. of North Carolina); DEFENDERS (5): Rachel Buehler (Stanford Univ.), Meagan Holmes (Timinium, Md.), Nikki Krzyski (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Lopez (Univ. of Portland), Becky Sauerbrunn (Univ. of Virginia); MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Sheree Gray (Penn State Univ.), Stephanie Kron (UCLA), Stacy Lindstrom (UCLA), Stephanie Logterman (Univ. of Texas), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Jen Redmond (Univ. of Virginia), Angie Woznuk (Univ. of Portland); FORWARDS (5): Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame Univ.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Megan Rapinoe (Univ. of Portland), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio), Meghan Schnur (Univ. of Connecticut).


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

COMEBACKS BY HOME TEAMS HIGHLIGHT MLS PLAYOFFS AS FINAL FOUR NOW SET:  Comeback wins by Kansas City and Los Angeles highlighted the second leg of the first round of the MLS Cup Playoff Conference Semifinals as both teams overcame deficits at home and will now face off in the Western Conference Championship this week, hosted by the Wizards. A injury time goal by Jack Jewsbury gave the Wizards a 3-0 win in Game 2 on Saturday night and provided them a 3-2 aggregate victory after a 2-0 loss in San Jose a week earlier. At The Home Depot Center, first half goals from Carlos Ruiz and Tyrone Marshall sealed the Galaxy’s comeback from a goal down to win 2-1 on aggregate. In the Eastern Conference, New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis saved two Columbus Crew penalty kicks and Taylor Twellman notched a goal in Game 2 to topple the team with the best record in the regular season 2-1 on aggregate. D.C. United will host the Eastern Conference Championship after sweeping past the MetroStars 4-0 on aggregate on the strength of two 2-0 victories in the home-and-home series.
Eastern Conference Results / Schedule
Date        Match-Up                                                        Venue; City
Oct. 23    New England Revolution 1, Columbus Crew 0     Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass.
Oct. 23    D.C. United 2, MetroStars 0                              Giants Stadium; E. Rutherford, N.J.
Date        Match-Up                                                         Venue; City
Oct. 30    D.C. United 2, MetroStars 0                               RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.       
Oct. 31    New England Revolution 1, Columbus Crew 1      Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Date       Match-Up                                             Venue; City                                   Kickoff (ET)    TV
Nov. 6    New England Revolution at D.C. United    RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.    7 p.m.            FSW       
Western Conference Results / Schedule
Date        Match-Up                                                                Venue; City
Oct. 22    Colorado Rapids 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 0                  Invesco Field; Denver, Colo.
Oct. 24    San Jose Earthquakes 2, Kansas City Wizards 0       Spartan Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
Date        Match-Up                                                                Venue; City
Oct. 30    Kansas City Wizards 3, San Jose Earthquakes 0       Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Mo.   
Oct. 30    Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Colorado Rapids 0                 The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.   
Date        Match-Up                                                       Venue; City                                         Kickoff (ET)    TV
Nov. 5    Los Angeles Galaxy at Kansas City Wizards      Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Mo.   8:30 p.m.       FSW


TOZER ANNOUNCES U.S. FUTSAL ROSTER FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: United States Futsal National Team head coach Keith Tozer last week announced the 14-player roster for the FIFA Futsal World Championship 2004 in Chinese Taipei from Nov. 21 to Dec. 5. All but one of the 14 players on the U.S. roster play in the MISL, with retired Baltimore Blast goalkeeper Scott Hileman the only player not active in the league this season. The players heading to Chinese Taipei represent eight MISL teams, who will release their players for the length of the tournament. The Milwaukee Wave lead all teams with four representatives on the squad, while the Philadelphia Kixx and San Diego Sockers send two each. The Baltimore Blast, Chicago Storm, Cleveland Force, Kansas City Comets and St. Louis Steamers will each be represented by one player. The roster features 12 players with experience in CONCACAF world championship qualifying matches this year, and 10 of the 14 players traveled to Costa Rica in late July as the U.S. won the CONCACAF Futsal Championship while qualifying for the Taipei Tournament. The U.S. will depart for Chinese Taipei on Nov. 14 and their first game will be played one week later. The U.S., which qualified by winning the 2004 CONCACAF Futsal Championship in July in Costa Rica, was drawn into Group C with Italy, Japan and Paraguay. The U.S. opens play in Tao Yuan County on Nov. 21 vs. Italy, and will play their second match vs. Paraguay on Nov. 23. The U.S. will close group play vs. Japan on Nov. 25 in Taipei City, the nation’s capital. The top two teams from each of four groups advance to the knockout stage of the tournament, which will begin on Nov. 27.
Futsal NT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Scott Hileman, Brett Phillips (St. Louis Steamers); DEFENDERS (3): Sean Bowers (San Diego Sockers), Lee Tschantret (Baltimore Blast), Pat White (Milwaukee Wave); MIDFIELDERS (7): John Ball (Cleveland Force), Jamar Beasley (Kansas City Comets), Steve Butcher (San Diego Sockers), Andy Guastaferro (Chicago Storm), Pat Morris (Philadelphia Kixx), Joel Shanker (Philadelphia Kixx), Johnny Torres (Milwaukee Wave); FORWARDS (2): Todd Dusosky (Milwaukee Wave), Greg Howes (Milwaukee Wave)


WHITBREAD, KARBASSIYOON MAKE DEBUT APPEARANCES WITH EPL CLUBS:
U.S. Youth National Team players Zak Whitbread and Danny Karbassiyoon made their official competition debuts with their respective English Premier League clubs last Wednesday during English League Cup matches. Karbassiyoon, a former forward with the U.S. U-18 and U-20 player, made his first appearance for Arsenal a memorable one as he scored the winning goal in dramatic fashion, with a strike in the 90th minute for a 2-1 victory against Manchester City.  Whitbread, a starter at left back for the U.S. U-20s at the 2003 World Youth Championship and the U-23s in Olympic qualifying, started in the backline to help Liverpool cruise to a 3-0 win at Millwall.

FANS CAN NOMINATE CANDIDATES FOR TRIO OF 2004 “BEST OF U.S. SOCCER” AWARDS:
For the second consecutive year, U.S. Soccer fans have been invited to take part in the nomination process for the 2004 "Best of U.S. Soccer" awards.  The final round of voting for all of this year’s awards will begin on Nov. 18, but over the next month fans have a chance to nominate candidates that they think should be eligible as a finalists for "Best Soccer Bar", "Best Soccer Store" and "Best U.S. Soccer Story". Fans that register as members of ussoccerfan.com will receive an e-mail in which they can fill in their choices for the three awards and simply reply back to submit. Make sure to check back to ussoccer.com when the finalists for each of the three awards, as well as all the other categories (including "Best Goal", "Best Crowd" and a new award - "Best Fashion Statement" - to name a few), will be announced in mid-November.


*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Goalkeeper Matt Reis almost single-handedly put New England into the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday by stopping two Columbus Crew penalty kicks to secure a 1-1 draw. Reis blocked Ross Paule’s penalty kick in the 24th minute and then stonewalled Tony Sanneh’s attempt in the 73rd minute to preserve the fourth seed’s 2-1 aggregate upset.

MARQUEE MATCH-UP:  The U.S. Women’s National Team will attempt to continue its unbeaten streak (7-0-0) on the “Fan Celebration Tour” this week when it takes on Denmark on Wednesday (Nov. 3) at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., (7:30 p.m. ET) and again on Saturday (Nov. 6) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, (3:55 p.m. ET). The U.S. already has compiled a record 27 wins in 2004.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The New England Revolution not only upset the Columbus Crew in the first round of the MLS Playoffs, they put an end to two of the Crew’s league-record streaks in the process. The Revolution stopped the Crew’s record 18-game unbeaten streak when they defeated them 1-0 in the first leg, and then Matt Reis ended the Crew’s record of 20 straight successful penalty kicks when he stuffed Ross Paule from the spot in the first half. 

QUOTABLE:
“I guess I made the run at the right time. Cesc (Fabregas) knew exactly what I was doing because his pass was inch perfect. I just smashed it as hard as I could and it went in.”
          --Former U.S. U-20 MNT player Danny Karbassiyoon talking about his game-winning goal in his official competition debut with Arsenal against Manchester City in the English League Cup last Wednesday (Oct. 27). 
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