U.S. U-19s TO MEET TALENTED AUSTRALIA SQUAD TONIGHT IN VICTORIA, B.C.: The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team got two goals from Kelly Wilson and one each from Lindsay Tarpley, Leslie Osborne and Heather O'Reilly to open the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship on a spectacular day at Centennial Stadium, rolling over a tough England squad on the way to a 5-1 victory. It was the first match ever played in a FIFA World Championship by a U.S. youth women's team, who won over the 2,500 highly entertained fans on a sun-splashed Victoria afternoon with some dynamic attacking soccer. The USA's "Triple-Edged Sword" of strikers - Wilson, Tarpley and O'Reilly -- accounted for three goals and five assists on the day - three assists alone by O'Reilly - as each member of the attacking trio notched at least a goal and an assist. The USA faces Australia in its second Group C match tonight in Victoria with the kickoff at 7:15 p.m. PT. The USA is tied atop Group C with Australia, a 5-1 winner over Chinese Taipei. The USA will finish Group C play on Wednesday (Aug. 21) against Chinese Taipei (a.k.a. Taiwan) at 7:15 p.m. PT. Fans can follow the tournament by logging onto the special section of ussoccer.com dedicated to the first-ever FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship, to get game reports, group standings, notes and photos, as well as the ability to follow live game action on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
LAST YEAR’S CELLAR-DWELLERS WILL MEET IN WUSA FINAL ON SATURDAY IN ATLANTA: The Carolina Courage and Washington (D.C.) Freedom, who finished the 2001 season at the bottom of the WUSA standings with matching 6-12-3 records, completed remarkable turn-arounds by advancing to the Founders Cup II, which will be played on Saturday (Aug. 24) at Atlanta’s Herndon Stadium at 4 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on PAX TV. The regular season champion Carolina Courage came back from an early penalty kick goal to steal a dramatic 2-1 overtime win from the #4-seed Atlanta Beat on a golden goal from defender Carla Overbeck in the 92nd minute. The Beat had taken the lead on a Nikki Serlenga PK in the 28th minute, but Carolina converted one of their own when Danielle Fotopoulos equalized from the spot in the 89th minute. The Freedom, who finished the regular season in third place, needed only a strike from midfielder Monica Gerardo in the 80th minute to down Philadelphia on their home turf.
WIZARDS, RAMPAGE MEET SATURDAY IN FINAL 2002 U.S. OPEN CUP QUARTERFINAL: The A-League’s Milwaukee Rampage will try to become the only non-MLS team to advance to the 2002 U.S. Open Cup semi-finals when they host the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday (Aug. 24) in Franklin, Wisc., in the last of the four Quarterfinal matches. For the semifinals, the Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) will host the Dallas Burn (MLS) at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif., on Sept. 3, at 8 p.m. PT, while the Columbus Crew (MLS) will host the winner of the Kansas City-Milwaukee quarterfinal on Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.
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U.S. MNT PLAYERS HAVE BIG ROLES AS 2002-03 PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON KICKS OFF: The first meeting of goalkeeper Brad Friedel and Claudio Reyna in the English Premier League ended in a 0-0 stalemate, as Friedel was forced to make a couple big saves off the foot of Reyna to preserve the shutout. Goalkeeper Kasey Keller began the season as the first choice keeper for Spurs, earning a 2-2 draw away to Everton. In England’s Second Division, midfielder John Thorrington has appeared in all three games this season, helping Huddersfield Town to a 1-0 win over Peterborough this weekend and scoring in a 2-1 loss to Plymouth last week. In Germany, defender Tony Sanneh and FC Nurnberg remain without a point to start the new Bundesliga campaign, the result of 0-2 loss to Hansa Rostock. Defender Steve Cherundolo has suffered similiar forturnes with Hannover 96, the newly promoted side also falling to 0-2 on the season with a 1-3 loss to 1860 Munich. The Dutch Erevisie kicked off this weekend, with defending champions Ajax cruising to a 3-1 victory against FC Utrecht and John O'Brien resuming his starting role at left back.
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U.S. WNT TO PLAY TWO GAMES IN N.C. AS PART OF 2002 NIKE U.S. WOMEN’S CUP IN OCT.: The 2002 edition of the Nike U.S. Women’s Cup is coming to North Carolina, where the U.S. Women’s National Team will play two games as part of doubleheaders at SAS Stadium in Cary, N.C. The U.S. Women’s National Team matches are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 6. The entire Nike U.S. Women’s Cup schedule and opponents have yet to be completely finalized. Tickets for both matches will go on sale this week at a date to be determined. For the U.S. Women, the appearance in North Carolina will mark the team’s first match at the recently-opened SAS Stadium, which debuted as the home of the WUSA’s Carolina Courage this past May. Although the U.S. women have previously played matches in Charlotte, Davidson and Greensboro, N.C., the two October doubleheaders will mark the team’s first-ever international games in the Raleigh-Durham area.
U.S. WNT TO MEET SCOTLAND FOR FIRST TIME EVER, SEPT. 8 IN COLUMBUS LIVE ON ESPN: After playing its last match against a country that the U.S. Women's National Team has faced more than any other nation (a resounding 4-0 victory over Norway on July 21), the U.S. Women will take the field next against a team it has never played before, facing Scotland on Sept. 8, 2002, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The match will kickoff at 1 p.m. ET and be broadcast live on ESPN. Tickets went on sale on last week at all TicketMaster locations in Ohio and the surrounding states and by phone at 614-431-3600. Tickets are also available at the Crew Stadium ticket office (open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Ticket prices are $18 (endline), $25 (sideline), $35 (midfield) and $45 (club seats). For information on group rates, please call 312-528-1249. The match against Scotland will be the first for the U.S. team after the WUSA season and all focus will be on preparing for the 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, which takes place from Oct. 27-Nov. 9 and will serve as this region's qualifying tournament for the 2003 Women's World Cup in China.
PANAMA JOINS MEXICO AS U.S. WOMEN’S QUALIFYING OPPONENT FOR 2003 WWC: The two Central American qualifiers for the 2002 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup -- Costa Rica and Panama -- posted very different results on the last day of the Central Zone qualifying tournament at Estadio Cuscatlán in San Salvador recently. Honduras scored five unanswered second-half goals to break a 1-1 halftime tie with a 10-player Panama and win 6-2, while Costa Rica needed three goals after the interval to break a scoreless tie and defeat the host nation 3-0. Costa Rica finished atop the group on 12 points in four matches played to wrap up the first Central Zone berth in the Women’s Gold Cup. Meanwhile, Panama and Guatemala each had six points, with Panama gaining the second spot by virtue of head-to-head competition. The hosts took fourth and Honduras fifth with three points apiece, El Salvador winning the tiebreaker. Panama will join Group A, along with USA, Mexico and winner of Caribbean Group A. Costa Rica will participate in Group B of the 2002 Women's Gold Cup, based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, along with the winners of Caribbean Group B and the third-place Caribbean side, and Canada.
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U.S. SOCCER TO HOST UNDER-20 QUALIFYING IN CHARLESTON, S.C., FROM NOV. 13-17: Qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Youth Championship being hosted by U.S. Soccer will be staged in Charleston, S.C., at Blackbaud Stadium from November 13-17, 2002. This marks the first time in 22 years that U.S. Soccer has hosted an Under-20 qualifying tournament. The four-team, Group B qualifying tournament will feature the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team, as well as Canada, the second-place team from Central America and the winner from the Caribbean playoff between the Group B and Group C champions, in a six-game, round-robin tournament. The top two finishers in Group B group will advance to the FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates from March 25 – April 16, 2003. This region’s other final round qualifying tournament will be held in Panama from October 16-20, 2002. This tournament marks the first time since 1980 that U.S. Soccer has hosted an Under-20 qualifying tournament. Last year U.S. Soccer hosted the 2001 Under-17 Group A qualifying tournament in St. Louis, Mo.
U.S. UNDER-20 MNT TO MEET BRAZIL, ITALY & UKRAINE IN U-20 TOURNAMENT IN SPAIN: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has selected 20 players for the U.S. Under-20s trip to Valencia, Spain, where they will participate against some of the top youth national teams in the world at the XIX Torneo Internacional de Futbol de l’Alcudia from August 24-29. The U.S. team departed for Spain today and will play in the tournament opener on Saturday (Aug. 24) against Brazil. The U.S. follows up against Italy on August 26 and then concludes Group B play on August 27 against Ukraine. The tournament’s Group A is comprised of Spain, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Gabon. The tournament in Spain will be the Under-20s’ final international games before World Youth Championship qualifying kicks off in the U.S. on November 13 in Charleston, S.C. The USA has posted a 10-5-9 record this year, recording 11 shutouts in 24 matches. Mike Magee has paced the team with nine goals in just 13 appearances (seven starts), including the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win over Canada on January 9. Midfielder Ricardo Clark (Furman) has been one of the team’s most consistent performers, seeing time in 17 of the team’s first 20 matches. The following is the 20-man roster for the trip to Spain:
Goalkeepers (2): Steve Cronin (Santa Clara), Ford Williams (UNC);
Defenders (6): Ryan Cochrane (Santa Clara), Jordan Harvey (UCLA), C.J. Klaas (Washington), Chris Lancos (Maryland), Chad Marshall (Stanford), Chefik Simo (Furman);
Midfielders (7): Craig Capano (Chicago Fire, MLS), Ricardo Clark (Furman), Ned Grabavoy (Indiana), David Johnson (Willem II, Holland), Justin Mapp (D.C. United, MLS), Raul Palomares (NK Osijek, Croatia), Jordan Stone (Dallas Burn, MLS);
Forwards (5): Mike Ambersley (Indiana), Devin Barclay (San Jose Earthquakes, MLS), Knox Cameron (Michigan), Ed Johnson (Dallas Burn, MLS), Mike Magee (unsigned).
U.S. UNDER-17s TRAVEL TO FINLAND FOR THREE MATCHES IN HELSINKI: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team headed to Finland this weekend to face Finland’s Under-17 Men’s National Team in a series of three matches over Aug. 22-26 in Helsinki. U.S. head coach John Ellinger is using the trip to help his team get acclimated to Finland, where the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championship will be held from August 13-30. The U.S. Under-17s have posted a 7-6-1 record in international matches this year. Most recently, the U.S. split a pair of games with Canada’s Under-17 squad, losing 1-0 on May 22 and then rebounding for a 2-1 win just three days later. Guillermo Gonzalez, John DiRaimondo and Corey Ashe have led the team offensively, combining for 15 goals in 14 international matches. One of just three players to play in all 30 matches this year (along with Ashe and Mike Harrington), Gonzalez has totaled 14 goals and seven assists in 2002. The Under-17s trained and played four exhibitions last week in Raleigh, N.C., opening with a 1-1 draw against the Raleigh Elite (PDL) on August 12. Corey Ashe scored for the U.S., before a second-half Raleigh equalizer provided the final scoreline. The U.S. then topped an older CASL club team 4-1 on August 14, with goals from Harrington, Spector, Gonzalez and an CASL own goal. The Under-17s concluded with a scoreless draw with N.C. State on August 17.
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U.S. FUTSAL TEAM TO HOST BRAZIL, MEXICO IN MILWAUKEE THIS WEEKEND: The U.S. Futsal National Team will host two nations at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis., this weekend (Aug. 24-25), as CONCACAF rival Mexico and the three-time FIFA World Champions Brazil visit the Midwest. This is the second time this year that the U.S. squad has played international futsal matches on home soil, having defeated Canada (10-0) and tied Mexico (1-1) in a triangular event held in the Washington, D.C., area in mid-March. "I am excited that we can compete against one of the top futsal teams in the world in Brazil and once again face our (CONCACAF) regional foe Mexico in the USA," said head coach Keith Tozer. "Hosting this event is another step for our squad to get ready for the CONCACAF qualifiers in another year." Mexico is coming off a 7-1 victory over Canada in their last international match this past March, while Brazil has recently added another title to its already crowded trophy case as they won the gold medal at the VIIth South American Games over the weekend with a perfect 6-0 record, while outscoring their opponents 42-5. Tozer has also named a 14-man player roster along with nine alternates for this competition. The U.S. will open the triangular event on Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. CT, as they face Brazil for the first time since 1998. After Mexico battles Brazil in the opener on Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. CT, the Americans close out the competition squaring off against the Tri-Colores in the nightcap at 5 p.m. CT. Tickets for the event go on sale today at the Bradley Center Ticket Office. Individual session tickets are priced at $25 (reserved), and $12 (general admission), with all-session tickets priced at $40 (reserved), and $20 (general admission). For more information, contact the Wave Office at 414-224-WAVE (9283).
MANKAMYER BECOMES JUST SECOND FEMALE U.S.O.C. PRESIDENT: The U.S. Olympic Committee's board of directors approved Marty Mankamyer as its next president on Thursday, making her the second woman to head the world's most powerful Olympic committee. Mankamyer, whose work with soccer at the national level dates back to the 1970s, had been serving as the USOC interim president since Sandy Baldwin resigned in May. She received a simple majority from the 123-member board after the USOC's Executive Committee selected her over Boston attorney Paul George and silver medal rower Larry Hough in a July 29 vote. Mankamyer, the first woman elected to the U.S. Soccer Federation's Executive Committee, was a leading figure in the push to include women’s soccer in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, where she served as the soccer delegation supervisor. She began her work in soccer at the national level by serving as a soccer volunteer at the 1978, 1979 and 1983 National Sports Festivals. The native of Farmington, N.M., later served as the soccer liaison at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina.
COLLEGE SOCCER'S TOP AWARDS MERGE FOR UNIFIED NATIONAL RECOGNITION: The two premier awards in college soccer, the Missouri Athletic Club Collegiate Soccer Players of the Year and the Hermann Trophy, have merged to form one award - the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy. As of the 2002 season, the most outstanding male and female soccer player in America, as selected by the members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, will receive this combined award. The M.A.C. and Hermann awards have been presented to the same player 20 times (nine men / eleven women) and to different players 10 times (seven men / three women) since 1986. “Forming one award will help attain the goal of presenting college soccer’s version of the Heisman Trophy,” said M.A.C. President Gerald Ortbals. “This will increase the prestige and visibility of college soccer’s top honor.” Twenty-eight M.A.C. and Hermann recipients have gone on to represent the United States on either the men’s or women’s national team. The Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy winners are determined through a vote of NCAA coaches in a process administered by the NSCAA. The award represents the highest recognition of achievement in collegiate soccer.
SEITZ TO REFEREE MATCH AT FIRST EVER U-19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN CANADA: U.S. Soccer referee Kari Seitz is scheduled to work her first match as the center referee of the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship tonight in a game between Germany and Brazil in Vancouver. The 31-year-old Seitz, who has been a FIFA official since 1999, began her work in the tournament as the fourth official on Saturday for Brazil's 5-3 victory over Mexico.
U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT
PEAK PERFORMER: Columbus Crew rookie forward Edson Buddle showed why he may be one of the key players on the U.S. Under-23 MNT with an impressive six-point performance in a 4-0 thrashing of the Kansas City Wizards this weekend. The 21-year-old native of New Rochelle, N.Y., set up fellow forward Jeff Cunningham twice (in the 11th and 61st minutes) and knocked home a pair of goals himself in the 42nd and 58th to seal the win. Buddle now has seven goals and five assists on the year and is one of the leading candidates for 2002 MLS Rookie of the Year.
MARQUEE MATCH-UP: Mia and Hege. Abby and Danielle. Bridgit and Pretinha. That’s right – it’s the Founders Cup II (live on PAX on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET). The two losers from 2001 are already the big winners in 2002 just by being in Atlanta this weekend to fight for the WUSA crown. Although both teams boast solid defenses (both teams only gave up 30 goals across 21 regular season games), they were also the two highest-scoring teams in the league and are loaded with firepower. Expect it to be a wide open affair that will be decided in overtime or by penalty kick shootout like the CyberRays’ win over the Beat in the thrilling 2001 final.
SOCCER SHOCKER: Not two seasons removed from reigning as 2000 MLS Cup champs while boasting the league’s best goalkeeper and best overall defense, the Kansas City Wizards have fallen on hard times, having given up a whopping 15 goals in their last four games (including a 6-1 loss to F.C. Morelia in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions Cup semi-finals on Aug. 7, a 5-1 loss to Chicago on Aug. 14 and a 4-0 loss to Columbus on Aug. 17). With the losses, the ex-champs are now 8-8-8 and mired in last place in the Western Conference.
“It's devastating. It's hard to believe that a young player like this can be hit with a season-ending injury for the third year in the last four seasons."
- Chicago Fire head coach Bob Bradley, on the ACL tear that 25-year-old U.S.MNT forward Josh Wolff suffered last week in a 5-1 win over the K.C. Wizards.