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U.S. Soccer Wire - April 17, 2006


U.S. MNT Tie, 1-1, Against Jamaica in Cary, N.C.;
U.S. WNT Set For Two May Games Against Japan;
U-20 Women Earn 2-2 Draw vs. Canada in First match of Brazil Trip

U.S. MNT TIES JAMAICA IN CARY: In the last game before U.S. Manager Bruce Arena announces his 2006 FIFA World Cup roster, the U.S. Men’s National Team battled a youthful Jamaican team to a 1-1 draw in front of a sold-out crowd at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., on Tuesday, April 11. A strike by Ben Olsen late in the first half allowed the U.S. to stay undefeated all-time against Jamaica. The U.S. has now met Jamaica 17 times, holding a 9-0-8 record against the Reggae Boyz. U.S. goalkeeper Tony Meola earned his 100th career cap during the match and Landon Donovan became the all-time assist leader in U.S. history, surpassing Cobi Jones with his feed on Olsen’s goal. Donovan now has 23 in his seven-year international career. The USA’s meeting with Jamaica came just under a month before the team begins to use the Cary facility as their base training camp prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The team will begin final preparations for Germany on May 10 in Cary, and will train for approximately two weeks at the facility before kicking off the three game Send-Off Series. The Send-Off Series starts against Morocco at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tenn., on May 23, in a game presented by Budweiser, before continuing vs. Venezuela at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 26 (presented by Sierra Mist), and concluding vs. Latvia at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., on May 28 (presented by Hyundai). Tickets for all three matches of the Send-Off Series are now available at ussoccer.com.

U.S. WOMEN FACE JAPAN TWICE IN MAY: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will travel to Japan for a pair of matches in early May, facing Japan on May 7 in Kumamoto and again on May 9 in Osaka. It will be the USA’s first games since the 2006 Algarve Cup in March. Both games are in southern Japan, with Kumamoto located on the most southern island of Kyushu and Osaka on the main island of Honshu. The matches in Japan will mark the eighth and ninth games of the year for the U.S. women, all of which have been played abroad, before they come home to play the first domestic contest in July. The U.S. team will begin a slew of domestic matches this summer starting with a game against Sweden on July 15 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., live at 5 p.m. CT on ESPN2 (tickets). The U.S. team will then take on Canada on July 30 at SAS Soccer Park live at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and Telemundo (tickets). More matches will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

U.S. U-20 WNT DRAWS CANADA IN FIRST GAME OF BRAZIL TRIP: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Soccer Team allowed an equalizer in the 92nd minute and had to settle for a 2-2 draw with regional rival Canada in a match played at the Brazilian National Team Training Center. Midfielders Brittany Bock and Tobin Heath scored for the USA. The match, part of the three-team Ricardo Teixeira Cup that also includes the Brazilian U-20 women, was the first game of the competition for both teams. All three teams are deep into preparations for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship to be held in Russia from Aug. 17 - Sept. 3. The two teams last met in late January at the championship game of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the U-20 World Championship with the USA coming away with a 3-2 victory. That match, played in Mexico, was the most recent international game for the USA before Saturday’s contest. In between, the U-20s played 16 matches against mostly college sides.

U.S. U-20 WNT Schedule
Date      Opponent            Result      U.S. Goal Scorers
April 15   Canada U-20       2-2 T       Bock, Heath
April 19   Brazil U-20
April 23   Canada U-20
April 24   Brazil U-20


U.S. SOCCER’S 2006 FAN SURVEY ENTERS FINAL WEEK AT ussoccer.com: In a continuing effort to improve ussoccer.com, U.S. Soccer is asking fans to take part in an online survey. The survey consists of questions to determine your satisfaction with ussoccer.com’s components and features, while also providing you with the opportunity to give direct feedback about the site. The information compiled from the survey will allow U.S. Soccer to make improvements to the site and deliver an enhanced experience for fans on ussoccer.com. Similar to past years, the survey can be accessed from ussoccer.com and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Fans over the age of 18 who complete the survey will be eligible to enter into a random drawing to win a prize pack from U.S. Soccer, containing an assortment of national team gear. Participants under the age of 18 are still encouraged to complete the survey. The survey will run through 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 19. In late January, U.S. Soccer unveiled the latest evolution of ussoccer.com, which gives fans more information on all the U.S. National Teams, referee programs and coaching education. It also includes new or improved components, such as MatchTracker, the Photo Gallery and Audio Podcast sections, and all_access Video, which fans can now enjoy on the U.S. Soccer Video Network, brought to you by Panasonic. These improvements were a direct result of the information gathered from previous surveys conducted over the past few years. To access the survey, please visit ussoccer.com.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 MNT HEADS TO ARGENTINA FOR THREE MATCHES: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, from April 18-27 to play three matches during their first foreign camp of 2006, including one against the Argentina U-20 Men’s National Team. The trip to Argentina will be just the second camp for the U.S. Under-20s this year as they kicked off their two-year cycle towards the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 last month in Sunrise, Fla. Players eligible for the World Cup must be born after Jan. 1, 1987. Before closing their 10-day training camp with their first international match of the year against Argentina on Wednesday, April 26, the U.S. will go up against two Argentine first division youth club teams. The U.S. will train for three days before facing Arsenal de Sarandi on Saturday, April 22, and River Plate on Monday, April 24.

U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Genaro Fernandez (Santa Cruz, Bolivia), Steve Sandbo (SMU)
DEFENDERS (6): Eric Lichaj (Downers Grove, Ill.), Chance Myers (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Nathan Sturgis (L.A. Galaxy), Neven Subotic (USF), Blake Wagner (FC Dallas), Anthony Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Nikolas Besagno (Real Salt Lake), Corben Bone (Plano, Texas), Carlos Borja (Anaheim, Calif.), Rodrigo Lopez (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Nicolas Torres (Club Deportivo Espanol), Sal Zizzo (UCLA)
FORWARDS (5): Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), David Arvizu (New York Red Bulls), Quavas Kirk (L.A. Galaxy), Estuardo Sanchez (Chivas USA), Preston Zimmerman (Hamburg SV)


U-18 MNT TO FACE SLOVAKIA, MALTA AND HUNGARY IN SLOVAKIA CUP: The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team will compete in the Slovakia Cup 2006 from April 20-29 in Piest'any, Slovakia. The U.S. was drawn in to Group A with Slovakia, Hungary and Malta, while Group B consists of the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and Belgium. The U.S. will head to Slovakia on Thursday, April 20, and have three days of training before taking on Hungary in their opening match on April 24, Malta a day later and finishing group play against the host on April 27. If the U.S. finishes in one of the top two spots in the group, they will play on April 28 in either the third place or championship match.

U-18 MNT Roster - Slovakia Cup 2006
GOALKEEPERS (2): Joe Bendik (Marietta, Ga.), Brian Perk (Santa Margarita, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (7): Kyle Davies (Pleasanton, Calif.), Kemo Djedovic (Cupertino, Calif.), Greg Eckhardt (Orange Park, Fla.), Doug Ferner (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Blair Gavin (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Colin Givens (Troy, Mich.), Cameron Lamming (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.);
MIDFIELDERS (4): Koaru Forbess (Benton, Ark.), Jose Gonzales (Soquel, Calif.), Daniel Kelly (Hendersonville, Calif.), Jonathon Villanueva (Grand Prairie, Texas);
FORWARDS (5): Edgar Barajas (San Fernando, Calif.), Perica Marosevic (Rockford, Ill.), Eber Martinez (Arlington, Va.), Michael Stephens (Naperville, Ill.), Casey Townsend (Treverse City, Mich.).


U-17 ’90 MNT GETS FIRST WIN IN ENGLAND, PREPARES FOR WALES ON THURSDAY: The U.S. Under-17 ’90 Men’s National Team defeated a regional team from Northern England 5-2 on Saturday (April 15) in their first match during their 10-day training camp. The U.S., which arrived on April 12 and trained for two days before their first match, got a hat trick from Sheanon Williams and goals from Brek Shea and TJ Nelson. Williams gave the U.S. the early lead when he buried a penalty kick in the eighth minute. Shea tallied just a minute later after receiving a pass from Brandon Tarr. The U-17s went up 3-0 in the 25th minute as Nelson scored on an unassisted strike. The Northern England tallied in the 31st and 56th minutes, but Williams responded both times with strikes of his own in the 51st and 70th minutes. The U.S. will next face Liverpool’s youth squad on Tuesday, April 18, taking on Wales in Ryhl for their fourth international game of the year. The U-17s will have one final match in England against a Wigan Athletic youth squad on April 22 before jumping across the Irish Sea to participate in the Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland. The U.S. will kick off Group A of the Ballymena International Tournament on April 24 against Switzerland before facing Finland on April 25 and Northern Ireland on April 26. The U-17s will then play a placement match on April 28 against one of the four teams from Group B – Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic and Scotland.

U-17 ’90 Roster – England Training Camp
GOALKEEPERS (2): Larry Jackson (East Palo Alto, Calif.), Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.),
DEFENDERS (5): Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Ian Kalis (Plano, Texas), Brandon Lee (Tenafly, N.J.), Thomas Meyer (St.
Louis, Miss.), TJ Nelson (Garland, Texas),
MIDFIELDERS (10): Tevin Jackson (Baltimore, Md.), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Jesse Paredes (Los Angeles, Calif.), Dane Shea (College Station, Texas), Brandon Tarr (Knoxville, Tenn.), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.), Matthey Uy (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.);
FORWARDS (5): Danny Barerra (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Abdus Ibrahim (Richfield, Minn.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.).

U-17 ’90 Schedule/Results – England Training Camp
Date       Opponent                                 Result      U.S. Goal Scorers
April 15    Northern England Select Team    5-2 W      Williams (3), Shea, Nelson
April 18    Liverpool
April 20    Wales
April 22    Wigan Athletic

U-17 ’90 Roster – Ballymena International Tournament
TBD

U-17 ’90 Schedule – Ballymena International Tournament
Date        Opponent
April 24    Switzerland
April 25    Finland
April 26    Northern Ireland
April 28    Placement Match


U-17 ’89 MNT DEFEAT NORTH CAROLINA, 3-2, IN BRADENTON: The U-17 ’89 Men’s National Team got two goals in the final 10 minutes to defeat the University of North Carolina, 3-2, on Saturday (April 15) at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The U.S. got on the board first when Anthony Wallace converted a penalty kick in the 23rd minute, but UNC bounced back with goals from Ben Hunter (65th minute) and Cameron Lewis (76th) to take the lead late in the game. With less than 10 minutes remaining, Jeremy Hall and Josmer Altidore combined twice to provide the U.S. with the victory. In the 81st minute, Hall finished off a pass from Altidore to pull even and then returned the favor as Altidore buried his game-winning shot.

U-17 ’89 Results
Date        Opponent    Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
April 15     UNC          3-2 W     Wallace, Hall, Altidore


U.S. U-16 GIRL’S NATIONAL TEAM WINS ALL THREE MATCHES IN HOLLAND: The U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team swept all three matches on its tour of Holland, defeating two women’s clubs as well as the Dutch U-19 team. The U.S. opened the tour on April 11 with a 3-1 win over Seastum, as the USA's Jennifer Laponte, Sarah Chapman and Julie Bouchelle tallied for the USA. All three goals were scored in the first half before Seastum pulled one back in the 56th minute. The next day, the USA again scored all its goals in the first half in a quality 2-1 victory over Holland’s U-19 side. Holland actually got on the board first in the 16th minute, but goals from Casey Short (26th minute) and another from Laponte (30th) just five minutes later were enough for the win. Short’s goal came after Beth West chipped a ball over the defense giving Short a one-on-one with the ‘keeper. Laponte got her second goal of the tour after running onto a through ball from Brittani Bartok. She took a touch and hit her shot off the post and in. The USA’s final win over RVVH came on April 15, a 3-1 victory that saw goals from Short, Macy Jo Harrison and Bartok. The USA scored two early goals in the 5th and 14th minutes before RVVH pulled within one in the 38th minute. Bartok put the game away in the 65th minute.

U.S. U-16 GNT Results
Date      Opponent       Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
April 11  Seastum         3-1 W     Laponte, Chapman, Bouchelle
April 13  Holland U-19   2-1 W     Short, Laponte
April 15  RVVH             3-1 W    Short, Harrison, Bartok


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

2006 MISL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON ESPN2: Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) and ESPN announced last week that the 2006 MISL Championship Series Final will be broadcast live on ESPN2 for the second consecutive season on Sunday, April 30, at 1 p.m. ET. The 2006 MISL Championship Series Finals is a two-game, “home-and-home” series featuring the winners of the Championship Series Semifinals. In the event of a draw, the 2006 MISL Champion will be determined by a “Golden Goal” session immediately following the conclusion of Game Two. The Championship Series consists of four teams. The MISL Regular Season Champion receives an automatic bid to postseason play and earns the No. 1 seed as determined by regular season win percentage. The Championship Series Semifinal Round is a two-game “home-and-home” series, with the No. 4 seed Chicago Storm meeting the No. 1 seed and Regular Season Champion St. Louis Steamers in one semifinal, and the No. 3 seed Baltimore Blast drawing the No. 2 seed and defending MISL Champion Milwaukee Wave in the other semifinal.

2006 MISL Championship Series Semifinals
Date      Match-up                                                Time                  Location
April 15  Chicago Storm 1, St. Louis Steamers 7       --                      Chicago, Ill.
April 22  St. Louis Steamers vs. Chicago Storm       7:05 p.m. CT       St. Louis, Ms.
             Baltimore Blast vs. Milwaukee Wave          8:05 p.m. ET       Baltimore, Md.
April 23   Milwauke Wave. vs. Baltimore Blast           6:05 p.m. CT      Milwaukee

2006 MISL Championship Series Finals
Date             Match-up                                            Time               Location; TV
April 28 / 29   Winner Series 1 vs. Winner Series 2      TBD                TBD; --
April 30          Winner Series 1 vs. Winner Series 2     1 p.m. ET         TBD; ESPN2


SOCAL BLUES, CASL WIN INAUGURAL CHAMPIONS CUP: The Southern California Blues SC and CASL won inaugural US Club Soccer Champions Cup titles on Sunday, April 16, at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. The Blues took home the girls’ championship, while North Carolina-based CASL won the boys’ competition. The country’s elite clubs brought their Under-13, U-15 and U-17 teams to Orlando, Fla., on April 13-16. Three clubs - CASL, FC DELCO and the Southern California Blues - entered the final day of Champions Cup play in contention for the girls’ championship as each club earned berths into two first-place matches plus a third-place match. The Blues took the club title on an exciting day of final play as their U-13s finished second, U-15s came in third and U-17s won first place. On the boys’ side, CASL won the U-13 and U-17 age groups and finished second at the U-15 level to claim the club championship. Following are the final club standings for the inaugural US Club Soccer Champions Cup:

2006 Girls Champions Cup Final Standings
First – Southern California Blues SC (Calif.)
Second – FC DELCO (Pa.)*
Third – CASL (N.C.)*
Fourth – Colorado Rush (Colo.)
Fifth – Internationals SC (Ohio)
Sixth – San Juan SC (Calif.)
Seventh – Weston Fury SC (Fla.)
Eighth – Mass Premier Soccer (Mass.)

*After FC DELCO and CASL earned the same amount of club points, FC DELCO finished as the runner-up and CASL in third due to tiebreakers.

2006 Boys Champions Cup Final Standings
First – CASL (N.C.)
Second – Schulz Academy (Fla.)
Third – Concorde Fire (Ga.)
Fourth – Richmond Strikers (Va.)
Fifth – Internationals SC (Ohio)
Sixth – PDA (N.J.)
Seventh – Mass Premier Soccer (Mass.)**
Eighth – Colorado Rush (Colo.)**

** After Mass Premier Soccer and Colorado Rush earned the same amount of club points, Mass Premier Soccer finished seventh and Colorado Rush eighth due to tiebreakers.


US YOUTH SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2006 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DATES: US Youth Soccer has announced the dates and locations for the 2006 US Youth Soccer National Championships Series, one of the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournaments. The 2006 US Youth Soccer National Championships will head to Des Moines, Iowa’s James W. Cownie Soccer Park, July 25-30, 2006. US Youth Soccer State Champions and selected wildcard teams through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues in most age groups are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. The champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 age brackets from each regional event will converge on Des Moines, July 25-30 to enjoy the world-class facilities and the nation’s top competition. More information is available at USYouthSoccer.org and championships.usyouthsoccer.org.

2006 US Youth Soccer Regional Championships
2006 US Youth Soccer Region IV
Simplot Sports Complex – Boise, ID
June 18-25, 2006

2006 US Youth Soccer Region II
USA Youth Sports and Neenah Memorial Park/High School Complexes – Fox Cities, WI
June 23-28, 2006

2006 US Youth Soccer Region I
Hampton Roads Soccer Complex – Virginia Beach, VA
June 29-July 4, 2006

2006 US Youth Soccer Region III
Burns Park Soccer Complex – North Little Rock, AR
June 29-July 5, 2006

2006 US Youth Soccer National Championships
James W. Cownie Soccer Park – Des Moines, IA
July 25-30, 2006


*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT defender Oguchi Onyewu continues to man the center of the defense for Standard de Liege in Belgium. On Sunday (April 16), Onyewu was present as Liege defeated FC Brussels, 1-0, to hold onto their one point lead over Anderlecht and remain at the top of the Belgian league table. Onyewu went into Sunday’s match fresh off scoring a midweek goal against Zulte-Waregem in a Belgian Cup semifinal. Despite the 1-0 win, Standard did not advance to the finals after falling 2-1 to Zulte-Waregem in the first leg and losing the tiebreaker on away goals.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Just four teams are left in the 2006 UEFA Champions League as the semifinals kick off Tuesday, April 18, in Italy. AC Milan will host Barcelona at the San Siro at 2:30 p.m. ET, live on ESPNDeportes. The other semifinal pits Arsenal against Villarreal at Highbury at 2:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 19, live on ESPNDeportes and ESPN2. The second leg of the semifinals will take place on April 26 and April 25, respectively.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Dutch coach Guus Hiddink isn’t worrying about job security. The current PSV Eindhoven coach, who also coaches Australia’s Men’s National Team on a part-time basis, recently led the Dutch club to their second consecutive Eredivisie title in his last season as head coach. During the summer, he will focus primarily on leading the Australian squad in their second FIFA World Cup ever and first in 32 years. But even before the ball rolls for the first time in Germany, Hiddink has his next gig lined up after signing on Friday (April 14) a two-year deal to coach the Russian Men’s National Team after the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Hiddink’s salary with Russia amounts to about $2.4 million a year.

QUOTABLE: "Tonight [Tuesday, April 11] for me was just a great night and I did it with a great group of guys who appreciated the first 99 as much as they appreciated tonight. They let me know about it all week… We joked a lot about it. Apparently, I'm like 67 years old instead of 37, according to them. And 1988 was a hundred years ago and not 18 years. It was great. I was so happy I was able to be part of it."
-- U.S. MNT goalkeeper Tony Meola on earning his 100th career cap in the 1-1 tie against Jamaica on Tuesday (April 11) and how he was treated by his teammates before the match.

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