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RFK STADIUM TO HOST OPENING CEREMONIES EVENT, FIRST U.S. MATCH ON SEPT. 21: U.S. Soccer and FIFA unveiled the entire 32-match, 23-day tournament schedule for the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 today at RFK Stadium, site of the tournament’s first U.S. Women’s National Team match and opening ceremonies on Sunday, Sept. 21. Following the USA opener, RFK Stadium will see a pair of games played on both Wednesday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 27, featuring action from Groups A, B and C. The USA’s second match takes place in the sparkling new Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Thursday, Sept. 25. The first game of the 2003 Women’s World Cup will actually kickoff in Philadelphia with a doubleheader featuring matches from Groups A and B on Saturday, Sept. 20. First round group play for the U.S. WNT will end in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Columbus Crew Stadium, the first major soccer-specific stadium ever constructed in the United States. Crew Stadium will host three sets of doubleheaders, including two matches on the tournament’s first day of action on Saturday, Sept. 20, which will feature “Welcome to the Women’s World Cup Ceremonies,” and games on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The tournament quarterfinals will be played as doubleheaders on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., and on Thursday, Oct. 2 at PGE Park in Portland, Ore. Should they advance to the knockout stage, the U.S. Women would play their quarterfinal match in Boston. The final and third place matches of the Women’s World Cup will be played as stand alone games on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, respectively, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Group D action will kickoff with consecutive doubleheaders at the HDC on Sunday, Sept. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 25.

WAMBACH SCORES TWICE IN WIN, BUT O’REILLY OUT 6-8 WEEKS WITH LEFT LEG INJURY: The U.S. Women's National Team got two goals from Chevrolet Woman of the Match Abby Wambach and a goal and two assists from midfielder Julie Foudy in a dominating 5-0 win over Ireland at the spectacular and scenic Rice-Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah. A boisterous crowd of 19,584 enthusiastic fans came out on a beautiful summer evening to watch the U.S. women in its third-to-last match before the 2003 Women's World Cup. The crowd was the largest to see the WNT play in the U.S. this year. The USA got on the board just 74 seconds into the game, but at great cost, as 18-year-old forward Heather O'Reilly was injured while scoring on a header. In her first ever WNT start, she broke her left fibula and will be out 6-8 weeks. The USA scored again in the 12th minute as Kristine Lilly fired a shot from deep in the left side of the penalty area that was knocked down by Byrne.  Cindy Parlow kept the ball alive by crashing into an Irish defender that was trying to clear the ball, and it squirted to Foudy, who quickly fired a left-footed shot inside the near post from five yards out. In her first start of the year, Wambach provided the next two goals, in the 21st and 42nd minutes, to give the U.S. a commanding 4-0 halftime lead. Mia Hamm came off the bench in the second half and provided the final strike after a great individual effort by midfielder Tiffany Roberts.

FANS CAN FOLLOW USA-TURKEY MATCH LIVE ON ussoccer.com’s MATCHTRACKER: Fans can follow the USA's first match against Turkey on Thursday (June 19) live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics, starting at 1 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast via same-day delay on Galavision at 7 p.m. ET/PT. The U.S. will then take on Brazil on Sunday (June 21) in Lyon at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT live on TeleFutura. The U.S. concludes group play against Cameroon on June 23 in Lyon at 3 p.m. ET, live on MatchTracker and via tape-delay broadcast at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Galavision. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals on June 26.  The third-place match is scheduled for June 28, and the final takes place on June 29 in Paris. The field at the Confederations Cup is comprised of the six confederation champions (Cameroon, Colombia, France, Japan, New Zealand and the USA), the World Cup Champions (Brazil) and a guest team (Turkey).

UPDATED 2003 FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP TV BROADCAST SCHEDULE UNVEILED: All 16 matches of the 2003 Confederations Cup in France will be shown on either Galavision, Telefutura or Univision. Galavision will broadcast 12 of the 16 matches, while TeleFutura and Univision will each broadcast two, including the third place match and final, respectively, on June 28 and 29. Below is the updated TV schedule:
2003 FIFA Confederations Cup TV Schedule
Date          Match-Up                          Venue         Kickoff                                                   TV
June 18    New Zealand vs. Japan    Paris          7 p.m. ET & PT (Same Day Delay)     Galavision
June 18    France vs. Colombia        Lyon            9 p.m.  ET & PT (SDD)                 Galavision
June 19    Turkey vs. USA                 St. Etienne  7 p.m. ET & PT (SDD)                Galavision
June 19    Brazil vs. Cameroon         Paris           9 p.m. ET & PT (SDD)                 Galavision
June 20    Colombia vs. New Zealand   Lyon       7 p.m. ET & PT (SDD)                 Galavision
June 20    France vs. Japan              St. Etienne  9 p.m. ET & PT (SDD)                 Galavision
June 21    Cameroon vs. Turkey       Paris           12:50 p.m. ET / 9:50 a.m. PT (LIVE)     Galavision
June 21    Brazil vs. USA                   Lyon             3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT (LIVE)     TeleFutura
June 22    Japan vs. Colombia         St. Etienne  3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT (LIVE)     Univision
June 22    France vs. New Zealand  Paris            6 p.m. ET & PT (SDD)                 Galavision
June 23    Brazil vs. Turkey                St. Etienne  7 p.m. ET & PT (SDD)                Galavision
June 23    USA vs. Cameroon          Lyon             9 p.m. ET & PT (SDD)                 Galavision
June 26    Semifinal (1st B-2nd A)    Lyon             7 p.m. ET & PT (SDD)                Galavision
June 26    Semifinal (1sr A-2nd B)    Paris            9 p.m. ET & PT (SDD)                Galavision
June 28    Third Place Match             St. Etienne  12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT (LIVE)     TeleFutura
June 29    Final                                   Paris             3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT (LIVE)     Univision

– 2003 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE –

U.S. OPEN CUP SECOND ROUND SITES, THIRD ROUND PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED: The third round pairings, as well as the sites of the second round matches, of the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup were finalized last week by U.S. Soccer. In the third round, eight A-League teams and the MetroStars and D.C. United of MLS join the tournament, with all matches to take place on July 16. The second round kicks off at six sites on June 24 and 25 with United States Adult Soccer Association and Premier Development League teams taking on teams from the United Soccer Leagues-Pro Select League. Complete results as well as information on sites and times are updated as soon as they are available on the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competition page on ussoccer.com. Geographical pairings and host proposals received from each club helped determine match-ups, as they will through the quarterfinals of the tournament. Consideration was also given to prevent teams from the same level from playing each other in the first or second rounds. Possible pairings for the fourth round will be announced after the completion of the second round.
Second Round
No.    Date    Match-up        Venue; City
5    June 25    Bradenton Academics (PDL) @ Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL)    Legion Sports Complex; Wilmington, N.C.
6    June 25    Long Island Rough Riders (USL-PSL) @ Mid-Michigan Bucks (PDL)    Hurley Field; Berkley, Mich.
7    June 25    Bridgeport Italians (USASA) @ New Hampshire Phantoms (USL-PSL)    Singer Park; Manchester, N.H.
8    June 25    Raleigh CASL Elite (PDL) @ Carolina Dynamo (USL-PSL)     MacPherson Stadium; Browns Summit, N.C.
9    June 24    Reading Rage (USL-PSL) @ Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA)    Bavarian Soccer Park; Milwaukee, Wisc.
10    June 25    Utah Blitzz (USL-PSL) @ Fresno Fuego (PDL)    Steinert Field; Fresno, Calif.

Third Round
No.  Date    Match-up                                          Venue; City
11       July 16    Seattle Sounders (A-League) @ Minnesota Thunder (A-League)                   National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.         
12       July 16    Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A-League) @ D.C. United (MLS)                            Maryland Soccerplex; Boyds, Md.          
13       July 16    Game 10 Winner vs. El Paso Patriots (A-League)              TBA                      
14       July 16    Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League) @ Game 5 Winner              TBA                      
15       July 16    Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League) @ Carolina Dynamo OR
                             Raleigh CASL Elite @ Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League)                TBA
16       July 16    Game 9 Winner @ Milwaukee Wave United  (A-League)                             Uihlein Soccer Park; Milwaukee, Wisc.
17       July 16    Game 6 Winner vs. MetroStars (MLS)                       TBA                     
18       July 16    Game 7 Winner vs. Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League)       TBA

– 2003 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP UPDATE –

ASIAN QUALIFYING TO BE CONCLUDED THIS WEEKEND, PRODUCE TWO MORE FINALISTS: The semifinalists are set in the 14th AFC Women's Championship, which doubles as Asia's Women's World Cup qualifying tournament, currently being held in Thailand, as Japan, China and both North and South Korea have gone through to the final four as expected. The top two finishers in the tournament (besides China, who retains its automatic berth as original host) will receive berths to the 2003 Women's World Cup.  China easily won Group C by defeating its three opponents by a whopping 29-0 margin.  In Group B, Japan rolled past four opponents by a 34-0 margin.  Group C is where the drama took place, as not-so-friendly neighbors North Korea and South Korea squared off in the final Group A match for first place.  North Korea, the defending Asian champions, twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw, booking both teams a spot in the semifinals.  Lee Ji-Eun and Hwang In-Sun scored for South Korea while Yun Yong-hui and Jin Pyol-hui both scored equalizers, the latter in the 77th minute after South Korea had gone a women down due to a red card early in the second half.  The goal for Jin, who scored a hat trick to shock China for the title in the 2001 Asian Championships, was her eight of the tournament. The result leaves both Koreas at 10 points after four games, but North Korea won the group on goal difference and will play Japan in the semifinal on Thursday (June 19). South Korea, who qualified for the final four as the best second-place team, will meet China in the other semi, also on Thursday.  The winner of the North Korea-Japan match will earn one of Asia's two spots in the 2003 Women's World Cup.  Should China defeat South Korea as expected, the winner of the Third Place match will earn Asia's second Women's World Cup berth, with the loser taking on Mexico in a two-game home-and-home series for the final spot in the 16-team tournament.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

UNDER-17 MEN DRAW KOREA, SIERRA LEONE, SPAIN FOR FINLAND 2003 IN AUGUST: The United States Under-17 Men’s National Team has been drawn into Group D with Korea, Sierra Leone and Spain for the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Finland. The U.S. opens against Korea on August 14 at 5:30 p.m. local time/10:30 a.m. ET, then faces Sierra Leone on August 17 (3 p.m. local time/8 a.m. ET) and concludes group play on August 20 (8 p.m. local time/1 p.m. ET) against Spain. The U.S. will play all three of their first round games at Lahti Stadium in Lahti, Finland. Every U.S. match at the World Championship can be followed live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Phillips Electronics. The U.S. is the only nation to compete in all 10 world championships at this age group. The 16-team field will be divided into four groups of four, with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the quarterfinals. The tournament will be played in Helsinki (Toolo Stadium), Turku (Turku Stadium), Tampere (Ratina Stadium) and Lahti (Lahti Stadium). The FIFA tournament final will be the first ever played on an artificial surface as Toolo Stadium was recently outfitted with the FieldTurf due to Finland’s cold climates, which make it difficult to grow natural grass.
2003 FIFA Confederations Cup Draw
Group A (Toolo Stadium; Helsinki): Finland, China, Mexico, Columbia
Group B (Turku Stadium; Turku): Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Nigeria
Group C (Ratina Stadium; Tampere): Yemen, Portugal, Cameroon, Brazil
Group D (Lahti Stadium; Lahti): Korea Republic, USA, Spain, Sierra Leone

MEDIA CREDENTIALS FOR FINLAND 2003 NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AT fifa.com: Media wishing to seek accreditation to cover the FIFA U-17 World Championship, which is set to be played across Finland from Aug. 13-30, can now apply for accreditation online at www.fifa.com. For print/online media and photographers, the URL is: http://images.fifa.com/u17/2003/accreditation_form-PREPHOWEB.doc. For Radio and TV media, the URL is: http://images.fifa.com/u17/2003/accreditation_form-RTV.doc. The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will play all three of its first round games in the city of Lahti, facing Korea, Sierra Leone and Spain from Aug. 14-20.

U-15 BOYS FALL TO ITALY TO OPEN MUNDIALITO TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-15 Boys National Team fell to Italy by a 5-0 margin in front of an estimated 5,000 fans in the opener of the 2003 Mundialito Tournament in Salerno, Italy, yesterday. The host team opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and continued with goals in the 41st, 63rd, 76th and 83rd minutes. The U-15s, coached by Ken Lolla, continue the tournament tomorrow (June 17) versus Germany and then on Thursday (June 19) in a placement match.
U.S. Under-15 BNT Results/Schedule
Date       Opponent    Result    U.S. Goal Scorer
June 15     Italy    5-0 L    ---
June 17     Germany
June 19      [Placement Match]

-- AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD --

SOCCER AMERICA HONORED BY CHICAGO TRIBUNE AS ONE OF TOP 50 U.S. MAGAZINES: Soccer America, the nation’s leading soccer magazine, was named number 43 on the Chicago Tribune’s recent list of the Top 50 magazines in America. The newspaper selected the Top 50 out of more than 17,500 magazines published in the U.S. Soccer America, which is published by Berling Communications in Berkeley, Calif., and Sports Illustrated, which nabbed the number 4 spot, were the only two sports magazines to make the list.

- U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT -

PEAK PERFORMER:  U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach made the most of her opportunity to start and play 90 minutes, scoring twice to lead the U.S. to a commanding 5-0 win over Ireland in Salt Lake City this weekend. It was her first start of the season and only her second game in which she played a full 90 minutes for the USA. The exceptional performance comes at a time when the U.S. is facing the loss of two key forwards, which has opened the door for the Freedom forward and 2002 WUSA Rookie of the Year to make the final Women’s World Cup roster is to be decided in the next two months.

MARQUEE MATCH-UP: The U.S. Men’s National Team faces two stiff tests this week in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, opening Group B play with a match against third-place 2002 World Cup finisher Turkey on Thursday (June 19) and then the champs themselves, Brazil, on Sunday (June 21). An easy final group game? Hardly. The U.S. closes things out against African and reigning Olympic champion Cameroon on June 23. Talk about your Group of Death…

SOCCER SHOCKER: Okay, so we all know that the U.S. Women’s National Team has been known to dominate an opponent, but the final statistics from last weekend’s 5-0 win over Ireland in Salt Lake City deserve special attention among the team’s impressive results of late (a 6-0 win over England on May 17 and a 6-1 win over Canada on April 26). Already overmatched on even playing terms, the Irish were dazed by the summer heat and stifled by the thick almost-mile-high air. The result? Shots: USA 24, IRE 0. Saves: USA 0, IRE 12. Corner Kicks: USA 8, IRE 0. We’re still checking to see if either of U.S. goalkeepers Briana Scurry or LaKeyshia Beene even touched the ball in the 90-minute romp.
 
QUOTABLE:  "I said to Julie Foudy, ‘You have to be the luckiest generation of athletes in the world. You’ve had two World Cups at home.’”
    --U.S. WNT head coach April Heinrichs, on the opportunity for many of the players from the ’99 championship to play another Women’s World Cup in their backyard.


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