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U.S. Soccer Wire - June 25, 2007


U.S. MNT WINS 2007 CONCACAF GOLD CUP WITH 2-1 VICTORY AGAINST MEXICO;
MNT SET FOR COPA AMERICA OPENER VS. ARGENTINA ON THURSDAY;
U.S. U-20 MNT HEAD TO 2007 FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP AFTER 2-1 WIN VS. CHILE;
U.S. WNT DEFEAT BRAZIL IN SECOND MATCH OF SEND-OFF SERIES

U.S. MNT DEFEAT MEXICO FOR GOLD CUP TITLE: The U.S. Men’s National Team continued their domination of Mexico with a sterling, 2-1 masterpiece, coming from behind for the first time ever against their rivals to claim their fourth all-time CONCACAF Gold Cup championship. Despite a 1-0 halftime deficit, a confident and powerful U.S. team dominated Mexico in the second half behind goals from Landon Donovan and Benny Feilhaber, while also twice hitting the post. In addition to laying claim to their third regional crown since 2002, the victory in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup paves the way for the USA’s invaluable participation in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, an eight-team tournament being staged in South Africa one year before the 2010 World Cup.

U.S. MNT CONCACAF Gold Cup Schedule / Results
Date        Opponent                  Kickoff/Result    U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
June 7    Guatemala                     1-0 W              Clint Dempsey
June 9    Trinidad & Tobago        2-0 W              Brian Ching, Eddie Johnson
June 12  El Salvador                    4-0 W          DaMarcus Beasley (2), Landon Donovan, Taylor Twellman
June 16  Panama                         2-1 W              Landon Donovan, Carlos Bocanegra
June 21  Canada                          2-1 W              Frankie Hejduk, Landon Donovan
June 24  Mexico*                           2-1 W             Landon Donovan, Benny Feilhaber
*Final

BRADLEY NAMES COPA AMERICA ROSTER: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named the 22-man roster that will compete in the 2007 Copa America in Venezuela. The team, which includes nine players that are on the current Gold Cup roster, will depart on June 25 for Maracaibo, Venezuela, their base of operations for the beginning part of the tournament. The U.S. will open the tournament against Argentina on Thursday, June 28, at Estadio Jose “Pachencho” Romero in Maracaibo, which is in the northeast corner of the country on the western side of Lake Maracaibo and will also be the venue for the final. The U.S. will then face Colombia on July 2 at Estadio Agustin Tovar “La Carolina” in Barinas, before finishing group play against Paraguay on July 5 at Estadio Metropolitano de Futbol de Lara in Barquisimeto. All of the USA’s matches will be broadcast live on GolTV and Telefutura. Fans can also follow all the action live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, and the games will be aired delayed on Fox Sports Espanol. The last time the U.S. competed in the tournament in 1995, the United States upset defending champion Argentina, 3-0, to advance to the quarterfinals where they defeated Mexico and eventually finished in fourth place. Overall, the U.S. has played Argentina seven times in their history, holding a lifetime record of 2-5-0 against the South American juggernauts.

U.S. Men's National Team 2007 Copa America Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
DEFENDERS (8) – Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Bobby Boswell (D.C. United), Dan Califf (Aalborg BK), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Heath Pearce (FC Nordsjælland), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8) – Kyle Beckerman (Colorado Rapids), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Lee Nguyen (PSV Eindhoven), Ben Olsen (D.C.United)
FORWARDS (4) – Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Herculez Gomez (Colorado Rapids), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)

WNT DEFEATS BRAZIL IN SECOND SEND-OFF SERIES MATCH: The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled to a 2-0 win over Brazil in the first meeting between the teams since the 2004 Olympic gold medal match. A crowd of almost 17,000 watched the match as the USA improved its record to 9-0-2 in 2007 with four games left in the team’s Send-Off Series before leaving for China and the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The win also stretched the team’s unbeaten streak in regulation time to 43 games, 42 of those under head coach Greg Ryan. The fifth FIFA Women’s World Cup will be played from Sept. 10-30 in five Chinese cities. The U.S. team will now go on a break before re-grouping on July 6 in Hartford, Conn., in preparation for a match against long-time rival Norway at Rentschler Field on July 14 as Kristine Lilly makes a triumphant return to her home state. After facing Norway, the USA will travel to Northern California to face Japan at Spartan Stadium in San Jose on July 28, before taking on New Zealand in Chicago on Aug. 12 at Soldier Field. The U.S. team will finish up against Finland in Los Angeles on Aug. 25 at The Home Depot Center in the final match before the team heads to China. For complete details and ticket information for the entire Send-Off Series, visit to ussoccer.com.

2007 Women’s National Team Send-Off Series
Date       Opponent        Location                                                                     Result/Kickoff TV
June 16 China               Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio)        2-0 W
June 23 Brazil                Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)                    2-0 W
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

AUTOGRAPHED XBOX 360 CONSOLE AUCTION ENDS WEDNESDAY: Soccer and gaming fans from all over the world can bid on a unique Xbox 360 Elite console autographed by comedian and television star Drew Carey and U.S. National Team stars Landon Donovan, Kasey Keller and Taylor Twellman, and Women’s National Team standouts Abby Wambach and Hope Solo. The auction will last through the afternoon of Wednesday, June 27. This premier gaming console, in addition to being the hottest video game system on the market, was signed as part of the “Drew Carey vs. U.S. Soccer Video Game Challenge,” a celebrity fundraising event staged on June 5 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., that raised more than $165,000 to benefit the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund, established in honor of former coach and MNT captain Glenn “Mooch” Myernick. To bid on this exclusive item, go to ussoccer.com and click on the Drew Carey Auction Button. From there, you will be able to make your bid and monitor the auction as fans chase this one-of-a-kind Xbox 360 Elite. 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        Opponent          Venue                                                                Result/Kickoff/TV
Jan. 20    Denmark           Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)                  3-1 W
Feb. 7      Mexico               Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.)         2-0 W
March 25 Ecuador            Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)           3-1 W
March 28 Guatemala       Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)                              0-0 T
June 2     China Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)                                    4-1 W
June 7     Guatemala^     Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)                   1-0 W
June 9     T&T^                  Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)                   2-0 W
June 12  El Salvador^     Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)                 4-0 W
June 16  Panama^          Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)                 2-1 W
June 21  Canada^            Soldier Field (Chicago)                                         2-1 W
June 24  Mexico^              Soldier Field (Chicago)                                         2-1 W
June 28  Argentina #       Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo)               8:45 p.m. ET / GolTV (Delayed on FSE)
July 2      Paraguay #        Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas)                   6:30 p.m. ET / GolTV (Delayed on FSE)
July 5      Colombia #       Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto) 6:30 p.m. ET / GolTV (Delayed on FSE)
July 7/8   Quarterfinals#* Puerto La Cruz, Anzoátegui, Maturín, Barquisimeto TBD
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     Catalonia         Nou Camp (Barcelona, Spain)                     TBD / FSC & Galavision
Oct. 17     Switzerland     TBD (TBD)                                                          2:30 p.m. ET / FSC & Galavision

^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
# Copa America
* If necessary

– U.S. SOCCER ON TV UPDATE –

USA COPA AMERICA JOURNEY LIVE ON GOLTV & TELEFUTURA: The U.S. Men's National Team goes straight from Chicago to Venezuela, where the team’s journey through the 2007 Copa America will be broadcast live on both GolTV and Telefutura. The tournament begins for the United States on Thursday against Argentina at 8:30 p.m. ET live on both networks. On Monday, July 2, the U.S. faces Paraguay at 6:30 p.m. ET and group play concludes on July 5 against Colombia at 6:30 p.m. ET. Each game will be broadcast on live on GolTV and Telefutura.

FOX SPORTS ESPANOL TO AIR DELAYED COVERAGE OF COPA AMERICA: The USA's three group matches at the Copa America will all be broadcast on taped delay on Fox Sports Espanol, as well. The delayed scheduled is as follow: vs. Argentina (Thursday, 12 a.m. ET), vs. Paraguay (Monday, July 2, 2 a.m. ET) and vs. Colombia (July 5, 11 p.m. ET).

U.S. U-20 MNT FIFA UNDER-20 WORLD CUP GAMES TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON ESPNU: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team’s road through the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada will be broadcast live on ESPNU. ESPNU and ESPN360.com will combine to present every match of the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, which will take place in six cities across Canada from June 30 to July 22. Each of the United States’ matches will be shown live on ESPNU, and the final, on July 22, will also be broadcast live on ESPNU and on tape delay on ESPN2. ESPNU’s coverage will kick off with the opening match, featuring U.S. Group D opponents Poland and Brazil, from Olympic Park in Montreal on June 30 at 2 p.m. ET, and will be immediately followed by the USA’s opener against the Korea Republic at 4:45 p.m. ET. Along with ESPNU and ESPN360.com coverage, every U.S. match at the U-20 World Cup can be followed live via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. The U.S. Group D matches against Poland and Brazil will also be televised live on Galavision.

U.S. U-20 MNT FIFA World Cup Schedule
Date         Matchup                           Time           TV
June 30   USA vs. South Korea     4:45 p.m.   ESPNU
July 3       USA vs. Poland               4:45 p.m.   ESPNU & Galavision
July 6       Brazil vs. USA                  7:30 p.m.   ESPNU & Galavision

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 MNT DEFEAT CHILE, 2-1, IN WORLD CUP WARM UP: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Chile, 2-1, at Giants Stadium behind goals from Freddy Adu and Robbie Rogers in the team’s final preparation match before the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada from June 30-July 22. Adu was a part of both goals, striking the opening goal in the 34th minute off a pass from Josmer Altidore and then feeding Rogers in the second half to give the U.S. a temporary 2-0 lead. In the 34th minute Altidore, playing in his club team’s home stadium, beat his defender on the dribble, cut into the penalty area and slotted a ball back to the top of the box for Adu. In three touches, Adu made a move to beat both his defender and goalkeeper Christopher Toselli, and placed a low shot into the back of the net to put the Americans up, 1-0, in the 34th minute for the USA’s second goal. Adu played the ball from the center of the field just over the midfield stripe to a streaking Rogers on the left flank. Rogers took one touch before hitting a rocket just under the crossbar. Even though he had a hard angle, the Columbus Crew midfielder didn’t give the Chilean goalkeeper a chance on the hard, perfectly placed shot.

U.S. U-20 MNT OFF TO CANADA: The U.S. will play a closed-door scrimmage against New Zealand before they travel to Montreal, Canada, on Tuesday, June 26 in preparation for their opening match of the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup against South Korea at Olympic Stadium.The United States was drawn into Group D of the tournament with South Korea, Brazil and Poland. The team opens World Cup group play on June 30, and will continue their campaign on July 3 against Poland before traveling to Ottawa to take on Brazil on July 6.

Group E Schedule
Date         Matchup                             City              Time
June 30   Poland vs. Brazil               Montreal    2:15 p.m. ET
June 30   South Korea vs. USA       Montreal     5 p.m. ET
July 3       Brazil vs. South Korea     Montreal     5 p.m. ET
July 3       USA vs. Poland                 Montreal     7:45 p.m. ET
July 6       Poland vs. South Korea  Montreal     7:45 p.m. ET
July 6      Brazil vs. USA                    Ottawa         7:45 p.m. ET

U.S. U-17 MNT DEFEAT NEW ZEALAND IN EIGHT NATIONS TOURNAMENT: The Under-17 Men’s National Team traveled to South Korea for the Eight Nations Tournament from July 17-24. The team dropped a pair of heartbreakers earlier in the tournament, falling, 0-1, to Japan and 1-2, to Nigeria in Changwon, site of the team’s first two matches in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in August. In the third and final game of the tournament, Brek Shea took a pass from Billy Schuler to score and defeat New Zealand. The 2007 FIFA Under-17 World Cup will take place from Aug. 18-Sept. 9 in eight cities throughout South Korea. The U.S. has been drawn into Group E with Belgium, Tajikistan and Tunisia.

U-17 MNT Schedule / Results
Date         Opponent         Result     U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
June 17   Japan                 0-1 L       --
June 19   Nigeria               1-2 L       Alex Nimo
June 21   New Zealand    1-0 W     Brek Shea

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. OPEN CUP CONTINUES TUESDAY WITH SECOND ROUND: The 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup returns to action on Tuesday, June 26, as the 16 round one winners face each other to stay in the tournament. The eight winners from the second round will face eight Major League Soccer squads who will join the tournament in the third round. The possible third round pairings have been announced, with the third round taking place on July 10, with one match possibly on July 11 and one on July 15. The tournament initially kicked off on June 12, with 32 teams from the United Soccer Leagues First Division, USL Second Division, Premier Development League and United States Adult Soccer Association ranks. The final match of the Open Cup will be played on Tuesday, October 2.

OleOle OFFERING FANS TICKET PACKAGES FOR MULTIPLE U.S. GAMES: OleOle, the Official Travel Supplier for the U.S. Men’s National Team, is offering travel packages for fans that want to see the U.S. play both home and away. Copa America packages for travel to Venezuela are available now at OleOle’s website. Additionally, OleOle will also be providing opportunities for fans to travel to U.S. games later in the year in Sweden, Switzerland and Spain. Check out their website, and the U.S. Soccer ticketing section for details in the coming weeks.

US CLUB SOCCER NATIONAL CUP VI REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS EARNED IN CALIFORNIA: US Club Soccer 2007 National Cup VI Region H titles were awarded to 24 Boys' and Girls' U-12 through U-17 teams in Super Group and Premier divisions on June 19 in Modesto, Calif. Each Regional Champion also received an invitation to the 2007 National Cup VI Finals being held in late July in North Carolina. More than 260 teams competed in US Club Soccer’s largest National Cup Regional to date with three clubs: Mustang, California Rush and Portuguese Athletic P.A.C., winning a pair of titles. Santa Rosa United’s U-15 Super Group Boys, Mount Hamilton Lobitos’ U-17 Super Group Boys, San Juan Spirits’ U-13 Super Group Girls and USA 17 Academy’s U14 Super Group Girls each accomplished the challenging feat of repeating as National Cup Regional champions. The National Cup VI Regionals continue June 23-26 in Pittsgrove, N.J., and San Bernardino, Calif., before concluding June 30-July 3 with a trio of events in Virginia Beach, Va., Indianapolis, Ind. and Boise, Idaho. Visit usclubsoccer.org for more information including game schedules, results and the “Road to the Cup Blog.”

2007 NATIONAL CUP VI REGION H CHAMPIONS
Modesto, Calif. – June 16-19, 2007

Super Group Boys Region H Champions
U-12 – Portuguese Athletic P.A.C. Tigres (Calif.)
U-13 – Hayward UC Tecos ’93 (Calif.)
U-14 – Stockton FC Monarcas ’92 (Calif.)
U-15 – Santa Rosa United Gold ’92 (Calif.)
U-16 – Juventus Strikers ’90 (Calif.)
U-17 – Mount Hamilton Lobitos (Calif.)

Premier Boys Region H Champions
U-12 – Napa Sport DK Destroyers (Calif.)
U-13 – Foothill FC MVLA Raptors ’93 Gold (Calif.)
U-14 – Mustang United (Calif.)
U-15 – Davis Legacy Strikers (Calif.)
U-16 – California Rush Nike ’91 (Calif.)
U-17 – Stanislaus United Manteca Central Valley Rangers (Calif.)

Super Group Girls Region H Champions
U-12 – Sacramento United Extreme (Calif.)
U-13 – San Juan Spirits ’94 Blue (Calif.)
U-14 – USA 17 Academy Metro (Calif.)
U-15 – De Anza Force Blue ’91 (Calif.)
U-16 – California Rush Nike ’91 (Calif.)
U-17 – Mustang Soccer Fury (Calif.)

Premier Girls Region H Champions
U-12 – Portuguese Athletic P.A.C. United (Calif.)
U-13 – Palo Alto Blue Victory (Calif.)
U-14 – Tornados FC Rush Nike White ’93 (Calif.)
U-15 – California Odyssey Red (Calif.)
U-16 – Santa Clara Sporting ’90 (Calif.)
U-17 – Hayward Youth Havoc (Calif.)

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. 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. 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. [CoachesNet]

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Forward Landon Donovan has long been performing big time for the U.S. MNT despite just turning 25-years-old earlier this year. Now, he has a few more records to his name after converting the penalty kick that tied the match against Mexico on Sunday and sparked the USA’s comeback. Donovan’s goal was the 34th of his MNT career, tying him with Eric Wynalda on the U.S. all-time goal scoring charts. It was also his 12th career Gold Cup goal, tying him with Luis Robert Alves of Mexico on the Gold Cup all-time scoring table. He also tied Wynalda for most goals scored in a season, with nine goals so far this year.

SOCCER SHOCKER: It doesn't matter who you are, are what event you are competing in, going 6-0 in a major international soccer tournament is a stunner. And that's exactly what the U.S. Men's National Team did in sweeping through the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and out-scoring their opposition 13-3. The clean sweep for the U.S. marked the first time the U.S. had ever gone 6-0 in a major international tournament, and they were also the first team in Gold Cup history to go 6-0 in tournament play. The U.S. is currently riding a 13-game unbeaten streak in the Gold Cup dating back to 2003.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: There’s no rest for the weary. After coming from behind to defeat longtime archrival Mexico to win the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship, the U.S. MNT heads to Venezuela where they will kick off their 2007 Copa America campaign against Argentina on Thursday, June 28, at 8:45 p.m. ET. Fans can catch the action live on GolTV, Telefutura and via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “We had 23 players standing around the cup in a circle. And everyone who wanted to see us lose were outside. We had all those thousands of people trying to get into there, doing everything they could to take the cup away from us in our own country. And we defended them all. We held them all off. The beer always tastes a little better when you do that.”
-- Frankie Hejduk to the Houston Chronicle following the USA's Gold Cup championship.


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