WNT PREPARES FOR MAY 10 CLASH WITH CANADA LIVE ON
MatchACCESS AFTER DEFEATING AUSTRALIA, 5-4, IN BIRMINGHAM, ALA.;
MORE THAN 40,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR U.S. MNT MATCH VS. ARGENTINA;
U.S. SOCCER MOURNS THE LOSS OF BILL GOAZIOU
FINAL MATCH OF THREE-GAME WNT TOUR TO BE STREAMED LIVE ON USSOCCER.COM: In a wild match that saw the U.S. Women’s National Team give up a three-goal lead in the second half, substitute midfielder Angela Hucles provided the game-winner in the 94th minute as the U.S. defeated Australia, 5-4, while getting the winning goal in extra time for the second straight game. The win gives the U.S. women a sweep of Australia in the two-game domestic set after winning, 3-2, in Cary, N.C. on April 27. The victory improves the USA’s 2008 record to 12-0-1 heading into a match against Canada on May 10 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is 7 p.m. ET and the match will be streamed live on ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS. Tickets ranging in price levels from $20 to $70, plus special VIP on-field seats for $150, are available online at ussoccer.com, through all Washington-Baltimore Ticketmaster outlets (including Macy’s stores), and by phone (Washington 202-397-SEAT (7328); Baltimore 410-547-SEAT (7328); Northern Virginia 703-573-SEAT (7328); out of state 1 800 551 SEAT (7328)). Groups of 20 or more can obtain a discount order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
2008 U.S. WNT Upcoming Schedule
Date Opponent Location Result/Kickoff U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
April 27 Australia WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, N.C.) 3-2 W Kai, Wambach, Lloyd
May 3 Australia Legion Field (Birmingham, Ala.) 5-4 W Tarpley (2), Wambach (2), Hucles
May 10 Canada RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.) 7 p.m. ET (Live on ussoccer.com)
MORE THAN 40,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR MNT MATCH AGAINST ARGENTINA: Tickets for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s blockbuster match on June 8 vs. No. 1-ranked Argentina at Giants Stadium are now on sale to the general public. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and serves as the final tune up for the U.S. prior to the start of 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on June 15 vs. Barbados. For the match, U.S. Soccer has divided the seating into U.S.A., Argentina, and mixed/neutral fan sections at each price level. Tickets from $35 to $195, plus sideline seating in the front two rows for $295 per ticket, are now on sale at ussoccer.com, by phone at 201-507-8900 (New Jersey) or 212-307-7171 (New York City), at all area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Macy’s and FYE stores), and at the IZOD Center ticket office (open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form by visiting ussoccer.com or by calling 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets, special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with your name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits, are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
U.S. SOCCER MOURNS THE LOSS OF BILL GOAZIOU: U.S. Soccer is mourning the loss of long-time Board Member Bill Gaoziou, who passed away Wednesday, April 30, at the age of 68 after battling emphysema. A four-term U.S. Soccer Treasurer, he had been involved in soccer as a coach and an administrator for more than 25 years. Goaziou first took office in 1994, and was re-elected three times as U.S. Soccer Treasurer (in 1998, 2000 & 2004). He previously had been treasurer of the U.S. Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), treasurer of Florida Youth Soccer and chairman of the Youth Budget and Olympic Development Program Committees. A Certified Public Accountant, Goaziou served as an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida and Hillsborough College. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he also served as commissioner of the Hillsborough County Housing Authority and as an elected trustee of the Twelve Oaks Special Taxing District in Tampa.
– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U.S. U-23 WNT WILL TRAVEL TO GERMANY FOR CAMP AND MATCHES: The U.S. U-23 Women's National Team will travel to Germany from May 16-24 for several matches against the Germany U-23 Women’s National Team and a women’s Bundesliga club team. The U-23s will play a promoted friendly in Crailsheim against TSV Crailsheim on May 20, followed by the clash with the German U-23s on May 22 in Wangen, and will finish with another as yet confirmed scrimmage on May 24. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin will bring 18 players to Germany for the trip as he continues to prepare the squad for the 2008 Nordic Cup to be held in Sweden from July 15-21. The U-23s are coming off a training camp in Portland where they trounced the University of Portland by a 7-1 score.
U.S. U-23 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cori Alexander (Portland), Val Henderson (UCLA);
DEFENDERS (6): Marisa Abegg (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Casey Moore (Texas), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia), Brittany Taylor (UConn), Elise Weber (Notre Dame);
MIDFIELDERS (4): Yael Averbuch (North Carolina), Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Brittany Klein (Santa Clara), Lorraine Quinn (Duke);
FORWARDS (6): Ameera Abdullah (Florida), Amanda Cinalli (Notre Dame), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Katie Larkin (BYU), Allison Mallams (Marquette), Ella Masar (Illinois)
MEN’S U-20 & U-17 CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HELD IN MEXICO AND TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: CONCACAF has announced that the Men’s Under-20 and Under-17 Championships will take place in Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico, respectively. The Under-20 Championship will take place in January or February of 2009, and qualify four teams to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt later that year. The U.S. will be looking to qualify for its seventh-consecutive FIFA event at the U-20 level, and 12th overall. At the Under-17 level, the U.S. is the only country to have qualified for all 12 FIFA events, dating back to 1985. The CONCACAF Under-17 Championship will take place in April of 2009, and will send four teams to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria.
U.S. UNDER-20 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OFF TO ENGLAND FOR A TRIO OF FRIENDLIES: U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has taken 18 players to Manchester, England for a week-long foreign training camp. Forward Chris Agorsor has replaced Steven Cabas for the trip, after the Florida International striker suffered an injury while training. The team will play three friendlies against the reserve teams from EPL squads Bolton (May 7), Manchester United (May 8) and Liverpool (May 10). The trip is the third foreign, and fifth overall, training camp for Rongen's squad in 2008 as they prepare for the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United Academy), Brian Perk (UCLA)
DEFENDERS (6): Kyle Davies (Southampton), Greg Eckhardt (Clemson), Taylor Kemp (Real Colorado), Ike Opara (Wake Forest), Zarek Valentin (IMG Academy), Sheanon Williams (North Carolina)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jose Altamirano (San Diego, Calif.), Richard Balchan (Indiana), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA), Matt Kassel (New York Red Bulls Academy), Derek Markheim (Ameins FC), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin)
FORWARDS (4): Chris Agorsor (Baltimore Bays), Felix Garcia (Laredo, Texas), Peri Marosevic (Michigan), Billy Schuler (North Carolina)
U.S. UNDER-20 WOMEN HEAD TO TRAINING CAMP IN SOUTH CAROLINA: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Tony DiCicco will hold a two-week training camp in Clemson, S.C., from May 12-27 as he runs the team through some final preparations before CONCACAF Qualifying in June. DiCicco will bring 26 players to training camp where the team will play a match on May 22 against the USL W-League Atlanta Silverbacks and several other scrimmages, including another possible game against a W-League side. After an evaluation camp in April that featured 34 players, DiCicco has paired down the pool and is now focusing on the qualifying tournament that will take place in Puebla, Mexico, from June 17-28. At the tournament, the U.S. U-20 WNT will compete for one of three CONCACAF berths at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile. Along with the U.S. and hosts Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Trinidad & Tobago will participate in the tournament. The draw to determine the two groups will take place on May 6 at the CONCACAF General Secretariat in New York City. The 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will feature 16 teams. Eleven countries have qualified thus far for Chile:
Asia: China, Japan, North Korea
Africa: Two berths TBD
Europe: England, France, Germany, Norway
CONCACAF: Three berths TBD
Oceania: New Zealand
South America: Brazil, Argentina
U.S. U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M), Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State)
DEFENDERS (8): Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Liz Harkin (ASU), Meghan Klingenberg (UNC), Brittney Macdonald (Miami), Nikki Marshall (University of Colorado), Elli Reed (Portland), Ella Stephan (Florida State)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Amanda DaCosta (Florida State), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Christine Nairn (Freestate Shooters), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown)
FORWARDS (10): Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (Sereno FC), Alyssa Mautz (Texas A & M), Jessica Mcdonald (Phoenix College), Alex Morgan (California), Casey Nogueira (UNC), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Nikki Washington (UNC)
U.S. UNDER-15 BOY’S NATIONAL TEAM TO TRAVEL TO MADRID: U.S. Under-15 Boy's National Team head coach Jim Barlow has named 20 players who will travel to Madrid, Spain from May 9-19. The team will take on youth squads from La Liga’s Real Madrid (May 13) and Athletico Madrid (May 14), third-division club Rayo Majadahonda on May 16 and second-division club Rayo Vallecano on May 18. In addition to a pair of U-17 Residency players – Luis Gil and Alex Shinsky - 10 players are part of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy. Concorde Fire (Atlanta, Ga.) is the only Academy club to send two players as the club’s U-15/16 team will be represented by midfielders Robert Botchway and Jordan McCrary.
U.S. U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Max Kurtzman (FC DELCO), Wil Whiddon (San Diego Surf)
DEFENDERS (5): David Caban (Kenosha, Wis.), George Fradenburg (Belden, Miss.), Jon-Paul Medina (Cal Odyssey), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Scott Thomsen (PDA)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Robert Botchway (Concorde Fire), Jack Coleman (Norman, Okla.), Darvin Ebanks (Macon, Ga.), Nathanael Eggleston (Potomac), Luis Gil (Pateadores), Jordan McCrary (Marietta, Ga.), James Petruccelli (Seacoast United), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire Academy), Alex Shinksy (York, Pa.), Wil Trapp (Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (3): Cole Iverson (Decatur, Ala.), Uly Mosqueda (Arsenal SC), Henry Rios (Nowalk, Calif.)
U.S. UNDER-14 BOY’S NATIONAL TEAM IN THE MIDST OF EIGHT-DAY TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Under-14 Boys' National Team head coach Manny Schellscheidt has called 38 players into an eight-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The team, made up exclusively of boys born in 1994, is training from May 3-10, and scrimmaging local club teams throughout the week. In August of 1997, U.S. Soccer started the U.S. Under-14 National Development Program, knowing that to continue to compete with the elite countries on the international level, the U.S. would have to build a base of soccer players from the youth level up. The Under-14 program introduces young players to a level of soccer they would not otherwise see at such a young age and allows the country’s top youths the chance to experience soccer at its highest level and in an international setting.
U.S. U-14 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (5): Alexander Bello (Madrid, Spain), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Rosa, Calif.), Josh McNeely (Hidden Hills, Calif.), Dakota Niedermeier (Arnold, Md.), Fernando Pina (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (10): Astouh Ayah (Tampa, Fla.), Andrew Chang (Chicago, Ill.), Jerome Cristobal (Sterling Heights, Mich.), Alfred Edmonds (San Jose, Calif.), Malcolm Harris (Damascus, Md.), Gabriel Lock (Antelope, Calif.), Josh Miller (Portland, Ore.), Marc Pelosi (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Jalen Robinson (Catonsville, Md.), Bennett Yort (Augusta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (17): Yaw Amankwa (Damascus, Md.), TJ Casner (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Mikhail Doholis (Vancouver, Wash.), Matthew Dunn (Dallas, Texas), Eric Gonzales (Corona, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Chula Vista, Calif.), Leonard Kusina (Fairbanks, Alaska), Aldo Magana (Ontario, Calif.), Collin Martin (Chevy Chase, Md.), Ryan Masch (San Jose, Calif.), Alexander Olofson (Raleigh, N.C.), Oscar Ortega (San Ysidro, Calif.), Travis Pillon (Oakland, Calif.), Joel Salmeron (Cicero, Ill.), Derek Sanchez (Midland Texas), Ross Tetro (Marlboro, N.J.), Todd Wharton (Glen Allen, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): Devin Devoy (North Attleboro, Mass.), Desmond Gonzalez (Miami, Fla.), Esteban Rodriguez (Bell Gardens, Calif.), Erick Sanchez (Edinburgh, Texas), Sebastian Velasquez (Los Angeles, Calif.), Victor Zamora (Rockford, Ill.)
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
U.S. FUTSAL TEAM TRAINS IN BRAZIL: The U.S. Fustal National Team kicked off a 10-day trip as the team continues to prepare for the CONCACAF Futsal Championship. The team, led by head coach Keith Tozer, will train and play multiple matches against Brazilian club teams from May 4-10. Prior to leaving the country, the team conducted a three-day training camp from May 1-3 in Miami. Tozer named a squad of 14 players for the trip, 11 of whom compete in the MISL in the United States. The team includes midfielder Denison Cabral whose recent hat trick in the MISL Final helped the Baltimore Blast to a 14-11 championship victory over La Raza de Monterrey in Milwaukee, Wis. The trip to Brazil will serve as an important tune up for the team as it looks towards the CONCACAF Futsal Championship which kicks off June 3 in Guatemala. The U.S. has been drawn into Group B with Haiti, Panama and Costa Rica. The top three teams in the regional tournament qualify for the FIFA Futsal World Cup to be held from Sept. 30 to October 19 in Brazil.
U.S. Futsal National Team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Richey (Chicago Storm), Nick Vorberg (Milwaukee Wave)
DEFENDERS (2): Pat Morris (Philadelphia Kixx), Chris Schwarze (Camarillo, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Denison Cabral (Baltimore Blast), Dan DeGeer (Portland, Ore.), Matt Hatzke (San Jose Earthquakes), Ptah Myers (Philadelphia Kixx), Sandre Naumoski (Philadelphia Kixx), Andy Rosenband (Chicago Storm), Matthew Stewart (Chicago Storm)
FORWARDS (3): Mike Apple (Detroit Ignition), Jamar Beasley (Detroit Ignition), Chile Farias (Chicago Storm)
U.S. REFEREES TO PARTICIPATE AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES: Several U.S. Soccer referees have been selected to officiate at the 2008 Olympic Games in China. On the men's side, Jair Marrufo, along with assistant referees George Gansner and Kermit Quisenberry, will officiate in the tournament. On the women's side, the U.S. will be represented by Kari Seitz and assistant referees Marlene Duffy and Veronica Perez. Maruffo is one of U.S Soccer's full-time referees. For Seitz, this is her second trip to an Olympic Games after having participated as a referee at the 2004 Athens Olympics. It is the first major international tournament for Duffy and Perez, who are in their first year on the FIFA International Panel of Referees.
U.S. PARALYMPIC COACH FEATURED IN COACHESNET ‘STARTING XI’: CoachesNet caught up with U.S. Men’s Paralympic National Team head coach James Hoffman in the latest edition of “Starting XI.” Hoffman gives insight into his coaching philosophy, coaching education and developing leaders. In “Starting XI,” coaches answer 11 questions focusing on a wide range of subjects, from coaching education and youth development to modern technology in the game of soccer. Hoffman’s interview is the fifth installment of the Starting XI series (watch).
*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: While the whole cast deserves credit for the resurrection, it's former U.S. international Brian McBride who gets his name on the marquee this week as Fulham have risen from the ashes to climb out of the relegation zone for the first time since December. McBride's sprawling header proved the game-winner in the must-win meeting against fellow relegation-threatened Birmingham City, the 2-0 victory elevating Fulham to 33 points and ahead of Reading on goal differential. With two consecutive league wins under their belt for the first time since September of 2006, the Cottagers head to Portsmouth next weekend with their destiny in their own hands: a victory on the final match day would ensure their place in the English Premier League and complete one of the more remarkable comebacks in recent history. Fans can watch the match on taped delay at 12 p.m. ET on Setanta Sports.
SOCCER SHOCKER: It’s not often that Angela Hucles scores for the U.S. WNT, but when she does, she makes it count. The midfielder has six career goals, with her last three being game-winners, including Saturday’s goal against Australia in the WNT’s 5-4 win, a strike in a 1-0 win against Mexico on Oct. 16, 2004, and a goal in crucial 1-0 win against Denmark on March 16, 2004 at the Algarve Cup.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: After two dramatic wins against Australia, the U.S. WNT wraps up their three-game domestic series on May 10 against Canada at 7 p.m. ET at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The match is a re-match of sorts, as both teams recently tied, 1-1, at the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying championship game, with the U.S. coming out on top in penalty kicks, 6-5. Fans can follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS.
QUOTABLE: “I’m just proud that we didn’t quit. It’s really easy, especially in extra time, to just concede and walk away with a tie, but today we didn’t want that as our result. We refused to lose, or tie. I’m proud of my teammates.”
-- U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach on the WNT’s 5-4 win against Australia, which was the second match against the Matildas where the team won on a last-minute goal.