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U.S. Soccer Wire: U.S. Men End '04 on 13-Game Unbeaten Streak


U.S. MEN END ‘04 ON 13-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK AFTER 1-1 DRAW WITH JAMAICA;
U-19 WOMEN CRUISE INTO SEMI’S OF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

U.S. MEN WIN GROUP 1 WITH 3-0-3 RECORD, ADVANCE TO FINAL ROUND IN 2005: The U.S. Men’s National Team finished the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying with a spirited 1-1 draw against Jamaica on Nov. 17 in front of 9,088 fans that braved the rain and chill at Columbus Crew Stadium. With the result, the U.S. extended a trio of unbeaten streaks, increasing its current record unbeaten streak to 13 games while also improving its all-time record against Jamaica to 8-0-7 and its current streak against CONCACAF opponents to 28 games. The result also knocked Jamaica out of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, paving the way for Panama to advance along with the U.S. from Group 1 with a 3-0 home win over El Salvador. The U.S. goal came in the 15th minute, with Pablo Mastroeni lifting a perfect ball into the area for the speedy Ed Johnson, who found himself alone in the box with just Donovan Ricketts to beat. Taking a quick touch with his right foot, Johnson set himself up perfectly for a left-footed shot into the lower left corner of the goal that skillfully beat the sliding goalkeeper. The goal was an historic one for Johnson, who became the first player in MNT history to score goals in his first three qualifying appearances. He also joined Alexander Rae as one of only two players in MNT history with goals in each of his first three caps. (Rae’s feat was accomplished in 1937 in a trio of games against Mexico.) He also became one of only two players (joining Aldo “Buff” Donelli, two career caps) with five goals in as many as three career games, accomplishing the feat in a mere 61 minutes. The lead for the U.S. was short-lived, however, as Jamaica earned a penalty kick that was converted by Andy Williams in the 27th minute. Ricardo Fuller earned the PK by first getting past a clutching Oguchi Onyewu just outside the area and then being chopped down by midfielder Ramiro Corrales on the slippery turf as he raced along the end line in the area.
MNT FIFA World Cup Qualifying Results
Date        Opponent     Venue; City                                                                      Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
Aug. 18   Jamaica       National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica                           1-1 T     Ching
Sept. 4    El Salvador  Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass                                   2-0 W    Ching, Donovan
Sept. 8    Panama       Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama 1-1 T     Jones
Oct. 9      El Salvador  Cuscatlan Stadium; San Salvador, El Salvador           2-0 W    McBride, Johnson
Oct. 13    Panama       RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.                                   6-0 W    Donovan (2), Johnson (3), (Own Goal)
Nov. 17   Jamaica       Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio                                    1-1 T      Johnson
Group 1 Final Standings
Teams             GP  W   L    T   GF  GA  GD   Pts.
USA                 6     3    0    3    13    3    +10  12
Panama           6    2    2    2     8    11    -3     8
Jamaica           6    1    1    4     7     5    +2     7
El Salvador      6    1    3    1     2    11    -9     4

PANAMA, COSTA RICA, T&T ROUND OUT CONCACAF HEXAGONAL: In other results from around the region, Costa Rica’s 0-0 tie with Honduras was enough for them to advance to the final round, as well as win Group B with 10 points and a superior goal differential after Guatemala lost 1-0 to Canada. Trinidad & Tobago grabbed the second spot in Group C and finished tied with the U.S. for the second best overall point total (12) after beating St. Vincent & Grenadines 2-1, while Mexico easily extended its perfect record in qualifying with an 8-0 win over St. Kitts & Nevis to give them a full 18 points in six semifinal matches.  With the results from across the region, the six teams that will make up the CONCACAF Final Round of 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying are Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and the USA.
Group 2 Final Standings                  
Team             GP W   L    T    GF  GA  GD   Pts.
Costa Rica    6    3    2    1    12    8     +4    10
Guatemala    6    3    2     1     7    9      -2    10
Honduras       6    1    1    4     9    7      +2     7
Canada         6    1     3    2     4    8      -4     5
Group 3 Final Standings
Team                  GP W   L    T    GF  GA  GD   Pts.
Mexico                 6    6    0    0    27    1    +26   18
T&T                       6    4   2    0    12    9    +3     12
St. Vinc. & Gren. 6    2   4    0    5    12    -7       7
St. Kitts & Nevis  6   0    6    0    2     24    -22    0

-- CONCACAF HEXAGONAL UPDATE --

CONCACAF FINAL ROUND DRAW SET FOR NOV. 30: The USA and the other five CONCACAF nations advancing to the final round of qualifying await the Nov. 30 draw at the FIFA offices in Zurich, Switzerland, that will determine the match schedule for the 2005 final round of qualifying, which is set to take place from Feb. 9 to Oct. 12. Teams are currently represented as a number between 1-6, with the numbers having been laid out on a grid designating the dates on which they play their home and away matches. The draw at FIFA House will assign each team a number that will correspond to their schedule.
CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying – Final Round Schedule
Match    Date                                Match-ups               
1            February 9          1 v 2        3 v 4        5 v 6
2            March 26/27       3 v 1        2 v 5        4 v 6
3            March 30            1 v 4        6 v 2        5 v 3
4            June 4/5              5 v 1        2 v 4        6 v 3
5            June 8                 1 v 6        3 v 2        4 v 5
6            August 17           2 v 1        4 v 3        6 v 5
7            September 3/4   1 v 3        5 v 2        6 v 4
8            September 7      4 v 1        2 v 6        3 v 5
9            October 8/9        1 v 5        4 v 2        3 v 6
10          October 12         6 v 1        2 v 3        5 v 4
Note: Home teams listed first ... Round 9 & 10 will be played simultaneously ... Each team will play three Wednesdays and two weekends at home ... Each team will play once home and once away on each double date.

-- U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --

U-19s ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS OF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH TWO MORE WINS: The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team got second-half goals from Amy Rodriguez and Megan Rapinoe to record a 2-0 victory over Australia on Nov. 21 at 700th Anniversary Stadium in the quarterfinal of the FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship.  The win earned the young U.S. team a spot in the semifinals against Germany on Wednesday (Nov. 24) in Bangkok (Kickoff 5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET). Fans can follow the action of the USA-Germany clash live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.  The win gave the USA three victories over Confederation champions in this tournament, having also defeated Asian champions South Korea (3-0 on Nov. 11) and European champions Spain (1-0 on Nov. 18), who along with CONCACAF champion Canada and African champion Nigeria, are all out of the tournament. The USA travels to Bangkok today to prepare for their semifinal match against Germany, a rematch of the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship semifinal that was won 4-1 by the USA.  Brazil will meet China in the second match of the night at 7:45 p.m. local / 7:45 a.m. ET.  Both games will be played at Supachalasai Stadium. The Third Place match and Final are set to be played on Saturday (Nov. 27) at 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. (both Eastern Time), respectively.
U-19 WNT Results / Schedule
Date                Opponent                  Result        U.S. Goal Scorers
Nov. 11           South Korea             3-0 W       Woznuk, Rodriguez, Gray
Nov. 14           Russia                       4-1 W       Woznuk, Rostedt (2), Rapinoe
Nov. 18           Spain                        1-0 W        Rostedt
Nov. 21           Australia (QF)           2-0 W       Rodriguez, Rapinoe
Date                Opponent          Kickoff (local / ET)
Nov. 24           Germany (SF)     5 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Nov. 27*         Third Place          4 p.m. / 4 a.m.
Nov. 27*         Final                     7 p.m. / 7 p.m.
* if necessary

SCHMID GUIDES U-20 MNT TO WINS OVER HONDURAS, MEXICO IN FT. LAUDERDALE: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team won its first two matches under the helm of newly appointed head coach Sigi Schmid and took first place in a four-team tournament this weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., defeating Honduras 2-0 on Friday (Nov. 19) and then knocking off Mexico 2-1 on Sunday (Nov. 21) in a turbulent affair that saw three ejections for the tricolores. Against Honduras, Preston Zimmerman, who is currently in U.S. Soccer's U-17 Residency Program, scored the opening goal on a deflection off Arturo Alvarez, slotting the ball into the lower-left corner of the goal. In the second half, Freddy Adu put the game away, knocking home a penalty kick he was awarded after being tripped up in the box from behind. Adu scored again against Mexico on Sunday night, calmly slotting another penalty kick into the upper-right corner to provide the U.S. with the victory in extra time. The U.S. won the penalty when Guillermo Gonzalez was pulled down in the box. After the referee pointed to the spot, the Mexican players confronted him and two players were ejected, making it three for the match as a defender had been shown the red card in the 78th minute of the match. In the first half, Mexico jumped out to a quick lead with a goal in the second minute, but the U.S. kept its composure and found the equalizer in the 19th minute when Adu’s free kick squirted through the ‘keepers’ hands and fell to Will John, who buried it into the net. Brazil was the fourth team in the tournament, falling to Mexico 3-1 on Nov. 19 and then defeating Honduras 3-0 on Nov. 21. The U.S. did not face Brazil, but won the tournament with the only undefeated record of the four teams.
U-20 MNT Results
Date              Opponent            Result         U.S. Goal Scorers
Nov. 19         Honduras            2-0 W        Zimmerman, Adu
Nov. 21         Mexico                2-1 W        John, Adu

U-16 GIRLS TO COMPETE IN ODP THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONAL THIS WEEK: The U.S. Under-16 Girls National Team traveled to Texas last weekend to prepare for the ODP (Olympic Development Program) Thanksgiving Interregional that begins today (Nov. 22) in Austin, Texas. The U.S. U-16s will play three games in five days during the tournament, kicking off against Region I today, then meeting Region IV on Wednesday (Nov. 24) and facing Scotland on Friday (Nov. 26). Head coach Sue Montagne-Patberg invited 18 players into camp for the tournament.
U-16 GNT Schedule
Date              Opponent
Nov. 22         Region I
Nov. 24         Region IV
Nov. 26         Scotland
U-16 GNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Chantel Jones (Richmond, Va.), Alyssa Naeher (Seymour, Conn.); DEFENDERS (6): Jane Alukonis (Cocoa Beach, Fla.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Kasey Johnson (Sierra Madre, Calif.), Sarah Murphy (Mendham, N.J.), Lauren Switzer (St. Charles, Ill.), Lauren Wilmoth (Garland, Texas); MIDFIELDERS (4): Ali Hawkins (Encinitas, Calif.), Melissa Hayes (Cave Creek, Ariz.), Megan Jesolva (La Mirada, Calif.), C.J. Ludemann (Holtsville, N.Y.); FORWARDS (6): Michelle Enyeart (Hermit, Calif.), Rachel Givan (Ridgeland, Mass.), Jess McDonald (Phoenix, Ariz.), Ashley Moore (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Nikki Washington (Mesquite, Texas).

U-14 BOYS TO COMPETE IN ODP THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONAL THIS WEEK: The Under-14 Boys National Team traveled to Texas last weekend to prepare for the four-day ODP (Olympic Development Program) Thanksgiving Interregional that begins today (Nov. 22) in Austin, Texas. The U.S. U-14s will play four games in four days during the tournament, kicking off against Region III on Friday (Nov. 26). A day later, the U-14s will face Region IV before taking on Region I on Sunday (Nov. 28), and then finishing the tournament against Region II on the morning of Nov. 29. Head coach Manfred Schellscheidt invited 36 players into camp for the tournament.
U-14 BNT Schedule
Date             Opponent
Nov. 26        Region III
Nov. 27        Region IV
Nov. 28        Region I
Nov. 29        Region II
U-14 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alexander Ferguson (Kent, Wash.), Brett Finkelstein (San Rafael, Calif.), Zachary MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Brandon Paul (Flemington, N.J.); DEFENDERS (8): Chad Barson (Lewis Center, Ohio), Kevin Gnecco (North Hampton, N.H.), Luis Herrera (Harlingen, Texas), Nick Rihn (Glendale, Calif.), Chris Smith (Chula Vista, Calif.), Kyle Soroka (Langhorne, Pa.), Zarek Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Juan Valladolid (Oxnard, Calif.); MIDFIELDERS (16): Jason Alvarez (Palm Coast, Fla.), Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Brian Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Uwem Etuk (Herndon, Va.), Gregory Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Michael Giuliano (Columbia, Conn.), Kyle Hyland (Bay Village, Ohio), Dylan Mares (Mishawaka, Ind.), James Mulligan (Medford, N.Y.), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Sean Peckham (Warminster, Pa.), Dillon Powers (Plano, Texas), Travis Pittman (Manassas, Va.), Alexei Reyes (Dallas, Texas), Marby Vleasquez (Brentwood, N.Y.); FORWARDS (8): Dersu Abolfathi (Irvine, Calif.), Adedoja Akinsanya (Sacramento, Calif.), Jose Altamirano (San Diego, Calif.), Ryan Finley (Lumberton, N.J.), Andrew Lubahn (Erie, Pa.), Jesus Mireles (Pharr, Texas), Soony Saad (Dearborn, Mich.), David Yang (Ann Arbor, Mich.).

– AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD –

U.S. FUTSAL FALLS TO ITALY, MEETS PARAGUAY, JAPAN THIS WEEK: The strong defense and tactical skill of the U.S. caught Italy off guard in the opening game for Group C at the FIFA Futsal World Championship Chinese Taipei 2004, but the European champions prevailed by a 6-3 margin Sunday night in Linkou Gymasium.  The U.S. struck first in the 11th minute on a goal by midfielder Johnny Torres and twice cut the Italian advantage with corner kick goals. Italy was able to hold off the U.S. effort with two key goals each from their stars Adriano Foglia and Edgar Bertoni. The U.S. will now face Paraguay on Tuesday (Nov. 23). Paraguay is second in Group C, tied with Italy's three points but second on goal differential. The U.S. is in last place in the group after one game, with no points and a goal differential of -3 compared to a -1 differential for winless Japan. Three points would at least ensure that the U.S. was even with Paraguay in the standings. The Paraguay match will be available live at 7 a.m. ET on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The match will be broadcast nationwide by Galavision on same day delay at 10 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. PT.
U.S. Futsal Results / Schedule
Date            Opponent        Result        U.S. Goal Scorers
Nov. 21       Italy                  6-3 L        Torres, Dusosky, Morris
Date            Opponent        Venue                     Kickoff (local / ET)
Nov. 23       Paraguay        Tao Yuan County      8 p.m. / 7 a.m.
Nov. 25       Japan              Taipei City                8 p.m. / 7 a.m.

U.S. SOCCER TO HOST CONCACAF UNDER-20 QUALIFYING JAN. 12-16 AT HDC IN CARSON: CONCACAF announced last week that U.S. Soccer will host the region’s qualifying tournament for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from January 12-16, 2005. The four-team, Group A qualifying tournament will feature the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team, along with Costa Rica, Panama and the winner from a Caribbean Zone Series 1 playoff between Trinidad & Tobago and Cuba. CONCACAF has released the schedule for the six-game round-robin tournament, which will consist of three doubleheaders, with each team playing on January 12, 14, and 16. The U.S. U-20s, who are attempting to qualify for a fifth consecutive FIFA World Youth Championship, play the second match on each day and open against the winner of the Caribbean Zone Series 1 playoff on Wednesday, Jan. 12 before facing Panama on Friday, Jan. 14. The U-20s wrap up the tournament against Costa Rica on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2:30 p.m. PT. The top two finishers in Carson will advance to the FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands from June 10-July 2, 2005. Ticket information will be released and made available at ussoccer.com when it becomes available.

67 TEAMS TO PLAY IN NIKE FRIENDLIES IN BRADENTON FROM DEC. 2-5: More than 60 teams are scheduled to play more than 100 games across four days at the 2004 Nike Friendlies from Dec. 2-5 in Bradenton, Fla. Elite club teams from 17 states and two countries will participate in this year’s fourth annual event, including teams from the USA’s 40-player Under-17 Residency Program, the Australian Under-17 Men’s National Team and the U.S. U-15 Boy’s National Team.  U.S. Soccer’s Nike Friendlies is an annual competition in which the best youth soccer clubs around the United States in the U-16, U-17 and U-18 age divisions are invited to the IMG Academy in Bradenton for a high-level four-day event that stresses quality soccer and player development over wins and losses. Standings are not kept during the competition, in which each team plays four 80-minute games over the four days. With 67 teams participating, the competition has more than tripled in size since 19 teams competed in the inaugural Nike Friendlies in 2001. The event has become highly anticipated by clubs and college coaches because of the emphasis on quality soccer and the top-level competition.

CD CHIVAS USA, REAL SALT LAKE OPEN 2005 ROSTERS IN MLS EXPANSION DRAFT: Midfielders Arturo Torres and Andy Williams were the respective No. 1 selections by Club Deportivo Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake in the 2004 MLS Expansion Draft on Nov. 19. Torres, a talented 23-year-old right-sided midfielder that spent two years with the Los Angeles Galaxy, became the first player in CD Chivas USA history with the top overall pick. Real Salt Lake, which made MLS all-time leading goal scorer Jason Kreis its first player in a trade last week, selected creative 27-year old playmaker and Jamaican international Andy Williams.  The complete results of the 10-round Expansion Draft follow:
CD Chivas USA: (1) Arturo Torres, M; (2) Orlando Perez, D; (3) Ezra Hendrickson, D; (4) Francisco Gomez, M; (5) Antonio de la Torre, M; (6) Matt Taylor, F; (7) Craig Ziadie, D; (8) Jamil Walker, F; (9) Thiago Martins, M; (10) Jeff Stewart, D.
Real Salt Lake: (1) Andy Williams, M; (2) D.J. Countess, GK; (3) Pablo Brenes, M; (4) Brian Kamler, M; (5) Nelson Akwari, D; (6) Chris Brown, F; (7) Matt Behncke, D; (8) Rusty Pierce, D; (9) Kevin Ara, M; (10) Erick Scott, F.

NORTH CAROLINA OUT OF NCAA WOMEN’S COLLEGE CUP FOR FIRST TIME IN 23 YEARS: Santa Clara upset No. 1 seed North Carolina 1-0 on Nov. 19 in the third round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship as senior forward Megan Kakadelas, a member of the USA's 2002 U-19 Women's World Championship squad, scored a golden goal just 31 seconds into the first overtime period.  Although outshot in regulation 19-4, the Broncos pulled off the victory on its first shot of overtime from Kakadelas. The loss means that the Tar Heels will not be advancing to the NCAA Women’s College Cup for the first time in the 23-year history of the tournament.  The Broncos and the Tar Heels have now faced each other in the last four post-seasons. The Tar Heels eliminated Santa Clara in the quarterfinals last year, but the Broncos topped UNC 2-1 in the 2002 semifinals and 1-0 in the 2001 NCAA Championship match. The loss for the Tar Heels (20-1-2) also put an end to a 49-match unbeaten streak, as UNC had not lost a game since that semifinal in 2002.  It was the second straight golden goal victory for Santa Clara (17-4-2), who also defeated Stanford in overtime last weekend. In other third round matches, Portland took down Texas 2-0, Illinois picked up a huge win over perennial power Nebraska 2-1, Washington downed Maryland 1-0, Notre Dame defeated Connecticut 2-0, Princeton picked up a 2-0 victory over Boston College, Duke fell at UCLA 2-0 and Ohio State outlasted Tennessee 1-0.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER:  Is there any soccer player more on fire than Ed Johnson?  It was impressive when he scored in his debut, and even more impressive when he pulled off a hat trick in 18 minutes late to make it a 6-0 thrashing of Panama. Then last week he stepped up in a starting role to score the lone goal in a key draw that kept three impressive streaks intact.  Of all the new and/or young players that emerged from this year of qualifying, he made absolutely the most of his time on the field and made it hard to think about leaving him off the roster when the final round of qualifying begins next year.

MARQUEE MATCH-UP:  If the U.S. U-19 Women can get by a powerful German team on Wednesday (Nov. 24), they could face Brazil in the final on Saturday (Nov. 27), making their road to a world championship title eerily similar to that of the full U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2004 Olympics.  Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The presence of former MLS MVPs Tony Meola and Preki, other future Hall of Famers like Jeff Agoos and Cobi Jones, and three other members of the 1998 U.S. World Cup Team (Carlos Llamosa, Brian Maissonueve and Joe-Max Moore) on the list of unprotected players in advance of last week’s MLS Expansion Draft provided a clear signal that the MLS is now, more than ever, a young player’s league.
But even with their advancing age and hefty price tag, it’s still a little hard to believe that none of these big-name players were picked up when the draft went down on Nov. 19. Hopefully, all of the above will be able to work out deals with their current teams and go out with the fanfare that they deserve as part of the league’s 10-year anniversary in 2005.

QUOTABLE:  “He is doing everything well; he is checking the ball well, holding up well and making great runs. The kid is on top of his game.”
 --U.S. MNT midfielder Pablo Mastroeni, on Ed Johnson, who he assisted for the lone goal in the team’s 1-1 draw with Jamaica. Mastroeni was named Chevrolet Man of the Match for his role in the goal and his commanding defensive presence all over the field in the qualifier.

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