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U.S. Soccer Wire: Aug. 2, 2010


MORE THAN 52,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR USA-BRAZIL FRIENDLY IN NEW JERSEY;
U.S. U-20 MNT WINS MILK CUP WITH 3-0 VICTORY AGAINST HOST NORTHERN IRELAND  

MORE THAN 52,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR USA-BRAZIL FRIENDLY ON AUG. 10 IN NEW JERSEY: More than 52,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s match against five-time world champions Brazil at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Kickoff for the USA’s first match following the 2010 FIFA World Cup is slated for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Advance tickets are still available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all area Ticketmaster ticket centers, 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 at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

SHARE YOUR 2010 WORLD CUP MEMORY WITH THE U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM: Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup was one of the greatest moments in U.S. Soccer history and sparked dramatic reactions from fans across the United States that were captured via video in bars and living rooms across the country. Now, the U.S. players want to know exactly what that moment meant to you. How did you react? Where were you? The U.S. players want to know. In a video posted on ussoccer.com’s YouTube page, Donovan talks about what the goal meant to him and asks fans to reply with their own videos. Record your memories of the moment and share them with the players by replying to Donovan's video on ussoccer.com's YouTube page.

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – July 27 – Aug. 2

U.S. U-20 MNT WINS MILK CUP WITH EMPHATIC 3-0 VICTORY AGAINST NORTHERN IRELAND: The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team took the Milk Cup title with a 3-0 win against tournament host Northern Ireland at the Showgrounds in Ballymena. Gale Agbossoumonde, Juan Agudelo and Adrian Reulas each scored for the U.S., which dominated the match to take its first Milk Cup title since 2005. U.S. goalkeeper Zac MacMath marshalled a solid defensive unit that included Zarek Valentin, Agbossoumonde, Perry Kitchen and Greg Garza. The group held Northern Ireland to just seven shots, none of which were especially dangerous for MacMath. The U.S. earned its place in the final with wins against China (1-0) and Denmark (3-2), and was the only team in the Elite Section to win its first two matches. Agudelo was named Man of the Match for his performance in the final, while midfielder Dillon Powers was voted the tournament MVP. Rongen used every field player on his roster and both goalkeepers during the three-game tournament. 

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – July 27 – Aug. 2

NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY TO BE HELD PRIOR TO USA-BRAZIL MATCH ON AUG. 10: The National Soccer Hall of Fame and U.S. Soccer will host the 2010 Induction Ceremony at the New Meadowlands Stadium on Tuesday, Aug. 10, prior to the USA-Brazil match. The private ceremony will take place at 4 p.m., and will be followed by a reception for the new inductees, Hall of Famers, and invited guests. The 2010 Induction Class includes Thomas Dooley and Preki Radosavljevic in the Player category, Bruce Arena as a Builder, and Kyle Rote, Jr., as a Veteran. Current members of the Hall of Fame along with Colin Jose Media Award and Medal of Honor recipients have been invited to join the ceremony and will be acknowledged on the field prior to kickoff.

USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE ENTERS FINAL THIRD OF THE SEASON AFTER EIGHT MATCHES IN WEEK 17: The lone match on July 27 between the Carolina RailHawks and the Rochester Rhinos kicked off Week 17 of the USSF D-2 Pro League, with the Rhinos coming out on top 1-0 in a rainy game in Cary, N.C. The following day, Mike Ambersley scored a hat trick for AC St. Louis to defeat the Portland Timbers 3-0 on July 28; while in a Canadian derby, Vancouver Whitecaps FC earned a 1-0 victory against the Montreal Impact on the road. A full slate of games on July 31 saw several draws, with Crystal Palace Baltimore tying the Impact 1-1, Carolina drawing Vancouver 2-2 and the Tampa Bay Rowdies drawing Portland 2-2 in Tampa. The only victory on the day went to the league leading Austin Aztex as they defeated Miami FC 3-1 in front of a home crowd. The week wrapped up on Sunday afternoon, as AC St. Louis had another multiple goal scorer in Luke Kreamalmeyer, who netted two to help his club draw the NSC Minnesota Stars in St. Louis.

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Schedule and Standings

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

HENNINGER WINS GOLDEN GLOVE AT U-20 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team goalkeeper Bianca Henninger has won the Golden Glove as the tournament’s top goalkeeper despite playing in just four matches after the USA was eliminated on penalty kicks during the quarterfinals. Henninger becomes the second consecutive U.S. goalkeeper to win the award after Alyssa Naeher took the honor at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile. Henninger, a rising junior at Santa Clara, allowed only two goals in 390 minutes of play and both came on unstoppable blasts from distance. Germany's Alexandra Popp won the Golden Ball as tournament MVP and the Golden Shoe as the top scorer (10 goals in six games). Ji So-Yun of Korea Republic was second in both categories while U.S. forward Sydney Leroux, who won the Golden Ball and Shoe at the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Wom en's World Cup, won the Bronze Shoe as the third-place finisher in the scoring race with five goals in four games. Leroux, Popp and Canada’s Christine Sinclair share the all-time career lead in U-20 Women’s World Cup goals with 10 each, although Popp and Sinclair scored their 10 in just one tournament.

U.S. U-18 MNT LOSES TO BOLIVIA, DRAWS WITH CHILE IN SANTIAGO: While in Argentina for the first leg of its international tour, The U.S. U-18 MNT dropped a 2-1 decision to Bolivia in a tightly contested game in Argentina. A late Victor Pineda penalty was not enough to overcome two early goals which sank Mike Matkovich's young squad, in Buenos Aires. In its second match of the tour, the U.S. squad drew 2-2 with Chile in Santiago behind a goal from Luis Gil and Jonathon Top.

U.S. U-18 MNT Results
Date                 Opponent         Result              Goalscorers      Venue
July 27             Bolivia              1-2 L               Pineda              Buenos Aires, Argentina
July 29             Chile                2-2 T               Gil, Top            Santiago, Chile

U.S. UNDER-14 BOYS’ NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM I.D. CAMP UNDERWAY IN CONCORD, MASS.: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Development Program, led by Manny Schellscheidt, is in the midst of its annual identification camp as 119 players have come together in Concord, Mass., for seven days of training and evaluation. The training camp began on Aug. 1 and continues through Aug. 7 and generally consists of training in the morning and matches in the afternoon. The evening includes programming designed to introduce the athletes to the National Team environment and how to prepare themselves for potential call-ups to national teams in the future. The players for the I.D. camp are selected by U.S. Soccer’s Technical Advisors and the national scouting network, a select group of scouts from throughout the United States.  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. The identification camp began in 1997, and has been held at Middlesex Prep since 2001. Players who have come through the U-14 program include Michael Bradley (2001), Benny Feilhaber (1999) and Ricardo Clark (1997).

For a complete list of players in attendance at this year’s camp, click here.

U.S. UNDER-14 GIRLS’ NATIONAL TEAM I.D. CAMP UNDERWAY IN PORTLAND, ORE.: The annual U.S. U-14 Girl’s National Team Identification Camp began on July 31 and will run through Aug. 6 at the University of Portland. The venue for the camp moves to the northwest after being held in Pomona, Calif., for the past four summers. The camp features 100 of the top young female players in the country, the majority born in 1996 with a few in 1997, as each of the four regions – West, North, South and East – is represented by 25 players. These players are all age-eligible for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup although the majority of that roster is likely to be made up of players born in 1995. Mike Dickey and his coaching staff will oversee a week of training and games and then will pick 36 players for a U-14 Girls’ National Team training camp being held from Sept. 18-25 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Many top players who have gone on to accomplish big things for the U.S. youth and full National Teams have come through the I.D. camp, including Heather O’Reilly (1999), Lindsey Tarpley (1999), Stephanie Cox (2000), Lauren Cheney (2001), Amy Rodriguez (2001), Tobin Heath (2002), Amber Brooks (2005) and Kristie Mewis (2005). This is the 12th year of the U-14 Girls’ I.D. camp, which started in 1999.

For a complete list of players in attendance at this year’s camp, click here

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –  

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With exactly four months to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cup™ to come to the United States – and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup™ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

U.S. BEACH SOCCER MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OFF TO PORTUGAL: The U.S. Beach Soccer Men’s National Team will depart on Aug. 3 for the International Tournament Mundialito in Praia de Rocha, Portimão, Portugal. Head coach Eddie Soto will bring 10 players to the event, which will serve as a warm-up for the 2010 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, tentatively scheduled for early December. The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup has been switched to a biannual event, and will next be played in 2011. Soto’s current roster includes veterans Jevin Albequerque, Yuri Morales and Ronnie Silva, who were part of the most recent trip to the FIFA event by a U.S. team in 2007.

U.S. Beach Soccer Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Mike McAndrews (UC Santa Barbara; Long Beach, Calif.), Sergio Valle (Bay Area Ambassadors; Union City, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Joe Cartlidge (So Cal Beach FC; Redondo Beach, Calif.), Giovanni Garcia (Pugg Beach Soccer; Miami, Fla.), Austin Roman (Pugg Beach Soccer; San Diego, Calif.), Brendon Taguinod (BST Zurich; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Lewie Valentine (US Sand Soccer; Oceanside, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3): Jevin Albuquerque (Pugg Beach Soccer; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Yuri Morales (BST Zurich; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Ronald Silva (Santa Cruz BS Club; San Francisco, Calif.)

U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD ON AUG. 9-10 IN CONJUNCTION WITH USA-BRAZIL MATCH IN NEW JERSEY: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will conduct a Coaching Symposium on August 9-10, 2010 in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s National Team’s match against five-time World Cup Champion Brazil in East Rutherford. N.J. U.S. Soccer Technical Advisor Mike Dickey will present at the symposium. Dickey, who is currently the U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team head coach, has been a U.S. Soccer Technical Advisor since 2005 and has served as head coach and assistant Coach for many of the Women’s Youth National Teams. Additional presenters include U.S. Futsal National Team head coach Keith Tozer, former U.S. Men's National Team defender and current New York Red Bulls Director of Scouting and Player Recruitment Jeff Agoos, New Jersey Youth Soccer Director of Coaching Rick Meana, along with members of the U.S. MNT coaching staff.

U.S. SOCCER’S COACHESNET ADDS EXCLUSIVE TICKET AND GAME-DAY OFFERS THROUGH MLS AND WPS AND ITS PARTICIPATING TEAMS: U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet members can now enjoy discounted tickets and game-day offers with both Major League Soccer and Women’s Professional Soccer.  Participating teams, through a partnership with CoachesNet, will offer discounts to certain games throughout the calendar year. The newly added benefit will also give coaches an opportunity to attend post-game discussions with the coaching staffs, attend designated training sessions and earn continuing education units at certain games. The first scheduled event is with the Chicago Red Stars, led by U.S. Women’s National Team players Kate Markgraf, Megan Rapinoe and Jill Loyden as they take on Heather Mitts, Amy Rodriguez, Lori Lindsey and the Philadelphia Independence on Aug. 11, 2010 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. CoachesNet members can purchase discounted premier sideline tickets by clicking here.

FIFA U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ACCREDITATION PROCESS LAUNCHED: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Trinidad & Tobago 2010 has been launched via the FIFA Media Channel. Deadline for accreditation applications is August 16, 2010. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. All applications are subject to confirmation. Also, please be advised that international applicants are responsible for their own visas.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES UNDERWAY: The U.S. Olympic Committee began accepting requests from United States media organizations on July 27 for accreditation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The application form is available through the USOC's media-specific site,   http://usocpressbox.org. The deadline for making the request is Oct. 1, 2010. This process is open to print, internet and photographic media organizations that are based in the United States and meet the guideline standards outlined by the USOC. All non rights-holding broadcasters will be accredited by the International Olympic Committee.  The form will be available March 2011, on the IOC website www.olympic.org and the deadline for submission for all non-rights holding broadcasters will be in May 2011.

US CLUB SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDED TO 10 CLUBS AT 2010 NATIONAL CUP IX FINALS: A total of 10 U-13 through U-17 girls’ teams have been crowned national champions in two competitive divisions at the US Club Soccer 2010 National Cup IX Finals, held July 24-27 at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex in Virginia Beach, Va.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMERS: The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team put together three solid performances at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland to lift the trophy as champions of the 2010 edition of the annual tournament. After beating China and Denmark to become the only team to win both of their first two matches of the tournament, the young Americans advanced to the final where they defeated the hosts 3-0 to finish a sweep of the competition. Midfielder and captain Dillon Powers was named MVP of the tournament.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Next week, the U.S. Men’s National Team takes on five-time World Cup Champion Brazil at the New Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. Ticket sales have already passed 50,000 and are still available for the first match since the 2010 FIFA World Cup for both teams. The match will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Aug. 10 with television coverage provided by ESPN2 and Univision. 

SOCCER SHOCKER: During the semifinal match of the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup between Korea Republic and Germany, Korean defender Jeong Yeong inexplicably caught a rebound off of the crossbar with her hands while still in the field of play. Although the ball ricocheted high off of the bar, it never went over the end line, thus forcing the referee and her assistant to correctly enforce the handball infraction and give Germany a penalty kick.

QUOTABLE: “Our mission is to bring hope of a better life to Haitians through the game of soccer. We succeeded in bringing the Haitian U-17 Women's National Team to a training camp and to play in the Disney Cup International Youth Tournament, July 6 -July 18, and believe that they learned that they are capable of doing incredible things; there is still hope for their lives and the life of their country.” – A statement taken from Many Hearts One Goal, the foundation set up by U.S. U-17 WNT goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin in the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti earlier this year

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