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U.S. Soccer Wire: Dec. 14, 2009


U.S. TOPS INTERNATIONAL TICKET REQUESTS FOR 2010 WORLD CUP;
2009 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY WINTER SHOWCASE COMES TO A CLOSE;
U.S. CONGRESS SUPPORTS 2018/2022 WORLD CUP BID AND CONGRATULATES MNT

U.S. RANKS FIRST IN INTERNATIONAL TICKET REQUESTS FOR 2010 WORLD CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA:  The third ticketing sales phase for the 2010 FIFA World Cup has seen the number of tickets applied for hit the 500,000 mark within the first ten days. 386,300 of those tickets were requested by South African residents (77 percent of the total applications). The U.S. leads the list of foreign countries for this sales phase with 22,942 tickets, which brings its total to more than 100,000 requests through all three phases. The U.S. Men's National Team has been drawn into Group C with England, Slovenia and Algeria for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. They will open their sixth consecutive World Cup finals tournament against England on June 12 in Rustenburg, and will follow that game with matches against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria.

U.S. MNT 2010 FIFA World Cup Group C Schedule
Date           Opponent         Time (Local/ET)                 Venue
June 12      England            8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m.        Rustenberg
June 18      Slovenia           4 p.m. / 10 a.m.                 Ellis Park Stadium; Johannesburg
June 23      Algeria             4 p.m. / 10 a.m.                 Tshwane/Pretoria 

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Dec 8 – Dec. 14

USA BID COMMITTEE THANKS CONGRESSIONAL SOCCER CAUCUS: The USA Bid Committee issued a statement of thanks today for a Congressional resolution introduced on Tuesday, Dec. 8 by the bipartisan leadership of the Congressional Soccer Caucus. The resolution congratulates the Unites States Men’s National Soccer Team on securing a berth in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and was accompanied by a letter to every member of Congress that included a message of support to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022, in addition to the congratulatory message. The mission of the Congressional Soccer Caucus is to encourage legislation, activities and events that promote soccer and issues affecting the greater soccer community. Its goals include satisfying the increasing demand for playing fields as well as support for the use of soccer as a vehicle for building communities, developing healthy lifestyles in children, and cultivating leadership and teamwork skills. 

– U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY –

 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SHOWCASE WRAPS UP IN PHOENIX: After five days spent across 18 fields at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, the 2009 Development Academy Winter Showcase and International Friendlies came to a close on Wednesday, Dec. 9. All 77 Academy teams, plus four Under-17 international teams, played three games over the course of the extended weekend, testing their everyday preparation. Every game between Academy teams at the Winter Showcase counted toward the season standings, which will determine the final 12 teams with the best points per game average that will advance to the 2010 playoffs. Throughout the weekend, ussoccer.com highlighted the theme for the 2009-10 Development Academy season of Everyday Training. The Everyday theme, which includes individual training, team training, off-field routines and games, was highlighted throughout the weekend in video content featuring members of the Men’s National Team and youth national team coaches, and player education opportunities found inside the Athletes’ Lounge.

ussoccer.com’s Development Academy Coverage – Dec. 8 – Dec. 14

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-20 MNT RECONVENES FOR 36-PLAYER TRAINING CAMP IN CHULA VISTA: The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team will hold its first training camp of the new two-year cycle beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 16, and continuing through Dec. 23, in Chula Vista, Calif. Head coach Thomas Rongen has called in 36 players from professional clubs, colleges and youth clubs, who will train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Included in the roster are FIFA U-20 World Cup veterans Gale Agbossoumonde and Dillon Powers. Joining them are 17 players who represented the United States at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in October. The camp is the first for Rongen that is made up exclusively of players born in 1991 or later, making them age-eligible for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

U-20 Men’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Earl Edwards (Nomads SC; San Diego, Calif.), Justin Luthy (Boston College; Dublin, Ohio), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (12): Gale Agbossoumonde (Miami FC; Syracuse, N.Y.), Paolo Del Piccolo (Louisville; Lakewood, Colo.), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas Juniors; Dallas), Zachary Herold (West Pines United; Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis, Ind.), Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy; Lincoln, Neb.), Kofi Sarkodie (Akron; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Jared Watts (North Meck SC; Statesville, N.C.), Ethan White (Maryland; Kensington, Md.), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (13): Jose Altamirano (San Diego State; San Diego), Cristian Castaneda (Hertha Berlin; Lutz, Fla.), Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Duncanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco), Andrew Lubahn (Wake Forest; Erie, Pa.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jrs.; San Pedro, Calif.), Colin Murphy (Boston College; Guilderland, N.Y.), Amobi Okugo (UCLA; Sacramento, Calif.), Will Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.), Nicholas Palodichuk (Washington Premier FC; Battleground, Wash.), Fabrice Picault (Cagliari Calcio; Miami), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas)
FORWARDS (8): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Will Bates (Virginia; Chester, Va.), Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles Galaxy; Van Nuys, Calif.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif.), Ryan Finley (Duke; Lumberton, N.J.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United; Davie, Fla.), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gottschee; Huntington, N.Y.)

U.S. U-23 WNT TO TRAIN AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin is running a unique training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from Dec. 13-20 with players called in from Women’s Professional Soccer clubs as well as the college ranks. Of the 24 players in camp, 11 are from WPS teams and 13 are from college programs. The age cut-off date this year for the Under-23 WNT is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1986, and many WPS players fall into this category. Six of the WPS players called up were born in 1986 and this camp is their last run with the U-23s while the other five are still age-eligible for U-23 competition in 2010. The beginning of the U.S. U-23 training camp overlapped three days with the end of the full Women’s National Team training camp at The HDC, giving U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage and her staff the chance to evaluate the younger players in a competitive environment.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kelsey Davis (Portland; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Val Henderson (Philadelphia Independence; Orinda, Calif.), Allison Lipsher (Boston Breakers; Honolulu, Hawaii), Meagan McCray (FC Gold Pride; Novato, Calif.) 
DEFENDERS (9): Allison Falk (Philadelphia Independence; Danville, Calif.), Caitlin Farrell (Wake Forest; Ft. Myers, Fla.),  Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest; Kaley Fountain),  Alicia Jenkins (Stanford; Diamond Springs, Calif.), Nikki Krzysik (Philadelphia Independence; Clifton, N.J.), Katherine Reynolds (Santa Clara; Medina, Wash.), Brittany Taylor (UCONN; Campbell Hall, N.Y.), Elise Weber (St. Louis Athletica; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Lauren Wilmoth (UCLA; Garland, Texas)
MIDFIELDERS (6):  Ashley Bowyer (Ohio State; Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Kendra Chandhoke (Portland; Morrison, Colo.), Bianca D’Agostino (Wake Forest; Longmeadow, Mass.), Tina DiMartino (FC Gold Pride; Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Brittany Klein (Chicago Red Stars; Arcadia, Calif.), Allie Long (Washington Freedom; Northport, N.Y.), Amanda Poach (Santa Clara; Bowie, Md.)
FORWARDS (5): Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Amanda Cinalli (Atlanta Beat; Maple Heights, Ohio), Kia McNeil (St. Louis Athletica; Avon, Conn.), Christen Press (Stanford; P.V. Estates, Calif.), Katie Schoepfer (Penn State; Waterford, Conn.)

SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR CONCACAF U-20 WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will open the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup on Jan. 21 against Jamaica, face Trinidad & Tobago on Jan. 23 and finish group play against Mexico on January 25. The team is currently in Sunrise, Fla., for a 24-player training camp from Dec. 12-19. Head coach Jillian Ellis will use the camp to make some final decisions on a roster that will represent the United States at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Qualifying Tournament that will send three nations to Germany for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The qualifying tournament will be held in Guatemala from Jan. 19-30, at the 17,000-seat Estadio Cementos Progreso in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

U.S. U-20 WNT CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship Schedule
Date           Opponent                     Time (ET)               Venue
Jan. 21       Jamaica                        5:30 p.m.                Estadio Cementos Progreso
Jan. 23       Trinidad & Tobago        5:30 p.m.                Estadio Cementos Progreso
Jan. 25       Mexico                         5:30 p.m.                Estadio Cementos Progreso

U.S. U-17 WNT SWEEPS ALL FOUR MATCHES IN ARGENTINA: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, under the guidance of head coach Kaz Tambi, won all four of its matches on a trip to Argentina, scoring 16 goals while allowing just one. The U.S. U-17s defeated the Chile U-17s, 7-0, on Dec. 7, downed the Argentina U-20s by a 4-1 score on Dec. 9, defeated the Argentina U-17s, 2-0, on Dec. 11, and finished with a 3-0 victory over a combined Uruguay squad of U-17s and U-20s. All four matches were played in Buenos Aires. Against Chile, forward Kylie McCarthy scored twice and Katie Naughton, a last minute replacement on the roster due to an injured player, added a goal and two assists. The U.S. team scored four times in the first half and then tallied three times after the break. Morgan Brian, the only holdover from the U.S. team that finished second at the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, added a goal, as did Clarissa Wedemeyer, Alesha Blair and Caprice Dydasco. Despite falling behind 1-0 against the Argentina U-20s, the USA got goals from Blair, Brian, Jennifer Gonzalez and an own goal to pull out the victory. Brian tallied both goals against the Argentina U-17s then also scored in the victory against Uruguay to give her five goals for the trip. Dydasco and Kaili Torres also scored in that final match.

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Schedule
Date           Opponent                                     Result     Goalscorers                                                 Venue
Dec. 7        Chile (U-17 and U-20 players)    7-0 W     McCarthy (2), Brian, Wedemeyer, Blair, Naughton, Dydasco   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 9        Argentina U-20 WNT                  4-1 W    Blair, Brian, Gonzalez, own goal                         Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 11      Argentina U-17 WNT                  2-0 W    Brian (2)                                                         Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 13      Uruguay (U-17 and U-20 players) 3-0 W   Brian, Dydasco, Torres                                      Buenos Aires, Argentina

JIM BARLOW CALLS IN 32 PLAYERS FOR U.S. U-15 BNT TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team head coach Jim Barlow has called in 32 players, all born in 1995, for a domestic training camp which began Dec. 12 and runs through Dec. 19, in Bradenton, Fla. Of the 32 players on the roster, 25 hail from Development Academy clubs, including five from the New York Red Bulls, who sent the most. The roster was chosen in part from the scouting network at the 2009 Development Academy Winter Showcase, which concluded this past week in Phoenix. It will be the first training camp for the ‘95s under Barlow and the U-15 BNT staff.

U.S. U-15 BNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Santiago Castano (NY Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Arthur Eggers (CESA; Moore, S.C.), Zackary Steffen (FC DELCO; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Russell Canouse (NY Red Bulls; Lancaster, Pa.), Dylan Greenberg (Albertson SC; Dix Hills, N.Y.), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar SC; Roanoke, Texas), Matthew Habrowski (Derby County Wolves; Berkley, Mich.), Jose Ocampo (Crossfire Premier; Bothell, Wash.), David Raizes (Concorde Fire; John’s Creek, Ga.),  Zachary Reed (NY Red Bulls; Teaneck, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (16): Jordan Allen (Empire United SA; Rochester, N.Y.), Michael Chang (Sockers FC; Highland Park, Ill.), Osvaldo Chavez Jr. (Mexicas FC; El Paso, Texas), Christian DeLuna (Mustangs; Bay Point, Calif.), Nicholas Gaitan (Albertson SC; Oceanside, N.Y.), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Anthony Jeffries (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Keegan McHugh (Scott Gallagher; St Charles, MO), Antonio Murillo (Brazil FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Adam Najem (NY Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Zachary Pfeffer (FC DELCO; Dresher, Penn.), Miguel Polley (Derby County Wolves; West Bloomfield, Mich.), Christian Rodriguez (LMVS Hawks; Alexandria, Va.), Kristian Scott (Bristol City FC; Winterbourne; Bristol, England), John Toher (NY Red Bulls; Blauvelt, N.Y.), Henry Wingo (Crossfire SC; Lake Forest Park, Wash.)
FORWARDS (5): Martin Arrieta (LAFC Chelsea; Pasadena, Calif.), Paul Arriola (Chula Vista Rangers; Chula Vista, Calif.), Kainoa Bailey (DC United; Henderson, Nev.), Nicholas Corriveau (Bethesda SC; Potomac, Md.), Keith Grieshaber (Scott Gallagher; Chesterfield, Mo.) 

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER RENEWS PARTNERSHIP WITH PROZONE SPORTS LTD.: As part of its commitment to improve the development of players in the United States, U.S. Soccer has extended an agreement with Prozone for analysis of all matches of the Men’s National Team, Major League Soccer (MLS) and Development Academy events. Under the new agreement, Prozone will provide comprehensive performance analysis for the next two years – including the 2010 World Cup in South Africa – using the state-of-the-art MATCHVIEWER™ software to create an objective assessment of player and referee performance.

LAST MONTH FOR 2010 WERNER FRICKER BUILDER AWARD NOMINATIONS: Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 U.S. Soccer Werner Fricker Builder Award, which is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have worked tirelessly in furthering the interest of the sport of soccer, without regard to personal recognition or advancement. The award was created in 2002 and is the greatest recognition bestowed by U.S. Soccer on its membership. The award is designed to honor those who have created or fostered programs that will outlast their own active involvement in the sport and that establish a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the United States. Interested persons can nominate individuals for the annual Werner Fricker Builder Award by downloading the form at ussoccer.com and mailing it to U.S. Soccer, c/o the Werner Fricker Builder Award Committee, 1801 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 or emailing it to AGM@ussoccer.org. Applications must be postmarked or sent by January 1, 2010 (download application).

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL GOALKEEPING LICENSE COURSE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct its National Goalkeeping License course Jan. 24-31, 2010, in Carson, Calif. at The Home Depot Center.

COACHESNET OFFERS INTERNATIONAL TRIPS IN 2010: U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet is offering educational trips to both Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Madrid, Spain, in 2010. The announcement comes six months after the inaugural and successful coaching education trip that took place in Buenos Aires. This week, CoachesNet Insider sat down with Estudiantes and Argentina veteran Juan Sebastián Verón to chat about his career and what coaches can learn from their visit to Estudiantes.

USA BID COMMITTEE GIVES FANS THE CHANCE TO “SUPPORT YOUR CITY”: The USA Bid Committee has added a “Support Your City” section to goUSAbid.com, the online home for the United States’ bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. The new “Support Your City” section of the Web site features city-specific pages for each of the 27 cities currently being considered as potential host cities to be included in the U.S. bid that will be submitted to FIFA in May 2010. The new pages provide valuable city-specific information and photos while giving fans another opportunity to put their support behind the candidate city of their choice by signing the online petition at goUSAbid.com.

STRONG COMPETITION AND PLAYER IDENTIFICATION HIGHLIGHT ECNL FINAL FOUR SHOWCASE IN COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS:  A total of 96 teams participated in the ECNL Final Four Showcase, held Dec. 4-6, 2009, in College Station, Texas. The event also marked the introduction of the ECNL Player Identification Program. Held in cooperation with The IV ‘09 Girls’ College Cup Showcase, hosted by Challenge SC, the event also coincided with the NCAA Division I Women’s College Cup and took place at Veteran’s Park, Penberthy Intramural Sports Center and Bryan Regional Athletic Complex. Each team played one game on each of the event’s three days. 

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: The University of Virginia Cavaliers captured their sixth NCAA College Cup on Sunday afternoon after defeating the No. 1-ranked Akron Zips in penalties at the Complex in Cary, N.C. The championship is the first for the Cavaliers since 1994 when Bruce Arena was at the helm.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Starting on Wednesday, Dec. 16, U.S. Soccer will begin to announce the winners of the 2009 U.S. Soccer Best of Awards. The week-long award period will culminate in the announcement of the Female Athlete of the Year on Monday, Dec. 21, and the Male Athlete of the Year on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

SOCCER SHOCKER: In Rio de Janeiro, thieves stole nearly $6 million from a cash delivery firm by using the distracting powers of soccer. The culprits rented a house near the firm’s headquarters and proceeded to dig a 100 yard tunnel underneath the buildings. They then waited for the local side Flamengo’s match at the Maracanã. With the entire city engrossed in watching the outcome of the match, the thieves seized the opportunity to blow through the floor and make off with the money. The local security guard thought nothing of the noise, believing it to be part of the celebration and fireworks that normally accompany a Flamengo victory. So far, the bandits have gotten away cleanly, leaving investigators with no solid leads.

QUOTABLE: “I just wanted to calm down. On the first P.K., my goalkeepers coach, Mike McGinty, told me the way he went in the last game (the semifinal Friday vs. North Carolina). I just had a feeling that he’d switch it up, and that’s what happened. I just went on instincts on the first one, and that was huge for us.” --Former U-17 Residency Program member and University of Virginia goalkeeper Diego Restrepo on his plan going into the penalty shootout in the 2009 NCAA College Cup Final

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