U.S. Soccer Wire: May 24, 2010
SEND-OFF SERIES KICKS OFF AGAINST CZECH REPUBLIC ON MAY 25 IN EAST HARTFORD, CONN.;
U.S. WOMEN ROLL TO 4-0 VICTORY AGAINST GERMANY IN CLEVELAND Â
SEND-OFF SERIES SET TO KICK OFF ON TUESDAY AGAINST THE CZECH REPUBLIC: Tickets are still available as the U.S. Menâ€™s National Team kicks off the Send-Off Series against two of the traditionally stronger teams from Europe in the Czech Republic and Turkey. The USA will meet the Czech Republic on May 25 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., at 8 p.m. ET before playing its final home tune-up match against Turkey on May 29 in Philadelphia. The game in Hartford will be broadcast live on ESPN and Galavision, while kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field is set for 2 p.m. ET, with ESPN2 and Galavision providing the television broadcast. Fans can also follow the matches live on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.
U.S. MENâ€™S NATIONAL TEAM TO MEET AUSTRALIA ON JUNE 5 IN ROODEPOORT, SOUTH AFRICA: The United States will play Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort, South Africa, one week before playing its first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Ruimsig Stadium in suburban Johannesburg is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.
U.S. SOCCER RELEASES ONLINE TRAVEL RESOURCES FOR FANS GOING TO SOUTH AFRICA THIS SUMMER: U.S. Soccer has put together an online travel resource center for fans traveling to South Africa this summer for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This comprehensive online fan resource includes information on planning and preparing for their trip, along with travel and transportation recommendations. The online travel resource center also provides fans with information on where to pick up match tickets, stadium facts, local attractions, safety concerns, communication details, embassy contact information and a brief cultural and historical background of South Africa. Additional South African sources are also provided here for fans to continue their research.Â
ussoccer.comâ€™s MNT Coverage â€“ May 18 â€“ May 24
- Tickets: USA vs. Czech Republic | USA vs. Turkey
- Video: May 24: Arrival in East Hartford | May 16: Camp Commences | Letâ€™s Get Physicals | May 17: Bob Bradley Press Conference | First Day of Training | May 18: Landon Donovan Press Conference | May 19: Press Conference and Mix Zone | May 20: Inside the Lines | Champions League Predictions | May 20: Press Conference and Mix Zone | May 22: Press Conference and Mix Zone
- MNT Blog | U.S. Soccer on Twitter | Studio 90 on Twitter
U.S. WOMEN EARN IMPRESSIVE 4-0 VICTORY AGAINST GERMANY IN CLEVELAND: The U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team scored two goals in each half for a highly impressive 4-0 victory against Germany in front of more than 10,000 fans who came out to witness a clash between the worldâ€™s top two teams according to the latest FIFA rankings. The victory made it three wins in a row for the USA against Germany, the first time the Americans have accomplished that feat in almost nine years. It was the largest margin of victory for the USA over Germany since a 6-0 win in 1996, and the teams have played 18 times since.
U.S. WOMEN TO FACE SWEDEN TWICE IN JULY: The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will face Sweden on July 13 at Creighton Universityâ€™s Morrison Stadium in Omaha, Neb. The match in Omaha, which will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. CT, will mark the first-ever visit for the U.S. Women to Nebraska. Four days later, the U.S. will take on Sweden on July 17 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. That match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7:30 p.m. ET. Sweden is widely regarded as one of the top womenâ€™s national teams in the world and one of several favorites to lift the trophy at the 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup. The Swedes, who are fourth in the most recent FIFA Womenâ€™s World Rankings, should seal first place in their qualifying group by the time they come to the U.S. That first place finish will earn Sweden a place in the two-leg playoffs that will produce the four European qualifiers for the Womenâ€™s World Cup.
ussoccer.comâ€™s WNT Coverage â€“ May 18 â€“ May 24
- Tickets: USA vs. Sweden in Omaha | USA vs. Sweden in East Hartford
- Video: USA 4, Germany 0 Highlights | German 101 with Ali Krieger | Alex Asks Lil | Abby Nose Best | Comeback Kids
- WNT Blog | WNT on TwitterÂ
CRYSTAL PALACE BALTIMORE JUMPS TO THIRD PLACE IN NASL CONFERENCE: Week 7 of the USSF D-2 Pro League began with three important midweek matches on Wednesday, May 19, as conference rivals Austin Aztex and Tampa Bay Rowdies battled to a pulsing 3-3 draw at House Park in Austin, Texas, which moved both teams above the Portland Timbers in the USL Conference standings. Crystal Palace Baltimore continued its impressive road form as they downed the Rochester Rhinos 1-0 in Rochester, while the Montreal Impact picked up a key away victory against cross-conference opponents, the Portland Timbers, at PGE Park. Saturday, May 22 saw Vancouver Whitecaps FC return to winning ways when they beat the Rochester Rhinos 2-0 at home in Swangard Stadium. Resurgent Crystal Palace Baltimore turned a double on the Portland Timbers by earning a 2-1 win at home over the Oregon club to jump up the NASL Conference table to third place. The Tampa Bay Rowdies took the opportunity presented by the Portland loss to jump over them in the USL Conference standings after a 3-0 victory against AC St. Louis in St. Louis. Down at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami FC earned its first win of the season in a 1-0 contest against the NSC Minnesota Stars.
â€“ U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE â€“
U.S. UNDER-23 WNT WILL TRAVEL TO GERMANY FOR THREE MATCHES: U.S. U-23 Womenâ€™s National Team head coach Bill Irwin and 18 players are currently in Germany until May 31 for matches against German club TSG Wieseck (May 24 in Giessen), the German U-23 Womenâ€™s National Team (May 26 in Marburg), and the Korea Republic U-20 Womenâ€™s National Team (May 29 in Marburg). Irwin has named 17 players and will choose one more before the team departs for Europe.Â
U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Chicago Red Stars; Thousands Oaks, Calif.), Alexa Gaul (Texas; Naperville, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (4):Â Lauren Barnes (UCLA; Upland, Calif.), Jackie Carron (Michigan; Rochester Hills, Mich.), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame; Leeâ€™s Summit, Mo.), Mariah Nogueira (Stanford; Westminster, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Katy Frierson (Auburn, Homewood, Ala.), Tori Huster (Florida State; Cincinnati, Ohio), Elli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah); Rachel Shipley (Texas A&M; Plano, Texas), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown; Upper Montclair, N.J.), Kylie Wright (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Katie Bethke (Minnesota; Eau Claire, Wis.), Danielle Foxhoven (Portland; Littleton, Colo.); Sarah Hagen (Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.); Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Christen Press (Stanford; P.V. Estates, Calif.)
U.S. U-20 WNT WINS ALL FOUR MATCHES DURING TWO-WEEK PRE-WORLD CUP TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Under-20 Womenâ€™s National Team defeated New Zealand twice at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and Mexico twice at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., during a two-week camp which was the last extended domestic training stint for the USA before they compete in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup being held July 13-Aug. 1 in four German cities. On Thursday, May 13, the U.S. won 2-0 on goals from Sydney Leroux and Courtney Verloo. Just two days later, the U.S. posted a 4-0 win using another goal from Leroux and tallies from Samantha Mewis, Tiffany McCarty and Sade Ayinde. After the second win against New Zealand, the U.S. team moved the training camp to Chula Vista where they defeated Mexico by a 2-1 score on May 20 as Teresa Noyola and Amber Brooks scored, the latter in the 91st minute, and won again on May 22, this time by a 4-0 score. Kristie Mewis, Zakiya Bywaters, Courtney Verloo and Kayla Grimsley scored for the USA. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will now choose a 20-player squad to travel to Germany from June 6-14 to get a taste of what the team will face during the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup. While in Germany in June, the USA will face two of the worldâ€™s top U-20 teams in Japan (on June 10) and Germany (on June 13).
U.S. U-20 WNT Schedule and Results
DateÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â OpponentÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ResultÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Goal Scorer(s)
May 13Â Â Â Â Â New Zealand U-20 WNTÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 2-0 WÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Leroux, Verloo
May 15Â Â Â Â Â New Zealand U-20 WNTÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 4-0 WÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Leroux, S. Mewis, McCarty, Ayinde
May 20Â Â Â Â Â Mexico U-20 WNTÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2-1 WÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Noyola, Brooks
May 22Â Â Â Â Â Mexico U-20 WNTÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 4-0 WÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â K. Mewis, Bywaters, Verloo, Grimsley
U.S. U-20 MNT CONTINUES BUSY COR GROENEWEGAN TOURNAMENT WITH ABBREVIATED MATCHES: In a day filled with abbreviated games at the Cor Groenewegan in the Netherlands, the U.S. U-20 MNT came away with a 1-1-1 record, picking up a win against SK Lokeren, a draw with Athletico Mineiro and a narrow defeat to Japan. The first game saw the only international match up of the day, with Thomas Rongen's side battling Japan. Despite getting on the board early with a goal from Jack McInerney, two late goals from Japan made the final score 2-1. Next up was a match against Athletico Mineiro, with neither team able to find the back of the net in the short 40-minute game. Samir Badr kept the shutout for the Americans in his first game of the day. In the third and final game of the day against another club side, Badr kept his second clean sheet against Sporting Lokeren as the U.S. went on to win 1-0. Bobby Wood scored a goal in the final minute, finishing a long ball over the ball by bringing it down and dribbling past the last defender and the goalkeeper to lift his team to the win.
DateÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â OpponentÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ResultÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â U.S. Goalscorer(s)
May 22Â Â Â Â Â JapanÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1-2 LÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â McInerney
May 22Â Â Â Â Â Atletico MineiroÂ Â Â Â Â Â 0-0 TÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â --
May 22Â Â Â Â Â SK LokerenÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1-0 WÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Wood
May 24Â Â Â Â Â UtrechtÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 0-0 TÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â --
May 24Â Â Â Â Â HeerenveenÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1-0 WÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Barson
May 24Â Â Â Â Â SenegalÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 0-1 LÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â --
U.S. U-18 MNT ARRIVES IN PORTUGAL AHEAD OF LISBON INTERNATIONAL: U.S. U-18 Menâ€™s National Team head coach Mike Matkovich has taken a 20-player roster to Portugal for the Lisbon International Tournament from May 21-31. The roster includes eight players who featured for the U.S. at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, including the 2009 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Luis Gil. Three players who have already entered college, Earl Edwards (UCLA), Perry Kitchen (Akron) and Jared Watts (Wake Forest) were also part of the team that reached the Round of 16 in Nigeria. There are 14 players on the roster who are currently part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program, including three representing the FC Dallas Juniors â€“ Michael Ambrose, Daniel Garcia and Boyd Okwuonu.Â The U.S. will open the four-team tournament against Norway on May 27, continue against Romania on May 28 and round out the event against host Portugal on May 30.
U.S. U-18 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Earl Edwards (UCLA; San Diego, Calif.), Andrew Wolverton (Concorde Fire; Snellville, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (6): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas Juniors; Frisco, Texas), Bryan Gallego (NY Red Bulls; Kinnelon, N.J), Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Albertson; Brentwood, N.Y.),
Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas Juniors; Edmond, Okla.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Sean Davis (NY Red Bulls Academy; Holmdel, N.J.), Amadou Dia (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Perry Kitchen (Akron; Indianapolis, Ind.), Miguel Lopez (Lonestar SC; Alton, Texas), Daniel Metzger (PDA; Holmdel, N.J.), Jared Watts (Wake Forest; Statesville, N.C), Riley Wolfe (L.A. Galaxy; Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3): Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Sean Okoli (Washington Premier FC; Federal Way, Wash.)
U.S. U-15 GNT REVIEW: The U.S. U-15 Girlâ€™s National Team defeated the Philippines U-19 Womenâ€™s National Team by a 7-0 score, defeated the San Diego Sea Lions Womenâ€™s Club 6-0 and tied the San Diego Surf U-17s 3-3 during a training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., that ended on May 15. All the players in the camp were born in 1995 and will form the core of the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup. Amber Munerlyn, Rosie DiMartino (two goals), Eli Boon (two goals), Lydia Simmons and Shea Newman scored for the USA against the Philippines while Frannie Crouse, Munerlyn (two goals), Summer Green (two goals) and Lauren Kaskie found the net against the Sea Lions. Against the Surf U-17s, Jo Boyles, Zoe Swift and Kaskie scored in a game that saw the Surf take the lead before the USA stormed back to go up 2-1. The Surf then scored twice in three minutes midway through the second half to take a 3-2 lead. Kaskieâ€™s equalizer came in the 89th minute.
U.S. U-15 GNT Schedule and Results
DateÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â OpponentÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ResultÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Goal Scorer(s)Â
May 11Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Philippines U-19Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 7-0 WÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Munerlyn, DiMartino (2), Boon (2), Simmons, Newman
May 12Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â SD Sea LionsÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 6-0 WÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Crouse, Munerlyn (2), Green (2), Kaskie
May 14Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â SD Surf U-17Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3-3 TÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Boyles, Swift, Kaskie
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY TECHNICAL ADVISOR TONY LEPORE REPRESENTS U.S. SOCCER IN CAYMAN ISLANDS: In late April, Development Academy Technical Advisor and Director of Scouting Tony Lepore represented U.S. Soccer at the first-ever Meeting of CONCACAF Technical Directors in the Cayman Islands. The joint venture between FIFA and CONCACAF brought together technical advisors and directors from the United States, Canada and all of the Caribbean nations to share ideas, goals and challenges. Mexico and the Central American nations held a similar conference in Spanish the week prior. Focused on developing world-class players, grass roots efforts, technical development and talent scouting, FIFA and CONCACAF committee members met for four days and broke off into smaller groups to expand further on discussions. The opportunity was brought to Lepore as a chance to present some challenges that are unique to American soccer, but also to learn about how other nations have approached similar challenges.
â€“ AROUND THE SOCCER NATION â€“
CLAUDIO REYNA TO PREVIEW CORE ELEMENTS OF U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL CURRICULUM ON MAY 25: U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna will conduct a presentation at the U.S. Soccer Coaching Symposium in conjunction with the U.S. Menâ€™s National Team Send-Off Series Match against the Czech Republic on May 25, 2010. Reynaâ€™s hour-long presentation will preview the Core Elements of U.S. Soccer National Curriculum at 4:30 p.m. ET in East Hartford. Reyna will discuss the current state of the game as well as the need to address the quality of coaching in the U.S. As part of the preview of the Core Elements of the U.S. Soccer National Curriculum for Under-6 through Under-12 coaches, Reyna will also discuss the process for creating the core elements of the curriculum. Attendance at the session is limited and coaches must register in advance (register now). There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS UNITY CUP: The members of the U.S. Men's National Team are not the only athletes representing their country in South Africa this Summer as American Matthew Millett is set to participate in the inaugural Special Olympics Unity Cup in Cape Town. Millett, along with 15 other Special Olympics athletes from around the world, will play in a match on July 3 alongside soccer legends and celebrities in Cape Town's fabulous Green Point stadium, site of a quarterfinal match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Millett is in East Hartford this week supporting the MNT as he gets ready to represent the USA and 3.5 million Special Olympics athletes worldwide. The Unity Cup will serve as a leading example of the power of Special Olympics Unified Sports, with the goal of the match to support the mission of inclusion and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities. To learn more about the Special Olympics Unity Cup please visit www.specialolympics.org/unitycup.
BE OFFICIAL: While there's nothing like cheering on the U.S. Men's National Team in person, we want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience even if youâ€™re not going to be in East Hartford on Wednesday or in Philadelphia on Saturday, so we've got the next best spot: an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be at Rentschler Field or Lincoln Financial Field, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters, wear red and watch the game in an atmosphere that is pretty loud and rowdy. Check the latest listings for the Official U.S. Soccer bar in your area, including Philadelphiaâ€™s own Tir Na Nog, which was named U.S. Soccerâ€™s Bar of the Month for May.Â Have a local watering hole that you would like to see as an Official U.S. Soccer Bar?Â Provide your comments on the Official U.S. Bar Forum.Â
JAY HOFFMAN NAMES 12 FOR PARALYMPIC ROSTER HEADED TO ENGLAND: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer National Team has departed for the BT Paralympic World Cup, a four-team international tournament in Manchester, England. Head coach Jay Hoffman has selected 12 players to his roster. The U.S. kicks off tournament play against England on Wednesday, May 26, followed by a match against Ireland on Thursday, May 27, with the final game of pool play against Netherlands on Friday, May 28. The grueling schedule concludes with the bronze and silver/gold medal matches on Saturday, May 29, marking four international matches in four days for the Americans.
U.S. Paralympic Soccer National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPER (1): Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (2): Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), KaCee Hildreth (Iowa Falls, Iowa)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Adam Ballou (Virginia Beach, Va.), Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), Nick Creasey (Richmond, Va.), Tommy Latsch (Euclid, Ohio), Josh McKinney (Cary, N.C.), Moises Morales (Chula Vista, Calif.)
FORWARD (3): Charlie Howard (Washington, D.C.), Tyler Penn (Manchester, N.H.), Marthell Vazquez (Long Beach, Calif.)
USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than seven months to go before FIFAâ€™s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cupsâ„¢, 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 Cupâ„¢ to come to the United States â€“ and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United Statesâ€™ bid for the FIFA World Cupâ„¢ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committeeâ€™s official site.
U.S. SOCCER SUMMER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccerâ€™s National Coaching Schools for the â€œA,â€ â€œBâ€ and â€œCâ€ License Courses will take place throughout the month of June in four locations across the United States. Summer â€œAâ€ Audit, â€œA,â€(sold-out)Â â€œBâ€ (sold-out)Â and â€œCâ€ courses are set for June 5-13 at Darlington School in Rome, Ga. and â€œBâ€ (sold-out) and â€œCâ€ (sold-out) courses will take place at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass., will host â€œAâ€ Audit, â€œA,â€ â€œBâ€ (sold-out) and â€œCâ€ License courses June 17-25 and a National â€œAâ€ Audit, â€œAâ€ and â€œBâ€ (sold-out) course will take place June 19-27 at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill.Â
MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2010 FIFA U-20 WOMENâ€™S WORLD CUP CONTINUES: FIFA announced that the media accreditation process for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World CupÂ has been launched via a registration form on the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is June 1. 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 representatives who have not already registered for the FIFA Media Channel can do so via the following internet address: http://media.FIFA.com/
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER IN PEPSI REFRESH: In advance of their departure for South Africa next month, three U.S. Menâ€™s National Team stars, Clint Dempsey, Stuart Holden and Tim Howard, are asking soccer fans everywhere to join them in making a difference in helping to refresh the world. Fans can cast their votes at www.ussoccer.com/PepsiRefresh for whichever playerâ€™s idea they believe should receive a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project.
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: Itâ€™s rare that a goalkeeper is a standout player when her team wins a match by a 4-0 score as the U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team did over rival Germany last Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio, but the work of U.S. â€˜keeper Hope Solo was outstanding enough to earn her this weekâ€™s Peak Performer. While the U.S. attack kicked into full gear after 20 minutes, the Germans were no slouches. They created a handful of great opportunities and at least four of them were spectacularly saved by Solo, who never let the Germans gain the confidence which would have been bolstered had they found the net. Her performance solidified her stature as the top female goalkeeper in the world.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Menâ€™s National Team kicks off the Send-Off Series tomorrow, Tuesday, May 25, with a match against the Czech Republic at 8 p.m. ET at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. (tickets). Players will then head to Philadelphia, where the team will face Turkey at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 29, at Lincoln Financial Field (tickets). The matches mark the last two home games for the U.S. before heading to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
SOCCER SHOCKER: Last time the No.1- and No. 2-ranked womenâ€™s soccer nations (according to the latest FIFA ranking) met, it was a hard-fought 3-2 U.S. victory to claim the 2010 Algarve Cup title in muddy conditions. Needless to say, when the U.S. and Germany meet, itâ€™s always a hard-fought game, which makes the 4-0 scoreline from the match on May 22 in Cleveland, Ohio, somewhat surprising. A large part of that can be attributed to goalkeeper Hope Solo, but in any case, such a one-sided score is not something that was anticipated, or that is anticipated for any time again in the near future.
QUOTABLE: â€œIt's very easy to be distracted with all of the media and all of the hype around the World Cup, playing against the best players in the world. But, it's three weeks when you have to be completely concentrated and performing to the best of your ability and making the most of this awesome opportunity.â€-- U.S. Menâ€™s National Team defender Steve Cherundolo, discussing the 2010 FIFA World Cup with media (watch video here).