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U.S. Soccer Wire: Adu Leads U.S. in Two Wins


ADU HAS FOUR OF TEAM’S EIGHT GOALS IN WINS OVER SOUTH KOREA, SIERRA LEONE: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continued its string of impressive results by opening the FIFA U-17 World Championship with two wins and a whopping eight goals in Group D play. In their first match on Aug. 14, the U-17s avenged a 3-0 loss to Korea from earlier this year by running up a lopsided 6-1 result. After defender Brandon Owens gave South Korea a 1-0 lead on an own goal in the 11th minute, forward Freddy Adu equalized just five minutes later for the first of six team goals and the first of a hat trick that he completed with goals in the 89th and 90th minutes.  In their second match, the U-17s used superb goalkeeping from Phil Marfuggi and a penalty kick from Guillermo Gonzalez in the last minute of the first half to level the score at 1-1 against a tough Sierra Leone team before Adu ran down a perfect flick header from forward Jamie Watson and converted the game winner again in the 89th minute. With the win, the U.S. is assured a first or second place finish in Group D and a spot in the quarterfinals. The U.S. will face Spain in their third and final Group D game on Wednesday (Aug. 20) live on Galavision and via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker at 12:55 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT (tape delay). The winner of Group D is scheduled to take on the second place finisher in Group C (Brazil, Portugal, Yemen and Cameroon) on Sunday (Aug. 24), while the second place finisher in Group D will face the winner of Group C.
U.S. U-17 MNT Results / Schedule – Finland 2003
Date: Opponent, Result (U.S. Goal Scorers)
Aug. 14: South Korea, 6-1 W (Adu-3, Owens, Curfman, Watson)
Aug. 17: Sierra Leone, 2-1 W (Gonzalez, Adu)
Date: Opponent - Kickoff / TV
Aug. 20: Spain - 12:55 p.m. ET (live) / 1 p.m. PT (delay) / Galavision
Aug. 24: 1D vs. 2C - 10:55 a.m. ET (live) / 11 a.m. PT (delay) / Galavision
         2D vs. 1C - 7 a.m. ET (no TV)

INDIVIDUAL MATCH DATE TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT FIFAworldcup.com: A limited number of individual match date tickets for all six venues of the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 are currently on sale at FIFAworldcup.com.  Each match date consists of an afternoon or evening doubleheader, except the Third Place Match on Oct. 11 and the Final on Oct. 12, which will both be played as stand-alone games at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Individual match date tickets range in price from $20 to $175 (and up to $400 for the final), depending on the USA’s involvement and the stage of the three-week competition. In addition to the website, fans can purchase these tickets over the phone by calling 1-800-WWC-TIKS (992-8457) or by visiting the stadium ticket office of five of the six venues during normal business hours. For the match dates at RFK Stadium, fans must call 202-432-SEAT (7328) or 1-800-551-SEAT (7328), as the stadium ticket office will not be open. Tickets for groups of 50 or more are available by calling 312-528-1290. Tickets for the USA’s Group A showdown with North Korea on Sept. 28 in Columbus are limited to eight per customer. Tickets for the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 Final on Oct. 12 in Carson, Calif., are limited to six per customer.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR U.S. WNT SEND-OFF MATCHES ON SEPT. 1 & 7: U.S. Soccer announced last week that both discount group and individual tickets are now available for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s pair of send-off matches in early September, which will mark the team’s final two games before the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003. After a unique Labor Day friendly between the U.S. and Costa Rica on Sept. 1 (live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET) at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the U.S. WNT will head north to meet Mexico on Sept. 7 (live on ESPN at 10 a.m. PT) at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. USA-Costa Rica discount tickets, which are priced from $20 to $55, are available for groups of 20 or more by calling 1-877-3GALAXY. Single tickets range from $25 to $65 are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at ticketmaster.com. USA-Mexico discount group tickets are priced at $15 and $25 for groups of 20 or more, a savings of $5 per ticket and no per-ticket convenience charge, and can be ordered by calling 408-985-GOAL (4625). Individual tickets, which are priced from $20 to $50, are also available through Ticketmaster.

– FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP USA 2003 UPDATE –

USA TO FACE SWEDEN, NIGERIA AND NORTH KOREA IN GROUP A PLAY ON EAST COAST: The U.S. Women’s National Team will begin its road toward the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup title in a difficult Group A against Sweden, Nigeria and Korea DPR (North Korea). The top-ranked U.S. WNT will open Group A play against the No. 5 team in the world, Sweden, on Sept. 21 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The U.S. will then meet Nigeria on Sept. 25 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and North Korea on Sept. 28 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Should the U.S. advance to the quarterfinals, the team will play one of the top two teams from Group B at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Both semifinals will be played at PGE Park in Portland, Ore., on Sunday, Oct. 5, while the third place match and final will be played as single games on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, respectively, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. In the rest of the draw, the other teams ranked in the top four in the FIFA Women’s World Ranking –Norway, Germany and China – were given top seeds in the other three groups. Joining Norway in Group B are Brazil, France and South Korea. Joining Germany in Group C are Canada, Japan and Argentina. And finally, in Group D with China are Ghana, Russia and Australia. The top two teams in Group C and D will face each other in the quarterfinals at PGE Park.
FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 – Groups
Group A: USA, Sweden, Nigeria, North Korea
Group B: Norway, Brazil, France, South Korea
Group C: Germany, Canada, Japan, Argentina
Group D: China, Ghana, Russia, Australia
FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 – U.S. WNT Schedule (* if necessary)
Date: Opponent - Venue; City - Kickoff
Sept. 21: Sweden - RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. - 12:30 p.m. (ET)
Sept. 25: Nigeria - Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa. - 3:45 p.m. (ET)
Sept. 28: Korea DPR - Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio - 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Oct. 1: Quarterfinals* - Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass. - 4:30 / 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Oct. 5: Semifinals* - PGE Park; Portland, Ore. - 4:30 / 7:30 p.m. (PT)
Oct. 11: Third Place* - The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. - 12:30 p.m. (PT)
Oct. 12: Final* - The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. - 10 a.m. (PT)

– 2003 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE –

PAIR OF USL TEAMS SURPRISE MLS COUNTERPARTS AS OPEN CUP QUARTERFINALS SET: Two upstarts from the United Soccer Leagues – the Seattle Sounders (A-League) and the Wilmington Hammerheads (Pro Select League) – stole the show in the fourth round of the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with upsets of their MLS opponents on Aug. 5 and 6, respectively. Seattle pulled out a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, but the bigger upset was Wilmington’s 4-1 drubbing of the Dallas Burn at Legion Sports Complex in Wilmington, N.C.  Already the prize-winner from Division 3, the Hammerheads dominated their higher division opponent. D.C. forward Hristo Stoitchkov narrowly prevented another upset, providing a golden goal in the 97th minute to help defeat the Virginia Beach Mariners. In other action, several MLS teams came back from early deficits to pull out close wins, including the Revolution defeating the Rochester Raging Rhinos 2-1, the L.A. Galaxy finding their way past the amateur Fresno Fuego 3-1, and Chicago rebounding from a 3rd minute goal to win 4-1. In the two all-MLS matches, MetroStars defender Eddie Pope provided two late goals to match Edson Buddle’s two early goals and edge the Crew 4-3 in an offensive onslaught, while John Spencer’s two goals helped the Colorado Rapids down Kansas City 3-2. All four U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal matches are set for Wednesday, Aug. 27, as Seattle tries to upset the L.A. Galaxy at Seahawks Stadium in Seattle and the red-hot Hammerheads host D.C. United at Legion Sports Complex in Wilmington, N.C.
Quarterfinals Schedule – 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
No. Date: Match-Up - Venue; City (Kickoff)
27 Aug. 27: Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (A-League) - Seahawks Stadium; Seattle, Wash. (7 p.m. PT)
28 Aug. 27: D.C. United at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL) - Legion Stadium; Wilmington, N.C. (7:30 p.m. ET)
29 Aug. 27: Colorado Rapids (MLS) at Chicago Fire (MLS) - Cardinal Stadium; Naperville, Ill. (7:30 p.m. CT)
30 Aug. 27: New England Revolution (MLS) at MetroStars (MLS) - Yurcak Field; Piscataway, N.J. (7:30 p.m. ET)

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

RONGEN NAMES 18-MAN ROSTER AS U-20s HEAD TO SPAIN FOR L’ALCUDIA TOURNAMENT: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has selected an 18-man roster to participate in the eight-team L’Alcudia International Tournament in Spain, which will run from Aug. 21-28. The U.S. has been placed in Group A along with Egypt, Russia and Slovenia. Group B includes Gabon, Ukraine, Uruguay and Valencia, a regional team from Spain. The U.S. opens the tournament on Thursday (Aug. 21) against Egypt, followed by a match against Russia on Saturday (Aug. 23) and the final group game versus Slovenia on Aug. 25. The roster is highlighted by five European-based players in Frank Simek and Danny Karbassiyoon of Arsenal, newcomer Zak Whitbread of Liverpool, David Johnson of Willem II (Holland) and Dimi Colon of Freiburg (Germany). Prior to the tournament, the U.S. will play a friendly match on Aug. 19 vs. Villareal. The U-20s remain in preparation for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates from Nov. 27 to Dec. 19.
U.S. Under-20 MNT Roster – L’Alcudia International Tournament
Goalkeepers (2):
Adam Schuerman (UConn), Ford Williams (UNC);
Defenders (5): Chad Marshall (Stanford Univ.), Heath Pearce (Univ. of Portland), Patrick Phelan (Enfield, Conn.), Frank Simek (Arsenal – England), Zak Whitbread (Liverpool -- England);
Midfielders (6): Craig Capano (Chicago Fire – MLS), Patrick Ianni (UCLA), David Johnson (Willem II – Holland), Drew Moor (Indiana Univ.), Miguel Saavedra (Dallas, Texas);
Forwards (5): Arturo Alvarez (San Jose Earthquakes – MLS), Marc Burch (Evansville), Dimi Colon (Freiburg – Germany), Clint Dempsey (Furman Univ.), Danny Karbassiyoon (Arsenal – England).
U.S. Under-20 MNT Schedule – L’Alcudia International Tournament (* if necessary)
Date: Opponent
Aug. 21: Egypt
Aug. 23: Russia
Aug. 25: Slovenia
Aug. 27: Semifinals*
Aug. 28: Placement Match*

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

GALAVISION TO CONTINUE U-17 BROADCASTS FROM FINLAND WITH QUARTERFINALS: Spanish-language station Galavision will continue to broadcast select matches from the FIFA Under-17 World Championship from Finland this week as the USA meets Spain on Wednesday (Aug. 20) at 12:55 p.m. ET (live) and 1 p.m. PT (tape delay). In addition, two of the four quarterfinals will be shown this weekend, with one each on Saturday (Aug. 23) and Sunday (24). The following week, Galavision will broadcast one of the two semifinals on Aug. 27 and the final on Aug. 30.
Date: Match-up - Broadcast Time
Aug. 23: Quarterfinal 1B-2A - 10:55 a.m. ET (live) / 11 a.m. PT (delay)
Aug. 24: Quarterfinal 1D-2C - 10:55 a.m. ET (live) / 11 a.m. PT (delay)
Aug. 27: Semifinal - 12:55 p.m. ET (live) / 12:55 p.m. PT (delay)
Aug. 30: Final - 8:55 a.m. ET (live) / 8:55 a.m. PT (delay) OR 5:55 a.m. PT (live), if USA, Mexico, Brazil or Argentina

WUSA RUNNERS UP FREEDOM, BEAT BOUNCE BREAKERS, SPIRIT FROM PLAYOFFS: Both the Washington Freedom and Atlanta Beat advanced to their second Founders Cup in three years with dramatic victories over teams that were making their first appearance in the WUSA post-season. The Freedom needed a  3-1 penalty kick shootout to get by the regular season champion Boston Breakers, with U.S. WNT goalkeeper Siri Mullinix winning the battle in goal over Canada’s Karina LeBlanc. The Beat, down 1-0 after a goal from San Diego Spirit playmaker Aly Wagner in the 38th minute, used a Conny Pohlers stoppage time goal to send the game into overtime, where Charmaine Hooper raced onto a 40-yard long pass and sent a left-footed shot past Spirit ‘keeper Jenni Branam for the game winner in the fourth minute of the “golden goal” period.
2003 WUSA Playoff Results / Schedule
Date: Result
Aug. 16: Washington 0, Boston 0 (Washington advances 3-1 on PKs)   
Aug. 17: Atlanta 2, San Diego 1 (OT)
Date: Match-up - Kickoff / TV
Aug. 24: Atlanta vs. Washington - 4 p.m. / ESPN2

WESTCHESTER, WILMINGTON ADVANCE TO USL PRO SELECT LEAGUE FINAL SATURDAY: The Westchester Flames and Wilmington Hammerheads advanced to the USL Pro Select League Championship with victories in their respective semifinal matches last weekend. The two will meet for the title on Saturday (Aug. 23) at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, N.C., in a match that will be broadcast live on Fox Sports World at 5 p.m. ET. The Hammerheads, who are hosting the final for the second straight year, picked up a 2-1 road win in a rematch of last year’s semifinal against the Utah Blitzz at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. The New Jersey Stallions converted two penalty kicks during the course of play, but were unable to find the back of the net in three attempts in the penalty kick tiebreaker after a 3-3 draw with the Flames at City Park Stadium in New Rochelle, New York. A miss off the crossbar by New Jersey’s Jeff Rigby, followed by two saves from Westchester goalkeeper Andres Gomez, allowed the Flames to move onto the final with a 3-0 win in the tiebreaker.

- U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT -

PEAK PERFORMER:  Despite the overwhelming hype and pressure to perform that has been placed on the shoulder of young Freddy Adu, so far he has lived up to advance billing and has already emerged as perhaps the top player at the FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Finland.  Adu leads the tournament with four goals in two games, having scored on two great individual efforts and adding a cheeky PK strike in the surprise 6-1 win over South Korea, then showing his refined finishing ability in knocking in the game winner with just minutes to play for a 2-1 result over Sierra Leone.

MARQUEE MATCH-UP:  While the Founders Cup III will be missing the home team, and along with it a Spirit-ed crowd, the WUSA final presents an interesting match-up between the runner-up finishers from the last two seasons. After falling in penalty kicks to the San Jose (then Bay Area) Cyber Rays in the inaugural Founders Cup, Atlanta’s offensive juggernaut – led by the dangerous attacking combo of Cindy Parlow, Charmaine Hooper, Maribel Dominguez and Homare Sawa – appears ready to grab the title. Meanwhile, Mia and Abby have proved the most prolific striking tandem in the league, and these two are primed to carry Washington to a Cup win after the Freedom fell 3-2 to the Carolina Courage in last season’s main event.

SOCCER SHOCKER:  The San Diego Spirit, playing in the first post-season match of their three-year history, were 80 seconds from stealing a 1-0 win at Atlanta’s Herndon Stadium and heading back west to Torero Stadium to play in front of a home crowd for the Founders Cup III on Sunday (Aug. 24) when German international Conny Pohlers pounced on a loose ball and tied the match in stoppage time. Heading into overtime heartbroken, the Spirit conceded another tough goal, as Beat forward Charmaine Hooper out-raced a hobbled Joy Fawcett to lift the ball over Spirit ‘keeper Jen Branam to lift Atlanta to their second final in three years.

QUOTABLE: "He's like, 'Jamie, Jamie, put me in.' When Freddy yells put me in, I'm going to do my best to put it in. I just flicked it on to Fred and he put it in."
 --U.S. U-17 MNT forward Jamie Watson, whose header off a Phil Marfuggi goal kick found a streaking Freddy Adu, who converted in the 89th minute for a dramatic 2-1 victory over Sierra Leone.

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