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U.S. Soccer Wire - April 23, 2007


U.S. WNT DRAWS NORTH KOREA, SWEDEN AND NIGERIA IN GROUP B
OF THE 2007 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN CHINA;
U.S. MNT WILL TRAVEL TO SWEDEN IN AUGUST


U.S. WNT LEARNS WORLD CUP OPPONENTS: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face North Korea, Sweden and Nigeria in Group B at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, taking place in China from Sept. 10-30. The Final Draw was held on Sunday evening (April 22) at the Guanggu Science and Technology Exhibition Centre in Wuhan, China. In an amazing twist, the American women drew the same three first-round opponents that they faced at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, although they will play them in a different order this time around. The USA was one of four seeded teams in the tournament along with host China, defending Women’s World Cup champions Germany, and Norway, which was drawn into Group C. Visit the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup competitions page for a complete schedule and standings, plus features, podcasts, and exclusive all_access video coverage of the WNT in China.

Group B Opponent Capsules

U.S. 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
Date Opponent Venue Kickoff
Sept. 11 North Korea Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium) 5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 14 Sweden Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium) 5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 18 Nigeria Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET


U.S. MNT TO FACE SWEDEN IN AUGUST: The United States Men’s National Team will play its first match on European soil in 2007 when they travel to face 11-time World Cup finalists Sweden on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Ullevi Stadium in Goteborg, Sweden. Kickoff for the match is set for 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel, with Galavision airing the match live at 2:30 p.m. ET and delayed at 2:30 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The U.S. is gearing up for a busy summer, beginning with a tune-up match against China on June 2 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose (tickets). Five days later, the three-time champions will try to defend their title against 11 other teams at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scheduled from June 6-24 in several cities across the United States. Just a few days later, the U.S. will participate in the 2007 Copa America, the regional championship of South America. The 12-team tournament will run from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. For the United States, the appearance will mark their third entrance into CONMEBOL’s signature event, and the first since a third place finish in 1995.

U.S. MNT 2006 Schedule
Date Match Venue Result/Kickoff/TV
Jan. 20 USA vs. Denmark Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 3-1 W
Feb. 7 USA vs. Mexico Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.) 2-0 W
March 25 USA vs. Ecuador Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.) 3-1 W
March 28 USA vs. Guatemala Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas) 0-0 T
June 2 USA vs. China Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.) 8 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Galavision
June 7 USA vs. Guatemala Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 6 p.m. PT / FSC and Telefutura
June 9 USA vs. T&T Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 2 p.m. PT / FSC and Telefutura
June 12 USA vs. El Salvador Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.) 7 p.m. ET / FSC and Telefutura
June 28 Argentina * Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo) TBD --
July 2 Paraguay * Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas) TBD --
July 5 Colombia * Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto) TBD --
Aug. 22 Sweden Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden) 2:30 p.m. ET / FSC / Galavision (2:30 ET/PT)

^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
* Copa America


SEND-OFF SERIES TOUR MATCHES SET: U.S. Soccer has confirmed the details for the final three games of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s six-game Send-Off Series. The U.S. will face Japan (tickets) in San Jose, Calif., on July 28 at 10 p.m. ET at Spartan Stadium, New Zealand (tickets) in Chicago on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. ET at Soldier Field, and finally Finland (tickets) in Los Angeles on Aug. 25 at The Home Depot Center in the final match before the team heads to China for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In previously announced matches, the U.S. takes on China (tickets) in Cleveland on June 16, Brazil (tickets) in East Rutherford, N.J., on June 23, and Norway (tickets) in East Hartford, Conn., on July 14. Ticket information for all six games is available at ussoccer.com or by calling local Ticketmaster outlets or the respective stadium’s box offices. Tickets for the matches at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Giants Stadium and Rentschler Field in Hartford are on sale now. Tickets for the games in San Jose (Spartan Stadium), Chicago (Soldier Field) and Los Angeles (The Home Depot Center) will go on sale to the public beginning Thursday, April 26, at ussoccer.com and via local Ticketmaster outlets. There will be a one day presale for VISA card holders on Wednesday, April 25, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. local time in each market. VISA, the preferred payment card of U.S. Soccer, is the only payment method accepted for this advance sale opportunity. Group tickets for 15 or more people for any of the Send-Off Series matches are available by calling 312-528-1290 or downloading a group order form at ussoccer.com. ESPN2 will broadcast the New York, Hartford, Chicago and Los Angeles matches live, while ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS will provide live streaming video of the matches in Cleveland and San Jose. Fans can also follow stats and commentary online with ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

2007 U.S. Women's National Team Schedule & Results
Date Opponent Location Result / Kickoff TV
Jan. 26 Germany + Guangzhou, China 0-0 T
Jan. 28 England + Guangzhou, China 1-1 T
Jan. 30 China + Guangzhou, China 2-0 W
March 7 China @ Silves, Portugal 2-1 W
March 9 Finland @ Ferreiras, Portugal 1-0 W
March 12 Sweden @ VRS Antonio, Portugal 3-2 W
March 14 Denmark @ VRS Antonio, Portugal 2-0 W
April 14 Mexico Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.) 5-0 W
May 12 Canada Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas) 7:30 p.m. ET FSC (live) /
Fox Sports en Espanol (delay)
2007 Women’s National Team Send-Off Series
Date Opponent Location Kickoff TV
June 16 China Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio) 7 p.m. ET ussoccer.com's MatchACCESS
June 23 Brazil Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.) 5 p.m. ET ESPN2
July 14 Norway Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.) 6 p.m. ET ESPN2
July 28 Japan Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.) 7 p.m. PT ussoccer.com's MatchACCESS
Aug. 12 New Zealand Soldier Field (Chicago, Ill.) 12 p.m. CT ESPN2
Aug. 25 Finland The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 6:30 p.m. PT ESPN2

U.S. 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
Date Opponent Venue Kickoff
Sept. 11 North Korea Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium) 5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 14 Sweden Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium) 5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 18 Nigeria Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET


MEDIA ACCREDITATION PROCESS OPENS FOR FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP: Media members may register online for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 at the media services section of FIFA.com. Deadline for applications is May 30, and successful applications will be notified and given further information as the tournament approaches. Applications are subject to confirmation and international applicants are responsible for their own visas. More information about the tournament is available at FIFA.com.

COACHING SYMPOSIUM SET FOR MAY 11-12: U.S. Soccer will host a coaching symposium at Pizza Hut Park on May 11-12, in conjunction with the U.S. Women’s National Team match against Canada. The two-day symposium will focus on “Preparation for a World Cup” and will feature classroom sessions with members of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s coaching staff and the USA-Canada match. Coaches attending the symposium can earn up to two CEU credits towards maintaining their “A” license. [Download application]

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-20 MNT TO FACE ARGENTINA IN ROCHESTER: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will continue their preparations for the upcoming 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup this summer with a match against reigning world champion Argentina on Tuesday, May 15, at PAETEC Park in Rochester, N.Y. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets for the match range from $18 to $35, and can be purchased at PAETEC Park, by phone from Ticketmaster at (585) 232-1900 or at ticketmaster.com. U.S. Soccer and ussoccer.com will present complete MatchACCESS live coverage of the match against Argentina, starting at 6:45 p.m. ET / 3:45 p.m. PT. MatchACCESS will also include post-match coverage and interviews with U.S. Under-20 MNT head coach Thomas Rongen and select players. This will be the second U-20 MNT match broadcast exclusively on ussoccer.com, and is a part of the popular website’s extensive online video streaming coverage.

U.S. U-21 WNT OPENS ALABAMA TOURNAMENT WITH WIN: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team opened the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament in Alabama with a solid 2-0 victory over China’s U-21s at the famed Legion Field in Birmingham. Texas junior Kelsey Carpenter and substitute Kelley O’Hara, a Stanford freshman, both scored second half goals to lead the USA to victory in the first international match of the year for the U-21 women. The six-team, nine-match tournament features the U.S. U-21s, China’s U-21s and Trinidad & Tobago’s full Women’s National Team in Bracket A while the full Women’s National Team of Argentina joins Canada’s Olympic Development Team and Mexico’s U-21s in Bracket B. The two group winners will play for the championship, the second place finishers will play for third and the third-place finishers in each bracket will meet for fifth place. The USA’s next match will be against Trinidad & Tobago’s full National Team on Tuesday, April 24, at the Alabama A&M Football Stadium in Huntsville.

U.S. U-21 WNT Schedule / Results
Date Match-Up Venue (Stadium) Kickoff (All times CT)
April 22 USA U-21 2, China U-21 0 Birmingham, Ala. (Legion Field)
April 24 USA U-21 vs. T&T Huntsville, Ala. (Alabama A&A Football Stadium) 7:30 p.m.
April 28 5th place Match Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium) 2 p.m.
3rd Place Match Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium) 5 p.m.
Championship Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium) 7:30 p.m.

U.S. U-21 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cori Alexander (Portland), Kelsey Davis (Portland), Joanna Haig (Louisville);
DEFENDERS (7): Marissa Abegg (Stanford), Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Danielle Collins (William & Mary), Kendall Fletcher (UNC), Courtney Hooker (California), Nkechi Kanu (California), Stephanie Logterman (Texas);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Natalie Capuano (Penn), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Chioma Igwe (California), Kara Kabellis (Wisconsin), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Amanda Poach (Santa Clara), Lisa Sari (Portland), Angie Woznuk (Portland);
FORWARDS (6): Danesha Adams (UCLA), Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Kelsey Carpenter (Texas), Kelly O’Hara (Stanford), Rachel Rapinoe (Portland), Tiffeny Weimer (Penn State)


U.S. U-17 ’91 MNT SET FOR BALLYMENA TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-17 ’91 Men’s National Team kicks off the 2007 Ballymena Tournament against Scotland on Monday, April 23, in Northern Ireland. U.S. U-17 ’91 MNT assistant head coach Brian Maisonneuve named the 18-player roster for the 2007 Ballymena International Tournament earlier this week. The team left for the tournament on Thursday, April 19. The U.S. is in Group B of the eight-team tournament along with the Czech Republic, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland. The U.S. will play three games in three days, facing the Czech Republic and the Republic of Ireland after taking on Scotland. Depending on how the team finishes in group play, the U.S. will play a placement match on Friday, April 27 against a team from Group A, which consists of Canada, Finland, Northern Ireland and Switzerland. The U.S. U-17 ’91 MNT recently finished ninth at the 35th Mondial Minimes International Tournament in France.

U-17 ’91 MNT Schedule
Date Opponent
April 23 Scotland
April 24 Czech Republic
April 25 Republic of Ireland
April 27 Placement Match

U-17 ’91 Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Rafael Diaz (Rockaway, N.J.), Cody Mizell (Woodstock, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (Syracuse, N.Y.), Cooper Barham (Odessa, Texas), Chad Barson (Lewis Center, Ohio), Aubrey Perry (Ocoee, Fla.), Kofi Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Parker Walsh (Roanoke, Va.), Zarek Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Adedoja Akinsanya (Sacramento, Calif.), Eder Arreola (Chino Hills, Calif.), Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Ben Spears (Stow, Ohio), Korey Veeder (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
FORWARDS (3): Dersu Abolfathi (Irvine, Calif.), Ryan Finley (Lumberton, N.J.), Hasani Sinclair (Coral Springs, Fla.)


U-17 '90 MNT CLOSES IN ON CONCACAF QUALIFYING IN JAMAICA AT END OF APRIL: The U-17 '90 Men's National Team is closing in on Group B of the CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament, which will be played from April 28 to May 7 in Kingston, Jamaica. Every match of the five-team, round-robin tournament will be played at the National Stadium. The U.S. has a bye during the opening day of the tournament on April 28 and will open up against Trinidad & Tobago on April 30. The U.S. will then face Canada on May 2, Jamaica on May 4 and finish against Costa Rica on May 6.The top three teams will advance to the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will take place in South Korea from Aug. 18 to Sept. 9. The U.S. is the only country to qualify for all 11 previous FIFA U-17 World Cups. Group A was played from April 4-8 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and saw former world champion Mexico not qualify as Haiti and Honduras earned the two berths by finishing first and second, respectively. U.S. U-17 MNT head coach John Hackworth will name the qualifying roster later this week.

U-17 '90 MNT Schedule - Group B CONCACAF Qualifying
Date Opponent
April 30 Trinidad & Tobago
May 2 Canada
May 4 Jamaica
May 6 Costa Rica


U-15 BOYS’ NATIONAL TEAM HEADS TO ARGENTINA FOR TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, this week for an international training camp, led by head coach Jim Barlow. The 20-player training camp will run from April 27-May 7, during which time the team will scrimmage four teams, including the Argentina National Team, the Uruguay National Team, and two boys’ club teams. The games against Argentina and Uruguay will be on Wednesday, May 1, and Friday, May 4, respectively.

U-15 BNT Schedule
Date Opponent
April 30 Boca Juniors
May 2 Argentina
May 4 Uruguay
May 6 Newell’s Old Boys

U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samir Badr (Fairfax, Va.), Earl Edwards (San Diego, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (6): Estanilao Arevalo (Oxnard, Calif.), Bryan Duran (Duncanville, Tex.), Joe Garcia (Niderwald, Tex.), Chase Miller (Duncannon, Pa.), Tyler Polak (Lincoln, Nebr.), Joshua Sylva (Las Vegas, Nev.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alex Bramall (Newburgh, N.Y.), Zachary Herold (Port Saint Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Indianapolis, Ind.), Edson Lemus (Wilmington, Calif.), Sebastian Lletget (S. San Francisco, Calif.), George Pantelic (Northridge, Calif.), Ross Tomaselli (Wilmington, N.C.), Jared Watts (Statesville, N.C.);
FORWARDS (4): Andrew Craven (St. Simons Islands, Ga.), Donovan Henry (Lakeworth, Fla.), Jack McInerney (Alpharetta, Ga.), Charles Renken (Edwardsville, Ill.)


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

2007 CONCACAF GOLD CUP TICKETS NOW ON SALE: Tickets for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup are now on sale for all dates and venues. Tickets start at $20 for first round games and can be purchased by calling 1-888-878-2007. Ticket packages are available for all games and match days at a single venue. Discounts are also available for groups. More information is available at ussoccer.com.

KIXX WIN SECOND MISL TITLE: The Philadelphia KiXX defeated the Detroit Ignition, 13-8, on Saturday (April 21) at Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Mich. The KiXX were led by two goals from player coach Don D’Ambra, one which was a two-point goal and the second a three-point goal. It is the second MISL championship for the KiXX, who also won in 2001-2002.

VISIT ussoccer.com's YOUTUBE CHANNEL: U.S. Soccer fans can now follow their favorite U.S. National Team coaches and players on ussoccer.com's YouTube channel. It includes interviews, press conferences and other exclusive behind-the-scenes features as well as coverage of the FIFA World Cup, FIFA Women's World Cup, FIFA's Youth World Cups, Olympic Soccer, CONCACAF Gold Cup and other competitions, and all of the National Teams' qualifying competitions and friendlies. Subscribe to ussoccer.com's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/ussoccerdotcom.

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS SUMMER DATES SET: This summer, candidates will have a chance to learn from some of the nation’s top-level instructors, including current and former National Team, MLS and WUSA coaches at U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools. Officially licensed by FIFA, the schools provide premier coaching education to coaches at all levels of the game. Limited space is available. Make your summer plans now to attend a U.S. Soccer “A”, “B” or “C” License course this June and July. For more information, visit ussoccer.com or call 312-808-1300. [CoachesNet]

USYS NAMES KWIK GOAL OFFICIAL GOAL AND FIELD EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER: The United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) announced its partnership with Kwik Goal. The sponsorship designates the company as the Official Goal and Field Equipment Supplier of US Youth Soccer. Kwik Goal will continue to support US Youth Soccer’s small-sided games initiative and also continue to provide equipment for the US Youth Soccer workshop and coaches convention, including goals, lesson tools and indoor equipment. Visit USYouthSoccer.org for more information.


*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Philadelphia native Don D’Ambra has been the head coach and a forward for the Philadelphia KiXX for five years, and on Saturday (April 21) against Detroit he showed why he’s the team leader, starting off the KiXX with a two-point goal and a three-point goal in the MISL Championship match against the Detroit Ignition. The KiXX won the match, and their second MISL Championship title, with a 13-8 victory in Detroit.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Every four years, national teams around the world go through an ardent process of attempting to qualify for a World Cup. If they make it, which is no guarantee, they then must find out their first three opponents by way of a random draw. What are the odds, then, that the same four teams be put in the same group two World Cups in a row? That’s precisely what happened to the U.S. WNT, who drew the same first round opponents as at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup: North Korea, Sweden and Nigeria. They won’t face them in the same order, but still, it’s pretty crazy.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The UEFA Champions League semifinals kick off on Tuesday, April 24, with Manchester United hosting AC Milan. They continue on Wednesday with an English showdown as Liverpool travels to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea. Both matches will be televised live at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

QUOTABLE: “I say, ‘Bring it on. I’m looking forward to it. People say, ‘You guys got the hardest group,’ and this or that. But the World Cup is hard. You’ve had 16 teams from around the world competing to be the best. So whether we face them early on in group play, or later on once we get out of group play, you’re going to have to play the best.”
-- U.S. WNT captain Kristine Lilly on facing N. Korea, Sweden and Nigeria in Group B at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. [More Lilly Quotes | Listen - .mp3]
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