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U.S. Soccer Wire - January 8, 2007


Training Camp Kicks Off For Men's National Team;
Rongen Names U-20 MNT CONCACAF Qualifying Roster

U.S. MNT KICKS OFF TRAINING CAMP IN CARSON, CALIF.: The U.S. MNT got a taste of life under head coach Bob Bradley last Thursday (Jan. 4) when the first training camp of 2007—and the first training camp since the 2006 FIFA World Cup—got underway at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The group will prepare for the USA’s first match of 2007, a friendly against Denmark on Jan. 20 at The Home Depot Center (tickets). The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 beginning at 1:50 p.m. PT (and will be tape-delayed on Univision). Fans can also follow the game live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. After the Denmark match, the U.S. will host regional rivals Mexico on Feb. 7 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (tickets). Fans can follow how their favorite players are doing throughout camp with exclusive all_access videos and photo galleries, as well as an MNT blog and a journal from MNT rookie Sacha Kljestan. Check out "Kljestan's Korner" as Kljestan continues his budding career on ussoccer.com, having participated in the “Sacha and Benny’s Audio Diaries” during the 2005 FIFA Under-20 World Championship, as well as playing a role in the famous bike ride video during the same tournament. Along with a series of friendlies, the United States will compete in two major championships next summer. The three-time champions will first 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.

U.S. U-20 MNT HEAD COACH THOMAS RONGEN NAMES QUALIFYING ROSTER: United States Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has named the 20-man roster that will represent the U.S. in Group A of the CONCACAF Under-20 Final Round Qualifying Tournament from Jan. 17-21 at Rommel Fernandez Stadium in Panama City, Panama. Of the 20 players on the qualifying roster, nine are currently professionals, with six in Major League Soccer and three overseas, and several players could be available in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, which will take place on Friday, Jan. 12, in Indianapolis, Ind. There are more professionals on this U.S. Under-20 qualifying roster than ever before. Players will meet in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday, Jan. 10, for three days of training before heading to Panama on Saturday, Jan. 13. The U.S. will then have a few days to prepare before opening the six-game round-robin qualifying tournament against Haiti on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Two days later, on Friday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. ET, the U.S. will face Guatemala. The U-20s wrap up the qualifying tournament against Panama on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. ET. Fans can follow all three games on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The top two finishers in Group A will advance to the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada, which will take place from June 30-July 22 across six cities – Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Burnaby and Victoria.

2007 CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament
Date Match-up Venue Time (ET)
Jan. 17 USA vs. Haiti Rommel Fernandez Stadium 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 Panama vs. Guatemala Rommel Fernandez Stadium 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 USA vs. Guatemala Rommel Fernandez Stadium 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 Panama vs. Haiti Rommel Fernandez Stadium 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 Guatemala vs. Haiti Rommel Fernandez Stadium 6 p.m.
Jan. 21 USA vs. Panama Rommel Fernandez Stadium 8 p.m.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brian Perk (UCLA), Chris Seitz (University of Maryland)
DEFENDERS (6): Quavas Kirk (L.A. Galaxy), Ofori Sarkodie (Indiana University), Nathan Sturgis (L.A. Galaxy), Julian Valentin (Wake Forest), Anthony Wallace (University of South Florida), Tim Ward (Columbus Crew)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (Real Salt Lake), Bryan Arguez (Miami, Fla.), Tony Beltran (UCLA), Amaechi Igwe (Santa Clara), Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew), Jonathan Villanueva (Virginia)
FORWARDS (6): Andre Akpan (Harvard), Josmer Altidore (N.Y. Red Bulls), Robbie Rogers (SC Heerenveen), Johann Smith (FC Bolton), Preston Zimmerman (Hamburg SV), Sal Zizzo (UCLA)


WNT TRAINING CAMP KICKS OFF THURSDAY: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan will bring 28 players to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., for a five-day training camp from Jan. 11-15, preceding the team’s trip to China for the 2007 Four Nations Tournament. Following the camp, Ryan will name a 20-player roster for the prestigious tournament that features four of the top-12 teams in the world, including top-ranked Germany, as well as England (12), China (9) and the USA (2). All four teams will return to China from Sept. 10-30, for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. The USA will open the tournament on Jan. 26 against long-time rival Germany as the world’s top two women’s soccer teams clash. The USA will then play England on Jan. 28 and finish the tournament against host China on Jan. 30. The USA will play all three matches in Guangzhou, a bustling metropolis in Southeast China. Stadiums and kickoff times have yet to be finalized. With several U.S. veterans not participating in the January training camp or the Four Nations Tournament, the trip to China will be an excellent opportunity for several young forwards to show their talents. The U.S. WNT will play their first domestic match of 2007 on April 14 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The opponent, kickoff time and TV network for the U.S. women’s game are all TBA.

U.S. WNT 2007 Four Nations Tournament Schedule
Date Opponent
Jan. 26 Germany
Jan. 28 England
Jan. 30 China

U.S. WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Val Henderson (Orinda, Calif.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash.), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Marci Miller (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.) ;
FORWARDS (8): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Megan Kakadelas (Carlsbad, Calif.), Casey Nogueira (Cedarburg, Wis.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Tiffany Weimer (North Haven, Conn.)


– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. UNDER-21 WOMEN OPEN YEAR WITH TRAINING CAMP AT HDC: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team will holds its first training camp of the new year from January 13-20 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Twenty-six players have been confirmed with the possibility of two more being added. Just three players on the roster – Cori Alexander, Brittany Taylor and Amanda Cinalli -- were on the USA’s 2006 Nordic Cup team, which fell in the championship game to Germany, breaking a streak of seven consecutive Nordic Cup titles for the USA. There will be some size in the nets as a pair of 6-1 goalkeepers, Ashley Holder of Baylor and Joslyn Slovek of LMU (Calif.), get their first U-21 call-ups. Five players from the U.S. team that participated in the 2006 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Championship in Russia were called in, including forward Jessica Rostedt of Virginia, who scored 24 goals for the U-20s last year in all matches, and seven in full international games, including two at the World Championship. The other U-20 WC veterans are defenders Jordan Angeli and Stephanie Logterman and midfielders Tina DiMartino and Amanda Poach, the latter of which made the FIFA U-20 WC All-Star Team and earned a nomination for U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. Also getting her first call-up is 2006 Soccer America Freshman of the Year Michele Weissenhofer of Notre Dame, who scored an amazing 18 goals with 17 assists as a rookie this past fall. Another fab frosh gets her first U-21 call-up in UNC forward Whitney Engen, who scored 12 goals with 13 assists in helping the Tar Heels to the NCAA title. Midfielder Ali Krieger also makes a return to the U-21s after recovering from a broken leg suffered at the end of the 2005 college season. The U-21s will scrimmage the full Women’s National Team in a pair of matches on January 15 at the HDC at 12 and 2 p.m., the day before the WNT leaves for China and the Four Nations Tournament.

U.S. U-21 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Cori Alexander (Portland), Ashley Holder (Baylor), Kim Bingham (Arizona State), Joslyn Slovek (LMU);
DEFENDERS (6): Marisa Abegg (Stanford ), Jordan Angeli (Santa Clara), Marian Dalmy (Santa Clara), Stephanie Logterman (Texas), Carly Peetz (Nebraska), Brittany Taylor (UConn);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Ameera Abdullah (Florida), Stacy Bishop (Florida), Jen Buczkowski (Notre Dame), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Ali Krieger (Penn State), Allison Martino (Texas A&M), Amanda Poach (Santa Clara), Kelly Rowland (Florida State), Meghan Schnur (UConn);
FORWARDS (7): Amanda Cinalli (Notre Dame), Whitney Engen (UNC), Adele Letro (Utah), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Ella Masar (Illinois), Jessica Rostedt (Virginia), Michele Weissenhofer (Notre Dame)


U-18 MNT FINISH UP CAMP AT NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER IN CARSON: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team finished up their weeklong camp from Jan. 2-8 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. During the camp, Bob Jenkins squad 20-man squad played one game, defeating Inter-America S.L., 3-1, on Jan. 6 at the HDC.

U.S. U-18 MNT Results
Date Opponent Result
Jan. 6 Inter-Amercia S.L. 3-1 W

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Joe Bendik (Clemson), Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del.)
DEFENDERS (4): TJ Cyrus (Virginia Beach, Va.), Ian Kalis (Dallas, Texas), Cameron Lamming (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Kekoa Osorio (Makakilo,Hawaii)
MIDFIEDLERS (9): Jalil Anibaba (Davis, Calif.), David Estrada (Salinas, Calif.), Kaoru Forbess (Benton, Ark.), Jose Gonzalez (Soquel, Calif.), Daniel Kelly (Indiana), Stephen McCarthy (Colleville, Texas), Jimmy Simpson (Warrenton, Va.), Ryan Thomas (Claremont, Calif.), Bob Warshaw (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
FORWARDS (5): Ross Labauex (Virginia), Peri Marosevic (Rockford, Ill.), Demitrius Omphroy (Alameda, Calif.), Cesar Romero (San Diego, Calif.), Michael Stephens (UCLA)


U.S. UNDER-16 GNT OPENS IMPORTANT YEAR AT HDC: The U.S. Under-16 Girls’ National Team opens its 2007 schedule with a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from January 14-19. U.S. head coach Kazbek Tambi will bring 25 players to camp, many of whom got their first national team experience last year with the U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team. This camp is particularly significant as it begins the run to the first-ever FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup that will be held in 2008 in New Zealand. This group of players, all born in 1991, will form that core of the team that will attempt to qualify for that tournament and represent the USA at that historic event. Twenty-one players, 15 of whom were in U-15 training camps with head coach Tad Bobak last year, have been confirmed for the camp with four more players to be added.

U.S. U-16 GNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Lindsay Dickerson (Los Gatos, Calif.), Madeline Fox (San Jose, Calif.), Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.);
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Alina Garciamendez (Fairview, Texas), Alexandria Hall (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), Rachel Quon (Lake Forest, Ill.), Annick McBryar (Indiatlantic, Fla.), Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas, Nev.), Kristin Cummins (Lewisville, Texas), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Lauren Matheson (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Mariah Nogueira (Westminster, Calif.), Alev Perusse (Eagle River, Alaska), Jenna Richmond (Centreville, Va.), Brianna Rodriguez (Aurora, Ill.);
FORWARDS (4): Kim Castleberry (McKinney, Texas), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Kayla Eckman (Freeport, Penn.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.)


U.S. U-14 BNT TO TRAVEL TO GUADALAJARA, MEXICO: The U.S. Under-14 Boys' National Team will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico, from Jan. 14-21 to face youth squads from Mexican clubs Chivas and Tecos. U-14 head coach Manny Shellscheidt has called in 36 players for the camp, with the first game taking place on Jan. 16 against Chivas and the camp wrapping up on Jan. 20 against Tecos.

U.S. U-14 BNT Schedule
Date Team Opponent Location Time
Jan. 16 USA "A" Chivas Verde Valle Verde Valle 3:30 p.m. CT
Jan. 16 USA "B" Chivas San Rafael Verde Valle 5 p.m. CT
Jan. 18 USA "B" Chivas Verde Valle Verde Valle 3:30 p.m. CT
Jan. 18 USA "A" Chivas San Rafael Verde Valle 5 p.m. CT
Jan. 20 USA "A" Tecos A UdG La Primavera 11 a.m. CT
Jan. 20 USA "B" Tecos B UdG La Primavera 12 p.m. CT

U.S. U-14 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jack Falle (Lilburn, Ga.), Max Kurtzman (Haverford, Pa.), Jakob Wagmeister (Oradell, N.J.), William Whidden (Carlsbad, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (10): David Caban (Kenosha, Wis.), George Fradenburg (Belden, Miss.), Jon-Paul Medina (Fresno, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Timothy Parker (Hicksville, N.Y.), Victor Pineda (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Matthias Scheeleigh (Mendham, N.J.), Scott Thomsen (Brick, N.J.), Zachery Wenger (Baltimore, Md.), Walker Zimmerman (Lawrenceville, Ga.);
MIDFIELDERS (13): Angel Ayala (Long Beach, Calif.), Samuel Coleman (Norman, Okla.), Amadou Dia (Hichland Ranch, Colo.), Nathanael Eggleston (Chevy Chase, Md.), Christian Johnson (New York, N.Y.), Markhus Lacroix (New Egypt, N.J.), Luis Medina (Waukegan, Ill.), William Packwood (Concord, Mass.), Kevin Pahl (Lakeland, Fla.), McAmos Paye (Raleigh, N.C.), Jonathan Ray (Durham, N.C.), Caleb Stanko (Holly, Mich.), Tyler Thompson (Loomis, Calif.);
FORWARDS (9): Samuel Adjei (Newark, N.J), Dominic Bonilla (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Scott Cohen (Studio City, Calif.), Joaquin Del Rosario (Durham, N.C.), Zachary Deville (San Diego, Calif.), Tommy Jaeger (Centennial, Colo.), Gabriel Rivera (La Mirada, Calif.), Joe Shinsky (York, Pa.), Melvin Snoh (Downingtown, Pa.)


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

2007 MLS SUPERDRAFT TAKES PLACE FRIDAY, JAN. 12: The 12th annual Major League Soccer SuperDraft will take place at 12 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 12, at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. The first hour of the draft will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The MLS SuperDraft is open to the public at no charge and fans are encouraged to come early as seating is limited. The 2007 SuperDraft will include four rounds and 52 selections. More information is available at MLSNet.com.

D.C. UNITED PURCHASED BY D.C. UNITED HOLDINGS: Victor B. MacFarlane, founder and managing principal of MacFarlane Partners, announced on Monday (Jan. 8) that he is leading a group of local and national business executives that has purchased the operating rights to D.C. United of Major League Soccer (MLS) from AEG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company. The new ownership group, D.C. United Holdings, paid $33 million in cash for the four-time champion of MLS and assumes control of D.C. United immediately. In addition to MacFarlane, the new ownership group includes William H.C. (“Will”) Chang, chairman of the global investment firm Westlake International Group and one of the owners of MLB’s San Francisco Giants; and Brian K. Davis and Christian Laettner, co-managing members of Blue Devil Partners, a real estate development firm in Durham, N.C. The new owners become the third group to formally own United. Upon inception, the club was owned by Washington Soccer, L.P, before being purchased by AEG on February 15, 2001. More information is available at MLSNet.com.

ONYEWU, LILLY NAMED 2006 MALE, FEMALE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: For their excellence at the highest levels of the sport, U.S. Soccer named U.S. Men’s National Team defender Oguchi Onyewu as the 2006 Male Athlete of the Year and U.S. Women’s National Team forward Kristine Lilly as the 2006 Female Athlete of the Year. Under-20 MNT forward Josmer Altidore and WNT forward Danesha Adams won the Young Male and Young Female Awards, respectively. Onyewu is the first defender to win the award since Alexi Lalas was honored in 1995, while Lilly becomes just the third player on the women’s side to win the award for the third time. Altidore has earned a starting position with the Under-20s, but made his mark during the end of his rookie season with the New York Red Bulls, scoring three goals in the last seven regular season games. Against D.C. United in the home-and-away Eastern Conference Semifinal Series, Altidore notched the lone goal for the Red Bulls with a world-class header in the second match. Adams was a standout for both the U-20 and U-21 Women’s National Teams in 2006, and also earned her first cap for the senior Women’s National Team against Chinese Taipei. She was the leading scorer for the U-21s in 2006, won the Bronze Ball at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship as the tournament’s third most valuable player and was named to the FIFA All-Star Team.

2006 U.S. Soccer Athletes of the Year
Male – Oguchi Onyewu
Female – Kristine Lilly
Young Male – Josmer Altidore
Young Female – Danesha Adams


WINNERS OF “BEST OF U.S. SOCCER” AWARDS ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer has unveiled the 2006 winners of the increasingly popular “Best of U.S. Soccer” Awards after nearly three weeks of online fan voting at ussoccer.com. Fans had a chance to vote from Nov. 30 to Dec. 20 for all 11 categories once a day. The fifth annual installment of the awards were presented this year by Soccer America, the No. 1 soccer magazine in the United States. The U.S. men’s 1-1 draw with Italy on June 17 in the 2006 FIFA World Cup at Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern, Germany, was a part of five awards, including Best Performance (Team), Best Performance (Player), Best U.S. Atmosphere, Best Action Photo and Best U.S. Fan Photo from the World Cup. The World Cup was the also the stage for this year’s Best Goal, with Clint Dempsey easily walking away with the award for his scintillating one-timer against Ghana on June 22 in the USA’s final group game. The “Hospital Visit in Kaiserslautern,” which provided an inside look as players and staff visited Landstuhl Regional Medical Hospital in Germany, the major definitive care facility for the U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, was voted Best all_access video. Nike’s red “Don’t Tread on Me” jerseys, which the U.S. Men’s National Team wore in their final Send-Off Match against Latvia before heading to Germany for the World Cup, outlasted the MNT players’ World Cup suits and sunglasses to win Best Look/Style. Ginger’s Ale House had some tight competition from the Brewhouse Café in Atlanta, but in the end the Chicago pub pulled away for their fourth straight Best Soccer Bar award. The Best Soccer Store went to Angelo’s Soccer Corner in Pennsylvania.

2006 Best of U.S. Soccer Winners
Best Soccer Bar - Ginger’s Ale House (Chicago, Ill.)
Best Soccer Store - Angelo’s Soccer Corner (Pennsylvania)
Best Goal - Clint Dempsey vs. Ghana (June 22)
Best Kristine Lilly Goal - Nov. 4 vs. Canada – Seoul, South Korea
Best Performance (Player) - Kasey Keller vs. Italy (June 22)
Best Performance (Team) - U.S. MNT 1, Italy 1 (June 17)
Best all_access video - Hospital Visit in Kaiserslautern
Best Action Photo - McBride Crunch
Best U.S. Fan Photo from the World Cup - Flag Over Kaiserslautern
Best U.S. Atmosphere - U.S. MNT 1, Italy 1 @ Kaiserslautern, Germany
Best Look/Style - Don’t Tread on Me Jerseys


Best Videos of 2006 | Best Photos of 2006

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Former U.S. international Brian McBride once again stepped it up for his club, Fulham FC, despite the short winter break in the England Premier League. On Saturday (Jan. 6), McBride and Fulham traveled to The Walkers Stadium to take on Leicester of the English second-division in the third round of the FA Cup. McBride provided the opening goal in the 69th minute in what would end as a 2-2 draw. The match will be replayed at Craven Cottage on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The new year has set in and the rumors are rolling across the world as different clubs set their sights on world-class players. The latest buzz centers on Brazil and Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho, who has caught A.C. Milan's eye. It has been reported that A.C. Milan president and owner Silvio Berlusconi would like to see Ronaldinho in Milan colors and is ready to tempt Barca with an offer of 78 million pounds.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: After some intense training in December and early January, time is ticking away and qualifying for the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup is almost here. The U.S. U-20 men kick off qualifying on Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. ET against Haiti in Panama. Two days later, they take on Guatemala, also at 6:30 p.m. ET, finishing the tournament on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. ET against the hosts, Panama.

QUOTABLE: “I think the veteran status is a bit misleading in that we’re all in this together. Obviously, I’ve been here a few times, but I think the term ‘veteran’ brings a bit of complacency to your game and that’s something that will never happen to me. I think I come to the camp with the same mentality that these younger guys do and have to prove myself to the coach and the new administration.”
-- U.S. MNT midfielder Pablo Mastroeni after the first day of training camp on Thursday, Jan. 4, under head coach Bob Bradley.
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