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U.S. Soccer Wire: February 17, 2009


U.S. MNT DEFEATS MEXICO 2-0 IN COLUMBUS, OHIO,
VENUES ANNOUNCED FOR FINAL FOUR HOME QUALIFIERS;
PIA SUNDHAGE NAMES 18-PLAYER WNT ROSTER FOR ALGARVE CUP

U.S. CONTINUES 2-0 STREAK AGAINST MEXICO IN COLUMBUS, OHIO: The U.S. Men’s National Team continued their domination of Mexico with a confident and clinical 2-0 victory to open the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in wet and windy conditions at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Midfielder Michael Bradley scored goals at the conclusion of each half to blaze the way for the USA in front of a rabid, pro-American sell-out crowd of 23,776 fans. For the USA, the match was the first of 10 games in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. In other opening day results from the final round, Trinidad & Tobago and El Salvador drew 2-2, while Costa Rica defeated Honduras 2-0. The top three teams in the six-team group qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth place team enters a playoff with the fifth place team from CONMEBOL. The U.S. will next take the field for a pair of FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the end of March. The U.S. first travels to El Salvador on March 28 for the second match of the final round. Three days later, the U.S. hosts Trinidad & Tobago at LP Field in Nashville (tickets). Kickoff for that match is set for 6:45 p.m. CT, and coverage begins live at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2 and Galavision. The team’s final three FIFA World Cup qualifying matches at home were recently finalized for Chicago, Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C. The U.S. will host Honduras on June 6 at Soldier Field (Game No. 5), and then face El Salvador at Rio Tinto Stadium on Sept. 5 in Sandy, Utah (No. 7). The team closes out the final round of qualifying against Costa Rica on Oct. 14 at historic RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. (No. 10).

U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule

Date Opponent Venue Result / Time U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Jan. 24 Sweden The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. 3-2 W Kljestan (3)
Feb. 11 Mexico* Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio 2-0 W Bradley (2)
March 28 El Salvador* Estadio Cuscatlan; San Salvador; El Salvador 9 p.m. ET ESPN2/Galavision
April 1 Trinidad & Tobago* LP Field; Nashville, Tenn. 6:30 p.m. CT ESPN2/Galavision
June 3 Costa Rica* Away (Venue TBD) TBD  
June 6 Honduras* Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill. 7 p.m. CT ESPN Classic/Galavision
June 15 Italy # Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET  
June 18 Brazil # Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria 4 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET  
June 21 Egypt # Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET  
July 3-26 CONCACAF Gold Cup TBD TBD  
Aug. 12 Mexico* Away (Venue TBD) TBD  
Sept. 5 El Salvador* Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah 5:30 p.m. MT ESPN Classic/Galavision
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* Away (Venue TBD) 7 p.m. ET ESPN Classic/Galavision
Oct. 10 Honduras* Away (Venue TBD) TBD  
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. TBD ESPN2/Galavision

* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup

SUNDHAGE NAMES 18-PLAYER ROSTER FOR 2009 ALGARVE CUP: Following a 17-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named an 18-player roster for the 2009 Algarve Cup, that will take place March 4-11 in southern Portugal. The U.S. team, which has been placed into Group B at the annual tournament, will open play on March 4 against Denmark, face Iceland on March 6 and finish the first-round on March 9 against Norway. Group A features Germany, Sweden, China and Finland. Group C consists of Portugal, Poland, Wales and first-time participant Austria. The venues and kickoff times for all the matches will be confirmed shortly.

U.S. WNT Algarve Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (3) (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (6) (St. Louis Athletica);
DEFENDERS (5): Rachel Buehler (2) (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (6) (St. Louis Athletica), Kendall Fletcher (1) (Los Angeles Sol), Heather Mitts (5) (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (9) (Sky Blue FC);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (6) (Los Angeles Sol), Tina DiMartino (1) (FC Gold Pride), Carli Lloyd (4) (Chicago Red Stars), Heather O’Reilly (7) (Sky Blue FC), Lindsay Tarpley (7) (Chicago Red Stars), Kacey White (1) (Sky Blue FC), Angie Woznuk (2) (St. Louis Athletica);
FORWARDS (4): Angela Hucles (5) (Boston Breakers), Natasha Kai (4) (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (1) (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (4) (Boston Breakers).
Number of Algarve Cups attended, including 2009, in parenthesis

U.S. WNT Algarve Cup Schedule

Date Opponent
March 4 Denmark
March 6 Iceland
March 9 Norway
March 11 Placement matches

 


– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-20 MNT TO LEARN FINAL CONCACAF OPPONENT ON MARCH 2: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will learn its third CONCACAF Under-20 Championship opponent when St. Vincent and the Grenadines takes on Honduras in a one-game playoff on March 2 in Macoya, Trinidad. St Vincent and the Grenadines finished second in preliminary Caribbean qualifying behind Jamaica, while Honduras finished third in Central America. The winner of the playoff will earn the eighth and final place at the 2009 CONCACAF championship and be placed into Group A along with the U.S., El Salvador and Jamaica. The U.S. will open their campaign against Jamaica on March 6 before taking on either Honduras or St. Vincent & the Grenadines on March 8 and El Salvador on March 10.

U-17 MNT FOREIGN TRAINING CAMP UNDERWAY IN MADRID: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team is in Madrid, Spain, for a week-long training camp from Feb. 14-22, that includes matches against Spain, a Real Madrid youth team and Rayo Majadahonda. Of the 20 players that traveled to Madrid, 17 were part of the team’s most recent trip, where they built an impressive 3-0-1 record against South American teams to take the La Serena Cup title. Jack McInerney led the U.S. team in La Serena with three goals, while Michael Ambrose, Charles Renken and Bryan Duran each added single tallies. Current top-choice goalkeeper Earl Edwards played three games in Chile, allowing just one goal while earning three wins. Two players not currently in Residency, Sebastian Lleget and Bobby Wood, will be joining the U.S. in Spain. Lleget is a South San Francisco, Calif., native currently training in Europe while Wood is part of 1860 Munich’s youth system. Both European-based players will be joining the team for their first training camp under head coach Wilmer Cabrera.

U.S. U-17 MNT Madrid Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Earl Edwards (San Diego, Calif.; La Jolla Nomads), Spencer Richey (Seattle, Wash.; Crossfire Premier)
DEFENDERS (7): Michael Ambrose (El Paso, Texas; Texas Fire), Zachary Herold (Port St. Lucie, Fla.; West Pines United), Perry Kitchen (Indianapolis, Ind.; Chicago Magic AS Monaco), Nicholas Palodichuk (Battleground, Wash.; Washington Premier), Tyler Polak (Lincoln, Neb.; Capital Soccer Academy), Jared Watts (Statesville, N.C.; North Meck SC), Eriq Zavaleta (Westfield, Ind.; FC Pride)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Sean Davis (Holmdel, N.J.; Match Fit Academy), Bryan Duran (Duncanville, Texas; Latino Americana), Luis Gil (Garden Grove, Calif.; Pateadores), Joseph Gyau (Silver Spring, Md.; FC DELCO), Donovan Henry (Parkland, Fla.; Schulz Academy), Sebastian Lleget (South San Francisco, Calif.; Santa Clara Sporting), Carlos Martinez (San Pedro, Calif.; Downtown Las Vegas), Charles Renken (Edwardsville, Ill.; St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), Bobby Wood (Irvine, Calif.; 1860 Munich)
FORWARDS (2): Stefan Jerome (Davie, Fla.; West Pines United FC), Jack McInerney (Alpharetta, Ga.; Cobb SC)

U.S. PLAYS GERMANY THREE TIMES AT U-17/U-15 WNT SUPER CAMP IN FLORIDA: The combined 48-player U.S. Under-17/Under-15 Women’s National Team Super Camp in Sunrise, Fla., that finished on Feb. 5 featured three matches against the German Under-17 Women’s National Team. The U.S. team split its squad, putting on different teams of 11 players for each half, falling 3-0 on Feb. 2, tying 1-1 on Feb. 3 and losing 2-1 on Feb. 5. The Germans were playing with girls mostly a year older than the U.S. team with players born in 1992 and 1993, while the U.S. camp featured players born mostly in 1993 and 1994. Kylie Doniak scored the lone goal for the U.S. during the first half in the 1-1 draw while Courtney Proctor scored in the 2-1 loss. The training camp marked the beginning of the next cycle for the U.S. U-17s who begin the long road to qualifying for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago. The next training camp for the U.S. U-17s will take place from Feb. 28-March 8 at The Home Depot Center, as head coach Kaz Tambi brings 24 players in Carson, Calif. The U.S. U-15s will get together again in April to participate in the Kicks Against Breast Cancer tournament at Stanford University where they will play several matches against Division I college teams.

U.S. U-17 WNT Results

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Feb. 2 Germany 0-3 L --
Feb. 4 Germany 1-1 T Doniak
Feb. 5 Germany 1-2 L Proctor

U.S. UNDER-15 BNT KICKS OFF 2009 WITH 36-PLAYER CAMP IN BRADENTON, FLA.: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team will gather at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. from Feb. 15-22 for an eight-day training camp led by head coach Jim Barlow. All 36 players in attendance for the team’s first camp of 2009 were born in 1994 and are therefore eligible for both the 2009 and 2011 FIFA Under-17 World Cups. The team last met in December at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The USA’s leading scorer from that camp, Melvin Snoh, returns for the February camp along with 17 other players who took part in the December camp and 18 new players.

U.S. U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kendall McIntosh (Santa Rosa, Calif.; Mustang SC), Josh McNeely (Hidden Hills, Calif.; Real So Cal), Fernando Pina (Houston; Texas Premier), Colin Webb (San Diego, Calif.; Albion SC)
DEFENDERS (10): Geno Bigalow (Colorado Springs, Colo.; Colorado Rapids Academy), Andrew Chang (Highland Park, Ill.; Sockers FC), Alfred Edmonds (San Jose, Calif.; De Anza Force), Malcolm Harris (Damascus, Md.; Baltimore Bays), Corey Miller (Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Real So Cal), Marc Pelosi (Sunnyvale, Calif.; De Anza Force), Mykal Riley (Lake Elsinore, Calif.; Arsenal FC), Jalen Robinson (Catonsville, Md.; Bethesda SC), Nathan Smith (Clovis, Calif.; Cal Odyssey), Andrew Sounders (Amherst, Ohio; Premier Soccer Academy),
MIDFIELDERS (17): Atsouh Ayah (Tampa, Fla.; Black Watch), Bryan Celis (Houston; Texas Premier FC), Mael Corboz (Green Brook, N.J.; NJSA Gunners), Alberto Diaz (Chula Vista, Calif.; San Diego Aztecs), Christian Duarte (Dallas; Dallas Texans), Matthew Dunn (Dallas; Premier Soccer Academy), Eric Gonzalez (Corona, Calif.; Los Angeles Galaxy Academy), Alejandro Guido (Chula Vista, Calif.; Aztecs Premier), Brody Hickey (Plano, Texas; Dallas Texans), Colin Martin (Chevy Chase, Md.; Premier Soccer Academy), Oscar Ortega (San Ysidro, Calif.; Albion SC), Travis Pillon (Oakland, Calif.; Mustang SC), Andre Reyes (Flower Mound, Texas; Dallas Texans), Mike Russo (Mclean, Va.; Olney Rangers), Melvin Snoh (Coatsville, Pa.; Spirit United), Sebastian Velasquez (Los Angeles, Calif.; Los Alamitos), John Villantroy (Maspeth, N.Y.; Met Oval)
FORWARDS (5): Daniel Bedoya (Jackson Heights, N.Y.; Bayside Aston Villa), Devin Devoy (North Attleboro, Maine; New England Revolution Academy), Kelly Gulley (Clinton, Miss.; Mississippi Chicago Fire), Andrew Oliver (Indianapolis; Westside United), Erick Sanchez (Edinburg, Texas; Houston Dynamo Academy)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

KOHL'S US YOUTH SOCCER AMERICAN CUP KICKS OFF 2009 IN OKLAHOMA: Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup, the largest recreational youth soccer tournament in America, launches the 2009 tour in Muskogee, Okla., Feb. 28 – March 1 with over 500 players. The event features one of two Kohl's American Cup Soccer Experience Vehicles and is one of more than 70 Kohl's American Cups to take place across the nation in 2009. The Soccer Experience Vehicles come complete with three larger-than-life inflatable soccer games and numerous prizes and souvenirs for participants and their families, all of which make up the Kohl's American Cup Interactive Area. In 2008, the vehicles covered over 38,000 miles. More than 45 events will feature the Soccer Experience Vehicle in 2009.

US YOUTH SOCCER ODP BOYS 1993 REGIONAL TEAMS IN ARGENTINA: US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys 1993 regional teams are competing this week in 2009 International Festival in Argentina. Playing against top clubs in Argentina, the trip is both a developmental and cultural experience for these athletes and yet another opportunity made available by the US Youth Soccer ODP. In 2009 US Youth Soccer ODP Boys and Girls teams will travel the globe to play in Argentina, Costa Rica, Brazil, Germany, Holland, Italy, South Africa, Spain and Russia. USYouthSoccer.org will be reporting daily scores.

US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL LEAGUE BOYS IN GEORGIA: The US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, Under-16, and new for 2008-2009, the Under-17 Boys teams are set to resume play Friday, Feb. 27 – Sunday, March 1, at Mud Creek Soccer Complex in Marietta, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta. The champion in the Under-16 Boys age group will be decided in Marietta and the U-17 Boys champion is likely to be crowned as well. The U-15 Boys champion will be decided after the last weekend of play March 20-22 in Detroit, Mich. The three age groups are comprised of top teams who have earned their spots through advancement from one of the four US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues. Throughout league play, teams will not only be seeking elite development and identification, but they are also vying for one of the coveted top two spots in the League, which provides a direct path to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Michael Bradley was all over the field on Wednesday, Feb. 11, running down loose balls and putting himself in the right place at the right time. His hard work paid off, especially when he found himself directly in front of the goal when Oswaldo Sánchez gave up the rebound on Oguchi Onyewu’s shot. Bradley not only hammered home that opportunity, but he also scored the second goal in the USA’s 2-0 win against Mexico so history could be repeated at Columbus Crew Stadium. Three days later, Bradley scored the equalizer for Borussia Mönchengladbach as his club earned a point in a 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Luca Toni's injury this past weekend means that Landon Donovan could get his first competitive start for Bayern Munich when the Bundesliga's defending champions travel to face FC Cologne this coming Saturday. Bayern lost this weekend, falling 2-1 to table-topping Hertha Berlin, so look for the German giants to get back on track before next week's Champions League matches.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Fans might remember the sad story of Arsenal's Croatian international striker Eduardo, who suffered a horrific injury when he broke his leg in Premier League action nearly a year ago. Fast forward to 2009 and the Brazilian-born Eduardo's long road to recovery culminated in happy circumstances on Monday, when he scored two goals during the Gunners' 4-0 win against Cardiff City in the FA Cup.

QUOTABLE: "It’s still a great atmosphere. Our fans are really loyal fans, wearing the red, white and blue. That’s something that the players, coaches, everybody appreciates. We know the responsibility that we have for all of them. It’s also important to say that there was a lot of green, red and white in the stadium tonight and I think that also is special. The idea that we still feel like it’s a pro-USA crowd, we feel their passion and support, but at the same time there are Mexican fans, Mexican-Americans who have the passion for their team, it only makes the atmosphere better."
- U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Bob Bradley discusses the atmosphere at Columbus Crew Stadium for the U.S. MNT’s 2-0 win against Mexico on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

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