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U.S. Soccer Wire: Aug. 10, 2009


U.S. AND MEXICO CLASH IN FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING;
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIER AGAINST EL SALVADOR

U.S. TO MEET MEXICO IN ESTADIO AZTECA: The U.S. Men’s National Team will meet Mexico in the final round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. CT. The U.S. is seeking its first-ever victory on Mexican soil, with the match set to take place at Estadio Azteca, famed for its grueling combination of altitude, smog and more than 100,000 spectators. The match will be broadcast live on mun2, Telemundo, and the Futbol de Primera Radio Network. Fans can follow live online via ussoccer.com’s newly upgraded MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. Additionally, ESPN will provide unprecedented studio coverage, highlighted by a 30-minute SportsCenter 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Special from outside Estadio Azteca beginning at 2:30 p.m. CT.
 
U.S. Men's National Team 2009 Schedule
Date Opponent Time / Result TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue; City
Jan. 24 Sweden 3-2 W Kljestan (3) The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Feb. 11 Mexico* 2-0 W Bradley (2) Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
March 28 El Salvador* 2-2 T Altidore, Hejduk Estadio Cuscatlán; San Salvador, El Salvador
April 1 Trinidad & Tobago* 3-0 W Altidore (3) LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
June 3 Costa Rica* 1-3 L Donovan Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica
June 6 Honduras* 2-1 W Donovan, Bocanegra Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
June 15 Italy # 1-3 L Donovan Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 18 Brazil # 0-3 L -- Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 21 Egypt # 3-0 W Davies, Bradley, Dempsey Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg
June 24 Spain # 2-0 W Altidore, Dempsey Free State Stadium; Mangaung/Bloemfontein
June 28 Brazil # 2-3 L Dempsey, Donovan Ellis Park; Johannesburg
July 4 Grenada ^ 4-0 W Adu, Holden, Rogers, Davies Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.
July 8 Honduras ^ 2-0 W Quaranta, Ching RFK Stadium; Washingon, D.C.
July 11 Haiti ^ 2-2 T Arnaud, Holden Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
July 18 Panama ^ 2-1 W (OT) Beckerman, Cooper Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa.
July 23 Honduras ^ 2-0 W Goodson, Cooper Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
July 26 Mexico ^ 0-5 L -- Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.
Aug. 12 Mexico* 3 p.m. CT mun2/Telemundo Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico
Sept. 5 El Salvador* 6 p.m. MT ESPN Classic/Galavision Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* 7 p.m. ET ESPN Classic/Galavision Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
Oct. 10 Honduras* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* TBD ESPN2/Galavision RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER IN SANDY, UTAH: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face off against El Salvador at the new Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, on Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. MT. Tickets starting at $38 are on sale now through ussoccer.com, by phone at 801-727-2700 (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and at the Rio Tinto Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Ultimate Fan Tickets, special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a customized official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits, are also available now exclusively through ussoccer.com. The U.S. faces El Salvador for the second time in the final round of 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying after coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw in San Salvador behind goals from Jozy Altidore and Frankie Hejduk.

TELEVISION NETWORKS AGREE TO INCREASE AVAILABILITY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE BROADCAST OF USA-MEXICO MATCH: An increased number of U.S. Soccer fans around the country will have the opportunity to watch the U.S. Men's National Team's crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier against Mexico on Aug. 12 in English after NBC Universal announced it is offering mun2 as a free preview that day to all distribution partners. DirecTV and Dish Network have agreed to unlock mun2 on Aug. 12, providing greater access to the channel to watch the English-language broadcast of the match. Mun2 is currently listed as channel 410 on DirecTV and channel 838 on Dish Network. Fans should check their local listing to confirm channel listings as the above information is subject to change.

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 you’re not going to be in Mexico City on Wednesday, so we've got the next best spot: an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be at Estadio Azteca, 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. Have a local watering hole that you would like to see as an Official U.S. Soccer Bar? Provide your comments on the Official U.S. Bar Forum.

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Aug. 3-10

TARPLEY TEARS ACL: U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder/forward Lindsay Tarpley tore the anterior crutiate ligament (ACL) in her right knee during training with the Chicago Red Stars on Aug. 4. Tarpley suffered the injury during the last five minutes of the team’s final training of 2009 before facing St. Louis Athletica on Aug. 5. Tarpley has not set a date for surgery, but will likely have the procedure within the next two weeks. ACL surgeries generally take 8-10 months for a full recovery. The 25-year-old Tarpley has played 119 matches for the USA (19th on the all-time list) and has scored 30 goals, tied for 12th on the U.S. all-time goal scoring chart. Tarpley has been a part of the USA’s past two Olympic Teams and the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team. She was the captain of the U.S. team that won the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup. She has seen action in six out of the seven matches the USA has played this year, scoring one goal, that coming in a 4-0 victory over Canada on May 25. Tarpley joins a group of nine current U.S. WNT pool players who have suffered ACL injuries. All have made full recoveries.

D.C. UNITED SET TO FACE SEATTLE SOUNDERS ON SEPT. 2 IN U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL: Two MLS sides will meet to decide the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Sept. 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The Seattle Sounders will travel to the nation’s capital to meet D.C. United in the final of the oldest team tournament in the U.S. The match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7:30 p.m. ET.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-17 MNT DRAWN INTO GROUP E OF FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP WITH SPAIN, MALAWI AND UAE: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team has been drawn into Group E of the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria with Spain, Malawi and the United Arab Emirates. The U.S., the only country to qualify for all 13 FIFA U-17 World Cups dating back to 1985, will play the first two group games against Spain on Oct. 26 and Malawi on Oct. 29 in Kano before moving to Ijebu-Ode to close out the first round against UAE on Nov. 1. The 2009 tournament will be the fifth straight time that the U.S. has been drawn into a group with a team from Europe, Africa and Asia. The U.S. qualified for Nigeria by winning Group A at the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Tijuana, Mexico, in April. The U.S. won three straight games in Tijuana to earn a place in the semifinals, but with the four regional representatives determined by group play of that event, the semifinals and final of the tournament were cancelled due to concerns over the H1N1 virus.

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team World Cup Schedule
Date         Opponent         Venue
Oct. 26     Spain               Kano, Nigeria
Oct. 29     Malawi             Kano, Nigeria
Nov. 1      UAE                Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria

U-17 MNT CONTINUES WORLD CUP PREPARATIONS WITH 26-PLAYER CAMP IN MIAMI, FLA.: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera brought 26 players into a week-long training camp from August 6-15 in Miami, Fla. that will include two international friendlies against Colombia. The first game will be played on Wednesday, Aug. 12, and the second on Saturday, Aug. 15, before the team departs. It will be the team’s last training camp before the fall semester of Residency resumes at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. Of the 26 players who will be in Miami, 16 were part of the team that successfully qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup that will take place from Oct. 24-Nov. 15 in Nigeria. Additionally, 21 of the players recently returned from a first place finish at the Copa Macae tournament in Brazil, with Keith Cardona, Dustin Corea, Donovan Henry, Alfred Koroma and Ryan Zinkhan joining those 21 players in Florida.

U.S. U-17 MNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Keith Cardona (New York Red Bulls Academy; Glen Rock, N.J.), Earl Edwards (Nomads SC; San Diego, Calif.), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (9): Michael Ambrose (Texas Fire; El Paso, Texas), Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC; Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic AS Monaco; Indianapolis, Ind.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Boyd Okwuonu (Celtic Green; Edmond, Okla.), Emilio Orozco (Rampage FC; Oxnard, Calif.), Tyler Polak (Capital Soccer Academy; Lincoln, Neb.), Jared Watts (North Meck SC; Statesville, N.C.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Dustin Corea (East Side United FC; Milwaukie, Ore.), Sean Davis (Match Fit Chelsea FC Academy; Holmdel, N.J.), Bryan Duran (Latino Americana; Ducanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier FC; Battleground, Wash.), Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.)
FORWARDS (7): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls Academy; Barnegat, N.J.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Donovan Henry (Boca Juniors; Weston, Fla.), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gottschee; Huntington, N.Y.), Ryan Zinkhan (FC Gunners; Fredericksburg, Va.)

U-14 BOYS’ NDP WRAPS UP ANNUAL IDENTIFICATION CAMP IN CONCORD, MASS.: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Development Program, led by Manny Schellscheidt, has concluded its annual identification camp as 118 players rounded up training camp in Concord, Mass. on Aug. 8. The players for the I.D. camp were selected by U.S. Soccer’s National Staff coaches and a select group of scouts from throughout the United States. During the week, the players trained in the morning with national staff coaches and then played matches in the afternoon. The evenings consisted of programming designed to introduce the athletes to the national team environment and how to prepare themselves for potential call-ups to national teams in the future. The Under-14 program introduces young players to a level of soccer they would not otherwise see at such a young age and allows the country’s top youths the chance to experience soccer at its highest level and in an international setting.

U.S. U-15 GIRLS TO HOLD TRAINING CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: The U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team will come together for a training camp from Aug. 16-23 at The Home Depot in Carson, Calif. as head coach Mike Dickey will train 24 players. Twenty-one of the players were born in 1994, with one born in 1993 and two born in 1995. The U.S. U-15s, which are holding their third training camp of the year, will play local youth clubs during the week. The players will also get to attend the inaugural WPS Championship Game that will be held at The Home Depot Center on Aug. 22. The players in this camp are all age-eligible for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1993. The 2008 U.S. U-17 Women’s World Cup Team had several players who were two years younger than the age cut-off year. One player in this camp – 5-foot-8 midfielder Morgan Andrews – also participated in the recently completed U.S. U-14 I.D. Camp in Pomona, Calif.

U.S. U-15 Girls Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sarah Cox (Slammers; Newport Beach, Calif.), McKenzie Karas (Premier ’95 Black; Las Vegas, Nev.), Katelyn Rowland (San Juan Soccer; Vacaville, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Black; Pleasanton, Calif.), Melissa Bomberger (Ohio Premier; Dublin, Ohio), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Rachel Price (Space Coast United; Melbourne, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, Mass.), Caroline Coyer (Chantilly Burn; Oak Hill, Va.), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire Premier FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Mariana Galvan (SC Sporting; San Jose, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush AS Monaco; Golden, Colo.), Kelli Hubly (Sockers FC; Elk Grove, Ill.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Courtney Raetzman (Sockers FC; Elk Grove, Ill.), Haley Washburn (San Juan Spirits; Folsom, Calif.), Sandra Yu (Cleveland Futbol; Strongsville, Ohio)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Bernard (Nordic SC; Colchester, Vt.), Gabrielle Galante (Montclair Thunderbolts; Howell, N.J.), Jasmine Paterson (Miami FC Kendall; Key Largo, Fla.), Brittany Ratcliffe (FC Pennsylvania Strikers; Williamstown, N.J.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Bays; Baltimore, Md.)

U.S. U-14 GIRLS’ NATIONAL TEAM TO HOLD TRAINING CAMP AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-14 Girls’ National Team will hold its only training camp of the year from Aug. 23-30 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The camp will commence immediately after the U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team finishes a week of training at The Home Depot Center. All of the players in this U-14 GNT event recently competed at the 101-player U.S. U-14 Girls’ National Team I.D. Camp in Pomona, Calif. For this week, U.S. national staff Coach Mike Dickey brings 36 players (with one player still to be selected) to The Home Depot Center for a week of training and games against local club sides. All of the 36 players were born in 1995 and are looking towards competing in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The camp roster includes Rosie DiMartino, whose three older sisters – Tina, Gina and Vicki – all have competed for the USA in a FIFA youth Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-14 Girls Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (NASA Elite II; Kennesaw, Ga.), Annabella Geist (Lake Oswego SC; Milwaukie, Ore.), Jillian Maloney (Roswell SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Morgan Stearns (McLean; Burke, Va.)
DEFENDERS (11): Mariel Adams (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Calif.), Madeline Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), McKenzie Bricker (Collierville Lady Lobus; Collierville, Tenn.), Donish Cole (Schulz Academy; West Palm Beach, Fla.), Gianna Dal Pozzo (Sockers FC; Naperville, Ill.), Brittain Dearden (Mount Laurel United; Princeton Junction, N.J.), Kelly McCann (So Cal Blues; Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.), Emily Morgan (Lower Merion Heart; Chester Springs, Pa.), Taylor Nelson (Arsenal FC; Fort Collins, Colo.), Jenna Romano (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.), Kylie Schwarz (Minnesota Thunder; Plymouth, Minn.),
MIDFIELDERS (11): Joanna Boyles (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C.), Alexandria Carter (Arkansas Rush; Conway, Ark.), Kaitlyn Clark (KC Select; Liberty, Mo.), Frannie Crouse (Beadling SC; Jeanette, Pa.), Rosie DiMartino (Albertson Fury; Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Lauren Kaskie (Neusport FC; Las Vegas, Nevada), Antionette Payne (BUSA Elite; Birmingham, Ala.), Cynthia Pineda (Chicago Fire Jrs.; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Lydia Simmons (Seacoast United; Londonberry, N.H.), Morgan Stanton (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), Claire Winter (Lamorinda United; Lafayette, Calif.)
FORWARDS (9): Elizabeth Bartels (Toro Booya; Omaha, Neb.), Elizabeth Boon (Columbia Timbers Premier SC; Washougal, Wash.), Jenny Chiu (Rio Vista FC; El Paso, Texas), Alessandra Dutto (Mustang; Danville, Calif.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Rachel Hill (Seacoast United; Rollinsford, N.H.), Darian Jenkins (Sparta Premier; Harriman, Utah), Victoria Manfredonia (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

FUSION OVERCOME FIRE FOR PDL TITLE: The Ventura County Fusion won the 2009 USL Premier Development League title Saturday night at Buena High School, beating the Chicago Fire Premier 2-1 despite playing for nearly an hour with just 10 men. Fusion midfielder Alfonso Motagalvan scored the winning goal deep into injury time to send the sellout crowd into raptures.

PALI REPEATS AS W-LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Just days away from the US-Mexico World Cup qualifier, it was a Mexican international that proved the star of the W-League Championship Friday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex as the 2008 champion Pali Blues repeated. The California club came from behind for a 2-1 win a second straight year, downing the 2007 title winner Washington Freedom on their home field on a goal and assist from Iris Mora.

TOM ATENCIO AND MARK MACKAIN JOIN US CLUB SOCCER’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Mark MacKain and Tom Atencio will fill the open Region III and IV spots, respectively, on US Club Soccer’s Board of Directors. The pair will each serve a two-year term. MacKain is currently the Girls’ Director of Coaching at Atlanta Fire United SA, and has served on the club’s executive board since 2000. Atencio, the Director of Coaching and Player Development at Portland, Ore.-based Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club, boasts experience at all levels of the game and is a USSF ‘A’ License holder.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Conor Casey had a first half hat-trick in the Colorado Rapids’ 4-0 defeat of Chivas USA on Saturday Aug. 8. The forward capped the scoring with goals in the fourth, 23rd, and 45th minutes after Pablo Mastroeni opened the game with a goal after just 26 seconds. Casey is now in Miami training with the Men’s National Team ahead of its encounter with Mexico on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Mexico in the final round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying in Mexico City on Wednesday Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcast live on mun2 in English and Telemundo in Spanish. Fans can also follow the match on the Futbol de Primera Radio Network, the newly upgraded MatchTracker at ussoccer.com, and twitter.com/ussoccer.

QUOTABLE: “Practically no one but Mexico wins at the Azteca. But I've always had this feeling that this group of players, this U.S. team, can do something special there.” – U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard on the upcoming game against Mexico in Estadio Azteca

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