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U.S. Soccer Wire: June 28, 2010


U.S. EXITS 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP AFTER 2-1 EXTRA TIME LOSS TO GHANA IN ROUND OF 16;
SUNDHAGE NAMES 24 PLAYERS FOR TWO SUMMER MATCHES AGAINST SWEDEN

U.S. RETURNS HOME AFTER ROUND OF 16 EXIT FROM 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA: After the U.S. Men’s National Team went undefeated in Group C play and finished top of the group for the first time since the 1930 World Cup thanks to a dramatic 1-0 defeat of Algeria in Pretoria, the team returns home after a 2-1 extra time loss to Ghana in the Round of 16 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. Landon Donovan equalized the match in the 62nd minute after Ghana took an early first half lead, but an Asamoah Gyan strike in extra time proved to be the game-winner for the African nation. The U.S. finished their strong World Cup showing with a 1-1-2 record in four matches, scoring five times and allowing five goals. The World Cup appearance was the sixth consecutive for the Americans who have advanced to the knockout stages in three of those tournaments, including a run to the quarterfinals in 2002. The U.S. next plays Brazil on Aug. 10 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., at 8 p.m. ET. More than 30,000 tickets have been sold for the match and are still available on ussoccer.com or at 1-800-745-3000. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and fans can follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer.

Complete FIFA World Cup Standings & Results

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – June 22 – June 28

SUNDHAGE NAMES 24 PLAYERS FOR TWO SUMMER MATCHES AGAINST SWEDEN: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has called up 24 players for the USA’s two matches against Sweden taking place on July 13 in Omaha, Neb. at Creighton University’s Morrison Stadium, live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. CT, and on July 18 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the matches online via ussoccer.com MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer and twitter.com_wnt. Tickets for both matches start at $18 and are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the local areas. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. The USA and Sweden, home country of U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage, have met three times since Sundhage took over the helm of the U.S. team, with the USA winning twice and tying once. The draw came in the championship game of the 2009 Algarve Cup in Portugal, a match in which the USA eventually fell after penalty kicks.

U.S. WNT Roster by Position – detailed roster
GOALKEEPERS (3)
: Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Atlanta Beat)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Kate Markgraf (Chicago Red Stars), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Shannon Boxx (FC Gold Pride), Sarah Huffman (Washington Freedom), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Allie Long (Washington Freedom), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (California), Kelley O’Hara (FC Gold Pride), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

U.S. Women’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – June 22 – June 28

ACADEMY PLAYOFFS WINDING DOWN AS U-15/16 FINALS WEEK IS SET, U-17/18s FINISH TUESDAY: Eight U-15/16 teams have booked their tickets to Carson, Calif., by winning their respective groups at Academy Playoffs in Greensboro, N.C. Every group came down to the last day of play on Monday morning, but the two groups of four are set for Finals Week from July 10-17 at The Home Depot Center. On Tuesday, all 32 of the U-17/18 teams are in action with eight spots in Carson still up for grabs. The Development Academy playoff system was created to increase the number of meaningful games for Academy athletes, further enhancing the player development process. Teams participating at the Playoffs will play three games over the course of four days, adhering to the U.S. Soccer Best Practices. The top two teams in each of the Development Academy’s 10 divisions earned automatic qualification to the Playoffs, with the remaining 12 spots open to wildcard teams that had the best overall points per game average across the full season.

ussoccer.com’s Academy Coverage – June 22 – June 28

SECOND ROUND CONCLUDES, THIRD ROUND SET FOR 2010 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP: The Charleston Battery (USL-2) defeated the Carolina Railhawks (D-2) to become the only lower division team to defeat its upper division opponent on Tuesday, June 22, winning 2-1 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Charleston and seven other second round winners will face off against eight Major League Soccer qualifiers in the third round of the tournament on June 29-30.

STANDINGS AT TOP OF NASL CONFERENCE REMAIN TIGHT AFTER WEEK 12 RESULTS OF THE USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE: Week 12 of the USSF D-2 Pro League kicked with the NSC Minnesota Stars earning three points on the road to Crystal Palace Baltimore with a 3-1 victory in the first of five Saturday matches. The Puerto Rico Islanders were on the wrong end of a 3-0 decision as they fell to the Rochester Rhinos at Marina Auto Stadium, while the Montreal Impact came back from a 2-0 defecit to grab a point on the road in a 2-2 draw with the Carolina RailHawks in Cary, N.C. The Austin Aztex continued to keep the pace at the top of the table with another road victory, this time at Miami by a 2-1 scoreline. The final Saturday match ended in a 0-0 stalemate as AC St. Louis and Vancouver Whitecaps FC shard the points in St. Louis. The lone Sunday match saw the Portland Timbers take a 1-0 home victory against the Tampa Bay Rowdies at PGE Park in Portland.

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Schedule and Standings

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

RONGEN NAMES 24 TO DOMESTIC TRAINING CAMP IN SAN JOSE: The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team has come together for a domestic training camp in San Jose until July 5, with 24 players representing the youth, college and professional ranks. Thomas Rongen’s side will scrimmage the San Jose Earthquakes twice during the camp and also play against two local clubs. The roster includes eight players who play in Mexico, and one each in Brazil, Costa Rica and Portugal. There are also 10 players from the college ranks, including the starting goalkeepers for each of the last two FIFA U-17 World Cups in Earl Edwards (UCLA) and Zac MacMath (Maryland).

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Earl Edwards (UCLA; San Diego, Calif.), Zac MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Justin Perez (Monterrey; Sabinas, Mexico)
DEFENDERS (8): Cristian Flores (Monterrey; El Cajon, Calif.), Greg Garza (Sporting CP; Grapevine, Texas), Sacir Hot (Boston College; Fair Lawn, N.J.), Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Albertson; Brentwood, N.Y.), Aubrey Perry (South Florida; Ocoee, Fla.), Gerardo Saavedra (UW-Milwaukee; Milwaukee, Wis.), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Ethan White (Maryland; Kensington, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kevyn Batista (Desportivo Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Steven Birnbaum (California; Irvine, Calif.), Victor Garza (Tigres; Edinburg, Texas), Ernest Nungaray (Morelia; National City, Calif.), Moises Orozco (Real So Cal; Oxnard, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Roberto Romero (Cruz Azul; Pico Rivera, Calif.); Conor Shanosky (DC United, Sterling, Va.)
FORWARDS (5): Julio Cesar Castillo (Monterrey; Chula Vista, Calif.), Adam Jahn (Stanford; El Macero, Calif.), Ronald Medrano Williams (L.D. Alajuelense; Ventura, Calif.), Adrian Ruelas (Santos Laguna; Fontana, Calif.), Omar Salgado (C.D. Guadalajara; El Paso, Texas)

U.S. U-20 WNT WILL HOLD PRE-WORLD CUP TRAINING CAMP IN ORANGEBURG, N.Y.: The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team will hold a three-day training camp from July 4-6 at the Orangetown Soccer Complex in Orangeburg, N.Y. before departing for Germany and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The U.S. team will arrive on July 3, play two scrimmages over the next three days and depart for Europe on July 7. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will bring the 21-player World Cup squad to camp for the final preparations. At the U-20 Women’s World Cup, the USA will be playing in Group D along with Ghana, Switzerland and the Korea Republic. The U.S. will open against Ghana on July 14 before facing Switzerland on July 17, with both games taking place at the Rudolf-Harbig Stadium in Dresden, a newly built 27,000-seat venue that will also host games of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The U.S. team will then travel to the recently renovated FIFA Women’s World Cup Stadium in Bielefeld, a 28,000-seat venue, to conclude group play against the Koreans. Ellis has made a change to the initial roster that was announced on May 31, adding defender Mollie Pathman of Durham, N.C. in place of defender Sade Ayinde. Pathman, who was recently named the 2009-2010 Gatorade National Girls’ High School Player of the Year, has two caps at the U-20 level for the USA.

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team 2010 Schedule

U.S. 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Mollie Pathman (Triangle FC; Durham, N.C.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.), Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (UCLA; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Phoenix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)

U.S. U-17 WNT HEADS TO DENMARK FOR THREE INTERNATIONAL MATCHES: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, consisting entirely of players born in 1994 or 1995, will travel to Denmark from July 2-11 an international tournament that will feature matches against the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway. All the teams in the tournament will consist of players born in 1994 or after and all the matches will be played in Sjælland, Denmark. U.S. head coach Mike Dickey will bring 18 players to the tournament, five of whom were part of the U.S. team that failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup despite outscoring its opponents 38-0 at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Costa Rica. The U.S. team will open its tournament against the Netherlands on July 5, face Denmark on July 6 and finish its competition against Norway on July 8.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): McKenzie Karas (Premier ’95 Black; Las Vegas, Nev. ), Kate Rowland (San Juan; Vacaville, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.), Maya Theuer (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Haley Washburn (San Juan SC; Folsom, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Joanna Boyles (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C.), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Courtney Raetzman (Sockers FC; Elk Grove Village, Ill), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.), Danielle Weatherholt (So Cal Blues; Capistrano Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3):  Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Kodi Lavrusky (Legends FC; Yucaipa, Calif.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.)

U-17 MNT BEAT ARGENTINA, DROP NEXT TWO AT COPA CORDOBA: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team defeated Argentina in their first match of the Copa Cordoba in Cordoba, Argentina. Goals from Kellen Gulley and Aldo Alvarez guided the U.S. to a 2-1 victory against the host nation. The team was unable to capitalize on their good start and dropped the next two matches against Uruguay and Chile 2-1 and 3-1, respectively. Riggs Lennon scored the lone goal in the loss to Chile and an Uruguay own goal accounted for the U.S. tally on June 25.

U.S. Copa Cordoba Schedule
Date                 Opponent         Result             Goalscorers       Venue
June 23            Argentina          2-1 W            Gulley, Alvarez   Cordoba, Argentina
June 25            Uruguay           1-2 L              own goal           Cordoba, Argentina
June 27            Chile                1-3 L              Lennon              Cordoba, Argentina

U.S. Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Wade Hamilton (Arsenal; Murietta, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo; Houston)
DEFENDERS (7): Ive Burnett (Central Jackson Soccer; Brandon, Miss.), Holden Fender (North Atlanta SA; Marietta, Ga.), Griffen Heffner* (CASL Chelsea FC; Wendells, N.C.), Riggs Lennon (Sereno SC; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Marc Pelosi (DeAnza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.) Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS
(9): Aldo Alvarez* (SCYSO; Ontario, Calif.), Joe Amon (South Carolina United; Summerville, S.C.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Jared Hegardt* (Notts Forest FC; San Diego), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Alessandro Mion (Miami FC Kendall; Miami, Fla.), Steven Oliveri* (Kicks SC; Hobe Sound, Fla.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Danny Zaid* (Camp Elite Guatemala; Guatemala City)
FORWARDS (6): Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Alfred Koroma* (Solar SC; Arlington, Texas), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis), Francisco Ramirez* (Aztecs FC Premier; San Diego, Calif.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.), Esteban Rodriguez (LAFC Chelsea; Palmdale, Calif.)
*not part of Residency during Spring 2010 semester

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

  USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than seven months to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cup™ to come to the United States – and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup™ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

NATIONAL CUP IX REGIONAL TITLES AWARDED AFTER THIRD WEEKEND OF ACTION CONCLUDES: The third weekend of US Club Soccer 2010 National Cup IX Regional action concluded Tuesday as competitions came to a close in Columbus, Ohio; San Bernardino, Calif.; and Modesto, Calif. (Girls), where a total of 42 teams earned Regional championships.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: With his penalty kick equalizer in the 62nd minute of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s Round of 16 clash with Ghana, Landon Donovan became USA’s all-time leading scorer in FIFA World Cup matches with five goals. He also became the first player in U.S. history to score in three consecutive World Cup matches with his goals against Slovenia and Algeria preceding the goal against Ghana.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The 2010 FIFA World Cup marches on this week with the Quarterfinals scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, July 2 and July 3. The July 2 matchups are set as Brazil will take on the Netherlands at 10 a.m. ET and Ghana will face Uruguay at 2:30 p.m. ET. July 3 will feature Argentina versus Germany at 2:30 p.m. ET while the early game will pit the winner of Spain-Portugal and Paraguy-Japan at 10 a.m. ET. Both games on July 2 will be televised live on ESPN while the July 3 games will be live on ABC.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Traditional European powers Italy and France have been eliminated from the 2010 FIFA World Cup, both finishing bottom of their groups. France went winless and scored only one goal, a consolation strike in their 2-1 loss to hosts South Africa. Italy also finished winless and the occasion marked the first time they have ever finished fourth in their World Cup group. In addition, it was the first time the World Cup holders were knocked out in the Group Stage since France in 2002.

QUOTABLE: “There were a lot of ups and downs, obviously the way that third game ended put everyone on a high. It’s been a crazy trip, a great experience for me for my first World Cup and I’m looking forward to looking back at these games, enjoying them on video and learning from it as best as I can for me personally moving on as a player. Hopefully in four years we get to come back and do it all again.” – U.S. MNT defender Jay DeMerit on his 2010 FIFA World Cup experience

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