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U.S. Soccer Wire: December 1, 2008


U.S. U-20 WNT ADVANCES TO FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SEMIFINALS
WITH 3-0 QUARTERFINAL WIN AGAINST ENGLAND;
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY WINTER SHOWCASE SET TO KICK OFF IN CALIFORNIA

U.S. U-20 WNT DEFEATS ENGLAND, ADVANCES TO SEMIFINALS: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team advanced to the semifinals of the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 win against England Sunday evening in front of more than 11,000 fans at Estadio Nelson Oyarzun in Chillán, Chile. With the win, the U.S. advances to the semifinals and will play the winner of Monday evening’s quarterfinal between Brazil and Germany. The USA’s semifinal will take place on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET) in Coquimbo, Chile, with a place in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final on the line. The USA has qualified for the semifinal stage in all four FIFA events held for this age group. The USA’s win against England also kept alive a remarkable streak for the U.S. Women’s National Team programs, as the U.S. has advanced to the semifinals of every FIFA women’s event ever held. That streak includes five FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments, four Olympic Games, two FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cups, two FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups and the just completed inaugural FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup
Group B Schedule

Date Opponent Venue; City Time / ET / Result TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Nov. 19 France Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillán, Chile 3-0 W Morgan, Leroux (2)
Nov. 22 Argentina Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillán, Chile 3-0 W Edwards, Morgan (2)
Nov. 26 China PR Estadio German Becker; Temuco, Chile 0-2 L --
Nov. 30 England Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillán, Chile 3-0 W Winters, Leroux (2)
Dec. 4 Semifinals Estadio Francisco Sánchez; Coquimbo, Chile 7 p.m. / 5 p.m. (Galavision, 7 p.m. ET/PT)


DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY WINTER SHOWCASE KICKS OFF FRIDAY: The Development Academy Winter Showcase is set to kickoff Friday, Dec. 5, at the Lancaster National Soccer Center in Lancaster, Calif. All 148 teams representing 74 clubs, plus the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will participate in 240 games over the extended weekend. A new component of this year’s Academy Winter Showcase, which ends Monday, Dec. 8, will be the Nike International Friendlies, featuring Under-17 Men’s National Teams from the U.S., Australia and Brazil. The games will be played on a reserved field at the Lancaster National Soccer Center. The Winter Showcase will also feature some of the nation’s top young referees, who will be working under the guidance and instruction of the U.S. Soccer Referee Department Staff. Officials from Major League Soccer and other professional leagues will also be working games and mentoring the younger referees. The 2008 Winter Showcase will be the first of two Showcases held during the 2008/09 season followed by the Academy Playoffs and Academy Finals Week. The upcoming Academy Spring Showcase will be held in Sarasota, Fla. from May 22-26, the Academy Playoffs will be held in Greensboro, N.C. from June 26-29 and the Academy Finals Week will be held from July 11-18 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

ACHIEVE YOUR GOLD TOUR CONTINUES AGAINST CHINA PR IN DECEMBER: The gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Team will head to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as it continues the Achieve Your Gold Tour to celebrate the Olympic title with a match against China on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. PT. Tickets ranging in price levels from $18 to $60, plus special edition U.S. Soccer on-field seats for $150, are now available through ussoccer.com, by phone (213-480-3232 in L.A.; 714-740-2000 in Orange County; 619-220-8497 in San Diego), and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Macy’s, FYE and Ritmo Latino). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or by calling 312-528-1290. Following the match against China in Carson, the teams will travel to Detroit for a Dec. 17 match at 7:30 p.m. ET at Ford Field (tickets). The U.S. recently closed out a three-game series with Korea Republic as part of the Achieve Your Gold Tour with a 2-0-1 record that included two shutouts. In the first match, the U.S. WNT won 3-1, followed by a scoreless draw in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a 1-0 victory in Tampa, Fla.

Achieve Your Gold Tour Schedule / Results 
Date Opponent Venue; City Result / Kickoff U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Sept. 13 Ireland Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa. 2-0 W Kai, O'Reilly
Sept. 17 Ireland Giants Stadium; E. Rutherford, N.J. 1-0 W Kai
Sept. 20 Ireland Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill. 2-0 W Chalupny, Markgraf
Nov. 1 Korea Republic Univ. of Richmond Stadium; Richmond, Va. 3-1 W Hucles, O'Reilly, Tarpley
Nov. 5 Korea Republic Paul Brown Stadium; Cincinnati, Ohio 0-0 T --
Nov. 8 Korea Republic Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla. 1-0 W O'Reilly
Dec. 13 China PR The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. 6 p.m. PT  
Dec. 17 China PR Ford Field; Detroit 7:30 p.m. ET  


MNT HAS FULL SLATE OF GAMES IN 2009: The U.S. Men's National Team will have a full slate of matches in 2009, as they start off the year against Sweden on Jan. 24 (tickets). The U.S. Men will also compete in the Final Round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup throughout the year, travel to South Africa in June for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and defend their CONCACAF Gold Cup title in July. The U.S. will kick off FIFA World Cup qualifying on Feb. 11 against Mexico, also facing El Salvador, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica and Honduras twice throughout the year. At the Confederations Cup, the U.S. will meet defending world champions Italy on June 15, followed by Brazil on June 18 and Egypt on June 21 in Group B. The U.S. will learn its CONCACAF Gold Cup schedule at a later date.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule 
Date Opponent Venue; City Time
Jan. 24 Sweden The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. 5:30 p.m. PT
Feb. 11 Mexico Home (Venue TBD) TBD
March 28 El Salvador Away (Venue TBD) TBD
April 1 Trinidad & Tobago Home (Venue TBD) TBD
June 3 Costa Rica Away (Venue TBD) TBD
June 6 Honduras Home (Venue TBD) TBD
June 15 Italy Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria 8:30 p.m. local / 2:30 p.m. ET
June 18 Brazil Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria 4 p.m. local / 10 a.m. ET
June 21 Egypt Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg 8:30 p.m. local / 2:30 p.m. ET
July 3-26 CONCACAF Gold Cup TBD TBD
Aug. 12 Mexico Away (Venue TBD) TBD
Sep. 5 El Salvador Home (Venue TBD) TBD
Sep. 9 Trinidad & Tobago Away (Venue TBD) TBD
Oct. 10 Honduras Away (Venue TBD) TBD
Oct. 14 Costa Rica Home (Venue TBD) TBD

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-15 GIRLS' NATIONAL TEAM GOES 0-2-1 AT THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONAL TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team lost two matches and tied one against older Regional Teams at the 2008 Thanksgiving International Tournament held from Nov. 24-28 in Coral Springs, Fla. The U.S. U-15s opened with a 3-0 loss to the Region 1 92 ODP Team on Nov. 24, fell 2-1 to the Region I 92 ODP Team on Nov. 26 and drew 0-0 with the Region III 92 ODP Team on Nov. 28. Forward Cate Parchinski scored the USA’s lone goal during the tournament. The U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team roster was made up mostly of players born in 1993 with two born in 1994.

U.S. U-15 GNT 2008 Thanksgiving Interregional Tournament Results

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Nov. 24 Region I ODP 92s 0-3 L --
Nov. 26 Region II ODP 92s 1-2 L Parchinski
Nov. 28 Region III ODP 92s 0-0 T --


U.S. U-15 BNT ROSTER SET FOR DECEMBER CAMP: U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Jim Barlow has named a 32-player roster for a seven-day training camp which will take place Dec. 7-14 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The week-long camp will include six matches against opponents yet to be determined.

U.S. U-15 BNT Domestic Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Max Brown (Premier Soccer Academy; New York, N.Y.), Kendall McIntosh (Mustang SC; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Josh McNeely (Real So Cal; Hidden Hills, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Texas Premier; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (9): Andrew Chang (Sockers FC; Highland Park, Ill.), Jerome Cristobal (Vardar; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Alfred Edmonds (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Malcolm Harris (Baltimore Bays; Damascus, Md.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Mykal Riley (Arsenal; Lake Elsinore, Calif.), Jalen Robinson (Bethesda SC; Catonsville, Md.), Andrew Souders (Premier Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio), Todd Wharton (Richmond Strikers; Glen Allen, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (17): Atsou Ayah (Black Watch SC; Tampa, Fla.), Cesar Ceja (FC Westchester; Port Chester, N.Y.), Bryan Celis (Texas Premier FC; Houston, Texas), Matthew Dunn (Premier Soccer Acad.; Dallas, Texas), Eric Gonzalez (L.A. Galaxy; Corona, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Brandon Jordi (North Meck SC; Charlotte, N.C.), Collin Martin (Premier Soccer Acad.; Chevy Chase, Md.) Ryan Masch (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Oscar Ortega (Albion SC; San Ysidro, Calif.), Gabe Palermo (Tigre; Jupiter, Fla.), Travis Pillon (Mustang SC; Oakland, Calif.), Joel Salmeron (Chicago Fire; Cicero, Ill.), Melvin Snoh (Spirit United; Coetsville, Pa.); Ross Tetro (NJSA04 – Gunners; Marlboro, N.J.), Sebastian Velasquez (Los Alamitos; Los Angeles, Calif.), Victor Zamora (Rockford Raptors; Rockford, Ill.)
FORWARDS (2): Desmond Gonzales (Premier Soccer Acad.; Miami, Fla.), Erick Sanchez (Houston Dynamo; Edinburg, Texas)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

VOTING NOW OPEN FOR “BEST OF U.S. SOCCER” AND ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARDS: U.S. Soccer has announced the finalists for the 2008 “Best of U.S. Soccer” and U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year awards. The seventh annual “Best of” series, presented by Soccer America, the No. 1 soccer magazine in the United States, gives fans the opportunity to make their selections for the best in soccer in the United States. In addition to voting for the “Best of U.S. Soccer” awards (vote now), fans will also have the chance to vote daily for the prestigious ussoccer.com Athlete of the Year awards. Fans can vote once a day from now until Monday, Dec. 8.

USL SUPER "Y" CHAMPIONS CROWNED: Ten champions were crowned last week at the 10th Anniversary USL Super Y-League North American Finals. Three finals went beyond regulation as Arsenal FC claimed the Under-15 Girls’ title 2-1 over Diablo FC and Chicago Magic won the U-16 Girls’ crown 1-0 over Real So Cal in overtime. Diablo would win the U-13 Boys’ championship in penalties 5-3 after a 2-2 draw with PDA. PDA also had a finalist in the U-14 Boys' final, conceding the title to Cal Odyssey. West Coast FC downed City Islanders 3-0 in the U-15 Boys’ bracket, TSF Academy edged Parsippany SC 1-0 in the U-17 Boys’ final and Mountain WFC were the lone Canadian winners, topping TSF 2-0 for the U-16 Boys’ trophy. It was all East Coast in the other girls’ finals as U-17 Girls’ MPS Cape Cod Lady Crusaders downed the Ottawa Fury 2-1, U-13 Girls’ CASL nipped Schulz Academy 1-0 and the U-14 Girls’ Atlanta Silverbacks blanked the Richmond Kickers 2-0 in a showdown of former USL-1 stars turned youth coaches Iggy Moleka and Rob Ukrop.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION HOLIDAY AUCTION: The U.S. Soccer Foundation 2008 Holiday Auction is now live at www.ussoccerfoundation.org/auction. Soccer fans can bid on MLS and international team jerseys signed by stars from all over the world in support of a good cause. All proceeds support the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the Urban Soccer Collaborative which provides children in economically disadvantaged urban areas with opportunities to play and enjoy soccer. The collection for this year includes autographed jerseys from Boca Juniors, AS Monaco (Freddy Adu), Mia Hamm, Rangers FC, Celtic FC, Julie Foudy, all 14 MLS clubs, Tim Howard and more. Visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org/auction for more information.

COACHESNET OFFERS TRIP TO ARGENTINA: As part of the U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department’s dedication to providing unique coaching opportunities to its members, CoachesNet is offering an educational trip from March 10-16, 2009, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Registration also includes round-trip airfare from Miami International Airport, meals and four-star accommodations. Registration is open to all coaches and current U.S. Soccer “A” licensed coaches will earn eight (8) Continuing Education Units for their participation. CoachesNet caught up with U.S. Soccer U-17 scout and National Staff Coach Juan Carlos Michia to discuss the trip to Buenos Aires. Michia, a native of Argentina, discusses plans for the trip, how soccer is a way of life in Argentina and what a coach can expect during the week.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team midfielder Keelin Winters wore the captain’s armband for the team’s quarterfinal match against England, and capped off a stellar performance by scoring the team’s opening goal in the 53rd minute. The U.S. won 3-0 to advance to the semifinals of the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, where they will face off against either Germany or Brazil at 7 p.m. local time / 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 4.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: After closing out Group B of the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup on top, followed by a solid 3-0 win against England in the quarterfinals, the U.S. U-20 WNT heads to Coquimbo, Chile, for the semifinals. The U.S. U-20 women will meet either Germany or Brazil—who play their quarterfinal match on Monday, Dec. 1—at 7 p.m. local time / 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 4 at Estadio Francisco Sánchez.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Major League Soccer deputy commissioner Ivan Gazidis will be heading across the pond in January to take over as the new CEO of English Premier League side Arsenal. Gazidis, who currently oversees all aspects of MLS, including contracts and transfer negotiations, will work closely with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on transfers and other soccer issues.

QUOTABLE: “I think there were some nerves, but we knew what we had to do to turn ourselves around in the second half. The change was just us realizing that if we didn’t step it up that we could be going home. We’ve all sacrificed too much to go home now.”
-- U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team forward Sydney Leroux, on the team’s second-half performance against England on Sunday, Nov. 30, in which they scored three unanswered goals.

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