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U.S. Soccer Wire: U.S. MNT Learns Final Round Qualifying Schedule at FIFA Draw on Tuesday


U.S. MNT LEARNS FINAL ROUND QUALIFYING SCHEDULE AT DRAW TUESDAY.; VOTING UNDER WAY FOR 2004 “BEST OF U.S. SOCCER”, CHEVY AWARDS; U-19s DOWN BRAZIL 3-0, TAKE THIRD AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

DRAW FOR FINAL ROUND OF CONCACAF WORLD CUP QUALIFYING SET FOR TOMORROW: The USA and the other five CONCACAF nations advancing to the final round of qualifying await Tuesday's (Nov. 30) draw at the FIFA offices in Zurich, Switzerland, that will determine the match schedule for the 2005 final round of qualifying, which is set to take place from Feb. 9 to Oct. 12. Teams are currently represented as a number between 1-6, with the numbers having been laid out on a grid designating the dates on which they play their home and away matches. The draw at FIFA House will assign each team a number to correspond to their schedule.
CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying – Final Round Schedule
Match Date                          Match-ups           
1         February 9         1 v 2     3 v 4     5 v 6
2         March 26/27      3 v 1     2 v 5     4 v 6
3         March 30           1 v 4     6 v 2     5 v 3
4         June 4/5             5 v 1     2 v 4     6 v 3
5         June 8                1 v 6     3 v 2     4 v 5
6         August 17          2 v 1     4 v 3     6 v 5
7         September 3/4 1 v 3     5 v 2     6 v 4
8         September 7     4 v 1     2 v 6     3 v 5
9         October 8/9       1 v 5     4 v 2     3 v 6
10       October 12        6 v 1     2 v 3     5 v 4
Note: Home teams listed first ... Rounds 9 & 10 will be played simultaneously ... Each team will play three Wednesdays and two weekends at home ... Each team will play once home and once away on each double date.

FANS CAN VOTE DAILY AT ussoccer.com THROUGH DEC. 17: U.S. Soccer announced last week the finalists for all 15 of its year-end awards, including 11 awards that make up the 2004 'Best of U.S. Soccer" series, as well as the four prestigious Athlete of the Year awards – Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female. With the announcement of the finalists, voting for each of the high profile annual awards began on Nov. 22 at ussoccer.com, with fans having the opportunity to make their selections through a sharp new multimedia voter interface once a day through Friday, Dec. 17, 2004. For the Chevrolet Athlete of the Year awards, online votes will be tallied and equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes. As in years past, the other 50 percent will be represented by 100 votes that will be compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from National Team coaches to the National Board of Directors). The 2004 “Best of U.S. Soccer” awards will be decided entirely by online fan votes.
2004 Chevrolet Athlete of the Year Award Finalists
Male: DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Landon Donovan, Kasey Keller, Claudio Reyna.
Female: Shannon Boxx, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Lindsay Tarpley, Abby Wambach.
Young Male: Alecko Eskandarian, Eddie Gaven, Ed Johnson, Jonathan Spector, Danny Szetela.
Young Female: Lori Chalupny, Ashlyn Harris, Natasha Kai, Heather O’Reilly, Angela Woznuk.
 2004 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards
Best Soccer Bar
Best Soccer Store
Best U.S. Soccer Story
Best Fashion Statement
Best U.S. Crowd
Best Soccer Fans
Best Goal
Best Assist
Best Late-Game Heroics
Best Game Performance (Player)
Best Game Performance (Team)

-- U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --

U-19s MATCHES VS. GERMANY, BRAZIL TO BE SHOWN THIS WEEK ON FSW: The U.S. U-19 Women's National rebounded marvelously from a crushing 3-1 loss to Germany in the semifinal on Nov. 24 to record a highly impressive 3-0 victory over a talented Brazilian team on Saturday (Nov. 27), earning third place at the FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship 2004. The Third-Place Match will be broadcast tape-delayed on Fox Sports World on Friday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. ET (and repeated Dec. 8 at 11 p.m. ET). The USA's semifinal loss to Germany will be broadcast on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. ET (and repeated Dec. 7 at 11 p.m. ET). In front of 23,000 fans at Rajamangala Stadium, the USA got goals off a free kick from Kerri Hanks and a wonderfully struck shot by Megan Rapinoe in the first half while Woznuk sealed the match with a drive from distance in the 72nd minute. Germany cruised past China, 2-0, to win the championship in the second match of the evening, meaning that in all four of the FIFA competitions the U.S. Women’s Program has not won, they have lost to the eventual champion. The U.S. team will not leave Thailand without some hardware, as the team received bronze medals and individual Fair Play medals to go along with the FIFA Fair Play Trophy. In addition, midfielder Angie Woznuk received the Silver Ball as the second Most Outstanding Player in the tournament and the Bronze Shoe as the competition's third leading scorer. Counting this competition in Thailand, FIFA has held nine world championships for women, four Women's World Cups, three Olympic tournaments and two U-19 World Championships. U.S. Women's National Teams have won five of those nine (two Women's World Cups, two Olympic gold medals and the first U-19 title) and with the win over Brazil today, remain the only program in the world to finish in the top three in all nine tournaments.
U-19 WNT Results / Schedule
Date        Opponent            Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
Nov. 11   South Korea        3-0 W     Woznuk, Rodriguez, Gray
Nov. 14   Russia                  4-1 W     Woznuk, Rostedt (2), Rapinoe
Nov. 18   Spain                    1-0 W     Rostedt
Nov. 21   Australia (QF)      2-0 W     Rodriguez, Rapinoe
Nov. 24   Germany (SF)      1-3 L     (Own Goal)
Nov. 27   Third Place           3-0 W     Hanks, Rapinoe, Woznuk

U-17 MNT COMES AWAY WITH THREE WINS DURING ODP THANKSGIVING INVITATIONAL: The U.S. Under-17 ’89 Men’s National Team went undefeated in all four of its matches against Region I, II, III and IV ‘88s last weekend at the ODP Thanksgiving Invitational in Austin, Texas. The U-17s kicked off the invitational on Nov. 26 by battling Region III to a 1-1 draw, coming from behind on a penalty kick goal by Joseph Sorrentino in the 62nd minute. The following day, the U-17s got their first victory in a 2-1 win over Region IV. After a scoreless first half, Cesar Nunez finished a pass from Peri Marosevic in the 68th minute to take the lead. The game was tied in the 77th minute by Region IV, but less than a minute later Marosevic gave the U.S. the lead for good when he knocked home a service from Michael Stephens. In their third match, the U.S. came from behind to pull out a 3-2 victory against Region I, getting goals from Joseph Altidore, Michael Stephens and Andrew Giallombardo.
U-17 ’88 MNT Results
Date        Opponent         Result            U.S. Goal Scorers
Nov. 26    Region III ‘88   1-1 T              Sorrentino
Nov. 27    Region IV ‘88  2-1 W            Nunez, Marosevic
Nov. 28    Region I ‘88     3-2 W            Altidore, Stephens, Giallombardo
Nov. 29    Region II ‘88    0-2 L              ---

U-16 GIRLS GO UNDEFEATED AT ODP THANKSGIVING INVITATIONAL IN FLORIDA: The U.S. Under-16 Girls National Team went undefeated in their trio of matches last week at the ODP Thanksgiving Invitational in Boca Raton, Fla. In their first match against Region I ‘87 on Nov. 22, both teams had chances on goal, but neither could find the back of the net in a 0-0 draw. Two days later, the U.S. came away with a tight 2-1 victory over Region IV ‘87s with goals from Kelly O’Hara and C.J. Lundemann. In their final match of the tournament, the U-16s dominated Scotland 5-0 as Melissa Hayes started the rout with a goal off a corner kick in the first half.
U-16 GNT Results
Date        Opponent/Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
Nov. 22   Region I 0-0 T         ---
Nov. 24   Region IV 2-1 W     O’Hara, Lundemann
Nov. 26   Scotland 5-0 W       Hayes, Moore, Switzer, Givan, Hawkins

U-14 BNT FINISH UP ODP THANKSGIVING INVITATIONAL IN AUSTIN, TEXAS: The U.S. Under-14 Boy’s National Team played an intra-squad match to finish up the ODP Thanksgiving Invitational this past weekend in Austin, Texas. The 36 players called in for the tournament by head coach Manfred Schellscheidt were divided into two teams, a White team and a Blue team. Both squads played two games, going up against older ’90 Regional teams, which made it difficult to come away with good results. During the first day of competition on Nov. 27, the White team fell to Region III 3-1 as Jesus Mireles scored the lone U.S. goal on a penalty kick in the 50th minute. The Blue team also fell in their first match, dropping a 1-0 result to Region IV. A day later, both squads fell again to the older Regional teams as the White team lost 2-0 to Region II and Region I downed the Blue team 4-1, the lone goal coming from Ryan Finley. In the inter-squad scrimmage, the Blue team came from behind with goals from Dersu Abolfathi and Adedoja Akinsanya to pull out a 2-1 victory after Gregory Garza had given the White team an early lead in the 14th minute.
U-14 BNT White Team Results
Date       Opponent   Result   U.S. Goal Scorers
Nov. 27   Region III    1-3 L    Mireles
Nov. 28   Region II     0-2 L    ---
U-14 BNT Blue Team Results
Date       Opponent   Result   U.S. Goal Scorers
Nov. 27   Region IV   0-1 L    ---
Nov. 28   Regiion I     1-4 L    Finley

– AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD –

U.S. FUTSAL FALLS TO UKRAINE 3-1, FINISHES VS. BRAZIL WED. IN CHINESE TAIPEI: The USA was eliminated from the FIFA Futsal World Championship Chinese Taipei 2004 with a 3-1 loss to Ukraine on Monday at the National Taiwan University New Gymnasium. After advancing to the second stage for the first time since 1992, the U.S. has zero points in Group F after the loss to the Ukraine and a 2-1 loss to Argentina on Sunday. Brazil leads the group with six points after a 2-1 win over Argentina, while Ukraine and Argentina are at three points each and will do battle on the final match day for the second semifinal spot from the group. The U.S. closes out group play on Wednesday (Dec. 1) versus Brazil. For the second consecutive game, the U.S. gave up the first goal of the match, with Sergiy Sytin doing the damage with just over a minute remaining in the first half. Just 15 seconds later, the U.S. answered as midfielder Johnny Torres notched his team-high fourth goal of the tournament. Despite the best efforts by goalkeeper Scott Hileman and the U.S. defense, Ukraine scored again in the 24th minute for a 2-1 lead and then again in the 40th minute with the U.S. featuring a fifth attacker.
U.S. Futsal Results / Schedule
Date       Opponent /Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
Nov. 21   Italy 6-3 L                  Torres, Dusosky, Morris
Nov. 23   Paraguay 3-1 W      White, Tschantret, Torres
Nov. 25  Japan 1-1 T               Guasteferro
Nov. 28  Argentina 1-2 L         Torres
Nov. 29  Ukraine 1-3 L             Torres
Date       Opponent Venue Kickoff (local / ET)
Dec. 1    Brazil Taipei City  6 p.m. / 5 a.m.

U-17s MATCH VS. AUSTRALIA AT NIKE FRIENDLIES TO BE SHOWN ON FSW: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team’s match versus the U-17s of Australia at the 2004 Nike Friendlies competition at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., will be broadcast on tape delay on Fox Sports World on Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. ET.  More than 60 teams are scheduled to play more than 100 games across four days this week (Dec. 2-5) at this year’s staging of the fourth annual event. Elite club teams from 17 states and two countries will participate in this year’s competition, with the U.S. U-15 Boy’s National Team joining the U-17 teams of the U.S. and Australia.  U.S. Soccer’s Nike Friendlies invite the best youth soccer clubs around the United States in the U-16, U-17 and U-18 age divisions for a high-level four-day event that stresses quality soccer and player development over wins and losses. Standings are not kept during the competition, in which each team plays four 80-minute games over the four days. With 67 teams participating, the competition has more than tripled in size since 19 teams competed in the inaugural Nike Friendlies in 2001. The event has become highly anticipated by clubs and college coaches because of the emphasis on quality soccer and the top-level competition.

NCAA WOMEN’S COLLEGE CUP TO BE PLAYED THIS WEEKEND IN CARY, N.C.: The NCAA Division 1 Women’s Soccer Tournament is down to the final four teams that make up the Women’s College Cup, which will be played this weekend at SAS Soccer Stadium in Cary, N.C.  Princeton (the first Ivy League school to advance to the women’s final four) will be looking to upset UCLA in the first match of the semifinals at 2 p.m. ET on Friday (Dec. 3). In the second match, perennial powers Notre Dame and Santa Clara will face off at 4:30 p.m. PT. Both semifinals, as well as Sunday’s (Nov. 5) final at 1 p.m. ET, will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Notre Dame and Princeton held off top teams from the Northwest by a score of a 3-1, defeating the Univ. of Portland and Univ. of Washington, respectively. UCLA squeaked by Ohio State 1-0, while Santa Clara downed Illinois 2-0.
NCAA Div. I Women’s College Cup
Date       Match-up Kickoff                                        (ET) TV
Dec. 3    Princeton vs. UCLA 2 p.m.                        ESPN2
Dec. 3    Santa Clara vs. Notre Dame 4:30 p.m.    ESPN2
Dec. 5    Championship Game 1 p.m.                     ESPN2

NINE CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT USL’S SUPER Y-LEAGUE FINALS: The Super Y-League 2004 North American Finals concluded on Nov. 23 with nine teams being crowned the best in North America. Close competition saw the U-13 Vancouver Whitecaps finish as the lone undefeated team to participate in the tournament and the Chicago Magic capture two championships. The Vancouver Whitecaps U-13 Boys squad were one of 19 teams (8 girls, 11 boys) to enter the event with an undefeated record and finished as the lone team to go the distance without dropping a decision, joining Ruckus Soccer’s U-19 Boys, who won their title in August, as the only teams to go unbeaten for the entire year. The U-14 Girls Concorde Fire were the only other unbeaten team to reach Championship Tuesday with a combined record of 11-0-1, but were topped 2-0 by the Cleveland Internationals. The 2-0 scoreline of the U-13 Boys final was the largest of the day along with Cleveland’s 2-0 win over Concorde in the U-14 Girls championship. Five other games were decided by one goal with two others needing penalty kicks to determine a champion.
Boys
U-13: Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Schulz Academy 0
U-14: Schulz Academy 0, Chicago Magic 0 (Schulz Academy wins in PKs)
U-15: Charlotte Soccer Club 1, Vancouver Whitecaps 0
U-16: Chicago Magic 1, Vardar SC 0
U-17: Chicago Magic 1, West Kendall 0

Girls
U-14: Cleveland Internationals 2, Concorde Fire SC 1
U-15: Seacoast United 2, Santa Rosa United 1
U-16: Mustang SC 0, Santa Rosa United 0 (Mustang SC wins in PKs)
U-17: Boston Renegades 2, FC Delco 1

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER:  Although the U.S. Futsal Team was eliminated from the world championship in Chinese Taipei yesterday, forward Johnny Torres emerged from the tournament as the team’s star with four goals in six matches. Torres scored in both of the team’s first two matches in the first stage, then provided the only U.S. goals in a pair of disappointing losses in the second stage.

MARQUEE MATCH-UP:  Fox Sports World will air the U-19s impressive 3-1 third-place triumph over Brazil in the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship on tape delay this Friday (Dec. 3) at 5 p.m. ET. FSW will also air the team’s disappointing semifinal loss to Germany on delay on Thursday (Dec. 2) at 5 p.m. ET. Both games offer fans an excellent chance to see U.S. Women’s National Teams stars of the future competing on the world stage.

SOCCER SHOCKER: After cruising through its first four games to advance to the semifinals, the U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team’s trek to the title defense of the first ever U-19 Women’s World Championship was derailed by a 3-1 loss to eventual champion Germany.

QUOTABLE:  “I think it's unbelievable that our team was able to rebound from that loss because we definitely expected to win this tournament. That's what we came here to do. It was really good to see us all coming together, play as a team and act like this was the championship game. We got to play Brazil. How often do you get to play Marta and Cristiane and measure yourself against them? So, it was a really good challenge and everyone played awesome."
--U.S. U-19 WNT midfielder Angela Woznuk, who picked up Silver Ball and Bronze Boot honors at the U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand

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