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U.S. Soccer Wire - April 2, 2007


U.S. WNT RESUMES RESIDENCY IN PREPARATION FOR
2007 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN CHINA;
U.S. MNT DRAWS GUATEMALA, 0-0, AT PIZZA HUT PARK IN TEXAS

WNT RETURNS TO RESIDENCY: The U.S. Women’s National Team kicked off Residency Training Camp on April 2 as 33 players came to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The USA will be based in Carson until the end of July, while August will feature games and training camps before the U.S. team departs for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, which will be held Sept. 10-30. The USA will be at The HDC for eight days to start the Residency Training Camp before traveling East for its first domestic match of the year, opening the 2007 home schedule vs. Mexico (tickets) on April 14 in Foxborough, Mass., in a double header with the New England Revolution and Toronto FC. The schedule continues with a match against Canada (tickets) on May 12 in Frisco, Texas. The USA will then embark on a six-game 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Send-Off Series, starting against China (tickets) on June 16 in Cleveland and continuing against Brazil (tickets) on June 23 in East Rutherford, N.J., in a re-match of the 2004 Olympic gold medal game.

U.S. Women’s National Team Residency Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Jenni Branam (Placentia, Calif.), Kristin Luckenbill (Paoli, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (12): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Amy LePeilbet (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);
FORWARDS (9): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas)

Key U.S. WNT Dates
Date - Event
April 14 - Friendly vs. Mexico in Foxborough, Mass.
April 22 - FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007 Draw in Wuhon, China
May 12 - Friendly vs. Canada in Frisco, Texas / Special pink Breast Cancer Awareness jersey
June 16 - Send-Off Series Match vs. China in Cleveland
June 23 - Send-Off Series Match vs. Brazil in New Jersey
July 14 - Send-Off Series Match
July 28 - Send-Off Series Match
Aug. 12 - Send-Off Series Match
Aug. 25 - Send-Off Series Match
Sept. 10-30 - FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007


U.S. MNT TIES GUATEMALA: The U.S. Men’s National Team battled Guatemala to a spirited 0-0 draw on Wednesday (March 28) night at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. The game was played on a warm and breezy night in front of 10,932 fans, and served as a precursor to the teams’ upcoming showdown in the opening match of Group B play in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup this June. The draw ended Bob Bradley’s run of three straight victories as coach of the U.S. MNT, but kept him undefeated at 3-0-1 in four games at the helm of the team. Goalkeeper Kasey Keller earned his 97th career cap in goal, and increased his record shutout total to 46. The scoreless match for the United States came on the heels of a scintillating 3-1 victory over Ecuador on Sunday in Tampa, Fla., which featured a hat trick from captain Landon Donovan. The U.S. will not see action again until June, with a tune-up match against China on June 2 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose (tickets). Five days later, the three-time champions will try to defend their title against 11 other teams at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scheduled from June 6-24 in several cities across the United States. Just a few days later, the U.S. will participate in the 2007 Copa America, the regional championship of South America.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-17 ’90 MNT FALLS TO MIAMI FC THIS PAST WEEKEND: The U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team fell to Miami FC, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon at Tropical Field in Miami, Fla. Miami FC's Ignacio Calcagno scored the opening two goals, striking in the 27th minute to open the scoring and then finishing his second just three minutes into the second half. Stepmane Guillaume scored the third goal for the USL team in the 65th minute. Billy Schuler made sure the U.S. didn't get shutout as the forward tallied in the 87th minute.

U.S. Under-17 ’91 MNT Schedule
Date         Opponent      Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
March 31    Miami FC      1-3 L     Schuler


U-17 ’91 MNT ARRIVES IN FRANCE, PREPARES FOR MONDIAL MINIMES TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-17 ’91 Men’s National Team arrived in France last week to prepare for the 35th Mondial Minimes International Tournament from April 3-9 in Montaigu, France. The U.S. was placed into Group D with England and Ireland in the 12-team tournament, and will play two games in two days, opening the tournament against England on Wednesday, April 4 and then facing Ireland on Thursday, April 5. The Group D games will be played in Chantonnay and Les Essarts. Depending on their standings in Group D, the U.S. will play two more placement matches on Sunday, April 7 and Monday, April 9. Group A includes France, Cameroon and Russia, while Group B includes Mexico, Germany and Belgium and Group C has Argentina, Italy and Japan. U.S. Under-17 assistant coach Raul Diaz Arce will lead the ‘91s through the tournament. Arce has named an 18-player roster for the trip, which includes a mix of players currently in U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program and players the coaching staff is looking at possibly inviting in for the next semester. The players from Residency include Gale Agbossoumonde, Amobi Okugo, Dersu Abolfathi, Kofi Sarkodie, Charles Renken (’93), Abdus Ibrahim, Scott Caldwell and Ryan Finley.

U.S. Under-17 ’91 MNT Schedule
Date Opponent
April 4 England
April 5 Ireland
April 7 TBD
April 9 TBD

U.S. Under-17 ’91 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Mizell (Woodstock, Ga.), Keegan Gunderson (Circle Pines, Minn.)
DEFENDERS (7): Alexander Herrera (Arlington, Va.), Gale Agbossoumonde (Syracuse, N.Y.), Luis Herrera (Harlingen, Texas), Chad Barson (Lewis Center, Ohio), Kofi Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Regionald Phelps (Boynton Beach, Fla.), Parker Walsh (Roanoke, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Korey Veeder (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Ben Speas (Stow, Ohio), Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y.)
FORWARDS (4): Dersu Abolfathi (Irvine, Calif.), Charles Renken (Edwardsville, Ill.), Abdus Ibrahim (Richfield, Minn.), Ryan Finley (Lumberton, N.J.)


U.S. U-16 GIRL’S NATIONAL TEAM IN CAMP IN FLORIDA: The U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team began training camp on Saturday (March 31) in Sunrise, Fla., as head coach Kazbek Tambi has brought 24 players in from April 1-7 for a week of training. Tambi is trying out several new players as he continues to form a pool from which he will choose a team that will attempt to qualify for the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, to be held late next year in New Zealand. Twenty-one of the players in camp were born in 1991 with three being born in 1992 in defenders Mia Bruno and Megan Oyster and midfielder Alex Crown.

U.S. Under-16 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Lauren Arnold (Hoover, Alabama), Julie Blaszczak (Northville, Mich.), Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.);
DEFENDERS (7): Mia Bruno (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), Lucretia Lee (Bothell, Wash.), Kristin Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Megan Oyster (Naperville, Ill.), Alev Perusse (Eagle River, Alaska), Rachel Quon (Lake Forest, Ill.), Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kathryn Bennett (Clyde Hill, Washington), Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas, Nev.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Alex Crown (Lake Mary, Florida), Elizabeth Eddy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Rachel Merick (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (Centreville, Va.);
FORWARDS (6): Kim Castleberry (McKinney, Texas), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Megan Jurado (San Jose, Calif.), Carlee Payne (Pleasanton, Calif.), Ahsha Smith (Oakland, Calif.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

D.C. UNITED AND HOUSTON DYNAMO FACE PACHUCA & CHIVAS GUADALAJARA: D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo return to action this week for the second leg of the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. In the first let, D.C. tied, 1-1, with Chivas de Guadalajara, and travels to the Estadio Jalisco on Tuesday, April 3 for the second leg. Reigning MLS Champions Houston Dynamo topped Pachuca in the first leg of the series, 2-0, and will face the squad on Thursday, April 5 at the Estadio Hidalgo. Both matches will be carried live on Fox Soccer Channel at 9:30 p.m. ET. The winners of the two-game aggregate goals series will face off for the Champions' Cup title. The tournament's champion will then take part in December's FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Date    Matchup                                         Kickoff (ET)     Location                  TV
April 3  D.C. United at CD Guadalajara          9:30 p.m.         Jalisco Stadium       FSC
April 5  Houston Dynamo at Club Pachuca    9:30 p.m.          Hidalgo Stadium      FSC


DALLAS CUP INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT TO ADJUST YOUNGER AGE GROUPS: Dallas Cup, Inc. which sponsors the Dallas Cup international youth soccer tournament, announced that the Under-13 age group would be added to the event in 2008 and the Under-12 age group will be eliminated. The Dallas Cup Board of Directors' decision supports the United States Youth Soccer (USYS) Association’s recommendation that players in the Under-12 age group play small-sided games. To learn more about this story and small-sided games visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.


*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT defender Jimmy Conrad had his hands full on Wednesday night with his responsibility of marking Guatemala’s feisty forward Carlos Ruiz. Conrad kept Ruiz in check throughout the match, holding his own against the “Little Fish” while leading a young backline that featured two players earning their first MNT caps.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Rumors about Mexican forward Cuauhtemoc Blanco playing in Major League Soccer proved true when it was announced this past weekend that the controversial star has signed with the Chicago Fire. Blanco, who currently plays for Club America in the Mexican League, has long been plagued with controversy both on and off the field. The 34-year-old striker will join the Fire in July, after the Mexican League’s Clausura season is over.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo will face Mexican clubs Chivas Guadalajara and Pachuca, respectively, in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. With a spot in the title match at stake, the MLS clubs head to Mexico to duke it out in the second leg of the series. Fans can watch D.C. United take on Chivas on Tuesday, April 3, and Houston face Pachuca on Thursday, April 5. Both matches will be at 9:30 p.m. ET, live on Fox Soccer Channel.

QUOTABLE: “So they are going to put me in a cage? The opponents always make a cage for me. When I grow up I won't be a footballer but I will go and work at the zoo with all the cages people have made for me.”
-- AS Roma forward Francesco Totti on his expectation of being man-marked by Manchester United when they meet in the Champion’s League quarterfinals.


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