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U.S. Soccer Wire: June 16, 2008


U.S. MNT HEAD TO BARBADOS AFTER 8-0 WIN IN FIRST LEG OF SERIES;
U.S. WNT DEFEAT AUSTRALIA, GET SET FOR BRAZIL AT PEACE QUEEN CUP;
U.S. U-20 WNT SET FOR CONCACAF U-20 WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

MNT TAKE 8-0 AGGREGATE LEAD INTO BARBADOS: The U.S. Men’s National Team opened 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying and took a commanding lead in first leg of their Second Round two-game series against Barbados on Sunday with an historic 8-0 victory at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The eight-goal win is the largest margin of victory ever in U.S. Men’s National Team history, and ties the record for the most goals scored by the U.S. in a match. The U.S. scored eight goals in a friendly against the Cayman Islands on Nov. 14, 1993, but also allowed a goal in the 8-1 victory. The second leg of the two-game series against Barbados will be played on Sunday, June 22 at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. There were six other CONCACAF Second Round qualifying matches played on Sunday, with the most surprising scoreline coming out of Trinidad & Tobago where the home team lost, 2-1, to Bermuda. Mexico, Canada, Panama and Jamaica all won their first leg matches, while Haiti and the Netherlands Antilles played to a scoreless draw.

U.S. MNT Upcoming Schedule / Results
Date       Opponent     Kickoff/ Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
June 15 Barbados     8–0 W                   Dempsey (2), Bradley, Ching (2), Donovan, Johnson, Own Goal
June 22 Barbados     3 p.m. ET

WNT KICKS OFF PEACE QUEEN CUP WITH WIN, PREPARE FOR BRAZIL: The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Australia in its opening match of the 2008 Peace Queen Cup, winning 2-1 on Sunday, June 15, as forward Natasha Kai scored in the first half and forward Abby Wambach added the winner 13 minutes from the end of the game. The U.S. will have one day of rest before facing Brazil in its second Group B match, which takes places at the Suwon Sports Complex on June 17 at 2 p.m. local / 1 a.m. ET. The two teams are tied atop the group after Brazil defeated Italy, 2-1, in the second Group B game. U.S. WNT defender Cat Whitehill traveled to South Korea with the team, but suffered a torn ACL and will not compete in the tournament. She was replaced by defender Stephanie Cox.

U.S. WNT 2008 Peace Queen Cup Schedule
Date       Opponent    Result / Venue                    U.S. Goal Scorer(s) / Kickoff (Local / ET)
June 15 Australia      2–1 W                                    Kai, Wambach
June 17 Brazil            Suwon Sports Complex     2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
June 19 Italy               Suwon Sports Complex     5 p.m. / 4 a.m.

DICICCO NAMES 20-PLAYER ROSTER FOR CONCACAF U-20 WNT QUALIFYING: U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team head coach Tony DiCicco has named 20 players who will attempt to earn a berth to the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup through the CONCACAF qualifying tournament being held June 18-28 in Puebla, Mexico. The U.S. team has arrived in Mexico and opens the eight-team 2008 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, June 18, before facing Cuba on June 20, and host Mexico, June 22, in Group A play. Group B features Canada, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Jamaica. The semifinals will be held on June 25 with the third-place match championship game taking place on June 28. The top two finishers in each group after first-round play will advance to the semifinals. The U.S. must finish in the top-three (the winners of the semifinals and the third-place match) to earn one of 16 spots in the fourth FIFA women's youth world championship being staged from Nov. 19-Dec. 7 in four Chilean cities: Coquimbo, Santiago, Chillan and Temuco.

U.S. U-20 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship Schedule
Date          Opponent                  Kickoff (CT)              Venue; City
June 18    Trinidad & Tobago 1 p.m.                          Estadio Cuauhtemoc; Puebla, Mexico
June 20    Cuba                         1 p.m.                          Estadio Cuauhtemoc; Puebla, Mexico
June 22    Mexico                       2:30 p.m.                    Estadio Cuauhtemoc; Puebla, Mexico
June 25    Semifinals               1 p.m. / 3:30 p.m.      Estadio Cuauhtemoc; Puebla, Mexico
June 28    Final / Third Place   2:30 p.m. / 12 p.m.   Estadio Cuauhtemoc; Puebla, Mexico

U.S. U-20 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State)
DEFENDERS (4): Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Elli Reed (Portland)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Becky Edwards (Florida State), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Portland)
FORWARDS (9): Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (Phoenix, Ariz.), Jessica McDonald (Glendale, Ariz.), Alex Morgan (California), Casey Nogueira (North Carolina), Kelley O'Hara (Stanford), Nikki Washington (North Carolina)

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-- YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE --

U.S. U-23 WNT DRAW AND WIN OVER W-LEAGUE SIDES: The U.S. U-23 Women's National Team played two matches in its final training camp before the 2008 Nordic Cup, drawing 0-0 with the Pali Blues, a team that is undefeated in W-League play and features numerous current and former full and youth National Team players while downing the Ventura Fusion by a 3-1 score. In the training camp that ran from June 5-12, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the USA met the Fusion on June 9 with Kerri Hanks opening the scoring in the 20th minute in a game that saw the USA pile up a 26-6 shot margin. After giving up an equalizer in the 52nd minute, the USA struck back quickly, getting the winning goal from Allison Mallams in the 55th and clincher from Amy Smerdzinski four minutes from the end of the match. On June 11, the U.S. out-shot a talented Blues side 10-8, but couldn’t find the net. Val Henderson picked up the shutout in goal for the U-23s. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin will now make his final selections to choose an 18-player roster for the Nordic Cup, taking place from July 15-21 in Sweden. The U.S. will face Switzerland (July 15), England (July 17) and Norway (July 19) in first round play. The other group features Sweden, Finland, Germany and Scotland. The winners of the two groups will play for the championship on July 21. The USA has had great success at the Nordic Cup, which pins the USA against Europe’s top teams, having won seven of the past nine tournaments.

U.S. U-23 WNT Results
Date         Opponent              Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
June 9      Ventura Fusion   3-1 W       Hanks, Mallams, Smerdzinksi
June 11    Pali Blues            0-0 T         --

U.S. U-15 BOYS' NATIONAL TEAM TO CONVENE IN ST. LOUIS: U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Jim Barlow and 35 players began a week-long training camp in St. Louis, Mo., on June 14, with one additional player to be called in later this week. The camp ends June 21. More than half of the players will join the squad from Development Academy teams throughout the country, including a pair each from the Baltimore Bays (Zachary Wenger and Lucas Winter), FC DELCO (Max Kurtzman and Chris Sommerville), PDA (Nate Bruccoleri and Scott Thomsen) and the San Diego Surf (Zachary Deville and William Whiddon). Barlow’s team will be gathering for the first time since their training camp in Spain, where the team picked up a 1-1-2 record against youth team from Spanish professional sides.

-- AROUND THE SOCCER NATION --

HOLLYWOOD UPSETS PORTLAND AS 2008 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP KICKS OFF: The first round of the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicked off on Tuesday, June 10, with a total of 32 teams competing. In the lone upset, Hollywood United (USASA) provided excitement in the first round, defeating the Portland Timbers of the USL First Division, 3–2, led by a brace from Matt Taylor and a game-winner from Carl Alexander. The 16 winners from the first round will square off in the second round on Tuesday, June 24. At stake in the tournament is $180,000 in prize money broken down as follows: $100,000 to the champion, $50,000 to the runner up and $10,000 to the team that advances deepest into the tournament from each of the Division II, Division III and amateur levels. The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation’s National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. It is the oldest annual team tournament in U.S. sports history and among the oldest soccer tournaments of its type in the world. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor long-time soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt. Complete first round results are available here:

2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Second Round Matches
Date    Matchup Venue Location Time (local)
June 24 Real Maryland (USL2) at Carolina Railhawks (USL1) WakeMed Soccer Park Cary, N.C. 7:30 p.m.
June 24 Richmond Kickers (USL2) at Western Mass. Pioneers (USL2) Lusitano Stadium Ludlow, Mass. 7:30 p.m.
June 24 Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL2) at Rochester Rhinos (USL1) PAETEC Park Rochester, N.Y. 7:30 p.m.
June 24 Cleveland City Stars (USL2) at Minnesota Thunder (USL1) National Sports Center Blaine, Minn. 6:00 p.m.
June 24 Atlanta Silverbacks (USL1) at Miami FC (USL1) Tropical Park Miami, Fla. 8:00 p.m.
June 24 Charlotte Eagles (USL2) at Charleston Battery (USL1) Blackbaud Stadium Charleston, S.C. 7:30 p.m.
June 24 Hollywood United (USASA) at Seattle Sounders (USL1) Starfire Sports Complex Tukwila, Wash. 8:00 p.m.
June 24 Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL2) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL2) Skyline Sports Complex Harrisburg, Pa. 7:05 p.m.

COACHESNET LAUNCHES 'PREMIER INTERNATIONAL TOURS COACHES CORNER': U.S. Soccer's CoachesNet is providing coaches with another unique educational opportunity through a partnership with Premier International Tours and The Royal Netherlands Soccer Federation (KNVB). "Premier International Tours Coaches Corner" is an on-going series of training sessions, exercises and articles designed to inform and educate coaches on international coaching styles and methods. Each month is highlighted by different topics from youth development, training sessions and coaching styles used by the KNVB to train youth players. (KNVB Coaching Corner | CoachesNet)

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PRELIMINARY ROUND MATCH-UPS UNVEILED: CONCACAF unveiled the preliminary matchups for the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League on Wendesday, June 11, in New York City. Sixteen teams from Belize, Canada, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama and the United States were drawn into eight home-and-away matchups to be played Aug. 26-28 and Sept. 2-4. The winners from the preliminary stage will join the eight seeded teams in the Group Stage, which consists of four groups of four teams each. The groups will be drawn on Monday, June 16, and a complete listing of games will be available at concacaf.com.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT midfielder Clint Dempsey was on fire Sunday afternoon, demonstrating his talent and his goal scoring abilities against Barbados at The Home Depot Center. Dempsey put his name in the record books, scoring the fastest goal for the U.S. in FIFA World Cup qualifying history with his 53-second strike in the 8–0 win. The second leg of the two-game series against Barbados will be played on Sunday, June 22 at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team takes on Brazil in the team’s second match of 2008 Peace Queen Cup at 2 p.m. local (1 a.m. ET) on Tuesday, June 17. Fans and insomniacs can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. It’s the first time the two teams have met since Brazil defeated the U.S. WNT, 4–0, in the semifinals of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Last Friday, June 6, Brazil fell 2–0 to Venezuela, which could be written off as a preparation match. However, on Sunday, June 15, Paraguay shockingly defeated the three-time world champion, 2-0, in Asuncion, Paraguay, in FIFA World Cup qualifying play. Brazil next faces Argentina on Wednesday, June 18, in World Cup qualifying play, hoping to come away with points against the current No. 1-ranked team. In a different, but geographically close, region of the world, Bermuda shocked CONCACAF with a 2-1 win against Trinidad & Tobago in Macoya, Trinidad. The second leg of that FIFA World Cup qualifying series will be played on Sunday, June 22, in Prospect, Bermuda.

QUOTABLE: “You need to understand over time how the team must grow in terms of understanding how it plays. You need younger players with the experience to continue to improve. You need to feel that your key players are taking more and more responsibility, not only on the field but off of the field in terms of their leadership. It’s really about growth. As we start this two year period, we understand that World Cup qualifying is always a challenge and you have tough games along the way. You certainly understand in CONCACAF the types of opponents, the way they play, the types of conditions, and then all of these factors are there to challenge us to grow and become better, and in all ways understand what it takes to be successful in a World Cup.”
--U.S. MNT head coach Bob Bradley on some of the things he needs to see from the players and from the system of play in order to have success once the team has reached the 2010 World Cup.

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