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U.S. Soccer Wire: August 9, 2010


ROSTER SET AS U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SET TO FACE BRAZIL AUG. 10;
SHARE YOUR WORLD CUP MEMORIES WITH THE U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

BOB BRADLEY NAMES 18-PLAYER ROSTER TO FACE BRAZIL: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named 18 players to the roster that will face five-time FIFA World Cup champions Brazil on Tuesday, Aug. 10, for the USA’s first match since the 2010 FIFA World Cup. More than 65,000 tickets have already been sold (buy tickets) for the first meeting between the two nations at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, Univision and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the match live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. Fifteen players on the roster were part of the squad that led the U.S. to a first place finish in group play at the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 80 years, including Jozy Altidore, who replaced Jermaine Jones on the U.S. roster. Defender Omar Gonzalez will also join the team, replacing Chad Marshall.

U.S. MNT Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Étienne), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Pachuca)

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule 

SHARE YOUR 2010 WORLD CUP MEMORY WITH THE U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM: Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup was one of the greatest moments in U.S. Soccer history and sparked dramatic reactions from fans across the United States that were captured via video in bars and living rooms across the country. Now, the U.S. players want to know exactly what that moment meant to you. How did you react? Where were you? The U.S. players want to know. In a video posted on ussoccer.com’s YouTube page, Donovan talks about what the goal meant to him and asks fans to reply with their own videos. Record your memories of the moment and share them with the players by replying to Donovan's video on ussoccer.com's YouTube page.

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Aug. 2 – Aug. 9

NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY TO BE HELD PRIOR TO USA-BRAZIL MATCH ON AUG. 10: The National Soccer Hall of Fame and U.S. Soccer will host the 2010 Induction Ceremony at the New Meadowlands Stadium on Tuesday, Aug. 10, prior to the USA-Brazil match. The private ceremony will take place at 4 p.m., and will be followed by a reception for the new inductees, Hall of Famers, and invited guests. The 2010 Induction Class includes Thomas Dooley and Preki Radosavljevic in the Player category, Bruce Arena as a Builder, and Kyle Rote, Jr., as a Veteran. Current members of the Hall of Fame along with Colin Jose Media Award recipient Paul Gardner and Medal of Honor recipients have been invited to join the ceremony and will be acknowledged on the field prior to kickoff.

AUSTING AZTEX CONTINUE LEAGUE-LEADING PACE IN WEEK 18: Week 18 was a lighter week for the USSF D-2 Pro League, with only six games scheduled through the weekend. Rochester defeated the Portland Timbers 1-0 at home, while Miami FC earned their own 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace Baltimore on the road in Maryland. The lone Friday night matchup between AC St. Louis and Vancouver Whitecaps FC ended up 0-0. Miami FC concluded their recent road trip that saw seven out of eight games away from home with a 1-1 draw against the Puerto Rico Islanders, coming from behind after an early Puerto Rico goal. The Austin Aztex continued their league leading pace with a solid 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Rowdies with all four goals coming in the first half. The Carolina RailHawks shut out the Montreal Impact 2-0 to stay in second place just ahead of the Canadian club by four points in the NASL Conference. 

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Schedule and Standings

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-17 WOMEN TO FACE CHINA’S U-18 WNT TWICE DURING FLORIDA CAMP: The U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team will come together for a week-long training camp in Sunrise, Fla., from Aug. 14-21 during which the squad will play two exhibitions against China’s U-18 Women’s National Team. Those matches will take play on Aug. 18 and 20. U.S. head coach Mike Dickey has called up 24 players for the camp, the core of which represented the USA during its CONCACAF qualifying campaign that saw the young Americans outscore its opponents 38-0 over five games, but due to a penalty kick loss in the semifinal, did not advance to this fall’s U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago. Eleven players who were on the USA’s CONCACAF qualifying team will be at camp, including goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin, who has garnered national media attention of late for her non-profit foundation that raised money to bring the Haitian U-17 Women’s National Team to the United States a few weeks ago to participate in a tournament at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex. The USA defeated Haiti 9-0 during qualifying, but Heaberlin was touched by the plight of the Haitian players after the devastating earthquake that rocked their country and pledged to do something about it. Heaberlin’s work was featured on the Aug. 3 edition of ESPN’s E:60. The roster also includes 2010 Parade Girl’s Soccer Player of the Year Morgan Brian, central defender Abby Dahlkemper, as well as top attackers Kaysie Clark out of Missouri and the team’s leading scorer this year, forward Lindsey Horan out of Colorado.

U.S. U-17 WNT Training Camp Roster By Position: 
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburgh, Fla.), McKenzie Karas (Premier ’95 Black; Las Vegas, Nev.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Danielle Colaprico (PDA; Freehold, N.J.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, 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.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alex Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Bays; Baltimore, Md.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Haley Washburn (San Juan SC; Folsom, Calif.), Danielle Weatherholt (So Cal Blues; Capistrano Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Alesha Blair (De Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Jamia Fields (Real So Cal; Alta Loma, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Kodi Lavrusky (Legends FC; Yucaipa, Calif.), Kristen McNabb (PDA; Montville, N.J.)

U.S. U-15 GNT COMES TOGETHER FOR TRAINING CAMP IN FLORIDA: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will come together for a training camp from Aug. 22-28 in Sunrise, Fla. U.S. head coach Mike Dickey will bring 24 players to the camp, all born in 1995, and this group will form the core of the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan, a country which has never before participated in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at any level. The U.S. U-15s will play several as yet-to-be confirmed matches during the camp. Forward Amber Munerlyn is the leading scorer for the U-15s in 2010, having scored three goals in four matches against youth club, adult women’s club, international and college competition.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Mikaela Berger (West Coast FC; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Ga.), Carissa Miller (Sereno DC; Cave Creek, Ariz.)
DEFENDERS (5): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.); Lauren Kaskie (Neusport FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Micaela Powers (Ohio Galaxies; Beavercreek, Ohio), Jenna Romano (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Joanna Boyles (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C), Caroline Chagares (PDA; Wyckoff, N.J.), Kaitlyn Clark (KC Select; Liberty, Mo.), Miranda Freeman (Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.); Gabrielle Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Lydia Simmons (FC Stars of Mass; Londonderry, N.H.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.), Madison Tiernan (PDA; Vorhees, N.J.)
FORWARDS (7): Elizabeth Boon (Columbia Timbers; Washougal, Wash.), Frannie Crouse (Beadling SC; Jeanette, Pa.), Vanessa Kovar (VSA Heat; Manassas, Va.), Katie Mohr (Santa Rosa United; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Rebecca Schoales (Crossfire Premier; Port Orchard, Wash.), Zoe Swift (NSA Premier; Naperville, Ill.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

BE OFFICIAL: While there's nothing like cheering on the U.S. Men's National Team in person, we want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience even if you’re not going to be in East Rutherford, N.J. on Tuesday, so we've got the next best spot: an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be at the New Meadowlands Stadium, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters, wear red and watch the game in an atmosphere that is pretty loud and rowdy. Check the latest listings for the Official U.S. Soccer bar in your area. Have a local watering hole that you would like to see as an Official U.S. Soccer Bar? Provide your comments on the Official U.S. Bar Forum.

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With exactly four 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.

U.S. BEACH SOCCER MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OFF TO PORTUGAL: The U.S. Beach Soccer Men’s National Team departed Aug. 3 for the International Tournament Mundialito in Praia de Rocha, Portimão, Portugal. Head coach Eddie Soto and 10 players traveled to the event, which will serve as a warm-up for the 2010 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, tentatively scheduled for early December. The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup has been switched to a biannual event, and will next be played in 2011. Soto’s current roster includes veterans Jevin Albequerque, Yuri Morales and Ronnie Silva, who were part of the most recent trip to the FIFA event by a U.S. team in 2007.

U.S. Beach Soccer Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Mike McAndrews (UC Santa Barbara; Long Beach, Calif.), Sergio Valle (Bay Area Ambassadors; Union City, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Joe Cartlidge (So Cal Beach FC; Redondo Beach, Calif.), Giovanni Garcia (Pugg Beach Soccer; Miami, Fla.), Austin Roman (Pugg Beach Soccer; San Diego, Calif.), Brendon Taguinod (BST Zurich; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Lewie Valentine (US Sand Soccer; Oceanside, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3): Jevin Albuquerque (Pugg Beach Soccer; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Yuri Morales (BST Zurich; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Ronald Silva (Santa Cruz BS Club; San Francisco, Calif.)

U.S. SOCCER’S COACHESNET ADDS EXCLUSIVE TICKET AND GAME-DAY OFFERS THROUGH MLS AND WPS AND ITS PARTICIPATING TEAMS: U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet members can now enjoy discounted tickets and game-day offers with both Major League Soccer and Women’s Professional Soccer. Participating teams, through a partnership with CoachesNet, will offer discounts to certain games throughout the calendar year. The newly added benefit will also give coaches an opportunity to attend post-game discussions with the coaching staffs, attend designated training sessions and earn continuing education units at certain games. The first scheduled event is with the Chicago Red Stars, led by U.S. Women’s National Team players Kate Markgraf, Megan Rapinoe and Jill Loyden as they take on Heather Mitts, Amy Rodriguez, Lori Lindsey and the Philadelphia Independence on Aug. 11, 2010 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. CoachesNet members can purchase discounted premier sideline tickets by clicking here.

FINAL WEEK FOR FIFA U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ACCREDITATION PROCESS: It is the final week for interested media to apply for media accreditation for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Trinidad & Tobago 2010 via the FIFA Media Channel. Deadline for accreditation applications is August 16, 2010. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. All applications are subject to confirmation. Also, please be advised that international applicants are responsible for their own visas.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES UNDERWAY: The U.S. Olympic Committee is now accepting requests from United States media organizations for accreditation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The application form is available through the USOC's media-specific site, http://usocpressbox.org. The deadline for making the request is Oct. 1, 2010. This process is open to print, internet and photographic media organizations that are based in the United States and meet the guideline standards outlined by the USOC. All non rights-holding broadcasters will be accredited by the International Olympic Committee. The form will be available March 2011, on the IOC website www.olympic.org and the deadline for submission for all non-rights holding broadcasters will be in May 2011.

PHOENIX CHOSEN TO HOST 2011 US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the dates and locations for the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, one of the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournaments. After another banner year in 2010, the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships will be held at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 60 teams. Visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org for more.

2010-2011 US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL LEAGUE TEAMS ANNOUNCED: US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 88 teams chosen to compete in the 2010-2011 US Youth Soccer National League season. The league, entering into its fourth season, is for Under-15 through Under-17 Boys and Girls elite club soccer teams with an individual proven track record of success in US Youth Soccer programs. The National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues [US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Premier League, Midwest Regional League, Region III (South) Premier League and Far West Regional League] in which the top teams are eligible to continue the path of succession into the National League where the ultimate prize is qualifying for the prestigious national championships. Visit http://www.usyouthsoccer.org for the complete list of teams and more on the National League.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: The Peak Performer shoutout this week is for Chicago Fire rookie goalkeeper Sean Johnson, who started his second consecutive match Sunday night as the Fire hosted the New York Red Bulls. In a match with five designated players, it was the rookie goalkeeper who stole the show in the 0-0 draw, pulling off seven saves to earn the shutout. He now has one win and one shutout to his credit.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team takes on five-time World Cup champions Brazil tomorrow, Aug. 10, at the New Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. Ticket sales have already passed 65,000 and are still available for the first match since the 2010 FIFA World Cup for both teams. The match will kick off at 8 p.m. ET with television coverage provided by ESPN2 and Univision.

QUOTABLE: “It was special and with 90,000 people out there, not many American players get to play in front of crowds like that. It was a great opportunity for me to finish my career with the same team and in the same stadium where I started. It was an emotional day.”
-- Former U.S. MNT forward Clint Mathis on retiring after playing his final match as the Los Angeles Galaxy played host to Real Madrid on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

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