IMPRESSIVE, ENORMOUS SITE TO BE HOME OF L.A. GALAXY, U.S. NATIONAL TEAMS: U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at the Home Depot Center will officially open this week as the inaugural game at the 27,000-seat soccer specific stadium is played at the facility between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Colorado Rapids (1 p.m. PT on ESPN2). Located on the campus of California State University – Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif., the facility will be home to U.S. Soccer’s National Teams, as well as the 2002 MLS Cup champion Galaxy. In addition to nine overall soccer training fields (including one FieldTurf surface), the facility also includes a tennis stadium, and upgrades of the campus Olympic velodrome, inline roller hockey rink, baseball and softball fields, and track and field facilities.
ARENA CALLS IN 10 PLAYERS FROM ’02 WORLD CUP TEAM, FIVE FROM ’99 CONFED CUP: U.S. Men’s National Team Manager Bruce Arena selected a 23-man roster to represent the U.S. in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup to be held June 18-29 in France. The squad will begin training camp on June 1 in Washington, D.C., and will depart on June 11 for their home base in Lyon, France. Ten players from the U.S. squad that reached the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup will head to France. Five players on the roster were a part of the team that placed third in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico. "We have selected a group of players that combines experience and youth,” said Arena, who has led the U.S. to a 4-1-1 record in 2003. “The Confederations Cup presents a great challenge to our team and an opportunity to compete against some of the best countries in the world. For many of these players, it will be their first experience in a competition of this caliber, so the games can only benefit our group as we progress towards World Cup qualifying in 2004.” With the ability to dress only 18 players in the Sunday (June 8) friendly against New Zealand and with many of the MLS-based Confederations Cup roster players scheduled to be on the road for most of June, Arena will release several players back to their MLS clubs this weekend for a slate of matches. In addition, Landon Donovan will not report to camp until June 9. Below is the complete roster:
Goalkeepers (3): Joe Cannon (RC Lens – France), Tim Howard (MetroStars), Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC – England);
Defenders (7): Gregg Berhalter (Energie Cottbus – Germany), Carlos Bocanegra (Chicago Fire), Dan Califf (L.A. Galaxy), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96 – Germany), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Eddie Pope (MetroStars), Greg Vanney (FC Bastia -- France);
Midfielders (9): Chris Armas (Chicago Fire), DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago Fire), Bobby Convey (D.C. United), Jovan Kirovski (Birmingham City – England), Chris Klein (K.C. Wizards), Eddie Lewis (Preston North End – England), Kyle Martino (Columbus Crew), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Earnie Stewart (D.C. United);
Forwards (4): Jeff Cunningham (Columbus Crew), Landon Donovan (S.J. Earthquakes), Clint Mathis (MetroStars), Taylor Twellman (N.E. Revolution).
U.S. SOCCER TO UNVEIL RETRO JERSEYS FOR JUNE 8 SEND-OFF MATCH ON SATURDAY: In continuation of the celebration of the 90-year Anniversary of U.S. Soccer, the U.S. Men’s National Team will wear a special limited edition “retro jersey” for the Sunday (June 8) match against New Zealand in Richmond, Va. Kickoff for the USA’s sendoff match to the FIFA Confederations Cup is set for 1 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and the Radio Unica network. Fans can follow the match live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The retro jersey, viewable at ussoccer.com, matches the style of the uniform worn by the United States in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, in which the U.S. upset England 1-0 in one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history. The historic victory will be the subject of a feature film, currently titled “The Game of Their Lives,” which is in the process of production. Fans can order this limited-edition Nike jersey by logging on to www.ussoccerstore.com. Tickets for the U.S. match in Richmond, which is part of a doubleheader which includes the Richmond Kickers vs. Atlanta Silverbacks at 3:30 p.m., range in price from $18 to $40 and can be purchased through all Richmond area Ticketmaster outlets (including Ukrop's Supermarket, Farm Fresh and Hecht's), by phone at 804-262-8100 (Richmond), 757-671-8100 (Virginia Beach), or 800-527-6384 (Northern Virginia), and online at ussoccer.com.
2003 CONFEDERATIONS CUP MATCHES TO BE SHOWN ON GALAVISION, TELEFUTURA: It was announced last week that all 16 matches of the 2003 Confederations Cup in France will be shown on either Galavision, Telefutura or Univision. Galavision will broadcast 11 of the 16 matches, while Telefutura will show four and Univision will cover the final on June 29. The U.S. opens the tournament in France against two World Cup semifinalists, facing Turkey on June 19 in St. Etienne at 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET), and then taking on Brazil on June 21 in Lyon at 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET). The U.S. concludes group play against Cameroon on June 23 in Lyon at 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET). The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals on June 26. The third-place match is scheduled for June 28, and the final takes place on June 29 in Paris. The field at the Confederations Cup is comprised of the six confederation champions (Cameroon, Colombia, France, Japan, New Zealand and the USA), the World Cup Champions (Brazil) and a guest team (Turkey). Below is the TV schedule:
2003 FIFA Confederations Cup TV Schedule
Date: Match-Up, Venue, Kickoff (TV)
June 18: New Zealand vs. Japan, Paris, 7 p.m. ET & PT (SDD-Galavision)
June 18: France vs. Colombia, Lyon, 2:50 p.m. ET / 11:50 a.m. PT (Live-Galavision)
June 19: Turkey vs. USA, St. Etienne, 12:50 p.m. ET / 9:50 a.m. PT (Live-Galavision)
June 19: Brazil vs. Cameroon, Paris, 9 p.m. ET & PT (SDD-Galavision)
June 20: Colombia vs. New Zealand, Lyon, 12:50 p.m. ET / 9:50 a.m. PT (Live-Galavision)
June 20: France vs. Japan, St. Etienne, 9 p.m. ET & PT (SDD-Telefutura)
June 21: Cameroon vs. Turkey, Paris, 12:50 p.m. ET / 9:50 a.m. PT (Live-Galavision)
June 21: Brazil vs. USA, Lyon, 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT (Live-Telefutura)
June 22: France vs. New Zealand, Paris, 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT (Live-Galavision)
June 22: Japan vs. Colombia, St. Etienne, 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT (Live-Telefutura)
June 23: Brazil vs. Turkey, St. Etienne, 7 p.m. ET & PT (SDD-Galavision)
June 23: USA vs. Cameroon, Lyon, 2:50 p.m. ET / 11:50 a.m. PT (Live-Galavision)
June 26: Semifinal (1st B-2nd A), Lyon, 7 p.m. ET & PT (SDD-Galavision)
June 26: Semifinal (1sr A-2nd B), Paris, 9 p.m. ET & PT (SDD-Galavision)
June 28: Third Place Match, St. Etienne, 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT (Live-Telefutura)
June 29: Final, Paris, 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT (Live-Univision)
U.S. WNT TO FACE IRELAND ON JUNE 14 IN SALT LAKE CITY IN WORLD CUP PREP MATCH: The U.S. Women's National Team will face Ireland, an emerging women’s soccer nation, next Saturday, June 14 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. The match is set for 7 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can follow the match live online via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The U.S.-Ireland showdown is part of a doubleheader preceding a United Soccer League match featuring the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifier Utah Blitzz and the Orange County Blue Star, both of the Pro Select League, at 4 p.m. MT. Tickets for the doubleheader range in price from $16 to $37 and are available at all Utah Ticketmaster outlets (including Fred Meyer and Graywhale CD Exchange), by phone at 801-325-7328 (Salt Lake City); 877-474-4833 (TDD) and online at ussoccer.com. For information on group discounts, call 312-528-1290.
– 2003 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP UPDATE –
FANS REGISTERED AT ussoccerfan.com WILL GET FIRST ACCESS TO TICKETS: Registered members of ussoccerfan.com, the official site of U.S. soccer fans, will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. To register, fans need to simply sign up on the Web site to receive updates as details are announced and the venues and schedules begin to take shape.
U.S. SOCCER SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR 2003 WWC: The U.S. Soccer Federation is seeking volunteers to assist with all areas of the 2003 Women’s World Cup which will be played this fall. Interested parties can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest in volunteering and should include a brief resume with relevant experience. Once venues and times are determined, U.S. Soccer’s Human Resource Department will be in touch with selected volunteers.
– 2003 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE –
2003 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP FIRST ROUND BEGINS THIS WEEK: The times, dates and locations of the four first round games for the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup were announced last week, with action to begin this week. In the first game, the Bridgeport Italians (USASA) will travel to face the Chesapeake Dragons (PDL) on Wednesday (June 4) at 5:30 p.m. ET at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md. The second game will be the Raleigh CASL Elite (PDL) hosting D.S. United (USASA) in SAS Stadium in Cary, N.C., on Saturday (June 7) at noon ET. The third first round game will be the Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) at the Des Moines Menace (PDL) on Thursday (June 5) at 7 p.m. CT in Des Moines’ Cara McCrane Memorial Stadium. The final first round game will be the Chico Rooks, who just qualified from the USASA Region IV last weekend, at the Fresno Fuego (PDL) at 5:30 p.m. PT on June 4. First round winners will advance to play in the second round on June 25. For updated tournament results and information, check out the Open Cup section of ussoccer.com.
# Date Match-up Venue; City
1 June 4 Bridgeport Italians (USASA) at Chesapeake Dragons (PDL) Bowie State University; Bowie, Md.
2 June 7 D.S. United (USASA) at Raleigh CASL Elite (PDL) SAS Stadium; Cary , N.C.
3 June 5 Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) at Des Moines Menace (PDL) Cara McGrane Mem. Stadium; Des Moines, Iowa
4 June 4 Chico Rooks at Fresno Fuego (PDL) Fresno Pacific University
Bye: Bradenton Academics
Bye: Mid-Michigan Bucks
No. Date Match-up Venue; City
5 June 25 Game 1 Winner at New Hampshire Phantoms (USL-PSL) TBD
6 June 25 Carolina Dynamo (USL-PSL) vs. Game 2 Winner TBD
7 June 25 Bradenton Academics (PDL) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL) TBD
8 June 25 Long Island Rough Riders (USL-PSL) at Mid-Michigan Bucks (PDL) TBD
9 June 25 Reading Rage (USL-PSL) vs. Game 3 Winner TBD
10 June 25 Game 4 Winner vs. Utah Blitzz (USL-PSL) TBD
– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –
U-18 MEN SET FOR THE CROIX INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN FRANCE THIS WEEK: The Under-18 Men’s National Team arrived in France yesterday to participate in the Croix International Tournament this weekend from June 7-9. The team will first play an exhibition match against Paris Saint-Germain tomorrow (June 3) and then travel to Lens to play another exhibition against RC Lens on Thursday (June 5) before starting the tournament against RE Mouscron on Saturday (June 7). The following day, the team will play its second game of the tournament against Villareal CF. All placement games will be played on June 9. Head coach George Glenovatch will be taking a 18-man roster with him for the tournament, which is listed below (with hometowns in parentheses):
Goalkeepers (2): Andrew Kartunen (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Brad Guzman (Lockport, Ill.);
Defenders (4): Greg Dalby (Poway, Calif.), Hunter Freeman (Allen, Texas), Patrick Phelan (Enfield, Conn.), Jed Zayner (Orland Park, Ill.);
Midfielders (5): Issac Collings (Oriskany, N.Y.), William Hall (Shirley, N.Y.), Patrick Ianni (Lodi, Calif.), Danny Vasquez (Miami, Fla.), Mike Videira (Milford, Mass.);
Forwards (7): Arturo Alvarez (Houston, Texas), Chad Barrett (Beaverton, Ore.), Marc Burch (Cincinnati, Ohio), Paul Johnson (Princeton, N.J.), Danny Karbassiyoon (Roanoke, Va.), Nate Norman (Rochester, Minn.)
U.S. Under-18 MNT Schedule
June 3: Paris Saint-Germain
June 5: RC Lens
June 7: RE Mouscron
June 8: Villareal CF
June 9: [Placement Match]
UNDER-19 WOMEN TAKE FIRST PLACE IN USYS CUP IN TEXAS: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team took first place in the USYS Cup this past weekend in Spring, Texas, beating Japan 2-0 in the final. In the first game, the U.S. toppled Canada (U-19) 6-1 as Bristyn Davis lead the way with four goals. The U.S. got on the board right from the get-go as Megan Rapinoe scored in the 1st minute off a pass from Stephanie Lopez. Kerri Hanks notched an assist and a goal in the second half. In the second game, Hanks got a hat trick as the U.S. grabbed a 4-1 win over the USYS All-Stars. Davis scored the final goal in the 80th minute off a pass from Jen Buzckowski. Against Japan in the final, the U.S. got two goals from Angie Woznuk and Carrie Schmidt in the first half and held on for the win.
U.S. Under-19 WNT Results
Date: Opponent (Result, U.S. Goal Scorers)
May 27: Canada (6-1 W, Davis (4), Rapinoe, Hanks)
May 29: USYS All-Stars (4-1 W, Hanks (3) Davis)
May 31: Japan (2-0 W, Schmidt, Woznuk)
UNDER-17 MEN TIE ARGENTINA, FACE POLAND ON WEDNESDAY IN KOREA TOURNEY: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team fell to host South Korea 3-0 in its first game, but nabbed one point when it drew with Argentina 2-2 on Monday night. The U.S. will play its final game of the tournament against Poland on Wednesday (June 4). After going into halftime tied 0-0 against the host, the U.S. defense struggled to contain Korea’s explosive offense and conceded three goals in the second half. In the second game against Argentina, the U.S. had more success, but had to come from behind twice. The U.S. got its first equalizing goal when Corey Ashe followed up an Eddie Gaven shot that ricocheted off the post in the 38th minute. After Argentina took the lead again, Guillermo Gonzalez tied it up by burying a penalty kick, which was awarded after Freddy Adu was taken down in the box in the 72nd minute. The Korean Football Association put together the tournament to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. The KFA invited all three teams from Group D at the 2002 World Cup, which included Poland, Portugal and the U.S. Portugal was unable to participate, leaving Argentina to take their place as the fourth and final team.
U.S. Under-17 MNT Results/Schedule
Date: Opponent (Result, U.S. Goal Scorers)
May 31: South Korea (0-3 L, ---)
June 2: Argentina (2-2 T, Ashe, Gonzalez)
June 4: Poland
U.S. UNDER-16 GIRLS WIN ALL THREE GAMES AT TEXAS SHOOTOUT: The U.S. Under-16 Girls National Team compiled a perfect 3-0 record this weekend at the Texas Shootout, winning by a combined score of 8-1 and out-shooting their opponents by a whopping 33-9 margin. In the tournament opener on May 28, the U.S. topped the Houston Challenge 3-0 on two goals by Mandy Moraca. Kristina Larsen added a goal in that game, and Amy Rodriquez assisted on two goals. In the second game on May 30, Larsen scored the team's only goal in the 58th minute on an assist from Jackie Acevedo as the U-16s held on for a 1-0 win over the regional all-star team. In the final game of the tournament, Cydne Currie had two goals and an assist and Kim Silos added two assists as the U.S. went on to top the Dallas Texans 4-1.
U.S. Under-16 GNT Results
Date: Opponent (Result, U.S. Goal Scorers)
May 28: Houston Challenge (3-0 W, Moraca (2), Larsen)
May 30: Region IV (1-0 W, Larsen)
May 31: Dallas Texans (4-1 W, Currie (2), Rodriquez, Blank)
– AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD –
2003 GOLD CUP MEDIA CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT concacaf.com: Applications for media accreditation for the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup are available online at concacaf.com. The deadline for application is Friday, June 27. In light of heightened security measures throughout the USA, all journalists must have accreditation with photos. NO CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DEADLINE. Accreditation centers will be established at each venue: Foxboro, Mass., Miami, Fla., and Mexico City. Once approved, media members are strongly advised to secure their credentials prior to the beginning of the event. All approved media applicants will receive, by e-mail, details on the location and opening hours of the accreditation centers. While accreditation centers will be open prior to matches, significant delays could result impairing the ability of media members to cover the event.
- U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT -
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has been on Fire (pardon the pun) of late in leading Chicago to a pair of four-goal offensive outbursts in their last two matches. In a 4-0 pasting of the Colorado Rapids, Beasley figured in three of the four goals, setting up a penalty kick in the 8th minute and adding a goal and an assist before halftime. In Sunday’s 4-1 win over the previously undefeated San Jose Earthquakes, Beas opened the scoring with a goal in the 28th and closed things up with a strike in the 90th minute. With the recent rejuvenation, the 21-year-old speedster now leads the team and is tied for sixth in MLS in scoring with nine points (four goals, one assist).
MARQUE MATCH-UP: Though more for the opening of the venue than the match-up on the field, the L.A. Galaxy’s home and stadium opener this Saturday (June 7) against the Colorado Rapids is one of the most anticipated soccer matches of the year. The chance to play in their extravagant new digs couldn’t have come at a better time for the defending MLS cup champions, who have struggled to a league-worst 0-4-4 record while playing their first eight games on the road. We’ll see just how much of a home field advantage will help them when the match kicks off live at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
SOCCER SHOCKER: With the first third of the WUSA season already history, a look at the league standings is a bit surprising, as the defending champions and the team with the second best combined record over the first two seasons are currently sharing a spot in the cellar with dismal 1-5-1 records. Although the 2003 Courage team is almost identical to the one that took the title in 2002, Carolina opened the season 0-4 under new head coach Jay Entlich. The Charge, who lost assistant coach and defensive specialist Pia Sundhage to the Boston Breakers head coaching position, also started 0-4 and have given up 18 goals in seven matches (2nd worst in the league).
QUOTABLE: "Imagine young girls soccer teams that get a chance to do camps and clinics, and they look over on the next field and there's Mia Hamm. It's just a unique atmosphere that integrates not only the world's elite athletes but, more importantly, tomorrow's potential elite athletes."
-- AEG President Tim Leiweke, on the massive Home Depot Center complex