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U.S. Soccer Wire - April 30, 2007


U.S. U-17 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM KICKS OFF
CONCACAF UNDER-17 GROUP B QUALIFYING IN JAMAICA;
U-21 WNT FALLS TO CANADA IN FUTBOL INTERNACIONAL TOURNAMENT FINAL

U.S. U-17 MNT STARTS CONCACAF QUALIFYING: After having a bye for the opening day of games in Group B of the CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament in Kingston, Jamaica, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team is set to face Trinidad & Tobago on Monday evening. The match will be the second of a doubleheader, kicking off at 7 p.m. CT, directly after the Canada-Costa Rica match at the National Stadium, better known as “The Office.” Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Fans can also follow the U-17 Men on their quest for qualification at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifying page, where you can find game recaps, exclusive podcasts, as well as a U-17 qualifying blog. After kicking off their taxing stretch of four games in seven days against T&T on Monday, the U.S. face Canada on May 2 at 5 p.m. CT, Jamaica on May 4 at 7 p.m. CT and finish against Costa Rica on May 6 at 5 p.m. CT. The top three teams will advance to the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will take place in South Korea from Aug. 18 to Sept. 9.

U.S. U-17 MNT Qualifying Schedule
Date Opponent
April 30 Trinidad & Tobago
May 2 Canada
May 4 Jamaica
May 6 Costa Rica

U-17 MNT Roster-by-Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.);
DEFENDERS (5): Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Tommy Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.), Howard Turk (Fairfax, Va.), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Alex Dixon (Humble, Texas), Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Greg Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Brendan King (Naperville, Ill.), Nick Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Jesse Paredes (Los Angeles, Calif.), Dane Shea (College Station, Texas), Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.);
FORWARDS (4): Abdusalam Ibrahim (Richfield, Minn.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Alex Nimo (Portland, Ore.), Billy Schuler (Allentown, N.J.)


U-21 WNT FALLS TO CANADA IN PKS: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team fell in penalty kicks to the Canadian Olympic Development Team after playing to a 0-0 draw in regulation of the championship game at the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament. The U.S. team had won both its previous games in the six-team tournament by 2-0 scores but could not find a way past Canadian goalkeepers Taryn Swiatek and Karina LeBlanc, who have 20 and 50 caps respectively for Canada’s senior side. Canada’s Olympic Development Team featured a mixture of national team veterans and young prospects. The match ended 0-0 after regulation time and went straight to penalty kicks. After Canada’s Amy Vermuelen converted her team’s first chance, U.S. defender Stephanie Logterman had her kick saved by LeBlanc, and that would eventually be the difference as each team then made all the rest of its kicks before Canada’s Paige Adams knocked in her team’s fifth chance to end the game. The U.S. U-21s will come together again in late May for a trip to Germany, where they will play three top German women’s clubs. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin is preparing the U-21s for the annual Nordic Cup, which this year will be held in Finland from July 18-24. The USA won seven Nordic Cup titles in a row before falling last summer to Germany in the title game.

U-21 WNT Results
Date     Opponent    Result             U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
April 22 China U-21  2-0 W              Kelsey Carpenter, Kelly O'Hara
April 24 T&T            2-0 W              Angie Woznuk, Kelsey Carpenter
April 28 Canada       0-0 T (3-5 pk)   (Angie Woznuk, Amanda Poach, Manya Makoski)


U.S. MNT TO FACE SWEDEN IN AUGUST: The United States Men’s National Team will play its first match on European soil in 2007 when they travel to face 11-time World Cup finalists Sweden on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Ullevi Stadium in Goteborg, Sweden. Kickoff for the match is set for 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel, with Galavision airing the match live at 2:30 p.m. ET and delayed at 2:30 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The U.S. is gearing up for a busy summer, beginning 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. The 12-team tournament will run from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. For the United States, the appearance will mark their third entrance into CONMEBOL’s signature event, and the first since a third place finish in 1995.

U.S. MNT 2006 Schedule
Date Match Venue Result/Kickoff/TV
Jan. 20 USA vs. Denmark Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 3-1 W
Feb. 7 USA vs. Mexico Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.) 2-0 W
March 25 USA vs. Ecuador Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.) 3-1 W
March 28 USA vs. Guatemala Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas) 0-0 T
June 2 USA vs. China Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.) 8 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Galavision
June 7 USA vs. Guatemala Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 6 p.m. PT / FSC and Telefutura
June 9 USA vs. T&T Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 2 p.m. PT / FSC and Telefutura
June 12 USA vs. El Salvador Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.) 7 p.m. ET / FSC and Telefutura
June 28 Argentina * Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo) TBD --
July 2 Paraguay * Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas) TBD --
July 5 Colombia * Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto) TBD --
Aug. 22 Sweden Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden) 2:30 p.m. ET / FSC / Galavision (2:30 ET/PT)

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SEND-OFF SERIES TOUR MATCHES SET: Now that they know who they will face at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China, the U.S. Women’s National Team can focus on preparing for those matches. The U.S. WNT will play against Canada on May 12 (tickets) before kicking off their “Send-Off Series” against China (tickets) in Cleveland on June 16, Brazil (tickets) in East Rutherford, N.J., on June 23, and Norway (tickets) in East Hartford, Conn., on July 14. The U.S. will also face Japan (tickets) in San Jose, Calif., on July 28 at 10 p.m. ET at Spartan Stadium, New Zealand (tickets) in Chicago on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. ET at Soldier Field, and finally Finland (tickets) in Los Angeles on Aug. 25 at The Home Depot Center in the final Send-Off Series match. Ticket information for all six games is available at ussoccer.com or by calling local Ticketmaster outlets or the respective stadium’s box offices. Group tickets for 15 or more people for any of the Send-Off Series matches are available by calling 312-528-1290 or downloading a group order form at ussoccer.com. ESPN2 will broadcast the New York, Hartford, Chicago and Los Angeles matches live, while ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS will provide live streaming video of the matches in Cleveland and San Jose. Fans can also follow stats and commentary online with ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. For information about the WNT’s draw at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, visit the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup competitions page for a complete schedule and standings, plus features, podcasts, and exclusive all_access video coverage of the WNT in China.

Group B Opponent Capsules

2007 U.S. Women's National Team Schedule & Results
Date        Opponent       Location                                                     Result / Kickoff TV
Jan. 26    Germany +     Guangzhou, China                                        0-0 T
Jan. 28    England +       Guangzhou, China                                        1-1 T
Jan. 30    China +          Guangzhou, China                                        2-0 W
March 7    China @        Silves, Portugal                                           2-1 W
March 9    Finland @      Ferreiras, Portugal                                       1-0 W
March 12  Sweden @      VRS Antonio, Portugal                                  3-2 W
March 14  Denmark @    VRS Antonio, Portugal                                  2-0 W
April 14     Mexico          Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)              5-0 W
May 12    Canada          Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)                        7:30 p.m. ET FSC (live) /
Fox Sports en Espanol (delay)
2007 Women’s National Team Send-Off Series
Date Opponent              Location Kickoff TV
June 16   China             Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio)    7 p.m. ET ussoccer.com's MatchACCESS
June 23   Brazil              Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)            5 p.m. ET ESPN2
July 14    Norway          Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.)            6 p.m. ET ESPN2
July 28    Japan            Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)                  7 p.m. PT ussoccer.com's MatchACCESS
Aug. 12    New Zealand  Soldier Field (Chicago, Ill.)                              12 p.m. CT ESPN2
Aug. 25    Finland          The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)           6:30 p.m. PT ESPN2

U.S. 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
Date        Opponent       Venue Kickoff
Sept. 11   North Korea    Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)        5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 14   Sweden          Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)        5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 18   Nigeria           Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium)  8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET


MEDIA ACCREDITATION PROCESS OPENS FOR FIFA U-20 & WOMEN’S WORLD CUPS: Media members may register online for the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007 and the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 at the media services section of FIFA.com. Deadline for applications to the Women’s World Cup is May 31, and the deadline for the U-20 World Cup is May 30. Successful applications will be notified and given further information as the tournament approaches. Applications are subject to confirmation and international applicants are responsible for their own visas. More information about the tournaments is available at FIFA.com.

COACHING SYMPOSIUM SET FOR MAY 11-12: U.S. Soccer will host a coaching symposium at Pizza Hut Park on May 11-12, in conjunction with the U.S. Women’s National Team match against Canada. The two-day symposium will focus on “Preparation for a World Cup” and will feature classroom sessions with members of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s coaching staff and the USA-Canada match. Coaches attending the symposium can earn up to two CEU credits towards maintaining their “A” license. [Download application]

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. UNDER-20 WOMEN HEAD TO ENGLAND FOR THREE MATCHES: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team and head coach Jillian Ellis will head to Manchester, England, from May 4-13 for three matches against top English women’s clubs. In fact, it is the same trip that the U.S. U-21 Women took last March and the U-20s will play the same opponents, facing Everton Ladies on May 8, the Leeds Ladies on May 10 and the Blackburn Ladies on May 12.The U-21s won all three matches on their tour, downing Blackburn by a 2-0 score, rolling over Everton 6-2 and shutting out Leeds, 5-0. The English clubs however were without numerous key players on duty with the England National Team at that time. Leeds and Blackburn may be without some National Team players as England plays Northern Ireland in a European Championships qualifier on May 12 and has a friendly on May 17. Everton, however, could have as many as nine National Team players in its side for the first match of the tour. Ellis, who was born and grew up in England before coming to the USA at the age of 15, is continuing to form a pool of players that will look to qualify the USA for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that will be held at the end of next year in Chile. Qualifying is tentatively set for sometime in the second quarter of 2008. Ellis, who will take 18 players to England, still has one spot to fill on the roster. Players born on or after January 1, 1988, are age-eligible for the next U-20 Women’s World Cup. Most of the players on the roster were born in 1988, with several in 1989 and one 1990 in midfielder Teresa Noyola.

U.S. U-20 WNT Schedule
Date Opponent Venue
May 8 Everton Ladies Netherton
May 10 Leeds Ladies Harrogate
May 12 Blackburn Ladies Clitheroe FC

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Chantel Jones (Virginia); Alyssa Naeher (Penn State);
DEFENDERS (4): Kelly Henderson (Boston College), Nicole Ketchum (Texas A & M), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Carly Peetz (Nebraska);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Ali Hawkins (UNC), Whitney Hooper (Texas A & M), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Kylie Wright (So Cal Blues);
FORWARDS (6): Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Ashlee Elliott (Florida), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Melissa Henderson (Dallas Texans), Alicia Jenkins (Stanford), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix College)


ZIZZO REPLACES PADILLA ON U-20 ROSTER: UCLA midfielder Sal Zizzo has replaced Jesus Padilla on the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team roster for their match against Argentina on May 15 in Rochester, N.Y. Padilla was unable to join the Under-20s for the match due to club commitments. Zizzo, a midfielder at UCLA, was a member of the U.S. U-20 for 2007 qualifying in Panama. The match against the reigning U-20 world champs will be played at PAETEC Park. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET, and fans can follow the match live with streaming video coverage on ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS. Tickets for the match against Argentina, ranging from $18 to $35, are now on sale and can be purchased at PAETEC Park, by phone from Ticketmaster at (585) 232-1900 or at ticketmaster.com.

U.S. U-17 ’91 MNT FINISHES THIRD AT BALLYMENA TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-17 ’91 Men’s National Team finished in third place at the Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland, winning 5-1 against Israel in the third place match. Ryan Finley opened the scoring for the U.S., later adding another one to put his goal total at three for the tournament. Also scoring against Israel were Ben Speas, Amobi Okugo and Eder Arreola. The U.S. made it to the third place game after drawing Scotland, 1-1, defeating the Czech Republic, 3-2, and falling to Ireland, 2-1.

U-17 ’91 MNT Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
April 23 Scotland 1-1 T Parker Walsh
April 24 Czech Republic 3-2 W Dersu Abolfathi, Kofi Sarkodie, Ryan Finley
April 25 Republic of Ireland 1-2 L Gale Agbossoumonde
April 27 Israel – Third Place 5-1 W Ryan Finley (2), Ben Speas, Amobi Okugo, Eder Arreola


U-15 BOYS’ NATIONAL TEAM HEADS TO ARGENTINA FOR TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for an international training camp, led by head coach Jim Barlow. The 20-player training camp kicked off on April 27 and runs until May 7, during which time the team will scrimmage four teams, including the Argentina National Team, the Uruguay National Team, and two boys’ club teams. The games against Argentina and Uruguay will be on Wednesday, May 1, and Friday, May 4, respectively.

U-15 BNT Schedule
Date Opponent
April 30 Boca Juniors
May 2 Argentina
May 4 Uruguay
May 6 Newell’s Old Boys

U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samir Badr (Fairfax, Va.), Earl Edwards (San Diego, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (5): Estanilao Arevalo (Oxnard, Calif.), Bryan Duran (Duncanville, Texas), Chase Miller (Duncannon, Pa.), Tyler Polak (Lincoln, Neb.), Joshua Sylva (Las Vegas, Nev.);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Alex Bramall (Newburgh, N.Y.), Zachary Herold (Port Saint Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Indianapolis, Ind.), Edson Lemus (Wilmington, Calif.), Sebastian Lletget (San Francisco, Calif.), Carlos Martinez (Las Vegas, Nev.), George Pantelic (Northridge, Calif.), Ross Tomaselli (Wilmington, N.C.), Jared Watts (Statesville, N.C.);
FORWARDS (4): Andrew Craven (St. Simons Islands, Ga.), Donovan Henry (Lakeworth, Fla.), Jack McInerney (Alpharetta, Ga.), Charles Renken (Edwardsville, Ill.)


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

2007 CONCACAF GOLD CUP TICKETS NOW ON SALE: Tickets for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup are now on sale for all dates and venues. Tickets start at $20 for first round games and can be purchased by calling 1-888-878-2007. Ticket packages are available for all games and match days at a single venue. Discounts are also available for groups. More information is available at ussoccer.com.

VISIT ussoccer.com's YOUTUBE CHANNEL: U.S. Soccer fans can now follow their favorite U.S. National Team coaches and players on ussoccer.com's YouTube channel. It includes interviews, press conferences and other exclusive behind-the-scenes features as well as coverage of the FIFA World Cup, FIFA Women's World Cup, FIFA's Youth World Cups, Olympic Soccer, CONCACAF Gold Cup and other competitions, and all of the National Teams' qualifying competitions and friendlies. Subscribe to ussoccer.com's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/ussoccerdotcom.

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS SUMMER DATES SET: This summer, candidates will have a chance to learn from some of the nation’s top-level instructors, including current and former National Team, MLS and WUSA coaches at U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools. Officially licensed by FIFA, the schools provide premier coaching education to coaches at all levels of the game. Limited space is available. Make your summer plans now to attend a U.S. Soccer “A”, “B” or “C” License course this June and July. For more information, visit ussoccer.com or call 312-808-1300. [CoachesNet]

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Landon Donovan demonstrated why he is considered by many to be the class of MLS. A goal and two assists in the 3-1 win against Chivas USA in the first Super Clasico of 2007 put all of his superb skills on display: his aggressiveness in finishing a run that led to his first goal of the campaign, a nifty 1-2 with Alan Gordon on the second, and his blazing speed and pinpoint pass to Cobi Jones to seal the deal. While Beckham Mania rules the airwaves months before his arrival, the Galaxy's fortunes for the season still rest on the team's undisputed leader and this week's MLS Player of the Week.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The Dutch Eredivisie title went down to the last day, with AZ Alkmaar slightly ahead of PSV Eindhoven and Ajax in the race. All AZ had to do was defeat Excelsior Rotterdam, who is in the playoffs for relegation, in order to win the championship. But lo and behold, Excelsior pulled off a 3-2 victory against AZ, while PSV won 5-1 against Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax won, 2-0, against Wilhem II Tilburg. PSV took home the title tied at 75 points with Ajax, but with a +50 goal differential, one more than the Amsterdam club.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The UEFA Champions League semifinals are well underway, with AC Milan dropping the first leg, 3-2, to Manchester United and Liverpool falling, 1-0, to Chelsea. For the second leg, Milan will try to overtake Manchester United, hosting the English club at 2:30 ET on Wednesday, May 2, at San Siro Stadium. Chelsea will travel to Liverpool on Tuesday, May 1, with kickoff slated for 2:30 ET. Both matches will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

QUOTABLE: “Being away from the game that long, I really missed everything about it. I know it's not going to last forever, so I've trained an extra bit harder. I think there are still some good things to come. Don't get me wrong. I still like to have a little -- let's call it apple juice -- after the games here and there, but I'm feeling much better about my professionalism.”
-- U.S. MNT and Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk, on coming back from the injury that kept him out of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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