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U.S. Soccer Wire: May 4, 2009


2009 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP STRUCTURE FINALIZED;
MORE THAN 36,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR U.S. MNT FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
AGAINST HONDURAS ON JUNE 6 AT SOLDIER FIELD;
CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP POSTPONED

FIRST ROUND WILL TAKE PLACE JUNE 9: A total of 40 teams, including 24 professional and 16 amateur clubs, will compete in the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup when it kicks off in June for the 96th consecutive year. Qualifying for the first round of the tournament is slated to be completed by May 25, with the pairings announced shortly thereafter. Eight MLS teams enter the tournament on June 30 in the third round. The quarterfinals will be played July 7, the semifinals will be played July 21 or 22, and the final will be played on Sept. 2. With 40 teams in the tournament in 2009, the tournament will begin with the first round on June 9 with all 32 lower division teams. First-round pairings will be determined by dividing the clubs geographically into eight groups of four and then conducting random draws within each group. On June 16 in the second round, the 16 first-round winners will face off with eight victors moving into the third round to square off against eight MLS teams.

TICKETS REACH 36,000 MARK FOR U.S. MNT MATCH AGAINST HONDURAS: Ticket sales for the first FIFA World Cup qualifier ever hosted by the City of Chicago have hit the 36,000 mark. Nearly half of those expected to attend will travel more than 250 miles to witness the June 6 match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Honduras at Soldier Field. The match – just the fourth Saturday night qualifier hosted by the U.S. this decade – kicks off at 7 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Advance tickets are on sale now through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott, Hot Tix, FYE and Ritmo Latino stores). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits), are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. Tickets for the event are not sold at Soldier Field except on the day of the event, when prices will increase by $5 to $10 per ticket. Several seating areas have sold out, including the entire 100 level and the 200 level club and sideline seats. All of the regular sideline seats on the 300 level have also sold out, although there are still tickets available in the 300-level club seats.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule 

Date Opponent Time / Result TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue; City
Jan. 24 Sweden 3-2 W Kljestan (3) The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Feb. 11 Mexico* 2-0 W Bradley (2) Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio 
March 28 El Salvador* 2-2 T Altidore, Hejduk Estadio Cuscatlán; San Salvador, El Salvador 
April 1 Trinidad & Tobago* 3-0 W Altidore (3)  LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
June 3 Costa Rica* TBD TBD Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica
June 6 Honduras* 7 p.m. CT ESPN Classic/Galavision Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
June 15 Italy # 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET TBD Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 18 Brazil # 4 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET TBD Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 21 Egypt # 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET TBD Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg 
July 4 Grenada ^ 6 p.m. PT  TBD Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.
July 8 Honduras ^ 9 p.m. ET TBD RFK Stadium; Washingon, D.C.
July 11 Haiti ^ 7 p.m. ET TBD Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
Aug. 12 Mexico* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Sept. 5 El Salvador* 5:30 p.m. MT ESPN Classic/Galavision Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* 7 p.m. ET ESPN Classic/Galavision Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 10 Honduras* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* TBD ESPN2/Galavision RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – April 27-May 4 

CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP POSTPONED: The CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship scheduled to begin Wednesday, April 29, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has been postponed due to the growing concerns of H1N1-A in the country. The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team was scheduled to face Bahamas and Costa Rica in Group B of the regional championship. A new date for the six-team CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, which was to conclude Sunday with the title match, has not been determined. Different options are being evaluated with local authorities.

WNT HOME SCHEDULE SET WITH MATCHES AGAINST JAPAN AND CANADA: The U.S. Women’s National Team will play four home matches in 2009, facing Japan twice in May and Canada twice in July. With Women’s Professional Soccer underway, U.S. WNT players will spend the majority of the summer with their club teams, coming together to take on Japan on Wednesday, May 20, at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, and Saturday, May 23 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. They will also meet up again to face Canada on Sunday, July 19, at Rochester Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., and then again three days later on Wednesday, July 22, at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. The game in Texas kicks off at 7:30 p.m. CT and fans can follow the action live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The match in Utah will kick off at 4 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español, with fans also able to follow online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The game in Rochester kicks off at 3 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN. The match in Charleston kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español. Tickets for all four matches are available in the Schedule & Tickets section of ussoccer.com.

U.S. WNT 2009 Schedule
Date Opponent Time TV Venue
May 20 Japan 7:30 p.m. CT -- Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas
May 23 Japan 4 p.m MT FSC, Fox Sports En Español Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
July 19 Canada 3 p.m. ET ESPN Rochester Rhinos Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
July 22 Canada 8 p.m. ET FSC, Fox Sports En Español Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – April 27-May 4 

U.S. SOCCER SUPPORTERS CLUB LAUNCHES AS OFFICIAL FAN MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM: U.S. Soccer is pleased to announce the formation of the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club, the official fan membership program of the U.S. national teams. Fans can sign up at ussoccer.com to join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club, which provides exclusive benefits to members while creating a unique platform for the most passionate fans to demonstrate their support. U.S. Soccer SC members receive numerous benefits, highlighted by priority status to secure tickets to the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. U.S. Soccer will distribute its ticket allotment from FIFA to those dedicated members of USSSC before holding a general lottery, providing members the best chance to see the U.S. play in the biggest sporting event in the world. For more information, visit ussoccer.com.

 – U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. UNDER-23 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM WILL TRAVEL NORTHERN IRELAND FOR TWO MATCHES: U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin, himself a native of Northern Ireland, will take 18 players to his homeland from May 11-19 where the USA will play the Women’s National Teams of the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on May 13 and Northern Ireland in Belfast on May 15. This will be the second international trip of the year for the U.S. U-23s, who played two matches last February in La Manga, Spain, defeating the Norway and England U-23 sides by 1-0 and 3-0 scores respectively. That roster was made up mostly of players currently in WPS while the roster for this tour is made up entirely of collegiate players. Irwin, a former professional goalkeeper, will not be lacking for height in goal as he brings two six-footers to Europe in Kristin Arnold of Texas A & M and Kristin Olsen of USC. Two players on the roster were part of the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile last December in center back Lauren Fowlkes and midfielder Keelin Winters. The roster also includes forward Katie Schoepfer from Penn State who scored four goals in three matches against college teams during the team’s most recent training camp in Portland, Oregon, earlier in April. The U.S. team will be based in Belfast, but will drop down to Dublin for that match. The U.S. U-23s have won all six matches they have played this year.

U.S. U-23 WNT Northern Ireland and Ireland Tour Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M; Centennial, Colo.), Kristin Olsen (USC; Orange, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Lauren Barnes (UCLA; Upland, Calif.), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Kat Reynolds (Santa Clara; Medina, Wash.), Brittany Taylor (UConn; Campbell Hall, N.Y.), Jessica Tsao (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Brianne Young (Texas A & M; Castle Pines North, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Ashley Bowyer (Ohio State; Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Kendra Chandhoke (Portland; Morrison, Colo.), Ali Hawkins (North Carolina; Encinitas, Calif.), Katie Oakes (California; West Hills, Calif.), Kylie Wright (UCLA; R. Santa Margarita, Calif.), Keelin Winters (Portland; Englewood, Colo.)
FORWARDS (4): Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford; Fayetteville, Ga), Christen Press (Stanford; Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.), Katie Schoepfer (Penn State; Waterford, Conn.)

U.S. U-20 WNT WRAPS UP TRAINING CAMP AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team finished up a week-long training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., last Saturday as preparations for qualifying for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup continue. The team scrimmaged several boys’ teams during the week, but also picked up a 2-0 victory over the Ajax women’s club of Los Angeles, a team that features several reserve players for the Los Angeles Sol of WPS. Forward Courtney Verloo scored both goals for the U-20s in that scrimmage. U.S. head coach Jillian Ellis will bring the team together again in late May for a training camp at The HDC which will include two matches against the China U-20 Women’s National Team, scheduled for Thursday, May 28, and Saturday, May 30.

U.S. U-20 WNT Results

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue
April 28 Ajax of L.A. 2-0 W Verloo (2) Carson, Calif.

ussoccer.com’s U-20 WNT Coverage – April 27-May 4 

U-15 BOYS’ NATIONAL TEAM SET FOR TRIP TO MOENCHENGLADBACH: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Jim Barlow will lead 20 players, all born in 1994, to Moenchengladbach, Germany, from May 15-24. Of the 20 players on Barlow’s roster, 14 are part of U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs. The trip, which is the team’s only scheduled foreign training camp of the 2009, will include a match against a youth team from Borussia Moenchengladbach on May 19 and a friendly with the U-15 BNT of Germany on May 21. The U.S. will also have the chance to attend a Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Dortmund on May 23 before departing the next day.

U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kendall McIntosh (Mustang SC; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo Academy; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Alfred Edmonds (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Malcolm Harris (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Damascus, Md.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Mykal Riley (Arsenal SC; Lake Elsinore, Calif.), Jalen Robinson (Bethesda SC; Catonsville, Md.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Premier Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Bryan Celis (Houston Dynamo Academy; Houston, Texas), Alberto Diaz (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Christian Duarte (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Matthew Dunn (FC Dallas Juniors; Dallas, Texas), Eric Gonzalez (LA Galaxy Academy; Corona, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier, Chula Vista, Calif.), Ryan Masch (De Anza Force, Bellarmine Prep), Andre Reyes (Dallas Texans; Flower Mound, Texas)
FORWARDS (3): Kellen Gulley (Mississippi Chicago Fire; Clinton, Miss.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Erick Sanchez (Houston Dynamo Academy; Edinburg, Texas)

 – AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

PARALYMPIC TEAM TO FACE NETHERLANDS, RUSSIA: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team will head to Zeist, Netherlands, for a week-long training camp that includes matches against the Paralympic teams of Netherlands and Russia. U.S. Paralympic head coach Jay Hoffman has called in 12 players for the trip, which lasts May 7-15. The team is preparing for the 2009 CPISRA World Championships. The trip will be a chance for Hoffman to scope out new talent as only seven players return to the roster from past teams, including veteran Josh McKinney and 2007 CPISRA World Championship Most Valuable Player Marthell Vazquez.

U.S. Paralympic Team Schedule

Date Opponent Time (local / ET) Venue
May 9 Netherlands 3:30 p.m. / 9:30 a.m. KNVB Sports Centre; Zeist, Netherlands
May 12 Russia 7:30 p.m. / 1:30 p.m. KNVB Sports Centre; Zeist, Netherlands
May 13 Netherlands 7:30 p.m. / 1:30 p.m. KNVB Sports Centre; Zeist, Netherlands
May 15 Russia 7:30 p.m. / 1:30 p.m. KNVB Sports Centre; Zeist, Netherlands

U.S. Paralympic Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (1): Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (5): Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Chad Jones (Chesapeake, Calif.), Sean Matsey (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Alek Nyman (Centennial, Colo.), Jason Slemons (Seattle, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS/FORWARDS (6): Nick Creasey (Richmond, Va.), Tom Latsch (Euclid, Ohio), Josh McKinney (Cary, N.C.), Moises Morales (Chula Vista, Calif.), Shaun Schetka (New Brighton, Pa.), Marthell Vazquez (Long Beach, Calif.)

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION RAISING FUNDS FOR GRANTS: The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s 2009 Spring Fundraising Campaign is underway as the Foundation works to raise money to provide grants to support urban soccer programs throughout the U.S. Donate today to help the U.S. Soccer Foundation provide children with safe places to play and opportunities to live healthy and active lives. Visit ussoccerfoundation.org/donate to learn more or sign up for the Foundation’s eNewsletter to find out how your club can give back to the game: ussoccerfoundation.org/enews.

U.S. U-17 WNT HEAD COACH KAZBEK TAMBI FEATURED IN COACHESNET'S "STARTING XI": U.S. Women's U-17 National Team head coach Kazbek Tambi is featured in the latest edition of “Starting XI,” the informative and insightful series from CoachesNet on ussoccer.com. The popular CoachesNet series features coaches answering 11 questions focusing on a wide range of subjects, from coaching education and youth development to modern technology in the game of soccer. Watch the full episode of CoachesNet's “Starting XI” with Kazbek Tambi here. In this interview, Tambi gives insight into his coaching philosophy, coaching education and player management. Tambi recently led the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team to a second place finish at the inaugural 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand.

ussoccer.com's CoachesNet Coverage – April 27-May 4

U.S. SOCCER ANNOUNCES SUMMER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS: Participants at U.S. Soccer's popular National Coaching Schools will have a chance to learn from some of the nation's top-level instructors, including current and former National Team and professional coaches this summer in various sites across the country. U.S. Soccer's National Coaching Schools have been providing high-quality coaching instruction for over 38 years and coaches can obtain a nationally and FIFA recognized "A," "B" or "C" level license and increase their knowledge of the game. Summer courses are set for June 6-14 at Darlington School in Rome, Ga., and The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.; June 18-26 at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Mass.; and June 20-28 Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill. There will be field and classroom sessions every day, as well as field and written exams to test your levels with the best in the country. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early as space is limited and B license courses have sold out. For more information visit CoachesNet.

 *** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: It’s a team effort this week for Peak Performer, and the honors go to Chivas USA, which leads MLS with 19 points after eight games. Preki’s team increased their record to 6-1-1 on Sunday, May 3, with a 1-0 win against the San Jose Earthquakes. The team’s 11 goals are tied for third in the league, but the difference may be in the defense, as Chivas USA has only allowed three goals this season.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: It’s time for “Take II” of the UEFA Champions League semifinals, with Manchester United taking a 1-0 advantage against Arsenal from the first leg to Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, May 5, and Chelsea hosting Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, May 6, after a scoreless draw in the first leg. Both matches will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Barcelona's proficiency in attack has been touted all season long and this weekend the Catalan giants put in a performance to remember against bitter rivals Real Madrid. The champions-in-waiting, lead by two goals each from Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi, humiliated Real Madrid 6-2 in front of 80,000 crestfallen Madridistas at the Santiago Bernabéu. The win pushed Barcelona's lead in La Liga to a seemingly insurmountable seven points but for Pep Guardiola's side, the big games are coming thick and fast: Messi and Co. travel to London on Wednesday to face Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal.

QUOTABLE: “I learned a lot of things in New Zealand. I learned about the small margin between winning and losing at the highest levels. On the flip side, I also learned that winning isn’t everything because I still had a blast even though we lost. It was just a great experience to be in a wonderful country that embraced the tournament, to play against the best of the best and it was a real challenge to come back after we lost the opening game to Japan.”
-- U.S. U-20 WNT defender Cloee Colohan talks to ussoccer.com’s Center Circle about her experience at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and spending time with the U.S. U-20 WNT.

 


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