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U.S. Soccer Wire - June 18, 2007


U.S. MNT TO FACE CANADA IN SEMIFINALS OF 2007 CONCACAF GOLD CUP;
U.S. WNT SET FOR BRAZIL AFTER 2-0 WIN AGAINST CHINA,
NEW WNT UNIFORMS TO BE UNVEILED THURSDAY IN NEW YORK;
RONGEN NAMES U.S. UNDER-20 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM WORLD CUP ROSTER

U.S. MNT TO TAKE ON CANADA IN GOLD CUP SEMIFINALS: The U.S. Men’s National Team moved into the semifinals of the 2007 Gold Cup by overpowering Panama, 2-1, before 22,412 in Foxborough, Mass., on Saturday. Landon Donovan converted a penalty in the 60th minute and Carlos Bocanegra doubled the lead two minutes later to move the U.S. into the final four of the tournament for the eighth time in nine overall Gold Cups. With the win, the U.S. improved to 11-4-4 lifetime in the knockout phase of the tournament. The team moves on to face Canada on June 21 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and TeleFutura. Canada advanced earlier in the day after defeating Guatemala, 3-0. Just four days after the Gold Cup final, 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. The U.S. has been drawn into Group C along with Argentina, Paraguay and Colombia. For the United States, the appearance will mark their third entrance into CONMEBOL’s signature event.

U.S. MNT CONCACAF Gold Cup Schedule / Results
Date       Opponent                 Kickoff/Result   U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
June 7   Guatemala               1-0 W                  Clint Dempsey
June 9   Trinidad & Tobago  2-0 W                  Brian Ching, Eddie Johnson
June 12 El Salvador               4-0 W                  DaMarcus Beasley (2), Landon Donovan, Taylor Twellman
June 16 Panama                    2-1 W                  Landon Donovan, Carlos Bocanegra
June 21 Canada                     6 p.m. CT
June 24 Final*                         3 p.m. ET
*If necessary

Group B
Team  W   L   T   P  GF  GA  GD
USA     3    0   0   9    7     0    +7
GUA     1    1   1   4    2     2      0
SLV      1    2   0   3    2     6     -4
TRI       0    2   1   1    2     5     -3

WNT KICKS OFF SEND-OFF SERIES WITH WIN AGAINST CHINA: The U.S. Women’s National Team continued its march to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup as forward Abby Wambach put together yet another spectacular goal-scoring performance, heading home two balls off set plays in the second half to lead her team to a 2-0 victory over China. The U.S. team will now travel to New Jersey/New York where it will spend the week preparing to face Brazil on June 23 at Giants Stadium. That match kicks off at 5 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision (tickets). After the match against Brazil on June 23 in East Rutherford, N.J., which will be a re-match of the 2004 Olympic gold medal game, the U.S. team will have some time off before resuming the “Send-Off Series” against Norway in East Hartford, Conn., at Rentschler Field on July 14 as team captain Kristine Lilly makes a triumphant return to her home state. After facing Norway, the USA will travel to Northern California to face Japan at Spartan Stadium in San Jose on July 28, before taking on New Zealand in Chicago on Aug. 12 at Soldier Field. The U.S. team will finish up against Finland in Los Angeles on Aug. 25 at The Home Depot Center in the final match before the team heads to China. For complete details and ticket information for the entire Send-Off Series, visit ussoccer.com.

2007 Women’s National Team Send-Off Series
Date        Opponent       Location                                                                    Result/Kickoff TV
June 16  China              Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio) 2-0 W
June 23  Brazil               Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)              5 p.m. ET ESPN2 / Galavision
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)                                          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
Sept. 22 Quarterfinals*     Wuhan or Tianjin                                                           5 p.m. local or 8 p.m. local
Sept. 26/27 Semifinals*   Tianjin or Hangzhou                                                      8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
Sept. 30 Final*                    Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
* If Necessary

AUTOGRAPHED XBOX 360 CONSOLE TO BE AUCTIONED AT ussoccer.com: Soccer and gaming fans from all over the world can now bid on a unique Xbox 360 Elite console autographed by comedian and television star Drew Carey and U.S. National Team stars Landon Donovan, Kasey Keller and Taylor Twellman, and Women’s National Team standouts Abby Wambach and Hope Solo. This premier gaming console, in addition to being the hottest video game system on the market, was signed as part of the “Drew Carey vs. U.S. Soccer Video Game Challenge,” a celebrity fundraising event staged on June 5 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., that raised more than $165,000 to benefit the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund, established in honor of former coach and MNT captain Glenn “Mooch” Myernick. To bid on this exclusive item, go to ussoccer.com and click on the Drew Carey Auction Button. From there, you will be able to make your bid and monitor the auction as fans chase this one-of-a-kind Xbox 360 Elite. The auction will last through the afternoon of Wednesday, June 27. Donations to the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund can be made at ussoccerfoundation.org/myernick.

U.S. SOCCER & NIKE TO UNVEIL NEW U.S. WNT UNIFORMS ON THURSDAY: U.S. Soccer and Nike are inviting soccer fans to a celebration of women's sports as the team's new uniforms to be worn at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup are unveiled at an interactive ceremony on Thursday, June 21, at Sara D. Roosevelt Field in New York City. The uniform is arguably the most unique in U.S. Soccer history, and will be unveiled just two days before the USA takes on Brazil at Giants Stadium in New Jersey (live on ESPN2 and Galavision at 5 p.m. ET). The event kicks off at 3 p.m. ET at Sara D. Roosevelt Field in Chinatown (Between Chrystie and Forsyth at Stanton Street) and will feature players and coaches from the team on the field interacting with players from the area.

U.S. SOCCER SELECTS FIRST 11 CLUBS FOR DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY: The first 11 clubs have been chosen for U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy which will start this fall. The 11 selected elite youth soccer clubs from across the nation are the first group of applicants to be selected by U.S. Soccer’s National Team coaches to participate in the revolutionary program. The U.S. Soccer Federation has taken the initiative in extending its National Team program and putting an emphasis on the development of the player by improving their daily environment through the nationwide Development Academy. Each Development Academy club will not only serve as a home for many of the nation’s top players, but also as a destination point within their community for shared learning and experience. One of the major advantages of the program will have players receiving integrated oversight from both youth club and U.S. Soccer coaches in their home environment.

MNT TO PLAY CATALONIA AND SWITZERLAND IN OCTOBER: The United States Men’s National Team will play a pair of friendlies in Europe in October, traveling to face Catalonia and Switzerland for the second and third matches for the team in Europe in 2007. The United States will first meet Catalonia on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the famed Nou Camp in Barcelona (time TBD), marking the debut match between the teams. Three days later, the U.S. will take on 2008 European Championship co-hosts Switzerland for the first game between the two sides in nearly 13 years, and the first since the 1-1 draw in the 1994 FIFA World Cup hosted by the United States. Kickoff for the Oct. 17 match is set for 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET), with the venue still to be determined. Both games will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, and fans can follow both matches live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. MNT 2007 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.) 4-1 W
June 7      USA vs. Guatemala^ Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 1-0 W
June 9      USA vs. T&T^              Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 2-0 W
June 12    USA vs. El Salvador^ Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.) 4-0 W
June 16    USA vs. Panama^     Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.) 2-1 W
June 21    USA vs. Canada^      Soldier Field (Chicago) 6 p.m. CT / FSC & Telefutura
June 24    Final^*                         Soldier Field (Chicago) 3 p.m. ET / FSC & Univision
June 28    USA vs. Argentina # Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo) 8:45 p.m. ET / GolTV (Delayed on FSE)
July 2        USA vs. Paraguay #  Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas) 6:30 p.m. ET / GolTV (Delayed on FSE)
July 5        USA vs. Colombia # Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto) 6:30 p.m. ET / GolTV (Delayed on FSE)
July 7/8      Quarterfinals#*         Puerto La Cruz, Anzoátegui, Maturín, Barquisimeto TBD
July 10/11 Semifinals#*             Caracas, Puerto Ordaz TBD
July 14       Final#* Caracas       Olympic Stadium (Caracas) 5:05 p.m. ET
Aug. 22      USA vs. Sweden       Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden) 2:30 p.m. ET / FSC / Galavision (2:30 ET/PT)
Oct. 14       USA vs. Catalonia     Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain) TBD / FSC & Galavision
Oct. 17       USA vs. Switzerland  TBD (TBD) 2:30 p.m. ET / FSC & Galavision

^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
# Copa America
* If necessary

– U.S. UNDER-20 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

U.S. UNDER-20 MNT WORLD CUP ROSTER SET: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has named the 21-player roster that will represent the U.S. at the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada, from June 30-July 22. The roster features 14 professional players, the most ever for a U.S. Under-20 World Cup team, and is led by three-time U-20 World Cup participant Freddy Adu and high-scoring forward Josmer Altidore, the youngest player on the team at age 17. The U.S. was drawn into Group D with Korea Republic, Poland and Brazil. This is the sixth straight appearance for the U.S. in the world championship and their 11th overall. The U.S. opens against Korea Republic on June 30, then faces Poland on July 3 and concludes group play on July 6 against four-time U-20 world champions Brazil. The U.S. will play Korea Republic and Poland at The Olympic Stadium in Montreal, before heading to Ottawa to face Brazil at Frank Clair Stadium. Every U.S. match at the U-20 World Cup will be broadcast live on ESPNU and Galavision, and can be followed live via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. The 52-match tournament will take place at six venues in Canada with games in Burnaby, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Victoria. Each game will be broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN360.com.

U.S. U-20 MNT FACE CHILE ON JUNE 23 AT GIANTS STADIUM: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will take on Chile in the opening match of a doubleheader with the U.S. Women’s National team on June 23 in Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Under-20 game, which will serve as part of final preparations for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, kicks off at 2:15 p.m. ET and will be shown live on ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS. The live streaming of the match will provide fans with a final look at head coach Thomas Rongen’s U-20 World Cup roster, as the game is just one week before the U.S. opens their World Cup campaign in Montreal, Canada. Tickets for the double header are already on sale at ussoccer.com, at all area Ticketmaster outlets (including Ritmo Latino, Coconuts Music & Movies, and fye), at the Continental Airlines Arena Box Office (Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET) and by phone at 201-507-8900 or 609-520-8383. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by calling (312) 528-1290 or visiting ussoccer.com. The match against Chile will be part of a pre-World Cup training camp in New Jersey, from which the team will leave for Montreal.

U.S. U-20 MNT FIFA UNDER-20 WORLD CUP GAMES TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON ESPNU: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team’s road through the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada will be broadcast live on ESPNU. ESPNU and ESPN360.com will combine to present every match of the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, which will take place in six cities across Canada from June 30 to July 22. Each of the United States’ matches will be shown live on ESPNU, and the Final, on July 22, will also be broadcast live on ESPNU and on tape delay on ESPN2. ESPNU’s coverage will kick off with the opening match, featuring U.S. Group D opponents Poland and Brazil, from Olympic Park in Montreal on June 30 at 2 p.m. ET, and will immediately be followed by the USA’s opener against the Korea Republic at 4:45 p.m. ET. Along with ESPNU and ESPN360.com coverage, every U.S. match at the U-20 World Cup can be followed live via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. The U.S. Group D matches against Poland and Brazil will also be televised live on Galavision.

U.S. U-20 MNT FIFA World Cup Schedule
Date       Matchup                           Time TV
June 30 USA vs. South Korea     4:45 p.m. ESPNU
July 3     USA vs. Poland               4:45 p.m. ESPNU
July 6     Brazil vs. USA                  7:30 p.m. ESPNU

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-17 MNT PARTICIPATE IN EIGHT NATIONS TOURNAMENT: The Under-17 Men’s National Team traveled to South Korea for the Eight Nations Tournament, which began on June 17 and will last through June 24. They prepared for the tournament in Atlanta, Ga. The U.S. kicked off the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Japan and is slated to Nigeria on June 19 and New Zealand on June 21. The U.S. will play at Gwangyang, Changwon, and Ulsan, respectively during the tournament, and will play a placement game on June 23 in Cheonan. The team will have a first-hand look at two of the venues that will host their Group E games at the World Cup when they play in Changwon and Cheonan. The 2007 FIFA Under-17 World Cup will take place from Aug. 18-Sept. 9 in eight cities throughout South Korea. The U.S. has been drawn into Group E with Belgium, Tajikistan and Tunisia.

U-17 MNT Schedule / Results
Date         Opponent         Result    U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
June 17   Japan                0-1 L        --
June 19   Nigeria
June 21   New Zealand

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

SECOND ROUND U.S. OPEN CUP PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED: The first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicked off on Tuesday (June 12) and continued on Wednesday (June 13) with a rescheduled match between Lynch’s Irish Pub and the Charlotte Eagles. The winners of the first round matches will face off in the second round on June 26. Complete results and a full schedule is available at ussoccer.com.

COACHING SYMPOSIA HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH SEND-OFF SERIES GAMES: Soccer coaches around the nation will have an opportunity to join the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department in supporting the U.S. Women’s National Team this summer in advance of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. Three separate Coaching Symposia will be held in July and August as part of the USA’s final three Send-Off Series games before they take on the world in China. The first Coaching Symposium is scheduled for July 27-28 in San Jose, Calif., as the USA takes on Japan (tickets). Two weeks later, coaches from around the country will converge in Chicago on Aug. 11 for the USA-New Zealand match at Soldier Field on Aug. 12 (tickets). The final U.S. Soccer Coaching Symposium of the summer will be staged at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Aug. 24-25 with the U.S. Women taking on Finland just days before their China departure (tickets). [CoachesNet]

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: .500 anyone? It may not sound like much, but for the first time since 1937, a span of 70 years, the U.S. Men's National Team's all-time record stands at .500 or better. With head coach Bob Bradley currently on an 8-0-1 unbeaten streak through nine games in 2007, the USA's record currently stands at 189 wins, 189 losses and 111 ties in 489 official games.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Many people following the CONCACAF Gold Cup are asking themselves right now: where is Guadeloupe? The small Caribbean archipelago, which is slightly more than half the size of Rhode Island, is actually an overseas department of France and has a population of less than 500,000 people. The Guadeloupe National Team is making history after making it to the semifinals of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Guadeloupe qualified for the quarterfinals after a tying with Haiti, 1-1, defeating Canada, 2-1, and falling to Costa Rica, 1-0. The team went on to defeat Honduras, 2-1, in the quarterfinals and faces Mexico at 9 p.m. CT on June 21 in Chicago.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. MNT is once again headed to the Gold Cup semifinals after going undefeated in the group phase and beating Panama, 2-1, in the quarterfinals on Saturday (June 16). The U.S. will take on Canada next, live at 6 p.m. CT on Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “We know the expectations are high, we know that everyone is shooting at us, so let’s just embrace that and go out and give it everything we’ve got. We haven’t worried about the pressure, we don’t worry about losing, we just go out and play to win, and so far, it’s worked pretty well.”
-- U.S. Women's National Team head coach Greg Ryan on the USA’s attitude on this long unbeaten streak.

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