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U.S. Soccer Wire: September 2, 2008


U.S. MNT SET TO FACE CUBA IN 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING;
D.C. UNITED, CHARLESTON FACE OFF WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3 IN
2008 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL

U.S. HEAD COACH BOB BRADLEY NAMES ROSTER FOR UPCOMING QUALIFIERS: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 20 players that will train in advance of the pair of FIFA World Cup Qualifying games against Cuba on Sept. 6 in Havana and Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 10 in Bridgeview, Ill. Kickoff at Estado Pedro Marrero in Havana is slated for 8 p.m. ET, and will be shown live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Four days later, Toyota Park will host its first ever World Cup qualifier when the U.S. takes on T&T on Sept. 10 (tickets). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the match will be shown live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow both matches live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. Overall, the U.S. boasts a 9-2-6 all-time record against Caribbean nations during World Cup qualifying, having not lost on Caribbean soil since a 3-0 loss to Canada in Port au Prince, Haiti in 1976. On home soil, the U.S. possesses an unblemished 10-0-0 record against Trinidad& Tobago, with six of the victories coming via shutout.

U.S. MNT Roster - Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 2/2 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 4/3 SO)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 14/2), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96: 16/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 12/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 9/0), Michael Orozco (San Luis: 0/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 3/0), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 17/4), Michael Bradley (Borussia Monchengladbach: 3/1), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 1/0), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 2/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 1/0), Eddie Lewis (Los Angeles Galaxy: 20/3)
FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 8/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 22/8), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 9/2), Eddie Johnson (Cardiff City: 8/8)
*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals

U.S. MNT Semifinal Round Qualifying Schedule
Date         Opponent                Result / Time    U.S. Goal Scorer(s) / TV
Aug. 20    Guatemala                 1-0 W               Carlos Bocanegra
Sept. 6     Cuba                            8 p.m. ET        Live on ESPN Classic and Galavision
Sept. 10   Trinidad & Tobago    7 p.m. CT        Live on ESPN2 and Galavision
Oct. 11     Cuba                            7 p.m. ET        ESPN Classic and Galavision
Oct. 15     Trinidad & Tobago    TBA                  ESPN Networks, Galavision
Nov. 19     Guatemala                 6 p.m. MT        ESPN2, Galavision

BATTERY, UNITED EACH SEEK HISTORIC WIN: The Charleston Battery head into RFK Stadium on Wednesday night looking to be the first United Soccer Leagues team to win the U.S. Open Cup since the Rochester Rhinos in 1999. D.C. United look to win their second U.S. Open Cup title, with the first coming in 1996 during the team’s inaugural season. For the Battery, this trip marks the first time they’ve appeared in the final. Kickoff in the nation’s capital is set for 7:30 p.m. ET live on Fox Soccer Channel, and the winner will secure a place in the 2009 CONCACAF Champions League.

Semifinal Results
Date Matchup Venue; City, State Result
Aug. 12 New England Revolution (MLS) at D.C. United (MLS) RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 1-3
Aug. 12 Seattle Sounders (USL1) at Charleston Battery (USL1) Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C. 1-1 (3-4 pk)

U.S. Open Cup Final
Date     Matchup                                                                       Venue; City, State                             Time (ET)
Sept. 3 Charleston Battery (USL1) at D.C. United (MLS) RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS FOR U.S. MNT VS. CUBA AT RFK STADIUM NOW ON SALE: Tickets for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cuba on Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C., will go on sale beginning Sept. 4. Kickoff at RFK Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets ranging in price levels from $28 to $95 are available starting Thursday (Sept. 4) at 10 a.m. ET online at ussoccer.com, through all Washington-Baltimore Ticketmaster outlets (including Macy’s stores), and by phone (Washington 202-397-SEAT (7328); Baltimore 410-547-SEAT (7328); Northern Virginia 703-573-SEAT (7328); out of state 1-800-551-SEAT (7328). Groups of 20 or more can obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (a special VIP package which includes a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with your name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. Visa® is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer.

WNT KICK OFF ACHIEVE YOUR GOLD TOUR ON SEPT. 13: The U.S. Women’s National Team will take on Ireland to kick off the Achieve Your Gold Tour following their 2008 Olympic Games gold-medal victory, hitting stops on the East Coast and Midwest shortly after their return from the 2008 Olympic Games in China. The tour gets underway on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Philadelphia at 8 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field, and continues on Wed., Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The last of these three games will be played on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. CT at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Seven remaining matches of the tour will be announced in September. Fans can follow all the matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Ticket information is available at ussoccer.com.

U.S. WNT Olympic Schedule
Date       Opponent     Result / Time (ET)   U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 6     Norway             0-2 L                        --
Aug. 9    Japan                1-0 W                      Lloyd
Aug. 12  New Zealand   4-0 W                     O’Reilly, Rodriguez, Tarpley, Hucles
Aug. 15  Canada             2-1 W (OT)            Hucles, Kai
Aug. 18  Japan                 4-1 W                     Hucles (2), Chalupny, O’Reilly
Aug. 21  Brazil                  1-0 W                      Lloyd

U.S. WNT Achieve Your Gold Tour
Date       Opponent     Venue; City                                                            Time
Sept. 13 Ireland          Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa.      8 p.m. ET
Sept. 17 Ireland          Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.            7:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 20 Ireland          Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.                               7 p.m. CT

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

CABRERA TO ANNOUNCE 40-PLAYER RESIDENCY ROSTER ON WEDNESDAY: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera will announce the roster for the fall 2008 semester of U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program on Wednesday. The players, born in 1992, 1993 and 1994, are training at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. as they build toward qualification for the 2009 Under-17 World Cup in the spring of 2009.

2008 FIFA UNDER-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ACCREDITATION PROCESS LAUNCHED: Journalists traveling to New Zealand for the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup may now apply for credentials via the FIFA Media Channel. Media members may register at http://mediachannel.extranets.fifa.com/RegProc.aspx. Deadline for applications is Sept. 19. The U.S. U-17 Women's National Team qualified for the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in July, when they won the 2008 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship at Marvin Lee Stadium in Trinidad & Tobago.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CONTINUES: The 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League continues on Tuesday, Sept. 2, with the second leg of the series that began Aug. 26-28. The first leg of the series favored the home teams, with all but two teams winning at home while LD Alajuelense tied, 1-1, against the Puerto Rico Islanders and AD Isidro tied, 2-2, with CD Marathon. The Champions League will replace the Champions' Cup and will determine the CONCACAF representative at the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup.

2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Schedule
Date         Matchup                                                                                        Result / Time (local)
Aug. 26   Joe Public FC (TRI) vs. New England Revolution (USA)                 2-1
                 Tauro FC (PAN) vs Chivas USA (USA)                                                2-0
                 CD Cruz Azul (MEX) vs. Hankook Verdes (BLZ)                                 6-0
Aug. 27    Impact de Montrèal (CAN) vs. Real Estelí (NCA)                              1-0
                  LD Alajuelense (CRC) vs. Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR)                1-1
                  AD Isidro Metapan (SLV) vs. CD Marathon (HON)                            2-2
Aug. 28    Deportivo Jalapa (GUA) vs. San Francisco FC (PAN)                       1-0
Sept. 2    New England Revolution (USA) vs. Joe Public FC (TRI)                  8 p.m.
                 Chivas USA (USA) vs. Tauro FC (PAN)                                               10 p.m.
                 Real Estelí (NCA) vs. Impact de Montrèal (CAN)                               8 p.m.
Sept. 3   Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR) vs. LD Alajuelense (CRC)                   8 p.m.
                Hankook Verdes (BLZ) vs. CD Cruz Azul (MEX)                                   8 p.m.
                CD Marathon (HON) vs. AD Isidro Metapan (SLV)                              10 p.m.
Sept. 4   San Francisco FC (PAN) vs. Deportivo Jalapa (GUA)                         8 p.m.
                Pumas UNAM (MEX) vs. Harbour View FC (JAM)                               10 p.m.

* Teams listed first are the home teams.

U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUM HELD SEPT. 9-10 IN CHICAGO: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct a coaching symposium from Sept. 9-10 in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Trinidad & Tobago in Chicago. Members of the U.S. MNT coaching staff will present at the symposium. Cost for the symposium is $125 for active U.S. Soccer CoachesNet members and $140 for non-members. Registration includes a ticket (Section 209) to the game, day of game reception, and game day parking pass. Cost of registration also includes a personalized symposium packet which contains a 2008 Men’s National Team yearbook, a Best Practices booklet, a Kwik Goal gift, and a U.S. Soccer CoachesNet notebook. Registration is open to all coaches. “A” licensed coaches will earn two Continuing Education Units for attending the two-day symposium.

2008 USASA COED CUP SET FOR OCTOBER: The United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) 2008 Coed Cup will take place from October 24-26 in Dallas, Texas. Teams registered with USASA are invited to join the tournament, which will hold Open, Over-30 and Over-40 events. USASA began the tournament in 1999 to provide a national competition for coed soccer players in the United States. Teams interested in registering can find more information at http://usasa.com/.

SEPTEMBER MARKS SIXTH ANNUAL ‘YOUTH SOCCER MONTH’ CELEBRATION: The sixth annual Youth Soccer Month celebration has begun. Focusing on the many benefits of participation, Youth Soccer Month is a month-long celebration that includes events, contests, action days and more. In addition to the Youth Soccer Month Giant Jersey Tour, currently traveling to Connecticut from Georgia, the month provides opportunities for kids to get involved in soccer and give back. Visit www.YouthSoccerMonth.org today for more information and learn how you can join the celebration.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION’S PASSBACK PROGRAM JOINS YOUTH SOCCER MONTH CELEBRATION: Youth Soccer Month Giant Jersey Tour will support U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Passback Program at all events. The 15-foot tall jersey is traveling the country with Stickley, US Youth Soccer mascot, in an SUV to share the excitement and promote the benefits of soccer. US Youth Soccer is partnering with the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Passback Program to collect gently used soccer equipment, specifically cleats. Youth Soccer Month launches the Foundation’s plans on setting the World Record for the Longest Chain of Shoes. If you would like more information on giving, to organize a shoe drive or the celebration, visit www.YouthSoccerMonth.org.

MACCABI USA SEEKING ATHLETES FOR MACCABIAH GAMES: Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel is currently seeking male and female soccer players, ages 14-55, to represent the U.S. in the 18th World Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2009. A total of eight teams will be formed through a series of tryouts beginning this fall. The 18th World Maccabiah Games is the third largest sporting event in the world and will attract more than 9,000 Jewish athletes and coaches from 60 countries. Further information regarding age groups, team tryouts and registration is available at www.maccabiusa.com.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Former U.S. Men’s National Team forward Brian McBride found the back of the net for the Chicago Fire for the first time since returning from the 2008 Olympic Games in China. The Fire fell, 2-1, on the road against the Houston Dynamo. McBride will make his next home appearance against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, Sept. 6, in front of his hometown fans at Toyota Park in Chicago.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: It will be an historic encounter for sure as the U.S. Men’s National Team takes the field on Cuban soil for the first time since July 20, 1947. The U.S. MNT will face Cuba at 8 p.m. ET at Estadio Pedro Marrero in Havana, Cuba, on Saturday, Sept. 6, in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Fans can follow the match live on ESPN Classic, Galavision and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Real Madrid and Barcelona were both shocked in their first weekend back in Primera Liga action, with losses on opening day. Real Madrid fell, 2-1, to Deportivo La Coruña, while Barcelona lost, 1-0, to Numancia, who recently ascended into the Spanish first division.

QUOTABLE: “With the win against Guatemala, we have put ourselves in a good situation at the start of the semifinal round. I was very pleased with the way our team stuck together in a difficult environment. We need to have that same type of effort in the matches against Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago.”
-- U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley, on the upcoming matches against Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago in the semifinal round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

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