U.S. Soccer Wire: March 8, 2010
COMEBACK FALLS SHORT AS U.S. MNT FALLS TO THE NETHERLANDS 2-1 IN AMSTERDAM;
LUBOS KUBIK NAMED ASSISTANT COACH OF U.S. MNT;
U.S. WNT WINS SEVENTH ALGARVE CUP WITH 3-2 VICTORY AGAINST GERMANY Â
U.S. MNT DEFEATED 2-1 BY THE NETHERLANDS IN AMSTERDAM: The U.S. pressured the Netherlands with three late chances to tie the game in the closing minutes, but could not get the equalizer, falling 2-1 at Amsterdam ArenA in the final match before Bob Bradley selects his roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. After falling behind 2-0 in the 73rd minute, Carlos Bocanegraâ€™s 12th career goal in the 88th minute provided the U.S. with its first-ever score against the Dutch, who had shut out the U.S. in three previous meetings. DaMarcus Beasley, who came on in the 34th minute for an injured Stuart Holden, assisted on the set piece goal after drawing the foul.
LUBOS KUBIK JOINS U.S. MNT COACHING STAFF AS ASSISTANT COACH: U.S. head coach Bob Bradley has named former Czech international Lubos Kubik to be an assistant coach for the U.S. Menâ€™s National Team. Kubikâ€™s impressive resume includes a 20-year professional career with stints in the top divisions in Italy, France and Germany, and a four-year spell in Major League Soccer. He earned 56 caps for his national team, playing in the 1990 FIFA World Cup and 1996 European Championship. Kubik has also spent time as a head coach in England, Poland and the Czech Republic.
U.S. TO FACE CZECH REPUBLIC AND TURKEY IN SEND-OFF SERIES FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: The U.S. Men's National Team will face two of the traditionally stronger teams from Europe in the Czech Republic and Turkey in the Send-Off Series prior to departing for South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The USA will meet the Czech Republic on May 25 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., at 8 p.m. ET before playing its final home tune-up match against Turkey on May 29 in Philadelphia. The game in Hartford will be broadcast live on ESPN and Galavision, while kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field is set for 2 p.m. ET, with ESPN2 and Galavision providing the television broadcast. Fans can also follow the matches live on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.
ussoccer.comâ€™s MNT Coverage â€“ March 2 â€“ March 8
- MNT 1, Netherlands 2: Report | Quotes | Highlights | Reactions | Press Conference
- Video: March 3: Studio 90 Gameday
- News: Lubos Kubik Named Assistant Coach | U.S. to play in East Hartford, Conn. | Holden Injury Update
- Tickets: USA vs. Czech Republic | USA vs. Turkey
- MNT Blog | U.S. Soccer on TwitterÂ
U.S. WNT WIN 3-2 AGAINST GERMANY TO EARN SEVENTH ALGARVE TITLE: The U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team scored twice in the first half and once in the second to defeat Germany 3-2 in the championship game of the 2010 Algarve Cup. Carli Lloydâ€™s goal in the 18th minute was followed by a powerful header from Abby Wambach four minutes later, staking the U.S. to a 2-0 lead. German forward Inka Grings pulled a goal back five minutes before halftime, but a goalkeeper mistake from Germanyâ€™s Nadine Angerer allowed Lauren Cheney to make it 3-1 in the 69th. Grings finished her brace with a goal in 74th minute to make the end of the game tension-filled, but some tremendous ball-winning in the back by central defenders Amy LePeilbet and Rachel Buehler helped the U.S. hold on to the victory. The win marked the seventh time the USA has won this annual tournament in southern Portugal and the third time it has faced Germany in the final. The USA defeated Germany 1-0 in 2005 and lost the 2006 championship game to the Germans in penalty kicks. The match also marked USAâ€™s eighth consecutive trip to Algarve Cup championship game.Â
WNT 2010 Algarve Cup Schedule
DateÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â OpponentÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Result/Time (ET)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â GoalscorersÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Venue
Feb. 24Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Iceland Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2-0 WÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â own goal, CheneyÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Estadio Municipal, VR de SA
Feb. 26Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â NorwayÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2-1 WÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Wambach (2)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Estadio Jose Arcanjo, OlhÃ£o
March 1Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â SwedenÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2-0 WÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Cheney (2)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Parque Desportiva da Nora, Ferreiras
March 3Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â GermanyÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3-2 WÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Lloyd, Wambach, CheneyÂ Estadio Algarve, Faro
SUNDHAGE ANNOUNCES 24-PLAYER ROSTER TO FACE MEXICO TWICE IN MARCH: U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 24 players to a training camp surrounding two matches against Mexico in late March. The first match will be on March 28 at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego and March 31 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, the home of reigning Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake. The second match which will be in San Diego, and will kick off at 2 p.m. PT and will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en EspaÃ±ol. The match in Utah will kick off at 7 p.m. MT and be televised live on ESPN2. Fans can follow both matches online via ussoccer.com MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.
WNT Roster by Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Chicago Red Stars), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (St. Louis Athletica), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather Oâ€™Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (6): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (California), Casey Nogueira (Chicago Red Stars), Kelley Oâ€™Hara (FC Gold Pride), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)
ussoccer.comâ€™s WNT Coverage â€“ March 2 â€“ March 8
- WNT 3, Germany 2: Report | Quotes | Highlights | Preview
- Video: GPS Training | Game Day with Heather Oâ€™Reilly
- Tickets: USA vs. Mexico, March 28 | USA vs. Mexico, March 31
- WNT Blog | U.S. Soccer on Twitter
ADDITIONAL USA FAN TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP MATCHES: U.S. Soccer has announced there will be an additional sales phase of 2010 FIFA World Cup tickets for matches involving the U.S. Menâ€™s National Team from Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. ET until April 7, 2010. While the June 12 match against England is sold out, there are still tickets available in the U.S. fan section for the other two group matches. With excitement building towards the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the organizers are making more tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability, for U.S. citizens and residents interested in sitting in USA fan sections.
â€“ U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE â€“
U.S. U-23 WNT CURRENTLY IN TRAINING CAMP IN SUNRISE, FLA.: U.S. Under-23 Womenâ€™s National Team head coach Bill Irwin and 24 players have convened at a training camp in Sunrise, Fla., until March 14. Irwinâ€™s roster reflects some of the top underclassmen in the college game, including three members of the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup in Chile: defender Liz Harkin and midfielders Eli Reed and Keelin Winters.
U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M; Centennial, Colo.), Natalie Kulla (Marquette; St. Louis, Mo.), Jillian Mastroianni (Boston College; Durham, Conn.)
DEFENDERS (7): Lauren Barnes (UCLA; Upland, Calif.), Jackie Carron (Michigan; Rochester Hills, Mich.), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame; Leeâ€™s Summit, Mo.), Liz Harkin (Arizona State; Granite Bay Calif.), Megan JesolvaÂ (California; La Mirada, Calif.), Lindsey Kowal (Harvard; East Meadow, N.Y.), Jessica Tsao (Portland; Portland, Ore.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Amanda DaCosta (Florida State; Katonah, N.Y.), Alexandra Elston (Arizona State; Phoenix, Ariz.), Sinead Farrelly (Virginia; Havertown, Pa.), Mariah Nogueira (Stanford; Westminster, Calif.), Eli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah), Rachel Shipley (Texas A&M; Plano, Texas), Keelin Winters (Portland; Englewood, Colo.), Kylie Wright (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Danielle Foxhoven (Portland; Littleton, Colo.); Sarah Hagen (Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Whitney Hooper (Texas A&M; Houston, Texas), Whitney Palmer (Oklahoma; Plano, Texas), Danielle Toney (Penn State; Northville, Mich.)
U.S. U-20 WNT HEADS BACK TO FLORIDA AS PREPARATION FOR GERMANY 2010 CONTINUES: U.S. Under-20 Womenâ€™s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has called in 24 players for a training camp in Gainesville, Fla., from March 14-21 that will feature matches against two Womenâ€™s Professional Soccer (WPS) clubs. Ellis will be without several regulars due to school commitments, but will give a look to several new players as she continues to formulate a roster that will take part in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup this summer in Germany. The U.S. U-20s will face the host University of Florida on Monday, March 15 at 5:30 p.m. and take on the Boston Breakers on Wednesday, March 17 at 3 p.m. Both of those matches will take place at UF.Â The U.S. U-20s will finish the schedule of scrimmages against the Atlanta Beat at Flagler College on Friday, March 19 at 7 p.m.Â
U-20 WNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adriana Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kansas), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Kelsey Wys (Florida State; Coral Springs, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Danielle Hubka (Maryland; Strongsville, Ohio), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Portland, Ore.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Amber Brooks (UNC; New Hope, Pa.), Charney Burk (Portland; North Tuscan, Calif.), Kelly Coheeney (Virginia Tech; Ridgewood, N.J.), Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues; Costa Mesa, Calif.), Katy Frierson (Auburn; Birmingham, Ala.), Kayla Grimsley (South Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpion SC; Hanson, Mass.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Sade Ayinde (Maryland; North Bellmore, N.Y.), Maya Hayes (Aristocats; West Orange, N.J.), Courtney Jones (UNC; Danville, Calif.), Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska; Raymore, Neb.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.)
U.S. U-18 WNT FINISHES TEN NATIONS TOURNAMENT WITH 2-1 RECORD: The U.S. Under-18 Womenâ€™s National Team completed its three games in the Ten Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain with a 2-1 record. The U.S. opened the tournament with a 3-1 win against Sweden behind goals from Katie Stengel, Chioma Ubogagu and Rachel Nuzzolese. They then pushed their record to 2-0 after defeating Germany 1-0 on an own goal from a Stengel cross in the 11th minute. The third and final match would see the U.S. fall 1-0 to Norway. Catherine Dekkerhus scored just 55 seconds into the match, but the lone goal was sufficient to secure the win for the Nordic nation as the U.S. could not muster a comeback in their third game in five days.
U-18 WNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Aubrey Bledsoe (Kings Soccer Academy; Cincinnati, Ohio), Anna Sieloff (Vardar; Troy, Mich.)
DEFENDERS (6): Torri Allen (McLean Dragons; Stafford, Va.), Brooke Gilbert (Emerald City FC; Snohomish, Wash.), Arin Gilliland (Ohio Elite; Wilmore, Ky.), Meg Morris (Montclair Aristocrats; Montclair, N.J.), Mollie Pathman (Triangle FC; Durham, N.C.), Carrie Whigham (Sereno SC; Phoenix, Ariz.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Michelle Cruz (Real So Cal; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Gloria Douglas (Triangle FC; Fayetteville, N.C.), Lindsay Elston (Crossfire Premier; Sammamish, Wash.), Julie Johnston (Sereno SC; Mesa, Ariz.), Mandy Laddish (Blue Valley Stars; Leeâ€™s Summit, Mo.), Tiffini Smith (Polaris SC; Fort Worth, Texas), Chioma Ubogagu (Dâ€™Feeters; Coppell, Texas)
FORWARDS (3): Natalia Ledezma (Slammers FC; La Mirada, Calif.), Rachel Nuzzolese (Oceanside; Melville, N.Y.), Katie Stengel (Space Coast United; West Melbourne, Fla.)
TAMBI NAMES U-17 WNT ROSTER FOR 2010 CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP IN COSTA RICA: U.S. Under-17 Womenâ€™s National Team head coach Kazbek Tambi has named the 20-player roster that will attempt to qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup at the upcoming CONCACAF U-17 Womenâ€™s Championship in Costa Rica. With CONCACAF member Trinidad & Tobago hosting the 2010 FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup next September, just two berths to the tournament will be on the line in Costa Rica instead of the three that qualified for the inaugural U-17 WWC two years ago in New Zealand. The USA was drawn into Group B and opens its schedule on March 10 against Haiti (6 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. local) followed by the Cayman Islands on March 12 (6 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. local). The USA finishes first round play against the hosts on March 14 in a match that has been moved to 9:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. local on the first day of daylight savings time. Fans can follow the matches on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker or watch live at CONCACAF.com. In addition, Fox Soccer Channel will be broadcasting a portion of the matches on tape delay.
U-17 WNT Roster By Position Â Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (5): Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado; Denver, Colo.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Cassandra Pecht (Baltimore Bays; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (5): Jennifer Gonzalez (Arsenal FC; Alta Loma, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Havana Solaun (KYX Kicks Elite; Gainesville, Fla.), Taylor Smith (Solar Red; Ft. Worth, Texas), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.)
U-17 WNT Schedule
DateÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â OpponentÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Time (ET)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â TV/VideoÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Venue
March 10Â Â Â Â Â Â HaitiÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 6 p.m.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â CONCACAF.comÂ Â Â Â Â Â Alejandro Morera Soto StadiumÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
March 12Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Cayman IslandsÂ Â Â Â Â Â 6 p.m.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â CONCACAF.comÂ Â Â Â Â Â Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium
March 14Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Costa RicaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 7:30 p.m.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â CONCACAF.comÂ Â Â Â Â Â Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium
Fox Soccer Channel Broadcast Schedule
DateÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Opponent/MatchÂ Â Â Â Time (ET)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â TV/Video
March 12Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Cayman IslandsÂ Â Â Â Â Â 8 p.m.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â FSCÂ Â Â Â
March 15Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Costa RicaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3 p.m.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â FSC
March 18Â Â Â Â Â Â Semifinal 1Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 8 p.m. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â FSC
March 18Â Â Â Â Â Â Semifinal 2Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 11 p.m.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â FSC
March 22Â Â Â Â Â FinalÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3 p.m.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â FSC
WATCH THE U-17 WNT QUALIFYING GAMES LIVE ON CONCACAF.COM: U.S. Soccer fans will have the opportunity to watch all of the U.S. Under-17 WNT games during the CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship in Costa Rica live via streaming video at CONCACAF.com. The service is free with fans simply required to register on the site. All 16 games will be available live at CONCACAF.com's video portal, CONCACAF TV, and will also be viewable on-demand at the same location shortly after the conclusion of each match.
ussoccer.comâ€™s U-17 WNT Coverage â€“ March 2 â€“ March 8
U.S. U-15 GNT â€œCARRY OVERâ€ CAMP COMES TO THE HDC IN LATE MARCH: The U.S. Under-15 National Team will bring 24 players to The Home Depot Center from March 20-27 for what will be a final training camp â€“ or more aptly an extension -- for the cycle of last yearâ€™s U-15s who were born mostly in 1994. This yearâ€™s U-15 Girlsâ€™ National Team players were born in 1995, but the March camp at The Home Depot Center for the 94s serves dual purposes. First, to provide a look at any players who might still be able to help the 2010 U.S. U-17 Womenâ€™s National Team that is currently in Costa Rica at the CONCACAF U-17 Womenâ€™s Championships, and second, to give additional programming for a group of players who comprise the core age group of players attempting to qualify for the 2014 U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup. Of the 24 players selected by U.S. head coach Mike Dickey, 20 were born in 1994, three in 1995 and one in 1993. The U-15s will play several matches during the week against local girlsâ€™ clubs and college teams.
U-15 GNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Caroline Casey (Virginia Rush; Chesapeake, Va.), McKenzie Karas (Premier Black; Las Vegas, Nev.), Carissa Miller (Sereno Soccer Club; Cave Creek, Az.)
DEFENDERS (6): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Massachusetts; Milford, N.H.), Lauren Bernard (Arsenal World Class; Colchester, Vt.), Margo McGinty (Albertson Fury;Â Levittown, N.Y.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Rachel Price (Lady Renegades; Melbourne Beach, Fla.) Maya Theuer (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Katherine Bettinger (Marin FC; Belvedere, Calif.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Caroline Lindquist (CASL Spartan Elite Black; Raleigh, N.C.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Ryan Walker (Mustang Soccer Club; Oakland, Calif.), Haley Washburn (San Juan Soccer Club; Folsom, Calif.), Danielle Weatherholt (So Cal Blues; Capistrano Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Hayley Dowd (FC Stars of Massachusetts; Peabody, Mass.), Gabrielle Galanti (Montclair Thunderbolts; Howell, N.J.), Jasmine Paterson (Kendall Soccer Shores; Key Largo, Fla.), Corey Persson (Stars of Massachusetts; Danvers, Mass.), Courtney Proctor (Santa Clarita Blazers; Santa Clarita, Calif.), Brittany Ratcliffe (FC Pennsylvania Strikers; Williamstown, N.J.)
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY CLUBS LOOK INDOORS DURING WINTER MONTHS: Record snowfalls and temperatures have plagued the northeastern part of the country all winter long, presenting many challenges to the continuity of the Development Academy season. Complications with transportation and snow-covered fields have wreaked havoc on the plans many clubs have put into place, but the clubs have shown that where there is a will, and a little bit of creativity, there is a way.
â€“ AROUND THE SOCCER NATION â€“
USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just over 10 months to go before FIFAâ€™s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cupsâ„¢, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cupâ„¢ to come to the United States -- and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United Statesâ€™ bid for the FIFA World Cupâ„¢ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committeeâ€™s official site.
ID2 GIRLS NATIONAL TRAINING CAMP DRAWS TO A CLOSE IN FORT LAUDERDALE: A total of 64 players born in 1994 through 1996 recently took the field in front of U.S. Soccer National Team staff and numerous college coaches for a four-day id2 National Training Camp as part of US Club Soccerâ€™s national identification and development program. The event, held in conjunction with the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), took place Feb. 26-March 1, 2010, at Vista Park in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A video recap of the camp is available at usclubsoccer.org.
ELITE CLUBS NATIONAL LEAGUE EXPANDS FOR 2010-11 SEASON: From nearly 60 clubs that applied for membership, the ECNL Board of Directors recommended 12 new clubs for membership in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). The ECNL member clubs approved these recommendations, increasing the number of member clubs to 52 for the 2010-11 season. This is the first year of expansion of the ECNL. Expansion of the ECNL is a two-year process that will carefully and gradually establish the membership necessary to create regional and national competition in a 25- to 30-game schedule.
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Menâ€™s National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra scored two goals this week for club and country. His first came in the 88th minute of the U.S. Menâ€™s National Teamâ€™s defeat at the Netherlands in Amsterdam making him the first U.S. player to score against the Dutch side in three matches. The California nativeâ€™s second goal came while on duty in France with his club side Rennes. Bocanegra flicked in a free kick with his left foot just inside the six yard box to score the only goal in the 1-0 win against Monaco.Â
MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. U-17 Womenâ€™s National Team takes on Haiti on Wednesday, March 10 in their first match of the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Womenâ€™s Championship in Costa Rica. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. ET at the Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium in Alajuense with video coverage provided by CONCACAF.com and live coverage by ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker.
QUOTABLE: â€œI am impressed. We play against Germany, one of the best teams in the world, we play on a bad pitch, itâ€™s a bit muddy and we play in a final, but we performed in such a way thatâ€™s nice to see that kind of attacking soccer with solid defending. We were good at creating chances and Iâ€™m happy about the fact that we are playing attacking soccer. The goals will come sooner or later, so even though it feels a little bit (tough to score), at the end of the day, we put away chances and it was a great performance.â€ â€“U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage on the teamâ€™s performance in their 3-2 win against Germany in the 2010 Algarve Cup final