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U.S. Soccer Wire: Jan. 4, 2010


U.S. MNT OPENS CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER;
SUPPORTER ALLOTMENT OF WORLD CUP TICKETS AVAILABLE TO U.S. PUBLIC;
SPIKE LEE JOINS TEAM TO BRING FIFA WORLD CUP TO U.S. IN 2018 OR 2022

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OPENS JANUARY CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: The annual camp, held in January for players in their offseason, is comprised largely of a domestic-based group that includes 25 players who ply their trade in the United States. Major League Soccer is well represented, with 13 of 16 clubs contributing players to the camp in Carson, Calif. The roster boasts several year-end award winners, including MLS Goalkeeper of the Year (Zach Thornton), Visa Defender of the Year (Chad Marshall), Budweiser Golden Boot Winner (Jeff Cunningham) and Gatorade Rookie of the Year (Omar Gonzalez). U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named 30 players to the training camp roster that began gathering today (Jan. 4) at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center. The group will prepare for the USA’s first match of 2010, a friendly against fellow FIFA World Cup finalists Honduras on Jan. 23 at The Home Depot Center. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision beginning at 6 p.m. PT.  The Honduras match will be followed by a friendly against third-ranked Netherlands on March 3 in Amsterdam which will be broadcast by ESPN2 and Galavision at 2:30 p.m. ET. Fans can follow both games live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at www.twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. MNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kevin Hartman (Kansas City), Troy Perkins (Valerenga), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Zach Thornton (Chivas USA)
DEFENDERS (9): Kevin Alston (New England Revolution), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Brandon McDonald (San Jose Earthquakes), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Jeff Larentowicz (New England Revolution), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (5): Justin Braun (Chivas USA), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Marcus Tracy (Aalborg)

U.S. SUPPORTER ALLOTMENT OF WORLD CUP TICKETS AVAILABLE TO GENERAL PUBLIC: U.S. Soccer announced that it has arranged to have its 2010 FIFA World Cup allocation of tickets for U.S. Men’s National Team fans available to the general U.S. public. The U.S. Men's National Team has been drawn into Group C with England, Slovenia and Algeria. The U.S. will open its sixth consecutive World Cup finals tournament against England on June 12 in Rustenburg, and will follow that game with matches against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria. U.S. Soccer Supporters Club members who registered by the Dec. 3 deadline maintain priority status when applying for tickets to the U.S. Men’s National Team’s matches in South Africa.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Dec. 29 – Jan. 4

DIRECTOR SPIKE LEE JOINS USA BID COMMITTEE TO BRING WORLD CUP TO THE U.S.: Academy Award-nominated director Spike Lee has formally accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its effort to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. An avid sports fan known for sitting courtside at basketball games in New York City, Lee also has a passion for international soccer and the Arsenal Football Club of the English Premier League. Lee previously became the 40,000th season ticket-holder for F.C. Internazionale Milano, a perennial contender in Italy’s Serie A and Europe.

USA BID COMMITTEE RECEIVES $75,000 DONATION FROM GEORGIA SOCCER TO SUPPORT U.S. BID FOR FIFA WORLD CUPâ„¢ IN 2018 OR 2022: The USA Bid Committee today announced a donation of $75,000 from Georgia Soccer, the state soccer association for both youth and adult soccer in Georgia, toward the effort to bring the FIFA World Cupâ„¢ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. The donation from Georgia Soccer is an example of the grassroots and private support that is being used to fund the bid efforts.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 WNT KICK OF 2010 IN GAINESVILLE, FLA.: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team is the first WNT in action during the new year, as head coach Jillian Ellis has brought 25 players to a training camp in Gainesville, Fla., that started last Saturday and runs through Jan. 8. The early start was necessitated by the late January staging of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2010 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA will attempt to earn one of this region’s three berths to Germany at the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championships being held in Guatemala from Jan. 19-30. Ellis will use this training camp to narrow down the final qualifying roster that will consist of 20 players. The eight-team tournament will be played at the 17,000-seat Estadio Cementos Progreso in Guatemala City, marking the first time a qualifying tournament for this age group has been held in Central America. Of the 25 players on the roster, eight were a part of the U.S. team that took second at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, including Kristie Mewis, the 2008 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year and the Bronze Ball winner in New Zealand, Taylor Vancil, who was named top goalkeeper at the U-17 WWC and Vicki DiMartino, who won the Silver Boot with five goals during the tournament.

Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adriana Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kansas), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Taylor Vancil (Louisville; South Elgin, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Lucretia Lee (UCLA; Bothell, Wash.), Cami Levin (Stanford; Newport Coast, Calif.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Amber Brooks (UNC; New Hope, Pa.), Charney Burk (Portland; North Tuscan, Calif.), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues, Costa Mesa, Calif.), Katy Frierson (Auburn; Birmingham, Ala.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpion SC; Hanson, Mass.), Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska; Raymore, Mo.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.)

U.S. U-20 WNT CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship Schedule
Date           Opponent                     Time (ET)               Venue
Jan. 21       Jamaica                        5:30 p.m.                Estadio Cementos Progreso
Jan. 23       Trinidad & Tobago       5:30 p.m.                Estadio Cementos Progreso
Jan. 25       Mexico                         5:30 p.m.                Estadio Cementos Progreso

U-18 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM WRAPS UP TRAINING CAMP IN CARSON: U.S. U-18 MNT head coach Mike Matkovich has wrapped up a week-long training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Of the 36 players in the camp, 32 represented Development Academy clubs, including 20 who participated with Development Academy Select Teams at the 2009 Winter Showcase. Matkovich and his staff led the players through two training sessions per day, with scrimmages against local men’s teams spread throughout the week before players departed on Jan. 3. All 36 players are age-eligible for both the 2011 and 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cups. 

Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ryan Herman (Crossfire Academy; Fall City, Wash.), Jonathan Kempin (Kansas City Wizards Academy; Leawood, Kan.), Andrew Wolverton (Concorde Fire; Snellville, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (12): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), David Caban (Chicago Fire Academy; Kenosha, Wis.), Sean Cunningham (Derby County Wolves; Troy, Mich.), Nathanael Eggleston (Potomac Academy; Chevy Chase, Md.), George Fradenburg (Birmingham United; Belden Miss.), Bryan Gallego (NY Red Bulls; Kinnelon, N.J.), Kristian Garciamendez (Andromeda; Fairview, Texas), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Jon-Paul Medina (California Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Pablo Ocegueda (Tigres, Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Aaron Simmons (Dallas Texans; Mansfield, Texas)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Seth Casiple (California Development Academy; Sacramento, Calif.), Samuel Coleman (FC Dallas; Norman, Okla.), Amadou Dia (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Sean Davis (NY Red Bulls; Holmdel, N.J.), Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Markhus Lacroix (NJSA; New Egypt, N.J.), Miguel Lopez (Lonestar SC; Alton, Texas), Daniel Metzger (PDA; Holmdel, N.J.), Scott Thomsen (PDA; Brick, N.J.), William Trapp (Columbus Crew Academy; Gahanna, Ohio), DeAndre Yedlin (Crossfire Premier, Lake Forrest Park, Wash.)
FORWARDS (9): Samuel Adjei (NY Red Bulls; Newark, N.J.), Brandon Allen (PDA; Old Bridge, N.J.), Zachary Batteer (Beadling SC; Pittsburgh, Penn.), Villyan Bijev (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Christopher Davis (Columbus Crew Academy; Blacklick, Ohio), Sean Okoli (Washington Premier FC; Federal Way, Wash.), Jose Rivera (Pateadores; Torrance, Calif.), Jonathan Top (FC Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas), Ryan Zinkhan (Richmond Strikers Academy; Fredericksburg, Va.)

U.S. U-18 WOMEN START YEAR AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will hold its first training camp of 2010 from Jan. 10-17 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. U.S. head coach Dave Chesler will call up 24 players, with one player still to be finalized. The majority of the players in camp were born in 1992, the age group for this year’s U-18s, but a few 1991s were called in for further evaluation for the U-20 player pool. All players called into the U-18 WNT are always under evaluation for possible inclusion in U-20 WNT events. Chesler also called in one 1993 in forward Courtney Proctor.

Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Bledso (Kings Soccer Academy; Cincinnati, Ohio), Anna Sieloff (Vardar; Troy, Mich.), Abby Steele (Mustang Soccer; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Torri Allen (Mclean Dragons; Stafford, Va.), Julie Johnston (Sereno SC; Mesa, Ariz.), Meagan Morris (Montclair Aristocrats; Montclair, N.J.), Mollie Pathman (Triangle Futbol Club; Durham, N.C.), Kendall Romine (So Cal Blues; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Carrie Whigham (Sereno SC; Phoenix, Ariz.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Alex Crown (Space Coast United; Orlando, Fla.), Lindsay Elston (Crossfire Premier; Sammamish, Wash.), Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (Sam Ramon; Pleasanton, Calif.), Juliann Jeffrey (Texans; Richardson, Texas), Sarah Killion (Fort Wayne Fever; Fort Wayne, In), Mandy Laddish (Blue Valley Stars; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Lauren Matheson (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Tiffini Smith (Polaris SC; Fort Worth, Texas), Chioma Ubogagu (D’Feeters; Coppel, Texas) 
FORWARDS (5):  Kelly Cobb (Cook Inlet SC; Chugiak, Alaska), Michelle Cruz (Slammers; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Natalia Ledezma (Blue Valley Stars; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Ariana Martinez (Real So Cal; Moorpark, Calif.), Courtney Proctor (Slammers; Santa Clarita, Calif.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL GOALKEEPING LICENSE COURSE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct its National Goalkeeping License course Jan. 24-31, 2010, in Carson, Calif. at The Home Depot Center.

COACHESNET OFFERS INTERNATIONAL TRIPS IN 2010: U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet is offering educational trips to both Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Madrid, Spain, in 2010. The announcement comes six months after the inaugural and successful coaching education trip that took place in Buenos Aires.

USA BID COMMITTEE GIVES FANS THE CHANCE TO “SUPPORT YOUR CITY”: The USA Bid Committee has added a “Support Your City” section to goUSAbid.com, the online home for the United States’ bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. The new “Support Your City” section of the Web site features city-specific pages for each of the 27 cities currently being considered as potential host cities to be included in the U.S. bid that will be submitted to FIFA in May 2010. The new pages provide valuable city-specific information and photos while giving fans another opportunity to put their support behind the candidate city of their choice by signing the online petition at goUSAbid.com.

US YOUTH SOCCER GRANTS PROGRAMS APPLICATIONS DUE THIS FRIDAY: Since 1998, US Youth Soccer has made over $2 million available for the growth of the game of soccer through grants and other financial support to member organizations of all 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations. Starting in 2010, US Youth Soccer will allocate more resources by adding the US Youth Soccer Recreation Grant Program.  Learn more and apply.

US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL LEAGUE PUNCHES TICKETS FOR DALLAS TEXANS 95 RED (U-15 GIRLS): The Dallas Texans 95 Red (N-TX) became the first team to punch tickets to the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships by way of success in the US Youth Soccer National League which held games at Disney's Wide World of Sports Soccer Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and Lake Myrtle Soccer Complex in Auburndale, Fla.  Under-15, 16 and 17 Girls’ teams were in play over the weekend.  Boys and Girls League standings will be finalized, champions will be crowned in each age group and the top two teams per age group will advance to the National Championships in Overland Park, Kan., July 20-25.  Learn more and see the remaining schedule.

US YOUTH SOCCER ODP BOYS SUPER GROUP COMPETES AT DISNEY: US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Boys 1993 and 1994 regional teams took to the field over the holidays in the US Youth Soccer ODP Super Group at Disney's Soccer Showcase presented by the Chelsea Football Club in Orlando, Fla. US Youth Soccer Region I and Region IV reigned supreme as both played in their respective age group finals.  Region I claimed the 1993 title with a 4-1 win over Region IV.  Region IV went on to claim the 1994 title with a 3-1 win over Region I.  Complete game coverage and video available at www.USYouthSoccer.org.

US YOUTH SOCCER ODP GIRLS COMPLETE IN MISS.: Elite players in the 1990 and 1992 age groups competed at the 2009 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Winter Interregional at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland, Miss., over the holidays. The 1990 US Youth Soccer Region III squad won two matches and tied their third, scoring 10 goals during the event. The 1990 United worked as a team winning their second and third matchups. Region II and Region III each won two games in the 1992 age group. Complete game coverage available at www.USYouthSoccer.org.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: In England, U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Brad Guzan continued his penalty stopping exploits as he denied David Dunn’s spot kick in Aston Villa’s 3-1 win against Blackburn in English FA Cup action on Saturday. The U.S. ‘keeper went 90 minutes between the posts making three saves in another strong performance as former MNT goalkeeper Brad Friedel’s understudy.

MARQUEE MATCHUP:  Everton travel to London to take on Arsenal this Saturday Jan. 9. The match could give U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Landon Donovan the opportunity to make his first appearance for the Toffees as he and MNT goalkeeper Tim Howard could suit up together for the first time for the Liverpool-based club. Fans can get down to their favorite Official U.S. Soccer Bar at 9:30 a.m. ET to catch all the action.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Also in weekend English FA Cup action, saw Leeds United toppled Manchester United 1-0 in the third round. With a gulf of 43 league spots, Leeds became the only lower division side to knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup under Sir Alex Ferguson’s guidance. It was also the first time since 1984 that Manchester had seen defeat at the third round stage of the tournament.

QUOTABLE: “The sport of soccer has a global unifying aspect that allows it to break down social barriers and sets it among other universal languages such as music and the visual arts. This unique quality is embedding the sport in the diverse American cultural landscape. I’m honored to be part of the USA Bid Committee and its efforts to bring the FIFA World Cup back to our country as we see the second half of our soccer history develop in front of our eyes.” – Academy Award-nominated director Spike Lee on joining the USA Bid Committee

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