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U.S. Soccer Wire: October 3, 2005


U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach Bruce Arena Releases 18-Man Roster
to Face Costa Rica; L.A. Galaxy Takes Open Cup Championship

U.S. MNT TRAINS IN MIAMI: U.S. Men’s National Team Manager Bruce Arena has selected 18 players to prepare for the penultimate World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Saturday, October 8 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Kickoff at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa is set for 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast on a one-hour tape delay on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips, beginning at 9 p.m. ET. The U.S. sits in first place in the final round hexagonal with a 6-1-1 record, after becoming the first team in CONCACAF to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup after defeating Mexico 2-0 on Sept. 3 in Columbus, Ohio. Costa Rica, currently in third place and five points ahead of Guatemala, can secure their place in the World Cup with a victory against the United States. (For a complete look at 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region, visit the competitions page at ussoccer.com.)
U.S. Men’s National Team Roster
Goalkeepers (2): Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles Galaxy), Tim Howard (Manchester United); Defenders (8): Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Wade Barrett (San Jose Earthquakes), Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC),  Dan Califf (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Lewis (Leeds United), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Spector (Charlton Athletic); Midfielders (5): DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven), Ricardo Clark (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Kyle Martino (Columbus Crew), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids); Forwards (3): Brian Ching (San Jose Earthquakes), Santino Quaranta, (D.C. United), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)

TOP FIVE: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team’s strong run through the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005 ended last Monday evening after falling to Holland 2-0 in their quarterfinal match at Estadio Mansiche in Trujillo, Peru. With the loss, the U.S. finishes in fifth place for the second straight FIFA U-17 World Championship. The first meeting between the two nations in a FIFA tournament was an even affair as both teams were able to find chances, but strikes by Jeffrey Sarpong just before halftime and late in the match pushed Holland on to the semifinals. The U.S. took 15 shots during the match and hit the crossbar in the second half, but for the first time in eight international matches couldn’t find the back of the net. The fifth place finish tied for the second best performance ever by a U.S. team at a FIFA U-17 World Championship. The U.S. also finished in fifth place in 1991 and 2003. The USA’s only appearance in the final four was at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand.
U-17 MNT Results
Date                                Opponent                  Result
Saturday, Sept. 17         vs. Korea DPR         3-2 W
Tuesday, Sept. 20          vs. Italy                      3-1 W
Friday, Sept. 23              vs. Ivory Coast         1-1 T
Monday, Sept. 26           vs. Netherlands         0-2 L

L.A. GALAXY TAKES SECOND U.S. OPEN CUP: The Los Angeles Galaxy won their second ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title at The Home Depot Center on Wednesday night with a 1-0 victory against FC Dallas. Herculez Gomez put home the game-winner in the 25th minute with a beautifully executed side volley from 12 yards out as Chris Albright broke free of his defender near the touchline on the right side of the area and chipped a cross to the unmarked Gomez. This is the second Open Cup title for Los Angeles, who also won at home in 2001 at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif. The Galaxy take home the $100,000 prize as champion, while Dallas gets $50,000 as the runner up. More tournament information is available at ussoccer.com’s U.S. Open Cup competitions page.
Final
#    Date         Matchup                                                                     Result
41 Sept. 28   FC Dallas (MLS) at Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)    0-2

RYAN NAMES U.S. WNT OCTOBER ROSTER: U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team head coach Greg Ryan has named 24 players to a training camp prior to the match against Australia on Oct. 16 at Titan Stadium on the campus of Cal State Fullerton (3:00 p.m. PT live on ESPN2). Ryan will name 18 players to suit up for the match against the Matildas. Tickets for USA-Australia range in price from $15 to $48 and are on sale on-line at ussoccer.com, at all Southern California Ticketmaster outlets (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records), and by phone (213-480-3232). Groups of 15 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com. Prior to the match, the U.S. team will train at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., beginning on Monday, Oct. 10. The U.S. women are undefeated under new head coach Greg Ryan, going 7-0-0 in 2005 and have yet to surrender a goal this year. Following the match against Australia, the U.S. WNT will close out their 2005 schedule with a match against Mexico at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C., on Oct. 23 (live on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. ET). Ryan will release a roster for that training camp shortly.
U.S. WNT Roster
Goalkeepers (3): Jen Branam, Kristin Luckenbill, Hope Solo; Defenders (7): Nancy Augustyniak, Kylie Bivens, Tina Frimpong, Amy LePeilbet, Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts, Cat Reddick; Midfielders (8): Shannon Boxx, Lorrie Fair, Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly, Carli Lloyd, Marci Miller, Stacey Tullock, Aly Wagner; Forwards (6): Lauren Cheney, Danielle Fotopoulos, Shannon MacMillan, Tiffeny Milbrett, Abby Wambach, Christie Welsh.

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR U.S. MNT QUALIFIER IN FOXBORO, MASS.: Tickets are still available for next week’s U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team’s final World Cup qualifier of 2006 against Panama on October 12 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mas vs. Panama match is being presented by Philips Electronics and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and delayed on Telemundo. Fans can also follow the U.S. match live on ussoccer.com via MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Tickets, which range from $20 to $36, can be purchased through ussoccer.com, by phone at 508-931-2000, at all Ticketmaster outlets in the region (including Filene's Stores) and at the Gillette Stadium Box Office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Discounted tickets (from $16-$28) are available for groups of 20 or more by calling the New England Revolution at 877-GET-REVS.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

SEATTLE SOUNDERS WIN USL FIRST DIVISION FINAL: The Seattle Sounders joined the Rochester Raging Rhinos as three-time USL First Division champions with a thrilling seven-round penalty kick tiebreaker 4-3 over the Richmond Kickers. The home side rallied from 1-0 down to earn the draw and two scoreless overtimes forced the shootout to determine the winner. Goalkeeper Preston Burpo was named the Championship Most Valuable Player. Unable to break the tie, the championship was decided after seven rounds of penalties with Sascha Gorres, Tony Williams and Matt Pauls converting for Richmond and Andrew Gregor, Leighton O’Brien, Kevin Sakuda and Scott Jenkins registering for the Sounders. Ronnie Pascale made two crucial saves on penalties taken by Roger Levesque and Taylor Graham in the third and fourth rounds while trailing 2-0. Burpo stopped Robert Ssejjemba’s attempt in the second round. Seattle previously won back-to-back titles in 1995 and 1996. The city of Seattle boasts the most league championships in USL First Division history with the Seattle Storm having won the 1988 Western Soccer League championship.

MISL 2005-2006 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) has announced its 2005-2006 league schedule. Each MISL team will play a 30-game (15 home/15 away) regular-season schedule. The majority of the League’s 2005-06 regular season line-up will be played on weekends, with 90 percent of games scheduled for a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.  The 2005-06 MISL regular season will run for 22 weeks, beginning on November 6 and concluding on April 9, with no games scheduled for the Christmas holiday weekend. A full schedule is available at misl.net.

FUND CREATED TO SUPPORT HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF: The U.S. Soccer Foundation has established the Soccer United Recovery Fund, to help rebuild soccer programs in Gulf Coast communities. In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, the U.S. Soccer Federation, Major League Soccer (MLS), the MLS Players Union, the U.S. National Team Players Association and the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol, created an on-line auction of game-worn uniforms that raised over $135,000 for relief and recovery services for the people of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.  Youth soccer organizations, including United States Youth Soccer (USYS) and American Youth Soccer (AYSO), have waived all fees for clubs and players in the area and are providing equipment and other support wherever possible. Contributors may support this effort by purchasing one of the special t-shirts or other products designed and being sold by Eurosport. Thanks to the contributions of Eurosport and its vendors, 100 percent of the sales proceeds will go to the Fund and be directly granted to soccer players and clubs who need help getting back on their feet. Purchase Soccer United Recovery Fund gear – or make a direct donation – online at soccerunitedrecoveryfund.org.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Herculez Gomez did it again on Saturday, scoring two goals against FC Dallas in league play just four days after putting home the game winner, also against Dallas, in the U.S. Open Cup final on Wednesday (Sept. 28). Saturday’s match ended 2-1 in favor of the Galaxy, and the 1-0 Open Cup final score provided Los Angeles with their second U.S. Open Cup Championship, as they also won at home in 2001.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: World Cup qualifying action is back and the U.S. Men’s National Team faces Costa Rica on Saturday, October 8, at 9 p.m. ET at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San Jose, Costa Rica. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips, or on one-hour taped delay on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. ET.

SOCCER SHOCKER: A CONCACAF team won a men’s FIFA World Championship for the first time ever on Sunday, October 2, when Mexico claimed the Under-17 title at the Estadio Nacional in Lima, Peru. Not only did they beat defending world champion Brazil, the Mexicans won by a 3-0 score, following a 4-0 semifinal win against Holland. That’s 7-0 against Holland and Brazil, and that is shocking at any level.

QUOTABLE: “Obviously our main goal has been accomplished, which was qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. However, the last two games in this round are extremely important, not only from a competitive aspect, but also in evaluating players as we look towards the vital preparations for the 2006 World Cup."
 -- U.S. MNT Manager Bruce Arena on the upcoming two World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica and Panama on Oct. 8 and Oct. 12, respectively.

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