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U.S. Soccer Wire: Sept. 14, 2009


U.S. MNT TAKES FIRST PLACE IN CONCACAF STANDINGS WITH TWO GAMES LEFT
IN QUALIFYING FOR THE 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP;
U.S. U-20 MNT ROSTER SET FOR 2009 FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP SEPT. 24-OCT. 16

U.S. REGAINS TOP POSITION IN CONCACAF WITH WIN AGAINST TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: The U.S. Men’s National Team regained the top place in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Ricardo Clark scored his first career World Cup qualifying goal to spur the team to its first road victory of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. After eight games, the U.S. sits in first place of the six-team group with 16 points on the strength of a 5-2-1 record. The U.S. has clinched a top four position, which guarantees at least a playoff with the fifth-place team from South America for a berth in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. will have a chance to clinch one of the top three places and earn an automatic berth to the World Cup when it faces Honduras on Oct. 10 at 10 p.m. ET. Currently four points ahead of fourth-place Costa Rica, if the U.S. earns as many as or more points than Costa Rica earns hosting Trinidad & Tobago, the U.S. would clinch at least third place and one of the three automatic berths. The U.S. will then face Costa Rica at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at RFK Stadium. Tickets for the match are now available on ussoccer.com. Fans can watch the action live on ESPN2 and Galavision, or follow along online on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter.com/ussoccer.

CONCACAF 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

United States

8

5

2

1

14

9

+5

16

Mexico

8

5

3

0

11

8

+3

15

Honduras

8

4

3

1

14

8

+6

13

Costa Rica

8

4

4

0

9

13

-4

12

El Salvador         

8

1

4

2

8

10

-2

8

Trinidad & Tobago

8

1

5

2

8

16

-8

5

U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule

Date Opponent Time / Result TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue; City
Jan. 24 Sweden 3-2 W Kljestan (3) The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Feb. 11 Mexico* 2-0 W Bradley (2) Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
March 28 El Salvador* 2-2 T Altidore, Hejduk Estadio Cuscatlán; San Salvador, El Salvador
April 1 Trinidad & Tobago* 3-0 W Altidore (3) LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
June 3 Costa Rica* 1-3 L Donovan Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica
June 6 Honduras* 2-1 W Donovan, Bocanegra Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
June 15 Italy # 1-3 L Donovan Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 18 Brazil # 0-3 L -- Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 21 Egypt # 3-0 W Davies, Bradley, Dempsey Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg
June 24 Spain # 2-0 W Altidore, Dempsey Free State Stadium; Mangaung/Bloemfontein
June 28 Brazil # 2-3 L Dempsey, Donovan Ellis Park; Johannesburg
July 4 Grenada ^ 4-0 W Adu, Holden, Rogers, Davies Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.
July 8 Honduras ^ 2-0 W Quaranta, Ching RFK Stadium; Washingon, D.C.
July 11 Haiti ^ 2-2 T Arnaud, Holden Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
July 18 Panama ^ 2-1 W (OT) Beckerman, Cooper Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa.
July 23 Honduras ^ 2-0 W Goodson, Cooper Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
July 26 Mexico ^ 0-5 L -- Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.
Aug. 12 Mexico* 1-2 L Davies Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico
Sept. 5 El Salvador* 2-1 W Dempsey, Altidore Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* 1-0 W Clark Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
Oct. 10 Honduras* 10 p.m. ET TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* 8 p.m. ET ESPN2/Galavision RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Sept. 7-14

ARGUEZ, MAYEN ADDED TO U-20 MNT ROSTER FOR 2009 FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP: U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has called in midfielders Bryan Arguez and Gerson Mayen to replace Sam Garza and Anthony Wallace, respectively, at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Garza tore his anterior cruciate ligamente and meniscus while playing for the University of Denver. Wallace also suffered a torn meniscus. Arguez was a member the 2007 U.S. U-20 World Cup team that advanced to the quarterfinals in Canada, and helped the 2009 team qualify for Egypt by finishing in second place at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in March. Mayen was part of the team's most recent training camp in Rosario, Argentina, and has five international appearances under Rongen. The U.S. team will travel to train in Larnaca, Cyprus, on Sept. 14, where they will play a final tune-up against Australia before traveling to Suez, Egypt, on Sept. 21. The U.S. will open against Germany on Sept. 26 before facing Cameroon on Sept. 29 and rounding out group play against Korea Republic on Oct. 2. All three of the USA’s group matches will be played at the brand new Mubarak Stadium in Suez.

U.S. U-20 FIFA World Cup Schedule

Date

Opponent

Time (ET)

TV

Venue

Sept. 26

Germany

9:55 a.m.

ESPN Classic/ESPN360.com (9:55 a.m. ET/PT, Galavision)

Mubarek Stadium; Suez, Egypt

Sept. 29

Cameroon

12:30 p.m.

ESPN2 (5 p.m. ET/PT, Galvision)

Mubarek Stadium; Suez, Egypt

Oct. 2

Korea Republic

12:40 p.m.

ESPN2 (4 p.m. ET/PT, Galavision)

Mubarek Stadium; Suez, Egypt

U.S. U-20 MNT 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn, Ga.), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas; Middleton, Wis.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Gale Agbossoumonde (Miami FC; Syracuse, N.Y.), Kyle Davies (FC Dallas; Danville, Calif.), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), Ike Opara (Wake Forest; Durham, N.C.), Sheanon Williams (Unattached; Boston, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin, Miami), Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabak; Oslo, Norway), Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge; Richardson, Texas), Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA; Los Angeles), Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Michael Stephens (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (3): Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas; Rockford, Ill.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas; College Station, Texas), Tony Taylor (Jacksonville; Jacksonville, Fla.)

WNT PREPARES FOR SEMPTEMBER TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has called in 26 players for a 12-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., running from Sept. 21-Oct. 2. This will be the first U.S. Women’s National Team event since the end of the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer season. Twenty-three of the players on the roster come from WPS clubs while three are currently seniors for their college teams in UCLA forward Lauren Cheney and a pair of North Carolina Tar Heels in midfielder Tobin Heath and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Captain Christie Rampone will not be with the team as she is pregnant with her second child.

U.S. WNT September Training Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Ashlyn Harris (North Carolina), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (8): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Stephanie Cox (Los Angeles Sol), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Boston Breakers), Megan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (12):
Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tina DiMartino (FC Gold Pride), Tobin Heath (North Carolina), Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Brittany Klein (Chicago Red Stars), Lori Lindsey (Washington Freedom), Carli Lloyd (Chicago Red Stars), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Leslie Osborne (FC Gold Pride), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Kacey White (Sky Blue FC)
FORWARDS (3): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (Boston Breakers), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

 – U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-17 RESIDENCY PROGRAM FALL SEMESTER UNDERWAY: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera and his staff have finalized the 40 players who will participate in U.S. Soccer’s Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program for the 2009 fall semester. The roster blends 24 players who were born in 1992 and 1993 as they build toward the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup from Oct. 24-Nov. 16, in Nigeria, and 16 born in 1994, who are also eligible for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Of the 24 players born in 1992 and 1993, 17 were part of the U.S. team that successfully qualified for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup, where they will play Spain, Malawi and United Arab Emirates in Group E. The U.S. will play Spain on Oct. 26, Malawi on Oct. 29, and UAE on Nov. 1.

U.S. U-17 MNT Residency Program Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Keith Cardona (New Red Bulls Academy; Glen Rock, N.J.), Earl Edwards (Nomads SC; San Diego, Calif.), Fernando Piña (Houston Dynamo Academy; Houston, Texas), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (14): Michael Ambrose (Texas Fire; El Paso, Texas), Andrew Chang (Sockers FC; Highland Park, Ill.), Jerome Cristobal (Derby County Wolves; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis, Ind.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Boyd Okwuonu (Celtic Green; Edmond, Okla.), Emilio Orozco (Rampage FC; Oxnard, Calif.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy; Lincoln, Neb.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Columbus Crew Academy; Amherst, Ohio), Jared Watts (North Meck SC; Statesville, N.C.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (12):  Atsou Ayah (Fusion FC Tampa; Tampa, Fla.), Sean Davis (Match Fit Chelsea; Holmdel, N.J.), Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Ducanville, Texas), Irvin Gijon (Players Club; Las Vegas, Nev.), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Eric Gonzalez (LA Galaxy; Corona, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif), Oscar Ortega (Albion SC; San Ysidro, Calif.), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier FC; Battleground, Wash.), Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.), Sebastian Velasquez (Arsenal FC; Los Angeles, Calif.)
FORWARDS (10): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls Academy; Barnegat, N.J.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Alfred Koroma (Solar Red; Arlington, Texas), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gottschee NYC; Huntington, N.Y.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER AND EA SPORTS LAUNCH FREE ONLINE SOCCER RESOURCE: EA SPORTS and U.S. Soccer have teamed up to introduce EA SPORTS Interactive Training, a free, online tutorial that uses EA SPORTS technology to help train the soccer stars of the future. This interactive resource, available at www.EASPORTSinteractivetraining.com employs the EA SPORTS soccer game engine to illustrate U.S. Soccer’s coaching book “Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States” which serves as the sport’s definitive player development guidelines. John Hackworth, U.S. Soccer Development Academy Technical Director and U.S. Men’s National Team Assistant Coach introduces each video segment with expert coaching advice for players ages 8-12 and their coaches to help them improve real-world technique.

A FIFA WORLD CUP IN THE USA? YOU CAN HELP MAKE IT A REALITY!: The USA Bid Committee is working diligently on a bid to try to secure the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup™ in either 2018 or 2022. As part of the bid’s efforts, it launched goUSAbid.com to serve as the nerve center for all of its initiatives and communications. The bid’s campaign theme, “The Game is in US” is the call to action for soccer fans across the country, regardless of their club and country loyalties, to get behind the effort to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States. Show your support for the cause by visiting goUSAbid.com and adding your name to the online petition. Help us bring the greatest sporting event in the globe to the United States and show the world that “The Game is in US.”

U.S. SOCCER WINTER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOL COURSES ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools for A, B and C License Courses on Jan. 2-10, 2010, in California, Florida and a West Coast location yet to be determined. Registration for each course will open on Thursday, Sept. 17, after a pre-registration period for active CoachesNet members. The National “A” License course will take place at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., and The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  The National “B” and “C” License courses will be offered at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., and at a West Coast location to be announced. U.S. Soccer will also be hosting two “A” Audit specific courses Jan. 2-8. Current “A” license coaches looking to renew their license may register for either the course at The Home Depot Center or the course at the IMG Academies. Registration opens on Sept. 11 for CoachesNet members and Sept. 17 for all eligible coaches. Click here for more information on U.S. Soccer National Coaching Schools, including an application for the 2010 Winter National Coaching Schools.

NATIONAL “C” COACHING LICENSE RETEST SITES ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer will host four separate National “C” License retest sites this fall.  Candidates who received a “Not Ready” grade from a previously completed “C” License course are eligible to retest after a period of six months from the completion of their previously attended “C” License Course. For more details visit http://www.ussoccer.com/Coaches/National-Coaching-Schools/C-License-Retesting.aspx

US CLUB SOCCER ANNOUNCES CAROLINA BORDER CUP DEC. 4-6: US Club Soccer and the Charlotte Soccer Academy will hold the inaugural Carolina Border Cup on Dec. 4-6, 2009, in Charlotte, N.C. The event will be held for Super Group and Premier teams in the Under-11 through Under-18 age groups and member teams from North Carolina and South Carolina are eligible. Teams may apply beginning Sept. 15 and the deadline for applications is Nov. 6. More information is available at usclubsoccer.org.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT midfielder Ricardo Clark not only scored his first goal in FIFA World Cup qualifying, he did it on the road against Trinidad & Tobago to give the U.S. it’s first road win of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying cycle. Clark’s goal was instrumental in earning the three points that placed the team at the top of the CONCACAF standings in the final round of qualifying with two matches left.

SOCCER SHOCKER: With two match dates left in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, all eyes are on Argentina and the man who led the team to lift the FIFA World Cup trophy in 1986. Diego Maradona’s squad is winless in their last three matches and currently sits in fifth place in the CONMEBOL qualifying table with matches against Peru and Uruguay yet to be played. As it stands, with 22 points (just one more than Uruguay and Venezuela), Argentina would play the fourth place team from CONCACAF for a ticket to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Both Fulham and Everton are back in action during the week as the UEFA Europa League kicks off Thursday, Sept. 17. Fulham will travel to Bulgaria to face CSKA Sofia at 2 p.m. ET, while Everton hosts AEK Athens at 4 p.m. ET live on GolTV.

QUOTABLE: “In terms of expectations, I didn’t really have any. All you ever hear about Egypt is the pyramids, so beyond that I didn’t really know what to expect. It was a great trip though, I felt like we played well against Egypt. That trip really did a lot for me, and a few of the other guys too, just to get us focused, knowing that we’ve got a job at hand when we return.”
– U.S. U-20 MNT goalkeeper Brian Perk on his expectations of the host nation, Egypt, at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup after traveling with the U-20 MNT to Egypt earlier in the year for a couple of friendly matches.

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