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U.S. Soccer Wire: Sept. 21, 2009


U-20 MNT CONTINUES WORLD CUP PREPARATIONS, ARRIVES IN EGYPT;
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR FINAL FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER IN WASHINGTON D.C.  

U.S. U-20 MNT ARRIVES IN EGYPT AHEAD OF OPENING MATCH OF FIFA 2009 U-20 WORLD CUP: The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team traveled to Suez, Egypt, today for the final days of training and the start of the FIFA U-20 World Cup on Sept. 26. The team has been together since Sept. 14 in Larnaca, Cyprus, training under the guidance of head coach Thomas Rongen, who will be at the helm of his third world cup in this age group. The U.S. was drawn into Group C and 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, and will be televised on the ESPN family of networks and Galavision. Fans can also follow the USA games on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ussoccer.  

U.S. U-20 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 (5): 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 (10): Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin, Miami), Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek; 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.) 

U.S. U-20 MNT 2009 World Cup Schedule
Date        Opponent                              Time                                       TV                                            Venue
Sept. 26  Germany                                10 a.m. ET                              ESPN Classic, Galavision              Mubarek Stadium; Suez, Egypt
Sept. 29  Cameroon                              12:45 p.m. ET                         ESPN2, Galavision                       Mubarek Stadium; Suez, Egypt
Oct. 2      Korea Republic                       12:45 p.m. ET                         ESPN2, Galavision                       Mubarek Stadium; Suez, Egypt 

ussoccer.com’s U-20 MNT Coverage: Sept. 15 – 21

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR OCT. 14 QUALIFIER IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AS U.S. MNT CONTINUES QUALIFICATION FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: Tickets for the U.S. Men's National Team's final home qualifier of the 2010 FIFA World Cup cycle are on sale now at ussoccer.com. The USA will take on Costa Rica on Oct. 14 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. in the last game of the final round of qualifying. The United States has a perfect 8-0-0 in home qualifiers and will try to keep up the run as they meet Los Ticos in what could be a deciding game for a place in the World Cup. 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 place 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 at Estadio Olímpico in San Pedro Sula. 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 on Oct. 10, the U.S. would clinch at least third place and one of the three automatic berths. 

Hexagonal 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

2

4

2

8

10

-2

8

Trinidad & Tobago

8

1

5

2

8

16

-8

5

U.S. MNT 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* TBD TBD Estadio Olimpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* TBD ESPN2/Galavision RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Sept. 15 - 21

SUNDHAGE NAMES SQUAD FOR SEPTEMBER 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. Rampone, who led Sky Blue FC out of New Jersey to the inaugural WPS championship, guided the team through the playoffs as the captain and the head coach while almost three months pregnant, adding another amazing twist to the club’s Cinderella run to the title.

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 (UNC), 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 MNT OFF TO INTERNATIONAL TRAINING CAMP IN ENGLAND: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team traveled to Cobham, England, on Sunday, Sept. 20, for an international training camp that will run through Oct. 1, as part of final preparations for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria. The trip will include friendlies against Chelsea and Arsenal Academies on Sept. 23 and 30, and an international friendly against Gambia on Sept. 27. 

U.S. U-17 Training Camp Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Earl Edwards (Nomads SC; San Diego), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle)
DEFENDERS (7): Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Boyd Okwuonu (Celtic Green; Edmond, Okla.), Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy; Lincoln, Neb.), Jared Watts (North Meck SC; Statesville, N.C.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Duncanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif), William Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier FC; Battleground, Wash.), Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.)
FORWARDS (7): Juan Agudelo (N.Y. Red Bulls Academy; Barnegat, N.J.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Alfred Koroma (Solar SC; Arlington, Texas), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gottschee; Huntington, N.Y.) 

ESPN TO PROVIDE COVERAGE OF ALL 52 2009 FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP MATCHES: ESPN360.com, ESPN2, ESPN Classic and ESPN, will combine to present live coverage of all 52 matches of the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup from five cities in Egypt Thursday, Sept. 24 through Friday, Oct. 16.   ESPN360.com will show all matches, ESPN2 will air six matches, ESPN Classic will televise the U.S. Team’s first match in the tournament (vs. Germany) Saturday, Sept. 16, at 9:55 a.m. ET, and ESPN will televise the title match Friday, Oct. 16, at 1:50 p.m. from Cairo International Stadium. ESPN2 will air the U.S.’s other two group matches against Cameroon on Sept. 29 at 12:45 p.m. ET and Korea Republic on Oct. 2 at 12:45 p.m. ET.

– 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 NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS SCHEDULE 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. 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. 

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

COACHESNET INSIDER: CoachesNet caught up with U.S. Under-14 Girls' National Team head coach Mike Dickey during their recent training camp in Carson, Calif. For this CoachesNet Insider edition, Coach Dickey shows us his training journal the team used for the week long camp. 

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Tim Howard made four saves in Everton’s 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on Sunday. The win moves the Toffees up to 13th place in the English Premier League with only five games played in the season.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Saturday night features an MLS showdown between East and West which could preview a potential matchup for the 2009 MLS Cup. Defending champion Columbus Crew host the surging L.A. Galaxy who, with a game in hand, are two points behind Houston in the Western Conference standings. Columbus grabbed a precious away point against Chicago this past weekend to give themselves a bit of breathing room in the Eastern Conference but things are still tight as the MLS reaches the end of the regular season.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The season is still young in Italy but Sampdoria are making some noise with their undefeated start. Twelve points from four games mean the Blucerchiati are keeping pace with the big boys of Serie A, having tallied the best start in club history. Led by Antonio Cassano, Sampdoria are top of the table for the moment, though their next two games against Fiorentina and defending champions Inter will provide quite the test for the upstarts from the North.

QUOTABLE: “There has been a lot of expectation on Manchester City, and with the spending they have done they have to win something. Sometimes you have a noisy neighbor and have to live with it. You can’t do anything about them if they keep on making noise but what we can do, as we showed today, is you can get on with your life, put your television on and turn it up a bit louder.”
-- Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on his cross-town rival, Manchester City

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