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U.S. Soccer Wire: October 27, 2008


U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM RESUME ACHIEVE YOUR GOLD TOUR
AGAINST SOUTH KOREA ON SATURDAY, NOV. 1 IN RICHMOND, VA.;
U.S. U-17 WNT OPENS FIFA UNDER-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP VS. JAPAN ON OCT. 29;
DICICCO NAMES 20-PLAYER ROSTER FOR FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

U.S. WNT RESUMES ACHIEVE YOUR GOLD TOUR IN RICHMOND, VA.: The gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Team will continue its Achieve Your Gold Tour with three matches against South Korea during the first week of November (tickets). The tour, which is taking the Olympic champions across the USA to celebrate its historic run to the top of the podium in Beijing, will resume on Nov. 1 at University of Richmond Stadium in Richmond, Va. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. ET. The USA will travel from Virginia to Cincinnati for a match on Nov. 5 at Paul Brown Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. ET. The three-game set against the Koreans will conclude on Nov. 8 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., with a kickoff at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets for all three matches can be purchased through ussoccer.com, by phone at 804-262-8100 (Richmond), 513-562-4949 (Cincinnati) and 813-287-8844 (Tampa), and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers in the metro areas of the three games. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

Achieve Your Gold Tour Schedule / Results

Date Opponent Venue; City Result / Kickoff U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Sept. 13 Ireland Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa. 2-0 W Kai, O'Reilly
Sept. 17 Ireland Giants Stadium; E. Rutherford, N.J. 1-0 W Kai
Sept. 20 Ireland Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill. 2-0 W Chalupny, Markgraf
Nov. 1 South Korea Univ. of Richmond Stadium; Richmond, Va. 6 p.m. ET  
Nov. 5 South Korea Paul Brown Stadium; Cincinnati, Ohio 7:30 p.m. ET  
Nov. 8 South Korea Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla. 7 p.m. ET  


U.S. U-17 WNT KICK OFF FIFA U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP WEDNESDAY: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team has arrived in New Zealand and is prepared to kick off the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup taking place from Oct. 28-Nov. 16. Head coach Kazbek Tambi has named the roster that will represent the United States at the historic tournament, which will mark the first-ever world championship for women at the U-17 level. Less than a week before the start of the tournament, Tani Costa was ruled out of the tournament with a stress fracture. Costa was replaced by Hayley Brock, a 5-foot-9 forward out of Acton, Mass. The speedy Brock is uncapped at the U-17 level. The U.S. team was drawn into Group C, which also features Japan, France and Paraguay. The U.S. will play its first two group matches at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, opening the tournament on Oct. 30 against Japan before facing Paraguay on Nov. 2. The U.S. moves to Auckland for the third group match on Nov. 5, facing France at North Harbour Stadium.

Group A: New Zealand, Canada, Denmark, Colombia
Group B: Costa Rica, Germany, North Korea, Ghana
Group C: Japan, USA, France, Paraguay
Group D: Brazil, England, South Korea, Nigeria

2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Opponent Venue; City Time (ET the day before)
Oct. 30 Japan Waikato Stadium; Hamilton 7 p.m.
Nov. 2 Paraguay Waikato Stadium; Hamilton 8 p.m.
Nov. 5 France North Harbour Stadium; Auckland 10 p.m.


U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearney, N.J.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Rachel Quon (Lake Forrest, Ill.), Julia Roberts (Fredrick, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kate Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Elizabeth Eddy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Mandy Laddish (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.)
FORWARDS (4): Hayley Brock (Acton, Mass.), Vicki DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)

DICICCO NAMES 20-PLAYER ROSTER FOR FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Tony DiCicco has named a 20-player roster that will travel to Chile for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, which takes place from Nov. 19 – Dec. 7. The roster features players representing 17 colleges across the country. Every game of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be shown on ESPN360.com and fans will be able follow the U.S. matches on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup
Group B Schedule

Date Opponent Venue; City Time (ET)
Nov. 19 France Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan 1 p.m.
Nov. 22 Argentina Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan 10 a.m.
Nov. 26 China Estadio German Becker; Temuco 2 p.m.


U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Cat Parkhill (Minnesota)
DEFENDERS (6): Kiersten Dallsteam (Washington State), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Liz Harkin (Arizona State), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Nikki Marshall (Colorado)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Elli Reed (Portland), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Portland)
FORWARDS (5): Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alyssa Mautz (Texas A&M), Alex Morgan (California), Nikki Washington (North Carolina)

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR UPCOMING MNT QUALIFIER: Tickets are still available for the U.S. Men's National Team's upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying game on Nov. 19against Guatemala. Kickoff at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., for the team’s last semifinal round qualifier is set for 6 p.m. MT, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Tickets ranging in price levels from $30 to $95 are now available online at ussoccer.com, by phone at 866-461-6556, at all Dick’s Sporting Goods locations in Colorado, and at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park ticket office, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Visa® is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer.

U.S. MNT Semifinal Round Qualifying Schedule

Date Opponent Venue Result / Time U.S. Goal Scorer(s) / TV
Aug. 20 Guatemala Etadio Mateo Flores; Guatemala City, Guatemala 1-0 W Bocanegra
Sept. 6 Cuba Estadio Pedro Marrero; Havana, Cuba 1-0 W Dempsey
Sept. 10 Trinidad & Tobago Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill. 3-0 W Bradley, Dempsey, Ching
Oct. 11 Cuba RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 6-1 W Beasley (2), Donovan, Ching, Altidore, Onyewu
Oct. 15 Trinidad & Tobago Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad 1-2 Davies
Nov. 19 Guatemala Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo. 6 p.m. MT Live on ESPN2, Galavision


– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-20 MNT TO HOLD TRAINING CAMP IN MADRID, SPAIN: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has named 18 players that will travel to Madrid, Spain from Nov. 15-23. The team will play games against club teams, with dates and opponents to be confirmed. The squad boasts nine professional players who play in seven different leagues around the world, including a pair from Germany’s Hertha Berlin in Bryan Arguez and Alfredo Morales and a duo from Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas in Josh Lambo and Anthony Wallace. Tristan Bowen of the Los Angeles Galaxy, Jorge Flores of Chivas USA and Abdusalam Ibrahim from Toronto FC round out the MLS contingent. All five of the domestically-based youth players play for clubs from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Gale Agbossoumonde (IMG), Anthony Arena (Crossfire Premier), U-17 Residency player Earl Edwards (La Jolla Nomads), Josh Hernandez (FC Dallas Juniors) and Zarek Valentin (PA Classics) each represent a different Academy club. The U-20 Men’s National Team is preparing for CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup qualifying, which will take place in Trinidad early in 2009.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Earl Edwards (San Diego, Calif.), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas)
DEFENDERS (5): Gale Agbossoumonde (Syracuse, N.Y.), Anthony Arena (Kenmore, Wash.), Kyle Davies (Southampton FC), Zarek Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA), Gregory Garza (Sporting Lisbon), Josh Hernandez (Dallas, Texas), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Giuseppe Nazzani (Reggio Emilia, Italy)
FORWARDS (4): Vincenzo Bernardo (SSC Napoli), Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles Galaxy), Abdusalam Ibrahim (Toronto FC), Jose Torres (Loros de Colima)

FIFA EXPLORING OPTIONS FOR 2009 FIFA UNDER-17 WORLD CUP: Nigeria, scheduled to host the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, has informed FIFA that it is no longer in a position to provide its support for the organization of the tournament. FIFA will make a decision on whether they will look to an alternate host in the near future. The tournament is currently set for October 24 – November 16, 2009. The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team, under head coach Wilmer Cabrera, will attempt to qualify for it’s record 13th-consecutive FIFA U-17 World Cup early next year. Dates and times for CONCACAF Qualifying, which will be held in Mexico, will be announced at a later date.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

FIFA GRANTS CHANGE OF DATES FOR UNITED STATES’ JUNE WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: The two USA final round qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup originally scheduled for June 6-10 will now be played during the time period between June 3-7, according to a decision announced by FIFA. The world governing body allowed for an adjustment in the official coordinated calendar based on the USA's participation in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, which takes place from June 14-28 in South Africa.

FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifying
CONCACAF Final Round

Match Dates
Feb. 11
March 28
April 1
June 3-7 (two official match dates)
Aug. 12
Sept. 5
Sept. 9
Oct. 10
Oct. 14

U.S. REFEREE PRE-SELECTED FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: U.S. Soccer referee Jair Marrufo has been pre-selected to represent the CONCACAF region at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. FIFA released a list of 38 officials from which the referees for the 2010 FIFA World Cup will be chosen. All 38 referees have attended various FIFA seminars and officiated in FIFA competitions since 2006, when the selection process began. Candidates were judged on performance in international matches, as well as various tests, including technical, physical and medical tests. Marrufo is joined on the list by fellow CONCACAF referees Joel Aguilar from El Salvador, Benito Archundia and Marco Rodriguez from Mexico and Carlos Batres from Guatemala.

2008 US YOUTH SOCCER ODP BOYS THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONAL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: Some of the nation’s top talent will converge on Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Thanksgiving Interregional. Teams will practice on Friday, Nov. 28, with competition beginning Saturday, Nov. 29 and running through Monday, Dec. 1. In addition to the 1994 and 1995 US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Regional Teams, the event will also feature the U.S. Under-14 National Teams divided into two teams. For complete results and more visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.

2008 US YOUTH SOCCER ODP GIRLS THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONAL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional is scheduled at the North Community Park and Coral Glades High School Sportsplex in Coral Springs, Fla. Teams arrive Saturday, Nov. 22, for two days of training, with competition beginning Monday, Nov. 24 and running through Friday, Nov. 28. In addition to the 1992-1994 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Regional Teams, the event will also feature the U.S. Under-16 National Team. For complete results and more visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.

NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS TO TAKE PLACE IN JANUARY 2009: The 2009 U.S. Soccer Winter National Coaching Schools have been scheduled for the first week of January, giving every coach a chance to obtain a FIFA recognized “A,” “B,” or “C” level license and to increase their knowledge of the game. IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., will host a National “B” and “C” License Course from Jan. 3-11. The University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla will host a National “A” License Course from Jan. 3-11 and The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., will host a National “A-Audit” Course from Jan. 3-9 and a National “A” License Course from Jan. 3-11. There will also be a National “B” and “C” License Course held from Jan. 3-11 at a West Coast location to be determined. As always, space is limited for all National Coaching License courses. Registration is underway and coaches are encouraged to apply early to ensure a place in the course. More information on the National Coaching Schools is available at ussoccer.com.

U.S. SOCCER OFFERS SIX-DAY COACHING EDUCATION TRIP TO ARGENTINA: As part of the U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department’s dedication to providing unique coaching opportunities to its members, CoachesNet is offering an educational trip from March 10-16, 2009, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. For six days and five nights, participating coaches will have the opportunity to interact with members of professional coaching staffs from Argentine clubs and youth national teams, attend two first division games, analyze professional training sessions and visit some of the most well-known stadiums and landmarks in the city. Registration also includes round-trip airfare from Miami International Airport, meals and four-star accommodations. More information is available in the Coaching Education section of ussoccer.com.

MLS PLAYOFFS START THURSDAY, OCT. 30: The 2008 MLS regular season is in the books and the Conference Semifinals begin Thursday, Oct. 30, as the Chicago Fire travels to face the New England Revolution at 7:30 p.m. ET, live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. Action continues on Saturday, Nov. 1, with the Houston Dynamo hosting the New York Red Bulls at 4 p.m. ET (Direct Kick, MLSLIVE.tv), Real Salt Lake travels to face Chivas USA at 6 p.m. ET (Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports en Español) and the Columbus Crew taking on the Kansas City Wizards at 8 p.m. ET (HDNet, Direct Kick, MLSLIVE.tv).

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE: With just one match to go in the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League, the Houston Dynamo, Montreal Impact and Puerto Rico Islanders are on the brink of advancing to the Championship Round. In Group B, Houston actually has two matches left to play and will face CD Luis Angles Firpo of El Salvador in El Salvador on Tuesday, Oct. 28, before hosting them on Nov. 26. Houston currently sits in third place in Group B with five points, behind Firpo who has seven and leader Pumas who has nine. Montreal leads Group C with 11 points and will face second-place Atlante FC of Mexico on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico is tied for second place in Group D with seven points, two behind leader Santos Laguna of Mexico. The Islanders play their last match of the group stage on Thursday, Oct. 30, when they travel to Panama to face Tauro FC, who also has seven points. More information, including complete schedule information, is available at www.concacaf.com.  

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: While the Los Angeles Galaxy mull over missing the playoffs, there came a small consolation prize for forward Landon Donovan in the 2-2 draw against FC Dallas on the final day of the regular season. The USA's all-time leading scorer recorded a personal best 20 goals in the 2008 MLS campaign, good enough to capture the Golden Boot as the league's top marksman. The eight-year veteran of MLS now has 84 career goals to his credit, adding 69 assists. Donovan set two other marks earlier this year, earning sole possession of first place at the top of the USA's all-time goalscoring chart when he netted his 35th international goal in the 2-0 win against Sweden on Jan. 19 at the HDC. Six months later, he became the 11th player in U.S. history to earn 100 caps when he appeared in the 0-0 draw against then No.1-ranked Argentina on June 8 at Giants Stadium.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team is just one day away from experiencing their first match in the first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup at the U-17 age level. The U.S. U-17 WNT kicks off the tournament against Japan at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, which translates to 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 29. While the matches in New Zealand will not be televised, fans can follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: How about Real Salt Lake? The team visited the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, Oct. 25, two points ahead of their opponent in the standings and needing a win or a tie in order to qualify for the MLS playoffs. At the 89-minute mark, Salt Lake found themselves on the low end of a 1-0 scoreline, but a 90th minute goal from Yura Movsisyan propelled the team to a 1-1 tie, 40 points in the regular season table and a spot in the 2008 MLS Western Conference Semifinals.

QUOTABLE: “It’s super exciting. I can’t wait. I’ll probably be shaking and so nervous that I want to throw up, but after the game starts, I think I’ll be fine. It’s an honor and a great learning experience for all of us.”
-- U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defender Cloee Colohan talks about the excitement of playing in the first FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup as she answers 11 Questions for ussoccer.com’s Center Circle (read).

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