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U.S. Soccer Wire: Aug. 16, 2010


U.S. FALLS TO BRAZIL 2-0 AT NEW MEADOWLANDS STADIUM;
GROUPS AND VENUES ANNOUNCED FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING;
NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME INDUCTS FOUR NEW MEMBERS IN 2010

U.S. FALLS TO BRAZIL 2-0 IN FRONT OF 77,223 FANS AT THE NEW MEADOWLANDS STADIUM: The U.S. Men’s National Team fell 2-0 to Brazil in the first match for both teams since the end of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The match was played in front of a crowd of 77,223 on a balmy night at the New Meadowlands Stadium. U.S. head coach Bob Bradley started nine players who were members of the 2010 World Cup Team, including team captain Carlos Bocanegra, goalkeeper Tim Howard, midfielder Michael Bradley and forward Landon Donovan. The two players getting starts who were not in South Africa were Omar Gonzalez, who earned his first full national team cap in the center of the defense, and Alejandro Bedoya, who earned his fourth cap after getting the nod at right midfield.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Aug. 10 – Aug. 16

GROUPS AND VENUES ANNOUNCED FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: The groups and venues for the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament, to be held from Oct. 28-Nov. 8 in Cancún and Playa del Carmen, Mexico, were announced after the draw was held at the CONCACAF headquarters in New York City. The United States, which remained the No. 1 team in the most recent FIFA World Rankings released on Aug. 13, has been drawn into Group B along with Costa Rica, Haiti and Guatemala. Group A features host Mexico, Canada, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana. Group A will play in the 9,000-seat Estadio Beto Ávila in Cancún, while Group B will face off in Estadio Unidad Deportiva in Playa del Carmen, which holds around 7,000 fans.

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Aug. 10 – Aug. 16

NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME INDUCTS FOUR NEW MEMBERS FOR 2010: The National Soccer Hall of Fame inducted four new members on Aug. 10 in a ceremony that took place before the USA’s match with Brazil at the New Meadowlands Stadium. The 2010 Induction Class includes Thomas Dooley and Preki Radosavljevic in the Player category, Bruce Arena as a Builder and Kyle Rote Jr. as a Veteran. The four were also introduced on the field before the game in front of a crowd of 77,223 along with past Hall of Fame inductees.

ussoccer.com’s Hall of Fame Coverage – Aug. 10 – Aug. 16

ROCHESTER VAULTS INTO FIRST PLACE OF THE USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE AFTER TWO WINS IN WEEK 19: With the D-2 season winding down, Week 19 was a return to a full league schedule with 10 games across three days. On Aug. 11, the Rochester Rhinos defeated the Carolina RailHawks 2-0 on the road, which, combined with their 2-1 victory against the Montreal Impact on Aug. 14, puts the Rhinos at the top of the table. In other action, the Portland Timbers drew the NSC Minnesota Stars 2-2 in Oregon and the Montreal Impact played Crystal Palace Baltimore to a scoreless draw in Quebec. Welcoming Tampa Bay to their home, the Puerto Rico Islanders drew 1-1 with the Rowdies. On Aug. 14, Portland goalkeeper Steve Cronin earned a shutout in their second game of the week as the Timbers defeated AC St. Louis 1-0. The Austin Aztex lost only their third game of the season, falling to the Puerto Rico Islanders 2-0 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale saw a high-scoring in-state rivalry match as Miami FC drew 3-3 with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Vancouver Whitecaps FC earned a 1-0 victory against the NSC Minnesota North Stars and Crystal Palace defeated the RailHawks 2-1 in Baltimore.

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Schedule and Standings

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-17 WRAPS UP TRAINING CAMP IN BOGOTA, COLOMBIA: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team is heading home after a training camp that began on Aug. 4 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and concluded in Bogota, Colombia. Head coach Wilmer Cabrera, a native of Colombia, brought 22 players into the final foreign-based training camp before the start of the Fall 2010 Semester of U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program. Cabrera led the U.S. team in two matches against Colombia, both ending in one-goal defeats to the hosts. Eric Rodriguez and Marc Pelosi scored in the American’s 2-3 loss on Aug. 10, and Andrew Oliver netted the lone U.S. goal on Aug. 13, a 2-1 defeat. The young squad rounded out the trip with a 0-0 draw against a youth team from local club Millonarios.

U.S. U-17 MNT Results
Date          Opponent                Result             U.S. Goalscorer(s)       Location
Aug. 10     Colombia                2-3 L               E. Rodriguez, Pelosi    Bogota, Colombia
Aug. 13     Colombia                1-2 L               Oliver                        Bogota, Colombia
Aug. 15     Millonarios              0-0 T               --                              Bogota, Colombia

U.S. U-17 WOMEN TO FACE CHINA’S U-18 WNT TWICE DURING FLORIDA CAMP: The U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team has come together for a week-long training camp in Sunrise, Fla., until Aug. 21. During the camp, the squad will play two exhibitions on Aug. 18 and 20 against China’s U-18 Women’s National Team. Mike Dickey has called up 24 players for the camp, the core of which represented the USA during its CONCACAF qualifying campaign that saw the young Americans outscore their opponents 38-0 over five games, but due to a penalty kick loss in the semifinal, did not advance to this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago. Eleven players who were on the USA’s CONCACAF qualifying team will be at camp, including goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin, who has garnered national media attention of late for her non-profit foundation that raised money to bring the Haitian U-17 Women’s National Team to the United States a few weeks ago to participate in a tournament at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburgh, Fla.), McKenzie Karas (Premier ’95 Black; Las Vegas, Nev.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Danielle Colaprico (PDA; Freehold, N.J.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.), Maya Theuer (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alex Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Bays; Baltimore, Md.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Haley Washburn (San Juan SC; Folsom, Calif.), Danielle Weatherholt (So Cal Blues; Capistrano Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Alesha Blair (De Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Jamia Fields (Real So Cal; Alta Loma, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Kodi Lavrusky (Legends FC; Yucaipa, Calif.), Kristen McNabb (PDA; Montville, N.J.)

U.S. U-15 GNT COMES TOGETHER FOR TRAINING CAMP IN FLORIDA: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will come together for a training camp in Sunrise, Fla., being held from Aug. 22-28. Mike Dickey will bring 24 players to the camp, all born in 1995, and this group will form the core of the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan, which has never before participated in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at any level. The U.S. U-15s will play two international matches against U-17 teams during the camp, taking on the Korea Republic on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. and facing Nigeria on Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. The venues for the games have yet to be confirmed. Forward Amber Munerlyn is the leading scorer for the U-15s in 2010, having scored three goals in four matches against youth club, adult women’s club, international and college competition.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Mikaela Berger (West Coast FC; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Ga.), Carissa Miller (Sereno DC; Cave Creek, Ariz.)
DEFENDERS (5): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.); Lauren Kaskie (Neusport FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Micaela Powers (Ohio Galaxies; Beavercreek, Ohio), Jenna Romano (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Joanna Boyles (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C), Caroline Chagares (PDA; Wyckoff, N.J.), Kaitlyn Clark (KC Select; Liberty, Mo.), Miranda Freeman (Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Gabrielle Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Lydia Simmons (FC Stars of Mass; Londonderry, N.H.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.), Madison Tiernan (PDA; Vorhees, N.J.)
FORWARDS (7): Elizabeth Boon (Columbia Timbers; Washougal, Wash.), Frannie Crouse (Beadling SC; Jeanette, Pa.), Vanessa Kovar (VSA Heat; Manassas, Va.), Katie Mohr (Santa Rosa United; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Rebecca Schoales (Crossfire Premier; Port Orchard, Wash.), Zoe Swift (NSA Premier; Naperville, Ill.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With less than four months to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cup™ to come to the United States – and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup™ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

U.S. BEACH SOCCER DROPS THREE MATCHES IN PORTUGAL: The U.S. Beach Soccer Men’s National Team returned without a win from the International Tournament Mundialito in Praia de Rocha, Portimão, Portugal. Head coach Eddie Soto and 10 players traveled to the event, which served as a warm-up for the 2010 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, tentatively scheduled for early December. The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup has been switched to a biannual event, and will next be played in 2011.

U.S. Beach Soccer Results
Date         Opponent                 Result              Location
Aug. 6     Portugal                    1-5 L               Portimão, Portugal
Aug. 7     Brazil                        1-9 L               Portimão, Portugal
Aug. 9     Argentina                  3-6 L               Portimão, Portugal

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR TWO EDUCATIONAL TRIPS IN 2011: In an effort to continue providing unique coaching opportunities to its membership, U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet announces plans to offer educational trips to Brazil and Germany in 2011. Entering its third year, the aim of U.S. Soccer’s international coaching education program is to expose U.S. coaches to other federations and clubs to learn the steps they take to develop their coaches and players. Attendees interact directly with top-level coaches, administrators and players from some of the best clubs and countries in the world. Scheduled to take place March 18-25, 2011, coaches will visit five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. While in Rio de Janeiro, coaches will take part in educational lectures with various professional coaches, visit with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and attend professional training sessions and games.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES UNDERWAY: The U.S. Olympic Committee is now accepting requests from United States media organizations for accreditation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The application form is available through the USOC's media-specific site,   http://usocpressbox.org. The deadline for making the request is Oct. 1, 2010. This process is open to print, internet and photographic media organizations that are based in the United States and meet the guideline standards outlined by the USOC. All non rights-holding broadcasters will be accredited by the International Olympic Committee.  The form will be available March 2011, on the IOC website www.olympic.org and the deadline for submission for all non-rights holding broadcasters will be in May 2011.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: FC Dallas continued their recent run of good form with a 3-1 road win against D.C. United on Saturday night. FCD has now gone unbeaten in 10 consecutive games and has climbed to third place in the Western Conference of MLS. During their run, Dallas has won five and drawn five of their matches, amassing 20 points out of a possible 30.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League begins this week with four MLS teams in action. Toronto FC kicks off against Cruz Azul on Aug. 17 to get action underway. On Aug. 18, the Columbus Crew and Municipal square off, while Real Salt Lake play host to Arabe Unido. Seattle Sounders FC closes this week’s schedule when they travel to Marathón on Aug. 19.

SOCCER SHOCKER: As the English Premier League opened its season this past weekend, newcomers Blackpool FC were quick to make their mark in the top flight of the English game. The club from the northwest of England dropped a hefty 4-0 defeat on perennial Premier League performers Wigan Athletic FC in the first match of the season to announce their arrival.

QUOTABLE: “It’s meant a lot. This country gave me an opportunity and the thing is you see a lot of times people get an opportunity, but you have to really want it and really embrace that opportunity and go after it. I feel like I really wanted it and I went after it, and I guess people respected my work and what I’ve done and that’s why I’m here.” –Preki Radosavljevic on being able to play for the United States and being recognized by the National Soccer Hall of Fame for his achievements

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