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U.S. Soccer Wire: Oct. 26, 2009


U.S. MEN TO PLAY FIRST-EVER MATCH AGAINST SLOVAKIA ON NOV. 14;
U.S. U-17 MNT FALL 2-1 TO SPAIN IN WORLD CUP OPENER, FACE MALAWI NEXT ON THURSDAY, OCT. 29;
U.S. WOMEN SET TO FACE GERMANY ON THURSDAY, OCT. 29  

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TO PLAY SLOVAKIA ON NOV. 14: The United States Men’s National Team will face fellow 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Slovakia on Saturday, Nov.14 in Bratislava. Kickoff time and television details for the USA’s first-ever visit to Slovakia will be finalized in the near future. Combined with the match against Denmark on Nov. 18 in Aarhus, the U.S. will have played 12 games on foreign soil in 2009, including five matches in the run to the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Additionally, the U.S. is one of only six teams – including Denmark, Germany, Korea Republic, Netherlands, and Paraguay – that will have the opportunity to face two 2010 World Cup finalists on the last two international fixture dates of the year. Fans can follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. 

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING – A LOOK BACK: The 16-month FIFA World Cup qualifying process began for the U.S. on June 15, 2009, and concluded 484 days later with the U.S. capturing the top spot in the final round standings in CONCACAF. Along the way there were records set, new talent uncovered, and veterans displaying their leadership both on the scoresheet and through their determined efforts. The U.S. demonstrated both command and resilience during the campaign, combining attacking prowess with defensive mettle to produce some of the most impressive results in their qualifying history. Roughly seven months from now the U.S. will open their pre-World Cup training camp; until then, the statistics and notes included here help tell the journey the U.S. traveled to qualify for its sixth consecutive FIFA World Cup. 

TICKETS FOR DENMARK FRIENDLY AVAILABLE TOMORROW, OCT. 27: Visiting supporters tickets for the U.S. Men's National Team's international friendly Nov. 18 against fellow 2010 FIFA World Cup participants Denmark at NRGi Park in Aarhus, Denmark, will go on sale at 9 a.m. CT on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Tickets located in the stadium's East Tribune are $46 and are subject to availability, with the order deadline falling on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. CT. Orders are limited to a number of 10 tickets per purchaser, with a $15 shipping rate per order. Fans are invited to pay with a Visa® card, the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. 

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* 3-2 W Casey (2), Donovan Estadio Olímpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* 2-2 T Bradley, Bornstein RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Nov. 14 Slovakia TBA TBA Bratislava, Slovakia
Nov. 18 Denmark 2 p.m. ET TBA NRGi Park; Aarhus, Denmark
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Oct. 20 – Oct. 26

U.S. U-17 MNT FALL 2-1 TO SPAIN, LOOK AHEAD TO MALAWI ON THURSDAY: In Kano, Nigeria, the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team fell in their opening round match against Spain 2-1, despite an early red card to Spanish defender Sergi Gomez and a Jack McInerney strike in the fourth minute. Spain managed to take the lead with two counter-attacking goals in the 22nd and 30th minutes. The Spanish side withstood several late second-half chances by the U.S. to get the win as the game was broken up by lighting outages on two occasions. The result leaves the United States in third in Group E, and they will look to rebound with a win against fourth place Malawi on Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. ET. Fans can watch the match on ESPNU, ESPN360.com or Galavision, or follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer. 

U.S. U-17 World Cup Schedule
Date           Opponent         Time/Result         TV/Goalscorers                        Venue
Oct. 26       Spain                   1-2 L                       McInerney                                Sani Abacha Stadium; Kano, Nigeria
Oct. 29       Malawi                 11 a.m. ET              ESPNU/Galavision                      Sani Abacha Stadium; Kano, Nigeria
Nov. 1        UAE                    10 a.m. ET              ESPNU/Galavision                      Gateway International; Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria 

ussoccer.com’s U-17 MNT Coverage – Oct. 20 – Oct. 26

U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM IN GERMANY PREPARING FOR OCT. 29 MATCH: U.S. Women's National Team has arrived in Germany for the USA’s match against Germany on Oct. 29 at the newly constructed Impuls Arena in Augsburg, Germany. The match will pit the reigning Women’s World Cup champions Germany against the reigning Olympic champions. It will be the seventh game for the U.S. in 2009 and the first since the close of the inaugural WPS season. The U.S. women hold a 6-0-1 record with the lone draw coming against Sweden in the Algarve Cup title match. The match kicks off at 1 p.m. ET and fans can follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussocer. 

U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (6): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (UNC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Out of contract), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Kacey White (Sky Blue FC)
FORWARDS (3): Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom) 

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Oct. 20 – Oct. 26

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-15 GNT TO PARTICIATE IN THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONALS: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will participate in the Thanksgiving Interregional Tournament in Sunrise, Fla., from Nov. 20-27, 2009. U.S. head coach Mike Dickey brings 24 players to Florida for four matches, two against ODP Regional teams, and two against the Costa Rica U-17 Women’s National Team. Dickey’s squad ranges in age from player born in 1993 through 1995, with most of the roster consisting of 1994s. The ODP Regional teams and the Costa Ricans will be made up of 1993s. The USA opens its game schedule on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. ET against Region I (East) at Coral Glades High School and faces Costa Rica on Monday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. ET, also at CGHS. The team will have a rest day on Tuesday before facing Costa Rica again on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. ET at North Community Park (Field 1) and then finishes the schedule against Region IV (West) at 8 a.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 26, also at North Community Park. 

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): McKenzie Karas (Premier ’95 Black; Las Vegas, Nevada), Katelyn Rowland (San Juan Spirits; Vacaville, Calif.), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (7): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Lauren Bernard (Nordic SC; Colchester, Vt.), Kelli Hubly (Sockers FC; Elk Grove, Ill.), Laura, Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.),  Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.), Maya Theuer (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Joanna Boyles (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C.), (Miranda Freeman (Team Boca; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Gabrielle Galante (Montclair Thunderbolts; Howell, N.J.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Courtney Raetzman (Sockers FC; Elk Grove, Ill.), Brittany Ratcliffe (FC Pennsylvania Strikers; Williamstown, N.J.), Haley Washburn (San Juan Spirt; Folsom, Calif.), Sandra Yu (Cleveland Futbol; Strongville, Ohio)
FORWARDS (3): Mariana Galvan (SC Sporting; San Jose, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Jasmine Paterson (Kendall SC; Key Largo, Fla.) 

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION– 

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR THE FINAL DRAW OF FIFA 2010 WORLD CUP ENDS OCT. 30, 2009: FIFA announced that the accreditation process for media representatives who intend to cover the Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ in Cape Town began on Oct. 1 via the FIFA Media Channel (http://media.fifa.com). The deadline for accreditation applications is Oct. 30, 2009. The draw event will take place on Dec. 4 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa. Media related information for the draw, i.e. media accommodation, media facilities and activities throughout the draw week will be published on the FIFA Media Channel. Thereafter, the applicant’s information will be subject to a review process by FIFA, the Organizing Committee for the FIFA World Cup™ as well as the mandatory security screening conducted by the South African National Intelligence Agency. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail.  

USA BID COMMITTEE GIVES FANS THE CHANCE TO “SUPPORT YOUR CITY”: The USA Bid Committee has added a “Support Your City” section to goUSAbid.com, the online home for the United States’ bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. The new “Support Your City” section of the Web site features city-specific pages for each of the 27 cities currently being considered as potential host cities to be included in the U.S. bid that will be submitted to FIFA in May 2010. The new pages provide valuable city-specific information and photos while giving fans another opportunity to put their support behind the candidate city of their choice by signing the online petition at goUSAbid.com. 

TICKETS FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP GO ON SALE ON OCT. 29: The Organizing Committee for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany has launched its ticketing campaign today. Sales phases will be divided in three periods, two of which, “City series” and “Twenty11” are focusing on families and clubs. The first round of ticket sales will begin on Oct. 29. The day has been specifically chosen to launch the online order form on www.fifa.com as it coincides with the match between women's soccer powerhouses Germany and the USA at the new FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium in Augsburg, Germany. This will mark the start of the first sales period, which will continue until Jan. 31, 2010, with the "city series" being exclusively on offer during this phase. 

PARALYMPIC TEAM FALLS TO RUSSIA, SCOTLAND: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team dropped its second Group B match, falling 2-1 to Scotland at the CPISRA 7-a-Side Football Championship in Arnhem, Netherlands. The team opened the tournament on Friday, Oct. 23, with a 5-0 loss against Russia. The U.S. will face Canada at 12:45 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Oct. 27, and Japan at 12:45 p.m. local time on Wednesday, Oct. 28, to determine places nine through 11 at the tournament. 

U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team Schedule
Date           Opponent            Time/Result         TV/Goalscorers                        Venue
Oct. 23       Russia                    0-5 L                       --                                               Papendal; Arnhem, Netherlands
Oct. 25       Scotland                 1-2 L                       Ballou                                         Papendal; Arnhem, Netherlands
Oct. 27       Canada                  5:45 a.m. ET                                                              Papendal; Arnhem, Netherlands
Oct. 28       Japan                    5:45 a.m. ET                                                              Papendal; Arnhem, Netherlands  

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 and Florida. 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 Oxnard College in Oxnard, Calif.  

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL GOALKEEPING LICENSE COURSE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct its National Goalkeeping License course Jan. 24-31, 2010, in Carson, Calif. at The Home Depot Center. 

COACHESNET INSIDER: CoachesNet caught up with U.S. Soccer National Staff Coach Roberto Lopez on the recent Under-17 Men’s National Team mini-camp in Bradenton, Fla. For this CoachesNet Insider edition Coach Lopez shows us the training journal. 

COACHESNET OFFERS INTERNATIONAL TRIPS IN 2010: U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet is offering educational trips to both, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Madrid, Spain in 2010. The announcement comes six months after the inaugural and successful coaching education trip that took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Click here for more details. 

2009 US CLUB SOCCER OHIO CUP CONCLUDES, CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDED: Ohio Cup winners were crowned over the past two weekends as part of US Club Soccer’s state championship competition for member clubs and teams. Eight teams captured state championships in the U-11 through U-14 event on Oct. 10-11 at the OESA Training and Competitions Facility in suburban Cincinnati, and winners receive preferential seeding in US Club Soccer’s 2010 National Cup IX.  

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT *** 

PEAK PERFORMERS: The Columbus Crew became only the second team in MLS history to successfully defend the Supporters’ Shield after they finished as the team with the best regular season record in the 2008 and 2009 season. D.C. United is the only other team, which won the title in 2006 and 2007. 

MARQUEE MATCHUPS: Thursday, Oct. 29 will serve up a healthy portion of international soccer as the No. 1 FIFA ranked U.S. Women’s National Team and No. 2 Germany face off in a friendly in Augsburg, Germany, and the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team look to rebound against Malawi and secure passage into the second round of the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Fans can follow the matches at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at www.twitter.com/ussoccer. 

SOCCER SHOCKER: In CONCACAF Champions League play against Metapan, Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall scored a goal from his own end as he sent the ball into the area from approximately 75 yards out. The Metapan ‘keeper went up to contest the ball with forward Brian Ching but neither player appeared the touch the ball as it sailed past and bounced once before settling into the back of the net. 

QUOTABLE: “I’m very honored and appreciative to have the experience and success that I’ve had so far. It’s been a long 10 years overcoming a lot of adversity, but I’ve accomplished a lot and enjoyed some of the best friendships of my life. I’ve been all over the world and played against some of the best players in the world. To be able to play a sport that I love for a living has just been amazing, but hopefully, I can top off my career with a World Cup championship to be content with walking away from the game.” –U.S. Women’s National Team defender Heather Mitts reflected on her career so far and her aspirations for the future

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