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U.S. Soccer Wire - August 13, 2007


U.S. MNT TO FACE BRAZIL IN “CLASH OF CHAMPIONS” ON SEPT. 9 IN CHICAGO;
BRADLEY TO NAME ROSTER FOR AUG.22 FRIENDLY vs. SWEDEN ON TUESDAY;
U.S. WNT SET FOR FINLAND AFTER 6-1 WIN AGAINST NEW ZEALAND;
U.S. U-17 MNT SET TO KICK OFF 2007 FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP IN SOUTH KOREA

MNT FACE BRAZIL AT SOLDIER FIELD IN SEPTEMBER: After traveling to Sweden for their first friendly in Europe of 2007, the U.S. Men’s National Team will head to Chicago where they will face five-time world champions Brazil at Soldier Field. The “Clash of Champions” will pit the champion of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup against the champion of the 2007 CONMEBOL Copa America. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. CT and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Prior to the Brazil match, the team will travel to face 11-time World Cup finalists Sweden on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Ullevi Stadium in Goteborg, Sweden. For the double fixture date in October, the U.S. will first meet Catalonia on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the famed Camp Nou in Barcelona (time TBD), marking the teams’ debut against each other. Three days later, the U.S. will take on 2008 European Championship co-hosts Switzerland for the first game between the two sides in nearly 13 years, and the first since the 1-1 draw at the 1994 FIFA World Cup hosted by the United States. All three European matches will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, and fans can also follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. MNT 2007 Schedule
Date          Opponent     Venue                                                                 Result/Kickoff/TV
Jan. 20     Denmark      Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)           3-1 W
Feb. 7       Mexico           Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.) 2-0 W
March 25  Ecuador        Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)   3-1 W
March 28  Guatemala   Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)                       0-0 T
June 2      China            Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)              4-1 W
June 7      Guatemala^ Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)            1-0 W
June 9      T&T^              Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)            2-0 W
June 12    El Salvador^ Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)          4-0 W
June 16    Panama^     Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)           2-1 W
June 21    Canada^      Soldier Field (Chicago)                                    2-1 W
June 24    Mexico^        Soldier Field (Chicago)                                    2-1 W
June 28    Argentina #  Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo)               1-4 L
July 2        Paraguay #  Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas)                    1-3 L
July 5        Colombia # Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto)  0-1 L
Aug. 22     Sweden       Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden)       2:30 p.m. ET / FSC / Galavision (2:30 ET/PT)
Sept. 9      Brazil            Soldier Field (Chicago.)                                 3 p.m. CT / ESPN2 / Univision
Oct. 14      Catalonia    Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain)                      TBD / FSC & Galavision
Oct. 17      Switzerland St. Jakob Park (Basel, Switzerland)             2:30 p.m. ET / FSC & Galavision

^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
# Copa America

BRADLEY TO NAME ROSTER FOR AUG.22 SWEDEN MATCH TUESDAY ON USSOCCER.COM: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley will announce the USA's roster for the Aug. 22 friendly against 11-time World Cup finalists Sweden tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1 p.m. ET. exclusively on ussoccer.com. The 19-man group will begin arriving into Göteborg on Sunday, Aug. 19. Kickoff for the match at Ullevi Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local time) and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel (with Galavision airing the match live at 2:30 p.m. ET and delayed at 2:30 p.m. PT). Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The USA and Sweden have met only four times previously, with the series split evenly at 2-2-0. The teams last met over nine years ago, with the U.S. grabbing a 1-0 victory on Jan. 24, 1998, in Orlando, Fla., on the strength of a Roy Wegerle finish. Besides a 3-2 win by the U.S. in Stockholm on Aug. 20, 1916, the only other meeting on Swedish soil saw the hosts capture a 1-0 win on Aug. 16, 1995 in Norrkoping.

U.S. WNT BEAT NEW ZEALAND, LOOK TO FINLAND: The U.S. Women’s National Team dominated New Zealand on Sunday, Aug. 12, coming away with a 6-1 win at Soldier Field in Chicago. Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach notched two goals apiece and Kristine Lilly and Lindsay Tarpley each added goals in the fifth of six pre-Women’s World Cup matches. The U.S. will play its final Send-Off match against Finland on Aug. 25 in Carson, Calif., at The Home Depot Center in before the team heads to China (tickets).

2007 Women’s National Team Send-Off Series
Date       Opponent        Location                                                                      Result/Kickoff TV
June 16 China               Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio)   2-0 W
June 23 Brazil                Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)                2-0 W
July 14   Norway             Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.)              1-0 W
July 28   Japan               Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)                       4-1 W
Aug. 12  New Zealand  Soldier Field (Chicago)                                            6-1 W
Aug. 25  Finland             The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)            6:30 p.m. PT ESPN2

U.S. 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
Date              Opponent       Venue                                                                              Kickoff
Sept. 11        North Korea   Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)         5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 14        Sweden          Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)          5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 18        Nigeria            Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium)  8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
Sept. 22        Quarterfinals* Wuhan or Tianjin                                                           5 p.m. local or 8 p.m. local
Sept. 26/27  Semifinals*     Tianjin or Hangzhou                                                      8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
Sept. 30        Final*               Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium)  8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
* If Necessary

UNDER-17 MNT HEADS TO SOUTH KOREA FOR 2007 FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will arrive in South Korea on Tuesday, Aug. 14 to begin their final week of preparation for the 2007 FIFA Under-17 World Cup. The 21 players and staff assembled in Atlanta on Saturday (Aug. 11) and trained for two days before leaving on Monday afternoon for Changwon, South Korea. With a 14-hour flight, the U.S. will arrive in Changwon on Tuesday evening and hold their first training session in South Korea on Wednesday morning. The U.S. opens against Tajikistan on August 20 (7 a.m. ET), then faces Tunisia on August 23 (4 a.m. ET) and concludes group play on August 26 against Belgium (3 a.m. ET). The U.S. will play Tajikistan and Tunisia in Changwon before heading to Cheonan to face Belgium. All 52 matches of the tournament will be broadcast on ESPNU or ESPN360.com, with all three of the USA’s group matches being aired live on ESPNU. In addition, the USA’s second match against Tunisia on Thursday, Aug. 23 will be simulcast live on ESPN2 at 3:45 a.m. ET.

U.S. Under-17 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Larry Jackson (East Palo Alto, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.), Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Tommy Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.), Chris Klute (Grand Prairie, Texas), Kofi Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.), Dane Shea (College Station, Texas), Gregory Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Brendan King (Naperville, Ill.), Alex Nimo (Portland, Ore.)
FORWARDS (5): Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Abdusalam Ibrahim (FC Dallas.), Billy Schuler (Allentown, N.J.), Daniel Cruz (Glendale, Ariz.)

NOWAK NAMED HEAD COACH OF U.S. U-23 MNT: U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati appointed Peter Nowak head coach of the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team. The 43-year-old Nowak, who has served as an assistant coach of the full U.S. Men’s National Team since December of 2006, will lead the USA’s efforts to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In addition to his duties helping prepare the U.S. team for Olympic qualifying for the 2008 Beijing games, Nowak will continue to assist Bradley with the full national team. The preliminary qualification to the Men’s Under-23 Tournament commences in the Caribbean this month, with the final round of CONCACAF qualifying expected to take place early next year with the venues and dates to be determined. The United States qualified for six straight Olympic tournaments between 1980 and 2000 before missing out on the 2004 Summer Games in Greece. In 2000, the team turned in their best performance ever at this level, reaching the final four in Sydney before losing to Spain in the medal round.

ESPN TO COVER 2007 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to broadcast all 32 matches of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup from Sept. 10-30 in China. ESPN360.com will air all 32 games, ESPN will broadcast 12 games and ESPN2 will broadcast 20 games. Matches will be preceded by a 30-minute pre-game show and there will be a one-hour show between matches on certain days. The games will be shown between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET from China.

WNT TO PLAY IN ST. LOUIS FOLLOWING 2007 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team’s first match following the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be played at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo., on Saturday, October 13 at 7 p.m. CT vs. Mexico. Tickets starting at $20 go on sale to the general public this Friday, August 17, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 314-421-4400, and at all St. Louis-area Ticketmaster outlets (including Schnucks and Macy's). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290. Additionally, as a special benefit to VISA cardholders, a VISA-only pre-sale will be held between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. CT on Thursday, August 16, at ussoccer.com. VISA, the preferred payment card of U.S. Soccer, is the only payment method accepted for this advance sale opportunity.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-18 MNT FALLS IN OPENING MATCH OF SBS CUP: The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team fell, 1-0, to the Shizuoka Youth in their opening match of the SBS Cup at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka, Japan. Shizuoka Matsuda finished off a counter-attack in the eighth minute to give Shuzuoka the eventual game-winner. Yosuke Kawai served the ball into the penalty area and Matsuda headed home past goalkeeper Brian Perk. The U.S. will next face Ukraine on Sunday, Aug. 12 before finishing up the tournament against Japan on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

U.S. U-17 '91 MNT FINISHES FOURTH IN JAPAN: The U.S. U-17 '91 MNT finished in fourth place at the Toyota International Youth Championship after falling 6-5 in penalty kicks to a select Nagoya Grampus squad. Regulation ended with the teams tied, 2-2. The squad advanced to the third place match by topping Australia, 3-0, in their second game of the tournament. They kicked off the tournament with a 3-1 loss to Japan.

U.S. U-15 GIRLS' NATIONAL TEAM TO PLAY JAPAN U-16s TWICE AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-15 Girl’s National Team will play its first-ever full international matches this week, facing the Japanese U-16 Girl’s National Team twice at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. U.S. head coach Tad Bobak will bring 26 players to training camp starting today and running through Friday, Aug. 17. The U.S. U-15s will face Japan on Wed., Aug. 15, and Friday, Aug. 17, with the match on Aug. 15 kicking off at 4:30 p.m. and the match on Aug. 17 starting at 5 p.m., both at The HDC. The matches will present interesting challenges to the U.S. U-15s, all of whom were born in 1992, as the Japanese have already qualified for next year’s FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup being held in New Zealand. Japan qualified through the 2007 AFC U-16 Women’s Championships, held last March in Malaysia. Japan earned its berth with a 3-1 semifinal victory over China, but fell in the championship to North Korea, 3-0. North Korea and South Korea also secured spots in New Zealand. Japan brought a team to the USA that is a mixture of players born in 1991 and 1992.

U.S. U-15 Girls' National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Erin Dees (Downers Grove, Ill.), Makenna Henry (Fountain Valley, Calif.), Emily Oliver (Flossmoor, Ill.), Anna Sieloff (Troy, Mich.);
DEFENDERS (9): Mackenzie Akerfelds (Littleton, Colo.), Mia Bruno (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), Briana Hovington (Lothian, Md.), Emi Lawson (Shoreline, Wash.), Meg Morris (Montclair, N.J.), Megan Oyster (Naperville, Ill.), Mollie Pathman (Durham, N.C.), Catherine Sessions (Woodbury, Minn.), Carrie Whigman (Phoenix, Ariz.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michelle Cruz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Naperville, Ill.), Zoe Dickson (Orange, Calif.), Kylie Facinelli (Del Mar, Calif.), Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (Pleasanton, Calif.), Natalia Ledezma (La Mirada, Calif.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Kealia Ohai (Draper, Utah);
FORWARDS (5): Kaley Blades (Largo, Fla.), Kori Chapic (Russel, Ohio), Maya Hayes (West Orange, N.J.), Devin Marshall (Bonita, Calif.), Tawni Martino (Irvine, Calif.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SET FOR LAUNCH WITH 64 CLUBS: Thirteen final clubs have been selected to join U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy, bringing the total number of clubs taking part in the first year of the revolutionary new program to 64. The 64 teams will be divided into eight conferences, each comprised of eight teams based largely on geographic proximity. Each team will play approximately 30 matches during an eight-month season, with the winner of each conference playing in the Academy Finals at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The Development Academy kicks off in September with a two-day orientation in Chicago. The first matches of the inaugural season will then begin during the first week of October. More information, including a complete list of clubs, is available at ussoccer.com.

SEMIFINALS PAIRINGS SET FOR U.S. OPEN CUP: The New England Revolution will face off against the Carolina Railhawks and FC Dallas will match-up against the Seattle Sounders on Tuesday, Sept. 4, in the semifinals of the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Sounders (USL-1) advanced to the final four with a stunning 5-0 victory against the Colorado Rapids (MLS) on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Qwest Field in Seattle, while the RailHawks (USL-1) squeaked by the Richmond Kickers (USL-2), 1-0, at home. New England defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders, 2-1, and Dallas defeated the Charleston Batter, 2-1, in overtime to advance to the semifinals.

U.S. PARA-PAN AMERICAN TEAM FALLS TO BRAZIL IN OPENER: The USA men’s soccer 7-a-side team opened the Para-Pan American Games with a 7-0 first-round loss to host Brazil today at the Deodoro Sports Complex. The U.S. will match-up against Venezuela on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 12 p.m. local time in the final group match. Tournament playoffs begin Thursday, Aug. 16, and the gold medal match will take place at 12 p.m. local time on Saturday, Aug. 18. Paralympic soccer is played seven-a-side on a smaller field and with smaller goals than non-disabled soccer. Each team plays with seven men using the International Federation of Associated Football (FIFA) rules which have been slightly modified to accommodate the disabilities of the athletes.

U.S. Para-Pan American Games Schedule
Date        Opponent       Result   U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 13   Brazil               0-7 L      n/a
Aug. 14   Venezuela
Aug. 16   Playoffs
Aug. 18   Final*
*If necessary

U.S. Para-Pan American Games Soccer Team Roster
GOALKEEPER: Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS: Derek Arneaud (Lehigh Valley, Pa.), Louis Garrett (Columbus, Ohio), Jason Slemons (Seattle, Wash.), John Theobald (Syracuse, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS: Josh McKinney (Virginia Beach, Va.), Tom Latsch (Virginia Beach, Va.), Shaun Schetka (Wexford, Pa.)
FORWARDS: Chris Ahrens (Virginia Beach, Va.), Josh Blue (Denver, Colo.), Marthell Vazquez (Virginia Beach, Va.)

LAREDO DEFEATS MICHIGAN TO WIN PDL CHAMPIONSHIP: The Laredo Heat defeated the Michigan Bucks, 4-3 in penalty kicks, on Saturday, Aug. 11, to win the 2007 PDL Championship after a scoreless draw in Laredo, Texas. The game was a rematch of last year's championship, which Michigan won, 2-1, also in Laredo. The deciding penalty kick was scored by 17-year-old Felix Garcia, who also scored in the 1-0 semifinal win against the Fresno Fuego.

LOS ANGELES AND HOUSTON TO HOST SUPERLIGA SEMIFINALS ON AUG. 14-15: The Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo, two of the semifinalists in the inaugural SuperLiga™ 2007, will host the next round of matches scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, August 14 and 15. Los Angeles and CF Pachuca advanced to the semifinals out of Group A ahead of CD Guadalajara and FC Dallas. Houston and D.C. United led Group B over Club America and Monarcas Morelia. More information is available at SuperLiga2007.com.

SuperLiga Semifinals Schedule
Date       Matchup                                          Venue                                                                    Time (ET)
Aug. 14  Houston Dynamo vs. Pachuca  Robertson Stadium (Houston, Texas)            10 p.m.
Aug. 15  LA Galaxy vs. D.C.                        United Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)  10 p.m.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION GRANTS PROGRAM OPEN FOR 2008: The 2008 Annual Grants Program for the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, is now available online at ussoccerfoundation.org. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET on Monday, October 15. Applications can be submitted for: a Program Grant to support the development of players, coaches or referees; a Field Enhancement Grant to improve a field with new goals, irrigation or lighting; or an All Conditions Fields Grant to help build a synthetic grass field. More information about the grant making program, as well as Frequently Asked Questions are available at ussoccerfoundation.org.

COACHING SYMPOSIUM HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH FINAL SEND-OFF SERIES GAME: Soccer coaches around the nation will have an opportunity to join the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department in supporting the U.S. Women’s National Team in advance of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. The final U.S. Soccer Coaching Symposium of the summer will be staged at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., (schedule) on Aug. 24-25 with the U.S. Women taking on Finland just days before their China departure. [CoachesNet]

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Marcus Hahnemann secured an unlikely point against Manchester United in Reading's EPL opener on Sunday, Aug. 12, with nine saves, including a number of clutch snags as the reigning league champs peppered his goal due to an extra man in the final 20 minutes. This was Hahnemann's first league match since returning from a broken hand he suffered in the final match last year. The surgery included 16 metal bolts and a plate was inserted to help him recover in time for this season. Overall, Manchester United took 25 shots, hitting nine on frame, while Reading was only able to muster three total shots (two on goal). Things don't get any easier of the Royals as they go up against Chelsea at home on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Clarence Goodson shocked the Columbus Crew in the 92nd minute of the team’s 3-2 win on Saturday, Aug. 11, and it wasn’t because of a spectacular defensive play. The FC Dallas defender scored the third goal of his career in stoppage time against the Crew, which turned out to be the game-winner and his first goal in 2005.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will kick off their run at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup on Monday, August 20, at 7 a.m. ET against Tajikistan. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “I told her I had a match that day, but she wasn't having any of that. She said it was only a friendly and that I had to help her.”
-- Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on being ruled out of attending Manchester United's pre-season friendlies against Glentoran and Dunfermline by his wife Cathy, who needs him at home to organize their house move.

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