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U.S. Soccer Wire: Ralston Replaces Injured Wolff For Gold Cup


RALSTON REPLACES WOLFF ON 18-MAN U.S. GOLD CUP ROSTER: New England Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston has been added to the USA's 18-man roster that will compete in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup beginning this Saturday (July 12).  Ralston replaces Kansas City Wizards forward Josh Wolff, who suffered a knee injury in the 3-2 loss to Colorado on Friday night. The 29-year-old midfielder has made 10 international appearances for the MNT, having played in three matches in 2003.  He scored the first goal of his international career in the USA's 4-0 victory against Canada on January 18 of this year.  Ralston will report to Providence in time for the team's first training session tomorrow. The rest of the U.S. MNT players reported to Providence, R.I, for training camp today in preparation to defend the team’s confederation championship in the Gold Cup. Midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, who injured his right arm in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Paraguay, rejoined the team after his X-rays were negative. The U.S. opens with a match against El Salvador on Saturday at Gillete Stadium, followed by a game against Martinique next Monday (July 14). The tournament will be held July 12-27 in three cities: Foxboro, Mass., Miami, Fla., and Mexico City.
U.S. MNT Upcoming Schedule (* - if necessary)
Date: Opponent, Venue; City - Kickoff (TV)
July 12: El Salvador, Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass. - 6:30 p.m. ET  (Galavision  - TD 7 p.m. ET, July 13)
July 14: Martinique, Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass. - 9 p.m. ET (Galavision)
July 17: Quarterfinals*, Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass. - 3 p.m. ET (Univision)
July 23: Semifinals*, Orange Bowl; Miami, Fla. - 8 p.m. ET (Galavision)
July 26: Third Place*, Orange Bowl; Miami, Fla. - 8 p.m. ET (Galavision)
July 27: Final*, Azteca Stadium; Mexico City, Mexico - 1 p.m. ET (Univision)

EARLY DONOVAN GOAL, LATE STEWART STRIKE KEEP U.S. UNBEATEN IN CREW STADIUM: The U.S. Men’s National Team used an early goal from Landon Donovan and a last-second strike from Earnie Stewart to deliver a 2-0 win over Paraguay in front of 14,103 fans at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio yesterday. With the win, the U.S. improved to 2-0-2 in Columbus, and posted its fourth consecutive shutout at Crew Stadium (4 goals for, 0 goals against). Chevrolet Man of the Match DaMarcus Beasley used a spectacular individual dribbling effort to create the first goal in the 12th minute, and a dangerous cross from Eddie Lewis bounced around in the box before finding Stewart for the second goal in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time. Kasey Keller extended his unbeaten streak to 15-0-4 on home soil and registered his 29th career shutout. U.S. captain Claudio Reyna returned from injury to play the final 30 minutes of the match, marking his first international appearance since the 1-0 quarterfinal loss to Germany on June 21, 2002 in the World Cup.

U.S. WNT TO FACE BRAZIL IN FINAL MATCH BEFORE WWC ROSTER IS CHOSEN: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach April Heinrichs named the 25-player roster that will train for five days in New Orleans, La., in preparation to face South American champion Brazil on Sunday (July 13) at Tad Gormley Stadium.  The training and match will be the last action for the USA before Heinrichs chooses the Women’s World Cup team in mid-August. The match kicks off at 3 p.m. CT and will be televised live on ESPN. Advance tickets ranging from $12 to $40 are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets (including Tower Records and Dillard’s), by phone at 504-522-5555 and online at www.ussoccer.com. A limited number of on-field seats, priced at $150, are also available. Information on special discounts for groups of 20 or more can be obtained by calling U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290. The match marks not only the first game in the state of Louisiana for the U.S. Women over the 18-year history of the program, but also the first-ever full international soccer match for a U.S. team in the state.
U.S. WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): LaKeysia Beene (San Jose CyberRays), Siri Mullinix (Washington Freedom), Jaime Pagliarulo (San Diego Spirit), Briana Scurry (Atlanta Beat);
DEFENDERS (8): Thori Bryan (San Jose CyberRays), Kylie Bivens (Atlanta Beat), Brandi Chastain (San Jose CyberRays), Joy Fawcett (San Diego Spirit), Christie Pearce (New York Power), Cat Reddick (UNC), Danielle Slaton (Carolina Courage), Kate Sobrero (Boston Breakers);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Lori Chalupny (UNC), Lorrie Fair (Philadelphia Charge), Julie Foudy (San Diego Spirit), Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Leslie Osborne (Santa Clara University), Tiffany Roberts (Carolina Courage), Lindsay Tarpley (UNC), Aly Wagner (San Diego Spirit);
FORWARDS (4): Mia Hamm (Washington Freedom), Tiffeny Milbrett (New York Power), Cindy Parlow (Atlanta Beat), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom).

MNT GOLD CUP GROUP C OPPONENTS NAME FINAL ROSTERS, ALTERNATES:  The U.S. Men’s National Team Group C opponents for the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup have named their 18-man rosters plus seven reserves for the upcoming competition. The U.S. will open the tournament facing El Salvador on Saturday (July 12) at 6:30 p.m. ET (tape delay on Galavision, 7 p.m. ET/PT on July 13). Next Monday (July 14), the U.S. faces Martinique at 9 p.m. ET (live on Galavision). All Group C matches will be played at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
El Salvador MNT Roster – 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GOALKEEPERS (2): Juan Jose Gomez (CD Águila), Henry Edimar Hernández (CD Águila);
DEFENDERS (6): Julio Alexander Castro (CD Arcense), Marvin Rene Gonzalez (CD F.A.S.), Alfredo Alberto Pacheco (CD F.A.S.), William Antonio Torres (San Salvador), William Jeoani Torres (CD El Dragón), Victor Manuel Velásquez (CD F.A.S.);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Santos Dagoberto Cabrera (CD Luis Angel Firpo), Guillermo Jose Morán (CD Luis Angel Firpo), Carlos Alberto Menjivar (CD F.A.S.), Gilberto Alfredo Murgas (CD F.A.S.), Oscar Alberto Navarro (Alianza F.C.), Roberto Alexander Ochoa (Atlético Balboa), Ramon Alfredo Sánchez (CD Arcense);
FORWARDS (3): Juan Alexander Campos (CD Águila), Rudis Alberto Corrales (Municipal Limeño), Diego Armando Mejia (Alianza F.C.)
ALTERNATES (6): GK - Jassir Orlando Deras (no club); D - Mauricio Arnoldo Quintanilla (CD Luis Angel Firpo), Rene Alexander Ramos (AD Isidro Metapan); M - Cristian Edgardo Alvarez (CD F.A.S.), Selvin Hernan Gonzalez (Alianza F.C.); F - Jose Antonio Mejia (San Salvador).
HEAD COACH: Juan Ramon Paredes

Martinique MNT Roster – 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jean-Francois Go (CS Case Pilote), Olivier Sylvius (Ecmulation);
DEFENDERS (6): William Anin (Club Franciscain), Audrey Bapin (CS Vauclinois), David Dicanot (Club Franciscain), Laurent Lagrand (Club Franciscain), Stéphane Suedile (Golden Star), Judes Vaton (Samaritaine);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Roberto Cinna (Stade Spiritain), Gael Germany (Samaritaine), Jean-Michel Michaud (Samaritaine), Willy Padoly (L’Aiglon du Lamentin), Steeve Riskwait (RC Riviére Pilote);
FORWARDS (5): Rodrique Audel (Stade Spiritain), Miguel Duragrin (Etendard), Yann Girier-Dufournier (RC Riviére Pilote), José Gordon (CS Case Pilote), Dominique Reyal (Club Franciscain).
ALTERNATES (7): GK - Eddy Heurlie (ES Troyes/FRA); D - José Pierre Fanfan (AS Monaco FC/FRA), Eric Mareval (AS Beauvois Oise/FRA), Fabrice Reuperné (SO Romorantin/FRA); M - Charles-Edouard Coridon (Lens/FRA); F - Patrick Percin (Club Franciscain), Frédéric Piquionne (Stade Rennais FC/FRA).
HEAD COACH: Théodore Antonin

– U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

O'REILLY HAS SURGERY TO REPAIR TORN ANKLE LIGAMENT:  Eighteen-year-old U.S. Women's National Team forward Heather O'Reilly underwent minor surgery last week in Chapel Hill, N.C., to repair an injured ankle ligament. She suffered the injury when she broke her left fibula in a collision with Irish goalkeeper Emma Byrne on June 14 in Salt Lake City. The fracture occurred in the lower part of the fibula near the ankle. The damage to ligament needed to be repaired to ensure that she regains full stability as the bone heals. Post-surgical protocol calls for a period of immobilization followed by a progressive strengthening program. The surgery does not significantly impact her rehabilitation time from the broken bone, and she is still in the running for selection to the 2003 Women's World Cup team. O'Reilly is currently in Chapel Hill, N.C., attending summer school before enrolling full-time at UNC in the fall and doing her rehabilitation with U.S. WNT athletic trainer Cody Malley.

U.S. WOMEN TO FACE COSTA RICA, MEXICO IN SEPT. SEND-OFF MATCHES: The schedule for the U.S. Women’s National Team during its final run to the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 has been set, and it features two send-off matches, the first against Costa Rica at The Home Depot Center in Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 1, with the Labor Day kickoff at 8 p.m. PT live on ESPN2. The USA will then travel to northern California to face Mexico on Sunday, Sept. 7, at Spartan Stadium with a 10 a.m. PT kickoff on ESPN. The U.S. women begin Women’s World Cup play on Sept. 21 against an opponent to be determined. Individual tickets for the Sept. 1 game in Los Angeles will go on sale in mid-August through Ticketmaster and online at www.ussoccer.com. Tickets for the Sept. 7 game in San Jose ranging in price levels from $20 to $50 go on sale starting Monday, July 14, at 10:00 a.m. PT at all Ticketmaster outlets (including Tower Records, Wherehouse Music and Rite-Aid), by phone (San Jose 408-998-8497; San Francisco 415-421-8497; Oakland 510-625-8497), and online at www.ussoccer.com.

– FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP USA 2003 UPDATE –

MEXICO, JAPAN PLAY TO 2-2 DRAW IN AZTECA IN WOMEN’S WORLD CUP PLAYOFF:  The battle for the 16th and final berth to the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup began this weekend as Mexico and Japan tied 2-2 in the opener of the home-and-home playoff series on July 5 at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. The teams will play the second leg on Saturday (July 12) at National Stadium in Tokyo (3 p.m. local time / 2 a.m. ET).  After a scoreless first half, Japan struck first in the 50th minute with a goal by Yayoi Kobayashi. But the lead didn’t last long for the visitors, as forward Iris Mora of UCLA tied the game nine minutes later with a spectacular goal from a good distance.  Japan went back up in the 73rd minute on a goal by Tomoni Miyamoto, but Mexico leveled the match at 2-2 three minutes later with a tally from defender Rubi Sandoval. The match was one of the best attended in the history of women’s soccer, with an estimated crowd of more than 85,000 fans attending the event, for which no admission was charged. Should the teams tie in Japan, overtime and then penalty kicks will decide who advances.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2003 Finalists
AFC (3 of 3.5): China (original host), North Korea, South Korea
CAF (2): Ghana, Nigeria         
CONCACAF (2 of 2.5): Canada, USA
CONMEBOL (2): Argentina, Brazil          
OFC (1): Australia             
UEFA (5): Germany, France, Norway, Russia, Sweden

– 2003 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE –

DATES SHIFT FOR TWO THIRD-ROUND LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP MATCHES:  A pair of changes have been made to the third round schedule of the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which was released last week. The July 16 match between the Milwaukee Bavarians and Milwaukee Wave United has been pushed back one week and now will be played Wednesday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m. CT at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee, Wisc. Also, the July 16 match between the Fresno Fuego and El Paso Patriots at Dudley Field in El Paso, Texas, has been pushed back to July 22. The game will be played at the same location, but will start a 7 p.m. CT. Also, the time has been set for the final second-round match between the Chesapeake Dragons and the New Hampshire Phantoms. The game will be played in Manchester, N.H.’s Singer Park on Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET. For complete news on the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the fourth rounding pairings for the remaining MLS teams, log on to the competitions page of ussoccer.com.
Second Round
#: Match-up, Venue; City - Date, Time
7a: Chesapeake Dragons (PDL) at New Hampshire Phantoms (USL-PSL), Singer Park, Manchester, N.H. - July 10, 7:30 p.m.
Third Round
#: Match-up, Venue; City - Date, Time
11: Seattle Sounders (A-League) at Minnesota Thunder (A-League), National Sports Complex, Blaine, Minn. - July 16, 7:30 p.m.
12: Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A-League) at D.C. United (MLS), Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, Md. - July 16, 7:30 p.m.
13: Fresno Fuego (PDL) at El Paso Patriots (A-League), Dudley Stadium, El Paso, Texas - July 22, 7 p.m.
14: Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL), Legion Sports Complex, Wilmington, N.C. - July 16, 7:30 p.m.
15: Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League) at Carolina Dynamo (USL-PSL), MacPherson Stadium, Browns Summit, N.C. - July 16, 7:30 p.m.
16: Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) at Milwaukee Wave United  (A-League), Uihlein Soccer Park, Milwaukee, Wisc. - July 23, 7:30 p.m.
17: MetroStars (MLS) at Mid Michigan Bucks (PDL), Hurley Stadium, Berkley, Mich. - July 16, 7:30 p.m.
18: Game 7a Winner at Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League), Frontier Field, Rochester, N.Y. - July 16, 7:35 p.m.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

U.S. U-17 MNT TO FACE CANADA IN BLAINE, MINN., ON SUNDAY: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will travel to St. Paul, Minn., tomorrow (July 8) for a five-day training camp, which will be capped off with an exhibition match against Canada on Sunday (July 13) at 7:30 p.m. CT at the National Sports Center in Blaine. This will be the first match for the U-17 MNT since its return in early June from Busan, Korea where it took second in the Busan International Youth Tournament. Tickets are still available for the game and can be purchased by calling the Minnesota Thunder at 763-785-3668 or by visiting www.mnthunder.com. The U-17 MNT will then travel to Carson, Calif. for a week-long training camp at The Home Depot Center. The team is preparing for the FIFA Under-17 World Championships, which begin August 13 in Finland. The U.S. is in Group D with South Korea, Sierra Leone and Spain, and will play its matches in the city of Lahti. Head coach John Ellinger has called in an 18-man roster for the match against Canada.
U.S. Under-17 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Phil Marfuggi (West Windsor, N.J.), Quentin Westberg (Saint Cloud, France);
DEFENDERS (6): Adrian Chevannes (Ft. Worth, Texas), Kyle Helton (Alpharetta, Ga.), Brandon Owens (Murrieta, Calif.), Jonathan Spector (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Chris Germani (Yardley, Pa.), Steven Curfman (Raleigh, N.C.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): John DiRaimondo (St. Louis, Mo.), Corey Ashe (Virginia Beach, Va.), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars), Jose Gomez (Inglewood, Calif.), Brian Grazier (Edwardsville, Ill.), Guillermo Gonzalez (L.A. Galaxy);
FORWARDS (4): Freddy Adu (Potomac, Md.), Michael Harrington (Greenville, S.C.), Jacob Peterson (Portage, Mich.), Jamie Watson (Coppell, Texas).

U.S. UNDER-19 WOMEN WIN FIRST TWO MATCHES IN EUROPE: The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team won the first two of its three matches on this European tour, both by shutouts, defeating Germany, 4-0, on July 2 in Duisburg, Germany, and Holland, 3-0, in Groensbek, Holland on July 5.  The USA will face the Dutch again on Wednesday (July 9) in Heenk, Holland, to finish the trip. The U.S. U-19s, who are early in the preparation stages for the 2004 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championships, scored all four of the goals against Germany in the first half over an 18-minute span.  Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), a veteran of the USA's 2002 U-19 World Champion Team, scored in the 25th and 37th minutes, while Megan Schnur (Butler, Pa.) and Carrie Schmitt (La Mesa, Calif.) added goals in the 35th and 43rd minutes, respectively.  Against Holland, 15-year-old Alexia Orand (Orange, Calif.) opened the scoring in the 14th minute.  Schmitt added a goal in the 43rd and Hanks finished the scoring in the 73rd, marking her eighth goal of the year for the U-19s and ninth international goal at the U-19 level.  Jeff Pill is serving as head coach for this trip as Tracey Leone gave birth to her first child in early June.
U.S. U-19 WNT Schedule/Results
Date: Opponent - Result (U.S. Goal Scorers)
July 2: Germany - 4-0 (Hanks (2), Schnur, Schmitt)
July 5: Holland - 3-0 (Orand, Schmitt, Hanks)
July 9: Holland

U-16 BOYS BEGIN TOURNAMENT AGAINST ENGLAND THIS WEEK: The U.S. Under-16 Boys National Team, made up of mainly younger players in the U.S. Under-17 residency program, face England today (June 7) in its first game of the International U-17 Tournament in Notts County. The four-team tournament includes the U.S., England, Brazil and Portugal in a round-robin format with matches also set for July 10 and 13. The U.S. will face Brazil on Thursday (July 10) and Portugal on Sunday (July 13). All six tournament matches will be played at Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground and will be televised by SkySports. The team will be coached by U-17 MNT assistant John Hackworth, as head coach John Ellinger will be with the U-17 Men’s National Team, who are traveling to Blaine, Minn., tomorrow for a training camp and match against Canada on July 13 at the National Sports Center.
U.S. U-16 BNT Schedule
Date: Opponent
July 7: England
July 10: Brazil
July 13: Portugal

– AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD –

EL SALVADOR TOPS MEXICO 2-1 IN CIENFUEGOS’ FINAL FULL INTERNATIONAL: Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Mauricio Cienfuegos, who has been with the MLS club since the inaugural season of 1996, played his final game for the El Salvadoran Men’s National Team yesterday at The Home Depot Center. Cienfuegos, 35, played the first 38 minutes of the match as his side defeated Mexico 2-1 before a crowd of 19,271. El Salvador opened the scoring in the 30th minute with a goal by Diego Majia. In the second half, El Salvador took a 2-0 lead on a goal by Rudis Corrales in the 60th minute. Mexico closed the gap in the 77th minute with a goal by Daniel Osomo, but could not net an equalizer. Mexico returns to Mexico City where it opens the CONCACAF Gold Cup vs. Brazil in Azteca Stadium on Sunday (July 13). El Salvador will face the U.S. in Foxboro, Mass. in the Gold Cup on Saturday (June 12) at 6:30 p.m. ET.

- U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT -

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Kasey Keller extended his personal unbeaten streak on home soil to 15-0-4 on Sunday (July 6) as he helped the U.S. shut out Paraguay 2-0. His best save of the match came in the 39th minute of the match, when he came out of his goal to challenge Jorge Campos who was freed behind the U.S. backline after an attempted offside trap. Keller saved the shot with his left hand to ensure career shutout No. 29.

MARQUE MATCH-UP: The U.S. Women’s National Team will host Brazil at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans this Sunday, July 13 live on ESPN at 3 p.m. ET. This will be the last chance for the players to impress head coach April Heinrichs prior to her selecting the final squad to play in the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Neither the men’s or women’s national teams from Mexico managed to pick up a win this weekend in a pair of matches. The women could only muster a 2-2 draw with Japan 2-2 in an FIFA Women’s World Cup playoff, despite having the almost undeard-of support of more than 85,000 fans at Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium in the first leg of a home-and-home series. Meanwhile, the men’s side continued their disappointing results by falling to El Salvador 2-1 in Carson, Calif., in a Gold Cup tune-up yesterday.

QUOTABLE: "He said I was going in goal and I had a shocked look on my face. I had no idea what was going on. I was glad the ball didn't end up anywhere near me.”
    --MetroStars and U.S. U-17 MNT forward Eddie Gaven, who admitted not having played goalkeeper since he was five. Gaven entered the match for his club at the beginning of overtime for Mark Lisi, after Lisi had moved between the posts and Tim Howard into the field during the changeover. After Howard moved back between the pipes, Gaven went on to score his first professional goal to give his side a 3-2 win over D.C. United in overtime.

 

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