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U.S. Soccer Wire: July 25, 2005


GOLD CUP CHAMPIONS: The U.S. Men’s National Team won their third CONCACAF Gold Cup championship with a heart-stopping penalty shootout victory (3-1) against Panama after 120 minutes of scoreless action Sunday at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The match was defined by the play of both goalkeepers as Kasey Keller and Jaime Penedo were fantastic in front of the net, coming up with key saves time and time again to force the game into overtime and, finally, penalty kicks. In the shootout, Keller continued his dominance by saving Panama’s first attempt by Luis Tejada, and then got some help from the crossbar and a clear miss over the frame. On the U.S. end, Santino Quaranta and Landon Donovan buried their attempts from the spot before Brad Davis secured the victory with a well-placed shot to the right corner. The U.S. adds their third Gold Cup championship, having previously won the inaugural tournament in 1991 and again in 2002. Similar to this tournament, the U.S. won the 1991 championship via penalty kicks, defeating Honduras 4-3 from the spot.
U.S. Men’s National Team Gold Cup Schedule
Date       Opponent      Venue/Location                              Time/Result       U.S. Goal Scorers   
July 7     Cuba             Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.             4-1 W              Dempsey, Donovan (2), Beasley
July 9     Canada          Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.             2-0 W              own goal, Donovan
July 12   Costa Rica     Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.      0-0 T                --
July 16   Jamaica         Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.      3-0 W              Wolff, Beasley (2)
July 21   Honduras       Giants Stadium, E. Rutherford, N.J.   2-1 W              O’Brien, Onyewu
July 24   Panama         Giants Stadium, E. Rutherford, N.J.   0-0 T (3-1 pk)   --

U.S. WNT KEEPS SHUTOUT STREAK ALIVE IN 3-0 WIN AGAINST ICELAND: The U.S. Women’s National Team scored all three goals in a six-minute span in the second half with Danielle Fotopoulos getting two in two minutes while Shannon Boxx added the clincher in a 3-0 victory against Iceland on a boiling hot day at the Home Depot Center. With the win, the USA moved to 7-0-0 in 2005 and extended its shutout streak to eight matches. The U.S. women have not allowed a goal this year while scoring 21. The USA’s starting lineup against Iceland featured just three players who started the Olympic gold medal match against Brazil on August 26, 2004. Two players earned their first career caps as Lindsey came on for Angela Hucles in the 63rd minute and Angie Woznuk, a former U-19 star for the USA, came on for Boxx in the 82nd. The debuts for Lindsey and Woznuk upped the number of players given a cap this year by Ryan to 28. Defender Kate Markgraf captained the USA for the first time since a two-game series in China in 2000.
U.S. WNT vs. Iceland
Date         Opponent     Venue/Location                                        Result         U.S. Goal Scorers
July 24      Iceland         The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.      3-0 W         Fotopoulos (2), Boxx

U.S. U-21 WNT ADVANCES TO NORDIC CUP FINAL: Lindsay Tarpley scored twice and Heather O’Reilly added another goal as the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team continued its remarkable run at the annual Nordic Cup, the world’s premier event for U-21 women, rolling to a 3-1 victory over Germany to claim the top spot in Group B and a berth in the championship game. The USA will face long-time rival Norway for the title on Tuesday, July 26. The match marks an amazingly consistent ninth consecutive Nordic Cup title game for the U.S. women, who have won an unprecedented six Nordic Cups in a row and seven out of the last eight. This is the 15th annual Nordic Cup, held in northern Europe every summer. The USA played Norway in a Nordic Cup final in three consecutive years from 1997-1999, winning twice and losing in 1998, but has not faced their long-time rivals in a Nordic Cup final since then.
U.S. U-21 WNT Nordic Cup
Date        Result / Matchup                          Time / U.S. Goal Scorers
July 20     U.S. U-21 WNT 4, Iceland 0          O'Reilly (2), Buczkowski, Rapinoe
July 22     U.S. U-21 WNT 4, Denmark 0        Lloyd (2), Rapinoe, Cheney
July 24     U.S. U-21 WNT 3, Germany 1       O’Reilly, Tarpley (2)
July 26     U.S. U-21 WNT vs. Norway            1 p.m. ET

FEILHABER SIGNS WITH GERMAN SIDE HAMBURG: Former U.S. Under-20 midfielder Benny Feilhaber signed a three-year contract with German club Hamburg SV this past week. Feilhaber had drawn the interest of the Bundesliga team after a strong performance with the Under-20s during the FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland this past June. The former walk-on at UCLA joined the Under-20s in December of 2004 when head coach Sigi Schmid took over the squad from the departed Thomas Rongen and quickly burst into the starting lineup. A number of teams had interest in the Brazilian-born player, but he decided on Hamburg after visiting the club after the World Youth Championship.

U.S. OPEN CUP PLAY RESUMES AUG. 3: The third round of the 2005 U.S. Open Cup is finally in the books after the Richmond Kickers (USL 1) and Ocean City Barons (PDL) played their match, originally scheduled for July 13, which had been postponed due to lightning. Ocean City got off to a quick start, as Byron Carmichael notched the game's first goal just four minutes in. Any thoughts of an upset were quickly put in question as Richmond answered with four goals of their own, including three consecutive strikes by forward McColm Cephas in a15 minute span. In the second half, Ocean City would battle back to pull within one at 4-3, but Richmond kept pouring it on and cruised to a highly entertaining 8-4 win. The 12 goal total sets a modern era (1995-present) record for goals in a U.S. Open Cup match. The tournament’s fourth round will be played on Wednesday, August 3, with the defending champion Kansas City Wizards of MLS beginning their quest for a repeat with a home match against the PDL’s Menace. A complete fourth round schedule, as well as the quarterfinal pairings, available at ussoccer.com’s U.S. Open Cup competitions page.

MLS ALL-STARS TO TAKE ON MCBRIDE, BOCANEGRA AND FULHAM FC ON SATURDAY: U.S. Men's National Team members Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Eddie Pope, Greg Vanney, Clint Dempsey and Jimmy Conrad were named to the 2005 MLS All-Star Team, which will take on Fulham FC on Saturday, July 30, at 3:30 p.m. ET at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. U.S. defenders Frankie Hejduk and Chris Albright, and forward Pat Noonan were named to the All-Star squad as reserves. The match, which will be broadcast live on ABC, will feature Brian McBride's return to the All-Star game and Crew Stadium as he and his teammates at Fulham do battle with the MLS' best. U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra will also suit up for Fulham in the match.

U.S. SOCCER REFEREE SANDRA SERAFINI OFFICIATES IN NORDIC CUP: U.S. Soccer National Referee Sandra Serafini is getting her first taste of international experience as a referee in the 2005 Nordic Cup, the premiere event for women of that age group. It is the second consecutive year that U.S. Soccer has sent a representative to the tournament as a way of exposing National Referees to the international stage and helping them gain experience before becoming certified by FIFA. Serafini refereed a 6-0 Germany win against Denmark and served as an assistant referee in a 4-2 Iceland win against Denmark. Her tournament duties will conclude on Tuesday (June 26) at 1 p.m. ET in the match to determine seventh and eighth place between Denmark and Sweden.

-- U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --

U-18 MEN PREPARE FOR 2005 MILK CUP NEXT WEEK: U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Bob Jenkins released the 18-man roster that will compete in the 2005 Milk Cup from Aug. 1-5 in Northern Ireland. The U.S. will take on Brazil in their opening match on Aug. 1, before facing Cameroon two days later. Interestingly, the U.S. will not face the other team in the elite group, host Northern Ireland, which will also face Cameroon and Brazil. Depending on the team’s showing against their two opponents, the U.S. will play in either the championship game or third place match against one of the other three teams. The U.S. will depart for Northern Ireland on July 28 and return to the U.S. on Aug. 6, a day after the tournament ends.
U-18 MNT Milk Cup Schedule
Date        Opponent
Aug. 1     Brazil
Aug. 3     Cameroon
Aug. 5     Placement Match
U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Steve Sandbo (SMU), Chris Seitz (SoCal United); DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (Arsenal FC), Pav Castaneda (Red Storm Clash), Greg Folk (UCLA), Paul Gerstenberger (Blackwatch SC), Jamil Roberts (Santa Clara), Karl Schilling (Uconn); MIDFIELDERS (7): Rodrigo Lopez (CD Chivas USA), Jason Leopoldo (SoCal United), Dax McCarty (UNC), Lee Nguyen (Indiana), Robbie Rogers (Maryland), Mike Vidiera (Duke), Sal Zizzo (Hodpurs Club); FORWARDS (3): Diego Barrera (Loyola Marymount), Charlie Davies (Boston College), Brian Martin (SC Milwaukee).

U-17 ’88 MNT CONTINUE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PREPARATIONS IN HOLLAND: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continues to prepare for the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship as they will travel to Atlanta on Monday (July 25) for a three-day camp before moving on to Holland for a week-and-a-half trip, which will include four matches against Dutch youth club teams. Head coach John Hackworth will be taking 24 players to Atlanta before reducing the squad by two for the Holland trip. Only three players (Daniel Kelly, Bobby Warshaw and Diego Restrepo) joining the U-17s in Atlanta are not currently a part of U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program. Upon arriving in Holland on June 30, the U-17s will travel to their camp location of Roermond and have two days of practice before their first match against PSV Eindhoven on Aug. 1. The U.S. will also face Heerenveen on Aug. 3, KRC Genk on Aug. 6 and Ajax on Aug. 8, before returning home the following day.
U-17 ’88 MNT Atlanta/Holland Schedule
Date          Opponent
Aug. 1        PSV Eindhoven
Aug. 3        Heerenveen
Aug. 6        KRC Genk
Aug. 8        Ajax
U-17 ’88 MNT Atlanta Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryant Rueckner (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Brian Perk (Santa Margarita, Calif.), Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.); DEFENDERS (7): Michael Balogun (Houston, Texas), Kevin Alston (Silver Spring, Md.), Eric Lichaj (Downer’s Grove, Ill.), Ofori Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Richard Edgar (Mechanicsville, Md.), Blake Wagner (Tampa, Fla.), Amaechi Igwe (Belmont, Calif.); MIDFIELDERS (10): Quavas Kirk (Aurora, Ill.), Kyle Nakazawa (Palos Verde Est., Calif.), Ryan Soroka (Langhorne, Pa.), Daniel Kelly (Henderson, Tenn.), Neven Subotic (Bradenton, Fla.), Jeremy Hall (Tampa, Fla.), Michael Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Bobby Warshaw (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Gabriel Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Anthony Ampaiptakwong (Carrollton, Texas); FORWARDS (4): Preston Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.), David Arvizu (Santa Ana, Calif.), Omar Gonzalez (Dallas, Texas), Eddie Ababio (Tampa, Fla.)

U-17 ’89/90 MNT FALLS TO CANADA IN MINNESOTA, GET SET FOR JAPAN TRIP: The U.S. Under-17 ’89/90 Men’s National Team fell to Canada 2-0 in their final game at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., and is now preparing for a 10-day trip to Japan in early August. In the Canada match, the U.S., comprised of players mainly born in 1989 and 1990, had difficulty dealing with the much older Canada squad, which was made up of mainly players born in 1987. Canada got goals from Mike D'Agostino (24th minute) and Alex Elliot (48th) for the victory. The players returned home after the Canada match, but will regroup on Aug. 5 in Los Angeles before departing for Japan. The team will stay in Gifu for two days and play a match against the Gifu HS Select team on Tuesday, Aug. 9, before departing for Toyota City directly after the match. The U.S. will then play two games over the next four days, taking on Nagoya Grampus on Thursday, Aug. 11, and finishing with an international against South Korea on Saturday, Aug. 13. As head coach John Hackworth will be working with the U-17 ‘88s as they continue their preparations for the FIFA U-17 World Championship, assistant coach Brian Maisonneuve will handle the head coaching duties for the trip. Maisonneuve is taking 18 players on the trip, a mix of players born in 1989 and 1990, seven of which are already in U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program. The other 11 players are possible additions to Residency this fall semester.
U-17 ’89/90 MNT Result/Schedule
Date             Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
July 18          Canada ‘87s 0-2 L --
Aug. 9           Gifu HS Select 
Aug. 11         Nagoya Grampus  
Aug. 13         South Korea
U-17 ’89 MNT Japan Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brandyn Bumpas (Denver, Colo.), Josh Lambo (Crystal Lake, Ill.); DEFENDERS (5): Greg Eckhart (Orange Park, Fla.), Anthony Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.), Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Ian Kalis (Plano, Texas); MIDFIELDERS (5): Cameron Brown (Garland, Texas), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.), Edgar Barajas (San Fernando, Calif.), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Kyle Davies (Pleasanton, Calif.); FORWARDS (6): Andrew Giallombardo (Manalapan, N.J.), Perica Marosevic (Rockford, Ill.), Joseph Sorrentino (Trenton, N.J.), Michael Stephens (Woodridge, Ill.), Josmer Altidore (Boca Raton, Fla.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.).

U-15 BNT HOLD FOURTH TRAINING CAMP IN NEW JERSEY: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team will hold their fourth training camp of the year from July 26-Aug. 3, at the PDA Complex in Somerset, N.J. Head coach James Barlow has invited 27 players to the weeklong camp, which will include four matches. The U-15s will have three days of training before facing the PDA U-17 squad on Friday, June 29, and the New Jersey ODP ’90 squad a day later. The players will train in the morning on Sunday, July 31, before attending the AC Milan-Chelsea match at Giants Stadium in the afternoon. The U-15s will then play two more matches on the following days, facing the PDA U-16s on Monday, Aug. 1, and the Match Fit U-16s on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
U-15 BNT Schedule
Date           Opponent
June 29       PDA U-17
June 30       New Jersey ODP '90
Aug. 1         PDA U-16
Aug. 2         Match Fit U-16
U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Zachary MacMath (Saint Petersburg, Fla.), Brandon Paul (Flemington, N.J.); DEFENDERS (6): Chad Barson (Lewis Center, Ohio), Luis Herrera (Harlingen, Texas), Nick Rihn (Glendale, Calif.), Chris Smith (Chula Vista, Calif.), Zarek Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Parker Walsh (Roanoke, Va.); MIDFIELDERS (14): Bobby Adkins (Shelby Township, Mich.), Alvaro Bastidas (North Lauderdale, Fla.), Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y.), Tommaso D’Agostino (Long Meadow, Mass.), Victor Duru (Atlanta, Ga.), Uwen Etuk (Herndon, Va.), Gregory Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Jesus Mireles (Pharr, Texas), James Mulligan (Medford, N.Y.), Dillon Powers (Plano, Texas), Alexei Reyes (Dallas, Texas), Marby Velasquez (Brentwood, N.Y.); FORWARDS (5): Dersu Abolfathi (Irvine, Calif.), Jose Altamirano (San Diego, Calif.), Brian Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Andrew Lubahn (Eerie, Pa.), David Yang (Ann Arbor, Mich.).

U-14 NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM'S IDENTIFICATION SET FOR JULY 31: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Development Program will hold their identification camp from July 31-Aug. 6 in Middlesex, Mass., with about 120 players being called in from all across the United States. Each of the four Regions (I, II, III and IV) will submit at least 20 players to the weeklong camp, which will include instruction and games while they will also be watched, evaluated and directed by U.S. Soccer’s National Staff coaches, U.S. coaches and other regional and state coaches. During the camp, the coaches stress problem-solving within the game, speed of play and competing in competitive environments. A full list of all the players invited to the identification camp will be made available later this week at the U-14 Programs team page on ussoccer.com.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USYS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR JULY 27-31 IN ORLANDO: The 2005 US Youth Soccer National Championships kickoff Wednesday (July 27) at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., where they will run until Sunday (July 31). The tournament consist of four national finalists from regional champions in each boys and girls age bracket from U-14 to U-19. The teams will play round-robin matches against other finalists on July 27, July 28 & July 29 to determine who will advance to play for the National Championship. The top two finishers in each group will advance to play for their age bracket National Championship on July 31. The 2005 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country’s oldest national youth soccer tournament, providing approximately 129,000 players on 7,200 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 state associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation. The US Youth Soccer National Championships cap a yearlong series of competitions for boys and girls teams in multiple age groups as teams earn their way from the top team in their state to the regional championship tournaments. State Cup champions and selected wildcard teams in most age groups are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. 2005 marks a special year for the four teams in the Under-19 Boys age group at the US Youth Soccer National Championship as the National Champion will hoist the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sport dating back to 1935 with the inaugural youth championships, on the 70th anniversary of the storied cup. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Under-19 Girls Ross Stewart Cup and 20th Anniversary of the Under-16 Girls Patricia L. Masotto Cup. The U.S. Soccer Federation initiated youth championships with the James P. McGuire Cup (Under-19 Boys) in 1935. Since its creation in 1974, U.S. Youth Soccer has added 11 divisions to the National Championship tournament, most recently with the Under-14 and Under-15 Boys and Girls divisions in 2001 to create the series current format. A complete update on the 2005 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships is available at http://Championships.USYouthsoccer.org.

2005 NATIONAL CUP IV BOYS U12-U14 & GIRLS U12-U15 CHAMPIONS CROWNED: National champions were crowned in Boys Under-12 through Under-14 and Girls U-12 through U-15 age groups Sunday, July 24 as the first weekend of the U.S. Club Soccer 2005 National Cup IV Finals concluded in Jacksonville, Fla.  Slammers FC (Calif.), in Premier Boys U-13 and Premier Girls U-15 competition, and the Chicago Magic (Ill.), in Super Group Boys U-13 and Premier Girls U-13 divisions, both claimed a pair of National Cup IV titles.  Teams from the Carolinas had a strong showing at the Finals as South Carolina’s Bridge FA (Premier Boys U-14), and North Carolina’s CASL (Premier Boys U-12) and Goldstar SC (Super Group Boys U-14) each won a national title.  Dramatic endings were the theme of the Premier Girls U-12 and U-14 title games.  Santa Rosa United (Calif.) scored with four minutes remaining in the second overtime period to win the U-12 title match, and the Central Valley Mercury were victorious by a slim 3-2 margin in a penalty kick shootout for the U-14 championship. The 2005 National Cup IV Finals continue next weekend, July 29 - Aug. 1, with Boys U-15 through U-17 action in Orlando, Fla., and Aug. 5-8 with Girls U-16 and U-17 competition in Stony Brook, N.Y.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Kasey Keller proved time and time again during the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup that he remains one of the world's top goalkeepers. In the semifinals and finals, against two teams that had been scoring in abundance, Keller allowed just one goal in 210 minutes of action, and then went to penalty kicks, where he allowed just one of four Panamanian attempts into his goal. The Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper is now the USA's all-time leader with 21 Gold Cup appearances in his career.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Under-21 Women are at it again as they take on Norway on Tuesday (July 26) for the 2005 Nordic Cup title. It is the ninth consecutive title game for the U-21 Women, who have won six in a row and seven of the last eight. The road to the championship match included two 4-0 wins against Denmark and Iceland and a 3-1 win against Germany. Kickoff for the final is slated for 1 p.m. ET in Sweden.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Nine straight finals of the Nordic Cup for the U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team is as shocking as it gets. Under the guidance of four different head coaches, playing against the best European competition, in a setting in which only the group champions advance to the finals, the U.S. U-21 WNT has amazingly made it to the finals of nine straight events, dating back to 1997 (winning the last six tournaments in advance of Tuesday's final against Norway).

QUOTABLE: “In German, Kasey Keller loosely translated means 'Soccer God.'"
 -- U.S. MNT defender Jimmy Conrad after the U.S. MNT won their third CONCACAF Gold Cup, thanks in large part to the spectacular play of goalkeeper Kasey Keller, as quoted by Marc Connolly of ESPN SoccerNet following the Gold Cup Final on Sunday (July 24).

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