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U.S. Soccer Wire: April 28, 2008


WNT HEADS TO BIRMINGHAM, ALA., AFTER 3-2 WIN VS. AUSTRALIA;
MORE THAN 37,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR MNT CLASH AGAINST ARGENTINA

WNT HEADS TO ALABAMA AFTER DRAMATIC WIN IN CARY, N.C.: In a match that was delayed 53 minutes due to rain and lightning, the U.S. Women’s National Team earned its first domestic win of 2008 with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Australia on a stoppage time goal from midfielder Carli Lloyd. The win was the first for Sundhage inside the United States and moved the USA’s record in 2008 to 11-0-1. The two teams will meet again next Saturday, May 3, in Birmingham, Ala., at the famed Legion Field (tickets). Kickoff is 4 p.m. CT and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel. Tickets starting at $18 and can be purchased through ussoccer.com, by calling 205-715-6000, and at all Birmingham-area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Publix and FYE stores). From Birmingham, the USA will travel to Washington, D.C., to face Canada on May 10 at 7 p.m. ET at RFK Stadium in a re-match of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying championship game held earlier this month in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Tickets ranging in price levels from $20 to $70, plus special VIP on-field seats for $150, are available online at ussoccer.com, through all Washington-Baltimore Ticketmaster outlets (including Macy’s stores), and by phone (Washington 202-397-SEAT (7328); Baltimore 410-547-SEAT (7328); Northern Virginia 703-573-SEAT (7328); out of state 1 800 551 SEAT (7328). Groups of 20 or more can obtain a discount order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

2008 U.S. WNT Upcoming Schedule
Date       Opponent    Location                                                  Result/Kickoff      U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
April 27  Australia       WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, N.C.) 3-2 W                      Kai, Wambach, Lloyd
May 3     Australia       Legion Field (Birmingham, Ala.)       4 p.m. CT (FSC)
May 10   Canada        RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)     7 p.m. ET

MORE THAN 37,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR MNT MATCH AGAINST ARGENTINA: Tickets for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s blockbuster match on June 8 vs. No. 1-ranked Argentina at Giants Stadium are now on sale to the general public. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and serves as the final tune up for the U.S. prior to the start of 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on June 15 vs. Barbados. For the match, U.S. Soccer has divided the seating into U.S.A., Argentina, and Mixed/Neutral fan sections at each price level. Tickets from $35 to $195, plus sideline seating in the front two rows for $295 per ticket, are now on sale at ussoccer.com, by phone at 201-507-8900 (New Jersey) or 212-307-7171 (New York City), at all area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Macy’s and FYE stores), and at the IZOD Center ticket office (open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form by visiting ussoccer.com or by calling 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets, special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with your name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits, are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

U.S. WOMEN AND UNDER-23 MEN DRAWN INTO GROUPS FOR 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS: The U.S. Women’s and Under-23 Men’s National Teams were drawn into their respective groups for the 2008 Olympic Games during the Final Draw on April 20 in Beijing, China. The U.S. Women were drawn in to Group G and will face Norway, Japan and New Zealand in first round play, while the U-23 Men were placed into Group B along with Japan, the Netherlands and Nigeria. On the men’s side, the U.S. will open against Japan on August 7 at 5 p.m. local (5 a.m. ET) before facing the Netherlands on August 10 at 7:45 p.m. local (7:45 a.m. ET), with both games taking place at the Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Tianjin. The team will then travel to Workers’ Stadium in Beijing to conclude group play against 1996 gold medalist and 2005 FIFA Under-20 World Cup finalist Nigeria on August 13 at 5 p.m. local (5 a.m. ET). The U.S. Women will open play on Aug. 6 against Norway in Qinhuangdao at the Olympic Center Stadium at 7:45 p.m. local (7:45 a.m. ET). The U.S. will then get two days of rest before facing Japan on Aug. 9 in Qinhuangdao at 5 p.m. local (5 a.m. ET) before finishing group play on Aug. 12 against New Zealand in Shenyang at the 60,000-seat Olympic Center Stadium at 7:45 p.m. local (7:45 a.m. ET).

Olympic Men’s Football Tournament
U.S. Schedule - Group B
Date         Opponent        Venue                                                                   Kickoff (Local/ET)
Aug. 7      Japan                Tianjin (Olympic Sports Center Stadium)    5 p.m. / (5 a.m.)
Aug. 10    Netherlands    Tianjin (Olympic Sports Center Stadium)    7:45 p.m. / (7:45 a.m.)
Aug. 13    Nigeria              Beijing (Workers’ Stadium)                            5 p.m. / (5 a.m.)

Olympic Women’s Football Tournament
U.S. Schedule - Group G

Date       Opponent         Venue                                                                              Kickoff (Local/ET)
Aug. 6     Norway             Qinhuangdao (Olympic Sports Center Stadium)   7:45 p.m. / (7:45 a.m.)
Aug. 9     Japan               Qinhuangdao (Olympic Sports Center Stadium)    5 p.m. / (5 a.m.)
Aug. 12   New Zealand  Shenyang (Olympic Center Stadium)                       7:45 p.m. / (7:45 a.m.)

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

MEN’S U-20 & U-17 CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HELD IN MEXICO AND TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: CONCACAF has announced that the Men’s Under-20 and Under-17 Championships will take place in Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico, respectively. The Under-20 Championship will take place in January or February of 2009, and qualify four teams to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt. The U.S. will be looking to qualify for its seventh-consecutive FIFA event at the U-20 level, and 12th overall. At the Under-17 level, the U.S. is the only country to have qualified for all 12 FIFA events, dating back to 1985. The CONCACAF Under-17 Championship will take place in April of 2009, and will send four teams to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria.

U.S. UNDER-20 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM GEARS UP FOR TRAINING CAMP IN MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has named 18 players who will travel to Manchester, England for a week-long foreign training camp. The team will play three friendlies against the reserve teams from EPL squads Bolton (May 7), Manchester United (May 8) and Liverpool (May 10). The trip is the third foreign training camp, and fifth overall, for Rongen's squad as they prepare for qualifying the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Brian Perk (UCLA)
DEFENDERS (6): Kyle Davies (Southampton), Greg Eckhardt (Clemson), Taylor Kemp (Real Colorado), Ike Opara (Wake Forest), Zarek Valentin (IMG Academy), Sheanon Williams (North Carolina)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jose Altamirano (San Diego, Calif.), Richard Balchan (Indiana), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA), Matt Kassel (New York Red Bulls), Derek Markheim (Ameins FC), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin)
FORWARDS (4): Steven Cabas (Florida International), Felix Garcia (Laredo, Texas), Peri Marosevic (Michigan), Billy Schuler (North Carolina)

2008 CONCACAF WOMEN'S U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP TO TAKE PLACE IN PUEBLA, MEXICO: The 2008 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship will be held from June 17-28 in Puebla, Mexico. At the tournament, the U.S. U-20 Women's National Team will play for one of three CONCACAF berths at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile. Along with the U.S. and hosts Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Trinidad & Tobago will participate in the tournament. The draw to determine the two groups will take place on May 6 at the CONCACAF General Secretariat in New York City.

U.S. UNDER-18 MNT CONCLUDES TRAINING CAMP WITH VICTORY OVER TCNJ: The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team scored three first-half goals en route to a 3-1 victory over The College of New Jersey, rounding out an eight-day training camp in Zarapeth, N.J. with a record of 2-0-1. The U.S. tied St. John’s University, 1-1, on April 23 before topping local Development Academy club PDA, 2-1, on April 24, and The College of New Jersey, 3-1, on April 26. Tristan Bowen and Adam Jahn led the team in scoring with two goals apiece throughout the three games. Most of the 24 players on the roster were born in 1991, with Madison, N.J. native Jon Aguirre and Tucson's Donny Toia the only representatives from the 1992 birth year. Five players who participated in the camp - Eder Arreola, Scott Caldwell, Bryan Dominguez, Aubrey Perry, Kofi Sarkodie - will graduate from the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., in May. Under-18 MNT head coach Bob Jenkins will next gather his group in mid-May for the Lisbon International Tournament in Portugal.

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Dillon Saffle (Sammamish, Wash.), Cody Mizell (Woodstock, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (6): Chad Barson (Lewis Center, Ohio), Jose Diaz (Fontana, Calif.), Aubrey Perry (Ocoee, Fla.), Kofi Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Korey Veeder (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Norris White (Kensington, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jon Aguirre (Madison, N.J.), Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Hunter Gorskie (Marlboro, N.J.), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Christopher Ortega (Chula Vista, Calif.), Harrison Petts (Zionsville, Ind.)
FORWARDS (10): Dersu Abolfathi (Irvine, Calif.), Eder Arreola (Chino Hills, Calif.), Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles, Calif.), John Fitzpatrick (Encinitas, Calif.), Adam Jahn (El Macero, Calif.), Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.), Dyland Renna (West Milford, N.J.), Kellyn Rose (Federal Way, Wash.), Ben Speas (Stow, Ohio), Donny Toia (Tucson, Ariz.)

U.S. U-18 MNT Results
Date        Opponent    Result      U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
April 23   St. John’s    1-1 T         White
April 24   PDA              2-1 W        Fitzpatrick, Bowen
April 26   TCNJ            3-1 W       Jahn (2), Bowen

U.S. U-18 WNT HEADS TO SUNRISE, FLA., FOR WEEK-LONG CAMP: U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team head coach Dean Deurst has called in 24 players for a week-long training camp in Sunrise, Fla. The camp, which kicks off May 3 and runs through May 10, features 21 players from the '90 age group, along with three players who were born in 1991 – Kecia Morway, Shalayla Mutz and Niki Read.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Ashley Baker (Lilburn, Ga.), Jessica Dulski (Pittsford, N.Y.), Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich.), Catherine Parkhill (Apple Valley, Minn.)
DEFENDERS (6): Sade Ayinde (Bellmore, N.Y.), Sarah Chapman (Silver Spring, Md.), Nicole Lipp (Lake Forest, Ill.), Amelia Mathis (Ventura, Calif.), Kecia Morway (Lake Villa, Ill.), Alyssa Pember (Northport, N.Y.)
MIFIELDERS (7): Chelsea Buehning (Essex Fells, N.J.), Charney Burk (North Tustin, Calif.), Kiley Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.), Alexandria Hampton (Piedmont, Okla.), Brittany Kerridge (Golden, Colo.), Lindsey Thompson (Bradenton, Fl.), Allie Vernon (Homer Glen, Ill.)
FORWARDS (7): Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Renae Cuellar (La Puente, Calif.), Danielle Hubka (Strongsville, Ohio), Shalayla Mutz (Homer Glen, Ill.), Laurie Nosbusch (Mequon, Wis.), Niki Read (Orion, Mich.), Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

U.S. U-17 WNT HEADS TO SUNRISE, FLORIDA FOR TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will once again set up training camp in Sunrise, Florida, from May 1-7, as head coach Kazbek Tambi has called in 24 players for a week of training that includes a match in Sunrise on May 7 against the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team. Twenty-one of the 24 players attended the U-17s January camp in Sunrise as Tambi continues to refine his squad in preparation for CONCACAF qualifying for the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the first-ever world championship for this age group. The CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship will be played from July 17-26 in Trinidad & Tobago with the top three teams advancing to the World Cup in New Zealand, to be held from Oct. 28-Nov. 16, 2008. The group stages of qualifying will be played at Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago and at Marvin Lee Stadium in Tunapuna. The semifinals and finals will be played at Marvin Lee Stadium.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.), Kelsey Wys (Coral Springs, Fla.).
DEFENDERS (7): Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas, Nev.), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Meagan Morris (Montclair, N.J.), Megan Oyster (Naperville, Ill.), Julia Roberts (Fredrick, Md.), Anne Steinlage (Grand Haven, Mich.);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kathryn Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (Pleasanton, Calif.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Sydney Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.);
FORWARDS (7): Kim Castleberry (McKinney, Texas), Tani Costa (Honolulu, Hawaii), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Alexi Harris (Plano, Texas), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Rachel Nuzzolese (Upper Brookville, N.Y.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)

U.S. UNDER-17 MNT WRAPS UP 26-PLAYER MINI-CAMP IN BRADENTON, FLA.: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera held a mini-camp with 26 players from April 23-27 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The players brought into the camp were all born in 1992 and 1993, meaning they are all eligible for the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria. Of the players called in to compete for a place in U.S. Soccer’s Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program, 15 are a part of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy. Full-time Academy scout Tony Lepore, who was instrumental in the player selection, joined Under-15 BNT head coach Jim Barlow and assistant coach Rene Miramontes in Bradenton, to assist Cabrera and his full time Residency coaches.

U.S. U-17 MNT Mini-Camp Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Charles Lyon (Chicago Fire), Brendan Moore (Concorde Fire)
DEFENDERS (4): David Caban (Chicago Magic), Ryan Narvaez (Redwood, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Nick Yin (DC United)
MIDFIELDERS (13): Jake Bushue (Chicago Magic), Samuel Coleman (Norman, Okla.), Lester Dewee (DC United), Alexis Hernandez (Chivas USA), George Malki (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire), Ryan Metts (CASL), Alex Molano (Grapevine, Texas), Ryan Neil (Mission Viejo, Calif.), George Pantelic (Real So Cal), Jose Perez (Grapevine, Texas), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire), Erik Stephenson (Surf)
FORWARDS (7): Rocco Bagley (Grand Prairie, Texas), Jonathan Brown (Clinton, Mass.), McAmos Paye (Wendell, N.C.), Soony Saad (Vardar), Dominick Sarle (BW Gottschee), Jordan Tyler (Michigan Wolves), Eriq Zavaleta (Westfield, Ind.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

BALTIMORE BLAST WIN MISL CHAMPIONSHIP: A hat-trick from Denison Cabral propelled the Baltimore Blast to their fourth Major Indoor Soccer League title on Saturday, April 26. Baltimore defeated La Raza de Monterrey, 14-11, at the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wis. It was almost a fairytale ending for La Raza in their first MISL season, but Baltimore pushed through to add their 2008 trophy to ones collected in 2003, 2004 and 2006. More information is available at misl.net.

COACHESNET LAUNCHES 'PREMIER INTERNATIONAL TOURS COACHES CORNER': U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet, through a partnership with Premier International Tours (formerly Euro-Sportring), is pleased to bring you Premier International Tours Coaches Corner, an on-going series of training sessions, exercises, and articles designed to inform and educate coaches on international coaching styles and methods. Premier International Tours, in conjunction with The Royal Netherlands Soccer Federation (KNVB), will highlight different topics each month from youth development, training sessions and coaching styles that the KNVB use to train their youth players. To learn more about Premier International Tours visit http://www.esrusa.com/.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Landon Donovan is on fire in Los Angeles. The U.S. all-time leading goal scorer notched a hat-trick against Chivas USA in the LA derby this weekend, as the Galaxy went on to defeat their rivals, 5-2. The goals on Saturday take Donovan's season tally to eight goals in the first five games, a new MLS record. At this rate, Landon is on pace to score 48 goals in MLS this season, an amount that would shatter Roy Lassiter's record of 27 goals which has stood since 1996.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Two goals down after 21 minutes, Fulham's relegation from the Premier League looked all but assured when the whistle blew for half-time. The Cottagers, however, lifted themselves off the mat and scored three unanswered second-half goals, including a stoppage time winner, to keep their hopes of avoiding the drop alive. Clint Dempsey and Kasey Keller went the full 90 minutes for Fulham, who next face Birmingham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: In a marquee matchup sure to stir the emotions of any devoted Soccer Wire reader, Barcelona travels to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals on Tuesday, April 29, in Manchester. The matchup, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET. on ESPN2, is guaranteed to be a tense affair after the two clubs drew 0-0 at the Camp Nou last week. The winner will earn a trip to Moscow for the Champions League Final, where they will face either Liverpool or Chelsea from the other semifinal tie.

QUOTABLE: "This is the game of soccer: anything can happen. It can take two or three minutes to score two goals. You know, that’s what you are going to get with a good team and Australia is a good team. That’s what can happen in the Olympics with good teams. At any given time, we’re going to have to prepare and fight until the end and that’s what we did. Carli Lloyd came up big for us at the last minute and she did that in the (Olympic) qualifiers too. We just need to fight to the end and when that final whistle blows we need to know that we gave 110 percent."
-- U.S. WNT forward Natasha Kai on the WNT’s 3-2 victory against Australia on Sunday, in which Australia came back from being two goals down and the U.S. relied on a Carli Lloyd goal in stoppage time to win.

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