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U.S. Soccer Wire: Nov. 1, 2010


U.S. WNT ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS, FACE COSTA RICA IN GROUP B FINALE;
PUERTO RICO WINS USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP 3-1 ON AGGREGATE;
U.S. PARALYMPIC NATIONAL TEAM TAKES SECOND PLACE AT 2010 COPA AMERICA

U.S. WNT ADVANCES TO SEMIFINALS OF WCQ, FACE COSTA RICA TONIGHT: With the United States and Costa Rica both winning their first two Group B matches at the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament, both countries have made the all-important semifinals from which the winners will qualify for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. First place in the group is still to be determined and the Americans will close Group B action against the Ticas on Nov. 2 at Estadio Quintana Roo with a kickoff at 9:30 p.m. ET. Fans can watch live via a free video web stream on CONCACAF.com (the commentary will be in Spanish) or follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. CONCACAF TV is streaming every match of the Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament. The 16-game event will finish with the championship and third-place matches on Nov. 8. 

2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying
U.S. Women’s National Team Schedule and Results
Date         Opponent        Kickoff/Result        Web TV                      Venue
Oct. 28     Haiti                5-0 W                  --                               Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico
Oct. 30     Guatemala       9-0 W                  --                               Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico
Nov. 1      Costa Rica       9:30 p.m. ET        CONCACAF.com          Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico
Nov. 5      TBD                TBD                     CONCACAF.com          Estadio Beta Avila; Cancun, Mexico
Nov. 8      TBD                TBD                     CONCACAF.com          Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN GERMANY: Individual tickets for all 2011 Women's World Cup matches are officially on sale. Individual tickets are available from approximately $20 for first round matches, with the exception of the opening match, and the match for third place. Of the 700,000 available tickets, more than 270,000 have already been sold as venue specific tickets and group tickets.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Oct. 26 – Nov. 1

U.S. MEN TO FACE SOUTH AFRICA ON NOV. 17 IN NELSON MANDELA CHALLENGE: The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to South Africa to take on 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts South Africa on Nov. 17 at the magnificent Green Point Stadium in Cape Town at 2 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or at twitter.com/ussoccer and it will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. The U.S. will be returning to South Africa for the first time since the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where they finished in first place in Group C ahead of England, Slovenia and Algeria before going out in the Round of 16.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Oct. 26 – Nov. 1

PUERTO RICO WIN USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP 3-1 ON AGGREGATE: The Puerto Rico Islanders claimed the 2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Championship 3-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw with the Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., in the second leg of their two-game series. The Islanders came into the match holding a 2-0 advantage after scoring twice in the first leg on Oct. 24 at Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. No team had come back from a two-goal deficit in the 2010 playoffs, and the RailHawks were unable to reverse that trend on home soil as first half goals for each team would be the only scoring on the night.

USSF D-2 Pro League Championship Series Results
First Leg
Date       Match                                                                     Venue
Oct. 24   Puerto Rico Islanders 2, Carolina RailHawks 0            Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel, Bayamon, Puerto Rico                              

Second Leg
Date       Match                                                                    Agg. Score            Venue
Oct. 30   Carolina RailHawks 1, Puerto Rico Islanders 1            1-3                          WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

U.S. PARALYMPIC NATIONAL TEAM TAKES SECOND AT COPA AMERICA AFTER 5-0 WIN AGAINST VENEZUELA: The U.S. Paralympic National Team used a 5-0 victory against Venezuela to finish in second place at the 2010 Copa America and earn a place in the 2011 CPISRA World Championship. Josh McKinney added to his impressive scoring record with two goals against Venezuela, bringing him to eight at the Copa America and 68 in his career. Marthell Vasquez added a pair of goals against Venezuela and Jason Siemons added one. Brazil's 4-1 win against Argentina secured second place for the U.S., marking their best-ever finish at the event. Jay Hoffman's team will travel to the CPISRA World Championship in the Netherlands, from which four teams will qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. 

U.S. CPRISA America's Championship Schedule / Results
Date             Opponent             Result             Venue
Oct. 18         Canada                6-1 W              Buenos Aires; Argentina
Oct. 20         Brazil                  0-5 L                Buenos Aires; Argentina
Oct. 22         Mexico                8-4 W              Buenos Aires; Argentina
Oct. 24         Argentina            2-2 T                Buenos Aires; Argentina
Oct. 26         Venezuela           5-0 W               Buenos Aires; Argentina

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 MNT TO PLAY COLOMBIA, MEXICO IN KENNESAW, GA.: The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team will participate in a three-game international tournament with Mexico and Colombia at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga., from Nov. 26-28. The Torneo de las Americas will see Thomas Rongen’s team take on Colombia on Nov. 26 and play Mexico two days later, with both games kicking off at 3:30 p.m. ET. Colombia will also play against Mexico on Nov. 27. The U.S. U-20 MNT is gearing up for the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in April in Guatemala. More information about the team’s roster for the event will be available at a later date.

Torneo de la Americas Schedule
Date                Match                       Kickoff (ET)               Venue
Nov. 26           USA vs. Colombia      3:30 p.m.                 KSU Soccer Stadium; Kennesaw, Ga.
Nov. 27           Colombia vs. Mexico   3:30 p.m.                 KSU Soccer Stadium; Kennesaw, Ga.
Nov. 28           USA vs. Mexico          3:30 p.m.                 KSU Soccer Stadium; Kennesaw, Ga.

U.S. U-17 MNT ARRIVES IN ENGLAND FOR 11-DAY TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team has arrived in Manchester, England, for an 11-day training camp that will include matches against youth teams from Manchester City, Blackburn and the Scotland U-17 MNT. The team will visit the facilities of the premier league teams while continuing preparations for February’s CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The 20-player roster will play its only international game of the trip versus Scotland on Wednesday, Nov. 10, before returning to Bradenton, Fla. Scotland is preparing for the Elite Round of European qualifying, set for March 2011. 

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kendall McIntosh (Mustang Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas) 
DEFENDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy 1969; Tokyo, Japan), Alessandro Mion (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio), Danny Zaid (Camp Elite Guatemala; Guatemala City) 
MIDFIELDERS (8): Joe Amon (South Carolina United FC; Summerville, S.C.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Esteban Rodriguez (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale, Calif.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.) 
FORWARDS (4): Daniel Flores (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Alex Muyl (Cosmos Academy East; New York, N.Y.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)

U.S. U-15 GNT HEADS TO FLORIDA FOR WEEK OF TRAINING: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team, under the direction of head coach Mike Dickey, will convene in Sunrise, Fla. from Nov. 19-25 for a week of training that also will include three matches. Dickey has called up 24 players, 20 born in 1995 and four in 1996, for the final U-15 GNT camp of the year. The squad will play two U-16 ODP Regional Teams made up of players born in 1994, facing the Region I (East) team on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. at Florida Atlantic University and the Region 3 (South) squad on Thursday, Nov. 25 at 8 a.m. at FAU. The U.S. U-15s will also scrimmage the Norwegian College of Elite Sport on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at FAU. These players are at the beginning of a cycle that has the end goal of qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The roster features players from 18 different states.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Ga.), Carissa Miller (Sereno SC; Cave Creek, Ariz.), Katherine Stratton (Tupelo FC; Belden, Miss.)
DEFENDERS (6): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.); Lauren Kaskie (Neusport FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Annia Mejia (Arsenal FC; Bloomington, Calif.), Meaghan Mulligan (PDA; Freehold, N.J.), Jenna Romano (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Joanna Boyles (Raleigh, N.C; CASL Spartan Elite), Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton Colo.), Rosie DiMartino (Albertson Fury; Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Miranda Freeman (Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Gabrielle Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Lydia Simmons (FC Stars of Mass.; Londonberry, N.H.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; St. Lorton, Va.), Sarah Teegarden (Arsenal FC; Monrovia, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Elizabeth Boon (Columbia Timbers; Washougal, Wash.), Mikaela Harvey (Lonestar SC; Liberty Hill, Texas), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Rebecca Schoales (Crossfire Premier; Port Orchard, Wash.), Gabriela Stoian (Sereno FC; Phoenix, Ariz.), Zoe Swift (NSA Premier; Naperville, Ill.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than 30 days to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cup to come to the United States – and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

WAMBACH AND SOLO NOMINATED FOR FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR: U.S. forward Abby Wambach and goalkeeper Hope Solo are two of 10 nominees for the 2010 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. The nominations included seven players who were part of WPS teams this past season. In addition, for the first time FIFA will name a men’s and women’s coach of the year and U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage is up for the award. The captains and head coaches of every women’s national team will vote and the top-three vote getters in each category will be revealed on Dec. 6. The winners will be revealed at the annual FIFA awards gala Jan. 10, 2011, at the Zurich Kongresshaus.

2010 FIFA Women’s World Player Nominees:
Camille Abily (France), Fatmire Bajramaj (Germany), So Yun Ji (Korea Republic), Marta (Brazil), Birgit Prinz (Germany), Caroline Seger (Sweden), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Kelly Smith (England), Hope Solo (USA), Abby Wambach (USA)
 
2010 FIFA World Coach of the Year-Women's Soccer Nominees:
Bruno Bini (France/France National Team), In Cheul Choi (Korea Republic, Korea U-20 National Team), Maren Meinert (Germany/Germany U-20 National Team), Albertin Montoya (USA/ FC Gold Pride), Silvia Neid (Germany/Germany National Team), Hope Powell (England/England National Team), Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japan National Team), Bernd Schroeder (Germany/FFC Turbine Potsdam), Pia Sundhage (Sweden/USA National Team), Beatrice von Siebenthal (Switzerland/Switzerland National Team)

SOTO NAMES ROSTER FOR FINAL TRAINING CAMP AHEAD OF THE CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: U.S. Beach Soccer Men’s National Team head coach Eddie Soto will hold the final domestic training camp before the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship from Nov. 10-13 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Soto will use the 18-player camp to finalize his 12-man selection to represent the United States at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifying event, which will be held from Dec. 1-5 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The U.S. last qualified for the annual FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2007, and seven players who are part of this camp participated in Rio de Janeiro: Luis Montanez, Francis Farberoff, Zack Ibsen, Jevin Albuquerque, Yuri Morales, Brendon Taguinod and Raphael Xexeo.

U.S. Beach Soccer Men’s National Team Roster: 
GOALKEEPERS (2); Mike McAndrews (UC Santa Barbara; Long Beach, Calif.), Luis Montañez (Santa Clara Sporting; Hayward, Calif.) 
DEFENDERS (7): Joe Cartlidge (So Cal Beach FC; Redondo Beach, Calif.), Francis Farberoff (Rio Beach Soccer; Hollywood, Fla.), Giovanni Garcia (Pugg BS Club; Miami, Fla.), Zack Ibsen (El Farolito SC; San Francisco, Calif.), Eric Meister (Doxa Italia; Coto de Caza, Calif), Austin Roman (UC Santa Cruz; San Diego, Calif.), Lewie Valentine (US Sand Soccer; Oceanside, Calif.) 
FORWARDS (8): Jevin Albuquerque (Pugg BS Club; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Josh Barton (San Diego Sockers; Murrieta, Calif.), Anthony Chimienti (Sacramento Knights FC; El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Ryan Futagaki (Chicago Fire; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Yuri Morales (BST Zurich; San Francisco, Calif.), Brendon Taguinod (BST Zurich; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Skyler Thuresson (PSA Elite; Long Beach, Calif.), Raphael Xexeo (BS Club Brasil; Lawndale, Calif.) 

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR THE 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP DRAW NOW OPEN: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for media representatives wishing to cover the Draw for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany (Congress Center Messe Frankfurt, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Nov. 29, 2010) is now open via the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is Nov. 8, 2010.

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BRAZIL AND GERMANY/NETHERLANDS TRIPS IN MARCH 2011: In an effort to continue providing unique coaching opportunities to its membership, U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet announces plans to offer educational trips to Brazil and to Germany and the Netherlands in 2011. Entering its third year, the aim of U.S. Soccer’s international coaching education program is to expose U.S. coaches to other federations and clubs to learn the steps they take to develop their coaches and players. Attendees interact directly with top-level coaches, administrators and players from some of the best clubs and countries in the world. Scheduled to take place March 17-25, 2011, coaches will visit five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The coaching education workshop in Germany and the Netherlands will take place from April 28 – May 6, 2011 and will mark the 40th anniversary of U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program which began under the direction of Dettmar Cramer.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s Team midfielder Clint Dempsey provided his club side Fulham of the English Premier League with a 2-0 victory against Wigan Athletic on Saturday. Dempsey scored twice in the first half, the first with his head on a cross from the left and the second a side-footed shot from low cross from the right, to lead take his season tally five.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: On Friday, Nov. 5, the U.S. Women’s National Team will compete in the all-important semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Cancún, Mexico. The semifinal winners automatically qualify for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. The U.S. will face either Canada or Mexico on Friday, who have qualified from Group A. The U.S. is 40-3-4 all-time against their neighbors to the north and 24-0-1 against Mexico.

SOCCER SHOCKER: With all three of the game’s goals scored in the final 11 minutes, No. 1-ranked University of Akron lost its first game of the season to Cleveland State on Saturday evening. D.C. United Academy alumni Aslinn Rodas notched the first goal for the Vikings in the 79th minute and assisted on the game winner with less than seven minutes remaining to take the 2-1 win. Akron’s record is now 14-1-1 on the season while Cleveland State improved to 8-9.

QUOTABLE: "I don't think anyone thought I would shoot from there - that's why I shot it." –U.S. Men’s National Team and L.A. Galaxy forward Edson Buddle on his wonder strike in the Galaxy’s 1-0 win against Seattle Sounders FC in the first round of the MLS Cup 2010 Playoffs

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