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U.S. Soccer Wire - February 27, 2006

U.S. MNT Set For March 1 Match vs. Poland in Kaiserslautern;
Ryan Names 20 Players to 2006 Algarve Cup Roster

U.S. FACES POLAND ON WEDNESDAY: The U.S. Men's National Team is now in Germany preparing for their match against Poland on Wednesday, March 1, at Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern (tickets), site of the USA’s highly anticipated FIFA World Cup match against Italy on June 17. Kickoff for the match is set for 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and delayed on Telemundo. The match falls on the only FIFA international fixture date prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, allowing several European-based players to join the U.S. MNT, including 2005 U.S. AOY, goalkeeper Kasey Keller. During their stay in Kaiserslautern, U.S. Manger Bruce Arena and members of the team visited Landstuhl Regional Medical Hospital (photos), the largest American hospital outside the United States. The facility is just five kilometers from the Ramstein Air Base where the U.S. MNT is currently staying. Landstuhl serves as the major definitive care facility for the U.S. troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. After the match against Poland, the U.S. will return three weeks later to face Germany on Wednesday, March 22, at Westfalenstadion in Dortmund. Kickoff for the match is set for 2:25 p.m. ET and will be televised live on ESPN2 and delayed on Telemundo. Fans can also follow both matches in Germany live on’s MatchTracker.

RYAN SETS ALGARVE CUP ROSTER: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named 20 players who will travel to the 13th annual Algarve Cup, to be played from March 9-15, 2006, in southern Portugal. The USA, which has been placed in Group B, opens the tournament against China on March 9, at Sao Luis Stadium in Faro, faces Denmark on March 11, at Municipal Stadium in Quarteira and finishes the first round against France on March 13, at Municipal Stadium in Albufeira. The U.S. team will leave for Europe on March 1. The USA broke a streak of four Algarve tournaments without a title in 2000 when they defeated Norway, 1-0, in the championship game. Including that first title, the USA has now won four of the last six Algarve Cups.  The USA defeated China, 2-0, in the 2003 championship game, put together a resounding 4-1 victory over Norway in 2004, as Abby Wambach pounded in three goals, and held off a talented German side for a 1-0 win in last year’s championship game. Fans can follow the USA’s grueling schedule of four games in seven days online via's MatchTracker. Eurosport, the European equivalent of ESPN, will televise eight matches, including the championship game, the third-place match and the USA-France game.

NOTEWORTHY SCORING RUN: As the U.S. Men’s National Team gears up for their fifth match of the year, two interesting statistics standout from the squad's current goal barrage of 2006. The U.S. Men's National Team has now scored at least three goals in three consecutive games. The U.S. went 74 years from 1930 through 2003 without such a streak. Additionally, the USA's seven goals from seven different goal scorers across the past two games marks the first time in team history that feat has ever been accomplished. Previously, the U.S. has had six different goal scorers across two games 11 different times, including the most recent occurrence in 2003.

U.S. MNT TO PLAY JAMAICA ON APRIL 11 IN CARY, N.C.: The U.S. Men’s National Team will continue its 2006 World Cup preparations with a match against Jamaica on Tuesday, April 11, at SAS Park in Cary, N.C. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the match live via’s MatchTracker. The match will occur just under a month before the team begins to use the Cary facility as their base training camp prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The team will begin final preparations for Germany on May 9 in Cary, and will train for approximately two weeks at the facility. Tickets for the game go on sale starting Friday, March 3, at 10 a.m. ET online at, at all Cary and Raleigh Ticketmaster outlets (including Hechts, FYE, and Publix Stores) and by phone at 919-834-4000. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by calling 312-528-1290.

U.S. MNT UNVEILS NEW JERSEY FOR 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP: Nike and U.S. Soccer have unveiled the 2006 U.S. Men’s National Team jersey (photos), which will be worn this summer by the U.S. at the FIFA World Cup in Germany. The new away jersey debuted on the field Sunday (Feb. 19), as the U.S. defeated Guatemala, 4-0, at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. The jerseys will hit the shelves in early April, but fans can pre-order jerseys at now. Inspired by the jersey of the 1950 World Cup tournament where the U.S. defeated England, the white of the home jersey backs a double obsidian blue and brick house red stripe that runs down the left side, disappearing into the blue short and re-appearing for the length of the white sock. The U.S. Soccer logo sits over the stripe on the left chest and on the right leg of the short. The away kit is a modern-day retro jersey, harkening back to the original Nike uniform designed for the U.S. Men's National Team back in 1995 and worn for two years. The uniform features a deep obsidian blue jersey, with a rich brick house red horizontal stripe across the chest bordered on either side by clean white stripes. The number breaks up the stripe in the center of the chest, and a prominent U.S. Soccer logo is on the left chest. While based on tradition, the cut of the jerseys have been streamlined for a sleeker look and more comfortable fit. The major advancement in comfort comes from the use of Nike Sphere Dry material in the garment construction. This technology wicks sweat away from the body through the shirt while featuring raised nodes on the underside that lift the shirt away from the players' bodies to keep their skin drier and reduce shirt cling.


U-18 MNT HOLDS SECOND CAMP OF 2006 AT IMG ACADEMIES IN BRADENTON, FLA.: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will hold its second camp of the year from March 4-11, at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Head coach Bob Jenkins invited 22 players into the camp, and an additional 10 players currently in U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency Program will join the U-18s for practices during the week. The majority of the players were part of the initial 58-player camp that was held last month at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The U-18s will train every day and have two scheduled matches against the U-17 Men’s National Team on March 7 and March 9.

U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS: Matt Brutto (Warrington, Pa.), Warren Gross (Greenfield Center, N.Y.); DEFENDERS (7): Kemo Djedovic (Cupertino, Calif.), Doug Ferner (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Blair Gavin (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Colin Givens (Troy, Mich.), Cam Lamming (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Jeff Leach (Canaan, Conn.), Danny Rodriguez (Oxnard, Calif.); MIDFIELDERS (10): Wilber Bonilla (Brentwood, N.Y.), Brandon Busch (San Diego, Calif.), Kaoru Forbess (Benton, Ark.), Jose Gonzalez (Soquel, Calif.), Eber Martinez (Arlington, Va.), Vince O’Campo (San Diego, Calif.), Kekoa Osorio (Makakilo, Hawaii), Michael Stephens (Naperville, Ill.), John Tardy (Staten Island, N.Y.), Ryan Thomas (Claremont Calif.); FORWARDS (3): Corben Bone (Plano, Texas), Dimitri Omphroy (Alameda, Calif.), Casey Townsend (Trever City, Mich.).

U-18 MNT Schedule
Date             Opponent
March 7        U-17 MNT
March 9        U-17 MNT

U-17 WNT & U-16 GNT PREPARE TO FACE GERMANS AT HOME DEPOT CENTER: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp from March 2-9 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., a camp that will feature two matches against the German U-17 Women’s National Team. The camp, which will be held almost concurrently with the U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team camp, will feature two matches each for the U.S. U-16s and U-17s against the German U-17s, and one scrimmage between the U.S. U-16s and U-17s. There will be matches on five straight days from March 5-9. In the same event last year, the U-16s lost the first game to the German U-17s, 1-0, but rebounded with a 3-1 win in the second game. U.S. U-16 GNT head coach Kazbek Tambi has called in 24 players, most born in 1990, but the group also includes five players born in 1991 that have been called up from the U.S. U-15 GNT pool that held its first of the year camp in late January. Sixteen of the players in this camp attended the first U-16 GNT training camp of the year that also took place in late January. The U.S. U-17s defeated Germany twice, both by 2-0 scores. U.S. U-17 WNT head coach Erica Walsh has called in 24 players for the camp and games. Midfielder Casey Noguiera will have a busy two weeks as she will leave directly from U-17 training camp to attend the U.S. U-20 event in College Station, Texas. It will be her first training camp with the U.S. U-20s, who are preparing for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship to be held in Russia this coming August.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Wendy Balogun (Bowie, Md.), Kira Maker (Potomac, Md.); DEFENDERS (5): Lauren Barnes (Upland, Calif.), Hannah Cerrone (Wappingers Fall, N.Y.), Amanda Fancher (The Colony, Texas), Gretchen Miller (Fairport, N.Y.), Ashley Rape (Dallas, Texas); MIDFIELDERS (8): Courtney Barg (Plano, Texas), Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.), Marissa Kazbour (Valrico, Fla.), CJ Ludemann (Holtsville, N.Y.), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Palo Alto, Calif.), Kenda Perry (Livermore, Calif.), Ella Stephan (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.); FORWARDS (9): Jesse Baddley (Ogden, Utah), Chelsea Bednarz (Chandler, Ariz.), Melissa Henderson (Garland, Texas), Laura Heyboer (Hudsonville, Mich.), Merritt Mathias (Birmingham, Ala.), Casey Noguiera (Raleigh, N.C.), Elli Reed (Park City, Utah), Sarah Salazar (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Lindsay Taylor (Los Altos, Calif.)

U.S. U-16 GNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bianca Henniger (Saratoga, Calif.), Kim Kern (Raleigh, N.C.), Catherine Parkhill (Apple Valley, Minn.); DEFENDERS (7): Jazmyne Avant (Coppell, Texas), Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas, Nevada), Jennifer Laponte (Castro Valley, Calif.), Camille Levin (Newport Beach, Calif.), Michelle Olivier (Rosewell, Georgia), Alyssa Pember (Northport, N.Y.); MIDFIELDERS (6): Shira Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Julia Bouchelle (Cockeysville, Md.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Mariah Noguiera (Westminster, Calif.), Casey Short (Naperville, Ill.), Beth West (Centennial, Colo.); FORWARDS (7): Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Miriam Azimi (Sacramento, Calif.), Brittani Bartok (Union, N.J.), Brianna Garcia (Babylon, N.Y.), Maggie Kistner (St. Louis, Mo.), Sidney Leroux (Lakewood, Wash.), Tiffany McCarty (Laurel, Md.), Alyssa Rich (Cincinnati, Ohio)

U.S. U-16 GNT and U-17 WNT Schedule
Date           Matchup                                                                       Time
March 5      U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Germany U-17 WNT              11 a.m.
March 6      U.S. U-16 GNT vs. Germany U-17 WNT               10 a.m.
March 7      U.S. U-17 WNT vs. U.S. U-16 GNT                        11 a.m.
March 8      U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Germany U-17 WNT              4 p.m.
March 9      U.S. U-16 GNT vs. Germany U-17 WNT               10 a.m.

U-17 RESIDENCY PROGRAM COMES AWAY WITH TWO DRAWS LAST WEEK: The U.S. Under-17 '89 and '90 Men's National Teams both came away with draws this past week. The U-17 '90s got a late goal from Sheanon Williams to pull out a 1-1 draw on Wednesday (Feb. 22) against the much older Under-21 Trinidad & Tobago Men's National Team in Bradenton, Fla. The U.S. players were five years younger than the Trinidad players that were born in 1985. The U-17 '89s got goals from Edgar Barajas and Joey Sorrentino as they drew 2-2 with the University of South Florida on Saturday (Feb. 25) in Tampa.

U-17 MNT Results
Date           Opponent                Result       U.S. Goal Scorers
Feb. 22       T&T U-21 MNT       1-1 T         Williams
Feb. 25       USF                          2-2 T         Barajas, Sorrentino

U-15 BNT HOLDS FIRST CAMP OF 2006 AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER:The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team began their first camp of 2006 on February 25 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Head coach Jim Barlow invited in 48 players into the weeklong camp, which ends March 4, all of which were born in 1991.

U-15 BNT Schedule
Date           Opponent
Feb. 28      Cal South ODP
Feb. 28      So Cal United
March 1      Valley United
March 1      AUSC Flyers
March 2      Santa Anita SC
March 2      So Cal United
March 3      Rampage
March 3      AUSC Flyers

U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (5): Connor Askins (Boston, Mass.), Rafael Diaz (Rockaway, N.J.), Keegan Gunderson (Circle Pines, Minn.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Brandon Paul (Flemington, N.J.); DEFENDERS (13): James Balba (Torrance, Calif.), Gregory Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Bonny Londono (Nutley, N.J.), Nick Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Aubrey Perry (Oconee, Fla.), Regionald Phelps (Boynton Beach, Fla.), Jossimar Sanchez (Patterson, N.J.), Chris Smith (Chula Vista, Calif.), Jeffrey Strickland (Davis, Calif.), Zarek Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Juan Valladolid (Oxnard, Calif.), Parker Walsh (Roanoke, Va.), David Yang (Ann Arbor, Mich.); MIDFIELDERS (21): Jason Alvarez (Palm Coast, Fla.), Eder Arreola (Chino Hills, Calif.), Chad Barson (Lewis Center, Ohio), Tristen Bowen (Los Angeles, Calif.), Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Francisco Cobo (Cali, Colombia), Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y.), Tommaso D’Agostino (Longmeadow, Mass.), Kevin Durr (Garmisch, Germany), Uwen Etuk (Herndon, Va.), Paul Islas (Fresno, Calif.), Jesus Landores (Oxnard, Calif.), Dyland Mencia (Honesdale, Pa.), James Mulligan (Medford, N.Y.), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Mario Perez (Brownsville, Texas), Alexei Reyes (Dallas, Texas), Michael Roman (Oxnard, Calif.), Kofi Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Cameron Wilder (Kennesaw, Ga.); FORWARDS (9): Dersu Abolfathi (Irvine, Calif.), Ade Akinsanya (Sacramento, Calif.), Jose Altamirano (San Diego, Calif.), Will Bates (Chester, Va.), Abdus Ibrahim (Richfield, Minn.), Russell Jackson (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Andrew Lubahn (Eerie, Pa.), Jesus Mireles (Pharr, Texas), Jesse Ortiz (Aurora, Ill.).


FORMER U.S. REFEREES SELECTED AS INSTRUCTOR, ASSESSOR FOR 2006 WORLD CUP: U.S. Soccer Director of Advanced & International Referee Development Esse Baharmast was selected by FIFA as one of two referee instructors for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany. Baharmast gained worldwide fame during the 1998 FIFA World Cup when the penalty kick he called in the 89th minute of Norway’s 2-1 victory over Brazil was proven to be correct.  After the match, Baharmast was criticized when television replays appeared to show no contact between Brazil’s Junior Baiano and Norway’s Tore Andre Flo.  However, independent film crews and photographer’s pictures proved that Baiano had firmly pulled Flo backwards as he awaited a cross in the penalty area.  Vinnie Mauro will join Baharmast in Germany as one of 12 referee assessors for the tournament. Mauro officiated at the 1990 FIFA World Cup Finals in Italy, at a time when officials served as both referees and assistant referees.

GALAXY , REVOLUTION EARN DRAWS IN 2006 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS' CUP: Both the Los Angeles Galaxy and the New England Revolution played to scoreless draws in the opening leg of the 2006 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. New England was the home team against LD Alajuelense on Wednesday (Feb. 22), playing at the National Sports Centre in Hamilton, Bermuda. The second leg of the series will take place March 8 at Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Alajuela, Costa Rica. The Galaxy hosted defending champion Deportivo Saprissa at The Home Depot Center and will head to Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San Jose, Costa Rica, for the second leg of the series on March 8.

2006 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup Quarterfinals Schedule*
Date                     Teams / Result                                                            Time (ET)
Wed, Feb. 22      New England Revolution 0, LD Alajuelense 0             --
Wed, Feb. 22      CD Olímpia 0, CF Toluca 2                                              --
Wed, Feb. 22      Portmore United 1, Club América 2                               --
Thurs, Feb. 23    LA Galaxy 0, Deportivo Saprissa 0                                 --
Wed, March 8     CF Toluca vs. CD Olimpia                                              4 p.m.
Wed, March 8     Club América vs. Portmore United                               8 p.m.
Wed, March 8     LD Alajuelense vs. New England Revolution             9 p.m.
Wed, March 8     Deportivo Saprissa vs. LA Galaxy                                 9 p.m.

* Home team is listed first and all times are Eastern.   Telecast schedules will vary and not all games will air live.

GET DETAILED INFORMATION ON GERMANY FOR YOUR WORLD CUP TRIP: U.S. Soccer is working with the German National Tourist Office to help give American fans traveling to Germany to watch the World Cup a source and tool for making their trip this summer an unforgettable one. Germany is rolling out the red carpet for visitors with diverse soccer-related fan festivals, cultural events and special exhibitions in all 12 host cities, as well as smaller towns. Along with public viewing locations for all 64 games, there will be theater events, concerts and parties before, during and after the World Cup. Media and fans can find out about all these spectacular events and get detailed information on every host city by logging onto the German National Tourist Office website at


PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT defender Oguchi Onyewu helped his club side Royal Standard de Liege earn a valuable point on the road in a 1-1 draw against Club Brugge on Sunday (Feb. 26). Onyewu scored his second goal of the season in the 43rd minute to tie the match at one.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: U.S. MNT Manager Bruce Arena is rounding up his squad in Kaiserslautern, Germany, in preparation for Wednesday’s match against fellow World Cup finalist Poland. The match, which will include a mix of players who ply their trade in Europe as well as MLS, is set to kickoff at 2 p.m. ET, live on ESPN2 (Telemundo taped delay).

SOCCER SHOCKER: English Premier League leader Chelsea felt confident going into their Champion’s League matchup on Wednesday (Feb. 22), when they hosted Barcelona at Stamford Bridge after winning eight of their last 10 games at home. But the English powerhouse club, who played with 10 men after Asier Del Horno was shown a red card for a foul on Leo Messi, were unable to get a result against the Spanish side and fell 1-2 as Samuel Eto’o scored a game-winner after two own goals had tied the score.

QUOTABLE: “(Every castle has) either a torture chamber or a spa. Luckily ours has the spa."
 -- U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Kasey Keller describes the pool in his basement during a exclusive, all_access tour of the castle in which he lives. Watch the tour in the latest all_access video. is the official website of U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in the United States.