U.S. MNT SET TO FACE SPAIN ON WEDNESDAY, LIVE ON ESPN360.COM;
U.S. WNT PEACE QUEEN CUP ROSTER TO BE NAMED TUESDAY, JUNE 3;
MORE THAN 58,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR MNT MATCH VS. ARGENTINA
U.S. MNT FALLS TO ENGLAND, LOOKS TO RE-GROUP AGAINST NO. 4 SPAIN: The U.S. Men’s National Team fell to a determined England side on Wednesday, May 28, in front of 71,233 fans at Wembley Stadium in London. John Terry, acting as the team captain on the night, and Steven Gerrard scored on either side of halftime to deliver a 2-0 victory to the world’s 11th ranked team. The loss was the first for the U.S. in 2008, and broke their five-game undefeated streak going back to October of last year. It was also the USA’s first loss in four away matches after setting a team record of three consecutive victories outside their borders. The U.S. now turns their sights to fourth-ranked Spain, who are in final preparations for the 2008 European Championships. U.S. head coach Bob Bradley has named a 20-player roster ahead of Wednesday’s game in Setander at Estadio El Sardinero. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN360.com and delayed on ESPN2 (5:30 p.m. ET) and Galavision (7 p.m. ET/PT).
U.S. MNT Roster vs. Spain
GOALKEEPERS (3): Dominic Cervi (out of contract), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (out of contract), Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Eddie Lewis (Derby County), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Nate Jaqua (out of contract), Eddie Johnson (Fulham FC), Josh Wolff (out of contract)
SUNDHAGE TO NAME ROSTER FOR 2008 PEACE QUEEN CUP: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage will name the roster for the 2008 Peace Queen Cup in South Korea on Tuesday, June 2, exclusively on ussoccer.com. The eight-team Peace Queen Cup will feature two groups of four teams each with the group winners advancing to the championship game after round-robin play. The USA was drawn into Group B with Australia, Brazil and Italy, and will play all its first round matches at the 27,100-seat Suwon Sports Complex. Group A will be composed of Argentina, Canada, South Korea and New Zealand, after the Kiwis were called in to replace North Korea, who dropped out of the tournament. The U.S. women will open the tournament on June 15 against Australia at 2 p.m. local / 1 a.m. ET, face Brazil for the first time since the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal on June 17 (2 p.m. local / 1 a.m. ET) and then finish group play against Italy on June 19 (5 p.m. local / 4 a.m. ET). The winners of the two groups will play for the championship on Saturday, June 21, at the Suwon World Cup Stadium.
U.S. WNT 2008 Peace Queen Cup Schedule
Date Opponent Kickoff Local / ET
June 15 Australia 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
June 17 Brazil 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
June 19 Italy 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.
MORE THAN 58,000 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 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, 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.
TICKETS FOR U.S. MNT VS. BARBADOS ON SALE NOW: Tickets for the USA's first qualifying match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup are now on sale. The U.S. will host Barbados on Sunday, June 15 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff for the first leg of the Second Round series is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Tickets ranging in price levels from $19 to $66 are available through ussoccer.com, by phone (213-480-3232 in L.A.; 714-740-2000 in Orange County; 619-220-8497 in San Diego), and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Macy’s, Wherehouse Music, FYE and Ritmo Latino). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center Box Office on Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (a special VIP package which includes 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.
SURVEY SAYS: In a continuing effort to improve ussoccer.com, U.S. Soccer is asking fans to take part in an online survey. The survey, which can be accessed from ussoccer.com until June 25, will take approximately three minutes to complete. Fans older than 18 who complete the survey will be eligible to enter into a random drawing to win one of three prize packs from U.S. Soccer (take the survey). With your help, U.S. Soccer can continue to enhance the website’s features and provide what you want to see and read on ussoccer.com. Visit ussoccer.com to take this three-minute survey.
BE OFFICIAL: Not heading to Spain? Can't make it to Giants Stadium for USA-Argentina? Aren't sure the wife (or husband) will let you take that trip out to the HDC for the opening qualifying game against Barbados? While we'd rather see you on site cheering the MNT on, we know that's not going to be the case every game. But, we still want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience so we've got the next best spot - an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be in the stadium, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters and watch the game in an atmosphere that is pretty loud and rowdy. There are four Official U.S. Soccer Bars that will hold viewing parties for every MNT game: The Globe Pub (Chicago), Nevada Smiths (New York), Small Bar (Chicago) and Summer's Restaurant (Arlington, Va.). Make sure to make your way to one of these establishments for every MNT match!
– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
DRAW HELD FOR UNDER-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN NEW ZEALAND: The Final Draw for the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand was held Sunday, June 2, in Wellington, New Zealand, as the 16 berths in the tournament were placed into four groups of four teams each. This will be the first-ever FIFA world championship for women in this age group and will take place in four New Zealand cities from Oct. 28-Nov. 16. As qualifying has yet to be completed in the USA’s CONCACAF region as well as in Africa (where Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria will battle for two berths), the five yet-to-be-filled spots were allocated among the groups. The winner of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament, being held July 17-26 in Trinidad & Tobago, was drawn into Group C as the seeded team along with Japan, France and Paraguay. Host New Zealand, Germany and Brazil garnered the other three seeds. One other CONCACAF team will play in Group A with host New Zealand, Colombia and Denmark. The other CONCACAF qualifier will play in Group B with Germany, North Korea and an African team. Group D features Brazil, England, South Korea and the other African qualifier. At CONCACAF qualifying, the U.S. Under-17 Women will face Costa Rica, El Salvador, and hosts Trinidad & Tobago during the group phase at Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya. Group B features Canada, Jamaica, Mexico and Puerto Rico, which will play their matches at Dwight York Stadium in Bacolet. The top three teams – the winners of the semifinals and the winner of the third-place match -- advance to New Zealand.
U.S. U-23 WNT IN CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER PRIOR TO 2008 NORDIC CUP: The U.S. U-23 Women's National Team will hold its final training camp before the 2008 Nordic Cup when 24 players come to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from June 5-12. The U-23s will play two matches against women’s clubs during the camp, taking on the W-League’s Ventura County Fusion on June 9 and the Pali Blues on June 11. At this camp, U.S. head coach Bill Irwin will make his final selections to choose an 18-player roster that will travel to Sweden for the annual Nordic Cup being held from July 15-21, where this year the USA will face Switzerland (July 15), England (July 17) and Norway (July 19). The U-23s will also play a friendly match against Sweden’s U-23s on July 13 before the tournament begins. The USA has had great success at the Nordic Cup, which pits the USA against Europe’s top teams, having won seven of the past nine tournaments. There are several players being considered for the Nordic Cup squad that will not be at this camp. The other group features host Sweden, Finland, Germany and Scotland. The winners of the two groups will play for the championship on July 21. Irwin’s squad is coming off a successful trip to Germany where they downed Women’s Bundesliga club Crailsheim by a 4-2 score and then defeated the German U-23s by a 1-0 score in front of 5,000 fans in Wangen.
U.S. Under-23 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cori Alexander (Portland), Kelsey Davis (Portland), Val Henderson (UCLA)
DEFENDERS (9): Jackie Carron (Michigan), Jillian Gilbeau (Texas), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Shelley Lyle (Florida), Kasey Moore (Texas), Katherine Reynolds (Santa Clara), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia), Caroline Walden (Boston College), Elise Weber (Notre Dame)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (North Carolina), Jen Buczkowski (Notre Dame), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Jenny Maurer (Boston College), Lorraine Quinn (Duke), Malorie Rutledge (LSU), Amy Smerdzinski (Wake Forest);
FORWARDS (5): Lindsey Brauer (USF), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Katie Larkin (BYU), Allison Mallams (Marquette), Ella Masar (Illinois)
U.S. U-17 WNT HEADS TO TRAINING CAMP IN JERSEY CITY, N.J.: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp in Jersey City, N.J. from June 6-13 as the team continues 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 USA will play Costa Rica (July 17), El Salvador (July 19) and host T&T (July 21) in group play. The top two teams in each of the two groups advance to the semifinals, with the semifinal winners earning berths to the U-17 World Cup. The winner of the third-place match will earn CONCACAF’s third ticket to New Zealand. The USA will play its group games at Marvin Lee Stadium in Tunapuna. The semifinals and finals will also be played at Marvin Lee Stadium. U.S. head coach Kazbek Tambi has called in 26 players for the camp at Jersey City University. He will eventually select 21 for the qualifying tournament. During the week-long camp, the team will play three matches, including a game against the Jersey Sky Blue of the USL W-League. The U.S. roster is mostly made up of players born in 1991 and 1992, but Tambi has called in three 1993s in defenders Abby Dalhkemper and Morgan Brian and midfielder Sydney Payne.
U.S. U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (5): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Sarah Keane (Mt. Laurel, N.J.), Lianne Maldonado (Clifton, N.J.), Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearney, N.J.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.);
DEFENDERS (8): Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Abby Dahlkemper (Menlo Park, Calif.), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Julia Roberts (Fredrick, Md.), Anne Steinlage (Grand Haven, Mich.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kathryn Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas, Nev.), Madlyn Evens (Glenside, Pa.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Sydney Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.);
FORWARDS (5): Tani Costa (Honolulu, Hawaii), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Rachel Nuzzolese (Upper Brookville, N.Y.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
U.S. FUTSAL TEAM KICKS OFF CHAMPIONSHIP ON TUESDAY, JUNE 3: U.S. Futsal National Team head coach Keith Tozer named 12 players to the squad which will compete during the CONCACAF Futsal Championship on June 3-8 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The tournament kicks off on June 3, with the U.S. facing Costa Rica in its opening match in Group B. Two players in the squad, Jamar Beasley and Pat Morris, possess Futsal World Cup experience, having helped the U.S. into the second stage during the 2004 tournament in Chinese Taipei. The U.S. has been drawn into Group B of the tournament with Costa Rica, Panama as well as the hosts, Guatemala. The CONCACAF Championship will determine which teams from North America qualify for the FIFA Futsal World Cup to be hosted by Brazil from Sept. 30 until Oct. 19. CONCACAF will send three teams to the tournament, which was previously won by Spain in 2004.
U.S. CONCACAF Championship Schedule
Date Opponent Kickoff
June 3 Haiti 12 p.m. MT
June 4 Panama 12 p.m. MT
June 5 Costa Rica 12 p.m. MT
June 7 Semifinals* 2 p.m. MT / 4 p.m. MT
June 8 Third Place * 2 p.m. MT
Championship * 4 p.m. MT
* If necessary
U.S. Futsal National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Richey (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Nick Vorberg (Grants Pass, Ore.);
DEFENDERS (1): Pat Morris (Philadelphia, Pa.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Denison Cabral (Florianopolis, Brazil), Dan DeGeer (Portland, Ore.), Ptah Myers (Columbus, Ohio), Sandre Naumoski (Philadelphia, Pa.), Andy Rosenband (Hammond, Ind.), Matthew Stewart (El Paso, Texas);
FORWARDS (3): Mike Apple (Akron, Ohio), Jamar Beasley (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Chile Farias (Los Angeles, Calif.)
2009 US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS LOCATION SELECTED: US Youth Soccer announced on Monday, June 2, that the city of Lancaster, Mass., will host the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships, one of the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournaments. Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association will serve as the local organizing committee for the event scheduled to be played at the Citizens Bank Fields at Progin Park, July 21-26, 2008. The US Youth Soccer National Championships Series provides over 185,000 players on more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. More information is available at www.USYouthSoccer.org.
*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: A shared award this week as both the heart, Jesse Marsch, and future, Jorge Flores, of Chivas USA scored for the third-straight game, helping their team to a third-straight victory. Flores, the U.S. Under-20 international, scored in the 20th minute and Marsch doubled Chivas’ lead a minute later. With their 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday, Chivas is now just one point out of the top spot in the Western Conference.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: The Marquee Matchup this week is a two-legged viewing saga with the first part taking place this Wednesday. The U.S. MNT takes on Spain in Santander in a game that can be seen live on espn360.com at 4 p.m. ET or on tape delay on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. ET and Galavision at 7 p.m. ET/PT. On Sunday, the MNT returns to the states to host Argentina at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Tickets for the primetime event are going fast, with over 58,000 already sold. If you can't make it to the game then make sure to watch it on television live at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN Classic.
SOCCER SHOCKER: Last season, Mexican club Santos Laguna was one game away from relegation. Apparently, that “brush with death” was what the team needed to get its act together. The team finished the season second in the general standings and defeated Cruz Azul, 3-2, on aggregate to take home the Clausura 2008 title, drawing the final match, 1-1, at home in Torreon.
QUOTABLE: "There’s a lot of ability on the team. I think their athleticism, their technical ability, their youth, their speed will hopefully compensate for the lack of futsal experience we have as a team."
- U.S. Futsal Team head coach Keith Tozer on the roster of players who will be participating at the 2008 CONCACAF Futsal Championship, from June 3¬-8, in Guatemala.