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U.S. Soccer Wire - November 13, 2007



BRADLEY NAMES ROSTER TO FACE SOUTH AFRICA NOV. 17;
PIA SUNDHAGE NAMED U.S. WNT HEAD COACH;
U.S. MNT TO FACE MEXICO ON FEB. 6 IN HOUSTON, TEXAS

BRADLEY SELECTS 17-MAN ROSTER FOR SOUTH AFRICA MATCH: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a 17-man roster that will travel to face 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts South Africa on Nov. 17 in Johannesburg. Kickoff for the 2007 Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup is set for 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The roster has already seen some changes. Eddie Lewis and Landon Donovan were originally named to the roster but will not be able to make the trip. Heath Pearce and Jonathan Spector were called in to supplement the squad. Eight days after the Nov. 17 match, South Africa will host the Preliminary Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The event, held in Durban, will determine the qualifying schedule for 156 countries spanning five confederations.

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. South Africa Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Dan Califf (Aalborg BK), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA)
FORWARDS (2): Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC)

South Africa Roster vs. USA
GOALKEEPERS (2): Rowen Fernandez (Arminia Bielefeld), Moeneeb Josephs (Wits University)
DEFENDERS (7): Bradley Carnell (Karlsruhe), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa), Vuyo Mere (Mamelodi Sundowns), Benson Mhlongo (Mamelodi Sundowns), Aaron Mokoena (Blackburn Rovers), Bryce Moon (Ajax Cape Town), Nasief Morris (Panathinaikos)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Delron Buckley (Borussia Dortmund), Brent Carelse (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lance Davids (Djurgardens), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates), Siyabonga Nkosi (Arminia Bielefeld), Steven Pienaar (Everton), Macbeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs)
FORWARDS (4): Lerato Chabangu (Mameodi Sundowns), Thembinkosi Fanteni (Ajax Cape Town), Benedict McCarthy (Blackburn Rovers), Sibusiso Zuma (Arminia Bielefeld)

SUNDHAGE NAMED WNT HEAD COACH: Pia Sundhage has been named the new head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. Sundhage has been hired to coach the U.S. team through 2008 and the Beijing Olympics, and will begin work immediately on preparation for Olympic qualifying. Sundhage (pronounced Soond-hahg-Eh) coached in the WUSA during all three years of its existence. One of the most respected coaches in the women’s game and widely regarded as one of the world’s all-time greatest female players during her international career that spanned 22 years, Sundhage becomes the sixth head coach in the history of a program that has compiled a record of 303-51-44 since its inception in 1985. During her international career, Sundhage played against the United States numerous times, including matches at the 1991 Women’s World Cup and in the 1996 Olympics. In 2000, she finished sixth in the voting for FIFA Women’s Player of the Century.

USA-MEXICO RIVALRY TO CONTINUE AT RELIANT STADIUM: The 2007 CONCACAF Champion U.S. Men’s National Team will host Mexico on Feb. 6 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The game will be shown live on ESPN2 and Univision at 8 p.m. CT, and fans can follow online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. In an arrangement unique for this game, U.S. Soccer has divided the seating into U.S.A., Mexico, and mixed/neutral fan sections at each price level. Tickets ranging in price levels from $35 to $165 and special edition U.S. Soccer on-field seats for $275 go on sale to the public Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 713-629-3700, at all Houston area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Fiesta stores, Macy’s, Wherehouse Music, FYE, and select HEB stores), and at the Reliant Stadium south ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Additional ticket information, including presale information, is available at ussoccer.com.

OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TO BE HELD IN LOS ANGELES, TAMPA AND NASHVILLE: U.S. Soccer and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association of Football (CONCACAF) have finalized plans that will see the United States host final round action of the 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Under-23 Championship in Los Angeles, Tampa and Nashville from March 11-23, 2008. The eight-team tournament will send two finalists to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Both The Home Depot Center and Raymond James Stadium will host three doubleheaders each in group play, while LP Field in Nashville will host the semifinals on Thursday, March 20, and the championship match and third-place game on Sunday, March 23. Ticket information for the games will be announced at a later date.

NIKE FRIENDLIES SET FOR DEC. 6-9 IN BRADENTON, FLA.: The 2007 Nike Friendlies will take place from Dec. 6-9 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., with 54 teams competing across the Under-15/16 and Under-17/18 age groups. The U.S. Under-17 and Under-15 Mens’ National Teams will each be divided into two squads that will represent U.S. Soccer. The U.S. Under-17 ‘92s will compete against youth national teams from Brazil, Russia and Turkey in an international bracket, while the U-17 ‘91s and two U-15 Boys’ National Teams will compete against elite club teams. In addition to a full complement of national staff coaches, scouts from top European clubs, including Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester United, Celtic and PSV Eindhoven will be on hand, along with college coaches from across the country.

NIKE FRIENDLIES RELATED PROGRAMMING: As part of the Nike Friendlies extended weekend, U.S. Soccer will host CONCACAF Coaching and Referee Symposiums. The Coaching Symposium will be held Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday afternoon and will feature sessions led by U.S. Men’s National Team assistant coach and Development Academy Director John Hackworth, U.S. Under-18 MNT Head Coach and Director of Education & Youth Development Bob Jenkins, Under-20 MNT head coach Thomas Rongen and U-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Jim Barlow. The CONCACAF Referee Academy is a chance for 30 national and international-level referees from the U.S. and Caribbean nations to be evaluated while learning what it takes to advance and work at the game’s highest levels. The referees in attendance will officiate matches throughout the weekend. In conjunction, there will also be an Assessor Academy in which five mentors will work directly with five National Assessor candidates. The U.S. Soccer Referee Department staff will be on hand to train and evaluate the referees and national assessors. A select number of referees attending the academy may be chosen to work the MLS Combine and individual officials may be invited to join U.S. Soccer’s referee pool for the professional level.

GET READY FOR THE 2007 "BEST OF U.S. SOCCER" AWARDS: It’s been a great 2007 for U.S. Soccer, but there’s still one more thing left: ussoccer.com’s Best of U.S. Soccer awards! The annual series, presented by Soccer America, the No. 1 soccer magazine in the United States, is in its sixth year and once again U.S. Soccer fans will be handing out the honors. The final round of voting for all categories in the 2007 Best of U.S. Soccer awards will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 14, so be sure the check out ussoccer.com and vote for your favorites.

U.S. BEACH SOCCER FALLS TO PORTUGAL IN OVERTIME AT WORLD CUP: The U.S. Beach Soccer team missed advancing to the next round of the 2007 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup after a last-second, overtime goal by Portugal made the score 6-5 in favor of the Europeans. In their second match, the U.S. defeated Iran, 3-1, after falling to Spain, 4-8, in their first match.

Date      Opponent   Result           U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Nov. 2    Spain           4-8 L             Xexeo, Ibsen, Albuquerque, Chimienti
Nov. 4    Iran               7-6 W           Nolz (2), Chimienti (2), Morales, Astorga, Ibsen
Nov. 6    Portugal       5-6 L (ot)     Astorga (2), Nolz, Chimienti, Albuquerque

MNT TO FACE SWEDEN IN FIRST MATCH OF 2008: Six months prior to the start of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the United States Men’s National Team will play its first match of 2008 against Sweden on Saturday, Jan. 19, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., at 5:30 p.m. PT. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel. Fans can also follow the game live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets ranging in price levels from $18 to $55 and special edition U.S. Soccer on-field seats for $150 are now on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone (213-480-3232 in L.A.; 714-740-2000 in Orange County; 619-220-8497 in San Diego), at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Macy's, Wherehouse Music, FYE and Ritmo Latino), and at The Home Depot Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com or by calling 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.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

HONDURAS QUALIFIES FOR THE CONCACAF U-23 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP: Honduras became the first Central American team to qualify for the 2008 CONCACAF Under-23 Men’s Championship, joining the United States, Mexico, Canada, Cuba and Haiti as the sixth of eight teams who will play in the eight-team tournament. The Championship will take place in Tampa, Fla., Carson, Calif. and Nashville from March 11-23. The U.S. will be based at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, where they will play their three group games. Honduras qualified for the Final Round by claiming first place in their group ahead of host Panama on goal differential. The winner of the other group from Central America will also qualify, and the two second-place finishers will have a playoff to fill out the Championship. The draw will be held in December, once all eight teams have been determined.

U.S. U-15 GNT HEADS TO U.S. YOUTH SOCCER ODP INTERREGIONALS: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will play three matches at the U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Thanksgiving Interregional event being held from Nov. 17-23 in Coral Springs, Florida at the North Community Park and Coral Glades High School Sportsplex. The U.S. U-15s will get a chance to play the U-16 Girl’s National Teams of Chile and Canada, as well as the Region I team. All of the USA’s opponents were born in 1991. U.S. head coach Tad Bobak will bring a squad of 17 players to the event, all born in 1992 or 1993. It will be the fifth and final event of 2007 for the U-15 GNT. The U.S. team will face Chile on Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. ET at Coral Glades High School, then square off with Canada on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. ET also at CGHS. The final match against the Region I (East) 91s will take place on Friday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. ET at North Community Park Field #1.

2007 U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Thanksgiving Interregionals U.S. U-15 Girl’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Emily Oliver (Flossmoor, Ill.), Anna Sieloff (Troy, Mich.);
DEFENDERS (5): Briana Hovington (Lothian, Md.), Megan Oyster (Naperville, Ill.), Catherine Sessions, Catherine (Woodbury, Minn.), Brittany Von Rueden (Mequon, Wis.), Carrie Whigman (Phoenix, Ariz.);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Michelle Cruz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (Pleasanton, Calif.), Natalia Ledezma (La Mirada, Calif.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Mollie Pathman (Durham, N.C.), Haley Rosen (Palos Verdes, Calif.), Olivia Schultz (Hopkins, Minn.);
FORWARDS (3): Devin Marshall (Bonita, Calif.), Kealia Ohai (Draper, Utah), Cate Parchinski (Colorado Springs, Colo.).

2007 U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Thanksgiving Interregionals U.S. U-15 Girl’s National Team Schedule
Date         Matchup                                                         Time         Location
Nov. 19    U.S. U-15 GNT vs. Chile U-16 GNT          7 p.m.      Coral Glades HS
Nov. 21    U.S. U-15 GNT vs. Canada U-16 GNT     7 p.m.      Coral Glades HS
Nov. 23    U.S. U-15 GNT vs. Region I ‘91s              10 a.m.     North Community Park Field #1

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

CONCACAF EXECUTIVE COMMITTE TO MEET IN NYC: The CONCACAF Executive Committee will meet in New York City on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to determine the venues for the 2008 CONCACAF Futsal Championship and the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Final Round qualifying tournament. The Confederation also recently appointed Italo Zanzi as its new Deputy Secretary General, joining Ted Howard. Zanzi will also serve as Executive Vice-President of CONCACAF's subsidiary commercial arm and CONCACAF marketing and television.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF DARTFISH TECHNOLOGY: Dartfish is offering free Webinars to demonstrate the benefits of the Connect Plus product. Sign up at https://www.gotomeeting.com/register/766115591 for the next 30-minute educational online seminar on Nov. 15 at 11:30 a.m. ET. Get the competitive edge U.S. National Team coaches have by using the same tools they use. Whether you’re reviewing game footage, analyzing techniques or preparing for your next competition, Dartfish offers an array of video analysis software to make a difference in your program. Learn more at www.dartfish.com.

U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUM HELD AT NIKE FRIENDLIES: The U.S. Soccer Coaching Department will conduct a Coaching Symposium in conjunction with the 2007 Nike Friendlies from Dec. 6-9 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The three-day symposium will offer coaches an opportunity to interact with members of the U.S. Men’s National Team coaching staff, as well as other coaches associated with U.S. Soccer. More information is available at the Coaches Section of ussoccer.com.

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR PASSBACK TOUR: The United States Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of U.S. Soccer, is now accepting applications for its 2008 "Passback Tour". The tour is a series of soccer skills clinics for urban disadvantaged children across the country held on a state-of-the-art field by some of the best coaches and players around. The 2008 event will consist of an eight-city tour with about 100 participants in each city. More information, including an application to participate in the tour, is available at www.passback.org/tour.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION HOLIDAY AUCTION: The U.S. Soccer Foundation will begin conducting its Holiday Auction on Thursday, Nov. 15, when fans and constituents can view the assorted soccer memorabilia that will be up for auction this year at www.ussoccerfoundation.com/auction. The collection for this year includes autographed balls and jerseys from clubs and players, including Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm, Liverpool, Rangers FC and Paris St. German. Money collected from the auction will benefit the David Vanole Memorial Fund. The auction ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 13.

AUSTIN STAMPEDE JOINS PDL: In 2008, the Austin Stampede will join the Houston Leones, Laredo Heat, DFW Tornado and El Paso Patriots as the fifth United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League franchise in the state of Texas. The Stampede replaces the Austin Lightning as the Austin area franchise.

MLS NAMES SEVERAL END-OF-SEASON AWARD WINNERS: Toronto FC rookie Maurice Edu and Chivas USA head coach Preki were awarded the Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year Award and Coach of the Year Award, respectively. They join a host of other players, as well as the Columbus Crew (Fair Play Award – Team) and Brian Hall (Referee of the Year) in earning post-season accolades. The remaining award winners will be posted on MLSnet.com as they are announced.

Major League Soccer Awards
Award                                              Winner
Coach of the Year                         Preki (Chivas USA)
Rookie of the Year                        Maurice Edu (Toronto FC)
Goalkeeper of the Year                Brad Guzan (Chivas USA)
Fair Play Award                              Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution)
Team Fair Play Award                  Columbus Crew
Golden Boot                                   Luciano Emilio (D.C. United)
Humanitarian of the Year             Diego Gutierrez (Chicago Fire)
Defender of the Year                     Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution)
Comeback Player of the Year      Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards)
Referee of the Year                        Brian Hall

U.S. SOCCER WINTER COACHING SCHOOLS SET: U.S. Soccer's National Coaching Schools have been set for the first week of January, giving every coach a chance to obtain a FIFA recognized “A”, “B” or “C” level license while increasing their knowledge of the game. All January "A," "B" and "C" coaching schools will take place from Jan. 2-10, 2007, in three warm-weather locations. The National “A” License course will take place at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., and The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The National “B” and “C” License courses will be offered at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and a soon to be announced West Coast site. Also in January is the third edition of U.S. Soccer's National Goalkeeping License course, which will be held Jan. 4-11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. More information is available in the Coaches Section of ussoccer.com.

NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2008 WERNER FRICKER BUILDER AWARD: Nominations are now being accepted for the 2008 U.S. Soccer Werner Fricker Builder Award, which is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have worked tirelessly in furthering the interest of the sport of soccer, without regard to personal recognition or advancement. The award was created in 2002 and is the greatest recognition bestowed by U.S. Soccer on its membership. The award is designed to honor those who have created or fostered programs that will outlast their own active involvement in the sport and that establish a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the United States. Interested persons can nominate individuals for the annual Werner Fricker Builder Award by downloading the form at ussoccer.com and mailing it to U.S. Soccer, c/o the Werner Fricker Builder Award Committee, 1801 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 or emailing it to wernerfrickeraward@ussoccer.org. This form is also available at ussoccer.com, and applications must be postmarked or sent by January 1, 2008 (download application).

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Before heading to South Africa to join the U.S. Men's National Team, Michael Bradley helped Heerenveen to a 1-0 win against Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday (Nov. 11). Heerenveen, who were away from home, would have likely settled for a draw after star striker Afonso Alves was red carded in stoppage time of the first half. However, just minutes after half-time break, Bradley popped up to snatch the winner for his side, who vaulted into fourth place with the victory. The goal was Bradley's fifth of the season, and his third in Eredivisie play.

SOCCER SHOCKER: One season after making it to the 2006 NCAA championship game, UCLA faces San Diego State University on Wednesday in a must-win game for the Bruins, who are still looking for a spot in the post-season tournament. The Bruins, who have participated in 24 consecutive NCAA tournaments, must win or tie to be considered for post-season play and they face an opponent who thwarted them, 1-0, earlier in the season.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team is back in action for the last game of the year on Saturday, Nov. 17, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kickoff is set for 9 a.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “During and after matches, Ebbsfleet supporters often give me their opinion on which players should or shouldn't start games. Now they can have their say."
-- Ebbsfleet United head coach Liam Daish said on the BBC about fans being able to make decisions about the club after 20,000 fans chipped in to purchase the team by way of MyFootballClub.co.uk.

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