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U.S. Soccer Wire: Oct. 12, 2010


U.S. MEN DRAW 2-2 WITH POLAND, PREPARE TO FACE COLOMBIA IN CHESTER, PA.;
CONCACAF ANNOUNCES CHANGES IN VENUE FOR WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING;
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC REPEAT U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL CHAMPIONS

U.S. MNT DRAWS 2-2 WITH POLAND, PREPARES TO FACE COLOMBIA ON OCT. 12: In the first of their final three matches in 2010, the U.S. Men’s National Team drew with Poland 2-2 behind goals from Jozy Altidore and Oguchi Onyewu in front of 31,696 fans at Soldier Field. The U.S. twice took the lead, on Altidore’s goal in the 13th minute and again on Onyewu’s in the 52nd, but Poland was able to respond both times to earn the draw. The tie was the second straight for the U.S. against Poland on home soil as the last match between the two countries on July 11, 2004 – which was also played at Soldier Field – ended in a 1-1 draw. The U.S. will host South American rivals Colombia on Oct. 12 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.  Kickoff for the USA’s first match on the Chester waterfront is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision.  Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. Tickets starting at $30 are now on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the PPL Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

U.S. MEN TO FACE SOUTH AFRICA ON NOV. 17 IN NELSON MANDELA CHALLENGE CUP: 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. 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. 5 – Oct. 11

CONCACAF ANNOUNCES CHANGE IN VENUE FOR WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING IN MEXICO: CONCACAF has announced a change in venues for the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament. The matches of the USA’s Group B were to have been played in Playa del Carmen, about 42 miles south of Cancún, but now all the Group B matches will be played at 20,000-seat Estadio Quintana Roo in Cancún, opened in August of 2007 and built for Atlante of the Mexican First Division when the club relocated from Mexico City. The game schedule and kickoff times remain the same. The change means that all matches of the tournament, being held from Oct. 28-Nov. 8, will be played in Cancún. The United States will open its tournament on Oct. 28 against Haiti, face Guatemala on Oct. 30 and finish Group B play against Costa Rica on Nov. 1. All the USA’s group matches will kick off at 7:30 p.m. local time. The matches on Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 are at 8:30 p.m. ET, but as Mexico falls back to Standard Time on Oct. 31 (and the USA does not change until Nov. 7), the USA’s match on Nov. 1 against Costa Rica will kick off at 9:30 p.m. ET. (This version of the release contains corrected match times from the original version which was sent on Sunday, Oct. 3)

U.S. WNT EARN 1-1 DRAW WITH CHINA ON OCT. 6 IN CHESTER, PA.: The U.S. Women’s National Team came from behind to tie China 1-1 on a chilly night at PPL Park as 21-year-old forward Alex Morgan scored her first international goal. The USA was behind for a large part of the match after Ma Jun finished a tremendous 12-yard full volley off a left wing cross from Zhou Gaoping to put the Chinese ahead in the 37th minute. The Americans picked up the intensity during the last 30 minutes and were justly rewarded with an equalizer courtesy of the fresh legs of Morgan, who came into the match in the 71st minute to earn just her third cap.

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. 5 – Oct. 11

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC REPEATS AS LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP CHAMPIONS: In front of the largest crowd to ever witness a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final in the history of the 97-year-old tournament, Seattle Sounders FC became the first team to repeat as champion in almost three decades with a 2-1 victory this evening against the Columbus Crew at Qwest Field. After winning their first Dewar Trophy last year in Washington, D.C., the Sounders had the support of 31,311 fans to become the first MLS team to earn back-to-back Open Cup championships and the first team overall since the New York Pancyprian-Freedoms won consecutive titles in 1982 and 1983. The record attendance smashed the old mark of 21,583 set in 1929. Dating back to 1914, the U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in United States soccer and is among the oldest in the world.

ussoccer.com’s U.S. Open Cup Coverage – Oct. 5 – Oct. 11

DAVID HILL, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF FOX SPORTS MEDIA GROUP, JOINS USA BID COMMITTEE: David Hill, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FOX Sports Media Group, has formally accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its quest to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. Hill commemorated his new role by adding his name to the USA Bid Committee’s online petition at goUSAbid.com, joining more than 1,090,000 people who have already registered their support for the effort.

ussoccer.com’s USA Bid Coverage – Oct. 5 – Oct. 11

VANCOUVER COMPLETES SEMIFINAL FIELD AFTER 2-1 AGGREGATE VICTORY IN USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE PLAYOFFS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC advanced to the semifinals of the USSF D-2 Pro League Playoffs after a 2-1 aggregate victory against the Portland Timbers. The Whitecaps advance to play the Puerto Rico Islanders in the next round of the postseason with the first leg scheduled for Oct. 14 at 8:05 p.m. ET in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The No. 5 seed Whitecaps defeated the No. 4 Timbers 2-0 in the first leg of the aggregate goals series on Oct. 7 in British Columbia. That two-goal advantage would prove to be the difference as the Timbers were victorious at home 1-0 this evening but could not overcome the deficit and fell 2-1 on aggregate to their Pacific Northwest rivals. The Carolina RailHawks and the Montreal Impact will meet in the other semifinal at 7:30 p.m. at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Quebec on Thursday, Oct. 14

USSF D-2 Pro League Playoff Schedule
Semifinal, Leg 1
Date        Match                                                                   Time (ET)         Venue
Oct. 14    Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC     8:05 p.m.         Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel; Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Oct. 14    Montreal Impact vs. Carolina RailHawks                    7:30 p.m.        Stade Saputo; Montreal, Quebec

Semifinal, Leg 2
Date        Match                                                                   Time (ET)         Venue
Oct. 17    Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Puerto Rico Islanders     7 p.m.              Swangard Stadium; Burnaby, British Columbia
Oct. 17    Carolina RailHawks vs. Montreal Impact                   7 p.m.               WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Playoff Standings

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-17 MNT WINS FIRST OF THREE MATCHES AGAINST ACADEMY OPPONENTS: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team earned a 4-1 win against the New York Red Bulls U-17/18 Development Academy team on Saturday, Oct. 9, following the Major League Soccer game between New York and Real Salt Lake. Later this week, Wilmer Cabrera will take his squad across the country to play against the Development Academy’s Crossfire Premier on Wednesday, Oct. 13. The U.S. team will complete its Academy tour against the Seattle Sounders FC Academy on Friday, Oct. 15, serving as the undercard for the MLS game between the Sounders and Chivas USA. 

U.S. U-17 MNT Schedule
Date        Opponent                              Time/Result   Goalscorers                              Venue
Oct. 9     New York Red Bulls Academy   4-1 W            Guido, Pelosi, M. Rodriguez (2)  Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
Oct. 13   Crossfire Premier SC                TBA                                                             Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Oct. 15   Seattle Sounders FC Academy   TBA                                                             Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than 50 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.

BE OFFICIAL: While there's nothing like cheering on the U.S. Men's National Team in person, we want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience even if you’re not going to be in Chester, Pa., today. We've got the next best spot: an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be at PPL Park, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters, wear red and watch the game in an atmosphere that is pretty loud and rowdy. Check the latest listings for the Official U.S. Soccer bar in your area, including Minneapolis’ own Kieran’s Irish Pub, which was named U.S. Soccer’s Bar of the Month for October.  Have a local watering hole that you would like to see as an Official U.S. Soccer Bar?  Provide your comments on the Official U.S. Bar Forum.

HOFFMAN SETS ROSTER FOR ARGENTINA: U.S. Paralympic National Team head coach Jay Hoffman will bring 12 players to the CPISRA America’s Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina from Oct. 14-28. The event will serve as a qualifier for the 2011 CPISRA World Championship, as well as provide valuable international experience with five games against North and South American opponents during the course of eight days. The U.S. will open against Canada on Oct. 18, and play every other day against Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela. The winner of the tournament will automatically qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The top three finishers in Argentina qualify for the 2011 CPISRA World Championship, from which an additional four teams will qualify for London.

U.S. Paralympic National Team Roster
GOALKEEPER (1): Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (4): Chris Ahrens (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Jason Slemons (Seattle, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Adam Ballou (Virginia Beach, Va.), Chad Jones (Virginia Beach, Va.), Tommy Latsch (Euclid, Ohio), Josh McKinney (Cary, N.C.), Marthell Vasquez (Long Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (2)
: Joe Chavez (Bonita, Calif.), James Hilaire (Stamford, Conn.)

MEDIA ACCREDITATION NOW OPEN FOR 2018 AND 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP HOST ANNOUNCEMENT: FIFA announced that the accreditation process for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2022 FIFA World Cup Host Announcement is now open exclusively via the FIFA Media Channel (http://media.fifa.com). The deadline for accreditation applications is Oct. 22, 2010. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail by the beginning of November at the latest. The Host announcement will take place at the Messe Zurich, Switzerland, on Dec. 2, 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.

FOUR ASIAN TEAMS QUALIFY FOR NEXT YEAR’S FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP: Korea Republic, Korea DPR, Australia and Saudi Arabia have qualified for next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup by reaching the semi-finals of the AFC U-19 Championship. The South Koreans were the first to secure passage to Colombia 2011, though not without a fight. Hiroshi Ibusuki struck twice inside the first half-hour to give Japan a two-goal cushion in Linzi, but goals from Kim Kyung-Jung, Hwang Do-Yeo and Jung Seung-Yong – the latter coming in first-half stoppage time – ensured Lee Kwang Jong’s took a 3-2 lead in at the break, and that is how it finished. Korea DPR’s place in the last four was earned via a 2-0 victory over hosts China PR. The visitors dominated possession in a goalless first half and made it count after the interval, with goals from Jong Il-Gwan and Pak Song-Chol ensuring an all-Korean semi-final ensues. Australia and Saudi Arabia will contest the remaining last-four tie after requiring extra time to eliminate United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan respectively. Efforts from Matthew Leckie and Matthew Fletcher helped the boys from Down Under, who were 2-2 after 90 minutes, emerge 4-2 victors, while Fahad Al Johani was the solitary marksman in the additional 30 minutes to send the Saudis through.

FIRST SIX US CLUB SOCCER NATIONAL CUP X REGIONAL CHAMPIONS CROWNED IN ATLANTA: Six teams from a total of five different clubs earned the first Regional championships of the National Cup X, US Club Soccer’s signature national championship competition, as the Atlanta Regional came to a close Sunday afternoon at Scott Hudgens Park in Duluth, Ga. Leading the way with a pair of titles was Atlanta Fire United, which claimed championships in the boys' U-13 and girls' U-17 divisions. Winners in the U-13 through U-17 age groups at the Atlanta Regional earned invitations to the National Cup X Finals, to be played in July 2011.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: After scoring on Friday night for the Chicago Fire, former U.S. Men’s National Team forward Brian McBride was on hand Saturday evening at the USA’s friendly against Poland to participate in the pre-match coin toss. The veteran of three FIFA World Cups is retiring from professional soccer at the end of this year and received a well-deserved round of applause from the U.S. fans at Soldier Field.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team faces Colombia at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.  Kickoff for the USA’s first match on the Chester waterfront is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision.  Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer.

QUOTABLE: “I’m extremely proud of our team. We talked about being able to win tonight and doing something special. We’re the first MLS team to repeat and the first to repeat in a long time. The guys really took it to heart and even though we went down 1-0, they should a lot of character.” – Seattle Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid on his team’s 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victory

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