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U.S. Soccer Wire: Oct. 4, 2010


BRADLEY NAMES 20-MAN ROSTER AHEAD OF OCT. 9 FRIENDLY AGAINST POLAND;
U.S. WOMEN DEFEAT CHINA 2-1 ON OCT. 2, FACE OFF AGAIN ON OCT. 6;
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC AND COLUMBUS CREW READY TO CONTEST U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL

BOB BRADLEY NAMES 20-MAN ROSTER AS U.S. PREPARES FOR POLAND AND COLOMBIA: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named 20 players to the roster that will prepare for the upcoming friendlies against Poland and Colombia. The U.S. will face Poland on Oct. 9 in Chicago, the home of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Kickoff at Soldier Field is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. Tickets starting at $25 are on sale now through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott and Walmart stores). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Soldier Field except on the day of the event.] 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. MNT Roster by Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Étienne), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), Jermaine Jones (FC Schalke), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Eddie Johnson (Fulham)

U.S. MNT CAPTAIN CARLOS BOCANEGRA TO APPEAR ON LIVE RECORDING OF STUDIO 90 IN CHICAGO: U.S. Soccer’s popular web show Studio 90 will be holding a special event in Chicago at SmallBar - Division (2049 W. Division, Chicago, Ill.) on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Special guest U.S. Men’s National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra will be in attendance for an interview and Q&A session. Taping begins at 7 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 – Sept. 28 – Oct. 4

U.S. WNT WIN 2-1 AGAINST CHINA, SET TO FACE OFF AGAIN ON OCT. 6 IN CHESTER, PA.: The U.S. Women’s National Team opened its two-game series with China at the beautiful Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium with a 2-1 victory as Heather O’Reilly assisted on Megan Rapinoe’s opening goal and later scored the game-winner. The United States dominated the match territorially and out-shot the Chinese 20-6 for the game, but couldn’t get a consistent attacking rhythm going and some sub-par finishing kept the contest close. Still, the Americans created quite a few scoring chances throughout the match, with set plays being particularly dangerous, but couldn’t add to its first half total of two goals. The two teams will face off again in just two days’ time in Chester, Pa., at the new PPL Park at 7 p.m. ET. Live television coverage will be provided by ESPN2. Tickets for U.S. WNT’s first visit to PPL Park start at $18 and are currently on sale to the public 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.). Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and WNT Twitter feed.

CONCACAF ANNOUNCES GAME SCHEDULE FOR WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING IN MEXICO: The match schedule for the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament has been announced. The competition, which will send both semifinal winners to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will be held from Oct. 28-Nov. 8 in Cancún and Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 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)

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 – Sept. 28 – Oct. 4

LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL READY TO KICKOFF IN SEATTLE, WASH.: The Seattle Sounders play host to the 2010 Lamar Hunt Open Cup Final on Tuesday night, Oct. 5, as they seek to repeat as champions. Should the hosts hoist the title for a second year in a row, they would become the first side to do so since MLS sides entered the competition in 1996. For the visiting Columbus Crew, it's a chance to grab the trophy for the first time since 2002, the last time they appeared in the final of the USA's oldest annual team tournament. Live television coverage will be provided by Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español at 7 p.m. PT with additional coverage provided by ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

INDRA NOOYI, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF PEPSICO, JOINS USA BID COMMITTEE: Indra K. Nooyi (IN-dra NEW-e), chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo, 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. Following the FIFA Inspection Delegation’s technical tour of the United States from September 6-9, FIFA’s 24 member Executive Committee is now in the final stages of studying the nine bids and will name the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments on December 2, 2010, completing a 21-month bid and review process.

USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE POSTSEASON TO GET UNDERWAY ON OCT. 6 AS PLAYOFF SEEDING DETERMINED: The USSF D-2 Pro League playoff schedule was determined on Sunday after the regular season came to a close. Out of the eight teams that advanced to the postseason, five are from the USL Conference and three are from the NASL Conference.  The Rochester Rhinos, the top team in the USL Conference, clinched the regular season crown and No. 1 seed in the playoffs, while the Carolina RailHawks earned the No. 2 seed overall by finishing in first place in the NASL Conference. Austin Aztex finished with the second most points in the league to finish second in the USL Conference and earn the third seed, while the Portland Timbers rounded out the top four by finishing third in the USL Conference. Vancouver Whitecaps FC took the No. 5 seed after finishing second in the NASL Conference, while the Montreal Impact finished two points behind to earn the No. 6 seed. The NSC Minnesota Stars are the No. 7 seed, while the Puerto Rico Islanders close out the playoff field at the No. 8 seed.

USSF D-2 Pro League Playoff Schedule
First Round, Leg 1

Date        Match                                                                     Time (ET)             Venue
Oct. 6      Montreal Impact vs. Austin Aztex                              7:30 p.m.             Stade Saputo; Montreal, Quebec
Oct. 6      NSC Minnesota Stars vs. Carolina RailHawks               8 p.m.                  National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.
Oct. 7      Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Rochester Rhinos                 8:05 p.m.             Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel; Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Oct. 7      Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers            10:30 p.m.            Swangard, Stadium; Burnaby, British Columbia

First Round, Leg 2
Date        Match                                                                     Time (ET)             Venue
Oct. 9      Rochester Rhinos vs. Puerto Rico Islanders                 7 p.m.                  Marina Auto Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
Oct. 9      Carolina RailHawks vs. NSC Minnesota Stars               7 p.m.                  WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Oct. 9      Austin Aztex vs. Montreal Impact                              8:30 p.m.              House Park; Austin, Texas
Oct. 10    Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC            9 p.m.                   Merlo Field (Univ. of Portland); Portland, Ore.

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Playoff Standings

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-17 MNT TO PLAY THREE DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY OPPONENTS: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team will travel to Red Bull Arena this weekend to take on 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. From there, 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                                       Venue
Oct. 9              New York Red Bulls Academy            Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
Oct. 13            Crossfire Premier SC                         Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Oct. 15            Seattle Sounders FC Academy            Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

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

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 COACHING SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD IN CHESTER, PA.: U.S. Soccer Coaching Education will conduct a Coaching Symposium Oct. 11-12 in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s National Team game against Colombia on Oct. 12 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. U.S. Soccer Technical Advisor Chris Brewer will lead the two-day event and the theme for the symposium will be “Creating a Professional Training Environment.” Join CoachesNet.

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BRAZIL TRIP 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 Germany 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. While in Rio de Janeiro, coaches will take part in educational lectures with various professional coaches, visit with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and attend professional training sessions and games. Brazil applications are available now.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National Team veteran Clint Dempsey scored for his club side Fulham in their 1-1 draw against West Ham United in the English Premier League. Dempsey has now scored in two consecutive 1-1 draws for the Cottagers who remain unbeaten in league play after seven games.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final between Seattle Sounders FC and the Columbus crew will kickoff on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. PT with live coverage on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer en Español. The following day, the U.S. Women’s National Team will take on China in the second game of their two-match series at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., at 7 p.m. ET with live coverage on ESPN2. The U.S. Men’s National Team will round out the week with a friendly against Poland at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. CT. Live television coverage will be provided by Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. Fans can follow all matches on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Perennial English Premier League power Liverpool FC’s rough start to the season took another blow as they stooped to a 2-1 home defeat against newly promoted Blackpool. The Reds now find themselves in the relegation zone in the English league in 18th position with only one win to their names through seven matches.

QUOTABLE: “Nobody has defended this title in a long time. [Having the opportunity] to step up and do that after a 27 or 28 year gap is something that is definitely special for our team and we look forward to it.” –Seattle Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid on his team’s mindset going into the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. PT

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