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U.S. Soccer Wire: March 14, 2011


U.S. MNT DRAWN IN GROUP C FOR 2011 CONCACAF GOLD CUP;
U.S. WNT WINS EIGHTH ALGARVE CUP TITLE WITH 4-2 WIN AGAINST ICELAND

U.S. MNT TO FACE CANADA, GUADELOUPE AND PANAMA IN GROUP C OF 2011 CONCACAF GOLD CUP: The United States will seek its fifth confederation championship title when they join Group C of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup along with Canada, Guadeloupe and Panama. The U.S. will first take on Canada on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET at Ford Field in Detroit. The team then travels south to face Panama on June 11 at 8 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., before rounding out group play against Guadeloupe on June 14 at the brand new LIVERSTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., with kickoff slated for 8 p.m. CT. Tickets are currently available; visit the Gold Cup ticket information page for more details.

ussoccer.com’s Gold Cup Coverage

MORE THAN 50,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR USA-ARGENTINA AT NEW MEADOWLANDS STADIUM:  More than 50,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s match against two-time FIFA World Cup champion Argentina on March 26 at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Kickoff against the No. 4-ranked Argentines is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Just three days later, the U.S. will play host to Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville on March 29 at 7 p.m. CT with live television coverage provided by Fox Soccer Channel and TeleFutura. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Tickets for both matches are available at ussoccer.com: MNT vs. Argentina Tickets | MNT vs. Paraguay Tickets

U.S. Men’s National Team 2011 Schedule

MEDIA CREDENTIAL DEADLINES APPROACHING: Media are reminded that Thursday, March 17, is the deadline to request credentials for the U.S. friendly against Argentina on March 26 at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Likewise, the deadline to apply for USA-Paraguay in Nashville is Monday, March 21. Media can access the online application via the link provided below. Media can expect an update on the status of their application within 24 hours of the deadline passing. Apply online via the ussoccer.com media services website. U.S. head coach Bob Bradley is expected to announce the U.S. roster later this week. The U.S. team will arrive in New Jersey on Thursday, March 24, and will have media availability on Thursday evening and on Friday. Argentina and Paraguay’s media schedule will be announced when it is confirmed. For more information on accreditation contact David Applegate at dapplegate@ussoccer.org or 312-528-1307.

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage

U.S. WNT WINS EIGHTH ALGARVE CUP TITLE WITH 4-2 WIN AGAINST ICELAND: The U.S. Women’s National Team came from a goal down to claim the championship of the 2011 Algarve Cup with a 4-2 victory against Iceland as four different players scored. Midfielder Carli Lloyd had an early goal, forward Lauren Cheney tallied in stoppage time of the first half, midfielder Heather O’Reilly bagged the game-winner 10 minutes into the second half and forward Alex Morgan sealed the game in the 87th minute with her third goal of the tournament. While several players had three goals in the tournament, including Lloyd, Morgan was awarded the top scorer award based on the playing the fewest amount of minutes during the tournament of the players that tallied three times.

U.S. WNT Results
Date                Opponent        Result                         U.S. Goalscorers
March 2          Japan               2-1 W                          Rodriguez, Rapinoe
March 4          Norway            2-0 W                          Tarpley, Lloyd
March 7           Finland            4-0 W                          Morgan (2), Boxx, Lloyd
March 9           Iceland            4-2 W                          Lloyd, Cheney, O’Reilly, Morgan 

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 WNT FINISH TEN NATIONS TOURNAMENT WITH 2-0 WIN AGAINST NORWAY: After having its first match against Sweden called on the account of lightning and then tying England 0-0, the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team finished the La Manga Ten Nations Tournament on a high note with a 2-0 victory against the Norway U-20 Women’s National Team. There was no winner in the tournament as each team played three friendly matches. Also participating in the tournament were Scotland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Denmark and Italy. The 18 players chosen for the trip were all born in 1992 and 1993. The U.S. U-20s are at the beginning of the cycle working towards qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that was awarded to Uzbekistan.

U.S. U-20 WNT Results
Date                Opponent        Result                         U.S. Goalscorers
March 4          Sweden            abandoned                  --
March 6          England            0-0 T                         --
March 8           Norway           2-0 W                         Cobb, Smith

U.S. U-18 WNT ARRIVES AT THE HDC FOR SECOND CAMP OF 2011: The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team has begun a training camp under the direction of April Heinrichs at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., that will run from March 12-19 as the squad gets together for its second event of the year. The majority of the 24 players in camp were born in 1994 with a few in 1993 and one in 1992. All are age-eligible for the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team that will attempt to qualify for the 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Uzbekistan.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position: 
GOALKEEPERS (3): Caroline Casey (Virginia Rush; Chesapeake, Va.), Katelyn Rowland (San Juan; Vacaville, Calif.), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Intensity; Kansas City, Mo.) 
DEFENDERS (5): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Margo McGinty (Albertson Fury; Levittown, N.Y.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.) 
MIDFIELDERS (11): Kori Chapic (Cleveland Cobras; Russell, Ohio), Kaysie Clark (KCFC Intensity; Liberty, Mo.), Caprice Dydasco (Honolulu Bulls SC; Honolulu, Hawaii), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Caroline Lindquist (Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Kate Speidel (Real So Cal; Oak Park, Calif.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Bays; Baltimore, Md.), Quynh Truong (Solar Red; Fort Worth, Texas), Danielle Weatherholt (So Cal Blues; Capistrano Beach, Calif.), Sandra Yu (Cleveland Futbol; Strongsville, Ohio) 
FORWARDS (5): MaKenzy Doniak (Slammers FC; Chino Hills, Calif.), Anna Maria Gilbertson (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.), Kodi Lavrusky (Legends FC; Yucaipa, Calif.), Anna McClung (GSA Phoenix; Gate City, Va.), Kristen McNabb (PDA; Montville, N.J.)

U.S. U-17 WNT HOLDS TRAINING CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: The U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team will come together for a training camp from March 20-27 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., under the direction of Jill Ellis. The camp will be held concurrently with the U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team training camp, which will also be run by Ellis, who has called in 24 players for this first U-17 event since the team played twice against the Germany U-17s in Florida in late January/early February. The U-17s defeated the Germans 3-1 and tied 2-2 in two games. The U-17s are in the early stages of preparation qualifying for the 2012 U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Ga.), Morgan Stearns (McLean Youth Soccer; Burke, Va.)
DEFENDERS (6): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Massachusetts; Milford, N.H.), Maddy Bauer (Slammers FC, Newport Beach, Calif.), Gabby Byorth (Ohio Premier Eagles; Dublin, Ohio), Zoe Clark (PDA; New York, N.Y.), Bridget Skinner (PDA; Middletown, N.J.), Claire Wagner (CASL; Cary, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Joanna Boyles (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Kaitlyn Clark (KC Select Viati; Liberty, Mo.), Mandy Freeman (Renegades SC; Delray Beach, Fla.), Zoey Goralski (Team Chicago Academy Botafogo; Naperville, Ill.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Ashton Miller (Michigan Hawks; Okemos, Mich.), Kayla Mills (Slammers FC; West Covina, Calif.), Gabby Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Morgan Stanton (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; St. Lorton, Va.), Kate Walters (PDA; Mt. Laurel, N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Frannie Crouse (Beadling SC; Jeannette, Pa.), Brittain Dearden (Mt. Laurel United Crush; Princeton Junction, N.J.), Madi Lewis (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Toni Payne (BUSA Elite; Birmingham, Ala.)

U.S. U-15 BNT STARTS FIRST CAMP OF 2011 AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: The U-15 Boys’ National Team has convened for its first camp of 2011 from March 13-20 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. U.S. head coach Jim Barlow will work with a group of 36 players, all born in 1996, during the week. Of the 36 players in the training camp, 20 come from Development Academy clubs including Tyler Turner, who was the first player born in 1996 to earn Academy U-15/16 Performer of the Week honors when he received the award in early March. 

U.S. U-15 BNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Gianni Carillo (NY Red Bulls Academy; Pine Bush, N.Y.), Cesar Jerez (Cosmos Academy West; Ontario, Calif.), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls Academy; South River, N.J.), Carter Richardson (Crew Soccer Academy; Dublin, Ohio)
DEFENDERS (13): Vernon Bailey (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Bryce Cregan (PA Classics; Dallastown, Pa.), Michael Jimenez (Chicago Fire Juniors; Munster, Ind.), Guyllian Kabala (Seacoast United; Manchester, N.H.), Patrick Khouri (Daniel Island Soccer Academy; Charleston, S.C.), Elijah Martin (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Matt Nance (Vardar; Washington, Mich.), John Requejo (Santa Barbara SC; Carpinteria, Calif.), Jeffrey Rhodes (Westside United; Brownsburg, Ind.), Joe Rodriguez (Matchfit Chelsea; Montclair, N.J.), Bruno Scodari (Olney Boys and Girls Club; Silver Springs, Md.), Billy Stevens (NY Red Bulls Academy; New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Wilfred Williams (Fusion; Johnson City, Tenn.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Corey Baird (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Omar Castro (Plant City FC; Plant City, Fla.), Bradley Dunwell (Alliance Academy; Grand Rapids, Mich.), Zachary Herrivaux (Shalrie Joseph SC; Chestnut Hill, Mass.), Herber Mejia-Flores (GFA Rangers; Manassas Park, Va.), Kevin Pollitz (NY Red Bulls Academy; Morganville, N.J.), Victor Rolph (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Joab Santoyo (Arsenal FC; Fontana, Calif.), Amar Sejdic (United FC; Louisville, Ky.) Tyler Turner (South Central Premier; West Haven, Conn.)
FORWARDS (9): Adonis Amaya (Cosmos Academy West; Westminster, Calif.), Jorge Calix (Team America; Alexandria, Va.), Andre Fortune (Triangle United; Raleigh, N.C.), Danya Kafai (Juventus Sports Club; Redwood City, Calif.), Felipe Liborio Jr. (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), DeAndre Robinson (West Pines United; Hollywood, Fla.), Rubio Rubin (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Alejandro Segovia (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Wesley Wade (NY Red Bulls Academy; South Orange, N.J.)

U.S. U-15 GNT HEADS TO THE HDC FOR FIRST CAMP OF 2011: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will come together from March 20-27 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., for its first training camp of the year under the direction of Jill Ellis. Twenty-four players have been called up and are age eligible for spots on next year’s U-17 Women’s National Team that will attempt to qualify for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan, which has an age cutoff date of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1995. 

U.S. U-15 Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Penelope Edmonds (Match Fit Chelsea; New York, N.Y.), Abigail Pyne (Black Bear United; Dixmont, Maine)
DEFENDERS (8): Paige Crowley (MVLA Lightning; Los Gatos, Calif.), Schuyler Debree (Match Fit Chelsea; Fair Haven, N.J.), Delaney Fechalos (Atlanta Fire; Suwanee, Ga.), Monica Flores (SDFC Lynx; Livingston, N.J.), Sabrina Flores (SDFC Lynx; Livingston, N.J.), Chloe Hemmingway (West Coast FC; Irvine, Calif.), Mariah Lee (Washington Premier FC; Covington, Wash.), Annie Mejia (Arsenal FC; Bloomington, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Megan Buckingham (Michigan Hawks; Novi, Mich.), Jordan Di Biasi (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Maddie Huster (Ohio Elite; Cincinnati, Ohio), Reilly Martin (Carmel United SC; Carmel, Ind.), Genevieve McGowan (FC United; Lake Forest, Ill.), Rilka Noel (Michigan Hawks; West Bloomfield, Mich.), Haley Pounds (Challenge SC; Spring, Texas), Rebecca Rasmussen (Colorado Nike Rush; Golden, Colo.), Sarah Robinson (MLVA Lightning; Los Altos, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Sarah Chase (West Coast FC; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Imani Dorsey (SAC United; Elkridge, Maryland), Mikaela Harvey (Lonestar SC; Liberty Hill, Texas), Gabriella Kaplan (MVLA Lightning; Emerald Hills, Calif.)

THREE PERENNIAL DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY POWERS KICK OFF GREAT LAKES SEASON: The Development Academy philosophy is based around fewer but more meaningful games in order to focus on the quality of the match rather than the quantity. It’s safe to say that the Great Lakes Division will feature high-quality games throughout the remainder of the season. Through the first three seasons of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, no part of the country has left its stamp as prominently as the Great Lakes. These teams have burst onto the scene to capture five of the six Finals Week championships that have been contested, including a sweep of both age groups last season. 

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS TO TAKE PLACE IN APRIL, JUNE AND JULY: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools in April and June for “A” Audit, “A”, “B” and “C” Courses in California, Georgia, Illinois and Massachusetts. Registration for each course is now open after a pre-registration period for active members of CoachesNet, U.S. Soccer’s official coaches club. Current CoachesNet members will have the first opportunity to register for a winter course beginning today. Register for CoachesNet Now | View Course Schedule

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET TRIP TO GERMANY/NETHERLANDS QUICKLY APPROACHING: In an effort to continue providing unique coaching opportunities to its membership, U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet announces plans to offer an educational trip to Germany and the Netherlands. 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. 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.

FIFA ACCEPTING CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FROM MARCH 1 TO MAY 1: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 will open March 1 on the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for media to request accreditation is May 1. All media requesting accreditation for the tournament must be an approved member of the FIFA Media Channel. Any media members without access to the Media Channel that plan to request Women’s World Cup credentials should register immediately at media.fifa.com. Please keep in mind that access to the FIFA Media Channel does not mean credentials have been approved or that accreditation is guaranteed. Apply at fifa.com

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: The U.S. Women’s National Team took its eighth Algarve Cup title after defeating Iceland 4-2 on March 9 in Faro, Portugal. The U.S. has now appeared in nine consecutive and 11 total Algarve Cup title matches and still remains undefeated in championship matches. Of the three tournament titles the U.S. did not win, all were lost in penalty shootouts after the matches finished in a draw after regulation.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Major League Soccer gets the 2011 season underway March 15 when the Los Angeles Galaxy travel up the west coast to face Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field at 9:30 p.m. ET. The match will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

QUOTABLE: “The Germans, I can read them. I know them like the back of my hand. I have played there for four years now. I am more adjusted to them and how they play. It’s kind of cool. It’s going to be interesting to play against my old teammates. I think it is great because I have an understanding of how they play and I am sort of the mole over there so to speak for the U.S. team. I’m kind of the spy taking all of the secrets and bringing them back. No, but it’s been a good experience and I think it is going to be good to at least know a little bit about the team in order to help us be a little bit more successful.” –U.S. Women’s National Team and FFC Frankfurt defender Ali Krieger in an interview with Equalizer Soccer on what playing professionally in Germany brings to the team’s World Cup preparations

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