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U.S. Soccer Wire: April 18, 2011


NEW U.S. SOCCER COACHING CURRICULUM TO BE UNVEILED AT PLAYER DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT;
TICKETS FOR U.S. MNT-SPAIN MATCH TO GO ON SALE APRIL 20;
U.S. WNT TO FACE MEXICO AT RED BULL ARENA ON JUNE 5

NEW U.S. SOCCER COACHING CURRICULUM TO BE UNVEILED AT PLAYER DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT: As part of its continuing effort to improve player development in the United States, U.S. Soccer will unveil its new coaching curriculum for coaches of players ages 5-12 during the U.S. Soccer + SPARQ Player Development Summit from April 19-21 at Nike International Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna will present the curriculum on April 20 to more than 150 of the top youth technical leaders in the country, including coaches and technical directors from clubs in U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy. 

TICKETS FOR U.S. MNT-SPAIN MATCH TO GO ON SALE APRIL 20: Tickets for the USA’s high profile friendly against 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion Spain on June 4 in Foxborough, Mass., will go on sale April 20 to the general public. Kickoff against the No. 1-ranked team in the world and defending European Champion is set for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Tickets starting at $40 go on sale Wednesday, April 20, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the region. Starting Thursday, April 21, tickets also become available at the Gillette Stadium ticket office. Ticket Info

U.S. Men’s National Team 2011 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage

U.S. WNT TO FACE MEXICO AT RED BULL ARENA ON JUNE 5:  The U.S. Women's National Team will play its Women’s World Cup Send-Off match against Mexico on June 5 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The match will kick off at 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The match will mark the final contest for the U.S. women before the team departs for Europe in mid-June for a pre-Women’s World Cup training camp in Austria. Tickets starting at $22 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-727-6223 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET only) and at the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET). Ticket Info

U.S. WNT BEGINS FLORIDA TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has gathered with a roster of 29 players for a training camp that will take place in West Palm Beach, Fla., from April 18-May 6. The camp will be a key period for the U.S. players and Sundhage as she enters the stretch run of her evaluation process to choose a 21-player roster to represent the United States at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany this summer.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Jill Loyden (magicJack), Hope Solo (magicJack) 
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Ali Krieger (out of contract), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), Christie Rampone (magicJack), Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack) 
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (magicJack), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (magicJack), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kristie Mewis (Boston College), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (magicJack) 
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack)

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR TWO U.S. WNT FRIENDLIES AGAINST JAPAN: The U.S. Women's National Team will play a pair of domestic matches in May to prepare for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, facing Japan on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, and on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The match at Columbus Crew Stadium will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET and be broadcast live on Fox Soccer and Fox Deportes. The second leg in Cary kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPN2. For the game in Cary, tickets are on sale to the general public through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For the match in Columbus, tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000, at all central Ohio Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Kroger stores) and the Crew Stadium ticket office.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage


– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

COLLEGE PLAYERS HIGHLIGHT U.S. U-23 WNT CAMP AT THE HDC: With the Women’s Professional Soccer season underway, the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team roster for its upcoming training camp running from April 24 - May 1 will be made up entirely of collegiate players. The 24 players called up by head coach Bill Irwin feature four players (goalkeeper Bianca Henninger, defender Toni Pressley, midfielder Kendall Johnson and forward Casey Short) who represented the USA at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany and an additional two (defender Cloee Colohan and midfielder Erika Tymrak) who were on the U.S. team that came within minutes of winning the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Zealand. 

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Chantel Jones (Virginia; Midlothian, Va.), Jillian Mastroianni (Boston College; Durham, Conn.)
DEFENDERS (9): Cloee Colohan (Portland; West Point, Utah), Katie Deines (Washington; Issaquah, Wash.), Camille Levin (Stanford; Newport Coast, Calif.), Mariah Nogueira (Stanford; Westminster, Calif.), Alyssa Pember (Boston College; Northport, N.Y.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.) Ashley Rape (Duke; Dallas, Texas), Morgan Stith (Virginia; Montclair, N.J.), Kika Toulouse (Virginia; Arlington, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7); Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois; Naperville, Ill.), Katy Frierson (Auburn, Homewood, Ala.), Tori Huster (Florida State; Cincinnati, Ohio), Jordan Jackson (Nebraska; Overland Park, Ks.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Oregon), Erika Tymrak (Florida; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown; Upper Montclair, N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Laura Heybour (Michigan State; Hudsonville, Mich.), Merritt Mathias (Texas A&M; Birmingham, Ala.), Stephanie Ochs (San Diego; San Diego, Calif.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)

U.S. U-20 WNT COMES TO THE HDC FOR TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team will come together for a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., running from April 23-30. The U-20s are still very early in their preparations for qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Uzbekistan. U.S. Soccer Technical Director April Heinrichs has called in 26 players, 11 of them in college.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Emily Oliver (Stanford; Flossmoor, Ill.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Abby Steele (Mustang SC; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (9): Kori Chapic (Cleveland Cobras; Russell, Ohio), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Wilmore, Ky.), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), Kassey Kallman (Florida State; Woodbury, Minn.), Abby Lutzenkirchen (North Atlanta SA; Marietta, Ga.), Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.), Dominique Richardson (Missouri; Fullerton, Calif.), Catie Sessions (Wisconsin; Madison, Wis.) 
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Ponte Verde Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Lindsay Elston (Washington; Sammamish, Wash.), Juliann Jeffrey (Yale; Richardson, Texas), Sarah Killion (Fort Wayne Fever; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.)
FORWARDS (7): Kelly Cobb (Cook Inlet Velocity; Chugiak, Alaska), Shea Groom (KCFC Intensity; Liberty, Mo.), Kylie McCarthy (So Cal Blues; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Courtney Proctor (Slammers FC; Santa Clarita, Calif.), Taylor Smith (Solar Red 94’s; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Dfeeters 93; Coppell, Texas)

ALLEN REPLACES BIJEV ON U.S. U-18 MNT ROSTER: New York Red Bulls Academy forward Brandon Allen will replace Villyan Bijev on the U.S. U-18 MNT training camp roster. The 24 players are training in Beaverton, Ore., from April 16-24 at Nike International Headquarters in conjunction with the U.S. Soccer + SPARQ Player Development Summit. The training camp will feature friendlies against the Portland Timbers on April 19, and will finish with a pair of friendlies on Saturday, April 23, against the University of Portland and the University of Washington.

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster by Position: 
GOALKEEPERS (2):  Jeff Gal (Sockers FC; Bartlett, Ill.), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City; Leawood, Kan.) 
DEFENDERS (8): Jonathan Campbell (NC Fusion; Greensboro, N.C.), Matt Jeffery (PDA; Freehold, N.J.), Mitchell Lurie (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Timothy Parker (Albertson SC; Hicksville, N.Y.), Grant Silvester (CDA; Sacramento, Calif.), Scott Thomsen (New York Red Bulls Academy; Brick, N.J.), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Walker Zimmerman (Furman University; Lawrenceville, Ga.) 
MIDFIELDERS (10): Stefano Bonomo (De Anza Force; Hillsborough, Calif.), Seth Casiple (CDA; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Cuevas Granados (CDA; Sacramento, Calif.), Miguel Lopez, Jr. (Classics Elite; Alton, Texas), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bollingbrook, Ill.), Marcus Salandy-Defour (D.C. United Academy; Kensington, Md.), Christopher Somerville (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; West Chester, Pa.), Gabe Stauber (FC Westchester; Waccabuc, N.Y.), Will Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy; Gahanna, Ohio), Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler (CASL Chelsea SC; Cary, N.C.) 
FORWARDS (4): Brandon Allen (New York Red Bulls Academy; Old Bridge, N.J.), Isaac Kannah (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Plymouth, Minn.), Luis Rendon (FC Richmond Magic; Chesterfield, Va.), Khiry Shelton (Lonestar SC; Leander, Texas) 

U.S. U-17 MNT ‘95s SET FOR MONDIAL MINIMES TOURNAMENT IN FRANCE: The U.S. U-17 MNT ‘95s will travel to Montaigu, France, for the 2011 Mondial Minimes Montaigu Tournament. The group is made up of players who fall into the younger birth year of the current cycle of the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team and includes nine players who are currently part of the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. 

U.S. U-17 MNT ’95 Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castano (NY Red Bulls Academy; Union City, N.J.), Zack Steffen (FC DELCO; Downingtown, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (6): Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim FC; Lancaster, Pa.), Dylan Greenberg (Albertson SC; Dix Hills, N.Y.), Matt Habrowski (Derby County Wolves; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Luis Martir (Chivas Mexico; Los Angeles, Calif.), Miguel Polley (Derby County Wolves; West Bloomfield, Mich.), Robby Sagel (Downtown Rapids; Las Vegas, Nev.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jordan Allen (Empire United; Rochester, N.Y.), Marco Delgado (Cosmo Academy West; Glendora, Calif.), Nicholas Gaitan (Argentinos Juniors; Oceanside, N.Y.), Antonio Murillo (Neusport ’93; Las Vegas, Nev.), Adam Najem (NY Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.)
FORWARDS (4): Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC; Chula Vista, Calif.), Nicko Corriveau (Bethesda SC; Potomac, Md.), Kevin De La Torre (Chivas USA; Winchester, Calif.), Alex Muyl (Cosmos Academy East; New York, N.Y.)

U.S. U-17 WNT COMES TO THE HDC FOR THIRD CAMP OF 2011: U.S. Soccer Women’s Director of Development Jill Ellis has called 23 players to a training camp at The Home Depot Center running from April 23-30. She will name one more player before the beginning of the camp, which is being held concurrently with U-23 and U-20 events, bringing together 72 of the top young players in the country. This group of players is in early preparations for qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Ga.), Claire Wheatley (Solar SC; Plano, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Massachussets; Milford, N.H.), Maddy Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), Zoey Goralski (Team Chicago Academy Botafogo; Naperville, Ill.), Madi Hall (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), Lauren Kaskie (Neusport FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Shea Newman (FC Stars of Massachusetts; Medfield, Mass.), Micaela Powers (Ohio Galaxias FC; Beavercreek, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (7):
 Joanna Boyles (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Rosie Dimartino (Albertson Fury; Massapequa, N.Y.), Lindsey Lane (Freestate Elite; Lusby, Md.), Gabby Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highland Ranch, Colo.), Morgan Stanton (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; St. Lorton, Va.), Kaitlyn Wong (MLVA Lightning; Sunnyvale, Calif.)
FORWARDS (7): Emily Bruder (Utah Avalanche; Sandy, Utah), Cameron Castleberry (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C.), Darian Jenkins (Sparta United; Riverton HS), Kayla Mills (Slammers FC; West Covina, Calif.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Toni Payne (BUSA Elite; Birmingham, Ala.), Becca Schoales (Crossfire Premier; Port Orchard, Wash.)

SOCAL DIVISION CLUBS COMMIT TO 10-MONTH ACADEMY SEASON: As the U.S. Soccer Development Academy continues to evolve, clubs in Southern California have come together to raise the bar like never before in terms of player development. Earlier this year, the 10 clubs in the SoCal Division of the Academy formed a new league, the Southern California Development Soccer League, to help support a better player development environment and move away from the traditional league model.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. REFEREES CHOSEN TO OFFICIATE AT 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Kari Seitz, Marlene Duffy and Veronica Perez have been selected to officiate at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, making the United States one of only five countries to have three representatives on FIFA’s list of 51 officials. Seitz will be refereeing matches at her fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup, while Duffy and Perez, both assistant referees, have been assigned to their first. The 40-year-old Seitz is a veteran of the 1999, 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cups and the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and will be the most experienced official in Germany.

U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUM HEAD IN COLUMBUS, OHIO IN CONJUNCTION WITH U.S. WNT MATCH AGAINST JAPAN: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will conduct a coaching symposium on May 13-14, 2011, in conjunction with the U.S. Women’s National Team’s match against Japan on May 14 in Columbus, Ohio. The game, which will be played at Crew Stadium, home to the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer, will be the first of two games against Japan in May. Join CoachesNet Now | Download Symposium Application

NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS LOCATIONS UPDATED: 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, Massachusetts and Washington. In addition, “C” license retest locations have been finalized. 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 | “C” License Retest Schedule

FIFA ACCEPTING CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP UNTIL MAY 1: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany is now open 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

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2011 FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP IN MEXICO OPEN UNTIL MAY 20: FIFA’s media accreditation process for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will take place in Mexico from June 18 - July 10, 2011, opened April 18. via the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is Friday, May 20, 2011. Apply at fifa.com

US CLUB SOCCER NORTHEAST PRE-ACADEMY LEAGUE RETURNS FOR THIRD YEAR: Entering its third season in 2011-12, an expanded Northeast Pre-Academy League will become part of US Club Soccer’s National Premier Leagues, which are leagues throughout the country with the highest level of competition in a given area.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

QUOTABLE: “Emphasizing proper coaching and training for players age 5-12 is critical for our ability to produce elite players and raise the level of play in this country overall. We have created this curriculum to serve as a blueprint for the thousands of coaches across the country working with these young players at such an important time in their development.” – U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna on the unveiling of the new coaching curriculum for players age 5-12

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