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U.S. Soccer Wire - January 16, 2007


Bradley to Announce U.S. MNT Roster to Face Denmark
at the End of the Week at ussoccer.com;
U.S. U-20 MNT to Kick Off 2007 U-20 World Cup Qualifying on Wednesday;
Ryan Names 20-Player WNT Roster For Four Nations Tournament

U.S. MNT PREPARES FOR DENMARK MATCH: The U.S. MNT is less than a week away from their opening match of 2007, a friendly against Denmark on Jan. 20 at The Home Depot Center (tickets). The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 beginning at 1:50 p.m. PT (and will be tape-delayed on Univision). Fans can also follow the game live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The U.S. team has been in training camp with head coach Bob Bradley since Jan. 4, when the team gathered for the first time since the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Bradley will name his roster for Saturday’s match later this week exclusively at ussoccer.com. After the Denmark match, the U.S. will host regional rivals Mexico on Feb. 7 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (tickets). Fans can follow how their favorite players are doing throughout camp with exclusive all_access videos and photo galleries, as well as an MNT blog and a journal from MNT rookie Sacha Kljestan.

DENMARK NAMES ROSTER TO FACE U.S. MNT: The Denmark National Team arrived in Southern California earlier this week with their 21-player contingent. Head coach Morten Olsen, who has coached the squad since 2000, has named a roster made up primarily of domestic players to face the U.S.

Denmark MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Casper Ankergren (Brondby), Jesper Christiansen (FC Copenhagen)
DEFENDERS (6): Anders Moller Christensen (OB), Michael Gravgaard (FC Copenhagen), Lars Jacobsen (FC Copenhagen), Kristian Bak Nielsen (FC Midtjylland), Michael Ribers (FC Nordsjaelland), Chris Sorensen (OB)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Jonas Borring (OB), William Kvist Jorgensen (FC Copenhagen), Christian Keller (Stabaek), Thomas Kristensen (FC Nordsjaelland), Hjalte Bo Norregaard (FC Copenhagen), Peter Nymann (OB), Christopher Poulsen (Viborg), Rasmus Wurtz (AAB), Niki Zimling (Esbjerg FB)
FORWARDS (4): Jesper Bech (Esbjerg FB), Morten Nordstrand Nielsen (FC Nordsjaelland), Simon Busk Poulsen (FC Midtjylland), Dennis Sorensen (FC Midtjylland)


U.S. U-20 MNT QUALIFYING TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON GOLTV: The first two matches of the U.S. U-20 MNT’s journey through CONCACAF Under-20 Final Round qualifying will be televised live in the U.S. on GolTV, with the first match against Haiti at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 17. The team’s second match, against Guatemala, will also be broadcast live at 6:30 p.m. ET on GolTV. The U-20 men will wrap up the tournament against Panama at on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. ET. United States Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen and his 20-man roster traveled to Panama to represent the U.S. in Group A of the CONCACAF Under-20 Final Round Qualifying Tournament from Jan. 17-21 at Rommel Fernandez Stadium in Panama City, Panama. Players arrived in Panama on Saturday (Jan. 13) and will train for a few days before opening the six-game round-robin qualifying tournament against Haiti. Fans can also follow all three games on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The top two finishers in Group A will advance to the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada, which will take place from June 30-July 22 across six cities – Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Burnaby and Victoria.

2007 CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament
Date       Match-up                      Venue                                    Time (ET); TV
Jan. 17   USA vs. Haiti                Rommel Fernandez Stadium      6:30 p.m.; GolTV, live
Jan. 17   Panama vs. Guatemala  Rommel Fernandez Stadium      8:30 p.m.
Jan. 19   USA vs. Guatemala       Rommel Fernandez Stadium      6:30 p.m.; GolTV, live
Jan. 19   Panama vs. Haiti           Rommel Fernandez Stadium      8:30 p.m.
Jan. 21   USA vs. Panama           Rommel Fernandez Stadium      6 p.m.; GolTV, TBD
Jan. 21   Guatemala vs. Haiti       Rommel Fernandez Stadium      8 p.m.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brian Perk (UCLA), Chris Seitz (University of Maryland)
DEFENDERS (6): Quavas Kirk (L.A. Galaxy), Ofori Sarkodie (Indiana University), Nathan Sturgis (L.A. Galaxy), Julian Valentin (Wake Forest), Anthony Wallace (University of South Florida), Tim Ward (Columbus Crew)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (Real Salt Lake), Bryan Arguez (Miami, Fla.), Tony Beltran (UCLA), Amaechi Igwe (Santa Clara), Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew), Jonathan Villanueva (Virginia)
FORWARDS (6): Andre Akpan (Harvard), Josmer Altidore (N.Y. Red Bulls), Robbie Rogers (SC Heerenveen), Johann Smith (FC Bolton), Preston Zimmerman (Hamburg SV), Sal Zizzo (UCLA)


WNT ROSTER SET FOR FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan named the 20-player roster for the 2007 Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou, China, taking place from Jan. 26-30. The U.S. will face Germany (Jan. 26), England (Jan. 28) and China (Jan. 30) in the annual competition that brings together four of the world’s top women’s soccer teams. All the matches will be played at Guangdong Olympic Stadium in Guangzhou. The tournament will be highlighted by defender Cat Whitehill earning her 100th career cap in her first Four Nations Tournament match. Should she play against Germany in the USA’s first match of the competition, at 24 years, 350 days, she would become the fifth youngest player and 19th overall to earn a 100th cap for the USA. Only Cindy Parlow, Mia Hamm, Lorrie Fair and Lilly (in that order) would have been younger. This will be one of the youngest rosters the USA has ever taken into a major tournament, with 14 of the 20 players 24 or under. Ryan chose the roster after a five-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., that featured 28 players. This will be the sixth time the USA has traveled to China in January for the Four Nations tournament. The USA also participated in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006, taking top honors four times, winning in every year but 2002.

2007 Four Nations Tournament Schedule
Date       Matchup                          Time
Jan. 26   China vs. England            1:30 p.m. local / 12:30 a.m. ET
Jan. 26   USA vs. Germany            4 p.m. local / 3 a.m. ET
Jan. 28   China vs. Germany          1:30 p.m. local / 12:30 a.m. ET
Jan. 28   USA vs. England              4 p.m. local / 3 a.m. ET
Jan. 30   Germany vs. England        1:30 p.m. local / 12:30 a.m. ET
Jan. 30   USA vs. China                 4 p.m. local / 3 a.m. ET

U.S. WNT Four Nations Tournament Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (7): Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Marci Miller (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Casey Nogueira (Cedarburg, Wis.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.)


MNT TO TAKE ON GUATEMALA ON MARCH 28: The U.S. Men’s National Team heads to Pizza Hut Park for the second consecutive year to face Guatemala when they meet in Frisco, Texas, on March 28 at 8 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision, and will be available to fans online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets starting at $18 are now on sale online at ussoccer.com, at all Dallas-Ft. Worth area Ticketmaster outlets (including Macy’s, Fiesta Stores, and FYE) and by phone at 214-373-8000. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by calling U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or by obtaining a group order form at ussoccer.com. The U.S. will open its 2007 schedule on Jan. 20 when the team faces Denmark (tickets) at The Home Depot Center at 2 p.m. PT live on ESPN2 (Galavision taped delay). Also on the schedule for the U.S. is a Feb. 7 friendly against regional rivals Mexico (tickets) at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. MT, and the match will be shown live on ESPN2 and Univision. Prior to the Guatemala match, the U.S. will play a friendly on March 25 with the location and opponent still to be determined.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

JILL ELLIS NAMED U-20 WNT HEAD COACH: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach and technical director Greg Ryan has named Jillian Ellis as the new U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach. Ellis will be charged with leading the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile. With Ellis taking the helm for the U-20 team, Bill Irwin will take over as head coach of the Under-21 Women’s National Team, which was led by Ellis in 2005 and 2006, as well as in 2000. Ellis won U-21 Nordic Cup titles in 2000 and 2005. Ellis also coached a relatively inexperienced U-21 side to the Nordic Cup title game in 2006, where the team, without numerous players who were competing with the U-20s, fell to Germany, to break a string of seven consecutive Nordic Cup titles for the USA. Ellis will have more than a year and half to prepare a team for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (dates are TBD). Ellis will lead the U-20s into their first major tournament of this cycle in July at the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With the hiring of Ellis and Irwin, Ryan’s Women’s National Team head coaching staff is set for 2007 with Erica Walsh as the Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach, Kazbek Tambi leading the Under-16 Girls’ National Team and Tad Bobak as the head coach of the Under-15 Girls’ National Team.

U.S. U-17 MNTS WIN THREE AGAINST ILLINOIS, GEORGIA ODP TEAMS: The U.S. U-17 '90 and '91 Men's National Teams played friendly matches at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., earning shutouts in all three matches. Ellis McLoughlin scored once and Jared Jeffrey tallied twice to defeat the Illinois ODP '90 team on Saturday (Jan. 13). Alex Dixon and Alex Nimo, who scored twice, led the way on Sunday (Jan. 14) as the U-17 '91 MNT defeated the Georgia ODP '90 team, also by a 3-0 margin. Ryan Finley and Dersu Abolfathi each tallied once on Monday (Jan. 15) as the U-17 '91 men beat the Illinois ODP '90 team, 2-0.

U.S. U-17 MNT Results
Date       Team               Opponent            Result    U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Jan. 13   U-17 '90 MNT    Illinois ODP '90    3-0 W     McLoughlin, Jeffrey (2)
Jan. 14   U-17 '91 MNT    Georgia ODP '90  3-0 W     Dixon, Nimo (2)
Jan. 15   U-17 '91 MNT    Illinois ODP '90    2-0 W     Finley, Abolfathi


U.S. U-14 BNT TRAVELS TO GUADALAJARA, MEXICO: The U.S. Under-14 Boys' National Team traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, on Saturday (Jan. 14) to face youth squads from Mexican clubs Chivas and Tecos. U-14 head coach Manny Shellscheidt has called in 36 players for the camp, which runs until Sunday, Jan. 21. The U-14 boys will play their first match on Tuesday, Jan. 16, against Chivas, with the camp wrapping up on Jan. 20 against Tecos.

U.S. U-14 BNT Schedule
Date Team Opponent Location Time
Jan. 16 USA "A" Chivas Verde Valle Verde Valle 3:30 p.m. CT
Jan. 16 USA "B" Chivas San Rafael Verde Valle 5 p.m. CT
Jan. 18 USA "B" Chivas Verde Valle Verde Valle 3:30 p.m. CT
Jan. 18 USA "A" Chivas San Rafael Verde Valle 5 p.m. CT
Jan. 20 USA "A" Tecos A UdG La Primavera 11 a.m. CT
Jan. 20 USA "B" Tecos B UdG La Primavera 12 p.m. CT

U.S. U-14 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jack Falle (Lilburn, Ga.), Max Kurtzman (Haverford, Pa.), Jakob Wagmeister (Oradell, N.J.), William Whidden (Carlsbad, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (10): David Caban (Kenosha, Wis.), George Fradenburg (Belden, Miss.), Jon-Paul Medina (Fresno, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Timothy Parker (Hicksville, N.Y.), Victor Pineda (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Matthias Scheeleigh (Mendham, N.J.), Scott Thomsen (Brick, N.J.), Zachery Wenger (Baltimore, Md.), Walker Zimmerman (Lawrenceville, Ga.);
MIDFIELDERS (13): Angel Ayala (Long Beach, Calif.), Samuel Coleman (Norman, Okla.), Amadou Dia (Hichland Ranch, Colo.), Nathanael Eggleston (Chevy Chase, Md.), Christian Johnson (New York, N.Y.), Markhus Lacroix (New Egypt, N.J.), Luis Medina (Waukegan, Ill.), William Packwood (Concord, Mass.), Kevin Pahl (Lakeland, Fla.), McAmos Paye (Raleigh, N.C.), Jonathan Ray (Durham, N.C.), Caleb Stanko (Holly, Mich.), Tyler Thompson (Loomis, Calif.);
FORWARDS (9): Samuel Adjei (Newark, N.J), Dominic Bonilla (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Scott Cohen (Studio City, Calif.), Joaquin Del Rosario (Durham, N.C.), Zachary Deville (San Diego, Calif.), Tommy Jaeger (Centennial, Colo.), Gabriel Rivera (La Mirada, Calif.), Joe Shinsky (York, Pa.), Melvin Snoh (Downingtown, Pa.)


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER REFEREES INVITED TO FIFA SEMINAR: U.S. Soccer and FIFA referee Kari Seitz and assistant referee Sharon Wheeler participated in the Women's Referee Development Seminar in the Canary Islands last week to prepare for the 2006 Algarve Cup in Portugal and, ultimately, the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China. Also in the Canary Islands was former U.S. Soccer referee Sandra Hunt, who is serving as a FIFA instructor at the event, which will include physical testing as well as theoretical and technical work.

MLS AND MEXICAN LEAGUE TEAMS UP FOR SUPERLIGA: Major League Soccer and the Mexican Soccer League have announced the creation of the SuperLiga, a tournament that will pit the top four MLS clubs against the top four clubs from Mexico’s Primera Division. The 2007 tournament will consist of a group phase followed by a knockout round between July 24-Aug. 29, with the first edition of the tournament consisting of invited teams. Future tournaments will require teams to qualify. More information about the SuperLiga is available at MLSnet.com.


*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT midfielder Clint Dempsey was never quiet about his desire to ply his trade overseas. Last week, Dempsey’s dream came true when he signed with English Premier League club Fulham FC. After being granted a work permit, Dempsey becomes the third American at Fulham, joining forward Brian McBride and defender Carlos Bocanegra.

SOCCER SHOCKER: All the media hype surrounding a David Beckham move to MLS proved to be true last week, when the three-time World Cup veteran signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Beckham inked a five-year deal with the Galaxy and will join the team after his contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of June.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: There is plenty of U.S. Soccer action this week with the Under-20 MNT in Panama trying to qualify for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the U.S. MNT kicking off the year against Denmark on Saturday, Jan. 20, at The Home Depot Center. Fans can watch the U.S. MNT live at 2 p.m. PT at ESPN (Galavision taped delay) or follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Fans can watch the U-20 MNT kick off qualifying against Haiti on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m. ET live on GolTV. The U-20 men will take on Guatemala at 6:30 p.m. ET also on GolTV, with the final match being played Sunday, against Panama, at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can follow all of the U-20 qualifying matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “I'm coming there not to be the superstar, but to be part of a team, and hopefully to win things.”
-- Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham on his signing with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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