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U.S. Soccer Wire: Busy Month Begins in Carson

ARENA HAS 26 PLAYERS IN CARSON FOR TWO-WEEK CAMP AT HOME DEPOT CENTER: The U.S. Men’s National Team arrived yesterday in Carson, Calif., for a two-week training camp at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif., that culminates with the USA’s first-ever match at The Home Depot Center against 13th-ranked Denmark on Jan. 18. Kickoff for the match is set for 12:30 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN. The camp roster has been pared from 30 to 26, as defender Cory Gibbs remained in Germany with FC St. Pauli, defender Orlando Perez (Chicago Fire) is nursing an injury, and defensive midfielders Chris Armas (Chicago Fire) and Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids) were both unable to attend due to personal commitments. Of the 26 players in camp, all but two hail from MLS, with Wade Barrett (AGF Aarhus – Denmark) and Robbie Russell (FC Sogndal – Norway) representing the MNT’s foreign-based contingent. Eight players are in search of their debut appearance in a full U.S. Men’s National Team match, led by MLS Rookie of the Year runner-up forward Pat Noonan, and midfielder Brian Mullan of the 2003 MLS Cup Champion San Jose Earthquakes.
U.S. MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Joe Cannon, Kevin Hartman, Zach Thornton, Jonny Walker;
DEFENDERS (9): Wade Barrett, Danny Califf, Jim Curtin, Nick Garcia, Frankie Hejduk, Rich Kotschau, Eddie Pope, Robbie Russell, Carey Talley;
MIDFIELDERS (7): Chris Albright, Chris Klein, Brian Mullan, Richard Mulrooney, Ben Olsen, Steve Ralston, Kerry Zavagnin;
FORWARDS (6): Jeff Cunningham, Brian McBride, Pat Noonan, Ante Razov, Josh Wolff, John Wolyniec.

MYERNICK CALLS IN 25 PLAYERS FOR FINAL CAMP BEFORE OLYMPIC QUALIFYING: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team arrived in Carson, Calif., yesterday with a 25-player roster for a two-week training camp at the National Training Center that will mark the team’s final preparation before heading down to Guadalajara, Mexico, for the final round of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament from Feb. 2-12, 2004. The strongest group of players to be assembled since the first U-23 camp in January 2002, the roster is led by U.S. Men’s National Team and 2002 World Cup stars Landon Donovan (San Jose Earthquakes) and DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago Fire), who last played for the U-23s in a 3-1 win over Mexico in Guadalajara back on May 14.  The roster includes another veteran of the 2000 Under-23 squad in German-based forward Conor Casey (FC Karlsruher), who will be making his first appearance with the team since the 2000 Olympics.
U.S. U-23 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): D.J. Countess, Steve Cronin, Doug Warren;
DEFENDERS (7): Nat Borchers, Jose Burciaga, Jr., Kelly Gray, Ricky Lewis, David Stokes, Scot Thompson, Chris Wingert;
MIDFIELDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Brian Carroll, Ricardo Clark, Bobby Convey, Brad Davis, Eddie Gaven, Kyle Martino, Logan Pause;
FORWARDS (6): Edson Buddle, Conor Casey, Landon Donovan, Alecko Eskandarian, Eddie Johnson, David Testo.

U.S. UNDER-20s GO 2-0-1 IN ODP EVENT: Forward Jamie Watson led the U-20s to a 1-1 draw with Region I on Monday (Jan. 5) with a goal assisted by Octavio Pino. Pino chipped over defender freeing Watson into space and the 2003 ACC Freshman of the Year played the ball on the bounce first time, blasting a shot over the keeper and into the left netting. Yesterday at the three-day ODP Interregional Event, the U.S. toppled Region II 2-1 behind a goal and assist from Freddy Adu. In the 25th minute, Adu found Chad Barrett for the first goal of the game, then got a goal of his own after a service from Arturo Alvarez. On Jan. 3, defender Chris Gemani provided an early lead in the 4th minute until the 47th minute when Region IV found the equalizer, but Watson gave the U.S. the win in the 58th minute with an unassisted strike. The team will have two days of training before meeting the U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team on Jan. 8. U.S. U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen has called in 23 players for this event.
U.S. U-20 MNT Results / Schedule – ODP Interregional Event
Date       Opponent    Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
Jan. 3     Region IV    2-1 W    Germani, Watson
Jan. 4     Region II     2-1 W    Adu, Barrett
Jan. 5     Region I      1-1 T      Watson
Jan. 8     U.S. Under-18 MNT
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster – ODP Interregional Event
GOALKEEPERS (2): Andrew Kartunen, Phil Marfuggi;
DEFENDERS (5): Hunter Freeman, Chris Germani, Brandon Owens, Patrick Phelan, Julian Valentin;
Craig Capano, Steven Curfman, John DiRaimondo, Guillermo Gonzalez, Brian Grazier, Will Hall, Daniel Szetela;
FORWARDS (9): Freddy Adu, Arturo Alvarez, Corey Ashe, Chad Barrett, Sergio Flores, Nate Norman, Jacob Peterson, Octavio Pino, Jamie Watson.

DAVIES, HIDALGO LEAD U.S. U-18s IN ODP INTERREGIONAL EVENT: Forwards Charlie Davies and Rodrigo Hidalgo have paced the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team through two games of the ODP Interregional Event at The Home Depot Center, combining to score all five goals in a pair of victories. Hidalgo scored the first two goals (one assisted by Robbie Rogers), while Davies knocked in the third as the U.S. downed Region III 3-1 on Jan. 3. Yesterday, Davies scored two unassisted goals to provide the Under-18s with a 2-0 win. The U-18s takes on Region IV later today and then has two days of training before meeting the U.S. Under-20s on Thursday, Jan. 8. U.S. U-18 head coach Bob Jenkins has called in 21 players for the event.
U.S. U-18 MNT Results / Schedule – ODP Interregional Event
Date       Opponent      Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
Jan. 3     Region III      3-1 W   Hidalgo (2), Davies
Jan. 4     Region I        2-0 W    Davies (2)
Jan. 5     Region IV
Jan. 8     U.S. U-20 MNT
U.S. U-18 MNT Roster – ODP Interregional Event
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Rein, Stephen Sandbo, Chris Seitz;
DEFENDERS (6): Greg Folk, Karl Schilling, Adam Sloustcher, Nathan Sturgis, Mike Videira, Tim Ward;
MIDFIELDERS (5): Anthony Beltran, Michael Bradley, Christian Jimenez, Brian Mascarenhas, Dax McCarty;
FORWARDS (7): Eric Avila, Nico Colalluca, Charlie Davies, Rodrigo Hidalgo, Mike Grella, Dane Murphy, Robbie Rogers.


U.S. U-23 MNT TO FACE PANAMA, CANADA & HONDURAS IN MEXICO IN FEBRUARY: The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team is set to face Panama, Canada and Honduras in the final round of 2004 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, which will take place from February 2-12 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The USA will play all three Group A matches at Estadio Tres de Marzo, facing Panama first on Tuesday, Feb. 3, followed by matches against Canada on Thursday, Feb. 5 and Honduras on Sunday, Feb. 7. Kickoff times have yet to be determined for any of the final round matches, but all U.S. games can be followed by fans live via's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The tournament opens on Feb. 2 with Group B action featuring Costa Rica, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and the host nation at Estadio Jalisco. The top two teams from each group will meet in the single-elimination semifinals on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Estadio Jalisco, with the winner of Group A meeting the second-place team from Group B, and the winner of Group B meeting the second-place team from Group A. The two semi-final winners will earn automatic berths to Athens 2004 and meet on Feb. 12.
Final Round – CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying (Men)
Group A: Canada, Honduras, Panama, USA
Group B: Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago

TEAMS SET FOR CONCACAF WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING IN COSTA RICA IN 2004: Mexico earned the last berth into the Final Round of 2004 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualification, after defeating the host Honduras 6-0 in the preliminary triangular Series D at the Estadio Tibercio Carias Andino in Tegucigalpa on Dec. 14. The Final Round of CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualification is set for February 25-March 7, 2004 in San José, Costa Rica, and will feature two groups of four teams with Canada, Jamaica, Guatemala and the host in Group A, while Group B is composed of Haiti, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and the USA. The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals. The two semifinal winners will earn the CONCACAF’s automatic berths to Athens.
Final Round – CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying (Women)
Group A: Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica
Group B: Haiti, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, USA


USA LOOKS TO EVEN RECORD AGAINST DENMARK WITH JAN. 18 MATCH LIVE ON ESPN: The U.S. and Denmark have met three times in their history, with the United States still in search of their first victory after posting a 0-1-2 record. The teams last faced off nearly seven years ago, Denmark winning 4-1 in the final match of U.S. Cup ’97 in Pasadena, Calif. Despite its size, Denmark has a history of being one of the stronger and most consistent sides in Europe.  Having qualified for their third consecutive World Cup finals, the Danes impressed by reaching the Round of 16 in the 2002 World Cup, emerging from group play with victories against defending champions France and Uruguay. Tickets for the Jan. 18 match are on sale now at all Los Angeles area Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone [L.A. 213-480-3232; Orange County 714-740-2000; San Diego 619-220-8497], or online at Tickets are priced at $50 for Midfield, $35 for Sideline, $27 for Corners, and $20 for Endlines. Information on group discounts is available by calling 312-528-1290.

USA TO TRAVEL TO AMSTERDAM FOR FIRST EVER ROAD MATCH VERSUS HOLLAND: The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to face fifth-ranked Holland on Feb. 18 at the vaunted Amsterdam ArenA.  Kickoff for the match is set for 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2.  Fans can also follow the match live online via’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The U.S. and Holland have met just twice in their history, both on U.S. soil, with the United States dropping a pair of 2-0 losses.  The teams last met in Foxboro, Mass., on May 19, 2002, in the USA’s third and final match of the Nike “Road to Korea” series. This will be the fifth time the MNT has traveled to Europe during Arena’s five-year tenure, with the U.S. still in search of their first victory.


UNDER-17 ‘88s MNT WRAP UP DISNEY SOCCER SHOWCASE WITH 1-0 LOSS: The U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team fell 1-0 to Region I in its fifth and final match of the Disney Soccer Showcase on Dec. 30 at the Wide World of Sports Complex to finish 0-3-2 in the older, U-18 Super Group. The Brothers Farfan were the team’s bright spots in the tournament, with Gabriel scoring in the first minute of a 2-2 draw with Ajax Capetown U-18 on Dec. 26 and then providing the lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Region IV on Dec. 27. Twin brother Michael scored in a 3-1 loss to Region III yesterday before assisting on the opening goal in a 3-3 tie today against the Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) U-18s.
U.S. U-17 ‘88s MNT Results / Schedule – Disney Soccer Showcase
Date          Opponent                              Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
Dec. 26     Ajax Capetown (S. Africa)     2-2 T    G. Farfan, Villanueva
Dec. 27     Region IV                              1-2 L     G. Farfan
Dec. 28     Region III                              1-3 L     M. Farfan
Dec. 29     Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) 3-3 T     Stephens, Villanueva, Kirk
Dec. 30     Region I                                 0-1 L     ---

UNDER-19 WOMEN DOWN SHANGHAI FC 4-1 TO FINISH CARSON TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team finished its first training camp of 2004 with a 4-1 victory over the Shanghai FC (China) women’s club on New Year’s Eve day to conclude a week-long camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif.  The U.S. U-19s got two goals from Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif. ), one goal from 16-year-old Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.) and another from Megan Schnur (UConn) to handily defeat the skillful Chinese team in a bone-chilling, driving rain storm.  The U-19s celebrated the New Year together with several team-bonding rituals as they look towards qualifying for the 2004 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship to be held in Thailand next November.  The CONCACAF Qualifying matches will be held in Canada in May. The U.S. U-19s will come together for their next training camp in Carson at the end of January and will make what has become their annual trek to Mexico for several games in February.