U.S. DOMINATES IN 1-0 WIN, SHUTOUT STREAK VS. MEXICO NOW 434 MINUTES: The U.S. Men's National Team continued their recent domination of Mexico with a 1-0 victory on April 28 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on a 93rd minute strike from captain Eddie Pope. The triumph was well-earned for the United States, out-shooting their arch-rival 14-3 including a 7-0 advantage in shots on goal. The shutout for goalkeeper Jonny Walker, earning his first cap against Mexico, was the fourth in a row for the U.S. over Mexico and extended the team's overall shutout streak against the Tricolores to 434 minutes, a span of five games dating back to 2001. Even more impressively, Mexico has not scored a goal against the U.S. on American soil in 573 minutes, a span of more than five years and six games. The goal for the U.S. came in the 93rd minute on a free kick from Bobby Convey that was sent into the area and headed on frame by Taylor Twellman. Mexican goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez did well to make that stop, his impressive sixth save of the night, but couldn't keep the rebound from falling to Pope, who scored his sixth international goal. In addition to Walker, who earned his first international shutout, forwards Conor Casey and Twellman also made their first-ever appearances against Mexico. The assist for Twellman on Pope's winner marked his first point in seven career caps. The U.S. begins CONCACAF World Cup qualifying June 13 against Grenada in Columbus, Ohio. After Mexico, the U.S. will hold one final tune up match for that game on June 2 against Honduras in Foxborough, Mass.
U.S. WOMEN TRAVEL TO ALBUQUERQUE FOR MOTHER’S DAY MATCH VS. MEXICO: Next up for the U.S. Women’s National Team will be a friendly vs. CONCACAF foe Mexico as both teams prepare for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. The Sunday, May 9, match at University Stadium on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. MT and covered live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. This Friday, May 7, U.S. head coach April Heinrichs will select her roster for the game from the pool of 30 players currently training at The Home Depot Center. The match will be the first ever for the U.S. Women’s National Team in New Mexico, which will become the 30th state, along with the District of Columbia, to host a U.S. women’s match. Tickets ranging in price levels from $18 to $40 are available now by calling 505-925-5858 or (toll free) 1-800-905-3315, or by visiting any Raley's or Western Warehouse stores in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Groups of 20 or more can order discount tickets through U.S. Soccer by calling 312-528-1290 and complete information is available at ussoccer.com.
OLYMPIC SENDOFF MATCH FOR U.S. WOMEN TO BE PLAYED IN HARTFORD: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will play its final match before traveling to Greece for the 2004 Olympics against long-time rival China on Sunday, August 1, at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Conn. The match will kick off at 3 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 as fans in the Northeast and throughout the country will get a last look at the 2004 U.S. Women’s Soccer Olympic Team before it enters Olympic competition approximately 10 days later. The match at the $91 million Rentschler Field, which opened in 2003, marks the first match in Connecticut for the U.S. women in seven years since the USA beat Canada, 4-0, in New Britain, Conn., in 1997. Advance tickets for USA-China, a rematch of the 1996 Olympic gold medal game and the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final, range in price levels from $18 to $50 and are on sale now at all area Ticketmaster outlets (including Filene’s Stores), by phone at 860-525-4500 (Hartford) or 203-624-0033 (all areas). Groups of 20 or more can order discount tickets through U.S. Soccer by calling 312-528-1290 and complete information is available at ussoccer.com. Last week U.S. Soccer also announced that the U.S. WNT will play regional rival Canada on Saturday, July 3, at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tenn., in a match that kicks off at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET) live on ESPN. The match marks just the second-ever trip to Tennessee in 20-year history of the U.S. Women’s National Team and will mark the return of the state’s greatest-ever female player, Memphis native Cindy Parlow. Tickets for USA-Canada range in price levels from $18 to $45 and go on sale starting Friday, April 30, at 10 a.m. ET at all Ticketmaster outlets in the region (including Kroger and Hecht’s stores), by phone at 615-255-9600, and online at ussoccer.com. A limited number of On-Field Seats are also available at $150. More information is available at ussoccer.com.
– U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –
U.S. MEN HEADED TO FOXBOROUGH AND COLUMBUS FOR UPCOMING MATCHES: The U.S. Men's National Team will play two matches later this year in Columbus, Ohio, and Foxborough, Mass. In the first match, the U.S. heads to Gillette Stadium to meet CONCACAF foe Honduras in an international match on Wednesday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET (Telemundo/tape delayed). The U.S. road to the 2006 World Cup will begin on Sunday, June 13, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, where the USA will take on Grenada in the first of a two-game World Cup qualifying series that will conclude in St. George's, Grenada on June 20. The June 13 match in Columbus kicks off at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Telemundo. Should the U.S. advance past Grenada, the semifinal round home opener is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 4 and would also be hosted by the three-year-old Gillette Stadium, while the semifinal round finale on Nov. 17 would be hosted at Crew Stadium. Ticketing information for each of the matches listed is available online at ussoccer.com.
2004 U.S. MNT Schedule
Date Match-Up Venue Kickoff/TV
06/02/04 vs. Honduras Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass. 7:30 p.m. ET / Telemundo (delayed; 11:30 p.m. ET/PT)
06/13/04 vs. Grenada Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio 1 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Telemundo
06/20/04 vs. Grenada St. George's, Grenada 4 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Telemundo
07/11/04 vs. Poland Soldier Field; Chicago 6 p.m. CT / ESPN2
08/18/04 * vs. Jamaica or Haiti TBD (away) TBD
09/04/04 * vs. El Salvador or Bermuda Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass TBD
09/08/04 * vs. Panama or St. Lucia TBD (away) TBD
10/10/04 * vs. El Salvador or Bermuda TBD (away) TBD
10/13/04 * vs. Panama or St. Lucia TBD (United States) TBD
11/17/04 * vs. Jamaica or Haiti Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio TBD
* Should the U.S. advance past Grenada to the semifinal round
– U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –
LINDSEY AND LITTLE JOIN OLYMPIC RESIDENCY CAMP FOR TRAINING: Former University of Virginia midfielder Lori Lindsey and former Santa Clara forward Jacqui Little will join the USA's Olympic Residency Camp on trial beginning today at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center in Carson, Calif. as the team comes off a week-long break and continues training towards the next pre-Olympic match vs. Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. on May 9 (1 p.m. MT on ESPN2). Lindsey, a former staple on the USA's Under-21 team, and Little were both members of the Freedom's 2003 WUSA championship team. Lindsey, who played her rookie year for the San Diego Spirit, played in 19 games for the Freedom in 2003 including 11 starts and two goals. The speedy Little, whose twin sister Skylar also played for the Freedom, played in 20 matches in 2003 with 19 starts, two goals and six assists. Lindsey and Little bring the USA's roster training in Los Angeles to 30 players.
U.S. WNT PRE-OLYMPIC SCHEDULE NOW COMPLETE: With the announcement last week of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s matches in Nashville, Tenn., and Hartford, Conn., the pre-Olympic schedule for the team is now complete. After opening their 2004 domestic schedule in impressive fashion with a 5-1 drubbing of Brazil in Birmingham, Ala., on April 24, the U.S. has five matches remaining before head coach April Heinrichs and a roster of 18 players departs for Athens, Greece in early August. Four of the five matches will be broadcast live on ESPN2, while an Independence Day weekend tilt vs. Canada will be shown live on ESPN. Ticket information for each of the matches is available online at ussoccer.com.
2004 U.S. WNT Schedule
Date Match-Up Venue Kickoff/TV
05/09/04 vs. Mexico University Stadium; Albuquerque, N.M. 1 p.m. MT / ESPN2
06/06/04 vs. Japan Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium; Louisville, Ky. 4 p.m. ET / ESPN2
07/03/04 vs. Canada The Coliseum; Nashville, Tenn. 7 p.m. CT/ESPN
07/21/04 vs. Australia National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn. 6 p.m. CT / ESPN2
08/01/04 vs. China Rentschler Field; Hartford, Conn. 3 p.m. ET/ESPN2
– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
KRIKORIAN SELECTS 18 FOR CONCACAF U-19 WOMEN’S QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT: U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team head coach Mark Krikorian has named the 18-player roster that will compete for a berth in the 2004 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship at the CONCACAF U-19 Women’s Qualifying Tournament that will be held in Ottawa and Montreal, Canada, from May 28-June 6, 2004. The second FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship will be held in Thailand from November 10-27, 2004. The U.S. team is led by four members of the 2002 team that won the FIFA U-19 World Championship in goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defender Rachel Buehler, midfielder Angie Woznuk and forward Kerri Hanks, all born after the cutoff for the 2004 World Championship, which is Jan. 1, 1985. For the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, the United States was drawn into Group B in the eight-team, two-group tournament and will take on the Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica in first round play. The host Canadians were placed at the top of Group A, along with Mexico, Jamaica and Panama. The top-two finishers in each group will "cross-over" in the semifinals with the winners of those games earning berths to Thailand.
U.S. U-19 WNT Qualifying Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (SoCal United), Ashlyn Harris (Satellite HS); DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (World Class), Stephanie Logterman (Warriors Black), Stephanie Lopez (Portland), Kia McNeill (Yankee United Pride), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia); MIDFIELDERS (5): Yael Averbuch (World Class), Stephanie Kron (UCLA), Stacy Lindstrom (UCLA), Alexa Orand (Slammers), Jennifer Redmond (PDA Galaxy); FORWARDS (5): Bristyn Davis (UCLA), Sheree Gray (World Class), Kerri Hanks (Dallas Texans), Megan Rapinoe (Elk Grove United), Angie Woznuk (Portland)
U.S. UNDER-17 '88 MNT TAKES SECOND AT BALLYMENA INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-17 ’88 Men’s National Team got their third shutout in four matches, but ended up falling to Switzerland 4-3 in penalty kicks Monday (May 3) afternoon in the championship match of the fifth Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland. The Under-17s second-place finish ties their best showing at the tournament in three attempts, as they also took home the second place trophy in 2002. In the final, the U.S. dominated the taller and more physical Swiss, but couldn’t find the back of the net despite a 12-5 shot advantage. It was the first time in the history of the Ballymena International Tournament that penalties decided the championship match. The U.S. advanced to the final after going undefeated in their first three matches to finish atop Group B. The U.S. opened the tournament with a 1-0 victory over Belgium, as midfielder Ryan Soroka scored the lone goal of the match in the 50th minute after receiving a pass from Preston Zimmerman to give the U.S. their first international victory since the team first began training together in U.S. Soccer's Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., last fall. Preston Zimmerman led the way in the USA's next match against Scotland, scoring both goals in a 2-0 victory. In their final group match, the U.S. secured their advancement to the championship match with a 1-1 draw with Austria behind Ofori Sarkodie's first international goal of his career as the defender headed home a Soroka cross.
U-17 ’88 MNT Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
April 29 Belgium 1-0 W Soroka
April 30 Scotland 2-0 W Zimmerman (2)
May 1 Austria 1-1 T Sarkodie
May 3 Switzerland 0-0 T (3-4 PKs)
– AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD –
CHINA DEFEATS JAPAN FOR AFC WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TITLE: After losing to North Korea in the last two Asian championships, China is back on top after defeating Japan 1-0 on Monday, April 26, to clinch the top spot in the 2004 AFC Women's Olympic Football Qualifying Tournament. Both teams had already secured their berths to Athens with semi-final victories last Saturday, but China, silver medallists at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, took the title in the qualifying tournament thanks to Li Jie's 57th minute winner in the final at the Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium. China had reached the final after edging Korea Republic 1-0 in the semifinals, while Japan stunned North Korea 3-0 to earn an Olympic berth for the first time since 1996. Having missed out on an Olympic spot, North Korea, participants in both the 1999 and 2003 Women's World Cups, got some consolation as they trounced southern neighbors Korea Republic 5-1 in the third place playoff on Monday.
2004 Olympic Women's Soccer Tournament Participants
Africa: Nigeria; Asia: China, Japan; CONCACAF: United States, Mexico; Europe: Germany, Sweden, Greece, Oceania: Australia; South America: Brazil
U.S. FUTSAL TO FACE HONDURAS ON MAY 18 & 20 IN MILWAUKEE, WIS.: The U.S. Futsal National Team will face Honduras on May 18 and 20 at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wis., in a two-game Preliminary Round series. Both games kick off at 7 p.m. CT. The winner of the total-goal series will advance to the eight-team CONCACAF Final Qualifying Tournament to be played in Costa Rica during the last two weeks of July. That event will determine the region's two participants in the FIFA Futsal World Championship being played in Chinese Taipei from Nov. 22 to Dec. 12. In the other two match-ups between Northern Zone and UNCAF representatives in the Preliminary Round, Panama will face Canada, and Mexico will square off against El Salvador. In Costa Rica at the CONCACAF Final Qualifying Tournament, the three winners will join host Costa Rica, Cuba and three more qualifiers yet to be determined from the Caribbean Zone. The eight final teams will battle for the top two spots to qualify for the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Championship.
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
BALTIMORE BLAST WIN TITLE; MISL ANNOUNCES 2003-2004 AWARDS: The Baltimore Blast topped the Milwaukee Wave for the second consecutive year in the MISL Championship Series with a 6-2 win on Saturday (May 1) to complete a three-game sweep. It was Baltimore’s third championship, with the first coming in the 1983-1984 season. Baltimore goalkeeper Scott Hileman earned the MISL Championship Series’ Most Valuable Player award making 14 saves in the clinching match. The Blast took a 2-0 series lead with 12-3 and 8-4 wins on April 23 and 24, before returning home for the final game. Last week, the league also released its All-MISL teams. Milwaukee Wave forward Greg Howes was a unanimous First Team selection, appearing on all 40 ballots after leading the league with 57 goals.
All-MISL First Team
Pos. Name Team
GK Peter Pappas Philadelphia
D Genoni Martinez Monterrey
D Pat Morris Philadelphia
F Greg Howes Milwaukee
F Todd Dusosky Milwaukee
F Carlos Farias Baltimore
All-MISL Second Team
Pos. Name Team
GK Dan Green Milwaukee
D Sean Bowers San Diego
D Jeff Davis Kansas City
F Dino Delevski Kansas City
F Denison Cabral Baltimore
F Don D'Ambra Philadelphia
MISL All-Rookie Team
Pos. Name Team
GK Sanaldo Kansas City
D Jeremy Aldrich Philadelphia
D Adam Guren Cleveland
F Jamar Beasley Kansas City
F Adauto Neto Cleveland
F Shaun David Dallas
NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME TO INTRODUCE CLASS OF 2004 ON MAY 5: The National Soccer Hall of Fame will host a historic press conference to announce the 2004 Hall of Fame inductees at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. on Wednesday, May 5 at 12:30 p.m. PT. Will Lunn, President/CEO of the Hall of Fame, will be among the soccer dignitaries present for the announcement. The 2004 inductees will be present at the announcement as well. The Hall of Fame will present the 2004 inductees with Hall of Fame jerseys custom designed for the event. The 2004 elections are historic because it is anticipated that it will represent the first election to the Hall of Fame of an MLS player. Among the 38 eligible candidates for election are Michelle Akers, who was a member of the 1991, 1995 and 1999 Women’s World Cup teams for the U.S. and is second all-time only to Mia Hamm with 105 international goals. On the men’s side, the candidates are headlined by Eric Wynalda, who tallied a record 34 international goals for the U.S. and scored the first goal in MLS history.
RICHMOND KICKERS QUALIFY FOR 2004 OPEN CUP; USL QUALIFYING CONTINUES: Forward Kevin Jeffrey scored in the 12th minute and Matthew Delicate sealed the victory with another first half goal as the Richmond Kickers topped the Virginia Beach Mariners 2-0 on the road Saturday to qualify for the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. On Friday night, the teams had played to a 1-1 draw in Richmond. In the only other A-League qualifier, the Portland Timbers went on the road to top the Seattle Sounders 2-1 on Saturday. Qualifying also continued for the USL Pro Soccer League and the Premier Development League. Qualifying for the U.S. Open Cup will run through May 23, after which the first-round pairings will be announced by U.S. Soccer. A complete breakdown is available at ussoccer.com the U.S. Open Cup competitions section.
2004 U.S. Open Cup Qualified Teams:
MLS (10): All 10 teams qualify; A-League: Charleston Battery (2003 League Champ), Richmond Kickers; USL-PSL: Wilmington Hammerheads (2003 League Champ); PDL: Cape Cod Crusaders (2003 League Champ)
U.S. Open Cup Qualifiers Results– 4/26/04 to 5/2/04
Date Level Teams
Apr. 30 PSL Utah Blitzz 0, San Diego Gauchos 1
Apr. 30 PSL Harrisburg City Islanders 0, Charlotte Eagles 1
Apr. 30 PDL Central Florida Kraze 1, Cocoa Expos 2
Apr. 30 PDL Southern California Seahorses 2, Nevada Wonders 3
Apr. 30 A-League Virginia Beach Mariners 1, Richmond Kickers 1
May 1 PSL Western Mass Pioneers 3, Long Island Rough Riders 1
May 1 PSL New Hampshire Phantoms 3, Westchester Flames 3
May 1 PDL Sioux Falls Spitfire 3, Kansas City Brass 4
May 1 PDL Reading Rage 2, Brooklyn Knights 1
May 1 A-League Richmond Kickers 2, Virginia Beach Mariners 0
May 1 A-League Portland Timbers 2, Seattle Sounders 1
May 2 PDL Sioux Falls Spitfire 0, St. Louis Strikers 1
U.S. Open Cup Qualifiers Schedule – 5/3/04 to 5/10/04*
Date Level Teams
May 7 PSL Charlotte Eagles @ Northern Virginia Royals
May 8 A-League Charleston Battery @ Atlanta Silverbacks
May 8 PSL Pittsburgh Riverhounds @ Harrisburg City Islanders
May 8 PSL Long Island Rough Riders @ New Hampshire Phantoms
May 8 PSL Westchester Flames @ Western Mass Pioneers
May 8 PSL California Gold @ Utah Blitzz
*There are 24 PDL qualifying matches this week.
*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: In a perfect world, each member of the U.S. MNT that took the field last Wednesday could have his name listed here. It was Landon Donovan, playing alongside DaMarcus Beasley in the second line of the U.S. attack, whose dangerous runs wreaked havoc to expose the Mexico defense. His run to the outside in the final minutes drew the yellow card foul that set up the winning set piece.
MARQUEE MATCH-UP: Now it’s the Women’s National Team’s turn. The U.S. Men put together an impressive performance vs. Mexico last week. Fast forward 11 days and the U.S. Women will look to continue their pre-Olympic momentum with Mexico, the other team from CONCACAF with tickets to Athens already booked. One of the best selling matches in recent history, the city of Albuquerque is excited for this match which could make Sunday’s (1 p.m. MT/ESPN2) atmosphere top notch.
SOCCER SHOCKER: After spending five years (1997/98-2001/02) among the five best teams in the Premiership, Leeds United will be relegated to the First Division this year. Their fate was sealed with a 4-1 loss to Bolton on Sunday, and now their –38 goal differential is worst in the league.
QUOTABLE: "“The players are the ones who won the game. We have good players. They don’t get enough credit. We’ve demonstrated that perhaps in this region we are the team to beat.”
- U.S. manager Bruce Arena on his 6-1-1 record vs. Mexico since he came on as coach.