U.S. Soccer Wire: April 19, 2010
KYLE ROTE, JR. ELECTED TO HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2010 ON VETERAN BALLOT;
U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM HOME JERSEY AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ON APRIL 26;
U.S. MEN TO PLAY CZECH REPUBLIC AND TURKEY IN SEND-OFF SERIESÂ Â
KYLE ROTE, JR. ELECTED TO HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2010: Kyle Rote, Jr., one of the leading U.S.-born players in the original North American Soccer League and the leagueâ€™s Rookie of the Year in 1973, has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2010 on the Veteran ballot. Rote, who played seven seasons in the NASL, was named on more than 60 percent of the ballots. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame as a Veteran, a player must be retired for more than 10 years and either 1) Have played at least 20 full international games for the U.S. Menâ€™s National Team (10 if the games were prior to 1990) or 2) Have played at least five seasons in a first-division professional league in the United States and elected as an all-star at least once.
U.S. TO FACE CZECH REPUBLIC AND TURKEY IN SEND-OFF SERIES FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: The U.S. Men's National Team will face two of the traditionally stronger teams from Europe in the Czech Republic and Turkey in the Send-Off Series prior to departing for South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The USA will meet the Czech Republic on May 25 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., at 8 p.m. ET before playing its final home tune-up match against Turkey on May 29 in Philadelphia. The game in Hartford will be broadcast live on ESPN and Galavision, while kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field is set for 2 p.m. ET, with ESPN2 and Galavision providing the television broadcast. Fans can also follow the matches live on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.
U.S. MENâ€™S NATIONAL TEAM TO MEET AUSTRALIA ON JUNE 5 IN ROODEPOORT, SOUTH AFRICA: The United States will play Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort, South Africa, one week before playing its first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Ruimsig Stadium in suburban Johannesburg is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.
NEW OPTIONS TO FOLLOW THE U.S. MNT IN SOUTH AFRICA: The Great Atlantic Travel and Tour Company, which has been appointed by FIFAâ€™s Ticketing Office to distribute tour packages for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, has recently added six new tour packages to help fans see the U.S. National Team play in the World Cup. The six packages will allow fans to follow one, two or all three of the U.S. Menâ€™s National Teamâ€™s opening round games in South Africa this summer. Packages include international round trip airfare, accommodations, airport transfers and match transfers from $2,543 per person. Sightseeing trips and FIFA match tickets are available as part of select packages for an additional cost. For more information about the FIFA World Cup travel packages, visit the Great Atlantic Travel and Tour Company website.
ussoccer.comâ€™s MNT Coverage â€“ April 13 â€“ April 19
CLEVELAND TO PLAY HOST TO USA VERSUS GERMANY ON MAY 22: The U.S. Women's National Team will face Germany on May 22 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, as the worldâ€™s top two womenâ€™s soccer nations meet on American soil for the first time since the 2003 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup. The match will kick off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. The game in Cleveland is the second match of a home-and-home series between the two international powers. In the first contest, played Oct. 29, 2009, in Augsburg, Germany, Abby Wambach's goal gave the Americans a narrow 1-0 victory in front of an enthusiastic German crowd. Germany will host the 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup from June 26 through July 17 in nine German cities.
ussoccer.comâ€™s WNT Coverage â€“ April 13 April 19
SECOND WEEK OF USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE ACTION WRAPS UP AFTER FIVE WEEKEND MATCHES: The second week of the 2010 USSF Division-2 Pro League wrapped up this weekend after 10 teams were in action in five weekend matches.Â Friday nightâ€™s contests saw the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the NSC Minnesota Stars earn their first points of the season â€“ each claiming 1-0 road victories. The Rowdies traveled to Maryland where they defeated Crystal Palace Baltimore, and Minnesota triumphed against the Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Saturday eveningâ€™s trio of matches started in the Pacific Northwest where the Portland Timbers claimed a 1-0 home victory against the Rochester Rhinos. In their franchise home opener, AC St. Louis could not hold off the Austin Aztex as they fell 2-1 at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in St. Louis, Mo. The last match of the weekend ended a scoreless draw as Vancouver Whitecaps FC made the cross-continental journey to take on Miami FC in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Week 3 features a full slate of matches which begin midweek when the Puerto Rico Islanders open their 2010 season against the NSC Minnesota Stars on Wednesday, April 21, at 8:05 p.m. in San Juan, Puerto Rico. For the full Week 3 schedule please visit the D-2 Pro League website.
FINAL SALES PHASE OF 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP TICKETS UNDERWAY: The official 2010 FIFA World Cupâ„¢ ticket was unveiled Thursday, April 9, by FIFA Secretary General JÃ©rÃ´me Valcke and Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan at Maponya Mall in Soweto, South Africa. The tickets are now available to the general public as the fifth and final ticketing sales phase has kicked off. This will coincide with the opening of the FIFA World Cup ticketing centers in all nine host cities and the start of the over-the-counter sales.
â€“ U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE â€“
U.S. UNDER-23 WOMEN HEAD TO CAMP IN CORVALLIS, OREGON: U.S. Under-23 Womenâ€™s National Team head coach Bill Irwin has called 24 of the top college players in the country to a training camp at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., until April 25. Irwin has called in Boston College goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni, Pac-10 defenders Lauren Barnes (UCLA) and Megan Jesolva (California), Portland midfielders Elli Reed and Keelin Winters, who were both members of the 2008 Under-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup champions, as well as strikers Danielle Foxhoven (24 goals for Portland in 2009), Kristen Press (21 goals for Stanford in 2009) and Sarah Hagen (24 goals for Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009). During the camp, the U.S. U-23s will face Oregon State and the University of Portland.
U.S. U-23 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Mo Isom (LSU; Marietta, Ga.); Natalie Kulla (Marquette; St. Louis, Mo.); Jillian Mastroianni (Boston College; Durham, Ct.)
DEFENDERS (5): Lauren Barnes (UCLA; Upland, Calif.); Erica Campanelli (Texas; Plano, Texas); Jennie Clark (Minnesota; Norwalk, Iowa); Megan Jesolva (California; La Mirada, Calif.);Â Bri Young (Texas A&M; Castle Rock, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Bianca Dâ€™Agostino (Wake Forest; Longmeadow, Mass.); Tori Huster (Florida State; Cincinnati, Ohio); Krista Kruse (Missouri; Fort Collins, Colo.); Mariah Nogueira (Stanford; Westminster, Calif.); Elli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah); Ingrid Wells (Georgetown; Upper Montclair, N.J.); Keelin Winters (Portland; Englewood, Colo.); Kylie Wright (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.); Courtney Wetzel (Oregon State; Puyallup, Wash.)
FORWARDS (7): Katie Bethke (Minnesota; Eau Claire, Wisc.); Kate Deines (Washington; Issaquah, Wash.); Danielle Foxhoven (Portland; Littleton, Colo.); Sarah Hagen (Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wisc.); Kristen Press (Stanford; Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.); Molly Thomas (Omaha, Neb.; Nebraska); Danielle Toney (Penn State; Northville, Mich.)
U.S. U-18 MNT SET FOR TRAINING CAMP AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-18 Menâ€™s National Team will come together for a training camp from April 25-May 2 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Head coach Mike Matkovich has named 24 players who will train twice daily and compete against local club teams during the week. The team will also attend the Los Angeles Galaxy match against the Philadelphia Union on May 1. Matkovichâ€™s roster includes 17 players currently playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy plus another player, Kyle Emerson, who has moved on from Texas SC DTH to Wake Forest. The remaining six players â€“ Dustin Corea, Andrew Craven, Luis Gil, Stefan Jerome, Emilio Orozco and Eriq Zavaleta â€“ were all part of the U.S. Soccer U-17 Menâ€™s National Team Residency Program in 2009. Gil, who signed with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer before the 2010 season, is the lone professional player on the roster.
U.S. U-18 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Keith Cardona (NY Red Bulls; Glen Rock N.J.), Jonathan Kempin (Kansas City Wizards; Leawood, Kan.)
DEFENDERS (8): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Anthony Carerras (BW Gottschee; Valley Stream, N.Y.), Marquez Fernandez (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Baltimore, Md.), Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Albertson; Brentwood, N.Y.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas; Edmund, Okla.), Scott Thomsen (PDA; Brick, N.J.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Dustin Corea (Unattached; Portland, Ore.), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Sean Davis (NY Red Bulls; Holmdel, N.J.), Kyle Emerson (Wake Forest; Cypress, Texas), Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Miguel Lopez (Lonstar Aztex Academy; Alton, Texas), Daniel Metzger (PDA; Holmdel, N.J.), Emilio Orozco (Rampage FC; Oxnard, Calif.), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier; Battleground, Wash.)
FORWARDS (4): Villyan Bijev (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Sean Okoli (Washington Premier; Federal Way, Wash.)
U.S. U-17 MNT TRAVEL PLANS DISRUPTED BY VOLCANIC ERUPTION: The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team's trip to Europe, scheduled for April 15-May 2, has been postponed due to travel complications from the volcanic ash hovering over Europe. Wilmer Cabrera's young squad, which had already made the domestic portion of the flight, returned to Bradenton and will await confirmation of travel changes. When travel can be arranged, the U.S. will bypass the England leg of their journey and fly directly to Italy for the 23rd International Tournament of Gradisca. The team opens their tournament schedule against Mexico on Sunday, April 25. Cabreraâ€™s side will also play Romania on April 26 and Croatia on April 27, with semifinals slated for April 28 and the final for April 30.
U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Wade Hamilton (Arsenal FC; Murietta, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas Juniors; Plano, Texas), Holden Fender (North Atlanta SA; Marietta, Ga.), Riggs Lennon (Sereno SC; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Alessandro Mion (Miami FC Kendall; Miami, Fla.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Columbus Crew Academy; Amherst, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Joe Amon (South Carolina United; Summerville, S.C.), Matt Dunn (FC Koeln; Boulder, Colo.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs FC Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.)
FORWARDS (6): Nicko Corriveau (Bethesda SC; Potomac, Md.), Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Takuya Okada (Aztecs FC Premier; San Diego, Calif.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Esteban Rodriguez (LAFC Chelsea; Palmdale, Calif.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)
â€“ AROUND THE SOCCER NATION â€“
U.S. POWER SOCCER TEAM HOLDS WORLD CUP TRAINING CAMP: The United States Power Soccer Associationâ€™s Team USA, the reigning World Cup champion of Power Soccer, will travel to France next year in defense of its 2007 title. Team USA won the past edition of the World Cup in 2007 in Japan. In preparation for World Cup 2011, Team USA held its second training camp last week from April 15 to April 17 at the James Kenney Recreation Center in Berkeley.Â
USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than 7 months to go before FIFAâ€™s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cupsâ„¢, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cupâ„¢ to come to the United States -- and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United Statesâ€™ bid for the FIFA World Cupâ„¢ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committeeâ€™s official site.
U.S. SOCCER SUMMER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccerâ€™s National Coaching Schools for the â€œA,â€ â€œBâ€ and â€œCâ€ License Courses will take place throughout the month of June in four locations across the United States. Â Summer â€œAâ€ Audit, â€œA,â€ â€œBâ€ and â€œCâ€ courses are set for June 5-13 at Darlington School in Rome, Ga. and â€œBâ€ and â€œCâ€ courses will take place at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass., will host â€œAâ€ Audit, â€œA,â€ â€œBâ€ and â€œCâ€ License courses June 17-25 and a National â€œAâ€ Audit, â€œAâ€ and â€œBâ€ course will take place June 19-27 Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill.
DON WILBUR TO SERVE AS REFEREE ADVISOR FOR 2010 NATIONAL CUP IX: US Club Soccer has announced that noted soccer official Don Wilbur will serve as the organizationâ€™s Referee Advisor for the 2010 National Cup IX. In this role, Wilbur will work with referee assignors to continue to strengthen the referee pool for all National Cup events. Wilbur was inducted to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004 and in March became the NCAAâ€™s first national assignor of soccer officials in all divisions, where he will evaluate officials throughout the season and coordinate their assignment to menâ€™s and womenâ€™s championships.
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: After prevailing 2-1 against Real Salt Lake in a rematch of the 2009 MLS Cup, the L.A. Galaxy preserved their 100 percent start to the 2010 MLS season amassing 12 points after four games. Edson Buddle provided L.A. with the firepower, scoring his sixth and seventh goals of the season, while RSL captain Kyle Beckermanâ€™s 41st minute strike was only the first goal goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and the L.A. defense has given up this year.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: U.S. Menâ€™s National Team midfielder Clint Dempsey and his club side Fulham travel to Hamburg, Germany on Thursday to take on HSV Hamburg in the first leg of their semifinal Europa League clash. Although doubts lingered about the game taking place due to the travel difficulties caused by the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland, the London club has confirmed that they will be traveling to northern Germany and the match will take place as scheduled. Should Dempsey make an appearance, he would be the first American to play in a European cup semifinal since DaMarcus Beasley narrowly missed out on a trip to the UEFA Champions League final with PSV Eindhoven in 2005.
SOCCER SHOCKER: The struggles of D.C. United continued on Saturday evening as they slumped to their fourth straight defeat in their match against the Chicago Fire at RFK Stadium. The D.C. club has not earned a point in its opening four games and have given up 11 goals and only scored twice. Tellingly, the team has amassed only 15 shots on goal â€“ just one more than the 14 cards they have earned over the course of their first four games.
QUOTABLE: â€œAs one of the best American-born forwards to play in the North American Soccer League, his on-field performance allowed for him to stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the worldâ€™s greatest players. Additionally, his success in the Superstars competitions proved the athleticism of soccer players and raised the sportsâ€™ profile nationally.â€ â€“National Soccer Hall of Fame President Jonathan Ullman on Kyle Rote, Jr.â€™s contribution to the sport in the United States