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U.S. Soccer Wire: January 22, 2008


DONOVAN SETS SCORING RECORD IN 2-0 WIN AGAINST SWEDEN;
U.S. WOMEN CAPTURE 2008 FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT TITLE

DONOVAN SETS MNT SCORING RECORD: U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan set the all-time goal-scoring record, surpassing Eric Wynalda, with his 35th career goal in the USA’s 2-0 win against Sweden on Saturday, Jan. 19. The win also marked the 500th game in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team program. Next up for the U.S. is a match against long-time rival Mexico on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. More than 42,000 tickets have been sold for the match, which kicks off at 8 p.m. CT and will be televised live on ESPN2 and Univision. In an arrangement unique for this game, U.S. Soccer has divided the seating into U.S.A., Mexico, and mixed/neutral fan sections at each price level. Tickets as low as $35 are on sale now at ussoccer.com, by phone at 713-629-3700, at all Houston area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Fiesta stores, Macy’s, Wherehouse Music, FYE, and select HEB stores), and at the Reliant Stadium south ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or can call 312-528-1290.

U.S. WNT WINS FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Women’s National Team scored a 77th minute goal off a header from midfielder Shannon Boxx to earn a 1-0 victory over China and win the 2008 Four Nations Tournament. It was the first tournament title for new U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. The U.S. Women started off the tournament on Jan. 16 with a 4-0 win against Canada, followed by a 4-1 win against Finland two days later. The U.S. team swept almost all of the tournament awards as midfielder Lindsay Tarpley scored four times to earn the Top Scorer award, forward Heather O’Reilly was named Tournament MVP, Sundhage was named Best Coach and the USA also won the Fair Play Award, going three games without getting a yellow card. Chinese net-minder Zhang Yanru was named Best Goalkeeper. The USA has now won the Four Nations Tournament six out of the seven times it has attended the competition. The USA won in 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008, failing to take top honors only in 2002. The U.S. team returns to the United States and will reconvene at the beginning of February for a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The roster for that camp will be announced at a later date.

2008 Four Nations Tournament Schedule
Date         Opponent    Result     U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Jan. 16    Canada        4-0 W      Rodriguez (2), Tarpley (2)
Jan. 18    Finland         4-1 W      Tarpley (2), Cheney, Woznuk
Jan. 20    China            1-0 W      Boxx

CONCACAF TEAM MANAGER’S WORKSHOP HELD IN CALIFORNIA: U.S. Soccer, in collaboration with CONCACAF, conducted a Team Manager's Workshop on Jan. 18-20 in Los Angeles, Calif. The three-day workshop was attended by 68 team manager's representing 34 CONCACAF National Associations and considered a huge success. The team managers heard presentations from Managing Director of Administration Tom King, Director of Marketing & Communications Mike Gressle, Director of Youth National Teams Jim Moorhouse and Sports Medicine Administration Manager Hughie O’Malley in order to obtain an overview of the team manager’s role as well as how to raise the quality of team administration within its own respective National Association. The workshop leads into a number of upcoming events such as CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Men’s and Women’s Olympics and the Under-20 and Under-17 Regional Qualifying Tournaments.

U.S. MNT LEARNS HOME AND AWAY SCHEDULE FOR SEMIFINAL ROUND OF WCQ: The U.S. Men’s National Team will be on the road for its first two games of the Semifinal Round of CONCACAF qualifying should it get past their Second Round opponent (Barbados or Dominica) in June. If the U.S. advances past Barbados or Dominica in their home-and-away series, they could face Guatemala and Cuba on the road to start the Semifinal Round before heading back to the U.S. for their first home match against Trinidad & Tobago. Guatemala, Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago all would need to advance out of their Second Round matches. The U.S. would kick off their Semifinal Round campaign away on Aug. 20 and on Sept. 6, which would be the first of a two-game stretch. The U.S. would then return from the United States to play two consecutive home games on Sept. 10 and Oct. 11, before traveling for an Oct. 15 match. The team's final match of the Semifinal Round would be home on Nov. 19.

Potential Semifinal Round Qualifying Schedule*
No.   Date           Location
A2     Aug. 20      Away (Guatemala) ^
A4     Sept. 6       Away (Cuba)
A5     Sept. 10     Home (Trinidad & Tobago)
A8     Oct. 11       Home (Cuba)
A9     Oct. 15       Away (Trinidad & Tobago)
A12   Nov. 19     Home (Guatemala

*If the U.S. advances past their second round opponent, either Barbados or Dominica.
^Favorite to advance out of Second Round listed in parentheses.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

SEVEN UNDER-17 MNT PLAYERS CHOSEN IN MLS SUPERDRAFT: A total of seven current and former U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team players were chosen in Major League Soccer’s 2008 SuperDraft on January 18. Leading the way were three players who are recent graduates of the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program. Chosen second at the SuperDraft was 17-year-old Brek Shea, who will be joined by fellow Residency graduate Josh Lambo at FC Dallas, who was chosen at No. 8.

Pick No.     Player                             Selected by
2                  Brek Shea                     FC Dallas
8                  Josh Lambo                 FC Dallas
17                Alex Nimo                     Real Salt Lake
19                Eric Avila                       FC Dallas
29               Julian Valentin              L.A. Galaxy
36               Adrian Chevannes      Colorado Rapids
47               Brian Grazier                Colorado Rapids

U-23 MNT CLOSES TWO-WEEK TRAINING CAMP IN FLORIDA: The U.S. Under-23 MNT concluded a two-week training camp in Bradenton, Fla. on Sunday, Jan. 20 with a 2-0 win over the U-18 MNT in a scrimmage. The team will take a week-long break before regrouping on Sunday, Jan. 27 for a week-long camp, also in Fla. Next week will be the final camp for the squad before coming together on March 1 in preparation for the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualification from March 10-23. The U.S. will face Cuba, Panama and Honduras at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The tournament’s semifinal, third-place match and final will be held at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. (tickets).

U.S. U-20 MNT HEADED TO MEXICO FOR COPA CHIVAS TOURNAMENT: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has named 16 players to his initial roster for the Copa Chivas tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico. The team will train from Jan. 20-24 in Bradenton, Fla., in conjunction with the Under-18 Men’s National Team’s mega camp. Rongen will take up to five players from the mega-camp to Guadalajara on Jan. 24. The U.S. will play five games in five days in group play, meaning Rongen will use a number of different lineups to give his players enough rest. The U.S. will kick off the tournament against Club America on Saturday, Jan. 26. The following matches in group play will be against Tecos (Jan. 27), Locomotiv de Moscu (Jan. 28), Estudiantes de la Plata (Jan. 29) and Santos (Jan. 30).

U.S. Under-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Abdul Hamid (Annandale, Va.), Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.)
DEFENDERS (6): Gale Agbossoumonde (Syracuse, N.Y.), Franklin Blaise (Miami, Fla.), Nicholas Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Brek Shea (College Station, Texas), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.), Matthew Uy (New Hyde Park, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (3): Bryan Arguez (Miami, Fla.), Amobi Okugo (Sacremento, Calif.), Pablo Punyed (Miami, Fla.)
FORWARDS (5): Hugh Dixon (Humble, Texas), Jorge Flores (Anaheim, Calif.), Felix Garcia (Laredo, Texas), Cristian Gonzales (Miami, Fla.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.)

U.S. Under-20 MNT Copa Chivas Schedule
Date         Opponent
Jan. 26     America
Jan. 27     Tecos
Jan. 28      Locomotiv de Moscu
Jan. 29      Estudiantes de la Plata
Jan. 30      Santos
Jan. 31      Quarterfinals
Feb. 1        Semifinals
Feb. 2        Final

U.S. U-20 WNT KICKS OFF 2008 WITH HDC CAMP: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team opened its Women’s World Cup year with a training camp at The Home Depot Center on Jan. 19. U.S. head coach Jillian Ellis called in 32 players to the camp, which ends Jan. 26, as the USA begins to focus on CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, to be held Nov. 20-Dec. 7 in Chile. The opponents, dates and venues for qualifying have yet to be confirmed. The roster is made up primarily of players in college, including three from NCAA champion USC, three from NCAA College Cup semifinalist UCLA, three from NCAA runners-up Florida State and one from NCAA College Cup semifinalist Notre Dame, but five players are still in high school. Just one of players on the roster – forward Kelley O’Hara -- represented the USA at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia. O’Hara scored twice in that tournament, against DR Congo in the first round and against Germany in the 4-1 quarterfinal victory.

2008 U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Kristin Olsen (USC);
DEFENDERS (7): Lauren Barnes (UCLA), Hannah Cerrone (Boston College), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Camille Levin (Slammers FC), Meagan Morris (Montclair Aristocrats), Ella Stephan (Florida State), Lauren Wilmoth (UCLA);
MIDFIELDERS (12): Carolyn Blank (West Virginia), Amanda DaCosta (Florida State), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Danielle Foxhoven (Colorado Rush), Katy Frierson (Homewood, Ala.), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Megan Ohai (USC), Elli Reed (Utah Avalanche Premier), Ashli Sandoval (USC), Keelin Winters (Portland), Kylie Wright (UCLA);
FORWARDS (10): Lauren Alwine (Super Nova FC ’89), Gina DiMartino, (Boston College), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Marika Gray (Virginia Tech), Melissa Henderson (Dallas Texans), Sydney Leroux (Sereno FC), Alyssa Mautz (Texas A&M), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Christen Press (Stanford), Brittney Steinbruch (Miami).

U-18 MNT MEGA CAMP CONTINUES IN BRADENTON, FLA.: U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Bob Jenkins is in the midst of a 72-player mega camp from January 17-24 at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. All of the players were born on or after Jan. 1, 1990. Jenkins and 10 assistant coaches are instructing and evaluating the players during the week-long camp in preparation for the next cycle of Under-20s. Players on this roster will be the core age-group for the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt with Under-20 head coach Thomas Rongen. Rongen may take as many as five players from the mega camp with the Under-20 squad that will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico, for the Copa Chivas tournament from Jan. 24-Feb. 3. Along with training during the week, the U-18s have played a handful of scrimmages against each other and the U-17 MNT, U-20 MNT and U-23 MNT this past week.

Under-18 Men’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (8): Rafael Diaz (Rockaway, N.J.), Jason Dodson (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Preston Langholz (Tulsa, Okla.), Alex Long (Cary, N.C.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Cody Mizell (Woodstock, Ga.), Marc Pais (Frontenac, Mo.), David Sarabia (Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (20): Gale Agbossoumonde (Syracuse, N.Y.), Colin Anderson (Tucson, Ariz.), Chad Barson (Lewis Center, Ohio), Nick Bibbs (Ardmore, Pa.), Steven Birnbaum (Irvine, Calif.), Paolo Del Piccolo (Lakewood, Colo.), Jose Diaz (Fontana, Calif.), Kevin Garcia (Flushing, N.Y.), Eric Martinez (Fort Mill, S.C.), Patrick Matchett (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Nick Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Aubrey Perry (Ocoee, Fla.), Andrew Quintana (Miami, Fla.), Jossimar Sanchez (Patterson, N.J.), Kofi Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Andrew Savage (Eagle, Idaho), Chris Smith (Chula Vista, Calif.), Zarek Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Norris White (Kensington, Md.), Nick Yin (Bethesda, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (27): Kwese Alleyne (Miramar, Fla.), Jon Aguirre (Madison, N.J.), John Brown (Clinton, Miss.), Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Pablo Cruz (Azusa, Calif.), Kareem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y.), Brian Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Eddie Gonzales (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Jesus Landeros (Oxnard, Calif.), James Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y,), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Christopher Ortega (Chula Vista, Calif.), Tanner Petrick (Carolton, Texas), Harrison Petts (Zionsville, Ind.), Christian Ramos (Miami, Fla.), Mike Roman (Oxnard, Calif.), Nicholas Ryan (San Jose, Calif.), Anthony Salciccia (San Jose, Calif.), Steve Saballos (Miami, Fla.), Cody Snyder (Pasco, Wash.), Alec Sundly (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Jose Tamayo (La Puente, Calif.), Paul Torres (Bethesda, Md.), Korey Veeder (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Parker Walsh (Roanoke, Va.), Raul Yepez (Oxnard, Calif.), Cesar Zamora (Sylmar, Calif.)
FORWARDS (17): Dersu Abolfathi (Irvine, Calif.), Rodney Ahkeel (Elmont, N.Y.), Akinsanya Adedoja (Sacramento, Calif.), Jose Altimarino (San Diego, Calif.), Eder Arreola (Chino Hills, Calif.), Will Bates (Chester, Va.), Tristan Bowen (Van Nuys, Calif.), John Chavez (Tulsa, Okla.), Ryan Finley (Lumberton, N.J.), Josh Gatt (Plymouth, Mich.), Adam Jahn (El Macero, Calif.), Andrew Lubahn (Erie, Pa.), Zach Portillos (Aurora, Colo.), Christian Quevedo (Smithtown, N.Y.), Kelyn Rowe (Federal Way, Wash.), Hasani Sinclair (Coral Springs, Fla.), Ben Speas (Stow, Ohio)

U.S. U-15 GIRLS’ NATIONAL TEAM KICKS OFF 2008 AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team kicked off 2008 with a training camp that began on January 20 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as head coach Tad Bobak begins the next cycle with players who should form the core of the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2010 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup. Bobak has called in 23 players, all born in 1993, as the process of identifying talent for the youngest of the USA’s youth Women’s National Teams continues. The players come from 14 different states and include a pair of twins, the Payne sisters, Shelby and Sydney, from Florida. Camp ends on Jan. 25.

U.S. U-15 Girls' National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Megan Kufeld (Fremont, Calif.), Molly Poletto (Englewood, Colo.);
DEFENDERS (5): Olivia Brannon (Troy, Mich.), Katy Colas (Vienna, Va.), Haley Cooper (Palatine, Ill.), Michaela Cowgill (Portsmouth, N.H.), Brittany Von Rueden (Mequon, Wis.);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Caprice Dydasco (Honolulu, Hawaii), Kelsey Foo (San Jose, Calif.), Indiana Mead (Boulder City, Nev.), Sarah Molina (Rocky River, Ohio), Vania Robles (Arcadia, Calif.), Haley Rosen (Palos Verdes, Calif.), Taylor Schneider (Southlake, Texas), Olivia Schultz (Hopkins, Minn.);
FORWARDS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (Menlo Park, Calif.), Jamia Fields (Alta Loma, Calif.), Whitney Jaynes (Plano, Texas), Cate Parchinski (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Shelby Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Sydney Payne (Lutz, Fla.).

SCHEDULE SET FOR MEN’S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING: The U.S. has learned that it will kick off Group A of the 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualification against Cuba on Tuesday, March 11 at 8 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The U.S., which plays in the late game in each of the three doubleheaders, will then face Panama on Thursday, March 13 at 8 p.m. ET and finish the round-robin phase of the tournament against Guatemala on Saturday, March 15 at 7 p.m. ET. Group B, which will begin on March 12, features Canada, Guatemala, Haiti and Mexico, and will be played at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. After group play, the top two teams will advance to the semifinals which will be played on March 20 at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. LP Field will also be the location for the third-place game and championship match on Sunday, March 23. The two semifinal winners qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

U.S. U-23 MNT CONCACAF Championship Schedule
Date         Opponent              Location                                                           Kickoff (local)
March 11 Cuba                      Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.   8 p.m. ET
March 13 Panama                Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.   8 p.m. ET
March 15 Honduras              Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.   7 p.m. ET
March 20 Semifinals*           LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.                            5 p.m. CT / 8 p.m. CT
March 23 Third Place*          LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.                            1 p.m. CT
March 23 Championship*   LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.                            4 p.m. CT
* If necessary

OLYMPIC QUALIFYING SERIES TICKETS ON SALE NOW: U.S. Soccer and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) have announced that series tickets for the 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualification in Los Angeles, Tampa and Nashville are on sale now. The eight-team tournament, set to be played from March 11-23, 2008, will send two finalists to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Both The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., will host three doubleheaders each in group play, while LP Field in Nashville will host the semifinals and final. A series ticket consists of all matches scheduled at a single venue. Fans can order series tickets -- priced from $36 to $195 depending on the seating area and number of match days included in the series – online at ussoccer.com, by phone at 813-287-8844 (Tampa), 213-480-3232 (Los Angeles) or 615-255-9600 (Nashville) and at local Ticketmaster ticket centers in the venue cities.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: Applications for the 2008-09 season of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy are being accepted from now until March 1, 2008. Clubs will be admitted on a rolling basis until April 1, at which point all clubs will be notified of their status. Academy clubs follow the model used at the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program, with a focus on training and player development. Teams are required to train three times per week and rest one day per week during the eight-month season, during which they will play 30 regular-season Academy games. Applications are available at ussoccer.com.

HAMM, GARCIAPARRA TO HOST CELEBRITY SOCCER MATCH: Former U.S. Women's National Team star and two-time FIFA Player of the Year Mia Hamm and husband Nomar Garciaparra are hosting a charity soccer match on Saturday, January 26, at 1 p.m. at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Tickets for the match are $20 and all seats are general admission. Proceeds from the match, which will feature several sports celebrities including MNT forward Landon Donovan and WNT forward Abby Wambach, will benefit bone marrow patient and family services at the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the Mia Hamm Foundation. More information is available at miafoundation.org.

2008 W-LEAGUE SCHEDULE SET: The 2008 W-League season will kick off Saturday, May 10 and will run through Sunday, July 20, as was announced by United Soccer Leagues. The 280-game season will feature six expansion sides, all of which will be playing on opening day. Shortly after the regular season finale, the three Conference Championships will be held on July 25-27, with the W-League Championship being held on Aug. 1 and Aug. 3. More information, including a full season schedule, is available at USLsoccer.com.

USL SECOND DIVISION 2008 SCHEDULE SET: The 2008 regular season schedule for the United Soccer Leagues Second Division opens with four games on Saturday, April 19. The 20-game season wraps up on Saturday, Aug. 9. Nine of the 10 squads will kick off their seasons that weekend. The top six teams will advance to the post-season, with the USL-2 Championship match being held on Aug. 23. More information, including a full season schedule, is available at USLsoccer.com.

2008 CONCACAF FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIP DATES ANNOUNCED: The 2008 CONCACAF Futsal Championship will take place June 2-8 at the Domo Polideportivo in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The U.S. National Futsal team will compete in the event, along with Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Panama and two teams from the Caribbean. Three countries will qualify for the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. will attempt to qualifing for their second FIFA Futsal World Cup, having made it to Chinese Taipei in 2004 after winning the CONCACAF Futsal Championship in Costa Rica earlier that year.

NATIONAL FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE HELD IN FEBRUARY: The Super F League is now accepting registrations for the 2008 Champions Cup, the largest futsal tournament in North America. In its fourth year, the tournament will be held in Overland Park, Ks., from Feb. 16-17 and will serve as the national championship for Under-8 through Under-18 Boys’ and Girls’ age groups, as well as the Men’s and Women’s Open division. Super F has youth and adult leagues in several major cities that represent more than 7,500 youth players on 800 plus teams. Registration closes January 27 and more information is available at www.superfchampionscup.com.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Eight years after making his international debut with the USA, Landon Donovan set the all-time scoring record, coolly finishing a penalty kick against Sweden for his 35th international strike. The goal was the second in the 2-0 victory on Jan. 19. Donovan surpasses Eric Wynalda’s 34 goals with the U.S. MNT.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Everton, who surged into the Premier League top four this weekend, face Chelsea in the second leg of the Carling Cup semifinals on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET. After losing 2-1 in the first match, Tim Howard and the Toffees need to overturn a one goal deficit if they want to face Tottenham in the cup final. The game will be televised live on Setanta Sports.

QUOTABLE: “The best goal I guess was the Mexico game because it was in the World Cup. My favorite was probably against Ecuador last year in Tampa. Is setting the record important? I wouldn’t classify it as important but it’s something that I’m very proud of. More so than scoring goals, being part of the team for a long time it’s something I’m proud of. For me, the most important part of any game is helping the team get a victory.”
-- U.S. MNT forward Landon Donovan on what he thinks is the best goal he has scored for the National Team.

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