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U.S. Soccer Wire: July 13, 2009


U.S. MNT TO FACE PANAMA IN 2009 CONCACAF GOLD CUP QUARTERFINALS;
U.S. WNT PREPARES FOR TWO-MATCH SERIES AGAINST CANADA;
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS OWNER AND MLS FOUNDING INVESTOR ROBERT KRAFT JOINS USA BID COMMITTEE

U.S. WINS GROUP B, HEADS TO PHILADELPHIA FOR GOLD CUP QUARTERFINALS: A 24-yard blast from Stuart Holden in the second minute of stoppage time provided a young U.S. squad with a dramatic 2-2 draw with Haiti on Saturday, July 11, at Gillette Stadium to clinch first place in Group B. The U.S. moves to the quarterfinals of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup in Philadelphia, Pa., where the team will face off against Panama at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 18, at Lincoln Financial Field, live on Fox Soccer Channel and TeleFutura. With the draw, the U.S. extended their 25-game unbeaten streak in group play all-time at the Gold Cup (23-0-2) and a 56-game unbeaten streak at home against CONCACAF opponents. Prior to trailing Haiti for 43 minutes, the U.S. had only trailed for a total of 35 minutes combined in group play in the last eight tournaments going back to 1996. Overall, the U.S. had previously only been down a goal for a total of 105 minutes across five matches in group play at the Gold Cup.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule

Date Opponent Time / Result TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue; City
Jan. 24 Sweden 3-2 W Kljestan (3) The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Feb. 11 Mexico* 2-0 W Bradley (2) Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio 
March 28 El Salvador* 2-2 T Altidore, Hejduk Estadio Cuscatlán; San Salvador, El Salvador 
April 1 Trinidad & Tobago* 3-0 W Altidore (3)  LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
June 3 Costa Rica* 1-3 L Donovan Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica
June 6 Honduras* 2-1 W Donovan, Bocanegra Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
June 15 Italy # 1-3 L Donovan Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 18 Brazil # 0-3 L -- Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 21 Egypt # 3-0 W Davies, Bradley, Dempsey Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg
June 24 Spain # 2-0 W Altidore, Dempsey Free State Stadium; Mangaung/Bloemfontein
June 28 Brazil # 2-3 L Dempsey, Donovan Ellis Park; Johannesburg
July 4 Grenada ^ 4-0 W Adu, Holden, Rogers, Davies Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.
July 8 Honduras ^ 2-0 W Quaranta, Ching RFK Stadium; Washingon, D.C.
July 11 Haiti ^ 2-2 T Arnaud, Holden Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
July 18 Panama ^ 8 p.m. ET FSC/TeleFutura Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa.
Aug. 12 Mexico* 3 p.m. CT TBD Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico
Sept. 5 El Salvador* 5:30 p.m. MT ESPN Classic/Galavision Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* 7 p.m. ET ESPN Classic/Galavision Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
Oct. 10 Honduras* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* TBD ESPN2/Galavision RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – July 6-13

SUNDHAGE NAMES 21-PLAYER ROSTER FOR UPCOMING MATCHES AGAINST CANADA: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 21 players for two matches against Canada, the first taking place on Sunday, July 19, at Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., and then again three days later on Wednesday, July 22, at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. The match in Rochester, which kicks off at 3 p.m. ET will be televised live on ESPN. The match in Charleston kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español. Fans can also follow both matches online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. Tickets for both games are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Rochester and Charleston areas. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Visa® is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer.

U.S WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Los Angeles Sol), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (North Carolina), Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Chicago Red Stars), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Leslie Osborne (FC Gold Pride), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago Red Stars) FORWARDS (3): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (Boston Breakers), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

U.S. WNT Upcoming Schedule
Date Opponent Time TV Venue
July 19 Canada 3 p.m. ET ESPN Marina Auto Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
July 22 Canada 8 p.m. ET FSC/Fox Sports en Español Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

 ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage and Remembering '99 Article Series – July 6-13 

ROBERT KRAFT JOINS USA BID COMMITTEE FOR FIFA WORLD CUP: Robert Kraft, a founding investor of Major League Soccer (MLS), accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its efforts to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022. Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group, Kraft has established himself as one of the most successful owners in professional sports with the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) and the New England Revolution of MLS. Under his ownership, the Patriots have won five conference titles and three Super Bowl championships while the Revolution is a four-time runner-up for MLS Cup, the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion and the 2008 SuperLiga champion. Kraft joins the Board of Directors of the USA Bid Committee that recently welcomed U.S. Soccer Foundation President Ed Foster-Simeon, University of Miami President Donna Shalala, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. National Team icons Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm, and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. In the months ahead, the USA Bid Committee will add additional national leaders from the sectors of sports, entertainment, government and business.

ussoccer.com’s 2018/2022 Bid Coverage – July 6-13

 – DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY UPDATE –

FINALS WEEK CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON ESPN CLASSIC: For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy season will finish on a high note during Finals Week with the championship match in both age groups being broadcast live on ESPN Classic. Both matches will be played at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., with the U-17/18 championship taking place on Thursday, July 16, at 7 p.m. PT and the U-15/16 championship a day later on Friday, July 17 at 7 p.m. PT. Throughout Finals Week, ussoccer.com will provide in-depth coverage on everything happening in Carson, Calif. The Youth National Teams Blog will have complete coverage of the matches and the educational activities off the field. The most up-to-date scoring information will also be available on U.S. Soccer’s official twitter page at twitter.com/ussoccer. Also, less than 24 hours after the conclusion of every game, with the exception of the two championship matches on July 16 and July 17, all Finals Week matches will be streamed the following day on ussoccer.com.

ussoccer.com's Development Academy Coverage – June 16-22

DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY STARTING XI HONORS ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer has unveiled the 2008-09 Development Academy Starting XI honorees. The awards, which will be followed by Coach and Player of the Year announcements later this week, were voted upon by Development Academy clubs and U.S. Soccer National Staff Coaches. Both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 Starting XI teams are made up mostly of players who have experience at the U-17, U-18 and/or U-20 Men’s National Team level. The U-15/16 Starting XI honorees include 10 players who were part of the Development Academy Select Teams that matched up with the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team at the Spring Showcase held earlier this year. In the older group, three Starting XI recipients are at The Home Depot Center participating with their teams at Finals Week.

U-15/16 Development Academy Starting XI
GOALKEEPER (1): Keith Cardona (New York Red Bulls Academy)
DEFENDERS (4): Marquez Fernandez (Baltimore Bays Chelsea), Ricardo Hernandez (Arsenal FC), Torey McGaw (Mustang SC), Bryan de la Fuente (Chivas USA Academy)
MIDFIELDERS (3): Riley Wolfe (Los Angeles Galaxy Academy), AJ Corrado (Carmel United), Joseph Schmid (FC DELCO)
FORWARDS (3): Victor Chavez (Real So Cal), Ruben Luna (FC Dallas), Zak Foxhoven (Colorado Rush)

U-17/18 Development Academy Starting XI
GOALKEEPER (1): Larry Jackson (IMG Academy)
DEFENDERS (4): Matt Wiet (Crew Soccer Academy), Taylor Kemp (Real Colorado), Anthony Arena (Crossfire Premier), Daniel Villegas (Miami FC Kendall)
MIDFIELDERS (3): Dillon Powers (Andromeda), Andrew Wenger (PA Classics), Norberto Ochoa (Arsenal FC)
FORWARDS (3): Ryan Finley (PDA), Rodolfo Godinez (Nomads), Will Bates (Richmond Strikers)

 

2008-09 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY U-17/18 CONFERENCE STARTING XI TEAMS UNVEILED: U.S. Soccer has unveiled the 2008-09 U-17/18 Development Academy Conference Starting XI and Conference Coaches of the Year. A total of 44 players were selected to the Starting XI teams, chosen by Development Academy clubs and national staff coaches, represent 31 different clubs. Four clubs - PDA, Miami FC Kendall, CASL FC Chelsea and Chivas USA - have three players represented on their respective Conference Starting XIs. The Central Conference is the most evenly distributed with 10 different clubs represented, as only the Columbus Crew Juniors having two players on that list in goalkeeper Justin Luthy and defender Matt Wiet.

2008-09 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY U-15/16 CONFERENCE STARTING XI TEAMS UNVEILED: U.S. Soccer has announced the 2008-09 U-15/16 Development Academy Conference Starting XI and Coaches of the Year. All awards were voted upon by Development Academy clubs and national staff coaches. A total of 44 players were selected to the four Conference teams, including 16 who participated with Development Academy Select Teams that competed against the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team at the Spring Showcase on Memorial Day weekend. With 29 different clubs represented, 16 players will be participating in Finals Week. Of the teams heading to The Home Depot Center, the New York Red Bulls Academy leads the charge with three players, Keith Cardona, Brian Gallego and Victor Manosalvas, named to the East Conference Starting XI while head coach Rob Elliot also earned Coach of the Year honors. The New Jersey-based squad will be traveling to Finals Week after a successful playoff run that saw the team earn three wins while allowing just a single goal at Academy Playoffs in Greensboro, N.C.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-17 MNT OFF TO FOR COPA MACAE IN BRAZIL: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team will travel to Rio de Janeiro and Macae, Brazil, to participate in the Copa Macae from July 14-27. Head coach Wilmer Cabrera’s team will play three Brazilian clubs, Flamengo on July 18, Artsul on July 19 and Cidade do Sol on July 21. Quarterfinals for the tournament will take place on July 23 with semifinals on July 25 and Finals on Sunday, July 26.

U.S. U-17 MNT Copa Macae Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Earl Edwards (Nomads; San Diego, Calif.), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier FC; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (9): Michael Ambrose (Texas Fire; El Paso, Texas), Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic AS Monaco; Indianapolis, Ind.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Boyd Okwuonu (Celtic Green; Edmond, Okla.), Emilio Orozco (Rampage FC; Oxnard, Calif.), Tyler Polak (Capital Soccer Academy; Lincoln, Neb.), Jared Watts (North Meck SC; Statesville, N.C.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Sean Davis (Match Fit Chelsea FC; Holmdel, N.J.), Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Ducanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier FC; Battleground, Wash.), Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.), Riley Wolfe (Los Angeles Galaxy Academy; Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls Academy; Barnegat, N.J.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kicks; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gottschee; Huntington, N.Y.)

U.S. U-17 MNT Copa Macae Schedule

Date Opponent Venue
July 18 Flamengo Macae, Brazil
July 19 Artsul Macae, Brazil
July 21 Cidade do Sol Macae, Brazil

U.S. U-20 & U-18 WNTs HEAD TO BOULDER, COLO., FOR TRAINING CAMPS: The U.S. Under-20 and Under-18 Women’s National Teams have opened training camp at the University of Colorado, with the U-20s camp running from July 11-18 and the U-18s in camp from July 9-16. Both teams will square off against the Canadian U-20 Women’s Team, with the U.S. U-20s playing their northern rivals twice and the U-18s playing them once. Both U.S. U-20 head coach Jillian Ellis and U.S. U-18 head coach Dave Chesler have called in 24 players, all of whom are in consideration for spots on the U.S. team that will attempt to qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Germany next summer. The cut-off date for that tournament is players born on after Jan. 1, 1990. Ellis’ roster consists mostly of players born in 1990 and 1991, with three 1992s (forward Maya Hayes, midfielder Samantha Mewis and defender Crystal Dunn) while Chesler’s roster consists of players born in 1991 and 1992, with one 1993. The U.S. U-20s will face Canada on July 14 and July 16 while the U-18s will get their shot on July 19. Both the U.S. U-18s and U-20s may pick up another match against local teams. The U.S. U-20 WNT will attempt to qualify for the Women’s World Cup next January during a CONCACAF event in Guatemala. Eight players in the U-20 camp were a part of the USA’s runner-up squad at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup late last year in New Zealand, including Vicki DiMartino, who became the first U.S. player to score in five straight matches at a WWC tournament.

U.S. U-20 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Taylor Vancil (Louisville; South Elgin, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (7): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Rachel Lenz (Lonestar; Round Rock, Texas), Whitney Sharpe (UCLA; West Des Moines, Iowa), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualitin, Ore.), Beth West (Texas A & M; Centennial, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Charney Burk (Portland; North Tuscan, Calif.), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Sunzanne Dennis (Brentwood Real Madrid; Franklin, Tenn.), Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues, Costa Mesa, Calif.), Katy Frierson (Auburn; Birmingham, Ala.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpion SC; Hanson, Mass.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (6): Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Alex Newfield (GSA Pheonix Red; Decature, Ga.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Molly Thomas (University of Nebraska; Omaha Neb.)

U.S. U-18 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Emily Lillard (K.C. Comets; Overland Park, Kan.), Anna Sieloff (Vardar; Troy, Mich.), Kelsey Wys (Parkland; Coral Springs, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (5): Torri Allen (Mclean; Stafford, Va.), Mollie Pathman (Triangle FC; Durham, N.C.), Kendall Romine (So Cal Blues; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Courtney Smith (Dallas Texans; Houston, Texas.), Carrie Whigham (Sereno SC; Phoenix, Ariz.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alex Crown (Space Coast United; Orlando, Fla.), Juliann Jeffrey (Dallas Texans; Richardson, Texas), Sarah Killion (Fort Wayne Fever; Fort Wayne, Ind.) Mandy Laddish (Blue Valley Stars; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Lauren Mathesen (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Ellen Parker (Sereno; Paradise Valley, Ariz.); Ahsha Smith (Pleasanton; Oakland, Calif.), Annie Steinlage (Michigan Hawks; Grand Haven, Mich.)
FORWARDS (8): Hayley Brock (FC Stars of Mass.; Acton, Mass.), Kelly Cobb (Cook Inlet Velocity; Chugiak, Alaska), Michelle Cruz (Slammers; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Samantha Johnson (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.) Natalia Ledezma (Slammers; La Mirada, Calif.), Ariana Martinez (Real So Cal; Moorpark, Calif.), Kealia Ohai (Utah Avalanche; Draper, Utah), Chioma Ubogagu (D’Feeters; Coppell, Texas)

U.S. U-20 and U-18 Camp Schedule

Date Match Venue
July 14 U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Canada U-20 WNT Boulder, Colo.
July 16 U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Canada U-20 WNT Boulder, Colo.
July 19 U.S. U-18 WNT vs. Canada U-20 WNT Boulder, Colo.


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

2009 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP SEMIFINALS SET FOR JULY 21: USL First Division team Rochester Rhinos will take on defending Open Cup champions D.C. United in the first semifinal of the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 21, at Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, Md. The other tournament semifinal features two MLS teams, with Houston Dynamo traveling to face the Seattle Sounders at 7 p.m. PT at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. A complete recap of how the teams qualified for the semifinals is available at ussoccer.com.

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinal Schedule

Date Match Time Venue
July 21 Rochester Rhinos (USL-1) at D.C. United (MLS) 7:30 p.m. ET Maryland Soccerplex; Boyds, Md.
July 21 Houston Dynamo (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (MLS) 7 p.m. PT Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

ALEX YANNIS TO RECEIVE COLIN JOSE MEDIA AWARD: The National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., will present retired New York Times soccer writer Alex Yannis with the Colin Jose Media Award at Induction 2009. Yannis' coverage during 36 years with the New York Times included following the New York Cosmos from the beginning to the end. Yannis will be honored at the Induction Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 2, along with former U.S. Men's National Team defender Jeff Agoos and former U.S. Women's National Team Joy Fawcett. More information is available at www.soccerhall.org.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden earned ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors Saturday in the 2-2 tie against Haiti, after providing the assist on the USA’s opening goal and adding the late game heroics with the tying goal in the second minute of stoppage time. Holden’s goal was his second all-time with the U.S. MNT, with his first coming in the 4-0 win against Grenada in the first group match of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team continues the defense of its CONCACAF Gold Cup title, with the next match coming up against Panama in the 2009 Gold Cup quarterfinals. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 18, live on Fox Soccer Channel and TeleFutura.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Prior to trailing Haiti for 43 minutes, the U.S. had only trailed for a total of 35 minutes combined in group play in the last eight tournaments going back to 1996. Overall, the U.S. had previously only been down a goal for a total of 105 minutes across five matches in group play at the Gold Cup.

QUOTABLE: “Soccer wasn’t at the back of our minds in building the stadium. It was front and center alongside football. It is one of the pieces of the puzzle we knew we had to have in making our stadium more than just the home of the Dallas Cowboys.”
-- Dallas Cowboys Exec VP & COO Stephen Jones speaks to the Dallas Morning News about the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Dallas is one of the 37 markets being considered as a potential venue in the United States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022.


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