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U.S. Soccer Wire - June 27, 2005

U.S. Men's National Team Gold Cup Roster Finalized;
WNT Earns First Home Victory of 2005

U.S. MNT GOLD CUP TRAINING CAMP OPENS IN PORTLAND: U.S. Men's National Team manager Bruce Arena has selected the 23 players that will compete in the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the regional championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The team began training Monday (June 27) with a light practice session at Nike Headquarters as players continue to arrive in Portland, Ore. Chris Armas, Tony Sanneh and Eddie Pope each arrived in camp on Monday, while Steve Cherundolo is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday and Kasey Keller is set to arrive on Friday. Overall, nine players return to the roster who were part of the USA's third-place finish in the 2003 Gold Cup, led by Seattle-area native Keller, as well as Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk, Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan and Colorado Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni. Looking to earn their first cap for the full men's squad will be San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Brad Davis, Kansas City Wizards defender Jimmy Conrad, New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis and D.C. United forward Santino Quaranta. Quaranta replaces F.C. Dallas striker Eddie Johnson, who has not sufficiently recovered from the stress-related injury to his right great toe.
U.S. Men's National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Matt Reis (New England Revolution); DEFENDERS (7): Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake), Tony Sanneh (Chicago Fire), Greg Vanney (FC Dallas); MIDFIELDERS (9): Chris Armas (Chicago Fire), DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven), Brad Davis (San Jose Earthquakes), Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), John O’Brien (ADO Den Haag),  Ben Olsen (D.C. United), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution); FORWARDS (4): Conor Casey (FSV Mainz), Pat Noonan (New England Revolution), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards)

U.S. WNT EARNS FIRST HOME VICTORY OF 2005: The U.S. Women’s National Team earned its first win on home soil in 2005, defeating Canada, 2-0, on a wet, slippery Sunday afternoon at the Virginia Beach SportsPlex. Lori Chalupny and Christie Welsh scored for the USA in the first half as Greg Ryan came out victorious in his first match as the team’s new head coach. Chalupny’s goal came in the 12th minute after the U.S. earned a corner kick on the right side. Aly Wagner lofted the ball inside the six-yard box and it was cleared by a Canadian head, bouncing out to Chalupny at the top of the penalty area. The USA’s left back took a settling touch before skidding a left-footed half volley into the lower right. It was Chalupny’s second career goal and first scored from the back line. Just 10 minutes from the end of the first half, Heather O’Reilly dribbled up the midfield, slipping a pass to Wagner who quickly played a short pass to Wambach behind the Canadian back line. Wambach’s shot from a sharp angle on the right side skimmed off LeBlanc’s hands and rolled right up to the goal line for hard-running Welsh to tap in from close range for her 19th international goal. The U.S. team will come together again on July 3 in Portland, Oregon, for a week of training prior to the July 10 match against Ukraine at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland.

MILBRETT JOINS 200-CAP CLUB: In Sunday's U.S. WNT win over Canada, Tiffeny Milbrett became just the fifth player in soccer history to earn 200 international caps when she came on as a substitute and played the final 28 minutes of the game. For Milbrett, who is currently sitting on 99 career goals, the match was her first for the U.S. since November 2003. She joins four other U.S. Women's National Team standouts as the only players in international soccer history with as many as 200 caps (Kristine Lilly - 296, Mia Hamm - 275, Julie Foudy - 271, and Joy Fawcett - 239).

SECOND ROUND OF U.S. OPEN CUP KICKS OFF WEDNESDAY: Four United Soccer Leagues First Division teams and four Second Division teams enter the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the second round on Wednesday, June 29, as eight more games are played in U.S. Soccer's national championship. The Charleston Battery, who struggled in league play last season but advanced to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals in 2004, open their 2005 Open Cup campaign by traveling to the Midwest to face the Des Moines Menace. Last week, U.S. Soccer announced the third round pairings for the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Four teams from the United Soccer Leagues First Division and four from Major League Soccer will play the winners of the June 29 second round games. The third round opens with one match on Tuesday, July 12 with the balance of the matches scheduled for Wednesday, July 13. MLS expansion teams Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA will enter the U.S. Open Cup for the first time on July 13, with RSL facing either the Chicago Fire Premier of the PDL or the Minnesota Thunder of USL1. Chivas USA will travel to face either the El Paso Patriots of the PDL or the Charlotte Eagles of USL2. FC Dallas and the Chicago Fire of MLS will also enter the tournament in the third round as the two teams to miss the playoffs last season. The eight remaining MLS teams enter the tournament in the fourth round on August 3.

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HAMM, DONOVAN AND JOHNSON NOMINTED FOR ESPYs: U.S. National Team members Mia Hamm, Landon Donovan and Eddie Johnson have been nominated for the 2005 ESPY Award for Best Soccer Player on Friday (June 24) for their 2004 overall performance. The winners of each of the awards will be announced at the 13th annual ESPY Awards, which will be televised by ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre on Sunday, July 17, at 9 p.m. ET. The other two finalists for the award are FC Barcelona midfielder Ronaldinho and Birgit Prinz. The nominees are selected by ESPN producers and industry-wide experts. Voting for the awards began on Friday (June 24) and fans can cast their vote on through July 7 to determine the winner of the award.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR TWO JULY U.S. WNT HOME GAMES: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will play two matches in the month of July, taking on Ukraine on Sunday, July 10, at Harry A. Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland and facing Iceland on Sunday, July 24, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  The match against Ukraine kicks off at 3:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 while the match against Iceland, also live on ESPN2, kicks off at 2 p.m. PT. Tickets are now on sale for both matches. Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1249 or obtain a group order form at Tickets for the USA-Ukraine match in Portland start at $18 and are on sale online at, at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Oregon and Washington (including G.I. Joe’s and Fred Meyer) and by phone at 503-224-4400.  Tickets for the USA-Iceland match start at $15 and are on sale at, at all Southern California Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records), The Home Depot Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and by phone at 213-480-3232.


HARTFORD TO HOST USA VS. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ON AUG. 17: Tickets remain on sale for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifying match vs. Trinidad & Tobago on August 17 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The U.S. vs. Trinidad & Tobago match will kick off at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, with fans also able to follow along live on via MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at, by phone at 860-525-4500, at all Ticketmaster outlets in the region (including Filene's Stores) and at the Hartford Civic Center (open Monday – Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.).  Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form at Trinidad & Tobago will be the first opponent that the U.S. faces for the second time in the 10-game final round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, playing the return leg of a 2-1 victory on February 9 in Trinidad.

U.S. TAKES ON MEXICO IN COLUMBUS ON SEPT. 3: The U.S. Men’s National Team will host Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 3 in Columbus Crew Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET in their seventh of 10 final round qualifying matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. vs. Mexico match, which is being presented by Budweiser, will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Telemundo, with fans also able to follow the U.S. match live at’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. It will be the fourth out of five World Cup qualifiers played in the United States and the fifth World Cup qualifying match hosted by the six-year-old venue. Ticketing details will be announced in the future.

CONCACAF Final Round
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Feb. 9        Panama 0, Guatemala 0
Feb. 9        Costa Rica 1, Mexico 2
Feb. 9        Trinidad & Tobago 1,  USA 2 
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 26    Costa Rica 2, Panama 1
March 26    Guatemala 5, Trinidad & Tobago 1
March 27    Mexico 2, USA 1
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 30    Panama 1, Mexico 1
March 30    USA 2, Guatemala 0
March 30    Trinidad & Tobago 0, Costa Rica 0
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 4        Trinidad & Tobago 2, Panama 0  
June 4        Guatemala 0, Mexico 2  
June 4        USA 3, Costa Rica 0  
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 8        Panama 0, USA 3  
June 8        Costa Rica 3, Guatemala 2  
June 8        Mexico 2, Trinidad & Tobago 0
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Aug. 17      Guatemala vs. Panama   
Aug. 17      Mexico vs. Costa Rica   
Aug. 17      USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Sept. 3       Panama vs. Costa Rica  
Sept. 3       Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guatemala
Sept. 3       USA vs. Mexico  
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Sept. 7       Mexico vs. Panama 
Sept. 7       Guatemala vs. USA  
Sept. 7       Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Oct. 8         Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Oct. 8         Mexico vs. Guatemala 
Oct. 8/9      Costa Rica vs. USA 
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Oct. 12       USA vs. Panama   
Oct. 12       Guatemala vs. Costa Rica
Oct. 12       Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico
Playoff (*home team will be determined by lottery at the conclusion of the final round)
Date              Match-up
*Nov. 12/13    AFC #5 vs. CONCACAF #4 
*Nov. 16         AFC #5 vs. CONCACAF #4


U-20 MNT BOUNCED OUT OF WYC WITH LOSS TO ITALY: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team's strong run through the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship ended last Tuesday (June 21) after falling 3-1 to Italy in the Round of 16 at Arke Stadium in Enschede, Holland. The U.S. was the better team in the first 45 minutes and took a 1-0 lead into the half on a Hunter Freeman penalty kick, but Italy stormed back with a formidable attack and a bit of luck as two of their three scores were officially ruled own goals. The U.S. was looking for their second straight trip to the quarterfinals of a FIFA World Youth Championship, but instead fell in Round of 16 for the fifth time in the last six WYC competitions they have competed in. The U.S. took the lead a minute before halftime when midfielder Freddy Adu was taken down in the box as he tried to move past a defender to the right of the goal. Adu, who had missed a penalty kick against Argentina, took the spot kick, but his strike was well-saved by Italian goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano. Fortunately for the U.S., the referee whistled Viviano for moving early and Hunter Freeman stepped up to rifle home the second attempt just inside the left post for his first-ever goal with the Under-20s.The second half started like the first as Italy was able to pressure the U.S. backline and finally broke through on an own goal in the 54th minute. Pelle fed midfielder Daniele Galloppa at the top of the box and he ripped a shot that would have sailed wide of the left post, but it deflected off the back of defender Jonathan Spector and goalkeeper Quentin Westberg had no chance as it ended up falling into the opposite corner. Eight minutes later, Spector dribbled out of the back and was tackled about 40 yards from goal by Galloppa. The midfielder quickly pushed the ball up to Pelle, who faked a right-footed shot and cut back on defender Marvell Wynne before drilling the ball into the upper-left corner of the goal with the outside of his left foot. The back-breaker came in the 75th minute as Italy got its second own goal of the game. U.S. defender Patrick Ianni attempted to clear a ball up the sideline, but Simone Bentivoglio was able to tackle the ball away and track down the ball before it went over the endline. Bentivoglio crossed the ball through the legs of Spector and as Westberg came out for the low service Sacha Kljestan accidentally toe-poked the ball into his own net.
U.S. U-20 MNT FIFA World Youth Championship Results/Schedule
Date        Matchup/Result          U.S. Goal scorer
June 11    U.S. 1, Argentina 0    Chad Barrett
June 14    U.S. 0, Germany 0      --
June 18    U.S. 1, Egypt 0          Jacob Peterson
June 21    U.S. 1, Italy 3            Hunter Freeman

U-17 MNT GET TWO VICTORIES, PLAY TWO MORE MATCHES AT HDC CAMP: As part of their 11-day camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team pulled out victories on Sunday (June 26) against two all-star teams from the surrounding area. The 32 players in camp, which make up the pool of players available to head coach John Hackworth for the FIFA U-17 World Championship in September, were split into two separate teams for the matches. The first match was divided into three 30-minute periods and the U.S. had a fantastic start with three goals in the first seven minutes on their way to a 4-0 pasting of Cal North Select. Gabriel Farfan scored on a penalty kick and Josmer Altidore buried two strikes past the Cal North ‘keeper in the early stages before Hector Jimenez finished off the scoring late in the third period. The second match was a bit tougher, but the U.S. was able to pull out a 2-1 victory over the Under-23 PDP team, a collection of elite players in Southern California. Preston Zimmerman was involved in both of the U.S. goals, finishing off a pass from Omar Gonzalez in the 25th minute and setting up Kyle Nakazawa for his strike in the 88th minute. PDP cut the lead in half in the 90th minute, but the U.S. defense was able to keep PDP from finding the equalizer. The U.S. will have two more matches on June 29, the day before the camp ends. The U.S. will again split into two teams and face the Chivas USA reserve team and the Under-18 PDP team.
U-17 MNT Results/Schedule
Date        Opponent             Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
June 26    Cal North Select   4-0 W     Altidore (2), Farfan, Jimenez
June 26    U-23 PDP             2-1 W    Zimmerman, Nakazawa
June 29    Chivas reserves
June 29    U-18 PDP

U-15 BOYS NATIONAL TEAM EARN FOUR WINS IN MEXICO: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team defeated El Salto, Chivas, Cruz Azul and Tecos during a four-game tour of Guadalajara, Mexico. U-15 coach Jim Barlow called in 24 players for the trip, which concluded Wednesday (June 22) with a 4-1 win against Tecos. Alex Dixon and Temi Molinar led the team in scoring, each snagging four goals during the tour. Dixon earned a hat trick in the 9-1 win against Cruz Azul.
U-15 BNT Schedule
Date        Opponent     Result U.S. Goal Scorer
June 18    El Salto        3-1 W Dixon, Molinar 2
June 19    Chivas          2-1 W Molinar, Bernardo
June 21    Cruz Azul 9-1 W Dixon 3, Schuler, MacVane, Bernardo, Tarr 2, Williams
June 22    Tecos 4-1 W Bates, Molinar, Barrera, Lebo


PARALYMPICS TEAM TO COMPETE IN CPISRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team will be participating in the 2005 CPISRA (Cerebral Palsy International Sport and Recreation Association) World Championships from June 30-July 10 at Connecticut College in New London, Conn. Fourteen nations are scheduled to participate in the 2005 Championships, including all three medal winners form the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games.  A draw will be held on June 29 to determine the match schedule. This is the first opportunity for teams to qualify for the Beijing 2008 Paralympics. The U.S. team, which includes several returning standouts from the 2004 Paralympic Games in September, hopes to improve their eighth place finish with the addition of some fresh young talent.
U.S. Paralympic Team Roster
GOALKEEPER (1): Keith Johnson (Anchorage, Alaska); DEFENDERS (4): Jon McCullough (Washington, D.C.), John Theobald (Syracuse, N.Y.), Sean Matsey (Monroeville, Pa.), Jason Slemons (Seattle, Wash.); MIDFIELDERS (5): Derek Arneaud (E. Stroudsburg, Pa.), Josh McKinney (Morrisville, N.C.), Shaun Schetka (New Brighton, Pa.), David Woosnam (Roswell, Ga.), Tommmy Latsch (Euclid, Ohio); FORWARDS (2): Josh Blue (Denver, Colo.), Marthell Vazquez (Long Beach, Calif.)

U.S. GOLD CUP JOURNEY TO BE FEATURED ON TELEFUTURA: The U.S. Men’s National Team begins their Gold Cup campaign live on Telefutura at 7:30 p.m. PT on July 7 against Cuba at Qwest Field in Seattle. Telefutura will broadcast all three of the USA’s group games and the entire 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be televised live on Univision, Galavision and Telefutura. Coverage continues with the encounter between the U.S. and Canada at 1:30 p.m. PT on July 9, also at Qwest Field. Telefutura follows the team on July 12 as they travel across the country for their third and final group game against Costa Rica at 7 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

REGION C, REGION H U.S. CLUB SOCCER CHAMPIONS ADVANCE TO 2005 NATIONAL CUP IV FINALS: Invitations to the 2005 National Cup IV Finals have been extended by U.S. Club Soccer to Region C champions in Columbus, Ga. (June 17-20) and Region H champions in Tulsa, Okla. (June 23-26). CASL Elite (N.C.), competing in Region C, advanced five teams to the Finals, while the Austin United Capitals (Texas) claimed four Region H titles.  Winners from each of the eight National Cup IV Regionals in Boys and Girls Under-12 through Under-17 age groups will compete in the U.S. Club Soccer Finals to be held July 21-24 in Jacksonville, Fla. (BU12-U14, GU12-U15), July 29-Aug. 1 in Orlando, Fla. (BU16-U17) and Aug. 5-8 in Stony Brook, N.Y. (GU16-U17).  Region D competition in Ft. Wayne, Ind. concludes June 27, while Region B competition in Ft. Dix, N.J. finishes June 28.  The last 2005 National Cup IV Regional will be contested July 2-5 in Boise, Idaho (Region G).
Premier Boys 2005 National Cup IV Region C Champions
U-12 – CASL Elite (N.C.)
U-13 – Cocoa Expos (Fla.)
U-14 – Bridge FC (S.C.)
U-15 – Charlotte Metro (N.C.)
U-16 – NOSA (La.)
U-17 – Strictly Soccer (Fla.)
Super Group Boys 2005 National Cup IV Region C Champions
U-13 – Cobb FC (Ga.)
U-15 – Desert United SC (Calif.)
Premier Girls 2005 National Cup IV Region C Champions
U-12 – CASL Elite (N.C.)
U-13 – CASL Elite (N.C.)
U-14 – CASL Elite (N.C.)
U-15 – CFC Redstar (Ga.)
U-16 – CASL Elite (N.C.)
U-17 – PTCYSA (Ga.)
Premier Boys 2005 National Cup IV Region H Champions
U-12 – Andromeda (Texas)
U-13 – Austin United Capitals (Texas)
U-14 – Austin United Capitals (Texas)
U-15 – Classics (Texas)
U-16 – Austin United Capitals (Texas)
U-17 – Austin United Capitals (Texas)
Premier Girls 2005 National Cup IV Region H Champions
U-15 – Spokane Shadow (Wash.)

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL TO SPONSOR FOUNDATION BANQUET: The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, announced Monday that Fox Soccer Channel has signed on as a Platinum Level Sponsor for the organization’s 2005 Banquet on September 15 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Foundation will commemorate its 10th anniversary at the Banquet, which will honor Lamar Hunt for his contributions over the years to soccer. Tickets can be reserved by contacting the U.S. Soccer Foundation at 202-872-9277 or online at Key elements of the sponsorship include: FSC’s promotion of the Foundation’s Top Ten Poll with a feature on, the running of public service announcements on the channel and a nightly crawl about the Top Ten poll on the Fox Sports World Report. The Top Ten Poll allows soccer fans nationwide the opportunity to vote online for their selections for the decade’s most memorable U.S. soccer moments. Users can only vote once through July 15, and have 20 different moments from which to select their top ten moments of the past 10 years. “We are delighted to be able to establish this relationship with an organization reaching out to the Foundation’s core supporters, soccer enthusiasts across the country,” said John Koskinen, President of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “Fox Soccer Channel has done an excellent job of cultivating fans of the beautiful game, young and old, with their programming, and their support will allow us to reach a significant audience.”

CONCACAF LAUNCHES TICKET HOTLINE NUMBER FOR 2005 CONCACAF GOLD CUP: CONCACAF has launched a ticket hotline number, 1-888-480-2005, for tickets to the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will be played in six USA cities from 6-24 July. The domestic and international telephone number will allow fans to purchase tickets in any of the seven stadiums hosting games in the showpiece event. Ticket prices for single dates start as low as $20 in some venues for first-round doubleheaders. Discounts are available for group tickets and for packages of tickets to all the match days in the same city. All tickets are subject to availability.


PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. defender Lori Chalupny was everywhere in the U.S. Women National Team’s 2-0 win against Canada on Sunday, June 26, in Virginia Beach, Va. Besides providing a solid performance on defense, consistently stifling Canada’s attempts at getting up the field, Chalupny was a big part of the U.S. attack, opening the scoring in the 12th minute with her second ever-goal for the USA.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The five-time World Champion Brazilians have once again managed to make it to a tournament final. Brazil will face two-time World Champion Argentina in the Confederations Cup final at 2:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 29, in Frankfurt, Germany. Fans can watch the final live on Fox Soccer Channel and Univision. Brazil and Argentina both made it to the final after finishing in second place in their groups and beating Germany and Mexico, respectively in the semifinals. Germany and Mexico will play for third place at 11:30 a.m. ET, also on Wednesday, in Leipzig. The third place match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and on Galavision.

SOCCER SHOCKER: In what was the longest penalty kick shootout in FIFA history (12 rounds), the Nigeria Under-20 squad beat out tournament favorite and host Holland 10-9 to squeeze into the semifinals. There they will face another surprise team in Morocco, who beat out Italy 4-2, also in penalty kicks. But the surprises didn’t end there as Spain – who had beaten every opponent by at least a two-goal differential – also lost. Their defeat came in a 3-1 quarterfinal setback against Argentina. Semifinals take place on Tuesday, June 28, as Morocco faces Nigeria and Brazil takes on Argentina live on Fox Soccer Channel.

QUOTABLE: "I bet the fans missed the ladies that retired, but with this team, there are going to be so many personalities that will come out with this group. These young players are talented."
 -- Kristine Lilly after the USA's 2-0 win over Canada in Virginia Beach on Sunday.

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