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U.S. Soccer Wire: Mia, Julie and Joy To Make Last Apperance

MATCH VS. MEXICO MARKS END OF AN ERA, WILL BE ON LIVE AT 11 P.M. ET / 8 P.M. PT: Their résumé includes 18 years of service for the U.S. Women’s National Team, winning two Olympic gold medals (’96 and ’04), two Women’s World Cup titles (’91 and ’99) and inspiring millions of young soccer players across the nation and the world. It all comes to a conclusion this Wednesday night as the legendary trio of Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett will make their final appearance for the USA on Dec. 8, 2004, against Mexico at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The finale of the 10-game “Fan Celebration Tour” will kickoff at 8 p.m. PT, and the match will be shown live on ESPN Classic as an “Instant Classic.” In addition to several ceremonies that will take place before and after the Dec. 8 match, the three retiring players will be honored in a special ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. outside The Home Depot Center in which they will each receive their own gold star as part of U.S. Soccer’s Star Plaza. All three players will be available for interviews following the ceremony, marking their last major press event as members of the U.S. WNT. Hamm retires as the all-time leading goal scorer in the history of international soccer – male or female – with an incredible 158 goals.  Foudy will be walking away from the game after guiding the team to its most successful decade as team captain.  Fawcett, who is recovering from back surgery and will not play in the match, will always be remembered as the “Ultimate Soccer Mom,” having brought up three children amid her 18-year career.

U.S. OPENS WORLD CUP QUALIFYING ON FEB. 9 AWAY TO TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: The United States will open its bid to qualify for its fifth consecutive World Cup finals in Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 9 as the final round draw for 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying was announced last week. The U.S., along with Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago will compete in the 10-game round-robin format from Feb. 9-Oct. 12, 2005, with the top three teams automatically advancing to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.  The fourth-place team will compete in a two-game playoff to be held Nov. 12/13 and Nov. 16 against the fifth-place finisher in Asian qualifying.  Drawn as Team 6 in the final round format, the U.S. faces a tricky road to Germany as their first two games will take place on the road.  The U.S. gets its consecutive home dates for Matches 3 & 4 and 6 & 7, and will then face another two away matches before concluding final round play in the United States.  Venues for the five home matches for the United States will be announced as they become finalized.
2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Schedule – CONCACAF Final Round
 Date              Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Feb. 9           Panama vs. Guatemala
Feb. 9           Costa Rica vs. Mexico
Feb. 9           Trinidad & Tobago vs. USA 
Date              Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 26/27    Costa Rica vs. Panama
March 26/27    Guatemala vs. Trinidad & Tobago
March 26/27    Mexico vs. USA
Date              Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 30        Panama vs. Mexico  
March 30       USA vs. Guatemala  
March 30        Trinidad & Tobago vs. Costa Rica
Date              Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 4/5         Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama  
June 4/5         Guatemala vs. Mexico  
June 4/5         USA vs. Costa Rica  
Date              Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 8           Panama vs. USA  
June 8            Costa Rica vs. Guatemala  
June 8            Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago
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. 3/4        Panama vs. Costa Rica 
Sept. 3/4        Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guatemala
Sept. 3/4        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. 8/9          Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Oct. 8/9          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


HARRIS, SAUERBRUNN, WOZNUK ON ALL-STAR TEAM AT U-19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team goalkeeer Ashlyn Harris, defender Becky Sauerbrunn and midfielder Angie Woznuk were named to the Tournament All-Star Team by the FIFA Technical Study Group.  The young U.S. stars were three of 18 players named from the 252 that traveled to Thailand for the 2nd FIFA World Championship for youth women won by Germany with a 2-0 victory over China in the championship game.  The USA took third with a convincing 3-0 win over Brazil in the consolation game.  Harris was undoubtedly the top goalkeeper at the competition, earning four shutouts in six games and came up with big saves at crucial times during the tournament.  Sauerbrunn, the USA's inspirational leader in the back, played every minute of the tournament in the center of the defense.  Only Marta of Brazil dazzled the spectators in Thailand more than Woznuk, who pulled the strings of the U.S. attack and was awarded the Silver Ball as the second Most Outstanding Player in the tournament.  She also won the Bronze Shoe as the third leading scorer, registering three goals and three assists.  Marta won the Gold Ball and Anja Mitta from U-19 world champion Germany won the Bronze Ball.
2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship All-Star Team
Goalkeepers (2): Elvira Todua (Russia), Ashlyn Harris (USA); Defenders (5): Wang Kun (China), Akudo Sabi (Nigeria), Elena Semenchenko (Russia), Supaphon Kaeobaen (Thailand), Becky Sauerbrunn (USA); Midfielders (7): Marta (Brazil), Zhang Ying (China), Simone Laudehr (Germany), Patricia Hanebeck (Germany) Jang Mi Lee (South Korea), Svetlana Tsidikova (Russia), Angie Woznuk (USA); Forwards (4): Cristiane (Brazil), Brittany Timko (Canada), Veronica Boquete (Spain), Anja Mittag (Germany).

U.S. YOUTH TEAMS GO 6-2-4 AT 2004 NIKE FRIENDLIES IN BRADENTON: The four-day 2004 Nike Friendlies came to a close yesterday (Dec. 5), with more than 60 teams playing the last of more than 120 games played this weekend in Bradenton, Fla., at the IMG Academy. Joining elite club teams from 17 states for the event were two teams from the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program, the U.S. Under-15 Men’s National Team and the Australia Under-17 Men’s National Team. The Under-17 MNT was divided into two squads for the tournament, with the blue and white teams both competing against U-18 competition. U.S. U-17 MNT Blue’s match versus the U-17s of Australia at the 2004 Nike Friendlies, a 2-0 victory for the U.S., will be broadcast on tape delay on Fox Sports World on Saturday (Dec. 11) at 5 p.m. ET.  New Jersey-based PDA’s U-18 and U-17 teams stayed in Bradenton for one extra day to face the Under-17 blue and white teams, respectively. On Monday morning, the U.S. blue team won by a 2-1 margin as Eddie Ababio scored a pair, while Michael Farfan’s brace fueled a 6-0 victory for the white side. The Nike Friendlies has more than tripled in size since 19 teams competed in the inaugural Nike Friendlies in 2001. The event has become highly anticipated by clubs and college coaches because of the emphasis on quality soccer and the top-level competition as opposed to wins and losses. In conjunction with the event, U.S. Soccer also hosted a coaching symposium and a Premier Referee Academy to develop coaches and referees.
U.S. U-17 MNT Blue Results
Date    Opponent    Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
Dec. 2    Australia    2-0 W    Soroka, Sarkodie
Dec. 3    Scott Gallagher U-18  0-1 L
Dec. 4    SoCal United U-18    2-2 T    Soroka, Zimmerman
Dec. 6    PDA U-18    2-1 W    Ababio (2)
U.S. U-17 MNT White Results
Date    Opponent    Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
Dec. 2    Houston Texans U-18    2-1 W    Marosevic, Avila
Dec. 3    Concorde Fire U-18     2-2 T     Nunez, Avila
Dec. 4    Australia U-18    1-1 T    Altidore
Dec. 6    PDA U-17    6-0 W    n/a
U.S. U-15 BNT Results
Date    Opponent    Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
Dec. 2    Houston Texans U-16    4-0 W    Urso (2), Tarr, DaSilva
Dec. 3    Arsenal U-16    2-5 L    Uy, Sesay
Dec. 4    FC Delco U-16    1-1 T    Tarr
Dec. 5    Concorde Fire U-16    2-0 W    Tarr (2)


FANS CAN VOTE DAILY AT THROUGH DEC. 17: U.S. Soccer announced last week the finalists for all 15 of its year-end awards, including 11 awards that make up the 2004 'Best of U.S. Soccer" series, as well as the four prestigious Chevrolet Athlete of the Year awards – Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female. With the announcement of the finalists, voting for each of the high profile annual awards began on Nov. 22 at, with fans having the opportunity to make their selections through a sharp new multimedia voter interface once a day through Friday, Dec. 17. For the Chevrolet Athlete of the Year awards, online votes will be tallied and equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes. As in years past, the other 50 percent will be represented by 100 votes that will be compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from National Team coaches to the National Board of Directors). The 2004 “Best of U.S. Soccer” awards will be decided entirely by online fan votes.
2004 Chevrolet Athlete of the Year Award Finalists
Male: DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Landon Donovan, Kasey Keller, Claudio Reyna
Female: Shannon Boxx, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Lindsay Tarpley, Abby Wambach
Young Male: Alecko Eskandarian, Eddie Gaven, Ed Johnson, Jonathan Spector, Danny Szetela
Young Female: Lori Chalupny, Ashlyn Harris, Natasha Kai, Heather O’Reilly, Angela Woznuk
2004 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards
Best Soccer Bar
Best Soccer Store
Best U.S. Soccer Story
Best Fashion Statement
Best U.S. Crowd
Best Soccer Fans
Best Goal
Best Assist
Best Late-Game Heroics
Best Game Performance (Player)
Best Game Performance (Team)
FANS CAN SEND “THANK YOU” MESSAGES TO MIA, JULIE & JOY AT As the illustrious careers of U.S. Women's National Team pioneers Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett come to a close this month, is giving fans a chance to send them a note of congratulations or inspiration by clicking on the special section from the home page.

U.S. FINISHES SEVENTH AT FIFA FUTSAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:  The U.S. Futsal National Team closed out their run into the second stage of the FIFA Futsal World Championship Chinese Taipei 2004 with a fast-paced 8-5 loss to Brazil. Having been eliminated by Ukraine one day earlier, the U.S. fought a superior Brazilian team and stunned the South American’s by pulling the margin to 6-5 before surrendering a final pair of goals in the last 1:10 of the match. The U.S. completed the event with a 1-4-1 record, with the four loses all coming to teams that finished ahead of them in the final standings. Johnny Torres led the U.S. with five goals to finish tied for eighth in the tournament, and eight other U.S. players found the back of the net. Spain repeated as champions, topping Italy 2-1 in the final. Brazil finished in third with a 7-4 victory over Argentina. Falcao won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball as the top player and scorer at the tournament, with 13 goals in eight games.
U.S. Futsal Results
Date     Opponent    Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
Nov. 21    Italy    6-3 L    Torres, Dusosky, Morris
Nov. 23    Paraguay    3-1 W    White, Tschantret, Torres
Nov. 25    Japan    1-1 T    Guasteferro
Nov. 28    Argentina    1-2 L    Torres
Nov. 29    Ukraine    1-3 L    Torres
Dec. 1    Brazil    8-5 L    Torres, Ball, Butcher, White, J. Beasley
  Notre Dame defeated UCLA 4-3 on penalty kicks on Sunday (Dec. 5) after playing to a 1-1 draw to become only the second team to win multiple NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournaments.  North Carolina is the only other school with multiple titles, having won 17. The match is the first of 23 Women’s College Cup finals to be decided in penalty kicks. UCLA advanced with a 2-0 semifinal victory over Princeton, while Notre Dame topped Santa Clara 1-0 to advance to the final.
NCAA Div. I Women’s College Cup Results
Date    Result
Dec. 3    Princeton 0, UCLA 2  
Dec. 3    Santa Clara 0, Notre Dame 1
Dec. 5    Notre Dame 1, UCLA 1 (Notre Dame wins 4-3 on PKs)  

NCAA MEN’S COLLEGE CUP TO BE PLAYED THIS WEEKEND IN CARSON, CALIF.: The NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament is down to the final four teams that make up the Men’s College Cup, which will be played this weekend at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  Duke will be looking to continue their upset run through the tournament after stunning Virginia 3-0 on Dec. 4. They’ll have to get by top-ranked UC Santa Barbara in the first match of the night at 5 p.m. PT.  UCSB easily downed Virginia Commonwealth 4-1 on Dec. 4.  In the second semifinal, perennial powers Indiana and Maryland will square off at 7:30 p.m. PT after Maryland slipped by St. John’s 1-0 on Dec. 4 and Indiana crushed Tulsa 4-0 on Dec. 5. Both semifinals, as well as Sunday’s (Dec. 12) final at 1 p.m. PT, will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
NCAA Div. I Men’s College Cup Schedule
Date    Match-up    Kickoff (PT)    TV
Dec. 10    Duke vs. UC-Santa Barbara    5 p.m.    ESPN2
Dec. 10    Indiana vs. Maryland    7:30 p.m.    ESPN2
Dec. 12    Winner 1 vs. Winner 2    1 p.m.    ESPN2

U.S. SOCCER COMMUNITY MOURNS THE LOSS OF TOM FITZGERALD: Former Columbus Crew (MLS) head coach Tom Fitzgerald died on Dec. 4 following a motorcycle accident in Tampa, Fla. An accomplished coach at both the collegiate and professional level, Fitzgerald led the University of Tampa to the NCAA Division II semifinals three times, including a national championship in 1994. In 1996, he joined Major League Soccer and across six years led the Columbus Crew to a 70-67-7 record, including three straight Eastern Conference Championship appearances. He returned to the collegiate ranks in 2002 and became the first coach to lead a Division I team to a national championship in his first year with the UCLA Bruins. After the 2003 season at UCLA, Fitzgerald returned to the University of Tampa to serve a second stint as head soccer coach. Fitzgerald, 52, is survived by his wife Debi and his two sons Shane and Jesse. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the University of Tampa Men's Soccer Program.


PEAK PERFORMERS:  This week’s Peak Performers are the more than 1,000 players who scored more than 350 goals in more than 120 games in four days of action at the 2004 Nike Friendlies in Bradenton, Fla. Players from 17 states and two countries converged on the home of the U.S. Under-17 Residency program for the fourth installment of this annual competition, which has grown to welcome more than 60 teams.

MARQUEE MATCH-UP:  While most people won’t be tuning in to see if the U.S. can beat Mexico for the 15th consecutive time, Wednesday’s “Instant Classic” (ESPN Classic, 11 p.m. ET) will be all about the final match that will cap the storied careers of Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett.  Don’t miss what promises to be a true tearjerker as this trio of trailblazers passes the torch to the next generation.

SOCCER SHOCKER: After 23 years, another school can now claim multiple NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championships as Notre Dame topped UCLA 4-3 on penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 draw on Sunday in Cary, N.C., becoming the first school other than North Carolina (17) to win a second title.

QUOTABLE:  “It reached a new level when you go out to practice during the World Cup and see media personalities you have seen your whole life - like Tom Brokaw - at your practice."
        --Mia Hamm, on when she knew that the U.S. Women’s National Team entered mainstream culture.