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U.S. Soccer Wire - October 23, 2006


U.S. WNT Head Coach Greg Ryan Selects Peace Queen Cup Roster;
U.S. Soccer Foundation Establishes Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Fund

U.S. WNT ROSTER SET FOR PEACE QUEEN CUP IN SOUTH KOREA: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named 20 players to the roster that is in to South Korea for the 2006 Peace Queen Cup, being held from Oct. 28-Nov. 4 in six South Korean cities. The 20-player roster consists of the core of the U.S. squad that participated in the six-month Residency Training Camp in 2006 at The Home Depot Center. The eight-team Peace Queen Cup will feature two groups of four teams each with the group winners advancing to the championship game after round-robin play. The USA opens Group B play against recent 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers Denmark on Oct. 29 in Kimhae (5 p.m. local / 3 a.m. ET). The USA will then face Australia, another team in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, on Oct. 31 in Cheonan (4 p.m. local / 2 a.m. ET), outside of Seoul, before finishing group play against the Netherlands on Nov. 2 in Suwon (2:30 p.m. local / 12:30 a.m. ET), also outside of Seoul. The championship match is on Nov. 4 in Seoul (1:30 p.m. local / 11:30 p.m. ET). Group A features South Korea, Brazil, Italy and Canada. The U.S. women head into the opening game with a record of 13-0-3 in 2006 and riding a streak of 26 games in which they have gone unbeaten in regulation time (the USA did fall to Germany in a penalty kick shootout in the 2006 Algarve Cup final) that dates back to December of 2004. The matches in South Korea – the first for the U.S. women in the country that co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup – will be the final games for the USA before it enters the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup where the U.S. women will attempt to earn one of the region’s direct berths to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Americans will play their Women’s Gold Cup matches on Nov. 22 and 26 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (7): Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash.), Amy LePeilbet (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Marci Miller (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);
FORWARDS (5): Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas).


MOOCH MYERNICK MEMORIAL FUND: The U.S. Soccer Foundation has established the Mooch Myernick Fund per a request from the Myernick family, to honor the life, career and years of distinguished service Glenn “Mooch” Myernick dedicated to the sport of soccer. Proceeds from the Mooch Myernick Fund will be distributed through grants by the Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Soccer Federation, to soccer clubs and organizations in urban areas to help create and sustain soccer opportunities for local underserved children. (DONATE) The entire U.S. Soccer family is mourning the loss of U.S. Men’s National Team assistant coach Glenn “Mooch” Myernick, who passed away after failing to regain consciousness following a heart attack. Myernick, 51, died peacefully surrounded by his wife Nancy, daughter Kelly and son Travis, at the North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, Colo. (Myernick tribute) Fans can send their Memories of "Mooch" to ussoccer.com at mooch@ussoccer.org. ussoccer.com has been posting thoughts and memories of Myernick from his friends and fans.

CONCACAF WOMEN’S GOLD CUP GROUP TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE: Two-day packages and group tickets are now on sale for the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup semifinals and finals on Wed., Nov. 22 and Sun., Nov. 26, respectively, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The third edition of the Women’s Gold Cup will feature the U.S. Women's National Team competing for the CONCACAF title and one of two two guaranteed spots in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. Two-day packages start at $30 ($15 per ticket) and are available through the L.A. Galaxy (877-3-GALAXY or www.lagalaxy.com) and TicketMaster (213-480-3232 / 714-740-2000 or www.ticketmaster.com). Tickets for groups of 10 or more start at $15 and are available through the L.A. Galaxy (877-3-GALAXY or www.lagalaxy.com). Individual tickets start at $20 and go on sale beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1. In first round action, Mexico will play against Trinidad & Tobago with Panama having been drawn to face Jamaica at Tropical Park Stadium in Miami, Fla., on Sunday 19 November. The victors in these two first round games will then advance to the semifinals of the event with the winner of Panama vs. Jamaica drawn to play against Canada while the team advancing from Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago will meet reigning Women’s Gold Cup Champions, USA, on Nov. 22. Tournament play concludes with the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup™ Final and a third-place play-off game on Sunday 26 November, also to be held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The champion team and the runner-up will automatically qualify to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. The third-place finisher in the CONCACAF event will face Japan in a home-and-away playoff for the right to attend the Women's World Cup.

LILLY, WAMBACH NOMINATED FOR FIFA WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: FIFA has announced a short list of candidates for the 2006 Men’s and Women’s World Players of the Year and the USA’s Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach are among the 20 women up for the award. The winners will be announced at the 16th FIFA World Player Gala at the Zurich Opera House on December 18. The Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup, in conjunction with women’s football experts from other FIFA committees have nominated 20 players from the women’s game. The 30 players from the men’s game were chosen by the Football Committee and the Technical and Development Committee. As in the previous two years, the head coaches and captains of men’s and women’s national teams will now vote for the best players from the men’s and women’s games from the lists of candidates. At the beginning of December, FIFA will reveal the names of the three male and three female finalists who have received the most votes. There will be a new Women’s World Player of the Year in 2006 as the winner of the last three awards, German striker Birgit Prinz, is not among the 20 women nominated.

FIFA Women's Player of the Year Candidates
Laura Georges (France), Duan Han (China PR), Laura Kalmari (Finland), Kristine Lilly (USA), Renate Lingor (Germany), Xiaoxu Ma (China PR), Marta (Brazil), Malin Moström (Sweden), Monica Ocampo (Mexico), Cathrine Paaske Sörensen (Denmark), Kum Suk Ri (Korea DPR), Silke Rottenberg (Germany), Cheryl Salisbury (Australia), Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Kelly Smith (England), Sandrine Soubeyrand (France), Ingvild Stensland (Norway), Cynthia Uwak (Nigeria), Abby Wambach (USA).


– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

UNDER-17s WIN, LOSE DURING THIRD WEEK IN ARGENTINA: The U.S. Under-17 ’90 Men’s National Team won and lost in their two matches in Rosario during their third week of a month-long trip in Argentina. On Oct. 16, U.S. forward Ryan Finley scored with four minutes remaining to pull even with Arsenal, but the Argentina club pulled out a dramatic 2-1 victory with a game-winning strike in the 90th minute. Three days later, the U-17s bounced back with a 3-2 victory against Jorge Griffa Academy as Jose Altimorano scored twice and Ryan Gracia added the eventual game-winner in the 49th minute. The U.S. is scheduled to play four more games this week before returning home at the end of the month, including a international match against Paraguay on Oct. 25.

U-17 MNT Results/Schedule – Argentina
Date     Opponent                  Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
Oct. 5    Uruguay                    1-6 L     Jeffrey
Oct. 10  Peru                          1-0 W    Jeffrey
Oct. 13  Argentina                    1-2 L     McLoughlin
Oct. 16  Arsenal                       1-2 L     Finley
Oct. 19  Jorge Griffa Academy  3-2 W    Altimorano (2), Gracia
Oct. 23  Rosario Central
Oct. 24  Newells Old Boys
Oct. 25  Paraguay
Oct. 28  Renato Cesarini


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

PERKINS, KLEIN, KANSAS CITY WIN MLS END-OF-SEASON AWARDS: D.C. United goalkeeper Troy Perkins was named winner of the 2006 Panasonic Goalkeeper of the Year Award and Real Salt Lake midfielder Chris Klein earned the Fair Play award while the Kansas City Wizards earn the Team Fair Play award. Perkins led his team to the best record, 15-7-10, in MLS, and was selected to his first MLS All-Star game. In his first season with Real Salt Lake, Klein committed only 18 fouls in 32 games. Kansas City claimed the Fair Play award for accumulating the fewest disciplinary points during the 2006 campaign. The MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and the Fair Play award were determined by equal voting from the media, MLS players and MLS coaches and general managers. The MLS Most Valuable Player will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, site of MLS Cup 2006. MLS Best XI will be announced at the MLS Awards Gala on Saturday, Nov. 11, one day before the MLS Cup final. The U.S. Soccer Foundation Humanitarian of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, Oct 24. Online voting for 2006 Sierra Mist Goal of the Year kicked off last Wednesday (Oct. 18) at MLSnet.com. Voting for the Top 10 goals concludes on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Fans will then narrow down the list of 10, voting for the top five goals from Oct. 25-31. Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1, fans can vote for the 2006 Sierra Mist Goal of the Year until Wendesday, Nov. 8. The Sierra Mist Goal of the Year winner will be announced on Friday, Nov. 10.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER POST-SEASON AWARDS
Goalkeeper of the Year             Troy Perkins
Fair Play (Individual)                 Chris Klein
Fair Play (Team)                       Kansas City Wizards
Humanitarian of the Year           Announced Oct. 24
Most Valuable Player                 Announced Nov. 9
Goal of the Year                       Announced Nov. 10
MLS Best XI                              Announced Nov. 11


NINE U.S. WNT STARS NAMED TO NCAA WOMEN’S SOCCER 25TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM: Last week, the NCAA announced the Division I Women’s Soccer 25th Anniversary Team, which recognizes 11 former student-athletes and one coach, for their outstanding achievements while participating in NCAA competition. Nine of the 10 Americans are currently playing or have played for the U.S. Women’s National Team in the past while eight of those have played in a world championship for the USA. The coach was UNC legend Anson Dorrance, who coached the USA to the 1991 Women’s World Cup championship. In 1981, the NCAA began sponsoring women’s championships, which opened the door to increased athletic and academic opportunities for female athletes. Today, the NCAA sponsors 44 women’s championships in 20 sports, providing more than 150,000 women with an opportunity to compete for national titles each year.

NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN’S SOCCER 25TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM
Player                                  School                 Position     U.S. Caps/Goals
Danielle Garrett (Fotopoulos)   SMU/Florida         Forward                 36/15*
Lisa Gmitter (Pittaro)              George Mason      Forward                  12/3
Mia Hamm                            North Carolina      Forward                275/158
April Heinrichs                       North Carolina      Forward                  47/37
Kristine Lilly                          North Carolina      Forward                313/113*
Cat Reddick (Whitehill)           North Carolina      Defender                93/10*
Jen Renola                           Notre Dame         Goalkeeper                 --
Christine Sinclair                   Portland               Forward                      --
Tisha Venturini (Hoch)            North Carolina      Midfielder                132/44
Aly Wagner                          Santa Clara          Midfielder                104/21*
Carla Werden (Overbeck)       North Carolina      Defender                 168/7
Coach: Anson Dorrance         North Carolina
*Still active with the U.S. Women's National Team


U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION OPENS 2007 GRANTS PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCESS: The grant application process for the U.S. Soccer Foundation's 2007 Annual Grants Program is open from now until Nov. 22 at ussoccerfoundation.org. With the exception of its All Conditions Fields Grants, the Foundation’s 2007 Grants will be focused exclusively on projects and programs that develop players, referees and coaches in economically disadvantaged urban areas. The Foundation’s All Conditions Fields Grants will continue to be available to projects serving all types of communities, with priority given to those All Conditions Fields projects serving players in economically disadvantaged urban areas. More information about the grants is available at ussoccerfoundation.org/grants.

U.S. Soccer Foundation Important Dates
Sept. 8 2007   Annual Grants Program Online Registration Commences
Nov. 22          Deadline to Submit Completed Application by 5 p.m. ET


*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER(S): Former U.S. Under-20 MNT midfielder Benny Feilhaber, made his first Bundesliga start on Sunday, Oct. 22, in a 2-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen. Feilhaber played the full 90 minutes after making his debut last Saturday (Oct. 14), coming in at the half against Schalke 04. Check out the 'Six Yard Box' with Feilhaber at ussoccer.com (listen).

MARQUEE MATCHUP(S): The U.S. Women’s National Team headed to South Korea over the weekend for their last tournament before the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup. The 2006 Peace Queen Cup begins Saturday, Oct. 28, with the U.S. kicking off a day later against Denmark in Group B play at 5 p.m. local time / 3 a.m. ET. The U.S. women then faces Australia on Halloween before closing out group play on Nov. 2 against the Netherlands. The winners of the two groups will face off in the championship match on Saturday, Nov. 4, in Seoul. Check out ussoccer.com’s Peace Queen Cup homepage for complete coverage.

SOCCER SHOCKER: There’s no question Houston Dynamo forward Dwayne DeRosario knows how to score goals. In fact, his strikes were named Sierra Mist Goal of the Year in 2004 and 2005. So when Houston was awarded a penalty kick in the 86th minute of the first leg of their playoff matchup against Chivas USA, there was no doubt about who would take the kick. But DeRosario, who tends to go to the left on his penalty kicks, wasn’t counting on Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan guessing to the right and saw his chance to tie the game at two stifled by the diving Guzan. The teams head into the second leg of the matchup on Sunday, Oct. 29, with the aggregate score at 2-1 in favor of Chivas.

QUOTABLE: “I scored a goal so I can't shave it now. I'm not sure what I want to do with it, but I can't get rid of it now. Hopefully we can just keep this going."
-- Chicago Fire midfielder Justin Mapp on keeping his playoff beard after scoring his first career post-season goal in the Fire’s 1-0 win against the New England Revolution on Sunday, Oct. 22.
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