U.S. WNT TO FACE COSTA RICA FOR BERTH AT 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES;
TICKETS FOR MNT VS. ARGENTINA MATCH ON SALE APRIL 14;
TICKETS ON SALE FOR MNT VS. ENGLAND MATCH ON MAY 28 IN LONDON
WNT DEFEAT JAMAICA, MEXICO; FACE COSTA RICA FOR OLYMPIC BERTH: The U.S. Women's National Team defeated Jamaica, 6-0, and Mexico, 3-1, to earn first place in Group A at 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying. With the victories, the team booked a spot in the semifinals against Group B runner-up Costa Rica on April 9 at 5 p.m. MT for a berth in the 2008 Olympics. The U.S. Women’s National Team got two goals from Natasha Kai and one from Abby Wambach in a rousing 3-1 victory over Mexico in front of a sold-out crowd of 22,280 at Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez. Wambach also had two goals in the team's opening match against Jamaica, in which Carli Lloyd, Lauren Cheney, Heather O’Reilly and Tobin Heath also tallied. Canada, which defeated Costa Rica, 1-0, in the final match of Group B, will face Mexico in the other semifinal. The winner of that 7:30 p.m. MT match will earn CONCACAF’s second berth to the Olympics. Fans can follow the USA’s match against Costa Rica on Wednesday, April 9, live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker beginning at 5 p.m. MT. In 2004, the U.S. also defeated Costa Rica for a berth to the Olympics, winning 4-0 in the semifinal of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in San Jose, Costa Rica.
U.S. WNT Olympic Qualifying Schedule
Date Opponent Result / Kickoff U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
April 4 Jamaica 6-0 W Wambach (2), Lloyd, Cheney, O’Reilly, Heath
April 6 Mexico 3-1 W Kai (2), Wambach
April 9 Costa Rica 5 p.m. MT
April 12 Final/Third-place Game 7:30 p.m. MT / 5 p.m. MT
TICKETS FOR ARGENTINA MATCH ON SALE APRIL 14 AT NOON ET: Tickets for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s blockbuster June 8 match vs. No. 1-ranked Argentina at Giants Stadium go on sale to the public on Monday, April 14, at 12 p.m. ET. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and serves as the final tune up for the U.S. prior to the start of 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on June 15 vs. Barbados. For this historic match, U.S. Soccer has divided the seating into U.S.A., Argentina, and Mixed/Neutral fan sections at each price level. Tickets from $35 to $195, plus sideline seating in the front two rows for $295 per ticket, go on sale to the public Monday, April 14, at 12 p.m. ET at ussoccer.com, by phone at 201-507-8900 (New Jersey) or 212-307-7171 (New York City), at all area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Macy’s and FYE stores), and at the IZOD Center ticket office (open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form by visiting ussoccer.com or by calling 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (a special VIP package which includes a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with your name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa® is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before they go on sale to the general public. This advance sale will take place from Friday, April 11, at 12 p.m. ET until Monday, April 14, at 10 a.m. at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.
TICKETS FOR U.S. SUPPORTERS' SECTION AT WEMBLEY NOW ON SALE: Tickets for the U.S. supporters’ section at Wembley Stadium for the U.S. Men’s National Team vs. England on May 28 at 8 p.m. local time are now on sale. The U.S. supporters’ section tickets for the second-ever trip by the U.S. MNT to England are all located on the lower-level endline and are $115 each. There is a limit of eight tickets per order, and there will be a $15 shipping charge per order. Tickets may only be shipped to U.S. billing addresses in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and military addresses. U.S. Soccer welcomes fans to pay with their Visa® cards. Ticket and travel packages are available via OleOle and include a ticket in the U.S. supporters' section, a fan-friendly four-star hotel, a welcome reception and more. Fans can secure their spot at this historic match online at OleOle.com. OleOle is the official travel package supplier of U.S. Soccer. For fans not able to travel to England, the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Univision at 3 p.m. ET on May 28. The ninth meeting between the nations will serve as preparation for both teams as they gear up for the start of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
LORRIE FAIR AND JAY MILLER PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS ENVOY PROGRAM: Former U.S. Women’s National Team veteran Lorrie Fair and Jay Miller traveled to Morocco for a four-day soccer clinic with 60 children from all over the African country as part of the first Sports Envoy program of 2008. Launched in 2006, the Sports Envoy program pairs U.S. Soccer with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on a sports initiative that sends players and coaches from U.S. Soccer’s National Teams as State Department Sports Envoys to conduct clinics and spark a dialogue with local children around the world. The 30 girls and 30 boys learned skills and basic tactics during what was, for some of the kids, the first time they played on a grass field. Both Fair and Miller hope that the participants took away more than soccer skills from their four days. More information on upcoming Sports Envoys will be provided as it becomes available.
WNT DRAWN INTO GROUP B OF PEACE QUEEN CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has been drawn into Group B at the eight-team 2008 Peace Queen Cup, to be held in mid-June in Suwon, South Korea. Kickoff times have yet to be confirmed, but the USA will be facing Italy, Australia and Brazil with the group winner advancing to the championship game where they will play the champion of Group A that features South Korea, North Korea, Canada and Argentina. During the tournament, the Suwon World Cup Stadium will host Group A and the Suwon Sports Complex will host Group B. The USA won the inaugural Peace Queen Cup in 2006, defeating Canada, 1-0, in the championship game. The USA also tied Denmark (1-1) and defeated Australia (2-0) and the Netherlands (2-0) during the tournament.
2008 Peace Queen Cup Match Schedule (Kickoff Times TBD)
June 15 Italy
June 17 Australia
June 19 Brazil
June 21 Championship Game (Group Winners)
WNT TO FACE AUSTRALIA ON APRIL 27 & MAY 3: The U.S. Women’s National Team will play their first two domestic matches of 2008 against Australia, taking on the Matildas on April 27 in Cary, N.C., and on May 3 in Birmingham, Ala. The two games are the first in the United States for new U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage. The U.S. faces Australia first at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., kicking off at 7 p.m. ET before meeting the Matildas again at 5 p.m. CT at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. The second match will be televised live from Legion Field on Fox Soccer Channel. Fans can follow both matches online with ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. For the match in Birmingham, tickets starting at $18 are now on sale through ussoccer.com, by calling 205-715-6000, and at all Birmingham-area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Publix and FYE stores). For the game in Cary, tickets starting at $18 are on sale to the general public through ussoccer.com, by phone at 919-834-4000, and at all Raleigh-Durham area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Macy’s and FYE stores), as well as at the stadium box office. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form for either game at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. The matches come less than two weeks after the U.S. concludes CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and Sundhage’s team will hopefully be using the matches as preparation for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
2008 U.S. WNT Post-Qualifying Schedule
Date Opponent Location Kickoff
April 27 Australia WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, N.C.) 7 p.m. ET
May 3 Australia Legion Field (Birmingham, Ala.) 4 p.m. CT (FSC)
– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U.S. U-23 WNT HEADS TO PORTLAND, WILL FACE UP ON APRIL 18: The U.S. U-23 Women's National Team will hold a training camp from April 17-24 in Portland, Ore., with the marquee game of the camp coming against the University of Portland women's soccer team on April 18 at 7 p.m. PT at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. Tickets for the event are now on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at (503) 224-4400. Fans may also purchase tickets, beginning at $8 for adults and $6 for children, at the Pilots Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. PT. Group packages are also available. U.S. U-23 head coach Bill Irwin, who is also the Director of Soccer and head men’s soccer coach at UP, has brought 24 players to the camp, including three who have earned caps with the U.S. Women’s National Team (Yael Averbuch, Tina DiMartino and Becky Sauerbrunn) and seven who have represented the USA at a FIFA youth world championship. Twenty-three of the players are in college or have finished their eligibility with the lone high-school aged call-up being Katy Frierson from Homewood, Ala. Frierson is also a member of the USA’s U-20 WNT Player pool.
U.S. U-23 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cori Alexander (Portland), Joanna Haig (Louisville), Jaimel Johnson (Tennessee)
DEFENDERS (7): Marisa Abegg (Stanford), Carrie Dew (Notre Dame), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Shelley Lyle (Florida), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia), Brittany Taylor (UConn), Elise Weber (Notre Dame)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Yael Averbuch (North Carolina), Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Katy Frierson (Birmingham United), Brittany Klein (Santa Clara), Lindsey Ozimek (UNC-Charlotte)
FORWARDS (8): Kendra Chandhoke (Portland), Elizabeth Eng (UConn), Libby Guess (North Carolina), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Katie Larkin (BYU), Allison Mallams (Marquette), Ella Masar (Illinois), Katie Schoepfer (Penn State)
U.S. U-20 MNT HEADS TO PORTUGAL: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team will travel to Beja, Portugal for the Campos Verdes International Tournament from April 13-19, where they will play three international games in a round-robin tournament. The U.S. will train for two days in Beja, leading up to its game against Northern Ireland on April 15, the Cape Verde Islands on April 16 and Portugal on April 18.
U.S. U-20 MNT Schedule
April 15 Northern Ireland
April 16 Cape Verde Islands
April 18 Portugal
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (DC United), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (IMG Academy), Victor Cortez (University of San Francisco), Tommy Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas), Daniel Wenzel (Wake Forest)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabak), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA), Abdusalam Ibrahim (FC Dallas), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge), Brendan King (Notre Dame), Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA), Andrew Wegner (Lititz, Pa.)
FORWARDS (4): Vincezno Bernardo (SSC Napoli), Peri Marosevic (University of Michigan), Ellis McLoughlin (Hertha Berlin), Alex Nimo (Real Salt Lake)
U.S. U-17 MNT VISITS CHICAGO FOR DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY MATCHES: The U.S. Under-17 MNT wrapped up a Development Academy weekend in the Chicago area, with the ‘92s drawing the Chicago Magic on Saturday, 1-1, at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and picking up a 5-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Sunday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Forward Eder Arreola came on as a second-half substitute in both games, scoring the game-tying goal against the Magic and piling up four goals and an assist against the Fire. The ‘92s remain undefeated in Development Academy action, with the Magic scoring just the third goal against the U.S. in nine games. Next weekend, the U.S. Under-17s host another pair of Academy opponents at IMG Academy, facing Scott Gallagher on Saturday, April 12, and Metro United on Sunday, April 13.
U.S. U-17 MNT Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
April 5 Chicago Magic U17/18 1-1 T Arreola
April 6 Chicago Fire U17/18 5-0 W Arreola (4), Jerome
U.S. U-17 WNT HEADS TO SUNRISE, FLA., FOR TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will once again set up training camp in Sunrise, Fla., from April 10-16, as head coach Kazbek Tambi has called in 24 players for a week of training that includes a match in Sunrise against the University of Miami on Tuesday, April 15, at 4 p.m. ET. This camp will be more focused than past editions, though, as the U.S. U-17s finally know their dates and destination for CONCACAF qualifying for the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the first-ever world championship for this age group. The CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship will be played from July 17-26 in Trinidad & Tobago with the top three teams advancing to the World Cup in New Zealand, to be held from Oct. 30-Nov. 16, 2008. The group stages will be played at Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago and at Marvin Lee Stadium in Tunapuna. The semifinals and finals will be played at Marvin Lee Stadium.
U.S. U-17 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.), Kelsey Wys (Coral Springs, Fla.).
DEFENDERS (6): Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas, Nev.), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Meagan Morris (Montclair, N.J.), Megan Oyster (Naperville, Ill.), Julia Roberts (Fredrick, Md.), Anne Steinlage (Grand Haven, Mich.);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kathryn Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (Pleasanton, Calif.), Megan Jurado (San Jose, Calif.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.)
FORWARDS (6): Tani Costa (Honolulu, Hawaii), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Alexi Harris (Plano, Texas), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)
U.S. U-15 GNT TO COMPETE IN STANFORD’S KICKS AGAINST BREAT CANCER TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-15 Girl’s National Team will play five matches against college teams during a week-long training camp in Palo Alto, Calif., which includes two mini-games and an 80-minute match at the 2008 Stanford University Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament. All the matches will all be played on the Stanford campus. The training camp will run from April 14-20 and feature full games against Stanford on Wednesday, April 16, and against the University of Oregon on Friday, April 18. The USA will then play three shortened matches in the tournament on Saturday April 19, facing the University of Washington at 9 a.m., followed by the University of San Francisco at 10:15 a.m. Both of those games in Group A will last just 25 minutes. The placement matches will take place in the afternoon, featuring 80-minute games, with the group winners playing for first place, the second place finishers playing for third place and the third-place group finishers playing for fifth place. U.S. head coach Tad Bobak will bring 18 players to the training camp and tournament, all of whom were born in 1993.
U.S. U-15 GNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bryane Heaberlin (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Molly Poletto (Englewood, Colo.);
DEFENDERS (5): Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Katy Colas (Vienna, Va.), Abby Dahlkemper (Menlo Park, Calif.), Haley Cooper (Palatine, Ill.), Michaela Cowgill (Portsmouth, N.H.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kristi Abbate (Northport, N.Y.), Caprice Dydasco (Honolulu, Hawaii), Kelsey Foo (San Jose, Calif.), Whitney Jaynes (Plano, Texas), Indiana Mead (Boulder City, Nev.), Shelby Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Haley Rosen (Palos Verdes, Calif.), Taylor Schneider (Southlake, Texas)
FORWARDS: Cate Parchinski (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Sydney Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Olivia Schultz (Hopkins, Minn.)
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
U.S. SOCCER PARTNERS WITH NIKE AND SPARQ TRAINING: U.S. Soccer is partnering with Nike and SPARQ to enhance training for players on the Youth National Teams and all clubs in the Development Academy. SPARQ stands for Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness, and is a training resource that uses a standardized method of testing to provide athletes with an assessment and training tools to help them improve. SPARQ trainers will test athletes at their local club and at the Development Academy Spring Showcase from May 23 to 26 in Rockford, Ill.
2008 CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES SET: The 2008 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship will take place April 17-19 at the Unidad Deportiva Municipal Agustín Flores Contreras in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Along with the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Mexico will compete for two spots at the 2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Marseille, France, on July 17-27.
U.S. 2008 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Schedule
Date Opponent Time
April 17 Costa Rica 5:15 p.m. CT
April 18 El Salvador 5:15 p.m. CT
April 19 Mexico 6:30 p.m. CT
US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS NAMED: US Youth Soccer National League games ended yesterday with eight teams earning an invitation to compete at the 2008 US Youth Soccer National Championships in North Little Rock, Ark this July 22-27. Top boys and girls teams in the Under-15 and Under-16 age divisions began playing league games in the fall. In all, eight teams were invited to participate in the inaugural national league based on the success at their respective US Youth Soccer Regional League. Learn more about the league, its future expansion as well as scores, standings, stories and video at www.USYouthSoccer.org.
US YOUTH SOCCER ODP GIRLS REGIONAL TEAMS IN COSTA RICA: US Youth Soccer ODP Girls are experiencing international games in San Jose, Costa Rica, as part of the Torneo Femenino Internacional. US Youth Soccer ODP regional teams are comprised of U-15 and U-16 girls. Regional teams will play the U-17 National Teams of Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica with a combination of players born in 91, 92 and 93 and the U-20 National Teams of Chile and Honduras with a combination of players born in 89, 90, 91 and 92. The U-20 teams are preparing for the U-20 FIFA Women's World Cup that will be hosted by Chile and the U-17 teams are preparing for the World Cup qualifiers. Complete coverage is available at www.USYouthSoccer.org.
THE US YOUTH SOCCER SHOW ON FSC KICKS OFF SEASON THREE: The US Youth Soccer Show will premier its first show of the new season on Friday at 6 p.m. ET, exclusively on Fox Soccer Channel. The monthly thirty-minute program takes a unique look at America’s youth soccer players to keep a pulse on the ever growing soccer evolution. The program will re-air throughout the month with a new show premiering monthly through December. Visit www.USYouthSoccer.org to submit your story ideas and offer feedback.
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*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach went to Mexico ready to play. In the two Group A matches, Wambach has scored three of the team’s nine goals and assisted one other as the WNT prepares to face Costa Rica on Wednesday, April 9, for a berth at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
SOCCER SHOCKER: Defenders aren’t generally expected to score many goals, and the same defender certainly isn’t expected to score multiple goals in one game. That’s where Jimmy Conrad comes in. The Kansas City Wizards defender surprised the Colorado Rapids by following up his 52nd minute-header with another headed in the 54th minute, putting the Wizards up, 2-0, against the Rapids on Saturday. Colorado came back, but a Scott Sealy goal in the 87th minute gave the Wizards a 3-2 win.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: After going undefeated in group play, the U.S. WNT will attempt to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing when they face Costa Rica in the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying semifinals. The WNT faces the Ticas at 5 p.m. MT on April 9 and fans can follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
QUOTABLE: “We saw Mexico play three days ago so we knew the formation, but they have a 12th player, and that’s the crowd. It was absolutely wonderful. This is my first time here in Mexico with the U.S. team and that kind of crowd, I appreciate a lot. We knew there would be battles, a lot of one-v-one, and a technical Mexico team. So we needed to stay focused in defending and find the space outside their backs. We did a pretty good job at the end of the day.”
-- U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage on the atmosphere around the WNT’s first match against Mexico in Mexico, a 3-1 U.S. win at the Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.