MacMILLAN TEARS ACL, OUT FOR WUSA SEASON: An MRI on the right knee of U.S. Women's National Team forward Shannon MacMillan conducted this morning in San Diego confirmed a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, putting the San Diego Spirit striker out for the remainder of the 2003 WUSA season. MacMillan injured her knee eight minutes into the Spirit's match against the Boston Breakers last night at Torero Stadium. The non-contact injury occurred as she was going for a ball near the left sideline as she planted her right leg and the knee buckled. In addition to the ACL tear, she suffered a partial tear of her medial collateral ligament and some mild cartilage damage. "I can speak for the whole team when I say that we are very disappointed for Shannon that the injury comes at this time in her long and illustrious career," said U.S. WNT head coach April Heinrichs. "The most difficult thing to swallow is that she is playing the best soccer of her career." An ACL injury normally carries a minimum six-month rehabilitation period, and if the 2003 Women's World Cup stays at its current planned dates from mid-September to early October, it would be difficult for MacMillan to make it back in time. "I'm going try to get it done as soon as possible and then work as hard as I can in rehab," said MacMillan, who has 58 career goals in 153 international games.
ARENA TO NAME 18-MAN ROSTER AT NOON (ET) ON ussoccer.com: U.S. Men’s National Team manager Bruce Arena will announce an 18-man roster for the May 26 match versus Wales tomorrow (May 20) at Noon (ET) exclusively on ussoccer.com. The special Memorial Day match, which marks the historic first ever meeting between the two countries, is set for 7 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and the Radio Unica network. Fans can also follow live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Tickets ranging in price levels from $25 to $70 are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets (including Tower Records and Rite-Aid), by phone (San Jose 408-998-8497; San Francisco 415-421-8497; Oakland 510-625-8497), and online at ussoccer.com.
HUGHES NAMES FINAL WALES ROSTER FOR MAY 26 MATCH IN SAN JOSE: Welsh manager Mark Hughes named a 20-man roster to face the United States on Monday, May 26 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose. Wales currently leads Group Nine in Euro 2004 qualifying competition, having defeated Italy 2-1 en route to a perfect 4-0-0 record thus far. The Welsh are riding a ten-match unbeaten run, the longest in its 127 years of international competition. Below is the complete roster, with pro club in parentheses:
Goalkeepers (2): Paul Jones (Southampton), Darren Ward (Nottingham Forest);
Defenders (4): Gary Speed (Newcastle United), Andy Melville (Fulham), Adrian Williams (Reading), Rhys Day (Mansfield);
Midfielders (10): Mark Pembridge (Everton), Simon Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), Matthew Jones (Leicester City), Carl Robinson (Portsmouth), Andy Johnson (West Bromwich Albion), Paul Trollope (Northampton), John Oster (Sunderland), Jason Koumas (West Bromwich Albion), David Vaughan (Crewe), David Pipe (Coventry)
Forwards (4): Gareth Taylor (Burnley), Simon Haworth (Tranmere), Neil Roberts (Wigan), Christian Roberts (Bristol City).
PARLOW SCORES FOUR GOALS AS U.S. WOMEN ROLL PAST ENGLAND 6-0: U.S. Women’s National Team forward Cindy Parlow pounded in four goals, which were sandwiched between scores by Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett, to help the U.S. defeat England 6-0 at Legion Field on Saturday. The first three U.S. goals came from inside the six-yard box as Hamm opened the scoring 30 minutes in and Parlow added two more on crisp finishes before the end of the half. Usually a forward for the U.S., Parlow played in the midfield and was stellar, both in creating and finishing. She scored two goals in four minutes to end the half, then added two more in the first 10 minutes of the second half to register all four goals in just a 14-minute span. The match marked a homecoming for Birmingham native Cat Reddick, who played the entire 90 minutes in front of an adoring crowd, and for Hamm, who was born in Selma, Ala. The USA returns to action against Ireland at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on June 14 (7 p.m. MT live on ESPN2), followed by a match against recent Women’s World Cup qualifier Brazil at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans on July 13 (3 p.m. CT live on ESPN).
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE
U.S. MNT TO FACE NEW ZEALAND ON JUNE 8 IN RICHMOND IN FINAL PREP MATCH: The U.S. Men's National Team will face 2002 Oceania Football Confederation champion New Zealand on Sunday, June 8 at the University of Richmond Stadium in Richmond, Va., in the team’s final tune-up prior to the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup. The match, which is set for 1 p.m. ET, will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and the Radio Unica network. Fans can follow the match live online via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The U.S. match is part of a double header with the A-League Richmond Kickers, who will face the Atlanta Silverbacks at 3:45 p.m. following the U.S-New Zealand showdown. Tickets for the doubleheader ranging in price from $18 to $40 are now available at all Richmond area Ticketmaster outlets (including Ukrop's Supermarket, Farm Fresh and Hecht's), by phone at 804-262-8100 (Richmond), 757-671-8100 (Virginia Beach), or 800-527-6384 (Northern Virginia), and on-line at ussoccer.com. Information on group discounts can be obtained by calling 312-528-1290.
U.S. TO FACE TWO WORLD CUP SEMIFINALISTS IN TOUGH GROUP B NEXT MONTH: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Brazil, Cameroon and Turkey in a difficult Group B at the sixth FIFA Confederations Cup from June 18-29 in France. The U.S. opens the tournament against two World Cup semifinalists, facing Turkey on June 19 in St. Etienne at 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET), and then taking on Brazil on June 21 in Lyon at 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET). The U.S. concludes group play against Cameroon on June 23 in Lyon at 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET). “We are arguably in the toughest group in the Confederations Cup, and it will be a great challenge for the team,” said U.S. MNT manager Bruce Arena. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals on June 26. The third-place match is scheduled for June 28, and the final takes place on June 29 in Paris. The U.S. has played in two previous Confederations Cup Tournaments, finishing third at both the inaugural event in 1992 and again in 1999 in Mexico. The field at the Confederations Cup is comprised of the six confederation champions (Cameroon, Colombia, France, Japan, New Zealand and the USA), the World Cup Champions (Brazil) and a guest team (Turkey).
2003 FIFA Confederations Cup – France
June 19: Turkey (St. Etienne, 1 p.m. ET)
June 21: Brazil (Lyon, 3 p.m.)
June 23: Cameroon (Lyon, 3 p.m.)
June 26: Semi-finals (Lyon/Paris, 3 p.m.)
June 28: Third Place (St. Etienne, 12 p.m.)
June 29: Final (Paris, 3 p.m.)
U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE
UNDER-23 MNT COUNTER-ATTACKS ITS WAY TO 3-1 WIN OVER MEXICO IN GUADALAJARA: The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team survived a rowdy home crowd of 9,000 fans, a potent Mexican attack, and 23 minutes of playing a man down to pull out a 3-1 win over likely 2004 Olympic Qualifying foe Mexico at Estadio Tres de Marzo in Guadalajara last week. The U.S. got an early goal from Kelly Gray in the 11th minute, a game winner from Alecko Eskandarian in the 75th, and an incredible 90-yard lob into an open net from David Testo to ice the game in the second minute of stoppage time and throw the home crowd into a hostile frenzy that is usually saved for World Cup qualifiers. The U.S. Under-23 MNT will begin qualifying for the 2004 Olympics in November, as they enter the tournament in the second round and will face the winner of a first-round match-up between the tiny nations of St. Kitts & NevIs and Dominica, who will meet in a home-and-home series in September and October. The quarterfinals, semifinals and final are set to take place in Mexico from Feb. 2-12, 2004, with the two finalists earning automatic berths to Athens 2004.
UNDER-21 WOMEN OPEN FOUR-MATCH TOUR OF BRAZIL WITH 2-1 WIN OVER SANTOS FC: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team defeated Santos FC 2-1 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday, the first of four games during their 13-day foreign tour. Santos struck first, getting a goal a minute before halftime, but the U.S. was able to get two unanswered goals in the second half. Midfielder Leslie Osbourne struck early, putting away a penalty kick in the 47th minute before forward Ali Andrewski knocked in the winning goal off a pass from defender Amy Steadman in the 86th minute. The U-21 WNT will play Sadd EC later today (May 19) before meeting the U-21 Brazil National Team for two matches on Thursday (May 22) and Sunday (May 25). The tour will serve as preparation for the 2003 Nordic Cup, the most important competition in the world for U-21 women, taking place in Denmark from July 21-27, 2003.
U.S. Under-21 WNT Schedule/Results
May 17: Santos FC (2-1 W, Osbourne, Andrewski)
May 19: Saad FC
May 22: Brazil
May 25: Brazil
UNDER-19 WOMEN TO COMPETE IN THE USYS CUP NEXT WEEK: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team will travel to Spring, Texas to play in the USYS Cup from May 24-June 1. The U.S. will face Canada on May 27 and the USYS All-Stars on May 29. Head coach Jeff Pill has called in an 18-player roster for the tournament.
Goalkeepers (2): Laura Comeau (Leigh, N.H.), Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.);
Defenders (7): Jen Buzckowski (Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Mary Castelanelli (Lodi, Calif.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis, Mo.), Megan Schnur (Butler, Pa.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.);
Midfielders (5): Amy Berend (Lewisville, Texas), Jamie Gilbert (North Andover, Mass.), Lorraine Quinn (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Carrie Schmidt (La Mesa, Calif.), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.);
Forwards (4): Bristyn Davis (Locust Valley, N.Y.), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allan, Texas), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.)
U.S. Under-19 WNT Schedule
May 27: Canada
May 29: USYS All-Stars
May 31: Final
FIVE MORE TEAMS ADVANCE TO UNDER-17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Only three spots are left to qualify for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship as a total of five teams from UEFA and CONMEBOL qualified this past weekend. Portugal and Spain both advanced after playing in the UEFA Under-17 championship game on Saturday. Portugal defeated Spain 2-1 in the final behind two goals from midfielder Marcio Sousa. Argentina, Brazil and Colombia are the three teams that advanced out of the COMNEBOL final qualifying round. Those three teams and Uruguay had advanced to the final phase of the qualifying round and played a round robin format last week. Uruguay failed to advance after only winning one out of three games, for a total of three points. Argentina finished with five points and Brazil and Colombia both finished with four points. The final three teams will come from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), which will play its final qualifying round from May 24 to June 8. The U.S. advanced to the world championship after taking first in Group A of the CONCACAF final round of qualifying. Costa Rica, Mexico, Finland, Korea Republic, Yemen, China PR and Australia are the other teams that have solidified spots in the tournament. The World Championship is to be held in Finland from August 13-30.
2003 FIFA World Youth (U-17) Championship
AFC (3): China PR, Korea Republic, Yemen
CAF (3): none
CONCACAF (3): Costa Rica, Mexico, USA
CONMEBOL (3): Argentina, Brazil, Colombia
Oceania (1): Australia
UEFA (3): Finland (host), Portugal, Spain
U-17 MNT BEAT LAKELAND, WILL PLAY ONE GAME THIS WEEK: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated the Lakeland (Fla.) Lazers U-20 team 4-1 last Tuesday (May 13). Guillermo Gonzalez slotted home the first goal of the game on a penalty kick, which was awarded after Freddy Adu was taken down in the box in the 16th minute. Drew Harrison, Michael Harrington and Robbie Rogers all scored second-half goals for the U.S. before Lakeland got on the board in the 82nd minute. This week, the U-17’s will face the Bradenton Academics of the Premier Development League (PDL) this Wednesday (May 21) at the IMG Academy.
SIX MEMBERS OF U.S. U-17 MNT PROGRAM TO PLAY IN TOURNAMENT IN HOLLAND: Six players from the U.S. Under 17 Men’s National Team – Michael Bradley, Brian Mascarenhas, Robbie Rogers, Danny Szetela, Julian Valentin and Tim Ward – traveled to Holland this weekend in order to compete as part of the U.S.Y.S. ODP 1987 All-Star Team for the two-day Veldhoven Tournament, which opens Saturday (May 24). The tournament features two groups of six teams. The ODP All-Stars are in a group with UNA, Fortuna, Sittard, PSV, K.V.Nechelen and N.S.C., playing three games each day of the competition.
UNDER-16 GIRLS TO PLAY IN TEXAS SHOOTOUT NEXT WEEK: The U-16 Girls National Team will travel to Houston, Texas, on Sunday (May 25) to compete in the Texas Shootout from May 28-31. Head coach Sue Montagne-Patberg is bringing a 20-player roster to the tournament.
Goalkeepers (2): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Megan McCray (Novato, Calif.);
Defenders (7): Millie Allen (Thornton, Colo.), Megan Holmes (Baltimore, Md.), Ameera Abdullah (Denver, Colo.), Mellisa Clark (Norcross, Ga.), Cydnie Currie (Irving, Texas), Nicole Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.) Caroliine Walden (Guilford, Conn.);
Midfielders (6): Hayley Siegel (Ellicott City, Md.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Carolyn Blank (Toms River, N.J.), Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill.), Kim Silos (Ontario, Calif.), Kristina Larsen (Laguna Hills, Calif.);
Forwards (5): Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Mandy Moraca (Mantua, N.J.), Maryhelen Tomer (Diamond Bar, Calif.), Jackie Acevedo (Austin, Texas), Nicole Washington (Mesquite, Texas).
U.S. Under-16 GNT Schedule
May 28: Texas Challenge All-Stars
May 30: USASA Region IV
May 31: Dallas Texans
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE
THREE A-LEAGUE TEAMS SOLIDIFY SPOTS IN 2003 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP: The Minnesota Thunder, Atlanta Silverbacks and Virginia Beach Mariners all advanced to the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup this weekend, winning their respective home-and-away series. These three teams join the Milwaukee Wave United, who qualified from the A-League based on the Milwaukee Rampage's 2002 A-League Championship, and the Seattle Sounders, who topped Portland by an aggregate score of 3-0 on May 1 and 2. The Thunder advanced on a game-winning goal in the 109th minute by Johnny Menyongar yesterday to knock off the Cincinnati Riverhawks. Atlanta advanced after winning a penalty kick tiebreaker after playing the Charlotte Eagles to successive 1-1 draws on Friday and Saturday (May 16-17). On Saturday, the Virginia Beach Mariners got a pair of goals each from Roland Aguilera and Dante Washington to top the Charleston Battery 5-2 and advance 6-5 on aggregate score, after losing 3-1 during the first leg. All 10 MLS teams and the 2002 USL Pro Select League Champion Long Island Rough Riders have already qualified for the 2003 Open Cup. Qualifying will continue throughout May, with the tournament set to begin in June.
2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Qualified Teams
MLS (10 of 10 teams): D.C. United, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, Dallas Burn, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, MetroStars, New England Revolution, San Jose Earthquakes.
A-League (5 of 8): Milwaukee Wave United, Minnesota Thunder, Atlanta Silverbacks, Virginia Beach Mariners, Seattle Sounders
Pro Select League (1 of 6): Long Island Rough Riders.
PDL (0 of 6): none
USASA (0 of 4): none
AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD
DEADLINE FOR MEDIA CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR 2004 OLYMPICS IS TOMORROW: All journalists and photographers interested in covering the 2004 Men’s and/or Women’s Olympic Soccer Tournaments have just two days left to apply for credentials online by visiting: http://www.usocpressbox.org/ and searching under Media Registration. If there are any problems regarding the online application process, media should call Nancy Chase at 719-866-2204. The USOC deadline for all media credentials applications for the 2004 Olympics is tomorrow. FIFA itself will not issue any accreditation for these events, which are part of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games to be held in August 2004 in five cities: Athens, Heraklio, Patra, Thessaloniki and Volos.
2003 GOLD CUP MEDIA CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT concacaf.com: Applications for media accreditation for the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup is available online. Simply visit the CONCACAF website at www.concacaf.com, and click on the button for media accreditation application on the right-hand side. The deadline for applications is Friday, June 27. For the 2003 Gold Cup, in light of heightened security measures throughout the USA, all journalists must have accreditation with photos. NO CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DEADLINE. Accreditation centers will be established at each venue: Foxboro, Mass., Miami, Fla. and Mexico City. Once approved, media members are strongly advised to secure their credentials prior to the beginning of the event. All approved media applicants will receive, by e-mail, details on the location and opening hours of the accreditation centers. While accreditation centers will be open prior to matches, significant delays could result impairing the ability of media members to cover the event.
MISL REVERTS BACK TO SINGLE-POINT SCORING FOR ALL GOALS: Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) Commissioner Steve Ryan announced today, with approval from the League Management Committee, the re-instatement of the single goal scoring system. The decision was made at the league meetings held in Baltimore last week. The single goal scoring system will be adopted in the upcoming 2003-04 MISL season. Prior to this decision, a multi-point scoring system had been in place since the 1988-89 American Indoor Soccer Association (AISA) season, which then continued under the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) and the MISL. Under the multi-point system, teams were given the opportunity to earn two or three-point goals. The original MISL (1978-92), Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL) and the World Indoor Soccer League (WISL) all used the single goal scoring system during their respective seasons. The present MISL continued the multi-point system when it started back in December of 2001 and continued through the 2002-03 MISL season.
U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT
PEAK PERFORMER: After struggling through a nine-game stretch without a goal, U.S. Women’s National Team forward Cindy Parlow, who dropped back into the right midfield position to make room for the white-hot Shannon MacMillan at forward, exploded for four goals on Saturday to lead the U.S. past England 6-0 at Legion Field in Birmingham. She scored two goals in four minutes to end the half, then added two more in the first 10 minutes of the second half to register all four goals in just a 14-minute span.
MARQUE MATCH-UP: No, “Giggsy” isn’t making the long trip across the pond with the Wales Men’s National Team, but U.S. Men’s National Team’s special Memorial Day (May 26) match with the small, but surprisingly successful nation marks the first ever meeting and should present an interesting challenge for a U.S. team that is expected to be a mix of MLS players and select European-based players. The match is set for 7 p.m. PT, live on ESPN2.
SOCCER SHOCKER: 2002 Dutch champions Ajax have come storming back in their race to capture back-to-back league titles. Trailing by as many 10 points, the Amsterdam outfit has reeled off seven straight league wins to close within three points of current leaders PSV Eindhoven with two matches remaining. Ajax travels to FC Twente this weekend, then places their 13-1-2 record at the Amsterdam ArenA on the line against eighth-place Heerenveen in the season finale.
QUOTABLE: “I think our team is playing awesome. We've won four in a row, haven't lost in five games. It's a lot of fun playing with a team that's playing so well."
--MetroStars defender/midfielder and 2000 Olympian Joey DiGiamarino, who has returned from a stint in Germany to help the team improve to 4-1-1 on the season and establish themselves as the early success story of the 2003 season with new head coach Bob Bradley at the helm.