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U.S. Soccer Wire: September 19, 2005


U.S. U-17 MNT Opens FIFA U-17 World Championship With Win
Against North Korea; WNT Will Play Two Matches in October

ITALY UP NEXT: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team got past North Korea 3-2 in their opening match of the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship in front of 15,200 spectators Saturday afternoon at Estadio Elias Aguirre Romero in Chiclayo, Peru, putting them tied for first place in Group C.  The U.S. scored all three of their goals off set pieces and were up by two goals with five minutes left in the match, but had to hold off a frenzied North Korea attack in the final moments for the victory. Ryan Soroka scored off a throw-in and Kyle Nakazawa buried an indirect free kick in the first half, before Preston Zimmerman buried the eventual game-winner off a corner kick in the 72nd minute, but North Korea came close to stealing a point. The Asian team cut the deficit to one with a goal in the 86th minute and peppered the U.S. goal in hopes of finding the late equalizer before the final whistle. The U.S. sits tied atop Group C with Italy, who also won their opening match by defeating Ivory Coast 4-3 in an electric affair that included three goals in the last five minutes. Tied 2-2, Italy thought it had found the game-winner in the 86th minute only to see Ivory Coast pull even a minute later, but a last-minute strike gave them the dramatic three points. The U.S. will face the Italians in their next Group C match, taking on the third place UEFA qualifiers at Estadio Elias Aguirre Romero on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 3:30 p.m. CT. The match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and same-day delay at 9:15 ET/PT on Galavision.
Group C Standings/Results
Team    GP    W      L     T     GF   GA     GD    Pts.
USA      1       1      0      0       3      2       +1       3
ITA        1       1      0      0      4      3        +1       3
CIV        1      0      1      0       3      4        -1       0
PRK       1      0      1      0       2      3        -1       0
U-17 MNT Schedule
Date                          Opponent            Kickoff Time/Result                                             TV
Saturday, Sept. 17  vs. Korea DPR    3-2 W                                                                   Live on Galavision
                                                                                                                (delayed on FSC at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT)

Tuesday, Sept. 20   vs. Italy                 4:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. CT / 1:30 p.m. PT     Live on Fox Soccer Channel
                                                                                               (delayed on Gala. at 9:15 p.m. ET & PT / 8:15 p.m. CT)

Friday Sept. 23        vs. Ivory Coast     4:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. CT / 1:30 p.m. PT    Live on Fox Soccer Channel
                                                                                                           (delayed on Gala. at 7 p.m. ET & PT / 6 p.m. CT)

OKTOBERFEST: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will face 2004 Olympic foe Australia and CONCACAF success story Mexico in a pair of October matches as the team continues on the long road to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA will take on Australia on Sunday, Oct. 16, at Titan Stadium on the campus of Cal State Fullerton (kickoff at 3 p.m. PT live on ESPN2) and then travel to Charleston, S.C., to face regional rival Mexico on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Blackbaud Stadium (kickoff at 1 p.m. ET live on ESPN2 & Telemundo). These will be the first matches for the U.S. women since a 3-0 victory over Iceland on July 24 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Tickets for USA-Australia range start at $15 and go on sale starting Thursday (September 15) at 10 a.m. PT on-line at ussoccer.com, at all Southern California Ticketmaster outlets (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records), and by phone (213-480-3232).  Groups of 15 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com. Tickets for the USA-Mexico game start at $18 and go on sale starting Thursday (September 15) at 10 a.m. ET on-line at ussoccer.com, at all South Carolina Ticketmaster outlets (including Publix), at the Blackbaud Stadium Box Office (Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and by phone (843-554-6060).  Groups of 15 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES “TOP 10 U.S. SOCCER EVENTS OF THE DECADE”: The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, unveiled the Top Ten U.S. Soccer Events of the Past Decade at the Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Banquet in Washington, D.C. Fans had the opportunity to vote for their Top Ten U.S. Soccer Events online at the Foundation’s website (ussoccerfoundation.org) from June 1st through July 15th.
Top 10 U.S. Soccer Events of the Decade
1.The U.S. Men’s National Team Reaches the Quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup
2. MLS Unveiled
3. Brandi Chastain’s winning PK over China in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final
4. The 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the U.S.
5. U.S. Goalkeepers Brad Friedel and Tim Howard win major awards in English Premier League
6. Mia Hamm’s Storied Career
7. USA’s Young Guns:  Freddy Adu, DaMarcus Beasley and Landon Donovan
8. U.S. Women’s National Team Wins Gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics
9. U.S. Women’s National Team Wins Gold at the 2004 Summer Olympics
10. New Soccer Stadiums at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA and in Columbus, OH

LAMAR HUNT PRESENTED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the U.S. Soccer Foundation on Thursday at the organization's 10th Anniversary Banquet. Hunt was introduced and honored by U.S. Soccer Foundation Board Members Alan Rothenberg (on tape from Los Angeles), MLS Commissioner Don Garber and former U.S. Men’s National Team and MLS player Peter Vermes, as well as from NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Currently the investor/operator of three MLS teams (Kansas City Wizards, Columbus Crew and FC Dallas), Hunt was one of the league’s founding investors. Hunt was instrumental in the construction of Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, which was the first soccer-specific stadium built in the United States, and recently was the impetus behind Pizza Hut Park, the new soccer-specific stadium in Frisco, Texas.

U.S. MNT TO CLOSE OUT QUALIFYING IN FOXBORO, MASS.: The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team will host Panama on October 12 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., at 8 p.m. ET in the final game of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. vs. Panama match is being presented by Philips Electronics and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and delayed on Telemundo. Fans can also follow the U.S. match live on ussoccer.com via MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Tickets range from $20 to $36 and go on sale starting Wednesday, September 7, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 508-931-2000, at all Ticketmaster outlets in the region (including Filene's Stores) and at the Gillette Stadium Box Office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Discounted tickets (from $16-$28) are available for groups of 20 or more by calling the New England Revolution at 877-GET-REVS.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER REFEREES IN ACTION: The U-17 MNT won't be the only U.S. team in action in a big game on Tuesday, as the U.S. Soccer refereeing crew working games in Peru will be calling arguably the biggest match of the first round. The U.S. Soccer referee trio of Kevin Stott and assistants Greg Barkey and Chris Strickland will be officiating the Holland-Brazil match that is suddenly a must result for both sides. With Brazil losing their opening match 3-1 to Gambia and Holland cruising past Qatar 5-3, the match between the two traditional world powers could go a long way to deciding who will get out of Group D (especially if Gambia keeps rolling and beats Qatar). Stott (Calif.) has been a FIFA sanctioned official since 1995, and is currently among the finalist for a position at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Barkey (N.J.) and Strickland (Calif.) have been sanctioned officials since 1995 and 2002, respectively.

USL DIVISION 1 SEMIFINALISTS SET: The Seattle Sounders will face the Montreal Impact in the United Soccer Leagues Division 1 semifinals after defeating the Portland Timbers in the first round of the USL playoffs. The other semifinal match will see the Richmond Kickers face the Rochester Raging Rhinos. Richmond advanced by defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps 5-4 in penalty kicks after a scoreless series. Both series will be played September 23 to 25, with the single-game Final set for Saturday, October 1, to be televised live in the US on the Fox Soccer Channel.

U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL SET FOR L.A.: The Home Depot Center will host the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final for the first time on Wednesday, Sept. 28, as the Los Angeles Galaxy host FC Dallas for the right to be named U.S. Soccer’s National Champion and a $100,000 cash prize. The match will be televised live on GolTV at 8 p.m. PT. Tickets ranging in price levels from $10 to $25 are now on sale through the L.A. Galaxy offices by calling 1-877-3-GALAXY or online at www.lagalaxy.com. Tickets are also available by phone (213-480-3232 in L.A.; 714-740-2000 in Orange County; 619-220-8497 in San Diego), at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records), and at the Home Depot Center ticket office. More tournament information is available at ussoccer.com’s U.S. Open Cup competitions page.
Final

ACCREDITATION PROCESS FOR WORLD CUP FINAL DRAW NOW AVAILABLE: Media members who plan to witness firsthand who the U.S. Men’s National Team will face in group play at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany may now apply for credentials for the Final Draw online at fifaworldcup.com. The Final Draw for the 2006 FIFA World Cup will take place at the Leipzig Exhibition Center on Friday, Dec. 9, and will determine the groups for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Online registration forms will be available at fifaworldcup.com by visiting the “Organization” section and selecting “Media.” Forms must be submitted before Monday, Oct. 3. Confirmation of accreditation will be issued by e-mail beginning in mid-November.

ALL_ACCESS RECAP ON ussoccer.com: With the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005 underway and the u.S. Women’s National Team announcing two games in October, ussoccer.com’s All_Access podcast and video archive has seen some entertaining and informative additions. This week’s All_Access podcast archive includes two Audio Diaries by U-17 MNT members Quavas Kirk and Blake Wagner and an interview with Women’s National Team defender Kate Markgraf about the upcoming games in October. In the video section, join the U-17 men on their 31-hour trip to Chiclayo, Peru, and check out the field turf they will be playing on while at the world championship.
All_Access Video
North Korea Preview
Peru’s Artificial Turf
A 31-Hour Long Travel Day
All_Access Podcast
North Korea Preview w/Assistant Coach Tim Mulqueen
Audio Diary #1 w/U-17 Forward Quavas Kirk and Midfielder Blake Wagner
Interview w/U-17 MNT Forward Quavas Kirk
Interview w/U.S. WNT Defender Kate Markgraf

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: While U.S. forward Landon Donovan played a large role in USA's qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, his scoring touch has also guided the L.A. Galaxy within a game of the 2005 U.S. Open Cup title. Donovan opened the scoring for his MLS club in their semifinal clash with the Minnesota Thunder (USL-1). He would add an assist on the second goal as the Galaxy cruised to a 5-2 win.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team opened the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005 with a 3-2 win against North Korea and looks to keep the momentum going against Italy. Kickoff against the young Azzuri on Tuesday, Sept. 20, is slated for 3:30 p.m. CT, live on Fox Soccer Channel and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics, and on taped-delay at 8:15 p.m. CT on Galavision.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Defending U-17 World Champions Brazil opened their 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship with a 3-1 loss to Gambia on Sunday, Sept. 18. Brazil scored the first goal in the 23rd minute, but Gambia tied the game just four minutes later. A goal in the 45th minute and penalty kick in the 74th minute sealed the win for the African side.

QUOTABLE: “It was our first game and our first game is usually a little shaky. We just need to get back to practice and work on what we didn’t do right so in our next game against Italy we can do what we need to do.”
 -- U.S. U-17 Men's National Team goalkeeper Bryant Rueckner following the USA's 3-2 win against North Korea at the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005.

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