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U.S. Soccer Wire - March 26, 2007


U.S. MNT ARRIVES IN DALLAS FOR MATCH AGAINST GUATEMALA
AFTER 3-1 WIN AGAINST ECUADOR IN TAMPA

U.S. MNT FACES GUATEMALA WEDNESDAY AT PIZZA HUT PARK: The U.S. Men’s National Team arrived in Dallas, Texas, on Monday (March 26) to prepare for its match against Guatemala (tickets) that kicks off Wednesday, March 28, at 8 p.m. CT at Pizza Hut Park. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision, and fans can follow along online via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. The USA’s back-to-back matches this week during the FIFA schedule window are the last chance for Bradley to evaluate his team prior to the June 2 match vs. China (tickets) in San Jose, Calif., which kicks off the USA’s preparations for this summer’s marquee events, the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2007 Copa America. The team traveled to the Lone Star State with 21 players after Bradley released four players back to their respective clubs. Carlos Bocanegra, Tim Howard and Oguchi Onyewu headed back to England, while Brian Carroll joined up with D.C. United in Guadalajara as they prepare for the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions Cup semifinals against Chivas.

MNT DEFEATS ECUADOR, 3-1, BEFORE RECORD CROWD IN TAMPA: Bob Bradley became the first MNT head coach in U.S. Soccer history to win his first three games as the U.S. Men defeated Ecuador, 3-1, on Sunday (March 25) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. A crowd of 31,547, a record for a U.S. friendly in Florida, watched as Landon Donovan, who donned the captain's armband for the match, notched his second career hat trick. Donovan opened the scoring just 35 seconds into the game, unleashing a left-footed shot from 22 yards following a poor clearance attempt. Donovan added another goal in the 66th minute, capitalizing on a pass from Brian Ching. He capped off his hat trick in the 67th minute, firing home a pass from DaMarcus Beasley.

KEY DATES FOR U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM: Following the USA’s Algarve Cup Championship, the U.S. returns to start a four-month long residency training camp at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif., on April 2. The U.S. will open its domestic schedule vs. Mexico (tickets) on April 14 in Foxborough, Mass., in a doubleheader with the New England Revolution. The 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup draw is taking place on April 22 in Wuhan, China, at which time the USA will find out its first round schedule and venues for the fifth FIFA Women’s World Cup. The schedule continues vs. Canada (tickets) on May 12 in Frisco, Texas, in a match that will feature the USA wearing pink uniforms to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness, before kicking off a six-game Send-Off Series against China (tickets) on June 16 in Cleveland. The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2007 China will be played from Sept. 10 to 20 in five venues across China.

Key U.S. Women’s National Team Dates
Date - Event
April 14 - Friendly vs. Mexico in Foxborough, Mass.
April 22 - FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007 Draw in Wuhon, China
May 12 - Friendly vs. Canada in Frisco, Texas / Special pink Breast Cancer Awareness jersey
June 16 - Send-Off Series Match vs. China in Cleveland
June 23 - Send-Off Series Match vs. Brazil in New Jersey
July 14 - Send-Off Series Match
July 28 - Send-Off Series Match
Aug. 12 - Send-Off Series Match
Aug. 25 - Send-Off Series Match
Sept. 10-30 - FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007

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– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-20 MNT TO FACE FULL HAITI NATIONAL TEAM BEFORE MNT vs. GUATEMALA: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team will take on the full Haiti National Team on Wednesday, March 28, at 5:20 p.m. CT at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. The match, which will take place prior to the U.S. Men's National Team's match against Guatemala at 8 p.m. CT, will be broadcast live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS. For the U-20 squad, it will be their second match of a week-long training camp in Texas after defeating Southern Methodist University, 3-2, in their first match.

U.S. U-20 MNT DEFEATS SMU: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team defeated Southern Methodist University, 3-2, Monday (March 26) afternoon on the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas. Forward Gabriel Ferrari scored two goals before captain Freddy Adu buried the game-winner in the 90th minute. The match was part of the U-20 MNT's first training camp since winning Group A of the CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament in Panama this past January. U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen invited 16 players in for the camp.

U.S. U-20 MNT Schedule
Date           Opponent                                       Result   U.S. Goal Scorers
March 26   Southern Methodist University   3-2 W     Ferrari (2), Adu

Under-20 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Diego Restrepo (University of South Florida), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (5): Amaechi Igwe (New England Revolution), Quavas Kirk (L.A. Galaxy), Ross Labeaux (University of Virginia), Ofori Sarkodie (Indiana University), Tim Ward (Columbus Crew)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Freddy Adu (Real Salt Lake), Jalil Anibaba (Davis, Calif.), Tony Beltran (UCLA), Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (4): Josmer Altidore (N.Y. Red Bulls), Gabriel Ferrari (Sampdoria), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Sal Zizzo (UCLA)

U.S. U-20 WOMEN HEAD TO TEXAS FOR THREE MATCHES: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jillian Ellis will take her squad to Texas from March 23-28 for three matches against college teams currently in the midst of their spring seasons. All the matches will be played at Texas A&M in College Station, site of the 2007 NCAA Women’s College Cup. The U-20s will take on BYU on March 24 at 6 p.m., then play SMU on March 25 at 4 p.m. The USA will finish the tour with a game against the host Aggies at 6 p.m. on March 28. The U-20s went to a similar event last year in College Station, and lost to both BYU and Texas A&M, in what were the only losses of the year for that U-20 squad against non-international sides. Ellis has brought 22 players for the three matches, as the team continues its very early preparations for qualifying to the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Chile. Players born on or after January 1, 1988, are eligible for the next U-20 World Cup. Ellis has called in two players from the hosts in Texas A&M goalkeeper Kristin Arnold and midfielder Whitney Hooper, as well as two players born in 1990, midfielder Teresa Noyola and forward Rachel Wood. The majority of the roster is 1988s with a few players born in 1989.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster
Goalkeepers (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A & M), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Kristin Olsen (USC);
Defenders (5): Lauren Barnes (Alta Loma Arsenal), Hannah Cerrone (Lewisboro Xtreme), Kelly Eagan (Villanova), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Lauren Wilmoth (UCLA);
Midfielders (6): Ashley Bowyer (Ohio State), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Kelly Henderson (Boston College), Whitney Hooper (Texas A & M), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury);
Forwards (8): Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Ashlee Elliot (Florida), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Rachel Givan (Mississippi United), Laure Heyboer (Bloomfield Force), Allie Sadow (Wake Forest), Brittney Steinbruch (Miami), Rachel Wood (Slammers FC)

U-17 MNT DEFEATS EL SALVADOR, 2-0, IN TAMPA: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team earned a 2-0 win vs. El Salvador in the opening match of the doubleheader with the full Men’s National Team at Raymond James Stadium. Goal-scorers Greg Garza and Tommy Meyer tallied in the first half with goals in the 17th and 24th minutes, respectively. At the other end of the field, Zach McMath got the start in goal, while Josh Lambo held El Salvador scoreless in the second half to combine for the shutout. It marks the eighth clean sheet in 2007 for the U-17s. Head coach John Hackworth’s squad continues to prepare for Group B of the CONCACAF U-17 Final Round Qualifying Tournament. The five-team, round-robin tournament will take place from April 28 to May 6 in Kingston, Jamaica, with all the matches being played at National Stadium. Along with the hosts, the U.S. will face Canada, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago (full schedule). The top three teams will advance to the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will take place in South Korea from Aug. 18 to Sept. 9.

ARGUEZ NAMED TO NEXT HISPANIC ATHLETES: U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team midfielder Bryan Arguez was named to ESPN Deportes La Revista's list of "Next Hispanic Athletes." The list will be unveiled in the April issue of the magazine and features 14 young Hispanic athletes. Arguez has been in five training camps with the Under-20 MNT, earning his first U-20 international cap against Canada. He was also part of the U.S. U-18 MNT and a member of U.S. Soccer's Under-17 Residency Program. In 2007, Arguez was drafted 11th overall by D.C. United in the MLS SuperDraft.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER'S NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS KICK OFF AT THE HDC: U.S Soccer’s National Coaching Schools kicked off this past Saturday (March 24) at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as 78 coaches seek to renew or obtain their "A" or "B" licenses. U.S. Soccer National Staff Coaches Bob Jenkins and Rene Miramontes, along with U.S. Soccer Instructional Staff member Jay Hoffman, will lead the “A” License course. Staff coaches Mike Dickey, Roberto Lopez, Juan Carlos Michia and David Rubinson will lead the "B" License course.

DALLAS CUP INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT TO ADJUST YOUNGER AGE GROUPS: Dallas Cup, Inc. which sponsors the Dallas Cup international youth soccer tournament, announced that the Under-13 age group would be added to the event in 2008 and the Under-12 age group will be eliminated. The Dallas Cup Board of Directors' decision supports the United States Youth Soccer (USYS) Association’s recommendation that players in the Under-12 age group play small-sided games. To learn more about this story and small-sided games visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT stalwart Landon Donovan was en fuego Sunday (March 25) afternoon against Ecuador. Donovan started the scoring just 35 seconds into the match. He later added two more goals just one minute apart, in the 66 and 67th minutes, to complete his second career hat trick. The 25-year-old midfielder has scored at least one goal in all three of the MNT’s matches so far this year.

SOCCER SHOCKER: England's bid to qualify for the 2008 UEFA European Championships took a hit on Saturday with a 0-0 draw to Israel. England now stands five points out of first place in Group E, and has not won in their last six games under Steve McCLaren. Fortunately, the English squad's next qualifying match on Wednesday, March 28, comes against Andorra, the last team they defeated, winning 5-0 on Saturday, Sept. 2.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team will play their fourth match of the year, and the second on back-to-back FIFA fixture dates, when they face Guatemala on Wednesday, March 28, at 8 p.m. CT at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Fans can follow all the action live on ESPN2, Galavision and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “I tried to head the ball and the guy kicked me in the nose, and it kind of started a fountain of blood. It’s OK, I’m pretty sure it’s not broken. It just bled a lot.”

-- U.S. MNT forward Brian Ching on getting kicked in the face during the MNT’s 3-1 win against Ecuador on March 25 in Tampa, Fla.

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