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U.S. Soccer Wire: May 11, 2009


MORE THAN 38,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR U.S. MNT FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
AGAINST HONDURAS ON JUNE 6 AT SOLDIER FIELD

TICKETS REACH 38,000 MARK FOR U.S. MNT MATCH AGAINST HONDURAS: Ticket sales for the first FIFA World Cup qualifier ever hosted by the City of Chicago have hit the 38,000 mark. Nearly half of those expected to attend will travel more than 250 miles to witness the June 6 match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Honduras at Soldier Field. The match – just the fourth Saturday night qualifier hosted by the U.S. this decade – kicks off at 7 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Advance tickets are on sale now through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott, Hot Tix, FYE and Ritmo Latino stores). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits), are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. Fans looking to secure hard-to-get tickets or to exchange tickets should go to the Official U.S. Soccer Ticket exchange at OleOle.com. OleOle also offers complete travel packages for all the Men’s National Team’s World Cup Qualifiers.” Tickets for the event are not sold at Soldier Field except on the day of the event, when prices will increase by $5 to $10 per ticket. Several seating areas have sold out, including the entire 100 level and the 200 level club and sideline seats. All of the regular sideline seats on the 300 level have also sold out, although there are still tickets available in the 300-level club seats.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule

Date Opponent Time / Result TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue; City
Jan. 24 Sweden 3-2 W Kljestan (3) The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Feb. 11 Mexico* 2-0 W Bradley (2) Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio 
March 28 El Salvador* 2-2 T Altidore, Hejduk Estadio Cuscatlán; San Salvador, El Salvador 
April 1 Trinidad & Tobago* 3-0 W Altidore (3)  LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
June 3 Costa Rica* TBD TBD Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica
June 6 Honduras* 7 p.m. CT ESPN Classic/Galavision Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
June 15 Italy # 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET TBD Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 18 Brazil # 4 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET TBD Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 21 Egypt # 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET TBD Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg 
July 4 Grenada ^ 6 p.m. PT  TBD Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.
July 8 Honduras ^ 9 p.m. ET TBD RFK Stadium; Washingon, D.C.
July 11 Haiti ^ 7 p.m. ET TBD Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
Aug. 12 Mexico* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Sept. 5 El Salvador* 5:30 p.m. MT ESPN Classic/Galavision Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* 7 p.m. ET ESPN Classic/Galavision Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 10 Honduras* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* TBD ESPN2/Galavision RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup

 ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – May 4-11 

U.S. SOCCER SUPPORTERS CLUB LAUNCHES AS OFFICIAL FAN MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM: U.S. Soccer is pleased to announce the formation of the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club, the official fan membership program of the U.S. national teams. Fans can sign up at ussoccer.com to join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club, which provides exclusive benefits to members while creating a unique platform for the most passionate fans to demonstrate their support. U.S. Soccer SC members receive numerous benefits, highlighted by priority status to secure tickets to the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. U.S. Soccer will distribute its ticket allotment from FIFA to those dedicated members of USSSC before holding a general lottery, providing members the best chance to see the U.S. play in the biggest sporting event in the world. For more information, visit ussoccer.com.  

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. UNDER-23 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM WILL TRAVEL TO NORTHERN IRELAND FOR TWO MATCHES: U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin, himself a native of Northern Ireland, will take 18 players to his homeland from May 11-19 where the USA will play the Women’s National Teams of the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on May 13 and Northern Ireland in Belfast on May 15. This will be the second international trip of the year for the U.S. U-23s, who played two matches last February in La Manga, Spain, defeating the Norway and England U-23 sides by 1-0 and 3-0 scores respectively. That roster was made up mostly of players currently in WPS while the roster for this tour is made up entirely of collegiate players. Irwin, a former professional goalkeeper, will not be lacking for height in goal as he brings two six-footers to Europe in Kristin Arnold of Texas A & M and Kristin Olsen of USC. Two players on the roster were part of the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile last December in center back Lauren Fowlkes and midfielder Keelin Winters. The roster also includes forward Katie Schoepfer from Penn State who scored four goals in three matches against college teams during the team’s most recent training camp in Portland, Oregon, earlier in April. The U.S. team will be based in Belfast, but will drop down to Dublin for the match against Ireland. The U.S. U-23s have won all six matches they have played this year.

U.S. U-23 WNT N. Ireland and Ireland Tour Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kristin Arnold (Texas A & M; Centennial, Colo.), Kristin Olsen (USC; Orange, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Lauren Barnes (UCLA; Upland, Calif.), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Kat Reynolds (Santa Clara; Medina, Wash.), Brittany Taylor (UConn; Campbell Hall, N.Y.), Jessica Tsao (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Brianne Young (Texas A & M; Castle Pines North, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Ashley Bowyer (Ohio State; Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Kendra Chandhoke (Portland; Morrison, Colo.), Ali Hawkins (North Carolina; Encinitas, Calif.), Katie Oakes (California; West Hills, Calif.), Kylie Wright (UCLA; R. Santa Margarita, Calif.), Keelin Winters (Portland; Englewood, Colo.)
FORWARDS (4): Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford; Fayetteville, Ga), Christen Press (Stanford; Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.), Katie Schoepfer (Penn State; Waterford, Conn.)

U-18 MNT SET FOR LISBON INTERNATIONAL: The U.S. U-18 Men's National Team is set to travel to Portugal later this month, heading across the Atlantic Ocean for games against Finland, Germany and Portugal at the annual Lisbon International, the biggest tournament of the year for the squad. Head coach Mike Matkovich has called in 18 players for the trip, which will commence on May 22. The U.S. will face Finland on May 27, before meeting Germany on May 28. The U-18s will finish the round-robin tournament by matching up with hosts Portugal on May 30. Eight players on the roster are current Development Academy players, with Arsenal FC contributing two players, Dion Acoff and Miles Byass, to the squad. Six players hail from collegiate soccer and Gregory Garza is the only professional player in the ranks. Garza, a veteran of U.S. Soccer’s Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program plays for Sporting CP in Portugal. Defender Gale Agbossoumonde, who played in the U.S. U-20 MNT's successful run through World Cup qualifying, is the only player who is unattached. The games in Portugal will be the first for the U-18s since Matkovich's team successfully captured the Australian Youth Olympic Festival Title in January. The U.S. defeated Australia and China while tying Chile en route to victory in the four-team round robin tournament earlier this year.

U.S. U-18 MNT Lisbon International Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Justin Luthy (Columbus Crew Academy; Dublin, Ohio), Zachary MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Gale Agbossoumonde (unattached; Syracuse, N.Y.), Chad Barson (University of Akron; Lewis Center, Ohio), Paolo Del Piccolo (Colorado Rush AS Monaco; Lakewood, Colo.), Gregory Garza (Sporting CP; Grapevine, Texas), Kofi Sarkodie (University of Akron; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (PA Classics; Lancaster, Pa.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jose Altamirano (Del Mar Sharks; San Diego, Calif.), Steven Birnbaum (California; Irvine, Calif.), Miiles Byass (Arsenal FC; Highland, Calif.), Nicholas Millington (Wake Forest; Raleigh, N.C.), Amobi Okugo (San Juan Lightning Crew; Sacramento, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Andromeda; Plano, Texas),
FORWARDS (4): Dion Acoff (Arsenal FC; Upland, Calif.), Will Bates (Richmond Strikers; Chester, Va.), Hasani Sinclair (Schulz Academy; Coral Springs, Fla.), Justin Watson (Bridge FA; Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

U-15 BOYS’ NATIONAL TEAM SET FOR TRIP TO MÖNCHENGLADBACH: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Jim Barlow will lead 20 players, all born in 1994, to Moenchengladbach, Germany, from May 15-24. Of the 20 players on Barlow’s roster, 14 are part of U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs. The trip, which is the team’s only scheduled foreign training camp of the 2009, will include a match against a youth team from Borussia Mönchengladbach on May 19 and a friendly with the U-15 BNT of Germany on May 21. The U.S. will also have the chance to attend a Bundesliga match between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borrusia Dortmund on May 23 before departing the next day.

U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kendall McIntosh (Mustang SC; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo Academy; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Alfred Edmonds (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Malcolm Harris (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Damascus, Md.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Mykal Riley (Arsenal SC; Lake Elsinore, Calif.), Jalen Robinson (Bethesda SC; Catonsville, Md.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Premier Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Bryan Celis (Houston Dynamo Academy; Houston, Texas), Alberto Diaz (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Christian Duarte (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Matthew Dunn (FC Dallas Juniors; Dallas, Texas), Eric Gonzalez (LA Galaxy Academy; Corona, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier, Chula Vista, Calif.), Ryan Masch (De Anza Force, Bellarmine Prep), Andre Reyes (Dallas Texans; Flower Mound, Texas)
FORWARDS (3): Kellen Gulley (Mississippi Chicago Fire; Clinton, Miss.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Erick Sanchez (Houston Dynamo Academy; Edinburg, Texas)

U.S. U-14 BOYS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM WRAPS UP EIGHT-DAY TRAINING CAMP AT THE HDC: The U.S. U-14 Boy’s National Development Program wrapped up a domestic training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. as 36 players trained from May 2-9. The team used a pair of friendlies against local Under-15/16 Development Academy clubs on Monday, May 4 to train, falling to Real So Cal (0-2) but defeating Arsenal (3-0). On Wednesday, May 6, one of the U-14 split squads took on the Los Angeles Aztecs U-16s, suffering a close defeat while the other topped the LA Rampage 6-1 behind a hat trick from forward Paul Arriola. Head coach Manny Schellscheidt will gather his team again in June for another eight day domestic training camp at a location to be determined.

U.S. U-14 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jonathan Davis (Charlotte United FC; Gastonia, N.C.), Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado; Highland Ranch, Colo.), Scott Levene (Beachside SC; Stanford, Conn.), Zackary Steffen (FC DELCO; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (12): Kellyn Acosta (ASG Gold; Allen Texas), Russell Canouse (PA Classics; Lancaster, Pa.), Feliciano Charles (Chivas USA Academy; Grand Prarie, Texas), Dylan Greenberg (Dix Hills; Dix Hills, N.Y.), Matthew Habrowski (Force FC; Berkley, Mich.), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar SC; Roanoke, Texas), Michael Hinkson (CASL Chelsea FC Academy; Raleigh, N.C.), Emilio Huerta (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Austin Marques (Irvine Strikers; Chino, Calif.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls Academy; Clifton, N.J.), Vincent Reyes (LAFC Chelsea; West Covina, Calif.), Christian Sady (New England Aztecs; North Andover, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Michael Chang (Sockers FC; Highland Park, Ill.), Nicko Corriveau (Potomac FC.; Potomac, Md.), Emerson Hyndman (Dallas Texans; Plano, Texas), A.J. Jeffries (Chicago Fire Juniors; Downers Grove, Ill.), Emilio Lopez (Madison FC; Madison, Wis.), Antonio Murillo (Brazil FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Adam Najem (New York Red Bulls Academy; Clifton, N.J.), Zachary Pfeffer (YMS Celtic; Dresher, Penn.), Miguel Polley (Derby County Wolves; West Bloomfield, Mich.), Christian Rodriguez (LMVS Hawks; Alexandria, Va.), John Toher (New York Red Bulls Academy; Blauvelt, N.Y.), Travis Wannemuehler (FC Evansville, Ind.; Evansville, Ind.)
FORWARDS (8): Martin Arrieta (LAFC Chelsea; Pasadena Calif.;), Paul Arriola (Chula Vista Rangers.; Chula Vista, Calif.), Michael Gray (Las Vegas FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kevin Labastida (Fullerton Rangers, Fullerton, Calif.), Kennedy O’Shea (D.C. United Academy; South Riding, Va.), Devonte Small (Dallas Texans; Live Oak, Texas), Antonio Velazquez (Newsport Green; Las Vegas, Nev.), Henry Wingo (NW Nationals; Lake Forest Park, Wash.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

PIA SUNDHAGE, JOHN HACKWORTH NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR BY USOC: U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Pia Sundhage was named 2008 Coach of the Year For Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team assistant coach and Development Academy Technical Director John Hackworth was named 2008 Developmental Coach of the Year for Soccer by the United States Olympic Committee. The awards serve as a testament to their dedication, not only to the Olympic ideals, but also to the sport of soccer and its athletes.

PARALYMPIC DROPS FIRST MATCH AGAINST NETHERLANDS: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team is in Zeist, Netherlands, for a week-long training camp that includes matches against the Paralympic teams of Netherlands and Russia. Coach Jay Hoffman’s team dropped their first match 12-0 against a strong Netherlands side as the U.S. tested out several new players. The U.S. will next face Russia on Tuesday, May 12, before taking on Netherlands again on Wednesday, May 13, and closing out the camp on May 15, also against Russia.

U.S. Paralympic Team Schedule

Date Opponent Result / Time (local/ET) Venue
May 9 Netherlands 0-12 L KNVB Sports Centre; Zeist, Netherlands
May 12 Russia 7:30 p.m. / 1:30 p.m. KNVB Sports Centre; Zeist, Netherlands
May 13 Netherlands 7:30 p.m. / 1:30 p.m. KNVB Sports Centre; Zeist, Netherlands
May 15 Russia 7:30 p.m. / 1:30 p.m. KNVB Sports Centre; Zeist, Netherlands

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION RAISING FUNDS FOR GRANTS: The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s 2009 Spring Fundraising Campaign is underway as the Foundation works to raise money to provide grants to support urban soccer programs throughout the U.S. Donate today to help the U.S. Soccer Foundation provide children with safe places to play and opportunities to live healthy and active lives. Visit ussoccerfoundation.org/donate to learn more or sign up for the Foundation’s eNewsletter to find out how your club can give back to the game: ussoccerfoundation.org/enews.

U.S. SOCCER ANNOUNCES SUMMER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS: Participants at U.S. Soccer's popular National Coaching Schools will have a chance to learn from some of the nation's top-level instructors, including current and former National Team and professional coaches this summer in various sites across the country. U.S. Soccer's National Coaching Schools have been providing high-quality coaching instruction for over 38 years and coaches can obtain a nationally and FIFA recognized "A," "B" or "C" level license and increase their knowledge of the game. Summer courses are set for June 6-14 at Darlington School in Rome, Ga., and The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.; June 18-26 at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Mass.; and June 20-28 Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill. There will be field and classroom sessions every day, as well as field and written exams to test your levels with the best in the country. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early as space is limited and B license courses have sold out. For more information visit CoachesNetussoccer.com's CoachesNet Coverage – April 27-May 4

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT goalkeeper Tim Howard is having a stellar season with Everton in the Premier League. Having already made it to the FA Cup Final Howard's team is up to sixth place in the table and is challenging for a position in next season's Europa League. While the team is finding success as a group, Howard is also earning plaudits for his consistent play between the posts and this past weekend he etched his name into the Everton record books by earning his 16th clean sheet of the season, passing Neville Southall's previous high of 15 shutouts in one campaign.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Two weeks after it was originally scheduled, the match between Cruz Azul and Atlante to determine CONCACAF’s representative at the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup will take place at 9 p.m. CT on May 12 in Cancun, Mexico. In the first leg on April 22, goals from Fernando Navarro and Christian Bermudez put Atlante ahead 2-0 at the Estadio Azul in Mexico City. The team carries that advantage into Tuesday’s match, with the winner securing a plane ticket to United Arab Emirates.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Germany's Bundesliga has one of the closest title races in Europe with five teams within five points of leaders VfL Wolfsburg. Unfancied at the beginning of the season, the club from northwest Germany have come on strong since January lead by imperious manager Felix Magath. If four clubs breathing down your neck wasn't enough, (including Bayern Munich, who are level on points with Wolfsburg), Wolves supporters now have one more variable to deal with: last week Magath announced he would be leaving Wolfsburg at the end of the season to take over Schalke 04. Wolfsburg was promptly thumped 4-1 by Stuttgart on Saturday, and they'll need to turn around quickly for Tuesday's massive game with in-form Borussia Dortmund.

QUOTABLE: “I'm very pleased. Pleased for the guys who battle in front of me. They are the ones that deserve the credit.”
-- U.S. MNT and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, who earned his 16th shutout this season for Everton in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Tottenham to break the club-record 15 shutouts in a season set by Neville Southall.

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