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U.S. Soccer Wire - May 29, 2007


BOB BRADLEY NAMES 2007 CONCACAF GOLD CUP ROSTER;
MNT GATHERS IN CALIFORNIA FOR JUNE 2 MATCH AGAINST CHINA;
MNT SET FOR OCTOBER MATCHES AGAINST CATALONIA AND SWITZERLAND


BOB BRADLEY CALLS 23 FOR GOLD CUP: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named the 23-man roster that will seek to defend their CONCACAF Gold Cup title in the 2007 edition of the tournament that takes place from June 6-24 in six cities across the U.S. The USA kicks off action on June 7 vs. Guatemala at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, and will also play their second group match there on Saturday, June 9, vs. Trinidad & Tobago at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT. The group stage will end for the U.S. on June 12 vs. El Salvador at 7 p.m. ET after a cross country trip to Foxborough, Mass. All three U.S. group matches will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura. Fans can also follow all the USA’s matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The European-based players began arriving into the Los Angeles area on May 27 to start training, with the MLS contingent reporting to the Gold Cup camp on June 3.

U.S. MNT 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
DEFENDERS (8) –Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (8) – DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (4) – Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)


ROSTER SET FOR MNT VS. CHINA MATCH ON JUNE 2: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named 19 players that will prepare to take on China on June 2 in San Jose, Calif. Kickoff at Spartan Stadium is set for 5 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Prior to the match, fans can find out what the MNT is up to with exclusive content on ussoccer.com, including podcasts, all_access video and the return of the MNT blog.

U.S. MNT Roster vs. China
GOALKEEPERS (3) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
DEFENDERS (6) – Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (7) – DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Jesse Marsch (Chivas USA), Lee Nguyen (PSV Eindhoven)
FORWARDS (3) – Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Kamani Hill (VfL Wolfsburg), Ante Razov (Chivas USA)


CHINA NAMES ROSTER TO FACE U.S. MNT: China head coach Zhu Guanghu has named 23 players for the upcoming trip to the United States, including Manchester United striker Dong Fangzhuo and Energie Cottbus midfielder Shao Jiaya. After the U.S. match, the Chinese will also face the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Colorado Rapids in friendlies. Guanghu is using the trip to prepare for the Asian Cup finals in July.

China Men’s National Team vs. USA
GOALKEEPERS: Zong Lei (Changchun Yatai), Yang Jun (Tianjin Teda)
DEFENDERS: Xu Yunlong (Beijing Guo'an), Zhang Shuai (Beijing Guo'an), Zhang Baofeng (Changchun Yatai), Chen Dong (Dalian Shide), Zhai Yanpeng (Dalian Shide), Zhang Yaokun (Dalian Shide), Ji Mingyi (Dalian Shide), Xin Feng (Shenzhen Xiangxue), Sun Xiang (unattached)
MIDFIELDERS: Wang Dong (Changchun Yatai), Du Zhenyu (Changchun Yatai), Zhao Xuri (Dalian Shide), Cao Yang (Tianjin Teda), Hao Junmin (Tianjin Teda), Zheng Bin (FC Wuhan), Shao Jiayi (Energie Cottbus, Germany), Li Tie (unattached)
FORWARDS: Du Wenhui (Beijing Guo'an), Wang Peng (Dalian Shide), Qu Bo (Qingdao Zhongneng), Dong Fangzhuo (Manchester United, England)


MNT TO PLAY CATALONIA AND SWITZERLAND IN OCTOBER: The United States Men’s National Team will play a pair of friendlies in Europe in October, traveling to face Catalonia and Switzerland for the second and third matches for the team in Europe in 2007. The United States will first meet Catalonia on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the famed Nou Camp in Barcelona (time TBD), marking the debut match between the teams. Three days later, the U.S. will take on 2008 European Championship co-hosts Switzerland for the first game between the two sides in nearly 13 years, and the first since the 1-1 draw in the 1994 FIFA World Cup hosted by the United States. Kickoff for the Oct. 17 match is set for 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET), with the venue still to be determined. Both games will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, and fans can follow both matches live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. MNT 2007 Schedule
Date        Match                          Venue Result/Kickoff/TV
Jan. 20    USA vs. Denmark         Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 3-1 W
Feb. 7      USA vs. Mexico           Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.) 2-0 W
March 25  USA vs. Ecuador         Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.) 3-1 W
March 28  USA vs. Guatemala      Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas) 0-0 T
June 2     USA vs. China Spartan  Stadium (San Jose, Calif.) 8 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Galavision
June 7     USA vs. Guatemala^      Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 6 p.m. PT / FSC and Telefutura
June 9     USA vs. T&T^                Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 2 p.m. PT / FSC and Telefutura
June 12    USA vs. El Salvador^    Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.) 7 p.m. ET / FSC and Telefutura
June 16/17 Quarterfinal^*              Foxborough or Houston TBD
June 21    Semifinal^*                  Soldier Field (Chicago) TBD
June 24    Final^*                        Soldier Field (Chicago) 3 p.m. ET
June 28    USA vs. Argentina #    Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo) 8:45 p.m. ET / GolTV
July 2      USA vs. Paraguay #    Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas) 6:30 p.m. ET / GolTV
July 5      USA vs. Colombia #    Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto) 6:30 p.m. ET / GolTV
July 7/8   Quarterfinals#*            San Cristóbal, Barinas, Maturín, BarquisimetoTBD
July 10/11 Semifinals#*              Caracas, Puerto Ordaz TBD
July 14 Final#*                          Caracas Olympic Stadium (Caracas) 5:05 p.m. ET
Aug. 22 Sweden                         Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden) 2:30 p.m. ET / FSC / Galavision (2:30 ET/PT)
Oct. 14   USA vs. Catalonia        Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain) TBD FSC / Galavision
Oct. 17   USA vs. Switzerland      TBD (TBD) 2:30 p.m. ET FSC / Galavision

^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
# Copa America
* If necessary


WNT “SEND-OFF SERIES” KICKS OFF JUNE 16 IN CLEVELAND: The U.S. will continue preparing for the 2007 Women’s World Cup in China, kicking off their Send-Off Series against China (tickets) in Cleveland on June 16, Brazil (tickets) in East Rutherford, N.J., on June 23, and Norway (tickets) in East Hartford, Conn., on July 14. The U.S. will also face Japan (tickets) in San Jose, Calif., on July 28 at 10 p.m. ET at Spartan Stadium before taking on New Zealand (tickets) in Chicago on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. ET at Soldier Field, and finally Finland (tickets) in Los Angeles on Aug. 25 at The Home Depot Center in the final Send-Off Series match. Ticket information for all six games is available at ussoccer.com or by calling local Ticketmaster outlets or the respective stadium’s box offices. Group tickets for 15 or more people for any of the Send-Off Series matches are available by calling 312-528-1290 or downloading a group order form at ussoccer.com. ESPN2 will broadcast the New York, Hartford, Chicago and Los Angeles matches live, while ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS will provide live streaming video of the matches in Cleveland and San Jose. Fans can also follow stats and commentary online with ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. For information about the WNT’s draw at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, visit the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup competitions page for a complete schedule and standings, plus features, podcasts, and exclusive all_access video coverage of the WNT in China.

2007 Women’s National Team Send-Off Series
Date Opponent Location Kickoff TV
June 16 China Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio) 7 p.m. ET ussoccer.com's MatchACCESS
June 23 Brazil Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.) 5 p.m. ET ESPN2 / Galavision
July 14 Norway Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.) 6 p.m. ET ESPN2
July 28 Japan Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.) 7 p.m. PT ussoccer.com's MatchACCESS
Aug. 12 New Zealand Soldier Field (Chicago) 12 p.m. CT ESPN2
Aug. 25 Finland The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 6:30 p.m. PT ESPN2

U.S. 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
Date Opponent Venue Kickoff
Sept. 11 North Korea Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium) 5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 14 Sweden Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium) 5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 18 Nigeria Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
Sept. 22 Quarterfinals* Wuhan or Tianjin 5 p.m. local or 8 p.m. local
Sept. 26/27 Semifinals* Tianjin or Hangzhou 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
Sept. 30 Final* Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
* If Necessary


U.S. PARALYMPIC TEAM COMPETES IN THE NETHERLANDS: The U.S. Paralympic competed at the 2007 CP International Tournament at the KNVB National Training Center in Zeist, Netherlands. Despite playing quality soccer, the U.S. was unable to overcome Russia's two-goal lead in the first match. The second match saw U.S. goalkeeper Keith Johnson leave the match with a shoulder sprain, with the U.S. falling, 4-0, to Iran. Against England, the U.S. scored two goals but fell, 3-2, in their second to last match. The last match saw the team overpowered by a tough Netherlands squad, falling 6-1. The round robin tournament served as a warm-up for both the ParaPanAmerican Games, which will take place in August in Rio de Janeiro, and the World Championship in November. Both events present opportunities to qualify for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. Paralympic soccer is played seven-a-side on a smaller field and with smaller goals than non-disabled soccer. Each team plays with seven men using the International Federation of Associated Football (FIFA) rules which have been slightly modified to accommodate the disabilities of the athletes.

U.S. Paralympic Team Schedule/Results
Date     Opponent      Result  U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
May 17 Russia          1-2 L    Marthell Vazquez
May 19 Iran              4-0 L     --
May 21 England        2-3 L     Chris Ahrens, Marthell Vazquez
May 22 Netherlands  6-1 L      McKinney

Paralympic Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (1): Keith Johnson
DEFENDERS (4): Derek Arneaud, Louis Garrett Jon McCullough, Dave Woosnam
MIDFIELDERS (5): Tom Latsch, Josh McKinney, Eric Poulin, Shaun Schetka, Jason Slemons
FORWARDS (2): Chris Ahrens, Marthell Vazquez


CREDENTIAL DEADLINES THIS WEEK FOR SUMMER INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS: Media members may register online for the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007 and the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 at the media services section of FIFA.com. Deadline for applications to the Women’s World Cup is May 31, and the deadline for the U-20 World Cup is May 30. Successful applications will be notified and given further information as the tournament approaches. Applications are subject to confirmation and international applicants are responsible for their own visas. More information about the tournaments is available at FIFA.com. Applications for credentials for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup are now available online at concacaf.com and GoldCup.org. Application deadline is June 1 and a color passport photo must be submitted with the application form. No credential applications will be accepted after the deadline. Copa America credentials are available at CopaAmerica.com and the deadline is May 26.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

RONGEN NAMES 16 PLAYERS TO TRAINING CAMP IN CANADA: U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has announced his 16-player roster for the team's upcoming training camp from May 30 to June 6 in Canada as part of their preparation for the upcoming FIFA Under-20 World Cup. The U.S. will face Canada twice during the camp, which will provide the U.S. with a first-hand look at their two Group E venues in Montreal and Ottawa. The U.S. will start the camp in Montreal, where they will train for three days and check out The Olympic Stadium, site of the team's first two Group E matches against South Korea (June 30) and Poland (July 3). The team will not train at the stadium, but is planning on getting a tour of the facility. The U.S. will then travel to Ottawa to face the World Cup hosts on June 3 at Frank Clair Stadium, site of their third and final Group E match against Brazil (July 6). The final stretch of the camp will take place in Kingston, Ontario, where the U.S. and Canada will play the rematch on June 6 in Richardson Stadium.

Under-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Diego Restrepo (University of South Florida), Steve Sandbo (SMU)
DEFENDERS (5): Tony Beltran (UCLA), Amaechi Igwe (New England Revolution), Ofori Sarkodie (Indiana University), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.), Julian Valentin (Wake Forest)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Bryan Arguez (DC United), Dane Shea (College Station, Texas), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas), Mitchell van den Beld (FC Utrecht)
FORWARDS (5): Andre Akpan (Harvard), Gabriel Ferrari (Sampdoria), Johann Smith (Bolton FC), Preston Zimmerman (Hamburg SV), Sal Zizzo (UCLA)


U.S. U-21 WOMEN GO 2-0-1 ON GERMANY TRIP: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team won two matches and tied one against German women’s Bundesliga clubs on its trip to Germany from May 18-27. The U-21s opened the tour with a rousing 4-1 victory over Gutersloh on May 22, scoring four straight goals after giving up a penalty kick in the 16th minute. The U.S. team wasted little time in equalizing as forward Natalie Budge tied the game in the 19th minute. The match remained deadlocked until the USA scored three times in the last 20 minutes, including two goals in the last five. Midfielder Ali Krieger put the USA ahead in the 70th minute and midfielder Angie Woznuk sealed the match in the 85th minute. Budge got her second goal of the game to close out the scoring three minutes from time. The USA rolled to a win in its second match as well, downing Essen, 5-2 on May 24, but had to come back in that one too. Forward Kerri Hanks gave the USA the lead just seven minutes in, but Essen scored twice right in five minutes near the end of the half to take a 2-1 lead. Once again the USA wasted no time in equalizing as forward Jessica Rostedt scored in the 43rd minute to send the match into halftime knotted at 2-2. The U-21s then finished three goals after the break, starting with Ella Massar just two minutes into the second half. Midfielder Tina DiMartino sealed the win, scoring twice in a four minute span starting in the 76th minute, and finished her brace with a deft chip over the ‘keeper in the 79th. In the final match against Tus Koln, the U.S. team once again came back from a one-goal deficit, but this time ran out of minutes to get a winner as both teams scored in stoppage time of the second half in the 1-1 tie on May 25. After Tus Koln scored on one of its few shots of the match in the 91st minute, Hanks pulled out the draw seconds later, firing a shot into the upper right corner for her second goal of the trip. The U-21s will return home and the squad will have just a week before re-grouping in Portland, Oregon, from June 6-13 for a training camp that will be the last preparation for the 2007 Nordic Cup to be held in Finland from July 18-24.

U.S. U-21 WNT Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
May 22 Gutersloh 4-1 W Budge (2), Krieger, Woznuk
May 24 Essen-Schonebeck 5-2 W Hanks, Rostedt, Massar, DiMartino (2)
May 26 Tus Koln 1-1 T Hanks


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

FIRST ROUND U.S. OPEN CUP FIXTURES ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer has announced the first round pairings for the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The first round features 32 teams from the United Soccer Leagues First Division, USL Second Division, Premier Development League and United States Adult Soccer Association ranks. Pairings for the opening round were determined by blind draw for the first time since the 2001 tournament. The first round will be played on Tuesday, June 12, with the winners facing off in the second round on June 26.

2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup First Round Schedule
# Teams Venue; City Time
1 Aegean Hawks FC (Arlington, Va.) (USASA) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa. 7:05 p.m. ET
2 Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2) at Ocean City Barons (PDL) Cary Stadium; Ocean City, N.J. 7:30 p.m. ET
3 Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) at Rochester Rhinos (USL-1) Paetec Park; Rochester, N.Y. 7:35 p.m. ET
4 Western Mass Pioneers (USL-2) at Danbury United (USASA) Portuguese Cultural Center; Danbury, Conn. 4 p.m. ET
5 Michigan Bucks (PDL) at Richmond Kickers (USL-2) UR Stadium; Richmond, Va. 7 p.m. ET
6 Cleveland City Stars (USL-2) at Kansas City Brass (PDL) William Jewell College; Liberty, Mo. 7:30 p.m. CT
7 RWB Adria (Chicago, Ill.) (USASA) at Carolina Rail Hawks (USL-1) SAS Soccer Park; Cary, N.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
8 Cincinnati Kings (USL-2) at Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) Bavarian Soccer Park; Glendale, Wis. 7:30 p.m. CT
9 Azzurri (Dallas, Texas) (USASA) at Atlanta Silverbacks (USL-1) Remax Greater Atlanta Stadium; Atlanta, Ga. 7:55 p.m. ET
10 Lynch’s Irish Pub FC (Jacksonville, Fla.) (USASA) at Charlotte Eagles (USL-2) UNCC Transamerica Field; Charlotte, N.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
11 Central Florida Kraze (PDL) at Charleston Battery (USL-1) Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
12 Miami FC (USL-1) at El Paso Patriots (PDL) Patriots Stadium; El Paso, Texas 7:30 p.m. MT
13 El Paso Indios USA (USASA) at Minnesota Thunder (USL-1) James Griffin Stadium; St. Paul, Minn. 7:05 p.m. CT
14 California Victory (USL-1) at BYU Cougars (PDL) BYU South Stadium; Provo, Utah 7:30 p.m. MT
15 Banat Arsenal (Phoenix, Ariz.) (USASA) at Seattle Sounders (USL-1) Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash. 8 p.m. PT
16 Portland Timbers (USL-1) at Bakersfield Brigade (PDL) Bakersfield Christian H.S.; Bakersfield, Calif. 7:30 p.m. PT


FUTSAL TEAM WINS TWO IN BRAZIL: The U.S. National Futsal Team won two out of five in a two-week trip to Brazil. The team arrived on May 16, taking on Balneario two days later in a 4-3 win. Head coach Keith Tozer’s squad then defeated Bento du Sol, also by a 4-3 margin. The team’s luck ended there, however, falling to Malwee, and twice to the Brazil National Futsal Team. Tozer's roster in Brazil includes players from both MISL and USL rosters, and several top players were not available due to outdoor commitments with USL clubs giving Tozer a chance to invite 13 upcapped players as the team continues preparation for the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

U.S. Futsal Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
May 18 Balneario 4-3 W Myers, Beasley, Ducker, Tovar
May 20 Bento du Sol 4-3 W Susi, Kafedzic, Tovar, Stewart
May 22 Malwee 0-6 L
May 24 Brazil 0-4 L
May 27 Brazil 0-7 L


2007 CONCACAF GOLD CUP TICKETS NOW ON SALE: Tickets for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup are now on sale for all dates and venues. Tickets start at $20 for first round games and can be purchased by calling 1-888-878-2007. Ticket packages are available for all games and match days at a single venue. Discounts are also available for groups. More information is available at ussoccer.com.

VISIT ussoccer.com's YOUTUBE CHANNEL: U.S. Soccer fans can now follow their favorite U.S. National Team coaches and players on ussoccer.com's YouTube channel. It includes interviews, press conferences and other exclusive behind-the-scenes features as well as coverage of the FIFA World Cup, FIFA Women's World Cup, FIFA's Youth World Cups, Olympic Soccer, CONCACAF Gold Cup and other competitions, and all of the National Teams' qualifying competitions and friendlies. Subscribe to ussoccer.com's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/ussoccerdotcom.

COACHING SYMPOSIA HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH SEND-OFF SERIES GAMES: Soccer coaches around the nation will have an opportunity to join the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department in supporting the U.S. Women’s National Team this summer in advance of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. Three separate Coaching Symposia will be held in July and August as part of the USA’s final three Send-Off Series games before they take on the world in China. The first Coaching Symposium is scheduled for July 27-28 in San Jose, Calif., as the USA takes on Japan (tickets). Two weeks later, coaches from around the country will converge in Chicago on Aug. 11 for the USA-New Zealand match at Soldier Field on Aug. 12 (tickets). The final U.S. Soccer Coaching Symposium of the summer will be staged at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Aug. 24-25 with the U.S. Women taking on Finland just days before their China departure (tickets). [CoachesNet]

US CLUB SOCCER NATIONAL CUP REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDED: US Club Soccer National Cup VI Region A and C Champions were crowned in Boys and Girls U12-U17 age groups on Memorial Day in LaGrangeville, N.Y. and Jacksonville, Fla., respectively. A total of 37 teams earned berths to the 2007 National Cup VI Finals in Super Group and Premier divisions. A pair of New England clubs in Connecticut’s Eastern FC and Massachusetts’ Inter SC Bandits each won three Region A championships, while the Weston Fury earned a trio of Region C titles. The 2007 National Cup VI Regionals continue June 16-19 with Region H action in Modesto, Calif. Visit usclubsoccer.org for more information including the “Road to the Cup” blog.

2007 NATIONAL CUP VI REGION A CHAMPIONS
LaGrangeville, N.Y. – May 26-28, 2007
Super Group Boys Region A Champions
U-12 Syracuse Blitz ’94 Samba Beat (N.Y.)
U-13 Middlepath FC United (N.Y.)
U-14 Pasco Stallions (N.J.)
U-15 Bethesda SC Road Runners (Md.)
U-16 Ironbound Blaze (N.J.)
U-17 Kosmos SMS Academy Supersonics (N.Y.)

Premier Boys Region A Champions
U-12 Ottawa Fury (Canada)
U-13 Eastern FC Magic (Conn.)
U-14 White Plains Youth Soccer Elite (N.Y.)
U-15 Inter SC Bandits (Mass.)
U-16 Eastern FC Rangers (Conn.)
U-17 Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.)

Super Group Girls Region A Champions
U-13 Wall Soccer Wild Wombats (N.J.)
U-14 FC Sting White Plains Killer Bees (N.Y.)
U-15 Life HBC Elite (N.Y.)
U-16 Connecticut United FC (Conn.)
U-17 Lower Merion Riptide (Pa.)

Premier Girls Region A Champions
U-12 Freehold Lady Strikers (N.J.)
U-13 Eastern FC Cheetahs (Conn.)
U-14 Inter SC Bandits (Mass.)
U-15 LaGrange FC Hawks (N.Y.)
U-16 Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.)
U-17 Inter SC Bandits (Mass.)

2007 NATIONAL CUP VI REGION C CHAMPIONS
Jacksonville, Fla. – May 25-28, 2007
Super Group Boys Region C Champions
U-16 Strictly Soccer (Fla.)
U-17 Miami Strike Force Cagliari (Fla.)

Premier Boys Region C Champions
U-12 Concorde Fire South ’95 Black (Ga.)
U-13 Weston Fury Premier (Fla.)
U-14 Weston Fury Premier (Fla.)
U-15 Weston Fury Premier (Fla.)
U-16 Lakeland Highlands FC LA Select (Fla.)
U-17 First Coast SA, CSS Jacksonville Premiere (Fla.)

Premier Girls Region C Champions
U-12 Brentwood Apex (Tenn.)
U-13 Clearwater Chargers (Fla.)
U-14 Sunrise Fire (Fla.)
U-15 First Coast Kyx (Fla.)
U-16 Countryside Youth SA Lightning Premier (Fla.)
U-17 Strictly Soccer (Fla.)


*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT and Kansas City forward Eddie Johnson came through for his club on Saturday, May 26, in the Wizards’ 4-3 win against New England. Johnson provided the team with a hat-trick, including an 82nd minute goal that put the Wizards ahead of the Revolution when they were tied, 3-3.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Despite England manager Steve McClaren’s very public assertion that former captain David Beckham would not play for England while he was at the helm, McClaren changed his mind and called in the Real Madrid midfielder for a friendly against Brazil on June 1 in London. McClaren appears to have his sights set on the squad’s June 6 Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia, which his team must win after disappointing.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team is back in training for a match against China on June 2 in advance of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. will take on the Chinese on Saturday at 5 p.m. PT at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Fans can watch live on ESPN2 and Galavision, or follow along via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “I'm just embarrassing myself out there. They weren't doing me any favors either, hitting balls to my head. They set up the strikers with real nice passes on the ground, but not the defender of course.”
-- U.S. MNT defender Jay DeMerit, joking about why he elected to step out of the end of session shooting exercise.


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