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U.S. Soccer Wire - March 13, 2006


U.S. WNT To Face Germany in Algarve Cup Final on March 15;
U.S. MNT Announce Three-Game Send-Off Series in May,
Will Name Roster on Wednesday for March 22 Match vs. Germany

U.S. WNT TO PLAY FOR ALGARVE CUP TITLE: The U.S. Women’s National Team got a goal from captain Kristine Lilly just 28 seconds into the game, and three more in the second half, to defeat France, 4-1, in its final Group B match at the Algarve Cup. Aly Wagner, Lindsay Tarpley, and Natasha Kai all tallied in the second half to secure the USA’s spot in the Algarve Cup Championship for the fourth straight year. It was Kai’s second goal in as many games after scoring in her national team debut against Denmark on March 11. Lilly’s goal was the 109th of her career. For the second year in a row, the Americans will face Germany for the Algarve Cup title when the two world powers clash on Wednesday, March 15, at the Stadium Algarve. The championship match features the top two teams in the world in the current FIFA rankings as well as the 2004 Olympic champions (USA) against the 2003 Women’s World Cup champions (Germany). The game will kick off at 4:30 local time / 11:30 a.m. ET and fans can follow all the action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. MNT TO ANNOUNCE 20-PLAYER ROSTER AT ussoccer.com: U.S. MNT Manager Bruce Arena will announce the 20-player roster that will face Germany on Wednesday, March 15, at 12 p.m. CT, exclusively at ussoccer.com. The match against the World Cup hosts will take place on March 22 in Dortmund, Germany, and can be followed live at 2:25 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The U.S. has played Germany seven times dating back to 1993, with the Germans holding a 5-2-0 lifetime advantage. Most recently, Germany ended the USA’s historic run through the 2002 FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 quarterfinal victory on June 21, 2002, in Ulsan, Korea. The teams met once before on German soil, a 4-2 loss for the U.S. on March 27, 2002, in Rostock in the USA’s penultimate match prior to selecting their World Cup roster.

U.S. MNT WILL PLAY THREE-GAME SEND-OFF SERIES: The U.S. Men’s National Team’s three-game Send-Off Series prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup will begin at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tenn., on May 23, before continuing to Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 26, presented by Budweiser and concluding at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., on May 28. The three U.S. opponents will be Morocco, Venezuela and Latvia, respectively, with all three matches kicking off at 7 p.m. ET live on ESPN2 and taped delay on Telemundo. Fans can follow all three matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets for each match go on-sale on Wednesday, March 22 at 10 a.m. local time at ussoccer.com and all local Ticketmaster outlets. Group tickets for 20 or more are available for each match, as well as on-field seats and a limited number of Ultimate Fan Tickets. More information is available at ussoccer.com or by calling 312-528-1290. 



SUNIL GULATI UNANIMOUSLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF U.S. SOCCER: U.S. Soccer’s membership elected long-time U.S. Soccer executive Sunil Gulati as President of the U.S. Soccer Federation by unanimous consent on Saturday (March 11) at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Gulati succeeds Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia, stepping down after two successful four-year terms. Gulati, who ran unopposed in the election, has served as U.S. Soccer’s vice president since 2000. With almost 30 years of experience at all levels of soccer in the United States, Gulati has helped the sport rise to new heights across four decades of hands on involvement. He currently serves as the President of Kraft Soccer Properties, taking the position after serving as Major League Soccer's Deputy Commissioner from its launch until 1999. At the highly successful FIFA World Cup USA 1994, Gulati served as Executive Vice President and Chief International Officer and was a member of the original U.S. World Cup bid committee in the 1980s that helped bring the event to the United States for the first time. He also served on the Board of Directors of FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999 and 2003 and is currently serving on several FIFA committees. U.S. Adult Soccer Association President Mike Edwards of New Mexico steps into the Executive Vice President position, where he will serve the remaining two years on Gulati’s vice presidential term.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-20 MNT FALL, 1-0, TO COLORADO RAPIDS IN FIRST MATCH OF 2006: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team fell, 1-0, on March 10 to the Colorado Rapids during the team’s first training camp of the year. U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen, who was hired just last week for his second stint with the team, utilized almost all of his available players as he conducts the early stages of evaluating players in preparation for 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifying. Nicolas Hernandez scored the lone goal in the match, blasting a shot past goalkeeper Steve Sandbo in the 56th minute. The U-20s camp concludes on Monday (March 13). The U-20s will next get together for a tournament in Argentina in the middle of April.

U-17 MNTs LOSE AND DRAW WITH U-18 MNT, U-17 ‘90s PREPARE FOR WEST VIRGINIA: The U.S. Under-17 ’89 and ’90 Men’s National Teams both took on the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team this past week at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The U-17 ‘89s fell, 2-0, on March 7, while the ‘90s came away with a 2-2 draw two days later. The U-17 ‘90s fell behind twice in the match, but were able to find the equalizer each time as Alex Dixon and Brek Shea tallied for the U-17s. The ’90s will take on the University of West Virginia on Monday, March 13, at IMG Academy. The following week, the ‘90s will take on the University of Cincinnati (March 22) and the ‘89s will face Wake Forest University (March 24) at IMG Academy.

U-17 '89 MNT Result/Schedule
Date       Opponent   Result  U.S. Goal Scorers
March 4   UVa          1-0 W  Tarr
March 7   U-18 MNT   2-0 W
U-17 '90 MNT Schedule
Date       Opponent    Result   U.S. Goal Scorers
March 9   U-18 MNT    2-2 T    Dixon, Shea


U-18 MNT FINISHES UP SECOND CAMP OF 2006, GOING 2-1-1 DURING THE WEEK: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team went 2-1-1 this past week during their second camp of the year which took place at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. On March 7, the U-18s defeated the U-17 ’89 MNT, 2-0, behind goals from Casey Townsend and Eber Martinez. Two days later, the U-18s played two matches, drawing 2-2 with the U-17 ’90 MNT as Michael Stephens assisted on both goals by Townsend and Martinez, and defeating IMG U-18, 1-0, behind a goal from Edgar Barajas. On Saturday (March 11), the U.S. took an early lead when Perica Marosevic finished off a feed from Stephens, but eventually fell, 2-1, to the University of Connecticut. The U-18s will next get together for the Slovakia Cup 2006 in late April.

U-18 MNT Schedule
Date        Opponent     Result     U.S. U-18 Goal Scorers
March 7    U-17 MNT    2-0 W       Townsend, Martinez
March 9    U-17 MNT    2-2 T         Townsend, Martinez
March 9    IMG U-18     1-0 W        Barajas
March 11   UConn        1-2 L         Marosevic

U.S. U-21 WOMEN HOLD TRAINING CAMP AT HDC: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team will be in training from March 19-24 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. U.S. U-21 head coach Jill Ellis will bring in 24 players for six days of training and several scrimmages as she continues the process of selecting a team to participate in the annual Nordic Cup, being held in Norway this coming summer. The USA has won an unprecedented seven straight Nordic Cups against the top U-21 teams from Europe. Numerous players who are eligible for the next Nordic Cup are spending time with the full Women’s National Team and the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, giving Ellis a chance to bring in some new players for evaluation. Forward Natasha Kai came into the January training camp with the U-21s, was called up for the February camp with the senior team and scored in her first two matches at the Algarve Cup. Ellis has called in several Nordic Cup veterans, including midfielders Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Manya Makoski (Arizona State) and defender Kendall Fletcher (UNC), who was in camp with the full National Team earlier this year. Ellis has confirmed 20 players for the camp and will add four more before the training commences, but will give first looks to goalkeepers Cori Alexander of Portland and Veronica Simonton of USC. Alexander played very well in the 2005 NCAA Final Four, helping the Pilots to the NCAA title. Also getting first call-ups to the U-21s is defender Erin Hardy of UCLA, midfielders Marisa Brown of Wisconsin, Rebecca Moros of Duke and Lisa Sari of Portland, and forward Sophia Mundy of Houston. The U-21s will face the U.S. U-20s in a pair of scrimmages on March 21. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. PT and 7 p.m. PT. The U-21s will also face the women’s club team Ajax on March 23 at 7 p.m. PT.

U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team Training Camp Roster (March 19-24, 2006)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cori Alexander (Portland), Veronica Simonton (USC), Kati Jo Spisak (Texas A & M); DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Kendall Fletcher (UNC), Holly Gault (Kansas), Erin Hardy (UCLA), Hayley Hunt (Stanford), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia); MIDFIELDERS (7): Marisa Brown (Wisconsin), Bristyn Davis (UCLA), Noelle Keselica (Virginia), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Rebecca Moros (Duke), Lisa Sari (Portland); FORWARDS (4): Liz Bogus (Arizona State), Sophia Mundy (Houston), Ashlee Pistorius (Texas A&M), Tiffany Weimer (Penn State).


U.S. U-21 WNT Schedule
Date        Opponent      Kickoff
March 21  U-20 WNT     12 p.m. CT 
March 21  U-20 WNT      2 p.m. CT
March 23  Ajax of LA      7 p.m.
CT

U.S. U-20 WOMEN IN TRAINING CAMP AT HDC: The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team, fresh off a four-games in four days camp in College Station, Texas, will return to the field from March 19-26 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. U.S. head coach Tim Schulz will bring 22 players to the HDC where they will play up to nine matches, including scrimmages against local college teams Long Beach State (March 20 at 5 p.m.), Pepperdine (March 23 at 5 p.m.), Loyola Marymount (March 24 at 5 p.m.), San Diego State (March 25 at Noon) and USC (March 25 at 2 p.m.). The U-20s will also scrimmage the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team, which will be in camp at the same time, in a split-squad match on March 21 at 5 and 7 p.m. Schulz will be without several of his top players as the roster continues to rotate to give the college students more time to focus on school. Schulz will be without defender Stephanie Lopez, who made her first-ever start for the full Women’s National Team on March 13 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, as defenders Stephanie Logterman and Jordan Angeli, midfielder Amanda Poach and forward Amy Rodriguez, who also played for the senior side at the Algarve Cup. Schulz will bring 12 players to camp who were a part of the U.S. team that won the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Mexico at the end of January.

U.S. U-20 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Joanna Haig (Inver Grove Hts., Minn.), Jamie Klages (Coronado, Calif.); DEFENDERS (7): Carrie Dew (Encinitas, Calif.), Ariel Harris (Holly Springs, N.C.), Megan Holmes (Timonium, Md.), Nikki Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.), Lauren Switzer (St. Charles, Ill.), Brittany Taylor (Campbell Hall, N.Y.), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, Colo.); MIDFIELDERS (8): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill.), Natalie Capuano (Aston, Pa.), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Katie Larkin (Draper, Utah), Allie Long (East Northport, N.Y.); FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Jessica Okoroafo (Sylvania, Ohio), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio), Katie Schulz (Peachtree City, Ga.).


U.S. U-20 WNT Schedule
Date        Opponent                    Kickoff
March 20  Long Beach State         5 p.m. PT
March 21  U-21 WNT                   12 p.m. PT
March 21  U-21 WNT                    2 p.m. PT
March 23  Pepperdine                   5 p.m. PT
March 24  LMU                            5 p.m. PT
March 25  SDSU                         12 p.m. PT
March 25  USC                            2 p.m. PT

U.S. U-20 WNT SPLITS FOUR MATCHES IN COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS: The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team split four matches against college teams in College Station, Texas, during a quick training camp from March 9-12. On March 9, the U.S. U-20s fell to host Texas A&M, 2-1, with midfielder Tina DiMartino scoring the lone goal for the USA. The USA rebounded for a 5-0 win over Marquette on March 10, getting goals from five different players as Yael Averbuch, Allie Long, Brittany Taylor, Jessica Rostedt and Brittany Bock tallied. On March 11, the USA again fell by a 2-1 score, this time to BYU, as DiMartino was once again the lone U.S. goal scorer. The USA finished up with a 4-0 win over Vanderbilt on March 12 as Lauren Cheney scored twice and Jessica Rostedt and Sarah Wagenfuhr added single goals.

U.S. U-20 WNT Results
Date       Opponent             Score     U.S. Goal Scorers
March 9   Texas A&M           1-2 L      DiMartino
March 10  Marquette             5-0 W    Averbuch, Long, Taylor, Rostedt, Bock
March 11  BYU                    1-2 L     DiMartino
March 12  Vanderbilt             4-0 W     Rostedt, Cheney (2), Wagenfuh
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U.S. U-16 GNT DEFEATS GERMANY U-17 WOMEN, 2-1, AT HOME DEPOT CENTER: The U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team reversed a 3-0 loss three days earlier to record a 2-1 victory over the German U-17 Women’s National Team on March 9, in the second of two matches between the teams at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. An 88th minute goal from forward Tiffany McCarty was the difference for the USA, which also got a goal in the 20th minute from Brittani Bartok. The match featured lots of offense as the USA fired 19 shots, 15 of which went on goal, while Germany struck 14. The USA opened the scoring when Maggie Kistner slipped a perfect pass to Bartok, who was in front of the goal unmarked. She took a touch and slid the ball right past the Germany goalkeeper and into the net. Germany tied the game in the 80th minute after Kim Kulig beat her player down the flank and crossed to the far post over the head of U.S. goalkeeper Catherine Parkhill. Bianca Schmidt met the cross and hit her first-time shot into the left corner. With the match seemingly headed for a draw, Kristen Mewis stripped the ball away from a defender and hit a through ball on the ground for McCarty, who made a great run behind the defense. She was able to beat a defender in a foot race and went one-on-one with the goalkeeper, tucking the ball into the right corner for the game-winning goal.

U.S. U-16 GNT and U-17 WNT Schedule
Date         Result
March 5    U.S. U-17 WNT 3, Germany U-17 WNT 2
March 6    U.S. U-16 GNT 0, Germany U-17 WNT 3
March 8    U.S. U-17 WNT 1, Germany U-17 WNT 1
March 9    U.S. U-16 GNT 2, Germany U-17 WNT 1

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

L. A. GALAXY PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER MOURNED BY U.S. SOCCER FAMILY: Doug Hamilton, President & General Manager of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy and Chief Operating Officer, AEG Sports passed away March 9 after an apparent heart attack, as confirmed by an AEG spokesman. Hamilton, 43, was returning to Los Angeles from Costa Rica where the Galaxy had played Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday. Under Hamilton’s direction, the club captured their first “Domestic Double” in club history winning the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup championships. In each of Hamilton’s four seasons, the club qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs – the crown jewel among those appearances winning the MLS Cup twice (2002 and 2005). A three-time MLS Executive of the Year recipient, Hamilton joined the Galaxy in January 2002 after serving as the Miami Fusion’s (MLS) Executive Vice President & General Manager. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Hamilton holds a B.A. in Physical Education. He is survived by his wife Paige and their son Aedan. Memorial services for Doug Hamilton, President & General Manager of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy and Chief Operating Officer, AEG Sports, will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 11 a.m. at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The public is invited to attend the memorial service.

SAL RAPAGLIA WINS 2006 WERNER FRICKER BUILDER AWARD: Eastern New York State Adult Soccer Association President Salvatore Rapaglia was named winner of the 2006 Werner Fricker Builder Award last week. The Italian-born Rapaglia moved to the United States with his mother at age 15, where he began to play soccer in local youth leagues. He later played in adult leagues in the state, and was named ENYSASA president in 1979, a position he still holds. Rapaglia is known for his leadership qualities, particularly at the grass roots level. Under his guidance, the ENYSASA developed a plot of land used for waste and abandoned cars and turned it into a 10-field soccer complex known as Verrazzano Park. The Werner Fricker Builder Award is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have worked tirelessly in furthering the interest of the sport of soccer, without regard to personal recognition or advancement. “I was a friend of Werner Fricker and Werner Fricker was a great man for soccer,” Rapaglia said, after winning the award. “When you are young, you try to emulate someone, you have a hero. Werner was my hero for many many years.”

GALAXY , REVOLUTION OUT OF 2006 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS' CUP: The Los Angeles Galaxy and New England Revolution fell to Costa Rican clubs Deportivo Saprisa and Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, respectively, in the second leg of the 2006 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup quarterfinals. The Galaxy was ahead 2-0 at halftime with goals from Josh Garner (20th minute) and Landon Donovan (40th), but the home team fought back and the game ended 2-2. Reynaldo Parks scored in extra time to put Saprissa in the semifinals. New England and Alajelense almost ended in a 0-0 draw before Carlos Hernandez scored in the final minute of play, earning a 1-0 win for the home team.

2006 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup Quarterfinals Schedule*
Date                  Teams / Result
Wed, Feb. 22      New England Revolution 0, LD Alajuelense 0
Wed, Feb. 22      CD Olímpia 0, CF Toluca 2
Wed, Feb. 22      Portmore United 1, Club América 2
Thurs, Feb. 23     LA Galaxy 0, Deportivo Saprissa 0
Wed, March 8      CF Toluca 2, CD Olimpia 1
Wed, March 8      Club América 5, Portmore United 2
Wed, March 8      LD Alajuelense 1, New England Revolution 0
Wed, March 8      Deportivo Saprissa 3, LA Galaxy 2

* Home team is listed first.

GET DETAILED INFORMATION ON GERMANY FOR YOUR WORLD CUP TRIP: U.S. Soccer is working with the German National Tourist Office to help give American fans traveling to Germany to watch the World Cup a source and tool for making their trip this summer an unforgettable one. Germany is rolling out the red carpet for visitors with diverse soccer-related fan festivals, cultural events and special exhibitions in all 12 host cities, as well as smaller towns. Along with public viewing locations for all 64 games, there will be theater events, concerts and parties before, during and after the World Cup. Media and fans can find out about all these spectacular events and get detailed information on every host city by logging onto the German National Tourist Office website at cometogermany.com.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT defender and midfielder Eddie Lewis helped his club, Leeds United, draw 2-2 with Norwich on Saturday (March 11) with an assist and a goal for the English Championship side. He set up the first goal by chipping the ball over his defender to himself, then sliding it in to Rob Hulse. Leeds went down 2-1 before Lewis struck a free kick around the wall and into the upper right hand corner in the final minute to tie the game.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. WNT will head to their fourth straight Algarve Cup final after a 4-1 win against France. The U.S. Women will play Germany at 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 15, and fans can follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Reading FC’s 10-game home win streak came to an end on Saturday with a 0-0 draw against Watford. Reading had outscored their opponents 12-5 in their last five home matches and are still at the top of the Championship table with 90 points, 15 more than second-place Sheffield United and 20 more than third-place Leeds.

QUOTABLE: “I am honored to serve our membership in this capacity and look forward to helping to continue to guide our sport through the most prosperous period in our history. Across the past decade, a platform for this sport has been built that did not previously exist, and we now have an opportunity in the coming years to achieve more for soccer in the United States than anyone could have ever envisioned 15 or 10 or even five years ago.”
-- New U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati after being unanimously elected president at U.S. Soccer’s 2006 Annual General Meeting.

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