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U.S. Soccer Wire - May 8, 2006


U.S. MNT Will Gather in Cary, N.C., on Wednesday, May 10,
For Pre-World Cup Training Camp;
U.S. WNT Faces Japan on Tuesday in Second Match of Japan Tour

ARENA NAMES 23-MAN WORLD CUP ROSTER: After a nearly four-year process in which the United States has used 85 players in 59 overall matches, U.S. Men’s National Team Manager Bruce Arena has selected the 23 players who will represent the United States at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Arena revealed the list, along with 13 alternates, last week live on ESPN’s SportsCenter. The U.S. will head to Germany to compete in its fifth consecutive World Cup finals. The official roster must be submitted to FIFA no later than May 15. The team will begin their pre-World Cup training camp May 10 in Cary, N.C., when 20 players are expected to report. Both Steve Cherundolo and Kasey Keller will join camp after the German Bundesliga season ends on May 13. Additionally, Eddie Lewis will still be competing in the promotion playoffs in the English League Championship until the May 21 final. The United States will play matches in the Send-Off Series on May 23 in Nashville, May 26, in Cleveland (presented by Sierra Mist) and May 28 in East Hartford, Conn., (presented by Hyundai) with all three games airing live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET. The team is scheduled to depart for Germany on June 1 from Newark, N.J., arriving into Hamburg the following day. During the four-year cycle, 85 players have earned at least one cap for the U.S. as the team collected a 36-9-14 record. Additionally, 46 players appeared in at least one of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, giving Arena an extremely thorough opportunity to evaluate players based both domestically and abroad.

U.S. MNT 2006 FIFA World Cup Roster (All-time World Cup Roster Selections)
Goalkeepers (3): Marcus Hahnemann (2006), Tim Howard (2006), Kasey Keller (1990, 1998, 2002, 2006)

Defenders (8): Chris Albright* (2006), Carlos Bocanegra (2006), Steve Cherundolo (2002, 2006), Jimmy Conrad (2006), Cory Gibbs (2006), Eddie Lewis (2002, 2006), Oguchi Onyewu (2006), Eddie Pope (1998, 2002, 2006)

Midfielders (8): DaMarcus Beasley (2002, 2006), Bobby Convey (2006), Clint Dempsey (2006), Landon Donovan (2002, 2006), Pablo Mastroeni (2002, 2006), John O’Brien (2002, 2006), Ben Olsen (2006), Claudio Reyna (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006)

Forwards (4): Brian Ching (2006), Eddie Johnson (2006), Brian McBride (1998, 2002, 2006), Josh Wolff (2002, 2006)

An in-depth look at the U.S. Roster is available at ussoccer.com.
*Albright replaced Frankie Hejduk on May 3.


U.S. MNT 2006 Schedule
Date Match Venue Kickoff / TV / Result
Jan. 22 USA vs. Canada Torero Stadium (San Diego, Calif.) 0-0 T
Jan. 29 USA vs. Norway Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 5-0 W
Feb. 10 USA vs. Japan SBC Park (San Francisco, Calif.) 3-2 W
Feb. 19 USA vs. Guatemala Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas) 4-0 W
March 1 USA vs. Poland Fritz-Walter-Stadion (Kaiserslautern, Germany) 1-0 W
March 22 Germany vs. USA Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund, Germany) 1-4 L
April 11 USA vs. Jamaica SAS Soccer Park (Cary, N.C.) 1-1 T
May 23 USA vs. Morocco The Coliseum (Nashville, Tenn.) 6 p.m. CT / ESPN2 (Telemundo delay)
May 26 USA vs. Venezuela Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio) 7 p.m. ET / ESPN2 (Telemundo delay)
May 28 USA vs. Latvia Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.) 7 p.m. ET / ESPN2 (Telemundo delay)
June 12 USA vs. Czech Republic ** FIFA World Cup Stadium Gelsenkirchen 12 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Univision
June 17 Italy vs. USA ** Fritz-Walter-Stadion (Kaiserslautern) 3 p.m. ET / ABC & Univision
June 22 Ghana vs. USA ** Frankenstadion (Nuremberg) 10 a.m. ET / ESPN & Univision

** 2006 FIFA World Cup


U.S. WNT TO FACE JAPAN TUESDAY: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Japan on Tuesday, May 9, at 4 p.m. local time (3 a.m. ET) in Osaka after defeating them on Sunday (May 7), 3-1, at KK Wing Stadium (video highlights). All three goals came courtesy of striker Abby Wambach. Japan shocked the U.S. team early as they scored off a corner kick when Azusa Iwashimizu got her head on Aya Miyama’s cross from the right side. The 10-yard shot flew past fully extended U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, off the inside of the right post and bounced just over the goal line. The goal marked the first time the U.S. team had fallen behind under head coach Greg Ryan, who was coaching his 17th game at the helm, and now has an all-time record of 13-0-4. The U.S. team left for Osaka immediately after the game and will conduct one training session in Japan’s third largest city on Monday before finishing the tour on Tuesday at Nagai Stadium, which hosted matches in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The match will be part of a double-header as the Japan Men’s National Team takes on Bulgaria.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-21 WOMEN SWEEP THREE GAMES IN HOLLAND AND GERMANY: Led by four goals from midfielder/forward Danesha Adams and two goals from forward Tiffany Weimer, the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team had a highly successful tour of Germany and Holland, winning all three games including a victory against the Holland full Women’s National Team. Fans can get a little more insight into the trip on ussoccer.com via “Manya’s Musings,” the journal of U-21 international Manya Makoski. The U-21s started the trip with a 2-1 victory against Seastum in Zeist, Holland, on April 29, as Weimer scored on a free kick in the 21st minute before the Dutch club equalized just two minutes into the second half. Bristyn Davis scored the winning goal in the 55th minute off an assist from Adams, also a U-20 international, to give the USA a hard-fought victory. Kati Jo Spisak and Cori Alexander split time in goal, with each playing a half. The U.S. team then recorded a big win of the Holland Women’s National Team on May 2, logging a 2-0 victory on goals from Adams and Weimer, who scored off a free kick after Adams was taken down at the top of the penalty area. Both goals came in the second half, the first in the 58th minute and Weimer’s clincher in the 77th. The USA limited Holland to just five shots in the match, forcing Spisak to make just one save. The USA finished the tour with on May 4 with a big 3-0 victory against German Women’s Bundesliga club Duisburg, putting three goals past German National Team goalkeeping legend Silke Rottenberg. Duisburg also features German National Team players Annike Krahn and Inka Grings. Adams got all three goals for the USA, the first in the 11th minute off an assist from Weimer, before pounding in two in a three-minute span in the 69th and 71st minutes, both off assists from defender Rachel Buehler, who also assisted on Adams goal against Holland. Alexander went the distance for the USA in goal. The U-21s will have one more domestic training camp in June in Maryland before leaving for the annual Nordic Cup, this year being held in Norway from July 13-23. The USA has won an unprecedented seven straight Nordic Cups against the best U-21 teams in Europe.

Date      Opponent        Result    U.S. Goal Scores
April 29  Seastum         2-1 W     Weimer, Davis
May 2    Holland WNT   2-0 W     Adams, Weimer
May 4    Duisburg         3-0 W     Adams (3)


U.S. U-20 WOMEN HEAD TO GERMANY FOR FOUR MATCHES: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team continues its intense preparations for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia with a nine-day tour of Germany from May 8-16 that will feature four matches, two against the German U-21 Women’s National Team and two against German club teams. The U.S. team just completed a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and U-20 head coach Tim Schulz will bring 16 players to Germany. The USA will face the German U-21s on May 9 and May 11 in Frankfurt, before facing the Seastum club on May 13 and Wattenscheid 09 on May 15. Defender Stephanie Lopez, who played 31 minutes for the full Women’s National Team in the 3-1 win over Japan on May 7 in Kumamoto, Japan, will travel directly to Germany once she returns to the United States to join the U-20s for the final three matches of the tour. Several other U.S. players will be arriving a bit late after completing final exams at their respective colleges. The USA will open the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship against a team from Africa on Aug. 18, face Argentina on Aug. 21 and finish group play against France on Aug. 24. All the first-round matches will be played in Moscow. Midfielder/forward Danesha Adams is currently on a world tour. After playing with the U-20s in Brazil earlier in April, she went almost directly to Germany where she played with the U.S. U-21s, and had a great performance, scoring four goals in three games including a hat trick against Germany women’s Bundesliga club Duisburg. She will return to the United States briefly before hopping on a plane back to Germany with the U-20s. Forward Lauren Cheney, one of the leading scorers this year for the U-20s, will miss the trip after having surgery to remove her tonsils. Forward Amy Rodriguez, a veteran of the 2004 U-19 team that played in the World Championship in Thailand (she also has five caps for the full Women’s National Team) will join the U-20s after the completion of her final exams. School commitments have kept her away from the team for most of this year.

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team – Germany Tour Roster – May 8-16, 2006
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oakes, Calif.), Val Henderson (Orinda, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (6): Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.), Carrie Dew (Encinitas, Calif.), Nikki Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill.), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Allie Long (East Northport, N.Y.), Amanda Poach (Bowie, Md.);
FORWARDS (2): Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio).

Date     Opponent
May 9   Germany U-21 WNT
May 11 Germany U-21 WNT
May 13 Seastum
May 15 Wattenscheid 09


U.S. U-17 MNT TAKES ON JAMAICA: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team will play against the Jamaica U-17 MNT twice this week, facing them on Wednesday, May 10, and Friday, May 12, at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The U-17 squad recently returned from Northern Ireland, where they took second place at the Ballymena International Tournament for the fourth consecutive year.

U-14 BNT FINISHES CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team finished their second training camp of the year this past Saturday (May 6) at The Home Depot Center. Head coach Manny Schellscheidt and his assistants instructed 37 players during the week and broke them into separate teams for a total of six games in three days. In their first match day on May 2, the U-14s dominated the younger ODP Cal South teams, 7-0 and 9-1. A day later, the U.S. had more of a challenge and pulled out 1-0 victories in both games against Valley United Blast (U-15) and San Diego Surf (U-15). Jospeh Schmid and George Pantelic scored the game-winners. On May 4, the U-14s finished up match play with a 0-5 loss to So Cal United and a 2-4 loss to Barcelona (Calif.). The Under-14 program introduces young players to a level of soccer they would not otherwise see at such a young age and allows the country’s top youths the chance to experience soccer at its highest level. Schellscheidt talked about the U-14 program in an exclusive podcast with ussoccer.com (listen).

U-14 BNT Results
Date    Opponent               Result   U.S. Goalscorers
May 2  ODP Cal South       7-0 W    Craven (3), Barrera (2), Kitchen, Schmid
May 2  ODP Cal South       9-1 W    Saad (4), Jerome (2), Pantelic, Renken, Donyen
May 3  Valley United Blast  1-0 W    Schmid
May 3  San Diego Surf       1-0 W    Pantelic
May 4  So Cal United         0-5 L     --
May 4  Barcelona (Calif.)    2-4 L     Lemus, Craven


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

LEWIS STRIKE SALVAGES DRAW FOR LEEDS IN PROMOTION PLAYOFF SEMIFINALS: U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis, who was selected on Tuesday (May 2) to be a part of the USA's 23-man roster for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, netted the equalizer in the 74th minute to deliver Leeds a 1-1 draw against Preston North End in the first leg of the League Championship Promotion Playoff Semifinals. Lewis curled a precision left-footed free-kick from 22 yards over the wall and a bit too tall for the PNE defender Graham Alexander, who, mindful of Lewis' notorious ability on set pieces, had dropped to cover the near post. His attempt at a clearance only resulted in re-directing the ball into the upper side-netting, finishing off the sixth goal of the campaign for Lewis. The sides met again May 8 at Deepdale, with Leeds advancing to the promotion playoff final and a chance to gain entrance into the English Premier League next season after defeating PNE, 2-0 (3-1 aggregate).

LALAS, OVERBECK ELECTED INTO U.S. NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME 2006 CLASS: The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame’s Class of 2006 would be a tough one to score a goal on down the middle. Led by two central defenders that helped define their teams in the 1990s, the class of 2006 includes defenders Alexi Lalas and Carla Overbeck, known first-and-foremost for their World Cup exploits with the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams in the 1990s. Lalas helped raise the stature of the game in the United States both on and off the field, scoring nine goals and tallying 11 assists in 96 games for the United States. Professionally, he was the first born-and-bred American to play in the Italian Serie A and was a standout in Major League Soccer for seven seasons. Since retiring as a player, he has surfaced in a management capacity for several MLS teams. Overbeck served as the team’s captain through two Women’s World Cup titles and the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal triumph. The popular defender scored seven goals across 168 caps during her 13-year career. Overbeck started every game for the USA at the 1991, 1995 and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and was the team’s captain during their glorious championship run in the summer of 1999. She also started and played every minute of the team’s 1996 conquest at the Atlanta Olympics.

KWIK GOAL GOES TO GERMANY WITH U.S. SOCCER: Kwik Goal, Ltd. and U.S. Soccer have finalized preparations regarding the goal and training equipment needs for the U.S. Men’s National Team during the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. A portion of the needed equipment will accompany the team to Cary, N.C., where the team will train before departing for Germany. The remainder of the goals and training equipment will be sent directly to the team’s training site in Hamburg, Germany. Along with the existing inventory of Kwik Goals found in Cary, the U.S. team will have a variety of speed and agility equipment available, including coaching sticks, speed hurdles, speed ladders and speed rings. Kwik Goal has been an Official Supplier to U.S. Soccer for more than 15 years. For more information on the entire line of Kwik Goal equipment and programs, including Safety First and the Lifetime Guarantee, visit www.kwikgoal.com.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Just days after being named to the USA’s 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, U.S. MNT defender Eddie Lewis helped English Championship side Leeds United in their quest to earn a spot in the Premier League next season. Lewis, who plays in the midfield for Leeds, kept his club in the hunt, scoring off a free kick in the 74th minute to tie the match against Preston North End in the first leg of the League Championship Promotion Playoff Semifinals. The two sides met again May 8, with Leeds advancing after a 2-0 win (3-1 aggregate).

MARQUEE MATCHUP: After overcoming consecutive three-goal deficits, English club Middlesborough is set to take on Sevilla, of Spain, in the 2006 UEFA Cup Final on Wednesday, May 10, in Paris. The final will be televised live in the U.S. on Fox Soccer Channel at 2:30 p.m. ET.

SOCCER SHOCKER: England manager Sven Goran Eriksson announced his 23-man World Cup roster over the weekend, naming Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney to the squad despite worries that Owen may not be match-fit and Rooney may not be recovered from a broken foot in time for the tournament. That, however, was expected. Not expected was the person whom Eriksson called to back up his strikers should they not be ready: Theo Walcott. The 17-year-old Arsenal striker has yet to play in a Premier League match, having moved to Arsenal after playing 13 first-team games for second-tier side Southampton.

QUOTABLE: “We're in the World Cup group of death and next season we'll be in the Premiership group of death. The only difference being there will be 20 teams in our group instead of just four. Saying that, this season has given everyone a lot of confidence in our ability to stay up and I think we will."
-- U.S. MNT and Reading FC Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann after helping Reading advance to the Premiership for the first time in the club’s 135-year history.

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