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U.S. Soccer Wire: April 27, 2009


USA BID COMMITTEE RECEIVES CONFIRMATION FROM 58 VENUES;
U-17 MNT CLINCHES BERTH TO THE 2009 U-17 FIFA WORLD CUP IN NIGERIA,
2009 CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS AND FINAL CANCELLED;
TICKET SALES REACH 32,000 FOR U.S. MNT JUNE 6 QUALIFIER AGAINST HONDURAS

MORE THAN 50 STADIUMS SHOW INTEREST IN HOLDING FIFA WORLD CUP MATCHES: Public officials and executives representing 58 major stadiums in the U.S. last week formally confirmed interest in playing host to FIFA World Cup™ matches in 2018 or 2022, the USA Bid Committee announced today. The respondents represent 58 venues in 49 metropolitan markets, ranging in size from New York City, where the new Meadowlands Stadium will open in 2010 in nearby East Rutherford, N.J., to college town markets from coast to coast. Three new candidates also reached out to the USA Bid Committee to express their interest, including Las Vegas, Nev., which currently does not offer a suitable stadium but requested to be included as a market for consideration. Earlier this month, the USA Bid Committee mailed letters to public officials and executives representing 70 stadiums in more than 50 metropolitan markets. Representatives from the Las Vegas, Nev. and the Raleigh-Durham markets, as well as Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah – none of them included in the original list of 70 venue and market candidates – have requested to be considered as hosts in 2018 or 2022. Twelve stadiums declined to be considered as potential candidates while conversations continue with representatives of two stadiums as local officials there explore various venue feasibility issues before confirming their interest.

ussoccer.com’s 2018/2022 Bid Coverage – April 20-27

U.S. U-17 CLINCHES BERTH TO 2009 FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP IN NIGERA: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated Honduras 3-0 to take the top place in Group A of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The win gave Wilmer Cabrera’s team a perfect three wins from three games. Nicholas Palodichuck, who had not played in either of the first two games, scored the first and third goals for the U.S. Jack McInerney added a goal in the 28th minute, bringing his total to a tournament-high five goals in three games. The U-17 MNT secured a berth to the 2009 FIFA World Cup in Nigeria on Thursday, April 23, with a 4-2 win against Canada. Despite the loss, Honduras also qualified for the U-17 World Cup, finishing in second place in Group A. The U.S. was schedule to face Costa Rica in the tournament semifinals on Wednesday, April 29, but the remainder of the regional tournament has been cancelled due to growing concerns about the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico. Along with the United States and Honduras, Mexico and Costa Rica also earned a spot at the U-17 World Cup. New Zealand won the Oceania bid on Friday afternoon. Nigeria has an automatic bid as host of the tournament, joining Algeria, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Malawi in representing Africa. Asia has also completed qualifying with Iran, Japan, Korea Republic and Uzbekistan slated to represent the continent in Nigeria. The South American tournament is currently underway in Inquique, Chile.

U.S. CONCACAF Under-17 Championship Schedule

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue
April 21 Cuba 5-0 W Jerome, McInerney (2), Lletget, Gil Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico
April 23 Canada 4-2 W McInerney (2), Lletget, Gyau Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico
April 25 Honduras 3-0 W Palodichuk (2), McInerney Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico

ussoccer.com’s U-17 MNT Coverage – April 20-27

TICKETS REACH 32,000 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 32,000 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. 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 – April 20-27

BEACH SOCCER DRAWN WITH COSTA RICA AND BAHAMAS: The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team has been drawn into Group B of the CONCACF Beach Soccer Championship along with Costa Rica and Bahamas. Play in the six-team tournament is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, April 29, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, but is under review with a final decision expected Tuesday, April 28, due to the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico. The tournament will determine the two regional representatives at the 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Dubai. The U.S. is scheduled to open the tournament against Bahamas on April 29 and conclude Group B play against Costa Rica on May 1. The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team has competed in three out of four Beach Soccer World Cups. After missing out on the World Cup in 2008, the U.S. will look to qualify for the 2009 tournament, which will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for the first time.

U.S. CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Schedule
Date Opponent Time Location
April 29 Bahamas 5 p.m. PT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
May 1 Costa Rica 5 p.m. PT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
May 2 Fifth Place* 3:45 p.m. PT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
May 2 Semifinals* 5 p.m. PT / 6:15 p.m. PT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
May 2 Third Place / Final* 5 p.m. PT / 6:15 p.m. PT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

* Placement matches

WNT HOME SCHEDULE SET WITH MATCHES AGAINST JAPAN AND CANADA: The U.S. Women’s National Team will play four home matches in 2009, facing Japan twice in May and Canada twice in July. With Women’s Professional Soccer underway, U.S. WNT players will spend the majority of the summer with their club teams, coming together to take on Japan on Wednesday, May 20, at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, and Saturday, May 23 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. They will also meet up again to face Canada on Sunday, July 19, at Rochester Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., and then again three days later on Wednesday, July 22, at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. The game in Texas kicks off at 7:30 p.m. CT and fans can follow the action live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The match in Utah will kick off at 4 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español, with fans also able to follow online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The game in Rochester kicks off at 3 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN. The match in Charleston kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español. Tickets for all four matches are available in the Schedule & Tickets section of ussoccer.com.

U.S. WNT 2009 Schedule
Date Opponent Time TV Venue
May 20 Japan 7:30 p.m. CT -- Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas
May 23 Japan 4 p.m. MT FSC, Fox Sports en Espanol Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
July 19 Canada 3 p.m. ET ESPN Rochester Rhinos Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
July 22 Canada 8 p.m. ET FSC, Fox Sports en Espanol Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – April 20-27

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-20 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM COMES TO THE HDC FOR TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jillian Ellis will bring 23 players to a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from April 25-May 3. The roster includes eight players who were a part of the USA’s 2008 U-17 Women’s World Cup Team that took second place in New Zealand last year. Those players include team captain Cloee Colohan, as well as Kristie Mewis, who won the Bronze Ball as the third best player in the tournament, forward Courtney Verloo who scored four times in New Zealand, and goalkeeper Taylor Vancil, who won the Golden Glove as the top ‘keeper during the competition. Ellis has called in eight players who are currently freshmen in college while the remaining 16 are still in high school. Players eligible for the next FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which will be held in Germany, are born on or after January 1, 1990. Dates and venues for CONCACAF qualifying for the next U-20 Women’s World Cup have yet to be set.

U.S. U-20 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Taylor Vancil (Louisville; South Elgin, Ill.), Chante Sandiford (UCLA, Owensville, Md.), Kelsey Wys (Parkland Predators; Coral Springs, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (5): Jazmyne Avant (Florida; Coppell, Texas), Zakiya Bywaters (Neusport SC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Cloee Colohan (Black Diamond SC; West Point, Utah), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Melinda Mercado (Oklahoma State; Sapulpa, Okla.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Katy Frierson (Auburn; Birmingham, Ala.), Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton Rage; Pleasanton, Calif.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Alev Kelter (Alaska Rush; Eagle River, Alaska), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Erika Tymrak (IMG Academy; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.), Beth West (Texas A & M; Centennial, Colo.)
FORWARDS (6): Lauren Alwine (Virginia; Elizabethtown, Pa.), Kim Castleberry (Dallas Texans; McKinney, Texas), Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues; Costa Mesa, Calif.), Courtney Jones (North Carolina; Danville, Calif.), Kristie Mewis (South Shore Select; Hanson Mass.), Chioma Ubogagu (D’Feeters; Coppell, Texas), Courtney Verloo (South Side Strikers, Tualatin, Ore.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

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. Space is limited, so interested applicants should apply early. For more information visit CoachesNet at ussoccer.com.

U.S. SOCCER'S COACHESNET CONCLUDES SIX-DAY TRIP TO BUENOS AIRES: U.S. Soccer's CoachesNet conducted its inaugural international educational trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the week of April 15th-20th. The trip to Argentina offered coaches a chance to interact and learn from professional coaches outside the United States, with the objective to offer unique educational opportunities to its members. For six days and five nights, attendees of the trip conferred with members of professional coaching staffs, toured the Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA) training complex, spoke with AFA youth coaches, attended two Primera Divisón games, analyzed professional training sessions and visited some of the most well-known stadiums and landmarks in the city.

SECOND LEG OF CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL POST-PONED: After winning the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final series 2-0, Atlante was scheduled to host Cruz Azul in Cancun, Mexico, on Wednesday, April 29 to determine the tournament winner and regional representative at the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup. The game has been post-poned until Tuesday, May 12, at 9 p.m. CT, due to the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team is on a roll down in Tijuana, Mexico, winning all three group matches by at least two goals and finishing in top spot in Group A. At the helm of the attach is Jack McInerney, who scored two goals in each of the first two group games and added one in the last group game against Honduras. The team finished group play with 12 goals for and two against as they clinched a berth at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The UEFA Champions League is back on Tuesday, April 28, as Barcelona host Chelsea at the Camp Nou and Manchester United host Arsenal at Old Trafford on Wednesday, April 29. Coverage for both matches begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. Fans can also head to their local U.S. Soccer Official Bar to make sure they don’t miss out on all the action.

SOCCER SHOCKER: After leading his team to third place at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, it seemed like Jurgen Klinsmann could do no wrong. Klinsmann later took the helm of German powerhouse Bayern Munich and after a recent poor run of form, was fired with five games left in the season. Leading up to the news, Bayern had lost to Schalke 1-0 on Saturday, April 25, dropping the team to third in the Bundesliga standings and in danger of falling out of Champions League contention. This came after a shocking 5-1 aggregate loss to Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals.

QUOTABLE: “They don’t get to see me play as often as they’d like.... My Mom tries to make up for missed time by being the loudest person in the stands. Everyone in the stadium will be able to hear her!”
-- U.S. U-17 MNT goalkeeper Earl Edwards talks to ussoccer.com’s Center Circle ahead of the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship about being in the U-17 Residency Program.

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