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
- News: Bid Committee Receives Confirmation of Interest from 58 Venues
- News: Obama Endorses 2018/2022 Bid from USA
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
- CONCACAF U-17 Championship Page | Standings & Schedule
- Video: Full-game videos at the YNT Blog
- YNT Blog Video Profiles on YouTube: Perry Kitchen | Luis Gil
- U.S. 5, Cuba 0: Match Report | Quotes | Photos | Video Reaction
- U.S. 4, Canada 2: Match Report | Quotes | Photos | Video Reaction
- U.S. 3, Honduras 0: Match Report | Quotes | Video Reaction
- Feature: Earl Edwards: The Reluctant ‘Keeper
- Feature: Jared Watts: The Long Road Back
- Feature: Get to Know Marlon Duran
- Under-17 MNT Qualifying History
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 Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – April 20-27
- News: Fans from 46 States Buy Tickets for Chicago Qualifier
- Tickets: USA-Honduras on June 6 in Chicago
- Podcast: Tim Howard Discusses Everton’s FA Cup Win
- MNT Blog: Updates from Players Abroad
- U.S. Soccer Launches U.S. Soccer Supporters Club
U.S. CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Schedule
|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
|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
- News: U.S. Announces Two-Game Series Against Canada
- Tickets - USA-Japan: May 20 in Frisco, Texas | May 23 in Sandy, Utah
- Tickets - USA-Canada: July 19 in Rochester, N.Y. | July 22 in Charleston, S.C.
- U.S. Soccer Launches U.S. Soccer Supporters Club
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.