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U.S. Soccer Wire - August 20, 2007


U.S. MNT SET TO FACE SWEDEN ON WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22, LIVE ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL;
MNT vs. BRAZIL TICKET SALES REACH 20,000 FOR SEPT. 9 CLASH IN CHICAGO;
WNT READY FOR MATCH vs. FINLAND PRIOR TO 2007 FIFA WORLD CUP;
U.S. U-17 MNT DROPS FIRST FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP GROUP MATCH

BRADLEY SETS ROSTER FOR AUG.22 SWEDEN MATCH: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named the 19-man roster that will travel to face 11-time World Cup finalists Sweden on Aug. 22 in Göteborg. The U.S. team began arriving in Göteborg on Sunday, Aug. 19 and will train twice before Wednesday’s match (tickets). Kickoff at Ullevi Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local time) and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel (with Galavision airing the match live at 2:30 p.m. ET and delayed at 2:30 p.m. PT). Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The U.S. roster includes 13 players from the squad that captured the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and qualified the United States for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. That number includes Brian Ching, who was called in to replace Josh Wolff. The USA and Sweden have met only four times previously, with the series split evenly at 2-2-0. Next up on the U.S. schedule is the showdown with No.1 ranked Brazil on Sunday, Sept. 9 in Chicago. The “Clash of Champions” will mark the five-time World Champion’s first-ever visit to the Windy City. Kickoff at Soldier Field is set for 3 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. After the Brazil clash, the U.S. then takes advantage of a double FIFA date in October, first facing Catalonia on Oct. 14 at the Nou Camp in Barcelona, Spain, and then traveling to face Switzerland on Oct. 17 in Basel. Both October matches will also be televised on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision.

U.S. MNT Roster vs. Sweden
GOALKEEPERS (2): Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
FORWARDS (5): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Kamani Hill (VfL Wolfsburg), Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96)

TICKET SALES REACH 20,000 FOR USA-BRAZIL MATCH ON SEPT. 9: Tickets sales for the Sept. 9 Clash of Champions at Soldier Field between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Brazil have reached the 20,000 mark after going on sale to the general public just three days ago. The match pits the North America champion vs. the South America champion, and tickets are expected to continue to be in high demand for the historic game, which kicks off in Chicago at 3 p.m. CT, live on ESPN2 and Univision. The $250 On-Field Seats for the event have sold out, and only single tickets remain at the $130 Midfield Club and Lower Midfield price level. Tickets start at $40 and are on sale at ussoccer.com, by phone at 312-559-1212 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott, f.y.e., Hot Tix, and Ritmo Latino). Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Following the Brazil match, the U.S. will first meet Catalonia on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the famed Camp Nou in Barcelona (time TBD), marking the teams’ debut against each other. 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 at the 1994 FIFA World Cup hosted by the United States. All three European matches will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, and fans can also follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. MNT 2007 Schedule / Results
Date        Opponent      Venue Result/Kickoff/TV
Jan. 20    Denmark      Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)            3-1 W
Feb. 7      Mexico           Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.)  2-0 W
March 25 Ecuador        Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)    3-1 W
March 28 Guatemala   Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)                        0-0 T
June 2     China             Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)               4-1 W
June 7     Guatemala^  Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)             1-0 W
June 9     T&T^               Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)             2-0 W
June 12   El Salvador^ Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)           4-0 W
June 16   Panama^      Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)           2-1 W
June 21   Canada^       Soldier Field (Chicago)                                     2-1 W
June 24   Mexico^         Soldier Field (Chicago)                                     2-1 W
June 28   Argentina #  Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo)                 1-4 L
July 2       Paraguay #   Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas)                     1-3 L
July 5       Colombia #  Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto)   0-1 L
Aug. 22    Sweden        Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden)       2:30 p.m. ET / FSC / Galavision (2:30 ET/PT)
Sept. 9     Brazil             Soldier Field (Chicago.)                                    3 p.m. CT / ESPN2 / Univision
Oct. 14     Catalonia     Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain)                        TBD / FSC & Galavision
Oct. 17     Switzerland  St. Jakob Park (Basel, Switzerland)                2:30 p.m. ET / FSC & Galavision

^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
# Copa America

U.S. WNT LOOK TO FINLAND FOR FINAL SEND-OFF MATCH BEFORE WORLD CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team will play its final Send-Off match against Finland on Aug. 25 in Carson, Calif., at The Home Depot Center in before the team heads to China (tickets). Fans can watch the match live on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m. PT, or can follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. In their previous encounter, the U.S. Women dominated New Zealand on Sunday, Aug. 12, coming away with a 6-1 win at Soldier Field in Chicago. Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach notched two goals apiece and Kristine Lilly and Lindsay Tarpley each added goals. Once in China, fans can follow the U.S. WNT at ussoccer.com’s 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup homepage, which will include the latest news, results and all_access video and audio podcasts from China.

2007 Women’s National Team Send-Off Series
Date       Opponent        Location                                                                    Result/Kickoff TV
June 16 China               Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio) 2-0 W
June 23 Brazil                Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)              2-0 W
July 14   Norway             Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.)             1-0 W
July 28   Japan               Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)                     4-1 W
Aug. 12   New Zealand Soldier Field (Chicago)                                          6-1 W
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

UNDER-17 MNT FALLS TO TAJIKISTAN IN FIRST MATCH OF 2007 FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP: The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team took early leads in the first and second halves during their opening match in Group E of the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, but Tajikistan rallied twice to eventually hand the U.S. a 4-3 loss in Changwon, South Korea. After taking an early 1-0 lead on a ninth minute header goal from Mykell Bates, the U.S. was in control for the majority of the first half, but goals in the 32nd and 43rd minutes gave Tajikistan the lead before halftime. The U.S. bounced back with two goals in the opening eight minutes of the second half from Gregory Garza and Billy Schuler to once again take control, but Tajikistan mirrored the U.S. with two goals in the final eight minutes, including a jaw-dropping game-winner in the 86th minute, to earn all three points. The U.S. will next face Group E leaders Tunisia on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 3:45 a.m. ET, live on ESPN2 and ESPNU (the match will also be replayed at 12 p.m. ET on ESPNU). With Monday's result, the U.S. sits in third place in Group E with a -1 goal differential separating them from Belgium (-2). Tunisia defeated Belgium, 4-2, in the earlier match and sits atop Group E with three points and a better goal differential (+2) than Tajikistan +1).

U.S. U-17 MNT 2007 FIFA World Cup Results
Date          Opponent         Result / Kickoff     U.S. Goal Scorers
Aug. 20      Tajikistan           3-4 L                     Mykell Bates, Greg Garza, Billy Schuler
Aug. 23      Tunisia               4 a.m. ET
Aug. 26      Belgium             3 a.m. ET
Aug. 29/30 Round of 16*    TBD
Sept. 1/2    Quarterfinals*   TBD
Sept. 5/6    Semifinals*       TBD
Sept. 9        Final*                  6 a.m. ET
*If necessary

ESPN TO COVER 2007 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to broadcast all 32 matches of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup from Sept. 10-30 in China. ESPN360.com will air all 32 games, ESPN will broadcast 12 games and ESPN2 will broadcast 20 games. Matches will be preceded by a 30-minute pre-game show and there will be a one-hour show between matches on certain days. The games will be shown between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET from China.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-18 MNT DEFEATS JAPAN AT SBS CUP: The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team defeated Japan, 1-0, in their third and final match of the SBS Cup at Ecopa Stadium in Shizuoka, Japan. Shawn Barry scored the game-winner in the 62nd minute off a pass from Andrew Weideman. Weideman had chased down a long ball into the right corner, defeated a defender and then dropped the ball back inside the area for the streaking Barry, who buried his shot past the 'keeper. The victory was the first for the U.S. in the SBS Cup after falling in their previous two matches.

U.S. U-15 GIRLS' NATIONAL TEAM DEFEATS, TIES JAPANESE U-16 GNT: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team played two matches against the Japanese U-16 Girls’ National Team last week at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., winning the first match, 4-1, on Aug. 15 and tying the second, 2-2, on Aug. 17. The U.S. U-15s, all born in 1992, showed well against a Japanese team split almost evenly with players born in 1991 and 1992, that has already qualified for the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in New Zealand. The U.S. U-15 Girls return to action next at the 2007 Nike Women’s Friendlies to be held at The Home Depot Center in late September. 

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. PARA-PAN AMERICAN TEAM FINISHES FOURTH IN PARA-PAN AMERICAN GAMES: The USA men’s soccer 7-a-side team dropped their Para-Pan American Games match, 1-0, to Canada, finishing in fourth place at the tournament. The team reached the third place match after a 2-1 loss to Argentina in the semifinals. In the group stage, the U.S. lost their first match, 7-0, against eventual champions Brazil and defeated Venezuela by the same 7-0 score in the second match. 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 including a smaller field and smaller goals.

U.S. Para-Pan American Games Schedule
Date     Opponent    Result    U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 13 Brazil             0-7 L     n/a
Aug. 14 Venezuela    7-0 W    Marthell Vazquez (3), Josh McKinney (2), Josh Blue (2)
Aug. 16 Argentina     1-2 L      Jon McCullough
Aug. 18 Canada*       0-1 L      n/a
*Third place

U.S. Para-Pan American Games Soccer Team Roster
GOALKEEPER: Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS: Derek Arneaud (Lehigh Valley, Pa.), Louis Garrett (Columbus, Ohio), Jason Slemons (Seattle, Wash.), John Theobald (Syracuse, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS: Josh McKinney (Virginia Beach, Va.), Tom Latsch (Virginia Beach, Va.), Shaun Schetka (Wexford, Pa.)
FORWARDS: Chris Ahrens (Virginia Beach, Va.), Josh Blue (Denver, Colo.), Marthell Vazquez (Virginia Beach, Va.)

2007 FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP DRAW SET FOR AUGUST 26: The draw for the 2007 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will take place on Aug. 26 in Marseilles, France. FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke will conduct the draw, assisted by 1994 FIFA World Cup winner Romario and 1998 FIFA World Cup winner Christian Karembeu. The draw will determine the groups for the Beach Soccer World Cup, which will take place Nov. 2-11 at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The United States qualified for the 2007 event by winning the CONCACAF qualifying tournament which took place in Acapulco, Mexico. Mexico was the other CONCACAF team to qualify. More information is available at FIFA.com.

LOS ANGELES, PACHUCA TO MEET IN SUPERLIGA FINAL ON AUG. 29: Los Angeles midfielder David Beckham earned his first start and scored his first goal for the Galaxy in a 2-0 win against D.C. United. With the win, the Galaxy advanced to face Pachuca in the 2007 SuperLiga final on Aug. 29. Pachuca advanced to the first-ever SuperLiga final match after battling to a 2-2 draw with the MLS champion Houston Dynamo. The match was decided in penalty kicks, which finished 4-3 in favor of the Mexican side. More information is available at SuperLiga2007.com.

SuperLiga Semifinals Results
Date      Matchup                                           Result
Aug. 14 Houston Dynamo vs. Pachuca    2-2 (3-4 pk)
Aug. 15 LA Galaxy vs. D.C. United              2-0

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION GRANTS PROGRAM OPEN FOR 2008: The 2008 Annual Grants Program for the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, is now available online at ussoccerfoundation.org. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET on Monday, October 15. Applications can be submitted for: a Program Grant to support the development of players, coaches or referees; a Field Enhancement Grant to improve a field with new goals, irrigation or lighting; or an All Conditions Fields Grant to help build a synthetic grass field. More information about the grant making program, as well as Frequently Asked Questions are available at ussoccerfoundation.org.

COACHING SYMPOSIUM HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH FINAL SEND-OFF SERIES GAME: 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 in advance of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. 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. [CoachesNet]

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team forward Josmer Altidore did his part in New York’s win against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday (Aug. 18), scoring two of the Red Bulls’ five goals in the 5-4 victory. The two tallies increase Altidore’s goal count to seven so far this year.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The 66,237 fans at Giants Stadium on Saturday (Aug. 18) were treated to a nine-goal extravaganza as the New York Red Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy, 5-4. The match was a back and forth affair, with New York scoring first, followed by two L.A. goals. The Red Bulls responded with three goals, including two by U.S. U-20 MNT forward Josmer Altidore, before the Galaxy came back with two more. The 4-4 deadlock was broken in the 88th minute by Juan Pablo Angel, his 12th goal of the season for New York.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: It’s a full week for U.S. National Teams as the U.S. Men face Sweden on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 2:30 p.m. ET, live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. The next day (Aug. 23), the U.S. U-17 MNT takes on Tunisia in their second group match at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, with kickoff at 3:45 a.m. ET, live on ESPN2, ESPNU and Galavision. On Saturday, the U.S. WNT plays their final send-off game before heading to China when they match up against Finland at 6:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, Aug. 25, live on ESPN2. Finaly, the U.S. U-17 Men close out group play on Sunday, Aug. 26 against Belgium at 3 a.m. ET, live on ESPNU and Galavision.

QUOTABLE: “The other day I came in and I'd caught quite a bit of sun. They said, 'Did you go to the beach?' I said, 'No, I've been in the garden.' They all went quiet and they said, 'With the roses and the bushes?' I was like, 'No, by the swimming pool. Okay, the backyard'.”
-- Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham on the struggles of replacing British English with American English.


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