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U.S. Soccer Wire: April 12, 2010


CLAUDIO REYNA NAMED U.S. SOCCER YOUTH TECHNICAL DIRECTOR;
DOUGLAS BAND JOINS USA BID COMMITTEE TO BRING FIFA WORLD CUP TO THE U.S.  

FORMER U.S. MNT CAPTAIN CLAUDIO REYNA NAMED U.S. SOCCER YOUTH TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced the appointment of four-time World Cup veteran Claudio Reyna as the Federation’s Youth Technical Director in New York last Wednesday. In his new position, the former captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team will oversee the design and implementation of long-term strategies for development of both coaches and players at the youth level in the United States. Reyna’s initial focus as Youth Technical Director will be to create a structure and plan to improve the coaching of 6-12 year-old players. He will craft a teaching curriculum that will be used to help educate coaches across the country and provide direction on what their specific focus and goals should be when working with young players.

U.S. TO FACE CZECH REPUBLIC AND TURKEY IN SEND-OFF SERIES FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: The U.S. Men's National Team will face two of the traditionally stronger teams from Europe in the Czech Republic and Turkey in the Send-Off Series prior to departing for South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The USA will meet the Czech Republic on May 25 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., at 8 p.m. ET before playing its final home tune-up match against Turkey on May 29 in Philadelphia. The game in Hartford will be broadcast live on ESPN and Galavision, while kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field is set for 2 p.m. ET, with ESPN2 and Galavision providing the television broadcast. Fans can also follow the matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TO MEET AUSTRALIA ON JUNE 5 IN ROODEPOORT, SOUTH AFRICA: The United States will play Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort, South Africa, one week before playing its first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Ruimsig Stadium in suburban Johannesburg is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

NEW OPTIONS TO FOLLOW THE U.S. MNT IN SOUTH AFRICA: The Great Atlantic Travel and Tour Company, which has been appointed by FIFA’s Ticketing Office to distribute tour packages for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, has recently added six new tour packages to help fans see the U.S. National Team play in the World Cup. The six packages will allow fans to follow one, two or all three of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s opening round games in South Africa this summer. Packages include international round trip airfare, accommodations, airport transfers and match transfers from $2,543 per person. Sightseeing trips and FIFA match tickets are available as part of select packages for an additional cost. For more information about the FIFA World Cup travel packages, visit the Great Atlantic Travel and Tour Company website.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – April 6 – April 12

DOUGLAS BAND JOINS TEAM TO BRING FIFA WORLD CUP TO THE U.S. IN 2018 OR 2022: Counselor to President Bill Clinton, Douglas Band, has formally accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its effort to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. Band has worked alongside President Clinton for more than 14 years, serving a variety of roles dating back to Clinton’s time in the White House. He has served as President Clinton's chief adviser since 2002, counseling him and serving as the key architect of Clinton's post-Presidency. He created and built the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) that to date has raised $57 billion for 1,700 philanthropic initiatives around the world spanning climate change, global health, citizen service, education and the empowerment of women and girls, which in total impacts more than 200 million people in 170 countries.

CLEVELAND TO PLAY HOST TO USA VERSUS GERMANY MATCH ON MAY 22: The U.S. Women's National Team will face Germany on May 22 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, as the world’s top two women’s soccer nations meet on American soil for the first time since the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The match will kick off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. The game in Cleveland is the second match of a home-and-home series between the two international powers. In the first contest, played Oct. 29, 2009, in Augsburg, Germany, Abby Wambach's goal gave the Americans a narrow 1-0 victory in front of an enthusiastic German crowd. Germany will host the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup from June 26 through July 17 in nine German cities.

U.S. Women’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – April 6 – April 12

USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE OPENS WITH FOUR GAMES, WEEK 2 ACTION BEGINS FRIDAY: The 2010 USSF Division-2 Pro League opening weekend is in the books with the Carolina RailHawks prevailing 2-0 against AC St. Louis and the Rochester Rhinos and Miami FC playing to a 1-1 tie. The weekend drew to a close with the Austin Aztex beating the Montreal Impact 2-0 and the NSC Minnesota Stars falling to Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-0. Next week will feature five matches as Crystal Palace Baltimore and the Tampa Bay Rowdies open their seasons when they face off at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, April 16. Also on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, the Carolina RailHawks are at home against the NSC Minnesota Stars who will be looking to turn around their opening loss to Vancouver. Saturday, April 17, will feature three matches, the first of which will be the Portland Timbers opening their season against the Rochester Rhinos at 7 p.m. ET. AC St. Louis will look to rebound at home when they face the Austin Aztex at 7:10 p.m. ET, and rounding out the weekend will be Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Miami FC at 7:30 p.m. ET. Fans can watch all matches of the 2010 season via live streaming video on the club websites.

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Schedule and Standings

FINAL SALES PHASE OF 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP TICKETS STARTS APRIL 15: The official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ ticket was unveiled Thursday, April 9, by FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke and Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan at Maponya Mall in Soweto, South Africa. The tickets will be made available to the general public on Thursday, April 15, when the fifth and final ticketing sales phase kicks off. This will coincide with the opening of the FIFA World Cup ticketing centers in all nine host cities and the start of the over-the-counter sales.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. UNDER-23 WOMEN HEAD TO CAMP IN CORVALLIS, OREGON: U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin will bring 24 of the top college players in the country to a training camp at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., from April 18-25. Irwin has called in Boston College goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni, Pac-10 defenders Lauren Barnes (UCLA) and Megan Jesolva (California), Portland midfielders Elli Reed and Keelin Winters, who were both members of the 2008 Under-20 Women’s World Cup champions, as well as strikers Danielle Foxhoven (24 goals for Portland in 2009), Kristen Press (21 goals for Stanford in 2009) and Sarah Hagen (24 goals for Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009). During the camp, the U.S. U-23s will face Oregon State and the University of Portland.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Mo Isom (LSU; Marietta, Ga.); Natalie Kulla (Marquette; St. Louis, Mo.); Jillian Mastroianni (Boston College; Durham, Ct.)
DEFENDERS (5): Lauren Barnes (UCLA; Upland, Calif.); Erica Campanelli (Texas; Plano, Texas); Jennie Clark (Minnesota; Norwalk, Iowa); Megan Jesolva (California; La Mirada, Calif.);  Bri Young (Texas A&M; Castle Rock, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Bianca D’Agostino (Wake Forest; Longmeadow, Mass.); Tori Huster (Florida State; Cincinnati, Ohio); Krista Kruse (Fort Collins, Colo.; Missouri); Mariah Nogueira (Stanford; Westminster, Calif.); Elli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah); Ingrid Wells (Georgetown; Upper Montclair, N.J.); Keelin Winters (Portland; Englewood, Colo.); Kylie Wright (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.); Courtney Wetzel (Oregon State; Puyallup, Wash.)
FORWARDS (7): Katie Bethke (Minnesota; Eau Claire, Wisc.); Kate Deines (Washington; Issaquah, Wash.); Danielle Foxhoven (Portland; Littleton, Colo.); Sarah Hagen (Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wisc.); Kristen Press (Stanford; P.V. Estates, Calif.); Molly Thomas (Omaha, Neb.; Nebraska); Danielle Toney (Penn State; Northville, Mich.)

U.S. U-20 WNT HEADS TO THE HDC FOR TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has called 26 players to training camp until April18 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as she continues to move towards finalizing a roster for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany. Ellis has brought most of her regulars in for this camp, during which the USA will split its squad to face the Ajax women’s club and the U.S. U-18 WNT on April 14 at 5 and 7 p.m. PT. After missing the last training camp due to a combination of school commitments and minor injuries, several key players return including forwards Sydney Leroux and Morgan Marlborough, midfielders Zakiya Bywaters and Christine Nairn, and defender Crystal Dunn. Ellis will have one more domestic training camp after this in May, followed by a trip to Germany in June before she selects her 21-player roster to represent the USA at the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany from July 13-Aug. 1. The Final Draw for the tournament will take place on April 22 in Dresden and will be attended by both Ellis and U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage. The 16 teams that have qualified for the U-20 Women’s World Cup are: host Germany, Japan, Korea DPR and Korea Republic from Asia; Ghana and Nigeria from Africa; England, France, Sweden and Switzerland from Europe; the USA, Costa Rica and Mexico from CONCACAF; New Zealand from Oceania; and Brazil and Colombia from South America.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Alexa Gaul (Texas; Naperville, Ill.), Kelsey Wys (Florida State; Coral Springs, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Victoria DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Jenny LaPonte (Santa Clara; Castro Valley, Calif.), Lindsi Lisonbee (BYU; Park City, Utah), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.), Alisha Woodson (Wake Forest; Wake Forest, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Amber Brooks (UNC; New Hope, Pa.), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues, Costa Mesa, Calif.), Katy Frierson (Auburn; Birmingham, Ala.), Kayla Grimsley (South Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpion SC; Hanson, Mass.),Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Maya Hayes (Aristocrats; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska; Raymore, Mo.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)

U.S. U-18 MNT SET FOR TRAINING CAMP AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will come together for a training camp from April 25-May 2 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Head coach Mike Matkovich has named 24 players who will train twice daily and compete against local club teams during the week. The team will also attend the Los Angeles Galaxy match against the Philadelphia Union on May 1. Matkovich’s roster includes 17 players currently playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy plus another player, Kyle Emerson, who has moved on from Texas SC DTH to Wake Forest. The remaining six players – Dustin Corea, Andrew Craven, Luis Gil, Stefan Jerome, Emilio Orozco and Eriq Zavaleta – were all part of the U.S. Soccer U-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program in 2009. Gil, who signed with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer before the 2010 season, is the lone professional player on the roster.

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Keith Cardona (NY Red Bulls; Glen Rock N.J.), Jonathan Kempin (Kansas City Wizards; Leawood, Kan.)
DEFENDERS (8): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Anthony Carerras (BW Gottschee; Valley Stream, N.Y.), Marquez Fernandez (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Baltimore, Md.), Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Albertson; Brentwood, N.Y.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas; Edmund, Okla.), Scott Thomsen (PDA; Brick, N.J.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Dustin Corea (Unattached; Portland, Ore.), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Sean Davis (NY Red Bulls; Holmdel, N.J.), Kyle Emerson (Wake Forest; Cypress, Texas), Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Miguel Lopez (Lonstar Aztex Academy; Alton, Texas), Daniel Metzger (PDA; Holmdel, N.J.), Emilio Orozco (Rampage FC; Oxnard, Calif.), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier; Battleground, Wash.)
FORWARDS (4): Villyan Bijev (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Sean Okoli (Washington Premier; Federal Way, Wash.)

U.S. U-18 WNT COMES TOGETHER AT THE HDC FOR TRAINING CAMP: U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team head coach Dave Chesler has called 24 players to a training camp at The Home Depot Center until April 17 that will run almost concurrently with the U.S. U-20 WNT camp. All of the players in with the U-18s are age-eligible to compete in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and will be trying to make an impact on the U-20 coaching staff with the possibility of an invite into events before U-20 head coach Jill Ellis chooses her squad for the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (5): Britt Eckerstrom (FC Frederick; Boyds, Md.), Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Megan Kufeld (Mustang Soccer; Fremont, Calif.), Abigail Steele (Mustang Soccer; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Anna Sieloff (Vardar; Troy, Mich.)
DEFENDERS (7): Torri Allen (McClean Dragons; Stafford, Va.), Arin Gilliland (Ohio Elite; Wilmore, Ky.), Vanessa Laxgang (Eclipse; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Riliegh McHugh (Hershey Attack SC; Hummelstown, Pa.), Dominique Richardson (Legends FC; Fullerton, Calif.), Samantha Scofield (Eclipse; Geneva, Ill.), Courtney Smith (Dallas Texans; Plano, Texas)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Natasha Anasi (Dallas Texans; Arlington, Texas), Alexandria Crown (Florida Rush; Orlando, Fla.), Lindsay Elston (Crossfire Premier; Sammamish, Wash.), Juliann Jeffrey (Dallas Texans; Richardson, Texas), Amanda Laddish (Blue Valley Stars; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Meagan Morris (Montclair Aristocrats; Montclair, N.J.), Mollie Pathman (Triangle FC; Durham, N.C.)
FORWARDS (5): Michelle Cruz (Real So Cal; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Kealia Ohai (Utah Avalanche; Draper, Utah), Courtney Proctor (Slammers; Santa Clarita, Calif.), Katie Stengel (Space Coast United; West Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (D’Feeters; Coppell, Texas)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than 7 months to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cup™ to come to the United States -- and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup™ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

U.S. SOCCER SUMMER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools for the “A,” “B” and “C” License Courses will take place throughout the month of June in four locations across the United States.  Summer “A” Audit, “A,” “B” and “C” courses are set for June 5-13 at Darlington School in Rome, Ga. and “B” and “C” courses will take place at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass., will host “A” Audit, “A,” “B” and “C” License courses June 17-25 and a National “A” Audit, “A” and “B” course will take place June 19-27 Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Sebastien Le Toux hit for a hat trick in the Philadelphia Union’s inaugural home opener against D.C. United on Saturday evening in Philadelphia, Pa. In front of a full house of 34,870 fans, the Union won the match 3-2 after Le Toux gave the home side a 2-0 lead in the first half. United fought back to equalize the match 2-2 in the second half but the Frenchman struck a curling free kick in the 80th minute to give Philadelphia its first franchise win.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The L.A. Galaxy and Real Salt Lake will meet for the first time since the 2009 MLS Cup when the Utah side travels to The Home Depot Center this Saturday, April 17. Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español will televise the game live at 10:30 p.m. ET.

QUOTABLE: “It was great to be here in Philly playing for such amazing fans, and I think it went well for our first time playing together. It’s fun playing with an expansion team and being on the same team with players that I’ve played against for a long time. I think it’s a work in progress, but it’s It’s a dream come true for women’s professional soccer to be back and growing.” –Philadelphia Independence and U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Lori Lindsey on her team’s opening match of the 2010 WPS season against the Atlanta Beat

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