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U.S. Soccer Wire: Sept. 13, 2010


FIFA INSPECTION TOUR CONLUDES IN HOUSTON, TEXAS;
FOURTH YEAR OF DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY PROGRAM UNDERWAY

FIFA INSPECTION TOUR OF THE U.S. CONCLUDES IN HOUSTON, TEXAS: The FIFA Technical Inspection Tour of the United States concluded with stops in Dallas and Houston, wrapping up a three-day, five-city tour highlighted by meetings with national and local civic and business officials, visits to stadiums and tourism attractions, and introductions to soccer players, coaches and fans from throughout the United States who embody the spirit of “The Game is in US.” Hosted by the USA Bid Committee, the tour was designed to give the six-person FIFA Inspection Delegation a closer look at many of the assets featured in the U.S. bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022. The FIFA Inspection Delegation is conducting similar tours of bidding nations prior to FIFA’s announcement on the 2018 and 2022 hosts on Dec. 2.

GOUSABID.COM RECORDS ONE MILLIONTH SUPPORTER FOR USA BID: The USA Bid Committee announced last week that the campaign’s website, GoUSAbid.com, reached the milestone of one million supporters of the United States' effort to win the right to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. The United States reached the landmark one week before the FIFA Inspection Delegation arrives in the United States for its review of the proposed stadiums, training sites, FIFA Fan Fest venues, transportation, and other components of the U.S. bid.

ussoccer.com’s USA Bid Coverage – Sept. 8 – Sept. 13

U.S. MNT TO FACE POLAND AT CHICAGO’S SOLDIER FIELD ON OCT. 9: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Poland on Oct. 9 in Chicago, the home of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Kickoff at Soldier Field is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. After an 11-year absence from Chicago, the U.S. will now be playing its sixth match at Soldier Field since 2004, having hosted the semifinal and the sold-out final of the 2007 Gold Cup in which 60,000 fans saw the United States defeat Mexico 2-1 to secure its second-consecutive Gold Cup title. Tickets starting at $25 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 and Walmart stores). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Soldier Field except on the day of the event.]

U.S. MNT TO PLAY HOST TO COLOMBIA ON OCT. 12 AT PPL PARK IN CHESTER, PA.: The U.S. Men’s National Team will host South American rivals Colombia on Oct. 12 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.  Kickoff for the USA’s first match on the Chester waterfront is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision.  Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. Tickets starting at $30 go on sale to the public Friday, Sept. 3, at 12 p.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the PPL Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Sept. 8 – Sept. 13

SUNDHAGE NAMES PRELIMINARY ROSTER FOR FRIENDLIES AGAINST CHINA:  U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 30 players to a preliminary roster for two matches against China, taking place on Oct. 2 at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. (6 p.m. ET), and on Oct. 6 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2). Sundhage will open a training camp in Kennesaw, outside of Atlanta, on Sept. 20 that consists mostly of players from Women’s Professional Soccer clubs who did not make the playoffs. As teams are eliminated from the playoffs, and after the WPS Championship on Sept. 26, additional players will join the national team camp at various times leading into the USA’s first match against China. Tickets for the USA’s match against China in Atlanta at Kennesaw State University are currently available through ussoccer.com or at the KSU Soccer Stadium box office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Tickets for U.S. WNT’s first visit to the brand new PPL Park in Chester, Pa. start at $18 and go on sale to the public this Friday at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the PPL Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 

U.S. WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Atlanta Beat)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (FC Gold Pride), Tobin Heath (Atlanta Beat), Sarah Huffman (Washington Freedom), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Joanna Lohman (Philadelphia Independence), Kelley O’Hara (FC Gold Pride), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Sept. 8 – Sept. 13

FOURTH YEAR OF DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY PROGRAM UNDERWAY: The 2010-11 season of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy kicked off this weekend with 16 games in the Texas, Southeast and Atlantic Divisions. The fourth year of the program will continue to improve the overall development of more than 4,000 players, 600 coaches and 900 referees in the coming year. Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna, who was appointed by U.S. Soccer in April, will oversee the technical programming of the Development Academy and provide guidance to the Technical Advisors. Reyna, who also oversees youth national team programming, will provide an even greater link between the national teams and Academy clubs.

KICKOFF FOR LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL CHANGED TO 7 P.M. PT: The kickoff for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final between the Seattle Sounders and Columbus Crew on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at Qwest Field in Seattle has been moved to 7 p.m. PT. The match, originally scheduled for 8 p.m. PT, will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. With more than 19,000 tickets already sold, a record crowd for an Open Cup final is anticipated at Qwest Field.

PORTLAND AND VANCOUVER EARN PLAYOFF BERTHS IN USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE: The Montreal Impact and the Puerto Rico Islanders got Week 22 underway in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday, Sept. 8 as the Impact claimed a 2-1 road win in the only weekday match before a full league schedule on Saturday. Opening play on Sept. 11 was Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who scored three unanswered goals against Crystal Palace Baltimore and secured a spot in the D-2 Pro League postseason. The Rochester Rhinos also registered a 3-0 win at home against the Tampa Bay Rowdies to guarantee a top four seed in the playoffs. In Cary, N.C., the Carolina RailHawks and Portland Timbers battled to a 0-0 draw, despite both teams needing a win to keep pace with their conference rivals ahead of them in the standings. Montreal was not able to take full points from both of their games this week as they fell 2-1 to Miami FC in Ft. Lauderdale, while Puerto Rico rebounded from their midweek loss to defeat the Austin Aztex 3-1 at home. In another 3-0 result, the NSC Minnesota Stars kept themselves in playoff contention with a big win on the road against AC St. Louis.

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Schedule and Standings
2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Playoff Standings

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

CONCACAF U-17 AND U-20 CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR JAMAICA, GUATEMALA: The U.S. Under-17 and Under-20 Men’s National Teams have learned the dates and locations for their respective 2011 CONCACAF Championships. The U-17 MNT will travel to Jamaica for its event, which will take place Feb. 12-28, while the U-20 MNT will play in Guatemala from April 3-17. The U-17 Championship will qualify four teams to the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup from June 18-July 10 in Mexico. As hosts, Mexico already has a berth in that tournament, meaning the region will have five teams participating. The CONCACAF U-20 Championship will send semifinalists to Colombia from July 29-Aug. 20 for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. In April, CONCACAF announced that the event will be played with 12 teams for the first time since 1996, with Canada, Mexico and the United States joining five teams from the Caribbean and four teams from Central America.

U.S. U-20 MNT WRAPS UP CUADRANGULAR INTERNACIONAL IN PERU: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team rounded out its trip to Arequipa, Peru, by dropping a 2-0 decision to the hosts on Sunday, Sept. 12. That game was a rematch of Friday’s 2-1 loss, during which Peru scored in the 89th minute and the first minute of stoppage time for a come from behind win. Earlier in the week, the U.S. picked up losses to Colombia and Paraguay in Arequipa, which is situated at nearly 8,000 feet above sea level.

Date                 Opponent/Result           U.S. Goalscorer(s)      Venue
Sept. 6             Paraguay 5, USA 0        --                              Arequipa, Peru
Sept. 8             Colombia 2, USA 0        --                              Arequipa, Peru
Sept. 10           Peru 2, USA 1               V. Garza                    Arequipa, Peru
Sept. 12           Peru 2, USA 0               --                              Arequipa, Peru

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samir Badr (F.C. Porto; Fairfax, Va.), Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (S.C. Braga; Syracuse, N.Y.), Anthony Brooks (Hertha BSC; Berlin, Germany), Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA; Bell, Calif.), Christian Flores (Club Tijuana; El Cajon, Calif.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Emilio Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Korey Veeder (Crystal Palace Baltimore; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Victor Garza (Tigres; Edinburg, Texas), Kevin Huezo (C.F. Pachuca; Santa Ana, Calif.), Francisco Navas Cobo (Houston Dynamo; Richmond, Texas), Ernest Nungaray (Monarcas Morelia; National City, Calif.), Moises Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United; Sterling, Va.), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.Y.), Jerome Kiesewetter (Hertha BSC; Berlin, Germany), Adrian Ruelas (Santos Laguna; Fontana, Calif.), Omar Salgado (Portland Timbers; El Paso, Texas)

U.S. U-17 MNT ARRIVES IN MADRID, SPAIN, FOR TWO WEEKS OF TRAINING AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team has arrived in Madrid, Spain, for 12 days of training at the Spanish FA’s Ciudad de Futbol. The team played a Real Madrid youth side on Wednesday, Sept. 8, losing 1-0, but rebounded on Sept. 9 to top Rayo Vallecano 2-1 behind a pair of goals from Kellen Gulley. The U.S. team also took in Real Madrid’s La Liga home opener against Osasuna. Wilmer Cabrera will round out the trip by leading his team in two friendlies against Spain on Sept. 14 and Sept. 16. During the trip, the team will gain valuable international experience as it moves toward the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship from Feb.12-28 in Jamaica.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kendall McIntosh (Mustang Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy 1969; Tokyo, Japan), Alessandro Mion (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Cole Nagy (RSL-AZ; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio), Danny Zaid (Camp Elite Guatemala; Guatemala City)
MIDFIELDERS (10):  Ricardo Aldape (Lemont Raiders; Chicago Heights, Ill.), Joe Amon (South Carolina United FC; Summerville, S.C.), Matthew Dunn (FC Koln; Dallas, Texas), Ruben Duran (Las Vegas Premier ’92; Las Vegas, Nev.), Patrick Foss (D.C. United; South Riding, Va.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Esteban Rodriguez (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale, Calif.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.)
FORWARDS (4): Daniel Flores (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)

U.S. U-14 GNT COMES TO THE HOME DEPOT CENTER FOR TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. U-14 Girls’ National Team will be in training camp from Sept. 18-25 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as 35 players, all born in 1996, come together for training and several scrimmage matches. Former U.S. international Michelle French, who has been working with the U.S. U-14 program for several years now, will run the camp in the absence of Mike Dickey, who selected the roster from this past summer’s U.S. Soccer U-14 Girls’ Identification Camp in Portland, Ore. An additional player may be added before the camp begins. The U.S. U-14s will play several matches against local club and possibly ODP teams during the week.

U.S. U-14 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kelsey Dossey (Zionsville; Plainfield, Ind.), Casey Murphy (PDA; Bridgewater, N.J.), Alexandra Nicholas (Pleasanton Rage; Pleasanton, Calif.), Abigail Pyne (Black Bear United; Dixmont, Maine)
DEFENDERS (14): Michaela Abam (Albion FC; Sugarland, Texas), Emilia Bladin (Seattle United; Seattle, Wash.), Victoria Bowman (Dallas Sting; Colleyville, Texas), Hannah Coy (Magic Jacks; Boca Raton, Fla.), Schuyler Debree (Match Fit Chelsea; Fair Haven, N.J.), Delaney Fechalos (Atlanta Fire; Suwanee, Ga.), Monica Flores (SDFC Lynx; Livingston, N.J.), Sabrina Flores (SDFC Lynx; Livingston, N.J.), Shelby Fredericks (Massapequa Stars; Babylon, N.Y.), Eva Gordon (Empire United; Syracuse, N.Y.), Chloe Hemmingway (West Coast FC; Irvine, Calif.), Mariah Lee (Washington Premier FC; Covington, Wash.), Annie Mejia (Arsenal FC; Bloomington, Calif.), Meaghan Mulligan (PDA; Freehold, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton Colorado), Megan Buckingham (Michigan Hawks; Novi, Mich.), Madison Burdick (Atlanta Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Jordan Di Biasi (Colorado Rush; Littleton Colorado), Maddie Elliston (Toro; Omaha, Neb.), Maddie Huster (Ohio Elite; Cincinnati, Ohio), Hannah Lopiccolo (West Coast FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Rilka Noel (Michigan Hawks; West Bloomfield, Mich.), Haley Pounds (Challenge SC; Spring, Texas), Josie Thurman (Carmel United; Noblesville, Ind.), Amanda Shorin (PSV Union FC; Palo Alto, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Jorian Baucom (Sereno SC; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Sarah Chase (West Coast FC; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Mikaela Harvey (Lonestar SC; Liberty Hill, Texas), Gabriella Kaplan (MVLA Lightning; Emerald Hills, Calif.), Gracin Palmer (CASL Spartan Elite; Clinton, N.C.), Pilar Torres (San Diego Surf; Encinitas, Calif.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With fewer than 100 days to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup, 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 COACHING SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD SEPT. 29 AND OCT. 1 IN KENNESAW, GA.: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will conduct a Coaching Symposium in the Atlanta area on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 in conjunction with the U.S. Women’s National Team game against China on Oct. 2 at Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. The theme for the two-day event will be focused around “National Team Level Training.” On Sept. 29, coaches will attend a U.S. Soccer Training Center, which is a training session in conjunction with local clubs and state associations to identify players with youth national team potential. Join CoachesNet.

BRIANA SCURRY RETIRES FROM PROFESSIONAL SOCCER: Briana Scurry, who will forever be remembered for her dramatic save during the penalty kick shootout at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, has retired from professional soccer. Scurry made the announcement during a press event at the Maryland SoccerPlex, home of her current and final club, the Washington Freedom. 

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR TWO EDUCATIONAL TRIPS IN 2011: In an effort to continue providing unique coaching opportunities to its membership, U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet announces plans to offer educational trips to Brazil and Germany in 2011. Entering its third year, the aim of U.S. Soccer’s international coaching education program is to expose U.S. coaches to other federations and clubs to learn the steps they take to develop their coaches and players. Attendees interact directly with top-level coaches, administrators and players from some of the best clubs and countries in the world. Scheduled to take place March 18-25, 2011, coaches will visit five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. While in Rio de Janeiro, coaches will take part in educational lectures with various professional coaches, visit with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and attend professional training sessions and games. 

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES UNDERWAY: The U.S. Olympic Committee is now accepting requests from United States media organizations for accreditation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The application form is available through the USOC's media-specific site,   http://usocpressbox.org. The deadline for making the request is Oct. 1, 2010. This process is open to print, internet and photographic media organizations that are based in the United States and meet the guideline standards outlined by the USOC. All non rights-holding broadcasters will be accredited by the International Olympic Committee.  The form will be available March 2011, on the IOC website www.olympic.org and the deadline for submission for all non-rights holding broadcasters will be in May 2011.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National team captain and defender Carlos Bocanegra went 90 minutes with new club St. Etienne in their 1-0 French Ligue 1 victory against Toulouse on Saturday. Toulouse had gone 4-0-0 to start the French season until St. Etienne beat them at home to jump up to third in the French league standings. 

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The CONCACAF Champions League is back in action this week as the Columbus Crew take on Joe Public at 8 p.m. ET and Seattle Sounders FC visit Saprissa at 10 p.m. ET on Sept. 14; both games will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel. Toronto FC will visit Real Salt Lake in an all-MLS matchup on Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. ET, also on Fox Soccer Channel.

SOCCER SHOCKER: After just two weeks of La Liga action in Spain, newly promoted Hércules put on a heroic display to shutout current champions Barcelona and earn a 2-0 victory in the Camp Nou behind two goals from Paraguayan World Cup star Nelson Valdez. For Barcelona, it was the first defeat at home in more than 16 months. The last time Hércules visited the Camp Nou during league play was in 1996. Interestingly, they came out 3-2 winners with current Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola playing in the midfield and even scoring an own goal for the losing side. 

QUOTABLE: “One of the advantages and strengths of our bid is that we’ve got the flexibility to adapt to virtually any situation that might come up if FIFA wants to move in a particular direction..” –USA Bid Committee Chairman and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati at the conclusion of the FIFA Inspection Delegation visit

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