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U.S. Soccer Wire: April 5, 2010


U.S. WNT WINS 1-0 ON SNOW-COVERED PITCH IN SECOND MATCH AGAINST MEXICO;
USSF DIVISION-2 PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND;
TIM LEIWEKE JOINS USA BID COMMITTEE TO HELP BRING FIFA WORLD CUP TO THE U.S.  

U.S. WNT DEFEATS MEXICO 1-0 IN FIRST SNOW GAME: The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Mexico 1-0 on snow-covered field as Abby Wambach scored the game’s lone goal in the 60th minute. It marked the first time in the 26-year, 443-game history of the U.S. Women that the team has played a game in snow. The snow fell throughout the morning and afternoon before kickoff, and kept falling during the entire 90 minutes, increasing in intensity during the second half. Despite the weather, the U.S. team created a good number of dangerous chances, but Mexican goalkeeper Erika Vanegas played a fantastic match, making 12 saves including several spectacular stops. The match marked the conclusion of a two-game series against Mexico which saw the U.S. win the opener 3-0 in San Diego on March 28.

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 – March 30 – April 5

2010 USSF D-2 PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE SET TO KICK OFF ON APRIL 10: The Carolina RailHawks will host the first match of the 2010 USSF Division-2 Professional League season when first-year club AC St. Louis visits WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., on Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m. ET. That match will be closely followed by the contest between the Rochester Rhinos and Miami FC at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., at 7:30 p.m. ET. Two more matches round out the weekend on April 11 when the Montreal Impact visits the Austin Aztex at House Park in Austin, Texas, at 7 p.m. ET and the NSC Minnesota Stars head to Swangard Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps – also at 7 p.m. ET. Fans can watch all D-2 Pro League matches live via streaming video on the home team’s website.

TIM LEIWEKE JOINS TEAM TO BRING FIFA WORLD CUP TO THE U.S. IN 2018 OR 2022:
President and CEO of AEG, Tim Leiweke, has formally accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its effort to bring the FIFA World Cupâ„¢ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. Leiweke is in his 14th year with AEG, a global live entertainment organization specializing in developing, producing, promoting, marketing and managing sports and entertainment programming around the world. He was recently selected by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 100 most influential people in southern California and by the Sports Business Journal as Sports Executive of the Year. For more information, visit the USA Bid Committee website at goUSABid.com

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.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – March 30 – April 5

LAST TWO DAY OF AVAILABILITY FOR ADDITIONAL USA FAN TICKETS FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP MATCHES: U.S. Soccer has announced there will be an additional sales phase of 2010 FIFA World Cup tickets for matches involving the U.S. Men’s National Team until April 7, 2010. While the June 12 match against England is sold out, there are still tickets available in the U.S. fan section for the other two group matches. With excitement building towards the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the organizers are making more tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability, for U.S. citizens and residents interested in sitting in USA fan sections.

– 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): Chantel Jones (Virginia; Midlothian, Va.); Natalie Kulla (Marquette; St. Louis, Mo.); Jillian Mastroianni (Boston College; Durham, Ct.)
DEFENDERS (6):  Lauren Barnes (UCLA; Upland, Calif.); Erica Campanelli (Texas; Plano, Texas); Jennie Clark (Minnesota; Norwalk, Iowa); Megan Jesolva (California; La Mirada, Calif.); Lindsey Kowal (Harvard; East Meadow, N.Y.); Bri Young (Texas A&M; Castle Rock, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Bianca D’Agostino (Wake Forest; Longmeadow, Mass.); Tori Huster (Florida State; Cincinnati, Ohio); Mariah Nogueira (Stanford; Westminster, Calif.); Elli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah); Rachel Shipley (Texas A&M; Plano, Texas); Keelin Winters (Portland; Englewood, Colo.); Courtney Wetzel (Oregon State; Puyallup, Wash.)
FORWARDS (7): Katie Bethke (Minnesota; Eau Claire, Wis.); Kate Deines (Washington; Issaquah, Wash.); Danielle Foxhoven (Portland; Littleton, Colo.); Sarah Hagen (Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.); Whitney Hooper (Texas A&M; Houston, Texas); Kristen Press (Stanford; P.V. Estates, Calif.); Danielle Toney (Penn State; Northville, Mich.)

U.S. U-20 MNT DROPS FINAL GAME AT DALLAS CUP 1-0 TO EINTRACHT FRANKFURT: The U.S. U-20 Men's National Team finished play in the Dallas Cup Super Group with a 1-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday night. Despite allowing only two goals in three games, Thomas Rongen's team finished with a 1-2-0 record at the event. A goal just before halftime was all Eintracht Frankfurt, the youth affiliate of the Bundesliga side, needed to overcome the U.S. Cenk Tosun took advantage of some confusion at the top of the U.S. box. He carried the ball into the area and took a shot that Zac MacMath did well to save, but a rebound went right back to Tosun. He made the most of his second chance, scoring the game's lone goal. All three of the USA’s games finished with a 1-0 scoreline as they topped the Vancouver Whitecaps on March 29 and fell to Mexico on March 28.

U.S. U-20 MNT Results

 Date  Opponent   Time / Result   Goalscorers 
 March 28  Mexico   0-1 L  --
 March 29  Vancouver Whitecaps  1-0 W  M. Orozco
 March 31  Eintracht Frankfurt  0-1 L  --

U.S. U-20 WNT HEADS TO THE HDC FOR TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis will bring 26 players to a training camp April 11–18 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 brings 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): Sade Ayinde (Maryland; North Bellmore, N.Y.), Cloee Colohan (Portland; West Point, Utah), Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.), Beth West (Texas A & M; Centennial, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; 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 (Aristics Club; 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 WNT COMES TOGETHER AT THE HDC FOR TRAINING CAMP: U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team head coach Dave Chesler will bring 24 players to a training camp at The Home Depot Center from April 10-17 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)

U.S. U-17 MNT CONTINUES DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY TOUR IN CHICAGO: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team will continue its Development Academy tour with a trip to the Chicagoland area on Friday, April 9. Wilmer Cabrera’s young squad will match up against the Chicago Fire Academy at Toyota Park ahead of the MLS team’s home opener on Saturday evening, with admission included in the Chicago Fire game ticket. The U.S. will also face the Chicago Magic on Sunday, April 11, at Northwestern University, with both games kicking off at 3 p.m. ET. They continue the tour of Academy clubs with stops in Dallas and Houston scheduled in May.

U.S. U-17 WNT PICK UP WIN AND DRAW WITH BRAZIL U-17s AT DALLAS CUP: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, under the direction of head coach Mike Dickey, defeated the Brazil U-17 WNT by a 4-1 score on April 1 in a match played at Pizza Hut Park, then drew 2-2 on April 3 during a quick training camp and games at the Dallas Cup. The U.S. U-17s were coming off a failed qualifying campaign for the 2010 U-17 Women’s World Cup after falling in penalty kicks to Canada during the semifinal of the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship despite out-scoring its opposition 38-0 during the tournament, but hammered the South American champions in front of a crowd of about 3,000 fans in their first match since the tournament. 

U.S. U-17 WNT Results

 Date  Opponent   Result   Goalscorers 
 April 1  Brazil   4-1 W  Clark, Torres, Horan, Smith
 April 5  Brazil  2-2 T  Clark, Horan

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (5): Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado; Denver, Colo.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alex Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Cassie Pecht (Baltimore Bays; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (4):
Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Havana Solaun (KYX Kicks Elite; Gainesville, Fla.), Taylor Smith (Solar Red; Ft. Worth, Texas), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Bays; Baltimore, Md.)

MINNESOTA THUNDER AND SHATTUCK-ST. MARY’S JOIN DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY FOR 2010-11 SEASON: After an extensive review process, the Minnesota Thunder Academy and Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy have been selected to join the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. The two Minnesota clubs will join the Academy at the conclusion of the current season and begin competing on the field during the 2010-11 season.  Additionally, the San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders will also field teams in the 2010-11 season, as both Major League Soccer clubs have merged with local youth clubs to further player development.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than 10 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: In Scottish Premier League action, Maurice Edu scored the game’s only goal in the 11th minute as Rangers ran out 1-0 winners against Hamilton. Edu followed the developing play from the right touch line all the way across the field to find himself open on the left side of the area where he coolly slotted home to score the game winner and keep the Glasgow club 13 points clear of their nearest rival at the top of the table.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The proverbial "business end of the season" is fast approaching in Europe. UEFA Champions League quarterfinals conclude this week, with Arsenal and Barcelona contesting the second leg of their delicately balanced tie. In Europa League action, Clint Dempsey and Fulham carry a one goal league to Germany where they will meet reigning Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg. As if that weren't enough for the soccer fan, Europe's top five leagues (England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain) have gaps of no more than two points at the top of the tables. The pick of the bunch is Saturday's massive match in Spain: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona from the Estadio Bernabéu in Madrid, which will be televised live at 4 p.m. ET on GolTV.

SOCCER SHOCKER: While travelling to Qwest Field and shutting out Seattle Sounders FC for 90 minutes in front of more than 30,000 home supporters is an impressive accomplishment in itself, the feat carries added significance for the New York Red Bulls as Saturday’s 1-0 win not only reversed their 2-0 loss in the 2009 MLS opener in the same venue, but also snapped a 27-game winless streak on the road and marked the first away shutout since 2007.

QUOTABLE: “Having worked in soccer for much of my professional life, I am privileged to join the quest to bring the sport’s ultimate event – the FIFA World Cup – back to the United States. The growth of the passion for the sport in our country has undoubtedly resulted in the growth of its economy and yet, the opportunity to reach its full maturity is still in front of us.” –President and CEO of AEG Tim Leiweke on joining the USA Bid Committee to bring the World Cup to the U.S. in 2018 or 2022

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