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U.S. Soccer Wire: Oct. 5, 2009


BOB BRADLEY NAMES 22-MAN ROSTER FOR FINAL FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS;
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR FINAL FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER IN WASHINGTON D.C.;
PIA SUNDHAGE NAMES 18-PLAYER ROSTER FOR OCT. 29 MATCH AGAINST GERMANY

BOB BRADLEY NAMES 22-MAN ROSTER FOR FINAL CONCACAF QUALIFYING MATCHES FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 22 players that will train in advance of the crucial FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Costa Rica that will determine if the United States automatically qualifies for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. first travels to San Pedro Sula to face Honduras, with kickoff on Oct. 10 at the Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano set for 8 p.m. MT. Four days later, the U.S. returns home for the last match of final round qualifying when they will take on Costa Rica in Washington, D.C. Kickoff at RFK Stadium is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision.  Fans can follow both matches live online via ussoccer.com’s newly upgraded MatchTracker as well as twitter.com/ussoccer.

CLINT DEMPSEY OUT OF HONDURAS QUALIFIER WITH SHOULDER INJURY: U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey has been diagnosed with a shoulder sprain and will not be available for the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Honduras on Oct. 10 in San Pedro Sula. Dempsey, who sits in second place amongst U.S. goalscorers in 2010 qualifying with five goals, will be evaluated throughout the week to determine his availability for the USA’s final qualifier against Costa Rica on Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C. Dempsey left in the 84th minute of Fulham’s 2-2 draw at West Ham on Sunday, and underwent an MRI evaluation earlier today. No replacement player will be added to the roster prior to Saturday’s match.

SCENARIOS FOR USA TO QUALIFY: In order to secure a top-three finish in CONCACAF and an automatic berth to the FIFA World Cup on MatchDay 9 at Honduras, the U.S. Men have to equal or exceed the number of points that Costa Rica earns hosting Trinidad & Tobago, which can be accomplished the following ways:  

    1. A U.S. win (with any Costa Rica result)
    2. A Costa Rica loss (with any U.S. result)
    3. A U.S. tie with a Costa Rica tie or loss 

Additional scenarios for MatchDay 10, a scenario generator and the tiebreakers are available at ussoccer.com.

VIEWING LOCATIONS FOR USA-HONDURAS QUALIFIER CONFIRMED: With every national team match, U.S. Soccer wants the television broadcast to reach the widest audience possible. However, the worldwide television rights to each CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match are the property of the hosting nation, meaning the hosting nation may distribute those rights at its discretion. In regards to the U.S. Men’s National Team’s match against Honduras on Oct. 10, the rights are owned by the Honduras federation, which chose to sell the U.S. television rights, in both English and Spanish, to a company which opted to broadcast via closed circuit feed only. As a result, the match will not be televised by any network or cable channel. While U.S. Soccer would prefer the match be more accessible to fans, we have no broadcast rights in this instance. However, we still wish to assist our fans as much as possible in their efforts to view the match and support the team. For a list of Official U.S. Soccer Bars and other establishments that confirmed that they will be showing the match, please click here.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR OCT. 14 QUALIFIER IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AS U.S. MNT CONTINUES QUALIFICATION FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: Tickets for the U.S. Men's National Team's final home qualifier of the 2010 FIFA World Cup cycle are on sale now at ussoccer.com. The USA will take on Costa Rica on Oct. 14 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. in the last game of the final round of qualifying. The United States has a perfect 8-0-0 record in home qualifiers and will try to keep up the run as they meet Los Ticos in what could be a deciding game for a place in the World Cup. After eight games, the U.S. sits in first place of the six-team group with 16 points on the strength of a 5-2-1 record. The U.S. has clinched a top four position, which guarantees at least a playoff with the fifth-place team from South America for a place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. will have a chance to clinch one of the top three places and earn an automatic berth to the World Cup when it faces Honduras on Oct. 10 at 10 p.m. ET at Estadio Olímpico in San Pedro Sula. Currently four points ahead of fourth place Costa Rica, if the U.S. earns as many as or more points than Costa Rica earns hosting Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 10, the U.S. would clinch at least third place and one of the three automatic berths.

 

Hexagonal Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

United States

8

5

2

1

14

9

+5

16

Mexico

8

5

3

0

11

8

+3

15

Honduras

8

4

3

1

14

8

+6

13

Costa Rica

8

4

4

0

9

13

-4

12

El Salvador

8

2

4

2

8

10

-2

8

Trinidad & Tobago

8

1

5

2

8

16

-8

5

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* 1-3 L Donovan Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica
June 6 Honduras* 2-1 W Donovan, Bocanegra Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
June 15 Italy # 1-3 L Donovan Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 18 Brazil # 0-3 L -- Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 21 Egypt # 3-0 W Davies, Bradley, Dempsey Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg
June 24 Spain # 2-0 W Altidore, Dempsey Free State Stadium; Mangaung/Bloemfontein
June 28 Brazil # 2-3 L Dempsey, Donovan Ellis Park; Johannesburg
July 4 Grenada ^ 4-0 W Adu, Holden, Rogers, Davies Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.
July 8 Honduras ^ 2-0 W Quaranta, Ching RFK Stadium; Washingon, D.C.
July 11 Haiti ^ 2-2 T Arnaud, Holden Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
July 18 Panama ^ 2-1 W (OT) Beckerman, Cooper Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa.
July 23 Honduras ^ 2-0 W Goodson, Cooper Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
July 26 Mexico ^ 0-5 L -- Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.
Aug. 12 Mexico* 1-2 L Davies Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico
Sept. 5 El Salvador* 2-1 W Dempsey, Altidore Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* 1-0 W Clark Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
Oct. 10 Honduras* 10 p.m. ET more info Estadio Olímpico; San Pedro Sula, HondurasAway (Venue TBD)
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* TBD ESPN2/Galavision RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Sept. 29 – Oct. 5

U.S. U-20 MNT ELIMINATED ON FINAL DAY OF GROUP PLAY AT FIFA 2009 U-20 WORLD CUP: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team was eliminated from the FIFA U-20 World Cup after the final group matches were completed in Egypt. The U.S. finished as the 17th place team in the tournament, one place shy of the Round of 16. After finishing the group phase with three points and a minus three goal differential after a 4-1 win against Cameroon and losses to Germany and Korea Republic, the U.S. needed certain results in Group E today to go their way. With Brazil defeating Australia, U.S. head coach Thomas Rongen’s side only needed the Czech Republic to beat CONCACAF Champion Costa Rica by shutout or at least two goals to advance, but Czech Republic only won the match by a one-goal margin, 3-2. Due to the result, the U.S. and Costa Rica tied with minus three goal difference, but Costa Rica will advance with five goals scored compared to the USA’s four. It is the first time that the U.S. team has failed to advance past the group stage at the U-20 World Cup since 1987.

U.S. U-20 MNT 2009 World Cup Schedule
Date        Opponent                              Time/Result                           TV/Goal Scorer(s)                                Venue
Sept. 26  Germany                                0-3 L                                     --                                                      Mubarek Stadium; Suez, Egypt
Sept. 29  Cameroon                              4-1 W                                    Arguez, Taylor, Duka, Ownby              Mubarek Stadium; Suez, Egypt
Oct. 2      Korea Republic                     0-3 L                                       --                                                      Mubarek Stadium; Suez, Egypt 

ussoccer.com’s U-20 MNT Coverage: Sept. 29 – Oct. 5

WALT DISNEY CEO ROBERT IGER JOINS TEAM TO BRING FIFA WORLD CUP TO UNITED STATES IN 2018 OR 2022: Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Company, today accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its endeavor to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. “I am honored to join the USA Bid Committee to help bring the world’s most exciting sporting event back to the U.S.,” said Iger. “Enthusiasm for the sport has grown tremendously in the 15 years since the U.S. last hosted the FIFA World Cup and I’m confident this can continue with an unforgettable experience for the millions of soccer fans here and around the world.”

SUNDHAGE NAMES WNT ROSTER TO FACE GERMANY: U.S. Women's National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named an 18-player roster for the USA’s match against Germany on Oct. 29 at the newly constructed Impuls Arena in Augsburg, Germany. It will be the first meeting since January of 2007 between the world’s top two women’s powers and the first time the USA has played in Germany since the summer of 2000. The match kicks off at 6 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) and fans can follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets are available until Thursday via ussoccer.com. This match will mark the 25th meeting between the two countries (counting two matches against the former West Germany) with the USA having won 16 games, lost four and tied four. The two most successful women’s soccer nations have met in several of the most epic matches in U.S. history, including a 5-2 U.S. win in the semifinal of the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 3-2 U.S. win the quarterfinal of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 3-0 U.S. loss in the semifinal of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and a 2-1 win in the semifinal of the 2004 Olympics.

U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (6): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Out of contract), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (UNC), Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Out of contract), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (2): Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

 ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Sept. 29 – Oct. 5

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

THIRTY-SIX PLAYERS SET FOR U-18 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM CAMP IN CARSON, CALIF: U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team head coach Mike Matkovich has called 36 players to a domestic training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. from Oct. 6-13. Matkovich's group includes 33 players who are currently part of U.S. Soccer's Development Academy, representing 23 different clubs. Thirty-five of the 36 players were born in 1993, with Cal Oddysey defender Isaiah Trejo the lone invitee born in 1992. Players will arrive on Oct. 6 before training later that afternoon for the first time.

U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Johnathan Kempin (Kansas City Wizards; Leawood, Kan.), Max Kurtzman (FC Delco; Bryn Mawr, Pa.); Adam Zepeda (Arsenal; Corona, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (12): Kevin Alvarenga (Rush Academy; Katy, Texas), David Caban (Chicago Fire; Kenosha, Wisc.), Sean Cunningham (Derby County Wolves; Troy, Mich.), George Fradenburg (Birmingham United; Belden, Miss.), Bryan Gallego (New York Red Bulls; Kinnelon, N.J.), Ricardo Hernandez (Arsenal; Fontana, Calif.), Matt Sheeleigh (PDA; New Vernon, N.J.), Aaron Simmons (Dallas Texans; Mansfield, Texas), Isaiah Trejo (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Victor Vasquez (Chivas USA; Cypress, Calif.), Eric Weberman (Derby County Wolves; Farmington, Mich.), Matt Wiltse (PDA; Belle Mead, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (13): Nat Eggleston (Potomac; Chevy Chase, Md.), Oscar Gonzalez (New York Red Bulls, Clifton, N.J.), Matt Ingram (Indiana United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Miguel Lopez (Lonestar SC; Alton, Texas), JP Medina (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Daniel Metzger (PDA; Holmdel, N.J.), Kevin Pahl (Clearwater Chargers; Lakeland, Fla.), Steve Palacios (United FC; San Clemente, Calif.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bollingbrook, Ill.), Jimmy Petuccelli (Seacoast United; Brentwood, N.H.), Steeven Saba (Weston Academy; Miami Beach, Fla.), Scott Thomsen (PDA; Brick, N.J.), Will Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (8): Samuel Adjei (New York Red Bulls; Newark, N.J.), Zach Batteer (Beadling SC; Pittsburgh, Pa.), Bryce Follensbee (Florida Rush; Orlando, Fla.); Markhus Lacroix (NJSA; New Egypt, N.J.), Sean Okoli (Washington Premier; Federal Way, Wash.), Sekani Sinclair (Weston SC; Coral Springs, Fla.), Chris Somerville (FC DELCO; West Chester, Pa.), Ryan Zinkhan (Richmond Strikers; Fredericksburg, Va.)

U.S. U-17 MNT RETURN FROM INTERNATIONAL TRAINING CAMP WITH THREE VICTORIES: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team returned Oct. 1 from an international training camp in England. During the course of the visit, the team played three friendlies at the Chelsea FC academy training ground and came away victorious in all three matches. The team dispatched of Cheslsea FC U-17 Academy team 3-1 before notching two victories against Gambia 2-0 and 5-0 respectively.

U.S. U-17 MNT International Training Camp Schedule
Date        Opponent                              Time/Result           TV/Goal Scorer(s)                                Venue
Sept. 23  Chelsea U-17                         3-1 W                     Craven, Jerome, Chavez                      Chelsea Academy; Cobham, England
Sept. 27  Gambia U-17                          2-0 W                    Gil, Duran                                          Chelsea Academy; Cobham, England
Sept. 30  Gambia U-17                          5-0 W                    Chavez (2), Jerome (2), Agudelo          Chelsea Academy; Cobham, England

DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY CLUBS TO INTEGRATE SPARQ SELF-TESTING IN 2009-10 SEASON: U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs were introduced to SPARQ Training during the first two years of the Academy program, and this year will integrate SPARQ Self-Testing into their training regimen. SPARQ, which stands for Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness, was introduced at the 2008 Spring Showcase and all Academy players were tested twice during the 2008-09 season by SPARQ trainers. Each club received a SPARQ Self-Test Kit, which includes a stop watch, measuring tape, six cones and a notepad to record results along with an instructional booklet and DVD on how to conduct each test. SPARQ Testing will be required at the beginning of each season and again at the 2010 Spring Showcase.   

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION–

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR THE FINAL DRAW OF FIFA 2010 WORLD CUP BEGAN OCT. 1, 2009: FIFA announced that the accreditation process for media representatives who intend to cover the Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ in Cape Town began on Oct. 1 via the FIFA Media Channel (http://media.fifa.com). The deadline for accreditation applications is October 30, 2009. The draw event will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa on Dec. 4, 2009. Media related information for the draw, i.e. media accommodation, media facilities and activities throughout the draw week will be published on the FIFA Media Channel. Thereafter, the applicant’s information will be subject to a review process by FIFA, the Organizing Committee for the FIFA World Cup™ as well as the mandatory security screening conducted by the South African National Intelligence Agency. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail.  

A FIFA WORLD CUP IN THE USA? YOU CAN HELP MAKE IT A REALITY!: The USA Bid Committee is working diligently on a bid to try to secure the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup™ in either 2018 or 2022. As part of the bid’s efforts, it launched goUSAbid.com to serve as the nerve center for all of its initiatives and communications. The bid’s campaign theme, “The Game is in US” is the call to action for soccer fans across the country, regardless of their club and country loyalties, to get behind the effort to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States. Show your support for the cause by visiting goUSAbid.com and adding your name to the online petition. Help us bring the greatest sporting event in the globe to the United States and show the world that “The Game is in US.” 

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools for A, B and C License Courses on Jan. 2-10, 2010, in California, Florida and a West Coast location yet to be determined. The National “A” License course will take place at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., and The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  The National “B” and “C” License courses will be offered at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., and at a West Coast location to be announced.  

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL GOALKEEPING LICENSE COURSE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct its National Goalkeeping License course Jan. 24-31, 2010 in Carson, Calif. at The Home Depot Center. Registration will open on Tuesday, Oct. 6, after a pre-registration period for active members of CoachesNet, U.S. Soccer’s official coaches club. Current CoachesNet members will have the first opportunity to register beginning on Sept. 30. 

COACHESNET INSIDER: CoachesNet caught up with U.S. Under-14 Girls' National Team head coach Mike Dickey during their recent training camp in Carson, Calif. For this CoachesNet Insider edition, Coach Dickey shows us his training journal the team used for the week long camp. 

US CLUB SOCCER’S FIRST 2009 ID2 REGIONAL TRAINING CAMP KICKS OFF IN ZAREPATH, N.J.: The first 2009 id2 Regional Training Camp for boys born in 1996-97 and girls born in 1995-96 has kicked off at the PDA Soccer Complex in Zarephath, N.J. In addition to the Oct. 1-4 camp in New Jersey, Regional Training Camps will be held Nov. 12-15 (boys and girls) at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, and Dec. 10-13 (boys) at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz. Attended by USSF National Team staff, Regional Training Camps are part of US Club Soccer’s id2 national player identification and development program, providing an opportunity for the country’s top youth talent to be identified and developed for inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs. 

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: The Los Angeles Galaxy are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2006. Landon Donovan's delicately weighted chip gave the Galaxy a well-deserved victory against the Chicago Fire on Friday night and clinched a berth in the postseason as one of the top two sides in the Western Conference.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Honduras in San Pedro Sula on Saturday, Oct. 10 in the penultimate CONCACAF qualifier for the FIFA 2010 World Cup. Fans can follow the match live at ussoccer.com on the updated MatchTracker and at www.twitter.com/ussoccer. A list of establishments that will televise the match can be found here.

SOCCER SHOCKER: France head coach Raymond Domenech has had a rough go recently, with his future the subject of intense speculation. Les Bleus have endured a difficult qualifying campaign and look destined for a nail-biting playoff in their bid to reach South Africa. Despite those troubles, Domenech is the subject of a new chart-topping pop single called "Je Kiffe Raymond." Roughly translated as "I Fancy Raymond," Catherine Ringer's anthem is a serenade to the embattled French head coach.

QUOTABLE: “I was like, ‘you know how many people would kill to be in my place?’ I just had a big goofy grin on my face.”
-- U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris reflects on her first experience with the team

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