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U.S. Soccer Wire [June 1, 2009]


U.S. ARRIVES IN COSTA RICA FOR JUNE 3 QUALIFIER: The U.S. Men’s National Team arrived in San Jose, Costa Rica, to continue preparations for this Wednesday’s FIFA World Cup qualifier at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa. Kickoff for Wednesday night's contest begins at 8 p.m. MT on ESPN2, and Galavisio, with a special 30-minute pre-game show on ESPN2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. MT. Fans can also follow along on’s MatchTracker.  The U.S. team will twice take to the turf at Saprissa to prepare for a Costa Rica side that is one point behind the U.S. in the CONCACAF final round table. Midfielder Maurice Edu will not travel due to a knee injury suffered in Rangers’ final league match on May 24 against Dundee that caused him to miss action last weekend. No decision has been made on whether a replacement will be called in for Edu. All told, 24 players will travel to Costa Rica with training camp invitee Eric Lichaj included in the traveling party. The USA-Costa Rica match is the only FIFA World Cup qualifier in the world being played on June 3. The match originally scheduled for June 10 was moved up by FIFA due to the USA’s participation in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Three days after facing Costa Rica, the city of Chicago will host its first World Cup qualifier when the U.S. welcomes Honduras to Soldier Field (tickets). More than 47,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s third home match of the final round, where the U.S. will face the team who delivered them their last home loss in World Cup qualifying, a 3-2 defeat on Sept. 1, 2001, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The match will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN and Galavision. Fans are encouraged wear red and to arrive at least two hours before kickoff. Fans can follow both matches live online via’s MatchTracker.

U.S. MNT 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Roster (Club: World Cup Qualifying Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton: 9/7 SO)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 19/2), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA: 1/0), Danny Califf (Midtjylland: 4/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford: 1/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 17/2), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 14/1), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 9/0), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United: 2/1), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (Monaco: 5/1), DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers: 24/6), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 9/4), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus: 0/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 9/0), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids: 13/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 4/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Xerez: 6/5), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 15/6), Charlie Davies (Hammarby: 1/1), Clint Dempsey (Fulham: 15/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 28/9)

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* 8 p.m. MT ESPN2/Galavision Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica
June 6 Honduras* 7 p.m. CT ESPN/Galavision Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
June 15 Italy # 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET ESPN Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 18 Brazil # 4 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET ESPN2 Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 21 Egypt # 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET ESPN2 Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg 
July 4 Grenada ^ 6 p.m. PT  TBD Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.
July 8 Honduras ^ 9 p.m. ET TBD RFK Stadium; Washingon, D.C.
July 11 Haiti ^ 7 p.m. ET TBD Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
Aug. 12 Mexico* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Sept. 5 El Salvador* 5:30 p.m. MT ESPN Classic/Galavision Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* 7 p.m. ET ESPN Classic/Galavision Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 10 Honduras* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* TBD ESPN2/Galavision RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup’s MNT Coverage – May 27-June 1

DONOVAN, HAMM JOIN USA BID COMMITTEE TO BRING FIFA WORLD CUP TO UNITED STATES IN 2018 OR 2022: Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm, two of the most decorated players in U.S. National Team history, accepted invitations 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. The all-time leading scorer for the U.S. Men’s National Team, Donovan is a two-time recipient of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award and three-time MLS Cup Champion. Hamm, a two-time FIFA World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, retired from soccer in 2004 after scoring more international goals than any other player, male or female, in the history of the sport. All candidates must have their bid applications to FIFA by May 14, 2010. FIFA’s 24 member Executive Committee will study the bids, conduct site visits and name the two hosts for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in December 2010, completing a 21-month bid and review process. Donovan and Hamm join the Board of Directors of the USA Bid Committee that recently welcomed former U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and in the months ahead will add additional national leaders from the sectors of sports, entertainment, government and business.’s 2018/2022 Bid Coverage – May 27-June 1

FIRST, SECOND ROUND PAIRINGS FOR 2009 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer has announced the groupings for the first two rounds of the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup which will kick off with first-round matches on Tuesday, June 9, around the country. All 32 lower division teams will enter the tournament in the first round and have been grouped geographically into eight groups of four teams. The first-round match ups were drawn randomly within the four-team groups, although match ups between teams in the same division were avoided when possible. The two winners from each group will face off in the second round on June 16, with the winners then advancing to the third round to face the eight qualified Major League Soccer teams. The quarterfinals will be played July 7, the semifinals will be played July 21 or 22, and the final will be played on Sept. 2.

2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
First Round

No. Date Match Time (local) Venue
1 June 9 Reading Rage (PDL) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL2) 7:05 p.m. ET Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.
2 June 9 Emigrantes Das Ilhas (USASA-Mass.) at Western Mass Pioneers (USL2) 7 p.m. ET Lusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass.
3 June 9 Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL2) at Ocean City Barons (PDL) 7 p.m. ET Carey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J.
4 June 9 Aegean Hawks FC (USASA-Va.) at Real Maryland FC (USL2) 6 p.m. ET Richard Montgomery H.S.; Rockville, Md.
5 June 9 Richmond Kickers (USL2) at Carolina RailHawks (USL1) 7 p.m. ET WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
6 June 9 Charlotte Eagles (USL2) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL2) 7 p.m. ET Legion Stadium; Wilmington, N.C.
7 June 9 Atlanta FC (USASA-Ga.) at Charleston Battery (USL1) 7:30 p.m. ET Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.
8 June 9 Lynch’s FC (USASA-Fla.) at Miami FC (USL1) 8 p.m. ET Tropical Park; Miami, Fla.
9 June 9 St. Louis Lions (PDL) at Cleveland City Stars (USL1) 7 p.m. ET Middlefield Cheese Stadium; Bedford, Ohio
10 June 9 Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL2) at Rochester Rhinos (USL1) 7 p.m. ET Rochester Rhinos Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
11 June 9 402 (USASA-Neb.) at Minnesota Thunder (USL1) 7:05 p.m. ET National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.
12 June 9 Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA-Wis.) at Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) 5 p.m. CT Toyota Park Practice Field; Bridgeview, Ill.
13 June 9 Arizona Sahuaros (USASA-Ariz.) at El Paso Patriots (PDL) 8 p.m. MT Patriot Stadium; El Paso, Texas
14 June 9 Mississippi Brilla FC (PDL) at Austin Aztex (USL1) 7:30 p.m. CT Nelson Field; Austin, Texas
15 June 9 Portland Timbers (USL1) at Kitsap Pumas (PDL) 7 p.m. PT Bremerton Memorial H.S.; Bremerton, Wash.
16 June 9 Sonoma County Sol (USASA-Calif.) at Orange County Blue Star (PDL) 2 p.m. PT Concordia University; Irvine, Calif.

ESPN NETWORKS TO TELEVISE U.S. MNT MATCHES AT THE 2009 FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team’s matches at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup will be broadcast on four different ESPN platforms, including ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Mobile TV. ESPN and ESPN2 will televise all 16 matches of the tournament, which takes place June 14-28 in South Africa. The United States has been drawn into a powerful Group B along with reigning world champions Italy, five-time World Cup winners Brazil, and reigning African Cup of Nations winners Egypt. The U.S. kicks off action against Italy on June 15 at Loftus Versfeld in Tshwane/Pretoria, live at 2:25 p.m. ET on ESPN, and ESPN Mobile TV. Three days later, the U.S. faces Brazil at 9:55 a.m. ET in the same venue. That match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and The United States finishes group play on June 21 against Egypt at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg at 2:25 p.m. ET, live on ESPN2, and ESPN Mobile TV. ESPN will also televise the Group B clash between Italy and Brazil at 2:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 21, as well as the semifinals June 24-25, which will be shown simultaneously on and ESPN Mobile TV. The third place match and tournament final will be broadcast live on ESPN2, as well as and ESPN Mobile TV.

NOWAK RESIGNS FROM POSITION AS MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ASSISTANT COACH: U.S. Men’s National Team assistant coach Peter Nowak has resigned from his position with U.S. Soccer to become the first team manager of the Philadelphia Union. Nowak served as head coach Bob Bradley’s top assistant for more than two years, and led the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. During his time with U.S. Soccer, Nowak helped the U.S. team capture the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and compile a 9-1-1 record in FIFA World Cup qualifying. Overall, the U.S. team’s record is 24-8-4 since Nowak joined the MNT staff in December 2006. There are no plans in place to immediately replace Nowak, and the U.S. will go into this summer’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers, FIFA Confederations Cup and CONCACAF Gold Cup with Mike Sorber, John Hackworth, Zak Abdel and Pierre Barrieu assisting Bradley.


U-20 MNT ROUNDS OUT MINI-CAMP WITH 3-3 DRAW AGAINST COSTA RICA: The U.S. U-20 Men's National Team overcame a two-goal halftime deficit to draw 3-3 with Costa Rica on May 27 at the Sarasota Polo Grounds behind goals from Michael Stephens and Danny Cruz. Two days earlier, the U.S. came from behind to take a 2-1 win against the CONCACAF U-20 champions. On May 27, Costa Rica jumped out to a fifth minute lead, but the U.S. quickly leveled the score by forcing an own goal just two minutes later. Michael Stephens pounced on a Peri Marosevic rebound to cut the Costa Rica lead to 3-2. In the 80th minute, Marosevic beat his defender to the endline and played a cross to the far post where Cruz was waiting. Cruz made no mistake in bringing the ball down with his chest and firing a shot high and into the back of the net. On May 25, a full crowd was on hand to watch as Stephens and Jared Jeffrey lifted the U.S. to a come-from-behind win. Peri Marosevic ripped a shot from 20 yards out that Costa Rica's goalkeeper did well to make a play on, but Stephens pounced on a huge rebound and tapped it into the goal. Two minutes before the final whistle, Tony Taylor sped down the left side and got to the endline. He cut the ball back and past his defender to get a low, driven cross off. Jeffrey, who plays for Belgian side Club Brugge, was there to finish at the back post and make it a 2-1 final.

U.S. U-20 MNT Results – Domestic Training Camp

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue
May 25 Costa Rica 2-1 W Stephens, Jeffrey Sarasota, Fla.
May 27 Costa Rica 3-3 T Own goal, Stephens, Cruz Sarasota, Fla.

U.S. U-20 WNT FINISHES TRAINING CAMP AT THE HDC: The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team finished up a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. last Sunday that featured a 1-0 victory against Los Angeles-based women’s club Ajax of the WPSL, a rousing 4-4 tie with the Pali Blues of the USL W-League and a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Sol of the WPS in a 45-minute scrimmage. Tiffany McCarty tallied the lone goal in the win over Ajax while both teams scored two goals in each half in the draw with the Pali Blues, which featured a slew of top collegiate players keeping active during the summer with the W-League side. The U.S. got goals a minute apart in the 35th and 36th minutes from Charney Burk and Maya Hayes, added a goal in the 68th from Lauren Alwine and saw Hayes complete her brace in the 82nd. The U-20s will come together again in mid-June for a trip to Germany, host country for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, where the U.S. team will play several big matches, including one against the hosts.

U.S. U-20 WNT Training Camp Results

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
May 25 Ajax of L.A. 1-0 W McCarty
May 27 Pali Blues 4-4 T Burk, Hayes (2), Alwine

U-18 MNT SUFFERS FIRST LOSS OF THE YEAR AT LISBON INTERNATIONAL: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team rounded out the Lisbon International Tournament with a hard-fought 1-0 loss to host Portugal on May 30, finishing with a 1-1-1 record after an opening 1-0 win against Finland on May 27 and an impressive scoreless draw against Germany on May 28. Against Portugal, a fluky own-goal in the 29th minute was enough to decide the game despite numerous chances at both ends of the field. It was the only goal given up in three games by University of Maryland goalkeeper Zachary MacMath, who played all 270 minutes for the U.S. The loss was the first of the year for the U-18s, who are led by head coach Mike Matkovich. The team's international record is now 4-1-1 in 2009.

U.S. U-18 MNT Results – Lisbon International Tournament

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue
May 27 Finland 1-0 L Agbossoumonde Lisbon, Portugal
May 28 Germany 0-0 T -- Lisbon, Portugal
May 30 Portugal 0-1 L -- Lisbon, Portugal

U.S. U-18 WNT BEGINS TRAINING CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team head coach Dave Chesler brought 24 players in for training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. that began May 30 and runs through June 7. Chesler brings back 13 players that attended the U-18 training camp at The HDC in early April, but will also get a look at some additional players as U.S. Soccer continues to bridge the gap between the U-17 WNT and the U-20 WNT. Players born in 1992 will make up the core of the player pool that will compete for spots on the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup team. Chesler has also brought five ‘91s into camp. All of the players in this training camp are age-eligible for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany should U.S. U-20 head coach Jillian Ellis choose to include any in her future training camps or events.

U.S. U-18 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Emily Lilliard (K.C. Comets; Overland Park, Kan.), Lindsey Luke (Slammers; Newport Beach, Calif.), Anna Sieloff (Vardar; Troy, Mich.)
DEFENDERS (7): Torri Allen (Mclean; Stafford, Va.), Julie Johnston (Sereno SC; Mesa, Ariz.), Mollie Pathman (Triangle FC; Durham, N.C.), Rachel Quon (Eclipse Select; Lake Forrest, Ill.), Kendall Romine (So Cal Blues; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Courtney Smith (Dallas Texans; Houston, Texas.), Carrie Whigham (Sereno SC; Phoenix, Ariz.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kate Bennett (Crossfire; Clyde Hill, Wash.), Alex Crown (Space Coast United; Orlando, Fla.), Juliann Jeffrey (Dallas Texans; Richardson, Texas), Mandy Laddish (Blue Valley Stars; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Lauren Matheson (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Wendy Travis (CASL Spartan Elite; Cary, N.C.)
FORWARDS (7): Michelle Cruz (Slammers; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Kylie Facinelli (So Cal Blues; Del Mar, Calif.), Samantha Johnson (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Natalia Ledezma (Slammers; La Mirada, Calif.), Natalie Melo (Florida Rush, Kissimmee, Fla.), Rachel Nuzzolese (Rockville Centre; Melville, N.Y.), Meghan Streight (D’Feeters; McKinney, Texas), Chioma Ubogagu (D’Feeters; Coppell, Texas)


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FIFA ANNOUNCES 12 VENUE CITIES FOR 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP IN BRAZIL: FIFA announced the 12 cities that will host matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Making the cut from the list of 17 candidates were Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio De Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Paulo. Brazil, which has captured the FIFA World Cup title a record five times, will host the World Cup for the first time since 1950. More information, including information about each city, is available at

GAME LINEUPS ANNOUNCED FOR 2009 US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: US Youth Soccer today announced the times for the player luncheon and match schedules for the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships to be played July 21-26 at the Citizens Bank Field at Progin Park in Lancaster, Mass. The National Championships kick off Tuesday, July 21, with the player luncheon at 11:30 a.m. et Teams will play round robin matches Wednesday, July 22, through Friday, July 24, to determine who will advance to play for the national title. National Championships will be contested on Saturday, July 25 or Sunday, July 26. The Under-14 and Under-15 finals will be held on Saturday with the remaining finals to be played on Sunday. More information is available at

2009 CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 17-21: The qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF region for the 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will take place June 17-21 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The tournament was originally scheduled for April 29-May 3 but was postponed due to concerns over the outbreak of the H1N1 virus in Mexico. The U.S. was drawn into Group B of the tournament, along with Costa Rica and Bahamas. Group A consists of defending champion and host Mexico, El Salvador and Canada. The U.S. will kick off the tournament against Bahamas at 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday, June 17, and will close out the group at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 19, against Costa Rica. The semifinals, along with the match for fifth place, will be held on Saturday, June 20, and the two finalists will face off on Sunday, June 21.

CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Schedule

Date Opponent Time Venue
June 17 Bahamas 5 p.m. CT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
June 19 Costa Rica 5 p.m. CT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
June 20 Fifth Place 3 p.m. CT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
June 20 Semifinals 4:15 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. CT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
June 21 Third Place 4:15 p.m. CT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
June 21 Championship 5:30 p.m. CT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


PEAK PERFORMER: Just one week after training with the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team and facing Costa Rica twice in Sarasota, Fla., defender Anthony Wallace earned his first start of the season on Sunday, May 31, for FC Dallas. Wallace went the distance for his club, playing the entire match in Dallas’ 3-0 victory against the Chicago Fire, ending the Fire’s unbeaten streak on their home turf.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. MNT resumes 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying on Wednesday, June 3, against Costa Rica at 8 p.m. MT, live on ESPN and Galavision from Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San Jose, Costa Rica. Three days later, the U.S. hosts Honduras at 7 p.m. CT at Soldier Field in Chicago, live on ESPN and Galavision. The two matches wrap up the first half of the Final Round of qualifying for the CONCACAF region, and take place before the U.S. heads to South Africa for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Fans can follow both matches live on’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “Costa Rica has had great success at Saprissa Stadium. It’s loud. We’ve already talked about the turf. They’re very comfortable there. They have great confidence there, and we are aware that we’ve never won there, so when we look at different challenges and talk about things that we still want to achieve, this is a good example. We know that these kinds of games require a real commitment as a team, a good game plan, and finally just good efforts on the day. It’s a big challenge but one that we’re very excited about.”
-- U.S. MNT head coach Bob Bradley talks about the challenges the U.S. will face at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa (listen | read more).