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


U.S. MNT TO FACE EGYPT ON FEB. 9 IN CAIRO;
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY WINTER SHOWCASE CONCLUDES IN PHOENIX;
U.S. U-20 HEAD COACH THOMAS RONGEN CALLS ON 24 PLAYERS FOR CAMP

U.S. MNT TO FACE SEVEN-TIME AFRICA CHAMPION EGYPT ON FEB. 9 IN CAIRO: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face seven-time and current Africa Cup of Nations champion Egypt on Feb. 9 at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo. Kickoff and broadcast information will be announced at a later date. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or at twitter.com/ussoccer. The U.S. will face Egypt for the first time since the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, where it defeated the Pharaohs 3-0 with goals from Charlie Davies, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey. The victory allowed the United States to reach its first final of a major FIFA competition after defeating No.1-ranked and current FIFA World Cup Champion Spain in the semifinal. The two teams have met twice in their history, with the United States collecting victories in both encounters. The teams first faced each other on June 8, 1987, in Seoul, South Korea when the U.S. collected a 3-1 victory.

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR FIRST MNT MATCH OF 2011 AGAINST CHILE: The U.S. Men’s National Team will play its first match of 2011 when they face Chile on Saturday, Jan. 22, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff for the match is set for 6 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets starting at $18, plus special edition U.S. Soccer on-field seats for $150, are on sale now through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including many Walmart and La Curacao locations). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule and Results

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Dec. 7 – Dec. 13

WINTER SHOWCASE CONCLUDES AT REACH 11 SPORTS COMPLEX IN PHOENIX: A total of 242 games were played between Dec. 1-7 during the 2010 Development Academy Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendlies have now concluded. Nearly 3,000 players passed through the 18 lighted fields at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix as all 156 Academy teams played three non-conference games. There were more than 350 coaches representing the national teams, professional clubs and colleges in attendance and all three U.S. Soccer full-time referees were on hand to work closely with up-and-coming Academy referees. 

Development Academy Winter Showcase Coverage – Dec. 7 – Dec. 13

RONGEN CALLS ON 24 PLAYERS FOR TRAINING CAMP IN SUNRISE, FLA.: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen finalized a 24-player roster for a training camp in Sunrise, Fla., from Dec. 12-19. The camp will include two friendlies against Canada on Dec. 16 and Dec. 18. The group features a combination of nine players who will be making their first appearance in a U-20 camp and relative veterans of the program. In all, the roster features 11 college players and professional players who ply their trade in eight different countries. There are three representatives of Major League Soccer, including D.C. United's Conor Shanosky and a pair of Philadelphia Union players in Jack McInerney and Amobi Okugo. Okugo will anchor the group of midfielders along with Dillon Powers as both players also played key roles during the 2009 cycle. They will be joined by collegians Steven Evans (Portland) and Kelyn Rowe (UCLA) and professionals Joshua Gatt (SC Rheindorf), Joseph Gyau (Hoffenheim) and Alex Molano (Dinamo Zagreb). Rowe was a standout on the Crossfire Premier team that advanced to the championship game in the past two Development Academy Finals Weeks and is one of eight former Academy players heading to Sunrise.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Zac MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Kevin Piedrahita (América de Cali; Queens, N.Y.)
DEFENDERS (8): Gale Agbossoumonde (G.D. Estoril Praia; Syracuse, N.Y.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Sebastien Ibeagha (Duke; Missouri City, Texas), Perry Kitchen (Akron; Indianapolis, Ind.), Eric Schoenle (West Virginia; Yardley, Pa.), Ben Sweat (South Florida; Palm Harbor, Fla.), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Korey Veeder (Unattached; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Steven Evans (Portland; Troutdale, Ore.), Joshua Gatt (SC Rheindorf Altach; Plymouth, Mich.), Joe Gyau (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), Alex Molano (NK Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Kelyn Rowe (UCLA; Newport Beach, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United; Sterling, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): Conor Doyle (Derby County FC; McKinney, Texas), Dylan Mares (Louisville; Zionsville, Ind.), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union; Alpharetta, Ga.), Adrian Ruelas (Celtic F.C.; Fontana, Calif.), Soony Saad (Michigan; Dearborn, Mich.), Omar Salgado (Unattached; El Paso, Texas)

U.S. WNT DRAW KOREA DPR, COLOMBIA AND SWEDEN FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Korea DPR, Colombia and Sweden in Group C at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place from June 26-July 17 in Germany. The U.S. will open Group C play against Korea DPR on June 28 in Dresden at the Rudolf-Harbig Stadium on the third match day of the tournament, face Colombia in Sinsheim on July 2 at the Rhein Neckar Arena and finish group play against Sweden on July 6 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Stadium Wolfsburg. The USA’s group, which looks to be the most difficult of the four, features three of the top six teams in the world in the USA (1), Sweden (4) and Korea DPR (6). The USA will be grouped with Korea DPR and Sweden in first round play for the third consecutive Women’s World Cup, and Korea DPR for the fourth straight time. The meeting with Colombia will be the first for the U.S. women.

2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
Date          Opponent        TV                          Venue
June 28      Korea DPR     ESPN Networks         Rudolf-Harbig Stadium; Dresden
July 2         Colombia         ESPN Networks      Rhein Neckar Arena; Sinsheim
July 6         Sweden           ESPN Networks      World Cup Stadium Wolfsburg; Wolfsburg

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN GERMANY: Individual tickets for all 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup matches are officially on sale. Individual tickets are available from approximately $20 for first round matches, with the exception of the opening match, and the match for third place. Of the 700,000 available tickets, more than 270,000 have already been sold as venue specific tickets and group tickets.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Dec. 7 – Dec. 13

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. UNDER-23 WNT FINISHES YEAR AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team has convened at The Home Depot Center for a training camp running from Dec. 12-19 in what is the final women’s training camp of the year. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin has called in 24 players in a group that includes some of the top college players in the country as well as 10 professionals who played in Women’s Professional Soccer this past season. The roster includes 12 players who have represented the USA in a FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, as well as six players who have trained and/or played with the full U.S. Women’s National Team this year: goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, defenders Brittany Taylor and Nikki Krzysik, midfielders Casey Nogueira and Allie Long, and forward Kelley O’Hara, who played a key role in helping FC Gold Pride to the 2010 WPS title.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M; Centennial, Colo.), Alexa Gaul (Texas; Naperville, Ill.), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers; Seymour, Conn.)
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Whitney Engen (Chicago Red Stars; Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Nikki Krzysik (Chicago Red Stars; Clifton, N.J.), Kat Reynolds (Unattached; Medina, Wash.), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC; Campbell Hall, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (11):  Bianca D’Agostino (Wake Forest; Longmeadow, Mass.), Amanda DaCosta (Florida State; Katona, N.Y.), Becky Edwards (Unattached; Downington, Pa.), Sinead Farrelly (Virginia; Havertown, Pa.), Tori Huster (Florida State; Cincinnati, Ohio), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina; Gibsonia, Pa.), Allie Long (Sky Blue FC; Northport N.Y.), Casey Nogueira (Chicago Red Stars; Raleigh, N.C.), Elli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah), Keelin Winters (Portland; Englewood, Colo.) Kylie Wright (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Kelley O’Hara (Unattached; Fayetteville, Ga.) Christen Press (Stanford; P.V. Estates, Calif.), Katie Schoepfer (Unattached; Waterford, Conn.)

U.S. U-18 MNT ARRIVES IN TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: The U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team has arrived in Tel Aviv for a three-game tournament that features host Israel, Germany and France. The U.S. will play France on Dec. 14 and Israel on Dec. 16. The match against Germany, originally scheduled for Dec. 13 has been moved to Dec. 18. U.S. head coach Mike Matkovich has brought 20 players to Tel Aviv, including 18 Development Academy players and two professionals in goalkeeper Jonathan Kempin from Sporting Kansas City and midfielder Victor Pineda from the Chicago Fire. Villyan Bijev recently scored three goals in the Select game at the recent Development Academy Winter Showcase. He was one of 11 players called into camp that participated in that game. There are 15 players that participated in Matkovich’s 36-player training camp at The Home Depot Center in November.

U.S. U-18 MNT Schedule
Date          Opponent        Kickoff                                         Venue
Dec. 14      France             5 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET                      Ramat Ha Sharon
Dec. 16      Israel               7:30 p.m. / 12:30 p.m. ET            Kfar Saba
Dec. 18      Germany         6 p.m. / 11 a.m. ET                       Nes Ziona

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Kempin (Sporting Kansas City; Leawood, Kan.), Andrew Wolverton (Concorde Fire; Snellville, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (6): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas Academy; Frisco, Texas), Jonathan Campbell (North Carolina Fusion; Greensboro, S.C.), Bryan Gallego (NY Red Bulls Academy; Kinnelon, N.J.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (UANL Tigres; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas Academy; Edmund, Okla.), Walker Zimmerman (GSA Phoenix; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Connor Hallisey (CDA; Granite Bay, Calif.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Daniel Metzger (NY Red Bulls Academy; Holmdel, N.J.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Marcus Salandy-Defour (DC United Academy; Kensington, Md.), Will Trapp (Columbus Crew Academy; Gahanna, Ohio), Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler (CASL Chelsea; Cary, N.C.)
FORWARDS (5): Villyan Bijev (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Sean Okoli (Seattle Sounders Academy; Federal Way, Wash.), Luis Rendon (FC Richmond Magic; Chesterfield, Va.), Khiry Shelton (Lonestar SC Academy; Leander, Texas), Jonathan Top (FC Dallas Academy; Forth Worth, Texas)

U-15 BNT CONTINUES TRAINING CAMP IN BRADENTON: The U.S. U-15 Boys' National Team is set for an eight-day training camp in Bradenton, Fla., under head coach Jim Barlow. Held at the home of the U.S. Socer's U-17 MNT Residency Program, all players were born in 1996 and are age-eligible for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. There are 21 players who currently play for Development Academy clubs, but most are two years younger than most players in the U-15/16 age group. This is the second training camp at the U-15 BNT level for players born in 1996 following a week in Carson, Calif., in October. There are 24 players returning from that camp. The team will scrimmage the U.S. U-17 MNT and local clubs during its time in Bradenton. The lone international game will be on Dec. 16 against India.

U.S. U-15 BNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Gianni Carillo (New York Red Bulls; Pine Bush, N.Y.), Cesar Jerez (Cosmos Academy West; Ontario, Calif.), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls; South River, N.J.), Carter Richardson (Columbus Crew; Dublin, Ohio)
DEFENDERS (9): Vernon Bailey (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Bryce Cregan (PA Classics; Dallastown, Pa.), Michael Jimenez (Chicago Fire; Munster, Ind.), Patrick Khouri (Daniel Island Soccer Academy; Charleston, S.C.), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls; Ridgefield, N.J.), Elijah Martin (California Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), John Requejo (Santa Barbara SC; Carpinteria, Calif.), Jeffrey Rhodes (Westside United; Brownsburg, Ind.), Bruno Scodari (Olney Boys and Girls Club; Silver Springs, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (15): Omar Castro (Plant City FC; Plant City, Fla.), Walker Dawkins (West Pines United; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Edgar Duran (Vegas United Limon SC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Jason Eng (Neusport; Las Vegas, Nev.), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Bradford Jamieson (Cosmos Academy West; Los Angeles, Calif.), Danya Kafai (Juventus Sports Club; Redwood City, Calif.), Herber Mejia-Flores (GFA Rangers; Manassas Park, Va.), Kevin Paz (West Pines United; Miami Gardens, Fla.), Wilson Rios (New York Red Bulls; Elizabeth, N.J.), Victor Rolph (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Joab Santoyo (Arsenal FC; Fontana, Calif.), Tyler Turner (South Central Premier; West Haven, Conn.), Jonathan Uy (Cosmos Academy East; New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Anthony Viteri (Cosmos Academy East; Flushing, N.Y.)
FORWARDS (8): Adonis Amaya (Cosmos Academy West; Westminster, Calif.), Jorge Calix (Team America; Alexandria, Va.), James Ellis Jr. (Beach FC Red; Chesapeake, Va.), Rex Epps (South Carolina United; Irmo, S.C.), Felipe Liborio Jr. (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Rubio Rubin (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Alejandro Segovia (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Wesley Wade (New York Red Bulls; South Orange, N.J.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BRAZIL AND GERMANY/NETHERLANDS TRIPS IN MARCH 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 to Germany and the Netherlands 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 17-25, 2011, coaches will visit five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The coaching education workshop in Germany and the Netherlands will take place from April 28 – May 6, 2011 and will mark the 40th anniversary of U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program which began under the direction of Dettmar Cramer.

NATIONAL GOALKEEPER COURSE TO BE HELD JAN. 23-30 AT THE HDC: Registration for U.S. Soccer’s National Goalkeeping License set for Jan. 23-30, 2011 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. is now open. The course, intended for both the goalkeeper coach and the team coach, will focus on improving the coaches' ability to train goalkeepers individually, as well as integrate them into team training. Register at ussoccer.com.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: The University of Akron claimed its first NCAA championship in any sport by capping an impressive men's soccer season in Sunday's title game with a 1-0 victory against Louisville. Loaded with former Residency and Development Academy players, the Zips avenged last year’s penalty shootout loss in the final to claim the trophy.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: In a matchup of the top four of the English Premier League, Manchester United, who regained their lead atop the standings with a 1-0 victory against Arsenal earlier this afternoon, face Chelsea at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 19 at Stamford Bridge in a crucial matchup of contenders for the English title in 2010.

QUOTABLE: “[The U.S. Soccer Development Academy] is helping soccer in our country immensely. And it is greatly benefiting college soccer because we get these players now who have so much experience with the professionalism with which the Development Academies are running their clubs. They are not enamored with bus trips, with getting planes; they know how to represent their team.” –University of Michigan men’s soccer head coach Steve Burns on the success of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy

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