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U.S. Soccer Wire: November 10, 2008


U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TO FACE CHINA PR AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER
ON DEC. 13 AS ACHIEVE YOUR GOLD TOUR CONTINUES;
U.S. U-17 WNT ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS OF 2008 FIFA U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP;
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SET FOR WINTER SHOWCASE IN LANCASTER, CALIF.

U.S. WNT DEFEAT KOREA REPUBLIC, WILL FACE CHINA PR TWICE IN DECEMBER: The gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Team will return to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as it continues the Achieve Your Gold Tour to celebrate the Olympic title with a match against China on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. PT. Tickets ranging in price levels from $18 to $60, plus special edition U.S. Soccer on-field seats for $150, are now available through ussoccer.com, by phone (213-480-3232 in L.A.; 714-740-2000 in Orange County; 619-220-8497 in San Diego), and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Macy’s, FYE and Ritmo Latino). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Following the match against China in Carson, the teams will travel to Detroit for a Dec. 17 match at 7:30 p.m. ET at Ford Field (tickets). The U.S. recently closed out a three-game series with Korea Republic as part of the Achieve Your Gold Tour with a 2-0-1 record that included two shutouts. In the first match, the U.S. WNT won 3-1, followed by a scoreless draw in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a 1-0 victory in Tampa, Fla.

Achieve Your Gold Tour Schedule / Results

Date Opponent Venue; City Result / Kickoff U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Sept. 13 Ireland Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa. 2-0 W Kai, O'Reilly
Sept. 17 Ireland Giants Stadium; E. Rutherford, N.J. 1-0 W Kai
Sept. 20 Ireland Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill. 2-0 W Chalupny, Markgraf
Nov. 1 Korea Republic Univ. of Richmond Stadium; Richmond, Va. 3-1 W Hucles, O'Reilly, Tarpley
Nov. 5 Korea Republic Paul Brown Stadium; Cincinnati, Ohio 0-0 T --
Nov. 8 Korea Republic Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla. 1-0 W O'Reilly
Dec. 13 China PR The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. 6 p.m. PT  
Dec. 17 China PR Ford Field; Detroit 7:30 p.m. ET  

U.S. U-17 WNT ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS OF FIFA U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team advanced to the semifinals of the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with a dominating 4-2 victory against the Korea Republic in front of more than 7,000 fans at Waikato Stadium. The young Americans fashioned their best overall game of the tournament while getting two goals from forward Courtney Verloo, one from forward Vicki DiMartino and a thunderbolt strike midfielder Kristie Mewis. The USA will now face Germany in the tournament’s second semifinal on Nov. 13 at QEII Park in Christchurch, New Zealand with a kickoff of 7 p.m. local / 1 a.m. ET. [U.S. Under-17 WNT FIFA Women’s World Cup Homepage]

Group A: New Zealand, Canada, Denmark, Colombia
Group B: Costa Rica, Germany, Korea DPR, Ghana
Group C: Japan, USA, France, Paraguay
Group D: Brazil, England, Korea Republic, Nigeria

2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Opponent Venue; City Result / Time U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Oct. 30 Japan Waikato Stadium; Hamilton 2-3 L DiMartino, K. Mewis
Nov. 2 Paraguay Waikato Stadium; Hamilton 3-1 W OG, DiMartino, Verloo
Nov. 5 France North Harbour Stadium; Auckland 1-1 DiMartino
Nov. 9 Korea Republic Waikato Stadium; Hamilton 4-2 W Verloo (2), DiMartino, K.Mewis
Nov. 13 Germany QEII Park; Christchurch 7 p.m. (1 a.m. ET)  


U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SET TO HOST WINTER SHOWCASE IN LANCASTER, CALIF.: U.S. Soccer is one month away from hosting the second annual Development Academy Winter Showcase from Dec. 5-8 at the Lancaster National Soccer Center in Lancaster, Calif. All 148 teams representing 74 clubs, plus the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will participate in 240 games over the extended weekend. A new component of this year’s Academy Winter Showcase will be the Nike International Friendlies, featuring Under-17 Men’s National Teams from the U.S., Australia and Brazil. The games will be played on a reserved field at the Lancaster National Soccer Center. The Academy Winter Showcase will be the first major Development Academy event for the 12 newest clubs in the Academy that joined at the beginning of the 2008-09 Season. While the eight new clubs from Texas and the three new clubs from California have already started their seasons, it will be the first Academy games for the New England Revolution.

CONCACAF FINAL ROUND QUALIFYING DRAW TO TAKE PLACE ON NOV. 22: FIFA has announced that the draw to determine the placement of teams in the CONCACAF Final Round hexagonal for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying will take place on Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Teams will learn their opponents as well as home and away dates for all 10 Final Round qualifiers that will determine the three automatic berths for CONCACAF in 2010 in South Africa. Following the announcement, FIFA will conduct the draw for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup that will be held from June 14-28 in South Africa. The United States will participate along with hosts South Africa, Brazil, Egypt, Iraq, Italy, New Zealand and Spain.

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR UPCOMING MNT QUALIFIER: Tickets are still available for the U.S. Men's National Team's upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying game on Nov. 19 against Guatemala. Kickoff at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., for the team’s last Semifinal Round qualifier is set for 6 p.m. MT, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Tickets ranging in price levels from $30 to $95 are now available online at ussoccer.com, by phone at 866-461-6556, at all Dick’s Sporting Goods locations in Colorado, and at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park ticket office, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Visa® is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer.

U.S. MNT Semifinal Round Qualifying Schedule 

Date Opponent Venue Result / Time U.S. Goal Scorer(s) / TV
Aug. 20 Guatemala Etadio Mateo Flores; Guatemala City, Guatemala 1-0 W Bocanegra
Sept. 6 Cuba Estadio Pedro Marrero; Havana, Cuba 1-0 W Dempsey
Sept. 10 Trinidad & Tobago Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill. 3-0 W Bradley, Dempsey, Ching
Oct. 11 Cuba RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 6-1 W Beasley (2), Donovan, Ching, Altidore, Onyewu
Oct. 15 Trinidad & Tobago Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad 1-2 Davies
Nov. 19 Guatemala Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo. 6 p.m. MT Live on ESPN2, Galavision


NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR FIVE CATEGORIES IN 2008 BEST OF U.S. SOCCER AWARDS: The 2008 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards, presented by Soccer America, have kicked off with a nomination period for five of the awards that will be handed out in mid-December. Fans can submit their nominees for the five categories until Friday, Nov. 14 on ussoccer.com. The full list of awards will be announced on Nov. 17 and winners will be decided by a period of fan voting. Fans who want to participate can e-mail their nominations to centercircle@ussoccer.org. Additionally, participants can follow along with the 2008 Best of U.S. Soccer Blog, where voters can leave comments and follow the latest news as it relates to the nominations and awards. Following the conclusion of the nomination period and the opening of general voting on Nov. 17, fans will have more than two weeks to vote for their favorites. The conclusion of voting will occur on Dec. 9, with the winners announced Dec. 15-19 on ussoccer.com.

2008 U.S. Soccer Best of Awards
Nomination Categories

1. Best Soccer Bar
2. Best Soccer Specialty Store
3. Best Soccer Blog
4. Best all_access Video
5. Best Fan Photo

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-20 MNT TO HOLD TRAINING CAMP IN MADRID, SPAIN: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has named 18 players that will travel to Madrid, Spain from Nov. 15-23. The U.S. will play friendlies against reserve teams from Real Madrid (Nov. 19), Atletico Madrid (Nov. 20) and Rayo Vallecano (Nov. 22). The U-20 Men’s National Team is preparing for CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup qualifying, which will take place in Trinidad early in 2009.

U.S. U-20 MNT Schedule

Date Opponent
Nov. 19 Real Madrid
Nov. 20 Atletico Madrid
Nov. 22 Rayo Vallecano


DICICCO NAMES 20-PLAYER ROSTER FOR FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Tony DiCicco has named a 20-player roster that will travel to Chile for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, which takes place from Nov. 19 – Dec. 7. The roster features players representing 17 colleges across the country. Every game of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be shown on ESPN360.com and fans will be able follow the U.S. matches on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup
Group B Schedule

Date Opponent Venue; City Time (ET)
Nov. 19 France Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan 1 p.m.
Nov. 22 Argentina Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan 10 a.m.
Nov. 26 China Estadio German Becker; Temuco 2 p.m.

U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Cat Parkhill (Minnesota)
DEFENDERS (6): Kiersten Dallsteam (Washington State), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Liz Harkin (Arizona State), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Nikki Marshall (Colorado)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Elli Reed (Portland), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Portland)
FORWARDS (5): Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alyssa Mautz (Texas A&M), Alex Morgan (California), Nikki Washington (North Carolina)

UNDER-17 MNT WINS TWICE, DROPS ONE IN FRANCE: The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team traveled to Paris, France for an eight-day foreign training camp. The U.S. U-17 Men kicked off the trip with a 2-0 win against the Bretigny U-18 team on Nov. 5 with goals from Juan Agudelo and Dustin Corea. The team then traveled to Clairefontaine, where they dropped a 2-0 result to France on Nov. 6 before rebounding to a convincing 5-0 win against the U-18 team from Paris St. Germain on Nov. 8 with goals from Soony Saad, Agudelo and Jack McInerney and two from Stefan Jerome. The foreign training camp was part of the team's preparations as they attempt to qualify for their 14th consecutive FIFA Under-17 World Cup. The qualifying tournament will be held in Mexico in April or May. Dates and venues for that tournament will be announced at a later date.

U-17 MNT Foreign Training Camp Schedule

Date Opponent City Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Nov. 5 Bretigny U-18 Bretigny 2-0 W Agudelo, Corea
Nov. 6 France Clairefontaine 0-2 L --
Nov. 8 PSG U-18 Clairefontaine 5-0 W Saad, Jerome (2), Agudelo, McInerney

 – AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES BUILDER BALLOT: The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., announced the candidates selected for the Hall of Fame Builder ballot. Builder candidates were selected by the Builder's screening committee. Candidates include former U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena, former U.S. Soccer president Bob Contiguglia, former U.S. Women's National Team and current U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team head coach Tony DiCicco and MLS commissioner Don Garber. A full list is available at www.soccerhall.org.

JAIR MARRUFO NAMED MLS REFEREE OF THE YEAR: U.S. Soccer full-time referee Jair Marrufo was named the 2008 Major League Soccer Referee of the Year. Longtime U.S. Soccer assistant referee Kermit Quisenberry was named MLS Assistant Referee of the Year. Other Major League Soccer Awards include U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Landon Donovan earning Budweiser Golden Boot honors, the Columbus Crew being awarded with the Supporters’ Shield, Jon Busch of the Chicago Fire earning Panasonic Goalkeeper of the Year, New England Revolution defender Michael Parkhurst winning the Fair Play Award and Columbus’ Chad Marshall taking home Visa Defender of the Year Award. More information about the awards and the winners is available at www.mlsnet.com.

2008 US YOUTH SOCCER ODP BOYS THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONAL ROSTERS ANNOUNCED: US Youth Soccer announced the rosters for the upcoming US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Thanksgiving Interregional taking place at Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex. Teams will practice on Friday, Nov. 28, with competition beginning on Nov. 29 and running through Dec. 1. In addition to the 1994 and 1995 US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Regional Teams, the event will also feature the U.S. Under-14 National Team. Teams will train and compete in front of U.S. National Team staff and professional and collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure for selection to the next level of play. For complete rosters, schedules and more visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.

2008-09 US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL LEAGUE SEASON KICKS OFF IN DECEMBER: After a successful inaugural season, the US Youth Soccer National League announced the 2008–2009 season schedule featuring top teams in the Under-15, Under-16 and, new for 2008, the Under-17 Girls and Boys age groups. League play kicks off with girls’ games Dec. 4-7 in Raleigh, N.C., followed by boys’ games Dec. 11-14 in Dallas, Texas. Both kickoff events are being held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s and Men’s College Cup to provide greater exposure to collegiate coaches. The National League will play at top venues across the country including games at Disney’s Wide World of Sports® Complex (Fla.), Bettye Wilson Fields (Nev.), Ross Stewart Soccer Complex (Texas), Mud Creek Soccer Complex (Ga.) and WakeMed Soccer Park and WRAL Soccer Center (N.C.). Visit www.USYouthSoccer.org for more information.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER CONFERENCE FINALS SET: The Chicago Fire will travel to face the Columbus Crew for the Eastern Conference championship at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 13, live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. In the West, Real Salt Lake hosts the New York Red Bulls at 9:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 15, live on Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports en Español and HDNet. The Conference Champions will face off for the MLS Cup at The Home Depot Center at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Nov. 23.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Tim Howard, playing in his 100th game for Everton, helped his club to a 3-1 victory over West Ham United in the Premier League this weekend. In his 100 games for the Toffees, Howard set a club record by becoming the first goalie in Everton's history to give up less than one goal a game in his first 100 appearances. Follow all the action of U.S. MNT players abroad with U.S. Soccer's Global Blog.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Despite dropping their first match, the U.S. U-17 WNT has advanced to the semifinals of the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The U.S. will face Germany at 1 a.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 13, and fans can follow the action live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: While soccer fans in the U.S. were likely thinking about the Presidential Election last Tuesday, soccer fans in Argentina were handed something else to ponder: the naming of Diego Maradona as head coach of the Argentina National Team. The legendary No. 10 is revered in the soccer-crazy nation, but many fans expressed concern over the choice to put him at the forefront of a team that is struggling in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying. The ever controversial former midfielder has brushed aside any such concerns and has already named a 20-player roster for the international friendly match against Scotland on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Hampden Park.

QUOTABLE: “We’re learning here that it’s not how you start a tournament, it’s how you finish. Even though we lost the first game we’ve made it through to the semifinals and we’re all really excited.”
-- U.S. U-17 WNT midfielder Samantha Mewis, following the team’s 4-2 victory against Korea Republic to advance to the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup semifinals.


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