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U.S. Soccer Wire: Under-21 Women Win Fourth Consecutive Nordic Cup, 3-1 Over Germany


WALLIS SCORES TWICE, REDDICK ADDS A GOAL FOR FIFTH U-21 TITLE IN LAST SIX YEARS: The U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team won its fourth consecutive Nordic Cup tournament with a dominating 3-1 victory over Germany yesterday as Marcia Wallis (Stanford) scored two goals and Cat Reddick (UNC) added a third.  It was the fifth time in the last six years that the U.S. U-21s have won the Nordic Cup, which is played annually in northern Europe.  Without a sanctioned FIFA tournament for U-21 women, the Nordic Cup serves as the top competition in the world for this age group.  The USA also beat Germany in 2000 championship game, 1-0. The Americans came close to missing the final for the first time in six years, but won its group on goal difference to earn the right to face Germany and made the most of the opportunity, dominating the first half while holding the Germans without a shot. "It's not easy to win a championship and even harder to defend one," said U.S. head coach Jerry Smith.  "We had two goals coming into this tournament, one was to defend the championship and two was to put on a dominating performance.  In the final, against a great Germany team, we did dominate and clearly deserved the victory."

STARS OF U.S. WORLD CUP PAST TO MEET BEST OF MLS AT RFK STADIUM IN D.C.: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena and an 18-man roster of past U.S. World Cup stars will battle the best of MLS in the 2002 MLS All-Star Game on Saturday (Aug. 3) at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be televised live on ABC. The United States, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time in more than 70 years and captivated a nation in doing so, featured 11 current and five former MLS players. The U.S. roster for this match consists entirely of MLS players, with nine of ten teams represented. Arena has selected players from all three previous World Cup rosters to fill the rosters. The 2002 MLS All-Star Game offers four levels of ticket pricing, ranging from $27 to $55 for individuals, and $22 to $45 for groups of 20 or more. For Group Sales information, call D.C. United at 703-478-6600. For individual tickets call TicketMaster at 202-432-SEAT (metro D.C.); 410-481-SEAT (Baltimore & MD); 703-573-SEAT (Virginia); or go online at www.ticketmaster.com and visit ticket outlets including HECHT's, Tower Records and at RFK Stadium. The complete U.S. and MLS All-Star rosters are below (starters denoted with an *):

U.S. Roster
Goalkeepers (2): Tony Meola (Kansas City Wizards), Juergen Sommer (New England Revolution);
Defenders (6): Jeff Agoos (S.J. Earthquakes), Mike Burns (Kansas City Wizards), Alexi Lalas (L.A. Galaxy), Carlos Llamosa (Colorado Rapids), Eddie Pope (D.C. United), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids);
Midfielders (7): DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago Fire), Chad Deering (Dallas Burn), John Harkes (Columbus Crew), Chris Henderson (Colorado Rapids), Brian Maisonneuve (Columbus Crew), Preki Radosavljevic (Kansas City Wizards);
Forwards (3): Brian McBride (Columbus Crew), Landon Donovan (S.J. Earthquakes), Josh Wolff (Chicago Fire).

MLS Roster
Goalkeepers (2):
Tim Howard (MetroStars)*, Joe Cannon (San Jose Earthquakes);
Defenders (5): Wade Barrett (San Jose Earthquakes), Carlos Bocanegra (Chicago Fire)*, Mike Petke (MetroStars)*, Ryan Suarez (Dallas Burn)*;
Midfielders (7): Mark Chung (Colorado Rapids)*, Marco Etcheverry (D.C. United), Richard Mulrooney (San Jose Earthquakes)*, Dema Kovalenko (Chicago Fire)*, Steve Ralston (New England Revolution)*, Joselito Vaca (Dallas Burn), Carlos Valderrama (Colorado Rapids)*;
Forwards (4): Ariel Graziani (San Jose Earthquakes), Jason Kreis (Dallas Burn), Carlos Ruiz (L.A. Galaxy)*, Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)*.

U.S. MEN TO VISIT WHITE HOUSE FRIDAY IN CELEBRATION OF WORLD CUP SUCCESS: President George W. Bush will host select members of the 2002 U.S. World Cup Team at the White House this Friday (Aug. 2).  Led by head coach Bruce Arena, the 11 players competing for the USA in the 2002 MLS All-Star game, as well as original 2002 World Cup selection Chris Armas (who tore his ACL with less than a month before the World Cup began), will meet and take pictures with the President in the Oval Office at approximately 10:40 a.m. in recognition of the team's historic quarterfinal finish in Korea.

– U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

U.S. 2002 WORLD CUP PERFORMANCE RANKS TENTH ON ESPNs “100”: The U.S. Men's National Team's historic run to the quarterfinals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup has been recognized as one of the top 10 sports achievements of the last year in the recently released list of The ESPN 100.  The inaugural ESPN 100 is a single list that ranks, in order, the most important people, places, events, achievements, teams and trends of the past 12 months.  The list was selected with input from more than 400 ESPN experts, including executives, editors, producers, directors and on-air talent. The list, which was revealed during as special one-hour program last week, is featured in the current ESPN The Magazine available at newsstands now.

HEJDUK MAKES APPEARANCE FOR LEVERKUSEN AS 2002-03 BUNDESLIGA SEASON NEARS: After not making a single appearance for Bayer Leverkusen during the 2001-02 season due to injury and other circumstances, U.S. Men’s National Team defender Frankie Hejduk came off the bench to play 19 minutes in the club’s first pre-season match, a 1-0 home win over Werder Bremen on July 24. Hejduk and a host of other German-based U.S. players, including defender Tony Sanneh (F.C. Nurnberg), Steve Cherundolo and Conor Casey (both of Hannover 96) and Cory Gibbs (F.C. St. Pauli), will kick off the 2002-03 Bundesliga season on Aug. 10-11.

– U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

U.S. WNT TO MEET SCOTLAND FOR FIRST TIME EVER, SEPT. 8 IN COLUMBUS LIVE ON ESPN: After playing its last match against a country that the U.S. Women's National Team has faced more than any other nation (a resounding 4-0 victory over Norway on July 21), the U.S. Women will take the field next against a team it has never played before, facing Scotland on  Sept. 8, 2002, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The match will  kickoff at 1 p.m. ET and be broadcast live on ESPN. Tickets went on sale on last week at all TicketMaster  locations in Ohio and the surrounding states and by phone at 614-431-3600. Tickets are also available at the Crew Stadium ticket office (open Monday  through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and online at www.ussoccer.com.  Tickets prices are $18 (endline), $25 (sideline), $35 (midfield) and $45 (club seats). For information on group rates, please call 312-528-1249.  The match against Scotland will be the first for the U.S. team after the WUSA season and all focus will be on preparing for the 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, which takes place from Oct. 27-Nov. 9 and will serve as this region's qualifying tournament for the 2003 Women's World Cup in China.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

U.S. UNDER-23s HEAD TO ENGLAND FOR FOUR-GAME TOUR: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team left yesterday for Huddersfield, England, where they will play the reserve teams of four professional clubs across a seven-day period. For the trip, U.S. U-23 MNT head coach Glenn “Mooch” Myernick has called in a 20-man roster that includes former U-17 and U-20 stars like Alex Yi, Kyle Beckerman and Seth Trembly (both of the Colorado Rapids), as well as Columbus Crew forward Edson Buddle. In February, in the team’s first action since the 2000 Olympics, the new group of U-23 players posted an undefeated 1-0-2 record and finished second in the Madeira International Tournament in Portugal before falling 2-0 to an older Italian team just days later in Messina, Italy. Below is the upcoming schedule and the roster for the trip to England:

Aug. 1: Bolton Wanderers Reserves
Aug. 3: Huddersfield Town Reserves
Aug. 5: Crew Alexandria Reserves
Aug. 7: Manchester United Reserves

Goalkeepers (2): Doug Warren (Clemson), Jason White (Princeton);
Defenders (8): Nelson Akwari, Ian Joy (Kidderminster FC – Scotland), Ricky Lewis (Clemson), David Stokes (North Carolina), Scott Thompson (UCLA), Zach Whitbread (Liverpool – England), Chris Wingert (St. John’s), Alex Yi;
Midfielders (6): Kenny Arena (Virginia), Kyle Beckerman (Colorado Rapids -- MLS),  Brian Carroll (Wake Forest), Ned Grabavoy (Indiana), Logan Pause (North Carolina), ), Seth Trembly (Colorado Rapids -- MLS);
Forwards (4): Edson Buddle (Columbus Crew), Alecko Eskandarian (Virginia), David Testo (North Carolina), Jason Thompson (East Illinois).

LEONE ANNOUNCES U.S. ROSTER FOR FIRST EVER U-19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team head coach Tracey Leone named the 18 players who will represent the USA at the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship in Canada from  Aug. 17-Sept. 1, 2002. Leone watched 57 players in game competition over the past two years and pared that number down to the 18 players who will make history by participating in the first-ever FIFA World Championship for youth women.  Leone chose 15 of the 18 players who helped the USA earn a berth in Canada at the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament in Tobago in early May, adding defenders Keeley Dowling and Amy Steadman, both of whom missed the qualifying tournament with injuries, and forward Angie Wozuk, who made a late run to earn her roster spot. The U.S. Under-19s finished up a two-week training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in San Diego, Calif., with wins over Mexico's U-19s on July 24 and 26 by 3-1 and 2-1 scores, respectively. The U.S. team will now have a short break before regrouping in Portland, Ore., for training from Aug. 9 to 11 at the Nike World Headquarters before heading up to Victoria, B.C., to begin final preparations for the World  Championship.  The USA's first match is also the first match of the tournament on Aug. 17 versus England at 1 p.m. PT at Centennial Stadium in Victoria, B.C. Below is the final U.S. U-19 roster, with college or hometown in parentheses):
Goalkeepers (2): Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.), Megan Rivera (Miami, Fla.);
Defenders (5): Jessica Ballweg (Santa Clara), Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Keeley Dowling (Tennessee), Kendall Fletcher (North Carolina), Amy Steadman (North Carolina);
Midfielders (6): Lori Chalupny (North Carolina), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Jill Oakes (UCLA), Leslie Osborne (Santa Clara), Annie Schefter (Notre Dame);
Forwards (5): Megan Kakadelas (Santa Clara), Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (UNC), Kelly Wilson (Texas), Angela Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.).

U.S. UNDER-20s OPEN U.S. AMATEUR SOCCER FESTIVAL WITH 2-1 WIN: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team opened up their participation in the U.S. Amateur Soccer Festival with a 2-1 win over the USASA East Region Team yesterday.  Devin Barclay (San Jose Earthquakes - MLS) and Justin Mapp (D.C. United - MLS) scored eight minutes apart to give the U.S. a come-from-behind win.  The East squad went up in just the 11th minute, before Barclay's 37th-minute tally and Mapp's 45th-minute score.  In other U-20 action, Mexico topped Canada 1-0 with an 85th minute goal. The U.S., who is 1-1-1 in international play this year, will finish the tournament against Canada (Aug. 2) and Mexico (Aug. 3) after meeting the USASA South Region tomorrow (July 30).  The Under-20s are using this tournament to prepare for their CONCACAF qualifying tournament in November. The Men’s Group B bracket is comprised of Mexico’s U-20 Men’s National Team, USASA – Midwest Regional Team, USASA – West Regional Team and the Texas-South State Select Team.

July 28: USASA East Region - 2-1 W
July 30: USASA South Region - 6:30 p.m.
August 2: Canada - 6:30 p.m.
August 3: Mexico - 8:00 p.m.

UNDER-16 GIRLS TAKE WINNING STREAK TO SOCCER FESTIVAL IN HOUSTON: The U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team, who will participate in the 2002 U.S. Amateur Soccer Festival this week in Houston, has won its last four matches, including international wins over France (3-1 in France last month) and Canada (3-0 in March in Florida).  The U-16s open play today (July 29) with a match against the USASA East Region team, followed by a match versus the USASA West squad on Wednesday (July 31) and final match versus the Mexico Under-19 WNT on Saturday (Aug. 3). The U.S. roster includes seven players who were on the roster for last year’s Soccer Festival, in which the Under-16s posted three shutouts in four games, including an impressive 3-0 win over the Mexico Under-18 Women’s National Team.

July 29: USASA East Region - 6:00 p.m.
July 31: USASA West Region - 8:00 p.m.
August 3: Mexico Under-19 - 4:00 p.m.

—  2002 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE —

FOUR SUDDEN-DEATH OVERTIME VICTORIES HIGHLIGHT OPEN CUP THIRD ROUND: The 2002 U.S. Open Cup Third Round featured a record four sudden-death (golden goal) overtime matches in one night, as seven MLS teams and one A-League squad earned berths to the tournament’s Quarterfinals slated for August 7. Along with the four “golden goal“ victories, six overall matches were decided by a goal as Third Round play began last Tuesday with the MetroStars shutting out the host Hampton Roads Mariners (A-League) 1-0 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. Forward Rodrigo Faria scored the game's only goal in the 76th minute as the victory gave the MetroStars their first berth in the Open Cup Quarterfinals since 2000. The remaining seven Third Round matches took place last week as the Columbus Crew (MLS) kicked off “Elimination Wednesday” with a 3-0 blanking of the visiting Richmond Kickers (A-League).  The Crew’s offense was led by forward Dante Washington’s two-goal performance and teammate Brian McBride adding another. Two former Open Cup champions were sent packing from the 2002 competition last Wednesday.  The 1999 champion Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) squandered a 2-0 lead late in their match, as the Kansas City Wizards (MLS) leveled the score to send the game into overtime.  Second-half substitute Chris Brown notched the game-winner in the 105th minute for the Wizards in the dramatic 3-2 victory. The 1998 and 2000 champion Chicago Fire (MLS) also suffered a heartbreaking defeat as midfielder Ranko Golijanin scored the only goal of the match to boost the Milwaukee Rampage (A-League) to a 1-0 home-win over their Midwest neighbors.  Two goals by forward Chris Albright led the Los Angeles Galaxy’s (MLS) quest for their second Open Cup title on Wednesday with an easy 4-0 victory over the host Minnesota Thunder (A-League).  In a renewed battle from the old North American Soccer League the visiting San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) defeated the Seattle Sounders (A-League) in a marathon match 4-3 on a “golden goal” by forward Ariel Graziani in the 109th minute.  In other Third Round matches, midfielder Antonio Martinez scored twice, including the game-winner in the 103rd minute to lift the Dallas Burn (MLS) to a 2-1 road victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League), while forward John Spencer notched the only tally eight minutes into sudden death overtime as the Rapids topped the host Charleston Battery (A-League) 1-0.

DATES ANNOUNCED FOR U.S. OPEN CUP SEMIFINALS: U.S. Soccer has announced the final dates for the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinals, which are set to take place on September 3 and 10 and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports World (FSW) and Fox Sports World Español (FSWE). The first Semifinal match is slated for Sept. 3, at either 8 p.m. ET or 8 p.m. PT with the Dallas Burn/Colorado Rapids Quarterfinal winner taking on the San Jose Earthquakes/Los Angeles Galaxy victor.  The other Semifinal encounter is set for the following week (Sept. 10) at 8 p.m. ET as the MetroStars/Columbus Crew Quarterfinal winner meets the survivor of the Milwaukee Rampage/Kansas City Wizards match.  The venues for each Semifinal will be determined by U.S. Soccer as one team from each of the match-ups will be designated as host. Rounding out the FSW and FSWE Open Cup broadcasts in 2002 will be the Championship game on the weekend of October 26-27. U.S. Soccer also announced that the Kansas City-Milwaukee Quarterfinal, originally slated for August 7, has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 24, at the Rampage Sports Complex in Franklin, Wis. at 7:30 p.m. CT.  The change was made to accommodate the Wizards, who are currently in the 2002 Football Confederation (CONCACAF) Champions Cup Semifinals, scheduled to be completed by late August.

— AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD —

U.S. YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONS CROWNED IN MARYLAND: Far West Regional (Region IV) teams cornered the gold market yesterday at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships, winning eight of 12 age-group titles at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. Sizable crowds throughout the day saw Far West teams dominate the girls division, sweeping all six age groups, and adding two boys titles. California-South accounted for six of the Far West champions, with California-North and Colorado teams winning one title apiece. The San Diego Surf Under-19 girls won their second national championship in three years, avenging last year’s loss to the Michigan Hawks in the Under-18 final with a 7-2 romp in the rematch. San Diego also won the Under-17 crown in 2000. Far West girls teams also swept the titles when there were four age groups (Under-16 through Under-19) in 1996 and 2000. In the Under-19 boys final, Texans 82/83 (Houston) won its second consecutive title by handling Far West champion Blast SC (San Bernardino, Calif.), 4-1, to become the first Texas team to win the James P. McGuire Cup.  The Rochester (N.Y.) Jr. Rhinos Elite, the youth arm of the A-League Rochester Rhinos, claimed New York West’s first national championship, 1-0, over the Aiken (S.C.) Fire in the Under-15 boys final. The Under-18 Arsenal swamped Texans 83/84, 5-1, to win the club’s sixth US Youth Soccer national championship. FC Delco Dynamo II fell short of a second straight national title, losing to the Atlanta Fire, 2-1, in the Under-16 boys final. Below is the complete list of champions from the tournament:

Boys
Under-19: Texans 82/83 (Houston, Texas)
Under-18: FC Delco Arsenal (Downington, Pa.)
Under-17: Irvine SC Strikers (Irvine, Calif.)
Under-16: Atlanta Fire (Atlanta, Ga.)
Under-15: Rochester Jr. Rhinos Elite (Rochester, N.Y.)
Under-14: La Jolla Nomads White (La Jolla, Calif.)

Girls
Under-19: San Diego Surf White (San Diego, Calif.)
Under-18: Colorado Girls Soccer Academy (Littleton, Colo.)
Under-17: Pleasanton Rage (Pleasanton, Calif.)
Under-16: West Valley Samba (Northridge, Calif.)
Under-15: Laguna Hills Eclipse (Laguna Hills, Calif.)
Under-14: Slammers FC (Newport Beach, Calif.)

U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT

PEAK PERFORMER: Chicago Fire forward Ante Razov delivered the scoring that his team was looking for, and it came against the Fire’s top opponent in the Eastern Division. Razov, who is now fourth in MLS in scoring with 11 goals and four assists for 26 points in 2002, had an assist on defender Jim Curtin’s goal in the 6th minute, then supplied goals of his own in the 49th and 57th minutes to down the MetroStars 3-0 at Cardinal Stadium.

MARQUEE MATCH-UP: This Saturday, our proud heroes from the 2002 U.S. World Cup Team, as well as past stars from the 1990, ’94 and ’98 teams, will combine to form the most unique team of any MLS All-Star Game in the league’s history. From Preki to Alexi Lalas to Jurgen Sommer, there are a host of players who probably never thought they’d be pulling on the U.S. jersey again. And what kind of starting lineup will Bruce put out there against the Best of MLS? Tune in to ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday to find out. And someone remind Rob Stone to stay off the field this time.

QUOTABLE:
“Paul does have a history, but this is the land of opportunity, this is the land of second chances. Have we got the capability to put all of that behind us and look at the man, look at the player? Can we go on from it? That's the question I've got to ask Paul."
- D.C. United head coach Ray Hudson, remarking on his and the club’s expected decision to sign controversial 35-year-old English legend Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne (from The Washington Post).

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