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U.S. Soccer Wire: Aug. 31, 2009


PREPARATIONS BEGIN IN UTAH, TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR MATCH: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face off against El Salvador at the new Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, on Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. MT. Tickets are available through, by phone at 801-727-2700 (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and at the Rio Tinto Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). On Thursday, Bob Bradley named a 24-man roster that will train ahead of the critical FIFA 2010 World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago. The team began gathering in Utah yesterday, Aug. 30.  The U.S. currently sit third place in the final round hexagonal standings with 10 points and a 3-2-1 record through six games. Costa Rica are top of the table with 12 points, while Honduras, on 10 points, hold second place based on superior goal differential to the U.S. Television coverage of the match will be provided live by ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow on the Futbol de Primera Radio Network, as well as’s MatchTracker and the U.S. Soccer Twitter feed at 

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* 6 p.m. MT ESPN Classic/Galavision Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* 7 p.m. ET ESPN Classic/Galavision Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
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

BE OFFICIAL: While there's nothing like cheering on the U.S. Men's National Team in person, we want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience even if you’re not going to be in Sandy, Utah on Saturday, so we've got the next best spot: an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be at Rio Tinto Stadium, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters, wear red and watch the game in an atmosphere that is pretty loud and rowdy. Check the latest listings for the Official U.S. Soccer bar in your area.  Have a local watering hole that you would like to see as an Official U.S. Soccer Bar?  Provide your comments on the Official U.S. Bar Forum.’s MNT Coverage – Aug. 25-31

RONGEN ANNOUNCES 21-MAN ROSTER FOR 2009 FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has finalized the 21-player roster that will represent the United States at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup from Sept. 24-Oct. 16 in Egypt. The roster features a blend of professional and collegiate players, including two players with prior U-20 World Cup experience in UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk and FC Dallas defender Anthony Wallace.

Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn, Ga.), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas; Middleton, Wis.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Gale Agbossoumonde (Miami FC; Syracuse, N.Y.), Kyle Davies (FC Dallas; Danville, Calif.), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), Ike Opara (Wake Forest; Durham, N.C.), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Sheanon Williams (Unattached; Boston, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabak; Oslo, Norway), Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge; Richardson, Texas), Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Michael Stephens (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (4): Sam Garza (Denver; Highland Village, Texas), Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas; Rockford, Ill.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas; College Station, Texas), Tony Taylor (Jacksonville; Jacksonville, Fla.)

U.S. U-20 MNT 2009 World Cup Schedule
Date        Opponent              Time                     TV                                     Venue
Sept. 26  Germany                10 a.m. ET            ESPN Classic, Galavision       Mubarek Stadium; Suez, Egypt
Sept. 29  Cameroon              12:45 p.m. ET       ESPN2, Galavision                Mubarek Stadium; Suez, Egypt
Oct. 2      Korea Republic       12:45 p.m. ET       ESPN2, Galavision                Mubarek Stadium; Suez, Egypt

SUNDHAGE NAMES SQUAD FOR SEMPTEMBER TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has called in 26 players for a 12-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., running from Sept. 21-Oct. 2. This will be the first U.S. Women’s National Team event since the end of the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer season. Twenty-three of the players on the roster come from WPS clubs while three are currently seniors for their college teams in UCLA forward Lauren Cheney and a pair of North Carolina Tar Heels in midfielder Tobin Heath and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Captain Christie Rampone will not be with the team as she is pregnant with her second child. Rampone, who led the Sky Blue FC out of New Jersey to the inaugural WPS championship last weekend, guided the team through the playoffs as the captain and the head coach while almost three months pregnant, adding another amazing twist to the club’s Cinderella run to the title.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Ashlyn Harris (North Carolina), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (8): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Stephanie Cox (Los Angeles Sol), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Boston Breakers), Megan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tina DiMartino (FC Gold Pride), Tobin Heath (UNC), Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Brittany Klein (Chicago Red Stars), Lori Lindsey (Washington Freedom), Carli Lloyd (Chicago Red Stars), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Leslie Osborne (FC Gold Pride), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Kacey White (Sky Blue FC)
FORWARDS (3): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (Boston Breakers), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

D.C. UNITED SET TO FACE SEATTLE SOUNDERS ON WEDNESDAY IN U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL: Two MLS sides will meet to decide the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The Seattle Sounders will travel to the nation’s capital to meet D.C. United in the final of the oldest annual team tournament in the United States. D.C. United, who also won the Open Cup championship in the inaugural MLS season in 1996, are looking to defend their 2008 title against a Sounders side who are looking to become the second expansion team to take the title in its first year after the Chicago Fire accomplished that feat in 1998. The match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7:30 p.m. ET. A breakdown of the history of the Dewar Cup and a preview from D.C. United head coach, Tom Soehn, are available at 


CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR FIFA U-20 AND U-17 WORLD CUPS: FIFA is accepting credential applications for both the FIFA U-20 and U-17 World Cups which will take place this fall in Egypt and Nigeria, respectively. Media who wish to attend either event must apply for credentials online through the FIFA Media Channel at Media representatives who have not yet registered for the Media Channel can also do so at that address. Successful applicants will be notified and provided more information leading up to the tournament. The deadline for application for the FIFA U-20 World Cup is Aug. 31, and for the FIFA U-17 World Cup is Sept. 7. The FIFA Media Channel is the primary line of communication for news between FIFA, the local organizing committee of each FIFA competition and accredited media. This password-protected online service is designed to provide media professionals with details on activities, including press conferences, documents and other media resources, information on competition media facilities, including stadium media centers (SMCs), ticketing, FIFA and LOC media contacts, and any special media announcements. The FIFA Media Channel is also the one place where all media accreditation requests for all FIFA competitions must be made. 


KICKERS CLAIM USL-2 CHAMPIONSHIP: After trailing for nearly an hour, the Richmond Kickers rallied in the second half with 63rd minute equalizer and two more in the final seven minutes to down the Charlotte Eagles 3-1 in the USL Second Division Championship. In their last two championship appearances last year in Cleveland and 2006 in Richmond, the Charlotte Eagles found no consolation in scoring a late goal in a 2-1 loss and were looking to reverse the script Saturday night at the University of Richmond Stadium in the rematch of the 2006 final.

INAUGURAL EAST PENN CUP TO BE HELD NOV. 21-22 IN WEST CHESTER, PA.: US Club Soccer announced that the inaugural East Penn Cup for Under-11 through Under-14 teams will be held Nov. 21-22, 2009, in West Chester, Pa. The event will take place at Delacy Soccer Complex and Thornbury Soccer Park, home to West Chester United SC. For more information, visit

YOUTH SOCCER MONTH BEGINS SEPT. 1 – JOIN THE CELEBRATION: Recognizing the impact and importance the sport of soccer plays in the day-to-day lives of America’s families, US Youth Soccer, with more than 3 million members, the nation’s largest youth sports association, is spearheading the third annual Youth Soccer Month - Celebrating Soccer in America, this September.  Why is soccer so popular?  Because it offers children the opportunity to participate in a healthy lifestyle, be physically active and develop social skills while making new friends.  Learn more and see how you can join the celebration at 


PEAK PERFORMER: The Portland Timbers of the USL First Division pushed their record unbeaten streak to 24 games on Friday after playing to a scoreless draw against the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. The previous record streak, set in 2005, was 15 games. The Timbers have not lost in league play since dropping their season opener on April 25.

MARQUEE MATCHUP(S): Wednesday Sept. 2 will feature the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final between D.C. United and the Seattle Sounders at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The match will conclude the 96th edition of the Open Cup, which is the oldest national annual tournament for team sports in the United States and will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7:30 p.m. ET. Later in the week, the U.S. Men’s National Team faces off against El Salvador as it continues qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The encounter at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, kicks off at 6 p.m. MT and will be televised on ESPN Classic and Galavision.

QUOTABLE: “You always expect the energy to be high and you know that there are two teams who have made it through a schedule which is single elimination through quite a few rounds, so everybody knows what’s at stake…I expect it to be a very energetic and exciting game.” – D.C. United head coach Tom Soehn on what he expects from the U.S. Open Cup final