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U.S. Soccer Wire: Sept. 7, 2010


FIFA INSPECTION DELEGATION BEGINS TOUR ON TUESDAY, SEPT. 7;
SUNDHAGE NAMES PRELIMINARY ROSTER FOR U.S. WNT MATCHES AGAINST CHINA

FIFA DELEGATION ARRIVES IN NEW YORK FOR TOUR OF FIVE U.S. CITIES: The campaign for the United States to be selected as host of the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022 has moved to the next phase for the USA Bid Committee as the FIFA Inspection Delegation arrived in New York on Monday, Sept. 6 starting a three-day visit that goes through Thursday, Sept. 9. The six-person delegation will visit five of the U.S. cities representing the 18 candidate host cities of the United States bid – New York/New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Miami, Dallas and Houston. During this important tour, the FIFA Inspection Delegation will have the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the U.S. bid’s proposed stadiums, training sites, FIFA Fan Fest venues, transportation, hotels, media facilities and much more. On Tuesday, Sept. 7, the tour officially kicked off with a press briefing, in which Head of the FIFA Inspection Delegation Harold Mayne-Nicholls and USA Bid Committee Chairman and President of U.S. Soccer Sunil Gulati addressed the media.

USA BID COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL PARTNERS: The USA Bid Committee announced American Airlines and AT&T as official partners of the organization’s efforts to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022. American Airlines was the official airline of the 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the United States and currently serves as the official airline of Major League Soccer as well as several professional soccer clubs. AT&T is the Exclusive Communications Services Sponsor of U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer, as well as the title sponsor of the annual Major League Soccer All-Star Game.

GOUSABID.COM RECORDS ONE MILLIONTH SUPPORTER FOR USA BID: The USA Bid Committee announced that the campaign’s website, GoUSAbid.com, reached the milestone of one million supporters of the United States' effort to win the right to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. The United States reached the landmark one week before the FIFA Inspection Delegation arrives in the United States for its review of the proposed stadiums, training sites, FIFA Fan Fest venues, transportation, and other components of the U.S. bid.

ussoccer.com’s USA Bid Coverage – Aug. 31 – Sept. 7

U.S. MNT TO PLAY HOST TO COLOMBIA ON OCT. 12 AT PPL PARK IN CHESTER, PA.: The U.S. Men’s National Team will host South American rivals Colombia on Oct. 12 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.  Kickoff for the USA’s first match on the Chester waterfront is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision.  Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. Tickets starting at $30 go on sale to the public Friday, Sept. 3, at 12 p.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the PPL Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

U.S. MNT TO FACE POLAND AT CHICAGO’S SOLDIER FIELD ON OCT. 9: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Poland on Oct. 9 in Chicago, the home of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Kickoff at Soldier Field is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. After an 11-year absence from Chicago, the U.S. will now be playing its sixth match at Soldier Field since 2004, having hosted the semifinal and the sold-out final of the 2007 Gold Cup in which 60,000 fans saw the United States defeat Mexico 2-1 to secure its second-consecutive Gold Cup title. Tickets starting at $25 are on sale now through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott and Walmart stores). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Soldier Field except on the day of the event.]

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Aug. 31 – Sept. 7

SUNDHAGE NAMES PRELIMINARY ROSTER FOR FRIENDLIES AGAINST CHINA:  U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 30 players to a preliminary roster for two matches against China, taking place on Oct. 2 at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. (6 p.m. ET), and on Oct. 6 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2). Sundhage will open a training camp in Kennesaw, outside of Atlanta, on Sept. 20 that consists mostly of players from Women’s Professional Soccer clubs who did not make the playoffs. As teams are eliminated from the playoffs, and after the WPS Championship on Sept. 26, additional players will join the national team camp at various times leading into the USA’s first match against China. Tickets for the USA’s match against China in Atlanta at Kennesaw State University are currently available through ussoccer.com or at the KSU Soccer Stadium box office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Tickets for U.S. WNT’s first visit to the brand new PPL Park in Chester, Pa. start at $18 and go on sale to the public this Friday at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the PPL Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 

U.S. WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Atlanta Beat)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (FC Gold Pride), Tobin Heath (Atlanta Beat), Sarah Huffman (Washington Freedom), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Joanna Lohman (Philadelphia Independence), Kelley O’Hara (FC Gold Pride), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Aug. 31 – Sept. 7

2010 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL BETWEEN SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC AND COLUMBUS CREW SET FOR QWEST FIELD: The reigning Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC will seek to defend their title when they host the Columbus Crew on Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. PT at Qwest Field. The game will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The Sounders advanced to their second consecutive Open Cup final after defeating Chivas USA 3-1 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. The Sounders will face the Columbus Crew, who emerged with a 2-1 victory against D.C. United at RFK Stadium.

SHORT WEEK STARTS PUSH FOR THE PLAYOFFS IN USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE: The Austin Aztex climbed back atop the league standings, while the Carolina RailHawks made up ground at the top of the NASL Conference in Week 22 of the USSF D-2 Pro League. The week started with Portland earning three points against the Puerto Rico Islanders by a 1-0 score in their final home match of the season. The Carolina RailHawks blanked Crystal Palace Baltimore 3-0 on Friday, while the Austin Aztex lept over Rochester in the league standings on Saturday with a 2-0 win against the NSC Minnesota Stars at House Park in Austin. Sunday's pair of matches saw Puerto Rico earn a valuable road point against Vancouver and AC St. Louis keep their playoff hopes alive with a 3-1 victory against Miami FC.

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Schedule and Standings
2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Playoff Standings

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

CONCACAF U-17 AND U-20 CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR JAMAICA, GUATEMALA: The U.S. Under-17 and Under-20 Men’s National Teams have learned the dates and locations for their respective 2011 CONCACAF Championships. The U-17 MNT will travel to Jamaica for its event, which will take place Feb. 12-28, while the U-20 MNT will play in Guatemala from April 3-17. The U-17 Championship will qualify four teams to the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico June 18-July 10. As hosts, Mexico already has a berth in that tournament, meaning the region will have five teams participating. The CONCACAF U-20 Championship will send semifinalists to Colombia for the FIFA U-20 World Cup from July 29-Aug. 20. In April, CONCACAF announced that the event will be played with 12 teams for the first time since 1996, with Canada, Mexico and the United States joining five teams from the Caribbean and four teams from Central America.

U.S. U-20 MNT CONTINUES CUADRANGULAR INTERNACIONAL IN PERU: After dropping a 5-0 decision to Paraguay in their opening game of the Cuadrangular Internacional in Arequipa, Peru, the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team will look to rebound against Colombia on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Head coach Thomas Rongen has brought 20 players, all professionals, who will continue play against Peru on Sept. 10, with a tournament placement game on Sept. 12. Against Paraguay, the U.S. was chasing the game early, as Oscar Ruiz got the first of his three goals on the day in the 15th minute and added his second just three minutes later. Down 2-0 at the break, Ruiz rounded out his hat trick just seconds after the second half kicked off. Claudio Correa added a brace for Paraguay with goals in the 81st and 89th minutes to make it a 5-0 final.

U.S. U-20 MNT Schedule
Date                 Opponent/Result           U.S. Goalscorer(s)                   Venue
Sept. 6             Paraguay 5, USA 0        --                                           Arequipa, Peru
Sept. 8             Colombia                                                                   Arequipa, Peru
Sept. 10           Peru                                                                          Arequipa, Peru
Sept. 12           TBD – Placement Game                                               Arequipa, Peru

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samir Badr (F.C. Porto; Fairfax, Va.), Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (S.C. Braga; Syracuse, N.Y.), Anthony Brooks (Hertha BSC; Berlin, Germany), Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA; Bell, Calif.), Christian Flores (Club Tijuana; El Cajon, Calif.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Emilio Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Korey Veeder (Crystal Palace Baltimore; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Victor Garza (Tigres; Edinburg, Texas), Kevin Huezo (C.F. Pachuca; Santa Ana, Calif.), Francisco Navas Cobo (Houston Dynamo; Richmond, Texas), Ernest Nungaray (Monarcas Morelia; National City, Calif.), Moises Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United; Sterling, Va.), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.Y.), Jerome Kiesewetter (Hertha BSC; Berlin, Germany), Adrian Ruelas (Santos Laguna; Fontana, Calif.), Omar Salgado (Portland Timbers; El Paso, Texas)

U.S. U-17 MNT ARRIVES IN MADRID, SPAIN, FOR TWO WEEKS OF TRAINING AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team has arrived in Madrid, Spain, for 12 days of training at the Spanish FA’s Cuidad de Futbol. Head coach Wilmer Cabrera will also lead his team in friendlies against youth teams from Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano, as well as two matches against Spain’s U-17 MNT. During the trip, the team will gain valuable international experience as it moves toward the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which will be held in Jamaica from Feb. 12-28. The roster for the Fall Semester of U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program will be announced on Wednesday.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kendall McIntosh (Mustang Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy 1969; Tokyo, Japan), Alessandro Mion (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Cole Nagy (RSL-AZ; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio), Danny Zaid (Camp Elite Guatemala; Guatemala City)
MIDFIELDERS (10):  Ricardo Aldape (Lemont Raiders; Chicago Heights, Ill.), Joe Amon (South Carolina United FC; Summerville, S.C.), Matthew Dunn (FC Koln; Dallas, Texas), Ruben Duran (Las Vegas Premier ’92; Las Vegas, Nev.), Patrick Foss (D.C. United; South Riding, Va.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Esteban Rodriguez (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale, Calif.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.)
FORWARDS (4): Daniel Flores (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)

U.S. U-14 GNT COMES TO THE HOME DEPOT CENTER FOR TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. U-14 Girls’ National Team will be in training camp from Sept. 18-25 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as 35 players, all born in 1996, come together for training and several scrimmage matches. Former U.S. international Michelle French, who has been working with the U.S. U-14 program for several years now, will run the camp in the absence of Mike Dickey, who selected the roster from this past summer’s U.S. Soccer U-14 Girls’ Identification Camp in Portland, Ore. An additional player may be added before the camp begins. The U.S. U-14s will play several matches against local club and possibly ODP teams during the week.

U.S. U-14 GNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kelsey Dossey (Zionsville; Plainfield, Ind.), Casey Murphy (PDA; Bridgewater, N.J.), Alexandra Nicholas (Pleasanton Rage; Pleasanton, Calif.), Abigail Pyne (Black Bear United; Dixmont, Maine)
DEFENDERS (14): Michaela Abam (Albion FC; Sugarland, Texas), Emilia Bladin (Seattle United; Seattle, Wash.), Victoria Bowman (Dallas Sting; Colleyville, Texas), Hannah Coy (Magic Jacks; Boca Raton, Fla.), Schuyler Debree (Match Fit Chelsea; Fair Haven, N.J.), Delaney Fechalos (Atlanta Fire; Suwanee, Ga.), Monica Flores (SDFC Lynx; Livingston, N.J.), Sabrina Flores (SDFC Lynx; Livingston, N.J.), Shelby Fredericks (Massapequa Stars; Babylon, N.Y.), Eva Gordon (Empire United; Syracuse, N.Y.), Chloe Hemmingway (West Coast FC; Irvine, Calif.), Mariah Lee (Washington Premier FC; Covington, Wash.), Annie Mejia (Arsenal FC; Bloomington, Calif.), Meaghan Mulligan (PDA; Freehold, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton Colorado), Megan Buckingham (Michigan Hawks; Novi, Mich.), Madison Burdick (Atlanta Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Jordan Di Biasi (Colorado Rush; Littleton Colorado), Maddie Huster (Ohio Elite; Cincinnati, Ohio), Hannah Lopiccolo (West Coast FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Rilka Noel (Michigan Hawks; West Bloomfield, Mich.), Shannon Patterson (Oregon Rush; Bend, Ore.), Haley Pounds (Challenge SC; Spring, Texas), Josie Thurman (Carmel United; Noblesville, Ind.), Amanda Shorin (PSV Union FC; Palo Alto, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Jorian Baucom (Sereno SC; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Sarah Chase (West Coast FC; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Mikaela Harvey (Lonestar SC; Liberty Hill, Texas), Gabriella Kaplan (MVLA Lightning; Emerald Hills, Calif.), Gracin Palmer (CASL Spartan Elite; Clinton, N.C.), Pilar Torres (San Diego Surf; Encinitas, Calif.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With less than 100 days to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cup™ to come to the United States – and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup™ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

BRIAN MCBRIDE TO RETIRE FROM PROFESSIONAL SOCCER: Former U.S. Men’s National Team forward and three-time World Cup veteran Brian McBride has announced that he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the 2010 Major League Soccer season.  The veteran striker had a remarkable 12-year international career that produced 30 goals through 95 matches, leaving McBride as the third all-time leading scorer in team history. One of two players in U.S. history to score in multiple World Cups (1998, 2002), McBride is also second all-time in World Cup qualifying goals (10).  The three-time World Cup veteran (1998, 2002, 2006) has the third-most appearances for the USA in World Cup matches (10), starting all five games in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and netting the game-winners against Portugal and Mexico. He also netted the USA’s lone goal in France ’98.

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR TWO EDUCATIONAL TRIPS IN 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 Germany 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 18-25, 2011, coaches will visit five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. While in Rio de Janeiro, coaches will take part in educational lectures with various professional coaches, visit with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and attend professional training sessions and games.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES UNDERWAY: The U.S. Olympic Committee is now accepting requests from United States media organizations for accreditation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The application form is available through the USOC's media-specific site,   http://usocpressbox.org. The deadline for making the request is Oct. 1, 2010. This process is open to print, internet and photographic media organizations that are based in the United States and meet the guideline standards outlined by the USOC. All non rights-holding broadcasters will be accredited by the International Olympic Committee.  The form will be available March 2011, on the IOC website www.olympic.org and the deadline for submission for all non-rights holding broadcasters will be in May 2011.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Former Development Academy standout Ruben Luna made his professional debut on Saturday, Sept. 4 coming on in the 82nd minute for Jeff Cunningham in FC Dallas’ 1-0 win against Toronto FC. Luna was named the 2008 U-15/16 Development Academy Player of the Year, while leading the FC Dallas academy team to 2009 and 2010 Academy Finals Week. 

MARQUEE MATCHUP: This week MLS will feature two matches with major playoff implications as Real Salt Lake travel to Seattle to take on Seattle Sounders FC on Thursday at 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. Should RSL take the three points on the road, they would take first place of the Western Conference, at least until current conference leaders Los Angeles Galaxy host Eastern Conference leaders Columbus Crew at 10:30 p.m. ET. 

SOCCER SHOCKER: As qualification for the 2012 European Championships started last week, there were a couple of opening round shocks. In Portugal, Cyprus made some noise with a 4-4 tie against their Iberian rivals in a match that they led twice in the first half. More woe was in store for France as they stumbled 1-0 to Belarus in Paris – not the start newly appointed head coach Laurent Blanc was looking for after taking the reigns from much-maligned Raymond Domenech. 

QUOTABLE: “When we start talking about the landscape in the U.S. (the international community is) surprised by it. They are surprised that we have 16 teams and are growing in MLS. They are surprised that Americans were the No. 1 ticket buyers for the World Cup. They are surprised that you couldn’t get into bars in a lot of major cities at 10 a.m. to watch World Cup games. They’re surprised that the TV rights for the World Cup were the single largest in the world. When you look at all those things happening in a relatively short time since the 1994 World Cup, you can see the extraordinary success story.” –USA Bid Committee Chairman and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati on the growth of soccer in the U.S.

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