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U.S. Soccer Wire: June 6, 2005


U.S. Men's National Team Blanks Costa Rica, Heads to Panama
for Fifth World Cup Qualifying Match of CONCACAF Final Round

CANAL BOUND: The U.S. secured three points with a 3-0 victory over Costa Rica Saturday in Salt Lake City as Landon Donovan scored twice, Brian McBride added a goal and assist, and goalkeeper Kasey Keller made several key saves to strengthen the team’s bid to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup before 40,586 fans at Salt Lake City's Rice-Eccles Stadium. The U.S. will train one more time in Salt Lake City before departing for Panama City on Monday for Wednesday's qualifier. FC Dallas forward Eddie Johnson and Feyenoord defender Cory Gibbs will not make the trip, as they were released from the national team training camp on Sunday in order to continue rehabilitation on their respective injuries. Johnson is still recovering from turf toe, while Cory Gibbs suffered a contusion in his left knee May 28 against England. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast via tape-delay on ESPN2 at 1 a.m. ET and on Telemundo at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Fans can follow the action live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

U-20s IN HOLLAND PREPARING FOR SATURDAY WYC OPENER: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has moved from the tranquil town of Mierlo, traveling two hours northeast to the slightly more bustling Holland city of Enschede, their venue for the first round of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. The U.S. will have four days of training before their opening match of the FIFA World Youth Championship against Argentina on Saturday, June 11 at 5:30 p.m. local time / 11:30 a.m. ET. The team will then face Germany on June 14 (8:30 p.m. local time / 2:30 p.m. ET) and conclude group play on June 18 (1:30 p.m. local time / 7:30 a.m. ET) against Egypt. The U.S. will play all three of their first round games at the 13,500-seat Arke Stadium in Enschede. Every U.S. match at the World Youth Championship can be followed live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

ALL U.S. U-20 GAMES ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL: All three of the U.S. Under-20 Group D matches will be televised live by Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura or Galavison. Fox Soccer Channel will also be re-playing the three U.S. games later the same day. A number of other World Youth Championship matches will also be televised by the three stations. Log onto ussoccer.com for a complete list of matches.
U.S. U-20 MNT FIFA World Youth Championship Schedule
Date        Matchup                 Television             Eastern Time – Live/Replay
June 11    U.S. vs. Argentina   FSC/Telefutura      11:30 a.m. / 8 p.m. (FSC)
June 14    U.S. vs. Germany   FSC/Galavision*     2:30 p.m. / 11 p.m. (FSC)
June 18    U.S. vs. Egypt        FSC/Galavision      7:30 a.m./ 12 and 4 p.m. (FSC)
* Galavision for Germany game is West feed ONLY

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR FIRST HOME WNT GAME OF 2005: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named 24 players to a training camp roster prior to the first domestic match of the year against Canada on June 26 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in Virginia Beach, Va. (3 p.m. ET live on ESPN2). Tickets begin at $18 and can be purchased online at ussoccer.com, by phone at 757-671-8100, at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Virginia (including Farm Fresh and Ukrop Super’s), and at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday).  Groups of 20 or more can order through U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1249.
U.S. WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart, Kristin Luckenbill, Hope Solo; DEFENDERS (8): Lori Chalupny, Tina Frimpong, Lindsey Huie, Amy LePeilbet, Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts, Nandi Pryce, Cat Reddick; MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx, Lorrie Fair, Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly, Marci Miller, Lindsay Tarpley, Aly Wagner; FORWARDS (6): Danielle Fotopoulos, Tiffeny Milbrett, Heather O’Reilly, Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach, Christie Welsh.

STEINBRECHER ELECTED INTO HALL OF FAME AS BUILDER: Hank Steinbrecher, former Secretary General of U.S. Soccer, has been elected to the Hall of Fame as a Builder by current Hall of Fame members. Previously announced members on the Class of 2005 are U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer stars Marcelo Balboa, John Harkes, and Tab Ramos. The Veterans' Player announcement will be made on Wednesday, June 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET. “What an enormous surprise! I think I am still in a fantasy,” Steinbrecher said. “To say I am humbled is an understatement.  I truly feel undeserving of the honor. There are so many more that have contributed so much more than I. Soccer has been the essential ingredient of my whole life.”

VOTE FOR TOP 10 U.S. SOCCER EVENTS OF THE DECADE: Fans can vote for their top 10 U.S. Soccer events of the decade from through July 15 at ussoccerfoundation.org as part of the U.S. Soccer Foundation's tenth anniversary commemorations. Users can only vote once and will have 20 different moments from which to choose – from World Cups to Olympic medals, the birth of MLS and the creation of the Foundation, the choices are varied. The winners will be announced at the Foundation’s 2005 Banquet, Thursday, September 15, at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco will serve as Honorary Chairman of the event.  Individual tickets are $1,000 while tables cost $10,000, and can be reserved by contacting the U.S. Soccer Foundation at 202.872.9277 or online at www.ussoccerfoundation.org.

-- FIFA 2006 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING UPDATE --

HARTFORD TO HOST USA VS. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ON AUG. 17: Tickets remain on sale for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifying match vs. Trinidad & Tobago on August 17 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The U.S. vs. Trinidad & Tobago match will kick off at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, with fans also able to follow along live on ussoccer.com via MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at ussoccer.com, by phone at 860-525-4500, at all Ticketmaster outlets in the region (including Filene's Stores) and at the Hartford Civic Center (open Monday – Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.).  Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com. Trinidad & Tobago will be the first opponent that the U.S. faces for the second time in the 10-game final round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, playing the return leg of a 2-1 victory on February 9 in Trinidad.

U.S. TAKES ON MEXICO IN COLUMBUS ON SEPT. 3: The U.S. Men’s National Team will host Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 3 in Columbus Crew Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET in their seventh of 10 final round qualifying matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. vs. Mexico match, which is being presented by Budweiser, will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Telemundo, with fans also able to follow the U.S. match live at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. It will be the fourth out of five World Cup qualifiers played in the United States and the fifth World Cup qualifying match hosted by the six-year-old venue. Ticketing details will be announced in the future.

2006 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING SCHEDULE:
CONCACAF Final Round
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Feb. 9  Panama 0, Guatemala 0
Feb. 9  Costa Rica 1, Mexico 2
Feb. 9 Trinidad & Tobago 1,  USA 2 
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 26 Costa Rica 2, Panama 1
March 26 Guatemala 5, Trinidad & Tobago 1
March 27 Mexico 2, USA 1
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 30  Panama 1, Mexico 1
March 30  USA 2, Guatemala 0
March 30  Trinidad & Tobago 0, Costa Rica 0
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 4 Trinidad & Tobago 2, Panama 0  
June 4 Guatemala 0, Mexico 2  
June 4 USA 3, Costa Rica 0  
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 8 Panama vs. USA   
June 8 Costa Rica vs. Guatemala   
June 8 Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Aug. 17 Guatemala vs. Panama   
Aug. 17 Mexico vs. Costa Rica   
Aug. 17 USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Sept. 3 Panama vs. Costa Rica  
Sept. 3 Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guatemala
Sept. 3 USA vs. Mexico  
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Sept. 7 Mexico vs. Panama 
Sept. 7 Guatemala vs. USA  
Sept. 7 Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Oct. 8 Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Oct. 8 Mexico vs. Guatemala 
Oct. 8/9 Costa Rica vs. USA 
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Oct. 12 USA vs. Panama   
Oct. 12 Guatemala vs. Costa Rica
Oct. 12 Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico
 
Playoff (*home team will be determined by lottery at the conclusion of the final round)
Date               Match-up
*Nov. 12/13   AFC #5 vs. CONCACAF #4 
*Nov. 16         AFC #5 vs. CONCACAF #4

-- U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --

WELSH, O’REILLY LEAD WILDCATS TO ANOTHER WIN: U.S. Women’s National Team forward Christie Welsh didn’t wait long to make an impact on her new USL W-League club, scoring for New Jersey Wildcats in just the 7^th minute on the way to a 4-0 victory over the Long Island Lady Riders. U.S. teammate Heather O’Reilly also scored, as did U.S. defender Cat Reddick and U.S. U-21 forward Kelly Hammond as the Wildcats improved to a league best 6-0-0. O’Reilly and Welsh assisted on each other’s goals in the first half while Reddick scored on a header off a corner kick in the 85th minute. In other matches featuring U.S. Women’s National Team pool players, defender Amy LePeilbet’s Arizona Heatwave dropped a 2-1 decision to the Vancouver Whitecaps women who featured seven players recently back from the Canadian National Team’s tour of Europe. Jen Branam made several outstanding saves in goal to keep Arizona close. The Heatwave recently returned from a tour of Mexico, where they won all three games, posting wins of 4-2 and 3-0 over the Mexican Women’s National Team along with a 9-0 win over a state champion university side. Despite a goal from Angela Hucles, the Boston Renegades fell to Ottawa Fury, 3-2. Goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill’s Vermont Lady Voltage dropped two matches, losing by 2-0 scores to both the Rochester Ravens and the Toronto Lady Lynx.

-- U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --

U-18 MNT TO TRAVEL TO PORTUGAL FOR TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will leave for Portugal to take part in the Lisbon International Tournament on Tuesday, June 7. Head Coach Bob Jenkins has called in 18 players. The team will train for four days in Lisbon before facing home team Portugal. The U-18 Men will also face Poland and Japan during the tournament. The team’s only other international match of the year to date was a 3-2 win over Holland on January 14.
U-18 MNT Schedule
Date          Opponent
June 11     Portugal
June 12     Poland
June 14     Japan

U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Steve Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio), Chris Seitz (San Luis Obispo, Calif.); DEFENDERS (5): Pav Castaneda (Babylon N.Y.), Greg Folk (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Chris Schuler (Aurora, Ill.), Adam Sloustcher (Pleasanton, Calif.), Jules Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.); MIDFIELDERS (4): Tony Beltran (Claremont, Calif.), Paul Gerstenberger (Schenectady, N.Y.), Rodrigo Lopez (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Dax McCarty (Maitland, Fla.); FORWARDS (7): Diego Barrera (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Mike Grella (Glen Cove, N.Y.), Rodrigo Hidalgo (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Jason Leopoldo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Brian Martin (Milwaukee, Wis.), Johann Smith (Bloomfield, Conn.), Sal Zizzo (San Diego, Calif.).

U.S. U-17 WNT WIN TOURNEY IN HOUSTON: Forward Kelly O’Hara showed once again why she is a rising star in the U.S. Women’s Youth National Team programs, scoring three goals over the four games as the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team went undefeated at a U.S. Youth Soccer event staged as part of the Houston Shootout. The U-17s didn’t produce a deluge of goals, but played tremendous defense against teams comprised of players who were all a year older, winning three games and tying one. The USA allowed just one goal during the tournament, that coming against the Canadian U-18 National Team in a 1-1 tie on May 30. Midfielder Tobin Heath got the U.S. goal in the 29^th minute of that match, only to see Canada substitute Deanna Everett get an equalizer in the 77^th . Against the Region IV U-18 ODP Team on May 31, the USA used a 57^th minute goal from speedster Jessica McDonald to earn the victory while goalkeeper Chantel Jones earned the shutout. After a day off, the USA turned to action on June 2 against the Region III U-18 ODP Team, again winning 1-0 as O’Hara tallied in the 27^th minute. Jones earned her second shutout in a row. The USA finished the tournament and earned the championship on June 3 with a 2-0 victory over Japan’s U-18s as O’Hara scored in the 59^th and 75^th minutes, off assists from McDonald and Kristen Stannard respectively. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher earned the shutout against Japan.
U.S. U-17 WNT Results
Date        Opponent                     Result     U.S. Goalscorers     Venue
May 30    Canada U-18 WNT     1-1 T        Heath                        Houston, Texas
May 31    Region IV U-18 ODP  1-0 W       McDonald                 Houston, Texas
June 2    Region III U-18 ODP  1-0 W        O’Hara                      Houston, Texas
June 3    Japan U-18 WNT        2-0 W        O’Hara (2)                Houston, Texas

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. OPEN CUP KICKS OFF ON WEDNESDAY: The U.S. Open Cup officially kicks off on June 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET in Cocoa, Fla., as the Cocoa Expos (PDL) host Roma (USASA) of Dallas, Texas. The second qualifying round game sees the Salinas Valley Samba of USASA travel up the West Coast to face the Cascade Surge later that day at 7 p.m. PT in Salem, Ore. In other 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup fixtures, teams from the United Soccer Leagues Second Division and Premier Development League join regional qualifiers from the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) as 18 teams will see action over the next two weeks. A qualifying round was added in 2005 to accommodate the expansion of the tournament by two teams to 42 from 40 due to the entrance of the two first-year Major League Soccer teams into the tournament. Two teams each that qualified through the USASA and PDL will playoff for spots in the first round on June 15. The teams playing in the qualifying round were selected by random draw after all of the USASA and PDL teams were grouped regionally. For complete Qualifying and First Round fixtures, click here.
2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
Qualifying Round

Date       Teams                                                                                             Venue - Kickoff (local)
June 8    Roma (USASA) at Cocoa Expos (PDL)                                    Cocoa Expo Sports Center; Cocoa, Fla. - 7:30 p.m. ET
June 8    Salinas Valley Samba (USASA) at Cascade Surge (PDL)  McCulloch Stadium; Salem, Ore. - 7 p.m. PT

U.S. GOLD CUP JOURNEY TO BE FEATURED ON TELEFUTURA: The U.S. Men’s National Team begins their Gold Cup campaign live on Telefutura at 7:30 p.m. PT on July 7 against Cuba at Qwest Field in Seattle. Telefutura will broadcast all three of the USA’s group games and the entire 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be televised live on Univision, Galavision and Telefutura. Coverage continues with the encounter between the U.S. and Canada at 1:30 p.m. PT on July 9, also at Qwest Field. Telefutura follows the team as they travel across the country for their third and final group game against Costa Rica at 7 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

CONCACAF LAUNCHES TICKET HOTLINE NUMBER FOR 2005 CONCACAF GOLD CUP: CONCACAF has launched a ticket hotline number, 1-888-480-2005, for tickets to the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will be played in six USA cities from 6-24 July. The domestic and international telephone number will allow fans to purchase tickets in any of the seven stadiums hosting games in the showpiece event. Ticket prices for single dates start as low as $20 in some venues for first-round doubleheaders. Discounts are available for group tickets and for packages of tickets to all the match days in the same city. All tickets are subject to availability.

CONCACAF GOLD CUP MEDIA ACCREDITATION FORM AVAILABLE ONLINE: Media credential applications for the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup are now available online at concacaf.com. Application deadline is July 3, 2005 and a color passport photo must accompany all applications. A digital version can be attached to the online application form in the appropriate field. CONCACAF is handling all credential requests and press operations for the Gold Cup.

US CLUB SOCCER 2005 NATIONAL CUP IV REGION A WINNERS CROWNED: Thirteen regional winners advanced to the 2005 US Club Soccer National Cup IV Finals out of Region A competition in LaGrangeville, N.Y. over Memorial Day weekend.  The Ottawa Fury and Inter SC Boston each had multiple teams punch tickets to the Finals.  Winners from each of the eight National Cup IV Regionals in Boys and Girls Under-12 through Under-17 age groups will compete in the Finals to be held July 21-24 in Jacksonville, Fla. (BU12-U14, GU12-U15), July 29-Aug. 1 in Orlando, Fla. (BU16-U17) and Aug. 5-8 in Stony Brook, N.Y. (GU16-U17).  2005 National Cup IV Regional competition will be back in action June 11-14 in Las Vegas, Nev. (Region F) and Lodi, Ohio (Region E) and June 17-20 in Columbus, Ga. (Region C).
Premier Boys 2005 National Cup IV Region A Champions
U12 – Inter SC Boston
U13 – NY Hota
U14 – Ottawa Fury
U15 – Eastern FC (N.Y.)
U16 – Midstate United (R.I.)
U17 – World Class - Manchester United (Conn.)
Super Group Boys 2005 National Cup IV Region A Champions
U13 – Pasco Stallions (N.J.)
U14 – Goldstar (N.C.)
U15 – Matchfit Academy (N.J.)
Premier Girls 2005 National Cup IV Region A Champions
U12 – Inter SC Boston
U14 – World Class (N.J.)
U16 – Ottawa Fury
U17 – Ottawa Fury

FLAMHAFT PARTICIPATES IN CONCACAF SEMINAR: Stephen Flamhaft, who serves on the Foundations Grants & Oversight Committees, was recently selected as one of 40 participants in a CONCACAF Seminar for Match Commissioners, held in May at the Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago. The intensive two-day seminar focused on the role and function of the Match Commissioner in international competition, including World Cup games, with a special emphasis on security arrangements and the handling of medical emergencies. “It was a highly organized event," said Flamhaft, a New York-based attorney, "in which I learned a lot and made new friends, all of which made for a rewarding experience. I came back energized and enthusiastic, eagerly awaiting my first assignment."

MLS CHAMPION D.C. UNITED TO MEET COLORADO RAPIDS IN HALL OF FAME GAME: Reigning and Four-time MLS Cup Champion D.C. United will meet the Colorado Rapids in the 10th Hall of Fame Game in Oneonta, N.Y. on Monday, August 29th at 1:00 p.m. ET. The game will feature the squads of Hall of Fame inductees John Harkes (D.C. United) and Marcelo Balboa (Colorado Rapids), and will also honor inductee Tab Ramos, who was the first player signed by MLS. Tickets are available at the Hall of Fame Kicks Museum Store or by calling 800-545-FAME (3263). General admission is $12 until August 1. Beginning August 1 tickets will sell for $15. Game day tickets are $18. Group (20 or more) discounts are available.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: This week’s “Peak Performer” honors go to the 40,586 fans who came out in full force to support the U.S. National Team in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday. In the words of U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan: "The crowd was tremendous. They were passionate, they were loud, they knew what was going on in the game and I really hope we can come back here. It was incredible."

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Four days after playing a World Cup qualifying home game against Costa Rica, the U.S. faces Panama in another crucial matchup at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, Panama. Kickoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, June 8 and fans can follow the action live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The game will also be shown on taped delay at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Telemundo and at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on ESPN2.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Boasting such stars as Andres D’Alessandro, Carlos Tevez, Javier Zanetti and Pablo Aimar, Argentina fell 2-0 to Ecuador at the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa in Quito, Ecuador. The match was part of South American World Cup qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Despite the setback, Argentina still sits at the top of the table with 28 points. Brazil is in second place with 27 and Ecuador is in third place with 23 points.

QUOTABLE: " I think the crowd was fantastic and I’m happy that our guys were able to respond. When things were tough, the crowd helped us. It was a perfect setting to play an important game in."
 -- U.S. Manager, Bruce Arena, on the crowd at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, after the U.S. won 3-0 against Costa Rica.

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