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U.S. Soccer Wire - April 21, 2008


U.S. WNT AND U-23 MNT LEARN OLYMPIC OPPONENTS;
SUNDHAGE NAMES ROSTER FOR THREE UPCOMING WNT MATCHES;
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY ADDS 12 CLUBS FOR 2008-09 SEASON

U.S. WOMEN AND UNDER-23 MEN DRAWN INTO GROUPS FOR 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS: The U.S. Women’s and Under-23 Men’s National Teams were drawn into their respective groups for the 2008 Olympic Games during the Final Draw on Sunday evening in Beijing, China. The U.S. Women were drawn in to Group G and will face Norway, Japan and New Zealand in first round play, while the U-23 Men were placed into Group B along with Japan, the Netherlands and Nigeria. On the men’s side, the U.S. will open against Japan on August 7 at 5 p.m. local (5 a.m. ET) before facing the Netherlands on August 10 at 7:45 p.m. local (7:45 a.m. ET), with both games taking place at the Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Tianjin. The team will then travel to Workers’ Stadium in Beijing to conclude group play against 1996 gold medalist and 2005 FIFA Under-20 World Cup champion Nigeria on August 13 at 5 p.m. local (5 a.m. ET). The U.S. Women will open play on Aug. 6 against Norway in Qinhuangdao at the Olympic Center Stadium at 7:45 p.m. local (7:45 a.m. ET). The U.S. will then get two days of rest before facing Japan on Aug. 9 in Qinhuangdao at 5 p.m. local (5 a.m. ET) before finishing group play on Aug. 12 against New Zealand in Shenyang at the 60,000-seat Olympic Center Stadium at 7:45 p.m. local (7:45 a.m. ET). The stadium in Qinhuangdao holds just under 34,000 fans.

Olympic Men’s Football Tournament
U.S. Schedule - Group B
Date         Opponent        Venue                                                                Kickoff (Local/ET)
Aug. 7       Japan              Tianjin (Olympic Sports Center Stadium)  5 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Aug. 10     Netherlands  Tianjin (Olympic Sports Center Stadium)  7:45 p.m. / 7:45 a.m.
Aug. 13     Nigeria            Beijing (Workers’ Stadium)                          5 p.m. / 5 a.m.

Olympic Women’s Football Tournament
U.S. Schedule - Group G

Date       Opponent         Venue                                                                           Kickoff (Local/ET)
Aug. 6     Norway            Qinhuangdao (Olympic Sports Center Stadium) 7:45 p.m. / 7:45 a.m.
Aug. 9     Japan               Qinhuangdao (Olympic Sports Center Stadium) 5 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Aug. 12   New Zealand Shenyang (Olympic Center Stadium)                      7:45 p.m. / 7:45 a.m.

SUNDHAGE NAMES 25 PLAYERS FOR UPCOMING WNT MATCHES: After a successful run at the 2008 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage will bring 25 players on a three-game road trip for the USA’s first domestic matches of the year. All 25 players will travel and train in the three cities, but Sundhage will suit up only 18 players for each match. After arriving in North Carolina on April 22, the U.S. opens the tour on April 27 against Australia at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. ET (tickets). The U.S. team will then travel to Birmingham, Ala., hometown of U.S. defender Cat Whitehill (tickets), to face Australia on May 3 at the famed Legion Field with kickoff scheduled for 4 p.m. CT. The U.S. will finish the tour on May 10 against Canada at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. ET (tickets). The match from Legion Field will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and all three matches will be available on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas);
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.)

2008 U.S. WNT Upcoming Schedule
Date       Opponent   Location                                                 Kickoff
April 27  Australia     WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, N.C.) 7 p.m. ET
May 3      Australia    Legion Field (Birmingham, Ala.)       4 p.m. CT (FSC)
May 10   Canada      RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)     7 p.m. ET

DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY ADDS 12 CLUBS FOR PROGRAM'S SECOND YEAR: The U.S. Soccer Development Academy selected 12 new clubs to join the program in 2008-09 after a thorough review process that included more than 100 applicants. Three Major League Soccer teams and a total of eight clubs from Texas join the program, which will now field 74 clubs as well as the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team, which joins for the second year running. Launched in the fall of 2007 after a detailed review of player development systems in the U.S. and across the world, the Development Academy has provided more than 3,000 players, 400 coaches and 500 referees with a nationally-coordinated program designed to enhance their development environment. The next wave of resources includes a partnership with Nike and SPARQ, a partnership that provides a valuable training component for every player in the Development Academy, and the use of ProZone for video and statistical analysis. In addition to the 12 new clubs, all 63 clubs who have been involved in the inaugural year of the Development Academy program will be returning in 2008-09. As with the initial class of Academy admissions, each club will enter an Academy team into both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 mixed age groups. Academy conferences will be realigned for next year’s season to reduce travel and continue to provide diverse, meaningful competition.

New 2008-09 Academy Clubs (Complete list of 2007-08 Academy clubs):
Andromeda SC (Plano, Texas)
Classics Elite (San Antonio, Texas)
Dallas Texans (Dallas, Texas)
Danville Mustangs (Danville, Calif.)
FC Dallas (Frisco, Texas)
Los Angeles Galaxy (Carson, Calif.)
Lonestar SC (Austin, Texas)
New England Revolution (Foxborough, Mass.)
Santa Cruz County Breakers (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
Solar SC (Dallas, Texas)
Texas SC (Spring, Texas)
Texas RUSH (The Woodlands, Texas)

FINAL SHOWCASE OF INAUGURAL ACADEMY SEASON TO BE HELD IN GREENSBORO, N.C.: The U.S. Soccer Development Academy will host its Summer Showcase in Greensboro, N.C., from June 27-30, 2008. All 62 clubs and a split squad from the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will be together in the final matches before Development Academy Finals Week, which takes place from July 12-19 at The Home Depot Center. Similar to the Spring Showcase, all 126 teams will play three games over the course of the four days at Bryan Park, one of the most renowned soccer complexes in the country. The two-time host of the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division III Final Four boasts 17 Bermuda grass fields, including the five-year-old Macpherson Soccer Stadium, which is set to host selected games during the Showcase. Each team will play three games across four days of the long weekend, with a rest day on either Saturday or Sunday. The rest day will provide teams an opportunity to take advantage of the Academy’s various educational resources in player development, coaching, administration and refereeing. The showcase matches are the fourth such weekend of a nine-month season in which 126 teams will compete in over 1,800 matches in conference play. With 3,000 players, 500 coaches and more than 400 referees, the Academy boasts the most comprehensive platform for youth competition in U.S. Soccer history.

MORE THAN 32,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR MATCH AGAINST ARGENTINA: Tickets for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s blockbuster match on June 8 vs. No. 1-ranked Argentina at Giants Stadium are now on sale to the general public. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and serves as the final tune up for the U.S. prior to the start of 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on June 15 vs. Barbados. More than 24,000 tickets have been sold for the match, for which U.S. Soccer has divided the seating into U.S.A., Argentina, and Mixed/Neutral fan sections at each price level. Tickets from $35 to $195, plus sideline seating in the front two rows for $295 per ticket, are now on sale at ussoccer.com, by phone at 201-507-8900 (New Jersey) or 212-307-7171 (New York City), at all area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Macy’s and FYE stores), and at the IZOD Center ticket office (open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form by visiting ussoccer.com or by calling 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets, a special VIP package which includes a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with your name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits, are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-23 WNT POUNDS PORTLAND, 7-1, AT MERLO FIELD: The U.S. U-23 Women's National Team opened its week-long training camp in Portland, Ore., with a resounding 7-1 victory over the University of Portland on April 18 at Merlo Field in a match played in front of 3,500 fans. The U.S. training camp ends on April 24. The USA was up 2-0 inside of just eight minutes as midfielder Yael Averbuch tallied in the fourth minute and forward Katie Larkin doubled the lead four minutes later. Portland’s Jessica Tsao pulled a goal back in the 28th minute, but the U.S. then reeled off five consecutive scores in the next 34 minutes, one before halftime by forward Katie Schoepfer and then four in the first 17 minutes after the break. Midfielders Kiki Bosio and Tina DiMartino tallied a minute apart, Bosio on a rebound and DiMartino on a breakaway. Averbuch followed with her second goal off a 25-yard blast and Lorraine Quinn finished the rout when she cleaned up her own shot. Quinn was a late call-up to the camp due to an injury to Portland’s Kendra Chandhoke, who ended up playing for Portland in the match. Five different players had assists for the USA including two from midfielder Brittany Klein. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin was coaching against his own team as he serves as Director of Soccer and head men’s coach at the University of Portland. Despite giving up seven goals, Portland freshman goalkeeper Hailee DeYoung made some spectacular stops. She finished with 10 saves on the night, while the U-23’s outshot Portland, 25-8. Former Pilot keeper Cori Alexander played the second half in between the pipes for the U-23’s and finished with two saves, while Joanna Haig made one stop during the first 45 minutes.

U.S. U-23 WNT Result
Date       Opponent   Result   U.S. Goal Scorers
April 18  Portland       7-1 W    Averbuch (2), Larkin, Schoepfer, Bosio, DiMartino, Quinn

U.S. UNDER-20 MNT CLOSES OUT CAMPOS VERDE INTERNATIONAL IN PORTUGAL: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team fell to hosts Portugal, 4-0, in their final match of the Campos Verdes International Tournament in Baja, Portugal. The U.S. finishes the tournament in third place with a 1-2 record. The U.S. fell to the Cape Verde Islands, 3-1, in its first game, before defeating Northern Ireland, 3-0, behind goals from Vincenzo Bernardo, Peri Marosevic and Ellis McLoughlin. Thomas Rongen's squad will next travel to England for a week-long training camp from May 5-12.

U.S. U-20 MNT Results
Date        Opponent                      Result     U.S.Goalscorer(s)
April 15    Cape Verde Islands    1-3 L       Shea
April 16    Northern Ireland           3-0 W     Bernardo, Marosevic, McLoughlin
April 18    Portugal                          0-4 L      --

Campos Verde International Tournament Final Standings
Team                          W    L    T   Pts.
Portugal                      3    0    0     9
Cape Verde Islands 2    1    0     6
USA                              1    2    0    3
Northern Ireland         0    3    0    0

UNDER-18 MNT IN THE MIDST OF 24-PLAYER CAMP IN NEW JERSEY: U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team head coach Bob Jenkins has called 24 players into a week-long training camp in Somerset, N.J., from April 19-26. Five players who are graduating in May - Eder Arreola, Scott Caldwell, Aubrey Perry, Kofi Sarkodie and Korey Veeder - will join the camp from U.S. Soccer's Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. Most of the 24 players were born in 1991, with Madison, N.J., native Jon Aguirre and Tucson's Donny Toia the only representatives from the 1992 birth year. Of the remaining players, 12 are part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, including Kellyn Rowe and Dilon Saffle who both represent Crossfire Premier. Aguirre is one of three players from PDA along with Hunter Gorskie and Dyland Renna. The squad will play three scrimmages throughout the week against St. John's University and local Development Academy club PDA, based in Zarephath, N.J.

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Dillon Saffle (Sammamish, Wash.), Cody Mizell (Woodstock, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (6): Chad Barson (Lewis Center, Ohio), Jose Diaz (Fontana, Calif.), Aubrey Perry (Ocoee, Fla.), Kofi Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Korey Veeder (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Norris White (Kensington, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jon Aguirre (Madison, N.J.), Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Hunter Gorskie (Marlboro, N.J.), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Christopher Ortega (Chula Vista, Calif.), Harrison Petts (Zionsville, Ind.)
FORWARDS (10): Dersu Abolfathi (Irvine, Calif.), Eder Arreola (Chino Hills, Calif.), Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles, Calif.), John Fitzpatrick (Encinitas, Calif.), Adam Jahn (El Macero, Calif.), Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.), Dyland Renna (West Milford, N.J.), Kellyn RoWe (Federal Way, Wash.), Ben Speas (Stow, Ohio), Donny Toia (Tucson, Ariz.)

U.S. U-17 WNT DOWNS UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI IN SUNRISE, FLA: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team downed the University of Miami by a 3-0 score during its week-long training camp in Sunrise, Fla. that ended on April 16. The Mewis sisters, Kristen and Samantha, each tallied once (with Kristen assisting on Samantha’s goal) while Rachel Nunzzolese tallied the final goal, finishing a rebound of her own shot. The U-17s out-shot Miami 14-3. The USA is continuing preparations for the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship to be played from July 17-26 in Trinidad & Tobago with the top three teams advancing to the World Cup in New Zealand, to be held from Oct. 28-Nov. 16, 2008. The group stages will be played at Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago and at Marvin Lee Stadium in Tunapuna. The semifinals and finals will be played at Marvin Lee Stadium. The eight-team tournament will include the USA, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Jamaica and Puerto Rico, as well as host Trinidad & Tobago. The draw to determine groups for the first round of the tournament will be announced at a later date.

U.S. U-15 GIRL’S NATIONAL TEAM PLAYS FOUR MATCHES AT PALO ALTO, CALIF. CAMP: The U.S. Under-15 Girl’s National Team ended its week-long camp in Palo Alto, Calif. on April 19 after playing four matches against collegiate sides during the week. On April 16, the U.S. U-15s lost to Stanford, 2-0, after the Cardinal scored on its first two shots of the game from Kristin Stanndard and Hillary Heath. The U.S. did hold Stanford at bay for the rest of the match although the Cardinal did fire 24 more shots. On April 18, the U-15s fell 2-1 to the University of Oregon as forward Cate Parchinski scored the USA’s lone goal. Both of those matches were 80 minutes long. On April 19, the U-15s played a pair of 50-minute mini-games back-to-back, defeating the University of Washington, 1-0, before drawing 1-1 with the University of San Francisco. Against the Huskies, Shelby Payne scored after a nice through pass from Olivia Schultz. Against the Lady Dons, Morgan Brian scored from the penalty spot after Caprice Dydasco was taken down in the box just eight minutes into the game.

U.S. U-15 GNT Results
Date         Opponent        Result    U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
April 16    Stanford             0-2 L      --
April 18    Oregon              1-2 L      Parchinski
April 19    Washington      1-0 W    Payne
April 19    San Francisco  1-1 T     Brian

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

BEACH BUMMER: The U.S. Beach Soccer Team started off strong at the 2008 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in Puerto Vallarta with a 7-2 win against Costa Rica. The team was unable to keep the momentum going, however, falling to El Salvador, 6-5, in the second game and then to Mexico, 2-1, in the final match of the tournament. The two losses were enough to keep the team out of the 2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Marseille, France, on July 17-27. El Salvador and Mexico will represent CONCACAF at the tournament.

U.S. 2008 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Schedule
Date        Opponent       Result   U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
April 17   Costa Rica     7-2 W    Albuquerque (2), Chimienti (2), Morales, Taguinod, Silva
April 18   El Salvador     5-6 L     Chimienti, Albuquerque, Astorga (2), Taguinod
April 19   Mexico             1-2 L     Farberoff

2008 CONCACAF FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES SET: The U.S. National Futsal Team was drawn into Group B of the 2008 CONCACAF Futsal Championship along with Costa Rica, Panama and Haiti. The tournament will take place June 3-8 at the Domo Polideportivo in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The top three teams will represent CONCACAF at the 2008 FIFA Fustal World Cup in Brazil from Sept. 30 until Oct. 19.

U.S. Futsal National Team Schedule
Date      Opponent             Kickoff
June 3   Haiti                      12 p.m. MT
June 4   Panama               12 p.m. MT
June 5   Costa Rica           12 p.m. MT
June 7   Semifinals*          2 p.m. MT / 4 p.m. MT
June 8   Third Place*         2 p.m. MT
               Championship*   4 p.m. MT
* If necessary

COACHESNET LAUNCHES 'PREMIER INTERNATIONAL TOURS COACHES CORNER': U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet, through a partnership with Premier International Tours (formerly Euro-Sportring), is pleased to bring you Premier International Tours Coaches Corner, an on-going series of training sessions, exercises, and articles designed to inform and educate coaches on international coaching styles and methods. Premier International Tours, in conjunction with The Royal Netherlands Soccer Federation (KNVB), will highlight different topics each month from youth development, training sessions and coaching styles that the KNVB use to train their youth players. To learn more about Premier International Tours visit http://www.esrusa.com/.

BALTIMORE, MONTERREY TO FACE OFF FOR MISL CHAMPIONSHIP: The Baltimore Blast and La Raza of Monterrey, Mexico, will face each other in the 2008 MISL Championship Series Final at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 26, 2008, at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wis. Baltimore reached the final after defeating the Milwaukee Wave in the semifinals. Monterrey advanced to the championship match after beating the Detroit Ignition in the series semifinals.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Gooch is a champion, my friends. With a 2-0 win against RSC Anderlecht combined with a scoreless draw between Club Brugge and Ghent this past weekend, Standard de Liege have earned the Belgian first division title for the first time in 25 years. The Liege outfit remains undefeated through 31 games, posting a 20-0-11 record, and with three matches left could post the first unbeaten season in Belgium in the last 42 years. Capturing the Belgian prize also puts Standard in line for Champions League action next season.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team kicks off their domestic schedule this coming weekend when they take on Australia at 7 p.m. ET at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., on Sunday, April 27. Fans can follow the match via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “Knowing our opponents and the schedule makes it that much more exciting. We know how competitive it’s going to be, so now we know that whoever is lucky enough to make this team, we’re going to have to work very hard to get as far as we can.”
-- Forward Jozy Altidore after finding out the USA’s Olympic schedule.


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