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U.S. Soccer Wire: Nov. 23, 2009


U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM CLOSES OUT 2009 WITH 3-1 LOSS IN DENMARK, AWAITS 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP DRAW ON DEC. 4 IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA;
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY WINTER SHOWCASE SCHEDULED FOR DEC. 4-8 IN PHOENIX;
INITIAL 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP TICKET DETAILS ANNOUNCED FOR U.S. SUPPORTERS

U.S. FALLS 3-1 TO DENMARK, AWAITS 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP DRAW ON DEC. 4: The U.S. Men’s National Team received a first half lead through Jeff Cunningham’s first international goal, but three quick second half goals by Denmark canceled out his strike and provided the Danes with a 3-1 victory against the U.S. in their final match of 2009. Cunningham capitalized on a mistake by Danish goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen for the match’s first goal in the 26th minute, but three substitutes made immediate impacts by scoring for Denmark in the first 10 minutes after the break. The match was the second in five days in Europe as the U.S. begins their preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and second straight against a fellow World Cup qualifier. The U.S. was one of only five teams to play two fellow World Cup qualified opponents on the final two international matchdays of 2009. The United States concludes 2009 as the top team in CONCACAF World Cup qualification, besting rival Mexico by one point at the top of the standings. The U.S. also reached the final of a FIFA international tournament for the first time in their history, defeating No. 1 ranked Spain in the semifinals of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup before eventually falling 3-2 to Brazil in the championship match in South Africa. The following month, a younger and less experienced U.S. team marched through the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament, reaching the final for the sixth time. The U.S. now awaits the draw on Dec. 4 in South Africa to find out their group opponents for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which you can follow on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com at 11 a.m. ET or via DrawTracker on ussoccer.com.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Nov. 17 – Nov. 23

THIRD ANNUAL DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY WINTER SHOWCASE SET FOR DEC. 4-8 IN PHOENIX: The 2009 Development Academy Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendlies are set for Dec. 4-8 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz. All 154 teams representing 77 Development Academy clubs will participate in 234 games during the extended weekend, while six Under-17 international matches will highlight Friday, Saturday and Monday. The new cycle of the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team, players eligible for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, will play its first ever international games against Portugal on Dec. 4, Brazil on Dec. 5 and the Netherlands on Dec. 7, with all three games being shown live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7 p.m. MT. Other international games in Phoenix will include Brazil versus the Netherlands on Dec. 4, Portugal and the Netherlands matching up on Dec. 5 and Portugal and Brazil squaring off on Dec. 7. In addition to the four national teams, eight Development Academy Select Teams will be featured throughout the weekend. Four teams comprised of players born in 1993, three with players born in 1994 and one made up of players born in 1991 and 1992 will play together across the weekend. Development Academy Select Teams are comprised of 130 total players who were chosen by youth national team coaches and U.S. Soccer’s national scouting network. They will have a unique opportunity to play alongside some of the top players in their age while competing against either an Academy club team or another Select Team.  The Reach 11 Complex will be the first to host the Winter Showcase outside of Florida or California, with 16 fields, including 10 equipped with lights, hosting as many as 58 games in a single day.

INITIAL DETAILS FOR U.S. SUPPORTERS TO APPLY FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP TICKETS ANNOUNCED: The U.S. Soccer Federation has announced initial details for U.S. Men’s National Team fans to apply for tickets for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Priority status for applying for tickets to the U.S. Men’s National Team matches in South Africa will be extended to members of the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club. Registration for U.S. Soccer SC is open now at ussoccer.com, and fans seeking priority status must join by Dec. 3, 2009, at 12 p.m. ET. Beginning later this month, all registered U.S. Soccer SC members will be sent a request to submit pre-application data to U.S. Soccer. By completing this process, fans notify U.S. Soccer of their interest in FIFA World Cup tickets and provide the information that U.S. Soccer will in turn submit to FIFA for the online ticket application. A valid passport is required for each person who requests tickets.

LORI LINDSEY REPLACES TOBIN HEATH ON WOMEN’S TRAINING CAMP ROSTER: Philadelphia Independence midfielder Lori Lindsey has replaced UNC midfielder Tobin Heath on the 24-player roster for the U.S. Women’s National Team training camp taking place from Dec. 5-15 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Heath, who is heading into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament with the Tar Heels, is in need of a break after a long year of competition. Both Heath and Lindsey were on the U.S. roster for the match against Germany in Oct. 29 in Augsburg, Germany, but neither saw action.

U.S. Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (7): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Leslie Osborne (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (6): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Casey Nogueira (North Carolina), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Nov. 17 – Nov. 23

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE – 

U.S. U-17 WOMEN TO TRAVEL TO ARGENTINA IN DECEMBER FOR FOUR MATCHES: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, from Dec. 4-14 to play four international matches. U.S. head coach Kazbek Tambi will bring 18 players to face the Argentina U-17 and U-20 Women’s National Teams as well as combined U-17 and U-20 squads from Chile and Uruguay. The matches will be valuable preparation for the U.S. U-17s, who are getting ready for CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago from Sept. 5-25. The qualifying tournament is being held in Costa Rica next March with the USA going for one of three spots from CONCACAF. As host, Trinidad & Tobago has an automatic berth. The U.S. roster features one hold-over from the squad that took second place at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in team captain Morgan Brian. The USA opens its four-match run in Buenos Aires against a combined Chile team on Dec. 7. The USA will face the Argentina U-17s on Dec. 8 and the U-20s on Dec. 11 before finishing with the combined Uruguay team on Dec. 13. The USA has played three international matches so far this year, all against an older Germany team in Florida last February, losing twice and tying once.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bryane Heaberline (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (5): Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Brooke Gilbert (Emerald City; Snohomish, Wash.), Casey Morrison (Spirit United; York, Pa.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; Saint Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Caprice Dydasco (HSC Bulls; Honolulu, Hawaii), Jessica Lee (Arsenal World Class; Tenafly, N.J.), Karin Samonian (Albertson SC; Westbury, N.Y.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (3): Alesha Blair (Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Jennifer Gonzalez (Arsenal FC; Alta Loma, Calif.), Kylie McCarthy (San Diego Surf; Rancho Santa Fe. Calif.) 

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Schedule
Date          Opponent                                            Venue
Dec. 7       Chile (U-17 and U-20 players)                Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 9       Argentina U-17 WNT                             Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 11     Argentina U-20 WNT                             Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 13     Uruguay (U-17 and U-20 players)           Buenos Aires, Argentina 

U.S. U-15 GNT COMPETITION UNDERWAY IN US YOUTH SOCCER ODP THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONALS: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team has begun play in the US Youth Soccer ODP Thanksgiving Interregional Tournament taking place from Nov. 20-27, 2009. The U.S. U-15s tied the Region 1 ODP Team 0-0 in its first match on Nov. 22 at Coral Glades High School in Coral Springs, Fla. U.S. head coach Mike Dickey has brought 24 players to Florida for four matches, two against ODP Regional teams, and two against the Costa Rica U-17 Women’s National Team. Dickey’s squad ranges in age from player born in 1993 through 1995, with most of the roster consisting of 1994s. The ODP Regional teams and the Costa Ricans will be made up of 1993s. The USA continues its game schedule against Costa Rica on Monday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. ET, also at CGHS. The team will have a rest day on Tuesday before facing Costa Rica again on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. ET at North Community Park (Field 1) and then finishes the schedule against Region IV (West) at 8 a.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 26, also at North Community Park.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): McKenzie Karas (Premier ’95 Black; Las Vegas, Nev.), Katelyn Rowland (San Juan Spirits; Vacaville, Calif.), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (7): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Lauren Bernard (Nordic SC; Colchester, Vt.), Kelli Hubly (Sockers FC; Elk Grove, Ill.), Laura, Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.),  Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson SC; East Islip, N.Y.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.), Maya Theuer (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Joanna Boyles (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C.), Miranda Freeman (Team Boca; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Gabrielle Galante (Montclair Thunderbolts; Howell, N.J.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Courtney Raetzman (Sockers FC; Elk Grove, Ill.), Brittany Ratcliffe (FC Pennsylvania Strikers; Williamstown, N.J.), Haley Washburn (San Juan Spirt; Folsom, Calif.), Sandra Yu (Cleveland Futbol; Strongville, Ohio)
FORWARDS (3): Mariana Galvan (SC Sporting; San Jose, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Jasmine Paterson (Kendall SC; Key Largo, Fla.) 

U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team Schedule
Date          Opponent                Time/Result      U.S. Goalscorers      Venue
Nov. 22     Region 1 ODP                     0-0        --                          Coral Gables High School; Coral Gables, Fla.
Nov. 23     Costa Rica U-17         7 p.m. ET                                     Coral Gables High School; Coral Gables, Fla.
Nov. 25     Costa Rica U-17         9 a.m. ET                                     Coral Gables High School; Coral Gables, Fla.
Nov. 26     Region IV ODP          8 a.m. ET                                     Coral Gables High School; Coral Gables, Fla. 

U-14 NDP TO SEND 36 BOYS TO US YOUTH SOCCER ODP INTERREGIONAL EVENT IN ORLANDO, FLA.: Coinciding with the 2009 US Youth Soccer ODP Interregional in Orlando, Fla., U-14 Boys’ NDP head coach Manny Schellscheidt will bring 36 players to Disney World to compete against some of the best regional teams in the country. The players traveling to Disney World from Nov. 25-30 were all born in 1996, and represent the first group of ‘96s to enter the U.S. youth national team system. The players will be split into two teams, Navy and Red, to compete in three games at the Disney event. On Monday, Nov. 30, the two national teams will face each other before departing in the afternoon.  

U-14 NDP Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Gianni Carillo (FC Westchester; Pine Bush, N.Y.), Andrew Epstein (Ft. Collins Arsenal; Fort Collins, Colo.), Andrew Ferber (Mustang Soccer Club; Danville, Calif.), Marius Heislitz (Forsyth Fusion; Cummings, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (7): Vernon Bailey (FC Dallas; Duncanville, Texas), Fischer Gallinger (Washington Premier FC; Gig Harbor, Wash.), Eric Holt (Surf SC; San Diego, Calif.), Carter Manley (Bethesda SC; Elkridge, Md.), Matthew Nance (Vardar; Washington, Mich.), Esteban Reyes (San Juan Lightning; San Marcos, Calif.), Jeffrey Rhodes (Westside United SC; Brownsburg, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (15): Corey Baird (Surf SC; Escondido, Calif.), Samuel Brown (Derby County Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Michael Clemmons (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Patrick Khouri (Daniel Island SA; Charleston, S.C.), Elijah Martin (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Declan McCabe (Mass Premier Soccer; Weston, Mass.), Kevin Paz (West Pines United SC; Miami Gardens, Fla.), Ricardo Ruiz (Fullerton Rangers; Lake Elsinore, Calif.), Joab Santoyo (Arsenal FC; Fontana, Calif.), Noah Snyder (Lehigh Valley United; Warrington, Pa.), William Stevens (HBC; New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Brandon Tetro (PDA; Marlboro, N.J.), Wilfred Williams (Fusion; Johnson City, Tenn.), Alan Winn (Solar; Garland, Texas)
FORWARDS (10): Adonis Amaya (West Coast F.C., Westminster, Calif.), Jorge Calix (Team America; Alexandria, Va.), James Ellis Jr. (United Junkyard Dogs, Chesapeake, Va.), Toby Khounviseth (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Lakeville, Minn.), Oscar Martinez (FC Golden State; South Gate, Calif.), John Requejo Jr. (Santa Barbara SC; Carpinteria, Calif.), Rubio Rubin (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Bruno Scodari (Olney Boys / Girls Club; Silver Springs, Md.), Austin Stamey (Highland FC; Arden, N.C.), Rolando Velazquez (Eugene Metro FC; Junction, Ore.)

 

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION– 

REAL SALT LAKE CAPTURES MLS CUP AFTER DEFEATING L.A. GALAXY 5-4 IN PENALTIES: Robbie Russell took the decisive penalty to give Real Salt Lake its first MLS Cup title at Qwest Field in front of more than 46,000 onlookers in Seattle, Wash. Mike Magee opened the scoring for the L.A. Galaxy in the 41st minute but Robbie Findley equalized in the second half on 64 minutes. The match would remain even after 120 minutes played, as neither team could find a way to break the deadlock. Real Salt Lake goalkeeper was the hero as he blocked two L.A. penalties in the shootout en route to being named the 2009 MLS Cup Most Valuable Player. U.S. Men’s National team midfielders Landon Donovan and Kyle Beckerman both captained their respective sides and went the full 120 minutes in the match. Prior to the match Donovan was named the 2009 MLS Most Valuable Player. It is the first time he has been honored with the award. 

2009 MLS Award Winners
Most Valuable Player: Landon Donovan, L.A Galaxy
Defender of the Year: Chad Marshall, Columbus Crew
Goalkeeper of the Year: Zach Thornton, Chivas USA
Golden Boot: Jeff Cunningham, FC Dallas
Comeback Player of the Year: Zach Thornton, Chivas USA
Newcomer of the Year: Fredy Montero, Seattle Sounders FC
Coach of the Year: Bruce Arena, L.A. Galaxy
Fair Play Award: Steve Ralston, New England Revolution
Humanitarians of the Year: Jimmy Conrad, Kansas City Wizards & Logan Pause, Chicago Fire 

USA BID COMMITTEE GIVES FANS THE CHANCE TO “SUPPORT YOUR CITY”: The USA Bid Committee has added a “Support Your City” section to goUSAbid.com, the online home for the United States’ bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. The new “Support Your City” section of the Web site features city-specific pages for each of the 27 cities currently being considered as potential host cities to be included in the U.S. bid that will be submitted to FIFA in May 2010. The new pages provide valuable city-specific information and photos while giving fans another opportunity to put their support behind the candidate city of their choice by signing the online petition at goUSAbid.com. 

2010 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION COMES TO A CLOSE: The competition that began in front of 60 supporters on the Pacific island of Samoa on Aug. 25, 2007 was wrapped up early on Thursday morning in Montevideo, when Uruguay completed the line-up of teams that will compete at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. As always, the lengthiest soccer tournament in the world offered up a wealth of facts and figures. No fewer than 853 matches were played across the six confederations to determine which 31 of the 200 participating countries (more than ever before) would vie for world soccer’s crown alongside hosts South Africa next year. There was an encouraging growth in attendance figures. Some 20 million fans – an average of almost 23,000 per match – flocked to the stadiums, creating a new attendance record in the history of the FIFA World Cup™ preliminary competition.   

Qualified Teams by Confederation
Host Country: South Africa
AFC – Asia (43 teams, 4.5 berths): Australia, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic
CAF – Africa (53 teams, 5 berths): Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria
CONCACAF – North America, Central America, Caribbean (35 teams, 3.5 berths): Honduras, Mexico, USA
CONMEBOL – South America (10 teams, 4.5 berths): Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay
OFC (10 teams, .5 berths) – New Zealand
UEFA – Europe (53 teams, 13 berths): Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, France, Slovenia, Greece, Portugal 

TICKETS FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ON SALE: The Organizing Committee for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany has launched its ticketing campaign. Sales phases will be divided in three periods, two of which, “City series” and “Twenty11” are focusing on families and clubs. The first round of ticket sales began on Oct. 29. The day was specifically chosen to launch the online order form on www.fifa.com as it coincided with the match between women's soccer powerhouses Germany and the USA at the new FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium in Augsburg, Germany. It marks the start of the first sales period, which will continue until Jan. 31, 2010, with the "city series" being exclusively on offer during this phase. 

JOIN U.S. SOCCER SUPPORTERS CLUB: U.S. Soccer invites fans to join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club, the official fan membership program of the U.S. national teams.  U.S. Soccer SC members receive numerous benefits, highlighted by priority status to secure tickets to the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.  Members are provided the best chance to see the U.S. play in the biggest sporting event in the world. Register ahead of Dec. 3, 2009 on ussoccer.com to obtain 2010 ticketing priority.  This benefit is available for a limited time. For more information, visit the Supporters Club home page. 

BE OFFICIAL WHEN YOU’RE WATCHING: What’s the next best thing to being at a game surrounded by your fellow screaming fans? Watching a game at an Official U.S. Soccer Bar surrounded by your fellow screaming fans! Bars across the U.S. are becoming the destination spots to gather and watch your U.S. teams in an atmosphere that is loud and rowdy. This week the Official Bar Program would like to welcome Tim Finnegan’s in Phoenix, Ariz. as the newest member bar. Check the latest listings for the Official U.S. Soccer Bar in your area at ussoccer.com.

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools for A, B and C License Courses on Jan. 2-10, 2010, in California and Florida. The National “A” License course will take place at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., and The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  The National “B” and “C” License courses will be offered at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., and at Oxnard College in Oxnard, Calif.  

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL GOALKEEPING LICENSE COURSE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct its National Goalkeeping License course Jan. 24-31, 2010, in Carson, Calif. at The Home Depot Center. 

COACHESNET OFFERS INTERNATIONAL TRIPS IN 2010: U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet is offering educational trips to both Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Madrid, Spain, in 2010. The announcement comes six months after the inaugural and successful coaching education trip that took place in Buenos Aires.  This week, CoachesNet Insider sat down with current Boca Juniors and former Argentina World Cup manager Alfredo Rubén Basile to discuss the upcoming educational trip to Buenos Aires in February 2010. 

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION NAMES ANGELA HUCLES A 2009 HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR: U.S. Soccer Foundation Names Angela Hucles a 2009 Humanitarian of the Year: The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States, announced today that retired U.S. Women’s National Team star and Boston Breakers midfielder Angela Hucles has been selected as a 2009 Humanitarian of the Year award winner. Hucles joins Kansas City Wizards defender Jimmy Conrad and Chicago Fire midfielder Logan Pause as recipients of the 2009 honor. Hucles, a two-time Olympic Gold medalist from Virginia Beach, VA and stand-out player during the Inaugural Season of Women’s Professional Soccer, has been active in philanthropic efforts throughout the year. She serves as a spokesperson and active supporter for America SCORES New England, a non-profit which provides soccer and creative writing programs after-school for 650 Boston inner-city youth, and reaches hundreds more during summers.  

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT *** 

PEAK PERFORMER: Real Salt Lake captured its first ever MLS Cup title on Sunday night after besting the L.A. Galaxy 5-4 in a penalty shootout on a chilly night in Seattle, Wash. After ending 120 minutes of play knotted at 1-1, the match was decided by spot kicks for just the second time in the history of the MLS Cup. 

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Nov. 29, 2009, marks the first match up between F.C. Barcelona and Real Madrid C.F. in Spain’s La Liga. The perennial battle at the top of Spain’s first division will see the first round contested in Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Madrid currently sit in first place with 28 points after 11 games with Barcelona just one point behind. 

SOCCER SHOCKER: In England, Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Wigan Athletic by a score of 9-1 at White Hart Lane in north London. Jermaine Defoe netted five second half goals, including three in a seven minute span, to lead the charge. Incredibly, the Wigan players have offered to personally refund the tickets purchased by their traveling fans as reconciliatory gesture for putting on such a poor performance. 

QUOTABLE: "We played our hearts out. We played our style of soccer. I think it's fun to watch. It's definitely fun to play. The star for us is the whole team. When we play well, it's because everyone is playing well." –Real Salt Lake captain and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Beckerman on his team’s performance in the MLS Cup

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