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U.S. Soccer Wire: February 2, 2009


U.S. SOCCER ANNOUNCES INTENT TO BID FOR 2018 OR 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP;
BOB BRADLEY NAMES TRAINING CAMP ROSTER AHEAD OF FEBRUARY 11 MATCH
AGAINST MEXICO IN COLUMBUS, OHIO

U.S. SOCCER TO BID FOR 2018 OR 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP: U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced on Monday afternoon that the U.S. Soccer Federation has officially submitted a declaration of interest to host either the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups, and that David Downs will be the Executive Director of the USA Bid Committee. Downs, who will start immediately, previously served as President of Univision Sports from 2001-2009. Gulati will serve as the Chair of the Bid Committee, with U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Phil Murphy, the former National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee, as the other initial members of the Committee. Other members of the USA Bid Committee will be announced in the near future. The entire bid process will span 16-months, with FIFA setting May 2010 as the deadline for countries to submit their final paperwork. FIFA’s 24-man Executive Committee will then review each bid and name the two hosts for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups in December 2010. Moving forward there will be numerous components that will go into FIFA’s decision process for the two selections, but the only initial requirements for making a formal bid were for a country to have 12 stadiums with minimum capacities of between 40,000 for group matches, and 80,000 for the opening match and final. In addition, the very highest standards of TV broadcasting, information and telecommunications technology, transport and accommodation are an absolute must.

MNT TRAINS IN CARSON AHEAD OF FINAL ROUND OF FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley called 20 players back to U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., to begin preparations for the USA’s first match of final round qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. will take on regional rivals Mexico on Feb. 11 in front of a sold-out crowd at Columbus Crew Stadium live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and Univision beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The match can be heard live on the Futbol de Primera radio networks, and fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The 20-man group was reduced to 19 after Stuart Holden returned to Houston to treat a hip flexor strain, and is made up almost entirely of players who participated in the previous camp from Jan. 4-24 at the HDC, with Columbus Crew defender and three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Frankie Hejduk the only new addition. The U.S. team will train in Carson for nine days before departing on Feb. 7 for Columbus. Tickets for the USA-Mexico clash sold out in 90 minutes following the beginning of the public sale. The match is the first of 10 in the final round hexagonal that will determine the three automatic entrants from CONCACAF into the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. In addition to qualifying, the U.S. will compete in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in June, having been drawn into Group B along with five-time World Cup winners Brazil, current World Champion Italy, and Egypt. Just days after the tournament, the U.S. will begin its defense of the CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

U.S. MNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids)
DEFENDERS (5): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Ugo Ihemelu (Colorado Rapids), Chris Wingert (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Jack Jewsbury (Kansas City Wizards), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), John Thorrington (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire)

U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule 

Date Opponent Venue Result / Time U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Jan. 24 Sweden The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. 3-2 W Kljestan (3)
Feb. 11 Mexico* Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio 7 p.m. ET  
March 28 El Salvador* Away (Venue TBD) TBD  
April 1 Trinidad & Tobago* Home (Venue TBD) TBD  
June 3 Costa Rica* Away (Venue TBD) TBD  
June 6 Honduras* Home (Venue TBD) TBD  
June 15 Italy # Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET  
June 18 Brazil # Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria 4 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET  
June 21 Egypt # Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET  
July 3-26 CONCACAF Gold Cup TBD TBD  
Aug. 12 Mexico* Away (Venue TBD) TBD  
Sept. 5 El Salvador* Home (Venue TBD) TBD  
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* Away (Venue TBD) TBD  
Oct. 10 Honduras* Away (Venue TBD) TBD  
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* Home (Venue TBD) TBD  

* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-23 WNT HEAD TO LA MANGA, SPAIN: The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team traveled to Europe on Jan. 31 for two matches as part of a three-team competition in La Manga, Spain. The USA will face Norway on Feb. 4 and England on Feb. 6. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin chose the 18-player roster after a January training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Portland), Val Henderson (Los Angeles Sol)
DEFENDERS (6): Nikki Krzysik (Chicago Red Stars), Stephanie Logterman (St. Louis Athletica), Kia McNeil (St. Louis Athletica), Kasey Moore (Boston Breakers), Kat Reynolds (Santa Clara), Jessica Tsao (Portland)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Parrissa Eyorokon (Washington Freedom); Brittany Klein (Chicago Red Stars), Lorraine Quinn (Duke), Amy Smerdzinski (Wake Forest)
FORWARDS (4): Amanda Cinalli (St. Louis Athletica), Katie Larkin (Los Angeles Sol), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Christen Press (Stanford)

U-17 MNT LEARN SCHEDULES FOR CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will open its 2009 CONCACAF Championship campaign against Cuba on April 21 at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET) at Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. will play Canada on April 23 and round out Group A play against Honduras on April 25. Should the U.S. advance out of their group, they will cross over to play one of the top two teams from Group B, which is made up of Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago, in the semifinals. Semifinalists will also earn a berth to the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, slated for Oct. 24-Nov. 16 in Nigeria. The semifinals will be held on Wednesday, April 29, with the third-place game and final held on Saturday, May 2. The event will mark the first time since 1996 that CONCACAF has held a championship event for Under-17 men at a single venue.

U.S. CONCACAF U-17 Championship Schedule

Date Opponent Venue; City Kickoff (PT/ET)
April 21 Cuba Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico 4 p.m. / 7 p.m.
April 23 Canada Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico 4 p.m. / 7 p.m.
April 25 Honduras Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico 4 p.m. / 7 p.m.
April 29 Semifinals Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico TBD
May 2 Third-place/Final Estadio Caliente; Tijuana, Mexico TBD

SPRING RESIDENCY ROSTER FINALIZED, U-17 MNT IN CHILE FOR FIRST INTERNATIONAL TRIP OF 2009: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera and his staff have kicked off the 2009 spring semester of the U.S. Soccer Residency Program with 40 players in action at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. All of the players were born in 1992, 1993 and 1994 and are eligible to compete in the 2009 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship and the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Three players will be part of the program for the first time as Cody Cropper, Cristian Flores and Jose Perez enter their first semester in Bradenton, Fla. Cropper, a goalkeeper who stands at six feet four inches, is the only Residency player from Minnesota. Flores, who plays for Rayados de Monterrey in Mexico is the lone professional player on the roster while Perez joins the U-17s from the FC Dallas Juniors of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Cabrera also welcomes back 14 players who are entering their fourth semester of the program and one, Charles Renken, who is beginning his fifth semester. Carlos Martinez and Jack McInerney return to Bradenton as the team’s leading scorers in 2008, both registering six international goals. Luis Gil and Tyler Polak led the squad with 13 starts, while Stefan Jerome and Joseph Gyau each made 16 appearances. Cabrera has taken 22 players to La Serena, Chile for a four-team international tournament. The U.S. won its first game 2-0 against Chile on Sunday, Feb. 1. McInerney and Renken both scored against the tournament hosts while Earl Edwards went the distance in goal to earn the shutout. The U.S. will also play Peru on Feb. 3 and Ecuador on Feb. 5 as part of La Serena Cup. All four teams will then play a placement game on either Feb. 6 or Feb. 7. The South American trip is part of the team’s preparations for the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, which will be held from April 21-May 2 in Tijuana, Mexico.

U.S. U-17 MNT Results
Date Opponent City Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Feb. 1 Chile La Serena, Chile 2-0 W McInerney, Renken
Feb. 3 Peru La Serena, Chile    
Feb. 5 Ecuador La Serena, Chile    

U.S. U-17 Residency Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Cody Cropper (Maple Grove, Minn.; Minnesota Thunder Academy), Earl Edwards* (San Diego, Calif.; La Jolla Nomads), Jonathan Kempin (Leawood, Kan.; KC Wizards Juniors), Spencer Richey* (Seattle, Wash.; Crossfire Premier)
DEFENDERS (13): Michael Ambrose* (El Paso Texas; Texas Fire), Julio Arjona (Germantown, Md.; D.C. United Academy), Cristian Flores (El Cajon, Calif.; Rayados de Monterrey), Zachary Herold* (Port St. Lucie, Fla.; West Pines United), Perry Kitchen* (Indianapolis, Ind.; Chicago Magic AS Monaco), Jordan McCrary (Marietta, Ga.; Concorde Fire), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.; Tulsa Thunder), Emilio Orozco (Oxnard, Calif.; Rampage FC), Shaquille Phillips* (Greenbelt, Md.; D.C. United Academy), Tyler Polak* (Lincoln, Neb.; Capital Soccer Academy), Alex Shinsky (York, Pa.; Super Nova), Jared Watts* (Statesville, N.C.; North Meck), Eriq Zavaleta* (Westfield, Ind.; FC Pride)
MIDFIELDERS (16): Jonathan Canales (Santa Ana, Calif.; West Coast FC), Dustin Corea (Milwaukee, Ore.; East Side United), Andrew Craven (St. Simons Island, Ga.; First Coast Kicks), Sean Davis* (Holmdel, N.J.; MatchFit Academy), Bryan Duran* (Duncanville, Texas; Latino Americana), Luis Gil* (Garden Grove, Calif.; Pateadores), Joseph Gyau* (Silver Springs, Md.; FC DELCO), Donovan Henry* (Parkland, Fla.; Schulz Academy), George Malki (Scottsdale, Ariz.; SC Delsol), Carlos Martinez* (San Pedro, Calif.; Downtown Las Vegas), Alex Molano (Grapevine, Texas; FC Dallas Juniors), Jose Perez* (Euless, Texas; FC Dallas Juniors), Victor Pineda (Boilingbrook, Ill.; Chicago Fire), Charles Renken* (Edwardsville, Ill.; Scott Gallagher), Dominick Sarle (Huntington, N.Y.; BW Gottschee), Erik Stephenson* (Del Mar, Calif.; Surf)
FORWARDS (6): John Agudelo* (Barnegat, N.J.; New York Red Bulls Academy), Jonathan Brown (Clinton, Mass.; Central Jackson), Stefan Jerome* (Davie, Fla.; West Pines United), Alfred Koroma (Southlake, Texas; Solar SC), Jack McInerney* (Alpharetta, Ga.; Cobb SC), Soony Saad* (Dearborn, Mich.; Vardar)

*indicates a player named to roster for trip to La Serena, Chile

U.S. UNDER-15 BNT KICKS OFF 2009 WITH 36-PLAYER CAMP IN BRADENTON, FLA.: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team will gather at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. from Feb. 15-22 for an eight-day training camp led by head coach Jim Barlow. All 36 players in attendance for the team’s first camp of 2009, were born in 1994 and are therefore eligible for both the 2009 and 2011 FIFA Under-17 World Cups. The team last met in December at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The USA’s leading scorer from that camp, Melvin Snoh, returns for the February camp along with 17 other players who took part in the December camp and 18 new players.

U.S. U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kendall McIntosh (Santa Rosa, Calif.; Mustang SC), Josh McNeely (Hidden Hills, Calif.; Real So Cal), Fernando Pina (Houston; Texas Premier), Colin Webb (San Diego, Calif.; Albion SC)
DEFENDERS (10): Geno Bigalow (Colorado Springs, Colo.; Colorado Rapids Academy), Andrew Chang (Highland Park, Ill.; Sockers FC), Alfred Edmonds (San Jose, Calif.; De Anza Force), Malcolm Harris (Damascus, Md.; Baltimore Bays), Corey Miller (Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Real So Cal), Marc Pelosi (Sunnyvale, Calif.; De Anza Force), Mykal Riley (Lake Elsinore, Calif.; Arsenal FC), Jalen Robinson (Catonsville, Md.; Bethesda SC), Nathan Smith (Clovis, Calif.; Cal Odyssey), Andrew Sounders (Amherst, Ohio; Premier Soccer Academy),
MIDFIELDERS (17): Atsouh Ayah (Tampa, Fla.; Black Watch), Bryan Celis (Houston; Texas Premier FC), Mael Corboz (Green Brook, N.J.; NJSA Gunners), Alberto Diaz (Chula Vista, Calif.; San Diego Aztecs), Christian Duarte (Dallas; Dallas Texans), Matthew Dunn (Dallas; Premier Soccer Academy), Eric Gonzalez (Corona, Calif.; Los Angeles Galaxy Academy), Alejandro Guido (Chula Vista, Calif.; Aztecs Premier), Brody Hickey (Plano, Texas; Dallas Texans), Colin Martin (Chevy Chase, Md.; Premier Soccer Academy), Oscar Ortega (San Ysidro, Calif.; Albion SC), Travis Pillon (Oakland, Calif.; Danville Mustangs), Andre Reyes (Flower Mound, Texas; Dallas Texans), Mike Russo (Mclean, Va.; Olney Rangers), Melvin Snoh (Coatsville, Pa.; Spirit United), Sebastian Velasquez (Los Angeles, Calif.; Los Alamitos), John Villantroy (Maspeth, N.Y.; Met Oval)
FORWARDS (5): Daniel Bedoya (Jackson Heights, N.Y.; Bayside Aston Villa), Devin Devoy (North Attleboro, Maine; New England Revolution Academy), Kelly Gulley (Clinton, Miss.; Mississippi Chicago Fire), Andrew Oliver (Indianapolis; Westside United), Erick Sanchez (Edinburg, Texas; Houston Dynamo Academy)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

BE OFFICIAL: Fans are encourage to wear red to the game, but if you aren’t able to make the trek to Columbus, Ohio, for the U.S. MNT’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Mexico on Feb. 11, there are still ways to be official when you’re watching. We want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience so we've got the next best spot other than the stadium itself—an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be in the stadium, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters by wearing 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.

MEXICO NAMES TEAM TO FACE U.S.: Mexico manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has named his squad that will travel to Columbus to face the U.S. on Feb. 11. Eriksson has called up 24 players for his squad, which will convene on Monday. Obviously many players still have club commitments this week, and the majority of the squad won't travel to Columbus until next weekend.

Mexico Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Oswaldo Sánchez (Santos), Guillermo Ochoa (America), José de Jesus Corona (Tecos)
DEFENDERS (7): Juan Carlos Valenzuela (America), Julio Cesar Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart), Rafael Márquez (Barcelona), Aaron Galindo (Guadalajara), Leobardo Lopez (Pachuca)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Fausto Pinto (Cruz Azul), Pavel Pardo (America), Leandro Augusto (Pumas), Luis Perez (Monterrey), Israel Martinez (San Luis), Antonio Naelson (Toluca)
FORWARDS (8): Alberto Medina (Guadalajara), Cesar Villaluz (Cruz Azul), Giovani Dos Santos (Tottenham), Matias Vuoso (Santos), Carlos Ochoa (Guadalajara), Nery Castillo (Shakhtar Donetsk), Guillermo Franco (Villarreal), Omar Bravo (Deportivo La Coruña)

PANAMA WINS UNCAF CUP IN PENALTY KICKS AGAINST COSTA RICA: Panama made history on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, winning the UNCAF Nations Cup for the first time in the nation’s history. Panama defeated Costa Rica 5-3 on penalties after a scoreless draw in regulation. The tournament served as qualification for Central America, to determine the region's participants in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Panama leads the Central American contingent, which also features, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. Cuba, Grenada, Guadeloupe and Jamaica will represent the Caribbean and Canada, Mexico and the United States will participate from the North Zone. The U.S. will be looking to defend their CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Teams
Caribbean: Cuba, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica
North Zone: Canada, Mexico, United States
UNCAF: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama

USL RELEASES USL-1, PDL AND W-LEAGUE 2009 SEASON SCHEDULES: United Soccer Leagues has released the 2009 season schedules for the USL First Division, PDL and W-League. USL First Division action kicks off April 11 and continues through Sept. 20, with the post-season including seven teams in a two-leg, aggregate series format. W-League action begins May 8 and concludes July 19, followed by a three-week post-season involving 11 teams. The W-League championship will take place the weekend of Aug. 7-8 and will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel. The PDL regular season kicks off May 1 and wraps up July 19, with the quarterfinals and semifinals being held July 31-Aug. 2. The PDL championship will take place Aug. 8 on Fox Soccer Channel. Complete schedule information can be found at www.uslsoccer.com.

U.S. SOCCER AND ENYYSA TO OFFER “C” LICENSE COURSE IN SPANISH: The U.S. Soccer Federation Coaching Department, in conjunction with the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association, will offer a National “C” License Course from March 18-22 and 26-29, conducted in Spanish. The nine-day course will take place at Flushing Meadows Corona Park Sports complex in Corona, Queens. U.S. Soccer National Instructors Juan Carlos Michia, Rene Miramontes, Roberto Lopez and Alfonso Mondelo will guide participants through 90 hours of class time. Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) will coordinate the Spanish-language “C” License Course. Interested coaches can call (516) 766-0849 or (718) 545-4125, or visit www.enysoccer.com for more information. Space in the course is limited and coaches are encouraged to apply early. To register, interested coaches should follow the following link: http://www.enysoccer.com/Coaches/index_E.html.

ACCREDITATION FOR CONFEDERATIONS CUP STARTS TODAY: The accreditation process for FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 will start Feb. 2, 2009, via the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is Feb. 22. The FIFA Confederations Cup, also known as the “Festival of Champions,” will be the first major test on the way to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and will be staged at venues in four cities: Johannesburg, Tshwane/Pretoria, Rustenburg and Mangaung/Bloemfontein. The U.S. has been drawn into Group B of the tournament, which will be held from June 14-28. Bob Bradley’s team will take on Italy, Brazil and Egypt. The other group includes Spain, New Zealand, Iraq and host South Africa. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. All applications are subject to confirmation. International applicants are responsible for their own visas. Media representatives who have not already registered for the FIFA Media Channel are requested to do so at http://media.fifa.com as early as possible. The FIFA Media Channel is a registration-only area on www.FIFA.com providing media professionals with tailored content. Only registered individuals may apply for accreditation to FIFA events.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Here’s to all the U.S. Soccer fans who are apparently not afraid of Midwestern winters and swiped up all the available tickets for the MNT’s first match of final round FIFA World Cup qualifying. Tickets for the United States’ match against Mexico on Feb. 11 in Columbus, Ohio, went on sale on Wednesday, Jan. 28, and sold out within 90 minutes. With temperatures expected to be around 41 degrees on matchday, fans are encouraged to wear red and to dress warm. Very warm.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: It’s the match everyone is looking forward to, the beginning of the final round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and a showdown with the U.S. MNT’s biggest rival: Mexico. The match is slated to kick off at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN2HD and Univision, as well as on the airwaves via Futbol de Primera. Fans can also follow along via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “It's just great to be back. This is my extended family and I missed them for six months. They went off and did huge things in winning the gold medal and then having the celebration tour so they've been spending so much time together and I feel like I'm just catching up on the stories. It's great.”
- U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach talks to Studio 90 about returning to the national team after breaking her leg prior to the 2008 Olympics.

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