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U.S. Soccer Wire: Nov. 22, 2010


U.S. WOMEN TAKE ONE GOAL ADVANTAGE INTO SECOND LEG OF WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION PLAYOFF SERIES ;
U.S. MEN WIN NELSON MANDELA CHALLENGE CUP 1-0 ON AGUDELO GOAL;
U.S. HOUSE AND SENATE PASS RESOLUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF USA BID TO HOST 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP;
 

U.S. WNT DEFFEATS ITALY ON DRAMATIC STOPPAGE TIME GOAL, RETURNS HOME FOR SECOND LEG: The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Italy 1-0 in the first match of a two-leg series that will determine the final participant in the 16-team 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. U.S. forward Alex Morgan, the youngest player on the roster at 21-years-old, entered the match in the 86th minute and tallied about halfway through the fourth minute of stoppage time. The Americans had attacked with vengeance during the final 25 minutes of the game and finally broke through after Carli Lloyd sent a long pass at the Italian restraining line. Abby Wambach jumped to flick the ball on with her head and right into the path of the speedy Morgan. She raced past a defender into the right side of the penalty box, cut toward goal and smacked a sharp shot past Italian goalkeeper Anna Picarelli from six yards out. The USA heads back to Chicago with a leg up on advancing to Germany next summer. A U.S. victory or tie of any sort would earn the Americans that final berth to Germany. A 1-0 victory for Italy would force two 15-minute overtime periods, followed by penalty kicks if necessary, or a any victory for Italy in which it scores two or more goals would send the Italians to Germany without overtime.

2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Playoff Schedule
Date                       Opponent        Kickoff/Result                        TV/Goalscorers           Venue
Nov. 20                  Italy                1-0 W                                     Morgan                    Stadio Euganeo; Padova, Italy
Nov. 27                  Italy                1 p.m. CT                              espn3.com                Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR U.S. WOMEN’S MATCH AGAINST ITALY: Tickets for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s final leg of their two-game aggregate goal FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying series against Italy on Nov. 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., are on sale now. Tickets starting at $10 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott and Walmart stores), and at the Toyota Park ticket office (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Groups of 15 or more can obtain a discount order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Nov. 16 – Nov. 22

U.S. MNT TAKES 1-0 WIN AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA TO CLOSE OUT 2010: Seventeen-year-old forward Juan Agudelo, the first product of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to make an appearance for the U.S. Men’s National Team, became the youngest player to score in the modern era as the U.S. defeated South Africa 1-0 to win the 2010 Nelson Mandela Challenge in Cape Town, South Africa. Youth was the theme of the day as defender Tim Ream earned his first appearance in a U.S. starting lineup that averaged just 10.5 caps per player. After halftime, four of the six substitutions for the U.S. were 20 years old or younger and making their international debut, including Gale Agbossoumonde who became was the second Development Academy product to take the field. Agudelo is the 46th player in U.S. history to record a goal in his first cap, and the first since Stuart Holden struck in his debut against Grenada on July 4, 2009.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule and Results

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Nov. 16 – Nov. 22

U.S. HOUSE AND SENATE SUPPORT USA BID TO HOST 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP: The USA Bid Committee’s campaign to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup received the full support of Congress on Nov. 19 when the United States Senate joined the House of Representatives in passing a resolution to bring the tournament back to the United States for the first time since 1994. The House passed the resolution on Wednesday, Nov. 17, and sent it on to the Senate Friday’s vote. The resolution was introduced on Sept. 29, 2010 by the four co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Soccer Caucus – Representatives Chris Van Hollen (MD), Dave Reichert (WA), George Miller (CA) and Mary Bono Mack (CA) – and was co-sponsored by more than 40 other Members of Congress. 

ussoccer.com’s USA Bid Coverage – Nov. 16 – Nov. 22

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 MNT SQUAD SET FOR TORNEO DE LAS AMERICAS IN KENNESAW, GA.: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen is in the midst of preparations for the Torneo de las Americas in Kennesaw, Ga., from Nov. 21-29. The U.S. will face Colombia on Nov. 26 and Mexico on Nov. 28 in the three-team round robin tournament held at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium. Leagues in seven different countries will be represented on the 19- player U.S. roster in Kennesaw, including two domestic leagues. Two players from Portugal, Gale Agbossoumonde and Greg Garza, and one each from Croatia (Alex Molano), Mexico (Moises Orozco), England (Sebastian Lletget), Germany (Parker Walsh), and Israel (Alex Zahavi) join the domestic group. Goalkeeper Jonathan Kempin from Sporting Kansas City has replaced Cody Cropper on the roster, while Rongen has added Duke freshman Sebastien Ibeagha to his 19-player roster.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Eduardo Fernandez (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Jonathan Kempin (Sporting Kansas City; Leawood, Kan.)
DEFENDERS (6): Gale Agbossoumonde (G.D. Estoril Praia; Syracuse, N.Y.), Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA; Bell, Calif.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Sebastien Ibeagha (Duke; Missouri City, Texas), Korey Veeder (Crystal Palace Baltimore; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Parker Walsh (Karlsruher SC; Roanoke, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), Alex Molano (NK Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Moises Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United, Sterling, Va.), Alex Zahavi (Maccabi Haifa F.C.; Los Angeles, Calif.), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.Y.), Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles Galaxy; Van Nuys, Calif.), Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC; Richfield, Minn.), Omar Salgado (Unattached; El Paso, Texas)

Torneo de la Americas Schedule
Date                Match                          Kickoff (ET)               Venue
Nov. 26           USA vs. Colombia         3:30 p.m.                 KSU Soccer Stadium; Kennesaw, Ga.
Nov. 27           Colombia vs. Mexico     3:30 p.m.                  KSU Soccer Stadium; Kennesaw, Ga.
Nov. 28           USA vs. Mexico            3:30 p.m.                  KSU Soccer Stadium; Kennesaw, Ga.

ussoccer.com’s U-20 MNT Coverage – Nov. 16 – Nov. 22

MATKOVICH AND 36 PLAYERS CURRENTLY TRAINING AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team head coach Mike Matkovich has met with 36 players for a training camp at The Home Depot Center until Nov. 28. The training camp includes friendly games against local men’s teams, including Ventura County Fusion, FC Hasental, Hollywood United and Orange County Blue Star. The roster includes 31 players who are currently part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, plus a former Academy player in Victor Pineda who signed a Homegrown Player contract with the Chicago Fire earlier this year. Midfielder Caleb Stanko played up last season with the U-17/18 Vardar squad that captured the 2009-10 championship. Four players – Miguel Lopez (Classics Elite), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls), Jalen Robinson (D.C. United) and Will Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy) – earned U-15/16 Development Academy Starting XI honors last season. This will be the final training camp before Matkovich selects his team to travel to Tel Aviv, Israel, in December.

Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Andrew Harris (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Baltimore, Md.), Tyler Miller (Pittsgrove Premier; Woodbury, N.J.), Andrew Wolverton (Concorde Fire; Snellville, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (12): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas Academy; Frisco, Texas), Jonathan Campbell (North Carolina Fusion; Greensboro, N.C.), Alec Cochran (St. Louis Scott Gallagher MO; St. Louis, Mo.), Bryan Gallego (NY Red Bulls Academy; Kinnelon, N.J.), Malcolm Harris (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Damascus, Md.), Vlad Lekarev (Internationals; Strongsville, Ohio.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (UANL Tigres; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas Academy; Edmund, Okla.), Grant Silvester (CDA; Sacramento, Calif.), Verneri Valimaa (Weston FC; Coral Springs, Fla.), Walker Zimmerman (GSA Phoenix; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (15): Amadou Dia (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Connor Hallisey (CDA; Granite Bay, Calif.), Brian James (Weston FC; Sunrise, Fla.), Miguel Lopez (Classics Elite; Alton, Texas), Daniel Metzger (NY Red Bulls Academy; Holmdel, N.J.), Seth Moses (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Essex, Md.), Sean Okoli (Seattle Sounders Academy; Federal Way, Wash.), Mike Paye (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Jalen Robinson (DC United Academy; Cantonsville, Md.), Marcus Salandy-Defour (D.C. United Academy; Kensington, Md.), Caleb Stanko (Vardar; Holly, Mich.), Will Trapp (Columbus Crew Academy; Gahanna, Ohio), Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler (CASL Chelsea; Cary, N.C.)
FORWARDS (6): Robbie Kristo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher MO; St. Louis, Mo.), Uvaldo Luna Martinez (UANL Tigres; Houston, Texas ), Luis Rendon (FC Richmond Magic; Chesterfield, Va.), Khiry Shelton (Lonestar SC Academy; Leander, Texas); Xavi Silva (Weston FC; Boca Raton, Fla.), Jonathon Top (FC Dallas Academy; Fort Worth, Texas)

2010 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY WINTER SHOWCASE AND NIKE FRIENDLIES SET FOR DEC. 1-7 IN PHOENIX, ARIZ.: The 2010 Development Academy Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendlies will be held from Dec. 1-7 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz. All 78 Academy clubs will be on hand for three games of non-Conference play alongside the Under-17 Men’s National Teams from the U.S., Brazil, Korea Republic and Turkey. Fox Soccer Channel will televise all three of the U.S. U-17 MNT games, starting with the match against Korea Republic on Dec. 1, Brazil on Dec. 3 and Turkey on Dec. 5, with all three games kicking off at 5 p.m. local time (7 p.m. ET). For the first time, the six-game round-robin event will be played as a tournament and crown a champion. It will be one of the last events for Wilmer Cabrera’s team ahead of the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in February.

U.S. U-17 MNT Nike Friendlies Schedule
Date                Opponent                    Kickoff (ET)   TV                   Venue
Dec. 1             Korea Republic           7 p.m.              FSC                 Reach 11 Sports Complex, Phoenix, Ariz.
Dec. 3             Brazil                           7 p.m.             FSC                 Reach 11 Sports Complex, Phoenix, Ariz.
Dec. 5             Turkey                        7 p.m.              FSC                 Reach 11 Sports Complex, Phoenix, Ariz.

ussoccer.com’s Development Academy Coverage – Nov. 16 – Nov. 22

U.S. U-15 GNT HEADS TO FLORIDA FOR WEEK OF TRAINING: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team, under the direction of head coach Mike Dickey, have convened in Sunrise, Fla. until Nov. 25 for a week of training that also will include three matches. Dickey has called up 24 players, 20 born in 1995 and four in 1996, for the final U-15 GNT camp of the year. The squad will play two U-16 ODP Regional Teams made up of players born in 1994, facing the Region 1 (East) team on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. ET at Florida Atlantic University and the Region 3 (South) squad on Thursday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. ET at FAU. The U.S. U-15s will also scrimmage the Norwegian College of Elite Sport (NTG) on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 8 a.m. at FAU. These players are at the beginning of a cycle that has the end goal of qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The roster features players from 18 different states.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Ga.), Carissa Miller (Sereno SC; Cave Creek, Ariz.), Katherine Stratton (Tupelo FC; Belden, Miss.)
DEFENDERS (6): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.); Lauren Kaskie (Neusport FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Annia Mejia (Arsenal FC; Bloomington, Calif.), Meaghan Mulligan (PDA; Freehold, N.J.), Jenna Romano (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Joanna Boyles (Raleigh, N.C; CASL Spartan Elite), Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Rosie DiMartino (Albertson Fury; Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Miranda Freeman (Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Gabrielle Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Lydia Simmons (FC Stars of Mass.; Londonberry, N.H.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; St. Lorton, Va.), Sarah Teegarden (Arsenal FC; Monrovia, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Elizabeth Boon (Columbia Timbers; Washougal, Wash.), Mikaela Harvey (Lonestar SC; Liberty Hill, Texas), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Rebecca Schoales (Crossfire Premier; Port Orchard, Wash.), Gabriela Stoian (Sereno FC; Phoenix, Ariz.), Zoe Swift (NSA Premier; Naperville, Ill.)

U.S. U-15 GNT Training Camp Schedule
Date                Opponent                    Kickoff (ET)               Venue
Nov. 21           Region 1                     10 a.m.                      Florida Atlantic University
Nov. 23           NTG                            2 p.m.                       Florida Atlantic University
Nov. 25           Region 3                     8 a.m.                        Florida Atlantic University

U-14 BNT TO CONVENE AT THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONAL: The U.S. U-14 Boys' National Team will convene in Orlando, Fla., for the Thanksgiving Interregional event at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Manny Schellscheidt will lead 36 players, who will be broken up into two squads, against regional U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program teams throughout the week of Nov. 24-29. 

Roster by Position: 
GOALKEEPERS (4): Christian Herrera (Strickers FC; Las Cruces, N.M.), Cameron Keys (Lehigh Valley United FC; Whitehall, Pa.), JT Marcinkowski (Mustangs FC; Alamo, Calif.), Nicolas Pritchard (NY Red Bulls; New Egypt, N.J.) 
DEFENDERS (9): Billy Abdallah (Cosmos Academy West; Monterey Park, Calif.), Guillermo Bermudez (Albion SC; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Cox (Prince William Courage; Woodbridge, Va.), Malcolm Jones (Cosmos Academy West; Chino Hills, Calif.), Benny Lorca (Real So Cal; Oxnard, Calif.), Evan Martinez (Athletico Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Jean Orvil Jr (West Pines United; Miramar, Fla.), Thomas Redding (FC America Premier; Oviedo, Fla.), Max Stiegwardt (Minnesota Thunder; Maple Grove, Minn.) 
MIDFIELDERS (19): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Amir Bashti (De Anza Force; Cupertino, Calif.), Chester Castellaw (Real So Cal; Hidden Hills, Calif.), Brendan Constantine (Oakwood SC; Glastonbury, Conn.), Coy Craft (Fusion FC; Glade Spring Va.), Josh Doughty (CCV Stars; Phoenix, Ariz.), Zach Emerson (Oregon Rush; Bend, Ore.), Chris Gomez (PDA; Jamison, Pa.), Dominic Jensen (CASL Chelsea FC; Raleigh, N.C.), Amadu Kunateh (North Shore United; Salem, Mass.), Cameron Lindley (Indiana United Academy; Carmel, Ind.), Caleb Moore (Discoveries SC; Rock Hill, S.C.), Pablo Pelaez (Albion SC; San Diego, Calif.), Nathanael Rennhack (Solar SC; Westlake, Texas), Shannon Seymour (Chicago Fire; Bourbonnais, Ill.), Benjamin Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), David Villegas (Elk Grove Everton; Sacramento, Calif.), Sean Wilson (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.), Gedion Zelalem (Potomac Fire; Bethesda, Md.) 
FORWARDS (4): Malcolm Dixon (NY Red Bulls; Glenridge, N.J.), Stephen Elias (Beachside SC; Rye, N.Y.), Christian Lucatero (Houstonian FC; Pasadena, Texas), Amirgy Pineda (Fullerton Rangers; Santa Ana, Calif.)


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than two weeks to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup, 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.

U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD ON NOV. 26-27 IN CONJUNCTION WITH U.S. U-20 MNT MATCHES IN KENNESAW, GA.: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will conduct a Coaching Symposium on Nov. 26-27 in conjunction with the U-20 Men’s National Team’s participation in the Torneo de las Americas in Kennesaw, Ga. at the Kennesaw State University Soccer  Stadium. The U-20 MNT is scheduled to play against traditional South American power Colombia and border rival Mexico. The two-day symposium will offer coaches an opportunity to interact with U.S. Soccer’s U-20 MNT coaching staff and view and listen to how they prepare their squad for this event. Juan Carlos Michia will lead the symposium, which will focus on the team’s preparation for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BRAZIL AND GERMANY/NETHERLANDS TRIPS IN MARCH 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 to Germany and the Netherlands 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 17-25, 2011, coaches will visit five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The coaching education workshop in Germany and the Netherlands will take place from April 28 – May 6, 2011 and will mark the 40th anniversary of U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program which began under the direction of Dettmar Cramer.

NATIONAL GOALKEEPER COURSE TO BE HELD JAN. 23-30 AT THE HDC: Registration for U.S. Soccer’s National Goalkeeping License set for Jan. 23-30, 2011 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. is now open. The course, intended for both the goalkeeper coach and the team coach, will focus on improving the coaches' ability to train goalkeepers individually, as well as integrate them into team training. Register at ussoccer.com.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: The U.S. Women’s National Team took a crucial road victory in the first game of the playoff series against Italy for the final place at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. Second-half substitute Alex Morgan, who had come on in the 86th minute, netted the game winner in the waning seconds of stoppage time for the win. It was the 21-year-old Morgan’s seventh career cap for the WNT and her third goal.

MARQUEE MATCHUP:  There is still work to be done in the U.S. WNT series against Italy as both teams have arrived in Chicago ahead of the second and final game of the home-and-home. The U.S. needs a win or a tie on Saturday, Nov. 27, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. The game, which kicks off at 1 p.m. CT, will be shown on ESPN3.com, and fans can also follow along live at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets for the match are available at ussoccer.com.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The Colorado Rapids, one of Major League Soccer’s original franchises, won its first MLS Cup title on Sunday at BMO Field in Toronto. After 90 minutes of hard-fought soccer, the game went into overtime and ended in the most agonizing fashion for Western Conference Champion FC Dallas – an own goal. It was the seventh game in MLS Cup history to be decided in overtime or penalties, and the fourth since 2005.

QUOTABLE: “I’ve been here before a couple of times. Every time we do it, I gain confidence and the whole team does as well because we believe in what we are doing. It will be good for us to look back at this and see this is the attitude we need to keep and this is the confidence that will give us wins in the future.”– U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage on the team’s penchant for late-game heroics

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