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U.S. Soccer Wire - July 16, 2007


RYAN NAMES 18 PLAYERS TO 2007 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROSTER;
WNT DEFEATS NORWAY IN THIRD GAME OF SEND-OFF SERIES;
U.S. U-20 MNT BOWS OUT OF THE WORLD CUP AFTER TOUGH LOSS TO AUSTRIA

RYAN NAMES FIRST 18 TO WOMEN'S WORLD CUP ROSTER: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named the first 18 players who will represent the United States on women’s soccer’s grandest stage. The roster is a product of about two-and-a-half years of player evaluation by Ryan and his staff that has included 42 international matches. Since taking over as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team in March of 2005, Ryan has looked at 43 players in full international matches and more than 60 total including training camps. With all 16 participating teams allotted final rosters of 21 players, Ryan will make his final three selections in the coming weeks. The 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held in five Chinese cities from Sept. 10-30. The USA opens the tournament against North Korea on Sept. 11 in Chengdu.

U.S. WNT FIFA Women's World Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (5): Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);
FORWARDS (4): Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).

U.S. WNT PREPARES FOR JAPAN AFTER DEFEATING NORWAY: The U.S. Women’s National Team got a second-half goal on a header from midfielder Carli Lloyd to edge long-time rival Norway, 1-0, in one of the toughest tests of the summer as the U.S. continues its run toward the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. A crowd of almost 10,000 saw the U.S. improve its record to 10-0-2 in 2007 with three games left in the team’s Send-Off Series before leaving for China. The game was a special one for U.S. captain and Wilton, Conn., native Kristine Lilly as Governor M. Jodi Rell signed a proclamation declaring Saturday, July 14, “Kristine Lilly Day.” The U.S. team will now go on a break before re-grouping on July 20 in Carson, Calif., at The Home Depot Center for three days of training before traveling to San Jose on July 23 in preparation for a match against fellow Women’s World Cup participant Japan at Spartan Stadium on July 28. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on ussoccer.com’s MatchAccess. The USA will then take on New Zealand in Chicago on Aug. 12 at Soldier Field and finish up the preparation schedule against Finland in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, presented by Sierra Mist, at The Home Depot Center in the final match before the team heads to China. For complete details and ticket information for the entire Send-Off Series, visit ussoccer.com.

2007 Women’s National Team Send-Off Series
Date       Opponent       Location                                                                     Result/Kickoff TV
June 16 China              Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio)  2-0 W
June 23 Brazil               Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)               2-0 W
July 14   Norway            Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.)              1-0 W
July 28  Japan               Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)           7 p.m. PT ussoccer.com's MatchACCESS
Aug. 12 New Zealand  Soldier Field (Chicago)                                           12 p.m. CT ESPN2
Aug. 25 Finland             The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)            6:30 p.m. PT ESPN2

U.S. 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
Date       Opponent          Venue                                                                               Kickoff
Sept. 11 North Korea      Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)          5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 14 Sweden             Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)          5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 18 Nigeria               Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
Sept. 22 Quarterfinals*   Wuhan or Tianjin                                                            5 p.m. local or 8 p.m. local
Sept. 26/27 Semifinals* Tianjin or Hangzhou                                                      8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
Sept. 30 Final*                 Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium)   8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
* If Necessary

U.S. U-20 MNT DROPS QUARTERFINAL MATCH TO AUSTRIA: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team lost to Austria, 2-1, in the quarterfinals of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup at National Soccer Stadium in Toronto, ending an impressive campaign that saw the team score 12 goals in five games. Josmer Altidore scored his team-leading fourth goal for the U.S. in the tournament. The U.S. finished the tournament with an impressive 3-1-1 record in a five-game run through the quarterfinals, but ultimately fell short of qualifying for the Under-20 World Cup semifinals for the second time in their history (1989, Saudi Arabia). For the U.S., the tournament was highlighted by winning their group competition for the third consecutive event, with victories over Brazil and Poland, and a tie against the Korea Republic.

U.S. U-20 MNT FIFA World Cup Schedule / Results
Date        Opponent         Kickoff / Result         U.S. Goal Scorer(s) / TV
June 30  South Korea    1-1 T                           Danny Szetela
July 3       Poland             6-1 W                          Freddy Adu (3), Danny Szetela (2), Josmer Altidore
July 6       Brazil                2-1 W                          Josmer Altidore (2)
July 11    Uruguay           2-1 W (OT)                 own goal, Michael Bradley
July 14    Austria              1-2 L (OT)                  Josmer Altidore

MNT LOOK TO EUROPEAN FRIENDLIES AFTER COPA AMERICA RUN: After winning the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and participating in the Copa America for the first time in 12 years, the United States Men’s National Team will play a trio of friendlies in Europe in October. The team will play its first match on European soil in 2007 when they travel to face 11-time World Cup finalists Sweden on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Ullevi Stadium in Goteborg, Sweden. For the double fixture date in October, the U.S. will first meet Catalonia on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the famed Camp Nou in Barcelona (time TBD), marking the debut match between the teams. Three days later, the U.S. will take on 2008 European Championship co-hosts Switzerland for the first game between the two sides in nearly 13 years, and the first since the 1-1 draw in the 1994 FIFA World Cup hosted by the United States. All three matches will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, and fans can also follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. MNT 2007 Schedule
Date       Match            Venue Result/Kickoff/TV
Jan. 20  Denmark      Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)           3-1 W
Feb. 7    Mexico           Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.) 2-0 W
March 25 Ecuador     Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)    3-1 W
March 28 Guatemala Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)                      0-0 T
June 2   China            Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)             4-1 W
June 7   Guatemala^ Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)           1-0 W
June 9   T&T^              Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)           2-0 W
June 12 El Salvador^ Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)         4-0 W
June 16 Panama^     Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)          2-1 W
June 21 Canada^     Soldier Field (Chicago)                                    2-1 W
June 24 Mexico^       Soldier Field (Chicago)                                     2-1 W
June 28 Argentina # Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo)                1-4 L
July 2     Paraguay #  Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas)                    1-3 L
July 5     Colombia # Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto)   0-1 L
Aug. 22 Sweden        Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden)          2:30 p.m. ET / FSC / Galavision (2:30 ET/PT)
Oct. 14  Catalonia     Nou Camp (Barcelona, Spain)                        TBD / FSC & Galavision
Oct. 17  Switzerland TBD (TBD)                                                            2:30 p.m. ET / FSC & Galavision

^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
# Copa America

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

MEDIA ACCREDIATION PROCESS OPENS FOR FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP KOREA 2007: FIFA has announced that applications for media accreditation for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007 are now being accepted via an online registration form on FIFA.com. Media planning on traveling to South Korea to cover the U-17 World Cup can click on the following link to access the link in the media services section: http://www.fifa.com/u17worldcup/organisation/index.html. Please note that the deadline for applications is July 31, 2007. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. All applications are subject to confirmation. Please be advised that international applicants are responsible for their own visas.

U.S. U-21s WARM UP FOR 2007 NORDIC CUP WITH 5-0 WIN: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team warmed up for the 2007 Nordic Cup with a 5-0 victory over club team FC Sports on July 16 in Vassa, Finland. The U.S. got goals from five different players as defender Nikki Krzysik, midfielders Kelsey Carpenter and Amanda Cinalli, and forwards Michele Weissenhoffer and Ella Masar tallied. Forward Danesha Adams assisted the first three goals. The American women are in Finland with the goal of taking back the Nordic Cup lost last year to Germany. The Nordic Cup is held in Northern Europe every summer and the USA has competed in the tournament for well more than a decade as it has become the focus of the USA’s oldest youth women’s national team during its six-month run-up to the prestigious competition. In response to FIFA moving its oldest FIFA world championship for women from Under-19 to Under-20, this year the Nordic Cup moves from an Under-21 competition to an Under-23 tournament (it was staged as a U-20 event from 1990-1997) and U.S. head coach Bill Irwin has brought an 18-player roster featuring a mixture of U-21 and older players to Finland. While the Nordic Cup has long featured eight teams and three group games followed by a placement match, this year’s format calls for two group games and then a placement match, giving the USA little room for error in the first round to earn a berth to the title game, which will pit the winners of Group A, featuring England, Finland and Germany, and Group B, which will feature Norway, Sweden and the USA. The American women open the tournament against Norway on July 18 in Närpiö, followed by the match against Sweden on July 22 in Vaasa. The placement matches are on July 24. All the matches are in and around Vassa on the west coast of Finland right on the Gulf of Bothnia. The USA has won eight Nordic Cup titles, including seven in a row before falling last year in the championship game.

2007 U.S. U-21 WNT Nordic Cup Schedule
Date        Opponent
July 18    Norway
July 22    Sweden
July 24    Fifth Place Match
                Third Place Match
                Championship Match

U.S. MEN'S PAN-AMERICAN TEAM WINS OPENER: The United States Men’s Pan American Team topped Venezuela, 2-1, at their tournament opener on a last-second goal from Bobby Warshaw, and sits on top of Group B with three points. After a scoreless first half, Stephen McCarthy put the U.S. ahead in the 50th minute. In a match that saw a total of eight yellow cards and an ejection, Venezuela was awarded a penalty kick in the 76th minute, and Francisco Flores evened the score. Late-game substitute Bobby Warshaw scored the game-winning goal in the third and final minute of stoppage time in the second half to lift the U.S. to victory. The U.S. plays Bolivia, who tied Mexico in their opener, on July 18 before battling Mexico on July 21.

2007 Men’s Pan American Soccer Schedule/Results
Date     Match                           Venue
July 15 USA 2, Venezuela 1  Zico Football Center
July 18 USA vs. Bolivia           Miecima da Silva Complex
July 21 USA vs. Mexico           Maracana Stadium
July 24 Semifinals                   Maracana Stadium
July 27 Finals                           Maracana Stadium

2007 Men’s Pan American Soccer Group B Standings
Team          W    L    T   Pts.  GD
USA              1    0    0     3     +1
Mexico          0    0    1     1      E
Bolivia          0    0    1     1      E
Venezuela   0    0    0     0     -1

U.S. U-20s WIN FIRST TWO MATCHES AT PAN-AMERICAN GAMES: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team has taken control of Group B at the 2007 Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, winning its first two matches while scoring 10 goals and allowing just two. The U-20s, led by head coach Jillian Ellis, opened the tournament on July 12 with a 7-1 thrashing of Paraguay that saw a natural hat trick from forward Lauren Cheney, two goals from Kelley O’Hara and single scores Casey Nogueira and Jessica McDonald. The young U.S. team followed that up with a 3-1 win over Panama on July 14 as Cheney, O’Hara and Tobin Heath, three veterans of the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship team, scored for the USA. The USA will next take on Argentina, which has brought its FIFA Women’s World Cup Team to the Pan Ams, on July 18. The USA will finish up group play on July 20 against Mexico at the fames Maracana Stadium. The top two teams in each of the two five-team groups will advance to the semifinals.

2007 U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Soccer Schedule
Date       Opponent     Result / Venue
July 12   Paraguay      7-1 W
July 14   Panama        3-1 W
July 18   Argentina       João Havelange Stadium
July 20   Mexico            Maracana Stadium
July 23   Semifinals     Maracana Stadium
July 26   Finals             Maracana Stadium

2007 Pan American Games Group B Standings
Team   W    L    T   Pts   GD
USA      2    0    0     6      +8
ARG      1    0    0     3      +2
MEX      1    0    0     3      +5
PAN      0    2    0     0       -4
PAR      0    2    0     0     -11

U.S. U-17 MNT TOPS CLUB BRUGGE IN BELGIUM: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team topped Belgium’s Club Brugge, 3-1, as part of their 10-day tour of Belgium and Germany. After Club Brugge opened scoring in the 36th minute, Alex Nimo converted a penalty kick in the 43rd minute to even the score at 1-1 heading into halftime. In the 75th minute, Abdusalam Ibrahim received a cross from Dane Shea in the middle of the field just outside the penalty area and shot past the goalkeeper on the left side. Just four minutes later, Jared Jeffrey dribbled up the center of the field and played a give and go with Ibrahim. Jeffrey collected the ball back at the edge of the penalty area and beat the Club Brugge goalkeeper for the final score of 2-1. The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team is currently on a tour of Belgium of Germany, and will play Germany on July 20 as part of their preparation for the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

U.S. U-15 BNT WRAPS UP JULY CAMP: The U.S. Under-15 Boys National Team closed out a camp that was held at the Home Depot Center from July 8-15. The forty-six players who were invited into camp played a total of eight matches against local Under-16 club teams, coming away with a 3-2-3 record. The U.S. played on three match days (July 10, July 12 and July 14) with as many as three games on each, picking up one 3-2 victory on each day, over FC Barcelona, San Diego Surf and LA Rampage. Two of the squad’s draws came against Real So Cal and San Diego Surf, while its two losses were to Real So Cal (1-5) and FC Barcelona (1-4). The team finished up the week with an intrasquad scrimmage, with each team scoring a pair of goals. Dominic Bonilla, Alfred Koroma, McAmos Paye, Caleb Stanko and Jonathon Tovar all tallied two goals throughout the week, while seven other players had one. The Under-15 squad will get together again in December leading up to the Nike Friendlies.

U.S. U-15 BNT Results
Date        Matchup                                                     Result    U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
July 10    U.S. U-15 Boys vs. FC Barcelona         3-2 W     Paye, Tovar, Coleman
                 U.S. U-15 Boys vs. Real So Cal            1-5 L      Bonilla
                 U.S. U-15 Boys vs. Real So Cal Blue   2-2 T      Deville, Eggleston
July 12    U.S. U-15 Boys vs. FC Barcelona          1-4 L      Paye
                 U.S. U-15 Boys vs. San Diego Surf       1-1 T      Stanko
                 U.S. U-15 Boys vs. San Diego Surf       3-2 W     Bonilla, Koroma (2)
July 14    U.S. U-15 Boys vs. L.A. Rampage         3-2 W     Botchway, Rios, Pineda
                 U.S. U-15 Boys vs. U.S. U-15 Boys       2-2 T      Cohen and Gil vs. Stanko and Tovar

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY REACHES 47 CLUBS WITH MORE ON THE WAY: U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy has now grown to 47 clubs from across the country with the recent addition of 16 more clubs, nearing the expected capacity for the inaugural season. Already there are teams representing 22 states and the District of Columbia. With the launch of the new Development Academy, the U.S. Soccer Federation has taken the initiative in extending its National Team program and putting an emphasis on the development of the player by improving their daily environment. After the latest round of Academy admissions, there are only a limited number of available slots remaining for the inaugural Academy Season. The Selection Committee has reviewed over 90 applications thus far and expects the final selection process to be very competitive. For a complete listing of the Academy teams and further information on how to apply to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, click here.

2007 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP POSSIBLE QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS SET: The quarterfinal pairings of the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup are almost set as only one match is left to play in the third round of the tournament. Four Major League Soccer teams have been upset in the third round, including the defending champions Chicago Fire, with the Seattle Sounders and Chivas USA still to play on July 18. The fourth round will take place on August 7. Third round results and fourth round pairings are available at ussoccer.com.

2007 CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT DATES SET: The 2007 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Tournament will take place from August 9-12 at the Princess Hotel Stadium in Acapulco, Mexico. The United States will compete in the second annual beach soccer tournament along with Costa Rica, El Salvador and Mexico. Two teams will qualify for the 2007 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, which will take place from November 1-11 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The CONCACAF qualifying tournament will be played in round-robin format with the top two teams advancing to the World Cup.

2007 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Qualifying Tournament Schedule
Date        Opponent
Aug. 9     El Salvador
Aug. 10   Costa Rica
Aug. 11   Mexico

U.S. FUTSAL TEAM KICKS OFF PAN-AMS JULY 23: U.S. Futsal Head Coach Keith Tozer has selected a roster of 12 players to compete in the 2007 Pan American Games beginning July 18 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Futsal was chosen by the Pan American Games hosts, Brazil, as a special exhibition sport and is part of the games for the first time. Eight teams will compete in two groups, with the U.S. drawn with Argentina, Ecuador and Costa Rica. The U.S. will play its group matches on consecutive days, beginning July 23. Placement matches will then be played on July 27 and 28, with all eight teams playing five games each. The 12-player roster includes five players – Brett Phillips, Pat Morris, Jamar Beasley, John Ball and Lee Tschantret – who were part of the U.S. team that finished seventh at the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

U.S. FUTSAL PAN-AMERICAN GAMES TEAM
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nick Vorberg (Milwaukee Wave), Brett Phillips (Milwaukee Wave)
DEFENDERS (3): Pat Morris (Philadelphia KiXX), Joe Hammes (Milwaukee Wave), Troy Dusosky (Milwaukee Wave)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Jamar Beasley (Detroit Ignition), John Ball (Rochester Raging Rhinos - USL1), Matt Stewart (Chicago Storm), Denison Cabral (Baltimore Blast)
FORWARDS (3): Don D'Ambra (Philadephia KiXX), Enrique Tovar (California Cougars), Lee Tschantret (Baltimore Blast)

U.S. Futsal Schedule – Pan-American Games
Date     Opponent                 Venue
July 23 Argentina                  Riocentro Pavillion 3B
July 24 Ecuador                    Riocentro Pavillion 3B
July 25 Costa Rica               Riocentro Pavillion 3B
July 27 Placement Match    Riocentro Pavillion 3B
July 28 Placement Match    Riocentro Pavillion 3B

COACHING SYMPOSIA HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH SEND-OFF SERIES GAMES: Soccer coaches around the nation will have an opportunity to join the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department in supporting the U.S. Women’s National Team this summer in advance of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. Three separate Coaching Symposia will be held in July and August as part of the USA’s final three Send-Off Series games before they take on the world in China. The first Coaching Symposium is scheduled for July 27-28 in San Jose, Calif., as the USA takes on Japan. Two weeks later, coaches from around the country will converge in Chicago on Aug. 11 for the USA-New Zealand match at Soldier Field on Aug. 12. The final U.S. Soccer Coaching Symposium of the summer will be staged at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Aug. 24-25 with the U.S. Women taking on Finland just days before their China departure. [CoachesNet]

US CLUB SOCCER NATIONAL CUP VI FINALS OPEN JULY 21-24 IN GREENSBORO, N.C.: US Club Soccer’s 2007 National Cup VI Finals commence July 21-24 at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C. with national championships awarded in Boys U15-U17 Super Group and Premier divisions. After earning berths to the Finals at the National Cup VI Regionals, held from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July weekend, 44 teams will contend to hoist the National Cup trophy, The Doug Hamilton Memorial Cup. Three teams in Ironbound SC Blaze’s Super Group U16s, Irvine Strikers' Super Group U15s and South Charlotte SA’s Super Group U17s are seeking to repeat as National Cup Champions during the opening weekend of Finals. The Girls U15-U17 National Cup VI Finals will also be held at Bryan Park July 28-31, while the Boys & Girls U12-U14 National Cup VI Finals will be contested July 28-31 at Springwood Park in Burlington, N.C. Visit www.usclubsoccer.org for in-depth coverage of the 2007 National Cup VI Finals including schedules, results, photos, the 2007 National Cup VI Finals program, and the “Road to the Cup Blog.”

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. WNT captain Kristine Lilly played in her 328th international game on Saturday (July 14) against long-time rival Norway at Rentschler Field. The ageless captain recorded an assist on Carli Lloyd’s goal in the 1-0 victory on what Connecticut governor M. Jodi Rell proclaimed Kristine Lilly Day in honor of the Wilton, Conn., native.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Better late than never, right? In the quarterfinal showdown between Chile and Nigeria at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Chile did in two extra time periods what they weren’t able to do in 90 minutes of regulation: score. Four times. After a scoreless match, the teams went into overtime, where Chile defeated Nigeria, 4-0, and advanced to the semifinals of the tournament where they will face fellow South Americans Argentina.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The much anticipated MLS debut of Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham takes place on Saturday, July 21, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. He and the Galaxy will take on English Premier League club Chelsea FC at 5:30 p.m. PT, live on ESPN.

QUOTABLE: “I don’t know if I have a secret, my grandma lived to be about 92 and she never had a driver’s license and just walked everywhere, so I bet I have some of her genes.”
-- U.S. WNT captain Kristine Lilly on the secret of her longevity.


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