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U.S. Soccer Wire - July 23, 2007


RYAN NAMES ROSTER FOR MATCH AGAINST JAPAN ON SATURDAY, JULY 28,
SELECTS FINAL THREE PLAYERS FOR WORLD CUP ROSTER;
U.S. MEN END RUN AT PAN-AMERICAN GAMES, WOMEN HEAD TO SEMIFINALS

WORLD CUP ROSTER SET AS WNT PREPARES TO FACE JAPAN: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team heads to San Jose, Calif., today to prepare for its match against Japan on July 28 at Spartan Stadium (kickoff at 7 p.m. PT on ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS). Arriving in the Bay Area will be the entire 21-player 2007 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team as head coach Greg Ryan has filled the last three spots after naming the first 18 players about two weeks ago. Marian Dalmy, Angela Hucles and Natasha Kai round out the roster that will travel to China in late August. Tickets are on sale at ussoccer.com, all San Jose area Ticketmaster outlets (including Ritmo Latino and f.y.e.), the HP Pavilion Main Box Office (Monday – Friday; 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) and by phone at 408-998-TIXS. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets at reduced prices by calling U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtaining a group order form at ussoccer.com. Following the Japan match, the USA will have a little more than a week off before regrouping in Chicago on Aug. 6 in preparation for a match against New Zealand on Aug. 12 at Soldier Field (12 p. CT live on ESPN2). The USA plays its final domestic match prior to the World Cup on Aug. 25 against Finland at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (6:30 p.m. live on ESPN2) before departing for China on Aug. 27.

U.S. WNT Women's World Cup Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (6): Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), 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 (7): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);
FORWARDS (5): Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.)

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

MNT LOOK TO EUROPEAN FRIENDLIES: 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. 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          Opponent    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 –

ONE WEEK LEFT FOR MEDIA ACCREDITATION 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-21 WOMEN ADVANCE TO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OF 2007 NORDIC CUP: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team edged Sweden, 1-0, in its second and final group match at the 2007 Nordic Cup as forward Kiki Bosio came off the bench for the second straight match to score the winning goal. Combined with the USA’s 1-0 win over Norway in its first match, the victory gives the Americans first place in Group B and a place in the championship game against Group A winners Germany, who pounded host Finland, 6-0, to earn its berth. This marks the 11th consecutive year the USA has advanced to the Nordic Cup final. The U.S. won seven Nordic Cups in a row from 1999-2005 before falling to the Germans in the championship game last year. This will be the fourth time the USA has faced Germany in the Nordic Cup title game, winning in 2000 and 2002, before falling 2-0 last year.

2007 U.S. U-21 WNT Nordic Cup Schedule
Date     Opponent            Result    U.S. Goal Scorer
July 18 Norway                 1-0 W     Kiki Bosio
July 22 Sweden                1-0 W     Kiki Bosio
July 24 Germany (Final)

U.S. U-20 MNT PLAYERS NOMINATED FOR INDIVIDUAL ACCOLADES: U.S. midfielders Freddy Adu and Danny Szetela are in the running for Goal of the Tournament at the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup (vote here by rating the video in FIFA’s media player). Both players tallied highlight-reel goals in the team’s 6-1 rout of Poland in the group stage. Adu also joined fellow midfielder Michael Bradley as candidates for the Golden Ball, which was awarded to Sergio Aguero of Argentina. Adu finishied sixth in the running for the prestigious award. To be eligible for the award a player must have been in a team that reached the knockout stages and must have made a significant impact on the team's success while also contributing to the overall entertainment value. Adu tallied three goals and three assists in the tournament, highlighted by his hat trick against Poland. Bradley, who was the engine for the team in midfield, scored the game-winning goal in the USA’s 2-1 overtime victory against Uruguay in the Round of 16.

MEN'S PAN-AMERICAN TEAM FALLS TO MEXICO: Two second-half goals by Mexico ended the U.S. run at the 2007 Pan-American Games. With the U.S. reduced to nine men late in the game, Mexico was able to take advantage of the depleted U.S. defense and score twice in the last 15 minutes. In the 75th minute, Rodolfo del Real put Mexico on the board first. Three minutes later, Enrique Alejandro Esqueda made it 2-0, and the Mexican defense did the rest, allowing just one shot on goal throughout the game. U.S. goalkeeper Warren Gross made nine saves in the match, facing 15 total shots. The U.S. ends their run at the Pan-American games with one win and two losses.

2007 Men’s Pan American Soccer Results
Date     Opponent    Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
July 15 Venezuela   2-1 W      McCarthy, Warsha
July 18 Bolivia          2-4 L       Gonzales (2)
July 21 Mexico         0-2 L

U.S. U-20 WNT HEADS TO PAN-AMERICAN GAMES SEMIFINALS VS. CANADA: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s Soccer Team suffered its first defeat of the 2007 Pan American Games, falling to Mexico, 3-2, in its final match of Group B play. Despite the loss, the U.S. still won the group and will play Canada in the semifinal on July 23 at Maracana Stadium. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. ET. The USA, Mexico and Argentina all finished with a 3-1-0 record and nine points in the group, but the USA took first place based on a superior goal difference, running up a plus-10 to Mexico’s plus-7 and Argentina’s plus-four. Canada is playing with its full Women’s National Team, including all-time leading scorer Christine Sinclair, UCLA star Kara Lang and the leading scorer from the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand, Brittany Timko.

2007 U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Soccer Schedule
Date     Opponent    Result / Venue   U.S. Goal Scorers
July 12 Paraguay     7-1 W                   O’Hara (2), Cheney (3), Nogueira, McDonald
July 14 Panama      3-1 W                    O’Hara, Cheney, Heath
July 18 Argentina    3-0 W                     Washington, Nogueira, McDonal
July 20 Mexico         2-3 L                      Nogueira, O’Hara
July 23 Canada      Maracana Stadium
July 26 Finals*        Maracana Stadium
* If necessary

U-17 MNT CLOSES TRIP WITH WIN AGAINST GERMANY: The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team closed out a foreign tour of Belgium and Germany with a 3-1 win against Germany behind first-half goals from Greg Garza, Ellis McLoughlin and Alex Nimo. The U.S. opened scoring in the 18th minute when McLoughlin flicked the ball to Garza on the left side, and Garza was able to beat German goalkeeper Fabien Giefer to the left side of the goal. In the 24th minute, Bryan Dominguez found McLoughlin on the left side of the field, and Giefer came out to try and intercept the pass. McLoughlin was able to touch it around him and put the U.S. up by two. Just three minute later, Sheannon Williams played a brilliant ball into the corner to Billy Schuler, who ran onto the ball and found Alex Nimo at the top of the penalty area. Nimo took a touch on the ball and fired a shot that beat Giefer to make it 3-0. Germany's Sacha Bigalke scored in the 63rd minute to cut the lead to two, but the U.S. held on for the win. After victories over Belgium club teams Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge KV, the win over Germany was the third for the Americans in three games during their tour, which is part of the preparations for the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup. The World Cup kicks off for the Americans on August 20 in Changwon, South Korea when the team takes on Tajikistan.

U.S. Under-17 MNT Belgium/Germany Tour Results
Date        Opponent                Result   U.S. Goal Scorer
June 14  Club Brugge           3-1 W    Nimo, Ibrahim, Jeffrey
June 17  Cercle Brugge KV  2-0 W    Schuler, McLoughlin
June 20  Germany                  3-0 W    Garza, McLoughlin, Nimo

U.S. U-17 WNT PICKS UP TWO BIG WINS IN EUROPE: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team notched two impressive wins on a recent tour of Europe, defeating Denmark’s U-19 Women’s National Team, 3-0, on July 12 in Frankfurt, Germany, followed by a 4-0 win over England’s U-19s on July 14 in London. Both of the USA’s opponents were getting ready for the UEFA U-19 Women’s Championships being held July 18-29 in Iceland. Against the Danes, the USA was the aggressor from the beginning and the young Americans opened the scoring through Danielle Brunache in the 34th minute on a long shot that she stuck in the right corner. Christine Nairn made it 2-0 in the 61st minute, taking advantage of a poor clearance to slot from home inside the penalty area. Tiffany McCarty, who leads the U-17s in scoring this year with six goals, finished the game off with a goal in the 60th minute, scoring off an assist from Casey Short. Against England, the USA actually chased the ball for most of the game, but the forwards capitalized on their chances as Katy Frierson scored twice. Short and Lauren Alwine added the other goals. Frierson’s first goal came after a short corner kick and she hammered a shot into the upper corner. Short scored her goal in the 23rd minute as she blocked an England clearance into the net. Frierson added her second five minutes before halftime with a deft chip over the goalkeeper and Alwine accounted for the final margin in the 72nd minute, once again off a miscue by England in the back, as she won the ball from the goalkeeper and tapped it around her into the open net. The U.S. U-17s are undefeated thus far in 2007 with a 7-0-0 record.

U.S. U-17 WNT Results
Date      Opponent             Score     U.S. Goal Scorers
July 12  Denmark U-19    3-0 W     Brunache, Nairn, McCarty
July 14  England U-19      4-0 W     Frierson (2), Short, Alwine

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. FUTSAL TEAM KICKS OFF PAN-AMS JULY 23: U.S. Futsal Head Coach Keith Tozer’s 12-man squad kick off the 2007 Pan-American Games on Monday, July 23, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a match against Argentina. 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. 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

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

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., (schedule) 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 YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN TUESDAY: Pizza Hut Park will host the 2007 US Youth Soccer National Championships from Tuesday, July 24 through Sunday, July 29. The tournament will consist of four national finalists, teams that won their respective regional championship, in the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups for boys and girls. The 48 teams have advanced through the first two legs of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series where more than 10,000 teams began the journey at their US Youth Soccer State Championships. State champions advanced to the regional competition, which ended on July 4, where more than 900 teams played in one of four regions. The national championship field consists of these regional champions. The complete 2007 US Youth Soccer National Championships schedule as well as game scores and highlights are available at: http://Championships.USYouthsoccer.org.

US CLUB SOCCER NATIONAL CUP VI FINALS UNDERWAY: US Club Soccer’s 2007 National Cup VI Finals are underway as national championships will be awarded in Boys’ U-15 through U-17 Super Group and Premier divisions on Tuesday, July 24 at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C. The Girls’ U-15 through U-17 National Cup VI Finals will also be held at Bryan Park on July 28-31, while the Boys’ & Girls’ U-12 though U-14 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. U-21 WNT forward Kiki Bosio proved to be quite the super sub as the U-21s compete at the Nordic Cup in Finland. Bosio came into the squads two group matches as a substitute and went on to score the lone goal in the 1-0 victories against Norway and Sweden. The U-21 Women face Germany on Tuesday, July 24, in the tournament final.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The third round of the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup ended on Wednesday, July 18, with CD Chivas USA falling, 1-3, to the Seattle Sounders. While that result alone may not be shocking, it is when added to the four other games that saw a USL club defeat an MLS team. It is the first time since MLS clubs joined the tournament that the majority of the quarterfinalists hail from the USL, as only three MLS teams, out of eight, will play on Aug. 7 / 8.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: With the USA’s 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup roster set, the WNT will take on Japan at 7 p.m. PT on Saturday, July 28, at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Fans can watch the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS or follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “I'm on a freaking billboard. We're all posing like rock stars.”
-- U.S. WNT forward Natasha Kai on the billboard of the U.S. WNT in Times Square.




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