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U.S. Soccer Wire: Jan. 19, 2010


U.S. MNT FACE HONDURAS THIS SATURDAY JAN. 23 AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER.;
USA BID COMMITTEE CONFIRMS 18 CITIES TO BE INCLUDED IN BID TO HOST FIFA WORLD CUP IN 2018 OR 2022;
U.S. U-20 WNT IN GUATEMALA AHEAD OF CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP  

U.S. MNT OPEN 2010 SCHEDULE WITH FRIENDLY AGAINST HONDURAS AT THE HDC: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley is in charge of 28 players that gathered on Jan. 4 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center. The annual camp, held in January for players in their offseason, is comprised largely of a domestic-based group that includes 25 players who ply their trade in the United States. Major League Soccer is well represented, with 13 of 16 clubs contributing players to the camp in Carson, Calif. The group is preparing for the USA’s first match of 2010, a friendly against fellow FIFA World Cup finalists Honduras on Jan. 23 at The Home Depot Center. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision beginning at 6 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at www.twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. MNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kevin Hartman (Kansas City), Troy Perkins (Valerenga), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Zach Thornton (Chivas USA)
DEFENDERS (9): Kevin Alston (New England Revolution), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Brandon McDonald (San Jose Earthquakes), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (4): Justin Braun (Chivas USA), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)

EL SALVADOR AND NETHERLANDS ON TAP FOR U.S. MEN:  The United States will face El Salvador on Feb. 24 in Tampa, Fla., in their second-to-last match before naming the roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Raymond James Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and TeleFutura.  The match in Florida will be followed by a friendly against third-ranked Netherlands on March 3 in Amsterdam which will be broadcast by ESPN2 and Galavision at 2:30 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the games live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at www.twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Jan. 12 – Jan. 19

USA BID COMMITTEE NAMES 18 CITIES INCLUDED IN BID FOR FIFA WORLD CUP: The USA Bid Committee has concluded its eight-month host city selection process and announced the list of cities that will be included in its official bid book to FIFA to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. Eighteen cities – the maximum allowable by FIFA – have been identified as official host cities and will be included in the formal bid book that the USA Bid Committee will submit to FIFA on May 14, 2010. These 18 cities represent the entire country in the national bid and will continue working with the USA Bid Committee both on the development and promotion of their local and national campaigns during the next 10 months leading up to FIFA’s final decision, scheduled for Dec. 2, 2010. The cities will also participate in the planning of the site visits that will be made by a technical delegation from FIFA expected to take place in September 2010.

USA Bid Final Cities for Inclusion in Bid Book to FIFA for 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup and Related Stadiums
(In alphabetical order)
Metro Market/City Stadium Estimated Capacity
for FIFA World Cup
Atlanta Georgia Dome 70,868
Baltimore M & T Bank Stadium 71,008
Boston Gillette Stadium 73,393
Dallas Cowboys Stadium
Cotton Bowl
91,600
89,000
Denver INVESCO Field 75,165
Houston Reliant Stadium 76,000
Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium 66,500
Kansas City Arrowhead Stadium 75,364
Los Angeles Rose Bowl
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
89,000
93,607
Miami Land Shark Field 80,240
Nashville LP Field 75,000
New York/New Jersey New Meadowlands Stadium 84,046
Philadelphia Lincoln Financial Field 69,111
Phoenix/Glendale University of Phoenix Stadium 71,362
San Diego Qualcomm Stadium 67,700
Seattle Qwest Field
Husky Stadium
68,056
72,500
Tampa Raymond James Stadium 75,000
Washington, D.C. FedEx Field 89,690

U.S. U-20 WNT ARRIVE IN GUATEMALA FOR CONCACAF U-20 WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team has arrived in Guatemala City, Guatemala for the CONCACAF qualifying tournament being held Jan. 19-30. The 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship is an eight-team tournament that will send three nations to Germany. The qualifying matches will be played at the 17,000-seat Estadio Cementos Progreso. This is the first time a qualifying tournament for this age group has been held in Central America. The event will consist of two groups of four teams each with the top two finishers after group play crossing over into the semifinals. The reigning U-20 world champion USA is up against Jamaica (Jan. 21), Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 23) and Mexico (Jan. 25) in Group B.

Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adriana Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Taylor Vancil (Louisville; South Elgin, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Lucretia Lee (UCLA; Bothell, Wash.), Cami Levin (Stanford; Newport Coast, Calif.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Amber Brooks (UNC; New Hope, Pa.), Charney Burk (Portland; North Tuscan, Calif.), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues, Costa Mesa, Calif.), Katy Frierson (Auburn; Birmingham, Ala.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpion SC; Hanson, Mass.), Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska; Raymore, Mo.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.)

U.S. U-20 WNT CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship Schedule
Date           Opponent                     Time (ET)   TV/Video                                            Venue
Jan. 21       Jamaica                        5:30 p.m.    Fox Soccer Channel/CONCACAF.com    Estadio Cementos Progreso
Jan. 23       Trinidad & Tobago       5:30 p.m.    CONCACAF.com                                  Estadio Cementos Progreso
Jan. 25       Mexico                         5:30 p.m.    CONCACAF.com                                 Estadio Cementos Progreso

WATCH THE U-20 WNT QUALIFYING GAMES LIVE ON CONCACAF.COM: U.S. Soccer fans will have the opportunity to watch all of the U.S. Under-20 WNT games during the CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship in Guatemala live via streaming video at CONCACAF.com. This is the first time a continental confederation has offered free comprehensive live coverage of a youth tournament online, and the service is free with fans simply required to register on the site. All 16 games will be available live at CONCACAF.com's video portal, CONCACAF TV, and will also be viewable on-demand at the same location shortly after the conclusion of each match.

  ussoccer.com’s U-20 WNT Coverage – Jan. 12 – Jan. 19

U.S. WNT JANUARY CAMP IN PROGRESS WITH SIGHTS SET ON ALGARVE CUP: U.S. Women’s National Team has convened at The Home Depot Center for an extended 20-day training camp in Carson, Calif., running through Feb. 4. The USA will get the unique opportunity to scrimmage the Korea Republic Women’s National Team twice during the camp, on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. In addition, the camp will give Sundhage a final look at the core of her current player pool before selecting an 18-player roster for the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal. The USA has been grouped this year with Iceland, Norway and Sweden in the tournament that will run from Feb. 24 through March 3, a week earlier than it is traditionally staged. Germany, Finland, China and Denmark will also be participating. The matches in Portugal will be the first international games of the year for the U.S. women, who went 7-0-1 in 2009 and currently sit atop the FIFA Women’s World Rankings.

U.S. Roster By Position Full Roster Listing
GOALKEEPERS (4)
: Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jillian Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (9): Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Stephanie Cox (Los Angeles Sol), Nikki Krzysik (Philadelphia Independence), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (UConn), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (Atlanta Beat), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (7): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Alex Morgan (California), Casey Nogueira (Los Angeles Sol), Kelley O’Hara (FC Gold Pride), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-23 WNT LOSE AND TIE AGAINST KOREA REPUBLIC: The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will finish up a seven-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. on Jan. 19. The camp featured two matches against the senior national team of the Korea Republic. The U-23s lost 2-0 on Jan. 16 and then drew 0-0 in a windy match played on artificial turf on Jan. 18. The South Koreans are in Los Angeles for three weeks of training and will also face the full U.S. WNT on Jan. 21 and Jan. 24 at The HDC. The U-23s will come together next for a domestic training camp in March at a site still to be determined.

U-20 MNT ROSTER SET FOR COPA CHIVAS TOURNAMENT IN GUADALAJARA: U.S. U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen has finalized a 20-player roster that will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico, to compete in the 2010 Copa Chivas tournament. The team will play first round games in Group B of the tournament with Brazil, and clubs from Atlas, Pachuca, Saprissa and Tigres. The U.S. will travel to Guadalajara on Jan. 20 and return to their clubs and colleges on Jan. 31. The roster includes four professionals, including three who were recently chosen by Major League Soccer teams in the recent MLS SuperDraft. Amobi Okugo and Jack McInerney were both first-round picks by the Philadelphia Union, while defender Zac Herold will join third-year pro Fuad Ibrahim at Toronto FC. Rongen’s two goalkeepers include a pair of FIFA U-17 World Cup veterans in Zac MacMath, who started two games at the 2007 event in Korea Republic, and Earl Edwards, who went the distance in all four games in Nigeria 2009. Edwards, now enrolled at UCLA, will be joined by 10 of his teammates from the 2009 event in Guadalajara, including McInerney and Herold. 

Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Earl Edwards (UCLA; San Diego, Calif.), Zac MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Bryan Gallego (NY Red Bulls; Kinnelon, N.J.), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Zach Herold (Toronto FC; Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Akron; Indianapolis, Ind.), Emilio Orozco (Rampage FC; Oxnard, Calif.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):  Marlon Duran (Latino Americano; Duncanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC; Richfield, Minn.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif.), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier; Battleground, Wash.)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (NY Red Bulls Academy; Barneget, N.J.), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simon Island, Ga.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union; Alpharetta, Ga.)

40 PLAYERS SET FOR SPRING SEMESTER AT U.S. U-17 MNT RESIDENCY PROGRAM: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera has finalized the 40 players for the Spring 2010 semester of U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. All of the players were born in 1994 or 1995, and are age-eligible for the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship and the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. Cabrera and his staff welcome back 14 players who were part of the program in the Fall 2009 semester and trained with players from the previous cycle. An additional six players joined the team as part of a mini-camp that concluded with the Nike International Friendlies in December.

Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Santiago Castano (NY Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Wade Hamilton (Arsenal FC; Murietta, Calif.), Kendall McIntosh (Mustang SC; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo Juniors; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (13): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas Juniors; Plano, Texas), Ive Burnett (Central Jackson Soccer; Brandon, Miss.), Russell Canouse (NY Red Bulls Academy; Lancaster, Pa.), Andrew Chang (Sockers FC; Highland Park, Ill.), Jerome Cristobal (Derby County Wolves; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Holden Fender (North Atlanta SA; Marietta, Ga.), Carlos Grande (Central California Blues; Bakersfield, Calif.), Sagar Jambusaria (West Coast FC; San Clemente, Calif.), Riggs Lennon (Sereno SC; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Alessandro Mion (Miami FC Kendall; Miami, Fla.), Marc Pelosi (DeAnza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Columbus Crew Academy; Amherst, Ohio),
MIDFIELDERS (13): Joe Amon (South Carolina United FC; Summerville, S.C.), Atsou Ayah (Fusion FC; Tampa, Fla.), Bryan Celis (Houston Dynamo Juniors; Houston, Texas), Irvin Gijon (Players Club; Las Vegas, Nev.), Eric Gonzalez (LA Galaxy; Corona, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Brody Hickey (Dallas Texans; Plano, Texas), Ryan Masch (DeAnza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Oscar Ortega (Aztecs Premier; San Ysidro, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (FC DELCO; Dresher, Penn.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Kristian Scott (Bristol City FC; Winterbourne, U.K.)
FORWARDS (9): Martin Arrieta (LAFC Chelsea; Pasadena, Calif.), Nicko Corriveau (Bethesda SC; Potomac, Md.), Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire; Clinton, Miss.), James Haupt (Everest SC; Canton, Ohio), Darius Madison (PSC Cobra; Philadelphia, Pa.), Adam Najem (NY Red Bulls Academy; Clifton, N.J.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Esteban Rodriguez (LAFC Chelsea; Palmdale, Calif.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)

U.S. U-17 WNT HEADS TO FLORIDA TO PLAY THREE MATCHES AGAINST GERMANY: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team opens its World Cup year with a training camp in Sunrise, Fla., from Jan. 27-Feb. 6. U.S. head coach Kaz Tambi will bring 24 players to Florida  for three matches against the German U-17s. The U.S. U-17s played Germany three times in January of 2009, losing two and tying one, but that German team was a year older than the USA. The upcoming games pit players in the same age group, born mostly in 1993 and 1994, that hope to be representing their countries at the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago.

Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberline (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (8): Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado; Denver, Colo.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Sarah Molina (Cleveland FC; Rocky River, Ohio), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carson Pickett (Ponte Vedra Storm; Spartanburg, S.C.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson SC; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; Saint Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Cassandra Pecht (Baltimore Bays; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Havana Salaun (KYX Kicks Elite; Gainesville, Fla.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (3): Annie Kunz (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Kylie McCarthy (San Diego Surf; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.)

U-14 BNT IN GUADALAJARA FOR LONE INTERNATIONAL TRIP OF 2010:  U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Manny Schellscheidt is with 36 players in Guadalajara, Mexico, from Jan. 17-24 for the team’s only international trip of 2010. The roster is made up exclusively of players born in 1996, an age group that began training with Schellscheidt in November last year. Returning from the team’s trip to Disney World last fall are 28 players who competed at a U.S. Youth Soccer event. In Guadalajara, Schellscheidt has split the team in two to compete against local youth sides and train every day. The roster includes 14 players who play for Development Academy clubs, but only three players are part of the Development Academy system, playing against older players born mostly in 1994: Vernon Bailey (FC Dallas Juniors), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas Juniors) and Elijah Martin (Cal Odyssey).

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Gianni Carillo (FC Westchester; Pine Bush, N.Y.), Paul Christensen (Washington Premier FC; Woodinville, Wash.)  Andrew Epstein (Fort Collins; Fort Collins, Colo.), Andrew Ferber (Mustang SC; Danville, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Vernon Bailey (FC Dallas Juniors; Duncanville, Texas), Omar Castro (Plant City Area Soccer Club; Plant City, Fla.), Fischer Gallinger (Washington Premier FC; Gig Harbor, Wash.), Eric Holt (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Carter Manley (Bethesda SC; Elkridge, Md.), Jack Menard (Bavarian SC, Milwaukee, Wis.), Esteban Reyes (San Juan Lightning; San Marcos, Calif.), Jeffrey Rhodes (Westside United SC; Brownsburg, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (13): Ivan Alvarado (Dallas Texans; Ft. Worth, Texas), Corey Baird (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Samuel Brown (Derby County Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Michael Clemmons (CASL Chelsea FC; Raleigh, N.C.), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas Juniors; Plano, Texas), Patrick Khouri (Daniel Island; 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.), William Stevens (HBC; New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Brandon Tetro (PDA; Marlboro, N.J.)
FORWARDS (11): Adonis Amaya (West Coast FC, Westminster, Calif.), Jorge Calix (Team America; Alexandria, Va.), James Ellis, Jr. (United Junkyard Dogs, Chesapeake, Va.), Oscar Martinez (FC Golden State; South Gate, Calif.), John Requejo Jr. (Santa Barbara SC; Carpinteria, Calif.), DeAndre Robinson (Gwinnet SA; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Rubio Rubin (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Bruno Scodari (Olney Boys and Girls Club; Silver Springs Md.), Alejandro Segovia (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Austin Stamey (Highland FC; Arden, N.C.), Rolando Velazquez (Eugene Metro FC; Junction, Ore.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

THOMAS DOOLEY AND PREKI RADOSAVLJEVIC NAMED TO NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME: Preki Radosavljevic, Major League Soccer’s only two-time MVP, and Thomas Dooley, the 1993 U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year, have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2010 on the Player ballot. Dooley, eligible on the Player ballot for the last time, was named on 71 percent of the ballots, while Radosavljevic was named on 68 percent of the ballots. A Player must be named on 66.7 percent of the selection committee’s ballots to earn election. The two players were both members of the 1998 U.S. FIFA World Cup team, and the European-born duo started back-to-back MLS All-Star games together in 1998-1999.

BE OFFICIAL: While there's nothing like cheering on the U.S. Men's National Team in person, we want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience even if you’re not going to be in Carson, California on Saturday, so we've got the next best spot: an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be at The Home Depot Center, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters, wear 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.  U.S. Soccer would also like to welcome the newest Official U.S. Soccer Bar location - Claddagh Irish Pub in Livonia, MI.  Have a local watering hole that you would like to see as an Official U.S. Soccer Bar?  Provide your comments on the Official U.S. Bar Forum.

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just over 10 months to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, 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 State's bid for the FIFA World Cup™ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

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.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: For their years of service in the U.S. Men’s National Team shirt and around the pitches of MLS, Thomas Dooley and Preki have been named to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, an apt tribute to two careers that began in the 1990s and continue to be a part of the soccer landscape in the U.S. today.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Honduras on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision and fans can follow online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and www.twitter.com/ussoccer.

QUOTABLE: “The type of experiences this group has says a lot about the development of the players and of the depth and the talent in our country. You’re obviously building a team and I think that it’s good to have a variety because you have the energy and excitement of the new players, you have the former Under-17 players with something to finish coming off their silver medal in 2008 and then you’ve got the two players that have been through the journey. So I think all in all, it’s a good group.” –U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Jill Ellis on her positive outlook for the team in Guatemala at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship

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