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U.S. Soccer Wire: Sept. 28, 2009


U-20 MNT LOOKS AHEAD TO CAMEROON AFTER DEFEAT TO GERMANY;
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR FINAL FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER IN WASHINGTON D.C.;
U.S. WNT CLAIM TOP SPOT IN FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD RANKINGS  

U.S. U-20 MNT LOOKS TO REBOUND AGAINST CAMEROON AFTER 3-0 DEFEAT TO GERMANY: The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team looks to rebound from a 3-0 loss to Germany when they take on Cameroon on Sept. 29, in their second Group C match of the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt. Cameroon sit tied for first place in the group with three points after defeating Korea Republic in their opening game. The U.S. team can seize the opportunity to draw level with Cameroon with a win and catapult themselves right back into contention for qualifying for the next round of the tournament. Both of the USA’s final two group games will kick off at 6:45 p.m. local time (12:45 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow both games live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. U-20 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn, Ga.), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas; Middleton, Wis.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Gale Agbossoumonde (Miami FC; Syracuse, N.Y.), Kyle Davies (FC Dallas; Danville, Calif.), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), Ike Opara (Wake Forest; Durham, N.C.), Sheanon Williams (Unattached; Boston, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin, Miami), Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek; Oslo, Norway), Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge; Richardson, Texas), Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA; Los Angeles), Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Michael Stephens (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (3): Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas; Rockford, Ill.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas; College Station, Texas), Tony Taylor (Jacksonville; Jacksonville, Fla.) 

U.S. U-20 MNT 2009 World Cup Schedule
Date        Opponent                              Time/Result                    TV/Goal Scorer(s)                       Venue
Sept. 26  Germany                                0-3 L                              --                                              Mubarek Stadium; Suez, Egypt
Sept. 29  Cameroon                              12:45 p.m. ET                 ESPN2, Galavision                      Mubarek Stadium; Suez, Egypt
Oct. 2     Korea Republic                        12:45 p.m. ET                 ESPN2, Galavision                      Mubarek Stadium; Suez, Egypt 

ussoccer.com’s U-20 MNT Coverage: Sept. 22 – 28

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR OCT. 14 QUALIFIER IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AS U.S. MNT CONTINUES QUALIFICATION FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: Tickets for the U.S. Men's National Team's final home qualifier of the 2010 FIFA World Cup cycle are on sale now at ussoccer.com. The USA will take on Costa Rica on Oct. 14 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. in the last game of the final round of qualifying. The United States has a perfect 8-0-0 record in home qualifiers and will try to keep up the run as they meet Los Ticos in what could be a deciding game for a place in the World Cup. After eight games, the U.S. sits in first place of the six-team group with 16 points on the strength of a 5-2-1 record. The U.S. has clinched a top four position, which guarantees at least a playoff with the fifth-place team from South America for a place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. will have a chance to clinch one of the top three places and earn an automatic berth to the World Cup when it faces Honduras on Oct. 10 at 10 p.m. ET at Estadio Olímpico in San Pedro Sula. Currently four points ahead of fourth place Costa Rica, if the U.S. earns as many as or more points than Costa Rica earns hosting Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 10, the U.S. would clinch at least third place and one of the three automatic berths. 

Hexagonal Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

United States

8

5

2

1

14

9

+5

16

Mexico

8

5

3

0

11

8

+3

15

Honduras

8

4

3

1

14

8

+6

13

Costa Rica

8

4

4

0

9

13

-4

12

El Salvador

8

2

4

2

8

10

-2

8

Trinidad & Tobago

8

1

5

2

8

16

-8

5


U.S.
Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule
Date Opponent Time / Result TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue; City
Jan. 24 Sweden 3-2 W Kljestan (3) The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Feb. 11 Mexico* 2-0 W Bradley (2) Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
March 28 El Salvador* 2-2 T Altidore, Hejduk Estadio Cuscatlán; San Salvador, El Salvador
April 1 Trinidad & Tobago* 3-0 W Altidore (3) LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
June 3 Costa Rica* 1-3 L Donovan Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica
June 6 Honduras* 2-1 W Donovan, Bocanegra Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
June 15 Italy # 1-3 L Donovan Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 18 Brazil # 0-3 L -- Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 21 Egypt # 3-0 W Davies, Bradley, Dempsey Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg
June 24 Spain # 2-0 W Altidore, Dempsey Free State Stadium; Mangaung/Bloemfontein
June 28 Brazil # 2-3 L Dempsey, Donovan Ellis Park; Johannesburg
July 4 Grenada ^ 4-0 W Adu, Holden, Rogers, Davies Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.
July 8 Honduras ^ 2-0 W Quaranta, Ching RFK Stadium; Washingon, D.C.
July 11 Haiti ^ 2-2 T Arnaud, Holden Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
July 18 Panama ^ 2-1 W (OT) Beckerman, Cooper Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa.
July 23 Honduras ^ 2-0 W Goodson, Cooper Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
July 26 Mexico ^ 0-5 L -- Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.
Aug. 12 Mexico* 1-2 L Davies Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico
Sept. 5 El Salvador* 2-1 W Dempsey, Altidore Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* 1-0 W Clark Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
Oct. 10 Honduras* 10 p.m. ET TBD Estadio Olímpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* TBD ESPN2/Galavision RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Sept. 22 - 28

COMEDIAN DREW CAREY JOINS TEAM TO BRING FIFA WORLD CUP TO UNITED STATES IN 2018 OR 2022: Comedic actor Drew Carey, host of “The Price is Right” on CBS, has formally accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its endeavor to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. “There’s nothing but upside for soccer in America, and I think hosting another World Cup will show the world more evidence of that,” said Carey.  “Everyone involved in the USA Bid has a passion for soccer, a passion for winning and success.  You can tell that in the effort that’s being put into this campaign, which is why I’m excited to be a part of it.” 

U.S. WOMEN HOLD TOP SPOT IN FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD RANKINGS: The U.S. Women’s National Team held strong in first place in the latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings released earlier this week, but Germany has moved past Brazil into the second spot on the heels of its dominating triumph at the recently completed European Women’s Championships in Finland. The subtle shift means that the world’s top-two ranked teams according to FIFA will clash on October 29, in Augsburg, Germany as the Americans travel to face the Germans on their home soil for the first time since 2000. 

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Sept. 22 – 28

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE – 

U.S. U-17 MNT TOP CHELSEA FC ACADEMY U-17 3-1 IN COBHAM, ENGLAND: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team defeated Chelsea FC Academy U-17 in Cobham, England, on Saturday, Sept. 23. The game is part of an international training camp which runs until Sept. 30 and will serve as part of final preparations for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria. The trip will also include an international friendly against Gambia on Sept. 27, and a friendly against Arsenal Academy on Sept. 30. 

U.S. U-17 Training Camp Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Earl Edwards (Nomads SC; San Diego), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle)
DEFENDERS (7): Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Boyd Okwuonu (Celtic Green; Edmond, Okla.), Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy; Lincoln, Neb.), Jared Watts (North Meck SC; Statesville, N.C.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Duncanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif), William Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier FC; Battleground, Wash.), Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.)
FORWARDS (7): Juan Agudelo (N.Y. Red Bulls Academy; Barnegat, N.J.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Alfred Koroma (Solar SC; Arlington, Texas), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gottschee; Huntington, N.Y.) 

ESPN TO PROVIDE COVERAGE OF ALL 52 2009 FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP MATCHES: ESPN360.com, ESPN2, ESPN Classic and ESPN, will combine to present live coverage of all 52 matches of the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup from five cities in Egypt Thursday, Sept. 24 through Friday, Oct. 16.   ESPN360.com will show all matches, ESPN2 will air six matches, and ESPN will televise the title match Friday, Oct. 16, at 1:50 p.m. from Cairo International Stadium. ESPN2 will air the U.S.’s final two group matches against Cameroon on Sept. 29 at 12:45 p.m. ET and Korea Republic on Oct. 2 at 12:45 p.m. ET. 

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION– 

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR THE FINAL DRAW OF FIFA 2010 WORLD CUP TO START ON OCT. 1, 2009: FIFA is pleased to announce that the accreditation process for media representatives who intend to cover the Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ in Cape Town will start on Oct. 1, 2009 via the FIFA Media Channel (http://media.fifa.com). The deadline for accreditation applications is October 30, 2009. The draw event will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa on Dec. 4, 2009. Media related information for the draw, i.e. media accommodation, media facilities and activities throughout the draw week will be published on the FIFA Media Channel. Thereafter, the applicant’s information will be subject to a review process by FIFA, the Organizing Committee for the FIFA World Cup™ as well as the mandatory security screening conducted by the South African National Intelligence Agency. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail.  

U.S. PARALYMPIC SOCCER NATIONAL TEAM SET FOR 2009 CPISRA INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer National Team is set to attend the 2009 CPISRA Football 7-a-Side International Championships with head coach Jay Hoffman naming a squad of 12 players for the tournament in Arnhem, Netherlands. The competition, which serves as the 2009 world championship in paralympic soccer, will take place from Oct. 20 to Nov. 1 and feature 14 teams from around the world. 

U.S. Paralympic Soccer National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPER (1): Keith Johnson (Houston)
DEFENDERS (4): Chris Ahrens (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Chad Jones (Virginia Beach, Va.), Jason Slemons (Seattle)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Adam Ballou (Virginia Beach, Va.), Nick Creasey (Richmond, Va.), Tom Latsch (Euclid, Ohio), Josh McKinney (Cary, N.C.), Moises Morales (Chula Vista, Calif.), Tyler Penn (Manchester, N.H.)
FORWARD (1): Marthell Vazquez (Long Beach, Calif.) 

U.S. SOCCER AND EA SPORTS LAUNCH FREE ONLINE SOCCER RESOURCE: EA SPORTS and U.S. Soccer have teamed up to introduce EA SPORTS Interactive Training, a free, online tutorial that uses EA SPORTS technology to help train the soccer stars of the future. This interactive resource, available at www.EASPORTSinteractivetraining.com employs the EA SPORTS soccer game engine to illustrate U.S. Soccer’s coaching book “Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States” which serves as the sport’s definitive player development guidelines. John Hackworth, U.S. Soccer Development Academy Technical Director and U.S. Men’s National Team Assistant Coach introduces each video segment with expert coaching advice for players ages 8-12 and their coaches to help them improve real-world technique. 

A FIFA WORLD CUP IN THE USA? YOU CAN HELP MAKE IT A REALITY!: The USA Bid Committee is working diligently on a bid to try to secure the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup™ in either 2018 or 2022. As part of the bid’s efforts, it launched goUSAbid.com to serve as the nerve center for all of its initiatives and communications. The bid’s campaign theme, “The Game is in US” is the call to action for soccer fans across the country, regardless of their club and country loyalties, to get behind the effort to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States. Show your support for the cause by visiting goUSAbid.com and adding your name to the online petition. Help us bring the greatest sporting event in the globe to the United States and show the world that “The Game is in US.” 

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools for A, B and C License Courses on Jan. 2-10, 2010, in California, Florida and a West Coast location yet to be determined. The National “A” License course will take place at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., and The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  The National “B” and “C” License courses will be offered at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., and at a West Coast location to be announced.  

COACHESNET INSIDER: CoachesNet caught up with U.S. Under-14 Girls' National Team head coach Mike Dickey during their recent training camp in Carson, Calif. For this CoachesNet Insider edition, Coach Dickey shows us his training journal the team used for the week long camp.

US YOUTH SOCCER ODP THANKSGIVING AND WINTER INTERREGIONAL EVENTS ANNOUNCED: The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Interregional events are set for November and December for elite level boys and girls seeking identification and development opportunities. US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional event is scheduled for Nov. 22-27 in Coral Springs, Fla., and Boys for Nov. 27-30 in Orlando, Fla. The US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Winter Interregional event is scheduled for Dec. 27-29 in Jackson, Miss., and Boys for Dec. 27-30 in Orlando, Fla.  US Youth Soccer ODP Girls will feature Under-14 through Under-16 age groups during the Thanksgiving Interregional and Under-17 and 19 age groups during the Winter Interregional. U.S. Under-15 Girls National Team will train and compete against US Youth Soccer ODP during the Thanksgiving Interregional. US Youth Soccer ODP Boys will feature players born in 1995 and 1996 during the Thanksgiving Interregional in Orlando and 1993 and 1994 during the Winter Interregional. U.S. Under-14 Boys National Development Program will feature two teams (Grey and Blue) training and competing against US Youth Soccer ODP during the Thanksgiving Interregional. Visit www.USYouthSoccer.org for more information. 

2009–2010 US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL LEAGUE SEASON KICKS OFF IN DECEMBER: Entering its third season, the US Youth Soccer National League today announces the 2009–2010 season schedule featuring some of the top teams in the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Girls and Boys age groups. League play kicks off with girls' games Dec. 3-6 in College Station, Texas, followed by boys' games Dec. 10-13 in Wilson, N.C.  Both kickoff events will be held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's and Men's College Cups to provide greater exposure to collegiate coaches. Over the course of the 2009-2010 season, the League will play at top venues across the country including games at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex (Fla.), Bettye Wilson Fields (Nev.), and Wilson Gillette Soccer Complex (N.C.).  The League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues.  The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development and opportunities for exposure at the next level.  In addition to recruiting opportunities, National League teams compete for the league title and two slots per gender age group to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships.  Visit www.USYouthSoccer.org for more information. 

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: In a matchup of two top MLS sides, the Columbus Crew came out with a 2-0 home victory against the Los Angeles Galaxy before a sellout crowd on Saturday night. The Crew pushed their home unbeaten streak to 16-6-0 and are poised at the top of the Supporters’ Shield standings with 46 points and a game in hand over closest rival Houston, who has 43 points.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team takes on Cameroon U-20 in Suez, Egypt in its second game of the FIFA 2009 U-20 World Cup on Sept. 29. The match will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision at 12:45 p.m. ET and fans can follow on MatchTracker at ussoccer.com and at www.twitter.com/ussoccer.

SOCCER SHOCKER: News from Madrid tells us there is a wizard doing his best to thwart Real Madrid CF and their star player, Cristiano Ronaldo. The mischievous magician has informed the club he has cast a spell on the Portuguese winger that will keep him on the sidelines for a majority of the season. However, this not the first time the wizard has contacted the Spanish club, as he made similar threats in 2003 and 2006 against other key players at the club.

QUOTABLE: “At that point, it was almost humorous. We had been through so much that we felt we could handle anything. As more adversity came our way, our group just got tighter and tighter, and thank goodness for Christie Rampone. She is a great leader.”
--Sky Blue FC and Women’s National Team midfielder Heather O’Reilly on the her WPS season and Sky Blue teammate, captain and coach Christie Rampone

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