U.S. Soccer Wire: March 22, 2010
FIFA RELEASES ROSTER REGULATIONS FOR 2010 WORLD CUP ;
U.S. WNT READY TO KICKOFF DOMESTIC TWO-GAME SERIES AGAINST MEXICO ON SAT.;
U.S. U-17 WNT TAKE THIRD PLACE AT 2010 CONCACAF U-17 WOMENâ€™S CHAMPIONSHIPÂ Â
FIFA RELEASES AMMENDED 2010 WORLD CUP ROSTER RULES:Â FIFA has issued the rules regarding the rosters and submission deadlines for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which are slightly amended from previous World Cups.Â For this tournament, teams must submit a preliminary list of 30 players by May 11.Â The final list of 23 players must be delivered to FIFA by June 1, and those players must come from the 30-man preliminary roster.Â Once again, teams must include three goalkeepers.Â From June 1 on, a player may be replaced due to injury up to 24 hours prior to a teamâ€™s first match. In this case, the replacement player is not required to come from the 30-man preliminary list.Â
U.S. WOMEN SET TO KICKOFF TWO-GAME SERIES AGAINST MEXICO AT TORERO STADIUM: U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 24 players to a training camp that starts Wednesday ahead of their domestic two-game series against Mexico. The first match will be on March 28 at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego with kick off at 2 p.m. PT and will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en EspaÃ±ol. Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, the home of reigning Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake will host the second match on March 31 at 7 p.m. MT which will be televised live on ESPN2. Fans can follow both matches online via ussoccer.com MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.
U.S. WNT Roster by Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Chicago Red Stars), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (St. Louis Athletica), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather Oâ€™Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars) FORWARDS (6): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (California), Casey Nogueira (Chicago Red Stars), Kelley Oâ€™Hara (FC Gold Pride), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)
CLEVELAND TO PLAY HOST USA VERSUS GERMANY ON MAY 22: The U.S. Women's National Team will face Germany on May 22 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, as the worldâ€™s top two womenâ€™s soccer nations meet on American soil for the first time since the 2003 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup. The match will kick off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. The game in Cleveland is the second match of a home-and-home series between the two international powers. In the first contest, played Oct. 29, 2009, in Augsburg, Germany, Abby Wambach's goal gave the Americans a narrow 1-0 victory in front of an enthusiastic German crowd. Germany will host the 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup from June 26 through July 17 in nine German cities.
ussoccer.comâ€™s WNT Coverage â€“ March 16 â€“ March 22
- Tickets: USA vs. Mexico, March 28 | USA vs. Mexico, March 31 | USA vs. Germany, May 22
- WNT Blog | U.S. Soccer on TwitterÂ
FIFA RELEASES AMMENDED 2010 WORLD CUP ROSTER RULES:Â FIFA has issued the rules regarding the rosters and submission deadlines for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which are slightly amended from previous World Cups.Â For this tournament, teams must submit a preliminary list of 30 players by May 11.Â The final list of 23 players must be delivered to FIFA by June 1, and those players must come from the 30-man preliminary roster.Â Once again, teams must include three goalkeepers.Â From June 1 on, a player may be replaced due to injury up to 24 hours prior to a teamâ€™s first match. In this case, the replacement player is not required to come from the 30-man preliminary list.Â U.S. U-17 WNT TAKE THIRD PLACE AT 2010 CONCACAF U-17 WOMENâ€™S CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. U-17 Womenâ€™s National Team rebounded to take third place at the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Womenâ€™s Championship by defeating Costa Rica 6-0 on Saturday afternoon. Although missing out on the 2010 FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup due to a heartbreaking penalty kick defeat to Canada in the semifinals, the USA came out with excellent energy and managed to score three goals in each half against the low-pressure defense. Kaysie Clark, Kaili Torres and Olivia Brannon scored before the break while Lindsey Horan, Isabel Farrell and Morgan Brian tallied in the second half. The U.S. finished the tournament with an astounding +38 goal differential but it was not enough to see them through to the Womenâ€™s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago as only the top two teams from the CONCACAF region qualify for the tournament which takes place later this year.
U.S. U-17 WNT Results
VenueÂ Â March 10
Â 9-0 W
Â Doll, Smith (2), Roccaro, Brian, Horan (4)
Â Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium Â March 12
Â Cayman Islands
Â 13-0 W
Â Horan (2), Brian (3), Torres, Solaun (3), Clark, Farrell (2), Smith
Â Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium Â March 14
Â Costa Rica
Â 10-0 W
Â Smith (3), Doll, Horan (2), Torres, Gonzalez, Brian
Â Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium Â March 18
Â 0-0 T (3-5 PKs)
Â Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium Â March 20
Â Costa RicaÂ
Â 6-0 W
Â Clark, Torres, Brannon, Horan, Farrell, Brian
Â Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium
ussoccer.comâ€™s U-17 WNT Coverage â€“ March 16 â€“ March 22
- U-17 WNT 6, Costa Rica 0: Report | Quotes
- U-17 WNT 0, Canada 0 (3-5 PKs): Report | Quotes
- Highlights: U-17 WNT 9, Haiti 0 | U-17 WNT 13, Cayman Islands 0 | U-17 WNT 10, Costa Rica 0 | U-17 WNT 0, Canada 0 (3-5 pk) | U-17 WNT 6, Costa Rica 0
- Features: Postcard: Kaysie Clark | Lindsey Horan: Wonâ€™t Shy Away From Goals
- Â YNT Blog | Gifts for HomeÂ
U.S. TO MEET AUSTRALIA ON JUNE 5 IN ROODEPOORT, SOUTH AFRICA: The United States will play Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort, South Africa, one week before playing its first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Ruimsig Stadium in suburban Johannesburg is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.
U.S. TO FACE CZECH REPUBLIC AND TURKEY IN SEND-OFF SERIES FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: The U.S. Men's National Team will face two of the traditionally stronger teams from Europe in the Czech Republic and Turkey in the Send-Off Series prior to departing for South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The USA will meet the Czech Republic on May 25 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., at 8 p.m. ET before playing its final home tune-up match against Turkey on May 29 in Philadelphia. The game in Hartford will be broadcast live on ESPN and Galavision, while kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field is set for 2 p.m. ET, with ESPN2 and Galavision providing the television broadcast. Fans can also follow the matches live on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.
ussoccer.comâ€™s MNT Coverage â€“ March 16 â€“ March 22
- Video: USA vs. Netherlands: Behind the Scenes
- Tickets: USA vs. Czech Republic | USA vs. Turkey
- MNT Blog | U.S. Soccer on TwitterÂ
ADDITIONAL USA FAN TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP MATCHES: U.S. Soccer has announced there will be an additional sales phase of 2010 FIFA World Cup tickets for matches involving the U.S. Menâ€™s National Team from Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. ET until April 7, 2010. While the June 12 match against England is sold out, there are still tickets available in the U.S. fan section for the other two group matches. With excitement building towards the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the organizers are making more tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability, for U.S. citizens and residents interested in sitting in USA fan sections.
â€“ U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE â€“
RONGEN SET TO BRING 20 TO DALLAS CUP: U.S. Under-20 Menâ€™s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has announced a 20-player team that will compete in the upcoming Dallas Cup. The group will come together on March 25 in Dallas, and will serve as the tournamentâ€™s opening game when facing Mexico on Sunday, March 28, in the stadium at Pizza Hut Park at 7 p.m. CT. As part of the Super Group, Rongenâ€™s squad will also face the Vancouver Whitecaps on March 29 at 2:30 p.m. CT and Eintrecht Frankfurt inside the stadium on March 31 at 6:30 p.m. CT. Tickets for all of the games can be purchased at dallascup.com. Joining the U.S. in Dallas will be a mix of youth national team veterans and newcomers, which include youth players and newly signed Francisco Navas Cobo from the Houston Dynamo and Tigresâ€™ Moises Orozco. Zac MacMath and Kofi Sarkodie who were teammates at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, while Will Packwood, Tyler Polak and Jared Watts played in the 2009 edition of the tournament. Dillon Powers and Amobi Okugo were part of the previous U-20 cycle, with Powers featuring for the U.S. at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup and Okugo part of the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.Â
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Justin Luthy (Boston College; Dublin, Ohio), Zac MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Chad Barson (Akron; Lewis Center, Ohio), Jesus Gonzalez (CZ Elite; Burbank, Calif.), Ian Hines-Ike (Chivas USA Academy; Littleton, Colo.), Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy; Lincoln, Neb.), Kofi Sarkodie (Akron; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Jared Watts (Wake Forest; Statesville, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Jose Altamirano (San Diego State; San Diego, Calif.), Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA Academy; Bell, Calif.), Ruben Gonzalez (Chivas USA; Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Will Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA Academy; Sylmar, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Will Bates (Virginia; Chester, Va.), Ryan Finley (Duke; Lumberton, N.J.), Francisco Navas Cobo (Houston Dynamo; Richmond, Texas), Moises Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.)
U.S. U-20 WNT GOES 1-1-1 IN FLORIDA FRIENDLIES IN PREPARATION FOR WORLD CUP: U.S. Under-20 Womenâ€™s National Team head coach Jill Ellis and 24 players played three friendlies Florida during a training camp in preparation for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup in Germany. The U.S. defeated the University of Florida 3-0 in their first match with a goal from Amber Brooks and two goals from Elizabeth Eddy. The teamâ€™s second match against WPS side Boston Breakers ended in a 2-2 draw with two goals from Kristie Mewis in each half. The U.S. rounded out their training camp with a 2-0 loss to the WPS expansion Atlanta Beat.Â The team will come together again in mid-April for its next training camp at The Home Depot Center.
U.S. U-20 WNT ResultsÂ
|Â March 15||Â University of FloridaÂ||Â 3-0 W||Â Brooks, Eddy (2)||Â Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium|
|Â March 17||Â Boston Breakers||Â 2-2 D||Â K. Mewis (2)||Â University of Florida|
|Â March 19||Â Atlanta Beat||Â 0-2 L||Â --||Â Flagler College|
U.S. U-17 WOMEN HEAD TO DALLAS CUP FOR TWO MATCHES AGAINST BRAZIL: The U.S. Under-17 Womenâ€™s National Team will be back in action for two matches against the Brazil Under-17 Womenâ€™s National Team at the annual Dallas Cup, playing in a featured match on April 3 at 6 p.m. at Pizza Hut Park and then again on April 5. Brazil recently won the South American qualifying tournament to earn its berth to the 2010 FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup in T&T. The USA missed out on a berth at the recently completed CONCACAF U-17 Womenâ€™s Championships in Costa Rica, falling to Canada in penalty kicks in the semifinal. Mike Dickey will be the head coach for the U.S. U-17s in Dallas with the same 20 players on the roster as represented the USA in Costa Rica. The exhibition against Brazil will benefit the â€œSusan G. Komen for the Cureâ€ cancer foundation. For more information, go to www.dallascup.com
U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (5): 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.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alex Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Cassie Pecht (Baltimore Bays; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (5): Jennifer Gonzalez (Arsenal FC; Alta Loma, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Havana Solaun (KYX Kicks Elite; Gainesville, Fla.), Taylor Smith (Solar Red; Ft. Worth, Texas), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Bays; Baltimore, Md.)
U-15 BOYS NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING CAMP WRAPS UP IN BRADENTON, FLA.: The U.S. U-15 Boysâ€™ National Team has wrapped up an eight-day training camp in Bradenton, Fla., with head coach Jim Barlow. The camp was held alongside the U.S. U-17 Menâ€™s National Team training, as all but one of the 36 players were born in 1995 (the lone exception being Emerson Hyndman, born in 1996) and are eligible to play in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. There were 15 players in the camp who participate in U.S. Soccerâ€™s Development Academy, playing against players as much as two to three years older than they are, as the U-15/16 consists of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1993. Six more players are part of Academy clubs, but do not yet play in the Academy.Â Â
U.S. U-15 BNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Arthur Eggers (CESA; Moore, S.C.), Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zachary Steffen (FC DELCO; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (9): Feliciano Charles (Chivas USA Academy; Grand Prairie, Texas), Dylan Greenberg (Albertson SC; Dix Hills, N.Y.), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar SC; Roanoke, Texas), Matthew Habrowski (Derby County Wolves; Berkley, Mich.), Edvin Ibrahimovich (Rockford Raptors; Machesney Park, Ill.), Dakotah Millard (South Carolina United; Hopkins, S.C.), Christian Sady (New England Revolution Academy; North Andover, Mass.), Jacob Smith (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Manuel Villegas Jr. (Merced Atlas; Winton, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (19): Osvaldo Chavez Jr. (Mexicas FC; El Paso, Texas), Christian DeLuna (Mustang SC; Bay Point, Calif.), Marco Delgado (LAFC Chelsea; Glendora, Calif.), Nicholas Gaitan (Albertson SC; Oceanside, N.Y.), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas Academy; Plano, Texas), Anthony Jeffries (Chicago Fire Academy; Downers Grove, Ill.), Shane Kronick (NY Red Bulls Academy; Westfield, N.J.), Ismael Longo (Weston FC; Weston Fla.), Emilio Lopez (Madison FC; Madison, Wisc.), Antonio Murillo (Brazil FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Jose Navarro (Banata Soccer Club; Surprise, Ariz.), Misael Osorio (Arsenal SC; Moreno Valley, Calif.), Miguel Polley (Derby County Wolves; San Diego, Calif.), Christian Rodriguez (LMVS Hawks; Alexandria, Virg.), Michael Sullivan (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), John Toher (NY Red Bulls Academy; Blauvelt, N.Y.), Patrick Tshiani (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Travis Wannemuehler (Evansville SC; Evansville, Ind.), Henry Wingo (Crossfire Premier SC; Lake Forest Park, Wash.)
FORWARDS (5): Pablo Aguilar (IMG Academy; Guatemala City, Guatemala) Paul Arriola (Chula Vista Rangers; Chula Vista, Calif.), Lynden Gooch (Santa Cruz Breakers; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Ben SpencerÂ (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Antonio Velasquez (Neusport; Las Vegas, Nev.)
U.S. U-15 GNT â€œCARRY OVERâ€ CAMP COMES TO THE HDC IN LATE MARCH: Twenty-four members of the U.S. U-15 Girlsâ€™ National Team is at The Home Depot Center until March 27 for what will be a final training camp â€“ or more aptly an extension â€“ for the cycle of last yearâ€™s U-15s who were born mostly in 1994. This yearâ€™s U-15 Girlsâ€™ National Team players were born in 1995, but the March camp at The Home Depot Center for the 94s serves dual purposes. First, to provide a look at any players who might still be able to help the 2010 U.S. U-17 Womenâ€™s National Team that is currently in Costa Rica at the CONCACAF U-17 Womenâ€™s Championships, and second, to give additional programming for a group of players who comprise the core age group of players attempting to qualify for the 2014 U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup. Of the 24 players selected by U.S. head coach Mike Dickey, 20 were born in 1994, three in 1995 and one in 1993. The U-15s will play several matches during the week against local girlsâ€™ clubs and college teams.
NEW GENERATION OF DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY PLAYERS LOOKS TO JOIN PRO RANKS: With the inception of Major League Soccer in 1996, a generation of soccer players has grown up idolizing local clubs and players. Elite young players have been able to dream about suiting up for their favorite team, the one theyâ€™ve grown up watching and cheering for. Since incorporating the Home Grown Player rule on Nov. 11, 2006, MLS has made it possible for its teams to sign a player directly from its youth academy, and on March 4, Francisco Navas Cobo became the latest player to benefit. Bypassing the MLS SuperDraft and allocation process, Navas Cobo signed his first professional contract with the Houston Dynamo after starring for the clubâ€™s U-17/18 Development Academy team, calling the opportunity â€œa dream come true.â€
â€“ AROUND THE SOCCER NATION â€“
U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET KICKS OFF EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO SPAIN: U.S. Soccerâ€™s Coaching Department kicked off an educational trip in Madrid, Spain, last week with a group of 44 coaches who will spend a week learning about player development from various coaches, teams and administrators. U-17 Menâ€™s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera, U.S. Soccer National Staff Coach Rene Miramontes, Technical Director for Player Development and Scouting for Major League Soccer (MLS) Alfonso Mondelo and former U.S. defender Greg Vanney will guide the groupâ€™s activities during the week. During the trip, coaches will take part in lectures and discussions on player development and observe training sessions. Attendees will also have group discussions with the Spanish FA and listen to special lectures from professional coaches in La Liga.
USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than 10 months to go before FIFAâ€™s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cupsâ„¢, 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 Cupâ„¢ 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 Statesâ€™ bid for the FIFA World Cupâ„¢ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committeeâ€™s official site.
2010 FIFA U-20 WOMENâ€™S WORLD CUP FIELD OF 16 TEAMS SET: Brazil and Colombia have qualified for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany. In doing so, the two South American sides have booked the last two tickets for the 16 team tournament later this summer. In the semi-finals of the CONMEBOL U-20 Championship which is taking place in Bucaramanga, Colombia, Brazil defeated Chile 3-1, while Colombia won 2-1 against Paraguay. By reaching the final, the two sides have qualified for Germany as their continent's two top teams. It is the first time that Colombia has reached the finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U.S. U-20 Womenâ€™s National qualified for the tournament earlier this year by winning the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Womenâ€™s Championship in Guatemala.
U.S. SOCCER SUMMER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccerâ€™s National Coaching Schools for the â€œA,â€ â€œBâ€ and â€œCâ€ License Courses will take place throughout the month of June in four locations across the United States. Â Summer â€œAâ€ Audit, â€œA,â€ â€œBâ€ and â€œCâ€ courses are set for June 5-13 at Darlington School in Rome, Ga. and â€œBâ€ and â€œCâ€ courses will take place at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass., will host â€œAâ€ Audit, â€œA,â€ â€œBâ€ and â€œCâ€ License courses June 17-25 and a National â€œAâ€ Audit, â€œAâ€ and â€œBâ€ course will take place June 19-27 Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill.
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Menâ€™s National Team midfielder Clint Dempsey capped a remarkable comeback for his club side Fulham with an audacious back post chip from just outside the penalty area to advance his team to the quarterfinals of the Europa League. The London club ran out 4-1 winners on the night with an aggregate score of 5-4 seeing them through to the next round and leaving Italian giants Juventus out of European competition for the year.
MARQUEE MATCHUP(S): The U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team will take on Mexico in the first game of a two-game series in San Diego at Torero Stadium on Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m. PT. The match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en EspaÃ±ol and, fans can follow at ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker. In addition, Thursday, March 25 will mark the opening of the 2010 MLS season as the expansion Philadelphia Union visit Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field at 9:30 p.m. ET. The match can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.Â
SOCCER SHOCKER: The U.S. U-17 Womenâ€™s National Team fell 5-3 on penalties in the semifinals of the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Womenâ€™s Championship in Costa Rica marking the only time a U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team has not qualified for a FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup at any age level. Amazingly, the team was knocked out of World Cup qualification without giving up a goal in four matches and a hefty +32 goal differential. The U.S. would go on to defeat Costa Rica in the third place match 6-0 and finish the tournament with a +38 goal differential.
QUOTABLE: "We have a deep appreciation for the commitment shown by the owners both historically and through this process to make MLS one of the top leagues in the world." â€“U.S. Menâ€™s National Team and L.A. Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan on the finalizing of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement between MLS and the MLS Players Union