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U.S. Soccer Wire: March 29, 2011


U.S. MEN EARNS 1-1 DRAW WITH ARGENTINA, MEET PARAGUAY ON MARCH 29 IN NASHVILLE;
U.S. MEN TO FACE WORLD CHAMPION SPAIN ON JUNE 4 IN FOXBOROUGH;
U.S. U-20 MNT ARRIVES IN GUATEMALA AHEAD OF SURINAME CLASH;
ESPN ANNOUNCES TELEVISION SCHEDULE FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

U.S. MEN EARNS 1-1 DRAW WITH ARGENTINA, MEET PARAGUAY ON MARCH 29 IN NASHVILLE: The U.S. Men’s National Team came from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw with Argentina in front of a record crowd of 78,936 fans at New Meadowlands Stadium on Saturday. Forward Juan Agudelo’s second-half strike from close range and goalkeeper Tim Howard’s Budweiser Man of the Match performance secured the result for the United States, whose record against Argentina now stands at 2-6-2.

BUDDLE RETURNS TO GERMANY, 21 PLAYERS TRAVEL TO NASHVILLE: The U.S. team traveled to Nashville on Sunday in advance of their match against 2010 FIFA World Cup quarterfinalists Paraguay. There is only one change to the U.S. roster from the 1-1 draw against Argentina as forward Edson Buddle returned to FC Ingolstadt, meaning Bob Bradley will have 21 players from which to select the game-day roster. More than 22,000 tickets have been sold, with kick off at LP Field set for 7 p.m. CT. Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura will broadcast the match live at 7 p.m. CT, and fans can follow the match at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. 

U.S. MNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton), David Yelldell (MSV Duisburg)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres), Timothy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps), Eric Lichaj (Leeds), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Mikkel Diskeruud (Stabaek), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
FORWARDS (2):
 Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor)

NEW RED MNT JERSEY INSPIRED BY SUPPORTERS UNVEILED ON SATURDAY: The U.S. Men’s National Team wore for the first time a new Nike red jersey when they faced Argentina on Saturday, March 26 at New Meadowlands Stadium. The new red national team kit was inspired by supporters with “Indivisible” chosen as the motto for the new red jersey. The motto, which featured on the sleeve of each players’ jersey, was chosen from more than 6,000 after fans submitted ideas by tweeting #RedAllOver, and was heat pressed on the sleeve of the new jersey for the friendly. As part of the “#RedAllOver” campaign, fans are encouraged to wear red in support of the Men’s National Team against Paraguay on Tuesday, March 29, in Nashville, Tenn. Buy the Authentic Red Jersey | Buy the Replica Red Jersey

U.S. MEN TO FACE WORLD CHAMPION SPAIN ON JUNE 4 IN FOXBOROUGH: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion Spain on June 4 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff against the No. 1-ranked team in the world and defending European Champion is set for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Ticket information will be announced in the near future. To find out when tickets will go on sale for this match, join U.S. Soccer’s ticket alert email list. For the opportunity to purchase USA-Spain tickets before the general public, join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club and earn priority access to the ticket presale.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2011 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage

ESPN ANNOUNCES TELEVISION SCHEDULE FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team will kick off its 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign against Korea DPR live on ESPN on Tuesday, June 28 at 11:45 a.m. ET from World Cup Stadium in Dresden. The match will also be available on ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV. Details of the Spanish language broadcast schedule will be available in the near future. The schedule continues with USA-Colombia on July 2 at 11:30 a.m. ET from World Cup Stadium in Sinsheim, with the U.S. closing out Group C action against Sweden on July 6 at 2:30 p.m. ET from World Cup Stadium Wolfsburg. All 32 matches will be aired live and in high definition on ESPN, ESPN2 as well as ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV.

U.S. WNT ARRIVES IN LONDON FOR APRIL 2 FRIENDLY AGAINST ENGLAND: The U.S. Women’s National Team has arrived in England where it will train for 11 days before taking on the hosts on April 2 at Leyton Orient’s Brisbane Road. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. This will be the first match in England for the U.S. women even though the USA played its first international women’s game in 1985. Following the clash with England, the USA will travel to Scotland for four more days of training before returning to the United States on April 7.

U.S. WNT by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Hope Solo (magicJack’s Washington Freedom) 
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (magicJack’s Washington Freedom), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom) 
MIDFIELDERS (10): Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (magicJack’s Washington Freedom), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (magicJack’s Washington Freedom), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (magicJack’s Washington Freedom) 
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack’s Washington Freedom)

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR TWO U.S. WNT FRIENDLIES AGAINST JAPAN: The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will play a pair of domestic matches in May to prepare for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, facing Japan on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, and on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The match at Columbus Crew Stadium will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET and be broadcast live exclusively on Fox Soccer and Fox Deportes. The second leg in Cary kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPN2. For the game in Cary, tickets are on sale to the general public through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For the match in Columbus, tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000, at all central Ohio Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Kroger stores) and the Crew Stadium ticket office.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage

U.S. U-20 MNT ARRIVES IN GUATEMALA AHEAD OF SURINAME CLASH: Following six days of training in Dallas, Texas, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has arrived in Guatemala City, Guatemala, ahead of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The U.S. will face Suriname on March 29 at 8 p.m. ET and Panama on April 2 at 6 p.m. ET at Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores during group play. Both games will be televised on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3. At the 12-team regional event, the top two teams in each group will advance to the tournament quarterfinals, and the four quarterfinal winners will seal a berth to the FIFA U-20 World Cup, set for July 29-Aug. 20 across eight cities in Colombia.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Zac MacMath (Philadelphia Union; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (8): Gale Agbossoumonde (Djurgårdens IF; Syracuse, N.Y.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Sacir Hot (New York Red Bulls; Fair Lawn, N.J.), Sebastien Ibeagha (Duke; Missouri City, Texas), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Zarek Valentin (Chivas USA; Lancaster, Pa.), Korey Veeder (Columbus Crew; St. Petersburg, Fla.) 
MIDFIELDERS (5): Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Moises Orozco (UANL Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Kelyn Rowe (UCLA; Newport Beach, Calif.) 
FORWARDS (5): Eder Arreola (UCLA; Chino Hills, Calif.), Conor Doyle (Derby County FC; McKinney, Texas), Joe Gyau (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps FC; El Paso, Texas), Bobby Wood (TSV 1860 München; Irvine, Calif.) 

ussoccer.com’s U-20 MNT Coverage


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS AND “C” RETEST LOCATIONS UPDATED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools in April and June for “A” Audit, “A”, “B” and “C” Courses in California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington. In addition, “C” license retest locations have been finalized. Registration for each course is now open after a pre-registration period for active members of CoachesNet, U.S. Soccer’s official coaches club. Current CoachesNet members will have the first opportunity to register for a winter course beginning today. Register for CoachesNet Now | View Course Schedule | “C” License Retest Schedule

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET TRIP TO GERMANY/NETHERLANDS QUICKLY APPROACHING: In an effort to continue providing unique coaching opportunities to its membership, U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet announces plans to offer an educational trip to Germany and the Netherlands. Entering its third year, the aim of U.S. Soccer’s international coaching education program is to expose U.S. coaches to other federations and clubs to learn the steps they take to develop their coaches and players. Attendees interact directly with top-level coaches, administrators and players from some of the best clubs and countries in the world. The coaching education workshop in Germany and the Netherlands will take place from April 28-May 6, 2011 and will mark the 40th anniversary of U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program which began under the direction of Dettmar Cramer.

FIFA ACCEPTING CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FROM MARCH 1 TO MAY 1: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany is now open on the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for media to request accreditation is May 1. All media requesting accreditation for the tournament must be an approved member of the FIFA Media Channel. Any media members without access to the Media Channel that plan to request Women’s World Cup credentials should register immediately at media.fifa.com. Please keep in mind that access to the FIFA Media Channel does not mean credentials have been approved or that accreditation is guaranteed. Apply at fifa.com

FIFA ACCEPTING CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR 2011 FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP DRAW: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for media representatives wishing to cover the Official Draw for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia is now open via the FIFA Media Channel. The event will take place in the afternoon/evening of Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in the Centro de Convenciones in Cartagena de Indias. Apply at fifa.com

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors for his performance against Argentina in the 1-1 draw at New Meadowlands Stadium. The U.S. ‘keeper made numerous crucial saves in the first half and a huge stop against two-time FIFA Player of the Year Lionel Messi in the early moments of the second half to help the team come from behind and earn a draw with the No. 4 ranked South Americans.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team and U-20 Men’s National Team matches start simultaneously on March 29 at 7 p.m. CT. The U.S. Men will take on Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn., to round out their duo of friendlies after drawing 1-1 with Argentina. The match will be televised on Fox Soccer and TeleFutura with additional coverage on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. The U-20 Men will start their 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifying campaign against Suriname from Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City, Guatemala. ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com will provide live coverage with ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer_ynt also on the scene.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Free kick and penalty specialist Rogerio Ceni of Brazilian powerhouse São Paulo scored his 100th career goal – a respectable feat in and of itself but made more so because Ceni is his team’s goalkeeper. The highest scoring goalkeeper in the history of professional soccer, Ceni has scored 56 goals from free kicks and 44 penalties in his 965 games at São Paulo – the only club he has played for in his storied career.

QUOTABLE: “Spain is clearly one of the most talented teams in the world. We value the opportunity to test ourselves against a team of their quality, and we couldn’t ask for a better match to prepare for the Gold Cup.” –U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley on the MNT’s upcoming summer friendly against reigning World Cup champion Spain

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