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U.S. Men's National Team Heads West for June 4 World Cup Qualifier Against Costa Rica in Utah; WNT to Host Canada in Virginia Beach


MNT MOVES WEST: The U.S. Men's National Team takes training camp across the country today as the team departs for Utah later this evening. U.S. Manager Bruce Arena held one final training session in Chicagoland, putting the men through a 90-minute session this morning at Dominican University. DaMarcus Beasley, Eddie Johnson and John O'Brien all participated in full training for the first time since camp began last Sunday. The side welcomed MLSers Frankie Hejduk and Pat Noonan to the training session and will be joined by veteran Cobi Jones in Salt Lake. In addition to elevating Beasley to the active roster, Standard de Liege defender Oguchi Onyewu joins the group after his side failed in their attempt to qualify for the UEFA Cup, going down 4-3 on aggregate in a two-leg playoff against Racing Genk. The U.S. plays host for the second time in the final round of FIFA World Cup qualifying, welcoming Costa Rica on June 4 in Salt Lake City.  Kickoff at Rice-Eccles Stadium is set for 5:30 p.m. MT, and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and delayed on Telemundo at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. The match will be followed by MLS expansion franchise Real Salt Lake hosting FC Dallas at 8 p.m. in the second game of the doubleheader. Four days later, the U.S. travels to face Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast via tape-delay on ESPN2 at 1 a.m. ET and on Telemundo at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.

TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY FOR FIRST HOME WNT GAME OF 2005: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team returns to the field on Sunday, June 26, for its first domestic match of 2005 facing Canada at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan is expected to announce his roster on Wednesday on ussoccer.com. The clash between the long-time border rivals kicks off at 3 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, giving fans across the country their first look at a U.S. team in the early stages of preparation for the run to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. The match is being co-hosted by the Virginia Beach Mariners of the USL First Division and the City of Virginia Beach. The Virginia Beach Sportsplex, which opened in 1998, holds 10,000 fans, with 6,000 seats and room for another 4,000 on a grassy berm.  Tickets start at $18 and go on sale starting Thursday, June 2, at 10:00 a.m. ET on-line at www.ussoccer.com, by phone at 757-671-8100, at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Virginia (including Farm Fresh and Ukrop Super’s), and at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex (9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday).  Groups of 20 or more can order through U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1249.

LEWIS & PNE MISS OUT ON PREMIERSHIP SPOT: U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis saw his Preston North End side just miss out on their bid for promotion to the English Premier League, losing 1-0 on Monday to West Ham United at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The goal for West Ham came in the 57th minute from Bobby Zamora. For Lewis, who played the full 90 in PNE’s final match, his sparking season in the English First Division ended with 41 starts and 44 appearances in PNE's 52 overall games during the course of the 2004-05 season. All four of Lewis' goals during the campaign came in his 40 league appearances.

-- FIFA 2006 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING UPDATE --

HARTFORD TO HOST USA VS. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ON AUG. 17: Tickets remain on sale for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifying match vs. Trinidad & Tobago on August 17 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The U.S. vs. Trinidad & Tobago match will kick off at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, with fans also able to follow along live on ussoccer.com via MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at ussoccer.com, by phone at 860-525-4500, at all Ticketmaster outlets in the region (including Filene's Stores) and at the Hartford Civic Center (open Monday – Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.).  Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com. Trinidad & Tobago will be the first opponent that the U.S. faces for the second time in the 10-game final round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, playing the return leg of a 2-1 victory on February 9 in Trinidad.

U.S. TAKES ON MEXICO IN COLUMBUS ON SEPT. 3: The U.S. Men’s National Team will host Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 3 in Columbus Crew Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET in their seventh of 10 final round qualifying matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. vs. Mexico match, which is being presented by Budweiser, will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Telemundo, with fans also able to follow the U.S. match live at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. It will be the fourth out of five World Cup qualifiers played in the United States and the fifth World Cup qualifying match hosted by the six-year-old venue. Ticketing details will be announced in the future.

2006 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING SCHEDULE:
CONCACAF Final Round
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Feb. 9         Panama 0, Guatemala 0
Feb. 9        Costa Rica 1, Mexico 2
Feb. 9        Trinidad & Tobago 1,  USA 2 
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 26    Costa Rica 2, Panama 1
March 26    Guatemala 5, Trinidad & Tobago 1
March 27    Mexico 2, USA 1
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 30    Panama 1, Mexico 1
March 30    USA 2, Guatemala 0
March 30    Trinidad & Tobago 0, Costa Rica 0
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 4        Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama   
June 4        Guatemala vs. Mexico   
June 4        USA vs. Costa Rica   
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 8        Panama vs. USA   
June 8        Costa Rica vs. Guatemala   
June 8        Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Aug. 17      Guatemala vs. Panama   
Aug. 17      Mexico vs. Costa Rica   
Aug. 17      USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Sept. 3       Panama vs. Costa Rica  
Sept. 3       Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guatemala
Sept. 3       USA vs. Mexico  
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Sept. 7       Mexico vs. Panama 
Sept. 7       Guatemala vs. USA  
Sept. 7       Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Oct. 8        Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Oct. 8        Mexico vs. Guatemala 
Oct. 8/9     Costa Rica vs. USA 
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Oct. 12       USA vs. Panama   
Oct. 12       Guatemala vs. Costa Rica
Oct. 12       Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico
 
Playoff (*home team will be determined by lottery at the conclusion of the final round)
Date               Match-up
*Nov. 12/13      AFC #5 vs. CONCACAF #4 
*Nov. 16           AFC #5 vs. CONCACAF #4

-- U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --

SCHMID NAMES 21-PLAYER ROSTER FOR FIFA WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP: United States Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Sigi Schmid named his 21-man roster today that will represent the U.S. at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship from June 10-July 2 in Holland. The naming of the roster culminates almost two years of preparation for the U.S. players, which make up a talented and formidable mix of professional, college and high school standouts. Schmid selected a squad with a large amount of professional experience, as 10 players are currently playing in leagues in the U.S., Mexico, France and England. Seven of the professionals are playing in Major League Soccer, with five clubs being represented. The rest of the players on the squad are college standouts, except for forward Lee Nguyen who is the only high school player on the roster. Of the players selected, 15 were part of the squad that took first place in Carson, Calif., in January to qualify for the USA’s fifth consecutive World Youth Championship.  Additionally, six of the players will bring world championship experience as they participated with the U.S. in the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Finland, including Freddy Adu who is also the only player on the roster to already compete in a FIFA World Youth Championship. The team will travel to Holland on Wednesday, June 1, and conduct a week-and-a-half of training before the tournament. The team will spend their first four days in Mierlo, which is east of Eindhoven, before traveling to Enschede, their venue for the first round of play. During their stay in Mierlo, the team is scheduled to play a friendly game against the China Under-20 Men’s National Team on Sunday, June 5. The U.S. Under-20s were drawn into the difficult Group D with Argentina, Germany and Egypt. The U.S. will open the World Youth Championship against Argentina on June 11 at 5:30 p.m. local time/ 11:30 a.m. ET, before facing Germany on June 14 (8:30 p.m. local time/ 2:30 p.m. ET) and concluding group play on June 18 (1:30 p.m. local time/ 7:30 a.m. ET) against Egypt. The U.S. will play all three of their first round games at the 13,500-seat Arke Stadium in Enschede, Holland. Every U.S. match at the World Youth Championship can be followed live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
U.S. Under-20 MNT World Youth Championship Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Justin Hughes (UNC), Andrew Kartunen (Stanford), Quentin Westberg (ESTAC Troyes); DEFENDERS (7): Greg Dalby (Notre Dame), Hunter Freeman (Colorado Rapids), Patrick Ianni (UCLA), Jonathan Spector (Manchester United), Nathan Sturgis (Clemson), Tim Ward (MetroStars), Marvell Wynne (UCLA); MIDFIELDERS (6): Brad Evans (UC-Irvine), Benny Feilhaber (UCLA), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars), Will John (Chicago Fire), Sacha Kljestan (Seton Hall), Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew); FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Lee Nguyen (Dallas Texans), Sammy Ochoa (Tecos), Jacob Peterson (Indiana).
U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team
FIFA Youth World Championship Schedule

Date            Opponent                   Venue        Kickoff                                       Television (Galavison)
June 11        Argentina                   Enschede   5:30 p.m. local (11:30 a.m. ET)   TBD
June 14        Germany                   Enschede    8:30 p.m. local (2:30 p.m. ET)     TBD
June 18        Egypt                        Enschede   1:30 p.m. local (7:30 p.m. ET)      TBD
June 21, 22   Round of 16*              TBD           TBD                                           TBD
June 24         Quarterfinals*             TBD           TBD                                           TBD
June 28         Semifinals*                TBD           TBD                                           TBD       
July 2            Third Place Match*     TBD           TBD                                            TBD
July 2            Final*                        TBD           TBD                                            TBD   

U.S. U-17 WOMEN IN HOUSTON FOR FOUR GAMES: The U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team is currently in Houston, Texas, where it will participate in a U.S. Youth Soccer event that will give the team four excellent matches over five days.  The U-17s will face the Canada U-18s and the Japanese U-18s, wrapped around two matches against Regional Teams.  Following is the schedule and roster for the U-17s in Houston, Texas.
U.S. U-17 Women's National Team Schedule - Houston, Texas
Date           Opponent
May 30       Canada U-18 WNT
May 31       USYSA Region IV
June 2        USYSA Region III
June 3        Japan U-18 WNT

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Chantel Jones (Richmond, Va.), Alyssa Naeher (Stratford, Conn.); DEFENDERS (7): Jane Alukonis (Cocoa Beach, Fla.), Kelly Eagan (St. James, N.Y.), Megan Jesolva (La Mirada, Calif.), Sarah Murhpy (Mendham, N.J.), Lauren Switzer (St. Charles, Ill.), Alexondrea Trusty (Media, Pa.), Lauren Wilmoth (Garland, Tex.); MIDFIELDERS (9): Becky Edwards (Downingtown, Pa.), Melissa Hayes (Cave Creek, Ariz.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Kelly Henderson (Baldwin, N.Y.), Yeraldy Hurtado (Ventura, Calif.), Lindsey Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.), Meghan Klingenberg (Gibsonia, Pa.), Kristen Stannard (Midlothian, Va.), Annie Yi (Indianapolis, Ind.); FORWARDS (6): Gina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Rachel Givan (Ridgeland, Miss.), Alicia Jenkins (Diamond Springs, Calif.), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix, Ariz.), Kelly O'Hara, (Fayetteville, Ga.), Nikki Washington (Mesquite, Tex.).

– WNT UPDATE –

O'REILLY SCORES AGAIN FOR WILDCATS: The day after breaking camp with the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team, forward Heather O'Reilly scored in the New Jersey Wildcats 3-1 victory over the Vermont Lady Voltage yesterday.  It was O'Reilly's fifth goal in four games.  Fellow U.S. U-21 Kacey White also scored for the Wildcats as U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill had a stellar game in goal while seeing her team out-shot 23-3.  In Florida, U.S. defender Heather Mitts did not play, but they didn't need her defense as forward Danielle Fotopoulos scored five times consecutively in 43 minutes in the second half as the Central Florida Krush's crushed the Hampton Roads Piranhas, 6-1.  The Arizona Heatwave took a break from its W-League schedule to face the Mexican Women's National Team and picked up a big 4-2 win in Mexico City.  U.S. Women's National Team pool players Amy LePeilbet and goalkeeper Jen Branam played key roles, with LePeilbet scoring a goal and Branam earning an assist.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION

MLS CHAMPION D.C. UNITED TO MEET COLORADO RAPIDS IN HALL OF FAME GAME: Reigning and Four-time MLS Cup Champion D.C. United will meet the Colorado Rapids in the 10th Hall of Fame Game in Oneonta, N.Y. on Monday, August 29th at 1:00 p.m. ET. The game will feature the squads of Hall of Fame inductees John Harkes (D.C. United) and Marcelo Balboa (Colorado Rapids), and will also honor inductee Tab Ramos, who was the first player signed by MLS. Tickets are available at the Hall of Fame Kicks Museum Store or by calling 800-545-FAME (3263). General admission is $12 until August 1. Beginning August 1 tickets will sell for $15. Game day tickets are $18. Group (20 or more) discounts are available.

U.S. GOLD CUP JOURNEY TO BE FEATURED ON TELEFUTURA: The U.S. Men’s National Team begins their Gold Cup campaign live on Telefutura at 7:30 p.m. PT on July 7 against Cuba at Qwest Field in Seattle. Telefutura will broadcast all three of the USA’s group games and the entire 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be televised live on Univision, Galavision and Telefutura. Coverage continues with the encounter between the U.S. and Canada at 1:30 p.m. PT on July 9, also at Qwest Field. Telefutura follows the team as they travel across the country for their third and final group game against Costa Rica at 7 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

CONCACAF LAUNCHES TICKET HOTLINE NUMBER FOR 2005 CONCACAF GOLD CUP: CONCACAF has launched a ticket hotline number, 1-888-480-2005, for tickets to the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will be played in six USA cities from 6-24 July. The domestic and international telephone number will allow fans to purchase tickets in any of the seven stadiums hosting games in the showpiece event. Ticket prices for single dates start as low as $20 in some venues for first-round doubleheaders. Discounts are available for group tickets and for packages of tickets to all the match days in the same city. All tickets are subject to availability.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Despite not getting on the score sheet, Josh Wolff demonstrated why he remains on Bruce Arena's radar.  The Kansas Wizards forward was a menace to the English defense all afternoon, delivering a perfectly knocked-down header that set up Landon Donovan for a prime scoring opportunity.  Wollf's speed and ability to create space are certain to be considered as the national team enters the summer schedule of World Cup qualifying and the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: World Cup qualifying continues in Salt Lake City at 5:30 p.m. MT on Saturday, June 4, as the U.S. men take on Costa Rica at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The U.S. is in second place in the CONCACAF tables with six points, one behind Mexico. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and delayed on Telemundo at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Fans can also follow the action live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

SOCCER SHOCKER: U.S. Men’s National Team and Standard de Liege defender Oguchi Onyewu almost saw his squad qualify for the UEFA Cup after defeating Racing Genk 3-1 in the first leg of a two-game playoff. Racing Genk, however, came back in the second leg to defeat Liege, 3-0, and claimed a spot in the European competition.

QUOTABLE: "I had a press conference with Bruce Arena this week, and he said how it really was not important to win friendlies. And I said 'I agree 1,000 percent. Could you please come to England and give a course to the English press?'"
 -- England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson in an AP report on Sunday.

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