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U.S. Soccer Wire - May 22, 2006


U.S. MNT Set For Three-Game “Send-Off Series” Before Traveling to
Germany For Fifth Consecutive FIFA World Cup Finals Appearance

FINAL FAREWELL: The U.S. Men’s National Team has wrapped up training in Cary, N.C., and now prepares to face their final test before heading to Germany for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Tickets are still available for all three matches of the Send-Off Series, the final international matches for the U.S. Men before departing for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The series opens vs. Morocco on May 23 at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tenn., at 6 p.m. CT in a match presented by Budweiser (tickets). On Friday, May 26 at 7 p.m. ET, Sierra Mist presents U.S. vs. Venezuela at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio (tickets). The final send-off match will be presented by Hyundai on May 28, at 7 p.m. ET at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., vs. Latvia (tickets). All three matches will be televised live on ESPN2, and taped delay on Telemundo.

U.S. MNT 2006 Schedule
Date Match Venue Kickoff / TV / Result
Jan. 22 USA vs. Canada Torero Stadium (San Diego, Calif.) 0-0 T
Jan. 29 USA vs. Norway Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 5-0 W
Feb. 10 USA vs. Japan SBC Park (San Francisco, Calif.) 3-2 W
Feb. 19 USA vs. Guatemala Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas) 4-0 W
March 1 USA vs. Poland Fritz-Walter-Stadion (Kaiserslautern, Germany) 1-0 W
March 22 Germany vs. USA Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund, Germany) 1-4 L
April 11 USA vs. Jamaica SAS Soccer Park (Cary, N.C.) 1-1 T
May 23 USA vs. Morocco The Coliseum (Nashville, Tenn.) 6 p.m. CT / ESPN2 (Telemundo delay)
May 26 USA vs. Venezuela Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio) 7 p.m. ET / ESPN2 (Telemundo delay)
May 28 USA vs. Latvia Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.) 7 p.m. ET / ESPN2 (Telemundo delay)
June 12 USA vs. Czech Republic ** FIFA World Cup Stadium Gelsenkirchen 12 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Univision
June 17 Italy vs. USA ** Fritz-Walter-Stadion (Kaiserslautern) 3 p.m. ET / ABC & Univision
June 22 Ghana vs. USA ** Frankenstadion (Nuremberg) 10 a.m. ET / ESPN & Univision

** 2006 FIFA World Cup

ESPN/ABC ANNOUNCE FIFA WORLD CUP BROADCAST TEAMS: ESPN/ABC Sports have announced their broadcasters for the network's 64-game coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup beginning June 9 in Germany. Below is a list of broadcast pairings and their broadcast locations during the World Cup:

BROADCAST TEAMS
Play-by-play Analyst Location
Dave O’Brien Marcelo Balboa Germany
JP Dellacamera John Harkes Germany
Rob Stone Robin Fraser Germany
Glenn Davis Shep Messing ESPN HQ
Adrian Healey Tommy Smyth ESPN HQ


In addition to the five teams above, Eric Wynalda, Alexi Lalas and Julie Foudy will serve as studio analysts from the United States.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 WOMEN START TRAINING CAMP AT HDC ON MAY 28: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will return to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., for a training camp from May 28 through June 4, as preparations for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship continue. The 3^rd FIFA youth world championship for women will be held from Aug. 17-Sept. 2 in Russia. The U.S. team recently returned from Europe, where it played four matches, winning three, including a victory over the German U-21 Women’s National Team, which also inflicted the USA’s only loss of the tour. The U.S. team is coming off a well-deserved 12-day break into this training camp, where they will play at least six matches, including scrimmages with the full Women's National Team on May 31 and June 3, both at 4 p.m. U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Tim Schulz is nearing the time when he will officially name the 21-player roster for the World Championship, and he will bring 21 players to this training camp. The only new faces are Ameera Abdullah, a defender from the University of Florida, and high school senior Casey Noguiera, a veteran of the USA’s U-16 and U-17 National Teams, who was slated to come into earlier U-20 camps but was ruled out due to a knee injury. Forward Lauren Cheney, the USA’s second leading scorer this year with 16 goals, returns to camp after missing the Germany trip due to a tonsillectomy. The U-20s will open the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship against Nigeria or the Congo on Aug. 18, face Argentina on Aug. 21, and finish group play against France on Aug. 24. All the first-round matches will be played in Moscow. Three players on the U-20 roster, Cheney, forward Amy Rodriguez and defender Stephanie Lopez (who serves as the team captain) will also be training with the full Women’s National Team at the HDC as they join Residency Training Camp for the summer when they are not with the U-20s.

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team – Training Camp Roster – May 28-June 4
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oakes, Calif.), Joanna Haig (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.), Val Henderson (Orinda, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (7): Ameera Abdullah (Denver, Colo.), Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.), Carrie Dew (Encinitas, Calif.), Nikki Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Allie Long (East Northport, N.Y.), Casey Noguiera (Raleigh, N.C.), Amanda Poach (Bowie, Md.),
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio).


U-18 MEN TO FACE REAL MADRID AND COMPETE IN LISBON INTERNATIONAL TOURNEY: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will travel to Spain and Portugal in early June to take on the Real Madrid Juniors and compete in the 13th Lisbon International Tournament. The U.S. will leave on June 2 for Madrid, Spain, and train for a few days before taking on the Real Madrid Juniors on June 5. The following day, the U.S. will travel to Lisbon, Portugal, and have one day of training before kicking off the four-team Lisbon International Tournament. The U.S. will take on Sweden on June 8, and Norway on June 9, before finishing up the tournament on June 11against the host Portugal.

U.S. U-18 MNT Schedule
Date Opponent
June 5 Real Madrid Juniors
June 8 Sweden
June 9 Norway
June 11 Portugal

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Joe Bendik (Marieta, Ga.), Brian Perk (Santa Margarita, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (8): Bryan Arguez (Miami, Fla.), Kyle Davies (Pleasanton, Calif.), Greg Eckhardt (Orange Park, Fla.), Blair Gavin (Franklin, Tenn.), Colin Givens (Troy, Mich.), Cameron Lamming (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Daniel Rodriguez (Oxnard, Calif.), Bobby Warshaw (Mechanicsburg, Pa.);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Corben Bone (Plano, Texas), Cameron Brown (Garland, Texas), Daniel Kelly (Hendersonville, Tenn.), Jonathon Villanueva (Grand Prairie, Texas), Anthony Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.);
FORWARDS (4): Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Peri Marosevic (Rockford, Ill.), Michael Stephens (Naperville, Ill.), Casey Townsend (Trever City, Mich.).


U.S. U-15 GNT TRAINING CAMP UNDERWAY AT HDC: The U.S. Under-15 Girl’s National Team is currently holding its second training camp of the year at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The 23-player camp started last Saturday, May 20, and runs through May 26. U.S. U-15 GNT head coach Tad Bobak has called in a completely different roster than from the first U-15 training camp of the year held in January, as he evaluates a large pool of players, some of whom may be a part of the team which will compete for the USA in the first-ever FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, to be held in 2008. Almost all of the players in camp were born in 1991 (the cut-off year for the first U-17 world championship), with the exception of midfielder Alexandria Crown and forward Haley Boysen, who were both born in 1992.

U.S. U-15 Girl’s National Team Training Camp Roster – May 20-26, 2006
GOALKEEPERS (3): Lauren Arnold (Hoover, Ala.), Alyson Gleason (Merced, Calif.), Darien Vercillo (Yorba Linda, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Carpenter (Maylanding, N.J.), Samantha Cloutier (Pleasanton, Calif.), Alexandra Hall (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), Heather Marik (Naperville, Ill.), Ashley Mills (Sacramento, Calif.), Maggie Mottola (Chestersprings, Pa.), CJ Rhoades (Plainfield, Ind.), Megan Siebert (Troy, Mich.), Leandra Walker (Campbell, Calif.);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Jayden Barrett (Corona, Calif.), Lauren Battung (Simi Valley, Calif.), Alexandria Crown (Lake Mary, Fla.), Aileen Herrera (Valrico, Fla.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Molly Menchel (Alexandria, Va.);
FORWARDS (4): Haley Boysen (Moorpark, Calif.), Amanda Burgardt (Arlington, Texas), Kim Castleberry (McKinney, Texas), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Morgan Morrow (Bear, De.).


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

ESPN TO AIR U.S. MNT BEHIND-THE-SCENES FEATURES NIGHTLY FROM MAY 24-29 ON SPORTSCENTER: Sports fans will get another view inside the locker room of the U.S. Men’s National Team when ESPN’s SportsCenter kicks off a series of behind-the-scenes features that will air nightly from May 24-29. SportsCenter’s World Cup reporter Shelley Smith will deliver the 90-second segments that will be shot and aired the same day, showing scenes from training, team meetings, locker rooms and wherever else the cameras might make their way during the five-day window. For even more exclusive coverage of the team’s build-up to Germany, tune into the extensive all_access videos found only on ussoccer.com.

U.S. MNT TO FLY ON LUFTHANSA BUSINESS JET TO GERMANY: When the U.S. Men's National Team departs for Germany and the FIFA World Cup on June 1, the team will travel on board a Lufthansa Business Jet aircraft. The direct flight to Germany will put the U.S. team into their base camp in Hamburg on June 2, a full 10 days before the team's opening World Cup match on June 12 against the Czech Republic. Fans still needing to make travel arrangements to Europe can explore Germany with Lufthansa. The Lufthansa GloBall Airpass offers passengers flights within Germany for as low as 60 Euros per flight (approx. $73). Purchase between 3 and 10 flight coupons and explore Germany and the World Cup. Visit Lufthansa at lufthansa-usa.com to find out more about Lufthansa's products and services.

PHILIP ANSCHUTZ TO RECEIVE NATIONAL SOCCER MEDAL OF HONOR: Major League Soccer investor-operator Philip Anschutz has been chosen to receive the National Soccer Medal of Honor and induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Through AEG, Anschutz is a founding investor-operator of MLS and currently operates four franchises. His commitment to professional soccer is largely responsible for the success of MLS during its inaugural decade. Anschutz is the fourth recipient of the award, following former U.S. Soccer president and 1994 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee Chair Alan I. Rothenberg, NASL and MLS owner/investor Lamar Hunt and the USA's first World Champions and pioneers of the women's game, the 1991 U.S. Women's National Team.

VETERAN AL TROST ELECTED TO HALL OF FAME: Former U.S. MNT captain Al Trost has been elected into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as a veteran. Trost is a former North American Soccer League standout who captained the U.S. MNT in the early 70s. Trost, a two-time winner of the Hermann Award while at St. Louis University, scored 38 goals and had 24 assists during his seven years in the NASL. He earned 14 caps for the U.S. MNT and represented the U.S. at the 1974 Olympics in Munich. Trost, who coaches boys and girls soccer at Parkway South High School in St. Louis, was honored by induction into the Saint Louis University Billikin Hall of Fame in 1994.

MEXICO ADVANCES TO 2006 CONCACAF WOMEN’S GOLD CUP: Mexico cruised through First Round qualifying in Central American Zone Group A to earn a berth into the six-team 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, which will also serve as the qualifying tournament for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Mexico defeated Nicaragua, 9-0, and El Salvador, 8-0, with both games being played at Estadio Carlos Iturralde in Mérida, Yucatán. Against Nicaragua, former UCLA star Iris Mora had three goals, Mónica Ocampo and Carmenita Padilla each scored twice, and Juana López and Mónica Vergara each added one. Against El Salvador, Rubi Sandoval and Padilla led the “tricolor” offense with two goals each, while Fátima Leyva, Lopez, Mora and Ocampo all added individual scores. The Central American Qualification Group B will take place in Panama from May 24-28 and includes the host along with Costa Rica and Guatemala. The winner of that group, along with the top two teams from the Caribbean Final Round will join Canada, Mexico and the host USA in the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup to be held in November. The Caribbean teams are currently involved in pre-qualifying with the Dominican Republic and Jamaica having already earned berths into the Caribbean Final Round. The Women’s Gold Cup™, which will crown the CONCACAF champion, will also qualify two nations to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. The third-place finisher from CONCACAF will face an Asian team in a home-and-away playoff for the final berth to the FIFA tournament. The dates, venues and format for the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup™ have not yet been finalized.

US YOUTH SOCCER SHOW TO KICK OFF ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL: US Youth Soccer and Fox Soccer Channel on Monday, May 22, entered into a sweeping partnership to create programming, marketing and grassroots community initiatives to provide America’s rapidly growing youth soccer community with unprecedented access to their sport. Starting this month, Fox Soccer Channel will kick-off The US Youth Soccer Show, a monthly half-hour US Youth Soccer magazine program. The show premiers Monday night (May 22) at 6 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. ET. In August, the network will also televise the 2006 US Youth Soccer National Championships. Additionally, Fox Soccer Channel will soon launch a series of co-branded minute-long segments with coaching and parenting tips, as well as US Youth Soccer public service announcements specially created for Youth Soccer month each September. Learn more by visiting USYouthSoccer.org.

FUTBOL DE PRIMERA TO BROADCAST WORLD CUP IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH: Futbol de Primera will broadcast the 2006 FIFA World Cup across the United States in Spanish this summer as Andres Cantor leads a group of 40 commentators who will report back on all the action in Germany. Broadcasters will be led by Andres Cantor, known for his famous "Gooool!" call, and include former U.S. National Team head coach Bora Milutinovic and former Colombia National Team and MLS star Carlos Valderrama. Futbol de Primera has also partnered with XM Satellite Radio to bring listeners the first English-language U.S. radio broadcast of an entire World Cup. Joining the XM Satellite team will be two-time U.S. World Cup veteran Jeff Agoos, U.S. World Cup veteran Christopher Sullivan and former U.S. MNT player Manny Lagos. More information about the Spanish- and English-language broadcasts is available at LaRadioDelMundial.com.

MLS ALL-STAR VOTING NOW OPEN ONLINE: Major League Soccer fans can now vote for the 2006 MLS All-Star XI at MLSnet.com, selecting who will face English powerhouse club Chelsea FC on Aug. 5, 2006. The Chicago Fire will host the nationally televised 2006 All-Star match at the new Bridgeview Stadium in Bridgeview, Ill. The game will be broadcast live at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

USL FIRST DIVISION ALL-STAR GAME TO AIR LIVE ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL: The 2006 USL First Division All-Star game against second-tier English side Sheffield Wednesday will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 19, on Fox Soccer Channel. The match will take place at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., and will feature the announcement by Triangle Professeional Soccer of the logo and colors of its expansion USL First Division team, which will begin play at SAS Soccer Park in 2007.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: American defender Jay DeMerit helped lead English second-tier side Watford FC to a 3-0 win against Leeds United in the playoff that would determine which of the two teams would be promoted into the English Premier League. DeMerit, who hails from Wisconsin, struck in the 24th minute, on Sunday (May 21), to get one past Leeds goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: It’s almost time to say “Auf Wiedersehen” to the U.S. MNT and, what better way to send off the “good ol’ boys” than with a three-game series? The USA’s “Send-off Series” kicks off Tuesday, May 23, continues on Friday, May 26, and wraps up on Sunday, May 28. Tickets are still available, but if you can’t make it to Nashville, Cleveland or Hartford to catch the games in person, you can catch them all live on on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET, as well as ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: U.S. MNT defender Eddie Lewis made the trek across the Atlantic Ocean several times within the last week as he traveled from England to Cary, N.C., to train with the U.S. Men, then back to England to re-join his club Leeds United in their playoff match against Watford to determine who would be the last team to join Reading FC and Sheffield United in the English Premier League next season. But Lewis and his Leeds teammates were stunned by a 3-0 loss to Watford at The Millenium Stadium on Sunday (May 21). American Jay DeMerit led the Watford attack, scoring the first goal in the 24th minute.

QUOTABLE: “Yes, it is a bit of a gamble. If you take a 17-year-old boy to the World Cup of course you can't be sure. The feeling is he's ready for it. I don't think he will be nervous."
-- England National Team manager Sven Goran Eriksson on naming 17-year-old, uncapped Arsenal player Theo Walcott to England’s 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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