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U.S. Soccer Wire: Oct. 19, 2009


U.S. MNT TAKES TOP SPOT IN CONCACAF QUALIFYING, TO PLAY DENMARK ON NOV. 18;
DAVIES RELEASED FROM INTENSIVE CARE UNIT;
WILMER CABRERA ANNOUNCES U-17 MNT ROSTER FOR WORLD CUP IN NIGERIA  

U.S. MNT DRAWS 2-2 WITH COSTA RICA, FINISHES FIRST IN CONCACAF WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: With 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification secured with a 3-2 victory in Honduras on Oct. 10, the U.S. Men’s National Team finished in first place of CONCACAF qualifying after drawing 2-2 with Costa Rica on a rainy night at RFK Stadium on Oct. 14. The result, coupled with Mexico’s 2-2 tie with Trinidad & Tobago ensured that the U.S. would finish on top of the Hexagonal group with 20 points and Mexico in second place with 19 points. After falling behind 2-0 in the 24th minute, the U.S. launched a dramatic second half comeback which was started by a 72nd minute Michael Bradley goal. The game remained 2-1 until the final 30 seconds of injury time when Jonathan Bornstein rose to meet Robbie Rogers’ corner in the 95th minute and put his header off the base of the near post and in the goal. The goal sealed the team’s objective of finishing as the top team in the region and sent Costa Rica to fourth place, where they will face Uruguay in a two-leg playoff for World Cup qualification. Honduras, who edged a 1-0 win away to El Salvador, claimed the third automatic qualification spot from the CONCACAF region. 

CHARLIE DAVIES OUT OF INTENSIVE CARE UNIT: Positive news continues to come from the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., as U.S. Men’s National Team forward Charlie Davies moved out of the ICU on Saturday, Oct. 17. Davies has been able to speak and receive visitors. The New Hampshire native was involved in a fatal one-car accident on the George Washington Parkway which claimed the life of a 22-year-old woman on Tuesday, Oct. 13. The Davies family has released a statement in appreciation for the support of Charlie and has set up an e-mail account at CharlieDavies9@yahoo.com where fans can send their own messages to the player as he continues his recovery. 

DEMERIT AND ONYEWU ON THE MEND: A pair of U.S. central defenders are taking steps towards recovery this week.  Jay DeMerit underwent cornea replacement surgery on his right eye this past Saturday in England.  The doctors will wait a few weeks to make sure the replacement holds before establishing a timeline on his progress.  Meantime, Oguchi Onyewu will undergo surgery Wednesday, Oct. 20 in Los Angeles to repair a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee.  The procedure will be performed by U.S. National Team physician Dr. Bert Mandelbaum.  The details of the rehabilitation plan and the expected length of the recovery period will be determined following the surgery. Onyewu suffered the injury in the 83rd minute of the USA’s 2-2 draw against Costa Rica on Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C.  MRI tests following the match confirmed the diagnosis. 

U.S. TO PLAY DENMARK ON NOV. 18 IN AARHUS: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face fellow 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Denmark on Wednesday, Nov. 18 in Aarhus, Denmark. The match will be played at NRGi Park, the home field of MNT midfielder Benny Feilhaber, and will kickoff at 8 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET). Television details will be announced in the near future and fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter at www.twitter.com/ussoccer. 

Hexagonal Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

United States

10

6

2

2

19

13

+6

20

Mexico

10

6

3

1

17

11

+6

19

Honduras

10

5

4

1

17

11

+6

16

Costa Rica

10

5

4

1

15

15

+0

16

El Salvador

10

2

6

2

10

16

-6

8

Trinidad & Tobago

10

1

6

3

10

22

-12

6


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* 3-2 W  Casey (2), Donovan Estadio Olímpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* 2-2 T  Bradley, Bornstein

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 

Nov. 18 Denmark 2 p.m. ET TBA NRGi Park; Aarhus, Denmark
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Oct. 13 – Oct. 19

WILMER CABRERA ANNOUNCES ROSTER FOR FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP IN NIGERIA: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera has announced the final 21 players who will represent the United States in the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup. A combination of 17 players born in 1992 and four born in 1993 will travel to Nigeria on Tuesday, Oct. 20, arriving five days before the team’s first match. The U.S. will open Group E play in Kano, Nigeria against Spain on Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET). The team will stay at Sani Abacha Stadium to play Malawi on Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. (11 a.m. ET) before moving to Ijebu-Ode and Gateway International Stadium to finish the first round against United Arab Emirates on Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. (10 a.m. ET). All three of the American’s group games will be televised live on ESPNU and Galavision. Fans can also follow via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter at www.twitter.com/ussoccer. 

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Roster by Postion
GOALKEEPERS (3): Keith Cardona (NY Red Bulls; Glen Rock, N.J.), Earl Edwards (La Jolla Nomads; San Diego, Calif.), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (6): Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis, Ind.), Boyd Okwuonu (Celtic Green; Edmond, Okla.), Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy; Lincoln, Neb.), Jared Watts (North Meck Storm; Statesville, N.C.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):  Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Ducanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif), William Packwood (Birmingham City, Concord, Mass.), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier; Battleground, Wash.), Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.)
FORWARDS (6): Juan Agudelo (NY Red Bulls; 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.), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gottschee; Huntington, N.Y.) 

U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM MIDFIELDER ANGELA HUCLES RETIRES: Angela Hucles, the U.S. Women’s National Team’s leading scorer at the 2008 Olympics, has announced her retirement from competitive soccer. The 31-year-old Hucles, who played the inaugural season of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) with the Boston Breakers, hangs up her cleats having earned 109 caps for the USA while scoring 13 international goals. Hucles will not travel with the USA to Germany for its Oct. 29 clash with the reigning Women’s World Cup and European champions and has also called an end to her WPS career. 

SUNDHAGE MAKES TWO CHANGES TO ROSTER TO FACE GERMANY: U.S. Women's National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has made two changes to the roster for the USA’s match against Germany on Oct. 29 at the newly constructed Impuls Arena in Augsburg, Germany. Ella Masar will replace Angela Hucles who just announced her retirement, and Kacey White replaces Megan Rapinoe who underwent knee surgery on Oct. 16 to repair a torn meniscus.  

U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (6): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Out of contract), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (UNC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Out of contract), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Kacey White (Sky Blue FC)
FORWARDS (3): Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom) 

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Oct. 13 – Oct. 19

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE – 

WASHINGTON PREMIER FC SUPPORTS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS INITIATIVE: U.S. Soccer Development Academy club Washington Premier FC partnered with a local bottled water company the new partnership extended into raising cancer awareness, specifically types that affect women. The club chose to support the “Wear Pink” initiative with its Academy games against visiting L.A. Galaxy and Chivas USA. The Washington Premier FC Academy teams not only wore pink armbands, but provided them to each member of the visiting L.A. Galaxy and Chivas USA teams as well as the referee crews for all four games. 

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION– 

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR THE FINAL DRAW OF FIFA 2010 WORLD CUP ENDS OCT. 30, 2009: FIFA announced 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 began on Oct. 1 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.  

USA BID COMMITTEE GIVES FANS THE CHANCE TO “SUPPORT YOUR CITY”: The USA Bid Committee has added a “Support Your City” section to goUSAbid.com, the online home for the United States’ bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. The new “Support Your City” section of the Web site features city-specific pages for each of the 27 cities currently being considered as potential host cities to be included in the U.S. bid that will be submitted to FIFA in May 2010. The new pages provide valuable city-specific information and photos while giving fans another opportunity to put their support behind the candidate city of their choice by signing the online petition at goUSAbid.com. 

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 and Florida. 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 Oxnard College in Oxnard, Calif.  

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL GOALKEEPING LICENSE COURSE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct its National Goalkeeping License course Jan. 24-31, 2010 in Carson, Calif. at The Home Depot Center. 

COACHESNET INSIDER: CoachesNet caught up with U.S. Under-14 Girls' National Team goalkeeper coach Fran Kulas during their recent training camp in Carson, Calif. For this CoachesNet Insider edition Coach Kulas shows us his week long training journal. 

COACHESNET OFFERS INTERNATIONAL TRIPS IN 2010: U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet is offering educational trips to both, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Madrid, Spain in 2010. The announcement comes six months after the inaugural and successful coaching education trip that took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Click here for more details. 

FIFA INTERACTIVE WORLD CUP 2010 KICKS OFF: FIFA, along with Presenting Partners EA SPORTS and PlayStation, announced the start of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2010 (FIWC10) season. The sixth edition of the world’s largest football gaming tournament provides virtual athletes from around the globe the unique opportunity of competing in an official FIFA World Cup. The FIFA Interactive World Champion 2010 will be decided at the Grand Final in Barcelona, Spain on May 1, 2010, for which players can qualify online or at live qualifier events. The winner will receive $20,000 and “a money can’t buy” experience of attending the FIFA World Player Gala, where they will mingle with the best football players in the world. Players interested in participating in either the online qualifiers or one of the live qualifier events will find all information on how to register as well as in-depth reports and stories around the tournament on the official website, www.fifa.com/FIWC. 

US CLUB SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2010 NATIONAL CUP IX DATES AND LOCATIONS: US Club Soccer has announced selected dates and locations for the 2010 National Cup IX, the organization’s signature national championship competition. National Cup IX Regionals are open to U-11 through U-18/19 boys’ and girls’ teams. Winners in the U-13 through U-17 age groups from each of the Regionals advance to the National Cup IX Finals, where national championships are awarded in two competitive divisions. For the third successive year, the annual National Collegiate Showcase will be held in conjunction with the National Cup Finals in the tourist destination of Virginia Beach, Va. 

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT *** 

PEAK PERFORMERS: After the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-2 draw last Wednesday against Costa Rica secured first place in the final round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, captain Carlos Bocanegra – on behalf of all the U.S. players – got on a microphone and thanked the fans in attendance at RFK for their support. While Bocanegra was only able to personally address the more than 26,000 in the stadium, the team knows there are hundreds of thousands of other fans that supported them and deserve their appreciation as well. U.S. Soccer would like to thank every fan that cheered the team on through an arduous18-month journey to get to South Africa. You, the fan, definitely earned the right to be honored in this week’s Peak Performer.

MARQUEE MATCHUP(S): The final week of the MLS regular season is shaping up to be arguably the most exciting finish in the league’s history. Going into the final game, there is a four-way tie for eighth place in the playoff standings and seven teams have a shot at claiming the three remaining playoff spots. In addition, the Eastern Conference’s automatic second playoff berth is still up for grabs. It all starts Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET as the Chicago Fire take on Chivas USA at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

SOCCER SHOCKER: In Saturday’s English Premier League showdown between Sunderland and Liverpool, striker Darren Bent of Sunderland was credited with the fifth minute winner but got a little help from … a beach ball. The inflatable beach ball rolled out onto the pitch in the early stages of the match and situated itself at the top of Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina’s six yard box. Bent’s shot deflected off of the ball and defender Glenn Johnson’s foot. Incredibly, the ball made its way onto the field from the Liverpool supporters’ section behind Reina’s goal.

QUOTABLE: “I don’t usually go up for corner kicks, usually I stay in the back, but for that one, I was like, I’m getting in there. This is last shot effort. He put in a good ball and I just found myself wide open, no one marked me, I kind of snuck in there. The ball fell to my head and I just put it away.” –U.S. Men’s National Team defender Jonathan Bornstein on his 95th minute equalizer against Costa Rica

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