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U.S. Soccer Wire: Aug. 15, 2005


U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM SETS UP CAMP AS THEY PREPARE FOR T&T: Nearly a full squad hit the training field on Monday morning as 18 players descended on East Hartford, Conn., for the brief preparation period prior to the USA's upcoming 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Aug. 17, in Match Day 6 at Rentschler Field. Oguchi Onyewu is the only late arrival, having played in Standard de Liege's 2-1 victory on Sunday night (Aug. 14) in Belgium, while DaMarcus Beasley was ruled out last week due to a hamstring injury. Kickoff for the qualifier is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 (and tape delayed on Telemundo at 12:30 a.m. ET/PT). The ESPN2 broadcast will be the first soccer match televised on one of the high definition services offered by ESPN. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased through 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, 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. The U.S. sits in second place in the final round hexagonal with a 4-1-0 record, while Trinidad is desperate for a victory with only four points from five matches.
U.S. Men's National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles Galaxy), Tim Howard (Manchester United), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach); DEFENDERS (5): Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Gregg Berhalter (Energie Cottbus), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Greg Vanney (FC Dallas); MIDFIELDERS (7): Chris Armas (Chicago Fire), Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Eddie Lewis (Leeds United), John O?Brien (ADO Den Haag), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution), Claudio Reyna (Manchester City); FORWARDS (4): Jeff Cunningham (Colorado Rapids), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian McBride (Fulham FC), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution).


ussoccer.com's "CORNER PICKS" RETURNS FOR FINAL QUALIFYING STRETCH: "Corner Picks," ussoccer.com's interactive prediction game, is back for the second half of final round World Cup qualifying, giving fans another chance to earn great prizes from U.S. Soccer and Philips Electronics while showing off your soccer knowledge. Think you know who's going to score the first goal of the match for the U.S.? Submit your "Corner Pick" prognostication before kickoff of the next qualifier and then tune in and root for your selection to deliver you points and lead the U.S. to victory. Challenge your friends to see who knows more about the keys to success for the U.S. Men's National Team. Prizes will be awarded for each match's winner, as well as an overall winner for each round and the entire qualifying process. That's a lot of opportunities to win great prizes from U.S. Soccer and Philips - not to mention the bragging rights you'll get for besting your friends.

U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM TO BE FEATURED ON ESPN ON MONDAY: On Monday afternoon, members of the U.S Men's National Team invade the headquarters of ESPN for a series of interviews covering TV, radio and the Internet.  Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan, Kasey Keller, Eddie Lewis, Brian McBride and Claudio Reyna will all take their turns on ESPNews, a running chat on espn.com (beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET), sit-down interviews with ESPN The Magazine, and more.  Of course, the best will be Landon getting thrown under the microscope during the Budweiser Hot Seat on SportsCenter.  They'll also be taping for upcoming commercials (sorry, no sneak previews) as the team continues its quest for a fifth-consecutive appearance in the World Cup. It's U.S. Men's National Team day on ESPN on Monday, so make sure to tune in all afternoon.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION OPENS ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR 2006 GRANTS PROGRAM CYCLE: The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, announced that the online application process for its 2006 Grants Program Cycle is officially open, at www.ussoccerfoundation.org. People looking to apply for a grant must complete a Letter of Inquiry, which is the first step in the application process. Access to Letters of Inquiry began on Aug. 1 and continues through Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. ET. Potential applicants will be able to access the Letter of Inquiry after successfully registering at the Foundation's website. The second step begins on Thursday, Sept.15, when the online full grant application process becomes available for Letter of Inquiry applicants who have been invited to submit full grant applications.  Full grant applications must be submitted by Dec. 1, at 5 p.m. ET to be eligible for further consideration.

U.S. OPEN CUP QUARTERFINALISTS SET: The quarterfinal pairings for the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup are set and play will resume on Aug. 24, with two USL1 teams ? Minnesota Thunder and Rochester Raging Rhinos ? still in the hunt. The Division II squads have their sights set on the $10,000 prize money, which will be awarded to whichever team advances deepest in the tournament (money is split in case of a tie). They will have their work cut out for them as the Thunder take on the reigning champion Kansas City Wizards and the Rhinos go up against the Chicago Fire. In the other two quarterfinal matches, the Los Angeles Galaxy will visit the San Jose Earthquakes and D.C. United will host FC Dallas. More tournament information is available at ussoccer.com?s U.S. Open Cup competitions page.
2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals Schedule

2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinals Schedule

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

U-17 '88 MNT TO FACE MEXICO IN SAN ANTONIO ON AUG. 20:
The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team will face Mexico in an international friendly on Saturday, Aug. 20, at East Central Hornets High School Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. The match will serve as a preparation match for both teams as they prepare for the 2005 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Peru from Sept. 16-Oct. 2. Kickoff for the match is set for 7 p.m. Head coach John Hackworth has named a 20-player roster for the match. The U.S. was drawn into Group C with North Korea, Italy and Ivory Coast. The U.S. opens against North Korea (Korea DPR) on Sept. 17 at 12:45 p.m. CT, before facing Italy on Sept. 20 (3:30 p.m. CT) and concludes group play on Sept. 23oast. The U.S. will play their first two group matches against North Korea and Italy at Elias Aguirre Stadium in Chiclayo, before moving to Lima to face Ivory Coast in their third and final group match at Nacional Stadium. Every U.S. match at the World Youth Championship can be followed live via ussoccer.com?s MatchTracker, presented by Phillips Electronics. The majority of the matches during the FIFA U-17 World Championship will be played on artificial turf, similar to the tournament two years ago in Finland.
U.S. U-17 MNT Schedule
Date          Opponent
Aug. 20     Mexico           
U.S. U-17 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Bryant Rueckner (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.); DEFENDERS (7): Kevin Alston (Silver Spring, Md.), Richard Edgar (Mechanicsville, Md.), Amaechi Igwe (Belmont, Calif.), Eric Lichaj (Downer?s Grove, Ill.), Ofori Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Neven Subotic (Bradenton, Fla.), Blake Wagner (Tampa, Fla.); MIDFIELDERS (8): Nikolas Besagno (Maple Valley, Wash.), Gabriel Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Michael Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Jeremy Hall (Tampa, Fla.), Daniel Kelly (Henderson, Tenn.), Quavas Kirk (Aurora, Ill.), Kyle Nakazawa (Palos Verde Est., Calif.), Ryan Soroka (Langhorne, Pa.); FORWARDS (3): David Arvizu (Santa Ana, Calif.), Omar Gonzalez (Dallas, Texas), Preston Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.).


U.S. SOCCER RESIDENCY PROGRAM'S FALL SEMESTER TO BE ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK: U.S. Under-17 head coach John Hackworth will announce the 40-player U.S. Soccer Residency Program roster for the fall semester later this week. The roster will include a number of current U-17 players born in 1988 that are preparing for the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, along with younger players (born in 1989 and 1990).

U-17 '89/90 MNT WIN 6TH TOYOTA INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP:
The U.S. Under-17 ?89/90 Men's National Team defeated Japan 2-1 to win the 6th Toyota International Football Championship on Sunday (Aug. 14) at Toyota Stadium in Toyota, Japan. Josmer Altidore scored his third goal in four games when he buried a pass from Cameron Brown in the 15th minute to take an early lead. Twenty minutes later, Japan scored the equalizer as Yamamoto Kasuke was able to get past the U.S. defense and beat Brian Perk. The U.S. got the game-winner from Edgar Barajas after he took a pass from Ian Kalis and slipped it past Kinoshita Masaki in the 43rd minute. The U.S. advanced to the final by winning Group B with a 2-1 victory over Nagoya Grampus Eight and battling to a scoreless draw with South Korea. Japan was dominant in Group A, defeating Russia 5-0 and Mexico 3-0 to advance to the championship match. Before arriving in Toyota, the U.S. defeated Gifu HS Select in penalty kicks on Aug. 9, in Gifu.
U-17 ?89/90 MNT Results
Date         Opponent                 Result                U.S. Goal Scorers
Aug. 9      Gifu HS Select         1-1 T (5-4 PKs)    Altidore
Aug. 11    Nagoya Grampus    2-1 W                Altidore, Bates
Aug. 13    South Korea            0-0 T                  --
Aug. 14    Japan                        2-1 W                Altidore, Barajas


 -- AROUND THE SOCCER NATION --

MNT PLAYERS IN ACTION IN EUROPE THIS PAST WEEKEND: Seven of the nine Euro-based players on the squad had their teams in action on the weekend. The English Premier League kicked off the 2005-06 campaign Saturday with Manchester United beating Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park, with Tim Howard standing ready in reserve. Claudio Reyna is now serving double duty as captain for club and country, sporting the armband as Manchester City opened with a 0-0 draw against West Brom.  Brian McBride had a goal disallowed that would have broken the stalemate in Fulham's scoreless draw with Birmingham City at Craven Cottage. In the League Championship, Eddie Lewis went 90 again for his new club, Leeds United and Luton Town sharing the spoils of a 0-0 draw.  Bobby Convey has grabbed a starting spot at Reading, lending a hand in all three goals to deliver Preston a 3-0 pasting, their first home loss since November last year. In Germany, Kasey Keller saw his side rebound from the opening day defeat to Bayern Munich by earning their first point of the season, pulling a 1-1 draw with VfL Wolfsburg.  And in Belgium, Oguchi Onyewu marshaled the backline as Standard got their season started on the right foot, grabbing two goals in second half stoppage time to pull out a 2-1 win away to SV Zulte-Waregem. Hear more from the USA's international contingent in the latest podcast series, "MNT in Europe."

DES MOINES MENACE CLAIMS PDL CHAMPIONSHIP: Despite numerous dangerous chances, the 2005 PDL championship between the Des Moines Menace and El Paso Patriots was decided in a dramatic seven-round penalty kick showdown with the visiting Menace prevailing in the tiebreaker 6-5 in front of 6,792 after a scoreless 120-minute game. The match was a back-and-forth affair as Des Moines and El Paso, two of the league's most dangerous clubs, were unable to find the final touch in 120 minutes of play to make the difference.

2005 PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE AWARDS ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK: United Soccer Leagues announced a number of 2005 Premier Development League awards last week, including Coach of the Year, Most Valuable Player, Defender of the Year, U19 Player of the Year and the All-League Team as voted on by team coaches and general managers. Eleven different clubs were represented on the All-League team, with Daniel Frias of El Paso taking home MVP honors. Indiana Invaders second-year coach Methembe Ndlovu was named Coach of the Year after leading his team to its third straight 11-win season at 11-5-0, missing the postseason by one point for the second consecutive season. Defender of the Year honors went to Michigan?s Kevin Taylor, while Spokane?s Brett Hite was named the U19 Player of the Year.
2005 Premier Development All-League Team
GOALKEEPER (1): Nathan Pena (Orange County Blue Star); DEFENDERS (3): Kevin Taylor (Michigan Bucks), John Thompson (Ocean City Barons), Josh Westerman (Cascade Surge); MIDFIELDERS (4): Tomas Boltnar (Des Moines Menace), Daniel Bustos (West Michigan Edge), Fabricio Codecdeira (Fresno Fuego), Justin Moose (Carolina Dynamo); FORWARDS (3): Daniel Frias (El Paso Patriots), Freddy Moojen (Cocoa Express), Cristian Neagu (Richmond Kickers Future).


2005 NATIONAL CUP IV CONCLUDES WITH CROWNING OF GIRLS U-16 & U-17 CHAMPIONS:
The 2005 National Cup IV Finals concluded Monday (Aug. 8) in Stony Brook, N.Y. with the crowning of national champions in Girls? U-16 and U-17 age groups.  Kickers United FC (Ill.) and the Honolulu Bulls (Hawaii) hoisted The National Cup Trophy after each side secured hard fought 1-0 victories in the Premier U-16 and Premier U-17 Finals, respectively.  Winners in Boys and Girls U-12 through U-17 age groups from eight National Cup IV Regionals, held earlier this summer, advanced to the 2005 National Cup IV Finals.  The Boys U-12 through U-14 and Girls U-12 through U-15 Finals took place in Jacksonville, Fla. July 21-24, while the Boys U-15 through U-17 Finals were contested in Orlando, Fla. on July 29 - Aug. 1.  Following is a complete list of 2005 National Cup IV Champions:
Premier Boys 2005 National Cup IV Champions
U-12 - CASL (N.C.)
U-13 - Slammers FC (Calif.)
U-14 - Bridge FA (S.C.)
U-15 - NOVA FC Royals (Va.)
U-16 - Mustang SC (Calif.)
U-17 - Pateadores SC (Calif.)
Super Group Boys 2005 National Cup IV Champions
U-13 - Chicago Magic (Ill.)
U-14 - Goldstar SC (N.C.)
U-15 - Santa Anita SC (Calif.)
Premier Girls 2005 National Cup IV Champions
U-12 - Santa Rosa United (Calif.)
U-13 - Chicago Magic (Ill.)
U-14 - Central Valley Mercury (Calif.)
U-15 - Slammers FC (Calif.)
U-16 - Kickers United FC (Ill.)
U-17 - Honolulu Bulls (Hawaii)

STEVE NICOL TO LEAD MLS SELECT TEAM VS. REAL MADRID ON AUGUST 23:
Steve Nicol and the coaching staff of the New England Revolution have been selected to lead the MLS Select Team against nine-time European champions Real Madrid on August 23 in the 27th annual Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu. The MLS Select Team roster will be named early next week, following the full weekend slate of regular season matches. The MLS Select Team will be the first American squad to play for the trophy in the history of the competition, which also marks Real Madrid's first game of the new season in front of its home fans at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. First held in 1979 in honor of the club's legendary former president for whom the team's stadium is also named, the trophy is contested in what has traditionally become the final international match played by Real Madrid prior to the start of the team's domestic season. Among the legendary teams to have competed in the prestigious event's history are Liverpool (England), A.C. Milan (Italy), Inter Milan (Italy), River Plate (Argentina), Ajax Amsterdam (Holland), Santos (Brazil) and Benfica (Portugal).

*** "CENTER CIRCLE" SPOTLIGHT ***


PEAK PERFORMER: Real Salt Lake?s Jason Kreis became the first member of the MLS century club on Saturday night when he scored in the 72nd minute in a 4-2 loss to the Kansas City Wizards. Kreis broke the 100-goal threshold with a left-footed volley into the upper corner from 20 yards out. Kreis spent the first nine years of his MLS career with the Dallas Burn, where he became the MLS all-time leading scorer by surpassing Roy Lassiter, before becoming the first player to sign with expansion RSL.

MARQUEE MATCHUP:
The U.S. Men are inching closer and closer to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. They can't officially book a ticket to Germany when they face Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Aug. 17, in East Hartford, Conn., even with a victory and positive results from the other two games, but three points against Trinidad ensures that the USA can finish no worse than fourth in the hexagonal, guaranteeing at least a shot at a playoff to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

SOCCER SHOCKER: What a difference a year makes. The 2005 MLS season is just past the halfway mark, but it is almost guaranteed that someone will score more goals than the league-leading 12 put up by both Eddie Johnson and Brian Ching. Jeff Cunningham already has 11 and Taylor Twellman and Carlos Ruiz are both sitting on 10 with two months left in the regular season.

QUOTABLE: "When I got No. 89 to break Roy Lassiter's record, I said I would be more proud of 100. I wasn't sure why, but now I finally figured out what 100 means to me: it means 10 goals a year over 10 years, and that's a pretty decent career. Now I would like to shoot for 150 goals, meaning five more years of 10 goals a season."
 -- Real Salt Lake forward Jason Kreis after becoming the first MLS player to score 100 career goals.

 

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