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U.S. Soccer Wire - June 12, 2006


U.S. MNT Kicks Off 2006 World Cup Opener
Against Czech Republic in Gelsenkirchen, Germany

MNT FALLS IN WORLD CUP OPENER: The U.S. fell, 3-0, to the Czech Republic in the opening match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup on June 12 at FIFA World Cup Stadium in Gelsekirchen, Germany. The Czech Republic struck early as 6 foot, 7 inch forward Jan Koller scored on a fifth-minute header. Tomas Rosicky added a 35-yard rocket before the end of the half and later added a second on a breakaway late in the game. With the win, the Czech Republic sits atop Group E with three points. With the win, the Czech Republic sits atop Group E with three points. Italy topped Ghana 2-0 in the second match of Group E and is second. The U.S. faces Italy next on Saturday, June 17 at 3 p.m. ET live on ABC, Univision and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. "Obviously, the first goal was big," said U.S. Manager Bruce Arena. "To give that up in the first five minutes of the match really put us behind and allowed the Czech team to sit back and really counter at us. And they did a good job, to their credit."

U.S. MNT 2006 Schedule


SCHULZ NAMES U.S. U-20 WNT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Tim Schulz has named the 21-player roster for the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Championship being held Aug. 17 – Sept. 3 in Russia. Schulz’s team has played about 50 matches since January as he whittled his team down to 21 players who will participate in the 3rd FIFA world championship for youth women. Schulz evaluated 47 players in game action with the U-20s over the course of this year before finalizing the roster. The tournament in Russia marks the first time the competition will be played as an Under-20 event. The USA won the first-ever FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in 2002 in Canada and finished third at the 2004 U-19 tournament in Thailand. For the 2006 tournament, the USA was drawn into Group D and will face first-time World Championship participant DR Congo, as well as Argentina and France in first round play. Players must be born on or after January 1, 1986, to be eligible for this year’s U-20 World Championship.

2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship – Aug. 17-Sept. 3 – Russia
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Joanna Haig (Inver Grove Heights, Minn), Val Henderson (Orinda, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (6): Carrie Dew (Encinitas, Calif.), Erin Hardy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Nikki Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.), 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 Nogueira (Cedarburg, Wis.), Amanda Poach (Bowie, Md.);
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio).

STOTT SEES TIME AS FOURTH OFFICIAL AT 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP: U.S. Soccer referee Kevin Stott, along with assistant referees Chris Strickland and Greg Barkey, is in Germany as part of FIFA’s Referee Development Group. Stott performed his first World Cup duties on Sunday, June 11, serving as the Fourth Official in Portugal’s 1-0 win against Angola. He will also serve as the Fourth Official on Tuesday, June 13, in the match between France and Switzerland and on Thursday, June 15, in the England versus Trinidad & Tobago contest. During the first matchup, Chris Strickland was on the sideline as the game’s Fifth Official, meaning that he was prepared to take the place of an assistant referee should anything happen, leaving him unable to continue assisting in the match. On Tuesday, Greg Barkey will be the Fifth Official, with Strickland picking up the duties again on Thursday.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 WOMEN HIT THE FIELD AT HDC AS WC APPROACHES: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team returned to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Sunday (June 11) to begin a training camp that runs until June 17. It is the first camp since U.S. head coach Tim Schulz finalized the 21-player roster that will represent the USA at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship being held from Aug. 17-Sept. 3 in Russia. Sixteen of the 21 players on the World Championship roster are at the camp, with the exception of goalkeeper Val Henderson, who is with the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team this week for a training camp in Maryland, and defender Stephanie Lopez, forward Amy Rodriguez and forward Lauren Cheney, who are currently in Residency Training Camp at the HDC with the full Women’s National Team. Lopez, A-Rod and Cheney will only join the U-20s for selected games during this camp. Midfielder Allie Long is nursing a slight foot injury and will skip this camp. This camp will feature at least four matches, including a game against the full U.S. Women’s National Team on June 14 at 4 p.m. Four players have notched double figure goal totals so far this year in the run-up to the World Championship. Forward Jessica Rostedt leads the team with 21 goals in all games while Cheney has 16, midfielder/forward Danesha Adams has 14 and midfielder Tina DiMartino has 10. Rodriguez, who has only played in 13 games this year due to commitments to her college and the full Women’s National Team, has scored eight times. The U.S. U-20s have four graduating high school seniors in Cheney, forward Kelley O’Hara and midfielders Tobin Heath and Casey Nogueira (who actually graduated from high school a year early). The U-20s will open the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship against the DR 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.

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team – Training Camp Roster – June 11-17
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oakes, Calif.), Joanna Haig (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.);
DEFENDERS (6): Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.), Carrie Dew (Encinitas, Calif.), Erin Hardy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Nikki Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Casey Noguiera (Raleigh, N.C.), Amanda Poach (Bowie, Md.);
FORWARDS (3): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio).

U-20 WOMEN DRAW THE DR CONGO IN FIRST MATCH OF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: As African qualifying for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship had not yet been completed at the time of the Final Draw in Moscow on April 22, the U.S. U-20s had to wait until this week to find out which team they would open the tournament against on August 18 in Moscow. The USA had drawn an African team into Group D, but had to wait until Nigeria and the DR Congo won their semifinal matches in mid-May, and then for FIFA to draw those two teams into their groups last week. The USA had a 50/50 chance to get the perennial African champion Baby Falcons who, in the quarterfinals of the 2004 U-19 Women’s World Championships, almost defeated eventual champion Germany. Instead, the U.S. drew debutante Democratic Republic of Congo while Nigeria will go into Group B with China, Finland and Canada in what just might be the “Group of Death” for this tournament. The match against the Congo, a country of more than 62 million in Central Africa, presents one of the most intriguing matchups in youth WNT history. The Congo will be playing its first match in a women’s world championship of any sort and it will also be the first-ever match for a U.S. youth Women’s National Team against an African country. DR Congo defeated Benin, 3-1, on aggregate in a two-leg series in preliminary round qualifying, then tied Mali, 1-1, in the first leg in the second round. Mali subsequently withdrew, which sent DR Congo to the semifinal round against South Africa as a heavy underdog. DR Congo won that two-game series, also by a 3-1 aggregate score, to earn its place in Russia. At the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Final Qualifying Tournament in late January, the USA defeated Mexico, 3-0, in the semifinal to earn its place in Russia. In first-round play in Russia, the USA will also face Argentina on Aug. 21, and finish group play against France on Aug. 24. All the first-round matches will be played in Moscow.

U.S. U-21 WOMEN HEAD TO MARYLAND IN FINAL CAMP BEFORE NORDIC CUP: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team began a training camp in Maryland yesterday that will run from June 11-17. It will be the final training camp for U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ squad before she chooses her roster for the 2006 Nordic Cup, the annual competition that includes almost all of the world’s top U-21 women’s teams. The Nordic Cup will be held this summer in Norway from July 16-22. The USA has won an unprecedented seven straight Nordic Cups against the top U-21 teams from Europe. The USA will play three games during the camp against USL W-League teams. All the games and training are at the Maryland SoccerPlex except the match vs. the Virginia Majestics on Monday, June12, which is at Wakefield HS (5:30 p.m. ET). The USA will also face the defending W-League champion New Jersey Wildcats on Wednesday, June 14th (5 p.m.) and the Washington Freedom Reserves on Saturday, June 17 (7 p.m. ET). The training camp marks the return of goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris to the U.S. Women’s National Team programs. Harris, who played every minute between the posts for the USA at the 2002 and 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship, and earned a shutout at the age of 16 in the 2002 title match victory over Canada, suffered a rash of injuries, including a broken finger and a torn ACL, that has kept her away from national teams for a year and half. Harris, who will play her freshman season at UNC next fall, had the start of her college career delayed twice, first by enrolling late after playing in the 2004 FIFA U-19 tournament, and then last season after tearing her ACL. Three of Harris’ teammates at the 2004 FIFA U-19 tournament in Thailand are also on the 20-player roster for the training camp: midfielder Sheree Gray, defender Rachel Buehler and forward Kerri Hanks.

U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team – Netherlands Tour (June 11-17, 2006)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ashlyn Harris (UNC), Val Henderson (UCLA);
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Kendall Fletcher (UNC), Holly Gault (Kansas), Lauren Switzer (Eclipse Black), Brittany Taylor (UConn), Lauren Wilmouth (Dallas Texans);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Jen Buczkowski (Notre Dame), Bristyn Davis (UCLA), Sheree Gray (Penn State), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Noelle Keselica (Virginia), Caroline Lea (California), Rebecca Moros (Duke);
FORWARDS (5): Liz Bogus (Arizona State), Amanda Cinalli (Notre Dame), Katie Griffin (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Tiffany Weimer (Penn State).

U.S. U-21 Women's National Team Schedule
Date Opponent Venue
June 12 Virginia Majestics Wakefield HS
June 14 New Jersey Wildcats Maryland SoccerPlex
June 17 Washington Freedom Reserves Maryland SoccerPlex

PANAMA ADVANCES TO 2006 CONCACAF WOMEN’S GOLD CUP: Panama has advanced to the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, which will also serve as this region’s qualifying for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, after hosting and winning the Central American Zone Group B Qualification in Panama City in late May. Panama posted victories over Costa Rica (2-0) and Guatemala (3-0) to win the group. Panama, along with the top two teams from the Caribbean Final Round Qualifying, will join Canada, Mexico and host USA in the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, to be held in November at venues and on dates to be announced. The six-team Women’s Gold Cup, which will also crown the CONCACAF champion, will qualify two nations to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. The third-place finisher from the Women's Gold Cup will face an Asian team in a home-and-away playoff for the region's final berth to the Women’s World Cup. Trinidad & Tobago, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Haiti will compete for the two Caribbean spots in September at a venue on dates to be announced.

U-18 MEN DRAW TWO, DROP ONE IN LISBON INTERNATIONAL TOURNEY: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team traveled to Spain, where they tied, 3-3, with the Real Madrid Juniors before heading to Portugal for the Lisbon International Tournament. The U.S. U-18s opened the tournament with a 2-2 draw with Sweden with goals from Josmer Altidore and Jonathan Villanueva. The squad followed up with a 1-1 tie with Norway one day later. Altidore scored the lone goal for the U.S. The team had a day off before taking on Portugal and falling, 1-0, to the host team.

U.S. U-18 MNT Schedule
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
June 5 Real Madrid Juniors 3-3 T Villanueva (2), Altidore
June 8 Sweden 2-2 T Villanueva, Altidore
June 9 Norway 1-1 T Altidore
June 11 Portugal 0-1 L n/a

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Joe Bendik (Marieta, Ga.), Brian Perk (Santa Margarita, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (7): 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.);
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 (Traverse City, Mich.).

U.S. U-17 MNT IN TRAINING CAMP AT THE HDC, WILL FACE BAKERSFIELD BRIGADE: The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., for an 11-day training camp that began June 11 and runs through June 22. U.S. U-17 MNT head coach John Hackworth took 38 players into camp, including 18 who are not members of U.S. Soccer's Residency Program. Highlighting the training camp is a match against the USL's Bakersfield Brigade of the Premier Development League on Saturday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. PT at Bakersfield Christian High School in Bakersfield. The U-17 Men will also play against the Chivas USA Reserves, the U.S. Under-15 Men’s National Team and the Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves.

U.S. Under-17 MNT Training Camp Schedule
Date Opponent
June 14 Chivas USA Reserves
June 16 U.S. U-15 MNT
June 17 Bakersfield Brigade
June 22 L.A. Galaxy Reserves

U.S. Under-17 MNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (5): Phil Boerger (Jamestown, N.D.), Larry Jackson (East Palo Alto, Calif.), Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.), David Meves (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Chris Miller (Garland, Texas);
DEFENDERS (9): Fro Adu (Potomac, Md.), Shawn Barry (Miramar, Fla.), Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Clayton Holz (Houston, Texas), Christian Ibeagha (Edmond, Okla.), Chris Lebo (Telford, Pa.), Thomas Meyer (St. Louis, Miss.), TJ Nelson (Garland, Texas), Evan Raynr (Calabasas, Calif.);
MIDFIELDERS (13): Alex Dixon (Humble, Texas), Brad Horton (Sycamore, Ill.), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Greg Jordan (Naperville, Ill.), Brendan King (Naperville, Ill.), Aaron Maund (Dorchester, Mass.), Jesse Paredes (Los Angeles, Calif.), Dane Shea (College Station, Texas), Brandon Tarr (Knoxville, Tenn.), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.), Matthew Uy (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.);
FORWARDS (11): Danny Barerra (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Kevin Bick (Louisville, Ky.), Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Abdusalam Ibrahim (Richfield, Minn.), Archie Karpeh (Circle Pines, Minn.), Axel Levry (Fort Washington, Md.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Kevin Olali (Plano, Texas), Gaetano Panuccio (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Isral Sesayy (Gaithersburg, Md.), Taylor White (Marietta, Ga.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

ALAN I. ROTHENBERG RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS FIFA ORDER OF MERIT AWARD: At the annual FIFA Congress in Munich on June 7, FIFA awarded its most prestigious honor on Alan I. Rothenberg, U.S. Soccer’s President from 1990 through 1998. Rothenberg is widely credited as the man who brought an era of professionalism to U.S. Soccer in the years surrounding the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States. Under Rothenberg’s guidance, soccer gained new prominence on the sporting landscape in the United States. At the club level, the 67-year-old Rothenberg was the founder and chairman of Major League Soccer, for which he was honored when the league named their championship trophy after him, dubbing it the Alan I. Rothenberg Trophy during their inaugural season in 1996. Rothenberg is just the sixth American to receive the distinguished FIFA award, previously bestowed to Michelle Akers, Gene Edwards, Doug Ivester, Dr. Henry Kissinger and Fernando Alvarez.

2006 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP SECOND ROUND PAIRINGS SET: U.S. Soccer announced the second round pairings for the 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Thursday (June 8). Four teams from the United Soccer Leagues Second Division and four from the USL First Division will play the winners of the June 14 first round games. The second round matches will be played on Wednesday, June 28, and a full schedule is listed below. The Open Cup qualifying round was played on Wednesday, June 7, with the Des Moines Menace and the Cape Cod Crusaders of the USL’s Premier Developmental League, edging out USASA contenders Allied SC and the Croatian Eagles. In the first qualifying match, the Cape Cod Crusaders defeated Allied SC, 2-0, in Baltimore, Md., with a goal from Adam Mitchinson in the 30th minute and an own goal in the 60th minute. The second game of the night saw more goal scoring action as the Des Moines Menace defeated the Croatian Eagles, 4-1, in Waukee, Iowa. Armin Mujdzic opened up the scoring for the Menace in the 22nd minute and Edwin Disang doubled their lead to 2-0 just before the half. Tomas Boltnar made it 3-0 after converting a penalty kick in the 66th minute. The Eagles were also awarded a penalty kick in the 72nd minute, which Jason Willan converted to make the game 3-1. Cody Kother scored the fourth and final goal of the match in stoppage time for the Menace. The match also saw two red cards as Danilo Oliveira was sent off in the 70th minute for Des Moines and Ramon Alvarado followed suit in the 73rd minute for the Eagles. 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup results and schedules are available at ussoccer.com's U.S. Open Cup page.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: With the world focused on the World Cup, one must applaud the efforts of Trinidad & Tobago. A national team made up players from two small Caribbean islands, the team qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup for the first time in their history by defeating Bahrain in a qualifying playoff. Trinidad & Tobago continued surprising the world by drawing, 0-0, with Sweden in their opening match on Saturday, June 10. They were unable to score against the Swedes, but they also held off the Swedish attack, playing with only 10 men after Avery John was sent off in the 46th minute.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: After a 3-0 loss to the Czech Republic, the U.S. Men must regroup and face their next Group E foe on Saturday, June 17, at 3 p.m. ET. Said foe is none other than three-time FIFA World Cup champion Italy. Fans can watch the match against the Azzuri live on ABC and Univision, or follow the action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Those eager to see upsets at the 2006 FIFA World Cup didn’t have to wait long. In the second match of the tournament, South American squad Ecuador bested Poland, 2-0, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Poland next faces hosts Germany while Ecuador next goes up against Costa Rica, who fell, 4-2, to Germany in the opening game.

QUOTABLE: “The players were very focused. We mustn't get carried away, though, as this was just the first step. Fortunately, the players are aware of what remains to be done. I was afraid we would suffer on the physical side when Ivan Hurtado went off, so we slowed down the play and I made changes to rest certain players. I notice people criticize us for only ever winning at high altitude, but this stadium was more suited to Poland so now everyone knows we can win in other conditions."
-- Ecuador head coach Luis Suarez on Ecuador's 2-0 victory against Poland after being criticized about not winning any World Cup qualifiers on the road.

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