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U.S. Soccer Wire: October 14, 2008


BRADLEY NAMES ROSTER FOR MATCH AGAINST TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
AFTER 6-1 VICTORY AGAINST CUBA AT RFK STADIUM;
U.S. WNT TO FACE SOUTH KOREA IN THREE MATCHES IN NOVEMBER;
KAZBEK TAMBI NAMES ROSTER FOR 2008 FIFA U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

BRADLEY NAMES 18-MAN ROSTER FOR MATCH AGAINST TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 18 players in advance of the FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15 in Port of Spain. Kickoff for the match, which is crucial for Trinidad &Tobago’s hopes of advancing to the Final Round, is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be shown live on ESPN and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. Following the USA’s 6-1 victory against Cuba that clinched their place in the final round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Bradley released nine players from the roster, while adding four players from Major League Soccer. Two of the players added, Pablo Mastroeni and Robbie Rogers, were replaced by Brian Carroll and Chris Rolfe after sustaining injuries.

U.S. MNT Semifinal Round Qualifying Schedule 

Date Opponent Result / Time U.S. Goal Scorer(s) / TV
Aug. 20 @ Guatemala 1-0 W Bocanegra
Sept. 6 @ Cuba 1-0 W Dempsey
Sept. 10 vs. Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 W Bradley, Dempsey, Ching
Oct. 11 vs. Cuba 6-1 W Beasley (2), Donovan, Ching, Altidore, Onyewu
Oct. 15 @ Trinidad & Tobago 8 p.m. ET Live on ESPN Networks, Galavision
Nov. 19 vs. Guatemala 6 p.m. MT Live on ESPN2, Galavision


U.S. Men's National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 2/2 SO), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF: 0/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA: 0/0), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 2/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 13/1), Michael Orozco (San Luis: 0/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 6/0), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco: 3/0), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 20/6), Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew: 1/0), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 3/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 4/0), Danny Szetela (Brescia Calcio: 1/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 1/0)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal C.F.: 1/1), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF: 0/0), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire: 1/0)
*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals

ACHIEVE YOUR GOLD TOUR CONTINUES IN NOVEMBER: The gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Team will continue its Achieve Your Gold Tour with three matches against South Korea during the first week of November. The tour, which is taking the Olympic champions across the USA to celebrate its historic run to the top of the podium in Beijing, will resume on Nov. 1 at the University of Richmond Stadium in Richmond, Va. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. ET. The USA will travel from Virginia to Cincinnati for a match on Nov. 5 at Paul Brown Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. ET. The three-game set against the Koreans will conclude on Nov. 8 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., with a kickoff at 7 p.m. ET. It will mark the first visit to Florida by the U.S. Women in more than eight years. Fans can follow all three matches as they happen on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

Achieve Your Gold Tour Schedule / Results
Date Opponent Venue (City) Result / Kickoff U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Sept. 13 Ireland Lincon Financial Field (Philadelphia, Pa.) 2-0 W Kai, O'Reilly
Sept. 17 Ireland Giants Stadium (E. Rutherford, N.J.) 1-0 W Kai
Sept. 20 Ireland Toyota Park (Bridgeview, Ill.) 2-0 W Chalupny, Markgraf
Nov. 1 South Korea Univ. of Richmond Stadium (Richmond, Va.) 6 p.m. ET  
Nov. 5 South Korea Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio) 7:30 p.m. ET  
Nov. 8 South Korea Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.) 7 p.m. ET  

KAZBEK TAMBI NAMES U.S. ROSTER FOR 2008 FIFA UNDER-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN NEW ZEALAND: U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach Kazbek Tambi has named the 21-player roster that will represent the United States at the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, being held Oct. 28-Nov. 16 in New Zealand. The historic tournament, which will mark the first-ever world championship for women at the U-17 level, will feature 16 nations divided into four groups of four teams each. The age cutoff for the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after January 1, 1991. Tambi’s squad features 17 players born in 1991, three born in 1992 and one born in 1993. The U.S. team was drawn into Group C, which also features Japan, France and Paraguay. The U.S. will play its first two group matches at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, opening the tournament on Oct. 30 against Japan before facing Paraguay on Nov. 2. The U.S. moves to Auckland for the third group match on Nov. 5, facing France at North Harbour Stadium.

Group A: New Zealand, Canada, Denmark, Colombia
Group B: Costa Rica, Germany, North Korea, Ghana
Group C: Japan, USA, France, Paraguay
Group D: Brazil, England, South Korea, Nigeria

2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
USA Schedule
 
Date Opponent Venue; City
Oct. 30 Japan Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
Nov. 2 Paraguay Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
Nov. 5 France North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand


U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearney, N.J.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Rachel Quon (Lake Forrest, Ill.), Julia Roberts (Fredrick, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kate Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Elizabeth Eddy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Mandy Laddish (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Kristie Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.)
FORWARDS (4): Tani Costa (Honolulu, Hawaii), Vicki DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)

TICKETS FOR UPCOMING MNT QUALIFIER NOW ON SALE: Tickets are still available for the U.S. Men's National Team's upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Guatemala on Nov. 19. Kickoff at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., for the team’s last semifinal round qualifier is set for 6 p.m. MT, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Tickets ranging in price levels from $30 to $95 are now available online at ussoccer.com, by phone at 866-461-6556, at all Dick’s Sporting Goods locations in Colorado, and at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park ticket office, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Visa® is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-20 WNT TO TRAIN IN CARSON, PORTLAND: As part of preparations for the upcoming FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile, U.S. head coach Tony DiCicco will hold a 21-player camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. from Oct. 19-21. The team will then travel to Portland, Ore., to play two friendlies against Canada on Thursday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 25. The games will be the final international matches for the U.S. ahead of their first game of the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup against Group B opponent France on November 19. The U.S. will then face Argentina on November 22, with both games taking place at the Estadio Nelson Oyarzun in Chillan. The team will then travel to Estadio German Becker in Temuco to conclude group play against China.

U.S. U-20 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Cat Parkhill (Minnesota)
DEFENDERS (6): Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Liz Harkin (Arizona State), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Nikki Marshall (Colorado)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Taylor Lytle (Texas Tech), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Elli Reed (Portland), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Portland)
FORWARDS (5): Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alyssa Mautz (Texas A&M), Alex Morgan (California), Nikki Washington (North Carolina)

FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup
Group B Schedule

Date Opponent Venue; City
Nov. 19 France Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan, Chile
Nov. 22 Argentina Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan, Chile
Nov. 26 China Estadio German Becker; Temuco, Chile


U-17 MNT PICKS UP TWO MORE WINS ON DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY EXHIBITION TOUR: The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team continued their Development Academy Exhibition Tour, with split squads picking up two wins over the Richmond Strikers. The U.S. topped the U-15/16 Strikers 6-1, and the U-17/18 team 2-1. Joel Nash and Dominick Sarle each scored twice, while Dustin Corea and Alfred Koroma tallied once in the early game. U.S. goalkeeper Jonathan Kempin was called upon to make two saves in the win. Against the U-17/18s, the U.S. fell behind in just the first minute, but answered back quickly as Soony Saad leveled the score in the fifth minute. Saad picked up an assist on Luis Gil's game-winner in the 29th minute to give the U.S. the win. The U-17 MNT next travels to Miami to take on Miami FC Kendall on Sunday, Nov. 2.

U.S. U-17 MNT Exhibition Tour Schedule / Result
Date* Opponent Time / Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Sept. 13 Chivas USA U-15/16 2-0 W Pineda, Renken
  Chivas USA U-17/18 3-3 T McInerney (2), Gil
Sept. 20 NOMADS U-15/16 3-1 W Corea (2), Agudelo
  NOMADS U-17/18 5-3 W McInerney (2), Gil (2), Koroma
Oct. 4 Sockers FC U-15/16 5-1 W Saad (2), Jerome, Renken, Corea
  Sockers FC U-17/18 1-0 W McInerney 
Oct. 11 Richmond Strikers U-15/16 6-1 W Nash (2), Sarle (2), Corea, Koroma 
Oct. 11 Richmond Strikers 2-1 W  Saad, Gil
Nov. 1 Miami FC Kendall U-15/16 2 p.m. ET  
Nov. 1 Miami FC Kendall U-17/18 4 p.m. ET  
Nov. 15 CASL --  
Nov. 29 LAFC --  
May 2 Chicago Fire --  
May 16 New York Red Bulls --  

*Subject to change 

CREDENTIAL APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR FIFA U-20 WOMENS WORLD CUP EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 20: Journalists planning to cover the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup from Nov. 19-Oct. 7 in Chile can apply for credentials at the FIFA Media Channel: http://mediachannel.extranets.fifa.com/RegProc.aspx. Applications may be submitted until Monday, Oct. 20.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER OFFERS SIX-DAY COACHING EDUCATION TRIP TO ARGENTINA: As part of the U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department dedication to providing unique coaching opportunities to its members, CoachesNet is offering an educational trip from March 10-16, 2009, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. For six days and five nights, participating coaches will have the opportunity to interact with members of professional coaching staffs from Argentine clubs and youth national teams, attend two first division games, analyze professional training sessions and visit some of the most well-known stadiums and landmarks in the city. Registration also includes round-trip airfare from Miami International Airport, meals and four-star accommodations. More information is available in the Coaching Education section of ussoccer.com.

2009 US YOUTH SOCCER REGION III CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDED TO NORTH TEXAS: US Youth Soccer is proud to announce that North Texas Soccer Association will host the 2009 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships as part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. The games will take place from June 18-24 in a northern suburb of Dallas. The 2009 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships consist of US Youth Soccer State Champions from Region III (South), including the host North Texas State Soccer Association, drawn wildcard entries as well as US Youth Soccer Region III Premier League wildcard teams. Following individual state championship tournaments, the regional championships are the second leg of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. Learn more at www.USYouthSoccer.org.

VANCOUVER WINS SECOND USL FIRST DIVISION TITLE: The Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the Puerto Rico Islanders 2-1 on Sunday, Oct. 12, at Swangard Stadium to claim the team's second United Soccer Leagues First Division title. Charles Gbeke, who was acquired by Vancouver midseason, scored both of the team's goals, putting them head 1-0 in the 55th minute before scoring the game winner in the 74th minute. Sandy Gbandi scored for the Islanders, tying the game at one in the 68th minute before Gbeke powered home the defining goal.

COACHESNET INSIDER: CoachesNet Insider examines training, tactics, game management, and player development with coaches from around the country. CoachesNet is devoted to educating its members on U.S. National Team coaching tactics by breaking down games at the highest level, analyzing training sessions and tactics, and delving into the keys to preparation. This week, CoachesNet Insider presents a four-part series aimed at training goalkeepers, specifically in the areas of fitness and athleticism. All four parts of the series are available now at CoachesNet.ussoccer.com.

DEADLINE FOR U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION GRANT APPLICATIONS IS WEDNESDAY: The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the charitable arm of U.S. Soccer, is now accepting applications for Grants, which will be awarded to projects and programs focused on the development of coaches, players and referees in disadvantaged urban areas. The deadline for applications is Oct. 15, 2008 at 5 p.m. ET and awards will be approved in March. For more information, visit the U.S. Soccer Foundation's website at: www.ussoccerfoundation.org.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder DaMarcus Beasley was firing on all cylinders Saturday night against Cuba in Washington, D.C. The feisty midfielder created problems for the Cuban defense on the left flank all night and scored his first two goals in a National Team uniform since the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Beasley’s two goals opened the scoring for the U.S., who went on to win the match 6-1 at RFK Stadium.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Just four days after securing a berth in the Final Round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the U.S. faces a Trinidad & Tobago team that knows a victory would be a huge step towards qualifying for the Final Round. Kickoff at Hasely Crawford Stadium is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Galavision. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: In the weeks leading to Matchday 4 of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, all sources pointed to three teams securing their place in the Final Round that night: the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico. The U.S. did their part, with a 6-1 win against Cuba at RFK Stadium. Costa Rica earned a comfortable 4-1 win against Suriname at Andre Kamperveen Stadium in Paramaribo, Suriname. Mexico, however, ran into a slight setback at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, otherwise known as “The Office.” With just one point from three games, Jamaica knew they had to win in order to keep their hopes of advancing alive, and win they did, defeating Mexico, 1-0, at home, bumping Mexico to second place in the group and earning three much needed points.

QUOTABLE: "We have an agreement - we don't eat them, they don't eat us."
-- Celebrated surfer Frankie Hejduk, declining an invitation to try the famous shark sandwich in Trinidad (more MNT Blog).

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