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U.S. Soccer Wire: Feb. 7, 2011


U.S. WOMEN TO PLAY ENGLAND ON APRIL 2 IN LONDON;
TICKETS SALES FOR U.S. MEN VS. ARGENTINA SURPASS 30,000  

U.S. WOMEN TO PLAY ENGLAND ON APRIL 2 IN LONDON: The U.S. Women’s National Team will play its first match in England when it faces the host on April 2 at Matchroom Stadium in northeast London, home to English League One side Leyton Orient. Matchroom Stadium, also known as Brisbane Road, seats just over 9,000 fans. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The match will be a part of a 20-day training camp in the U.K. for the U.S., which is preparing for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup from June 26-July 17 in Germany.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage

TICKETS SALES FOR U.S. MEN VS. ARGENTINA SURPASS 30,000:  The U.S. will take on two-time FIFA World Cup champion Argentina on March 26 in East Rutherford, N.J. More than 30,000 tickets have been sold and are available on ussoccer.com. Kickoff at the New Meadowlands Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Three days later, the U.S. hosts Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville with tickets already surpassing 9,500 sold. The match will be televised live on an ESPN network and TeleFutura beginning at 7 p.m. CT. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Tickets for both matches are available now at ussoccer.com: MNT vs. Argentina Tickets | MNT vs. Paraguay Tickets

U.S. Men’s National Team 2011 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

P ELOSI HAT TRICK LEADS U.S. TO 6-0 WIN IN FINAL QUALIFYING PREPARATION MATCH: The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team topped Honduras 6-0 in the final international friendly before head coach Wilmer Cabrera names his roster for the the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Jamaica. A hat trick from Marc Pelosi and one goal each from Mobi Fehr, Alejandro Guido and Dillon Serna paved the way for the U.S. team on their home fields at IMG Academies. Goalkeeper Fernando Pina played 90 shutout minutes, while Cabrera used eight subs in taking full advantage of one of his final opportunities for player evaluation before departing for Jamaica on Feb. 12. 

U.S. U-18 AND U-17 WNTS CLOSE OUT CONCURRENT CAMPS IN SUNRISE, FLA.: On Feb. 4, the U.S. U-17 and U-18 WNTs finished their first training camps of the year, held side-by-side in Sunrise, Fla. In what has become an almost annual event, the German U-17s/U-18s traveled to Florida for a series of matches. In the first game on Jan. 31 featuring the U.S. U-17s (born in 1995) against the Germany U-17s, the USA prevailed 3-1 as Amber Munerlyn scored twice and Summer Green once. The U-18s (born in 1994) squared off against the Germany U-18 women on Feb. 1, and came away with a 2-1 victory off goals from Ashley Spivey and Rachel Price. The Germans didn't score until two minutes remained in the match. In the third and final game of the camp, the U.S. U-17s played a mixed team of Germany U-17 and U-18 women with the teams battling to a 2-2 tie in an 80-minute game. Lauren Kaskie and Andi Sullivan scored for the Americans. 

U.S. U-18 and U-17 WNT Schedule

Date

Match

Result

U.S. Goalscorers

Location

Jan. 31

U-17 WNT vs. Germany

3-1 W

Munerlyn (2), Green

Sunrise, Fla.

Feb. 2

U-18 WNT vs. Germany

2-1 W

Spivey, Price

Sunrise, Fla.

Feb. 3

U-17 WNT vs. Germany

2-2 T

Kaskie, Sullivan

Sunrise, Fla.


MORE TRAINING AND KEY DIVISIONAL GAMES RAISING THE BAR: Before stepping onto the field for a match, U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams can spend weeks preparing. At North Meck SC U-15/16, the players trained three to four times per week and played futsal once a week through December and January, working within the confines of training to focus on improving technical ability, team concepts and speed of play. They also watched video and learned to play as a unit. Since 2007, U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy has provided an environment to create a better balance, one that values increased and more effective training, and playing fewer, but more meaningful games.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS TO TAKE PLACE IN APRIL, JUNE AND JULY: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools in April and June for “A” Audit, “A”, “B” and “C” Courses in California, Georgia, Illinois and Massachusetts.  Registration for each course will open on Monday, Jan. 31, after a pre-registration period for active members of CoachesNet, U.S. Soccer’s official coaches club. Current CoachesNet members will have the first opportunity to register for a winter course beginning today. Registers for CoachesNet Now | View Course Schedule

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BRAZIL AND GERMANY/NETHERLANDS TRIPS IN MARCH 2011: In an effort to continue providing unique coaching opportunities to its membership, U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet announces plans to offer educational trips to Brazil and to Germany and the Netherlands. Entering its third year, the aim of U.S. Soccer’s international coaching education program is to expose U.S. coaches to other federations and clubs to learn the steps they take to develop their coaches and players. Attendees interact directly with top-level coaches, administrators and players from some of the best clubs and countries in the world. Scheduled to take place March 17-25, 2011, coaches will visit five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The coaching education workshop in Germany and the Netherlands will take place from April 28 – May 6, 2011 and will mark the 40th anniversary of U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program which began under the direction of Dettmar Cramer.

SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR 2011 ECNL/ID2 NATIONAL TRAINING CAMP: Bringing together some of the best female youth soccer players from around the country born in 1994 and 1995, the 2011 ECNL/id2 National Training Camp will take place Feb. 10-13 on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla.  The camp is a joint effort between the Elite Clubs National League’s Player ID Program and US Club Soccer’s id2 national player identification and development program.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Getting himself on the scoresheet once again, U.S. MNT midfielder Clint Dempsey scored his ninth league goal and tenth in all competitions for his club side Fulham, equalizing late in the match to earn a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa. With 12 matches remaining on the schedule, that goal ties Dempsey with U.S. legend Brian McBride for most league goals in a season at Fulham – a mark which McBride reached in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.

MARQUEE MATCHUPS: In a potential matchup of U.S. Men’s National Team members in the English Premier League, Tim Howard and Everton travel to the Reebok Stadium to take on Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel.

SOCCER SHOCKER: After going up 4-0 in the first 26 minutes and holding that lead until the 68th minute, Arsenal incredibly gave up four goals in 19 minutes to allow Newcastle to comeback and steal a point with a 4-4 draw in English Premier League action on Saturday.

QUOTABLE: “England is a soccer country and the atmosphere while playing a game there will be wonderful. The World Cup is being played in Europe so the more time we can spend there the better.” -- U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage on the U.S. WNT’s match against England on April 2

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