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U.S. Soccer Wire: Sept. 8, 2009


U.S. PREPARES TO FACE TRINIDAD & TOBAGO AFTER VICTORY IN SANDY, UTAH;
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR OCT. 14 MATCH AT RFK THIS THURSDAY;
SEATTLE CLAIMS LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP TROPHY IN INAUGURAL SEASON

U.S. TAKES THREE POINTS IN UTAH, LOOKS TOWARD TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated El Salvador 2-1 in Sandy, Utah on Saturday to step three points closer to qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. El Salvador took the lead on 32 minutes through a Christian Castillo header. However, the U.S. responded well and equalized in the 41st minute. Landon Donovan served a free kick from the right flank into the box where Clint Dempsey beat the offside trap to nod home his fifth goal of the qualifying campaign. The game winner would come in first half stoppage time as Donovan again turned out to be the provider. His cross from the left touchline found the head of Jozy Altidore who beat El Salvador keeper Miguel Montes for his team-leading sixth goal of the qualifying cycle. The 2-1 score line stood for the remainder of the match to give Bradley’s men the victory at Rio Tinto Stadium. The team is now in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in preparation for its showdown with Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday evening. The match will be televised live on ESPN Classic and TeleFutura at 7 p.m. ET, with ESPN Classic airing a pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow on MatchTracker at ussoccer.com or at www.twitter.com/ussoccer. The three points at stake in Trinidad are crucial on the road to qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup as the U.S. now sits second in the Hexagonal group with 13 points. Honduras lead the way with 13 points as well, but boast a better goal differential. Mexico and Costa Rica are third and fourth respectively, both with 12 points.

Hexagonal Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

Honduras

7

4

2

1

14

7

7

13

United States

7

4

2

1

13

9

4

13

Mexico

7

4

3

0

11

9

2

12

Costa Rica

7

4

3

0

9

12

-3

12

El Salvador

7

1

4

2

7

10

-3

5

Trinidad & Tobago

7

1

4

2

8

15

-7

5

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* 7 p.m. ET ESPN Classic/Galavision Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
Oct. 10 Honduras* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* TBD ESPN2/Galavision RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup 

TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS THURSDAY FOR OCT. 14 QUALIFIER IN WASHINGTON, D.C.: Tickets for the U.S. Men's National Team's final home qualifier of the 2010 FIFA World Cup cycle go sale this Thursday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m. ET. The USA will take on Costa Rica on Oct. 14 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. in the last game of the final round of qualifying. The United States has a perfect 8-0-0 in home qualifiers and will try to keep up the run as they meet Los Ticos in what could be a deciding game for a berth in the World Cup. Visit ussoccer.com for details. As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale will take place from Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. ET until Thursday, Sept. 10, at 8 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Sept. 1 - 8

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC BECOME SECOND MLS EXPANSION CLUB TO WIN OPEN CUP: The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup was claimed for the second time by an MLS expansion club on Wednesday, Sept. 2 as Seattle Sounders FC beat D.C. United 2-1 at RFK Stadium. After a scoreless first half, both teams came out of the dressing rooms looking to attack and gain the upper hand with the all-important first goal. After 27 minutes into the second half, MLS rookie Fredy Montero broke the deadlock. Striking in the 67th minute, the forward’s goal gave Seattle a lead that Roger Levesque then doubled in the 86th minute. With only 10 men on the field, however, D.C. managed to score in the 89th minute from the foot of Clyde Simms before time ran out on their comeback bid.

 ussoccer.com’s U.S. Open Cup Coverage

 SUNDHAGE NAMES SQUAD FOR SEMPTEMBER TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has called in 26 players for a 12-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., running from Sept. 21-Oct. 2. This will be the first U.S. Women’s National Team event since the end of the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer season. Twenty-three of the players on the roster come from WPS clubs while three are currently seniors for their college teams in UCLA forward Lauren Cheney and a pair of North Carolina Tar Heels in midfielder Tobin Heath and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Captain Christie Rampone will not be with the team as she is pregnant with her second child. Rampone, who led Sky Blue FC out of New Jersey to the inaugural WPS championship last weekend, guided the team through the playoffs as the captain and the head coach while almost three months pregnant, adding another amazing twist to the club’s Cinderella run to the title.

 U.S. WNT September Training Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Ashlyn Harris (North Carolina), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (8): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Stephanie Cox (Los Angeles Sol), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Boston Breakers), Megan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tina DiMartino (FC Gold Pride), Tobin Heath (UNC), Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Brittany Klein (Chicago Red Stars), Lori Lindsey (Washington Freedom), Carli Lloyd (Chicago Red Stars), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Leslie Osborne (FC Gold Pride), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Kacey White (Sky Blue FC)
FORWARDS (3): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (Boston Breakers), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom) 

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

THIRD YEAR OF U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY UNDERWAY: U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy program kicked off the third year of the program this weekend with an increased focus on improving the everyday environment of youth soccer in the United States and improving the overall development of the more than 4,000 players, 600 coaches and 900 referees participating in the program. Since the launch of the Development Academy in the fall of 2007, the program has dramatically changed the elite youth soccer environment over the last two years. Providing more than just a competitive league for the nation’s top 77 clubs, the program is focused on improving the every day training environment for elite players, so they can fulfill their potential as international, professional or collegiate soccer players. 

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION–

U.S. SOCCER AND EA SPORTS LAUNCH FREE ONLINE SOCCER RESOURCE: EA SPORTS and U.S. Soccer have teamed up to introduce EA SPORTS Interactive Training, a free, online tutorial that uses EA SPORTS technology to help train the soccer stars of the future. This interactive resource, available at www.EASPORTSinteractivetraining.com employs the EA SPORTS soccer game engine to illustrate U.S. Soccer’s coaching book “Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States” which serves as the sport’s definitive player development guidelines. John Hackworth, U.S. Soccer Development Academy Technical Director and U.S. Men’s National Team Assistant Coach introduces each video segment with expert coaching advice for players ages 8-12 and their coaches to help them improve real-world technique.

BE OFFICIAL WHEN YOU’RE WATCHING: What’s the next best thing to being at a game surrounded by your fellow screaming fans? Watching a game at an Official U.S. Soccer Bar surrounded by your fellow screaming fans! Bars across the U.S. are becoming the destination spots to gather and watch your U.S. teams in an atmosphere that is loud and rowdy. Head to an Official U.S. Soccer Bar this upcoming Wednesday to see the U.S. take on Trinidad & Tobago.

GLOBAL WORLD CUP QUALIFYING SNAP-SHOT: One quarter of the 2010 FIFA World Cup field is already set as eight nations have booked their places in the 32-team tournament in South Africa next summer. The four Asian nations have been decided already with Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Korea DPR making the trip. Brazil’s 3-1 win against Argentina this weekend guaranteed it one of the four South American spots. The Netherlands are the only European nation so far to lay claim to one of the 13 places available to UEFA. And in Africa, Ghana’s 2-0 defeat of Sudan will see it join hosts South Africa in the first World Cup on the continent.  

NATIONAL “C” COACHING LICENSE RETEST SITES ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer will host four separate National “C” License retest sites this fall.  Candidates who received a “Not Ready” grade from a previously completed “C” License course are eligible to retest after a period of six months from the completion of their previously attended “C” License Course. For more details visit http://www.ussoccer.com/Coaches/National-Coaching-Schools/C-License-Retesting.aspx

YOUTH SOCCER MONTH BEGINS SEPT. 1 – JOIN THE CELEBRATION: Recognizing the impact and importance the sport of soccer plays in the day-to-day lives of America’s families, US Youth Soccer, with more than 3 million members, the nation’s largest youth sports association, is spearheading the third annual Youth Soccer Month - Celebrating Soccer in America, this September.  Why is soccer so popular?  Because it offers children the opportunity to participate in a healthy lifestyle, be physically active and develop social skills while making new friends.  Learn more and see how you can join the celebration at http://www.YouthSoccerMonth.org. 

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Landon Donovan set up both goals in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s victory against El Salvador on Saturday evening in Sandy, Utah. Already the all-time assist leader of the national team, Donovan brought his career total up to 40. In addition, the two crosses brought his tally for 2009 to eight – just one shy of Cobi Jones’ record of nine assists in one season.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad will play host to the crucial 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Trinidad & Tobago Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. ET. The U.S. goes into the match tied in second place of the Hexagonal, but with the top four teams all within one point of each other, the group is still wide open. ESPN Classic will air a pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be joined in the live broadcast by TeleFutura at 7 p.m. Fans can also follow MatchTracker at ussoccer.com or at www.twitter.com/ussoccer.

QUOTABLE: “The second (goal) was the same thing. I just tried to put myself in the box. Landon plays great balls, so if you put it upon yourself to get in a good spot, he’ll find you.”
–U.S. Men’s National Team forward Jozy Altidore on his goal against El Salvador

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