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U.S. Soccer Wire: July 27, 2009


U.S. CLOSES OUT GOLD CUP WITH SECOND-PLACE FINISH: The U.S. Men’s National Team finished the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup in second place after defeating Honduras 2-0 in the semifinals and falling to Mexico 5-0 in the finals on Sunday. In Chicago, the U.S. met the Hondurans for the third time in seven weeks and the second time in 2009 Gold Cup play. Clarence Goodson opened the scoring in first half stoppage time with a header from a Stuart Holden corner kick. The goal for Goodson was his first internationally and marked him as the sixth U.S. player to score his first international goal and 10th different goal scorer of the tournament. Kenny Cooper added the second in the 90th minute to cap a strong effort from the young American squad. Three days later in East Rutherford, N.J., the U.S. and Mexico would revisit their rivalry in the finals of the 2009 Gold Cup. This time, however, Mexico would come out victorious and capture the Gold Cup crown for the fifth time. The win was the first for Mexico on U.S. soil in 12 matches over a time period spanning more than 10 years. The two teams will meet again on August 12 in Mexico City during the final round of FIFA World Cup qualifying. The match will be broadcast on mun2 and Telemundo at 3 p.m. CT.

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* 3 p.m. CT mun2/Telemundo Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico
Sept. 5 El Salvador* 5:30 p.m. MT ESPN Classic/Galavision 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


FIFA PRESIDENT JOSEPH ‘SEPP’ BLATTER SCORES FIRST GOAL IN NEW MEADOWLANDS STADIUM: FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter scored the first-ever goal in the New Meadowlands Stadium as he toured the facility with executives from the U.S. Soccer Federation and the USA Bid Committee prior to the CONCACAF Gold Cup title match at adjacent Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. USA Bid Committee Executive Director David Downs, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer CEO and General Secretary Dan Flynn and Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber welcomed Blatter, who was accompanied by CONCACAF President Jack Warner and FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke to the new 82,500-seat stadium, which will open in May 2010 and serve as one of the jewel venues proposed in the U.S. bid to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022. Today, Blatter, Valcke, Warner, and Gulati also visited the White House and President Obama, who gave his support for the U.S. bid in a letter to Blatter and Gulati earlier this year.

U.S. SOCCER SUPPORTERS CLUB TICKET OFFER: U.S. Soccer SC members receive first priority to purchase tickets to the USA vs. El Salvador FIFA World Cup qualifier in Salt Lake. Not a member? Join U.S. Soccer SC by 11:59 p.m. CT, today, July 27 and be guaranteed the first chance to purchase tickets to the match at Rio Tinto Stadium. For a complete listing of U.S. Soccer SC member benefits, or to enroll today, click here.

U.S. WOMEN COMPLETE SUMMER SWEEP OF CANADA IN CHARLESTON, S.C.: Just three days after Abby Wambach netted her historic 100th career goal with the Women’s National Team, Christine Nairn became the ninth youngest player to score a goal for the senior team. At 18 years and 300 days old, she came on as an 81st minute substitute and prodded home a goal in the 89th minute to give the U.S. a 1-0 win on a humid night at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. The match concluded a three game summer series between the U.S. and Canada. Under head coach Pia Sundhage, the U.S. women won all three matches of the series posting a 6-0 combined score line. 

Date Opponent Result Venue
May 25, 2009 Canada 4-0 W BMO Field; Toronto, Canada
July 19, 2009 Canada 1-0 W Marina Auto Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
July 22, 2009 Canada 1-0 W Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

D.C. UNITED SET TO FACE SEATTLE SOUNDERS ON SEPT. 2: Playing in a rainy Maryland Soccerplex July 21, reigning U.S. Open Cup champion D.C. United defeated the last remaining USL-1 side in the Rochester Rhinos 2-1 to earn a return trip to the final. In a meeting of two MLS clubs, the expansion Seattle Sounders will travel cross-country to visit D.C. at RFK Stadium with the chance to win a trophy in the team’s first year as an MLS franchise on the line on September 2. Live coverage of the game will be broadcast by Fox Soccer Channel starting at 7:30 pm ET.



FLORES BRACE LEADS U-20 MNT TO WIN IN COPA CUIDAD DE ROSARIO OPENER: Jorge Flores scored twice as the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team opened the Copa Cuidad de Rosario with a 2-0 win against C.A. Tiro Federal. Flores' first goal came in the 19th minute as a result of a well-played cross from defender Sheanon Williams. Williams' ball was placed right in front of goal and forward Brian Ownby challenged the goalkeeper in the air just enough to force him to mishandle the ball. Flores had kept his run alive and was there for the touch in. Late in the game, a pair of substitutes set up Flores second goal as Michael Stephens won the ball along the right sideline and quickly played it ahead to Fuad Ibrahim. Ibrahim carried the ball to the top of the box and dished it to his left, where Flores was making a run into the box. The Chivas USA midfielder struck a one-time laser high into the near post in the 83rd minute. The Copa Cuidad de Rosario includes two international games for Thomas Rongen's squad in its last training camp before the FIFA U-20 World Cup kicks off in September. The U.S. will face Uruguay on July 27 and Australia on July 29 before departing Rosario on July 30.

U.S. U-20 MNT Copa Cuidad de Rosario Schedule


Date Opponent Result Venue
July 25 CA Tiro Federal 2-0 W Rosario, Argentina
July 27 Uruguay -- Rosario, Argentina
July 28 Australia -- Rosario, Argentina


U-18 MNT BATTLES PORTADOWN FC IN WARM UP FOR PRESTIGIOUS MILK CUP IN NORTHERN IRELAND: The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team battled the first team of Portadown FC as a warm up for the upcoming Milk Cup. Despite falling 1-0, the U.S. was able to use the friendly as a good test before the prestigious tournament kicks off on Monday, July 27, when the team takes on Denmark U-18s. The U.S. will play in the Elite Division of the competition against Denmark on July 27, and Germany on July 29, before a placement game on Friday, July 31. During the team’s last international trip to Lisbon, Portugal, they fought for a 0-0 draw against Germany, and with the European side added as a late replacement for Sudan, the U.S. are anxious for a rematch. Included in the roster are a mix of college and youth players, with one player, Gregory Garza, who is already a professional playing at Sporting CP in Portugal.

U.S. U-18 MNT Milk Cup Schedule


Date Opponent Venue
July 27 Denmark Coleraine Showgrounds; Coleraine, Northern Ireland
July 29 Germany Ballymena Showgrounds; Ballymena, Northern Ire
July 31 Placement Match  TBD


U.S. U-17 MNT TOPS FUNORTE TO TAKE COPA MACAE TITLE: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team emerged from the Copa Macae tournament in Brazil as champions, winning the championship match against Fluminese in a penalty shootout after a scoreless regulation and overtime. Head coach Wilmer Cabrera’s team allowed only two goals over the course of six games during the tournament while scoring 14. The team is continuing summer training in preparation for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is slated for Nigeria from Oct. 24-Nov. 16. Quarterfinals for the tournament will take place on July 23 with semifinals on July 25 and Finals on Sunday, July 26.

U.S. U-17 MNT Copa Macae Schedule
Date Opponent Result Venue
July 18 Flamengo 2-1 W Macae, Brazil
July 19 Arsul 1-0 W Macae, Brazil
July 21 Cidade do Sol 4-0 W Macae, Brazil
July 23 Ser Caxias (Quarterfinal) 4-1 W Macae, Brazil
July 25 Fluminense (Semifinal) 3-0 W Macae, Brazil
July 26 Funorte (Final) 0-0 T (4-2 PKs) Macae, Brazil

U.S. U-14 GIRLS’ IDENTIFICATION CAMP KICKS OFF IN POMONA, CALIF: The annual U.S. Soccer Under-14 Girls’ Identification Camp has kicked off at Cal Poly Pomona in Pomona, Calif., as 101 of the top under-14 girls in the nation have gathered for a week of training and games. Each of the four youth soccer regions in the USA sends approximately 25 players to the camp headed by U.S. Soccer National Staff Coach Mike Dickey. For almost all the players, this is their first introduction to the national team camp environment. Several players came into events last year as younger players. All 101 players in the camp were born in 1995. The players for the I.D. camp are selected by U.S. Soccer’s National Staff coaches and a select group of scouts from throughout the United States. During the week, the players generally train in the morning with National Staff coaches and then play matches in the afternoon. The evening consists of programming designed to introduce the athletes to the national team environment and how to prepare themselves for potential call-ups to national teams in the future. Former and current Women’s National Team players are also invited to the camp to speak about their experiences and to work with the players. A pool of these players will be chosen for a U-14 Girls’ National Team training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. in last August. Coaches are also evaluating players for the U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team in 2010 as they begin the road to the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The first U-14 I.D. camp for girls took place in 1999, making this year’s camp the 11th incarnation of the event. For a complete list of players, click here.


2009 NATIONAL CUP VIII FINALS AND NATIONAL COLLEGIATE SHOWCASE SET TO KICK OFF: Some of the country’s best youth soccer players are arriving in Virginia Beach, Va., to take part in US Club Soccer’s 2009 National Cup VIII Finals and National Collegiate Showcase, which will be held July 25-28 (boys) and July 31-Aug. 3 (girls) at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex. National championships will be awarded to U-13 through U-17 teams at the National Cup VIII Finals and high-level U-15 through U-17 squads will be looking to display their skills to attending college coaches as part of the National Collegiate Showcase.


PEAK PERFORMER: After competing in 13 games over 54 consecutive days on the road, the U.S. Men’s National Team made it to the finals of two major international tournaments. The impressive run across two continents saw 45 different players brought into the mix by Bob Bradley.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Everton FC visits Salt Lake City, Utah on July 29 to take on the MLS All-Stars at Rio Tinto Stadium. Tim Howard, U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper, leads the English Premier League side as they continue their preseason preparations. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision at 9:30 p.m. ET.

SOCCER SHOCKER: In addition to their impressive summer run, the relatively untested 2009 Gold Cup squad saw 10 different goal scorers tally on its way to the finals, which is the most players to score in a single Gold Cup for the U.S. Of those 10, six players scored their first career international goal – all in a span of five games.

QUOTABLE: “I think the fact that Oguchi plays for A.C. Milan will be an inspirational moment for a lot of kids in America to think they can play in Europe, they can play for big clubs,” he said. “You have a lot of young talent coming up. You have an excellent national team. It’s no longer that United States soccer is far behind the rest of the world. You are definitely part of the global game.”
Umberto Gambini, organizing director of A.C. Milan