U.S. Soccer Wire: U.S. WNT Fine Tunes Roster for England Friendly
HEINRICHS ADDS KLUEGEL AND MITTS TO U.S. WNT ROSTER: Boston Breakers midfielder Jena Kluegel and Philadelphia Charge defender Heather Mitts have been added to the roster of the U.S. Women's National Team, which will train for four days in Birmingham, Ala., starting Tuesday (May 13). The team is preparing for its match against England on Saturday, May 17, at Legion Field. UNC freshman Lindsay Tarpley was forced to bow out from training after not completely recovering from having her wisdom teeth removed, and Boston Breakers midfielder Devvyn Hawkins had to withdraw due to an injured foot. U.S. head coach April Heinrichs is bringing 25 players into camp for this important Women's World Cup warm-up match, but will choose 18 to suit up against England. The match will be a homecoming for both defender Cat Reddick and forward Mia Hamm. Reddick grew up in Birmingham and attended Briarwood Christian High School, and Hamm was born in Selma, Ala., where her father was stationed in the Air Force. Kickoff for the match is 12 p.m. CT, and the match will be televised live on ESPN. Tickets ranging in price levels from $16 to $50 are on sale at Ticketmaster outlets throughout Alabama (including Publix, Coconuts and Wherehouse Music), by phone at 1-800-277-1700, and on-line at ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can order through the Alabama Sports Foundation at 205-967-4745.
Goalkeepers (3): LaKeysia Beene (San Jose CyberRays), Siri Mullinix (Washington Freedom), Briana Scurry (Atlanta Beat);
Defenders (7): Thori Bryan (San Jose CyberRays), Joy Fawcett (San Diego Spirit), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Charge), Christie Pearce (New York Power), Cat Reddick (UNC), Danielle Slaton (Carolina Courage), Kate Sobrero (Boston Breakers);
Midfielders (7): Lori Chalupny (UNC), Lorrie Fair (Philadelphia Charge), Julie Foudy (San Diego Spirit), Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Jena Kluegel (Boston Breakers), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Tiffany Roberts (Carolina Courage), Aly Wagner (San Diego Spirit);
Forwards (6): Mia Hamm (Washington Freedom), Shannon MacMillan (San Diego Spirit), Tiffeny Milbrett (New York Power), Heather O'Reilly (PDA Torpedoes), Cindy Parlow (Atlanta Beat), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom).
MAPP, TESTO ADDED TO U.S. UNDER-23 MNT ROSTER FOR MAY 14 MEXICO FRIENDLY: U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Glenn “Mooch” Myernick added Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire) and David Testo (Richmond Kickers) to his 18-man squad to face Mexico on Wednesday, May 14 in Guadalajara’s Estadio Jalisco at 8 p.m. CT. Testo and Mapp were named to the roster replacing Kyle Martino (Columbus Crew) and Eddie Johnson (Dallas Burn), who were both banged up in their respective MLS matches last weekend. The roster also includes 2002 World Cup stars Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley, who both played a full 90 minutes in the MNT’s 0-0 draw with Mexico on May 8. Next week’s match versus the Mexican U-23s will mark the first time that the two players have appeared with the U.S. Under-23 squad since 2000. Other stars on the roster include 2002 MLS Rookie of the Year Kyle Martino and the 2002 Herman Trophy winner and No. 1 pick in the MLS SuperDraft, Alecko Eskandarian. In all, 14 players on the roster play in MLS, two play in Europe, one plays in the A-League and one is still in college. The U-23s have gathered just once prior in 2003, posting a 1-1-3 record on a two-week trip to Portugal in January. The U.S. Under-23 MNT will begin qualifying for the 2004 Olympics in November, entering the tournament in the second round vs. the winner of the St. Kitts & Neves vs. Dominica first-round home-and-home series.
Goalkeepers (2): D.J. Countess (Dallas Burn), Doug Warren (D.C. United);
Defenders (6): Kelly Gray (Chicago Fire), Ricky Lewis (L.A. Galaxy), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Metz), David Stokes (D.C. United), Chris Wingert (St. John’s University), Alexander Yi (Royal Antwerp FC);
Midfielders (7): DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago Fire), Kyle Beckerman (Colorado Rapids), Brian Carroll (D.C. United), Ricardo Clark (MetroStars), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), David Testo (Richmond Kickers);
Forwards (3): Landon Donovan (San Jose Earthquakes), Alecko Eskandarian (D.C. United), Nate Jaqua (Chicago Fire).
U.S.-MEXICO PLAY TO 0-0 FINAL IN FRONT OF RECORD CROWD IN HOUSTON: The U.S. Men’s National Team and Mexico battled to an 0-0 draw in front of a passionate Texas crowd of 69,582 fans at Reliant Stadium in Houston. The match was the first between the two nations since the 2002 World Cup encounter, won by the U.S. 2-0 last June. The crowd was the 11th largest in U.S. Men’s National Team history, and the third largest crowd ever for an international exhibition for the United States. The shutout was the sixth for the U.S. in their last seven matches against Mexico and extended a home shutout streak to 483 minutes against Mexico that dates back to 1999. DaMarcus Beasley earned Chevrolet Man of the Match honors helping to create several scoring chances for the U.S. On the defensive side of the ball, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard was solid throughout the match making five saves. The U.S. MNT has opened 2003 with a 3-1-1 record including three shutouts. The U.S. next faces Wales on May 26 in San Jose, (7 p.m. PT, live on ESPN2) as the team gears up for the FIFA Confederations Cup, which will be held from June 18-29 in France. The U.S. was drawn into Group B along with Brazil, Cameroon and Turkey. The U.S. opens vs. Turkey on June 19 in St. Etienne, France at 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET).
CHARGE’S KELLY SMITH SCRATCHED FROM ENGLAND ROSTER: Philadelphia Charge and England National Team star Kelly Smith will not face the U.S. Women’s National Team this weekend after suffering a meniscus tear in her right knee while playing for the Charge. She will be out four-to-six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery. The injury is another blow to Smith and England, as their top player also missed a crucial two-game playoff series against France while recovering from ACL surgery on the same knee. England lost 2-0 on aggregate in the home-and-home series, as France won the final European berth for the 2003 Women's World Cup. Fulham's Una Nwajei replaced Smith on the roster.
Goalkeepers (3): Rachel Brown (Everton), Pauline Cope (Charlton Athletic), Toni-Anne Wayne (Southampton Saints);
Defenders (7): Laura Bassett (Birmingham City), Leanne Champ (Arsenal), Rachel McArthur (Fulham), Kirsty Pealling (Arsenal), Mary Phillip (Fulham), Casey Stoney (Charlton Athletic), Rachel Unitt (Fulham);
Midfielders (5): Samantha Britton (Everton), Vicky Exley (Doncaster Belles), Jody Handley (Doncaster Belles), Kelly McDougall (Everton), Kristy Moore (Fulham);
Forwards (7): Amanda Barr (Charlton Athletic), Ellen Maggs (Arsenal), Una Nwajei (Fulham), Sue Smith (Leeds United), Carmaine Walker (Charlton Athletic), Karen Walker (Doncaster Belles), Rachel Yankey (Fulham).
FRIEDEL LEADS BLACKBURN TO UEFA CUP BERTH: Brad Friedel's 16th clean sheet of the season led Blackburn Rovers to a 4-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur to earn the club's first berth in the UEFA Cup through league play since 1995. Combined with a 2-1 Everton loss to Manchester United, Blackburn climb to a sixth-place finish in the English Premier League, their best position since the 1997-98 campaign. Friedel, the PFA Goalkeeper of the Year, compiled a 16-9-12 record in league play with a 1.05 goals against average.
-- U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE --
U-21 WNT TRAVELS TO BRAZIL FOR FOUR MATCHES: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team will travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil, this Wednesday, May 14 for a 13-day training camp. During the camp, the team will play four games; two against the Under-21 Brazil National Team and one each against Santos FC and Saad FC. U.S. head coach Chris Petrucelli has called in a 18-player roster full of college standouts, with teenagers goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defender Lauren Zealear the only two non-collegiate roster members.
Goalkeepers (2): Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.);
Defenders (6): Amy LePeilbet (Arizon State), Ally Marquand (Stanford), Nandi Pryce (UCLA), Catherine Reddick (UNC), Amy Steadman (UNC), Lauren Zealear (Nevada City, Calif.);
Midfielders (5): Lindsey Huie (University of Portland), Joanna Lohman (Penn State), Kati McBain (University of Texas), Leslie Osborne (Santa Clara), Kim Yokers (UC-Berkley);
Forwards (5): Ali Andrzejewski (University of Maryland), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Kelly McDonald (University of Texas), Marcie Ward (Stanford), Kelly Wilson (University of Texas).
MEXICO SETS ROSTER FOR UNDER-23 MATCH VS. USA: Mexico technical director Ricardo La Volpe has named a 20-man roster for the May 14 contest with the U.S in Guadalajara. The roster includes three players who appeared on Mexico’s 18-man roster for the full national team’s 0-0 draw with the U.S. on May 8, including forward Adolfo Bautista, who started and played 82 minutes. Goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona and midfielder Eduardo Rergis were also on the roster, but did not enter the match. Mexico has earned a bye straight to the eight-team final round of qualification for the 2004 Olympics as the host nation for the event.
Goalkeepers (2): José de Jesús Corona (Atlas), Cirilo Saucedo (León);
Defenders (4): Jaime Duran Gómez (Atlas), Leonel Olmedo (San Luis), Fasto Pinto (Pachuca), Hugo Sánchez (Tigres);
Midfielders (10): Cosme Castro (Puebla), Juan Jose de la Cruz (Atlas), Juan Pablo García (Atlas), José Joel González (Atlante), Miguel Andoni Hernández (Tecos), Diego Martínez (Necaxa),, Alberto Medina (Guadalajara), Christian de la Mora (Cihuatlan), Diego Ramírez (Atlante), Eduardo Rergis (Atlante);
Forwards (4): Adolfo Bautista (CA Monarcas Morelia), Juan Alberto Esquivel (Atlas), Ismael Iñiguez (CA Monarcas Morelia), Ismael Rodríguez (Monterrey)
U-17 MNT TO PLAY ONE GAME THIS WEEK, 87’S GET READY FOR HOLLAND: Tuesday (May 13) the U.S. Under 17 Men’s National Team will face the Lakeland (Fla.) Lasers U-20 team. Later this month, six members of the team will travel to Holland from May 16-26 with U.S.Y.S. ODP 1987 All-Star Team, made up of players born in 1987. Michael Bradley, Brian Mascarenhas, Robbie Rogers, Danny Szetela, Julian Valentin and Tim Ward will join the All-Stars for the two-day Veldhoven Tournament, which opens May 24. The tournament features two groups of six teams. The ODP All-Stars are in a group with UNA, Fortuna, Sittard, PSV, K.V.Nechelen and N.S.C., playing three games each day of the competition.
UNDER-16 GIRLS FINISH BALLYMENA INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT UNDEFEATED: A 3-0 win for the U.S. Under-16 Girls National Team vs. England on May 5 kept the team’s record perfect at the Ballymena International Tournament in Ireland. The U.S. outscored Northern Ireland, Scotland and England by a combined score of 10-0. Mandy Moraca picked up her second goal of tournament in the win over England, while Alexa Orand had a hand in every U.S. goal, scoring the second goal and assisting on the Moraco score and later on a goal by Amy Rodriguez. For the tournament, Cydne Currie also notched a pair of goals for the U.S. vs. Scotland.
U-15 BOYS GO 3-1 DURING WEEK-LONG TRAINING CAMP IN CHULA VISTA: The U.S. Under-15 Boy’s National Team won three out of four games during a seven-day training session in Chula Vista, Calif., which ended on Sunday (May 11). The 32-player roster was split into two teams for the four matches played over two days, with the team playing an intrasquad scrimmage May 10. In the first two matches on May 6, the split-squads battled the Nomads and Pateadores, two local club teams. Against the Nomads, the U.S. got the victory with an unassisted goal from forward Quavas Kirk. The U.S. wasn’t as lucky against the Pateadores, falling 2-0. On the second day of games, Fernando Ayala and Jonathon Villanueva each scored a pair of goals – including a penalty kick each – to lead their split squad to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Nomads. In the other game of the day, Ryan Soroka scored the game’s only goal as his team defeated Pateadores 1-0.
– AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD –
SCHEDULE SET FOR LOS ANGELES GALAXY IN THE WORLD PEACE KING CUP: The defending MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy will face Sao Paolo FC (Brazil), AS Roma (Italy) and PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) in Group B of the World Peace King Cup tournament July 15-22 in South Korea and Japan. The Galaxy will open play on July 16 in Jeonju, South Korea, the site of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-0 win over Mexico in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Group A of the eight-team tournament includes Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), Olympique de Lyon (France), Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) and hosts Seongnam Ilwha (South Korea). Los Angeles boasts a 21-10-11 all-time international record, including a 1-2-1 record in 2003. The World Peace King Cup, a biennial tournament, features eight clubs from around the world divided into two groups of four, to be established in a seeded draw. Each participating club will play three games during the group stage, with the winners from each group advancing to meet in the finals. The club that captures the World Peace King Cup wins a prize of $2,000,000, while the runners-up receive $500,000.
UEFA AND CONMEBOL U-17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING DOWN TO FOUR TEAMS: Only four teams are left in the UEFA and CONMEBOL final round of qualifying for the FIFA Under-17 World Championship from August 13-30 in Finland. Spain will face Austria, while host nation Portugal will go up against England in the semifinals of the UEFA final qualifying round on May 14. The two finalists will advance to Finland. Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia are the final four teams in the COMNEBOL final qualifying round. Starting May 14, the four teams will play a round-robin format, with the top three teams advancing to the World Championship. The final three teams will come from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), which will play its final qualifying round from May 24 to June 8. The U.S. advanced to the world championship after taking first in Group A of the CONCACAF final round of qualifying. Costa Rica, Mexico, Finland, Korea Republic, Yemen, China PR and Australia are the other teams that have solidified spots in the tournament so far.
SOCCER VACATIONS ANNOUNCES TRIP TO FRANCE FOR 2003 CONFEDERATIONS CUP: Soccer Vacations, the Official Travel Package Provider of U.S. Soccer, has announced a unique trip package for fans to follow the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup in France, where they will open against 2002 World Cup third-place finisher Turkey on June 19 in St. Etienne, followed by group matches against defending world champs Brazil and current African champs Cameroon in Lyon on June 21 and 23, respectively. For more info, contact Soccer Vacations at www.soccervacations.com on the web or toll free at 877-667-5338.
DEADLINE FOR CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR 2004 OLYMPICS ONE WEEK AWAY: All journalists and photographers interested in covering the 2004 Men’s and/or Women’s Olympic Soccer Tournaments have just eight days left to apply for credentials online by visiting: http://www.usocpressbox.org/ and searching under Media Registration. The U.S.O.C. deadline for all media credentials applications for the 2004 Olympics is May 20, 2003. FIFA itself will not issue any accreditation for these events, which are part of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games to be held in Athens and various other venues under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Olympic Men’s and Women’s Football Tournaments will be contested in August 2004 in five venues: Athens, Heraklio, Patra, Thessaloniki and Volos.
U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT
PEAK PERFORMERS: Former Men’s National Team assistants Dave Sarachan and Bob Bradley, now the head coaches of the Chicago Fire and MetroStars, have had successful starts to the 2003 MLS season. Bradley has undertaken a substantial building process with the MetroStars and early in the season has his team second in the East with a 3-1-1 record. Saturday’s (May 10) win over D.C. United was the team’s third in a row. Last season, no MLS team put together three consecutive victories until MLS Cup participants New England and Los Angeles each did so in the final month of the season. Sarachan’s Fire team, also rebuilding after a losing campaign, is one of two MLS sides to remain undefeated after the sixth weekend of the season.
SOCCER SHOCKER: Last year’s MLS Cup Champion and one of the favorites for this year’s championship, the Los Angeles Galaxy are still searching for their first win of the 2003 campaign. After opening the season with three draws, the team has lost two games in a row. Last season the team only had one losing streak of two games or more, losing three straight from May 18 to June 1.
MARQUE MATCHUP: In preparation for the 2003 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team hosts England for an international friendly this Sat., May 18 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. On the line for the U.S. is a five-match winning streak against England that dates back to Aug. 9, 1990. All-time the team holds a 5-2 advantage in the series.
QUOTABLE: "Brad must be worth 12 to 15 points a season to us because he is such a good goalkeeper. I’ve been saying for a long time he is the best in the country and now he has been honored by his fellow professionals. I just couldn’t put a price on his head. If other clubs are interested in him, they have to realize what Brad is worth to us over the next four years of his contract. If he keeps us in the Premiership for that time, it is worth something like 20 million pounds a year. He has to be the best signing I have ever made."
- Words of praise for Brad Friedel from Blackburn Manager Graeme Souness amid rumors that Manchester United is interested in luring the PFA Team of the Year goalkeeper away from Rovers.