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U.S. Soccer Wire: Oct. 18, 2010


SUNDHAGE NAMES ROSTER FOR CONCACAF WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING;
U.S. MEN COMPLETE OCTOBER FRIENDLIES WITH 0-0 DRAW AGAINST COLOMBIA;
USA BID COMMITTEE TO FOCUS ON 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP

SUNDHAGE NAMES ROSTER FOR CONCACAF WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 20 players to the roster for the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament from Oct. 28-Nov. 8 being held in Cancún, Mexico. Sundhage named the roster after a three-week training camp that consisted of 30 players. The camp took the team from Kennesaw, Ga., to Chester, Pa., and also featured two matches against China.

U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2):
 Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (FC Gold Pride), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN GERMANY: Individual tickets for all 2011 Women's World Cup matches are officially on sale. Individual tickets are available from approximately $20 for first round matches, with the exception of the opening match, and the match for third place. Of the 700,000 available tickets, more than 270,000 have already been sold as 'Venue Specific Tickets' and group tickets.

KATE MARKGRAF RETIRES FROM PROFESSIONAL SOCCER: Kate Markgraf, one of the most-capped players in the history of the U.S. Women’s National team with 201 games played, has retired. A starter for the USA in the last six world championships, she played her last match for the U.S. National Team on July 17 against Sweden in East Hartford, Conn., and retires as one of the greatest defenders in U.S. history. 

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Oct. 12 – Oct. 18

U.S. MNT DRAWS 0-0 WITH COLOMBIA ON OCT. 12 AT PPL PARK IN CHESTER, PA.: The U.S. Men’s National Team played to a scoreless draw against Colombia at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., to earn their second shutout in 2010 in the team’s final domestic match of the year. The first-ever match for the national team at the new PPL Park provided head coach Bob Bradley with the opportunity to give a number of young players international experience as he begins the start of the new four-year cycle. Bradley made a number of changes to his lineup from the team’s 2-2 draw against Poland on Oct. 9, and the average age of the starting lineup was under 25 years old.

U.S. MEN TO FACE SOUTH AFRICA ON NOV. 17 IN NELSON MANDELA CHALLENGE CUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to South Africa to take on 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts South Africa on Nov. 17 at the magnificent Green Point Stadium in Cape Town at 2 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or at twitter.com/ussoccer. The U.S. will be returning to South Africa for the first time since the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where they finished in first place in Group C ahead of England, Slovenia and Algeria before going out in the Round of 16.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Oct. 12 – Oct. 18

USA BID COMMITTEE TO FOCUS ON 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP: The USA Bid Committee announced that it has withdrawn from the 2018 FIFA World Cup bid and will exclusively focus on the 2022 campaign. The decision comes after several months of careful deliberation with FIFA, UEFA and members of the USA Bid Board of Directors. Four European candidates now remain in the race for 2018 (Belgium/Netherlands, England, Russia and Spain/Portugal). Since the FIFA Statutes indicate that the competition cannot be held on the same continent on two successive occasions, the 2022 campaign will now be between Australia, Japan, Korea Republic, Qatar and the United States.

COUNTDOWN CLOCK IS ON TO MARK DAYS UNTIL VOTE FOR 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP: A countdown clock marking the moments until FIFA announces the hosts of the FIFA World Cup tournaments in 2018 and 2022 is now running at gousabid.com. The clock started last week to mark the milestone of 50 days until the Thursday, Dec. 2, vote by the FIFA Executive Committee in Zurich, Switzerland. The clock counts down to the approximate time of 4 p.m. in Zurich (10 a.m. ET in the U.S.), when the announcement is scheduled to occur. 

ussoccer.com’s USA Bid Coverage – Oct. 12 – Oct. 18

CAROLINA AND PUERTO RICO ADVANCE TO USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: The Puerto Rico Islanders triumphed 2-0 in extra time against Vancouver Whitecaps FC to advance to the USSF D-2 Pro League Championship Series, while the Carolina RailHawks overcame a 1-0 first leg deficit against the Montreal Impact and advance to the Championship Series 2-1 on aggregate. Carolina and Puerto Rico will meet in the first leg of the Championship Series on Oct. 24 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, at 6:05 p.m. ET at Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel. The RailHawks will play host to the second leg of the series at WakeMed Soccer Park on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. ET. 

USSF D-2 Pro League Playoff Schedule
Final, Leg 1
Date       Match                                                                     Time (ET)              Venue
Oct. 24   Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Carolina RailHawks              6:05 p.m.               Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel, Bayamon, Puerto Rico                            

Final, Leg 2
Date       Match                                                                     Time (ET)              Venue
Oct. 30   Carolina RailHawks vs. Puerto Rico Islanders              7 p.m.                     WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Playoff Standings

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-17 MNT ROUNDS OUT TRIP AGAINST THREE ACADEMY OPPONENTS: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team wrapped up its three-game tour of Development Academy clubs with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Sounders FC Academy at Qwest Field in Seattle. Nico Melo scored twice against Seattle and Mobi Fehr scored in the first minute of stoppage time to give the U.S. a 3-2 lead, but the Sounders battled back for the equalizer in the fourth minute of added time. Earlier in the week, Wilmer Cabrera’s side earned a 3-0 win against Crossfire Premier SC behind goals from Daniel Flores, Esteban Rodriguez and Mario Rodriguez. The U.S. team began its road trip in New Jersey when it overcame an early goal to top the New York Red Bulls Academy 4-1 at Red Bull Arena. Mario Rodriguez scored twice in that game while Alejandro Guido and Marc Pelosi each scored one goal.

U.S. U-17 MNT Schedule
Date     Opponent                          Result     Goalscorers                                  Venue
Oct. 9     N.Y. Red Bulls Academy    4-1 W    Guido, Pelosi, M. Rodriguez (2)       Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
Oct. 13   Crossfire Premier SC         3-0 W    Flores, E. Rodriguez, M. Rodriguez   Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Oct. 15   Sounders FC Academy      3-3 T     Melo (2), Fehr                                Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.

MEXICO ANNOUNCES VENUES FOR 2011 FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP: Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, Morelia, Pachuca and Torreon have been named as cities for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will be held in Mexico from June 18-July 10. The famed Estadio Azteca in Mexico City will host the third-place game and final.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than 44 days to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cup to come to the United States – and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

SOTO NAMES ROSTER FOR FINAL TRAINING CAMP AHEAD OF THE CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: U.S. Beach Soccer Men’s National Team head coach Eddie Soto will hold its final domestic training camp before the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship from Nov. 10-13 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Soto will use the 18-player camp to finalize his 12-man selection to represent the United States at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifying event, which will be held from Dec. 1-5 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The U.S. last qualified for the annual FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2007, and seven players who are part of this camp participated in Rio de Janeiro: Luis Montanez, Francis Farberoff, Zack Ibsen, Jevin Albuquerque, Yuri Morales, Brendon Taguinod and Raphael Xexeo.

U.S. Beach Soccer Men’s National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2); Mike McAndrews (UC Santa Barbara; Long Beach, Calif.), Luis Montañez (Santa Clara Sporting; Hayward, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Joe Cartlidge (So Cal Beach FC; Redondo Beach, Calif.), Francis Farberoff (Rio Beach Soccer; Hollywood, Fla.), Giovanni Garcia (Pugg BS Club; Miami, Fla.), Zack Ibsen (El Farolito SC; San Francisco, Calif.), Eric Meister (Doxa Italia; Coto de Caza, Calif), Austin Roman (UC Santa Cruz; San Diego, Calif.), Lewie Valentine (US Sand Soccer; Oceanside, Calif.)
FORWARDS (8): Jevin Albuquerque (Pugg BS Club; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Josh Barton (San Diego Sockers; Murrieta, Calif.), Anthony Chimienti (Sacramento Knights FC; El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Ryan Futagaki (Chicago Fire; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Yuri Morales (BST Zurich; San Francisco, Calif.), Brendon Taguinod (BST Zurich; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Skyler Thuresson (PSA Elite; Long Beach, Calif.), Raphael Xexeo (BS Club; Brasil; Lawndale, Calif.)   

PARALYMPIC NATIONAL TEAM WINS FIRST MATCH IN ARGENTINA: U.S. Paralympic National Team defeated Canada 6-1 in its first match at the CPISRA America’s Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The U.S. went down a goal in the first half but responded with six unanswered tallies in the second half to ensure victory. The USA will continue its schedule with matches against Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela. The winner of the tournament will automatically qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The event serves as a qualifier for the 2011 CPISRA World Championship, as well as provide valuable international experience with five games against North and South American opponents during the course of eight days. The top three finishers in Argentina qualify for the 2011 CPISRA World Championship, from which an additional four teams will qualify for London.

U.S. Paralympic National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPER (1): Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (4): Chris Ahrens (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Jason Slemons (Seattle, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Adam Ballou (Virginia Beach, Va.), Chad Jones (Virginia Beach, Va.), Tommy Latsch (Euclid, Ohio), Josh McKinney (Cary, N.C.), Marthell Vasquez (Long Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (2): Joe Chavez (Bonita, Calif.), James Hilaire (Stamford, Conn.)

MEDIA ACCREDITATION NOW OPEN FOR 2018 AND 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP HOST ANNOUNCEMENT: FIFA announced that the accreditation process for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2022 FIFA World Cup Host Announcement is now open exclusively via the FIFA Media Channel (http://media.fifa.com). The deadline for accreditation applications is Oct. 22, 2010. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail by the beginning of November at the latest. The Host announcement will take place at the Messe Zurich, Switzerland, on Dec. 2, 2010.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR THE 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP DRAW NOW OPEN: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for media representatives wishing to cover the Draw for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany (Congress Center Messe Frankfurt, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Nov. 29, 2010) is now open via the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is Nov. 8, 2010.

DRAW SCHEDULED FOR CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND OF CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: CONCACAF announced that the draw for the Championship Round of the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League will be held on Nov. 1, 2010. The draw will determine matchups for the quarterfinal round and potential matchups for the semifinal and final round in addition to the order of matchups for the semifinal and final rounds.

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 in 2011. 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.

JAMAICA QUALIFIES FOR CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP: Jamaica took three wins from its three games to finish atop Caribbean Group C and earn a place in the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Jamaica is the first team to earn a place in the eight team field, and will join automatic qualifiers Canada, Mexico and the United States in Guatemala from April 3-7, 2011.  Jamaica outscored its Group C opponents 21-1, including a 13-0 win against the U.S. Virgin Islands, a 6-1 win against Grenada and a 2-0 win against second-place finisher Guyana.

U.S. SOCCER REPRESENTATIVES PARTICIPATING IN FIFA FUTURO III COACHING EDUCATION CAMPAIGN: U.S. Under-20 MNT head coach Thomas Rongen and U.S. U-18 WNT coach Dave Chesler, along with Technical Advisors Chris Brewer, Louis Mateus, and Rene Miramontes, are among 27 coaches from across the country participating in the FIFA FUTURO III course from Oct. 16-27 in Casa Grande, Ariz. The program is geared toward the promotion of soccer across the world and to standardize training for players, coaches and referees. The goal of the FIFA FUTURO III program is to “teach the teachers” and build coaching education programs across the world. The 11 day seminar is hosted by FIFA instructors Erich Rutemöller and Dick Bate.

2010-2011 US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL LEAGUE KICKS OFF IN NOVEMBER: Entering its fourth season, the US Youth Soccer National League announces the 2010-2011 season schedule featuring top teams in the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Girls and Boys age groups.  League play kicks off in Wilson, N.C., with the boys’ games Nov. 18-21 followed by the girls’ games Dec. 2-5.  The league was recently expanded to meet demand. For a complete list of teams, results and news visit www.USYouthSoccer.org. 

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard got the best of his cross-town club rivals this weekend as Everton shutout visiting Liverpool FC 2-0 at Goodison Park. Howard’s clean sheet was his third in a row in league play dating back to the Toffees’ 0-0 draw with Fulham on Sept. 25 at Craven Cottage.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The Championship Series of the USSF D-2 Professional League is set to kick off this Sunday, Oct. 24, when the Carolina RailHawks face the Puerto Rico Islanders in the first leg of their two-leg, aggregate goals series at Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, at 6:05 p.m. ET. Kick off for the second and decisive leg of the series is set for Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. ET at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Columbus Crew goalkeeper Will Hesmer struck a 92nd equalizer in his team’s 1-1 draw against Toronto FC to grab a point after he advanced forward for a corner kick. Hesmer became only the second ‘keeper in MLS to score from open play – the first being Danny Cepero in 2008.

QUOTABLE: "Even as great a player as he was, people will remember him more as a quality person. Wouldn't we all want our legacy to be like that?" –Former U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena on former U.S. MNT forward Brian McBride, who played his final professional match at home with the Chicago Fire on Saturday.

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