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U.S. WOMEN NOW 7-0, AVERAGING OVER 15,000 FANS ON “FAN CELEBRATION TOUR”: The U.S. Women's National Team dominated Ireland for the second match in a row, breaking the game open in the second half with an amazing onslaught from the forward tandem of Abby Wambach and long-time Texas resident Mia Hamm to record an exciting 5-0 win on Oct. 23 in front of 16,991 fans at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.  It was just the third time in history that the U.S. women had played a match indoors as the retractable roof was closed on the state-of-the-art stadium. With the victory, their seventh on the “Fan Celebration Tour,” the U.S. WNT broke the record for wins in a calendar year with 27, besting the 26 wins that the U.S. Women earned in 2000. The USA, currently at 27-1-3 in 2004, has a chance to add to the record as it shoots to finish the 10-game tour with a perfect mark with three matches remaining. In a performance perhaps indicative of Hamm's complete talents and unselfishness throughout her career, she assisted on four of Wambach's five second-half strikes.  The quintet of goals gave the 24-year-old forward a whopping 28 goals in 2004 and made her only the fourth player in WNT history to score five goals in a match. The 28 goals, combined with 12 assists, give her a total of 68 points in 2004 and move her past Hamm (60 points in 1998) for the second-most points in a year behind only Michelle Akers (85 points in 1991).  The USA also improved to 37-0-1 in games in which Wambach has scored. The crowd total allowed the U.S. Women's National Team to break the 100,000 attendance mark at this seventh stop on the "Fan Celebration Tour," totaling 106,898 for an average of 15,271 per game.  The USA is 7-0-0 during the FCT. The tour next heads next to the East Coast where the U.S. will face Denmark on Nov. 3 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., (7:30 p.m. ET) and again on Nov. 6 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., (3:55 p.m. ET), before ending with yet-to-be confirmed match in early December.
2004 U.S. WNT “Fan Celebration Tour” Results / Schedule
Game    Date                    Match-up / Result                Venue                           City                                Kickoff / Attendance
   1        Sat., Sept. 25      USA 4, Iceland 3                 Frontier Field                Rochester, N.Y.             14,870 (SO)
   2        Wed., Sept. 29    USA 3, Iceland 0                Heinz Field                    Pittsburgh, Pa.                6,386
   3        Sun., Oct. 3         USA 5, New Zealand 0      PGE Park                      Portland, Ore.                16,554
   4        Sun., Oct. 10       USA 6, New Zealand 0      Paul Brown Stadium      Cincinnati, Ohio              18,806
   5        Sat., Oct. 16        USA 1, Mexico 0               Arrowhead Stadium       Kansas City, Mo.           20,435
   6        Wed., Oct. 20     USA 5, Ireland 1                Soldier Field                   Chicago, Ill.                   12,856
   7        Sat., Oct. 23        USA 5, Ireland 0                Reliant Stadium              Houston, Texas              16,991
   8        Wed., Nov. 3      USA vs. Denmark              Giants Stadium               East Rutherford, N.J.      7:30 p.m. ET
   9        Sat., Nov. 6         USA vs. Denmark             Lincoln Financial Field    Philadelphia, Pa.              3:55 p.m. ET
  10       TBD                    TBD                                  TBD                              TBD                                TBD

U.S. WNT NOV. 6 MATCH IN PHILLY TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON ESPN2 AT 3:55 P.M. ET:  The U.S. Women’s National Team’s match versus Denmark on Saturday, Nov. 6, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., will be televised live on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. ET, marking the final time most fans across the nation will be able to watch retiring legends Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett wear the red white and blue.  The WNT will play a final match in December that will be announced in the coming weeks, but the Nov. 6 broadcast will likely be the final time the three can be seen on TV playing for the U.S.  Hamm and Foudy are expected to be wearing special microphones to record their team talk on and off the field. The match should continue the string of exciting, high-scoring matches on the “Fan Celebration Tour,” as the U.S. is averaging over four goals per game.

NikeGO DONATING $1 FOR EVERY FAN CELEBRATION TOUR TICKET SOLD: For every ticket purchased during the 10-game U.S. Women's National Team "Fan Celebration Tour," NikeGO is donating $1 of Nike soccer product to support the increase of girls soccer participation in each city. NikeGO is a grassroots community outreach program designed to achieve Nike's overarching corporate goal of promoting youth health and fitness through sport. The donation of Nike soccer product is designed to support the increase in soccer participation among young girls in each city. Nike has also purchased 50 tickets for each game for youth involved with the recipient organization. Through the first seven games of the tour, Nike has committed more than $106,000 in sports equipment toward this initiative.

-- WORLD CUP QUALIFYING UPDATE --

U.S., MEXICO & GUATEMALA SECURE FIRST THREE SPOTS IN FINAL ROUND: With its 6-0 victory over Panama on Oct. 13, the U.S. was the first team to clinch a spot in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Later that night, both Guatemala (Group 2) and Mexico (Group 3) came away with victories in their respective qualifying group to also clinch spots in the final round, while Canada and St. Kitts & Nevis were eliminated. With one game left to play for every team (except Mexico and St. Kitts), seven teams will be vying for the final three spots in next year’s hexagonal. In Group 1, the race for second place is open to all three teams. Jamaica advances with a win, or a tie coupled with a Panama tie or loss. Panama clinches with a win and a Jamaica loss or tie, or a tie and a Jamaica loss. El Salvador can still sneak in with a win and a loss by Jamaica. In Group 2, Honduras needs a win at home vs. Costa Rica to go through, while the Ticos need a win or tie to make it to the next round. In Group 3, St. Vincent & the Grenadines are holding on, but will need a three-goal victory on the road to beat out Trinidad & Tobago for the second spot in a group dominated by Mexico.
MNT FIFA World Cup Qualifying Results
Date             Opponent       Venue; City                                                                   Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
Aug. 18        Jamaica           National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica                             1-1 T      Ching
Sept. 4         El Salvador     Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass                                    2-0 W    Ching, Donovan
Sept. 8         Panama           Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama        1-1 T      Jones
Oct. 9          El Salvador     Cuscatlan Stadium; San Salvador, El Salvador                2-0 W    McBride, Johnson
Oct. 13        Panama           RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.                                   6-0 W    Donovan (2), Johnson (3), Own Goal
MNT FIFA World Cup Qualifying Schedule
Date            Opponent       Venue; City                                                                    Kickoff (local)    TV
Nov. 17       Jamaica          Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio                                     7:30 p.m. ET      ESPN2 (Live); Telemundo (TD-11:30 p.m. ET/PT)

Group 1 Standings
Teams           GP    W    L    T    GF    GA    GD    Pts.
y-USA           5      3     0     2    12       2     +10    11
Jamaica          5      1     1     3     6        4     +2       6
Panama          5      1     2     2     5      11      -6      5
El Salvador    5      1     2     1     2        8      -6       4

Group 2 Standings                  
Team             GP   W    L    T    GF    GA    GD    Pts. 
x-Guatemala    5     3     1     1      7       8       -1      10  
Costa Rica      5     3     2     0     12       8      +4       9  
Honduras        5     1     1     3      9       7       +2       6  
z-Canada        5     0     3     2      3       8       -5       2  

Group 3 Standings
Team                     GP  W    L    T    GF    GA    GD     Pts.
y-Mexico                4     4     0    0     14      1      +13     12
Trinidad/Tobago     5     3     2     0    10       8      +2        9
St. Vincent/Gren.    5     2     3     0     4       10      -6       6
z-St. Kitts/Nevis     4     0     4     0     2       11      -9       0

x – clinched final round berth  
y-clinched top group spot
z- eliminated

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

U-19s OFF TO THAILAND NEXT WEEK FOR FIFA U-19 WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:  The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team return to camp Friday (Oct. 29) at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as they prepare to leave for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand on Nov. 2. Last week, U-19 WNT head coach Mark Krikorian named the 21 players that will represent the USA at the world championship, to be played from Nov. 10-27 in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket. The tournament is just one of three FIFA-sanctioned world championship tournaments for women after the Women’s World Cup and the Olympics, and the only FIFA-sanctioned world championship for youth women. The second FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship will feature players born on or after January 1, 1985. The naming of the roster culminates almost two years of preparation for the young U.S. players, which make up a talented and deep squad featuring four members of the U.S. team that won the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in 2002.  Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defender Rachel Buehler, midfielder Angie Woznuk and forward Kerri Hanks will get the chance to play in their second youth world championship tournament.  Harris and Buehler were starters on the 2002 team while Hanks and Woznuk, the two leading scorers for the USA this year with 12 and eight goals respectively, were reserves who will likely get their chance to make their mark on the world’s stage.
U-19 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Laura Comeau (Univ. of Virginia), Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Ashlyn Harris (Univ. of North Carolina); DEFENDERS (5): Rachel Buehler (Stanford Univ.), Meagan Holmes (Timinium, Md.), Nikki Krzyski (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Lopez (Univ. of Portland), Becky Sauerbrunn (Univ. of Virginia); MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Sheree Gray (Penn State Univ.), Stephanie Kron (UCLA), Stacy Lindstrom (UCLA), Stephanie Logterman (Univ. of Texas), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Jen Redmond (Univ. of Virginia), Angie Woznuk (Univ. of Portland); FORWARDS (5): Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame Univ.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Megan Rapinoe (Univ. of Portland), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio), Meghan Schnur (Univ. of Connecticut).

U-17 WOMEN HOLD TRAINING CAMP AT HDC: With the U.S. U-19 Women's National Team just days away from leaving for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship, many of the players who may represent the USA at the next women's world youth championship in 2006 began a training camp on Oct. 23 with the U.S. U-17 Women's National Team.  Head coach David Smith brought 24 players to U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., for the seven-day camp.
U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Meagan McCray (San Francisco, Calif.), Dianna Pfenninger (Sugar Land, Texas); DEFENDERS (7): Ameera Abdullah (Denver, Colo.), Jenna Belcher (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.), Allison Fries (Dublin, Ohio), Kasey Moore (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Stefani Rocco (Sacramento, Calif.), Caroline Walden (Guilford, Conn.), Lauren Wilmoth (Garland, Texas); MIDFIELDERS (9): Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill.), Cydne Currie (Irving, Texas), Melissa Hayes (Cave Creek, Ariz.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Amanda Lebo (Telford, Penn.), Lindsay Lum (Houston, Texas), Jennifer Om (Fairfax, Va.), Laura Grace Robinson (Houston, Texas), Hayley Siegel (Ellicott City, Md.); FORWARDS (6): Jackie Acevedo (Austin, Texas), Jessica McDonalad (Glendale, Ariz.), Kelly O'Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Lauren Shapiro (Phoeniz, Ariz.), Brittany Taylor (Campbell Hall, N.Y.), Nikki Washington (Mesquite, Texas).

U-17 MNT DEFEATS CANADA 3-1, GOES 3-0-1 IN MIAMI AND SUNRISE: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team bounced back with two goals from David Arvizu and another from Preston Zimmerman after falling behind early to snag a 3-1 victory over Canada today in Sunrise, Fla. After allowing a goal in the fifth minute, the U.S. dominated the rest of the match as Arvizu and Zimmerman teamed up twice, bagging a goal and an assist each to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead at halftime. Arvizu scored first as Zimmerman’s flick-on released him one-on-one with the ‘keeper and the forward finished into the lower-right corner in the 22nd minute. Arvizu returned the favor in the 41st minute as he fed Zimmerman. Arvizu slammed the door on Canada when he finished a Zimmerman cross less than a minute after the start of the second half. On Oct. 23, the U.S. and Florida International University each scored a goal in the first and second half to draw 2-2 at University Park in Miami. FIU’s Jean Camere opened the scoring by finishing a cross from close range in the 18th minute, but four minutes later the U.S. evened the game getting a own goal after Zimmerman’s pressure forced a poor back pass that ended up in FIU’s net. FIU retook the lead in the 51st minute, but the U.S. got the final equalizer in the 86th minute when Michael Farfan ripped a shot from the top of the box that the FIU ‘keeper wasn’t able to handle cleanly allowing Arvizu to pounce on the loose ball and bury it home. In the second game on Oct. 23, the U.S. got four goals in the second half including a hat trick from midfielder Amaechi Igwe to run away with a 4-0 victory over local club Weston U-18 at the Sunrise Hilton. Neven Subotic opened the scoring in the 67th minute before Igwe got his three goals in 28 minutes (71st, 82nd, 88th). On Oct. 24, the U.S. also defeated the Miami All-Stars (U-17) 3-0 behind goals from Eddie Ababio, Joseph Sorrentino and Josmer Altidore.
U-17 MNT Results
Date         Opponent                             Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
Oct. 23     Florida International Univ.     2-2 T     Zimmerman, Arvizu
Oct. 23     Weston U-18                       4-0 W    Subotic, Igwe (3)
Oct. 24     Miami All-Stars (U-17)        3-0 W    Ababio, Sorrentino, Altidore
Oct. 25     Canada                                3-1 W    Arvizu (2), Zimmerman

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

FIRST WEEKEND OF MLS PLAYOFFS PROVIDES SOME SURPRISING RESULTS:  The first weekend of the home-and-home aggregate first round of the MLS Cup Playoff Conference Semifinals provided some surprising results as the New England Revolution, D.C. United, Colorado Rapids and San Jose Earthquakes all came away with the upper hand this weekend. The top seeds in both conferences lost in their opening games as the Revolution snapped the Columbus Crew’s 18-game unbeaten streak with Avery John scoring his first career goal for a 1-0 victory, and the Kansas City Wizards fell 2-0 to the San Jose Earthquakes, the defending MLS champions. In the two other match-ups, D.C. United took a commanding 2-0 lead on the road over the MetroStars, and Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Joe Cannon closed the door on L.A., winning 1-0 at home on a goal from Jean Philippe Peguero. Game Two in each series will be played this weekend.
Eastern Conference Results / Schedule
Date        Match-Up                                                              Venue; City
Oct. 23    New England Revolution 1, Columbus Crew 0       Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass.
Oct. 23    D.C. United 2, MetroStars 0                                 Giants Stadium; E. Rutherford, N.J.
Date        Match-Up                                                              Venue; City                                                    Kickoff (ET)        TV
Oct. 30    MetroStars at D.C. United                                     RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.                    7 p.m.                 TBD
Oct. 31    New England Revolution at Columbus Crew          Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio                      5 p.m.                 ESPN2
Western Conference Results / Schedule
Date         Match-Up                                                             Venue; City
Oct. 22    Colorado Rapids 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 0             Invesco Field; Denver, Colo.
Oct. 24    San Jose Earthquakes 2, Kansas City Wizards 0    Spartan Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
Date         Match-Up                                                             Venue; City                                                    Kickoff (ET)        TV
Oct. 30    San Jose Earthquakes at Kansas City Wizards       Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Mo.           7:30 p.m. CT       TBD
Oct. 30    Colorado Rapids at Los Angeles Galaxy                The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.          7 p.m. PT            TBD

TOZER TO ANNOUNCE U.S. FUTSAL ROSTER FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ON WED.: U.S. Futsal National Team head coach Keith Tozer selected a 13-player roster for the team’s final training camp prior to departing for the FIFA Futsal World Championship 2004 in Chinese Taipei from Nov. 21 to Dec. 5. The three-day camp began on Oct. 24 in Milwaukee, Wis., and will include two training sessions and a pair of scrimmages vs. the Milwaukee Wave of the Major Indoor Soccer League. The players called into Milwaukee represent six MISL teams that have released players for this camp. With the 2004-2005 regular season just getting underway, MISL teams will also release players on the final world championship roster, which will be announced by Tozer on Wednesday (Oct. 27). The U.S. will depart for Chinese Taipei on Nov. 14 and their first game will be played on Nov. 21. The U.S. qualified by winning the 2004 CONCACAF Futsal Championship in July in Costa Rica and was drawn into Group C with Italy, Japan and Paraguay. The U.S. opens play in Tao Yuan County on Nov. 21 vs. Italy, and will play their second match vs. Paraguay on Nov. 23 there as well. The U.S. will close group play versus Japan on Nov. 25 in Taipei City, the nation’s capital.
Futsal NT Roster
GOALKEEPER (1): Scott Hileman (Phoenix, Ariz.); DEFENDERS (4): Sean Bowers (San Diego Sockers), Pat Morris (Philadelphia Kixx), Lee Tschantret (Baltimore Blast), Pat White (Milwaukee Wave); MIDFIELDERS (4): John Ball (Cleveland Force), Danny Kelly (Baltimore Blast), Joel Shanker (Philadelphia Kixx), Johnny Torres (Milwaukee Wave); FORWARDS (4): Steve Butcher (San Diego Sockers), Todd Dusosky (Milwaukee Wave), Andy Guastaferro (Chicago Storm), Greg Howes (Milwaukee Wave).

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