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U.S. Soccer Wire: Nov. 2, 2009


U.S. U-17 MNT FACE ITALY IN ROUND OF 16 OF 2009 FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP;
U.S. WNT DEFEAT GERMANY 1-0 IN INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY IN AUGSBURG, GERMANY;
USA BID COMMITTEE RELEASES STUDY ON ECONOMIC IMPACT OF HOSTING THE 2018 OR 2022 WORLD CUP  

U.S. U-17 MNT QUALIFIES FOR SECOND ROUND OF WORLD CUP WITH TWO 1-0 VICTORIES IN NIGERIA: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team has qualified for the Round of 16 of the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria after defeating Malawi and United Arab Emirates, both by a 1-0 scoreline. The U.S. will face Italy in their second round game on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. ET in Kaduna, Nigeria. Wilmer Cabrera’s men bounced back from a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Spain to record a 1-0 win against Malawi thanks to an Alex Shinsky strike in the 54th minute. With qualification on the line, the U.S. defeated UAE 1-0 in their final group match behind a Jack McInerney goal in the 35th minute. The two wins gave the U.S. six points and a spot in the quarterfinals as second place finishers in Group E where they will face Group F winners Italy. Fans can follow the match at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and www.twitter.com/ussoccer. In addition, the game will be shown live on ESPN360.com.  

U.S. U-17 World Cup Schedule
Date           Opponent           Time/Result           TV/Goalscorers                  Venue
Oct. 26       Spain                  1-2 L                     McInerney                        Sani Abacha Stadium; Kano, Nigeria                
Oct. 29       Malawi                1-0 W                    Shinsky                            Sani Abacha Stadium; Kano, Nigeria
Nov. 1       UAE                    1-0 W                    McInerney                        Gateway International; Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria
Nov. 4       Italy                    10 a.m. ET             ESPN360.com                   Ahmadu Bello Stadium; Kaduna, Nigeria 

ussoccer.com’s U-17 MNT Coverage – Oct. 27 – Nov. 2

U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM DEFEATS GERMANY 1-0 IN AUGSBURG: Abby Wambach scored her 101st career goal on a header in the 34th minute and a world class performance by the U.S. defense made sure it held up for a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Germany in front of a sold-out crowd at Impuls Arena. Impuls Arena, a new venue which will host matches of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, was sold out last week and 28,377 singing and chanting German fans filled the stadium to cheer for their defending European and Women’s World Cup champions against the defending Olympic champions. It was the first international match at the stadium and also set a record for the largest crowd to see a match at the venue in its young history. The crowd was also the largest to see a stand-alone U.S. WNT friendly match outside of the USA, and the third-largest home or away crowd for a stand-alone friendly.  

U.S. FORWARD ABBY WAMBACH ON SHORT LIST FOR 2009 FIFA WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: FIFA has announced the names on the short list for the 2009 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and U.S. forward Abby Wambach is one of the 10 players so honored. Wambach, who scored the USA’s lone goal in a 1-0 win against Germany on Oct. 29 in Augsburg, Germany, finished tied for second in scoring in Women’s Professional soccer with eight goals, led her team to a strong finish down the stretch and a third-place finish in the regular season. Wambach scored her 100th career international goal in July against Canada in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y. The winner will be decided by a vote from the captains and head coaches of women’s national teams from across the globe. The captains and coaches cannot vote for a member of their own team. Five finalists will be chosen according to the top vote-getters and FIFA will reveal the winner on Dec. 21, 2009, at the 19th FIFA World Player Gala in Zurich, Switzerland. The list of 10 candidates for the prestigious award includes five players who participated in the inaugural season of WPS, including three-time winner Marta of Brazil and the Los Angeles Sol, as well as three members of Germany’s 2009 European Women’s Championship team.The following ten women (in alphabetical order) are in contention for the title of 2009 FIFA Women’s World Player 2009: Nadine Angerer (Germany), Sonia Bompastor (France), Cristiane (Brazil), Inka Grings (Germany), Mana Iwabuchi (Japan), Simone Laudehr (Germany), Marta (Brazil), Birgit Prinz (Germany), Kelly Smith (England) and Abby Wambach (USA). 

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Oct. 27 – Nov. 02

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TO PLAY SLOVAKIA ON NOV. 14: The United States Men’s National Team will face fellow 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Slovakia on Saturday, Nov.14 in Bratislava. Kickoff time for the USA’s first-ever visit to Slovakia will be finalized in the near future. Combined with the match against Denmark on Nov. 18 in Aarhus, the U.S. will have played 12 games on foreign soil in 2009, including five matches in the run to the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Additionally, the U.S. is one of only six teams – including Denmark, Germany, Korea Republic, Netherlands, and Paraguay – that will have the opportunity to face two 2010 World Cup finalists on the last two international fixture dates of the year. Fans can follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. In addition, the match will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel. 

TICKETS FOR DENMARK FRIENDLY AVAILABLE NOW: Visiting supporters’ tickets for the U.S. Men's National Team's international friendly Nov. 18 against fellow 2010 FIFA World Cup participants Denmark at NRGi Park in Aarhus, Denmark, are on sale now. Tickets located in the stadium's East Tribune are $46 and are subject to availability, with the order deadline falling on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. CT. Orders are limited to a number of 10 tickets per purchaser, with a $15 shipping rate per order. Fans are invited to pay with a Visa® card, the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Television coverage of the match will be provided by ESPN2. Fans can also follow the match at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and www.twitter.com/ussoccer. 

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* 1-0 W Clark Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
Oct. 10 Honduras* 3-2 W Casey (2), Donovan Estadio Olímpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* 2-2 T Bradley, Bornstein RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Nov. 18 Denmark 2 p.m. ET TBA NRGi Park; Aarhus, Denmark
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Oct. 27 – Nov. 2

STUDY SHOWS HOSTING WORLD CUP COULD BRING $5 BILLION TO U.S. ECONOMY: The USA Bid Committee released a study conducted by an independent consulting firm that estimates a conservative domestic economic impact of $5 billion if the United States is chosen to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. The analysis also estimates that between 65,000 and 100,000 total new jobs would be created in the various host cities during the preparation and operation of the tournament in the year of the event. The study was undertaken by the Economics practice at AECOM, formerly Economics Research Associates (ERA), the world’s leading international sports and entertainment attraction consulting firm. The research firm previously conducted the economic and community impact analyses for the 1994 FIFA World Cup™ in the United States and multiple studies for the Olympic Games, beginning with the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. 

WASHINGTON POST CEO KATHARINE WEYMOUTH JOINS U.S. WORLD CUP BID COMMITTEE: Katharine Weymouth, Chief Executive Officer of Washington Post Media and Publisher of The Washington Post, has formally accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its endeavor to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. “Katharine’s understanding of national and global media platforms as well as the importance of a sound, effective message is a welcome addition to an already strong board of directors for the USA Bid Committee,” said Sunil Gulati, the Chairman of the USA Bid Committee and President of U.S. Soccer. 

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE – 

U.S. U-15 GNT TO PARTICIATE IN THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONALS: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will participate in the Thanksgiving Interregional Tournament in Sunrise, Fla., from Nov. 20-27, 2009. U.S. head coach Mike Dickey brings 24 players to Florida for four matches, two against ODP Regional teams, and two against the Costa Rica U-17 Women’s National Team. Dickey’s squad ranges in age from player born in 1993 through 1995, with most of the roster consisting of 1994s. The ODP Regional teams and the Costa Ricans will be made up of 1993s. The USA opens its game schedule on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. ET against Region I (East) at Coral Glades High School and faces Costa Rica on Monday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. ET, also at CGHS. The team will have a rest day on Tuesday before facing Costa Rica again on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. ET at North Community Park (Field 1) and then finishes the schedule against Region IV (West) at 8 a.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 26, also at North Community Park. 

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): McKenzie Karas (Premier ’95 Black; Las Vegas, Nevada), Katelyn Rowland (San Juan Spirits; Vacaville, Calif.), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (7): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Lauren Bernard (Nordic SC; Colchester, Vt.), Kelli Hubly (Sockers FC; Elk Grove, Ill.), Laura, Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.),  Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.), Maya Theuer (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Joanna Boyles (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C.), (Miranda Freeman (Team Boca; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Gabrielle Galante (Montclair Thunderbolts; Howell, N.J.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Courtney Raetzman (Sockers FC; Elk Grove, Ill.), Brittany Ratcliffe (FC Pennsylvania Strikers; Williamstown, N.J.), Haley Washburn (San Juan Spirt; Folsom, Calif.), Sandra Yu (Cleveland Futbol; Strongville, Ohio)
FORWARDS (3): Mariana Galvan (SC Sporting; San Jose, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Jasmine Paterson (Kendall SC; Key Largo, Fla.) 

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION– 

USA BID COMMITTEE GIVES FANS THE CHANCE TO “SUPPORT YOUR CITY”: The USA Bid Committee has added a “Support Your City” section to goUSAbid.com, the online home for the United States’ bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. The new “Support Your City” section of the Web site features city-specific pages for each of the 27 cities currently being considered as potential host cities to be included in the U.S. bid that will be submitted to FIFA in May 2010. The new pages provide valuable city-specific information and photos while giving fans another opportunity to put their support behind the candidate city of their choice by signing the online petition at goUSAbid.com. 

TICKETS FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ON SALE: The Organizing Committee for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany has launched its ticketing campaign. Sales phases will be divided in three periods, two of which, “City series” and “Twenty11” are focusing on families and clubs. The first round of ticket sales began on Oct. 29. The day was specifically chosen to launch the online order form on www.fifa.com as it coincided with the match between women's soccer powerhouses Germany and the USA at the new FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium in Augsburg, Germany. It marks the start of the first sales period, which will continue until Jan. 31, 2010, with the "city series" being exclusively on offer during this phase. 

PARALYMPIC TEAM DEFEATS JAPAN TO CONCLUDE INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team concluded the CPISRA 7-a-Side Football Championship in Arnhem, Netherlands with a convincing 5-0 win against Japan. After dropping its first three games, the team rebounded to finish its trip to the Netherlands on a winning note. The U.S. got two goals apiece from Marthell Vazquez and Adam Ballou. Chad Jones added the second goal of the match as Chris Arhrens notched three assists in the match. 

U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team Schedule
Date           Opponent           Result                     Goalscorers                                         Venue
Oct. 23       Russia                 0-5 L                      --                                                       Papendal; Arnhem, Netherlands                            
Oct. 25       Scotland             1-2 L                      Ballou                                                  Papendal; Arnhem, Netherlands
Oct. 27       Canada                0-3 L                      --                                                       Papendal; Arnhem, Netherlands
Oct. 28       Japan                   5-0 W                    Vazquez (2), Jones, Ballou (2)               Papendal; Arnhem, Netherlands 

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools for A, B and C License Courses on Jan. 2-10, 2010, in California and Florida. The National “A” License course will take place at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., and The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  The National “B” and “C” License courses will be offered at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., and at Oxnard College in Oxnard, Calif.  

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL GOALKEEPING LICENSE COURSE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct its National Goalkeeping License course Jan. 24-31, 2010, in Carson, Calif. at The Home Depot Center. 

COACHESNET INSIDER: CoachesNet caught up with U.S. Soccer National Staff Coach Roberto Lopez on the recent Under-17 Men’s National Team mini-camp in Bradenton, Fla. In the second part of the two part series, Coach Lopez sat down with Insider to answer a series of questions about the camp in Bradenton. 

COACHESNET OFFERS INTERNATIONAL TRIPS IN 2010: U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet is offering educational trips to both Buenos Aires, Argentina and Madrid, Spain in 2010. The announcement comes six months after the inaugural and successful coaching education trip that took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Click here for more details. 

VETERAN PLAYER BALLOT ANNOUNCED AT THE NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME: Two FIFA Women’s World Cup champions, two men from the 1990 FIFA World Cup squad, five North American Soccer League alumni, and a 7-time winner of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the 1920s and 1930s are featured on the Election 2010 Veteran Player Ballot the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum announced today. Detailed information about each veteran player candidate is available on the Hall of Fame’s website here. 

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT *** 

PEAK PERFORMERS: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team qualified for the second round of the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria. The team amassed a 2-0-1 record and collected six points en route to finishing second in Group E. In addition the team only conceded two goals and recorded two shutouts in its three group games. 

MARQUEE MATCHUP: As a result of their qualification, the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team takes on Italy in the round of 16 of the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Italy won Group F with seven points finishing ahead of South Korea, Uruguay and Algeria. The match is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. ET in Kaduna, Nigeria. Fans can watch the match on ESPN360.com or follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and www.twitter.com/ussoccer. 

SOCCER SHOCKER: Even after losing to the U.S. in its final Group E match of the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria, UAE still advanced to the Round of 16 as one of the best third place teams – by the smallest of margins. UAE, Brazil and the Netherlands all finished group play equal on points, overall record, goals scored and goals against. The tie-breaker used to determine that UAE advanced was the “fair play rating” in which the number of yellow and red cards is evaluated.  This is the last tie-breaker before the tournament organizing committee must resort to the final method of drawing lots. 

QUOTABLE: “The Germans were very dangerous in their attacking runs, making smart runs and getting crosses in, but we did well. We were aware of where our players were and tried our best to always be touch-tight and marking in the box. Overall, they did have a few chances here and there, but we did very well with such a strong attacking force.” –U.S. Women’s National Team defender and Woman of the Match Rachel Buehler(aka, die Buehldozer) on the team’s performance in Augsburg, Germany

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