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U.S. Soccer Wire: Aug. 24, 2009


From the U.S. Soccer Communications Center – Aug. 24, 2009

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIER IN SANDY, UTAH;
U.S. MEN CONTINUE PREPARATIONS FOR FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER IN SANDY, UTAH: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face off against El Salvador at the new Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, on Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. MT. Tickets starting at $38 are on sale now through ussoccer.com, by phone at 801-727-2700 (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and at the Rio Tinto Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Ultimate Fan Tickets, special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a customized official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits, are also available now exclusively through ussoccer.com. The U.S. faces El Salvador for the second time in the final round of 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying after coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw in San Salvador behind goals from Jozy Altidore and Frankie Hejduk.

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM PREPARES FOR EL SALVADOR: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face El Salvador on Sept. 5 in Sandy, Utah, at Rio Tinto Stadium. The team is continuing its FIFA 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign where it sits in third place after six games. The U.S. and Honduras are tied on 10 points, just two back from leaders Costa Rica who have 12. The match starts a crucial stretch for the Americans as they travel to Trinidad & Tobago and Honduras for their next two encounters. Television coverage of the match will be provided live by ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow on the Futbol de Primera Radio Network, as well as ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and the U.S. Soccer Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/ussoccer. 

2009 U.S. Men's National Team 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* 6 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
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Aug. 18-24

U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TO FACE GERMANY ON OCT. 29 IN AUGSBURG: The U.S. Women's National Team will face Germany on Oct. 29 at the newly constructed Impuls Arena in Augsburg, Germany, in the first meeting between the two women’s powers since January of 2007. The stadium in Augsburg, which seats almost 31,000 fans, is one of nine venues that will host matches of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

USA BID COMMITTEE RECEIVES DONATION FROM CAL SOUTH TO SUPPORT WORLD CUP BID:  The USA Bid Committee announced a donation commitment of $100,000 from Cal South, the state soccer association for both youth and adult soccer in Southern California, toward the effort to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. The donation from Cal South is the largest received by the USA Bid Committee to date and is an example of the type of grassroots support that will be used to fund the bid efforts going forward.

USA BID COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES 27 CITIES STILL IN CONTENTION TO BE WORLD CUP HOST SITES: The USA Bid Committee announced the 27 United States cities that passed the third stage of the city and stadium proposal review process and remain under consideration as potential host venues for the FIFA World Cupâ„¢ in 2018 or 2022. These cities will continue working with the USA Bid Committee both on the development and promotion of their local and national campaigns.

U.S. SOCCER AND EA SPORTS LAUNCH FREE ONLINE SOCCER RESOURCE: EA SPORTS and U.S. Soccer have teamed up to introduce EA SPORTS Interactive Training, a free, online tutorial that uses EA SPORTS technology to help train the soccer stars of the future. This interactive resource, available at www.EASPORTSinteractivetraining.com employs the EA SPORTS soccer game engine to illustrate U.S. Soccer’s coaching book “Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States” which serves as the sport’s definitive player development guidelines. John Hackworth, U.S. Soccer Development Academy Technical Director and U.S. Men’s National Team Assistant Coach introduces each video segment with expert coaching advice for players ages 8-12 and their coaches to help them improve real-world technique.

D.C. UNITED SET TO FACE SEATTLE SOUNDERS ON SEPT. 2 IN U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL: Two MLS sides will meet to decide the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Sept. 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The Seattle Sounders will travel to the nation’s capital to meet D.C. United in the final of the oldest team tournament in the U.S. The match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7:30 p.m. ET.

 – U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR FIFA U-20 AND U-17 WORLD CUPS: FIFA is accepting credential applications for both the FIFA U-20 and U-17 World Cups which will take place this fall in Egypt and Nigeria, respectively. Media who wish to attend either event must apply for credentials online through the FIFA Media Channel at http://media.FIFA.com. Media representatives who have not yet registered for the Media Channel can also do so at that address. Successful applicants will be notified and provided more information leading up to the tournament. The deadline for application for the FIFA U-20 World Cup is Aug. 31, and for the FIFA U-17 World Cup is Sept. 7. The FIFA Media Channel is the primary line of communication for news between FIFA, the local organizing committee of each FIFA competition and accredited media. This password-protected online service is designed to provide media professionals with details on activities, including press conferences, documents and other media resources, information on competition media facilities, including stadium media centers (SMCs), ticketing, FIFA and LOC media contacts, and any special media announcements. The FIFA Media Channel is also the one place where all media accreditation requests for all FIFA competitions must be made.

U.S. U-14 GIRLS’ NATIONAL TEAM TO HOLD TRAINING CAMP AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-14 Girls’ National Team training camp is underway until Aug. 30 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The camp commenced immediately after the U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team finished a week of training at The Home Depot Center. All of the players in this U-14 GNT event recently competed at the 101-player U.S. U-14 Girls’ National Team I.D. Camp in Pomona, Calif. For this week, U.S. national staff coach Mike Dickey brings 36 players (with one player still to be selected) to The Home Depot Center for a week of training and games against local club sides. All of the 36 players were born in 1995 and are looking toward competing in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The camp roster includes Rosie DiMartino, whose three older sisters – Tina, Gina and Vicki – all have competed for the USA in a FIFA youth Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-14 Girls Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (NASA Elite II; Kennesaw, Ga.), Annabella Geist (Lake Oswego SC; Milwaukie, Ore.), Jillian Maloney (Roswell SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Morgan Stearns (McLean; Burke, Va.)
DEFENDERS (11): Mariel Adams (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Calif.), Madeline Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), McKenzie Bricker (Collierville Lady Lobus; Collierville, Tenn.), Donish Cole (Schulz Academy; West Palm Beach, Fla.), Gianna Dal Pozzo (Sockers FC; Naperville, Ill.), Brittain Dearden (Mount Laurel United; Princeton Junction, N.J.), Kelly McCann (So Cal Blues; Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.), Emily Morgan (Lower Merion Heart; Chester Springs, Pa.), Taylor Nelson (Arsenal FC; Fort Collins, Colo.), Jenna Romano (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.), Kylie Schwarz (Minnesota Thunder; Plymouth, Minn.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Joanna Boyles (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C.), Alexandria Carter (Arkansas Rush; Conway, Ark.), Kaitlyn Clark (KC Select; Liberty, Mo.), Frannie Crouse (Beadling SC; Jeanette, Pa.), Rosie DiMartino (Albertson Fury; Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Lauren Kaskie (Neusport FC; Las Vegas, Nevada), Antionette Payne (BUSA Elite; Birmingham, Ala.), Cynthia Pineda (Chicago Fire Jrs.; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Lydia Simmons (Seacoast United; Londonberry, N.H.), Morgan Stanton (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), Claire Winter (Lamorinda United; Lafayette, Calif.)
FORWARDS (9): Elizabeth Bartels (Toro Booya; Omaha, Neb.), Elizabeth Boon (Columbia Timbers Premier SC; Washougal, Wash.), Jenny Chiu (Rio Vista FC; El Paso, Texas), Alessandra Dutto (Mustang; Danville, Calif.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Rachel Hill (Seacoast United; Rollinsford, N.H.), Darian Jenkins (Sparta Premier; Harriman, Utah), Victoria Manfredonia (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.

 – AROUND THE SOCCER NATION–

OBAMA: SOUTH AFRICA 2010 WILL BE VERY SPECIAL: After watching the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in New Jersey on July 26, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter went on to make an official visit to the White House in Washington on July 27, where he met Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America. The two spoke about football for half an hour, during which time the FIFA President invited Obama to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africaâ„¢. The head of state does not yet know whether time will permit him to attend, but he has written a letter to Blatter, saying: "I wish you every success for the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, which without doubt will be an historic event. It was a pleasure to receive you in the Oval Office. I very much enjoyed our conversation about football, sport and the importance of education," the letter continued. The U.S. president, who enjoyed 'soccer' in his youth and whose daughters also both play the sport, is particularly interested in the social aspect of football, and concluded his letter saying: "I must congratulate your on your determination to break down social barriers, promote tolerance and encourage harmony between people around the world by spreading a message of hope by means of football."

CHICAGO ECNL SHOWCASE CONCLUDES, ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM ANNOUNCED: U.S. Club Soccer’s inaugural Elite Clubs National League event has come to a close at the Libertyville Township Soccer Complex, as twenty-four teams from eight clubs played their first three regular-season games as part of the Chicago ECNL Showcase from Aug. 14-16. For a complete summary of the event and list of the all-tournament team, visit www.eliteclubsnationalleague.com.

INTERNATIONAL TRIP HIGHLIGHTS U.S. CLUB SOCCER’S 2009-10 BOYS’ ID2 PROGRAM: For the first time in the history of US Club Soccer’s id2 player identification and development program, a team of the best 18 boys’ players from this fall’s 2009 id2 Regional Training Camps will have the opportunity to take a post-event international trip. The trip, scheduled for Feb 5-14, 2010, will take the group to the Netherlands and Germany, where the squad will have the opportunity to experience the day-to-day culture of some of the world’s most well-known professional clubs while also improving themselves on the field via high-level training and game competition.

YOUTH SOCCER MONTH BEGINS SEPTEMBER 1 – JOIN THE CELEBRATION: Recognizing the impact and importance the sport of soccer plays in the day-to-day lives of America’s families, US Youth Soccer, with over 3 million members, the nation’s largest youth sports association, is spearheading the third annual Youth Soccer Month - Celebrating Soccer in America, this September.  Why is soccer so popular?  Because it offers children the opportunity to participate in a healthy lifestyle, be physically active and develop social skills while making new friends.  Learn more and see how you can join the celebration at http://www.YouthSoccerMonth.org.

USYOUTHSOCCER.ORG LAUNCHES MULTIMEDIA PAGE TO OFFER FREE CONTENT: USYouthSoccer.org the Web site for the US Youth Soccer recently launched a new multimedia player that offers a larger player, better navigation and embeddable code for sites take content they like and post to their own Web site or blog.  Visit the page today to look back on the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships, highlights from The US Youth Soccer Show and review coaching clips.  Look for more content to be loaded for Youth Soccer Month and beyond.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER:  After an eventful season that included three different coaches, Sky Blue FC captured the inaugural WPS championship on Saturday with a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Sol. A 17th minute strike from Heather O’Reilly would be enough to give the New Jersey club its third road victory in eight days. The championship capped an improbable playoff run under the guidance of player-coach Christie Rampone.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Chivas USA takes on the Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. on Saturday, Aug. 29. The match will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes at 8 p.m. PT. Both teams are in playoff qualifying positions with two months left in the MLS Season. The Galaxy currently sit in the second automatic playoff spot in the Western Conference with 35 points, but Chivas USA is just behind on 33 points in the first at-large playoff spot.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Burnley Football Club, which hails from a city in the northwest of England and newly promoted to the English top flight this season, defeated reigning English champions Manchester United 1-0 on Wednesday, Aug. 19 in league play. While a major upset in its own right, consider the fact that the entire population of Burnley – just more than 70,000 – could fit inside Manchester United’s home ground, Old Trafford.

QUOTABLE: “You never wish that you went through so many ups and downs that we went through this season, but I think in the end it’s so character building. I just think the fibers of this team are so close and so tight that nothing was going to break us.” –Sky Blue FC and U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Heather O’Reilly on the Sky Blue’s tumultuous, but ultimately triumphant season

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