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U.S. Soccer Wire: Jan. 3, 2011


BRADLEY CALLS 24 PLAYERS TO JANUARY TRAINING CAMP;
U-20 MNT CURRENTLY IN 12-DAY TRAINING CAMP IN FLORIDA;
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UNDHAGE SET TO OPEN CAMP ON JAN. 8 IN CARSON, CALIF.

BRADLEY CALLS 24 PLAYERS TO JANUARY TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named 24 players to the training camp roster that will begin gathering tomorrow, Jan. 4, at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The group will prepare for the USA’s first match of 2011, a friendly against fellow 2010 FIFA World Cup finalists Chile on Jan. 22 at The HDC. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. PT. Fans can follow the game live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or on Twitter @ussoccer. 

U.S. Roster by Position Detailed Roster 
GOALKEEPERS (4): Dominic Cervi (Celtic), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) 
DEFENDERS (9): A.J. DeLaGarza (Los Angeles Galaxy), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Ugo Ihemelu (FC Dallas), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Ryan Miller (Halmstads BK), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Anthony Wallace (Colorado Rapids), Marvell Wynne (Colorado Rapids) 
MIDFIELDERS (7): Eric Alexander (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Sam Cronin (San Jose Earthquakes), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Dax McCarty (D.C. United), Brek Shea (FC Dallas) 
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Justin Braun (Chivas USA), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) 

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR FIRST MNT MATCH OF 2011 AGAINST CHILE: The U.S. Men’s National Team will play its first match of 2011 when they face Chile on Saturday, Jan. 22, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff for the match is set for 6 p.m. PT. Tickets starting at $18, plus special edition U.S. Soccer on-field seats for $150, are on sale now through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including many Walmart and La Curacao locations). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2011 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Dec. 21 – Jan. 3

SUNDHAGE CALLS 26 PLAYERS TO TRAINING CAMP IN JANUARY: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 26 players to the roster for a six-day training camp from Jan. 8-13 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The camp will precede a trip to China for the 2011 Four Nations Tournament, a competition that will also feature Sweden, Canada and the host. Eight veteran players have been given the camp off by Sundhage, but they will join 15 players selected from the 26-player training camp roster for the trip to China. Sundhage will bring 23 players to Chongqing, China, to play matches against Sweden on Jan. 21, Canada on Jan. 23 and China on Jan. 25. The Swedes are the USA’s third Group C opponent at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. 

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Jill Loyden (out of contract), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (out of contract) 
DEFENDERS (5): Stephanie Cox (out of contract), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom), Meghan Schnur (out of contract), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC) 
MIDFIELDERS (12): Jordan Angeli (Boston Breakers), Yael Averbuch (out of contract), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Joanna Lohman (Philadelphia Independence), Kristie Mewis (Boston College), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Leslie Osborne (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (out of contract), Lindsay Tarpley (out of contract) 
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Dec. 21 – Jan. 3

U-20 MNT CURRENTLY IN 12-DAY TRAINING CAMP IN FLORIDA: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen is currently with 26 players for a training camp from Jan. 2-13 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Fourteen players return from the team’s most recent training camp that included a pair of wins against Canada in Sunrise, Fla., including Joe Gyau, who netted three goals in the Dec. 18 game versus Canada. Midfielder Amobi Okugo was added to the roster on Dec. 29 after the initial 25-name list was announced.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position 
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.), Zac MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Brian Sylvestre (Vancouver Whitecaps FC; Hollywood, Fla.) 
DEFENDERS (9): Gale Agbossoumonde (GD Estoril Praia; Syracuse, N.Y.), Greg Garza (GD Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Sacir Hot (Boston College; Fair Lawn, N.J.), Sebastian Ibeagha (Duke; Missouri City, Texas), Perry Kitchen (Akron; Indianapaolis, Ind.), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Korey Veeder (out of contract; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Ethan White (D.C. United; Kensington, Md.) 
MIDFIELDERS (10): Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), Fabian Huerzeler (Bayern Munich; Munich, Germany), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), Alex Molano (Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Moises Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Kelyn Rowe (UCLA; Newport Beach, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United; Sterling, Va.), Alex Zahavi (Maccabi Haifa; Los Angeles, Calif.) 
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Conor Doyle (Derby County; McKinney, Texas), Omar Salgado (unattached; El Paso, Texas), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich; Irvine, Calif.)

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –



U.S. U-23 WNT BEGINS YEAR WITH CAMP AT THE HDC: U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin has called 24 players to a training camp running from Jan. 9-16 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The camp will overlap several days with the full WNT training camp being held from Jan. 8-14. All the players eligible for the U-23s in 2011 were born on or after Jan. 1, 1988.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster Position by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M; Centennial, Colo.), Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Ka.), Alexa Gaul (Texas; Naperville, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Cassie Dickerson (Ohio State; Kalamazoo, Mich.), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Lindsey Kowal (Harvard; East Meadow, N.Y.), Nikki Marshall (Washington Freedom; Mead, Ohio), Kathryn Williamson (Florida; McKinney, Texas)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Bianca D’Agostino (Wake Forest; Longmeadow, Mass.), Becky Edwards (out of contract; Downingtown, Pa.), Colleen Flanagan (Virginia; Downingtown, Pa.), Megan Jesolva (California; La Mirada, Calif.), Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Casey Nogueira (Sky Blue FC; Raleigh, N.C.), Elli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown; Montclair, N.J.), Keelin Winters (Portland; Englewood, Colo.)
FORWARDS (6): Katie Bethke (Minnesota; Eau Claire, Wis.), Sarah Hagen (UW-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Stephanie Ochs (San Diego; San Diego, Calif.), Christen Press (Stanford; P.V. Estates, Calif.), Katie Schoepfer (out of contract; Waterford, Conn.)

Q & A WITH U.S. U-18 MNT HEAD COACH MIKE MATKOVICH: The U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team recently returned from a four-team round-robin tournament in Israel where it played Germany, Israel and France. ussoccer.com up with head coach Mike Matkovich to talk about the unique opportunity to play in Tel Aviv and the experience that his players, all born in 1993, will take away from the games.

U.S. U-17 MNT 2011 CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE FINALIZED: The full match schedule for the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship has been finalized with the U.S. will play Cuba on Feb. 14 and Panama on Feb 18 at Trelawny Stadium in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Both U.S. games in Group B will kick off at 3 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET). The top two teams in Group B will cross over to play the top to teams in Group A – which is made up of Costa Rica, El Salvador and Haiti – in the quarterfinals on Feb. 22. The winners of the four quarterfinal games will clinch a berth to the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. As hosts, Mexico has an automatic bid to the World Cup and will not be participating in the CONCACAF event. 

CONCACAF U-17 Championship Group B Schedule
Date           Match                           Kickoff (ET)     Venue
Feb. 14       USA vs. Cuba               3 p.m.               Trelawny Stadium; Trelawny, Jamaica
Feb. 16       Cuba vs. Panama          3 p.m.               Trelawny Stadium; Trelawny, Jamaica
Feb. 18       USA vs. Panama           3 p.m.               Trelawny Stadium; Trelawny, Jamaica

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

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. 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.

NATIONAL GOALKEEPER COURSE TO BE HELD JAN. 23-30 AT THE HDC: Registration for U.S. Soccer’s National Goalkeeping License set for Jan. 23-30, 2011 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. is now open. The course, intended for both the goalkeeper coach and the team coach, will focus on improving the coaches' ability to train goalkeepers individually, as well as integrate them into team training. Register at ussoccer.com.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Congrats to U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Landon Donovan for winning SportsNation’s First Annual Awesomest Dude of the Year contest. The ESPN show’s Facebook page held a poll with Donovan garnering more than 275,000 fan votes to take the title.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Clint Dempsey and Fulham will be in action tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET as they host West Bromwich Albion in an effort to get out of the relegation spots in the English Premier League. The match will be live on ESPN3.com from Craven Cottage.

SOCCER SHOCKER: In front of a packed house at London’s Stamford Bridge, Chelsea and Aston Villa of the English Premier League played out a six-goal thriller, which included three goals after the 84th minute. Chelsea stormed back to take a 3-2 lead after goals in the 84th and 89th minutes. They would be denied three points, however, after defender Ciaran Clark scored deep into injury time to level the score. The draw left Chelsea outside of the Champions League spots and provided Aston Villa with a valuable point as they sit tenuously just above the relegation zone.

QUOTABLE: "It's just working to become the best at what I do and that's why I play the game. Obviously with my game right now at 21, I think I have a long way to go. I am probably my toughest critic. Hopefully through my play and the experience I will gain throughout the year I will be able to embrace that title that U.S. ‘keepers have taken on." – Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson on his goals and outlook after being called in to the 2011 January training camp under Bob Bradley

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