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U.S. Soccer Wire: April 25, 2011


U.S. SOCCER COACHING CURRICULUM PRESENTED AT NIKE INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS;
MORE THAN 40,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR U.S. MNT VS. SPAIN

U.S. SOCCER COACHING CURRICULUM PRESENTED AT NIKE INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS: U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna presented the new U.S. Soccer Coaching Curriculum to more than 150 of the top youth leaders in the U.S. Soccer community on Wednesday. Reyna outlined key concepts of the new curriculum designed to improve development of players in the organized player base in the United States. The curriculum concentrates on creating more organized, age-appropriate training sessions, developing coaching practices and creating an environment that is fun for players.

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MORE THAN 40,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR U.S. MNT VS. SPAIN: More than 40,000 tickets have already been sold for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s match against 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion Spain on June 4 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., making this one of the fastest-selling games in U.S. Soccer history. Kickoff against the top-ranked team in the world and defending European Champion is set for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision.  Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Ticket Info

U.S. Men’s National Team 2011 Schedule

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U.S. WNT TO FACE MEXICO AT RED BULL ARENA ON JUNE 5:  The U.S. Women's National Team will play its Women’s World Cup Send-Off match against Mexico on June 5 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The match will kick off at 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The match will mark the final contest for the U.S. women before the team departs for Europe in mid-June for a pre-Women’s World Cup training camp in Austria. Tickets starting at $22 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-727-6223 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET only) and at the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET). Ticket Info

U.S. WNT BEGINS FLORIDA TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has gathered with a roster of 29 players for a training camp that will take place in West Palm Beach, Fla., from April 18-May 6. The camp will be a key period for the U.S. players and Sundhage as she enters the stretch run of her evaluation process to choose a 21-player roster to represent the United States at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany this summer. Follow on the WNT Blog

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Jill Loyden (magicJack), Hope Solo (magicJack) 
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Ali Krieger (out of contract), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), Christie Rampone (magicJack), Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack) 
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (magicJack), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (magicJack), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kristie Mewis (Boston College), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (magicJack) 
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack)

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR TWO U.S. WNT FRIENDLIES AGAINST JAPAN: The U.S. Women's National Team will play a pair of domestic matches in May to prepare for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, facing Japan on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, and on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The match at Columbus Crew Stadium will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET and be broadcast live on Fox Soccer and Fox Deportes. The second leg in Cary kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPN2. For the game in Cary, tickets are on sale to the general public through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For the match in Columbus, tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000, at all central Ohio Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Kroger stores) and the Crew Stadium ticket office.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

COLLEGE PLAYERS HIGHLIGHT U.S. U-23 WNT CAMP AT THE HDC: With the Women’s Professional Soccer season underway, the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team roster for its current training camp running from April 24 - May 1 will be made up entirely of collegiate players. The 24 players called up by head coach Bill Irwin feature three players (goalkeeper Bianca Henninger, defender Toni Pressley, and forward Casey Short) who represented the USA at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany and an additional two (defender Cloee Colohan and midfielder Erika Tymrak) who were on the U.S. team that came within minutes of winning the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Zealand. 

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Chantel Jones (Virginia; Midlothian, Va.), Jillian Mastroianni (Boston College; Durham, Conn.)
DEFENDERS (9): Cloee Colohan (Portland; West Point, Utah), Katie Deines (Washington; Issaquah, Wash.), Camille Levin (Stanford; Newport Coast, Calif.), Mariah Nogueira (Stanford; Westminster, Calif.), Alyssa Pember (Boston College; Northport, N.Y.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.) Ashley Rape (Duke; Dallas, Texas), Morgan Stith (Virginia; Montclair, N.J.), Kika Toulouse (Virginia; Arlington, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7); Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois; Naperville, Ill.), Katy Frierson (Auburn, Homewood, Ala.), Tori Huster (Florida State; Cincinnati, Ohio), Jordan Jackson (Nebraska; Overland Park, Ks.), Meghan Toohey (Michigan, Philadelphia, Pa.), Erika Tymrak (Florida; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown; Upper Montclair, N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Laura Heybour (Michigan State; Hudsonville, Mich.), Merritt Mathias (Texas A&M; Birmingham, Ala.), Stephanie Ochs (San Diego; San Diego, Calif.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)

U.S. U-20 WNT COMES TO THE HDC FOR TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team has come together for a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., running from April 23-30. The U-20s are still very early in their preparations for qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Uzbekistan. U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs has called in 26 players, 11 of them in college.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Emily Oliver (Stanford; Flossmoor, Ill.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Abby Steele (Mustang SC; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (9): Kori Chapic (Cleveland Cobras; Russell, Ohio), Megan Erskine (San Diego State; Ventura, Calif.), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Wilmore, Ky.), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), Kassey Kallman (Florida State; Woodbury, Minn.), Abby Lutzenkirchen (North Atlanta SA; Marietta, Ga.), Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.), Dominique Richardson (Missouri; Fullerton, Calif.), Catie Sessions (Wisconsin; Madison, Wis.) 
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Ponte Verde Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Lindsay Elston (Washington; Sammamish, Wash.), Juliann Jeffrey (Yale; Richardson, Texas), Sarah Killion (Fort Wayne Fever; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.)
FORWARDS (7): Kelly Cobb (Cook Inlet Velocity; Chugiak, Alaska), Shea Groom (KCFC Intensity; Liberty, Mo.), Stephanie McCaffrey (FC Stars of Mass.; Winchester, Mass.), Kylie McCarthy (So Cal Blues; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Taylor Smith (Solar Red 94’s; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Dfeeters 93; Coppell, Texas)

U.S. U-17 WNT COMES TO THE HDC FOR THIRD CAMP OF 2011: U.S. Soccer Women’s Director of Development Jill Ellis has called 24 players to a training camp at The Home Depot Center running from April 23-30. The camp is being held concurrently with U-23 and U-20 events, bringing together 72 of the top young players in the country. This group of players is in early preparations for qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Ga.), Claire Wheatley (Solar SC; Plano, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Massachussets; Milford, N.H.), Maddy Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), Zoey Goralski (Team Chicago Academy Botafogo; Naperville, Ill.), Madi Hall (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), Lauren Kaskie (Neusport FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Shea Newman (FC Stars of Massachusetts; Medfield, Mass.), Micaela Powers (Ohio Galaxias FC; Beavercreek, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (7):
 Joanna Boyles (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Rosie Dimartino (Albertson Fury; Massapequa, N.Y.), Lindsey Lane (Freestate Elite; Lusby, Md.), Gabby Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highland Ranch, Colo.), Morgan Stanton (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; St. Lorton, Va.), Kaitlyn Wong (MLVA Lightning; Sunnyvale, Calif.)
FORWARDS (8): Ellie Boon (Columbia Timbers Premier FC; Washougal, Wash.), Emily Bruder (Utah Avalanche; Sandy, Utah), Cameron Castleberry (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C.), Darian Jenkins (Sparta United; Riverton HS), Kayla Mills (Slammers FC; West Covina, Calif.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Toni Payne (BUSA Elite; Birmingham, Ala.), Becca Schoales (Crossfire Premier; Port Orchard, Wash.)

U-14 BOYS TO GATHER IN CARSON, CALIF.: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team will convene for a training camp from May 1-8 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Head coach Manny Schellscheidt has called upon 38 players, including 20 from U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs, as the team comes together for the first time since a trip to Mexico in January. 

U-14 BNT Roster by Position: 
GOALKEEPERS (4): Cameron Keys (Lehigh Valley United; Whitehall, Pa.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; Alamo, Calif.), Parker Siegfried (Newark Area SA; Granville, Ohio), Justin Vom Steeg (Santa Barbara SC; Santa Barbara, Calif.) 
DEFENDERS (8): Billy Abdallas (Cosmos Academy West; Monterrey Park, Calif.), Guillermo Bermudez (Albion SC; San Diego, Calif.), David Chavez (Juventus Forza; Redwood City, Calif.), Malcolm Jones (Cosmos Academy West; Chino Hills, Calif.), Jean Orvil, Jr. (West Pines United; Miramar, Fla.), Erik Pritschau (PFC; Perry, Ohio), Tommy Redding (FC America Premier; Oviedo, Fla.), Max Stiegwardt (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Maple Grove, Minn.) 
MIDFIELDERS (16): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Minneapolis, Minn.), Chester Castellaw (Real So Cal; Hidden Hills, Calif.), Jeremy Colvin (LAFC Houstonians; Houston, Texas), Coy Craft (Fusion FC (Glade Springs, Va.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire Juniors; Downer’s Grove, Ill.), Cameron Lindley (Indiana United Academy; Carmel United), Konstandin Moni (Crew Soccer Academy; Grand Rapids, Mich.), Caleb Moore (South Carolina United; Rock Hill, S.C.), Pablo Pelaez (Albion SC; San Diego, Calif.), Martin Salas (FC Dallas Juniors; Dallas, Texas), Peter Schropp (Omaha FC; Omaha, Neb.), Shannon Seymour (Chicago Fire Juniors; Bourbonnais, Ill.), Benjamin Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Alejandro Vergara (Cosmos Academy West; Long Beach, Calif.), David Villegas (Elk Grove Everton; Sacramento, Calif.), Sean Wilson (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.) 
FORWARDS (10): Marc Calderon (South Bat Gunners; Hunt Park, Calif.), Malcolm Dixon (New York Red Bulls Academy; Glenridge, N.J.), Stephen Elias (New York Red Bulls Academy; Rye, N.Y.), Andre Garcia (CV Manchester Academy; Lemon Grove, Calif.), Holden Hmiel (Piedmont Triad; High Point, N.C.), Alex Knox (Indiana United Academy; Carmel, Ind.), Christian Lucatero (LAFC Houstonian; Pasadena, Texas), Amirgy Pineda (Fullerton Rangers; Santa Ana, Calif.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Christian Ramirez (FC Dallas Juniors; Farmer’s Branch, Texas) 

SOCAL DIVISION CLUBS COMMIT TO 10-MONTH ACADEMY SEASON: As the U.S. Soccer Development Academy continues to evolve, clubs in Southern California have come together to raise the bar like never before in terms of player development. Earlier this year, the 10 clubs in the SoCal Division of the Academy formed a new league, the Southern California Development Soccer League, to help support a better player development environment and move away from the traditional league model.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUM HEAD IN COLUMBUS, OHIO, IN CONJUNCTION WITH U.S. WNT MATCH AGAINST JAPAN: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will conduct a coaching symposium on May 13-14, 2011, in conjunction with the U.S. Women’s National Team’s match against Japan on May 14 in Columbus, Ohio. The game, which will be played at Crew Stadium, home to the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer, will be the first of two games against Japan in May. Join CoachesNet Now | Download Symposium Application

NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS LOCATIONS UPDATED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools in April and June for “A” Audit, “A”, “B” and “C” Courses in California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington. In addition, “C” license retest locations have been finalized. Registration for each course is now open after a pre-registration period for active members of CoachesNet, U.S. Soccer’s official coaches club. Current CoachesNet members will have the first opportunity to register for a winter course beginning today. Register for CoachesNet Now | View Course Schedule | “C” License Retest Schedule

FIFA ACCEPTING CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP UNTIL MAY 1: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany is now open on the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for media to request accreditation is May 1. All media requesting accreditation for the tournament must be an approved member of the FIFA Media Channel. Any media members without access to the Media Channel that plan to request Women’s World Cup credentials should register immediately at media.fifa.com. Please keep in mind that access to the FIFA Media Channel does not mean credentials have been approved or that accreditation is guaranteed. Apply at fifa.com

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2011 FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP IN MEXICO OPEN UNTIL MAY 20: FIFA’s media accreditation process for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will take place in Mexico from June 18 - July 10, 2011, opened April 18 via the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is Friday, May 20, 2011. Apply at fifa.com

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Landon Donovan made his return to Major League Soccer action this week with a standout performance for the L.A. Galaxy in his side's 3-0 win against the Portland Timbers. Donovan scored the first and third goals, while adding the assist for the second, making him part of all three goals for the Galaxy.

QUOTABLE: “Emphasizing proper coaching and training for players is critical for our ability to produce elite players and raise the level of play in this country overall. We have created this curriculum to serve as a blueprint for the thousands of coaches across the country working with young players at such an important time in their development.” – U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna on the creation of the new coaching curriculum

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