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U.S. Soccer Wire: May 18, 2009


U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SET TO FACE CANADA MAY 25 IN TORONTO;
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SPRING SHOWCASE KICKS OFF ON MAY 22 IN SARASOTA, FLA.;
MORE THAN 40,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR U.S. MNT FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
AGAINST HONDURAS ON JUNE 6 AT SOLDIER FIELD

WNT TO FACE CANADA ON MEMORIAL DAY: The U.S. Women's National Team has added a May 25 friendly against Canada in Toronto to replace two previously canceled matches against Japan. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. ET at BMO Field (buy tickets), Canada’s national stadium and home to Toronto FC of Major League Soccer. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel, and fans can follow the match online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Canada was previously to host to Japan on May 25, but after the Japanese pulled out of their North American tour, the U.S. will now travel to Canada for the first time since 2001 when the two teams also met in Toronto. The quick arrangement of the match in Toronto means that the USA and Canada will play three times this summer as the two countries were already scheduled to meet twice in July in the United States, on July 19 in Rochester, N.Y., and on July 22 in Charleston, S.C. Tickets are available for both games through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Rochester and Charleston areas. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

U.S. WNT vs. Canada Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Kelsey Davis (Portland), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (7): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Marian Dalmy (Chicago Red Stars), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Chicago Red Stars), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Casey Nogueira (North Carolina), Amy Rodriguez (Boston Breakers), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

U.S. WNT 2009 Schedule

Date Opponent Time TV Venue
May 25 Canada 7 p.m. ET FSC BMO Field; Toronto, Canada
July 19 Canada 3 p.m. ET ESPN Rochester Rhinos Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
July 22 Canada 8 p.m. ET FSC, Fox Sports en Español Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – May 11-18 

DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SPRING SHOWCASE KICKS OFF ON MAY 22: The U.S. Soccer Development Academy Spring Showcase is set to kick off May 22 and continue through May 26, with 218 games scheduled at the Sarasota Polo Grounds in Sarasota, Fla. The weekend will feature the largest amount of U.S. National Team activity ever to occur at a Development Academy event, including exhibition matches featuring the U-17 MNT and U-20 MNT and a spectrum of National Team Scouts representing every level of the Men’s National Team program. Development Academy coaches and players will also be invited to watch the U.S. U-20s play an intra-squad scrimmage on Sunday, March 24, that will be followed by a coaching workshop with U.S. head coach Thomas Rongen. After two days on-site, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will face Costa Rica in an international friendly on Monday, May 25, at 4 p.m. ET to close the event. The U.S. Under-17 MNT will also participate in the Showcase and is slated to play two games against Development Academy Select Teams on May 22 and 23, with both games scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET. Alongside the Youth National Team events, all 146 teams representing 73 Academy clubs will each play three games over the course of the five days. The Spring Showcase is the second event of the 2008-09 Development Academy season following the Winter Showcase, which was held from Dec. 5-8 in Lancaster, Calif. Academy Playoffs will be held at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C. from June 26-29 and Academy Finals Week will be held from July 10-17 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

TICKETS SURPASS 40,000 MARK FOR U.S. MNT MATCH AGAINST HONDURAS: Ticket sales for the first FIFA World Cup qualifier ever hosted by the City of Chicago have surpassed the 40,000 mark. Nearly half of those expected to attend will travel more than 250 miles to witness the June 6 match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Honduras at Soldier Field. The match – just the fourth Saturday night qualifier hosted by the U.S. this decade – kicks off at 7 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Advance tickets are on sale now through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott, Hot Tix, FYE and Ritmo Latino stores). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made 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 exclusively through ussoccer.com. Fans looking to secure hard-to-get tickets or to exchange tickets should go to the Official U.S. Soccer Ticket exchange at OleOle.com. OleOle also offers complete travel packages for all the Men’s National Team’s World Cup Qualifiers.” Tickets for the event are not sold at Soldier Field except on the day of the event, when prices will increase by $5 to $10 per ticket. Several seating areas have sold out, including the entire 100 level and the 200 level club and sideline seats. All of the regular sideline seats on the 300 level have also sold out, although there are still tickets available in the 300-level club seats.

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* TBD TBD Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica
June 6 Honduras* 7 p.m. CT ESPN Classic/Galavision Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
June 15 Italy # 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET TBD Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 18 Brazil # 4 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET TBD Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 21 Egypt # 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET TBD Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg 
July 4 Grenada ^ 6 p.m. PT  TBD Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.
July 8 Honduras ^ 9 p.m. ET TBD RFK Stadium; Washingon, D.C.
July 11 Haiti ^ 7 p.m. ET TBD Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
Aug. 12 Mexico* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Sept. 5 El Salvador* 5:30 p.m. MT ESPN Classic/Galavision Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* 7 p.m. ET ESPN Classic/Galavision Away (Venue TBD)
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 – May 11-18 

ESPN TO HIGHLIGHT HOWARD: Tim Howard's performance for both club and country will be in the spotlight this week when ESPN rolls out two separate features on the USA's No. 1 goalkeeper. Howard is the subject of Kenny Mayne's 'Outtakes' in the June 1 edition of ESPN the Magazine, which hits newsstands May 22. The U.S. and Everton goalkeeper will be the subject of a feature on the May 24 edition of SportsCenter that begins at 11 p.m. ET. ESPN reporter Chris Connelly and a crew traveled to England to sit down with Howard in advance of England's FA Cup final between Everton and Chelsea on May 30 at Wembley Stadium.

U.S. SOCCER SUPPORTERS CLUB LAUNCHES AS OFFICIAL FAN MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM: U.S. Soccer is pleased to announce the formation of the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club, the official fan membership program of the U.S. national teams. Fans can sign up at ussoccer.com to join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club, which provides exclusive benefits to members while creating a unique platform for the most passionate fans to demonstrate their support. U.S. Soccer SC members receive numerous benefits, highlighted by priority status to secure tickets to the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. U.S. Soccer will distribute its ticket allotment from FIFA to those dedicated members of USSSC before holding a general lottery, providing members the best chance to see the U.S. play in the biggest sporting event in the world. For more information, visit ussoccer.com.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-23 WOMEN TIE NORTHERN IRELAND 0-0 IN BELFAST: The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team played the Northern Ireland Women’s National Team to a scoreless tie in Belfast on May 15 as neither team could score over the 90 minutes. The USA piled up a 15-3 shot advantage, but couldn’t find a way past Northern Irish goalkeeper Tiarna McKenna. “We played well, created chances, and dominated the game, but failed to put anything away,” said U.S. head coach Bill Irwin, himself a native of Northern Ireland. “Northern Ireland made the game difficult. They got numbers back and they certainly battled for 90 minutes.” The U.S. team was to play the full National Team of Ireland, but that match was cancelled and the U-23s took on an Irish women’s select side in its second and final game of the tour, winning 6-0. The U.S. team got goals from five different players, scoring four times in the first half and twice in the last 15 minutes. Katie Oakes, Christen Press, Kelley O’Hara and Ali Hawkins each got a goal while Katie Schoepfer tallied twice. The U-23s will come together next in mid-June for a training camp in Cleveland, Ohio.

U.S. U-23 WNT Results

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue
May 15 Northern Ireland WNT 0-0 T -- Belfast, Northern Ireland
May 17 Irish Women's Select 6-0 W Oakes, Schoepfer (2), Press, O’Hara, Hawkins Dublin, Ireland

U.S. U-20 WNT COMES BACK TO THE HDC FOR TRAINING CAMP: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jillian Ellis will hold a training camp for 24 players at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from May 24-31 as early preparations for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup continue. Thirteen of the players participated in the USA’s training camp at The HDC in late April, but Ellis will get a chance to see some new players as well as bringing back a few players that traveled to Spain for the La Manga tournament earlier this year. That group includes forward Sydney Leroux, the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe winner as the top player and top scorer at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup where she helped the USA to the world title by scoring five times. Ellis called up five members of the USA’s 2008 U-17 team that finished second in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, including Golden Glove winning goalkeeper Taylor Vancil, defender Crystal Dunn, midfielder Samantha Mewis, midfielder Elizabeth Eddy, and forward Courtney Verloo, who saw some action at defender during the last training camp.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Cat Parkhill (Minnesota; Apple Valley, Minn.), Taylor Vancil (Louisville; South Elgin, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (5): Zakiya Bywaters (Neusport SC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Cami Levin (Stanford; Newport Coast, Calif.), Bailey Powell (Georgia; Fayetteville), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Charney Burk (Portland; North Tuscan, Calif.), Kelly D’Ambrisi (Georgetown; Turnbull, Conn.), Katy Frierson (Auburn; Birmingham, Ala.), Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Alev Kelter (Alaska Rush; Eagle River), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Caif.), Samantha Mewis (SC Scorpions; Hanson, Mass.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Beth West (Texas A & M; Centennial, Colo.)
FORWARDS (8): Lauren Alwine (Virginia; Elizabethtown, Pa.), Kim Castleberry (Dallas Texans; McKinney, Texas), Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues; Costa Mesa, Calif.), Courtney Jones (North Carolina; Danville, Calif.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Phoenix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Laurel, Md.; Florida State), Courtney Verloo (South Side Strikers, Tualatin, Ore.)

U-18 MNT SET FOR LISBON INTERNATIONAL: The U.S. U-18 Men's National Team is set to travel to Portugal later this month, heading across the Atlantic Ocean for games against Finland, Germany and Portugal at the annual Lisbon International, the biggest tournament of the year for the squad. Head coach Mike Matkovich has called in 18 players for the trip, which will commence on May 22. The U.S. will face Finland on May 27, before meeting Germany on May 28. The U-18s will finish the round-robin tournament by matching up with hosts Portugal on May 30. Eight players on the roster are current Development Academy players, with Arsenal FC contributing two players, Dion Acoff and Miles Byass, to the squad. Six players hail from collegiate soccer and Gregory Garza is the only professional player in the ranks. Garza, a veteran of U.S. Soccer’s Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program plays for Sporting CP in Portugal. Defender Gale Agbossoumonde, who played in the U.S. U-20 MNT's successful run through World Cup qualifying, is the only player who is unattached. The games in Portugal will be the first for the U-18s since Matkovich's team successfully captured the Australian Youth Olympic Festival Title in January. The U.S. defeated Australia and China while tying Chile en route to victory in the four-team round robin tournament earlier this year.

U.S. U-18 MNT Lisbon International Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Justin Luthy (Columbus Crew Academy; Dublin, Ohio), Zachary MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Gale Agbossoumonde (unattached; Syracuse, N.Y.), Chad Barson (Akron; Lewis Center, Ohio), Paolo Del Piccolo (Colorado Rush AS Monaco; Lakewood, Colo.), Gregory Garza (Sporting CP; Grapevine, Texas), Kofi Sarkodie (Akron; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (PA Classics; Lancaster, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jose Altamirano (Del Mar Sharks; San Diego, Calif.), Steven Birnbaum (California; Irvine, Calif.), Miles Byass (Arsenal FC; Highland, Calif.), Nicholas Millington (Wake Forest; Raleigh, N.C.), Amobi Okugo (San Juan Lightning Crew; Sacramento, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Andromeda; Plano, Texas)
FORWARDS (4): Dion Acoff (Arsenal FC; Upland, Calif.), Will Bates (Richmond Strikers; Chester, Va.), Hasani Sinclair (Schulz Academy; Coral Springs, Fla.), Justin Watson (Bridge FA; Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

U.S. U-18 WNT HEADS TO HOME DEPOT CENTER FOR TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team head coach Dave Chesler will bring 24 players to a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. from May 30-June 7. Chesler brings back 14 players that attended the U-18 training camp at The HDC in early April, but will also get a look at some additional players as U.S. Soccer continues to keep this active this group of players, mostly born in 1992. The 1992s will make up the core of the player pool that will compete for spots on the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team. Chesler has also brought five 1991s into camp. All of the players in this training camp are age-eligible for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany should U.S. U-20 head coach Jillian Ellis choose to include any in her future training camps or events.

U.S. U-18 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Emily Lilliard (K.C. Comets; Overland Park, Kansas), Lindsey Luke (Slammers; Newport Beach, Calif.), Anna Sieloff (Vardar; Troy, Mich.)
DEFENDERS (7): Torri Allen (Mclean; Stafford, Va.), Julie Johnston (Sereno SC; Mesa, Ariz.), Mollie Pathman (Triangle FC; Durham, N.C.), Rachel Quon (Eclipse Select; Lake Forrest, Ill.), Kendall Romine (So Cal Blues; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Courtney Smith (Dallas Texans; Houston, Texas.), Carrie Whigham (Sereno SC; Phoenix, Ariz.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kate Bennett (Crossfire; Clyde Hill, Wash.), Alex Crown (Space Coast United; Orlando, Fla.), Juliann Jeffrey (Dallas Texans; Richardson, Texas), Mandy Laddish (Blue Valley Stars; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Lauren Matheson (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Wendy Travis (CASL Spartan Elite; Cary, N.C.)
FORWARDS (8): Kelly Cobb (Cook Inlet Velocity; Chugiak, Alaska), Michelle Cruz (Slammers; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Kylie Facinelli (So Cal Blues; Del Mar, Calif.), Samantha Johnson (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Natalia Ledezma (Slammers; La Mirada, Calif.), Rachel Nuzzolese (Rockville Centre; Melville, N.Y.), Kealia Ohai (Utah Avalanche; Draper, Utah), Chioma Ubogagu (D’Feeters; Coppell, Texas)

U-15 BOYS’ NATIONAL TEAM SET FOR TRIP TO MÖNCHENGLADBACH: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Jim Barlow traveled with 20 players, all born in 1994, to Mönchengladbach, Germany, on May 15. Of the 20 players on Barlow’s roster, 14 are part of U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs. The trip, which lasts until May 24 and is the team’s only scheduled foreign training camp of the 2009, will include a match against a youth team from Borussia Mönchengladbach on May 19 and a friendly with the U-15 BNT of Germany on May 21. The U.S. will also have the chance to attend a Bundesliga match between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borrusia Dortmund on May 23 before departing the next day.

U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kendall McIntosh (Mustang SC; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo Academy; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Alfred Edmonds (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Malcolm Harris (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Damascus, Md.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Mykal Riley (Arsenal FC; Lake Elsinore, Calif.), Jalen Robinson (Bethesda SC; Catonsville, Md.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Premier Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Bryan Celis (Houston Dynamo Academy; Houston, Texas), Alberto Diaz (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Christian Duarte (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Matthew Dunn (FC Dallas Juniors; Dallas, Texas), Eric Gonzalez (LA Galaxy Academy; Corona, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier, Chula Vista, Calif.), Ryan Masch (De Anza Force, Bellarmine Prep), Andre Reyes (Dallas Texans; Flower Mound, Texas)
FORWARDS (3): Kellen Gulley (Mississippi Chicago Fire; Clinton, Miss.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Erick Sanchez (Houston Dynamo Academy; Edinburg, Texas)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

COACHESNET OFFERS NEW 'PREMIER INTERNATIONAL TOURS COACHES CORNER': U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet, through a partnership with Premier International Tours (formerly Euro-Sportring), is pleased to provide the sixth installment of Premier International Tours Coaches Corner. Premier International Tours, in conjunction with The Royal Netherlands Soccer Federation (KNVB), highlights different topics from youth development, training sessions and coaching styles that the KNVB use to train youth players. In this installment called "Defining Your Own Style of Play," the KNVB looks at the various options a coach must weigh when choosing a certain style of play.

ussoccer.com's CoachesNet Coverage – May 11-18

SUPERLIGA™ 2009 TEAMS AND SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: Participating teams, venues and schedule for the 2009 edition of SuperLiga were announced Thursday, May 14. The tournament, which features four clubs each from Major League Soccer and the Mexican Primera Division, begins June 20. The semifinals will take place July 15 and the final will be held Aug. 5. Group A of the tournament includes MLS clubs Chicago Fire and Chivas USA, along with Mexican teams San Luis and Tigres UANL. Group B is composed of the New England Revolution and Kansas City Wizards from MLS and Santos Laguna and Atlas from Mexico. Complete schedule information is available at SuperLiga2009.com.

PARALYMPIC TEAMS WRAPS UP NETHERLANDS TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer National Team was in Zeist, Netherlands, for a nine-day training camp from May 8-16 that included four matches against the Paralympic teams of Netherlands and Russia. After dropping its first game against a formidable Netherlands team 12-0, the U.S. faced Russia on May 12, finally getting on the scoreboard with a Marthell Vazquez strike in the 7-1 loss. That game started a hectic but encouraging close-out to camp as the rematch against Netherlands on May 13 was a 6-2 loss with U.S. goals scored by Vazquez and midfielder Josh McKinney. Wrapping up the competition with a second leg against Russia, the U.S improved with goals from Vazquez and Shaun Schetka in a 10-2 loss. Vazquez, the 2007 CPISRA World Championship Most Valuable Player, ended the camp with three goals in four games.

U.S. Paralympic Team Schedule

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue
May 9 Netherlands 0-12 L -- KNVB Sports Centre; Zeist, Netherlands
May 12 Russia 1-7 L Vazquez KNVB Sports Centre; Zeist, Netherlands
May 13 Netherlands 2-6 L Vazquez, McKinney KNVB Sports Centre; Zeist, Netherlands
May 15 Russia 2-10 L Vazquez, Schetka KNVB Sports Centre; Zeist, Netherlands

JONATHAN ULLMAN NAMED SOCCER HALL OF FAME PRESIDENT: The National Soccer Hall of Fame Board of Directors named Jonathan Ullman President and COO of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum, effective May 16. Ullman has served as the Hall of Fame's Vice President of Operations and Business Development for the past 18 months and replaces Steve Baumann. More information is available at soccerhall.org.

NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME SOLICITS NOMINATIONS FOR COLIN JOSE MEDIA AWARD: The National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., requests nominations for the Colin Jose Media Award. The award recognizes career excellence in soccer reporting and was created to honor the contributions of print and electronic media. A nomination form available a the Hall of Fame's website: soccerhall.org. Past award recipients include Jerry Trecker, Seamus Malin, George Tiedemann and Ivan Kuhns.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION RAISING FUNDS FOR GRANTS: The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s 2009 Spring Fundraising Campaign is underway as the Foundation works to raise money to provide grants to support urban soccer programs throughout the U.S. Donate today to help the U.S. Soccer Foundation provide children with safe places to play and opportunities to live healthy and active lives. Visit ussoccerfoundation.org/donate to learn more or sign up for the Foundation’s eNewsletter to find out how your club can give back to the game: ussoccerfoundation.org/enews.

U.S. SOCCER ANNOUNCES SUMMER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS: Participants at U.S. Soccer's popular National Coaching Schools will have a chance to learn from some of the nation's top-level instructors, including current and former National Team and professional coaches this summer in various sites across the country. U.S. Soccer's National Coaching Schools have been providing high-quality coaching instruction for over 38 years and coaches can obtain a nationally and FIFA recognized "A," "B" or "C" level license and increase their knowledge of the game. Summer courses are set for June 6-14 at Darlington School in Rome, Ga., and The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.; June 18-26 at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Mass.; and June 20-28 Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill. There will be field and classroom sessions every day, as well as field and written exams to test your levels with the best in the country. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early as space is limited and B license courses have sold out. For more information visit CoachesNet.

US YOUTH SOCCER MOURNS THE LOSS OF CHARLOTTE MORAN: Charlotte Moran, executive director and twelve-year employee for Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association, died Sunday. Over the last two years she battled heroically with pancreatic cancer. Moran had been involved in soccer for more than 20 years, beginning at the grassroots level through roles as the regional and national levels. Funeral arrangements and more information will be available shortly.

TOP REFEREES INVITED BACK FOR 2009 US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: US Youth Soccer is pleased to announce the top 12 referees, based on their performance at the 2008 US Youth Soccer National Championships, who have been invited to return to the field at the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Lancaster, Mass., July 21-26. Just as the teams earn their way from state to regional to the national level, so too do the referees. Learn more at www.USYouthSoccer.org.

OREGON TO HOST 2010 US YOUTH SOCCER REGION IV PRESIDENTS CUP: Oregon Youth Soccer Association proud member of US Youth Soccer, today announced that Medford, Ore. will host the 2010 US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup a progressive, competitive experience for teams to advance from the state to regional to national level. The games will take place at U.S. Cellular Community Park Multi-Sport Complex, June 10-13. Learn more at www.USYouthSoccer.org.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT and Pachuca midfielder José Francisco Torres helped his team start the Clausura 2009 Liguilla off on the right foot. The Tuzos defeated Jaguares of Chiapas 3-1 on Thursday, May 14, in the first leg of the series. Torres’ second minute shot led to the Tuzos’ first corner kick of the match and the ensuing goal. In the 21st minute, Torres added one of his own, receiving the ball just outside the 18-yard-box and blasting a shot that went into the lower left corner of the net, past the diving Hernández. Pachuca’s last goal came off an own goal from Gilberto Mora. Pachuca easily won the second leg 2-0 and will face Indios of Ciudad Juarez, who eliminated reigning champions Toluca in the quarterfinals, on Thursday, May 21, and Sunday, May 24, in the Torneo Clausura 2009 semifinals.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team is back in action on Memorial Day, facing Canada at 7 p.m. ET at BMO Field in Toronto, Canada. Fans can watch the match live on Fox Soccer Channel or follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker as U.S. striker Abby Wambach and Canadian striker Christine Sinclair both aim for their 100th career international goal.

SOCCER SHOCKER: While there's still a long way to go, with one-third of the MLS season in the books U.S. Men's National Team veterans Josh Wolff and Brian McBride are at top of the Budweiser Golden Boot with six goals a piece. The veterans are still on top of their game even though it's been nearly four years since the duo started together for the U.S. -- May 28, 2005, against England.

QUOTABLE: “To end with a second consecutive Belgian League title, to me, that would be the icing on the cake and, ultimately, the perfect way of ending my story here at Liège. But, we have to wait and see. There is still one game, if not three games, left for us to do that. Then we can start celebrating.”
-- U.S. MNT and Standard Liège defender Oguchi Onyewu talks to ussoccer.com about the tight title race in Belgium and the possibility of winning a second consecutive Belgian League championship.


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