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U.S. Soccer Wire: October 20, 2008


U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FALLS, 2-1, IN PORT OF SPAIN: With a berth to next year’s Final Round of qualifying already secure, the U.S. Men’s National Team fell 2-1 to Trinidad & Tobago on a 79th-minute penalty kick on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad. Experience was the story of the game, as Russell Latapy, 40, and Dwight Yorke, 36, scored both goals for Trinidad & Tobago, while also helping the Soca Warriors hold a U.S. lineup that averaged less than 24-years-old to just three shots all evening. Latapy opened the scoring in the 61st minute before Charlie Davies notched the equalizer with 15 minutes remaining. Yorke put the Soca Warriors one step closer to advancing to the Final Round when he stepped up and buried the game-winning spot kick in the 79th minute. The U.S. team will regroup for its final match of the year and final qualifier of the Semifinal Round on Nov. 19 against a Guatemala team that needs a win for any hope of advancing to the hexagonal next year. Tickets for the team’s first-ever appearance at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. are on sale now (buy tickets) at, the stadium’s box office, and Colorado Dick’s Sporting Goods stores.

U.S. MNT Semifinal Round Qualifying Schedule 

Date Opponent Result / Time U.S. Goal Scorer(s) / TV
Aug. 20 @ Guatemala 1-0 W Bocanegra
Sept. 6 @ Cuba 1-0 W Dempsey
Sept. 10 vs. Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 W Bradley, Dempsey, Ching
Oct. 11 vs. Cuba 6-1 W Beasley (2), Donovan, Ching, Altidore, Onyewu
Oct. 15 @ Trinidad & Tobago 1-2 L Davies
Nov. 19 vs. Guatemala 6 p.m. MT Live on ESPN2, Galavision

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR UPCOMING ACHIEVE YOUR GOLD TOUR GAMES: The gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Team will continue its Achieve Your Gold Tour with three matches against South Korea during the first week of November. The tour, which is taking the Olympic champions across the USA to celebrate its historic run to the top of the podium in Beijing, will resume on Nov. 1 at University of Richmond Stadium in Richmond, Va. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. ET. The USA will travel from Virginia to Cincinnati for a match on Nov. 5 at Paul Brown Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. ET. The three-game set against the Koreans will conclude on Nov. 8 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., with a kickoff at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets for all three matches can be purchased through, by phone at 804-262-8100 (Richmond), 513-562-4949 (Cincinnati) and 813-287-8844 (Tampa), and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers in the metro areas of the three games. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at or call 312-528-1290.

Achieve Your Gold Tour Schedule / Results

Date Opponent Venue (City) Result / Kickoff U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Sept. 13 Ireland Lincon Financial Field (Philadelphia, Pa.) 2-0 W Kai, O'Reilly
Sept. 17 Ireland Giants Stadium (E. Rutherford, N.J.) 1-0 W Kai
Sept. 20 Ireland Toyota Park (Bridgeview, Ill.) 2-0 W Chalupny, Markgraf
Nov. 1 South Korea Univ. of Richmond Stadium (Richmond, Va.) 6 p.m. ET  
Nov. 5 South Korea Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio) 7:30 p.m. ET  
Nov. 8 South Korea Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.) 7 p.m. ET  

TAMBI AND U.S. U-17 WNT TRAVEL TO NEW ZELAND OCT. 23 FOR FIFA U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach Kazbek Tambi has named the 21-player roster that will represent the United States at the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, being held Oct. 28-Nov. 16 in New Zealand. The historic tournament, which will mark the first-ever world championship for women at the U-17 level, will feature 16 nations divided into four groups of four teams each. The age cutoff for the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after January 1, 1991. Tambi’s squad features 17 players born in 1991, three born in 1992 and one born in 1993. The U.S. team was drawn into Group C, which also features Japan, France and Paraguay. The U.S. will travel to New Zealand on Thursday, Oct. 23, and play its first two group matches at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, opening the tournament on Oct. 30 against Japan before facing Paraguay on Nov. 2. The U.S. moves to Auckland for the third group match on Nov. 5, facing France at North Harbour Stadium.

U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearny, N.J.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Rachel Quon (Lake Forrest, Ill.), Julia Roberts (Fredrick, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kate Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Elizabeth Eddy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Mandy Laddish (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.)
FORWARDS (4): Tani Costa (Honolulu, Hawaii), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)

Group A: New Zealand, Canada, Denmark, Colombia
Group B: Costa Rica, Germany, North Korea, Ghana
Group C: Japan, USA, France, Paraguay
Group D: Brazil, England, South Korea, Nigeria

2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Opponent Venue; City
Oct. 30 Japan Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
Nov. 2 Paraguay Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand
Nov. 5 France North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand

TICKETS FOR UPCOMING MNT QUALIFIER NOW ON SALE: Tickets are still available for the U.S. Men's National Team's upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Guatemala on Nov. 19. Kickoff at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. for the team’s last semifinal round qualifier is set for 6 p.m. MT, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Tickets ranging in price levels from $30 to $95 are now available online at, by phone at 866-461-6556, at all Dick’s Sporting Goods locations in Colorado, and at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park ticket office, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at or call 312-528-1290. Visa® is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer.


U-20 WNT TRAINING CAMP UNDERWAY: As part of preparations for the upcoming FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile, U.S. head coach Tony DiCicco called in 21-players to camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The team has been together since Sunday, Oct. 19 and will be at The Home Depot Center until Tuesday, Oct. 21 before traveling to Portland, Ore., to play two friendlies against Canada on Thursday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 25. The games will be the final international matches for the U.S. ahead of their first game of the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup against Group B opponent France on Nov. 19. The U.S. will then face Argentina on Nov. 22, with both games taking place at the Estadio Nelson Oyarzun in Chillan. The team will then travel to Estadio German Becker in Temuco to conclude group play against China.

U.S. U-20 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Cat Parkhill (Minnesota)
DEFENDERS (5): Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Liz Harkin (Arizona State), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Nikki Marshall (Colorado)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Taylor Lytle (Texas Tech), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Elli Reed (Portland), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Portland)
FORWARDS (5): Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alyssa Mautz (Texas A&M), Alex Morgan (California), Nikki Washington (North Carolina)

FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup
Group B Schedule

Date Opponent Venue; City
Nov. 19 France Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan, Chile
Nov. 22 Argentina Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan, Chile
Nov. 26 China Estadio German Becker; Temuco, Chile


NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS TO TAKE PLACE IN JANUARY 2009: The 2009 U.S. Soccer Winter National Coaching Schools have been scheduled for the first week of January, giving every coach a chance to obtain a FIFA recognized “A”, “B” or “C” level license and to increase their knowledge of the game. IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., will host a National “B” and “C” License Course from Jan. 3-11. The University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla will host a National “A” License Course from Jan. 3-11 and The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., will host a National “A-Audit” Course from Jan. 3-9 and a National “A” License Course from Jan. 3-11. There will also be a National “B” and “C” License Course held from Jan. 3-11 at a West Coast location to be determined. As always, space is limited for all National Coaching License courses. Registration is underway and coaches are encouraged to apply early to ensure a place in the course. More information on the National Coaching Schools is available at

U.S. SOCCER OFFERS SIX-DAY COACHING EDUCATION TRIP TO ARGENTINA: As part of the U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department’s dedication to providing unique coaching opportunities to its members, CoachesNet is offering an educational trip from March 10-16, 2009, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. For six days and five nights, participating coaches will have the opportunity to interact with members of professional coaching staffs from Argentine clubs and youth national teams, attend two first division games, analyze professional training sessions and visit some of the most well-known stadiums and landmarks in the city. Registration also includes round-trip airfare from Miami International Airport, meals and four-star accommodations. More information is available in the Coaching Education section of


PEAK PERFORMER: Danny Szetela has gone from being the U-17 MNT midfielder with the curly hair, to playing with the Columbus Crew, Racing Santander (Spain), Brescia Calcio (Calcio), the U.S. U-20 MNT, U.S. Men’s Olympic Team and, most recently, the U.S. Men’s National Team. What Szetela hadn’t accomplished was the jump from hard-working midfielder to all-star goal scorer. Okay, he still hasn’t made that jump, but he did score his first career goal at the club level Saturday, notching the game-winner in Brescia’s 3-2 win against Triestina.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: With the Houston Dynamo and Chivas USA having already clinched a berth in the 2008 MLS Playoffs, Real Salt Lake and Colorado are in a battle for the third spot in the Western Conference. Heading into the weekend, Real Salt Lake sits at 39 points, just two points ahead of fourth-place Colorado. The two teams face each other in a winner take all match on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. MT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Not since the likes of Rene Higuita and José Luis Chilavert have we heard of goalkeepers scoring (or, at least, scoring consistently) for their club and/or country. Well, now rookie New York Red Bulls ‘keeper Danny Cepero can add his name to the list of goal-scoring goalkeepers, after tallying in the 83rd minute of his Major League Soccer debut. Cepero took an 81-yard free kick for his team that ended up bouncing over Columbus goalkeeper Andy Greunebaum’s head and into the roof of the goal, making him the first goalkeeper to score in an MLS match. He also made two saves in the Red Bulls’ 3-1 win against the Crew to keep the team’s chances of advancing to the playoffs alive.

QUOTABLE: “I think I’ve got at least four kids that were involved in earlier camps that were dropped that are here on this final squad. That means that in between, they spent some quality time at home and didn’t drown and cry about it and really busted their chops. Obviously they love soccer enough that they got a lot better and have earned spots here.”
-- U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach Kazbek Tambi talks to about selecting the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team roster for the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in an exclusive podcast (listen).