U.S. Open Cup Continues on Wednesday With Fourth Round
as Remaining MLS Teams Join the Tournament
2005 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP CONTINUES ON WEDNESDAY: The fourth round of the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup continues on Wednesday with the defending champion Kansas City Wizards beginning their quest to retain the title. Seven other MLS teams also enter the tournament in the fourth round, after CD Chivas USA, Chicago Fire, FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake did so in the third round, which offered a full spectrum of soccer excitement with 46 goals, MLS teams going into overtime and two upsets. The biggest shocker came via the Minnesota Thunder’s (USL1) come-from-behind 6-4 overtime triumph against MLS expansion club Real Salt Lake. The other lower-seeded team to earn a win in the third round was the Des Moines Menace of the USL Premier Development League, recording a dominating 5-1 win over the USL1’s Atlanta Silverbacks. The match between the PDL’s Ocean City Barons (PDL) and the USL’s Richmond Kickers (USL 1) was postponed a week because of lightning in Richmond, Va., but was finally played with the Kickers coming back from an early goal to get an 8-4 win. The tournament’s fourth round will be played on Wednesday, August 3. A complete fourth round schedule, as well as the quarterfinal pairings, are available at ussoccer.com’s U.S. Open Cup competitions page.
MLS ALL-STARS DEFEAT FULHAM FC 4-1: The MLS All-Stars defeated Fulham FC 4-1 in the tenth MLS All-Star game. The annual exhibition brought U.S. MNT stalwarts Brian McBride and Carlos Bocanegra to Columbus Crew Stadium as their English Premiership side battled the best of the MLS. The MLS roster also boasted a handful of U.S. stars, including starters Jimmy Conrad, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan and Greg Vanney. The MLS took the lead after 23 minutes when Donovan found New England Revolution forward and game MVP Taylor Twellman for the opening goal. Fulham would respond before the half when Claus Jensen converted a penalty kick in the 36th minute. Ronnie O'Brien deflected a Clint Dempsey shot for the go-ahead goal in the 56th minute, and another former member of the Columbus Crew, Jeff Cunningham, salted the game away with a pair of goals in the game's final five minutes. Brian McBride, serving as Fulham’s captain, didn't find the scoresheet upon returning to his former MLS home, but received a thunderous ovation from the Columbus faithful when he was replaced in the 60th minute.
U.S. U-21 WNT WINS SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE NORDIC CUP: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team rolled to its unprecedented seventh consecutive Nordic Cup title with a dominating 4-1 win over arch-rival Norway as the young Americans got goals from four different players. Seventeen-year-old forward Lauren Cheney scored her second of the tournament, midfielder Carli Lloyd got her third, forward Heather O’Reilly notched her fourth and midfielder Lori Chalupny added the capper with a blast from distance for her first goal of the competition. With the victory, the USA has remarkably won eight of the last nine Nordic Cup tournaments dating back to 1997. The Nordic Cup, held every summer in northern Europe, is the world’s premier competition for U-21 women. The USA defeated Norway in the championship game in 1997 and 1999, but lost in the 1998 final. Since that loss, the USA has dropped just one match in the Nordic Cup in the last seven years. The Nordic Cup has been staged since 1990 and no team besides the USA has won it more than twice in a row, which Sweden accomplished twice in the early 1990s.
U.S. U-21 WNT Nordic Cup
Date Result U.S. Goal Scorers
July 20 U.S. U-21 WNT 4, Iceland 0 O'Reilly (2), Buczkowski, Rapinoe
July 22 U.S. U-21 WNT 4, Denmark 0 Lloyd (2), Rapinoe, Cheney
July 24 U.S. U-21 WNT 3, Germany 1 O’Reilly, Tarpley (2)
July 26 U.S. U-21 WNT 4, Norway 1 Cheney, O'Reilly, Lloyd, Chalupny
PIZZA HUT PARK ADDED TO SOCCER STADIUM LANDSCAPE IN U.S.: MLS Western Conference frontrunners FC Dallas will be moving into their new digs on Saturday as the $80 million Pizza Hut Park is set to open its doors in Frisco, Texas, as the third soccer-specific stadium in the USA’s top league. The first official event at the new complex is slated for Friday night at the kickoff of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association’s three-day National Cup competition. The following evening, the MetroStars will travel to Dallas as the first MLS visiting side to compete in the 21,000 seat venue. Pizza Hut Park joins Columbus Crew Stadium and The Home Depot Center as the only soccer-specific stadiums in Major League Soccer, and represents the continued commitment of both U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer to develop soccer facilities throughout the country. The complex will also feature 17 full-size fields that will be utilized by the entire soccer community.
-- U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --
DATES CONFIRMED FOR 2006 FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team and head coach Tim Schulz received word from FIFA last week that the dates for the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia have been confirmed for August 17-September 3, 2006. The U.S. still has to qualify for Russia, and while the CONCACAF qualifications dates have not been set, the USA does know that their Confederation has been given one more spot (three teams, up from two) as the tournament moves from the 12 teams that contested the title in 2002 and 2004 as a U-19 competition, to 16 teams for 2006. The USA won the 2002 tournament in Canada, led by the “new triple-edged sword” of Lindsay Tarpley, Heather O’Reilly and Kelly Wilson, who scored a combined 17 goals over the six games, the final of which was a dramatic 1-0 overtime win against Canada. The USA finished third in 2004, defeating Brazil, 3-0, in the third-place match. Players born on or after January 1, 1986, are eligible for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship.
FIVE IN, 11 TO GO FOR FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: The first five teams have qualified for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship as Europe completed its qualification tournament last weekend in Hungary. World Championship host Russia, Germany, France and surprise qualifiers Finland and Switzerland (which beat England in a playoff for the fifth and final spot) gained Europe’s five berths. Russia, which had already qualified as host, nevertheless showed they deserved a berth (unlike Thailand in 2004 which failed to score in the finals) as they took top honors at the 2005 European U-19 Women’s Championship, defeating France in the final yesterday. The match was tied 2-2 after regulation and overtime before the Russians triumphed, 6-5, on penalties. Elena Danilova scored an amazing nine goals in the tournament, including one in the final, to take Golden Boot honors. The USA defeated Russia, 4-1, in group play at the 2004 U-19 World Championship. The Final Draw for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship will take place in May of next year. Following are the qualifiers and remaining spots:
Europe: Germany, France, Finland, Switzerland
Asia: 3 teams
Africa: 2 teams
South America: 2 teams
CONCACAF: 3 teams
Oceania: 1 team
U-18 MEN KICKOFF 2005 MILK CUP ON MONDAY AGAINST BRAZIL: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will kick off the 2005 Milk Cup in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Monday (Aug. 1) against Brazil in the elite group. After facing Brazil, the U.S. will take on Serbia & Montenegro on Aug. 3. Interestingly, the U.S. will not face the other team in the elite group, host Northern Ireland, which will also face Serbia & Montenegro and Brazil. Depending on the team’s showing against their first two opponents, the U.S. will play in either the championship game or third place match against one of the other three teams. Last week head coach Bob Jenkins released the 18-man roster that will compete in the 2005 Milk Cup from Aug. 1-5 in Northern Ireland.
U-18 MNT Milk Cup Schedule
Aug. 1 Brazil
Aug. 3 Serbia & Montenegro
Aug. 5 Placement Match
U-17 ’88 MNT DRAW WITH PSV RESERVES IN OPENING MATCH OF HOLLAND TOUR: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team battled the PSV Eindhoven U-19 to a 2-2 draw on Monday (Aug. 1) afternoon in their first match of a 12-day tour of Holland as they continue to prepare for the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, which will take place September 16-October 2. The U.S. jumped out to an early lead as Ryan Soroka finished off a deflected shot by Jeremy Hall in the 12th minute and then doubled their lead 10 minutes later as Eddie Ababio's impressive dribbling skills on the right flank to get past several defenders was rewarded when his cross into the box was inadvertently knocked in for an own goal and a 2-0 lead for the U.S. PSV bounced back with goals on either side of halftime, pulling within one in the 43rd minute and then finding the equalizer in the 50th minute. The U.S. will play a total of four matches against reserve teams from Dutch clubs, also taking on Heerenveen on Aug. 3, KRC Genk on Aug. 6 and Ajax on Aug. 8, before returning home the following day. The U.S. trained in Atlanta for three days before head coach John Hackworth named his 22-player roster for the week-and-a-half trip in Holland, where they will be based in Roermond. Only two players (Daniel Kelly and Diego Restrepo) joining the U-17s in Holland are not currently a part of U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program.
U-17 ’88 MNT Holland Schedule
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 1 PSV Eindhoven U-19 2-2 T Soroka, own goal
Aug. 3 Heerenveen
Aug. 6 KRC Genk
Aug. 8 Ajax
U-17 ’88 MNT Holland Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bryant Rueckner (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.); DEFENDERS (7): Michael Balogun (Houston, Texas), Kevin Alston (Silver Spring, Md.), Eric Lichaj (Downer’s Grove, Ill.), Ofori Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Richard Edgar (Mechanicsville, Md.), Blake Wagner (Tampa, Fla.), Amaechi Igwe (Belmont, Calif.); MIDFIELDERS (9): Quavas Kirk (Aurora, Ill.), Kyle Nakazawa (Palos Verde Est., Calif.), Ryan Soroka (Langhorne, Pa.), Daniel Kelly (Henderson, Tenn.), Neven Subotic (Bradenton, Fla.), Jeremy Hall (Tampa, Fla.), Michael Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Gabriel Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Anthony Ampaiptakwong (Carrollton, Texas); FORWARDS (4): Preston Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.), David Arvizu (Santa Ana, Calif.), Omar Gonzalez (Dallas, Texas), Eddie Ababio (Tampa, Fla.)
U-17 ’89/90 MNT PREPARE FOR JAPAN TRIP: The U.S. Under-17 ’89/90 Men’s National Team will leave this week for a 10-day tour of Japan, where they will play four matches, including one international. The players will regroup on Aug. 5 in Los Angeles before departing for Japan. The team will stay in Gifu for two days and play a match against the Gifu HS Select team on Tuesday, Aug. 9, before departing for Toyota City directly after the match. The U.S. will then play two games over the next four days, taking on Nagoya Grampus on Thursday, Aug. 11, and finishing with an international against South Korea on Saturday, Aug. 13. As head coach John Hackworth will be working with the U-17 ‘88s while they continue their preparations for the FIFA U-17 World Championship, assistant coach Brian Maisonneuve will handle the head coaching duties for the trip. Maisonneuve is taking 18 players on the trip, a mix of players born in 1989 and 1990, seven of which are already in U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program. The other 11 players are possible additions to Residency this fall semester.
U-17 ’89/90 MNT Schedule
Aug. 9 Gifu HS Select
Aug. 11 Nagoya Grampus
Aug. 13 South Korea
U-17 ’89 MNT Japan Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brandyn Bumpas (Denver, Colo.), Josh Lambo (Crystal Lake, Ill.); DEFENDERS (5): Greg Eckhart (Orange Park, Fla.), Anthony Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.), Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Ian Kalis (Plano, Texas); MIDFIELDERS (5): Cameron Brown (Garland, Texas), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.), Edgar Barajas (San Fernando, Calif.), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Kyle Davies (Pleasanton, Calif.); FORWARDS (6): Andrew Giallombardo (Manalapan, N.J.), Perica Marosevic (Rockford, Ill.), Joseph Sorrentino (Trenton, N.J.), Michael Stephens (Woodridge, Ill.), Josmer Altidore (Boca Raton, Fla.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.).
U-15 BNT HOLD FOURTH TRAINING CAMP IN NEW JERSEY: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team split their first two games during their fourth training camp of the year, which runs until Aug. 3 at the PDA Complex in Somerset, N.J. Head coach James Barlow invited 27 players to the weeklong camp. The U-15s fell 5-2 to the PDA U-17 squad on Friday (July 29) but battled back to defeat the New Jersey ODP ’90 squad 5-0 a day later. The U-15s will play two more matches as they face the PDA U-16s on Monday (Aug. 1) and the Match Fit U-16s the following day.
U-15 BNT Schedule
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
July 29 PDA U-17 2-5 L n/a
July 30 New Jersey ODP '90 5-0 W n/a
Aug. 1 PDA U-16
Aug. 2 Match Fit U-16
U-14 NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM'S IDENTIFICATION SET FOR JULY 31: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Development Program is holding their identification camp this week (July 31-Aug. 6) in Middlesex, Mass., with 120 players being called in from all across the United States. Each of the four Regions (I, II, III and IV) submitted at least 25 players to the weeklong camp, which will include instruction and games while they will also be watched, evaluated and directed by U.S. Soccer’s National Staff coaches, U.S. coaches and other regional and state coaches. During the camp, the coaches stress problem-solving within the game, speed of play and excelling in competitive environments. A full list of all the players invited to the identification camp is available at the U-14 Programs team page on ussoccer.com.
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SELECT TEAM TO FACE REAL MADRID IN SPAIN: A Major League Soccer Select Team will face nine-time European champions Real Madrid on August 23 for the 27th edition of the Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain. The MLS Select Team will be the first American squad to play for the trophy in the history of the competition, which also marks Real Madrid's first game of the new season in front of its home fans at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. The players and coaching staff of the MLS Select Team will be announced at a later date. First held in 1979 in honor of the club's legendary former president for whom the team's stadium is also named, the trophy is contested in what has traditionally become the final international match played by Real Madrid prior to the start of the team's domestic season. Among the legendary teams to have competed in the prestigious event's history are Liverpool (England), A.C. Milan (Italy), Inter Milan (Italy), River Plate (Argentina), Ajax Amsterdam (Holland), Santos (Brazil) and Benfica (Portugal).
USL W-LEAGUE FINAL FOUR SET: The Ottawa Fury (12-4-0) downed the Toronto Lady Lynx 2-0 and the Central Florida Krush (13-3-0) edged the Charlotte Lady Eagles 1-0 to join the Vancouver Whitecaps (14-1-0) and host New Jersey Wildcats in the W-League semifinals in New Jersey next weekend. The Whitecaps picked up a 4-0 victory over the Arizona Heatwave, which featured U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Jen Branam and defender Amy LePeilbet, in the Western Conference championship game to make the Final Four. Both semifinals will see Canadian vs. American clashes as third-seeded Vancouver takes on second-seeded New Jersey and fourth-seeded Central Florida faces top seed Ottawa, which won the regular season title on goal difference after a three-way tie at the top. The Vancouver-New Jersey clash is a rematch of the 2004 championship game. The semifinals will be held on Friday, Aug. 5 with the championship and consolation game on Sunday, Aug. 7. All matches will be played at Mercer County (N.J.) Community College and will be hosted by the Wildcats, who qualified for the Final Four automatically, and with a record of 13-1-0 on the year, are the cream of the W-League this season. The Krush are led by U.S. National Team forward Danielle Fotopoulos (U.S. defender Heather Mitts has also played some matches), who scored all three goals in a 3-2 Central Conference playoffs semifinal victory over the Detroit Jaguars. The Wildcats feature U.S. Women’s National Team players Cat Reddick, Heather O’Reilly, Christie Welsh and several U.S. U-21 internationals. The Whitecaps are made up almost entirely of Canadian National Team players. The Fury, the only team to defeat the Wildcats during the regular season (a 1-0 win in the season finale), also have numerous Canadian National Team players in their lineup.
CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT 2005 US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: US Youth Soccer National Champions were crowned Sunday (July 31) at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex where 48 of the top teams in the country met to conclude the final challenge of the 2005 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. Kerri Hanks, a member of the 2004 and 2002 U.S. U-19 World Championship teams, earned the Golden Boot Award at the tournament at the U-19 age level. The final two teams in each age group, Under-14 through Under-19 boys and girls, earned their way to the USYS National Championships, one of the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournaments, by advancing through their state and regional competitions. The 2005 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, provides more than 129,000 players on over 7,200 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 State Associations with the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against some of the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The US Youth Soccer National Championships cap a yearlong series of competitions for boys and girls teams in multiple age brackets. Annually the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation’s top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.
US Youth Soccer National Champions
So Cal United (Calif.-South)
So Cal Blues (Calif.-South)
FC Greater Boston Bolts (Mass.)
St. Louis Soccer Club (Mo.)
Arsenal FC (Calif.-South)
Slammers SC (Calif.-South)
Dallas Texans Red '88 (Texas-North)
Eclipse Select (Ill.)
Dallas Texans Red 87 (Texas-North)
Laguna Hills Eclipse (Calif.-South)
Sockers FC (Ill.)
Stars of Massachusetts (Mass.)
*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: It was another dominating performance at the Nordic Cup for the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team, who finished undefeated at the tournament by beating Norway 4-1 for the 2005 title. It is the U-21’s seventh consecutive and eighth overall Nordic Cup championship.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: Although the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has already seen three rounds of action, the fourth round promises just as much excitement, as the remaining 10 MLS teams join the party. Fourth round matches take place on Wednesday, Aug. 3, as the Kansas City Wizards begin defense of their 2004 U.S. Open Cup title against the Des Moines Menace of the USL Premier Developmental League. A complete fourth round schedule can be found at ussoccer.com’s U.S. Open Cup competitions page.
SOCCER SHOCKER: Wow. Time flies when you’re having fun. And after a summer packed full of international club and country action on U.S. soil, it’s a little surprising to be preparing for European seasons that will get underway again. And yet, that’s where we find ourselves as the English Championship season kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 6. U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Eddie Lewis starts off his Championship campaign with Leeds United at home against Millwall while U.S. midfielder Bobby Convey’s season starts off hosting Plymouth on Sunday, Aug. 7. Check out what Eddie Lewis had to say about his upcoming season.
QUOTABLE: “I have to shave my head."
-- Former U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team and current Columbus Crew midfielder Danny Szetela after being mistaken for U.S. MNT defender Chris Albright by a fan asking for an autograph.