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U.S. Soccer Wire: Feb. 22, 2010


U.S. MNT FACE EL SALVADOR IN TAMPA AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM ON FEB. 24;
CZECH REPUBLIC AND TURKEY ANNOUNCED AS OPPONENTS IN 2010 SEND-OFF SERIES;
U.S. WNT OPEN ALGARVE CUP SCHEDULE AGAINST ICELAND ON FEB. 24  

U.S. MNT ARRIVES IN TAMPA WITH SIGHTS SET ON EL SALVADOR FRIENDLY: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley and a roster of 20 players has arrived in Tampa, Fla., for the Feb. 24 match against El Salvador at Raymond James Stadium. The U.S. team is concluding a ten-day camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. and traveled to Florida on Sunday in preparation for the game. The match against El Salvador, the USA's second game of 2010, can be seen live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow along at ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. MNT Roster By Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (5): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9)
: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (4): Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)

U.S. TO FACE CZECH REPUBLIC AND TURKEY IN SEND-OFF SERIES FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: The U.S. Men's National Team will face two of the traditionally stronger teams from Europe in the Czech Republic and Turkey in the Send-Off Series prior to departing for South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The USA will meet the Czech Republic on May 25 at a site to be determined before playing its final home tune-up match against Turkey on May 29 in Philadelphia. Kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field is set for 2 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer. 

THIRD-RANKED NETHERLANDS UP NEXT FOR U.S. MEN:  The U.S. Men’s National Team’s match against El Salvador at 7 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., will be followed by a friendly against third-ranked Netherlands on March 3 in Amsterdam which will be broadcast by ESPN2 and Galavision at 2:30 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the games live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at www.twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Feb. 17 – Feb. 22

U.S. WNT TOUCHES DOWN IN PORTUGAL FOR ALGARVE CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team has arrived on the cloudy southern coast of Portugal to prepare for its first international matches of 2010, which will come at the always competitive Algarve Cup. The U.S. team arrived early in the morning on Feb. 19 and has five days before the first match against Iceland on Wed., Feb. 24, just about enough time to get rid of jet lag and get in some good training. The USA’s match with Iceland will be the second meeting between the two countries at the Algarve Cup after also having played last year. Municipal Stadium in Vila Real de San Antonio will host an opening Group B doubleheader as long-time rivals Sweden and Norway clash after the U.S. match. The USA will face Norway on Feb. 26 at Estadio Jose Arcanjo in Olhão and finish group play against Sweden on March 1 in Ferreiras. All of the U.S. games kick off at 3 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) and fans can follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. WNT Roster By Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (St. Louis Athletica), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Casey Nogueira (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

U.S. WOMEN TO OPEN DOMESTIC SCHEDULE WITH TWO MATCHES AGAINST MEXICO IN MARCH: The U.S. Women’s National Team will play its first two domestic matches of 2010 against Mexico on March 28 at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego and March 31 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, the home of reigning Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake. The match in San Diego will kick off at 2 p.m. PT and will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español. The match in Utah will kick off at 7 p.m. MT and be televised live on ESPN2. Fans can follow both matches online via ussoccer.com MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. Women’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Feb. 9 – Feb. 16

ADDITIONAL USA FAN TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP MATCHES: U.S. Soccer has announced there will be an additional sales phase of 2010 FIFA World Cup tickets for matches involving the U.S. Men’s National Team from Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. ET until April 7, 2010. While the June 12 match against England is sold out, there are still tickets available in the U.S. fan section for the other two group phase matches. With excitement building towards the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the organizers are making more tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability, for U.S. citizens and residents interested in sitting in USA fan sections.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-23 WNT TO HOLD TRAINING CAMP IN SUNRISE, FLA.: U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin will bring 24 players to a training camp in Sunrise, Fla., from March 7-14. Irwin’s roster reflects some of the top underclassmen in the college game, including five members of the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile: defender Liz Harkin, midfielders Eli Reed and Keelin Winters, and forward Alex Morgan, who won the Bronze Ball as the third most outstanding player of the tournament. Morgan started the most recent full U.S. Women’s National Team training camp in January at The Home Depot Center, but left with a hamstring injury after just three days.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M; Centennial, Colo.), Natalie Kulla (Marquette; St. Louis, Mo.), Jillian Mastroianni (Boston College; Durham, Conn.
DEFENDERS (7): Lauren Barnes (UCLA; Upland, Calif.), Jackie Carron (Michigan; Rochester Hills, Mich.), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Liz Harkin (Arizona State; Granite Bay Calif.), Megan Jesolva  (California; La Mirada, Calif.), Lindsey Kowal (Harvard; East Meadow, N.Y.), Jessica Tsao (Portland; Portland, Ore.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Amanda DaCosta (Florida State; Katonah, N.Y.), Alexandra Elston (Arizona State; Phoenix, Ariz.), Sinead Farrelly (Virginia; Havertown, Pa.), Mariah Nogueira (Stanford; Westminster, Calif.), Eli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah), Rachel Shipley (Texas A&M; Plano, Texas), Keelin Winters (Portland; Englewood, Colo.), Kylie Wright (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Danielle Foxhoven (Portland; Littleton, Colo.); Sarah Hagen (Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Whitney Hooper (Texas A&M; Houston, Texas), Alex Morgan (California; Diamond Bar, Calif.), Danielle Toney (Penn State; Northville, Mich.)

U.S. U-20 WNT DEFEAT NORWAY U-23 WNT IN LA MANGA CUP IN SPAIN: Forward Maya Hayes scored in the 53rd minute to lead the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team to a 1-0 victory against the Norwegian U-23 Women’s National Team in the first of three matches for the young Americans in La Manga, Spain. The U.S. roster for La Manga features 16 players who are fresh off winning the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championships in Guatemala in January that qualified the team for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kansas), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (UNC; New Hope, Pa.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Lucretia Lee (UCLA; Bothell, Wash.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Maya Hayes (Aristocrats Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska; Raymore, Mo.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)

U.S. U-18 WNT TRAVEL TO LA MANGA SPAIN FOR THREE MATCHES: The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will travel to La Manga, Spain, from Feb. 26-March 6 to participate in the Ten Nations Tournament where it will play three matches. The tournament is an Under-19 competition, so the U.S. team will be going against players one year older. U.S. head coach Dave Chesler will bring 18 players to face Norway on March 1, Germany on March 3 and Sweden on March 5 in what should be excellent matches for the U.S. players that were born mostly in 1992, with a few in 1991.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Aubrey Bledsoe (Kings Soccer Academy; Cincinnati, Ohio), Anna Sieloff (Vardar; Troy, Mich.)
DEFENDERS (6): Torri Allen (McLean Dragons; Stafford, Va.), Arin Gilliland (Ohio Elite; Wilmore, Ky.), Meg Morris (Montclair Aristocrats; Montclair, N.J.), Mollie Pathman (Triangle FC; Durham, N.C.), Kendall Romine (So Cal Blues; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Carrie Whigham (Sereno SC; Phoenix, Ariz.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Michelle Cruz (Real So Cal; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Gloria Douglas (Triangle FC; Fayetteville, N.C.), Lindsay Elston (Crossfire Premier; Sammamish, Wash.), Julie Johnston (Sereno SC; Mesa, Ariz.), Mandy Laddish (Blue Valley Stars; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Tiffini Smith (Polaris SC; Fort Worth, Texas), Chioma Ubogagu (D’Feeters; Coppell, Texas)
FORWARDS (3): Natalia Ledezma (Slammers FC; La Mirada, Calif.), Rachel Nuzzolese (Oceanside; Melville, N.Y.), Katie Stengel (Space Coast United; West Melbourne, Fla.)

U.S. U-17 MNT TO PARTICIPATE IN DOUBLEHEADER WITH MNT IN TAMPA: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will play Mexico at Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 24 as part of a doubleheader that will feature the U.S. Men’s National Team against El Salvador. The U-17 match kicks off at 4:15 p.m. ET and fans can follow the game live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Fans with tickets to the USA versus El Salvador will also have access to the U-17 match up, with gates opening at 4 p.m. ET.

U-17 WNT HEADS TO FLORIDA FOR FINAL TRAINING CAMP BEFORE CONCACAF QUALIFYING: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team has convened in Sunrise, Fla., until Feb. 27 for its final training camp before head coach Kazbek Tambi chooses a 20-player roster for the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships that will qualify two teams to the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago. Tambi brings 20 players to Florida after coaching this age group through six events in 2009 and one so far this year. The CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships will be held in Costa Rica from March 10-20 and the USA will face Haiti, Cayman Islands and Costa Rica in the first round. The 16-game, 11-day tournament will be played at Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburgh, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (6): Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado; Denver, Colo.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; Saint Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Caprice Dydasco (HSC Bulls; Honolulu, Hawaii), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Cassandra Pecht (Baltimore Bays; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Havana Salaun (KYX Kicks Elite; Gainseville, Fla.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (4): Alesha Blair (Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Jennifer Gonzalez (Arsenal FC; Alta Loma, Calif.), Taylor Smith (Solar Red; Ft. Worth, Texas), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.)

U.S. U-17 WNT Schedule
Date                Opponent                Time (ET)             TV/Video                      Venue   
March 10        Haiti                        6 p.m.                    CONCACAF.com       Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium                   
March 12        Cayman Islands       6 p.m.                    CONCACAF.com       Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium
March 14        Costa Rica              3:30 p.m.                CONCACAF.com       Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium

TOP COLLEGE PROGRAMS USE DEVELOPEMENT ACADEMY PLAYERS TO BUILD SUCCESSFUL TEAMS: With stints as an assistant coach during the 2002 FIFA World Cup and head coach of U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team, George Gelnovatch has been involved with soccer in the U.S. since his playing days at the University of Virginia under Bruce Arena. Now with 14 seasons as the head coach of the Cavaliers under his belt, Gelnovatch has seen his player selection process undergo a major overhaul since the inception of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. With Development Academy scouts in attendance at a majority of regular season games and every game during Showcase events, players are identified and tracked more closely and consistently than in the past.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

BE OFFICIAL: While there's nothing like cheering on the U.S. Men's National Team in person, we want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience even if you’re not going to be in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, so we've got the next best spot: an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be at Raymond James Stadium, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters, wear red and watch the game in an atmosphere that is pretty loud and rowdy. Check the latest listings for the Official U.S. Soccer bar in your area.  Have a local watering hole that you would like to see as an Official U.S. Soccer Bar?  Provide your comments on the Official U.S. Bar Forum.

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just over 10 months to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cup™ to come to the United States -- and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup™ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Wednesday, Feb. 24 will be a busy day on the U.S. National Team calendar as three different matches involving American teams will be contested. The Women’s National Team will open their 2010 Algarve Cup schedule in Portugal when they take on Iceland at 10 a.m. ET. Back in the U.S., the Under-17 Men’s National Team will kickoff the first part of a doubleheader in Tampa as they take on Mexico at 4:15 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium. The Men’s National Team will cap the evening when they take on El Salvador at the same venue at 7 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN Classic and Galavision. All three games will be featured on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “I think the young players have a huge role on this team. As far as leadership, to be a good leader you have to be a good follower. We give [the veteran players] our feedback, but observe how they lead, and I think that’s really important. On that same note, they also listen to us. We are newer and have a different way of seeing things, which brings something new to the table for them and in the end it becomes a cycle of them learning from us and us learning from them. Being able to do that is true leadership.” – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Lauren Cheney on the leadership within the team

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