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U.S. Soccer Wire: November 24, 2008


U.S. MNT TO KICK OFF 2009 AGAINST SWEDEN, MEXICO: On Saturday, Nov. 22, the United States learned the calendar for the CONCACAF Final Round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. will kick off the final hexagonal round against longtime rival Mexico on Feb. 11. The U.S. will also face El Salvador, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica and Honduras, in that order, twice during the 10-game qualifying round. Home venues will be announced at a later date. The U.S. finished off the Semifinal Round of qualifying with a 2-0 victory against Guatemala at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Before qualifying takes off in 2009, the U.S. men will match up against Sweden on Saturday, Jan. 24, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., at 5:30 p.m. PT. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. Fans can also follow the game live via’s MatchTracker. Tickets starting at $18 are now available through, by phone (213-480-3232 in L.A.; 714-740-2000 in Orange County; 619-220-8497 in San Diego), and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Macy’s, FYE and Ritmo Latino). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center ticket office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at or call 312-528-1290.

U.S. MNT TO FACE ITALY, BRAZIL AND EGYPT AT CONFEDERATIONS CUP: The United States has been drawn into a powerful Group B along with reigning world champions Italy, five-time World Cup winners Brazil, and reigning African Cup of Nations winners Egypt for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup that will be played from June 14-28, 2009, in South Africa. The U.S. kicks off action against Italy on June 15 at Loftus Versfeld in Tshwane/Pretoria, and faces Brazil on June 18 in the same venue. The United States finishes group play on June 21 against Egypt at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. The U.S. is playing in its fourth FIFA Confederations Cup tournament, having appeared most recently in the 2003 event in a group with Brazil, Turkey and Cameroon. The team reached the semifinals of the 1999 tournament, beating Germany and New Zealand in group play before losing to hosts Mexico in the semifinals. The matches next year will represent the USA’s second time playing on South African soil, the team having defeated South Africa 1-0 on Nov. 11, 2007, in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule

Date Opponent Venue; City Time
Jan. 24 Sweden The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. 5:30 p.m. PT
Feb. 11 Mexico Home (Venue TBD) TBD
March 28 El Salvador Away (Venue TBD) TBD
April 1 Trinidad & Tobago Home (Venue TBD) TBD
June 3 Costa Rica Away (Venue TBD) TBD
June 6 Honduras Home (Venue TBD) TBD
June 15 Italy Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria 8:30 p.m. local / 2:30 p.m. ET
June 18 Brazil Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria 4 p.m. local / 10 a.m. ET
June 21 Egypt Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg 8:30 p.m. local / 2:30 p.m. ET
Aug. 12 Mexico Away (Venue TBD) TBD
Sep. 5 El Salvador Home (Venue TBD) TBD
Sep. 9 Trinidad & Tobago Away (Venue TBD) TBD
Oct. 10 Honduras Away (Venue TBD) TBD
Oct. 14 Costa Rica Home (Venue TBD) TBD

U.S. U-20 WNT ADVANCES TO QUARTERFINALS, FACES CHINA PR IN LAST GROUP GAME: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team earned a decisive 3-0 win against Argentina in the second game of Group B at the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile. The win gives the U.S. six points through two games and assures the team a place in the quarterfinal round. Becky Edwards scored the game-winner in the 11th minute and Alex Morgan added a pair of second half goals, her second and third in two games, for the 3-0 final. The U.S. now has six points and with a 2-0 win against China PR, France is currently second in the group with three points while China PR and Argentina each have one point. The U.S. will face China PR in the final match of the group stage, at 4 p.m. local time / 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 26, live on ESPNU and’s MatchTracker. The match will also be broadcast at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Galavision.

U.S. U-20 WNT FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Opponent Venue; City Time / ET / Result TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Nov. 19 France Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillán, Chile 3-0 W Morgan, Leroux (2)
Nov. 22 Argentina Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillán, Chile 3-0 W Edwards, Morgan (2)
Nov. 26 China PR Estadio German Becker; Temuco, Chile 4 p.m. / 2 p.m. ESPNU (Galavisión, 7 p.m.ET/PT)
Nov. 30 Quarterfinals TBD 4 p.m. (2 p.m.) /
7 p.m. (5 p.m.)

ACHIEVE YOUR GOLD TOUR CONTINUES AGAINST CHINA PR IN DECEMBER: The gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Team will head to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as it continues the Achieve Your Gold Tour to celebrate the Olympic title with a match against China on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. PT. Tickets ranging in price levels from $18 to $60, plus special edition U.S. Soccer on-field seats for $150, are now available through, by phone (213-480-3232 in L.A.; 714-740-2000 in Orange County; 619-220-8497 in San Diego), and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Macy’s, FYE and Ritmo Latino). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at or by calling 312-528-1290. Following the match against China in Carson, the teams will travel to Detroit for a Dec. 17 match at 7:30 p.m. ET at Ford Field (tickets). The U.S. recently closed out a three-game series with Korea Republic as part of the Achieve Your Gold Tour with a 2-0-1 record that included two shutouts. In the first match, the U.S. WNT won 3-1, followed by a scoreless draw in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a 1-0 victory in Tampa, Fla.

Achieve Your Gold Tour Schedule / Results

Date Opponent Venue; City Result / Kickoff U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Sept. 13 Ireland Lincoln 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 Korea Republic Univ. of Richmond Stadium; Richmond, Va. 3-1 W Hucles, O'Reilly, Tarpley
Nov. 5 Korea Republic Paul Brown Stadium; Cincinnati, Ohio 0-0 T --
Nov. 8 Korea Republic Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla. 1-0 W O'Reilly
Dec. 13 China PR The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. 6 p.m. PT  
Dec. 17 China PR Ford Field; Detroit 7:30 p.m. ET  


U-20 MNT RETURNS FROM TRAINING CAMP IN MADRID, SPAIN: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team traveled for a training camp in Madrid Spain, dropping two games while tying one. The U.S. kicked off the camp with a 5-3 loss on Wednesday, Nov. 19, to the Real Madrid Reserves, getting goals from Jorge Flores, Tristan Bowen and Abdus Ibrahim. One day later, the team battled to a scoreless draw against the Atletico Madrid Reserves, with goalkeeper Josh Lambo making six saves to preserve the shutout, before falling 2-0 to the Rayo Vallecano Reserves. The eight-day training camp was part of the team's preparation for the 2009 FIFA World Cup Qualifying which takes place in March in Trinidad & Tobago.

U.S. U-20 MNT Schedule

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Nov. 19 Real Madrid 3-5 L Flores, Bowen, Ibrahim
Nov. 20 Atletico Madrid 0-0 T  
Nov. 22 Rayo Vallecano 0-2 L  

U.S. U-15 GIRLS NATIONAL TEAM TO COMPETE IN THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONALS: The U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team came together on Saturday, Nov. 22, to compete in the 2008 Thanksgiving Interregional Tournament in Coral Springs, Fla. U.S. head coach Mike Dickey named 18 players, all born in 1993 and 1994, for the event where they will play three matches against older regional teams. The U.S. U-15s take on the 1992s from Region I on Mon., Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. followed by a match against the 1992s from Region II on Wed., Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. and finish the three-game set against the 1992s from Region III on Fri., Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. Leading the way for this group of players, who are all shooting to compete in the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup which will be held in Trinidad & Tobago, is midfielder Morgan Brian, the youngest member of the 2008 U-17 Women’s World Cup team that recently took second place the inaugural event in New Zealand. Brian played in one match in New Zealand, starting and playing 90 minutes in the victory against Paraguay.

U.S. U-15 GNT 2008 Thanksgiving Interregional Tournament Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Anna Cassell (Salt Lake City, Utah), Abby Smith (Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (5): Abby Dahlkemper (Menlo Park, Calif.), Abby Lutzenkirchen (Marietta, Ga.), Sarah Molina (Rocky River, Ohio), Kathryn Nigro (Livingston, Tenn.), Maya Theuer (Carlsbad, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (Liberty, Mo.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda, Md.), Caprice Dydasco (Honolulu, Hawaii), Sydney Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Karin Simonian (Westbury, N.Y.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore, Md.)
FORWARDS (4): Whitney Jaynes (Plano, Texas), Christina Murillo (Ojai, Calif.), Cate Parchinski (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Brittany Ratcliffe (Franklin Township, N.J.)

U.S. U-15 GNT Schedule

Date Opponent Time (ET)
Nov. 24 1992 Region I 7 p.m.
Nov. 26 1992 Region II 7 p.m.
Nov. 28 1992 Region III 10 a.m.

U.S. U-15 BNT ROSTER SET FOR DECEMBER CAMP: U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Jim Barlow has named a 32-player roster for a seven-day training camp which will take place Dec. 7-14 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The week-long camp will include six matches against opponents yet to be determined.

U.S. U-15 BNT Domestic Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Max Brown (Premier Soccer Acad.; New York, N.Y.), Kendall McIntosh (Mustang SC ; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Josh McNeely (Real SoCal; Hidden Hills, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Texas Premier; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (9): Andrew Chang (Sockers FC; Highland Park, Ill.), Jerome Cristobal (Vardar; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Alfred Edmonds (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Malcolm Harris (Baltimore Bays; Damascus, Md.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Mykal Riley (Arsenal; Lake Elsinore, Calif.), Jalen Robinson (Bethesda SC; Catonsville, Md.), Andrew Souders (Premier Soccer Acad.; Amherst, Ohio), Todd Wharton (Richmond Strikers; Glen Allen, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (17): Atsou Ayah (Black Watch SC; Tampa, Fla.), Cesar Ceja (F.C. Westchester; Port Chester, N.Y.), Bryan Celis (Texas Premier FC; Houston, Texas), Matthew Dunn (Premier Soccer Acad.; Dallas, Texas), Eric Gonzalez (L.A. Galaxy; Corona, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Brandon Jordi (North Meck SC; Charlotte, N.C.), Collin Martin (Premier Soccer Acad.; Chevy Chase, Md.) Ryan Masch (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Oscar Ortega (Albion SC; San Ysidro, Calif.), Gabe Palermo (Tigre; Jupiter, Fla.), Travis Pillon (Danville Mustangs; Oakland, Calif.), Joel Salmeron (Chicago Fire; Cicero, Ill.), Melvin Snoh (Spirit United; Coetsville, Pa.); Ross Tetro (NJSA04 – Gunners; Marlboro, N.J.), Sebastian Velasquez (Los Alamitos; Los Angeles, Calif.), Victor Zamora (Rockford Raptors; Rockford, Ill.)
FORWARDS (2): Desmond Gonzales (Premier Soccer Acad.; Miami, Fla.), Erick Sanchez (Houston Dynamo; Edinburg, Texas)


FRIEDEL TIES RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE APPEARANCES: Brad Friedel earned another honor in his distinguished career when he equaled the English Premier League's consecutive appearance record this past Saturday. Friedel, now with Aston Villa after years with Blackburn Rovers, played in his 166th consecutive league game against Manchester United, tying the record set by another goalkeeper, David James. After writing his name in the record books, Friedel did his part on the field as Aston Villa, currently in fourth in the Premier League, held the reigning champions to a 0-0 draw at Villa Park.

VOTING NOW OPEN FOR “BEST OF U.S. SOCCER” AND ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARDS: U.S. Soccer has announced the finalists for the 2008 “Best of U.S. Soccer” and U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year awards. The seventh annual “Best of” series, presented by Soccer America, the No. 1 soccer magazine in the United States, gives fans the opportunity to make their selections for the best in soccer in the United States. In addition to voting for the “Best of U.S. Soccer” awards (vote now), fans will also have the chance to vote daily for the prestigious Athlete of the Year awards. Fans can vote once a day from now until Monday, Dec. 8.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION HOLIDAY AUCTION: The U.S. Soccer Foundation 2008 Holiday Auction is now live at Soccer fans can bid on MLS and international team jerseys signed by stars from all over the world in support of a good cause. All proceeds support the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the Urban Soccer Collaborative which provides children in economically disadvantaged urban areas with opportunities to play and enjoy soccer. The collection for this year includes autographed jerseys from Boca Juniors, AS Monaco (Freddy Adu), Mia Hamm, Rangers FC, Celtic FC, Julie Foudy, all 14 MLS clubs, Tim Howard and more. Visit for more information.

COLUMBUS WINS FIRST MLS CUP TITLE: The 2008 MLS Most Valuable Player, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, led the Columbus Crew to a 3-1 win against the New York Red Bulls and the team’s first-ever MLS Cup on Sunday, Nov. 23 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Schelotto was a part of all three Crew goals, scored by Alejandro Moreno, Chad Marshall and Frankie Hejduk. John Wolyniec scored the lone goal for New York.

COACHESNET OFFERS 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. Registration also includes round-trip airfare from Miami International Airport, meals and four-star accommodations. Registration is open to all coaches and current U.S. Soccer “A” licensed coaches will earn eight (8) Continuing Education Units for their participation. CoachesNet caught up with U.S. Soccer U-17 scout and National Staff Coach Juan Carlos Michia to discuss the trip to Buenos Aires. Michia, a native of Argentina, discusses plans for the trip, how soccer is a way of life in Argentina and what a coach can expect during the week.


PEAK PERFORMER: Give it up for Frankie Hejduk and the Columbus Crew, who won their first-ever MLS Cup title on Sunday, Nov. 23, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The San Diego native scored the team’s third goal, powering up the flank and getting a head on a deft chip as he beat New York goalkeeper Danny Cepero to send the ball into the net for the team’s third goal in the 3-1 win against the Red Bulls. Columbus capped off the season in fitting fashion, having won the MLS Supporter’s Shield for earning the most points in the regular season and appearing in their first MLS Cup in the club’s 13 years.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will face China PR in their last Group B match at the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup as they try to retain the top spot in the group. The match will be shown live on ESPNU at 4 p.m. local time / 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 26, and will be broadcast on tape delay at 7 p.m. ET / PT on Galavision.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The small number of teams in the FIFA Confederations Cup generally indicates that participants will be playing against some very high quality competition. But how often does a team, specifically, the U.S. Men’s National Team get the chance to play the past two FIFA World Cup champions in the first two games of a tournament? Well, the U.S. MNT will get that chance in June as the team was drawn into Group B of the Confederations Cup against Italy, Brazil and Egypt.

QUOTABLE: “There were no great surprises in the six teams that did advance, and it means the competition in this next round will be difficult. We understand that and we also know that past experiences in qualifiers reinforce the challenges of playing any of these teams on the road.”
-- U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley, on the Final Round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.