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U.S. Soccer Wire - September 4, 2007


BOB BRADLEY NAMES U.S. MNT ROSTER FOR SEPT. 9 “CLASH OF CHAMPIONS”;
WNT TRAIN IN CHINA ONE WEEK FROM WORLD CUP KICKOFF

U.S. MNT ROSTER SET TO FACE BRAZIL ON SEPT. 9: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named the 19-man roster that will face five-time World Cup champions Brazil on Sept. 9 in Chicago. The U.S. team began training Monday (Sep. 3) afternoon in the Windy City in preparation for the match against the No. 1 ranked Brazilians. Kickoff for the “Clash of Champions” at historic Soldier Field is set for 3 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Ticket sales for Brazil’s first-ever visit to Chicago have surpassed 28,000 and continue to move quickly. Tickets starting at $40 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 312-559-1212 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott, f.y.e., Hot Tix, and Ritmo Latino). Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. After the Brazil clash, the U.S. then takes advantage of a double FIFA date in October, first facing Catalonia on Oct. 14 at the Nou Camp in Barcelona, Spain, and then traveling to face Switzerland on Oct. 17 in Basel. Both October matches will also be televised on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision.

U.S. MNT 2007 Schedule / Results
Date        Opponent      Venue                                                                           Result/Kickoff/TV
Jan. 20    Denmark      Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)                               3-1 W
Feb. 7      Mexico           Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.)                     2-0 W
March 25 Ecuador        Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)                       3-1 W
March 28 Guatemala   Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)                                           0-0 T
June 2     China             Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)                                 4-1 W
June 7     Guatemala^  Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)                               1-0 W
June 9     T&T^               Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)                                2-0 W
June 12   El Salvador^ Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)                              4-0 W
June 16   Panama^      Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)                              2-1 W
June 21   Canada^       Soldier Field (Chicago)                                                        2-1 W
June 24   Mexico^         Soldier Field (Chicago)                                                        2-1 W
June 28   Argentina #  Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo, Venezuela)               1-4 L
July 2       Paraguay #   Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas, Venezuela)                   1-3 L
July 5       Colombia #  Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto, Venezuela) 0-1 L
Aug. 22   Sweden         Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden)                                  0-1 L
Sept. 9    Brazil              Soldier Field (Chicago.)                                3 p.m. CT / ESPN2 / Univision
Oct. 14    Catalonia       Nou Camp (Barcelona, Spain)                    TBD / FSC & Galavision
Oct. 17    Switzerland   St. Jakob Park (Basel, Switzerland)            2:30 p.m. ET / FSC & Galavision

^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
# Copa America

U.S. WNT TRAIN IN CHINA FOR WORLD CUP, ALL WWC MATCHES ON ESPN/ESPN2: The U.S. Women’s National Team has kicked off training in China as the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup draws near. The WNT's run at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN2, which will combine to present live coverage of all 32 World Cup matches Sept. 10-30 from China. All matches will also be carried live on ESPN360.com and select matches will re-air on ESPNU, ESPN Classic and ESPN2. Tournament coverage will also include 30-minute pre-game shows and one-hour shows between matches on select days. Coverage kicks off on ESPN2 on Monday, Sept. 10, at 7:55 a.m. ET with the opening match between Argentina and reigning champions Germany at Hongkou Football Stadium in Shanghai. U.S. WNT coverage begins on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 4:55 a.m. ET as the U.S. Women take on Korea DPR on ESPN2. It continues on Friday, Sept. 14, at 4:55 a.m. ET on ESPN with the U.S. WNT matching up against Sweden. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7:55 a.m. ET, the USA faces Nigeria in their final Group B match, also on ESPN. ESPN2 will air the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final live at 7:55 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. Fans can also follow the WNT’s run in China at ussoccer.com’s 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup homepage, which will bring you the latest news, a WNT Blog, exclusive podcasts, video and much more.

U.S. 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
Date       Opponent         Venue                                                                               Kickoff TV
Sept. 11 North Korea     Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)          5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET ESPN2
Sept. 14 Sweden            Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)          5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET ESPN
Sept. 18 Nigeria              Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium)  8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET ESPN
Sept. 22 Quarterfinals*  Wuhan or Tianjin                                                      5 p.m. local or 8 p.m. local ESPN2
Sept. 26/27 Semifinals* Tianjin or Hangzhou                                                     8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET ESPN2
Sept. 30 Final*                 Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium)  8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET ESPN2
* If Necessary

LILLY NAMED FINALIST FOR WSF 2007 SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: U.S. captain Kristine Lilly who is currently in China preparing for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup has been named a finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation 2007 Sportswoman of the Year. Sportswoman of the Year finalists were selected based on their athletic achievements between Aug. 1, 2006, and July 31, 2007, a period of time in which Lilly scored winning goals in the championship games of three major tournaments and helped the USA qualify for the WWC. The winner will be announced on Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, and honored at the “Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Dinner” at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

REFEREES PREPARE FOR WORLD CUP IN CHINA: U.S. Soccer and FIFA referees Kari Seitz and Jennifer Bennett, who were selected to officiate at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, are now in China preparing for the prestigious tournament. Follow the duo as they join officials from 29 other countries at the world event by visiting ussoccer.com's Referee Blog: "Official Take." Hear from the referees as they make their way across China officiating matches and seeing the country during the month of September.

U.S. WNT TO PLAY THREE-GAME SERIES VS. MEXICO AFTER WORLD CUP: Following a previously announced match against Mexico in St. Louis on Oct. 13 (tickets), the U.S. women will play on Oct. 17 in Portland, Ore., with a 7 p.m. PT kickoff at PGE Park before wrapping up the three-game series vs. Mexico in Albuquerque on Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m. MT. The games will feature the U.S. Women’s World Cup team that kicks off the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sept. 11 vs. North Korea in Chengdu, China. For the game in Portland, tickets starting at $20 are now on sale at ussoccer.com, by phone at 503-224-4400, and at all Portland-area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Fred Meyer and Joe’s Sports, Outdoor & More). For the match in Albuquerque, tickets starting at $18 are now on sale at ussoccer.com, by calling 505-925-5858 or 1-877-664-8661 (toll free), by visiting any University of New Mexico ticket outlet (including select Albertson’s), and at the UNM Ticket Offices at The Pit and the UNM Bookstore. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form for either game at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. UNDER-17 MNT FALLS TO GERMANY IN ROUND OF 16: The U.S. Under-17 Men's National team were knocked out of the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup Thursday evening in Cheonan, South Korea, when they fell, 2-1, to Germany in the Round of 16. Forward Richard Sukuta-Pasu scored both goals in the second half to lead Germany to victory and a spot in the quarterfinals. U.S. defender Mykell Bates scored his third goal of the tournament in second-half stoppage time to cut the lead to one, but Germany was able to hold on in the final minute for the win. With the loss, the U.S. campaign at the World Cup finished with one win and three losses, while Germany went on to defeat England, 4-1, in the quarterfinals. This was the third straight time the U.S. has lost their first match in the second round of the U-17 World Cup.

U.S. U-17 MNT 2007 FIFA World Cup Results
Date      Opponent   Result      U.S. Goal Scorers
Aug. 20 Tajikistan    3-4 L        Mykell Bates, Greg Garza, Billy Schuler
Aug. 23 Tunisia        1-3 L        Jared Jeffrey
Aug. 26 Belgium       2-0 W      Kirk Urso, Mykell Bates
Aug. 30 Germany     1-2 L        Mykell Bates

SZETELA SIGNS WITH LA LIGA’S RACING SANTANDER: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team midfielder Danny Szetela has signed with La Liga’s Racing Santander, and is currently going through physicals before joining the team. The 20-year-old former member of the Columbus Crew was one of the stars of the recent FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada, scoring three goals in the team’s run to the quarterfinals, including the USA’s lone goal in a 1-1 tie with South Korea and two against Poland in a 6-1 victory. Szetela, who holds a Polish passport through his parents, becomes the third member of the Under-20 squad to sign an overseas contract, joining teammates Freddy Adu (Benfica) and Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96) in Europe.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

2007 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL POSSIBLE PAIRINGS SET: U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday (Aug. 29) the possible pairings for the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final, to be disputed during the first week of October in Seattle, Wash., or Frisco, Texas. The tournament finalists will be determined on Tuesday, September 4 as the Carolina RailHawks of the USL First Division face the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer at 7 p.m. ET at Veterans Stadium in New Britain, Conn. That same day, the second semifinal will see the Seattle Sounders (USL-1) host FC Dallas at 7 p.m. PT, at Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash. Should the Seattle Sounders advance, the championship will be contested at 7 p.m. PT on Tuesday, October 2, at Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash. Should FC Dallas advance, Pizza Hut Park will host the final at 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday, October 3.

COACHING SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD FROM SEPT. 20-23: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will host the second annual Women’s Nike Friendlies Coaching Symposium in conjunction with the 2007 Women’s Nike Friendlies from Sept. 20-23 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The symposium includes nightly presentations on Sept. 20 and 21, as well as a match analysis on Sept. 22 at The Home Depot Center. The Coaching Symposium will be led by U.S. Soccer National Staff Coaches Jeff Pill and David Rubinson and will feature interaction with several of U.S. Soccer’s National Team coaches. Registration is open to all coaches. There is no fee to attend any of the symposium sessions and participating coaches will also have the opportunity to watch the 2007 Women’s Nike Friendlies.

PACHUCA WINS FIRST SUPERLIGA CHAMPIONSHIP VS. LOS ANGELES GALAXY: Pachuca and the Los Angeles Galaxy faced off on Wednesday (Aug. 29) in the first ever SuperLiga final, with the first title going to the Mexican club. Pachuca benefited from an own-goal early in the match, but the Galaxy came back to tie it in stoppage time, forcing the game into overtime. After a scoreless extra time, the game went to penalty kicks, where Pachuca goalkeeper Miguel Calero made two saves to Joe Cannon’s one, to capture the tournament title. More information is available at SuperLiga2007.com.

SuperLiga Final Result
Date       Matchup                                                Result
Aug. 29 Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Pachuca     1-1 (3-4 pk)

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION GRANTS PROGRAM OPEN FOR 2008: The 2008 Annual Grants Program for the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, is now available online at ussoccerfoundation.org. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET on Monday, October 15. Applications can be submitted for: a Program Grant to support the development of players, coaches or referees; a Field Enhancement Grant to improve a field with new goals, irrigation or lighting; or an All Conditions Fields Grant to help build a synthetic grass field. More information about the grant making program, as well as Frequently Asked Questions are available at ussoccerfoundation.org.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT and Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey scored and was named Fulham FC’s Man of the Match after leading the Cottagers’ comeback against Tottenham on Saturday (Sept. 1) in the 3-3 draw. Dempsey’s bullet header was his second goal in as many Premier League matches for Fulham.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Real Salt Lake traveled to Los Angeles on Saturday (Sept. 1), coming from behind to defeat the Galaxy, 2-1, at The Home Depot Center on goals from Robbie Findley and Eddie Pope. Coupled with the 3-1 win on Wednesday (Aug. 29) against Kansas City, it is the first time this season that Salt Lake earned three points from two consecutive games.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Sunday, Sept. 9, will see a unique encounter as the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions take on the 2007 CONMEBOL Copa America champs in the “Clash of Champions.” The U.S. and Brazil face off at 3 p.m. CT at Soldier Field in Chicago, live on ESPN2, Univision and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “I think the people can go to the stadium to enjoy the show. For us, it’s very nice to play in America against the USA. I hope we can have a great time.”
-- Brazilian forward, Kaká, talks to ussoccer.com about what he expects out of the match between Brazil and the United States, in an exclusive interview (audio | full interview).

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