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U.S. Soccer Wire: U.S. Draws with Denmark 1-1

DONOVAN PK EARNS TIE; WALKER, WOLYNIEC EARN FIRST CAP WITH U.S. MNT: The U.S. Men’s National Team played Denmark to a spirited 1-1 draw on Jan. 18 in the team’s first ever appearance at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Landon Donovan connected on a 76th minute penalty kick to equalize the match and see the U.S. off to a good start in their preparation for the beginning of World Cup qualifying in June. Denmark got on the board first in the 28th minute on a well-taken penalty kick from Thomas Roll-Larsen. Denmark earned the penalty kick when Mexican referee Antonio Rodriguez Mendoza whistled Eddie Pope for a foul on Danish captain Morten Wieghorst as a Denmark corner kick sailed into the penalty area. The U.S. could have opened the scoring in the 13th minute, but after Donovan had done well to keep a misplayed clearance alive in the area by beating the ‘keeper to the ball, Ante Razov’s first-time rebound effort into an empty net skipped just wide of the left post. Razov had another chance in the 20th minute, but a left-foot volley taken off his chest did not find the mark from 10 yards out. The U.S. dominated most of the action, out-shooting Denmark 16-4 for the game, which included a number of near misses in the second half and a shot by Donovan that caromed off the goal post. Goalkeeper Jonny Walker made two saves in earning the draw in his first international appearance, while forward John Wolyniec came on to play the final three minutes in his debut.

U.S. UNDER-23s TRAVEL TO MEXICO ON THURSDAY IN ADVANCE OF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNEY: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico, (via Houston) on Thursday (Jan. 22), where they will train and get acclimated to the city’s altitude and smog in advance of the eight-team 2004 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament from Feb. 2-12, 2004. Myernick is expected to announced a 22-player travel roster later this week, but will be forced to cut the roster to 20 final spots by the deadline of Jan. 31. The U-23s just completed a two-week camp at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif., that included four scrimmages with the full U.S. Men’s National Team and concluded with a 2-1 exhibition win over top El Salvador club Aguila. The U.S. will open the tournament versus Panama on Jan. 3, followed by matches against Canada on Jan. 5 and Honduras on Jan. 7. All Group A matches will take place at Estadio Tres de Marzo, with each of the USA’s matches available online at 8 p.m. (local/CT) via’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The top two finishers in Group A will advance to the semifinals, where they will meet the top two teams from Group B, which includes Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and T&T. The two semifinal winners earn automatic berths to Athens 2004 in August.
U.S. U-23 MNT Schedule (*if necessary)
2004 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Final Round) -- Mexico
Date              Opponent                    Venue                                  Kickoff (local/CT)
Feb. 3           Panama                        Estadio Tres de Marzo         8 p.m.
Feb. 5           Canada                        Estadio Tres de Marzo         8 p.m.
Feb. 7           Honduras                     Estadio Tres de Marzo         8 p.m.
Single Elimination
Date              Opponent                    Venue                                  Kickoff (local/CT)
Feb. 10*       Semifinals (B1 or B2)   Estadio Jalisco                     5:30 p.m. / 8 p.m.
Feb. 12*       Third Place / Final        Estadio Jalisco                     5:30 p.m. / 8 p.m.

McBRIDE, BOCANEGRA BOTH SIGN WITH FULHAM, HEADED TO E.P.L.: U.S. Men’s National Team and MLS stars Brian McBride and Carlos Bocanegra both announced within the last week that they’ve signed with Fulham of the English Premier League. After previous loans with Preston North End and Everton, perennial MLS All-Star Brian McBride signed a more permanent, multi-year deal with the club following eight great seasons with the Columbus Crew. With today’s signing, McBride will join two-time MLS Defender of the Year Carlos Bocanegra, who inked a deal with the same club on Jan. 13 and has already cracked the starting lineup, playing 90 minutes at left back in a 3-1 loss to Newcastle at St. James Park yesterday. Two other U.S. internationals have previously played for Fulham in midfielder Eddie Lewis and goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann. Fulham currently sits seventh in the EPL table with 31 points through 22 matches.

U.S. WOMEN HEAD TO CHINA FRIDAY FOR FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT: After a two-week camp at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif., the U.S. Women’s National Team will depart from Los Angeles on Friday (Jan. 23) for China, where they will compete in the Four Nations Tournament from Jan. 30-Feb. 3 in the city of Shenzen. U.S. WNT head coach April Heinrichs will cut the roster to 20 players before they make the trip. The U.S. first meets 2003 Women’s World Cup runner up Sweden on Jan. 30, followed by a match against the host nation on Feb. 1 and a final match against Canada, who the U.S. dispatched 3-1 in the Third Place Match of the 2003 WWC in Carson, Calif. on Oct. 11. The tournament will help the U.S. prepare for the 2004 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Costa Rica later that month.
U.S. WNT Schedule – Four Nations Tournament -- China
Date             Opponent         
Jan. 30          Sweden                    
Feb. 1           China                         
Feb. 3           Canada                     

U.S. WNT TO OPEN CONCACAF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING IN COSTA RICA AGAINST T&T: The U.S. Women’s National Team will open up Group A of the 2004 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Final Round, which will be played in Costa Rica from February 25 to March 7, on Wednesday, February 25 against Trinidad & Tobago at 3 p.m. CT at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose. For its second match, the U.S. switches venues to Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero in Heredia to face Haiti on Friday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. CT. The U.S. returns to Estadio Nacional in San Jose for the final group play match on Sunday, Feb. 29 vs. Mexico at 3 p.m. CT. The semifinals will be played on March 3 in San Jose and the Final/Third Place match will be played March 5 in Heredia. The two semifinal winners will earn the CONCACAF’s automatic berths to Athens. Also, CONCACAF has announced that Panama has replaced Guatemala in the tournament due to Guatemala’s suspension by both CONCACAF and FIFA.
U.S. WNT Schedule (*if necessary)
2004 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying (Final Round) -- Costa Rica

Date             Opponent                    Venue; City                                      Kickoff (CT)
Feb. 25         Trinidad & Tobago      Estadio Nacional; San Jose              3 p.m.
Feb. 27         Haiti                            Eladio Rosabal Cordero; Heredia     8 p.m.
Feb. 29         Mexico                        Estadio Nacional; San Jose              3 p.m.
Single Elimination
Date             Opponent                     Venue; City                                     Kickoff (CT)
March 3*     Semifinals (B1 or B2)    Estadio Nacional; San Jose             1 p.m. / 3 p.m.
March 5*     Third-Place / Final         Eladio Rosabal Cordero; Heredia   6 p.m. / 8 p.m.


U.S. U-21 WOMEN TO HOLD FIRST TRAINING CAMP OF 2004 AT H.D.C.: U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team head coach Chris Petrucelli will begin his second year at the helm of the USA's oldest youth national team with a 25-player training camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from Jan. 23-Feb. 1. The U-21s are working towards the 2004 Nordic Cup, the top competition in the world for U-21 women, to be held this summer in Iceland. Without a professional league this summer, Petrucelli has called in several college seniors who could serve as "over-age" players on the Nordic Cup roster. Following is the U.S. U-21 roster for the training camp, which includes M.A.C./Hermann Trophy finalist Joanna Lohman from Penn State, who scored both goals in the USA's 2-1 victory over Sweden in the 2003 Nordic Cup championship game. The roster also includes five players from the USA's 2002 Under-19 World Championship team in Keeley Dowling, Stephanie Ebner, Sarah Huffman, Jill Oakes and Manya Makoski, as well as the only player in the current U.S. Women's National Team pools from Hawaii, Natasha Kai from the University of Hawaii, who scored 29 goals for the Rainbow Wahines last season. Below is the full roster, with college in parentheses:
U.S. U-21 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), Amanda Brown (Penn State); DEFENDERS (9): Jenna Cooper (Nebraska), Imani Dorsey (Portland), Keeley Dowling (Tennessee); Stefanie Ebner (Arizona State), Hayley Hunt (Stanford); Nandi Pryce (UCLA); Christie Shaner (Notre Dame), Carmen Watley (UNC), Lauren Zealer (Santa Clara); MIDFIELDERS (8): Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Lindsey Huie (Portland), Carly Lloyd (Rutgers), Joanna Lohman (Penn State), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Jill Oakes (UCLA), Rosa Anna Tantillo (Southern California), Kacey White (UNC); FORWARDS (6): Tina Frimpong (Washington), Kelly Hammond (Virginia), Natasha Kai (Hawaii), Juliane Sitch (DePaul), Amy Warner (Notre Dame), Tiffany Weimer (Penn State).

U.S. U-19s LOOK TO GAIN MOMENTUM WITH TRAINING CAMP AT H.D.C.: U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team head coach Tracey Leone will hold her second training camp of 2004 from Friday (Jan. 23) through Feb. 1 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  The camp will be held concurrently with the U.S. U-21s and U-17s.  Leone will continue to develop the core of the team which will enter CONCACAF Qualifying in May for the 2004 U-19 Women's World Cup, to be held November 10-27 in Thailand.  Leone will bring a roster of 24 as she continues to evaluate the U-19 veterans as well as look several new players, including University of Utah goalkeeper Ashlee Mason and Florida State defender Kelly Rowland.  University of Texas midfielder Carrie Schmit also returns to training after recovering from a foot injury.  Of the 23 players named (Leone will name one more player before the camp), 12 are college freshman, seven are high school seniors, three are high school juniors and one is a high school sophomore.
U.S. U-19 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Laura Comeau (Leigh, N.H.), Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.), Ashlee Mason (Univ. of Utah), Julie Ryder (Santa Clara Univ.); DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Stanford Univ.), Jen Buczkowski (Notre Dame Univ.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Univ. of Portland), Kia McNeil (Avon, Conn.), Kelly Rowland (Florida State Univ.), Becky Sauerbrunn (Univ. of Virginia), India Trotter (Florida State Univ.); MIDFIELDERS (4): Ashlee Pistorius (Bloomington, Ind.), Lorraine Quinn (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Jennifer Redmond (Morristown, N.J.), Carrie Schmit (Univ. of Texas); FORWARDS (7): Bristyn Davis (UCLA), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), Julia Schnugg (Florida State University), Angela Woznuk (Univ. of Portland).

U.S. U-17 WOMEN CALL IN 23 PLAYERS FOR JANUARY CAMP AT H.D.C.: U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team head coach Dave Smith will hold his first training camp of 2004 from Jan. 24-Feb. 1 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The camp will be held concurrently with the U.S. U-21s and U-19s Women's National Teams.
U.S. U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif), Meagan McCray (San Francisco, Calif.); DEFENDERS (5): Brittany Bock (Chicago), Megan Holmes (Timonium, Md.), Nicole Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.), Kasey Moore (Mission Viejo, Calif.) Stefani Rocco (Sacramento, Calif.); MIDFIELDERS (11): Carolyn Blank (Toms River, N.J.), Kiara Bosio (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Cydney Currie (Irving, Texas), Melissa Hayes (Cave Creek, Ariz.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Amanda Lebo (Telford, Pa.), Courtney Lewis (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Amanda Poach (Bowie, Md.), Elisabeth Redmond (Morristown, N.J.), Courtney Rosen (Brecksville, Ohio), Hayley Siegel (Ellicott City, Md.); FORWARDS (5): Alicia Jenkins (Diamond Springs, Calif.), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix, Ariz.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Maryhelen Tomer (Diamond Bar, Calif.), Nicole Washington (Mesquite, Texas).

U-17 MEN’S TEAMS OUTSCORE ILLINOIS ODP 9-2 IN THREE GAMES OVER WEEKEND: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Teams toppled the visiting Illinois ODP in all three games they played at IMG in Bradenton, Fla., last weekend, outscoring their opponents 9-2. The Under-17 ‘88s took on Illinois in two matches, while the Under-17 ‘87s played just one match. In the first match of the weekend on Jan. 16, U-17 ’88 forward Quavas Kirk and midfielder Jonathan Villanueva led the U.S. to a 3-1 victory, as each snagged a goal and an assist in the first 15 minutes. Blake Wagner scored the other goal, while Michael Farfan was credited with the assist on Kirk’s goal in the 3rd minute. The U-17 ‘88s second match was a bit closer, as forward Brett King, who just joined U.S. Soccer’s Residency program this January, scored his first goal with the Under-17s off a pass from Cameron Jordan in the 67th minute for a 1-0 victory. In the U-17 ‘87s only match against Illinois on Jan. 17, Rodrigo Hidalgo continued to light up the scoreboard, scoring two goals and grabbing two assists in a 5-1 victory. Christian Jimenez, Michael Bradley and Dax McCarty also added goals.
U.S. Under-17 ‘87s Results
Date                Opponent            Result        U.S. Goal Scorers
Jan. 17            Illinois ODP         5-1 W       Hidalgo (2), Jimenez, Bradley, McCarty
U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Results
Date                Opponent            Result        U.S. Goal Scorers
Jan. 16            Illinois ODP         3-1 W        Kirk, Vallanueva, Wagner
Jan. 18            Illinois ODP         1-0 W        King

U-15 MNT ARRIVES IN MEXICO FOR FOREIGN TOUR: The U.S. Under-15 Men’s National Team arrived in Guadalajara, Mexico, this weekend as it gets set for a 7-day tour where the 34-player roster will be divided into two teams that each play three games. Each team will play Chivas and Tecos, plus a team still to be determined. Head coaches Manfred Schellschiedt and Ken Lolla have brought a roster filled with players mainly born in 1989.
U.S. Under-15 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Matthew Brutto (Warrington, Pa.), Jonathan Harris (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Drew Kotler (Wynwood, Pa.), Brian Perk (R.S. Margarita, Calif.); DEFENDERS (7): Kemo Djedovic (San Jose, Calif.), Douglas Ferner (Bloomfield, Mich.), Cameron Lamming (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Raphael Martinez (Portage, Ind.), Steven Morales (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Lucas Swertloff (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Darryl Tom (Los Altos, Calif.); MIDFIELDERS (16): Marco Angelo (Sandy, Utah), Bryan Arguez (Miami, Fla.), Edgar Barajas (San Fernando, Calif.), Cameron Brown (Garland, Texas), Guiseppe Carotenuto (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Victor Cortez (El Sobrante, Calif.), Christen Dominguez (Houston, Texas), Andrew Duran (Mokena, Ill.), Matthew Kassel (Bridgewater, N.J.), Jonathan Kluz (Etiwanda, Calif.), Perica Marosevic (Rockford, Ill.), Armando Rocha (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Tucker Sindlinger (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Miguel Tanton (Cupertino, Calif.), Carlos Uribe (Miami, Fla.), Anthony Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.); FORWARDS (7): Andrew Giallombardo (Manalpan, N.J.), Kareem Lacayo (San Francisco, Calif.), Demitrius Omphroy (Alameda, Calif.), Joseph Sorrentino (Trenton, N.J.), John Tardy (Staton Island, N.Y.), Justin True (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Jeffrey Zimering (Basking Ridge, N.J.).
U.S. U-15 Team A Schedule – Mexico Foreign Tour
Date               Opponent
Jan. 20            Chivas
Jan. 22            Tecos
Jan. 24            TBD
U.S. U-15 Team B Schedule – Mexico Foreign Tour
Date               Opponent
Jan. 20           Tecos
Jan. 22           Chivas
Jan. 24           TBD

Last week, U.S. Soccer named U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan as the 2003 Chevrolet Male Athlete of the Year and U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach as the 2003 Chevrolet Female Athlete of the Year. As winners of the top Chevrolet Athlete of the Year awards, Donovan and Wambach each won their choice of a brand new Chevy TrailBlazer or Chevy Malibu. On the youth side, U.S. Under-17 and Under-20 MNT forward Freddy Adu and U.S. Women’s National Team and Under-21 WNT defender Cat Reddick were honored as the Young Male and Young Female Athletes of the Year, respectively. Chevy donated $1,000 to the U.S. Soccer Foundation in their names. As in years past, online votes for the annual awards were tallied and equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes, while the other 50 percent was represented by 100 votes that were compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives. U.S. Soccer’s Chevy Male and Female Athletes of the Year awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, dating back to 1984 for the Men and 1985 for the Women.
EIGHT MNT YOUTH PLAYERS SELECTED IN 2004 MLS SUPERDRAFT: Eight players currently in U.S. Soccer’s National Team youth programs were picked in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 16 in Charlotte, N.C. Six members of the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team that participated in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championships were chosen in the top 14 by MLS teams (five in the first round), incuding #1 overall pick Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Chad Marshall (2nd to Columbus Crew), Ryan Cochrane (5th to San Jose Earthquakes), Clint Dempsey (8th to New England Revolution), Steve Cronin (10th to San Jose Earthquakes) and Ned Grabavoy (14th to L.A. Galaxy). Cochrane and Cronin will have the chance to continue to play together as the Santa Clara teammates were both taken by San Jose. Also chosen in the top 14 was U.S. Under-23 defender Chris Wingert, who was taken by the Colombus Crew with the second pick of the second round (12th overall). U.S. Under-17 and Under-18 MNT midfielder Michael Bradley was also chosen by the MetroStars, coached by his father Bob Bradley, with the sixth pick in the fourth round (46th overall).
2004 MLS SuperDraft – First Round Picks
Pick    Team                    Player                        Pos.      College
1         D.C. United          Freddy Adu                 F         ---
2         Columbus           Chad Marshall           D         Stanford
3         Los Angeles        Joseph Ngwenya     F         Coastal Carolina
4         Kansas City         Matt Taylor                  F         UCLA
5         San Jose              Ryan Cochrane         D         Santa Clara
6         Dallas                   Ramon Nunez            M         Southern Methodist
7         Dallas                   Clarence Goodson    D         Maryland
8         New England      Clint Dempsey            F          Furman
9         Chicago                Scott Buete                M         Maryland
10       San Jose             Steve Cronin             GK        Santa Clara
USL ANNOUNCES PRO SELECT LEAGUE SCHEDULE, OPEN CUP QUALIFYING FORMAT: United Soccer Leagues released the 154-game 2004 Pro Soccer League schedule last week, along with the PSL qualification process for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The season kicks off in Provo, Utah, on April 10 with the San Diego Gauchos visiting the Premier Development League’s BYU Cougars in an inter-league matchup. Former A-League clubs Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Charlotte Eagles meet up in the second game of the season on April 16 in Charlotte. The following day, the expansion Harrisburg City Islanders open their inaugural season on the road against the Northern Virginia Royals, while the defending champion Wilmington Hammerheads take to the field at home against the Riverhounds in their season opener and the runners-up Westchester Flames take to the road to play the 2002 league champion Long Island Rough Riders to open their season. The regular season wraps up August 14 with three matches and the PSL divisional playoffs will then begin the following week with the top two teams squaring off if both possess a .500 or better record. If the second-place club is below .500, the regular season division champion automatically advances to the league semifinals August 17-29. Three of the four divisions utilizing a two-leg, aggregate score series taking place August 18-22. The Northern, Atlantic and Southern Divisions will play the aggregate series with the Western Division playing a single match. The Pro Soccer League Championship is September 4 and will be broadcast on Fox Sports World. The Pro Soccer League will send six representatives to the 2004 edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Receiving an automatic berth are the defending champion Wilmington Hammerheads. The remaining entrants will be the top five clubs league-wide after four designated qualification matches.

USL ANNOUNCES PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE SCHEDULE, OPEN CUP FORMAT: United Soccer Leagues released the 2004 Premier Development League schedule and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualification process last week. The 541-game schedule kicks off in Provo, Utah April 10 with the BYU Cougars playing host to the Pro Soccer League’s San Diego Gauchos in an inter-league matchup. Las Cruces will be the first of the four expansion clubs to kick off their season, opening the season on the road against the DFW Tornados April 30. The Ajax Orlando Prospects open their inaugural season at home against the Cocoa Expos May 2. Also kicking things off at home will be Colorado Springs, who host the Kansas City Brass May 7, and the Cleveland Internationals, who take on state-rival Columbus Shooting Stars May 14. The defending two-time champion Cape Cod Crusaders begin their campaign to become the first three-peat PDL champion at home May 8 against the Jersey Falcons, whom they defeated 5-2 in their season opener last year. The regular season concludes July 18 with 11 matches. The conference playoffs, featuring the top two clubs from each division, will take place July 23-25. The league semifinals will occur the weekend of July 31, with the championship on Saturday, August 7 and broadcast on Fox Sports World. The PDL will send eight representatives to the 2004 edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The defending champion Cape Cod Crusaders receive an automatic berth in the tournament with the remaining seven entrants to be determined from four groups after four qualification matches. The Central, Eastern and Southern Conferences will send the top two clubs from their respective groups with the Western Conference sending one. The format of the tournament for 2004 is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

2004 MISL ALL-STAR TICKETS ON SALE NOW: Tickets for the 2004 MISL All-Star Sunday on Feb. 29 at The Family Arena in St. Louis, Mo., which will feature the MISL All-Star Game and MISL Legends Game, are on sale now. The first All-Star Game ever hosted by The Family Arena will feature the very best MISL players in a USA vs. International format. The All-Star Game will kick off at 1:05 p.m., and will be followed by the Legends Game, matching a team of MISL Legends against a St. Louis Steamers Legends team. The Legends Game will feature a galaxy of former indoor greats, including former Steamers standouts Steve Pecher, Tony Glavin, and Slobo Ilijevski. Tickets may be purchased at The Family Arena box office, by phone (314-534-1111 or 800-293-5949), at over 40 MetroTix outlets throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, and online at Substantial discounts and fundraising opportunities are available to students and soccer teams, companies and associations, and other groups, by calling the Steamers’ offices at 636-410-0388, ext. 501, or toll free at 1-866-STL-KICK (1-866-785-5425). Tickets are also available for the MISL’s All-Star Family Festival, the MISL’s daylong program of youth skills competitions, open practices for the All-Stars and Legends, autograph/photo sessions, and other soccer activities, taking place on Saturday, February 28, 2004 at The Family Arena. The two days of activities and events are part of the MISL’s third annual All-Star Weekend, a celebration of the game of indoor soccer and its stars of the past, present and future.

HAIMES NAMED TO FIFA ETHICS & FAIR PLAY COMMITTEE: Burton Haimes, a long-time member of U.S. Soccer's Board of Directors, has been named to the FIFA Ethics and Fair Play Committee by FIFA’s Sepp Blatter, the president of the sports national governing body based in Zurich, Switzerland. The appointment was approved by the FIFA Executive Committee at a recent meeting in December. Designed to foster discussion on Ethics and Fair Play in the sport of soccer around the world, the FIFA Ethics and Fair Play Committee meets regularly every year. Haimes currently serves as a Youth Council Commissioner on U.S. Soccer's Board of Directors and is also the National Associations Representative on the Executive Committee. Elected on Aug. 22, 1998 to the executive committee, the 60-year-old Haimes originally rose to prominence in American soccer circles as the Chairman of the American Youth Soccer Association, a post he has held for the past 15 years. As a longtime member of the BOD, Haimes has served U.S. Soccer for more than 15 consecutive years since first being elected in 1988. Through the years, Haimes has participated on a number of U.S. Soccer committees, including serving as Chairman of both the Women’s Professional League Development Committee and the Men’s Professional League Development Committee.