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U.S. Soccer Wire [July 18, 2005]


HEADING SOUTH: The U.S. Men's National Team moved operations for the third time during the Gold Cup, this time hopping a bus and heading south on I-95 to New Jersy in preparation for their semifinal matchup against Honduras.  After a day off Sunday, the team trained for an hour this morning in Boston in their first rainy session of the entire tournament. The team has now had weeklong stints in Portland, Seattle and Boston in the quest for their third Gold Cup championship.  Kickoff for the July 21 semifinal match at Giants Stadium is set for 6 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on Telefutura.  Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
U.S. Men’s National Team Gold Cup Schedule (Group Play)
Date       Opponent    Venue/Location                                                  Time/Result    U.S. Goal Scorers    
July 7     Cuba             Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.                             4-1 W               Dempsey, Donovan (2), Beasley
July 9     Canada         Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.                             2-0 W               Own goal, Donovan
July 12   Costa Rica   Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.                     0-0 T    --
July 16   Jamaica        Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.                     3-1 W               Wolff, Beasley (2)
July 21   Honduras    Giant’s Stadium, E. Rutherford, N.J.                6 p.m. ET
July 24   Gold Cup     Final    Giant’s Stadium, E. Rutherford, N.J.   3 p.m. ET    


CHERUNDOLO OUT 6-8 WEEKS; POPE AND DAVIS RETURN TO ACTION: U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the MCL in his right knee, sidelining the defender for 6-8 weeks.  Per tournament rules, he will not be replaced on the roster.  Cherundolo was forced to leave the USA's quarterfinal win against Jamaica in the 21st minute after a brutal challenge by Jamaican defender Damion Stewart.  Originally, the injury was feared to be a torn ACL.  On the bright side, both Eddie Pope and Brad Davis resumed full training today after each suffered sprained ankles last week.  Tony Sanneh participated in fitness exercises but did not go the entire session.

U.S. WNT ROSTER NAMED FOR JULY 24 SUMMER FINALE VS. ICELAND:
U.S. Women's National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named 24 players to a training camp this week in advance of the final match of a three-game summer series, this one against Iceland on July 24 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. PT and fans can follow the match live on ESPN2. The U.S. team came together on July 17 and will train everyday this week at the Home Depot Center before facing Iceland on Sunday, July 24. Ryan has called in a mixture of 2004 Olympic gold medalists and up-and-coming talent, including four players who are uncapped and four more players with seven caps or less. The roster includes seven players who helped the USA to the gold medal in Athens, Greece last year, but Ryan made numerous changes from the training camp roster that was in Portland as seven players from that camp are in Europe with the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team for the Nordic Cup, including 2004 Olympians Lindsay Tarpley and Heather O'Reilly. Tickets for the USA-Iceland game start at $15 and are on sale online at ussoccer.com, at all Southern California Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Robinson's-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records), The Home Depot Center ticket office (stadium ticket office open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and by phone at 213-480-3232. Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1249 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com.
U.S. WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jen Branam, Kristin Luckenbill, Hope Solo; DEFENDERS (6): Tina Frimpong, Amy LePeilbet, Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts, Cat Reddick, Danielle Slaton; MIDFIELDERS (10): Shannon Boxx, Lorrie Fair, Angela Hucles, Venus James, Lori Lindsey, Jacqui Little, Joanna Lohman, Leslie Osborne, Aly Wagner, Angie Woznuk; FORWARDS (5): Danielle Fotopoulos, Shannon MacMillan, Tiffeny Milbrett, Abby Wambach, Christie Welsh.


U.S. OPEN CUP: The third round of the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup offered a full spectrum of soccer excitement this week with plenty of goals, three Major League Soccer teams being pushed to the brink in overtime games and two upset victories. The biggest shocker of the night 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 on Wednesday night was the Des Moines Menace of the USL Premier Development League, recording a dominating 5-1 win over the USL1’s Atlanta Silverbacks. One third round match remains to be played, as Wednesday’s scheduled meeting between the PDL’s Ocean City Barons and the USL’s Richmond Kickers was postponed until Tuesday (July 19) because of lightning in Richmond, Va. With seven of the eight third round matches complete, U.S. Soccer has announced the pairings for the tournament quarterfinals scheduled for August 24. The tournament’s fourth round will be played on Wednesday, August 3, with the defending champion Kansas City Wizards of MLS beginning their quest for a repeat with a home match against the PDL’s Menace. A complete fourth round schedule, as well as the quarterfinal pairings, is available at ussoccer.com’s U.S. Open Cup competitions page.

-- U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --

U-17 MEN DRAW NORTH KOREA, ITALY AND IVORY COAST FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team was drawn into Group C with North Korea, Ivory Coast and Italy for the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Peru, which will take place from September 16-October 2. The U.S. opens against North Korea (Korea DPR) on Sept. 17 at 12:45 p.m. CT, before facing Italy on Sept. 20 (3:30 p.m. CT) and concludes group play on Sept. 23 (3:30 p.m. CT) against Ivory Coast. The U.S. will play their first two group matches against North Korea and Italy at Elias Aguirre Stadium in Chiclayo, before moving to Lima to face Ivory Coast in their third and final group match at Nacional Stadium. Every U.S. match at the World Youth Championship can be followed live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Phillips Electronics. The U.S. is the only country that has taken part in all ten of the previous world championships at this age group. The 16-team field is divided into four groups of four, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the quarterfinals. The 32-match tournament will take place in five venues across Peru, with games in Trujillo, Lima, Chiclayo, Piura and Iquitos. For more information, click here to go to the ussoccer.com Under-17 World Championship competitions page.
FIFA U-17 World Championship Schedule
Date          Opponent        Location     Kickoff
Sept. 17    North Korea    Chiclayo     12:45 p.m. CT
Sept. 20    Italy                  Chiclayo     3:30 p.m. CT
Sept. 23    Ivory Coast     Chiclayo     3:30 p.m. CT


U-17 ’88 MEN FALL TO BRAZIL AND URUGUAY IN YOUTH TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team finished 0-2-1 at the Canoas Do Sul tournament in Porte Alegre, Brazil, after drawin in their final match. The U.S. opened the tournament against an impressive Brazil team on July 13, but were outplayed by the defending champions 3-0. Two days later, the U.S. battled Uruguay in a high-scoring match as Blake Wagner, Kyle Nakazawa and David Arvizu scored, but Uruguay never relinquished their lead as they stayed one step ahead of the U.S. for a 4-3 victory. In their final match, the U.S. battled Selecao Gaucha to a 3-3 draw on July 17. The U.S. will return to Bradenton on Tuesday (July 19).
U-17 ‘88 MNT Results
Date        Opponent              Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
July 13    Brazil                      0-3 L     --
July 15    Uruguay                  3-4 L     Wagner, Nakazawa, Arvizu
July 17    Selecao Gaucha      3-3 L     Hall, Nakazawa, Zimmerman


YOUNGER U-17 MEN GET VICTORY IN MINNESOTA, PREPARE FOR CANADA:
The younger U.S. Under-17 Men’s National defeated Scottish club team Paisley United 9-0 on July 16 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., in their first of two matches the team will play during their weeklong camp. The U.S. was scheduled to face Ecuador, but due to visa problems the South American youth squad was unable to make the trip and Paisley United, playing in a tournament being held at the NSC this past week, filled in. The U.S. overmatched the club as Josmer Altidore led the way with four goals. The U.S. will face Canada in their second and final match at the NSC, going up against their northern neighbors on Monday evening. With the older U-17s in Brazil, assistant coach Brian Maisonneuve is leading the 20-player squad, which consists of seven players from U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency Program, while the rest are getting looked at for a possible invitation into the program this fall. Overall, there is one player born in 1988, seven born in 1990 and 12 players born in 1989.
U-17 ‘89/90 MNT Schedule/Result
Date        Opponent           Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
July 16    Paisley United    9-0 W    Altidore (4), Barajas (2), Sorrentino, Marosevic, Urso
July 18    Canada U-17
U-17 ‘89/90 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brandyn Bumpas (Denver, Colo.), Josh Lambo (Crystal Lake, Ill.); DEFENDERS (5): Greg Eckhart (Orange Park, Fla.), Anthony Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Brandon Lee (Tenafly, N.J.), Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Danny Rodriguez (Oxnard, Calif.); MIDFIELDERS (7): Cameron Brown (Garland, Texas), Croben Bone (Plano, Texas), David McVane (Middle Grove, N.Y.), Alex Dixon (Humble, Texas), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.), Edgar Barajas (San Fernando, Calif.), Hunter Jumper (Plano, Texas); 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.), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.).


U-18 MEN ROSTER FOR 2005 MILK CUP ANNOUNCED BY BOB JENKINS: U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Bob Jenkins released the 18-man roster that will compete in the 2005 Milk Cup from Aug. 1-5 in Northern Ireland. The U.S. will take on Brazil in their opening match on Aug. 1, before facing Cameroon two days later. Interestingly, the U.S. will not face the other team in the elite group, host Northern Ireland, which will also face Cameroon and Brazil. Depending on the team’s showing against their two opponents, the U.S. will play in either the championship game or third place match against one of the other three teams. The U.S. will depart for Northern Ireland on July 28 and return to the U.S. on Aug. 6, a day after the tournament ends.
U-18 MNT Milk Cup Schedule
Date        Opponent
Aug. 1    Brazil
Aug. 3    Cameroon
Aug. 5    Placement Match
U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Steve Sandbo (SMU), Chris Seitz (SoCal United); DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (Arsenal FC), Pav Castaneda (Red Storm Clash), Greg Folk (UCLA), Paul Gerstenberger (Blackwatch SC), Jamil Roberts (Santa Clara), Karl Schilling (Uconn); MIDFIELDERS (7): Rodrigo Lopez (CD Chivas USA), Jason Leopoldo (SoCal United), Dax McCarty (UNC), Lee Nguyen (Indiana), Robbie Rogers (Maryland), Mike Vidiera (Duke), Sal Zizzo (Hodpurs Club); FORWARDS (3): Diego Barrera (Loyola Marymount), Charlie Davies (Boston College), Brian Martin (SC Milwaukee).


U.S. U-17 WNT FALLS THREE TIMES IN MEXICO: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team lost all three of its matches in Mexico, the final two in heartbreakers, all against older age-group National Teams. All three matches were played in Toluca. The USA opened the quick three-games in four-days tour with a 3-0 loss on July 14 to the Mexico U-20 Women’s National Team in an end-to-end match where the Americans could not find the net despite firing 18 shots. On July 16 against the Canadian U-20 Women’s National Team, which like Mexico, is preparing for CONCACAF Qualifying next year for the 2007 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship, the USA fell 2-1 against players’ two-to-three years older. The USA gave up an early goal to speedster Jodi-Ann Robinson, but equalized with Melissa Hayes goal in the 70th minute. Within seconds of earning a draw, a short-handed U.S. side saw Canada pull out the match with a 90th minute score from Vonya Beckles. The young Americans were forced to play with 10 players for the final 18 minutes after defender Meghan Klingenberg received a straight red card for stepping on a Canadian player as they got tangled up. The USA then played a wild one against the Mexican U-18 Women’s National Team on July 17, falling 5-4 in a game that saw four goals in the last six minutes. The USA fell behind 3-0 on a natural hat trick from Norma Mendez, but crawled back into the game through a Mexican own goal in the 60th minute. Mexico’s Rosaura Gallegos made it 4-1 in the 70th minute, seemingly putting the game out of reach. That was until Tobin Heath and Kristin Stannard scored within a minute of each other in the 84th and 85th minutes to make it 4-3, only to watch Mendez grab her fourth goal in the 89th to make it 5-3. The USA did not quit, however, as Heath bagged another in the 90th minute for the final margin. The USA outshot Mexico 22-13, but had no answer for Mendez.
U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Schedule – Mexico City and Toluca, Mexico
Date        Opponent                   Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
July 14    Mexico U-20 WNT    0-3 L       --
July 16    Canada U-20 WNT    1-2 L      Hayes
July 17    Mexico U-18 WNT    4-5 L      Own Goal, Heath (2), Stannard


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USYS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR JULY 27-31 IN ORLANDO: The 2005 US Youth Soccer National Championships will be played July 27-31 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. As always, the prestigious tournament consists of four national finalists from regional champions in each boys and girls age bracket from U-14 to U-19. The teams will play round-robin matches against other finalists on July 27, July 28 & July 29 to determine who will advance to play for the National Championship. The top two finishers in each group will advance to play for their age bracket National Championship on July 31. The 2005 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country’s oldest national youth soccer tournament, providing approximately 129,000 players on 7,200 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 state associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation. The US Youth Soccer National Championships cap a yearlong series of competitions for boys and girls teams in multiple age groups as teams earn their way from the top team in their state to the regional championship tournaments. State Cup champions and selected wildcard teams in most age groups are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships.  The champions in the under-14 through under-19 age group from each regional event converge to enjoy the nation’s top competition. 2005 marks a special year for the four teams in the Under-19 Boys age group at the US Youth Soccer National Championship as the National Champion will hoist the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sport dating back to 1935 with the inaugural youth championships, on the 70th anniversary of the storied cup. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Under-19 Girls Ross Stewart Cup and 20th Anniversary of the Under-16 Girls Patricia L. Masotto Cup. The U.S. Soccer Federation initiated youth championships with the James P. McGuire Cup (Under-19 Boys) in 1935. Since its creation in 1974, US Youth Soccer has added 11 divisions to the National Championship tournament, most recently with the Under-14 and Under-15 Boys and Girls divisions in 2001 to create the series current format. A complete update on the 2005 US Youth Soccer National Championships is available at http://Championships.USYouthsoccer.org.

US CLUB SOCCER & NIKE PARTNER WITH MANCHESTER UNITED PREMIER CUP: Crossfire Premier, a US Club Soccer member based in Mill Creek, Wash., is currently representing the U.S. at the Manchester United Premier Cup World Finals in Hong Kong. Tournament play began Saturday (July 16) and concludes on Monday, July 25. US Club Soccer reached an agreement with Nike and the Manchester United Premier Cup for its Boys Under-14 Super Group 2005 National Cup IV Finalists to receive an invitation to the 2006 Nike Manchester United Premier Cup U.S. Finals. The dates of the 2006 Nike Manchester United Premier Cup U.S. Finals, which will be held at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., will be announced in September. Currently, boys born after Jan. 1, 1991 are eligible to compete in the 2006 Nike Manchester United Premier Cup U.S. Finals. More details regarding the Manchester United Premier Cup can be found at http://www.manchesterunitedpremiercup.com/.

U.S. TEAM FINISHES 7TH IN CP-ISRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: The U.S. team that competed in the 2005 Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association World Championships in New London, Conn., finished in 7th place after beating England by a 3-0 scoreline. The team finished one place higher than during the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder DaMarcus Beasley earns this week’s Peak Performer honors after working his tail off in Saturday’s 3-1 win against Jamaica at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Beasley’s hard work was compensated with an assist in the sixth minute, which was followed by two goals to seal the match. Beas has moved into a tie for 12th on the U.S. MNT all-time goalscoring leaders chart, is now 17th on the MNT’s All-Time assists chart and is now 15th overall in points. He also earned ussoccer.com Man of Match honors.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National team finished at the top of Group B in the 2005 Gold Cup, cruised past Jamaica 3-1 in the quarterfinals on Saturday (July 16) and heads into the semifinals against Honduras on Thursday undefeated in 2005 Gold Cup play. Fans can watch the match live at 6 p.m. ET on Telefutura or follow it on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

SOCCER SHOCKER: This week’s Soccer Shocker is from the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, where MLS teams joined the party in Round Three. It has been the general assumption that Round Three is a breeze for MLS teams, who usually cruise past their lower division opposition, or at least find a way to win. Last week, though, Real Salt Lake let go the lead three times as they fell 6-4 to the Minnesota Thunder of the USL 1st Division in overtime.

QUOTABLE: ”Kasey (Keller) kind of came over, started walking my way and he must have thought that I knew exactly where Andy Williams went. I've seen him take a couple PKs and I said, 'You know what? I think he's going to go to your left.' And I was pretty confident about it, I felt pretty good. So when he went there and Kasey made the save, I was like 'Yeah! He went left!' It was awesome.”
 -- U.S. MNT defender Jimmy Conrad about his interaction with goalkeeper Kasey Keller just before Keller saved an Andy Williams penalty kick in the 8th minute.
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