U.S. Soccer Wire: June 21, 2010
RALLIES TO EARN 2-2 DRAW AGAINST SLOVENIA IN SECOND GROUP C MATCH;
U.S. FACES ALGERIA ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23 IN FINAL MATCH OF GROUP C PLAY Â
U.S RALLIES TO EARN 2-2 DRAW AGAINST SLOVENIA IN SECOND GROUP C MATCH: The U.S. Men's National Team played Slovenia to an epic 2-2 draw in its second Group C match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. After falling behind 2-0 in the first half, an early second-half strike from Landon Donovan and a fantastic finish off a half-volley from Michael Bradley evened the score and earned the USA a critical point before another boisterous pro-U.S. crowd of 45,573 at Ellis Park. The result puts the USAâ€™s destiny in their own hands, with a win in their final Group C match on Wednesday, June 23, against Algeria at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria automatically earning the Americans a spot in the knockout phase. With Algeriaâ€™s 0-0 draw with England in the other Group C match, the U.S. sits in second place in the group tied with the English on two points, but ahead in the standings based on goals scored (three for the United States and one for England). The U.S. can still advance with a draw against Algeria if England loses to Slovenia or if England draws and the U.S. maintains an advantage in total goals scored.Â
U.S. CONTINUES 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP PLAY WITH DECISIVE MATCH AGAINST ALGERIA ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23: The U.S. Menâ€™s National Team will continue its World Cup schedule on Wednesday, June 23 when it faces Algeria in its final Group C game of the tournament at 10 a.m. ET at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. Algeria are currently fourth in Group C standings after they lost to Slovenia 1-0 and drew 0-0 with England in their first two matches. The match will be televised live on ESPN and Univision. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and via www.twitter.com/ussoccer.
The U.S. will advance if:
- The U.S. defeats Algeria
- The U.S. ties Algeria and England loses to Slovenia
- If U.S. ties Algeria and England ties Slovenia, the USA would go through as long as the Americans maintain their Goals Scored advantage, which is currently at +2
2010 FIFA World Cup Group C Standings
TeamÂ Â GP Â Â Â Â Â W Â Â Â Â Â Â L Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â T Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â GF Â Â Â Â Â GA Â Â Â Â Â GD Â Â Â Â Â Â Pts.
SVN Â Â 2 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â +1 Â Â Â Â Â Â 4
USAÂ Â Â 2 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2
ENG Â Â 2 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2
ALG Â Â 2 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 0 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â -1 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1
Complete FIFA World Cup Standings & Results
U.S.-SLOVENIA MOST WATCHED SOCCER BROADCAST EVER ON ESPN: The June 18 FIFA World Cup match between the U.S. and Slovenia on ESPN â€“ in which the Americans overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit to earn a 2-2 draw â€“ is the most-watched soccer game among households in the history of ESPN networks â€“ 3,906,000, based on a 3.9 fast national rating for the two-hour contest (10 a.m. â€“ 12 p.m. ET).Â It ranks third most-watched among viewers (P2+ - 5,200,000), behind the Germany-Italy semifinal (5,850,000) on July 4, 2006, and the U.S.-Germany quarterfinal on June 21, 2002 (5,335,000).
TICKET SALES PASS 25,000 MARK FOR U.S. FRIENDLY AGAINST BRAZIL ON AUG. 10: Â Ticket sales for the USAâ€™s international friendly match against Brazil after the 2010 FIFA World Cup have hit the 25,000 mark after being on sale to the general public for only three days. The U.S. will host the five-time World Cup champions in their first match after the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. ET at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and fans can also follow the match live online via ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer.
ussoccer.comâ€™s MNT Coverage â€“ June 15 â€“ June 21
- USA 2, Slovenia 2: Report | Quotes | Preview
- Studio 90: June 15 | June 16 | June 17 | June 18 | June 19 | June 20 | June 21
- Studio 90 Extra Time: Robbie Findley | Ricardo Clark | Stuart Holden
- Sounds from South Africa: June 15 | June 16 | June 17 | June 19 | June 20
- World Cup Updates: June 15 | June 16 | June 17 | June 19 | June 20
- Press Conference Quotes: June 15 | June 16 | June 17 | June 19 | June 20
- MNT Blog | U.S. Soccer on Twitter | Studio 90 on Twitter
U.S. WOMEN TO FACE SWEDEN TWICE IN JULY: The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will face Sweden on July 13 at Creighton Universityâ€™s Morrison Stadium in Omaha, Neb. The match in Omaha, which will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. CT, will mark the first ever visit for the U.S. Women to Nebraska. Four days later, the U.S. will take on Sweden on July 17 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. That match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7:30 p.m. ET. Sweden is widely regarded as one of the top womenâ€™s national teams in the world and one of several favorites to lift the trophy at the 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup. The Swedes, who are fourth in the most recent FIFA Womenâ€™s World Rankings, should seal first place in their qualifying group by the time they come to the U.S. That first place finish will earn Sweden a place in the two-leg playoffs that will produce the four European qualifiers for the Womenâ€™s World Cup.
ussoccer.comâ€™s WNT Coverage â€“ June 15 â€“ June 21
AUSTIN EXTENDS LEAD AT TOP OF STANDINGS TO SEVEN POINTS IN WEEK 11 OF USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE: A Wednesday night clash got Week 11 of the USSF D-2 Pro League underway when Vancouver Whitecaps FC made the long trip to the Puerto Rico Islanders on June 16 for a 1-1 draw in Bayamon. The next day, the Portland Timbers and NSC Minnesota Stars played the first of a home and away series in Week 11 with Minnesota taking the first game 1-0 in Portland. Saturday featured four matches, with the return leg of the Portland-Minnesota series taken by the Timbers 2-0 in Blaine, Minn. Crystal Palace Baltimore traveled down to the Carolina RailHawks and fought for a 1-1 draw while Puerto Rico earned three points at home to the Tampa Bay Rowdies. League leaders Austin extended the gap at the top of the table to seven points with a 3-1 victory at home against Miami FC. The Montreal Impact and Rochester Rhinos shared the points after a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon in Quebec to close out the weekend.
â€“ U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE â€“
U.S. U-20 WNT WILL HOLD PRE-WORLD CUP TRAINING CAMP IN ORANGEBURG, N.Y.: The U.S. U-20 Womenâ€™s National Team will hold a three-day training camp from July 4-6 at the Orangetown Soccer Complex in Orangeburg, N.Y. before departing for Germany and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup. The U.S. team will arrive on July 3, play two scrimmages over the next three days and depart for Europe on July 7. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will bring the 21-player World Cup squad to camp for the final preparations. At the U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup, the USA will be playing in Group D along with Ghana, Switzerland and the Korea Republic. The U.S. will open against Ghana on July 14 before facing Switzerland on July 17, with both games taking place at the Rudolf-Harbig Stadium in Dresden, a newly built 27,000-seat venue that will also host games of the 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup. The U.S. team will then travel to the recently renovated FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup Stadium in Bielefeld, a 28,000-seat venue, to conclude group play against the Koreans. Ellis has made a change to the initial roster that was announced on May 31, adding defender Mollie Pathman of Durham, N.C. in place of defender Sade Ayinde. Pathman, who was recently named the 2009-2010 Gatorade National Girlsâ€™ High School Player of the Year, has two caps at the U-20 level for the USA. The official roster is not due to FIFA until June 25.
2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Mollie Pathman (Triangle FC; Durham, N.C.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.), Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (UCLA; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Phoenix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)
U.S. U-17 WNT HEADS TO DENMARK FOR THREE INTERNATIONAL MATCHES: The U.S. Under-17 Womenâ€™s National Team, consisting entirely of players born in 1994 or 1995, will travel to Denmark from July 2-11 an international tournament that will feature matches against the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway. All the teams in the tournament will consist of players born in 1994 or after and all the matches will be played in SjÃ¦lland, Denmark. U.S. head coach Mike Dickey will bring 18 players to the tournament, five of whom were part of the U.S. team that failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup despite outscoring its opponents 38-0 at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Costa Rica. The U.S. team will open its tournament against the Netherlands on July 5, face Denmark on July 6 and finish its competition against Norway on July 8.
U-17 WNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): McKenzie Karas (Premier â€™95 Black; Las Vegas, Nev. ), Kate Rowland (San Juan; Vacaville, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.), Maya Theuer (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Haley Washburn (San Juan SC; Folsom, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Joanna Boyles (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C.), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Courtney Raetzman (Sockers FC; Elk Grove Village, Ill), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.), Danielle Weatherholt (So Cal Blues; Capistrano Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3):Â Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Kodi Lavrusky (Legends FC; Yucaipa, Calif.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.)
U-17 MNT EN ROUTE TO ARGENTINA FOR COPA CORDOBA: The U.S. U-17 Menâ€™s National Team has arrived in Cordoba, Argentina, to continue its training camp that started in Costa Rica last week. Head coach Wilmer Cabrera has taken 24 players for the two-week journey. After two scrimmages against Costa Rica (a 4-0 win on June 16 and a 2-2 draw on June 18), the team has arrived in Argentina for the start of the Copa Cordoba. At the four-team tournament, the U.S. will play Argentina on June 23, Uruguay on June 25 and Chile on June 27.Â
Copa Cordoba Schedule
DateÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â OpponentÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Venue
June 23Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ArgentinaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Cordoba, Argentina
June 25Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â UruguayÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Cordoba, Argentina
June 27Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ChileÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Cordoba, Argentina
Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Wade Hamilton (Arsenal; Murietta, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo; Houston)
DEFENDERS (7): Ive Burnett (Central Jackson Soccer; Brandon, Miss.), Holden Fender (North Atlanta SA; Marietta, Ga.), Griffen Heffner* (CASL Chelsea FC; Wendells, N.C.), Riggs Lennon (Sereno SC; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Marc Pelosi (DeAnza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.) Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Aldo Alvarez* (SCYSO; Ontario, Calif.), Joe Amon (South Carolina United; Summerville, S.C.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Jared Hegardt* (Notts Forest FC; San Diego), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Alessandro Mion (Miami FC Kendall; Miami, Fla.), Steven Oliveri* (Kicks SC; Hobe Sound, Fla.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Danny Zaid* (Camp Elite Guatemala; Guatemala City)
FORWARDS (6): Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Alfred Koroma* (Solar SC; Arlington, Texas), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis), Francisco Ramirez* (Aztecs FC Premier; San Diego, Calif.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.), Esteban Rodriguez (LAFC Chelsea; Palmdale, Calif.)
*not part of Residency during Spring 2010 semester
U-15 BOYSâ€™ NATIONAL TEAM CONVENES WITH 48 PLAYERS IN NEW JERSEY:The U-15 Boysâ€™ National Team has completed its training camp in Zarephath, N.J., where 48 players came together for eight days under head coach Jim Barlow. The group trained twice daily at the training grounds of Development Academy club PDA, and split into two teams for four friendlies during the week. The U.S. team, made up exclusively of players born in 1995, earned four wins against 1994 club teams. Alexandre Muyl led all players at the camp with three goals in two games, and Paul Arriola added a pair, while the team defense allowed just one goal across all four games. Six players who participated in the camp had recently completed the Spring 2010 Semester at the U.S. U-17 MNT Residency Program.
U-15 BNT Results
DateÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ResultÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â U.S. Goalscorer(s)
June 17Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â USA 5, BW Gottschee 0Â Â Â Â Â Muyl (2), Arriola (2), Corriveau
June 17Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â USA 3, PDA 1Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Fagundez, Murillo, Arrieta
June 19Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â USA 2, FC Westchester 0Â Â Â Â MuHugh, Bailey
June 19Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â USA 1, NJSA 0Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â MuylÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
U-15 BNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Santiago Castano (NY Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Arthur Eggers (CESA; Moore, S.C.), Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado U16 Academy; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zackary Steffen (FC Delco; Downington, Penn.)
DEFENDERS (16): Michael Amick (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Russell Canouse (NY Red Bulls; Lancaster, Penn.), Nelson Castro (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), Feliciano Charles (CD Chivas 95; Grand Prairie, Texas), Dylan Greenberg (Albertson Academy; Dix Hills, N.Y.), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar; Roanoke, Texas), Matthew Habrowski (Derby County Wolves; Berkley, Mich.), Anthony Jeffries (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Luis Matir (CD Chivas de Guadalajara; Los Angeles, Calif.), Matthew Miazga (NY Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Dakotah Millard (South Carolina United; Hopkins, S.C.), Jose Ocampo (Crossfire; Bothell, Wash.), Miguel Polley (Derby County Wolves; San Diego, Calif.), Vincent Reyes (LAFC Chelsea; West Covina, Calif.), Christian Sady (New England Revolution; North Andover, Mass.), Jacob Smith (Concorde Fire South; Atlanta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (19): Jordan Allen (Empire United SA; Rochester, N.Y.), Cristian Cruz (Union City Eagles; San Pablo, Calif.), Christian DeLuna (Mustangs; Bay Point, Calif.), Marco Delgado (LAFC Chelsea; Glendora, Calif.), Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution; Leominster, Mass.), Nicholas Gaitan (Albertson Academy; Oceanside, N.Y.), Bakie Goodman (FC Sarasota; Sarasota, Fla.), Romy Hernandez (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Lanham, Md.), Ismael Longo (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.), Emilio Lopez (Madison FC; Madison, Wisc.), Antonio Murillo (Brazil FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Adam Najem (NY Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Jose Navarro (Banata Soccer Club; Surprise, Ariz.), Misael Osorio (Arsenal; Moreno Valley, Calif.), Zachary Pfeffer (FC Delco; Dresher, Penn.), Christian Rodriguez (LMVS Hawks; Alexandria, Virg.), John Toher (NY Red Bulls; Blauvelt, N.Y.), Manuel Villegas Jr. (Merced Atlas; Winton, Calif.), Henry Wingo (Crossfire SC; Lake Forest Park, Wash.)
FORWARDS (9): Pablo Aguilar (IMG Academy; Guatemala City, GT.), Martin Arrieta (LAFC Chelsea; Pasadena, Calif.), Paul Arriola (Chula Vista Rangers; Chula Vista, Calif.), Kainoa Bailey (DC United; Henderson, Nev.), Nicholas Corriveau (Bethesda SC; Potomac, Md.), Lynden Gooch (Santa Cruz Breakers; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Joseph Julius (LDC Capa; Humelston, Penn.), Alexandre Muyl (Unattached; New York, N.Y.), Ben Spencer Jr. (New Mexico Rush 95; Albuquerque, N.M.)
U-14 BOYS TRAIN IN ZAREPHATH, N.J. FOR WEEK-LONG TRAINING CAMP: The U-14 Boysâ€™ National Team has arrived in Somerset, N.J., for a week-long training camp under head coach Manny Schellscheidt at the training grounds of PDA. A total of 38 players, all born in 1996, will train twice daily while participating in scrimmages against local club teams. The training camp will be the last under Schellscheidt for players born in 1996, with the annual Identification Camp scheduled for early August. That 120 player camp will feature players born in 1997, as the 1996 age group will then move up to the U-15 Boyâ€™s National Team.
U-14 BNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (5): Gianni Carillo (FC Westchester; Pine Bush, N.Y.), Aleksander Gogic (NY Red Bull; Fort Lee, N.J.), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls; South River, N.J.), Carter Richardson (Columbus Crew Academy; Dublin, Ohio), Oliver Roberts (POB Piranhas; Massapequa, N.Y.)
DEFENDERS (7): Vernon Bailey (FC Dallas; Duncanville, Texas), Carter Manley (Bethesda SC; Elkridge, Md.), Theo Miller (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Esteban Reyes (Lightning; San Marcos, Calif.), Wilson Rios (New York Red Bulls; Elizabeth, N.J.) Jeffrey Rhodes (Westside United SC; Brownsburg, Ind.), Wade Wesley (NJ Rangers Lions; South Orange, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (14): Ivan Alvarado (Dallas Texans; Fort Worth, Texas), Corey Baird (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Omar Castro (Plant City Area Soccer Club; Plant City), Walker Dawkins (West Pines United; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Derrick Etienne (Red Bull 96; Paterson, N.J.), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Danya Kafai (Juventus Sport Club; Palo Alto, Calif.),Patrick Khouri (Daniel Island; Charleston, S.C.), Elijah Martin (California Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Declan McCabe (Mass Premier Soccer; Weston, Mass.), Joab Santoyo (Arsenal FC; Fontana, Calif.), William Stevens (HBC; New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Joseph Swenson (Plainview Old Bethpage; Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Brandon Tetro (PDA; Marlboro, N.J.)
FORWARDS (12): Cesar Alba (Sockers FC; Hanover Park, Ill.), Adonis Amaya (West Coast F.C., Westminster, Calif.), Jorge Calix (Team America 95 Stripes; Alexandria, Va.), James Ellis Jr. (United Junkyard Dogs, Chesapeake, Va.), Pewee Gibson (FC Del Sol; Phoenix, Ariz.), John Requejo Jr. (Santa Barbara SC; Carpinteria, Calif.), DeAndre Robinson (Gwinnett SA; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Moises Rodriguez (SFC 96; Las Cruces, N.M.), Rubio Rubin (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Bruno Scodari (Olney Boys / Girls Club; Silver Springs Md.), Alejandro Segovia (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.),Â Wilfred Williams (Fusion; Johnson City, Tenn.)
â€“ AROUND THE SOCCER NATION â€“
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 youâ€™re not going to be in Pretoria, South Africa on Wednesday, so we've got the next best spot: an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be at Loftus Versfeld 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, including Johannesburgâ€™s own Melrose Emporium, the Official U.S. Soccer Bar of the Month for June. Have a local watering hole that you would like to see as an Official U.S. Soccer Bar?Â Provide your comments on the Official U.S. Bar Forum.
USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than seven months to go before FIFAâ€™s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cupsâ„¢, 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 Cupâ„¢ to come to the United States â€“ and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United Statesâ€™ bid for the FIFA World Cupâ„¢ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committeeâ€™s official site.
US CLUB SOCCER REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS HANDED OUT IN DENVER AND MODESTO: A total of 21 teams from four different states were crowned US Club Soccer regional champions as the 2010 National Cup IX continued this past weekend in Denver and Modesto, Calif. (Boys). One of the main storylines at the Denver Regional was the heavy rainfall, which led to the postponement of all games on Sunday. Thanks to flexibility from all of the participants, play resumed on Monday and champions were able to be crowned in seven divisions.
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Menâ€™s National Team midfielder Landon Donovan was named Man of the Match for his part in the USAâ€™s thrilling 2-2 comeback against Slovenia in their second Group C match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Donovan went the full 90 minutes and scored the first U.S. goal in the 48th minute to spark the comeback. That goal was his third in a World Cup and tied him with Brian McBride for second in the U.S. record books, just one behind Bert Patenaude. He also became just the third U.S. player to score in multiple World Cups (2002 and 2010), joining McBride and current teammate Clint Dempsey.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: In its final Group C match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. Menâ€™s National Team takes on Algeria in a crucial encounter on Wednesday, June 23. After their breathtaking comeback to draw 2-2 with Slovenia, the U.S. holds its fate in its own hands knowing that a victory will ensure passage to the Second Round of the tournament. The match will be televised live on ESPN and Univision at 10 a.m. ET with live coverage provided on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and www.twitter.com/ussoccer.
SOCCER SHOCKER: After conceding a goal to Chile winger Mark Gonzalez in their Group H encounter in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Switzerlandâ€™s 550 minute streak without giving up a goal in World Cup play came to an end. The World Cup record stretches back to the 2006 tournament when the Swiss also became the only team ever to be eliminated without giving up a goal â€“ losing out 3-0 in a penalty shootout to Ukraine in the Round of 16.
QUOTABLE: â€œIf there had been an option across the goal, I probably would have rolled it across the goal. But in the end, I decided to take a touch, aim high and aim at his head, and I donâ€™t think he wanted to get hit from there.â€ â€“U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan on his goal that started the U.S. comeback against Slovenia