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KELLER, McBRIDE RETURN TO MNT FOLD TO HELP DEFEND REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP:  U.S. Men’s National Team Manager Bruce Arena selected a 25-man roster to defend the team’s confederation championship in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup to be held July 12-27 in three cities: Foxboro, Mass., Miami, Fla., and Mexico City.  Players will report to Providence, R.I., for training camp on July 7, following the USA’s friendly against Paraguay on July 6 at Crew Stadium in Columbus at 3 p.m. ET live on ESPN2, Telemundo and the Radio Unica network. Returning to defend the title are 10 players from the Gold Cup championship-winning side of 2002.  Striker Brian McBride led the U.S. attack in Pasadena last year, netting four goals, including a hat trick against El Salvador in the quarterfinals.  Collecting the Golden Boot as the tournament’s leading scorer, McBride was also honored as the Tournament MVP.  On the other end of the field, goalkeeper Kasey Keller collected four shutouts in five matches, including two penalty kick saves in the shootout victory against Canada in the semifinals, in marshalling the U.S. to their second-ever Gold Cup title. Nine players on the current roster started in the 2-0 championship victory last year against Costa Rica, who are a potential quarterfinal opponent.

U.S. MNT Upcoming Schedule (* - if necessary)
Date: Opponent, Venue; City - Kickoff    TV
July 6: Paraguay, Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio - 3 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
July 12: El Salvador, Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass. - 6:30 p.m. ET (---)
July 14: Martinique, Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass. - 9 p.m. ET (Galavision)
July 17: (Quarterfinals)*, Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass. - 3 p.m. ET (Univision)
July 23: (Semifinals)*, Orange Bowl; Miami, Fla. - 8 p.m. ET (Galavision)
July 26: (Third Place)*, Orange Bowl; Miami, Fla. - 8 p.m. ET (Galavision)
July 27: (Final)*, Azteca Stadium; Mexico City - 1 p.m. ET (Univision)

U.S. MNT Roster – 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Goalkeepers (3): Adin Brown (New England Revolution), Tim Howard (MetroStars), Kasey Keller (Tottenham Hotspur);
Defenders (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Chicago Fire), C.J. Brown (Chicago Fire), Dan Califf (Los Angeles Galaxy), Nick Garcia  (Kansas City Wizards), Cory Gibbs (FC St. Pauli), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Greg Vanney (FC Bastia);
Midfielders (10): Chris Armas (Chicago Fire), DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago Fire), Bobby Convey (D.C. United), Chris Klein (Kansas City Wizards), Eddie Lewis (Preston North End), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Richard Mulrooney (San Jose Earthquakes), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution), Claudio Reyna (Sunderland), Earnie Stewart (D.C. United);
Forwards (5): Landon Donovan (San Jose Earthquakes), Clint Mathis (MetroStars), Brian McBride (Columbus Crew), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards).

U.S. MEN RANKED TOP TEAM IN CONCACAF FOR FIRST TIME EVER: The U.S. Men’s National Team is ranked as the top team in CONCACAF for the first time since the FIFA World Rankings began in August of 1993. The U.S. moved up one spot in the World Rankings to ninth, while Mexico fell from ninth to 11th. Mexico is the only other team to ever be the top-ranked CONCACAF nation. After breaking into the Top 10 last August at No. 9, the U.S. has held steady in the Top 10 for 11 consecutive months. The U.S. peaked with an all-time best ranking at No. 8 in August of 2002. Mexico falls out of the Top 10 for the first time since October of 2001. In the rest of the world, the U.S.’s opponents in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2003 faired well. Brazil, who like the U.S. did not advance out of Group B, held on to its top ranking, still 10 points ahead of France. Turkey, who topped the U.S. 2-1, moved up one spot to No. 7. Cameroon, the Group B winner who played the U.S. to a 0-0 draw, moved up two spots to No. 16. 
FIFA World Rankings – June 26, 2003
Rank Team - Points (Change)
1. Brazil - 834 (0)
2. France - 814 (0)
3. Spain - 762 (-1)
4. Argentina - 754 (+1)
5. Netherlands - 752 (+1)
6. Germany - 745 (-2)
7. Turkey - 733 (+1)
8. England - 727 (-1)
9. USA - 717 (+1)
10. Czech Republic - 712 (+3)

CONCACAF Top 10
Rank Team - Points   Change
9. USA - 717 (+1)
11. Mexico - 711 (-2)
18. Costa Rica - 663 (-1)
42. Honduras - 596 (-5)
48. Jamaica - 571 (0)
54. Trinidad & Tobago - 549 (-2)
63. Cuba - 532 (-7)
65. Guatemala - 529 (-7)
78. Canada - 482 (-1)
84. Haiti - 473 (-4)

U.S. MNT TIES CAMEROON 0-0 TO FINISH 2003 CONFEDERATIONS CUP: The U.S. Men's National Team earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Cameroon in their final match of the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup opener at Gerland Stadium in Lyon, France on June 23. With the draw, the U.S. finished the tournament 0-2-1 with one point and fourth place in an extremely difficult Group B, which lived up to its expectations as the Group of Death. "Tonight we started with a lot of young players, and they did a very good job," said Bruce Arena, who is now 5-3-2 on the year. "We improved over the three games we played here, which I think was good. It was very good to get a point against the group winner Cameroon."
FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003
Results
Date: Opponent - Result (U.S. Goal Scorers)
June 19: Turkey - 1-2 L (Beasley)
June 21: Brazil - 0-1 L (---)
June 23: Cameroon - 0-0 T (---)

Final Group B Standings
Team       GP   W   L   T   GF  GA  GD   Pts.
Cameroon*   3   2   0   1   2   0   +2   7
Turkey*     3   1   1   1   4   4   ---  4
Brazil      3   1   1   1   3   3   ---  4
USA         3   0   2   1   1   3   -2   1

-- 2003 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP UPDATE –

JAPAN-MEXICO TWO-GAME PLAYOFF BEGINS SATURDAY AT AZTECA STADIUM: With both South Korea and North Korea having qualified last week as part of the AFC Women’s Championship, third-place finisher Japan now must face Mexico in a home-and-home playoff series that begins on Saturday (July 5) at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City and concludes on July 12 at National Stadium in Tokyo to determine the 16th and final berth to USA '03.  Mexico, which has been waiting for an opponent since finishing third at the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup last fall, gets perhaps a tougher foe than it would have excepted in three-time Women's World Cup qualifier Japan.  Mexico qualified for the 1999 Women's World Cup by virtue of a two-game playoff, but that was against Argentina, a country with no Women's World Cup experience.
2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finalists
AFC (3 of 3.5): China (original host), North Korea, South Korea
CAF (2): Ghana, Nigeria          
CONCACAF (2 of 2.5): Canada, USA
CONMEBOL (2): Argentina, Brazil           
OFC (1): Australia              
UEFA (5): Germany, France, Norway, Russia, Sweden

 – 2003 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE –

THREE AMATEUR TEAMS ADVANCE TO THIRD ROUND AS HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE RULES: Home field advantage ruled the second round, as all six teams that hosted matches last week advanced to the third round of the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Included in that six were three amateur teams – the Milwaukee Bavarians, Mid-Michigan Bucks and Fresno Fuego – that were victorious over professional squads from the USL Pro Select League. The three USL-PSL team to advance were the Wilmington Hammerheads, New Hampshire Phantoms and Carolina Dynamo. A fourth amateur side, the Chesapeake Dragons of the PDL, will get another shot because their first-round opponent used an ineligible player.
Second Round
#  Date    Result
5  June 25    Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL) 2, Bradenton Academics (PDL) 1 (OT)
6  June 25    Mid-Michigan Bucks (PDL) 2, Long Island Rough Riders (USL-PSL) 1
7  June 25    New Hampshire Phantoms (USL-PSL) 3, Bridgeport Italians (USASA) 0
7a July 10    Chesapeake Dragons (USASA) @ New Hampshire Phantoms (USL-PSL)
8  June 25    Carolina Dynamo (USL-PSL) 2, Raleigh CASL Elite (PDL) 1   
9  June 24    Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) 1, Reading Rage (USL-PSL) 0   
10 June 25    Fresno Fuego (PDL) 4, Utah Blitzz (USL-PSL) 0   

THIRD ROUND SITES, FORTH ROUND PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK: The hosts for all eight 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup third-round matches were finalized and the fourth-round prospective parings were announced last week by U.S. Soccer. In the third round, eight A-League teams along with the MetroStars and D.C. United of MLS join the tournament, while the final eight MLS teams will enter in the fourth round. All of the third round matches will be played on July 16, and the fourth round is scheduled for August 6. No host teams have yet been determined for the fourth round.
Third Round
No. Date     Match-up                                      Venue; City
11  July 16  Seattle Sounders (A-League) @ Minnesota Thunder (A-League)                   National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.          
12  July 16  Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A-League) @ D.C. United (MLS)                            Maryland Soccerplex; Boyds, Md.           
13  July 16  Fresno Fuego (PDL) @ El Paso Patriots (A-League)                                    El Paso, Texas
14  July 16  Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League) @ Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL)    Wilimington, N.C.                      
15  July 16  Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League) @ Carolina Dynamo (USL-PSL)    Browns Summit, N.C.
16  July 16  Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) @ Milwaukee Wave United  (A-League)       Uihlein Soccer Park; Milwaukee, Wisc.
17  July 16  MetroStars (MLS) @ Mid Michigan Bucks (PDL)    Berkley, Mich.
18  July 16  Game 7a Winner vs. Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League)           TBD
Fourth Round
No. Date     Match-up                                     Venue; City
19  Aug. 6   San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. Game 11 Winner    TBD
20  Aug. 6   Game 12 Winner vs. Game 15 Winner            TBD
21  Aug. 6   Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) vs. Game 13 Winner        TBD
22  Aug. 6   Dallas Burn (MLS) vs. Game 14 Winner            TBD
23  Aug. 6   Colorado Rapids (MLS) vs. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)     TBD
24  Aug. 6   Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Game 16 Winner            TBD
25  Aug. 6   Columbus Crew (MLS) vs. Game 17 Winner     TBD
26  Aug. 6   New England Revolution (MLS) vs. Game 18 Winner     TBD

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

U-19 WOMEN HEAD TO EUROPE FOR THREE MATCHES: The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team departed yesterday for Europe where the team will play three matches, facing Germany on Wednesday (July 2) in Duisburg and then facing the Netherlands on Saturday (July 5) in Groensbek and July 9 in Heenk as part of a summer European tour that proved to be tremendous preparation for the U-19s that won the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002.  Two players from the USA's U-19 world champion team are on the roster for this European tour in forwards Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas) and Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.), but three more players from the team that defeated Canada last September for the first-ever youth world title may be in the mix by the time the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship rolls around.  Forward Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.) is currently recovering from a broken bone in her leg suffered while playing with the full national team against Ireland earlier this month, while defender Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.) is recovering from ACL surgery and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.) is with the U.S. U-21s.  Jeff Pill will serve as the head coach for the three matches, as U.S. U-19 head coach Tracey Leone is still recovering from the recent birth of her first child, a daughter.  The U.S. U-19s played Germany in the semifinals of the 2002 U-19 World Championship and came away with a 4-1 win.  The following is the USA's roster for three matches in Europe.
U.S. U-19 WNT Schedule
Date: Opponent
July 2: Germany
July 5: Holland
July 9: Holland
U.S. U-19 WNT Roster
Goalkeepers (2): Laura Comeau (Leigh, N.H.), Ashley Philips (West Peabody, Mass.);
Defenders (7): Jen Buzckowski (Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Mary Castelanelli (Lodi, Calif.), Shannon Foley (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Megan Schnur (Butler, Pa.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.) Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis, Mo.);
Midfielders (4): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Stephanie Kron (Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Darby Kroyer (San Ramon, Calif.), Carrie Schmidt (La Mesa, Calif.);
Forwards (6): Christina DiMartino,  (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allan, Texas), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.).

U-21 WOMEN FINISH FIRST CAMP AT NAT’L TRAINING CENTER, NORDIC CUP UP NEXT: U.S. U-21 Women's National Team head coach Chris Petrucelli completed his final training camp this past weekend before the USA travels to Denmark in mid-July for the 2003 Nordic Cup, the top competition in the world for U-21 women.  The eight days of training at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., was the first visit by the U.S. U-21 women to the world class facility and included a 1-1 tie with the U.S. U-19s and a 1-0 victory over the San Diego Spirit of the WUSA.  The win over the Spirit came in San Diego and the lone goal was scored Manya Makoski (Arizona State) off an assist from Kelly Wilson (Univ. of Texas), both members of the USA's 2002 U-19 World Championship Team. Midfielder Lori Chalupny scored the lone goal in the 1-1 tie with the U-19s on June 21. Petrucelli will announce the 18-player Nordic Cup roster later this week.
U.S. U-21 WNT Results
Date: Opponent, Result (U.S. Goal Scorer)
June 21 U.S. U-19 WNT, 1-1 (Chalupny)
June 25 San Diego Spirit, 1-0 (Makoski)

U-18 MNT FINISH FIRST CAMP AT NAT’L TRAINING CENTER, DEFEAT CAL-STATE: The Under-18 Men's National Team finished its first training camp at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif., last week, which included a 2-0 win over California State University-Dominguez Hills. Midfielder Craig Capano played in just the first half, but notched the first goal of the game in the 26th minute. Danny Karbassiyoon came on as a reserve in the 63rd minute and sealed the win with a goal of his own in the 77th minute. The next event for the U-18s will be the Northern Ireland Milk Cup from July 17-27.

U-16 BOYS TO FACE ENGLAND, BRAZIL AND PORTUGAL AT TOURNAMENT IN ENGLAND: The U-16 Boys National Team, made up of mainly younger players in the U.S. Under-17 residency program, will travel to England on Friday (July 4) to participate in the International U-17 Tournament in Notts County. The four-team tournament includes the U.S., England, Brazil and Portugal in a round-robin format with matches set for July 7, 10 and 13. The U.S. will face England in its first match on the July 7, followed by Brazil on the July 10 and finishing with Portugal on the July 13. All six matches will be played at Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground and will be televised by SkySports. The team will be coached by U-17 MNT assistant John Hackworth, as head coach John Ellinger will be with the U-17 Men’s National Team, who are traveling to Blaine, Minnesota on July 8 for a training camp and match against Canada on July 13 at the National Sports Center. Hackworth is taking the following 18-man roster to the tournament in England.
U.S. U-16 BNT Schedule
Date: Opponent

July 7: England
July 10: Brazil
July 13: Portugal

U.S. U-16 BNT Roster
Goalkeepers (2): Bryant Rueckner (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Stephen Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio);
Defenders (6): Greg Folk (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Jay Singh (San Bruena, Calif.), Adam Sloustcher (Pleasanton, Calif.), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Tim Ward (Waukesha, Wisc.);
Midfielders (6): Chris Andaur (Naples, Fla.), Michael Bradley (Palatine, Ill.), Jordan Graye (Washington D.C.), Brian Mascarenhas (Marietta, Ga.), Dax McCarty (Maitland, Fla.), Daniel Szetela (Clifton, N.J.);
Forwards (4): Eric Avila (Encinitas, Calif.), Rodrigo Hidalgo (Atlantis, Fla.), Robbie Rogers (Palos Verde, Calif.), Ryan Soroka (Langhorne, Pa.)

-- AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD --

FRANCE DEFENDS ‘03 CONFED CUP CROWN WITH GOLDEN GOAL WIN OVER CAMEROON: France retained their FIFA Confederations Cup title after a narrow 1-0 victory over Cameroon yesterday at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. Both sides had their chances, but the Bleus finally clinched the match in extra-time, as Golden Shoe (four goals) and Golden Ball winner Thierry Henry found the net in the 97th minute. In a touching tribute at the end of the game, both sides gathered in the center circle around a photo of Marc-Vivien Foé, who died after collapsing in the 71st minute of Cameroon’s 1-0 semi-final win over Colombia on June 26. France advanced by outlasting Turkey 3-2 in an end-to-end offensive battle in the second semi. Henry, who finished the tournament with four goals and one assist, walked away with the both the Golden Ball for most outstanding player and the Golden Shoe for top scorer.
FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003
Results

Semifinals
June 26: France 3, Turkey 2
June 26: Cameroon 1, Colombia 0
Third Place Match
June 28: Turkey 2, Colombia 1
Final
June 29: France 1, Cameroon 0

Awards
Golden Ball

Thierry Henry (France), Tuncay Sanli (Turkey), Marc-Vivien Foe (Cameroon)
Golden Shoe
Thierry Henry (France - 4 goals, 2 assists), Tuncay Sanli (Turkey - 3 goals, 1 assist), Shunsuke Nakamura (Japan-3 goals, 0 assists)
 
MLS BEST TO FACE CHIVAS IN 2003 MLS ALL-STAR GAME ON AUGUST 2 AT H.D.C.: MLS announced last week that the 2003 Pepsi MLS All-Star Game will feature a squad of MLS All-Stars taking on popular Mexican club Chivas of Guadalajara on August 2. The 2003 Pepsi MLS All-Star Game will be televised nationally from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., at 3:30 p.m. (ET) live on ABC Sports. The match marks the first time in the history of MLS' midsummer showcase that a squad of MLS All-Stars will take on an international club. Last year's edition of the Pepsi MLS All-Star Game also featured a single MLS All-Star team which defeated the U.S. National Team, 3-2, at RFK Stadium. The game honored the historic feat of the U.S., which advanced to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals in Korea/Japan led by a large contingent of MLS players. Past All-Star formats have included East vs. West match-ups ('96, '97, '99, '00, '01) and a game featuring USA vs. World Stars (1998) that was staged on the heels of the U.S. participation in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

*** U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Chicago forward Ante Razov moved to the top of the MLS scoring table this weekend on the strength of a blistering golden goal rocket in the 94th minute that helped the Fire top the MetroStars 2-1 in Naperville. Razov, who has 21 points (9 goals and 3 assists) in nine games, has been unstoppable of late, pouring in six of those goals and all three assist in the team’s last four games, making him a shoe-in for MLS Player of the Month honors.

MARQUEE MATCH-UP: This Sunday’s match against Paraguay in Columbus (live on ESPN2 and Telemundo at 3 p.m. ET) presents a chance for the U.S. Men’s National Team to face its second South American opponent in two weeks and sharpen their focus heading into the Gold Cup. After mixed results in France, Bruce will have one more chance to tinker with the lineup before heading up to Foxboro next week.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Although they missed the playoffs in the first two seasons and entered Year Three with untested, first-year head coaches, both the Boston Breakers (6-4-3, 21 points) and San Diego Spirit (5-3-4, 19 points) have posted surprising results so far and find themselves in the top half of the WUSA standings. The offensive tandem of Mn’M (forwards Maren Meinert and Dagny Mellgren), along with the defensive teaching of Pia Sundhage, have the Breakers in second place. Led by Omid Namazi on the sidelines and Scottish forward Julie Fleeting in the attack, the Spirit are just two points behind with two games in hand.
 
QUOTABLE:  "He's the real deal. He's not all hype. It took an out-of-the-ordinary-type shot, one to the top corner, and he still got a hand on it.''
--Razov, on U.S. MNT and MetroStars goalkeeper Tim Howard, who continued his stellar play in MLS in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Fire after an excellent three games at the Confederations Cup


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