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U.S. Soccer Wire: September 8, 2008


U.S. MNT READY FOR TRINIDAD & TOBAGO WEDNESDAY AFTER 1-0 WIN AGAINST CUBA;
D.C. UNITED WIN 2008 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP;
U.S. WNT PREPARE TO KICK OFF ACHIEVE YOUR GOLD TOUR IN PHILADELPHIA

MNT DOWNS CUBA, LOOK AHEAD TO TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ON WEDNESDAY: In their first trip to Havana in 61 years, the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Cuba, 1-0, to move into first place in Group 1 in the Semifinal Round of FIFA World Cup qualifying. Clint Dempsey provided the game-winner with an opportunistic strike in the 40th minute to give the U.S. the three valuable points. The U.S. returned to the United States on Sunday in preparation for their third match of the Semifinal Round when they face Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., just outside of Chicago. Kickoff for the match is at 7 p.m. CT and will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision. The match can also be followed live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. After Trinidad & Tobago, the U.S. will begin the second half of the Semifinal Round when they host Cuba at RFK Stadium on Oct. 11, before traveling to Trinidad on Oct 15 and then concluding the four-team round-robin on Nov. 19 against Guatemala at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. The top two teams in the group will advance to the Final Round of qualifying.

U.S. MNT Semifinal Round Qualifying Schedule

Date Opponent Result / Time U.S. Goal Scorer(s) / TV
Aug. 20 @ Guatemala 1-0 W Bocanegra
Sept. 6 @ Cuba 1-0 W Dempsey
Sept. 10 vs. Trinidad & Tobago 7 p.m. CT Live on ESPN2, Galavision
Oct. 11 vs. Cuba 7 p.m. ET Live on ESPN Classic, Galavision
Oct. 15 @ Trinidad & Tobago TBA Live on ESPN Networks, Galavision
Nov. 19 vs. Guatemala 6 p.m. MT Live on ESPN2, Galavision

D.C. UNITED WINS SECOND U.S. OPEN CUP IN TEAM HISTORY: D.C. United won their second Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title on Wednesday, Sept. 3, with a 2-1 victory against the Charleston Battery in front of their home fans at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. D.C. United substitute Fred scored the game-winning goal in the 50th minute, denying the Battery’s bid to become the first second division team to win since 1999. D.C. United last won the U.S. Open Cup in 1996 with a 3-0 victory against the Rochester Rhinos, with that match also at RFK Stadium. As the second place team, the Battery returns to Charleston with $50,000 in prize money. D.C. United wins $100,000 as champions. Dating back to 1914, the U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in United States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States, the annual U.S. Open Cup is a 95-year-old single-elimination tournament. In 1999, the U.S. Open Cup was renamed the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to honor the long-time soccer supporter and pioneer.

U.S. Open Cup Final

Date Matchup Venue; City, State Result
Sept. 3 Charleston Battery (USL-1) at D.C. United (MLS) RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 1-2

WNT KICK OFF ACHIEVE YOUR GOLD TOUR ON SEPT. 13: The U.S. Women’s National Team will take on Ireland to kick off the Achieve Your Gold Tour following their gold-medal performance, hitting stops on the East Coast and Midwest shortly after their return from the 2008 Olympic Games in China. The tour gets underway on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Philadelphia at 8 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field, and continues on Wed., Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The third of these games will be played on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. CT at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Seven remaining matches of the tour will be announced in September. Fans can follow all the matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Ticket information is available at ussoccer.com.

U.S. WNT Olympic Results

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 6 Norway 0-2 L --
Aug. 9 Japan 1-0 W Lloyd
Aug. 12 New Zealand 4-0 W O'Reilly, Rodriguez, Tarpley, Hucles
Aug. 15 Canada 2-1 W (OT) Hucles, Kai
Aug. 18 Japan 4-1 W Hucles (2), Chalupny, O'Reilly
Aug. 21 Brazil 1-0 W Lloyd

U.S. WNT Achieve Your Gold Tour
Date Opponent Venue; City Time
Sept. 13 Ireland Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa. 8 p.m. ET
Sept. 17 Ireland Giants Stadium; E. Rutherford, N.J. 7:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 20 Ireland Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill. 7 p.m. CT

TICKETS ON SALE WEDNESDAY FOR NOVEMBER QUALIFIER IN COLORADO: Tickets for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s FIFA World Cup qualifier vs. Guatemala at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Nov. 19 in Commerce City, Colo., go on sale to the general public starting at 10 a.m. MT on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Kickoff for the team’s last semifinal round qualifier is set for 6 p.m. MT, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Tickets ranging in price levels from $30 to $95 are available starting this Wednesday (Sept. 10) at 10 a.m. MT online at ussoccer.com, by phone at 866-461-6556, at all Dick’s Sporting Goods locations in Colorado, and at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park ticket office, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets, a special VIP package which includes a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with your name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits, are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa® is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale will take place from Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 8 a.m. MT until Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 8 a.m. at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

TICKETS FOR U.S. MNT VS. CUBA AT RFK STADIUM NOW ON SALE: Tickets for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cuba on Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C are now on sale. Kickoff at RFK Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets ranging in price levels from $28 to $95 are available online at ussoccer.com, through all Washington-Baltimore Ticketmaster outlets (including Macy’s stores), and by phone (Washington 202-397-SEAT (7328); Baltimore 410-547-SEAT (7328); Northern Virginia 703-573-SEAT (7328); out of state 1-800-551-SEAT (7328). Groups of 20 or more can obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets, a special VIP package which includes a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with your name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits, are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. Visa® is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

2008-08 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SEASON KICKS OFF: U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy kicked off its second year this past weekend with the continued mission of providing players with a superior environment to improve their development and achieve their potential as elite soccer players. The first matches were played Saturday, Sept. 6, with six South Conference games taking place in the Under-15/16 and Under-17/18 age groups. (Full Schedule) All 62 clubs who participated in the first year will be returning, while 12 new clubs have been added in the 2008-09 season, including eight new clubs in Texas, two in the San Francisco area, one in Los Angeles and one in New England.

CABRERA NAMES 40-PLAYER RESIDENCY ROSTER: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera and his staff have named 40 players to the 2008 fall semester of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. All of the players were born in 1992, 1993 and 1994, and are eligible to compete in the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Of the 23 returning players, seven are beginning their second semester in Bradenton, while 15 are in their third semester. There are 19 players who join the squad from clubs in U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy, including new players who were brought in as the result of the extensive scouting network implemented in the inaugural year of the Academy. From that group, six players come from youth clubs associated with Major League Soccer teams. The players will be competing for a place on the U.S. team that will attempt to qualify for its 14th consecutive FIFA Under-17 World Cup in April or May, when the qualifying tournament will be held in Mexico. Dates and venues for that tournament will be announced at a later date.

U.S. Under-17 Residency Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Samir Badr (Fairfax, Va.), Earl Edwards (San Diego, Calif.), Jonathan Kempin (K.C. Wizards Juniors), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier)
DEFENDERS (13): Michael Ambrose (El Paso, Texas), Julio Arjona (D.C. United Academy), Zachary Herold (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Emilio Orozco (Oxnard, Calif.), Shaquille Phillips (D.C. United Academy), Tyler Polak (Lincoln, Neb.), Alberto Rosas (Real So Cal), Alex Shinsky (York, Penn.), Jared Watts (North Meck), Eriq Zavaleta (Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (17): Jonathan Canales (Santa Ana, Calif.), Dustin Corea (Milwaukee, Ore.), Andrew Craven (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Sean Davis (Matchfit Academy), Bryan Duran (Duncanville, Texas), Victor Garza (Edinburg, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores), Joseph Gyau (FC DELCO), Donovan Henry (Schulz Academy), George Malki (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Carlos Martinez (Las Vegas, Nev.), Alex Molano (F.C. Dallas Juniors), Joel Nash (Birmingham, Ala.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire Academy), Charles Renken (Scott Gallagher), Dominic Sarle (BW Gottschee), Erik Stephenson (Surf)
FORWARDS (6): John Agudelo (N.Y. Red Bulls Academy), Jonathan Brown (Clinton, Miss), Jaime Gutierrez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Stefan Jerome (Davie, Fla.), Alfred Koroma (Solar Red), Jack McInerney (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Note: Development Academy players are indicated by the listing of their clubs

U.S. UNDER-17 WOMEN IN FINAL PREP FOR WORLD CUP IN NEW ZEALAND: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will hold its second-to-last training camp before the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup when the team comes together in Jersey City, N.J. from Sept. 12-19. U.S. head coach Kazbek Tambi will bring 24 players to camp as he nears the naming of the 21-player roster that will represent the USA at the first-ever world championship for U-17 women being held from Oct. 28-Nov. 16 in New Zealand. Tambi’s squad is undefeated in international matches in 2008, going 8-0-0 which includes wins in all five matches at the U-17 Women’s CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament that was held last July in Trinidad & Tobago. The U.S. team will depart for this historic Women’s World Cup on Oct. 23 and open the tournament on Oct. 30 with a difficult Group C match against Japan in Hamilton. The USA will also face Paraguay on Nov. 2 in Hamilton and finish group play against France on Nov. 5 in Auckland. The 16-nation tournament features four groups of four teams each with the top two finishers in each group advancing to the quarterfinals. During the camp in New Jersey, the U.S. U-17s will get the chance to attend the U.S. Women’s National Team match against Ireland on Aug. 17 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup - New Zealand
USA First Round Schedule - Group C

Date Opponent Venue City
Oct. 30 Japan Waikato Stadium Hamilton, New Zealand
Nov. 2 Paraguay Waikato Stadium Hamilton, New Zealand
Nov. 5 France North Harbour Stadium Auckland, New Zealand

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearney, N.J.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.);
DEFENDERS (6): Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Rachel Quon (Lake Forest, Ill.), Julia Roberts (Fredrick, Md.), Anne Steinlage (Grand Haven, Mich.);
MIDFIELDERS (10): Kathryn Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Alyson Birgel (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Elizabeth Eddy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Amanda Laddish (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Sydney Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.);
FORWARDS (5): Hayley Brock (Acton, Mass.), Tani Costa (Honolulu, Hawaii), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)

2008 FIFA UNDER-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ACCREDITATION PROCESS LAUNCHED: Journalists traveling to New Zealand for the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup may now apply for credentials via the FIFA Media Channel. Media members may register at http://mediachannel.extranets.fifa.com/RegProc.aspx. Deadline for applications is Sept. 19. The U.S. U-17 Women's National Team qualified for the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in July, when they won the 2008 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship at Marvin Lee Stadium in Trinidad & Tobago.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

BE OFFICIAL: Aren't sure the spouse will let you take that last-minute trip to Chicago for the qualifying game on Wednesday? While we'd rather see you on site cheering the MNT on, we know that's not going to be the case every game. But, we still want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience so we've got the next best spot - an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be in the stadium, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters 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.

Official U.S. Soccer Bar Viewing Parties – U.S. MNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago, Wed. Sept. 10
Bar Name                                     City, State                    Viewing Time
Nevada Smith's                           New York, N.Y.            LIVE, 8 p.m. ET
Small Bar                                      Chicago, Ill.                 LIVE, 7 p.m. CT (Tailgate Participant)
Summer's Restaurant                Arlington, Va.              LIVE, 8 p.m. ET
The Globe Pub                             Chicago, Ill.                LIVE, 7 p.m. (Tailgate Participant)
Mulligans on First                        Hoboken, N.J.            LIVE, 8 p.m. ET
Fado Irish Pub                              Chicago, Ill.                LIVE, 7 p.m. CT (Tailgate Participant)
Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub Portland, Ore.            LIVE, 5 p.m. PT
Claddagh Irish Pub                     Columbus, Ohio        LIVE, 8 p.m. ET
Claddagh Irish Pub                     Columbus, Ohio        LIVE, 8 p.m. ET
Claddagh Irish Pub                     Geneva, Ill.                  LIVE, 6 p.m. CT
Claddagh Irish Pub                      Indianapolis, Ind.      LIVE, 8 p.m. ET
Claddagh Irish Pub                      Plainfield, Ind.            LIVE, 8 p.m. ET
Claddagh Irish Pub                      Indianapolis, Ind.       LIVE, 8 p.m. ET
Claddagh Irish Pub                      Lansing, Mich.            LIVE 8 p.m. ET
Claddagh Irish Pub                      Detroit, Mich.               TBD
Claddagh Irish Pub                      Cleveland, Ohio         LIVE, 8 p.m. ET
Claddagh Irish Pub                      Minneapolis, Minn.    TBD
Claddagh Irish Pub                      Cincinnati, Ohio          LIVE, 8 p.m. ET
Claddagh Irish Pub                      Middleton, Wis.           TBD
Claddagh Irish Pub                      Newport, Ky.                 LIVE, 8 p.m. ET
Claddagh Irish Pub                      Pittsburgh, Pa.             TBD
Claddagh Irish pub                      Toledo, Ohio                 LIVE, 8 p.m. ET

U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD SEPT. 9-10 IN CHICAGO: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct a coaching symposium from Sept. 9-10 in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Trinidad & Tobago in Chicago. Members of the U.S. MNT coaching staff will present at the symposium. Cost for the symposium is $125 for active U.S. Soccer CoachesNet members and $140 for non-members. Registration includes a ticket (Section 209) to the game, day of game reception, and game day parking pass. Cost of registration also includes a personalized symposium packet which contains a 2008 Men’s National Team yearbook, a Best Practices booklet, a Kwik Goal gift, and a U.S. Soccer CoachesNet notebook. Registration is open to all coaches. “A” licensed coaches will earn two Continuing Education Units for attending the two-day symposium.

U.S. WOMEN HOLD TOP SPOT IN LASTEST FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD RANKINGS: The latest FIFA Women’s World Ranking were released on Sept. 5 and the 2008 Olympic champion U.S. Women’s National Team is still in the top spot following its triumph in Beijing on Aug. 21. Germany is in second place, 59 points behind the USA, which is the largest-ever gap between the two long-time powers. Olympic silver-medallists Brazil are ranked third followed by Sweden and North Korea to round out the top five. Norway drops to sixth, followed by France, Denmark, Japan and Canada. Ireland, who the USA will play in its first three games on the Achieve Your Gold Tour, starting on Sept. 13 in Philadelphia, are ranked 28th in the world. The next FIFA Women’s World Rankings will be released in December.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: There are hardcore fans and then there are fans so intense they travel to Cuba to support the U.S. Men’s National Team. This week’s Peak Performer sends out a shout-out to the U.S. MNT-clad supporters in the stands at Pedro Marrero Stadium, who braved many obstacles, including Hurricane Ike, to watch their team win, 1-0, in Havana.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: After the historic matchup on Cuban soil, the U.S. MNT has four days before taking on Trinidad & Tobago in Chicago in the semifinal round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. CT on Wednesdasy, Sept. 10, live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The CONCACAF Champions League kicked off on Aug. 28 with a preliminary round to whittle down the number of teams that will participate in the group stage, which begins Sept. 16. Whittle it did, with USL First Division clubs Puerto Rico Islanders and Impacte de Montreal advancing out of their matchup, while Major League Soccer clubs Chivas USA and New England Revolution were knocked out of the preliminary phase. Puerto Rico defeated Costa Rican club Alajuelense, 3-2, on aggregate while Montreal advanced with a 1-0 aggregate score against Real Esteli of Nicaragua. On the other side of the coin, Chivas USA fell by a 3-1 aggregate score to Tauro FC of Panama and New England fell, 6-1, on aggregate to Trinidadian team Joe Public.

QUOTABLE: “Since the day we got here, everyone’s been great. It wasn’t bad in any way. Everyone was nice to us and respectful. The players were very respectful. It wasn’t a nasty game, just a hard-fought, good game. Everyone has been great.”
-- U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan on the team’s reception in Cuba prior to the match on Saturday, Sept. 6.

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