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U.S. Soccer Wire: March 29, 2010


U.S. WNT DEFEATS MEXICO 3-0, LOOKS TOWARD WEDNEDAY’S REMATCH;
BOB BRADLEY NAMED 2009 USOC COACH OF THE YEAR  

U.S. WOMEN OPEN 2010 DOMESTIC SCHEDULE WITH 3-0 VICTORY AGAINST MEXICO: The U.S. Women’s National Team opened its 2010 domestic schedule with a convincing 3-0 win against Mexico at the University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium. Forward Amy Rodriguez opened the scoring in the 12th minute with her first goal since scoring against New Zealand in the 2008 Olympics, while Shannon Boxx and Lauren Cheney added goals on either side of halftime. For Cheney, it was her team-leading fifth goal of 2010 and ninth of her international career. The two teams will conclude their two-game series on Wednesday, March 31 in Sandy, Utah at 7 p.m. MT. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com and fans can follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. WNT Roster by Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Chicago Red Stars), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (St. Louis Athletica), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (6): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (California), Casey Nogueira (Chicago Red Stars), Kelley O’Hara (FC Gold Pride), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

CLEVELAND TO PLAY HOST TO USA VERSUS GERMANY MATCH ON MAY 22: The U.S. Women's National Team will face Germany on May 22 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, as the world’s top two women’s soccer nations meet on American soil for the first time since the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The match will kick off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. The game in Cleveland is the second match of a home-and-home series between the two international powers. In the first contest, played Oct. 29, 2009, in Augsburg, Germany, Abby Wambach's goal gave the Americans a narrow 1-0 victory in front of an enthusiastic German crowd. Germany will host the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup from June 26 through July 17 in nine German cities.

U.S. Women’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – March 23 – March 29

BOB BRADLEY HONORED BY USOC AS 2009 NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has been named 2009 National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Bradley, who led his squad to a first-place finish in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying and second place finishes at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, becomes the first soccer coach to earn the honor since the initiation of the award in 1996. Award winners were chosen by a panel of coaching and sport education professionals after U.S. Olympic and Pan American sports organizations nominated their coaches. The Award is part of the USOC Coach of the Year Recognition Program.

U.S. TO MEET AUSTRALIA ON JUNE 5 IN ROODEPOORT, SOUTH AFRICA: The United States will play Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort, South Africa, one week before playing its first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Ruimsig Stadium in suburban Johannesburg is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. TO FACE CZECH REPUBLIC AND TURKEY IN SEND-OFF SERIES FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: The U.S. Men's National Team will face two of the traditionally stronger teams from Europe in the Czech Republic and Turkey in the Send-Off Series prior to departing for South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The USA will meet the Czech Republic on May 25 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., at 8 p.m. ET before playing its final home tune-up match against Turkey on May 29 in Philadelphia. The game in Hartford will be broadcast live on ESPN and Galavision, while kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field is set for 2 p.m. ET, with ESPN2 and Galavision providing the television broadcast. Fans can also follow the matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – March 23 – March 29

ADDITIONAL USA FAN TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP MATCHES: U.S. Soccer has announced there will be an additional sales phase of 2010 FIFA World Cup tickets for matches involving the U.S. Men’s National Team until April 7, 2010. While the June 12 match against England is sold out, there are still tickets available in the U.S. fan section for the other two group matches. With excitement building towards the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the organizers are making more tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability, for U.S. citizens and residents interested in sitting in USA fan sections.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 MNT EVENS RECORD AT 1-1 AT DALLAS CUP: The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team rebounded from a 1-0 loss to Mexico on Sunday to earn a 1-0 win against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Dallas Cup Super Group. Moises Orozco scored the lone goal for Thomas Rongen’s side in the first minute of the game by heading home a cross from right-winger Jose Altamirano. In the 40th minute, U.S. goalkeeper Justin Luthy was sent off for a challenge just outside the penalty area, but the 10-man U.S. squad was able to hold onto the shutout victory. On Sunday, the U.S. battled Mexico despite being a man down, eventually falling 1-0. Chad Barson's ejection also resulted in a penalty just before halftime, but U.S. goalkeeper Zac MacMath was up to the task, denying the goal with an excellent diving save to his left. Mexico eventually broke through the American defense, with Taufic Guarch heading home a corner kick for the game's lone goal. The U.S. will round out group play at the Dallas Cup on Wednesday, March 31, against German side Eintracht Frankfurt inside the stadium at Pizza Hut Park.

U.S. U-20 MNT Schedule and Results

 Date  Opponent   Time / Result   Goalscorers 
 March 28  Mexico   0-1 L  --
 March 29  Vancouver Whitecaps  1-0 W  M. Orozco
 March 31  Eintracht Frankfurt  6:30 p.m. CT  

U.S. U-17 MNT CONTINUES DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY TOUR IN COLUMBUS, CHICAGO NEXT: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team drew with Indiana United Academy 2-2 on Thursday and dropped a 3-1 decision to the Columbus Crew Academy on Saturday evening as part of its Development Academy tour. Wilmer Cabrera’s young squad, made up of players born in 1994 and 1995, matched up against the two U-17/18 teams, primarily made up of players born in 1991 and 1992. Both games were played inside Columbus Crew Stadium, with Saturday’s game serving as a prelude to the Crew’s MLS home opener that night. The U.S. U-17 MNT will next be traveling to the Chicago area to face the Chicago Fire and Chicago Magic Academies on Saturday, April 10, and Monday, April 12.

U.S. U-17 WOMEN HEAD TO DALLAS CUP FOR TWO MATCHES AGAINST BRAZIL: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will be back in action for two matches against the Brazil Under-17 Women’s National Team at the annual Dallas Cup, playing in a featured match on April 3 at 6 p.m. at Pizza Hut Park and then again on April 5. Brazil recently won the South American qualifying tournament to earn its berth to the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in T&T. The USA missed out on a berth at the recently completed CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships in Costa Rica, falling to Canada in penalty kicks in the semifinal. Mike Dickey will be the head coach for the U.S. U-17s in Dallas with the same 19 players on the roster as represented the USA in Costa Rica. The exhibition against Brazil will benefit the “Susan G. Komen for the Cure” cancer foundation. For more information, go to www.dallascup.com.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position
OALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (5): Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado; Denver, Colo.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alex Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Cassie Pecht (Baltimore Bays; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (4): Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Havana Solaun (KYX Kicks Elite; Gainesville, Fla.), Taylor Smith (Solar Red; Ft. Worth, Texas), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Bays; Baltimore, Md.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

FIFA RELEASES AMMENDED 2010 WORLD CUP ROSTER RULES:  FIFA has issued the rules regarding the rosters and submission deadlines for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which are slightly amended from previous World Cups.  For this tournament, teams must submit a preliminary list of 30 players by May 11.  The final list of 23 players must be delivered to FIFA by June 1, and those players must come from the 30-man preliminary roster.  Once again, teams must include three goalkeepers.  From June 1 on, a player may be replaced due to injury up to 24 hours prior to a team’s first match. In this case, the replacement player is not required to come from the 30-man preliminary list. 

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than 10 months to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, 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 Cup™ to come to the United States -- and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup™ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

U.S. SOCCER SUMMER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools for the “A,” “B” and “C” License Courses will take place throughout the month of June in four locations across the United States.  Summer “A” Audit, “A,” “B” and “C” courses are set for June 5-13 at Darlington School in Rome, Ga. and “B” and “C” courses will take place at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass., will host “A” Audit, “A,” “B” and “C” License courses June 17-25 and a National “A” Audit, “A” and “B” course will take place June 19-27 Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill.

US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL LEAGUE COMPLETES THIRD SEASON: The US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Boys and Girls completed their third season last weekend at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex in Las Vegas, Nev.  A champion was named in each age group, with the top two teams earning advancement to the 2010 National Championships at the Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan., on July 20-25. The top four teams in the Under-15 and Under-16 Boys and Girls age group earn the right to return to League play in the 2010-2011 season.

THE US YOUTH SOCCER SHOW ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL PREMIERS APRIL 5: US Youth Soccer's monthly program, The US Youth Soccer Show, brings viewers in depth information about US Youth Soccer events, players, coaches and more. The 30-minute show will air on Fox Soccer Channel.  Don't miss The US Youth Soccer Show, now in its fifth season on Fox Soccer Channel and running each month through December! Watch the entire 2009 season on US Youth Soccer's free podcast and look for podcasts from this season on USYouthSoccer.org. For more information visit http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/the_show/ and to download full shows from iTunes, go to www.usyouthsoccer.org/podcasts.

ALL-EVENT TEAM ANNOUNCED AT ANNUAL ECNL EVENT IN LAS VEGAS: Ninety-eight teams took the field for the fourth Elite Clubs National League regular-season event, held March 12-14 in Las Vegas, Nev., in conjunction with the Las Vegas Showcase. The event marked the fourth regular-season national showcase for the ECNL. Additionally, an All-Event Team was selected based upon ECNL Player Identification Program scouting and through nominations by game coaches. The All-Event Team consists of 11 players in each of the U-15, U-16 and U-17 age groups. Results from the event as well as updated standings can be viewed at the ECNL’s Las Vegas Showcase Web page.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National Team forward Jozy Altidore was instrumental in Hull City’s 2-0 defeat of Fulham on Saturday. Altidore drew the penalty which led to the opening goal and was a constant threat to Fulham’s defense. The victory gave the Tigers three vital points in the English Premier League standings as they look to stave off relegation with seven games left to play.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team will take on Mexico in the conclusion of their two-game series against the Tricolor Femenino in Sandy, Utah on Wednesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. MT. The match will be televised live on ESPN2 and fans can follow at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: After entering the match in the 32nd minute against Mexico for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Kristine Lilly extended here world record international appearances tally to an astounding 343. In the process, she became the first player in U.S. history, and likely in world history, to play for his/her country in four different decades after representing the USA in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.

QUOTABLE: “She played every single minute in the WPS last year, and Tobin Heath is not here and Megan Rapinoe has been ill and is not 100 percent yet, so we need some options and she has so much experience. Her passion for soccer is something she brings to the table and I’m inspired just being around her.” –U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage on Kristine Lilly’s return to the national team

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