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U.S. Soccer Wire: Arena Calls 30 into Camp

ARENA CALLS IN 30 PLAYERS FOR TWO-WEEK CAMP AT HOME DEPOT CENTER: U.S. Men’s National Team manager Bruce Arena selected 30 players to participate in a training camp beginning Sunday (Jan. 4) at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif., and culminating on Jan. 18 with the USA’s first-ever match at The Home Depot Center against 13th-ranked Denmark. Kickoff for the match is set for 12:30 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN. The camp will have a distinctly MLS flavor, with 27 participants from the eight-year-old top domestic league. Only Wade Barrett (AGF Aarhus – Denmark), Cory Gibbs (FC St. Pauli – Germany) and Robbie Russell (FC Sogndal – Norway) will represent the MNT’s foreign-based contingent. The Chicago Fire and Kansas City Wizards lead the way by each sending five players to California. Nine players are in search of their debut appearance in a full national team match, led by MLS Rookie of the Year finalist Pat Noonan, and Brian Mullan of the 2003 MLS Cup Champion San Jose Earthquakes.  In addition to seeking his first cap, Russell has never been called into an MNT camp.
U.S. MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Joe Cannon (Colorado Rapids) Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles Galaxy), Zach Thornton (Chicago Fire), Jonny Walker (MetroStars); DEFENDERS (11): Wade Barrett (AGF Aarhus), Danny Califf (Los Angeles Galaxy), Jim Curtin (Chicago Fire), Nick Garcia (Kansas City Wizards), Cory Gibbs (FC St. Pauli), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Rich Kotschau (Colorado Rapids), Orlando Perez (Chicago Fire), Eddie Pope (MetroStars), Robbie Russell (FC Sogndal), Carey Talley (Kansas City Wizards); MIDFIELDERS (9): Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chris Armas (Chicago Fire), Chris Klein (Kansas City Wizards), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Brian Mullan (San Jose Earthquakes), Richard Mulrooney (San Jose Earthquakes), Ben Olsen (D.C. United), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards); FORWARDS (6): Jeff Cunningham (Columbus Crew), Brian McBride (Columbus Crew), Pat Noonan (New England Revolution), Ante Razov (Chicago Fire), Josh Wolff (K.C. Wizards), John Wolyniec (MetroStars).

USA LOOKS TO EVEN RECORD AGAINST DENMARK WITH JAN. 18 MATCH LIVE ON ESPN: The U.S. and Denmark have met three times in their history, with the United States still in search of their first victory after posting a 0-1-2 record. The teams last faced off nearly seven years ago, Denmark winning 4-1 in the final match of U.S. Cup ’97 in Pasadena, Calif. Despite its size, Denmark has a history of being one of the stronger and most consistent sides in Europe.  Having qualified for their third consecutive World Cup finals, the Danes impressed by reaching the Round of 16 in the 2002 World Cup, emerging from group play with victories against defending champions France and Uruguay. Tickets for the Jan. 18 match are on sale now at all Los Angeles area Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone [L.A. 213-480-3232; Orange County 714-740-2000; San Diego 619-220-8497], or online at Tickets are priced at $50 for Midfield, $35 for Sideline, $27 for Corners, and $20 for Endlines. Information on group discounts is available by calling 312-528-1290.

USA TO TRAVEL TO AMSTERDAM FOR FIRST EVER ROAD MATCH VERSUS HOLLAND: The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to face fifth-ranked Holland on Feb. 18 at the vaunted Amsterdam ArenA.  Kickoff for the match is set for 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2.  Fans can also follow the match live online via’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The U.S. and Holland have met just twice in their history, both on U.S. soil, with the United States dropping a pair of 2-0 losses.  The teams last met in Foxboro, Mass., on May 19, 2002, in the USA’s third and final match of the Nike “Road to Korea” series. This will be the fifth time the MNT has traveled to Europe during Arena’s five-year tenure, with the U.S. still in search of their first victory.

VOTING FOR YEAR-END CHEVROLET AWARDS COMES DOWN TO WIRE, CONCLUDES WEDNESDAY: Voting for U.S. Soccer’s four prestigious Chevrolet Athlete of the Year awards – Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female – comes to a close on Wednesday (Dec. 31) at, where soccer fans around the world have had the opportunity to vote once a day since Dec. 9.  U.S. Soccer’s Chevrolet Male and Female Athletes of the Year awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind and are based on competing and excelling at the highest level (both at the National Team and professional level) during 2003. Online votes for the annual awards will be tallied and will be equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes, as will 100 votes to be compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives. The winners of the Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards win their choice of an all new Chevrolet Malibu or Chevrolet TrailBlazer.

U.S. MEN COULD FACE EL SALVADOR, JAMAICA, PANAMA IN W.C.Q. SEMI-FINAL ROUND: At the FIFA Preliminary Draw for the 2006 World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, on Dec. 5, the U.S. Men's National Team learned that it will open its quest to qualify for a fifth consecutive World Cup on June 12/13 in Group 1 with a home match versus the winner of an opening-round series between the small nations of Guyana and Grenada. The U.S. will play the away leg of their preliminary round series the following weekend, June 19/20. The U.S. Men have never played Guyana or Grenada in the full team's 87-year history.  The U.S. also learned their three potential opponents in one of the three Semifinal Round groups, where they could face El Salvador, Jamaica, and Panama should each country advance out of their early-round mini-groups. El Salvador awaits the winner of Bermuda-Montserrat in Group 2, Jamaica faces the winner of Haiti and Turks & Caicos Islands in Group 3, while Panama meets the winner of the British Virgin Islands and St. Lucia in Group 4. As qualifiers for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the USA, Mexico and Costa Rica cannot face one another until the third and final stage of qualifying.


U.S. U-23 MNT TO FACE PANAMA, CANADA & HONDURAS IN MEXICO IN FEBRUARY: The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team is set to face Panama, Canada and Honduras in the final round of 2004 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, which will take place from February 2-12 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The USA will play all three Group A matches at Estadio Tres de Marzo, facing Panama first on Tuesday, Feb. 3, followed by matches against Canada on Thursday, Feb. 5 and Honduras on Sunday, Feb. 7. Kickoff times have yet to be determined for any of the final round matches, but all U.S. games can be followed by fans live via's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The tournament opens on Feb. 2 with Group B action featuring Costa Rica, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and the host nation at Estadio Jalisco. The top two teams from each group will meet in the single-elimination semifinals on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Estadio Jalisco, with the winner of Group A meeting the second-place team from Group B, and the winner of Group B meeting the second-place team from Group A. The two semi-final winners will earn automatic berths to Athens 2004 and meet on Feb. 12.
GROUP A (All matches at Estadio Tres de Marzo)
Date            Match-up                             Kickoff (local)
Feb. 3         Canada vs. Honduras            TBD
                   Panama vs. USA                   TBD
Feb. 5         Honduras vs. Panama            TBD
                   Canada vs. USA                   TBD
Feb. 7         Canada vs. Panama               TBD
                   Honduras vs. USA                TBD
GROUP B (All matches at Estadio Jalisco)
Date            Match-up                              Kickoff (local)
Feb. 2         Costa Rica vs. Jamaica          TBD
                   T&T vs. Mexico                    TBD
Feb. 4         Costa Rica vs. T&T               TBD
                   Jamaica vs. Mexico                TBD
Feb. 6         T&T vs. Jamaica                    TBD
                   Costa Rica vs. Mexico           TBD
SINGLE ELIMINATION (All matches at Estadio Jalisco)

Date            Match-up                              Kickoff (local)         
Feb. 10       Semi #1 (A1 vs. B2)              TBD
                   Semi #2 (A2 vs. B1)              TBD
Final / Third Place
Date            Match-up                              Kickoff (local)
Feb. 12       Semi Losers                           TBD
                   Semi Winners                         TBD

TEAMS SET FOR CONCACAF WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING IN COSTA RICA IN 2004: Mexico earned the last berth into the Final Round of 2004 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualification, after defeating the host Honduras 6-0 in the preliminary triangular Series D at the Estadio Tibercio Carias Andino in Tegucigalpa on Dec. 14. The Final Round of CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualification is set for February 25-March 7, 2004 in San José, Costa Rica, and will feature two groups of four teams with Canada, Jamaica, Guatemala and the host in Group A, while Group B is composed of Haiti, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and the USA. The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals. The two semifinal winners will earn the CONCACAF’s automatic berths to Athens.
Final Round – CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying (Women)
Group A: Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica
Group B: Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago, USA, Mexico


U.S. UNDER-17 ‘88s MNT TO WRAP UP PLAY AT DISNEY SOCCER SHOWCASE: The U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team will play its fifth and final match of the Disney Soccer Showcase tomorrow (Dec. 30) against Region I at the Wide World of Sports Complex after going 0-2-2 in the older, U-18 Super Group. The Brothers Farfan have led the way in the tournament, with Gabriel scoring in the first minute of a 2-2 draw with Ajax Capetown U-18 on Dec. 26 and then providing the lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Region IV on Dec. 27. Twin brother Michael scored in a 3-1 loss to Region III yesterday before assisting on the opening goal in a 3-3 tie today against the Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) U-18s. Forward Quavas Kirk has also been active, assisting on a pair of Villanueva goals and adding a goal (the equalizer against Leverkusen) across the tournament.
U.S. U-17 ‘88s MNT Results / Schedule – Disney Soccer Showcase
Date          Opponent                                 Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
Dec. 26     Ajax Capetown (S. Africa)        2-2 T     G. Farfan, Villanueva
Dec. 27     Region IV                                 1-2 L     G. Farfan
Dec. 28     Region III                                 1-3 L     M. Farfan
Dec. 29     Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)    3-3 T     Stephens, Villanueva, Kirk
Dec. 30     Region I

U.S. UNDER-18 MNT GETS SET FOR FIRST EVENT OF 2004: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will travel to Carson, Calif., this weekend to take part in the ODP Interregional Event at The Home Depot Center from Jan. 2-9. The U-18s will play four matches in six games in their first gathering for the squad in 2004. The U.S. will meet Region III on Saturday (Jan. 3), Region I on Sunday (Jan. 4), and Region IV on Jan. 5. The team will have two days of training before meeting the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team on Jan. 8. U.S. U-18 head coach Bob Jenkins has called in 21 players for the event.
U.S. U-18 MNT Schedule – ODP Interregional Event
Date       Opponent
Jan. 3     Region III
Jan. 4     Region I
Jan. 5     Region IV
Jan. 8     U.S. U-20 MNT
U.S. U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Rein (Modesto, Calif.), Stephen Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio), Chris Seitz (San Luis Obispo, Calif.); DEFENDERS (6): Greg Folk (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Karl Schilling (Canton, Conn.), Adam Sloustcher (Pleasanton, Calif.), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Mike Videira (Milford, Mass.), Tim Ward (Waukesha, Wis.); MIDFIELDERS (5): Anthony Beltran (Claremont, Calif.), Michael Bradley (Pennington, N.J.), Christian Jimenez (San Dimas, Calif.), Brian Mascarenhas (Atlanta, Ga.), Dax McCarty (Maitland, Fla.); FORWARDS (7): Eric Avila (Encinitas, Calif.), Nico Colalluca (Coventry, R.I.), Charlie Davies (Manchester, N.H.), Rodrigo Hidalgo (Atlantis, Fla.), Mike Grella (Glen Cove, N.Y.), Dane Murphy (Redding, Conn.), Robbie Rogers (Huntington Beach, Calf.).

NO REST FOR U.S. UNDER-20s AS NEW CLASS CALLED INTO CARSON CAMP: Less than a month after a quarterfinal run in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will travel to Carson, Calif., this weekend to take part in the ODP Interregional Event at The Home Depot Center from Jan. 2-9. This will be the first event for the new group of U-20s in 2004, and they will play four matches four matches in six days. The U.S. will meet Region IV on Saturday (Jan. 3), Region II on Sunday (Jan. 4) and Region I on Jan. 5. The team will have two days of training before meeting the U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team on Jan. 8. U.S. U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen has called in 23 players for this event.
U.S. U-20 MNT Schedule – ODP Interregional Event
Date       Opponent
Jan. 3     Region IV
Jan. 4     Region II
Jan. 5     Region I
Jan. 8     U.S. Under-18 MNT
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Andrew Kartunen (Stanford), Phil Marfuggi (Clemson); DEFENDERS (6): Greg Dalby (Notre Dame), Hunter Freeman (University of Virginia), Chris Germani (Yardley, Pa.), Brandon Owens (UCLA), Patrick Phelan (Enfield, Conn.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.); MIDFIELDERS (7): Craig Capano (Chicago Fire), Steven Curfman (Wake Forest), John DiRaimondo (St. Louis University), Guillermo Gonzalez (L.A. Galaxy), Brian Grazier (St. Louis University), Will Hall (Shirley, N.Y.), Daniel Szetela (Clifton, N.J.); FORWARDS (8): Freddy Adu (Potomac, Md.), Arturo Alvarez (San Jose Earthquakes), Corey Ashe (UNC), Chad Barrett (Beaverton, Ore.), Sergio Flores (Smithfiled, Utah), Nate Norman (Notre Dame), Jacob Peterson (Indiana), Jamie Watson (UNC).