TICKETS FOR U.S. MNT’S FIRST WORLD CUP QUALIFIER NOW ON SALE;
NOWAK NAMES U.S. U-23 MNT ROSTER FOR TOULON TOURNAMENT;
WNT COMPLETES DOMESTIC SERIES WITH 6-0 ROMP AGAINST CANADA
TICKETS FOR U.S. MNT VS. BARBADOS ON SALE NOW: Tickets for the USA's first qualifying match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup are now on sale. The U.S. will host Barbados on Sunday, June 15 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff for the first leg of the Second Round series is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Tickets ranging in price levels from $19 to $66 are available through ussoccer.com, by phone (213-480-3232 in L.A.; 714-740-2000 in Orange County; 619-220-8497 in San Diego), and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Macy’s, Wherehouse Music, FYE and Ritmo Latino). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center Box Office on Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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. The U.S. is gearing up for a trio of blockbuster friendlies in advance of the Barbados match, beginning with a trip to famed Wembley Stadium for a May 28 clash with England. The U.S. will then face fourth-ranked Spain on June 4 at the Estadio El Sardinero in Santander, before heading back across the Atlantic to face No. 1-ranked Argentina on June 8 in New Jersey. More than 44,000 tickets (buy tickets) have been sold for the USA’s final match at Giants Stadium, which will be presented by Visa.
NOWAK NAMES 22-PLAYER ROSTER FOR TOULON TOURNAMENT: U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Peter Nowak has named the 22 players who will participate in the Toulon International Tournament in Toulon, France. The team will arrive in Toulon on Thursday, May 15, and will have five days of training before their opening match against Turkey on May 21 at 3:30 p.m. local (9:30 a.m. ET). All 16 games of the tournament will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel, including the U.S. Group B match-ups against the Ivory Coast on May 23 at 6:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. ET), and Italy on May 25 at 6 p.m. (12 p.m. ET). The top two teams in each group will advance to the semifinals on May 27, and either the third-place match or final on May 29. Overall, the U.S. has made seven previous trips to the invitation-only event, with their most recent appearance dating back to 2001 when the team finished in fifth place. In 1989 the team finished in a best-ever third place, and in 1994, 1997 and 2001 received the Fair Play Award.
U.S. U-23 MNT Toulon Tournament Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Dominic Cervi (out of contract), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake), Quentin Westburg (Troyes)
DEFENDERS (10): Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Eric Brunner (out of contract), Kyle Davies (Southampton), Michael Gavin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Kamani Hill (Vfl Wolfsburg), Jonathan Leathers (Kansas City Wizards), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Julian Valentin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Rob Valentino (New England Revolution), Blake Wagner (FC Dallas)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin), Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Greg Dalby (SC Charleroi), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Lee Nguyen (Randers FC)
FORWARDS (4): Gabe Ferrari (Sampdoria), Bryan Jordan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Ellis McLoughlin (Hertha Berlin), Sammy Ochoa (Tecos)
U.S. U-23 MNT Toulon Tournament Schedule
|May 21||Turkey||9:30 a.m.||FSC (live)|
|May 23||Ivory Coast||12:30 p.m.||FSC (live)|
|May 25||Italy||12 p.m.||FSC (live)|
U.S. WNT DEFEATS CANADA IN FINAL GAME OF DOMESTIC SERIES: The U.S. Women’s National Team ended a three-game domestic tour with a comprehensive 6-0 victory against Canada as forward Natasha Kai scored her first career hat trick. Lindsay Tarpley, Carli Lloyd and Leslie Osborne also added goals in what was a dominating performance from the opening whistle. The U.S. has been on the road since April 21 and will now go on a break before regrouping for a two-week training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., beginning June 19. Following that camp, the USA will have a week-long break before heading to the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea where it will face Australia, Brazil and Italy in first-round play.
2008 U.S. WNT Results
|Date||Opponent||Location||Result||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|April 27||Australia||WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, N.C.)||3-2 W||Kai, Wambach, Lloyd|
|May 3||Australia||Legion Field (Birmingham, Ala.)||5-4 W||Tarpley (2), Wambach (2), Hucles|
|May 10||Canada||RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)||6-0 W||Kai (3), Tarpley, Lloyd, Osborne|
WNT HEADS TO EUROPE FOR TWO MATCHES IN JULY: The U.S. Women’s National Team will travel to Europe for friendly matches for the first time since 2001, facing Norway in Fredrikstad on July 2, followed by an intriguing clash with Sweden in Skelleftea on July 5. The match in Sweden will mark the return of U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage to her native country and will be the first time she has faced Sweden while coaching the United States. The U.S. team will leave for Europe on June 27, just six days after returning from the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea, and train for a few days in Norway before facing the hosts in what will be just the third-ever match between the two teams in Norway, an amazing stat considering this will be the 43rd meeting between the historic rivals.
2008 Norway/Sweden Tour
|July 2||Norway||Fredrikstad, Norway||Fredrikstad Stadium||TBD|
|July 5||Sweden||Skelleftea, Sweden||Norvalla Stadium||TBD|
MORE THAN 44,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR MNT MATCH AGAINST ARGENTINA: Tickets for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s blockbuster match on June 8 vs. No. 1-ranked Argentina at Giants Stadium are now on sale to the general public. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and serves as the final tune up for the U.S. prior to the start of 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on June 15 vs. Barbados. For the match, U.S. Soccer has divided the seating into U.S.A., Argentina, and mixed/neutral fan sections at each price level. Tickets from $35 to $195, plus sideline seating in the front two rows for $295 per ticket, are now on sale at ussoccer.com, by phone at 201-507-8900 (New Jersey) or 212-307-7171 (New York City), at all area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Macy’s and FYE stores), and at the IZOD Center ticket office (open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form by visiting ussoccer.com or by calling 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets, special VIP packages which include 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.
– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U.S. U-23 WNT WILL TRAVEL TO GERMANY FOR CAMP AND MATCHES: The U.S. U-23 Women's National Team will travel to Germany from May 16-24 for several matches against the Germany U-23 Women’s National Team and a women’s Bundesliga club team. The U-23s will play a promoted friendly in Crailsheim against TSV Crailsheim on May 20, followed by the clash with the German U-23s on May 22 in Wangen, and will finish with another as yet confirmed scrimmage on May 24. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin will bring 18 players to Germany for the trip as he continues to prepare the squad for the 2008 Nordic Cup to be held in Sweden from July 15-21. The U-23s are coming off a training camp in Portland where they trounced the University of Portland by a 7-1 score.
U.S. U-23 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cori Alexander (Portland), Val Henderson (UCLA);
DEFENDERS (6): Marisa Abegg (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Casey Moore (Texas), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia), Brittany Taylor (UConn), Elise Weber (Notre Dame);
MIDFIELDERS (4): Yael Averbuch (North Carolina), Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Brittany Klein (Santa Clara), Lorraine Quinn (Duke);
FORWARDS (6): Ameera Abdullah (Florida), Amanda Cinalli (Notre Dame), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Katie Larkin (BYU), Allison Mallams (Marquette), Ella Masar (Illinois)
UNDER-20 MNT RETURNS FROM ENGLAND: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team went 2-0 on their trip to England, picking up wins against the reserve squads from Bolton, 2-0, and Manchester United, 2-1. In the USA’s first game of the trip, Felix Garcia, who came on as a second-half sub, set up both goals for the U.S. and made an immediate impact by drawing the penalty kick that was converted by Jorge Flores in the 50th minute. In the 73rd minute, the Laredo, Texas native beat a defender down the right side, cut along the endline and slotted the ball for Agorsor, who beat the Bolton goalkeeper with a one-time shot. Against Manchester United, Flores dribbled down the left flank, beat a defender and slotted the ball for Peri Marosevic, who finished with a one-timer. Just before the final whistle, the U.S. took advantage of a long throw in from defender Sheanon Williams. Ike Opara flicked a header into the box for Marosevic, who scored with a one-time shot for the second time on the night. The U.S. was also scheduled to play the Liverpool reserves on their trip, but that friendly was cancelled.
U.S. U-20 MNT Results
|Date||Opponent||Result||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|May 7||Bolton Reserves||2-0 W||Flores, Agorsor|
|May 8||Manchester United Reserves||2-1 W||Marosevic (2)|
U.S. UNDER-20 WOMEN HEAD TO TRAINING CAMP IN SOUTH CAROLINA: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Tony DiCicco will hold a two-week training camp in Clemson, S.C., from May 12-27 as he runs the team through some final preparations before CONCACAF Qualifying in June. DiCicco will bring 26 players to training camp where the team will play a match on May 22 against the USL W-League Atlanta Silverbacks and several other scrimmages, including another possible game against a W-League side. After an evaluation camp in April that featured 34 players, DiCicco has paired down the pool and is now focusing on the qualifying tournament that will take place in Puebla, Mexico, from June 17-28. At the tournament, the U.S. U-20 WNT will compete for one of three CONCACAF berths at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile. Along with the U.S. and hosts Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Trinidad & Tobago will participate in the tournament. The draw to determine the two groups will take place on May 6 at the CONCACAF General Secretariat in New York City. The 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will feature 16 teams. Eleven countries have qualified thus far for Chile:
Asia: China, Japan, North Korea
Africa: Two berths TBD
Europe: England, France, Germany, Norway
CONCACAF: Three berths TBD
Oceania: New Zealand
South America: Brazil, Argentina
U.S. U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M), Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State)
DEFENDERS (8): Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Liz Harkin (ASU), Meghan Klingenberg (UNC), Brittney Macdonald (Miami), Nikki Marshall (University of Colorado), Elli Reed (Portland), Ella Stephan (Florida State)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Amanda DaCosta (Florida State), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Christine Nairn (Freestate Shooters), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown)
FORWARDS (10): Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (Sereno FC), Alyssa Mautz (Texas A & M), Jessica Mcdonald (Phoenix College), Alex Morgan (California), Casey Nogueira (UNC), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Nikki Washington (UNC)
U.S. UNDER-18 MNT SET TO TRAVEL TO LISBON INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will return to the Lisbon International Tournament, where the U.S. will take on Norway on May 21, Portugal on May 22 and Sweden on May 24. Head coach Bob Jenkins has named 18 players to the roster that will travel to Lisbon on May 16. The trip to Portugal will be the first international training camp of 2008 for the U-18 MNT, but will include 11 players who participated in the team’s most recent domestic camp in New Jersey. Of the 18 players, 14 are part of U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs, including three players from Pateadores – Dersu Abolfathi, Eder Arreola and Steve Birnbaum – and two from Miami FC Kendall in Francklin Blaise and Andrew Quintana.
U.S. U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Larry Jackson (IMG Academy), Cody Mizell (Woodstock, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (5): Francklin Blaise (Miami FC Kendall), Paolo DelPiccolo (Colorado Rush), Jose Diaz (Chivas USA Academy), Nick Millington (CASL), Harrison Petts (Carmel United)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Eder Arreola (Pateadores), Chad Barson (Columbus Crew Academy), Steven Birnbaum (Pateadores), Bryan Dominguez (Concorde Fire), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Andrew Quintana (Miami FC Kendall), Mike Roman (Real So Cal), Donny Toia (Tucson, Ariz.)
FORWARDS (3): Dersu Abolfathi (Pateadores), Tristan Bowen (LA Galaxy Academy), Adam Jahn (El Macero, Calif.)
U.S. UNDER-15 BOY’S NATIONAL TEAM ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN: U.S. Under-15 Boy's National Team head coach Jim Barlow has traveled with 20 players to Madrid, Spain, for a 10-day training camp with four friendlies. The team will take on youth squads from La Liga’s Real Madrid (May 13) and Athletico Madrid (May 14), third-division club Rayo Majadahonda on May 16 and second-division club Rayo Vallecano on May 18. In addition to a trio of U-17 Residency players – George Fradenburg, Luis Gil and Alex Shinsky - 10 players are part of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy. Concorde Fire (Atlanta, Ga.) is the only Academy club to send two players as the club’s U-15/16 team will be represented by midfielders Robert Botchway and Jordan McCrary.
U.S. U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Max Kurtzman (FC DELCO), Wil Whiddon (San Diego Surf)
DEFENDERS (5): David Caban (Kenosha, Wis.), George Fradenburg (Belden, Miss.), Jon-Paul Medina (Cal Odyssey), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Scott Thomsen (PDA)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Robert Botchway (Concorde Fire), Jack Coleman (Norman, Okla.), Darvin Ebanks (Macon, Ga.), Nathanael Eggleston (Potomac), Luis Gil (Pateadores), Jordan McCrary (Marietta, Ga.), James Petruccelli (Seacoast United), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire), Alex Shinksy (York, Pa.), Wil Trapp (Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (3): Cole Iverson (Decatur, Ala.), Uly Mosqueda (Arsenal SC), Henry Rios (Nowalk, Calif.)
U-14 BNT CLOSES OUT CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: The U-14 Boy’s National Team, led by head coach Manny Schellscheidt, closed out a week-long training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. with big wins over local Under-16 clubs on Friday evening. Two goals each from Erick Sanchez and TJ Casner paved the way to an 8-2 win over LAFC in the first match of the evening. In the second match, Victor Zamora scored three while Yaw Amankwa and Devin Devoy added two goals en route to a 9-0 shutout of Real So Cal. The 38 players at the U-14 camp, all born in 1994, were split into two teams for scrimmages throughout the week.
U.S. U-14 BNT Results
|Date||Opponent||Result||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|May 5||West United||2-0 W||Gonzalez, Ayah|
|Valley United||0-2 L||--|
|May 7||Barcelona||2-1 W||Magaña, Zamora|
|Arsenal||1-1 T||E. Sanchez|
|May 9||LAFC||8-2 W||E. Sanchez (2), Edmonds, Pelosi, Ortega, Tetro, Casner (2)|
|Real So Cal||9-0 W||Amankwa (2), Zamora (3), Devoy (2), Rodriguez, Magaña|
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
CINDY PARLOW, JEFF PILL HEAD TO EL SALVADOR AS SPORTS ENVOYS: Former U.S. Women’s National Team forward Cindy Parlow and U.S. Soccer Women’s National Staff Coach Jeff Pill head to El Salvador on Monday, May 12, as International Sports Envoys. During the six-day excursion, Parlow and Pill will meet with girls and boys from San Luis del Carmen, Soyapango, Texistepeque and San Salvador. During the week, they will conduct eight different clinics with 100 participants at each. U.S. Soccer has participated in the Sports Envoy program since 2006. In that time, players and coaches traveled to Bahrain, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. In 2007, Tiffany Roberts and Linda Hamilton traveled to the Philippines and earlier this year, Lorrie Fair and Jay Miller traveled to Morocco. Other past participants in the program include Marcelo Balboa, Glenn “Mooch” Myernick and Shannon MacMillan.
U.S. FUTSAL TEAMS WINS ONE, DROPS TWO IN BRAZIL: The U.S. Futsal Team started out strong during their three-game series in Fortaleza, Brazil, last week, winning 3-2 against Quixeramobim on Wednesday, May, 7. The U.S. fell, 3-5, to Horizonte to following day, wrapping up the trip with a 1-6 loss to the Federacaco Cearense All-Stars on Friday, May 9. The trip to Brazil served as an important tune up for the team as it looks towards the CONCACAF Futsal Championship which kicks off June 3 in Guatemala. The U.S. has been drawn into Group B with Haiti, Panama and Costa Rica. The top three teams in the regional tournament qualify for the FIFA Futsal World Cup to be held from Sept. 30 to October 19 in Brazil.
U.S. Futsal Team Results
|Date||Opponent||Result||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|May 7||Quixeramobim||3-2 W||Faras, Naumoski, J. Beasley|
|May 8||Horizonte||3-5 L||Cabral, Hatzke, J. Beasley|
|May 9||Federacao Cearense All-Stars||1-6 L||J. Beasley|
U.S. REFEREES TO PARTICIPATE AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES: Several U.S. Soccer referees have been selected to officiate at the 2008 Olympic Games in China. On the men's side, Jair Marrufo, along with assistant referees George Gansner and Kermit Quisenberry, will officiate in the tournament. Maruffo is one of U.S Soccer's full-time referees. On the women's side, the U.S. will be represented by Kari Seitz and assistant referees Marlene Duffy and Veronica Perez. For Seitz, this is her second trip to an Olympic Games after having participated as a referee at the 2004 Athens Olympics. It is the first major international tournament for Duffy and Perez, who are in their first year on the FIFA International Panel of Referees.
US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS GAME LINEUP ANNOUNCED: US Youth Soccer has announced the times for the Player Luncheon and match schedules for the 2008 US Youth Soccer National Championships to be played July 22-27 at the Burns Park Soccer Complex in North Little Rock, Ark. US Youth Soccer National Championships will kickoff Tuesday, July 22, with the Player Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. CT. Teams will play round robin matches Wednesday, July 23, through Friday, July 25, to determine who will advance to play for the national title. All round robin match times are scheduled for 7:30 a.m. CT, 9:30 a.m. CT, 11:30 a.m. CT and 7:30 p.m. CT. The two teams with the most points at the conclusion of Friday's play will advance to play for the national championship on Saturday, July 26 or Sunday, July 27. The U-14 and U-15 finals will be held Saturday with remaining finals to be played on Sunday. Visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org for more.
US YOUTH SOCCER GRANTS ANNOUNCED: US Youth Soccer has announced that funds have been made available to 28 different groups nationwide as part of its 11th annual grants program cycle. Amongst the 28 programs, US Youth Soccer awarded $85,000 of grants for 2008. In all, US Youth Soccer awarded $85,000 to 14 TOPSoccer and 14 Soccer Start soccer groups through its annual grants program for soccer development. Since 1998, the organization has made over $2 million available for the growth of the game of soccer through grants and other financial support. Visit USYouthSoccer.org for a complete list and more.
US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL DIRECTORS CUP KICKS OFF THIS JULY: US Youth Soccer has announced the renewal of the US Youth Soccer National Directors Cup with kickoff on July 18-20 in Kirkwood, Del. The event is open to Under-14 through Under-17 boys and girls and is an additional opportunity for players to gain national event experience. Each of US Youth Soccer's four regions is responsible for determining how its players and teams will advance to the National Directors Cup. One team from each region will compete in each division. One preliminary game will be played on Friday, July 18, and two games will be played on Saturday, July 19. The championship and consolation matches will be played on Sunday, July 20. More information will be available at USYouthSoccer.org.
*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Women’s National Team forward Natasha Kai was feeling the love at RFK Stadium on Saturday evening. With the crowd of almost 10,000 cheering the team on, Kai didn’t disappoint, netting a hat trick in the team’s 6-0 thrashing of Canada. The three goals marked the first career hat trick for Kai and upped her career total to 18 in 45 games. The goals also gave her a team-leading 10 for the year.
SOCCER SHOCKER: Fulham completed one of the most dramatic escape acts in recent memory on Sunday, beating Portsmouth, 1-0, to ensure another season of Premier League soccer for the Cottagers. News of rivals Birmingham and Reading winning comfortably was trickling to Fratton Park, and it became clear that only a victory would save Fulham from the dreaded drop. After pressing and pressing in the second half, Danny Murphy rose to meet a free kick and headed Fulham into the lead with 15 minutes remaining. The London side held on for dear life before the final whistle set off joyous celebrations for Fulham fans on either side of the Atlantic.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: After a grandstand finish in England this past weekend, Serie A is going one better heading into its last matches on Sunday. How about this for a final day: Inter are on the verge of a spectacular collapse at the top of the table and lead Roma by only one point. The Nerazzurri travel to Parma on Sunday, where the home side needs a win to stay in Serie A. That's not all Hector Cuper (a former Inter manager) and his team need, however, as only a win coupled with a Catania loss will keep them up. Catania meanwhile play host to Roma, with the Giallorossi needing a win and an Inter loss to take the title. Phew! Both these games can be seen on FSC, with the Parma-Inter game airing live on Sunday at 9 a.m. ET, followed by the Catania-Roma match on tape delay at 11.
QUOTABLE: "Yeah, I broke my face three times. It's a great X-ray, very cool."
-- Former U.S. Men’s National Team forward Brian McBride talks about the titanium plates inserted in his cheeks in an interview with The Independent.