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Soccer Wire: Dec, 6, 2010


FINAL WEEK TO VOTE FOR 2010 BEST OF U.S. SOCCER AND ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARDS: Voting for the prestigious U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year Awards and the 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards ends Friday, Dec. 10 on Fans can vote once a day throughout the week for the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in four categories – Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female – as well as selecting the 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards in 12 categories. The 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards will be decided entirely by online fan votes and the winners will be announced in mid-December.

U.S. U-17 MNT WRAPS UP NIKE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES IN PHOENIX: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team finished the 2010 Nike International Friendlies with a 2-0 loss to Turkey to round out their tournament record with one win, one loss and one draw. Goals on either side of halftime from Ahmet Yilmaz Calik and Enver Cenk Sahin were enough to give Turkey the win and seven points from their three games to finish in first place in the tournament. After starting the tournament with a 2-1 win against Korea Republic, the U.S. put up a hard fought scoreless draw with Brazil on Friday evening. Turkey finished in first after drawing Brazil and beating Korea and the United States. Brazil finished second with one win and two draws, the U.S. finished third and Korea Republic finished in fourth place with three losses.

Nike International Friendlies Coverage Nov. 30 – Dec. 6

WINTER SHOWCASE CONTINUES IN PHOENIX: The 2010 Development Academy Winter Showcase continues through Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. When all is said and done, 242 games will have been played during the weekend by nearly 4,000 players in front of more than 300 college and national team coaches. On Saturday, four Academy Select Teams competed on the same field used for the Nike International Friendlies. Development Academy Select Teams are comprised of players chosen by the scouting network, Technical Advisors and youth national team coaches.

Development Academy Winter Showcase Coverage - Nov. 29 - Dec. 6

U.S. WNT HEAD COACH PIA SUNDHAGE IS A FINALIST FOR FIFA WORLD COACH OF THE YEAR FOR WOMEN’S SOCCER: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has been named a finalist for the FIFA Women’s World Coach of the Year for Women’s Soccer, joining German Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Maren Meinert and full German Women’s National Team head coach Silvia Neid. This is the first time the award will be given out for both coaches of men’s and women’s soccer. The finalist for the men’s coach of the year are Vicente del Bosque, head coach of Spain’s 2010 FIFA World Cup champions, Pep Guardiola, head coach of FC Barcelona and José Mourinho, head coach of Real Madrid. The finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or for best men’s player of 2010 and the 2010 FIFA Women’s World Player of the year were also announced with Andrés Iniesta and Xavi of Spain and Lionel Messi of Argentina up for the men’s award with Fatmire Bajramaj and Birgit Prinz of Germany and four-time winner Marta up for the women’s. All of these nominees were selected by the captains and head coaches of the men’s and women’s national teams as well as international media representatives selected by France Football. The votes from each of the three groups counted for one-third to obtain the final result. The winners will be revealed at the first FIFA Ballon d’Or gala as part of a televised ceremony at the Zurich Kongresshaus on Jan. 10, 2011, during which the FIFA World XI and the FIFA Puskás Award for the most beautiful goal of the year will also be announced for the second year running. The FIFA Presidential Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award will also be presented during the gala.

RUSSIA, QATAR TO HOST FIFA WORLD CUPS IN 2018 AND 2022: FIFA selected Russia to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Qatar to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, last Thursday in Zurich, Switzerland. England competed with Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, along with joint bids from Belgium and the Netherlands, and Spain and Portugal. Qatar competed for the 2022 FIFA World Cup with Australia, Japan, Korea Republic and the United States.’s USA Bid 2022 Coverage – Nov. 29 – Dec. 6

U.S. WNT DRAW KOREA DPR, COLOMBIA AND SWEDEN FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Korea DPR, Colombia and Sweden in Group C at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place from June 26-July 17 in Germany. The U.S. will open Group C play against Korea DPR on June 28 in Dresden at the Rudolf-Harbig Stadium on the third match day of the tournament, face Colombia in Sinsheim on July 2 at the Rhein Neckar Arena and finish group play against Sweden on July 6 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Stadium Wolfsburg. The USA’s group, which looks to be the most difficult of the four, features three of the top six teams in the world in the USA (1), Sweden (4) and Korea DPR (6). The USA will be grouped with Korea DPR and Sweden in first round play for the third consecutive Women’s World Cup, and Korea DPR for the fourth straight time. The meeting with Colombia will be the first for the U.S. women.

2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Opponent TV Venue
June 28 Korea DPR ESPN Networks Rudolf-Harbig Stadium; Dresden
July 2 Colombia ESPN Networks Rhein Neckar Arena; Sinsheim
July 6 Sweden ESPN Networks World Cup Stadium Wolfsburg; Wolfsburg

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN GERMANY: Individual tickets for all 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup matches are officially on sale. Individual tickets are available from approximately $20 for first round matches, with the exception of the opening match, and the match for third place. Of the 700,000 available tickets, more than 270,000 have already been sold as venue specific tickets and group tickets.’s WNT Coverage – Nov. 29 – Dec. 6

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR FIRST MNT MATCH OF 2011 AGAINST CHILE: The U.S. Men’s National Team will play their first match of 2011 when they face Chile on Saturday, Jan. 22, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff for the match is set for 6 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow the match live via’s MatchTracker. Tickets starting at $18, plus special edition U.S. Soccer on-field seats for $150, are on sale now through, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including many Walmart and La Curacao locations). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule and Results’s MNT Coverage – Nov. 29 - Dec. 6 


U.S. UNDER-23 WNT FINISHES YEAR AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will convene at The Home Depot Center from Dec. 12-19 for the final women’s training camp of the year. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin has called in 23 players (and will add one more) in a group that includes some of the top college players in the country as well as nine professionals who played in Women’s Professional Soccer this past season. The roster includes 13 players who have represented the USA in a FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, as well as six players who have trained and/or played with the full U.S. Women’s National Team this year: goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, defenders Brittany Taylor and Nikki Krzysik, midfielders Casey Nogueira and Allie Long, and forward Kelley O’Hara, who played a key role in helping FC Gold Pride to the 2010 WPS title. There were some stellar seasons put in by numerous college players called up, including Stanford forward Christen Press, who led the nation in scoring with 26 goals for the Cardinal this season while leading them to an undefeated regular season and a berth to the NCAA championship game. Melissa Henderson scored 17 goals for Notre Dame this season while helping lead the Irish to school’s third NCAA title, along with teammate and 2008 U-20 Women’s World Cup champion Lauren Fowlkes. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1987, are eligible for this U-23 WNT training camp, but this will be the last youth event for 1987s. In 2011, the U-23s will consist primarily of players born in 1988, 1989 and after, of which there are 19 in this camp.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M; Centennial, Colo.), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Saratoga, Calif.), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers; Seymour, Conn.)
DEFENDERS (5): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Nikki Krzysik (Chicago Red Stars; Clifton, N.J.), Kat Reynolds (Unattached; Medina, Wash.), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC; Campbell Hall, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Bianca D’Agostino (Wake Forest; Longmeadow, Mass.), Becky Edwards (Unattached; Downington, Pa.), Sinead Farrelly (Virginia; Havertown, Pa.), Tori Huster (Florida State; Cincinnati, Ohio), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina; Gibsonia, Pa.), Allie Long (Sky Blue FC; Northport N.Y.), Casey Nogueira (Chicago Red Stars; Raleigh, N.C.), Elli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah), Keelin Winters (Portland; Englewood, Colo.) Kylie Wright (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Michelle Enyeart (Unattached; Hemet, Calif.), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Kelley O’Hara (Unattached; Fayetteville, Ga.) Christen Press (Stanford; P.V. Estates, Calif.), Katie Schoepfer (Unattached; Waterford, Conn.)

MATKOVICH SET TO TAKE 20 TO TEL AVIV: The U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team is set to travel to Tel Aviv from Dec. 10-18 for a three-game tournament that will also feature host Israel, Germany and France. The U.S. will play Germany on Dec. 13, France on Dec. 14 and Israel on Dec. 16. U.S. head coach Mike Matkovich will bring 20 players to Tel Aviv, including 18 Development Academy players and two professionals in goalkeeper Jonathan Kempin from Sporting Kansas City and midfielder Victor Pineda from the Chicago Fire. Kempin recently returned from the Torneo de las Americas where he helped the U.S. U-20 MNT to a pair of draws against Colombia and Mexico. Villyan Bijev recently scored three goals in the Select game at the ongoing Development Academy Winter Showcase. He was one of 11 players called into camp that participated in that game. There are 15 players that participated in Matkovich’s 36-player training camp at The Home Depot Center in November.

U.S. U-18 MNT Schedule

Date Opponent Kickoff Venue
Dec. 13 Germany 7:30 p.m. / 12:30 p.m. ET Nes Ziona
Dec. 14 France 5 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET Ramat Ha Sharon
Dec. 16 Israel 7:30 p.m. / 12:30 p.m. ET Kfar Saba

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Kempin (Sporting Kansas City; Leawood, Kan.), Andrew Wolverton (Concorde Fire; Snellville, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (6): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas Academy; Frisco, Texas), Jonathan Campbell (North Carolina Fusion; Greensboro, S.C.), Bryan Gallego (NY Red Bulls Academy; Kinnelon, N.J.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (UANL Tigres; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas Academy; Edmund, Okla.), Walker Zimmerman (GSA Phoenix; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Connor Hallisey (CDA; Granite Bay, Calif.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Daniel Metzger (NY Red Bulls Academy; Holmdel, N.J.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Marcus Salandy-Defour (DC United Academy; Kensington, Md.), Will Trapp (Columbus Crew Academy; Gahanna, Ohio), Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler (CASL Chelsea; Cary, N.C.)
FORWARDS (5): Villyan Bijev (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Sean Okoli (Seattle Sounders Academy; Federal Way, Wash.), Luis Rendon (FC Richmond Magic; Chesterfield, Va.), Khiry Shelton (Lonestar SC Academy; Leander, Texas), Jonathan Top (FC Dallas Academy; Forth Worth, Texas)


U.S. BEACH SOCCER MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FINISHES IN THIRD PLACE AT THE 2010 CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Beach Soccer Men's National Team finished in third place at the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup after a 7-5 victory against Costa Rica. The team, which dropped its key semifinal match against Mexico in penalties, fell just short in their quest to qualify for the 2011 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. The U.S. opened the tournament with a 6-2 win against Guatemala, a 6-3 victory against the Bahamas and a 1-0 penalty kick win against Costa Rica after the game ended in a 3-3 tie in Group B play.

U.S. Beach Soccer 2010 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament Results

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Dec. 1 Guatemala 6-2 W Futagaki, Morales, Ibsen, Chimienti
Dec. 2 Bahamas 6-3 W Chimienti 2, Gil 2, Morales, Ibsen
Dec. 3 Costa Rica 3-3 T (1-0 pk) Gil, Futagaki, Xexeo (Morales)
Dec. 4 Mexico 1-1 T (0-1 pk) Gil
Dec. 5 Costa Rica 7-5 W Farberoff, Futagaki, Albuquerque 2, Morales, Ibsen, Chimienti

U.S. SOCCER AND EA SPORTS LAUNCH UPDATED FREE ONLINE RESOURCE: EA SPORTS and U.S. Soccer have teamed up to create the second version of EA SPORTS Interactive Training, a free, online tutorial that uses EA SPORTS technology to help train the soccer stars of the future. This interactive resource, available at, employs the EA SPORTS soccer game engine to illustrate U.S. Soccer’s “Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States” which serves as the sport’s definitive player development guidelines. This year’s iteration features drills specifically designed for youth players aged 13 to 18 years old. U.S. Soccer national team staff members Greg Vanney and Manni Klar introduce each video segment with expert coaching advice for players and their coaches to help them improve real-world technique.

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BRAZIL AND GERMANY/NETHERLANDS TRIPS IN MARCH 2011: In an effort to continue providing unique coaching opportunities to its membership, U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet announces plans to offer educational trips to Brazil and to Germany and the Netherlands in 2011. Entering its third year, the aim of U.S. Soccer’s international coaching education program is to expose U.S. coaches to other federations and clubs to learn the steps they take to develop their coaches and players. Attendees interact directly with top-level coaches, administrators and players from some of the best clubs and countries in the world. Scheduled to take place March 17-25, 2011, coaches will visit five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The coaching education workshop in Germany and the Netherlands will take place from April 28 – May 6, 2011 and will mark the 40th anniversary of U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program which began under the direction of Dettmar Cramer.

NATIONAL GOALKEEPER COURSE TO BE HELD JAN. 23-30 AT THE HDC: Registration for U.S. Soccer’s National Goalkeeping License set for Jan. 23-30, 2011 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. is now open. The course, intended for both the goalkeeper coach and the team coach, will focus on improving the coaches' ability to train goalkeepers individually, as well as integrate them into team training. Register at


PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT defender Jonathan Spector scored twice in West Ham's unlikely 4-0 victory against Manchester United last Tuesday, converting a diving header from 10 yards before finishing off a mazy run with a confident left-footed strike. The Hammers, led by Spector's first two goals in English soccer, dispatched United to advance to the semifinals of the Carling Cup, the furthest they've been in the league cup in 20 years. Spector scored both his goals while playing center midfield for West Ham and reprised his role in the center of the park in Sunday's Premier League game against Sunderland.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: It’s NCAA College Cup time as Louisville takes on North Carolina while Michigan faces Akron on Friday, Dec. 10, for a place in the 2010 NCAA Men’s Soccer final. Louisville and North Carolina square off at 8:30 p.m. ET and Akron faces Michigan at 11 p.m. ET. Both matches will be on ESPNU or ESPN2. The final will take place Sunday, Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. ET, and it will be televised on ESPN2 and

SOCCER SHOCKER: Jamaica earned its second consecutive tournament 2010 Digicel Caribbean Cup title on Sunday, Dec. 5, after playing to a 1-1 draw against Guadeloupe and then outlasting the French department in a 5-4 penalty kick shootout. Both teams earned berths at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, along with Cuba and Grenada, leaving out eight-time Digicel Caribbean Cup champions Trinidad & Tobago. The Soca Warriors finished in third place in Group H, falling 2-0 to Cuba and 1-0 to Grenada before defeating Martinique 1-0.

QUOTABLE: "In the face of this disappointment, we shouldn't lose track of all that we achieved. During the past two years, the outpouring of support for soccer in the United States has been inspiring and historic ... Thanks to your efforts, the Game is stronger than ever in our country, and it will continue to grow stronger. There's no question that you've helped make a lasting impact on soccer in the United States. The entire country – and the entire world – took notice." -- U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati