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U.S. Soccer Wire: Nov. 15, 2010


U.S. MEN READY FOR NELSON MANDELA CHALLENGE ON WEDNESDAY;
U.S. WOMEN FACE ITALY IN PLAYOFF FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION ;
NOMINATIONS FOR FOUR CATEGORIES OF 2010 BEST OF U.S. SOCCER AWARDS CLOSE THIS WEEK

U.S. MEN TO FACE SOUTH AFRICA ON NOV. 17 IN NELSON MANDELA CHALLENGE: Three years to the day after the USA’s first match on South African soil that began a three-year journey and now includes some of the most memorable moments in U.S. Soccer history, the U.S. will once again face South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.  Coverage of the USA’s final match of 2010 begins at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and Galavision with kickoff scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET.  Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s Matchtracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer. Head coach Bob Bradley has named an 18-player roster for the match, which comprises an even split of players from MLS and abroad.

U.S. MNT Roster by Position (Detailed Roster)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Dominic Cervi (Celtic), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) 
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (Estoril Praia), Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United) 
MIDFIELDERS (6): Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew) 
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Teal Bunbury (Kansas City Wizards), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Nov. 9 – Nov. 15

SUNDHAGE NAMES 24-PLAYER ROSTER FOR PLAYOFF SERIES AGAINST ITALY:  U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 24 players to travel to Italy for the first leg of the home-and-home series that will determine the final spot in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The first leg will take place in Padova, Italy on Nov. 20 at Euganeo Stadium and will be live on ESPN3.com at 10:30 a.m. ET (4:30 p.m. local). The entire roster will continue to Chicago for the second leg on Nov. 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., which will kick off at 1 p.m. CT and also be broadcast on ESPN3.com. The U.S. defeated Costa Rica 3-0 in the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament third place match on Nov. 8 to claim their spot in the playoff series against the Italians.

U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position (Detailed Roster)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Freedom), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars) 
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom) 
MIDFIELDERS (10): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (FC Gold Pride), Tina DiMartino (Philadelphia Independence), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Leslie Osborne (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsay Tarpley (Boston Breakers) 
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR U.S. WOMEN’S MATCHES AGAINST ITALY: Tickets for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s final leg of their two-game aggregate goal FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying series against Italy on Nov. 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., are on sale now. Tickets starting at $10 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott and Walmart stores), and at the Toyota Park ticket office (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Groups of 15 or more can obtain a discount order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. For those wishing to learn more information about obtaining tickets to the USA’s match in Padova, Italy, please visit this page at ussoccer.com.

2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Playoff Schedule
Date                      Opponent        Kickoff/Result           TV                   Venue
Nov. 20                 Italy                10:30 a.m. ET          espn3.com       Stadio Euganeo; Padova, Italy
Nov. 27                 Italy                1 p.m. CT                espn3.com       Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Nov. 9 – Nov. 15

NOMINATION PERIOD CLOSES FRIDAY FOR FOUR CATEGORIES OF 2010 BEST OF U.S. SOCCER AWARDS: After a memorable and historic year for U.S. Soccer, highlighted by the success of the Men's National Team during the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, fans have the opportunity to determine the best moments by participating in the 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards. The popular annual series, now in its ninth year, kicks off today with a fan nomination period for four of the 12 accolades that will be handed out in December. Fans can submit their nominees for the four categories until Friday, Nov. 19, on ussoccer.com.

2010 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY WINTER SHOWCASE AND NIKE FRIENDLIES SET FOR DEC. 1-7 IN PHOENIX, ARIZ.: The 2010 Development Academy Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendlies will be held from Dec. 1-7 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz. All 78 Academy clubs will be on hand for three games of non-Conference play alongside the Under-17 Men’s National Teams from the U.S., Brazil, Korea Republic and Turkey. Fox Soccer Channel will televise all three of the U.S. U-17 MNT games, starting with the match against Korea Republic on Dec. 1, Brazil on Dec. 3 and Turkey on Dec. 5, with all three games kicking off at 5 p.m. local time (7 p.m. ET). For the first time, the six-game round-robin event will be played as a tournament and crown a champion. It will be one of the last events for Wilmer Cabrera’s team ahead of the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in February.

U.S. U-17 MNT Nike Friendlies Schedule
Date                Opponent                    Kickoff (ET)   TV                   Venue
Dec. 1             Korea Republic           7 p.m.              FSC                 Reach 11 Sports Complex, Phoenix, Ariz.
Dec. 3             Brazil                           7 p.m.             FSC                 Reach 11 Sports Complex, Phoenix, Ariz.
Dec. 5             Turkey                        7 p.m.              FSC                 Reach 11 Sports Complex, Phoenix, Ariz.

ussoccer.com’s Development Academy Coverage – Nov. 9 – Nov. 15

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 MNT SQUAD SET FOR TORNEO DE LAS AMERICAS IN KENNESAW, GA.: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has finalized 18 of the 20 players that will participate in the Torneo de las Americas in Kennesaw, Ga., from Nov. 21-29. The U.S. will face Colombia on Nov. 26 and Mexico on Nov. 28 in the three-team round robin tournament held at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium. Leagues in seven different countries will be represented on the U.S. team in Kennesaw, including two domestic leagues. Two players from Portugal, Gale Agbossoumonde and Greg Garza, two from England in Cody Cropper and Sebastian Lletget, and one each from Croatia (Alex Molano), Mexico (Moises Orozco), Germany (Parker Walsh), and Israel (Alex Zahavi) join the domestic group. There are two players without professional experience on the 18-man list. Omar Salgado will enter the Major League Soccer draft in January 2011. The lone youth player is goalkeeper Eduardo Fernandez, who will be the first representative of Real Salt Lake AZ to join a U-20 MNT training camp. The final two places on the roster will be decided during the NCAA College Cup tournament.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.), Eduardo Fernandez (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.) 
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (G.D. Estoril Praia; Syracuse, N.Y.), Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA; Bell, Calif.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Korey Veeder (Crystal Palace Baltimore; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Parker Walsh (Karlsruher SC; Roanoke, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), Alex Molano (NK Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Moises Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United, Sterling, Va.), Alex Zahavi (Maccabi Haifa F.C.; Lisbon, Portugal), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.) 
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles Galaxy; Van Nuys, Calif.), Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC; Richfield, Minn.), Omar Salgado (Unattached; El Paso, Texas) 

Torneo de la Americas Schedule
Date                Match                          Kickoff (ET)               Venue
Nov. 26           USA vs. Colombia      3:30 p.m.                     KSU Soccer Stadium; Kennesaw, Ga.
Nov. 27           Colombia vs. Mexico 3:30 p.m.                     KSU Soccer Stadium; Kennesaw, Ga.
Nov. 28           USA vs. Mexico         3:30 p.m.                     KSU Soccer Stadium; Kennesaw, Ga.

MATKOVICH NAMES 36 FOR TRAINING CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team head coach Mike Matkovich has finalized a 36-player roster for a training camp at The Home Depot Center from Nov. 20-28. The training camp will include friendly games against local men’s teams, including Ventura County Fusion, FC Hasental, Hollywood United and Orange County Blue Star. The roster includes 31 players who are currently part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, plus a former Academy player in Victor Pineda who signed a Homegrown Player contract with the Chicago Fire earlier this year. Midfielder Caleb Stanko played up last season with the U-17/18 Vardar squad that captured the 2009-10 championship. Four players – Miguel Lopez (Classics Elite), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls), Jalen Robinson (D.C. United) and Will Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy) – earned U-15/16 Development Academy Starting XI honors last season. This will be the final training camp before Matkovich selects his team to travel to Tel Aviv, Israel, in December.

Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Andrew Harris (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Baltimore, Md.), Tyler Miller (Pittsgrove Premier; Woodbury, N.J.), Andrew Wolverton (Concorde Fire; Snellville, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (12): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas Academy; Frisco, Texas), Jonathan Campbell (North Carolina Fusion; Greensboro, N.C.), Alec Cochran (St. Louis Scott Gallagher MO; St. Louis, Mo.), Bryan Gallego (NY Red Bulls Academy; Kinnelon, N.J.), Malcolm Harris (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Damascus, Md.), Vlad Lekarev (Internationals; Strongsville, Ohio.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (UANL Tigres; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas Academy; Edmund, Okla.), Grant Silvester (CDA; Sacramento, Calif.), Verneri Valimaa (Weston FC; Coral Springs, Fla.), Walker Zimmerman (GSA Phoenix; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (15): Amadou Dia (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Connor Hallisey (CDA; Granite Bay, Calif.), Brian James (Weston FC; Sunrise, Fla.), Miguel Lopez (Classics Elite; Alton, Texas), Daniel Metzger (NY Red Bulls Academy; Holmdel, N.J.), Seth Moses (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Essex, Md.), Sean Okoli (Seattle Sounders Academy; Federal Way, Wash.), Mike Paye (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Jalen Robinson (DC United Academy; Cantonsville, Md.), Marcus Salandy-Defour (DC United Academy; Kensington, Md.), Caleb Stanko (Vardar; Holly, Mich.), Will Trapp (Columbus Crew Academy; Gahanna, Ohio), Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler (CASL Chelsea; Cary, N.C.)
FORWARDS (6): Robbie Kristo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher MO; St. Louis, Mo.), Uvaldo Luna Martinez (UANL Tigres; Houston, Texas ), Luis Rendon (FC Richmond Magic; Chesterfield, Va.), Khiry Shelton (Lonestar SC Academy; Leander, Texas); Xavi Silva (Weston FC; Boca Raton, Fla.), Jonathon Top (FC Dallas Academy; Fort Worth, Texas)

U.S. U-15 GNT HEADS TO FLORIDA FOR WEEK OF TRAINING: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team, under the direction of head coach Mike Dickey, will convene in Sunrise, Fla. from Nov. 19-25 for a week of training that also will include three matches. Dickey has called up 24 players, 20 born in 1995 and four in 1996, for the final U-15 GNT camp of the year. The squad will play two U-16 ODP Regional Teams made up of players born in 1994, facing the Region I (East) team on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. ET at Florida Atlantic University and the Region 3 (South) squad on Thursday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. ET at FAU. The U.S. U-15s will also scrimmage the Norwegian College of Elite Sport (NTG) on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 8 a.m. at FAU. These players are at the beginning of a cycle that has the end goal of qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The roster features players from 18 different states.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Ga.), Carissa Miller (Sereno SC; Cave Creek, Ariz.), Katherine Stratton (Tupelo FC; Belden, Miss.)
DEFENDERS (6): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.); Lauren Kaskie (Neusport FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Annia Mejia (Arsenal FC; Bloomington, Calif.), Meaghan Mulligan (PDA; Freehold, N.J.), Jenna Romano (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Joanna Boyles (Raleigh, N.C; CASL Spartan Elite), Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Rosie DiMartino (Albertson Fury; Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Miranda Freeman (Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Gabrielle Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Lydia Simmons (FC Stars of Mass.; Londonberry, N.H.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; St. Lorton, Va.), Sarah Teegarden (Arsenal FC; Monrovia, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Elizabeth Boon (Columbia Timbers; Washougal, Wash.), Mikaela Harvey (Lonestar SC; Liberty Hill, Texas), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Rebecca Schoales (Crossfire Premier; Port Orchard, Wash.), Gabriela Stoian (Sereno FC; Phoenix, Ariz.), Zoe Swift (NSA Premier; Naperville, Ill.)

U.S. U-15 GNT Training Camp Schedule
Date                Opponent                    Kickoff (ET)               Venue
Nov. 21           Region 1                     10 a.m.                     Florida Atlantic University
Nov. 23           NTG                            2 p.m.                      Florida Atlantic University
Nov. 25           Region 3                     8 a.m.                       Florida Atlantic University

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

BE OFFICIAL WHEN YOU’RE WATCHING: Wrap up the 2010 MNT calendar with another trip to an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. Bars across the U.S. became destination spots to gather and watch U.S. teams this year in an awesome atmosphere surrounded by screaming fans. Take a long lunch on Wednesday to watch the USA in the Nelson Mandela Challenge from Cape Town. A full list of Official U.S. Soccer Bars is available at ussoccer.com.

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than two weeks to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup, 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 COACHING SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD ON NOV. 26-27 IN CONJUNCTION WITH U.S. U-20 MNT MATCHES IN KENNESAW, GA.: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will conduct a Coaching Symposium on Nov. 26-27 in conjunction with the U-20 Men’s National Team’s participation in the Torneo de las Americas in Kennesaw, Ga. at the Kennesaw State University Soccer  Stadium. The U-20 MNT is scheduled to play against traditional South American power Colombia and border rival Mexico. The two-day symposium will offer coaches an opportunity to interact with U.S. Soccer’s U-20 MNT coaching staff and view and listen to how they prepare their squad for this event. Juan Carlos Michia will lead the symposium, which will focus on the team’s preparation for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

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.

CUBA JOINS FIELD FOR CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP: With three straight wins against the British Virgin Island, Netherlands Antilles and St. Kitts and Nevis, Cuba has qualified for the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship that will be held in April in Jamaica. Cuba topped Group A in Caribbean qualifying to join fellow regional qualifiers Guadeloupe and Jamaica, host Guatemala, and automatic qualifiers USA, Canada and Mexico in the 12-team event. Netherland Antilles will now move to a playoff round with Bermuda, Guyana and the yet-to-be-determined Group D runner up.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO HOST SECOND ROUND QUALIFYING FOR CONCACAF U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP: The Dominican Republic has been tabbed to host the second round of Caribbean qualifying for the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Group F will feature Haiti, Barbados and Guyana along with the hosts, in the round-robin event that will be held from December 8-12 in San Cristobal. Two teams from the group will qualify for the CONCACAF Championship, which will be held in Jamaica from Feb. 14-17, 2011. They will join Trinidad &  Tobago and Cuba from Caribbean Group D, along with host Jamaica and North Americans USA, Canada and Mexico in the 12-team field.

SECOND US CLUB SOCCER ID2 REGIONAL CAMP COMES TO A CLOSE IN FRISCO, TEXAS: – The second of three 2010 id2 Regional Training Camps came to a close as more than 100 elite boys born in 1997-98 and girls born in 1996-97 representing a total of 23 states were on-hand for four days of high-level training and off-the-field sessions from Nov. 11-14 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Stuart Holden scored his first English Premier League goal this weekend in Bolton’s 3-2 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Holden side-footed home a chance from 12 yards for his team’s third goal, which would eventually prove to be the game-winner as Wolves mounted a comeback in the latter stages of the match.

MARQUEE MATCHUPS:  Three matches will be under the spotlight this week as the U.S. Men’s National Team starts things off on Wednesday when they take on South Africa in the 2010 Nelson Mandela Challenge in Cape Town at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and Galavision. The weekend gets underway with the U.S. Women’s National Team’s first leg matchup against Italy in their FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification playoff series in Padova at 10:30 a.m. ET with live coverage on espn3.com. And to cap of the proceedings, the MLS Cup final from BMO Field in Toronto between FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday on ESPN and Galavision.

SOCCER SHOCKER: With FC Dallas’ 3-0 victory against the L.A. Galaxy in the MLS Western Conference Championship game, not only did the Texas team reach the MLS Cup final for the first time in franchise history and become the last original MLS team to make it to the final game of the playoffs, but the scoreline also meant that L.A.’s ignominious streak of losing by three goals in playoff defeats was extended to five consecutive losses on Sunday night.

QUOTABLE: “We started the game well and in soccer, I guess in hockey too, a goalie can always be a great equalizer. Kevin [Hartman] made a few unbelievable saves early ... It's hard to be mad. We put in a lot. That's just the way it goes sometimes.” – U.S. Men’s National Team and L.A. Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan on his team’s performance and the outstanding display by FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman

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