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U.S. Soccer Wire: Sept. 20, 2010


U.S. MEN TO FACE SOUTH AFRICA ON NOV. 17 IN NELSON MANDELA CHALLENGE CUP;
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR U.S. MNT AND WNT FRIENDLIES IN OCTOBER

U.S. MEN TO FACE SOUTH AFRICA ON NOV. 17 IN NELSON MANDELA CHALLENGE CUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to South Africa to take on 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts South Africa on Nov. 17 at the magnificent Green Point Stadium in Cape Town. Kickoff time for the match to be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision will be announced in the near future. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or at twitter.com/ussoccer. The U.S. will be returning to South Africa for the first time since the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where they finished in first place in Group C ahead of England, Slovenia and Algeria before going out in the Round of 16.

U.S. MNT TO FACE POLAND AT CHICAGO’S SOLDIER FIELD ON OCT. 9: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Poland on Oct. 9 in Chicago, the home of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Kickoff at Soldier Field is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. After an 11-year absence from Chicago, the U.S. will now be playing its sixth match at Soldier Field since 2004, having hosted the semifinal and the sold-out final of the 2007 Gold Cup in which 60,000 fans saw the United States defeat Mexico 2-1 to secure its second-consecutive Gold Cup title. Tickets starting at $25 are on sale now through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott and Walmart stores). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Soldier Field except on the day of the event.]

U.S. MNT TO PLAY HOST TO COLOMBIA ON OCT. 12 AT PPL PARK IN CHESTER, PA.: The U.S. Men’s National Team will host South American rivals Colombia on Oct. 12 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.  Kickoff for the USA’s first match on the Chester waterfront is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision.  Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. Tickets starting at $30 are now on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the PPL Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Sept. 14 – Sept. 20

SUNDHAGE NAMES PRELIMINARY ROSTER FOR FRIENDLIES AGAINST CHINA:  U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 30 players to a preliminary roster for two matches against China, taking place on Oct. 2 at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. (6 p.m. ET), and on Oct. 6 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2). Sundhage will open a training camp in Kennesaw, outside of Atlanta, on Sept. 20 that consists mostly of players from Women’s Professional Soccer clubs who did not make the playoffs. As teams are eliminated from the playoffs, and after the WPS Championship on Sept. 26, additional players will join the national team camp at various times leading into the USA’s first match against China. Tickets for the USA’s match against China in Atlanta at Kennesaw State University are currently available through ussoccer.com or at the KSU Soccer Stadium box office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Tickets for U.S. WNT’s first visit to the brand new PPL Park in Chester, Pa. start at $18 and go on sale to the public this Friday at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the PPL Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 

U.S. WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (FC Gold Pride), Tobin Heath (Atlanta Beat), Sarah Huffman (Washington Freedom), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Joanna Lohman (Philadelphia Independence), Kelley O’Hara (FC Gold Pride), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsay Tarpley (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

U.S. WNT GOALKEEPER HOPE SOLO TO HAVE SHOULDER SURGERY: U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo will undergo surgery on Wednesday, Sept. 22, on her right shoulder. Renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure in Birmingham, Ala., and the rehabilitation is expected to take up to six months.

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN GERMANY: Individual tickets for all 2011 Women's World Cup matches are officially on sale. Individual tickets are available from just $20 for first round matches, with the exception of the opening match, and the match for third place. Of the 700,000 available tickets, over 270,000 have already been sold as 'Venue Specific Tickets' and group tickets.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Sept. 14 – Sept. 20

FOUR TEAMS COMPETE FOR FINAL THREE PLAYOFF SPOTS IN D-2 PRO LEAGUE: Week 24's results left four teams fighting for the final three playoff spots in the USSF D-2 Pro League. With the Carolina RailHawks clinching a spot in the postseason, the Montreal Impact, NSC Minnesota Stars, Puerto Rico Islanders and AC St. Louis are left to compete for the final three places. The week began on Sept. 15 with Minnesota grabbing their first 1-0 win of the week at home against Carolina. The following day, the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Austin Aztex played to a 1-1 draw in Tampa, while on Sept. 17, Miami FC surprised the league-leading Rochester Rhinos 2-1 in Rochester. Sept. 18 featured four matches - the first of which saw Carolina cement their place in the postseason with a 4-2 win against Crystal Palace Baltimore. Minnesota earned their second 1-0 win of the week against visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and St. Louis grabbed a late winner at home to defeat Austin 2-1 and keep their playoff hopes alive. Saturday finished with the Portland Timbers defeating Puerto Rico 1-0 in Bayamon. The Tampa Bay Rowdies visited Montreal on Sept. 19 to wrap up the week and were defeated 3-0 to eliminate them from playoff contention.

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Schedule and Standings

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Playoff Standings

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-17 MNT ROUND OUT TWO WEEKS OF TRAINING AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION IN MADRID: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team has finished 12 days of training in Madrid, Spain at the Spanish FA’s Cuidad de Futbol. The team played a Real Madrid youth side on Wednesday, Sept. 8, to a 1-0 loss, and topped Rayo Vallecano 2-1 behind a pair of goals from Kellen Gulley. The U.S. team also took in Real Madrid’s La Liga home opener against Osasuna. Wilmer Cabrera’s side dropped two close games to Spain, 1-0 on Sept. 14 and 2-1 on Sept. 16. Esteban Rodriguez netted the lone goal for the U.S. in their second game against Spain in just the fifth minute, but the home side came from behind to take the 2-1 win.

Date                Result                                       U.S. Goalscorer(s)
Sept. 8             Real Madrid 1, USA 0             --
Sept. 10           USA 2, Rayo Vallecano 1        Gulley (2)
Sept. 14           Spain 1, USA 0                        --
Sept. 16           Spain 2, USA 1                        E. Rodriguez

U.S. U-14 GNT COMES TO THE HOME DEPOT CENTER FOR TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. U-14 Girls’ National Team is currently training at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as 35 players, all born in 1996, have come together for training and several scrimmage matches. Former U.S. international Michelle French, who has been working with the U.S. U-14 program for several years now, is running the camp in the absence of Mike Dickey, who selected the roster from this past summer’s U.S. Soccer U-14 Girls’ Identification Camp in Portland, Ore. The U.S. U-14s will play several matches against local club and possibly ODP teams during the week.

U.S. U-14 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kelsey Dossey (Zionsville; Plainfield, Ind.), Casey Murphy (PDA; Bridgewater, N.J.), Alexandra Nicholas (Pleasanton Rage; Pleasanton, Calif.), Abigail Pyne (Black Bear United; Dixmont, Maine)
DEFENDERS (14): Michaela Abam (Albion FC; Sugarland, Texas), Emilia Bladin (Seattle United; Seattle, Wash.), Victoria Bowman (Dallas Sting; Colleyville, Texas), Hannah Coy (Magic Jacks; Boca Raton, Fla.), Schuyler Debree (Match Fit Chelsea; Fair Haven, N.J.), Delaney Fechalos (Atlanta Fire; Suwanee, Ga.), Monica Flores (SDFC Lynx; Livingston, N.J.), Sabrina Flores (SDFC Lynx; Livingston, N.J.), Shelby Fredericks (Massapequa Stars; Babylon, N.Y.), Eva Gordon (Empire United; Syracuse, N.Y.), Chloe Hemmingway (West Coast FC; Irvine, Calif.), Mariah Lee (Washington Premier FC; Covington, Wash.), Annie Mejia (Arsenal FC; Bloomington, Calif.), Meaghan Mulligan (PDA; Freehold, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton Colorado), Megan Buckingham (Michigan Hawks; Novi, Mich.), Madison Burdick (Atlanta Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Jordan Di Biasi (Colorado Rush; Littleton Colorado), Maddie Elliston (Toro; Omaha, Neb.), Maddie Huster (Ohio Elite; Cincinnati, Ohio), Hannah Lopiccolo (West Coast FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Rilka Noel (Michigan Hawks; West Bloomfield, Mich.), Haley Pounds (Challenge SC; Spring, Texas), Josie Thurman (Carmel United; Noblesville, Ind.), Amanda Shorin (PSV Union FC; Palo Alto, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Jorian Baucom (Sereno SC; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Sarah Chase (West Coast FC; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Amber Greely (MTA Blue; St. Michael, Minn.), Mikaela Harvey (Lonestar SC; Liberty Hill, Texas), Gabriella Kaplan (MVLA Lightning; Emerald Hills, Calif.), Gracin Palmer (CASL Spartan Elite; Clinton, N.C.), Pilar Torres (San Diego Surf; Encinitas, Calif.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just 73 days 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.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION NOW OPEN FOR 2018 AND 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP HOST ANNOUNCEMENT: FIFA announced that the accreditation process for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2022 FIFA World Cup Host Announcement is now open exclusively via the FIFA Media Channel (http://media.fifa.com). The deadline for accreditation applications is Oct. 22, 2010. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail by the beginning of November at the latest. The Host announcement will take place at the Messe Zurich, Switzerland, on Dec. 2, 2010.



U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUMS TO BE HELD AROUND NATIONAL TEAM GAMES IN OCTOBER: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will conduct a Coaching Symposium in the Atlanta area on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 in conjunction with the U.S. Women’s National Team game against China on Oct. 2 at Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. The theme for the two-day event will be focused around “National Team Level Training.”  The second symposium of the month will be conducted on Oct. 8-9 in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s National Team game against Poland at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. The theme for the two-day event will be focused around “Creating a Professional Training Environment.” Later in the month, Coaching Education will conduct a Coaching Symposium Oct. 11-12 in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s National Team game against Colombia on Oct. 12 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. U.S. Soccer Technical Advisor Chris Brewer will lead the two-day event and the theme for the symposium will be “Creating a Professional Training Environment.” Join CoachesNet.

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR TWO EDUCATIONAL TRIPS IN 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 Germany 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 18-25, 2011, coaches will visit five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. While in Rio de Janeiro, coaches will take part in educational lectures with various professional coaches, visit with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and attend professional training sessions and games.

FORMER WNT PLAYERS RETURN FROM PARAGUAY AS SPORTS ENVOY PROGRAM CONTINUES: Former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Lorrie Fair and defender Danielle Slaton traveled to Asunción, Paraguay as SportsUnited Sports Envoys hosted by the United States Embassy. Fair and Slaton conducted seven clinics over the course of three days, reaching as many as 300 girls ranging from 9 to 16 years old, as well as the Paraguay Women’s National Team. U.S. Soccer, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ SportsUnited Office, participates in the international sports initiative as a way to promote sports and spark dialogue with children from around the world.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION RECEIVES 2010 STEVE PATTERSON AWARD: The U.S. Soccer Foundation was named this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as the recipient of the 2010 Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy. The award is given annually to a professional sports organization that most effectively demonstrates excellence, leadership and a sustained commitment toward a mission that serves and improves the lives of others. Since 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has distributed more than $51 million to groups across the country, supporting the development of 1,100 soccer fields and reaching more than 4.9 million total players. The Foundation uses soccer as a tool for social change and, in doing so, focuses its efforts on supporting programs and field-building projects that improve the health and well-being of children. Through its efforts the Foundation has, in no small part, played a role in the rising interest and participation in soccer by America’s youth, and the ever improving national sides.

FOUR EUROPEAN TEAMS QUALIFY FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Half the field has been set for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany following the completion of the second legs of the European playoffs last Thursday. Norway, Sweden, France and England all won their playoff series and join host Germany and Asian qualifiers Korea DPR, Australia and Japan in the Women’s World Cup which kicks off June 26, 2011.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES UNDERWAY: The U.S. Olympic Committee is now accepting requests from United States media organizations for accreditation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The application form is available through the USOC's media-specific site,   http://usocpressbox.org. The deadline for making the request is Oct. 1, 2010. This process is open to print, internet and photographic media organizations that are based in the United States and meet the guideline standards outlined by the USOC. All non rights-holding broadcasters will be accredited by the International Olympic Committee.  The form will be available March 2011, on the IOC website www.olympic.org and the deadline for submission for all non-rights holding broadcasters will be in May 2011.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Blaise Nkufo scored in just the fourth minute on his way to a hat trick as Seattle Sounders FC defeated the Columbus Crew 4-0 in MLS action on Saturday. The Swiss international scored his first three goals in MLS on the night after joining the club after the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The two clubs will meet again in the final of the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Oct. 5 in Seattle at 7 p.m. PT on Fox Soccer Channel and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The New York Red Bulls will visit the L.A. Galaxy on Friday, Sept. 24 at 11 p.m. ET as two of this season’s top MLS clubs face off at The Home Depot Center. New York sits in second place of the Eastern Conference, while the Galaxy is on top of the Western Conference with a league best 50 points. The match will be televised live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

SOCCER SHOCKER: In the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, Korea Republic defeated Nigeria 6-5 after extra time to reach the semifinals of the tournament. In the thrilling 11-goal encounter, Yeo Min Ji scored four goals for the Koreans to go to the top of the tournament scoring chart. After the other quarterfinal results, three of the four semifinalists are from Asia (Korea Republic, Korea DPR and Japan) with Spain rounding out the quartet.  

QUOTABLE: “The style of play [Bob Bradley] wants is very organized and very disciplined but at the same time it allows for some creative, attacking soccer. I think it was a good choice by U.S. Soccer; the guys are comfortable playing under him as you saw at the FIFA World Cup and now we want to push on and do much better.” –U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Stuart Holden on U.S. MNT head coach Bob Bradley’s new contract

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