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U.S. Soccer Wire: February 13, 2006


U.S. MNT To Play First-Ever Match at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, Against Guatemala on Sunday, Feb. 19, Live on ESPN2 and Telemundo After 3-2 Win Against Japan at SBC Park in San Francisco on Friday

U.S. MNT PREPARES FOR GUATEMALA: The U.S. Men’s National Team stayed unbeaten on its path toward the 2006 FIFA World Cup with a solid 3-2 victory against Japan Friday evening in front of 37,365 fans at SBC Park in San Francisco, Calif. The U.S. was impressive during the first half of the match, registering three goals in 50 minutes, but had to hold off a valiant Japan comeback late in the second half to secure the victory. Taylor Twellman continued his hot streak as he was involved in all three U.S. goals, setting up Eddie Pope and Clint Dempsey in the first half before scoring the eventual game-winner off a corner kick. Twellman’s game-winning goal began off the foot of Landon Donovan, upped his career assist total to 22 to pull even for the all-time U.S. record with Cobi Jones. Next the U.S. Men host Guatemala on February 19 at 1 p.m. CT at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. This will be the first U.S. National Team appearance at FC Dallas’ new home. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Telemundo, and will be available to fans online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets are available online at ussoccer.com, at all Dallas-Ft. Worth area Ticketmaster outlets (including Foley’s, Fiesta Stores, and Tower Records) and by phone at 214-373-8000. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets through FC Dallas by calling 888-FCD-GOAL. The Feb. 19 match will be the 17th meeting all-time between the U.S. and Guatemala. The last time the U.S. played a World Cup preparation match in Texas was a 2-2 tie with Bolivia on March 26, 1994, at the Cotton Bowl. Overall, the U.S. has a 6-2-5 record in the state and a 5-1-4 mark in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan area. The U.S. is unbeaten in Texas in their last 11 matches, with the last loss coming to Ecuador on June 10, 1988, in Houston.

U.S. MNT Roster vs. Guatemala
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Zach Wells (Houston 1836); DEFENDERS (4): Bobby Boswell (D.C. United), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Heath Pearce (FC Nordsjælland), Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake); MIDFIELDERS (6): Brian Carroll (D.C. United), Chris Klein (Real Salt Lake), Kyle Martino (Columbus Crew), Ben Olsen (D.C. United), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards); FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston 1836), Eddie Johnson (FC Dallas), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards)

RYAN CALLS 26 PLAYERS FOR PRE-ALGARVE CUP TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has called 26 players into a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., that will run from Feb. 6-19, 2006, serving as a prelude to the 2006 Algarve Cup. The tournament will be held from March 9-15 in Portugal. The USA will open the tournament on March 9 against China, face Denmark on March 11 and finish group play with France on March 13. The placement matches will be contested on March 15. Match times and venues will be announced shortly. This will be the 11th trip to the annual Algarve Cup for the U.S. women, who broke a streak of four Algarve tournaments without a first-place trophy in 2000 when they defeated Norway, 1-0, in the championship game. Including that first title, the USA has now won four of the last six Algarve Cups, and has won the prestigious tournament that features many of the world’s top teams for the past three years in a row. During the Algarve Cup, the U.S. will see two of the same opponents they faced during their championship run at the Four Nations Tournament in January, as they were placed into a group with France, Denmark and China. The USA tied France, 0-0, on Jan. 20 and defeated China for the Four Nations title on Jan. 22. The 12-team Algarve Cup also features a third group, who play among themselves and are not eligible for the title, but those teams have not yet been set. The Algarve Cup features four match days – March 9, 11, 13 and 15 – with six matches each day. All the games are played at small venues spread out across the Algarve region on the southern coast of the country.

U.S. WNT Pre-Algarve Cup Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Jen Branam (Placentia, Calif.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.); DEFENDERS (7): Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash.), Amy LePeilbet (Reno, Nev.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Nandi Pryce (Casselberry, Fla.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.); MIDFIELDERS (8): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Marci Miller (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.); FORWARDS (7): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.), Christie Welsh (Massapequa Park, N.Y.)

U.S. WNT Algarve Cup Schedule – First Round
Date Opponent
March 9 China
March 11 Denmark
March 13 France

 U.S. MNT UNVEILS NEW JERSEY FOR 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP: Nike and U.S. Soccer have unveiled the 2006 U.S. Men’s National Team jersey (photos), which will be worn this summer by the U.S. at the FIFA World Cup in Germany. The jersey will debut on the field this Sunday, February 19, as the U.S. faces Guatemala at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, live on ESPN2 and Telemundo at 2 p.m. ET (tickets). The jerseys will hit the shelves in early April, but fans will have the opportunity to pre-order jerseys at ussoccerstore.com beginning immediately. Inspired by the jersey of the 1950 World Cup tournament where the U.S. defeated England, the white of the home jersey backs a double obsidian blue and brick house red stripe that runs down the left side, disappearing into the blue short and re-appearing for the length of the white sock. The U.S. Soccer logo sits over the stripe on the left chest and on the right leg of the short. The away kit is a modern-day retro jersey, harkening back to the original Nike uniform designed for the U.S. Men's National Team back in 1995 and worn for two years. The uniform features a deep obsidian blue jersey, with a rich brick house red horizontal stripe across the chest bordered on either side by clean white stripes. The number breaks up the stripe in the center of the chest, and a prominent U.S. Soccer logo is on the left chest. While based on tradition, the cut of the jerseys have been streamlined for a sleeker look and more comfortable fit. The major advancement in comfort comes from the use of Nike Sphere Dry material in the garment construction. This technology wicks sweat away from the body through the shirt while featuring raised nodes on the underside that lift the shirt away from the players' bodies to keep their skin drier and reduce shirt cling.

U.S. MNT NAMES CARY, N.C., AS PRE-WORLD CUP TRAINING CAMP SITE: The U.S. Men’s National Team has selected SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., as their base training camp prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup.  The team will begin final preparations for Germany on May 9 in Cary, and will train for approximately two weeks at the facility.  The team’s schedule in Cary has not yet been finalized. The U.S. team used Cary as its base of operations prior to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan, where the team reached the quarterfinals for the first time in 71 years.

– U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

U.S. MNT TO PLAY POLAND ON MARCH 1 IN GERMANY: The U.S. Men’s National Team has scheduled a game against Poland in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on March 1, 2006, in one of the most unique games in the team’s 90-year history. The game will be televised live in the United States on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. ET from a city that is home to 50,000 U.S. service personnel in the southwestern part of Germany. The match against Poland is being staged by U.S. Soccer at Fritz-Walter-Stadion, the site of the USA’s highly anticipated FIFA World Cup match against Italy on June 17. Tickets for the USA-Poland match ranging in price levels from 15 € to 125 € are available on-line via the FC Kaiserslautern website, by phone from Germany at 01 805 3188 00 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CET / .12 € charge per minute), and at FCK Fan Shops and the Fritz-Walter-Stadion Ticket Office (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CET, Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CET). For fans in the United States, log onto ussoccer.com for more information. The match marks the first time in the 472-game history of the U.S. Men’s National Team that the squad will play a stand alone friendly on neutral ground.

U.S. MNT 2006 Schedule
Date        Match                              Venue                                                           Kickoff / TV /  Result
Jan. 22    USA vs. Canada               Torero Stadium (San Diego, Calif.)                    0-0 T
Jan. 29    USA vs. Norway                Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)                5-0 W
Feb. 10    USA vs. Japan                  SBC Park (San Francisco, Calif.)                     3-2 W
Feb. 19    USA vs. Guatemala           Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)                         1 p.m. CT / ESPN2 & Telemundo (live)
March 1    USA vs. Poland                 Fritz-Walter-Stadion (Kaiserslautern, Germany)  2 p.m. ET / ESPN2 (Telemundo delay)
March 22  Germany vs. USA              Westfalenstadion (Dortmund, Germany)           2 p.m. ET / ESPN2 (Telemundo delay)
April 11    USA vs. TBD                     TBD (United States)                                       TBD
May         Three Homes Games          TBD                                                             TBD
June 12    USA vs. Czech Republic **  FIFA World Cup Stadium Gelsenkirchen          12 p.m. ET / TBD
June 17    Italy vs. USA **                 Fritz-Walter-Stadion (Kaiserslautern)                 3 p.m. ET / TBD
June 22    Ghana vs. USA **              Frankenstadion (Nuremberg)                            10 a.m. ET / TBD

** 2006 FIFA World Cup

USA TO FACE GERMANY IN DORTMUND: The U.S. Men’s National Team continues preparing for the 2006 FIFA World Cup when they meet Germany on March 22, 2006, in Dortmund, Germany, one of 12 cities hosting matches in the tournament next summer.  Kickoff at the Westfalenstadion is set for 8 p.m. in Germany (2 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The U.S. has played Germany seven times dating back to 1993, with the Germans holding a 5-2-0 lifetime advantage.  Most recently, Germany ended the USA’s historic run through the 2002 FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 quarterfinal victory on June 21, 2002, in Ulsan, Korea.  The teams met once before on German soil, a 4-2 loss for the U.S. on March 27, 2002, in Rostock in the USA’s penultimate match prior to selecting their World Cup roster.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-17 ’89 AND ’90 MNTs TEST THEMSELVES AGAINST MLS SQUAD LAST WEEK: The U.S. Under-17 ’89 and ’90 Men’s National Teams played four games against three MLS squads this past week, including the MetroStars during the Second Annual Tom Fitzgerald Soccer Festival in Tampa, Fla.. The U-17 ‘89s fell to the Chicago Fire 4-0 on Tuesday (Feb. 7), before falling 1-0 to the MetroStars on Sunday (Feb. 12) as Youri Djorkaeff scored the lone goal in the fifth minute. The U-17 ‘90s held their own against a young Chicago Fire squad, but fell 1-0 on Thursday (Feb. 9), before falling to a veteran D.C. United squad, 6-0, on Saturday (Feb. 11) in Bradenton, Fla.

U-17 ’89 MNT Results
Date        Opponent         Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
Feb. 7      Chicago Fire      0-4 L                --
Feb. 12     MetroStars        0-1 L                --

U-17 ’90 MNT Results/Schedule
Date        Opponent          Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
Feb. 9      Chicago Fire       0-1 L                --
Feb. 11     D.C. United       0-6 L                 --

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

MLS SETS 2006 SEASON SCHEDULE: Major League Soccer, together with the ABC and ESPN2 Networks, on Wednesday unveiled its 2006 schedule and national television broadcasts for the League’s 11th season. Each of the 12 MLS teams again will play 32 matches. The two networks will combine to air 23 regular season games live nationally beginning with the ABC broadcast of the League’s season opener on April 1 and a primetime ESPN2 game – the New England Revolution at Los Angeles Galaxy (11 p.m. ET). ESPN2 will show 22 live regular season games and three MLS Cup Playoff games, while ABC will also broadcast the 2006 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game in July as well as MLS Cup 2006 on Sunday, November 12 at Pizza Hut Park.

MISL ALL-STARS WIN 9-5 AGAINST MEXICAN ALL-STARS:  The 2006 MISL All-Stars scored four unanswered goals in the first half to win, 9-5, against the Mexican All-Stars before a capacity crowd of 8,671 at Milwaukee’s U.S. Cellular Arena in the 2006 MISL All-Star Game. Milwaukee Wave forward Todd Dusosky scored three goals and added an assist in earning the 2006 MISL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award. Also leading the MISL All-Stars were Chicago Storm midfielder Novi Marojevic with one goal and three assists, Baltimore Blast forward Adauto Neto who scored two goals, and Wave goalkeeper Nick Vorberg who held the Mexican All-Stars scoreless in playing the first half, and earned the win in goal.

USYS ODP BOYS '90 REGIONAL TEAMS TO COMPETE IN ARGENTINA:  Players from the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Boys 1990 Regional Teams traveled to Argentina on Friday, February 10th, to participate in a series of friendly matches with teams from the top clubs in Argentina (rosters). The annual event, known as the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys International Festival, features teams from each of the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Regional Teams as well as eight Argentinean clubs.  While in Argentina each of the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Regional teams will play four of the eight Argentinean teams (schedule). In 2005, the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys 1989 Regional Teams lost only two matches during the International Festival in Argentina. Three of the four teams went undefeated. The teams will train in the morning of February 12 and then attend a professional match that afternoon. Match play will begin on February 13 and continue on February 14. U.S. U17 Men’s National Team Head Coach John Hackworth will be on site to evaluate players.  Teams will have a day of rest on February 15 with match play continuing on the 16th and concluding on Friday, February 17. 2006 US Youth Soccer ODP International Festival Argentinean Clubs: River Plate, Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo, Velez Sarsfield, L.P.F. Select, C.A. Arsenal, C.A. Gimnasia and C.A. Huracan. Official results will be made available on www.USYouthSoccer.org throughout play.

WHITECAPS TO HOST 2006 W-LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP: Vancouver Whitecaps Director of Soccer Operations Bob Lenarduzzi and United Soccer Leagues announced Tuesday that the 2006 W-League Final Four Championship will be held at Swangard Stadium on Aug. 4 and Aug. 6 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Whitecaps previously hosted the W-League Championship in 2002, finishing in third place. The Whitecaps Women’s attendance has since increased every year, and in 2005 the ‘Caps led the league with an average of 3,754 fans per game. As the host team, Vancouver receives an automatic berth to the semifinal. One team from each conference (Central, Eastern and Western) will also compete in the tournament to be determined by the W-League playoffs. The USL W-League is the largest organization of elite-level soccer leagues in North America. The W-League provides the most complete women's player pool in the world and is recognized as North America's best women's development organization. The W-League also gives the best college players the opportunity to play alongside established international players while maintaining their collegiate eligibility.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SECOND SHIPMENT OF SOCCER UNITED RECOVERY FUND GRANTS: The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, announced the second Soccer United Recovery Fund shipment of equipment to the gulf coast, targeting soccer clubs in Louisiana. The second shipment includes 38 sets of goals being delivered to six soccer clubs in southern Louisiana. The Soccer United Recovery Fund was established to rebuild soccer programs in Gulf Coast communities affected by hurricanes. The first set of grants was shipped in December. More information is available at ussoccerfoundation.org.

GET DETAILED INFORMATION ON GERMANY FOR YOUR WORLD CUP TRIP: U.S. Soccer is working with the German National Tourist Office to help give American fans traveling to Germany to watch the World Cup a source and tool for making their trip this summer an unforgettable one. Germany is rolling out the red carpet for visitors with diverse soccer-related fan festivals, cultural events and special exhibitions in all 12 host cities, as well as smaller towns. Along with public viewing locations for all 64 games, there will be theater events, concerts and parties before, during and after the World Cup. Media and fans can find out about all these spectacular events and get detailed information on every host city by logging onto the German National Tourist Office website at www.cometogermany.com.

FOURTH FIFA TICKET SALES PHASE OPENS FEB. 15: The fourth 2006 FIFA World Cup ticket sales phase opens February 15 at 12 p.m. Central European Time. As in the three preceding sales periods, the retail platform is provided at www.FIFAworldcup.com. Ticket supplies will be frequently updated through to the end of the phase on April 15, 2006. The "new" tickets result from the process of finalising seating plans, and from tickets offered for resale after return for non-payment or other reasons. By the end of February, some 30,000 tickets will have been allocated to participants in the conditional ticket program. At the weekend, the 2006 FIFA World Cup Ticketing Center passed this news in writing to the 61,000 applicants who took out options on a total of 140,000 match tickets between November 2-30, 2005. "We have one significant difference compared to previous sales phases, the probability of more tickets becoming available later in the phase than at the beginning. Our current priority is the conditional ticket programme. Fans are advised to visit www.FIFAworldcup.com frequently, as the offer will be continuously updated," commented Organizing Committee senior vice-president Horst R. Schmidt.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT defender Eddie Pope scored his eighth international goal on Friday (Feb. 10) in the 3-2 win against Japan, marking the first time he has scored in back to back games in his career. Pope, who has 76 caps for the MNT, was named ussoccer.com’s Man of the Match for his performance against Japan.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: From a 1-1 tie with Canada and dominating wins against Norway (5-0) and Japan (3-2), the U.S. Men keep on keeping on as they prepare for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany this summer. Up next is Guatemala, whom the U.S. will host on Feb. 19 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. CT and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, Telemundo and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team forward Lee Nguyen, who was the only member of the 2005 U.S. U-20 World Youth Championship squad still in high school, recently signed with Dutch Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven, where he joined MNT midfielder DaMarcus Beasley. Much to the surprise of many, Nguyen, 19, made Head Coach Gus Hiddink’s travel roster during the weekend and, Sunday, made his first-team debut in Eindhoven’s 1-0 win against Heracles Almelo. Nguyen came on in the 60th minute for compatriot Beasley.

QUOTABLE: “He should go to Vegas. He's been unbelievable. He's working hard. He's doing the right things and he's getting better every game. It's a lot different playing here, and I think he's starting to realize that and he's doing the right things and being rewarded."
 -- U.S. MNT midfielder Landon Donovan on forward Taylor Twellman, who had two assists and a goal in the 3-2 win against Japan on Friday (Feb. 10), one game after scoring a hat-trick against Norway.

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