U.S. UNDER-20 MNT ROSTER NAMED FOR CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP;
WNT ALGARVE CUP SCHEDULE AND VENUES FINALIZED
RONGEN NAMES 20-PLAYER ROSTER FOR 2009 CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has named 20 players who will compete for the 2009 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, from March 6-15 in Trinidad & Tobago. The tournament will qualify four teams to the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, which will take place from Sept. 24-Oct. 16 in Egypt. The U.S. will come together in Bradenton, Fla., on Feb. 24 for five days of training before traveling on March 2 to Bacolet, Tobago, site of the USA’s three group games. The U-20s will have four days of final preparation leading into the opening game of the tournament. Of the 20 players on the qualifying roster, nine are currently professionals, with six in Major League Soccer and three overseas. The roster also features three players who were part of the U.S. team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada in midfielder Bryan Arguez, goalkeeper Brian Perk and defender Anthony Wallace.
U.S. Under-20 MNT 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn, Ga.), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas; Middleton, Wis.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (Unattached; Syracuse, N.Y.), Kyle Davies (Southampton; Danville, Calif.), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), Aaron Maund* (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), Amobi Okugo (San Juan Lightning; Sacramento, Calif.), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Sheanon Williams (Unattached; Boston)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin; Miami), Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge; Richardson, Texas), Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.); Brek Shea (FC Dallas; College Station, Texas)
FORWARDS (4): Sam Garza (Denver; Highland Village, Texas), Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas; Rockford, Ill.), Billy Schuler (North Carolina; Allentown, N.J.), Tony Taylor (Jacksonville; Jacksonville, Fla.)
*Pending FIFA approval
U.S. WNT ALGARVE CUP SCHEDULE AND VENUES FINALIZED: The schedule, kickoff times and venues for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2009 Algarve Cup have been confirmed, with the two-time defending Algarve champions opening up against Denmark on March 4 at Municipal Stadium in Lagos. Kickoff time is noon local and 7 a.m. ET. Fans can follow all the U.S. matches on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The USA’s other Group B matches will be played on March 6 in Ferreiras against Iceland (3 p.m. local / 10 a.m. ET) and on March 9 in Albufeira against Norway (3 p.m. local / 11 a.m. ET). Pia Sundhage named an 18-player roster for the Algarve Cup, which will travel to Portugal on Wednesday, Feb. 25, for their participation in the prestigious event. The U.S. must win its group to earn a place in the championship game, which will be played at the Estadio Algarve in Faro, a 30,000-seat venue built for the 2004 European Championships. The third-place match will also be played at the venue. Aside from the final and third-place games, the rest of the matches will be held in small stadiums spread out along the southern coast of Portugal.
U.S. WNT Algarve Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (3) (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (6) (St. Louis Athletica);
DEFENDERS (5): Rachel Buehler (2) (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (6) (St. Louis Athletica), Kendall Fletcher (1) (Los Angeles Sol), Heather Mitts (5) (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (9) (Sky Blue FC);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (6) (Los Angeles Sol), Tina DiMartino (1) (FC Gold Pride), Carli Lloyd (4) (Chicago Red Stars), Heather O’Reilly (7) (Sky Blue FC), Lindsay Tarpley (7) (Chicago Red Stars), Kacey White (1) (Sky Blue FC), Angie Woznuk (2) (St. Louis Athletica);
FORWARDS (4): Angela Hucles (5) (Boston Breakers), Natasha Kai (4) (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (1) (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (4) (Boston Breakers).
Number of Algarve Cups attended, including 2009, in parenthesis
U.S. WNT Algarve Cup Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Venue; City||Time (Local/ET)|
|March 4||Denmark||Estádio Municipal; Lagos||12 p.m. / 7 a.m.|
|March 6||Iceland||Parque Desportiva da Nora; Ferreiras||3 p.m. / 10 a.m.|
|March 9||Norway||Estádio Municipal; Albufeira||3 p.m. / 11 a.m.|
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR U.S. MNT APRIL 1 MATCH AGAINST TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: U.S. Soccer fans looking forward to the second home match of the Final Round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup can buy tickets now at ussoccer.com and ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at $20 and are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Central Tennessee (including Macy’s, Kroger, and FYE), as well as the LP Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits), are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. Kickoff for that match is set for 6:45 p.m. CT, and coverage begins live at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2 and Galavision. The team’s final three FIFA World Cup qualifying matches at home will take place in Chicago, Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C. The U.S. will host Honduras on June 6 at Soldier Field (Game No. 5), and then face El Salvador at Rio Tinto Stadium on Sept. 5 in Sandy, Utah (No. 7). The team closes out the final round of qualifying against Costa Rica on Oct. 14 at historic RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. (No. 10).
U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Venue||Result / Time||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|Jan. 24||Sweden||The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.||3-2 W||Kljestan (3)|
|Feb. 11||Mexico*||Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio||2-0 W||Bradley (2)|
|March 28||El Salvador*||Estadio Cuscatlán; San Salvador; El Salvador||9 p.m. ET||ESPN2/Telefutura|
|April 1||Trinidad & Tobago*||LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.||6:30 p.m. CT||ESPN2/Galavision|
|June 3||Costa Rica*||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|June 6||Honduras*||Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.||7 p.m. CT||ESPN Classic/Galavision|
|June 15||Italy #||Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria||8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET|
|June 18||Brazil #||Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria||4 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET|
|June 21||Egypt #||Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg||8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET|
|July 3-26||CONCACAF Gold Cup||TBD||TBD|
|Aug. 12||Mexico*||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|Sept. 5||El Salvador*||Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah||5:30 p.m. MT||ESPN Classic/Galavision|
|Sept. 9||Trinidad & Tobago*||Away (Venue TBD)||7 p.m. ET||ESPN Classic/Galavision|
|Oct. 10||Honduras*||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|Oct. 14||Costa Rica*||RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.||TBD||ESPN2/Galavision|
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U.S. U-20 WOMEN HEAD TO 10 NATIONS TOURNAMENT IN LA MANGA, SPAIN: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jillian Ellis will bring 18 players to La Manga, Spain, from March 6-14 for the 10 Nations Tournament that will mark the first international matches of this cycle. The team will play three matches against European U-20 teams, taking on Norway on March 9, France on March 11 and Germany on March 13. The roster features six players from the USA’s 2008 U-17 Women’s National Team that finished second at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, including the Mewis sisters, Samantha and Kristie, the latter of which won the Bronze Ball as the third best player of the tournament, and Vicki DiMartino, who won the Silver Shoe as the second highest scorer. The roster also features two players from the USA’s 2008 U-20 Women’s National Team that won the U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Chile, including Golden Ball and Golden Shoe winner Sydney Leroux, who scored five times in Chile to lead the Americans to victory. Ellis is preparing the USA to qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that will be held in Germany.
U.S. U-20 WNT 10 Nations Tournament Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bianca Henniger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Cat Parkhill (Minnesota; Apple Valley, Minn.)
DEFENDERS (5): Cloee Colohan (Black Diamond Park City SC; West Point, Utah), Camille Levin (Stanford; Newport Coast, Calif.), Kristie Mewis (SC Scorpions; Hanson, Mass.), Whitney Sharpe (UCLA; West Des Moines, Iowa), Brianne Young (Texas A&M; Castle Pines North, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Zakiya Bywaters (Neusport SC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Alexis Harris (Dallas Texans; Plano, Texas), Mandy Laddish (Blue Valley Stars; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Samantha Mewis (SC Scorpions; Hanson, Mass.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (6): Vicki DiMartino (Albertson Fury; Massapequa, N.Y.), Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Phoenix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Kealia Ohai (Utah Avalanche; Draper, Utah), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.)
U.S. UNDER-17 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM CLOSES FOREIGN TRAINING CAMP IN MADRID, SPAIN: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team has returned to Bradenton, Fla., following a week-long training camp in Madrid. A goal in the waning seconds gave Spain a 2-1 edge over the U.S. on Feb. 18 at the Cuidad de Futbol. Jack McInerney scored in the 69th minute to level the score at 1-1, but Spain was able to put away the game winner during a goal mouth scramble with just seconds remaining. The next day, the U.S. finished a friendly with Real Madrid’s youth side in a scoreless draw. On Feb.21, the U.S. rounded out the trip with a 4-1 win against Rayo Majadahonda. Stefan Jerome, Sebastian Lleget, Bobby Wood and Charles Renken all scored for the U.S.
U.S. U-17 MNT Results
|Date||Opponent||Result||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|Feb. 18||Spain||1-2 L||McInerney|
|Feb. 19||Real Madrid||0-0 T||--|
|Feb. 21||Rayo Majadahonda||4-1 W||Jerome, Lleget, Wood, Renken|
U.S. U-17 WOMEN IN TRAINING CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach Kazbek Tambi will bring 24 players to a training camp at The Home Depot Center from Feb. 28-March 6 in what will be the second camp for this age group this year. Tambi oversaw a Super Camp with 48 players earlier this year in Florida. The players on this roster were mostly born in 1993 and 1994, with one born in 1995. This is a somewhat rare appearance for the U-17s in California, as the team did most of its training on the east coast leading up to the first U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup last year in New Zealand.
U.S. U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (Clear Water Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Molly Poletto (Storm – Copa; Englewood, Colo.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (5): Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), Miranda Cornejo (San Diego Surf ; Vista, Calif.), Alexandra Courtnall (Eagles Premier; Westlake Village, Calif.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Rachel Price (Space Coast; Melbourne Beach, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Morgan Brian (Ponte Verde Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Caprice Dydasco (HSC Bulls; Honolulu, Hawaii), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Shelby Payne (IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.), Sydney Payne (IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury 93; East Islip, N.Y.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Bays; Baltimore, Md.)
FORWARDS (6): Mariana Galvan (Santa Clara Sporting; San Jose, Calif.), Kylie McCarthy (San Diego Surf; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Cate Parchinski (Pride Predators; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Courtney Proctor (Santa Clarita United Blazers; Santa Clarita, Calif.), Taylor Smith (Solar Red; Fort Worth, Texas)
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
PARALYMPIC CAMP CONCLUDES IN CHULA VISTA: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team concluded its largest ever camp this past weekend, with head coach Jay Hoffman bringing the curtain down on the week-long training camp that featured 21 players from around the country. The team gathered at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista with the goal of expanding the player pool ahead of the CPISRA World Championship later this year. For an article on how the camp went and a photo gallery from training, click here.
US CLUB SOCCER SOUTHEAST REGIONAL LEAGUE TO KICK OFF IN MAY: US Club Soccer's Southeast Regional League for Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 boys and girls will kick off its eight-team season in May. A complete schedule will be announced shortly. League champions will be determined based on points earned at the end of the regular season. More information on the Southeast Regional League, as well as the Northeast Pre-Academy League, is available at usclubsoccer.org.
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: Perhaps José Francisco Torres didn’t have a breakout performance this past weekend, but sometimes consistency is the key. The young Pachuca midfielder, whose name has appeared recently on U.S. MNT rosters, has been a steady force in the midfield for the Tuzos (gophers), helping to lead the team to an undefeated record in 2009 so far, including four InterLiga matches and seven league games. Pachuca’s 5-0-2 record not only has the team at the top of the Group 1 table in the Mexican Primera División, they also lead all teams with 17 points so far in the Clausura 2009 season.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: The UEFA Champions League gets back underway this week with some of Europe's premier club sides squaring off against each other in the first knockout round. Matchups include Manchester United taking on Inter Milan in a battle of the English and Italian champions, Liverpool meeting current Spanish title holders Real Madrid, and Chelsea doing battle with Juventus and former manager Claudio Ranieri. Meanwhile, Landon Donovan hopes to make his mark before his loan move is up with Bayern Munich traveling to Portugal to take on Sporting Lisbon. The games will be on TV in the U.S., with ESPN2 airing Inter Milan and Manchester United live on Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. ET. On Wednesday at the same time, tune in to see Chelsea and Juventus at Stamford Bridge. Many of the other games will be televised on the ESPN networks, so fans should check their local listings to catch all the Champions League action.
SOCCER SHOCKER: Thanks to an unlikely win by Espanyol, who won at the Camp Nou for the first time in 27 years, the gap between leaders Barcelona and defending champs Real Madrid has been cut to single digits. Following a draw against Betis last week, Barcelona was defeated by local rivals (and basement dwellers) Espanyol on Saturday in a hard-fought all-Catalonia affair. After a red card to Barca's Seydou Keita in the first half, two goals from Espanyol playmaker Ivan de la Peña inflicted defeat on Spain's leaders for the first time since the opening day of the season. Not convinced by this week's Shocker? Consider this: Before Espanyol's win, the team at the bottom of La Liga had never beaten the leaders away from home.
QUOTABLE: "If I ever do a book, the headline will be 'Don't Google me'."
- Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy on his checkered career path.