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U.S. Soccer Wire: Nov. 16, 2009


BOB BRADLEY NAMES 22-MAN ROSTER FOR MATCH AGAINST DENMARK;
HAMSIK PENALTY SINKS U.S. 1-0, ATTENTION TURNS TO DENMARK;
ACADEMY WINTER SHOWCASE SCHEDULED FOR DEC. 4-8 IN PHOENIX 

BRADLEY UNVEILS 22-MAN ROSTER FOR FRIENDLY AGAINST DENMARK ON NOV. 18: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley will bring 22 players to Aarhus, Denmark, for the USA’s 24th and final match of 2009, a friendly against FIFA World Cup qualifiers Denmark. Bradley has added three players to the roster following the conclusion of the MLS Conference Championship matches and the Mexican league season. The Houston Dynamo midfield duo of Ricardo Clark and Stuart Holden are coming to Aarhus, along with Tigres defender Edgar Castillo. All three players will meet the team today in Denmark. José Francisco Torres was initially called into the camp for Denmark and has since been excused for personal reasons. Steve Cherundolo, Clint Dempsey and Chad Marshall have been released back to their clubs. The match will be televised live at 2:25 p.m. ET on ESPN Classic in its entirety. In addition, ESPN2 will switch its coverage to the U.S. game as soon as the final whistle is blown in the UEFA World Cup qualifying playoff between Greece and Ukraine which starts at 1 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at www.twitter.com/ussoccer. 

U.S. Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton), Troy Perkins (Valerenga)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Edgar Castillo (Tigres), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Hull City), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Eddie Johnson (Fulham) 

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM DEFEATED 1-0 BY SLOVAKIA, FOCUS SHIFTS TO DENMARK ON WEDNESDAY: A penalty kick on the only shot of the first half by Slovakia was the deciding factor as the U.S. lost the first ever meeting between the two 2010 FIFA World Cup finalists 1-0 at Tehelné Pole in Bratislava. The U.S. started brightly and controlled much of the possession on the night but failed to convert in the final third. After gaining the goal advantage, Slovakia went on the defensive and despite recording eight shots, the U.S. could not find the crucial breakthrough. The U.S. continues preparations for next summer’s World Cup in South Africa, traveling on Sunday to face another fellow 2010 qualifier, Denmark, on Wednesday, Nov. 18 in Aarhus.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule 

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Nov. 10 – Nov. 16

NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR FOUR CATEGORIES OF 2009 BEST OF AWARDS: The 2009 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards have kicked off with a nomination period for four of the 12 awards that will be handed out in December. Now in its eighth year, the annual series provides fans the opportunity to submit their nominees for the four categories until Friday, Nov. 20 on ussoccer.com. The four nomination categories include Best Soccer Bar, Best Soccer Blog, Best Soccer Specialty Store and Best Fan Photo, where fans are asked to post personal photos that have the chance to be chosen as a nominee. During the nomination process ussoccer.com is calling on national team supporters to make their voices heard by submitting their favorites and discussing the nominations in the forums on ussoccer.com.

24-PLAYER ROSTER NAMED FOR WNT DECEMBER CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has called in 24 players for an 11-day training camp running from Dec. 5-15 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. This will be the last action of the year for the U.S. women, who have compiled a record of 7-0-1 in full international matches in 2009. Eighteen players on the roster come from WPS clubs, but Sundhage has also called in six of the nation’s top college players who are finishing up their seasons this fall.  

U.S. Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (7): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (North Carolina), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Leslie Osborne (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (6): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Casey Nogueira (North Carolina), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom) 

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Nov. 10 – Nov. 16

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE – 

U.S. U-17 WOMEN TO TRAVEL TO ARGENTINA IN DECEMBER FOR FOUR MATCHES: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, from Dec. 4-14 to play four international matches. U.S. head coach Kazbek Tambi will bring 18 players to face the Argentina U-17 and U-20 Women’s National Teams as well as combined U-17 and U-20 squads from Chile and Uruguay. The matches will be valuable preparation for the U.S. U-17s, who are getting ready for CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago from Sept. 5-25. The qualifying tournament is being held in Costa Rica next March with the USA going for one of three spots from CONCACAF. As host, T&T has an automatic berth. The U.S. roster features one hold-over from the squad that took second place at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in team captain Morgan Brian. The USA opens its four-match run in Buenos Aires against a combined Chile team on Dec. 7. The USA will face the Argentina U-17s on Dec. 8 and the U-20s on Dec. 11 before finishing with the combined Uruguay team on Dec. 13. The USA has played three international matches so far this year, all against an older Germany team in Florida last February, losing twice and tying once. 

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bryane Heaberline (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (5): Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Brooke Gilbert (Emerald City; Snohomish, Wash.), Casey Morrison (Spirit United; York, Pa.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; Saint Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Caprice Dydasco (HSC Blues; Honolulu, Hawaii), Jessica Lee (Arsenal World Class; Tenafly, N.J.), Karin Samonian (Albertson SC; Westbury, N.Y.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (3): Alesha Blair (Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Jennifer Gonzalez (Arsenal FC; Alta Loma, Calif.), Kylie McCarthy (San Diego Surf; Rancho Santa Fe. Calif.) 

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Schedule
Date          Opponent                                        Venue
Dec. 7       Chile (U-17 and U-20 players)            Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 9       Argentina U-17 WNT                         Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 11     Argentina U-20 WNT                         Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 13     Uruguay (U-17 and U-20 players)       Buenos Aires, Argentina 

U.S. U-15 GNT TO PARTICIPATE IN THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONALS: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will participate in the Thanksgiving Interregional Tournament in Sunrise, Fla., from Nov. 20-27, 2009. U.S. head coach Mike Dickey will bring 24 players to Florida for four matches, two against ODP Regional teams, and two against the Costa Rica U-17 Women’s National Team. Dickey’s squad ranges in age from player born in 1993 through 1995, with most of the roster consisting of 1994s. The ODP Regional teams and the Costa Ricans will be made up of 1993s. The USA opens its game schedule on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. ET against Region I (East) at Coral Glades High School and faces Costa Rica on Monday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. ET, also at CGHS. The team will have a rest day on Tuesday before facing Costa Rica again on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. ET at North Community Park (Field 1) and then finishes the schedule against Region IV (West) at 8 a.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 26, also at North Community Park. 

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): McKenzie Karas (Premier ’95 Black; Las Vegas, Nev.), Katelyn Rowland (San Juan Spirits; Vacaville, Calif.), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (7): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Lauren Bernard (Nordic SC; Colchester, Vt.), Kelli Hubly (Sockers FC; Elk Grove, Ill.), Laura, Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.),  Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson SC; East Islip, N.Y.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.), Maya Theuer (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Joanna Boyles (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C.), Miranda Freeman (Team Boca; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Gabrielle Galante (Montclair Thunderbolts; Howell, N.J.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Courtney Raetzman (Sockers FC; Elk Grove, Ill.), Brittany Ratcliffe (FC Pennsylvania Strikers; Williamstown, N.J.), Haley Washburn (San Juan Spirt; Folsom, Calif.), Sandra Yu (Cleveland Futbol; Strongville, Ohio)
FORWARDS (3): Mariana Galvan (SC Sporting; San Jose, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Jasmine Paterson (Kendall SC; Key Largo, Fla.) 

U-14 NDP TO SEND 36 BOYS TO INTERREGIONAL EVENT IN ORLANDO, FLA.: Coinciding with the 2009 U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Interregional in Orlando, Fla., U-14 Boys’ NDP head coach Manny Schellscheidt will bring 36 players to Disney World to compete against some of the best regional teams in the country. The players traveling to Disney World from Nov. 25-30 were all born in 1996, and represent the first group of ‘96s to enter the U.S. youth national team system. The players will be split into two teams, Navy and Red, to compete in three games at the Disney event. On Monday, Nov. 30, the two national teams will face each other before departing in the afternoon.  

U-14 NDP Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Gianni Carillo (FC Westchester; Pine Bush, N.Y.), Andrew Epstein (Ft. Collins Arsenal; Fort Collins, Colo.), Andrew Ferber (Mustang Soccer Club; Danville, Calif.), Marius Heislitz (Forsyth Fusion; Cummings, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (7): Vernon Bailey (FC Dallas; Duncanville, Texas), Fischer Gallinger (Washington Premier FC; Gig Harbor, Wash.), Eric Holt (Surf SC; San Diego, Calif.), Carter Manley (Bethesda SC; Elkridge, Md.), Matthew Nance (Vardar; Washington, Mich.), Esteban Reyes (San Juan Lightning; San Marcos, Calif.), Jeffrey Rhodes (Westside United SC; Brownsburg, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (15): Corey Baird (Surf SC; Escondido, Calif.), Samuel Brown (Derby County Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Michael Clemmons (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Patrick Khouri (Daniel Island SA; Charleston, S.C.), Elijah Martin (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Declan McCabe (Mass Premier Soccer; Weston, Mass.), Kevin Paz (West Pines United SC; Miami Gardens, Fla.), Ricardo Ruiz (Fullerton Rangers; Lake Elsinore, Calif.), Joab Santoyo (Arsenal FC; Fontana, Calif.), Noah Snyder (Lehigh Valley United; Warrington, Pa.), William Stevens (HBC; New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Brandon Tetro (PDA; Marlboro, N.J.), Wilfred Williams (Fusion; Johnson City, Tenn.), Alan Winn (Solar; Garland, Texas)
FORWARDS (10): Adonis Amaya (West Coast F.C., Westminster, Calif.), Jorge Calix (Team America; Alexandria, Va.), James Ellis Jr. (United Junkyard Dogs, Chesapeake, Va.), Toby Khounviseth (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Lakeville, Minn.), Oscar Martinez (FC Golden State; South Gate, Calif.), John Requejo Jr. (Santa Barbara SC; Carpinteria, Calif.), Rubio Rubin (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Bruno Scodari (Olney Boys / Girls Club; Silver Springs, Md.), Austin Stamey (Highland FC; Arden, N.C.), Rolando Velazquez (Eugene Metro FC; Junction, Ore.) 

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION– 

USA BID COMMITTEE GIVES FANS THE CHANCE TO “SUPPORT YOUR CITY”: The USA Bid Committee has added a “Support Your City” section to goUSAbid.com, the online home for the United States’ bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. The new “Support Your City” section of the Web site features city-specific pages for each of the 27 cities currently being considered as potential host cities to be included in the U.S. bid that will be submitted to FIFA in May 2010. The new pages provide valuable city-specific information and photos while giving fans another opportunity to put their support behind the candidate city of their choice by signing the online petition at goUSAbid.com. 

TICKETS FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ON SALE: The Organizing Committee for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany has launched its ticketing campaign. Sales phases will be divided in three periods, two of which, “City series” and “Twenty11” are focusing on families and clubs. The first round of ticket sales began on Oct. 29. The day was specifically chosen to launch the online order form on www.fifa.com as it coincided with the match between women's soccer powerhouses Germany and the USA at the new FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium in Augsburg, Germany. It marks the start of the first sales period, which will continue until Jan. 31, 2010, with the "city series" being exclusively on offer during this phase. 

JOIN U.S. SOCCER SUPPORTERS CLUB: U.S. Soccer invites fans to join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club, the official fan membership program of the U.S. national teams.  U.S. Soccer SC members receive numerous benefits, highlighted by priority status to secure tickets to the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.  Members are provided the best chance to see the U.S. play in the biggest sporting event in the world. Register now on ussoccer.com to obtain 2010 ticketing priority.  This benefit is available for a limited time. For more information, visit the Supporters Club home page. 

BE OFFICIAL WHEN YOU’RE WATCHING: What’s the next best thing to being at a game surrounded by your fellow screaming fans? Watching a game at an Official U.S. Soccer Bar surrounded by your fellow screaming fans! Bars across the U.S. are becoming the destination spots to gather and watch your U.S. teams in an atmosphere that is loud and rowdy. This week the Official Bar Program would like to welcome Tim Finnegan’s in Phoenix, Ariz. as the newest member bar. Check the latest listings for the Official U.S. Soccer Bar in your area where you can watch the U.S. Men’s National Team take on and Denmark on Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET. 

FIFA WORLD CUP DRAW MEDIA ACCREDITATION DEADLINE TO CLOSE ON NOV. 19: Colleagues of the media are reminded that the accreditation process for the FIFA Executive Committee Meeting on  Dec. 3 and the World Press Day on Dec. 5 will close on Nov. 19, 2009. Applications have to be made via the FIFA Media Channel (http://media.FIFA.com). Only accredited media will be granted access to those specific events around the Final Draw. Confirmations and detailed programs for both events will be sent by Nov. 23 2009. 

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools for A, B and C License Courses on Jan. 2-10, 2010, in California and Florida. The National “A” License course will take place at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., and The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  The National “B” and “C” License courses will be offered at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., and at Oxnard College in Oxnard, Calif.  

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL GOALKEEPING LICENSE COURSE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct its National Goalkeeping License course Jan. 24-31, 2010, in Carson, Calif. at The Home Depot Center. 

COACHESNET OFFERS INTERNATIONAL TRIPS IN 2010: U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet is offering educational trips to both Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Madrid, Spain, in 2010. The announcement comes six months after the inaugural and successful coaching education trip that took place in Buenos Aires.  In addition, CoachesNet sat down with National Staff Coach Juan Carlos Michia to discuss the trip to Madrid and what coaches can expect from their time in Spain. 

POWER SOCCER SEEKS RECOGNITION FOR 2016 PARALYMPIC GAMES: In a letter Thursday to Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Fédération Internationale de Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA) asked for recognition of powerchair football (known as power soccer in the United States) as a sport for the 2016 Paralympic Games. In accordance with IPC procedures, FIPFA consequently also seeks to become a member of the highly respected International Paralympic Committee as an independent federation governing power soccer, a team sport widely played both competitively and for recreation by severely disabled athletes in 20 countries. 

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando was the hero on Saturday night in Chicago as his team edged past the Chicago Fire 5-4 in penalties when the MLS Eastern Conference playoff final went to spot kicks after 120 minutes of play deadlocked at 0-0. Rimando saved three Fire attempts to lift Real Salt Lake to victory and vault them into the MLS Cup on Nov. 22.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The 2009 MLS Cup will pit the Western Conference champions Los Angeles Galaxy against Eastern Conference champions Real Salt Lake on Sunday, Nov. 22 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash. at 8:30 p.m. ET. The match will be televised live on ESPN.

SOCCER SHOCKER: In a Saudi Arabian league match, Al-Hilal striker Nawaf Al Abed has scored what is being reported as the fastest ever goal when he put the ball in the back of the net after just two seconds. The goal literally took two touches to create, as Al Abed’s teammate touched the ball to him from the kickoff and the striker hit a one time shot that sailed over the opposing goalkeeper and into the net.

QUOTABLE: "It was going to take a little time and patience but with the leadership of Landon [Donovan] and David [Beckham], our second half of the season has been terrific. These games aren't easy and you look back, a couple of plays here and there made the difference. Getting home-field advantage for the Western Conference Championship was huge. Give our guys a lot of credit. They've played very well over the last two months." –L.A. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena after his team reached the 2009 MLS Cup by beating the Houston Dynamo 2-0 at The Home Depot Center on Friday, Nov. 13.

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