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From the U.S. Soccer Communications Center – July 21, 2008

U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY FINALS WEEK CONCLUDES;
NOWAK NAMES ROSTER FOR 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES;
U.S. WNT WINS TWICE AGAINST BRAZIL, LOSES WAMBACH FOR 2008 OLYMPICS

INAUGURAL DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE: The Development Academy Finals Week ended on a high note late Saturday evening as the historic inaugural season came to a close at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. with Carmel United (Carmel, Ind.) taking home the U-15/16 championship behind a goal from A.J. Corrodo, just one day after 2008 Gatorade Player of the Year Chris Agorsor came off the bench to lead the Baltimore Bays to a thrilling 4-2 overtime victory against LAFC in the U-17/18 final. Agorsor and U-15/16 Vardar forward Soony Saad were named the Academy Player of the Year for their respective divisions as the end of year awards were announced this week for the 2007-2008 season. Each player headlined a Starting XI team from each age group, as well as a Starting XI from each conference. U-15/16 Met Oval’s Giovanni Savarese and U-17/18 LAFC’s Rafa Moran were named Academy Coaches of the Year, while Conference Coach of the Year awards were also announced.

Development Academy Finals Week
U-17/18 Final Results

Match        Result
1st Place  Baltimore Bays 4, LAFC 2
3rd Place Columbus Crew 4, Colorado Rush 0
5th Place Concorde Fire 3, Chicago Fire 2
7th Place FC Westchester 1, CASL 1 (FC Westchester wins 5-4 on penalty kicks)

U-15/16 Final Results
Match        Result
1st Place Carmel United 1, PDA 0
3rd Place Schulz Academy 2, Real Colorado 0
5th Place Chicago Magic 0, LAFC 0 (Magic win 4-2 on penalty kicks)
7th Place Albertson 2, CASL 0

NOWAK NAMES OLYMPIC ROSTER: U.S. Men’s Olympic Team head coach Peter Nowak named the 18 players who will represent the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The roster features 12 players who have experience at the full national team level, including the three youngest players on the team, Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, and the most senior member of the team in Brian McBride. The U.S. began their final preparation for the Beijing Olympics on Sunday, July 20. The team will train in Palo Alto, Calif., before departing for Hong Kong on July 25, to participate in the ING Cup, facing fellow Olympic participants Ivory Coast on July 30 and Cameroon on Aug. 2.

U.S. Men's Olympic Team Upcoming Schedule
Date           Opponent             Time (local / ET)
July 30       Ivory Coast           TBD
Aug. 2        Cameroon            TBD
Aug. 7        Japan                    5 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Aug. 10      Netherlands        7:45 p.m. / 7:45 a.m.
Aug. 13      Nigeria                 5 p.m. / 5 a.m.

2008 U.S. Men’s Olympic Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (5): Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Danny Szetela (Brescia Calcio)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Brian McBride (out of contract), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)

U.S. WNT WINS TWICE AGAINST BRAZIL, LOSES WAMBACH FOR 2008 OLYMPICS: The U.S. Women’s National posted two, 1-0, victories against Brazil in the squad’s final matches before the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The game winning goal came from forward Natasha Kai in the 85th minute in front of a sell-out standing-room-only crowd of 7,502 during the team’s final send off before the Olympics. Wednesday’s match at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif. marked midfielder Lindsay Tarpley’s 100th career appearance for the USA. Tarpley earned her first cap against Japan at the very same venue in 2003 and became the 21st female player in U.S. history to play 100 or more times for her country. The U.S. Women will be without the services of Abby Wambach for the Olympics, after the forward broke her leg in the second game of the series. Forward Lauren Cheney will replace Wambach on the Olympic Roster. The wins send the U.S. to the Beijing Olympics with a 21-0-1 record in 2008. The U.S. team will have a few days off before departing for China on July 23. The U.S. opens its 2008 Olympics on Aug. 6 against Norway in at the Olympic Sports Center in Qinhuangdao (7:45 p.m. local / 7:45 a.m. ET). The U.S. will continue Group G play against Japan on Aug. 9, also in Qinhuangdao (5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET), before finishing the first-round against New Zealand on Aug. 12 at the Olympics Sports Center in Shenyang (7:45 p.m. local / 7:45 a.m. ET).

U.S. WNT Olympic Schedule
Date          Opponent         Time (local / ET)
Aug. 6        Norway             7:45 p.m. local / 7:45 a.m. ET
Aug. 9        Japan               5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Aug. 12     New Zealand   7:45 p.m. local / 7:45 a.m. ET

NBC TO PROVIDE CHANNEL EXCLUSIVELY FOR OLYMPIC SOCCER COVERAGE: NBC Universal will launch a channel exclusively dedicated to full coverage of Men’s and Women’s Soccer at the 2008 Olympic Games. A total of 32 Men’s and 26 Women’s Soccer Games will be shown in their entirety on the NBC Olympic Soccer Channel, in addition to coverage on USA Network, MSNBC and live streaming on NBCOlympics.com. The seven NBC Networks — NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Oxygen, Telemundo and Universal HD — will provide an unprecedented 3,600 hours of coverage, all in high definition. NBCOlympics.com will also provide over 3,000 hours of on-demand access to full event replays and extensive highlights. The NBC Olympic Soccer Channel is available on most major cable, satellite and telephone companies and distributors.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-23 WNT TO FACE GERMANY IN NORDIC CUP FINAL: The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated Norway, 2-0, in its third and final group game to earn a place in the 2008 Nordic Cup championship game against Germany. The U.S. team got an early goal from Ella Massar and clinched it with a late own goal from Norway to earns its 12th consecutive trip to the Nordic Cup final. The U.S. U-23 WNT squad opened up tournament play with a 1-0 victory over Switzerland and a 3-0 win against England.

U.S. U-23 WNT Results
Date         Opponent       Result      U.S. Goal Scorers
July 16     Switzerland   1-0 W        Klein
July 18     England         3-0 W       Trotter, Bosio, Klein
July 19     Norway           2-0 W       Massar, own goal
July 21     Germany

U.S. UNDER-20 WOMEN HEAD TO TRAINING CAMP IN N.J., LOOK TOWARD CHILE: After a successful run in the 2008 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Qualifying Tournament, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team has earned its berth to the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile and now buckles down for about four months of preparation before the world championship. That starts with a training camp in Somerset, N.J., from July 23-28, which will be followed by a trip to England where the USA will face Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC in a pair of matches against women’s Premier League clubs. U.S. head coach Tony DiCicco will bring 28 players to New Jersey and choose 20 for the England trip. The USA will face Arsenal on Friday, Aug. 1 and Chelsea on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The USA qualified for the U-20 Women’s World Cup along with Canada, who defeated the USA 1-0 in the title game, and Mexico. The field is complete for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that will feature 16 teams.

Asia: China, Japan, North Korea
Africa: Congo DR, Nigeria
Europe: England, France, Germany, Norway
CONCACAF: Canada, USA, Mexico
Oceania: New Zealand
South America: Brazil, Argentina
Host: Chile

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team
Training Camp Roster
July 23-28, 2008 – Somerset, N.J.


Goalkeepers (4): Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara), Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Cat Parkhill (Minnesota)
Defenders: (8): Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Liz Harkin (ASU), Brittney Macdonald (Miami), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Elli Reed (Portland), Ella Stephan (Florida State), Bri Young (Texas A&M)
Midfielders (7): Amanda DaCosta (Florida State), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Meghan Klingenberg (UNC), Christine Nairn (Freestate Freedom), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Denver, Colo.)
Forwards (9): Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (Sereno FC), Alyssa Mautz (Texas A & M), Alex Morgan (California), Laurie Nosbusch (Wisconsin), Clare Satchel (Michigan), Nikki Washington (UNC)

U.S. U-17 WNT BOOKS A SPOT AT WORLD CUP QUALIFYING SEMIFINALS: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team opened the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Championship with two victories, securing a place in the tournament semifinals. The U.S. kicked off Group A with a 6-0 win against Costa Rica on July 18, followed by a 9-0 victory against El Salvador on July 20. The U.S. will wrap up the tournament on July 22 against host nation Trinidad & Tobago, who needs a victory to clinch a spot in the next round after defeating El Salvador, 5-1, and playing to a scoreless draw against Costa Rica. The U.S., Costa Rica, El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago are attempting to qualify for the inaugural FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, which will be held from Oct. 28-Nov. 16 in New Zealand. Three teams will qualify from CONCACAF, including the two Under-17 Women’s Championship finalists and the team that finishes in third place.

U.S. U-17 WNT Results / Schedule
Date        Opponent                   Result / Time U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
July 18    Costa Rica                6-0 W S. Mewis (2), Verloo (2), Roberts, DiMartino
July 20    El Salvador                9-0 W Nuzzolese (3), Klei, Brian, Costa, Brooks (2), Bennett
July 22    Trinidad & Tobago   7 p.m. ET
July 24    Semifinals*               5 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. ET
July 27    Third Place / Final * 4 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. ET
*If necessary

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

DONNA SHALALA NAMED TO THE U.S. SOCCER BOARD OF DIRECTORS: U.S. Soccer's National Council has unanimously approved the addition of Donna E. Shalala to the Board of Directors as the third and final Independent Director. Shalala has been the President of the University of Miami for more than seven years and has more than 25 years of experience as an accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator. In June 2008, President Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. The three Independent Director positions were created at U.S. Soccer’s 2006 Annual General Meeting when the organization's Board of Directors was reduced from 40 to 15. U.S. Soccer’s National Council previously approved the addition of longtime Goldman Sachs Group partner Carlos Cordeiro and California Speaker Fabian Núñez as Independent Directors in 2007.

U.S. FUTSAL TEAM DRAWN INTO GROUP B FOR FIFA FUTSAL WORLD CUP: The U.S. National Futsal Team has been drawn into Group B of the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup along with Italy, Portugal, Thailand and Paraguay. The U.S. will travel to South America to compete in the sixth edition of the world championship, which is being hosted by Brazil in Rio de Janeiro from Sept. 30 to Oct. 19. The U.S. team qualified for the FIFA Futsal World Cup by virtue of a third place finish in this year’s CONCACAF Championship. For the first time ever, 20 teams will take part in the Futsal World Cup, with the participants being divided into four groups of five teams.

FIFA Futsal World Cup Final Draw Results
Group A: Brazil, Russia, Japan, Cuba, Solomon Islands
Group B: Italy, Portugal, Thailand, Paraguay, USA
Group C: Argentina, Ukraine, China PR, Guatemala, Egypt
Group D: Spain, Czech Republic, Iran, Uruguay, Libya

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: The Development Academy’s inaugural season concluded with the U-17/18 Baltimore Bays and U-15/16 Carmel United winning the championship matches in their respective age groups. Baltimore forward Chris Agorsor immediately made an impact after coming off the bench, scoring one goal and earning a penalty kick for teammate Andrew Bull to finish, which contributed to the team’s 4-2 win. Carmel United’s A.J. Corrodo led his squad to a 1-0 victory, scoring the game’s only goal.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The Under-23 WNT takes on Germany in the Nordic Cup championship Monday, July 21. The USA looks to take home its 10th overall Nordic Cup title in the past 12 years and has faced Germany in the Nordic Cup championship game four times, winning three of those (2000, 2002 and 2007). In 2006, Germany defeated the USA to break a string of seven straight Nordic Cup titles.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Abby Wambach was expected to score her 100th goal Wednesday night in the friendly against Brazil, but instead she found herself in surgery to repair two broken bones in her lower left leg. Wambach will be out for the Olympics and will have to wait at least 12-weeks before she can tally her 100th goal. Wambach spoke about her injury, the ensuing surgery and missing the 2008 Olympics in an exclusive podcast on ussoccer.com. Click here to read the Quotes Sheet.

QUOTABLE: “I want to thank all the fans, the doctors, the players on the team and Tasha Kai for scoring the winning goal. Obviously, it’s devastating, but above everything else, I’m only one player, and you can never win a championship with just one player. I have the utmost confidence in this team bringing home the gold.”
-- U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach after breaking her leg in a 1-0 win against Brazil. Wambach will miss the 2008 Olympic Games.

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