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U.S. Soccer Wire: March 1, 2010


U.S. MNT FACE THE NETHERLANDS IN AMSTERDAM ON MARCH 3;
STOPPAGE TIME GOAL LIFTS THE U.S. TO WIN AGAINST EL SALVADOR;
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WNT REACHES EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE ALGARVE CUP FINAL WITH 2-0 WIN AGAINST SWEDEN  

U.S. MNT TRAVELS TO AMSTERDAM TO TAKE ON THE NETHERLANDS ON MARCH 3: The U.S. Men’s National Team could not ask for a better test three months out from the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup when they face the third-ranked Netherlands this Wednesday, March 3, at Amsterdam ArenA. Kickoff for the final FIFA international fixture date before the 32 World Cup teams meet in South Africa is set for 2:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at www.twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. MNT Roster By Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (7): DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Landon Donovan (Everton), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), José Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Hull City), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki) 

U.S. MNT COMES FROM BEHIND TO DEFEAT EL SALVADOR 2-1 IN TAMPA, FLA.: The U.S. Men’s National Team came from behind against El Salvador for the third consecutive time with a 2-1 victory in front of a crowd of 21,737 fans on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. El Salvador took the lead in the 59th minute through a Rudis Corrales goal, but halftime substitute Brian Ching equalized in the 75th minute with a well-struck header. Ching then turned provider in stoppage time as he played a one-two with Sacha Kljestan to put the midfielder through on goal and snatch the win with a clinical finish.

U.S. TO UNVEIL NEW AWAY JERSEY IN AMSTERDAM: The match against the Netherlands on March 3 will also be the on-field debut of the 2010 Men's National Team away kit which the team will wear during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The new away jersey, which the U.S. will wear during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, is obsidian blue with a white sash with red trim across the front from the right shoulder to the left side, and includes a red round-neck collar.Designed by Nike with the national culture and identity of the U.S. in mind, the jersey echoes the uniform worn by the U.S. Men’s National Team during the 1950 FIFA World Cup in which they defeated England 1-0 in one of the biggest upsets in the history of soccer. The replica jerseys are available to fans now at ussoccerstore.com and will begin to ship on March 3, the day of the jersey’s debut on the field. The jersey is entirely constructed with recycled polyester fabric from plastic bottles and features materials to stay cool and Dri-Fit moisture control.

TWO TEAM MEMBERS VISIT THE AMSTERDAM CAMP: With the trip to Amsterdam representing the only gathering of European-based players before the naming of the World Cup roster, two additional players have been invited to visit the team in camp in Amsterdam. Hannover defender Steve Cherundolo has been cleared to train after spending a month recovering from a broken bone in his shoulder. Cherundolo will work out with the team for two days before returning to Hannover on Tuesday evening to resume training with his club in preparation for the remainder of the season. Oguchi Onyewu continues his rehabilitation process on the torn patellar tendon suffered Oct. 14, 2009, in the USA's final qualifier for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but will not train with the team.

U.S. TO FACE CZECH REPUBLIC AND TURKEY IN SEND-OFF SERIES FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: The U.S. Men's National Team will face two of the traditionally stronger teams from Europe in the Czech Republic and Turkey in the Send-Off Series prior to departing for South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The USA will meet the Czech Republic on May 25 at a site to be determined before playing its final home tune-up match against Turkey on May 29 in Philadelphia. Kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field is set for 2 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Feb. 23 – March 1

U.S. WNT REACHES EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE ALGARVE CUP AFTER THREE GROUP B WINS: Second-half substitute Lauren Cheney scored two wonderful goals to lead the U.S. Women’s National Team to a 2-0 victory against Sweden in the final Group B match at the 2010 Algarve Cup. The victory puts the USA into its eighth consecutive Algarve Cup final where it will face Germany, winners of Group A after a dominating 5-0 victory against China today. The championship game kicks off at 4 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET) and fans can follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The game matches the top two women’s soccer nations in the world according to the most recent FIFA rankings. The U.S. started the tournament with a 2-0 win against Iceland in which Hope Solo stopped two penalties, and Cheney scored her first of the tournament to seal the win late in the second half. Pia Sundhage’s side then navigated a muddy and puddle-filled pitch to top a talented Norway side 2-1. Abby Wambach provided both goals in the encounter, including a dramatic winner in the second minute of second half stoppage time to lead the U.S. to a late victory.  

U.S. WNT 2010 Algarve Cup Schedule
Date                 Opponent         Result/Time (ET)          Goalscorers                  Venue
Feb. 24            Iceland             2-0 W                          own goal, Cheney         Estadio Municipal, VR de SA
Feb. 26            Norway            2-1 W                          Wambach (2)               Estadio Jose Arcanjo, Olhão
March 1           Sweden            2-0 W                          Cheney (2)                   Parque Desportiva da Nora, Ferreiras
March 3           Germany          11 a.m.                                                           Estadio Algarve, Faro

U.S. WNT Roster By Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (St. Louis Athletica), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Casey Nogueira (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

U.S. WOMEN TO OPEN DOMESTIC SCHEDULE WITH TWO MATCHES AGAINST MEXICO IN MARCH: The U.S. Women’s National Team will play its first two domestic matches of 2010 against Mexico on March 28 at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego and March 31 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, the home of reigning Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake. The match in San Diego will kick off at 2 p.m. PT and will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español. The match in Utah will kick off at 7 p.m. MT and be televised live on ESPN2. Fans can follow both matches online via ussoccer.com MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. Women’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Feb. 23 – March 1

BOXING LEGEND OSCAR DE LA HOYA JOINS USA BID COMMITTEE: Boxer Oscar De La Hoya – who won 10 different world titles spanning six different weight categories, as well as a 1992 Olympic gold medal – has formally accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its effort to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. Since retiring from boxing in 2009, De La Hoya has taken his business and philanthropic activities to new heights with the focus of improving the quality of life in Hispanic communities in his native Los Angeles and across the country. De La Hoya founded Golden Boy Enterprises in 1999 and has since invested in several Spanish-language newspapers in major markets across the country, a variety of consumer products, a publishing group featuring leading boxing publications and various urban development projects in Latino communities. In 2008, De La Hoya became part-owner of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer.

ADDITIONAL USA FAN TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP MATCHES: U.S. Soccer has announced there will be an additional sales phase of 2010 FIFA World Cup tickets for matches involving the U.S. Men’s National Team from Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. ET until April 7, 2010. While the June 12 match against England is sold out, there are still tickets available in the U.S. fan section for the other two group matches. With excitement building towards the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the organizers are making more tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability, for U.S. citizens and residents interested in sitting in USA fan sections.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-23 WNT TO HOLD TRAINING CAMP IN SUNRISE, FLA.: U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin will bring 24 players to a training camp in Sunrise, Fla., from March 7-14. Irwin’s roster reflects some of the top underclassmen in the college game, including five members of the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile: defender Liz Harkin, midfielders Eli Reed and Keelin Winters, and forward Alex Morgan, who won the Bronze Ball as the third most outstanding player of the tournament. Morgan started the most recent full U.S. Women’s National Team training camp in January at The Home Depot Center, but left with a hamstring injury after just three days.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M; Centennial, Colo.), Natalie Kulla (Marquette; St. Louis, Mo.), Jillian Mastroianni (Boston College; Durham, Conn.)
DEFENDERS (7)
: Lauren Barnes (UCLA; Upland, Calif.), Jackie Carron (Michigan; Rochester Hills, Mich.), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Liz Harkin (Arizona State; Granite Bay Calif.), Megan Jesolva  (California; La Mirada, Calif.), Lindsey Kowal (Harvard; East Meadow, N.Y.), Jessica Tsao (Portland; Portland, Ore.)
MIDFIELDERS (8)
: Amanda DaCosta (Florida State; Katonah, N.Y.), Alexandra Elston (Arizona State; Phoenix, Ariz.), Sinead Farrelly (Virginia; Havertown, Pa.), Mariah Nogueira (Stanford; Westminster, Calif.), Eli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah), Rachel Shipley (Texas A&M; Plano, Texas), Keelin Winters (Portland; Englewood, Colo.), Kylie Wright (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Danielle Foxhoven (Portland; Littleton, Colo.); Sarah Hagen (Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Whitney Hooper (Texas A&M; Houston, Texas), Whitney Palmer (Oklahoma; Plano, Texas), Danielle Toney (Penn State; Northville, Mich.)

U.S. U-20 WNT WIN LA MANGA CUP AFTER BEATING ENGLAND U-23 WOMEN: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team forward Sydney Leroux scored her second goal in as many games to lead the young Americans to a 1-0 victory over the England Under-23 Women’s National Team. The victory, combined with a 1-0 victory against Norway’s U-23s behind a Maya Hayes goal and Sydney Leroux’s tally in a 1-1 tie with Germany’s U-20s, gives the USA the title in the four-team tournament.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kansas), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (UNC; New Hope, Pa.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Lucretia Lee (UCLA; Bothell, Wash.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Maya Hayes (Aristocrats Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska; Raymore, Mo.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)

U.S. U-18 WNT TRAVEL TO LA MANGA SPAIN FOR THREE MATCHES: The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team is currently in La Manga, Spain, until March 6 participating in the Ten Nations Tournament where it will play three matches. The tournament is an Under-19 competition, so the U.S. team is going against players one year older. U.S. head coach Dave Chesler has brought 18 players to face Norway on March 1, Germany on March 3 and Sweden on March 5 in what should be excellent matches for the U.S. players that were born mostly in 1992, with a few in 1991.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Aubrey Bledsoe (Kings Soccer Academy; Cincinnati, Ohio), Anna Sieloff (Vardar; Troy, Mich.)
DEFENDERS (6): Torri Allen (McLean Dragons; Stafford, Va.), Brooke Gilbert (Emerald City FC; Snohomish, Wash.), Arin Gilliland (Ohio Elite; Wilmore, Ky.), Meg Morris (Montclair Aristocrats; Montclair, N.J.), Mollie Pathman (Triangle FC; Durham, N.C.), Carrie Whigham (Sereno SC; Phoenix, Ariz.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Michelle Cruz (Real So Cal; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Gloria Douglas (Triangle FC; Fayetteville, N.C.), Lindsay Elston (Crossfire Premier; Sammamish, Wash.), Julie Johnston (Sereno SC; Mesa, Ariz.), Mandy Laddish (Blue Valley Stars; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Tiffini Smith (Polaris SC; Fort Worth, Texas), Chioma Ubogagu (D’Feeters; Coppell, Texas)
FORWARDS (3): Natalia Ledezma (Slammers FC; La Mirada, Calif.), Rachel Nuzzolese (Oceanside; Melville, N.Y.), Katie Stengel (Space Coast United; West Melbourne, Fla.)

U.S. U-17 MNT DOWNS MEXICO 4-1 IN FIRST HALF OF DOUBLEHEADER IN TAMPA: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team topped regional foe Mexico by a score of 4-1, putting on a dominating performance at Raymond James Stadium as part of a double header with the U.S. Men’s National Team. The young American used two goals from Kellen Gulley and one each from Alejandro Guido and Marc Pelosi along with a tenacious defensive effort in the victory.

WATCH THE U-17 WNT QUALIFYING GAMES LIVE ON CONCACAF.COM: U.S. Soccer fans will have the opportunity to watch all of the U.S. Under-17 WNT games during the CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship in Costa Rica live via streaming video at CONCACAF.com. The service is free with fans simply required to register on the site. All 16 games will be available live at CONCACAF.com's video portal, CONCACAF TV, and will also be viewable on-demand at the same location shortly after the conclusion of each match.

U.S. U-17 WNT Schedule
Date                Opponent                Time (ET)             TV/Video                      Venue   
March 10        Haiti                        6 p.m.                    CONCACAF.com       Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium                   
March 12        Cayman Islands       6 p.m.                    CONCACAF.com       Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium
March 14        Costa Rica              7:30 p.m.                CONCACAF.com       Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium

DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY MATCHES A KEY PART OF REFEREE DEVELOPMENT: Across the country, high level Development Academy games have marked a turning point in referee development. Prior to the inception of the program, referees often had to travel hours each way, every weekend, to obtain the number of games required to advance up the ladder. With the Academy program now reaching 77 clubs across 24 states and Washington D.C., more than 900 referees have been exposed to high level youth games every week within a reasonable distance of their homes.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

FORMER U.S. SOCCER STAFF COACH PETER MELLOR NAMED NATIONAL TECHNICAL DIRECTOR OF USL: United Soccer Leagues CEO Alec Papadakis announced last week the addition of Peter Mellor as the first National Technical Director of USL. Mellor, who began his career with U.S. Soccer in 1992, will be charged with managing the technical aspects of USL’s player development programs as well as assisting USL teams in scouting, development and advancement of players. He will also establish a network of coaches throughout the U.S. and Canada who will work to identify top goalkeeping talent for USL teams.

BE OFFICIAL: While there's nothing like cheering on the U.S. Men's National Team in person, we want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience even if you’re not going to be in Amsterdam on Wednesday, so we've got the next best spot: an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be at the Amsterdam ArenA, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters, wear red and watch the game in an atmosphere that is pretty loud and rowdy. Check the latest listings for the Official U.S. Soccer bar in your area.  Have a local watering hole that you would like to see as an Official U.S. Soccer Bar?  Provide your comments on the Official U.S. Bar Forum.

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just over 10 months to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, 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.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: In the three group matches of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 2010 Algarve Cup schedule, Lauren Cheney has led the U.S. attack by scoring three of the team’s six goals and providing the assist for Abby Wambach’s late winner against Norway. She found the net against Iceland in the team’s 2-0 win and scored both goals in the 2-0 victory against Sweden to lead the team into the championship match against Germany on Wednesday, March 3.

MARQUEE MATCHUPS: Wednesday, March 3 will see the U.S. Men’s National Team face off against third-ranked Netherlands at the Amsterdam ArenA in Amsterdam. The match takes place on the last FIFA international fixture date before the 2010 FIFA World Cup and will be televised live on ESPN 2 and Galavision at 2:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter at www.twitter.com/ussoccer. On the same day, the U.S. Women will take on Germany in the championship match of the 2010 Algarve Cup. The clash of the top two ranked teams in the world will be their first meeting since the U.S. came away 1-0 victors in Augsburg, Germany, on Oct. 29, 2009. The match will be available live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker at 11 a.m. ET from Faro, Portugal.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The 2-1 win against El Salvador by the U.S. Men’s National Team marked the third time in a row that the U.S. has come from behind to get a result against the Central American nation. The U.S. also came from behind to win or tie against El Salvador in their last two meetings during the final round of FIFA World Cup qualifying, drawing 2-2 last March in San Salvador after falling behind by two goals and then bouncing back after allowing an early first half goal to win 2-1 on Sept. 5, 2009 in Sandy, Utah. 

QUOTABLE: "I thought Stuart was great again. He has a lot about him, a real hunger and a desire. He was at Sunderland as a young player and got released, went to America and took his game on. He could have stayed and played safe but he wanted to come back to England and prove himself. We will give him the platform. I am delighted how he has gone about it. He was a bundle of energy and his set-play delivery was terrific - it is an added bonus for us." – Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle on the play of U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Stuart Holden

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