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U.S. Soccer Wire: Arena Calls 22 Players into Training Camp in Carson, Calif.


AND THEY'RE OFF: Training camp begins today as the 22-man roster chosen by Bruce Arena embarks on the Los Angeles leg of preparations for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Mexico and Guatemala.  All players reported Sunday (Feb. 27), with the Colorado contingent of Nat Borchers, Joe Cannon, Ritchie Kotschau and Pablo Mastroeni arriving after participating in a final friendly for the Rapids Sunday in Miami. The training camp squad that gathered in Carson, Calif., is composed entirely of domestic-based players.  The European-based players are expected to begin arriving into camp March 20. The experience in the squad starts in the back, led by Real Salt Lake defender Eddie Pope, the top capwinner on the roster with 67 international appearances. Also in camp is FC Dallas striker Ed Johnson, who has netted six goals in his first four matches with the national team. Three teams are contributing four players each to the Carson camp. Long-time regular Frankie Hejduk heads up the Columbus Crew contingent, while the New England Revolution send the same quartet that reported to the last training camp in January. The team will remain in Los Angeles through March 10.
U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jon Busch (Columbus Crew), Joe Cannon (Colorado Rapids), Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles Galaxy); DEFENDERS (6): Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Nat Borchers (Colorado Rapids), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Ritchie Kotschau (Colorado Rapids), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake); MIDFIELDERS (9): Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars), Kyle Martino (Columbus Crew), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Clint Mathis (Real Salt Lake), Brian Mullan (San Jose Earthquakes), Ben Olsen (D.C. United), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards); FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (San Jose Earthquakes), Ed Johnson (F.C. Dallas), Pat Noonan (New England Revolution), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution).

U.S. WNT HEAD TO PORTUGAL FOR 2005 ALGARVE CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team heads to southern Portugal on Tuesday (March 1) for its first action of 2005 on foreign soil at the 12th annual Algarve Cup, to be played from March 9-15, 2005.  The USA will play three top European teams in group play, opening the tournament against France on March 9, facing Finland on March 11 and finishing the first round against Denmark on March 13. This will be the 10th trip to the Algarve Cup for the U.S. women, who broke a streak of four Algarve tournaments without a title in 2000 when they defeated China, 2-0, in the championship game. Including that first title, the USA has won three of the last five tournaments, also bringing home first-place trophies the past two years.  The USA defeated Norway, 1-0, in the 2003 championship game and put together a resounding 4-1 victory over Norway last year as Abby Wambach pounded in three goals. Fans can follow the USA’s grueling schedule of four games in seven days online at's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. With the resignation of April Heinrichs, U.S. interim head coach Greg Ryan will lead the team in Portugal. Ryan has called in an exciting combination of players that includes 10 members of the gold medal winning team at the 2004 Olympics. The average age of the other 10 players on the 20-woman roster is just 21. Four of those players are uncapped, but all of them have extensive experience with the U.S. youth national teams.
WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart, Hope Solo; DEFENDERS (7): Lorrie Fair, Lindsey Huie, Stephanie Lopez, Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts, Jill Oakes, Cat Reddick; MIDFIELDERS (6): Shannon Boxx, Lori Chalupny, Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly, Lindsay Tarpley, Aly Wagner; FORWARDS (5): Heather O’Reilly, Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach, Christie Welsh, Kelly Wilson.
WNT Algarve Cup Schedule
Date              Opponent                                       Time
March 9         France                                            4:15pm local / 11:15 a.m. ET
March 11       Finland                                           1:45 local / 8:45 a.m. ET
March 13       Denmark                                        1:45 local / 8:45 a.m. ET
March 15       Match for place 11th and 12th     10 a.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
                       Match for place 9th and 10th       10 a.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
                       Match for place 7th and 8th         10 a.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
                       Match for place 5th and 6th          3 p.m. local / 10 a.m. ET
                       Match for place 3rd and 4th          3 p.m. local / 10 a.m. ET
                       Championship                               6 p.m. local / 1 p.m.

U.S. MNT OPENS 2005 HOME SCHEDULE IN CALIFORNIA & NEW MEXICO: The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team will host a pair of friendly matches in March in preparation for the most difficult match of its World Cup Qualifying schedule on March 27 at Mexico. The U.S. will open its 2005 home schedule vs. Colombia on March 9 at 7:30 p.m. PT at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif., and then host Honduras on March 19 at 2 p.m. MT at University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M. Ticket information for both matches is available at Tickets for the Colombia match at Titan range in price levels from $15 to $40 and will be available through Tickets can also be purchased by phone (213-480-3232 in L.A.; 714-740-2000 in Orange County; 619-220-8497 in San Diego), and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records). Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290. Tickets for the Honduras match in Albuquerque range in price levels from $18 to $60 and can be purchased online at, by calling 505-925-5858 or 800-905-3315, by visiting any retail outlet (including Raley's or Oshman’s stores in Albuquerque and Santa Fe), and at the UNM Ticket Offices at The Pit and the UNM Bookstore. A limited number of special "On Field" seats are also available at $125.


GET TICKETS NOW FOR U.S. MNT QUALIFYING HOME OPENER IN ALABAMA: There is still time to get tickets for the United States Men’s National Team’s first home game of the final round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday, March 30, at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. Tickets range in price from $18 to $55 and can be purchased online at, all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Alabama (including Publix and Coconuts), and by phone at 1-800-277-1700. Groups of 15 or more can order through the Alabama Sports Foundation at 205-967-4745, ext. 119. Kickoff against Guatemala is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and tape delayed on Telemundo at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Fans can also follow the match live on’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The U.S. will be returning to Birmingham’s Legion Field Stadium for the first time since March 10, 2002, when the U.S. defeated Ecuador 1-0 in a World Cup preparation match before 24,133 fans. The team’s only other visit came nearly two years earlier, when the U.S. MNT drew 1-1 with Tunisia in front of 21,637 fans in the team’s first-ever match in Alabama. Birmingham also served as a venue for soccer at the 1996 Olympic Games, where the Bruce Arena-led U.S. Olympic team played two matches at Legion Field, falling to Argentina and topping Tunisia. The U.S. holds a 7-4-3 lifetime record against Guatemala, including a perfect 6-0-0 mark on U.S. soil. The last time the teams met was during semifinal round qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The teams split points in a 1-1 draw in Mazatenango, Guatemala on July 16, 2000, then Brian McBride tallied the lone goal in the USA’s hard fought 1-0 win on Sept. 3, 2000 at RFK Stadium.

U.S. GETS THREE IN TRINIDAD, PREPARES FOR MEXICO: The U.S., along with Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago have kicked off the 10-game round-robin that will last until Oct. 12, 2005. The top three teams automatically advance to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany while the fourth-place team will compete in a two-game playoff to be held Nov. 12/13 and Nov. 16 against the fifth-place finisher in Asian qualifying.  Drawn as Team 6 in the final round format, the U.S. faces a tricky road to Germany as their first two games take place on the road. The U.S. gets consecutive home dates for Matches 3 & 4 and 6 & 7 and will then face two away matches before concluding final round play in the United States.  The first U.S. home game will be played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. on March 30, with kick off scheduled for 7 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the match live on’s Matchtracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Venues for the remaining four home matches for the U.S. will be announced as they become finalized.
2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Schedule – CONCACAF Final Round
Date            Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Feb. 9         Panama 0, Guatemala 0
Feb. 9         Costa Rica 1, Mexico 2
Feb. 9         Trinidad & Tobago 1,  USA 2 
Date            Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 26    Costa Rica vs. Panama
March 26    Guatemala vs. Trinidad & Tobago
March 27    Mexico vs. USA 
Date            Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 30    Panama vs. Mexico   
March 30    USA vs. Guatemala   
March 30    Trinidad & Tobago vs. Costa Rica
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 4        Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama   
June 4        Guatemala vs. Mexico   
June 4        USA vs. Costa Rica   
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 8        Panama vs. USA   
June 8        Costa Rica vs. Guatemala   
June 8        Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Aug. 17      Guatemala vs. Panama   
Aug. 17      Mexico vs. Costa Rica   
Aug. 17      USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Sept. 3       Panama vs. Costa Rica  
Sept. 3       Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guatemala
Sept. 3       USA vs. Mexico  
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Sept. 7       Mexico vs. Panama 
Sept. 7      Guatemala vs. USA  
Sept. 7      Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Oct. 8         Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Oct. 8         Mexico vs. Guatemala 
Oct. 8/9      Costa Rica vs. USA 
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Oct. 12       USA vs. Panama   
Oct. 12       Guatemala vs. Costa Rica
Oct. 12       Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico
Playoff (*home team will be determined by lottery at the conclusion of the final round)
Date                Match-up
*Nov. 12/13    AFC #5 vs. CONCACAF #4 
*Nov. 16          AFC #5 vs. CONCACAF #4


U-19 STAR AMY RODRIGUEZ NAMED GATORADE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Rising U.S. Women’s National Teams star Amy Rodriguez has been named the 2004 Gatorade National High School Girls Soccer Player of the Year on Thursday (Feb. 24) by Gatorade Thirst Quencher, in partnership with Scholastic Coach & Athletic Director magazine. Rodriguez scored two goals and had two assists for the USA’s 2004 Under-19 World Championship Team that finished third in Thailand last November. She scored against South Korea and Australia, while also assisting on goals against South Korea and Russia. Rodriguez, who attends Rancho Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. and plays club soccer for the Laguna Hills Eclipse, started five of the six matches for the USA in Thailand.

U-17 MNT GO UNDEFEATED IN GUATEMALA, PREPARE FOR MATCHES THIS WEEK: The U.S. Under-17 ’88 Men’s National Team went undefeated during their weeklong tour in Guatemala last week, winning all three of their matches against the club reserve teams and outscoring their opponents, 16-4. In their first match, the U.S. defeated Municipal 6-1 with three goals in each half, including two from Ryan Soroka. In their second match against Comunicaciones, the game was tied at 1-1 and 2-2 before the U.S. ended up pulling away for a 5-2 victory as Quavas Kirk secured the win with two second half goals. In their final match of the tour, Preston Zimmerman scored a hat trick to give the U-17s a 5-1 victory over Aurora. The U-17s have returned to Bradenton, Fla., and will play two matches this week against other U.S. youth national teams training at IMG Academy. The U-17 ‘88s (Team A) will take on the U.S. Under-18 MNT on Wednesday (March 2), while the U-17 ‘89s (Team B) will face the U.S. Under-15 MNT on Friday (March 4).
U-17 ’88 MNT (Team A) Schedule/Results
Date           Opponent               Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
Feb. 22      Municipal                 6-1         Soroka (2), Kirk, Subotic, Igwe, Own goal
Feb. 24      Comunicaciones    5-2          Kirk (2), Wagner, Soroka, Zimmerman
Feb. 26      Aurora                      5-1         Zimmerman (3), Kirk, Besagno
March 2     U-18 MNT

U-17 ’89 MNT (Team B) Schedule
Date            Opponent
March 4       U-15 MNT

U-18 MNT ARRIVES IN BRADENTON FOR WEEKLONG TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team arrived in Bradenton, Fla., this past weekend as they begin a weeklong camp at IMG Academy. Head coach Bob Jenkins has called in a 24-player roster for the camp that will include three games against the U.S. U-17 MNT, the IMG U-19 MNT and the University of Virginia. For six of the players, the camp will be a homecoming of sort as they were part of U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency Program, which is based at IMG Academy.
U.S. U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Chay Cain (Aurora, Ill.), Steve Sandbo (SMU); DEFENDERS (7): Pavelid Castenada (Babylon, N.Y.), Greg Folk (UNC), Aaron Pinckney (Corona, Calif.), David Rodriguez (Dallas, Texas), Chris Schuler (Aurora, Ill.), William Sweetra (Egg Harbor City, N.J.), Mark Wiltse (Belle Mead, N.J.); MIDFIELDERS (11): Eric Avila (San Diego, Calif.), Anthony Beltran (Claremont, Calif.), Jeff Cosgriff (San Bruno, Calif.), Paul Gerstenberger (Albany, N.Y.), Sonny Guadarrama (Cedar Park, Texas), Rodrigo Lopez (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Dax McCarty (UNC), Mike Pezza (Jackson, N.J.), Robbie Rogers (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Evan Toft (Centennial, Colo.), Sal Zizzo (UCLA); FORWARDS (4): Cody Arnoux (Wilmington, N.C.), Eber Martinez (Woodbridge, Va.), Irvin Martinez (Woodbridge, Va.), Demitri Omphroy (Alameda, Calif.).

U-15 MNT TO HOLD FIVE-DAY CAMP AT IMG ACADEMY THIS WEEK: The U.S. Under-15 Men’s National Team will hold a five-day camp at IMG Academy this week in Bradenton, Fla. Head coach Jim Barlow has invited in 31 players into camp. The players will be broken up into two teams (White and Blue) as the U-15s will play six games, each squad going up against the Super Y-League ’90 ODP Select Team, Super Y-League ’89 ODP Select Team and the U.S. U-17 ’89 MNT.
U-15 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jon Harris (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Brooks Hopp (Seattle, Wash.), Josh Lambo (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Chris Miller (Garland, Texas); DEFENDERS (11): Fredua Adu (Potomac, Md.), Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Brice Carr (Mequon, Wis.), Chris Harris (Oakland, Calif.), Christian Ibeagha (Edmond, Okla.), Ian Kalis (Plano, Texas), Christopher Lebo (Telford, Pa.), Timothy Linden (Libertyville, Ill.), Thomas Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.), Matthew Uy (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Daniel Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.); MIDFIELDERS (9): Hugh Dixon (Humble, Texas), Darnell Edwards (Greenbelt, Md.), Clayton Holz (Houtson, Texas), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), David McVane (Middle Grove, N.Y.), Yannick Salmon (Westbury, N.Y.), Bradnon Tarr (Knoxville, Tenn.), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.), Abraham Villon (Garden Grove, Calif.); FORWARDS (7); Chris Agorsor (Severn, Md.), Gary Andrade (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Vincenzo Bernardo (Madison, N.J.), Marc Godelman (Paramus, N.J.), Walter Hines (Booklyn, N.Y.), Sam Redmond (Arden, N.C.), Israel Sesay (Gaithersburg, Md.).
U-15 MNT Schedule
Date               Opponent
March 4          Super Y-League ’90
March 4          U-17 ’89 MNT
March 5          Super Y-League ‘89
March 5          Super Y-League ‘90
March 6          Super Y-League ‘89
March 6          U-17 ’89 MNT

U.S. U-17 WNT DOWNS GERMANY U-17s 2-0: In first of two scheduled matches between the U.S. U-17 WNT and the Germany U-17 Women’s National Team, the USA came away with a 2-0 victory on Sunday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Forward Kelly O’Hara scored the first goal in the 15th minute and center-back Alexondrea Trusty added the second in the 34th as the young Americans roared to a 2-0 halftime lead. The USA out-shot Germany, 14-11, in the first of two matches between the teams.  They will meet again on Wednesday, March 2, at the HDC at 11 a.m. PT. The German U-17s will also play two matches against the U.S. U-16 Girl's National Team.
U-16 and U-17 Schedule
Date           Matchup/Result                                               Time (ET); Venue/U.S. Goal Scorers
Feb. 27      U.S. U-17 WNT 2, Germany U-17 WNT 0    O’Hara, Trusty
Feb. 28      U.S. U-16 GNT vs. Germany U-17 WNT       5 p.m.; The Home Depot Center
March 2     U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Germany U-17 WNT      11 a.m.; The Home Depot Center
March 3     U.S. U-16 GNT vs. Germany U-17 WNT       10 a.m.; The Home Depot Center


PREMIER DEVELOMENT LEAGUE SCHEDULE SET FOR 2005: United Soccer Leagues released the Premier Development League schedule for 2005, with the San Diego Gauchos playing host to the Fresno Fuego on April 23. Defending champion Central Florida Kraze open their campaign on the road two weeks later when they face the Cocoa Expos on May 6. The Boulder Rapids Reserve, finalists in 2004 and 2002, open their season on the road, playing the expansion Springfield Storm on May 13. That same night, the 2002 and 2003 champion Cape Cod Crusaders will play host to the Rhode Island Stingrays in their season opener. The following night, the two unbeatens from the 2004 regular season begin play under their new names. The Chicago Fire Premier (17-0-1 in 2004) will play host to the Indiana Invaders and the Ocean City Barons (14-0-4) hit the road for a match against the Westchester Flames, who have been playing in the USL Second Division since winning the PDL title in 2001. The schedule also features a new franchise in Georgia that will be announced in the coming weeks. The club is playing a provisional 14-game schedule. The regular season wraps up with eight games on July 24, and with the conference playoffs, semifinals and final over the following three weekends.

JAMAICA WINS DIGICEL CUP, COSTA RICA CLAIMS UNCAF NATIONS CUP TITLE: Jamaica was crowned king of the Caribbean for the first time since 1998 after defeating Cuba 1-0 on Thursday (Feb. 24) in the Digicel Cup final at National Stadium in Waterford, St. Michael, Barbados. Trinidad & Tobago took third place earlier that same day by topping host Barbados 3-2, claiming the third and final Caribbean berth to the 2005 Gold Cup. Jamaica, Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago join UNCAF (Central American Football Unioin) Nations Cup champion Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama in the 2005 Gold Cup which takes place July 6-24 in seven venues across the United States. The final groups and full match schedule for the Gold Cup will be announced on Wednesday (March 2) by CONCACAF.
2005 Gold Cup Participating Teams
North Zone
United States
Central America
Costa Rica
Trinidad & Tobago
South Africa
One team TBD

FIRST PARALYMPIC TEAM CAMP OF 2005 BEGINS TOMORROW: The Paralympic Soccer Team will have their first training camp of 2005 beginning tomorrow (March 1) and running through March 7 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.  The camp will be made up of 14 players, including former MISL goalkeeper Jay McCutcheon, who is a stroke survivor have been invited in by coach Jay Hoffman. Paralympic soccer is played seven-a-side by athletes with cerebral palsy, who have survived a stroke or sustained traumatic brain injury. Games consist of two 30-minute halves and each roster is made up of 12 players.
U.S. Paralympic Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Keith Johnson (Anchorage, Alaska), Jay McCutcheon (Baltimore, Md.); DEFEDERS (3): Jon McCullough (Washington, D.C.), Mike Peters (Seattle, Wash.), John Theobald (Syracuse, N.Y.); MIDFIELDERS (7); Curtis Walker (Mansfield, Ohio), Chris Wolf (Gainesville, Fl.), Dave Woosnam (Roswell ,Ga.), Tommy Latsch (Cleveland, Ohio), Josh McKinney (Princeton, W.V.), Jason Slemons (Seattle, Wash.); FORWARDS (3): Josh Blue (Denver, Colo.), Shaun Schetka (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Martel Vazquez (Long Beach, Calif.).


PEAK PERFORMER: Coming off the bench on Sunday, Landon Donovan played a significant role in Bayer Leverkusen’s 1-1 draw against Stuttgart at the Bay Arena. Both Leverkusen and Stuttgart are in a three-way tie with Hertha Berlin for third place in the Bundesliga after this weekend’s games with 39 points, eight points behind Bayern Munich and Schalke 04, who are tied for first with 47 points. Werder Bremen follows with 43.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Youth Women’s National Team series against Germany continues today (Feb. 28) at 5 p.m. ET, when the U.S. U-16 Girl’s National Team takes on the Germany U-17 Women’s National Team. The matchup will be tough, as Germany is looking to come back from a 2-0 loss to the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team on Sunday (Feb. 27).

SOCCER SHOCKER: Last Monday (Feb. 21), the MetroStars introduced former French international and member of the 1998 World Cup winning squad Youri Djorkaeff as their newest team member to the media at Madison Square Garden. Djorkaeff, who turns 37 next Wednesday (March 9), comes to the MLS from Blackburn Rovers of the English Premier League. Besides winning the World Cup in France, earning 82 caps and netting 28 goals for the French National Team, Djorkaeff also helped lead AS Monaco to the French league title in 1991 and Paris St.Germain to the Cup Winner’s Cup title in 1996. He later played with Inter Milan of the Italian Serie A, where he won the UEFA Cup in 1998, before moving to Germany in 1999 and England in 2001.

QUOTABLE: “It is a honor for me to sign with the MetroStars and Major League Soccer. This is a dream come true, and I am looking forward to playing at Giants Stadium.  I am in good shape, and delighted to have this as the final challenge in my football career.”
     --Former France international Youri Djorkaeff on his move to the MetroStars of Major League Soccer from Blackburn Rovers of the English Premier League.

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