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U.S. Soccer Wire: Beasley Gets Two; U.S. Sits Up 3-0 After First Leg of WCQ


BEASLEY BRACE, VANNEY’S FIRST INTERNATIONAL GOAL LEAD U.S.: U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder DaMarcus Beasley scored on either side of halftime and defender Greg Vanney scored the first goal of his international career in stoppage time to give the U.S. a 3-0 edge over Grenada at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on June 13 to open the two-game aggregate series qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Statistically, the U.S. dominated the match with a 34-6 edge on shots and an 18-1 edge in corner kicks. Kasey Keller made just one save in goal for the U.S. as he passed Tony Meola on the all-time win list for U.S. goalkeepers with 38 wins in 69 appearances. Keller’s clean sheet was the 34th of his career, extending his U.S. record. The U.S. now has a 381-minute shutout streak, with four different goalkeepers earning shutouts in their last four matches. After the final U.S. goal, Earnie Stewart came on the field to replace Brian McBride to earn his 99th international cap and increase his World Cup Qualifying cap total to 28.

MASTROENI, WOLFF, ZAVAGNIN JOIN U.S. FOR JUNE 20 RETURN MATCH VS. GRENADA: U.S. Men’s National Team Manager Bruce Arena added Pablo Mastroeni and the Kansas City duo of Josh Wolff and Kerry Zavagnin to the U.S. roster for the second leg of the second round World Cup qualifying series against Grenada to be held on Sunday (June 20) at the National Cricket Ground in St. George's, Grenada.  Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Telemundo. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The trio replaces Conor Casey, Eddie Lewis and Eddie Pope on the U.S. roster, all three of whom appeared in the USA's 3-0 win in the first leg earlier today.  Casey exited the match in the 21st minute and was diagnosed with a muscle strain behind the right knee that will sideline the forward for 4-6 weeks.  Lewis and Pope were removed for the Grenada trip as a precautionary measure.  Both players picked up yellow cards in today's game, and a caution for either player in the second leg would result in a one-game suspension for the opening match of the semifinal round. The U.S. will train at New York Hota Bavarian Soccer Club in Long Island, N.Y., this week before traveling to Grenada on Friday (June 18).
U.S. MNT Qualifying Roster – June 20
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kasey Keller (Tottenham Hotspur), Jonny Walker (MetroStars); DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Bobby Convey (D.C. United), Cory Gibbs (Dallas Burn), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Greg Vanney (FC Bastia); MIDFIELDERS (6): Chris Armas (Chicago Fire), DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago Fire), Landon Donovan (San Jose Earthquakes), Claudio Reyna (Manchester City), Earnie Stewart (D.C. United), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards); FORWARDS (3): Jovan Kirovski (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian McBride (Fulham FC), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards).

U.S. WOMEN PLACED IN FOUR-TEAM GROUP C, OPEN VS. GREECE ON AUG. 11: The U.S. Women’s National Team learned during the Olympic Draw last week that it was placed into Group G with Greece, Brazil and Australia at the 2004 Olympic Women’s Soccer Tournament. The USA will first face host Greece on Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET) at Pankritio Stadium in Heraklio. The USA will travel to Thessaloniki for the final two Group G games, facing Brazil on Aug. 14 (6 p.m. local / 11 a.m. ET) before finishing Group G play against Australia on Aug. 17 (6 p.m. local / 11 a.m. ET), both at Kaftanzoglio Stadium.  In the unusual 10-team tournament format of two groups of three teams and one group of four, the USA was placed into the group of four as the three European teams – Greece, Sweden and Germany – were separated, one into each group. If the USA advances out of group play, they will have played three matches over a seven-day span while their opponent in the quarterfinals will have played just two.  The first round matches will eliminate just two of the eight teams – three of the four teams will advance from Group G, and all three teams from either Group E or F -- after which the competition then moves to the knockout stages with the quarterfinals. The four quarterfinals of the tournament will be played on Aug. 20 in Heraklio, Patra, Thessaloniki and Volos.  The semifinals are in Heraklio and Patra on Aug. 23 while the gold and bronze medal matches will be at Olympic Stadium in Athens on Aug. 26.
U.S. WNT Group C Schedule – 2004 Olympics
Date            Opponent           Venue; City                                                   Kickoff
Aug. 11       Greece                Pankritio Stadium; Heraklio                           6 p.m. (local) / 11 a.m. ET
Aug. 14       Brazil                  Kaftanzoglio Stadium; Thessaloniki                6 p.m. (local) / 11 a.m. ET
Aug. 17       Australia             Kaftanzoglio Stadium; Thessaloniki                6 p.m. (local) / 11 a.m. ET

– CONCACAF 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING UPDATE –

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING SECOND ROUND UNDERWAY: FIFA World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region got underway in earnest this past week with 11 first leg games in second round qualifying action. Although there were no major upsets, St. Kitts & Nevis did surprise Barbados with a 2-0 road win over the semifinal round qualifiers from 2002. All of the other qualifying favorites earned victories or draws, with the most surprising results coming from Costa Rica's 2-2 draw in Cuba (although El Salvador's slim 2-1 victory at home over Bermuda puts them in a tight spot on their Bermuda return on Sunday, June 20). The only series yet to begin is Mexico's pairing with Dominica that will begin on Saturday (June 19).
Group 1 Results / Schedule (winners will advance to Group 1 in semi-final round)
Date            Result                                            Venue; City
June 13        USA 3, Grenada 0                        Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
June 20        USA @ Grenada                          National Stadium; St. George's, Grenada
Date            Result                                            Venue; City
June 12        Haiti 1, Jamaica 1                         Orange Bowl; Miami, Fla.
June 20        Haiti @ Jamaica                            National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica
Date            Result                                            Venue; City
June 13        Panama 4, St. Lucia 0                   Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City, Panama
June 20        Panama @ St. Lucia                     National Stadium; Vieux Fort, St. Lucia
Date            Result                                            Venue; City
June 13        El Salvador 2, Bermuda 1             Estadio Cuscatlan; San Salvador, El Salvador
June 20        El Salvador @ Bermuda               National Sports Centre; Hamilton, Bermuda
Group 2 Results / Schedule (winners will advance to Group 2 in semifinal round)
Date            Result                                            Venue; City
June 12       Surinam 1, Guatemala 1                 Andre Kamperveen Stadium; Paramaribo, Surinam
June 20       Surinam @ Guatemala                   Estadio Mateo Flores; Guatemala City, Guatemala
Date            Result                                            Venue; City
June 12       Honduras 2, Netherlands Ant. 1     Ergilio Hato Stadium; Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles
June 19       Netherlands Ant. @ Honduras       Estadio Olimpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Date           Result                                            Venue; City
June 13       Canada 4, Belize 0                        Richardson Stadium; Kingston, Ontario
June 16       Belize @ Canada                          Richardson Stadium; Kingston, Ontario
Date            Result                                           Venue; City
June 12       Cuba 2, Costa Rica 2                    Estadio Pedro Marrero; Havana, Cuba
June 20       Cuba @ Costa Rica                      Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto; Alajuela, Costa Rica
Group 3 Results / Schedule (winners will advance to Group 2 in semifinal round)
Date            Match-up                                     Venue; City
June 19       Dominica @ Mexico                     Alamodome; San Antonia, Texas
June 27       Dominica @ Mexico                     Estadio Victoria; Aguascaliente, Mexico
Date           Result                                            Venue; City
June 13       St. Kitts & Nevis 2, Barbados 0    National Stadium; Waterford, Barbados
June 19       Barbados @ St. Kitts & Nevis      Warner Park; Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis
Date           Result                                            Venue; City
June 13       T&T 2, Dominican Republic 0       Estadio Olimpico; Santo Domingo, Dominica Republic
June 20       Dominican Republic @ T&T         Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
Date            Result                                           Venue; City
June 13       Nicaragua 2, St. Vincent 2            Estadio El Cacique Diriangen; Diramba, Nicaragua
June 20       Nicaragua @ St. Vincent              Arnos Vale Playing Field; Kingstown, St. Vincent & The Grenadines

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

RONGEN ANNOUNCES U-20 ROSTER FOR BRAZIL MATCH, SOUTH KOREA TOURNAMENT: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen last week named a 23-player roster that will face defending Under-20 FIFA World Champion Brazil on Wednesday (June 16) at 8 p.m. ET at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.  Fans can follow the game live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Of the players selected, a total of six are playing professionally, with five players representing teams in Major League Soccer. The morning after the match with Brazil, the majority of the Under-20 roster will travel to Busan, South Korea to participate in the Busan Four Nations International Tournament. The U.S. will open the tournament on June 22 against the host nation, then face Brazil on June 24 and finish the round-robin play against Poland on Feb. 26. All the matches will take place at Busan Asiad Main Stadium. The Brazil match and foreign trip will help Rongen continue to prepare for the CONCACAF U-20 World Youth Championship qualifying tournament in January 2005. Advance tickets for the Brazil match on June 16 are $20 for adults and $10 for kids under the age of 12 and are on sale now by calling Complete Ticket Solutions at 1-877-877-7677 or online at www.tixops.com. For groups of 25 or more, there is a $2 discount per ticket. Tickets are also available online.
U-20 MNT Schedule
Date              Opponent             Kickoff
June 16         Brazil                    8 p.m. ET
U-20 MNT Schedule – Busan International Tournament
Date              Opponent             Kickoff (local / ET)
June 22          South Korea         7 p.m. / 6 a.m.
June 24          Brazil                    4:30 p.m. / 3:30 a.m.
June 26          Poland                 12:30 p.m. / 11:30 p.m.
U-20 MNT Roster (* will not travel to South Korea)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Andrew Kartunen (Stanford), Quentin Westberg (ESTAC Troyes); DEFENDERS (6): Kiel McClung (UCLA), Patrick Phelan (Enfield, Conn.), Steve Purdy (UC-Berkeley), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Tim Ward (Waukesha, Wis); MIDFIELDERS (10): Arturo Alvarez* (San Jose Earthquakes), Craig Capano* (Chicago Fire), Nico Colaluca (Coventry, R.I.), Steve Curfman (Wake Forest), John DiRaimondo (St. Louis University), Eddie Gaven* (MetroStars), Guillermo Gonzalez (L.A. Galaxy), Will Hall (Virginia), Stuart Holden (Clemson), Danny Szetela (Clifton, N.J.); FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu* (D.C. United), Charlie Davies (Manchester, N.H.), Kamani Hill (Berkley, Calif.), Will John (St. Louis University), Jamie Watson (UNC).

U-19s TO FACE SOUTH KOREA, TWO EUROPEAN TEAMS AT THAILAND 2004 IN NOVEMBER: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team was drawn into Group C at the Final Draw for the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship on June 11 at the Imperial Queen Park Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.  The USA will face Asian champion South Korea and two undetermined European teams during the 2nd FIFA Women’s Youth World Championship to be held Nov. 10-27 in Thailand. The draw was held with only seven of the 12 nations having qualified, with four European teams and one African team still to be determined. The USA will be paying particular attention to the European Final Round qualification tournament in Finland from July 28-August 8, as the young U.S. team will face the winner and the third-place team from that competition in Group C.  The USA will open the tournament on Thursday, Nov. 11, the second day of the competition, facing South Korea at 5 p.m. local (5 a.m. ET).  The USA then faces the third-place finisher in Europe on Sunday, Nov. 14 (Kickoff TDB) and finishes Group C play on Thursday, Nov. 18 against the European champion (7:45 p.m. local / 7:45 a.m. ET). All three of the USA’s first-round matches will be played in Phuket, an island in the southern part of the country. The 12-team competition features three groups of four teams with the two teams in each group and top two third-place teams advancing to the quarterfinals. Group A features host Thailand, the second place finisher in Europe, Australia and Canada, while Group B, features the African champion, China, the fourth place team in Europe and Brazil.
U-19 WNT Group C Schedule -- FIFA Women’s Youth World Championship
Date              Opponent                    Kickoff
Nov. 11        South Korea                5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Nov. 14        Europe #3                    7:45 p.m. local / 7:45 a.m. ET
Nov. 18        Europe #1                    7:45 p.m. local / 7:45 a.m. ET

– LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE –

TWO PDL TEAMS ADVANCE, ROUND OUT FIRST ROUND WINNERS: The first round of the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup came to a close on June 8 as a pair of Premier Development League squads topped the Region III United States Adult Soccer Association qualifiers. Azzurri of Dallas had a 2-1 advantage with less than five minutes to play, but the Cocoa Expos came from behind on an equalizer in the 86th minute and an overtime winner in the 93rd. Back in Azzurri's hometown, the Dallas-Ft. Worth Tornadoes topped Legends FC 3-1 after a scoreless first half.
First Round Results
#     Date         Result
1     June 2       Boulder Rapids Reserve (PDL) 2, Chico Rooks (USASA) 1
2     June 2       Sacramento Knights (USASA) 2, Spokane Shadow (PDL) 1 (OT)
3     June 2       Allied S.C. (USASA) 0, South Jersey Barons (PDL) 5
5     June 2       Chicago Fire Reserves (PDL) 5, S.A.C. Wisla (USASA) 1
6     June 2       Cape Cod Crusaders (PDL) 4, N.Y. Greek American-Atlas (USASA) 1
8     June 2       Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) 1, Carolina Dynamo (PDL) 5
4     June 8       Legends FC (USASA) 1, DFW Tornadoes (PDL) 3
7     June 8       Azzurri (USASA) 1, Cocoa Expos (PDL) 2

SECOND ROUND BEGINS TOMORROW; THIRD ROUND PAIRINGS FINALIZED: The Dallas Burn, Columbus Crew and six A-League teams have learned their potential opponents and venues for the third round of the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as U.S. Soccer announced third round pairings last week. In addition to the two MLS sides, the Atlanta Silverbacks, Charleston Battery, Minnesota Thunder, Portland Timbers, Richmond Kickers and Rochester Raging Rhinos will enter the competition on June 30 from the A-League. Theses eight teams will face the eight winners from the second round, which will be played tomorrow (June 15). Complete U.S. Open Cup schedules, results and news are available on the competition page of ussoccer.com. Geographical pairings and host proposals received from each club determined match-ups, as they will through the quarterfinals of the tournament. Possible pairings for the eight remaining MLS teams that enter in the fourth round will be announced after the completion of the second round.
Round Two Schedule
#       Date         Match-up                                                                                     Venue; City                                                             Kickoff (local)
9       June 15    San Diego Gauchos (PSL) at Boulder Rapids Reserve (PDL)        Pleasant View Field; Boulder, Colo.                         6 p.m. MT
10     June 15    Sacramento Knights (USASA) at Utah Blitzz (PSL)                      Rice-Eccles Stadium; Salt Lake City, Utah                7:30 p.m. MT
11     June 15    Syracuse Salty Dogs (A) at South Jersey Barons (PDL)                Winslow High School; Tansboro, N.J.                      6 p.m. ET
12     June 15    DFW Tornadoes (PDL) at Virginia Beach Mariners (A)                Va. Beach Sports Plex; Virginia Beach, Va.              7:30 p.m. ET
13     June 15    Chicago Fire Reserves (PDL) at N.H. Phantoms (PSL)                 S. New Hampshire Univ.; Manchester, N.H.            7:30 p.m. ET
14     June 15    Cape Cod Crusaders (PDL) at Western Mass Pioneers (PSL)      Lusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass.                             7:30 p.m. ET
15     June 15    Cocoa Expos (PDL) at Wilmington Hammerheads (PSL)              Legion Stadium; Wilmington, N.C.                           7:30 p.m. ET
16     June 15    Charlotte Eagles (PSL) at Carolina Dynamo (PDL)                       MacPherson Stadium; Browns Summit, N.C.           7:30 p.m. ET

Round Three Schedule
#       Date         Match-up                                                                                     Venue; City                                                            Kickoff
17     June 30     Portland Timbers (A) at Utah Blitzz                                              Rice-Eccles Stadium; Salt Lake City, Utah              7:30 p.m. MT
                          OR Sacramento Knights at Portland Timbers (A)                         PGE Park; Portland, Ore.                                       7 p.m. PT
18     June 30     Game 9 Winner at Minnesota Thunder (A)                                   James Griffin Stadium; St. Paul, Minn.                     7 p.m. CT
19     June 30     Game 15 Winner at Charleston Battery (A)                                  Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.                     7:30 p.m. ET
20     June 30     Atlanta Silverbacks (A) at Carolina Dynamo                                MacPherson Stadium; Browns Summit, N.C.          7:30 p.m. ET
                          OR Atlanta Silverbacks (A) at Charlotte Eagles                           Transamerica Field; Charlotte, N.C.                        7:30 p.m. ET
21     June 30     Virginia Beach Mariners at Dallas Burn (MLS)                            Old Panther Stadium; Duncanville, Texas                 7:30 p.m. CT
                          OR Dallas Burn (MLS) at DFW Tornadoes                                Pennington Field; Bedford, Texas                            7:30 p.m. CT
22     June 30     Richmond Kickers (A) at Western Mass Pioneers                       Lusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass.                            7:30 p.m. ET
                          OR Cape Cod Crusaders at Richmond Kickers (A)                    Sports Backers Stadium; Richmond, Va.                 7 p.m. ET
23     June 30     Game 11 Winner at Columbus Crew (MLS)                               Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio                              7:30 p.m. ET
24     June 30     Game 13 Winner at Rochester Raging Rhinos (A)                       Frontier Field; Rochester, N.Y.                               7:35 p.m. ET

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

FIRST OF WUSA WOMEN’S SOCCER FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND IN BLAINE: A number of U.S. Women’s National Team stars currently training in residency camp at The Home Depot Center in preparation for the 2004 Athens Olympics will be participating in the first of two WUSA Soccer Festivals this weekend at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.  The Atlanta Beat meet the New York Power on Friday (June 18) at 7:35 p.m. CT before the Washington Freedom take on the Boston Breakers on Saturday (June 19) at 5 p.m. CT. The second WUSA Soccer Festival will take place as a doubleheader on June 27 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and will feature the San Diego Spirit against the Carolina Courage at 12 p.m. PT and the San Jose CyberRays versus the Philadelphia Charge at 2:30 p.m. PT.
Blaine, Minn. – National Sports Center – June 18-19
Date               Match-up                                                         Kickoff (CT)
June 18          Atlanta Beat vs. New York Power                    7:35 p.m.
June 19          Washington Freedom vs. Boston Breakers        5 p.m.
Carson, Calif. – The Home Depot Center – June 27
Date               Match-up                                                         Kickoff (PT)
June 27           San Diego Spirit vs. Carolina Courage             12 p.m.
June 27           San Jose CyberRays vs. Philadelphia                2:30 p.m.

U.S. FUTSAL TO FACE PANAMA, GUYANA AND CUBA IN FINAL QUALIFYING IN JULY: The U.S. Futsal National Team learned that it was placed in Group B alongside Panama, Guyana and Cuba in the draw for the CONCACAF Final Qualifying Tournament being played in Heredia, Costa Rica in July. The U.S. earned a spot in the eight-team final round competition after sweeping Honduras in a two-game series on May 18 and 20 in Milwaukee, Wisc. The U.S. compiled an aggregate score of 7-1 over Honduras, with MISL star Lee Edgerton leading the way with two goals. The U.S. will open its qualifying campaign against Panama on July 24 before rounding out group play on July 26 against Guyana and July 28 against Cuba. From there the U.S. will hope to advance to the semifinals on July 30, where the winner of that game will qualify for the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Championship being played from Nov. 21 to Dec. 5 in Chinese Tapei. Both finalists will play for the CONCACAF crown on July 31. Group A in the Final Qualifying Tournament consists of reigning regional champion and host Costa Rica, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and Surinam. All of the tournament matches will be played in Heredia.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder DaMarcus Beasley came within inches of posting his first full international hat trick yesterday in a 3-0 win over Grenada in Columbus, Ohio, on June 13. Beasley struck first in first half stoppage time, snapping home a header at the back post after a perfect cross from Claudio Reyna. The Chicago Fire midfielder scored his second in the 71st, calmly converting a diagonal pass from Landon Donovan. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native had a chance for a third late in the match, but his shot was blocked by Grenada goalkeeper Kellon Baptiste. Beasley has three goals on the year and a total of seven in 34 career U.S. MNT matches.

MARQUEE MATCH-UP:  It wasn’t easy, but the U.S. MNT managed to post a fairly comfortable 3-0 win over Grenada yesterday in the first leg of the two-game preliminary round qualifying series. But it ain’t over yet. The U.S. still has to travel down near the equator for a match in front of some 15,000 frenzied fans on a bumpy field and protect its lead to take the series on aggregate goals. Catch the match at 4 p.m. ET live on ESPN2 and Telemundo or at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

SOCCER SHOCKER:  In one of the biggest upsets in the history of a country hosting a major competition, Portugal was stunned by an early goal and eventually fell 2-1 to Greece in Lisbon on June 12 in the opening match of Euro 2004. Greece midfielder Georgios Karagounis quieted the crowd with a goal in the 7th minute, and Angelos Basinas converted a 51st minute penalty kick to build a 2-0 lead, only to have Portugal pull one goal back in the 93rd minute. Combined with Portugal’s 3-2 loss to the USA in their opening match of the 2002 World Cup on June 5, the huge loss marked the second consecutive tournament where the hopelessly underachieving team stumbled out of the gates.

QUOTABLE:  "As long as you keep it under five, you’re doing better than I was.”
        –MetroStars goalkeeper Walker, reassuring rookie Zach Wells before his debut on June 12 in a 3-1 loss to San Jose, after Walker conceded five goals in the last match with the Earthquakes

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