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U.S. Soccer Wire: May 16, 2005


ARENA CALLS UP 19 PLAYERS FOR ENGLAND FRIENDLY: U.S. Men’s National Team manager Bruce Arena has called 19 players into camp to train for the upcoming friendly against England on May 28 in Chicago.  Kickoff at Soldier Field is set for 2 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Telemundo. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The match serves as important preparation for the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica (June 4 in Salt Lake) and Panama (June 8 in Panama City).  The team will assemble beginning May 22 in Chicago. Chicago-area native Brian McBride is the top capwinner in the group, having collected 85 international appearances while tallying 26 goals. At the other end of the park stands goalkeeper Kasey Keller, the USA’s all-time leader in wins (43) and shutouts (37).  With 78 caps to his credit, Keller is averaging nearly one shutout for every two games played. The U.S. roster boasts plenty of firepower, led by Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan.  The 23-year old already has amassed 61 caps and 19 goals for the senior team.  Having led the U.S. in scoring the last two years running, he has collected at least one point in 10 of 11 qualifying matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.  Donovan is tied for the MLS lead in scoring with five goals, alongside emerging New England Revolution midfielder Clint Dempsey.  FC Dallas striker Eddie Johnson is coming off a remarkable first year with the full team, netting eight goals in eight career games. Making his return to the U.S. fold is midfielder John O’Brien, who is making his second appearance on a roster since starting all five games at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Also returning to the mix is FC Dallas defender Greg Vanney, who is making his first trip with the U.S. side in 2005, as well as FSV Mainz forward Conor Casey. The U.S. roster for the upcoming qualifiers will be determined following the Memorial Day weekend matches.
U.S. MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Zach Thornton (Chicago Fire); DEFENDERS (6): Gregg Berhalter (Energie Cottbus), Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Cory Gibbs (Feyenoord), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Greg Vanney (FC Dallas); MIDFIELDERS (7): Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), John O’Brien (ADO Den Haag), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution), Clyde Simms (D.C. United); FORWARDS (3): Conor Casey (FSV Mainz), Eddie Johnson (FC Dallas), Brian McBride (Fulham FC)

EDDIE LEWIS RETURNS AFTER SURGERY: In the English Championship playoffs, Eddie Lewis had by all accounts a strong performance in the first leg of Preston North End's promotion playoff vs. Derby County, just three weeks after an appendectomy. "I feel great. The doctors did a fantastic job on the surgery" said Lewis, who underwent an emergency appendectomy April 24.  "This is a critical time for the club in our efforts to get promoted to the Premiership, and I wanted to do everything I could to help the team realize its goals.  These are the games that matter, and for sure I wanted to be able to contribute." The left winger played 89 minutes in a 2-0 victory for his club at home, earning the praise of his manager. Lewis did not score, but his free kicks and crosses provided several chances. The second leg of the playoff will be played Thursday, May 19, at Derby's home stadium.

AMERICANS ABROAD WRAPPING UP LEAGUE SEASONS: Brian McBride did his part with two goals as Fulham sealed Norwich’s relegation with a 6-0 victory at Craven Cottage on Saturday. McBride has now scored six goals in his last nine league matches while Carlos Bocanegra earned his first start since March 19 and his first minutes since April 3 and played 90 minutes at left back. Elsewhere in England Claudio Reyna played 88 minutes as Manchester City missed a berth in the UEFA Cup by the narrowest of margins. Three points behind Middlesbrough going into the day, a win would put Manchester City in seventh place and the final EPL slot in Europe next season. Man City went down by one goal in the 23rd minute as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink drilled a 30-yard rocket off the underside of the crossbar and got one back in the opening minute of the second half, but 'Boro dug in. City manager Stuart Pearce sent David James, the England goalkeeper penciled in to start vs. the U.S. on May 28, to play center forward for the final minutes, and inserted back-up goalkeeper Nicky Weaver in Reyna’s place. At Manchester United, Tim Howard did not dress as Roy Carroll got another start in a 2-1 victory over now relegated Southampton. Meanwhile, in Holland, Cory Gibbs played 90 as Feyernoord fell 4-2 to PSV Eindhoven, who is still without DaMarcus Beasley due to a knee injury. Kasey Keller earned his seventh shutout in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach against Hertha Berlin. Keller is averaging only one goal against in 16 appearances in Germany. The 0-0 draw ensures ‘Gladbach’s position in the Bundesliga. Steve Cherundolo played 90 minutes as Hannover 96 topped Hamburg 2-1eliminating Hamburg from UEFA Cup contention. Conor Casey was on the bench in Mainz’s 3-2 win over Kaiserslauten while Gregg Berhalter and Energie Cottbus fell 3-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.

ENGLAND TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE: More than 35,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s May 28 friendly against England at Soldier Field at 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, May 28, with tickets starting at $28. Tickets can be purchased through ussoccer.com, by phone at 312-559-1212 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts, Hot Tix, FYE, Tower Records, and Ritmo Latino stores). Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com. The match against England, which will be broadcast live on ESPN, comes just seven days before the U.S. men take on Costa Rica in the USA’s second straight home qualifier. Kickoff for the match against Costa Rica, which is being presented by Philips Electronics, is slated for 5:30 p.m. MT at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City and the match will be shown live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

-- FIFA 2006 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING UPDATE --

HARTFORD TO HOST USA VS. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ON AUG. 17: Tickets are now on sale for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifying match vs. Trinidad & Tobago on August 17 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The U.S. vs. Trinidad & Tobago match will kick off at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, with fans also able to follow along live on ussoccer.com via MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at ussoccer.com, by phone at 860-525-4500, at all Ticketmaster outlets in the region (including Filene's Stores) and at the Hartford Civic Center (open Monday – Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.).  Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com. Trinidad & Tobago will be the first opponent that the U.S. faces for the second time in the 10-game final round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, playing the return leg of a 2-1 victory on February 9 in Trinidad.

U.S. TAKES ON MEXICO IN COLUMBUS ON SEPT. 3: The U.S. Men’s National Team will host Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 3 in Columbus Crew Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET in their seventh of 10 final round qualifying matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. vs. Mexico match, which is being presented by Budweiser, will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Telemundo, with fans also able to follow the U.S. match live at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. It will be the fourth out of five World Cup qualifiers played in the United States and the fifth World Cup qualifying match hosted by the six-year-old venue. Ticketing details will be announced in the future.

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 2, Panama 1
March 26   Guatemala 5, Trinidad & Tobago 1
March 27   Mexico 2, USA 1
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 30   Panama 1, Mexico 1
March 30   USA 2, Guatemala 0
March 30   Trinidad & Tobago 0, Costa Rica 0
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.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --

TARPLEY, O’REILLY AND REDDICK OPEN W-LEAGUE ACCOUNTS: U.S. Women’s National Team players Lindsay Tarpley, Heather O’Reilly and Cat Reddick each registered a goal in helping the New Jersey Wildcats of the USL W-League to two wins on the opening weekend of their season.  The Wildcats, which feature a lineup predominately made up of players with full and youth international experience from both the USA and Canada, played two games in a little less than 24 hours. New Jersey emerged from the tough two-game road trip with two shutout victories, 4-0 over the Boston Renegades last Friday night and 2-0 over the New York Magic on Saturday afternoon.  Against the Renegades, who have U.S. National Team player Angela Hucles, the Wildcats opened the scoring with two goals in the 56th minute, the second from O’Reilly on a breakaway off an assist from Tarpley.  Tarpley made it 3-0 in 76th minute with a finish from close range.  Against the Magic, Reddick sealed the game in the 90th minute on a spectacular long-range free kick, sending her 28-year blast into off the hands of the diving goalkeeper and into the upper left corner.  Reddick also assisted on the first goal of the game in the fifth minute to Canadian international Christine Latham, the 2003 WUSA Rookie of the Year, who also opened the scoring against Boston.  U.S. defender Heather Mitts opened her USL W-League season on May 7, helping the Central Florida Krush, which features former U.S. international Danielle Fotopoulos, to a 4-0 win over the Carolina Dynamo.

LILLY TALLIES TWICE AS KIF OREBRO SALVAGES TIE: U.S. Women’s National Team captain Kristine Lilly tallied twice as her Swedish club KIF Orebro roared back from a 3-0 deficit to salvage a 3-3 tie with Linkoping FC.  Lilly scored in the 71st and 89th minutes, and amazingly, Orebro got the tying goal in the 91st minute as Linkoping scored an own goal.  Orebro is currently third in the league behind second-place Malmo and league-leaders Umea, who downed Tiffeny Milbrett’s club Sunnana, 1-0, over the weekend.  Lilly and Kate Markgraf will play one final match for Orebro next weekend before heading back to the USA as the league takes a break for the 2005 European Women’s Championship.
 
OLYMPIQUE LYONNAISE FALLS IN PENALTY KICKS IN FRENCH CUP FINAL: The French league season for U.S. Women’s National Team players Hope Solo, Danielle Slaton, Lorrie Fair and Christie Welsh came to a dramatic yet frustrating end yesterday as their club Olympique Lyonnaise fell in the French Cup Final to Juvisy on penalty kicks, 5-4.  The match was tied 1-1 in regulation before going seven-deep on the spot kicks.  Slaton was denied by the goalkeeper on her team’s second kick, but both Fair (fifth kick) and Welsh (sixth) converted when missing would have meant defeat.  Unfortunately, French National Team player Sandrine Dusang missed her team’s seventh kick and the title belonged to Juvisy.  Solo saved one shot and forced French star Marinette Pichon to clang one off the post.  The American quartet (which was a quintet before Aly Wagner returned to the United States in late March) had a successful season in France despite joining the team late in the season.  They helped OL rise to third in the league standings and earned the runner-up finish in the French Cup, known as the “Challenge of France.”

-- U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --

U-20 MNT ARRIVE IN MINNESOTA, GET SET FOR MATCH AGAINST CANADA: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team arrived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area on Sunday (May 15), conducting their first training camp later that evening as they prepare for their World Youth Championship preparation match against Canada on Wednesday, May 18 in Blaine. Kickoff for the match at the National Sports Center is 7:35 p.m. CT and fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Head coach Sigi Schmid had initially invited in a 24-man roster, but that number was reduced by two as goalkeeper Quentin Westberg was unable to make the trip after breaking his nose in practice last week with his club in France (Troyes) and midfielder Robbie Rogers is resting a sore knee. Seven professional players – all from Major League Soccer – are mixed in with the players currently in camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The team will train on Monday and Tuesday before their match on Wednesday. After the match, the professionals will rejoin their club teams while the remaining players will travel back to Carson. The match will serve as preparation for the U.S. as the U-20s are less than a month away from competing in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, which will take place from June 10-July 2 in Holland. The U.S. qualified for Holland with a first-place finish in Group A of the CONCACAF Under-20 qualifying tournament at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., in January, and was drawn into the difficult Group D with Argentina, Germany and Egypt.
U.S. Under-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Andrew Kartunen (Stanford), Justin Hughes (UNC), Quentin Westberg (ESTAC Troyes); DEFENDERS (7): Marvell Wynne (UCLA), Nathan Sturgis (Clemson University), Tim Ward (Metrostars), Patrick Ianni (UCLA), Sean Franklin (CSU – Northridge), Hunter Freeman (Colorado Rapids), Greg Dalby (Notre Dame); MIDFIELDERS (6): Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Seton Hall), Lee Nguyen (Dallas Texans), EddieGaven (Metrostars), Michael Harrington (UNC), BennyFeilhaber (UCLA); FORWARDS (7): Freddy Adu (DC United), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Charlie Davies (Boston College), Brad Evans (UC - Irvine), Will John (Chicago Fire), Jacob Peterson (Indiana University), Robbie Rogers

U-17 ’88 MNT DEFEAT LAREDO HEAT 4-1, ‘89s DOWN U-15 BNT 3-2: The U.S. Under-17 '88 Men's National Team defeated the Laredo Heat of the Premier Development League 4-1 this evening in Laredo, Texas. Midfielder Jeremy Hall opened the game with a goal in the eighth minute off a pass from forward David Arvizu, but 30 minutes later Laredo was able to find the equalizer as Daniel Hermosillo finished past goalkeeper Bryant Rueckner. An own goal three minutes before the halftime whistle provided the U.S. with the game-winner, and Ofori Sarkodie and Arvizu piled on two more strikes as they cruised past the Heat. The ‘89s also pulled out a victory last week, defeating the U-15 BNT 3-2 in Bradenton, Fla. Perica Marosevic and Josmer Altidore gave the U-17s a 2-0 lead, but the U-15s bounced back to tie it before halftime. In the 80th minute, Cesar Nunez buried a blast past goalkeeper Josh Lambo for the victory.
U-17 ’88 MNT Results
Date      Opponent         Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
May 11  Laredo Heat    4-1 W    Hall, Sarkodie, Arvizu, Own goal

U-17 ’89 MNT Results
Date      Opponent     Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
May 15  U-15 BNT    3-2 W     Marosevic, Altidore, Nunez

U.S. U-16 GIRL’S NATIONAL TEAM GOES 2-0-1 IN JAPAN: The U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team completed a successful three-game stint in Japan yesterday, not allowing a goal while playing three matches in four days at the J-Village training center a few hours outside of Tokyo.  The U-16s started off with a 0-0 tie against Tepco Mareeze in an evenly played match, with the USA firing 17 shots to their opponent’s 14.  The USA had several quality opportunities, including a near miss from Gretchen Miller on a header off a corner kick while Jessie Baddley failed to convert a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Bianca Henninger picked up the shutout in goal for the USA. The U-16s bounced back with a solid 4-0 win over L-League side Albirex Niigata as Amy Caldwell scored in the eighth minute before Baddley tallied twice, in the 45th and 64the minutes.  Melissa Henderson, who also had two assists, finished the scoring in the 79th minute.  Jorden Kussman got the shutout in goal for the USA in that match.  The USA won its third match, 1-0, over Tokiwagi High School, 1-0, despite out-shooting the Japanese interscholastic champions 25-9. Henderson added her second goal of the tour in the 72nd minute to provide the winning margin. Henninger and Kussman split time in goal in the last match.

U-15 BNT FINISH CAMP IN BRADENTON, SNAG THREE VICTORIES: The U.S. Under-15 BNT finished their six-day training camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., on Sunday (May 15). During the camp, the U-15s played four games, coming away with three victories. The U-15s picked up two shutouts in their first two matches as they blanked the Clearwater Chargers 3-0 and IMG U-16 4-0. In their next match against the U-17 ’89 MNT they fell behind by two goals by the 25th minute, but strikes from Kirk Urso and Jared Jeffrey tied the match before halftime. In the second half, a strike by Cesar Nunez gave the U-17s the victory. In their final match on Sunday, the U-15s torched IMG U-17 6-0.
U-15 MNT Results
Date      Opponent                        Result   U.S. Goal Scorers
May 11  Clearwater Chargers    3-0 W    n/a
May 12  IMG U-16                        4-0 W    n/a
May 14  U-17 ’89 MNT                2-3 L      Urso, Jeffrey
May 15  IMG U-17                        6-0 W     n/a

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

WAVE TAKE GAME ONE OF MISL FINALS WITH 10-9 OVERTIME VICTORY: The Milwaukee Wave came back from a 5-1 deficit in the second quarter and a 9-8 decificit with 22 seconds remaining before a Johnny Torres overtime goal gave the home team a 10-9 victory in the opening game of the 2005 MISL Championship Series on Saturday (May 14). Game Two of the finals will be played on Saturday, May 21, at St. Louis’ Savvis Center (7 p.m. ET) live on ESPN2. Should Cleveland win Game Two, the champion would be decided with a golden-goal session. MISL MVP and scoring champion Greg Howes had five goals, including four in a row for the Wave after his team fell behind 5-1, and also assisted on the game-tying goal by 42-year-old Michael King. Just more than six minutes into overtime, Torres put home a rebound to give Milwaukee the advantage heading into next weekend's game.
MISL 2005 Championship Series
Game #    Date       Matchup                                   Venue; Time
Game 1    May 14   Milwaukee 10, Cleveland 9   U.S. Cellular Arena (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Game 2    May 21   Cleveland vs. Milwaukee       Savvis Center (St. Louis, Mo.); 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

MISL HANDS OUT POST-SEASON AWARDS, HOWES REPEATS AS MVP: Milwaukee Wave forward Greg Howes was presented the Hector Marinaro Trophy as the Major Indoor Soccer League MVP last week after leading the league in scoring with 41 goals and 32 assists. The MVP trophy was re-named this season to honor Marinaro, the league's all-time leading scorer who retired before this season. The Philadelphia Kixx swept the defensive award honors, with Pat Morris being named the league's top defender and Peter Pappas named the league's top goalkeeper. John Barry Nusum, also of the Kixx, was named the league's top rookie with 28 goals and 17 assists, and he headlined the league's all-rookie team with teammate Chris Ferhle, the Chicago Storm's Danny Waltman, Lazo Alavanga and Byron Alvarez as well as James Koehler of the Kansas City Comets. Cleveland Force head coach Omid Namazi was named coach of the year as he has lead the Force to the MISL Championship Series.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: So how about that Brian McBride guy? After going 20 matches without scoring for Fulham FC, a drought that lasted from November to February, McBride ended the season with a bang that included six goals in his last nine games. Two of those goals came in Sunday’s 6-0 thrashing of Norwich City, ending Norwich’s chance of avoiding relegation. McBride opened up the scoring in the 10th minute, before assisting on another goal and scoring again in the 85th minute.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: It was a nail-biter at U.S. Cellular Arena on Saturday as the Milwaukee Wave came back from a 9-8 deficit with 22 seconds to go in the first leg of the 2005 MISL Championship Series. The Wave defeated the Cleveland Force 10-9 with an overtime goal by Johnny Torres. The second leg of the series will be played on Saturday (May 21) and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

SOCCER SHOCKER: West Bromwich Albion was the sole survivor of the intense relegation battle in the English Premiership, becoming the first team to be in last place at Christmas (and during the final week of the season) and somehow manage to avoid relegation. A 2-0 win against Southampton, coupled with a 2-2 draw between Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic saved the Baggies from relegation. It also helped that Norwich City was trounced 6-0 by Fulham and Southampton fell 2-1 to Manchester United. Going into the weekend, all four teams still had a chance at staying

QUOTABLE: "He’s going to be the youngest to do a lot of things."
-- Former U.S. Soccer international Eric Wynalda during ESPN2’s MLS broadcast on Saturday (May 14), on U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team and DC United forward Freddy Adu being the youngest player ever to be named the Honda MLS Player of the Week.

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