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U.S. Soccer Wire [Nov. 14, 2005]


U.S. Men's National Team Ties 1-1 With Scotland in Final Match of 2005;
Los Angeles Galaxy Wins Double With OT Victory in 2005 MLS Cup X

U.S. MNT TIES SCOTLAND IN 20TH MATCH OF 2005: ussoccer.com Man of the Match DaMarcus Beasley was taken down in the penalty area and Josh Wolff stepped up to convert the ensuing penalty kick as the U.S. drew Scotland 1-1 at Hampden Park in Glasgow on Saturday (Nov. 12) to close out the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2005 international schedule. The U.S. concludes the year with a 13-3-4 record, an all-time high for wins and the best-ever winning percentage (.750) in a season where the team has played more than 10 games, breaking the record of .733 set just last year when the U.S. went 8-1-6 in 15 games. Two players – forward Chris Rolfe and defender Heath Pearce – made their international debuts, and Eddie Gaven made his first career start for the full men’s team at right midfield. With the two debutantes, Arena has now used 54 total players through the extended 20-game U.S. schedule in 2005.

GALAXY FIRST TEAM TO WIN DOUBLE SINCE 1998: Guillermo Ramirez scored the game-winner in the 107th minute as the Los Angeles Galaxy claimed their second MLS Cup title, and their second in overtime vs. the New England Revolution. The Galaxy are first team to win the Double as Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup Champions since the Chicago Fire in 1998. Los Angeles, behind two goals from forward Landon Donovan, won the Western Conference Championship with a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids at INVESCO Field at Mile High last Saturday (Nov. 5). New England claimed the Eastern Conference Championship last Sunday (Nov. 6) with a 1-0 win against the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium. Both Los Angeles and New England also have secured their place in the 2006 CONCACAF Champions Cup. The Champions Cup is the annual regional tournament featuring the top clubs from North and Central America and the Caribbean.

MLS Cup

Date        Matchup                                                                       Venue                     Result
Nov. 13   New England Revolution vs. Los Angeles Galaxy          Pizza Hut Park         0-1
Conference Finals
Date       Matchup                                                                        Venue Result
Nov. 6    New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire                     Gillette Stadium      1-0
Nov. 5    Colorado Rapids vs. Los Angeles Galaxy                       INVESCO Field        0-2

MNT FACE NORWAY IN JANUARY: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Norway at The Home Depot Center on January 29, 2006, at 2 p.m. PT, as U.S. Manager Bruce Arena continues to shape and prepare his team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The match will be televised live on ESPN2 and available online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The match will be part of a nearly one-month long training camp for the U.S. that will be held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., beginning on Jan. 4 to kick off the World Cup year. Tickets begin at $20 and are available at ussoccer.com, all Southern California Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records), The Home Depot Center ticket office (stadium ticket office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m), and by phone at (213) 480-3232.  Groups of 15 or more can purchase discounted tickets priced between $18 to $45 by calling U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or downloading a group order form at ussoccer.com. The Jan. 29 fixture will be the ninth game played by a U.S. Soccer team in the main stadium at The Home Depot Center since it opened more than two years ago. This will be the second visit by the U.S. Men’s National Team to the HDC, following a 1-1 draw with Denmark in January of 2004. The U.S. Women have won four times at Home Depot Center, and the U.S. U-20 Men’s National team swept their three world championship qualifying matches there in January of 2005. This will be the 67th match for the U.S. MNT in Southern California, where the team has a 27-19-20 record dating back to 1957.

– WORLD CUP UPDATE –

FIRST LEG OF PLAYOFFS FOR FINAL WORLD CUP SPOTS CONCLUDES: Ten countries faced each other for five final World Cup spots as the first leg of World Cup qualifying playoffs concluded on Saturday, Nov. 12. In Europe, the Czech Republic moved ahead of Norway 1-0, Spain bested Slovakia 5-1 and Switzerland won 2-0 against Turkey. Uruguay defeated Australia 1-0 in the playoff between Oceania and the fifth place team from South America, while Bahrain and Trinidad & Tobago drew 1-1 as the playoff contenders from Asia and CONCACAF, respectively. The teams will face off again in the second leg of the playoffs on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

CONDITIONAL WORLD CUP TICKETS AVAILABLE: The 2006 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee (OC), with the agreement of FIFA, is offering fans around the world an additional chance of securing World Cup tickets, via an offer to purchase conditional tickets which concludes Nov. 20. By purchasing conditional tickets, fans are placed on a waiting list. When a ticket is returned to the OC, fans on the waiting list have priority to receive those tickets. This offer is based upon an estimated number of returned tickets per match. Customers who purchase a conditional ticket can select up to a maximum of seven matches for which they will receive priority for tickets that are returned to the Organizing Committee. Customers may be allocated, and required to pay for, tickets for only one of the selected matches. The OC will allow a maximum of one ticket for the applicant and up to three accompanying persons. Details of the Conditional ticket program are available at fifaworldcup.com. Priority will be given to applicants who were unsuccessful in the first sale phase, together with customers whose TST series are rendered invalid due to the chosen team's failure to qualify for the summer 2006 finals (as of Nov. 1).

AT HOME IN HAMBURG: The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team will use the City of Hamburg as their home base throughout the upcoming 2006 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. will learn the venue in which they will play their group matches on Dec. 9, 2005, at the FIFA World Cup Draw in Leipzig, Germany. Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and the northern most FIFA World Cup venue. It is located at the confluence of the Elbe and Alster Rivers where it serves as Germany’s international trade hub as the second largest port in Europe. The selection of Hamburg, often referred to as the “Venice of the North,” culminates an inspection process conducted by U.S. Soccer across a 16-month period in which all 12 FIFA World Cup venues were closely examined. “We looked at a number of venues throughout Germany to base our team,” said U.S. manager Bruce Arena, “and felt Hamburg was clearly the best choice. We had great success in 2002 staging our operations in one location (Seoul, South Korea) and traveling into our venues for games, and we feel that strategy will work for us again in 2006. Regardless of the venues we are eventually drawn into, the excellent transportation infrastructure in Germany allows us the luxury of choosing any city in the country as our base, and clearly Hamburg has as much or more to offer than any city in Germany.”

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-16 GNT HEADS TO BOCA FOR ODP THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONAL EVENT: The U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team will come together in Boca Raton, Fla., from Nov. 19-25, to play three matches against regional teams that are one year older. Stephanie Gabbert, who is the U.S. Women’s National Team Staff Coach for Region II, will run the team for matches against Region I on Nov. 21, Region IV on Nov. 23 and Region II on Nov. 25. The U.S. U-16s feature an 18-player roster with 15 players born in 1989 and three players born in 1990. Kazbek Tambi, who will take over as the head coach of the U.S. U-16s next year, will be at the matches to observe and evaluate the current crop of U-16s as well as the 1990 ODP Regional Teams, from which next year’s U-16 GNT Player Pool will be chosen. The U.S U-16s serve as a vital link to the older U.S. youth national teams and give them the experience to compete for spots on the U.S. U-20 Women’s World Championship squads as well as the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team, which will enter world championship competition for the first time in 2008.

U.S. U-16 Girl’s National Team Roster - Boca Raton, Florida

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bianca Henninger (Saratoga, Calif.), Jorden Kussmann (Lakewood, Wash.): DEFENDERS (6): Lauren Barnes (Upland, Calif.), Erica Campanelli (Plano, Texas), Hannah Cerrone (Wappinger Falls, N.Y.), Kate Deines (Issaquah, Wash.), Megan Ohai (Draper, Utah), Ashley Rape (Dallas, Texas); MIDFIELDERS (4): Courtney Barg (Plano, Texas), Sinead Ferrelly (Havertown, Pa.), CJ Ludemann (Holtsville, N.Y.), Teresa Noyola (Palo Alto, Calif.); FORWARDS (6): Jessie Baddley (Ogden, Utah), Amy Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Bianca D’Agostino (Longmeadow, Mass.), Melissa Henderson (Garland, Texas), Laura Heyboer (Hudsonville, Mich.), Casey Nogueira (Raleigh, N.C.).

U.S. U-16 GNT ODP Thanksgiving Interregional Event Schedule
Date         Opponent
Nov. 21    Region I 1988s
Nov. 23    Region IV 1988s
Nov. 25    Region II 1988s

U-14 BOYS NATIONAL TEAM TO COMPETE IN ODP THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONAL: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team will compete in the ODP Thanksgiving Interregional Event from Nov. 23-28 in Austin, Texas. Head coach Manfred Schellscheidt has named 35 players into the camp and they will be divided into two teams – Grey and Blue. The U-14 players will arrive on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and train in the evening and have two training sessions the following two days before opening up on the weekend. On Saturday, the Blue team will take on Region III and the Grey team will face Region I. On Sunday, the Blue team will play Region IV and the Grey team will go up against Region II. On the last day of the camp, there will be an intrasquad scrimmage as the Blue and Grey teams will face off in the morning.

U.S. Under-14 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Earl Edwards (San Diego, Calif.), Drew Hutchins (Morrisville, Pa.), Travis Ives (Bridgewater, N.J.), Eric Reyes (Pembroke Pines, Fla.); DEFENDERS (12): Estanislao Arevalo (Oxnard, Calif.), Robert Derschang (Englewood, Colo.), James Doherty (Mansfield, Mass.), Travis Golden (Austin, Texas), Brycen Howard (Crestwood, Ky.), Emmet Kumeh (Dallas, Texas), Joe Loya (Buda, Texas), Andrew O’Malley (West Chester, Pa.), Tyler Polak (Lincoln, Neb.), Alberto Rosas (N. Hollywood, Calif.), Doural Scott (New Haven, Conn.), Joshua Sylva (Las Vegas, Nev.); MIDFIELDERS (10): Alex Bramall (Newburgh, N.Y.), Zachary Herold (Port Saint Lucie, Fla.), Stefan Jerome (Davie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Indianapolis, Ind.), Sasha Pilipovic-Wengler (The Woodlands, Texas), Michael Raley (St. Inigoes, Md.), Joseph Schmid (Kingston, Pa.), AJ Stueck (Brookfield, Conn.), Ross Tomaselli (Wilmington, N.C.), Jared Watts (Statesville, N.C.); FORWARDS (9): Robert Barrera (Union, N.J.), Dalton Carroll (Wallingford, Pa.), Patrick Donyen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Zachary Foxhoven (Littleton, Colo.), Joseph-Claude Gyau (Silver Spring, Md.), Johan Hernandez (Perth Amboy, N.J.), William Heuser (Hicksville, N.Y.), Charles Renken (Edwardsville, Ill.), Soony Saad (Dearborn, Mich.)

U.S. U-14 BNT ODP Thanksgiving Interregional Event Schedule
Date          Team                        Opponent
Nov. 26      U.S. BNT - Blue        Region III
                  U.S. BNT - Grey        Region I
Nov. 27      U.S. BNT - Blue        Region IV
                  U.S. BNT - Grey        Region II
Nov. 28      U.S. BNT - Blue        U.S. BNT - Grey

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

TAYLOR TWELLMAN NAMED MLS MVP, DE ROSARIO EARNS GOAL OF THE YEAR: Major League Soccer announced on Thursday (Nov. 10) that New England Revolution forward Taylor Twellman was voted the winner of the 2005 MLS Honda Most Valuable Player award. Twellman who played against the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS Cup 2005 on Sunday (Nov. 13), became the fourth MLS MVP to play in an MLS championship game. The third U.S. born-player to win the MLS MVP in the league's 10-year history, Twellman also earned the Budweiser Golden Boot for leading the league with 17 goals during the regular season and the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 MLS All-Star Game. Earlier in the week, Dwayne De Rosario was honored with the Goal of the Year for his free kick blast against the Los Angeles Galaxy in the final week of the MLS regular season.

MLS NAMES ALL-TIME BEST XI: Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber presented the Commissioner's Award to all the members of the MLS All-Time Best XI on Saturday night at the MLS Awards Gala, held at the Nokia Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas. The All-Time Best XI was unveiled Friday at the MLS Cup 2005 Media Luncheon at Pizza Hut Park. The Best XI honors past and present players who have contributed to the growth of MLS over the league’s 10 years. Seven of the players chosen are current or former members of the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Major League Soccer All-Time Best XI

GOALKEEPER: Tony Meola; DEFENDERS: Eddie Pope, Jeff Agoos, Marcelo Balboa; MIDFIELDERS: Marco Etcheverry, Preki, Carlos Valderrama, Landon Donovan, Peter Nowak; FORWARDS: Brian McBride, Jaime Moreno

MILWAUKEE TO HOST 2006 MISL ALL-STAR GAME: Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) Commissioner Steve Ryan announced that Milwaukee and the defending MISL champion Milwaukee Wave have been awarded the hosting rights for the 2006 MISL All-Star Game on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at U.S. Cellular Arena.  For the first time in the league’s five-year history, the league’s signature mid-season event will feature a collection of MISL All-Stars competing against the Mexican Federation’s National Futbol Rapido team. The 2006 MISL All-Star Game will be the league’s fourth all-star game in five seasons.  The league uses this weekend as an opportunity to showcase the game’s talented superstars and pay tribute to the international game of soccer.  Each All-Star celebration is highly anticipated by the MISL’s international audience.  Although the 2006 All-Star Game has an international flavor, the game will be played according to MISL rules.

MISL REGULAR SEASON KICKS OFF: The 2005-06 MISL regular season kicked off last week (Nov. 6) with the Chicago Storm falling 6-3 to the Milwaukee Wave. Indoor soccer action continued on Saturday (Nov. 12), when the Storm lost 7-3 to the Wave in Wisconsin, and the California Cougars traveled to Philadelphia, only to lose 7-6 to the Philadelphia KiXX in front of 7,311 fans at the Wachovia Spectrum.

USL & COAST SOCCER LEAGUE JOIN FORCES: United Soccer Leagues (USL) announced a multi-year partnership with the Coast Soccer League (CSL) in Southern California. The relationship includes the CSL’s Premier Division becoming the Pacific Southern California Division of the USL Super Y-League as a part of its current gaming structure, and developing the division’s player identification system for U.S. National Team Programs through the USL Super Y-League’s Olympic Development Program. The newly created relationship will allow the elite youth teams in Southern California to compete for a North American Championship through the USL Super Y-League. U.S. Club Soccer was also involved in fostering the new relationship and will register players as it does for the SYL and a number of CSL teams. Of the expected 120 teams within the division, the likes of the Irvine Strikers, Arsenal FC, Slammers FC, San Diego Nomads, CRSC Infinity, West Valley Samba, Pateadores, as well as many other clubs will compete for a league championship. They join other elite clubs in the region such as the Vancouver Whitecaps, Washington Crossfire, SCC Breakers, Santa Rosa United, FC Portland, Santa Clara Sporting Ruckus and Spokane Shadow, who were all recently in the Top 22 of the first edition of the Super Y-League Club Rankings.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Guillermo Ramirez was in the right place at a the right time, driving home a clearance of Landon Donovan's corner to give the Los Angeles Galaxy the MLS Cup title and allow L.A. to become the first team to win the Double since 1998.

MARQUEE MATCHUP(S): Ten teams are left fighting for five spots in Germany, and the final chance to qualify for each team comes this Wednesday in FIFA World Cup playoffs around the globe. Trinidad & Tobabo is level 1-1 and must travel to Bahrain to get a positive result. Uruguay is up 1-0 traveling to Australia. In Europe, Czech Republic heads home with a 1-0 lead on Norway, Spain has a comfortable 5-1 advantage over Slovakia and Turkey must overcome a 0-2 deficit at home vs. Switzerland.

SOCCER SHOCKER: MLS MVP Taylor Twellman, Pat Noonan and Clint Dempsey, who combined for 199 of New England's 400 shots and 33 of their 55 goals in the regular season, were held without a shot for 107 minutes before Dempsey took the only shot by the trio vs. the L.A. Galaxy defense in the MLS Cup final.

QUOTABLE: "It’s all about building our team for the future. Why not start now? We’ve got six to seven months, and the guys that are here deserve to get looked at. They play well in [MLS] so they deserve a spot and a chance to make it to the next World Cup.”
 -- U.S. MNT midfielder DaMarcus Beasley on evaluating the MLS players on the U.S. roster, in a ussoccer.com Podcast following the U.S. vs. Scotland match.

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