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U.S. Soccer Wire - November 6, 2006


U.S. Women's National Team Wins 2006 Peace Queen Cup;
Sixth Annual Nike Friendlies Set for Dec. 7-10 in Bradenton, Fla.

RYAN TO NAME WOMEN’S GOLD CUP ROSTER ON ussoccer.com ON THURSDAY: Team captain Kristine Lilly scored in the 68th minute as the U.S. Women’s National Team gutted out a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Canada to win the championship of the 2006 Peace Queen Cup. Lilly’s game-winning goal was her 12th of 2006, tying her second-best scoring year for the USA during her 19-year international career. She scored 12 in 1995 and 20 in 1999. The USA played without leading scorer Abby Wambach, who sprained her ankle in the previous match against the Netherlands. Recap the tournament at ussoccer.com’s Peace Queen Cup competition’s page, which includes game stories, photos and exclusive all_access videos. The USA will return to training in mid-November at The Home Depot Center to prepare for the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, which will serve as qualifying for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with matches on Nov. 22 and 26. Those will be the final two games of the year for the team. The USA will play its Women’s Gold Cup semifinal on Nov. 22 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., taking on the winner of the Mexico-Trinidad & Tobago quarterfinal match that will be held on Nov. 19 in Miami. The USA is 16-0-4 in 2006 heading into Women’s World Cup qualifying. U.S. WNT head coach Greg Ryan will announce his CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup Roster on ussoccer.com this Thursday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. ET.

Group B Standings
Team  W  L   T  Pts  GF  GA   GD
USA    2   0   1   7     5     1    +4
DEN    2   0   1   7     4     2    +2
AUS    1   2   0   3     1     2     -2
NED    0   3   0   0     0     2    -4

U.S. WNT Peace Queen Cup Schedule/Results
Date      Opponent      Result     U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Oct. 29   Denmark       1-1 T       Lilly
Oct. 31   Australia        2-0 W      Lilly, Kai
Nov. 2   Netherlands    2-0 W      Tarpley, Whitehill
Nov. 4   Canada          1-0 W       Lilly


SIXTH ANNUAL NIKE FRIENDLIES TO TAKE PLACE DEC. 7-10: The 2006 Nike Friendlies will take place from Dec. 7-10 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., with more than 50 teams competing across the Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 age groups. Elite clubs from 19 states will partake in the sixth annual event, along with two teams from U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team and two teams from the USA’s 40-player Under-17 Residency Program. U.S. Soccer’s Nike Friendlies is an annual competition in which the best youth soccer clubs around the United States are invited to play high-level games that stress quality soccer and player development over wins and losses. Tournament standings are not kept during the competition, in which each team plays three 80-minute games over the four days. With 53 teams scheduled to participate in more than 85 matches, the competition has improved every year since 19 teams competed in the inaugural Nike Friendlies in 2001. During the tournament, ussoccer.com will provide comprehensive coverage of the event including mini-match reports from every game played, photos and video. U.S. Soccer’s all_access video team, as well as Studio 90, the web show made popular during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, will be on site providing daily features and highlights.

CONCACAF WOMEN’S GOLD CUP GROUP TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE: Two-day packages, group tickets and individual tickets are now on sale for the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup semifinals and finals on Wed., Nov. 22 and Sun., Nov. 26, respectively, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The third edition of the Women’s Gold Cup will feature the U.S. Women's National Team competing for the CONCACAF title and one of the two guaranteed spots in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. Two-day packages start at $30 ($15 per ticket) and are available through the L.A. Galaxy (877-3-GALAXY or www.lagalaxy.com) and Ticketmaster (213-480-3232 / 714-740-2000 or www.ticketmaster.com). Tickets for groups of 10 or more start at $15 and are available through the L.A. Galaxy (877-3-GALAXY or www.lagalaxy.com). Individual tickets start at $20 and are also available through the L.A. Galaxy and at www.ticketmaster.com. In first round action, Mexico will play against Trinidad & Tobago and Panama will face Jamaica at Tropical Park Stadium in Miami, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 19. The victors in these two first round games will then advance to the semifinals of the event with the winner of Panama vs. Jamaica drawn to play against Canada while the team advancing from Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago will meet reigning Women’s Gold Cup Champions, USA, on Nov. 22. Tournament play concludes with the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup Final and a third-place playoff game on Sunday, Nov. 26, also to be held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The champion and runner-up will automatically qualify to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. The third-place finisher in the CONCACAF event will face Japan in a home-and-away playoff for the right to attend the Women's World Cup.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

QUALIFYING DRAWS FOR U-17 AND U-20 MNT TOURNAMENTS TO BE HELD ON NOV. 24: The draws to determine the 2007 CONCACAF U-20 and U-17 Final Round Qualifying Tournaments will be held on Friday, Nov. 24, during the CONCACAF Executive Committee Meeting in Los Angeles. The U.S. Under-20s will be attempting to qualify for their sixth consecutive FIFA U-20 World Cup, and will find out if they are in Group A of the 2007 CONCACAF Under-20 Final Round, which will take place from Jan. 17-21 in Panama City, Panama, or Group B, which will occur a month later from Feb. 21-25 in Culiacan, Sinaloa, which is on the Western coast of Mexico. The U.S. will join hosts Panama and Mexico in one of the final two qualifying groups, along with Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, St. Kitts & Nevis and the winner of a home-and-away series between Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. The top two squads from each group will qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada, which will take place from June 30-July 22 across six cities – Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Burnaby and Victoria. The Under-17 Final Round Qualifying Tournament, set for April of 2007, has a new format where a total of nine countries will compete for five berths in two groups, with one group hosted by Jamaica (Group B – five teams) and the other by Honduras (Group A – four teams). The top two teams from Group A and the best three from Group B will advance to the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will be played from Aug. 18-Sept. 9 in South Korea. Joining the U.S. and the host nations in the CONCACAF U-17 Final Round are Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Haiti, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. KICKS OFF FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP: The U.S. Beach Soccer team dropped their first Group A match but came back to win their second at the 2006 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 16-team tournament kicked off on Nov. 2 and the champion will be determined on Sunday, Nov. 12. The U.S. fell to Japan, 8-4, in their opening match on Friday (Nov. 3) but defeated Poland, 4-2, two days later. The U.S. squad will next face Brazil on Tuesday, Nov. 7, in their final group match of the tournament.

U.S. Beach Soccer 2006 FIFA World Cup Schedule
Date      Opponent   Result    U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Nov. 3    Japan        4-8 L      Xexeo, Farberoff, Morales, Chimienti
Nov. 5    Poland       4-2 W    Chimienti (2), Taguinod, Astorga
Nov. 7    Brazil

U.S. Beach Soccer Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Luiz Montanez, 12-Bayard Elfvin;
DEFENDERS (4): 5-Benyam Astorga, 9-Zak Ibsen, 2-Austin Roman, 3-Brendon Taguinod;
FORWARDS (6): 10-Francis Farberoff, 11-Raphael Xexeo, 7-Noah Merl, 8-Anthony Chimienti, 6-Ronald Silva, 4-Yuri Morales.
Head coach: Roberto Ceciliano


ROSTER ANNOUNCED FOR US YOUTH SOCCER ODP THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONAL: US Youth Soccer announced their rosters for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Thanksgiving Interregional. Three teams in the 1990, 1992 and 1993 age group will arrive at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex on Thursday, Nov. 23, before practicing on Friday, Nov. 24 and beginning competitive play on Saturday, Nov. 25, through Monday, Nov. 27. Along with the three US Youth Soccer ODP teams, there will also be two teams (Blue and Grey) from the U.S. Soccer Under-14 National Team Pool. For more information on the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional, including rosters and schedules visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.

BORNSTEIN, BRADLEY EARN POST-SEASON MLS AWARDS: Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein was named 2006 Rookie of the Year and Chivas USA head coach Bob Bradley earned the 2006 MLS Coach of the Year award. Bornstein was a fourth round pick for Chivas in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft, starting every game for his club this season and logging 2,878 minutes. In Bradley's first season with the club, he turned the club around from having the league's worst record in MLS in 2005, to making the 2006 MLS Cup playoffs with a 10-9-13 record. It's Bradley's second Coach of the Year honor, also winning in 1998 when he guided the Chicago Fire to the MLS Cup championship during the team's inaugural season. More information about the winners, as well as other MLS post-season awards, can be found at MLSnet.com. Also at the MLS website, fans have until Wednesday, Nov. 8, to vote for the 2006 Sierra Mist Goal of the Year. The Sierra Mist Goal of the Year winner will be announced on Friday, Nov. 10.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER POST-SEASON AWARDS
Goalkeeper of the Year                 Troy Perkins (D.C. United)
Fair Play (Individual)                     Chris Klein (Real Salt Lake)
Fair Play (Team)                           Kansas City Wizards
Humanitarian of the Year               Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution)
Team Humanitarian of the Year      New York Red Bulls
Defender of the Year                    Bobby Boswell (D.C. United)
Comeback Player of the Year        Richard Mulrooney (FC Dallas)
Referee of the Year                      Brian Hall
Rookie of the Year                        Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA)
Coach of the Year                        Bob Bradley (Chivas USA)
Most Valuable Player                     Announced Nov. 9
Goal of the Year                           Announced Nov. 10
MLS Best XI                                  Announced Nov. 11


MLS EXPANSION DRAFT TO BE HELD NOV. 17: The 2006 Major League Soccer Expansion Draft will be held on Friday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. ET. The 13th MLS team, Toronto FC, will select 10 players in the draft from the 12 existing MLS squads. Each MLS team will be able to protect 11 players from their 28-man roster and make available no more than one Senior International player. Toronto may then choose no more than one player from any given MLS team. At the conclusion of the draft, results will be posted on MLSnet.com. Toronto FC will begin play during the 2007 MLS season.

BALBOA, FOUDY AND LAGOS INDUCTED INTO 2006 USL HALL OF FAME: Former U.S. Men's National Team defender Marcelo Balboa, former U.S. WNT midfielder and long-time captain Julie Foudy and former U.S. MNT midfielder Manny Lagos were inducted into the 2006 United Soccer Leagues Hall of Fame. The players join six Builders, four 10+ Clubs—clubs completing 10 years of existence in the USL—and six individuals selected by USL president Francisco Marcos. The six Builders inducted are USL staffer Steve Clamp, Toronto Lynx owners Bruno and Nicole Hartrell, Fort Collins Force owner Amy Snider, New York Magic owner Lyndelle Phillips and the Ocean City Barons’ Cliff Simmons. The six inducted as Players via the President's Selection are Mike Cook (Oklahoma City Warriors), Steve Famiglietta (Albuquerque Outlaws), Saeed Kadkhodaian (Austin Sockadillos), Chris Melton (Amarillo Challengers), Greg Nichols (Garland Genesis) and David Swissler (Lubbock Lazers). The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at the USL Annual General Meeting in Tampa, Fla., on Nov. 17, at the Tampa Hyatt Regency.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION 2007 GRANTS PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN: The grant application process for the U.S. Soccer Foundation's 2007 Annual Grants Program is open from now until Nov. 22 at ussoccerfoundation.org. With the exception of its All Conditions Fields Grants, the Foundation’s 2007 Grants will be focused exclusively on projects and programs that develop players, referees and coaches in economically disadvantaged urban areas. The Foundation’s All Conditions Fields Grants will continue to be available to projects serving all types of communities, with priority given to those All Conditions Fields projects serving players in economically disadvantaged urban areas. More information about the grants is available at ussoccerfoundation.org/grants.

U.S. Soccer Foundation Important Dates
Sept. 8 2007     Annual Grants Program Online Registration Commences
Nov. 22           Deadline to Submit Completed Application by 5 p.m. ET


*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER(S): Earlier this year, U.S. WNT captain Kristine Lilly made history by earning her 300th career cap. Since then, Lilly has been on fire. This past week at the 2006 Peace Queen Cup, Lilly earned the Golden Ball as the tournament MVP and the Silver Shoe as the tournament’s second leading scorer. Lilly led the U.S. squad in South Korea with three goals, and has 12 goals so far in 2006, which ties her second-best scoring year for the U.S. in her 19-year international career.

MARQUEE MATCHUP(S): The Houston Dynamo topped the Colorado Rapids to claim the Western Conference title and the New England Revolution defeated D.C. United to do the same in the East. Now both teams will vie for MLS Cup on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3:30 p.m. ET, live on ABC from Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Defending English Premier League champions Chelsea were stunned on Sunday (Nov. 5) as they fell, 2-1, to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane for the first time since 1990. Tottenham had not defeated the Blues at home in 16 years and a Claude Makelele strike early in the game made it seem that the streak would last at least another match. But then Spurs got goals from Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon on either side of halftime and kept the Chelsea strikers at bay to hold the lead and get three points against Jose Mourinho’s side.

QUOTABLE: “When you receive an MVP honor it’s always nice, but you always look back to your team because they helped you achieve that."
-- U.S. WNT forward and captain Kristine Lilly on winning the Golden Ball as the 2006 Peace Queen Cup’s Most Valuable Player.
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