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U.S. Soccer Wire: Nov. 9, 2009


U.S. HEAD COACH BOB BRADLEY NAMES ROSTER FOR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY WITH SLOVAKIA;
NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR FOUR CATEGORIES OF 2009 BEST OF AWARDS;
U.S. U-17 MNT OUSTED FROM 2009 WORLD CUP BY ITALY  

22-MAN ROSTER NAMED FOR FRIENDLY AGAINST SLOVAKIA: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 22 players that will train in advance of the match against 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Slovakia on Nov. 14 in Bratislava.  The U.S. team began training this morning in Bratislava with 11 players, and the second half of the roster will be arriving during the next two days. Combined with the match against Denmark on Nov. 18 in Aarhus, the U.S. will have played 12 games on foreign soil in 2009, including five matches in the run to the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Additionally, the U.S. is one of only six teams – including Denmark, Germany, Korea Republic, Netherlands, and Paraguay – that will have the opportunity to face two 2010 World Cup finalists on the last two international fixture dates of the year. The match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision at 10 a.m. ET. Fans can also follow at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and www.twitter.com/ussoccer. 

U.S. Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton), Troy Perkins (Valerenga)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Hull City), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Eddie Johnson (Fulham)  

U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule  

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Nov. 3 – Nov. 9

NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR FOUR CATEGORIES OF 2009 BEST OF AWARDS: The 2009 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards have kicked off with a nomination period for four of the 12 awards that will be handed out in December. Now in its eighth year, the annual series provides fans the opportunity to submit their nominees for the four categories until Friday, Nov. 20 on ussoccer.com. The four nomination categories include Best Soccer Bar, Best Soccer Blog, Best Soccer Specialty Store and Best Fan Photo, where fans are asked to post personal photos that have the chance to be chosen as a nominee. During the nomination process ussoccer.com is calling on national team supporters to make their voices heard by submitting their favorites and discussing the nominations in the forums on ussoccer.com. 

U.S. U-17 MNT DEFEATED BY ITALY IN THE ROUND OF 16 OF THE 2009 FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP IN NIGERIA: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team was defeated 2-1 by Italy on Nov. 4 in Kaduna, Nigera, in the Round of 16 of the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, eliminating them from the tournament. Italy opened the scoring in the 28th minute with a strike from Giacomo Beretta after a missed penalty by Jack McInerney in the 16th minute. The second half saw the U.S. draw level in the 51st minute after Nick Palodichuk converted a Luis Gil corner, but Pietro Iemello’s strike from the top of the box in the 56th minute would prove to be the winner. The U.S. left the World Cup with a 2-2-0 record playing at three different venues across Nigeria. The team recorded two shutouts and head coach Wilmer Cabrera used all 18 field players during the course of the tournament.  

U.S. U-17 World Cup Schedule
Date           Opponent           Result                  Goalscorers                       Venue
Oct. 26       Spain                 1-2 L                    McInerney                         Sani Abacha Stadium; Kano, Nigeria                
Oct. 29       Malawi               1-0 W                   Shinsky                             Sani Abacha Stadium; Kano, Nigeria
Nov. 1       UAE                   1-0 W                   McInerney                         Gateway International; Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria
Nov. 4       Italy                    1-2 L                    Palodichuk                        Ahmadu Bello Stadium; Kaduna, Nigeria 

ussoccer.com’s U-17 MNT Coverage – Nov. 3 – Nov. 9

U.S. FORWARD ABBY WAMBACH ON SHORT LIST FOR 2009 FIFA WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: FIFA has announced the names on the short list for the 2009 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and U.S. forward Abby Wambach is one of the 10 players so honored. Wambach, who scored the USA’s lone goal in a 1-0 win against Germany on Oct. 29 in Augsburg, Germany, finished tied for second in scoring in Women’s Professional soccer with eight goals, led her team to a strong finish down the stretch and a third-place finish in the regular season. Wambach scored her 100th career international goal in July against Canada in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y. The winner will be decided by a vote from the captains and head coaches of women’s national teams from across the globe. The captains and coaches cannot vote for a member of their own team. Five finalists will be chosen according to the top vote-getters and FIFA will reveal the winner on Dec. 21, 2009, at the 19th FIFA World Player Gala in Zurich, Switzerland. The list of 10 candidates for the prestigious award includes five players who participated in the inaugural season of WPS, including three-time winner Marta of Brazil and the Los Angeles Sol, as well as three members of Germany’s 2009 European Women’s Championship team.The following ten women (in alphabetical order) are in contention for the title of 2009 FIFA Women’s World Player 2009: Nadine Angerer (Germany), Sonia Bompastor (France), Cristiane (Brazil), Inka Grings (Germany), Mana Iwabuchi (Japan), Simone Laudehr (Germany), Marta (Brazil), Birgit Prinz (Germany), Kelly Smith (England) and Abby Wambach (USA). 

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Nov. 3 – Nov. 9

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE – 

U.S. U-15 GNT TO PARTICIPATE IN THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONALS: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will participate in the Thanksgiving Interregional Tournament in Sunrise, Fla., from Nov. 20-27, 2009. U.S. head coach Mike Dickey brings 24 players to Florida for four matches, two against ODP Regional teams, and two against the Costa Rica U-17 Women’s National Team. Dickey’s squad ranges in age from player born in 1993 through 1995, with most of the roster consisting of 1994s. The ODP Regional teams and the Costa Ricans will be made up of 1993s. The USA opens its game schedule on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. ET against Region I (East) at Coral Glades High School and faces Costa Rica on Monday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. ET, also at CGHS. The team will have a rest day on Tuesday before facing Costa Rica again on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. ET at North Community Park (Field 1) and then finishes the schedule against Region IV (West) at 8 a.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 26, also at North Community Park. 

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): McKenzie Karas (Premier ’95 Black; Las Vegas, Nevada), Katelyn Rowland (San Juan Spirits; Vacaville, Calif.), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (7): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Lauren Bernard (Nordic SC; Colchester, Vt.), Kelli Hubly (Sockers FC; Elk Grove, Ill.), Laura, Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.),  Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.), Maya Theuer (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Joanna Boyles (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C.), (Miranda Freeman (Team Boca; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Gabrielle Galante (Montclair Thunderbolts; Howell, N.J.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Courtney Raetzman (Sockers FC; Elk Grove, Ill.), Brittany Ratcliffe (FC Pennsylvania Strikers; Williamstown, N.J.), Haley Washburn (San Juan Spirt; Folsom, Calif.), Sandra Yu (Cleveland Futbol; Strongville, Ohio)FORWARDS (3): Mariana Galvan (SC Sporting; San Jose, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Jasmine Paterson (Kendall SC; Key Largo, Fla.) 

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION– 

USA BID COMMITTEE GIVES FANS THE CHANCE TO “SUPPORT YOUR CITY”: The USA Bid Committee has added a “Support Your City” section to goUSAbid.com, the online home for the United States’ bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. The new “Support Your City” section of the Web site features city-specific pages for each of the 27 cities currently being considered as potential host cities to be included in the U.S. bid that will be submitted to FIFA in May 2010. The new pages provide valuable city-specific information and photos while giving fans another opportunity to put their support behind the candidate city of their choice by signing the online petition at goUSAbid.com. 

TICKETS FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ON SALE: The Organizing Committee for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany has launched its ticketing campaign. Sales phases will be divided in three periods, two of which, “City series” and “Twenty11” are focusing on families and clubs. The first round of ticket sales began on Oct. 29. The day was specifically chosen to launch the online order form on www.fifa.com as it coincided with the match between women's soccer powerhouses Germany and the USA at the new FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium in Augsburg, Germany. It marks the start of the first sales period, which will continue until Jan. 31, 2010, with the "city series" being exclusively on offer during this phase. 

JOIN U.S. SOCCER SUPPORTERS CLUB: U.S. Soccer invites fans to join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club, the official fan membership program of the U.S. national teams.  U.S. Soccer SC members receive numerous benefits, highlighted by priority status to secure tickets to the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.  Members are provided the best chance to see the U.S. play in the biggest sporting event in the world. Register now on ussoccer.com to obtain 2010 FIFA World Cup ticketing priority.  This benefit is available for a limited time. For more information, visit the Supporters Club home page.   

BE OFFICIAL WHEN YOU’RE WATCHING: What’s the next best thing to being at a game surrounded by your fellow screaming fans? Watching a game at an Official U.S. Soccer Bar surrounded by your fellow screaming fans! Bars across the U.S. are becoming the destination spots to gather and watch your U.S. teams in an atmosphere that is loud and rowdy. Check the latest listings for the Official U.S. Soccer Bar in your area where you can watch the U.S. Men’s National Team take on Slovakia on Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. ET and Denmark on Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET. 

GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS TO PERFORM AT WORLD CUP DRAW ON DEC. 4 IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: The Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, Beninoise singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo and one of South Africa’s greatest music exports Johnny Clegg will provide a star-studded line-up for the Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ in Cape Town on Dec. 4, 2009. The 90-minute live show at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) promises a whole host of stunning African-inspired visual and acoustic treats with international appeal. These will include guest appearances by some of the biggest names in sport as they descend on South Africa for the eagerly anticipated Final Draw to decide whom and where the 32 qualified teams will be playing.  

FIELD ALMOST COMPLETE FOR 2009 FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP: The 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will be played in Dubai from Nov. 16 to 22, 2009 and involves 16 nations including United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Uruguay, Solomon Islands, Spain, Côte d'Ivoire, El Salvador, Russia, Costa Rica, Argentina, Italy, Brazil, Nigeria and Switzerland. The final two spots will be decided in the last round of Asian qualifying, which concludes Nov. 11. 

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools for A, B and C License Courses on Jan. 2-10, 2010, in California and Florida. The National “A” License course will take place at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., and The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  The National “B” and “C” License courses will be offered at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., and at Oxnard College in Oxnard, Calif.  

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL GOALKEEPING LICENSE COURSE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct its National Goalkeeping License course Jan. 24-31, 2010, in Carson, Calif. at The Home Depot Center. 

COACHESNET OFFERS INTERNATIONAL TRIPS IN 2010: U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet is offering educational trips to both Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Madrid, Spain, in 2010. The announcement comes six months after the inaugural and successful coaching education trip that took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Click here for more details. 

2010 US CLUB SOCCER NATIONAL CUP IX DATES AND LOCATIONS FINALIZED: The dates, locations and venues have been finalized and applications are currently available for US Club Soccer’s 2010 National Cup IX, the organization’s signature national championship competition. National Cup IX Regionals are open to U-11 through U-18/19 boys’ and girls’ teams registered with US Club Soccer. Winners in the U-13 through U-17 age groups from each Region advance to the National Cup IX Finals, where national championships will be awarded in two competitive divisions. 

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT *** 

PEAK PERFORMER: Landon Donovan’s 73rd minute goal in the second leg of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2009 MLS playoffs not only propelled the L.A. Galaxy into the next round with a 1-0 win against rivals Chivas USA, but also tied him with Carlos Ruiz for the MLS record of  16 career postseason goals.  

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team makes its first ever trip to Slovakia to face fellow 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Bratislava on Saturday, Nov. 14. The match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision at 10 a.m. ET. Fans can also follow at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and www.twitter.com/ussoccer. 

SOCCER SHOCKER: Switzerland, who are participating in their first ever FIFA Under-17 World Cup, have scored 11 goals and won five games in a row on their way to advancing to the semifinals of the tournament in Nigeria. They have defeated the likes of Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Germany and Italy en route to their showdown with Colombia on Thursday, Nov. 12.

QUOTABLE: "I forget who crossed it (Mike Chabala), but it was a really great play by [Brian] Mullan to keep that play alive. I just kind of saw the ball fall to me, my eyes lit up and I probably never hit a sweeter shot than that." –U.S. Men’s National Team and Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching on his stoppage time winner against the Seattle Sounders in the 2009 MLS Playoffs Western Conference semifinals

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