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U.S. Soccer Wire: December 10, 2007



U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM HOLDS FIRST CAMP
UNDER NEW HEAD COACH PIA SUNDHAGE;
U.S. U-17 MNT ‘92S DEFEAT RUSSIA, BRAZIL AT NIKE FRIENDLIES;
U.S. U-23 MNT BEGINS TWO-GAME TOUR IN CHINA

FOUR DAY CAMP KICKS OFF FOR WNT AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: The U.S. Women's National Team has gathered for a four-day mini-camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., under new head coach Pia Sundhage. Sundhage called in 24 players for a camp from Saturday (Dec. 8) until Wednesday, Dec. 12. The camp is designed to give Sundhage a quick look at the core of the U.S. team, plus a handful of young players just coming off the college season, before the squad regroups in early January to prepare for the Four Nations Tournament in China. The camp is basically the beginning of the run to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, with the USA preparing for the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Final Round qualifying tournament, being held April 2-13 in Chihuahua, Mexico. Two countries from the six-team tournament will advance to China.

U.S. Women's National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.), Nikki Washington (Mesquite, Texas), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.);
FORWARDS (6): Michelle Enyeart (Hemet, Calif.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Casey Nogueira (Raleigh, N.C.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.)

REPLAY OF U.S. U-17 MNT ‘92s AGAINST BRAZIL ON FSC THIS TUESDAY: The U.S. Under-17 ‘92s Men’s National Team defeated Brazil, 2-0, during the 2007 Development Academy Nike Friendlies in Bradenton, Fla., this past Saturday and fans can watch a replay of the match on Fox Soccer Channel this Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. ET. Against Brazil, the U.S. got goals from Carlos Martinez and Stefan Jerome to defeat Brazil for the first time ever at the Friendlies. Martinez and Jerome also tallied in the USA’s first match against Russia – a 2-0 victory – to provide new U-17 MNT head coach Wilmer Cabrera his first win in the team’s first-ever international match (which was also shown live of FSC). The U-17 Men fell, 2-0, to Turkey in their last match, closing out the Friendlies with a 2-1-0 record. A total of 54 teams participated in this year’s event, including four international teams: the U.S., Brazil, Russia and Turkey. A full recap of the weekend is available at the 2007 Development Academy Nike Friendlies homepage, including results and mini game reports of every match.

U.S. U-17 MNT Results
Date        Opponent    Result      U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Dec. 6     Russia         2-0 W       Carlos Martinez, Stefan Jerome
Dec. 8     Brazil            2-0 W       Carlos Martinez, Stefan Jerome
Dec. 9     Turkey           0-2 L        --

U.S. U-23 MEN KICK OFF CHINA TOUR ON THURSDAY: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team traveled to China for a two-game tour after a week of training at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The U-23s will play two matches against the Chinese U-23s, first on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Changsha He Long Sports Centre in Changsha, then three days later at the Yue Xiu Shan Stadium in Guangzhou. This is the first gathering of the U-23 MNT since Nowak took the reins in August, and is the first major camp in preparation for the final round action of the 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Under-23 Championship to be held from March 11-23, 2008, in Los Angeles, Tampa and Nashville. The eight-team tournament will send the two finalists to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Nathan Sturgis and Adam Cristman, who were both in training camp in Carson, Calif., did not make the trip to China due to injury.

U.S. Under 23 Men’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Hunter Freeman (New York Red Bulls), Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Jon Leathers (Furman University), Mike Randolph (Los Angeles Galaxy), Tim Ward (Columbus Crew), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Arturo Alvarez (FC Dallas), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Michael Harrington (Kansas City Wizards), Aaron Holbein (Kansas City Wizards), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (CD Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (5): Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96)

MORE THAN 28,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR U.S. MNT VS. MEXICO: More than 28,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s Feb. 6 clash with rival Mexico at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, just one week after going on sale to the general public. The match kicks off at 8 p.m. CT and will be televised live on ESPN2 and Univision. The last USA vs. Mexico match at Reliant Stadium drew a passionate sellout crowd of 69,582 fans on May 8, 2003 and remains the largest home crowd for the U.S. Men’s National Team this decade. In an arrangement unique for this game, U.S. Soccer has divided the seating into U.S.A., Mexico, and mixed/neutral fan sections at each price level. Tickets as low as $35 are on sale now at ussoccer.com, by phone at 713-629-3700, at all Houston area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Fiesta stores, Macy’s, Wherehouse Music, FYE, and select HEB stores), and at the Reliant Stadium south ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or can call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (a special VIP package which includes a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with your name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits), are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. Additionally, ticket packages that include a premium pregame party starting at 6 p.m. inside the Houston Texans' training bubble (located across from Reliant Stadium) are also on sale through ussoccer.com and Ticketmaster. Packages priced at $250 each include a lower midfield game ticket, an all-you-can-eat buffet with beer and wine, and pregame entertainment.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. UNDER-16 GNT AND UNDER-17 WNT HOLD FINAL CAMPS IN SOUTH AMERICA: The U.S. Women’s Under-17 National Women’s National Team and the U.S. Under-16 Girls' National Team have both arrived in South America for their final camps of the year. The U.S. U-17s touched down in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Friday and will be there until Dec. 17, while the U-16s arrived into Rio de Janeiro on the same day and will be there until Dec. 16. U.S. U-17 head coach Dean Duerst invited in 18 players, all but one born in 1990, for two games against Argentina, one against the one against Argentina’s U-20s (Dec. 10) and one against the Argentina U-17s (Dec. 12). Both of the Argentinean teams will feature several overage players. The U.S. U-17s will also face the Uruguay U-17s (Dec. 15), which will also feature some overage players. This current crop of U-17s have a shot at earning a place on the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team for their CONCACAF qualification, but for the most part, this group of players is focusing on the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. U.S. U-16 head coach Kazbek Tambi brought in 18 players, born in 1991 and 1992, as he continues preparation for qualifying for the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, the first-ever FIFA event for U-17 women. A site and dates for CONCACAF qualifying have yet to be confirmed, but it should take place in the middle of 2008. The World Cup tournament is scheduled for Oct. 30-Nov. 16, 2008.

U.S. Under-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jill Mastoianni (Durham, Conn.), Cat Parkhill (Apple Valley, Minn.)
DEFENDERS (4): Danielle Brunache (Belmont, Calif.), Camille Levin (Newport Coast, Calif.), Michelle Olivierre (Roswell, Calif.), Ashley Rape (Dallas, Texas)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Katy Frierson (Homewood, Ala.), Shawna Gordon (Rialto, Calif.), Rachel Mercik (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Casey Short (Naperville, Ill.), Beth West (Centennial, Colo.), Taylor Wilson (Rahway, N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Merritt Mathias (Birmingham, Ala.), Tiffany Mccarty (Laurel, Md.), Michelle Olivier (Roswell, Ga.), Toni Pressley (Melbourne, Fla.)

U.S. Under-16 GNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Emily Olivier (Flossmoor, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (7): Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Zakiya Brywaters (Las Vegas, Nev.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Briana Hovington (Loathian, Md.), Megan Oyster (Naperville, Ill.), Mollie Pathman (Durham, N.C.), Julia Roberst (Fredrick, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Megan Jurado (San Jose, Calif.), Olivia Kei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Kealia Ohai (Draper, Utah), Jenna Richmond (Centerville, Va.)
FORWARDS (2): Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Alyssa Rich (Cincinnati, Ohio), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)

U.S. UNDER-15 BNT PARTICIPATES AT NIKE FRIENDLIES: A pool of 32 Under-15 Boys’ National Team members split into the Blue and White teams to participate at the 2007 Development Academy Nike Friendlies. The U.S. U-15 BNT White kicked off the extended weekend with a 1-0 win against Irvine Strikers on Thursday, Dec. 6. The young U.S. team then played to a scoreless draw against FC Portland on Friday, Dec. 7, and finished off the tournament with a 1-0 win against Crossfire Premier. The U.S. U-15 BNT Blue bounced back from a 2-0 loss to Arsenal on opening day, following it up with a 4-1 win against Surf FC on Friday, Dec. 8. The U-15 Blue team wrapped up the Friendlies with a 2-0 win against Real So Cal.

U.S. U-15 BNT Results
Date        Matchup/Result                          U.S. Goal Scorers
Dec. 6     White 1, Irvine Strikers 0           Rogers
Dec. 6     Blue 0, Arsenal 2                        --
Dec. 7     White 0, FC Portland 0              --
Dec. 8     Blue 4, Surf FC 1                        Iverson, Ayah (2), Caban
Dec. 9     White 1, Crossfire Premier 0   Gil
Dec. 9     Blue 2, Real So Cal 0                Ayah, NA

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

COACHING SYMPOSIUM TO TAKE PLACE DEC. 12-14: The Elite Club Seminar Program will conduct a Coaching Symposium from Dec. 12-14, 2007, in Raleigh, N.C. The three-day seminar will focus on ‘’Females in Soccer’’ and the impact that elite soccer programs have on young female players, coaches and referees. The symposium is open to all coaches, and “A” Licensed coaches will receive four (4) Continuing Education Credits for their attendance at this symposium. Interested coaches should contact Tom Goodman at President@worldclasssoccer.net. More information is available at ussoccer.com.

U.S. SOCCER WINTER COACHING SCHOOLS SET: U.S. Soccer's National Coaching Schools have been set for the first week of January, giving every coach a chance to obtain a FIFA recognized “A”, “B” or “C” level license while increasing their knowledge of the game. All January "A," "B" and "C" coaching schools will take place from Jan. 2-10, 2007, in three warm-weather locations. 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 Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and a soon to be announced West Coast site. Also in January is the third edition of U.S. Soccer's National Goalkeeping License course, which will be held Jan. 4-11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. More information is available in the Coaches Section of ussoccer.com.

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR PASSBACK TOUR: The United States Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of U.S. Soccer, is now accepting applications for its 2008 "Passback Tour". The tour is a series of soccer skills clinics for urban disadvantaged children across the country held on a state-of-the-art field by some of the best coaches and players around. The 2008 event will consist of an eight-city tour with about 100 participants in each city. More information, including an application to participate in the tour, is available at www.passback.org/tour.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION HOLIDAY AUCTION: The U.S. Soccer Foundation will begin conducting its Holiday Auction on Thursday, Nov. 15, when fans and constituents can view the assorted soccer memorabilia that will be up for auction this year at www.ussoccerfoundation.org/auction. The collection for this year includes autographed balls and jerseys from clubs and players, including Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm, Liverpool, Rangers FC and Paris St. German. Money collected from the auction will benefit the David Vanole Memorial Fund. The auction ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 13.

LAST MONTH FOR 2008 WERNER FRICKER BUILDER AWARD NOMINATIONS: Nominations are now being accepted for the 2008 U.S. Soccer Werner Fricker Builder Award, which is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have worked tirelessly in furthering the interest of the sport of soccer, without regard to personal recognition or advancement. The award was created in 2002 and is the greatest recognition bestowed by U.S. Soccer on its membership. The award is designed to honor those who have created or fostered programs that will outlast their own active involvement in the sport and that establish a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the United States. Interested persons can nominate individuals for the annual Werner Fricker Builder Award by downloading the form at ussoccer.com and mailing it to U.S. Soccer, c/o the Werner Fricker Builder Award Committee, 1801 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 or emailing it to wernerfrickeraward@ussoccer.org. This form is also available at ussoccer.com, and applications must be postmarked or sent by January 1, 2008 (download application).

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT midfielder Michael Bradley had a career day on Sunday for his club, Heerenveen, scoring a first-half hat-trick in a 4-2 win against FC Groningen. The U-17 residency grad struck three times in the opening half, taking the midfielder’s season tally to 10 goals in all competitions. Equally important were the three points that Heerenveen earned Sunday, a result that keeps them fourth place in the league behind and just five points behind the leaders.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Every year the Brazilians had previously come to Bradenton, Fla., to compete in the Development Academy Nike Friendlies they’ve gone home with a victory or a draw against the hosts. Not this year. Brazil fell to the U.S. Under-17s, 2-0, on Saturday as Carlos Martinez and Stefan Jerome followed up their goals against Russia to down the three-time U-17 world champions. On Sunday, things didn’t get any better for the Brazilians as they also lost to Russia, 2-0.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: That match between the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team and Brazil during the 2007 Development Academy Nike Friendlies was played this past Saturday, but if you didn’t see it live you have another chance to watch it on television. Fox Soccer Channel will rebroadcast the match at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 11, providing you the chance to catch some of the youngest talent in the United States pull off their first victory against the Brazilians at the Friendlies.

QUOTABLE: You know who you are as a player when you play for the national team and wear the national team jersey. You have to earn the right to wear that uniform."
-- U.S. Under-17 MNT head coach Wilmer Cabrera during an interview with ussoccer.com on Studio 90. Click here to check out the full interview.

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