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U.S. WNT TO KICK OFF WORLD CUP CAMPAIGN; U.S. MNT FALLS AGAINST BRAZIL, LOOKS TO OCTOBER FRIENDLIES


USA READY FOR NORTH KOREA TO OPEN 2007 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team conducted its final training on Sept. 10 at the Chengdu University of Information Technology and will open the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sept. 11 at Chengdu Sports Center Stadium on Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET (Live on ESPN2). FIFA President Sepp Blatter will be in attendance at the match to watch the two-time WWC champion USA take on rising power North Korea. The final training brought 13 days of excellent preparation in China to a close, and the U.S. players are entering the match with an excitement born from the experiences of a journey almost three years in the making that has included 46 matches under head coach Greg Ryan. This fifth FIFA Women’s World Cup is set to be the most competitive ever, with more strong teams than in any past tournament, including three of the top five ranked teams in the world playing in Group B (#1 USA, #3 Sweden and #5 North Korea). The beginning of the tournament also starts the USA’s second straight Women’s World Cup facing the same three teams, after also playing Sweden, Nigeria and North Korea in 2003. U.S. WNT television coverage begins on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 4:55 a.m. ET as the U.S. Women take on Korea DPR on ESPN2. It continues on Friday, Sept. 14, at 4:55 a.m. ET on ESPN with the U.S. WNT matching up against Sweden. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7:55 a.m. ET, the USA faces Nigeria in their final Group B match, also on ESPN. ESPN2 will air the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final live at 7:55 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. Fans can also follow the WNT’s run in China at ussoccer.com’s 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup homepage, which will bring you the latest news, a WNT Blog, exclusive podcasts, video and much more.

U.S. 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
Date Opponent Venue Kickoff TV
Sept. 11 North Korea Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium) 5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET ESPN2
Sept. 14 Sweden Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium) 5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET ESPN
Sept. 18 Nigeria Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET ESPN
Sept. 22 Quarterfinals* Wuhan or Tianjin 5 p.m. local or 8 p.m. local ESPN2
Sept. 26/27 Semifinals* Tianjin or Hangzhou 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET ESPN2
Sept. 30 Final* Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET ESPN2
* If Necessary
Complete Schedule

“STUDIO 90: CHINA’ 07” DEBUTS ON MONDAY ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL: “Studio 90: China ’07,” a special 30-minute show previewing the U.S. Women’s National Team’s participation in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China, debuts on Fox Soccer Channel on Monday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. ET. It will be shown again that night at 11 p.m. ET and re-aired four more times during the week. For those who can’t catch the show, or forget to set their DVR, Studio 90 also makes its return to ussoccer.com. Studio 90 on ussoccer.com will follow the FSC airing with another show live from China as host Neil Buethe and the Studio 90 crew attempt to do the impossible: cover the USA-Brazil match in Chicago in person, and then race to the middle of China to be on hand when the U.S. WNT opens the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

U.S. MNT FALLS TO TOP TEAM: - The U.S. Men’s National Team jumped out to early lead and gave Brazil all they could handle, the but No. 1 ranked team in the world put their talent on display to earn a 4-2 victory in a thrilling encounter in front of a enthusiastic crowd of 43,543 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho scored a dazzling trademark free kick in the 75th minute that proved the game winner for the five-time World Champions. Clint Dempsey’s 73rd minute goal pulled the game even at 2-2, but the Ronaldinho free kick put the South American side up for good before Elano added an insurance goal from the penalty spot in second half stoppage time. The U.S. is scheduled to take advantage of a double FIFA date in October, first facing Catalonia on Oct. 14 at the Nou Camp in Barcelona, Spain, and then traveling to play Switzerland on Oct. 17 in Basel. Both October matches will also be televised on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision.

U.S. MNT 2007 Schedule / Results
Date Opponent Venue Result/Kickoff/TV
Jan. 20 Denmark Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 3-1 W
Feb. 7 Mexico Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.) 2-0 W
March 25 Ecuador Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.) 3-1 W
March 28 Guatemala Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas) 0-0 T
June 2 China Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.) 4-1 W
June 7 Guatemala^ Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 1-0 W
June 9 T&T^ Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 2-0 W
June 12 El Salvador^ Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.) 4-0 W
June 16 Panama^ Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.) 2-1 W
June 21 Canada^ Soldier Field (Chicago) 2-1 W
June 24 Mexico^ Soldier Field (Chicago) 2-1 W
June 28 Argentina # Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo, Venezuela) 1-4 L
July 2 Paraguay # Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas, Venezuela) 1-3 L
July 5 Colombia # Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto, Venezuela) 0-1 L
Aug. 22 Sweden Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden) 0-1 L
Sept. 9 Brazil Soldier Field (Chicago.) 2-4 L
Oct. 14 Catalonia Nou Camp (Barcelona, Spain) TBD / FSC & Galavision
Oct. 17 Switzerland St. Jakob Park (Basel, Switzerland) 2:30 p.m. ET / FSC & Galavision

^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
# Copa America

U.S. SOCCER PRESIDENT SUNIL GULATI ADDRESSES MEDIA: The United States Men’s National Team is scheduled to play Catalonia on Oct. 14 at the Nou Camp in Barcelona, Spain. Following the initial decision of the Spanish Federation not to sanction the match, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati responded to questions about the status of the match.

“There have been a lot of questions raised about the game against Catalonia. We have a signed agreement with the Catalonia Federation to play the match. As is the case with all of our contracts that don’t deal directly with a member of FIFA, there is a clause in it that the match must be approved by the national association (FIFA member), which in this case is the Spanish Federation.”

U.S. WNT TO PLAY THREE-GAME SERIES VS. MEXICO AFTER WORLD CUP: Following a previously announced match against Mexico in St. Louis on Oct. 13 (tickets), the U.S. women will play on Oct. 17 in Portland, Ore., with a 7 p.m. PT kickoff at PGE Park before wrapping up the three-game series vs. Mexico in Albuquerque on Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m. MT. The games will feature the U.S. Women’s World Cup team that kicks off the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sept. 11 vs. North Korea in Chengdu, China. For the game in Portland, tickets starting at $20 are now on sale at ussoccer.com, by phone at 503-224-4400, and at all Portland-area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Fred Meyer and Joe’s Sports, Outdoor & More). For the match in Albuquerque, tickets starting at $18 are now on sale at ussoccer.com, by calling 505-925-5858 or 1-877-664-8661 (toll free), by visiting any University of New Mexico ticket outlet (including select Albertson’s), and at the UNM Ticket Offices at The Pit and the UNM Bookstore. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form for either game at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

FALL 2007 RESIDENCY UNDERWAY IN BRADENTON, FLA.: U.S. Soccer’s Under-17 Residency Program’s fall semester kicked off this week as more than 40 players resumed training at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. The Residency pool is made of players born in 1990, 1991, 1992 and one player born in 1993. Of the players in Residency, 26 are beginning their first semester of training under U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth, with 25 of those born in 1992. Those players born in 1992 or later will be working toward the next FIFA Under-17 World Cup, which will be held in 2009 in Nigeria. Of the 14 players born in 1991, four were a part of the most recent edition of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in South Korea. A total of 22 players will be returning to the Residency Program for at least their second semester, including 10 players born in 1990 that will finish up their high school education this semester while training with the team.

2007 U.S. Soccer Residency Roster
GOALKEEPERS (5): Samir Badr, Earl Edwards, Josh Lambo, Zac MacMath, Brian Sylvestre
DEFENDERS (9): Gale Agbossoumonde, Estanilao Arevalo, Mykell Bates, Chris Klute, Nick Millington, Aubrey Perry, Terry Polak, Kofi Sarkodie, Joshua Sylva
MIDFIELDERS (23): Eder Arreola, Chad Barson, Alex Bramall, Pablito Cruz, Marlon Duran, Greg Garza, Zachary Herold, Donovan Henry, Aaron Horton, Jared Jeffrey, Brendan King, Perry Kitchen, Edson Lemus, Carlos Martinez, Chase Miller, Amobi Okugo, Brek Shea, Ben Speas, Korey Veeder, Jared Watts, Daniel Wenzel, Brandon Zimmerman
FORWARDS (11): Andrew Craven, Bryan Dominguez, Ryan Finley, Jaime Gutierrez, Joseph-Claude Gyau, Stefan Jerome, Jack McInerny, Emilio Orozco, Charles Renken, Billy Schuler, Sheanon Williams
Detailed Roster

U.S. UNDER-15 GNT ROSTER NAMED FOR 2007 NIKE WOMEN’S FRIENDLIES: The U.S. Under-15 Girl’s National Team head coach Tad Bobak has named a 23-player roster for the second annual Nike Women’s Friendlies, being held from Sept. 20-23 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The squad, all born in 1992, will play matches against Under-17 club teams from across the country. Bobak will also be watching the U.S. U-14 GNT in their first-ever competitive matches to get an early start on picking next year’s U.S. U-15 GNT Player Pool.

U.S. U-15 GNT Women's Nike Friendlies Roster
GOALKEEPERS: Erin Dees (Downers Grove, Ill.), Nichole Downing (Carlsbad, Calif.), Makenna Henry (Fountain Valley, Calif.), Emily Oliver (Flossmoor, Ill.), Anna Sieloff (Troy, Mich.)
DEFENDERS: Mackenzie Akerfelds (Littleton, Colo.), Mia Bruno (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), Briana Hovington (Lothian, Md.), Megan Oyster (Naperville, Ill.), Mollie Pathman (Durham, N.C.), Catherine Sessions (Woodbury, Minn.), Carrie Whigman (Phoenix, Ariz.)
MIDFIELDERS: Michelle Cruz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Kylie Facinelli (Del Mar, Calif.), Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (Pleasonton, Ore.), Kaitlyn Kerr (Bensalem, Pa.), Natalia Ledezma (La Mirada, Calif.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Zuri Walker (San Diego, Calif.)
FORWARDS: Kaley Blades (Largo, Fla.), Maya Hayes (West Orange, N.J.), Devin Marshall (Bonita, Calif.), Kealia Ohai (Draper, Utah)

U.S. UNDER-14 GNT TO MAKE DEBUT AT 2007 WOMEN'S NIKE FRIENDLIES: The U.S. Under-14 Girl’s National Team will play its first ever competitive matches at the 2007 Nike Women’s Friendlies being held Sept. 20-23 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The U-14 roster for the Nike Friendlies was chosen from the Under-14 National Development ID camp that was held July 30-August 5 in Pomona, Calif. The annual U-14 ID camp is used to select the player pool for the following year’s U.S. Under-15 Girl’s National Team, but the players do not usually start training in a National Team environment until the following year. This year it was decided to select a 24-player roster of U-14s to participate in the Nike Women’s Friendlies against U-16 girls’ club teams, giving U-15 GNT head coach Tad Bobak an early chance to evaluate the players, all born in 1993, in game competition. The U.S. U-14 GNT roster features twin forwards Shelby and Sydney Payne from Lutz, Florida. The U.S. U-14 GNT will face the U-16 Dallas Texans (Texas) on Thursday, Sept. 20, the U-16 Danville Mustangs (Northern California) on Friday, Sept. 21 in the Showcase Match and then finish against the U-16 Sereno club (Arizona) on Sunday, Sept. 22. Mike Dickey, the U.S. Women’s National Team staff coach for Region 2, will coach the U.S. U-14 GNT while Bobak will coach the U.S. U-15s, all born in 1992, against U-17 club teams in the Nike Friendlies.

U.S. U-14 GNT Women's Nike Friendlies Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Megan Kufeld (Fremont, Calif.), Molly Polleto (Englewood, Colo.);
DEFENDERS (5): Katy Colas (Vienna, Va.), Haley Cooper (Palatine, Ill.), Michaela Cowgill (Portsmouth, N.H.), Casey Morrison (York, Pa.), Brittany Von Rueden (Mequon, Wis.);
MIDFIELDERS (11): Kristi Abbatte (Northport, N.Y.), Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda, Md.), Jennifer Gonzalez (Alta Loma, Calif.), Stephanie Hepfer (Cedar Park, Texas), Lo’eau LaBonta (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Indiana Mead (Boulder City, Nev.), Sarah Molina (Rocky River, Ohio), Vania Robles (Arcadia, Calif.), Haley Rosen (Palos Verdes, Calif.), Olivia Schultz (Hopkins, Minn.);
FORWARDS (5): Shea Groom (Liberty, Mo.), Whitney Jaynes (Plano, Tex.), Cate Parchinski (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Shelby Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Sydney Payne (Lutz, Fla.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

DALLAS, NEW ENGLAND ADVANCE TO 2007 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL: The 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship will feature two Major League Soccer clubs after the New England Revolution and FC Dallas advanced to the finals with overtime victories on Tuesday evening. Both clubs overcame spirited opposition from United Soccer League First Division teams in a tournament which saw five of the final eight teams represented by the lower divisions of the professional game in the United States. The final between the two teams is slated for Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. ET at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, in a match that will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel. In New Britain, Conn., the New England Revolution downed the USL's expansion Carolina Railhawks, 2-1, in overtime on a goal by Pat Noonan in the 93rd minute. In Seattle, the perennially strong Sounders and FC Dallas battled into overtime at 0-0, before watching the MLS side score twice and eventually win 2-1 in Washington. Dallas was led by Carlos Ruiz and Abe Thompson, each scoring in overtime to lift the franchise into their second U.S. Open Cup final.

2007 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
SEMIFINAL ROUND
No. Date Teams Venue; Location Result
37 Sept. 4 Carolina RailHawks (USL-1) at New England Revolution (MLS) Veterans Stadium; New Britain, Conn. 1-2
38 Sept. 4 FC Dallas (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (USL-1) Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash. 2-1

POSSIBLE CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRINGS
No. Date Teams Venue; Location Time
39 Oct. 3 New England Revolution (MLS) at FC Dallas (MLS) Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas 7 p.m. CT

U.S. SOCCER'S REFEREE BLOG OFFERS FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT OF REFEREE PREPARATION: "Official Take," the official blog of U.S. Soccer's referees, is currently in China at the FIFA Women's World Cup, where U.S. referees Kari Seitz and Jennifer Bennett are on assignment and reporting on all the latest activity. Seitz and Bennett are keeping both the referee community and soccer fans up-to-date on all the preparations for the FIFA Women's World Cup. From fitness testing to the emotion of learning their assignments, the "Official Take" referee blog is a unique look at officiating from an inside perspective. "Official Take" also highlights the latest information on position papers, bulletins and other information coming from the U.S. Soccer Referee Department. Fans are also encouraged to offer feedback and comment at "Official Take."

COACHING SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD FROM SEPT. 20-23: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will host the second annual Women’s Nike Friendlies Coaching Symposium in conjunction with the 2007 Women’s Nike Friendlies from Sept. 20-23 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The symposium includes nightly presentations on Sept. 20 and 21, as well as a match analysis on Sept. 22 at The Home Depot Center. The Coaching Symposium will be led by U.S. Soccer National Staff Coaches Mike Dickey, Jeff Pill and David Rubinson and will feature former Women’s National Team player and current UCLA assistant coach Shannon MacMillan, former professional player and current Univ. of Maryland assistant coach Laurie Pells, and California South Youth Soccer Association Director of Coaching Steve Hoffman. The topics will range from integrating the goalkeeper into training to the attacking and defending principles in a 4-3-3 formation. Registration is open to all coaches. There is no fee to attend any of the symposium sessions and participating coaches will have the hopportunity to watch the 2007 Women’s Nike Friendlies.

REGION II C LICENSE RETESTING SET FOR NOVEMBER: Candidates who received a “Not Ready” in a previously completed “C” License Course have the opportunity to retest their “Not-Ready” component at a U.S. Soccer hosted regional test site. Once a “Pass” grade is received for each component, then the candidate will receive a U.S. Soccer National “C” License. Retesting will take place on Nov. 9-10 at the Mockingbird Soccer Club in Louisville, Ky. Interested coaches should send their completed forms via email to coaches@ussoccer.org or via fax to 312-808-9708.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF DARTFISH TECHNOLOGY: Dartfish is offering free Webinars to demonstrate the benefits of the Connect Plus product. Sign up at https://www.gotomeeting.com/register/367978003 for the next 30-minute educational online seminar on Sept. 13 at 11:30 a.m. ET. Get the competitive edge U.S. National Team coaches have by using the same tools they use. Whether you’re reviewing game footage, analyzing techniques or preparing for your next competition, Dartfish offers an array of video analysis software to make a difference in your program. Learn more at www.dartfish.com

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION GRANTS PROGRAM OPEN FOR 2008: The 2008 Annual Grants Program for the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, is now available online at ussoccerfoundation.org. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET on Monday, October 15. Applications can be submitted for: a Program Grant to support the development of players, coaches or referees; a Field Enhancement Grant to improve a field with new goals, irrigation or lighting; or an All Conditions Fields Grant to help build a synthetic grass field. More information about the grant making program, as well as Frequently Asked Questions are available at ussoccerfoundation.org.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: D.C. United striker Luciano Emilio tallied his 17th and 18th goals of the season in Sunday’s 4-2 win over New England to add to his lead in the race for the MLS Golden Boot, given to player with the most goals scored each season.

SOCCER SHOCKER: In the opening game of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Germany showed why they are among the favorites to win the tournament, beating Argentina by a final score of 11-0. In the most lopsided Women’s World Cup victory ever, two German players scored hat tricks, including star Birgit Prinz, who moves into a tie with Michelle Akers for the most ever in the tournament with 12.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team opens their 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign against North Korea on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 5 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local time) live on ESPN2. The U.S. will be looking to win their third FIFA Women’s World Cup.

QUOTABLE: “Soccer wasn’t the most important sport in town, but it was something I fell in love with. I’ve hit home runs, made three pointers, scored touchdowns, but nothing was better than scoring a goal.”
-- Clint Dempsey, explaining why he chose to play soccer (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 5).

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