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U.S. Soccer Wire: April 11, 2011


SUNDHAGE NAMES 29 PLAYERS FOR FLORIDA TRAINING CAMP;
U.S. U-20 MNT FALLS TO GUATEMALA IN CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS;
U.S. U-18 MNT ROSTER SET FOR TRAINING CAMP IN PORTLAND

SUNDHAGE NAMES 29 PLAYERS FOR FLORIDA TRAINING CAMP: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage named a roster of 29 players for a training camp that will take place in West Palm Beach, Fla., from April 18-May 6. The camp will be a key period for the U.S. players and Sundhage as she enters the stretch run of her evaluation process to choose a 21-player roster to represent the United States at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany this summer.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Jill Loyden (magicJack), Hope Solo (magicJack) 
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Ali Krieger (out of contract), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), Christie Rampone (magicJack), Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack) 
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (magicJack), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (magicJack), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kristie Mewis (Boston College), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (magicJack) 
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack)

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR TWO U.S. WNT FRIENDLIES AGAINST JAPAN: The U.S. Women's National Team will play a pair of domestic matches in May to prepare for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, facing Japan on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, and on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The match at Columbus Crew Stadium will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET and be broadcast live on Fox Soccer and Fox Deportes. The second leg in Cary kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPN2. For the game in Cary, tickets are on sale to the general public through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For the match in Columbus, tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000, at all central Ohio Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Kroger stores) and the Crew Stadium ticket office.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage

U.S. U-20 MNT FALLS TO GUATEMALA IN CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team missed out on an eighth-consecutive FIFA U-20 World Cup after losing 2-1 to Guatemala on Wednesday night. Conor Doyle scored the USA's lone goal, but that was not enough to spark a come-from-behind win against a spirited Guatemala team spurred on by a partisan home crowd in the Central American nation's capital.

U.S. U-20 MNT Schedule and Results
Date                Opponent        Result/Kickoff (ET)   U.S. Goalscorer(s)                Venue
March 29         Suriname         4-0 W                     Wood, Gyau, Doyle, Rowe    Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City
April 2             Panama           2-0 W                     Rowe (2)                            Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City
April 6             Guatemala       1-2 L                      Doyle                                 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City

ussoccer.com’s U-20 MNT Coverage

U.S. U-18 MNT ROSTER SET FOR TRAINING CAMP IN PORTLAND: U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Mike Matkovich has named 24 players who will train in Portland, Ore., from April 16-24, on the Nike Campus. The training camp will feature friendlies against the Portland Timbers on April 19, and will finish with a pair of friendlies on Saturday, April 23, against the University of Portland and the University of Washington. Two players on the roster will come from the professional ranks, with Victor Pineda representing the Chicago Fire and Jon Kempin representing Sporting Kansas City. Both players signed Home Grown player contracts with their respective clubs after spending time in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. A third Academy alumnus, Walker Zimmerman, currently plays at Furman University, while 20 other players are current Academy players representing 17 different clubs.

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster by Position: 
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Gal (Sockers FC; Bartlett, Ill.), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City; Leawood, Kans.) 
DEFENDERS (8): Jonathan Campbell (NC Fusion; Greensboro, N.C.), Matt Jeffery (PDA; Freehold, N.J.), Mitchell Lurie (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Timothy Parker (Albertson SC; Hicksville, N.Y.), Grant Silvester (CDA; Sacramento, Calif.), Scott Thomsen (New York Red Bulls Academy; Brick, N.J.), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Walker Zimmerman (Furman University; Lawrenceville, Ga.) 
MIDFIELDERS (10): Stefano Bonomo (De Anza Force; Hillsborough, Calif.), Seth Casiple (CDA; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Cuevas Granados (CDA; Sacramento, Calif.), Miguel Lopez, Jr. (Classics Elite; Alton, Texas), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bollingbrook, Ill.), Marcus Salandy-Defour (D.C. United Academy; Kensington, Md.), Christopher Somerville (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; West Chester, Pa.), Gabe Stauber (FC Westchester; Waccabuc, N.Y.), Will Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy; Gahanna, Ohio), Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler (CASL Chelsea SC; Cary, N.C.) 
FORWARDS (4): Villyan Bijev (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Isaac Kannah (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Plymouth Minn.), Luis Rendon (FC Richmond Magic; Chesterfield, Va.), Khiry Shelton (Lonestar SC; Leander, Texas)

U.S. MEN TO FACE WORLD CHAMPION SPAIN ON JUNE 4 IN FOXBOROUGH: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion Spain on June 4 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff against the No. 1-ranked team in the world and defending European Champion is set for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Ticket information will be announced in the near future. To find out when tickets will go on sale for this match, join U.S. Soccer’s ticket alert email list. For the opportunity to purchase USA-Spain tickets before the general public, join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club and earn priority access to the ticket presale.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2011 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage


– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 WNT COMES TO THE HDC FOR TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team will come together for a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., running from April 23-30. The U-20s are still very early in their preparations for qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Uzbekistan. U.S. Soccer Technical Director April Heinrichs has called in 26 players, 11 of them in college.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Emily Oliver (Stanford; Flossmoor, Ill.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Abby Steele (Mustang SC; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (9): Kori Chapic (Cleveland Cobras; Russell, Ohio), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Wilmore, Ky.), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), Kassey Kallman (Florida State; Woodbury, Minn.), Abby Lutzenkirchen (North Atlanta SA; Marietta, Ga.), Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.), Dominique Richardson (Missouri; Fullerton, Calif.), Catie Sessions (Wisconsin; Madison, Wis.) 
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Ponte Verde Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Lindsay Elston (Washington; Sammamish, Wash.), Juliann Jeffrey (Yale; Richardson, Texas), Sarah Killion (Fort Wayne Fever; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.)
FORWARDS (7): Kelly Cobb (Cook Inlet Velocity; Chugiak, Alaska), Shea Groom (KCFC Intensity; Liberty, Mo.), Kylie McCarthy (So Cal Blues; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Courtney Proctor (Slammers FC; Santa Clarita, Calif.), Taylor Smith (Solar Red 94’s; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Dfeeters 93; Coppell, Texas)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER DIRECTOR OF COACHING EDUCATION DAVE CHESLER DISCUSSES HIS ROLE AND THE ROAD AHEAD: ussoccer.com caught up with U.S. Soccer’s Director of Coaching Education, Dave Chesler, after his recent trip to Brazil as part of a U.S. Soccer CoachesNet international educational workshop. Chesler discusses his role with U.S. Soccer as well as his trip to Brazil and upcoming events with U.S. Soccer's Coaching Education Department. Watch Full Interview

U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUM IN COLUMBUS, OHIO IN CONJUNCTION WITH U.S. WNT MATCH AGAINST JAPAN: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will conduct a coaching symposium on May 13-14, 2011, in conjunction with the U.S. Women’s National Team’s match against Japan on May 14 in Columbus, Ohio. The game, which will be played at Crew Stadium, home to the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer, will be the first of two games against Japan in May. The U.S. Women will also play Japan in Cary, N.C. on May 18 for their final tune-up before the 2011 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Join CoachesNet Now | Download Symposium Application

NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS AND “C” RETEST LOCATIONS UPDATED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools in April and June for “A” Audit, “A”, “B” and “C” Courses in California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington. In addition, “C” license retest locations have been finalized. Registration for each course is now open after a pre-registration period for active members of CoachesNet, U.S. Soccer’s official coaches club. Current CoachesNet members will have the first opportunity to register for a winter course beginning today. Register for CoachesNet Now | View Course Schedule | “C” License Retest Schedule

FIFA ACCEPTING CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP UNTIL MAY 1: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany is now open on the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for media to request accreditation is May 1. All media requesting accreditation for the tournament must be an approved member of the FIFA Media Channel. Any media members without access to the Media Channel that plan to request Women’s World Cup credentials should register immediately at media.fifa.com. Please keep in mind that access to the FIFA Media Channel does not mean credentials have been approved or that accreditation is guaranteed. Apply at fifa.com

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP PRELIMINARY DRAW NOW OPEN: FIFA announced that the accreditation process for media representatives who intend to cover the Preliminary Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is now open via the FIFA Media Channel (http://media.fifa.com). The deadline for accreditation applications is Friday, May 13, 2011.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men's National Team forward Jozy Altidore and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya both got on the scoresheet this weekend for their respective clubs. Altidore hit the net in a 3-2 losing effort for Bursaspor in Turkey, while Bedoya headed in the only goal of the match as his Orebro beat Syrianska in Sweden. Watch on the MNT Blog

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The second legs of the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals take center stage this week. With three of the four first legs being high-scoring affairs, most eyes will be on the all-English encounter of Manchester United and Chelsea. United holds a slim 1-0 lead after the first leg, but that away goal could prove to be invaluable as they head back to Old Trafford on Tuesday, April 12 at 2:45 p.m. ET.

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