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U.S. Soccer Wire: July 19, 2010


2010 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY WRAPS UP IN CARSON, CALIF.;
U.S. WNT DRAW IN OMAHA, WIN IN HARTFORD AGAINST SWEDEN;
U.S. U-20 WNT DRAW GHANA 1-1, DEFEAT SWITERLAND 5-0 TO START WORLD CUP  

2010 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY CHAMPIONS DECIDED AT FINALS WEEK IN CARSON, CALIF.: Two second half goals by Vardar’s Derek Schrauben helped the Michigan side come from behind to defeat Crossfire Premier and win the 2009-2010 Development Academy U-17/18 national championship at The Home Depot Center. Liam Kelly lit up the scoreboard in the 12th minute for Crossfire, but Vardar recovered and tied it in the 29th before winning with Schrauben’s heroics late in the game. On the U-15/16 side, The Chicago Fire outlasted Cal Odyssey through two overtime periods before finally defeating last year’s runners up by a 5-3 margin in penalties. Luis Medina opened the scoring for the Fire in the 20th minute, but Gregory Antongnoli pulled it even in the 56th. In the shootout, all five Fire players made their shots while goalkeeper Sam Euler stopped the second shot he faced to put Chicago ahead. 

ussoccer.com’s Academy Coverage – June 13 – July 19

U.S. WOMEN DRAW ONCE AND WIN ONCE AGAINST SWEDEN IN INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES: The U.S. Women’s National Team finished their two-game series with Sweden on July 17 with a convincing 3-0 victory at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The U.S. drew 1-1 with Sweden earlier in the week as Amy Rodriguez opened the scoring in the 44th minute. Just four days afterward, the No.-1 ranked U.S. put on an impressive display against the fourth-ranked team in the world as Megan Rapinoe ignited the scoring when she finished off a rebound in the 33rd minute and Abby Wambach scored career goals No. 108 and 109 with her head.

U.S. Women’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – July 13 – July 19

U-20 WNT DRAWS FIRST MATCH, WINS SECOND OF 2010 U-20 WWC IN GERMANY: After a 1-1 draw with Ghana in their opening match of the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany, the U.S. secured an emphatic 5-0 victory against Switzerland in its second Group D match. Sydney Leroux scored the equalizer in the 70th minute for the U.S. after they had gone down a goal against Ghana in their World Cup opener. The team responded well in a crucial match against Switzerland to earn a 5-0 win lead by a Leroux hat trick and goals from Kristie Mewis and Zakiya Bywaters. The win sets up a crucial group finale against Korea Republic on July 21. The Americans sit second in the group with four points from two games behind the Koreans, who have six points after two wins. The USA could possibly advance even with a loss as the Americans hold a commanding goal difference lead over Ghana, which has just one point after falling 4-2 to the Koreans.

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team 2010 Schedule

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), 21-Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), 1-Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): 4-Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), 5-Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), 14-Meg Morris (North Carolina; Montclair, N.J.), 13-Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.), 2-Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), 3-Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 20-Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), 12-Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), 9-Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), 8-Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.), 11-Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), 10-Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), 15-Jenna Richmond (UCLA; Centreville, Va.), 17-Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (4): 6-Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), 16-Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), 19-Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Phoenix, Ariz.), 7-Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.) 

ussoccer.com’s U-20 WNT Coverage – July 13 – July 19

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM WINS BEST MOMENT AT 2010 ESPY AWARDS: The U.S. Men’s National Team won Best Moment at the ESPY Awards on July 14 for its 1-0 victory in added time against Algeria in the team’s final group match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup that provided the U.S. a place in the Round of 16. U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan, who scored the winning goal against Algeria, also won the Castrol Performance Under Pressure and Best MLS Player awards. Donovan accepted the ESPY for Best Moment along with eight of his teammates live on stage at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. Joining Donovan on stage were Jozy Altidore, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Edson Buddle, Steve Cherundolo, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber and Stuart Holden.

U.S. TO MEET FIVE TIME WORLD CUP CHAMPION BRAZIL ON AUG. 10 AT NEW MEADOWLANDS: The U.S. Men’s National Team will play host to a truly special match when five-time World Cup champion Brazil comes to New Jersey on Tuesday, Aug. 10, for the first meeting between the two nations at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the match live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. More than 37,000 tickets have been sold for the match and are still available on ussoccer.com or at 1-800-745-3000.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – July 13 – July 19

NINE GAMES MARK BUSY WEEK IN USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE ACTION: Week 15 began with four games on Wednesday, July 14. The Rochester Rhinos extended their unbeaten streak with a 0-0 draw on the road against Crystal Palace Baltimore, while NSC Minnesota Stars and AC St. Louis also split points by virtue of their 2-2 tie, with Minnesota dramatically scoring in the 87th and 91st minutes to steal a point. The Montreal Impact handed the Carolina RailHawks their first road loss of the season with a 1-0 win earned by Peter Byers' goal in the 73rd minute. Blake Wagner scored a hat trick for Vancouver, enabling his Whitecaps FC to defeat Miami FC 3-1 in the last match of the day in Burnaby, British Columbia. The Tampa Bay Rowdies drew the Puerto Rico Islanders 0-0 at home in the Thursday nightcap. AC St. Louis goalkeeper Alec Dufty stopped his second penalty kick of the week on July 14, denying Austin striker Eddie Johnson in the 10th minute to keep his team in the match, though the Aztex would eventually run out 2-0 winners and extend their own unbeaten streak to five games. Puerto Rico’s Florida tour kept rolling as they drew Miami FC 1-1, but the Islanders will rue the chance for a full three points after Miami scored the equalizer in stoppage time. In a battle of both conferences’ second-place teams, Carolina defeated Rochester 1-0 in the last match on Saturday to stay within shouting distance of conference leaders Vancouver. Home team Montreal excited their fans with a goal in the third minute of their Sunday match against Crystal Palace Baltimore, but two goals by the visitors saw the Maryland side earn their fourth road win of the year, 2-1.  

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Schedule and Standings

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-23 WNT DEFEATS SWEDEN TO WIN FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT IN ENGLAND: The U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team defeated Sweden 1-0 in its final match at the Four Nations Tournament as Stanford University forward Christen Press scored the lone goal of the game in the 21st minute. It was Press’ third goal of the tournament. With the victory, the USA won the four-team competition that also included England and Norway. In its first game, the USA defeated England 3-0 on two goals from Press and one from Elli Reed, and fell to Norway 2-1 in its second match. The USA, Norway and Sweden all ended the round-robin competition on six points, with England at zero points, but the USA finished atop the table with a better goal difference on the strength of its 3-0 victory against the English.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alexa Gaul (Texas; Naperville, Ill.), Natalie Kulla (Marquette; St. Louis, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (4): Lauren Barnes (UCLA; Upland, Calif.), Jackie Carron (Michigan; Rochester Hills, Mich.), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Jessica Schuveiller (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas)
MIDFIELDERS (7); Colleen Flanagan (Virginia; Philadelphia, Penn.), Tori Huster (Florida State; Cincinnati, Ohio), Elli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah), Rachel Shipley (Texas A&M; Plano, Texas), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown; Upper Montclair, N.J.), Kylie Wright (UCLA; Santa Margarita, Calif.), Keelin Winters (Portland; Englewood, Colo.)
FORWARDS (5): Danielle Foxhaven (Portland; Littleton, Colo.), Sarah Hagen (Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Christen Press (Stanford; P.V. Estates, Calif.), Katie Schoepfer (Sky Blue FC; Waterford, Conn.)

RONGEN FINALIZED MILK CUP ROSTER: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has finalized his 18-man roster for the upcoming Milk Cup in Northern Ireland. One of the most popular youth national team trips, the Milk Cup is a prestigious tournament that will provide the U.S. with three international games against China on July 26, Denmark on July 28 and an opponent to be determined in a placement match on July 30. The roster includes nine professional players, including six who play overseas. The three Major League Soccer representatives include Juan Agudelo from New York Red Bulls, Fuad Ibrahim from Toronto FC and Francisco Navas Cobo from the Houston Dynamo. The team will participate in opening ceremonies in Belfast before the opening games begin on July 26. Other participating teams at this year’s Milk Cup include Mexico, Northern Ireland and Japan.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samir Badr (F.C. Porto; Fairfax, Va.), Zac MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (S.C. Braga; Syracuse, N.Y.), Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA; Bell, Calif.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Sacir Hot (Boston College; Fair Lawn, N.J.), Perry Kitchen (Akron; Indianapolis, Ind.), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Ethan White (Maryland; Kensington, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC; Richfield, Minn.), Francisco Navas Cobo (Houston Dynamo; Richmond, Texas), Alex Molano (NK Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Ernest Nungaray (Monarcas Morelia; National City, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United, Sterling, Va.)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.Y.), Adrian Ruelas (Santos Laguna; Fontana, Calif.), Omar Salgado (Unattached; El Paso, Texas)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than seven months to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cup™ to come to the United States – and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup™ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

U.S. SOCCER’S COACHESNET ADDS EXCLUSIVE TICKET AND GAME-DAY OFFERS THROUGH MLS AND WPS AND ITS PARTICIPATING TEAMS: U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet members can now enjoy discounted tickets and game-day offers with both Major League Soccer and Women’s Professional Soccer.  Participating teams, through a partnership with CoachesNet, will offer discounts to certain games throughout the calendar year. The newly added benefit will also give coaches an opportunity to attend post-game discussions with the coaching staffs, attend designated training sessions and earn continuing education units at certain games. The first scheduled event is with the Chicago Red Stars, led by U.S. Women’s National Team players Kate Markgraf, Megan Rapinoe and Jill Loyden as they take on Heather Mitts, Amy Rodriguez, Lori Lindsey and the Philadelphia Independence on Aug. 11, 2010 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. CoachesNet members can purchase discounted premier sideline tickets by clicking here.

FIFA U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ACCREDITATION PROCESS LAUNCHED: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Trinidad & Tobago 2010 has been launched via the FIFA Media Channel. Deadline for accreditation applications is August 16, 2010. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. All applications are subject to confirmation. Also, please be advised that international applicants are responsible for their own visas.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES BEGINS JULY 27: The U.S. Olympic Committee will accept requests from United States media organizations beginning July 27 for accreditation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The application form is available through the USOC's media-specific site,   http://usocpressbox.org. The deadline for making the request is Oct. 1, 2010. This process is open to print, Internet and photographic media organizations that are based in the United States and meet the guideline standards outlined by the USOC. All non rights-holding broadcasters will be accredited by the International Olympic Committee.  The form will be available March 2011, on the IOC website www.olympic.org and the deadline for submission for all non-rights holding broadcasters will be in May 2011.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Saturday, July 17 proved to be a busy day for U.S. Women forwards. U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team forward Sydney Leroux opened the day with a hat trick in her team’s 5-0 win against Switzerland in their second game of FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup play in Dresden, Germany. Hours later and across the Atlantic Ocean, Abby Wambach hit the net twice in the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 3-0 victory against Sweden in East Hartford, Conn.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team will face Korea Republic on July 21 in Bielefeld in conclusion of Group D play at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup needing a win or draw to advance to the quarterfinals. A win would clinch first place in the group. The match will be televised live on ESPN2 at 12 p.m. ET and fans can follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: "[Buehler] has a big heart. She has the best attitude and is as professional as can be. She will be a good role model. Right now, I am very, very happy that I have Christie Rampone and Buehler as captains because they will lead and they will lead by example." –U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage on Rachel Buehler wearing the captain’s arm band for the first time in the USA’s 3-0 win against Sweden in East Hartford, Conn.

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