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U.S. Soccer Wire: September 26, 2005


U.S. U-17 MNT Look to Quarterfinal Matchup Against the Netherlands on Monday;
U.S. Open Cup Final to Take Place on Wednesday

QUARTERFINAL MATCHUP: The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team secured the top spot in Group C with a 1-1 draw with Ivory Coast on Friday in front of 12,000 fans at Estadio Nacional in Lima, Peru. With a 2-0-1 record and seven points as champions of Group C, the U.S. will face the Netherlands in the quarterfinals this afternoon. The U.S. took an early lead when Jeremy Hall headed home a ball from six yards, but Ivory Coast was able to pull out a late equalizer off a corner kick in the 87th minute to earn their only point of the competition. After securing the group, the U.S. had to wait until the two games from Group D were finished to find out that they will meet the Netherlands in their quarterfinal match. Kickoff for the match is 4 p.m. CT and will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The U.S. traveled to Trujillo on Saturday morning to prepare for their quarterfinal match. The Netherlands finished second in Group D after defeating Gambia 2-0 in their final group match. Brazil, Gambia and the Netherlands all finished with six points, but Brazil finished atop the group with a +5 goal differential, while the Netherlands took second at +3 and Gambia was left on the outside looking in at +2.
Group C Standings/Results
Team    GP    W      L     T     GF   GA     GD    Pts.
USA      3       2      0      1       7      4       +3       7
PRK       3      1      1      1       6      4        +2      4
ITA        3       1      1      1      6      7        -1       4
CIV        3      0      2      1       4      8        -4       1

U-17 MNT Schedule
Date                               Opponent                    Kickoff Time/Result             TV
Saturday, Sept. 17        vs. Korea DPR              3-2 W                                    --
Tuesday, Sept. 20         vs. Italy                         3-1 W                                    --
Friday, Sept. 23             vs. Ivory Coast              1-1 T                                     --
Monday, Sept. 26          vs. Netherlands             5 p.m ET                            FSC (live)
                                                                                                        Gala. (delayed @ 8 p.m. ET/PT,
                                                                                                                       7 p.m. CT)
Thursday, Sept. 29 *     Semifinal vs. Mexico     5 p.m ET                            FSC (live)
Sunday, Oct. 2 *            Final                             TBD                                    TBD

* if necessary

U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL ON WEDNESDAY: The Home Depot Center will host the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final for the first time on Wednesday, Sept. 28, as the Los Angeles Galaxy host FC Dallas for the right to be named U.S. Soccer’s National Champion and a $100,000 cash prize. The match will be televised live on GolTV at 8 p.m. PT. Tickets ranging in price levels from $10 to $25 are now on sale through the L.A. Galaxy offices by calling 1-877-3-GALAXY or online at www.lagalaxy.com. Tickets are also available by phone (213-480-3232 in L.A.; 714-740-2000 in Orange County; 619-220-8497 in San Diego), at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records), and at the Home Depot Center ticket office. More tournament information is available at ussoccer.com’s U.S. Open Cup competitions page.
Final
Date      Teams                                                 Venue                                            Kickoff
Sept. 28 FC Dallas (MLS) at L.A.Galaxy (MLS) Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. 8 p.m. PT (GolTV)

GREG RYAN TO NAME U.S. WNT OCTOBER ROSTER ON WEDNESDAY AT ussoccer.com: U.S. Women's National Team head coach Greg Ryan will name his active roster for the team's upcoming pair of October games. The U.S. WNT will face 2004 Olympic foe Australia and CONCACAF success story Mexico in a pair of October matches as the team continues on the long road to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA will take on Australia on Sunday, Oct. 16 (tickets), at Titan Stadium on the campus of Cal State Fullerton (kickoff at 3 p.m. PT live on ESPN2) and then travel to Charleston, S.C., to face regional rival Mexico on Sunday, Oct. 23 (tickets), at Blackbaud Stadium (kickoff at 1 p.m. ET live on ESPN2 & Telemundo). These will be the first matches for the U.S. women since a 3-0 victory over Iceland on July 24 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Tickets for USA-Australia start at $15 and are available on-line at ussoccer.com, at all Southern California Ticketmaster outlets (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records), and by phone (213-480-3232).  Groups of 15 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form (.pdf) at ussoccer.com. Tickets for the USA-Mexico game start at $18 and go on sale starting Thursday (September 15) at 10 a.m. ET on-line at ussoccer.com, at all South Carolina Ticketmaster outlets (including Publix), at the Blackbaud Stadium Box Office (Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and by phone (843-554-6060).  Groups of 15 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form (.pdf) at ussoccer.com.

GET TICKETS NOW FOR U.S. MNT QUALIFIER IN FOXBORO, MASS.: Tickets are now available for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team’s final World Cup qualifier of 2006 against Panama on October 12 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., at 8 p.m. ET. The U.S. vs. Panama match is being presented by Philips Electronics and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and delayed on Telemundo. Fans can also follow the U.S. match live on ussoccer.com via MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Tickets, which range from $20 to $36, can be purchased through ussoccer.com, by phone at 508-931-2000, at all Ticketmaster outlets in the region (including Filene's Stores) and at the Gillette Stadium Box Office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Discounted tickets (from $16-$28) are available for groups of 20 or more by calling the New England Revolution at 877-GET-REVS.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-17 89s TIE TWO GAMES AGAINST CHICAGO SOCKERS: The younger U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team played two games against the Chicago Sockers FC at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25. Both games resulted in draws, with Saturday’s match ending 2-2 and Sunday ending with a 1-1 scoreline. Andrew Giallombardo scored both goals for the U.S. on Saturday, putting the U-17s ahead in the 19th minute and again in the 76th minute. Sunday’s match saw the U.S. go down 1-0 at halftime, before Edgar Barajas notched the USA’s tying goal in the 74th minute.
U.S. U-17 MNT Results
Date          Opponent                         Result      U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Sept. 24    Chicago Sockers FC      2-2 T       Andrew Giallombardo 2
Sept. 25    Chicago Sockers FC      1-1 T       Edgar Barajas

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

MILBRETT RETURNS FROM SWEDEN, SLATON AND FAIR HEAD BACK TO FRANCE: U.S. Women’s National Team forward Tiffeny Milbrett has returned from five weeks in Sweden where she played seven matches with First Division Sunanna SK. The team sits in fifth place in the Swedish First Division. Two more U.S. players crossed over the pond going in the other direction as defender Danielle Slaton and midfielder Lorrie Fair have returned to France to play with Olympique Lyonnaise. The pair also played with OL last season, along with goalkeeper Hope Solo, midfielder Aly Wagner and forward Christie Welsh. The French league season runs from September through May. U.S. goalkeeper Jen Branam is at the end of a stint in Sweden where she is playing with Second Division side Balinge IF.

DC UNITED OUSTED FROM COPA SUDAMERICANA: D.C. United fell 3-2 against Chilean club Universidad Catolica de Chile on Friday, Sept. 23, after tying 1-1 in the first leg last week. With the loss, D.C. is eliminated from the 2005 Copa Nissan Sudamericana, in which they participated as CONMEBOL invitees. United’s Christian Gomez scored the first goal of the match in the 13th minute and D.C. United took a 2-0 lead with an own goal, but was unable to contain the Chilean club who struck back with three unanswered tallies.

MISL 2005-2006 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) announced its 2005-2006 league schedule last week. Each MISL team will play a 30-game (15 home/15 away) regular-season schedule. The majority of the League’s 2005-06 regular season line-up will be played on weekends, with 90 percent of games scheduled for a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.  The 2005-06 MISL regular season will run for 22 weeks, beginning on November 6 and concluding on April 9, with no games scheduled for the Christmas holiday weekend. A full schedule is available at misl.net.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS AND RICHMOND KICKERS TO MEET IN USL FIRST DIVISION FINAL: The Seattle Sounders will host the Richmond Kickers at Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash., on October 1 in the United Soccer Leagues First Division Final at 8 p.m. PT live on Fox Soccer Channel. Seattle reached the finals with a 4-3 aggregate score against the Montreal Impact, winning the final leg 2-1 after a 2-2 first leg. Richmond defeated the Rochester Raging Rhinos 4-2 on aggregate, winning the opening leg 3-1 following a 1-1 draw at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y.

FUND CREATED TO SUPPORT HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF: The U.S. Soccer Foundation has established the Soccer United Recovery Fund, to help rebuild soccer programs in Gulf Coast communities. In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, the U.S. Soccer Federation, Major League Soccer (MLS), the MLS Players Union, the U.S. National Team Players Association and the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol, created an on-line auction of game-worn uniforms that raised over $135,000 for relief and recovery services for the people of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.  Youth soccer organizations, including United States Youth Soccer (USYS) and American Youth Soccer (AYSO), have waived all fees for clubs and players in the area and are providing equipment and other support wherever possible. Contributors may support this effort by purchasing one of the special t-shirts or other products designed and being sold by Eurosport. Thanks to the contributions of Eurosport and its vendors, 100 percent of the sales proceeds will go to the Fund and be directly granted to soccer players and clubs who need help getting back on their feet. Purchase Soccer United Recovery Fund gear – or make a direct donation – online at soccerunitedrecoveryfund.org.

ACCREDITATION PROCESS FOR WORLD CUP FINAL DRAW NOW AVAILABLE: Media members who plan to witness firsthand who the U.S. Men’s National Team will face in group play at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany may now apply for credentials for the Final Draw online. The Final Draw for the 2006 FIFA World Cup will take place at the Leipzig Exhibition Center on Friday, Dec. 9, and will determine the groups for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Online registration forms are available at fifaworldcup.com by visiting the “Organization” section and selecting “Media.” Forms must be submitted before Monday, Oct. 3. Confirmation of accreditation will be issued by e-mail beginning in mid-November.

all_access RECAP ON ussoccer.com: With the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005 underway, all_access has been keeping you up-to-date with exclusive behind-the-scenes updates on the Under-17’s voyage to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Join Quavas Kirk and Blake Wagner as they recount the team’s adventures in their Audio Diaries. In CoachCast, join U-17 Head Coach John Hackworth and Assistant Coach Keith Fulk as they critically analyze the U-17s’ performance. Additionally, listen as Assistant Coach Tim Mulqueen scouts each team that the USA faces in his scouting report.
all_access Video
Shaking Things Up
Ivory Coast Post-Game
Ivory Coast Preview
Meet the U-17 MNT
Dealing with Downtime: "Hall Pong"
Italy Preview
all_access Podcast
Mulqueen Scouts Holland
“CoachCast: USA vs. Ivory Coast”
Kirk and Wagner Audio Diary No. 4
Mulqueen Scouts Ivory Coast
Kirk and Wagner Audio Diary No. 3
"CoachCast: USA vs. Italy"
Kirk and Wagner Audio Diary No. 2
"CoachCast: USA vs. North Korea"

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Who needs David Beckham to take your free kicks when you have Kyle Nakazawa? The U.S. U-17 MNT midfielder opened his World Championship scoring account with two goals in the USA’s first two games. Both goals came off of superbly placed free kicks that bent around the defensive wall and into the corner of the net. Nakazawa’s second goal proved to be the game-winner in the victory against Italy, guaranteeing the U.S. a spot in the quarterfinals.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. U-17 MNT advanced out of Group C of the FIFA World Championship Peru 2005 in first place and now comes the next challenge: facing Holland in the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal match between the U.S. and Holland kicks off today (Monday, Sept. 26) at 4 p.m. CT live on Fox Soccer Channel and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. It will also be broadcast on taped delay at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Galavision.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Although the Italians have never fared exceptionally well at the Under-17 age level, it is always a surprise to see a European powerhouse sent home in the early stages of an international competition. That is what happened to the Italy U-17 Men’s National Team at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005, as the young Azzuri were eliminated in group play after winning their opening match, falling to the United States and tying with North Korea. Italy actually finished group play tied at four points with North Korea, but was left out of the quarterfinals due to goal differential.

QUOTABLE: “It’s a good omen. It means that we’re going to shake the world up. No one expects us to advance out of our group and we win the group. No one expects us to beat Holland and now we’re going to beat Holland and the earth is shaking. I think it’s a good omen. Things are moving and shaking. Things aren’t status quo around here anymore.”
 -- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Assistant Coach Tim Mulqueen on the earthquake felt in Trujillo, Peru on Sunday, one day before the U-17 men play Holland in the quarterfinals of the 2005 FIFA World Championship.

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