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U.S. Soccer Wire: Feb. 14, 2011


U.S. U-17 MNT DEFEATS CUBA 3-1 IN JAMAICA TO BEGIN WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION;
SUNDHAGE NAMES 24-PLAYER ROSTER FOR 2011 ALGARVE CUP IN PORTUGAL;
U.S. DRAWN INTO GROUP B AT 2011 U-20 CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP IN GUATEMALA  

U.S. U-17 MNT DEFEATS CUBA 3-1 IN JAMAICA TO BEGIN WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION: Andrew Oliver delivered a goal and an assist as the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team earned a 3-1 win against Cuba in their opening group match of the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Alfred Koroma opened the scoring and Esteban Rodriguez added a third as the U.S. improved their unbeaten record against Cuba in U-17 qualifying to 4-0-2 lifetime. The U-17s round out play in the three-team group on Friday, Feb. 18, against Panama with a 4:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Jarrett Park. The top two teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals with Group B set to crossover against Group A which is made up of Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Haiti. The winner of Group B will face the second-place finisher in Group A, and vice versa. The quarterfinal winners will move on to the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.

ussoccer.com’s U-17 MNT Coverage

SUNDHAGE NAMES 24-PLAYER ROSTER FOR 2011 ALGARVE CUP IN PORTUGAL: Following a seven-day training camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named a 24-player preliminary roster for the 2011 Algarve Cup in Portugal. This year’s tournament is being staged from March 2-9 and the U.S. team will depart for Europe on Feb. 18. The venues and kickoff times have yet to be confirmed. Sundhage will name 20 players to the tournament roster prior to the start of the matches.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (out of contract) 
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (Washington Freedom), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom), 
MIDFIELDERS (9): Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (Washington Freedom), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (Washington Freedom) 
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom) 

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage

TICKETS FOR U.S. MEN VS. ARGENTINA AND PARAGUAY ON SALE NOW:  The U.S. will take on two-time FIFA World Cup champion Argentina on March 26 in East Rutherford, N.J. More than 34,000 tickets have been sold and are available on ussoccer.com. Kickoff at the New Meadowlands Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Three days later, the U.S. hosts Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville with tickets already surpassing 9,500 sold. The match will be televised live on an ESPN network and TeleFutura beginning at 7 p.m. CT. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Tickets for both matches are available now at ussoccer.com: MNT vs. Argentina Tickets | MNT vs. Paraguay Tickets

U.S. Men’s National Team 2011 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage

U.S. DRAWN INTO GROUP B AT 2011 U-20 CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP IN GUATEMALA: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has been drawn into Group B of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship along with Panama and Suriname. The tournament, which serves as CONCACAF qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, will be held from March 28-April 10 in Guatemala. Details on the match schedule will be released at a later date. The event will be divided between the Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores, a 30,000-capacity venue used for Guatemala national team matches, and the 16,000-seat Estadio Cementos Progreso, which serves as home to Guatemalan club Comunicaciones.

KEVIN PAYNE HONORED WITH 2011 WERNER FRICKER AWARD:  Kevin Payne, a leading soccer executive and pioneer in the sport, was honored at U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting in Las Vegas as the recipient of the prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award. The honor is bestowed annually to an individual who has worked tirelessly in furthering the interest of the sport of soccer, without regard to personal recognition or advancement. The Werner Fricker 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. 

NASL PROVISIONALLY SANCTIONED AS DIVISION 2 OUTDOOR PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE IN 2011: The U.S. Soccer Board of Directors provisionally sanctioned the North American Soccer League (NASL) to operate a Division 2 men’s outdoor professional soccer league in the United States. The sanctioning was approved this weekend at U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting in Las Vegas. The provisional sanctioning allows the NASL to operate a Division 2 league during the 2011 season. The NASL will need to meet certain requirements defined by the Board of Directors to be granted full sanctioning beyond the 2011 season.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-23 WNT HEADS TO LA MANGA, SPAIN FOR FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT: The U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team will play its first international matches of the year when it travels to La Manga, Spain from Feb. 21-March 2 for a tournament featuring the U-23 teams of Sweden, Norway and England. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin will bring a roster of 18 players, 10 of whom are professionals in WPS. It will be one of the most professional-laden women’s youth teams the USA has ever sent to an international competition.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Becky Edwards (Western NY Flash; Downingtown, Pa.), Lauren Fowlkes (Philadelphia Independence; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Nikki Marshall (Washington Freedom; Mead, Colo.), Elli Reed (Western NY Flash; Park City, Utah), Keelin Winters (Boston Breakers; Englewood, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Katie Bethke (Atlanta Beat; Eau Claire, Wis.), Sinead Farrelly (Philadelphia Independence; Havertown, Pa.), Meghan Klingenberg (Washington Freedom; Gibsonia, Pa.), Casey Nogueira (Sky Blue FC; Raleigh, N.C.), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown; Montclair, N.J.), Kylie Wright (Atlanta Beat; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Sarah Hagen (UW-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.), Melissa Henderson (Norte Dame; Garland, Texas), Stephanie Ochs (San Diego; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Schoepfer (out of contract; Waterford, Conn.)

U.S. U-20 WNT CONVENES FOR SECOND CAMP OF 2011 AT OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER IN CHULA VISTA: The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team, under the direction of Dave Chesler, will come together at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., for a training camp running from Feb. 13-20. Chesler has called in 24 players, 16 born in 1992 and eight born in 1993, for a week-long event south of San Diego that will culminate with a match against the University of San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. PT. The roster features 11 players who are in college with the rest in high school.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Emily Oliver (Stanford; Flossmoor, Ill.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Caroline Stanley (KFCF Alliance; Lee’s Summit North HS)
DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Sacred Heart Prep), Megan Fuller (Ohio State; Bondurant, Iowa), Bri Hovington (Penn State; Lothian, Md.), Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado; Denver, Colo.), Kassy Kallman (Florida State; Woodbury, Minn.), Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Ponte Verde Storm; Frederica Academy); Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alex Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda Md.), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), Sara Killion (Fort Wayne Fever, Fort Wayne, Ind.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.)
FORWARDS (9): Kelly Cobb (Cook Inlet Velocity; Chugiak, Alaska), Michelle Cruz (Portland; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Lindsay Elston (Washington; Sammamish, Wash.), Arin Gilliland (Lexington Football Club; Wilmore, Ky.), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Ariana Martinez (Real So Cal; Moorpark, Calif.), Tawni Martino (Loyola Marymount; Irvine, Calif.), Taylor Smith (Solar Red; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.)

U.S. U-18 MNT ROSTER SET FOR TRAINING CAMP IN PHOENIX: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team roster has been set for a training camp to be held from Feb. 12-20, in Phoenix, Ariz. Head coach Mike Matkovich has called in 36 players, including 26 current Development Academy players and four Development Academy alumni. The U.S. will play friendlies against teams from Major League Soccer that are in the midst of preseason training in Phoenix. Matkovich’s squad has scrimmages set up against Sporting Kansas City and Colorado Rapids on Feb. 15 and Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers four days later.

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster by Position: 
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jeff Gal (Sockers FC; Bartlett, Ill.), Jesus Guzman (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; San Jose, Calif.), Andrew Wolverton (Concorde Fire; Snellville, Ga.) 
DEFENDERS (11): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas Juniors; Frisco, Texas), Alec Cochran (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; Ballwin, Mo.), Jack Coleman (FC Dallas Juniors; Norman, Okla.), Dakota Edwards (Albertson SC; Sayville, N.Y.), Nat Eggleston (D.C. United Academy; Chevy Chase, Md.), Jordan McCrary (North Carolina; Marietta, Ga.), Pablo Ocegueda (UANL Tigres; Riverside Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas Juniors; Edmund, Okla.), Timothy Parker (Albertson SC; Hicksville, N.Y.), James Petruccelli (Seacoast United; Brentwood, N.H.), Walker Zimmerman (GSA; Lawrenceville, Ga.) 
MIDFIELDERS (17): Stefano Bonomo (De Anza Force; Hillsborough, Calif.), Robert Botchway (Concorde Fire; Dacula, Ga.), Seth Casiple (CDA; Sacramento, Calif.), Darvin Ebanks (GSA; Macon, Ga.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Tomas Granitto (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.), Aaron Kovar (Seattle Sounders Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Miguel Lopez Jr. (Classics Elite; Alton, Texas), Daniel Metzger (N.Y. Red Bulls Academy; Holmdel, N.J.), Eric Miller (Creighton University; Woodbury, Minn.), Steve Palacios (United Football Club; Santa Ana, Calif.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bollingbrook, Ill.), Marcus Salandy-Defour (DC United Academy; Kensington, Md.), Khiry Shelton (Lonestar SC; Leander, Texas), Christopher Somerville (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; West Chester, Pa.), Will Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy; Gahanna, Ohio), Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler (CASL Chelsea FC; Cary, N.C.) 
FORWARDS (5): Villyan Bijev (California Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Vince Cicciarelli (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro; Peoria, Ill.), Robert Kristo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; Maryland Heights, Mo.), Luis Rendon (FC Richmond Magic; Chesterfield, Va.), Jonathan Top (FC Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas) 

CONCORDE FIRE U-15/16 CLINCHES DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY PLAYOFF BERTH: With a record of 11-0-2 in the Southeast Division, Concorde Fire U-15/16 has become the first team to clinch an automatic place in the 2010-11 Development Academy Playoffs as they are guaranteed to finish in either first or second place in the division. Concorde Fire’s Director of Coaching Gregg Blasingame talked about his club’s record of having a participant in two of the Academy’s three Finals Weeks and what that means for player development at the Atlanta-based club.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS TO TAKE PLACE IN APRIL, JUNE AND JULY: 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 and Massachusetts.  Registration for each course will open on Monday, Jan. 31, 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. Registers for CoachesNet Now | View Course Schedule

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET TRIPS TO BRAZIL AND GERMANY/NETHERLANDS QUICKLY APPROACHING : In an effort to continue providing unique coaching opportunities to its membership, U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet announces plans to offer educational trips to Brazil and to Germany and the Netherlands. Entering its third year, the aim of U.S. Soccer’s international coaching education program is to expose U.S. coaches to other federations and clubs to learn the steps they take to develop their coaches and players. Attendees interact directly with top-level coaches, administrators and players from some of the best clubs and countries in the world. Scheduled to take place March 17-25, 2011, coaches will visit five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The coaching education workshop in Germany and the Netherlands will take place from April 28 – May 6, 2011 and will mark the 40th anniversary of U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program which began under the direction of Dettmar Cramer.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team midfielder Samantha Mewis has been named the 2010-11 Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Along with traveling with the team to Germany for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, Mewis concluded her illustrious high school playing career with a 3.89 weighted GPA in the classroom.

MARQUEE MATCHUPS: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team will continue its 2011 CONCACAF Championship campaign against Panama on Feb. 18 at 4:30 p.m. ET from Jarett Park in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The match will conclude group play for the U.S., who will be looking to qualify for the all-important quarterfinal round. Coverage will be provided by ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

QUOTABLE: “We have to go one game at a time and that’s the mentality that we want to approach this tournament with. Knowing that with three games we can get the most important reward, which is qualifying for the World Cup, Right now that’s our mentality, our goal for the players and how we’re going to be working through this tournament.” – U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team coach Wilmer Cabrera on his team’s approach to the current U-17 CONCACAF Championship

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