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U.S. Soccer Wire - August 28, 2006


U.S. U-20 WNT To Face China 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship
Semifinals on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. ET;
U.S. WNT Earns 4-1 Win Against China in Chicago

U-20 WNT ADVANCES TO WWC SEMIFINALS: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team put together its best performance of the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship with a highly impressive 4-1 win over defending youth world champions Germany and will now face China in a semifinal match on Thursday, Aug. 31, at Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow. Fans can follow the action live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker with a kickoff of 7 p.m. local / 11 a.m. ET. Midfielder Danesha Adams scored twice, her second and third goals of the tournament, while eighteen-year-old midfielder Kelley O’Hara opened the scoring for the USA in the 36th minute. Forward Amy Rodriguez got the fourth goal in the final minute of regulation. The goals were the second of the competition for both O’Hara and Rodriguez (photos). The win avenged the USA’s loss to Germany at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand, where the eventual champions defeated the USA, 3-1. The win was the second straight victory over a European team in the tournament after the USA defeated France, 1-0, in its final Group D match. The USA now travels back to Moscow to meet China in what will be the second semifinal of the night on Aug. 31. The win also marked the third straight semifinal berth for the USA at a FIFA youth women’s tournament. The USA won the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Canada in 2002 and finished third in Thailand in 2004. Fans can follow all the action from Russia on ussoccer.com’s U-20 Women’s World Championship competition page, with game stories, a blog, features, interviews, podcasts and all_access video.

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team – First Round Schedule
2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship
Date     Teams                        Stadium (Venue)                  Result/ Kickoff Local / ET
Aug. 18 USA vs. DR Congo      Torpedo (Moscow)                2-1
Aug. 21 USA vs. Argentina        Torpedo (Moscow)                4-1
Aug. 24 USA vs. France           Dynamo (Moscow)               1-0
Aug. 27 USA vs. Germany        Petrovsky (St. Petersburg)   4-1
Aug. 31 USA vs. China             Lokomotiv (Moscow)             7 p.m. / 11 a.m.


U.S. WNT DEFEATS CHINA, 4-1, IN CHICAGO: The United States Women’s National Team defeated China, 4-1, at the brand new home of the Chicago Fire in Bridgeview, Ill., on Sunday, Aug. 27. The U.S. came back from a one-goal deficit, with unanswered goals from Cat Whitehill, Aly Wagner and Kristine Lilly, who scored twice. The win increases the team’s 2006 record to 10-0-3, including a 2-0-1 record vs. China. Lilly’s brace was her second of the year vs. China, as she also scored both U.S. goals in a 2-0 victory in the final of the Four Nations Tournament on Jan. 22. The two goals also tie Lilly with Abby Wambach for the team lead with eight goals this year, and up her career total to 112 in 310 appearances. The U.S. will next face Mexico (tickets) at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 13 at PAETEC Park in Rochester, N.Y. The U.S. will also face Chinese Taipei (tickets) at 1 p.m. PT on Oct. 1 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., before taking on Iceland on Oct. 8 (tickets) in their final domestic match before the CONCACAF Gold Cup in November, where the U.S. will attempt to earn a berth to the 2007 FIFA World Cup in China. Kickoff against Iceland is set for 2 p.m. ET at the University of Richmond Stadium in Richmond, Va. All three matches will be televised live on ESPN2, and fans can also follow the action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUARTET OF HALL OF FAMERS INDUCTED IN ONEONTA: Former U.S. National Team defenders Alexi Lalas and Carla Overbeck, veteran inductee Al Trost and builder Philip Anschutz were inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Monday, Aug. 28, during a morning ceremony in Oneonta, N.Y. A clean-shaven Alexi Lalas spoke in front of a larger-than-life photo of himself as a player complete with the famous red goatee and long hair following an introduction by U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati at Monday’s induction ceremony. Overbeck, who was part of the USA’s original crop of U.S. Women’s National Team stars, was introduced by former U.S. Women’s head coach Tony DiCicco. Trost, a standout player from St. Louis at the collegiate, professional and international level, was introduced by long-time friend Bill McDermott. Rounding out the inductees, Anschutz, a builder who has helped grow Major League Soccer and facilities, was introduced by New York Red Bulls midfielder Chris Henderson. For complete coverage of the National Soccer Hall of Fame including two special episodes of Studio 90, visit the Hall of Fame page at ussoccer.com.

PHILIP ANSCHUTZ AWARDED NATIONAL SOCCER MEDAL OF HONOR: Philip Anschutz was presented with the National Soccer Medal of Honor Sunday (Aug. 27) evening during the President’s Dinner at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, NY. The National Soccer Medal of Honor is a rare distinction awarded by the Hall of Fame to those who have changed the course of the sport in America. In honoring Anschutz, a visionary leader of Major League Soccer, MLS Commissioner Don Garber stated: “Millions of soccer fans across the country will never have the chance to meet Phil Anschutz. They’ll never see him on television or find him quoted in the newspaper. But each and every one of us will, in some form or fashion, be touched by his massive contributions to the game. And that is a legacy worthy of this rare and prestigious award.”

U.S. REFEREES IN RUSSIA: U.S. Soccer referees once again have representation at a FIFA World Championship as former U.S. Soccer and FIFA referee, and U.S. Soccer National Instructor and National Assessor, Sandra Hunt is one of two FIFA Instructors at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia. U.S. Soccer referee Jennifer Bennett joins Hunt in Russia as a center referee and fourth official. Bennett kicked off the tournament as the fourth official in the Group C showdown between North Korea and Germany, which saw the defending champions Germany fall, 2-0, to the North Koreans. She was in the middle for the Australia-Brazil match in Group A on Aug. 20 and was also the center referee for the Finland vs. Nigeria clash that would determine Nigeria's passage the next round. Nigeria won handily, 8-0.

– WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

U.S. WNT TO FACE CHINESE TAIPEI IN HISTORIC WEEKEND AT HDC: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Chinese Taipei at 1 p.m. PT on Oct. 1 in Carson, Calif., to close out a first-of-its-kind weekend of women’s soccer at The Home Depot Center as U.S. Soccer hosts the first Women’s Nike Friendlies, a youth event featuring 30 premier club teams. Tickets for the U.S. WNT match start at $15 and are on sale at ussoccer.com, all Southern California Ticketmaster outlets (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records), The Home Depot Center ticket office (stadium ticket office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and by phone at 213- 480-3232. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by calling U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtaining a group order form at ussoccer.com

U.S. WOMEN TO FACE ICELAND IN RICHMOND, VA.: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Iceland at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 8, at the University of Richmond Stadium in Richmond, Va. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, and fans can follow online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets starting at $16 are available through ussoccer.com, all Richmond Ticketmaster outlets (including Hecht’s, Tower Records, and Ukrop’s Supermarket), and by phone at 804-262-8100. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by calling U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtaining a group order form at ussoccer.com. The match will serve as the final domestic contest before the U.S. women enter competition at the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, which will serve as the qualifying tournament for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. In 2006, the U.S. WNT has a 10-0-3 record, including four consecutive victories on domestic soil over Sweden, Ireland, Canada and China by a combined 14-3 margin.

WNT TO COMPETE IN 2006 PEACE CUP IN SOUTH KOREA: The U.S. Women’s National Team will travel to South Korea in October to take part in the Peace Cup, staged from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4, in six Korean cities. These will be the final matches for the USA before it enters the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup where the U.S. women will attempt to earn one of the region’s direct berths to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Peace Cup, which previously featured men’s club teams in the first two editions, will feature eight women’s national teams. The tournament is staged in a similar format to the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal, with the teams playing a round-robin format in group play and the group winners meeting for the title. The USA opens Group B play against Denmark on Oct. 29 in Kimhae in the southeastern part of South Korea. The USA will then face recent 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers Australia on Oct. 31 in Cheonan, outside of Seoul, before finishing group play against North Korea on Nov. 2 in Suwon, also outside of Seoul. The championship match is on Nov. 4 in Seoul. Group A features South Korea, Brazil, Italy and Nigeria. The stadiums in Seoul and Suwon were used for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

NORWAY IS FOURTH TEAM TO QUALIFY FOR 2007 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: Norway joined China (host), North Korea and Australia (both Asia) as the fourth team to earn a berth at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China. Norway needed only a tie against the Ukraine to secure a spot, and earned just that on Sunday (Aug. 27). Ukraine took the lead against the Norwegians in the 28th minute but a goal from Unni Lehn just before halftime evened the score. Four more teams will qualify from Europe, with qualifying ending on Sept. 30.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-20 MNT FACE ARGENTINA, SLOVAKIA AND SOUTH KOREA IN BUSAN: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen announced his 18-player roster for the Busan International U-20 Four Nations Tournament from Aug. 29-Sept. 2 in Busan, South Korea. The roster is a unique mix of 11 professional and six high school players because Rongen was unable to call in the majority of players in college as they are just beginning their season. Center Circle recently caught up with defender Erik Hort to discuss his selection for the tournament. UCLA freshman goalkeeper Brian Perk was the only college player that is included on the roster. For four players – Brandon Bumpas, Erik Hort, William Koss and Miguel Gonzalez – this will be their first-ever call-up to the U.S. Under-20 MNT. The U.S. traveled to Busan on Friday, Aug. 25, and will have three days of training before kicking off the four-team tournament on Tuesday, Aug. 29 against the host. The U.S. will then face Slovakia on Thursday, Aug. 31, before finishing round-robin play on Saturday, Sept. 2, against Argentina. All six games of the tournament will be played at Busan Asiad Main Stadium, a 2002 Wold Cup venue.

U.S. Under-20 MNT Roster - Busan International Tournament
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brandon Bumpas (Denver, Colo.), Brian Perk (UCLA)
DEFENDERS (6): Bryan Arguez (Miami, Fla.), Carlos Borja (Chivas USA), Kyle Davies (Pleasanton, Calif.), Erik Hort (Sparta Prague), Blake Wagner (FC Dallas), Tim Ward (Columbus Crew)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Nikolas Besagno (Real Salt Lake), Cameron Brown (Garland, Texas), Miguel Gonzalez (New England Revolution), Sonny Guadarrama (Santos), William Koss (Overland Park, Kan.), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (4): Josmer Altidore (N.Y. Red Bulls), David Arvizu (N.Y. Red Bulls), Corben Bone (Plano, Texas), Preston Zimmerman (Hamburg SV)


U-17 ’90 MNT WILL COMPETE IN THE PEPSI INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN ENGLAND: U.S. Under-17 head coach John Hackworth named his 18-player roster on Friday (Aug. 25) for the FA Friendly International Tournament from Aug. 26 to Sept. 3 in England. The U.S. will face England, Portugal and Turkey during the round-robin tournament. The U.S. will travel on Saturday, Aug. 26, and train for three days before opening up the four-team tournament against Portugal in Yeading. The U-17s will then face the hosts on Friday, Sept. 1 in Aldershot, and finish up round-robin play against Turkey on Sunday, Sept. 3 in Staines. Of the 18 players named to the roster, six are new members to U.S. Soccer's Residency Program. Howard Turk, Brendan King, Ryan Garcia, Gregory Garza, Ryan Finley and Zac MacMath joined the program just this past week.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster - FA Friendly International Tournament
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.), Howard Turk (Fairfax, Va.), Matthew Uy (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Brandon Lee (Tenafly, N.J.), Daniel Barerra (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.), Axel Levry (Fort Washington, Md.), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.), Greg Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Brendan King (Naperville, Ill.), Ryan Gracia* (Rockville, Md.),
FORWARDS (3): Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Ryan Finley (Lumberton, N.J.)


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

2006 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP SEMIFINALISTS SET: The 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals wrapped up on Wednesday, Aug. 23, with the Chicago Fire, D.C. United, Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy emerging as semifinalists. Houston will square off against the defending champions Los Angeles, while Chicago will host D.C. United. Semifinal winners will vie for the U.S. Open Cup title on Wednesday, Sep. 27. The semifinalists will face off on Sept. 6, with Houston traveling to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., for a 7:30 p.m. PT kick off against Los Angeles. D.C. United will travel to the brand new home of the Chicago Fire, Toyota Park, in Bridgeview, Ill. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT. A complete schedule, quarterfinals results and semifinal round fixtures is available at ussoccer.com's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup homepage.

RICHMOND DEFEATS CHARLOTTE FOR USL SECOND DIVISION TITLE: The Richmond Kickers defeated the Charlotte Eagles, 2-1, on Saturday, Aug. 28, to win their third USL Second Division Championship. Robert Ssejjemba converted a penalty kick in the ninth minute to put Richmond ahead and Chris Carrieri scored again in the 33rd minute for the Kickers. Charlotte was able to get one back in the 90th minute but was unable to overcome the 2-1 scoreline in stoppage time.

ussoccer.com’s CENTER CIRCLE ONLINE ALL YEAR LONG: It’s been a while since ussoccer.com’s “Center Circle” reached your inbox, bringing an ear-to-ear smile to your face and distracting you from work until you read the latest Armchair Midfielder and In 3’s, topping off your reading with some U.S. National Team trivia. The bad news is, you won’t be receiving a monthly “Center Circle” in your inbox anymore. But the good news is, you don’t have to wait a whole month to get your “Center Circle” fix! Check out “Center Circle” daily at centercircle.ussoccer.com to read the latest Armchair Midfielder, hear from fan favorites in the “Off the Ball” section as the Valentin Chronicles and Manya’s Musings return, or meet new players in the new “Hello. My Name is…” and “YNT Spotlight” sections. Catch all the action at centercircle.ussoccer.com!

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan was ready to play on Saturday (Aug. 26), when the Galaxy traveled to RFK Stadium to take on D.C. United. United was undefeated at home this season until Donovan & Co. came to town and delivered a 5-2 loss. Donovan played a part in three of the five goals, converting a penalty kick, scoring another goal and creating the D.C. own goal.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team pulled off a stunning, 4-1, rout of Germany in the quarterfinals of the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Their prize for such a victory? Another U.S. WNT classic: USA vs. China! The U.S. will face China in the semifinals on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. ET. Fans can follow all the action live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Chelsea kicked off the English Premier League season last week (Aug. 20) with a 3-0 win against Manchester City and traveled to Middlesborough at midweek (Aug. 23) ready to reel in their second season victory. But Middlesborough had a surprise for the defending league champions. Chelsea scored first, in the 16th minute, but Middlesborough came back in the 80th minute, and then went ahead in the 90th minute, to hand the Blues their first loss of the season.

QUOTABLE: “The D.C. supporters are always a little rude. If they want to keep motivating me that way, I'll put four in on them next time."
-- U.S. MNT and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan after scoring two goals and creating an own goal in the Galaxy’s 5-2 win against D.C. United.
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