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U.S. Soccer Wire - June 20, 2005


U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Clinch First Place in Group D,
Face Italy Tuesday in 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship

U-20s LOOK TO ITALY IN SECOND ROUND OF WYC: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team earned their third straight shutout with a 1-0 victory on Saturday (June 18) against Egypt at Arke Stadium in Enchede, Holland, to win the “Group of Death” and advance to the second round of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. Jacob Peterson headed home a deflected shot from Freddy Adu in the 56th minute and the defense held Egypt to just one shot on goal for the entire 90 minutes to give the U.S. the victory in their final group match. In the other group match, Argentina defeated Germany 1-0 in Emmen providing the U.S. with first place in Group D with seven points and allowing them to stay in Enschede to face Italy, who finished in third place in Group E. The Round of 16 match kicks off at 11:30 a.m. ET (5:30 p.m. local) on Tuesday, June 21 at Arke Stadium and fans can follow the match live on Fox Soccer Channel and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The back-to-back-to-back shutouts in the tournament’s toughest group marks one of the greatest national team accomplishments in U.S. Soccer history, with the U.S. becoming just the 12th team in the tournament’s 25-year history to manage the feat. The victory also marks the second straight time the U.S. has won their group in the World Youth Championship, as they claimed first place for the first time in 2003 in the United Arab Emirates. Additionally, the seven points mark the most points ever earned by the U.S. U-20s in group play in 10 tournament appearances.
U.S. U-20 MNT FIFA World Youth Championship Results/Schedule
Date Matchup/Result  U.S. Goal scorer  Television
June 11 U.S. 1, Argentina 0 Chad Barrett   --
June 14 U.S. 0, Germany 0 --   --
June 18 U.S. 1, Egypt 0  Jacob Peterson   --    
June 21 U.S. vs. Italy     11:30 a.m. ET FSC / 7 p.m. ET Galavision (taped delay)
June 24 U.S./Italy vs. Japan/Morocco    11:30 a.m. ET FSC

U.S. MNT ASSISTANT COACH ONALFO TO PROVIDE MATCHTRACKER COMMENTARY: U.S. Men’s National Team assistant coach Curt Onalfo will be a guest commentator on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics, for the U.S. U-20 MNT match against Italy on Tuesday. Onalfo, who scouts opponents for MNT head coach Bruce Arena, will provide insight and analysis on the USA’s biggest test of the tournament.

U.S. MNT GOLD CUP ROSTER TO BE ANNOUNCED THURSDAY: The U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the 2005 Gold Cup will be announced Thursday on ussoccer.com. U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena will assemble a 23-man squad to compete in the regional tournament, which runs July 6-24 in seven venues across six U.S. cities. The U.S. opens Group B play against Cuba on Thursday, July 7, at 7:45 p.m. PT at Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash. Group play continues on Saturday, July 9, at 1:45 p.m. PT against Canada before moving across the country for the final group game in Foxboro at 7 p.m. ET vs. Costa Rica.

U.S. WOMEN OPEN TRAINING CAMP IN CHARLOTTESVILLE: The U.S. Women’s National Team opened its first domestic training camp of the year Sunday evening in Charlottesville, Va., at the University of Virginia’s Klockner Stadium.  Eighteen of the 24 players on the roster arrived in time for the light training at 6:30 p.m. on a gorgeous evening, with several players coming straight from the airport for the short session that featured a fun warm-up followed by a possession game in tight space.  U.S. forward Tiffeny Milbrett arrived as practice was ending and seven staff members volunteered to stay after for a short-sided game, giving Milbrett a chance to stretch her legs and get a few touches on the ball.  The remainder of the roster arrived later in the evening and the USA will have its first full trainings on Monday, going in the morning and afternoon.  The USA will spend five days training at Klockner before traveling to Virginia Beach on Thursday afternoon, June 23, in preparation for the match against Canada on Sunday, June 26 (3 p.m. ET live on ESPN2).  It will mark the first domestic match for new head coach Greg Ryan, who led the USA to the 2005 Algarve Cup title in Portugal last March.  The U.S. team will no doubt be sweating this week as hot weather is forecast for Charlottesville, with temperatures rising into the 80s and perhaps 90s. The 24-player training camp roster features 17 players who were on the 2005 Algarve Cup championship team.  Among the additional seven players are three who have spent a significant time away from the national team in Milbrett, forward Danielle Fotopoulos and defender Nandi Pryce.  There are also two uncapped players in midfielder Marci Miller and defender Tina Frimpong, as well as 2004 Olympic back-up goalkeeper Kristen Luckenbill and 2004 Olympic Residency Camp participant Amy LePeilbet, a defender.  Ryan will pick 18 players to suit up against Canada on Sunday as U.S. fans get their first chance to see the new-look U.S. team.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR TWO JULY U.S. WNT HOME GAMES: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will play two matches in the month of July, taking on Ukraine on Sunday, July 10, at Harry A. Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland and facing Iceland on Sunday, July 24, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  The match against Ukraine kicks off at 3:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 while the match against Iceland, also live on ESPN2, kicks off at 2 p.m. PT. Tickets are now on sale for both matches. Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1249 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com. Tickets for the USA-Ukraine match in Portland start at $18 and are on sale online at ussoccer.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Oregon and Washington (including G.I. Joe’s and Fred Meyer) and by phone at 503-224-4400.  Tickets for the USA-Iceland match start at $15 and are on sale at ussoccer.com, at all Southern California Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records), the Home Depot Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and by phone at 213-480-3232.

MALIN RECEIVES HALL OF FAME CJ MEDIA AWARD: Soccer broadcaster Seamus Malin has been named recipient of the Colin Jose Media Award by the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., for his outstanding career contributions to soccer. Malin is the second media member to receive the Colin Jose Media Award, joining inaugural 2004 honoree Jerry Trecker. Malin’s broadcasting career began in 1966, calling soccer games for Boston public television station WGBH on “College Sport of the Week.” He became the radio voice of the NASL’s Boston Minutemen and, from June 1978 until 1985, he called games for the New York Cosmos. Malin has called games for each of the big three networks (ABC, CBS & NBC), as well as ESPN. Currently, Malin calls major European matches for ESPN International. “To receive an award named after my friend Colin Jose and to be the second honoree after my friend Jerry Trecker is truly the highlight of my career,” said Malin upon being notified of the honor. “The Hall of Fame has worked very hard to celebrate and preserve the history of the game. It is beyond imagining that I have been chosen to be included in that history.” The Colin Jose Media Award honors media members who specialize in communications with respect to soccer in the United States. It is awarded to those whose career contributions in the field are deemed to be of exceptional and sustained quality.

-- FIFA 2006 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING UPDATE --

HARTFORD TO HOST USA VS. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ON AUG. 17: Tickets remain on sale for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifying match vs. Trinidad & Tobago on August 17 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The U.S. vs. Trinidad & Tobago match will kick off at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, with fans also able to follow along live on ussoccer.com via MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at ussoccer.com, by phone at 860-525-4500, at all Ticketmaster outlets in the region (including Filene's Stores) and at the Hartford Civic Center (open Monday – Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.).  Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com. Trinidad & Tobago will be the first opponent that the U.S. faces for the second time in the 10-game final round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, playing the return leg of a 2-1 victory on February 9 in Trinidad.

U.S. TAKES ON MEXICO IN COLUMBUS ON SEPT. 3: The U.S. Men’s National Team will host Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 3 in Columbus Crew Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET in their seventh of 10 final round qualifying matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. vs. Mexico match, which is being presented by Budweiser, will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Telemundo, with fans also able to follow the U.S. match live at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. It will be the fourth out of five World Cup qualifiers played in the United States and the fifth World Cup qualifying match hosted by the six-year-old venue. Ticketing details will be announced in the future.

2006 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING SCHEDULE:
CONCACAF Final Round

Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Feb. 9  Panama 0, Guatemala 0
Feb. 9  Costa Rica 1, Mexico 2
Feb. 9 Trinidad & Tobago 1,  USA 2 
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 26 Costa Rica 2, Panama 1
March 26 Guatemala 5, Trinidad & Tobago 1
March 27 Mexico 2, USA 1
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 30  Panama 1, Mexico 1
March 30  USA 2, Guatemala 0
March 30  Trinidad & Tobago 0, Costa Rica 0
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 4 Trinidad & Tobago 2, Panama 0  
June 4 Guatemala 0, Mexico 2  
June 4 USA 3, Costa Rica 0  
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 8 Panama 0, USA 3  
June 8 Costa Rica 3, Guatemala 2  
June 8 Mexico 2, Trinidad & Tobago 0
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Aug. 17 Guatemala vs. Panama   
Aug. 17 Mexico vs. Costa Rica   
Aug. 17 USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Sept. 3 Panama vs. Costa Rica  
Sept. 3 Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guatemala
Sept. 3 USA vs. Mexico  
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Sept. 7 Mexico vs. Panama 
Sept. 7 Guatemala vs. USA  
Sept. 7 Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Oct. 8 Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Oct. 8 Mexico vs. Guatemala 
Oct. 8/9 Costa Rica vs. USA 
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Oct. 12 USA vs. Panama   
Oct. 12 Guatemala vs. Costa Rica
Oct. 12 Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico
 
Playoff (*home team will be determined by lottery at the conclusion of the final round)
Date Match-up
*Nov. 12/13 AFC #5 vs. CONCACAF #4 
*Nov. 16 AFC #5 vs. CONCACAF #4

-- U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR FIRST HOME WNT GAME OF 2005: The U.S. Women’s National Team will be back in action in the U.S. on June 26 as they take on Canada at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in Virginia Beach, Va. U.S. head coach Greg Ryan has named 24 players to a training camp roster prior to the match against Canada, which is slated for 3 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Tickets begin at $18 and can be purchased online at ussoccer.com, by phone at 757-671-8100, at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Virginia (including Farm Fresh and Ukrop Super’s), and at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday).  Groups of 20 or more can order through U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1249.
U.S. WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart, Kristin Luckenbill, Hope Solo; DEFENDERS (8): Lori Chalupny, Tina Frimpong, Lindsey Huie, Amy LePeilbet, Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts, Nandi Pryce, Cat Reddick; MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx, Lorrie Fair, Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly, Marci Miller, Lindsay Tarpley, Aly Wagner; FORWARDS (6): Danielle Fotopoulos, Tiffeny Milbrett, Heather O’Reilly, Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach, Christie Welsh.

LIGHT ACTION FOR U.S. WNT PLAYERS IN USL: With a U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team event coming to an end last week and the full WNT beginning training in Virginia this weekend, the USL W-League action for U.S. WNT pool players was light this weekend.  Danielle Fotopoulos played 45 minutes in the Central Florida Krush’s 3-0 victory over the Bradenton Athletics and Angela Hucles played all 110 minutes for the Boston Renegades in a wild 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Lady Lynx. Goalkeeper Kristen Luckenbill backstopped the Vermont Lady Voltage in a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Fury Women.

-- U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --

U.S. U-17 MNT TRAIN AT HDC: U.S. U-17 MNT head coach John Hackworth is conducting a 10-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. from June 20-30, in order to start building the roster that will compete at the 2005 FIFA Under-17 World Champioship in Peru. Hackworth has called 32 players into camp, which will include matches against the Honduras U-17 squad and the Chivas USA Reserves, among others. The roster includes 17 of the 18 players who participated in the World Championship qualifying tournament in Costa Rica, with Nikolas Besagno the only absence due to club commitments with his professional team, Real Salt Lake.
U-17 MNT Schedule
Date Opponent
June 23 Honduras U-17
June 24 Honduras U-17
June 26 Cal North Select
June 26 PDP U-23
June 29 Chivas USA Reserves
June 29 PDP U-18

U-17 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brandon Bumpas (Colorado Rush), Brian Perk (Pateadores), Diego Restrepo (HC United), Bryant Rueckner (PSG - Calif.); DEFENDERS (10): Kevin Alston (Potomac Cougars), Michael Balogun (Houstonians), Carlos Borja (ISC Strikers), Richard Edgar (Potomac Cougars), Greg Eckhardt (Jacksonville Jaguars), Amaechi Igwe (Santa Clara Sporting), Eric Lichaj (Chicago Magic), Ofori Sarkodie (Chicago Magic), Blake Wagner (HC United), Anthony Wallace (Brandon FC); MIDFIELDERS (11): Anthony Ampaipitakwong (Dallas Inter), Gabriel Farfan (Nomads), Michael Farfan (Nomads), Jeremy Hall (HC United), Hector Jimenez (Arsenal), Daniel Kelly (TNFC), Quavas Kirk (Chicago Magic), Kyle Nakazawa (ISC Strikers), Ryan Soroka (FC Delco), Neven Subotic (Manatee Magic), Bobby Warshaw (FC Delco); FORWARDS (7): Eddie Ababio (HC United), Josmer Altidore (Boca Juniors), David Arvizu (Pateadores), Omar Gonzalez (Dallas Texans), Eber Martinez (Reston FC), Demitrius Omphroy (Santa Clara Ruckus), Preston Zimmerman (Crossfire Premier)

U.S. U-18 MNT DEFEATES JAPAN IN PORTUGAL: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team beat Japan 2-1 in the squad’s final game of the Lisbon International Tournament in Portugal. In the first game, the U.S. fell to host Portugal 3-1, with Rodrigo Hidalgo netting the only goal for the U.S. squad. The next day, the U.S. fell 3-0 to Poland.
U-18 MNT Schedule
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal scorer(s)
June 11 Portugal 3-1 L Rodrigo Hidalgo 76'
June 12 Poland 3-0 L --
June 14 Japan 2-1 W Jason Leopoldo 11’, Rodrigo Lopez 45’

U-15 BOYS NATIONAL TEAM WIN FIRST TWO GAMES OF MEXICO TOUR: The U.S. Under-15 Boy’s National Team defeated El Salto and Chivas in the team’s first two games of their three-game Guadalajara tour. In their first game, the U-15 boys defeated El Salto by a 3-1 margin, following up with a 2-1 win against Chivas the next day. U.S. Under-15 coach Jim Barlos called in 24 players for the trip, which concludes Tuesday, June 21, with a game against Cruz Azul.
U-15 BNT Schedule
Date Opponent Result
June 18 El Salto 3-1 W 
June 19 Chivas 2-1 W
June 21 Cruz Azul

U.S. U-21 WOMEN SWEEP NORTHWEST TOUR: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team won all three of its games on a quick northwest swing last week in its final event before the 2005 Nordic Cup, which runs from July 20-26 in Sweden.  U.S. head coach Jillian Ellis brought a strong squad for two matches in Canada and one in Seattle, Wash., featuring eight players with full Women’s National Team caps and 11 players who have played for the USA in a FIFA U-19 World Championship.  The U-21s rolled past a British Columbia selection on June 14, winning 5-1 as midfielder Carli Lloyd scored a natural hat trick inside of 17 minutes at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second.  Eighteen-year-old forward Amy Rodriguez added the fourth goal in the 53rd minute and Manya Makoski finished the scoring in the 83rd.  Heather O’Reilly and Kelly Schmedes had assists in the match, while Lindsay Tarpley set up two more goals and the booming punt of goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart led to the second of Lloyd’s three goals.  On June 15 against the Vancouver Whitecaps women, one of the top teams in the USL W-League, the USA picked up a 3-0 win as Tarpley, Rodriguez and O’Reilly tallied.  The USA once again proved to be effective at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second as they scored all three goals in a 10-minute span during that period.  O’Reilly also had an assist, as did Jen Buczkowski.  The U.S. team dropped down to Seattle for the third match, cruising past the W-League’s Seattle Sounders, 7-0.  Seventeen-year-old high school junior Lauren Cheney opened the scoring just 11 minutes in, followed by goals from Makoski, O’Reilly, Lloyd, Schmedes, Tarpley and Schmedes again.  O’Reilly and Tarpley each had two assists while Lloyd and Jill Oakes had one a piece.  Barnhart and Erica Bohn shared the goalkeeping duties on the trip.  Five players on the U-21 roster joined the full Women’s National Team in Charlottesville, Va., yesterday as the USA begins preparations for the match vs. Canada on June 26 in Virginia Beach, Va. (Live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET).  Those players are Barnhart, midfielders Lori Chalupny and Tarpley and forwards Rodriguez and O’Reilly.  Tarpley will leave training camp in the middle of the week to attend her brother’s wedding and will not be available for selection to the roster that faces Canada.  The U-21s will regroup in mid-July for a short training camp in New Jersey before leaving for the Nordic Cup.  Ellis will finalize the Nordic Cup roster shortly.
U.S. U-21 Results
Date Score Opponent U.S. Goal Scorers  
June 14 5-1 BC Select Lloyd (3), Rodriguez, Makoski         
June 15 3-0 Vancouver Whitecaps Tarpley, Rodriguez, O’Reilly          
June 17 7-0 Seattle Sounders Cheney, Makoski, O’Reilly, Lloyd, Schmedes (2), Tarpley

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

SEITZ HONORED WITH UEFA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINAL ASSIGNMENT: U.S. Soccer referee Kari Seitz of San Mateo, Calif., earned positive reviews for her work at the 2005 UEFA Women's Championship, which took place in England. Seitz, who has been a FIFA-certified referee since 1999, called the semifinal in which Norway defeated Sweden by a 3-2 scoreline. Norway fell to Germany 3-1 in the final on Sunday (June 19). Seitz has previously worked major games at the 2004 Olympic Women's Soccer Tournament and the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.

USL ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL: The Virginia Beach Mariners host the Atlanta Silverbacks live on Fox Soccer Channel at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, June 24, from the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. It will be the second USL game broadcast live in as many weeks, as last Friday, the Charleston Battery defeated the Richmond Kickers, 2-1, also before a TV audience.  FSC will televise a USL Division 1 or Division 2 match every Friday through October 1, except on July 1, when the featured match will be between the Charlotte Lady Eagles and the Atlanta Silverback Women of the W-league.

U.S. GOLD CUP JOURNEY TO BE FEATURED ON TELEFUTURA: The U.S. Men’s National Team begins their Gold Cup campaign live on Telefutura at 7:30 p.m. PT on July 7 against Cuba at Qwest Field in Seattle. Telefutura will broadcast all three of the USA’s group games and the entire 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be televised live on Univision, Galavision and Telefutura. Coverage continues with the encounter between the U.S. and Canada at 1:30 p.m. PT on July 9, also at Qwest Field. Telefutura follows the team on July 12 as they travel across the country for their third and final group game against Costa Rica at 7 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

MLS TEAMS JOIN OPEN CUP IN THIRD ROUND: U.S. Soccer announced the third round pairings for the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup today. Four teams from the United Soccer Leagues First Division and four from Major League Soccer will play the winners of the June 29 second round games. The third round opens with one match on Tuesday, July 12 with the balance of the matches scheduled for Wednesday, July 13. MLS expansion teams Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA will enter the U.S. Open Cup for the first time on July 13, with RSL facing either the Chicago Fire Premier of the PDL or the Minnesota Thunder of USL1. Chivas USA will travel to face either the El Paso Patriots of the PDL or the Charlotte Eagles of USL2. FC Dallas and the Chicago Fire of MLS will also enter the tournament in the third round as the two teams to miss the playoffs last season. The eight remaining MLS teams enter the tournament in the fourth round on August 3. The first round of the 2005 Open Cup concluded on Wednesday, June 15, as eight teams secured spots in the second round of the tournament. With overtime switching away from golden goal, two games saw a total of four overtime goals as each team to play in an overtime game scored, forcing penalty kicks. In penalties, the Des Moines Menace (PDL) and Salinas Valley Samba (USASA) topped the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL2) and Sonoma County Sol (USASA), respectively.
For complete fixtures, click here.

MIDWEST, WEST COAST TEAMS EARN 2005 NATIONAL CUP IV FINALS INVITATIONS:  Invitations to the 2005 US Club Soccer National Cup IV Finals were extended to 30 regional champions June 11-14 at the Region E and Region F tournaments in Lodi, Ohio and Las Vegas, respectively.  Ohio Elite SA earned four Region E bids to the Finals, while six clubs competing in Region F advanced two teams apiece to the Finals.  Winners from each of the eight National Cup IV Regionals in Boys and Girls Under-12 through Under-17 age groups will compete in the Finals to be held July 21-24 in Jacksonville, Fla. (BU12-U14, GU12-U15), July 29-Aug. 1 in Orlando, Fla. (BU16-U17) and Aug. 5-8 in Stony Brook, N.Y. (GU16-U17).  Regional competition in Columbus, Ga. (Region C) concludes Monday, June 20 with three more Regionals on tap for the coming weekend: June 23-26 in Tulsa, Okla. (Region H), June 24-27 in Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Region D) and June 25-28 in Ft. Dix, N.J. (Region B).
Premier Boys 2005 National Cup IV Region E Champions
U12 – Internationals (OH)
U13 – Ohio Premier
U14 – Ohio FC
U15 – Internationals (OH)
U16 – NCSL Eagles (OH)
U17 – Ohio Elite SA
Super Group Boys 2005 National Cup IV Region E Champions
U14 – Javanon SC (KY)
Premier Girls 2005 National Cup IV Region E Champions
U12 – Ohio Elite SA
U13 – Ohio Premier North
U14 – Ohio Elite SA #1
U15 – Ohio Premier Girls
U16 – Ohio Elite SA
Premier Boys 2005 National Cup IV Region F Champions
U12 – California SC
U13 – Slammers SC (CA)
U14 – Flyers SC (CA)
U15 – Flyers SC (CA)
U16 – Sereno SC (AZ)
U16 – CISCO (AZ)
U17 – Pateadores SC (CA)
U17 – Arsenal FC (CA)
Super Group Boys 2005 National Cup IV Region F Champions
U13 – Celtic Hoops (CA)
U13 – Nomads SC (CA)
U14 – Nomads SC (CA)
U15 – Arsenal FC (CA)
Premier Girls 2005 National Cup IV Region F Champions
U12 – San Ramon SC (CA)
U13 – Honolulu Bulls (HI)
U14 – NFC Tabagators (NV)
U15 – Slammers SC (CA)
U16 – Sereno SC (AZ)
U17 – Honolulu Bulls (HI)

CONCACAF LAUNCHES TICKET HOTLINE NUMBER FOR 2005 CONCACAF GOLD CUP: CONCACAF has launched a ticket hotline number, 1-888-480-2005, for tickets to the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will be played in six USA cities from 6-24 July. The domestic and international telephone number will allow fans to purchase tickets in any of the seven stadiums hosting games in the showpiece event. Ticket prices for single dates start as low as $20 in some venues for first-round doubleheaders. Discounts are available for group tickets and for packages of tickets to all the match days in the same city. All tickets are subject to availability.

CONCACAF GOLD CUP MEDIA ACCREDITATION FORM AVAILABLE ONLINE: Media credential applications for the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup are now available online at concacaf.com. Application deadline is July 3, 2005 and a color passport photo must accompany all applications. A digital version can be attached to the online application form in the appropriate field. CONCACAF is handling all credential requests and press operations for the Gold Cup.

VOTE FOR TOP 10 U.S. SOCCER EVENTS OF THE DECADE: Fans can vote for their top 10 U.S. Soccer events of the decade from through July 15 at ussoccerfoundation.org as part of the U.S. Soccer Foundation's tenth anniversary commemorations. Users can only vote once and will have 20 different moments from which to choose – from World Cups to Olympic medals, the birth of MLS and the creation of the Foundation, the choices are varied. The winners will be announced at the Foundation’s 2005 Banquet, Thursday, September 15, at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco will serve as Honorary Chairman of the event.  Individual tickets are $1,000 while tables cost $10,000, and can be reserved by contacting the U.S. Soccer Foundation at 202-872-9277 or online at www.ussoccerfoundation.org.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: It is one thing to put together three shutouts in a FIFA World Championship. It is another thing entirely to do it in the Group of Death against the likes of Argentina, Egypt and Germany. Without question, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's undefeated run through Group D of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship behind three consecutive shutouts is one of the greatest U.S. National Team accomplishments in U.S. Soccer history.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's reward for shutting down Argentina, Egypt and Germany is a date with the always tough Italians in the tournaments Round of 16. (For anyone counting, those four countires represent eight World Cup championships between them!) The match is set for Tuesday (June 21) and can be watched live on Fox Soccer Channel at 11:30 a.m. ET and followed online via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips. The game will also be broadcast same-day delayed on Galavision at 7 p.m. ET & PT.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The U.S. may have shutout the Group of Death, but the rest of CONCACAF did not fair well at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland. Canada, Honduras and Panama combined for just one point, a 1-1 draw for Canada with Syria. More surprising, though, than the team's combined 0-8-1 record is the fact they were outscored 30-4 in nine games.

QUOTABLE: “It was something we talked about as a team and I said, ‘I know what you guys are doing, you’re trying to save your goals for the later rounds.’... Hopefully the goals are going to fall in the next round.”
 -- Sigi Schmid on the U-20s three shutouts and two goals scored in winning Group D at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.

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