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U.S. Soccer Wire: Feb. 1, 2010


 WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED, USA VS. ENGLAND TO BE ON ABC HD;
U.S.
U-20 WNT CLAIM CONCACAF CROWN AND SECURE PASSAGE TO WORLD CUP 

USA-ENGLAND MATCH LIVE ON ABC HD TO KICK OFF COVERAGE OF U.S. MNT AT 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team’s highly anticipated match against England in their opening game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup will be broadcast live on ABC HD on Saturday, June 12 at 2 p.m. ET from the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg, kicking off coverage of the USA’s campaign in South Africa. Details of the Spanish language broadcast schedule will be available in the near future. The schedule continues with USA-Slovenia on June 18 from Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, with the U.S. closing out Group C action against Algeria on June 23 from Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Both matches will be broadcast live on ESPN/ESPN360.com at 9:30 a.m. ET. All 64 matches will be aired live and in high definition on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, as well as extensive coverage on ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV. In addition, 2010 FIFA World Cup studio programs, including pre-match, halftime and post-match segments, will be presented in high definition.

U.S. Men’s National Team Television Schedule – Group Phase

Date

Opponent

Time ET

TV

City

June 12

England

2 p.m.

ABC HD

Rustenburg

June 18

Slovenia

9:30 a.m.

ESPN/ESPN360.com

Johannesburg

June 23

Algeria

9:30 a.m.

ESPN/ESPN360.com

Tshwane/Pretoria

EL SALVADOR AND NETHERLANDS ON TAP FOR U.S. MEN: The United States will face El Salvador on Feb. 24 in Tampa, Fla., in one of their last matches before naming the roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Raymond James Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and TeleFutura. The match in Florida will be followed by a friendly against third-ranked Netherlands on March 3 in Amsterdam which will be broadcast by ESPN2 and Galavision at 2:30 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the games live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at www.twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Jan. 26 – Feb. 1

U.S. U-20 WNT DEFEATS MEXICO 1-0 TO WIN CONCACAF U-20 WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: After dispatching Mexico 2-1 in their final Group B match and overcoming Costa Rica by the same score line, the USA faced Mexico again for the top spot in CONCACAF. Forward Sydney Leroux scored her tournament-leading sixth goal in the 87th minute to give the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team a 1-0 victory against Mexico and the title at the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship. Both teams had already qualified for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup by virtue of semifinal victories two days prior, but pride and a CONCACAF regional title were more than enough motivation to spur both countries. In what will surely go down as Mexico’s best-ever performance against the USA in a youth competition, the Americans finally broke through an organized and committed defense with less than three minutes to play in regulation and appropriately it was Leroux who bagged the game-winner. In the third place match, Costa Rica edged Canada to claim to third qualifying spot allotted to CONCACAF for the World Cup. 

U.S. U-20 WNT 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Schedule
Date        Opponent                    Time (ET)/Result      TV / U.S. Goal Scorers                           Venue
Jan. 21    Jamaica                       6-0 W                      Nairn (2), Leroux (2), Noyola, McCarty    Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 23    Trinidad & Tobago       4-0 W                      K. Mewis, Lerous (2), Marlborough          Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 25    Mexico                        2-1 W                      DiMartino, Leroux                                  Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 28    Costa Rica                   2-1 W                      K. Mewis, Noyola                                   Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 30    Mexico                        1-0 W                      Leroux                                                  Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala 

ussoccer.com’s U-20 WNT Coverage – Jan. 26 – Feb. 1

U.S. WNT JANUARY CAMP WRAPS UP THIS WEEK WITH SIGHTS SET ON ALGARVE CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team is wrapping up an extended training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., which ends Thursday, Feb. 4. The USA got the unique opportunity to scrimmage the Korea Republic Women’s National Team twice during the camp posting a 1-0 win on Thursday, Jan. 21 and a 4-0 win on Sunday, Jan. 24. In addition, the camp is providing Sundhage a final look at the core of her current player pool before selecting an 18-player roster for the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal. The USA has been grouped this year with Iceland, Norway and Sweden in the tournament that will run from Feb. 24 through March 3, a week earlier than it is traditionally staged. Germany, Finland, China and Denmark will also be participating. The matches in Portugal will be the first international games of the year for the U.S. women, who went 7-0-1 in 2009 and currently sit atop the FIFA Women’s World Rankings.

U.S. Roster By Position Full Roster Listing
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jillian Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (9): Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Stephanie Cox (Los Angeles Sol), Nikki Krzysik (Philadelphia Independence), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (UConn), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (Atlanta Beat), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (7): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Alex Morgan (California), Casey Nogueira (Los Angeles Sol), Kelley O’Hara (FC Gold Pride), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

ussoccer.com’s U-20 WNT Coverage – Jan. 26 – Feb. 1

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 MNT ROUNDS OUT COPA CHIVAS IN MEXICO: The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team rounded out its trip to Guadalajara with a 1-0 loss to Costa Rican club side Saprissa, dropping their record at the Copa Chivas to 0-3-2. A first-half penalty was enough to sink the Americans, who finished the game with just nine men after a pair of second-half expulsions. The highlight for the U.S. came during a 1-1 draw with Brazil, the only other international team in the group. The other draw for the Americans came against Atlas, a 1-1 affair on Jan. 26 in which goalkeeper Zac MacMath picked up his second assist of the tournament. The U.S. U-20 MNT is in preliminary stages of the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup cycle.

U-20 MNT Schedule/Results
Date                Opponent                Result                   U.S. Goalscorer(s)   
Jan. 22             Pachuca                 1-3 L                    Gil
Jan. 23             Brazil                      1-1 T                    Agudelo
Jan. 24             Tigres                     0-1 L                     --
Jan. 26             Atlas                      1-1 T                     Chavez
Jan. 27             Saprissa                 0-1 L                     --

U.S. U-17 MNT TO PARTICIPATE IN SOFT OPENING OF RED BULL ARENA ON MARCH 13: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team will participate in the first soccer match held at the brand-new Red Bull Arena when it squares off against the Red Bulls U-17/18 Development Academy team on Saturday, March 13, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Tickets to the match are free to the public, but must be acquired at 1-877-RBSOCCER after 10 a.m. on Feb. 15. The match will take place one week before the official opening of the state-of-the-art stadium on March 20, when the New York Red Bulls face Santos in a preseason friendly. 

U.S. U-17 WNT CURRENTLY IN FLORIDA TO PLAY THREE MATCHES AGAINST GERMANY: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team opened its World Cup year with a training camp in Sunrise, Fla. lasting until Feb. 6. U.S. head coach Kaz Tambi will bring 24 players to Florida for three matches against the German U-17s. The U.S. U-17s played Germany three times in January of 2009, losing two and tying one, but that German team was a year older than the USA. The upcoming games pit players in the same age group, born mostly in 1993 and 1994, that hope to be representing their countries at the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago.

Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberline (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (8): Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado; Denver, Colo.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Sarah Molina (Cleveland FC; Rocky River, Ohio), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carson Pickett (Ponte Vedra Storm; Spartanburg, S.C.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson SC; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; Saint Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Cassandra Pecht (Baltimore Bays; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Havana Salaun (KYX Kicks Elite; Gainesville, Fla.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (3): Annie Kunz (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Kylie McCarthy (San Diego Surf; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

BORNSTEIN’S BOOTS RAISE $1,725 FOR HAITI RELIEF EFFORTS: The boots that Jonathan Bornstein wore when he scored the last-minute goal to give the U.S. first place in qualifying while sending Honduras to the 2010 FIFA World Cup brought in $1,725 in an online auction to raise money for the relief efforts in Haiti.  Brett Morgan of Gainesville, Fla., posted the winning bid for the autographed shoes that Bornstein wore during the 2-2 draw against Costa Rica on Oct. 14, 2009, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.  In addition to the boots, Morgan received a surprise call from Bornstein (LISTEN HERE) thanking him for the generous support of the American Red Cross and their commitment to helping the people of Haiti.  Morgan, 30, has been a fan of the U.S. team since 1994 and plans to attend the Feb. 24 friendly against El Salvador in Tampa. 

LONG STANDING U.S. SOCCER INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF COACHES MAKE HEADLINES: Carlos Juarez, who recently instructed the National "A" coaching course at The Home Depot Center, was appointed assistant coach with Chivas USA of Major League Soccer. In addition, Dean Wurzberger, who also instructed the "A" course at The Home Depot Center and is head men's soccer coach at The University of Washington, recently learned that he received the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) "A" Coaching License, the highest coaching qualification in European soccer. 

TWO MILLION TICKETS SOLD FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA: After three of five ticketing sales phases for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, two-thirds of the available tickets have been sold. The third ticketing sales phase, which will conclude with a random draw for oversubscribed matches on Feb. 1, saw a total of 1,206,865 applications received from 192 countries. Six matches are currently oversubscribed (in all categories), among them the semi-finals and the final. In total, 55 matches are oversubscribed in at least one category. Apart from the host country, the USA led the ticketing standings for the third phase with 50,217 applications, followed by the UK (41,529), Australia (15,523), Mexico (14,804), Germany (14,647) and Brazil (10,767). Increased interest was also noted in the neighbouring countries of South Africa – Botswana leading with 2,519 ticket applications, followed by Mozambique (1,795) and Namibia (1,191). 

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just over 10 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 State's bid for the FIFA World Cup™ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

COACHESNET OFFERS INTERNATIONAL TRIPS IN 2010: U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet is offering educational trips to both Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Madrid, Spain, in 2010. The announcement comes six months after the inaugural and successful coaching education trip that took place in Buenos Aires.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team won the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship on Saturday with a 1-0 win against Mexico in the final. Sydney Leroux scored the game’s only goal in the 87th minute beating the ‘keeper at the near post after a well weighted pass into the box from Kristie Mewis. The team will head to Germany later this year to compete in the 2010 U-20 Women’s World Cup. Leroux also finished the tournament's leading scoring with six goals in five games.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The Merseyside derby takes center stage in England this weekend, as Tim Howard and Landon Donovan of Everton will face a stern test at Anfield when they take on Liverpool this Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7:45 a.m. ET.

SOCCER SHOCKER: On Saturday, Egypt wrapped up its third African Cup of Nations in a row – the only country to ever do so. In the process, they are now unbeaten in 19 matches in a row in the tournament and knocked out the USA’s 2010 FIFA World Cup Group C opponents Algeria in the semifinals.

QUOTABLE: “I still feel we’re at the beginning of the cycle and this is a nice start. It’s about the players having this experience. I’m just excited to lead this team towards Germany and towards trying to win a world championship. They’re a fantastic group of young women and it’s a privilege to work with them. I’m very happy they’re going home with gold medals.” –U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis on winning the CONCACAF Championship and the road ahead

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