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U.S. Soccer Wire: Sept. 27, 2010


U.S. WOMEN TO FACE CHINA SATURDAY, OCT. 2, IN ATLANTA;
ROSTER SET FOR FALL 2010 SEMESTER OF U.S. SOCCER RESIDENCY PROGRAM;
MORGAN FREEMAN NARRATES VIDEO IN SUPPORT OF USA FIFA WORLD CUP BID

U.S. WNT READY TO FACE CHINA ON SATURDAY, OCT. 2 AT KENNESAW STATE: The U.S. Women’s National is preparing for two matches against China, taking place on Oct. 2 at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. (6 p.m. ET), and on Oct. 6 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2). The U.S. team opened training camp in Kennesaw, outside of Atlanta, on Sept. 20 and there are now 23 players in camp. The remainder of the roster – the players from WPS Championship Game finalists Philadelphia Independence and champion FC Gold Pride – will arrive in training camp over the next three days. Sundhage also made two changes to the roster, bringing in goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris of the Washington Freedom to replace Hope Solo, who underwent shoulder surgery on Sept. 22, and defender Becky Sauerbrunn, also of the Freedom, to replace the injured Joanna Lohman. Tickets for the USA’s match against China in Atlanta at Kennesaw State University are currently available through ussoccer.com or at the KSU Soccer Stadium box office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Tickets for U.S. WNT’s first visit to the brand new PPL Park in Chester, Pa. start at $18 and go on sale to the public this Friday at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the PPL Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).  Fans can follow both matches on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and WNT Twitter feed.

U.S. WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Freedom), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers)
DEFENDERS (10): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (FC Gold Pride), Tobin Heath (Atlanta Beat), Sarah Huffman (Washington Freedom), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Kelley O’Hara (FC Gold Pride), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsay Tarpley (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN GERMANY: Individual tickets for all 2011 Women's World Cup matches are officially on sale. Individual tickets are available from approximately $20 for first round matches, with the exception of the opening match, and the match for third place. Of the 700,000 available tickets, more than 270,000 have already been sold as 'Venue Specific Tickets' and group tickets.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Sept. 21 – Sept. 27

U.S. MEN TO FACE SOUTH AFRICA ON NOV. 17 IN NELSON MANDELA CHALLENGE CUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to South Africa to take on 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts South Africa on Nov. 17 at the magnificent Green Point Stadium in Cape Town at 2 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or at twitter.com/ussoccer. The U.S. will be returning to South Africa for the first time since the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where they finished in first place in Group C ahead of England, Slovenia and Algeria before going out in the Round of 16.

U.S. MNT TO FACE POLAND AT CHICAGO’S SOLDIER FIELD ON OCT. 9: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Poland on Oct. 9 in Chicago, the home of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Kickoff at Soldier Field is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. Tickets starting at $25 are on sale now through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott and Walmart stores). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Soldier Field except on the day of the event.]

U.S. MNT TO PLAY HOST TO COLOMBIA ON OCT. 12 AT PPL PARK IN CHESTER, PA.: The U.S. Men’s National Team will host South American rivals Colombia on Oct. 12 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.  Kickoff for the USA’s first match on the Chester waterfront is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision.  Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. Tickets starting at $30 are now on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the PPL Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Sept. 20 – Sept. 27

MORGAN FREEMAN NARRATES NEW VIDEO IN SUPPORT OF 2018 AND 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP BID: In anticipation of the approaching bid announcement on Dec. 2 for the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cupâ„¢, the USA Bid Committee launched a new video to unite soccer supporters in the United States, narrated by Morgan Freeman. President Bill Clinton, Spike Lee and former U.S. Women's National team player Mia Hamm, members of the USA Bid Committee Board of Directors along with Freeman, also appear in the video which showcases fans and players from across the country speaking about their passion for the game.

Watch the Video Here

ROSTER SET FOR FALL 2010 SEMESTER OF U.S. SOCCER RESIDENCY PROGRAM: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera has named the 40 players who will be part of U.S. Soccer’s Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., for the Fall 2010 Semester. Every player in Residency was born on or after Jan. 1, 1994, and is age-eligible to compete in next year’s CONCACAF U-17 Championship and the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. A total of 24 players were part of the team’s most recent international trip, gaining valuable experience in two international games against Spain and two friendlies against Spanish club teams.

Fall 2010 Residency Roster Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Wade Hamilton (Arsenal FC; Murietta, Calif.), Jake McGuire (Chivas USA; Chino, Calif.), Kendall McIntosh (Mustang Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (12): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Russell Canouse (NY Red Bulls; Lancaster, Pa.), Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy 1969; Tokyo, Japan), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar Chelsea Academy; Roanoke, Texas), Luis Martir (Chivas de Guadalajara; Los Angeles, Calif.), Alessandro Mion (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Cole Nagy (Real Salt Lake-AZ; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Miguel Polley (Derby County Wolves; West Bloomfield, Mich.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio), Danny Zaid (Camp Elite Guatemala; Guatemala City)
MIDFIELDERS (15): Ricardo Aldape (Lemont Raiders; Chicago Heights, Ill.), Joe Amon (South Carolina United FC; Summerville, S.C.), Marco Delgado (Cosmo Academy West; Glendora, Calif.), Ruben Duran (Las Vegas Premier; Las Vegas, Nev.), Patrick Foss (D.C. United; South Riding, Va.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Jared Hegardt (Notts Forest FC; San Diego, Calif.), Ryan Masch (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Antonio Murillo (Neusport; Las Vegas, Nev.), Adam Najem (NY Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Esteban Rodriguez (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale, Calif.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Colton Storm (HMMS Eagle FC; Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
FORWARDS (9): Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC; Chula Vista, Calif.), Kevin De La Torre (Chivas USA; Winchester, Calif.), Daniel Flores (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Edwin Luna (P.A.C. Tigres; San Jose, Calif.), Alex Muyl (Cosmos Academy East; New York, N.Y.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.), Cole Seiler (CESA; Anderson, S.C.)

ussoccer.com’s U-17 MNT Coverage – Sept. 21 – Sept. 27

PLAYOFFS SHAPE UP AS USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE ENTERS FINAL WEEK: The USSF D-2 Playoffs are almost set as the race for the final seeding spots will come down to the final week on Friday, Oct. 1, after 25 weeks of regular season action. Last week, the NSC Minnesota Stars beat the Tampa Bay Rowdies 3-1 on the road assuring themselves at least seventh place in the standings. The result moved them out of reach of the Puerto Rico Islanders, who are now guaranteed to finish in the eighth spot at the end of the season. Matching Minnesota's pace, the Montreal Impact secured a big 1-0 victory on the road against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The win pulls the Quebec club even on points with Minnesota and their superior goal differential gives them the edge for sixth spot as they split regular season results with Minnesota. Miami won their second match of the week as they bested the Rochester Rhinos 1-0 at home. Rochester's loss opened the door for Austin to take first place in the league which they accomplished by taking care of AC St. Louis 4-2 at House Park. The win moves Austin two points clear at the top of the table with one more game to play than the Rhinos. The Portland Timbers defeated Crystal Palace Baltimore 3-1 in Towson, Md., to continue edging closer to the top of the USL conference, while Carolina's 2-1 win against Puerto Rico saw them jump over Vancouver for first place in the NASL Conference by virtue of superior number of goals scored during the course of the season. Two eliminated teams played midweek as Miami FC defeated AC St. Louis 4-2 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Schedule and Standings

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Playoff Standings


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than two months to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup, 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 States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION NOW OPEN FOR 2018 AND 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP HOST ANNOUNCEMENT: FIFA announced that the accreditation process for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2022 FIFA World Cup Host Announcement is now open exclusively via the FIFA Media Channel (http://media.fifa.com). The deadline for accreditation applications is Oct. 22, 2010. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail by the beginning of November at the latest. The Host announcement will take place at the Messe Zurich, Switzerland, on Dec. 2, 2010.

U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUMS TO BE HELD AROUND NATIONAL TEAM GAMES IN OCTOBER: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will conduct a Coaching Symposium in the Atlanta area on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 in conjunction with the U.S. Women’s National Team game against China on Oct. 2 at Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. The theme for the two-day event will be focused around “National Team Level Training.”  The second symposium of the month will be conducted on Oct. 8-9 in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s National Team game against Poland at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. The theme for the two-day event will be focused around “Creating a Professional Training Environment.” Later in the month, Coaching Education will conduct a Coaching Symposium Oct. 11-12 in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s National Team game against Colombia on Oct. 12 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. U.S. Soccer Technical Advisor Chris Brewer will lead the two-day event and the theme for the symposium will be “Creating a Professional Training Environment.” Join CoachesNet.

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BRAZIL TRIP IN MARCH 2011: 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 Germany in 2011. 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. While in Rio de Janeiro, coaches will take part in educational lectures with various professional coaches, visit with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and attend professional training sessions and games. Brazil applications are available now.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES UNDERWAY: The U.S. Olympic Committee is now accepting requests from United States media organizations for accreditation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The application form is available through the USOC's media-specific site,   http://usocpressbox.org. The deadline for making the request is Oct. 1, 2010. This process is open to print, internet and photographic media organizations that are based in the United States and meet the guideline standards outlined by the USOC. All non rights-holding broadcasters will be accredited by the International Olympic Committee.  The form will be available March 2011, on the IOC website www.olympic.org and the deadline for submission for all non-rights holding broadcasters will be in May 2011.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: FC Gold Pride defeated the Philadelphia Independence 4-0 in the WPS Championship on Sunday to become the 2010 WPS Champions. Christine Sinclair scored two goals, while Kandace Wilson and Marta each added one. Marta also recorded two assists in a performance that earned her MVP of the WPS Championship.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team will take on China on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. ET and tickets are available through ussoccer.com or the KSU Soccer Stadium box office. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and the WNT Twitter feed.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The top-ranked University of Akron men’s soccer team continued its remarkable season against No. 2 ranked Tulsa on Friday evening. With an emphatic 4-0 victory, the Zips continued their season-long shutout streak through six games and allowed just one shot on goal. Akron’s roster of 24 players includes 16 Development Academy veterans, including seven of Friday night’s starters.

QUOTABLE: “I want them to enjoy the game for what it is, but also to understand how to manage their individual body and mind-frame. Don't compare yourself to the player next to you, just try to be the best teammate you can, understand your role and do everything possible to maximize your abilities both on and off the field. If you are in national team camp, you are here for a reason.” –U.S. Women’s National Team captain Christie Rampone on the advice she gives to young players coming into WNT camps

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