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U.S. Soccer Wire - July 10, 2006


U.S. WNT Head Coach Greg Ryan To Announce Roster vs. Sweden
on Tuesday, July 11, Exclusively at ussoccer.com

WNT TO TAKE ON SWEDEN ON SATURDAY, JULY 15: U.S. WNT head coach Greg Ryan will announce the 18-player roster for the team’s first home game of 2006 on Tuesday, July 11, at 3 p.m. ET exclusively at ussoccer.com. After traveling to Portugal for the Algarve Cup, China for the Four Nations Tournament and Japan for a two-game series, the WNT will face Sweden at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., at 5 p.m. CT. Fans can follow the match live on ESPN2 and via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Following Saturday’s match, the U.S. WNT will head to Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif., where they will take on Ireland on Sunday, July 23, at 3 p.m. CT, also live on ESPN2 and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The WNT’s final match of the three-game series will take place against Canada at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., at 1 p.m. ET, live on ESPN2, Telemundo and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets for all three contests are available at ussoccer.com.

U.S. Women’s National Team Results/Schedule
Date        Opponent         Venue                                                                    Time/Result (TV)
Jan. 18     Norway           Guangdong Olympic Stadium; Guangzhou, China          3-1 W
Jan. 20     France            Guangdong Olympic Stadium; Guangzhou, China          0-0 T
Feb. 22     China             Guangdong Olympic Stadium; Guangzhou, China           2-0 W
March 9    China              Sao Luis Stadium; Faro, Portugal                                0-0 T
March 11   Denmark         Municipal Stadium; Quarteira, Portugal                         5-0 W
March 13   France           Stadium Algarve; Faro, Portugal                                  4-1 W
March 15   Germany        Stadium Algarve; Faro, Portugal                                  0-0 T (3-4 pk)
May 7       Japan             KK Wing Stadium; Kumamoto, Japan                           3-1 W
May 9       Japan             Nagai Stadium; Osaka, Japan                                     1-0 W
July 15     Sweden           National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.                           5 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
July 23     Ireland            Torero Stadium; San Diego, Calif.                                1 p.m. PT (ESPN2)
July 30     Canada           SAS Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.                                     1 p.m. ET (ESPN2, Telemundo)


U.S. SOCCER’S 2007 AGM TO TAKE PLACE IN LOS ANGELES FROM FEBRUARY 23-25: U.S. Soccer will host its 2007 Annual General Meeting from February 23-25 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) serves as U.S. Soccer’s national meeting with all constituents from the youth, adult, professional and athlete councils. Representatives from each of these councils discuss administrative issues, review and vote on rule changes and conduct various other businesses during the course of the event.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-20 MNT GOES 1-0-1 IN TWO-GAME SERIES WITH NORTHERN RIVALS: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team went 1-0-1 in their two-game series with the Canada U-20s this past weekend. In the first match on Friday (July 7) at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Robbie Rogers and Josmer Altidore scored in the first half before Canada pulled to within one on an own goal by defender Julian Valentin, but the U.S. held on for the 2-1 victory. Two days later at Richardson Stadium in Kingston, Ontario, the U.S. once again took the lead when Amaechi Igwe headed home, but Alex Elliot hit a long-range blast to pull even for the 1-1 draw. For some insight into the match and the U-20's weeklong camp in Canada, Center Circle caught up with Rogers, Valentin and Blake Wagner for an online chat. The next event for the U.S. Under-20s is the Northern Ireland Milk Cup. The U.S. will leave for the tournament on July 27 and play Wales on Monday, July 31, and Denmark on Wednesday, Aug. 2, before playing a placement match on Friday, Aug. 4. The other group consists of Northern Ireland, Paraguay and Turkey. A roster for the tournament will be announced in the near future.

U-20 MNT Results
Date     Opponent     Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
July 7   Canada         2-1 W   Rogers, Altidore
July 9   Canada         1-1 T     Igwe


U.S. U-20 WOMEN FINISH NEW JERSEY CAMP WITH WIN, HEAD TO FINLAND: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team won all five of its games during a training camp in New Jersey that ended last Wednesday night, topping it off with a 3-1 win against the New Jersey Wildcats of the USL W-League. It was the first time U.S. U-20 head coach Tim Schulz had his entire world championship roster at his disposal since choosing his final 21 players in early June. Amy Rodriguez, Jordan Angeli and Lauren Cheney scored for the USA against the Wildcats, who won the W-League last season. In the first four matches, the USA defeated a team of East Coast college all-stars twice and then beat the Chinese U-20 Women’s National Team in two matches. Angeli and Rodriguez each had four goals during the five matches. The U.S. team will now head to Finland from July 14-22 in its second trip to Europe this year to prepare for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship, to be held Aug. 17-Sept. 4 in Russia. In Finland, the USA will play two Finnish women’s clubs and face the Finland U-20 Women’s National Team twice. Finland also qualified for Russia, where it will play in Group B with China, Nigeria and Canada. The USA opens play in Group D at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship on Aug. 18 against DR Congo in Moscow, faces Argentina on Aug. 21, and finishes group play against France on Aug. 24. All the first-round matches will be played in Moscow. Three players on the U.S. roster for the World Championship will not be in Finland. Goalkeeper Val Henderson and forward Danesha Adams are in Norway with the U.S. U-21s for the Nordic Cup and midfielder Allie Long will stay at home to rest a foot injury.

U.S. U-20 WNT Results – New Jersey Training Camp
Date Opponent Score U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
June 28 East Coast College All-Stars 3-1 W Angeli (2), Heath
June 30 East Coast College All-Stars 3-0 W Rodriguez (2), Nogueira
July 2 China U-20 WNT 5-3 W (OT) Angeli, Nogueira, Rodriguez, O’Hara, Cheney
July 4 China U-20 WNT 3-2 W Heath, Dew, Adams
July 5 NJ Wildcats 3-1 W Rodriguez, Angeli, Cheney

U.S. U-20 WNT – Finland Tour – July 14-22, 2006
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Joanna Haig (Inver Grove Heights, Minn);
DEFENDERS (6): Carrie Dew (Encinitas, Calif.), Erin Hardy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Nikki Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.), Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill.), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Casey Nogueira (Cedarburg, Wis.), Amanda Poach (Bowie, Md.);
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio).

U.S. U-20 WNT – Finland Tour – Schedule
Date Opponent
July 17 HJK
July 18 SCR
July 20 Finland U-20 WNT
July 22 Finland U-20 WNT


U-17 MNT TO HOLD TRAINING CAMP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA: The U.S. Under-17 ’90 Men’s National Team will travel to Atlanta, Ga., on Thursday, July 13, for a seven-day training camp at the University of Georgia. U.S. Under-17 head coach John Hackworth has named a 30-player roster for the camp, 18 of which are part of U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency Program. The other 13 are non-Residency players that he is looking at to possibly invite into U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency Program full-time starting in the fall. All of the players in the camp were born in 1990 or 1991 and are eligible for the FIFA U-17 World Cup next year in South Korea. During the camp, the U.S. is scheduled to play the Augusta Fireball club team on Tuesday, July 18. More games may be added in the near future.

U-17 MNT Roster - Atlanta Training Camp
GOALKEEPERS (3): Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.), David Meves (Arlington Heights, Ill.);
DEFENDERS (8): Brice Carr (Mequon, Wis.) Alonzo Carter (Fairfax, Va.), Gregory Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Christian Ibeagha (Edmond, Okla.), Brandon Lee (Tenafly, N.J.), TJ Nelson (Garland, Texas), Evan Raynr (Calabasas, Calif.), Howard Turk (Fairfax, Va.);
MIDFIELDERS (11): Tevin Jackson (Baltimore, Md.), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Brendan King (Naperville, Ill.), Axel Levry (Fort Washington, Md.), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Jesse Paredes (Los Angeles, Calif.), Dane Shea (College Station, Texas), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.), Matthew Uy (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.);
FORWARDS (8): Danny Barerra (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Abdusalam Ibrahim (Richfield, Minn.), Paul Islas (Fresno, Calif.), Archie Karpeh (Circle Pines, Minn.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Israel Sesay (Gaithersburg, Md.), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.).

U-17 MNT Schedule - Atlanta Training Camp
Date Opponent
July 18 Augusta Fireball


– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

MLS ALL-STAR GAME TICKETS NOW ON SALE: The Chicago Fire have announced that tickets for the 2006 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game, taking place at TOYOTA PARK in Bridgeview on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 5:30 p.m. CT (live on ESPN), are now on sale to the public. This year’s edition of the Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game will feature the best and brightest stars from Major League Soccer taking on two-time defending English Premier League champion Chelsea FC. Tickets for the midsummer showcase range from $55-$125 and can be purchased in person at the TOYOTA PARK Box Office, located at 7000 S. Harlem Avenue, from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, by calling TicketMaster at 312-559-1212 or visiting TicketMaster.com.

HALL OF FAME GAME TICKETS NOW ON SALE: Tickets for the 2006 Hall of Fame Game between the Columbus Crew and the New York Red Bulls at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, are now on sale through Ticketmaster, including online at TicketMaster.com, by phone at (607) 722-7272 and at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout upstate New York, including Kaufmann’s Department Stores. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event. The Hall of Fame Game is the final event of the 2006 Induction Weekend on Aug. 26-28, where former MNT defender Alexi Lalas and former WNT captain Carla Overbeck will be inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, along with veteran Al Trost and builder Philip Anschutz, at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 28. The Induction Ceremony takes place in the HOF museum and is open to the public without charge. The Hall of Fame Game follows the Induction Ceremony on At-A-Glance Field on the Hall of Fame campus.

2006 US YOUTH SOCCER REGIONAL CHAMPIONS CROWNED: US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 2006 US Youth Soccer Regional Champions and acknowledge their success in the state and regional championships of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. These teams now move on to the third and final leg of the quest, this July 25-30 at the James W. Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines, Iowa for the US Youth Soccer National Championships. For complete game results, stories and more please visit Championships.USYouthSoccer.org.

US Youth Soccer Region I (East) - Girls
Under-12 PDA Charge (N.J.)
Under-13 South Coast Scorpions (Mass.)
Under-14* Hershey Attack (Pa.)
Under-15* PDA Pride (N.J.)
Under-16* FC Greater Boston Bolts (Mass.)
Under-17* Spirit United Gaels (Pa.)
Under-18* PDA Wildcats (N.J.)
Under-19* Chantilly Inter Milan (Va.)

US Youth Soccer Region I (East) - Boys
Under-12 Spirit United Celtic (Pa.)
Under-13 BW Gottschee (N.Y.)
Under-14* Bethesda Road Runners (Md.)
Under-15* FC Delco Hammerheads (Pa.)
Under-16* Baltimore Casa Mia Bays (Md.)
Under-17* Bethesda United (Md.)
Under-18* FC DELCO Crunch (Pa.)
Under-19* FC DELCO Black IV (Pa.)

US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) - Girls
Under-13 KCFC Alliance (Kan.)
Under-14* Michigan Hawks (Mich.)
Under-15* Eclipse Select (Ill.)
Under-16* Internationals (Ohio)
Under-17* Eclipse Select (Ill.)
Under-18* Eclipse Select (Ill.)
Under-19* Eclipse Select (Ill.)

US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) - Boys
Under-13 Michigan Wolves (Mich.)
Under-14* Michigan Wolves (Mich.)
Under-15* Chicago Magic (Ill.)
Under-16* FC Milwaukee (Wis.)
Under-17* Scott Gallagher (Mo.)
Under-18* Chicago Magic (Ill.)
Under-19* Javanon (Ky.)

US Youth Soccer Region III (South) - Girls
Under-14* Dallas Texans 92 (Texas)
Under-15* Dallas Texans (Texas)
Under-16* Edmond SC 90 Black (Okla.)
Under-17* Dallas Texans 89 Red (Texas)
Under-18* Dallas Texans 88 Red North (Texas)
Under-19* Sting Dallas Royal 87 (Texas)

US Youth Soccer Region III (South) - Boys
Under-14* Dallas Texans Red (Texas)
Under-15* Tulsa Soccer Club (Okla.)
Under-16* Concorde Fire Elite (Ga.)
Under-17* Solar 89 (Texas)
Under-18* Dallas Texans 88 Red (Texas)
Under-19* Weston FC (Fla.)

US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) - Girls
Under-12 West Coast FC (Calif.)
Under-13 Emerald City FC (Wash.)
Under-14* ISC Strikers (Calif.)
Under-15* Crossfire Premier 90 (Wash.)
Under-16* Real Colorado National (Colo.)
Under-17* Mustang Blast (Calif.)
Under-18* San Diego Surf (Calif.)
Under-19* Colorado Rush (Colo.)

US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) - Boys
Under-12 CFC Italia III (Calif.)
Under-13 SFYSL Barcelona Blue (Calif.)
Under-14* Valley United Blast (Calif.)
Under-15* So Cal United (Calif.)
Under-16* Rampage FC (Calif.)
Under-17* Arsenal FC (Calif.)
Under-18* Classic Bandoleros (N.M.)
Under-19* Arsenal FC (Calif.)

*Advance to US Youth Soccer National Championships


WEST, MIDWEST TEAMS CLAIM 2006 NATIONAL CUP V REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 2006 National Cup V Regionals concluded July 1-4 in Boise, Idaho and Rockford, Ill. as 41 teams advanced to the National Cup V Finals. Diablo Valley SC was the class of the Region G competition in Boise winning four girls’ titles, while the Chicago Magic, Eclipse Select and Sockers FC Chicago each won a trio of Region D championships in Rockford. Winners from each of the National Cup V Regionals in Boys and Girls U12 through U17 age groups will compete in the Finals to be held in Greensboro, N.C. with Girls action July 22-25 and Boys competition July 28-31.

Super Group Boys Region G Champions
U13 – Santa Clara Sporting FC (Calif.)
U14 – Santa Rosa United (Calif.)
U15 – USA17/Ruckus (Calif.)
U16 – San Francisco United Lobitos (Calif.)
U17 – Crossfire Premier James (Wash.)

Premier Boys Region G Champions
U12 – LaRoca Ovalle (Utah)
U13 – Atlas Academy (Calif.)
U14 – San Juan Soccer Academy (Calif.)
U15 – Washington Premier FC Black (Wash.)
U16 – Placer Soccer Academy Gold (Calif.)
U17 – Coeur d’Alene Sting (Idaho)

Super Group Girls Region G Champions
U15 – Capital Athletic Boca Jrs. (Calif.)
U16 – Diablo Valley Black Pearl (Calif.)
U17 – San Juan Spirits Blue (Calif.)

Premier Girls Region G Champions
U12 – San Juan Spirits Blue (Calif.)
U12 – Diablo Valley SC Black Samba (Calif.)
U13 – Ruckus / USA 17 Academy (Calif.)
U13 – DVSC Black Pearl (Calif.)
U14 – Albion White (Calif.)
U14 – Boise Capitals Premier (Idaho)
U15 – DVSC Black Pearl (Calif.)
U16 – Washington Premier FC Black (Wash.)
U16 – La Roca Premier (Utah)
U17 – LWYSA Crossfire Premier Jenkins (Wash.)

Super Group Boys Region D Champions
U13 – Sockers FC Chicago (Ill.)
U14 – Chicago Magic (Ill.)
U15 – Sockers FC Chicago (Ill.)
U16 – Sockers FC Chicago (Ill.)
U17 – Chicago Magic (Ill.)

Premier Boys Region D Champions
U12 – Eclipse Select (Ill.)
U13 – Eclipse Select (Ill.)
U14 – Sporting FC (Ill.)
U15 – Windy City Pride (Ill.)
U16 – Team Dayton (Ohio)
U17 – Mequon United (Wis.)

Super Group Girls Region D Champions
U15 – Fort Wayne Fever (Ind.)
U16 – KUFC Premier Cosmos (Ill.)
U17 – Chicago Magic (Ill.)

Premier Girls Region D Champions
U12 – Internationals (Ohio)
U13 – Eclipse Select (Ill.)
U14 – KUFC Premier Knockouts (Ill.)


*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Four years ago, Italy bowed out of the 2002 FIFA World Cup with a loss to host-nation South Korea amidst cries of unfair officiating. Those four years were long forgotten on Sunday (July 9) when Fabio Grosso capitalized on the Italians’ fifth and final penalty kick to clinch the first Azzurri World Cup title since 1982. Italy and France drew, 1-1, before Italy claimed the title with a penalty kick shootout score of 5-3, at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team will see action on home soil for the first time in 2006 on Saturday, July 15, when they take on Sweden in Blaine, Minn. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. CT and fans can catch the match live on ESPN2 and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Much has been said about France captain Zinedine Zidane losing his composure and head-butting Italian Marco Materazzi in the chest, an act that earned him a red card and an early send off from the final game in his storied career. So much has been said, in fact, that it probably doesn’t need to be elaborated on any more, but it is definitely enough to make this week’s “Soccer Shocker.”

QUOTABLE: “(People) from Sicily to Lombardy, who are celebrating in all the little towns; we came here with lots of problems and you can see what a great group we are."
-- Luca Toni dedicates the Italian National Team’s 2006 FIFA World Cup title to the Italian fans after Italy defeated France, 5-3, in penalty kicks on Sunday (July 9) at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany.

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