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U.S. Soccer Wire - July 30, 2007


WNT DEFEATS JAPAN, 4-1, AT SPARTAN STADIUM IN CALIFORNIA;
U.S. U-20 WNT WINS SILVER AT THE 2007 PAN AMERICAN GAMES

U.S. WNT 2007 WORLD CUP TEAM DEFEATS JAPAN: The U.S. Women’s National Team got a powerful header from Shannon Boxx in the first half, and second half strikes from Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach to record a 4-1 win over the Japanese Women’s National Team on Saturday night at Spartan Stadium. A crowd of more than 11,000 saw the USA improve its record to 11-0-2 in 2007 with just two games left in the team’s Send-Off Series before leaving for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. The U.S. team will now go on a break before re-grouping on Aug. 6 in Chicago, Ill., in preparation for an Aug. 12 match against New Zealand at Soldier Field. The USA will play its final Send-Off match on Aug. 25 in Carson, Calif., at The Home Depot Center in before the team heads to China. For complete details and ticket information for the entire Send-Off Series, visit ussoccer.com.

2007 Women’s National Team Send-Off Series
Date         Opponent        Location                                                                     Result/Kickoff TV
June 16   China               Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio)  2-0 W
June 23   Brazil                Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)               2-0 W
July 14     Norway             Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.)             1-0 W
July 28     Japan               Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)                     4-1 W
Aug. 12    New Zealand  Soldier Field (Chicago)                                    12 p.m. CT ESPN2
Aug. 25    Finland             The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)     6:30 p.m. PT ESPN2

U.S. 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
Date             Opponent         Venue                                                                              Kickoff
Sept. 11       North Korea    Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)         5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 14       Sweden           Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)          5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 18       Nigeria             Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
Sept. 22       Quarterfinals* Wuhan or Tianjin                                                        5 p.m. local or 8 p.m. local
Sept. 26/27 Semifinals*      Tianjin or Hangzhou                                                     8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
Sept. 30       Final*                Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
* If Necessary

U.S. U-20 WOMEN WIN SILVER AT PAN-AMERICAN GAMES: A tremendous run for the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team at the 2007 Pan American Games ended in the gold medal match as the young Americans fell to the full Brazilian Women’s National Team, 5-0, in front of a massive crowd of almost 70,000 fans that filled the famed Maracaña Stadium. The U.S. U-20s were coming off a great 2-1 victory over Canada’s full Women’s National Team in the semifinal, but ran into a juggernaut Brazilian side that out-scored their opponents 33-0 in the tournament.

2007 U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Soccer Schedule
Date     Opponent  Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
July 12 Paraguay    7-1 W    O’Hara (2), Cheney (3), Nogueira, McDonald
July 14 Panama      3-1 W    O’Hara, Cheney, Heath
July 18 Argentina     3-0 W   Washington, Nogueira, McDonal
July 20 Mexico          2-3 L    Nogueira, O’Hara
July 23 Canada        2-1 W  Cheney (2)
July 26 Finals           0-5 L

MNT LOOK TO EUROPEAN FRIENDLIES: After winning the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and participating in the Copa America for the first time in 12 years, the United States Men’s National Team will play a trio of friendlies in Europe. The team will play its first match on European soil in 2007 when they travel to face 11-time World Cup finalists Sweden on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Ullevi Stadium in Goteborg, Sweden. For the double fixture date in October, the U.S. will first meet Catalonia on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the famed Camp Nou in Barcelona (time TBD), marking the debut match between the teams. Three days later, the U.S. will take on 2008 European Championship co-hosts Switzerland for the first game between the two sides in nearly 13 years, and the first since the 1-1 draw in the 1994 FIFA World Cup hosted by the United States. All three matches will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, and fans can also follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. MNT 2007 Schedule
Date         Match            Venue                                                                Result/Kickoff/TV
Jan. 20    Denmark      Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)          3-1 W
Feb. 7       Mexico         Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.)  2-0 W
March 25 Ecuador        Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)   3-1 W
March 28 Guatemala   Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)                      0-0 T
June 2     China            Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)              4-1 W
June 7     Guatemala^  Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)           1-0 W
June 9     T&T^               Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)           2-0 W
June 12   El Salvador^ Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)          4-0 W
June 16   Panama^      Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)          2-1 W
June 21    Canada^      Soldier Field (Chicago)                                   2-1 W
June 24    Mexico^         Soldier Field (Chicago)                                   2-1 W
June 28    Argentina #   Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo)              1-4 L
July 2        Paraguay #   Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas)                    1-3 L
July 5        Colombia #  Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto)  0-1 L
Aug. 22     Sweden        Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden)   2:30 p.m. ET / FSC / Galavision (2:30 ET/PT)
Oct. 14      Catalonia     Nou Camp (Barcelona, Spain)                       TBD / FSC & Galavision
Oct. 17      Switzerland  St. Jakob Park (Basel, Switzerland)         2:30 p.m. ET / FSC & Galavision

^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
# Copa America

ESPN TO COVER 2007 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: ESPN and ESPN2, combined, will broadcast all 32 matches of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup from Sept. 10-30 in China. ESPN360.com will air all 32 games, ESPN will show 12 games and ESPN2 will broacast 20 games. Matches will be preceded by a 30-minute pre-game show and there will be a one-hour show between matches on certain days. The games will be shown between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET from China.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP KOREA 2007 ACCREDITATION DEADLINE TOMORROW, JULY 31: FIFA has announced that applications for media accreditation for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007 are now being accepted via an online registration form on FIFA.com. Media planning on traveling to South Korea to cover the U-17 World Cup can click on the following link to access the link in the media services section: http://www.fifa.com/u17worldcup/organisation/index.html. Please note that the deadline for applications is July 31, 2007. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. All applications are subject to confirmation. Please be advised that international applicants are responsible for their own visas.

U.S. U-21 WOMEN WIN 2007 NORDIC CUP: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team rolled over arch-rival Germany in the championship game of the 2007 Nordic Cup, winning 4-0 on goals from Danesha Adams, Angie Woznuk, Tina DiMartino and Michele Weissenhofer. The win marked the USA’s ninth overall title at the prestigious tournament, held annually during the summer in Northern Europe, which features Europe’s top teams in the U-23 age group. The U.S. women have been in 11 straight Nordic Cup championship games, winning their first title in 1997. The USA fell to Norway in 1998, but then won seven Nordic Cups in a row from 1999-2005. The USA lost in last year’s Nordic Cup final game to Germany. This was the fourth time the USA has faced Germany in a Nordic Cup title game, winning in 2000, 2002, and 2007, while losing in 2006.

2007 U.S. U-21 WNT Nordic Cup Schedule
Date     Opponent             Result    U.S. Goal Scorer
July 18 Norway                 1-0 W      Kiki Bosio
July 22 Sweden                1-0 W      Kiki Bosio
July 24 Germany (Final)  4-0 W      Danesha Adams, Angie Woznuk, Tina DiMartino, Michele Weissenhofer

UNDER-17 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM IN WORLD CUP PREPARATION CAMP: The Under-17 Men’s National Team is training in Clemson, S.C., as they enter the final stages of preparation for the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup in South Korea. The 12-day camp includes a pair of games against USL opponents in the First Division Atlanta Silverbacks and the Second Division Charlotte Eagles before closing camp with a friendly against fellow World Cup qualifier Costa Rica on Tuesday, August 7. The U.S., who was one of the seeded teams in the World Cup draw, opens their campaign against Tajikistan on August 20, then faces Tunisia on August 23 and concludes group play on August 26 against Belgium. The U.S. will play Tajikistan and Tunisia in Changwon before heading to Cheonan to face Belgium. Head coach John Hackworth’s 21-player team will be announced this week.

UNDER-14 NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IDENTIFICATION CAMP UNDERWAY: The U.S. Under-14 Boys' Development Program's 119-player roster was released last week for their weeklong identification camp from July 29-Aug. 4 at Middlesex School in Concord, Mass. The 119 players were selected from the four Regions across the United States. Region I had the most players with 38, followed by Region IV (31), Region III (26) and Region II (24). U.S. Under-14 Boys Technical Director Manny Schellscheidt will run the camp, along with a number of assistants. In recent years, the United States’ play at the Youth National Team level has confirmed its status as the top youth nation in CONCACAF and one of the most improved in the world. In existence since 1997, the U.S. Under-14 National Team program is a major reason for the increasing quantity and quality of young players vying for spots in the U.S. Youth National Teams program.

UNDER-14 GIRLS’ NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ID CAMP KICKS OFF: The U.S. Under-14 Girls’ National Development Program’s Identification Camp kicked off Monday, July 30, in Pomona, Calif. A complete roster for the camp, which runs through Aug. 5, will be available at ussoccer.com. The U.S. U-14 National Team program has produced quality players for the U.S. Women’s National Team, such as Stephanie Lopez, Lindsay Tarpley and Heather O’Reilly.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

FUTSAL FINISHES FIFTH AT PAN AM GAMES: The U.S. Futsal National Team secured fifth place at the 2007 Pan American Games with a 5-4 penalty shootout victory vs. CONCACAF rival Cuba in their final match of the tournament. After a 2-2 tie in regulation on goals by John Ball and Todd Dusosky, U.S. goalkeeper Brett Phillips saved Cuba’s first penalty kick attempt as the U.S. went 5-for-5 to clinch the top spot in the consolation bracket. In Group B, the U.S. finished third with four points, losing to Argentina, tying Ecuador and beating Costa Rica. The U.S. then beat Guatemala in the first consolation match to advance to the fifth-place match. In its two victories, the U.S. had a knack for the dramatic, scoring a total of five goals in the final minute and stoppage time of the matches against Guatemala and Costa Rica. Against Costa Rica, Matt Stewart and Denison Cabral scored the final two goals to come from behind for a 6-5 win, while Pat Morris scored two before Don D’Ambra provided the winner in a 4-3 win vs. Guatemala. Morris, Cabral and Stewart led the team with three goals each during the games.

U.S. Futsal Schedule/Results – Pan-American Games
Date     Opponent     Result                    U.S. Goals
July 23 Argentina       2-5 L                      Jamar Beasley, Joe Hammes
July 24 Ecuador         3-3 T                      Don D’Ambra, Matt Stewart, Denison Cabral
July 25 Costa Rica    6-5 W                     Pat Morris, Stewart (2), Hammes, Cabral (2)
July 27 Guatemala    4-3 W                     Troy Dusosky, Morris (2), D’Ambra
July 28 Cuba               2-2 T (5-4 PKs)    John Ball, Dusosky

MILWAUKEE TO HOST 2008 MISL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL: The Major Indoor Soccer League announced that the Milwaukee Wave will host the 2008 MISL Championship Series Final on Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m. ET at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Tickets for the 2008 Championship Series Final will go on sale Wednesday, August 15, online at TicketMaster.com or by phone at 414-224-9283, as well as at the U.S. Cellular Arena Box Office. Wave season ticket holders will receive a ticket as a part of their overall package. More information is available at MISL.net.

US YOUTH SOCCER CROWNS NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: The 2007 US Youth Soccer National Champions were crowned over the weekend at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, where the top 48 teams in the country met to conclude the final leg of the 2007 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. After this week’s three rounds of preliminary play, the top two teams in the country remained, Under-14 through Under-19 age groups, to play for their respective national championship cup. See the complete list of champions, results, stories, video and more at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org.

US CLUB SOCCER BOYS U-15 THROUGH U-17 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS CROWNED: US Club Soccer’s 2007 National Cup VI Finals are nearing their conclusion as national championships in both Super Group and Premier divisions will be awarded on Tuesday, July 31, in Girls U-15 through U-17 age groups at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C., and Boys & Girls U-12 through U-14 brackets at Springwood Park in Burlington, N.C. Potomac SA Internationals (U-15), Central Penn Alliance (U-15), Orange SC Rage (U-16), Napa Sport Indians (U-16), Mount Hamilton Lobitos (U-17) and Bayport Hurricanes (U-17) earned National Cup VI titles in Super Group and Premier divisions on Tuesday, July 24 at Bryan Park in the Boys U-15 through U-17 age groups. Visit www.usclubsoccer.org for in-depth coverage of the 2007 National Cup VI Finals including schedules, results, photos, the 2007 National Cup VI Finals program, and the “Road to the Cup Blog.”

COACHING SYMPOSIA HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH SEND-OFF SERIES GAMES: Soccer coaches around the nation will have an opportunity to join the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department in supporting the U.S. Women’s National Team this summer in advance of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. Two Coaching Symposia remain in August as part of the USA’s final Send-Off Series games before they take on the world in China. Coaches from around the country will converge in Chicago on Aug. 11 for the USA-New Zealand match at Soldier Field on Aug. 12 (schedule). The final U.S. Soccer Coaching Symposium of the summer will be staged at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Aug. 24-25 with the U.S. Women taking on Finland just days before their China departure. [CoachesNet]

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. WNT midfielder Shannon Boxx scored her first goal since coming back from major surgery, powering in a header to open the scoring as the U.S. WNT defeated Japan, 4-1, at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. It was Boxx’s 15th career goal, and came while she and the rest of the team prepare for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China.

SOCCER SHOCKER: With millions of soccer fans around the world pulling for the dream to come true, Iraq pulled off a stunning 1-0 upset of three-time winners Saudi Arabia to capture their first-ever Asian Cup championship. The Iraqis took the lead in the 71st minute on a header from team captain Younis Mahmoud and held on to win their first major tournament trophy. Ranked ninth and given 50-1 odds at the start of the event, they upset pre-tournament favorite Australia before defeating co-hosts Vietnam in the quarterfinal and advancing to the championship match by defeating South Korea in penalties. The Iraqis best previous performance was a fourth-place finish in the Asian Cup in 1976.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: With eight of the 12 first round matches already played, SuperLiga action continues on Tuesday, July 31, and Wednesday, August 1. On Tuesday, FC Dallas hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy at 8 p.m. ET and Pachuca faces off against Chivas Guadalajara at 10 p.m. ET in Denver. On Wednesday, D.C. United travels to Texas to face Houston at 8 p.m. ET and Morelia squares off against Club America in Chicago at 10 p.m. ET. All matches will be broadcast live on Telefutura.

QUOTABLE: “To think about the past few years and use that as experience that you will need to take you into these first few moments that will be nerve-wracking and adrenaline will be pumping. Every person on the field or the bench will be behind them and we will make it through and figure it out together. I’m tall. They can lean on me.”
-- U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach, in a ussoccer.com Center Circle exclusive interview, on the advice she would give her teammates that have never played in a FIFA Women's World Cup before.

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