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U.S. Soccer Wire: June 9, 2008


U.S. MNT ROSTER FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING MATCH TO BE NAMED TUESDAY
ON ESPN2, TWO DAYS AFTER SCORELESS DRAW AGAINST ARGENTINA;
U.S. WNT HEAD COACH PIA SUNDHAGE NAMES PEACE QUEEN CUP ROSTER;
U.S. FUTSAL TEAM QUALIFIES FOR 2008 FIFA FUTSAL WORLD CUP

MNT READY TO FACE BARBADOS ON JUNE 15: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley will name the roster for the U.S. MNT’s first qualifying match towards the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday, June 10. The roster will be unveiled following ESPN2's broadcast of the Spain-Russia match at approximately 2 p.m. ET. The U.S. will face Barbados on Sunday, June 15, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., in the first match of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Kickoff for the first leg of the Second Round series is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Tickets ranging in price levels from $19 to $66 are available through ussoccer.com, by phone (213-480-3232 in L.A.; 714-740-2000 in Orange County; 619-220-8497 in San Diego), and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Macy’s, Wherehouse Music, FYE and Ritmo Latino). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center Box Office on Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (a special VIP package which includes a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with your name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits), are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. The U.S. prepared for the important qualifier, showing its mettle with an impressive 0-0 draw with No. 1-ranked Argentina on Sunday, June 8, evening in front of a record sell-out crowd of 78,682 fans at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday. Four days prior, the U.S. fell to a strong Spain side, 1-0, at Estadio El Sardinero in Santander, Spain. The loss to the Spanish came one week after falling, 2-0, to England on May 28 at Wembly Stadium in London, England.

U.S. MNT Upcoming Schedule / Results

Date Opponent Result / Kickoff U.S. Goal Scorers
May 28 England 0-2 L --
June 4 Spain 0-1 L --
June 8 Argentina 0-0 T --
June 15 Barbados 2 p.m. PT  
June 22 Barbados TBD  

SUNDHAGE NAMES 21 FOR PEACE QUEEN CUP: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 21 players to the roster that will travel to South Korea for the 2008 Peace Queen Cup, being held from July 15-21 in Suwon, South Korea. The USA, which was drawn into Group B with Australia, Brazil and Italy, will play all of its first round matches at the 27,100-seat Suwon Sports Complex. Group A, which features South Korea, New Zealand, Canada and Argentina, will play all its matches at the Suwon World Cup Stadium, which holds just over 43,000. The U.S. women will open the tournament on June 15 against Australia at 2 p.m. local / 1 a.m. ET, face Brazil for the first time since the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal on June 17 (2 p.m. local / 1 a.m. ET) and then finish group play against Italy on June 19 (5 p.m. local / 4 a.m. ET). The winners of the two groups will play for the championship on Saturday, June 21, at the Suwon World Cup Stadium.

U.S. WNT 2008 Peace Queen Cup
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas);
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.)

U.S. WNT 2008 Peace Queen Cup Schedule

Date Opponent Venue Kickoff (Local / ET)
June 15 Australia Suwon Sports Complex 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
June 17 Brazil Suwon Sports Complex 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
June 19 Italy Suwon Sports Complex 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.

U.S FUSTAL TEAM ADVANCES TO FIFA FUTSAL WORLD CUP: Scoring early to draw Panama out of its favored tight zone, then making it pay for coming out, the U.S. Futsal National Team defeated Panama, 7-1, on Sunday in the third-place game of the 2008 CONCACAF Championships, qualifying for the FIFA Futsal World Cup from Sept. 30 to Oct. 19 in the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro. The U.S. came back from a deflating 4-0 loss to Guatemala in the semifinals, to defeat Panama, clinching at spot at the FIFA Futsal World Cup along with Guatemala and Cuba from the CONCACAF region. The U.S. advanced to the semifinals with a 5-3 win against Haiti, a 1-1 draw against Panama and a 6-2 win against Panama.

U.S. Futsal Team Results

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
June 3 Haiti 5-3 W Cabral, Naumoski, J. Beasley, Farias, Stewart
June 4 Panama 1-1 T Naumoski
June 5 Costa Rica 6-2 W J. Beasley, Morris, Naumoski, DeGeer, Stewart, Cabral
June 7 Guatemala 0-4 L --
June 8 Panama 7-1 W Morris (2), Rosenband, Stewart (3), J. Beasley

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-- YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE --

U.S. U-20 WNT TO TRAIN IN ALTITUDE BEFORE CONCACAF QUALIFYING: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Tony DiCicco and 24 players arrived in Park City, Utah, on June 8 for a training camp, which will serve as the final preparation before the squad enters CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The eight-team 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship will feature eight teams broken into two groups of four teams each. The USA will face Trinidad & Tobago (June 18), Cuba (June 20) and Mexico (June 22) in Group A play. Group B features Canada, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Jamaica. The all-important semifinals will be held on June 25 with the third-place match championship game taking place on June 28. Estadio Cuauhtemoc holds more than 45,000 fans. The top three finishers in the qualifying tournament will earn berths to the U-20 Women’s World Cup being held Nov. 19-Dec. 7 in Chile.

U.S. U-20 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M), Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State);
DEFENDERS (6): Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Liz Harkin (ASU), Brittney Macdonald (Miami), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Elli Reed (Portland);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Becky Edwards (Florida State), Meghan Klingenberg (UNC), Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding), Teresa Noyola (Palo Alto, Calif.), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Portland);
FORWARDS (9): Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (Phoenix, Ariz.), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix College), Alex Morgan (Cal), Casey Nogueira (UNC), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Nikki Washington (UNC)

U.S. U-23 WNT IN CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER PRIOR TO 2008 NORDIC CUP: The U.S. U-23 Women's National Team is holding its final training camp before the 2008 Nordic Cup as 24 players have been training since June 5 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.. The U-23s will play two matches against women’s clubs during the camp, taking on the W-League’s Ventura County Fusion on June 9 and the Pali Blues on June 11, with camp wrapping up June 12. At this camp, U.S. head coach Bill Irwin will make his final selections to choose an 18-player roster that will travel to Sweden for the annual Nordic Cup being held from July 15-21, where this year the USA will face Switzerland (July 15), England (July 17) and Norway (July 19). The U-23s will also play a friendly match against Sweden’s U-23s on July 13 before the tournament begins. The USA has had great success at the Nordic Cup, which pits the USA against Europe’s top teams, having won seven of the past nine tournaments. There are several players being considered for the Nordic Cup squad that will not be at this camp. The other group features host Sweden, Finland, Germany and Scotland. The winners of the two groups will play for the championship on July 21. Irwin’s squad is coming off a successful trip to Germany where they downed Women’s Bundesliga club Crailsheim by a 4-2 score and then defeated the German U-23s by a 1-0 score in front of 5,000 fans in Wangen.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cori Alexander (Portland), Kelsey Davis (Portland), Val Henderson (UCLA)
DEFENDERS (9): Jackie Carron (Michigan), Jillian Gilbeau (Texas), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Shelley Lyle (Florida), Kasey Moore (Texas), Katherine Reynolds (Santa Clara), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia), Caroline Walden (Boston College), Elise Weber (Notre Dame)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (North Carolina), Jen Buczkowski (Notre Dame), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Jenny Maurer (Boston College), Lorraine Quinn (Duke), Malorie Rutledge (LSU), Amy Smerdzinski (Wake Forest);
FORWARDS (5): Lindsey Brauer (USF), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Katie Larkin (BYU), Allison Mallams (Marquette), Ella Masar (Illinois)

U.S. U-17 WNT HEADS TO TRAINING CAMP IN JERSEY CITY, N.J.: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp in Jersey City, N.J. from June 6-13 as the team continues preparation for CONCACAF qualifying for the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the first-ever world championship for this age group. The CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship will be played from July 17-26 in Trinidad & Tobago with the top three teams advancing to the World Cup in New Zealand, to be held from Oct. 28-Nov. 16, 2008. The USA will play Costa Rica (July 17), El Salvador (July 19) and host T&T (July 21) in group play. The top two teams in each of the two groups advance to the semifinals, with the semifinal winners earning berths to the U-17 World Cup. The winner of the third-place match will earn CONCACAF’s third ticket to New Zealand. The USA will play its group games at Marvin Lee Stadium in Tunapuna. The semifinals and finals will also be played at Marvin Lee Stadium. U.S. head coach Kazbek Tambi has called in 26 players for the camp at Jersey City University. He will eventually select 21 for the qualifying tournament. During the week-long camp, the team will play three matches, including a game against the Jersey Sky Blue of the USL W-League. The U.S. roster is mostly made up of players born in 1991 and 1992, but Tambi has called in three 1993s in defenders Abby Dalhkemper and Morgan Brian and midfielder Sydney Payne.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (5): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Sarah Keane (Mt. Laurel, N.J.), Lianne Maldonado (Clifton, N.J.), Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearney, N.J.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.);
DEFENDERS (8): Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Abby Dahlkemper (Menlo Park, Calif.), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Julia Roberts (Fredrick, Md.), Anne Steinlage (Grand Haven, Mich.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kathryn Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas, Nev.), Madlyn Evens (Glenside, Pa.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Sydney Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.);
FORWARDS (5): Tani Costa (Honolulu, Hawaii), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Rachel Nuzzolese (Upper Brookville, N.Y.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)

U.S. U-15 BOYS' NATIONAL TEAM TO CONVENE IN ST. LOUIS: U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team head coach Jim Barlow has named 35 players to a week-long training camp in St. Louis, Mo., from June 14-21, with one additional player to be called in later this week. More than half of the players will join the squad from Development Academy teams throughout the country, including a pair each from the Baltimore Bays (Zachary Wenger and Lucas Winter), FC DELCO (Max Kurtzman and Chris Sommerville), PDA (Nate Bruccoleri and Scott Thomsen) and the San Diego Surf (Zachary Deville and William Whiddon). Local club Scott Gallagher will be represented by Jacob Weiser. Barlow’s team will be gathering for the first time since their training camp in Spain, where the team picked up a 1-1-2 record against youth team from Spanish professional sides.

U.S. U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Max Kurtzman (FC DELCO), Spencer LaCivita (New Egypt, N.J.), William Whiddon (San Diego Surf), Adam Zepeda (Corona, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (9): Michael Ambrose (El Paso, Texas), David Caban (Kenosha, Wis.), Boyd Okuwonu (Edmond, Okla.), Gabriel Rivera (La Miranda, Calif.), Kevin Shafter (Albuquerque, N.M.), Scott Thomsen (PDA), Zachary Wenger (Scott Gallagher), Jacob Weiser (Scott Gallagher), Walker Zimmerman (Lawrenceville, Ga.);
MIDFIELDERS (14): Robert Botchway (Concord Fire), Nate Bruccoleri (PDA), Samuel Coleman (Norman, Okla.), Sean Davis (Matchfit Academy), Darvin Ebanks (Macon, Ga.), Nathanael Eggleston (Chevy Chase, Md.), Miguel Lopez (Austin, Texas), Jon-Paul Medina (California Odyssey), Luis Medina (Chicago Fire), Kevin Pahl (Lakeland, Fla.), James Petruccelli (Seacoast United), Keegan Smith (Arsenal SC), William Trapp (Gahanna, Ohio), Lucas Winter (Baltimore Bays);
FORWARDS (8): Zachary Deville (San Diego Surf), Oscar Gonzalez (N.Y. Red Bulls Academy), Cole Iverson (Decatur, Ala.), Marcus LaCroix (New Egypt, N.J.), McAmos Paye (Wendell, N.C.), Henry Rios (Norwalk, Calif.), Chris Sommerville (FC DELCO), Jason Stacy (Grand Rapids, Mich.) 

-- AROUND THE SOCCER NATION --

U.S. WOMEN REMAIN NO. 1 IN FIFA WORLD RANKINGS: The U.S. Women’s National Team held its top position in the latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings, released on June 6, just ahead of reigning Women’s World Cup champions Germany. Sweden (3), Brazil (4) and Norway (5) round out the top-five, all of whom will be facing the USA at some point before the Olympics. The USA will play Norway on July 2 in Fredrikstad before facing Sweden on July 5 in Skelleftea as U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage will coach against her native country for the first time. The USA will actually play Brazil three times before the Olympics, the first coming on June 17 at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea. The USA will also play Brazil in its final two matches before leaving for the Olympics, on July 13 in at Dick’s Sport Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. and on July 16 at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego. The FIFA Women’s World Ranking was first published in July 2003 to rate some 150 FIFA member associations on the basis of several factors including victories, home advantage, the strength of the opposition and the importance of matches. The ranking is published four times each year.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: The Sierra Mist Man of the Match goes to U.S. goalkeeper, Tim Howard, who made a total of seven saves in the match against Argentina, all of which were in the first half. Howard stopped four nerve-wracking advances from Argentine Julio Cruz and three dangerous breakaways. Howard’s impeccable positioning led team USA to shutout No. 1-ranked Argentina and conclude the match with a 0–0 draw.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: For all the hoopla and the incredible challenge presented by the U.S. MNT’s last three international friendlies, it all comes down to preparing for the team’s upcoming g match on Sunday, June 15. The U.S. MNT will begin their campaign to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup as they take on Barbados at 2 p.m PT, live on ESPN2, Galavision and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “He saved us and kept us in the game. In certain moments, when things aren't really going well for you, you hope that your goalkeeper can make a few saves and Timmy went above and beyond that tonight. We can't rely on that all the time because that's not fair on him, but you hope in certain moments he can make those types of plays. He's shown that he can rise to that level over and over again.”
--U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Landon Donovan, on the play of goalkeeper Tim Howard in the squad’s 0-0 draw against Argentina.

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