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U.S. Soccer Wire - October 15, 2007



U.S. MNT SET TO FACE SWITZERLAND ON WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17;
U.S. WNT READY FOR GAME TWO OF MEXICO SERIES AFTER 5-1 WIN;
U.S. MNT TO FACE SWEDEN ON JAN. 19 IN FIRST MATCH OF 2008

U.S. MNT IN EUROPE, SET FOR SWITZERLAND MATCH: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley and the U.S. MNT have settled in Switzerland in advance of their upcoming match against the Swiss on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Kickoff against the co-hosts of the 2008 European Championship is set for 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET) at St. Jakob's Park in Basel, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, and prior to the match, fans can catch up with the MNT with ussoccer.com’s exclusive content, including the return of the MNT Blog and the latest all_access video, “Chatting With Carlos” (watch). Following the match against Switzerland, the U.S. MNT will play their final match of the year on Nov. 17 against 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup. Kickoff at Ellis Park Stadium, which will host one World Cup semifinal match in 2010, is set for 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) live on Fox Soccer Channel. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. MNT Roster vs. Switzerland
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC), Tally Hall (Esbjerg), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Dan Califf (Aalborg BK), Jay Demerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Steve Purdy (1860 Munich)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Eddie Lewis (Derby County), Danny Szetela (Racing Santander)
FORWARDS (5): Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution), Preston Zimmerman (Hamburger SV), Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96)

MNT TO FACE SWEDEN IN FIRST MATCH OF 2008: Six months prior to the start of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the United States Men’s National Team will play its first match of 2008 when they face Sweden on Saturday, Jan. 19, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., at 5:30 p.m. PT. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel. Fans can also follow the game live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets ranging in price levels from $18 to $55 and special edition U.S. Soccer on-field seats for $150 go on sale to the public Thursday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. PT through ussoccer.com, by phone (213-480-3232 in L.A.; 714-740-2000 in Orange County; 619-220-8497 in San Diego), at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Macy's, Wherehouse Music, FYE and Ritmo Latino), and at The Home Depot Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 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. As a special benefit to Visa cardholders, a Visa-only pre-sale will be held beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. PT until Thursday, Oct. 18, at 8 a.m. at ussoccer.com. Visa, the preferred payment card of U.S. Soccer, is the only payment method accepted for this advance sale opportunity.

U.S. WNT TRAVELS TO PORTLAND AFTER 5-1 WIN VS. MEXICO IN ST. LOUIS: In its first match since the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team let in an early goal, but stormed back to score five unanswered in a 5-1 victory over Mexico. Abby Wambach scored twice in the second half while Heather O’Reilly, Kristine Lilly and Carli Lloyd also added goals. The match, in front of more than 10,000 noisy fans, marked the first-ever soccer game in the Edward Jones Dome, and first of three matches against Mexico for the U.S. Women to end the year. The win upped the USA’s record in 2007 to 18-1-3 with two matches left against Mexico this year. The U.S. team now travels to Portland, Ore., for the second match of the series vs. Mexico on Oct. 17 at PGE Park. Kickoff is a 7 p.m. PT (tickets) and fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The final match of the series will take place on Oct. 20 at University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M., (tickets) with a 4:30 p.m. MT kickoff.

U.S. WNT vs. Mexico Series
Date        Venue                                                                 Kickoff / Results
Oct. 13    Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, Mo.)          5-1 W
Oct. 17    PGE Park (Portland, Ore.)                               7 p.m. PT
Oct. 20    University Stadium (Albuquerque, N.M.)      4:30 p.m. MT

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. UNDER-18 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM HEADING TO FRANCE: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will travel to Limoges, France, from Oct. 27 to Nov. 4 to participate in the 2007 Limoges Tournament. U.S. Under-20 head coach Thomas Rongen, who will be leading the team as part of early preparations for the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, has named an 18-player roster made up of players born in 1990 and 1991. The squad includes 11 players who were a part of the recent FIFA Under-17 World Cup in South Korea, where the U.S. advanced to the Round of 16. Mykell Bates, the team’s leading scorer in South Korea, will headline the team along with goalkeeper Josh Lambo, who recorded a shutout against Belgium to help the team advance to the knockout stage. Also on the roster are four players who are a part of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy program, with two representatives each from Chivas USA (Omar Elmasri and Mario Ledezma) and D.C. United (Shane Cooke and Chris Hegngi). The team will train in Limoges, and play three games against international opponents. On Oct. 29, the U.S. will take on France, and two days later face Turkey before rounding out the tournament on Nov. 3 against Scotland.

U.S. U-18 MNT Schedule
Date         Opponent
Oct. 29     France
Oct. 31     Turkey
Nov. 3      Scotland

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wisc.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.);
DEFENDERS (5): Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Omar Elmasri (Arcida, Calif.), Nick Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Vincenzo Bernardo (Madison, N.J.), Shane Cooke (Warrenton, Va.), Greg Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Brek Shea (College Station, Texas), Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.);
FORWARDS (5): Chris Agorsor (Severn, Md.), Chris Hegngi (Silver Spring, Md.), Mario Ledezma (Sylmar, Calif.), Alex Nimo (Portland, Ore.), Billy Schuler (Allentown, N.J.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

MISL & FSC ANNOUNCE TWO-YEAR BROADCAST AGREEMENT: Fox Soccer Channel and the Major Indoor Soccer League announced a two-year broadcasting agreement on Tuesday (Oct. 9). FSC will televise MISL matches beginning in November, through the 2008-09 season. The 20-match regular season broadcast schedule will begin at 8 p.m. ET on Nov. 16 when La Raza de Monterrey (Mexico) travel to face the Baltimore Blast. The complete schedule will be announced at a later date. More information is available at MISL.net.

PALI BLUES TO JOIN W-LEAGUE: Pacific Palisades will be home to the newest W-League expansion team, the Pali Blues, beginning in the 2008 season. Former W-League Coach of the year, Charlie Naimo, will serve as the club's inaugural head coach and general manager. Former WUSA player Skylar Little was named assistant coach. The Pali Blues logo incorporates the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean for which the city of Pacific Palisades is known as ‘Where the Mountains Meet the Sea.’ The Pali Blues have secured the newly-renovated Palisades High School field as their home venue in their inaugural 2008 season. More information is available at USLsoccer.com.

NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2008 WERNER FRICKER BUILDER AWARD: Nominations are now being accepted for the 2008 U.S. Soccer Werner Fricker Builder Award, which is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have worked tirelessly in furthering the interest of the sport of soccer, without regard to personal recognition or advancement. The award was created in 2002 and is the greatest recognition bestowed by U.S. Soccer on its membership. The award is designed to honor those who have created or fostered programs that will outlast their own active involvement in the sport and that establish a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the United States. Interested persons can nominate individuals for the annual Werner Fricker Builder Award by downloading the form at ussoccer.com and mailing it to U.S. Soccer, c/o the Werner Fricker Builder Award Committee, 1801 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 or emailing it to wernerfrickeraward@ussoccer.org. This form is also available at ussoccer.com, and applications must be postmarked or sent by January 1, 2008 (download application).

U.S. SOCCER GLOBAL: Though the MLS is entering its final push into the postseason, the European domestic leagues are just kicking into high gear. With league, cup and European competitions well underway, the best place to follow any national team players playing abroad is on U.S. Soccer Global. On the blog, we’ll keep you up to date with the significant happenings from around the globe, as our players are constantly making news in foreign leagues. Whether its pictures, videos, game recaps, or links, if one of our players is turning heads in another country, then we’ll be sure that you’re informed as well.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT and Fulham FC midfielder Clint Dempsey was named Fulham FC’s player of the month for September following an online poll on the Fulham FC website. Dempsey scored twice in September for the Cottagers, against Tottenham Hotspur on Sept. 1, kicking off Fulham’s comeback in the 2-2 draw, and against Wigan Athletic on Sept. 15, putting Fulham temporarily ahead before Wigan came back in stoppage time to tie the match. The midfielder has played in 11 games thus far this season, his first full season in Europe.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Believe it or not, qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is already underway, with matches having kicked off this past weekend in South America. The pick of the bunch from the CONEMBOL region was a 1-0 victory by Venezuela who, courtesy of an outrageous 50 yard free kick from Jose Manuel Rey, upset Ecuador away from home in Quito. Ecuador, who advanced to the round of 16 at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, was previously unbeaten at home since 2001.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Wednesday, Oct. 17, is going to be chock full of U.S. National Team action. First, the U.S. MNT takes on Switzerland at St. Jakob Park in Basel at 2:30 p.m. ET, live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. Later, at 7 p.m. PT, the U.S. WNT continues their series vs. Mexico at PGE Park in Portland, Ore. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: "The goals are cool. It's nice to score, but a win and a clean sheet are more important to me as a defender."
-- U.S. MNT defender Carlos Bocanegra speaks exclusively to ussoccer.com in the all_access video “Chatting with Carlos” (watch).

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