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U.S. Soccer Wire - April 3, 2006


Arena to Name April 11 Roster on Tuesday For Jamaica Match;
U.S. WNT Begins 25-Player Residency at The Home Depot Center;
2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Structure, Dates Announced

ARENA TO ANNOUNCE ROSTER FOR JAMAICA FRIENDLY TUESDAY ON ussoccer.com: U.S. Manager Bruce Arena will name the roster on Tuesday, April 4, that will face Jamaica in the USA's final match before selecting the 23-man roster for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Fans can log on to ussoccer.com at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday to view the exclusive announcement. Kickoff for the April 11 match at sold-out SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C,. is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and via tape-delay on Telemundo. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. After the match against Jamaica, the U.S. will begin their final FIFA World Cup training camp on May 10 in Cary, N.C., before departing for the Send-Off Series matches in late May. The three-game Send-Off Series, the last matches prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, will begin vs. Morocco at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tenn., on May 23, presented by Budweiser, before continuing vs. Venezuela at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 26, presented by Sierra Mist, and concluding vs. Latvia at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., on May 28. Tickets are on sale now at ussoccer.com and all local Ticketmaster outlets. All three matches kick off at 7 p.m. ET live on ESPN2 and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Telemundo will broadcast all three matches on tape delay. 

 

U.S. WOMEN BEGIN 2006 RESIDENCY TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Women’s National Team kicked off Residency Training Camp on April 2 as 25 players arrived at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., for a six-month period that will culminate in the fall with CONCACAF qualifying for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. This will be the sixth incarnation of Residency Training Camp for the U.S. Women, but it is the first-ever residency preparation in a year that does not include a world championship. The previous residency sessions came in the months leading up to the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 1996 Olympics, the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2000 Olympics and the 2004 Olympics. The Residency Camp Roster is a mixture of veteran players, some of whom have been through multiple Residency Camp periods, and young players who are entering their first Residency environment. The roster includes eleven 2004 Olympic gold medalists, including team captain Kristine Lilly, who scored her 108th and 109th career goals at the recently completed Algarve Cup, moving into sole possession of second place on the world’s all-time scoring list for female soccer players behind Mia Hamm (158). With each game, Lilly also extends her world record for caps, which now sits at 306.

FIFA SLASHES REFEREE NUMBERS FOR 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP: In a surprising move on Friday, FIFA announced just 23 referees have been selected to officiate games at the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2006 Germany. The 23 referees come from 23 different countries, a reduction of more than 35 percent from the 36 and 34 referees assigned to the 2002 and 1998 tournaments in Korea/Japan and France, respectively. The drastic reduction in overall numbers means a number of top referees were not selected for the World Cup in Germany, including highly-regarded European officials Terje Hauge of Norway, Claus Bo Larsen of Denmark and Alain Sars of France, as well as Kevin Stott of U.S. Soccer. Stott has been a FIFA-sanctioned referee since 1995 and officiated at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru and at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He remains age-eligible for future World Cup consideration.

2006 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP STRUCTURE ANNOUNCED: For the second consecutive year, a total of 42 teams – 26 professional and 16 amateur – will compete in the 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup when it kicks off in June. The U.S. Open Cup, which is recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. Qualifying is slated to be completed by May 29, with the pairings announcement expected later that week. The defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy enter the tournament on Aug. 2 in the fourth round. The semifinals will be played Sept. 6, with the final being played on Sept. 27. The tournament gets underway on June 7 with the qualifying round. After the qualifying round, the first round will be played on June 14. The winners of those games advance to the second round to face four teams from the USL Second Division and four from the USL First Division. In the third round, the four remaining USL First Division teams join the fray along with four MLS teams. The final eight MLS teams join in the fourth round. The team that advances the furthest from each level except Division I earns a $10,000 cash prize. The runner-up takes home $50,000, while the champion collects $100,000. The winner also will have the team’s name engraved on the historic Dewar Cup, the oldest trophy in American team sports that is housed in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y.

2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
Qualifying Concludes May 29   Qualifying completed Memorial Day weekend
Qualifying Round June 7          2 PDL vs. 2 USASA Regional Qualifiers
First Round June 14                2 Qualifying Round Winners, 6 PDL vs. 6 USASA Regional Qualifiers, 2 USL Second Division
Second Round June 28            First Round winners vs. 4 USL Second Division, 4 USL First Division
Third Round July 12                Second Round winners vs. 4 USL First Division, 4 MLS
Fourth Round Aug. 2               Third Round winners vs. 8 MLS
Quarterfinals Aug. 23               Fourth Round winners
Semifinals Sept. 6                   Quarterfinal winners
Final Sept. 27                          Semifinal winners

Composition of participating teams:
12 Major League Soccer
8 United Soccer Leagues First Division
6 United Soccer Leagues Second Division
16 Amateur (8 USL Premier Development League, 8 USASA regional qualifiers)

U.S. SOCCER CONDUCTING FAN SURVEY ONLINE AT ussoccer.com: In a continuing effort to improve ussoccer.com, U.S. Soccer is asking fans to take part in an online survey. The survey consists of questions to determine your satisfaction with ussoccer.com’s components and features, while also providing you with the opportunity to give direct feedback about the site. The information compiled from the survey will allow U.S. Soccer to make improvements to the site and deliver an enhanced experience for fans on ussoccer.com. Similar to past years, the survey can be accessed from ussoccer.com and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Fans over the age of 18 who complete the survey will be eligible to enter into a random drawing to win a prize pack from U.S. Soccer, containing an assortment of national team gear. Participants under the age of 18 are still encouraged to complete the survey. In late January, U.S. Soccer unveiled the latest evolution of ussoccer.com, which gives fans more information on all the U.S. National Teams, referee programs and coaching education. It also includes new or improved components, such as MatchTracker, the Photo Gallery and Audio Podcast sections, and all_access Video, which fans can now enjoy on the U.S. Soccer Video Network, brought to you by Panasonic. These improvements were a direct result of the information gathered from previous surveys conducted over the past few years. To access the survey, please visit ussoccer.com.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-17 ’90 MNT FINISH FIFTH IN BUENOS AIRES TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-17 ’90 Men’s National Team finished fifth in the Copa Esperanzas Corea 2007 this past week in Buenos Aries, Argentina. The U.S. finished last in Group A after drawing 1-1 with C.A.I in their opening match and then falling, 1-0, to Argentina. In the 5th/6th place match, the U.S. got two goals from Brandon Tarr and another from Jason Paredes to defeat All Boys, 3-1. Before heading home, the U.S. played to a scoreless draw against the Australia U-17 Men’s National Team on April 2 in a friendly match. Australia’s squad, which won Group B, was a bit older as it had a mix of players born in 1989 and 1990.

U-17 Results - Copa Esperanzas Corea 2007
Date        Opponent          Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
March 27  C.A.I.               1-1 T      Tarr
March 30  Argentina U-17   0-1 L       --
March 31  All Boys             3-1 W    Tarr (2), Paredes

U-17 ’90 MNT HEAD TO ENGLAND AND IRELAND DURING MONTH OF APRIL: The U.S. Under-17 ’90 Men’s National Team will head to England for a 10-day training camp before jumping across the Irish Sea to participate in the Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland over the next month. The U.S. will leave for Manchester, England, on April 12, and play four matches, including an international against Wales on April 20 in Ryhl, Wales. The U.S. will also face a Northern England Select Team and youth squads from English Premier League teams Liverpool and Wigan Athletic. The U-17 ‘90s will leave for Northern Ireland on April 23, and will kick off Group A of the Ballymena International Tournament a day a later against Switzerland. The U.S. will also face Finland on April 25 and Northern Ireland on April 26 in Group A play, before playing a placement match on April 28 against one of the four teams from Group B – Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic and Scotland. The rosters for the trips to England and Northern Ireland will be announced in the near future.

U-17 Schedule – England Training Camp
Date       Opponent
April 15   Northern England Select Team
April 18   Liverpool
April 20    Wales
April 22    Wigan Athletic

U-17 Schedule – Ballymena International Tournament
Date       Opponent
April 24   Switzerland
April 25   Finland
April 26   Northern Ireland
April 28   Placement Match

U-17 ’89 MNT DEFEAT NEW MEXICO 2-1, GET SET FOR UNC NEXT WEEK: Behind two goals from Perica Marosevic, the U.S. Under-17 ’89 Men’s National Team defeated the University of New Mexico, 2-1, on April 1 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The U.S. took the lead in the 22nd minute when Marosevic finished a pass from Kyle Davies, but the Lobos struck back with the equalizer in the 61st minute. Just three minute later though, Marosevic drove home the game-winner when he buried a pass from Jeremy Hall. The U-17 ‘89s will host the University of North Carolina for their next match on April 14 in Bradenton.

ADAMS, O’HARA SCORE AS U.S. U-20 WNT WINS FIRST TWO MATCHES IN PORTLAND:The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team won its first two matches during a training camp in Portland, Ore., defeating Washington State, 3-0, on April 1, and the University of Washington, 4-3, on April 2, as preparations for the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Championships continue. The USA will be back in action on Tuesday, April 4, against the University of Portland (5 p.m. at the University of Portland), before facing Oregon State (5 p.m. on April 6 at the University of Portland) and Ohio State (4 p.m. on April 8 at Nike Headquarters). Against the Cougars, the USA got the first goal from midfielder Tina DiMartino in the 28th minute, her fifth of the year, and a second from midfielder Danesha Adams in the 55th minute, her ninth of the year. The final goal was scored in the 87th minute by midfielder Kelley O’Hara, the youngest player in the pool who is coming off knee surgery. O’Hara finished a Jessica Rostedt cross from close range for the final margin. Against the Huskies, Rostedt opened the scoring in the eighth minute, but Washington scored twice to take the lead before Rostedt scored again in the 19th to tie the game. The two scores upped Rostedt’s yearly total to a team-leading 14 goals. Adams put the USA ahead in the 76th minute with her 10th goal of the year, only to see Washington tie the game in the 82nd minute. O’Hara, who played only the end of the two matches as she comes back from her surgery, played hero in stoppage time, scoring on an assist from Adams in the 91st minute.

U.S. U-20 WNT Schedule & Results
Date      Opponent                Result     Opponent / U.S. Goal Scorers
April 1    Washington State     3-0 W      DiMartino, Adams, O’Hara
April 2    Washington             4-3 W       Rostedt (2), Adams O’Hara
April 4    Portland                  5 p.m.       Univ. of Portland
April 6    Oregon State           5 p.m.       Univ. of Portland
April 8    Ohio State               4 p.m.       Nike Campus

U.S. U-16 GIRL’S NATIONAL TEAM HEADS TO HOLLAND FOR THREE MATCHES: U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team head coach Kazbek Tambi will take an 18-player roster to Holland for a three-match tour running from April 8-16, 2006. It will be the first matches abroad for the U-16s this year. They have held two domestic training camps at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., thus far. The USA will play two teams from the Dutch Women’s Premier League as well as Holland’s U-19 Women’s National Team. The first game is April 11 against Seastum, followed by a match on April 13 vs. the Dutch U-19s before the tour finishes with a game against RVVH on April 15. The U-16s are coming off two matches against the German U-17s at The Home Depot Center, a 3-0 loss and a dramatic 2-1 victory on an 88th minute game-winner.

U.S. U-16 GNT Roster – Holland Tour, 2006
Goalkeepers (2) – Elizabeth Hanna (Weddington, N.C.), Catherine Parkhill (Apple Valley, Minn.);
Defenders (4) – Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Jennifer Laponte (Castro Valley, Calif.), Camille Levin (Newport Coast, Calif.), Alyssa Pember (Northport, N.Y.);
Midfielders (9) – Shira Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Julia Bouchelle (Cockeysville, Md.) Charney Burke (Santa Ana, Calif.), Sarah Chapman (Silver Spring, Md.), Katy Frierson (Birmingham, Ala.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Whitney Sharpe (W. Des Moines, Iowa), Casey Short (Naperville, Ill.), Beth West (Centennial, Colo.);
Forwards (3) – Britanni Bartok (Union, N.J.), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Macy Jo Harrison (Napa, Calif.).
 

U.S. U-16 GNT Schedule
Date       Opponent          City
April 11   Seastum           Tiel, Holland
April 13   Holland U-19      Zeist, Holland
April 15   RVVH               Tiel, Holland

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

CONVEY, HAHNEMANN ARE CHAMPIONS; BEAS ONE STEP AWAY: U.S. internationals Bobby Convey and Marcus Hahnemann have capped off dream seasons as Reading FC claimed the English League Championship crown over the weekend, putting an emphatic mark on their successful campaign with a 5-0 thumping of Derby County in front of the Madjeski Stadium faithful. A week after securing promotion to England's top division for the first time in the 135-year history of the club, the Royals claimed the title after pulling 16 points clear of Sheffield United with five matches remaining. Meantime, midfielder DaMarcus Beasley and PSV Eindhoven are within grasp of claiming their second-consecutive Eredivisie crown after winning 2-1 away to RBC Roosendaal. They are 12 points ahead of AZ Alkmaar, who had their match against NAC Breda postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Anything less than a victory in the re-scheduled game on Tuesday will mean championship celebrations for PSV.

ARENA COACHES INTERNATIONAL STARS IN ETCHEVERRY TESTIMONIAL MATCH:U.S. Manager Bruce Arena visited a long-time friend Thursday (March 30) when he coached the International Stars as part of Bolivian legend Marco Etcheverry's testimonial match at the Estadio Tahuichi Aguilera in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The match featured members of the Bolivian squad that qualified for the 1994 FIFA World Cup against an international select team that included former Colombian international Carlos Valderrama, famed Paraguayan goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert, Chilean stars Ivan Zamorano and Fabian Estay, and a host of others. "El Diablo" served as team captain during Arena's three-year tenure at United when the duo collected two consecutive MLS Championships and the 1998 Interamerican Cup.

MIAMI FC OF THE USL FIRST DIVISION SIGNS ROMARIO:Miami FC, the new USL First Division franchise, announced the signing of 1994 World Cup Champion from Brazil, Romario de Souza Faria, known simply as “Romario,” as its star striker for its inaugural season. Romario arrives to Miami FC fresh off of leading the 2005 Brazilian Championship in scoring with 22 goals for Vasco da Gama. Romario became a national hero when he played a key role in helping Brazil win the 1994 World Cup in the United States. He received the “Golden Ball” for his efforts and went on to win the “FIFA Player of the Year Award” that same year. In addition to the World Cup, Romario won the 1989 and 1997 Copas Americas with the Brazilian National Team. During his 21-year career, Romario has played for several of the top clubs in the world including Vasco da Gama, Flamengo, Fluminense, PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona and Valencia. The signing of Romario is complete simply pending the formality of international clearance which should be granted within a couple of days. Miami will then play its first official match when it opens its USL Regular Season against 2004 league champion Montreal Impact on Sunday, April 23, at 4 p.m. ET at Tropical Park Stadium.

CONCACAF WILL TAKE FIVE TEAMS TO 2007 FIFA UNDER-17 WORLD CUP:With the 2007 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Korea Republic expanding to 24 teams from the 16 who participated in 2005, FIFA announced that CONCACAF will receive two additional berths to the 2007 international tournament. The FIFA Executive Committee granted CONCACAF four places at the 2007 tournament, up from three in previous events, as well as a place reserved for the region from which the defending champion is from. With Mexico winning the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, CONCACAF will have a total of five berths at the 2007 event. Also at the tournament, the host nation will receive an automatic berth and there will be five teams from Europe, four teams each from Asia, Africa and South America and one team from Oceania.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER:U.S. MNT forward Brian Ching's four goal effort over the weekend led the charge as 11 of the 24 goals in MLS action were scored by players capped by U.S. Manager Bruce Arena (Ching 4, Ante Razov 2, Clint Dempsey 1, Alecko Eskandarian 1, Eddie Johnson 1, Jovan Kirovski 1, Chris Rolfe 1). Another four goals were scored by players who have suited up for the U.S. in the youth ranks (Chad Barrett, Arturo Alvarez, Edson Buddle, Kyle Beckerman). Additionally, all five game-winning goals during the first weekend were scored by Americans (Kenny Cooper, Jack Jewsbury, Dempsey, Razov, Ching).

MARQUEE MATCHUP:While the Manchester United vs. Arsenal match isn’t technically a “derby,” it’s still one of the most anticipated matchups of the Premiership season. Many times, the match is so eagerly anticipated because both teams are fighting for first place in the league. This time around, they’re not going at each other for first place, as Manchester United sits in second place in the table with 72 points (seven behind league-leader Chelsea) while Arsenal sits in fifth place with 53 points. Manchester United is chasing Chelsea for the top spot in the Premiership while Arsenal is vying for a spot in the UEFA Champions League. The two teams will face off on Sunday, April 9, at Old Trafford.

SOCCER SHOCKER:FIFA surprised all observers this week by introducing "the 33rd team" into the FIFA World Cup in Germany - a reduced referee roster of 23 officials, from 23 different countries, to match the 23-player rosters being brought to Germany by the 32 finalists. The reduction of more than 35 percent from 36 and 34 referees in 2002 and 1998, respectively, means a number of top referees were not selected for the World Cup in Germany, including highly-regarded European officials Terje Hauge of Norway, Claus Bo Larsen of Denmark and Alain Sars of France, as well as Kevin Stott of U.S. Soccer.

QUOTABLE: “It was unbelievable. It (the crowd) was more than we expected. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
-- U.S. MNT and Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching on the Dynamo's first home game at Robertson Field in Houston, Texas.

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