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U.S. Soccer Wire: Feb. 22, 2011


U.S. U-17 MNT QUALIFIES FOR 2011 FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP WITH 3-2 WIN AGAINST EL SALVADOR;
U.S. WNT ARRIVES IN PORTUGAL AHEAD OF 2011 ALGARVE CUP

U.S. U-17 MNT QUALIFIES FOR 14 CONSECUTIVE FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP: The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team qualified for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup with a 3-2 overtime win against El Salvador in the quarterfinals of the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Alejandro Guido, Mario Rodriguez and Marc Pelosi scored for the U.S. at Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The U.S. will face the winner of the quarterfinal match between Jamaica and Honduras in the semifinals. The USA’s semifinal match will take place on Friday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com and ESPN Deportes, and fans can also follow along via Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

ussoccer.com’s U-17 MNT Coverage

WNT ARRIVES IN PORTUGAL AHEAD OF 2011 ALGARVE CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team has arrived on the southern coast of Portugal to prepare for its second international tournament of 2011. This is the USA’s 16th trip to the Algarve Cup, which has developed into one of the premier women’s tournaments in the world. The USA will play four matches, the first three in a group format, with a placement game coming on March 9. The U.S. will open the competition against Japan on March 2 at Municipal Stadium in Vila Real de San Antonio. All of the USA’s Group A games kick off at 3 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) and fans can follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (out of contract)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (Washington Freedom), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom),
MIDFIELDERS (9): Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (Washington Freedom), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (Washington Freedom)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage

TICKETS FOR U.S. MEN VS. ARGENTINA AND PARAGUAY ON SALE NOW: The U.S. will take on two-time FIFA World Cup champion Argentina on March 26 in East Rutherford, N.J. More than 38,000 tickets have been sold and are available on ussoccer.com. Kickoff at the New Meadowlands Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Three days later, the U.S. hosts Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville with tickets already surpassing 11,000 sold. The match will be televised live on an ESPN network and TeleFutura beginning at 7 p.m. CT. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Tickets for both matches are available now at ussoccer.com: MNT vs. Argentina Tickets | MNT vs. Paraguay Tickets

U.S. Men’s National Team 2011 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-23 WNT HEADS TO LA MANGA, SPAIN, FOR FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT: The U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team will play its first international matches of the year in La Manga, Spain, where the team traveled on Monday, Feb. 21, and will stay until Wednesday, March 2, for a tournament featuring the U-23 teams of Sweden, Norway and England. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin called up a roster of 18 players, 10 of whom are professionals in WPS. It will be one of the most professional-laden women’s youth teams the USA has ever sent to an international competition.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Becky Edwards (Western NY Flash; Downingtown, Pa.), Lauren Fowlkes (Philadelphia Independence; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Nikki Marshall (Washington Freedom; Mead, Colo.), Elli Reed (Western NY Flash; Park City, Utah), Keelin Winters (Boston Breakers; Englewood, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Katie Bethke (Atlanta Beat; Eau Claire, Wis.), Sinead Farrelly (Philadelphia Independence; Havertown, Pa.), Meghan Klingenberg (Washington Freedom; Gibsonia, Pa.), Casey Nogueira (Sky Blue FC; Raleigh, N.C.), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown; Montclair, N.J.), Kylie Wright (Atlanta Beat; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Sarah Hagen (UW-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Stephanie Ochs (San Diego; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Schoepfer (out of contract; Waterford, Conn.)

U.S. DRAWN INTO GROUP B AT 2011 U-20 CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP IN GUATEMALA: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has been drawn into Group B of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship along with Panama and Suriname. The tournament, which serves as CONCACAF qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, will be held from March 28-April 10 in Guatemala. Details on the match schedule will be released at a later date. The event will be divided between the Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores, a 30,000-capacity venue used for Guatemala national team matches, and the 16,000-seat Estadio Cementos Progreso, which serves as home to Guatemalan club Comunicaciones.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS TO TAKE PLACE IN APRIL, JUNE AND JULY: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools in April and June for “A” Audit, “A”, “B” and “C” Courses in California, Georgia, Illinois and Massachusetts. Registration for each course will open on Monday, Jan. 31, after a pre-registration period for active members of CoachesNet, U.S. Soccer’s official coaches club. Current CoachesNet members will have the first opportunity to register for a winter course beginning today. Register for CoachesNet Now | View Course Schedule

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET TRIPS TO BRAZIL AND GERMANY/NETHERLANDS QUICKLY APPROACHING: In an effort to continue providing unique coaching opportunities to its membership, U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet announces plans to offer educational trips to Brazil and to Germany and the Netherlands. Entering its third year, the aim of U.S. Soccer’s international coaching education program is to expose U.S. coaches to other federations and clubs to learn the steps they take to develop their coaches and players. Attendees interact directly with top-level coaches, administrators and players from some of the best clubs and countries in the world. Scheduled to take place March 17-25, 2011, coaches will visit five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The coaching education workshop in Germany and the Netherlands will take place from April 28 – May 6, 2011 and will mark the 40th anniversary of U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program which began under the direction of Dettmar Cramer.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: This week’s honors go to U.S. MNT and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard who played a major role in Everton’s advancment past defending champion Chelsea in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, Feb. 19, by way of a 4-3 penalty kick shootout after the match ended 1-1 in regulation. Howard led the Toffees with 10 saves during the game and then saved Nicola Anelka’s penalty kick to give Everton the advantage. Ashley Cole then fired his attempt over the goal and Everton captain Phil Neville buried his to secure advancement for the Toffees.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Having secured its 14th straight FIFA U-17 World Cup appearance, the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team will face either Honduras or Jamaica in the semifinals of the 2011 U-17 CONCACAF Championship. The match will take place on Friday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. ET, live on ESPN3.com and ESPN Deportes. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

SOCCER SHOCKER: In a surprising result from Montego Bay, Jamaica, Panama upset Costa Rica to qualify for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup for the first time in the country’s history. A goal from Alfredo Stevens was enough to propel the young Canaleros to a 1-0 win against the Ticos, who had qualified for the tournament eight times including the last five consecutive editions. It was also the first time Panama had participated in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, and they advanced to the quarterfinals without scoring a goal in the first round.

QUOTABLE: “Me, when I was 4 years old, it was my dream to play with the best. When I got older, they paid me to play, but I would have played for nothing. I didn't become a football player to become rich.” – New York Cosmos director of soccer Eric Cantona in an interview with ESPN.com.

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