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U.S. Soccer Wire: Jan. 24, 2011


U.S. MEN AND CHILE DRAW 1-1 IN FIRST MATCH OF 2011;
U.S. WNT SET TO WRAP UP FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT WITH MATCH AGAINST CHINA  

U.S. MEN AND CHILE DRAW 1-1 IN FIRST MATCH OF 2011: The U.S. Men’s National Team opened 2011 with a 1-1 draw against Chile in front of 18,580 fans on Jan. 22 at The Home Depot Center. The U.S., which started a very young and inexperienced squad, came from behind to earn the draw. Chile got on the board first in the 53rd minute when Esteban Paredes brought down a cross from Felipe Seymour and struck an impressive shot from close range. The U.S. equalized in the 75th minute after Juan Agudelo was tripped up in the penalty area by the Chilean defense. Teal Bunbury stepped up and buried the penalty kick, slotting it into the lower right corner for the first goal of his national team career. Watch Highlights | MNT Blog Recap

MORE THAN 23,000 TICKETS ALREADY SOLD FOR U.S. MEN VS. ARGENTINA:  The U.S. will take on two-time FIFA World Cup Champion Argentina on March 26 in East Rutherford, N.J. More than 23,000 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 7,000 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. WNT SET TO WRAP UP FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT WITH MATCH AGAINST CHINA: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will finish the 2011 Four Nations tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 25 with a match against host China PR (5:35 a.m. ET) in front of what is sure to be a large and vocal crowd. On a wacky two first match days, Canada beat China, which beat Sweden, which beat the USA, which beat Canada. That means that the teams are all tied with one win and three points each as well as tied on goal differential, with each nation having scored as many goals as it has given up. There are numerous permutations of how the U.S. can win the tournament, a few of which are outlined in the WNT Blog. Fans can follow the USA’s last match against China @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter.

2011 Four Nations Tournament Standings

Team

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

PTS

CAN

1

1

0

4

4

0

3

CHN

1

1

0

4

4

0

3

SWE

1

1

0

3

3

0

3

USA

1

1

0

3

3

0

3


U.S. WNT Four Nations Schedule

Date

Opponent

Result / Time

Goalscorers

Venue

Jan. 21

Sweden

1-2 L

Lloyd

Yongchuan Sports Center; Chongqing, China

Jan. 23

Canada

2-1 W

Cheney, Tarpley

Yongchuan Sports Center; Chongqing, China

Jan. 25

China PR

5:35 a.m. ET

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Yongchuan Sports Center; Chongqing, China


ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-18 AND U-17 WNTS TO HOLD CONCURRENT CAMPS IN SUNRISE, FLA.: The U.S. U-18 and U-17 Women’s National Teams will gather in Sunrise, Fla., from Jan. 28 - Feb. 2 for concurrent training camps. Dave Chesler will be working with the U-18 team, while U.S. Women’s National Team Development Director Jill Ellis will be on hand to guide the U-17 camp. Also in attendance will be U.S. WNT Technical Director April Heinrichs, as the teams will play three friendlies against a combined Germany U-18 and U-17 squad.

U.S. U-18 and U-17 WNT Schedule

Date

Match

Location

Jan. 31

U-17 WNT vs. Germany

Sunrise, Fla.

Feb. 1

U-18 WNT vs. Germany

Sunrise, Fla.

Feb. 3

U-17 WNT vs. Germany

Sunrise, Fla.



U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2):  McKenzie Karas (Premier ’95 Black; Las Vegas, Nev.), Caroline Casey (Virginia Rush; Chesapeake, Va.)
DEFENDERS (5):  Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Rachel Price (HC United; Melbourne, Fla.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (8):  Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Jordan Jesolva (Breakaway; La Mirada, Calif.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.),  Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Bays; Baltimore, Md.), Haley Washburn (San Juan SC; Folsom, Calif.), Danielle Weatherholt (So Cal Blues; Capistrano Beach, Calif.), Sandra Yu (Cleveland Futbol Club; Strongsville, Ohio)
FORWARDS (7): Lauren Bernard (Nordic SC; Colchester, Vt.), MaKenzy Doniak (Slammers FC; Chino Hills, Calif.), Mariana Glavan (Santa Clara Spoting; San Jose, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Kodi Lavrusky (Legends FC; Yucaipa, Calif.), Kristen McNabb (PDA; Montville, N.J.), Courtney Raetzman (Sockers FC; Elk Grove Village, Ill.)

U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Ga.), Carissa Miller (Sereno DC; Cave Creek, Ariz.)
DEFENDERS (4): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.); Lauren Kaskie (Neusport FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Jenna Romano (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Joanna Boyles (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C), Miranda Freeman (Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Zoey Goralski (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Lindsey Lane (Freestate Elite ECNL; Lusby, Md.), Kayla Mills (Slammers FC; West Covina, Calif.), Gabrielle Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Micaela Powers (Ohio Galaxies FC; Beavercreek, Ohio), Lydia Simmons (FC Stars of Mass.; Londonberry, N.H.), Allison Stuckey (Cleveland Futbol Club; Brecksville, Ohio), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; St. Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (7): Elizabeth Boon (Columbia Timbers; Washougal, Wash.), Jenny Chiu (El Paso Galaxy; El Paso, Texas), Imani Dorsey (Good Counsel; Olney, Md.), Elizabeth Keester (HFC ’95 Shubert; Tulsa, Okla.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Rebecca Schoales (Crossfire Premier; Port Orchard, Wash.), Zoe Swift (NSA Premier; Naperville, Ill.)

U.S. U-14 BOYS’ NATIONAL TEAM COMPLETES ANNUAL FOREIGN TRAINING CAMP IN GUADALAJARA:  The U.S. U-14 Boys’ National Team has completed its lone international training camp of 2011, an annual trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, that lasted eight days and included eight days of training and a series of friendly matches against local youth clubs. Every player on the roster was born in 1997, and was identified through the yearly player identification camp (held in August 2010) and U.S. Soccer Training Centers. Of the 36 players on the roster, 23 were part of the team’s trip to the Disney Thanksgiving Interregional event in Orlando, Fla., in November. That event marked the second for the 1997 group under U-14 Boys’ head coach Manny Schellscheidt. Players born in 1996 have now advanced to the Under-15 level.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BRAZIL AND GERMANY/NETHERLANDS TRIPS IN MARCH 2011: 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 PERFORMERS: A quartet of U.S. Men’s National Team players gets the nod this week as Clint Dempsey scored both goals in Fulham’s 2-0 victory against Stoke City and Jonathan Spector notched the opener in West Ham’s 2-2 draw at Everton. Jermaine Jones received player of the match honors in his debut for Blackburn Rovers as they took a 2-0 win against West Bromwich Albion. And in Germany, Edson Buddle opened his account for FC Ingolstadt on his debut as the Bavarian club drew 1-1 with Duisburg.

MARQUEE MATCHUPS: The U.S. Women’s National Team concludes its 2011 Four Nations Tournament run when they take on hosts China PR at the Yongchuan Sports Centre. The match will be at 5:35 a.m. ET on Tues., Jan. 25, and fans can follow match updates on the U.S. Women’s Twitter feed @ussoccer_wnt.

SOCCER SHOCKER: TeleFutura’s Pablo Ramirez provides us with a gem this week as he decides to put his own spin on U.S. MNT goalscorer Teal Bunbury’s name after he netted the penalty to equalize the match against Chile on Saturday night. Watch and Listen

QUOTABLE: “Even before their goal I thought that we definitely had the run of play, and we certainly created a lot more attacking opportunities going forward. It was one thing when they scored on pretty much their only chance of the half, but it’s another thing to have the heart and desire to want to come back and get a result and we did that. In the end it was a fair result, but you wouldn’t have argued with us getting a winner.” –U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Dax McCarty on the team’s comeback against Chile on Jan. 22

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