NOWAK NAMES 20-PLAYER 2008 CONCACAF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING ROSTER;
U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ADVANCES TO
SIXTH STRAIGHT ALGARVE CUP CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
CONCACAF MEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING ROSTER SET: U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Peter Nowak named the 20-player roster for 2008 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in advance of the team’s first game against Cuba on March 11 at 8 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. After playing Cuba in their opening game on March 11, the U.S. will face Panama on March 13 at 8 p.m. ET and then finish Group A play against Honduras on March 15 at 7 p.m. ET. All three U.S. matches will be the second match of three doubleheaders played at Raymond James Stadium and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and ESPN Deportes. Group B features Canada, Guatemala, Haiti and Mexico facing off on March 12, 14 and 16 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. LP Field in Nashville will host the semifinals on Thursday, March 20. The top two teams from Group A and B will move on to the semifinals in Nashville, Tenn., where the winners will earn berths to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Fox Soccer Channel and ESPN Deportes will broadcast both semifinal games live on March 20 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET, and the championship match on March 23 at 5 p.m. ET. The third-place match on March 23 will be live on ESPN Deportes at 2 p.m. ET, but delayed at 3 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel. Tickets priced from $18 to $65 for each of the eight doubleheaders in the tournament are now on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 813-287-8844 (Tampa), 213-480-3232 (Los Angeles) or 615-255-9600 (Nashville) and at local Ticketmaster ticket centers in the venue cities (Tampa | Los Angeles | Nashville). [Olympic Qualifying Home]
U.S. U-23 MNT CONCACAF Championship Schedule
Date Opponent Location Kickoff (local)
March 11 Cuba Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla. 8 p.m. ET
March 13 Panama Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla. 8 p.m. ET
March 15 Honduras Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla. 7 p.m. ET
March 20 Semifinals* LP Field; Nashville, Tenn. 5 p.m. CT / 8 p.m. CT
March 23 Third Place* LP Field; Nashville, Tenn. 1 p.m. CT
March 23 Championship* LP Field; Nashville, Tenn. 4 p.m. CT
* If necessary
Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Dominic Cervi (out of contract), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Hunter Freeman (New York Red Bulls), Kamani Hill (Vfl Wolfsburg), Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United), Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)
WNT TO FACE DENMARK FOR 2008 ALGARVE CUP TITLE: The U.S. Women's National Team defeated Norway, 4-0, in the final Group B match at the 2008 Algarve Cup. The win gave the U.S. Women a perfect nine points in Group B and they will now face Group A winner Denmark for the championship on Wednesday, March 12, at Municipal Stadium in Vila Real de San Antonio. Kickoff is at 1:15 p.m. local / 9:15 a.m. ET and fans can follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The U.S. got goals from Natasha Kai, Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly in an 11-minute span before second-half sub Amy Rodriguez finished the scoring in the 90th minute. The U.S. Women opened the tournament with a 4-0 win against China, followed by a 2-0 win against Italy.
U.S. WNT Algarve Cup Schedule
Date Opponent Kickoff / Result U.S. Goal Scorers
March 5 China 4-0 W Tarpley, Heath, Wambach, Lloyd
March 7 Italy 2-0 W Tarpley, O’Reilly
March 10 Norway 4-0 W Kai, Wambach, O’Reilly, Rodriguez
March 12 Denmark 9:15 a.m. ET
FOX SOCCER CHANNEL, ESPN DEPORTES TO TELEVISE OLYMPIC QUALIFYING: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team’s road through 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel, the tournament’s exclusive English-language provider, and ESPN Deportes, the tournament’s exclusive Spanish-language provider. Fox Soccer Channel will show a total of seven qualifying matches, including all three of the USA’s first-round matches, semifinals, third-place and championship match. The U.S. takes on Cuba on March 11 at 8 p.m. ET, Panama on March 13 at 8 p.m. ET and Honduras on March 15 at 7 p.m. ET. Along with ESPN Deportes, ESPN360.com will also show all 16 games live online, and will have a replay of each game available on demand for 48 hours following its completion. Tickets priced from $18 to $65 for each of the eight doubleheaders in the tournament are now on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 813-287-8844 (Tampa), 213-480-3232 (Los Angeles) or 615-255-9600 (Nashville) and at local Ticketmaster ticket centers in the venue cities (Tampa | Los Angeles | Nashville).
ANSON DORRANCE AND HUGO PEREZ ELECTED INTO HALL OF FAME: Former U.S. Women's National Team head coach Anson Dorrance and former U.S. Men's National Team player Hugo Perez were elected into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y. Dorrance, who is currently the head coach at the University of North Carolina and has won an unprecedented 19 NCAA championships, led the U.S. Women to their first FIFA Women's World Cup title in 1991. He was elected in the Builder category. Perez, who was elected as a Veteran, is a 1994 FIFA World Cup veteran for the U.S. Men, having narrowly missed out on the 1990 FIFA World Cup due to injury. More information is available at soccerhall.org. No player received the required 75 percent of the ballots cast to be elected into the Hall of Fame in 2008.
– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U.S. U-20 WNT ADVANCE TO TITLE GAME OF CYPRUS WOMEN’S CUP 2008: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated the full Women’s National Team of the Netherlands, 2-0, to win its group at the Cyprus Women’s Cup 2008, earning a match against Canada’s full Women’s National Team in the championship game on March 12. The U.S. U-20s played Canada in the semifinal of the 2007 Pan American Games last summer in Rio de Janeiro, earning a 2-1 upset. The U.S. U-20s are currently in preparations for qualifying for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Chile from Nov. 19-Dec. 7.
U.S. U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State)
DEFENDERS (6): Lauren Barnes (UCLA), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Brittney Maddonald (Miami), Elli Reed (Portland), Lauren Wilmoth (UCLA)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Amanda DaCosta (Florida State), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Sinead Farrelly (Virginia), Meghan Klingenberg (UNC), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Portland)
FORWARDS (5): Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Brittney Steinbruch (Miami), Nikki Washington (UNC)
U.S. U-17 WOMEN HEAD TO SUNRISE, FLORIDA FOR TRAINING CAMP: Coming off a championship at the Future Starts Tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, last February, the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team heads to Sunrise, Fla., for a training camp from March 20-26 as it continues preparation for qualifying for the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup. U.S. head coach Kazbek Tambi will bring 24 players to the camp that will feature a match against the University of Miami on March 25 in Sunrise. Tambi called in 17 of the 18 players that won the Future Stars Tournament, with the exception of midfielder Jenna Richmond, who tore her ACL while in New Zealand.
U.S. U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.), Kelsey Wys (Coral Springs, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas, Nev.), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Meagan Morris (Montclair, N.J), Megan Oyster (Naperville, Ill.), Julia Roberts (Fredrick, Md.), Anne Steinage (Grand Haven, Mich.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kathryn Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (Pleasanton, Calif.), Olivia Klei, (Pleasanton, Calif.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.)
FORWARDS (7): Tani Costa (Honolulu, Hawaii), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.), Kealia Ohai (Draper, Utah), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.), Mary Wagner (Wall, N.J.)
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
USYS ODP NATIONAL CHAMPIONS CROWNED: The 2008 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program National Champions were crowned at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. These state-level US Youth Soccer ODP 1992 and 1991 teams earned their way to the national championships by way of winning their respective regional championships. California South US Youth Soccer ODP had a lot to be proud of this weekend, representing all four Region IV teams and taking home two National Championships. Read the complete story at USYouthSoccer.org.
U.S. SOCCER SPRING COACHING SCHOOL SET: U.S. Soccer's National Coaching School Spring dates have been set for March 29-April 6. The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. will host both an “A” Audit and a “B” License course. The “B” License course is currently sold out. Space is available for the “A” Audit course, but is limited. More information is available in the Coaches Section of ussoccer.com.
*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***
SOCCER SHOCKER: We'll admit it: sometimes a willing suspension of disbelief is required while reading Soccer Shocker. Not this week though! The FA Cup, one of the world's most hallowed soccer competitions, put up some of the biggest surprises in its recent history this weekend. Three non-Premier League teams have advanced to the semifinal, while the one top division team left, Portsmouth, defeated heavy favorites Manchester United on Saturday. Cardiff and West Brom booked their places at Wembley with victories over Middlesbrough and Bristol Rovers respectively, but the biggest surprise of the weekend was reserved for...
PEAK PERFORMER: English Championship side Barnsley defeated all-powerful Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday to earn a place in the semifinals of FA Cup. Barnsley hasn't been in the top flight of English soccer for over 10 years, but the prospect of inclusion in Soccer Wire spurred them on, and Kayode Odejayi's second half goal proved to be the difference at Oakwell Stadium. If you remember, Barnsley did the business against Liverpool in the last round and with morale now at a high, they'll be fancying their chances to go all the way.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. U-23 MNT will kick off their quest to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing on Tuesday, March 11, against Cuba at 8 p.m. ET. The team faces Panama, also at 8 p.m. ET, two days later, and closes out Group A play on Saturday, March 15, against Honduras, at 7 p.m. ET. All three Group A matches will be broadcast live on ESPN Deportes and Fox Soccer Channel.
QUOTABLE: “(The Norway goalkeeper) had the ball. She threw it out (in front of her), took a few steps back, and I was like ‘she looks kinda far (from the ball),’ so I was kind of creeping. She turned her head (away from me) and I took off like my mother was chasing me to give me spankings. I think that’s when she realized that I was right in front of her, but I had a touch, she hit it, it hit my thighs and I had a wide open goal.”
--U.S. Women’s National Team forward Natasha Kai, on her goal against Norway at the 2008 Algarve Cup.