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U.S. Soccer Wire: March 23, 2009


U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER SET FOR UPCOMING TWO QUALIFIERS;
U.S. UNDER-17 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM HEADS TO ARGENTINA FOR TRAINING CAMP

BOB BRADLEY NAMES 22-MAN ROSTER: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 22 players that will train in advance of the critical FIFA World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago. The U.S. first travels to face El Salvador at Estadio Cuscatlán in the second match of the 10-game final round of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Kickoff on March 28 is set for 9 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Telefutura. Four days later, the state of Tennessee will host its first World Cup qualifier when the U.S. welcomes T&T to LP Field in Nashville. More than 14,000 tickets have been sold for the match, and tickets are still available through ussoccer.com and Ticketmaster. Coverage of USA-Trinidad &Tobago, presented by Dodge, begins at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans will also be able to follow live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The U.S. is tied for first place in the final round hexagonal following the comprehensive 2-0 victory against Mexico on Feb. 11 in Columbus, Ohio.

U.S. Men's National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 4/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 8/6 SO), Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC: 1/1 SO)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Stade Rennais: 17/2), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 3/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC: 1/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 15/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 13/1), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 8/0), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United: 2/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco: 5/1), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 22/6), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 7/4), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 3/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 7/0), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids: 12/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 2/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Xerez C.D.: 4/1), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 13/6), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 13/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 26/9), Eddie Johnson (Cardiff City: 9/8)
*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals

U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule 

Date Opponent Time / Result TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue; City
Jan. 24 Sweden 3-2 W Kljestan (3) The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Feb. 11 Mexico* 2-0 W Bradley (2) Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio 
March 28 El Salvador* 9 p.m. ET ESPN2/Telefutura Estadio Cuscatlán; San Salvador, El Salvador 
April 1 Trinidad & Tobago* 6:30 p.m. CT ESPN2/Galavision LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
June 3 Costa Rica* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD) 
June 6 Honduras* 7 p.m. CT ESPN Classic/Galavision Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
June 15 Italy # 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET TBD Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 18 Brazil # 4 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET TBD Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 21 Egypt # 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET TBD Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg 
July 3-26 CONCACAF Gold Cup TBD TBD 13 cities across the U.S. 
Aug. 12 Mexico* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Sept. 5 El Salvador* 5:30 p.m. MT ESPN Classic/Galavision Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* 7 p.m. ET ESPN Classic/Galavision Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 10 Honduras* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* TBD ESPN2/Galavision RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup

U.S. U-17 MNT WINS FIRST MATCH OF FOREIGN TRAINING CAMP IN ARGENTINA: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continues preparations for the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a trip from March 20-31 to Buenos Aires. During the trip the U.S. will play three international friendlies. The U.S. kicked off camp with a 2-1 win against Bolivia on Monday, March 23. They will next face Argentina on March 25 and Uruguay on March 27, all in Buenos Aires. The three international matches in five days will mirror the team’s schedule at the regional championship, which will be held from April 21-May 2 in Tijuana, Mexico. The trip to will be the final foreign training camp for Wilmer Cabrera’s squad before departing for Mexico.

U.S. U-17 Men's National Team Foreign Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Earl Edwards (La Jolla Nomads; San Diego, Calif.), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (8): Julio Arjona (D.C. United Academy; Germantown, Md.), Zachary Herold (West Pines United; Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis, Ind.), Nicholas Palodichuk (Washington Premier; Battleground, Wash.), Tyler Polak (Capital Soccer Academy; Lincoln, Neb.), Alex Shinsky (SuperNova FC; York, Penn.), Jared Watts (North Meck; Statesville, N.C.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Duncanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Sebastian Lleget (Santa Clara Sporting; South San Francisco, Calif.), George Malki (SC Delsol; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Juniors; San Pedro, Calif.), Charles Renken (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; Edwardsville, Ill.), Dominick Sarle (Huntington, N.Y.; BW Gottschee)
FORWARDS (3): John Agudelo (New York Red Bulls Academy; Barnegat, N.J.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United; Davie, Fla.), Soony Saad (Vardar SC; Dearborn, Mich.)

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Schedule

Date Opponent Result/Time (Local/ET) U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue
March 23 Bolivia 2-1 W Duran, Jerome Defensores de Belgrano; Buenos Aires
March 25 Argentina 3:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m.   Deportivo Italiano; Buenos Aires
March 27 Uruguay 3:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m.   Defensores de Belgrano; Buenos Aires


U.S. WOMEN TO HOST JAPAN IN MAY: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Japan, the 2008 Olympic semifinalists on Wednesday, May 20, at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, and Saturday, May 23 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The game in Texas kicks off at 7:30 p.m. CT and fans can follow the action live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The match in Utah will kick off at 4 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel, with fans also able to follow online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets for both matches are now on sale and more information is available in the Schedule & Tickets section of ussoccer.com.

TICKETS FOR MNT QUALIFIER AGAINST HONDURAS NOW ON SALE: More than 13,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Honduras on June 6. Kickoff at Soldier Field is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets are available by visiting ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland, including Carson Pirie Scott, Hot Tix, FYE and Ritmo Latino stores (Note: Tickets are not sold at Soldier Field except on the day of the event). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits), are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

JILLIAN ELLIS NAMED COACH OF U.S. U-20 WNT: U.S. Women’s National Team assistant coach Jillian Ellis has been named the head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team as it begins a new cycle that will hopefully culminate with the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, scheduled for the summer of 2010 in Germany. Ellis was part of the gold medal winning coaching staff at the 2008 Olympics in China will continue to serve on U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage’s staff for selected events and training camps. The team recently completed their first international event with in this U-20 cycle, facing the U-20 teams of Norway, France and Germany in La Manga, Spain. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1990, are age-eligible for the next FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Working closely with Ellis will be Dave Chesler, who takes over as the head coach of the U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team, a program that was designed to give international competition to players who have just finished a cycle with the U.S. U-17s, but are perhaps a year away from making an impact on the next U-20 cycle.

U.S. U-18 WNT WILL HOLD APRIL CAMP AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will hold its first training camp of the year from April 4-11 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The U-18 players were also part of a super camp with the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team earlier in the year in San Diego. The U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team will also be at The HDC during that week in April. The two squads will scrimmage each other once during the week. The U-18s, under the guidance of head coach Dave Chesler, will also scrimmage local college sides. The 24-player roster features 16 players born in 1992 and eight players born in 1991. All the players in camp are eligible for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany, where the age cutoff is Jan. 1, 1990, and all are working towards call-ups to the U.S. U-20s. Three players in camp played significant roles for the USA at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in midfielders Elizabeth Eddy and Julia Roberts and forward Samantha Johnson.

U.S. U-18 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Vittoria Arnold (Dallas Texans; Stafford, Va.), Anna Sieloff (Vardar; Troy, Mich.), Sarah Voigt (Ponte Vedra SC; Middleburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (8): Torri Allen (Mclean; Stafford, Va.), Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues; Costa Mesa, Calif., Megan Oyster (Windy City Pride; Naperville, Ill.), Mollie Pathman (Triangle FC; Durham, N.C.), Rachel Quon (Eclipse Select; Lake Forrest, Ill.), Kendall Romine (So Cal Blues; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Courtney Smith (Dallas Texans; Houston, Texas), Carrie Whigham (Sereno SC; Phoenix, Ariz.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kate Bennett (Crossfire; Clyde Hill, Wash.), Alex Crown (Space Coast United; Orlando, Fla.), Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (San Ramon; Pleasanton, Calif.), Julia Roberts (McLean; Frederick, Md.), Julia Sandridge (TCSYA Lady Twins; Winston-Salem, N.C.), Annie Steilage (Michigan Hawks; Grand Haven, Mich.), Rebecca Twining (Challenge SC; Houston, Texas)
FORWARDS (6): Hayley Brock (FC Stars of Mass; Acton, Mass.), Michelle Cruz (Slammers; Thousand Oaks, Calif.); Kylie Facinelli (So Cal Blues; Del Mar, Calif.), Samantha Johnson (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Natalia Ledezma (Slammers; La Mirada, Calif.), Rachel Nuzzolesse (Rockville Centre; Melville, N.Y.)

U.S. U-17 WOMEN OPEN CAMP AT HDC IN EARLY APRIL: U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach Kazbek Tabmi will bring 24 players to a training camp at The Home Depot Center from April 5-11, 2009, as early preparations for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup continue. Tambi’s squad will be in camp at the same time as the U.S. U-18s and the two teams wills scimmage each other on Friday, April 10. The U.S. U-17s will also have another match earlier in the week. Tambi, who lead the USA to second place at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, is currenlty evaluating the top players in the country born in 1993 and 1994 (and a few in 1995) in preparation for qualfiying for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup which will be held in Trinidad & Tobago. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1993 are age-eligible for the next FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-17 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Molly Poletto (Storm-Copa; Englewood, Colo.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (5): Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), Whitney Church (Loudoun; Ashburn, Va.); Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.); Sarah Molina (Ohio Premier; Rocky River, Ohio); Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Massachusetts; Milford, N.H.), Morgan Brian (Ponte Verda Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alexander Doll (Bethesda SC Dragons; Bethesda, Md.), Caprice Dydasco (HSC Bulls; Honolulu, Hawaii), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Jessica Lee (Arsenal Fury; Tenafly, N.J.), Kylie McCarty (San Diego Surf; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) Katie Speidel (Real So Cal; Oak Park, Calif.), Kaili Torres (PVSA; Orange Park, Fla.), Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (5): Alesha Blair (De Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Shea Groom (KCFC Alliance Intensity; Liberty, Mo.), Cate Parchinski (Pride Predators; Colorado Springs, Co.), Sydney Payne (IMG Soccer Academy; Lutz, Fla.), Courtney Proctor (Santa Clarita United Blazers; Santa Clarita, Calif.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

BE OFFICIAL: Aren't able to find last-minute tickets for San Salvador, El Salvador? While there's nothing like cheering on the U.S. Men's National Team in person, we still want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience, so we've got the next be spot: an official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be at Estadio Cuscatlan, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters and watch the game in an atmosphere that is pretty loud and rowdy. Check the latest listings for the Official U.S. Soccer bar in your area.

HAITI TO REPLACE CUBA AT 2009 CONCACAF GOLD CUP: Haiti joined 11 other CONCACAF nations as one of 12 participants in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, to be played July 3-26 in 13 venues across the United States. The Haitian team will participate in place of Cuba, who withdrew from the tournament. Along with the United States and Haiti, 2009 Gold Cup participants include Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama.

MLS AWARDS EXPANSION TEAM TO PORTLAND AND VANCOUVER: Major League Soccer announced that Portland and Vancouver were awarded expansion teams for the 2011 season. The Vancouver MLS team will play at the newly-renovated BC Place Stadium in downtown Vancouver. Vancouver Whitecaps FC will continue to field a USL-1 team during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Five thousand $50 deposits for Vancouver Major League Soccer 2011 season tickets went on sale Saturday, March 21. Current Whitecaps ticket holders receive priority purchase rights for 2011 season tickets. More information is available at www.vancouvermls2011.com. The Portland MLS team will play at PGE Park nd provide an even more authentic fan experience for the MLS Timbers. The Timbers, who first entered the Portland professional sports landscape in the 1970s as a member of the NASL, will field a team in the United Soccer Leagues First Division in 2009 and 2010. Individuals who purchase 2009 and 2010 Timbers season tickets will have top priority for 2011 MLS season seat selection. Non-Timbers season ticket holders can place a $50 refundable deposit per seat to secure a priority 2011 MLS season seat selection. Call (503) 553-5555 or visit www.portlandtimbers.com for details.

U.S. SOCCER CONDUCTING FAN SURVEY ONLINE AT ussoccer.com: In a continuing effort to improve ussoccer.com and service fans, U.S. Soccer is asking fans to take part in an online survey. The survey consists of questions that will help U.S. Soccer get a better sense of ussoccer.com’s users while also providing fans the opportunity to give direct feedback. The information compiled from the survey will allow U.S. Soccer to make improvements to our fan programs 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 20 minutes to complete. Fans over the age of 13 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.

TOZER NAMED FIFA FUTSAL INSTRUCTOR: U.S. Futsal National Team head coach Keith Tozer has been selected by FIFA as a Futsal Instructor. He will be able to teach courses organized by FIFA throughout the world. Tozer has been head coach of the U.S. Futsal Team since 1996, leading the side to three FIFA Futsal World Cups and two CONCACAF Futsal Championship gold medals. The team was seventh at the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Chinese Taipei. His overall record as head coach stands at 27-24-11. As a player, Tozer scored three goals in five matches for the U.S. Futsal Team in 1986. FIFA, the international governing body for soccer, offers an extensive program of courses to educate and train instructors, coaches, referees, doctors, managers and journalists. These courses focus not just on the technical aspects of the game, but also on its social values.

JOSH BLUE TO APPEAR ON COMEDY CENTRAL MARCH 27: U.S. Paralympian Josh Blue, who three years ago was the winner of Season Four of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, will once again bring his standup to the network as Comedy Central presents Josh Blue, at 10 p.m. ET on Friday, March 27. In 2006, Blue was selected over hundreds of comics to make the show and joined 11 other comedians to live on the cruise ship Queen Mary, where they competed in various contests to determine the top six. Once he made his way to the final six, the public voted to see who would stay and who would go home and Blue won over his audience to win the fourth season of the NBC comedy competition. Fans can check out more about Blue at www.joshblue.com. Blue took time to sit down with ussoccer.com prior to his Comedy Central appearance (listen now).

WIN IN CONCACAF WITH CONCACAF: FIFA and CONCACAF have announced a new development program called "Win in CONCACAF With CONCACAF," in which $10 million will be invested into several North, Central American and Caribbean soccer programs over the next two years. The funding will help develop the infrastructure in the first division leagues of Barbados, Belize, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago. "Win in CONCACAF with CONCACAF" will focus on league and club administration, youth development, referee development and coaching education. Participating leagues will report to FIFA regarding an action plan for the program. More information is available at concacaf.com.

US CLUB SOCCER'S NORTHEAST REGIONAL LEAGUE TAKING SHAPE: Eight clubs have committed to the U.S. Club Soccer Northeast Regional League, which will kick off in April and run through July. A complete league schedule will be announced in the future. The league champion will be determined based on cumulative points at the end of the regular season. The Northeast Regional League will complement the Northeast Pre-Academy League for Under-14 and Under-15 teams for clubs involved in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, which began play in February and will continue through July.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE: CONCACAF Champions League is on hold until April 7-8, but not before setting up some interesting scenarios for the second leg of the semifinals. Puerto Rico Islanders hosted Cruz Azul in Bayamon, coming away with a 2-0 home win. The Islanders will travel to Mexico City for the second leg on April 7. In the other semifinal, Santos Laguna defeated Atlante FC 2-1 at Estadio Complete results and schedule are available at concacaf.com.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: The 2009 Major League Soccer draft boasted a strong player pool, and the depth was evident during the first day of games of the 2009 MLS season. This week’s Peak Performer honors go to MLS Rookies Kevin Alston, Jeremy Hall and Omar Gonzalez, who were all part of the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team that participated at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Alston started and played 89 minutes in the New England’s Revolution’s 1-0 win against the San Jose Earthquakes, while Jeremy Hall can in as a sub in the New York Red Bulls’ 3-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders. On the other coast, Gonzalez made his MLS debut going the full 90 in the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 2-2 draw with D.C. United.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team is back in camp with the second and third match days of Final Round CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup just around the corner. The U.S. MNT will take on El Salvador at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 28, live on ESPN2 and Telefutura. Four days later, the MNT will host Trinidad & Tobago on April 1, presented by Dodge, at 6:30 p.m. CT at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision, and fans can also both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The Chicago Fire started 2009 off on the right track with a 3-1 win against FC Dallas on Saturday, March 21, at Pizza Hut Park. The Fire had not defeated Dallas in six straight games, and hadn’t won in Dallas since 1999. The streak looked poised to continue when Kenny Cooper scored for Dallas in the eight minute, but goals from Justin Mapp, Brian McBride and Cuauhtemoc Blanco gave the Fire the road victory, and first win of the 2009 season.

QUOTABLE: We want to make this a fortress and today was the first step in that direction. This is going to be a place in MLS where teams are going to have to think twice about coming in here to play. It has atmosphere, it's loud, I told Brad Evans after game we have to start working on hand signals because [he told me] 'I can't hear a thing you're saying, coach.' I've never had a player say that to me in any MLS stadium."
-- Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid after his team made its MLS debut with a 3-0 win over New York before a crowd of 32,523 at Qwest Field.

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