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U.S. Soccer Wire: Feb. 16, 2010


PIA SUNDHAGE NAMES 19-PLAYER ROSTER FOR 2010 ALGARVE CUP;
U.S. MEN CONTINUE PREPARATIONS IN CARSON, CALIF.;
DR. BOB CONTIGUGLIA HONORED WITH WERNER FRICKER BUILDER AWARD  

SUNDHAGE NAMES 19-PLAYER ROSTER FOR 2010 ALGARVE CUP IN PORTUGAL: Following a 20-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named a 19-player roster for the 2010 Algarve Cup in Portugal. There has been one change in the original roster when Megan Rapinoe was called in to replace Tobin Heath who will not make the trip due to illness. This year’s tournament is being staged a week earlier than normal and will run from Feb. 24 through March 3. All the games will be played at small venues spread across the Algarve region on the southern coast of the country, and the placement matches will take place on March 3. The U.S. team, which has been placed into Group B at the annual tournament, will open play on Feb. 24 against Iceland, face Norway on Feb. 26 and finish the first-round on March 1 against Sweden, home country of U.S. head coach Sundhage. All three of the matches will kick off at 10 a.m. ET. Fans can follow the USA’s intense schedule of four games in eight days online via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and watch highlights on ussoccer.com.

U.S. WNT Roster By Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (St. Louis Athletica), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Casey Nogueira (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

U.S. Women’s National Team 2010 Schedule

U.S. WOMEN TO OPEN DOMESTIC SCHEDULE WITH TWO MATCHES AGAINST MEXICO IN MARCH: The U.S. Women’s National Team will play its first two domestic matches of 2010 against Mexico on March 28 at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego and March 31 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, the home of reigning Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake. The match in San Diego will kick off at 2 p.m. PT and will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español. The match in Utah will kick off at 7 p.m. MT and be televised live on ESPN2. Fans can follow both matches online via ussoccer.com MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Feb. 9 – Feb. 16

MNT FEBRUARY CAMP CONTINUES AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named 23 players to the training camp roster that is gathered at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The group, comprised entirely of domestic-based players aside from recently added Clarence Goodson, is preparing for the USA's second match of 2010, a friendly against El Salvador on Feb. 24 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Kansas City goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has also joined the team last week after Zach Thornton suffered a thigh strain during training bringing the total number of players to 25. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and TeleFutura beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the game live via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. MNT Roster By Position Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kevin Hartman (Kansas City Wizards), Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Zach Thornton (Chivas USA)
DEFENDERS (7): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Orozco (Philadelphia Union), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (4): Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)

EL SALVADOR AND NETHERLANDS ON TAP FOR U.S. MEN:  The United States will face El Salvador on Feb. 24 in Tampa, Fla., in one of their last matches before naming the roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Ticket sales have already topped 10,000 with kickoff at Raymond James Stadium set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and TeleFutura.  The match in Florida will be followed by a friendly against third-ranked Netherlands on March 3 in Amsterdam which will be broadcast by ESPN2 and Galavision at 2:30 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the games live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at www.twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Feb. 9 – Feb. 16

DR. BOB CONTIGUGLIA HONORED WITH PRESTIGIOUS WERNER FRICKER BUILDER AWARD: Dr. Bob Contiguglia, former president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, was honored at U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting in New Orleans, La., as the recipient of the prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award. Contiguglia, one of the United States' most experienced soccer leaders, was elected president of U.S. Soccer August 22, 1998. His election as head of the nation's governing body of soccer culminated a three-decade career in which he excelled as a player, coach and administrator at nearly every possible level of the game. As with so many Americans, Dr. Contiguglia, a successful kidney specialist by training, began his soccer love affair as a player and coach and ultimately he pursued soccer administration at the youth level.

ADDITIONAL USA FAN TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP MATCHES: U.S. Soccer has announced there will be an additional sales phase of 2010 FIFA World Cup tickets for matches involving the U.S. Men’s National Team from Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. ET until April 7, 2010. With excitement building towards the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the organizers are making more tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability, for U.S. citizens and residents interested in sitting in USA fan sections.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-23 WNT TO HOLD TRAINING CAMP IN SUNRISE, FLA.: U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin will bring 24 players to a training camp in Sunrise, Fla., from March 7-14. Irwin’s roster reflects some of the top underclassmen in the college game, including five members of the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile: defender Liz Harkin, midfielders Eli Reed and Keelin Winters, and forward Alex Morgan, who won the Bronze Ball as the third most outstanding player of the tournament. Morgan started the most recent full U.S. Women’s National Team training camp in January at The Home Depot Center, but left with a hamstring injury after just three days.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M; Centennial, Colo.), Natalie Kulla (Marquette; St. Louis, Mo.), Jillian Mastroianni (Boston College; Durham, Conn.)
DEFENDERS (7)
: Lauren Barnes (UCLA; Upland, Calif.), Jackie Carron (Michigan; Rochester Hills, Mich.), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Liz Harkin (Arizona State; Granite Bay Calif.), Megan Jesolva  (California; La Mirada, Calif.), Lindsey Kowal (Harvard; East Meadow, N.Y.), Jessica Tsao (Portland; Portland, Ore.)
MIDFIELDERS (8)
: Amanda DaCosta (Florida State; Katonah, N.Y.), Alexandra Elston (Arizona State; Phoenix, Ariz.), Sinead Farrelly (Virginia; Havertown, Pa.), Mariah Nogueira (Stanford; Westminster, Calif.), Eli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah), Rachel Shipley (Texas A&M; Plano, Texas), Keelin Winters (Portland; Englewood, Colo.), Kylie Wright (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Danielle Foxhoven (Portland; Littleton, Colo.); Sarah Hagen (Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Whitney Hooper (Texas A&M; Houston, Texas), Alex Morgan (California; Diamond Bar, Calif.), Danielle Toney (Penn State; Northville, Mich.)

U.S. U-20 WNT HEADS TO LA MANGA CUP IN SPAIN: Fresh off winning the title at the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Guatemala City, Guatemala, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will head to La Manga, Spain, from Feb. 18-27 for a four-nation tournament featuring the Under-23 National Teams from Norway, England and Germany. The matches against the older squads will kick off the USA’s run to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany after the young Americans earned their berth during the CONCACAF tournament. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will bring an 18-player roster to face Norway on Feb. 22, Germany on Feb. 24 and England on Feb. 26. The U.S. roster features 16 players from the team that helped the USA defeat Costa Rica 2-1 in the semifinal of the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s championship to earn its berth to Germany and then downed Mexico 1-0 in the final game.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kansas), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (UNC; New Hope, Pa.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Lucretia Lee (UCLA; Bothell, Wash.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Maya Hayes (Aristocrats Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska; Raymore, Mo.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)

U.S. U-18 WNT TRAVEL TO LA MANGA SPAIN FOR THREE MATCHES: The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will travel to La Manga, Spain, from Feb. 26-March 6 to participate in the Ten Nations Tournament where it will play three matches. The tournament is an Under-19 competition, so the U.S. team will be going against players one-year older. U.S. head coach Dave Chesler will bring 18 players to face Norway on March 1, Germany on March 3 and Sweden on March 5 in what should be excellent matches for the U.S. players that were born mostly in 1992, with a few in 1991.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Aubrey Bledsoe (Kings Soccer Academy; Cincinnati, Ohio), Anna Sieloff (Vardar; Troy, Mich.)
DEFENDERS (6): Torri Allen (McLean Dragons; Stafford, Va.), Arin Gilliland (Ohio Elite; Wilmore, Ky.), Meg Morris (Montclair Aristocrats; Montclair, N.J.), Mollie Pathman (Triangle FC; Durham, N.C.), Kendall Romine (So Cal Blues; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Carrie Whigham (Sereno SC; Phoenix, Ariz.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Michelle Cruz (Real So Cal; Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Gloria Douglas (Triangle FC; Fayetteville, N.C.), Lindsay Elston (Crossfire Premier; Sammamish, Wash.), Julie Johnston (Sereno SC; Mesa, Ariz.), Mandy Laddish (Blue Valley Stars; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Tiffini Smith (Polaris SC; Fort Worth, Texas), Chioma Ubogagu (D’Feeters; Coppell, Texas)
FORWARDS (3): Natalia Ledezma (Slammers FC; La Mirada, Calif.), Rachel Nuzzolese (Oceanside; Melville, N.Y.), Katie Stengel (Space Coast United; West Melbourne, Fla.)

U.S. U-17 MNT TO PARTICIPATE IN DOUBLEHEADER WITH MNT IN TAMPA: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will play Mexico at Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 24 as part of a doubleheader that will feature the U.S. Men’s National Team against El Salvador. The U-17 match kicks off at 4:15 p.m. ET and fans can follow the game live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Fans with tickets to the USA versus El Salvador will also have access to the U-17 match up, with gates opening at 4 p.m. ET.

U-17 WNT HEADS TO FLORIDA FOR FINAL TRAINING CAMP BEFORE CONCACAF QUALIFYING: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will come together from February 20-27 in Sunrise, Fla., for its final training camp before head coach Kazbek Tambi chooses a 20-player roster for the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships that will qualify two teams to the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago. Tambi brings 20 players to Florida after coaching this age group through six events in 2009 and one so far this year. The CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships will be held in Costa Rica from March 10-20 and the USA will face Haiti, Cayman Islands and Costa Rica in the first round. The 16-game, 11-day tournament will be played at Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburgh, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (6): Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado; Denver, Colo.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; Saint Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Caprice Dydasco (HSC Bulls; Honolulu, Hawaii), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Cassandra Pecht (Baltimore Bays; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Havana Salaun (KYX Kicks Elite; Gainseville, Fla.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (4): Alesha Blair (Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Jennifer Gonzalez (Arsenal FC; Alta Loma, Calif.), Taylor Smith (Solar Red; Ft. Worth, Texas), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.)

U.S. U-17 WNT Schedule
Date                Opponent                Time (ET)             TV/Video                 Venue   
March 10        Haiti                        6 p.m.                    CONCACAF.com      Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium                   
March 12        Cayman Islands       6 p.m.                    CONCACAF.com       Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium
March 14        Costa Rica              3:30 p.m.                CONCACAF.com       Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just over 10 months to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cup™ to come to the United States -- and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup™ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

COACHESNET OFFERS INTERNATIONAL TRIPS IN 2010: U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet is offering educational trips to both Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Madrid, Spain, in 2010. The announcement comes six months after the inaugural and successful coaching education trip that took place in Buenos Aires.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: José Francisco Torres struck a wonderful free kick to give Pachuca a 4-3 lead in the 84th minute of their clash on Sunday, Feb. 14 against Puebla. It was Torres’ first goal of the campaign as the Hidalgo-based club will be in action again this week when they entertain league leader Chivas de Guadalajara at home at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Wednesday, Jan. 24 will be a busy day on the U.S. National Team calendar as three different matches involving American teams will be contested. The Women’s National Team will open their 2010 Algarve Cup schedule in Portugal when they take on Iceland at 10 a.m. ET. Back in the U.S., the Under-17 Men’s National Team will kickoff the first part of a doubleheader in Tampa as they take on Mexico at 4:15 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium. The Men’s National Team will cap the evening when they take on El Salvador at the same venue at 7 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN Classic and Galavision. All three games will be featured on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. 

QUOTABLE: “It’s been my goal ever since the last World Cup to make the team and be on the field.  It’s every soccer player’s dream.  It’s more than just playing; it’s being there for your teammates and making a difference.  For me, that would be the most rewarding moment of my life.” –U.S. National Team forward Brian Ching on his hopes for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

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