U.S. Soccer Wire: June 14, 2010
EARNS 1-1 DRAW AGAINST ENGLAND TO START 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP;
U.S. FACES SLOVENIA ON FRIDAY, JUNE 18 IN SECOND MATCH OF GROUP C PLAY;
ACTOR MORGAN FREEMAN JOINS USA BID COMMITTEE
U.S EARNS 1-1 DRAW WITH ENGLAND TO OPEN 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: In one of the most anticipated games in U.S. Soccer history, the U.S. Men's National Team opened play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup on June 12 with an intense 1-1 draw with England in Rustenburg, South Africa. The match was played in front of a spirited crowd of 38,646 fans at Royal Bafokeng Stadium and featured a fourth minute goal from Englandâ€™s Steven Gerrard and a 40th minute strike from U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey. The U.S. had a number of inspired performances during the match, with goalkeeper Tim Howard leading the way. Appearing in the first World Cup game of his career, the 31-year-old veteran earned ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors by handling every foray into the penalty area with steady decision-making and sure hands, helping to limit Englandâ€™s chances.
VICE-PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN VISITS WITH MNT BEFORE MATCH AGAINST ENGLAND: Vice-President Joe Biden visited briefly with the U.S. World Cup Team in the locker room at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium about an hour before the USA kicked off its 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign against England. Biden, who took in the opening match against South Africa and Mexico yesterday in Johannesburg, arrived in Rustenburg today to watch the match and brought well-wishes from President Barack Obama. During his five-minute visit with the team in the locker room, Biden told the team he was happy to be there and wished them good luck. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati joined Biden in the locker room to wish the team luck before the match.
U.S. CONTINUES WORLD CUP PLAY AGAINST SLOVENIA ON FRIDAY, JUNE 18: The U.S. Menâ€™s National Team will continue its World Cup schedule on Friday, June 18 when they face Slovenia in their second Group C game of the tournament at 10 a.m. ET at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Slovenia currently sit atop the Group C standings after they defeated Algeria 1-0 on Sunday, June 13. The match will be televised live on ESPN and Univision. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and via U.S. Soccerâ€™s Twitter account.
2010 FIFA World Cup Group C Standings
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Complete FIFA World Cup Standings & Results
ACTOR MORGAN FREEMAN JOINS TEAM TO BRING FIFA WORLD CUP BACK TO U.S. IN 2018 OR 2022: Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman has formally accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its effort to bring the FIFA World Cupâ„¢ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. Freeman commemorated his new role by adding his name to the USA Bid Committeeâ€™s online petition at www.goUSAbid.com, joining the more than 460,000 people who have already registered their support for the cause. Freeman filmed the critically-acclaimed motion picture Invictus last year in South Africa, where the historic 2010 FIFA World Cupâ„¢ kicked off on Friday with host South Africa drawing Mexico 1-1 in Johannesburg.Â
U.S.-ENGLAND MOST WATCHED FIRST ROUND FIFA WORLD CUP GAME EVER IN U.S.: The U.S. Menâ€™s National Teamâ€™s highly anticipated opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup against England on ABC was the most viewed World Cup first round match and fifth most-viewed World Cup match ever. The match, which ended in a 1-1 draw, was the most watched U.S. MNT match since 1994. The two-hour match window averaged a 7.3 household rating (8,391,000 households and 12,956,000 viewers) based on fast nationals. The three-hour telecast, which included one hour of pre-match coverage, delivered a 6.1 household rating (7,034,000 households, and 10,763,000 viewers). In addition, 3.8 million watched the Spanish-language broadcast on Univision.
TICKET SALES PASS 25,000 MARK FOR U.S. FRIENDLY AGAINST BRAZIL ON AUG. 10: Â Ticket sales for the USAâ€™s international friendly match against Brazil after the 2010 FIFA World Cup have already hit the 25,000 mark after being on sale to the general public for only three days. The U.S. will host the five-time World Cup champions in their first match after the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. ET at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and fans can also follow the match live online via ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer.
ussoccer.comâ€™s MNT Coverage â€“ June 8 â€“ June 14
- USA 1, England 1: Report | Quotes | Preview | Vice President Biden Visits Team
- Studio 90: June 8 | June 9 | June 10 | June 11 | June 13 | June 14
- Studio 90 Extra Time: Steve Cherundolo | Carlos Bocanegra | Landon Donovan
- Sounds from South Africa: June 9 | June 10 | June 13
- World Cup Updates: June 8 | June 9 | June 10 | June 11 | June 13
- Press Conference Quotes: June 8 | June 9 | June 11 | June 13
- Feature: Robbie Findley: From Salt Lake to South Africa
- MNT Blog | U.S. Soccer on Twitter | Studio 90 on Twitter
U.S. WOMEN TO FACE SWEDEN TWICE IN JULY: The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will face Sweden on July 13 at Creighton Universityâ€™s Morrison Stadium in Omaha, Neb. The match in Omaha, which will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. CT, will mark the first-ever visit for the U.S. Women to Nebraska. Four days later, the U.S. will take on Sweden on July 17 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. That match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7:30 p.m. ET. Sweden is widely regarded as one of the top womenâ€™s national teams in the world and one of several favorites to lift the trophy at the 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup. The Swedes, who are fourth in the most recent FIFA Womenâ€™s World Rankings, should seal first place in their qualifying group by the time they come to the U.S. That first place finish will earn Sweden a place in the two-leg playoffs that will produce the four European qualifiers for the Womenâ€™s World Cup.
ussoccer.comâ€™s WNT Coverage â€“ June 8 â€“ June 14
WEEK 10 OF THE USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE FEATURES NINE GAMES ON TWO MATCHDAYS: Under the auspices of the beginning of the World Cup, Week 10 of the D-2 Pro League was played on two nights this past week. Wednesday, June 9 kicked off with action in four matches. Melvin Tarley scored a late goal in the 87th minute to give the NSC Minnesota Stars a victory against the Montreal Impact and in Austin, the Aztex played the Portland Timbers to a scoreless draw. Back east, Miami FC scored two goals in the final six minutes to steal a 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace Baltimore. In Vancouver, the Whitecaps tied the Carolina RailHawks 1-1, earning the RailHawks a point on the road against the NASL Conference leaders. Saturday night featured five games, ensuring fans wouldnâ€™t have to choose between their local team and the U.S. Menâ€™s National Team. The Montreal Impact continued their U.S. road trip with a 2-1 win against Miami FC, while the Rochester Rhinos also defeated Crystal Palace Baltimore 2-1. In a highly anticipated battle in Texas, the USL Conference leading Axtex fell 2-1 to NASL Conference leaders Vancouver. Miami FC was victorious against the Portland Timbers 1-0, and in each teamâ€™s first action of the week, AC St. Louis went on the road and overcame the Puerto Rico Islanders 1-0.
HOME TEAMS FOR 2010 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP SECOND ROUND DETERMINED: U.S. Soccer has announced the home teams for the second round possible pairings in the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Results from the first round of play on June 15 will determine the potential matchups and venues for the second round to take place one week later on Tuesday, June 22. All 32 lower division teams will enter the tournament in the first round and have been grouped geographically into eight groups of four teams. The first-round match ups were drawn randomly within the four-team groups, although matchups between teams in the same division were avoided when possible.
FIELD OF 64 TEAMS SET FOR DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY PLAYOFFS: The field of 64 teams for the 2009-10 Development Academy Playoffs has been set, with 96 games slated for the extended weekend of June 25-29 in Greensboro, N.C. It will be the second consecutive year that the event will be held at Bryan Park, where Academy teams will play on eight of the facilityâ€™s Bermuda grass fields. The top two teams in each of the Development Academyâ€™s 10 divisions earn automatic qualification to the Playoffs, with the remaining 12 spots open to wildcard teams that have the best overall points per game average across the full season. The 32 teams were placed into four pots for each age group, based on seeding, and were randomly drawn into eight groups of four. The top finisher in each group will move on to the third annual Development Academy Finals Week at The Home Depot Center from July 10-17.
â€“ U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE â€“
U.S. U-20 WNT DROPS TWO MATCHES IN GERMANY DURING PRE-WORLD CUP TRAINING: The U.S. Under-20 Womenâ€™s National Team lost to the German U-20 WNT by a 3-1 score in its second and final exhibition during a training camp in Germany. The USA also lost to the Japan 2-1 on June 10. These were the final international matches for the USA before the start of the 2010 FIFA Under-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup being held in Germany from July 13-Aug. 1. The losses were the first in international competition this year for the U.S. U-20s who will carry a record of 11-2-1 during 2009 to the World Cup. The USA brought 20 of its 21-player World Cup squad to Germany. At the U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup the USA will be playing in Group D along with Ghana, Switzerland and the Korea Republic, and will be based in Dresden for its first two games before moving to Bielefeld to finish the first stage.
2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Bryane Heaberline (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Sade Ayinde (Maryland; North Bellmore, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.),Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (UCLA; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)
U-17 MNT EN ROUTE TO COSTA RICA AND ARGENTINA, FOR TWO WEEK TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Under-17 Menâ€™s National Team has departed for Costa Rica and Argentina, for a two-week foreign training camp from June 14-28. Head coach Wilmer Cabrera will lead 24 players for one week in Central America before traveling to Buenos Aires for another week of training and matches against international opponents. The U.S. has two friendlies scheduled against the Costa Rica U-17 MNT on June 16 and June 18, with the schedule for Argentina yet to be finalized. The roster for the trip is made up exclusively of players born in 1994, with Jan. 1, 1994 the cutoff for players eligible to play in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. In addition to 18 players who were part of the U-17 MNT Residency Program during the recently completed Spring semester, seven players will be joining the group, bidding for a place in Residency for the fall.
Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Wade Hamilton (Arsenal; Murietta, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo; Houston)
DEFENDERS (7): Ive Burnett (Central Jackson Soccer; Brandon, Miss.), Holden Fender (North Atlanta SA; Marietta, Ga.), Griffen Heffner* (CASL Chelsea FC; Wendells, N.C.), Riggs Lennon (Sereno SC; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Marc Pelosi (DeAnza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.) Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Aldo Alvarez* (SCYSO; Ontario, Calif.), Joe Amon (South Carolina United; Summerville, S.C.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Jared Hegardt* (Notts Forest FC; San Diego), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Alessandro Mion (Miami FC Kendall; Miami, Fla.), Steven Oliveri* (Kicks SC; Hobe Sound, Fla.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Danny Zaid* (Camp Elite Guatemala; Guatemala City)
FORWARDS (6): Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Alfred Koroma* (Solar SC; Arlington, Texas), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis), Francisco Ramirez* (Aztecs FC Premier; San Diego, Calif.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.), Esteban Rodriguez (LAFC Chelsea; Palmdale, Calif.)
*not part of Residency during Spring 2010 semester
U-15 BOYSâ€™ NATIONAL TEAM CONVENES WITH 48 PLAYERS IN NEW JERSEY: The U-15 Boysâ€™ National Team has come together in Zarephath, N.J., for a 48-player training camp from June 14-21 at the PDA training grounds, coinciding with the U-14 BNT camp. Head coach Jim Barlow will lead the team through two training sessions per day, along with friendly matches against local club teams and the U-14 BNT during the week. The group is made up exclusively of players born in 1995, making them all age-eligible for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Six players participating in the camp have recently completed the Spring 2010 Semester at the U.S. U-17 MNT Residency Program.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Santiago Castano (NY Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Arthur Eggers (CESA; Moore, S.C.), Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado U16 Academy; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zackary Steffen (FC Delco; Downington, Penn.)
DEFENDERS (16): Â Russell Canouse (NY Red Bulls; Lancaster, Penn.), Nelson Castro (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), Feliciano Charles (CD Chivas 95; Grand Prairie, Texas), Dylan Greenberg (Albertson Academy; Dix Hills, N.Y.), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar; Roanoke, Texas), Matthew Habrowski (Derby County Wolves; Berkley, Mich.), Anthony Jeffries (Chicago Fire Jrs.; Downers Grove, Ill.), Luis Matir (CD Chivas de Guadalajara; Los Angeles, Calif.), Matthew Miazga (NY Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Dakotah Millard (South Carolina United; Hopkins, S.C.), Jose Ocampo (Crossfire; Bothell, Wash.), Miguel Polley (Derby County Wolves; San Diego, Calif.), Vincent Reyes (LAFC Chelsea; West Covina, Calif.), Christian Sady (New England Revolution; North Andover, Mass.), Jacob Smith (Concorde Fire South; Atlanta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (19): Jordan Allen (Empire United SA; Rochester, N.Y.), Cristian Cruz (Union City Eagles; San Pablo, Calif.), Christian DeLuna (Mustangs; Bay Point, Calif.), Marco Delgado (LAFC Chelsea; Glendora, Calif.), Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution; Leominster, Mass.), Nicholas Gaitan (Albertson Academy; Oceanside, N.Y.), Bakie Goodman (FC Sarasota; Sarasota, Fla.), Romy Hernandez (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Lanham, Md.), Scott Levene (FC Westchester; Stamford, Conn.), Keegan McHugh (Scott Gallagher; St. Charles, Mo.), Ismael Longo (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.), Emilio Lopez (Madison FC; Madison, Wisc.), Antonio Murillo (Brazil FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Adam Najem (NY Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Jose Navarro (Banata Soccer Club; Surprise, Ariz.), Misael Osorio (Arsenal; Moreno Valley, Calif.), Zachary Pfeffer (FC Delco; Dresher, Penn.), John Toher (NY Red Bulls; Blauvelt, N.Y.), Manuel Villegas Jr (Merced Atlas; Winton, Calif.), Henry Wingo (Crossfire SC; Lake Forest Park, Wash.)
FORWARDS (9): Pablo Aguilar (IMG Academy; Guatemala City, GT.), Martin Arrieta (LAFC Chelsea; Pasadena, Calif.), Paul Arriola (Chula Vista Rangers; Chula Vista, Calif.), Kainoa Bailey (DC United; Henderson, Nev.), Nicholas Corriveau (Bethesda SC; Potomac, Md.), Lynden Gooch (Santa Cruz Breakers; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Joseph Julius (LDC Capa; Humelston, Penn.), Alexandre Muyl (Unattached; New York, N.Y.), Ben Spencer Jr. (New Mexico Rush 95; Albuquerque, N.M.)
U-14 BOYS TRAIN IN ZAREPHATH, N.J. FOR WEEK-LONG TRAINING CAMP: The U-14 Boyâ€™s National Team has arrived in Zarephath, N.J., for a week-long training camp under head coach Manny Schellscheidt at the training grounds of PDA. A total of 38 players, all born in 1996, will train twice daily while participating in scrimmages against local club teams. The training camp will be the last under Schellscheidt for players born in 1996, with the annual Identification Camp scheduled for early August. That 120 player camp will feature players born in 1997, as the 1996 age group will then move up to the U-15 Boyâ€™s National Team.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (5):, Gianni Carillo (FC Westchester; Pine Bush, N.Y.), Aleksander Gogic NY Red Bull; Fort Lee, N.J.), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls; South River, N.J.), Carter Richardson (Columbus Crew Academy; Dublin, Ohio), Oliver Roberts (POB Piranhas; Massapequa, N.Y.)
DEFENDERS (7): Vernon Bailey (FC Dallas; Duncanville, Texas), Carter Manley (Bethesda SC; Elkridge, Md.), Theo Miller (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Esteban Reyes (Lightning; San Marcos, Calif.), Wilson Rios (New York Red Bulls; Elizabeth, N.J.) Jeffrey Rhodes (Westside United SC; Brownsburg, Ind.), Wade Wesley (NJ Rangers Lions; South Orange, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (14): Ivan Alvarado (Dallas Texans; Fort Worth, Texas), Corey Baird (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Omar Castro (Plant City Area Soccer Club; Plant City), Walker Dawkins (West Pines United; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Derrick Etienne (Red Bull 96; Paterson, N.J.),Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Danya Kafai (Juventus Sport Club; Palo Alto, Calif.), Patrick Khouri (Daniel Island; Charleston, S.C.), Elijah Martin (California Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Declan McCabe (Mass Premier Soccer; Weston, Mass.), Joab Santoyo (Arsenal FC; Fontana, Calif.), William Stevens (HBC; New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Joseph Swenson (Plainview Old Bethpage; Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Brandon Tetro (PDA; Marlboro, N.J.)
FORWARDS (12): Cesar Alba (Sockers FC; Hanover Park, Ill.), Adonis Amaya (West Coast F.C., Westminster, Calif.), Jorge Calix (Team America 95 Stripes; Alexandria, Virg.), James Ellis Jr. (United Junkyard Dogs, Chesapeake, Virg.), Pewee Gibson (FC Del Sol; Phoenix, Ariz.), John Requejo Jr. (Santa Barbara SC; Carpinteria, Calif.), DeAndre Robinson (Gwinnett SA; Lawrenceville, Ga), Moises Rodriguez (SFC 96; Las Cruces, N.M.), Rubio Rubin (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Bruno Scodari (Olney Boys / Girls Club; Silver Springs Maryl.), Alejandro Segovia (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.),Â Wilfred Williams (Fusion; Johnson City, Tenn.)
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USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than seven months to go before FIFAâ€™s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cupsâ„¢, 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 Cupâ„¢ to come to the United States â€“ and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United Statesâ€™ bid for the FIFA World Cupâ„¢ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committeeâ€™s official site.
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard earned Man of the Match honors for his solid display in net during the MNTâ€™s 1-1 draw with England on Saturday in Rustenburg. After receiving a tackle to the chest from England forward Emile Heskey, Howard remained in the game after receiving treatment and made several key stops to keep the English scoreless after their fourth minute strike.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Menâ€™s National Team faces Slovenia on Friday, June 18th at 10 a.m. ET in its second match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup from Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The Slovenians are currently in first place of Group C after defeating Algeria 1-0 on Sunday, while the U.S. and England sit in the second spot with one point after their 1-1 draw on Saturday. The match will be televised live on ESPN and Univision and fans can follow live on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker.
SOCCER SHOCKER: After their 4-0 defeat of Australia on Sunday in Durban, Germany has made a habit of starting big in their first game of the World Cup. They have now amassed 16 goals in their last three World Cup openers adding to their 8-0 win against Saudi Arabia in Sapporo, Japan in 2002 and 4-2 win against Costa Rica in the first match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Munich.
QUOTABLE: â€œThatâ€™s how we play. We play scrappy, we play hard, we fight for 90 minutes in a big group effort, and tonight it showed. I thought our center-halfs played fantastic, Stevie [Cherundolo] on the right did very well to shut down their speedy wingers. The forwards did well, the midfielders came in tight and ran over to cover for us, it was a really big team effort. Thatâ€™s something you need against a big team like England.â€ â€“U.S. Menâ€™s National Team defender and captain Carlos Bocanegra on the teamâ€™s gritty performance to secure a draw against England in their World Cup opener