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U.S. Soccer Wire - July 24, 2006


U.S. WNT Defeats Ireland, Prepares for Canada;
U.S. U-21 wNT Falls to Germany in Nordic Cup Final

WHITEHILL SCORES TWICE IN U.S. WIN: The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled past Ireland on a hot day at Torero Stadium as defender Cat Whitehill scored twice and forwards Heather O’Reilly, Abby Wambach and Natasha Kai recorded single tallies for the defending Olympic champions. It was the fifth time in the five meetings with Ireland that the USA has scored five goals. The USA upped its 2006 record to 8-0-3 and finishes its July schedule against Canada at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., next weekend on Sunday, July 30. Kickoff for that match is 1 p.m. ET (tickets). The USA will also play on Aug. 27 against China at the brand new Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., with a 12 p.m. CT kickoff. On Sept. 13, the USA will play at the new PAETEC Park in Rochester, N.Y., against Mexico. That match will kickoff at 8 p.m. ET (tickets). All three games will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. Women’s National Team Results/Schedule
Date       Opponent Venue                                                                   Time/Result (TV)
Jan. 18   Norway    Guangdong Olympic Stadium; Guangzhou, China        3-1 W
Jan. 20   France     Guangdong Olympic Stadium; Guangzhou, China        0-0 T
Feb. 22   China       Guangdong Olympic Stadium; Guangzhou, China       2-0 W
March 9   China       Sao Luis Stadium; Faro, Portugal                             0-0 T
March 11 Denmark   Municipal Stadium; Quarteira, Portugal                     5-0 W
March 13 France      Stadium Algarve; Faro, Portugal                              4-1 W
March 15 Germany   Stadium Algarve; Faro, Portugal                              0-0 T (3-4 pk)
May 7     Japan        KK Wing Stadium; Kumamoto, Japan                       3-1 W
May 9      Japan       Nagai Stadium; Osaka, Japan                                 1-0 W
July 15    Sweden     National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.                        3-2 W
July 23    Ireland       Torero Stadium; San Diego, Calif.                            5-0 W
July 30    Canada     SAS Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.                                  1 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Aug. 27    China        Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.                                   12 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
Sep. 13    Mexico      PAETEC Park; Rochester, N.Y.                               8 p.m. ET (ESPN2, Telemundo delay)


U.S. U-21 WNT FALLS IN NORDIC CUP FINAL: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team fell to Germany, 2-0, in the championship game of the 2006 Nordic Cup in yet another meeting of the world’s top two women’s soccer nations. Germany got a goal in each half, including a late clincher just four minutes from the end, to hand the USA its first loss in a Nordic Cup title game since 1997. Prior to the match, the USA had won seven consecutive Nordic Cup titles at the world’s premier event for U-21 women, and eight of the last nine. This is the second time Germany has won the Nordic Cup and first time they have beaten the USA for the title. In 2000, the USA defeated Germany in Germany in the title game, 1-0. In 2002 in Finland, the USA beat Germany by a 3-1 score. All the U.S. players will now have a few weeks off before entering their college pre-season training camps in mid-August.

U.S. U-21 WNT Nordic Cup Schedule/Results
Date    Opponent   Result    U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
July 16 Denmark   3-0 W     India Trotter, Danesha Adams, Katie Griffin
July 18 Iceland      1-1 T      Danesha Adams
July 20 Norway     4-0 W     Danesha Adams (3), Noelle Keselica
July 22 Germany   0-2 L


U.S. MIDFIELDER SHANNON BOXX TEARS KNEE LIGAMENTS: U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Shannon Boxx tore the anterior cruciate ligament and the medial collateral ligament in her right knee during training on July 17 and will be out six to eight months. The injury occurred on a collision during a scrimmage. At the time of the knee injury, Boxx was just coming back from hip surgery that she underwent in mid-May. Boxx’s injury was a bit more serious than a standard ACL tear due to the complications that arose from the medial collateral ligament tear. Boxx will undergo two separate surgeries, the first this week to repair the MCL, which tore away from the bone, and the second approximately six weeks later to repair the ACL. Due to the double surgeries, Boxx’s recovery time will be a bit longer than what is typically expected for an ACL rehabilitation and should extend anywhere from six to eight months. Boxx will miss qualifying for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in late November of this year, but should the USA qualify, she will be playing well in advance of the tournament, which will be staged Sept. 10-30, 2007, in five Chinese cities.

BARNHART UNDERGOES HIP SURGERY: U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, 24, underwent surgery on her right hip on July 19 to repair a torn labrum and address her capsular impingement. The surgery went better than expected and Barnhart is expected to be out just six-to-eight weeks. Barnhart, a former Stanford All-American who has three caps for the USA, is one of four goalkeepers in Residency Training Camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., along with Hope Solo, Briana Scurry and Jenni Branam.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-20 MNT TO COMPETE IN NORTHERN IRELAND MILK CUP NEXT WEEK: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has released the 18-player roster he will take to Northern Ireland to compete in the 2006 Milk Cup. The initial roster was 18, but Real Salt Lake defender/midfielder Nikolas Besagno was recalled by his club due to injuries this past weekend. Defender Chance Myers was called in to replace Besagno on the roster. Rongen included seven professional players on his roster, five of which ply their trade in Major League Soccer: Josmer Altidore (N.Y. Red Bulls), Carlos Borja (Chivas USA), Rodrigo Lopez (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas) and Blake Wagner (FC Dallas). The U.S. will leave for the tournament on Thursday, July 27 and have a few days of training before facing Wales on Monday, July 31. The U.S. will then go up against Denmark on Wednesday, Aug. 2, and finish the tournament with a placement match on Friday, Aug. 4. The other group consists of Northern Ireland, Paraguay and Turkey.

U.S. U-20 MNT Milk Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Mike Gustavson (University of South Carolina), Chris Seitz (University of Maryland);
DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (UCLA), Amaechi Igwe (Santa Clara), Chance Myers (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Ofori Sarkodie (Indiana), Julian Valentin (Wake Forest), Blake Wagner (FC Dallas)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Carlos Borja (Chivas USA), Rodrigo Lopez (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Brad Ring (Indiana), Robbie Rogers (University of Maryland), Jonathan Villanueva (University of Virginia);
FORWARDS (4): Josmer Altidore (N.Y. Red Bulls), Johann Smith (Bolton FC), Preston Zimmerman (Hamburg SV), Sal Zizzo (UCLA).

U.S. U-20 MNT Milk Cup Schedule
Date     Opponent
July 31  Wales
Aug. 2   Denmark
Aug. 4   Placement Match

U.S. U-20 WOMEN SWEEP FINLAND IN LAST TWO MATCHES BEFORE WC IN RUSSIA: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team won its final two full international matches before the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship, taking two matches against the Finland U-20 women during a tour of Finland from July 14-22. The USA will open the 3rd FIFA world championship for youth women on Aug. 18 against the Democratic Republic of Congo in Moscow. The USA started the trip with a 12-0 stomping of Finnish women’s club SCR on July 18. Midfielder Casey Nogueira pounded in four goals while forwards Lauren Cheney, Kelley O’Hara and Jordan Angeli had two each. Amanda Poach and Jessica Rostedt each had singles scores. Finland will also be participating in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship, drawn into Group B with China, Nigeria and Canada. In the first match, O’Hara notched a hat trick, her first at the U-20 level, accounting for all three goals in the 3-2 victory. She scored in the 27th minute to tie the game at 1-1 before the USA gave up a goal in the 50th minute. O’Hara equalized again in the 63rd and then got a dramatic winning goal in stoppage time of the second half, heading in a shot from Jordan Angeli. The USA didn’t have nearly as much trouble in the re-match against Finland, winning 7-1 as Cheney and Amy Rodriguez each tallied twice while Angeli, O’Hara and Rostedt added lone goals. The U.S. U-20s will hold their final training camp before departing for Russia from July 30-Aug. 4 at the Home Depot Center.

U.S. U-20 WNT – Finland Tour – Results
Date    Opponent         Result   U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
July 18 SCR              12-0 W   Heath, Logterman, Cheney, Nogueira (4), O’Hara (2), Angeli (2), Poach
July 20 Finland U-20    3-2 W    O’Hara (3)
July 22 Finland U-20    7-1 W    Cheney (2), Rodriguez (2), Angeli, O’Hara, Rostedt


U-17 ’90 MNT TO PLAY IN TOYOTA INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Under-17 ’90 Men’s National Team will compete in the Toyota International Youth Football Championship from Aug. 4-13 in Toyota, Japan. The U.S. will face the Czech Republic on Thursday, Aug. 10, and Japan on Aug. 12 in group play. The U.S. U-17 men will also play in a placement match against a team from the other group, which is made up of Croatia, South Korea and a youth team from Nagoya Grampus of the J-League. The roster will be announced later this week at ussoccer.com.

U.S. U-17 ’90 MNT Schedule
Date     Opponent
Aug. 10 Czech Republic
Aug. 12 Japan
Aug. 13 Placement Match


U-15 BNT TO HOLD 50-PLAYER CAMP IN NEW JERSEY NEXT WEEK: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team will hold a 50-player camp next week in Zarephath, N.J. The weeklong camp will take place from July 30-Aug. 5, with head coach Jim Barlow and his staff instructing the players in practice and games. A finalized roster will be released later this week and will be posted on ussoccer.com. This camp will help identify players for the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program.

U-14 BNT IDENTIFICATION CAMP TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK IN CONCORD: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team Identification Camp will take place next week at Middlesex School in Concord, Mass. More than 120 players have been invited to participate in the weeklong camp, which will take place from July 30-Aug. 5, but a finalized roster will not be released until later this week. Along with 120 players selected from across the country, the three-player team that won Nike’s Joga Bonito were invited into the camp. The final roster will be posted on ussoccer.com. U.S. Under-14 BNT head coach Manny Schellscheidt will run the camp, along with a number of assistants. Listen in as Schellscheidt talks about the U-14 identification camp and the entire U-14 program. [Subscribe]

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN WEDNESDAY: The 2006 US Youth Soccer National Championships kick off Wednesday, July 26, at the James W. Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines, Iowa. The tournament will consist of four national finalists, teams that won their respective regional championship, in the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups for boys and girls. These 48 teams have advanced through the first two legs of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series where more than 10,000 teams began the journey at their US Youth Soccer State Championships. State champions advanced to the regional competition, which ended on July 5, where more than 900 teams played in one of four regions. The national championship field consists of these regional champions. Several of the teams are defending their 2006 national championships. Two teams are looking for their third title in as many years; the Under-18 Girls Eclipse Select from Illinois and the Under-17 Boys Arsenal FC from California South. Teams will play round robin matches Wednesday, July 26, through Friday, July 28, to determine who will advance to play for the national title. All round robin match times will be scheduled for 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Teams will earn three points for a win, one point for a tie and no points for a loss. The team with the most points at the conclusion of Friday’s play will advance to play for the National Championship on Sunday, July 31. Visit championships.usyouthsoccer.org for the latest news, scores and more.

2006 NATIONAL CUP V FINALS UNDERWAY; TROPHY RENAMED THE DOUG HAMILTON MEMORIAL CUP: The US Club Soccer 2006 National Cup V Finals are underway with Girls U-12 through U-17 action in Greensboro, N.C. Champions in Super Group U-15 through U-17 and Premier U-12 through U-14 and U-16 through U-17 age groups will raise the newly renamed National Cup trophy, The Doug Hamilton Memorial Cup, on Tuesday, July 25. In addition to rechristening the National Cup trophy, US Club Soccer also established the Doug Hamilton Memorial Fund to honor the memory and legacy of the former President & General Manager of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy and Chief Operating Officer of AEG Sports. The National Cup V Finals continue July 28-31 in Greensboro, N.C.. with Boys U-12 through U-17 competition. Championships will be awarded in 11 age group divisions: Super Group U-13 through U-17 and Premier U-12 through U-17. Visit usclubsoccer.org for schedules, results and updates from both the Boys and Girls National Cup V Finals.

HALL OF FAME GAME TICKETS NOW ON SALE: Tickets for the 2006 Hall of Fame Game between the Columbus Crew and the New York Red Bulls at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, are now on sale through Ticketmaster, including online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at (607) 722-7272 and at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout upstate New York, including Kaufmann’s Department Stores. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event. The Hall of Fame Game is the final event of the 2006 Induction Weekend on Aug. 26-28. Former MNT defender Alexi Lalas and former WNT captain Carla Overbeck will be inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, along with veteran Al Trost and builder Philip Anschutz, at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 28. The Induction Ceremony takes place in the HOF museum and is open to the public free of charge. The Hall of Fame Game follows the Induction Ceremony on At-A-Glance Field on the Hall of Fame campus.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach wore the captain’s armband for the first time on Sunday, July 23, as she led the squad to a 5-0 win against Ireland. Wambach did her part to add to the score, making it 3-0 in the 62nd minute by finishing off a perfect cross from Lori Chalupny with a diving header past Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. WNT have two games down and one more to go in their three-game July series. After posting wins against Sweden (3-2) and Ireland (5-0), the U.S. will face their northern neighbor on Sunday, July 30, at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Kickoff against Canada is set for 1 p.m. ET and fans can follow the match live on ESPN2 and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “(Emma Byrne) is a good goalkeeper. It was nice to get one past her and not get cracked this time."
-- U.S. WNT forward Heather O’Reilly on scoring against Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne. O’Reilly earned her first cap against Ireland on June 14, 2003, scoring her first goal 74 seconds into the match and breaking her leg in the same play.

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