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U.S. Soccer Wire - July 5, 2006

U.S. Soccer Pays Tribute to Fans
For Outstanding Support at 2006 FIFA World Cup;
WNT Prepares For First Homes Games of 2006 in July

U.S. FANS IN GERMANY: In the years to come, the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany will be seen as the point at which the U.S. Soccer fan emerged as a force on the international soccer scene. In an unparalleled show of support for the U.S. National Team, fans from around the United States made their presence felt in ways never before seen or heard. In Germany, the U.S. fans staked their claim amongst those supporters of traditional soccer powers, and for those who witnessed the comprehensively positive effects of this fan support, it was a truly inspiring and gratifying experience. To all the fans who participated in the experience of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, U.S. Soccer offers an overwhelming “Thank You.” We understand the great effort and sacrifice it required for the thousands of you who traveled to Germany to get off from work, use your vacation time, and travel across continents to be there and root on the USA. We truly appreciate the effort. Certainly this support will be remembered fondly by all those who witnessed it, and will serve as a benchmark for support of the national team in the future.

BUEHLER, WEIMER JOIN RESIDENCY CAMP, LOPEZ, CHENEY AND A-ROD JOIN U-20s: U.S. WNT head coach Greg Ryan has added defender Rachel Buehler and forward Tiffany Weimer to Residency Training Camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as the team returned from break to resume this training block on July 3. Buehler, a starter on the USA’s 2002 and 2004 U-19 teams that played in the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship, will be a junior at Stanford in the fall. Weimer, one of the top scorers in college soccer over the past few years, had 32 goals for Penn State last season as a senior, helping lead the Lions to an undefeated record and a berth in the NCAA Final Four. Both Weimer and Buehler will spend a week at Residency Training Camp before joining the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team for the 2006 Nordic Cup in Norway. Defender India Trotter and midfielder Angie Woznuk will also join the U-21s for the Nordic Cup. Buehler, one of the toughest and most rugged defenders in U.S. Youth Women’s National Team history, also played on the USA’s U-21 Nordic Cup title team last summer. This is the first call-up for both players to the full Women’s National Team. While Buehler and Weimer arrive at Residency Training Camp, defender Stephanie Lopez and forwards Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Cheney depart, all headed to join the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team for the remainder of their preparation for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship, being held Aug. 17-Sept. 3 in Russia. With the additions and subtractions, the total number of players in Residency Training Camp stands at 29 until those four U-21s leave, dropping the camp roster down to 25 for the three domestic matches in July as the USA takes on Sweden (July 15 in Blaine. Minn.), Ireland (July 23 in San Diego, Calif.) and Canada (July 30 in Cary, N.C.). Ryan will choose a roster of 18 players for all three matches.

WNT TO PLAY THREE HOME GAMES IN JULY: After traveling the world for the first half of the year, the U.S. Women's National Team will kick off the first of three July home games on July 15, with a match against Sweden. The U.S. women will take on Sweden at 5 p.m. CT at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn (tickets). The WNT will follow up their home-opener with a match against Ireland at 1 p.m. PT on July 23 at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif. (tickets) After the Ireland match, the USA will play in Cary, N.C., against Canada at SAS Soccer Park on Sunday, July 30, at 1 p.m. ET (tickets). Fans can follow all three matches live on ESPN2 and’s MatchTracker. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by logging onto or calling (312) 528-1290.


ELLIS NAMES U-21 WNT NORDIC CUP ROSTER: U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team head coach Jillian Ellis has named the 18-player squad that will travel to Norway for the 16th Annual Nordic Cup being held July 16-22 in five small venues in and around Stavanger, Norway, in the southwestern part of the country. The U.S. team will assemble on the east coast to train for a few days before leaving on July 11 for Norway, which will be hosting its third Nordic Cup, but first since 2001. Held in Northern Europe every summer, the Nordic Cup is the top competition in the world for U-21 women and the focus of the USA’s oldest youth national team during its six-month run-up to the prestigious tournament. The USA has won eight Nordic Cup titles, including a dominating 6-1 championship game win vs. Sweden in Norway in 2001.

2006 U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team Nordic Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Val Henderson (UCLA), Cori Alexander (Portland);
DEFENDERS (5): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Kendall Fletcher (UNC), Brittany Taylor (UConn), India Trotter (Florida State), Lauren Wilmoth (UCLA);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Bristyn Davis (UCLA), Sheree Gray (Penn State), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Noelle Keselica (Virginia), Jennifer Maurer (Boston College), Rebecca Moros (Duke), Angie Woznuk;
FORWARDS (4): Danesha Adams (UCLA), Amanda Cinalli (Notre Dame), Katie Griffin (Colorado), Tiffany Weimer (Penn State).

U.S. U-20 MNT HEADS TO CANADA: Due to injuries and club needs, four players will not participate in the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team’s two-game series against the Canada U-20 Men’s National Team this week in Toronto and Ontario, Canada. Forward Quavas Kirk, midfielder Dax McCarty and defenders Nathan Sturgis and Tim Ward were removed from the once 20-man roster. Kirk and Sturgis were both recalled by the L.A. Galaxy after initially being released for the national team trip due to injuries at the club that required head coach Frank Yallop to use both players for upcoming matches. The Columbus Crew also requested Ward for their upcoming match against D.C. United this Saturday. McCarty was unable to make the trip after suffering an injury to his right groin. The U.S. U-20s arrived in Toronto, Canada, on Monday as they prepare to face their northern rivals twice during a weeklong training camp. The U.S. will take on the Canadian U-20 Men’s National Team on July 7 in Toronto at Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome) at 7 p.m. ET. Two days later, on July 9, the teams will battle once again, this time in Richardson Stadium at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, at 7 p.m. ET. Canada will host the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup from June 30-July 22 (tentative dates) across six cities – Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Burnaby, and Victoria. The biennial event is second only to the FIFA World Cup in size and scope and will showcase the most talented youth soccer players in the world.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Mike Gustavson (University of South Carolina), Marcus Rein (University of Central Florida);
DEFENDERS (5): Tony Beltran (UCLA), Kyle Davies (Pleasanton, Calif.), Amaechi Igwe (Santa Clara University), Julian Valentin (Wake Forest), Blake Wagner (FC Dallas);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Bryan Arguez (Miami, Fla.), Corben Bone (Plano, Texas), Cameron Brown (Garland, Texas), Rodrigo Lopez (Chivas USA), Brad Ring (Indiana University), Robbie Rogers (University of Maryland);
FORWARDS (3): Josmer Altidore (N.Y. Red Bulls), Omar Gonzalez (University of Maryland), Estuardo Sanchez (Chivas USA)

U.S. U-20 WOMEN TRAIN IN NEW JERSEY: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team won its first four games during a training camp in New Jersey that ends Wednesday night with a match against the USL W-League Champion New Jersey Wildcats. U.S. U-20 head coach Tim Schulz has been working with his world championship roster since choosing his final 21 players in early June. The USA played a team of East Coast college all-stars in two matches to open the camp on June 28 and June 30, winning 3-1 and 3-0. In the first match, the USA allowed a goal in the 18th minute, but then roared back for three goals in a 13-minute span in the second half, the first two from Jordan Angeli and the last from Tobin Heath. Two days later, the USA pitched a shutout, getting two goals from Amy Rodriguez and the final score from the youngest player on the team, 17-year-old Casey Nogueira. The USA also defeated the China U-20 WNT twice and will finish the camp with a game against the Wildcats tonight at 7 p.m. at the PDA club soccer complex in Zeraphath, N.J. The USA opens play in Group D at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship on Aug. 18 against the DR Congo in Moscow, face Argentina on Aug. 21 and finish group play against France on Aug. 24. All the first-round matches will be played in Moscow.

U.S. U-20 WNT Results
Date       Opponent                               Score        U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
June 28   East Coast College All-Stars     3-1 W       Angeli (2), Heath
June 30   East Coast College All-Stars     3-0 W       Rodriguez (2), Nogueira

U.S. U-20 WNT DEFEATES CHINA TWICE: The matches against the college players were excellent tune-ups for two games against the China U-20 Women’s National Team that will also be participating in the 2006 FIFA Women’s World Championship. In the first match on June 2, the teams staged a goal-fest with the USA winning 5-3 in overtime after the match ended 3-3 in regulation time. The teams had decided to play overtime in the friendly match, if it was tied after 90 minutes, to simulate conditions at the World Championships. The eight goal outburst didn’t start until the 42nd minute when China scored to make it 1-0. The USA equalized in the 56th minute through Jordan Angeli and then took the lead as Nogueira tallied in the 64th minute. The USA seemingly put the game away two minutes later as Rodriguez made it 3-1, but the Chinese mounted a furious comeback to tie the match. In the 84th minute, China pulled a goal back and then Nogueira inadvertently knocked the ball into her own net just three minutes from the end of the game to knot the score at three a piece. Seventeen-year-old Kelley O’Hara got the winning goal in the 111th minute, finishing smartly into the lower left corner from six yards out after running onto a pass from Tina DiMartino. Lauren Cheney got an insurance goal in the 117th minute. In the second leg against China on July 4, the USA picked up a 3-2 victory as Heath, Carrie Dew and Danesha Adams tallied. China scored in the 22nd minute, but Heath equalized just a minute later. Dew put the USA ahead on a header in the 62nd minute before Adams scored the eventual game-winner four minutes later. China pulled a goal back in stoppage time, but it was too late to avoid the sweep.

U.S. U-20 WNT Results
Date    Opponent              Score               U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
July 2  China U-20 WNT    5-3 W (OT)        Angeli, Nogueira, Rodriguez, O’Hara, Cheney
July 4  China U-20 WNT    3-2 W               Heath, Dew, Adams

U.S. U-17 WNT RECONVENES WITH TRAINING CAMP IN NORTHWEST: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will come together for their first training camp since April as head coach Erica Walsh brings 24 players to the beautiful Northwest for a camp from July 7-17. The U.S. U-17s will play three matches against USL W-League Western Conference sides, including one against the Seattle Sounders Saints (July 12) and two against the Vancouver Whitecaps Women (July 14 and 16). The U.S. team will be in Seattle from July 7-12 before departing for Canada for the remainder of the camp. Of the 24 players, Walsh has invited 18 born in 1989 and six born in 1990, making them call-ups from the U-16 Women’s National Team pool. However, almost all of the 1990s have spent most of the year with the U-17s. Walsh is giving first looks to several players, including goalkeeper Hailee DeYoung (Draper, Utah), defender Julie Lancos (Belford, N.J.), midfielder Jessica Hurtado (Butler, N.J.) and forward Danielle Foxhaven (Littleton, Colo.).

U.S. Under-17 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Wendy Balogun (Bowie, Md.), Hailee DeYoung (Draper, Utah), Bianca Henninger (Saratoga, Calif);
DEFENDERS (5): Lauren Barnes (Upland, Calif.), Hannah Cerrone (Wappingers Fall, N.Y.), Amanda Fancher (The Colony, Texas), Julie Lancos (Belford, N.J.), Ashley Rape (Dallas, Texas);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Courtney Barg (Plano, Texas), Amanda DeCosta (Somers, N.Y.), Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.), Jessica Hurtado (Butler, N.J.), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Palo Alto, Calif.), Ella Stephan (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.), Kylie Wright (R. Santa Margarita, Calif.);
FORWARDS (8): Bianca D’Agostino (Longmeadow, Mass.), Danielle Foxhaven (Littleton, Colo.), Melissa Henderson (Garland, Texas), Merritt Mathias (Birmingham, Ala.), Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar, Calif.), Elli Reed (Park City, Utah), Lily Sorentino (Santa Rosa, Calif.), Lindsay Taylor (Los Altos, Calif.).

U.S. U-16 GIRL’S NATIONAL TEAM TO HOLD TRAINING CAMP IN N.J.: The U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team will conduct its fourth event of the year as head coach Kazbek Tambi brings 24 players to a training camp at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., from July 10-16. Most of the girls on Tambi’s roster were born in 1990, but he has called up two players who are also in the U.S. Under-15 Girl’s National Team pool: defender Amber Brooks and midfielder Kristen Mewis, who were both born in 1991.

U.S. U-16 GNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jillian Mastroianni (Durham, Conn.), Cody Miles (Salem, Ore.), Shaine Millheiser (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Lindsay Kowal (East Meadow, N.Y), Jennifer Laponte (Castro Valley, Calif.), Camille Levin (Newport Beach, Calif.), Michelle Olivier (Rosewell, Georgia), Alyssa Pember (Northport, N.Y.);
MIDFIELDERS (11): Shira Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Julia Bouchelle (Cockeysville, Md.), Katy Doniak (China Hills, Calif.), Katy Frierson (Homewood, Ala.), Melanie Johnston (Mesa, Arizona), Paige Maxwell (Medina, Ohio), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Marissa Mykines (Colbert, Wash.), Whitney Sharp (W. Des Moines, Iowa), Casey Short (Naperville, Ill.), Beth West (Centennial, Colo.);
FORWARDS (4): Sade Ayinde (North Bellmore, N.Y.), Brittani Bartok (Union, N.J.), Maggie Kistner (St. Louis, Mo.), Chelsea Stewart (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)


HALL OF FAMER ABRONZINO PASSES AWAY: Umberto Abronzino, 85, a member of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, passed away on Saturday, July 1. Abronzino came to the United States from Italy in 1937 at the age of 17. Already an accomplished player in his native Italy, he continued playing in the Hartford, Conn., area, where he also began a managing career. Abronzino moved to the Bay Area of California in 1952 and had organized the Peninsula Soccer League by 1957. He served the Peninsula League in a number of roles, including organizing the "Sons of Italy" team that played out of San Jose. In addition, he was an officer in the California Soccer Association, helped organized California North Youth Soccer, served on the U.S. Soccer National Amateur Cups organizing committee, most notably as its treasurer, and was a referee. “Umberto was one of the great gentlemen of the game,” Hall of Fame President/CEO Will Lunn said. “His career included playing, managing, refereeing, organizing leagues and referees. He is a wonderful example of what earns one election to the Hall of Fame as a Builder.”

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, 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, where 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 without charge. The Hall of Fame Game follows the Induction Ceremony on At-A-Glance Field on the Hall of Fame campus.

NORTHEAST TEAMS WIN 2006 NATIONAL CUP V REGIONAL TITLES: Invitations to the 2006 National Cup V Finals were extended to 27 regional champions June 24-27 at the Region B tournament in Fort Dix, N.J. PDA, NJSA and Northern Steel each won a pair of regional championships while VISTA’s U-16 Girls repeated as Region B champions and the Boston Renegades earned the U-17 Girls competition for the third consecutive year. Winners from each of the National Cup V Regionals in Boys and Girls U-12 through U-17 age groups will compete in the Finals to be held in Greensboro, N.C.: July 22-25 (Girls U-12 through U-17) and July 28-31 (Boys U-12 through U-17). The 2006 National Cup V Regionals concluded in Rockford, Ill. (Region D), and Boise, Idaho (Region G), on Tuesday, July 4.

Super Group Boys Region B Champions
U-13 – NJSA 04 Santos (N.J.)
U-14 – Jersey Crew Celtic (N.J.)
U-15 – Players Development Academy Cruyff (N.J.)
U-15 – PA Classics 90 Blue (Pa.)
U-16 – Montgomery Dragons (Md.)
U-17 – Manhattan Thunder (N.Y.)

Premier Boys Region B Champions
U-12 – NJSA 04 Gunners (N.J.)
U-13 – Lehigh Valley United (Pa.)
U-14 – North Stars (Pa.)
U-15 – Northern Steel (Pa.)
U-16 – TSF Academy Storm (N.J.)
U-16 – Pittsburgh Strikers (Pa.)
U-17 – Berks Reading Rage (Pa.)
U-17 – MPS Cape Cod Crusaders (Mass.)

Super Group Girls Region B Champions
U-15 – Hibernian Crush (N.J.)
U-15 – Century United (Pa.)
U-16 – VISTA Hotshots (Va.)
U-17 – Mass Premier Soccer Boston Renegades (Mass.)
U-17 – Centre Central Penn United Intimidators (Pa.)

Premier Girls Region B Champions
U-12 – Wall Soccer Wild Wombats (N.J.)
U-12 – PSC Pride (N.J.)
U-13 – Pasco Stallions (N.J.)
U-14 – PDA Fire (N.J.)
U-15 – Holmdel Stampede (N.J.)
U-16 – Northern Steel (Pa.)
U-16 – Parsippany Storm (N.J.)
U-17 – New Jersey Wildcats (N.J.)


PEAK PERFORMER: Zidane. Zizou. The Midfield Maestro. France captain Zinedine Zidane was coaxed out of retirement to help France qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Not only did France qualify but, six games after the start of the tournament, France has a date with Italy in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final match. No, Zidane wasn’t the limber 26-year-old of France ’98, but he also wasn’t the injured 30-year-old of Korea/Japan 2002. At 34, and shortly after announcing his post-World Cup retirement from professional soccer, Zidane has scored two goals and assisted on Thierry Henry’s goal against Brazil, leading his team into their second World Cup final match in eight years.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: After four years of hype and speculation, the 2006 FIFA World Cup final match is set. Italy defeated host Germany in the semifinals to advance to the championship game, where it will face France, who advanced after defeating Portugal. Italy and France will square off at 2 p.m. ET in Berlin, live on ABC and Univision, to determine who will be crowned World Cup champion.

SOCCER SHOCKER: For the first time since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, the world will see a World Cup final without South American soccer giant, Brazil. After a World Cup championship drought that lasted from 1970 until 1994, Brazil became a regular World Cup finalist, winning the title in 1994, falling to France in 1998 and winning it all again in 2002. The French once again knocked down the defending champions, this time with a 1-0 win in the quarterfinals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

QUOTABLE: “Can you kick it?"
-- A message spray-painted alongside concrete-filled soccer balls in Berlin. Police arrested two men suspected of manufacturing and setting out the balls, which injured at least two people who tried to kick them.