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U.S. Soccer Wire: April 4, 2011


U.S. U-20 MNT TO FACE GUATEMALA WITH WORLD CUP BERTH ON THE LINE;
U.S. MEN DEFEATED BY PARAGUAY 1-0 IN NASHVILLE, FACE SPAIN ON JUNE 4;
U.S. WOMEN FALL 2-1 TO ENGLAND IN FRIENDLY IN LONDON;
JONES, POPE AND STEWART ELECTED TO NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME

U.S. U-20 MNT TO FACE GUATEMALA WITH WORLD CUP BERTH ON THE LINE: With a 2-0 victory against Panama on Saturday, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team finished in first place in Group B of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship and earned a spot in the quarterfinals.  Kelyn Rowe’s brace, his second and third goals of the tournament, was enough to lift the U.S. past a Panama side that had also qualified for the knock-out stage before the game. In its first match of the tournament, the U.S. rolled to a 4-0 victory against Suriname on March 29 behind goals from Bobby Wood, Joseph Gyau, Conor Doyle and Rowe. The U.S. will now face Guatemala, second-place finishers in Group A, in the all-important quarterfinal match that will send one team to the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. That quarterfinal match can be seen live from Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City on ESPN Deportes or ESPN3.com on Wednesday, April 6, at 10 p.m. ET with additional coverage on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

U.S. U-20 MNT Schedule and Results
Date                Opponent         Result/Kickoff (ET)   U.S. Goalscorer(s)                   Venue
March 29         Suriname          4-0 W                          Wood, Gyau, Doyle, Rowe    Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City
April 2             Panama            2-0 W                          Rowe (2)                                 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City
April 6             Guatemala       10 p.m. ET                  --                                              Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City

ussoccer.com’s U-20 MNT Coverage

U.S. MEN DEFEATED 1-0 BY PARAGUAY IN NASHVILLE IN FRONT OF RECORD CROWD: The U.S. Men’s National Team fell to Paraguay 1-0 on Tuesday night in front of 29,059 at LP Field in Nashville, the largest crowd to see a soccer game in Tennessee. The U.S. gave up the game-winning goal in the 18th minute, but outplayed Paraguay for a majority of the match, especially in the second half where the U.S. had seven shots while only allowing one. Twice it appeared the U.S. would earn their second straight come-from-behind draw with late chances, but Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar made two spectacular saves to keep the U.S. off the score sheet. With the loss, the U.S. record against Paraguay now stands at 2-2-2.

U.S. MEN TO FACE WORLD CHAMPION SPAIN ON JUNE 4 IN FOXBOROUGH: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion Spain on June 4 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff against the No. 1-ranked team in the world and defending European Champion is set for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Ticket information will be announced in the near future. To find out when tickets will go on sale for this match, join U.S. Soccer’s ticket alert email list. For the opportunity to purchase USA-Spain tickets before the general public, join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club and earn priority access to the ticket presale.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2011 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage

U.S. WNT FALLS 2-1 IN FRIENDLY AGAINST ENGLAND IN LONDON: In the U.S. Women’s National Team’s first match in England, the U.S. fell to the hosts 2-1 in front of a boisterous crowd at Brisbane Road. Megan Rapinoe scored the lone goal for the Americans in the first half after the U.S. went behind by two goals early in the match. England came out of the gate with bundles of energy and on a bumpy, muddy field the U.S. team had difficulty coping with the pressure. The hosts were surely the better team through the first 45 minutes, attacking at pace while out-shooting the USA and creating more dangerous opportunities.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR TWO U.S. WNT FRIENDLIES AGAINST JAPAN: The U.S. Women's National Team will play a pair of domestic matches in May to prepare for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, facing Japan on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, and on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The match at Columbus Crew Stadium will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET and be broadcast live exclusively on Fox Soccer and Fox Deportes. The second leg in Cary kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPN2. For the game in Cary, tickets are on sale to the general public through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For the match in Columbus, tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000, at all central Ohio Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Kroger stores) and the Crew Stadium ticket office.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage

JONES, POPE AND STEWART ELECTED TO NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME: Cobi Jones, the U.S. Men’s National Team’s all-time leading cap winner and long-time member of the LA Galaxy, Eddie Pope, a perennial anchor of the U.S. defense for nearly a decade and winner of three MLS Cups with D.C. United, and Earnie Stewart, a three-time World Cup veteran, have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2011 on the Player ballot. Joining the players in this year’s class are Bruce Murray, a midfielder and forward who was one of the leading stars of the U.S. Men’s National Team in the late 1980s and early 1990s who was elected on the Veteran ballot, and former U.S. Men’s National Team and Kansas City Wizards head coach Bob Gansler, who was elected on the Builder ballot.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC TO JOIN U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY FOR 2011-2012 SEASON: After an extensive review process, Vancouver Whitecaps FC has been selected to join the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. The club will join the Academy and begin competing on the field during the 2011-12 season.Vancouver Whitecaps FC joined Major League Soccer beginning in the 2011 season, after playing in numerous first- and second-division leagues since 1974. Whitecaps FC established a full-time, fully funded residency program in 2007 and are in the midst of expanding it to include 80 elite athletes beginning at the Under-14 age group and ranging through the U-17/18 age group.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

TEAM UP WITH TIM HOWARD AGAINST TOURETTE’S SYNDROME: U.S. Men's National Team and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has partnered with the New Jersey Center for Tourette’s Syndrome to raise funds for the center in his home state. The winner of the "Team Up with Tim Howard" raffle receives round-trip airfare for two from Newark to Manchester, England, a two-night hotel stay, two tickets to an Everton match and dinner with Howard. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five tickets for $100. Fans can download an entry form and see the official rules at teamupwithtimhoward.com. The drawing will take place June 15, 2011, and all proceeds will support the programs and services of the New Jersey Center for Tourette’s Syndrome.

NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS AND “C” RETEST LOCATIONS UPDATED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools in April and June for “A” Audit, “A”, “B” and “C” Courses in California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington. In addition, “C” license retest locations have been finalized. Registration for each course is now open after a pre-registration period for active members of CoachesNet, U.S. Soccer’s official coaches club. Current CoachesNet members will have the first opportunity to register for a winter course beginning today. Register for CoachesNet Now | View Course Schedule | “C” License Retest Schedule

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET TRIP TO GERMANY/NETHERLANDS QUICKLY APPROACHING: In an effort to continue providing unique coaching opportunities to its membership, U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet announces plans to offer an educational trip to Germany and the Netherlands. Entering its third year, the aim of U.S. Soccer’s international coaching education program is to expose U.S. coaches to other federations and clubs to learn the steps they take to develop their coaches and players. Attendees interact directly with top-level coaches, administrators and players from some of the best clubs and countries in the world. The coaching education workshop in Germany and the Netherlands will take place from April 28-May 6, 2011 and will mark the 40th anniversary of U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program which began under the direction of Dettmar Cramer.

FIFA ACCEPTING CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP UNTIL MAY 1: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany is now open on the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for media to request accreditation is May 1. All media requesting accreditation for the tournament must be an approved member of the FIFA Media Channel. Any media members without access to the Media Channel that plan to request Women’s World Cup credentials should register immediately at media.fifa.com. Please keep in mind that access to the FIFA Media Channel does not mean credentials have been approved or that accreditation is guaranteed. Apply at fifa.com

FIFA ACCEPTING CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR 2011 FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP DRAW: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for media representatives wishing to cover the Official Draw for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia is now open via the FIFA Media Channel. The event will take place in the afternoon/evening of Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in the Centro de Convenciones in Cartagena de Indias. Apply at fifa.com

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team will face host Guatemala in their decisive quarterfinal match at the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship with the winner earning a berth to the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. The match kicks off at 10 p.m. ET from Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City with live coverage on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com and additional updates on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. U-20 MNT attacker Kelyn Rowe has set the pace for his side’s bright start to the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship with three goals in the first two matches. Rowe capped the scoring in the USA’s 4-0 win against Suriname in the team’s first group game and provided both strikes (Video: goal 1 | goal 2) against Panama in the 2-0 win to top Group B.

SOCCER SHOCKER: In Major League Soccer action this week, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, particularly forward Camilo, provided a dramatic comeback in front of their home crowd on Saturday night as the Brazilian striker scored goals in the 92nd and 93rd minutes to earn a 3-3 draw against Sporting Kansas City. With the match looking all but decided after a second half Teal Bunbury double and a 62nd minute Kei Kamara insurance goal for Kansas City, Atiba Harris clawed one back for the home side in the 73rd, which set the stage for stoppage time hero Camilo to pull them level in the waning moments.

QUOTABLE: “If [the fans] don't understand and don't believe in things, I believe in they can go to Chelsea, they can go to anywhere else. People will queue to come and visit it from all over the UK and it is something that I and everybody else should be proud of." –Fulham FC owner Mohamed Al Fayed on the reaction of club supporters at the unveiling of a statue of the late pop star Michael Jackson just outside of the team’s stadium.

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