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U.S. Soccer Wire: May 2, 2005


UPCOMING HOME GAME TICKETS MOVING QUICKLY: More than 30,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s May 28 friendly against England, and more than 20,000 tickets have been purchased for the USA’s June 4 home World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. The U.S. men face England at Soldier Field at 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, May 28, with tickets starting at $28. Tickets can be purchased through ussoccer.com, by phone at 312-559-1212 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts, Hot Tix, FYE, Tower Records, and Ritmo Latino stores). Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com. The match against England, which will be broadcast live on ESPN, comes just seven days before the U.S. men take on Costa Rica in the USA’s second straight home qualifier. Kickoff for the match, which is being presented by Philips Electronics, is slated for 5:30 p.m. MT at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City and the match will be shown live on ESPN2. More than 20,000 tickets have been sold since April 18, when tickets were made available to the general public. Tickets for the World Cup qualifier start at $25 and can be purchased through ussoccer.com, by phone at 801-581-8849 and at the Rice-Eccles Stadium ticket office. Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com. Real Salt Lake season tickets will be honored for the match, which features a doubleheader with Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas. Fans can also follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

U-17 ’89 MNT FINISHES IN SECOND PLACE AT BALLYMENA, WALLACE NAMED CO-MVP: The U.S. Under-17 '89 Men's National Team hit the post and crossbar, but couldn't find the back of the net as they fell 1-0 to Czech Republic in the final of the Ballymena International Tournament last Friday (April 29) in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. The U.S. finished in second place for the third straight time, as they also were runner-up in 2004 and 2002. The U.S. has competed in four of the six Ballymena International Tournaments, also participating in 2000 and finishing in fourth place. U.S. midfielder Anthony Wallace was named as co-player of the tournament along with Tomas Necid of the Czech Republic. The U.S. had gotten through Group A with three shutout victories against Slovakia (2-0), Israel (1-0) and Northern Ireland (3-0), but for the first time in the tournament struggled to control the pace of the game as the Czech Republic controlled the majority of the first half. It appeared the teams would venture into the locker room tied at half, but the Czechs came away with the eventual game-winner just moments before the end of the first 40 minutes. Ivan Lacko got around the U.S. defense on the right side of the penalty area forcing defender Greg Eckhart to commit to the forward, allowing Lacko to lay the ball square to a wide-open Tomas Pekhart, who drilled the close-range shot past U.S. goalkeeper Brian Perk. The second half was a different affair as the U.S. began dominating play and peppering the Czech Republic goal. The U.S. ended up empty handed after hitting the woodwork twice and watching the Czech Republic 'keeper come up with some huge saves. Eckhart was inches from finding the equalizer late in the second half off a corner kick when he out-jumped his defender and headed the ball on goal, but it bounced off the left post. Two minutes later, Josmer Altidore unleashed a 30-yard free kick that just skimmed over the crossbar. Wallace also had a great look on target as he hit a bullet toward the lower-left post, but the Czech 'keeper just got his fingertips to it, pushing it wide of the target.
U-17 ’89 MNT Results – Ballymena International Tournament
Date         Opponent              Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
April 25    Slovakia                2-0 W     Nunez, Marosevic
April 26     Israel                     1-0 W     Altidore
April 27     Northern Ireland   3-0 W     Omphroy, Duran, Own goal
April 29     Czech Republic   0-1 L       --

U.S. U-16 WNT HEADS TO JAPAN IN FIRST INTERNATIONAL TRIP OF 2005: Led by coach Sue Patberg, the U.S. U-16 Women's National Team travels to Japan from May 6-16 for their first international camp of the year. The U-16s will face several club sides after wrapping up their third training camp of 2005 with a 4-2 victory against the U.S. U-15 Girl's Developmental Team and a 2-2 tie with the U-18 Southern California Blues girl's club.  Againt the U-15s, forward Laura Heyboer (Hudsonville, Mich.) notched a true hat trick inside the first 26 minutes (with the first off a PK) while Ashley Rape (Dallas, Texas) added a fourth goal in the 67th minute.  Melissa Henderson had both assists on Heyboer's goal in the run of play. Against the Blues, the U-16s fell behind 2-0 after just 30 minutes, but rallied to tie the game on two late goals from Jessie Baddley (Ogden, Utah) in the 65th and 72nd minutes.
U.S. U-16 Roster for Japan Tour
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bianca Henninger (San Jose, Calif.), Jorden Kussmann (Lakewood, Wa.); DEFENDERS (5): Lauren Barnes (Upland, Calif.), Hannah Cerrone (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Kate Deines (Issaquah, Wa.), Gretchen Miller (Fairport, N.Y.), Michelle Oliver (Roswell, Ga.); MIDFIELDERS (5): Courtney Barg (Plano, Texas), Erica Campanellis (Plano, Texas), Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.), Teresa Noyola (Palo Alto, Calif.), Megan O'Hai (Salt Lake City, Utah); FORWARDS (6): Jessie Baddley (Ogden, Utah), Chelsea Bednarz (Chandler, Ariz.), Amy Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Bianca D'Agostino (Longmeadow, Mass.), Melissa Henderson (Garland, Texas), Casey Nogueira (Raleigh, N.C.).

-- FIFA 2006 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING UPDATE --

AT HOME IN HARTFORD: The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team will host Trinidad & Tobago on August 17 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., to begin the second half of the 10-game final round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. vs. Trinidad & Tobago match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET, with fans also able to follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Trinidad & Tobago will be the first opponent that the U.S. faces for the second time in the final round of qualifying, playing the return leg of a 2-1 victory on February 9 in Trinidad. Ticketing details for the match at Rentschler Field will be announced in the future. The U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago have played nine times in World Cup qualifying, with the U.S. compiling an undefeated record of seven wins and two ties. The U.S. has not surrendered a goal to Trinidad & Tobago in a home qualifier since a 1-1 tie in Torrance, Calif., on May 13, 1989, and has recorded a shutout in six of their nine overall qualifying matches.

AGAINST MEXICO IN OHIO: The U.S. Men’s National Team will host Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 3 in Columbus Crew Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET in their seventh of 10 final round qualifying matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. vs. Mexico match, which is being presented by Budweiser, will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Telemundo, with fans also able to follow the U.S. match live at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. It will be the fourth out of five World Cup qualifiers played in the United States and the fifth World Cup qualifying match hosted by the six-year-old venue. Ticketing details will be announced in the future.

HOME AGAIN: The U.S., along with Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago have kicked off the 10-game round-robin that will last until Oct. 12, 2005. After two tough road games, the U.S. men headed back to the States to play their first home game at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., on March 30, where they defeated Guatemala, 2-0. Another home game is on the list for the U.S., as they face Costa Rica at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on June 4 at 5:30 p.m. MT. The top three teams in the hexagonal automatically advance to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany while the fourth-place team will compete in a two-game playoff to be held Nov. 12/13 and Nov. 16 against the fifth-place finisher in Asian qualifying.
2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Schedule – CONCACAF Final Round
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Feb. 9        Panama 0, Guatemala 0
Feb. 9        Costa Rica 1, Mexico 2
Feb. 9        Trinidad & Tobago 1,  USA 2 
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 26   Costa Rica 2, Panama 1
March 26   Guatemala 5, Trinidad & Tobago 1
March 27   Mexico 2, USA 1
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
March 30   Panama 1, Mexico 1
March 30   USA 2, Guatemala 0
March 30   Trinidad & Tobago 0, Costa Rica 0
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 4        Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama   
June 4        Guatemala vs. Mexico   
June 4        USA vs. Costa Rica   
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 8        Panama vs. USA   
June 8        Costa Rica vs. Guatemala   
June 8        Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Aug. 17      Guatemala vs. Panama   
Aug. 17      Mexico vs. Costa Rica   
Aug. 17      USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Sept. 3       Panama vs. Costa Rica  
Sept. 3       Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guatemala
Sept. 3       USA vs. Mexico  
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Sept. 7       Mexico vs. Panama 
Sept. 7       Guatemala vs. USA  
Sept. 7       Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Oct. 8         Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Oct. 8         Mexico vs. Guatemala 
Oct. 8/9      Costa Rica vs. USA 
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
Oct. 12       USA vs. Panama   
Oct. 12       Guatemala vs. Costa Rica
Oct. 12       Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico
 
Playoff (*home team will be determined by lottery at the conclusion of the final round)
Date                Match-up
*Nov. 12/13    AFC #5 vs. CONCACAF #4 
*Nov. 16          AFC #5 vs. CONCACAF #4

-- U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --

U-17 '88 AND '89 MNT EACH HAVE GAMES THIS WEEK: The U.S. Under-17 '88 and '89 Men's National Teams will play games this Saturday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The older U-17s will take on the University of Massachusetts, while the younger U-17s will battle the Temple Terrace FC U-18s. The following week, the '88s will travel to Laredo, Texas, for a match on May 11 against the Laredo Heat of the Premier Development League.
U-17 ’88, ‘89s Schedule
Date         Matchup
May 7       U-17 ‘88s vs. Umass
May 7       U-17 ‘89s vs. Temple Terrace FC U-18s
May 11     U-17 ‘88s vs. Laredo Heat

U-18 MNT GO 2-1-0 DURING CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER IN CARSON, CALIF.: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team came away with two wins out of three games during their weeklong camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. In their first match on April 26, the U-18s got a bit of a surprise as they were expecting to face the Chivas USA reserve team, but actually went up against the MLS expansion’s first team in the first half before the reserves came on in the second stanza. The U-18s found the back of the in each half as Johann Smith and Brian Martin both scored, but Chivas was too strong as they were able to pull away for a 5-2 victory. Two days later, the U.S. took on the So Cal United club team and cruised to a 5-0 victory as Mike Grella led the way with two goals, and Sal Zizzo, Robbie Rogers and Smith all notched one goal. The U-18s final match came against the Southern California SeaHorses of the Premier Development League on April 30. The U.S. got two goals in the first seven minutes as Dax McCarty and Rogers each found the back of the net, while Smith put the game out of reach with his third strike in as many games in the 50th minute.
U-18 MNT Schedule
Date        Opponent           Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
April 26   Chivas USA        2-5 L     Smith, Martin
April 28   So Cal United     5-0 W    Grella (2), Zizzo, Rogers, Smith
April 30   SC SeaHorses   3-0 W    McCarty, Rogers, Smith

U-14 BOYS NATIONAL TEAM GETS TWO WINS DURING CAMP AT CHULA VISTA: The U.S. Under-14 Boys National Team came away with two wins during their weeklong camp at Chula Vista, Calif. The 34 players in camp were separated into two teams for their first game on May 1. In their first game, the U.S. defeated the Southern California State Team 3-2 behind goals from Brian Dominguez, Kyle Soroka and David Yang, while the second match say the U.S. shutout the Hot Spurs Academy (‘89s), 3-0, with two goals from Abdus Lam Ibrahim and one from Mario Perez. The players arrived in camp on April 28 and will be under the instruction of U-14 head coach Manny Schellscheidt before leaving on May 4.
U.S. Under-14 BNT Results
Date      Opponent                    Result   U.S. Goal Scorers
May 1    So Cal State               3-2 W   Dominguez, Soroka, Yang
May 1    Hot Spurs Academy  3-0 W    Ibrahim (2), Perez

U.S. Under-14 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brendan Laferty (North Bablyon, N.Y.), Zachary MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Brandon Paul (Flemington, N.J.), Brendan Roslund (Denver, Colo.); DEFENDERS (10): Chad Barson (Lewis Center, Ohio), Michael Giuliano (Columbia, Conn.), Kevin Gnecco (North Hampton, N.H.), Luis Herrera (Harlingen, Texas), Nick Rihn (Glendale, Calif.), Chris Smith (Chula Vista, Calif.), Kyle Soroka (Lanhorne, Pa.), Zarek Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Juan Valladolid (Oxnard, Calif.), Teddy Vallee (Shelbrun, Vt.); MIDFIELDERS (13): Bobby Adkins (Shelby Township, Mich.), Jason Alvarez (Palm Coast, Fla.), Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Victor Duru (Atlanta, Ga.), Uwen Etuk (Herndon, Va.), Kevin Lewis (Pawcatuck, Conn.), James Mulligan (Medford, N.Y.), Travis Pittman (Manassas, Va.), Dillon Powers (Plano, Texas), Alexei Reyes (Dallas, Texas), Marby Velasquez (Brentwood, N.Y.), Parker Walsh (Roanoke, Va.); FORWARDS (7): Jose Altamirano (San Diego, Calif.), Brian Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Abdus Lam Ibrahim (Richfield, Minn.), Sam Kotowski (Cranbury, N.J.), Andrew Lubahn (Erie, Pa.), Mario Perez (Brownsville, Texas), David Yang (Ann Arbor, Mich.).

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

FORMER MNT DEFENDER TROY DAYAK TO RETIRE AFTER 2005 SEASON: Former U.S. MNT and current San Jose Earthquakes defender Troy Dayak announced that he will retire after the 2005 MLS season. Dayak donned the U.S. jersey nine times between 1990-91 and was a member of the 1992 Olympic team. Following his Earthquakes career, Dayak, 34, will continue his involvement in soccer as head coach of the expansion California Cougars of the Major Indoor Soccer League. A Northern California native, Dayak starred at Livermore High School and the University of San Francisco before joining the professional San Francisco Bay Blackhawks of the American Professional Soccer League at age 17 as the youngest player ever in APSL history. Born in Walnut Creek, Dayak was a member of the original MLS team in San Jose, the Clash, in 1996 and is currently in his eighth season with San Jose.

FORCE, WAVE TO FACE OFF IN MISL FINALS SERIES LIVE ON ESPN2: The Cleveland Force and the Milwaukee wave will square off against each other live on ESPN2 in the 2005 MISL Finals Series beginning on May 14 at 9 p.m. ET at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wis. Game two will take place on May 21 at 7 p.m. ET at Savvis Center in St. Louis, Mo. The Wave secured a spot in the finals with two victories against the St. Louis Steamers in the semifinals series, winning 4-3 on Friday (April 29) and 6-5 on Sunday (May 1). Cleveland also won both games in their semifinal series against the Philadelphia Kixx, winning 6-3 and 10-6, respectively.
2005 MISL Championship Series
Semifinal #1
#2 Cleveland Force vs. #3 Philadelphia KiXX
Game 1  April 29    Philadelphia 3, Cleveland 6
Game 2  May 1       Cleveland 10, Philadelphia 6
Semifinal #2
#1 Milwaukee Wave vs. #4 St. Louis Steamers
Game 1  April 29    St. Louis 3, Milwaukee 4
Game 2  May 1       Milwaukee 6, St. Louis 5
Finals
Milwaukee Wave vs. Cleveland Force
Game 1  May 14   U.S. Cellular Arena  (Milwaukee, Wis.)   9 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Game 2  May 21   Savvis Center (St. Louis, Mo.)                 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)


*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Can you say, “On fire”? That’s pretty much how you would describe U.S. MNT and New England Revolution midfielder Clint Dempsey right now. His game-winning goal against Chivas USA on Saturday (April 30) was his fourth consecutive goal in the Revs five games so far in his sophomore campaign after being named 2004 MLS Rookie of the Year. All of his goals have been game-winners.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: PSV Eindhoven may have gone down 2-0 to A.C. Milan in the first semifinal leg of the Champions league last week, but don’t count them out. The second leg of the series takes place at Philips Stadion in Eindhoven, Holland, on Wednesday (May 4) at 2:30 p.m. ET on Setanta Sports USA. PSV will be looking to erase memories of the last game at the San Siro and the challenge against the rossoneri will be even greater, as DaMarcus Beasley and Jefferson Farfan both suffered injuries in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with FC Twente. The club is saying that Beasley may be out three to five weeks.

SOCCER SHOCKER: In the English Premier League at Fulham, the past month has seen two U.S. Men's National Team players undergo a surprising reversal of fortune. At the start of April, defender Carlos Bocanegra had appeared in 34 of Fulham's 38 games across all competitions in 2004-05, which included 32 starts in which he played all 90 minutes. Since returning from World Cup qualifying duty with the U.S., Bocanegra has made just one appearance (as a second half sub for seven minutes on April 3) and has been on the bench for their last five games without making an appearance. Conversely, forward Brian McBride had not started a single game for Fulham in the 2005 calendar until he scored on a 15-yard volley as a sub on April 3 after returning from World Cup qualifying play. Since then, McBride has started all five games for Fulham and played all 90 minutes, scoring twice more. McBride now has five total goals for Fulham in 2004-05, including three in the month of April.

QUOTABLE: "A lot of people talk about Landon's quickness and his goal scoring ability. In my opinion, his greatest attribute is he makes people around him better."
-- L.A. Galaxy midfielder Pete Vagenas after a 2-0 win against FC Dallas in which Donovan scored a goal and assisted him on a goal.

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