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U.S. Soccer Wire: U.S. WNT Tops Mexico 3-0


PARLOW, HAMM, CHALUPNY STRIKE IN SECOND HALF; U.S. WOMEN IMPROVE TO 12-1-1: The U.S. Women's National Team battled through a scrappy and determined Mexican team, as well as the Albuquerque altitude and heat, finally breaking open the game in the second half to record a 3-0 victory in front of 17,805 fans at University Stadium. The U.S. got goals from starting forwards Cindy Parlow and Mia Hamm to establish a 2-0 lead by the 64th minute, while second-half sub Lori Chalupny scored her first goal at the full international level when she struck a shot from distance in the 87th minute to clinch the victory. The crowd of almost 18,000 is the largest to watch the U.S. Women's National Team this year. The sizeable turnout also bested the mark of 15,610 fans that attended the U.S. Men's National Team's match against Chile in the only other U.S. Soccer match ever played in the city and state. After a first half in which the USA struggled to find their legs and their rhythm, the second half saw the Americans buzzing around the Mexican goal, firing 15 of their 26 total shots and could have easily had a few more scores.  Mexico only took two shots after the break, neither dangerous. The U.S. team now returns to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., for a week of training before taking a week off.  The U.S. team will regroup the following week to prepare for their next match on June 6 against Japan in Louisville, Ky. (4 p.m. ET on ESPN2).  The USA also has matches on July 3 vs. Canada in Nashville, Tenn. (7 p.m. CT on ESPN), July 21 vs. Australia in Blaine, Minn. (6 p.m. CT on ESPN2), and an Olympic send-off match on Aug. 1 in Hartford, Conn., against China (3 p.m. ET on ESPN2).
U.S. WNT “Quest for Summer Glory” Tour
Results
Date            Opponent      Result        U.S. Goal Scorers
April 24       Brazil            5-1 W        Foudy, Wambach (2), Welsh, Hamm
May 9          Mexico         3-0 W       Parlow, Hamm, Chalupny
Schedule
Date            Opponent      Venue; City                                            Kickoff (Local) / TV
June 6          Japan            Cardinal Stadium; Louisville, Ky.            4 p.m. ET / ESPN2
July 3          Canada          The Coliseum; Nashville, Tenn.              7 p.m. CT / ESPN
July 21        Australia        National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.     6 p.m. CT / ESPN2
Aug. 1         China            Rentschler Field; Hartford, Conn.           3 p.m. ET / ESPN2

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY FOR JUNE 13 USA-GRENADA MATCH IN COLUMBUS: Single-game tickets for the U.S. Men's National Team first match on the road to the 2006 World Cup against Grenada on June 13 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, go on sale this Friday (May 14) at 10 a.m. ET. The match, which will kickoff at 1 p.m. ET (live on ESPN2 and Telemundo), is the first of a two-game World Cup qualifying series that will conclude in St. George's, Grenada on June 20. Tickets for the USA's first 2006 World Cup qualifier range from $25-$65. Tickets are available at all local Ticketmaster outlets (including all Kroger stores), online at ussoccer.com or by phone at 614-431-3600. The Columbus match will follow the U.S. MNT’s next match at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., against CONCACAF foe Honduras on Wednesday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET (Telemundo/tape delayed). Should the U.S. advance past Grenada, the semifinal round home opener is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 4 and would also be hosted by the three-year-old Gillette Stadium, while the semifinal round finale on Nov. 17 would be hosted at Crew Stadium.
2004 U.S. MNT Schedule
Date             Opponent    Venue     Kickoff/TV
June 2          Honduras     Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.     7:30 p.m. ET / Telemundo (11:30 p.m. ET/PT)
June 13        Grenada      Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio     1 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Telemundo
June 20        Grenada      St. George's, Grenada     4 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Telemundo
July 11         Poland                                 Soldier Field; Chicago     6 p.m. CT / ESPN2
Aug. 18        Jamaica or Haiti *                TBD (away)     TBD
Sept. 4         El Salvador or Bermuda *    Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass    TBD
Sept. 8         Panama or St. Lucia *          TBD (away)     TBD
Oct. 10        El Salvador or Bermuda *    TBD (away)     TBD
Oct. 13        Panama or St. Lucia *          TBD (United States)     TBD
Nov. 17       Jamaica or Haiti *                Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio     TBD
* Should the U.S. advance past Grenada to the semifinal round

AUGUSTYNIAK, LLOYD JOIN OLYMPIC RESIDENCY CAMP FOR TRAINING: Former Atlanta Beat star Nancy Augustyniak and U.S. Under-21 National Team standout Carli Lloyd will join the USA's Olympic Residency Camp on trial for a week of training beginning tomorrow at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center in Carson, Calif., as the team comes off a one-day break after defeating Mexico 3-0 yesterday (May 9) in Albuquerque, N.M.  The 5-foot-5 Augustyniak, a three-year WUSA veteran who distinguished herself as one of the top defenders in the league, is currently playing in the German Women's Bundesliga for Turbine Potsdam, who sits in second place, six points behind European power Frankfurt.  Augustyniak and her twin sister Julie went to Germany in February, where she became an immediate starter in the midfield.  The 5-foot-7 Lloyd, an All-American midfielder at Rutgers, was a member of the USA's last two Nordic Cup championship teams and is a major cog in the midfield for U-21 head coach Chris Petrucelli in 2004.  Lloyd, who will be a senior next fall for the Scarlet Knights, played extremely well on the U-21s recent trip to China, scoring a goal and assisting on another as the U.S. defeated the full Chinese National Team, 2-0.  The addition of Augustyniak and Lloyd brings the total number of players training in Olympic Residency Camp to 32.

OLYMPIC SEND-OFF MATCH FOR U.S. WOMEN TO BE PLAYED IN HARTFORD ON AUG. 1: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will play its final match before traveling to Greece for the 2004 Olympics against long-time rival China on Aug. 1, at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Conn. The match will kick off at 3 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 as fans in the Northeast and throughout the country will get a last look at the 2004 U.S. Women’s Soccer Olympic Team before it enters Olympic competition approximately 10 days later. The match at Rentschler Field marks the first match in Connecticut for the U.S. women in seven years since the USA beat Canada, 4-0, in New Britain, Conn., in 1997. Advance tickets for USA-China, a rematch of the 1996 Olympic gold medal game and the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final, range in price levels from $18 to $50 and are on sale now at all area Ticketmaster outlets (including Filene’s Stores), by phone at 860-525-4500 (Hartford) or 203-624-0033 (all areas). Groups of 20 or more can order discount tickets through U.S. Soccer by calling 312-528-1290 and complete information is available at ussoccer.com. Last week U.S. Soccer also announced that the U.S. WNT will play regional rival Canada on Saturday, July 3, at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tenn., in a match that kicks off at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET) live on ESPN. The match marks just the second-ever trip to Tennessee in 20-year history of the U.S. Women’s National Team and will mark the return of the state’s greatest-ever female player, Memphis native Cindy Parlow. Tickets for USA-Canada range in price levels from $18 to $45 and went on sale last week at all Ticketmaster outlets in the region (including Kroger and Hecht’s stores), by phone at 615-255-9600, and online at ussoccer.com. A limited number of On-Field Seats are also available at $150.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

KRIKORIAN SELECTS 18 FOR CONCACAF U-19 WOMEN’S QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT: U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team head coach Mark Krikorian has named the 18-player roster that will compete for a berth in the 2004 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship at the CONCACAF U-19 Women’s Qualifying Tournament in Ottawa and Montreal, Canada, from May 28-June 6, 2004. The second FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship will be held in Thailand from November 10-27, 2004. The U.S. team is led by four members of the 2002 team that won the FIFA U-19 World Championship in goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defender Rachel Buehler, midfielder Angie Woznuk and forward Kerri Hanks, all born after the cutoff for the 2004 World Championship, which is Jan. 1, 1985. For the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, the United States was drawn into Group B in the eight-team, two-group tournament and will take on the Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica in first round play. The host Canadians were placed at the top of Group A, along with Mexico, Jamaica and Panama. The top-two finishers in each group will "cross-over" in the semifinals with the winners of those games earning berths to Thailand.
U-19 WNT Qualifying Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.); DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Portland), Kia McNeill (Avon, Conn.), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia); MIDFIELDERS (5): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Stephanie Kron (UCLA), Stacy Lindstrom (UCLA), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Jennifer Redmond (Morristown, N.J.); FORWARDS (5): Bristyn Davis (UCLA), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), Angie Woznuk (Portland).

SPECTOR AWARDED “JIMMY MURPHY YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR” AWARD: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team and Manchester United reserve defender Jonathan Spector was awarded the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award for 2003-04. The 18-year-old, described by Manchester United’s reserve coach Brian McClair as “quick-thinking, reliable and enthusiastic,” received the award before the full team’s match against Chelsea on Saturday at Old Trafford. Spector was a member of the U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program and helped the Under-17 Men’s National Team to a fifth place finish at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship last August. The Arlington Heights, Ill., native was signed by Manchester last year and has been playing for Man U’s U-19 and reserve teams, and just two weeks ago was on the bench for the full team’s match against the Blackburn Rovers. Spector joins a list of famous Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award winners who have gone on to great success with Manchester United, including Ryan Giggs (1990-91, 1991-92), Paul Scholes (1992-93) and Phil Neville (1993-94).

U-16 GIRLS HOLDING THIRD TRAINING CAMP OF 2004 AT HDC: The U.S. Under-16 Girls’ National Team is currently holding their third training camp of 2004 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The team arrived into camp on May 8 and will train and play two matches before departing on Saturday (May 15). The U-16s will face the U-15 GNT, which is also holding a camp at HDC this week, today and then face the Laguna Hills Eclipse on Tuesday. Head coach Sue Montagne-Patberg has called in 22 players for the weeklong training session. 
U-16 GNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jorden Kussman (Lakewood, Wash.), Alyssa Naeher (Seymour, Conn.); DEFENDERS (8): Jane Alukonis (Cocoa Beach, Fla.), Hannah Cerrone (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Lindsey Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.), Nicole Moore (Virginia Beach, Va.), Lauren Switzer (St. Charles, Ill.), Onnie Trusty (Media, Pa.), Lauren Wilmoth (Garland, Texas); MIDFIELDERS (5): Carolyn Blank (Toms River, N.J.), Kendra Chandhoke (Morrison, Colo.), Ali Hawkins (Encinitas, Calif.), C.J. Ludemann (Holtsville, N.Y.), Devon Swaim (Levittown, Pa.); FORWARDS (7): Rachel Givan (Ridgeland, Miss.), Alicia Jenkins (Diamond Springs, Calif.), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix, Ariz.), Ashely Moore (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Casey Nogueira (Cedarburg, Wis.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Nikki Washington (Mesquite, Texas).

U-15 GIRLS TRAINING AT HOME DEPOT CENTER THIS WEEK: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Developmental Team is holding their second training camp of the year after making its debut in March. The U-15s arrived at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif., on May 8 and will hold daily training sessions before departing on Saturday (May 15). The U-15s will play one match against the U-16 GNT, which is also in camp at the HDC, this afternoon at 4 p.m. PT. The U-15s were created this year to provide a more continuous opportunity for player development, bridging the gap between the U-14 National Camp held in August each year and the U-16 Girls’ National Team. This age group was implemented to provide players with more opportunities to be trained and evaluated at national team levels at a younger age, in turn preparing them to compete at higher levels as they move in to the U-16 age group and beyond. Head coach Stephanie Gabbert called in 24 players for the camp.
U-15 GNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kelley Dyer (Germantown, Tenn.), Lillian Klein (Mill Valley, Calif.), Emily Kingsborough (Santa Rosa, Calif.), Nikki Weiss (Redding, Conn.); DEFENDERS (9): Lauren Barnes (Upland, Calif.), Erica Campenelli (Plano, Texas), Kathleen Deines (Issaquah, Wash.), Brittany Goosen (Olathe, Kan.), Gretchen Miller (Fairport, N.Y.), Anessa Patton (Fresno, Calif.), Chelsea Regan (n/a), Kacey Richards (Williamstown, N.J.), Jasmine Rodriguez (Clinton, Conn.); MIDFIELDERS (8): Alana Clark (Tucson, Ariz.), Bernadette DaCosta (Macungie, Pa.), Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.), Kelley German (Claremore, Okla.), Kelsey Lynch (Chicago, Ill.), Jillian MacNeil (Marshfield, Mass.), Kendra Perry (Livermore, Calif.), Sarah Salazar (Broken Arrow, Okla.); FORWARDS (3): Melissa Henderson (Garland, Texas), Laura Heyboer (Hudsonville, Mich.), Rachel Schuyler (Cheshire, Conn.).

– LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE –

QUALIFYING CONTINUES FOR U.S. OPEN CUP; USASA REGION II QUALIFYING COMPLETE: Of the total of 40 teams that will compete in the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, 17 have now been decided, with USASA Region II announcing their representatives last weekend. The Milwaukee Bavarians of Wisconsin topped Childean Arsenal of Michigan by a 3-1 score at Hurley Field in Berkley, Mich. The Bavarians will return to the Cup after being the only first round team to advance to the third round before falling to Milwaukee Wave United 4-1 last year. S.A.C. Wisla of Illinois had advanced previously with a 2-1 victory over Busch SC out of Missouri. In the lone A-League qualifier over the weekend, the Atlanta Silverbacks topped the Charleston Battery 2-0 in the first leg of their series. Even with a loss in the series, Charleston would earn an Open Cup berth as a secondary qualifier after winning the A-League title last year. For a complete breakdown of the qualifying results, visit the U.S. Open Cup section of ussoccer.com.
2004 U.S. Open Cup Qualifiers
MLS (All 10 teams): Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, Dallas Burn, D.C. United, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution, MetroStars, San Jose Earthquakes;
A-League: Charleston Battery (2003 League Champ), Minnesota Thunder (2003 League Finalist), Richmond Kickers;
Pro Select: Wilmington Hammerheads (2003 League Champ);
Premier Development: Cape Cod Crusaders (2003 League Champ);
USASA: Milwaukee Bavarians (Reg. II - Wis.), S.A.C. Wisla (Reg. II - Ill.).

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER LEGENDS AKERS, WYNALDA, CALIGUIRI NAMED TO HALL OF FAME: Former U.S. Women’s National Team captain Michelle Akers, along with U.S. Men’s National Team standouts Paul Caligiuri and Eric Wynalda, were elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame last week during a press conference at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The three former U.S. National Team players each received at least 89 percent of the votes cast and were presented with individual Hall of Fame jerseys by President and CEO Will Lunn as a symbol of the honor. The Hall of Fame, located in Oneonta, N.Y., instituted a new voting process beginning in 2004. In conjunction with U.S. Soccer, Major League Soccer, and the Women’s United Soccer Association, the Hall of Fame selected media voters from across the country to receive ballots. The process also includes voting rights for those First Division professional coaches with four or more years’ tenure, current and former U.S. National Team coaches and national soccer executives.

USA's MAVIS DERFLINGER INDUCTED INTO CONCACAF HALL OF FAME: Longtime youth soccer advocate Mavis Derflinger has been inducted into the CONCACAF Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2004. The announcement was made on May 1 at the XXIV CONCACAF Ordinary Congress in Grenada. Few people have been as influential in the development of youth and women's soccer in the CONCACAF region as the English-born Derflinger, who becomes the first woman to be inducted into the CONCACAF Hall of Fame. Since her very first involvement as a coach in the late 1960's, Derflinger has championed the development of the women's game at every level and shown an equal dedication to promoting and improving youth soccer. She was the first female member of U.S. Soccer's Board of Directors and is a former chair of US Youth Soccer. Among her many achievements, Derflinger's efforts were pivotal in securing initial funding in the creation of the U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team in the early 1990's. That program has since spawned many players who have gone on to represent the U.S. in competition at the FIFA Women's World Cup. Derflinger was inducted alongside Aruba's Hubert Tromp, a longtime referee in the CONCACAF region.

MISL ANNOUNCES TOP HONORS FOR 2003-04 SEASON: The Major Indoor Soccer League announced the winners of its top four post-season awards last week, honoring Greg Haves as MVP, Tatu as Coach of the Year, Peter Pappas as Goalkeeper of the Year and Jamar Beasley as Rookie of the Year. Howes enjoyed a banner campaign for the Wave, helping Milwaukee to a league-best 27-9 mark during the regular season. He posted league-leading-totals of 57 goals and 85 points (57 goals + 28 assists) to claim the League’s scoring crown, 18 points ahead of his nearest challenger. Tatu won the top coaching award after leading the Sidekicks to a 21-15 record and a MISL Western Division Championship. The 21 wins in 2003-04 marked a 12-game improvement for Dallas, which had a record of 9-27 during the 2002-03 season. Pappas posted another career season en route to earning his first All-MISL First Team selection and the sixth overall All-League squad appearance of his eight-year career. Pappas finished the 2003-04 regular season ranked first among MISL netminders in save percentage (.765) and saves (430) and third in wins (17), minutes (1748), and goals against average (4.53). Finally, Beasley played all 36 regular season games and appeared in both post-season contests. The 24-year-old finished the regular season with 31 goals and 15 assists for 46 total points.

PARALYMPIC TEAM HOSTS FINAL TRIALS THIS WEEK IN CHULA VISTA: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer team will hold its last trials camp this week (May 11-16) at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., before naming its roster for the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.  Coach Jay Hoffman has invited in 15 athletes to this camp, the final roster, which will be named at the conclusion of this camp, will have 12 athletes. John Theobald, who has been a member of the squad since 1991 is unable to attend the camp due to work obligations, but is still eligible for selection. Last month at an International Tournament in Holland, David Woosnam tied his father Phil Woosnam at 35 caps.  Phil earned his caps with the National Team o f Wales.
Paralympics Trials Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Keith Johnson (Anchorage, Alaska), Bosco Hawkins (Anchorage, Alaska.); DEFENDERS (4): John Clore (Culpepper, Va.), Jon McCullough (Washington, D.C.), Mike Peters (Seattle, Wash.), David Woosnam (Atlanta, Ga.); MIDFIELDERS (7): Derek Arneaud (E. Stroudsberg, Pa.), David Burks (Atlanta, Ga.), Tom Latsch (Cleveland, Ohio), Josh McKinney (Princeton, W.Va.), Aaron Myers (Flagstaff, Ariz.), Jason Slemons (Eagle River, Ark.), Chris Wolf (Gainesville, Fla.); FORWARDS (2): Josh Blue (Denver, Colo.), Eli Wolff (Boston, Mass.).

U.S. FUTSAL TO FACE HONDURAS NEXT WEEK IN MILWAUKEE: The U.S. Futsal National Team will face Honduras on May 18 and 20 at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wis., in a two-game Preliminary Round series. Both games kick off at 7 p.m. CT. The winner of the total-goal series will advance to the eight-team CONCACAF Final Qualifying Tournament to be played in Costa Rica during the last two weeks of July. That event will determine the region's two participants in the FIFA Futsal World Championship in Chinese Taipei from Nov. 21 to Dec. 5. In the other two match-ups between Northern Zone and UNCAF representatives in the Preliminary Round, Panama will face Canada, and Mexico will square off against El Salvador. At the CONCACAF Final Qualifying Tournament in Costa Rica, the three winners will join host Costa Rica, Cuba, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname. The eight final teams will battle for the top two spots to qualify for the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Championship.

2004 W-LEAGUE SEASON KICKS OFF ACROSS NATION: United Soccer Leagues’ W-League kicked off its 10th Anniversary Season last weekend with 10 of the league’s 37 teams in action. Current Finland National Team player and former WUSA New York Power forward Minna Mustonen made her return to the W-League after spending the preseason with her national team. Mustonen’s last season ended with a W-League championship with the Boston Renegades and the W-League championship tournament MVP honor. Mustonen is among 18 former WUSA players signed thus far to play in the W-League this season and one of 32 current or former national team players. The 18 WUSA alumni bring over 500 games of professional experience to the field along with the over 800 caps by the internationals representing Canada, England, Finland, Ghana, Ireland, Jamaica, Nigeria and the United States.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER:  Cornell Glen, making his MLS debut, scored both the opening and final goal and added an assist as he helped the MetroStars pull out a 5-5 tie against the San Jose Earthquakes on May 8. The Trinidad & Tobago international opened the scoring in the sixth minute and then secured a point for the MetroStars with a pretty right heel flick off a service from Eddie Gaven in the 89th minute.

MARQUEE MATCH-UP: South Africa, Egypt and Morocco have one last week to convince FIFA they should be chosen as the host of the 2010 World Cup, as the world soccer governing body will choose one of the African sites on Saturday (May 15). Tunisia and Libya had also submitted bids, but FIFA deemed in an inspection report released last week that the two countries chances were extremely slim (Tunisia withdrew their bid a few days later). In that same report, South Africa seemed to be the favorite ahead of Egypt and Morocco going into the final week of the bidding.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Score five goals and you’re guaranteed to come away with three points, right? Not for the MetroStars or Earthquakes last weekend. Pat Onstad and Johnny Walker were retrieving the ball out of the net more than they were making saves on May 8 as the MetroStars and San Jose Earthquakes tied for the second highest combined goal total in Major League Soccer history, with each team exploding for five goals in one of the most entertaining tie games in recent history. Despite the 10-goal outpouring, each team was left with just one point to add to their season point total.

QUOTABLE:  “That was one of the best games I have ever been involved in. I have been a part of some meaningful and memorable games, but this one was great. Look at me, I am smiling after the game even though I ate five goals because (San Jose goalkeeper) Pat Onstad ate five too."
--MetroStars goalkeeper Jonny Walker, after one of the highest-scoring games in MLS history

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