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U.S. Soccer Wire: April 26, 2010


U.S. SOCCER RELEASES TRAVEL RESOURCE FOR WORLD CUP FANS;
CASEY WASSERMAN ACCEPTS INVITATION TO JOIN USA BID COMMITTEE;
U.S. U-20 WNT DRAWN INTO GROUP D FOR 2010 FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP  

U.S. SOCCER RELEASES ONLINE TRAVEL RESOURCES FOR FANS GOING TO SOUTH AFRICA THIS SUMMER: U.S. Soccer has put together an online travel resource center for fans traveling to South Africa this summer for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  This comprehensive online fan resource includes information on planning and preparing for their trip, along with travel and transportation recommendations. The online travel resource center also provides fans with information on where to pick up match tickets, stadium facts, local attractions, safety concerns, communication details, embassy contact information, and a brief cultural and historical background of South Africa.  Additional South African sources are also provided here for fans to continue their research. 

CASEY WASSERMAN JOINS TEAM TO BRING FIFA WORLD CUP TO THE U.S. IN 2018 OR 2022: Casey Wasserman, Chairman and CEO of Wasserman Media Group, has formally accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its effort to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. In 2002, Wasserman founded Wasserman Media Group, a global sports and entertainment company with leadership positions in athlete representation, global property sales, action sports, and corporate and property consulting. Wasserman’s soccer practice is considered the most prominent in the sport, handling more than 250 players such as Mia Hamm and Landon Donovan, and international football stars including Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen.

U.S. TO HOLD PRE-WORLD CUP TRAINING CAMP AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: The U.S. Men’s National Team has selected Princeton University as the site of its Pre-World Cup training camp in the United States. Players and coaches will begin to report May 15 for the eight-day camp, with the first training session scheduled for May 17 at Roberts Field. All team training sessions will be closed to the public.

U.S. TO FACE CZECH REPUBLIC AND TURKEY IN SEND-OFF SERIES FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: The U.S. Men's National Team will face two of the traditionally stronger teams from Europe in the Czech Republic and Turkey in the Send-Off Series prior to departing for South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The USA will meet the Czech Republic on May 25 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., at 8 p.m. ET before playing its final home tune-up match against Turkey on May 29 in Philadelphia. The game in Hartford will be broadcast live on ESPN and Galavision, while kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field is set for 2 p.m. ET, with ESPN2 and Galavision providing the television broadcast. Fans can also follow the matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TO MEET AUSTRALIA ON JUNE 5 IN ROODEPOORT, SOUTH AFRICA: The United States will play Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort, South Africa, one week before playing its first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Ruimsig Stadium in suburban Johannesburg is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – April 20 – April 26

U.S. U-20 WNT DRAWN INTO GROUP D FOR 2010 FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team has been drawn into Group D of the 2010 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, along with Ghana, Switzerland and the Korea Republic, and will be based in Dresden for its first two games before moving to Bielefeld to finish the first stage. The Final Draw took place in the early afternoon on Thursday in Dresden, Germany. The U.S. will open against Ghana on July 14 before facing Switzerland on July 17, with both games taking place at the Rudolf-Harbig Stadium in Dresden, a newly built 27,000-seat venue that will also host games of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The U.S. team will then travel to the recently renovated Bielefelder Alm Stadium, a 28,000-seat venue in Bielefeld, to conclude group play against the Koreans.

ussoccer.com’s U-20 WNT Coverage – April 20 – April 26

CLEVELAND TO PLAY HOST TO USA VERSUS GERMANY ON MAY 22: The U.S. Women's National Team will face Germany on May 22 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, as the world’s top two women’s soccer nations meet on American soil for the first time since the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The match will kick off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. The game in Cleveland is the second match of a home-and-home series between the two international powers. In the first contest, played Oct. 29, 2009, in Augsburg, Germany, Abby Wambach's goal gave the Americans a narrow 1-0 victory in front of an enthusiastic German crowd. Germany will host the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup from June 26 through July 17 in nine German cities.

U.S. Women’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – April 20 – April 26

FOUR TEAMS REMAIN UNBEATEN AS USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE MOVES INTO FOURTH WEEK: Week 3 of the USSF D-2 Pro League finished on Sunday as only four teams remain unbeaten in league play. The Puerto Rico Islanders and NSC Minnesota Stars kicked off mid-week action on Wednesday with the island club earning a 3-1 victory at home. The Portland Timbers and AC St. Louis played the next day with Portland wining 3-0 at PGE Park. St. Louis completed the Pacific Northwest circuit by travelling up to Vancouver on Saturday but could not turn the results around falling 1-0 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Minnesota, however, was able to reverse their mid-week result against the Tampa Bay Rowdies winning 1-0 at home. Puerto Rico earned their second 3-1 victory against Crystal Palace Baltimore in Maryland to make it two wins in two games. Sunday’s action saw Montreal and Portland play to a 1-1 draw at the Impact’s home opener in Quebec and the Rochester Rhinos grind out a 2-1 win away to the Austin Aztex, who relinquished their 100 percent record.

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Schedule and Standings

FINAL SALES PHASE OF 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP TICKETS UNDERWAY: The official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ ticket was unveiled Thursday, April 9, by FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke and Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan at Maponya Mall in Soweto, South Africa. The tickets will be made available to the general public on Thursday, April 15, when the fifth and final ticketing sales phase kicks off. This will coincide with the opening of the FIFA World Cup ticketing centers in all nine host cities and the start of the over-the-counter sales.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-23 WNT WRAPS UP TRAINING CAMP IN OREGON WITH TWO VICTORIES: The U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team finished its week-long training camp in the Northwest with a 2-1 victory against the University of Portland at the Nike World Headquarters. The U.S. team got goals from Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Sarah Hagen 20 minutes into the game and then a game winner from Penn State’s Danielle Toney with just four minutes remaining. Earlier in the week, the U.S. defeated Oregon State University 1-0 using a 69th minute penalty kick by Danielle Foxhaven to secure the victory.

U.S. U-23 WNT Results

 Date  Opponent  Result  Goalscorers  Venue
 April 22  Oregon State University   1-0 W  Foxhaven  Oregan State Soccer Complex; Corvallis, Ore.
 April 26  University of Portland  2-1 W  Hagen, Toney  Nike Headquarters; Beaverton, Ore. 

U.S. U-18 MNT TRAINING CAMP IN FULL SWING AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team kicked off a training camp on Sunday that will continue through May 2 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Head coach Mike Matkovich and 24 players are training twice daily while competing against local club teams during the week. The team will also attend the Los Angeles Galaxy match against the Philadelphia Union on May 1. Matkovich’s roster includes 17 players currently playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy plus another player, Kyle Emerson, who has moved on from Texas SC DTH to Wake Forest. Six players – Dustin Corea, Andrew Craven, Luis Gil, Stefan Jerome, Emilio Orozco and Eriq Zavaleta – were all part of the U.S. Soccer U-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program in 2009. Gil, who signed with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer before the 2010 season, is the lone professional player on the roster. Listen to Matkovich preview the camp in this ussoccer.com podcast.

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Keith Cardona (NY Red Bulls; Glen Rock N.J.), Jonathan Kempin (Kansas City Wizards; Leawood, Kans.)
DEFENDERS (8): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas Juniors; Frisco, Texas), Anthony Carerras (BW Gottschee; Valley Stream, N.Y.), Marquez Fernandez (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Baltimore, Md.), Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Albertson SC; Brentwood, N.Y.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Patrick Mullins (Maryland; Metairie, La.), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas Juniors; Edmund, Okla.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Dustin Corea (Unattached; Portland, Ore.), Sean Davis (NY Red Bulls Academy; Holmdel, N.J.), Kyle Emerson (Wake Forest; Cypress, Texas), Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Miguel Lopez (Lonstar Aztex Academy; Alton, Texas), Daniel Metzger (PDA; Holmdel, N.J.), Emilio Orozco (Real So Cal; Oxnard, Calif.), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier FC; Battleground, Wash.), Jonathan Top (FC Dallas Juniors; Fort Worth, Texas)
FORWARDS (4): Villyan Bijev (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Sean Okoli (Washington Premier; Federal Way, Wash.)

U.S. U-17 MNT CANCELS TRIP TO ITALY DUE TO TRAVEL COMPLICATIONS: The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team, which was scheduled to play in the International Tournament of Gradisca in Italy, will be unable to participate due to travel complications from the volcanic eruption in Iceland. Though travel throughout Europe is resuming, the shortage of flights left no options for the group to travel overseas. The team was scheduled to travel on Friday, April 16, to England for a week of training on the grounds of Manchester City. On April 23, the U.S. was slated to fly to Italy to face Mexico, Romania and Croatia. The next scheduled event for Wilmer Cabrera's side is a trip to Dallas, where it will face the Dallas Texans on May 6 and FC Dallas Juniors on May 8.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER COACHING SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD ON MAY 21-22 IN CLEVELAND, OHIO: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will conduct a Coaching Symposium on May 21-22, 2010 in conjunction with the U.S. Women’s National Team’s match against Germany in Cleveland, Ohio. The two-day symposium will offer a variety of presenters and topics. Dickey will focus on “future youth players” while Turner will discuss the “selection of youth players.” In addition, attendees will learn about fitness preparation for senior level players and pre-game objectives for the two top-ranked teams in the world. 

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than seven months to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cup™ to come to the United States -- and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup™ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

U.S. SOCCER SUMMER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools for the “A,” “B” and “C” License Courses will take place throughout the month of June in four locations across the United States.  Summer “A” Audit, “A,” “B” and “C” courses are set for June 5-13 at Darlington School in Rome, Ga. and “B” and “C” courses will take place at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass., will host “A” Audit, “A,” “B” and “C” License courses June 17-25 and a National “A” Audit, “A” and “B” course will take place June 19-27 Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2010 FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP BEGINS: FIFA announced that the media accreditation process for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup  has been launched via a registration form on the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is June 1. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. All applications are subject to confirmation. Also, please be advised that international applicants are responsible for their own visas. Media representatives who have not already registered for the FIFA Media Channel can do so via the following internet address: http://media.FIFA.com/.

BID HANDOVER MEDIA ACCREDITATION PROCESS LAUNCHED: The official handover of the bidding documents from the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidders to FIFA will take place on Friday, May 14, 2010 at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. Media will be able to cover each of the handover ceremonies. Representatives of each of the bidding delegations will have the possibility to briefly speak with the media following each of the handover ceremonies. Any media representatives who would like to attend this event will have to request an accreditation by sending an e-mail to media@fifa.org by April 30. Please provide your name, function, media organization and contact details in the e-mail.

2010 PENN CUP FOR U-11 THROUGH U-15 TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR NOV. 20-21: US Club Soccer announced that the 2010 Penn Cup for U-11 through U-15 teams will be held Nov. 20-21 in West Chester, Pa. The event will take place at Delacy Soccer Complex and Thornbury Soccer Park, home of West Chester United SC. The West Penn Cup has been held in past years, and the East Penn Cup was introduced in 2009. The 2010 Penn Cup represents the unification of these events for eastern and western Pennsylvania clubs and teams.

US CLUB SOCCER ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR UPCOMING ID2 PROGRAM: US Club Soccer has announced the details for the upcoming season’s id2 program, which provides an opportunity for the country’s top youth talent to be identified and developed for possible inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs. Currently in its seventh year, the id2 program now includes boys born in 1997-98 and girls born in 1994-97. Player recommendations are being accepted; please use the player recommendation form at the id2 Web page on usclubsoccer.org.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: In a weekend that saw U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Michael Bradley provide the assist in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich and U.S. goalkeeper Marcus Hahnamann and Wolverhampton Wanderers secure top-flight status in the English Premier League, Maurice Edu gets the nod as he went 90 minutes for Rangers as the Glasgow club secured the Scottish Premier League crown on Sunday.  The U.S. midfielder, along with national team partner DaMarcus Beasley, has now played a part in two consecutive league titles after successfully defending last year’s crown.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: With the annual European cup competitions quickly approaching their final stages, this week will feature the second leg of the semifinal rounds. Inter Milan travel to Barcelona for a clash on Wednesday, while Bayern Munich heads to Lyon for its pivotal match tomorrow. However, U.S. National Team Midfielder Clint Dempsey will be looking to become the first American to play in a European cup final when his club side Fulham will be at home to Hamburg after a scoreless first leg. GolTV will be showing the match on a delay at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday.

SOCCER SHOCKER: An untimely slip by Kansas City Wizards striker Kei Kamara led to his handball which negated a sure goal for the Wizards against MLS Western Conference opponents L.A. Galaxy on Saturday evening. With an open net and the ball moving across the goal mouth, Kamara needed only to tap the ball over the line to score in the 16th minute but fell in the process and knocked the ball into the goal with his hand as he hit the ground, thus negating the clear cut chance. The match went on to finish in a 0-0 tie.

QUOTABLE: “I think it’s an exciting draw because these are teams that we haven’t played, it’s a bit of an unknown. That sometimes can be a negative, but for us, it’s a positive because I think we will be very motivated. There are no pre-conceived thoughts about these opponents. We know we have to prepare well and focus on ourselves. They are all very different kinds of teams from different regions and that represent different challenges and different strengths. It will require us to perform very well each game.” –U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis on the draw she and the team received for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to take place later this year 

 

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