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U.S. Soccer Wire - July 2, 2007


U.S. MNT FACES PARAGUAY IN COPA AMERICA ON MONDAY, JULY 2,
AFTER LOSS TO CLASSY ARGENTINA;
U.S. U-20 MNT TAKES ON POLAND AFTER 1-1 DRAW WITH SOUTH KOREA
IN 2007 FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP IN CANADA

U.S. MNT FACE PARAGUAY IN SECOND COPA AMERICA GAME: The U.S. Men’s National Team continues their run at the 2007 Copa America with a match against Paraguay. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and fans can watch live on GolTV and TeleFutura, as well as follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Monday’s match is the second for the MNT in the South American tournament, having opened group play on Thursday (June 28) in a 4-1 loss to a classy Argentine side. The U.S. will finish group play against Colombia on July 5 at Estadio Metropolitano de Futbol de Lara in Barquisimeto. The match against Colombia kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET, live on GolTV and TeleFutura. Both games will also be aired delayed on Fox Sports Espanol. The last time the U.S. competed in the tournament in 1995, they advanced to the quarterfinals where they defeated Mexico and eventually finished in fourth place.

U.S. MNT Copa America Schedule / Results
Date             Opponent              Kickoff/Result         U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
June 28        Argentina #           1-4 L                        Eddie Johnson
July 2            Paraguay #            6:30 p.m. ET
July 5            Colombia #           6:30 p.m. ET
July 7/8         Quarterfinals#*    TBD
July 10/11    Semifinals#*        TBD
July 14          Final#*                   5:05 p.m. ET

U.S. U-20 MNT TIES SOUTH KOREA, FACES POLAND NEXT: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National team opened their FIFA Under-20 World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against Korea Republic in Group D play at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada. Midfielder Danny Szetela opened the scoring for the U.S. in the 16th minute, but South Korea was the more active team on the night and eventually tallied the equalizing goal in the 38th minute. The U.S. is tied for second place with one point, while Poland sits atop the group with three points after a surprising victory over group favorite Brazil. Poland scored in the 23rd minute and then went down to 10 men a few minutes later, but were still able to hold off the four-time champions. The United States will play its second game in Group D against Poland at Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, July 3 at 5 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the match live on ESPNU, Galavision and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. U-20 MNT FIFA World Cup Schedule / Results
Date          Opponent          Kickoff / Result            U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
June 30    South Korea      1-1 T                             Danny Szetela
July 3        Poland                5 p.m. ET
July 6        Brazil                   7:45 p.m. ET

BENNETT AND SEITZ NAMED REFEREES AT 2007 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: U.S. Soccer referees Jennifer Bennett and Kari Seitz have been named to the final list of referees for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China. The announcement was made on June 22 by FIFA Vice President Angel Maria Villar Llona, the chair of the FIFA Referees Committee. Overall, FIFA named 12 referees and 23 assistant referees from across the globe, with an additional six referees assigned as reserves. The U.S. is the only country to be represented by two referees.

SEND-OFF SERIES CONTINUES ON JULY 14: The U.S. WNT continues their 2007 Send-Off Series against Norway at 6 p.m. ET on July 14 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. In the latest match, the U.S. Women’s National Team rolled to a 2-0 win over Brazil on June 23 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. A crowd of almost 17,000 watched the match as the USA improved its record to 9-0-2 in 2007. The win also stretched the team’s unbeaten streak in regulation time to 43 games, 42 of those under head coach Greg Ryan. The fifth FIFA Women’s World Cup will be played from Sept. 10-30 in five Chinese cities. After facing Norway, the USA will travel to Northern California to face Japan at Spartan Stadium in San Jose on July 28, before taking on New Zealand in Chicago on Aug. 12 at Soldier Field. The U.S. team will finish up against Finland in Los Angeles on Aug. 25 at The Home Depot Center in the final match before the team heads to China. For complete details and ticket information for the entire Send-Off Series, visit ussoccer.com.

2007 Women’s National Team Send-Off Series
Date        Opponent          Location                                                                     Result/Kickoff TV
June 16  China                 Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio)  2-0 W
June 23  Brazil                  Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)               2-0 W
July 14    Norway               Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.)             6 p.m. ET ESPN2
July 28    Japan                 Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)           7 p.m. PT ussoccer.com's MatchACCESS
Aug. 12   New Zealand    Soldier Field (Chicago)                                          12 p.m. CT ESPN2
Aug. 25   Finland               The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)           6:30 p.m. PT ESPN2

U.S. 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
Date             Opponent         Venue                                                                               Kickoff
Sept. 11       North Korea     Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)          5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 14       Sweden            Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)          5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 18       Nigeria              Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
Sept. 22       Quarterfinals*  Wuhan or Tianjin                                                           5 p.m. local or 8 p.m. local
Sept. 26/27 Semifinals*       Tianjin or Hangzhou                                                     8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
Sept. 30       Final*                 Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium)  8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
* If Necessary

MNT TO PLAY CATALONIA AND SWITZERLAND IN OCTOBER: The United States Men’s National Team will play a pair of friendlies in Europe in October, traveling to face Catalonia and Switzerland for the second and third matches for the team in Europe in 2007. The United States will first meet Catalonia on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the famed Nou Camp in Barcelona (time TBD), marking the debut match between the teams. Three days later, the U.S. will take on 2008 European Championship co-hosts Switzerland for the first game between the two sides in nearly 13 years, and the first since the 1-1 draw in the 1994 FIFA World Cup hosted by the United States. Kickoff for the Oct. 17 match is set for 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET), with the venue still to be determined. Both games will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, and fans can follow both matches live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. MNT 2007 Schedule
Date          Match                 Venue                                                       Result/Kickoff/TV
Jan. 20     Denmark          Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)              3-1 W
Feb. 7       Mexico               Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.)    2-0 W
March 25  Ecuador            Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)      3-1 W
March 28  Guatemala       Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)                         0-0 T
June 2      China                 Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)               4-1 W
June 7      Guatemala^      Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)             1-0 W
June 9      T&T^                   Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)             2-0 W
June 12    El Salvador^      Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)          4-0 W
June 16    Panama^           Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)          2-1 W
June 21    Canada^            Soldier Field (Chicago)                                    2-1 W
June 24    Mexico^              Soldier Field (Chicago)                                    2-1 W
June 28    Argentina #        Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo)               1-4 L
July 2        Paraguay #        Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas)                    6:30 p.m. ET / GolTV (Delayed on FSE)
July 5        Colombia #        Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto) 6:30 p.m. ET / GolTV (Delayed on FSE)
July 7/8     Quarterfinals#* Puerto La Cruz, Anzoátegui, Maturín, Barquisimeto TBD
July 10/11 Semifinals#*    Caracas, Puerto Ordaz                                     TBD
July 14       Final#*              Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo)                5:05 p.m. ET
Aug. 22      Sweden            Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden)     2:30 p.m. ET / FSC / Galavision (2:30 ET/PT)
Oct. 14       Catalonia         Nou Camp (Barcelona, Spain)                        TBD / FSC & Galavision
Oct. 17       Switzerland      TBD (TBD)                                                           2:30 p.m. ET / FSC & Galavision

^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
# Copa America
* If necessary

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

ZIMMERMAN IN FOR SMITH AT FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP: Forward Preston Zimmerman was added to the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team roster for the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup after forward Johann Smith injured his ankle in a scrimmage on June 26 in Somerset, N.J. Zimmerman, who plays with Hamburg SV in Germany, was part of the U.S. team that traveled to Canada for one of the team’s final preparation camps in early June, scoring a goal in the United States’ 4-1 win against Canada on June 3 at Frank-Clair Stadium in Ottawa. The Ottawa venue will host the USA’s final game of the group stages on July 6 against Brazil. Smith suffered a third-degree strain of his right ankle in the U-20s 4-0 scrimmage win against New Zealand on Monday. In January, Smith was a part of the U.S. team that qualified for FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brian Perk (UCLA), Steve Sandbo (SMU), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (UCLA), Amaechi Igwe (New England Revolution), Ofori Sarkodie (Indiana University), Nathan Sturgis (L.A. Galaxy), Julian Valentin (Wake Forest), Tim Ward (Columbus Crew)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (Real Salt Lake), Bryan Arguez (D.C. United), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Dax McCarty (F.C. Dallas), Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew), Anthony Wallace (F.C. Dallas)
FORWARDS (6): Andre Akpan (Harvard), Josmer Altidore (N.Y. Red Bulls), Gabriel Ferrari (Sampdoria), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Preston Zimmerman (Hamburg SV), Sal Zizzo (UCLA)

U.S. U-17 WNT HEADS TO EUROPE FOR TWO TOUGH MATCHES: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, lead by head coach Dean Duerst, will travel to Germany and England from July 8-15 for two difficult matches against European Under-19 sides getting ready for the UEFA U-19 Women’s Championships being held July 18-29 in Iceland. The young U.S. team will travel first to Frankfurt, Germany, where they will take on Denmark’s U-19s on July 12, before heading the next day to London to face England’s U-19s on July 14. Duerst has called up three players who have been with the U.S. U-16s this year, and who are age-eligible for next year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, in midfielder Olivia Klei, defender Alev Perusse and forward Alyssa Rich. The U.S. U-17s are 5-0-0 this year and have given up just one goal, earning two victories over Germany’s U-17s in March as well as wins over University of Central Florida and the University of Miami. Forward Tiffany McCarty leads the U.S. team in scoring with five goals so far in 2007.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jill Mastroianni (Durham, Conn.), Cat Parkhill (Apple Valley, Minn.);
DEFENDERS (5): Danielle Brunache (Belmont, Calif.), Camille Levin (Newport Coast, Calif.), Alyssa Pember (Northport, N.Y.), Alev Perusse (Eagle River, Alaska), Ashley Rape (Dallas, Texas);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Julia Bouchelle (Cockeysville, Md.), Katy Frierson (Homewood, Ala.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Beth West (Centennial, Colo.);
FORWARDS (6): Laure Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Tiffany McCarty (Laurel, Md.), Caitlin Mooney (Edmond, Okla.), Toni Pressley (Melbourne, Fla.), Alyssa Rich (Cincinnati, Ohio), Casey Short (Naperville, Ill.).

UNDER-17 MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM HOSTS TWO GAMES AGAINST HONDURAS: The Under-17 Men’s National team will hold a camp in Zarapeth, N.J., from July 3 – July 10 that will include two matches against Honduras. The two teams will meet on July 6 and July 10 as part of preparations for the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup in South Korea, which will take place from August 18-September 9. The U.S., who was one of the seeded teams in the World Cup draw, opens against Tajikistan on August 20, then faces Tunisia on August 23 and concludes group play on August 26 against Belgium. The U.S. will play Tajikistan and Tunisia in Changwon before heading to Cheonan to face Belgium. Every U.S. match at the U-17 World Cup can be followed live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

10 MORE CLUBS SELECTED FOR DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY: Ten additional clubs have been selected to participate in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy bringing the total number to 21 clubs from across the country. With the launch of the new Development Academy, the U.S. Soccer Federation has taken the initiative in extending its National Team program and putting an emphasis on the development of the player by improving their daily environment. Applications continue to come in and are under review with more decisions due in the coming weeks.

Development Academy Clubs – Second Selection
Chicago Magic Soccer Club (Illinois)
Chicago Sockers (Illinois)
Clearwater Chargers Soccer Club (Florida)
Crossfire Premier Soccer Club (Washington)
Greensboro Youth Soccer Club (North Carolina)
IMG Soccer Academy (Florida)
Kendall Soccer Coalition (Florida)
Mustang FC (California)
Oakwood Soccer Club (Connecticut)
Vardar (Michigan)

OleOle OFFERING FANS TICKET PACKAGES FOR MULTIPLE U.S. GAMES: OleOle, the Official Travel Supplier for the U.S. Men’s National Team, is offering travel packages for fans that want to see the U.S. play both home and away. Copa America packages for travel to Venezuela are available now at OleOle’s website. Additionally, OleOle will also be providing opportunities for fans to travel to U.S. games later in the year in Sweden, Switzerland and Spain. Check out their website, and the U.S. Soccer ticketing section for details in the coming weeks.

US CLUB SOCCER NATIONAL CUP VI REGIONAL TITLES WON IN N.J. & CALIF.: Regional champions were crowned Tuesday, June 26 as US Club Soccer 2007 National Cup VI tournaments drew to a close in Pittsgrove, N.J. and San Bernardino, Calif. Contested in Boys and Girls U-12 through U-17 age groups and Super Group and Premier divisions, each victorious team also secured a berth to the 2007 National Cup VI Finals being held in North Carolina in late July. Mid-Atlantic teams dominated the Region B tournament in Pittsgrove as the Garden State’s NJSA 04 Gunners (Super Group Boys U-13) and Arsenal / World Class Hawks (Super Group Girls U-16) repeated as Regional Champions, and Pennsylvania’s Yardley Makefield Soccer (Super Group Boys U-12 & U-15) and Century United (Super Group Boys U-17 & Girls U-14) each earned a pair of Regional titles. In San Bernardino, the Irvine Strikers led a host of Southern California teams in claiming Region F Championships as the Coast Soccer League member prevailed in four flights: Super Group Boys U-12 & U-15 and Super Group Girls U-14 & U-15. The National Cup VI Regionals conclude July 3 with a trio of events in Virginia Beach, Va., Indianapolis, Ind. and Boise, Idaho. Visit usclubsoccer.org for more information including game schedules, results and the “Road to the Cup Blog.”

2007 NATIONAL CUP VI REGION B CHAMPIONS
Pittsgrove, N.J. – June 23-26, 2007


Super Group Boys Region B Champions
U-12 – Yardley Makefield Soccer Celtic (Pa.)
U-13 – NJSA 04 Gunners (N.J.)
U-14 – Bridgewater SA Panthers (N.J.)
U-15 – Yardley Makefield Soccer Xplosion (Pa.)
U-16 – Match Fit Academy FC (N.J.)
U-17 – Century United (Pa.)

Premier Boys Region B Champions
U-12 – MSC Premier Dragons II Green (Md.)
U-13 – Westfield FC Premier Renegades (N.J.)
U-14 – Holmdel Stallions SC Azzurri (N.J.)
U-15 – CPYSL Alliance (Pa.)
U-16 – FC Copa Classico (N.J.)
U-17 – Bayport Hurricanes (N.Y.)

Super Group Girls Region B Champions
U-13 – PDA Charge (N.J.)
U-14 – Century United Red ‘92/’93 (Pa.)
U-15 – FC DELCO Sting (Pa.)
U-16 – Arsenal / World Class Hawks (N.J.)
U-17 – Parsippany Storm (N.J.)

Premier Girls Region B Champions
U-12 – Pittsburgh Strikers (Pa.)
U-13 – Soccer Domain Junior Stallions ’93 (N.J.)
U-14 – South Jersey Banshees (N.J.)
U-15 – Freestate Soccer Alliance Phoenix (Md.)
U-16 – Morris United Mystics (N.J.)
U-17 – MPS Cape Cod Lady Crusaders (Mass.)

2007 NATIONAL CUP VI REGION F CHAMPIONS
San Bernardino, Calif. – June 23-26, 2007


Super Group Boys Region F Champions
U-12 – Irvine Strikers (Calif.)
U-13 – Los Alamitos Vikings (Calif.)
U-14 – Arsenal FC (Calif.)
U-15 – Irvine Strikers Black (Calif.)
U-16 – Orange OSC Rage (Calif.)
U-17 – Southwest Inter Milan (Calif.)

Premier Boys Region F Champions
U-12 – Corona United B95 White (Calif.)
U-13 – Bonita Rebels (Calif.)
U-14 – Arizona FC ’93 Hammers (Ariz.)
U-15 – Hawaii Rush B92 Nike (Hawaii)
U-16 – Bonita Rebels ’91 (Calif.)
U-17 – Emerald City FC ’89 Green (Wash.)

Super Group Girls Region F Champions
U-12 – Glendora FC (Calif.)
U-13 – Cerritos Regional SC Infinity ’93 (Calif.)
U-14 – Irvine Strikers (Calif.)
U-15 – Irvine Strikers (Calif.)
U-16 – OJSC Strikers (Calif.)
U-17 – Wolfpack Blue (Calif.)

Premier Girls Region F Champions
U-12 – Glendora FC Red (Calif.)
U-13 – San Diego Surf ’93 Blue (Calif.)
U-14 – Rio Vista FC Riot (N.M.)
U-15 – LAFC (Calif.)
U-16 – NorCal Lamorinda United (Calif.)
U-17 – Honolulu Bulls (Hawaii)

COACHING SYMPOSIA HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH SEND-OFF SERIES GAMES: Soccer coaches around the nation will have an opportunity to join the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department in supporting the U.S. Women’s National Team this summer in advance of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. Three separate Coaching Symposia will be held in July and August as part of the USA’s final three Send-Off Series games before they take on the world in China. The first Coaching Symposium is scheduled for July 27-28 in San Jose, Calif., as the USA takes on Japan. Two weeks later, coaches from around the country will converge in Chicago on Aug. 11 for the USA-New Zealand match at Soldier Field on Aug. 12. The final U.S. Soccer Coaching Symposium of the summer will be staged at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Aug. 24-25 with the U.S. Women taking on Finland just days before their China departure. [CoachesNet]

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team goalkeeper Chris Seitz broke some hearts during the team’s 1-1 draw with South Korea to open their run in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Mostly, though, it was South Korean hearts being broken as he made some pretty amazing saves that kept the South Koreans at one goal despite some high quality chances. Overall, Seitz made five saves on the night, including a few at point-blank range.

SOCCER SHOCKER: When Brazil loses it is shocking. When Brazil loses the first game in two major tournaments in four days it is extra shocking. And when one of those games comes against a 10-man opponent for 60-plus minutes, well, it is downright unbelievable. But that's what happened this week. Four days after the full team lost 2-0 to Mexico to open the 2007 Copa America, the Brazilian Under-20 team lost to Poland 1-0 to open the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. Poland scored in the 23rd minute, had a red card in the 27th minute, and held off Brazil the rest of the way.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: U.S. Soccer fans are in for a treat this week as the U.S. Men compete at Copa America and the U-20 MNT participates at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, adding up to four games in five days. The action kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Monday, July 3 as the MNT takes on Paraguay. On Tuesday, the U-20 MNT faces Poland at 5 p.m. ET in their second match of the tournament. Games continue on Thursday, as the U.S. Men take on Colombia at 6:30 p.m. ET in their final group match of the Copa America. Friday sees the U-20 Men square off against Brazil at 7:30 p.m. ET. It gets better. Should the U.S. advance to the second round of Copa America, there would also be a match on Saturday or Sunday, depending on the final group standings. Both U.S. MNT group matches will be shown live on GolTV and TeleFutura while both U.S. U-20 matches will be live on ESPNU and Galavision. All four matches will also be available live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “In my first cap we were actually on top of Argentina 1-0 for a little bit. It was pretty uplifting when we got the penalty kick, but then they pulled off a pretty ridiculous free kick with that chip. It’s good playing against a team like that, and it was a pretty interesting jump into reality (at this level).”
-- U.S. MNT defender Marvell Wynne on his first full-team cap, which came in the 4-1 loss to Argentina on June, 28, 2007.


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