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U.S. Soccer Wire: July 26, 2010


U.S. U-20 WNT DEFEATS KOREA REPUBLIC, FALLS TO NIGERIA ON PENALTIES;
TICKETS FOR USA-BRAZIL FRIENDLY STILL AVAILABLE
2010 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP SEMIFINALISTS SET
 

U.S. ELIMINATED FROM 2010 U-20 WWC AFTER FALLING TO NIGERIA ON PENALTIES: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated the Korea Republic 1-0 in its final Group D match at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup as forward Sydney Leroux scored the winning goal midway through the first half. The win vaulted the young Americans over the Koreans and into first place in the group with seven points. The U.S. faced Nigeria in the resulting quarterfinal match in Augsburg, Germany. However, after an entertaining 1-1 tie in regulation and overtime, the USA fell on penalties 4-2. Nigeria made all four of their attempts while the U.S. had a shot saved and sent one over the crossbar to seal the result.

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team 2010 Schedule  

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

U.S. TO MEET FIVE-TIME WORLD CUP CHAMPION BRAZIL ON AUG. 10 AT NEW MEADOWLANDS: The U.S. Men’s National Team will play host to a truly special match when five-time World Cup champion Brazil comes to New Jersey on Tuesday, Aug. 10, for the first meeting between the two nations at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Fans can also follow the match live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for the match and are still available on ussoccer.com or at 1-800-745-3000. On July 26, New Brazil manager Mano Menezes named his first squad as coach of the national team. Menezes will bring 24 players to New Jersey for the match against the United States, including four players who were part of Brazil's 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

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

2010 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP SEMIFINALISTS SET: The 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinalists are set as the last quarterfinal match was played Wednesday, July 21, with D.C. United defeating the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Second Division 2-0 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. The semifinals will take place Sept. 1 and feature the Columbus Crew traveling to RFK Stadium to take on D.C. United at 7:30 p.m. ET, while Seattle Sounders host Chivas USA at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash., at 7:30 p.m. PT.

USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE STANDINGS REMAIN TIGHT AFTER WEEK 16 MATCHES: The first of four midweek games in Week 16 of USSF D-2 Pro League action got underway in Quebec, where the Montreal Impact blanked AC St. Louis 3-0. Over in Minnesota, the NSC Minnesota Stars and the Puerto Rico Islanders played out to a 1-1 draw. The following day, the Rochester Rhinos grabbed a 1-0 win away to the Tampa Bay Rowdies, while the Portland Timbers continued to hold the upper hand against their Northwest rivals Vancouver Whitecaps FC with a 2-1 win on the road. The weekend kicked off with a Saturday afternoon match between Crystal Palace Baltimore and St. Louis in Boyds, Md. St. Louis managed a 1-0 victory against their NASL Conference rivals to gain three valuable road points. Later in the evening, Puerto Rico handed Rochester a 3-1 loss in Bayamon. Sunday afternoon saw Tampa Bay defeat Miami FC 2-0 at home to split their home games during the week, while Minnesota visited Vancouver to wrap up the weekend with a 1-1 draw.

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Schedule and Standings

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 MNT STARTS MILK CUP WITH 1-0 VICTORY: The U.S. U-20 MNT opened its Milk Cup campaign in Northern Ireland by defeating China 1-0. Omar Salgado scored the lone goal for the United States in the first half at the Showgrounds in Ballymena. Next up for Thomas Rongen’s side is a match up against Denmark on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET. The roster includes nine professional players, including six who play overseas. The three Major League Soccer representatives include Juan Agudelo from New York Red Bulls, Fuad Ibrahim from Toronto FC and Francisco Navas Cobo from the Houston Dynamo. Three teams from Portugal are represented by Gale Agbossoumonde (S.C. Braga), goalkeeper Samir Badr (F.C. Porto ) and Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia). Ernest Nungaray and Adrian Rueles, who were part of Rongen’s most recent camp in San Jose, play for Mexican sides Monarcas Morelia and Santos Laguna, respectively. Rounding out the foreign contingent is Dinamo Zagreb’s Alex Molano.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samir Badr (F.C. Porto; Fairfax, Va.), Zac MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (S.C. Braga; Syracuse, N.Y.), Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA; Bell, Calif.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Sacir Hot (Boston College; Fair Lawn, N.J.), Perry Kitchen (Akron; Indianapolis, Ind.), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Ethan White (Maryland; Kensington, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC; Richfield, Minn.), Francisco Navas Cobo (Houston Dynamo; Richmond, Texas), Alex Molano (NK Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Ernest Nungaray (Monarcas Morelia; National City, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United, Sterling, Va.)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.Y.), Adrian Ruelas (Santos Laguna; Fontana, Calif.), Omar Salgado (Unattached; El Paso, Texas)

U.S. U-18 MNT DEPARTS FOR ARGENTINA AND CHILE: The U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team departed for Buenos Aires and Santiago, Chile, on July 21 as head coach Mike Matkovich brought 18 players to South America. The U.S. will play matches against a regional select team on July 26, Argentina on July 27 and Chile on July 29 in Santiago. The foreign training camp is only the second for the U-18 MNT in 2010, following a trip to Lisbon, Portugal in May, where the U.S. earned one win and two narrow defeats. Twelve players from the Lisbon Tournament will be traveling to South America, including Brian Gallego, who wore the captain’s armband for the American side.

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Robert Herman (Sounders FC; Fall City, Wash.), Andrew Wolverton (Concorde Fire; Snellville, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (6): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas; Frisco, Tex.), Alec Cochran (SLSC; St. Louis, Mo.), Bryan Gallego (NY Red Bulls; Kinnelon, N.J.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas; Edmund, Okla), Jalen Robinson (DC United; Cantonsville, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Sean Davis (NY Red Bulls; Holmdel, N.J.), Amadou Dia (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas; Dallas, Tex.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Miguel Lopez Jr. (Lonestar Aztex; Alton, Tex.), Daniel Metzger (PDA; Holmdel, N.J.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.)
FORWARDS (3): Zachary Betteer (Beadling SC; Pittsburgh, Penn.), Sean Okoli (Wash. Premier; Federal Way, Wash.), Jonathon Top (FC Dallas; Fort Worth, Tex.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –  

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than four 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’S COACHESNET ADDS EXCLUSIVE TICKET AND GAME-DAY OFFERS THROUGH MLS AND WPS AND ITS PARTICIPATING TEAMS: U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet members can now enjoy discounted tickets and game-day offers with both Major League Soccer and Women’s Professional Soccer.  Participating teams, through a partnership with CoachesNet, will offer discounts to certain games throughout the calendar year. The newly added benefit will also give coaches an opportunity to attend post-game discussions with the coaching staffs, attend designated training sessions and earn continuing education units at certain games. The first scheduled event is with the Chicago Red Stars, led by U.S. Women’s National Team players Kate Markgraf, Megan Rapinoe and Jill Loyden as they take on Heather Mitts, Amy Rodriguez, Lori Lindsey and the Philadelphia Independence on Aug. 11, 2010 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. CoachesNet members can purchase discounted premier sideline tickets by clicking here.

FIFA U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ACCREDITATION PROCESS LAUNCHED: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Trinidad & Tobago 2010 has been launched via the FIFA Media Channel. Deadline for accreditation applications is August 16, 2010. 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 ACCREDITATION FOR 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES BEGINS JULY 27: The U.S. Olympic Committee will accept requests from United States media organizations beginning July 27 for accreditation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The application form is available through the USOC's media-specific site,   http://usocpressbox.org. The deadline for making the request is Oct. 1, 2010. This process is open to print, internet and photographic media organizations that are based in the United States and meet the guideline standards outlined by the USOC. All non rights-holding broadcasters will be accredited by the International Olympic Committee.  The form will be available March 2011, on the IOC website www.olympic.org and the deadline for submission for all non-rights holding broadcasters will be in May 2011.

US CLUB SOCCER ANNOUNCES ID2 REGIONAL TRAINING CAMP DATES AND LOCATIONS: US Club Soccer has announced the dates and locations for the 2010 id2 Regional Training Camps, to be held at sites around the country. Currently in its seventh year as US Club Soccer’s player identification and development program, the id2 program now includes boys born in 1997-98 and girls born in 1994-97.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMERS: 52,424 fans witnessed the Kansas City Wizards 2-1 victory against Manchester United at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The crowd was the biggest for a soccer event in Kansas City history and was comprised of ticketholders from 43 states and four different countries.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Manchester United will be back in action on Wednesday, July 28 as they take on the MLS All-Stars at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Bruce Arena will lead the MLS All-Star team against their English Premier League opponents at 7:30 p.m. CT live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. 

SOCCER SHOCKER: While traveling from Edmonton to Washington, D.C. for their fourth and final game of their North American tour, English club side Portsmouth FC had their connecting flight cancelled while waiting in Chicago for the next leg of their journey. They were able to make it to Washington in time for the match, but their uniforms were not so lucky. Portsmouth was forced to borrow kits from D.C. United, donning the Washington side’s away white uniform while the home team wore their normal all black strip.

QUOTABLE: “On the day, my heart goes out to my players. They’ve worked very hard for this opportunity and I think they’ve all grown in the process. I’m just extremely proud of them and their efforts and I want to thank them for making the past 18 months a terrific experience.” –U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis on finishing the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

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