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U.S. Soccer Wire - July 11, 2005


U.S. Men's National Team Closes Out 2005 Gold Cup Group Play Tuesday;
Tiffeny Milbrett Scores 100th Goal for U.S. WNT

U.S. MNT KICKS OFF GOLD CUP WITH WINS, PREPARES FOR QUARTERFINALS: The U.S. Men’s National Team increased their undefeated streak in CONCACAF Gold Cup group play to 18-0-0 and secured a spot in the quarterfinals on Saturday (July 9) with a 2-0 victory over Canada at QWEST Field in Seattle, Wash., to put them in first place atop Group B after two games. A Canada own-goal, followed by a goal from Landon Donovan, sealed the victory for the U.S. two days after beating Cuba, 4-1.
U.S. Men’s National Team Gold Cup Schedule (Group Play)
Date     Opponent      Venue/Location                            Time/Result                   U.S. Goal Scorers   
July 7    Cuba            Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.          4-1 W                           Dempsey, Donovan (2), Beasley
July 9    Canada         Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.          2-0 W                           own goal, Donovan
July 12  Costa Rica    Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.   7 p.m. ET (Telefutura)

U.S. WNT DOWNS UKRAINE IN PORTLAND, MILBRETT REACHES MILESTONE: U.S. forward Tiffeny Milbrett scored her historic 100th career goal as the U.S. Women’s National Team was never threatened in a dominating 7-0 win over Ukraine on a cool Northwest afternoon at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland. Christie Welsh and Kristine Lilly (who also had two assists) scored in the first half and Danielle Fotopoulos (two goals), Aly Wagner and Heather O’Reilly added goals in the second, but it was Milbrett’s dramatic score that sent the fans home happy. The match marked the first-ever caps for two players, as defender Tina Frimpong, a Vancouver, Washington product, came on in the 55th minute and midfielder Carli Lloyd entered the match in the 64th. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, making her second-ever start in the nets for the USA, earned her second career shutout, but was not forced to make a save. Five players on the U.S. roster – Barnhart, Lindsay Tarpley, O’Reilly, Lori Chalupny and Lloyd – will leave for Europe next week with the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team to compete in the 15th Annual Nordic Cup in Sweden. The USA will be going for its seventh consecutive Nordic Cup title. The U.S. women will finish their three-game summer schedule on July 24, taking on Iceland at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  Kickoff for that match is 2 p.m. PT. It will also be broadcast live on ESPN2 and can also be followed live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

SPECTOR TO JOIN CHARLTON ATHLETIC ON LOAN FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON: U.S. Men’s National Team defender Jonathan Spector will spend the 2005-06 campaign on loan at Charlton Athletic after spending the past two seasons with Manchester United. The 19-year-old will join up with his new teammates immediately and will remain at The Valley until May 2006. Spector was part of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team that competed at the FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland. The Arlington Heights, Ill., native started the team’s opening match against Argentina, but suffered an injury and didn’t play until the Round of 16 loss to Italy. Spector joined Manchester United after graduating from U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency Program in the fall of 2003. Last season, he made eight appearances for United, three each in the Premiership and Champions League and one apiece in the FA and Carling Cup competitions.

U.S. OPEN CUP RESUMES TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY: The 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup resumes Tuesday when the Seattle Sounders face the Portland Timbers at 7 p.m. PT at PGE Park in Portland, Ore. Third round games continue on Wednesday with four MLS teams getting in the mix as the Chicago Fire and FC Dallas, as well as expansion teams Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake, enter the tournament. In the fourth round, the final eight teams that will join the tournament – all from Major League Soccer – will play the winners of the July 12 and July 13 third round games. The fourth round will be played on Wednesday, Aug. 3. For complete fixtures, click here.

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR WNT JULY 24 MATCH VS. ICELAND: Tickets are still available to watch the U.S. Women’s National Team take on Iceland on Sunday, July 24, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  The match against Iceland kicks off at 2 p.m. PT live on ESPN2. Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1249 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com. Tickets start at $15 and are on sale at ussoccer.com, at all Southern California Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records), The Home Depot Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and by phone at 213-480-3232.

-- FIFA 2006 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING UPDATE --

HARTFORD TO HOST USA VS. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ON AUG. 17: Tickets remain on sale for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifying match vs. Trinidad & Tobago on August 17 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The U.S. vs. Trinidad & Tobago match will kick off at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, with fans also able to follow along live on ussoccer.com via MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at ussoccer.com, by phone at 860-525-4500, at all Ticketmaster outlets in the region (including Filene's Stores) and at the Hartford Civic Center (open Monday – Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.).  Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com. Trinidad & Tobago will be the first opponent that the U.S. faces for the second time in the 10-game final round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, playing the return leg of a 2-1 victory on February 9 in Trinidad.

U.S. TAKES ON MEXICO IN COLUMBUS ON SEPT. 3: 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.

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 2, Panama 0  
June 4        Guatemala 0, Mexico 2  
June 4        USA 3, Costa Rica 0  
Date           Match-up (Home teams listed first)
June 8        Panama 0, USA 3  
June 8        Costa Rica 3, Guatemala 2  
June 8        Mexico 2, Trinidad & Tobago 0
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 --

2005 FIFA U-17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW THIS SATURDAY IN CHICAYLO: The draw for the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship will be held this Saturday, July 16, in Chicaylo, Peru. U.S. Under-27 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth will be on hand in Chicaylo for the proceedings to find out which three teams the U.S. will be grouped with in the 16-team tournament. The tournament will take place from September 16-Oct. 2 in four venues in Peru – Chicaylo Lima, Piura and Trujillo. The 16 teams will be divided into four groups of four for first round play, with the top two teams advancing to the quarterfinals. The qualified teams along with the U.S. and host Peru are Mexico, Costa Rica, China, DPR Korea, Qatar, Ghana, Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Brazil, Uruguay, Australia, Turkey, Italy and the Netherlands. The U.S. is the only team that has qualified for all 11world championships at this age level.

ELLIS NAMES 2005 U.S. UNDER-21 WNT NORDIC CUP ROSTER: U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team head coach Jillian Ellis has named the 19-player squad that will travel to Sweden for the 15th Annual Nordic Cup being held July 20-26 in 10 small venues about a two-and-a-half hour drive West from Stockholm. The U.S. team will assemble to train for three days in New Jersey from July 12-14 (which includes a scrimmage against the USL W-League’s New Jersey Wildcats on July 13) before departing for Sweden, which will be hosting its third Nordic Cup. Held in Northern Europe every summer, the Nordic Cup is the top competition in the world for U-21 women and the focus of the USA’s oldest youth national team during its seven-month run-up to the prestigious competition. The USA has won seven Nordic Cup titles, but has never won in Sweden. The USA will face a tough challenge in Group B, taking on Iceland, Denmark and a German side likely to be stocked with players from its 2004 U-19 FIFA World Championship-winning team. Group A features Sweden, Norway, Finland and England. The top two finishers in each group will cross over to play for the championship, while the two second place finishers will play for third, the third place finishers for fifth and the last place finishers in the groups will vie for seventh place. The USA opens the tournament against Iceland on Wednesday, July 20, in Kristinehamn, and then faces Denmark on Friday, July 22, in Saffle. The U.S. will finish first-round play with a clash against Germany on Sunday, July 24, in Karlskoga. All placement matches are set for Tuesday, July 26.
U.S. Schedule 2005 Nordic Cup Schedule
Date          Match-up                Venue
July 20      USA v Iceland          Kristinehamn
July 22      USA v Denmark       Saffle
July 24      USA v Germany       Karlskoga
July 26      Placement Match     TBD
U.S. U-21 WNT Nordic Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), Erika Bohn (Notre Dame); DEFENDERS (5): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Mary Castelanelli (UCLA), Kendall Fletcher (UNC), Stephanie Lopez (Portland), Jessica Maxwell (UNC); MIDFIELDERS (6): Jen Buczkowski (Notre Dame), Lori Chalupny (UNC), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Carli Lloyd (Rutgers), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Jill Oakes (UCLA); FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Den Davis HS), Heather O’Reilly (UNC), Megan Rapinoe (Portland), Amy Rodriguez (USC), Kelly Schmedes (Texas).

U.S. U-17 MNT FALL TO CRUZEIRO U-20s, GET SET FOR BRAZIL, URUGUAY: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team fell 2-1 to the older Under-20 Cruzeiro club team on Sunday (July 10) in their first match since arriving in Brazil last week. The match was played in front of about 45,000 fans, as it was the first of a doubleheader as the two main clubs in the city, Cruzeiro and Atletico, battled in the second match. The U.S., which is preparing for the FIFA U-17 World Championship in September, had an early letdown as Cruzeiro took the lead in the fourth minute. The U.S. had their fair share of chances to find the equalizer, but couldn’t find the back of the net before Cruzeiro made it 2-0 in the 83rd minute after winning a penalty kick. Forward David Arvizu pulled one back for the U.S. off a pass from Michael Farfan in the 90th minute, but the U.S. ran out of time in search of the equalizer. The U.S. travels to Porte Alegre on Monday to participate in a four-team tournament, which includes Brazil and Uruguay, two of the three CONMEBOL World Championship representatives. The U.S. will face Brazil on July 13, Uruguay on July 15 and Selecao Gaucha on July 17 during the tournament, with all the games being played at Complexo Esportivo de Ulbra.
U-17 MNT Schedule/Results
Date         Opponent             Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
July 10      EC Cruzeiro          1-2 L      Arvizu  
July 13      Brazil U-17
July 15      Uruguay U-17
July 17      Selecao Gaucha

U.S. U-17 WNT HEAD TO MEXICO FOR THREE GAMES: Coming off a high successful run at the Houston Shootout at the end of May and early June where they went undefeated in four matches against older competition, the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team traveled to Mexico on Friday (July 8) to face the Mexican U-20 and U-18 Women’s National Teams as well as the Canadian U-20s.  The U-17s, led by head coach Erika Walsh, take on the Mexican U-20s on July 14 in Mexico City, followed by matches on July 16 vs. Canada’s U-20s and July 17 vs. Mexico’s U-18s in Toluca. Walsh brought 24 players to Houston but traveled with just 18 players to Mexico, where her roster featues 16 of the players who tied Canada’s U-18s before reeling off wins over two U-18 Regional Teams and Japan’s U-18 Women’s National Team at the Houston Shootout. The additions to the roster for the Mexico trip are defender Akilha Duggan and forward Whitney Hooper.
U-17 Women’s National Team Schedule – Mexico City and Toluca, Mexico
Date         Opponent
July 14      Mexico U-20 Women’s National Team
July 16      Canada U-20 Women’s National Team
July 17      Mexico U-18 Women’s National Team
U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Chantel Jones (Richmond, Va.), Alyssa Naeher (Stratford, Conn.); DEFENDERS (4): Jane Alukonis (Cocoa Beach, Fla.), Akilah Duggan (Brentwood, N.Y.), Kelly Eagan (St. James, N.Y.), Lauren Switzer (St. Charles, Ill.); MIDFIELDERS (6): Becky Edwards (Downingtown, Pa.), Melissa Hayes (Cave Creek, Ariz.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Meghan Klingenberg (Gibsonia, Pa.), Kristin Stannard (Midlothian, Va.), Annie Yi (Indianapolis, Ind.); FORWARDS (6): Gina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Rachel Givan (Ridgeland, Miss.), Whitney Hooper (Houston, Tex.), Alicia Jenkins (Diamond Springs, Calif.), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix, Ariz.), Kelly O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.).

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

US YOUTH SOCCER REGION II & III PUNCH TICKETS TO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: US Youth Soccer announced the 2005 US Youth Soccer Midwest (Region II) and Southern (Region III) Regional Champions who will compete in the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The US Youth Soccer National Championships cap a yearlong series of competitions for boys and girls teams in multiple age brackets as teams earn their way from the top teams in their state to the regional championship tournaments. State Cup champions and selected wildcard teams in most age groups are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. The champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 age brackets from each regional event will converge on the Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, July 26-31 to enjoy the world-class facilities and the nation’s top competition.
2005 US Youth Soccer Midwest (Region II) Regional Champions – Girls
Age             Team
Under-13      Vardar (Mich.)
Under-14      Ohio Elite (Ohio)
Under-15      St. Louis Soccer Club (Mo.)
Under-16      Michigan Hawks (Mich.)
Under-17      Eclipse Select (Ill.)
Under-18      KC Dynamo (Kansas)
Under-19      Carmel United Commotion (Ind.)
2005 US Youth Soccer Midwest (Region II) Regional Champions – Boys
Age             Team
Under-13      Chicago Magic Chelsea (Ill.)
Under-14      Chicago Magic (Ill.)
Under-15      Campton Raptors (Ill.)
Under-16      Vardar (Mich.)
Under-17      Vardar (Mich.)
Under-18      FC Milwaukee (Wisc.)
Under-19      Sockers FC (Ill.)
2005 US Youth Soccer Southern (Region III) Regional Champions - Girls
Age             Team
Under-14      Edmond Soccer Club 91 Black (Okla.)
Under-15      Dallas Texans 90 Red (Texas)
Under-16      Greensboro SC Twisters Green (N.C.)
Under-17      CASL Spartan Elite (N.C.)
Under-18      Sting 87 Royal (Texas)
Under-19      Dallas Texans Red 86 (Texas)
2005 US Youth Soccer Southern (Region III) Regional Champions - Boys
Age             Team
Under-14      Tulsa Soccer Club 91 (Okla.)
Under-15      89 CASL Elite (N.C.)
Under-16      Solar 89 SC (Texas)
Under-17      Dallas Texans Red 88 (Texas)
Under-18      Dallas Texans Red 87 (Texas)
Under-19      Atlanta Fire United (Ga.)

REGION G CHAMPIONS ADVANCE TO 2005 NATIONAL CUP IV FINALS: Invitations to U.S. Club Soccer’s 2005 National Cup IV Finals were doled out to 21 Region G champions July 2-5 in Boise, Idaho.  Santa Clara Sporting Ruckus (Calif.) led the charge to the Finals advancing four teams, while Eastside United (Ore.) and San Juan SC (Calif.) each claimed two regional championships.  With all eight 2005 National Cup IV Regionals now complete, winners from each Regional will gather in three venues to compete for national championships in boys and girls Under-12 through Under-U17 age groups.  The Boys U12-U14 and Girls U12-U15 competitions kick off the 2005 National Cup IV Finals July 21-24 in Jacksonville, Fla.  The Boys U15-U17 Finals will be held July 29 – Aug. 1 in Orlando, Fla. and the Girls U16-U17 Finals will take place Aug. 5-8 in Stony Brook, N.Y.
Premier Boys Region G Champions
Age             Team
Under-12      Santa Clara Sporting Ruckus (Calif.)
Under-13      Eastside United (Ore.)
Under-14      Diablo Valley SC (Calif.)
Under-15      Ballistic SC (Calif.)
Under-16      Colorado Rush (Colo.)
Under-16      Mustang SC (Calif.)
Under-17      FC United (Wash.)
Under-17      Santa Clara Sporting Ruckus (Calif.)
Super Group Boys Region G Champions
Age            Team
Under-13     Santa Clara Sporting Ruckus (Calif.)
Under-14     Santa Clara Sporting Ruckus (Calif.)
Under-15     Santa Anita SC (Calif.)
Under-15     Eastside United (Ore.)
Premier Girls Region G Champions
Age             Team
Under-12      Santa Rosa United (Calif.)
Under-12      FC Vancouver (Wash.)
Under-13      San Juan SC (Calif.)
Under-14      United FC - Central Valley Mercury (Calif.)
Under-14      Cavitt Academy (Calif.)
Under-15      OJSC Barcelona (Calif.)
Under-16      Davis SC (Calif.)
Under-16      Arsenal FC (Calif.)
Under-17      San Juan SC (Calif.)

VOTING ENDS JULY 15 FOR U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION’S TOP 10 U.S. SOCCER MOMENTS: Voting ends this Friday, July 15, for fans who want to choose their top 10 U.S. Soccer events of the decade at ussoccerfoundation.org as part of the U.S. Soccer Foundation's tenth anniversary commemorations. Users can only vote once and have 20 different moments from which to choose. Choices range from World Cups to Olympic medals and from the birth of MLS to the creation of the Foundation. The winners will be announced at the Foundation’s 2005 Banquet on Thursday, September 15, at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco will serve as Honorary Chairman of the event.  Individual tickets are $1,000 while tables cost $10,000, and can be reserved by contacting the U.S. Soccer Foundation at 202-872-9277 or online at www.ussoccerfoundation.org.

U.S. SOCCER TO HOST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING IN VEGAS NEXT MARCH: U.S. Soccer will host its 2006 Annual General Meeting from March 9-12 at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Annual General Meeting (AGM) serves as U.S. Soccer’s national meeting with all constituents from the youth, adult, professional and athlete councils. Representatives from each of these councils discuss administrative issues, review and vote on rule changes and conduct various other businesses during the course of the event. The schedule will include a U.S. Soccer Board of Directors meeting on Friday, March 10, as well as regional youth and adult meetings and various other council and committee meetings throughout the weekend.  After a Cocktail Reception and Dinner on Saturday night, the AGM concludes with U.S. Soccer’s National Council Meeting on Sunday.  The host city for the AGM revolves between each of the four U.S. Soccer Regions: Region 1 (Northeast), Region II (Midwest), Region III (South) and Region IV (West). The 2006 meeting in Las Vegas will be hosted by Region IV. More information about the 2006 Annual General Meeting, including registration materials and information, will be posted on ussoccer.com as it becomes available.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: In the U.S. WNT’s last match, against Canada on June 26, forward Tiffeny Milbrett earned her 200th appearance for the national team, but something was missing. Milbrett was sitting on the brink of two milestones before that game, at 199 appearances and 99 goals, and on Sunday in Portland, all the pieces fell into place. Before her hometown crowd on her former college field, Milbrett ran onto a perfect pass from Aly Wagner in the 57th minute and chipped Ukrainian goalkeeper Veronika Shulha for her 100th career goal, using the signature speed and creativity that put her in the national team mix.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: Solid performances in the first Gold Cup games assured the U.S. team a position in the quarterfinals, claiming the top spot in the group with one game to go. But group play isn’t over just yet, and the men have one final encounter to determine who they will face in the next round as they take on Costa Rica at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 12, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The U.S. is tied with Costa Rica at six points going into Tuesday’s match, but holds the advantage in goal differential. Fans can catch the match live on Telefutura and can also follow it live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

SOCCER SHOCKER: In Germany, Mexico surprised viewers with an impressive 1-0 victory over Brazil and a tough penalty-kick loss to Argentina. But at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Mexico surprised viewers with a lackluster 2-1 defeat at the hands on an under-manned South African team. The loss was the second straight for Meixco after a 21-game unbeaten streak. It was the Tricolores’ second loss after falling to Germany 4-3 in the Confederations Cup third place match. Mexico bounced back on Sunday to defeated Guatemala, 4-0, and faces Jamaica at 9 p.m. CT at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

QUOTABLE: "I had a lot of extra desire today. I think that’s the difference on the goal I scored. I finally stopped thinking about it and just played. Early on, every other attempt I was thinking about 100 and that kind of had me forcing it, but the last one I was in the moment and let my body do what my brain told me to do. It’s nice to get the monkey off the back and move forward.”
 -- U.S. Women’s National Team forward Tiffeny Milbrett after scoring her 100th career goal against the Ukraine on Sunday in her hometown of Portland, Ore.

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