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U.S. Soccer Wire - March 27, 2006


U.S. WNT Announces July Home Games Against Sweden and Canada;
U.S. MNT Falls, 4-1, to World Cup Hosts Germany;
Prepares For April 11 Match Against Jamaica in Cary, N.C.

U.S. WNT FACES SWEDEN, CANADA IN JULY: The U.S. Women’s National Team will begin a busy summer and fall of domestic matches with two games in July, facing Sweden on Saturday, July 15, at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., and long-time rival Canada on Sunday, July 30, at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Kickoff for the USA-Sweden match is set for 5 p.m. CT, while the match against Canada will kick off at 1 p.m. ET. Both games will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and covered online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets for USA-Sweden are now available online at ussoccer.com, at all Minnesota and Wisconsin area Ticketmaster outlets (including Cash Wise Foods, Hy-Vee Foods, and Marshall Field’s) and by phone at 651-989-5151. Tickets for USA-Canada will go on sale starting Wednesday, April 12, at 10 a.m. ET online at ussoccer.com, at all Cary area Ticketmaster outlets (including Hechts, FYE, and Publix Stores) and by phone at 919-834-4000. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by logging onto ussoccer.com or calling (312) 528-1290.

MNT FALLS TO GERMANY, PREPARES FOR APRIL MATCH: The U.S. Men’s National Team’s undefeated run to start 2006 came to a halt March 22, as they fell to a superior German team, 4-1, at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park in the final road preparation match before the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The loss was the first for the U.S. MNT in 2006, and drops the USA’s record to 4-1-1. The U.S. Men’s impressive start to the new year includes victories against fellow World Cup qualifiers Japan and Poland. The U.S. will next host Jamaica at a sold-out SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., on April 11, at 7 p.m. ET live on ESPN2. The U.S. will begin their final FIFA World Cup training camp on May 10 in Cary, N.C., before departing for the Send-Off Series matches in late May. The three-game Send-Off Series, the last matches prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, will begin vs. Morocco at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tenn., on May 23, presented by Budweiser, before continuing vs. Venezuela at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 26, presented by Sierra Mist, and concluding vs. Latvia at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., on May 28. Tickets are on sale now at ussoccer.com and all local Ticketmaster outlets. All three matches kicking off at 7 p.m. ET live on ESPN2 and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Telemundo will broadcast all three matches on tape delay. 

 

U.S. SOCCER CONDUCTING FAN SURVEY ONLINE AT ussoccer.com: In a continuing effort to improve ussoccer.com, U.S. Soccer is asking fans to take part in an online survey. The survey consists of questions to determine your satisfaction with ussoccer.com’s components and features, while also providing you with the opportunity to give direct feedback about the site. The information compiled from the survey will allow U.S. Soccer to make improvements to the site and deliver an enhanced experience for fans on ussoccer.com. Similar to past years, the survey can be accessed from ussoccer.com and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Fans over the age of 18 who complete the survey will be eligible to enter into a random drawing to win a prize pack from U.S. Soccer, containing an assortment of national team gear. Participants under the age of 18 are still encouraged to complete the survey. In late January, U.S. Soccer unveiled the latest evolution of ussoccer.com, which gives fans more information on all the U.S. National Teams, referee programs and coaching education. It also includes new or improved components, such as MatchTracker, the Photo Gallery and Audio Podcast sections, and all_access Video, which fans can now enjoy on the U.S. Soccer Video Network, brought to you by Panasonic. These improvements were a direct result of the information gathered from previous surveys conducted over the past few years. To access the survey, please visit ussoccer.com.

U.S. MNT WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE FINALIZED: The U.S Men’s National Team will kick off their 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign live at 11:30 a.m. ET on Univision and 11:55 a.m. ET on ESPN2 on Monday, June 12, 2006, against the Czech Republic. ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Univision and Telefutura will broadcast all 64 games of the 2006 FIFA World Cup live in Germany from June 9 through July 9, 2006. ABC Sports will broadcast 12 tournament games, including the USA’s match-up against Italy at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 17, as well as the championship match at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 9, at Berlin’s Olympiastadion. The Saturday afternoon USA-Italy match is poised to be one of the tournament’s major highlights. ESPN will televise 31 matches, including the USA’s final group match against Ghana at 9:55 a.m. ET on Thursday, June 22, while ESPN2 will air 21 matches, including the U.S. squad’s opening match vs. the Czech Republic at 11:55 a.m. ET on June 12 and the tournament’s opening match between host Germany and Costa Rica at 11:55 a.m. ET on Friday, June 9. Univision will televise 56 games of the tournament, with eight first-round matches being shown live on Telefutura. All three of the USA’s first round matches will be televised live on Univision. All of the tournament matches will be simulcast in high definition for the first time ever on ABC HD, ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD. A full 2006 FIFA World Cup television schedule is available at ussoccer.com.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2006 FIFA World Cup English-Language Television Schedule
Date       Match                                        Eastern Time         TV
June 12  U.S. MNT vs. Czech Republic       11:55 a.m. ET        ESPN2
June 17  U.S. MNT vs. Italy                       2:30 p.m. ET         ABC
June 22  U.S. MNT vs. Ghana                    9:55 a.m. ET         ESPN

U.S. Men’s National Team 2006 FIFA World Cup Spanish-Language Television Schedule
Date          Match                                      Kickoff (Eastern Time)   Broadcast (ET)     TV
June 12     U.S. MNT vs. Czech Republic    12 p.m.                          11:30 a.m.           Univision
June 17     U.S. MNT vs. Italy                    3 p.m.                            2:30 p.m.            Univision
June 22     U.S. MNT vs. Ghana                 10 a.m.                           9:30 a.m.            Univision

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-17 ’90 MNT FACES ARGENTINA WEDNESDAY IN BUENOS AIRES TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-17 ’90 Men’s National Team kicks off Group A of the six-team Copa Esperanzas Corea 2007 Tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Monday, March 27, against Selective A, a regional team from Argentina. The U.S. then faces the Argentina U-17 Men’s National Team on Thursday, March 30, in just their second international match of the year. Depending on how they end up in Group A, the U.S. will then play a placement match against a team from Group B, which contains the Australian U-17 Men's National Team, C.A. All Boys and Rafaela Selective. The last two teams in each group will play for fifth place on March 31, while the third place match and final will be played on April 1. U.S. U-17 head coach John Hackworth brought a 20-player roster to Argentina. The day before the U-17 ‘90s left for Argentina, they fell, 3-0, to the University of Cincinnati on March 22, at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

U-17 ’90 MNT Roster - Argentina
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.), Chris Miller (Garland, Texas);
DEFENDERS (5): Brandon Lee (Tenafly, N.J.), Ian Kalis (Plano, Texas), Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Thomas Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.), TJ Nelson (Garland, Texas);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.), Tevin Jackson (Baltimore, Md.), Matthey Uy (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Brandon Tarr (Knoxville, Tenn.), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.), Dane Shea (College Station, Texas), Jesse Paredes (Los Angeles, Calif.);
FORWARDS (4): Danny Barerra (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Temi Molinar (Chandler, Ariz.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.).

U-17 ’90 MNT Results/Schedule
Date                  Opponent                         Result   U.S. Goal Scorers
March 22             University of Cincinnati    0-3 L     --
March 27*            Selective A
March 30*            Argentina U-17 MNT
March 31/April 1*  Placement Match
* Copa Esperanzas Corea 2007 Tournament

U-17 ’89 MNT FALLS TO WAKE FOREST, 3-1, GET SET FOR NEW MEXICO: While their younger counterparts traveled to Argentina, the U.S. Under-17 ’89 Men’s National Team fell to Wake Forest University, 3-1, on March 24, in Bradenton. Abdus Ibrahim tallied the lone goal for the U.S. The ‘89s will next face the University of New Mexico, runners-up in the 2005 NCAA College Cup, this Saturday, April 1, at IMG Academy.

U-17 ’89 MNT Schedule
Date          Opponent                          Result   U.S. Goal Scorers
March 24    Wake Forest University       1-3 L    Ibrahim
April 1        University of New Mexico

U.S. U-21 WOMEN COMPLETE CAMP AT HDC: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team finished up a quick training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. on March 23, with a 1-0 victory over the Ajax women’s club of Los Angeles. Forward Katie Griffin from the University of Colorado scored the lone goal on a penalty kick in the first half after she earned it herself when she was cut down in the right side of the penalty area. The U-21s also played two matches against the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team on March 21, winning one and losing the other. The U-21s fell to the U-20s in the first game, 3-1, as former Princeton star Esmeralda Negron scored the lone goal. The U-21s rebounded with a 5-1 win in the second match as former Arizona State star Manya Makoski and UCLA’s Bristyn Davis each scored twice while UVA’s Noelle Keselica added a single goal. The U.S. U-21s will get together again for a trip to Holland in May as head coach Jill Ellis continues the process of selecting a team to participate in the annual Nordic Cup, being held this summer in Norway. The USA has won an unprecedented seven straight Nordic Cups against the top U-21 teams from Europe.

U.S. U-21 WNT Results
Date        Opponent       Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
March 21  U-20 WNT      1-3 L       Negron
March 21  U-20 WNT      5-1 W      Makoski (2), Davis (2), Keselica
March 23  Ajax of LA      1-0 W      Griffin

U.S. U-20 WOMEN COMPLETE LOS ANGELES CAMP: The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team notched five wins and a tie against local college teams, and one win over the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team, while playing seven games in seven days during a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from March 20-26. Midfielder/forward Danesha Adams had five goals during the slew of games while forward Jessica Rostedt scored six times. The week started with a 3-0 win over Long Beach State on March 20 as Adams scored twice and Rostedt once. On March 21, the U-20s split the squad to play two matches against a split-squad U.S. U-21 side, winning the first game, 3-1, as Adams scored twice and Yael Averbuch scored directly off a wind-blown corner kick. The U-20s lost the second, 5-1, with 17-year-old Tobin Heath scoring the long goal for the younger side. On March 23, the U-20s defeated Pepperdine, 2-0, as Rostedt notched both goals. On March 24, the U-20s downed LMU, 3-1, as Averbuch, Brittany Taylor and Brittany Bock tallied. The U-20s then played two matches on March 25, defeating San Diego State, 5-1, in the morning on two goals each from Adams and Taylor and one from Katie Larken, before tying USC in the afternoon, 2-2. Rostedt scored both goals against the Trojans, who got a tying goal seconds before the end of the match. The U.S. U-20s will come together again from April 1-8 in Portland, Oregon, for five matches against college teams. U.S. head coach Tim Schulz put his team through the grueling match schedule as he continues to evaluate talent in preparation for choosing the 21-player roster that will compete in 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia in August.

U.S. U-20 WNT Results
Date         Opponent               Score          U.S. Goal Scorers
March 20   Long Beach State    3-0 W          Adams, Rostedt (2)
March 21   U-21 WNT              3-1 W          Averbuch, Adams (2)
March 21   U-21 WNT              1-5 L            Heath
March 23   Pepperdine             2-0 W           Rostedt (2)
March 24   LMU                       3-1 W          Averbuch, Taylor, Bock
March 25   SDSU                     5-1 W          Adams (2), Taylor (2), Larken
March 25   USC                        2-2 T          Rostedt (2)

U.S. U-20 WNT HEADS TO PORTLAND FOR MORE MATCHES AGAINST COLLEGE TEAMS: After finishing a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on March 26, the break will be short for the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team as preparations for the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Championship continue with a training camp in Portland, Ore., from April 1-8. The young U.S. team will play five matches in eight days against four college teams from the Northwest, plus Ohio State. The USA will play Washington State (3 p.m. on April 1, on the Nike Campus), Washington (12 p.m. on April 2, at the University of Portland), Portland (5 p.m. on April 4, at UP), Oregon State (5 p.m. on April 6, at UP) and Ohio State (4 p.m. on April 8, at Nike). U.S. head coach Tim Schulz will bring 19 players to this training camp, a roster that includes defender Stephanie Lopez, who will see her first action of the year with the U-20s. Lopez, who has been on the U.S. Women’s National Team rosters for both major tournaments this year, played every minute of all six matches at the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand. Schulz will however be without several of the top players in the pool due to school commitments. Missing this camp will be forward Amy Rodriguez, midfielder Brittany Bock, defenders Stephanie Logterman and Carrie Dew and goalkeeper Val Henderson. Six players who were members of the team that won the CONCACAF U-20 Qualifying Tournament at the end of January return to the roster in Portland after missing the Los Angeles camp due to school commitments. Those players are midfielders Amanda Poach, Jordan Angeli, Lindsey Beam, forward Kelley O’Hara and goalkeeper Kelsey Davis.

U-20 WNT Training Camp Roster – April 1-8 – Portland, Oregon
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oakes, Calif.), Allie Lipsher (Honolulu, Hawaii);
DEFENDERS (7): Marissa Abegg (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Nikki Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.), Courtney Hooker (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kasey Moore (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Brittany Taylor (Campbell Hall, N.Y.), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.), Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y), Allie Long (East Northport, N.Y.), Lindsey Ozimek (Greer, S.C.), Amanda Poach (Bowie, Md.);
FORWARDS (3): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio).

U.S. U-20 WNT Schedule
Date     Opponent                Kickoff        Venue
April 1    Washington State    3 p.m.         Nike
April 2    Washington            12 p.m.        Univ. of Portland
April 4    Portland                  5 p.m.         Univ. of Portland
April 6    Oregon State           5 p.m.         Univ. of Portland
April 8    Ohio State               4 p.m.         Nike

U.S. U-16 GIRL’S NATIONAL TEAM HEADS TO HOLLAND FOR THREE MATCHES: U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team head coach Kazbek Tambi will take an 18-player roster to Holland for a three-match tour running from April 8-16, 2006. It will be the first matches abroad for the U-16s this year. They have held two domestic training camps at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., thus far. The USA will play two teams from the Dutch Women’s Premier League as well as Holland’s U-19 Women’s National Team. The first game is on April 11, against Seastum, followed by a match on April 13, vs. the Dutch U-19s before the tour finishes with a game against RVVH on April 15. The U-16s are coming off two matches against the German U-17s at The Home Depot Center, a 3-0 loss and a dramatic, 2-1 victory on an 88th minute game-winner.

U.S. U-16 GNT Roster – Holland Tour, 2006
GOALKEEPERS (2) – Elizabeth Hanna (Weddington, N.C.), Catherine Parkhill (Apple Valley, Minn.);
DEFENDERS (4) – Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Jennifer Laponte (Castro Valley, Calif.), Camille Levin (Newport Coast, Calif.), Alyssa Pember (Northport, N.Y.);
MIDFIELDERS (9) – Shira Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Julia Bouchelle (Cockeysville, Md.) Charney Burke (Santa Ana, Calif.), Sarah Chapman (Silver Spring, Md.), Katy Frierson (Birmingham, Ala.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Whitney Sharpe (W. Des Moines, Iowa), Casey Short (Naperville, Ill.), Beth West (Centennial, Colo.);
FORWARDS (3) – Britanni Bartok (Union, N.J.), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Macy Jo Harrison (Napa, Calif.).

U.S. U-16 GNT Schedule
Date       Opponent        City
April 11   Seastum         Tiel, Holland
April 13   Holland U-19   Zeist, Holland
April 15   RVVH             Tiel, Holland

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

READING'S AMERICAN HEROES: U.S. Men’s National Team players Marcus Hahnemann and Bobby Convey helped Reading clinch promotion to the English Premier League with a 1-1 draw with Leicester at The Walkers Stadium on Saturday (March 25) in League Championship play. The club, which was founded in 1871, will play in the top flight of English soccer next year for the first time in 135 years of existence. The two U.S. standouts have started all 40 matches this season to help Reading to a 27-2-11 record for 92 points, putting them 14 points ahead of second place Sheffield United and 20 points ahead of third place Leeds. With five games left, Reading has not clinched first place, but is guaranteed to finish no lower than second place. The top two teams automatically move up to the Premier League, while the next four teams conduct a playoff for the third, and last, promotion spot. As Reading’s first-choice ‘keeper, Hahnemann has had a huge hand in the club’s remarkable success, posting 21 shutouts while surrendering a paltry 26 goals in 40 league matches. Convey has consistently contributed as well, compiling 22 points on the season with seven goals and eight assists.

PROMOTION PROPS: Only a handful of Americans have helped a team gain promotion in a major European league, and that list of names now includes Bobby Convey and Marcus Hahnemann. Hahnemann actually becomes the first player to be a part of two promotion runs, as he was a part of the 2001 Fulham squad that moved from the second tier of English soccer into the Premiership. Eddie Lewis was a member of that Fulham squad in 2001 and is still in the hunt this year to see his Leeds United squad gain promotion to the Premiership for the 2006-07 season.

Select List of U.S. Players Earning Promotion in Major European Leagues:
Year   Player                          Club
2006   Bobby Convery             Reading FC moves to English Premier League
2006   Marcus Hahnemann        Reading FC moves to English Premier League
2002   Steve Cherundolo           Hannover 96 moves to Bundesliga *
2001   Brad Friedel                   Blackburn moves to English Premier League
2001   Marcus Hahnemann        Fulham FC moves to English Premier League *
2001   Eddie Lewis                   Fulham FC moves to English Premier League *

* won the league that season

CONCACAF WILL TAKE FIVE TEAMS TO 2007 FIFA UNDER-17 WORLD CUP: With the 2007 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Korea Republic expanding to 24 teams from the 16 who participated in 2005, FIFA announced that CONCACAF will receive two additional berths to the 2007 international tournament. The FIFA Executive Committee granted CONCACAF four places at the 2007 tournament, up from three in previous events, as well as a place reserved for the region from which the defending champion is from. With Mexico winning the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, CONCACAF will have a total of five berths at the 2007 event. Also at the tournament, the host nation will receive an automatic berth and there will be five teams from Europe, four teams each from Asia, Africa and South America and one team from Oceania.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT midfielder Bobby Convey and goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann both earn Peak Performer honors this week after helping Reading FC earn promotion into the English Premier League on Saturday (March 25) for the first time in the club’s history. That’s 135 years! The two Americans have been key players for Reading all season, with Convey notching seven goals and eight assists, and Hahnemann posting 21 shutouts.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: It’s time to round up your Fantasy League buddies once again as the 2006 Major League Soccer season kicks off on Saturday, April 1, live at 4 p.m. ET on ABC Sports with a match between FC Dallas and the Chicago Fire. The Dallas-Chicago match will be the first of three matches on Saturday, followed by the Kansas City Wizards hosting the Columbus Crew at 8:30 p.m. ET and a rematch of the 2005 MLS Cup as the Los Angeles Galaxy hosts the New England Revolution at 11 p.m. ET, live on ESPN2.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Blackburn Rovers defeated Sunderland, 1-0, on Saturday (March 25) to climb into fifth place in the English Premier League table with 52 points, two more than sixth-place Arsenal. The team is fighting for the fourth and final berth to the European Champions’ League. Manning the net for Blackburn is former U.S. MNT goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who has appeared 38 times for the club in both Premiership and Cup competition this season.

QUOTABLE: “After I finish with the World Cup and have to make some plans [about] what I'm going to do down the road, perhaps the MLS will be my choice. I have to do something after this World Cup. I might keep going [with the national team]. I need a job, though, I know that. I might become a sportswriter.”
-- U.S. MNT Manager Bruce Arena, when asked about his plans after the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

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