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U.S. Soccer Wire: September 29, 2008


U.S. FUTSAL NATIONAL TEAM TO KICK OFF FIFA FUTSAL WORLD CUP ON TUESDAY;
TICKETS ON SALE FOR UPCOMING U.S. MNT 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS;
U.S. MNT RECOUNTS ‘THE CUBA EXPERIENCE’ ON USSOCCER.COM

U.S. FUTSAL TEAM KICKS OFF FIFA FUTSAL WORLD CUP ON TUESDAY VS. PARAGUAY: U.S. Futsal National Team head Coach Keith Tozer and his squad arrived in Brazil last Wednesday, Sept. 24, and will open the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup against Paraguay at 11:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Rio de Janeiro. Tozer named 14 players for the FIFA Futsal World Cup, which takes place from Sept. 30 – Oct. 19 in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. The U.S. has been drawn into Group B of the tournament and, following their opener, will face Italy on Oct. 2 and Thailand on Oct. 4, before rounding out group play on Oct. 6 against Portugal. Of the 14 players named to the FIFA World Cup squad, 11 took part in June's CONCACAF Futsal Championship, where the U.S. finished third.

U.S. Futsal National Team World Cup Schedule

Date Opponent City Time (ET) TV (Galavision, taped delay)
Sept. 30 Paraguay Rio de Janeiro 11:30 a.m. 12:30-2 a.m. ET/PT (Oct. 1)
Oct. 2 Italy Rio de Janeiro 11:30 a.m. 12:30-2 a.m. ET/PT (Oct. 3)
Oct. 4 Thailand Rio de Janeiro 9:30 a.m. N/A
Oct. 6 Portugal Rio de Janeiro 9:30 a.m. 12:30-2 a.m. ET/PT (Oct. 7)


TICKETS FOR UPCOMING MNT QUALIFIERS NOW AVAILABLE: Tickets are now available for the U.S. Men's National Team's two upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Cuba on Oct. 11 and Guatemala on Nov. 19. Kickoff against Cuba at RFK Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets ranging in price levels from $28 to $95 are available online at ussoccer.com, through all Washington-Baltimore Ticketmaster outlets (including Macy’s stores), and by phone (Washington 202-397-SEAT (7328); Baltimore 410-547-SEAT (7328); Northern Virginia 703-573-SEAT (7328); out of state 1-800-551-SEAT (7328). Groups of 20 or more can obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Against Guatemala at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., kickoff for the team’s last semifinal round qualifier is set for 6 p.m. MT, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Tickets ranging in price levels from $30 to $95 are now available online at ussoccer.com, by phone at 866-461-6556, at all Dick’s Sporting Goods locations in Colorado, and at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park ticket office, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Visa® is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. 

U.S. MNT Semifinal Round Qualifying Schedule

Date Opponent Result / Time U.S. Goal Scorer(s) / TV
Aug. 20 @ Guatemala 1-0 W Bocanegra
Sept. 6 @ Cuba 1-0 W Dempsey
Sept. 10 vs. Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 W Bradley, Dempsey, Ching
Oct. 11 vs. Cuba 7 p.m. ET Live on ESPN Classic, Galavision
Oct. 15 @ Trinidad & Tobago 8 p.m. ET Live on ESPN Networks, Galavision
Nov. 19 vs. Guatemala 6 p.m. MT Live on ESPN2, Galavision

MNT RECOUNTS EXPERIENCE IN CUBA WITH VIDEO SERIES: The U.S. Men’s National Team recently traveled to Cuba for the first time since 1947, earning a 1-0 win on Sept. 6 at Estadio Pedro Marrero in Havana, Cuba. In an effort to share as much of the experience as possible with fans, the MNT recaps their trip to Cuba with an all_access video series: “The Cuba Experience.” Parts 1 and 2 of the series are now available online at ussoccer.com (watch).

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

UNDER-17 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM IN CHICAGO: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will continue their nine-game exhibition tour with matches against the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s Sockers SC on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Olympic Park in Schaumburg, Ill. U.S. U-17 MNT head coach William Cabrera and the team will travel to Chicago Friday, Oct. 3, playing the U-15/16 Sockers SC at 12 p.m. CT and the U-17/18 Sockers SC at 2 p.m. on Saturday before traveling back to Bradenton, Fla.

U.S. U-17 MNT Exhibition Tour Schedule / Results

Date* Opponent Time / Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Sept. 13 Chivas USA U-15/16 2-0 W Pineda, Renken
  Chivas USA U-17/18 3-3 T McInerney (2), Gil
Sept. 20 NOMADS U-15/16 3-1 W Corea (2), Agudelo
  NOMADS U-17/18 5-3 W McInerney (2), Gil (2), Koroma
Oct. 4 Sockers FC U-15/16 12 p.m. CT  
  Sockers FC U-17/18 2 p.m. CT  
Oct. 11 Richmond Strikers --  
Nov. 1 Miami FC Kendal --  
Nov. 15 CASL --  
Nov. 29 LAFC --  
May 2 Chicago Fire --  
May 16 New York Red Bulls --  


*Subject to change

Under-17 Residency Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Samir Badr (Fairfax, Va.), Earl Edwards (San Diego, Calif.), Jonathan Kempin (K.C. Wizards Juniors), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier)
DEFENDERS (12): Michael Ambrose (El Paso, Texas), Julio Arjona (D.C. United Academy), Zachary Herold (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Emilio Orozco (Oxnard, Calif.), Shaquille Phillips (D.C. United Academy), Tyler Polak (Lincoln, Neb.), Alex Shinsky (York, Pa.), Jared Watts (North Meck), Eriq Zavaleta (Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (16): Jonathan Canales (Santa Ana, Calif.), Dustin Corea (Milwaukee, Ore.), Andrew Craven (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Sean Davis (Matchfit Academy), Bryan Duran (Duncanville, Texas), Victor Garza (Edinburg, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores), Joseph Gyau (FC DELCO), Donovan Henry (Schulz Academy), George Malki (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Alex Molano (F.C. Dallas Juniors), Joel Nash (Birmingham, Ala.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire Academy), Charles Renken (Scott Gallagher), Dominic Sarle (BW Gottschee), Erik Stephenson (Surf)
FORWARDS (7): John Agudelo (N.Y. Red Bulls Academy), Jonathan Brown (Clinton, Miss), Jaime Gutierrez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Stefan Jerome (Davie, Fla.), Alfred Koroma (Solar Red), Jack McInerney (Alpharetta, Ga.), Soony Saad (Vardar)
Note: Development Academy players are indicated by the listing of their clubs

CREDENTIAL PROCESS OPEN FOR 2008 FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Media wishing to apply for credentials for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile can register at the FIFA Media Channel: http://mediachannel.extranets.fifa.com/RegProc.aspx. The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will take place from Nov. 19 to Dec. 7 in Chile. The U.S. has been drawn into Group B of the tournament, along with Argentina, China and France.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. PARALYMPIC TEAM GATHERS FOR FINAL TRAINING CAMP OF 2008: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team gathered in Southern California on Saturday, Sept. 27, for the last training camp of the year. Since 2007, the average age of the team has dropped from 32 to 17, as the team rebuilds and focuses on the 2011 World Championship, which is the quailifying tournament for the London 2012 Paralympics. The team, which is in camp until Oct. 5, is without Marthell Vazquez, who is traveling as the equipment manager for the U.S. Futsal National Team in Brazil, and Keith Johnson, who is recovering from foot surgery. Returning veterans include defender Chris Ahrens, midfielder Tommy Latsch and defender Jason Slemons.

U.S. Paralympic Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Joe Bowman (Charlotte, N.C.), Joe Chavez (Bonita, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (5): Chris Ahrens (Rochester, N.Y.), Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Chad Jones (Virginia Beach, Va.), Sean Matsey (Monroeville, Pa.), Jason Slemons (Seattle, Wash.);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Alex Dornbusch (Lexington, Ky.), Tommy Latsch (Euclid, Ohio), Jasper Layne-Wilson (Troy, N.Y.), Josh McKinney (Cary, N.C.), Nick Robinson (Cleveland, Ohio);
FORWARDS (3): Adam Ballou (Virginia Beach, Va.), Charlie Howard (Washington, D.C.), Moises Morales (Chula Vista, Calif.) 

EL SALVADOR, COSTA RICA QUALIFY FOR CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP: El Salvador defeated Belize, 3-0, on Saturday, Sept. 27, to earn a spot at the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. El Salvador became the second Central American team to qualify, joining Costa Rica, while Panama and Honduras will face off in a two-leg series to determine which team will face the runner-up from the Caribbean in a second playoff. The winner of the second playoff will advance to the eight-team FIFA Under-20 World Cup qualifying tournament, scheduled for early 2009 in Trinidad & Tobago. Along with El Salvador, Costa Rica and the hosts Trinidad & Tobago, the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as the Caribbean champion and the winner of the Caribbean-Central American playoff, will compete for a place at the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED: The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the charitable arm of U.S. Soccer, is now accepting applications for Grants, which will be awarded to projects and programs focused on the development of coaches, players and referees in disadvantaged urban areas. The deadline for applications is Oct. 15, 2008 at 5 p.m. ET and awards will be approved in March. For more information, visit the U.S. Soccer Foundation's website at: www.ussoccerfoundation.org.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ACTION CONTINUES SEPT. 30: The CONCACAF Champions League continues on Tuesday, Sept. 30, with Deportivo Saprissa hosting CD Marathon and the Houston Dynamo traveling to face UNAM Pumas. On Wednesday, Oct. 1, D.C. United hosts CD Cruz Azul, CD Luis Angel Firpo hosts San Francisco, the Montreal Impact travel to face CD Olimpia and the Puerto Rico Islanders face CSD Municipal. This week’s action wraps up on Thursday, Oct. 2, as Tauro FC hosts Club Santos Laguna and Atlante FC hosts Joe Public. Complete schedule and standings are available at www.concacaf.com.

D.C. UNITED ADDED TO DEWAR CHALLENGE TROPHY: The National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., has updated the Dewar Challenge Trophy, adding an engraved nameplate in honor of 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champions D.C. United. On display at the National Soccer Hall of Fame, along with the 96-year-old trophy, are a team jersey signed by Luciano Emilio, shoes and a ball, all from the championship game on Sept. 3, 2008, in which D.C. United defeated the Charleston Battery, 2-1, for the Open Cup title.

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION TO BE TELEVISED ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL: The Player Induction Class of 2009 will be announced on Fox Soccer Channel on Jan. 15, 2009, live from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Annual Convention. The National Soccer Hall of Fame will be making the announcement on live television for the first time. The announcement, presented by Kwik Goal, will air from 8-10 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel. The Player Ballot will be released during the last week of October and the second round of voting will take place in early December.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Conor Casey was on fire Saturday night, propelling the Colorado Rapids to a 5-4 win against the New York Red Bulls by virtue of a hat-trick at Giants Stadium. The victory was the Rapids’ fourth consecutive win and the three points keep the team in playoff contention. Colorado is tied with Real Salt Lake for third place in the Western Conference with 34 points with four games to go in the regular season.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: It’s FIFA World Cup time again, this time in the land of o jogo bonito as Brazil hosts the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup. The U.S. team arrived in Rio de Janeiro and will kick off at 11:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 30, against Paraguay. Three of the four U.S. group matches will be televised via taped delay on Galavision.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Recently promoted club Hull City is tearing it up in the English Premier League, amassing 11 points after six games for sixth in the league standings. Their most recent endeavor was a 2-1 comeback win against Arsenal on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Emirates Stadium, ending Arsenal’s 17-month undefeated streak at home. Arsenal went ahead in the 50th minute thanks to an own goal by Paul McShane, but Hull came back in the 62nd minute, as Marcio Geovanni tied the game at one goal each. Daniel Cousin headed home the winner in the 66th minute. Hull has lost only once in six games this season.

QUOTABLE: "We're both making our living in football, just in different parts of it. We always support each other."
-- U.S. Futsal National Team forward Jamar Beasley, about his brother, DaMarcus Beasley, who plays for Glasgow Rangers and the U.S. Men’s National Team.

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