U.S. WNT WIN 2008 CONCACAF WOMEN’S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TITLE;
WNT TO FACE CANADA AT RFK STADIUM ON SATURDAY, MAY 10;
TICKETS FOR MNT VS. ARGENTINA MATCH ON SALE NOW
WNT DEFEAT CANADA FOR 2008 CONCACAF WOMEN’S OLYMPIC TITLE: After 120 minutes left no room between the U.S. Women’s National Team and Canada, Pia Sundhage’s team prevailed, 6-5, in a shootout to win the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament. Ninety scoreless minutes gave way to added time, where Carli Lloyd’s precise fee kick put the U.S. up, 1-0, over their opponents. Canada fought back strong, however, and eventually equalized just three minutes before the end of extra time to send the Championship match into penalty kicks. The WNT secured their berth to the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a 3-0 semifinal victory against Costa Rica on Wednesday, April 9, and, with the triumph on Saturday, moved its record in CONCACAF competitions to 27-0-1. The victory also marked the eighth overall confederation title for the USA and the third straight tournament championship under head coach Pia Sundhage. The team captured the Four Nations in China in January and the Algarve Cup in March. The U.S. team, which has been on the road for 25 days, will now go on a much-deserved break before regrouping on April 22 in Cary, N.C., to prepare for its first domestic matches of the year against Australia on April 27 at WakeMed Park (7 p.m. ET) and on May 3 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. (5 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. local). The match in Birmingham will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel. For the match in Birmingham, tickets start at $18 and can be purchased through ussoccer.com, by calling 205-715-6000, and at all Birmingham-area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Publix and FYE stores). For the game in Cary, tickets start at $18 and can be purchased through ussoccer.com, by phone at 919-834-4000, and at all Raleigh-Durham area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Macy’s and FYE stores).
U.S. WNT Olympic Qualifying Schedule
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
April 4 Jamaica 6-0 W Wambach (2), Lloyd, Cheney, O’Reilly, Heath
April 6 Mexico 3-1 W Kai (2), Wambach
April 9 Costa Rica 3-0 W Kai (2), O’Reilly
April 12 Canada 1-1 T (6:5 pk) Lloyd (Lloyd, Hucles, Wambach, Rampone, Osborne, O’Reilly)
WNT RETURNS TO RFK STADIUM ON MAY 10 AGAINST CANADA: The U.S. Women’s National Team returns to Washington, D.C., for the first time since 2003 to take on Canada on Saturday, May 10, at RFK Stadium as the U.S. continues preparations for the 2008 Olympics. The match vs. Canada is the third in three consecutive weekends for the U.S., with matches vs. Australia on April 27 in Cary, N.C. (tickets), and on May 3 in Birmingham, Ala. (tickets). Tickets ranging in price levels from $20 to $70, plus special VIP on-field seats for $150, are now 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 discount order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (a special VIP package which includes a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with a customized name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. Visa® is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer.
2008 U.S. WNT Upcoming Schedule
Date Opponent Location Kickoff
April 27 Australia WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, N.C.) 7 p.m. ET
May 3 Australia Legion Field (Birmingham, Ala.) 4 p.m. CT (FSC)
May 10 Canada RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.) 7 p.m. ET
TICKETS FOR ARGENTINA MATCH ON SALE NOW: Tickets for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s blockbuster June 8 match vs. No. 1-ranked Argentina at Giants Stadium are now on sale to the general public. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and serves as the final tune up for the U.S. prior to the start of 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on June 15 vs. Barbados. More than 24,000 tickets have been sold for the match, for which U.S. Soccer has divided the seating into U.S.A., Argentina, and Mixed/Neutral fan sections at each price level. Tickets from $35 to $195, plus sideline seating in the front two rows for $295 per ticket, go on sale to the public Monday, April 14, at 12 p.m. ET at ussoccer.com, by phone at 201-507-8900 (New Jersey) or 212-307-7171 (New York City), at all area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Macy’s and FYE stores), and at the IZOD Center ticket office (open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form by visiting ussoccer.com or by calling 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (a special VIP package which includes a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with your name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
TICKETS FOR U.S. SUPPORTERS' SECTION AT WEMBLEY NOW ON SALE: Tickets for the U.S. supporters’ section at Wembley Stadium for the U.S. Men’s National Team vs. England on May 28 at 8 p.m. local time are now on sale. The U.S. supporters’ section tickets for the second-ever trip by the U.S. MNT to England are all located on the lower-level endline and are $115 each. There is a limit of eight tickets per order, and there will be a $15 shipping charge per order. The deadline for ordering tickets is Wednesday, April 16. Tickets may only be shipped to U.S. billing addresses in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and military addresses. U.S. Soccer welcomes fans to pay with their Visa® cards. Ticket and travel packages are available via OleOle and include a ticket in the U.S. supporters' section, a fan-friendly four-star hotel, a welcome reception and more. Fans can secure their spot at this historic match online at OleOle.com. OleOle is the official travel package supplier of U.S. Soccer. For fans not able to travel to England, the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Univision at 3 p.m. ET on May 28. The ninth meeting between the nations will serve as preparation for both teams as they gear up for the start of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U.S. U-23 WNT HEADS TO PORTLAND, WILL FACE UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND ON APRIL 18: The U.S. U-23 Women's National Team will hold a training camp from April 17-24 in Portland, Ore., with the marquee game of the camp coming against the University of Portland women's soccer team on April 18 at 7 p.m. PT at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. Tickets for the event are now on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at (503) 224-4400. Fans may also purchase tickets, beginning at $8 for adults and $6 for children, at the Pilots Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. PT. Group packages are also available. U.S. U-23 head coach Bill Irwin, who is also the Director of Soccer and head men’s soccer coach at UP, has brought 24 players to the camp, including three who have earned caps with the U.S. Women’s National Team (Yael Averbuch, Tina DiMartino and Becky Sauerbrunn) and seven who have represented the USA at a FIFA youth world championship. Twenty-three of the players are in college or have finished their eligibility with the lone high-school aged call-up being Katy Frierson from Homewood, Ala. Frierson is also a member of the USA’s U-20 WNT player pool.
U.S. U-23 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cori Alexander (Portland), Joanna Haig (Louisville), Jaimel Johnson (Tennessee)
DEFENDERS (7): Marisa Abegg (Stanford), Carrie Dew (Notre Dame), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Shelley Lyle (Florida), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia), Brittany Taylor (UConn), Elise Weber (Notre Dame)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Yael Averbuch (North Carolina), Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Katy Frierson (Birmingham United), Brittany Klein (Santa Clara), Lindsey Ozimek (UNC-Charlotte)
FORWARDS (8): Kendra Chandhoke (Portland), Elizabeth Eng (UConn), Libby Guess (North Carolina), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Katie Larkin (BYU), Allison Mallams (Marquette), Ella Masar (Illinois), Katie Schoepfer (Penn State)
U-20 MNT ARRIVES IN PORTUGAL FOR CAMPOS VERDES INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team has arrived in Beja, Portugal, ahead of three international games they will play as part of the Campos Verdes International Tournament. The U.S. is set to face Northern Ireland on April 15, the Cape Verde Islands on April 16 and host country Portugal on April 18. The 21-player roster for the tournament includes 12 professional players, five from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and four from the college ranks. Head coach Thomas Rongen talked exclusively to ussoccer.com about the tournament, uncovering new players and preparation for the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in a podcast that can be heard here.
U.S. U-20 MNT Schedule
April 15 Northern Ireland
April 16 Cape Verde Islands
April 18 Portugal
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (DC United), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (Syracuse, N.Y.), Victor Cortez (University of San Francisco), Tommy Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas), Daniel Wenzel (Wake Forest)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabak), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA), Abdusalam Ibrahim (FC Dallas), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge), Brendan King (Notre Dame), Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA), Andrew Wegner (Lititz, Pa.)
FORWARDS (4): Vincenzo Bernardo (SSC Napoli), Peri Marosevic (University of Michigan), Ellis McLoughlin (Hertha Berlin), Alex Nimo (Real Salt Lake)
U.S. U-15 GNT TO COMPETE IN STANFORD’S KICKS AGAINST BREAST CANCER TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will play five matches against college teams during a week-long training camp in Palo Alto, Calif., which includes two mini-games and an 80-minute match at the 2008 Stanford University Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament. All the matches will be played on the Stanford campus. The training camp will run from April 14-20 and feature full games against Stanford on Wednesday, April 16, and against the University of Oregon on Friday, April 18. The USA will then play three shortened matches in the tournament on Saturday April 19, facing the University of Washington at 9 a.m., followed by the University of San Francisco at 10:15 a.m. Both of those games in Group A will last just 25 minutes. The placement matches will take place in the afternoon, featuring 80-minute games, with the group winners playing for first place, the second place finishers playing for third place and the third-place group finishers playing for fifth place. U.S. head coach Tad Bobak will bring 18 players to the training camp and tournament, all of whom were born in 1993.
U.S. U-15 GNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bryane Heaberlin (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Molly Poletto (Englewood, Colo.);
DEFENDERS (5): Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Katy Colas (Vienna, Va.), Abby Dahlkemper (Menlo Park, Calif.), Haley Cooper (Palatine, Ill.), Michaela Cowgill (Portsmouth, N.H.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kristi Abbate (Northport, N.Y.), Caprice Dydasco (Honolulu, Hawaii), Kelsey Foo (San Jose, Calif.), Whitney Jaynes (Plano, Texas), Indiana Mead (Boulder City, Nev.), Shelby Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Haley Rosen (Palos Verdes, Calif.), Taylor Schneider (Southlake, Texas)
FORWARDS: Cate Parchinski (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Sydney Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Olivia Schultz (Hopkins, Minn.)
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
2008 U.S. CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER SET: The U.S. Beach Soccer team is in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, as it prepares to kick off the 2008 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship. Head coach Roberto Ceciliano named 11 players to the squad, which faces Costa Rica on April 17 in the team’s opening match of the tournament. The following day, the U.S. takes on El Salvador, before finishing up the tournament against Mexico on April 19. The four teams are competing for two spots at the 2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Marseille, France, on July 17-27.
U.S. 2008 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Schedule
Date Opponent Time
April 17 Costa Rica 5:15 p.m. CT
April 18 El Salvador 5:15 p.m. CT
April 19 Mexico 6:30 p.m. CT
U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bayard Elfvin (Newark, N.J.), Luis Montanez (Hayward, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Benyam Astorga (Miami, Fla.), Francis Farberoff (Miami Beach, Fla.), Jacob Long (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Austin Roman (Santa Monica, Calif.), Ronald Silva (Los Angeles, Calif.), Brendon Taguinod (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3): Jevin Albuquerque (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Anthony Chimienti (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Yuri Morales (San Francisco, Calif.), Joshua Nolz (Virginia Beach, Va.)
2008 CONCACAF FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIP SET AS FINAL TEAMS QUALIFY: The eight-team field is set for the 2008 CONCACAF Futsal Championship, which will be played from June 2-8 at the Domo Polideportivo in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago were the final two teams to advance to the final after winning their respective groups in the Caribbean Futsal Qualifying Tournament and join Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and the U.S. The top three teams will advance to the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil from September 30 to October 19.
DEPORTIVO SAPRISSA AND PACHUCA CF TO MEET IN CHAMPIONS' CUP FINAL: Mexican club Pachuca CF and Costa Rican powerhouse Deportivo Saprissa will meet in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup final series on April 23 and April 30 after defeating D.C. United and Houston Dynamo, respectively. Pachuca and D.C. United first met in Pachuca on April 1, with Pachuca coming out on top, 2-0. On April 9, D.C. United beat Pachuca, 2-1, but the 3-2 aggregate score in favor of the Mexican club booked their ticket to the final. In the other semifinal series, Houston and Saprissa played to a scoreless draw on April 2, but Saprissa was ready for the home leg, defeating the Dynamo, 3-0, in San Jose.
2008 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup Semifinals
April 1 Pachuca CD 2, D.C. United 0
April 2 Houston Dynamo 0, Deportivo Saprissa 0
April 9 D.C. United 2, Pachuca 1
Deportivo Saprissa 3, Houston Dynamo 0
2008 CONCACAF Champions' Cup Final
Date Result Kickoff
April 23 Deportivo Saprissa vs. Pachuca CF 10:30 p.m. ET
April 30 Pachuca CF vs. Deportivo Saprissa 9:30 p.m. ET
U.S. SOCCER PARTNERS WITH NIKE AND SPARQ TRAINING: U.S. Soccer is partnering with Nike and SPARQ to enhance training for players on the Youth National Teams and all clubs in the Development Academy. SPARQ stands for Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness, and is a training resource that uses a standardized method of testing to provide athletes with an assessment and training tools to help them improve. SPARQ trainers will test athletes at their local club and at the Development Academy Spring Showcase from May 23 to 26 in Rockford, Ill.
*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. WNT forward Natasha Kai was en fuego in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, during 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying. Kai netted four goals in two games for the WNT, scoring twice against Mexico in their second match to finish atop Group A, and twice against Costa Rica in the semifinal to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
SOCCER SHOCKER: Wigan boss Steve Bruce did Manchester United a huge favor on Monday, orchestrating a 1-1 draw for his side against Chelsea on Monday. Bruce, a former United defender who spent nearly 10 years at the club, put some of Sir Alex Ferguson's teachings to good use as 15th-place Wigan came from behind to draw against the Blues at Stamford Bridge. Emile Heskey's injury time equalizer ensured that the gap between United and Chelsea now sits at five points with four games to play in the Premier League.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: This Saturday its No. 1 vs. No. 2 in Belgium, challenger vs. incumbent, Oguchi Onyewu vs. a bushel of Belgians. Well, not quite that last one, but in any event it’s Oguchi Onyewu's team, Standard Liege, taking on last year's champions, Anderlecht, in a top of the table clash. Liege is currently seven points ahead of their rivals with four games to play in the season. If Gooch's team beats Anderlecht, and third placed Club Brugge can't manage a victory, Standard will clinch its first Belgian league title in 25 years.
QUOTABLE: “I had got my full hand on (Christine) Sinclair’s shot, but wasn’t able to deflect it over the goal as I was going right and she hit it straight up the middle. I read a few of them wrong and went the wrong way, but on (Brittany) Timko’s I had a feeling she was going left, and kind of read her. She didn’t hit it that well so I was able to make the save.”
-- U.S. WNT goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart on the game-winning penalty kick save against Canada in the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.