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U.S. Soccer Wire - November 13, 2006


Ryan Names U.S. WNT CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup Roster;
Applications Being Accepted For 2007 Werner Fricker Builder Award

RYAN NAMES 20 PLAYERS TO WOMEN’S GOLD CUP ROSTER: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named the 20-player roster that will attempt to qualify the U.S. Women’s National Team for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup during the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, being held on Nov. 22 and 26 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The USA will take on the winner of the Mexico-Trinidad & Tobago quarterfinal on Wednesday, Nov. 22, in one of the Women’s Gold Cup semifinals at The HDC. The match kicks off 7 p.m. PT and fans can follow the action live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The winner of that game will qualify directly to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup being held Sept. 10-30. Heading into the Women’s Gold Cup, the U.S. women have gone 30 consecutive matches without losing in regulation time, tying an all-time record set from February 10, 1996, through Oct. 9, 1997. Should the USA win or tie its CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup semifinal, it will mark the longest unbeaten streak in the 21-year history of the U.S. Women’s National Team. The USA is coming off a highly successful run to the 2006 Peace Queen Cup championship in South Korea where the USA tied Denmark and then defeated Australia, the Netherlands and Canada to win the title. The USA is 16-0-4 in 2006 heading into the Women’s Gold Cup where it will play its last two matches of the year. The U.S. team will begin training on Nov. 15 at The HDC. For complete coverage of the competition, including results, exclusive player features and all_access videos, visit ussoccer.com's 2006 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup page.

2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup Schedule
Date         Matchup                                       Time                Location
Nov. 19    Panama vs. Jamaica                      5 p.m. ET         Miami, Fla.
Nov. 19    Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago           7:30 p.m. ET    Miami, Fla.
Nov. 22    Canada vs. Panama/Jamaica          4:30 p.m. PT    Carson, Calif.
Nov. 22    USA vs. Mexico/Trinidad & Tobago   7 p.m. PT        Carson, Calif.
Nov. 26    Third Place                                    3 p.m. PT        Carson, Calif.
Nov. 26    Championship                                5:30 p.m. PT   Carson, Calif.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (7): Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Marci Miller (St. Charles, Ill.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);
FORWARDS (6): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).


2007 WERNER FRICKER BUILDER AWARD NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED: Nominations are now being accepted for the 2007 U.S. Soccer Werner Fricker Builder Award, which is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have worked tirelessly in furthering the interest of the sport of soccer, without regard to personal recognition or advancement. The award was created in 2002 and is the greatest recognition bestowed by U.S. Soccer on its membership. The award is designed to honor those who have created or fostered programs that will outlast their own active involvement in the sport and that establish a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the United States. Interested persons can nominate individuals for the annual Werner Fricker Builder Award by downloading an application at ussoccer.com. Werner Fricker himself was honored posthumously with the inaugural award in 2002, with his son, Werner Jr., accepting the award on his behalf. Werner Fricker is widely credited for his role in bringing the 1994 FIFA World Cup to the United States. He was a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic Team, served as U.S. Soccer President from 1984 to 1990 and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., in 1992. With U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting moving from the summer months to March, no award was bestowed in 2004.

WERNER FRICKER AWARD
Year    Recipient
2002    Werner Fricker, Sr.
2003    Sunil Gulati
2005    Gerhard Mengel
2006    Sal Rapaglia


FIFA RECOGNIZES PATENAUDE HAT TRICK: Following evidence provided by historians, soccer fans and U.S. Soccer, former U.S. Men's National Team forward Bert Patenaude enters into FIFA's record books as the first player to score a hat trick in a FIFA World Cup match. While U.S. Soccer records have indicated Patenaude's three-goal effort vs. Paraguay on July 17, 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay, FIFA had previously attributed his second goal to teammate Tom Florie. In total, there have been 48 hat tricks in World Cup play. Patenaude scored six goals in four appearances in his U.S. career, including all three games at the 1930 FIFA World Cup and a 4-3 loss to Brazil one month after the 1930 World Cup. Between 1928 and 1931 in the American Soccer League, he scored 114 goals in 158 games, and also won three U.S. Open Cup titles during his career. He was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1971, and died in 1974 on his 65th birthday.

CONCACAF WOMEN’S GOLD CUP GROUP TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE: Two-day packages, group tickets and individual tickets are now on sale for the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup semifinals and finals on Wed., Nov. 22 and Sun., Nov. 26, respectively, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The third edition of the Women’s Gold Cup will feature the U.S. Women's National Team competing for the CONCACAF title and one of the two guaranteed spots in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. Two-day packages start at $30 ($15 per ticket) and are available through the L.A. Galaxy (877-3-GALAXY or lagalaxy.com) and Ticketmaster (213-480-3232 / 714-740-2000 or ticketmaster.com). Tickets for groups of 10 or more start at $15 and are available through the L.A. Galaxy (877-3-GALAXY or lagalaxy.com). Individual tickets start at $20 and are also available through the L.A. Galaxy and at ticketmaster.com. In first round action, Mexico will play against Trinidad & Tobago and Panama will face Jamaica at Tropical Park Stadium in Miami, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 19. The victors in these two first round games will then advance to the semifinals of the event with the winner of Panama vs. Jamaica drawn to play against Canada while the team advancing from Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago will meet reigning Women’s Gold Cup Champions, USA, on Nov. 22. Tournament play concludes with the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup Final and a third-place playoff game on Sunday, Nov. 26, also to be held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The champion and runner-up will automatically qualify to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. The third-place finisher in the CONCACAF event will face Japan in a home-and-away playoff for the right to attend the Women's World Cup.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. UNDER-20 MNT TO FACE GUATEMALA ON NOV. 15: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will continue its 2007 CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying preparations with a match against Guatemala on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Florida Atlantic University Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. Kickoff for the match is at 7 p.m. ET. U.S. Under-20 MNT head coach Thomas Rongen named an 19-player roster for the match, which will closeout a four-day training camp in Sunrise, Fla. The players and staff will arrived on Sunday (Nov. 12) and will train for three days before facing Guatemala on Nov. 15. Tickets for the match are $10 and fans can purchase them online at tixops.com or by calling 1-877-877-7677. The match is just two months before the U.S. Under-20s will attempt to qualify for their sixth straight FIFA U-20 World Cup (formerly FIFA World Youth Championship), when they take part in the 2007 CONCACAF Under-20 Final Round Qualifying Tournament this January in either Mexico or Panama. Group A of the 2007 CONCACAF Under-20 Final Round will take place from Jan. 17-21 in Panama City, Panama, while Group B will occur a month later from Feb. 21-25 in Culiacan, Sinaloa, which is on the west coast of Mexico. The match against Guatemala will be the U.S. Under-20 MNT’s 11th international match of the year. The U.S. is 4-4-2 overall this year, with wins against Argentina, Canada, Haiti and Wales.

U.S. Under 20 Men’s National Team Training Camp
GOALKEEPERS (2): Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Nicholas Skverer (NEC Nijmegen - Netherlands)
DEFENDERS (7): Kris Banghart (N.C. Wesleyan College), Kyle Davies (Pleasanton, Calif.), Quavas Kirk (L.A. Galaxy), Nathan Sturgis (L.A. Galaxy), Neven Subotic (Mainz 05 - Germany), Anthony Wallace (USF), Tim Ward (Columbus Crew)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Bryan Arguez (Miami, Fla.), Miguel Gonzalez (New England Revolution), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Nico Mosquera (University of Central Florida), Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (4): Josmer Altidore (N.Y. Red Bulls), David Arvizu (N.Y. Red Bulls), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Johann Smith (Bolton FC - England)


QUALIFYING DRAWS FOR U-17 AND U-20 MNT TOURNAMENTS TO BE HELD ON NOV. 24: The draws to determine the 2007 CONCACAF U-20 and U-17 Final Round Qualifying Tournaments will be held on Friday, Nov. 24, during the CONCACAF Executive Committee Meeting in Los Angeles. The U.S. Under-20s will be attempting to qualify for their sixth consecutive FIFA U-20 World Cup, and will find out if they are in Group A of the 2007 CONCACAF Under-20 Final Round, which will take place from Jan. 17-21 in Panama City, Panama, or Group B, which will occur a month later from Feb. 21-25 in Culiacan, Sinaloa, which is on the Western coast of Mexico. The U.S. will join hosts Panama and Mexico in one of the final two qualifying groups, along with Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, St. Kitts & Nevis and the winner of a home-and-away series between Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. The top two squads from each group will qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada, which will take place from June 30-July 22 across six cities – Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Burnaby and Victoria. The Under-17 Final Round Qualifying Tournament, set for April of 2007, has a new format where a total of nine countries will compete for five berths in two groups, with one group hosted by Jamaica (Group B – five teams) and the other by Honduras (Group A – four teams). The top two teams from Group A and the best three from Group B will advance to the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will be played from Aug. 18-Sept. 9 in South Korea. Joining the U.S. and the host nations in the CONCACAF U-17 Final Round are Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Haiti, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago.

SIXTH ANNUAL NIKE FRIENDLIES TO TAKE PLACE DEC. 7-10: The 2006 Nike Friendlies will take place from Dec. 7-10 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., with more than 50 teams competing across the Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 age groups. Elite clubs from 19 states will partake in the sixth annual event, along with two teams from U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team and two teams from the USA’s 40-player Under-17 Residency Program. U.S. Soccer’s Nike Friendlies is an annual competition in which the best youth soccer clubs around the United States are invited to play high-level games that stress quality soccer and player development over wins and losses. Tournament standings are not kept during the competition, in which each team plays three 80-minute games over the four days. With 53 teams scheduled to participate in more than 85 matches, the competition has improved every year since 19 teams competed in the inaugural Nike Friendlies in 2001. During the tournament, ussoccer.com will provide comprehensive coverage of the event including mini-match reports from every game played, photos and video. U.S. Soccer’s all_access video team, as well as Studio 90, the web show made popular during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, will be on site providing daily features and highlights. Follow all the action on ussoccer.com’s 2006 Nike Friendlies page.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

HOUSTON DYNAMO CLAIMS 2006 MLS CUP: The Houston Dynamo claimed their first MLS championship on Sunday (Nov. 12) with a 4-3 penalty kick shootout against the New England Revolution. Houston and New England played to a 0-0 draw in regulation, with Revolution forward Taylor Twellman breaking the tie in the 113th minute. Dynamo forward Brian Ching evened it up just one minute later, heading a cross that had deflected off New England defender Avery John. With the match tied, 1-1, the game went into the first penalty kick shootout in MLS Cup history. Kelly Gray, Stuart Holden and Dwayne DeRosario all scored for Houston, while Shalrie Joseph and Matt Reis converted their kicks for New England. Then Pat Noonan hit his shot over the goal, followed by Reis saving Brad Davis’ attempt for Houston. With the score 3-2, Twellman buried his chance to make it 3-3 but Ching retaliated by firing his chance past Reis to keep Houston ahead. Jay Heaps stepped up to the spot for New England, only to see his chance saved by Pat Onstad.

MLS ANNOUNCES DESIGNATED PLAYER RULE AND OTHER INITIATIVES: The MLS Board of Governors announced the inception of a Designated Player Rule and other competition details for the 2007 season on Saturday (Nov. 11) in Frisco, Texas. The Designated Player Rule will allow MLS to sign players whose salary will fall outside of the team salary budget and whose cost above the salary budget charge will be the financial responsibility of the club. Other changes include an increase in clubs' share of transfer revenue and a commitment to invest more in scouting. Also, expansion franchise Toronto FC will be placed in the Eastern Conference and each team will play 30 games, all of which will be broadcast live for the first time in league history. The MLS playoff qualifiers also slightly changed, with the top two teams in each conference as well as four "wild card" teams comprising the eight-team field. The 2007 MLS SuperDraft will be held on Jan. 12, the 2007 All-Star Game will take place on July 18 or 19, and MLS Cup 2007 will be played on Nov. 18. The league also announced a youth development initiative that allows team to create amateur youth teams and eventually allow the parent club to acquire the young players from local areas outside of the SuperDraft. Also, MLS and Fox Soccer Channel announced "MLS Saturday on FSC," a three-hour programming block that will include pre-game, halftime and post-game shows live from the game site.

U.S. WINS ONE, DROPS TWO AT FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP: The U.S. Beach Soccer team closed out their participation at the 2006 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup with a 10-6 loss to eventual champion Brazil on Tuesday (Nov. 7). The U.S. squad kicked off the tournament with an 8-4 loss to Japan. The team came back to win, 4-2, against Poland in the second Group A match, but was unable to defeat Brazil to advance out of the group.

U.S. Beach Soccer 2006 FIFA World Cup Schedule
Date     Opponent    Result     U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Nov. 3   Japan          4-8 L      Xexeo, Farberoff, Morales, Chimienti
Nov. 5   Poland         4-2 W    Chimienti (2), Taguinod, Astorga
Nov. 7   Brazil           6-10 L    Xexeo (3), Astorga (2), Taguinod

U.S. Beach Soccer Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Luiz Montanez, 12-Bayard Elfvin;
DEFENDERS (4): 5-Benyam Astorga, 9-Zak Ibsen, 2-Austin Roman, 3-Brendon Taguinod;
FORWARDS (6): 10-Francis Farberoff, 11-Raphael Xexeo, 7-Noah Merl, 8-Anthony Chimienti, 6-Ronald Silva, 4-Yuri Morales.
Head coach: Roberto Ceciliano


CHRISTIAN GOMEZ, BRIAN CHING EARN MLS HONORS: D.C. United midfielder Christian Gomez was named 2006 Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player while Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching won the 2006 Sierra Mist Goal of the year and MLS Cup MVP. MLS also named the 2006 Best XI, which included five first-time selections and six “Best XI” veterans. Gomez led D.C. United to the best MLS regular season record and to the Eastern Conference final with 14 goals and 11 assists. He was a starter in the 2006 MLS All-Star game against Chelsea FC and has tallied 29 goals and 20 assists in three years in the league. Ching's award for goal of the year came for his game-winning bicycle kick on Sept. 30 against D.C. United. The goal came in the 85th minute off of a header assist from forward Paul Dalglish. Ching’s heroics in the MLS Cup final, in which he tallied the game-tying goal in the second overtime and scored the game-winning penalty, also earned the Hawaii native MVP honors for the championship match. More information about the winners, as well as other MLS post-season awards, can be found at MLSnet.com.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER AWARDS
Goalkeeper of the Year                     Troy Perkins (D.C. United)
Fair Play (Individual)                         Chris Klein (Real Salt Lake)
Fair Play (Team)                               Kansas City Wizards
Humanitarian of the Year                   Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution)
Team Humanitarian of the Year          New York Red Bulls
Defender of the year                        Bobby Boswell (D.C. United)
Comeback Player of the Year            Richard Mulrooney (FC Dallas)
Referee of the Year                          Brian Hall
Rookie of the Year                            Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA)
Coach of the Year                            Bob Bradley (Chivas USA)
Most Valuable Player                         Christian Gomez (D.C. United)
Goal of the Year                               Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo)
MLS Best XI:
GOALKEEPER (1): Troy Perkins (D.C. United)
DEFENDERS (3): Bobby Boswell (D.C. United), Jose Burciaga Jr. (Kansas City Wizards), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), Dwayne De Rosario (Houston Dynamo), Christian Gomez (D.C. United), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS (2): Jeff Cunningham (Real Salt Lake), Jaime Moreno (D.C. United)


ROSTERS ANNOUNCED FOR USYS ODP GIRLS’ THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONAL: US Youth Soccer announced the rosters for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls’ Thanksgiving Interregional scheduled to be held at the North Community Park and Coral Glades High School Sportsplex in Coral Springs, Fla. Teams will arrive on Nov. 18 for two days of training, with competition play beginning on Monday, Nov. 20 and running through Friday, Nov. 24. The event will represent teams in the 1989-1992 age groups including the U.S. Under-15 and U.S. Under-16 Girls’ National Teams. For more information on the US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional, including schedules, visit USYouthSoccer.org.

MLS EXPANSION DRAFT TO BE HELD NOV. 17: The 2006 Major League Soccer Expansion Draft will be held on Friday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. ET. The 13th MLS team, Toronto FC, will select 10 players in the draft from the 12 existing MLS squads. Each MLS team will be able to protect 11 players from their 28-man roster and make available no more than one Senior International player. Toronto may then choose no more than one player from any given MLS team. At the conclusion of the draft, results will be posted on MLSnet.com. Toronto FC will begin play during the 2007 MLS season.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION 2007 GRANTS PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN: The grant application process for the U.S. Soccer Foundation's 2007 Annual Grants Program is open from now until Nov. 22 at ussoccerfoundation.org. With the exception of its All Conditions Fields Grants, the Foundation’s 2007 Grants will be focused exclusively on projects and programs that develop players, referees and coaches in economically disadvantaged urban areas. The Foundation’s All Conditions Fields Grants will continue to be available to projects serving all types of communities, with priority given to those All Conditions Fields projects serving players in economically disadvantaged urban areas. More information about the grants is available at ussoccerfoundation.org/grants.

U.S. Soccer Foundation Important Dates
Sept. 8        2007 Annual Grants Program Online Registration Commences
Nov. 22       Deadline to Submit Completed Application by 5 p.m. ET


*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER(S): U.S. MNT and Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching demonstrated what it means to have a never-say-die attitude on Sunday (Nov. 12) during the 2006 MLS Cup final against the New England Revolution. Just one minute after New England forward Taylor Twellman scored what appeared to be the Revs’ game-winner in the 113th minute, Ching answered back with a goal of his own, sending the 2006 MLS Cup final into penalty kicks. Ching stepped up again to take the last kick for the Dynamo, burying what turned out to be the game-winning penalty.

MARQUEE MATCHUP(S): The CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup final round kicks off on Nov. 19 in Miami, Fla., with Panama taking on Jamaica at 5 p.m. ET and Mexico facing Trinidad & Tobago at 7:30 p.m. The winners of those two matches will travel to The Home Depot Center for the semifinals, where they face Canada and the USA, respectively, on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

SOCCER SHOCKER: After 346 scoreless minutes of MLS Cup play, the New England Revolution finally looked like they were going to lift the MLS Cup trophy, only to see their chances fade 70 seconds later when Brian Ching headed home the tying goal. It was the third time at the MLS Cup finals that the Revolution had finished scoreless in regulation. The Revs were also shut out in 2002 and 2005 in a pair of 1-0 defeats to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

QUOTABLE: “We've lost every possible way we can lose in the finals.”
-- U.S. MNT and New England Revolution forward Taylor Twellman, after the Revolution fell to the Houston Dynamo in penalty kicks for the 2006 MLS Cup.

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