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U.S. Soccer Wire - May 1, 2006


ARENA TO ANNOUNCE WORLD CUP ROSTER MAY 2: U.S. Men’s National Team Manager Bruce Arena will announce his 23-man roster for the 2006 FIFA World Cup on May 2 live on ESPN’s SportsCenter and ussoccer.com at 6 p.m. ET. Just more than one week later on May 10, Arena will begin welcoming his squad to their final training camp before the World Cup, when the group gathers in Cary, N.C. The U.S. will embark on the three-game Send-Off Series before a June 1 departure for Germany. The U.S. plays their opening match against the Czechs on June 12 in Gelsenkirchen before meeting Italy in Kaiserslautern on June 17 and then finishing off group play against Ghana on June 22 in Nuremberg. The U.S. has chosen the northern port city of Hamburg as their base of operations throughout the tournament. The U.S. will submit its 23-man roster to FIFA on May 15. In advance of the announcement, ussoccer.com is charting the 23-man rosters predicted by the national media

U.S. WNT DEPARTS FOR TWO-GAME TOUR IN JAPAN: The U.S. Women’s National Team departed Monday (May 1) for Japan with a roster of 18 players selected by head coach Greg Ryan. The team will play two matches vs. Japan on May 7 in Kumamoto and on May 9 in Osaka. The games will be the USA’s first since the 2006 Algarve Cup in March and the first matches against Japan since the quarterfinals of the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece. Both games are in southern Japan, with Kumamoto located on the most southern island of Kyushu and Osaka on the main island of Honshu. The first match on May 7 at the 32,000-seat KK Wing Stadium will kick off at 1 p.m. local time (Midnight ET). The second leg will be played at the 50,000-seat Nagai Stadium with a kick off time of 4:30 p.m. local time (3:30 a.m. ET). It will serve as the opening game of a doubleheader that also features the Japanese Men’s National Team in one of their final 2006 FIFA World Cup tune-ups against Bulgaria. Nagai hosted three 2002 FIFA World Cup matches. Japan is 11th in the current FIFA Women’s World rankings. The U.S. women last visited Japan in 1998 for a three-game tour that took the Americans through Tokyo, Kobe and Yokohama, where they played at the eventual 2002 World Cup Final venue. During that trip, Lilly set the world record for international appearances for women with her 152nd cap, a number she has since more than doubled.

U.S. WNT Roster - Japan Trip (Detailed Roster)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Briana Scurry, Hope Solo;
DEFENDERS (6): Tina Frimpong, Amy LePeilbet, Stephanie Lopez, Heather Mitts, Christie Rampone, Cat Whitehill;
MIDFIELDERS (5): Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd, Leslie Osborne, Lindsay Tarpley, Aly Wagner;
FORWARDS (5): Natasha Kai, Kristine Lilly, Heather O’Reilly, Abby Wambach, Christie Welsh.

U.S. MNT SET FOR “SEND-OFF SERIES”: Tickets are on sale now for the U.S. MNT’s three-game “Send-Off Series” in May prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany this summer. The U.S. Men’s National Team will begin final preparations for the World Cup on May 10 in Cary, N.C., and will train for approximately two weeks at the facility before kicking off the Send-Off Series. The Send-Off Series starts against Morocco at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tenn., on May 23, in a game 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 (presented by Hyundai). Tickets for all three matches of the Send-Off Series are now available at ussoccer.com.

U.S. MNT 2006 Schedule
Date Match Venue Kickoff / TV / Result
Jan. 22 USA vs. Canada Torero Stadium (San Diego, Calif.) 0-0 T
Jan. 29 USA vs. Norway Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 5-0 W
Feb. 10 USA vs. Japan SBC Park (San Francisco, Calif.) 3-2 W
Feb. 19 USA vs. Guatemala Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas) 4-0 W
March 1 USA vs. Poland Fritz-Walter-Stadion (Kaiserslautern, Germany) 1-0 W
March 22 Germany vs. USA Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund, Germany) 1-4 L
April 11 USA vs. Jamaica SAS Soccer Park (Cary, N.C.) 1-1 T
May 23 USA vs. Morocco The Coliseum (Nashville, Tenn.) 6 p.m. CT / ESPN2 (Telemundo delay)
May 26 USA vs. Venezuela Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio) 7 p.m. ET / ESPN2 (Telemundo delay) May 28 USA vs. Latvia Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.) 7 p.m. ET / ESPN2 (Telemundo delay)
June 12 USA vs. Czech Republic ** FIFA World Cup Stadium Gelsenkirchen 12 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Univision
June 17 Italy vs. USA ** Fritz-Walter-Stadion (Kaiserslautern) 3 p.m. ET / ABC & Univision
June 22 Ghana vs. USA ** Frankenstadion (Nuremberg) 10 a.m. ET / ESPN & Univision

** 2006 FIFA World Cup

KWIK GOAL GOES TO GERMANY WITH U.S. SOCCER: Kwik Goal, Ltd. and U.S. Soccer have finalized preparations regarding the goal and training equipment needs for the U.S. Men’s National Team during the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. A portion of the needed equipment will accompany the team to Cary, N.C., where the team will train before departing for Germany. The remainder of the goals and training equipment will be sent directly to the team’s training site in Hamburg, Germany. Along with the existing inventory of Kwik Goals found in Cary, the U.S. team will have a variety of speed and agility equipment available, including coaching sticks, speed hurdles, speed ladders and speed rings. Kwik Goal has been an Official Supplier to U.S. Soccer for more than 15 years. For more information on the entire line of Kwik Goal equipment and programs, including Safety First and the Lifetime Guarantee, visit http://www.kwikgoal.com/.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-21 WOMEN HEAD TO HOLLAND AND GERMANY: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team has settled in Europe for two matches in the Netherlands and one in Germany as U.S. head coach Jill Ellis continues the process of selecting a team to participate in the annual Nordic Cup this coming summer in Norway. The USA has won an unprecedented seven straight Nordic Cups against the top U-21 teams from Europe. Numerous players who are eligible for the next Nordic Cup are spending time with the full Women’s National Team and the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, giving Ellis a chance to bring in some new players for evaluation. The USA played its first match on Saturday, April 29 in Tiel, Holland, against the Saestum women’s club. The U-21s will face the Holland Women’s National Team on May 2 in Tiel before leaving for Germany. The USA will play the Duisburg club, a team in the women’s Bundesliga, on May 4. Two players, forward Danesha Adams and midfielder Tobin Heath, joined the U-21s almost directly from Brazil where they played for the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team in the Ricardo Teixeira Cup. This is the first U-21 call-up for the 17-year-old Heath, a high school senior who scored her first international goal at the U-20 level in Brazil against Canada where the USA played four matches and won the tournament. Several players on this tour are yet to make their international debuts at the U-21 level: goalkeeper Cori Alexander, defender Lauren Switzer, midfielder Noelle Keselica, Rebecca Moros and Heath, and forwards Katie Griffin and Kelly Hammond.

U.S. U-21 WNT – Netherlands Tour Schedule
Date       Opponent Venue
April 29  Saestum           Tiel, Holland
May 2     Holland WNT   Tiel, Holland
May 4     Duisburg          Duisburg, Germany

U-20 MNT WIN, LOSE AND DRAW IN ARGENTINA: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team returned from their 10-day training camp in Argentina with a 1-1-1 record. The U.S. drew, 2-2, against Arsenal de Sarandi U-20 in their first match on April 22, getting goals from Preston Zimmerman and Dax McCarty. Two days later, the U-20s defeated River Plate U-20, 1-0, on a goal by forward David Arvizu. In their first international match of the year on April 26, the U.S. fell to Argentina, 4-0.

U-20 MNT Schedule/Results – Argentina Training Camp
Date       Opponent                    Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
April 22  Arsenal de Sarandi    2-2 T       Zimmerman, McCarty
April 24  River Plate                    1-0 W     Arvizu
April 26  Argentina U-20 MNT   0-4 L

U.S. U-20 WNT BEGINS TRAINING CAMP AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, fresh off its tournament title at the Ricardo Teixeira Cup in Teresopolis, Brazil, began training camp on Sunday (April 30) at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The squad trains until May 7, when they head to Germany for a series of matches. U.S. U-20 head coach Tim Schulz called 16 players to camp, and is missing seven regulars due to school commitments and call-ups by the U.S. U-21s. Those players will join the USA for the matches in Germany. The U-20s found out last weekend their first-round opponents in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship to be held in Russia from Aug. 17-Sept. 3 as the Final Draw was staged in Moscow. The USA will open the tournament against a team from Africa on Aug. 18, face Argentina on Aug. 21 and finish group play against France on Aug. 24. All the first-round matches will be played in Moscow. At the HDC, Schulz is getting his first looks at several players, including defender Jill Gilbeau from the University of Texas, defender Erin Hardy from UCLA, and midfielder Lorraine Quinn of Duke. Schulz will also call in several players from local colleges for brief trials.

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oakes, Calif.), Joanna Haig (Inver Grove Hts., Minn.), Val Henderson (Orinda, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (5): Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.), Jill Gilbeau (San Diego, Calif.), Erin Hardy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Nikki Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Natalie Capuano (Aston, Pa.), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Katie Larkin (Draper, Utah), Allie Long (East Northport, N.Y.), Amanda Poach (Bowie, Md.), Lorraine Quinn (Farmingdale, New York);
FORWARDS (2): Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio).

U-18 MNT FINISHES FOURTH AT SLOVAKIA CUP: The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team finished fourth at the 2006 Slovakia Cup after a 2-0 loss to Poland on Friday (April 28) in the third place match in Zlate Moravce, Slovakia. The U.S. went down a man in the 20th minute when Perica Marosevic received his second red card of the tournament and never recovered as Poland compiled a 22-8 shot advantage. The U.S. advanced to the third place match after finishing second in Group B. The U.S. drew 2-2 against Hungary, defeated Malta, 3-1, and lost to Slovakia, 2-1.

U-18 MNT Schedule – Slovakia Cup 2006
Date        Opponent                     Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
April 24   Hungary                          2-2 T    Marosevic, Stephens
April 25   Malta                                3-1 W   Villanueva, Lamming, Kelly
April 27   Slovakia                          1-2 L    Marosevic
April 28   Poland (Third Place)    0-2 L

U-17 ’90 MNT FINISHES SECOND AT BALLYMENA TOURNAMENT: Six weeks before their respective national teams square off at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team fell to the Czech Republic, 1-0, Friday (April 28) night in the final of the 2006 Ballymena International Tournament. This is the second straight year the U.S. has lost to the Czech Republic in the final of the Northern Ireland tournament, also falling 1-0 against them in 2005. The loss was the fourth straight for the U.S. in the Ballymena final. Along with 2005, the U.S. was also runners-up in 2004, falling 4-3 in penalty kicks to Switzerland, and 2002, dropping a 2-1 result to Israel. In total, the U.S. has competed in five of the seven Ballymena International Tournaments, also participating in 2000 when they finished in fourth place. Despite the loss, Hackworth was pleased with the players' performance in the tournament and during their 10-day training camp in England. U.S. forward Ellis McLoughlin was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. McLoughlin scored two goals and registered two assists in the USA's four games.

U-17 ’90 MNT Schedule – Ballymena International Tournament
Date        Opponent                       Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
April 24   Switzerland                      2-1 W    Williams, McLoughlin
April 25   Finland                             3-3 T     (Own goal), Jeffrey, Shea
April 26   Northern Ireland             2-0 W    McLoughlin, Williams
April 28   Czech Republic (final)   0-1 L

U-14 BNT GETS TOGETHER IN CARSON FOR SECOND CAMP OF 2006: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team will come together in Carson, Calif., for their second camp of the year from April 29-May 6 at The Home Depot Center. Head coach Manny Schellscheidt has invited 37 players for the weeklong camp. After three days of training, the U.S. will begin to play matches against local ODP and club teams from Southern California. On Tuesday, May 2, the U-14s will divide into two squads and play against two separate squads from ODP Cal South. The following two days, the U-14s will also split up to face the Valley United Blast and Surf SC on May 3 and So Cal United and ODP Cal South. The Under-14 program introduces young players to a level of soccer they would not otherwise see at such a young age and allows the country’s top youths the chance to experience soccer at its highest level. Schellscheidt talked about the U-14 program in an exclusive podcast with ussoccer.com.

U.S. U-14 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Earl Edwards (San Diego, Calif.), Drew Hutchins (Morrisville, Pa.), Travis Ives (Bridgewater, N.J.), Eric Reyes (Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (12): Estanilao Arevalo (Oxnard, Calif.), Robert Derschang (Englewood, Colo.), James Doherty (Mansfield, Mass.), Travis Golden (Austin, Texas), Chad Hedlund (Argyle, Texas), Emmet Kumeh (Dallas, Texas), Joe Loya (Buda, Texas), Chase Miller (Duncannon, Pa.), Andrew O'Malley (West Chester, Pa.), Tyler Polak (Lincoln, Neb.), Alberto Rosas (N. Hollywood, Calif.), Joshua Sylva (Las Vegas, Nev.).
MIDFIELDERS (13): Jacob Bushue (Champaign, Ill.), Alex Bramall (Newburgh, N.Y.), Zachary Herold (Port Saint Lucie, Fla.), Stefan Jerome (Davie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Indianapolis, Ind.), Edson Lemus (Wilmington, Calif.), George Pantelic (Northridge, Calif.), Sasha Pelipovic-Wengler (The Woodlands, Texas), Michael Raley (St. Inigoes, Md.), Joseph Schmid (Kingston, Pa.), AJ Stueck (Brookfield, Conn.), Ross Tomaselli (Wilmington, N.C.), Jared Watts (Statesville, N.C.)
FORWARDS (8): Robert Barerra (Union, N.J.), Andrew Craven (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Jospeh-Claude Gyau (Silver Spring, Md.), Patrick Donyen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Charles Renken (Edwardsville, Ill.), Soony Saad (Dearborn, Mich.), Francisco Valdez (Tracy, Calif.), Brian Vasquez (Houston, Texas)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME TO ANNOUNCE 2006 CLASS THIS SATURDAY: The National Soccer Hall of Fame will announce the results of the 2006 Hall of Fame Elections on Saturday, May 6 during halftime of ESPN2’s broadcast of New England Revolution vs. Los Angeles Galaxy at 4 p.m. ET. The new inductees will be present at 2:30 p.m. ET for media availability, before the official announcement during the broadcast. Retired U.S. National Team players Alexi Lalas, Carla Overbeck and Roy Lassiter are among the ten newcomers eligible for election to the Hall of Fame in 2006, while the leading holdovers from the 2005 ballot include National Team veterans Thomas Dooley and Hugo Perez, who were the only players not elected to appear on 50 percent of the ballots.

MIA HAMM TO BE INDUCTED INTO ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME: Former U.S. WNT superstar Mia Hamm will be inducted into the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 21. Hamm, a native of Selma, Ala., earned 275 caps and scored a world record 158 goals for the U.S. WNT during the course of her 18-year career. She led the U.S. to the first FIFA Women's World Cup title in 1991 and top three finishes in every major FIFA tournament thereafter, including Gold Medals in Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004, and a Women’s World Cup championship in 1999. Hamm was named U.S. Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year on five consecutive occasions.

U.S. MNT MIDFIELDER DONOVAN DEDICATES NEW NIKE SOCCER FIELDS: U.S. MNT midfielder Landon Donovan and former U.S. WNT defender Brandi Chastain visited kids at the Los Angeles city Department of Recreation & Parks' Glassell Park for the dedication of a new soccer field sponsored by Nike and NikeGO. The dedication coincided with Nike's announcement of a $1 million commitment to fuel U.S. Soccer in 15 communities in the U.S. The commitment includes the donation of three Joga Bonito soccer fields in Los Angeles, three fields in New York and four fields in Chicago, as well as providing soccer equipment for 12 additional cities including: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Newark, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, St. Louis and Washington D.C. Each equipment donation includes soccer balls, soccer t-shirts and a Joga Bonito tool kit that teaches Nike’s 3-on-3 version of futsal, called Joga3. For more information on NikeGO Places and where to recycle your old athletic shoes, which are ground and used in creating play surfaces, visit www.nikego.com or www.nikegrind.com.

BALTIMORE BLAST WINS MISL CHAMPIONSHIP: The Baltimore Blast edged the St. Louis Steamers in the two-game, aggregate score MISL Championship Series Finals to be named 2005-2006 MISL Champions. Baltimore won the first game of the series, 4-2, in Baltimore, Md., and dropped the second match in St. Louis, 4-1. Machel Millwood scored the “Golden Goal” for Baltimore at 6:33 of overtime, handing Baltimore their third MISL championship title in four seasons.

2006 MISL Championship Series Finals
Date         Match-up
April 28    Baltimore 4, St. Louis 2
April 30    St. Louis 4, Baltimore 1 (Baltimore wins on “Golden Goal”)

COLIN JOSE MEDIA AWARD NOMINATIONS SOLICITED: The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the 2006 Colin Jose Media Award, which honors media members with exceptional career contributions to the field in regards to soccer. Potential candidates include reporters, columnists, authors, broadcasters and others who specialize in soccer. Nominees should have served at least 10 years in their field and demonstrated continuous excellence in the body of their work. The National Soccer Hall of Fame will honor the Colin Jose Media Award recipient during the 2006 Induction Ceremony. The Colin Jose Media Award Committee, whose members include U.S. Soccer Director of Communications Jim Moorhouse, MLS Director of Communications Will Kuhns, Jim Trecker and previous award winners Jerry Trecker and Seamus Malin, determines the award recipient. To nominate a candidate, contact Jack Huckel at the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame by Friday, May 5, 2006.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. MNT and Reading FC goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann was named to the 2006 Professional Footballer’s Association Championship Team of the Year after posting 22 shutouts for Reading and leading the team to the English Premiership for the first time in the club’s 135-year history. Reading not only won the Championship, they won it with style, setting the record for most points in a season (106), finishing with an amazing 31-2-13 record and ending 16 points ahead of second-place Sheffield United.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: It isn’t a game that will have U.S. Soccer aficionados glued to ESPN’s SportsCenter on Tuesday, May 2, at 6 p.m. ET, but rather, an announcement. After months of speculation and a half-dozen international friendlies, U.S. Manager Bruce Arena will name his 2006 FIFA World Cup roster. The announcement comes a week before the U.S. MNT convenes in Cary, N.C., for their pre-World Cup training camp. Fans who can’t quite make it home in time to catch SportsCenter can log on to ussoccer.com to see who is packing their bags to Deutschland.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Middlesborough FC crawled it’s way into the UEFA Cup semifinals after coming back from a 3-0 deficit in the quarterfinals for a 4-3 aggregate win against Swiss side FC Basel 1893. After losing the first leg of the semifinals against Steaua Bucharest, 1-0, and trailing 2-0 in the first 30 minutes of the second leg, Middlesborough was in a familiar spot: needing a four-goal miracle to survive. The miracle was started by Massimo Maccarone, whose 33rd minute strike sparked an unanswered four goals from Middlesborough and catapulted the English side into the UEFA Cup finals on May 10, where they will face off against Spanish side Sevilla.

QUOTABLE: “You don't get many miracles in football and we've had two in a month.... But as good as getting to the final is, now we want to win it - and if we give Sevilla a three-goal start in the first ten minutes, we should be ok!"
-- Middlesborough Manager Steve McClaren after his team came back from a 3-0 deficit against Steaua Bucharest to win, 4-3, and advance to the UEFA Cup final.



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