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U.S. Soccer Wire: June 7, 2010


U.S. BEGINS FIFA WORLD CUP PLAY AGAINST ENGLAND ON JUNE 12 IN RUSTENBURG;
U.S. TOPS AUSTRALIA 3-1 IN FINAL TUNE-UP BEFORE START OF 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP;
ACTOR BRAD PITT JOINS USA BID COMMITTEE  

U.S OPENS 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP AGAINST ENGLAND ON SATURDAY, JUNE 12 AT 2:30 P.M. ET: The U.S. Men’s National Team will open its 2010 FIFA World Cup schedule against Group C opponents England on June 12 in Rustenburg, South Africa at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. The match kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET and will be televised live on ABC and Univision with pre-game coverage starting at 2 p.m. ET on ABC. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The 2010 FIFA World Cup opens on Friday, June 11 when Mexico takes on hosts South Africa at Soccer City in Johannesburg at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN and Univision. 

U.S. TOPS AUSTRALIA IN FINAL TUNE-UP BEFORE OPENING 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: In the final tune-up game before the opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. Men’s National Team used two goals from Edson Buddle and a late score from Herculez Gomez to earn a 3-1 victory against Australia in front of a small but boisterous crowd at Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort, South Africa. Buddle’s goals were the first and second of his national team career and they came in just his third appearance. Gomez’ stoppage time tally was his second career goal in four appearances. The match came five days after the USA arrived in South Africa and a week before the Americans begin their 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign against England at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. The match kicks of at 2:30 p.m. ET live on ABC and Univision.

ACTOR BRAD PITT JOINS USA BID COMMITTEE TO BRING FIFA WORLD CUP TO THE U.S. IN 2018 OR 2022: Academy Award-nominated actor Brad Pitt has accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its quest to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. Pitt commemorated his new role by adding his name to the USA Bid Committee’s online petition at www.goUSAbid.com, joining the more than 435,000 people who have already registered their support for the effort. Pitt is a tireless supporter of charitable organizations and relief efforts around the world. In addition to working with and supporting numerous organizations with a variety of causes, Pitt also founded the Make It Right Foundation in 2006, organizing housing professionals in New Orleans to finance and construct 150 sustainable, affordable new houses in New Orleans's Ninth Ward following Hurricane Katrina. Also in 2006, Pitt and Angelina Jolie established a charitable organization, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, to aid humanitarian causes around the world.

U.S. TO HOST FIVE-TIME WORLD CUP CHAMPION BRAZIL ON AUG. 10 AT NEW MEADOWLANDS STADIUM: The U.S. Men’s National Team will play host to a truly special match when five-time World Cup champion Brazil comes to New Jersey on Tuesday, Aug. 10 for the first meeting between the two nations at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the match live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. For the first time ever, U.S. Soccer is offering fans the exclusive opportunity to buy a limited number of ticket options for premium seat locations at the match. For just 20 percent of the face value of the ticket, fans can reserve premium tickets now and then decide later if they wish to definitely purchase the tickets. The option saves the hassle of resale if fans decide not to attend the match.

U.S. SOCCER RELEASES ONLINE TRAVEL RESOURCES FOR FANS GOING TO SOUTH AFRICA THIS SUMMER: U.S. Soccer has put together an online travel resource center for fans traveling to South Africa this summer for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This comprehensive online fan resource includes information on planning and preparing for their trip, along with travel and transportation recommendations. The online travel resource center also provides fans with information on where to pick up match tickets, stadium facts, local attractions, safety concerns, communication details, embassy contact information and a brief cultural and historical background of South Africa. Additional South African sources are also provided here for fans to continue their research.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – June 1 – June 7

FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED FOR 2010 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP: U.S. Soccer has announced the groupings for the first two rounds of the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which kicks off with first-round matches on Tuesday, June 15, around the country. All 32 lower division teams will enter the tournament in the first round. First-round pairings were determined by dividing the clubs geographically into eight groups of four, with match-ups within each group determined by random draw. In the second round on June 22, the 16 first-round winners will face off, with eight victors moving into the third round to square off against eight Major League Soccer teams. The third round will take place June 29, with the quarterfinals set for July 6-7, the semifinals on Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and the final slated for Oct. 5. 

258 INTERCONFERENCE GAMES IN THE BOOKS AT DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SPRING SHOWCASE: The 2010 Development Academy Spring Showcase has drawn to a close, with 258 games completed on the 20 fields at the Sarasota Polo Grounds. Nearly 4,000 players, 118 referees, hundreds of spectators and 300 college coaches descended upon Sarasota, Fla., for one of the premier youth events in the country. In addition to the games on the field, educational opportunities were available to all coaches, referees and players during the five-day extended weekend. Before and after games, players also took part in SPARQ testing, and with the heat index in Sarasota surpassing 100 degrees, Gatorade’s fluid loss testing became a key tool for making sure players stayed hydrated. The air conditioned athletes’ lounge was also at near capacity throughout the weekend, where players and spectators could take a break from the heat while playing EA Sports FIFA World Cup 2010 and watching U.S. MNT games and highlights on monitors. 

U.S. WOMEN TO FACE SWEDEN TWICE IN JULY: The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will face Sweden on July 13 at Creighton University’s Morrison Stadium in Omaha, Neb. The match in Omaha, which will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. CT, will mark the first-ever visit for the U.S. Women to Nebraska. Four days later, the U.S. will take on Sweden on July 17 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. That match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7:30 p.m. ET. Sweden is widely regarded as one of the top women’s national teams in the world and one of several favorites to lift the trophy at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Swedes, who are fourth in the most recent FIFA Women’s World Rankings, should seal first place in their qualifying group by the time they come to the U.S. That first place finish will earn Sweden a place in the two-leg playoffs that will produce the four European qualifiers for the Women’s World Cup.

U.S. Women’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – June 2 – June 7

WEEK 9 KICKS OFF JUNE SCHEDULE OF THE USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE: Week 9’s midweek game was marked by attacking play, as Miami FC journeyed to Puerto Rico to take on the Islanders in a Wednesday night matchup. An exciting second half saw six goals scored, with Puerto Rico earning the 4-2 victory. Friday, June 4 presented an inter-conference battle between the Rochester Rhinos and NSC Minnesota Stars, but the two mid-table teams played to a 0-0 draw.  The weekend saw the Austin Aztex playing host to the Puerto Rico Islanders in the only Saturday night match, with the Aztex improving their first place standing in the USL Conference with a 2-1 victory. Sunday afternoon held a trio of games, with the Montreal Impact playing host to Miami FC in an NASL Conference battle. A 1-1 draw meant they shared the spoils, while Vancouver Whitecaps FC increased their NASL Conference lead with a 1-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The Portland Timbers were looking at a 1-0 shutout win to close out the weekend, but a 90th minute goal by Daniel Palidini earned the Carolina RailHawks a draw to keep them only three points shy of Vancouver at the top of the conference.

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Schedule and Standings

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 WNT ROSTER FINALIZED BY HEAD COACH JILL ELLIS: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jillian Ellis has named the 21 players who will represent the United States at the 2010 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, being held in Bochum, Bielefeld, Augsburg and Dresden, Germany from July 13-Aug. 1.

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team 2010 Schedule

U.S. 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Bryane Heaberline (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Sade Ayinde (Maryland; North Bellmore, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.),Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (UCLA; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –  

BE OFFICIAL: While there's nothing like cheering on the U.S. Men's National Team in person, we want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience even if you’re not going to be in Rustenburg, South Africa on Saturday, so we've got the next best spot: an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters, wear red and watch the game in an atmosphere that is pretty loud and rowdy. Check the latest listings for the Official U.S. Soccer bar in your area. Have a local watering hole that you would like to see as an Official U.S. Soccer Bar?  Provide your comments on the Official U.S. Bar Forum. 

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than seven months to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cup™ to come to the United States – and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United States’ bid for the FIFA World Cup™ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

U.S. SOCCER SUMMER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools for the “A,” “B” and “C” License Courses will take place during two weeks in the month of June in two locations across the United States. Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass., will host “A” Audit, “A,” “B” (sold-out) and “C” License courses June 17-25 and a National “A” Audit, “A” and “B” (sold-out) course will take place June 19-27 at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill.

EXPANDEDED US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL LEAGUE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS THOURGH JULY 9 FOR 2010-2011 SEASON: The US Youth Soccer National League is accepting applications for the 2010-2011 seasonal year beginning Sept. 1, 2010.  Applications are due Friday, July 9, 2010, at 5 p.m. ET.  The National League consists of Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Boys and Girls and recently expanded to sixteen teams. Teams will qualify in each gender age group primarily from play in their respective US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues or through previous National League qualification.  New for next season, the four 2010 US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-14 through Under-16 gender age groups will earn a league slot. The remaining slots will be filled by teams that have either achieved success in their respective Regional League or were a semifinalist at the 2010 regional championships. Learn more at http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/national_league/index.asp.

2010 US YOUTH SOCCER REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SET TO BEGIN THIS MONTH: The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the some of the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships.  These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four regional championships. Champions (U-14 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. For more information, visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org.

US CLUB SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2010-11 FLORIDA CUP DETAILS: US Club Soccer is pleased to announce details for the 2010-11 Florida Cup. The events for U-11 through U-14 boys’ and girls’ teams will be played in September and October, with the Final Four in March 2011. Also, in a change from last year, the Florida Cup for U-15 through U-18/19 teams will be split into North and South Divisions and will be held in March 2011.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Edson Buddle made the most of his place in the starting eleven against Australia on June 5 when he scored two goals en route to a 3-1 victory for the U.S. against the Socceroos. Buddle, who has nine goals in nine MLS games this season, opened the scoring in the fourth minute and put the U.S. ahead 2-0 in the 31st minute by finishing a cross from defender Steve Cherundolo.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: In less than a week, the U.S. Men’s National Team opens its 2010 FIFA World Cup schedule against Group C opponents England in Rustenburg, South Africa at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. The match will be televised on ABC and Univision at 2:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The past week saw a number of injury scares and disappointments for big names at the World Cup. England defender and captain Rio Ferdinand has been ruled out after damaging ligaments in his left knee in a tackle during training. Cote d’Ivoire striker Didier Drogba suffered a fractured elbow in his team’s friendly against Japan but has undergone a “successful” surgery in Switzerland and remains hopeful of playing in the tournament. Dutch winger Arjen Robben and Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo have both sustained muscle injuries in the past week and doubt hangs over their participation in the tournament, although they have not been replaced on their countries’ official roster of 23 players.

QUOTABLE: “Our arrival was a good one and travel seemed quite easy, maybe we’re just used to it by now. So far, the organization on all ends has been great and we certainly appreciate the efforts of the Local Organizing Committee, the South African Police and the U.S. State Department but I think everything has run very smoothly. The team is excited to get started.” ­– U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley upon arriving in South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup

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