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U.S. Soccer Wire: Oct. 25, 2010


U.S. WOMEN SET TO KICK OFF CONCACAF WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING;
PUERTO RICO TAKES TWO GOAL ADVANTAGE IN USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

U.S. WNT READY TO BEGIN CONCACAF WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: The U.S. Women’s National Team opens its quest for a berth to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany when it begins play in the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament on Thursday, Oct. 28, against Haiti in Cancún, Mexico. The match will kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 local) at Estadio Quintana Roo, which is the venue for each of the USA’s three Group B matches. Fans can follow the game on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or watch via a free video web stream on CONCACAF.com, which will also feature highlight packages of each match during the tournament. This tournament opener will be just the third meeting between the USA and Haiti, with both previous contests taking place during CONCACAF qualifying tournaments, in 1991 for the Women’s World Cup and in 2004 for the Olympics.

U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2):
 Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (FC Gold Pride), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN GERMANY: Individual tickets for all 2011 Women's World Cup matches are officially on sale. Individual tickets are available from approximately $20 for first round matches, with the exception of the opening match, and the match for third place. Of the 700,000 available tickets, more than 270,000 have already been sold as venue specific tickets and group tickets.

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Oct. 19 – Oct. 25

U.S. MEN TO FACE SOUTH AFRICA ON NOV. 17 IN NELSON MANDELA CHALLENGE CUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to South Africa to take on 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts South Africa on Nov. 17 at the magnificent Green Point Stadium in Cape Town at 2 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or at twitter.com/ussoccer. The U.S. will be returning to South Africa for the first time since the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where they finished in first place in Group C ahead of England, Slovenia and Algeria before going out in the Round of 16.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Oct. 19 – Oct. 25

PUERTO RICO TAKES TWO GOAL ADVANTAGE AFTER FIRST LEG OF USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: The Puerto Rico Islanders defeated the Carolina RailHawks 2-0 at Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel in the first leg of the USSF D-2 Pro League Championship Series. With the win, the Islanders will take a two goal advantage into the decisive second leg of the series at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. ET.  After a scoreless first half, the island club came to life just four minutes after the second half whistle to open the scoring on 49 minutes. The second half continued with both teams looking just as likely to score the second, but it would be Puerto Rico to take advantage of a counter attack and double their lead in the 87th minute – the late goal giving them a formidable advantage going into the second leg.

USSF D-2 Pro League Playoff Schedule
Final, Leg 1
Date       Match                                                                    Venue
Oct. 24   Puerto Rico Islanders 2, Carolina RailHawks 0            Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel, Bayamon, Puerto Rico                              

Final, Leg 2
Date       Match                                                                    Time (ET)              Venue
Oct. 30   Carolina RailHawks vs. Puerto Rico Islanders              7 p.m.                   WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.


USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE POSTSEASON AWARDS ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer announced the winners of the USSF D-2 Pro League Postseason Awards, including Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Goal Scoring Champion, Coach of the Year and the league Best XI. The awards are selected by a panel of journalists comprised of members of print, television, radio and online media hailing from each of the 12 USSF D-2 Pro League clubs’ local markets, as well as the general manager and head coach of each team.

ussoccer.com’s USSF D-2 Pro League Coverage – Oct. 19 – Oct. 25

U.S. PARALYMPIC NATIONAL TEAM SECURES PLACE IN 2011 CPISRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Paralympic National Team came from behind to tie Argentina at the ongoing 2010 Copa America in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The draw guarantees the U.S. team a top-three finish, which qualifies them for the 2011 CPISRA World Championship in London. From the 2011 event next summer, four teams will qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The U.S. can finish in second with a win against Venezuela and a Brazil win against Argentina, pending a favorable goal differential. After being down 2-0 against Argentina, Josh McKinney scored two goals from two Marthell Vazquez free kicks to earn the valuable point.  The U.S. had several clear chances with one ball cleared off the line by the Argentinian defense and a goal called back. The two goals marked Josh McKinney’s fifth and sixth in the tournament, giving him 64 goals in 88 games with the Paralympic team.

U.S. CPRISA America's Championship Schedule / Results
Date             Opponent             Result             Venue
Oct. 18         Canada                6-1 W              Buenos Aires; Argentina
Oct. 20         Brazil                  0-5 L                Buenos Aires; Argentina
Oct. 22         Mexico                8-4 W              Buenos Aires; Argentina
Oct. 24         Argentina            2-2 T                Buenos Aires; Argentina
Oct. 26         Venezuela             --                    Buenos Aires; Argentina

ussoccer.com’s Paralympic Coverage – Oct. 19 – Oct. 25


– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-15 BNT TRAINING CAMP SET IN CARSON, CALIF.: The U.S. U-15 Boys' National Team is set for a 36-player training camp from Oct. 24-31 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The camp is the first at the U-15 level that is made up exclusively of players born in 1996, as the first half of 2010 saw the '96s spend time with Manny Schellscheidt's U-14 BNT. There are 24 players on the roster representing Develpoment Academy clubs, including four players - Vernon Bailey, Corey Baird, Rex Epps and Emerson Hyndman - who are all playing up regularly with players two years older on their club's U-15/16 Development Academy teams. 

U.S. U-15 BNT Roster by Position: 
GOALKEEPERS (4): Gianni Carillo (New York Red Bulls; Pine Bush, N.Y.), Cesar Jerez (Cosmos Academy West; Ontario, Calif.), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls; South River, N.J.), Carter Richardson (Columbus Crew; Dublin, Ohio) 
DEFENDERS (12): Vernon Bailey (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Bryce Cregan (PA Classics; Dallastown, Pa.), Michael Jimenez (Chicago Fire; Munster, Ind.), Patrick Khouri (Daniel Island Soccer Academy; Charleston, S.C.), Carter Manley (Bethesda SC; Elkridge, Md.), Elijah Martin (California Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Theo Miller (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), John Requejo (Santa Barbara SC; Carpinteria, Calif.), Bruno Scodari (Olney Boys and Girls Club; Silver Springs, Md.), Ronald Ventura (Potomac; Kensington, Md.), Wilfred Williams (Fusion; Johnson City, Tenn.), Ivan Zonido (Sockers FC; Wheeling, Ill.) 
MIDFIELDERS (13): Corey Baird (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Sam Brown (Derby County Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Omar Castro (Plant City FC; Plant City, Fla.), Nate Hall (Baltimore Bays; Baltimore, Md.), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Bradford Jamieson (Cosmos Academy West; Los Angeles, Calif.), Danya Kafai (Juventus Sports Club; Redwood City, Calif.), Declan McCabe (New England Revolution; Weston, Mass.), Kevin Paz (West Pines United FC; Kevin Paz (West Pines United FC; Miami Gardens, Fla.), Wilson Rios (New York Red Bulls; Elizabeth, N.J.), Joab Santoyo (Arsenal FC; Fontana, Calif.), Rory Slevin (PDA; Middletown, N.J.), Tyler Turner (South Central Premier; West Haven, Conn.) 
FORWARDS (7): Cesar Alba (Sockers FC; Hanover Park, Ill.), Adonis Amaya (Cosmos Academy West; Westminster, Calif.), Jorge Calix (Team America; Alexandria, Va.), Rex Epps (South Carolina United; Irmo, S.C.), Rubio Rubin (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Alejandro Segovia (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Wesley Wade (New York Red Bulls; South Orange, N.J.) 

U.S. U-15 GNT HEADS TO FLORIDA FOR WEEK OF TRAINING: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team, under the direction of head coach Mike Dickey, will convene in Sunrise, Fla. from Nov. 19-25 for a week of training that also will include three matches. Dickey has called up 24 players, 20 born in 1995 and four in 1996, for the final U-15 GNT camp of the year. The squad will play two U-16 ODP Regional Teams made up of players born in 1994, facing the Region I (East) team on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. at Florida Atlantic University and the Region 3 (South) squad on Thursday, Nov. 25 at 8 a.m. at FAU. The U.S. U-15s will also scrimmage the Norwegian College of Elite Sport on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at FAU. These players are at the beginning of a cycle that has the end goal of qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The roster features players from 18 different states.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Ga.), Carissa Miller (Sereno DC; Cave Creek, Ariz.), Katherine Stratton (Tupelo FC; Belden, Miss.)
DEFENDERS (6): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.); Lauren Kaskie (Neusport FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Annia Mejia (Arsenal FC; Bloomington, Calif.), Meaghan Mulligan (PDA; Freehold, N.J.), Jenna Romano (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Joanna Boyles (Raleigh, N.C; CASL Spartan Elite), Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton Colo.), Rosie DiMartino (Albertson Fury; Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Miranda Freeman (Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Gabrielle Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Lydia Simmons (FC Stars of Mass.; Londonberry, N.H.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; St. Lorton, Va.), Sarah Teegarden (Arsenal FC; Monrovia, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Elizabeth Boon (Columbia Timbers; Washougal, Wash.), Mikaela Harvey (Lonestar SC; Liberty Hill, Texas), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Rebecca Schoales (Crossfire Premier; Port Orchard, Wash.), Gabriela Stoian (Sereno FC; Phoenix, Ariz.), Zoe Swift (NSA Premier; Naperville, Ill.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than 37 days to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup, 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.

SOTO NAMES ROSTER FOR FINAL TRAINING CAMP AHEAD OF THE CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: U.S. Beach Soccer Men’s National Team head coach Eddie Soto will hold the final domestic training camp before the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship from Nov. 10-13 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Soto will use the 18-player camp to finalize his 12-man selection to represent the United States at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifying event, which will be held from Dec. 1-5 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The U.S. last qualified for the annual FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2007, and seven players who are part of this camp participated in Rio de Janeiro: Luis Montanez, Francis Farberoff, Zack Ibsen, Jevin Albuquerque, Yuri Morales, Brendon Taguinod and Raphael Xexeo.

U.S. Beach Soccer Men’s National Team Roster: 
GOALKEEPERS (2); Mike McAndrews (UC Santa Barbara; Long Beach, Calif.), Luis Montañez (Santa Clara Sporting; Hayward, Calif.) 
DEFENDERS (7): Joe Cartlidge (So Cal Beach FC; Redondo Beach, Calif.), Francis Farberoff (Rio Beach Soccer; Hollywood, Fla.), Giovanni Garcia (Pugg BS Club; Miami, Fla.), Zack Ibsen (El Farolito SC; San Francisco, Calif.), Eric Meister (Doxa Italia; Coto de Caza, Calif), Austin Roman (UC Santa Cruz; San Diego, Calif.), Lewie Valentine (US Sand Soccer; Oceanside, Calif.) 
FORWARDS (8): Jevin Albuquerque (Pugg BS Club; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Josh Barton (San Diego Sockers; Murrieta, Calif.), Anthony Chimienti (Sacramento Knights FC; El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Ryan Futagaki (Chicago Fire; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Yuri Morales (BST Zurich; San Francisco, Calif.), Brendon Taguinod (BST Zurich; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Skyler Thuresson (PSA Elite; Long Beach, Calif.), Raphael Xexeo (BS Club Brasil; Lawndale, Calif.) 

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR THE 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP DRAW NOW OPEN: FIFA has announced that the media accreditation process for media representatives wishing to cover the Draw for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany (Congress Center Messe Frankfurt, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Nov. 29, 2010) is now open via the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is Nov. 8, 2010.

U.S. SOCCER COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BRAZIL AND GERMANY/NETHERLANDS TRIPS IN MARCH 2011: In an effort to continue providing unique coaching opportunities to its membership, U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet announces plans to offer educational trips to Brazil and to Germany and the Netherlands in 2011. Entering its third year, the aim of U.S. Soccer’s international coaching education program is to expose U.S. coaches to other federations and clubs to learn the steps they take to develop their coaches and players. Attendees interact directly with top-level coaches, administrators and players from some of the best clubs and countries in the world. Scheduled to take place March 17-25, 2011, coaches will visit five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The coaching education workshop in Germany and the Netherlands will take place from April 28 – May 6, 2011 and will mark the 40th anniversary of U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program which began under the direction of Dettmar Cramer.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: The U.S. Paralympic National Team secured a top-three finish at the ongoing Copa America in Buenos Aires with an impressive 2-2 draw with Argentina. The 63rd and 64th goals of Josh McKinney’s career, both on assists from Marthell Vasquez, helped the U.S. come from behind to clinch a berth to the 2011 CPISRA World Championships.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team opens its CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament on Thursday, Oct. 28, against Haiti in Cancún, Mexico. The match will kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET at Estadio Quintana Roo, and fans can follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker as well as concacaf.com. Just two days later, the USSF D-2 Pro League season concludes with the second and decisive leg of the Championship Series between the Carolina RailHawks and Puerto Rico Islanders. Kickoff is set for Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. ET at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., and fans can watch the match live at www.carolinarailhawks.com.

SOCCER SHOCKER: On some occasions Soccer Shocker is stretched for content, forced to scour the world for a story sufficiently staggering for this column. Other instances, however, the Shocker writes itself and so it was this week when Wayne Rooney re-signed for Manchester United. After intimating he wanted to leave the club, Rooney and Manchester United waged the proverbial "war of words" that had journalists salivating and fans trying to sift through 24-hour tabloid coverage. And, just as it appeared Man Utd. was ready to sell their No. 10 to the highest bidder, both parties staged an about-face and came to terms on a massive new contract. As it stands, Rooney is a Manchester United player through 2015. But has this saga really reached its shocking conclusion?

QUOTABLE: “We are ready for anything. We’ve worked so much on crosses and flank play and we’ll continue to do that. That is one of the main reasons so that we’ll hopefully see improved play in the attacking third and hopefully some long range shots.” – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage on the prospect of facing three intense matches in just five days against CONCACAF foes at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament

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