CHICAGO (March 24, 2007) – U.S. Soccer and ussoccer.com will once again present MatchACCESS coverage on the popular website during Sunday’s doubleheader with the full Men’s National Team and the U-17 Men’s National Team at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
MatchACCESS coverage will kick off with the live broadcast of the U-17 MNT’s match against El Salvador at 9 a.m. ET, followed by post-match coverage of U.S. MNT vs. Ecuador, starting immediately after the match at 2 p.m. ET. If fans miss the live U-17 broadcast, the match will be re-aired in its entirety beginning at 11:45 a.m. ET.
The live streaming of the entire U.S. U-17 MNT match will provide fans with the opportunity to see head coach John Hackworth’s squad as they continue to prepare for Group B of the CONCACAF U-17 Final Round Qualifying Tournament. The five-team, round-robin tournament will take place from April 28 to May 6 in Kingston, Jamaica, with all the matches being played at National Stadium. Along with the host, the U.S. will face Canada, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago (full schedule). The top three teams will advance to the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will take place in South Korea from Aug. 18 to Sept. 9.
MatchACCESS will also include post-match coverage of USA-Ecuador, which fans can follow live on ESPN2 (12 p.m. ET), Galavision and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Coverage on ussoccer.com will include exclusive interviews with players after the match and the post-game press conference with head coach Bob Bradley.
Sunday’s crowd at the U.S. Men’s National Team’s first game at Raymond James Stadium will be the largest ever for a U.S. Soccer event in the Bay Area as more than 27,000 tickets have been sold. Tickets starting at $18 are still available through ussoccer.com, area Ticketmaster outlets (including the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa Theater, the USF Sun Dome, and FYE stores) and by phone at 813-287-8844. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by calling U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtaining a group order form at ussoccer.com. While a ticket provides access to both matches, re-entry into the stadium is not permitted.
The U.S. MNT will debut their brand new 2007 Nike U.S. Men's National Team Third Jersey against Ecuador. The jersey is another example of Nike's worldwide commitment to providing players with garments that are both comfortable and technically advanced. [ORDER YOUR NEW 3RD JERSEY NOW]
Hackworth named a 20-player roster for the match against El Salvador, who is in the other CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament (Group B) with Haiti, Honduras and Mexico. The top two finishers in the group, which will be played from April 4-8 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, will also qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
While the match will be the first in the stadium for both U.S. teams, it will only be a short trip to Tampa for the Under-17s as U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program is located at IMG Academies in nearby Bradenton. Started in 1999, the Residency Program has become a symbol of U.S. Soccer’s dedication to increasing the development opportunities for players and the success of the Youth National Teams. The 40 U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academies in Bradenton and train daily under the guidance of Hackworth and assistant coaches Keith Fulk, Raul Diaz Arce, Tim Mulqueen and Brian Maisonneuve.
Nine members of Bradley’s roster vs. Ecuador came through the Residency Program – DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Justin Mapp, Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce and Jonathan Spector. [Watch the MNT Train at Bradenton]
U-17 MNT Roster - Spring 2007 Residency Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (8): Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Chris Klute (Grand Prairie, Texas), Nick Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Tommy Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.), Aubrey Perry (Ocoee, Fla.), Howard Turk (Fairfax, Va.), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Eder Arreola (Chino Hills, Calif.), Alex Dixon (Humble, Texas), Greg Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Dane Shea (College Station, Texas), Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.)
FORWARDS (4): Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Alex Nimo (Portland, Ore.), Billy Schuler (Allentown, N.J.)