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U.S. Soccer Wire: Aug. 23, 2010


TICKETS FOR USA-POLAND FRIENDLY TO GO ON SALE AUG. 28;
U.S. WNT TO FACE CHINA TWICE IN OCTOBER PRIOR TO WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

U.S. MNT TO FACE POLAND AT CHICAGO’S SOLDIER FIELD ON OCT. 9: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Poland on Oct. 9 in Chicago, the home of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Kickoff at Soldier Field is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. After an 11-year absence from Chicago, the U.S. will now be playing its sixth match at Soldier Field since 2004. Having hosted the semifinal and the sold-out final of the 2007 Gold Cup in which 60,000 fans saw the United States defeat Mexico 2-1 to secure its second-consecutive Gold Cup title. Tickets starting at $25 go on sale to the public Saturday, August 28, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott and Walmart stores). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Soldier Field except on the day of the event.]

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Aug. 17 – Aug. 23

U.S. WNT TO FACE CHINA TWICE IN OCTOBER PRIOR TO WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will face China twice in early October in what will be the final matches for the U.S. team before it enters CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The first match will take place at 6 p.m. ET on Oct. 2 at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium, home to the Atlanta Beat of Women’s Professional Soccer. The second leg will be contested at 7 p.m. ET on Oct. 6 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., home to the MLS expansion Philadelphia Union. The match on the Chester waterfront will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The games will be the first for the USA at the soccer-specific venues, both of which opened this year.

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Aug. 17 – Aug. 23

ROCHESTER AND AUSTIN CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOTS AFTER WEEK 20 OF THE USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE: The Rochester Rhinos and Austin Aztex clinched berths in the USSF D-2 Pro League Playoffs this week after Rochester registered six points from two games and Austin won thier encounter on Sunday evening. The Rhinos continued their winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Crystal Palace Baltimore to start off Week 20, while the Carolina RailHawks posted their first come-from-behind win with two goals in the second half to defeat Miami FC 2-1. The lone match on Aug. 19 saw the Tampa Bay Rowdies draw NASL Conference leading Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-1 in Tampa. Aug. 20 also only had one league match, with the Puerto Rico Islanders visiting AC St. Louis and earning a 1-1 draw. The weekend had a full slate of games and was kicked off in high-scoring fashion with a 5-0 victory for the Montreal Impact against Crystal Palace Baltimore. Striker Ali Gerba scored a hat trick for the visiting Impact, and the win snapped a six-game road winless streak for the Canadian club. In New York, Rochester won their second game of the week with a 3-1 victory against Miami FC, while the Portland Timbers traveled to Minnesota and defeated the NSC Minnesota Stars 1-0. The last game of the week was an exciting battle in Texas that ended with a 3-2 victory for the Aztex against the Carolina RailHawks.

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Schedule and Standings

2010 USSF D-2 Pro League Playoff Standings

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-17 WNT WRAPS UP TRAINING CAMP WITH WIN AND DRAW AGAINST CHINA: The U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team drew 2-2 with the Chinese U-18 WNT during the second and final match of a week-long training camp in Florida. The USA built a 2-0 halftime lead off goals from Kaysie Clark and Morgan Brian, but China came back to score twice in the second half, including an equalizer in stoppage time.  On Aug. 18, the U.S. won the first match of the two-game series 1-0 thanks to a Kaili Torres strike just before halftime. Abby Smith and Bryane Heaberlin combined in goal for the shutout.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburgh, Fla.), McKenzie Karas (Premier ’95 Black; Las Vegas, Nev.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Danielle Colaprico (PDA; Freehold, N.J.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.), Maya Theuer (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; St. Simons Island, Ga), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alex Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Bays; Baltimore, Md.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Haley Washburn (San Juan SC; Folsom, Calif.), Danielle Weatherholt (So Cal Blues; Capistrano Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Alesha Blair (De Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Jamia Fields (Real So Cal; Alta Loma, Calif.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Kodi Lavrusky (Legends FC; Yucaipa, Calif.), Kristen McNabb (PDA; Montville, N.J.) 

U.S. U-15 GNT CURRENTLY IN FLORIDA FOR WEEK-LONG TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team is in Sunrise, Fla., until Aug. 28 for a training camp. Mike Dickey brought 24 players to the camp, all born in 1995, and this group will form the core of the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan. The U.S. U-15s will play two international matches against U-17 teams during the camp, taking on the Korea Republic on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. and facing Nigeria on Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. The venues for the games have yet to be confirmed. Forward Amber Munerlyn is the leading scorer for the U-15s in 2010, having scored three goals in four matches against youth club, adult women’s club, international and college competition. 

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Mikaela Berger (West Coast FC; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Ga.), Carissa Miller (Sereno DC; Cave Creek, Ariz.)
DEFENDERS (5): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.); Lauren Kaskie (Neusport FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Micaela Powers (Ohio Galaxies; Beavercreek, Ohio), Jenna Romano (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Joanna Boyles (CASL Spartan Elite; Raleigh, N.C), Caroline Chagares (PDA; Wyckoff, N.J.), Kaitlyn Clark (KC Select; Liberty, Mo.), 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; Londonderry, N.H.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.), Madison Tiernan (PDA; Vorhees, N.J.)
FORWARDS (7): Elizabeth Boon (Columbia Timbers; Washougal, Wash.), Frannie Crouse (Beadling SC; Jeanette, Pa.), Vanessa Kovar (VSA Heat; Manassas, Va.), Katie Mohr (Santa Rosa United; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Rebecca Schoales (Crossfire Premier; Port Orchard, Wash.), Zoe Swift (NSA Premier; Naperville, Ill.)

FORMER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY PLAYERS MAKING JUMP DIRECTLY TO PROFESSIONAL LEVEL: In July, 17-year-old midfielder Victor Pineda was shining under the bright lights of The Home Depot Center as he led the Chicago Fire to its first championship in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program. In the final, Pineda assisted on the Fire’s goal during regulation time and converted a penalty in the shootout. Just one month after lifting the trophy with the Academy side, Pineda signed a professional contract with the club’s first team and will train with players like Brian McBride, Freddie Ljungberg and Nery Castillo with a chance to crack into the first team’s starting lineup. Though Pineda is the first player to sign with the Chicago Fire under the MLS Homegrown Player rule, 15 players have made the move from the Development Academy to Major League Soccer, including six in August alone. Needless to say, it has been a busy summer for Academy alumni.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With less than four 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 COACHESNET ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR TWO EDUCATIONAL TRIPS IN 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 Germany 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 18-25, 2011, coaches will visit five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. While in Rio de Janeiro, coaches will take part in educational lectures with various professional coaches, visit with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and attend professional training sessions and games. 

MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES UNDERWAY: The U.S. Olympic Committee is now accepting requests from United States media organizations for accreditation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The application form is available through the USOC's media-specific site,   http://usocpressbox.org. The deadline for making the request is Oct. 1, 2010. This process is open to print, internet and photographic media organizations that are based in the United States and meet the guideline standards outlined by the USOC. All non rights-holding broadcasters will be accredited by the International Olympic Committee.  The form will be available March 2011, on the IOC website www.olympic.org and the deadline for submission for all non-rights holding broadcasters will be in May 2011.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: FC Gold Pride of the WPS clinched the Regular Season Championship after a 3-2 win against the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday. In doing so, the Bay Area club secured home field advantage for the WPS Final on September 26 and matched a league record nine-game unbeaten streak.  

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The Playoff Round of the UEFA Champions League concludes Tuesday and Wednesday with the deciding second leg of the pairings contested over the midweek period. Among the games to watch will be U.S. MNT midfielder Sacha Kljestan’s Anderlecht side at home against Partizan Belgrade after a 2-2 first leg draw in Serbia. Kljestan scored last week for the Belgian side and could figure in the return match against Belgrade. 

SOCCER SHOCKER: Premier League champions Chelsea have started the new season in an imperious mood, thumping Wigan Athletic 6-0 this weekend to add to their opening day victory against West Bromich Albion by the same scoreline. Going back to last season, the West London club has now scored a ridiculous 29 goals in five league games, 14 of them against Wigan as they ran 8-0 winners on the last game of the past season. 

QUOTABLE: “To get quality international games before World Cup qualifying is extremely valuable and it’s great that the fans in Atlanta can come to see the national team in the premier women’s soccer facility in the country.” – U.S. WNT and Atlanta Beat goalkeeper Hope Solo on the upcoming friendlies against China in October

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