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U.S. Soccer Wire: Feb. 8, 2010


SUNIL GULATI RE-ELECTED AS PRESIDENT OF U.S. SOCCER;
JESSE MARSCH NAMED ASSISTANT COACH OF U.S. MNT;
U.S. SOCCER DIVISION 2 PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED  

U.S. SOCCER HOLDS ELECTIONS AT ANNUAL MEETING, GULATI RE-ELECTED AS PRESIDENT: U.S. Soccer’s membership re-elected Sunil Gulati as President of the U.S. Soccer Federation by unanimous consent on Saturday at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans. Gulati, who ran unopposed in the election, will be entering his second four-year term after having served as U.S. Soccer’s President since 2006. In other election news at Saturday’s National Council meeting, Richard Groff and Tonya Antonucci were elected as new members of U.S. Soccer’s Board of Directors. Groff replaced Brooks McCormick, while Antonucci replaced Kevin Payne on the Board. Also, the Athlete Council voted to approve Danielle Fotopoulos and Jeff Agoos as the new athlete representatives on the Board of Directors, replacing Peter Vermes and Amanda Cromwell. Both Gerhard Mengel and Stephen Flamhaft were voted as Life Members by the National Council, and the U.S. Soccer Federation also saw Dr. Donna Shalala re-elected as an Independent Director to the organization’s Board of Directors.

JESSE MARCH NAMED ASSISTANT COACH OF U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM: U.S. head coach Bob Bradley has named longtime MLS midfielder Jesse Marsch to be an assistant coach on the staff of the U.S. Men’s National Team. A player in MLS since the league’s inception in 1996, Marsch has announced his retirement from Chivas USA and will help lead the U.S. through the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Marsch, who holds a USSF ‘A’ license, will join the U.S. team for training camp beginning Feb. 10 at The Home Depot Center, ahead of the game against El Salvador on Feb. 24 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

U.S. SOCCER DIVISION 2 PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: The U.S. Soccer Federation has announced the schedule for the 2010 Division 2 Professional League. The regular season will open in the second weekend of April and run until early October, with the playoffs to be contested during the following weeks. Each of the 12 teams participating in the league will play 30 regular season games for a total of 180 games. The kickoff times for each match will be determined and announced in the near future. The 12 teams are divided into two conferences – the USL Conference and the NASL Conference. The USL Conference includes Austin Aztex, NSC Minnesota, Portland Timbers, Puerto Rico Islanders, Rochester Rhinos and Tampa Bay Rowdies. The NASL Conference will consist of Crystal Palace Baltimore, Carolina RailHawks, Miami FC, Montreal Impact, AC St. Louis and Vancouver Whitecaps.

2010 U.S. Soccer Division 2 Professional League Schedule

BRADLEY NAMES 23-PLAYER ROSTER FOR FEBRUARY CAMP AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named 23 players to the training camp roster that will gather on Feb. 10 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The group, comprised entirely of domestic-based players, will prepare for the USA's second match of 2010, a friendly against El Salvador on Feb. 24 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and TeleFutura beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the game live via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3)
: Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Zach Thornton (Chivas USA)
DEFENDERS (7): Kevin Alston (New England Revolution), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Orozco (Philadelphia Union), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (4): Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)

EL SALVADOR AND NETHERLANDS ON TAP FOR U.S. MEN:  The United States will face El Salvador on Feb. 24 in Tampa, Fla., in one of their last matches before naming the roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Raymond James Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and TeleFutura.  The match in Florida will be followed by a friendly against third-ranked Netherlands on March 3 in Amsterdam which will be broadcast by ESPN2 and Galavision at 2:30 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the games live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at www.twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Feb. 2 – Feb. 8

ADDITIONAL USA FAN TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP MATCHES: U.S. Soccer has announced there will be an additional sales phase of 2010 FIFA World Cup tickets for matches involving the U.S. Men’s National Team from Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. ET until April 7, 2010. With excitement building towards the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the organizers are making more tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability, for U.S. citizens and residents interested in sitting in USA fan sections.

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 WNT HEAD TO LA MANGA CUP IN SPAIN: Fresh off winning the title at the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Guatemala City, Guatemala, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will head to La Manga, Spain, from Feb. 18-27 for a four-nation tournament featuring the Under-23 National Teams from Norway, England and Germany. The matches against the older squads will kick off the USA’s run to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany after the young Americans earned their berth during the CONCACAF tournament. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will bring an 18-player roster to face Norway on Feb. 22, Germany on Feb. 24 and England on Feb. 26. The U.S. roster features 16 players from the roster that helped the USA defeat Costa Rica 2-1 in the semifinal of the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s championship to earn its berth to Germany and then downed Mexico 1-0 in the final game.

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kansas), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (UNC; New Hope, Pa.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Lucretia Lee (UCLA; Bothell, Wash.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Maya Hayes (Aristocrats Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska; Raymore, Mo.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Courtney Verloo (Portland; Tualatin, Ore.)

ussoccer.com’s U-20 WNT Coverage – Feb. 2 – Feb. 8

U.S. U-17 MNT TO PARTICIPATE IN DOUBLEHEADER WITH MNT IN TAMPA: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will play Mexico at Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 24 as part of a doubleheader that will feature the U.S. Men’s National Team against El Salvador. The U-17 match kicks off at 4:15 p.m. ET and fans can follow the game live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Fans with tickets to the USA versus El Salvador will also have access to the U-17 match up, with gates opening at 4 p.m. ET.

U.S. U-17 WNT GETS TWO WINS AGAINST GERMANY AT FLORIDA TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team was victorious twice in Florida as they faced off against the Germany U-16 and U-17 teams while in training camp. The U.S. came from behind to score twice in a 10 minute span and defeat German  by a 2-1 scoreline. The next day, the USA was again victorious by the same score over the German U-16s, as they answered just five minutes after a German equalizer to secure their one goal advantage.

U.S. U-17 WNT Results
Date                Opponent                Result                   U.S. Goalscorer(s)   
Feb. 1             Germany U-17        2-1 W                    Brian, Clark
Feb. 2             Germany U-16        2-1 W                    Clark, Horan

SCHEDULE FINALIZED FOR 2010 CONCACAF U-17 WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: The schedule for the 2010 CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship in Costa Rica has been finalized and the United States will open Group B play against Haiti on March 10, followed by the Cayman Islands on March 12 and finish first round play against the hosts on March 14. The 16-game, 11-day tournament will run from March 10-20 and all the matches will be played at Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium in Alajuela, Costa Rica. Group A will feature Panama, Mexico, Jamaica and Canada. Like at the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship in January, all matches from the U-17 event will be streamed live free of charge at CONCACAF.com. Each game will also be available on-demand shortly after its conclusion.

U.S. U-17 WNT Schedule
Date                Opponent                Time (ET)             TV/Video                      Venue   
March 10        Haiti                        6 p.m.                    CONCACAF.com       Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium                   
March 12        Cayman Islands       6 p.m.                    CONCACAF.com       Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium
March 14        Costa Rica              3:30 p.m.                CONCACAF.com       Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium

U.S. U-15 GNT HEAD TO THE HOME DEPOT CENTER FOR  WEEK OF TRAINING: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will hold a training camp at The Home Depot Center from Feb. 13-20. Head coach Mike Dickey will call in 24 players, all born in 1995. This is the first training camp as U-15s for this group of 1995s, all but one of whom attended the U.S. Soccer U-14 I.D. Camp in Pomona, Calif., last August. The U-15s will play several scrimmages during the camp, including a game against Loyola Marymount University on Feb. 19. This group of 1995s should form the core of the players who will attempt to qualify for the 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (NASA G13 Elite II; Kennesaw, Ga.), Carissa Miller (Sereno Soccer Club; Cave Creek, Ariz.), Morgan Stearns (Mclean MPS Power; Burke, Va.)
DEFENDERS (5): Madeline Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), Kelly McCann (So Cal Blues; Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.), Taylor Nelson (Arsenal FC; Fort Collins, Colo.), Shea Newman (FC Stars of Massachusetts; Medfield, Mass.), Jenna Romano (Team Chicago; Naperville, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Massachusetts U-17; Milford, N.H.), Joanna Boyles ( CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Kaitlyn Clark (KC Select; Liberty, Mo.), Rose DiMartino (Albertson Fury Elite; Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Miranda Freeman (Team Boca; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Lauren Kaskie (Neusport Football Club; Las Vegas, Nev.), Victoria Manfredonia (Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Lydia Simmons (Seacoast United, Londonderry, N.H.), Morgan Stanton (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.)
FORWARDS (7): Elizabeth Boon (Columbia Timbers Premier SC; Washougal, Wash.), Frannie Crouse (Beadling Soccer Club; Jeanette, Pa.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Ariel Kupritz (Brentwood Soccer Club; Maryville, Tenn.), Lauren Miller (Minnesota Thunder Academy; St. Louis Park, Minn.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Zoe Swift (NSA Premier Fury; Naperville, Ill.)   

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just over 10 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.

COACHESNET OFFERS INTERNATIONAL TRIPS IN 2010: U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet is offering educational trips to both Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Madrid, Spain, in 2010. The announcement comes six months after the inaugural and successful coaching education trip that took place in Buenos Aires. This week, CoachesNet caught up with U.S. Soccer National Staff Coach René Miramontes about the Buenes Aires trip on Feb. 11.

ID2 NATIONAL SELECTION WINS FIRST GAME, ATTENDS PRO MATCH IN AMSTERDAM: US Club Soccer's id2 National Selection (1996-97s) defeated Quick Den Haag's C1 team (1995s), 2-0, Sunday morning and also witnessed AFC Ajax's 3-0 win over FC Twente in the famed Amsterdam ArenA to round out Day 2 of the 2010 id2 National Selection International Tour. The team trained together only one time before taking the field on Sunday, but after a back-and-forth first half, the visiting id2 National Selection applied increasing pressure and outshot Quick Den Haag by a 10-3 margin in the second half.

US YOUTH SOCCER SAVE OF THE YEAR VOTING BEGINS TODAY: Today and going through Feb. 14, visitors to USYouthSoccer.org can vote for the 2009 Save of the Year.  View the Top 10 nominees and vote on www.USYouthSoccer.org.  From Feb. 15-21, Goal of the Year voting begins.  Winners will be announced Feb. 26 at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala in Fort Worth, Texas, held in conjunction with the US Youth Soccer Workshop.

US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL LEAGUE BOYS PLAY CONTINUES IN FLORIDA: The US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Boys teams will resume league play Feb. 13-15 at Central Park in Plantation, Fla. Games will feature four of eight boys teams per age group with the remaining four boys teams in each age group competing in Las Vegas, March 19-21 at Player's 2010 Soccer Showcase to finalize League standings. At the end of the Las Vegas weekend, the League champions and two qualifiers for the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships will be determined. 

US YOUTH SOCCER ODP BOYS TO GAIN VALUABLE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys 1994 regional teams will compete in an international tournament Feb. 7-12 in Costa Rica. They will play the Costa Rica Youth National Team and local dominant clubs including Saprissa, Brujas, Alajuela, and Heredia.  Rosters for the event as well as updates can be found on www.USYouthSoccer.org.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Jozy Altidore scored his first Premier League on Saturday during Hull City’s 2-1 victory against Manchester City at the Kingston Communications Stadium. Altidore finished off a fine move by the home side when he slotted home a one-timed shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. The goal helped Hull snag what could be a valuable three points and gave Altidore his first strike in 18 league appearances for the Tigers.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: After Saturday’s disappointing loss to rivals Liverpool, it gets no easier for Everton and MNT duo Tim Howard and Landon Donovan. Next up for the Toffees is a match with league leaders Chelsea at Goodison Park. Last time around the two clubs drew 3-3, fighting out an exciting match back in September. Everton will again look to take points off the leaders and also hope to bounce back from Saturday’s derby defeat.

QUOTABLE: "It's a league that's very fast and I think that takes a little bit of adjusting, especially if you're a young player. I think I'm getting there and hopefully I can just keep going." –U.S. Men’s National Team forward Jozy Altidore on his progress adjusting the play in England

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