US Soccer Wire July 12 2010
U.S. U-20 WNT SET TO COMMENCE 2010 FIFA U-20 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP IN GERMANY;
U.S. WNT MEETS SWEDEN IN TWO-GAME SERIES;
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY FINALS WEEK UNDERWAY IN CARSON, CALIF.
U-20 WNT SET TO OPEN 2010 FIFA U-20 WOMENâ€™S WORLD CUP IN GERMANY: The U.S. Under-20 Womenâ€™s National team is ready to begin its quest for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup title. The USAâ€™s first Group D match takes place, Wed., July 14, against Ghana, which qualified from Africa along with Nigeria. The match will be broadcast live on ESPNU from Rudolf-Harbig Stadium in Dresden, Germany, at Noon ET and fans can also follow on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker. All three of the USAâ€™s Group D matches in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup in Germany will be broadcast live on ESPNâ€™s family of networks. The USA will face Switzerland in its second group match on July 17, also from Dresden, and that game will be also broadcast live on ESPNU at Noon ET. The young Americans finish group play on July 21 in Bielefeld against the Korea Republic in a match that will be broadcast live at Noon ET on ESPN2.
U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), 21-Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), 1-Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): 4-Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), 5-Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), 14-Meg Morris (North Carolina; Montclair, N.J.), 13-Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.), 2-Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), 3-Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 20-Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), 12-Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), 9-Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), 8-Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.), 11-Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), 10-Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), 15-Jenna Richmond (UCLA; Centreville, Va.), 17-Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (4): 6-Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), 16-Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), 19-Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Phoenix, Ariz.), 7-Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)Â
ussoccer.comâ€™s U-20 WNT Coverage â€“ July 7-12
- 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Homepage
- News: U-20 World Cup Primer | U.S. Group Matches to be Televised | Morris Replaces McCarty on Roster
- Video:Â U-20s Hit the Ground Running | Travel Day | July 4 at the DiMartino House | Meet the U-20 WNT
- Features:Â VerlooÂ Part IIÂ | Leroux's Journey in Soccer
- WNT Blog | WNT on TwitterÂ
U.S. WNT SET TO FACE SWEDEN IN TWO-GAME SERIES: The USA renews what has been an excellent rivalry with Sweden during two summer matches on July 13 in Omaha, Neb. at Creighton Universityâ€™s Morrison Stadium, live on ESPN at 8 p.m. CT, and on July 17 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the matches online via ussoccer.com MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer and twitter.com/ussoccer_wnt. Tickets for both matches start at $18 and are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the local areas. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. With the USA ranked first in the current FIFA Womenâ€™s World Rankings and Sweden at fourth, U.S. fans will once again get to see two of the top womenâ€™s teams in the world square off on American soil. While U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage has called up 24 players, she will name 18 to suit up for both contests with the Swedes and could juggle the game roster between matches.
U.S. WNT Roster by Position â€“ detailed roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Atlanta Beat)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Kate Markgraf (Chicago Red Stars), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Shannon Boxx (FC Gold Pride), Sarah Huffman (Washington Freedom), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Allie Long (Washington Freedom), Heather Oâ€™Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (California), Kelley Oâ€™Hara (FC Gold Pride), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)
ussoccer.comâ€™s WNT Coverage â€“ July 7-12
- Tickets: USA vs. Sweden in Omaha | USA vs. Sweden in East Hartford
- Video: First Training in Omaha
- WNT Blog | WNT on Twitter
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY FINALS WEEK UNDERWAY IN CARSON, CALIF.: The 2010 Development Academy Finals Week is underway at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. In Carson, the eight teams in each age group are split into two groups, with the winners of each group advancing to the championship match. The U-15/16 championship will be played on July 16 and the U-17/18 championship game will be July 17. Second place teams will meet for a third place match, following down into a seventh place match between the two fourth place teams from each group.
ussoccer.comâ€™s Academy Coverage â€“ July 7-12
- Development Academy Finals Week Homepage
- Finals Week Standings: U-15/16 | U-17/18
- Daily Notes: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3
- News: U-15/16s Have Everything to Play For | Eight Spots Left for U-17/18s on Final Day of Playoffs
- YNT Blog | YNT on TwitterÂ
U.S. TO MEET FIVE TIME WORLD CUP CHAMPION BRAZIL ON AUG. 10 AT NEW MEADOWLANDS: The U.S. Menâ€™s National Team will play host to a truly special match when five-time World Cup champions 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.comâ€™s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. More than 30,000 tickets have been sold for the match and are still available on ussoccer.com or at 1-800-745-3000.
ussoccer.comâ€™s MNT Coverage â€“ June 29 â€“ July 6
U.S. BID TO HOST FIFA WORLD CUP IN 2018/2022 ANNOUNCES FOX SOCCER CHANNEL AS OFFICIAL PARTNER: The USA Bid Committee today announced Fox Soccer Channel as an official partner in support of the organizationâ€™s efforts to bring the FIFA World Cupâ„¢ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. Fox Soccer Channel and its associated platforms, Fox Soccer Plus and Foxsoccer.com, will begin a series of corporate sponsorship announcements for the U.S. bid in the coming weeks. Fox Soccer Channel is an American multi-platform sports network showcasing the most comprehensive world-class soccer programming in the United States throughout the year.
CONFERENCE LEADERS HELD TO DRAWS IN WEEK 14 OF USSF D-2 PRO LEAGUE: This weekâ€™s USSF D-2 Pro League saw two of the three weekday matches end in draws during Week 14 of the 2010 season. The two conference leaders drew their midweek matches as Vancouver Whitecaps FC was held to a 1-1 draw against visiting AC St. Louis and the Austin Aztex got a point on the road to the Rochester Rhinos in a 0-0 draw to maintain their sizable lead atop the USL conference. The final weekday match saw the Puerto Rico Islanders handle visiting Crystal Palace Baltimore with a 2-0 victory. The NSC Minnesota Stars played host to the Tampa Bay Rowdies where the home Stars took a 1-0 victory on an own goal. The Portland Timbers continued its unbeaten streak with their 2-0 victory against visiting Miami FC on Saturday July 10. The last match on July 10 proved to be a convincing 3-0 victory for St. Louis against the Montreal Impact in St. Louis. Puerto Rico played their second home match of the week when they played host to the Carolina Railhawks. The Railhawks proved to be too strong for Puerto Rico with a 2-0 victory and kept their unbeaten road streak alive.
â€“ U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE â€“
U.S. U-23 SPLITS FIRST TWO MATCHES OF FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT: The U.S. U-23 Womenâ€™s National Team is currently in England for the Four Nations Tournament from July 3-13. Head coach Bill Irwin's squad split its first two games of the competition, defeating England 3-0 on July 8 before falling to Norway 2-1 the next day. The USA will round out the tournament by taking on Sweden on July 12. Irwinâ€™s roster of 18 players features some of the nationâ€™s top college players, perhaps some top picks in next yearâ€™s Womenâ€™s Professional Soccer draft and one WPS player in Katie Schoepfer of Sky Blue FC, a former Penn State star.
U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alexa Gaul (Texas; Naperville, Ill.), Natalie Kulla (Marquette; St. Louis, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (4): Lauren Barnes (UCLA; Upland, Calif.), Jackie Carron (Michigan; Rochester Hills, Mich.), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame; Leeâ€™s Summit, Mo.), Jessica Schuveiller (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Colleen Flanagan (Virginia; Philadelphia, Penn.), Tori Huster (Florida State; Cincinnati, Ohio), Elli Reed (Portland; Park City, Utah), Rachel Shipley (Texas A&M; Plano, Texas), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown; Upper Montclair, N.J.), Kylie Wright (UCLA; Santa Margarita, Calif.), Keelin Winters (Portland; Englewood, Colo.)
FORWARDS (5): Danielle Foxhaven (Portland; Littleton, Colo.), Sarah Hagen (Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Christen Press (Stanford; P.V. Estates, Calif.), Katie Schoepfer (Sky Blue FC; Waterford, Conn.)
U.S. U-17 WNT WINS NORDIC CUP IN DENMARK WITH THREE VICTORIES: The U.S. Under-17 Womenâ€™s National Team, consisting of players born in 1994 and 1995, won the 2010 U-16 Nordic Cup with a 2-0 victory against Germany in the championship game. It was the first time the USA has attended this tournament at this age level, which featured teams of 94s and 95s. The USA earned its berth in a championship game by winning Group B with a 2-1 victory against Norway, a 3-0 triumph against Denmark and a 6-0 romp past the Netherlands.
U.S. U-17 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): McKenzie Karas (Premier â€™95 Black; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kate Rowland (San Juan; Vacaville, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, 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.), Haley Washburn (San Juan SC; Folsom, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Joanna Boyles (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Reilly Parker (Mustang Blast; Danville, Calif.), Courtney Raetzman (Sockers FC; Elk Grove Village, Ill), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.), Danielle Weatherholt (So Cal Blues; Capistrano Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3):Â Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Kodi Lavrusky (Legends FC; Yucaipa, Calif.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.)
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USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just more than seven months to go before FIFAâ€™s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cupsâ„¢, 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 Cupâ„¢ to come to the United States â€“ and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United Statesâ€™ bid for the FIFA World Cupâ„¢ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committeeâ€™s official site.
U.S. SOCCERâ€™S COACHESNET ADDS EXCLUSIVE TICKET AND GAME-DAY OFFERS THROUGH MLS AND WPS AND ITS PARTICIPATING TEAMS: U.S. Soccerâ€™s CoachesNet members can now enjoy discounted tickets and game-day offers with both Major League Soccer and Womenâ€™s Professional Soccer. Participating teams, through a partnership with CoachesNet, will offer discounts to certain games throughout the calendar year. The newly added benefit will also give coaches an opportunity to attend post-game discussions with the coaching staffs, attend designated training sessions and earn continuing education units at certain games. The first scheduled event is with the Chicago Red Stars, led by U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team players Kate Markgraf, Megan Rapinoe and Jill Loyden as they take on Heather Mitts, Amy Rodriguez, Lori Lindsey and the Philadelphia Independence on Aug. 11, 2010 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. CoachesNet members can purchase discounted premier sideline tickets by clicking here.
MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES BEGINS JULY 27: The U.S. Olympic Committee will accept requests from United States media organizations beginning July 27 for accreditation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The application form is available through the USOC's media-specific site,Â 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.Â 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.
CARIBBEAN CUP TO START ON AUG. 18: Caribbean qualifying for the CONCACAF Gold Cup will open Aug. 18 in Antigua and Puerto Rico and finish with the Digicel Caribbean Championship final in Martinique on Nov. 28, the CFU announced Tuesday. Sixteen teams will open the competition in four groups of four at Puerto Rico, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados and the Dominican Republic with the group winners and two best runners-up advancing to a second round. They will join second-round hosts Guyana, Grenada and Guadeloupe as well as seeded sides Netherlands Antilles, eight-time champion Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti in three groups of four, from which the winners and runners-up will qualify for a final group stage.
GUYANA GRABS FINAL BERTH FOR CONCACAF WOMENâ€™S GOLD CUP: Guyana qualified for the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup for the first time, rallying for a 3-1 victory against Cuba on July 3 to complete the eight-team field. Midfielder Ashley Rodrigues scored her fourth goal in seven games and led the rally for the Lady Jaguars, who advanced 3-2 on aggregate in the two-leg Caribbean playoff. Guyana joins fellow Caribbean qualifiers Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago, Central American sides Guatemala and Costa Rica, and North American teams Canada, Mexico and the United States in the Women's Gold Cup, set for late October and early November.
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: For the first time in its history Spain won the FIFA World Cup, defeating the Netherlands 1-0 at Soccer City in Johannesburg South Africa. Spain outlasted their European counterparts and Andres Iniesta's goal in the 116th proved to be the deciding strike of Africa's first World Cup. In four years time the focus will shift to South America when the 2014 FIFA World Cup returns to Brazil.
SOCCER SHOCKER: Who would have thought New Zealand and Paul the Octopus would be the only two participants to emerge from the 2010 FIFA World Cup with undefeated records? The Netherlands loss in the final means the Kiwis are the only team in the tournament to survive without a loss. The representatives from the OFC drew all three of their games in Group F. Meanwhile, Pulpo Paul as he is known in the Iberian Peninsula went an astonishing eight for eight in his predictions, capped off by his correct tipping of Spain in the Final. The octopus promptly retired from the predictions business, and will go back to his day job of hanging out in his aquarium tank in Oberhausen, Germany.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: When one World Cup ends, another begins. Next up is the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup which kicks off this week in Germany. Jill Ellis' U.S. team will begin their quest to repeat as U-20 world champs with a game against Ghana on Wednesday. The match kicks off at 12 p.m. ET with live coverage on ESPNU and ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.
QUOTABLE: â€œIâ€™m as excited as I was for the first one, but I have a different role now. I am going to try to have a big impact in this tournament. I know itâ€™s a difficult task, but I am up for it. I love this team and I love playing with pressure. Thatâ€™s what excites me.â€ â€“ U.S. forward Sydney Leroux discusses her role on the U-20 Women's National Team as she gets ready to participate in her third World Cup.