HEINRICHS TO NAME ROSTER FOR JULY 3 MATCH TOMORROW: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach April Heinrichs will name an 18-player roster tomorrow for their match against regional rival Canada on Saturday (July 3) at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tenn., The match, which kicks off at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET) live on ESPN, marks just the second ever trip to Tennessee in the 20-year history of the U.S. Women’s National Team and will feature the return of the state’s greatest ever female soccer player in Memphis native Cindy Parlow. Tickets for USA-Canada range in price levels from $18 to $45 and are still on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets in the region (including Kroger and Hecht’s stores), by phone at 615-255-9600, and online at ussoccer.com. A limited number of On-Field Seats are also available at $150. Groups of 20 or more can call 312-528-1290. The match at the home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans will be the U.S. Women’s third-ever game in the state after two matches in Chattanooga in 1997 (a pair of 3-1 wins over Sweden).
U.S. WNT “Quest for Summer Glory” Tour
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers Venue; City Attendance
April 24 Brazil 5-1 W Foudy, Wambach (2), Welsh, Hamm Legion Field; Birmingham, Ala. 11,527
May 9 Mexico 3-0 W Parlow, Hamm, Chalupny University Stadium; Albuquerque, N.M. 17,805
June 6 Japan 1-1 T Wambach Cardinal Stadium; Louisville, Ky. 7,525
Date Opponent Venue; City Kickoff (Local) / TV
July 3 Canada The Coliseum; Nashville, Tenn. 7 p.m. CT / ESPN
July 21 Australia National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn. 6 p.m. CT / ESPN2
Aug. 1 China Rentschler Field; Hartford, Conn. 3 p.m. ET / ESPN2
MEXICO EASILY ADVANCES OVER DOMINICA, LEADS GROUP C: After posting a lopsided 10-0 victory over Dominica at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on June 19, Mexico finished off the tiny island nation with an 8-0 drubbing at Estadio Victoria in Aguascaliente, Mexico, on June 27. Jaime Lozano led the “tricolores” offense with three goals, while Jared Borguetti scored twice and Héctor Altamirano, Adolfo Bautista and David Oteo all added one. Mexico joins St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago in Group C in the semifinal round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. The semifinal round consists of three four-team groups playing a six-game round robin competition, with the top two finishers from each group moving onto the final round of qualifying in 2005. Below are the semifinal round groups:
Semifinal Round Groups
Group A: El Salvador, Jamaica, Panama, USA
Group B: Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras
Group C: Mexico, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago
U.S. KICKS OFF SEMIFINAL ROUND WITH ROAD MATCH IN JAMAICA IN AUGUST 18: With the second round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying complete, the U.S. Men's National Team begins preparations for Group A opponents El Salvador, Jamaica and Panama in the semifinal round, which takes place from Aug. 18 to Nov. 17. The USA will open the next round in Jamaica on Aug. 18. The six-game, round-robin group continues with the U.S. at home on Sept. 4 in Foxboro, Mass. (against El Salvador), and on the road on Sept. 8 in Panama. The four-team group concludes with a road game on Oct. 9 in El Salvador and then consecutive home games on Oct. 13 (against Panama) and Nov. 17 in Columbus, Ohio (against Jamaica).
U.S. MNT FIFA World Cup Qualifying Schedule – Semifinal Round
Date Opponent Venue; City Kickoff / TV
Aug. 18 Jamaica TBD (away) TBD / TBD
Sept. 4 El Salvador Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass. TBD / TBD
Sept. 8 Panama TBD (away) TBD / TBD
Oct. 9 El Salvador TBD (away) TBD / TBD
Oct. 13 Panama RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. TBD / TBD
Nov. 17 Jamaica Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio TBD / TBD
– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U-20 MEN TAKE THIRD AT BUSAN FOUR NATIONS INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team battled Poland to a 2-2 draw on June 26 in their third and final match of the Busan Four Nations International Tournament in Busan, South Korea, to finish in third place. The U.S. finished tied with Poland in the tournament with one point, but finished ahead of them in the standings with a better goal differential of minus-2, compared to minus-3 for Poland. The U.S. came back twice against Poland after falling behind 1-0 and 2-1, scoring both of their goals in the second half. Will John scored the first equalizer, beating two defenders before blasting his shot into the lower right corner, while Nathan Sturgis forced the draw with a strike from deep that found the upper-left corner. The U.S. fell in their two previous games in the four-team round robin tournament, losing 1-0 to South Korea in the opening match on June 22 and then dropping a close match to Brazil 2-1 on June 24. Against Brazil, the U.S. took a 1-0 lead off a goal from Stuart Holden, but Brazil was able to score two unanswered goals in the second half. South Korea won the tournament, going undefeated after beating Brazil 1-0 in the final match of the tournament.
U-20 MNT Results – Busan International Tournament
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
June 22 South Korea 0-1 L ---
June 24 Brazil 1-2 L Holden
June 26 Poland 2-2 T John, Sturgis
TRAINING FOR 2004 FIFA U-19 WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GEARS UP IN N.J.: In the first training camp since qualifying for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship, U.S. U-19 Women's National Team head coach Mark Krikorian will bring 24 players to New Jersey from July 7-18 to training at the fields of the PDA Soccer Club in Zarephath, N.J. Krikorian called in 17 of the 18 players who helped the USA earn a berth to Thailand, where the 2nd FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship will be held this November, dropping only midfielder Chioma Igwe, who was a last minute replacement for Jen Redmond, who was ruled out of the tournament with a toe injury. The six players (aside from Redmond) who were not at qualifying in Canada and are looking to work their way into a roster spot for the world championship are goalkeeper Alex Gamble (Temecula, Calif.), forwards Amy Berend (Lewisville, Texas), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio), Megan Schnur (Butler, Pa.) and Christina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), and midfielder Jaime Gilbert (North Andover, Mass.). The U-19s will have several days with two training sessions during the camp and will scrimmage the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team on Saturday, July 17, as the U-21s will have a short training period in New Jersey before leaving for the 2004 Nordic Cup in Iceland. All of the top scorers from qualifying will be in camp, including forward Kerri Hanks, who led the tournament in scoring with nine goals. Kia McNeill and Angie Woznuk had four goals each while Megan Rapinoe scored three times. Four other players had two goals in the tournament that saw the USA defeat Mexico, 6-0, in the semifinal to earn its berth to Thailand before falling, 2-1, to Canada in the title game for regional bragging rights. Four of the players in camp will have a short trip to camp, as they hail from New Jersey, in Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.) and Jen Redmond (Morristown, N.J.), who plays for the PDA Galaxy team in the PDA Soccer Club.
U-19 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Alex Gamble (Temecula, Calif.), Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.), DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Portland), Kia McNeil (Avon, Conn.), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia); MIDFIELDERS (6): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Jaime Gilbert (North Andover, Mass.), Stephanie Kron (UCLA), Stacey Lindstrom (UCLA), Jennifer Redmond (Morristown, N.J.), Angie Woznuk (Portland); FORWARDS (9): Amy Berend (Lewisville, Texas), Bristyn Davis (UCLA), Christina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio), Megan Schnur (Butler, Pa.).
– LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE –
FOUR FORMER U.S. OPEN CUP CHAMPIONS ENTER THIRD ROUND FIELD ON WEDNESDAY: Four former Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Champions enter the fray this week as the 2004 Open Cup continues with third round action on Wednesday (June 30). The Richmond Kickers (A-League), 1995 champions, have the night's earliest start at 7 p.m. ET when they host the Cape Cod Crusaders (PDL) at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond. The only other non-MLS side to win the Open Cup since the league was founded in 1996 were the Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) in 1999. The Rhinos open their 2004 Cup campaign hosting the Chicago Fire Reserves (PDL) at Frontier Field at 7:35 p.m. ET. Because they finished at the bottom of the MLS standings in 2003, the Columbus Crew (2002 champions) and Dallas Burn (1997 champions) enter in the third round of the Open Cup. The Crew will host the Syracuse Salty Dogs (A-League), who advanced last week with a 4-2 victory over the South Jersey Barons (PDL) in a replay of a first-round match. Dallas will host the Virginia Beach Mariners. In other Open Cup news, the fourth round match between D.C. United and the Cape Cod Crusaders or Richmond Kickers has been changed to July 21, 2004. The Chicago Fire will begin the defense of their 2003 title on the road on July 20 at either the Columbus Crew or Syracuse Salty Dogs. For complete schedule information and the latest news and stats from the U.S. Open Cup, log on to ussoccer.com. For more on the U.S. Open Cup, visit the ussoccer.com Competitions page.
Third Round Schedule
# Date Match-up Venue;City Kickoff (local)
17 June 30 Portland Timbers (A) at Utah Blitzz (PSL) Rice-Eccles Stadium; Salt Lake City, Utah 7:30 p.m. MT
18 June 30 Boulder Rapids Reserve (PDL) at Minnesota Thunder (A) James Griffin Stadium; St. Paul, Minn. 7 p.m. CT
19 June 30 Wilmington Hammerheads (PSL) at Charleston Battery (A) Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
20 June 30 Atlanta Silverbacks (A) at Carolina Dynamo (PDL) MacPherson Stadium; Browns Summit, N.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
21 June 30 Virginia Beach Mariners (A) at Dallas Burn (MLS) Old Panther Stadium; Duncanville, Texas 7:30 p.m. CT
22 June 30 Cape Cod Crusaders (PDL) at Richmond Kickers (A) Sports Backers Stadium; Richmond, Va. 7 p.m. ET
23 June 30 Syracuse Salty Dogs (A) at Columbus Crew (MLS) OR Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio 7:30 p.m. ET
24 June 30 Chicago Fire Reserves (PDL) at Rochester Raging Rhinos (A) Frontier Field; Rochester, N.Y. 7:35 p.m. ET
Fourth Round Schedule
# Date Match-up Venue; City Kickoff (local)
25 July 14 San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) at Portland Timbers OR PGE Park; Portland, Ore. 7 p.m. PT
July 20 San Jose Earthquakes at Utah Blitzz Rice-Eccles Stadium; Salt Lake City, Utah 7:30 p.m. MT
26 July 20 Boulder Rapids Reserve at Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) OR Harder Stadium; Santa Barbara, Calif. 7:30 p.m. PT
Los Angeles Galaxy at Minnesota Thunder Metrodome; Minneapolis, Minn. 7 p.m. CT
27 July 20 Colorado Rapids (MLS) at Dallas Burn OR Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas 7:30 p.m. CT
Colorado Rapids at Virginia Beach Mariners Virginia Beach Sportsplex; Va. Beach, Va. 7:30 p.m. ET
28 July 20 Game 24 Winner at New England Revolution (MLS) Lusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass. 7:30 p.m. ET
29 July 20 Chicago Fire (MLS) at Columbus Crew OR Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio 7:30 p.m. ET
Chicago Fire at Syracuse Salty Dogs SUNY Cortland Sports Complex; Corland, N.Y. 7:30 p.m. ET
30 July 20 Kansas City Wizards (MLS) at Carolina Dynamo OR MacPherson Stadium; Browns Summit, N.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
Kansas City Wizards at Atlanta Silverbacks DeKalb Stadium; Clarkston, Ga. 7:45 p.m. ET
31 July 20 Wilmington Hammerheads at MetroStars (MLS) OR Yurcak Field; Piscataway, N.J. 7:30 p.m. ET
MetroStars at Charleston Battery Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
32 July 21 Cape Cod Crusaders at D.C. United (MLS) OR Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md. 7:30 p.m. ET
D.C. United at Richmond Kickers Univ. of Richmond Stadium; Richmond, Va. 7 p.m. ET
– AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD –
DONOVAN NOMINATED FOR 2004 BEST MALE SOCCER PLAYER ESPY: U.S. Men’s National Team star and San Jose Earthquakes forward Landon Donovan was nominated for an ESPY Award for the 2004 Best Male Soccer Player last week. Donovan captured the award in 2002 after helping lead the U.S. to a quarterfinal finish in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Also nominated for the award are David Beckham (Real Madrid), Thierry Henry (Arsenal) and Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid). The ESPY Awards will take place on Wednesday, July 14 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre and will be televised on Sunday, July 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET. The awards include 19 cross-cutters categories -- which pit athletes from different sports against each other - as well as 17 individual sport categories. To vote for the nominees, log onto to www.espn.com and click on the ESPY Awards link. Voting has begun and will continue through July 9.
SAN DIEGO, PHILADELPHIA POST WINS AT SECOND WUSA FESTIVAL IN CARSON: Both the San Diego Spirit and Philadelphia Charge posted wins at the second WUSA Soccer Festival in front of 7,123 fans at The Home Depot Center last weekend. In the first match, U.S. Women’s National Team standouts Abby Wambach and Angela Hucles each scored as San Diego downed Carolina 2-1. Canadian international Charmaine Hooper scored the lone goal for Carolina. In the second match, U.S. WNT veteran Kristine Lilly and French international Marinette Pichon each scored as Philadelphia defeated San Jose 2-0. The first WUSA Soccer Festival at the National Sports Center on June 18 and 19 saw a pair of high-scoring draws between the other four of the eight original WUSA teams.
WUSA Soccer Festival Results
June 18 Atlanta Beat 2, New York Power 2
June 19 Washington Freedom 3, Boston Breakers 3
June 27 San Diego Spirit 2, Carolina Courage 1
June 27 Philadelphia Charge 2, San Jose CyberRays 0
U.S. PARALYMPIC TEAM FINALIZES ROSTER FOR 2004 PARALYMPIC GAMES: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team finalized their roster last week for the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens this September. The 12-player roster was selected while the team was at training camp from June 12-18 at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The U.S. will play first-round games on Sept. 19, 21 and 23. Should the U.S. advance through their group, the semifinal game will take place Sept. 25, and the medal round will be on Sept. 27. These matches will be played at the field hockey stadium in the Hiliniko Olympic Sports Complex. Next up for the team will be a week-long training camp beginning July 26 in Moorpark, Calif. After a little more than two weeks off, the team will return to Moorpark for a second stint in training from August 17-22. The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team qualified for the Paralympic Games with a sixth-place finish at the Paralympic World Championship played in Buenos Aires, Argentina from Oct. 10-22, 2003. The top eight teams in the 11-team tournament all qualified for the 2004 Paralympic Games. Paralympic soccer is played with seven players per side, across 30-minute halves, with athletes qualifying for the competition by having Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Disorder or having survived a stroke.
GOALKEEPER (1): Keith Johnson (Anchorage, Alaska); DEFENDERS (5): Jon McCullough (Washington, D.C.), Jason Slemons (Eagle River, Alaska), John Theobald (Syracuse, N.Y.), Chris Wolf (Gainesville, Fla.), Dave Woosnam (Roswell, Ga.); MIDFIELDERS (4): Derek Arneaud (East Stroudsburg, Pa.), Tom Latsch (Cleveland, Ohio), Josh McKinney (Princeton, W.Va.), Mike Peters (Seattle, Wash.); FORWARDS (2): Josh Blue (Denver, Colo.), Eli Wolff (Boston, Mass.).
CHICAGO STORMS MISL TEAMS IN EXPANSION DRAFT: The Chicago Storm selected 16 players in the Major Indoor Soccer League’s (MISL) Chicago Expansion Draft on June 23. The Storm acquired the rights to players representing eight of the league’s nine pre-existing teams. The Storm selected one goalkeeper, seven midfielders, six defenders, and two forwards in the draft. Cleveland Force and MISL’s all-time leading scorer Hector Marinaro and Milwaukee Wave goalkeeper Dan Green headline Chicago’s list of selections, while Baltimore Blast defender Ibrahim Kante was the first player chosen by the “Yellow and Black.” Marinaro, professional indoor soccer’s all-time leading scorer, is a six-time Most Valuable Player, a 16-time All-Star, and a 19-year veteran of indoor soccer. Green, a goalkeeper who began his professional indoor career in 1996, emerged as the Milwaukee Wave’s starter last season and led all MISL goalkeepers with his 18-3 record and 4.02 goals against average. Kante, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound, 22-year-old defender from Mali, Africa, played in five games last season for the MISL Champion Baltimore Blast. The Storm also poached midfielder Ryan Futagaki from Milwaukee with the 15th selection in the draft. The UCLA product becomes the first player on both the Chicago Fire and the Storm.
*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: Number-one draft pick Freddy Adu might be getting all the pub this season, but another D.C. United forward and #1 draft pick has made more of an impact in 2004, especially of late. Second-year striker Alecko Eskandarian provided the equalizer to steal a point in Dallas on June 26, a week after netting a pair of goals, including the game-winner, to lead D.C. to a 3-1 win over Columbus. “Esky” leads the team with four goals on the year.
MARQUEE MATCH-UP: Euro 2004 is down to the final four teams, with penalty kick shootout winners Portugal and the Netherlands meeting in Lisbon on Wednesday (June 30) and a powerful Czech Republic side hoping to get by upstart Greece in Porto on Thursday (July 1). The final is set for Sunday, July 4 at 2:45 p.m. ET / 1:45 p.m. CT.
SOCCER SHOCKER: Greece did it again. After stunning Portugal with a 2-1 upset in the tournament’s opening game on June 12, they advanced to the quarterfinals and proved they were no fluke by defeating #2-ranked France 1-0 on June 25. Of course France isn’t the only traditional world power to disappoint, with Germany (#8), Italy (#10) and Spain (#3) all failing to advance to the quarterfinals.
QUOTABLE: "We were sitting in row Q!”
–Twenty-five-year-old Spanish fan Pablo Carral, who caught David Beckham’s errant penalty kick in England’s shootout loss to Portugal at Euro 2004 on June 24