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U.S. Soccer Wire: May 27, 2008


U.S. MNT SET TO FACE ENGLAND ON WEDNESDAY, LIVE ON ESPN CLASSIC;
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SPRING SHOWCASE CONCLUDES IN ILLINOIS

READY FOR ACTION: The U.S. has settled into England and is ready for action as the majority of the U.S. roster arrived in London on May 22, with the remainder of the group filtering in ahead of Wednesday's game. Benny Feilhaber (torn meniscus) has been replaced on the roster by Toronto FC midfielder Maurice Edu. Frankie Hejduk has been called up for defensive cover as Jonathan Spector (hip) has been unable to train and is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game. More than 1,300 tickets were sold in the U.S. Supporters Section for the USA’s second-ever trip to London. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic at 3 p.m. ET and tape delayed on Galavisoin at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
U.S. MNT Roster vs. England
GOALKEEPERS (3): Dominic Cervi (Out of Contract), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Eddie Lewis (Derby County)
FORWARDS (5): Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Nate Jaqua (Out of Contract), Eddie Johnson (Fulham FC), Josh Wolff (Out of Contract)

DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SPRING SHOWCASE WRAPS UP IN ROCKFORD: Memorial Day 2008 was a memorable one for the 126 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams that attended the 2008 Spring Showcase in Rockford, Ill. All but two Academy teams saw action on Monday, and eight teams wrapped up the Showcase on Tuesday morning with the last round of games. Just one month from the final day of the Spring Showcase, all 126 teams will be reunited in Greensboro, N.C., for the 2008 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Summer Showcase from June 27-30 at Bryan Park. More than 600 goals scored, and just six of the 188 games ended in scoreless ties. This weekend the Development Academy players took the field under the watch of approximately 100 of the top U.S. Soccer referees, who were participating in a Referee Seminar running in conjunction with the Showcase. A group of 20 U.S. Soccer scouts observed all the games, searching to expand the national team player pool and also to evaluate teams and players to provide feedback to each club. Each game was filmed and ProZone will provide statistical analysis of the games to each club, and every team participated in SPARQ Testing throughout the weekend. [U-15/16 Results | U-17/18 Results | Spring Showcase Home]

U.S. MIDFIELDER LESLIE OSBORNE TEARS ACL: U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Leslie Osborne tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during training at The Home Depot Center, in Carson, Calif. on May 22 and is out of running for a spot on the 2008 Olympic Team. Osborne, who has played 60 times for the USA, was a likely candidate for the USA’s 18-player roster for the 2008 Olympics. She scored her third career international goal on May 10 in a 6-0 win over Canada. Osborne, who turns 25 on May 27, will have knee surgery within the week and will also undergo reconstructive ankle surgery about a month later to take care of some lingering issues. Osborne will have about an 8-10 month period of rehabilitation.

TICKETS FOR U.S. MNT VS. BARBADOS ON SALE NOW: Tickets for the USA's first qualifying match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup are now on sale. The U.S. will host Barbados on Sunday, June 15 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff for the first leg of the Second Round series is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Tickets ranging in price levels from $19 to $66 are available through ussoccer.com, by phone (213-480-3232 in L.A.; 714-740-2000 in Orange County; 619-220-8497 in San Diego), and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Macy’s, Wherehouse Music, FYE and Ritmo Latino). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center Box Office on Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (a special VIP package which includes a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with your name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits), are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

MORE THAN 53,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR MNT MATCH AGAINST ARGENTINA: Tickets for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s blockbuster match on June 8 vs. No. 1-ranked Argentina at Giants Stadium are on sale to the general public. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and serves as the final tune up for the U.S. prior to the start of 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on June 15 vs. Barbados. For the match, U.S. Soccer has divided the seating into U.S.A., Argentina, and mixed/neutral fan sections at each price level. Tickets from $35 to $195, are now on sale at ussoccer.com (win tickets), by phone at 201-507-8900 (New Jersey) or 212-307-7171 (New York City), at all area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Macy’s and FYE stores), and at the IZOD Center ticket office (open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form by visiting ussoccer.com or by calling 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets, special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with your name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits, are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

SIGN UP FOR U.S. SOCCER MOBILE ALERTS AND WIN: One lucky fan will win an Ultimate VIP Fan Experience to see the U.S. Men's National Team face Lionel Messi and No. 1-ranked Argentina on June 8 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Included in the prize package is roundtrip airfare for two, hotel accommodations, premium tickets, a customized jersey and much, much more. To sign up for U.S. Soccer mobile alerts and enter the contest, text SOCCER to 762237, or you can do so online. Terms and conditions apply.

SURVEY SAYS: In a continuing effort to improve ussoccer.com, U.S. Soccer is asking fans to take part in an online survey. The survey, which can be accessed from ussoccer.com until June 25, will take approximately three minutes to complete. Fans older than 18 who complete the survey will be eligible to enter into a random drawing to win one of three prize packs from U.S. Soccer (take the survey). With your help, U.S. Soccer can continue to enhance the website’s features and provide what you want to see and read on ussoccer.com. Visit ussoccer.com to take this three-minute survey.

BE OFFICIAL: Not heading to Spain? Can't make it to Giants Stadium for USA-Argentina? Aren't sure the wife (or husband) will let you take that trip out to the HDC for the opening qualifying game against Barbados? While we'd rather see you on site cheering the MNT on, we know that's not going to be the case every game. But, we still want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience so we've got the next best spot - an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be in the stadium, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters and watch the game in an atmosphere that is pretty loud and rowdy. There are four Official U.S. Soccer Bars that will hold viewing parties for every MNT game: The Globe Pub (Chicago), Nevada Smiths (New York), Small Bar (Chicago) and Summer's Restaurant (Arlington, Va.). Make sure to make your way to one of these establishments for every MNT match!

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-23 MNT CLOSE TOULON INTERNATIONAL WITH 2-0 LOSS TO GROUP WINNER ITALY: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team closed out the Toulon International Tournament with a 2-0 loss to Group B winner, Italy, in La Valette, France. Italy took the top spot in Group B of the Toulon Tournament with three wins, and will face Japan in the semifinal match on May 27. In the other Group B game, the Ivory Coast topped Turkey, 4-0, also advancing to the semifinals to face Chile on Tuesday night. The U.S., which was using the tournament to evaluate as many players as possible before this summer’s Olympic Games, finished the tournament with three losses. Head coach Peter Nowak used all 22 available players throughout the three games, including three different goalkeepers. The U.S. now has just 72 days before its opening game at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, when it will take on Japan on Aug. 7. The U.S. will also face the Netherlands on August 10 and Nigeria on August 13 as part of Group D.
U.S. U-23 MNT Results
Date         Opponent          Result       U.S. Goalscorer(s)
May 21     Turkey                 2-3 L         Brunner, Ochoa
May 23      Ivory Coast        0-2 L         --
May 25      Italy                     0-2 L         --

U.S. U-23 WNT SWEEPS TWO MATCHES IN GERMANY: The U.S. U-23 Women's National Team defeated German Women’s Bundesliga club Crailsheim by a 4-2 score on May 20 at the Schoneburgstadion in Crailsheim. U.S. forward Allison Mallams started the USA off with a goal in the ninth minute assisted by Yael Averbuch, who would score of her own later in the match, one on each side of halftime. Crailsheim tied the game in the 22nd through Anika Hob, but eight minutes later, the USA took the lead again as Ella Masar tallied on an assist from Katie Larkin, and the Americans would lead the rest of the way. Averbuch scored her first goal in the 38th minute off an assist from Lorraine Quinn, and then drilled a penalty kick home two minutes into the second half. The Germans added a late goal through Fanni Vago, but the USA then cruised to the victory, outshooting Crailsheim 15-9 for the game. On May 22, the USA took on the Germany U-23 Women’s National Team in front of more than 5,000 fans in Wangen, Germany and came away with a hard fought 1-0 victory off a goal from forward Amanda Cinalli in the 26th minute. Defender Becky Sauerbrunn got the game-winning assist. The USA will play another scrimmage before returning home on May 25. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin is preparing the squad for the 2008 Nordic Cup to be held in Sweden from July 15-21.
U.S. U-23 WNT Results
Date       Opponent                      Results    U.S. Goals
May 20   Crailsheim                    4-2 W       Mallams, Masar, Larkin, Averbuch
May 22   Germany U-23 WNT     1-0 W      Cinalli

U.S. U-18 MNT GOES 1-2 AT LISBON INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team topped host Portugal at the Lisbon International Tournament, while falling to Norway, 2-0, and Sweden, 1-0. Against Portugal, Amobi Okugo scored the game's only goal in the 81st minute. Following a quick restart, Dersu Abolfathi got off a cross from the right side that Okugo finished with one touch. The Under-18 MNT will next come together in late July.
U.S. U-18 MNT Results
Date     Opponent     Result          U.S. Goalscorer(s)
May 21 Norway          0-2 L            --
May 22 Portugal        1-0 W          Okugo
May 24 Sweden         0-1 L            --

U.S. U-17 WNT HEADS TO TRAINING CAMP IN JERSEY CITY, N.J.: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp in Jersey City, N.J. from June 6-13 as the team continues preparation for CONCACAF qualifying for the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the first-ever world championship for this age group. The CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship will be played from July 17-26 in Trinidad & Tobago with the top three teams advancing to the World Cup in New Zealand, to be held from Oct. 28-Nov. 16, 2008. The USA will play Costa Rica (July 17), El Salvador (July 19) and host T&T (July 21) in group play. The top two teams in each of the two groups advance to the semifinals, with the semifinal winners earning berths to the U-17 World Cup. The winner of the third-place match will earn CONCACAF’s third ticket to New Zealand. The USA will play its group games at Marvin Lee Stadium in Tunapuna. The semifinals and finals will also be played at Marvin Lee Stadium. U.S. head coach Kazbek Tambi has called in 26 players for the camp at Jersey City University. He will eventually select 21 for the qualifying tournament. During the week-long camp, the team will play three matches, including a game against the Jersey Sky Blue of the USL W-League. The U.S. roster is mostly made up of players born in 1991 and 1992, but Tambi has called in three 1993s in defenders Abby Dalhkemper and Morgan Brian and midfielder Sydney Payne.
U.S. U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (5): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Sarah Keane (Mt. Laurel, N.J.), Lianne Maldonado (Clifton, N.J.), Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearney, N.J.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.);
DEFENDERS (8): Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Abby Dahlkemper (Menlo Park, Calif.), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Julia Roberts (Fredrick, Md.), Anne Steinlage (Grand Haven, Mich.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kathryn Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas, Nev.), Madlyn Evens (Glenside, Pa.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Sydney Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.);
FORWARDS (5): Tani Costa (Honolulu, Hawaii), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Rachel Nuzzolese (Upper Brookville, N.Y.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

NORTH KOREA PULLS OUT OF 2008 PEACE QUEEN CUP AND IS REPLACED BY NEW ZEALAND: North Korea has pulled out of the Peace Queen Cup and will be replaced by New Zealand. The North Koreans also pulled out the tournament prior to the start of the inaugural Peace Queen Cup in 2006. The Kiwis, who will face the USA in first round play at the 2008 Olympics, will be slotted into Group A in North Korea’s spot and face South Korea, Canada and Argentina. The U.S. Women’s National Team will participate in the Peace Queen Cup in Suwon, South Korea from June 14-21, facing Australia (June 15 at 2 p.m. local / 1 a.m. ET), Brazil (June 17 at 2 p.m. local / 1 a.m. ET) and Italy (June 19 5 p.m. local / 4 a.m. ET). All of the USA’s matches will be played at the Suwon Sports Complex. The winners of the two groups will play for the championship on Saturday, June 21, at the Suwon World Cup Stadium.
U.S. WNT 2008 Peace Queen Cup Schedule
Date          Opponent       Kickoff Local / ET
June 15    Australia         2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
June 17    Brazil               2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
June 19    Italy                  5 p.m. / 4 a.m.

U.S. FUTSAL TEAM NAMED FOR 2008 CONCACAF FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIP: U.S. Futsal National Team Head Coach Keith Tozer named 12 players to the squad which will compete during the CONCACAF Futsal Championship on June 3-8 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The tournament kicks off on June 3, with the U.S. facing Costa Rica in its opening match in Group B. Two players in the squad, Jamar Beasley and Pat Morris, possess Futsal World Cup experience, having helped the U.S. into the second stage during the 2004 tournament in Chinese Taipei. The U.S. has been drawn into Group B of the tournament with Costa Rica, Panama as well as the hosts, Guatemala. The CONCACAF Championship will determine which teams from North America qualify for the FIFA Futsal World Cup to be hosted by Brazil from Sept. 30 until Oct. 19. CONCACAF will send three teams to the tournament, which was previously won by Spain in 2004.
U.S. CONCACAF Championship Schedule
Date        Opponent                Kickoff
June 3     Haiti                         12 p.m. MT
June 4     Panama                  12 p.m. MT
June 5     Costa Rica             12 p.m. MT
June 7     Semifinals*            2 p.m. MT / 4 p.m. MT
June 8     Third Place *          2 p.m. MT
                 Championship *    4 p.m. MT
* If necessary

U.S. Futsal National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Richey (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Nick Vorberg (Grants Pass, Ore.);
DEFENDERS (1): Pat Morris (Philadelphia, Pa.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Denison Cabral (Florianopolis, Brazil), Dan DeGeer (Portland, Ore.), Ptah Myers (Columbus, Ohio), Sandre Naumoski (Philadelphia, Pa.), Andy Rosenband (Hammond, Ind.), Matthew Stewart (El Paso, Texas);
FORWARDS (3): Mike Apple (Akron, Ohio), Jamar Beasley (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Chile Farias (Los Angeles, Calif.)

US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL LEAGUE APPLICATIONS FOR 2008-09 SEASON: US Youth Soccer National League is accepting applications. Applications are due by June 10, 2008 at 5 p.m. ET. US Youth Soccer is expanding the league from Under-15 and Under-16 boys and girls teams to include an Under-17 age group. Eight teams will qualify in each group with teams earning slots from play in their respective US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues or through previous National League qualification. The top four finishers of the 07-08 National League season have earned the opportunity to retain their slots for the next season, providing the teams meet all eligibility requirements. The top two teams from each age group will earn a place at the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships along with the four US Youth Soccer Regional Champions. The top four finishers in the Under-15 and Under-16 age groups in 08-09 National League play will also retain their slots for the 2009-10 season. Teams are expected to be announced the week of June 23 for the 08-09 season. For more please visit www.USYouthSoccer.org/National_League/.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: DaMarcus Beasley returned to Rangers' starting lineup for the first time since November and made his return in style, playing a vital role in the Glasgow club's 3-2 victory against Queen of the South in the Scottish Cup Final on May 24 at Hampden Park. Beasley drew the foul that set up the first goal, then tallied a strike of his own to double Rangers' lead. Queen of the South fought back to tie the game, but Beasley helped write the final chapter by sending a corner kick in the direction of Kris Boyd, who fired home the winner for Rangers. The victory gave Rangers their second piece of silverware in 2008 after Walter Smith's side hoisted the League Cup in March.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team is taking on England in London for the second time in history, squaring off against the Three Lions at 3 p.m. ET (8 p.m. local time) at Wembley Stadium. Fans can follow the match live on ESPN Classic and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker as U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan stands poised to earn his 100th cap. Fans who can’t quite take time out of work in the middle of the day can watch the match on tape delay on Galavision at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

QUOTABLE: “Testing in isolation for me is not good enough. We need to then give the athletes ideas on how they need to train to be better athletes and then put that into their competition. If they can be faster on the field and more dynamic and pick up less injuries, then SPARQ has done its job. So far (the Academy has) supported everything. They’re trying to do it the right way and they’re giving a lot of children a chance to have a look at this and to have a go at being athletic and powerful, so it’s good.”
-Paul Winsper, who worked on developing SPARQ testing while working with Newcastle United in the EPL, and was testing athletes at the 2008 Development Academy Spring Showcase (watch Studio 90).

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