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U.S. Soccer Wire: Nov. 30, 2009


U.S. MNT AWAITS 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP DRAW ON DEC. 4 IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA;
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2009 U.S. SOCCER ATHLETE OF THE YEAR;
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY WINTER SHOWCASE SCHEDULED FOR DEC. 4-8 IN PHOENIX 

2010 FIFA WORLD CUP DRAW TO TAKE PLACE DEC. 4 IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: The U.S. Men’s National Team is looking forward to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw in Cape Town, Africa on Friday, Dec. 4., which will determine where, when and who the team. will face during the tournament in South Africa.  The United States concluded 2009 as the top team in CONCACAF World Cup qualification, besting rival Mexico by one point at the top of the standings. The U.S. also reached the final of a FIFA international tournament for the first time in their history, defeating No. 1 ranked Spain in the semifinals of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup before eventually falling 3-2 to Brazil in the championship match in South Africa. The following month, a younger and less experienced U.S. team marched through the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament, reaching the final for the sixth time. Fans can follow the Final Draw live on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com at 12 p.m. ET or via DrawTracker on ussoccer.com.

Qualified Teams by Confederation
Host Country: South Africa
AFC – Asia (43 teams, 4.5 berths): Australia, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic
CAF – Africa (53 teams, 5 berths): Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria
CONCACAF – North America, Central America, Caribbean (35 teams, 3.5 berths): Honduras, Mexico, USA
CONMEBOL – South America (10 teams, 4.5 berths): Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay
OFC (10 teams, .5 berths) – New Zealand
UEFA – Europe (53 teams, 13 berths): Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland 

U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule 

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Nov. 24 – Nov. 30

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2009 U.S. SOCCER ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:  The finalists for each of the four prestigious U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year Awards – Female, Male, Young Female, and Young Male – have been announced by the sport’s governing body in the United States. Voting for the annual U.S. Soccer awards has begun on ussoccer.com, with fans given the opportunity to make their selections for each of the four Athlete of the Year categories once a day from now until Dec. 13. The U.S. Soccer Male and Female Athletes of the Year awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, dating back to 1984 for the men and 1985 for the women, while the Young Male and Young Female awards were added in 1998. Fans can also vote for all categories of the Best of U.S. Soccer Awards at ussoccer.com. 

THIRD ANNUAL DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY WINTER SHOWCASE SET FOR DEC. 4-8 IN PHOENIX: The 2009 Development Academy Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendlies are set for Dec. 4-8 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz. All 154 teams representing 77 Development Academy clubs will participate in 234 games during the extended weekend, while six Under-17 international matches will highlight Friday, Saturday and Monday. The new cycle of the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team, players eligible for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, will play its first ever international games against Portugal on Dec. 4, Brazil on Dec. 5 and the Netherlands on Dec. 7, with all three games being shown live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7 p.m. MT. Other international games in Phoenix will include Brazil versus the Netherlands on Dec. 4, Portugal and the Netherlands matching up on Dec. 5 and Portugal and Brazil squaring off on Dec. 7. In addition to the four national teams, eight Development Academy Select Teams will be featured throughout the weekend. Four teams comprised of players born in 1993, three with players born in 1994 and one made up of players born in 1991 and 1992 will play together across the weekend. Development Academy Select Teams are comprised of 130 total players who were chosen by youth national team coaches and U.S. Soccer’s national scouting network. They will have a unique opportunity to play alongside some of the top players in their age while competing against either an Academy club team or another Select Team.  The Reach 11 Complex will be the first to host the Winter Showcase outside of Florida or California, with 16 fields, including 10 equipped with lights, hosting as many as 58 games in a single day. 

INITIAL DETAILS FOR U.S. SUPPORTERS TO APPLY FOR 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP TICKETS ANNOUNCED: The U.S. Soccer Federation has announced initial details for U.S. Men’s National Team fans to apply for tickets for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Priority status for applying for tickets to the U.S. Men’s National Team matches in South Africa will be extended to members of the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club. Registration for U.S. Soccer SC is open at ussoccer.com, and fans seeking priority status must join by Dec. 3, 2009, at 12 p.m. ET. Beginning later this month, all registered U.S. Soccer SC members will be sent a request to submit pre-application data to U.S. Soccer. By completing this process, fans notify U.S. Soccer of their interest in FIFA World Cup tickets and provide the information that U.S. Soccer will in turn submit to FIFA for the online ticket application. A valid passport is required for each person who requests tickets. 

CONCACAF QUALIFYING SET FOR 2010 U-20 AND U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUPS: The dates, venues and groups for the CONCACAF Women’s Championships ahead of the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany and the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago have been finalized. The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, led by head coach Jillian Ellis, will travel to Guatemala from Jan. 19-30, 2010, for the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, an eight-team tournament that will send three nations to Germany. The matches will be played at the 17,000-seat Estadio Cementos Progreso in Guatemala City. The U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team, led by head coach Kazbek Tambi in his second cycle in charge of this age group, will travel to Costa Rica for the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship being held March 9-20, 2010, at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa and Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in the San Jose area. Full schedules will be released shortly.

ALEX MORGAN REPLACES BRITTANY BOCK ON WNT TRAINING CAMP ROSTER: Forward Alex Morgan, one of the stars of the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, has received her first-call up to the full national team to replace defender Brittany Bock, who is suffering from nagging ankle/foot injuries. The U.S. WNT training camp will be held from Dec. 5-15 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

U.S. Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (7): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Leslie Osborne (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (6): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Casey Nogueira (North Carolina), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

ussoccer.com’s WNT Coverage – Nov. 24 – Nov. 30

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-17 MNT ROSTER NAMED FOR NIKE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES IN PHOENIX: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera has finalized a 22-player roster for the upcoming Nike International Friendlies in Phoenix. The team will arrive in Phoenix Monday afternoon to begin training, leading up to its first game against Portugal on Friday, Dec. 4. The new cycle of players for the U.S. U-17 MNT will play its first three international games at this level, continuing the weekend with friendly matches against Brazil on Dec. 5, and the Netherlands on Monday, Dec. 7. All three games, held alongside the 2009 Development Academy Winter Showcase, will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7 p.m. MT. All 22 players were born in 1994, making them age eligible for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Half of the U.S. roster will be representing their country while their hometown clubs are in attendance as part of the Development Academy, with 11 players each representing a participating club.

Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2):  Kendall McIntosh (Mustang Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Piña (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7):  Ive Burnett (Central Jackson; Brandon, Miss.), Andrew Chang (Sockers FC; Highland Park, Ill.), Jerome Cristobal (Derby County Wolves; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Marc Pelosi(De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Columbus Crew Academy; Amherst, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (8):  Atsou Ayah (Fusion FC Tampa; Tampa, Fla.), Tarek Beckles (BW Gottschee; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Holden Fender (North Atlanta SA; Marietta, Ga.), Irvin Gijon (Players Club; Las Vegas, Nev.), Eric Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy; Corona, Calif.), Nicholas Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Oscar Ortega (Aztecs Premier; San Ysidro, Calif.), Sebastian Velasquez (Arsenal FC; Los Angeles, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5):  Mikhail Doholis (Eastside United; Vancouver, Wash.), Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Alfred Koroma (Solar Red; Southlake, Texas); Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)

U.S. U-17 WOMEN TO TRAVEL TO ARGENTINA IN DECEMBER FOR FOUR MATCHES: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, from Dec. 4-14 to play four international matches. U.S. head coach Kazbek Tambi will bring 18 players to face the Argentina U-17 and U-20 Women’s National Teams as well as combined U-17 and U-20 squads from Chile and Uruguay. The matches will be valuable preparation for the U.S. U-17s, who are getting ready for CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago. The qualifying tournament is being held in Costa Rica next March with the USA going for one of three spots from CONCACAF. As host, Trinidad & Tobago has an automatic berth. The U.S. roster features one hold-over from the squad that took second place at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in team captain Morgan Brian. The USA opens its four-match run in Buenos Aires against a combined Chile team on Dec. 7. The USA will face the Argentina U-17s on Dec. 8 and the U-20s on Dec. 11 before finishing with the combined Uruguay team on Dec. 13. The USA has played three international matches so far this year, all against an older Germany team in Florida last February, losing twice and tying once.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bryane Heaberline (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (5): Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Brooke Gilbert (Emerald City; Snohomish, Wash.), Casey Morrison (Spirit United; York, Pa.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; Saint Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Caprice Dydasco (HSC Bulls; Honolulu, Hawaii), Jessica Lee (Arsenal World Class; Tenafly, N.J.), Karin Samonian (Albertson SC; Westbury, N.Y.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (3): Alesha Blair (Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Jennifer Gonzalez (Arsenal FC; Alta Loma, Calif.), Kylie McCarthy (San Diego Surf; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Schedule
Date          Opponent                                            Venue
Dec. 7       Chile (U-17 and U-20 players)           Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 9       Argentina U-17 WNT                         Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 11     Argentina U-20 WNT                         Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 13     Uruguay (U-17 and U-20 players)      Buenos Aires, Argentina

U.S. U-15 GNT TIES ALL THREE GAMES AT US YOUTH SOCCER ODP THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONALS: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team didn’t score a goal playing against older teams at the US Youth Soccer ODP Thanksgiving Interregional Tournament which took place from Nov. 20-27 in Coral Gables, Fla., but they didn’t allow one either, tying all three matches it played by 0-0 scores. The USA opened up with the Region 1 ODP Team on Nov. 22, then faced the Costa Rica U-17 Women’s National Team on Nov. 23 and Nov. 25. U.S. goalkeepers Katelyn Rowland and Caroline Stanley split the two shutouts against Costa Rica. Stanley saved a penalty kick in the second match against Costa Rica to keep that match scoreless. The USA’s final scheduled match against Region IV was canceled due to weather.

U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team Results
Date          Opponent                          Result   U.S. Goalscorers           Venue
Nov. 22     Region 1 ODP                   0-0        --                                  Coral Gables HS; Coral Gables, Fla.
Nov. 23     Costa Rica U-17                0-0        --                                  Coral Gables HS; Coral Gables, Fla.
Nov. 25     Costa Rica U-17                0-0        --                                  Coral Gables HS; Coral Gables, Fla. 

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION–

JOIN U.S. SOCCER SUPPORTERS CLUB: U.S. Soccer invites fans to join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club, the official fan membership program of the U.S. national teams.  U.S. Soccer SC members receive numerous benefits, highlighted by priority status to secure tickets to the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.  Members are provided the best chance to see the U.S. play in the biggest sporting event in the world. Register ahead of Dec. 3, 2009 on ussoccer.com to obtain 2010 ticketing priority.  This benefit is available for a limited time. For more information, visit the Supporters Club home page.

BE OFFICIAL WHEN YOU’RE WATCHING: What’s the next best thing to being at a game surrounded by your fellow screaming fans? Watching a game at an Official U.S. Soccer Bar surrounded by your fellow screaming fans! Bars across the U.S. are becoming the destination spots to gather and watch your U.S. teams in an atmosphere that is loud and rowdy. This week the Official Bar Program would like to welcome Crabtree Tavern in Raleigh, N.C. as the newest member bar.  Check the latest listings for the Official U.S. Soccer Bar in your area where you can watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw on Friday, Dec. 4 starting at noon ET.

LAST MONTH FOR 2010 WERNER FRICKER BUILDER AWARD NOMINATIONS: Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 U.S. Soccer Werner Fricker Builder Award, which is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have worked tirelessly in furthering the interest of the sport of soccer, without regard to personal recognition or advancement. The award was created in 2002 and is the greatest recognition bestowed by U.S. Soccer on its membership. The award is designed to honor those who have created or fostered programs that will outlast their own active involvement in the sport and that establish a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the United States. Interested persons can nominate individuals for the annual Werner Fricker Builder Award by downloading the form at ussoccer.com and mailing it to U.S. Soccer, c/o the Werner Fricker Builder Award Committee, 1801 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 or emailing it to AGM@ussoccer.org. Applications must be postmarked or sent by January 1, 2010 (download application).

USA BID COMMITTEE GIVES FANS THE CHANCE TO “SUPPORT YOUR CITY”: The USA Bid Committee has added a “Support Your City” section to goUSAbid.com, the online home for the United States’ bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. The new “Support Your City” section of the Web site features city-specific pages for each of the 27 cities currently being considered as potential host cities to be included in the U.S. bid that will be submitted to FIFA in May 2010. The new pages provide valuable city-specific information and photos while giving fans another opportunity to put their support behind the candidate city of their choice by signing the online petition at goUSAbid.com.

TICKETS FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ON SALE: The Organizing Committee for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany has launched its ticketing campaign. Sales phases will be divided in three periods, two of which, “City series” and “Twenty11” are focusing on families and clubs. The first round of ticket sales began on Oct. 29. The day was specifically chosen to launch the online order form on www.fifa.com as it coincided with the match between women's soccer powerhouses Germany and the USA at the new FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium in Augsburg, Germany. It marks the start of the first sales period, which will continue until Jan. 31, 2010, with the "city series" being exclusively on offer during this phase.

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOLS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools for A, B and C License Courses on Jan. 2-10, 2010, in California and Florida. The National “A” License course will take place at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., and The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  The National “B” and “C” License courses will be offered at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., and at Oxnard College in Oxnard, Calif. 

U.S. SOCCER NATIONAL GOALKEEPING LICENSE COURSE ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct its National Goalkeeping License course Jan. 24-31, 2010, in Carson, Calif. at The Home Depot Center.

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. 

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Clint Dempsey bagged two goals in Fulham’s 3-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers in English Premier League action on Wednesday bringing his total to five goals and one assist this season for the Cottagers.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team will be taking on three high profile opponents this year at the 2009 Nike International Friendlies which take place Dec. 4-8 in conjunction with the 2009 Development Academy Winter Showcase in Phoenix, Ariz. The team has Portugal, Brazil and the Netherlands lined up on Dec. 4, 5 and 7 respectively. All three matches will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7 p.m. MT.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The English FA is investigating crowd behavior after Chelsea FC’s 3-0 win against Arsenal FC at the Emirates Stadium in north London. Referee Andre Marriner stopped play briefly midway through the first half to remove a digital camera that had been thrown onto the pitch.

QUOTABLE:  “Over the last 10 days everyone involved has put in an enormous effort. They’ve really put their noses to the ground and worked flat out, with many late nights and early mornings. The Draw Hall and stage is complete and rehearsals have already started. And with a week to go, we’re very confident with our preparations, we’re ahead of schedule and ready for this event.” – 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw Venue Manager Teral Cullen on her team’s preparations for the Final Draw  in Cape Town, South Africa

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