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U.S. Soccer Wire: U.S. To Host 2003 Women's World Cup


FIFA CHOOSES U.S. AS SITE FOR THIS FALL’S WOMEN’S WORLD CUP:  FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced Monday that the United States will host the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, after the U.S. Soccer Federation had organized an impressive bid to assist FIFA and stage the event on short notice. The event was moved out of the country due to the threat of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. FIFA chose the United States over Sweden, the only other country besides the USA to make a formal bid to host the tournament. The 2003 Women’s World Cup will mark the third time in 10 years that the U.S. Soccer Federation has hosted a FIFA World Cup. While no venues or schedule has been finalized, U.S. Soccer is operating under a framework in which all 32 matches in the 2003 Women’s World Cup would be played as doubleheaders across 16 game dates. The original schedule for China had all the matches being played as doubleheaders. Ticketing details will be announced as the venues and schedule begins to take shape. Once the venues and schedule are in place, plans for television and the broadcast schedule will also be finalized with the expectation of a significant presence on our TV partners ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.

FANS REGISTERED AT ussoccerfan.com WILL GET FIRST ACCESS TO TICKETS: Registered members of ussoccerfan.com, the official site of U.S. soccer fans, will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. To register, fans need to simply sign up on the Web site ussoccerfan.com to receive updates as details are announced and the venues and schedules begin to take shape.

U.S. SOCCER SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR 2003 WWC:
The U.S. Soccer Federation is seeking volunteers to assist with all areas of the 2003 Women’s World Cup which will be played this fall. Interested parties can e-mail wwcvolunteers@ussoccer.org to express interest in volunteering and should include a brief resume with relevant experience. Once venues and times are determined, U.S. Soccer’s Human Resource Department will be in touch with selected volunteers.

ARENA TO NAME CONFEDERATIONS CUP ROSTER FRIDAY ON ussoccer.com at 1 P.M. ET:
U.S. Men’s National Team Manager Bruce Arena will name his 23 man roster for the FIFA Confederations Cup this Friday at 1 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com. In addition to serving as the roster for the June 18-29 tournament, this roster will also be called up for the U.S. vs. New Zealand friendly scheduled for June 8. The U.S. Men drew Brazil, Cameroon and Turkey in a difficult Group B. The U.S. opens the tournament in France against two World Cup semifinalists, facing Turkey on June 19 in St. Etienne at 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET), and then taking on Brazil on June 21 in Lyon at 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET).  The U.S. concludes group play against Cameroon on June 23 in Lyon at 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET). The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals on June 26.  The third-place match is scheduled for June 28, and the final takes place on June 29 in Paris. The field at the Confederations Cup is comprised of the six confederation champions (Cameroon, Colombia, France, Japan, New Zealand and the USA), the World Cup Champions (Brazil) and a guest team (Turkey). 
2003 FIFA Confederations Cup – France
Date             Opponent    Location        Kickoff (ET)
June 19         Turkey         St. Etienne       1 p.m.
June 21         Brazil            Lyon               3 p.m.
June 23         Cameroon     Lyon             3 p.m.
June 26        Semi-finals     Lyon, Paris    3 p.m.
June 28        Third Place    St. Etienne    12 p.m.
June 29        Final              Paris               3 p.m.

U.S. MEN SNAP WALES’ 10-MATCH WINNING STREAK WITH 2-0 VICTORY:
The U.S. Men’s National Team used goals from former and current San Jose Earthquakes stars to earn their first ever win at Spartan Stadium, a 2-0 result against Wales. Forward Landon Donovan converted a penalty kick in the 41st minute to give the U.S. a 1-0 halftime lead, while Chevrolet Man of the Match Eddie Lewis skipped a low shot under Wales goalkeeper Darren Ward in the 59th minute for the final margin. San Jose Earthquakes forward Brian Ching came on in the 75th minute to make his U.S. Men’s National team debut and almost scored on his first touch. Two other players earned their first MNT cap, as Ryan Suarez started at right back, while 2003 MLS SuperDraft No. 1 pick Alecko Eskandarian made his debut by coming on in the 89th minute. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando, in his first start for the U.S. MNT, posted a shutout and was forced to make just one save.

U.S. MNT TO FACE NEW ZEALAND ON JUNE 8 IN RICHMOND IN FINAL PREP MATCH:
The U.S. Men's National Team will face 2002 Oceania Football Confederation champion New Zealand on Sunday, June 8 at the University of Richmond Stadium in Richmond, Va. This will be the team’s final tune-up prior to the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup and is expected to feature the full roster for the Confederations Cup later in June.  The match, which is set for 1 p.m. ET, will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and the Radio Unica network. Fans can follow the match live online via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The U.S. match is part of a double header with the A-League Richmond Kickers, who will face the Atlanta Silverbacks at 3:45 p.m. following the U.S-New Zealand showdown. Tickets for the doubleheader ranging in price from $18 to $40 are now available at all Richmond area Ticketmaster outlets (including Ukrop's Supermarket, Farm Fresh and Hecht's), by phone at 804-262-8100 (Richmond), 757-671-8100 (Virginia Beach), or 800-527-6384 (Northern Virginia), and on-line at ussoccer.com.  Information on group discounts can be obtained by calling 312-528-1290.

U.S. WNT TO FACE IRELAND ON JUNE 14 IN SALT LAKE CITY IN WORLD CUP PREP MATCH: The U.S. Women's National Team will face Ireland, an emerging soccer nation on Saturday, June 14 at the Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. The match is set for 7 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can follow the match live online via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The U.S.-Ireland showdown is part of a doubleheader preceding a United Soccer League match featuring the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifier Utah Blitzz and the Orange County Blue Star, both of the Pro Select League's at 4 p.m. MT. Tickets for the doubleheader ranging in price from $16 to $37 are now available at all Utah Ticketmaster outlets (including Fred Meyer and Graywhale CD Exchange), by phone at 801-325-7328 (Salt Lake City); 877-474-4833 (TDD) and online at ussoccer.com. For information on group discounts, call 312-528-1290.

– 2003 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE –
 
INITIAL DRAW FOR LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP TO BE HELD THURSDAY:
The 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup First and Second Round draw will be held Thursday, May 29 at the U.S. Soccer House in Chicago, Ill. Qualifying for the event is complete for the A-League and the PSL. PDL qualifying continues with a pair of games Tuesday night wrapping up the Eastern Division qualifying berths. USASA qualifying will continue through next weekend. In the 2003 format, two PDL or USASA teams will get a First Round bye, and the eight other teams from the PDL and USASA will be regionally paired for the First Round in Thursday's draw. From there, teams will be paired geographically throughout the quarterfinal round. Log on to the U.S. Open Cup competition page on ussoccer.com the latest information.
MLS (10): Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, Dallas Burn, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, MetroStars, New England Revolution, San Jose Earthquakes
A-League (8): Atlanta Silverbacks, Milwaukee Wave United, Minnesota Thunder, Seattle Sounders, Virginia Beach Mariners, El Paso Patriots, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Rochester Raging Rhinos
PSL (6): Long Island Rough Riders, Reading Rage, Carolina Dynamo, New Hampshire Phantoms, Utah Blitzz, Wilmington Hammerheads
PDL (6): Bradenton Academics, Des Moines Menace, Fresno Fuego, Mid-Michigan Bucks, East Team 1, East Team 2
USASA (4): Region I Champion, Milwaukee Bavarians, D.S. United, Region IV Champion

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

U-19 WNT WILL COMPETE IN THE USYS CUP:
The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team arrived in Spring, Texas this past Saturday (May 24) to compete in the USYS Cup from May 27-June 1. The U.S. will face Canada on May 27 and the USYS All-Stars on May 29. Head coach Jeff Pill has called in an 18-player roster for the tournament.
Goalkeepers (2): Laura Comeau (Leigh, N.H.), Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.);
Defenders (7): Jen Buzckowski (Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Mary Castelanelli (Lodi, Calif.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis, Mo.), Megan Schnur (Butler, Pa.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.)
Midfielders (5): Amy Berend (Lewisville, Texas), Jamie Gilbert (North Andover, Mass.), Lorraine Quinn (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Carrie Schmidt (La Mesa, Calif.), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.);
Forwards (4): Bristyn Davis (Locust Valley, N.Y.), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allan, Texas), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.)
U.S. Under-19 WNT Schedule
Date: Opponent
May 27: Canada
May 29: USYS All-Stars
May 31: Placement Match

U-17 MNT SPLITS TWO INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES, TRAVEL TO KOREA MONDAY: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team produced one victory in two international friendlies this past weekend at the Lancaster Soccer Complex in Lancaster, Calif. On Sunday, the U.S. fell to Mexico 2-1 in a hard fought match, with Eddie Gaven getting the lone goal for the U.S. The following day, the U-17s got their first victory against Costa Rica in their third attempt this year, winning 3-2 behind goals from Gaven, Freddy Adu and Guillermo Gonzalez. The results over the weekend give the U.S. a 6-2-2 record in international matches this year. The U.S. will be leaving from LAX late tonight (May 27) for Busan, Korea to play in the Busan International Youth (U-17) Tournament. The Korean Football Association invited the U.S. to play in the tournament, which will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. The KFA invited all three teams from Group D at the 2002 World Cup, which included Poland, Portugal and the U.S. Portugal was unable to participate, leaving Argentina to take their place as the fourth and final team. The tournament will serve as preparation for the U.S. before it plays in the FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Finland this August 13-30. The Korea Republic and Argentina both qualified for Finland by winning their respective qualifying tournaments.

U-18 MNT SET FOR THE CROIX INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN FRANCE: The Under-18 Men’s National Team will be leaving next Sunday (June 1) to France to participate in the Croix International Tournament from June 7-9. The team will first arrive in Paris and play an exhibition match against Paris Saint-Germain on June 3. The U-18s will then travel to Lens and play another exhibition against RC Lens on June 5 before starting the tournament against RE Mouscron on June 7. The following day, the team will play its second game of the tournament against Villareal CF. All placement games will be played on June 9. Head coach George Glenovatch will be taking a 18-man roster with him for the tournament.
Goalkeepers (2): Andrew Kartunen (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Brad Guzman (Lockport, Ill.);
Defenders (4): Greg Dalby (Poway, Calif.), Hunter Freeman (Allen, Texas), Patrick Phelan (Enfield, Conn.), Jed Zayner (Orland Park, Ill.);
Midfielders (5): Issac Collings (Oriskany, N.Y.), William Hall (Shirley, N.Y.), Patrick Ianni (Lodi, Calif.), Danny Vasquez (Miami, Fla.), Mike Videira (Milford, Mass.);
Forwards (7): Arturo Alvarez (Houston, Texas), Chad Barrett (Beaverton, Ore.), Marc Burch (Cincinnati, Ohio), Paul Johnson (Princeton, N.J.), Danny Karbassiyoon (Roanoke, Va.), Nate Norman (Rochester, Minn.)
U.S. Under-18 MNT Schedule
Date: Opponent
June 3: Paris Saint-Germain
June 5: RC Lens
June 7: RE Mouscron
June 8: Villareal CF
June 9: Placement Match

U-16 GNT TO PLAY IN TEXAS SHOOTOUT: The U-16 Girls National Team arrived in Houston, Texas Sunday (May 25) to compete in the Texas Shootout this weekend from May 30 -June 1. Head coach Sue Montagne-Patberg is bringing a 20-player roster to the tournament.
Goalkeepers (2): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Megan McCray (Novato, Calif.);
Defenders (7):
Millie Allen (Thornton, Colo.), Megan Holmes (Baltimore, Md.), Ameera Abdullah (Denver, Colo.), Mellisa Clark (Norcross, Ga.), Cydnie Currie (Irving, Texas), Nicole Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.) Caroliine Walden (Guilford, Conn.);
Midfielders (6): Hayley Siegel (Ellicott City, Md.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Carolyn Blank (Toms River, N.J.), Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill.), Kim Silos (Ontario, Calif.), Kristina Larsen (Laguna Hills, Calif.) ;
Forwards (5): Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Mandy Moraca (Mantua, N.J.), Maryhelen Tomer (Diamond Bar, Calif.), Jackie Acevedo (Austin, Texas), Nicole Washington (Mesquite, Texas).

U-21 WNT GOES 1-3 DURING 13-DAY TRIP TO SAO PAULO, BRAZIL:
The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team returned to the states Monday (May 26) after winning one game during its 13-day trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil. In the first game for the U.S. Under-21 WNT Santos struck first, getting a goal a minute before halftime, but the U.S. was able to get two unanswered goals in the second half. Midfielder Leslie Osbourne struck early in the second period, putting away a penalty kick in the 47th minute. Forward Ali Andrewski knocked in the winning goal off a pass from defender Amy Steadman in the 86th minute. On May 19, the team was blanked 1-0 by SAAD FC. The U.S. then faced the Brazil U-21s twice, losing both by a combined score of 5-1.
U.S. Under-21 WNT Results
Date: Opponent (Result, U.S. Goal Scorers)
May 17: Santos FC (2-1 W, Osbourne, Andrewski)
May 19: Saad FC (0-1 L)
May 22: Brazil U-21 (0-1 L)   
May 25: Brazil U-21 (1-4 L, Kelly McDonald)
– AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD –

2003 GOLD CUP MEDIA CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT concacaf.com:
Applications for media accreditation for the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup are available online: Simply visit the CONCACAF web site at www.concacaf.com, and click on the button for media accreditation application on the right-hand side. The deadline for application is Friday, June 27. For the 2003 Gold Cup, in light of heightened security measures throughout the USA, all journalists must have accreditation with photos. NO CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DEADLINE. Accreditation centers will be established at each venue: Foxboro, Mass., Miami, Fla. and Mexico City. Once approved, media members are strongly advised to secure their credentials prior to the beginning of the event. All approved media applicants will receive, by e-mail, details on the location and opening hours of the accreditation centers. While accreditation centers will be open prior to matches, significant delays could result impairing the ability of media members to cover the event.
 
- U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT -

PEAK PERFORMER:  Forwards Clint Mathis and Taylor Twellman have scored in four-consecutive games for their respective clubs in Major League Soccer this month. Mathis has scored in each of the last four MetroStars' wins to propel his club atop the MLS table and the Eastern Conference with 16 points. Twellman leads MLS in scoring with 12 points and has helped the Revolution stay just two points behind the MetroStars in the East.

MARQUE MATCH-UP:
Juventus and AC Milan square off Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League Final, broadcast live on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Old Trafford will be the scene for an all-Italian affair, between that country's two most titled teams. Five years have elapsed since an Italian side contested the European football showpiece, so for two to get there represents a tremendous achievement.

WWC FACTOID: The U.S. Women's National Team was led in the inaugural Women's World Cup by the "triple edged sword" of Michelle Akers, Carin Jennings and April Heinrichs. The trio combined to score 20 of the team's 25 goals in China during the 1991 event.

QUOTABLE:
“The things I’ve learned since I’ve been the head coach of this team is that they adjust to travel very well. They are quite the shoppers. They feel at home in every city in America, because one way or another they have touched so many communities in America.”
- U.S. Women's National Team head coach April Heinrichs on if her team would feel comfortable traveling to each of the different venues during the 2003 Women's World Cup

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