U.S. U-20 WNT WINS 2008 FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN CHILE;
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY WINTER SHOWCASE WRAPS UP IN CALIFORNIA;
LILLY RETURNS TO U.S. WNT FOR ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL TOUR MATCHES VS. CHINA
U.S. U-20 WNT DEFEAT KOREA DPR TO WIN 2008 FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team got goals from Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan, both first-half strikes from outside the penalty area, to defeat Korea DPR 2-1 and win the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup. For Leroux, it was her fifth goal of the tournament as she earned the Golden Shoe as the tournament’s top scorer. She also won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player. Morgan’s goal, which proved to be the eventual game-winner, was her fourth goal of the tournament. Morgan won the Silver Ball as the tournament’s third-best player and the Bronze Shoe as the third-leading scorer. U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher won the Golden Glove for best goalkeeper of the tournament and the U.S. team earned the FIFA Fair Play award.
FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup
|Date||Opponent||Venue; City||Time / ET / Result||TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|Nov. 19||France||Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillán, Chile||3-0 W||Morgan, Leroux (2)|
|Nov. 22||Argentina||Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillán, Chile||3-0 W||Edwards, Morgan (2)|
|Nov. 26||China PR||Estadio German Becker; Temuco, Chile||0-2 L||--|
|Nov. 30||England||Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillán, Chile||3-0 W||Winters, Leroux (2)|
|Dec. 4||Germany||Estadio Francisco Sánchez; Coquimbo, Chile||1-0 W||OG|
|Dec. 7||Korea DPR||Estadio Municipal de la Florida; Santiago, Chile||2-1 W||Leroux, Morgan|
U.S. U-17 MNT FACE BRAZIL, AUSTRALIA AT DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY WINTER SHOWCASE: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team faced Brazil twice and Australia once at the Nike International Friendlies at the 2008 Development Academy Winter Showcase in Lancaster, Calif. The Winter Showcase kicked off with two games on Thursday, Dec. 4, and started full force on Friday, Dec. 5, with more than 220 games being played over the course of the extended weekend. Matches wrapped up on Monday, Dec. 8, at the Lancaster National Soccer Center. The U.S. U-17 MNT started off with a 3-0 loss to the Brazil U-17s on Friday. The U-17 Men, who where split into two teams, faced Australia on Sunday, Dec. 7, drawing 3-3 with the Qantas Joeys on two goals from Dominick Sarle and one from Joseph Gyau. The older U.S. U-17 Men faced Brazil immediately after, falling 2-1 with a goal from Jack McInerney. The Winter Showcase also featured some of the nation’s top young referees, who worked under the guidance and instruction of the U.S. Soccer Referee Department Staff. The 2008 Winter Showcase was the first of two Showcases to be held during the 2008/09 season followed by the Academy Playoffs and Academy Finals Week. The upcoming Development Academy Spring Showcase will be held in Sarasota, Fla. from May 22-26, the Academy Playoffs will be held in Greensboro, N.C. from June 26-29 and the Academy Finals Week will be held from July 11-18 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. A complete listing of results is available at the Development Academy Winter Showcase homepage on ussoccer.com.
U.S. U-17 MNT Results
|Date||Opponent||Venue||Result||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|Dec. 5||Brazil||Lancaster National Soccer Center; Lancaster, Calif.||0-3 L||--|
|Dec. 7||Australia||Lancaster National Soccer Center; Lancaster, Calif.||3-3 T||Sarle (2), Gyau|
|Dec. 7||Brazil||Lancaster National Soccer Center; Lancaster, Calif.||1-2 L||McInerney|
LILLY REJOINS U.S. ROSTER FOR ACHIEVE YOUR GOLD TOUR MATCHES: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has called in 22 players as the gold medal-winning U.S. team returns to the field in December for two matches against China PR. The first match takes place on Dec. 13 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (6 p.m. PT), followed by a match on Dec. 17 at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. (7:30 p.m. ET). The matches mark the return to the U.S. roster of long-time legend Kristine Lilly, the only woman to play in all five FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments. Lilly took most of 2008 off as she gave birth to her first child, daughter Sydney, last June. Tickets for the match at The Home Depot Center ranging in price from $18 to $60, plus special edition U.S. Soccer on-field seats for $150, are on sale 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, FYE and Ritmo Latino). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. The match in Detroit, which will be the USA’s first in Michigan in 15 years, will also be a homecoming for Michigan natives Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo) and Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills). Tickets starting at $18 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 248-645-6666 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Detroit area (including Macy’s and FYE). Tickets can also be purchased at the Ford Field ticket office Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Special edition U.S. Soccer on-field seats are available for $150.
Achieve Your Gold Tour Schedule / Results
|Date||Opponent||Venue; City||Result / Kickoff||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|Sept. 13||Ireland||Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa.||2-0 W||Kai, O'Reilly|
|Sept. 17||Ireland||Giants Stadium; E. Rutherford, N.J.||1-0 W||Kai|
|Sept. 20||Ireland||Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.||2-0 W||Chalupny, Markgraf|
|Nov. 1||Korea Republic||Univ. of Richmond Stadium; Richmond, Va.||3-1 W||Hucles, O'Reilly, Tarpley|
|Nov. 5||Korea Republic||Paul Brown Stadium; Cincinnati, Ohio||0-0 T||--|
|Nov. 8||Korea Republic||Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.||1-0 W||O'Reilly|
|Dec. 13||China PR||The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.||6 p.m. PT|
|Dec. 17||China PR||Ford Field; Detroit||7:30 p.m. ET|
MNT HAS FULL SLATE OF GAMES IN 2009: The U.S. Men's National Team will have a full slate of matches in 2009, as they start off the year against Sweden on Jan. 24 (tickets). The U.S. Men will also compete in the Final Round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup throughout the year, travel to South Africa in June for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and defend their CONCACAF Gold Cup title in July. The U.S. will kick off FIFA World Cup qualifying on Feb. 11 against Mexico, also facing El Salvador, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica and Honduras twice throughout the year. At the Confederations Cup, the U.S. will meet defending world champions Italy on June 15, followed by Brazil on June 18 and Egypt on June 21 in Group B. The U.S. will learn its CONCACAF Gold Cup schedule at a later date.
U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule
|Jan. 24||Sweden||The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.||5:30 p.m. PT|
|Feb. 11||Mexico||Home (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|March 28||El Salvador||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|April 1||Trinidad & Tobago||Home (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|June 3||Costa Rica||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|June 6||Honduras||Home (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|June 15||Italy||Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria||8:30 p.m. local / 2:30 p.m. ET|
|June 18||Brazil||Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria||4 p.m. local / 10 a.m. ET|
|June 21||Egypt||Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg||8:30 p.m. local / 2:30 p.m. ET|
|July 3-26||CONCACAF Gold Cup||TBD||TBD|
|Aug. 12||Mexico||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|Sep. 5||El Salvador||Home (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|Sep. 9||Trinidad & Tobago||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|Oct. 10||Honduras||Away (Venue TBD)||TBD|
|Oct. 14||Costa Rica||Home (Venue TBD)||TBD|
– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U.S. U-15 BNT GATHER IN CALIFORNIA FOR DECEMBER CAMP: U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Jim Barlow has gathered a 32-player roster for a seven-day training camp taking place Dec. 7-14 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The week-long camp will include matches against Arsenal, Chivas USA, L.A. Rampage, Real So Cal and two Cal South ODP teams.
U.S. U-15 BNT Schedule
|Dec. 12||L.A. Rampage|
|Real So Cal|
|Dec. 14||Cal South ODP|
|Cal South ODP|
U.S. U-15 BNT Domestic Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Max Brown (Premier Soccer Academy; New York, N.Y.), Kendall McIntosh (Mustang SC; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Josh McNeely (Real So Cal; Hidden Hills, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Texas Premier; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (9): Andrew Chang (Sockers FC; Highland Park, Ill.), Jerome Cristobal (Vardar; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Alfred Edmonds (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Malcolm Harris (Baltimore Bays; Damascus, Md.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Mykal Riley (Arsenal; Lake Elsinore, Calif.), Jalen Robinson (Bethesda SC; Catonsville, Md.), Andrew Souders (Premier Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio), Todd Wharton (Richmond Strikers; Glen Allen, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (17): Atsou Ayah (Black Watch SC; Tampa, Fla.), Cesar Ceja (FC Westchester; Port Chester, N.Y.), Bryan Celis (Texas Premier FC; Houston, Texas), Matthew Dunn (Premier Soccer Acad.; Dallas, Texas), Eric Gonzalez (L.A. Galaxy; Corona, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Brandon Jordi (North Meck SC; Charlotte, N.C.), Collin Martin (Premier Soccer Acad.; Chevy Chase, Md.) Ryan Masch (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Oscar Ortega (Albion SC; San Ysidro, Calif.), Gabe Palermo (Tigre; Jupiter, Fla.), Travis Pillon (Mustang SC; Oakland, Calif.), Joel Salmeron (Chicago Fire; Cicero, Ill.), Melvin Snoh (Spirit United; Coetsville, Pa.); Ross Tetro (NJSA04 – Gunners; Marlboro, N.J.), Sebastian Velasquez (Los Alamitos; Los Angeles, Calif.), Victor Zamora (Rockford Raptors; Rockford, Ill.)
FORWARDS (2): Desmond Gonzales (Premier Soccer Acad.; Miami, Fla.), Erick Sanchez (Houston Dynamo; Edinburg, Texas)
– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –
VOTING CONCLUDES TODAY FOR “BEST OF U.S. SOCCER” AND ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARDS: Voting concludes Monday, Dec. 8, for the 2008 “Best of U.S. Soccer” and U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year awards. The seventh annual “Best of” series, presented by Soccer America, the No. 1 soccer magazine in the United States, gives fans the opportunity to make their selections for the best in soccer in the United States. In addition to voting for the “Best of U.S. Soccer” awards (vote now), fans can vote for the prestigious ussoccer.com Athlete of the Year awards.
U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION HOLIDAY AUCTION: The U.S. Soccer Foundation 2008 Holiday Auction is now live at www.ussoccerfoundation.org/auction. Soccer fans can bid on MLS and international team jerseys signed by stars from all over the world in support of a good cause. All proceeds support the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the Urban Soccer Collaborative which provides children in economically disadvantaged urban areas with opportunities to play and enjoy soccer. The collection for this year includes autographed jerseys from Boca Juniors, AS Monaco (Freddy Adu), Mia Hamm, Rangers FC, Celtic FC, Julie Foudy, all 14 MLS clubs, Tim Howard and more. Visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org/auction for more information.
COACHESNET OFFERS TRIP TO ARGENTINA: As part of the U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department’s dedication to providing unique coaching opportunities to its members, CoachesNet is offering an educational trip from March 10-16, 2009, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Registration also includes round-trip airfare from Miami International Airport, meals and four-star accommodations. Registration is open to all coaches and current U.S. Soccer “A” licensed coaches will earn eight (8) Continuing Education Units for their participation. CoachesNet caught up with U.S. Soccer U-17 scout and National Staff Coach Juan Carlos Michia to discuss the trip to Buenos Aires. Michia, a native of Argentina, discusses plans for the trip, how soccer is a way of life in Argentina and what a coach can expect during the week.
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team will return to the U.S. from Chile with heavier suitcases as they bring home their championship medals after winning the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The U-20s also have to carry home other awards, after Sydney Leroux claimed the Golden Shoe as the tournament’s top scorer and the Golden Ball as the Most Valuable Player. Alex Morgan’s luggage includes the Bronze Shoe and Silver Ball, while Alyssa Naeher heads back to the U.S. in possession of the tournament’s Golden Glove. The entire team also earned the FIFA Fair Play award.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: The gold medal winning U.S. Women’s National Team resumes the Achieve Your Gold Tour on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. PT against China PR at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The tour continues in the Motor City, as both teams meet again at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Ford Field in Detroit.
SOCCER SHOCKER: While it’s not unusual to see the North Carolina women in the NCAA Final Four, the North Carolina men are also getting a shot this year as they face off against No. 1 seeded Wake Forest on Friday, Dec. 12, after toppling Northwestern 1-0 in the Elite Eight. The Tar Heels will play in front of a national television audience, as the match will be broadcast live at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
QUOTABLE: “It’s an absolutely amazing feeling. I’ve never felt like this before in my life. After the game we were all crying because it just felt so amazing. I’m so happy with my team and the way we played the whole way through. We’ve gone through a lot together, and to go to the final and have the gold medals around our necks is just amazing.”
-- U.S. U-20 WNT forward Sydney Leroux, who won the tournament’s Golden Ball and Golden Shoe.