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U.S. Soccer Wire: Arena Calls 23 for Next Qualifiers


ARENA CALLS IN 23 PLAYERS TO PREPARE FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS,
U.S. MNT FACES EL SALVADOR ON SATURDAY IN FINAL ROAD MATCH THIS ROUND;
LILLY SCORES 100th CAREER GOAL AS U.S. WOMEN CONTINUE TOUR

U.S. TO FACE EL SALVADOR ON SATURDAY, ARENA NAMES TRAINING CAMP ROSTER: U.S. Men’s National Team manager Bruce Arena has called 23 players into camp to train for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Panama. The team assembled Sunday in Washington, D.C., and will train in the area prior to both matches. The U.S. first meets El Salvador on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. MT, and the match will be broadcast live on pay-per-view. The team then returns home to face Panama four days later at RFK Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 13 in Washington, D.C.  Kickoff for that match is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.  Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Tickets for the Panama game are available at all Washington-Baltimore area Ticketmaster outlets and the RFK Stadium ticket office (stadium ticket office open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Fans can also purchase tickets online at ussoccer.com.
U.S. MNT Training Camp Roster
Oct. 9 at El Salvador, Oct. 13 vs. Panama
GOALKEEPERS (3): Tim Howard (Manchester United), Kasey Keller (Tottenham Hotspur), Jonny Walker (MetroStars); DEFENDERS (8): Gregg Berhalter (Energie Cottbus), Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Cory Gibbs (Dallas Burn), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Eddie Pope (MetroStars), Tony Sanneh (Columbus Crew); MIDFIELDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven), Landon Donovan, (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars), Cobi Jones (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Lewis (Preston North End), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Clint Mathis (Hannover 96), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards); FORWARDS (4): Conor Casey (FSV Mainz), Eddie Johnson (Dallas Burn), Brian McBride (Fulham FC), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards)

U.S. WOMEN WIN TWO MORE AS FAN CELEBRATION TOUR ROLLS ON: After a 4-3 victory in the opening match of the Fan Celebration Tour, the U.S. Women's National Team has gotten down to business with consecutive 3-0 and 5-0 victories over Iceland and New Zealand, respectively. On Sunday (Oct. 3), Mia Hamm scored twice, Abby Wambach and Cat Reddick scored once and Kristine Lilly struck for her historic 100th career goal in front of a raucous and appreciative crowd of 16,554 at PGE Park. Shannon MacMillan, who played her collegiate soccer at the University of Portland, picked up a pair of assists in the second half including one on Lilly’s milestone strike. On Wednesday (Sept. 29), Cindy Parlow converted a difficult chance with a right-footed flick in the second minute, and the U.S. rolled on from there with Abby Wambach and Kristine Lilly getting goals on the tour’s second stop. With the victories, the USA moves to 23-1-3 on the year and is now within four wins of breaking the record for most victories in a calendar year for the U.S. women, which is 26 set in 2000.  The U.S. team has seven matches remaining on the "Fan Celebration Tour." The "Fan Celebration Tour" stops next in Cincinnati, Ohio, hometown of U.S. defender Heather Mitts, as the USA meets New Zealand again on Sunday, Oct. 10 at Paul Brown Stadium (4 p.m. ET).  The USA will then face 2004 Olympic participant Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., (5 p.m. CT), before facing Ireland in a pair of matches, on Wednesday, October 20 at Soldier Field in Chicago (7:30 p.m. CT) and on Saturday, October 23 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas (7 p.m. CT).
2004 U.S. WNT “Fan Celebration Tour”
Game    Date    Match-up / Result    Venue                           City    Kickoff/Attendance
   1         Sat., Sept. 25      USA 4, Iceland 3     Frontier Field                 Rochester, N.Y.    14,870 (SO)
   2        Wed., Sept. 29    USA 3, Iceland 0     Heinz Field                    Pittsburgh, Pa.      6,386
   3         Sun., Oct. 3         USA 5, New Zealand 0    PGE Park                      Portland, Ore.       16,554
   4         Sun., Oct. 10        USA vs. New Zealand    Paul Brown Stadium      Cincinnati, Ohio    4 p.m. ET
   5         Sat., Oct. 16         USA vs. Mexico        Arrowhead Stadium       Kansas City, Mo.    5 p.m. CT
   6         Wed., Oct. 20        USA vs. Ireland        Soldier Field                   Chicago, Ill.             7:30 p.m. CT
   7         Sat., Oct. 23       USA vs. Ireland        Reliant Stadium              Houston, Texas      5 p.m. CT
   8         Wed., Nov. 3      USA vs. Denmark     Giants Stadium               East Rutherford, N.J.    7:30 p.m. ET
   9         Sat., Nov. 6        USA vs. Denmark     Lincoln Financial Field    Philadelphia, Pa.           4 p.m. ET
   10       TBD    TBD                     TBD     TBD                               TBD

LILLY BECOMES FIFTH PLAYER TO SCORE 100 INTERNATIONAL GOALS: Kristine Lilly’s second-half score in Sunday’s WNT win over New Zealand moved her into one of international soccer's most elite clubs, as she became just the fifth player in the history of the game to record 100 goals for her country.  Lilly joins Mia Hamm (156 after two goals on the night), former teammate Michelle Akers (105) and two Italians, Elisabetta Vignotto (107) and current Italian National Team head coach Carolina Morace (104) with more than 100 goals. After scoring her 99th goal in a 3-0 win over Iceland on Sept. 29 and having several chances earlier in the match, Lilly got career goal No. 100 in the 66th minute when she laced a shot inside the right post after second-half sub Shannon MacMillan lifted a ball over the defense to give her a breakaway. Lilly, who was mobbed by her teammates after the goal and received a standing ovation from the large crowd, played in her world record 284th match. The world-record holder in most international matches played at 284, Lilly is by far the most capped player, man or woman, in the history of the world. She was the second leading scorer for the USA at the 2004 Olympics. The "Queen of Caps" has played in about 85 percent of the matches ever played by the U.S. WNT.

NikeGO DONATING $1 FOR EVERY FAN CELEBRATION TOUR TICKET SOLD: For every ticket purchased during the 10-game U.S. Women's National Team "Fan Celebration Tour," NikeGO is donating $1 of Nike soccer product to support the increase of girls soccer participation in each city. NikeGO is a grassroots community outreach program designed to achieve Nike's overarching corporate goal of promoting youth health and fitness through sport. The donation of Nike soccer product is designed to support the increase in soccer participation among young girls in each city. Nike has also purchased 50 tickets for each game for youth involved with the recipient organization. Through the first three games of the tour, Nike has committed more than $37,000 in sports equipment toward this initiative. The recipients of the NikeGO donation to date include the Portland Youth Soccer Association, the Tualatin Hills (Ore.) Parks and Recreation Department and the Pittsburgh Department of Parks & Recreation.

-- GROUP 1 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING UPDATE --

U.S. SITS ATOP GROUP 1, PLAYS FINAL ROAD MATCH ON OCT. 9 IN EL SALVADOR: Halfway through the six-game semifinal round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. Men’s National Team is sitting in first place in Group 1 with an undefeated 1-0-2 record.  Although they’ve done it in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion, the U.S. MNT has accomplished its goals in earning valuable points with two 1-1 road draws in Jamaica (Aug. 18) and Panama (Sept. 8).  In its lone home match, the U.S. dominated El Salvador 2-0 behind goals from forwards Brian Ching and Landon Donovan on Sept. 4 in Foxboro, Mass. In its last match, Cobi Jones tied the game in the final minutes and earned an important point on the road, tying Panama 1-1 at Estadio Rommel Fernandez. The draw was similar to the U.S. MNT’s first road qualifier, in which forward Brian Ching headed home the equalizer in the 88th minute to draw with Jamaica 1-1 on Aug. 18. The draw extended the USA’s unbeaten streak to a team-record 10 games, besting two nine-game streaks for the United States previously recorded in 1991 and 1998. The U.S. is 6-0-4 during the streak and 6-1-5 overall in 2004.
MNT FIFA World Cup Qualifying Results
Date             Opponent    Venue; City                                                Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
Aug. 18        Jamaica       National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica                             1-1 T     Ching
Sept. 4         El Salvador    Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass    2-0 W    Ching, Donovan
Sept. 8         Panama         Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama      1-1 T    Jones
MNT FIFA World Cup Qualifying Schedule
Date        Opponent       Venue; City                    Kickoff (local)    TV
Oct. 9       El Salvador      Cuscatlan Stadium; San Salvador, El Salvador      7 p.m. MT       Pay-Per-View (live)
Oct. 13     Panama           RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.                             7:30 p.m. ET       ESPN2 (live)
Nov. 17    Jamaica           Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio                               7:30 p.m. ET 
Group 1 Standings
Teams    GP    W    L    T    GF    GA    GD    Pts.
USA       3    1    0    2    4    2    +2    5
Jamaica      3    1    1    1    5    3    +2    4
Panama         3    1    1    1    4    4    0    4
El Salvador     3    1    2    0    2    6    -4    3

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

TWO SHUTOUTS FOR U.S. SOCCER’S UNDER-17 RESIDENCY PROGRAM LAST WEEK: Both teams in U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency Program came away with victories in matches late last week at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. On Thursday, the Under-17 ’88 MNT scored three first half goals in route to a 4-0 victory over Rollins College. Quavas Kirk led all scorers with a goal and an assist, while Carlos Borja notched two assists to bring his year total to five, tied for best on the team. Jeremy Hall broke open the scoring with a goal in the 25th minute off a service from Drew Yates. Eddie Ababio and Kirk then made it a three-goal lead as Borja set them up for strikes in the last five minutes of the half. The lone goal in the second half came off the foot of Eric Avila, who blasted Kirk’s pass past the Rollins ‘keeper. On Friday, the Under-17 ’89 MNT got two goals apiece from Kyle Nakazawa and Joseph Sorrentino as they rolled to a 5-0 victory over local club Brandon U-18. Nakazawa opened the floodgates in the 31st minute on an unassisted goal and then Sorrentino got his first of the day eight minutes later off a pass from Perica Marosevic to give the U.S. a 2-0 halftime lead. In the second half, Michael Stephens finished off a service from Josmer Altidore in the 49th minute and then set-up Nakazawa for his second goal three minutes later. Sorrentino finished the scoring in the 67th minute with an unassisted strike.
U.S. Under-17 ’88 MNT
Date    Opponent    Result    U.S. Goalscorers
Sept. 30    Rollins College        4-0 W    Hall, Ababio, Kirk, Avila
U.S. Under-17 ’89 MNT
Date         Opponent    Result    U.S. Goalscorers
Oct. 1        Brandon U-18        5-0 W        Nakazawa (2), Sorrentino (2), Stephens

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

ASKINAS STEPS DOWN AT USL, HOLT PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT: The United Soccer Leagues announced Friday (October 1) that Chief Executive Officer Dave Askinas is resigning effective immediately. “This was an extremely difficult decision, but in the end the desire to seek new challenges, travel less and devote more time to my family was paramount,” said Askinas. “The decision was made more difficult by my relationships with the wonderful staff at USL and all the terrific people around the leagues. Everyone has touched and enriched my life in so many positive ways. I will truly miss the friendships I have formed in the beautiful game.” USL’s executive management will see few changes with USL founder and President Francisco Marcos returning in a more active role and with Tim Holt being promoted to Vice President. Holt served as Director of League Operations in 2003 and has been Director of A-League Operations since 1999.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: After finishing the Athens Games with three goals, Kristine Lilly has kept her trusty left boot warm as she tallied career goals No. 99 and 100 this week on the “Fan Celebration Tour.” Lilly, the fifth player in the world with 100 goals, will next have her sites set on Italian Carolina Morace’s 104 goals. In her career, Lilly has has played against 43 different countries, scored against 28 different countries, played in 22 countries and scored in 15 countries. With 284 games under her belt, she is also closing in on an amazing 300 career caps.

MARQUEE MATCH-UP: The final road game of the semifinal round of World Cup Qualifying for the U.S. Men comes this Saturday night as the team travels to face El Salvador in San Salvador. The U.S. has a 1-1-2 record playing at El Salvador – but that lone win came in 1977. The U.S. sits atop the group with five points, but basement dwellers El Salvador have the most to gain of any team in the group this Saturday. With a victory and a Panama and Jamaica (four points each) tie, El Salvador could leapfrog into the No. 1 spot in the group with six points and two games to play.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Going into Saturday's key world Cup qualifying game in El Salvador, the U.S. Men's National Team has still never won a single match in World Cup qualifying played outside of Honduras in Central America. The U.S. has impressively won three times in four World Cup qualifiers in Honduras in their history, but is an amazing 0-for-11 outside of that country when trying to earn a maximum of three points in Central America (0-5-6).

QUOTABLE:  "It's been a great career. I don't think any of us thought we'd be playing this long in the first place. We love this game, we love playing with these teammates and we love the fans, and that keeps us coming back."
          --U.S. WNT midfielder Kristine Lilly after scoring her 100th career goal.


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