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U.S. Soccer Wire - June 26, 2006

U.S. MNT Captain Claudio Reyna Retires From International Soccer
After Last Game of 2006 FIFA World Cup;
WNT Prepares For First Home Games of 2006 in July

MNT ELIMINATED FROM WORLD CUP: U.S. National Team midfielder and longtime team-captain Claudio Reyna announced his retirement from international soccer on Friday, June 23, in Hamburg, Germany. The official announcement was made just one day after the USA’s elimination from the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Behind a penalty kick goal at the end of the first half, Ghana eliminated the United States, 2-1, from the FIFA World Cup. In the other Group E finale, Italy topped the Czech Republic, 2-0, to win the group with seven points. Ghana finished in second with six points, while the Czech Republic was third with three points. “This was my last game,” Reyna said. “I decided that before the World Cup. It was clear that four years was too much time for the next one, so it just makes sense to stop now. It’s a good time to stop playing at a good level.”

U.S. MNT 2006 Results

WNT TO PLAY THREE HOME GAMES IN JULY: After traveling the world for the first half of the year, the U.S. Women's National Team will kick off the first of three July home games on July 15, with a match against Sweden. The U.S. women will take on Sweden at 5 p.m. CT at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn (tickets). The WNT will follow up their home-opener with a match against Ireland at 1 p.m. PT on July 23 at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif. (tickets) After the Ireland match on July 23, the USA will play in Cary, N.C. against Canada at SAS Soccer Park on Sunday, July 30, at 1 p.m. ET (tickets). Fans can follow all three matches live on ESPN2 and’s MatchTracker. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by logging onto or calling (312) 528-1290.

SOCCER SPECIFIC STADIUM OPENS IN BRIDGEVIEW, ILL.: The Chicago Fire enjoyed a sold-out, standing-room-only crowd of 20,133 for the Grand Opening of Toyota Park on Sunday, June 25. The stadium is the fourth soccer specific stadium in Major League Soccer. The Fire treated fans to a 2-0 win against the New York Red Bulls with goals from captain Chris Armas and midfield Thiago. The goals were accompanied by fireworks and the atmosphere in the stadium was electric as fans filled the stands with chants and cheers.


U.S. U-20 WOMEN ENTER CAMP IN NEW JERSEY: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp from June 27-July 5 in New Jersey as preparations for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship enter the final stages. U.S. head coach Tim Schulz will have his 21-player world championship roster together for the first time, although several players are nursing injuries. The roster includes the three players who have been with the full U.S. Women’s National Team in Residency Training Camp in defender Stephanie Lopez and forwards Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Cheney. Those three, whose time with the U-20s has been limited by call-ups to the full team, will be with the U-20s through the World Championship. The training camp will feature at least six matches, including two against a team of East Coast college all-stars. The USA will finish the camp with a match against the reigning USL W-League champion New Jersey Wildcats on July 5. The 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship being held from Aug. 17-Sept. 3 in Russia. The U.S. U-20s will open the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship against the DR Congo on Aug. 18, face Argentina on Aug. 21 and finish group play against France on Aug. 24. All the first-round matches will be played in Moscow.

U.S. U-20 WNT World Championship Roster -- New Jersey Training Camp -- June 27-July 5
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oakes, Calif.), Joanna Haig (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.);
DEFENDERS (6): Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.), Carrie Dew (Encinitas, Calif.), Erin Hardy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Nikki Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Casey Noguiera (Raleigh, N.C.), Amanda Poach (Bowie, Md.);
FORWARDS (3): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio).

U.S. U-17 MNT WRAPS UP TRAINING CAMP AT THE HDC: The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team wrapped up an 11-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Thursday, June 22, with a 2-2-0 record and a tough 3-0 loss vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy reserves. U.S. U-17 MNT head coach John Hackworth took 38 players into camp, including 18 who are not members of U.S. Soccer's Residency Program. The U.S. U-17s kicked off camp with a 4-1 loss to the Chivas USA Reserves, with Brendan King scoring the USA’s only goal. The U-17 squad followed up with a 2-0 win against the U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team with goals from Taylor White and Gye Panuccio, and a 2-1 win against the PDL’s Bakersfield Brigade, off goals from King and Abdusalam Ibrahim.

U.S. Under-17 MNT Training Camp Schedule
Date     Opponent                       Result   U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
June 14 Chivas USA Reserves     1-4 L    Brendan King
June 16 U.S. U-15 MNT                2-0 W   Taylor White, Gye Panuccio
June 17 Bakersfield Brigade          2-1 W   Abdusalam Ibrahim, Brendan King
June 22 L.A. Galaxy Reserves      0-3 L     --


2006 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP THIRD ROUND PAIRINGS SET: U.S. Soccer announced the third round pairings for the 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Thursday (June 15). The third round will take place on July 12, with eight new entrants—four teams from the United Soccer Leagues First Division and four from Major League Soccer—facing the winners of the June 28 second round games. With the first round being completed on Thursday, June 15, the original 42-team field is now down to 33 clubs. All 12 MLS teams, all eight of the U.S.-based USL First Division teams, six of the nine USL Second Division teams and eight teams from the PDL had places in the 2006 tournament. Additionally, regional qualifying narrowed down the field of USASA teams to eight. A schedule and results for the 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is available at

HYDRATION GUIDELINES AVAILABLE AT USSOCCER.COM: Adolescent males typically lose up to 1.5 liters of sweat per hour when performing intense soccer activities in the heat, says a new first-of-its-kind study from the University of Connecticut presented this week at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual conference in Denver, Colorado. This study, coupled with the extra attention soccer is getting leading into the sport’s most elite international tournament and the quickly approaching heat of summer, has prompted the U.S. Soccer Federation – the governing body of soccer in the United States – to develop and distribute new Youth Soccer Heat and Hydration Guidelines to coaches and parents nationwide. The goal is to help prevent the potentially deadly effects of heat illness among the 14 million U.S. children who play soccer and, as it relates to more elite levels, increase physical performance of the next generation of US soccer stars. The Heat and Hydration Guidelines are available in's Resource Center, in the Sports Medicine section.


PEAK PERFORMER: Something must be said about the U.S. fans in Germany, who were out in full force at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Whether it was in the streets, in the stadiums or on television, the U.S. fans could be seen and heard as they cheered on the U.S. Men’s National Team until the very end. As a special “Thank You,” dedicated a segment of the final episode of Studio 90 to the USA’s amazing fans. Check out Studio 90 as we express our appreciation.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: With the Round of 16 matches almost completed, it’s not too soon to look ahead to some amazing quarterfinal matchups. Specifically, the quarterfinal clash between tournament host Germany and South American powerhouse Argentina. The two historical soccer giants face off on Friday, June 30, at 11 a.m. ET, live on ESPN. Both teams head into the clash coming off hard-fought wins in the Round of 16, and after finishing first in their respective groups.

SOCCER SHOCKER: After last World Cup’s painful first-round exit, it was a bit shocking to see Argentina come into the 2006 FIFA World Cup with such team unity and amazing soccer. It has also been shocking to see who has contributed to the South American squad full of stars such as Hernan Crespo, Javier Saviola, Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Pablo Aimar, Juan Pablo Sorin and….Maxi Rodriguez? Who is Maxi Rodriguez? The 25-year-old midfielder from Atletico Madrid earned his first cap for Argentina in 2003. In 2006, he has scored three World Cup goals for Argentina, including an amazing game-winner in extra time against Mexico in the Round of 16. Rodriguez received a long cross just outside the area, bringing it down with his chest he hit a one-time volley that rifled across the goal mouth and into the far corner, past the outstretched hands of Oswaldo Sanchez.

QUOTABLE: “The greatest comment I’ve heard about Claudio from a fellow player was Earnie Stewart saying that he brings peace to the game. He established such a comfort level for our players in big games, all along. He’s been there in all the big games in the World Cups. He was part of what everyone will view to date as our greatest moment in the 2002 World Cup. When we look down the road to the day where we eventually win a World Cup, Claudio is still going to be remembered as one of the greats and one of the pioneers."
-- U.S. Manager Bruce Arena talks about U.S. captain Claudio Reyna after Reyna announced his retirement from international soccer. [Listen to the Full Press Conf. | Subscribe]