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U.S. Soccer Wire - May 30, 2006


U.S. MNT Heads To Germany After Finishing 2-1-0 in Three-Match
'Send-Off Series' With A 1-0 Win Against Latvia

FIREWORKS FINALE: In their final match of the three-game Send-Off Series before the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Latvia, 1-0, in front of 24,636 fans at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Brian McBride led the way for the U.S., scoring his 30th international goal for the U.S. late in the first half. The celebration in East Hartford culminated 20 days of preparation for the U.S., which began for the team back on May 10 in Cary, N.C., and continued through games this week in Nashville, Tenn., and Cleveland, Ohio. The U.S. players have three days off and will reconvene in New York City on Thursday, June 1, for their trip to Germany on a Lufthansa Business Jet aircraft. In their win against Latvia, the U.S. Men wore a limited-edition, “Don’t Tread on Me” red jersey, featuring a diagonal sash across the chest in blue and white. Between now and the start of the 2006 FIFA World Cup on June 9, soccer fans in the United States and throughout the world have a unique opportunity to own actual game worn jerseys from their favorite U.S. National Team players, as all 23-players on the USA's 2006 FIFA World Cup roster have donated the jerseys off their back for a special auction to benefit the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Log on to ussoccer.co to place you bid.



LINDSEY, LOHMAN JOIN RESIDENCY CAMP, BOXX HAS SURGERY: U.S Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has added two midfielders to Residency Training Camp for the training block that started Sunday, May 28, and runs through June 21. Ryan has called in former UVA star Lori Lindsey and former Penn State star Joanna Lohman. Both are currently playing for the Washington Freedom Reserves. Lindsey has one cap for the USA, earned at the end of 2005, while Lohman has four, all earned at the 2001 Algarve Cup. Both players are veterans of the USA’s U-21 Women’s National Team program. Lindsey and Lohman up the total number of players in Residency Training Camp to 30, which includes three college players who also joined camp on Sunday (May 28) in forwards Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Cheney, and defender Stephanie Lopez. All three are also a part of the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team that will play at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship this August in Russia. Ryan has added midfielders in part because he will lose Shannon Boxx for a maximum of eight weeks after the world’s premier defensive midfielder underwent arthroscopic surgery on her right hip last Thursday. The procedure cleaned out scar tissue and fixed a small tear of the labrum. Boxx, who finished third in the voting for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2005, is already on her feet and engaged in her rehabilitation. She should be working her way back into training with the team in a month.

– WORLD CUP UPDATE –

ABC's GOOD MORNING AMERICA TO GIVE MNT SENDOFF: Several players from the U.S. Men's National Team will appear on the June 1 edition of ABC's “Good Morning America” to say goodbye to U.S. fans as they prepare for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Broadcasting live from Chelsea Piers, midfielder Landon Donovan will be joined by a host of teammates in the 8 a.m. hour of the show for their last live appearance before taking off for Germany later that afternoon.

ESPN, ESPN2 & ABC SPORTS ANNOUNCE WORLD CUP STUDIO COMMENTATORS: Brent Musburger will lead a team of studio hosts, FIFA World Cup veterans and international soccer insiders in anchoring studio shows during ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Sports' 2006 FIFA World Cup coverage. Musburger will host the pre-game, halftime and post-game shows on ABC Sports, joined by former U.S. National Team and FIFA World Cup veterans Alexi Lalas and Eric Wynalda. Julie Foudy, former U.S. Women's National Team captain, will also contribute as a studio analyst. Rece Davis and Dave Revsine will share host duties on ESPN and ESPN2. Soccer insider Allen Hopkins, Foudy, Lalas and Wynalda will be the primary analysts on World Cup Live - the nightly news, highlights and analysis studio show. Tommy Smyth will also contribute to ESPN and ESPN2 studio shows, in addition to serving as an analyst on World Cup matches. Beginning June 8, SportsCenter's Shelley Smith will present World Cup news and updates from Germany for SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, World Cup Live and other studio shows. Smith will report primarily on the U.S. Men's National Team. She will cover the quadrennial event through the final match on Sunday, July 9 at 1:30 p.m., live on ABC Sports.

XM SATELLITE BROADCASTS OF WORLD CUP FINALIZED: In addition to its exclusive nationwide Spanish-language radio broadcast, Fútbol de Primera has partnered with XM Satellite Radio to produce the first English-language U.S. radio broadcast of every FIFA World Cup match. The coverage will be heard on XM channel 148, a dedicated 24-hour 2006 FIFA World Cup channel throughout the tournament. The English language broadcasts will feature Phil Schoen, Dave Johnson and Sean Wheelock calling games, where they will be joined in the booth by two-time U.S. World Cup player Jeff Agoos, U.S. National Team and World Cup veteran Christopher Sullivan and former U.S. National Team player Manny Lagos. The three teams will be located on-site in Germany for the entire tournament.

U.S. MNT TO FLY ON LUFTHANSA BUSINESS JET TO GERMANY: When the U.S. Men's National Team departs for Germany and the FIFA World Cup on June 1, the team will travel on board a Lufthansa Business Jet aircraft. The direct flight to Germany will put the U.S. team into their base camp in Hamburg on June 2, a full 10 days before the team's opening World Cup match on June 12 against the Czech Republic. Fans still needing to make travel arrangements to Europe can explore Germany with Lufthansa. The Lufthansa GloBall Airpass offers passengers flights within Germany for as low as 60 Euros per flight (approx. $73). Purchase between 3 and 10 flight coupons and explore Germany and the World Cup. Visit Lufthansa at lufthansa-usa.com to find out more about Lufthansa's products and services. Fans can find additional information to help plan their World Cup travel at U.S. Soccer’s World Cup Travel Resource Center.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. U-20 WOMEN START TRAINING CAMP AT HDC ON MAY 28: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team returned to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., for a training camp from May 28 through June 4, as preparations for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship continue. The 3rd FIFA youth world championship for women will be held from Aug. 17-Sept. 2 in Russia. The U.S. team recently returned from Europe, where it played four matches, winning three, including a victory over the German U-21 Women’s National Team, which also inflicted the USA’s only loss of the tour. The U.S. team is coming off a well-deserved 12-day break into this training camp, where they will play at least six matches, including scrimmages with the full Women's National Team on May 31 and June 3, both at 4 p.m. U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Tim Schulz is nearing the time when he will officially name the 21-player roster for the World Championship, and he will bring 21 players to this training camp. The only new faces are Ameera Abdullah, a defender from the University of Florida, and high school senior Casey Noguiera, a veteran of the USA’s U-16 and U-17 National Teams, who was slated to come into earlier U-20 camps but was ruled out due to a knee injury. Forward Lauren Cheney, the USA’s second leading scorer this year with 16 goals, returns to camp after missing the Germany trip due to a tonsillectomy. The U-20s will open the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship against Nigeria or the 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. Three players on the U-20 roster, Cheney, forward Amy Rodriguez and defender Stephanie Lopez (who serves as the team captain) will also be training with the full Women’s National Team at the HDC as they join Residency Training Camp for the summer when they are not with the U-20s.

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team – Training Camp Roster – May 28-June 4
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oakes, Calif.), Joanna Haig (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.), Val Henderson (Orinda, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (7): Ameera Abdullah (Denver, Colo.), Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.), Carrie Dew (Encinitas, Calif.), Nikki Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Allie Long (East Northport, N.Y.), Casey Noguiera (Raleigh, N.C.), Amanda Poach (Bowie, Md.),
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio).


U-18 MEN TO FACE REAL MADRID AND COMPETE IN LISBON INTERNATIONAL TOURNEY: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will travel to Spain and Portugal in early June to take on the Real Madrid Juniors and compete in the 13th Lisbon International Tournament. The U.S. will leave on June 2 for Madrid, Spain, and train for a few days before taking on the Real Madrid Juniors on June 5. The following day, the U.S. will travel to Lisbon, Portugal, and have one day of training before kicking off the four-team Lisbon International Tournament. The U.S. will take on Sweden on June 8, and Norway on June 9, before finishing up the tournament on June 11 against the host Portugal.

U.S. U-18 MNT Schedule
Date Opponent
June 5 Real Madrid Juniors
June 8 Sweden
June 9 Norway
June 11 Portugal

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Joe Bendik (Marieta, Ga.), Brian Perk (Santa Margarita, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (7): Bryan Arguez (Miami, Fla.), Kyle Davies (Pleasanton, Calif.), Greg Eckhardt (Orange Park, Fla.), Blair Gavin (Franklin, Tenn.), Colin Givens (Troy, Mich.), Cameron Lamming (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Daniel Rodriguez (Oxnard, Calif.);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Corben Bone (Plano, Texas), Cameron Brown (Garland, Texas), Daniel Kelly (Hendersonville, Tenn.), Jonathon Villanueva (Grand Prairie, Texas), Anthony Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.);
FORWARDS (4): Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Peri Marosevic (Rockford, Ill.), Michael Stephens (Naperville, Ill.), Casey Townsend (TraverseCity, Mich.).


U-17 MNT TO FACE BAKERSFIELD BRIGADE ON JUNE 17 IN BAKERSFIELD, CALIF.: The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is scheduled to face the Bakersfield Brigade of the USL Premier Development League. The match is part of a 12-day training camp for the U-17s at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The match will take place on June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Bakersfield Christian High School in Bakersfield. The U.S. recently returned from an impressive second place performance at the 2006 Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland. The U.S. fell to the Czech Republic, 1-0, in the final. The Brigade kicked off their 2006 PDL season with a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Gauchos.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

US CLUB SOCCER 2006 NATIONAL CUP V REGION A CHAMPIONS CROWNED: The 2006 National Cup V kicked off over Memorial Day weekend as 21 teams won Region A championships in LaGrangeville, N.Y. Carolina Goldstar SC, Ironbound SC, Seacoast United Premier and Black Watch Premier South each advanced a pair of teams to the National Cup V Finals. Winners from each of the National Cup V Regionals in Boys and Girls U12 through U17 age groups will compete in the Finals to be held in Greensboro, N.C.: July 20-23 (Girls U12-U14); July 21-24 (Girls U15-U17); July 27-30 (Boys U12-U14) and July 28-31 (Boys U15-U17). 2006 National Cup V action continues June 10-13 with Region F competition in Las Vegas, Nev.

Super Group Boys Region A Champions
U-13 – Soccer Plus FC Black Watch NY South ’93 (N.Y.)
U-14 – Jersey Crew United (N.J.)
U-15 – Carolina Goldstar Select (N.C.)
U-16 – Match Fit Academy (N.J.)
U-17 – Ironbound SC Warriors (N.J.)

Premier Boys Region A Champions
U-12 – BW Gottschee REAL (N.Y.)
U-12 – Carolina Goldstar Select Blue (N.C.)
U-13 – Arsenal Warriors (N.J.)
U-14 – Middlepath FC (N.Y.)
U-15 – Ironbound SC Blaze (N.J.)
U-16 – Toronto Lynx (Canada)
U-17 – Wilmington Academy (N.C.)

Super Group Girls Region A Champions
U-15 – Arsenal/World Class Hawks (N.J.)
U-16 – Seacoast United Premier (N.H.)
U-17 – Seacoast United Premier (N.H.)

Premier Girls Region A Champions
U-12 – Rochester Junior Rhinos (N.Y.)
U-13 – Player Development Academy Tsunami (N.J.)
U-14 – Cleveland Whitecaps (Ohio)
U-15 – Black Watch Premier Nirvana (N.Y.)
U-16 – Yankee United Fire (Conn.)
U-17 – Ottawa Fury (Canada)


SOCCER LEGENDS TO VISIT ARROWHEAD STADIUM: Harry Keough, Gino Pariani and Frank Borghi, members of the U.S. National Team that defeated England, 1-0, at the 1950 FIFA World Cup, will be honored by the Kansas City Wizards at halftime of their June 3rd match against Red Bull New York. The story of the U.S. National Team at the 1950 World Cup was told recently in the movie "Game Of Their Lives," soon to be re-released by Disney. The Wizards will also recognize members of various World Cup teams who will be in attendance at the match, including Keough, Pariani and Borghi, Red Bulls midfielder Youri Djorkaeff (France 1998 World Cup champion), Red Bulls head coach Mo Johnston (Scotland), RBNY goalkeeper Tony Meola (USA), Bob Gansler (USA), Brian Bliss (USA), and RBNY midfielder Chris Henderson (USA).

GENONI MARTINEZ NAMED MISL DEFENDER OF THE YEAR: The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) announced Wednesday afternoon (May 24) that St. Louis Steamers defender Genoni Martinez has been named the 2005-06 MISL Defender of the Year. He is the fourth player to win the Defender of the Year honor on three occasions. Martinez was also named to the All-MISL First Team. The Mexico City native led all MISL defenders in points this season (31). In playing 25 of 30 regular season games, Martinez totaled 16 goals, 15 assists, and 14 blocks. In addition to being named the MISL Defender of the Year three times, Martinez has been named All-League six times during his career. Martinez played in his fourth League All-Star Game on Feb. 11 before a capacity crowd at Milwaukee’s U.S. Cellular Arena.

BRETT PHILLIPS NAMED MISL GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR: St. Louis Steamers goalkeeper Brett Phillips was named 2005-06 MISL Goalkeeper of the Year last Tuesday (May 23). Phillips compiled a 20-4 record in 2005-06, while maintaining a league-low 4.65 goals against average. He also received his second career All-League honor on Monday (May 22). Phillips' name appeared on every ballot cast for MISL Goalkeeper of the year, collecting more than 85 percent of the first-place votes.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: In the MNT’s 1-0 win against Latvia on Sunday (May 28), U.S. MNT forward Brian McBride showed the tenacity that makes him one of the USA’s all-time best forwards. The two-time World Cup veteran scored the lone goal of the match in the 43rd minute, increasing his goal tally to 30 for the U.S. MNT, good for second in the USA’s all-time goal scoring table.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: ussoccer.com has brought you podcasts with your favorite MNT players and all_access videos with exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage of the team so you could follow the U.S. Men as they qualified, then prepared for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Now, beginning on Friday, June 2, ussoccer.com will bring you “Studio 90,” a daily web show packed with exclusive footage, features and interviews of the team during their stay in Germany. You can catch the show by logging on to ussoccer.com.

QUOTABLE: “The friendlies are past us and next time we’re together as a team is in Germany where our complete focus will be on preparing our team for the Czech Republic. We’ll be ready for it. I think we’re moving along according to schedule. All the talking is done. We’ll have to step on the field June 12 and show what we’re about.”
-- U.S. Manager Bruce Arena told after the USA’s 1-0 win against Latvia on Sunday (May 28), the team’s final preparation match before the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
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