BRADLEY NAMES ROSTER FOR FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER VS. CUBA;
TICKETS ON SALE FOR UPCOMING U.S. MNT 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS;
U.S. FUTSAL NATIONAL TEAM BOWS OUT OF FIFA FUTSAL WORLD CUP
BRADLEY NAMES 23-MAN ROSTER FOR UPCOMING MATCH AGAINST CUBA: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 23 players that will train in advance of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying game against Cuba on Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C. Kickoff for the USA’s first match in the nation’s capital in four years is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be shown live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. Currently leading Group 1 with nine points from three matches, the U.S. can clinch a place in the final round of qualifying with a victory against Cuba at RFK Stadium. The team continues to gather in Washington, D.C., in preparation for the match. Following the game and the weekend MLS matches, Bradley will announce the travel roster for the qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago, which takes place Oct. 15 at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad. That match can be seen live on ESPN and Galavision at 8 p.m. ET.
U.S. MNT Semifinal Round Qualifying Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Result / Time||U.S. Goal Scorer(s) / TV|
|Aug. 20||@ Guatemala||1-0 W||Bocanegra|
|Sept. 6||@ Cuba||1-0 W||Dempsey|
|Sept. 10||vs. Trinidad & Tobago||3-0 W||Bradley, Dempsey, Ching|
|Oct. 11||vs. Cuba||7 p.m. ET||Live on ESPN Classic, Galavision|
|Oct. 15||@ Trinidad & Tobago||8 p.m. ET||Live on ESPN Networks, Galavision|
|Nov. 19||vs. Guatemala||6 p.m. MT||Live on ESPN2, Galavision|
U.S. Men’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 2/2 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 6/5 SO), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF: 0/0)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 16/2), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96: 17/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC: 1/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 13/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 11/0), Michael Orozco (San Luis: 0/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 5/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco: 1/0), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 19/4), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach: 5/2), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 3/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 3/0), Danny Szetela (Brescia Calcio: 1/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 0/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal C.F.: 0/0), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 9/4), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF: 0/0) Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 11/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 24/8)
*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals
TICKETS FOR UPCOMING MNT QUALIFIERS NOW ON SALE: Tickets are now on sale for the U.S. Men's National Team's two upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Cuba on Oct. 11 and Guatemala on Nov. 19. Kickoff against Cuba at RFK Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets ranging in price levels from $28 to $95 are available online at ussoccer.com, through all Baltimore-Washington Ticketmaster outlets (including Macy’s stores), and by phone (Washington 202-397-SEAT (7328); Baltimore 410-547-SEAT (7328); Northern Virginia 703-573-SEAT (7328); out of state 1-800-551-SEAT (7328). Groups of 20 or more can obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Against Guatemala on Nov. 19 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., kickoff for the team’s last semifinal round qualifier is set for 6 p.m. MT, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Tickets ranging in price levels from $30 to $95 are now available online at ussoccer.com, by phone at 866-461-6556, at all Dick’s Sporting Goods locations in Colorado, and at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park ticket office, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Visa® is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer.
U.S. FUTSAL NATIONAL TEAM FALLS TO PORTUGAL IN FINAL GROUP B MATCH: The U.S. finished a difficult 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup with an 8-1 loss to Portugal on Monday. Portugal jumped out to an early lead at the Maracanazinho and never looked back, as the U.S. struggled to find their rhythm. The U.S. opened the tournament with a 5-0 loss to Paraguay, followed by a 5-1 defeat by Italy. Despite starting strong against Thailand in their third match, the Futsal team was unable to muster a win, falling 5-3 to officially be eliminated from advancing to the second round.
U.S. Futsal National Team World Cup Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Result||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|Sept. 30||Paraguay||0-5 L||--|
|Oct. 2||Italy||1-5 L||Rosenband|
|Oct. 4||Thailand||3-5 L||Apple, Cabral, Morris|
|Oct. 6||Portugal||1-8 L||Naumoski|
– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U-20 WNT TO TRAIN IN CARSON, PORTLAND: As part of preparations for the upcoming FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile, U.S. head coach Tony DiCicco will hold a 20-player camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. from Oct. 19-21. The team will then travel to Portland, Ore. to play two friendlies against Canada on Thursday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 25. The games will be the final international matches for the U.S. ahead of their first game of the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup against Group B opponent France on November 19. The U.S. will then face Argentina on November 22, with both games taking place at the Estadio Nelson Oyarzun in Chillan. The team will then travel to Estadio German Becker in Temuco to conclude group play against China.
U.S. U-20 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Cat Parkhill (Minnesota)
DEFENDERS (6): Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Liz Harkin (Arizona State), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Nikki Marshall (Colorado)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Elli Reed (Portland), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Portland)
FORWARDS (5): Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alyssa Mautz (Texas A&M), Alex Morgan (California), Nikki Washington (North Carolina)
FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup
U.S. U-20 WNT Group B Schedule
|Nov. 19||France||Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan, Chile|
|Nov. 22||Argentina||Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan, Chile|
|Nov. 26||China||Estadio German Becker; Temuco, Chile|
U-17 MNT EARN TWO HARD-FOUGHT WINS OVER SOCKERS: In the third game of their nine-game Development Academy Exhibition Tour, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team’s split squad each picked up a win over the Chicago Sockers U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams. The younger group defeated the Sockers 5-1 with a brace from Soony Saad, and one goal each from Stefan Jerome, Charles Renken and Dustin Corea. In a tightly contested affair, the U.S. defeated the U-17/18 Sockers 1-0 on a late penalty kick conversion from Jack McInerney. The U.S. U-17 MNT next travels to Richmond, Va., where they will face the Richmond Strikers on Saturday, Oct. 11.
U.S. U-17 MNT Exhibition Tour Schedule / Results
|Date*||Opponent||Time / Result||U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|Sept. 13||Chivas USA U-15/16||2-0 W||Pineda, Renken|
|Chivas USA U-17/18||3-3 T||McInerney (2), Gil|
|Sept. 20||NOMADS U-15/16||3-1 W||Corea (2), Agudelo|
|NOMADS U-17/18||5-3 W||McInerney (2), Gil (2), Koroma|
|Oct. 4||Sockers FC U-15/16||5-1 W||Saad (2), Jerome, Renken, Corea|
|Sockers FC U-17/18||1-0 W||McInerney|
|Oct. 11||Richmond Strikers||--|
|Nov. 1||Miami FC Kendal||--|
|May 2||Chicago Fire||--|
|May 16||New York Red Bulls||--|
*Subject to change
U.S. U-17 WNT ENTERS LAST CAMP BEFORE WORLD CUP: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will hold its final training camp before the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup when head coach Kazbek Tambi brings 21 players to New Jersey from Oct. 9-15. The team will train at the PDA facilities in Zarephath, N.J. and Tambi will confirm the final Women’s World Cup roster after this camp. The U.S. team will depart for Zealand on Oct. 23 for the tournament which runs from Oct. 28-Nov. 16. The USA opens its competition in Group C on Oct. 30 against Japan in Hamilton, followed by a Nov. 2 clash with Paraguay, also in Hamilton. The U.S. team will finish Group C play against France on Nov. 5 in Auckland. The U.S. U-17s have run up a 16-1-1 overall record in 2008, including 8-0-0 in international matches. Forward Courtney Verloo has found the net 10 times in all matches his year while midfielder Kristen Mewis has 11 goals. Her sister Samantha Mewis has eight goals, as does forward Tani Costa. Vicki DiMartino has scored seven times this year. The 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup features 16 nations in four groups of four teams each.
Group A: New Zealand, Canada, Denmark, Colombia
Group B: Costa Rica, Germany, North Korea, Ghana
Group C: Japan, USA, France, Paraguay
Group D: Brazil, England, South Korea, Nigeria
2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
|Oct. 30||Japan||Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand|
|Nov. 2||Paraguay||Waikato Stadium; Hamilton, New Zealand|
|Nov. 5||France||North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand|
U.S. U-17 WNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearney, N.J.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.);
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Coloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Rachel Quon (Lake Forrest, Ill.), Julia Roberts (Fredrick, Md.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kate Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Elizabeth Eddy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Mandy Laddish (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.);
FORWARDS (4): Tani Costa (Honolulu, Hawaii), Vicki Dimartino (Massapequa park, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)
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Official U.S. Soccer Bar Viewing Parties - U.S. MNT vs. Cuba, Sat., Oct. 11
|Bar Name||City, State||Viewing Time|
New York, N.Y.
LIVE, 6 p.m. CT
VANCOUVER, PUERTO RICO TO FACE OFF FOR USL FIRST DIVISION TITLE: It was all about rallying back for the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Puerto Rico Islanders, who both dropped the first match of their respective United Soccer Leagues First Division semifinal series. Vancouver and Puerto Rico will face off for the USL First Division title on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. ET, live on Fox Soccer Channel. In the semifinals, Vancouver fell, 1-0, to the Montreal Impact in the first match, coming back to win the second match 2-0 and advancing with a 2-1 aggregate score. It was a similar story for Puerto Rico, who dropped the first match, 2-0, to the Rochester Rhinos before rallying to win 3-0, and advancing with a 3-2 aggregate score.
COACHESNET INSIDER: CoachesNet Insider examines training, tactics, game management, and player development with coaches from around the country. CoachesNet is devoted to educating its members on U.S. National Team coaching tactics by breaking down games at the highest level, analyzing training sessions and tactics, and delving into the keys to preparation. This week, CoachesNet Insider presents a four-part series aimed at training goalkeepers, specifically in the areas of fitness and athleticism. Parts I, II and III of the series are available now at CoachesNet.ussoccer.com.
2009 US YOUTH SOCCER REGION II CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDED TO SIOUX FALLS: US Youth Soccer has announced that Sioux Falls, S.D., and South Dakota State Youth Soccer Association will host the 2009 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships as part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. The games will take place in the Yankton Trails Park from June 19-24. The championships are expected to draw over 4,000 players and an estimated 15,000 spectators. For more visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.
U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED: The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the charitable arm of U.S. Soccer, is now accepting applications for Grants, which will be awarded to projects and programs focused on the development of coaches, players and referees in disadvantaged urban areas. The deadline for applications is Oct. 15, 2008 at 5 p.m. ET and awards will be approved in March. For more information, visit the U.S. Soccer Foundation's website at: www.ussoccerfoundation.org.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTION TO BE TELEVISED ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL: The Player Induction Class of 2009 will be announced on Fox Soccer Channel on Jan. 15, 2009, live from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Annual Convention. The National Soccer Hall of Fame will be making the announcement on live television for the first time. The announcement, presented by Kwik Goal, will air from 8-10 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel. The Player Ballot will be released during the last week of October and the second round of voting will take place in early December.
*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: Before heading stateside to join the U.S. Men’s National Team, defender Carlos Bocanegra helped his club, Rennes, get the job done Sunday, Oct. 5, going a full 90 minutes as Rennes handed League 1 leaders, Lyon, their first defeat of the season. A hat-trick by Mickael Pagis went unanswered by Lyon, giving Rennes the 3-0 win.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: It's time for Round II, or rather, Leg II as qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup continues. The U.S. hosts Cuba in the second leg of their qualifying series at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 11, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The U.S. leads Group 1 with nine points after earning consecutive wins in the first three matches. A win on Saturday could secure a place in the Final Round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying for the CONCACAF region, which begins in early 2009.
QUOTABLE: "We offered 10,000-1 as he [Barack Obama] is probably more concerned with winning a slightly higher-profile job for himself at the moment. But if he loses out on that one and the position is still up for grabs, you never know."
-- Spokesperson Graham Sharpe on the 10,000-1 odds British bookmaker William Hill gave after a London-based businessman bet 10 pounds ($17.80) that Obama will replace Alan Curbishley as West Ham United manager before the 2008-09 English Premier League season started.