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U.S. Soccer Wire - September 5, 2006

U.S. U-20 WNT Finishes Fourth at FIFA U-20 Women's World championship;
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinals Kick off on Wednesday, Sept. 6

U-20 WNT FALLS IN PENALTY KICKS TO BRAZIL IN THIRD PLACE MATCH: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team suffered its second consecutive penalty kick shootout loss at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship, this time falling 6-5 in the third-place match three days after losing 5-4 to China in the semifinal. The fourth place finish marked the first time a U.S. women’s team had finished out of the top-three in the 10 FIFA women’s championships that have been contested. The U.S. reached the knockout stages of the tournament after finishing first in their group with a 2-1 win against DR Congo, a 4-1 victory against Argentina and 1-0 win against France. The U.S. faced perpetual foe Germany in the quarterfinals, winning 4-1 to advance to the semifinals. Then the U.S. played two consecutive scoreless matches to end the tournament, eventually losing both contests via the shootout. The 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship All-Star Team was announced before the match and the 21-player list included three U.S. players; Val Henderson, Amanda Poach and Danesha Adams, who led the U.S. team in scoring with three goals in Russia. Adams also won the Bronze Ball as the third Most Valuable Player in the Tournament. Fans can recap all the action from Russia on’s U-20 Women’s World Championship competition page, with game stories, a blog, features, interviews, podcasts and all_access video.

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team – Result
2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship
Date Teams Stadium (Venue) Result
Aug. 18 USA vs. DR Congo Torpedo (Moscow) 2-1
Aug. 21 USA vs. Argentina Torpedo (Moscow) 4-1
Aug. 24 USA vs. France Dynamo (Moscow) 1-0
Aug. 27 USA vs. Germany Petrovsky (St. Petersburg) 4-1
Aug. 31 USA vs. China Lokomotiv (Moscow) 0-0 (4-5 pk)
Sept. 3 USA vs. Brazil Lokomotiv (Moscow) 0-0 (5-6 pk)

2006 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP SEMIFINALS KICK OFF WEDNESDAY: The Chicago Fire play host to D.C. United while the Los Angeles Galaxy host the Houston Dynamo on Sept. 6 in the semifinal round of the 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. United will travel to the brand new home of the Chicago Fire, Toyota Park, for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Houston will face the defending champion Galaxy at The Home Depot Center at 7:30 p.m. PT. The winners of the semifinals will face off for the Open Cup title on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Possible final venues are: The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Robertson Stadium in Houston, Texas, and Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. The final will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel at either 7 p.m. CT if it is played in Chicago or Houston, or 8 p.m. PT if it is played in Carson. A complete schedule, quarterfinals results and semifinal round fixtures is available at's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup homepage.

U.S. WNT TO FACE MEXICO IN ROCHESTER, N.Y.: Tickets are still available for the U.S. Women’s National Team match against Mexico (tickets) at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 13 at PAETEC Park in Rochester, N.Y. The match against Mexico also renews a rivalry that has become increasingly intense over the past few years as the tricolor has steadily improved on the world stage. The last meeting between the two teams came in October of 2005, a 3-0 victory for the USA in Charleston, S.C. Like the USA, Mexico is gearing up for CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The U.S. will also face Chinese Taipei (tickets) at 1 p.m. PT on Oct. 1 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., before taking on Iceland on Oct. 8 (tickets) in their final domestic match before the CONCACAF Gold Cup in November, where the U.S. will attempt to earn a berth to the 2007 FIFA World Cup in China. Kickoff against Iceland is set for 2 p.m. ET at the University of Richmond Stadium in Richmond, Va. All three matches will be televised live on ESPN2, and fans can also follow the action on’s MatchTracker.

U.S. REFEREE OFFICIATES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL: U.S. Soccer Referee Jennifer Bennett was appointed by FIFA to officiate the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship final in which North Korea defeated China, 5-0, on Sunday, Sept. 3, at Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Bennett was selected as one of 15 referees at the world championship, and was the woman in the middle for the critical quarterfinal clash between France and North Korea which saw North Korea advance to the semifinals with a stoppage time goal. She kicked off the tournament as the fourth official in the Group C showdown between North Korea and Germany in which the defending champions fell, 2-0, to the North Koreans. Bennett also officiated the Australia vs. Brazil match in Group A on Aug. 20 and the Finland vs. Nigeria clash that would determine Nigeria's passage the next round. Nigeria won handily, 8-0. Bennett has been a member of the FIFA International Panel of Referees since 2002 and previously served as a fourth official during the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup in the United States.


U.S. WNT TO FACE CHINESE TAIPEI IN HISTORIC WEEKEND AT HDC: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Chinese Taipei at 1 p.m. PT on Oct. 1 in Carson, Calif., to close out a first-of-its-kind weekend of women’s soccer at The Home Depot Center as U.S. Soccer hosts the first Women’s Nike Friendlies, a youth event featuring 30 premier club teams. Tickets for the U.S. WNT match start at $15 and are on sale at, all Southern California Ticketmaster outlets (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records), The Home Depot Center ticket office (stadium ticket office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and by phone at 213- 480-3232. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by calling U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtaining a group order form at

U.S. WOMEN TO FACE ICELAND IN RICHMOND, VA.: The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Iceland at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 8, at the University of Richmond Stadium in Richmond, Va. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, and fans can follow online via’s MatchTracker. Tickets starting at $16 are available through, all Richmond Ticketmaster outlets (including Hecht’s, Tower Records, and Ukrop’s Supermarket), and by phone at 804-262-8100. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by calling U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtaining a group order form at The match will serve as the final domestic contest before the U.S. women enter competition at the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, which will serve as the qualifying tournament for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. In 2006, the U.S. WNT has a 10-0-3 record, including four consecutive victories on domestic soil over Sweden, Ireland, Canada and China by a combined 14-3 margin.

WNT TO COMPETE IN 2006 PEACE CUP IN SOUTH KOREA: The U.S. Women’s National Team will travel to South Korea in October to take part in the Peace Cup, staged from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4, in six Korean cities. These will be the final matches for the USA before it enters the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup where the U.S. women will attempt to earn one of the region’s direct berths to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Peace Cup, which previously featured men’s club teams in the first two editions, will feature eight women’s national teams. The tournament is staged in a similar format to the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal, with the teams playing a round-robin format in group play and the group winners meeting for the title. The USA opens Group B play against Denmark on Oct. 29 in Kimhae in the southeastern part of South Korea. The USA will then face recent 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers Australia on Oct. 31 in Cheonan, outside of Seoul, before finishing group play against North Korea on Nov. 2 in Suwon, also outside of Seoul. The championship match is on Nov. 4 in Seoul. Group A features South Korea, Brazil, Italy and Nigeria. The stadiums in Seoul and Suwon were used for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

FINAL TWO TEAMS IN 2006 CONCACAF WOMEN’S GOLD CUP TO BE DECIDED THIS WEEK: Trinidad & Tobago will stage the Caribbean Final Round Qualification for the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup from Sept. 6-10, 2006, at Hasely Crawford Stadium and Larry Gomes Stadium in Port of Spain and Malabar, respectively. The competition will consist of two groups of three teams each with the group winners progressing to the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup along with Canada, Mexico, Panama and the host USA in November. Group A will have the Dominican Republic, Surinam and the host T&T, while Bermuda, Haiti and Jamaica are in Group B. The six-team Women’s Gold Cup will crown the CONCACAF champion and also qualify two nations to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. The third-place finisher from the 2006 Women’s Gold Cup will face Japan (third-place finisher from the Asia Football Confederation) in a home-and-away playoff for the final berth to the FIFA tournament.


U-20 MNT FINISH BUSAN INTERNATIOAL TOURNAMENT IN SOUTH KOREA: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team finished off the Busan Four Nations International Tournament with a 3-1 victory over Argentina this evening at Busan Asiad Stadium in Busan, South Korea. With the victory, the battle for second place came down to goal differential as the U.S., Argentina and Slovakia all finished with three points off of one victory. Argentina took the honors with a minus-1 goal differential, Slovakia third with a minus-3 and the U.S. finished in last place with a minus-4 goal differential. South Korea won the tournament with three straight victories, defeating Slovaia 2-0 this evening in the other match of the doubleheader. Overall, Korea outscored the other three countries, 9-1.

U-17 MNT Busan Four Nations Tournament Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
Aug. 29 South Korea 0-5 L n/a
Aug. 31 Slovakia 0-1 L n/a
Sept. 2 Argentina 3-1 W Josmer Altidore, Dax McCarty, Miguel Gonzalez

U-17 ’90 MNT COMPETES IN THE FA INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN ENGLAND: The U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team finished the FA Under-17 Friendly International Tournament with a 2-2 draw against Turkey at Staines Town FC in Staines Town, England. The U.S. came from behind twice in the match, getting goals from Sheanon Williams and Howard Turk. With the draw, the U.S. finished the four-team tournament in third place behind England and Turkey. The U.S. went 0-1-2, drawing Portugal in their first game and falling to the hosts. England won the tournament with a 2-0-1 record, outscoring their opponents 12-2.

U.S. U-17 MNT FA Friendly International Tournament Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 30 Portugal 1-1 W Axel Levry
Sept. 1 England 0-6 L n/a
Sept. 3 Turkey 2-2 T Sheanon Willians, Howard Turk


U.S. NAMES ROSTER FOR CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: U.S. Beach Soccer head coach Roberto Cecilian has named a 12-man roster for the 2006 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, to take place at Punta Leona in Puntarenas, Costa Rica on Sept. 13-17. The five-team tournament will serve as qualification for the 2006 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup which takes place from Nov. 2-12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Canada, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Mexico will also compete in the tournament, with the top two finishers earning a berth at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. The USA's 12-man roster includes defender Zak Ibsen, who earned 15 caps for the full U.S. Men's National Team from 1992-1998.

U.S. Beach Soccer Roster - CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
Goalkeepers (2): Bayard Elfvin, Luis Montanez;
Defenders: Francis Farberoff, Joshua Hill, Zak Ibsen, Austin Roman, Brendon Taguinod;
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PEAK PERFORMER: Former U.S. U-19 WNT midfielder Yael Averbuch literally opened the scoring right from kickoff of the University of North Carolina’s 4-0 win against Yale on Sunday (Sept. 3). Averbuch scored the first goal of the match directly from the opening kick, setting the NCAA record for fastest goal scored during a women’s collegiate soccer match. She would go on to score another goal and earn an assist in the Tar Heels’ victory.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Soccer Open Cup continues on Wednesday, Sept. 6, with the semifinal showdowns between the Chicago Fire and D.C. United, as well as the defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy against the Houston Dynamo. Chicago will host D.C. at 7:30 p.m. CT while Houston will travel to Los Angeles for a 7:30 p.m. PT kickoff. The Open Cup final will be on Wednesday, Sept. 27, between the semifinal round winners.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The newly minted World Champions got off to a sluggish start in their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, needing an equalizer from Filippo Inzaghi to salvage a point from a 1-1 draw against a determined visitor in Lithuania on the opening day of matches across Europe. The crowd in Naples witnessed a tense affair where both sides threatened to go ahead, but Italy certainly felt they left the homeland two points in arrears. Next up is Wednesday's headliner against France, with the buzz from the World Cup final still playing out in headlines across the globe and adding an additional layer of electricity to an already-charged atmosphere at the Stade de France.

QUOTABLE: “For a player the most important thing is to be shown how important it is (for a club) to have you in their squad. West Ham perhaps showed the most will...For any South American player, and in this case Argentine, it is a dream to play in European football...This was a very important goal for us."
-- Argentina MNT midfielder Javier Mascherano after he and Argentina MNT striker Carlos Tevez signed four-year contracts with West Ham of the English Premier League.