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U.S. Soccer Wire: June 30, 2008


INAUGURAL DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY REGULAR SEASON WRAPS UP;
U.S. U-20 WNT QUALIFY FOR 2008 FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP;
WNT SET TO FACE NORWAY ON WEDNESDAY IN FREDRIKSTAD, NORWAY

DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY WRAPS UP INAUGURAL REGULAR SEASON: The 2008 Summer Showcase in Greensboro, N.C., was the regular season curtain call for the first season of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy season will finish on a high note during Finals Week with all eight placement matches being broadcast on ESPN Networks in an unprecedented 20 hours of coverage over two days. The Conference winners from each age group will be divided into two groups of four and participate in a round-robin format during the first six days of Finals Week. The teams will then crossover and play placement matches on Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19. All eight placement matches will be broadcast live during the two days, highlighted by the U-17/18 championship match that will be live on ESPN 2 on Friday, July 18, at 8 p.m. PT. The seven other matches, including the U-15/16 championship match, will be broadcast on ESPNU.

Development Academy Finals Week Draw
Group A (U-17/18)
A1: Mid-America Champion
A2: Baltimore Bays (Mid-Atlantic Champion)
A3: Colorado Rush (West Champion)
A4: Westchester FC (Northeast Champion)

Group B (U-17/18)
B1: CASL (Atlantic Champion)
B2: Columbus Crew (Great Lakes Champion)
B3: Concorde Fire (Southeast Champion)
B4: LAFC (So Cal Champion)

Group C (U-15/16)
C1: Albertson (Northeast Champion)
C2: LAFC (So Cal Champion)
C3: Carmel United (Great Lakes Champion)
C4: Schulz Academy (Southeast Champion)

Group D (U-15/16)
D1: Chicago Magic (Mid-America Champion)
D2: CASL (Atlantic Champion)
D3: Real Colorado (West Champion)
D4: PDA (Mid-Atlantic Champion)

U-20 WNT EARNS BERTH TO 2008 FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team qualified for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile with a 4-0 victory against Costa Rica in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 in Puebla, Mexico. The World Cup will take place from Nov. 19 to Dec. 7. The U.S. qualified along with Mexico and Canada, who beat the U.S., 1-0, in the final. The U.S. cruised through Group A, outscoring their opponents 20-0. Michelle Enyeart started off the tournament with a hat trick against Trinidad & Tobago and tied Kelly O’Hara for the most goals scored for the U.S. during the tournament with six overall.

U.S. U-20 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship Schedule
Date         Opponent                  Result    U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
June 18   Trinidad & Tobago  4-0 W      Enyeart (3), O’Hara
June 20   Cuba                          9-0W       Morgan, Washington (2), O’Hara (3), Enyeart (2), Edwards
June 22   Mexico                        3-0 W     O’Hara, Enyeart, Washington
June 25   Costa Rica                4-0 W      Klingenberg, Wells, O’Hara, McDonald
June 28   Canada                      0-1 L       --

U.S. WNT SET TO FACE NORWAY AT FREDRIKSTAD STADIUM: The U.S. Women’s National Team is in Fredrikstad, Norway, in advance of their international friendly against their hosts at 12 p.m. on July 2 at Fredrikstad Stadium. After Norway, the U.S. will face Sweden three days later, before returning to the states to face Brazil in two matches. The first match against Brazil is slated for 2 p.m. MT on Sunday, July 13, presented by Dodge, at 2 p.m. MT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Fans can follow the match live on ESPN and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The second match will kickoff at 7 p.m. PT on Wednesday, July 16 at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif., and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. WNT Upcoming Schedule
Date       Opponent   Venue; City                                                                          Time
July 2      Norway       Fredrikstad Stadium; Fredrikstad, Norway                   12 p.m. ET
July 5      Sweden     Norvalla Stadium; Skelleftea, Sweden                           11 a.m. ET
July 13    Brazil          Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.    2 p.m. MT
July 16    Brazil          Torero Stadium; San Diego, Calif.                                    7 p.m. PT

-- YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE --

U.S. U-18 WOMEN HEAD TO EUROPE FOR MATCHES AGAINST DENMARK AND ENGLAND U-19: The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team is currently in Europe for three matches, where it will face the Denmark U-19s twice in Denmark before traveling to France to play the England U-19s. The U.S. U-18s started the tour with a dominating effort, defeating the Danes, 5-0, on June 30 in Svendborg, Denmark, as five different players scored in front of a nice crowd of 1,321 fans. Midfielder Katy Frierson started the deluge in the 27th minute, hammering home a rebound off a shot by Lauren Alwine, to give the USA a 1-0 halftime lead. The U.S. then scored four second half goals, getting single scores from forward Laurie Nosbusch, forward Lydia Hastings, midfielder Allie Vernon and midfielder Teresa Noyola (on a PK) to finish off the Danes. U.S. head coach Dean Duerst traveled with 18 players and the squad will face Denmark again on July 2 in Svendvorg. The team will travel to France on July 3 and face the England U-19s in Tours. These will be the second set of international matches for the U-18s this year, which went 2-0-1 against the U-19 teams from Sweden, Norway and France in La Manga, Spain last March.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich.), Bianca Henniger (Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (4): Danielle Brunache (Belmont, Calif.), Kylie Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.), Camille Levin (Newport Coast, Calif.), Alyssa Pember (Northport, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Charney Burk (North Tustin, Calif.), Katy Frierson (Birmingham, Ala.), Danielle Hubka (Strongsville, Ohio), Brittany Kerridge (Golden, Colo.), Teresa Noyola (Palo Alto, Calif.), Allie Vernon (Homer Glen, Ill.), Beth West (Centennial, Colo.)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Lydia Hastings (Rehoboth Beach, Del.), Laurie Nosbusch (Mequon, Wis.), Casey Short (Naperville, Ill.), Claire Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

U.S. U-18 WNT Schedule / Results
Date        Opponent                       Result      U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
June 30   Denmark U-19 WNT   5-0 W        Alwine, Nosbusch, Hastings, Vernon, Noyola
July 2       Denmark U-19 WNT
July 3       England U-19 WNT

U.S. U-17 MNT WRAPS UP WEEKEND AT THE SUMMER SHOWCASE: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team participated in two age groups at the 2008 Summer Showcase in Greensboro, N.C. In the Under-15/16 age group, the team opened the weekend with a 1-3 loss to Bridge FA, but rebounded with a 2-2 tie with BW Gottschee on June 28 and closed with a 6-1 win against Cal Odyssey on June 30. In the older age group, the U.S. U-17 MNT kicked off the weekend with an 11-1 victory against Bridge FA on June 27. On June 29, the team defeated BW Gottschee, 3-2, and then closed the weekend on June 30 with a 3-2 win against Cal Odyssey. Soony Saad and Jack McInerney were the leading scorers for the U.S., each tallying four goals for the U.S. during the course of the weekend. Both Saad and McInerny, along with Joseph-Claude Gyau, notched a hat trick during the 11-1 win against Bridge FA in the U-17/18 age group on Friday, June 27.

U.S. U-17 MNT U-15/16 Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
June 27 Bridge FA 1-3 L Metts
June 28 BW Gottschee 2-2 T Saad, Abreu
June 30 Cal Odyssey 6-1 W Span, Iverson, Oldham (3), Martinez

U.S. U-17 MNT U-17/18 Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
June 27 Bridge FA 11-1 W Gyau (3), Saad (3), Polak, McInerney (3), Jerome
June 29 BW Gottschee 3-2 W McInerny, Orozco, Martinez
June 30 Cal Odyssey 3-2 W Malki, Phillips, Derschang

U.S. U-17 WNT HEADS TO TRAINING CAMP IN NEW JERSEY: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team continues preparation for CONCACAF qualifying for the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the first-ever women’s world championship for this age group, with a training camp at the PDA facility in Zarephath, N.J., from June 30-July 5. U.S. head coach Kazbek Tambi will bring 24 players to camp as he continues the process of selecting 20 players for the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship which will be played from July 17-26 in Trinidad & Tobago with the top three teams advancing to the World Cup in New Zealand, to be held from Oct. 28-Nov. 16, 2008. The USA will play Costa Rica (July 17), El Salvador (July 19) and host T&T (July 21) in group play. All of the first round matches will be played at Marvin Lee Stadium on the island of Trinidad. The top two teams in each of the two groups advance to the semifinals, with the semifinal winners earning berths to the U-17 World Cup. The winner of the third-place match will earn CONCACAF’s third ticket to New Zealand. The semifinals and finals will also be played at Marvin Lee Stadium. During the week-long camp in New Jersey, the team will play a match on July 2 at 10 a.m. against the Jersey Sky Blue of the USL W-League. Following this camp, Tambi will name the roster for CONCACAF qualifying.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.); Kelsey Wys (Coral Springs, Fla)
DEFENDERS (9): Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Abby Dalhkemper (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Meagan Morris (Montclair, N.J.), Julia Roberts (Fredrick, Md.), Anne Steinlage (Grand Haven, Mich.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kathryn Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Sydney Payne (Lutz, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Lake Forest, Ill.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.)
FORWARDS (5): Tani Costa (Honolulu, Hawaii), Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Rachel Nuzzolese (Upper Brookville, N.Y.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)

-- AROUND THE SOCCER NATION --

MLS TEAMS FACE OPEN CUP SECOND ROUND WINNERS: Eight Major League Soccer clubs face the eight winners of the second round of the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on July 1. On a wild night that saw numerous tight contests, it was the Cleveland City Stars that earned the lone upset in the second round on June 24 when they tallied two goals in overtime after a scoreless regulation to send home USL First Division club Minnesota Thunder. The third round winners will kick off on July 8, with one possible pairing on July 7, in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.

U.S. Open Cup Third Round Schedule
Date Matchup Venue Time (local)
July 1 Richmond Kickers (USL2) at NE Revolution (MLS) Veterans Stadium, W. B. Park; New Britain, Conn. 7 p.m.
July 1Kansas City Wizards (MLS) at Carolina Railhawks (USL1) WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C. 7:30 p.m.
July 1 Cleveland City Stars (USL2) at Chicago Fire (MLS) Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill. 7:30 p.m.
July 1 Rochester Rhinos (USL1) at DC United (MLS) Maryland SoccerPlex; Gaithersburg, Md. 7:30 p.m.
July 1 Miami FC (USL1) at FC Dallas (MLS) Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas 7:30 p.m.
July 1 Houston Dynamo (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL1) Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C. 7:30 p.m.
July 1 New York Red Bulls (MLS) at Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL2) Broadneck Senior High School; Annapolis, Md. 7:30 p.m.
July 1 Chivas USA (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (USL1) Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash. 7 p.m.

CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT 2008 US YOUTH SOCCER REGION II AND III CHAMPIONSHIP: US Youth Soccer Region II and III Champions won last week and the 24 more teams representing the Under-14 through Under-19 boys and girls divisions have earned spots in the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The national championships are the final leg of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series that saw over 10,000 teams compete this year. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues advance to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. The national championships will be held July 22-27 at Burns Park Soccer Complex in North Little Rock, Ark. US Youth Soccer Region I Championships are currently in play with finals tomorrow in Maine. For the list of all champions and more visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org.

COACHESNET LAUNCHES 'PREMIER INTERNATIONAL TOURS COACHES CORNER': U.S. Soccer's CoachesNet is providing coaches with another unique educational opportunity through a partnership with Premier International Tours and The Royal Netherlands Soccer Federation (KNVB). "Premier International Tours Coaches Corner" is an on-going series of training sessions, exercises and articles designed to inform and educate coaches on international coaching styles and methods. Each month is highlighted by different topics from youth development, training sessions and coaching styles used by the KNVB to train youth players. (KNVB Coaching Corner | CoachesNet)

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Spanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez was named the outstanding player of Euro 2008 after inspiring his country to victory over Germany in the tournament’s Final on Sunday. Xavi set up Fernando Torres for the only goal of the game, and was instrumental in Spain’s successful run through one of the most memorable international tournaments in recent memory. By lifting the trophy in Vienna, Spain ended a 44 year draught for silverware and is now one of only three nations (along with Germany and France) to win the continental championship more than once.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team kicks off a two-game tour of Europe, first facing Norway at 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 2, at Fredrikstad Stadium in Fredriskstad, Norway. Fans can tune in online and follow along with ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Three days later, on Saturday, July 5, the WNT will take on Sweden at a time yet to be finalized. Fans will also be able to follow that match live with ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

SOCCER SHOCKER: All hearts go out to German captain, Michael Ballack, for whom a victory in a championship final has been elusive in 2008. Ballack and Chelsea fell to Manchester United in penalty kicks in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final and with the 1-0 loss to Spain, Ballack was the runner-up yet again, this time with the German National Team.

QUOTABLE: “You have all these teams here at one complex. It’s an awesome opportunity for us, and for the players... We have players that we’re aware of and we’re looking for players to strike us. It’s always nice to find a diamond in the rough.”
-- Duke University head coach John Kerr on the ability to scout players at the 2008 Development Academy Summer Showcase.

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