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U.S. Soccer Wire: Jan. 25, 2010


U.S. MNT FALL TO HONDURAS, LOOK AHEAD TO EL SALVADOR ON FEB. 24;
U.S. U-20 WNT SECURE PASSAGE TO SEMIFINALS, BID TO FINISH ATOP GROUP B;
BORNSTEIN’S BOOTS GO ON AUCTION TO HELP RELIEF EFFORTS IN HAITI  

HONDURAS EARNS 3-1 VICTORY AGAINST 10-MAN U.S. AT THE HDC: The U.S. Men’s National Team fell 3-1 to fellow 2010 FIFA World Cup finalists Honduras in its opening match of 2010 after playing down a man for more than 70 minutes at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The U.S. was thrust into difficult circumstances after just 17 minutes, when defender Jimmy Conrad was shown a second yellow card for a foul in the box. The ejection was compounded by Honduras’ goal, which Carlos Pavon rammed home from the penalty spot at the second attempt. Clarence Goodson’s second half goal was not enough to overturn the deficit in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 18,626 fans.  The loss ends an eight-game winning streak for the U.S. against Honduras, including four straight victories in 2009, highlighted in October by a 3-2 U.S. win in Honduras that clinched a World Cup berth for the United States. 

EL SALVADOR AND NETHERLANDS ON TAP FOR U.S. MEN:  The United States will face El Salvador on Feb. 24 in Tampa, Fla., in one of their last matches before naming the roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Raymond James Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and TeleFutura.  The match in Florida will be followed by a friendly against third-ranked Netherlands on March 3 in Amsterdam which will be broadcast by ESPN2 and Galavision at 2:30 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the games live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at www.twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2010 Schedule

ussoccer.com’s MNT Coverage – Jan. 20 – Jan. 25

U.S. U-20 WNT CONTINUE IMPRESSIVE RUN WITH FIRST PLACE IN GROUP B ON THE LINE: After defeating Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 and Jamaica 6-0 in its first two games, the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team heads into the final group match against Mexico at 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 25, with the top place in Group B up for grabs. The U.S. can finish atop the group with either a win or a tie, as the Americans hold the goal-difference tiebreaker advantage against Mexico. The first place team will face Group A runner-up Costa Rica at 2:30 p.m. ET, while the second team will take on Group A winner, and reigning regional champion Canada at 5:30 p.m. ET. Both semifinal matches will take place Thursday, Jan. 28, and be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel, as well as streamed live on CONCACAF.com. Fans can also follow the U.S. matches in real time via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. U-20 WNT 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Group B Schedule

Date 

Opponent 

Time/Result 

TV/U.S. Goalscorers 

Venue 

 Jan. 21

 Jamaica

 6-0 W

Nairn (2), Leroux (2), Noyola, McCarty

 Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City, Guatemala

 Jan. 23

 Trinidad & Tobago

 4-0 W

K. Mewis, Leroux (2), Marlborough 

 Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City, Guatemala

 Jan. 25

 Mexico

 5:30 p.m. ET

CONCACAF.com 

  Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City, Guatemala



Group B Standings

Team

  GP  

  W 

  L 

  T 

  GF 

  GA 

   GD 

  Pts. 

 USA

   2

  2

  0

  0 

  10

  0

  +10 

   6

 Mexico

   2

  2

  0

  0

  4

  1

  +3

   6

 Trinidad & Tobago

   2

  0

  2

  0

  1

  6

  -5

   0

 Jamaica

   2

  0

  2

  0

  0

  8

  -8

   0

WATCH THE U-20 WNT QUALIFYING GAMES LIVE ON CONCACAF.COM: U.S. Soccer fans will have the opportunity to watch all of the U.S. Under-20 WNT games during the CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship in Guatemala live via streaming video at CONCACAF.com. This is the first time a continental confederation has offered free comprehensive live coverage of a youth tournament online, and the service is free with fans simply required to register on the site. All 16 games will be available live at CONCACAF.com's video portal, CONCACAF TV, and will also be viewable on-demand at the same location shortly after the conclusion of each match.

ussoccer.com’s U-20 WNT Coverage – Jan. 20 – Jan. 25

BORNSTEIN’S BOOTS TO HELP THE CAUSE IN HAITI: U.S. Men's National Team defender Jonathan Bornstein’s last gasp goal against Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying aided Honduras in their quest to reach the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and now he’s hoping the shoes he wore that night will give a bigger assist to relief efforts benefitting Haiti. Bornstein has autographed and donated the shoes he wore during the historic match for an online charity auction on eBay, with 100 percent of the money raised to be donated to the American Red Cross to aid in their relief efforts in Haiti. The action is already underway and will run through Wednesday, Jan. 27. BID NOW and watch Bornstein’s video at ussoccer.com.

BRUCE ARENA NAMED TO NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2010: Bruce Arena, whose coaching record includes two FIFA World Cups with the U.S., two MLS Cup titles and five NCAA Championships,  has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2010 on the Builder ballot. Arena was named on 78 percent of the ballots. He joins Thomas Dooley and Preki Radosavljevic, who were inducted on the Player ballot, in the Class of 2010.

U.S. WNT JANUARY CAMP IN PROGRESS WITH SIGHTS SET ON ALGARVE CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team has convened at The Home Depot Center for an extended 20-day training camp in Carson, Calif., running through Feb. 4. The USA got the unique opportunity to scrimmage the Korea Republic Women’s National Team twice during the camp posting a 1-0 win on Thursday, Jan. 21 and a 4-0 win on Sunday, Jan. 24. In addition, the camp will give Sundhage a final look at the core of her current player pool before selecting an 18-player roster for the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal. The USA has been grouped this year with Iceland, Norway and Sweden in the tournament that will run from Feb. 24 through March 3, a week earlier than it is traditionally staged. Germany, Finland, China and Denmark will also be participating. The matches in Portugal will be the first international games of the year for the U.S. women, who went 7-0-1 in 2009 and currently sit atop the FIFA Women’s World Rankings.

U.S. Roster By Position Full Roster Listing
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jillian Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (9): Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Stephanie Cox (Los Angeles Sol), Nikki Krzysik (Philadelphia Independence), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Meghan Schnur (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (UConn), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (Atlanta Beat), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (7): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Alex Morgan (California), Casey Nogueira (Los Angeles Sol), Kelley O’Hara (FC Gold Pride), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

ussoccer.com’s U-20 WNT Coverage – Jan. 20 – Jan. 25

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-20 MNT DRAWS WITH BRAZIL IN COPA CHIVAS: The U.S. U-20 Men's National Team continued play at the Copa Chivas tournament in Guadalajara with a 1-1 draw against Brazil. After a scoreless first half, Brazil strung quick passes together just moments after the second half opening whistle and got behind the U.S. defense. Moving quickly down the left flank, Adrian sped into the corner and slotted the ball back for Lucas. Lucas hit a first-time shot past Zac MacMath to give the South Americans a lead. Their advantage would only last seven minutes, however, as the U.S. struck back. A long punt from MacMath, who is sharing time in Guadalajara with Earl Edwards, bounced once and was over the Brazilian defense. Juan Agudelo was already sprinting past his defenders and ran onto the ball to control it. He calmly played it past the goalkeeper to level the score. The U.S. continues group play at Copa Chivas against Atlas on Jan. 26 and Tigres on Jan. 27.

U-20 MNT Schedule/Results
Date                Opponent                Result                   U.S. Goalscorer(s)
Jan. 22             Pachuca                 1-3 L                    Gil
Jan. 23             Brazil                      1-1 T                   Agudelo
Jan. 24             Tigres                     0-1 L                   --
Jan. 26             Atlas
Jan. 27             Tigres

U.S. U-17 WNT HEADS TO FLORIDA TO PLAY THREE MATCHES AGAINST GERMANY: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team opens its World Cup year with a training camp in Sunrise, Fla., from Jan. 27-Feb. 6. U.S. head coach Kaz Tambi will bring 24 players to Florida  for three matches against the German U-17s. The U.S. U-17s played Germany three times in January of 2009, losing two and tying one, but that German team was a year older than the USA. The upcoming games pit players in the same age group, born mostly in 1993 and 1994, that hope to be representing their countries at the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago.

Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberline (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Caroline Stanley (KCFC Alliance; Kansas City, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (8)
: Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jags; Troy, Mich.), Abby Dahlkemper (MVLA Avalanche; Menlo Park, Calif.), Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado; Denver, Colo.), Laura Liedle (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Sarah Molina (Cleveland FC; Rocky River, Ohio), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carson Pickett (Ponte Vedra Storm; Spartanburg, S.C.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson SC; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Morgan Brian (Ponte Vedra Storm; Saint Simons Island, Ga.), Kaysie Clark (KC Select Scream; Liberty, Mo.), Alexandra Doll (Bethesda SC; Bethesda, Md.), Isabel Farrell (Crossfire; Bellevue, Wash.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Cassandra Pecht (Baltimore Bays; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Havana Salaun (KYX Kicks Elite; Gainesville, Fla.), Kaili Torres (Ponte Vedra Storm; Orange Park, Fla.), Clarissa Wedemeyer (Dallas Texans; Colleyville, Texas)
FORWARDS (3): Annie Kunz (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Kylie McCarthy (San Diego Surf; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Ashley Spivey (Baltimore Soccer Bays; Baltimore, Md.)

U.S. U-14 BNT WRAPS UP TRIP TO GUADALAJARA, MEXICO: The U-14 Boys’ National Team has wrapped up its eight-day trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, after playing six games against Mexican youth clubs. The 36-players, all born in 1996, trained daily under Manny Schellscheidt and his staff and played matches every other day. The roster included 14 players who play for Development Academy clubs, but only three players are part of the Development Academy system, playing against older players born mostly in 1994: Vernon Bailey (FC Dallas Juniors), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas Juniors) and Elijah Martin (Cal Odyssey). Players born in 1996 will continue to train with the U-14 BNT program until the summer, when they will move up to the U-15 BNT age group.

U-14 BNT Results
Date         Opponent                      Result         U.S. Goalscorer(s)
Jan. 19      Cordica ’96                    1-1 T        D. Robinson
Jan. 19      Atlas ’94                        0-6 L        --
Jan. 21      Atlas ’96                        3-4 L        Segovia, George, Tetro
Jan. 21      Chivas ’96                      1-2 L        Brown
Jan. 23      El Saltos                         1-2 L        Tetro

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

USA BID CONTINUES ITS PUSH TO GATHER SUPPORT: With just over 10 months to go before FIFA’s decision on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, the USA Bid Committee continues to gather support for their cause. The power of our movement ultimately lies in the number of Americans who stand behind the bid and proclaim to the world "The Game is in US." We invite you to tell your family, friends, neighbors and teammates that you want the FIFA World Cup™ to come to the United States -- and ask them to join our grassroots movement. Learn how to help us spread the word about The United State's bid for the FIFA World Cup™ all across the Internet by visiting the Bid Committee’s official site.

COACHESNET OFFERS INTERNATIONAL TRIPS IN 2010: U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet is offering educational trips to both Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Madrid, Spain, in 2010. The announcement comes six months after the inaugural and successful coaching education trip that took place in Buenos Aires.

A LOOK AHEAD AT US CLUB SOCCER’S NATIONAL CUP IX: The ninth edition of US Club Soccer’s signature national championship competition – the 2010 National Cup IX – will kick off in just over four months. The Cup will begin with Regionals taking place from Memorial Day weekend through July 12 and will conclude with the 2010 National Cup IX Finals in the tourist destination of Virginia Beach, Va., in late July/early August. National Cup IX Regionals are open to U-11 through U-18/19 boys’ and girls’ teams registered with US Club Soccer. Winners in the U-13 through U-17 age groups from each Regional advance to the National Cup IX Finals, where national championships will be awarded in two competitive divisions.

*** CENTER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Sydney Leroux of the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team has garnered a tournament leading four goals in just two games at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Guatemala. With first place of Group B on the line this evening, Leroux and her teammates will be eager to add to that tally against Mexico in order to preserve their momentum going into the semifinals.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team will be playing in the semifinal of the CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship on Thursday, Jan. 28. Depending on the result of today’s match against Mexico, the U.S. will take on either Canada or Costa Rica in the match which can clinch passage to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany next year.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Both goalkeepers for the Under-20 Men’s and Women’s National Teams recorded assists this past week as Zac MacMath provided the long ball for Juan Agudelo to equalize against Brazil on Saturday, Jan. 23 in the Copa Chivas in Guadalajara, Mexico, and further south in Guatemala, Bianca Henninger turned defense into attack when she sent a ball forward to Sydney Leroux to slot past the opposing ‘keeper in their 6-0 win against Jamaica on Thursday, Jan. 21.

QUOTABLE: “Bruce Arena’s passion for the game, ability to build exceptionally competitive teams at the collegiate and the professional level, and his outstanding work with the U.S. Men’s National Team are well known and highly regarded by his colleagues and opponents. His tremendous record of service in soccer and success in the game has earned him election to the Hall of Fame.” –National Soccer Hall of Fame President Jonathan Ullman on Class of 2010 inductee Bruce Arena

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