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U.S. Soccer Wire: September 12, 2005


U.S. U-17 MNT Opens FIFA U-17 World Championship in Peru on Saturday;
U.S. MNT Tops CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Tables

PASSPORT TO PERU: United States Under-17 Men’s National Soccer Team head coach John Hackworth named his 20-man roster that will represent the U.S. at the 2005 FIFA Under-17 World Championship from September 16-October 2 in Peru. Of the players selected, 14 were part of the squad that took first place in Heredia, Costa Rica, in April to qualify for the USA’s 11th consecutive U-17 World Championship, continuing the streak as the only country to qualify for every World Championship at this age level. The team traveled to Chiclayo, Peru, on Sunday (Sept. 11), and will conduct five days of training in final preparation for Group C play with North Korea (Korea DPR), Italy and Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire). The U.S. will kick off the tournament against North Korea on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 12:45 p.m. CT, before facing Italy on Tuesday, Sept. 20 (3:30 p.m. CT) and concluding group play against Ivory Coast on Friday, September 23 (3:30 p.m. CT). The U.S. will play their first two group matches against North Korea and Italy at Estadio Elias Aguirre in Chiclayo, before moving to Lima to face Ivory Coast in their third and final group match at Estadio Nacional. Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision will be televising all three of the USA’s first round games. Between the two stations, all three of the matches will be shown live as Galavision will broadcast the opener against North Korea live and FSC will have live coverage of the Italy and Ivory Coast games. Fans can also follow every U.S. match at the U-17 World Championship live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Check ussoccer.com for the latest television schedule information.
 
U.S. U-17 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 20-Brian Perk (Pateadores), 18-Diego Restrepo (HC United), 1-Bryant Rueckner (PSG); DEFENDERS (6): 3-Kevin Alston (Potomac Cougars), 2-Amaechi Igwe (Santa Clara Sporting), 15-Daniel Kelly (TNFC), 5-Ofori Sarkodie (Chicago Magic), 14-Neven Subotic (Manatee Magic), 13-Blake Wagner (HC United); MIDFIELDERS (6): 16-Nikolas Besagno (Real Salt Lake), 12-Gabriel Farfan (Nomads), 19-Michael Farman (Nomads), 17-Jeremy Hall (HC United),  8-Kyle Nakazawa (ISC Strikers), 11-Ryan Soroka (FC Delco); FORWARDS (5): 4-Josmer Altidore (Boca Juniors), 10-David Arvizu (Pateadores), 7-Omar Gonzalez (Dallas Texans), 6-Quavas Kirk (LA Galaxy), 9-Preston Zimmerman (Crossfire Premier)

U-17 MNT Schedule
Date                            Opponent                  Kickoff Time                                                           TV
Saturday, Sept. 17    vs. Korea DPR         1:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. CT / 10:30 a.m. PT    Live on Galavision
        (delayed on FSC at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT)

Tuesday, Sept. 20     vs. Italy                       4:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. CT / 1:30 p.m. PT        Live on Fox Soccer Channel
        (delayed on Gala. at 9:15 p.m. ET & PT / 8:15 p.m. CT)

Friday Sept. 23          vs. Ivory Coast          4:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. CT / 1:30 p.m. PT        Live on Fox Soccer Channel
        (delayed on Gala. at 7 p.m. ET & PT / 6 p.m. CT)

TOPPING THE TABLES: The U.S. Men’s National Team drew with Guatemala 0-0 at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Wednesday night to stay atop the CONCACAF Final Round World Cup qualifying group with two games remaining. The U.S. played the match just four days following their impressive 2-0 victory against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, that clinched a spot in the 2006 FIFA World Cup for the Americans. The USA’s starting 11 in Guatemala featured seven players getting their first start in a World Cup qualifying match, and three starters making their first-ever qualifying appearances in Jimmy Conrad, Marcus Hahnemann and Chad Marshall. In total, the team also featured 11 new starters from the side that defeated Mexico in Columbus. The U.S. maintains a lead over Mexico, despite Mexico’s more goals scored, by virtue of having outscored Mexico 3-2 in their head-to-head victories (the new first tiebreaker in league play for FIFA competitions).

2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Standings – CONCACAF Final Round
Team                          P      W       L       D       GF:GA    GD      PTS
United States *         8        6        1       1         14:3       +11       19
Mexico *                    8        6        1       1         16:5       +11       19
Costa Rica                8        4        3       1        12:12        E        11
Guatemala                8        2        4       2         11:12       -1          8
Trinidad & Tobago   8       2         5       1          8:15        -7          7
Panama                    8        0         6      2           4:18      -14         2
* clinched spot in FIFA World Cup Germany 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Schedule – CONCACAF Final Round
Date       Match (home teams listed first)            Location                                                             Kickoff/Result
Sept. 7   Mexico vs. Panama                               Estadio Azteca; Mexico City                                    5:0
Sept. 7   Guatemala vs. USA                               Estadio Mateo Flores; Guatemala City                   0:0
Sept. 7   Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago      Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Panama City                1:3

Oct. 8     Costa Rica vs. USA                               San Jose, Costa Rica                                          7 p.m. CT
Oct. 8     Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago            Panama City, Panama                                        8 p.m. ET
Oct. 8     Mexico vs. Guatemala                            Mexico City, Mexico                                             8 p.m. CT

Oct. 12   USA vs. Panama                                    Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass.                        8 p.m. ET
Oct. 12   Guatemala vs. Costa Rica                    Guatemala City, Guatemala                                 6 p.m. CT
Oct. 12   Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico              Port of Spain, Trinidad                                         8 p.m. ET

TEN TEAMS QUALIFIED FOR GERMANY: The USA is one of ten teams that has booked a spot at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, and was the first team to qualify from the CONCACAF region. Other teams include two teams from Europe, four from Asia and two from South America. From Oceania, Australia has clinched a spot in the playoff against the fifth place team from South America.

Qualified Teams for 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany
Africa (0 of 5) – no teams qualified yet.
Asia (4 of 4.5) – Japan, Iran, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia.
Europe (2 of 14) – Germany (host), Ukraine.
North, Central America & the Caribbean (2 of 3.5) – USA, Mexico.
Oceania (.5 of .5) – Australia clinched playoff spot.
South America (2 of 4.5) – Argentina, Brazil.

U.S. MNT TO CLOSE OUT QUALIFYING IN FOXBORO, MASS.: The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team will host Panama on October 12 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., at 8 p.m. ET in the final game of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. vs. Panama match is being presented by Philips Electronics and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and delayed on Telemundo. Fans can also follow the U.S. match live on ussoccer.com via MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Tickets range from $20 to $36 and go on sale starting Wednesday, September 7, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 508-931-2000, at all Ticketmaster outlets in the region (including Filene's Stores) and at the Gillette Stadium Box Office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Discounted tickets (from $16-$28) are available for groups of 20 or more by calling the New England Revolution at 877-GET-REVS.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. OPEN CUP SEMIFINALS KICK OFF WEDNESDAY: The U.S .Open Cup resumes on Wednesday with semifinal matches between the Minnesota Thunder and L.A. Galaxy, and the Chicago Fire and F.C. Dallas. Pending the results of those games, The Home Depot Center, Pizza Hut Park and Soldier Field are the three venues in the running to host the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on Sept. 28. The final will be televised live on GolTV for the second consecutive year, and the kickoff time for the game will be announced at a later date. The Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) are the only team that controls their own hosting destiny. With a semifinal win against the Minnesota Thunder (USL1), the Galaxy will play host at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Sept. 28 to the winner of the other semifinal between the Chicago Fire (MLS) and FC Dallas (MLS). More tournament information is available at ussoccer.com’s U.S. Open Cup competitions page.

2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinals Schedule
#   Date         Teams                                                                                       Venue                                                    Kickoff (local)
39 Sept. 14   Minnesota Thunder (USL1) at Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.  8 p.m. PT
40 Sept. 14   Chicago Fire (MLS) at FC Dallas (MLS)                              Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas            7 p.m. CT  

Final
#     Date        Teams                                                                                   Venue 
41  Sept. 28   Match 40 Winner at Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)              Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. 
OR Sept. 28   Minnesota Thunder (USL1) at Chicago Fire (MLS)        Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
OR Sept. 28   Minnesota Thunder (USL1) at FC Dallas (MLS)              Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas

ACCREDITATION PROCESS FOR WORLD CUP FINAL DRAW BEGINS MONDAY: Media members who plan to witness firsthand who the U.S. Men’s National Team will face in group play at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany may begin applying for credentials for the Final Draw online on Monday, Sept. 12. The Final Draw for the 2006 FIFA World Cup will take place at the Leipzig Exhibition Center on Friday, Dec. 9, and will determine the groups for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Online registration forms will be available at fifaworldcup.com by visiting the “Organization” section and selecting “Media.” Forms must be submitted before Monday, Oct. 3. Confirmation of accreditation will be issued by e-mail beginning in mid-November.

ussoccer.com PRESENTS INTERACTIVE VIDEO SITE: Referees, players, coaches and soccer aficionados alike can test their referee skills on ussoccer.com’s new interactive video site, “You Make the Call.” The interactive presentation allows young referees to reinforce their knowledge of “The Laws of the Game,” while allowing players, coaches and fans to put themselves in the referee’s place and learn more about the reasoning behind decisions that officials make. To access “You Make the Call,” simply click here or visit ussoccer.com’s “Referee Homepage” and select the article introducing the online challenge. Once there, participants will view a video clip and read a short explanation of what has occurred. Then, they will choose what they believe is the correct decision by the referee from a list of options.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Brian McBride ended last season by scoring six goals in Fulham’s last nine games. His momentum seems to have carried over, as the U.S. forward now has three goals in Fulham’s first four games of the 2005-06 Premiership season. With three goals in 2005 for the U.S., McBride has an impressive 12 goals for club and country with a full three months left in the calendar year.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: As the only nation to have qualified for every FIFA Under-17 World Championship, the U.S. U-17’s are trekking through the Andes mountains as the 2005 tournament kicks off Friday, Sept. 16, in Lima, Peru. The U.S. begins tournament play on Saturday, Sept. 17, against North Korea at 12:45 p.m. CT in Chiclayo, Peru. Fans can follow the U-17 opener live on Galavision and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Fans may also watch the game on taped delay at 2 p.m. CT on Fox Soccer Channel.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The U.S. Women’s National Team has not allowed a single goal in 748 minutes of action as they look forward to preparing for 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying action in late 2006. The U.S. Men, who have already qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, have not allowed a goal in 597 minutes of qualifying stretching across seven games back to a 2-1 defeat in Mexico on March 27. That’s 1,345 total minutes that the U.S. Men and Women’s National Teams have kept their opponents scoreless. Shocking.

QUOTABLE: "Saturday was 90 minutes when people would judge whether we were the real deal. I think we are. There is no doubt we have taken another big step as a team. After our great start, we had to see what we were made of and going to Old Trafford was a big challenge."
 -- U.S. Men's National Team Captain Claudio Reyna on Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Manchester United and remaining one point above United in the Premiership table.

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