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U.S. Soccer Wire - October 1, 2007



U.S. WNT TAKES THIRD PLACE AT 2007 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP;
2007 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL TAKES PLACE OCT. 3;
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SHOWCASE TO TAKE PLACE OCT. 6-8

U.S. WNT DEFEATS NORWAY, 4-1, TO FINISH THIRD AT WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team got the first two goals from Abby Wambach and single scores from Lori Chalupny and Heather O’Reilly in a 4-1 dismantling of Norway to take third place in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The victory means that the USA is the only country to finish in the top three in all five Women’s World Cup tournaments that have been contested. The two goals gave Wambach six in six Women’s World Cup matches and won her the Silver Shoe as the tournament’s second leading scorer. The goals also upped her career total to nine over two tournaments, moving her past Mia Hamm and into second place on the USA’s all-time WWC scoring list behind only the great Michelle Akers (12 goals). The U.S. Women will next prepare to face Mexico on Oct. 13 (tickets) in the first match of a three-game series at 7 p.m. CT at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. Following the match in St. Louis, the U.S. will travel to Portland, Ore., for the second match of the series, which kicks off at 7 p.m. PT on Oct. 17 at PGE Park (tickets). The series wraps up on Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m. MT (tickets) at University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M.

U.S. 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
Date       Opponent       Venue                                                                                  Kickoff
Sept. 11 North Korea  Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)              2-2 T
Sept. 14 Sweden         Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)              2-0 W
Sept. 18 Nigeria           Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium)      1-0 W
Sept. 22 England         Tianjin (Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium)                     3-0 W
Sept. 27 Brazil               Hangzhou (Dragon Stadium)                                          0-4 L
Sept. 30 Norway           Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium)      4-1 W

FC DALLAS, NEW ENGLAND FACE OFF IN OPEN CUP FINAL: The 94th edition of the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, as FC Dallas and the New England Revolution square off at 7 p.m. CT at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. It will be New England’s second Open Cup final as they are still in search of their first trophy in club history, Open Cup or otherwise. FC Dallas will be competing in the final for the third time, having won in 1997. Fans can watch the match live on Fox Soccer Channel.

DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY INAUGURAL FALL SHOWCASE SET FOR OCTOBER: U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy, the innovative new program designed to revolutionize elite youth player development, is set to debut competition with the inaugural Fall Showcase Weekend from Oct. 6-8 at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. Forty teams from 20 elite clubs will participate in the three-day event, which includes teams at the U-16 and U-18 age groups. The premier match takes place the evening of Saturday, Oct. 7, when the U.S. Youth National Team takes on the Chivas USA U-18 Academy Team on the Mooch Myernick Field at The Home Depot Center. A full schedule of matches will be available on ussoccer.com. A total of 40 matches will be played during the weekend showcase, which is expected to draw a host of college coaches and scouts from Southern California and beyond. Additionally, national staff coaches will use the Fall Showcase to identify players for places in upcoming national team camps.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY ACTION UNDERWAY: Nolan Hemmer etched his name in the record books Saturday when he scored the first-ever goal in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history, nodding home a corner kick in the 30th minute to deliver the Atlanta Fire U-16's a 1-0 victory against hosts Birmingham United U-16's at Rathmell Sports Park in Birmingham, Ala. The match commenced the inaugural season of the Development Academy, which will see 122 teams compete in over 1,800 matches during nine months of conference play. The Fire's U-18's kept up the club's momentum in the second match of the day, exploding for seven goals in second half to finish with an 8-1 victory. Despite the results, Birmingham United coach Eric Dade was nothing but positive about the experience. "We were very excited to be part of the historic day," said Dade. "While we would have liked better results, it was still a great day for the club and the city of Birmingham. We are proud to be a part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Nothing but good things are going to come from it."

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

SEATTLE WINS FOURTH USL FIRST DIVISION TITLE: The Seattle Sounders defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks, 4-0, on Saturday (Sept. 29) to win their record fourth USL First Division title. Greg Howes contributed two goals to the victory, while Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar and Craig Tomlinson each added one and Seattle’s Sebastien Le Toux was named USL-1 Most Valuable Player. The four-goal win tied the largest margin of victory in the league. The last time a team won by four goals was in the 1988 Western Soccer League championship when the Seattle Storm (no affiliation to the Sounders) defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, 5-1.

U.S. SOCCER GLOBAL: Though the MLS is entering its final push into the postseason, the European domestic leagues are just kicking into high gear. With league, cup and European competitions well underway, the best place to follow any national team players playing abroad is on U.S. Soccer Global. On the blog, we’ll keep you up to date with the significant happenings from around the globe, as our players are constantly making news in foreign leagues. Whether its pictures, videos, game recaps, or links, if one of our players is turning heads in another country, then we’ll be sure that you’re informed as well.

2007 USYS ODP THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONAL SCHEDULES SET: The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional is scheduled to be at the North Community Park and Coral Glades High School Sportsplex in Coral Springs, Fla. Teams arrive Nov. 17 for two days of training, with play beginning Nov. 19 and running through Nov. 23. The US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional will represent teams in the 1991-93 age groups. The following week, top national talent will converge on Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Thanksgiving Interregional. Teams practice on Nov. 23, with play beginning on Nov. 24 and running through Nov. 26. This event will represent teams in the 1992, 1993 and 1994 age groups as well as the U.S. Soccer U-14 National Teams (Blue and Grey). Continuing its tradition of elite play, competition and player development, youth from the nation’s elite player identification and development program, US Youth Soccer ODP, will train and compete in front of U.S. Soccer National Team Staff and leading collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure for selection to National Teams and collegiate programs. For more information visit http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/.

NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2008 WERNER FRICKER BUILDER AWARD: Nominations are now being accepted for the 2008 U.S. Soccer Werner Fricker Builder Award, which is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have worked tirelessly in furthering the interest of the sport of soccer, without regard to personal recognition or advancement. The award was created in 2002 and is the greatest recognition bestowed by U.S. Soccer on its membership. The award is designed to honor those who have created or fostered programs that will outlast their own active involvement in the sport and that establish a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the United States. Interested persons can nominate individuals for the annual Werner Fricker Builder Award by downloading the form at ussoccer.com and mailing it to U.S. Soccer, c/o the Werner Fricker Builder Award Committee, 1801 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 or emailing it to wernerfrickeraward@ussoccer.org. This form is also available at ussoccer.com, and applications must be postmarked or sent by January 1, 2008. Download the Application

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION GRANTS PROGRAM OPEN FOR 2008: The 2008 Annual Grants Program for the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, is now available online at ussoccerfoundation.org. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET on Monday, October 15. Applications can be submitted for: a Program Grant to support the development of players, coaches or referees; a Field Enhancement Grant to improve a field with new goals, irrigation or lighting; or an All Conditions Fields Grant to help build a synthetic grass field. More information about the grant making program, as well as Frequently Asked Questions are available at ussoccerfoundation.org.

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach started off the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup by getting several stitches in her head after a collision with a North Korean player. She finished the tournament with two goals in the third place game, putting her at six goals in six games to win the tournament’s Silver Shoe as the second leading goal scorer behind Brazil’s Marta, who had seven.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Germany took home their second straight FIFA Women’s World Cup title on Sunday (Sept. 30) by defeating Brazil, 2-0, in the final. The defending champions kicked off the tournament with a resounding 11-0 blowout of Argentina. After a scoreless draw with England in the second match, Germany proceeded to defeat their next four opponents by at least two goals, finishing with 21 goals scored and completely shutting out all of their opponents for the first time for any team in Women’s World Cup history. They also became the first women’s team to successfully defend their title.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The New England Revolution travel to Pizza Hut Park on Wednesday, Oct. 3, to face FC Dallas in the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel.

QUOTABLE: “Granted we are not in the final, but the best way for me to get any frustration, sadness or anything out is to run around inside the lines. It’s where we all feel most comfortable. It’s a great feeling to come out on top today. Norway is a great team, but today we weren’t going to let anything slip by us.”
-- U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach, on getting the win against Norway on Sunday (Sept. 30) to finish third at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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