Over 125 US Club Soccer Member Clubs’ Players in Action With U.S. National Teams
Number Includes Eight Players Named to 2006 FIFA World Cup Roster
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (May 3, 2006) – During the past month, US Club Soccer member clubs have seen over 125 of their players, as either alumni or current players, be selected to their respective U.S. National Team. This number includes eight players just named to the Men’s National Team roster for the 2006 FIFA World Cup June 9 – July 9 in Germany.
Also among this number are six members of the U-14 Boys National Team who are alumni of the US Club Soccer id2 National Training Camp: Travis Golden (2004), Perry Kitchen (2005), Joe Loya (2004), George Pantelic (2004), Charles Renken (2004, 2005) and Ross Tomaselli (2005).
The Men’s National Team will face Czech Republic, Italy and Ghana in World Cup Group E action beginning June 12. Before departing for Germany, the Men’s National Team will contest a three-match send-off series with all games aired live on ESPN2:
- Tuesday, May 23 vs. Morocco at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tenn. (7pm ET/4pm PT)
- Friday, May 26 vs. Venezuela at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio (7pm ET/4pm PT)
- Sunday, May 28 vs. Latvia at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. (7pm ET/4pm PT)
The U.S. Women’s National Team, looking ahead to CONCACAF Qualifying in November for the 2007 Women’s World Cup, is currently in Japan to play a friendly series against the Japanese on May 7 and 9.
Several of the Youth National Teams have been in action during the past month with the Under-20 Women winning the Ricardo Teixeira Cup in Teresopolis, Brazil; the Under-18 Men finishing fourth at the Slovakia Cup; and the Under-17 ’90 Men taking runner-up status at the Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland.
In the midst of preparations for this summer’s Nordic Cup, the Under-21 Women are currently in Europe contesting a series of games against Dutch and German club teams. The Under-16 Girls were in Holland in mid-April where they accumulated a 3-0-0 record against two Dutch clubs and the host’s Under-19 squad. The Under-20 Men returned home from an April trip to Argentina with a 1-1-1 record after playing two club teams and the host country’s Under-20 side.
Also, the Under-20 Women and Under-14 Boys are currently training at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., while the Under-17 Women trained in Sunrise, Fla. for a week in mid-April.
Following are the rosters for recently active National Teams, noting some of the players with ties to US Club Soccer member clubs.
U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup Roster – June 9-July 9 (Germany)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann, Tim Howard, Kasey Keller;
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Arsenal FC), Steve Cherundolo (Nomads), Jimmy Conrad (Santa Anita SC), Cory Gibbs, Frankie Hejduk (Nomads), Eddie Lewis, Oguchi Onyewu, Eddie Pope;
MIDFIELDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley, Bobby Convey (PSC Coppa), Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Pablo Mastroeni, John O’Brien, Ben Olsen (FC DELCO), Claudio Reyna;
FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Honolulu Bulls), Eddie Johnson, Brian McBride (Scott Gallagher SC), Josh Wolff.
U.S. Women’s National Team Japan Tour Roster – May 1-10
GOALKEEPERS (2): Briana Scurry, Hope Solo;
DEFENDERS (6): Tina Frimpong (Lake Oswego SC/Columbia Premier SC), Amy LePeilbet, Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove), Heather Mitts, Christie Rampone, Cat Whitehill;
MIDFIELDERS (5): Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd (Medford Strikers/PDA), Leslie Osborne (FC Milwaukee), Lindsay Tarpley (Michigan Hawks), Aly Wagner;
FORWARDS (5): Natasha Kai (Leahi SC), Kristine Lilly, Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick/PDA), Abby Wambach (Rochester Junior Rhinos), Christie Welsh.
U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team Netherlands Tour Roster – April 25-May 4
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cori Alexander (Pleasanton Rage), Kati Jo Spisak (St. Louis SC);
DEFENDERS (5): Rachel Buehler (San Diego Surf), Kendall Fletcher (CASL/GYSA), Holly Gault (KCFC Alliance Metro Blues), Hayley Hunt (Santa Anita Strikers), Lauren Switzer (Eclipse Select);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Bristyn Davis, Tobin Heath (PDA), Sarah Huffman, Noelle Keselica (Bethesda SC), Manya Makoski (Yankee United), Rebecca Moros, Jennifer Redmond (PDA);
FORWARDS (6): Danesha Adams (Slammers FC), Liz Bogus, Katie Griffin (Sereno SC), Kelly Hammond (Bethesda SC), Ashlee Pistorius, Tiffany Weimer (World Class Soccer (CT)).
U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Argentina Tour Roster – April 18-27
GOALKEEPERS (2): Genaro Fernandez, Steve Sandbo (Ohio FC);
DEFENDERS (6): Eric Lichaj (Chicago Magic), Chance Myers (Pateadores), Neven Subotic, Blake Wagner (HC United), Anthony Wallace;
MIDFIELDERS (7): Nikolas Besagno, Corben Bone (Solar SC), Carlos Borja (Irvine Strikers), Rodrigo Lopez (So Cal United SC), Dax McCarty (Central Florida United), Nicolas Torres, Sal Zizzo;
FORWARDS (5): Josmer Altidore (Boca Juniors/Schulz Academy), David Arvizu (Pateadores), Quavas Kirk (Chicago Magic), Estuardo Sanchez, Preston Zimmerman (Crossfire Premier).
U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Training Camp Roster – April 30-May 7 (Carson, Calif.)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kelsey Davis (So Cal United SC), Joanna Haig, Val Henderson (Walnut Creek Premier);
DEFENDERS (5): Jordan Angeli (Colorado Rush), Jill Gilbeau (Laguna Hills Eclipse), Erin Hardy (Southern California Blues SC), Nikki Kryzsik (Arsenal Premier - World Class), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Rush);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Natalie Capuano, Tina DiMartino, Katie Larkin (Celtic Storm), Allie Long (Albertson Express), Amanda Poach (Bethesda SC), Lorraine Quinn;
FORWARDS (3): Lauren Cheney (Carmel United), Kelley O’Hara (PTCYSA), Jessica Rostedt (Internationals SC).
U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Slovakia Cup Roster – April 24-28
GOALKEEPERS (2): Joe Bendik (Cobb FC), Brian Perk (Pateadores);
DEFENDERS (7): Kyle Davies (Pleasanton, Calif.), Kemo Djedovic (De Anza Force), Greg Eckhardt, Doug Ferner (Vardar), Blair Gavin (Sereno SC), Colin Givens (Vardar), Cameron Lamming (Arsenal FC);
MIDFIELDERS (4): Koaru Forbess, Jose Gonzales (Santa Cruz Breakers), Daniel Kelly, Jonathon Villanueva;
FORWARDS (5): Edgar Barajas, Perica Marosevic (Sockers FC), Eber Martinez (Reston FC), Michael Stephens (Sockers FC), Casey Townsend (Michigan Wolves).
U.S. Under-17 ’90 Men’s National Team United Kingdom Tour – April 12-28
GOALKEEPERS (2): Larry Jackson (De Anza Force), Josh Lambo (Chicago Magic);
DEFENDERS (5): Mykell Bates (Cavitt Academy), Ian Kalis, Brandon Lee (PFC Raiders), Thomas Meyer (Scott Gallagher SC), TJ Nelson;
MIDFIELDERS (10): Tevin Jackson (Baltimore Bays), Jared Jeffrey, Jesse Paredes (Irvine Strikers), Dane Shea, Brandon Tarr, Kirk Urso (Sockers FC), Matthey Uy (Blau Weiss Gottschee), Daniel Wenzel, Brandon Zimmerman (Crossfire Premier);
FORWARDS (5): Danny Barerra (Rampage FC), Bryan Dominguez (Concorde Fire), Abdus Ibrahim, Ellis McLoughlin (Crossfire Premier), Sheanon Williams (FC Greater Boston Bolts).
U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Florida Training Camp Roster – April 8-15
GOALKEEPERS (2): Wendy Balogun (Freestate Soccer), Bianca Henninger (De Anza SC);
DEFENDERS (4): Lauren Barnes (Arsenal FC), Hannah Cerrone, Amanda Fancher, Ashley Rape;
MIDFIELDERS (7): Amanda DeCosta, Sinead Farrelly (Spirit United Gaels), Marissa Kazbour (Countryside Lightning), Christine Nairn (Freestate Soccer), Teresa Noyola (Foothill FC – MVLA Mercury), Kacey Richards, Ella Stephan;
FORWARDS (6): Jesse Baddley, Melissa Henderson, Merritt Mathias (American SC), Elli Reed, Lindsay Taylor (Foothill SC – MVLA Mercury), Danielle Toney (Michigan Hawks).
U.S. Under-16 Girls’ National Team Holland Tour Roster – April 8-15
GOALKEEPERS (2) – Elizabeth Hanna (Charlotte SC), Catherine Parkhill (Shattuck - Saint Mary's);
DEFENDERS (4) – Amber Brooks (Vincent United), Jennifer Laponte (Mustang SC), Camille Levin (Slammers FC), Alyssa Pember (Albertson SC);
MIDFIELDERS (9) – Shira Averbuch, Julia Bouchelle (Freestate Soccer), Charney Burke (Southern California Blues SC), Sarah Chapman (Bethesda SC), Katy Frierson (Mountain Brook SC), Kristen Mewis, Whitney Sharpe, Casey Short (Team Chicago), Beth West;
FORWARDS (3) – Britanni Bartok (Parsippany SC), Victoria DiMartino (Alberston SC), Macy Jo Harrison (Marin FC).
U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team Training Camp Roster – April 29-May 6 (Carson, Calif.)
GOALKEEPERS (4): Earl Edwards (Nomads), Drew Hutchins (YMS Xplosion), Travis Ives (Jersey Crew), Eric Reyes;
DEFENDERS (12): Estanilao Arevalo (OYSA Wave), Robert Derschang, James Doherty, Travis Golden (Austin United Capitals SC), Chad Hedlund (Solar SC), Emmet Kumeh (Andromeda SC), Joe Loya (Austin United Capitals SC), Chase Miller (Super Nova FC), Andrew O'Malley (FC DELCO), Tyler Polak (Capital SA), Alberto Rosas, Joshua Sylva (Neusport FC);
MIDFIELDERS (13): Jacob Bushue (Chicago Magic), Alex Bramall (Blau Weiss Gottschee), Zachary Herold, Stefan Jerome, Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic), Edson Lemus (Celtic Hoops), George Pantelic (Samba), Sasha Pelipovic-Wengler (Texas SC), Michael Raley, Joseph Schmid (FC DELCO), AJ Stueck , Ross Tomaselli, Jared Watts;
FORWARDS (8): Robert Barerra (PDA), Andrew Craven (First Coast), Jospeh-Claude Gyau, Patrick Donyen, Charles Renken (Scott Gallagher SC), Soony Saad (Michigan Wolves), Francisco Valdez (San Francisco United SC), Brian Vasquez (Houstonians).
About US Club Soccer
US Club Soccer is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop competitive club soccer in the United States. It has been a member of the United States Soccer Federation since July 2001, and has grown to over 1,200 member clubs and league teams in 47 states. In addition to sanctioning tournaments, leagues, and other competitions and conducting a range of programs for its members, it annually conducts the US Club Soccer National Cup, for member teams for boys and girls’ U12 to U17. The 2006 National Cup V kicks off Memorial Day weekend. US Club Soccer also began its own player identification and development program in the summer of 2004, termed id2. Over the 2006 Easter Weekend, US Club Soccer, in conjunction with Disney’s Wide World of Sports, held the inaugural Champions Cup to determine the nation’s top boy and girls’ clubs. US Club Soccer’s growing list of National Corporate Partners include: Nike, 24 Hour Fitness, American Airlines, Budget Rent A Car, Cendant Hotel Group, Etriptix, Major League Soccer, Slammers® Ultimate Milk and TEKK Athletic; as well as a supplier group of six additional corporations. For more information, visit www.usclubsoccer.org.