Archive | December, 2008

Conclude Florida training camp

Posted on 23 December 2008 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team is putting the finishing touches on an eight-day training camp in Sunrise, Fla. that kicked off on Dec. 15 and lasts through Dec. 22.

The training camp included a pair of scrimmages against CONCACAF foes Haiti on Dec. 20 and Canada on Dec. 22, respectively. Head Coach Thomas Rongen’s roster includes a mix of professional, youth and college players. Four NCAA players from the recent final four are involved in the camp. Ike Opara and Daniel Wenzel were part of the Wake Forest team that advanced to the Final Four and North Carolina’s Kirk Urso and Sheanon Williams advanced to the final. FC Dallas is represented by Josh Lambo and Anthony Wallace, while Toronto FC’s Absudalam Ibrahim and Chivas USA’s Jorge Flores round out the MLS contingent. Players who play professionally in Germany (Bryan Arguez and Gabriel Hoyos), Italy (Vincenzo Bernardo and Guiseppe Nazzani) and Austria (Matt Luzanaris) complete the group of pro players in Sunrise.

U.S. U-20 MNT Schedule / Results

Dec. 20 Haiti 2-0 W U.S. goals scored by Ibrahim, Cruz
Dec. 22 Canada 1-0 W U.S. goal scored by Garza

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster

GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Lilburn, Ga.; Central Florida), Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.; FC Dallas), Brian Perk (Rancho Santa Margarita; UCLA)
DEFENDERS (8): Guiseppe Nazzani (Reggio Emilia, Italy; Bologna FC), Ike Opara (Durham, N.C.; Wake Forest), Pat Sigler (Windsor, Calif.; Cal Poly), Chris Taylor (Edmond, Okla.; Tulsa), Anthony Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.; FC Dallas), Marcus Watson (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; L.A. Galaxy Academy), Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.; Wake Forest), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.; North Carolina)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Bryan Arguez (Miami, Fla.; Hertha Berlin), Daniel Cruz (Glendale, Ariz.; UNLV), Jorge Flores (Anahaim, Calif.; Chivas USA), Blair Gavin (Franklin, Tenn.; Akron), Gabriel Hoyos (Weston, Fla.; SC Freiburg), Abdusalam Ibrahim (Richfield, Minn.; Toronto FC), Aaron Maund (Dorchester, Mass.; Notre Dame), Brian Ownby (Glen Allen, Va.; Virginia), Michael Stephens (Naperville, Ill.; UCLA), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.; North Carolina)
FORWARDS (5): Vincenzo Bernardo (Madison, N.J.; SSC Napoli), Sam Garza (Highland Village, Texas; Denver), Matt Luzanaris (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; FC Magna Wr. Neustadt), Peri Marosevic (Rockford, Ill.; Michigan), Colin Rolfe (Canton, Mich.; Louisville)

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Warzycha tapped to replace Sigi

Posted on 22 December 2008 by ASN Staff

Robert Warzycha was introduced as the new head coach of the Columbus Crew on Monday afternoon.

Warzycha had been had been an assistant to Sigi Schmid the past three seasons and had been in the organization since early in the inaugural 1996 season as a player or coach.

“This organization is dear to my heart,” Warzycha said. “I have grown as an assistant coach and now I’m ready to be head coach.”

Schmid said two weeks ago he would not return to the Crew after his contract had expired and last week was named head coach of expansion Seattle Sounders FC.

Warzycha, 45, has big shoes to fill. After failing four times as a player to advance to the MLS Cup from 1997-2002, Warzycha was on the bench when the Crew defeated Chicago for the Eastern Conference Championship before beating New York 3-1 on Nov. 23 in the MLS Cup in Carson, Calif., for the team’s first league title.

Warzycha, who becomes the organization’s fifth head coach, is no stranger to leading the Crew. He became the interim head coach after replacing Greg Andrulis in mid-2005. He took a team that was 4-10-2 to a 7-6-3 record the rest of the way.

He just completed his seventh season as on the coaching staff and sixth as a fulltime assistant. Warzycha retired in 2002 and still holds the team record for career assists (61).

He signed a two-year deal with a third year as an option. Salary figures were not disclosed.



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MLS sells international TV rights

Posted on 22 December 2008 by ASN Staff

Soccer United Marketing and ESPN have sold international broadcast rights for all Major League Soccer games to MP & Silva in an eight-figure agreement that extends through 2013, according to Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal.

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Zizzo to Rostock? Updated

Posted on 22 December 2008 by ASN Staff

Second Bundesliga side Hansa Rostock have inquired with Hannover 96 about U.S. winger Salvatore Zizzo, according to German soccer magazine kicker.

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Zizzo to Rostock? (updated)

Posted on 22 December 2008 by ASN Staff

Second Bundesliga side Hansa Rostock have inquired with Hannover 96 about U.S. winger Salvatore Zizzo, according to German soccer magazine kicker.

The former East German side were previously given the “green light” to pursue Zizzo, according to a local (German language) newspaper report. Zizzo is one of four players Hannover is willing to sell this winter.

As for Rostock, they have also put out feelers to Scandinavia, according to the kicker article.

The 21-year old San Diego native switched to Hannover after leading the U.S. U-20 team to a quarterfinal berth at the 2007 World Championships. He has played sparingly for 96 since making the move, with most appearances coming for the Reserve squad.

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Posted on 20 December 2008 by ASN Staff

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Rummenigge: Donovan on loan until March 15

Posted on 19 December 2008 by ASN Staff

Landon Donovan’s loan move to German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich is finally a done deal.

On Dec. 19, Bayern Munich board member Karl Heinz Rummenigge told the club’s Web site that Landon Donovan is on loan until March 15. “Whether it continues after that or not, there we’ll have to await his development,” Rummenigge said.

German press reports have been treating the loan as a done deal for some time. In a Dec. 15 interview with German tabloid, Bayern head coach Juergen Klinsmann said the club would only make one acquisition in the January transfer window: Donovan. “He’s not coming to ride the bench,” Klinsmann said of the Galaxy striker. Bayern’s Web site also reports Donovan’s move as final. So does Sport Bild (not to be confused with Bild), while Munich’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung says Donovan will accompany the team to a training camp in Dubai that starts Jan. 2.

After a 10-day trial at Bayern last month (where he conducted this interview), reports of Donovan moving to Germany on loan until the start of Major League Soccer’s regular season March 21 began to circulate. At several points, reports on both sides of the Atlantic had the move as a fait accompli. But MLS Commissioner Don Garber emphasized in his Nov. 21 State of the League address that the league had not yet agreed terms with the German club over the striker’s services.




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U-16s top Potomac, 3-1

Posted on 18 December 2008 by ASN Staff

D.C. United’s Under-16 Academy teams beat Potomac at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md., this week by a 3-1 score.

The U-16s went up 2-0 in the first half after Luis Cartagena tallied in the 22nd minute (assisted by Dallas Aminzadeh) and Omar Kabba doubled the lead in the 32nd (assisted by Sam Bradley). Potomac got a goal back in the 68th minute, but Nick Smirniotopoulos iced the game with a goal in the 80th.

“Our U-166s progressed this weekend with a comprehensive 3-1 win over much-improved local rivals Potomac Academy,” said U-16 Head Coach Richie Burke. “More importantly, we produced a very satisfying performance, dominating possession and creating many good chances. We were glad of the tremendous form of our two young strikers, Marcus Selandy-Dufour and Luis Cartagena, both of whom are young enough to have another two seasons with us at U-16 level. Each was involved in most of our offensive work with Luis scoring his second Academy goal in as many starts. We received strong performances once again from team leaders Nicky Yin, Steve Mashinski and Sam Bradley – all were very significant to our team’s high level of play. We will go into the winter break with confidence high and will look to the re-start of our matches in February with renewed anticipation.”

U-18s settle for tie
The U-18s were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw after going up 2-0 in the game’s first 22 minutes. United’s William ‘Junior’ Bioh talled in the 20th minute (assisted by Chris Hegngi) and Shane Cooke struck just two minutes later (assisted by Travis Pittman) to give D.C. the early lead, but Potomac struck in the 34th minute and were awarded a penalty in the 70th, which was converted and proved to be the final goal of the match.

“It can be frustrating to lose a 2-0 lead., but we have to remember it is very early in season,” said U-18 Head Coach Judah Cooks. “We will see this style of play in many games throughout the year and the challenge for our boys and staff is to continue to play attractive soccer while breaking down teams that play a more defensive, counter-attack style. It was a game that we will learn and get better from.”

Next Up

The Academy teams will now turn its focus to the Disney Showcase in Orlando December 26-30 where it will play Chelsea in its first match. In preparation for the tournament, the team will play friendly matches versus local club Arlington and affiliate club Freestate.

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Chukwudi Chijindu at Babelsberg

Posted on 18 December 2008 by ASN Staff

Former Chivas USA forward Chukwudi Chijindu is undergoing a trial run at German regional league (fourth division) club SV Babelsberg 03, according to a local newspaper report.

The 22-year old former University of Connecticut player made a “determined and robust” impression in his first training with the team, according to the report. He does not appear on Chivas’ roster of first team players and did not appear to play in any regular season games, though he did score in a preseason scrimmage against San Diego State.

Chijindu hails from Fontana, Calif., and attended La Verne Damien High School

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Former UConn star Chijindu on trial at Babelsberg

Posted on 17 December 2008 by ASN Staff

Former University of Connecticut and Chivas USA forward Chukwudi Chijindu is undergoing a trial run at German regional league (fourth division) club SV Babelsberg 03, according to a local newspaper report.

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