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National Soccer Wire Newsletter Archive - February 16, 2011 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
== National Soccer Wire - February 16, 2011 == (vol. 2, iss. 7)
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> U.S. Men's U-17 National team defeats Cuba 3-1 in CONCACAF group play
> Full 2011 MLS regular season schedule announced
> WPS releases preseason schedule, but no dates for Freedom
> Kevin Payne receives U.S. Soccer's Werner Fricker Builder Award
> U.S. Soccer provisionally sanctions NASL as division 2 professional league for 2011
> NASL hopes to maintain stable second division league
> ECNL/id2 training camp features Mia Hamm, scouting, higher competition
> NSW Video of the week: ECNL executives weigh in on future of the league

Around The Net: Bob Bradley, Pia Sundhage Salary, U.S. Women’s National Team, 2011 Algarve Cup Roster, MLS international calendar, Chris Agorsor, Philadelphia Union, Korey Veeder, Columbus Crew, Married co-head coaches for the VCU women's soccer team, US starlet Esteban Rodriguez, Mayor's Cup, US Club National Cup X Regionals, Gatorade New York High School Player Of The Year, Ask the Ref, Ten Tips to Prepare for the Soccer Season, Arsenal v Barcelona Preview, Potomac Soccer Wire, D.C. United, Most Profitable Pro Soccer Teams, Wayne Rooney's wonder goal, 2011 ECNL/id2 Video

Soccer on TV:  Fiorentina v Inter, Arsenal v Barcelona, Roma v Shakhtar, Blackpool v Tottenham, Inter Milan v Bayern Munchen, Benfica v Stuttgart, Spartha v Liverpool, Chelsea v Everton, Borussia v St. Pauli, Stoke City v Brighton & Hove Albion, Birmingham City v Sheffield, Manchester United v Crawley , Valencia v Sporting, Bologna v Palermo, Inter Milan v Cagliari, Millionarios v Once Caldas, Atletico Nacional v America de Cali, Nottinham Forest v Cardiff City (D), West Brom v Wolverhampton, Manchester City v Notts County, Chievo v AC Milan, Fulham v Bolton/Wigan (D), Leyton Orient v Arsenal, Lecce v Juventus (D), Sevilla v Hercules , Napoli v Catania, Barcelona v Athletico Bilbao, Touloue v Rennais, Corinthians v Santos (D), Bayer Leverkusen v Stuttgart, Kobenhavn v Chelsea, Olympique Lyon v Real Madrid (D), Columbus Crew v Real Salt Lake, Chievo Verona v AC Milan (D), Olympique Marseille v Man Utd


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Tournaments: Virginia Beach Spring Classic Soccer Tournament March 19-20, 2011 Liberty Cup Invitaional (26-27 March), Richmond Kickers Colonial Cup: May 28-29, 3rd Annual Commonwealth Classic 11v11 Adult Soccer Tournament

Socer Jobs: Prince William Soccer (PWSI) Seeking Applicants for Select Coaches

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> U.S. Men's U-17 National team defeats Cuba 3-1 in CONCACAF group play
Andrew Oliver delivered a goal and an assist as the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team earned a 3-1 win against Cuba in their opening group match of the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Alfred Koroma opened the scoring and Esteban Rodriguez added a third as the U.S. improved their unbeaten record against Cuba in U-17 qualifying to 4-0-2 lifetime.
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> Full 2011 MLS regular season schedule announced
Major League Soccer and its national broadcast partners released the 2011 regular season schedule last Thursday. Each of the League’s 18 clubs will play 34 matches, facing each of the other clubs once at home and once on the road. The 16th regular season in MLS history will consist of a total of 306 matches, all of which will be broadcast live.
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> WPS releases preseason schedule, but no dates for Freedom
Women's Professional Soccer released preseason schedules for most of the league on Thursday, though information for magicTalk SC/Washington Freedom is conspicuously absent.
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> Kevin Payne receives U.S. Soccer's Werner Fricker Builder Award
Kevin Payne, president of D.C. United and a leading soccer executive and pioneer in the sport, was honored at U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting in Las Vegas as the recipient of the prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award.
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> U.S. Soccer provisionally sanctions NASL as division 2 professional league for 2011
The U.S. Soccer Board of Directors provisionally sanctioned the North American Soccer League (NASL) to operate a Division 2 men’s outdoor professional soccer league in the United States. The sanctioning was approved this weekend at U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting in Las Vegas.
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> NASL hopes to maintain stable second division league
On Friday, the nation’s governing body finally handed the NASL’s ownership group provisional status as a second-division league for 2011 after previously revoking it due to financial concerns. But they won't compete in US Open Cup this year.
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> ECNL/id2 training camp features Mia Hamm, scouting, higher competition
On Sunday, more than 80 of the nation’s best female youth soccer players born in 1994 and 1995 completed four days of training and competition at the 2011 ECNL/id2 National Training Camp, which was held Feb. 10-13 on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla.
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> NSW Video of the week: ECNL executives weigh in on future of the league
National Soccer Wire caught up with ECNL executives at last month's NSCAA Convention in Baltimore.was a few minutes before making an standing-room presentation on the state of, and future of both the league and women's soccer development in general.
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Salary information for US coaches Bradley, Sundhage reveals surprises: Star-Ledger piece on US Soccer salary figures.

Following a seven-day training camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named a 24-player preliminary roster for the 2011 Algarve Cup in Portugal. Team departs to defends title on February 18th.


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Garber: MLS will not adopt international calendar 'any time soon': This week MLS Commissioner Don Garber admitted that his league will not switch to the international calendar "any time soon."

Agorsor joins Philly, Veeder heads to Columbus through MLS allocation lotteries: Chris Agorsor will play for the Philadelphia Union and Korey Veeder was allocated to the Columbus Crew via the same MLS process.


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Married co-head coaches for the VCU women's soccer team: Although two head coaches seemingly creates plenty of opportunities for conflict, VCU's married tandem Tim Sahaydak and Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak combine to create a very in sync coaching staff, according to this article about the duo in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


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US starlet Rodriguez makes impact at CONCACAF U17 boys tourney in Jamaica: U.S. U17 midfielder Esteban Rodriguez profiled on ussoccer.com.

Mayor's Cup brings impressive list of youth clubs to Las Vegas this weekend: A strong array of youth clubs from across the nation and beyond will take part in the Las Vegas Mayor's Cup this weekend.

Online applications are currently available for National Cup X Regionals running from Memorial Day weekend through July 12.

Tatiana Saunders has been named The Gatorade New York High School Player Of The Year as starting goalkeeper for the New York A.C. 2010 season.


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Ask the Ref: Should Clint Dempsey have been awarded a re-take on this PK miss?


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Ten Tips to Prepare for the Soccer Season: With the spring soccer season for millions of youth, high school, and pro players about to kick off all over the United States, we thought it was a good time to get some advice to share with the best way for players to be at their best come opening day.


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Arsenal v Barcelona Preview: Where will you tomorrow for one of the most anticipated soccer games since the World Cup? This UEFA Champions League clash could easily get better global TV ratings then that really big American football game a few Sunday's ago.

Potomac Soccer Wire, the sister website to National Soccer Wire, and D.C. United have entered into a content-sharing partnership that makes Potomac Soccer Wire the exclusive provider of youth soccer news and information for DCUnited.com, United's official website.

Most Profitable U.S. Pro Sports Teams Behind Europe's Elite: Even the biggest and most profitable U.S. sports franchises have been left in the shade by Europe's soccer elite. Europe's top 20 clubs earned more than four billion euros ($5.46 billion) between them last season, bucking the financial downturn and leaving them well equipped to comply with UEFA's financial fair play rules. Deloitte's football "money league," published on Thursday, showed an unchanged top six with Real Madrid and Barcelona leading the way for the second successive year.


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Wayne Rooney's wonder goal versus Manchester City: For anyone who though Wayne Rooney had lost his goal scoring touch, this should end those conversations. Whether you're a fan of Manchester United or not, if you call yourself a fan of the game, this is a goal you'll stand up and cheer as loudly as you do for your own team. Like the German Colonel from the movie "Victory" when Pele scored his bicycle kick, you should ignore any peer pressure to only cheer for the home side, and simply thank the heavens for goals like this and the buzz they create around this great game.

Video highlights from the 2011 ECNL/id2 National Training Camp: On Sunday, more than 80 of the nation’s best female youth soccer players born in 1994 and 1995 completed four days of training and competition at the 2011 ECNL/id2 National Training Camp, which was held Feb. 10-13 on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. See the video highlights and link to the full story here.


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=== Tournaments ===

> Virginia Beach Spring Classic Soccer Tournament March 19-20
Beach FC and the City of Virginia Beach invite your club/teams to attend the Virginia Beach Spring Classic Soccer Tournament scheduled for March 19-20, 2011. Virginia Beach is home to some of the finest beachfront on the Eastern seaboard, the Virginia Aquarium, and much more. The tournament will be played in Virginia Beach which includes the 20-field soccer complex. Please inquire about discounts for club and multiple teams. Early acceptance is offered for those teams requiring travel arrangements. Click here for more info!

> 2011 Liberty Cup Invitational (26-27 March)
The FPYC 2011 Liberty Cup Tournament (26-27 March) will be a great pre-season warm-up for all U9 to U18 boys and girls travel teams in the spring 2011 season. Liberty Cup features include:
- Four games for all teams: Two preliminary games (Saturday, one Sunday morning; either a Championship or Consolation game Sunday afternoon)
- Any age group canceled by weather or field conditions will receive a full refund
- Nearly all games on artificial turf fields at Fairfax City and County parks
Application fee is $625 for U9-11, $675 for U12, and $695 for U13-U18. Teams must complete the on-line application and mail application fee payment by 18 February 2011. Please send any questions to the Tournament Director, David Shade, at davidm@dmshade3.com or visit our website.

> Richmond Kickers Colonial Cup: May 28-29
The Richmond Kickers 14th Annual Colonial Cup is a fantastic season-end event for both travel teams and top level recreation clubs, to be held over Memorial Day Weekend in Richmond, VA. With two of the best privately owned soccer complexes on the East Coast, including Ukrop Park and Hensley Park, Colonial Cup is committed to providing top quality fields for competition. Plus, don’t miss the Richmond Kickers Pro game Saturday night! Register now at RichmondKickers.com.

> 3rd Annual Commonwealth Classic 11v11 Adult Soccer Tournament
Commonwealth Soccer League, Inc. will be hosting the Commonwealth Classic on July 9-10, 2011. The MDCVSA, USASA sanctioned tournament will host Men’s and Coed divisions (and possibly a four-team Women’s division) on the Bermuda grass fields at Patriot Park in Spotsylvania County, Va. Teams are guaranteed at least three 70-minute games. The entry fee is $475 if postmarked by May 27 ($525 if between May 28 and June 10). For more information, go to www.commonwealthclassic.org.


=== Soccer Jobs ===

> Prince William Soccer (PWSI) Seeking Applicants for Select Coaches
Prince William Soccer Inc. (PWSI) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Select Coach for the 2011-12 season. Qualifications include: travel soccer coaching experience, license from USSF or NSCAA – preferably National Youth License or USSF C license and above, good interpersonal skills, self-starter, enthusiastic, willing to learn and teach others, playing experience . If interested, please send resume to PWSI, Attn: Technical Director of Coaching, 14716 Minnieville Rd., Woodbridge, VA 22193 or clubhouse@pwsi.org. Deadline March 15, 2011.