Based on her start with the U.S. women's soccer team, it's safe to say Carli Lloyd's recent scoring outburst was a surprise.
U.S. men's U-23 coach Peter Nowak has named the 18 players who will represent the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The United States will host the CONCACAF under-23 championship, a qualifying tournament for the 2008 Olympics in men's soccer.
The scheduling of two friendlies comes as welcome news to the U.S. women's team, writes Heather Mitts.
The Los Angeles Galaxy will visit the Chicago Fire and the MetroStars will host D.C. United in the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The U.S. soccer team is not bringing in any of its Europe-based players for next month's exhibition games against Argentina and Jamaica.