Oct 11 Team USA Weekend Preview: Oct. 11, 2013

By Paul D. Bowker | Oct. 11, 2013, 10:30 a.m. (ET)
Members of Team USA pose for a team photo after defeating Team Canada during the IIHF Womens World Championship gold-medal game at Scotiabank Place on April 9, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

The Road to Sochi continues forward this weekend with action in women’s hockey, bobsled and luge while the U.S. men’s soccer team closes out its home qualifying schedule for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Check out all of the details in the Team USA Weekend Preview.

ICE HOCKEY

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada, Oct. 12, Burlington, Vt.

The U.S. Women’s National Team will face rival Canada in the beginning of its “Bring on the World Tour” that leads up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The game will be played Saturday at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vt.

“We’re excited to kick off our tour in Burlington and compete in such a passionate and supportive environment,” said Reagan Carey, USA Hockey Director of Women’s Hockey.

While in Burlington, Team USA players will be making various community appearances on the ice and off of it. The players have planned to do school and hospital visits.

The last time the United States played Canada in Burlington, the Canadians won, 5-4, in overtime. It was for the gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Championships and Team USA has not forgotten. The Americans have been training in Bedford, Mass., for about a month. The “Bring on the World Tour” runs through Dec. 28 with Team USA playing Canada in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

BOBSLED/SKELETON

USA Bobsled Team Trials, Oct. 12, Lake Placid, N.Y.

The women’s and two-man USA Bobsled Team Trials begin Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y. The team trials for bobsled and skeleton will continue through Oct. 30 at both Lake Placid and Park City, Utah. The first round of the four-man bobsled is scheduled for Oct. 25 in Park City.

Athletes will compete in both Lake Placid and Park City for a chance to earn a spot on the 2013-2014 world cup squad, and all national team races will be streamed live on the official USA Bobsled & Skeleton website.

This season will culminate with the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and points earned throughout the world cup tour will play a significant role in which athletes are named to the Olympic team.

Web: Click here to watch live.  

LUGE

Norton National Championships, Oct. 12-13, Lake Placid, N.Y.

The Norton National Championships will be held Saturday at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y., followed by the Norton Seeding Races on Sunday. Another seeding race will be held next week in Park City, Utah. The competitions begin the qualification process for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Web: Click here to watch live. 

FIGURE SKATING

U.S. Figure Skating Regional Championships, Oct. 12-15, various locations

Rachael Flatt, the 2010 U.S. women’s champion and a 2010 Olympian, will begin her road toward the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at a U.S. Figure Skating Regional Championship this weekend in Vacaville, Calif. A finish among the top four would advance her to the sectional championships, and a top four finish at sectionals would send her to the 2014 U.S. championships. The Olympic spots will be determined in January at the Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

Flatt did not compete at the 2013 national championships due to injury. Other regional championships this weekend will be held in Grapevine, Texas, and Newington, Conn. Three more are scheduled for next week.

Also in figure skating:

ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Oct. 9-13, Tallinn, Estonia

SOCCER

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica, 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Oct. 11, Kansas City, Kan.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Jamaica Friday night in its final home game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying schedule. The United States, which is ranked No. 13 in the FIFA world rankings, has already qualified for the world cup.

The game will be played at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., in front of a sellout crowd. Michael Orozco, a defender, was a late addition to the U.S. roster this week, replacing injured LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez.

The United States will finish its qualifying schedule Tuesday against Panama in Panama City. The United States leads Costa Rica by one point at the top of the CONCACAF qualifying standings.

“We want to finish qualifying on a high note and prove a point in our region,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “We don’t view these games as the end of world cup qualifying. For us, it’s the start of preparations for the world cup and therefore we have to continue to raise the bar.”

TV: 6:30 p.m. ET Friday, ESPN

VOLLEYBALL

FIVB Women’s U23 World Championships, Oct. 5-12, Tijuana, Mexico

The U.S. Women’s U23 National Volleyball Team advanced to the semifinal round Friday in the FIVB Women’s U23 World Championships by winning four of five matches in pool play. A 25-20, 16-25, 10-25, 25-22, 15-9 victory over Brazil Wednesday clinched second place in Pool B behind China.

The United States will face Pool A winner Dominican Republic (4-1) in the semifinals. A victory would put the United States in the gold-medal match against China or Japan.

ParaVolley Pan American Sitting Volleyball Zonal Championships, Oct. 11-13, Edmond, Okla.

London 2012 Paralympic Games silver medalists Monique Burkland, Heather Erickson, Katie Holloway, Kaleo Kanahele, Nichole Millage, Kari Miller and Michelle Schiffler are among the members of the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team that will seek a zonal championship in Edmond, Okla. The top women’s team and top two men’s teams at the ParaVolley Pan American Sitting Volleyball Zonal Championships will qualify for the 2014 ParaVolley World Championships.

The U.S. women will face Brazil in a best-of-three series on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The U.S. men will face Canada Friday and Brazil Saturday. The men’s title game is Sunday.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

FIVB Sao Paulo Grand Slam, Oct. 9-13, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Four U.S. women’s teams and three men’s teams are competing in the FIVB Sao Paulo Grand Slam. The U.S. entrants include women’s teams the relatively new pairing of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, who met as opponents in the 2012 Olympic gold-medal game, and Lauren Fendrick and Brittany Hochevar, who each won their first two matches in main draw pool play.

Phil Dalhausser, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, and Casey Jennings are among the men’s teams.

Also in beach volleyball:

NORCECA Beach Circuit, Oct. 11-13, St. Lucia

EQUESTRIAN

U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, Oct. 9-13, Lexington, Ky.

Three-time Olympian Steffen Peters will attempt to win his seventh Grand Prix national championship this weekend at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp. Peters and Legolas 92 scored 77 percent to take the lead in Wednesday’s opening session. The Grand Prix competition resumes Friday night.

Kathleen Raine, aboard Breanna, is in second place.

The event held at Kentucky Horse Park also includes the USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship, USEF Young Adult Brentina Cup Dressage National Championship and AGCO/USEF National Young Rider Dressage Championship.

FEI Nations Cup, Military Boekelo CCIO3*, Oct. 11-13, Boekelo, Netherlands

Boyd Martin, a 2012 Olympian, is one of three members of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team competing in the seventh and final leg of the FEI Nations Cup at the Military Boekelo CCIO3*. Martin will ride Trading Aces. Also in the competition are Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp, aboard Fernhill by Night, and Lauren Kieffer, riding Veronica.

Also in equestrian:

USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, Oct. 10-12, Harrisburg, Pa.

SHOOTING

USA Shooting Fall Selection Match for Shotgun, Oct. 5-14, Tucson, Ariz.

Competition in men’s and women’s skeet will be held Saturday through Monday in the USA Shooting Fall Selection Match for Shotgun. The competition will determine USA Shooting roster spots for the 2014 world cup tour and world championships.

Previous winners this week included three-time national champion Rachael Heiden in women’s trap.

TRIATHLON

ITU Triathlon World Cup, Oct. 12, Tongyeong, South Korea

Joe Maloy and Tommy Zaferes will compete Saturday in the ITU Triathlon World Cup in Tongyeong, South Korea. Zaferes was the leader out of the water in last week’s world cup race in Cozumel, Mexico.

Also in triathlon:

USA Triathlon Long Course Triathlon and Aquabike National Championships, Oct. 13, Anderson, S.C.

CYCLING

Colorado Cross Classic and Boulder Cup, Oct. 12-13, Boulder, Colo.

The USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) heads to Boulder, Colo., for a pair of races Saturday and Sunday. Jeremy Powers leads the men’s standings by 26 points after a win last week in Providence, R.I. Elle Anderson leads the women’s standings.

Also in cycling:

UCI Track Cycling Masters World Championships, Oct. 6-12, Manchester, England

ARCHERY

World Archery Youth Championships, Oct. 13-20, Wuxi, China

Following a thorough team selection process featuring a 144-arrow qualification round and seven round robin matches, 24 youth archers were selected to represent the United States at the World Archery Youth Championships. The team features strong talent in cadet and junior archers, with familiar archers and emerging stars joining the team.

Strong recurve teams will feature several 2016 Olympic hopefuls and many resident athletes. The recurve junior women's team features the triple threat of Mackenzie Brown, Ariel Gibilaro and LaNola Pritchard taking to the field for Team USA. The recurve junior men's team athletes are Jeremiah Cusick and twin brothers Daniel McLaughlin, and Sean McLaughlin.

Rising star Collin Klimitchek will be joined on the recurve cadet men's team by Andrew Mateo and Geun Woo Kim. The recurve cadet women's team will feature Lauren Clamon, Anna Miscione and Eliana Claps, all of whom have had strong performances on the national level, and several of whom are members of the Junior Dream Team.

On the compound side, Kailey Johnston, Lexi Keller and Paige Pearce should be strong medal contenders in the junior women’s division. Bridger Deaton, Danny Button and Alex Wifler delivered match wins to clinch their berths to China on the compound junior men’s team.

FENCING

North American Cup, Oct. 11-14, Milwaukee

Competition begins Friday in the USA Fencing October North American Cup. The tournament is being held at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.

RUGBY

IRB Americas Rugby Championship, Oct. 11-19, Langford, B.C., Canada

The USA Eagles Select XV squad begins play in the IRB Americas Rugby Championship on Friday, when it faces Argentina at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C. The United States will also play host Canada on Tuesday.

Also in rugby:

HSBC Sevens World Series, USA Eagles Sevens vs. New Zealand and Kenya, Oct. 11; vs. Tonga, Oct. 12, Australia

Webcast: 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday, universalsports.com

Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org

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