U.S. Men Wrap Up Cary Camp, Arrive in Nashville for May 23 Send-Off Series Opener vs. Morocco
After conducting their ninth and final day of training on Sunday morning in Cary, N.C., the U.S. Men’s National Team boarded a flight to Nashville, Tenn., to begin final preparations for the three-game Send-Off Series before heading to Germany for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
May 22, 2006
Training Camp Update
May 22, 2006
FAREWELL TO CARY: After conducting their ninth and final day of training on Sunday morning in Cary, N.C. (photos), the U.S. Men’s National Team boarded a flight to Nashville, Tenn., to begin final preparations for the three-game Send-Off Series before heading to Germany for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. “We want to sincerely thank everyone in Cary for their support during our stay,” said U.S. Manager Bruce Arena. “The facilities were simply outstanding, and the staff were extremely accommodating and supportive of our efforts. Our time in Cary couldn’t have been better in terms of beginning our preparation for the World Cup.” The U.S. held a training session at the Coliseum on Monday morning, and will face Morocco (tickets) on Tuesday, May 23, live on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. CT (delayed on Telemundo) in a match presented by Budweiser. After the match, the U.S. will then bounce to Cleveland to face Venezuela (tickets) at Cleveland Browns Stadium (presented by Sierra Mist) on Friday, May 26 at 7 p.m. ET (live on ESPN2, delayed on Telemundo), before heading to East Hartford, Conn., for their final match against Latvia (tickets) at Rentschler Field (presented by Hyundai) on Sunday, May 28 at 7 p.m. ET (live on ESPN2, delayed on Telemundo). The team will then have three days off before meeting in Newark on June 1 to fly to Germany.
LEEDS FALLS IN FINAL: Eddie Lewis and his Leeds United teammates were unable to move up to the English Premier League after falling, 3-0, to Watford in the League Championship Promotion Final on Sunday (May 21) at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Lewis had helped Leeds United advance to the final by scoring the lone goal in their 1-1 first leg draw against his old club Preston North End, then going the distance in the 2-0 victory on May 8 that secured their place in the final match. Lewis will re-join the national team in Nashville on Monday, having spent the first four days of training camp in Cary before heading back to England to prepare for the final. Last week, Lewis talked about his side's promotion playoff run and joining up with his old mates on the national team in this exclusive audio podcast (listen).
ESPN TO AIR U.S. MNT BEHIND-THE-SCENES FEATURES NIGHTLY FROM MAY 24-29 ON SPORTSCENTER: Sports fans will get another view inside the locker room of the U.S. Men’s National Team when ESPN’s SportsCenter kicks off a series of behind-the-scenes features that will air nightly from May 24-29. SportsCenter’s World Cup reporter Shelley Smith will deliver the 90-second segments that will be shot and aired the same day, showing scenes from training, team meetings, locker rooms and wherever else the cameras might make their way during the five-day window. For even more exclusive coverage of the team’s build-up to Germany, tune into the extensive all_access videos found only on ussoccer.com.
SERIOUS EXPOSURE: Media coverage of the team has certainly ramped up in ’06, and the last week in Cary saw the bar raised another level. More than 40 media outlets from the U.S., Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Japan spent two days going through lengthy interview sessions with the entire roster and U.S. Manager Bruce Arena. ESPN took several players and Arena for a day-long shoot to capture footage for the latest in their “one game changes everything” World Cup ad campaign featuring the music of U2 and voiceovers from the band members. The U.S. national team version is set to hit the airwaves by the end of the month. Sports Illustrated sent two separate photographers to do shoots with Kasey Keller and the quartet of DaMarcus Beasley, Bobby Convey, Landon Donovan and Oguchi Onyewu. USA Today photographers are on hand Monday to shoot Beasley and Donovan for an upcoming feature on the dynamic duo, while both NBC News with Brian Williams and CNN will film interviews at the training session and Tuesday night’s match. Experience the Cary camp from the media’s perspective (watch) as we turn the cameras on the press, continuing all_access video’s commitment to covering every angle of the Men’s National Team.
U.S. FANS TO SEE RED "DON'T TREAD ON ME’ JERSEY IN HARTFORD: In their final match of the Send-Off Series in advance of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the United States will take the field in a red, limited edition "Don't Tread on Me" jersey. This smart new kit will only be worn in the USA's May 28 match against Latvia in East Hartford, Conn., as part of the team's World Cup send-off celebration. This is a true limited edition, one-of-a-kind item. The red jersey features the USA's classic diagonal sash across the chest, reminiscent of the 1950 U.S. World Cup squad. The white-and-blue sash is offset by a 1950 era crest over the left chest. The right sleeve features the popular "Don't Tread" snake logo. The uniform is made of Nike Dri -FIT Mesh and features a polo-style collar. Be sure to pre-order your “Don't Tread on Me” jerseys now at ussoccerstore.com.
'DON'T TREAD' MUSIC VIDEO AVAILABLE ON USSOCCER.COM: You've watched U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Clint Dempsey perform on the soccer field, and now's your chance to see him in action off the field. Well-known as a freestyle rapper, Clint put his words down on paper to record a hip-hop track for Nike's "Don't Tread on Me" soccer campaign, titled "Don't Tread," collaborating with Texas rappers Big Hawk and XO, and Boston-based producer Da BeatzSmith (listen). Dempsey, a.k.a Deuce, shot a video for the track in his hometown of Nacogdoches, Texas, which you can now check out on ussoccer.com (watch). If you look closely, you can also see one of Dempsey's teammates and closest friends on the MNT, Eddie Johnson.
REYNA, KELLER MOST VETERAN OF VETERANS: Out of the 736 players participating in this summer’s FIFA World Cup, seven are taking part in their fourth tournament, including two from the U.S. – Claudio Reyna and Kasey Keller. Reyna was on the U.S. roster for the last three World Cups (1994, 1998 and 2002), while Keller was part of the team in 1990, but missed out on 1994 before rejoining the U.S. for the 1998 and 2002 tournaments. Keller is the only player in Germany that was involved with the 1990 World Cup. The U.S. is not the only country to have two players participating in their fourth World Cup as Mohammed Al-Deayea and Sami Al-Jaber of Saudi Arabia, and Cafu and Ronaldo of Brazil will be in Germany. The last player doing the quadruple is Oliver Kahn of Germany.
GETTING BACK IN THE SWING: For about half of the U.S. roster, the match against Morocco will only be their second with the U.S. team in 2006. Unlike four years ago, when the FIFA international calendar included three match dates that allowed the European-based players more time with the national team, this year’s schedule only included a single match date prior to the naming of the World Cup roster. Additionally, the CONCACAF Gold Cup was held in January of 2002, giving a couple players – most notably Eddie Lewis – the opportunity to play his way onto the World Cup roster. This time around, the three matches in six days during the Send-Off Series provides a bit of a personnel challenge for U.S. boss Bruce Arena, who must juggle playing time for 24 players over the critical three-match swing.
HOWARD AT HOME: Tim Howard will probably need a few extra tickets for the Morocco match, having made Tennessee his stateside home when not playing professionally in England. His wife, Laura, is from Memphis. Howard is set to man the nets for Everton FC of the English Premier League next season on a one-year loan from Manchester United. Howard made a splash in his debut year at Man-U in 2003, becoming the second-consecutive U.S. player to be named EPL Goalkeeper of the Year (Brad Friedel, Blackburn).
McBRIDE HONORED AS FULHAM’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: U.S. MNT forward Brian McBride was named the Fulham FC Player of the Season last week at the club’s end of the season dinner. Voted on by Fulham supporters, McBride was running neck and neck in the poll with teammate Steed Malbranque, but was able to squeak by in the end to win the award. McBride scored 10 goals and three assists in 39 games to help Fulham finish 12th in the English Premier League.
GETTING OLDER: U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu celebrated his 24th birthday on May 13 and was greeted with a piece of cake at lunch time and a rendition of “Happy Birthday to You…” by his teammates and staff. While he’s the first to celebrate his birthday since coming into camp, he certainly will not be the last as seven more players will turn a year older before the end of the World Cup. Eddie Lewis turned 32 on May 17 (no cake or song though as he was back in England) before a barrage of four in four days when DaMarcus Beasley and Brian Ching celebrate on May 24, Carlos Bocanegra a day later and Bobby Convey on May 27. There’s a bit of a layoff until the middle of June when Marcus Hahnemann turns 34 on June 15 and Brian McBride catches up to the U.S. goalkeeper four days later on June 19.
ESPN/ABC ANNOUNCE FIFA WORLD CUP BROADCAST TEAMS: ESPN/ABC Sports have announced their broadcasters for the network’s 64-game coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup beginning June 9 in Germany. Below is a list of broadcast pairings and their broadcast locations during the World Cup:
Play-by-play, Analyst - Location
Dave O’Brien, Marcelo Balboa - Germany
JP Dellacamera, John Harkes - Germany
Rob Stone, Robin Fraser - Germany
Glenn Davis, Shep Messing - ESPN HQ
Adrian Healey, Tommy Smyth - ESPN HQ
In addition to the five teams above, Eric Wynalda, Alexi Lalas and Julie Foudy will serve as studio analysts from the United States.
• The U.S. will dress 24 players for the match and the maximum number of substitutions will be six
• No injuries have been reported from the U.S. camp
• Eddie Lewis is the last to arrive in Nashville, touching down Monday evening (more on the Lewis situation later)
• The U.S. holds a 4-1-2 record in 2006, outscoring their opponents 15-7 and posting four shutouts
• The U.S. has faced Morocco twice at the senior international level, still in search of their first points after collecting an 0-2-0 record. Both matches took place on Moroccan soil, the U.S. falling 3-1 on March 18, 1992, in Casablanca and 2-1 seven years later on Nov. 17, 1999, in Marrakech
• Kasey Keller and Claudio Reyna appeared in the 1999 loss, the first and only visit to an African nation during Bruce Arena’s tenure with the national team
• Josh Wolff is the only player on the U.S. roster to appear in all seven of the team’s matches in 2006, including six starts. Jimmy Conrad and Landon Donovan share the lead in minutes played, each reporting for 450 minutes during five matches
• Six players on the roster have scored at least one goal in 2006, three players having recorded a pair in Clint Dempsey, Ben Olsen and Eddie Pope. Dempsey’s deuce includes the game-winner in the 1-0 shutout against Poland on March 1 in Kaiserslautern; Olsen netted the USA’s lone goal in the 1-1 draw against Jamaica on April 11 in Cary; and Pope scored in back-to-back games for the first time in his international career, against Norway and Japan, respectively. Steve Cherundolo got his first-ever goal for the national team in the 4-1 loss to Germany, while Brian Ching and Eddie Johnson round out the ’06 goal scorers
• Eleven players heading to Germany return from the 2002 World Cup roster. Reyna will be joined by U.S. Soccer's 2005 Male Athlete of the Year Kasey Keller as the only players in U.S. Soccer history to appear on four World Cup rosters. Reyna, Pope and Brian McBride boast the most appearances in World Cup matches on the roster, each having appeared in seven contests
• Reyna is the leading cap winner on the World Cup roster with 108 international appearances, while goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann has the fewest with six caps. The field player with the lowest cap total is defender Oguchi Onyewu with 12 appearances. Keller is the oldest player at 36 years, 154 days (as of May 2, 2006), while the youngest is Johnson at 22 years, 32 days
• In total, nine MLS teams are represented on the World Cup roster, with an additional 10 teams sending at least one player from clubs in Belgium (1), England (7), Germany (2) and Holland (2)
• Keller leads the goalkeeping trio as the USA’s all-time leader for goalkeepers in wins (51), shutouts (44) and World Cup qualifying appearances (31)
• Donovan, a two-time U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year, is already the leading assist man in U.S history (23), and has led the team in points the last three years running. His 25 goals are good for third place on the U.S. goal-scoring charts
• McBride is the only player in U.S. history to score goals in multiple World Cups, his three career World Cup tallies include the game-winners in the 3-2 opening match victory against Portugal in the 2002 World Cup and the impressive 2-0 win against Mexico in the Round of 16. Just one shy of the USA’s all-time leader in World Cup goals, his 29 international strikes also put him in second place on the all-time U.S. list
• Olsen is the only player on the 23-man World Cup roster not to play in a single World Cup qualifier in the 2006 campaign, assuming the mantle occupied by Pablo Mastroeni in 2002
• Heerenveen midfielder Michael Bradley has been training with the team since camp kicked off on May 11 in Cary. The U-17 residency alumni will dress for all three of the Send-Off Series matches
On the field for the USA
April 11, 2006 – SAS Soccer Park, Cary, North Carolina– International Friendly
USA 1 Ben Olsen 25’
Jamaica 1 Teafore Bennett 4’
USA: 1-Tony Meola; 4-Chris Albright, 23-Eddie Pope, 2-Frankie Hejduk, 19-Steve Ralston (8-Clint Dempsey, 55), 14-Ben Olsen, 25-Pablo Mastroeni, 10-Landon Donovan, 13-Pat Noonan (5-John Obrien, 67); 16-Josh Wolff (8-Eddie Johnson, 46), 20-Taylor Twellman (11-Brian Ching, 46).
JAM: 30-Donovan Ricketts; 25-Claude Davis (5-Demar Stewart, 29), 19-Garfield Reid, 16-Omar Daley, 3-Damion Stewart; 7-Jason Morrison (14-Dane Richards, 59), 8-Jamal Campbell-Ryce (9-Fabian Dawkins, 61), 17-Jermaine Hue, 18-Khari Stephenson (20-Oneil Thompson, 71); 6-Ryan Johnson (12-Jermaine Johnson, 71), 15-Teafore Bennett (21-Newton Sterling, 62).
On the field for Morocco
January 28, 2006 – Military Stadium, Port Said, Egypt – African Cup of Nations
LBY: Ali Osman, Saed Shushan, Mohamed Dawood, Mohamed Suliman, Saed Osman, Alejandro Agustini, Ibrahim Eltaib, Karra Nader, Ali Abdusalam, Mashbih Hamadi, Khames Eswae (Bou Saboun Abdelali 58')
MAR: Tarik El Jarmouni, Hoalid Regragui, Talal El Karkouri, Noureddine Naybet, Mohammed El Yaagoubi (Mohamed Madihi 73'), Houssine Kharja, Youssef Safri (Erbate El Amin 86'), Hicham Aboucherouane, Marouane Chamakh, Youssouf Hadji, Badr El Kaddouri
November 17, 1999 – Harti Stadium, Marrakech, Morocco – International Friendly
Morocco 2 Adil Ramzi 15', Mustapha Hadji 27' (pen)
USA 1 Eric Wynalda 19’
MAR: Khalid Fouhami, Lahcen Abrami, Youssef Mariana, Noureddine Naybet, Abdelilah Fahmi, Tahar El-Khalej, Said Chiba, Youssef Chippo (Abdelilah Saber 46') (Rachid Benmahmoud 72'), Mustapha Hadji, Adil Ramzi (Redouane El-Allaly 75'), Salaheddine Bassir
USA: Kasey Keller (Brad Friedel 46'), David Regis, Gregg Berhalter, CJ Brown, Frankie Hedjuk, Chris Armas, Chad Deering, Claudio Reyna, Jovan Kirovski, Joe-Max Moore (Steve Ralston 76'), Eric Wynalda (Jason Kreis 59')