U.S. MNT Preparing for Saturday Match with Denmark in Carson, Calif.
It's now just four days until the 2010 World Cup cycle gets its first taste of real action when the U.S. welcomes Denmark to The Home Depot Center on Jan. 20. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. PT, and fans can get a first glimpse of the scene when coverage starts at 1:50 p.m. PT live on ESPN2. The match will also be shown via tape delay on Galavision, and fans can follow along online via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.
Jan. 17, 2007
January 17, 2007
DAYS TO DENMARK: It's now just four days until the 2010 World Cup cycle gets its first taste of real action when the U.S. welcomes Denmark to The Home Depot Center on Jan. 20. U.S Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley and the 29-man domestic based roster have 13 days of work under their belts, with only two training sessions remaining until D-Day. Kickoff for the first match of 2007 is set for 2 p.m. PT, and fans can get a first glimpse of the scene when Rob Stone, Eric Wynalda, Bruce Arena and Allen Hopkins start the coverage at 1:50 p.m. PT live on ESPN2. The match will also be shown via tape delay on Galavision, and fans can follow along online via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.
STATUS REPORT: New England Revolution midfielder Pat Noonan has been on the sidelines with a right knee strain, while Houston Dynamo midfielder Bryan Mullan is experiencing tendinitis in his left ankle. The camp grew by one Sunday evening when D.C. United midfielder Brian Carroll joined the group in Carson, having recovered from a sprained ankle that prevented him from reporting on Jan. 4. Bob Bradley is expected to announce the 18-man roster that will dress for his debut match exclusively on ussoccer.com on Friday.
BLOGGING: Like a good suspense novel, you never know what you're going to find when you turn the (electronic) page on the MNT Training Camp blog. From descriptions of training sessions, to impromptu interviews, to a list of books the players are reading, you can get a glimpse at training camp central with the most up-to-date inside scoop coming out of Carson.
ESPNEWS PREVIEW ON THURSDAY: Keep an eye on the ESPNews Hotlist on Thursday afternoon as Bob Bradley is expected to appear at 5:40 p.m. ET to discuss training camp progress and preview the Denmark match. Check back on the MNT Training Camp blog for scheduling information.
ALL_ACCESS VIDEO: KYLE BECKERMAN: It's been a long road to the full team for Kyle Beckerman, a member of the inaugural Under-17 Residency Camp in 1999. Part of the class that included the likes of DaMarcus Beasley, Bobby Convey, Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu, and a host of others, Beckerman has experienced highs and lows at the both the professional and international level during the past six years. Hear the Crofton, Md., native discuss his time with the youth teams, give a history of the now-famous dreadlocks look, and even catch a little of his musical talent in this exclusive all_access video. Be sure to check out all the exclusive all_access videos from training camp at ussoccer.com.
KLJESTAN'S KORNER: As if getting his first call up to the full team wasn't career advancement enough, midfielder Sacha Kljestan continues his budding career on ussoccer.com with Kljestan's Korner, a journal of the happenings in training camp from a rookie's perspective. Fans of ussoccer.com will remember him from the “Sacha and Benny’s Audio Diaries” during the 2005 FIFA Under-20 World Championship, as well as playing a role in the famous bike ride video during the same tournament.
DENMARK IN TOWN: The Denmark National Team made the long trek across the Atlantic earlier this week, arriving into the Los Angeles area Monday evening (Jan. 15). Morten Olsen's men will be training at the HDC for the remainder of the week. Winners of the 1992 European Championship in Sweden, Denmark currently sit it in second place of Group F behind Sweden in the qualifying tournament for the 2008 European Championship to be held in Austria and Switzerland. Olsen, who has coached the squad since 2000, has named a 21-man roster made up primarily of domestic players, including five from reigning Danish Superligaen champions FC Copenhagen.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Casper Ankergren (Brondby), Jesper Christiansen (FC Copenhagen)
DEFENDERS (6): Anders Moller Christensen (OB), Michael Gravgaard (FC Copenhagen), Lars Jacobsen (FC Copenhagen), Kristian Bak Nielsen (FC Midtjylland), Michael Ribers (FC Nordsjaelland), Chris Sorensen (OB)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Jonas Borring (OB), William Kvist Jorgensen (FC Copenhagen), Christian Keller (Stabaek), Thomas Kristensen (FC Nordsjaelland), Hjalte Bo Norregaard (FC Copenhagen), Peter Nymann (OB), Christopher Poulsen (Viborg), Rasmus Wurtz (AAB), Niki Zimling (Esbjerg FB)
FORWARDS (4): Jesper Bech (Esbjerg FB), Morten Nordstrand Nielsen (FC Nordsjaelland), Simon Busk Poulsen (FC Midtjylland), Dennis Sorensen (FC Midtjylland)
STRANGER THAN FICTION: Young or old, newcomer or veteran, no one's had an experience quite like this before. Last Friday night at about 1:45 a.m., the 'fire alarm' goes off in the hotel. Instead of the routine recorded message instructing the guests to exit the building - which have been a nuisance, if not a typical one - a live voice calmly but firmly declared: "This is the police. There is a burglar in the building and we are in pursuit. Please lock your doors and remain in your rooms until further notice." Ummmm ... OK. By most accounts, everyone had woken up, and they did - lock their doors, that is. Ten minutes later, another message: “This is the police. Police dogs are now assisting in the search. Please lock your doors and remain in your rooms until further notice." Now it's just getting disturbing. Chris Rolfe, unable to get back to sleep, watched from his balcony as the burglar was chased by police out of the hotel and down the street. The all-clear sign came a few minutes after. No word on whether the suspect was apprehended or on how many players slept under their bed for the rest of the night.
AFTER 522 DAYS BETWEEN GAMES, MEXICO LOOMING ON FEB. 7: Following the match with Denmark, the U.S. team will have a few days off and then will get right back to work in advance of the team’s 52nd all-time meeting with Mexico. This edition of USA-Mexico is set for the brand new University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 7 (tickets). The match will be televised live by both ESPN2 and Univision in an expanded two-and-a-half hour window beginning at 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET). Curiously, the USA and Mexico have not met since the United States’ authoritative, World Cup-clinching, 2-0 victory back on Sept. 3, 2005, in Columbus, Ohio. That is a span of 522 days is the longest the two teams have gone between matches since 1993. (The 2006 calendar year marked the first time the two teams have not met since 1992.)