Training Continues at The Home Depot Center In Preparation for Final Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying
With precisely a week to go before the Feb. 11 showdown with Mexico in Columbus, things are already heating up for the chilly encounter. Tickets for the match sold out within 90 minutes of going on sale to the general public, and news coverage is ramping up on both sides of the border. .
Feb. 4, 2009
Feb. 4, 2008
SUPER SELLOUT: With precisely a week to go before the Feb. 11 showdown with Mexico in Columbus, things are already heating up for the chilly encounter. Tickets for the match sold out within 90 minutes of going on sale to the general public, and news coverage is ramping up on both sides of the border. The U.S. team is back in training in Carson, and will continue training through Saturday before packing up for Columbus.
U.S. Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids)
DEFENDERS (5): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Ugo Ihemelu (Colorado Rapids), Chris Wingert (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Jack Jewsbury (Kansas City Wizards), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), John Thorrington (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire)
PRIMETIME SPOT IN RIVALRY WEEK: As befits one of the biggest rivalries in the Western Hemisphere, the USA-Mexico showdown on Feb. 11 will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD as part of ESPN's Rivalry Week, the second such stint in consecutive years for the marquee matchup. Last year, the encounter lived up to its billing in Rivalry Week as the teams produced a thrilling 2-2 draw on Feb. 6 at Houston's Reliant Stadium. The USA's most anticipated match of the Final Round of qualifying will also get top billing live on Univision and the Futbol de Primera Radio Network.
UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU – TO WEAR RED!: U.S. Soccer and Nike are calling on fans across the country to show their support for the U.S. team by wearing red on game day against Mexico. Whether you will be part of the jam-packed crowd at Columbus Crew Stadium or watching in Official U.S. Soccer Bars across the country, put on your favorite red gear and make a statement for the entire world to see.
ERIKSSON NAMES MEXICO SQUAD FOR COLUMBUS: Mexico head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has named 24 players for the squad that will face the United States in Columbus next week. As expected, the roster includes many high profile names, including team captain and Barcelona-based defender Rafael Marquez, long-serving midfielder Pável Pardo, and young forwards Giovanni Dos Santos and Nery Castillo. Fans will also recognize long-time U.S. nemesis, goalkeeper Oswaldo Sánchez. Mexico has begun training with their domestic based players in Mexico City, and will be joined by their extrañeros in Columbus this coming weekend.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Oswaldo Sánchez (Santos Laguna), Guillermo Ochoa (Club América), José de Jesús Corona (Tecos)
DEFENDERS (7): Juan Carlos Valenzuela (Club América), Julio César Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Ricardo Osorio (VFB Stuttgart), Rafael Marquez (FC Barcelona), Aaron Galindo (Guadalajara), Leobardo López (Pachuca)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Fausto Pinto (Cruz Azul), Pável Pardo (Club América), Leandro Augusto (Pumas), Luis Perez (Monterrey), Israel Martinez (San Luis), Antonio Naelson (Toluca)
FORWARDS (8): Alberto Medina (Guadalajara), César Villaluz (Cruz Azul), Giovanni Dos Santos (Tottenham Hotspur), Matías Vuoso (Santos Laguna), Carlos Ochoa (Guadalajara), Nery Castillo (Shakhtar Donetsk), Guillermo Franco (Villarreal), Omar Bravo (Deportivo La Coruña)
U.S. TO FACE TRINIDAD & TOBAGO AT LP FIELD: FIFA World Cup qualifying will go to Nashville, Tenn., for the first time as the U.S. Men’s National Team will face Trinidad & Tobago at LP Field on April 1 at 6:45 p.m. CT in the second of five home qualifiers on the road to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision, and fans can follow online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets ranging in price levels from $20 to $70 go on sale to the public Friday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Central Tennessee (including Macy’s, Kroger, and FYE), as well as the LP Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits), are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
CALL IT LIKE YOU SEE IT: The MNT Blog is giving you a chance to put your stamp on broadcast history by submitting your own version of audio commentary on three memorable goals from the U.S.-Mexico rivalry. From Josh Wolff's memorable strike from 2001, to DaMarcus Beasley's clincher in 2005, to Landon Donovan's memorable slalom run from 2007, all three goals are beckoning for fans to give them their best John Motson, Martin Tyler or Al Michaels impression. Submissions continue until Feb. 9, at which time the best entries will be compiled into what is sure to be a memorable highlight video. Head over to the MNT Blog for more information.
STUDIO 90 NEWS FROM CARSON: Both the Men's and Women's National Teams have spent the better part of the beginning of 2009 training at The Home Depot Center, and you get can get a special inside look from the National Training Center with ussoccer.com's Studio 90 News, the downsized version of the popular web series. In the most recent addition, Studio 90 News caught up with two-time World Cup veteran Frankie Hejduk to discuss the Mexico rivalry, and talked to U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach, who is on the road to recovery after suffering a broken leg last July just prior to the 2008 Olympic Games. Watch Studio 90 News here.
PHOTO ALBUMS: As always, the crack U.S. Soccer photography staff is snapping away at training every day to bring the best images from the field. For a daily review, log on to the sights and sounds sections at ussoccer.com. You can also see images from all of the U.S. national team games and photos from MLS and around the world at isiphotos.com, the official photographer of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
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