Bradley Names 22-Man Roster For FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 22 players that will train in advance of the critical FIFA World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago.
March 20, 2009
The U.S. first travels to face El Salvador at Estadio Cuscatlán in the second match of the 10-game final round of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Kickoff on March 28 is set for 7 p.m. MT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Telefutura. Four days later, the state of Tennessee will host its first World Cup qualifier when the U.S. welcomes T&T to LP Field in Nashville (tickets). Coverage of USA-Trinidad &Tobago, presented by Dodge, begins at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can follow both matches live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
The U.S. is tied for first place in the final round hexagonal following the comprehensive 2-0 victory against Mexico on Feb. 11 in Columbus, Ohio. The team will begin assembling on March 22 in Miami, and will depart Thursday afternoon for El Salvador.
“These next two matches are very important in our efforts to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley, who is 8-1-0 overall in qualifying action. “The games against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago represent a big opportunity to solidify our place in the group. We had a fantastic team effort against Mexico, and if we put in the same type of performance we are confident of being able to get results.”
All 11 players who started in the 2-0 win against Mexico return for the two-game set, and 15 of the 18 players on the roster that day will head to Miami to begin training. Michael Bradley, the ussoccer.com Man of the Match, scored a pair of goals against Mexico to increase his career World Cup qualifying tally to four goals in seven games. Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu and Heath Pearce are part of the backline unit that has recorded seven shutouts in nine overall matches through this World Cup cycle. Brad Guzan has also made a big contribution to the stingy U.S. defense, having recorded three shutouts in four World Cup qualifiers. Pearce and DaMarcus Beasley are tied for the team lead in appearances in 2010 World Cup qualifying, each having appeared in eight games. On the attacking front, Clint Dempsey and Brian Ching finished 2008 tied for the team lead in goals scored (4), with all of their strikes coming in World Cup qualifying action. José Francisco Torres – who plays in the Mexican Primera División - is the only player on the roster who is not based in Europe or the United States.
Landon Donovan is the leading capwinner on the roster with 106 international appearances, the USA’s all-time leader in goals and assists now one goal shy of tying Brian McBride for the most career goals in World Cup qualifying (10). Donovan is one of four players on the roster – along with Beasley, Frankie Hejduk and Eddie Johnson – who played in the USA’s last qualifier in El Salvador, a 2-0 win on Oct. 9, 2004 in the semifinal phase of the competition. Johnson recorded his first cap and his first goal for the full team that day.
Several players are making their first appearance in the U.S. fold in 2009. Pablo Mastroeni returns after serving a one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation, while Jay DeMerit and Jonathan Spector are back from injury. Spector had been sidelined for several months following surgery to repair a torn labrum. Also back in the mix is goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, who last appeared for the U.S. in 2007. Meanwhile, 2008 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year Tim Howard is suspended for the El Salvador match after picking up his second yellow card of the qualifying campaign in the win against Mexico.
More than 13,000 tickets have been sold for the full team’s second match in Nashville. The U.S. Men’s National Team faced Morocco on May 23, 2006, prior to the FIFA World Cup in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 26,141 fans.
In April of 2008, the venue hosted the knockout round of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament, where the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team defeated Canada in the semifinals to become one of two teams from the region to qualify for Beijing.
The U.S., along with Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and Trinidad & Tobago, is competing in the 10-game round-robin format through Oct. 14, 2009, with the top three teams automatically advancing to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The fourth-place team will compete in a two-game playoff to be held Nov. 14/18 against the fifth-place finisher in South American qualifying.
U.S. Men’s National Team Roster vs. El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago
March 22-April 2, 2009
|Adu, Freddy||M||5-8||140||06/02/89||Potomac, Md.||AS Monaco (France)||12/1|
|Altidore, Jozy||F||6-1||175||11/06/89||Boca Raton, Fla.||Xerex C.D. (Spain)||7/2|
|Beasley, DaMarcus||M||5-8||145||05/24/82||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)||83/17|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6-0||170||05/25/79||Alta Loma, Calif.||Stade Rennais (France)||63/10|
|Bradley, Michael||M||6-2||175||07/31/87||Manhattan Beach, Calif.||Borussia Mönchengladbach (German)||26/5|
|Califf, Danny||D||6-1||175||03/17/80||Orange, Calif.||FC Midtjylland (Denmark)||22/1|
|Ching, Brian||F||6-1||195||05/24/78||Haleiwa, Hawaii||Houston Dynamo||34/9|
|DeMerit, Jay||D||6-0||185||12/04/79||Green Bay, Wis.||Watford (England)||9/0|
|Dempsey, Clint||F||6-1||170||03/09/83||Nacogdoches, Texas||Fulham FC (England)||47/13|
|Donovan, Landon||F||5-8||150||03/04/82||Redlands, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy||106/37|
|Edu, Maurice||M||6-0||170||04/18/86||Fontana, Calif.||Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)||10/0|
|Guzan, Brad||GK||6-4||210||09/09/84||Homer Glen, Ill.||Aston Villa (England)||11/0|
|Hahnemann, Marcus||GK||6-3||220||06/15/72||Seattle, Wash.||Reading FC (England)||7/0|
|Hejduk, Frankie||D||5-8||155||08/05/74||Cardiff, Calif.||Columbus Crew||82/6|
|Howard, Tim||GK||6-3||210||03/06/79||North Brunswick, N.J.||Everton FC (England)||36/0|
|Johnson, Eddie||F||6-0||180||03/31/84||Palm Coast, Fla.||Cardiff City (Wales)||37/12|
|Kljestan, Sacha||M||6-1||150||09/09/85||Huntington Beach, Calif.||Chivas USA||14/3|
|Mastroeni, Pablo||M||5-10||170||08/26/76||Phoenix, Ariz.||Colorado Rapids||62/0|
|Onyewu, Oguchi||D||6-4||210||05/13/82||Olney, Md.||Standard de Liege (Belgium)||39/5|
|Pearce, Heath||D||5-10||175||08/13/84||Modesto, Calif.||Hansa Rostock (Germany)||22/0|
|Spector, Jonathan||D||6-0||180||03/01/86||Arlington Heights, Ill.||West Ham United (England)||12/0|
|Torres, José Francisco||M||5-7||135||10/29/87||Longview, Texas||Pachuca (Mexico)||2/0|
ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 4/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton: 8/6 SO), Marcus Hahnemann (Reading: 1/1 SO)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 17/2), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 3/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford: 1/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 15/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 13/1), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 8/0), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United: 2/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco: 5/1), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 22/6), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 7/4), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 3/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 7/0), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids: 12/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 2/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Xerez C.D.: 4/1), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 13/6), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 13/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 26/9), Eddie Johnson (Cardiff City: 9/8)
*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF
Head Coach: Bob Bradley (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Peter Nowak (Naples, Fla.)
Assistant Coach: Mike Sorber (St. Louis)
Assistant Coach: John Hackworth (Bradenton, Fla.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Zak Abdel (Laverne, Calif.)
Fitness Coach: Pierre Barrieu (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
General Manager: Pam Perkins (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Trainers: Ivan Pierra (Los Angeles), Justin Shaginaw (Philadelphia)
Doctors: Kai Mithoefer (Boston), George Chiampas (Chicago)
Chiropractor: George Billauer (Los Angeles)
Equipment Manager: Tim Cook (Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
Video/Content Coordinator: Mark Liskevych (Chicago)
Videographer: Alejandro Becker (Hollywood, Calif.)
Press Officer: Michael Kammarman (Chicago)