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Starikov Added to U.S. MNT January Camp Roster

CHICAGO (Jan. 7, 2011) — U.S. head coach Bob Bradley has added Zenit St. Petersburg-based striker Eugene Starikov to the January camp roster. The 22-year-old arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday evening and will begin training this morning.

Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Starikov grew up in Florida and attended Stetson University before leaving in 2009 to join the 2008 UEFA Cup champions in Russia. In 2010, he spent the last half of the season on loan with Russian Premier League club Tom Tomsk, scoring one goal in nine appearances.

Starikov brings the roster total to 25 players. New York Red Bulls striker Juan Agudelo has also joined camp after spending the last five days at the U-20 MNT training camp in Ft. Lauderdale.

The U.S. is currently in training camp in Carson, Calif., preparing for the first match of 2011, a friendly against fellow FIFA World Cup finalists Chile on Jan. 22 at The Home Depot Center. For the latest updates from Carson, log on to the MNT Blog or follow the team on twitter @ussoccer.