U.S. MNT Arrives in Boston as Players Get Ready for El Salvador and Panama
BOSTON (Sept. 1, 2004) - The last of the USA's 23-man contingent arrived in Boston yesterday, the Fulham duo of Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride joined by Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard and Preston midfielder Eddie Lewis. On Monday, Bocanegra nodded home his first goal of the year in Fulham's 4-3 loss to Portsmouth, Howard kept it clean against Portsmouth in the scoreless draw at Old Trafford, and Eddie Lewis and company blanked Rotherham 2-0. With the roster now complete, the team will conduct its first full session this afternoon.
Sep. 1, 2004
U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Update
September 1, 2004
NEW TO ussoccer.com: TOTALLY HOME VIDEO! ussoccer.com continues to grow and now offers the next step on inside access - behind the scenes video . Reports from training camp will be available on the website beginning this week with transmissions from Boston. In the first of two segments, U.S. Manager Bruce Arena talks about "team building". In the second segment, recent arrivals from Europe, Bobby Convey and Clint Mathis, explain why there is no place like home. To access the segments, click on the video icons in this story.
MCBRIDE A MENACE: Fulham forward Brian McBride has been absolutely clinical against El Salvador, his six career goals against the Azules leading all U.S. scorers. He's proven the ability to score when it counts, as two goals came in the USA's 4-2 victory in a 1998 World Cup qualifier on Nov. 16, 1997 at Foxboro Stadium, while he tallied a goal and an assist in the 2-0 victory in the opening game of the 2003 Gold Cup in Foxboro last July. Rounding out his total against El Salvador was a hat trick in the 4-0 win on Jan. 27, 2000 in Pasadena.
EL SALVADOR ROSTER: El Salvador, which arrived into Boston this afternoon, has brought an 18-man roster for their match against the U.S. MNT on Saturday: GOALKEEPERS (2): Miguel Montes (Alianza FC), Santos Rivera (Limeno); DEFENDERS (5): Marvin Gonzalez (CD F.A.S.), Mario Guevara (Alianza FC), Eric Downson Prado (AD Isidro), Alexander Rosales (AD Isidro), Victor Velasquez (CD F.A.S.); MIDFIELDERS (7): Jose Urbina (Once Municipal), Edwin Gonzalez (Limeno), Victor Merino (LA Firpo), Gilberto Murgas (CD F.A.S.), Alfredo Pacheco (CD F.A.S.), Jorge Rodriguez (CD Aguila), William Torres (CD Aguila); FORWARDS (4): Denis Alas (San Salvador FC), Ronald Cerritos (Alianza FC), Josue Galdamez (Limeno), Diego Mejia (Monagua).
COMING TOMORROW, VANNEY ONE-ON-ONE: U.S. defender Greg Vanney seems finally to be settling into form. After missing out on the 2002 World Cup with a knee injury and inconsistent form after a move to France, the left-footed defender has found a steady role at Bastia and has quietly regained the confidence to put him in position for a regular place in the USA's World Cup qualifying campaign. After playing eight games for the MNT in 2003 - the most of his career - Vanney tallied his first international goal in second-half stoppage time of the USA's 3-0 win against Grenada in the first match of 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Check back tomorrow as Vanney reveals his thoughts on his past, present and future in this week's version of "one-on-one."
PICTURES, PICTURES AND MORE PICTURES: Carlos Bocanegra, Bobby Convey, Tim Howard, and many more can be seen going through their first day of practice in Boston as they get ready to take on El Salvador on Saturday. Click here to see the pics.