U.S. Men's National Team Ready For Saturday Match vs. China
Following a week of training at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the U.S. Men's National Team arrived in San Jose on Thursday (May 31).
May 31, 2007
U.S. Men’s National Team Training Camp Update
May 31, 2007
San Jose, Calif.
U.S. ARRIVES IN SAN JOSE: Following a week of training at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the U.S. Men's National Team arrived in San Jose on Thursday (May 31) after flying north from Southern California. The U.S. Men will take on China on Saturday, June 2, at 5 p.m. PT at Spartan Stadium in the team's final preparation match before the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup (tickets). Fans can follow all the action live on ESPN2, Galavision and online via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.
- The U.S. team arrived into San Jose on May 31, with their sole training session in market at Spartan Stadium on Friday afternoon
- Of the initial 19-man roster for the China game, only goalkeeper Brad Guzan did not make the trip
- The teams will dress 18 players, with a maximum of six substitutions
- Twelve players on Saturday’s roster also appear on the Gold Cup roster, including 11 European-based and Jonathan Bornstein of Chivas USA
- The MLS contingent for the Gold Cup will join the team beginning June 3 in Los Angeles
- The June 2 match will be the eighth meeting between the U.S. and China, with the U.S. holding the lead in the lifetime series with a 4-1-2 record
- Three of the last seven meetings between the U.S. and China have been in the Bay Area, with the last meeting coming six years ago on Jan. 27, 2001, in Oakland as the U.S. won 2-1 on a Brian McBride goal and a China own goal. The U.S. also played China in San Francisco (2-1 W) on Oct. 16, 1977, and in Palo Alto on April 4, 1992 (5-0 W). In seven meetings, the U.S. has outscored China 13-6
- Only one player on the roster appeared in the last meeting between the two teams: a 19-year from Ft. Wayne, Ind., earned his first cap that day as DaMarcus Beasley went the full 90 in the victory
- Kasey Keller wins the age and caps contest on this roster, with 97 caps at age 37. Beasley is in second place on appearances with 62
- Overall, the U.S. has a 1-0-2 record at Spartan Stadium and a 9-6-3 record in the Bay Area including last year’s 3-2 victory vs. Japan on goals by Taylor Twellman, Eddie Pope and Clint Dempsey. The last appearance at Spartan Stadium was a 2-0 victory against Wales on May 23, 2003, on goals by Eddie Lewis and Landon Donovan
- Bradley has enlisted four players from his former side Chivas USA. The MLS Rookie of the Year in 2006, defender Jonathan Bornstein already earned his first cap and goal this year in the 3-1 win against Denmark on Jan. 20 at The Home Depot Center. Scoring four goals in eight games this year, Ante Razov is the third leading goalscorer in MLS history with 106 tallies, and has six goals in 24 appearances for the United States. Jesse Marsch has earned one cap for the U.S. (Dec. 9, 2001 v. South Korea). Kljestan rounds out the group
- Bornstein is the only player on the roster with a goal for the USA in 2007. Beasley is the only one with an assist, setting up Donovan’s hat-trick clinching blast in the 3-1 victory against Ecuador on March 25 in Tampa, Fla.
- Bradley will also look at a trio of U.S. U-23 prospects who are currently plying their trade in Europe. Lee Nguyen, a member of the PSV Eindhoven team that won the Dutch league title this year, was the only high school player on the USA’s roster for the 2005 World Youth Championship. Berkeley, Calif., native Kamani Hill, a member of both the U-18 and U-20 national teams, moved to German Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg after leading the UCLA Bruins in scoring. Charlie Davies went from Boston College to Hammarby IF of the Swedish First Division
- The U.S. is 3-0-1 to start the 2007 campaign, scoring eight goals while surrendering only two. The victories include a 2-0 shutout victory against fellow World Cup finalists Mexico in front of a sold-out crowd of 62,462 in Glendale, Ariz., as well as wins against Ecuador and Denmark
BOB’S JOB: U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati officially handed the reigns of the U.S Men’s National Team to Bob Bradley at a press conference on May 16 in New York City. Bradley, 48, initially was named interim head coach on Dec. 8, 2006, and proceeded to become the first coach in team history to win his first three games. From the outset of his tenure, his decision making has demonstrated a long term vision and shrewd planning. Having given 36 players at least one cap (21 domestic and 15 foreign-based) over the first four games, he has already seen the vast majority of the current player pool first hand despite the existence of only one extended international fixture date. He has also brought U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen and U-17 head coach John Hackworth into training camp environments to begin to establish a coordinated strategy throughout the national teams programs. He enters the job having established a record of wins unmatched in MLS history (124). Bradley spent 2006 as head coach of Chivas USA in Major League Soccer, where he was honored as the league’s Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. During his one season at Chivas USA, Bradley turned around a team with the worst record in the league in 2005, leading them into the playoffs as the third-place finisher in the Western Conference. Bradley has previously been on the U.S. National Team coaching staff as an assistant with the Under-23 Men’s National Team at the 1996 Olympics and also assisted at several winter training camps and games during Bruce Arena’s tenure as Manager of the U.S. MNT. He collected one MLS Cup and two U.S. Open Cup titles with the Chicago Fire, including The Double in 1998 during the club’s inaugural season. During his 12-year MLS career as a head or an assistant coach, Bradley’s team’s qualified for the playoffs every year.
FIRE REUNION: A glance around the training field revealed a nice sized collection of Chicago Fire alumni. Reunited for the first time on the same team in seven years were Bob Bradley (coach), Peter Nowak (captain), DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Jesse Marsch and Ante Razov. Minus Beasley and Bocanegra (who joined the team in 2000), the group were part of the expansion team that won the 1998 Double – the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup. The entire unit did capture the U.S. Open Cup title together in 2000.
CHINA ROSTER: China head coach Zhu Guanghu has named 23 players for the upcoming trip to the United States, including Manchester United striker Dong Fangzhuo and Energie Cottbus midfielder Shao Jiaya. He has called on a relatively young side that is nearly a dozen games into the Chinese league season. Guanghu is using the trip to prepare for the Asian Cup finals in July.
CHINA MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM VS. USA:
GOALKEEPERS: Zong Lei (Changchun Yatai), Yang Jun (Tianjin Teda)
DEFENDERS: Xu Yunlong (Beijing Guo'an), Zhang Shuai (Beijing Guo'an), Zhang Baofeng (Changchun Yatai), Chen Dong (Dalian Shide), Zhai Yanpeng (Dalian Shide), Zhang Yaokun (Dalian Shide), Ji Mingyi (Dalian Shide), Xin Feng (Shenzhen Xiangxue), Sun Xiang (unattached)
MIDFIELDERS: Wang Dong (Changchun Yatai), Du Zhenyu (Changchun Yatai), Zhao Xuri (Dalian Shide), Cao Yang (Tianjin Teda), Hao Junmin (Tianjin Teda), Zheng Bin (FC Wuhan), Shao Jiayi (Energie Cottbus, Germany), Li Tie (unattached)
FORWARDS: Du Wenhui (Beijing Guo'an), Wang Peng (Dalian Shide), Qu Bo (Qingdao Zhongneng), Dong Fangzhuo (Manchester United, England).
EURO ROUNDUP: It was a mixed bag for the Americans Abroad on this roster, with some looking forward to European competition next season, others facing the disappointment of relegation, and still more with their next gig left to be determined. In England, the Fulham duo of Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey each played their part in keeping The Cottagers in the EPL. Bocanegra’s five goals were second-most on the team behind Brian McBride, while Dempsey’s first goal in his EPL proved decisive as the 1-0 win against Liverpool guaranteed Fulham’s place in top flight. Tim Howard had an outstanding year at Everton, collecting 14 shutouts, a UEFA Cup spot, and a new contract. Jonathan Spector became a consistent starter at West Ham United, his side collecting an improbable road victory against league champion Manchester United on the final matchday to avoid relegation. The same could not be said for Jay DeMerit and Watford, who return to the League Championship after only one season in the Premiership. He joins Frank Simek, who held the starting right back job at Sheffield Wednesday throughout the season in which Wednesday finished a respectable ninth in the table. Both Oguchi Onyewu and DaMarcus Beasley finished their loan spells at Newcastle and Manchester City without securing contracts, both considering several offers for next season. In Germany, Kasey Keller’s fantastic run at Moenchengladbach ended with his side dropping to the Second Bundesliga and the ‘keeper now shopping his wares for next season. Benny Feilhaber booked quality time for the Hamburg reserves but struggled to find first team action. Finally, in Holland, Heerenveen midfielder Michael Bradley served much of the season as a deputy for former Dutch international Paul Bosvelt as his side finished fifth in the table and will compete in the UEFA Cup next season. Hear the players talk about their year in the EPL in the latest all_access video.
MNT TO FACE GUATEMALA, T&T AND EL SALVADOR IN GROUP B OF GOLD CUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team was drawn into Group B for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup with Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago and El Salvador and will play first round matches in Los Angeles and Boston. The U.S. will begin the defense of its 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup title on June 7 vs. Guatemala at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, and will also play their second group match there on Saturday, June 9, vs. Trinidad & Tobago at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT. The group stage will end for the U.S. on June 12 vs. El Salvador at 7 p.m. ET after a cross country trip to Foxborough, Mass. All three U.S. group matches will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura. If the U.S. finishes first or second in Group B, it will play a quarterfinal match at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on June 16, but a third place finish would mean a trip to the other quarterfinal site, Reliant Stadium in Houston, on June 17. The semifinals are on June 21 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, and the final will be played at the same location on Sunday, June 24. All matches except the final will be played as doubleheaders. If both the U.S. and Mexico finish in the top two in their respective groups, the earliest the rivals could face-off is the final.
AND THEN ARGENTINA, COLOMBIA AND PARAGUAY IN COPA AMERICA: The U.S. Men’s National Team has been drawn into Group C with Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay for the 2007 Copa America, a 12-team tournament which will take place from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. The U.S. will open the tournament against Argentina on Thursday, June 28, at Estadio Jose “Pachencho” Romero in Maracaibo. The U.S. will then face Paraguay on July 2 at Estadio Agustin Tovar “La Carolina” in Barinas, before finishing group play against Colombia on July 5 at Estadio Metropolitano de Futbol de Lara in Barquisimeto. For the United States, the appearance will mark their third entrance into CONMEBOL’s signature event. The last time the U.S. competed in the tournament in 1995, the U.S. upset defending champion Argentina, 3-0, to advance to the quarterfinals where they defeated Mexico and eventually finished in fourth place.
GOLD CUP DEFENDERS: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley named the 23 players that will seek to defend the Gold Cup title. The U.S. returns eight players from the 2005 championship team, led by Golden Boot winner DaMarcus Beasley. At the other end of the spectrum, a total of 14 players will be vying for their first-ever Gold Cup cap. Seven of the ‘Euro’s’ will have the chance to make their Gold Cup debuts, including goalkeeper Tim Howard, who has already amassed eight shutouts in 18 international appearances. On the domestic front, the New England Revolution contributes the most players of any squad, sending three players to California. Steve Ralston is the only member of the trio with Gold Cup experience, having played eight games over two tournaments and collecting a medal in ’05. Current MLS leading scorer Taylor Twellman and Michael Parkhurst also head west from Boston. Colorado Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni appears in his fourth Gold Cup, and is one of six players on the roster with two Gold Cup medals (Beasley, Bocanegra, Donovan, Frankie Hejduk, Keller). All told, eight MLS teams will be represented in the tournament. In addition, there will be players on the roster hailing from an amazing 15 different states.
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM 2007 CONCACAF GOLD CUP ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
DEFENDERS (8) –Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (8) – DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (4) – Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
THEY SAID IT:
"But with those guys gone, the likes of myself and others have to take on that role. There's going to be times when these younger, inexperienced players are going to look up to somebody. They're not going to have to lead; they are just going to have to follow ... When we get to tournaments like the Gold Cup and Copa America, the true leaders are going to have to stand up and be accounted for."
-- U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard, on the evolution of leadership on the national team.