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Bradley Recalls 20 Players to Carson to Begin Preparations For FIFA World Cup Qualifier Against Mexico

CHICAGO (Jan. 29, 2009) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has called 20 players back to U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., to begin preparations for the USA’s first match of final round qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. will take on regional rivals Mexico on Feb. 11 in front of a sold-out crowd at Columbus Crew Stadium live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and Univision beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The match can be heard live on the Futbol de Primera radio networks, and fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

The 20-man group is made up almost entirely of players who participated in the previous camp from Jan. 4-24 at the HDC, with Columbus Crew defender and two-time World Cup veteran Frankie Hejduk the only new addition. The U.S. team will train in Carson for nine days before departing on Feb. 7 for Columbus.

Fourteen of the players on the roster appeared in the USA’s 3-2 win against Sweden on Jan. 24, including midfielder Sacha Kljestan, who became the second player in U.S. history to score his first three goals all in the same game. Both Robbie Rogers and Chris Wingert made their debut for the full team in the victory.

Tickets for the USA-Mexico clash sold out in 90 minutes following the beginning of the public sale. The match is the first of 10 in the final round hexagonal that will determine the three automatic entrants from CONCACAF into the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. In addition to qualifying, the U.S. will compete in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in June, having been drawn into Group B along with five-time World Cup winners Brazil, current World Champion Italy, and Egypt. Just days after the tournament, the U.S. will begin its defense of the CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

U.S. Men’s National Team Training Camp Roster
Carson, Calif.
Jan. 29 – Feb. 7, 2009

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Birthdate

Caps/G

Hometown

Club

Busch, Jon

GK

5' 10"

165

08/18/1976

1/1

Albany, N.Y.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Bornstein, Jonathan

D

5' 9"

145

11/07/1984

14/1

Los Alamitos, Calif.

Chivas USA (MLS)

Carroll, Brian

M

5' 10"

155

07/20/1981

7/1

Springfield, Va.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Ching, Brian

F

6' 1"

195

05/24/1978

33/9

Haleiwa, Hawaii

Houston Dynamo (MLS)

Clark, Ricardo

M

5' 10"

150

05/10/1983

17/1

Jonesboro, Ga.

Houston Dynamo (MLS)

Cooper, Kenny

F

6' 3"

210

10/21/1984

4/2

Dallas, Texas

FC Dallas (MLS)

Davies, Charlie

F

5' 10"

160

06/25/1986

5/1

Manchester, N.H.

Hammarby IF (Sweden)

Gaven, Eddie

M

6' 0

165

10/25/1986

6/1

Hamilton, N.J.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Hejduk, Frankie

D

5'8

155

08/05/1974

81/6

Cardiff, Calif.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Hesmer, Will

GK

6' 2"

195

11/23/1981

0/0

Wilson, N.C.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Holden, Stuart

M

5' 10"

160

08/01/1985

0/0

Houston, Texas

Houston Dynamo (MLS)

Ihemelu, Ugo

D

6' 0 "

184

04/04/1983

2/1

Cedar Hill, Texas

Colorado Rapids (MLS)

Jewsbury, Jack

M

6' 0"

185

04/13/1981

0/0

Springfield, Mo.

Kansas City Wizards (MLS)

Kljestan, Sacha

M

6' 1"

150

09/09/1985

13/3

Huntington Beach, Calif.

Chivas USA (MLS)

Pickens, Matt

GK

6' 3"

200

04/05/1982

0/0

Washington, Mo.

Colorado Rapids (MLS)

Rogers, Robbie

M

5' 10"

165

05/12/1987

1/1

Huntington Beach, Calif.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Rolfe, Chris

F

5' 8"

145

01/17/1983

10/1

Kettering, Ohio

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Thorrington, John

M

5' 8"

150

10/17/1979

4/1

Palos Verdes, Calif.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Wingert, Chris

D

5' 10"

155

06/16/1982

1/1

Babylon, N.Y.

Real Salt Lake (MLS)

Wynne, Marvell

D

5' 9"

170

05/08/1986

2/1

Poway, Calif.

Toronto FC (MLS)

U.S. Men’s National Team Roster By Position
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 (8): Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), 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)
 

U.S. MNT Advance to Semifinal Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying With 9-0 Aggregate Score Against Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (June 22, 2008) — With a 1-0 victory against Barbados Sunday afternoon, the U.S. Men’s National Team captured the two-game, aggregate goal series by a 9-0 margin, advancing to the Semifinal Round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Eddie Lewis scored the only goal of the game in the second leg of the affair at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, providing the U.S. with their fourth straight shutout against the small Caribbean nation. 

The U.S. will now prepare for their first match of the Semifinal Round, which will be on the road against Guatemala on Aug. 20. Overall, the U.S. will play a total of six games in the round-robin Semifinal Round, facing all three opponents in the four-team group home and away. The top two teams will advance to the Final Round hexagonal that will be played in 2009.

Along with the U.S. and Guatemala, Cuba advanced to the Semifinal Round group with an 8-3 aggregate score against Antigua & Barbuda, including a 4-0 victory this afternoon. Also advancing was Trinidad & Tobago, who defeated Bermuda 2-0 in the second leg for a 3-2 aggregate score. Guatemala advanced with a 9-1 aggregate score againt St. Lucia.

After heading to Guatemala, the U.S. will travel to Cuba on Sept. 6 and then host either Trinidad & Tobago in Chicago on Sept. 10. The second half of the round-robin play will begin against Cuba at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 11, before moving to Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15 and finishing in Denver against Guatemala on Nov. 19.

“For the series we feel good about the work we've done,” said U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley. “This was an opportunity to use different players and it is important to get some young players experience. We had the confidence that we were strong enough defensively that we would hold together to get the win."

Lewis, wearing the captain’s armband as he earned his 19th World Cup qualifying appearance, struck the game-winning goal in the 21st minute.  After some nifty dribbling in the midfield, Freddy Adu, who earned his first World Cup qualifying start, spotted Lewis slicing behind the Barbados defense and slipped a nicely weighted through ball between two defenders directly into his path.  Charging into the area, Lewis spotted the ‘keeper closing in and calmly slotted his shot through Alvin Rouse’s legs to the far right corner.

With a thumping 8-0 win in the first leg against Barbados, Bradley made seven changes to his starting line-up in Bridgetown, fielding a youthful side. The only remaining players that started last week were goalkeeper Brad Guzan, defender Heath Pearce and midfielders DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Bradley.

In total, seven players made their first appearance in a World Cup qualifier, including four in the starting line-up: Jay DeMerit, Sacha Kljestan, Drew Moor and Danny Szetela. In the second half, Bradley used all three his substitutions on the trio of Chicago Fire players – Chris Rolfe, John Thorrington and Chad Barrett – getting them their first taste of World Cup qualifying.

The teams spent the first quarter hour feeling each other out under the blistering sun in Bridgetown, with the U.S. maintaining most of the possession while forcing the hosts to chase the game. The U.S. also had the majority of the chances on goal, with Kljestan getting a great chance in the 18th minute when he nodded a Heath Pearce cross towards goal, but it was deflected away by Ramuel Miller. Pearce had a scoring opportunity of his own in the 36th minute when he was sent through, but his strike was wide left.

Barbados played much better compared to the first leg and came alive in the final five minutes of the fist half, getting their first real chance in the 41st minute when a flick-on header by Mark McCammon found Jonathan Nurse just inside the box. Nurse cut to his left and let go a low left-footed drive, only to have Drew Moor make a sliding block to avert the danger.

The second half started at a slower pace as the heat continued to take its toll, but Barbados was still pushing into the attack and had their best chance of the match to pull even in the 57th minute. Midfielder and captain Paul Ifill sent a long ball to the top of the penalty area where McCammon deftly chested the ball into the path of a streaking Rommelle Burgess, who ripped a one-timer from nine yards out that clanged off the crossbar.

The U.S. pushed forward in the second half looking to put the game out of reach, but couldn’t find the final pass. In the 74th minute, Moor pushed his way up the right side and beat a defender to get into the penalty area, but his tempting cross along the six-yard box didn’t find anyone.

Ifill, who plays at Crystal Palace in England, was the best player on the field for Barbados. In the 85th minute, he started the final chance for his country switching the point of attack from left to right with a long pass to Rondell Vaughan. The substitute sent a ball high into the penalty area where McCammon and Guzan collided allowing the ball to fall to John Parris who finished it into the net, but McCammon was called offside to nullify the goal.

In the final moments of the game, Barrett and Bradley both had opportunities but both of their chances were off target.

U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report

Match-up: USA vs. Barbados
Date: June 22, 2008
Competition: FIFA World Cup qualifier
Venue: Kensington Oval - Bridgetown, Barbados
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: 2,000
Weather: Sunny and warm, 85 degrees

Scoring Summary:   
                 1     2      F
USA         1     0      1
BRB        0      0     0

Scoring:
USA – Eddie Lewis (Freddy Adu)    21st minute.

Lineups:
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 6-Drew Moor, 15-Jay DeMerit, 2-Danny Califf, 11-Heath Pearce; 10-Sacha Kljestan, 12-Michael Bradley, 8-Danny Szetela (14-Chris Rolfe, 66), 7-Eddie Lewis (capt.); 16-Freddy Adu (13-Chad Barrett, 86), 17-DaMarcus Beasley (12-John Thorrington, 79)
Subs not used: 1-Chris Seitz, 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 9-Brek Shea
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

BRB: 1-Alvin Rouse, 5-Bryan Neblett, 6-Jonathan Straker, 7-Paul Ifill (capt.), 9-Marc McCammon, 11-Jonathan Nurse (12-Malcolm Marshall, 81), 13-Riviere Williams (8-Rondell Vaughan, 68), 14-Ramuel Miller, 15-Emerson Boyce, 16-Barry Skeete, 17-John Parris
Subs not used: 18-Adrian Chase, 2-Dyson James, 3-Daryl Ferguson, 4-Gregg Belle, 10-Arantes Lawrence
Head Coach: Eyre Sealy

Stats Summary:     
                               USA   BRB
 Shots                      9        3
 Shots on goal        1        0
 Saves                      0        0
 Corner Kicks          2         3
 Fouls                      11        7
 Offside                     5        4

Misconduct Summary:
none

Officials:
Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
1st Asst.: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
2nd Asst.: Hairo Fuentes (PAN)    
Fourth Official: Luis Rodriguez (PAN)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Eddie Lewis

Bradley Names 19-Man Roster For Second Match of 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Against Barbados

CHICAGO (June 20, 2008) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley named 19 players to the squad that will travel to face Barbados in the second leg of CONCACAF’s second round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Kickoff at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, is slated for 3 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

Following the U.S. MNT’s 8-0 victory against Barbados on June 15, Bradley opted to release 10 players, and the current squad has been in southern Florida preparing for this Sunday’s game. The team travels to Barbados on Friday following training. Tim Howard continues to rehabilitate a lower back sprain suffered prior to the Barbados match, while Eddie Johnson has been ruled out due to illness.

“We understand that we need to have a maturity about us to go and finish the job,” said Bradley. “We also have the chance to give some different players an opportunity in World Cup qualifying, which we believe will keep us fresh and sharp."

The roster still retains a core of experienced players, with two-time World Cup veteran Eddie Lewis leading the way with 79 caps. Lewis had an assist in last Sunday’s victory, and is the only player on the roster to have played in Barbados – he was part of the team in 2000 that traveled to the island needing a win to advance to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying. 

Not far behind Lewis is midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, who has appeared in 76 games for the U.S. The Glasgow Rangers winger is slowly working himself back into game shape following a lengthy layoff from injury, and has appeared in the last four games for his country. U.S. team captain Carlos Bocanegra and Oguchi Onyewu have also been retained. Onyewu, who scored in back-to-back games against Mexico and Poland earlier this year, leads the U.S. in 2008 in minutes played (482).

In all, there are eight players on the roster who saw time in last weekend’s game. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan went 90 minutes en route to keeping a clean sheet in his first World Cup qualifying experience, while defender Heath Pearce had an assist and midfielder Michael Bradley chipped in with his second career goal for the United States. The 20-year-old is coming off one of the most prolific seasons ever for a U.S. player in Europe, recording 20 goals in all competitions and helping earn Heerenveen a place in the UEFA Cup.

Six players on the roster – Freddy Adu, Chad Barrett, Dominic Cervi, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan and Chris Seitz - were part of the Under-23 team that helped the U.S book a ticket to Beijing by reaching the finals of the CONCACAF Qualifying tournament in March. Bradley and Danny Szetela are also age eligible for the U-23 tournament in the Olympics. Szetela is coming off a successful loan spell at Serie B outfit Brescia, and has one cap to his name, having appeared in last year’s 1-0 victory against Switzerland on Oct. 17, 2007 in Basel, in which he helped set up the goal.

The U.S. is pursuing qualification for its sixth-consecutive FIFA World Cup, and is coming off the most successful qualifying campaign in team history. During the last cycle, the U.S. compiled a 12-2-4 record over 18 matches with 10 shutouts, scoring 35 goals, while allowing just 11. The U.S. finished undefeated at home during the qualifying campaign, going 8-0-1, with all eight victories coming by shutout. In the seventh match of the final round hexagonal, goals by Steve Ralston and DaMarcus Beasley gave the U.S. a 2-0 victory against Mexico on Sept. 3, 2005, marking the first time since 1934 that the U.S. was the first team from the CONCACAF region to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

** Note: Brek Shea was added to the roster late Friday.

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Barbados
FIFA World Cup Qualifier
June 22, 2008

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps / Goals Hometown Club
Adu, Freddy M 5'8" 140 06/02/89 8/0 Potomac, Md. SL Benfica (Portugal
Beasley, DaMarcus M 5'8" 145 05/24/82 76/15 Ft. Wayne, Ind. Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)
Barrett, Chad F 5'11" 180 04/30/85 0/0 Beaverton, Ore. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Bocanegra, Carlos D 6'0" 170 05/25/79 58/9 Alta Loma, Calif. Out of Contract
Bradley, Michael M 6'2" 175 07/31/87 20/2 Cedar Grove, N.J. SC Heerenveen (Holland)
Califf, Danny D 6'1" 175 03/17/80 19/1 Orange, Calif. FC Midtjylland (Denmark)
Cervi, Dominic GK 6'6" 205 07/09/86 0/0 Norman, Okla. Out of Contract
DeMerit, Jay D 6'0" 185 12/04/79 8/0 Green Bay, Wis. Watford FC (England)
Guzan, Brad GK 6'4" 210 09/09/84 8/0 Homer Glen, Ill. Chivas USA (MLS)
Kljestan, Sacha M 6'1" 150 09/09/85 6/0 Huntington Beach, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
Lewis, Eddie M 5'10" 155 05/17/74 79/9 Cerritos, Calif. Derby County (England)
Moor, Drew D 6'0" 170 01/15/84 4/0 Dallas, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
Onyewu, Oguchi D 6'4" 210 05/13/82 34/4 Olney, Md. Standard de Liege (Belgium)
Pearce, Heath D 5'10" 175 08/13/84 15/0 Modesto, Calif. Hansa Rostock (Germany)
Rolfe, Chris F 5'8" 145 01/17/83 7/0 Kettering, Ohio Chicago Fire (MLS)
Seitz, Chris GK 6'4" 210 03/02/87 0/0 San Luis Obispo, Calif. Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Shea, Brek F 6'3" 180 02/20/90 0/0 College Station, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
Szetela, Danny M 5'11" 172 06/07/87 1/0 Clifton, N.J. Brescia (Italy)
Thorrington, John M 5'8" 150 10/17/79 1/0 Palos Verdes, Calif. Chicago Fire (MLS)


U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Dominic Cervi (out of contract: 0/0), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA: 1/1 SO), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake: 0/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (out of contract: 12/1), Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland: 1/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC: 0/0), Drew Moor (FC Dallas: 0/0) Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 8/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 1/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 15/4), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen: 1/1), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 0/0), Eddie Lewis (Derby County: 18/2), Danny Szetela (Brescia: 0/0), John Thorrington (Chicago Fire: 0/0)
FORWARDS (3): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica: 1/0), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire: 0/0), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire: 0/0)
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