CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2011) â€” U.S. Menâ€™s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added Chris Pontius and Jonathan Spector to the roster for the match against Costa Rica on Sept. 2 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd and Chivas USA defender Heath Pearce have withdrawn due to injury.
Spector has appeared 31 times for the United States and is a veteran of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He moved to Birmingham City of the English League Championship this summer following five seasons at West Ham United. Pontius is making his second appearance in a U.S. national team camp after participating in the January camp in 2010, and the third-yearÂ D.C. United midfielder will be looking to earn his first cap.
Zach Loyd has been nursing a right hamstring strain and did not play this past Saturday when FC Dallas won 3-2 at Sporting Kansas City. That same evening, Chivas USA defender Heath Pearce suffered a hamstring strain and left in the 61st minute of the 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake.
Additionally, Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey will remain in London to receive treatment for back spasms. Dempsey will join the team in Brussels on Sunday in advance of the match against Belgium on Sept. 6 at King Baudouin Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN3.com. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.Â
Tickets for USA-Costa Rica starting at $20 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Los Angeles area (including Walmart and La Curacao stores), and at The Home Depot Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. The match kicks off at 8 p.m. PT and will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision.
At the stadium U.S. Soccer will continue to implement the Respect Campaign, which was launched in 2011 and includes a number of initiatives to enhance the game experience, particularly in the areas of customer service and fan-friendly behavior. U.S. Soccer is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for fans to enjoy the special atmosphere at these matches.
As part of the week of activity in Carson, the U.S. Menâ€™s National Team will hold a public training session Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 5-6 p.m. at The Home Depot Center. Admission and parking are free and open to the public. Fans who plan on attending are requested to register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All training times and locations are subject to change.
U.S. TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BY POSITION â€“Â Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Edgar Castillo (Club AmÃ©rica), Timmy Chandler (FC NÃ¼rnberg), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
- Twenty Players Will Travel from Carson, Calif. to Tampa, Fla. For Feb. 24 Game with El Salvador
- Kickoff for Match Set for 7 p.m. ET, with live Coverage on ESPN Classic and Galavision
CHICAGO (Feb. 20, 2010) â€” U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 20 players to travel to Tampa, Fla. for the Feb. 24 match against El Salvador at Raymond James Stadium. The U.S. team is concluding a ten-day camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. and will travel to Florida on Sunday in preparation for the game.
The match against El Salvador, the USA's second game of 2010, can be seen live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow along at ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.
The U.S. Men's National Team has been drawn into Group C with England, Slovenia and Algeria for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. will open its sixth consecutive World Cup finals tournament against England on June 12 in Rustenburg, and will follow that game with matches against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION Click Here For Detailed RosterÂ
GOALKEEPERS (2): Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (5): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (4): Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)
Date of Birth
May 12, 1987
Yorba Linda, Calif.