All 17 of the European-based players that appeared on the U.S. roster for the match against England have traveled to Santander, while the MLS-based contingent returned to their clubs. Decisions on the remaining seven players, including Landon Donovan, will be made this weekend. Donovan remains one cap shy of reaching 100 international appearances after being ruled out of the England match due to a groin strain. The MLS contingent named to the squad also includes the four players who appeared against England on Wednesday and Colorado Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni, who last played for the United States against Sweden in August of 2007.
Managed by Luis Aragones, Spain has qualified for Euro 2008 and has been drawn into Group D of the tournament with Russia, Greece and Sweden. Boasting a wealth of talent and experience, the Spaniards are led by Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, whose 24 goals in the English Premier League this season set a league record for the most goals by a foreigner in his debut season.
The U.S. will head back across the Atlantic to face No. 1-ranked Argentina on June 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET in New Jersey. More than 53,000 tickets (buy tickets) have been sold for the USA’s final match at Giants Stadium, which will be Presented by Visa®. The USA’s last match before the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision.
The U.S. opens qualifying play for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in a Second Round series with Barbados that begins Sunday, June 15 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (tickets). Kickoff for the first leg series is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. The second leg will be played on June 22 in Barbados, with details still to be finalized.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Dominic Cervi (out of contract), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (out of contract), Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Eddie Lewis (Derby County), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
FORWARDS (5): Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Nate Jaqua (out of contract), Eddie Johnson (Fulham FC), Josh Wolff (out of contract)
The loss was the first for the U.S. in 2008, and broke their five-game undefeated streak going back to October of last year. It was also the USA’s first loss in four away matches after setting a team record of three consecutive victories outside their borders.
The U.S. now turns their sights on fourth-ranked Spain, who are in final preparations for the 2008 European Championships. The team travels to Santander on Thursday to prepare for their match-up at on Wednesday, June 4 at Estadio El Sardinero. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN360.com and delayed on ESPN2 (5:30 p.m. ET) and Galavision (7 p.m. ET/PT).
“First, I would give credit to England,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “Overall, I thought that the first 30 minutes we dealt pretty well with the speed of the game. As we moved on in the half, certainly we hurt ourselves with giving away some fouls around the box to a dangerous team on set pieces, and they took advantage of that. In the second half there was an attempt to push a level up on our end, but we couldn't sustain enough pressure, and in that regard England on the night was quite good. The second goal for them was excellent passing movement and I give them credit.”
The U.S. was without the services of midfielder Landon Donovan, who was a game-time scratch due to a strained groin which he suffered during the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 3-1 win against the Kansas City Wizards this past weekend. Without Donovan, who is just one cap away from reaching 100 international appearances, the U.S. struggled to create enough dangerous chances against the quality defensive line of England.
A compact U.S. defense did a good job of denying quality scoring chances throughout the opening stanza, and in particular keeping Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney from getting good looks at goal. The majority of England’s chances in the first half were created from the deadly foot of David Beckham, the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder finding numerous chances to whip crosses into the U.S. penalty area. England’s first real opportunity came in the 12th minute when Beckham’s service from the left flank dangerously skipped through the six-yard box before ending up harmlessly over the endline.
Along with Beckham, Gerrard proved dangerous all over the pitch as the Liverpool midfielder found open areas in the final third to exploit the U.S. defense. Beckham served in another dangerous kick in the 24th minute from just outside the area. Gerrard ran into the penalty box unmarked and pulled off a shot that was deflected by Carlos Bocanegra.
The U.S. got a look at the England goal two minutes later when Eddie Johnson held off his defender near the English endline on the right side of the 18-yard box and chipped the ball across the goalmouth. Michael Bradley was waiting at the far post but couldn’t stretch high enough to get a head on the ball.
Jermaine Defoe came close to opening the scoring in the 34th minute after a great build-up from the English team. David James sent a long ball to the feet of Wayne Rooney in the center circle. Rooney passed to Gerrard who sent a quick, sharp pass to Defoe. Despite being tightly marked by Pearce, Defoe managed to hit a shot that went wide left of the U.S. goal.
After missing a penalty kick for Chelsea in the Champions League final against Manchester United, Terry went into the match with a heavy heart. However, in the 38th minute the weight was slightly lifted when he put England in the lead by converting a trademark Beckham set piece. Handed a free kick on the right flank 40 yards from goal, the Galaxy midfield swerved in a dipping cross and the England captain rose above the crowd near the penalty spot to nod one home past Howard into the right corner.
The U.S. made two changes at halftime, swapping Brad Guzan for Tim Howard, and replacing Steve Cherundolo with Frankie Hejduk. The team came out of the locker room with a renewed sense of purpose, creating their most dangerous opportunity of the night in the first minute of the second half. Pearce advanced up the left flank and picked out Johnson making a run to the near post. The Sierra Mist Man of the Match hit a one-time volley toward goal that narrowly missed finding the inside of the left post.
Defoe once again created danger for the U.S. in the 53rd minute, taking an unbelievably swift first touch and turning on Pearce after collecting a free kick from Terry directly in front of the goal. The Portsmouth striker's snap shot was well saved by Guzan, who maintained his composure in the face of a dicey scoring chance.
England doubled their lead in the 59th minute with Steven Gerrard showing his class. Manchester United defender Wes Brown played a ball to Gareth Barry in the middle of the park, who clinically spliced a ball between the U.S. defense and into the path of the perfectly timed run by Gerrard. The England number 10 made no mistake, calmly holding the ball at his feet long enough to draw Guzan out before slipping a shot across the goal into the lower left corner.
The U.S. continued to search for a goal of their own, getting two sniffs in the 66th and 68th minutes. On the first, Michael Bradley drove a ball into the area for Josh Wolff, but his diving header went well left. Dempsey followed that up two minutes later with a shot from 35 yards out, but the deflected effort fell harmlessly to James.
Bradley made three more changes to the U.S. lineup as Freddy Adu came into the match for Wolff in the 68th minute, along with Eddie Lewis, who replaced DaMarcus Beasley. Lewis put his experience to work with some fancy footwork along the right endline to get past English midfielder Joe Cole, then floating the ball to the back post. With U.S. captain Bocanegra ready to pounce, James managed to stretch a paw out and swat the ball out for U.S. corner. With the game in hand, England was able to keep the U.S. chasing until the final whistle.
Date: May 28, 2008
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Wembley Stadium – London, England
Kickoff: 8 p.m. GMT
Weather: 57 degrees, partly cloudy
1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
ENG 1 1 2
ENG – John Terry (David Beckham) 38th minute.
ENG – Steven Gerrard (Gareth Barry) 59.
USA: 1-Tim Howard (18-Brad Guzan, 46); 6-Steve Cherundolo (27-Frankie Hejduk, 46), 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (Capt.), 12-Heath Pearce; 8-Clint Dempsey, 13-Ricardo Clark (26-Maurice Edu, 78), 4-Michael Bradley, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (11-Eddie Lewis, 68); 9-Eddie Johnson (14-Nate Jaqua, 89), 16-Josh Wolff (19-Freddy Adu, 68)
Subs not used 2-Dan Califf,
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
ENG: 1-David James; 2-Wes Brown (13-Glen Johnson, 58), 6-John Terry (capt.), 3-Ashley Cole (14-Wayne Bridge, 83), 5-Rio Ferdinand; 7-David Beckham (17-David Bentley, 46), 4-Owen Hargreaves, 8-Frank Lampard (21-Gareth Barry, 57), 10-Steven Gerrard; 9-Jermain Defoe (25-Peter Crouch, 68), 11-Wayne Rooney (22-Joe Cole, 79)
Subs not used: 12-Joe Hart, 15-Stephen Warnock, 16-Jonathan Woodgate, 18-Phil Jagielka, 19-David Wheater, 20-Tom Huddlestone, 23-Stewart Downing, 24-Ashley Young, , 26-Dean Ashton, 27-Theo Walcott, 28-Gabriel Agbonlahor, 29-Joe Lewis
Head Coach: Fabio Capello
USA / ENG
Shots 9 / 16
Saves 3 / 2
Corner Kicks 5 / 4
Fouls 21 / 23
Offside 3 / 4
USA – Steve Cherundolo (caution) 44th minute.
USA – Heath Pearce (caution) 71.
ENG – Wayne Rooney (caution) 76.
Referee: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
First Asst.: Dimitrios Bozaizides (GRE)
Second Asst.: Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE)
Fourth Official: Peter Walton (ENG)
Sierra Mist Man of the Match: Eddie Johnson
The U.S. team will begin gathering on May 22, with MLS players joining the group following their weekend matches. More than 1,300 fans purchased tickets in the U.S. Supporters Section for the USA’s second-ever trip to London.
“We’re excited about the challenge of playing England in Wembley Stadium,” said Bradley, who leads a U.S. team that is undefeated in 2008 and is currently riding a five-match unbeaten run dating back to Oct. 17, 2007. “We expect that this is going to be a fantastic experience. Overall, we look forward to a good week of training and continuing the process of preparing for the task of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.”
Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan heads to England poised to make history. The 26-year-old is one cap away from becoming the fourth-youngest male player to reach 100 international appearances. Already having set the USA’s all-time career goalscoring record earlier this year when he scored his 35th international goal in the 2-0 win against Sweden on Jan. 20, Donovan would surpass the USA’s most capped player - Cobi Jones (164) - as the youngest U.S. player to hit the century mark. Donovan is one of two players, along with Ricardo Clark, who has appeared and started in all three of the USA’s matches in 2008.
The vast majority of the roster plies their trade abroad. Carlos Bocanegra leads a trio of Fulham players who dramatically staved off relegation by defeating Portsmouth on the road on the final match day of the English Premier League. Bocanegra earned Sierra Mist Man of the Match honors in the 3-0 win against Poland on May 26 in Krakow, nodding home the game-winning goal. Five other players on the roster compete in England, including Derby County midfielder Eddie Lewis, who is the second most capped player on the roster with 75 appearances. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is coming off a fine season in which his side secured a place in next year’s UEFA Cup, and enters the camp having earned 11 shutouts in 28 career international appearances.
Standard de Liege defender Oguchi Onyewu heads to London with a domestic league title to his credit as his Belgian club secured top honors for the first time in 25 years. Onyewu has recorded goals in the USA’s last two matches. Dan Califf also brings hardware to the table, recently captaining Aalborg BK to their third Danish Superligaen crown before moving to FC Midtjylland. Glasgow Rangers midfielder DaMarcus Beasley returns to the U.S. corps after recovering from a knee injury suffered on Nov. 29, 2007, in a Champions League match against Stuttgart.
The roster boasts six players who are age-eligible to compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, led by SC Heerenveen midfielder Michael Bradley. 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 Heereveen a place in the UEFA Cup. Four players on the roster – Freddy Adu, Dominic Cervi, Michael Orozco and Jonathan Spector – 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. Orozco is part of the San Luis side that has reached the semifinals of the Liguilla in the 2008 Torneo Clausura in Mexico, with the home-and-home series against Cruz Azul scheduled for May 21 and May 24.
England manager Fabio Capello has called a 31-man roster into camp to prepare for the friendlies against the United States and Trinidad & Tobago, with the match in Port-of-Spain slated for June 1. The roster boasts a quartet of players from newly-crowned Premier League Champions Manchester United in Wes Brown, Rio Ferdinand, Owen Hargreaves, and Wayne Rooney, and five players - Wayne Bridge, Ashley Cole, Joe Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry - from fellow Champions League finalists Chelsea. Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham could play his first match on home soil since becoming the fifth player in England history to earn 100 caps, accomplishing the feat in England’s 1-0 loss to France on March 26 in Paris.
The U.S. and England last met on British soil at the original Wembley Stadium in London on Sept. 7, 1994, with the Three Lions earning a 2-0 victory. One year before, the USA posted a matching 2-0 scoreline at Foxboro Stadium as part of the build up to the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The teams last played on May 28, 2005, in Chicago where Clint Dempsey’s first international goal wasn’t enough to cancel out the pair from Kieran Richardson as England hung on for a 2-1 win before 47,637 fans at Soldier Field. England has been drawn into Group 6 of UEFA qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, headlining a group that includes 1998 third place finishers Croatia.
Following the England match, the U.S. will face fourth-ranked Spain on June 4 at the Estadio El Sardinero in Santander. The match will be shown live exclusively on ESPN360.com, and broadcast via tape delay on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. ET and Galavision at 7 p.m. ET/PT. The U.S. will head back across the Atlantic to face No. 1-ranked Argentina on June 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET in New Jersey. More than 48,000 tickets (buy tickets) have been sold for the USA’s final match at Giants Stadium, which will be Presented by Visa®. The USA’s final match before the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision.
The U.S. opens qualifying play for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in a Second Round series with Barbados that begins Sunday, June 15, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (tickets). Kickoff for the first leg of the series is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. The second leg will be played on June 22, with details still to be finalized.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Dominic Cervi (Out of Contract), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Eddie Lewis (Derby County)
FORWARDS (5): Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Nate Jaqua (Out of Contract), Eddie Johnson (Fulham FC), Josh Wolff (Out of Contract)
ENGLAND ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): David James (Portsmouth), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Chris Kirkland (Wigan)
DEFENDERS (10): Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Wes Brown (Manchester United), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), John Terry (Chelsea), Stephen Warnock (Blackburn), David Wheater (Middlesbrough), Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy), David Bentley (Blackburn), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), Owen Hargreaves (Manchester United), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
FORWARDS (6): Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Dean Ashton (West Ham), Peter Crouch (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Portsmouth), Michael Owen (Newcastle), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
All three of the USA’s World Cup qualifying tune-up matches will be broadcast on the ESPN and Univision networks, and fans can follow each game live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
“With the challenging schedule of friendlies we have organized to prepare for World Cup qualifying, this is an excellent opportunity to continue to evaluate our player pool and at the same time balance the workload,” said Bradley, who is presiding over a five-match unbeaten run for the United States. “Many of our players have just completed seasons in Europe, and the MLS schedule is in full swing, so it is important that we manage the time wisely to give ourselves the best chance to be successful in the important matches this summer.”
The friendly schedule kicks off with a trip to famed Wembley Stadium for a May 28 clash with England that will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic at 3 p.m. ET and tape delay on Galavision at 7 p.m. ET/PT. More than 1,300 tickets were sold in the U.S. Supporters Section for the USA’s second-ever trip to London. The U.S. will then face fourth-ranked Spain on June 4 at the Estadio El Sardinero in Santander. The match will be shown live exclusively on espn360.com, and broadcast via tape delay on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. ET and Galavision at 7 p.m. ET/PT. The U.S. will head back across the Atlantic to face No. 1-ranked Argentina on June 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET in New Jersey. More than 46,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s final match at Giants Stadium, which will be Presented by Visa®. The USA’s final match before the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision.
The U.S. is currently riding a five-match unbeaten run that includes back-to-back victories on European soil for the first time in team history. Prior to the USA’s first qualifying match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup cycle, the U.S. will have played in two major international tournaments, defended their Gold Cup title, qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and competed against four teams who were ranked in the top 10 in the world when they faced the United States (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Spain).
The U.S. opens qualifying play for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in a Second Round series with Barbados that begins Sunday, June 15 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff for the first leg series is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. The second leg will be played on June 22, with details still to be finalized.
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U.S. Men’s National Team Player Pool
May 22-June 9, 2008
|Adu, Freddy||M||5'8"||140||6/2/1989||4/0||Potomac, Md.||SC Benfica (Portugal)|
|Altidore, Jozy||F||6'1"||175||11/6/1989||3/1||Boca Raton, Fla.||New York Red Bulls (MLS)|
|Beasley, DaMarcus||M||5'8"||145||5/24/1982||68/15||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0"||170||5/25/1979||55/9||Alto Loma, Calif.||Fulham FC (England)|
|Bradley, Michael||M||6'2"||175||7/31/1987||16/1||Cedar Grove, N.J.||SC Heerenveen (Holland)|
|Califf, Dan||D||6'1"||175||3/17/1980||16/1||Orange, Calif.||FC Midtjylland (Denmark)|
|Cervi, Dominic||GK||6'6"||205||7/9/1986||0/0||Norman, Okla.||Out of Contract|
|Cherundolo, Steve||D||5'6"||145||2/19/1979||44/2||San Diego, Calif.||Hannover 96 (Germany)|
|Ching, Brian||F||6'1"||195||5/24/1978||26/5||Haleiwa, Hawaii||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|Clark, Ricardo||M||5'10"||150||5/10/1983||13/1||Jonesboro, Ga.||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|Cooper, Kenny||F||6'3"||210||10/21/1984||2/1||Dallas, Texas||FC Dallas (MLS)|
|DeMerit, Jay||D||6'0"||185||12/4/1979||6/0||Green Bay, Wis.||Watford FC (England)|
|Dempsey, Clint||F||6'1"||170||3/9/1983||38/9||Nacogdoches, Texas||Fulham FC (England)|
|Donovan, Landon||F||5'8"||148||3/4/1982||99/35||Redlands, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Edu, Maurice||M||6'0"||170||4/18/1986||4/0||Fontana, Calif.||Toronto FC (MLS)|
|Feilhaber, Benny||M||5'9"||150||1/19/1985||16/2||Irvine, Calif.||Derby County (England)|
|Gaven, Eddie||M||6'0"||165||10/25/1986||5/0||Hamilton, N.J.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Guzan, Brad||GK||6'4"||210||9/9/1984||5/0||Homer Glen, Ill.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Hejduk, Frankie||D||5'8"||155||8/5/1974||75/6||Cardiff, Calif.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Howard, Tim||GK||6'3"||210||3/6/1979||28/0||North Brunswick, N.J.||Everton FC (England)|
|Jaqua, Nate||F||6'3"||180||10/28/1981||2/0||Eugene, Ore.||Out of Contract|
|Johnson, Eddie||F||6'0"||180||3/31/1984||32/11||Palm Coast, Fla.||Fulham FC (England)|
|Kljestan, Sacha||M||6'1"||150||9/9/1985||5/0||Huntington Beach, Calif.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Lewis, Eddie||M||5'10"||155||5/17/1974||75/9||Cerritos, Calif.||Derby County (England)|
|Mastroeni, Pablo||M||5'10"||170||8/26/1976||56/0||Phoenix, Ariz.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|Onyewu, Oguchi||D||6'4"||210||5/13/1982||30/4||Olney, Md.||Standard de Liege (Belgium)|
|Orozco, Michael||D||5'11"||160||2/7/1986||0/0||Orange, Calif.||San Luis (Mexico)|
|Pearce, Heath||D||5'10"||175||8/13/1984||11/0||Modesto, Calif.||Hansa Rostock (Germany)|
|Perkins, Troy||GK||6'2"||190||7/29/1981||0/0||Worthington, Ohio||Valerenga IF (Norway)|
|Rogers, Robbie||F||5'10"||165||5/12/1987||0/0||Huntington Beach, Calif.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Seitz, Chris||GK||6'4"||205||3/12/1987||0/0||San Luis Obispo, Calif.||Real Salt Lake (MLS)|
|Spector, Jonathan||D||6'0"||180||3/1/1986||12/0||Arlington Heights, Ill.||West Ham United (England)|
|Wolff, Josh||F||5'8"||160||2/25/1977||50/9||Stone Mountain, Ga.||1860 Munich (Germany)|
ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (5): Dominic Cervi (Out of Contract), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Eddie Lewis (Derby County), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
FORWARDS (9): Jozy Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC),
Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Nate Jaqua (Out of Contract), Eddie Johnson (Fulham FC), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Josh
Wolff (1860 Munich)
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF
Head Coach: Bob Bradley (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Peter Nowak (Naples, Fla.)
Assistant Coach: Mike Sorber (St. Louis)
Assistant Coach: John Hackworth (Bradenton, Fla.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Zak Abdel (Laverne, Calif.)
Fitness Coach: Pierre Barrieu (Verona, N.J.)
General Manager: Pam Perkins (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Trainers: Ivan Pierra (Los Angeles), Dave Andrews (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Jim Hashimoto (Wilmington, Del.)
Doctors: Bert Mandelbaum (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), George Chiampas (Chicago)
Chiropractor: George Billauer (Los Angeles)
Equipment Manager: Tim Cook (Long Beach, Calif.)
Video Coordinator: Mark Liskevych (Chicago)
Videographer: Alejandro Becker (Hollywood, Calif.)
Press Officer: Michael Kammarman (Chicago)
CHICAGO (January 24, 2007) — With the 52nd all-time meeting between the national soccer teams of the USA and Mexico on the horizon, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has called in 26 players to a training camp that will begin on Thursday (Jan. 25) at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The group of players is preparing for the United States’ showdown with regional rival Mexico on Feb. 7 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
In addition to the 26 players arriving in California on Thursday, Bradley has also submitted releases for eight U.S. players based in Europe. Per FIFA rules, requests for the release of players must be sent no later than 15 days prior to match day. The final decision on which European-based players will travel to Phoenix will be made the week prior to the Mexico game.
The match will be part of a two-and-half-hour broadcast window on both ESPN2 and Univision beginning at 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET), with kickoff slated for 7:25 p.m. MT (9:25 p.m. ET). Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Bradley made his announcement at a press conference in Arizona broadcast live on ussoccer.com.
"We are excited to get back to work and continue the progress we have made since the beginning of January," said Bradley, who collected a 3-1 victory against Denmark on Jan. 20 in his first match at the helm of the U.S. National Team. "All the little things that surround a USA-Mexico game – whether it is great crowds, intense competition, or media attention – can only benefit our players as they continue to gain experience at this level. We are also looking forward to adding more of our European-based players into the mix for the first time this year."
The 26-man group assembling in Carson on Jan. 25 largely resembles the roster that began training three weeks ago, with the exception of five changes. Pat Noonan (knee) and Brian Mullan (ankle) will not return, and Denmark-based defenders Dan Califf and Heath Pearce are heading back to their clubs to begin preseason. Taylor Twellman, an alternate on the USA’s 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, has been added to the camp after missing the first part of the year recovering from a hernia injury.
Four players coming back to Carson are fresh off their first caps with the senior team, with Jonathan Bornstein the lone neophyte in the starting lineup against Denmark. Bornstein became the 42nd player in MNT history to score a goal in his first appearance when he netted the game-winning goal in the 57th minute, while second-half starter Kenny Cooper became No. 43 with his insurance goal on a breakaway just 10 minutes from time. Justin Mapp recorded his first points for the USA on a highlight-reel assist on Bornstein’s goal.
Landon Donovan remains the leading cap winner on the roster, having celebrated his 85th international appearance by scoring the tying goal through a 44th minute penalty kick against Denmark. The goal for Donovan was the 26th of his international career, and ended his longest-ever goalless drought for the United States at 18 games (a streak that dated all the way back to a 2-0 win vs. Canada on July 9, 2005). Pablo Mastroeni, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., and a veteran of two World Cups, moved past his silver anniversary with the senior team when he earned his 51st cap for the United States.
The roster lays claim to several players with success at the youth national team level. Kyle Beckerman, an inaugural member of the U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., played in all six games of the USA’s fourth-place finish at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand and competed in qualifying for the 2004 Olympics. Mapp, another Residency graduate and veteran of two youth world championships, started and played in all five matches with the U.S. U-20’s at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), scoring the game-winning goal against the Ivory Coast to help the squad advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Current MLS Cup champion Ricardo Clark has been a member of the U-20 and U-23 National Teams, appearing on the USA’s 2003 World Youth Championship roster alongside Mapp. Sacha Kljestan was a member of the U-20 side that advanced to the knockout phase of the 2005 World Youth Championship in Holland after defeating Argentina in their opening game. Altogether, 12 players on the training camp roster have been a part of a FIFA World Championship roster with the United States at either the World Cup, Olympics, U-20 or U-17 level.
The match on Feb. 7 will mark the 52nd meeting between the USA and Mexico. The U.S. has dominated the series of late, collecting a 6-0-1 home record against Mexico since 2000. During that span, the USA has netted 11 goals, while the Mexicans have failed to score a single goal on American soil in this decade. In the team’s last meeting, the U.S. used a 2-0 victory on Sept. 3, 2005, in Columbus, Ohio to become the first team in CONCACAF to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
The U.S. has a lifetime record of 12-29-10 against Mexico in a series that dates to 1934, but the U.S. has a 10-6-8 advantage in home matches since 1957. Since the rivalry between these two teams began in earnest in 1990, the sides have played 24 times, with the U.S. holding a 10-7-7 advantage. In the teams’ most significant matchup, the United States defeated Mexico, 2-0, in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, advancing the U.S. to the quarterfinals of the tournament for the first time in 72 years.
The U.S. will be making its first appearance at the University of Phoenix Stadium and only their third overall in Arizona. The U.S. last played in the Grand Canyon State over 12 years ago, pulling off a 2-1 win against Norway at Sun Devil Stadium on January 15, 1994, in Tempe. In their only other match, the U.S. drew 2-2 with Denmark on Jan. 20, 1993.
After games against Ecuador on March 25 in Tampa and Guatemala on March 28 in Frisco, Texas, the United States will compete in two major championships this summer. The three-time champions will first try to defend their title against 11 other teams at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scheduled from June 6-24 in several cities across the United States. Just a few days later, the U.S. will participate in the 2007 Copa America, the regional championship of South America. The 12-team tournament will run from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. For the United States, the appearance will mark their third entrance into CONMEBOL’s signature event.
U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Roster
|Albright, Chris||D||6'1"||185||01/14/79||20/1||Philadelphia, Pa.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Beckerman, Kyle||M||5'10"||165||04/23/82||1/0||Crofton, Md.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|Bornstein, Jonathan||D||5'9"||145||11/07/84||1/1||Los Alamitos, Calif.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Boswell, Bobby||D||6'2"||185||03/15/83||2/0||Tampa, Fla.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Cannon, Joe||GK||6'2"||190||01/01/75||2/0||Los Altos Hills, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Carroll, Brian||M||5'10"||150||07/20/81||4/0||Springfield, Va.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Clark, Ricardo||M||5'10"||150||05/10/83||2/0||Jonesboro, Ga.||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|Cooper, Kenny||F||6'3"||210||10/21/84||1/1||Dallas, Texas||FC Dallas (MLS)|
|Conrad, Jimmy||D||6'2"||185||02/12/77||18/0||Temple City, Calif.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Donovan, Landon||F||5'8"||148||03/04/82||85/26||Redlands, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Dunivant, Todd||D||6'0''||174||12/26/80||2/0||Wheat Ridge, Colo.||New York Red Bulls (MLS)|
|Gros, Joshua||M||6'0"||165||06/25/82||0/0||Mechanicsburg, Pa.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Jaqua, Nate||F||6'3"||180||10/28/81||2/0||Eugene, Ore.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Johnson, Eddie||F||6'0''||180||03/31/84||21/9||Palm Coast, Fla.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Kljestan, Sacha||M||6'1"||150||09/09/85||0/0||Huntington Beach, Calif.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Mapp, Justin||M||5'10"||140||10/18/84||2/0||Brandon, Miss.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Mastroeni, Pablo||M||5'10"||170||08/26/76||51/0||Phoenix, Ariz.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|Namoff, Bryan||D||5'10"||168||05/28/79||1/0||Rockford, Ill.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Parkhurst, Michael||D||5'11"||155||01/24/84||0/0||Providence, R.I.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Perkins, Troy||GK||6'2"||190||07/29/81||0/0||Worthington, Ohio||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Pickens, Matt||GK||6'3''||200||04/05/82||0/0||Washington, Mo.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Reis, Matt||GK||6'1"||196||03/28/75||2/0||Atlanta, Ga.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Robinson, Dasan||D||5'10"||160||06/06/84||0/0||Elyria, Ohio||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Robinson, Eddie||D||6'1"||195||06/19/78||0/0||Greensboro, N.C.||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|Rolfe, Chris||F||5'8"||145||01/17/83||5/0||Kettering, Ohio||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Twellman, Taylor||F||5'11"||170||02/29/80||19/5||St. Louis, Mo.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
ROSTER BY POSITION
Goalkeepers (4) – Joe Cannon (Los Angeles Galaxy), Matt Pickens (Chicago Fire), Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Matt Reis (New England Revolution)
Defenders (9) – Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Bobby Boswell (D.C. United), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Todd Dunivant (New York Red Bulls), Bryan Namoff (D.C. United), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Dasan Robinson (Chicago Fire) Eddie Robinson (Houston Dynamo)
Midfielders (7) –Kyle Beckerman (Colorado Rapids), Brian Carroll (D.C. United), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Joshua Gros (D.C. United), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
Forwards (6) –Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas Cit y Wizards), Nate Jaqua (Los
Angeles Galaxy), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
Head Coach: Bob Bradley