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U.S. MNT Train at The Home Depot Center in Preparation for Upcoming Match Against Mexico

U.S. MNT Training Camp Update
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
January 29, 2008


MOVING FORWARD: The second edition of training camp for the U.S. National Team is in full swing in Carson, the roster reduced by one after Kyle Beckerman suffered a sprained left foot on the first day and returned to Salt Lake City for treatment. It’s been a mixed bag of weather since the team returned on Jan. 24, a combination of clouds, wind and rain greeting the team at training nearly every session. The result has been a roulette of locations within the HDC complex that has included four different fields, one of which is composed of artificial turf. The team will remain in Southern California until Sunday, when the travel roster moves to Texas and meets up with the foreign-based contingent. More than 47,000 tickets have been sold for the showdown with the USA’s regional rivals on Feb. 6 in Houston. Kickoff at Reliant Stadium is set for 8 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision, as well as on 75 affiliates of the Fútbol de Primera Radio Network. Fans can also follow the game live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

United States Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Steve Cronin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Zach Wells (D.C. United)
DEFENDERS (8): Dan Califf (Aalborg BK), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Ramiro Corrales (SK Brann), Todd Dunivant (Toronto FC), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Eddie Robinson (Houston Dynamo)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pat Noonan (Aalesunds FK)
FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman (New
England Revolution), Jeremiah White (AGF Aarhus)

ALL_ACCESS VIDEOS – EXCLUSIVE AS THEY GET: That’s why they call it ‘all access’, right? ussoccer.com has delivered on the promise, starting with first and only video interview with Eddie Johnson aired since joining the quartet of his U.S. comrades at Fulham. On the home front, all_access video gave you the first look at the brand-new Nike training gear and the players’ reactions to the new duds. Over at the MNT Blog, we show a one-sided encounter between Landon and the all_access video camera. For that and all of the videos on all_access, we say ‘you be the judge.”

PODCAST – MICHAEL CHECKS IN: U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley has been en fuego of late at Heerenveen, scoring five goals in his last four matches, including a pair against De Graafschap this past weekend. Now with 11 league goals and 15 in all competitions, the 20-year-old is closing in on the goalscoring record for a U.S. international in a top division in Europe. Prior to last weekend’s match, ussoccer.com caught up with Bradley to talk about his club’s good form of late and all the challenges in store for him in 2008, from chasing a Dutch league title, the prospect of playing in the Olympics, and his first shot at World Cup qualifying. Click here for the audio podcast.

MNT BLOG ROLLS ON: The MNT Blog has braved the torrential rains in Southern California so that you don’t have to. Armed with an umbrella and a computer, the Blog is on the ground with the MNT, bringing the best interviews, training video and tidbits from the day-to-day happenings in camp. While the players and coaches are getting wet, follow the team from the comforts of your home with the MNT Blog.

NOONAN ON NORWAY: U.S. forward Pat Noonan got a change of address during the break between camps, signing a contract with Aalesund of the Norwegian Tippeligaen after five years with the New England Revolution. The 27-year-old started in three straight MLS Cup finals, and shared league scoring honors in 2004 with Amado Guevara. Noonan spoke with ussoccer.com about the challenge of heading overseas and the disappointment of leaving New England with unfinished business. “No question it's tough to leave. You don't find too many locker rooms that have that kind of chemistry both on and off field. There was a lot of talent, and really good people as well. It's difficult going to the final three years in a row and not winning one. There is sadness in leaving close friends and teammates, but it is time for a new experience and a new challenge." For the full interview, click here.

PHOTO SHOP FROM THE HDC: Our photography staff has been getting after it from day one to bring you images of the first training camp of 2008. Rain or shine (mostly rain), there are loads of shots of some very familiar faces, and some that are new to all of us. We’re at it every day, so check back early and often for the freshest photos from Carson.

THEY SAID IT: “I’ve just tried to see the chances to get forward. The coach has encouraged me to be a guy when we have the ball who is getting forward and into the box, and when we don’t have the ball who is coming back and working hard and helping our team win the ball in defense.”

- U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley, on his current scoring success.

Bradley Brings 21 Players Back to Carson to Begin Training for Match Against Mexico

CHICAGO (January 24, 2008) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has recalled 21 players to U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., to begin preparations for the match against Mexico.

More than 43,000 tickets have been sold for the showdown with the USA’s regional rivals on Feb. 6 in Houston. Kickoff at Reliant Stadium is set for 8 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision, as well as on 75 affiliates of the Fútbol de Primera Radio Network. Fans can also follow the game live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

All 21 players on the Carson roster were part of the group that began training in early January and finished with a 2-0 win against Sweden on Jan. 19 at the HDC. Missing are four members of the Under-23 Men’s National Team – Jozy Altidore, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan and Marvell Wynne – who will participate in the U-23 camp being held from Jan. 24-Feb.3 in Bradenton, Fla.

"We are very pleased with the work we put in so far this year, and are looking forward to the next challenge against Mexico,” said Bradley. “We will continue to build on the concepts that we have established during the last year, and we are clearly progressing as a team as we move forward in preparing for the start of World Cup qualifying this summer.”

Fourteen of the players saw action in the Sweden match, with three players earning their first international appearance. Houston Dynamo defender Eddie Robinson bagged his first goal in addition to his first cap, slamming home a rebound off a Pat Noonan shot to tally the game-winner. In the USA’s 500th international match, Landon Donovan made another U.S. scoring record all his own, converting a penalty for his 35th career goal, making him No. 1 on the USA’s all-time scoring list. Brad Guzan got credit for his first shutout in five internationals played, after having split time in three previous U.S. shutouts in which he appeared.

The 21-man training camp roster remains a largely domestic-based group, holding 16 players who ply their trade in the United States. The MLS teams are well represented, with 11 of 14 clubs contributing players to the Carson camp. The roster boasts several year-end award winners, including MLS Goalkeeper of the Year (Brad Guzan) and Defender of the Year (Michael Parkhurst). In addition, New England Revolution forward Taylor Twellman finished third on the league goalscoring chart with 16 goals, the fourth time in his six-year career he has tallied 15 goals or more.

The list of Scandinavian-based players on the roster has grown to five, with Clarence Goodson (IK Start) and Noonan (Aalesund FK) both signing contracts to head to Norway at the conclusion of their service. They join Aalborg BK captain Dan Califf, Ramiro Corrales and Jeremiah White, who collected his first cap when he replaced Donovan in the second half of the Sweden match.

The team will train in Carson until Feb. 3 before leaving for Houston. The final roster for the Mexico match, which may include more European-based players, will be finalized prior to the team’s departure from Carson.

After the Sweden match, the U.S. will compete in a series of friendlies before beginning the attempt to qualify for their sixth-consecutive World Cup finals when they take on the winner of the first round series between Barbados and Dominica. The U.S. will host their first qualifier on June 15, with the second leg to be played between June 18-21 on the road.

U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Roster
The Home Depot Center - Carson, Calif.

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps Hometown Club
Beckerman, Kyle M 5'10" 165 04/23/82 3/0 Crofton, Md.
Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Califf, Dan D 6'1" 175 03/17/80 18/1 Orange, Calif.
Aalborg BK (Denmark)
Clark, Ricardo M 5'10" 150 05/10/83 11/1 Jonesboro, Ga. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Conrad, Jimmy D 6'2" 185 02/12/77 24/1 Temple City, Calif. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Corrales, Ramiro D 6'1" 170 03/12/77 5/0 Salinas, Calif. SK Brann (Norway)
Cronin, Steve GK 6'2" 197 05/28/83 0/0 Sacramento, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Davis, Brad M 5'11" 165 11/08/81 3/0 St. Charles, Mo. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Donovan, Landon F 5'8" 148 03/04/82 97/35 Redlands, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Dunivant, Todd D 6'0" 174 12/26/80 2/0 Wheat Ridge, Colo. Toronto FC (MLS)
Goodson, Clarence D 6'4" 170 05/17/82 1/0 Alexandria, Va. IK Start (Norway)
Guzan, Brad GK 6'4" 210 09/09/84 5/0 Homer Glen, Ill. Chivas USA (MLS)
Hesmer, Will GK 6'2" 195 11/23/81 0/0 Wilson, N.C. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Mapp, Justin M 5'10" 140 10/18/84 8/0 Brandon, Miss. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Moor, Drew D 6'0" 170 01/15/84 3/0 Dallas, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
Noonan, Pat M 6'0" 170 08/02/80 14/1 Ballwin, Mo. Aalesund FK (Norway)
Parkhurst, Michael D 5'11" 155 01/24/84 3/0 Providence, R.I. New England Revolution (MLS)
Robinson, Eddie D 6'1" 195 06/19/78 1/1 Greensboro, N.C. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Rolfe, Chris F 5'8" 145 01/17/83 7/0 Kettering, Ohio Chicago Fire (MLS)
Twellman, Taylor F 5'11" 170 02/29/80 30/6 St. Louis, Mo.
New England Revolution (MLS)
Wells, Zach GK 6'2" 187 02/26/81 1/0 Costa Mesa, Calif. D.C. United (MLS)
White, Jeremiah F 5'8" 155 04/03/82 1/0 Washington, D.C. AGF (Denmark)

ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (4) – Steve Cronin (LA Galaxy), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Zach Wells (D.C. United)
DEFENDERS (8) –Dan Califf (Aalborg BK), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Ramiro Corrales (SK Brann), Todd Dunivant (Toronto FC), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Eddie Robinson (Houston Dynamo)
MIDFIELDERS (5) –Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pat Noonan (Aalesund FK)
FORWARDS (4) – Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution), Jeremiah White (AGF Aarhus)

Bradley Calls 26 Players to Begin Training Camp Jan. 3 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

CHICAGO (December 31, 2007) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named 26 players to the training camp roster that will begin workouts Jan. 3 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The group will prepare for the USA’s first match of 2008, a friendly against Sweden on Jan. 19 at The Home Depot Center. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel beginning at 5:30 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow the game live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

"This is the beginning of a very important year for the national team, and we are looking forward to continuing the work of 2007,” said Bradley, who completed his first year as head coach with a 12-5-1 record and the 2007 Gold Cup title to his credit. “This is another great opportunity to reinforce the principles of how this team operates both on and off the field, as well as giving us the chance to look at players that may be able to help us when World Cup qualifying begins in June.”

The largely domestic-based group includes 23 players who ply their trade in the United States. The MLS teams are well represented, with 13 of 14 clubs contributing players to the Carson camp. The roster boasts several year-end award winners, including MLS Goalkeeper of the Year (Brad Guzan), Defender of the Year (Michael Parkhurst) and Rookie of the Year (Maurice Edu). In addition, New England Revolution forward Taylor Twellman finished third on the league goalscoring chart with 16 goals, the fourth time in his six-year career he has tallied 15 goals or more. Two-time MLS Cup defending champions Houston Dynamo are one of four clubs to send a trio of players, along with MLS Cup runners up New England Revolution, Chicago Fire and Toronto FC.

Landon Donovan is the leading capwinner on the roster with 96 appearances. The 25-year-old is currently tied for first place on the USA’s all-time goalscoring chart with 34 goals and can lay claim to sole possession of the record with a tally against Sweden. The 2007 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year finalist is already the all-time leader in assists and points. At the other end of the experience spectrum, there are 20 players on the roster with 10 caps or less, and seven will be in search of their first-ever appearance with the senior team. In 2007, Bradley gave 61 players at least one cap.

Aalborg BK captain Dan Califf leads the three players based in Scandinavia, the six-year international having appeared in the USA’s victories against Switzerland and South Africa earlier this year. Ramiro Corrales returns to the U.S. fold for the first time since 2004, while AGF Aarhus striker Jeremiah White gets his first-ever appearance in a senior national team camp. The trio is available because the Scandinavian leagues are shut down for the winter break.

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. Justin Mapp, another Residency graduate and veteran of two World Youth 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 that reached the quarterfinals in the United Arab Emirates. Sacha Kljestan, who is currently serving as captain of the U-23 Men’s National Team, 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. Josmer Altidore was the fourth-leading scorer at the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada with four goals, including both U.S. goals in a 2-1 victory in group play, and the lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Austria in the quarterfinals.

After the Sweden match, the U.S. will host regional rivals Mexico on Feb. 6 at Reliant Stadium in Houston. More than 30,000 tickets have been sold for the match that will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Along with a series of friendlies, the United States will begin the attempt to qualify for their sixth-consecutive World Cup finals when they take on the winner of the first round series between Barbados and Dominica. The U.S. will host their first qualifier between June 11-14, with the second leg to be played between June 18-21 on the road.

U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Roster
Jan. 3-20, 2008 - Carson, Calif.

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps Hometown Club
Altidore, Josmer F 6'1" 175 11/06/89 1/0 Boca Raton, Fla.
New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Beckerman, Kyle M 5'10" 165 04/23/82 3/0 Crofton, Md.
Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Califf, Dan D 6'1" 175 03/17/80 18/1 Orange, Calif.
Aalborg BK (Denmark)
Clark, Ricardo
M 5'10" 150 05/10/83 10/1 Jonesboro, Ga.
Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Conrad, Jimmy D 6'2" 185 02/12/77 23/1 Temple City, Calif. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Corrales, Ramiro
D 6'1" 170 03/12/77 4/0 Salinas, Calif. SK Brann (Norway)
Davis, Brad
M 5'11" 165 11/08/81 2/0 St. Charles, Mo. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Donovan, Landon
F 5'8" 148 03/04/82 96/34 Redlands, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Dunivant, Todd
D 6'0" 174 12/26/80 2/0 Wheat Ridge, Colo. Toronto FC (MLS)
Edu, Maurice
M 6'0" 170 04/18/86 2/0 Fontana, Calif. Toronto FC (MLS)
Goodson, Clarence
D 6'4" 170 05/17/82 0/0 Alexandria, Va. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Guzan, Brad
GK 6'4" 210 09/09/84 4/0 Homer Glen, Ill. Chivas USA (MLS)
Hesmer, Will
GK 6'2" 195 11/23/81 0/0 Wilson, N.C. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Johnson, Eddie
F 6'0" 180 03/31/84 31/11 Palm Coast, Fla. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Kljestan, Sacha M 6'1" 150 09/09/85 4/0 Huntington Beach, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
Mapp, Justin
M 5'10" 140 10/18/84 8/0 Brandon, Miss. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Moor, Drew
D 6'0" 170 01/15/84 2/0 Dallas, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
Noonan, Pat
M 6'0" 170 08/02/80 13/1 Ballwin, Mo. New England Revolution (MLS)
Parkhurst, Michael
D 5'11" 155 01/24/84 2/0 Providence, R.I. New England Revolution (MLS)
Pickens, Matt
GK 6'3" 200 04/05/82 0/0 Washington, Mo. 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 6/0 Kettering, Ohio Chicago Fire (MLS)
Twellman, Taylor F 5'11" 170 02/29/80 29/6 St. Louis, Mo.
New England Revolution (MLS)
Wells, Zach
GK 6'2" 187 02/26/81 0/0 Costa Mesa, Calif. D.C. United (MLS)
White, Jeremiah
F 5'8" 155 04/03/82 0/0 Washington, D.C. AGF (Denmark)
Wynne, Marvell
D 5'9" 171 05/08/86 0/0 Poway, Calif. Toronto FC (MLS)

ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS(4) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Matt Pickens (Chicago Fire), Zach Wells (D.C. United)
DEFENDERS (9) –Dan Califf (Aalborg BK), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Ramiro Corrales (SK Brann), Todd Dunivant (Toronto FC), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Eddie Robinson (Houston Dynamo), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7) –Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pat Noonan (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (6) –Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas Cit y Wizards), Chris
Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution), Jeremiah White (AGF Aarhus)

Bradley Names Initial 17-Man Roster To Face South Africa on Nov. 17

CHICAGO (November 9, 2007) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a 17-man initial roster that will travel to face 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts South Africa on Nov. 17 in Johannesburg. Kickoff for the 2007 Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup is set for 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

The complete roster will be finalized following this weekend’s matches. Players will report to camp on Nov. 12 in Johannesburg. The match falls on the first of two international fixture dates scheduled for the week of Nov. 17, and Bradley has chosen to take advantage of the break by selecting 11 players based in Europe.

"This match is a great way to cap off a very productive year,” said Bradley, who is 11-5-1 in 2007 and making his first trip to Africa with the team. ”Once again we have the opportunity to draw on a group of players who will certainly play a large role in our attempt to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, and the game against South Africa will be a good first taste of what this environment will be like.”

The U.S. roster includes nine players from the squad that captured the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and qualified the United States for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan led the U.S. with four goals in the tournament, now having amassed nine goals in 12 matches this year. With 34 career international goals, the 25-year-old is one goal away from becoming the USA’s all-time leader in scoring.

Eleven of the 17 players on the roster ply their trade in seven different countries in Europe (Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany, Holland, Portugal and Scotland). Fulham FC send the duo of Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey, with Dempsey tallying three goals and two assists in 12 appearances for the U.S. this year. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, who minded the nets in the Gold Cup final, has already posted ten shutouts in 25 games for the United States. Glasgow Rangers midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has three goals and three assists in 2007 and was the USA’s second leading scorer in the Gold Cup. SC Heerenveen midfielder Michael Bradley, 20, is the only player to have appeared in both the 2007 Gold Cup for the full team and then the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. Bradley tallied the game-winner in the USA’s 1-0 victory against Switzerland on Oct. 17 in Basel.

While Donovan leads all capwinners on the roster with 96 total, there are five players heading to South Africa with five caps or less, including two 2007 MLS season award winners. Brad Guzan was voted Goalkeeper of the Year in only his second season with Chivas USA, while Maurice Edu – who earned his first cap in the win against Switzerland – has been honored as the Rookie of the Year. Fellow U-20 World Cup teammates Freddy Adu and Josmer Altidore will be reunited for the first time since Canada this summer, with the New York Red Bulls striker seeking his first-ever cap with the full team.

The Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup, an annual one-off event typically hosted in South Africa, began in 1994 and has seen South Africa face opponents like Brazil, Argentina, Holland, Nigeria and a host of others.

The United States will make a rare trip to Africa, playing on the continent for just the third time in their history. Their last visit came nine years to the day before the November match, a 2-1 loss to Morocco on Nov. 17, 1998 in Marrakech. The only other trip to Africa was also against Morocco in 1992, when the U.S. suffered a 3-1 loss in Casablanca. As the 2007 Gold Cup Champions, the U.S. will represent CONCACAF in the 2009 Confederations Cup to be held in South Africa one year prior the World Cup.

In the only prior meeting between the two sides, the U.S. beat South Africa, 4-0, on June 3, 2000 in Washington, D.C. Cobi Jones tallied twice that day, with Earnie Stewart and Claudio Reyna rounding out the scoring as Kasey Keller earned the shutout.

Led by Brazilian national Carlos Alberto Parreira, who coached Brazil to the 1994 World Cup championship in the United States, the Bafana Bafana will call upon a full strength side for the U.S. match. Blackburn Rovers striker Benni McCarthy is South Africa’s all-time leading scorer, having posted 24 goals in 50 international appearances. South Africa are the current holders of the COSAFA Cup, having defeated Zambia on penalties in the 2007 edition of the tournament.

South Africa Roster vs. USA
GOALKEEPERS (2): Rowen Fernandez (Arminia Bielefeld), Moeneeb Josephs (Wits University)
DEFENDERS (7): Bradley Carnell (Karlsruhe), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa), Vuyo Mere (Mamelodi Sundowns), Benson Mhlongo (Mamelodi Sundowns), Aaron Mokoena (Blackburn Rovers), Bryce Moon (Ajax Cape Town), Nasief Morris (Panathinaikos)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Delron Buckley (Borussia Dortmund), Brent Carelse (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lance Davids (Djurgardens), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates), Siyabonga Nkosi (Arminia Bielefeld), Steven Pienaar (Everton), Macbeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs)
FORWARDS (4): Lerato Chabangu (Mameodi Sundowns), Thembinkosi Fanteni (Ajax Cape Town), Benedict McCarthy (Blackburn Rovers), Sibusiso Zuma (Arminia Bielefeld)

Eight days after the Nov. 17 match, South Africa will host the Preliminary Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The event, held in Durban, will determine the qualifying schedule for 156 countries spanning five confederations. The South American qualifying competition began Oct. 13 with all ten teams in action.

ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (7) –Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Dan Califf (Aalborg BK), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Jonathon Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (6) – Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), 
FORWARDS (2) – Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC)

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)
Assitant Coach: John Hackworth (Bradenton, Fla.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Zak Abdelbaaset (Los Angeles)
Fitness Coach: Anthony Slater (Los Angeles)
General Manager: Pam Perkins (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Trainers: Jim Hashimoto (Wilmington, Del.)
                 Bruce Snell (Gig Harbor, Wash.)
Doctor: George Chiampas (Chicago)
Chiropractor: George Billauer (Los Angeles)

U.S. MNT 2007 Schedule
Date         Match Venue Result / Kickoff / TV
Jan. 20    USA vs. Denmark Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 3-1 W
Feb. 7      USA vs. Mexico Univ.of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.) 2-0 W
March 25 USA vs. Ecuador Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.) 3-1 W
March 28 USA vs. Guatemala Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas) 0-0 T
June 2      USA vs. China Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.) 4-1 W
June 7      USA vs. Guatemala ^ Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 1-0 W
June 9      USA vs. T&T ^ Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 2-0 W
June 12    USA vs. El Salvador^ Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.) 4-0 W
June 16    USA vs. Panama ^ Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.) 2-1 W
June 21    USA vs. Canada ^ Soldier Field (Chicago) 2-1 W
June 24    USA vs. Mexico ^ Soldier Field (Chicago) 2-1 W
June 28    USA vs. Argentina # Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo) 1-4 L
July 2        USA vs. Paraguay # Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas) 1-3 L
July 5        USA vs. Colombia # Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto) 0-1 L
Aug. 22     USA vs. Sweden Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden) 0-1 L
Sept. 9      USA vs. Brazil Soldier Field (Chicago) 2-4 L
Oct. 17      USA vs. Switzerland St. Jakob-Park (Basel, Switzterland) 1-0 W
Nov. 17     USA vs. South Africa Ellis Park (Johannesburg, South Africa) 9 a.m. ET / FSC / Galavision

^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
# Copa America

U.S. MNT Returns to Action With 3-1 Win Against Denmark

CARSON, Calif. (January 20, 2007) — The U.S. Men’s National Team returned to the field in style under new head coach Bob Bradley on Saturday with an efficient 3-1 victory against Denmark at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The exciting match played in front of 10,048 fans on a cool winter day in Southern California featured just about everything, including four players earning their first cap, five more earning their second cap, a come-from-behind win, a penalty kick from longtime stalwart Landon Donovan and second-half strikes from U.S. debutant Jonathan Bornstein and Kenny Cooper.

With Bradley on the bench leading the USA for the first time, the game began tentatively and saw Denmark strike first in the 37th minute. The opening goal came on an excellent header from forward Dennis Sorensen, who beat defender Jimmy Conrad to the ball just six yards from goal and hammered a shot off the underside of the crossbar. The goal was created by Simon Busk Poulsen, who found himself on the edge of the U.S. penalty area with nary a defender in sight and plenty of time to tee up his perfect cross for Sorensen.

The lead for Denmark was short-lived, though, with the U.S. tying the game almost immediately through a 44th minute penalty kick from Donovan on a shot that rifled through the hands of Danish goalkeeper Jesper Christiansen. 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). Donovan’s penalty kick was set up when Ricardo Clark was pulled down from behind by Anders Moller Christensen as he was trying to slalom into the area with the ball.

“It is a good way to start the year,” said Bradley after the game. “We had a number of guys who got their first chance to play for the United States. I thought that all of them responded really well. It has been a good camp. To see the team step on the field with a good mentality and a good amount of energy, and respond well to being down 1-0, I think those were all really good signs.”

With the game tied at one entering the second half, Bradley made a key change that would pay immediate dividends, inserting left-sided midfielder Justin Mapp for forward Nate Jaqua, and moving Chris Rolfe forward. Just 12 minutes later, Mapp provided the winning assist courtesy of one of his patented dribbling runs so often seen in Major League Soccer with the Chicago Fire.

On the goal, Mapp confronted Denmark’s William Kvist Jorgensen and Chris Sorensen on the right edge of the penalty area, and then quickly slipped himself and the ball between them. The 22-year-old midfielder had plenty of time to comfortably slot a pass from the end line in front of the goal for a crashing Bornstein, who easily one-timed his shot home from five yards out.

The U.S. tacked on an impressive third goal in the 80th minute, with 6-foot-3 forward Kenny Cooper streaking with the ball for 30 yards as three Danish players chased him from behind. As he approached the top of the area and the pressure from behind intensified, Cooper easily beat Christiansen with a slow roller into the right side of the goal. The breakaway for Cooper came courtesy of a through ball from Heath Pearce, who plays professionally in Denmark for FC Nordsjælland.

Outside of Donovan’s penalty kick, the points for Bornstein, Mapp, Cooper and Pearce were their first in a U.S. National Team jersey. Bornstein and Cooper also became the 40th and 41st players in the 95-year history of U.S. Soccer to score in their first game with the national team. They are also the ninth and 10th players to accomplish the feat for the U.S. in the modern World Cup era (since 1986) and the fourth and fifth players to do it this decade.

Overall, the U.S. line-up featured five players making just their second international appearance, goalkeeper Matt Reis, defender Bobby Boswell, midfielder Ricardo Clark, Jaqua, and second half substitute Mapp. Of the four players making their international debut (including Cooper, defender Bryan Namoff and midfielder Kyle Beckerman), only Bornstein started.

Added Bradley, “I thought the first half we had moments where the coordination on the field was fine, but the plays weren’t. I thought we fouled up some simple plays and it seemed we just needed to get some confidence in what we were doing. I thought after they scored we did a pretty good job of coming back quickly and that helped, and the second half was much better.”

Following the match with Denmark, the U.S. team will have a few days off and then will get right back to work in advance of the team’s 52nd all-time meeting with Mexico. This edition of USA-Mexico is set for the brand new University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 7 (tickets). The match will be televised live by both ESPN2 and Univision in an expanded two-and-a-half hour window beginning at 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET). Curiously, the USA and Mexico have not met since the United States’ authoritative, World Cup-clinching, 2-0 victory back on Sept. 3, 2005, in Columbus, Ohio. That span of 522 days is the longest the two teams have gone between matches since 1993. (The 2006 calendar year marked the first time the two teams have not met since 1992.)

After games against Ecuador (March 25 in Tampa) and Guatemala (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 Game Report --

Match-up: USA vs. Denmark
Date: January 20, 2007
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: The Home Depot Center – Carson, California
Kickoff: 2 p.m. PT
Attendance: 10,048
Weather: 59 degrees, cool, sunny

Scoring Summary:   1    2    F
USA                              1    2    3
Denmark                     1    0    1

DEN – Dennis Sorensen (Simon Busk Poulsen)   37th minute
USA – Landon Donovan (penalty kick)                      44.
USA – Jonathan Bornstein (Justin Mapp)                 57.
USA – Kenny Cooper (Heath Pearce)                        80.

Lineups:
USA: 24-Matt Reis; 5- Chris Albright (6-Bryan Namoff, 63), 12-Jimmy Conrad (capt.), 23-Bobby Boswell (4-Dan Califf, 89), 3-Jonathan Bornstein; 25-Pablo Mastroeni (14-Kyle Beckerman, 86), 13-Ricardo Clark, 10-Landon Donovan, 17-Chris Rolfe (19-Heath Pearce, 74); 9-Eddie Johnson (20-Kenny Cooper, 63), 11-Nate Jaqua (21-Justin Mapp, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Joe Cannon
Head Coach: Bob Bradley


DEN: 16-Jesper Christiansen; 6-Michael Gravgaard (capt.), 7-Lars Jacobsen, 10-Anders Moller Christensen, 17-Chris Sorensen (14-Christopher Poulsen, 68); 9-William Kvist Jorgensen, 12-Peter Nymann (19-Christian Keller, 46), 20-Rasmus Wurtz (2-Kristian Bak Nielsen, 81), 21-Niki Zimlig (13-Hjalte Do Norregaard, 58); 5-Simon Busk Poulsen (11-Morten Nordstrand Nielsen, 68), 18-Dennis Sorensen (3-Jesper Bech, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Casper Ankergren, 4-Jonas Borring, 15-Michael Ribers
Head Coach: Morten Olsen


Stats Summary:    USA    DEN
Shots                         13       11
Saves                          0         4
Corner Kicks              2         5
Fouls                         14        17
Offside                         1         5

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Chris Albright (caution)                        33rd minute
USA – Pablo Mastroeni (caution)                   51.
DEN – William Kvist Jorgensen (caution)    54.
USA – Jonathan Bornstein (caution)             71.
USA – Kenny Cooper (caution)                       81.

Officials:
Referee: Mauricio Navarro (CAN)
1st Asst.: Hector Vergara (CAN)
2nd Asst.: Simon Fearn (CAN)
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo (USA)

Sierra Mist Man of the Match: Landon Donovan

Bradley Names 18-Player Roster to Face Denmark on Jan. 20

CARSON, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2007) - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has selected the 18-man roster that will suit up against Denmark on Saturday, Jan. 20, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. PT, and fans can get a first glimpse of the scene when Rob Stone, Eric Wynalda, Bruce Arena and Allen Hopkins start the coverage at 1:50 p.m. PT live on ESPN2. The match will also be shown via tape delay on Galavision, and fans can follow along online live via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.

Four players will be in search of their first cap tomorrow, including MLS Rookie of the Year Jonathan Bornstein and FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper, who finished tied for fifth in the league scoring table in 2006 with 11 goals.

Experience is also well served, with five players from the 2006 World Cup roster returning to action tomorrow. Two-time World Cup veteran Landon Donovan is the leading capwinner on the roster, having made 84 international appearances for the senior team. Pablo Mastroeni, who played in five World Cup matches during 2002 and 2006, has collected exactly 50 caps during his six-year international career.

Check back tomorrow at 1 p.m. PT to find out who Bradley will send out in the starting XI for his first match at the helm and the team's first step on the road to 2010 in South Africa.

Roster by Position
Goalkeepers (2) – Joe Cannon (Los Angeles Galaxy), Matt Reis (New England Revolution)
Defenders (7) – Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Bobby Boswell (D.C. United), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Dan Califf (Aalborg BK), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Bryan Namoff (D.C. United), Heath Pearce (FC Nordsjælland)
Midfielders (4) – Kyle Beckerman (Colorado Rapids), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
Forwards (5) –Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), Nate Jaqua (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire)

U.S. Men's National Team  Roster vs. Denmark
Jan. 20, 2007 – Carson, Calif.

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps/G Hometown Club
1 Cannon, Joe GK 6'2" 190 01/01/75 2/0 Los Altos Hills, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
3 Bornstein, Jonathan D 5'9" 145 11/07/84 0/0 Los Alamitos, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
4 Califf, Dan D 6'1'' 175 03/17/80 13/1 Orange, Calif. Aalborg BK (Denmark)
5 Albright, Chris D 6'1" 185 01/14/79 19/1 Philadelphia, Pa. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
6 Namoff, Bryan D 5'10" 168 05/28/79 0/0 Rockford, Ill. D.C. United (MLS)
9 Johnson, Eddie F 6'0'' 180 03/31/84 20/9 Palm Coast, Fla. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
10 Donovan, Landon F 5'8" 148 03/04/82 84/25 Redlands, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
11 Jaqua, Nate F 6'3" 180 10/28/81 1/0 Eugene, Ore. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
12 Conrad, Jimmy D 6'2" 185 02/12/77 17/0 Temple City, Calif. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
13 Clark, Ricardo M 5'10" 150 05/10/83 1/0 Jonesboro, Ga. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
14 Beckerman, Kyle M 5'10" 165 04/23/82 0/0 Crofton, Md. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
17 Rolfe, Chris F 5'8" 145 01/17/83 4/0 Kettering, Ohio Chicago Fire (MLS)
19 Pearce, Heath D 5'10" 175 08/13/84 5/0 Modesto, Calif. FC Nordsjælland (Denmark)
20 Cooper, Kenny F 6'3" 210 10/21/84 0/0 Dallas, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
21 Mapp, Justin M 5'10" 140 10/18/84 1/0 Brandon, Miss. Chicago Fire (MLS)
23 Boswell, Bobby D 6'2" 185 03/15/83 1/0 Tampa, Fla. D.C. United (MLS)
24 Reis, Matt GK 6'1" 196 03/28/75 1/0 Atlanta, Ga. New England Revolution (MLS)
25 Mastroeni, Pablo M 5'10" 170 08/26/76 50/0 Phoenix, Ariz. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
 

Strong in the air and in reading the game, the California native provides ample veteran cover on the U.S. backline. Due to the depth and consistent performances at center back, Califf has sometimes found opportunities hard to come by for the national team; however, his mature level of commitment ensures that both off the pitch and on he can provide much to a growing U.S. team. After captaining Aalborg BK to the Danish Championship in 2008, Califf left the club to sign with fellow Danish Superliga team FC Midtjylland.

• Califf captained the side to the 2-0 win against Sweden to open the 2009 campaign, his first time sporting the armband

• Played 90 minutes in the loss to Turkey as well as the 0-0 draw with Cameroon in the 2003 FIFA Confederation Cup

• In 2007, he was named captain of Aalborg BK, leading the team into the UEFA Cup group stage after a massive upset of Italian side Sampdoria

• Finished his AaB career having made more than 50 league appearances for the Danish side in three seasons

• Drafted by the Galaxy in 2000, he captured three championships with the team, including the 2002 MLS Cup, 2001 U.S. Open Cup and 2000 Champions’ Cup titles

• After being traded to San Jose in 2005, he had one of his best years as a professional, being named to the MLS Best XI for the first time
2009: Captained the team in the 2-0 win against Sweden on Jan. 20 at The Home Depot Center … Started in central defense in the USA’s 2-2 come-from-behind draw against El Salvador in the first road World Cup qualifier of the final round…2008: Appeared in three games during 2008, starting all three and playing 90 minutes in each of them, including the 0-0 draw against Argentina in June at Giants Stadium in N.J. … Began his second FIFA World Cup qualifying cycle by making two appearances at center back, first in the 1-0 victory on June 20 against Barbados and again in Oct. 15 in the 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain … 2007: Made a return to the U.S. side under Bob Bradley … Was a member of the squad that competed at the 2007 Copa America tournament in Venezuela … Made substitute appearances against Switzerland and South Africa, helping to keep clean sheets in both those games … 2006: Did not appear in any U.S. games … 2005: Made one appearance in World Cup qualifying for the United States … Started and completed the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over Panama on Oct. 12 … 2004: Scored his first career national team goal against Haiti on March 13 … 2003: Made nine starts for the team in 2003, his most to date in a calendar year … Was a member of the squad which finished third at the 2003 Gold Cup … Played 810 career minutes for the U.S. team, a career high … 2002: Debuted in the opening match of the 2002 Gold Cup, starting in central defense in a 2-1 win against Korea … Lined up in central defense for the last match of 2002, a 2-0 win against El Salvador in Washington, D.C. … 2001: Named to the substitutes list against Korea on Dec. 9 … Trained with the U.S. prior to the home qualifier against Costa Rica on April 25 … 2000: Named to the substitute’s bench for the match against Mexico on Oct. 25 … Under-23s: Had nine appearances with the U-23s, making eight starts and recording one goal and one assist … Started all six games in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, scoring a goal against Kuwait on Sept. 19, 2000 … Under 20s: Part of the squad that took home the bronze at the Pan Am Games in August of 1999 … Member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team that lost in the Round of 16 at the 1999 World Youth Championship … Started all four of the matches with the U.S. posting a 2-2-0 record … Scored the game-winning goal, an 11th-minute strike against England in the tournament … Started in 16 of 18 U-20 matches in 1999, tallying one goal and three assists … Scored his first U-20 goal in a 3-1 win over Switzerland at the 1998 Paolo Valenti Tournament in Italy … Under 17s: Earned 15 caps as a member of the U-17 National Team, anchoring the defense at the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Egypt … First Appearance: Jan. 18, 2002, vs. Korea Republic … First Goal: March 13, 2004, vs. Haiti.
2008-09: Signed with Danish Superliga title contenders FC Midtjylland after three seasons at AaB … A mainstay in the back four, Califf was named vice-captain of the squad … Immediately inserted into the Wolves starting lineup, where he made 23 appearances prior to the winter break … 2007-08: Began the year as Aalborg BK’s captain and a mainstay in their central defense … Led the team to an improbable victory over two legs against Sampdoria, a result which meant they were entered into the UEFA Cup group stage … Captained AaB to the league championship in 2008, making 30 appearances in the center of defense as the club finished nine points clear of FC Midtjylland and gained entry into the UEFA Champions League … 2006-07: In his first full season in Danish football, he adapted to the league superbly … Made 30 league appearances, scoring one goal for AaB … Was instrumental in guiding AaB to a third place finish in the Danish Superliga, good enough for qualification into the UEFA Cup … 2005-06: At the end of 2005, he made the move across the Atlantic Ocean to Aalborg BK of the Danish Superliga … Settling into his new team, he made nine appearances for the side in the second half of the 05-06 season … 2005: Traded to the San Jose Earthquakes prior the 2005 season, he rediscovered his from two years before … Was named to the MLS Best XI for the first time, and scored twice in 20 starting appearances … 2004: Was severely hampered by injury in 2004, and made only 10 appearances for the Galaxy … Finished his Galaxy career making 103 regular season appearances for the Galaxy, scoring five goals … 2003: Was less commanding for the Galaxy in 2003, and his team slipped to a disappointing fourth-place Western Conference finish … Made 23 appearances for the club, all of them in the starting 11 … 2002: Anchored the Galaxy defense en route to their first MLS Cup championship in 2002 … Finished the season with 25 appearances … Part of the MLS’ best defense, finishing with a league low 33 goals allowed and a 1.18 GAA … 2001: Scored the extra-time goal which gave the Galaxy the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title … Finished the season appearing in 24 games, making 23 starts for the club … Compiled a career high three goals and one assist for seven points … Scored an overtime winner vs. Kansas City on May 5, 2001 … 2000: One of three finalists for MLS Rookie of the Year honors … Was voted Galaxy Defender of the Year in his rookie season … Finished the season appearing in 18 games, making 16 starts in his first campaign … Scored his first career MLS goal against Tampa Bay on June 17.

Played in a Galaxy game on his wedding night after marrying his high school sweetheart, Erin, that morning … Enjoys surfing and reading.

A two-year starter at the University of Maryland … He earned NSCAA Third Team All-America honors at the end of his sophomore season in 1999 … One of four players to start in all 20 games that season … Helped lead the Terrapins to the Final Four in 1998 … Was one of three players to start in all 24 matches … Held opponents to 26 goals in Maryland’s 24 games.

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