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Bob Bradley Names 20-Person Roster For Feb. 24 Match Against El Salvador

  • 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) — 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 Roster 
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)

A Men’s National Team debutant in 2009, Perkins went on to tend the nets for the USA during the team’s memorable run to the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup final. As a former MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, Perkins has made a successful jump abroad, becoming the No. 1 for Norwegian Premier League club Vålerenga, who he helped to a league title in 2008. A vocal presence and an agile shot stopper, Perkins heads into 2010 fighting for a spot as one of a number of goalkeepers backing up Tim Howard.

  • Debuted for the USA in a 3-2 win against Sweden on Jan. 24, 2009 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
  • Earned his first clean sheet in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup opener against Grenada, and went on to feature in five of six games during the USA’s run to the final of the regional championship
  • The 2006 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, he was also a member of the MLS Best XI as he helped D.C. United to the MLS Supporters Shield
  • Jumped to Vålerenga in Norway in late 2007 and slotted quickly into the starting spot for his new club
2009: Made his U.S. Men’s National Team debut against Sweden in a 3-2 victory on Jan. 24, 2009 … Made five appearances during the USA’s 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, keeping three clean sheets … Named ussoccer.com’s Man of the Match for his four save performance in the 2-0 victory against Honduras in the semifinals of the Gold Cup … Ended the season with six appearances and a 1.26 GAA, the best of any U.S. goalkeeper during the year … 2007: Called into a pair of training camps but was not capped … First Appearance: Jan. 24, 2009 vs. Sweden … First Shutout: July 4, 2009 vs. Grenada.
2010: Returned to MLS, where his former club D.C. United traded with Philadelphia for the allocation position to acquire him … 2009: Returned for his second year in Norwegian soccer … Started 27 games in the league as Vålerenga finished seventh in the table … Featured in four cup matches and two UEFA Europa League games … Started 33 games in all competitions for Vålerenga … Earned seven shutouts in all competitions during 2009 … 2008: After signing for Vålerenga he stepped into the starting lineup, establishing himself as the club’s No. 1 goalkeeper … Helped his club to their first Cup title in six years with a 4-1 victory against Stabaek in the final … 2007: Started 29 games in what would prove to be his last year in MLS … Earned eight shutouts, tying his career high … Posted an impressive 1.10 GAA as D.C. United again won the MLS Supporters Shield … Signed with Vålerenga of Norway following the conclusion of the MLS season … 2006: Led the league in wins with 15 … An All-Star, he helped MLS keep a shutout against Chelsea … Started 30 games for D.C. United, earning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and MLS Best XI honors … Helped United win the MLS Supporters Shield … 2005: Moved back into a backup role with D.C. United, making two appearances … Led the reserve team to the inaugural championship … 2004: Signed for D.C. United on a developmental contract as an undrafted rookie … Worked his way onto the senior roster and into the starting 11 due to injuries … Finished with three shutouts and a 1.63 GAA in 16 league appearances as D.C. won the title.

Worked as a mortgage loans processor to supplement his income while playing for D.C. United … United fans responded by creating a banner “Perkins Saves … And Loans” … Had never been on a boat before college, but now loves being on the water … Left U.S. training camp in January of 2009 to take part with his club team in a three-day boot camp run by the Norwegian special forces … Married to Betsy.

Attended the University of South Florida during 2001 and 2002, earning All-Conference USA second-team honors during his second and final season with the Bulls … Transferred to the University of Evansville where he completed his college career with the Purple Aces … Allowed just 21 goals in 19 matches for the Purple Aces.

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