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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)

U-20 MNT to Open World Cup Qualifying on Jan. 17 vs. Haiti Live on GolTV

U.S. Under-20 MNT Notes
Panama City, Panama
January 16, 2007


COUNTDOWN TO HAITI: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team conducted their final training session this morning at a new training site (amazingly, one even closer to the Panama Canal) and is now a little more than 24 hours away from their opening match of the 2007 CONCACAF U-20 Final Round Qualifying Tournament in Group A play. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. ET at Rommel Fernandez Stadium in Panama City, Panama. The U.S.-Haiti match is the first of the Group A doubleheader at Rommel Fernandez, as Panama-Guatemala will kickoff at 8:30 ET. Fans can follow the match live on GolTV or on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

USA’s FIRST TWO GAMES LIVE ON GOLTV: All six of the CONCACAF Group A Final Round games will be televised on GolTV, with the first two U.S. games against Haiti and Guatemala being shown live. After their opening match against Haiti, the U.S. takes on Guatemala on Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. ET. The final match against the host Panama will kickoff at 6 p.m. ET, but GolTV’s broadcast will be delayed by an hour, kicking off at 7 p.m. ET. The other three non-U.S. games will also be shown same-day delay.

GolTV U-20 Qualifying Broadcast
Date       Match-up                                 Time (ET)
Jan. 17  USA vs. Haiti                           6:30 p.m. (live)
Jan. 17  Panama vs. Guatemala       9:30 p.m. (SDD)
Jan. 19  USA vs. Guatemala               6:30 p.m. (live)
Jan. 19  Panama vs. Haiti                   9 p.m. (SDD)
Jan. 21  USA vs. Panama                    7 p.m. (SDD)
Jan. 21  Guatemala vs. Haiti         9 p.m. (SDD)

TRAINING ABROAD AT FSU: The U.S. team has been bouncing around Panama City for each training session during its stay in Panama, and Tuesday's final pre-game practice was no different. Panama City's Florida State campus welcomed the U-20s, who broke out in a chorus of tomahawk chops as the bus pulled into the facility. The surroundings were truly picturesque, as the field overlooked the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal with the Bridge of the Americas draped overhead creating shadows which were greatly appreciated by the players as Tuesday definitely brought the hottest temperatures to date. For some more interesting facts about Panama's FSU campus check out the U-20 blog at ussoccer.com.

20/20 - U.S. ROSTER COMPLETE: For the first five days of camp, the U-20's had been building toward the opening match of the 2007 CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament without speedy forward Johann Smith. The Bolton FC striker has finally arrived from Manchester, England (by way of Newark, N.J.), giving head coach Thomas Rongen his full compliment of players. Add Preston Zimmerman, who arrived on Sunday night, to the mix, and the USA's front line now takes on a whole new look. Roster.

QUALIFYING BLOG: The goal is to advance to the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, but the journey is what the players and staff will remember for years to come … and in this case, so will you. During the CONCACAF U-20 Final Round Qualifying Tournament, ussoccer.com’s exclusive U-20 Qualifying Blog will provide fans with the most in-depth coverage from the team’s preparation in Florida to their crucial matches in Panama. Whether there’s something going on at the hotel, on the bus or during a training session, fans will feel like they’re with the team for every single moment.

PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES: The U.S. players have been taking a lot of photos here in Panama and we have, too. Check out some shots of the guys at training and during their excursion to check out the Panama Canal.

ALL ABOUT HAITI
TALKING HAITI: A handful of media was on hand for the USA’s final training session and talked with head coach Thomas Rongen and a number of players. Click here to read their quotes on how the team is looking as they prepare to kick off the 2007 CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament, what they’re expecting from Haiti and how important it is to get a result in their first match.

MULQUEEN SCOUTS HAITI: Before the USA kicks off the opening match of qualifying, U.S. assistant coach Tim Mulqueen breaks down some of Haiti's tendencies. It's a unique perspective that you won't find anywhere else (listen). Check back before each game for an in-depth look at the USA's next opponent.

HAITIAN HISTORY: The Haitians were the first Caribbean nation to play a group encounter at the inaugural CONCACAF Youth (U-20) Tournament in Panama in 1962. Haiti has competed in the last three CONCACAF Qualification Tournaments, but has never qualified for a FIFA U-20 World Cup.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Haiti earned a berth in the CONCACAF Final Round after hosting and winning the Caribbean Football Union Group G Second Round over Bermuda, Jamaica and Netherlands Antilles. Haiti, considered the best of all three Caribbean teams to advance to the Final Round, opened Group G by crushing Bermuda 11-1 and then cruising 5-0 against the Netherlands Antilles. In their deciding match against Jamaica, Haiti drew 0-0, but that scoreless tie was enough for them to win the group as they had a better goal differential (+15 to +4).

Group G – Cap Haitien, Haiti
Team                             GP   W   L   T      +/-     PTS
Haiti                                3      2     0   1    16/1    7
Jamaica                         3      2     0    1    5/1     7
Netherlands Antilles   3       1     2    0    5/8     3
Bermuda                       3       0    3     0    3/19   0

Oct. 24, 2006
Jamaica 2, Netherlands Antilles 0
Haiti 11, Bermuda 1

Oct. 26, 2006
Jamaica 3, Bermuda 1
Haiti 5, Netherlands Antilles 0

Oct. 28, 2006
Netherlands Antilles 5, Bermuda 1
Haiti 0, Jamaica 0

LAST TIME OUT: The last time the two countries met was during the 2003 CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament as the two teams also kicked off that edition, which was played in November of 2002 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. The U.S., which was also coached by Thomas Rongen at that time, won the match 2-0, getting goals from Eddie Johnson and Santino Quaranta. This U.S. U-20 age group has never played Haiti’s U-20s, but in October they did play a collection of Haiti All-Stars, which included a number of Haiti’s Under-23 players. The U.S. dominated the match, winning easily 5-1.

2002 CONCACAF Under-20 Qualifying Tournament
Charleston, S.C.
November 13, 2002

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
United States          2 0 2
Haiti                          0 0 0

USA – Eddie Johnson (Justin Mapp) 26th minute.
USA – Santino Quaranta (Eddie Johnson) 43.

Lineups:
USA - 1-Steve Cronin; 2-Jordan Harvey, 4-Chad Marshall, 5-Ryan Cochrane, 8-C.J. Klaas; 3-Justin Mapp, 11-Ricardo Clark, 15-David Johnson (19-Ned Grabavoy, 66), 13-Devin Barclay; 7-Eddie Johnson, 9-Santino Quaranta (captain) (17-Knox Cameron, 46+).
Subs not used: 6-Jordan Stone, 14-Chris Lancos, 16-Frank Simek.
Not Eligible: 10-Bobby Convey, 18-Clint Baumstark.
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

Haiti All-Star match:
Recap

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"Guatemala es el favorito en el Premundial."
-- Guatemala head coach Rodrigo Kenton is quoted in La Prensa saying that he believes his team is the favorite over the U.S., Haiti and Panama in the U-20 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament.
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