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Bradley Recalls 20 Players to Carson to Begin Preparations For FIFA World Cup Qualifier Against Mexico

CHICAGO (Jan. 29, 2009) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has called 20 players back to U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., to begin preparations for the USA’s first match of final round qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. will take on regional rivals Mexico on Feb. 11 in front of a sold-out crowd at Columbus Crew Stadium live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and Univision beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The match can be heard live on the Futbol de Primera radio networks, and fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

The 20-man group is made up almost entirely of players who participated in the previous camp from Jan. 4-24 at the HDC, with Columbus Crew defender and two-time World Cup veteran Frankie Hejduk the only new addition. The U.S. team will train in Carson for nine days before departing on Feb. 7 for Columbus.

Fourteen of the players on the roster appeared in the USA’s 3-2 win against Sweden on Jan. 24, including midfielder Sacha Kljestan, who became the second player in U.S. history to score his first three goals all in the same game. Both Robbie Rogers and Chris Wingert made their debut for the full team in the victory.

Tickets for the USA-Mexico clash sold out in 90 minutes following the beginning of the public sale. The match is the first of 10 in the final round hexagonal that will determine the three automatic entrants from CONCACAF into the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. In addition to qualifying, the U.S. will compete in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in June, having been drawn into Group B along with five-time World Cup winners Brazil, current World Champion Italy, and Egypt. Just days after the tournament, the U.S. will begin its defense of the CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

U.S. Men’s National Team Training Camp Roster
Carson, Calif.
Jan. 29 – Feb. 7, 2009

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Birthdate

Caps/G

Hometown

Club

Busch, Jon

GK

5' 10"

165

08/18/1976

1/1

Albany, N.Y.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Bornstein, Jonathan

D

5' 9"

145

11/07/1984

14/1

Los Alamitos, Calif.

Chivas USA (MLS)

Carroll, Brian

M

5' 10"

155

07/20/1981

7/1

Springfield, Va.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Ching, Brian

F

6' 1"

195

05/24/1978

33/9

Haleiwa, Hawaii

Houston Dynamo (MLS)

Clark, Ricardo

M

5' 10"

150

05/10/1983

17/1

Jonesboro, Ga.

Houston Dynamo (MLS)

Cooper, Kenny

F

6' 3"

210

10/21/1984

4/2

Dallas, Texas

FC Dallas (MLS)

Davies, Charlie

F

5' 10"

160

06/25/1986

5/1

Manchester, N.H.

Hammarby IF (Sweden)

Gaven, Eddie

M

6' 0

165

10/25/1986

6/1

Hamilton, N.J.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Hejduk, Frankie

D

5'8

155

08/05/1974

81/6

Cardiff, Calif.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Hesmer, Will

GK

6' 2"

195

11/23/1981

0/0

Wilson, N.C.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Holden, Stuart

M

5' 10"

160

08/01/1985

0/0

Houston, Texas

Houston Dynamo (MLS)

Ihemelu, Ugo

D

6' 0 "

184

04/04/1983

2/1

Cedar Hill, Texas

Colorado Rapids (MLS)

Jewsbury, Jack

M

6' 0"

185

04/13/1981

0/0

Springfield, Mo.

Kansas City Wizards (MLS)

Kljestan, Sacha

M

6' 1"

150

09/09/1985

13/3

Huntington Beach, Calif.

Chivas USA (MLS)

Pickens, Matt

GK

6' 3"

200

04/05/1982

0/0

Washington, Mo.

Colorado Rapids (MLS)

Rogers, Robbie

M

5' 10"

165

05/12/1987

1/1

Huntington Beach, Calif.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Rolfe, Chris

F

5' 8"

145

01/17/1983

10/1

Kettering, Ohio

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Thorrington, John

M

5' 8"

150

10/17/1979

4/1

Palos Verdes, Calif.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Wingert, Chris

D

5' 10"

155

06/16/1982

1/1

Babylon, N.Y.

Real Salt Lake (MLS)

Wynne, Marvell

D

5' 9"

170

05/08/1986

2/1

Poway, Calif.

Toronto FC (MLS)

U.S. Men’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids)
DEFENDERS (5): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Ugo Ihemelu (Colorado Rapids), Chris Wingert (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Jack Jewsbury (Kansas City Wizards), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), John Thorrington (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire)
 

The last line of defense for a Colorado Rapids team that won the 2010 MLS Cup, Pickens has reemerged as one of the solid goalkeepers in the league after his return in 2009 to the United States. A veteran of previous January camps, Pickens is still looking for his first cap for the U.S. National Team.

  • Backstopped the Colorado Rapids to their first ever MLS Cup title, making a career-high 29 appearances
  • Named the 2009 Rapids Defensive Player of the Year

2009: Called into MNT training camp in preparation for FIFA World Cup qualifier against Mexico … 2008: Participated in MNT training camp in preparation for FIFA World Cup qualifier against Guatemala … 2007: Called into MNT training camp in Jan. and Feb. to replace injured goalkeeper Brad Guzan in preparation for international friendlies against Denmark and Mexico … First Appearance: None First Goal: None
2010: Started a career-high 29 games for Colorado en route to winning the 2010 MLS Cup … He also appeared in all four playoff games for the Rapids … 2009: Started 19 games in goal for the Colorado Rapids and had a record of 9-6-4 with 39 saves and a 1.16 goals against average … Was named the Rapids 2009 Defensive Player of the Year … Made his Rapids debut starting in the season opener at Chivas USA on March 21 … 2008: Signed a deal with Queens Park Rangers in England … 2007: Recorded career-highs in saves (102), GAA (1.15) and shutouts (10)…Played in all but three of Chicago’s games … Ended the season on a 246 minute shutout streak … 2006: Started all eight league appearances, going 5-3-0 and collecting a 1.38 GAA during the last quarter of the Fire's regular season … Earned MLS Player of the Month honors in September after going 4-2-0 with a 0.83 GAA and 89.5 save percentage… 2005: Finished the season with a 2-2-1 record and 1.20 GAA in five appearances (three starts)…Earned first career MLS win on 4/16 vs. San Jose in his first career MLS start…Missed last nine weeks of action due to injury (R high ankle sprain on 8-19 at KC)… 2004: Selected by the Fire in the second round of the 2004 MLS SuperDraft … Did not see any game action with the Fire during the season.

Son of Dwayne and Barbara Pickens …Played high school soccer at St. Francis Borgia High School in Washington, Mo., and co-captained the Knights to a runner-up finish in the district playoffs his senior season.

Finished his collegiate career at Missouri State (then Southwest Missouri State) second on the all-time chart in goals against average (1.25) and fifth in saves (191) … As a senior, played in 20 matches, starting 19, logging 1,822 minutes and registering a 1.38 GAA … In 2002, started 19 of 20 matches, posting a 1.38 goal against average…Notched five shutouts in 2002, which is the fifth best single-season total in school history…Earned First-team All-Midwest Region, First-team All-MVC, All-MVC Tournament team, First-team All-MVC Academic and First-team NSCAA All-America Scholar Athlete honors.

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