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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)
 

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 Calls 26 Players to Begin Preparation for Showdown with Mexico on Feb. 7 in Arizona

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
Jan. 25 - Feb. 8, 2007 – Carson, Calif.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps/G Hometown Club
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

Bradley Era Kicks Off in Carson as U.S. MNT Opens Training Camp

CARSON, Calif. (January 3, 2007) — For the first time in just over eight years, a new manager will gather members of the U.S. Men’s National Team on the training field as they collectively embark on the four-year journey which culminates in South Africa in the summer of 2010. While the date might seem many moons away, new U.S. head coach Bob Bradley believes that success will be built every single day.

“First and foremost, it’s an honor to represent your country. And even though we are four years away from a World Cup, we must be working every minute to prepare ourselves to be a great team. That attitude can never be lost,” said Bradley. “With a team, I always start with the idea that we are all in something together, and that the work on the inside is very important. There must be a trust in terms of the goals, how we challenge each other every day, and how we interact so that every time we step on the field we represent our country and our fans at the highest level.”

After a long wait for U.S. soccer fans, the U.S. National Team officially gets back to business on Wednesday when the majority of the 28-man roster arrives in California. A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday evening, and then the team hits the field for the first time Thursday morning (Jan. 4) 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 2007, a friendly against Denmark on Jan. 20, at The Home Depot Center (tickets). The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 beginning at 1:50 p.m. PT (and will be tape-delayed on Univision). Fans can also follow the game live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

Each new four-year cycle brings opportunities for new blood, and the first training camp of the campaign will have many fresh faces. There are 21 players on the Carson roster with five caps or less, with 11 in search of their first-ever appearance with the senior team. With many of the USA’s young prospects involved in leagues across Europe as well as qualifying for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, that number is sure to grow as the team building continues. The pattern of evaluating new talent is a common one; in fact, a comparison between this group and the players who began training the very same day four years ago in Bradenton, Fla., reveals a striking consistency in the way the development process begins. A quick look inside the numbers:

  2003 2007

Roster Size

26 28
Average Age 24.4 25
Average # of Caps 7.9 8.4
Players from Previous World Cup 6 5
Players on MLS Best XI 6 5
     

As in 2003, there have also been several adjustments to the training camp roster due to a variety of developments. Brian Carroll, Clint Dempsey and Alecko Eskandarian are the latest to be removed from the January list. The final roster now includes 26 players based in MLS. Despite a lack of international experience at the senior level, the roster boasts a wealth of players who earned recognition at the league level this year. Five members of the 2006 MLS Best XI have been invited, led by 2006 World Cup veteran Jimmy Conrad. Those also collecting individual accolades this year include Bobby Boswell (Defender of the Year), Troy Perkins (Goalkeeper of the Year) and Jonathan Bornstein (Rookie of the Year). Two of the top 10 scorers in MLS will be in Carson: Landon Donovan (12 goals) and Kenny Cooper (11).

The 24-year-old Donovan, a two-time World Cup veteran, is the leading capwinner on the roster, having made 84 international appearances for the senior team. He is the USA’s all-time leader in assists (22), and sits in third-place on the all-time goal scoring list with 25. Pablo Mastroeni, who played in five World Cup matches during 2002 and 2006, has collected exactly 50 caps during his six-year international career.

Player development represents the lifeblood of any national team program, and the training camp roster reflects the USA’s growing success in producing talent. 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 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 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, 11 players on the training camp roster have been a part of a FIFA World Championship roster with the United States at the World Cup, Olympics, U-20 or U-17 level.

In advance of Thursday’s opening session, the anticipation of identifying emerging stars and currently undiscovered talent gives U.S. soccer fans a vision of renewed success on the world’s greatest stage. And for Bradley, the path he sees ahead is bright; the challenge, a welcome one.

“As we head into 2007, the program is healthy and moving forward. There is a natural transition that will take place. We all know that some experienced players – some key players – have announced their retirement from international soccer. At the same time, there are some young players ready, or close to being ready, to start helping our national team. When one looks at the work of the last eight years, it’s clear how much progress has been made. Now we must begin the work of the next four years, knowing that we will be judged by how successful we are at the next World Cup. As I’ve said over and over, I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the U.S. team as we begin 2007.”

U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Roster
Jan. 3-21, 2007 – Carson, Calif.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps/G Hometown Club
Albright, Chris D 6'1" 185 01/14/79 19/1 Philadelphia, Pa. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Beckerman, Kyle M 5'10" 165 04/23/82 0/0 Crofton, Md. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Bornstein, Jonathan D 5'9" 145 11/07/84 0/0 Los Alamitos, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
Boswell, Bobby D 6'2" 185 03/15/83 1/0 Tampa, Fla. D.C. United (MLS)
Califf, Dan D 6'1'' 175 03/17/80 13/1 Orange, Calif. Aalborg BK (Denmark)
Cannon, Joe GK 6'2" 190 01/01/75 2/0 Los Altos Hills, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Clark, Ricardo M 5'10" 150 05/10/83 1/0 Jonesboro, Ga. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Cooper, Kenny F 6'3" 210 10/21/84 0/0 Dallas, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
Conrad, Jimmy D 6'2" 185 02/12/77 17/0 Temple City, Calif. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Donovan, Landon F 5'8" 148 03/04/82 84/25 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 1/0 Eugene, Ore. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Johnson, Eddie F 6'0'' 180 03/31/84 20/9 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 1/0 Brandon, Miss. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Mastroeni, Pablo M 5'10" 170 08/26/76 50/0 Phoenix, Ariz. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Mullan, Brian M 5'8" 150 04/23/78 2/0 Mineola, N.Y. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Namoff, Bryan D 5'10" 168 05/28/79 0/0 Rockford, Ill. D.C. United (MLS)
Noonan, Pat M 6'0" 170 08/02/80 13/1 Ballwin, Mo. New England Rebolution (MLS)
Pearce, Heath D 5'10" 175 08/13/84 5/0 Modesto, Calif. FC Nordsjælland (Denmark)
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 1/0 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 4/0 Kettering, Ohio Chicago Fire (MLS)
 

 

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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