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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)

Ching, Johnson Put U.S. into Quarterfinals of 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CARSON, Calif. (June 9, 2007) — The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 to move into first place in Group B of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, guaranteeing the United States a spot in the tournament quarterfinals.

Brian Ching and Eddie Johnson scored first and second half goals, respectively, to give the USA a comfortable win in front of a sold-out crowd at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Second-half substitute Landon Donovan also got on the board for the USA, assisting on Johnson’s goal to move into first place all-time with 85 career points for the United States.

The USA made ten changes to the lineup that opened the tournament by defeating Guatemala 1-0 on June 7, with Benny Feilhaber the lone carryover. With much more space to operate than in their opening match, the United States quickly started to find seams in the Trinidad & Tobago defense. Justin Mapp, in particular, had the run of the left side, able to create numerous scoring opportunities.

"Before the tournament we wanted to look at two groups for sure," said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley after the game. "When the games come so quickly, we feel good about the depth that we have. I think that showed today. Throughout the year we have brought some new players into the team. Today was the first game for Michael Parkhurst, and I thought that he had a good solid match and that is important. It shows that going forward, we have the ability to create some pretty good combinations in all parts of the field, in our defense, in our midfield and with our forwards, and hopefully gives us not only the depth, but a little bit of flexibility, in terms of the way we play."

As they did against Guatemala, the USA got on the board just shy of the half-hour mark, after dominating possession for most of the game. On the 29th minute goal, Mapp stunned defender Seon Power with his speed in chasing down a long ball from Jonathan Spector into space on the left flank. With a confident touch, Mapp pushed the ball past Power and barreled into the box. Ching, who had initially started to drift to the near post, charged towards the center of the goal and directed the well-weighted ball into the back of the net. The goal resembled the Dempsey-Twellman combination from two nights ago, and was the fifth goal of Ching’s career.

In contrast to the USA, Trinidad & Tobago only made one change to their starting 11, despite having played less than 48 hours prior. The match was halted for several minutes in the first half after a collision between Williams and defender Anthony Noriega. Noriega lay on the field for seven minutes before being stretchered off with a suspected broken jaw. Following that collision, Trinidad & Tobago was forced to make their second substitution just five minutes late when Thomas Nickcelson came off with an injury.

As the half came to a close, both sides had a chance to change the face of the match. First, a miscommunication between Jay DeMerit and Michael Parkhurst (making his international debut) nearly gave striker Andre Pouissant a free run at goal, but Parkhurst gamely recovered to knock the ball over the endline. Then a quick counterattack the other way saw Johnson and Steve Ralston on the break, with Johnson feeding Ralston near the top of the box. He cut back inside past his mark, the left-footed effort forcing Williams into a sprawling save.

To begin the second half, Bradley substituted Donovan for Feilhaber, which caused even more problems for an out-gunned opponent. Within 10 minutes, Donovan was already on the board, timing a perfect run at the halfway line to sprint unchallenged into the right side of the penalty area with the ball. With two Trinidad & Tobago defenders chasing, Donovan rolled a perfect ball on the grass to Eddie Johnson to easily slam home for his 10th international goal.

For Donovan, the assist was the 25th of his career (already a record) and moved him past Eric Wynalda into first place all-time for the United States with 85 career points. The goal for Johnson was his first for the United States since a 4-0 victory against Guatemala on Feb. 19, 2006 (a span of 13 games).

“I was pleased to see Brian get on the scoreboard for us,” said Bradley. “I thought in the game against Ecuador he worked very hard and created openings for other players. He has been an important player for us and it is nice to see him score the game-winner today. It was a great set-up from Justin Mapp. Again we see the talent that he has and the ability he has to create some plays. On the second goal, just a great run and an unselfish play by Landon Donovan.”

Kasey Keller was called upon to make a number of solid saves during the match, none bigger than a parrying save of a 90th minute blast by Kerry Baptiste that preserved the shutout in his 99th career cap. The victory was the 51st of Keller’s career, and it was his 47th all-time shutout, extending his all-time USA bests.

The victory improved the USA’s incredible all-time record in opening round Gold Cup action to 20-0-1, and gave the team six points after two games, three more than both El Salvador and Guatemala. The United States is the first team in the tournament to guarantee passage into the second round, and is the only team in the tournament not to allow a goal.

The USA will close out group play on Tuesday, June 12 in Foxborough, Mass., against El Salvador (live on FSC and Telefutura at 7 p.m. ET). The 12-team Gold Cup tournament runs through June 24 where the final is slated for Soldier Field in Chicago. Immediately following the Gold Cup, the USA 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. The U.S. will open Group C play against Argentina on June 28, before facing Paraguay on July 2 and Colombia on July 5.

-- U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report --

Match-up: USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: June 9, 2007
Competition: CONCACAF Gold Cup – Group B
Venue: The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. PT
Attendance: 27,000
Weather: 71, clear

Scoring Summary:    1   2   F
USA                               1   1   2
Trinidad & Tobago     0   0   0

USA – Brian Ching (Justin Mapp) 29th minute
USA – Eddie Johnson (Landon Donovan) 54.

Lineups:
USA: 18-Kasey Keller (capt.); Frank Simek, 12-Jay DeMerit, Michael Parkhurst, 4-Jonathan Spector; 14-Steve Ralston, 5-Benny Feilhaber (10-Landon Donovan, 46), 19-Ricardo Clark, 21-Justin Mapp; 11-Brian Ching (6-Michael Bradley, 65), 9-Eddie Johnson (20-Taylor Twellman, 72)
Subs not used: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 7-DaMarcus Beasley
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

TRI: 21-Jan Michael Williams, 5-Keyeno Thomas, 6-Thomas Nickcolson (8-Kerry Baptiste, 24), 17-Seon Power, 20- Anthony Noriega (13-Christon Baptiste, 20), 2-Romauld Aguillera, 15-Andrei Pacheco (7-Trent Noel, 81), 16-Silvio Spann, 18-Densill Theobald, 11-Andre Toussaint, 14-Darryl Roberts
Subs not used: 1-Daurance Williams, 4-Dwayne Jack, 9- Errol McFarlane, 23-Kendall Jagdeosingh
Head Coach: Wilhelmus Rijsbergen

Stats Summary: USA TRI
Shots                      16     8
Saves                       2      6
Corner Kicks           0     4
Fouls                      15    15
Offside                     8      7

Misconduct Summary:
TRI – Keyeno Thomas (caution) 51st minute
TRI – Andrei Pacheco (caution) 77th minute

Officials:
Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
1st Asst.: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
2nd Asst.: Hiran Depico (CUB)
Fourth Official: German Arredondo (MEX)

Sierra Mist Man of the Match: Brian Ching

Standings & Schedule/Results Available on Gold Cup Competitions Page

U.S. Men Win, 1-0, Against Guatemala in Gold Cup Opener

CARSON, Calif. (June 7, 2007) — The U.S. Men’s National Team battled to take the full three points in a 1-0 victory against a physical Guatemalan team in the Group B opener of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The triumph for the USA came courtesy of first half goal from Clint Dempsey, his second of the year, and despite the USA playing the final 17 minutes with 10 men after a red card was issued to defender Oguchi Onyewu.

Dempsey’s eighth career goal came in the 26th minute with the USA finally breaking through the tightly packed Guatemalan defense on a fine series of passes that started with a long ball down the flank from Jonathan Bornstein to DaMarcus Beasley. With a quick header, Beasley expertly slotted Twellman into the penalty area, where the New England Revolution forward patiently picked out Dempsey charging toward the goal. Dempsey made no mistake, slotting a right-footed shot past goalkeeper Ricardo Trigueno for his third career Gold Cup goal.

"I thought the sequence that led to the goal was very well done," said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley after the game. "The ball from Taylor and the run and finish from Clint was excellent. We had some chances right at the end of the first half to get a second goal and that would have obviously been imporant. We ended up playing with 10 guys, and I thought we adjusted quite well and managed during that period of the game to keep the ball and also to defend intelligently."

The U.S. goal forced Guatemala out of their defensive shell, and the wider space gave the U.S. a golden chance to double their lead in the 32nd minute. Landon Donovan beat his mark down the right flank and deftly floated a cross into the six yard box – with two runners charging, it was Twellman who took the try, but his slightly mistimed jump resulted in a powerful header that just missed the upper right corner.

The U.S. had yet another great chance in stoppage time, with Donovan again serving as the impetus in an attack that began down the right flank. The crazy sequence just before the stroke of halftime would see Donovan and Twellman each have shots stifled, and then a loose ball fall into the middle of the penalty area with the net wide open. A crashing Dempsey couldn’t quite reach that loose ball, though, as it was cleared out for a corner kick with the last touch of the half.

With a 12-6 shot advantage at the half, the USA came out of the locker room looking to put the game away in the second half. But, as they did in a 0-0 draw against the USA back on March 28 in Frisco, Texas, Guatemala continued to tightly pack it in on defense, deploying a 4-1-4-1 formation designed to stymie the U.S. attack with physical play.

However, the chances for the USA in the final 45 minutes were few and far between, as the choppy half saw the referee reach for his book six times, which included three yellows and a red for the United States. For the match, the USA was whistled for 21 fouls and Guatemala another 16.

"Anytime you start a tournament like the Gold Cup the expectation is that the first game is difficult," said Bradley. "Teams know how important it is to play the first game very tight. Guatemela is a very well organized team and we saw that when we played them in Dallas. They played in a similar fashion today. We felt good about the fact that we improved in some areas from the last time we played them. I think we did a better job attacking wide. We definitely did a better job in finding some spaces that we didn't find the last time."

In a telling moment in the 50th minute, Guatemala had their best chance of the match when defender Lionel Noriega tried his luck from 35-yards out with a dipping shot that excited the crowd, but did not trouble goalkeeper Tim Howard, who calmly jumped to push the shot over the bar. In the 55th minute, Guatemala had another look at goal, this time FC Dallas forward Carlos Ruiz hitting a well struck free kick from 22 yards on the ground down toward the middle of the goal. The shot was deceptive and hit with power, but Howard easily smothered it. Those two efforts would be the best Guatemala could muster offensively.

Less than two minutes after Bradley had used his second substitute, bringing on winger Steve Ralston for forward Taylor Twellman, the USA was forced to shuffle their defensive shape when Onyewu was issued his second yellow card and sent to the showers with 17 minutes remaining in the game. The foul came as Onyewu and Mario Rodriguez were chasing down a long through ball into the USA half.

The final USA sub came a few minutes later, with defender Jay DeMerit coming in for Benny Feilhaber to shore up the U.S. defense. A final corner kick from Guatemala in the game’s final seconds went for naught and the USA was happy to have three points to open the ninth CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The victory improved the USA’s incredible all-time record in opening round Gold Cup action to 19-0-1. Howard’s clean sheet earned him his 13th win in 20 career games, and was his ninth shutout.

The USA will now square off against Trinidad and Tobago, losers to El Salvador in their opening game, on Saturday at 2 p.m. PT (live on FSC and Telefutura), before closing out group play on Tuesday, June 12 in Foxborough, Mass., against El Salvador. The 12-team Gold Cup tournament runs through June 24 where the final is slated for Soldier Field in Chicago. Immediately following the Gold Cup, the USA 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. The U.S. will open Group C play against Argentina on June 28, before facing Paraguay on July 2 and Colombia on July 5.

-- U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report --

Match-up: USA vs. Guatemala
Date: June 7, 2007
Competition: CONCACAF Gold Cup
Venue: The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT
Attendance: 21,334
Weather: 70, sunny, clear

Scoring Summary: 1   2   F
USA                            1   0   1
Guatemala               0   0   0

USA – Clint Dempsey (Taylor Twellman)    26th minute.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2- Frankie Hejduk, 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 13-Jonathan Bornstein; 6-Michael Bradley, 5-Benny Feilhaber (12-Jay DeMerit, 81), 10-Landon Donovan, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 20-Taylor Twellman (14-Steve Ralston, 71), 8-Clint Dempsey (9-Eddie Johnson, 61)
Subs not used: 4-Jonathan Spector, 11-Brian Ching, 18-Kasey Keller, 19-Ricardo Clark
Head Coach: Bob Bradley


GUA: 1-Ricardo Tregueno, 2-Leonel Noriega (15-Luis Swisher, 89), 3-Pablo Melgar, 5-Henry Medina, 6-Gustavo Cabrera (capt.), 7-Claudio Albizuris; 8-Jose Contreras, 11-Marvin Avila (12-Carlos Figueroa, 81), 14-Rigoberto Gomez (19-Mario Rodriguez, 71), 18-Carlos Quinones, 20-Carlos Ruiz
Subs not used: 4-Yony Flores, 13-Nestor Martinez, 17-Dwight Pezzarossi, 25-Paulo Cesar Motta
Head Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez


Stats Summary:   USA    GUA
Shots                        17         11
Saves                        3            5
Corner Kicks            4            3
Fouls                        21         16
Offside                      1           4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Frankie Hejduk (caution)              42nd minute
USA – Oguchi Onyewu (caution)             56.
GUA – Rigoberto Gomez (caution)         67.
USA – Oguchi Onyewu (caution)             73.
USA – Oguchi Onyewu (ejection)            73.
USA – Carlos Bocanegra (caution)        77.
GUA – Leonel Noriega (caution)             86.

Officials:
Referee: Jose Pineda (HON)
1st Asst.: Alejandro Azofeifa (CRC)
2nd Asst.: Roberto Giron (HON)
Fourth Official: Roberto Moreno (PAN)

Sierra Mist Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey 

Bradley Names 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Roster

CHICAGO (May 24, 2007) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named the 23-man roster that will seek to defend their CONCACAF Gold Cup title in the 2007 edition of the tournament that takes place from June 6-24 in six cities across the U.S.

The USA kicks off action on June 7 vs. Guatemala at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, and will also play their second group match there on Saturday, June 9, vs. Trinidad & Tobago at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT. The group stage will end for the U.S. on June 12 vs. El Salvador at 7 p.m. ET after a cross country trip to Foxborough, Mass. All three U.S. group matches will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura. Fans can also follow all the USA’s matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

The European-based players will begin arriving into the Los Angeles area on May 27 to start training, with the MLS contingent reporting to the Gold Cup camp on June 3.

“As I have said, winning the Gold Cup is our most important priority this year, and I believe we have assembled a team capable of doing that,” said Bradley. “We have a very good blend of talent, youth and experience. This is a great opportunity to continue to secure our place as one of the top teams in the region, as well as obtain valuable experience as we progress towards World Cup qualifying in 2008.”

The U.S. returns eight players from the 2005 championship team, led by Golden Boot winner DaMarcus Beasley. Kasey Keller, who is the all-time leader in Gold Cup appearances for the USA (21), can become the only player in U.S. history to appear in six of the regional championship tournaments. Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, who already has five goals and one assist in 2007, is tied for second on the all-time U.S. Gold Cup scorers list with Brian McBride at eight goals. At the other end of the spectrum, a total of 14 players will be vying for their first-ever Gold Cup cap.

The roster is a near even split of players based in Europe and at home, with Bradley calling on the services of 11 players from overseas. Oguchi Onyewu, who was named Man of the Match in the 2-0 win against Canada on July 9, 2005, in Seattle, scored his first career goal in second-half stoppage time to lift the U.S. to a 2-1 win past Honduras and into the 2005 final. Fulham send the duo of Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey, with Bocanegra having started all five matches in the USA’s run to the 2002 Gold Cup crown. Seven of the ‘Euro’s’ will have the chance to make their Gold Cup debuts, including goalkeeper Tim Howard, who has already amassed eight shutouts in 18 international appearances. Michael Bradley, who is expected to be part of the team that represents the U.S. in the U-20 World Cup in Canada this summer, is part of the youth movement along with Benny Feilhaber and Jonathan Spector.

On the domestic front, the New England Revolution contributes the most players of any squad, sending three players to California. Steve Ralston is the only member of the trio with Gold Cup experience, having played eight games over two tournaments and collecting a medal in ’05. Current MLS leading scorer Taylor Twellman and Michael Parkhurst also head west from Boston. The Houston Dynamo and Chivas USA both send a pair, Brian Ching the veteran of that quartet with 21 caps and four goals for the U.S. Colorado Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni appears in his fourth Gold Cup, and is one of six players on the roster with two Gold Cup medals (Beasley, Bocanegra, Donovan, Frankie Hejduk, Keller). All told, eight MLS teams will be represented in the tournament. In addition, there will be players on the roster hailing from an amazing 15 different states.

The U.S. claimed the regional crown in 2005 by topping Panama in penalty kicks following 120 minutes of scoreless soccer at Giants Stadium. Conversions by Santino Quaranta, Landon Donovan and Brad Davis, as well as a key save from Kasey Keller, clinched the trophy for the U.S. Donovan and Beasley led the U.S. through the tournament scoring three goals each, and Onyewu and Jimmy Conrad established themselves in the center of the U.S. defense.

The U.S. is 18-0-1 all-time in group play at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. In addition to the three aforementioned titles in the first eight editions of the regional championship, the U.S. has also finished second twice and third twice. Overall, the U.S. has a 29-4-5 record in Gold Cup play, and the U.S. is 3-1 in penalty shootouts. Brazil and Mexico are each responsible for two of the U.S. defeats, while Colombia eliminated the U.S. on penalties in the 2000 quarterfinals.

The U.S. is gearing up for a busy summer, beginning with a tune-up match against China on June 2 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose (tickets). Following the Gold Cup, 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, and the first since a third place finish in 1995. The United States will play its first match on European soil in 2007 when they travel to face 11-time World Cup finalists Sweden on Wed., Aug. 22 at Ullevi Stadium in Goteborg, Sweden.

U.S. Men's National Team 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps/G Hometown Club
1 Howard, Tim GK 6'3" 210 03/06/79 18 North Brunswick, N.J. Everton FC (England)
2 Hejduk, Frankie D 5'8" 155 08/05/74 72/5 Cardiff, Calif. Columbus Crew (MLS)
3 Bocanegra, Carlos D 6'0'' 170 05/25/79 44/6 Alto Loma, Calif. Fulham FC (England)
4 Mastroeni, Pablo M 5'10" 170 08/26/76 52/0 Phoenix, Ariz. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
5 Feilhaber, Benny M 5'9" 150 01/19/85 2/0 Irving, Calif. Hamburger SV (Germany)
6 Bradley, Michael M 6'2" 175 07/31/87 4/0 Cedar Grove, N.J. SC Heerenveen (Holland)
7 Beasley, DaMarcus M 5'8" 145 05/24/82 62/12 Ft. Wayne, Ind. PSV Eindhoven (Holland)
8 Dempsey, Clint M 6'1" 170 03/09/83 26/6 Nacogdoches, Texas Fulham FC (England)
9 Johnson, Eddie F 6'0" 180 03/31/84 24/9 Palm Coast, Fla. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
10 Donovan, Landon F 5'8" 148 03/04/82 88/30 Redlands, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
11 Ching, Brian F 6'1" 195 05/04/78 21/4 Haleiwa, Hawaii Houston Dynamo (MLS)
12 DeMerit, Jay D 6'0" 185 12/09/79 1/0 Green Bay, Wisc. Watford FC (England)
13 Bornstein, Jonathan D 5'9" 145 11/07/84 2/1 Los Alamitos, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
14 Ralston, Steve M 5'9" 160 06/14/74 32/4 St. Louis, Mo. New England Revolution (MLS)
15 Simek, Frank D 5'11" 163 10/13/84 1/0 St. Louis, Mo. Sheffield Wednesday (England)
16 Parkhurst, Michael D 5'11" 155 01/24/84 0/0 Providence, R.I. New England Revolution (MLS)
17 Spector, Jonathan D 6'0" 180 03/01/86 5/0 Arlington Heights, Ill. West Ham United (England)
18 Keller, Kasey GK 6'2" 190 11/29/69 97/0 Lacey, Wash. Bor. M'gladbach (Germany)
19 Clark, Ricardo M 5'10" 150 05/10/83 3/0 Jonesboro, Ga. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
20 Twellman, Taylor F 5'11" 170 02/29/80 20/5 St. Louis, Mo. New England Revolution (MLS)
21 Mapp, Justin M 5'10" 140 10/18/84 2/0 Brandon, Miss. Chicago Fire (MLS)
22 Onyewu, Oguchi D 6'4" 210 05/13/82 18/1 Olney, Md. Standard de Liege (Belgium)
23 Guzan, Brad GK 6'4" 210 09/09/84 1/0 Home Glen, Ill. Chivas USA (MLS)
 

ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach) 
DEFENDERS (8) –Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United) 
MIDFIELDERS (8) – DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution) 
FORWARDS (4) – Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

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