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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)
 

Donovan's Hat Trick Leads U.S. Past Ecuador, 3-1, in Tampa, Fla.

TAMPA, Fla. (March 25, 2007) — The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Ecuador, 3-1, in front of a record crowd at Raymond James Stadium. Landon Donovan provided all of the offense, netting his second career hat trick to help the U.S. pull away from Ecuador in the second half.

Donovan opened the scoring just 35 seconds into the game, unleashing a left-footed shot from 22 yards following a poor clearance attempt. After settling the ball with his chest, Donovan crushed his effort past helpless Ecuador goalkeeper Rorys Aragon, who could only watch as the ball screamed into the right side netting.

"We're certainly pleased with the outcome," said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley, who became the first head coach in U.S. Soccer history to win his first three games. "I thought it was an exciting game, highlighted of course by a great performance by Landon. Throughout this camp, you could tell that he had really stepped things up in terms of his role on the team. He was our captain today; more than that, he really came through with the goals and good movement off the ball, which is something that he does really well.” [MORE POST-GAME QUOTES]

Ecuador would respond 10 minutes later however, when Felipe Caicedo’s nifty dribbling eluded a handful of U.S. defenders inside the box, freeing him for a one-on-one with U.S. ‘keeper Tim Howard. While Howard managed to get a piece of Caicedo’s final touch, it wasn’t enough to keep it out of the net, allowing Ecuador to squelch the USA’s early momentum.

The U.S. had a number of chances to reclaim the lead, many resulting from set pieces. In the 14th minute, Benny Feilhaber, who earned his first career cap and start, drew a foul from 35 yards out. The ensuing free kick, intended for a crashing Oguchi Onyewu at the far post, forced a brave one-handed save from Aragon.

Just a minute later, Feilhaber nearly got on the score sheet when he played a corner kick back into the area finding an unmarked Eddie Johnson. As the Ecuador backline appealed for offside, the former U-17 Residency product wheeled and fired just high from 12 yards out.

Ecuador also created a handful of dangerous chances midway through the opening stanza. In the 21st minute, Tenorio broke in behind the U.S. defense with only Howard to beat, but the Everton goalkeeper got down in a hurry, smothering the ball at the top of the six.

In the 28th minute, Caicedo found himself free momentarily at the right corner of the six yard box as the U.S. defense scrambled to find its marks. As the ball settled at his feet, Jimmy Conrad arrived with a crunching tackle, deflecting the shot and leaving Caicedo writhing on the turf. On the ensuing corner, Ulises de la Cruz skied to win a header, but a perfectly positioned Feilhaber headed the ball off the line at the near post.

“Ecuador, as we know from last summer, is a very talented team,” said Bradley. “I thought that there was a period in the first half that we didn't handle that well.”

The U.S. would respond with a flurry near the end of the first half as Brian Ching began to make his presence felt. The Hawaiin-born forward got on the end of a header from Onyewu inside the area, but his diving header fell right in Aragon’s arms. On the play, Ching appeared to take a nasty boot to the face which required immediate attention from the U.S. medical staff.

With some gauze in his nose, a fresh jersey and the roaring approval of the crowd, Ching returned to the field and nearly helped the U.S. regain the lead in the dying moments of the half. After Dempsey played a through-ball into the area, Ching sent a driven cross toward the far post that eluded a sprawling Beasley by mere inches.

The USA carried the momentum of that late surge through to the second half, creating numerous chances. First, a diving save from Aragon denied Donovan as he charged into the area off a feed from Ching. Moments later, Clint Dempsey couldn’t quite get on the end of a deflected corner, sending a weak shot toward a near-empty goal that a defender managed to clear.

The Ching-to-Donovan connection would finally pay dividends in the 66th minute when the Dynamo forward sprung Donovan from midfield. The U.S. captain pulled away from his defender, juked Aragon inside the 18 and coolly deposited his shot into the left side netting.

Less than a minute later, Donovan would add a resounding exclamation point. As Beasley cut back across the top the box, he slid a perfectly weighted ball to an on-rushing Donovan who unleashed a thundering blast from 22 yards that rocketed into the upper right corner. The goal extended the U.S. lead to 3-1, and marked Donovan’s second career hat trick (July 19, 2003 vs. Cuba – 4 goals) and the 10th in U.S. Soccer history. The USA’s last three-goal performance came just over a year ago when Taylor Twellman led the U.S. past Norway, 5-1, in Carson, Calif.

As the crowd of 31,547, a record for a U.S. friendly in Florida, soaked in the moment, Ecuador continued to attack. Giovanny Espinoza sent a glancing header from 12 yards just over the bar in the 87th minute, and a free kick snuck through a crowd forcing Howard to make a reaction save in stoppage time.

Following the match, Bradley released four players back to their respective clubs. Carlos Bocanegra, Howard and Onyewu are heading back to England, while Brian Carroll will join D.C. United in Guadalajara as they prepare for the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions Cup semifinals against Chivas.

The U.S. departs Monday for Frisco, Texas, to prepare for their showdown against Guatemala (tickets) on March 28 at Pizza Hut Park. Kickoff for the USA’s second meeting in as many years with the chapines is set for 8 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision, and will be available to fans online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

The USA’s back-to-back matches this week during the FIFA schedule window are the last chance for Bradley to look at his team prior to the team’s June 2 match vs. China (tickets) in San Jose, Calif., which kicks off the USA’s preparations for this summer’s marquee events, the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2007 Copa America.

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

Match-up: USA vs. Ecuador
Date: March 25, 2007
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Attendance: 31,547
Weather: Clear and sunny, 82 degrees

Scoring Summary:
                        1     2     F
USA                1    2      3
Ecuador         1    0      1

USA - Landon Donovan                                           1st minute
ECU - Felipe Caicedo (Neicer Reasco)               11.
USA - Landon Donovan (Brian Ching)                   66.
USA - Landon Donovan (DaMarcus Beasley)      67.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 6-Steve Cherundolo (4-Jonathan Spector, 80), 12-Jimmy Conrad, 22-Oguchi Onyewu; 2-Clint Dempsey (17-Brian Mullan, 80), 5-Benny Feilhaber, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (21-Justin Mapp, 83), 10-Landon Donovan (capt.) (16-Brian Carroll, 91+); 9-Eddie Johnson (8-Michael Bradley, 46), 11-Brian Ching (20-Taylor Twellman, 73)
Subs not used: 18-Kasey Keller
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

ECU: 1-Rorys Aragon; 3-Ivan Hurtado (5-Jorge Guagua, 78), 4-Ulised de la Cruz, 17-Giovanny Espinoza, 18-Neicer Reasco (13-Oscar Bagui, 91+); 8-Edison Mendez, 14-Segundo Castillo, 16-Luis Valencia, 20-Luis Caicedo (19-Luis Saritama, 64); 10-Felipe Caicedo (11-Edmundo Zura, 72), 21-Carlos Tenorio (9-Felix Borja, 78)
Subs not used: 12-Daniel Viteri, 15-Edder Vaca
Head Coach: Luis Suarez

Stats Summary: USA / ECU
Shots 10 / 8
Saves 3 / 3
Corner Kicks 4 / 3
Fouls 15 / 14
Offside 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
ECU - Giovany Espinoza (caution)      16th minute
ECU - Ulises de la Cruz (caution)       18.
USA – Benny Feilhaber (caution)         22.

Officials:
Referee: Silviu Petrescu (CAN)
1st Asst.: Hector Vergara (CAN)
2nd Asst.: Amado DeLuca (CAN)
Fourth Official: Arkadiusz Prus (USA)

Sierra Mist Man of the Match: Landon Donovan

Barrett and Mullan Replace Clark and Rolfe for March Camp

The U.S. Men's National Team training camp got underway on Monday when 16 players took the field at the IMG Academies, while players continue to descend upon Bradenton. Kasey Keller and Oguchi Onyewu make the jump across the Atlantic on Monday, while the K.C. Wizards duo of Jimmy Conrad and Eddie Johnson fly north from their pre-season trip to Argentina. Benny Feilhaber completes his travel after getting swallowed up in the East Coast travel nightmare this weekend, Landon Donovan heads east and Heath Pearce heads west to leave the camp nearly complete. Everton FC goalkeeper Tim Howard, fresh off a 1-0 shutout win against Arsenal, arrives Tuesday. Meantime, injuries over the last few days have forced two changes to the 24-man roster. Ricardo Clark suffered a sprain in the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in his right knee during the Dynamo's 2-0 win against Pachuca in the CONCACAF Champions Cup, and will be sidelined up to four weeks. Fire striker Chris Rolfe has also incurred a sprained knee and has been ruled out for the upcoming matches. U.S. head coach Bob Bradley has added a pair of Houston players as reinforcements, summoning Wade Barrett and Brian Mullan. The team will train in Bradenton throughout the work week, heading to Tampa on Friday afternoon.

U.S. Men’s National Team Training Camp Roster
March 18-24, 2007 – Bradenton, Fla.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. DOB Caps/G Hometown Club
Barrett, Wade D 5'8'' 150 06/23/76 1/0 Virginia Beach, Va. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Beasley, DaMarcus M 5'8"   145   05/24/82  61/12   Ft. Wayne, Ind. Manchester City (England)
Bocanegra, Carlos D 6'0"   170   05/25/79  43/6   Alto Loma, Calif. Fulham FC (England)
Bradley, Michael M 6’2”   170   07/31/87  2/0   Cedar Grove, N.J. SC Heerenveen (Holland)
Carroll, Brian M 5’10”   150   07/20/81  5/0   Springfield, Va. D.C. United (MLS)
Cherundolo, Steve D 5'6"   145   02/19/79  38/1   San Diego, Calif. Hannover 96 (Germany)
Ching, Brian F 6’1”   195   05/24/78  20/4   Haleiwa, Hawaii Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Conrad, Jimmy D 6'2" 185 02/12/77 19/1 Temple City, Calif. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Cooper, Kenny F 6’3”   210   10/21/84  1/1   Dallas, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
DeMerit, Jay D 5’9”   176   12/04/79  0/0   Green Bay, Wisc. Watford FC (England)
Dempsey, Clint M 6’1”   170   03/09/83  24/6   Nacogdoches, Texas Fulham FC (England)
Donovan, Landon F 5'8"   148   03/04/82  86/27   Redlands, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Feilhaber, Benny M 5’9”   150   01/19/85  0/0   Irvine, Calif. Hamburger SV (Germany)
Guzan, Brad GK 6'4" 210 09/09/84 1/0 Home Glen, Ill. Chivas USA (MLS)
Howard, Tim GK 6’3”   210   03/06/79  17/0   North Brunswick, N.J. Everton FC (England)
Johnson, Eddie F 6’0”   180   03/31/84  22/9   Palm Coast, Fla. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Keller, Kasey GK 6'2"   180   11/29/69  96/0   Lacey, Wash. Bor. M'gladbach (Germany)
Mapp, Justin M 5’10”   140   10/18/84  2/0   Brandon, Miss. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Mullan, Brian M 5'8'' 150 04/23/78 2/0 Mineola, N.Y. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Onyewu, Oguchi D 6’4”    210   05/13/82  17/1   Olney, Md. Newcastle United (England)
Pearce, Heath D 5’10”   175   08/13/84  5/0   Modesta, Calif. FC Nordsjælland (Denmark)
Simek, Frank D 5’11’   163   10/13/84  0/0   St. Louis, Mo.  Sheffield Wednesday (England)
Spector, Jonathan D 6’0”   180   03/01/86  3/0   Arlington Heights, Ill. West Ham United (England)
Twellman, Taylor F 5’11”   170   02/29/80  19/5   St. Louis, Mo. New England Revolution (MLS)
               

Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
DEFENDERS (9) – Wade Barrett (Houston Dynamo), Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Newcastle United), Heath Pearce (FC Nordsjælland), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (7) – DaMarcus Beasley (Manchester City), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Brian Carroll (D.C. United), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Brian Mullan (Houston Dynamo)
FORWARDS (5) – Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)

Bradley Names 24-Player Roster for March Matches in Tampa, Frisco

CHICAGO (March 15, 2007) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has called 24 players into training camp to prepare for the team’s upcoming friendlies against 2006 World Cup finalists Ecuador and regional rivals Guatemala. With the matches falling on consecutive international fixture dates, Bradley was able to call upon a full complement of players based both domestically and abroad.

The U.S. visits Raymond James Stadium for the first time when they face Ecuador on March 25 at 12 p.m. ET. The U.S. then returns to Pizza Hut Park for the second consecutive year to face Guatemala when they meet in Frisco, Texas, on March 28 at 8 p.m. CT. Both matches will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision, and will be available to fans online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

“This camp provides a great opportunity to see some of our experienced players from Europe, as well as some new faces, and incorporate them into the group and share the ideas that we have been building on since the beginning of the year,” said Bradley, who is 2-0 at the helm of the full national team. “By the end of this camp, we will have had the chance to work with a vast majority of our player pool. It will be extremely beneficial when we have to make decisions about the Gold Cup and Copa America.”

The roster features 11 players from the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, including five players – DaMarcus Beasley, Steve Cherundolo, Landon Donovan, Kasey Keller, and Oguchi Onyewu – who appeared in all three matches. Keller is the leading capwinner on the squad, having earned 96 caps while posting 45 career shutouts. While second in caps with 86 appearances, Donovan is the USA’s all-time leader in assists (24), having extended his lead by delivering the corner that led to Jimmy Conrad’s game-winning goal against Mexico on Feb. 7 in Glendale, Ariz. With a total of 13 players plying their trade in Europe, seven are coming to Florida by way of the English Premier League. Oguchi Onyewu, the 2006 U.S. Soccer Male of the Year, returns to the fold after his winter loan move to Newcastle United.

While there is loads of experience on the roster, there are also plenty of fresh faces getting a look. A total of 11 players have five caps or less, with three players – Jay DeMerit, Benny Feilhaber and Frank Simek – looking for their first-ever cap with the full team. DeMerit, who scored the game-winning goal in the Playoff Promotion final last year against Leeds United to land Watford a place in England’s top league, is the only player in the group with no experience with any of the U.S. national teams. FC Dallas striker Kenny Cooper made his debut with the full team in style earlier this year, scoring a breakaway goal in the 3-1 win against Denmark on Jan. 20 at The Home Depot Center.

On the domestic front, Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching makes his first appearance in camp with the national team since the World Cup. The reigning MLS Champion scored the game-tying goal against New England in MLS Cup ’06, equalizing after fellow national team striker Taylor Twellman had given the Revs a 1-0 lead. Of the 11 players on the roster who are based in MLS, six appeared in the USA’s 2-0 win against Mexico last month, including four starters.

The U.S. will train for the Ecuador match at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., home of the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program. A total of seven players on the roster – Beasley, Michael Bradley, Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Onyewu, Heath Pearce and Jonathan Spector – are alumni of the U-17 program.

Tickets for the game in Tampa are approaching 20,000 sold, with tickets starting at $18 on sale through ussoccer.com, all Bay area Ticketmaster outlets (including the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa Theater, the USF Sun Dome, and FYE stores) and by phone at 831-287-8844. VISA is the preferred payment card of U.S. Soccer. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by calling U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290. The match is part of a double-header involving the U.S. Under-17 MNT, who will take on the El Salvador U-17 MNT at 9:15 a.m. A ticket includes admission to both events.

Tickets for the Guatemala match starting at $18 are available for purchase online at ussoccer.com, at all Dallas-Ft. Worth area Ticketmaster outlets (including Macy’s, Fiesta Stores, and FYE) and by phone at 214-373-8000. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by calling U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290.

After the March friendlies, the U.S. will see no action until preparation begins for the two major championships next summer. The U.S. will play a tune-up match against China on June 2 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose (tickets). Five days later, 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
March 18-24, 2007 – Bradenton, Fla.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. DOB Caps/G Hometown Club
Barrett, Wade D 5'8'' 150 06/23/76 1/0 Virginia Beach, Va. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Beasley, DaMarcus M 5'8"   145   05/24/82  61/12   Ft. Wayne, Ind. Manchester City (England)
Bocanegra, Carlos D 6'0"   170   05/25/79  43/6   Alto Loma, Calif. Fulham FC (England)
Bradley, Michael M 6’2”   170   07/31/87  2/0   Cedar Grove, N.J. SC Heerenveen (Holland)
Carroll, Brian M 5’10”   150   07/20/81  5/0   Springfield, Va. D.C. United (MLS)
Cherundolo, Steve D 5'6"   145   02/19/79  38/1   San Diego, Calif. Hannover 96 (Germany)
Ching, Brian F 6’1”   195   05/24/78  20/4   Haleiwa, Hawaii Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Conrad, Jimmy D 6'2" 185 02/12/77 19/1 Temple City, Calif. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Cooper, Kenny F 6’3”   210   10/21/84  1/1   Dallas, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
DeMerit, Jay D 5’9”   176   12/04/79  0/0   Green Bay, Wisc. Watford FC (England)
Dempsey, Clint M 6’1”   170   03/09/83  24/6   Nacogdoches, Texas Fulham FC (England)
Donovan, Landon F 5'8"   148   03/04/82  86/27   Redlands, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Feilhaber, Benny M 5’9”   150   01/19/85  0/0   Irvine, Calif. Hamburger SV (Germany)
Guzan, Brad GK 6'4" 210 09/09/84 1/0 Home Glen, Ill. Chivas USA (MLS)
Howard, Tim GK 6’3”   210   03/06/79  17/0   North Brunswick, N.J. Everton FC (England)
Johnson, Eddie F 6’0”   180   03/31/84  22/9   Palm Coast, Fla. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Keller, Kasey GK 6'2"   180   11/29/69  96/0   Lacey, Wash. Bor. M'gladbach (Germany)
Mapp, Justin M 5’10”   140   10/18/84  2/0   Brandon, Miss. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Mullan, Brian M 5'8'' 150 04/23/78 2/0 Mineola, N.Y. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Onyewu, Oguchi D 6’4”    210   05/13/82  17/1   Olney, Md. Newcastle United (England)
Pearce, Heath D 5’10”   175   08/13/84  5/0   Modesta, Calif. FC Nordsjælland (Denmark)
Simek, Frank D 5’11’   163   10/13/84  0/0   St. Louis, Mo.  Sheffield Wednesday (England)
Spector, Jonathan D 6’0”   180   03/01/86  3/0   Arlington Heights, Ill. West Ham United (England)
Twellman, Taylor F 5’11”   170   02/29/80  19/5   St. Louis, Mo. New England Revolution (MLS)
               

ROSTER BY POSITION
Goalkeepers (3) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
Defenders (8) –Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Newcastle United), Heath Pearce (FC Nordsjælland), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
Midfielders (7) – DaMarcus Beasley (Manchester City), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Brian Carroll (D.C. United), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire)
Forwards (6) – Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas Cit y Wizards), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)

U.S. MNT Continues Decade of Dominance vs. Mexico with 2-0 Win in Glendale, Ariz.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (February 7, 2007) — The U.S. Men’s National Team shutout Mexico for the eighth straight time with a familiar 2-0 scoreline in front of a sold out crowd of 62,462 Wednesday evening at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The shutout kept Mexico scoreless on American soil in this decade, as the U.S. has outscored their CONCACAF rivals 13-0 since 2000.

Jimmy Conrad scored the opening goal in the 52nd minute, stunning a predominantly pro-Mexico crowd with his driven header from a Landon Donovan corner kick. The goal marked the first international strike of Conrad’s career.

Donovan’s work-rate throughout the entire 90 minutes was rewarded in the game’s dying moments when he netted his 27th career strike on a spectacular breakaway finish past Oswaldo Sanchez. Donovan has scored in both games this year as the two-time U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year tallied the opening goal vs. Denmark in the USA’s 3-1 win on January 20 in Carson, Calif.

With his second-straight victory, head coach Bob Bradley became just the second U.S. coach to win his first two games (Robert Millar, 1930).

"The main thing is how proud we are of the effort,” said Bradley. “The camp has been a hard camp and the players have put a lot into it, and the talk throughout the entire camp was that at the end the spotlight comes on real bright for an important game. I felt really good about the way the players held together. Obviously, there were some periods in the game where they had to deal with tough moments, and yet I still felt that on the field there was a mentality that all the work that had gone into the last month paid off for them and they got their reward. And that's my main thought right now."

While the second half provided plenty of fireworks on the field, much of the action in the first 45 minutes took place in the stands. As both teams struggled to find their rhythm, the raucous crowd was in full swing from the opening whistle with U.S. and Mexico supporters trading chants and numerous waves sweeping through the stands.

Both teams’ nerves were apparent from the outset with each side collecting early cautions. Jonathan Bornstein was shown the yellow card for a miss-timed challenge in the 10th minute, while Carlos Salcido’s clumsy tackle was also punished just one minute later.

The play settled toward the end of the first stanza as dangerous chances materialized for both teams. Jared Borgetti was the focal point for a pair of Mexico opportunities. While a sliding U.S. defender defused his first attempt from 12 yards, the usually sure-headed front man had only himself to blame when he failed to convert a corner kick from half that distance as his glancing header narrowly cleared the far post in the 43rd minute.

At the other end, with halftime just seconds away, Donovan raced past the Mexico defense into the area with a chance to give the U.S. the lead. He fired a left-footed shot, hoping to beat Sanchez to the near side, but the Mexico ‘keeper was equal to the task, sprawling to his right to parry the shot over the endline.

As the second half commenced, Donovan once again found himself in the middle of the action. A nifty combination with Clint Dempsey nearly sprung the newly minted Fulham midfielder, but a last-second tackle prevented the break.

Donovan was sure to connect on his next dangerous opportunity, this time the result of a corner kick. His out-swinger found Conrad who used some savvy moves in goal-mouth traffic to elude his marker and rose to bury his header from eight yards out. Conrad’s goal marked the 10th different goal scorer against Mexico in the USA’s last 10 goals.

"We've been working on set pieces and talked about them the last couple of days, and knew we had some dangerous guys,” said Conrad, who collected his 19th cap by starting in central defense. “And we knew Landon could serve in some good balls. I took a step to the near post and kind of ran the guy who was marking me into some traffic and Landon played a great ball and I just picked a good spot and put it away.”

As Mexico pressed forward in search of an equalizer, they found some cracks in a young U.S. backline. Conrad and fellow central defender Carlos Bocanegra kept the unit organized helping to thwart a number of potentially dangerous Mexico chances. When they did break through, Tim Howard’s sound positioning continually frustrated the Tricolor attack.

Howard’s first big save of the second half came off a Mexico corner as the ball skimmed through the area to the back post, but the Everton ‘keeper tracked the play perfectly and hardly had to move as Omar Bravo steered his header low toward the corner. Just moments later, Howard again positioned himself perfectly, sliding off his line to cut down the angle as a Mexican attacker had gotten in behind the U.S. defense.

The U.S. did well to weather the storm and patiently waited for times to counter-attack. On one defensive clearance, the ball fell to the feet of Eddie Johnson who played a quick combination with Dempsey, allowing him to back-in a Mexican defender off the dribble before ripping a shot that Sanchez had to punch clear.

In injury time, Sanchez didn’t have any chance of pushing Donovan’s shot aside as the dynamic midfielder slipped behind the Mexican backline near the midfield stripe to run onto a Ricardo Clark through ball and dribbled around the Mexican ‘keeper before banging his shot into the open net with authority.

"It's always difficult to beat Mexico,” said Bradley. “It is a great rivalry. Our players get excited for every game against Mexico, so we knew their best was coming in tonight so we wanted to make sure that our players weren't afraid at all. I think they believe in themselves and that showed on the field."

The U.S. will return to action with a pair of friendlies against Ecuador (tickets) on March 25 in Tampa and Guatemala (tickets) on March 28 in Frisco, Texas. With the matches falling on international fixture dates, the camp is expected to complement a large number of European-based players. The March matches will serve as preparation for the two major championships the U.S. will compete in 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 Game Report --

Match-up: USA vs. Mexico
Date: February 7, 2007
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Ariz.
Kickoff: 7:25 p.m. MT
Attendance: 62,462
Weather: Clear, 69 degrees

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

USA – Jimmy Conrad (Landon Donovan)     52nd minute
USA – Landon Donovan (Ricardo Clark)       91+.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 3-Jonathan Bornstein, 4-Carlos Bocanegra, 5-Chris Albright (Joshua Gros, 68), 12-Jimmy Conrad; 2-Clint Dempsey (Brian Carroll, 75), 13-Ricardo Clark, 15-Bobby Convey, 25-Pablo Mastroeni (capt.); 10-Landon Donovan, 17-Chris Rolfe (9-Eddie Johnson, 64)
Subs not used: 24-Joe Cannon, 14-Bryan Namoff, 20-Taylor Twellman, 21-Justin Mapp, 23-Bobby Boswell
Head Coach: Bob Bradle
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MEX: 1-Oswaldo Sánchez; 2-Ricardo Osorio, 3-Carlos Salcido, 4-Rafael Márquez; 5-Ramon Morales (18-Andres Guardado, 46), 6- Gerardo Torrado (22-Omar Bravo, 62), 7-Alberto Medina (17-Jose Francisco Fonseca, 46), 8-Pável Pardo, 14-Gonzalo Pineda; 10-Cuauhtémoc Blanco (23-Adolfo Bautista, 46), 9-Jared Borgetti
Subs not used: 12-Guillermo Ochoa, 15-Joaquin Beltran, 19-Israel Castro,
Head Coach: Hugo Sanchez


Stats Summary:    USA     MEX
Shots                           5          6
Shots on Goal            4          2
Saves                           5          2
Corner Kicks               2          8
Fouls                          14        17
Offside                          2         4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Bornstein (caution)      10th minute
MEX – Salcido (caution)          11.
USA – Bocanegra (caution)    42.
MEX – Torrado (caution)          60.
USA – Carroll (caution)            78.

Officials:
Referee: Mauricio Navarro (CAN)
1st Asst.: Hector Vergara (CAN)
2nd Asst.: Amado DeLuca (CAN)
Fourth Official: Silviu Petrescu (CAN)

Sierra Mist Man of the Match: Jimmy Conrad

Bradley Names 20-Man Roster In Advance of Feb. 7 Showdown vs. Mexico

CARSON, Calif. (February 2, 2007) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a 20-player roster that will travel to Phoenix in advance of the match against regional rival Mexico on Feb. 7 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The domestic-based group will head to Phoenix this Sunday and be joined by the European-based players that day.

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). In addition to the ESPN2 and Univision coverage, the game can also be followed on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and is available on the Futbol de Primera radio network.

“After weeks of getting to know this group and trying to develop an understanding of how we want to work together as a group every day, everyone is looking forward to the chance to finally play in one of the great rivalries in our sport,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “As we look towards the tournaments this summer, this is an important opportunity to get these players experience and evaluate them at the same time.”

Of the 20 players on the list, 16 have been a part of the U.S. group since the team convened on Jan. 4 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. All told, only eight have previous experience against Mexico. Landon Donovan has faced Mexico seven times, scoring twice, including his critical goal in the USA's 2-0 World Cup victory in 2002. Pablo Mastroeni has taken the field against Mexico five times.

"We all know results are important; at the same time this is the beginning of a four-year cycle and we need to take a look at some new faces and see if they will be able to help us down the road,” added Bradley, who will discuss the Mexico match and other topics in a 30-minute conversation on Sunday night on Fox Soccer Channel at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT. “The only way to accomplish that is to expose them to difficult competition and difficult environments to see how they perform. That’s what these games are all about."

All four players traveling across the Atlantic from England were on the 2006 FIFA World Cup roster for the United States. Clint Dempsey, who recently joined fellow call-up Carlos Bocanegra at Fulham, scored for the U.S. against Ghana in their final group match in Germany. Reading FC midfielder Bobby Convey returns after appearing in all three matches in the World Cup, including two starts. Everton FC goalkeeper Tim Howard shutout Mexico in his only appearance against the Tricolor, a 0-0 draw on May 8, 2003, in Houston, Texas.

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 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. is riding a 10-match unbeaten run against Mexico in domestic games played outside of California, posting an overall 7-1-3 record while outscoring the visitors 18 to 5. 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 more than 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 (tickets) on March 25 in Tampa, Fla., and Guatemala (tickets) 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 - Roster vs. Mexico
Feb. 7, 2007 – Glendale, Ariz.

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)
Bocanegra, Carlos D 6'0" 170 05/25/79 42/6 Alto Loma, Calif. Fulham FC (England)
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)
Conrad, Jimmy D 6'2" 185 02/12/77 18/0 Temple City, Calif. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Convey, Bobby M/D 5'8" 150 05/27/83 42/1 Philadelphia, Pa. Reading FC (England)
Dempsey, Clint M 6'1" 170 03/09/83 23/6 Nacogdoches, Texas Fulham FC (England)
Donovan, Landon F 5'8" 148 03/04/82 85/26 Redlands, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Gros, Joshua M 6'0" 165 06/25/82 0/0 Mechanicsburg, Pa. D.C. United (MLS)
Howard Tim GK 6'3" 210 03/06/79 16/0 North Brunswick, N.J. Everton FC (England)
Johnson, Eddie F 6'0'' 180 03/31/84 21/9 Palm Coast, Fla. Kansas City Wizards (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)
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 (2) – Joe Cannon (Los Angeles Galaxy), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
Defenders (7) – Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Bobby Boswell (D.C. United), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Bryan Namoff (D.C. United), Eddie Robinson (Houston Dynamo)
Midfielders (7) –Brian Carroll (D.C. United), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Joshua Gros (D.C. United), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
Forwards (4) – Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas Cit y Wizards), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman
(New England Revolution)

Head Coach: Bob Bradley

 

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