• A member of the national team pool since 1996, he played in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and was one of three overage players in the 2000 Sydney Olympics
• He increased his career World Cup qualifying caps to 17 after starting three games in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying
• Helped salvage a result in El Salvador on March 28, 2009, when he assisted on Jozy Altidore’s goal and scored a dramatic equalizer in the 87th minute. The point earned in the 2-2 game proved crucial down the stretch in World Cup qualifying
• Rejoined MLS, where he is a four-time All-Star and 2008 MLS Cup winner, in 2003 after a four-year stint in Europe that included three seasons at Bayer Leverkusen and a one-year spell at FC St. Gallen
Enjoys surfing, playing golf and drinking coffee … Bob Marley is one of his idols … His favorite soccer team is Boca Juniors and his favorite player is Claudio Caniggia … Favorite non-soccer team is the San Diego Chargers … Has two sons: Frankie Nesta – was born Feb. 25, 1998, the same day his U.S. teammates played Belgium in Brussels – and Coasten Daniel … Married to wife Elissa on New Year’s Eve 2006.Was named NSCAA second team All-American and first-team All-Far West in 1994 at UCLA … Was the only defender named to the MPSF All-Federation First Team … Tied for second on the team in 1994 with six goals, four of them coming on penalty kicks.
High School / Club: Was a two-year letterman at San Dieguito High School, where he earned 1989 NSCAA and U.S. AYSO Boys U-16 All-America honors for soccer … Was a member of San Dieguito’s state and national championship surfing team and was a 1988 National Junior High School Surfing Champion … Qualified for the 1989 U.S. Amateur Surfing Team by finishing 10th overall … His youth team, the La Jolla Nomads, beat the Peruvian National Team in the 1989 Dallas Cup … Also part of the Nomads 1989, 1990 and 1991 state champions.