MNT May 29, 2012
The cruise up the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to training at the University of Maryland was a familiar sight for four members of the U.S. Men's National Team, as two Maryland natives and two UMD alumni are part of the 23-player group.
Oguchi Onyewu grew up in Olney, Md., and attended Sherwood High School, while Kyle Beckerman's hometown is further east in nearby Crofton. Gooch's parents were on hand at Ludwig Field and Kyle also had plenty of home support.
There was an extra dose of welcome to the team's two former Terrapins - Maurice Edu and Clarence Goodson.
With the training session open to the public, Edu and Goodson were especially popular with the fans at their alma mater. Goodson lingered long after practice ended to chat with fans and members of the Maryland soccer staff.
Goodson (center) was back at UMD on Monday
Goodson had a really successful career as a Terrapin, earning All-ACC honors as a junior in 2003 while helping the team to 12 shutouts. Goodson says returning to his old stomping grounds brought back a lot of memories.
"On this field we had a lot of good wins, and a lot of good fun. I scored some good goals, we beat some really good opponents, and won some championships so it was really nice."
Edu sports an NCAA championship ring from the 2005 season, and he reached the postseason in each of his three years in College Park before becoming the No-1 pick in the 2007 MLS Super Draft.
The USA will train in the stadium Tuesday evening before playing a huge friendly against Brazil at FedExField on Wed., May 30th. More than 55,000 tickets have been sold for the match that kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and will air on ESPN2, ESPN3, and TeleFutura.