CHICAGO (Wednesday, August 22, 2001) - United States Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena has enlisted a 24-man squad that will train for the team's upcoming qualifiers against Honduras and Costa Rica. The U.S. first meets Honduras at sold-out RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Telemundo, as well as the Futbol de Primera radio network. The squad then travels to San Jose, Costa Rica for Matchday 8 of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying to meet the Ticos on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at the Estadio Saprissa. Kickoff is 10 p.m. ET, and the match will be televised live on ESPN2 and Telemundo.
"We have reached a very important stage of the qualification process and are facing two difficult opponents in Honduras and Costa Rica," said Arena. "The team is looking forward to the challenge. We think it's going to be a very exciting atmosphere at RFK Stadium. With both our domestic and foreign-based players involved in league play, we certainly feel that we will have a fit squad coming into camp and hope to earn positive results in the next two games."
Midfielder Claudio Reyna, who returns to the side after serving a one-match ban, will once again captain the 24-man squad. Five players on the roster have been in the first team for all of the USA's final round qualifying matches: David Regis, Jeff Agoos, Tony Sanneh, Chris Armas, and Earnie Stewart, the all-time leading scorer for the United States in World Cup qualifying play. Forward Jovan Kirovski, who recently signed with Crystal Palace of the English First Division alongside U.S. teammate Gregg Berhalter, will have the opportunity to earn his 50th international cap.
Arena has called on 14 players from MLS squads, led by Chicago Fire midfielder and U.S. Soccer's 2000 Chevrolet Athlete of the Year Chris Armas. Miami Fusion FC once again makes the largest contribution, sending four players. Fusion midfielder Preki Radosavljevic makes his first appearance on the U.S. roster since travelling with the team for the qualifier against Honduras in March. He is joined by teammates Carlos Llamosa, Chris Henderson, and goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Arena has called on the services of three players from the San Jose Earthquakes, including 19-year old forward Landon Donovan, who has earned four caps for the U.S. but has yet to play in a World Cup qualifier. Making their first visit to the U.S. camp are 'Quakes midfielder Manny Lagos and Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Scott Garlick.
The United States hold a 4-1-1 record in final round qualifying play, their 13 points equal with Costa Rica at the top of the Hexagonal. The Hondurans currently sit in third place in the table, posting a 2-2-2 record. The USA are 2-0-1 all-time in qualifying against the Catrachos. The USA captured the first leg on Matchday 2 earlier this year, Clint Mathis breaking the deadlock in the 87th minute in the 2-1 win in San Pedro Sula on March 28. The United States leads the all-time series with a 3-1-3 record.
Honduran coach Ramon Maradiaga has called on seven foreign-based players, led by striker Carlos Pavon, the leading scorer in CONCACAF 2002 World Cup qualifying play with 15 goals. Pavon currently plies his trade with Udinese in Italy's top division, along with fellow Honduran international Samuel Caballero. Maradiaga has called three players from 2001 FC Champions Cup finalists and Torneo Clausura champions CD Olimpia. Honduras are coming off a dazzling display in Copa America, capturing an historic defeat of Brazil en route to a third-place finish in South America's premier tournament of nations.
The U.S. will train in Washington, D.C. from August 26 through September 4 before departing for Costa Rica. The match against Honduras is part of a double-header at RFK Stadium, with D.C. United taking on the Tampa Bay Mutiny at 12:30 p.m. ET.
|United States Men's National Team Roster|
2002 World Cup Qualifying
vs. Honduras (Washington, D.C.; September 1, 2001)
@ Costa Rica (San Jose, C.R.: September 5, 2001)
|Agoos, Jeff||D||5'10"||175||05/02/68||112/3||Dallas, Tex.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Armas, Chris||M||5'7"||150||08/27/72||31/2||Brentwood, N.Y.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Berhalter, Gregg||D||6'1"||175||08/01/73||21/0||Tenafly, N.J.||Crystal Palace (England)|
|Cherundulo, Steve||D||5'6"||145||02/19/79||7/0||San Diego, Calif.||Hannover 96 (Germany)|
|Donovan, Landon||F||5'8"||148||03/04/82||4/1||Redlands, Calif.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Friedel, Brad||GK||6'4"||202||05/18/71||69/0||Bay Village, Ohio||Blackburn Rovers (England)|
|Garlick, Scott||GK||6'2"||195||05/29/72||0/0||Phoenix, Ariz.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|Henderson, Chris||M||5'10"||150||12/11/70||78/3||Everett, Wash.||Miami Fusion (MLS)|
|Jones, Cobi||M||5'7"||145||06/16/70||140/14||Westlake Village, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Keller, Kasey||GK||6'2"||190||11/29/69||50/0||Lacey, Wash.||Tottenham Hotspur (England)|
|Kirovski, Jovan||F||6'1"||175||03/18/76||49/7||Escondido, Calif.||Crystal Palace (England)|
|Lagos, Manny||M||6'1"||165||06/01/71||0/0||St. Paul, Minn.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Llamosa, Carlos||D||5'11"||166||06/30/69||23/0||Maspeth, N.Y.||Miami Fusion (MLS)|
|Maisonneuve, Brian||M||5'11"||170||6/28/73||10/0||Warren, Mich.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Moore, Joe-Max||F||5'9"||150||02/23/71||88/22||Irvine, Calif.||Everton (England)|
|Pope, Eddie||D||6'1"||180||12/24/73||39/4||High Point, N.C.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Radosavljevic, Preki||M||5'9"||165||06/24/63||26/4||Overland Park, Kan.||Miami Fusion FC (MLS)|
|Regis, David||D||5'11"||160||12/02/68||21/0||Valenciennes, France||FC Metz (France)|
|Reyna, Claudio||M||5'9"||160||07/20/73||83/8||Springfield, N.J.||Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)|
|Rimando, Nick||GK||5'11"||181||06/17/79||0/0||Montclair, Calif.||Miami Fusion (MLS)|
|Sanneh, Tony||D/M||6'2"||190||06/01/71||23/1||St. Paul, Minn.||FC Nürnberg (Germany)|
|Stewart, Earnie||M/F||5'9"||145||03/28/69||70/13||Point Arena, Calif.||NAC Breda (Holland)|
|Vanney, Greg||D||5'11"||169||06/11/74||13/0||Tempe, Ariz.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Williams, Richie||M||5'5"||145||06/03/70||16/0||Middletown, N.J.||NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS)|
|Head Coach||Bruce Arena||Fairfax, Va.|
|Assistant Coach||Dave Sarachan||Ashburn, Va.|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Milutin Soskic||Bakersfield, Calif.|
|General Manager||Pam Perkins||Evanston, Ill.|
|Trainers||Jim Hashimoto||Wilmington, Del.|
|Bruce Snell||Tacoma, Wash.|
|Equipment Manager||Aaron Barrett||Chicago|
|Director of Security||Gene Williams||New York|
|Press Officer||Michael Kammarman||Chicago|