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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.

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