GAME TIME: The U.S. Men's National Team conducted their final training session in Amsterdam, spending 75 minutes on the field at the magnificient Amsterdam ArenA. The team went 11 v. 11 for 20 minutes before finishing the light session with work on restarts. U.S. Manager Bruce Arena's final 18-man roster will be announced one hour prior to kickoff, which is set for 2:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Update
February 17, 2004
- Ajax midfielder John O’Brien is sidelined for Wednesday's match after suffering a mild hamstring strain during an Ajax training session last Friday. He has been undergoing rehabilitation with both the U.S. and Ajax medical staff, and will likely be relegated to watching the match from the team bench.
- Kasey Keller is only one victory away from setting the all-time record for wins by a goalie in U.S. Soccer history, having collected 37 career wins for the MNT. Keller, who leads the U.S. in all-time shutouts (33), has accomplished this feat after only 67 appearances, equaling or bettering Tony Meola’s records in 32 less matches
- U.S. captain Claudio Reyna holds 97 caps for the U.S., just three shy of the century mark. Reyna and Keller are the only two players on the U.S. roster who have played in both of the previous meetings with Holland
- Dutch captain Frank de Boer, the all-time cap winner for Holland with 108 appearances, is one of four Dutch players on the roster to play in both United States matches (Jaap Stam, Philip Cocu, and Pierre van Hooijdonk)
- Brian McBride ranks third on the all-time U.S. list for goal scoring and points. His two-goal performance against Martinique in the 2003 Gold Cup lifted his career international total to 23 goals, surpassing Bruce Murray for third place on the all-time U.S. list, one shy of Joe-Max Moore
- Conor Casey is the only U.S player on the roster yet to receive his first cap for the senior team.
- The U.S. and Holland have met just twice in their history, both on U.S. soil, with the United States dropping a pair of 2-0 losses. The teams last met in Foxboro, Mass. on May 19, 2002, in the USA’s final match of the Nike “Road to Korea"
- U.S. Under-23 internationals DaMarcus Beasley, Bobby Convey and Landon Donovan joined the side in Holland after completing the Olympic qualifying tournament in Mexico last week, with Convey tying Honduras midfielder Emil Martinez for the tournament scoring title with four goals in only two games. Convey and Donovan tied for the most appearances for the MNT in 2003, the duo collecting 15 appearances each out of 16 total matches.
- After appearing in the USA’s 1-1 draw against Denmark on Jan. 18, Josh Wolff has begun the revival of a promising career with the senior team. With six goals in 20 appearances for the senior national team, he made two appearances during the 2002 World Cup, including a start against Mexico in the 2-0 victory in the Round of 16. Several injuries hampered his PT in 2003, but a tremendous two weeks in training in Carson demonstrated the valuable contribution the speedy forward has to offer.
- Bruce Arena has continued a policy of searching far and wide for America’s best talent, that process hitting a small milestone in the USA’s first match of 2003. With his selection to the first XI against Denmark, MetroStars goalkeeper Jonny Walker became the 50th player during Arena’s tenure to earn his first cap. Walker joined the Metros in the summer of 2003, replacing departed Man. United goalkeeper Tim Howard.
- U.S. Soccer is mourning the loss of one of its own this week, as U.S. Under-20 MNT coach Thomas Rongen lost his stepdaughter Nicole in a car accident on Feb. 9. Rongen, a Dutch native and former member of the Ajax youth system, guided the team to a fifth-place finish at the World Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates last November
OVER AND BACK AGAIN: Next up for the USA is a match against fellow CONCACAF World Cup qualifying participant Haiti in an international friendly on Saturday, March 13 at The Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla. Kickoff for the match is set for 8 p.m. ET, and fans can follow the match live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The USA-Haiti clash will be followed by a game on March 31 when the U.S. travels to Poland for a 2002 World Cup rematch in Plock, a city in central Poland about 60 miles northwest of Warsaw (8:30 p.m. local / 1:30 p.m. ET – live on ESPN2).
On the field for USA
January 18, 2004 – The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. – International friendly
USA 1 Thomas Roll-Larsen 28 (pk)
Denmark 1 Landon Donovan 76 (pk)
USA — 1-Jonny Walker; 5-Chris Albright (2-Frankie Hejduk, 79), 23-Eddie Pope (capt.), 3-Nick Garcia, 15-Bobby Convey; 12-Steve Ralston (17-Chris Klein, 62), 8-Richard Mulrooney (13-Kerry Zavagnin, 71), 13-Chris Armas (11-John Wolyniec, 88), 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 9-Ante Razov (16-Josh Wolff, 62), 10-Landon Donovan
DEN — 1-Peter Skov-Jensen; 19-Ulrik Vinzents, 10-Per Nielsen, 2-Martin Albrechtsen (18-Bo Svensson, 58), 14-Asbjorn Sennels; 12-Martin Retov (17-Nicolai Stokholm, 47+), 20-Morten Wieghorst (capt.) (11-David Rasmussen, 74), 5-Morten Bisgaard (9-Jan Kristiansen, 79), 15-Michael Silberbauer (7-Steffen Hojer, 64); 13-Thomas Roll-Larsen, 3-Tommy Bechmann (4-Soren Borg, 58)
On the field for Holland
November 19, 2003 – Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam – Euro 2004 Qualifier, Playoff, Return leg
Netherlands 6 Sneijder 15, Ooijer 33, van Nistelrooy 36, 50, 66; de Boer 64
NED: van der Sar, Ooijer (de Boer 46), Reiziger, Cocu, Bouma (Seedorf 67), Davids, van der Meyde, Sneijder, van Nistelrooy (Kluivert 76), van der Vaart, Overmars
SCO: Douglas, McNamara, Naysmith(Ross, 46), Pressley, Wilkie, Ferguson, Fletcher, Rae, Dickov(Crawford, 46), McFadden, McCann (Miller 62)
May 19, 2002 – Gillette Stadium Foxboro, Mass. – Nike “Road to Korea”
USA 0, Netherlands 2
Makaay 45, van der Meyde 76
USA: 1-Brad Friedel (18-Kasey Keller, 46); 6-David Regis (9-Joe-Max Moore, 81), 12-Jeff Agoos (3-Gregg Berhalter, 41), 23-Eddie Pope, 22-Tony Sanneh; 17-DaMarcus Beasley (7-Eddie Lewis, 87), 5-John O’Brien, 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 8-Earnie Stewart (13-Cobi Jones, 73); 11-Clint Mathis (21-Landon Donovan, 56), 20-Brian McBride (15-Josh Wolff, 65).
NED: 1-Ronald Waterreus; 2-Michael Reiziger (15-Fernando Ricksen, 35), 3-Jaap Stam (14-Andre Ooijer, 81), 4-Frank de Boer, 5-Arthur Numan; 6-Danny Landzaat, 7-Andy van der Meyde, 8-Edgar Davids, 9-Roy Makaay (17-Pierre van Hooijdonk, 76); 10-Philip Cocu (18-Paul Bosvelt, 76), 11-Boudewijn Zenden (12-Victor Sikora, 76).
USA'S "FIRST FAN" TO RECEIVE JERSEY AT AMSTERDAM ARENA: As part of the launch of the new Nike kit, U.S. Soccer will make one lucky U.S. fan at the game the recipient of the "First Fan Jersey," emblematic as the first fan anywhere to proudly own the USA's new look jersey. More than 150 fans from 21 states are travelling to Holland for the match, and one lucky supporter will leave with the "First Fan" jersey. The match is drawing large fan attention at home as well, with several bars organizing viewing parties, including Ginger's Ale House in Chicago, voted Best Soccer Pub in the U.S in ussoccer,com's "Best of 2003" series, and Summer's Restaurant in Arlington, Va., the 2002 winner. A complete listing of bars hosting viewing parties can be found at www.ussoccerfan.com.
THEY SAID IT: “We begin by evaluating the pool of players that we have, and determining if these are the kind of players that can help us be successful. If not, what are our alternatives? It’s a somewhat logical, yet somewhat un-scientific, method. It’s about getting good games and good competition, and giving these players the opportunity to show what they can do at the international level. Who knows if there is a player out there we haven’t thought of? In 1998, I wasn’t thinking DaMarcus Beasley would be starting for us in the World Cup. There could be another Pablo Mastroeni hanging out in MLS waiting to be discovered. The lesson here is: you have to keep an open mind about it.”
-- U.S. head coach Bruce Arena, on the team building process.