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By the Numbers: USA's 2006 FIFA World Cup Roster

1 Player who did not appear in any 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Ben Olsen (which is also the number of all-time World Cup qualifying appearances for Olsen, whose only appearance came in 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying)
2 Players who will be a part of their fourth FIFA World Cup roster (Kasey Keller – 1990, 1998, 2002 & 2006; and Claudio Reyna – 1994, 1998, 2002 & 2006)
3 Players from the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer, more than any other team (Fulham, Los Angeles and Reading FC each supplied two players)

Players who have not played in MLS (Steve Cherundolo, Keller, Oguchi Onyewu and Reyna)

Players making an appearance on their third and fourth FIFA World Cup rosters (Keller – 1990, 1998, 2002 & 2006; Brian McBride – 1998, 2002 & 2006; Eddie Pope – 1998, 2002 & 2006; Reyna – 1994, 1998, 2002 & 2006)

6 Players with professional club experience in Germany (Cherundolo, Donovan, Cory Gibbs, Keller, McBride and Reyna)

Players who hail from California, more than the three players from Pennsylvania and the two players each that come from Florida, New Jersey and Washington

Players appearing in their second FIFA World Cup after making their roster debut in 2002 (DaMarcus Beasley, Cherundolo, Landon Donovan, Eddie Lewis, Pablo Mastroeni, John O’Brien, Josh Wolff)

World Cup games played by McBride, Pope and Reyna, the most on the roster


Players from Major League Soccer teams, the same number as the 11 MLS players on the 2002 FIFA World Cup roster


Players who will be a part of their first FIFA World Cup roster (Chris Albright, Carlos Bocanegra, Brian Ching, Jimmy Conrad, Bobby Convey, Clint Dempsey, Gibbs, Marcus Hahnemann, Tim Howard, Eddie Johnson, Olsen and Onyewu)

Caps for Onyewu, the fewest of any field player on the roster (one less than Conrad)

13 States represented by the U.S. roster, including six players from California, three from Pennsylvania, two each from Florida, New Jersey and Washington, and one each from Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina and Texas
15 Players who have played professionally in Europe at one point in their career
18 Clubs represented by the 23 overall players on the roster, including eight teams from Major League Soccer, five from England, two from Germany, two from Holland and one from Belgium
.742  Winning percentage for the USA in games in which Olsen earns a cap, the best in U.S. Soccer history (the U.S. is 19-3-11 in his 33 appearances)

Age & Caps for Previous Teams Average Age Average Caps
1990 U.S. World Cup Team (22 players) 23.5 24.6
1994 U.S. World Cup Team (22 players) 26.1 42.0
1998 U.S. World Cup Team (22 players) 28.1 46.6
2002 U.S. World Cup Team (23 players) 28.8 55.1
2006 U.S. World Cup Team (23 players) 28.3 41.8

Updated as of May 3, 2006 to reflect Chris Albright replacing Frankie Hejduk