Arena Selects 19 Players for Final Group Qualifier Against Barbados on November 15
CHICAGO (Monday, November 6, 2000) - United States Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena has selected 19 players for the final CONCACAF Group E semifinal qualifier against Barbados at the National Stadium in Waterford, St. Michael on Wednesday, November 15 at 2 p.m. ET.
Of the 19 players on the team, 14 play professionally for Major League Soccer teams, with the balance coming from European squads. D.C. United, with four players on the roster (Jeff Agoos, Chris Albright, Carlos Llamosa, and Richie Williams), feature the most players on the squad, while Chicago (Chris Armas, Ante Razov and Zach Thornton), and the MetroStars (Clint Mathis, Mike Petke and Tab Ramos) each placed three on the team.
The European contingent is led by forward Joe-Max Moore (Everton, England), Earnie Stewart (NAC Breda, Holland), and 18-year-old Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) forward Landon Donovan, who captured Chevrolet Man of the Match honors after scoring a goal and adding an assist in his first match with the full national team on October 25 against Mexico. Defender Gregg Berhalter (currently training with Everton) and midfielder Eddie Lewis (Fulham FC) will also make the trip from England to the Caribbean for the match.
With a win in Barbados, the United States will guarantee its advancement to the next round of qualifying for the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan. The Barbados match on November 15 will mark the final match for the United States in semifinal Group E qualifying for the 2002 World Cup. After two road games in Guatemala and Costa Rica, a 1-1 draw in Mazatenango and a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat in San Jose, the United States posted two consecutive wins on home soil, a 7-0 home victory over Barbados in Foxboro and a 1-0 triumph over Guatemala at RFK Stadium before playing Costa Rica to a 0-0 draw in Columbus, Ohio on October 11. The U.S. can also advance if Guatemala does not defeat Costa Rica at home on the same date.
The USA stands second in the four-team group with one game to play, two points behind Costa Rica and ahead of Guatemala by a single point. The top two teams from each of the three semifinal qualifying groups will advance to the next round, where CONCACAF's three representatives for the 2002 World Cup will be determined.
A draw held in Guatemala on November 19 will determine the order and country in which the following nations will meet in the next stage of qualifying: Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, and two of the following, the United States, Costa Rica or Guatemala.
The United States cruised past Barbados, 7-0, in the only previous meeting between the two teams, at Foxboro Stadium on August 16. Joe-Max Moore, with a pair of goals, led a U.S. effort that saw the squad equal the team's all-time largest margin of victory, and set a new standard for most goals in a World Cup qualifying match and biggest win in qualifying.
Suspensions will once again play a role in the match for the United States, as midfielder Claudio Reyna serves the second of a two-game disciplinary ban, while head coach Bruce Arena will miss the second of three qualifying games. The U.S. team will be led by assistant coaches Dave Sarachan and Bob Bradley in Barbados.
Players and staff will arrive in the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida area on Thursday, November 9 for three days of training before relocating to Barbados on Sunday, November 12.
The match against Barbados, which will air on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. ET, and again in a rebroadcast at 10 p.m. on November 15, will mark the sixth consecutive World Cup qualifying match to be shown live by the ABC/ESPN networks. This year, for the first time in U.S. Soccer history, the networks have broadcast road World Cup qualifiers live to soccer fans throughout the United States.
|United States Men's National Team|
World Cup Qualifying Roster
November 15, 2000, at Barbados
|Agoos, Jeff||D||5'10"||175||05/02/68||103/3||Dallas||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Albright, Chris||F||6'1"||165||01/14/79||4/1||Philadelphia, Pa.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Armas, Chris||M||5'7"||150||08/27/72||21/2||Brentwood, N.Y.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Berhalter, Gregg||D||6'1"||175||08/01/73||16/0||Tenafly, N.J.||Cambuur (Holland)|
|Donovan, Landon||F||5'8"||148||03/4/82||1/1||Redlands, Calif.||Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)|
|Jones, Cobi||M||5'7"||145||06/16/70||134/13||Westlake Village, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Klein, Chris||M||6'1"||180||01/4/76||1/0||St. Louis, Mo.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Lewis, Eddie||M||5'10"||155||05/17/74||26/2||Cerritos, Calif.||Fulham FC (England)|
|Llamosa, Carlos||D||5'11"||166||06/30/69||13/0||Maspeth, N.Y.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Mathis, Clint||M||5'10"||170||11/25/76||4/0||Conyers, Ga.||NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS)|
|Meola, Tony||GK||6'1"||205||02/21/69||93/0||Kearny, N.J.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Moore, Joe-Max||F||5'9"||150||02/23/71||82/22||Irvine, Calif.||Everton (England)|
|Petke, Mike||D||6'2"||185||01/30/76||0/0||Bohemia, N.Y.||NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS)|
|Ramos, Tab||M||5'7"||140||09/21/66||80/8||Kearny, N.J.||NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS)|
|Razov, Ante||F||6'1"||175||03/02/74||12/3||Whittier, Calif.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Stewart, Earnie||F||5'9"||145||03/28/69||63/9||Point Arena, Calif.||NAC Breda (Holland)|
|Thornton, Zach||GK||6'3"||210||10/10/73||6/0||Edgewood, Md.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Vanney, Greg||D||5'11"||170||06/11/74||10/0||Tempe, Ariz.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Williams, Richie||M||5'5"||145||06/3/70||12/0||Middletown, N.J.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|U.S. Men's National Team Staff|
|Head Coach||Bruce Arena||Fairfax, Va.|
|Assistant Coach||Dave Sarachan||Herndon, Va.|
|Assistant Coach||Bob Bradley||Palatine, Ill.|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Milutin Soskic||Aliso Viejo, Calif.|
|General Manager||Pam Perkins||Evanston, Ill.|
|Team Administrator||Maria Hernandez||Chicago, Ill.|
|Athletic Trainer||Rick Guter||Fairfax, Va.|
|Athletic Trainer||Ivan Pierra||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Equipment Manager||Aaron Barrett||Chicago, Ill.|
|Press Officer||Rich Schneider||Chicago, Ill.|