The match, which is being presented in conjunction with Soccer Services of Indianapolis and the Indiana Youth Soccer Association, will kick-off at 5:30 p.m. (CT). Tickets for this unique pre-Olympic event, which are affordably priced at $12 for adults and $8 for youths (12 and under), are available by calling TicketMaster at 317-239-5151 or logging on to the U.S. Soccer website at www.us-soccer.com.
The match will mark the first time the team has been together since qualifying for the Olympics with a crucial 4-0 win over Guatemala in the difficult international tournament, played in Hershey, Pa., from April 21-30. The Indy trip is also significant in that it will make up one of only two training camps planned for the team before they depart for Sydney during the first week of September.
"This game will be very telling for us," said U.S. U-23 Head Coach Clive Charles, who has led the squad to a 6-4-1 overall record in 2000 play. "It allows me one of my few last looks at the squad."
Two new names on the U.S. Under-23 roster are familiar faces on the full U.S. Men's National Team - Jeff Agoos, a defender for defending champion D.C. United (MLS), and Chris Armas, arguably Major League Soccer's best defensive midfielder who plays with the Chicago Fire (MLS). Both are being looked at as two of three possible over-age players for the Under-23 Olympic competition and will join the U-23 team late Saturday night after playing in the 2000 MLS All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio.
Agoos and Armas lead a list of 17 MLS players on the 19-player roster, which also includes Chicago Fire 18-year-old midfielder DaMarcus Beasley (of Ft. Wayne, Ind.) and MLS Cup ?99 MVP and D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen. Armas and Beasley will be joined by two Fire teammates, forward Josh Wolff and defender Evan Whitfield, giving Chicago the most players of any MLS team with four.
English club Bolton Wanderers, who posted a 21-13-12 record during the ?99-'00 season, finished sixth out of 24 First Division teams but lost in a four-team playoff that would have promoted them to the English Premiership, widely regarded as one of the top leagues in the world. The team also advanced to the semi-finals of both the F.A. Cup and Worthington Cup before bowing out of each.
The U.S. Under-23 team has one prior meeting with Bolton, when the U-23 squad defeated the club's reserve team 1-0 in Manchester, England, on August 1 as part of a successful, four-game tour of England in which the USA posted a 3-1 record and outscored their counterparts 9-5.
After the trip to Indianapolis, the U.S. Under-23 team will return to their respective professional teams until mid-August, when the final 18-man Olympic roster will be announced and the team will meet one last time for a training camp and exhibition to be announced later this week.
When they arrive in Australia in September, the team will be looking to advance to the second round of the Olympics for the first time in history. Team USA, who were placed in Group C, will kick things off against the Czech Republic in Canberra on Sept. 13, the first day of Olympic competition. The team will then face Cameroon on Sept. 16 in Canberra and will meet Kuwait ion Sept. 19 in Melbourne to finish the "round robin"-style group play of the opening round.
|U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team Roster|
vs. Bolton Wanderers
July 30, 2000 * Indianapolis, Ind.
|Agoos, Jeff||D||5'10"||175||5/2/68||---||Dallas, Texas||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Albright, Chris||F||6'1"||180||1/14/79||8/2||Philadelphia, Pa.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Armas, Chris||M||5'7"||150||8/27/72||---||Brentwood, N.Y.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Beasley, DaMarcus||M||5'7"||125||5/24/82||10/0||Fort Wayne, Ind.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Brown, Adin||GK||6'4"||200||5/27/78||9/0||Pleasant Hill, Calif.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|Califf, Danny||D||6'0"||160||3/17/80||7/0||Orange, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Casey, Conor||F||6'1"||170||7/25/81||9/1||Denver, Colo.||University of Portland -- NCAA
||Corrales, Ramiro||D||6'1"||170||3/12/77||12/0||Salinas, Calif.||NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS)||DiGiamarino, Joey||M||5'11"||160||4/6/77||2/0||Corona, Calif.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)||Dunseth, Brian||D||6'0"||170||3/2/77||7/0||Upland, Calif.||N.E. Revolution (MLS)||Howard, Tim||GK||6'2"||200||3/6/79||5/0||N. Brunswick, N.J.||NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS)||McCarty, Chad||D||5'11"||175||10/5/77||8/0||Clovis, Calif.||Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS)||Napoleon, Matt||GK||6'1"||175||8/18/77||4/0||Feasterville, Pa.||Columbus Crew (MLS)
||Olsen, Ben||M||5'8"||140||5/3/77||6/2||Middletown, Pa.||D.C. United (MLS)||Thorrington, John||M||5'8"||170||10/17/79||5/1||Palos Verdes, Calif.||Bayer Leverkusen -- Germany
||Vagenas, Peter||M||5'8"||155||2/6/78||14/3||Pasadena, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)||Victorine, Sasha||M||6'2"||180||2/2/78||6/1||Carmichael, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)||Whitfield, Evan||D||5'11"||160||6/23/77||8/0||Phoenix, Ariz.||Chicago Fire (MLS)||Wolff, Josh||F||5'8"||160||2/15/77||7/3||Stone Mountain, Ga.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|U.S. Under-23 National Team Staff|
|Head Coach||Clive Charles||Portland, Ore.|
|Assistant Coach||John Ellinger||Ellicott City, Md.|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Peter Mellor||Palm Harbor, Fla.|
|National Team Coordinator||Craig Blazer||Chicago, Ill.|
|Press Officer||Bryan Chenault||Chicago, Ill.|
|Doctor||Steve Smith||Silver Springs, Md.|
|Trainer||Bruce Snell||Tacoma, Wash.|
|Trainer||Kent Timm||Saginaw, Mich.|
|Equipment Manager||Aaron Barrett||Chicago, Ill.|