U.S. Men’s Olympic Team
Training Camp Notes
Palo Alto, Calif.
July 21, 2008
SLOWLY BUT SURELY: Of the 18 players on the Olympic Team roster, 12 have arrived in Palo Alto, Calif. for a six-day domestic training camp before departing for the ING Cup in Hong Kong on Friday, July 25. Most of the European-based contingent and a handful of Major League Soccer representatives, have arrived at the team hotel and have already begun training at nearby Stanford University. The remaining players will be trickling in throughout the next two days after fulfilling club team obligations.
FINAL PREPARATIONS: The team will travel to Hong Kong on Friday, July 25 for the ING Cup and their final two games before the start of the Olympic Games. The U.S. will face the Ivory Coast on July 30 and Cameroon on August 3 in their final two matches before the start of the Olympic Games. The U.S. has been drawn into a difficult Group B of the Games and will open against Japan on August 7 before facing the Netherlands on August 10, with both games taking place at the Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Tianjin. The team will then travel to Worker’s Stadium in Beijing to conclude group play against 1996 gold medalist and 2005 Under-20 World Cup champion Nigeria on August 13.
2008 U.S. MEN’S OLYMPIC TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (5): Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Danny Szetela (Brescia Calcio)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Brian McBride (out of contract), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
NBC TO PROVIDE CHANNEL EXCLUSIVELY FOR OLYMPIC SOCCER COVERAGE: NBC Universal will launch a channel exclusively dedicated to full coverage of Men’s and Women’s Soccer at the 2008 Olympic Games. A total of 32 Men’s and 26 Women’s Soccer Games will be shown in their entirety on the NBC Olympic Soccer Channel, in addition to coverage on USA Network, MSNBC and live streaming on NBCOlympics.com. The seven NBC Networks – NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Oxygen, Telemundo and Universal HD - will provide an unprecedented 3,600 hours of coverage, all in high definition. NBCOlympics.com will also provide over 3,000 hours of on-demand access to full event replays and extensive highlights. The NBC Olympic Soccer Channel are available on most major cable, satellite and telephone companies and distributors.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: A total of 11 players were part of the USA squad that booked the team’s ticket to Beijing in March by finishing in second place in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Freddy Adu, Maurice Edu and Michael Orozco were named to the Best XI in that event, while Sacha Kljestan received Honorable Mention. Goalkeeper Chris Seitz and defender Patrick Ianni, Orozco, Nathan Sturgis and Marvell Wynne were all part of the defensive unit that earned three shutouts in CONCACAF qualifying in March. The Qualifying Team finished the CONCACAF tournament with a 3-1-1 record, giving up only two goals in those five games.
COUNTING ON EXPERIENCE: A total of 12 players on the Olympic roster have been capped with the Men’s National Team, led by three-time World Cup veteran forward Brian McBride who earned 95 caps in his 10-year career. Midfielder Michael Bradley also has a wealth of experience despite not turning 21 until July 31, having already earned 20 appearances with the full team. Fellow midfielder Benny Feilhaber has earned 16 caps for the full team and has recently recovered from knee surgery following an injury suffered against Turkey on May 21 in Toulon, France. Freddy Adu scored four times in three games to lead all goalscorers in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in March, has played in four FIFA youth World Cups, and was the first player to ever score a hat trick in both the FIFA Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups.
BLOG-TASTIC: The YNT Blog has been busy over the past couple of weeks, and will continue to share time with the U-17 Women’s National Team as they attempt to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, but rest assured - it’s still the same place to find all the inside info on the Men’s Olympic Team as they prepare for the 2008 Games in Beijing. For the daily scoop on what’s really happening behind the team, including Olympian treatment at AT&T Park and some morning yoga, check out http://ynt-ussoccer.blogspot.com/