CHICAGO (Friday, May 13, 2005) - USA Today exclusively reported Friday that midfielder John O'Brien will be called into training camp with the U.S. Men's National Team on May 22 when the team assembles in Chicago to begin training for a May 28 friendly vs. England and two World Cup qualifiers the following week.
“We're hopeful that we can get him involved in the England game, the qualifiers and the Gold Cup,” Arena told USA Today on Thursday. “He's not going to be able to play 90 minutes, but we're hopeful he can help us.”
O'Brien, released by his club Ajax earlier this year before signing on to join fellow Dutch Eredivisie side ADO den Haag, has been training in Carson, Calif., as he continues to work past the injuries that have allowed him to only appear once for the U.S. since starting all five games at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
The Playa del Rey, Calif., native has appeared 21 times for the U.S. and has two goals, including the first goal vs. Portugal in the 2002 World Cup opener.
Arena will announce the balance of his roster on Monday morning, May 16, at ussoccer.com.