23-PLAYER U.S. ROSTER TO BE UNVEILED NEXT MONDAY LIVE ON ESPN AT 6 P.M. ET: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena announced that he will name his 23-player U.S. roster for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan on Monday, April 22, just five days after the team takes on Ireland in Dublin. The announcement will be made live on the 6 p.m. ET edition of ESPN's SportsCenter and will be followed by a 7 p.m ET media conference call.
U.S. MNT WORLD CUP ROSTER ANNOUNCEMENT "BY THE NUMBERS":
- 93 - players called into at least one camp during Arena era
- 73 - players with at least one cap during Arena era
- 56 - games Arena has coached the U.S. MNT since taking over in October 1998
- 47 - players with at least one cap in 2001
- 38 - players earning their first-ever cap during Arena era
- 37 - players with at least one cap in 2002
- 31 - players with at least one cap in the final round of 2002 World Cup qualifying
- 29 - games Arena has won as U.S. MNT head coach
- 10 - games played this year
- 7 - games won this year'
- 6 - games played against teams in the 2002 World Cup
- 3 - titles the U.S. has won under Arena (2000 Nike U.S. Cup; 2000 Group E semifinal round CONCACAF World Cup qualifying; 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup)
U.S. MNT ARRIVES IN IRELAND, PREPS FOR WEDNESDAY FRIENDLY: The U.S. Men's National Team arrived into Ireland this weekend, training yesterday and today at Tolka Park in Dublin, which serves as the home ground for Shelbourne United, the Irish Premier Division champions who recently qualified for the the UEFA Champions League. Clint Mathis, Jeff Agoos and Landon Donovan arrived early this morning after taking part in their respective MLS matches on Saturday. Midfielder John O'Brien was another late arrival, after playing all 90 minutes in Ajax's 4-0 victory over soon-to-be-relegated Rotterdam on Sunday afternoon. The U.S. will meet Ireland on Wednesday at Lansdowne Road in Dublin at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The match will also be broadcast via tape delay on Telemundo at 11:30 p.m. ET. The U.S. owns a 2-3-2 record against Ireland, including an undefeated mark (2-0-1) in the last three contests. The last meeting between the two World Cup-bound countries was a 1-1 tie in Foxboro, Mass., on June 6, 2000 as part of the Nike U.S. Cup. The last time the two teams met in Dublin, the U.S. suffered a 4-1 loss on April 29, 1992. The match marks the last of three important away games against top European teams as the USA turns down the final stretch of preparation for the 2002 World Cup.
VANNEY ADDED TO ARENA’s U.S. MNT ROSTER FOR APRIL 17 FRIENDLY: U.S. defender Greg Vanney, who has 16 career caps and recently helped First Division FC Bastia to the French Cup Final, was added to the roster that U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena named last week. U.S. captain Claudio Reyna returns to the U.S. camp after being forced to withdraw from the March 27 match against Germany with a hamstring injury. Arena will also have both Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller in camp for just the second time in 2002. Friedel has earned just one cap for the U.S. in 2002, in a 1-0 road loss to Italy on Feb. 13, while Keller has appeared in seven matches, compiling a 5-1-1 record and five shutouts. After posting a record of 7-2-1 in 2002, the Ireland match will serve as the final test for Arena before he names the 23-man squad that will travel to Korea/Japan for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. "The process of selecting a roster capable of competing in the World Cup began four years ago and is finally nearing a conclusion," said Arena, who with a career record of 29-14-13 is just one win from tying Bora Milutinovic for most all-time wins by a U.S. coach (30). "Every match furthers the process for us in becoming a better team, and Ireland is a very strong opponent.” The following is the complete roster for the April 17 friendly:
Goalkeepers (2): Brad Freidel (Blackburn – England), Kasey Keller (Tottenham – England);
Defenders (7): Jeff Agoos (San Jose), Gregg Berhalter (Crystal Palace – England), Frankie Hejduk (Bayer Leverkusen – Germany), Eddie Pope (D.C. United), David Regis (FC Metz – France), Tony Sanneh (FC Nurnberg – Germany), Greg Vanney (FC Bastia – France);
Midfielders (6): Chris Armas (Chicago), Landon Donovan (San Jose), Eddie Lewis (Fulham – England), John O’Brien (Ajax – Holland), Claudio Reyna (Sunderland – England), Earnie Stewart (NAC Breda – Holland);
Forwards (4): Clint Mathis (NY/NJ), Brian McBride (Columbus), Joe-Max Moore (Everton – England), Josh Wolff (Chicago).
UPDATE ON MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS IN EUROPE: Brad Friedel posted another solid 90-minute performance as Blackburn earned a 0-0 with Chelsea. Kasey Keller made his fourth consecutive league appearance for Tottenham, helping them to a 1-1 against West Ham United. Claudio Reyna let his temper get the best of him, and was ejected from Sunderland’s 1-0 loss to Liverpool with one minute to play on a foul tackle on Michael Owen that was enough to send him off after a yellow card for dissent in the 30th minute. John Thorrington played all 90 minutes in both Huddersfield’s 2-1 win over Port Vale. In Holland, John O’Brien and his Ajax teammates had an excellent week, first defeating PSV 3-0 to advance to the Amstel Cup final, which will be played on May 12, and then downing Sparta 4-0 in league play. Midfielder Earnie Stewart started and played 90 minutes, but NAC Breda fell to NEC 3-1. In France, defender Greg Vanney played all 90 minutes to help Bastia defeat Lens 3-1. After missing three games, defender Davis Regis started in FC Metz 3-1 win over Rennes. In Germany, Tony Sanneh played all 90 minutes in FC Nurnberg’s 2-1 loss to Bayern Munich. Conor Casey and Steve Cherundolo both got a start in Hannover’s 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt, with Casey going off in the 67th minute. After missing the last two matches with injury, Cory Gibbs played all 90 minutes in FC St. Pauli’s 2-1 loss to FC Koln.
— U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE —
HEINRICHS NAME U.S. WNT SQUAD FOR APRIL 27 FRIENDLY IN SAN JOSE: U.S. Women's National Team head coach April Heinrichs has named the 18-woman roster that will face Finland on April 27, 2002, at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. (7 p.m. PT live on ESPN2) in the USA's second domestic match of the year. Of the 18 players, 15 were on the USA's Algarve Cup roster for the tournament in Portugal at the beginning of March. The three new additions are defender Brandi Chastain, who missed the tournament while recovering from minor knee surgery, forward Christie Welsh, the 2001 Hermann Trophy and MAC Award winner from Penn State, and forward Mandy Clemens, who is poised for a breakout year with the Philadelphia Charge of the WUSA. The roster is stocked full of local ties as 10 of the players either hail from or went to college in the San Jose/Bay Area. The match will be a part of the first-ever doubleheader with the U.S. Women's National Team and WUSA squads as the San Jose CyberRays face the Carolina Courage at 4:30 p.m. are priced at $28 / $17 for Silver, $25 / $15 for Bronze and $14 / $10 for the Cyberzone and are available by calling TicketMaster at 408-998-8497 (San Jose), 415-421-8497 (San Francisco), or 510-625-8497 (Oakland). The complete roster for the April 27 friendly follows:
Goalkeepers (2): LaKeysia Beene (San Jose), Hope Solo (Univ. of Washington);
Defenders (6): Kylie Bivens (Atlanta), Brandi Chastain (San Jose), Joy Fawcett (San Diego), Jena Kluegel (Boston), Cat Reddick (UNC), Danielle Slaton (Carolina);
Midfielders (5): Lorrie Fair (Philadelphia), Devvyn Hawkins (Santa Clara), Julie Foudy (San Diego), Kristine Lilly (Boston), Aly Wagner (Santa Clara);
Forwards (5): Mandy Clemens (Philadelphia), Shannon MacMillan (San Diego), Tiffeny Milbrett (New York), Cindy Parlow (Atlanta), Christie Welsh (Penn State).
— U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE —
U-19 WNT FINISHES PREPARATIONS, LOOKS TO CONCACAF QUALIFYING IN T&T IN MAY: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team swept a pair of games this past weekend, defeating Jamaica 12-0 on Friday and blanking Canada 3-0 on Sunday in the team’s final two matches before heading to Trinidad & Tobago for the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament for the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship. The U.S. U-19s feature a quintet of dynamic forwards that accounted for 11 of the team's 12 goals against Jamaica. Lindsey Tarpley and Kelly Wilson both scored hat tricks while Heather O'Reilly and Megan Kakadelas added two goals each. Kerri Hanks, who was coming off a separated shoulder injury, showed she was fit, scoring once. Defender Jill Oakes was the only one to crash the forward's scoring party, tallying off a corner kick from Schefter. Against Canada, Kakadelas tallied two goals as a substitute while O'Reilly added the other. U.S. head coach Tracey Leone will choose the final 18-player roster for CONCACAF Qualifying this week. The U-19s have never lost an international match in their two-year history, compiling an 8-0-1 mark. Their next international game will be a crucial one on the road to the first-ever world championship for youth women, as the team faces Suriname at Dwight Yorke Stadium on the island of Tobago on May 7 to open the qualifying tournament. In addition to the stellar won-loss record in international matches, the team has outscored their opposition 44 to 2 in those matches, with Wilson scoring a team-leading 11 goals while Tarpley has pounded in nine scores in that stretch.
U.S. UNDER-20s PREPARE FOR CAMP IN CHULA VISTA FROM APRIL 21-29: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will gather next week for a training camp at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. from April 21-29. U.S. head coach Thomas Rongen has invited 24 players into camp, including 16 players who have not yet seen time with the Under-20s. Mike Magee, who scored five goals in his first four games with the Under-20s, returns to the squad after missing three games in Mexico due to injury. Six of the players invited in to camp come from last year’s Under-17 MNT that competed at the FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Tobago. David Chun, Gray Griffin, Paul Johnson, Mike Magee, Adam Schuerman and Chefik Simo all played with John Ellinger’s squad in 2000 and 2001. The Under-20s will play three games in southern California, in addition to an intra-squad scrimmage that will take place on April 26. The Under-20s will play the Univ. of San Francisco on April 23, travel to Los Angeles to the face the Galaxy on April 24, and then face the U.S. Under-18 MNT on April 28. The following is the 24-man training camp roster:
Goalkeepers: Clint Baumstark (Univ. of Alabama-Birmingham), Noah Palmer (Univ. of Maryland), Adam Schuerman (Elmbrook United);
Defenders: David Chun (Irvine Strikers), Gray Griffin (Charlotte SC), Allen Handy (Florida International Univ.), Ugo Ihemelu (Southern Methodist Univ.), Matt Kovar (Loyola Marymount Univ.), Drew Moor (Solar SC), Danny O’Rourke (Indiana University), Troy Roberts (Univ. of California – Berkeley), Will Rorat (California Heat);
Midfielders: Ian Carey (Davis Eclipse), Clint Dempsey (Furman Univ.), Mike Enfield (UCLA), Chris Karcz (Rutgers Univ.), Brian Plotkin (Chicago Sockers), Chefik Simo (Solar SC);
Forwards: Knox Cameron (Univ. of Michigan), Paul Johnson (Princeton, N.J.), Mike Magee (Chicago Sockers), Vince Vitale (Busch), Brett Wiesner (Univ. of Washington).
— AROUND THE SOCCER NATION —
FIFA NAMES VENUE CITIES FOR 2006 WORLD CUP IN GERMANY: FIFA announced today the 12 venues that will host matches at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Berlin and Munich were among those announced as hosts, and the two cities are expected to stage the final and opening game, respectively. A full match schedule is not expected to be confirmed until 2004. Leipzig is the only venue from the former East Germany. Cologne, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Hanover, Kaiserslautern, Nuremberg and Stuttgart will also see World Cup action. "They are offering an infrastructure that lets us hope that we may witness the greatest World Cup ever in 2006," FIFA president Sepp Blatter said. Bremen, Duesseldorf and Moenchengladbach were the only three cities that submitted unsuccessful bids. Twenty venues will host games in the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan.
POTENT POWER HELPS WUSA KICK OFF YEAR TWO: Year Two of the Women’s United Soccer Association kicked off this weekend with a flurry of goals. 2001 MVP and Offensive Player of the Year Tiffeny Milbrett picked up where she left off last season by scoring a pair, while Linda Ormen had a goal and two assists, to help the New York Power down the Mia Hamm-less Washington Freedom 4-1 at RFK Stadium. After missing a penalty kick earlier in the match, defender-turned-forward Brandi Chastain made up for it with a spectacular full volley in the 88th minute to gave the defending champion San Jose CyberRays a 2-1 victory over the Boston Breakers at Spartan Stadium in the opening game of the 2002 WUSA season. In a rematch of last year's semifinals, Philadelphia's Kelly Smith and Zhao Lihong both scored as the Charge defeated the Atlanta Beat 2-0 at Herndon Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. A Joy Fawcett own goal in the 87th minute was the difference as the Carolina Courage defeated San Diego 2-1 at Torero Stadium, giving the Spirits its first loss since July 15, 2001 and the first defeat at its home stadium in seven tries dating back to June 2 of last season.
- April 13 - San Jose 2, Boston 1
- April 13 - Carolina 2, San Diego 1
- April 13 - Philadelphia 2, Atlanta 0
- April 13 - New York 4, Washington 1
USL ANNOUNCES TV DEAL WITH FOX SPORTS FOR 2002 SEASON: Sportsio and FOX Sports International announced last week the 2002 national television schedule for United Soccer Leagues (USL). The 25-game slate includes 18 A-League regular season matches, two A-League playoff games, the A-League Championship, the D3 Pro League Championship, the W-League Championship, the Premier Development League (PDL) Championship and a Super Y-League Championship Show. The television schedule begins on April 26, with the Atlanta Silverbacks visiting the Charlotte Eagles and concludes on September 28 with the A-League Championship. As one of the highlights of the schedule include, all 18 A-League teams will be televised at least once, with 2000 and 2001 A-League Champion Rochester Raging Rhinos appearing on four telecasts. The Charleston Battery, who recently acquired all-time leading U.S. scorer and former MLS standout Eric Wynalda, will appear three times.
— A LOOK AHEAD —
A quick glance at U.S. National Team games taking place over the next
April 17: U.S. MNT vs. Ireland (Dublin, Ireland)
April 20: U.S. Under-17 MNT vs. Jacksonville Univ. (Orlando, Fla.)
April 23: U.S. U-21 WNT vs. San Diego Spirit (Chula Vista, Calif.)
April 23: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Univ. of San Francisco (Chula Vista, Calif.)
April 24: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. L.A. Galaxy (Los Angeles, Calif.)
April 27: U.S. WNT vs. Finland (San Jose, Calif.)
April 28: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. U.S. U-18 MNT (Chula Vista, Calif.)
U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT
PEAK PERFORMER: For the third consecutive week, Los Angeles Galaxy have rode Guatemalan international forward Carlos “El Pescadito (Little Fish)” Ruiz to another positive result. After scoring a pair of goals in each of the first two weeks of the 2002 MLS season, Ruiz served up the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with the Dallas Burn to help the Galaxy stay undefeated with a 2-0-1 record. Is it too early to say … MLS Player of the Year???
MARQUEE MATCH-UP: April 17 is more than just an important preparatory match for the U.S. Men's National Team as the 2002 World Cup rapidly approaches. It's also more than just the third of three big matches against high quality opponents from Europe. What April 17 really represents is the last chance for the players on the bubble of the World Cup roster to play their way onto the 23-man squad that will be throwing on their "Cool Motion" jerseys in Korea in June. Don’t miss the live telecast on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
SOCCER SHOCKER: Although it’s only one game into the season, and acknowledging that they are missing a certain all-world star named Mia, what will it take for the Washington Freedom to win games this season? Besides featuring a former U.S. WNT starter in goal with Siri Mullinix and the 2000 NCAA Player of the Year in Anne Makinen, they added a potent scorer in University of Florida rookie Abby Wambach and a German international defender in Steffi Jones, but they were still crushed 4-1 in their home opener by the New York Power.
“The most difficult, as well as the easiest. It's the easiest part because over three years we've looked at our roster extensively. So when we name our roster, plus alternates, we know what we're getting. There are no uncertainties on my part. I think the part that is difficult is that there has been a great effort by a great number of players, not only the 23 that will be named, but there have been many others that are not going to be mentioned. We're indebted to their service to the U.S. Soccer National Team program. That's the difficult part. We can't say thank you in the right way."
- U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena, on whether next week's roster announcement will be the most difficult part of his job.