U.S. MNT Training Camp Update
July 5, 2005
SETTLING IN SEATTLE: The U.S. national team enjoyed the pristine fields at the Seattle Seahawks training facility for the second time today, the plush green grass providing a wonderful playing surface for Gold Cup preparations. Twenty-two players reported fit for duty, with only New England goalkeeper Matt Reis getting an excused absence as he travels back from Los Angeles after the Revs 1-1 draw with the Galaxy on Monday night. Pat Noonan returned to duty after missing the last session in Portland with a bruised foot, while Kasey Keller continues to be the star of the show in his home state. The team will hold one final training session tomorrow afternoon at Qwest Field in advance of the opening match of the 2005 Gold Cup on July 7 against Cuba. The match will be shown live on Telefutura at 7:30 p.m. PT, and fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
KASEY ROAD SHOW:
HAHNEMANN GIVES THE SHIRT OFF HIS BACK: Certainly not ignored or forgotten is the other Washington native on the roster - Marcus Hahnemann. He too has done his fair share of interviews, and today told this story: While at Reading, Marcus likes wearing short sleeve goalkeeper shirts. When the uniform supplier stopped making them, he began cutting off the long sleeves on his jerseys, much to the chagrin of the team's kit man. After an away loss in the FA Cup to a third-division side, Hahnemann tossed his jersey, gloves, and everything else into the crowd. He promptly got a letter from the director of his club, telling him to stop the practice and informing him he would have to pay for the jersey. No problem, said Marcus. For every game since, not only does he cut off his sleeves, but he throws his jersey into the crowd, paid for out of his own pocket. Since adopting the practice of giving the jersey to fans who hold American flags, the stands at Madejski Stadium have become littered with Old Glory.
ALL_ACCESS VIDEO - KEEPERS: Yes it's a familiar theme, but you can't get away from Kasey and Marcus this week back in their 'hood. See them in action during training, and listen to Hahnemann and Bruce Arena talk about the tremendous opportunity in front of the 31-year old 'keeper as his time at the Gold Cup serves as an audition for Germany. Also, find out who will win the ticket-grabbing contest between the netminders. Watch the Video.
PRESS ROOM PODCASTING: Well, not exactly press room, but you can listen to audio of post-practice interviews as Bruce Arena, Keller and Hahnemann talked about being back in the Pacific Northwest and previewed the Gold Cup in this edition of podcasting, exclusive on ussoccer.com. Also, be sure to browse the entire archive at ussoccer.com for a complete listing of available podcasts.
ONE-ON-ONE WITH PAT NOONAN: It may be too early to call this a 'breakout' year, but the 24-year-old from St. Louis is certainly earning his share of the spotlight in 2005. Pat Noonan has made six appearances for the U.S. this year, good for second-most on the squad, and more importantly he's logging some good minutes. He's been on fire in New England, his eight goals earning him a share of the top spot on the league goalscoring chart. With the World Cup now less than a year away, Noonan realizes it's time to seize the moment if his dreams of going to Germany are going to become reality. "I need to do everything in my power to perform and get onto that team," said Noonan. Check out the rest of Noonan's sit-down with ussoccer.com in this week's Q & A.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: The three-hour bus ride from Portland to Seattle had a unique bit of scenery for one member of the U.S. staff. Cruising through Tacoma, Washington, Bruce Arena was able to look upon the town where he married wife Phyllis 29 years ago to the day while playing for the Tacoma Tide and serving as the head coach of the University of Puget Sound. Congratulations to the Arena family.
KEEPING TRACK OF THE GOLD CUP: In addition to providing exclusive All_Access content, ussoccer.com also has a place to follow all of the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup action. Keep track of group standings, results and all of the latest news from the U.S. camp by logging on to the ussoccer.com Gold Cup competition section.
highlights on the 15-year career of the USA's all-time leader in wins and shutouts. It includes things you know, things you've forgotten, and a couple that might surprise you. Enjoy one of Keller's most memorable Gold Cup moments, a 10-save performance vs. Brazil in 1998.