U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Update
June 10, 2004
ROSTER UPDATE: U.S. defender Tony Sanneh suffered a right ankle sprain Tuesday afternoon in training and has been excused from camp in order to rest and recover. Sanneh played the final seven league games for FC Nurnberg after missing nearly 15 months due to injury. At this point, no replacement will be named. The team played 60 minutes against the Columbus Crew on Wednesday afternoon, and has three sessions to go before hosting Grenada on Sunday afternoon at Crew Stadium (ESPN2, 1 p.m. ET). Meanwhile, Kasey Keller and Landon Donovan will each take a turn previewing their FIFA World Cup qualifying opener when they sit down with ESPN News on Thursday and Friday afternoons, respectively.
ARENA SPEAKS WITH NATIONAL MEDIA: Men's National Team Manager Bruce Arena spoke about Sunday's World Cup Qualifier against Grenada on Thursday afternoon in a nationwide conference call. Click here to see the transcript of the call.
DONOVAN TO BECOME YOUNGEST PLAYER TO REACH 50 CAPS: U.S. MNT forward Landon Donovan will become the youngest of 32 players in team history to play in his 50th international game if he takes the field on Sunday against Grenada. Landon, born on March 4, 1982, in California, will be just 22 years and 98 days old.
Player Age to 50 Caps
1. Landon Donovan 22 years, 98 days
2. Chris Henderson 22 years, 211 days
3. Tony Meola 23 years, 106 days
4. Claudio Reyna 23 years, 268 days
5. Cobi Jones 23 years, 343 days
KELLER ATTEMPTS TO BREAK WIN RECORD: In his start on Sunday, goalkeeper Kasey Keller will make an attempt for his 38th win, which would break his tie with Tony Meola for the most wins in U.S. Men's National Team history.
Player Wins Caps
1. Kasey Keller 37 68
Tony Meola 37 99
3. Brad Friedel 26 82
4. Arnie Mausser 7 35
U.S. MNT FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING REVIEW
Today, ussoccer.com takes a look at the stories and numbers that have shaped the USA's previous World Cup qualifying campaigns, from the countries all-time leaders to interesting factoids to a recap of the memorable moments from 2002 qualifying.
HEAD OF THE CLASS
The USA's all-time leader in World Cup qualifying appearances and goals will be in the 18-man roster Sunday against Grenada. He's the same guy who led the team in scoring on the road to Korea/Japan? Know who he is? Know who comes in second? Check out the USA's all-time World Cup qualifying statistical leaders by clicking here.
FACTS AND FIGURES
The United States holds a 38-28-24 lifetime record in World Cup qualifying, which includes a remarkable 16-1-5 record at home since 1990. Five players on Sunday's roster - Carlos Bocanegra, Conor Casey, Bobby Convey, Cory Gibbs, and Jonny Walker - will all be looking for their first-ever appearance in qualifying. U.S. Manager Bruce Arena called upon 38 different players during the last qualifying go around. Find a wealth of information here as ussoccer.com goes "By the Numbers."
The journey to the 2002 FIFA World Cup presented some of the most exciting and unique moments in U.S. Soccer history. >From a controversial handball to a near-miss in Barbados, from the "Guerra Fria" in Columbus to the surpirse and storybook ending in Foxboro, the USA's run to Korea/Japan provided a colorful backdrop to the team's historic path to the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals and a bittersweet loss to Germany. Before looking ahead at 2006 Germany, take a look back at memorable moments from the USA's 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.