U.S. MNT Training Camp Update
July 1, 2005
KASEY MAKES IT COMPLETE: U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller rolled in from Seattle on Thursday evening, rounding out the USA's roster for the Gold Cup. The USA's all-time leader in wins and shutouts looked tan and rested from the downtime as the team went through their fifth day of training at Nike World Headquarters. The team will spend two more days in Portland before heading up I-5 to Seattle, in advance of the opening match of the 2005 Gold Cup against Cuba at Qwest Field. The match will be shown live on Telefutura at 7:30 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
FRIENDLY COMPETITION: Who said teammates have to play nice? In Thursday's 11 v. 11 scrimmage, Kansas City Wizards forward Josh Wolff found himself alone inside the box and streaking towards the near post. His ever-vigilant teammate from K.C., Jimmy Conrad, came flying in to prevent the shot, and wound up taking a knee to the back of his head. Conrad lay on the turf for several minutes, and after correctly responding, 'my wife,' when asked who he loved most in the world, the team breathed a collective sigh of relief. Conrad was fit to finish the session, and aside from a healthy shiner, he is feeling fine.
ALL_ACCESS VIDEO - SEEING IS BELIEVING: Can you imagine staring directly into the sun without having to turn away? Can you envision seeing a crossed ball cleanly and clearly whether it comes in from the shade or bright sunlight? Can you imagine having more than 50 percent of the incoming light blocked from your eyes, but everything looking brighter? Not only is that all happening, but here's the best part: It comes in the form of a contact lens developed by Nike. Specifically designed to increase the visual acuity of professional athletes, it's like wearing sunglasses on your eyes. Sure, they look a little eerie with the bright amber tint, but your opponent certainly gets the impression that you know something they don't. To learn about this amazing technology, and to see the U.S. players getting fitted for their new lenses, check out today's All_Access Video.
PODCASTING IN PORTLAND WITH STEVE CHERUNDOLO: As U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo enjoys his time in his old digs, the University of Portland alum takes a trip down memory lane this week. From his favorite old haunts to his favorite times with former coach Clive Charles, Steve looks back on his time here in this exclusive podcast on ussoccer.com.
COSTA RICA, CANADA CALLUPS: Costa Rica head coach Alexandre Guimaraes has called 21 players into training camp in preparation for the 2005 Gold Cup. The Ticos kicked off training camp June 28, and 'Guima' is expected to travel to Seattle with a 20-man contingent.
Meantime, Canada coach Frank Yallop has named 23 players to his selection, although he is only expected to bring 19 south of the border.
Due on June 22 to CONCACAF, rosters for the remaining teams have not yet been released. The Costa Rica and Canada squads:
Costa Rica Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Álvaro Mesén, José Porras
DEFENDERS (9): Donny Zamora , Harold Wallace, Geiner Segura, Michael Umaña, Víctor Cordero, Mauricio Wright, Gabriel Badilla, Randall Brenes, Junior Díaz
MIDFIELDERS (7): Carlos Castro, José Luis López, Dany Fonseca, Douglas Sequeira, Christian Bolaños, Jafet Soto, Steven Bryce,
FORWARDS (2): Oscar Rojas, Bryan Ruiz
GOALKEEPERS (3): Greg Sutton, Mike Franks, Josh Wagenaar
DEFENDERS (7): Adam Braz, Chris Pozniak, Kevin McKenna, Gabriel Gervais, Atiba Hutchinson, Josh Simpson, Nevio Pizzolitto
MIDFIELDERS (8): Patrice Bernier, Iain Hume, Adrian Serioux, Jim Brennan, Sandro Grande, Patrick Leduc, Jaime Peters, Rhian Dodds,
FORWARDS (5): Ali Gerba, Olivier Occean, Dwayne de Rosario, Will Johnson, Felix Brillant
GROUP PLAY DOMINANCE: The U.S. has been absolutely dominant during CONCACAF Gold Cup group play, compiling an undefeated 16-0-0 record since the competition began back in 1991. Even more impressive, in those 16 matches the U.S. has earned 10 shutouts and only allowed eight goals overall, while scoring 33 goals against their opponents. Of the USA's three first round opponents this year, the U.S. defeated Costa Rica both times the countries met in group play (3-2 in 1991 and 2-1 in 1998), while also shutting out Cuba in both group play meetings (3-0 in 1998 and 1-0 in 2002). This year will be the first time the U.S. has faced Canada in group play of the Gold Cup.
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.
THEY SAID IT: "They're amazing. You can look straight into the sun and still see the ball. It's like wearing sunglasses out there. The amber color definitely makes you look weird. I think some guys are just going to wear them to parties."
-- Marcus Hahnemann on the contact lens developed by Nike.