CHICAGO (Wednesday, January 22, 2003) â€” U.S. Men's National Team manager Bruce Arena has chosen a 23-man roster that will train in preparation for the pair of upcoming games against Argentina and Jamaica. The U.S. will host two-time World Cup champion Argentina on Feb. 8 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla., at 12 p.m. ET live on ESPN2 and Radio Unica, before travelling south to face Jamaica just four days later at the National Stadium in Kingston at 7 p.m. ET. Both games can be followed live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
The domestic-based roster will resume training Jan. 26 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The team moves to Ft. Lauderdale on Feb. 6, and departs for Jamaica four days later.
"We have opened 2003 in solid fashion, and now face two formidable opponents in Argentina and Jamaica,â€ said Arena. â€œThe exposure of playing two strong teams in different environments provides an excellent challenge for our players, and adds seasoning to a group that is preparing for two major tournaments this summer.â€
The roster mirrors the team that traveled to South Florida for the USAâ€™s 4-0 win against Canada on Jan. 18 at Lockhart Stadium. Five players from the U.S. World Cup side will participate in camp, led by the attacking duo of Clint Mathis and Landon Donovan. Mathis, who scored a goal against Canada while serving as team captain, has amassed an impressive 30 points in just 27 appearances and moved into the top 10 all-time U.S. MNT scoring list. Donovan, who at age 20 has already collected 30 caps for the United States, earned Chevrolet Man of the Match honors in Ft. Lauderdale by recording two assists. Along with Argentine-born midfielder Pablo Mastroeni and DaMarcus Beasley, veteran defender Eddie Pope appears set to return to full national team duty after attending the January training camp for rehabilitation on his right knee.
Five players from the 2002 MLS Best XI â€“ Carlos Bocanegra, Jeff Cunningham, Tim Howard, Steve Ralston, and Taylor Twellman â€“ are also on the roster. Bocanegra and Ralston, along with Wizards midfielder Chris Klein, registered their first international goals against Canada, each in their eighth appearance for the national team.
The Los Angeles Galaxy makes the largest contribution to the roster, sending four players to Bradenton. Galaxy defenders Danny Califf and Sasha Victorine have been starters in the U.S. backline for two straight matches. Tim Howard leads the goalkeeping corps, the Metros â€˜keeper still having never been scored upon in three matches for the senior national team.
The United States holds a 2-4-0 lifetime record against Argentina, who are currently ranked fifth in the FIFA World Rankings. The teams last met June 13, 1999 in Washington, D.C., when a Joe-Max Moore goal lifted the United States a 1-0 victory and their second straight win against their South American neighbors. The U.S has never lost to Jamaica, holding a 7-0-5 record against the Reggae Boyz. Despite the unbeaten record, the USA has only one victory in five matches at "The Office" in Kingston, dating back more than eight years.
Advance tickets for the Argentina match ranging in price levels from $15 to $35 are on sale now at all South Florida Ticketmaster outlets (including FYE, Specâ€™s Music and Rickyâ€™s Records), by phone (Ft. Lauderdale 954-523-3309; Miami 305-358-5885; West Palm Beach 561-966-3309) and online at www.ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can order immediately through U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 [Complete ticket information is available here].
The USA is continuing its preparation for participation in two major tournaments this summer. Eight teams from around the world, led by 2002 World Cup champions Brazil, will compete for the FIFA Confederations Cup championship from June 18-29 in France. The USA will then look to defend its confederation championship in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup to be held from July 12-27 in the United States.
U.S. Men's National Team Roster
|Beasley, DaMarcus||M||5'7"||126||05/24/82||15/3||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0"||170||05/25/79||8/1||Alto Loma, Calif.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Califf, Dan||D||6'1"||175||03/17/80||3/0||Orange, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Convey, Bobby||M||5'8"||150||05/27/83||4/0||Philadelphia, Pa.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Cunningham, Jeff||F||5'8"||155||08/21/76||6/0||Crystal River, Fla.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Donovan, Landon||F||5'8"||148||03/04/82||30/7||Redlands, Calif.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Dunseth, Brian||D||6'0"||170||03/02/77||0/0||Upland, Calif.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Garcia, Nick||D||5'10"||160||04/09/79||1/0||Plano, Texas||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Hartman, Kevin||GK||6'1"||174||05/24/74||1/0||Palos Verdes, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Howard, Tim||GK||6'3"||210||03/06/79||3/0||North Brunswick, N.J.||MetroStars (MLS)|
|Klein, Chris||M||6'1"||180||01/04/76||8/1||St. Louis, Mo.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Mastroeni, Pablo||M||5'10"||170||08/26/76||15/0||Phoenix, Ariz.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|Mathis, Clint||F||5'10"||170||11/25/76||27/11||Conyers, Ga.||MetroStars (MLS)|
|McCarty, Chad||D||5'11"||190||10/05/77||1/0||Clovis, Calif.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Mulrooney, Richard||D/M||5'9"||160||11/03/76||5/0||Memphis, Tenn.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Olsen, Ben||M||5'8"||140||05/03/77||21/4||Middletown, Pa.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Pope, Eddie||D||6'1"||180||12/24/73||55/5||High Point, N.C.||MetroStars (MLS)|
|Ralston, Steve||M||5'9"||160||06/14/74||8/1||St. Louis, Mo.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Rimando, Nick||GK||5'11"||181||06/17/79||2/0||Montclair, Calif.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Suarez, Ryan||D||6'2"||185||07/28/77||0/0||Roseville, Calif.||Dallas Burn (MLS)|
|Twellman, Taylor||F||5'11"||170||02/29/80||2/0||St. Louis, Mo.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Vagenas, Pete||M||5'8"||150||02/06/78||2/0||Cerritos, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Victorine, Sasha||M||6'2"||165||02/03/78||3/1||Corona, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
- U.S. Menâ€™s National Team Staff -
Head Coach: Bruce Arena (Fairfax, Va.)
Assistant Coach: Glenn Myernick (Denver)
Assistant Coach: Curt Onalfo (Oak Hill, Va.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Milutin Soskic (Bakersfield, Calif.)
General Manager: Pam Perkins (Evanston, Ill.)
Trainers: Craig Devine (Marysville, Ohio)
Equipment Manager: Joe Ahearn (Chicago)
Press Officer: Michael Kammarman (Chicago)