U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Update
February 3, 2005
FULL 90: The U.S. Men's National Team is winding down training camp in Carson, with only two days remaining before the team switches coasts for final preparations for Trinidad. Today, U.S. Manager Bruce Arena put the players through the paces of a 90-minute intrasquad scrimmage before making final decisions on how to trim the squad before heading to Miami, where they will meet up with the foreign-based contingent. The U.S. opens play in the final round hexagonal of 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying Feb. 9 against Trinidad & Tobago. Kickoff at the Queen's Park Oval is set for 2:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. local), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
SIGI TO CHIME IN ON GUEST MATCHTRACKER: U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Coach Sigi Schmid will add his analysis and insight to ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics, for the USA's clash against Trinidad. Schmid took over the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team in late October for his second term as the head coach of the U-20s (he also held the position from 1998-99). In his second tenure, Schmid has not seen a single blemish on his record, as the Under-20s have won all seven of their international matches. In January, Schmid led the U.S. to the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, which will take place in Holland from June 10-July 2, by winning all three matches in Group A of the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament at The Home Depot Center. It was the first time the U.S. has ever gone undefeated and finished in sole possession of first place in CONCACAF qualifying.
A FRESH PERSPECTIVE FROM NATIONAL TEAM NEOPHYTES: Five different roads traveled, one thing in common: they’re all training with the U.S. Men’s National Team for the first time. They range from 20 year olds with heaps of experience at the youth international level, to a recent college grad living out a dream, to a 27-year-old whose performance at the club level has earned him a shot at the prime time. ussoccer.com sat down for a round table discussion with the five newest members to MNT club – Jimmy Conrad, Mike Magee, Justin Mapp, Chad Marshall and Clyde Simms – to talk about their experience so far, the difference in making the jump to the international level, and their hopes for the future of their careers. Read the full transcript here.
ALL_ACCESS - DIGGING DEEP:All_Access, the exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the U.S. MNT, returns this week with a special segment called 15 Days to Fitness, as ussoccer.com follows the unique journey of preparing a team to undergo the rigors of a World Cup qualifier with such short preparation time. In today's installment, U.S. Manager Bruce Arena gives an impromptu pep talk after a rigorous fitness regimen. With heart monitors strapped to their chests, Arena explains what it takes to compete at the international level and how each man can find his potential.
THANKS TO UCLA: The U.S. once again found help in heading towards match fitness, holding a 90-minute scrimmage against the UCLA Bruins on Tuesday afternoon. Eddie Johnson, Josh Wolff, and Brian Ching netted in the exercise, with the final score ending up 3-1. Arena used the opportunity to give 22 players 45 minutes each, much as he did in the scrimmage against Swedish side Hammarby on the weekend. For goal highlights and Arena's reaction to the effort, click here.
DOCTOR'S REPORT: Tony Sanneh continues rehabilitation on a mild hip strain and has conducted fitness work for the last two days. He is joined on the exercise bike by midfielder Justin Mapp, who developed an infection in his toe and is unable to participate in field exercises. Chad Marshall suffered an ankle contusion in the scrimmage against UCLA and has been sidelined for the last two days. His condition is listed as day-to-day.
SOCA WARRIORS DOWN HAITI 1-0: A 59th minute strike from Anton Pierre lifted Trinidad & Tobago to a 1-0 victory against Haiti at the Queen's Park Oval on Tuesday evening. After several chances for both teams in the first half, it was a free kick from just outside the penalty area that broke the deadlock. The teams meet once more this afternon at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. Following is T&T's lineup:
February 1, 2005 - Queen's Park Oval - Port of Spain, Trinidad -Friendly
Trinidad 1 Anton Pierre 59
TNT: Clayton Ince, Keyeno Thomas, Marlon Rojas (Avery John, 66), Brent Sancho, David Atiba Charles (Cyd Gray, 46), Anton Pierre, Leslie Fitzpatrick (Gary Glasgow, 54), Jose Luis Seabra (Angus Eve, 39), Anthony Rougier (Denzil Theobald, 54), Cornell Glen, Stern John (capt.) (Scott Sealy, 75).