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U.S. MNT Training Camp Rolls On as Feb. 7 Clash vs. Mexico Approaches


U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Update
Carson, Calif.
January 30, 2007

MEXICO PREP CONTINUES: The U.S. Men’s National Team takes a break from training Tuesday after four days of intense work (photos) in preparation for the showdown with regional rival Mexico (tickets) on Feb. 7 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. U.S. head coach Bob Bradley has 26 players at his disposal in Carson, with several European-based players expected to join the group when they arrive into the Phoenix area on Super Bowl Sunday. The USA-Mexico match will be part of a two-and-half-hour broadcast window on both ESPN2 and Univision beginning at 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET), with kickoff slated for 7:25 p.m. MT (9:25 p.m. ET). Fans can also listen to the match in Spanish on Futbol de Primera radio and follow the match live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

ALL_ACCESS VIDEO - BORNSTEIN'S FIRST CAP: January 20 turned out to be quite the memorable experience for many neophytes on the full team, none more so than Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein. The reigning MLS Rookie of the Year's first taste of international soccer began, and ended, in triumph, and ussoccer.com's all_access video was there to capture every moment. Share in the range of emotions for the first-timer, from the jitters the night before in the hotel, to the anticipation in the locker room pre-game, the jubilation of netting the game-winner, and a special moment with his family in the stands. See it all through Jonathan's eyes in this look back at Bornstein's First Cap.

PODCAST - TWELLMAN'S RETURN: For striker Taylor Twellman, the new year couldn't come fast enough. Disappointments at both the professional and international level left the 26-year old in need of time to recharge the batteries, and joining the national team in January would have been the right tonic. But a nagging hernia problem forced Twellman to sit out the initial portion of the Carson camp, leaving him even more eager to get back to work. Now healthy and heading toward fitness, he talked with ussoccer.com about getting back on the field and what he has for a New Year's resolution.

BOSWELL AT THE MOVIES: Bobby Boswell certainly takes his movie-going seriously. It's not just about selecting the film; it's about the experience from the time he gets in line to the time he leaves the auditorium. And wait until you read what he gets at the concession stand! Find out what a trip to the theater is like for Bobby and friends as he recounts the experience of seeing Smoking Aces over the weekend. And don't worry, no spoilers in here from Bobby. He hates that, too ...

MEXICO TO ANNOUNCE ROSTER THIS WEDNESDAY: Mexico head coach Hugo Sanchez has called a press conference for Wednesday’s (Jan. 31) to announce the roster that will travel to Glendale, Ariz., to face the United States. The match will be the first at the helm for the former MLS and NASL midfielder, and will be the first meeting between the teams since the U.S. rode a 2-0 victory in Columbus, Ohio, to a berth in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Expected to call several players based in Europe, Sanchez will bring the full group to the Phoenix area on Sunday evening.

THE BLOG ROLLS ON: Breakdowns of training sessions, inside stories from players, news updates, the dinner menu ... pretty much anything we can think of that you might find entertaining, informative, or just plain weird: that's what you can expect from the always unpredictable bloggers at ussoccer.com. So far this camp, you've learned about the special talents of Todd Dunivant, U.S. players continuing to make a splash in Europe, the Jimmy Conrad posse, and perhaps a few soccer terms that might be new to you. Keep checking back, because you never know what you will discover - or what we're willing to reveal - in the online journal of the MNT odyssey in California.

ON THE SCHEDULE IN ‘07: After the Mexico match, the USA will play preparation matches against Ecuador (tickets) on March 25 in Tampa and Guatemala (tickets) on March 28 in Frisco, Texas, in advance of two major championships this summer. The three-time champions will first try to defend their title against 11 other teams at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scheduled from June 6-24 in several cities across the United States. Just a few days later, the U.S. will participate in the 2007 Copa America, the regional championship of South America. The 12-team tournament will run from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. For the United States, the appearance will mark their third entrance into CONMEBOL’s signature event.

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