October 10, 2005
CHANGES: The U.S. Men’s National Team trained in what have become familiar conditions this morning, going just over an hour on a wet and slippery field. Bruce Arena has made a number of changes in his 18-man roster for the USA's final match of World Cup qualifying against Panama in Foxboro, Mass., on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The game will also be live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics, and taped delayed at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Telemundo. Arena sent home all but two of the European based players with Carlos Bocanegra and Eddie Lewis both serving suspensions for the game after picking up their second yellow card in 2006 qualifying against Costa Rica. Goalkeeper Tim Howard (Manchester United) and defender Jonathan Spector (Charlton Athletic) will be available for selection on Wednesday night. The top teams in the Eastern and Western Conference in MLS provide half of the roster. Three members of the Supporters' Shield winner San Jose Earthquakes are on the roster, and six players from the New England Revolution will dress for the game played in their home stadium.
USA Roster v. Panama
Goalkeepers (2):Tim Howard (Manchester United), Matt Reis (New England Revolution)
Defenders (6): Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Dan Califf (San Jose Earthquakes), Jay Heaps (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Spector (Charlton Athletic)
Midfielders (7): Brian Carroll (D.C. United), Ricardo Clark (San Jose Earthquakes), Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), Daniel Hernandez New England Revolution), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Kyle Martino Columbus Crew), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution)
Forwards (3): Brian Ching (San Jose Earthquakes), Santino Quaranta, (D.C.
United), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
"I WANT TO WIN": Yes, we have already qualified for the World Cup. Yes, we have a chance to test new players. But anyone who thinks the game doesn't matter should listen to Bruce Arena as he talked with reporters this afternoon in Boston. For a variety of reasons, the U.S. boss sees the Panama match as a crucial moment in the qualifying campaign. Hear his words in this exclusive podcast at ussoccer.com.
ALL_ACCESS VIDEO - OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS FOR DEMPSEY: For the last week, ussoccer.com has talked to several of the players who face the opportunity of a lifetime - the chance to snare a place on a World Cup roster. Heading into Foxboro, we visit with the up and coming Clint Dempsey. The aggressive, outgoing utility man has already surpassed double digits in caps for the full team, and has added his name to the scoresheet twice with goals against England in Chicago and the game-winner against Cuba in the Gold Cup. But like his club teammate Taylor Twellman, he's still in search of that elusive goal in World Cup qualifying. Even further, the 22-year old is trying to find his fit with the national team, whether it be in the midfield or at forward. For now, he's just happy to have a shot at making the team for Germany. Find out what Clint has to say about the anxieties of waiting to hear if your name's been called, what it's like to be in a Nike commercial, and much more in this latest installment of the "Opportunity Knocks" series found exclusively on ussoccer.com.
COACHCASTS CONTINUE WITH "MOOCH": ussoccer.com once again provides "CoachCast", a technical and tactical breakdown of matches delivered by the coaches of the U.S. National Teams. CoachCasts provide listeners with an objective view of the match as seen by our coaches in order to give coaches in the U.S. Soccer community a truly analytical look at the good, the bad and the ugly in preparing a team at the highest levels of international soccer. Coaches will address the keys that allow a team to be successful, as well as the errors that can affect the outcome of a game. In today's installment, U.S. MNT assistant coach Glenn "Mooch" Myernick reviews the 3-0 loss on Oct. 8 in Costa Rica. From personnel decisions going into the two-match camp, the choice of Miami as a base, the thought process behind tactical adjustments and the USA's two substitutions, and more, listen in to this exclusive content available only at ussoccer.com.
PANAMA IN TOWN: Panama traveled to the United States on Monday morning with a few new faces in tow following their 1-0 defeat home to Trinidad on Oct. 8 in Panama City. Midfield playmaker Julio Medina was injured that night and was unavailable for selection. While dropping three other players, Marearoja head coach Jose 'Cheche' Hernandez picked up veteran defender Felipe Baloy after he served a one-match suspension, and added untested Columbus Crew midfielder Luis Gallardo.
Panama Roster vs. USA
Goalkeepers (2): Jose Calderon, Jaime Penedo
Defenders (6): Felipe Baloy, Ubaldo Guardia, Victor Miranda, Luis Moreno, Joel Solanilla, Roman Torres
Midfielders (6): James Brown, Gabriel Gomez, Luis Gallardo, Angel Lombardo, Celso Polo, Jorge Dely Valdes
Forwards (4): Edwin Aguilar, Anthony Basile, Gabriel Torres, Julio Dely Valdes
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: With players and fans alike looking to erase the memories of Costa Rica and end the qualifying campaign on a high note, they should remember that the USA possesses an incredible record on their home turf. The fact that the U.S. has not lost at home in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying is only the starting point. Additionally, the U.S. has not...
• suffered a shutout loss at home in 32 overall matches (2/8/03 v. Argentina, 0-1 L)
• lost at home v. CONCACAF opponent in 34 matches (9/1/01 v. Honduras, 2-3 L)
• been shutout at home in World Cup qualifying in 13 qualifiers (10/11/00 v. Costa Rica, 0-0 T)
• suffered a shutout loss at home in World Cup qualifying in 30 qualifiers (5/31/85 v. Costa Rica, 0-1 L)
The U.S. has a 13-1-4 record in Foxboro, having played eight of those games at Gillette Stadium and ten at the old Foxboro Stadium. Since the
2002 World Cup, the U.S. has shut out their opponent in six of seven games. This will be the seventh World Cup qualifier that the U.S. has played in Foxboro, with the last five matches resulting in victories. The first World Cup qualifier in Foxboro was a 1997 2-2 tie vs. Mexico.
CORNER PICKS WRAPS UP: Corner Picks, ussoccer.com's fantasy pick 'em game, closes out in the last match of the hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. With unbelievable prizes that include a Philips FlatTV, a VIP experience for two at a U.S. MNT match in 2006 and other great prizes from U.S. Soccer and Philips still on the line, the battle for the Corner Picks crown is coming down to the wire. "hartman06" is leading "Jeago Paraiba" by a slim 655 points (11,530 to 10,875), while the popular "Little Joe Cow" handle is in third with 10,415 points. Fans can log on to ussoccer.com right now and once again test their prognostication skills with fans from across the United States for the match against Panama. Just log on to ussoccer.com and predict the answers to five Corner Picks questions, one question for each corner flag and a Center Circle bonus question.