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Olsen Added to U.S. National Team for Sept. 8 Match Versus Jamaica in Kingston


CHICAGO (Thursday, September 2, 1999) - Midfielder Ben Olsen has been added to the U.S. National Team roster and will travel to Kingston, Jamaica, for next Wednesday's (Sept. 8) match against the host Reggae Boyz. The addition of Olsen increases the U.S. squad to 19 for the Caribbean trip.

With two goals in just seven senior national team appearances, Olsen is quickly becoming a viable candidate as a starting wide midfielder in Bruce Arena's first-choice alignment. The 5-foot-8 Olsen scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal against Germany in the USA's critical 2-0 victory during the FIFA Confederations Cup in July.

The inclusion of Olsen also increases the number of U-23 National Team players in the current senior squad to five; Olsen joins Chad McCarty, Steve Cherundolo, Chris Albright and Josh Wolff as players who will likely participate in Sydney 2000 Olympic Qualifying.

In preparation for the match in Kingston, the U.S. will train from Sunday through Tuesday at the Ft. Lauderdale Stadium, the training home of MLS club Miami Fusion.

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