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U.S. MNT Set to Face Sweden on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 2:30 p.m. ET


U.S. Men's National Team vs. Sweden
Goteborg, Sweden
August 20, 2007


SET FOR SWEDEN: The U.S. Men’s National Team is just over 48 hours away from its first match of their European tour, and with the arrivals of Jonathan Bornstein, Landon Donovan and Oguchi Onyewu, it has almost reached full strength. Two training sessions remain before the U.S. takes on 11-time World Cup finalists Sweden on Wed., Aug. 22 in Goteborg. Kickoff at Ullevi Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local time) and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel (with Galavision airing the match live at 2:30 p.m. ET and delayed at 2:30 p.m. PT). Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
QUICK HITS

  • The U.S. team arrived into Göteborg on Aug. 19, with two training sessions on tap before Wednesday’s match at Ullevi Stadium
  • Eighteen players will dress for the United States, with a maximum of six substitutions
  • The U.S. will be wearing white-white-white, Sweden their traditional yellow-blue-yellow
  • Up to thirteen players from the USA’s 2007 Gold Cup roster could be in uniform on Wednesday night, including team leading scorer Landon Donovan and Gold Cup Best XI midfielder Pablo Mastroeni. The baker’s dozen (2007 Gold Cup goals): DaMarcus Beasley (3), Carlos Bocanegra (1), Jonathan Bornstein, Michael Bradley, Brian Ching (1), Jay DeMerit, Clint Dempsey (1), Landon Donovan (4), Benny Feilhaber (1),Tim Howard, Pablo Mastroeni, Oguchi Onyewu, Jonathan Spector
  • With four goals in the tournament, Donovan moved into a tie for first place on the USA’s all-time goalscoring chart with 34 career goals (more on Donovan’s records below)
  • Donovan is the leading capwinner on the roster, the 25-year-old having 94 international appearances to his credit; at the other end of the spectrum, Sal Zizzo is the only player on the roster looking to get his first cap with the senior team (it’s also Zizzo’s first-ever time in camp with the full team)
  • Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein leads the U.S. in 2007 in both starts (10) and minutes (900). Bornstein and Benny Feilhaber – both former UCLA Bruins – each have 10 games for the U.S. within the last 12 months, marking the first time that two players have accomplished that feat together in their first calendar year with the full team. Only seven U.S. players in history have achieved that accomplishment – Bornstein, Feilhaber, Cle Kooiman, Brian Quinn, Claudio Reyna, Mike Sorber and Eric Wynalda
  • The USA is 10-1-3 in 2007, scoring 28 goals while surrendering 14. The team has posted five shutouts, three by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, who now has 10 clean sheets in 23 international appearances
  • Carlos Bocanegra is one cap shy of his 50th appearance for the United States. The Fulham-based defender has six career goals at the international level, including the game-winner in the 2-1 victory against Panama in the 2007 Gold Cup quarterfinal
  • The USA and Sweden have met only four times previously, with the series split evenly at 2-2-0. The teams last met more than nine years ago, with the U.S. grabbing a 1-0 victory on Jan. 24, 1998, in Orlando, Fla., on the strength of a Roy Wegerle finish. Besides a 3-2 win by the U.S. in Stockholm on Aug. 20, 1916, the only other meeting on Swedish soil saw the hosts capture a 1-0 win on Aug. 16, 1995, in Norrkoping

ROSTER CHANGE: Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching replaced Josh Wolff on the 19-man roster and joined the squad Monday, Aug. 20. Wolff, who plays with 1860 Munich and was looking forward to his first appearance with the U.S. since the 2006 FIFA World Cup, has been excused from the team for personal reasons. Ching has five appearances with a goal and two assists in 2007. The 13th member of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster to be named for the Sweden trip, Ching was also a member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup team and has made 25 career appearances with five goals.

U.S. MNT Roster-By-Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
FORWARDS (5): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Kamani Hill (VfL Wolfsburg), Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96)

ROSTER BREAKDOWN
Average Age: 25
Oldest: 35 (Marcus Hahnemann)
Youngest: 20 (Michael Bradley)

Average Caps: 28
Most Caps: 94 (Landon Donovan)
Least Caps: 0 (Sal Zizzo)

Play professionally in: England (8), USA (4), Germany (3), Belgium (1), Holland (1), Scotland (1), Sweden (1)

By state: California (7), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (2), Arizona (1), Hawaii (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Maryland (1), Pennsylvania (1), Texas (1), Washington (1), Wisconsin (1)

LANDON TAKES OVER THE RECORD BOOKS: The stat book is running out of room for the records set by the 25-year-old two-time U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year as he continues to cement his place in the history books. Already the USA’s all-time leader in assists (26), his game-tying goal in the Gold Cup final against Mexico put him tied for first place for three separate records. In addition to tying Eric Wynalda for most goals ever (34) for the national team, he has equaled the mark for most goals in a single year (9) set by Wynalda in 1996, and most points in a year along (21), sharing the record with Cobi Jones. The USA’s all-time capwinner with 164 appearances, Jones recorded six goals and nine assists in 2000.

HAPPY 91st ANNIVERSARY: On Aug. 20, 1916, the United States Football Association’s Men’s National Team played its first-ever official match under the banner of FIFA after gaining full membership just over two years earlier. In Stockholm, the U.S. earned a 3-2 win against Sweden on goals by Charles Ellis, C.H. Spalding and Harry Cooper. All three scorers made just one more official appearance for the U.S., a 1-1 draw against Norway on Sept. 3, 1916, in Oslo, with Ellis depositing the lone goal for the USA. Now 91 years later, the U.S. MNT has played a total of 495 matches, appeared in eight World Cup finals and won four confederation championships. Here’s the USA’s lineup from the inaugural match against Sweden:

George Tintele, James Roberston, C.H. Spalding (1), Thomas Murray, Neil Clarke, Clarence Smith, James Ford, Thomas Swords, John Hemingsley, Charles Ellis (1), Harry Cooper (1)

The team would go almost eight years before playing its next full international when it participated in the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. Of the starting XI on that day in Stockholm, only one player earned a cap after 1916. James Robertson started in the 6-1 win against Canada on Nov. 8, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

EXPANDING THE POOL: With qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup now less than a year away, the process of developing a deep player pool is in full swing, and U.S. head coach Bob Bradley has wasted no time getting a grip on the available talent. Through 14 games in 2007, he has already handed a cap to 50 different players. Of those 50, a total of 32 are based in MLS and 18 on clubs overseas. Additionally, he has given 16 players their first cap. The list of neophytes: Kyle Beckerman, Jonathan Bornstein, Kenny Cooper, Charlie Davies, Jay DeMerit, Benny Feilhaber, Herculez Gomez, Josh Gros, Kamani Hill, Sacha Kljestan, Drew Moor, Brian Namoff, Lee Nguyen, Michael Parkhurst, Frank Simek, and Marvell Wynne.

AND SEEING THE WORLD: While the post-World Cup year is typically quiet, the U.S. has been extraordinarily active. By year’s end, the team will have played in 19 matches, two major international tournaments (Gold Cup and Copa America), against three teams in the top ten of the FIFA Rankings (No. 1 Brazil, No. 2 Argentina, and No. 10 Mexico), and made four overseas trips (Venezuela, Sweden, Spain and Switzerland).

FOES TODAY, FRIENDS TOMORROW: The USA’s Jonathan Spector and Sweden’s Fredrik Ljundberg have become accustomed to each other’s style at West Ham United, where the two share the same locker room. Spector has started at right back for the Hammers while Ljungberg, the former Arsenal winger, also patrols the right side of the park.

SWEDEN GEARING UP FOR NEXT PHASE OF EURO 2008 QUALIFYING: Sweden are sitting in first place of Group F in the qualifying tournament for the 2008 European Championship after seven matches, three points ahead of Spain and five clear of Northern Ireland. They have amassed a 6-1-0 record just past the halfway mark of the group phase. Currently ranked No. 20 in the world, Sweden has competed in 11 World Cup finals, highlighted by a second-place finish in the 1958 tournament and a third-place finish in USA ’94. In 2006, they advanced out of Group B along with England before falling in the Round of 16 to hosts Germany. Sweden head coach Lars Lagerbäck has called upon a nearly full strength side that includes 15 members of the 2006 World Cup squad, led by team captain and West Ham United midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has amassed 18 goals in 43 international appearances and helped hoist the Serie A trophy with Italian league champion Inter Milan last spring after scoring 15 goals in 26 league appearances.

Sweden Roster vs. USA
GOALKEEPERS (2): Rami Shaaban (Fredrikstad FK)*, Johan Wiland (IF Elfsborg)
DEFENDERS (6): Matias Concha (VfL Bochum), Erik Edman (Stade Rennais FC)*, Petter Hansson (Stade Rennais FC)*, Daniel Majstorovic (FC Basel), Olof Mellberg (Aston Villa)*, Mikael Nilsson (Panathanaikos)*
MIDFIELDERS (9): Niclas Alexandersson (IFK Göteborg)*, Daniel Andersson (Malmö FF)*, Kennedy Bakircioglü (Ajax Amsterdam), Dusan Djuric (Halmstads BK), Samuel Holmén (IF Elfsborg), Kim Källström (Lyon)*, Tobias Linderoth (Galatasary)*, Fredrik Ljungberg (West Ham United)*, Christian Wilhelmsson (Bolton FC)*
FORWARDS (5): Marcus Allbäck (FC Copenhagen)*, Johan Elmander (Tolouse)*, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan)*, Rade Prica (Aalborg BK), Markus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen)*

*Member of Sweden 2006 FIFA World Cup squad

TICKET SALES REACH 20,000 FOR USA-BRAZIL: Tickets sales for the Sept. 9 Clash of Champions at Soldier Field between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Brazil have reached the 20,000 mark after going on sale to the general public just three days ago. The match pits the North America champion vs. the South America champion, and tickets are expected to continue to be in high demand for the historic game, which kicks off in Chicago at 3 p.m. CT. The $250 On-Field Seats for the event have sold out, and only single tickets remain at the $130 Midfield Club and Lower Midfield price level. Tickets start at $40 and are on sale at ussoccer.com, by phone at 312-559-1212 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott, f.y.e., Hot Tix, and Ritmo Latino). Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

AND THEN BACK ACROSS THE POND: After the Brazil clash, the U.S. then takes advantage of a double FIFA date in October, first facing Catalonia on Oct. 14 at the famed Nou Camp in Barcelona, Spain. Three days later, the U.S. will take on 2008 European Championship co-hosts Switzerland in Basel for the first game between the two sides in nearly 13 years, and the first since the 1-1 draw in the 1994 FIFA World Cup hosted in the United States. Both October matches will also be televised on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision.

LAST TIME...
On the field for the USA
July 7, 2007 – Estadio Metropolitano - Barquisimeto, Venezuela – 2007 Copa America
USA           0
Colombia 1 Jaime Castrillón 14’

USA: 23-Brad Guzan; 15-Drew Moor, 4-Bobby Boswell, 7-Dan Califf (capt.), 6-Heath Pearce; 16-Sacha Kljestan, 17-Kyle Beckerman, 19-Ricardo Clark, 21-Justin Mapp (10-Charlie Davies, 64); 9-Eddie Johnson (25-Lee Nguyen, 72), 8-Herculez Gomez (11-Eddie Gaven, 46)

COL: 12-Robinson Zapata, 22-Camilo Zuñiga, 14-Luis Perea, 3-Mario Yépez, 5-Javier Arizala; 17-Jaime Castrillón, 21-Jorge Banguero, 15-John Viáfara (13-Vladimir Marín, 55), 20-Macnelly Torres (8-David Ferreira, 85); 19-César Valoyes (10-Andrés Chitiva, 78), 11-Hugo Rodallega

On the field for Sweden
June 6, 2007 – Råsunda Fotbollstadion– Solna, Sweden – 2008 European Championship Qualifier
Sweden    5    Marcus Allback 11’, 51’; Anders Svensson 42’, Olof Mellberg 45, Marcus Rosenberg 50
Iceland      0

SWE: Andreas Isaksson, Olof Mellberg, Petter Hansson, Niclas Alexandersson, Tobias Linderoth (Daniel Andersson, 61), Anders Svensson, Christian Wilhelmsson, Marcus Allback (Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 72), Marcus Rosenberg, Mikael Nilsson (Max Von Schlebrugge, 56), Fredrik Ljungberg

ISL: Arni Gautur Arason, Ivar Ingimarsson, Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Kristjan Orn Sigurdsson, 90) Arnar Vidarsson, Brynjar Gunnarsson, Theodor Bjarnason, Emil Hallfredsson (Emil Hallfredsson, 52), Hannes Sigurdsson, Olafur Orn Bjarnason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson (Matthias Gudmundsson, 64), Gunnar Thor Gunnarsson

Vs. Sweden
January 24, 1998 – Citrus Bowl - Orlando, Florida – International Friendly
USA          1     Roy Wegerle 2’
Sweden   0

USA: Brad Friedel, Mike Burns, Gregg Berhalter, Eddie Pope, Jeff Agoos, Earnie Stewart, John Harkes, Claudio Reyna, Cobi Jones (Eric Wynalda, 46), Joe-Max Moore (Roy Lassiter, 64) Roy Wegerle (Preki Radosavljevic, 64).

SWE: Magnus Kihlstedt, Morgan Nilsson, Andreas Jacobsson, Johan Mjallby, Teddy Lucic, Hans Bergh (Marcus Lantz 76), Magnus Erlingmark, Fredrik Ljungberg (Daniel Andersson, 76), Yksel Osmanovski, Erik Wahlstedt (Mats Lilienberg, 76), Mattias Jonsson (Christer Mattiasson, 86).

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