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Arena Calls 30 Players to January 4 Training Camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Team Begins Preparations for a Trio of California Friendlies in January and February

CHICAGO (December 20, 2005) —U.S. Men’s National Team manager Bruce Arena has named 30 players to the training camp roster that will begin workouts Jan. 4 at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif.  The group will prepare for a series of friendlies to take place in January and February.

The U.S. will open 2006 action against Canada on Jan. 22 in San Diego (5 p.m. PT), then host Norway on Jan. 29 at The Home Depot Center (2 p.m. PT, ESPN2).  The U.S. will play Japan for only the second time in history when they meet at SBC Park on Feb. 10 in San Francisco.  The USA’s first match in the city in 26 years kicks off at 8 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

“We eagerly look forward to seeing our domestic players,” said U.S. Manager Bruce Arena.  “We want to do the best job we can of making the roster as competitive as possible over the next six months so we can position our team to be successful in the World Cup.  We view this camp and the games in January and February as critical towards our preparation for Germany.”

2005 U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year finalist Landon Donovan headlines the group that has 29 of 30 players based in MLS.  Donovan was the U.S. leader in scoring in 2005, setting a career high for assists (6) while notching an equal number of goals.  With 73 international appearances, he is also the most capped player on the roster alongside Real Salt Lake defender Eddie Pope.  Pope and Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk are the only two players in the group who have played in two World Cups.

The two MLS Cup finalists contribute the most players, with league champion Los Angeles Galaxy and the New England Revolution sending five men apiece.  In addition to Donovan, defender Chris Albright returns to the fold after making seven appearances in 2005, the most of his international career.  Meantime, the Revolution send their regular quartet of attacking players, led by midfielder Steve Ralston.  The 31-year old tied Donovan for most appearances for the USA (15) while collecting three assists, good for third best on the U.S. list.

FC Dallas striker Eddie Johnson returns to the fold after missing five months of action with a toe injury.  Johnson, who had three goals and one assist in six games played in ’05, became the first player in MNT history to score in his first four games when he scored the opening goal in the USA’s 2-1 qualifying win against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 9 in Port of Spain.  FC Nordsjælland defender Heath Pearce, who made his debut for the senior team in the 1-1 draw against Scotland on Nov. 12 in Glasgow, is the only European-based player on the roster and is available because the Danish Super League is shut down for the winter break.

Arena has called four goalkeepers into camp, including both starters from MLS Cup ’05 in Kevin Hartman and Matt Reis.  Brad Guzan becomes the first player called from Chivas USA to a U.S. camp, and is one of five players making their debut.  Freddy Adu, Todd Dunivant, Ugo Ihemelu and Nate Jaqua round out the rookie class.

The U.S. will play two friendlies in March, including a visit to three-time World Cup champions Germany. The 2002 FIFA World Cup runners up will host the U.S. on March 22, 2006, in Dortmund, Germany, one off 12 cities hosting matches in the tournament next summer.  Kickoff at the Westfalenstadion is set for 8 p.m. in Germany (2 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN. Fans can follow the match live on’s MatchTracker.

The USA was drawn into Group E for the 2006 FIFA World Cup along with the Czech Republic, Ghana, and Italy.  The U.S. plays their opening match against the Czechs on June 12 in Gelsenkirchen at 12 p.m. ET.  Five days later, the USA faces Italy in Kaiserslautern, and then finishes off group play against Ghana on June 22 in Nuremberg.  The U.S. has chosen the northern port city of Hamburg as their base of operations throughout the tournament.

U.S. Men's National Team January Training Camp Roster

Name P Ht. Wt. DOB C/G Hometown Club
Adu, Freddy M 5-8 140 06/02/89 0/0 Potomac, Md. D.C. United (MLS)
Albright, Chris D 6-1 185 01/14/79 18/1 Philadelphia, Pa. Los Angles Galaxy (MLS)
Carroll, Brian M 5-10 150 07/20/81 2/0 Springfield, Va. D.C. United (MLS)
Ching, Brian F 6-1 195 05/24/78 11/2 Haleiwa, Hawaii Houston (MLS)
Clark, Ricardo M 5-10 150 05/10/83 1/0 Jonesboro, Ga. Houston (MLS)
Conrad, Jimmy D 6-2 185 02/12/77 8/0 Temple City, Calif. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Dempsey, Clint M 6-1 170 03/09/83 14/2 Nacogdoches, Texas New England Revolution (MLS)
Donovan, Landon M 5-9 148 03/04/82 73/25 Redlands, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Dunivant, Todd D 6-0 174 12/26/80 0/0 Wheat Ridge, Colo. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Guzan, Brad GK 6-4 210 09/09/84 0/0 Home Glen, Ill. Chivas USA (MLS)
Hartman, Kevin GK 6-1 174 05/24/74 3/0 Palos Verdes, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Hejduk, Frankie D 5-8 155 08/05/74 68/5 Cardiff, Calif. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Ihemelu, Ugo D 6-0 184 04/04/83 0/0 Cedar Hill, Texas Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Jaqua, Nate F 6-3 180 10/28/81 0/0 Eugene, Ore. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Johnson, Eddie F 6-0 180 03/31/84 9/8 Palm Coast, Fla. FC Dallas (MLS)
Mapp, Justin M 5-10 140 10/18/84 1/0 Brandon, Miss. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Marshall, Chad D 6-3 190 08/22/84 4/1 Riverside, Calif. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Martino, Kyle M 5-10 144 02/19/81 7/1 Westport, Conn. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Mastroeni, Pablo M 5-10 170 08/26/76 43/0 Phoenix, Ariz. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Noonan, Pat M 6-0 170 08/02/80 10/1 Baldwin, Mo. New England Revolution (MLS)
Olsen, Ben M 5-8 140 05/03/77 27/4 Middletown, Pa. D.C. United (MLS)
Pearce, Heath D 5-10 175 08/13/84 1/0 Modesta, Calif. FC Norjælland (Denmark)
Pope, Eddie D 6-1 180 12/24/73 73/6 High Point, N.C. Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Quaranta, Santino M 6-1 185 10/14/84 9/0 Baltimore, Md. D.C. United (MLS)
Ralston, Steve M 5-9 160 06/14/74 32/4 St. Louis, Mo. New England Revolution (MLS)
Reis, Matt GK 6-1 196 03/28/75 0/0 Atlanta, Ga. New England Revolution (MLS)
Rolfe, Chris F 5-8 145 01/17/84 1/0 Kettering, Ohio Chicago Fire (MLS)
Twellman, Taylor F 5-11 170 02/29/80 13/1 St. Louis, Mo. New England Revolution (MLS)
Walker, Jonny GK 6-3 180 09/13/74 3/0 Memphis, Tenn. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Wolff, Josh F 5-8 160 02/25/77 38/8 Stone Mountain, Ga. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)

Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (4) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles Galaxy), Matt Reis (New England Revolution), Jonny Walker (Columbus Crew)
DEFENDERS (8) – Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Todd Dunivant (Los Angeles Galaxy), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Ugo Ihemelu (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Heath Pearce (FC Nordsjælland), Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake)
MIDFIELDERS (12) –Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Brian Carroll (D.C. United), Ricardo Clark (Houston), Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Kyle Martino (Columbus Crew), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Pat Noonan (New England Revolution), Ben Olsen (D.C. United), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (6) – Brian Ching (Houston MLS), Nate Jaqua (Chicago Fire), Eddie Johnson (FC Dallas), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire),
Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards)

U.S. Men’s National Team Staff
Head Coach:                       Bruce Arena (Fairfax, Va.)
Assistant Coach:                Glenn Myernick (Denver)
Assistant Coach:                Curt Onalfo (Fairfax, Va.)
Goalkeeper Coaches:       Milutin Soskic (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
                                             Phil Wheddon (Monroe, Conn.)
Fitness Coach:                   Pierre Barrieu (Charlottesville, Va.)
General Manager:              Pam Perkins (Los Angeles)
Trainers:                              Dave Andrews (Seattle)
                                             Jim Hashimoto (Wilmington, Del.)
                                             Rick Guter (Columbus, Ohio), Bruce Snell (Seattle)
Doctor:                                 Bert Mandlebaum (Los Angeles)
Chiropractor:                       George Billauer (Los Angeles)
Equipment Manager:          Ryan Maxfield (Los Angeles)
Press Officer:                       Michael Kammarman (Laurel, Md.) is the official website of U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in the United States.