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U.S. Men Depart Tonight for January 29 Match in Chile

CHICAGO (Tuesday, January 25, 2000) - With the first U.S. Men's National Team road match of 2000 scheduled for Saturday, head coach Bruce Arena has finalized his roster for the USA's match against Chile at Francisco Sanchez Stadium in Coquimbo, Chile, on January 29, 2000 at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

Five players were left behind as the team prepared to leave for Coquimbo, after four days of training at Ft. Lauderdale's Lockhart Stadium. Goalkeeper Zach Thornton (Chicago Fire), midfielder Henry Gutierrez (Miami Fusion), defenders Marcelo Balboa (Colorado Rapids) and Carlos Llamosa (D.C. United), and forward Jason Kreis (Dallas Burn) did not travel with the team to Chile. Each of these players are expected to remain active in the Men's National Team this year.

Thornton (right quadriceps strain) and Llamosa (left hamstring strain) were held back because of slight injuries incurred during training for the Chile match, while the other three were coaches decisions.

The final roster features an American-based core and is highlighted by the return of a pair of defenders, Eddie Pope (D.C. United, MLS) and Robin Fraser (Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS), who missed the opening training camp of 2000 in Claremont, Calif.

Pope, who played only three games for the National Team in 1999, returns to the team following his recent wedding, while Fraser has spent the last few months recovering from a fractured left clavicle suffered in MLS Cup '99.

The USA, who have won two consecutive games against Chile and hold a 2-4-1 record against the South American side, have never played in Chile. The Americans return to South America for the first time since January 25, 1999, when the team played Bolivia to a 0-0 draw in Santa Cruz. Prior to that game in Bolivia, the United States last visited the continent in October 1996, when they dropped a 4-1 decision to Peru at the National Stadium in Lima, Peru.

Nine of the twelve Major League Soccer teams are represented on the final 20-player roster, with three-time champion D.C. United contributing six players to the squad (Jeff Agoos, Ben Olsen, Tom Presthus, Carey Talley, Richie Williams, and Pope).

Talley, still seeking his first international cap, and Agoos, with 97 international appearances under his belt, represent the wide range of experience and youth on the team. In addition to Agoos, the Florida camp will feature World Cup veterans Eric Wynalda (102 caps; Miami Fusion, MLS), John Harkes (89 caps; New England Revolution, MLS), Cobi Jones (120 caps; Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS), and Tony Meola (90 caps; Kansas City Wizards, MLS). In contrast, the team will also spotlight several players with 10 of fewer caps to their credit.

The Chile match will be televised back to the United States on select pay-per-view outlets and on DISH Network for just $19.95. The live broadcast is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and is available on pay-per-view on the DISH Network, on C-Band TVN Satellite and on the following cable systems: Time-Warner in New York City, Cablevision Systems in the NY/NJ Metropolitan, Boston and Connecticut, and Cox in Northern Virginia and Las Vegas. For more information, contact Innovative Sports Marketing at 201-610-0200.

Following the match against Chile, the U.S. Men will assemble in Ft. Lauderdale on February 5 to begin final preparations for the Football Confederation's Gold Cup. The United States will meet Haiti (Feb. 12) and Peru (Feb. 16) at the Orange Bowl in Miami in opening round play of the prestigious tournament, which will continue through Feb. 27.

U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM USA vs. Chile Roster * January 29, 2000
Francisco Sanchez Stadium * Coquimbo, Chile
Agoos, JeffD5'10"1755/2/6897/3Dallas, TexasD.C. United (MLS)
Armas, ChrisM5'7"1508/27/729/1Brentwod, N.Y.Chicago Fire (MLS)
Brown, C.J.D6'0"1856/15/759/0Hayward, Calif.Chicago Fire (MLS)
Deering, ChadD/M6'1"1659/2/7013/1Plano, TexasDallas Burn (MLS)
Fraser, RobinD6'1"17512/17/6621/0Denver, Co.Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Harkes, JohnM5'11"1653/8/6789/6Kearny, N.J.New England Revolution (MLS)
Jones, CobiM5'7"1456/16/70120/8Westlake Village, Calif.Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Kirovski, JovanF6'1"1753/18/7637/6Escondido, Calif.Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Lassiter, RoyF5'10"1603/9/6929/4Raleigh, N.C.Miami Fusion (MLS)
Lewis, EddieM5'10"1555/17/7415/1Cerritos, Calif.San Jose Clash (MLS)
McBride, BrianF6'1"1706/19/7236/9Arlington Heights, Ill.Columbus Crew (MLS)
Meola, TonyGK6'1"2052/21/6990/0Kearny, N.J.Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Olsen, BenM/F5'8"1405/3/779/2Middletown, Penn.D.C. United (MLS)
Pope, EddieD6'1"18012/24/7329/3High Point, N.C.D.C. United (MLS)
Presthus, TomGK6'4"2054/5/751/0Dallas, TexasD.C. United (MLS)
Razov, AnteF6'1"1753/2/744/0Whittier, Calif.Chicago Fire (MLS)
Talley, CareyD6'2"1808/8/760/0Cordova, Tenn.D.C. United (MLS)
Vanney, GregD5'11"1696/11/744/0Tempe, Ariz.Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Williams, RichieM5'5"1456/3/708/0Middletown, N.J.D.C. United (MLS)
Wynalda, EricF6'1"1726/9/69102/33Westlake Village, Calif.Miami Fusion (MLS)

General ManagerPam PerkinsEvanston, Ill.
Head CoachBruce ArenaFairfax, Va.
Assistant CoachDave SarachanHerndon, Va.
Goalkeeper CoachMilutin SoskicAliso Viejo, Calif.
TrainerIvan PierraFullerton, Calif.
Equipment ManagerTucker WaltherGaithersburg, Md.
Press OfficerRich SchneiderChicago