The four-team Nike U.S. Cup '99, which includes the USA, Mexico, Guatemala and Bolivia, will be played as two doubleheaders on March 11 at the Los Angeles Coliseum and March 13 at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. Mexico are the two-time defending U.S. Cup champions after winning the event in both 1996 and '97. The United States won the inaugural Waterford Crystal U.S. Cup trophy in 1992 and repeated in 1995.
A total of five European-based players were called up for National Team duty, including Keller (Leicester City), Regis (FC Metz), midfielders Claudio Reyna (VfL Wolfsburg) and Tony Sanneh (Hertha Berlin), and forward Jovan Kirovski (Fortuna Cologne).
Arena's squad is also an assembly of 17 top MLS players, including four - Chris Armas (Chicago Fire), C.J. Brown (Chicago Fire), Eddie Lewis (San Jose Clash) and Brian McBride (Columbus Crew) - who have played in each of the four matches since Arena took over as head coach. McBride, in particular, has been the most consistent starter in a developing squad. Since starting and scoring a goal in the USA's World Cup loss to Iran, McBride has rattled off 540 consecutive minutes at forward for the USA.
Maisonneuve actually earned his first call-up under Arena prior to the USA-Australia match on Nov. 6, 1998, but left the camp after just two days of training with a recurring ankle injury. The 25- year-old midfielder, who started two and played in all three of the USA's matches at France '98, appears to be fully recovered from an ankle injury that has plagued him for more than a year.
The U.S. goalkeeping corps for the tournament includes Keller, who minded the U.S. nets at France '98, and Tony Meola, who was the USA's first-choice 'keeper during both the 1990 (Italy) and 1994 (USA) World Cups. With 89 and 34 appearances respectively, Meola and Keller are the two most experienced goalkeepers in U.S. Soccer history. Keller recently helped Leicester City earn a return trip to Wembley Stadium and the 1999 Worthington Cup Finals.
In a format change from the previous five U.S. Cup tournaments, each of the four teams will play two games as part of two doubleheaders, rather than playing three separate games, with the champion being decided first by total points (3 for a win, 1 for a draw), then head-to-head competition and then goal differential.
The U.S. National Team will open Nike U.S. Cup '99 against first-time participant Guatemala at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on Thursday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. (PT) in a match televised live on ESPN, with Bolivia facing off against Mexico in the second match at 8 p.m. (PT).
The U.S. squad will then face two-time defending U.S. Cup champion Mexico at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., at 12:30 p.m. (PT) live on ABC. The second part of the doubleheader pits Bolivia against Guatemala at 3 p.m. (PT).
For Nike U.S. Cup '99 ticket information, fans should call 213-413-3951 (Los Angeles) and 619-460-7612 or 877-USCUP99 (San Diego).
The National Team players and staff will gather in Los Angeles and begin training on Sunday (March 7) at the UCLA soccer fields. Following is a look at the USA's training schedule for next week and head-to-head results verus U.S. Cup opponents Guatemala and Mexico, followed by the 22-player U.S. roster.
|Sunday, March 7||10-11:15 a.m.||Training at UCLA|
|4-5:15 p.m.||Training at UCLA|
|Monday, March 8||10-11:15 a.m.||Training at UCLA|
|Tuesday, March 9||TBD||Closed Door Training|
|Wednesday, March 10||2 p.m.||Training at L.A. Memorial Coliseum|
|Thursday, March 11||5:30 p.m.||USA vs. Guatemala @ L.A. Memorial Coliseum|
|8:00 p.m.||Bolivia vs. Mexico @ L.A. Memorial Coliseum|
|Friday, March 12||12:30 p.m.||Training @ Qualcomm Stadium|
|Saturday, March 13||12:30 p.m.||USA vs. Mexico @ Qualcomm Stadium|
|3:00 p.m.||Bolivia vs. Guatemala @ Qualcomm Stadium|
|USA vs. Guatemala (5-4-2; GF 14, GA 13)||USA vs. Mexico (5-25-9; GF 41, GA 105)|
|Sept. 18, 1977||1-3 L||Guatemala City, Guat.||
|Sept. 25, 1977||0-2 L||Guatemala City, Guat.||July 25, 1993||0-4 L||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Oct. 14, 1984||0-4 L||Guatemala City, Guat.||Oct. 13, 1993||1-1 T||Washington, D.C.|
|Jan. 10, 1988||0-1 L||Guatemala City, Guat.||June 4, 1994||1-0 W||Pasadena, Calif.|
|Jan. 13, 1988||1-0 W||Guatemala City, Guat.||June 18, 1995||4-0 W||Washington, D.C.|
|June 17, 1989||2-1 W||New Britain, Conn.||July 17, 1995||0-0 T||Paysadu, Uruguay (4-1)|
|Oct. 8, 1989||0-0 T||Guatemala City, Guat.||June 16, 1996||2-2 T||Pasadena, Calif.|
|July 1, 1991||3-0 W||Pasadena, Calif.||Jan. 19, 1997||0-2 L||Pasadena, Calif.|
|Jan. 21, 1996||3-0 W||Los Angeles, Calif.||April 20, 1997||2-2 T||Foxboro, Mass.|
|Nov. 3, 1996||2-0 W||Washington, D.C.||Nov. 2, 1997||0-0 T||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Dec. 21, 1996||2-2 T||San Salvador, El Salv.||Feb. 15, 1998||0-1 L||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Agoos, Jeff||D||5'10"||175||5/2/68||89/3||Dallas||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Armas, Chris||M||5'7"||150||8/27/72||4/0||Brentwood, N.Y.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Brown, C.J.||D||6'0"||185||6/15/75||4/0||Hayward, Calif.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Cullen, Leo||D||5'8"||160||2/26/76||1/0||Burnsville, Minn.||Miami Fusion (MLS)|
|Fraser, Robin||D||6'1"||175||12/17/66||16/0||Denver||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Jones, Cobi||M/F||5'7"||145||6/16/70||113/8||Westlake Village, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Keller, Kasey||GK||6'2"||190||11/26/69||34||Lacey, Wash.||Leicester City (England)|
|Kirovski, Jovan||M||6'1"||170||3/18/76||27/5||Escondido, Calif.||Fortuna Cologne (Germany)|
|Lewis, Eddie||M||5'10"||155||5/17/74||5/1||Cerritos, Calif.||San Jose Clash (MLS)|
|Llamosa, Carlos||D||5'11"||166||6/30/69||2/0||Maspeth, NY||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Maisonneuve, Brian||M||5'11"||170||6/28/73||10/0||Warren, Mich.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Mathis, Clint||M||5'10"||170||11/25/76||2/0||Conyers, Ga.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|McBride, Brian||F||6'1"||170||6/19/72||27/6||Arlington Heights, Ill.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Meola, Tony||GK||6'1"||205||2/21/69||89||Kearny, N.J.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Moore, Joe-Max||F||5'9"||150||2/23/71||73/17||Irvine, Calif.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Olsen, Ben||M||5'8"||140||5/3/77||2/1||Middletown, Penn.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Pope, Eddie||D||6'1"||180||12/24/73||27/3||High Point, N.C.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Razov, Ante||F||6'1"||175||3/2/74||2/0||Whittier, Calif.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Regis, David||D||5'11"||160||12/2/68||5/0||Valenciennes, France||FC Metz (France)|
|Reyna, Claudio||M||5'9"||160||7/20/73||64/7||Springfield, N.J.||VfL Wolfsburg (Germany)|
|Sanneh, Tony||M||6'2"||190||6/1/71||4/1||St. Paul, Minn.||Hertha Berlin (Germany)|
|Williams, Richie||M||5'5"||145||6/3/70||2/0||Middletown, N.J.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|General Manager:||Pam Perkins||(Evanston, Ill.)|
|Head Coach:||Bruce Arena||(Fairfax, Va.)|
|Assistant Coach:||George Gelnovatch||(Charlottesville, Va.)|
|Goalkeeper Coach:||Milutin Soskic||(Aliso Viejo, Calif.)|
|Doctor:||Bert Mandelbaum||(Los Angeles, Calif.)|
|Trainer:||Rudy Rudawsky||(Wilmington, Del.)|
|Trainer:||Jim Hashimoto||(Wilmington, Del.)|
|Team Coordinator:||Maria Hernandez||(Chicago)|
|Equipment Manager:||Rob Stelzer||(St. Louis, Mo.)|
|Press Officer:||Brian Remedi||(Chicago)|