Balboa, Kreis and West Added to USA Roster for First Meeting with Russia in Moscow on April 26
CHICAGO (Tuesday, April 18, 2000) - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena has adjusted his roster for the USA's first-ever full international match against Russia in Moscow, adding Marcelo Balboa, Jason Kreis and Brian West to the squad. Kickoff for the game, which will be broadcast live on pay-per-view, is set for 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 26, 2000.
Arena made the substitutions to replace Joe-Max Moore, Earnie Stewart and Eddie Pope, who are recovering from injuries suffered with their respective club teams in recent weeks.
Balboa, 32, is the all-time record holder for the United States with 128 appearances for the national team. He made his last start on January 16, 2000, and played 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Iran. His 13 goals rank fourth on the team's all-time scoring list.
A prolific goal-scoring forward for the Dallas Burn, Jason Kreis has one goal in 10 appearances for the United States. The 27-year-old Kreis became Major League Soccer's first American-born Most Valuable Player in 1999.
West, who contributed the game-winning assist for the Columbus Crew in the team's 1-0 victory over the MetroStars last weekend, will make his first appearance on one of Bruce Arena's rosters. The 21-year-old speedster has three caps with the Under-23 National Team, but has never played at the full international level.
Moore, currently the third-leading scorer for Everton in England's Premier League, hoped to join the team for the first time since November 17, 1999, when he started in the USA's 2-1 loss to Morocco, but a knee strain suffered against Leicester City will delay his 2000 debut.
Earnie Stewart, who was an alternate on the USA's 2000 Gold Cup roster, suffered a hamstring injury while playing for NAC Breda in a Dutch League match on Saturday, and the 26-year-old Pope has been slow to recover from a knee injury he suffered in pre-season workouts with his club team, D.C. United.
The marquee match-up marks the first time in the history of the U.S. Men's National Team program that the USA has traveled to Moscow for a full international. The match against Russia will mark the first meeting between the teams since January 29, 1994, when the two battled to a 1-1 draw in Seattle, Washington. The U.S. is 0-1-2 all- time against Russia, but has also played two matches against the Commonwealth of Independent States (going 1-1-0 in 1992), and four against the Soviet Union (going 0-3-1 dating back to 1979).
The men's team will be playing its first match since March 12, when the team came from behind in extra time to tie Tunisia on Ben Olsen's goal in Birmingham, Alabama. The squad has jumped out to an impressive 3-0-3 record in 2000, and will use the Russia match as a tune-up for the U.S. Nike Cup in June, where it will face South Africa, Ireland and Mexico in Washington D.C., Boston and New York City, respectively.
The U.S. Men's National Team players will arrive in Moscow on Monday, April 24, and will hold two training sessions in Russia before the game at Dinamo Moscow Stadium on Wednesday. Players and staff will depart from Moscow on Thursday, April 27, enabling MLS players to rejoin their respective teams in time for weekend games.
The Russia match will be available live via pay-per-view on most cable systems and the DISH Network for $19.99. The match will also be rebroadcast in prime-time at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. For more information on this broadcast, please call 201-610-0200.
|USA Men's National Team|
Roster for International Friendly vs. Russia
April 26, 2000 * Moscow, Russia
|Armas, Chris||M||5'7"||150||08/27/72||14/2||Brentwood, N.Y.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Balboa, Marcelo||D||6'1"||175||08/08/67||128/13||Cerritos, Calif.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|Berhalter, Gregg||D||6'1"||175||08/01/73||9/0||Tenafly, N.J.||Cambuur (Holland)|
|Deering, Chad||D/M||6'1"||165||09/02/70||15/1||Plano, Tex.||Dallas Burn (MLS)|
|Fraser, Robin||D||6'1"||175||12/17/66||25/0||Denver, Co.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Friedel, Brad||GK||6'4"||202||05/18/71||64/0||Bay Village, Ohio||Liverpool (England)|
|Hejduk, Frankie||M||5'8"||155||08/05/74||24/4||Cardiff, Calif.||Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)|
|Jones, Cobi||M||5'7"||145||06/16/70||125/11||Westlake Village, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Keller, Kasey||GK||6'2"||190||11/29/69||39/0||Lacey, Wash.||Rayo Vallecano (Spain)|
|Kreis, Jason||F||5'10"||155||12/29/72||10/1||Omaha, Neb.||Dallas Burn (MLS)|
|Lewis, Eddie||M||5'10"||155||05/17/74||20/2||Cerritos, Calif.||Fulham FC (England)|
|McBride, Brian||F||6'1"||170||06/19/72||39/10||Arlington Heights, Ill.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Regis, David||D||5'11"||160||12/02/68||8/0||Valenciennes, France||FC Metz (France)|
|Reyna, Claudio||M||5'9"||160||07/20/73||70/7||Springfield, N.J.||Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)|
|Sanneh, Tony||M||6'2"||190||06/01/71||6/1||St. Paul, Minn.||Hertha Berlin (Germany)|
|West, Brian||F||5'11"||160||06/10/78||0/0||Laurel, Md.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|U.S. Men's National Team Staff|
|Head Coach||Bruce Arena||Fairfax, Va.|
|Assistant Coach||Dave Sarachan||Herndon, Va.|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Milutin Soskic||Aliso Viejo, Calif|
|General Manager||Pam Perkins||Evanston, Ill.|
|Team Administrator||Maria Hernandez||Chicago|
|Athletic Trainer||Jim Hashimoto||Wilmington, Del.|
|Athletic Trainer||Anthony Garcia||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Team Doctor||Dr. Bert Mandelbaum||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Equipment Manager||Aaron Barrett||Chicago|
|Security Officer||Eugene Williams||Queens, N.Y.|
|Press Officer||Rich Schneider||Chicago|