U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Update
November 15, 2004
CLOSING IN: Just over 48 hours remain until the USA's return engagement against Jamaica in the final match of the semifinal round of 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying. The team's drew 1-1 in the first encounter, San Jose forward Brian Ching tallying his first international goal in the 88th minute to secure the valuable road point for the U.S. on Aug. 18 in Kingston. Kickoff for the Nov. 17 clash, presented by Philips Electronics, is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
ALL_ACCESS VIDEO - A MILE IN E.J.'s BOOTS! The latest installment of ussoccer.com's exclusive all_access video chronicles the fortunes of Eddie Johnson through camp on the heels of one of the finest rookie performances in U.S. Soccer history. Today's edition: First he won it, now he wears it. The Golden Shoe winner from the 2003 World Youth Championship describes the style and the pressure of wearing the latest Nike golden boots. The 20-year-old Dallas Burn forward recorded his first international goal just four minutes into his first-ever appearance for the full U.S. Men’s National Team in the 2-0 win in El Salvador on Oct. 9, then exploded four days later for a history-making hat-trick in leading the U.S. to a 6-0 victory against Panama that secured their place in the final round of 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
KERRY CALLS IT ON GUEST MATCHTRACKER: ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics, will enlist a new guest for Wednesday night's log that will enlist the analysis and insight of experts in the game. Slated to add his commentary and opinion is Kansas City Wizards midfielder and U.S. international Kerry Zavagnin. A member of the 2004 MLS Best XI, Zavagnin has had a remarkable resurgence with the U.S National Team this year, appearing eight times while making three starts in World Cup qualifying play. The 30-year-old is coming off one of his finest seasons in MLS, helping marshall the Wizards to their second-ever MLS Cup final. Fans can follow Kerry's comments Wednesday night by logging on at ussoccer.com
TWENTY REGGAE BOYZ BOUND FOR THE USA: The Jamaican national team departs today for the somewhat circuitous route to Columbus, Ohio for the final match of semifinal round qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Sebastian Lazaroni has called on 20 Ja' Boyz for their must-match, including ten overseas-based players led by striker Marlon King. Plying his trade for Nottingham Forest, King has already tallied six goals in qualifying action. MLS-based players Tyrone Marshall, Damani Ralph, Andy Williams and Craig Ziadie will travel with the group that will hop from Kingston to Miami, then connecting to Atlanta before touching down in Columbus later this afternoon. Kickoff for their do-or-die match against the United States, presented by Philips Electronics, is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
Jamaica Roster v. United States
Goalkeepers (2): Aaron Lawrence, Donovan Ricketts
Defenders (6): Fabian Davis, Ricardo Gardner, Ian Goodison, Tyrone Marshall, Damion Stewart, Craig Ziadie
Midfielders (8): Jason Euell, Jermaine Hue, Micah Hyde, Jamie Lawrence, Garfield Reid, Jermaine Taylor, Theodore Whitmore, Andy Williams
Forwards (4): Deon Burton, Ricardo Fuller, Marlon King, Damani Ralph
KASEY FLIES SOUTH TO SOUTHAMPTON: U.S. international Kasey Keller signed a one-month loan deal with EPL side Southampton last week and instantly made an impact. With the deal signed Nov. 11 (Thursday), Keller went straight to Southampton on Friday afternoon and was suited up in time for the Saints crucial matchup against rivals Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon. With intros barely finished in the locker room, Keller turned aside six shots as Southampton posted a 2-1 win in the south-coast derby, their first league victory of the campaign. Keller had played every minute of every game for the last two years at Spurs, but had yet to debut in the league this year prior to the move.
WELCOME USA! PROCLAIMS COLUMBUS: The Columbus City Council is recognizing the U.S. Men's National Team's return to the city and their progression into final round of qualifying for FIFA World Cup 2006 tonight at City Hall. City Council member Kevin Boyce and fellow council members will present a special proclamation to U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan, Assistant Coach Glenn Myernick and Columbus Crew General Manager Mark McCullers.
AND WELCOME IT IS... Since opening in 1999, Columbus Crew Stadium has hosted the U.S. Men's National Team five times, including three World Cup qualifying games. The U.S. has never lost a game or surrendered a goal in Columbus, compiling a 3-0-2 lifetime record that includes clean sheets in each of the qualifiers. In their latest appearance, DaMarcus Beasley netted on either side of halftime and Greg Vanney scored his first international goal as the U.S. downed Grenada 3-0 in the first leg of second round qualifying.
RETRO IS IN: The USA goes throw-back Wednesday night, as the team will sport a unique retro jersey for final qualifier against Jamaica. The limited-edition jersey is a replica of the uniform worn by the United States in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, in which the United States produced one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history, a 1-0 defeat of tournament favorites England. Designed by Nike, the retro jersey can be seen and purchased at ussoccerstore.com.