CHICAGO (December 19, 2006) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named 29 players to the training camp roster that will begin workouts Jan. 4 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The group will prepare for the USA’s first match of 2007, a friendly against Denmark on Jan. 20 at The Home Depot Center. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 beginning at 1:50 p.m. PT (and will be tape-delayed on Univision). Fans can also follow the game live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
"This is a great opportunity to get a first-hand look at a wide variety of domestic-based players as we begin a new World Cup cycle," said Bradley. "Along with some experienced players, we have quite a few players who will be getting their first exposure to the national team. Obviously, the goal for developing our team is to be ready for World Cup qualifying in 2008, and this is where we start. At the same time, we want to be prepared to compete against Denmark, and many of these players have recently had a long break from soccer. With only a short period of time to prepare, we will have to work very hard to get our players both physically and mentally ready to play."
The largely untested group includes 28 players based in the United States. While 22 players on the roster have five caps or less, ten will be in search of their first-ever appearance with the senior team. Four-time league champion D.C. United contributes six players to the roster, the most of the ten MLS teams that are represented, while the MLS cup runners up New England Revolution send five players to Carson. FC Nordsjælland defender Heath Pearce is the only European-based player on the roster and is available because the Danish Super League is shut down for the winter break.
Despite a lack of international experience at the senior level, the roster boasts a wealth of players who earned recognition at the league level this year. Six members of the 2006 MLS Best XI have been invited, including 2006 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year finalist Clint Dempsey and his fellow World Cup teammate, Jimmy Conrad. Those also collecting individual accolades this year include Bobby Boswell (Defender of the Year), Troy Perkins (Goalkeeper of the Year), and Jonathan Bornstein (Rookie of the Year). Three of the top 10 scorers in MLS will be in Carson: Landon Donovan (12), Kenny Cooper (11) and Taylor Twellman (11).
The 24-year-old Donovan, a two-time World Cup veteran, is the leading capwinner on the roster, having made 84 international appearances for the senior team. He is the USA’s all-time leader in assists (22), and sits in third-place on the all-time goal scoring list with 25. Pablo Mastroeni, who played in five World Cup matches during 2002 and 2006, has collected exactly 50 caps during his six-year international career. Twellman, who recorded his first-ever international hat trick in the USA’s 5-0 win against Norway on Jan. 29 at The Home Depot Center, finished 2006 with four goals for the United States, tied with Dempsey for the most on the team.
The roster lays claim to several players with success at the youth national team level. Kyle Beckerman, an inaugural member of the U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., played in all six games of the USA’s fourth-place finish at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand and competed in qualifying for the 2004 Olympics. Justin Mapp, another Residency graduate and veteran of two World Youth Championships, started and played in all five matches with the U.S. U-20’s at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), scoring the game-winning goal against the Ivory Coast to help the squad advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Current MLS Cup champion Ricardo Clark has been a member of the U-20 and U-23 national teams, appearing on the USA’s 2003 World Youth Championship roster that reached the quarterfinals in the United Arab Emirates. Sacha Kljestan was a member of the U-20 side that advanced to the knockout phase of the 2005 World Youth Championship in Holland after defeating Argentina in their opening game. Altogether, 12 players on the training camp roster have been a part of a FIFA World Championship roster with the United States at either the World Cup, Olympics, U-20 or U-17 level.
Bradley has called four goalkeepers into camp, including Matt Reis, who has started in goal in the last two MLS Cup finals and posted a shutout in his only appearance for the U.S. national team, a 0-0 draw against Canada on Jan. 22, 2006, in San Diego. Joe Cannon has also yet to concede a goal in his international career, sharing shutouts against New Zealand on June 8, 2003, and Honduras on March 19, 2005. Rounding out the unblemished goalkeeping trio is Brad Guzan, who went 80 scoreless minutes in the USA’s 4-0 win against Guatemala on Feb. 19 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.
After the Denmark match, the U.S. will host regional rivals Mexico on Feb. 7 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Along with a series of friendlies, the United States will compete in two major championships next summer. The three-time champions will first try to defend their title against 11 other teams at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scheduled from June 6-24 in several cities across the United States. Just a few days later, the U.S. will participate in the 2007 Copa America, the regional championship of South America. The 12-team tournament will run from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. For the United States, the appearance will mark their third entrance into CONMEBOL’s signature event.
ROSTER BY POSITION
Goalkeepers (4) – Joe Cannon (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Matt Reis (New England Revolution)
Defenders (9) – Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Bobby Boswell (D.C. United), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Bryan Namoff (D.C. United), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Heath Pearce (FC Nordsjælland), Dasan Robinson (Chicago Fire) Eddie Robinson (Houston Dynamo)
Midfielders (10) – Kyle Beckerman (Colorado Rapids), Brian Carroll (D.C. United), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), Joshua Gros (D.C. United), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Brian Mullan (Houston Dynamo), Pat Noonan (New England Revolution)
Forwards (6) –Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Alecko Eskandarian (D.C. United), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Nate Jaqua (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Roster
|Albright, Chris||D||6'1"||185||01/14/79||19/1||Philadelphia, Pa.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Beckerman, Kyle||M||5'10"||165||04/23/82||0/0||Crofton, Md.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|Bornstein, Jonathan||D||5'9"||145||11/07/84||0/0||Los Alamitos, Calif.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Boswell, Bobby||D||6'2"||185||03/15/83||1/0||Tampa, Fla.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Cannon, Joe||GK||6'2"||190||01/01/75||2/0||Los Altos Hills, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Carroll, Brian||M||5'10"||150||07/20/81||4/0||Springfield, Va.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Clark, Ricardo||M||5'10"||150||05/10/83||1/0||Jonesboro, Ga.||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|Cooper, Kenny||F||6'3"||210||10/21/84||0/0||Dallas, Texas||FC Dallas (MLS)|
|Conrad, Jimmy||D||6'2"||185||02/12/77||17/0||Temple City, Calif.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Dempsey, Clint||M||6'1"||170||03/09/83||23/6||Nacogdoches, Texas||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Donovan, Landon||F||5'8"||148||03/04/82||84/25||Redlands, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Eskandarian, Alecko||F||5'9"||165||07/09/82||1/0||Montvale, N.J.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Gros, Joshua||M||6'0"||165||06/25/82||0/0||Mechanicsburg, Pa.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Guzan, Brad||GK||6'4"||210||09/09/84||1/0||Home Glen, Ill.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Jaqua, Nate||F||6'3"||180||10/28/81||1/0||Eugene, Ore.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Kljestan, Sacha||M||6'1"||150||09/09/85||0/0||Huntington Beach, Calif.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Mapp, Justin||M||5'10"||140||10/18/84||1/0||Brandon, Miss.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Mastroeni, Pablo||M||5'10"||170||08/26/76||50/0||Phoenix, Ariz.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|Mullan, Brian||M||5'8"||150||04/23/78||2/0||Mineola, N.Y.||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|Namoff, Bryan||D||5'10"||168||05/28/79||0/0||Rockford, Ill.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Noonan, Pat||M||6'0"||170||08/02/80||13/1||Ballwin, Mo.||New England Rebolution (MLS)|
|Pearce, Heath||D||5'10"||175||08/13/84||5/0||Modesta, Calif.||FC Nordsjælland (Denmark)|
|Parkhurst, Michael||D||5'11"||155||01/24/84||0/0||Providence, R.I.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Perkins, Troy||GK||6'2"||190||07/29/81||0/0||Worthington, Ohio||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Reis, Matt||GK||6'1"||196||03/28/75||1/0||Atlanta, Ga.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Robinson, Dasan||D||5'10"||160||06/06/84||0/0||Elyria, Ohio||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Robinson, Eddie||D||6'1"||195||06/19/78||0/0||Greensboro, N.C.||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|Rolfe, Chris||F||5'8"||145||01/17/83||4/0||Kettering, Ohio||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Twellman, Taylor||F||5'11"||170||02/29/80||19/5||St. Louis, Mo.||New England Revolution (MLS)|