FOXBORO, Mass. (Sunday, May 19, 2002) - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena announced today from CMGI Field in Foxboro, Mass., that defender Steve Cherundolo has been added to the official 2002 U.S. World Cup roster that will be submitted to FIFA on Tuesday (May 21).
The 23-year-old defender was a regular fixture for the U.S. during the team’s final round World Cup qualifying run, starting seven of the 10 U.S. qualifiers in 2001. For his career, Cherundolo has earned 10 career caps, including eight games in 2001. His last appearance for the U.S. came in a 4-2 loss to Germany on March 27, 2002, in which he played 71 minutes.
Cherundolo recently completed his fourth season of professional soccer in the German Second Division with Hannover 96, playing in 30 league games (and scoring one goal) as the team earned automatic promotion to the German Bundesliga with a first-place finish (losing just three league matches all season).
“Steve has performed extremely well for this team,” said Arena, “and we are happy to welcome him to the group.”
Cherundolo replaces midfielder Chris Armas on the original roster announced by Arena on April 22. Armas suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during the first half of the USA's 2-1 win against Uruguay at RFK Stadium on May 12. Defender Greg Vanney trained with the team after Armas’ injury last week and suffered a grade 2 sprain of the MCL in his right knee on Thursday night (May 16) in a 5-0 victory over Jamaica at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.