CHICAGO (Thursday, August 23, 2001) - United States Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena has called Fusion defender Pablo Mastroeni into the national team's camp for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Costa Rica. Mastroeni becomes the fifth player from the Fusion roster to be named to the USA team, joining goalkeeper Nick Rimando, defender Carlos Llamosa, and midfielders Chris Henderson and Preki.
"Once again we are proud to have another of our players named to the National Team camp," said Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Hamilton. "Pablo has developed into one of the top defenders in MLS and his selection shows that Bruce is committed to choosing players that are in form."
Mastroeni earned his first cap for the U.S. earlier this year when he played the entire second half of a 0-0 draw with Ecuador in an international friendly on June 7. He was also a part of the National Team camp prior to qualifiers against Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.
All five players will travel to the nation's capital on August 26 as the U.S. prepares for its September 1st (10 a.m. ESPN & Telemundo) match against Honduras at sold-out RFK Stadium. The troupe will then travel to San Jose, Costa Rica on the 4th for Matchday 8 of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying to meet the Ticos on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at the Estadio Saprissa. Kickoff is 10 p.m. ET and the match will be televised live on ESPN2 and Telemundo.