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U.S. Midfielder Claudio Reyna to Miss Final Qualifier

CHICAGO (Saturday, November 3, 2001) - United States Men’s National Team midfielder Claudio Reyna will not join training camp for the USA’s upcoming qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago, head coach Bruce Arena announced today. Reyna will be replaced by Chicago Fire midfielder Jesse Marsch on the 21-man roster that will train for the November 11 match in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The match will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 2 p.m. ET.

”Rangers manager Dick Advocaat requested that Claudio be given time to rest,” said Arena.  “We decided it was in the best interest of both the player and the club to allow Claudio to remain in Glasgow.”

Jesse Marsch is making his first appearance in a U.S. men’s training camp.  Marsch, 27, has been a three-time MLS Cup champion and two-time U.S. Open Cup champion with both the Fire and his former club, D.C. United.  Marsh has appeared in over 100 games for Chicago and was a member of the 2001 MLS Western Conference All-Star team.  Marsch becomes the sixth Fire player to join training camp, the most of any club.

With the final match of the Hexagonal match being broadcast on ABC, fans of the U.S. men will have seen 7 of 8 road qualifiers broadcast on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, with the eighth going to fans live on pay-per-view. In the past two years, 15 of 16 total U.S. qualifying matches will have been broadcast on the networks, the most in U.S. Soccer history.