The two U.S. rosters, which represent some of the finest American talent, were announced today by U.S. Soccer. Releases for the 20 senior National Team players were sent out by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday, with official confirmations expected shortly.
Playing off a successful training 10-day training camp in January as well as a promising match in Bolivia on Jan. 24, U.S. National Team head coach Bruce Arena selected 16 players who traveled with the team for the Bolivia match, one player (Carlos Llamosa) who participated in the 10-day training camp but did not travel to Bolivia, and three new selections.
"We had a good start to the year with the January camp (in Orlando) and match in Bolivia," said Arena. "By returning 16 players that went with us to Bolivia, I think we will be putting a squad on the field that understands each other a little more and will continue to improve."
The four new players joining the team include two players contracted with German clubs - Frankie Hejduk (Bayer Leverkusen) and Tony Sanneh (Hertha Berlin) - as well as D.C. United's Brian Kamler and Carlos Llamosa. Kamler, 26, receives his first call-up to the full national team. Llamosa missed the Bolivia match while serving a one-match suspension for a red card received in the USA's 0-0 draw against Australia on Nov. 6, 1998.
"Hejduk and Sanneh, in particular, will provide us with more continuity in the attack, giving us an added dimension," said Arena.
Hejduk made a name for himself during the 1998 World Cup with his tireless work on the right flank. He played extremely well in his substitute role against Germany during France '98, nearly scoring the game-tying goal with a flashing header that was saved spectacularly by German 'keeper Andreas Koepke. Tony Sanneh only recently joined German Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin from D.C. United.
The United States has never defeated Germany at the senior National Team level in three attempts. The most recent match was played during the 1998 World Cup, a 2-0 German victory. Prior to that, the USA lost 3-4 and 0-3 in two matches played in 1993. Germany is currently ranked 5th in the recent FIFA World Rankings posted on the International Body's website (www.fifa.com).
In addition to the full roster, U.S. Soccer confirmed head coach Clive Charles' list of Under-23 players that have been invited to camp. Highlighting this selection is D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen, the 1998 MLS Rookie of the Year. Joining Olsen are fellow MLS youngsters Brian Dunseth (New England Revolution), Joey DiGiamarino (Colorado Rapids), Brian West (Columbus Crew) and Carlos Parra (Miami Fusion).
The U-23 team, which represents the core of players eligible to compete in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, will play be playing its first international match of the year against Germany, after an extended January training camp in Chula Vista, Calif.
Media Opportunity: In a rare media opportunity, U.S. Soccer will host a press conference with members of the U-23 and senior Men's National Team on Friday, Feb. 5 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville. The media event will take place after the U-23 training session at 12 p.m. ET. The Men's National Team will train at 1 p.m. ET, following the media event. Complete details on this event will be confirmed in the U.S. Soccer Wire on Monday, Feb. 1.
Hejduk Gets First-team Games with Leverkusen: During the January winter break in Germany, Frankie Hejduk was named to Bayer Leverkusen's 20-player first team squad for a tour of South America that included matches in Paraguay and Brazil. For Hejduk, it was the first time he had played in a competition with Leverkusen's top team, after appearing regularly with the reserve team throughout the first half of the season. Hejduk, 24, played in three matches with Leverkusen, increasing his chances of making his Bundesliga debut when the league returns to action in February.
|ROSTERS FOR THE FEB. 6 DOUBLEHEADER IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA.|
|U.S. National Team||Germany National Team|
|Goalkeepers||Tony Meola, Tom Presthus;||Goalkeepers||Oliver Kahn, Jens Lehmann;|
|Defenders||Jeff Agoos, Carlos Llamosa, Eddie Pope, Robin Fraser, C.J. Brown;||Defenders||Markus Babbel, Lothar Matthaus, Marko Remer, Christian Worns;|
|Midfielders||Claudio Reyna, Jovan Kirovski, Chris Armas, Eddie Lewis, Tony Sanneh, Richie Williams, Imad Baba, Frankie Hejduk, Brian Kamler;||Midfielders||Michael Ballack, Stefan Beinlich, Jens Jeremies, Andreas Moller, Christian Nerlinger, Carsten Ramelow, Marco Reich, Lars Ricken, Bernd Schneider;|
|Forwards||Brian McBride, Cobi Jones, Roy Lassiter, Joe-Max Moore.||Forwards||Marco Bode, Ulf Kirsten, Olaf Marshall, Oliver Neuville, Michael Preetz, Alexander Zickler.|
|U.S. U-23 National Team||Germany U-21 National Team|
|Goalkeepers||Adin Brown, Andy Kirk, Matt Napoleon;||Goalkeepers||Robert Enke, Darius Kampa;|
|Defenders||Matt Chulis, Ramiro Corrales, Brian Dunseth, Chad McCarty, Evan Whitfield;||Defenders||Ingo Hertzsch, Alexander Klitzpera, Marcel Maltritz, Jorg Scherbe, Daniel Schumann;|
|Midfielders||Joey DiGimarino, Jason Moore, Ben Olsen, Carlos Parra, Steve Shak, Peter Vagenas, Kirk Wilson, Brian Winters;||Midfielders||Stefan Blank, Christoph Dabrowski, Fabian Ernst, Ralf Keidel, Markus Kreuz, Thorsten Neurbauer, Timo Rost, Andreas Voss;|
|Forwards||Scott Bower, Chris Brown, Brian West.||Forwards||Alexander Bugera, Nico Frommer, Marcel Ketelaer, Sascha Rosler, Marco Reich.|