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Arena Names 26 Players to U.S. Roster for January Training Camp


CHICAGO (Thursday, December 17, 1998) - U.S. National Team head coach Bruce Arena today announced the 26 players who have been invited to the first National Team camp of 1999, which will run from January 9-19 at a site to be determined in Florida. At the conclusion of the nine-day camp, an 18-player U.S. squad will travel to Santa Cruz, Bolivia to play the Bolivian National Team on January 24.

Heading the list of camp invitees are 14 players who have previous experience playing for Arena, including seven current D.C. United players and seven players from Arena's 1995-96 U.S. U-23 National Team.

D.C. United is the most represented MLS club within the National Team camp, as defenders Jeff Agoos, Carlos Llamosa and Eddie Pope are joined by midfielders Tony Sanneh and Richie Williams, forward Roy Lassiter and goalkeeper Tom Presthus. With the exception of Presthus, all were on the field when United shocked Brazilian club Vasco da Gama on Dec. 5 to win the Interamerican Cup title.

Four members of Arena's 1996 Olympic Team - Jovan Kirovski, Brian Maisonneuve, Matt McKeon and Claudio Reyna - as well as former U-23 pool players Gregg Berhalter, Leo Cullen and Zach Thornton will reunite with their former coach for the January camp.

With the German and Dutch leagues on break during January, the National Team will also have the services of defender Berhalter (Cambuur Leeuwarden / Holland), midfielders John O'Brien (FC Utrecht / Holland) and Reyna (VfL Wolfsburg / Germany) and forward Kirovski (Fortuna Cologne / Germany).

With 111 caps, Cobi Jones is the most experienced member of the squad. Other veteran players include Agoos (88 caps), Joe-Max Moore (71) and Reyna (62). Four players - goalkeepers Kevin Hartman and Presthus and defenders McKeon and Cullen - have yet to appear for the U.S. National Team.

The United States has never defeated Bolivia (0-2-3 record) in five attempts dating back to 1993 and the Jan. 24 match will be the first time the U.S. plays in the South American nation. The teams last met during U.S. Cup '96 in Washington, D.C., when Bolivia topped the U.S., 2-0, at RFK Stadium. Bolivia was ranked 60th in the most recent FIFA world rankings (Nov. 18). Comparatively, the U.S. was ranked 22nd in the FIFA rankings.

Specific details on the January training camp are being finalized and will be available in next Monday's U.S. Soccer Wire. The United States now has three confirmed matches for the early part of next year and in addition to playing Bolivia on Jan. 24, will face Germany on Feb. 6 in Jacksonville, Fla., and Chile on Feb. 21 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
Alphabetical Roster
Florida Training Camp * Jan. 9-19, 1999
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps/G Hometown Club
Agoos, Jeff D 5'10" 175 5/2/68 88/3 Dallas D.C. United (MLS)
Armas, Chris M 5'7" 150 8/27/72 1/0 Brentwood, N.Y. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Berhalter, Gregg D 6'1" 175 8/1/73 4/0 Tenafly, N.J. Cambuur Leeuwarden (Holland)
Brown, C.J. D 6'0" 185 6/15/75 1/0 Hayward, Calif. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Cullen, Leo D 5'8" 160 2/26/76 0/0 Burnsville, Minn. Miami Fusion (MLS)
Deering, Chad M 6'1" 165 9/2/70 11/1 Plano, Texas Dallas Burn (MLS)
Fraser, Robin D 6'1" 175 12/17/66 16/0 Denver Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Hartman, Kevin GK 6'1" 174 5/24/74 0/0 Palos Verdes, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Jones, Cobi M 5'7" 145 6/16/70 111/8 Westlake Village, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Kirovski, Jovan F 6'1" 170 3/18/76 25/4 Escondido, Calif. Fortuna Cologne (Germany)
Lassiter, Roy F 5'10" 160 3/9/69 25/4 Raleigh, N.C. D.C. United (MLS)
Lewis, Eddie M 5'10" 155 5/17/74 2/0 Cerritos, Calif. San Jose Clash (MLS)
Llamosa, Carlos D 5'11" 166 6/30/69 1/0 Maspeth, N.Y. D.C. United (MLS)
Maisonneuve, Brian M 5'11" 170 6/28/73 10/0 Warren, Mich. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Mathis, Clint M 5'10" 170 11/25/76 1/0 Conyers, Ga. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
McBride, Brian F 6'1" 170 6/19/72 24/6 Arlington Heights, Ill. Columbus Crew (MLS)
McKeon, Matt D 6'2" 190 7/24/74 0/0 St. Louis, Mo. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Moore, Joe-Max F 5'9" 150 2/23/71 71/17 Irvine, Calif. New England Revolution (MLS)
O'Brien, John M 5'8" 145 8/28/77 1/0 Playa del Rey, Calif. FC Utrecht (Holland)
Pope, Eddie D 6'1" 180 12/24/73 26/3 High Point, N.C. D.C. United (MLS)
Presthus, Tom GK 6'4" 205 4/5/75 0/0 Dallas D.C. United (MLS)
Reyna, Claudio M 5'9" 160 7/20/73 62/6 Springfield, N.J. VfL Wolfsburg (Germany)
Sanneh, Tony M 6'2" 190 6/1/71 3/0 St. Paul, Minn. D.C. United (MLS)
Thornton, Zach GK  6'3" 210 10/10/73 2/0 Edgewood, Md. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Washington, Dante F 5'11" 190 11/21/70 6/2 Columbia, Md. Dallas Burn (MLS)
Williams, Richie M 5'5" 145 6/3/70 1/0 Middletown, N.J. D.C. United (MLS)
Head Coach - Bruce Arena (Fairfax, Va.)

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