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U.S. Men's National Team Closes In on First Match of 2006, Sunday vs. Canada


U.S. MNT Training Camp Update
Carson, California
Jan. 17, 2006

DAY OFF: The U.S. Men’s National Team gets its second day off from training since camp began Jan. 4 at the National Training Center. After a pool workout on Monday morning, the group is dismissed from duty until Wednesday. Single sessions are on the schedule for the remainder of the week, with the team scheduled to head south on the 405 to San Diego on Saturday after morning training. The U.S. will host Canada in the team's first match of 2006 on Jan. 22 at Torero Stadium in San Diego. Fans can follow the match live exclusively at ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. Tickets, starting at $25, are available online at ussoccer.com, at the University of San Diego’s Jenny Craig Pavilion Box Office (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and by phone at 619-260-7550 (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets through the University of San Diego by calling 619-260-7550.

ALBRIGHT OUT 3-6 WEEKS: Chris Albright will be sidelined 3-6 weeks after exploratory surgery Monday morning revealed a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee. The tear was repaired by U.S. National Team doctor Bert Mandelbaum in Los Angeles. The 27-year-old defender suffered the injury on Jan. 5 during the team's first full day of training camp. Albright is the second player forced out of the Carson camp, with Pablo Mastroeni suffering a partially torn quadriceps in his left leg. He is expected to be out of training for 6-8 weeks. Meantime, Steve Ralston has been diagnosed with a strained right quadriceps and is expected to miss 10 days.

STAYING PUT: U.S. Manager Bruce Arena has decided to keep the entire 27-man roster in camp until the team's scheduled three-day break at the end of the month. The full group will travel to San Diego this Saturday, where the final 18-man roster for the Canada match will be determined. The U.S. will return to Los Angeles immediately following the match.

U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles Galaxy), Matt Reis (New England Revolution), Zach Wells (MetroStars); DEFENDERS (7): Bobby Boswell (D.C. United), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Todd Dunivant (Los Angeles Galaxy), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Ugo Ihemelu (Los Angeles Galaxy), Heath Pearce (FC Nordsjælland), Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake); MIDFIELDERS (11): Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Brian Carroll (D.C. United), Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chris Klein (Kansas City Wizards), Kyle Martino (Columbus Crew), Pat Noonan (New England Revolution), Ben Olsen (D.C. United), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards); FORWARDS (6): Brian Ching (Houston), Nate Jaqua (Chicago Fire), Eddie Johnson (FC Dallas), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards)

ALL ACCESS VIDEO – SCRIMMAGE, IN THE POOL, AND HEY-DUDE: U.S. Soccer fans have grown accustomed to the behind-the-scenes look that all_access video provides with one-on-one interviews, post-game highlights, and the guys just being guys. Now we've decided to show you a different view of training camp, the one you would get if you were standing on the field in Carson. In the latest installment, watch highlights from the team's second 11 v. 11 scrimmage from this past Sunday. Playing two 35 minute halves, you can see a rare Eddie Pope goal, a sweet cross from Heath Pearce to Clint Dempsey, a Chris Klein rocket from a free kick, and more (watch). On the lighter side, get a progress report from the players in camp, and see proof that these guys haven't had time to hit the beach - after yesterday's pool workout (watch).

Also on the hot seat is ten-year national team veteran Frankie Hejduk. Already proving his uncanny running ability in the beep test (watch), the textbook 'California surfer dude' talks about the secrets of his fitness, the continued honor of playing for the USA, the strengths of Bruce Arena, and more (watch).

McBRIDE VOTED FULHAM PLAYER OF THE MONTH: U.S international striker Brian McBride was the clear choice for Fulham's Player of the Month for December, garnering ten times the votes of any other player. McBride had three goals in six games for the Cottagers, including a strike against league-leaders Chelsea. "He's a terrific player and the fans absolutely adore him," team boss Chris Coleman told Fulham's website. "He's a manager's dream, he trains like a true professional and when he plays he gives everything."

PODCASTING - EL GUZANO: While eight players on the roster are hoping to represent the United States for the first time at the senior level when the U.S. meets Canada, goalkeeper Brad Guzan is doing a different kind of representing all together, becoming the first player from Chivas USA called into the national team. The 21-year old had a busy year between the sticks at Chivas, catching the eye of U.S. boss Bruce Arena. Guzan spoke with ussoccer.com about getting his first taste with the U.S. national team (listen) in the latest exclusive podcast only at ussoccer.com.

GHANA LANDS IN EGYPT FOR AFRICAN NATIONS CUP: The national team of Ghana arrives into Egypt today, six days before their opening match against Nigeria in the 2006 African Nations Cup. The Black Stars have spent the last three weeks training in Tunisia. They lost two tuneup matches, falling 1-0 to fellow World Cup qualifiers Togo before getting blanked 2-0 by defending African Nation's Cup champions Tunisia. After Nigeria, Ghana will also face Senegal and Zimbabwe in Group D action.

Ghana Men’s National Team 2006 African Nations Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sammy Adjei (Mohadon Sports Ashdod, Israel), George Owu (AshantiGold, Ghana), Philemon McCarthy (Fetteh Feyenoord, Ghana); DEFENDERS (9): Addoquaye Pappoe (Ashdod Tel-Aviv, Israel) John Painstil (Ashdod Tel-Aviv, Israel) John Mensah (Cremonese, Italy) Issa Ahmed (Asante Kotoko, Ghana) Aziz Ansah (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), Dan Edusei (Egaleo, Greece) Sammy Osei Kuffour (AS Roma, Italy) Francis Dickoh (Nordsjaelland FC, Denmark) , Hans Adu Sarpei ( Wolfsburg, Germany); MIDFIELDERS (6): Stephen Appiah (Fenerbache, Turkey) Haminu Dramani (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro) Hamza Mohammed (Real Tamale United, Ghana) Abubakari Yakubu (Vitesse Arnheim, Holland) Laryea Kingston (Terek Gronzy, Russia), Baba Armando (Krylia Sovetov, Russia); FORWARDS (5): Godwin Attram (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia) Joe Tex Frimpong (Enyimba, Nigeria), Matthew Amoah (Borrusia Dortmund, Germany), Prince Tagoe (Accra Hearts of Oak), Louis Agyemang (Kaiser Chiefs, South Africa).

PHOTO GALLERY: In case you haven't been following along, ussoccer.com has gotten hold of a pretty swanky camera and is now posting daily pictures from training camp. From tight action shots to the beautiful sunsets that coincide with afternoon training, see the best pics we have to offer in the photo galleries on ussoccer.com.
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