The United States Men's National Team will begin training for its first match of the year when the team takes the field at University of California-Berkeley on Monday.
Head Coach Bruce Arena has selected 23 players to represent the USA when it takes on China at Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, January 27 at 2:30 p.m. PT. The match will be shown live to a national television audience on ESPN2 and Telemundo.
Among the notables chosen by Arena is Brian McBride, who returns to the team for the first time since September 3, when he scored the game-winning goal in a World Cup Qualifier against Guatemala in Washington, D.C. McBride, who is currently on loan to English First Division club Preston North End from Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, has scored in each of his last three matches for the United States.
Four players from the Los Angeles Galaxy landed spots on Arena's squad after recently winning the CONCACAF Champions' Cup and advancing to the World Club Championships. Kevin Hartman, Cobi Jones, Pete Vagenas and Greg Vanney will join six members of D.C. United, who also participated in the prestigious club tournament.
Of the 23 players selected for the squad, 11 have represented the team on five or fewer occasions. Four of those players, DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Matt Jordan, and Mike Petke, are seeking their first-ever cap at the full international level.
China and the United States last met almost four years ago in China when the USA traveled to Asia for a pair of games in January and February of 1997, where the Americans lost one game, 1-2, and tied another, 1-1. The United States has won three of the six all-time meetings between the two, earning two ties and losing once in a series that played its first game in 1977.
For the United States, the match marks a return to Oakland for the first time since a 2-1 Gold Cup victory over Costa Rica on February 7, 1998. The USA is undefeated in two games played at the Coliseum, having also defeated Cuba at the venue on February 1, 1998.
The match will serve as head coach Bruce Arena's first chance to look at his team in 2001 before the first qualifying match in CONCACAF's final round, against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio on February 28.
In 2001 the U.S. National Team will compete alongside Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Honduras and Costa Rica for one of three spots in the 2002 World Cup that will be played in Korea/Japan.
Tickets for the USA's match against China, which are on sale now, cost $20-$50 and can be purchased at all Bass Ticket Outlets, or by calling 510-762-2277. Fans can also purchase tickets on the web at www.us-soccer.com or tickets.com . Group tickets for the match can be purchased by calling toll-free 877-834-0207.
|USA Men's National Team|
Roster for International Friendly vs. China
January 27, 2001 * Oakland, Calif.
|Agoos, Jeff||D||5'10"||175||05/02/68||104/3||Dallas, Texas||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Albright, Chris||F||6'1"||165||1/14/79||4/1||Philadelphia, Pa.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Armas, Chris||M||5'7"||150||08/27/72||22/2||Brentwood, N.Y.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Beasley, DaMarcus||F||5'7"||126||05/24/82||0/0||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Berhalter, Gregg||D||6'1"||175||08/01/73||17/0||Tenafly, N.J.|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0"||170||05/25/79||0/0||Alto Loma, Calif.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Brown, C.J.||D||6'0"||185||06/15/75||14/0||Hayward, Calif.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Donovan, Landon||F||5'8"||148||3/4/82||1/1||Redlands, Calif.||Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)|
|Hartman, Kevin||GK||6'1"||174||05/24/74||1/0||Palos Verdes, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Jones, Cobi||M||5'7"||145||06/16/70||135/14||Westlake Village, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Jordan, Matt||GK||6'2"||185||10/18/75||0/0||Aurora, Colo.||Dallas Burn (MLS)|
|Klein, Chris||M||6'1"||180||1/4/76||2/0||St. Louis, Mo.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Llamosa, Carlos||D||5'11"||166||6/30/69||14/0||Maspeth, N.Y.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Mathis, Clint||M/F||5'10"||170||11/25/76||5/1||Conyers, Ga.||NY/NJ Metrostars (MLS)|
|McBride, Brian||F||6'1"||170||06/19/72||45/13||Arlington Heights, Ill.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Meola, Tony||GK||6'1"||205||2/21/69||94/0||Kearny, N.J.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Olsen, Ben||M||5'8"||140||05/03/77||18/3||Middletown, Pa.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Petke, Mike||D||6'2"||185||1/30/76||0/0||Bohemia, N.Y.||NY/NJ Metrostars (MLS)|
|Pope, Eddie||D||6'1"||180||12/24/73||35/4||High Point, N.C.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Vagenas, Pete||M||5'8"||155||2/6/78||1/0||Pasadena, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Vanney, Greg||D||5'11"||170||6/11/74||10/0||Tempe, Ariz.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Williams, Richie||M||5'5"||145||6/3/70||13/0||Middletown, N.J.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Zavagnin, Kerry||M||5'10"||170||7/2/74||1/0||Plymouth, Mich.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|U.S. Men's National Team Staff|
|Head Coach||Bruce Arena||Fairfax, Va.|
|Assistant Coach||Dave Sarachan||Ashburn, Va.|
|Assistant Coach||Bob Bradley||Palatine, Ill.|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Milutin Soskic||Bakersfield, Calif|
|General Manager||Pam Perkins||Evanston, Ill.|
|Athletic Trainer||Rick Guter||Fairfax, Va.|
|Athletic Trainer||Ivan Pierra||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Equipment Manager||Aaron Barrett||Chicago, Ill.|
|Press Officer||Rich Schneider||Chicago, Ill.|