U.S. Men's National Team
Notes from Carson, Calif.
Jan. 4, 2007
UNDER WAY: The Bob Bradley era for the U.S. Men’s National Team got underway on Thursday morning as the team took the field for their first training session of 2007. Under overcast skies, 27 players participated in the first official session lasting 92 minutes, with several TV cameras and reporters there to capture the first moments of the 2010 World Cup cycle. The team returned to the field in the afternoon, with double sessions scheduled through the weekend.
ON THE RECORD: Bradley and several players addressed the media following the morning session, the discussion obviously focused on the experience of working with a new group and the beginning of the 2010 World Cup cycle. Just to show that things have quickly gotten to business, the second-ever question for Bradley as head coach centered on the Mexico match! We’ve got a full transcript of the interview with the head coach, and ussoccer.com’s exclusive audio podcasts are back in the New Year, as well. To kick off the campaign, listen to Bradley, Pablo Mastroeni, Jonathan Bornstein and Danny Califf as they took questions from the gaggle (listen).
THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM: Thursday morning's session had more than its fair share of folks taking notes - the vast majority with clipboards as well - as members of the USSF 'A' Coaching License class took in training. There are 34 candidates for the Federation's highest license (including Chivas USA midfielder Jesse Marsch) and 50 'A' licensed coaches who are auditing the course this week at The Home Depot Center. The timing of the course means they will hear lectures from the top coaches in the country in addition to watching sessions for both the full team and the U-18 men. For more information on the USSF Coaching Licenses, click here.
DENMARK JUST DOWN THE ROAD: With today being the opening day of camp, it's easy to forget that the USA's first match of 2007 is a mere 16 days away. The U.S. will take on Denmark for only the fifth time when they meet on January 20 at The Home Depot Center (tickets). The men's team made their first-ever appearance in Carson two years ago against the Danes, and despite out-shooting Denmark, 16-4, the U.S. only collected a 1-1 draw after a pair of penalties on either side of halftime delivered each side its only goal of the match.