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Arena Names 28-Man Squad to Join Training Camp Prior to December 9 Friendly Against South Korea


CHICAGO (Tuesday, November 20, 2001) - United States Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena has  named an all-MLS roster for a training camp in Chula Vista, California prior to the team's upcoming friendly against South Korea on December 9 on the island of Jeju in South Korea. The 28-man squad will train at the ARCO Olympic Training Center beginning November 25 and will depart for Korea on December 3. Kickoff on Dec. 9 is set for 4 p.m. local time (2 a.m. ET) at Jeju Stadium. Fans can follow the action live by logging onto the Philips/U.S. Soccer MatchTracker at www.ussoccer.com. ESPN will broadcast the match via tape-delay on Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. ET.

"This camp provides an excellent opportunity for our MLS players to begin to regain their form and provide a basis for our preparations for the next year," said Arena. "At the same time, the trip to South Korea allows us to experience what the environment and conditions will be like when we travel there this summer. It's another important step in our World Cup preparations."

Columbus Crew forward Brian McBride rejoins the U.S. camp for the first time since suffering a recurrence of the bloodclot which sidelined him late last year. McBride has been out of action since the middle of June and becomes the third striker to return to the fold from injury, joining Josh Wolff and Clint Mathis. All three were key members of the USA's qualification campaign who were sidelined for several months due to injury.

The training camp roster has a purely MLS makeup, with seven teams represented. The Chicago Fire boast nearly one-third of the camp roster, sending nine players, including goalkeeper Zach Thornton, the "Chevrolet Man of the Match" in the USA's final qualifying match against Trinidad and Tobago earlier this month. Also on the Fire list is defender Diego Gutierrez, who is making his first appearance in a U.S. camp since last January. Arena has called upon the services of five players from the 2001 MLS Cup Champion San Jose Earthquakes, led by MLS Defender of the Year Jeff Agoos and forward Landon Donovan. Rounding out the Quakes' cast are Manny Lagos, Richard Mulrooney and Wade Barrett. Midfielder Cobi Jones leads a trio of Galaxy players, along with Danny Califf and Pete Vagenas. Jones earned his 143rd international cap in Trinidad, pushing him to 5th place on the all-time international list.

Several fresh faces will appear in the camp in Chula Vista. The U.S. welcomes the addition of Crew forward Jeff Cunningham, who received his U.S. citizenship just one week ago. While 11 players will be pushing to earn their first international cap, only three – Wade Barrett, Mark Lisi, and Evan Whitfield – are making their first appearance in a Men's National Team training camp.

The United States has never defeated South Korea, holding a 0-2-1 lifetime record in three previous meetings. The teams last met in a prelude to World Cup USA '94, drawing 1-1 in Fullerton, Calif. in March of that year. South Korea will be making its fifth straight appearance in the Finals, having qualified for every tournament since 1986 and receiving a berth in next year's tournament as a host country.

U.S. Men's National Team Roster
Friendly vs. Korea Republic
(Seogwipo, Jeju Province, Korea Republic; December 9, 2001)

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Birthdate

Caps
/Goals

Hometown

Club

Agoos, Jeff

D

5'10"

175

05/02/68

116/3

Dallas, Tex.

San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

Armas, Chris

M

5'7"

150

08/27/72

34/2

Brentwood, N.Y.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Barrett, Wade

D

5'8"

150

06/23/76

0/0

Virginia Beach, Va.

San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

Beasley, DaMarcus

M

5'7"

126

05/24/82

3/0

Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Bocanegra, Carlos

D

6'0"

170

05/25/79

0/0

Alto Loma, Calif.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Califf, Dan

D

6'1"

175

03/17/80

0/0

Orange, Calif.

Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)

Convey, Bobby

M

5'8"

150

05/27/83

2/0

Philadelphia, Pa.

D.C. United (MLS)

Cunningham, Jeff

F

5'8"

155

08/21/76

0/0

Crystal River, Fla.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Donovan, Landon

F

5'8"

148

03/04/82

8/1

Redlands, Calif.

San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

Gutierrez, Diego

M

5'7"

155

11/03/72

0/0

Kansas City, Mo.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Howard, Tim

GK

6'3"

210

03/06/79

0/0

North Brunswick, N.J.

MetroStars (MLS)

Jones, Cobi

M

5'7"

145

06/16/70

143/14

Westlake Village, Calif.

Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)

Lagos, Manny

M

6'0"

165

06/01/71

0/0

St. Paul, Minn.

San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

Lisi, Mark

M

6'1"

160

10/11/77

0/0

Englewood, Calif.

D.C. United (MLS)

Llamosa, Carlos

D

5'11"

166

06/30/69

24/0

Maspeth, N.Y.

Fusion F.C. (MLS)

Marsch, Jesse

M

5'11"

170

11/08/73

1/0

Racine, Wisc.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Mastroeni, Pablo

D/M

5'10"

170

08/26/76

1/0

Phoenix, Ariz.

Fusion F.C. (MLS)

Mathis, Clint

F

5'10"

170

11/25/76

11/3

Conyers, Ga.

MetroStars (MLS)

McBride, Brian

F

6'1"

170

06/19/72

49/14

Arlington Heights, Ill.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Mulrooney, Richard

M

5'9"

160

11/03/76

0/0

Memphis, Tenn.

San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

Presthus, Tom

GK

6'4"

204

04/05/75

1/0

Minneapolis, Minn.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Razov, Ante

F

6'1"

175

03/02/74

18/5

Whittier, Calif.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Rimando, Nick

GK

5'11"

181

06/17/79

0/0

Montclair, Calif.

Fusion F.C. (MLS)

Thornton, Zach

GK

6'3"

230

10/10/73

7/0

Edgewood, Md.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Vagenas, Pete

M

5'8"

150

02/06/78

1/0

Cerritos, Calif.

Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)

West, Brian

M

5'9"

155

06/10/78

1/0

Columbia, Md.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Whitfield, Evan

M

5'11"

155

06/23/77

0/0

Phoenix, Ariz.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Wolff, Josh

F

5'8"

160

02/25/77

9/3

Stone Mountain, Ga.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Team Staff

Head Coach

Bruce Arena

Fairfax, Va.

Assistant Coach

Dave Sarachan

Ashburn, Va.

Goalkeeper Coach

Milutin Soskic

Bakersfield, Calif.

General Manager

Pam Perkins

Evanston, Ill.

Trainers

Rick Guter

Fairfax, Va.

Ivan Pierra

Los Angeles

Equipment Manager

Aaron Barrett

Chicago

Director of Security

Gene Williams

Richmond, Va.

Press Officer

Michael Kammarman

Chicago


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