CHICAGO (May 16, 2005) —U.S. Men’s National Team manager Bruce Arena has called 19 players into camp to train for the upcoming friendly against England on May 28 in Chicago. Kickoff at Soldier Field is set for 2 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Telemundo. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
The match serves as important preparation for the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica (June 4 in Salt Lake) and Panama (June 8 in Panama City). The team will assemble beginning May 22 in Chicago.
"With the series of upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and Panama, I'm pleased to get this group together for the opportunity to face a quality opponent like England," said U.S. Manager Bruce Arena. "With the majority of our players in camp, we will have almost two weeks together as a group. Having this type of preparation is extremely valuable as we head into this phase of qualifying."
Chicago-area native Brian McBride is the top capwinner in the group, having collected 85 international appearances while tallying 26 goals. Now second on the USA’s all-time scoring chart, McBride finished the English Premier League campaign on a goalscoring tear, recording six goals in his last nine games for Fulham. At the other end of the park stands goalkeeper Kasey Keller, the USA’s all-time leader in wins (43) and shutouts (37). With 78 caps to his credit, Keller is averaging nearly one shutout for every two games played.
The U.S. roster boasts plenty of firepower, led by Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan. The 23-year old already has amassed 61 caps and 19 goals for the senior team. Having led the U.S. in scoring the last two years running, he has collected at least one point in 10 of 11 qualifying matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Donovan is tied for the MLS lead in scoring with five goals, alongside emerging New England Revolution midfielder Clint Dempsey. FC Dallas striker Eddie Johnson is coming off a remarkable first year with the full team, netting five goals in three games, including a hat trick in the 6-0 win against Panama on Oct. 13. With tallies in qualifiers against Trinidad and Guatemala this year, Johnson now has eight goals in eight career games.
Making his return to the U.S. fold is midfielder John O’Brien, who is making his second appearance on a roster since starting all five games at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. O’Brien has been plagued by injuries over the last two years, and has only played one league match since Feb. 13, 2004. Also returning to the mix is FC Dallas defender Greg Vanney, who is making his first trip with the U.S. side in 2005, as well as FSV Mainz forward Conor Casey.
The U.S. and England last met at famed Wembley Stadium in London on Sept. 7, 1994, a 2-0 win for England that came just one year after the USA’s memorable 2-0 win at Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., in the build up to the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Of course, the teams are best remembered for the historic match-up 55 years ago at the 1950 FIFA World Cup in which the United States provided one of the sports biggest upsets ever with a 1-0 win in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The historic victory has been recounted in the feature film The Game of Our Lives, recently released in U.S. theaters.
The U.S. roster for the upcoming qualifiers will be determined following the Memorial Day weekend matches. After the England match, the U.S. will play host for the second time in the final round of FIFA World Cup qualifying, welcoming Costa Rica on June 4 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kickoff at Rice-Eccles Stadium is set for 5:30 p.m. MT, and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The match will be followed by MLS expansion franchise Real Salt Lake hosting FC Dallas at 8 p.m. in the second game of the doubleheader. Four days later, the U.S. travels to face Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast via tape-delay on ESPN2 at 1 a.m. ET and on Telemundo at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT
Following their match with the United States, England will travel to the East Coast to take on Colombia at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., for a game on May 31 at 4 p.m. ET. That match-up is part of a double-header that concludes with the MetroStars hosting the Chicago Fire at 6:30 p.m. ET.
The U.S., along with Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago, is competing in the 10-game round-robin Wold Cup qualifying format through Oct. 12, 2005, with the top three teams automatically advancing to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The fourth-place team will compete in a two-game playoff to be held Nov. 12/13 and Nov. 16 against the fifth-place finisher in Asian qualifying.
U.S. Men’s National Team Roster v. England
May 28, 2005 – Chicago, Illinois, USA
*Kerry Zavagnin replaced Pablo Mastroeni on May 19, 2005
**Eddie Pope replaced Oguchi Onyewu on May 22, 2005
ROSTER BY POSITION
Goalkeepers (3) –Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Zach Thornton (Chicago Fire)
Defenders (6) –Gregg Berhalter (Energie Cottbus), Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Cory Gibbs (Feyenoord), Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake), Greg Vanney (FC Dallas)
Midfielders (7) – Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards), John O’Brien (ADO Den Haag), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution), Clyde Simms (D.C. United)
*Kerry Zavagnin replaced Pablo Mastroeni on May 19, 2005
*Eddie Pope replaced Oguchi Onyewu on May 22, 2005
Forwards (3) – Conor Casey (FSV Mainz), Eddie Johnson (FC Dallas), Brian McBride (Fulham FC), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards)
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF
Head Coach: Bruce Arena (Fairfax, Va.)
Assistant Coach: Glenn Myernick (Denver)
Assistant Coach: Curt Onalfo (Fairfax, Va.)
Goalkeeper Coaches: Milutin Soskic (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
Phil Wheddon (Monroe, Conn.)
Fitness Coach: Pierre Barrieu (Charlottesville, Va.)
General Manager: Pam Perkins (Los Angeles)
Trainers: Jim Hashimoto (Wilmington, Del.), Dave Andrews (Seattle)
Doctor: Bert Mandlebaum (Los Angeles)
Chiropractor: George Billauer (Los Angeles)
Equipment Manager: Ryan Maxfield (Los Angeles)
Press Officer: Michael Kammarman (Chicago)