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U-23 MNT Departs for Two-Game Japan Tour

U.S. U-23 MNT Training Camp Update
Carson, Calif.
February 16, 2007

U.S. U-23 head coach Bob Bradley has selected 18 players to travel to Kumamoto, Japan, for a two-match tour highlighted by a Feb. 21 meeting with the Japan U-22 Men’s National Team. From the initial roster of 23 players that began training camp on Feb. 10 in Carson, six have been returned to their clubs. In addition to Tally Hall (Esjberg FB), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo) and Julian Valentin (Wake Forest, who had only been scheduled to participate in camp), Bradley released Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Nico Colaluca (Colorado Rapids), and Will John (Kansas City Wizards). Sal Zizzo, a UCLA product who played on the U-20 MNT that qualified for the 2007 U-20 FIFA World Cup, has been added to the travel roster. The team departs Friday morning for Japan and will arrive into Kumamoto at 1 a.m. local time on Sunday. The matches against Japan and JFL side Rosso Kumamoto are the first two of the campaign in preparation for qualifying for the 2008 Olympics, and the first under Bradley.

LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (AND DAY AGAIN): The U-23s have quite the journey ahead of them. As you read this, they are aboard a 12-hour flight to Narita Airport in Tokyo. Following a three-hour layover, they take to the skies again with a two-hour trip to Fukuoka. Hitting the highway, a nearly three-hour bus ride will deliver the group to Kumamoto at approximately 1 a.m. local time, for a grand total of 20 hours. Add in the 17-hour time difference between Los Angeles and Japan, and you have the makings of some seriously tired puppies.

TWO BETTER THAN CHIVAS: Goals from Adam Cristman and Patrick Ianni lifted the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team to a 2-0 win in a scrimmage against Chivas USA Thursday morning on Training Field No. 1 at The Home Depot Center. Both teams made wholesale changes at halftime, giving 22 players 45 minutes each. Cristman opened the scoring in the 30th minute when he picked off a back pass and sprinted past Claudio Suarez, beating goalkeeper Brad Guzan with a curling strike to the upper left corner. With 10 minutes remaining, Ianni nailed a full volley off the underside of the crossbar after a well-placed free kick by Hunter Freeman.

PODCAST - KLJESTAN SWITCHING GEARS: For midfielder Sacha Kljestan, time with the U.S. youth national teams has combined a wealth of experience with a measure of personal disappointment. Fresh off a month-long camp with the full national team and an impressive rookie season with Chivas USA, Kljestan sets out on his journey with the U-23 national team with renewed confidence and a determination to provide leadership both on and off the field. And along the way, perhaps find a bit of redemption (listen).

GETTING HITCHED: Tally Hall certainly made Valentine's Day a memorable one. Desperate to propose to his girlfriend prior to departing for Denmark and his new club, he set up for the big moment in his hotel room. Unfortunately, the ring had yet to arrive, but Hall plowed ahead and got down on bended knee. Completely surprised and overwhelmed, she accepted. Congrats to the happy couple.

JAMIE'S JOURNAL: Already a veteran writer, the feisty striker resumes his career with his latest musings from the U-23 camp. In the first installment he talks about poker tricks, a tough scrimmage against UCLA, and something awful about Valentine's Day. (He can definitely learn from Tally Hall.) Follow along as Jamie chronicles the first training camp of the new U-23 national team with Jamie's Journal.

PHOTOS FROM CARSON:'s crack photography staff doesn't take a break, quickly changing hats from the full Men’s National Team camps to provide you images of different faces from the same location. Check out the latest pics of the U-23's in Carson.

U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Travel Roster
Feb. 16-23, 2007 – Kumamoto, Japan

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. DOB Hometown Club/College
Alvarez, Arturo M 5'9”   145   06/28/85   Houston, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
Cristman, Adam D 6’0”  180  01/08/85  Glen Allen, Va. New England Revolution (MLS)
Franklin, Sean D 5'10'' 155 03/21/85 Palmade, Calif. Cal State Northridge
Freeman, Hunter D 5’11”  170  01/08/85  Allen, Texas Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Harrington, Michael F 6'0”   170  01/24/86   Greenville, N.C. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Hughes, Justin GK 6'1'' 180 04/23/85 Wake Forest, N.C. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Ianni, Patrick D 6’1”  175  06/15/85  Lodi, Calif. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Kirk, Quavas M 6’1”  165  04/13/88  Aurora, Ill. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Kljestan, Sacha  M 6’1”  150  09/09/85  Huntington Beach, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
Lowry, Peter M 5'11'' 165 10/02/85 Fair Oaks, Calif. Santa Clara University
Peterson, Jacob F 5’10”  160  01/27/86  Portage, Mich. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Seitz, Chris GK 6’4”  210  03/12/87  San Luis Obispo, Calif. Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Solle, Ryan M 5’8”  160  09/11/85  Broadway, N.C.  New England Revolution (MLS)
Sturgis, Nathan D 5’10”  150  07/06/87  St. Augustine, Fla. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Valentino, Rob D 6’3”  190  01/01/86  Cave Creek, Ariz. University of San Francisco
Ward,Tim D 6’0”  165  02/28/87  Waukesha, Wis. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Watson, Jamie F 5’9”  160  04/10/86  Dallas, Texas Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Zizzo, Sal F 5'11'' 165 04/03/87 San Diego, Calif. UCLA

Goalkeepers (2) – Justin Hughes (Colorado Rapids), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders (7) –Sean Franklin (Cal State Northridge University), Hunter Freeman (Colorado Rapids), Michael Harrington (Kansas City Wizards), Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Nathan Sturgis (Los Angeles Galaxy), Rob Valentino (University of San Francisco), Tim Ward (Columbus Crew)
Midfielders (5) –Arturo Alvarez (FC Dallas), Quavas Kirk (Los Angeles Galaxy), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Peter Lowry (Santa Clara University), Ryan Solle (New England Revolution)
Forwards (4) - Adam Cristman (New England Revolution), Jacob Peterson (Colorado Rapids), Jamie Watson (Real Salt Lake),
Sal Zizzo (UCLA)
Head Coach: Bob Bradley