CHICAGO (Friday, June 27, 2003) — U.S. Men’s National Team manager Bruce Arena announced an 18-man squad for the match against fellow 2002 World Cup finalists Paraguay on Sunday, July 6 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus. Kickoff for the match is set for 2:55 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The game will also be broadcast on Telemundo and the Radio Unica network, and fans can follow the match live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.“Behind the World Cup and qualifying, the Gold Cup is our most important competition,” said Arena. ”The match against Paraguay is vital to our preparation as we prepare to defend the Gold Cup championship, and we have selected a group that gives us the best chance to be successful.”
Columbus Crew forward Brian McBride returns to the U.S. lineup, after club commitments and family matters have allowed him only two appearances for the USA in 2003. McBride, third on the MLS scoring charts with six goals and two assists, is joined by Crew teammate and two-time World Cup veteran Frankie Hejduk, who captained the U.S. for the first time against Turkey in the Confederations Cup. In all, 13 players on the roster recently returned from the tournament in France.
The U.S. roster boasts ten veterans of the 2002 World Cup quarterfinalist team. San Jose Earthquakes forward Landon Donovan leads the U.S. attack in 2003, his two goals and three assists placing him at the head of U.S scorers this year. Also the leader in minutes played, Donovan is accompanied by striker Clint Mathis. The MetroStars forward exploded on a five-match scoring run in MLS action before departing for the Confederations Cup. Preston North End midfielder Eddie Lewis, the Chevrolet Man of the Match in the 2-0 win against Wales on May 26, has four goals and nine assists in 48 appearances for the senior team. D.C. United midfielder Earnie Stewart is a veteran of three World Cups and the USA’s all-time leader in World Cup appearances (11).
The Paraguay match also marks the return of long-time U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who has been sidelined since May after having minor elbow surgery. Second on the USA’s all-time goalkeeping list for victories (31) and shutouts (29), he holds a remarkable 14-0-4 record in U.S. soil dating back to 1998.
The U.S. and Paraguay have meet three times in their history, with the U.S. holding an unbeaten 1-0-2 record, including a 3-0 victory in the inaugural World Cup on July 17, 1930 in Uruguay. The teams last met in San Diego on March 14, 1998, resulting in a 2-2 draw. Paraguay sends eight players from the side that advanced to the second round of the World Cup last summer, the South American side falling to eventual second place finishers Germany in the Round of 16 last summer.
Tickets for the U.S.-Paraguay game are currently on sale and are priced at $44 (club seats), $34 (upper and lower midfield), $26 (sidelines and corners) and $20 (North and South endlines). Tickets are available at all area Ticketmaster outlets in Ohio and surrounding states and the Crew Stadium Box office (stadium ticket office open Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm). For group ticket information contact the Crew at 614-447-CREW (2739).
The USA has compiled a 5-3-2 record in 2003, including shutout victories against Canada, Venezuela and Wales. The USA will defend its regional championship in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup to be held from July 12-23 in Boston, Miami and Mexico City. The U.S. opens group play against El Salvador on July 12 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., with their second match against Martinique in Foxboro just two days later. The 25-man roster for the Gold Cup will be announced Monday, June 30 on ussoccer.com.
U.S. Men’s National Team Roster v. Paraguay
July 6, 2003 – Columbus, Ohio
No Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps/G Hometown Club
17 Beasley, DaMarcus F 5'7" 126 05/24/82 24/4 Ft. Wayne, Ind. Chicago Fire (MLS)
4 Bocanegra, Carlos D 6'0" 170 05/25/79 15/2 Alto Loma, Calif. Chicago Fire (MLS)
12 Califf, Dan D 6'1" 175 03/17/80 8/0 Orange, Calif Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
1 Cannon, Joe GK 6’2” 190 01/01/75 1/0 Los Altos Hills, Calif. out of contract
15 Convey, Bobby M 5'8" 150 05/27/83 13/0 Philadelphia, Pa. D.C. United (MLS)
21 Donovan, Landon F 5'8" 148 03/04/82 38/9 Redlands, Calif. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
6 Gibbs, Cory D 6'3" 178 01/14/80 3/0 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. FC St. Pauli (Germany)
2 Hejduk, Frankie M 5'8" 155 08/05/74 47/5 Cardiff, Calif. Columbus Crew (MLS)
18 Keller, Kasey GK 6'2" 190 11/29/69 61/0 Lacey, Wash. Tottenham Hotspur (England)
7 Lewis, Eddie M 5'10" 155 05/17/74 48/4 Cerritos, Calif. Preston North End (England)
25 Mastroeni, Pablo D/M 5'10" 170 08/26/76 20/0 Phoenix, Ariz. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
11 Mathis, Clint M/F 5'10" 170 11/25/76 33/11 Conyers, Ga. MetroStars (MLS)
20 McBride, Brian F 6'1" 170 06/19/72 67/20 Arlington Heights, Ill. Columbus Crew (MLS)
22 Mulrooney, Richard M/D 5'9" 160 11/03/76 7/0 Memphis, Tenn. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
10 Reyna, Claudio M 5'9" 160 07/20/73 92/8 Springfield, N.J. Sunderland (England)
8 Stewart, Earnie M/F 5'9" 145 03/28/69 88/15 Point Arena, Calif. D.C. United (MLS)
3 Vanney, Greg D 5'11" 169 06/11/74 21/0 Tempe, Ariz. F.C. Bastia (France)
16 Wolff, Josh F 5'8" 160 02/25/77 20/6 Stone Mountain, Ga. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Goalkeepers (2): Joe Cannon (out of contract), Kasey Keller (Tottenham Hotspur)
Defenders (5): Carlos Bocanegra (Chicago Fire), Dan Califf (Los Angeles Galaxy), Cory Gibbs (FC St. Pauli), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Greg Vanney (FC Bastia)
Midfielders (7): DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago Fire), Bobby Convey (D.C. United), Eddie Lewis (Preston North End), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Richard Mulrooney (San Jose Earthquakes), Claudio Reyna (Sunderland), Earnie Stewart (D.C. United)
Forwards (4): Landon Donovan (San Jose Earthquakes), Clint Mathis (MetroStars), Brian McBride (Columbus Crew), 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 (Oak Hill, Va.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Milutin Soskic (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Strength Coach: Pierre Barrieu (Charlottesville, Va.)
General Manager: Pam Perkins (Evanston, Ill.)
Trainers: Rick Guter (Fairfax, Va.)
Sheldon Lo (Chicago)
Chiropractor: George Billauer (Los Angeles)
Equipment Manager: Aaron Barrett (Chicago)
Press Officer: Michael Kammarman (Chicago)