U.S. One Day From Final World Cup Qualifying Preparation Match
May 27, 2005
USA-ENGLAND JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE ON FRIDAY AVAILABLE ON ussoccer.com NOW: An exclusive ussoccer.com podcast of today's joint press conference between the U.S. Men's National Team and England is now available as part of U.S. Soccer's new podcasting content. The press conference was staged on Friday morning at the Hotel Intercontinental in Chicago and featured separate sessions with both team managers and U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan and England defender Sol Campbell. The interview with Bruce Arena and Sven-Goran Eriksson runs about 15 minutes, as does the Donovan/Campbell session. As part of ussoccer.com's comprehensive coverage of the U.S. National Teams, the site added a new medium to its lineup of exclusive online content this week, debuting "podcasting" to provide fans the opportunity to download exclusive audio clips - including detailed interviews and other features - covering their favorite national team coaches and players. U.S. Soccer will be consistently adding new content for fans to download and listen "on the go" or "at their computers." [Learn more about U.S. Soccer's podcast here].
MLS BEST ON DISPLAY: The U.S. boasts the class of MLS scorers, with three of the top five marksmen on the roster. Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, and Eddie Johnson are all tied for second on the goalscoring chart with five apiece, while Dempsey and Donovan have each added four assists to the ledger. All three will be in uniform as the U.S. takes on England at 2 p.m. CT at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. The international friendly will be broadcast live on ESPN and Telemundo, and can also be followed live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
ENGLAND IN A NUTSHELL: Established in 1872, the English FA is the oldest national association in the world. England has appeared in the World Cup finals 11 times, becoming one of only seven nations to capture the World Cup title with their victory on home soil in 1966. Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker are tied as the all-time scoring leaders for the Three Lions, each tallying 48 goals. Currently ranked sixth in the world, England are in first place in Group 6 of UEFA World Cup qualifying, collecting five wins and a draw in their first six matches under manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.
CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER: England’s roster is filled with players who collected silverware with their clubs in the 2004-05 campaign. Joe Cole and Glen Johnson won the EPL league title and the Carling Cup with Chelsea, while Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole hoisted the FA Cup last weekend, defeating Manchester United in penalties (Wes Brown, Phil Neville, and Alan Smith played for the runners up). Liverpool backup goalkeeper Scott Carson picked up a Champions League medal Wednesday as The Reds pulled off the largest comeback in tournament history to defeat AC Milan in penalties.
FRIENDS AND ENEMIES: Several players who will occupy opposite ends of the field Saturday have shared space in the locker room at the club level. Carlos Bocanegra, Brian McBride, and England’s Zat Knight are are currently teammates at Fulham. Former Spurs ‘keeper Kasey Keller played with midfielder Michael Carrick and forward Jermain Defoe, while Gregg Berhalter teamed up with striker Andy Johnson at Crystal Palace.
ENGLISH PEDIGREE: Twenty-four players between the English and U.S. teams are current or former players in England. The entire 18-man England roster plies their trade at home, while six U.S. players have spent time in England: Gregg Berhalter (Crystal Palace) Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham), Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC), Kasey Keller (Tottenham, Millwall), Brian McBride (Fulham, Preston North End, Everton).
THEY SAID IT: “There’s not a set team for the national team. It’s different for a club team. With the national team there are always issues with injuries, suspensions, and other kinds of conflicts. We have a pretty good team here. England’s team - although you don’t hear the big names that you want to hear – those are outstanding players in one of the toughest leagues in the world. I would say anyway you cut it, the team that England brings in here on Saturday is one of the better teams in the world. Some of the best players in the Premiership are going to be here, so I don’t think you need to be concerned with that.”
--U.S. Manager Bruce Arena, on the strength of both the England and the USA roster for Saturday’s game
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