U.S. Men’s National Team Training Camp Update
May 29, 2007
ALL IN: The U.S. Men’s National Team kicked off training for the June 2 match against China (tickets) with a spirited 90-minute session on Memorial Day, with 17 of the 19 players on the roster participating. The group reached its full complement Monday afternoon with the arrivals of Oguchi Onyewu and Charlie Davies. The session was the first since Bob Bradley was officially named head coach of the MNT. The team will train for three more days at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., before moving the operation to the Bay Area. Kickoff at Spartan Stadium in San Jose is set for 5 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavasion. Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
BRADLEY BRINGS 19 FOR CHINA MATCH: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has announced the 19 players that will train for the upcoming friendly against China on June 2 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. In addition to the 11 European-based players that will compete in the Gold Cup, Bradley has enlisted four players from his former side, Chivas USA. The MLS Rookie of the Year in 2006, defender Jonathan Bornstein already earned his first cap and goal this year in the 3-1 win against Denmark on Jan. 20 at The Home Depot Center. Scoring four goals in eight games this year, Ante Razov is the third leading goal scorer in MLS history with 106 tallies, and has six goals in 24 appearances for the United States. Bradley will also look at a trio of U.S. U-23 prospects who are currently plying their trade in Europe. Lee Nguyen, a member of the PSV Eindhoven team that won the Dutch league title this year, was the only high school player on the USA’s roster for the 2005 World Youth Championship. Kamani Hill, a member of both the U-18 and U-20 national teams, moved to German Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg after leading the UCLA Bruins in scoring.
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM VS. CHINA:
GOALKEEPERS (3) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
DEFENDERS (6) –Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (7) – DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Jesse Marsch (Chivas USA), Lee Nguyen (PSV Eindhoven)
FORWARDS (3) – Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Kamani Hill (VfL Wolfsburg), Ante Razov (Chivas USA)
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
CHINA ROSTER: China head coach Zhu Guanghu has named 23 players for the upcoming trip to the United States, including Manchester United striker Dong Fangzhuo and Energie Cottbus midfielder Shao Jiaya. After the U.S. match, the Chinese will also face the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Colorado Rapids in friendlies. Guanghu is using the trip to prepare for the Asian Cup finals in July.
CHINA MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM VS. USA:
GOALKEEPERS: Zong Lei (Changchun Yatai), Yang Jun (Tianjin Teda)
DEFENDERS: Xu Yunlong (Beijing Guo'an), Zhang Shuai (Beijing Guo'an), Zhang Baofeng (Changchun Yatai), Chen Dong (Dalian Shide), Zhai Yanpeng (Dalian Shide), Zhang Yaokun (Dalian Shide), Ji Mingyi (Dalian Shide), Xin Feng (Shenzhen Xiangxue), Sun Xiang (unattached)
MIDFIELDERS: Wang Dong (Changchun Yatai), Du Zhenyu (Changchun Yatai), Zhao Xuri (Dalian Shide), Cao Yang (Tianjin Teda), Hao Junmin (Tianjin Teda), Zheng Bin (FC Wuhan), Shao Jiayi (Energie Cottbus, Germany), Li Tie (unattached)
FORWARDS: Du Wenhui (Beijing Guo'an), Wang Peng (Dalian Shide), Qu Bo (Qingdao Zhongneng), Dong Fangzhuo (Manchester United, England).
ALL_ACCESS VIDEO – GETTING OUT OF THE GATES: The first day of any camp has a very familiar feel. Old friends re-uniting, new faces with a look of nervousness and anticipation as they step on the field for the first time, and the rush of putting on the national team gear no matter how many times you’ve done it before. There’s meetings, press, and a lot of little things that shape the experience. ussoccer.com turned its cameras on all of it to show what day one of a U.S. national team training camp is all about in this exclusive all_access video.
PODCAST – NGUYEN LOOKING FORWARD: When the USA's roster was released there were a few names of interest, especially the youngest of all the players -- Lee Nguyen. The midfielder was last seen in a national team uniform at the 2005 World Youth Championship and has since been with PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands, who have just captured the Dutch Eredivisie crown. Now just two days into his first Men's National Team camp, ussoccer.com talked to Lee about his move overseas, his plans for next season and what his first day of training here at The Home Depot Center was like (listen)
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GOLD CUP ON THE HORIZON: Just five days after the China match, the United States will begin defense of their Gold Cup title when they face Guatemala on June 7 at The Home Depot Center. The U.S. is seeking their fourth CONCACAF crown and their first back-to-back championships. Last Thursday, U.S. boss Bob Bradley announced the 23-man roster that will compete in the 2007 edition of the confederation championship. For more information about the USA’s run at the Gold Cup, check out the CONCACAF Gold Cup competitions page.
FIRE REUNION: A glance around the training field yesterday revealed a nice sized collection of Chicago Fire alumni. Reunited for the first time on the same team in seven years were Bob Bradley (coach), Peter Nowak (captain), DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Jesse Marsch and Ante Razov. Minus Beasley and Bocanegra (who joined the team in 2000), the group were part of the expansion team that won the 1998 Double – the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup. The entire unit did capture the U.S. Open Cup title together in 2000.
THEY SAID IT...
"I'm just embarrassing myself out there. They weren't doing me any favors either, hitting balls to my head. They set up the strikers with real nice passes on the ground, but not the defender of course."
U.S. MNT defender Jay DeMerit, joking about why he elected to step out of the end of session shooting exercise.