The game against Colombia, which will be televised live on ESPN2 and Telemundo, marks the USA's final game before it begins the 10-game World Cup qualifying campaign, which begins against Mexico on Feb. 28 in Columbus, Ohio.
Joining the squad for the first time this year will be Cobi Jones, who recently helped lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a berth in the World Club Championships in Spain after capturing the CONCACAF Champions Cup title. Jones had a breakout year with the National Team in 2000, leading all U.S. players in scoring and setting a personal record with six goals and nine assists.
Other players of note on the USA roster include a pair of 18-year-old attackers. Bayer Leverkusen forward Landon Donovan, who last Saturday was named Chevrolet "Man of the Match" in only his second international appearance, will likely join speedy Chicago Fire midfielder DaMarcus Beasley in the lineup. Beasley earned his first full national team cap in last Saturday's 2-1 win over China in Oakland, Calif., turning in an impressive 90-minute performance on the left flank and creating several dangerous scoring chances.
The Americans will prepare for the match with daily training sessions at Florida Atlantic University (Monday through Wednesday), and Nova Southeastern University (Thursday), before holding a final practice before the match at the Orange Bowl in Miami on Friday afternoon.
The United States and Colombia last met in the quarterfinal of the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, also at the Orange Bowl. Brian McBride had a goal and an assist for the Americans, but an 82nd minute equalizer from Gerardo Bedoya put the game into overtime. After two scoreless overtime periods, the Colombians advanced through penalty kicks, 2-1, in front of a crowd of 32,972.
The Americans have never topped Colombia at the Orange Bowl, drawing 1-1 on February 4, 1990, and falling 2-1 on May 8, 1993, before going to penalty kicks last February. Colombia leads the all-time series 7-2-3, outscoring the Americans 17-8. The teams are best remembered for their encounter in the 1994 World Cup, when the Americans ousted the favored Colombians from the tournament with an historic 2-1 victory at the Rose Bowl.
The U.S. opens its final round of qualifying at home at Columbus Crew Stadium against Mexico on Feb. 28 (7:30 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Telemundo), before traveling to Honduras for their second qualifier on March 28. The team's third qualifier has been slated for April 25 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City versus Costa Rica.
Tickets for the Colombia match are on sale now at all Florida area TicketMaster outlets (including Spec's Music, Ricky's Records and Sears) or by calling 305-358-5885 (Miami), 954-523-3309 (Broward) or 561-966-3309 (West Palm Beach). More ticket information is available at www.us-soccer.com. Advance ticket prices range from $15 to $35.
|USA Men's National Team Roster|
February 3, 2001 * Miami, Fla.
|12||Agoos, Jeff||D||5'10"||175||5/02/68||105/3||Dallas||D.C. United (MLS)|
|11||Albright, Chris||F||6'1"||165||1/14/79||5/1||Philadelphia, Pa.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|14||Armas, Chris||M||5'7"||150||8/27/72||23/2||Brentwood, N.Y.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|7||Beasley, DaMarcus||M||5'7"||126||5/24/82||1/0||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|3||Berhalter, Gregg||D||6'1"||175||8/01/73||18/0||Tenafly, N.J.||---|
|8||Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0"||170||5/25/79||0/0||Alto Loma, Calif.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|5||Brown, C.J.||D||6'0"||185||6/15/75||14/0||Hayward, Calif.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|22||Donovan, Landon||F||5'8"||148||3/04/82||2/1||Redlands, Calif.||Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)|
|18||Hartman, Kevin||GK||6'1"||174||5/24/74||1/0||Palos Verdes, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|13||Jones, Cobi||M/F||5'7"||145||6/16/70||135/14||Westlake Village, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|24||Jordan, Matt||GK||6'2"||185||10/18/75||0/0||Aurora, Colo.||Dallas Burn (MLS)|
|17||Klein, Chris||M||6'1"||180||1/04/76||3/0||St. Louis, Mo.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|16||Llamosa, Carlos||D||5'11"||166||6/30/69||15/0||Maspeth, N.Y.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|6||Mathis, Clint||M||5'10"||170||11/25/76||6/1||Conyers, Ga.||NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS)|
|1||Meola, Tony||GK||6'1"||205||2/21/69||95/0||Kearny, N.J.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|2||Petke, Mike||D||6'2"||185||1/30/76||0/0||Bohemia, N.Y.||NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS)|
|23||Pope, Eddie||D||6'1"||180||12/24/73||36/4||High Point, N.C.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|4||Vanney, Greg||D||5'11"||170||6/11/74||11/0||Tempe, Ariz.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|21||Williams, Richie||M||5'5"||145||6/03/70||13/0||Middletown, N.J.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|9||Wolff, Josh||F||5'8"||160||2/25/77||3/1||Stone Mountain, Ga.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|15||Zavagnin, Kerry||M||5'10"||170||7/02/74||2/0||Plymouth, Mich.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|U.S. Men's National Team Staff|
|Head Coach||Bruce Arena||Fairfax, Va.|
|Assistant Coach||Dave Sarachan||Ashburn, Va.|
|Assistant Coach||Bob Bradley||Palatine, Ill.|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Milutin Soskic||Bakersfield, Calif|
|General Manager||Pam Perkins||Evanston, Ill.|
|Athletic Trainer||Rick Guter||Fairfax, Va.|
|Athletic Trainer||Ivan Pierra||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Equipment Manager||Aaron Barrett||Chicago, Ill.|
|Press Officer||Rich Schneider||Chicago, Ill.|