CHICAGO (Monday, June 30, 2003) - United States Men’s National Team manager Bruce Arena has selected a 25-man roster to defend the team’s confederation championship in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup to be held July 12-27 in Foxboro, Mass., Miami, Fla. and Mexico City. Players will report to Providence, R.I., for training camp on July 7, following the USA’s friendly against Paraguay on July 6 in Columbus at 3 p.m. ET live on ESPN2.
Youth and experience are again well represented for the U.S., with 12 veterans of the 2002 World Cup team named to the Gold Cup roster.
"Our goal is certainly to defend the Gold Cup championship,” said Arena, who has improved his all-time best record to 35-21-16 in 2003. “Ultimately, we are trying to develop a squad capable of competing in World Cup qualifying, and to be able to compete against teams from our region in this type of environment is invaluable.”
Returning to defend the title are 10 players from the Gold Cup championship-winning side of 2002. Striker Brian McBride led the U.S. attack in Pasadena last year, netting four goals, including a hat trick against El Salvador in the quarterfinals. Collecting the Golden Boot as the tournament’s leading scorer, McBride was also honored as the Tournament MVP. On the other end of the field, goalkeeper Kasey Keller collected four shutouts in five matches, including saving two penalty kicks in the shootout victory against Canada in the semifinals, in marshalling the U.S. to their second-ever Gold Cup title.
Nine players on the current roster started in the 2-0 championship victory last year against Costa Rica, who are a potential quarterfinal opponent for the U.S. Costa Rica are currently coached by former U.S. MNT boss Steve Sampson, who took the reigns in November of last year. Against the Ticos in 2002, Kansas City Wizards forward Josh Wolff opened the USA’s scoring account after 37 minutes and would eventually be named Chevrolet Man of the Match. Chicago defender Carlos Bocanegra, tied for second in scoring for the U.S. in 2003 with two goals and two assists, was named to the first XI for all five matches in the 2002 event. Also on the field that day were Chris Armas, Frankie Hejduk, Eddie Lewis and Pablo Mastroeni.
Four players from the Chicago Fire were named to the roster, the most of any club. The host New England Revolution have three players on the squad, including 2002 MLS scoring leader Taylor Twellman and goalkeeper Adin Brown, the only player yet to receive his first international appearance.
San Jose Earthquakes forward Landon Donovan leads the U.S. in scoring in 2003, with two goals and three assists. Also the leader in minutes played, Donovan is joined by striker Clint Mathis. The MetroStars forward exploded on a five-match scoring run in MLS action before departing for the Confederations Cup. 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). He is joined by United midfielder Bobby Convey, the only player to appear in all 10 of the U.S. MNT’s matches in 2003.
The U.S. opens Group C action on July 12 against El Salvador at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. ET. Having defeated El Salvador 4-0 in the quarterfinal round in 2002, the U.S. now holds a 9-1-4 advantage in the all-time series. The USA will take on Martinique in the first-ever meeting between the nations on July 14 at 9 p.m. ET in Foxboro, with that match scheduled to be broadcast live on Galavision. All of the USA’s matches can be followed live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
Should the U.S. advance beyond the group phase, their quarterfinal match would be held July 19 in Foxboro. The semifinals are being played in Miami on July 23 and Mexico City on July 24, with the championship final scheduled for July 27 at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
U.S. Men's National Team
|Armas, Chris||M||5'7"||150||08/27/72||50/2||Brentwood, N.Y.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Beasley, DaMarcus||F||5'7"||126||05/24/82||24/4||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0"||170||05/25/79||15/2||Alto Loma, Calif.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Brown, Adin||GK||6'4"||200||05/27/78||0/0||Pleasant Hill, Calif.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Brown, C.J.||D||6'0"||185||06/15/75||15/0||Hayward, Calif.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Califf, Dan||D||6'1"||175||03/17/80||8/0||Orange, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Convey, Bobby||M||5'8"||150||05/27/83||13/0||Philadelphia, Pa.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Donovan, Landon||F||5'8"||148||03/04/82||38/9||Redlands, Calif.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Garcia, Nick||D||5'10"||160||04/09/79||4/0||Plano, Texas||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Gibbs, Cory||D||6'3"||178||01/14/80||3/0||Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.||FC St. Pauli (Germany)|
|Hejduk, Frankie||D/M||5'8"||155||08/05/74||47/5||Cardiff, Calif.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Howard, Tim||GK||6'3"||210||03/06/79||9/0||North Brunswick, N.J.||MetroStars (MLS)|
|Keller, Kasey||GK||6'2"||190||11/29/69||61/0||Lacey, Wash.||Tottenham Hotspur (England)|
|Klein, Chris||M||6'1"||180||01/04/76||14/3||St. Louis, Mo.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Lewis, Eddie||M||5'10"||155||05/17/74||48/4||Cerritos, Calif.||Preston North End (England)|
|Mastroeni, Pablo||D/M||5'10"||170||08/26/76||20/0||Phoenix, Ariz.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|Mathis, Clint||M/F||5'10"||170||11/25/76||33/11||Conyers, Ga.||MetroStars (MLS)|
|McBride, Brian||F||6'1"||170||06/19/72||67/20||Arlington Heights, Ill.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Mulrooney, Richard||M/D||5'9"||160||11/03/76||7/0||Memphis, Tenn.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Ralston, Steve||M||5’9”||160||06/14/74||10/1||St. Louis, Mo.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Reyna, Claudio||M||5'9"||160||07/20/73||92/8||Springfield, N.J.||Sunderland (England)|
|Stewart, Earnie||M/F||5'9"||145||03/28/69||91/15||Point Arena, Calif.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Twellman, Taylor||F||5'11"||170||02/29/80||6/0||St. Louis, Mo.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Vanney, Greg||D||5'11"||169||06/11/74||21/0||Tempe, Ariz.||F.C. Bastia (France)|
|Wolff, Josh||F||5'8"||160||02/25/77||20/6||Stone Mountain, Ga.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
- 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.)
Nelson Minn (Wilmington, Del.)
Team Doctors: Tom Gill (Boston)
Dan Kalbac (Miami)
Chiropractor: George Billauer (Los Angeles)
Equipment Manager: Aaron Barrett (Chicago)
Press Officer: Michael Kammarman (Chicago)