U.S. Men Set to Face the Czech Republic in First Match of 2010 Send-Off Series
STARTING THE SENDOFF: In what could be the last match before Bob Bradley selects the 23 men who will represent the United States at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, there is much to play for when the U.S. takes on Czech Republic at 8 p.m. ET at Renstchler Field in Hartford. Fans in the stadium and watching on ESPN and Galavision will witness the performance that for some players may determine their fate for making the squad headed to South Africa. Fans call also follow along on via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.
• The match vs. the Czech Republic begins the USA’s final push of three matches before the 2010 FIFA World Cup and is the first of two Send-Off Series games in the United States. The U.S. will also face Turkey on May 29 in Philadelphia and Australia on June 5 at Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort during the pre-tournament training camp in South Africa.
• The U.S. will dress 23 players for the match. The maximum number of substitutions will be six.
• All 30 players are available for selection for the game day roster.
• The United States and Czech Republic have met twice in history, the visitors earning victories that both came during Word Cups. The Czechs defeated the U.S. in their opening group match on June 12, 2006, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Prior to becoming an independent country in 1993, Czechoslovakia handed the U.S. a 5-1 loss in 1990 FIFA World Cup in Florence.
• Twenty-five of the 30 players appeared in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying for the U.S., although only 11 appeared in at least half of the USA’s qualifiers (Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley, Brian Ching, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, Sacha Kljestan, Oguchi Onyewu and Heath Pearce).
• Six players – Stuart Holden, Heath Pearce, Clarence Goodson, Brian Ching, Robbie Rogers and Benny Feilhaber – appeared for the U.S. in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
• Landon Donovan is the leading cap winner on the roster with 121 appearances. Conversely, Edson Buddle has played only once for the full team. More on these two later.
• Six of the nine defenders on the roster have at least one goal for the national team: Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Goodson, Chad Marshall and Onyewu. Three of those tallied in 2009, and all of them memorable. Bocanegra’s game-winning header against Honduras in Chicago; Goodson performing the same feat against the same team in the same stadium in the Gold Cup; and Bornstein capping of qualifying with a last-second header against Costa Rica
• With his goal against Netherlands on March 3 in Amsterdam, Bocanegra upped his career tally to 12, just one shy of the mark set by Marcelo Balboa for U.S. defenders
• Clint Dempsey became one of only a handful of U.S. players to receive recognition from FIFA when he earned the Bronze Ball at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup after scoring goals against Egypt, Spain and Brazil
• Tim Howard also picked up honors in that tournament, collecting the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper. Howard, who sits on 49 caps, finished the 2010 qualifying cycle with six clean sheets in 13 appearances and a 0.92 goals against average
• Jozy Altidore led all U.S. scorers in 2009, including a hat trick against Trinidad & Tobago and the game-winner against No. 1-ranked Spain that vaulted the U.S. into the Confederations Cup final against Brazil.
• In 15 games in 2009, Altidore recorded six goals without registering an assist, the most goals without a helper since Frank Klopas scored eight times without adding an assist to his stat sheet in 1994.
• Two players on the U.S. roster -- Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley -- come from Scottish Premier League Champions Glasgow Rangers, which clinched its second title in a row.
• Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki) is the first player called into a U.S. camp while playing professionally in Greece since Apollon’s Frank Klopas in 1995.
• Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has recorded five shutouts in 13 appearances for the U.S., including three clean sheets in five World Cup qualifiers. Overall he has posted a 7-3-1 record
• Benny Feilhaber spent a portion of his young career in Fairfield County in Connecticut, where as a middle-schooler he played for the Westport-based Beachside Youth Soccer Club.
• Two players have made their U.S. first appearance for Bradley within the last year. Holden debuted on July 4, 2009, with an Independence Day goal in the Gold Cup, while Alejandro Bedoya first appeared on Jan. 23 of this year against Honduras.
Average Age: 26.5 Average Caps: 31
Most Caps: 121 (Landon Donovan) Fewest Caps: 1 (Edson Buddle)
Oldest: 37 (Marcus Hahnemann) Youngest: 20 (Jozy Altidore)
Play professionally in: USA (9), England (7), Germany (3), Mexico (2), Scotland (2), Denmark (1), France (1), Greece (1), Italy (1), Norway (1), Spain (1), Sweden (1),
PRINCETON PREP: The U.S. team spent the first week of camp training at Princeton University in New Jersey where U.S. head coach Bob Bradley ran the team through an excellent week that focused mostly on fitness. There was one day of inclement weather, but otherwise the U.S. camp was extremely smooth and productive as several players worked through their final stages of rehabilitation to overcome injuries. The U.S. team left Princeton, Bradley’s alma mater, on May 23 to take its next steps towards South Africa with a match against the Czech Republic at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.
ROSTER DEADLINE: With the process of selecting rosters heading into the home stretch, it is worth a review of the process outlined by FIFA for the 2010 World Cup. A preliminary list of 30 players had to be submitted by May 11 by all 32 teams. The final roster of 23 players must be turned in by June 1, and according to a new regulation, the players must come from the original preliminary roster. Once the rosters are finalized, a team may replace an injured player up to 24 hours prior to their first match of the tournament. In this case, the replacement player does not have to be selected from the 30-man preliminary list.
SERIOUS EXPOSURE: Media coverage of the team has certainly ramped up in 2010, and the last week in Princeton saw the bar raised another level. More than 85 media outlets from the U.S., England, Slovenia, Algeria, the Netherlands, Sweden and more took advantage of the daily media access to interview players and coaches. ESPN spent a day collecting interviews, still shots, and some cool video graphic elements for their shows. Separate photo shoots were conducted by Sports Illustrated and Interview Magazine, while television outlets like NBC News, Fox News and The Daily Show filmed segments for upcoming shows. And the hits just keep on coming. On May 24, five U.S. players traveled the short distance from Hartford to Bristol, Conn. for the ESPN “Car Wash” and the Tuesday pre-game press conference at Rentschler Field that featured Landon Donovan, Carlos Bocanegra and head coach Bob Bradley was packed with media as the buzz for the tournament continues to grow at home and abroad.
ON THE MEND: All 30 of players called into camp have been able to participate in full training, and several are returning from injuries of varying length and degree. Oguchi Onyewu has not played a competitive match since rupturing a patellar tendon on Oct. 14, 2009, against Costa Rica in the USA’s final qualifier. Jay DeMerit missed his club’s final two matches with an abdominal strain, while Carlos Bocanegra underwent a procedure on May 5 to repair a sports hernia. Eddie Johnson and Chad Marshall incurred minor hamstring strains in the week before camp started, and Stuart Holden returned to action for the final match of the season for Bolton after healing from a broken bone suffered in the March 3 friendly against the Netherlands.
DONOVAN, BEASLEY THE MOST VETERAN OF VETERANS… : A pair of 28-year-olds top the experience leader board in camp as fellow U-17 Residency founding fathers Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley are the highest cap-winners present. Donovan holds 121 caps and a record-setting 42 goals and 42 assists, contributing to 12 of the USA’s 19 goals in the final round of World Cup qualifying. Beasley earned his 90th international appearance on March 3 against Holland.
… WHILE BUDDLE AND GOMEZ ARE HAPPY TO BE BACK: Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez are the newcomers to the group, holding just one and two caps, respectively. On a tear for the Los Angeles Galaxy with nine goals in nine games, Buddle made his only appearance for the U.S. in 2003, playing the final 11 minutes on March 29, 2003, against Venezuela. Meantime south of the border, Gomez struck for 10 goals for Puebla to become the first U.S. player to lead a foreign league in scoring. Gomez has played twice for the U.S., both times during the 2007 Copa America.
GETTING BACK IN THE SWING: For 24 of the 30 players on the U.S. roster, the match against Czech will only be their first or second with the U.S. team in 2010. This year’s schedule only included a single match date prior to the naming of the World Cup roster. Having said that, the U.S. team played a record 21 matches in official competitions in 2009, and 24 matches overall.
MAY B-DAYS: U.S. general manager Pam Perkins could possibly get a guest spot on Ace of Cakes by the time May is over. Four players will or have celebrated birthdays during camp. In a span of four days, Edson Buddle (29), DaMarcus Beasley and Brian Ching (both May 24) and team captain Carlos Bocanegra (turns 31 on game day vs. the Czechs) will celebrate birthdays. An additional four players celebrated birthdays earlier this month.
HARTFORD HOSTING SEND-OFF SERIES AGAIN: Rentschler Field, home to the University of Connecticut Football, will for the second time host a Send-Off Series match for the U.S. National Team. On May 28, 2006, the USA defeated Latvia 1-0 in front of nearly 25,000 fans in the final match before the USA left for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Brian McBride scored the USA’s lone goal in that match, while current players on the U.S. roster who appeared in that win are Steve Cherundolo, Michael Bradley (as a sub), DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan (who captained the side), Eddie Johnson and Brian Ching (who replaced Johnson in the match). The USA also played at Rentschler during a World Cup Qualifier in 2005, a 1-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago. Scorer of that goal? That’s right, McBride as well.
NEW HOME JERSEYS MAKE DEBUT: The match against the Czech Republic will also be the on-field debut of the 2010 Men's National Team home kit which the team will wear during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The new home jersey is traditional white a shadow-like gray sash with navy trim on the round neck collar and a touch of the red on the sleeves. Designed by Nike with the national culture and identity of the U.S. in mind, the jersey echoes the uniform worn by the U.S. Men’s National Team during the 1950 FIFA World Cup in which they defeated England 1-0 in one of the biggest upsets in the history of soccer. The replica jerseys are available to fans now at ussoccerstore.com [http://ussoccerstore.com/us00m112510ca.html] and will begin to ship on March 3, the day of the jersey’s debut on the field. The jersey is entirely constructed with fabric recycled polyester from plastic bottles and features materials to stay cool and Dri-Fit moisture control. The U.S. Soccer crest is embroidered over the heart.
SEND-OFF SERIES: The two-game Send-Off Series against the Czech Republic on May 25 at Rentschler Field and then against Turkey at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on May 29 will be the USA’s last two matches on home soil prior to departing for South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The USA has faced the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia) on two occasions, both coming in World Cups. Four years ago the U.S. fell 3-0 to the Czechs, then ranked No. 2 in the world, in Gelsenkirchen to open the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, while Czechoslovakia handed a young U.S. team a 5-1 loss on June 10, 1990, in Italy in the Americans first match in a World Cup in 40 years. The U.S. holds a 0-1-1 record against Turkey, who made a memorable run to the semifinals of the 2008 European Championship. The two sides' most recent meeting came during the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, with the Turks collecting a 2-1 victory in Lyon, France.
CHAMPIONS AGAIN: The U.S. Men's National Team finished atop the FIFA World Cup qualifying Final Round standings in CONCACAF for the second consecutive cycle, besting Mexico by one point. Jonathan Bornstein's stoppage-time goal with only seconds remaining leveled the score in the final qualifying match with Costa Rica on Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C., the 2-2 draw giving the USA the vital point it needed. The result at RFK Stadium, coupled with Mexico's draw by the same score with Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain, kept the U.S. first with El Tri second. The late drama in the nation's capital served to shake up third and fourth spot in the standings as well, with Honduras the beneficiary. Los Catrachos won on the road in El Salvador (the first time in the final round the visitors won in San Salvador) and leapfrogged Costa Rica to claim the third and final automatic berth to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
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* qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
ON TO THE NEXT CHAPTER: Since January of 2007 it has been the charge of U.S. head coach Bob Bradley to achieve the most important goal of any soccer playing nation: qualification for the FIFA World Cup. With 59 games under his belt, seeing 91 different players at least once and the process of reaching South Africa in 2010 complete, a review of the body of work during the past nearly-three years points to the U.S. clearly heading in the right direction. Bradley’s 31 victories in 50 games outdistanced his predecessor Bruce Arena, who had collected 25 victories at that point in his tenure. Since the start of the four-year cycle, the U.S. has:
• Produced the best finish ever at a FIFA tournament, finishing second at the FIFA Confederations Cup.
• Finished in first place in CONCACAF qualifying, collecting the most road wins of any team in the region during the campaign while going unbeaten at home in nine matches.
• Won six straight FIFA World Cup qualifiers in a row in 2008, a new team record (June 15-Oct. 15).
• Won the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2007 to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
• Won by the largest margin of victory in U.S. World Cup qualifying history (8-0 vs. Barbados on June 15, 2008).
• Won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007 @ Switzerland, Nov. 17, 2007 @ South Africa and March 26, 2008 @ Poland).
• Played seven matches against four teams ranked in the top five in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil-3, Italy, Spain-2).
• Played matches on four continents.
• Posted 1-1-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams, including a semifinal upset of Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup.
THE BRADLEY BREAKDOWN
Gold Cup: 10-1-1
Goals For: 108
Goals Against: 69
Record vs. …
CONCACAF: 25-5-5, 74 GF, 33 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-6-1, 9 GF, 19 GA
UEFA: 6-7-0, 17 GF, 16 GA
AFC: 1-0-0, 4 GF, 1 GA
CAF: 2-0-0, 4 GF, 0 GA
Record when …
Leading at half: 21-3-2
Losing at half: 2-7-2
Tied at half: 12-8-2
By year …
GROUPED TOGETHER: The U.S. Men's National Team has been drawn into Group C with England, Slovenia and Algeria for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. will open its sixth consecutive World Cup finals tournament against England on June 12 in Rustenburg, and will follow that game with matches against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria. The USA has faced England, ranked ninth in the FIFA World Rankings, on nine prior occasions and holds a 2-7-0 record against the 1966 World Cup champions. Most recently the two sides met in a friendly on May 28, 2008 at Wembley Stadium, where Fabio Capello's side earned a 2-0 victory. Slovenia (ranked 33rd) and Algeria (28th) have never faced the United States and the games in South Africa will mark the first meetings between the countries in any competition.
U.S. MNT 2010 FIFA World Cup Group C Schedule
Date Opponent Time (Local/ET) Venue
June 12 England 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. Rustenburg
June 18 Slovenia 4 p.m. / 10 a.m. Ellis Park Stadium; Johannesburg
June 23 Algeria 4 p.m. / 10 a.m. Tshwane/Pretoria
ELITE GROUP: Here is a look at the 32 teams from around the world who have booked their tickets to South Africa and the confederations they're coming from:
Host Country: South Africa
AFC – Asia (43 teams, 4.5 berths): Australia, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic
CAF – Africa (53 teams, 5 berths): Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria
CONCACAF – North America, Central America, Caribbean (35 teams, 3.5 berths): Honduras, Mexico, USA
CONMEBOL – South America (10 teams, 4.5 berths): Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay
OFC (10 teams, .5 berths) – New Zealand
UEFA – Europe (53 teams, 13 berths): Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland
Of these teams, only the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain and Korea Republic have participated in all six World Cups since 1990.
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SPECIAL OLYMPICS UNITY CUP: The members of the U.S. Men's National Team are not the only athletes representing their country in South Africa this Summer as American Matthew Millett is set to participate in the inaugural Special Olympics Unity Cup in Cape Town. Millett, along with 15 other Special Olympics athletes from around the world, will play in a match on July 3rd alongside soccer legends an celebrities in Cape Town's fabulous Green Point stadium, site of a quarterfinal match for the 2010 FIA World Cup. Millett is in East Hartford and met the team after training Tuesday as he gets ready to represent the USA and 3.5 million Special Olympics athletes worldwide. The Unity Cup will serve as a leading example of the power of Special Olympics Unified Sports, with the goal of the match to support the mission of inclusion and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities. To learn more about the Special Olympics Unity Cup please visit www.specialolympics.org/unitycup.
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IN FOCUS: CZECH REPUBLIC
CZECH REPUBLIC FACT FILE
Českomoravský Fotbalový Svaz (CMFS)
Founded: 1901(Joined FIFA in 1907)
Head Coach: Michael Bilek
Current FIFA Ranking: 29
Best World Cup Finish: Second Place (1962, as Czechoslovakia)
Best European Championship Finish: Champions (1976, Czechoslovakia)
Caps Leader: Karel Paborsky (118)
Top Scorer: Jan Koller (55)
Key Players: Petr Cech, Jaroslav Plasil, Jan Polak
REBUILDING PERIOD: After ascending the ranks of Europe under Karel Bruckner, the Czech Republic is now undergoing a rebuilding period as they look to have their side ready for Euro 2012 qualifying. An enviable combination of creativity and toughness made the Czechs one of the most feared sides throughout the middle of the previous decade, when they could call on Karel Paborsky, Tomas Galasek and 2003 Ballon d'Or winner Pavel Nedved. They were consistently ranked in the top 10 in the world, and reached their peak as the number two side in 2005. Since the USA last met the Czechs in 2006 the Eastern European side has substantially retooled their squad and many players who saw the field during the teams' last meeting in Germany have since retired.
YOUNG SQUAD: Michal Bilek was appointed head coach of the Czech Republic after the team's failure to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. A former midfielder for the national team as well as a longtime coach of the U-19s, Bilek has enlisted fellow former international Vladimir Smicer to assist in the rebuilding process. While the Czechs still call on the likes of Milan Baros, Marek Jankulovski and Tomas Rosicky, all three are absent from this trip to the USA. Goalkeeper Petr Cech has made the trip stateside, and the Chelsea double-winner is one of the world's best between the posts. Midfielder Jaroslav Plasil is a member of the Bordeaux team which made the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League this season and forward Martin Fenin is a teammate of Ricardo Clark's at Eintracht Frankfurt. During this trip to the United States, the Czech Republic met Turkey (the MNT's opponent on May 29) and came up short in a 2-1 loss at Red Bull Arena on May 22.
CZECH REPUBLIC ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Petr Cech (Chelsea), Jaroslav Drobny (Hertha Berlin), Jan Lastuvka (Dnipropetrovsk)
DEFENDERS (6): Tomas Hubschman (Shakhtar Donetsk), David Limbersky (Plzen), Ondrej Mazuch (Anderlecht), Ondrej Kusnir (Sparta Prague), Tomas Sivok (Besiktas), Marek Suchy (Spartak Moscow)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Jaroslav Cerny (Slavia Prague), Milan Cerny (Slavia Prague), Mario Holek (Dnipropetrovsk), Jan Moravek (Schalke), Jaroslav Plasil (Bordeaux), Jan Polak (Anderlecht), Daniel Pudil (Genk), Libor Sionko (Sparta Prague), Rudolf Skacel (Larissa)
FORWARDS (4): Martin Fenin (Frankfurt), David Lafata (Liberec), Lukas Magera (Timisoara), Tomas Necid (CSKA Moscow)
On the field for USA
March 3, 2010 – Amsterdam ArenA; Amsterdam, Netherlands – International Friendly
USA 1 Carlos Bocanegra 88
Netherlands 2 Dirk Kuyt (penalty) 40, Klass jan Huntelaar 73
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Jonathan Spector, 15-Jay DeMerit (11-Heath Pearce, 70), 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 13-Jonathan Bornstein (21-Clarence Goodson, 86); 22-Stuart Holden (7-DaMarcus Beasley, 34), 14-José Torres (16-Maurice Edu, 46), 4-Michael Bradley, 10-Landon Donovan (9-Eddie Johnson, 76); 12-Jozy Altidore, 19-Robbie Findley (17-Alejandro Bedoya, 63)
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
NED: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 2-Gregory van der Wiel, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen (20-Ron Vlaar, 46), 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst (capt.) (15-Edson Braafheid, 67); 7-Arjen Robben (19-Klaas jan Huntelaar, 46), 8-Nigel de Jong (23-Rafael van der Vaart, 60), 10-Wesley Sneijder, 6-Mark van Bommel (17-Ibrahim Afellay, 74); 11-Eljero Elia, 9-Dirk Kuyt (21-Ryan Babel, 81)
Subs not used: 12-Andre Ooijer, 13-Piet Velthuizen, 14-Demy de Zeeuw, 16-Sander Boshker, 18-Orlando Engelaar, 22-Stijn Schaars
Head Coach: Bert van Marwijk
On the field for Czech Republic
May 22, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J. – International Friendly
Czech Republic 1 Milan Cerny
Turkey 2 Ada Turan 31, Nihat Kahveci 48
CZE: 1-Petr Cech; 17-Tomas Hubschman, 2-Ondre Kusnir, 3-Ondrej Mazuch (20-David Lafata, 62), 5-Jan Rajnoch; 12-Mario Holek (8-Jan Polak, 46), 13-Jaroslav Plasil (14-Rudolf Skacel, 76), 11-Daniel Pudil, 21-Jaroslav Cerny (7-Libor Sionko, 46); 15-Martin Fenin (4-Milan Cerny, 62), 9-Tomas Necid (10-Tomas Pekhart, 76)
Subs not used: 23-Jan Lastuvka, 16-Michal Danek, 6-Tomas Sivok, 18-David Limbersky, 19-Jan Moravek,
Head Coach: Michal Bilek
TUR: 1-Volkan Demirel; 25-Sabri Sariogulu, 33-Servet Cetin, 2-Emre Asik (4-Gokhan Zan, 5); 24-Emre Gungor, 64), 13-Caglar Birinci; 22-Selcuk Sahin (17-Selcuk Inan, 76), 5-Emre Belozuglu, 7-Okan Buruk (11-Volkan Sen, 5; 18-Colin Kazim-Richards, 46), 14-Arda Turan; 21-Halil Altintop (9-Semih Senturk, 46), 8-Nihat Kahveci (30-Turgay Bahadir, 57)
Subs not used: 12-Onur Recep Kivrak, 31-Ismail Koybasi, 26-Ceyhun Gulselam, 27-Sezer Ozturk, 20-Nuri Sahin, 15-Mehmet Topuz, 10-Tuncay Sanli
Head Coach: Oguz Cetin
On the field vs. Czech Republic
June 12, 2006 – FIFA World Cup Stadium; Gelsenkirchen,Germany – 2006 FIFA World Cup, Group E
Czech Republic 3 Jan Koller 5, Tomas Rosicky 36, 76
USA: 18-Kasey Keller; 6-Steve Cherundolo (9-Eddie Johnson, 46), 23-Eddie Pope, 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 7-Eddie Lewis; 17-DaMarcus Beasley, 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 4-Pablo Mastroeni (5-John O’Brien, 46), 15-Bobby Convey; 21-Landon Donovan, 20-Brian McBride (16-Josh Wolff, 77)
Subs not used: 1-Tim Howard, 19-Marcus Hahnemann, 2-Chris Albright, 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 8-Clint Dempsey, 11-Brian Ching, 12-Gregg Berhalter, 13-Jimmy Conrad, 14-Ben Olsen
Manager: Bruce Arena
CZE: 1-Petr Cech; 2-Zdenek Grygera, 21-Tomas Ujfalusi, 22-David Rozehnal, 6-Marek Jankulovski; 8-Karel Poborksy (19-Jan Polak, 82), 10-Tomas Rosicky (17-Jiri Stajner, 86), 4-Tomas Galasek (capt.), 11-Pavel Nedved, 20-Jaroslav Plasil; 9-Jan Koller (12-Vratislav Lokvenc, 45)
Subs not used: 16-Jaromir Blazek, 23-Antonin Kinsky, 3-Pavel Mares, 5-Radoslav Kovac, 7-Libor Sionko, 12-Vratislav Lokvenc, 13-Martin Jiranek, 14-David Jarolim, 15-Milan Baros, 18-Marek Heinz
Head Coach: Karel Bruckner