November 9, 2005
STARTED IN SCOTLAND: The U.S. Men’s National Team held day two of training in Glasgow Wednesday morning, the 20-man group having arrived from the U.S. and across Europe into Glasgow throughout the day Tuesday. The team got their first taste of the chilly Scottish weather last night when Bruce Arena put 19 players through an hour-long session at Murray Park, the training ground of Glasgow Rangers. Kasey Keller was the last to arrive, his flight from Amsterdam touching down in Glasgow in the evening. This morning's session went just under 90 minutes, with the Scottish media out in full force. The U.S. will play their 20th match of the calendar year this Saturday against Scotland at famed Hampden Park. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
ALL_ACCESS VIDEO - SCOTLAND PREVIEW: It's cold and overcast. Then again, what do you expect? It's Scotland. In the first installment of ussoccer.com's all_access video from Scotland, get an inside look as the team tries to stay warm during their first two training sessions, and hear the players comment on the cool temperatures and what they expect to see from the Scots when they take the field at Hampden Park on Saturday.
PODCASTING - MLS CUP PREDICTIONS: While they're happy to be with the U.S. Men's National Team in Scotland, the MLS players on the roster know one of the reasons they're here is because their respective club didn't advance to the MLS Cup. Disappointing? Yes. But then again, they're in Scotland…with the U.S. Men's National Team. Not too much they can complain about there. Plus, the pressure is off and now they get the chance to have some fun and make a prediction on who will win this Sunday…the constant New England Revolution or the streaking L.A. Galaxy. And the best part is they're thousands of miles away if anyone doesn't like their choice. So, here you go, U.S. MNT players tell you who will win the MLS Cup and why.
"B'S" AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE: PSV midfielder DaMarcus Beasley and Energie Cottbus defender Gregg Berhalter have helped put their sides in first place as their respective seasons enter the middle phase. Beasley has held an increasingly significant role for a PSV side that is three points clear of AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie. With a 9-1-1 record, including a perfect 6-0-0 at home, PSV have surrendered a paltry five goals, a league low. Beasley scored his second goal of the campaign in the 3-0 win against Sparta Rotterdam on Nov. 5 at Philips Stadion. Meantime, as Cottbus captain for the second year, Berhalter has started and gone the distance in all but one match. Energie have posted four shutouts in 12 matches, and have scored a league-leading 24 goals en route to a 7-2-3 record. They are tied on points (23) with Bochum and 1860 Munich. Beasley and Berhalter also share the distinction of starting in the USA's 2-0 win against Mexico in Columbus that clinched a berth in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
GAVEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Eddie Gaven has unexpectedly found himself the focus of media attention, and not for his on-field accomplishments. The Scottish media is closely following the story of Gaven’s new MetroStars manager Mo Johnston, who had a fantastic professional career at both the club and international level for Scotland. For Gaven, who typically prefers to avoid the limelight, the experience with the Scottish press has been a bit overwhelming, but he continues to be a good sport. And it appears he will once again be popular tomorrow as Johnston was officially named head coach of the MetroStars this afternoon, after Bruce Arena’s squad had already held their daily media session.
THEY SAID IT: After their second day of training, the U.S. Men's National Team chatted with the local media about the upcoming match against Scotland at Hampden Park. Manager Bruce Arena, goalkeeper Tim Howard and forward Josh Wolff talked about the young U.S. squad and what they know about their opponent this Saturday. [Quote Sheet]
PORTLAND TRIO: Three former University of Portland players are on the U.S. Men’s National Team roster. Kasey Keller, Steve Cherundolo and Heath Pearce all played for the Pilots and are with the MNT as they prepare to take on Scotland at Hampden Park this Saturday. The three college standouts cover three decades at the soccer-rich UP, as Keller began playing in the ‘80s (1988-91), Cherundolo in the ‘90s (1997-99) and Pearce in this decade (2002-04).
SCOTLAND NAMES 24: Scotland boss Walter Smith called 24 players to train for the first match against the U.S. on home soil in over 50 years. The group is littered with players from the English and Scottish Premier Leagues. Everton striker James McFadden is the top marksman, having scored eight goals in 23 appearances. Manchester United up-and-comer Darren Fletcher joins the squad fresh off a career highlight, having nodded home the lone goal in Man-U's 1-0 victory against Chelsea on the weekend, a victory that ended Chelsea's 40-match unbeaten run in the Premiership. Hearts, who are tied on points with Celtic at the top of the SPL, contribute four players, along with fellow Edinburgh side Hibernian. The Scottish team trained today at Dumbarton, and Wigan’s Lee McCulloch has been ruled out of the match due to injury. The final members of the squad will join the team Thursday for training following Wednesday night’s league cup match that saw Glasgow rivals Celtic defeat Rangers 2-0.
Scotland Roster v. USA
Goalkeepers (3): Rab Douglas (Leicester City), Ryan Esson (Aberdeen), Craig Gordon (Heart of Midlothian)
Defenders (8): Graham Alexander (Preston North End), Russell Anderson (Aberdeen), Gary Caldwell (Hibernian), Steven Caldwell (Sunderland), Christian Dailly (West Ham), Steven Pressley(Heart of Midlothian), Andy Webster (Heart of Midlothian), David Weir (Everton)
Midfielders (9): Scott Brown (Hibernian), Barry Ferguson (Rangers), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), Paul Hartley (Heart of Midlothian), Neil McCann (Southampton), Lee McCulloch (Wigan Athletic), Ian Murray (Rangers), Nigel Quashie (Southampton), Jamie Smith (Aberdeen)
Forwards (4): James McFadden (Everton), Shaun Murray (Celtic), Gary O'Connor (Hibernian), Derek Riordan (Hibernian)
DID YOU KNOW? The U.S. set a record for most victories in one year in 2005, the 13 wins one better than the team's performance in 2002.
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