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Bradley Brings 21 Players Back to Carson to Begin Training for Match Against Mexico


CHICAGO (January 24, 2008) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has recalled 21 players to U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., to begin preparations for the match against Mexico.

More than 43,000 tickets have been sold for the showdown with the USA’s regional rivals on Feb. 6 in Houston. Kickoff at Reliant Stadium is set for 8 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision, as well as on 75 affiliates of the Fútbol de Primera Radio Network. Fans can also follow the game live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

All 21 players on the Carson roster were part of the group that began training in early January and finished with a 2-0 win against Sweden on Jan. 19 at the HDC. Missing are four members of the Under-23 Men’s National Team – Jozy Altidore, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan and Marvell Wynne – who will participate in the U-23 camp being held from Jan. 24-Feb.3 in Bradenton, Fla.

"We are very pleased with the work we put in so far this year, and are looking forward to the next challenge against Mexico,” said Bradley. “We will continue to build on the concepts that we have established during the last year, and we are clearly progressing as a team as we move forward in preparing for the start of World Cup qualifying this summer.”

Fourteen of the players saw action in the Sweden match, with three players earning their first international appearance. Houston Dynamo defender Eddie Robinson bagged his first goal in addition to his first cap, slamming home a rebound off a Pat Noonan shot to tally the game-winner. In the USA’s 500th international match, Landon Donovan made another U.S. scoring record all his own, converting a penalty for his 35th career goal, making him No. 1 on the USA’s all-time scoring list. Brad Guzan got credit for his first shutout in five internationals played, after having split time in three previous U.S. shutouts in which he appeared.

The 21-man training camp roster remains a largely domestic-based group, holding 16 players who ply their trade in the United States. The MLS teams are well represented, with 11 of 14 clubs contributing players to the Carson camp. The roster boasts several year-end award winners, including MLS Goalkeeper of the Year (Brad Guzan) and Defender of the Year (Michael Parkhurst). In addition, New England Revolution forward Taylor Twellman finished third on the league goalscoring chart with 16 goals, the fourth time in his six-year career he has tallied 15 goals or more.

The list of Scandinavian-based players on the roster has grown to five, with Clarence Goodson (IK Start) and Noonan (Aalesund FK) both signing contracts to head to Norway at the conclusion of their service. They join Aalborg BK captain Dan Califf, Ramiro Corrales and Jeremiah White, who collected his first cap when he replaced Donovan in the second half of the Sweden match.

The team will train in Carson until Feb. 3 before leaving for Houston. The final roster for the Mexico match, which may include more European-based players, will be finalized prior to the team’s departure from Carson.

After the Sweden match, the U.S. will compete in a series of friendlies before beginning the attempt to qualify for their sixth-consecutive World Cup finals when they take on the winner of the first round series between Barbados and Dominica. The U.S. will host their first qualifier on June 15, with the second leg to be played between June 18-21 on the road.

U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Roster
The Home Depot Center - Carson, Calif.

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps Hometown Club
Beckerman, Kyle M 5'10" 165 04/23/82 3/0 Crofton, Md.
Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Califf, Dan D 6'1" 175 03/17/80 18/1 Orange, Calif.
Aalborg BK (Denmark)
Clark, Ricardo M 5'10" 150 05/10/83 11/1 Jonesboro, Ga. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Conrad, Jimmy D 6'2" 185 02/12/77 24/1 Temple City, Calif. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Corrales, Ramiro D 6'1" 170 03/12/77 5/0 Salinas, Calif. SK Brann (Norway)
Cronin, Steve GK 6'2" 197 05/28/83 0/0 Sacramento, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Davis, Brad M 5'11" 165 11/08/81 3/0 St. Charles, Mo. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Donovan, Landon F 5'8" 148 03/04/82 97/35 Redlands, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Dunivant, Todd D 6'0" 174 12/26/80 2/0 Wheat Ridge, Colo. Toronto FC (MLS)
Goodson, Clarence D 6'4" 170 05/17/82 1/0 Alexandria, Va. IK Start (Norway)
Guzan, Brad GK 6'4" 210 09/09/84 5/0 Homer Glen, Ill. Chivas USA (MLS)
Hesmer, Will GK 6'2" 195 11/23/81 0/0 Wilson, N.C. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Mapp, Justin M 5'10" 140 10/18/84 8/0 Brandon, Miss. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Moor, Drew D 6'0" 170 01/15/84 3/0 Dallas, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
Noonan, Pat M 6'0" 170 08/02/80 14/1 Ballwin, Mo. Aalesund FK (Norway)
Parkhurst, Michael D 5'11" 155 01/24/84 3/0 Providence, R.I. New England Revolution (MLS)
Robinson, Eddie D 6'1" 195 06/19/78 1/1 Greensboro, N.C. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Rolfe, Chris F 5'8" 145 01/17/83 7/0 Kettering, Ohio Chicago Fire (MLS)
Twellman, Taylor F 5'11" 170 02/29/80 30/6 St. Louis, Mo.
New England Revolution (MLS)
Wells, Zach GK 6'2" 187 02/26/81 1/0 Costa Mesa, Calif. D.C. United (MLS)
White, Jeremiah F 5'8" 155 04/03/82 1/0 Washington, D.C. AGF (Denmark)

ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (4) – Steve Cronin (LA Galaxy), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Zach Wells (D.C. United)
DEFENDERS (8) –Dan Califf (Aalborg BK), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Ramiro Corrales (SK Brann), Todd Dunivant (Toronto FC), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Eddie Robinson (Houston Dynamo)
MIDFIELDERS (5) –Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pat Noonan (Aalesund FK)
FORWARDS (4) – Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution), Jeremiah White (AGF Aarhus)

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