The roster for the USA's second international match of the year is evenly split between domestic and foreign-based players. The U.S. based-players will arrive in Amsterdam on Feb. 14, with the remaining players traveling to Holland after completing duty with their club teams in Europe this weekend.
"This is one of the few chances that we have every year to see our foreign-based players in action, and we have an excellent opportunity against Holland," said Arena, who is still looking for his first win in Europe since becoming the USA manager in 1998. "We are continuing to develop our team as World Cup qualifying approaches, and this group will certainly play a large role in that process."
U.S. captain Claudio Reyna returns to lead the 11-man, foreign-based contingent. The Manchester City midfielder is just three caps shy of becoming the seventh U.S. MNT player to reach the century mark. Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Kasey Keller is only one victory away from setting the all-time record for wins by a goalie in U.S. Soccer history, having collected 37 career wins for the MNT. Ajax midfielder John O’Brien, who scored the first goal for the U.S. at the 2002 World Cup, may take the field at his home stadium in his first appearance for the U.S. since March 29, 2003.
A quartet of U.S. players are playing their inaugural seasons in Europe, led by Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard. Both Brian McBride (Fulham) and Clint Mathis (Hannover 96) scored goals in their debut performances for their new clubs, while Carlos Bocanegra has started every match since joining Fulham last month. With 23 international goals, McBride is just one goal away from tying Joe-Max Moore for second place on the USA's all-time goal-scoring llist.
Thirteen players on the current roster were part of the USA’s historic run to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup, the largest reunion of 2002 veterans since Korea/Japan. Eight players were in the first XI when the U.S. downed Mexico 2-0 in the Round of 16 on June 17, 2002, in Jeonju, Korea.
Eleven players make the trip overseas from MLS, led by MetroStars captain Eddie Pope. Chicago Fire captain Chris Armas has returned to his steady role in the U.S. midfield, after surpassing the 50-cap mark when he captained the side in the team's 0-0 draw versus Cameroon in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup last June. The Kansas City Wizards contribute the most players of any side, sending three players. Kerry Zavagnin makes his first international trip for the senior team, and is joined by teammates Chris Klein and Josh Wolff. Defender Cory Gibbs makes his first appearance for the MNT as a domestic-based player, having inked a deal with the Dallas Burn nearly two weeks ago.
San Jose Earthquakes forward Landon Donovan leads a trio of players coming off the U.S. Under-23 MNT’s failed bid to qualify for the 2004 Olympic games. Donovan scored his 15th international goal in the USA’s first match of 2004, a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Jan. 18 at The Home Depot Center. Chicago Fire midfielder DaMarcus Beasley earned Chevrolet Man of the Match honors for his performance in that match. D.C. United midfielder Bobby Convey continues his indefatigable service to the national team programs, having played in 15 of 16 matches for the senior team in 2003 while also captaining the U-20 side to a fifth-place finish at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates.
The U.S. and Holland have met just twice in their history, both on U.S. soil, with the United States dropping a pair of 2-0 losses. The team’s last met in Foxboro, Mass. on May 19, 2002, in the USA’s final match on the "Nike Road to Korea." The U.S. departed for their historic quarterfinal run in the 2002 World Cup three days later.
After posting a 10-4-2 record in 2003, which included a third place finish at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the United States will embark this year on the road to qualification for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. After Holland, the U.S. will host Haiti on March 13 at The Orange Bowl in Miami before traveling to face Poland on March 31 for a 2002 World Cup rematch in Plock (8:30 p.m. local / 1:30 p.m. ET – live on ESPN2). The U.S. will also play games on April 28 and May 26 at sites and against opponents still to be finalized. Following their two-game World Cup qualifying series on June 13 and June 20 against Grenada or Guyana, U.S. Soccer has also scheduled a return domestic match for the U.S. Men against Poland on July 11 at a site yet to be determined.
U.S. Men’s National Team Roster
|Armas, Chris||M||5'7"||150||08/27/72||51/2||Brentwood, N.Y.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Beasley, DaMarcus||M||5'8"||145||05/24/82||28/4||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Berhalter, Gregg||D||6'1"||175||08/01/73||32/0||Tenafly, N.J.||Energie Cottbus (Germany)|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0"||170||05/25/79||20/4||Alto Loma, Calif.||Fulham FC (England)|
|Casey, Conor||F||6'1"||170||07/25/81||0/0||Gilpin, Col.||Karlsruher (Germany)|
|Cherundolo, Steve||D||5'6"||145||02/19/79||15/0||San Diego, Calif.||Hannover 96 (Germany)|
|Convey, Bobby||M/D||5'8"||150||05/27/83||19/1||Philadelphia, Pa.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Donovan, Landon||F||5'8"||148||03/04/82||45/15||Redlands, Calif.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Gibbs, Cory||D/M||6'3"||178||01/14/80||7/0||Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.||Dallas Burn (MLS)|
|Hejduk, Frankie||D/M||5'8"||155||08/05/74||54/5||Cardiff, Calif.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Howard, Tim||GK||6'3"||210||03/06/79||9/0||North Brunswick, N.J.||Manchester United (England)|
|Keller, Kasey||GK||6'2"||190||11/29/69||67/0||Lacey, Wash.||Tottenham Hotspur (England)|
|Klein, Chris||M||6'1"||180||01/04/76||15/3||St. Louis, Mo.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Lewis, Eddie||M||5'10"||155||05/17/74||54/5||Cerritos, Calif.||Preston North End (England)|
|Mathis, Clint||F/M||5'10"||170||11/25/76||38/11||Conyers, Ga.||Hannover 96 (Germany)|
|McBride, Brian||F||6'1"||170||06/19/72||72/23||Arlington Heights, Ill.||Fulham FC (England)|
|O’Brien, John||M||5'9"||150||08/29/77||21/2||Playa del Rey, Calif.||Ajax (Holland)|
|Pope, Eddie||D||6'1"||180||12/24/73||58/5||High Point, N.C.||MetroStars (MLS)|
|Reyna, Claudio||M||5'9"||160||07/20/73||97/8||Springfield, N.J.||Manchester City (England)|
|Walker, Jonny||GK||6'3"||180||09/13/74||1/0||Memphis, Tenn.||MetroStars (MLS)|
|Wolff, Josh||F||5'8"||160||02/25/77||21/6||Stone Mountain, Ga.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Zavagnin, Kerry||M||5'10"||170||07/02/74||3/0||Plymouth, Mich.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
Goalkeepers (3): Tim Howard (Manchester United), Kasey Keller (Tottenham Hotspur), Jonny Walker (MetroStars);
Defenders (6): Gregg Berhalter (Energie Cottbus), Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Cory Gibbs (Dallas Burn), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Eddie Pope (MetroStars);
Midfielders (8): Chris Armas (Chicago Fire), DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago Fire), Bobby Convey (D.C. United), Chris Klein (Kansas City Wizards), Eddie Lewis (Preston North End), John O’Brien (Ajax), Claudio Reyna (Manchester City), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards);
Forwards (5): Conor Casey (Karlsruher), Landon Donovan (San Jose Earthquakes), Clint Mathis (Hannover 96), Brian McBride (Fulham FC), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards).
- U.S. Men’s National Team Staff -
Head Coach: Bruce Arena (Fairfax, Va.)
Assistant Coach: Glenn Myernick (Denver)
Goalkeeper Coach: Milutin Soskic (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Fitness Coach: Pierre Barrieu (Charlottesville, Va.)
General Manager: Pam Perkins (Los Angeles)
Trainers: Rick Guter (Fairfax, Va.)
Jim Hashimoto (Wilmington, Del.)
Chiropractor: George Billauer (Los Angeles)
Equipment Manager: Ryan Maxfield (Los Angeles)
Press Officer: Michael Kammarman (Chicago)