U.S. MNT Training Camp Update
August 15, 2005
19 MINUS 1: It's nearly a full complement that hit the training field this morning as 18 players have descended on Hartford for the brief preparation period prior to the USA's upcoming qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago in two days time. Oguchi Onyewu is the only late arrival, having played in Standard de Liege's 2-1 victory last night in Belgium. It was a homecoming of sorts for several players, with U.S. captain Claudio Reyna exchanging summer stories with Eddie Lewis, Brian McBride, Gregg Berhalter, and others during the team's 30-minute pool workout Sunday night. They got reacquainted on the field as well in an hour-long session at Trinity College in muggy conditions. It's already just over 48 hours before Match Day 6 of final round qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which the U.S. hosts at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 (and tape delayed on Telemundo). Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
U.S. MNT GOES THROUGH THE ESPN "CARWASH": On Monday afternoon, members of the U.S Men's National Team invade the headquarters of ESPN for a series of interviews covering TV, radio and the internet. Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan, Kasey Keller, Eddie Lewis, Brian McBride and Claudio Reyna will all take their turns on ESPNNews, a running chat on espn.com (beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET), sit-down interviews with ESPN The Magazine, and more. Of course, the best will be Landon getting thrown under the microscope during the Budweiser Hot Seat on SportsCenter. They'll also be taping for upcoming commercials (sorry, no sneak previews) as the team continues its quest for a fifth-consecutive appearance in the World Cup. It's U.S. Men's National Team day on ESPN on Monday, so make sure to tune in all afternoon.
NOT QUITE: With the U.S. sitting in second place in the group, much talk has already focused on the "magic number" of points that will guarantee the U.S. a trip to their fifth consecutive World Cup finals. The picture will become a lot clearer after Aug. 17, but this much is certain: the U.S. can't officially book a ticket to Germany that night, even with a victory and positive results from the other two games. However, three points against Trinidad ensures that the USA can finish no worse than fourth in the hexagonal, guaranteeing at least a shot at a playoff to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
SEVEN OF NINE: Seven of the nine Euro-based players on the squad had their teams in action on the weekend. The English Premier League kicked off the 2005-06 campaign Saturday with Manchester United beating Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park, with Tim Howard standing ready in reserve. Claudio Reyna is now serving double duty as captain for club and country, sporting the armband as Manchester City opened with a 0-0 draw against West Brom. Brian McBride had a goal disallowed that would have broken the stalemate in Fulham's scoreless draw with Birmingham City at Craven Cottage. In the League Championship, Eddie Lewis went 90 again for his new club, Leeds United and Luton Town sharing the spoils of a 0-0 draw. Bobby Convey has grabbed a starting spot at Reading, lending a hand in all three goals to deliver Preston a 3-0 pasting, their first home loss since November last year. In Germany, Kasey Keller saw his side rebound from the opening day defeat by Bayern Munich by earning their first point of the season, pulling a 1-1 draw with VfL Wolfsburg. And in Belgium, Oguchi Onyewu marshaled the backline as Standard got their season started on the right foot, grabbing two goals in second half stoppage time to pull out a 2-1 win away to SV Zulte-Waregem. Hear more from the USA’s international contingent in the latest podcast series, “MNT in Europe.”
TRINIS IN TOWN: The Trinidad & Tobago team settled into Hartford beginning Friday afternoon, holding double sessions over the last two days. Players have continued to file in for coach Leo Beenhakker's side from all over the world, including Trinidad, the U.S., Europe, Asia and even Australia as FC Sydney striker Dwight Yorke made the monstrous journey to the East Coast. Midfielders Brent Rahim and Carlos Edwards have been ruled out due to injury, replaced by upstart midfielder Glenton Wolfe. The full roster:
Goalkeepers: Shaka Hislop (West Ham United), Kelvin Jack (Dundee FC)
Defenders: Marvin Andrews (Glasgow Rangers), Atiba Charles (Vibe CT 105 W Connection), Cyd Gray (CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh), Avery John (New England Revolution), Dennis Lawrence (Wrexham), Brent Sancho (unattached)
Midfielders: Chris Birchall (Port Vale), Collin Samuel (Dundee United), Silvio Spann (Yokohama FC), Densill Theobald (Caledonia AIA Fire), Aurtis Whitley (Jabloteh), Glenton Wolfe (North East Stars)
Forwards: Stern John (Coventry City), Kenwyne Jones (Southampton), Scott Sealy (Kansas City Wizards), Dwight Yorke (Sydney FC)
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