CHICAGO (Tuesday, October 29, 2002) - U.S. Menâ€™s National Team head coach Bruce Arena has chosen a 23-man roster that will train in preparation for the international friendly against El Salvador on Sunday, November 17 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the action live online via ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
The United States has not faced an international opponent since the teamâ€™s historic quarterfinal finish at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in June. The team will train in the Washington, D.C. area beginning Nov. 10.
Youth is the theme in the U.S. training camp, with the average player age coming in just under 24 years old. During the 2002 World Cup, the teamâ€™s average age was 28. Eleven players will be in search of their first international cap against El Salvador, including high-scoring Revolution forward Taylor Twellman, who lit up MLS with 23 goals this year.
During the previous four-year cycle under Bruce Arena, 93 different players were given an opportunity to play with the national team, and the trend resumes again as 2006 World Cup qualifying begins in about 18 months.
"The challenge of building a team capable of qualifying for the World Cup begins again," said Arena. "There are a lot of talented young players with great potential in MLS, and over the next two years we plan to provide them with quality international experience in order to evaluate who can compete at the international level."
Four players from the U.S. World Cup side return to the nationâ€™s capital, led by the strike force tandem of San Jose Earthquakes forward Landon Donovan and MetroStars forward Clint Mathis. Donovan scored two goals during the USAâ€™s historic quarterfinal finish in Korea, including the second goal in the teamâ€™s 2-0 victory against Mexico in the Round of 16. Mathis netted one of the best goals of the tournament when he stunned the home crowd by giving the U.S. a lead against Korea in Daegu. The pair are joined by Chicago Fire midfielder DaMarcus Beasley and Colorado Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni, both of whom played in three games each during the World Cup.
All ten MLS teams are represented on the training camp roster, with the Columbus Crew and New England Revolution each contributing four players. The 2002 U.S. Open Cup champion Crew are led by forward Jeff Cunningham, who returns to the national team after helping the U.S. capture the 2002 Gold Cup in January, and MLS Rookie of the Year Kyle Martino. Twellman heads the New England contingent. The 22-year old forward tallied 52 points in his debut season to capture the MLS Budweiser scoring championship and lead the Revolution to their first-ever MLS Cup final. Returning to the U.S. fold is D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen, who has missed nearly two years of service with the national team after suffering a series of ankle injuries.
Tickets for the November 17 friendly, which is being presented to fans by Lego, range in price from $22 to $50 and are available now through all Ticketmaster outlets (D.C. 202-432-7328; Baltimore 410-481-7328; Northern Virginia 703-573-7328; out of state 1-800-551-7328). Discount rates for groups of 20 or more are available by calling the D.C. United ticket offices at 703-478-6600. Complete ticket information is available online at ussoccer.com.
The United States holds an 8-1-4 lifetime advantage against El Salvador, and has never lost a meeting on home soil. The Nov. 17 match will mark the first contest between the CONCACAF nations in Washington, D.C., where the U.S. has compiled an 8-3-3 record. RFK last hosted an international friendly May 12 of this year, when the USA beat Uruguay 2-1 during the "Nike Road to Korea."
The teams last met in a 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal earlier this year, with Brian McBride netting a hat trick en route to a 4-0 U.S. victory on January 27 at the Rose Bowl. The United States went on to capture the Gold Cup championship, beginning the impressive form that would carry through to Korea/Japan.
The U.S. has posted an impressive 11-6-2 record in 2002, going unbeaten in the first five matches of the year in capturing the 2002 Gold Cup championship in February. The teamâ€™s performance reached a pinnacle during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, as the United States advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in 72 years.
U.S. Men's National Team Roster
|Barrett, Wade||D||5'8"||150||06/23/76||0/0||Virginia Beach, Va.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Beasley, DaMarcus||M||5'7"||126||05/24/82||15/3||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0"||170||05/25/79||6/0||Alto Loma, Calif.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Brown, Adin||GK||6'4"||200||05/27/78||0/0||Pleasant Hill, Calif.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Califf, Dan||D||6'1"||175||03/17/80||1/0||Orange, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Cullen, Leo||M||5'8"||160||02/26/76||2/0||Burnsville, Minn.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Cunningham, Jeff||F||5'8"||155||08/21/76||4/0||Crystal River, Fla.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Donovan, Landon||F||5'8"||148||03/04/82||28/7||Redlands, Calif.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Dunseth, Brian||D||6'0"||170||03/02/77||0/0||Upland, Calif.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Hernandez, Daniel||M||5'10"||165||07/23/76||0/0||Tyler, Texas||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Howard, Tim||GK||6'3"||210||03/06/79||1/0||North Brunswick, N.J.||MetroStars (MLS)|
|Klein, Chris||M||6'1"||180||01/04/76||6/0||St. Louis, Mo.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Martino, Kyle||M||5'10"||144||02/19/81||0/0||Westport, Conn.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Mastroeni, Pablo||M||5'10"||170||08/26/76||13/0||Phoenix, Ariz.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|Mathis, Clint||F||5'10"||170||11/25/76||25/10||Conyers, Ga.||MetroStars (MLS)|
|McCarty, Chad||D||5'11"||190||10/05/77||1/0||Clovis, Calif.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Olsen, Ben||M||5'8"||140||05/03/77||19/3||Middletown, Pa.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Quill, Eric||M||5'10"||170||02/28/78||0/0||Missouri City, Texas||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Rimando, Nick||GK||5'11"||181||06/17/79||0/0||Montclair, Calif.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Robinson, Eddie||D||6'1"||180||06/19/78||0/0||Greensboro, N.C.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Suarez, Ryan||D||6'2"||185||07/28/77||0/0||Roseville, Calif.||Dallas Burn (MLS)|
|Twellman, Taylor||F||5'11"||170||02/29/80||0/0||St. Louis, Mo.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Victorine, Sasha||M||6'2"||165||02/03/78||1/0||Corona, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
- U.S. Menâ€™s National Team Staff -
Head Coach: Bruce Arena (Fairfax, Va.)
Assistant Coach: Dave Sarachan (Ashburn, Va.)
Assistant Coach: Glenn Myernick (Denver)
Goalkeeper Coach: Milutin Soskic (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
General Manager: Pam Perkins (Evanston, Ill.)
Trainers: Jim Hashimoto (Wilmington, Del.)
Rick Guter (Fairfax, Va.)
Doctors: William Hazel (Fairfax, Va.)
Equipment Manager: Joe Ahearn (Chicago)
Press Officer: Michael Kammarman (Chicago)