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Harkes to Replace Injured Regis on U.S. Roster for Confederations Cup


DENVER, Colorado (Friday, July 16, 1999) - Midfielder John Harkes will return to the U.S. National Team for the first time in 16 months when he joins the squad for the FIFA Confederations Cup, July 24 - Aug. 4 in Mexico. Harkes replaces David Regis, who in the last 36 hours has developed swelling in his left knee and will not be available for the matches in Mexico.

"I called John in because he's in good form right now," said U.S. Head Coach Bruce Arena. "He's an experienced player and will give us some cover in the midfield."

Although the USA's official 20-player roster for Mexico was submitted to FIFA on Wednesday, U.S. Soccer received verbal approval from the sport's world governing body to make the roster substitution, which according to FIFA regulations can be done for medical reasons prior to the tournament. Written documentation from FIFA was not received, but is expected in the next day.

Regis entered camp this week healthy after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on June 1 to clean out some loose cartilage. The speedy defender suffered the knee injury earlier this year while playing with his club, FC Metz.

Harkes last played for the United States on Feb. 25, 1998 in a 2-0 loss to Belgium. The veteran has scored six goals in 86 international appearances.

The United States will open the Confederations Cup against New Zealand on July 24 (2:30 p.m. CT), continue on to face Brazil on July 28 (8:30 p.m. CT) and will close out group play against reigning European Champions Germany on July 30 (6 p.m. CT). All three of the USA's matches - and the entire Group B schedule - will be played at the Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara. The matches in Group A, which include Mexico, Egypt, Bolivia and Saudi Arabia, will take place at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Only the top two teams in each group will advance to the semifinals.

U.S. Men's National Team
1999 FIFA Confederations Cup
July 24 - Aug. 4, 1999 ยท Guadalajara & Mexico City, Mexico
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps/G Hometown Last Club
1 Friedel, Brad GK 6'4" 200 5/18/71 57 Bay Village, Ohio Liverpool FC (England)
2 Hejduk, Frankie M 5'8" 155 8/5/74 17/4 Cardiff, Calif. Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
3 Berhalter, Gregg D 6'1" 175 8/1/73 5/0 Tenafly, N.J. Cambuur Leeuwarden (Holland)
4 Fraser, Robin D 6'1" 175 12/17/66 18/0 Denver, Col. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
5 Brown, C.J. D 6'0" 185 6/15/75 6/0 Hayward, Calif. Chicago Fire (MLS)
6 Harkes, John M 5'11" 165 3/8/67 86/6 Kearney, N.J. New England Revolution (MLS)
7 Lewis, Eddie M 5'10" 155 5/17/74 8/1 Cerritos, Calif. San Jose Clash (MLS)
8 Stewart, Ernie F 5'9" 145 3/28/69 52/6 Point Arena, Calif. NAC Breda (Holland)
9 Moore, Joe-Max F 5'9" 150 2/23/71 75/19 Irvine, Calif. New England Revolution (MLS)
10 Kirovski, Jovan F 6'1" 170 3/18/76 30/5 Escondido, Calif. Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
11 Bravo, Paul F 6'0" 175 7/19/68 2/0 San Jose, Calif. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
12 Agoos, Jeff D 5'10" 175 5/2/68 92/3 Dallas, Tex. D.C. United (MLS)
13 Jones, Cobi M/F 5'7" 145 6/16/70 115/8 Westlake Village, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
14 Armas, Chris M 5'7" 150 8/27/72 7/0 Brentwood, N.Y. Chicago Fire (MLS)
15 Olsen, Ben M 5'8" 140 5/3/77 4/1 Middletown, Penn. D.C. United (MLS)
16 Llamosa, Carlos D 5'11" 166 6/30/69 3/0 Maspeth, N.Y. D.C. United (MLS)
17 Balboa, Marcelo D 6'1" 175 8/8/67 125/13 Cerritos, Calif. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
18 Keller, Kasey GK 6'2" 190 11/29/69 35 Lacey, Wash. Leicester City (England)
19 Williams, Richie M 5'5" 145 6/3/70 3/0 Middletown, N.J. D.C. United (MLS)
20 McBride, Brian F 6'1" 170 6/19/72 29/7 Arlington Heights, Ill. Columbus Crew (MLS)
U.S. National Team Delegation
Head of Delegation Doug Logan New York, N.Y.
Chief Operating Officer Tom King Chicago, Ill.
General Manager Pam Perkins Evanston, Ill.
Head Coach Bruce Arena Fairfax, Va.
Assistant Coach George Gelnovatch Charlottesville, Va.
Goalkeeper Coach Milutin Soskic Bakersfield, Calif.
Doctor Steve Smith Ellicott City, Md.
Doctor Bert Mendelbaum Los Angeles, Calif.
Head Trainer Jim Hashimoto Wilmington, Del.
Assistant Trainer Anthony Garcia Burbank, Calif.
Team Coordinator Maria Hernandez Chicago, Ill.
Press Officer Brian Remedi Chicago, Ill.
Security Officer Eugene Williams Sunnyside, N.Y.
Equipment Manager David Kammarman Chicago, Ill.


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