Arena Calls 17 Players to Feb. 4 Pre-Holland Training Camp at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
CHICAGO (Monday, January 26, 2003) — U.S. Men’s National Team manager Bruce Arena has invited 17 players to participate in a training camp beginning February 4 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The group will train for ten days prior to departing for the USA’s first road match of 2004 against fourth-ranked Holland on Feb. 18 in Amsterdam. Kickoff for the match at the Amsterdam ArenA is set for 2:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
The final roster for the Holland match will consist of a mix of European and domestic-based players, with a likely 20-man roster to be announced prior to the team’s departure for Amsterdam on Feb. 13. The foreign-based players will join the traveling contingent in Holland after completing club play the weekend of Feb. 13-15.
All 17 players on the Bradenton training camp roster were part of the group that recently completed an 18-day stint at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. Eight players started in the USA’s 1-1 draw with Denmark at The Home Depot Center on Jan. 18, with MetroStars goalkeeper Jonny Walker forced to make only two saves in his international debut.
The Kansas City Wizards once again make the largest contribution, sending four players to Bradenton. Leading the Wizards contingent is forward Josh Wolff, whose appearance in the 62nd minute against Denmark marked his first minutes for the MNT since his start in the 2-0 victory against Mexico in the 2002 World Cup. Kerry Zavagnin ended a lengthier absence, his last time in the U.S. uniform coming nearly three years earlier.
MetroStars captain Eddie Pope holds top rank in the group, with 58 caps to his credit in an eight-year career with the senior team. Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk and Chicago Fire captain Chris Armas close out the ‘over 50’ club, collecting 54 and 51 caps respectively.
Bradenton will host a bevy of soccer activity in the beginning of February, as four MLS teams will open their 2004 training camps while the U.S. MNT is in residence.
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. The U.S. begins CONCACAF qualifying June 13, 2004, against the winner of the home-and-away series between Grenada and Guyana, with their first match scheduled to be played in the United States. With the semifinal round slated to begin Aug. 18, the U.S. will play a series of friendlies in preparation throughout the year.
U.S. Men’s National Team Roster
|Albright, Chris||M||6'1"||185||01/14/79||8/1||Philadelphia, Pa.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Armas, Chris||M||5'7"||150||08/27/72||51/2||Brentwood, N.Y.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Califf, Dan||D||6'1"||175||03/17/80||11/0||Orange, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Cannon, Joe||GK||6'2"||190||01/01/75||1/0||Los Altos Hills, Calif.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|Garcia, Nick||D||5'10"||160||04/09/79||6/0||Plano, Texas||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Hejduk, Frankie||D/M||5'8"||155||08/05/74||54/5||Cardiff, Calif.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Klein, Chris||M||6'1"||180||01/04/76||15/3||St. Louis, Mo.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Kotschau, Ritchie||D||5'10"||175||11/22/75||0/0||Levittown, N.Y.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|Mulrooney, Richard||M/D||5'9"||160||11/03/76||13/0||Memphis, Tenn.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Noonan, Pat||F||6'0"||170||08/02/80||0/0||Baldwin, Mo.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Pope, Eddie||D||6'1"||180||12/24/73||58/5||High Point, N.C.||MetroStars (MLS)|
|Ralston, Steve||M||5’9”||160||06/14/74||15/2||St. Louis, Mo.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Razov, Ante||F||6'1"||175||03/02/74||23/6||Whittier, Calif.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|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)|
|Wolyniec, John||F||6'1"||172||01/24/77||1/0||Staten Island, N.Y.||MetroStars (MLS)|
|Zavagnin, Kerry||M||5'10"||170||07/02/74||3/0||Plymouth, Mich.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
Goalkeepers (2): Joe Cannon (Colorado Rapids), Jonny Walker (MetroStars);
Defenders (5): Danny Califf (Los Angeles Galaxy), Nick Garcia (Kansas City Wizards), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Rich Kotschau (Colorado Rapids), Eddie Pope (MetroStars);
Midfielders (6): Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chris Armas (Chicago Fire), Chris Klein (Kansas City Wizards), Richard Mulrooney (San Jose Earthquakes), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards);
Forwards (4): Pat Noonan (New England Revolution), Ante Razov (Chicago Fire), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards), John Wolyniec (MetroStars).
- U.S. Men’s National Team Staff -
Head Coach: Bruce Arena (Fairfax, Va.)
Assistant Coach: Curt Onalfo (Oak Hill, Va.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Milutin Soskic (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Fitness Coach: Pierre Barrieu (Charlottesville, Va.)
General Manager: Pam Perkins (Los Angeles)
Trainers: Jamie Rojas (Chicago)
Jacob Joachim (Bradenton, Fla.)
Chiropractor: George Billauer (Los Angeles)
Equipment Manager: Ryan Maxfield (Los Angeles)
Press Officer: Michael Kammarman (Chicago)