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U.S. Men's National Team Continues January Training Camp

U.S. MNT Training Camp Update
Carson, Calif.
Jan. 17, 2009

CAMP CONTINUES IN CARSON: The U.S. Men's National Team has moved past the halfway mark of its 20-day camp, as Bob Bradley's team heads toward the home stretch of preparations for the Jan. 24 game against Sweden at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The MNT convened Jan. 4 and has putting in double days for the majority of camp. The USA’s first match of 2009 kicks off at 5:30 p.m. PT (tickets), and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. Fans can also follow the game live via’s MatchTracker.

GOALKEEPERS (4): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids)
DEFENDERS (6): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland), Ugo Ihemelu (Colorado Rapids), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Chris Wingert (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Jack Jewsbury (Kansas City Wizards), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), John Thorrington (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire)

MAXIMUM EXPOSURE FOR USA-MEXICO: Fans juiced to watch the Feb.11 showdown against Mexico got a big boost this week when ESPN announced that the match will be broadcast on ESPN2 in High Definition as part of ESPN's Rivalry Week, the second such stint in consecutive years for a USA-Mexico match. Last year, the USA vs. Mexico lived up to its billing in Rivalry Week, battling to a 2-2 draw at Houston's Reliant Stadium in early February. The USA's most anticipated match of the Final Round of Qualifying will also be shown live on Univision. Ticket information for USA-Mexico can be found here.

U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule
Date Opponent Venue Time
Jan. 24 Sweden The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. 5:30 p.m. PT
Feb. 11 Mexico* Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio 7 p.m. ET
March 28 El Salvador* Away (Venue TBD) TBD
April 1 Trinidad & Tobago* Home (Venue TBD) TBD
June 3 Costa Rica* Away (Venue TBD) TBD
June 6 Honduras* Home (Venue TBD) TBD
June 15 Italy # Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET
June 18 Brazil # Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria 4 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET
June 21 Egypt # Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET
July 3-26 CONCACAF Gold Cup TBD TBD
Aug. 12 Mexico* Away (Venue TBD) TBD
Sept. 5 El Salvador* Home (Venue TBD) TBD
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* Away (Venue TBD) TBD
Oct. 10 Honduras* Away (Venue TBD) TBD
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* Home (Venue TBD) TBD
* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup

INJURY REPORT: Jason Hernandez has become the latest member of camp to be sidelined with injury after suffering a calf strain during the warm-up for the morning session Friday. Earlier in the week, Chad Marshall (knee) and Sean Franklin (lower abdominal) returned to their clubs for treatment after aggravating injuries that carried over from the MLS season which concluded in late 2008. Geoff Cameron (hamstring) returned Houston for rehabilitation. Prior to the start of the January camp, defenders Clarence Goodson and Cory Gibbs withdrew from the roster.

REINFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED: Defender Michael Parkhurst has been called in to replenish the U.S. defensive corps ahead of the game against Sweden. The former MLS Defender of the Year joins up with the team from Copenhagen, where he was preparing for the second half of the Danish season with new club FC Nordsjaelland. Parkhurst has four caps to his credit, and he most recently appeared at center back during the USA's 2-0 win against Guatemala in World Cup Qualifying last November.

ALL_ACCESS VIDEO - A NEW SERIES: has unveiled a new web series during the January Camp, as “Inside the Lines” provides an extended look at training exercises during the team’s stay in Carson, Calif. While most all_access videos have interviews, music or a behind-the-scenes angle, “Inside the Lines” is a stripped down approach that gives viewers a pitchside view of the goings on at training. See all four editions of the series in the all_access player.

SACHA TRAINING WITH CELTIC: Sacha Kljestan has left the MNT camp in California and will train for a week with current Scottish Premier League champions Celtic F.C. in Glasgow, Scotland. After departing the camp on Thursday, Jan. 15, the midfielder is scheduled return to the national team on Jan. 22, two days before the game against Sweden. Kljestan made a career-high eight appearances for the full team in 2008, including five starts in World Cup qualifiers. His memorable goal against the Netherlands during the 2-2 draw in Beijing won the honor for Best Goal: MNT in the 2008 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards.

PODCAST WITH PICKENS: For goalkeeper Matt Pickens, this past year has been a learning experience to say the least. With an offer to re-sign with the Chicago Fire on the table last January, Pickens chose to test the waters in Europe where he landed at Queens Park Rangers in the English League Championship. A shoulder injury sidelined Pickens a month before the end of the season, and he mutually agreed to part ways with QPR in June. After rehab and trials, his next career move remained in doubt until the Fire traded his rights to the Colorado Rapids on Draft Day last week. With his situation settled and a fresh start in Colorado on the horizon, the 26-year-old Pickens spoke to about his journey, both past and future. Listen to exclusive audio podcast here.

MNT BLOG: IN THE WORDS OF WILLIAM: The MNT Blog is back for 2009 and has been providing a chronicle of camp, and took a sideways turn when it was briefly commandeered by goalkeeper William Hesmer for a night. Hesmer talks about getting into the camp routine, sacrificing a little sleep for some favorite TV shows, and preparations heading towards the Sweden game next Saturday. Read the full post on the MNT Blog here.

AGOOS ELECTED TO HALL OF FAME: Former MNT defender Jeff Agoos was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Thursday, joining former WNT defender Joy Fawcett as part of the 2009 Hall of Fame Induction Class. Agoos, who made 134 appearances for the MNT during a 15-year career, was a gritty defender whose determination and reliability made him a fixture of the U.S. backline for much of the modern era. Read about his storied career for both club and country here.

Men's National Team All-Time Appearance Leaders
Name Caps Goals Era
1. Jones, Cobi 164 15 1992-2004
2. Agoos, Jeff 134 4 1988-2003
3. Balboa, Marcelo 128 13 1988-2000
4. Reyna, Claudio 112 8 1994-2006
5. Caligiuri, Paul 110 5 1984-1998
6. Wynalda, Eric 106 34 1990-2000
7. Donovan, Landon* 105 37 2000-2008
* still active

SWEDEN SANS LARSSON: Swedish great Henrik Larsson has pulled out of the squad that will face the U.S. on Jan. 24 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Nonetheless, the young Swedish squad will be arriving stateside on Sunday, where they will train at the HDC in the week building up to next Saturday's game. The Swedish team will remain in California, heading up to Oakland to face Mexico in a friendly on Jan. 28.

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