USMNT DOWN CHICAGO: The USMNT defeated the Chicago Fire 2-0 in a 70-minute closed-door scrimmage this morning at UAB. Clint Mathis and Eddie Lewis both landed clinical left-foot strikes to provide the goals against a depleted Fire squad, who were missing several key players due to injury. With national team pool players Carlos Bocanegra, Ante Razov and Josh Wolff doing fitness exercises behind the east goal, the U.S. donated Fire regulars Zach Thornton and DaMarcus Beasley, as well as Jeff Cunningham, to the Chicago starting team. The U.S. controlled play throughout the session, the Fire still working to regain fitness two weeks before the opening of the MLS campaign. Both Gregg Berhalter and Jeff Agoos suited up for the first time since the team arrived in Birmingham, each
putting in 35 minutes. Two training sessions remain before the match against Ecuador on Sunday, March 10 at Legion Field. Kickoff is set for the 3 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ABC and Telemundo and the Futbol de Primera Radio Network. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's
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NOTE: U.S. head coach Bruce Arena will not make any additions to the U.S. roster after the departure of the D.C. United contingent of Eddie Pope, Richie Williams and Bobby Convey. A total of 17 players will be in uniform Sunday.
ECUADOR ARRIVES: After convening at the ESMIL del Ejercito in Parcayacu, Ecuador yesterday, the team travelled to Birmingham today after connecting through Miami and Dallas. Two players - Geovanny Ibarra and Jorge Guagua - will fly directly from La Paz, Bolivia, where their club side El Nacional de Quito defeated Real Potosi 4-2 in Copa Libertadores group play. Barcelona forward Nicolas Asencio was a late edition to the roster after fellow striker Angel Fernandez suffered an injury. Agustin Delgado continues to recover from surgery to repair a torn meniscus and did not travel.