Bradley Invites New, Old Faces to Round Out China Roster
CHICAGO (May 29, 2007) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named 19 players that will prepare to take on China on June 2 in San Jose, Calif. Kickoff at Spartan Stadium is set for 5 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
The team began assembling in Los Angeles this past Sunday (May 27), and the full roster takes part in training today. The U.S. will head to San Jose on Thursday afternoon following training, with a final tuneup scheduled in the stadium on Friday at 5 p.m. PT.
“Bringing this group to San Jose accomplishes two important goals,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “First, we get excellent preparation for many of the players who will help defend our Gold Cup title beginning next week. Second, we get the chance to introduce some exciting young prospects to the senior national team and give them a taste of what this experience is all about. There isn’t a better place to perform both those tasks than in front of the great soccer fans in San Jose.”
The roster boasts 13 players that are part of the USA’s 2007 Gold Cup title defense, including all 11 of the players based in Europe. Six of those players appeared on the USA’s 2006 World Cup roster. Kasey Keller, the all-time leader in wins and shutouts amongst U.S. goalkeepers, is just three appearances shy of the coveted 100 cap plateau. Fulham send the duo of Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey, with Dempsey having scored the USA’s lone goal in the 2006 World Cup. Michael Bradley, who is expected to be part of the team that represents the U.S. in the U-20 World Cup in Canada this summer, is part of the youth movement along with Benny Feilhaber and Jonathan Spector.
In addition to the 11 European-based players that will compete in the Gold Cup, Bradley has enlisted four players from his former side Chivas USA. The 2006 MLS Rookie of the Year, defender Jonathan Bornstein already earned his first cap and goal this year in the 3-1 win against Denmark on Jan. 20 at The Home Depot Center. Scoring four goals in the first eight games of the 2007 MLS season, Ante Razov is the third leading goalscorer in MLS history with 106 tallies. In 24 appearances for the United States, most recently in 2004, Razov has scored six goals.
Bradley will also look at a trio of U.S. U-23 prospects who are currently plying their trade in Europe. Berkeley native Kamani Hill, who was a four-year letter winner at Berkeley High School under Janu Juarez, moved to German Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg after leading the UCLA Bruins in scoring. Lee Nguyen, a member of the PSV Eindhoven team that won the Dutch league title this year, was the only high school player on the USA’s roster for the 2005 World Youth Championship. Charlie Davies, a standout forward at Boston College and former U.S. youth international, comes into camp from Hammarby IF in Sweden.
The June 2 match will be the eighth meeting between the U.S. and China, and the hosts hold a 4-1-2 record vs. their guests. Overall, the U.S. has a 1-0-2 record at Spartan Stadium and a 9-6-3 record in the Bay Area including last year’s 3-2 victory vs. Japan on goals by Taylor Twellman, Eddie Pope and Clint Dempsey. The last appearance at Spartan Stadium was a 2-0 victory over Wales on May 23, 2003, on goals by Eddie Lewis and Landon Donovan.
Just five days after the China match, the U.S. will first try to defend their title against 11 other teams at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scheduled from June 6-24 in several cities across the United States. Just a few days later, the U.S. will participate in the 2007 Copa America, the regional championship of South America. The 12-team tournament will run from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. For the United States, the appearance will mark their third entrance into CONMEBOL’s signature event.
U.S. Men's National Team Roster vs. China - June 2, 2007
|Beasley, DaMarcus||M||5'8''||145||05/24/82||62/12||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||PSV Eindhoven (Holland)|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0''||170||05/25/79||44/6||Alto Loma, Calif.||Fulham FC (England)|
|Bornstein, Jonathan||D||5'9"||145||11/07/84||2/1||Los Alamitos, Calif.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Bradley, Michael||M||6'2"||175||07/31/87||4/0||Cedar Grove, N.J.||SC Heerenveen (Holland)|
||Hammarby IF (Sweden)|
|DeMerit, Jay||D||6'0"||185||12/09/79||1/0||Green Bay, Wisc.||Watford FC (England)|
|Dempsey, Clint||M||6'1''||170||03/09/83||26/6||Nacogdoches, Texas||Fulham FC (England)|
|Feilhaber, Benny||M||5'9"||150||01/19/85||2/0||Irving, Calif.||Hamburger SV (Germany)|
|Guzan, Brad||GK||6'4"||210||09/09/84||1/0||Home Glen, Ill.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
||F||6'0"||175||12/28/85||0/0||Berkeley, Calif.||Vfl Wolfsburg (Germany)|
|Howard, Tim||GK||6'3"||210||03/06/79||18||North Brunswick, N.J.||Everton FC (England)|
|Keller, Kasey||GK||6'2"||190||11/29/69||97/0||Lacey, Wash.||Bor. M'gladbach (Germa ny)|
||M||6'1"||150||09/09/85||0/0||Huntington Beach, Calif.
||Chivas USA (MLS)|
||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Nguyen, Lee||M||5'8"||149||10/07/86||0/0||Richardson, Texas
||PSV Eindhoven (Holland)|
|Onyewu, Oguchi||D||6'4"||210||05/13/82||18/1||Olney, Md.||Standard de Liege (Belgium)|
||F||6'1"||175||03/02/74||24/6||Los Angeles, Calif.
||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Simek, Frank||D||5'11"||163||10/13/84||1/0||St. Louis, Mo.||Sheffield Wednesday (England)|
|Spector, Jonathan||D||6'0"||180||03/01/86||5/0||Arlington Heights, Ill.||West Ham United (England)|
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
DEFENDERS (6) – Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (7) – DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Jesse Marsch (Chivas USA), Lee Nguyen (PSV Eindhoven)
FORWARDS (3) – Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Kamani Hill (VfL Wolfsburg), Ante Razov (Chivas USA)
Head Coach: Bob Bradley