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Bradley Announces 23-Man FIFA Confederations Cup Roster


CHICAGO (June 7, 2009) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named the 23-man roster that will compete in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup from June 14-28 in South Africa.

The U.S. kicks off action against defending World Cup champion Italy on June 15 at Loftus Versfeld in Tshwane/Pretoria (ESPN, 2:25 p.m. ET), and then faces Brazil on June 18 in the same venue (ESPN2, 9:55 a.m. ET). The United States finishes group play on June 21 against Egypt at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg (ESPN2 2:25 p.m. ET). All 16 matches of the tournament will be available in high definition on the ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD. Fans can also follow all the USA’s matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

The U.S. team will depart June 8 for South Africa, setting up camp in Tshwane/Pretoria the following day. The FIFA Confederations Cup is made up of the six champions of each regional confederation, the defending World Cup champions, and the host nation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

“The FIFA Confederations Cup is a great opportunity to play against top level competition and gain further experience competing in tough games,” said Bradley, who holds a 25-9-4 record since being named head coach in 2007. “Equally important is the chance for our team to experience the environment in South Africa, everything from travel to food to weather. We believe the experience will be invaluable if we qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.”

Of the 23-man roster, 17 players are plying their trade in Europe, playing in nine different countries. Twenty-two players have at least one cap in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying cycle, where the U.S. currently sits in second place in the final round hexagonal with a 3-1-1 record. DaMarcus Beasley, part of the Rangers side that won the Scottish ‘Double’ as both SPL and Scottish FA Cup champions, leads the group in appearances with 11 caps in 12 total qualifiers. With five goals, Jozy Altidore is the USA’s leading scorer in World Cup qualifying, riding a three-goal performance against Trinidad & Tobago in April. Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley have four apiece. In total, the U.S. has had 14 different goalscorers through the qualifying campaign.

Five players on the U.S. roster earned starts during the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup in France. Beasley scored the lone goal in the 2-1 loss to Turkey to open group play. Tim Howard started all three matches, while Donovan, Carlos Bocanegra and Danny Califf all made appearances.

Donovan is the leading capwinner on the roster with 110 international appearances. The USA’s all-time leader in goals (39) and assists (36) notched two goals in World Cup qualifying this past week, setting the mark for most career goals in qualifying history for the team (11).

The defense is backstopped in goal by Howard, the 2008 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year. Howard, who recently signed a five-year contract with Everton, led the Toffees to a fifth-place finish in the English Premier League and a spot in the FA Cup final against Chelsea. Bocanegra – the U.S. captain who scored the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win against Honduras on June 6 in Chicago – has been an anchor in central defense alongside Oguchi Onyewu, who helped marshal Standard de Liege to their second-consecutive Belgian league title. In 2008, the U.S. defense allowed the fewest average goals per game in team history, surrendering a paltry goals against average per game (0.57). The team is without the services of Steve Cherundolo and Frankie Hejduk, both wing backs sidelined through injury.

The midfield group boasts experience and youth. Along with Beasley and Dempsey, who just surpassed 50 caps, Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Michael Bradley has been an essential element in the center of the park. Having helped ‘Gladbach stave off relegation from the Bundesliga, he has played in three major international tournaments in the last three years, including the 2007 U-20 World Cup and the 2008 Olympic Games. Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan is one of six domestic-based players on the roster. Earlier this year, he became the second player in U.S. history to score all of his first three goals for the full team in the same game when the U.S. earned a 3-2 win against Sweden on Jan. 24 in Carson, Calif. Pachuca (Mexico) midfielder José Francisco Torres is the only player on the roster who plays professionally outside of either Europe of the United States.

The U.S. is playing in its fourth FIFA Confederations Cup tournament, having appeared most recently in the 2003 event in a group with Brazil, Turkey and Cameroon. The team reached the semifinals of the 1999 tournament, beating Germany and New Zealand in group play before losing to hosts Mexico in the semifinals. The 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup matches will represent the USA’s second time playing on South African soil, the team having defeated South Africa 1-0 on Nov. 11, 2007, in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

The U.S. qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup by winning their second consecutive CONCACAF Gold Cup. In front of 60,000 fans, the U.S. erased a 1-0 deficit and defeated regional rivals Mexico 2-1 in the final on June 24, 2007 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

The U.S. is in the midst of a grueling summer schedule. Following two World Cup qualifiers on June 3 and June 6 and their participation in the FIFA Confederations Cup, the U.S. returns to home soil to defend the Gold Cup title from July 3-26 in 13 venues across the United States. Now halfway through the final round of qualifying and sitting in second place with 10 points, the U.S. next travels to face Mexico on Aug. 12 at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

U.S. Men's National Team Roster
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
June 14-28, 2009 - South Africa

No. Player Name  Pos.  Ht.  Wt.  Birthdate  Hometown  Club  Caps/G 
1 Howard, Tim GK 6-3 210 03/06/1979 North Brunswick, N.J. Everton FC (England) 39/0
2 Bornstein, Jonathan D 5-9 145 11/07/1984 Los Alamitos, Calif. Chivas USA  15/1
3 Bocanegra, Carlos D 6-0 170 05/25/1979 Alta Loma, Calif. Stade Rennais (France) 67/11
4 Casey, Conor F 6-1 170 07/25/1981 Denver, Colo. Colorado Rapids (MLS) 10/0
5 Onyewu, Oguchi D 6-4 210 05/13/1982 Olney, Md. Standard de Liege
(Belgium)
42/5
6 Pearce, Heath D 5-10 175 08/13/1984 Modesto, Calif. Hansa Rostock
(Germany)
23/0
7 Beasley, DaMarcus M 5-8 145 05/24/1982 Ft. Wayne, Ind. Glasgow Rangers
(Scotland)
87/17
8 Dempsey, Clint F 6-1 170 03/09/1983 Nacogdoches, Texas Fulham FC (England) 51/13
9 Davies, Charlie F 5-10 160 06/25/1986 Manchester, N.H. Hammarby IF (Sweden) 6/1
10 Donovan, Landon F 5-8 150 03/04/1982 Redlands, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy  110/39
11 Wynne, Marvell D 5-9 170 05/08/1986 Poway, Calif. Toronto FC  3/0
12 Bradley, Michael M 6-2 175 07/31/1987 Manhattan Beach, Calif. Borussia M'gladbach (Germany) 29/5
13 Clark, Ricardo M 5-10 150 05/10/1983 Jonesboro, Ga. Houston Dynamo (MLS) 19/1
14 Califf, Danny D 6-1 175 03/17/1980 Orange, Calif FC Midtjylland (Denmark) 23/1
15 DeMerit, Jay D 6-0 185 12/04/1979 Green Bay, Wis. Watford FC (England) 10/0
16 Kljestan, Sacha M 6-1 150 09/09/1985 Huntington Beach, Calif. Chivas USA 17/3
17 Altidore, Jozy F 6-1 175 11/06/1989 Boca Raton, Fla. Xerez C.D. (Spain) 11/6
18 Guzan, Brad GK 6-4 210 09/09/1984 Homer Glen, Ill. Aston Villa FC (England) 12/0
19 Adu, Freddy M 5-8 140 06/02/1989 Potomac, Md. AS Monaco (France) 13/1
20 Torres, José Francisco M 5-7 135 10/29/1987 Longview, Texas C.D. Pachuca (Mexico) 5/0
21 Spector, Jonathan D 6-0 180 03/01/1986 Arlington Heights, Ill. West Ham United (England) 13/0
22 Feilhaber, Benny M 5-9 150 01/19/1985 Irvine, Calif. AGF Aarhus (Denmark) 17/2
23 Robles, Luis GK 6-1 180 05/11/1984 Fort Huachuca, Ariz. FC Kaiserslautern
(Germany)
0/0

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Luis Robles (Kaiserslautern)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Danny Califf (Midtjylland ), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Xerez), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Charlie Davies (Hammarby), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF
Head Coach: Bob Bradley (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Mike Sorber (St. Louis)
Assistant Coach: John Hackworth (Bradenton, Fla.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Zak Abdel (Laverne, Calif.)
Fitness Coach: Pierre Barrieu (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
General Manager: Pam Perkins (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Trainers: Ivan Pierra (Los Angeles), Jim Bollinger (Philadelphia)
Doctor: Michael Gerhardt (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Chiropractor: George Billauer (Los Angeles)
Equipment Manager: Tim Cook (Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
Video/Content Coordinator: Mark Liskevych (Chicago)
Videographer: Alejandro Becker (Hollywood, Calif.)
Press Officer: Michael Kammarman (Chicago)  

 

U.S. Men’s National Team 2009 Schedule
Date Opponent Time / Result TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue; City
Jan. 24 Sweden 3-2 W Kljestan (3) The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Feb. 11 Mexico* 2-0 W Bradley (2) Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio 
March 28 El Salvador* 2-2 T Altidore, Hejduk Estadio Cuscatlán; San Salvador, El Salvador 
April 1 Trinidad & Tobago* 3-0 W Altidore (3)  LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
June 3 Costa Rica* 1-3 L Donovan Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica
June 6 Honduras* 2-1 W Donovan, Bocanegra Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
June 15 Italy # 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET ESPN Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 18 Brazil # 4 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET ESPN2 Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria
June 21 Egypt # 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. ET ESPN2 Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; Rustenburg 
July 4 Grenada ^ 6 p.m. PT  TBD Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.
July 8 Honduras ^ 9 p.m. ET TBD RFK Stadium; Washingon, D.C.
July 11 Haiti ^ 7 p.m. ET TBD Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
Aug. 12 Mexico* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Sept. 5 El Salvador* 5:30 p.m. MT ESPN Classic/Galavision Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Sept. 9 Trinidad & Tobago* 7 p.m. ET ESPN Classic/Galavision Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 10 Honduras* TBD TBD Away (Venue TBD)
Oct. 14 Costa Rica* TBD ESPN2/Galavision RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

 

* FIFA World Cup Qualifier
# FIFA Confederations Cup
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup


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