January 7, 2008 - Carson, California
ALL HANDS ON DECK IN CARSON: With the arrival of Brad Guzan on Sunday morning, the USA’s 26-man training camp roster is now complete with only one alteration, Steve Cronin swapping spots with Matt Pickens after the goalkeeper was given permission to leave camp. Bob Bradley’s men will hit the turf today since heavy rains have soaked the Mooch Myernick Field at the National Training Center, the team completing their fourth day of sessions in the first camp of 2008. The group is preparing for the rapidly approaching match against Sweden, set for Jan. 19 in Carson. Kickoff at The Home Depot Center is set for 5:30 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel. Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
United States Roster vs. Sweden
Goalkeepers (4): Steve Cronin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Zach Wells (D.C. United)
Defenders (9): Dan Califf (Aalborg BK), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Ramiro Corrales (SK Brann), Todd Dunivant (Toronto FC), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Eddie Robinson (Houston Dynamo), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
Midfielders (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pat Noonan (New England Revolution)
Forwards (6): Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie
Johnson (Kansas Cit y Wizards), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution), Jeremiah White (AGF Aarhus)
ALL_ACCESS VIDEO – A VIEW FROM THE SIDELINES: Back by popular demand, ussoccer.com’s all_access video puts you on the sidelines to get an up close view of the highlights of Sunday morning’s training session. From warm-ups to finishing, a 6 v. 6 game to a fitness run at the end, see and hear the best moments of a morning on the field in Carson. And, of course, with finishing comes highlights, so check out the top three goals and top three saves of the day. It’s footage you can’t see anywhere else. Watch now.
PODCAST – RAMIRO RETURNS: After a nine-year career in MLS in which Ramiro Corrales captured two MLS Cup titles in San Jose, the California native has spent the last three years in Norway, where his current side, SK Brann, is the current defending league champions. Earning his first cap in for the full team in 1996, Corrales played for the squad that finished in fourth place in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He has four total caps to his credit for the full team, his last appearance coming against Jamaica in 2004. Now with a potential move back to MLS on the horizon and a return to the U.S. fold on hand, Corrales is hoping to use the camp in Carson as a chance to revive his international career. ussoccer.com sat down with Corrales to find out how the 30-year-old’s career has changed since we last saw him playing on U.S. soil. Listen now.
COMPARING CYCLES: Four years ago, the U.S. held a January camp with an eye towards qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. Now in 2008, the team stands at the same point as when Bruce Arena’s squad that faced Denmark in January of 2004. Beginning the Cycle examines the 2004 team that convened in camp, and looks at where they would eventually fit in to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The article also compares the squad then to the team that Bob Bradley has assembled for 2008’s January Camp and highlights the fact that the road to 2010 is already well underway.
MNT BLOG IS BACK: If the MNT is in session, then undoubtedly the MNT Blog isn’t far behind. Informative and fun, the Blog provides you with daily doses of news, pictures, interviews and much more. The Blog will continue to chronicle all the happenings from the January camp as it rolls towards the game versus Sweden later this month. Check it out.
PHOTO SHOP FROM THE HDC: Our photography staff has been getting after it from day one to bring you images of the first training camp of 2008. Rain or shine (as you’ll see), there are loads of shots of some very familiar faces, and some that are new to all of us. We’re at it every day, so check back early and often for the freshest photos from Carson.
THEY SAID IT: "It’s always in the back of a players mind to be playing for the national team. I'm here now and hoping to do well...I'll take it step by step. Hopefully, I get the chance to play and we'll see it happen."
- Ramiro Corrales, describing his return to the national team after a three-year absence.