CHICAGO (Tuesday, July 16, 2002) — United States Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena has named an 18-man roster that will battle the best of MLS in the 2002 MLS All-Star Game on Saturday, August 3 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be televised live on ABC.
The United States, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time in more than 70 years and captivated a nation in doing so, featured 11 current and five former MLS players. The U.S. roster for this match consists entirely of MLS players, with nine of ten teams represented.
"U.S. Soccer is honored to participate in the MLS All-Star Game," said Arena. "We are proud to help acknowledge the players of MLS, who have made such great strides in establishing this league in seven short years. We are looking forward to an entertaining event and having the opportunity to thank our loyal fans."
In the spirit of acknowledging the contributions so many have made to the growth of Major League Soccer and the sport in this country during the modern era, Arena has selected players from previous World Cup rosters. Leading the 2002 contingent are members of the MLS StrikeForce: Landon Donovan and Brian McBride, both of whom scored game-winning goals for the USA in Korea, and the Chicago Fire tandem of DaMarcus Beasley and Josh Wolff. McBride also holds the distinction of being the only player in U.S. history to score a goal in two World Cups. The roster includes the top two all-time capwinners for the United States: Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Cobi Jones with 159 caps, now fourth on the all-time international list, and San Jose Earthquakes defender Jeff Agoos (133). Heading up the backline is Kansas City Wizards goalkeeper Tony Meola, who is the USA’s all-time goalkeeping leader in wins (36) and shutouts (31). Representing the host venue is D.C. United defender Eddie Pope, who turned in one of the classiest performances of any defender in the tournament.
A total of ten players on the roster are veterans of the France ’98 squad. Brian Maisonneuve was one of six players to appear in all three matches for the United States that year. Los Angeles Galaxy defender Alexi Lalas is a veteran of two World Cups, and sits eighth on the U.S. international appearance list with 96 caps. Kansas City Wizards midfielder Preki Radosavljevic, famous for his electrifying ball-handling skills and trademark left foot, scored one of the most memorable goals in U.S. Soccer history, a dynamic long range blast which gave the USA a stunning 1-0 upset against Brazil in the run up to the 1998 World Cup. Also joining the U.S. selection is former U.S. captain John Harkes, whose remarkable 13-year career with the national team was punctuated by the fact that of his 90 matches in a U.S. kit, he was a starter in all but one.
In addition to the celebratory game between the U.S. National Team and MLS All-Stars (as voted by the fans, players, coaches and media), MLS and U.S. Soccer will recognize previous players who have been an integral part of the growth of soccer in the United States. The Chicago Fire's Chris Armas, one of the key components of the USA’s 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign who was lost prior to the tournament with a torn ACL in his right knee, has been named the honorary captain of the U.S. selection.
The 2002 MLS All-Star Game offers four levels of ticket pricing, ranging from $27 to $55 for individuals, and $22 to $45 for groups of 20 or more. For Group Sales information, call D.C. United at 703-478-6600; or go online at www.dcunited.com.
|Agoos, Jeff||D||5'10"||175||05/02/68||133/4||Dallas||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Beasley, DaMarcus||M||5'7"||126||05/24/82||15/3||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Burns, Mike||D||5'9"||165||09/14/70||75/0||Marlboro, Mass.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Deering, Chad||D/M||6'1"||165||09/02/70||18/1||Plano, Texas||Dallas Burn (MLS)|
|Donovan, Landon||F||5'8"||148||03/04/82||28/7||Redlands, Calif.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Harkes, John||M||5'11"||165||03/08/67||90/6||Kearny, N.J.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Henderson, Chris||M||5'10"||150||12/11/70||79/3||Everett, Wash.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|Jones, Cobi||M||5'7"||145||06/16/70||159/14||Westlake Village, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Lalas, Alexi||D||6'3"||195||06/01/70||96/9||Detroit, Mich.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Llamosa, Carlos||D||5'11"||166||06/30/69||28/0||Maspeth, N.Y.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Maisonneuve, Brian||M||5'11"||170||06/28/73||13/0||Warren, Mich.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Mastroeni, Pablo||D/M||5'10"||170||08/26/76||13/0||Phoenix, Ariz.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|McBride, Brian||F||6'1"||170||06/19/72||65/20||Arlington Heights, Ill.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Meola, Tony||GK||6'1"||205||02/21/69||99/0||Kearny, N.J.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Pope, Eddie||D||6'1"||180||12/24/73||55/5||High Point, N.C.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Radosavljevic, Preki||M||5'9"||165||06/24/63||28/4||Overland Park, Kan.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Sommer, Juergen||GK||6'5"||215||02/27/69||8/0||New York N.Y.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Wolff, Josh||F||5'8"||160||02/25/77||20/6||Stone Mountain, Ga.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
Goalkeepers: Tony Meola, Juergen Sommer
Defenders: Jeff Agoos, Mike Burns, Alexi Lalas, Carlos Llamosa, Eddie Pope
Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley, Chad Deering, John Harkes, Chris Henderson, Cobi Jones, Pablo Mastroeni, Brian Maisonneuve, Preki Radosavljevic
Forwards: Landon Donovan, Brian McBride, Josh Wolff
Head Coach: Bruce Arena