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U.S. Men's National Team Settles Into January Training Camp

U.S. MNT Training Camp Update
Carson, Calif.
January 8, 2009

CAMP CONTINUES IN CARSON: The U.S. Men’s National Team is well into its first camp in 2009, the group nearing completion of the initial set of training sessions prior to Friday’s day off. Bob Bradley has enlisted 24 players to prepare for the USA’s opening match of the 2009 campaign, a friendly against Sweden (tickets) on Jan. 24 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live via’s MatchTracker.

ROSTER CHANGES: The U.S. roster has undergone some slight reconstruction since the initial roster announcement, swapping two for two as Clarence Goodson and Cory Gibbs did not travel to California, while Jason Hernandez and Ugo Ihemelu were summoned as reinforcements. Additionally, U.S. National Team debutante Geoff Cameron has been ruled out with a hamstring strain and will return to Houston for rehabilitation. The coaching staff is still considering whether to make any further additions to the roster prior to the game against Sweden.

U.S. Men's National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF), Matt Pickens (out of contract)
DEFENDERS (8): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Jason Hernandez (San Jose Earthquakes), Ugo Ihemelu (Colorado Rapids), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Chris Wingert (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Jack Jewsbury (Kansas City Wizards), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), John Thorrington (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire)

YOUNG BUT EXPERIENCED: While it is easy to look at the current U.S. roster and see both youth and a lack of senior team appearances, there are plenty of players who have been maturing through the ranks of the national team system and gaining valuable experience at the international level. There are six former Olympians, eight players who played in a FIFA World Cup at a youth level, and two U-17 Residency alumni. The full list:

Player Tournament(s)
Danny Califf U-17 WC (’97), U-20 WC (’99), 2000 Olympics
Brian Carroll U-20 WC (01’)
Ricardo Clark U-20 WC (03’)
Charlie Davies 2008 Olympics
Eddie Gaven* U-17 WC (’03), U-20 WC (05’)
Stuart Holden 2008 Olympics
Sacha Kljestan U-20 WC (’05), 2008 Olympics
Chad Marshall U-17 WC (’01), U-20 WC (’03)
Robbie Rogers* U-20 WC (’07). 2008 Olympics
Marvell Wynne U-20 WC (’05), 2008 Olympics
*U-17 Residency

AND SOME MORE SUPERLATIVES: The roster boasts several year-end award winners from Major League Soccer, including MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Jon Busch, Defender of the Year Chad Marshall, Comeback Player of the Year Kenny Cooper, and Rookie of the Year Sean Franklin. The defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew contribute five players to the Carson camp. On the international front, goalkeeper Troy Perkins carries with him a medal for winning the 2008 Norwegian Cup.

SWEDEN STRIKING LEGEND COMING TO CARSON: Like the U.S. squad, the Swedish team that will step on the field on Jan. 24 will contain many of the bright young stars of the future, with one very notable exception. Former Celtic and Barcelona great Henrik Larsson will lead the Swedish attack, the FIFA World Cup veteran and former winner of the European Golden Boot having amassed 102 caps and 37 goals in his international career. For a look at some of his scoring magic, click here.

ALL_ACCESS VIDEO AT YOUR SERVICE: The video crew already has the cameras rolling, and remains the best place to get exclusive video from inside the MNT camp. You can watch highlights from Day One of the 2009 campaign as both veterans and youngsters gear up for one of the most important years for the national team this decade. There’s also a light-hearted look at goalkeeper fashion … er, equipment, and for those who still want a fix on game action, a fantastic look back at all the USA’s goals from 2008. For all the latest videos, log on to the Sights & Sounds section at

IMPROMPTU INTERVIEW WITH MARVELL WYNNE: Toronto FC defender Marvell Wynne is coming off a bittersweet year that included the high of helping the U.S. qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games and the utter disappointment in not achieving success in Beijing. As is characteristic of any good athlete, Marvell manages to maintain a good perspective and is able to learn from his experiences - which is also what makes him capable of answering whatever question we threw at him yesterday during his time on the treatment table, which included topics like his biggest soccer influences, the best advice he ever received, and what’s been on his reading list. Read’s impromptu interview with Marvell here.

DIAGRAM OF A TRAINING SESSION: Throughout the first week of training, candidates for the U.S. Soccer 'A' coaching License – the highest level license available in the country – have been observing the team’s training both to learn new exercises and gain insight into the methodology of building a session. To give you a glimpse of what they get to see, here is a breakdown of Wednesday’s morning training session as explained by a member of the U.S. coaching staff, Pierre Barrieu.

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A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS: The first camp of 2009 is well underway and the U.S. Men’s National Team is as photogenic as ever and is clicking away. Check out the MNT training camp photo galleries in the Sights & Sounds section of

THEY SAID IT: “Core training - good. Ice bath - not so good.”
- Kansas City Wizards midfielder Jack Jewsbury, following yesterday’s training session in the gym.