BRADENTON, Fla. (Friday, January 10, 2003) - The U.S. MNT enjoyed its first full day off from training today, after conducting 11 sessions since arriving on January 4 in Bradenton. The grueling schedule has involved a daily fitness regimen, various small-sided exercises and typically a full-sided match in the afternoon. Despite the long layoff and the intensity of the training, only one player has been forced to miss a session through injury. Several players took the opportunity to hit the local golf courses today, while others chose to rest. The team resumes training tomorrow morning and will conduct one session a day before moving operations to Ft. Lauderdale on Jan. 16.
BARRETT TRIES DANISH: San Jose Earthquakes defender Wade Barrett has secured a trial with Danish Superleague club AGF Aarhus. The 26-year old will depart the national team training camp on January 11 to begin training in Denmark. AGF are currently in ninth place in the league table after 18 matches.
GIBBS RECALLED: The anticipated debut of Cory Gibbs with the national team will be delayed once again, as the defender will no longer be available to join the team in Florida. F.C. St. Pauli, currently stuck in 19th place in the German Zweitliga, have appointed their former general manager, Franz Gerber, as head coach. Gerber has requested the immediate return of Gibbs to Germany as the team prepares to fight to avoid relegation.
ARENA SPEAKS: U.S. MNT manager Bruce Arena will be the featured speaker tonight at the presentation of the 2002 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy at the Missouri Athletic Club in dowtown St. Louis. The awards are presented annually to the top men’s and women’s college soccer players in NCAA Division I soccer. This year's recipients are University of Virginia forward Alecko Eskandarian, who recently signed with a MLS/Nike Project-40 contract, and Santa Clara midfielder Aly Wagner. Arena will return to the national team training camp Saturday morning.
CANADA ANNOUNCES ROSTER: Canadian national team head coach Holger Osieck released the names of 15 players from the roster which will face the United States in an international friendly on January 18. An additional player will be announced at a later date. San Jose Earthquakes forward Dwayne de Rosario, who scored the championship-winning goal in overtime of MLS Cup 2001, returns to the Canadian roster. Also included are a pair of players -- Kevin Harmse and Atiba Hutchinson -- from the Canada U-20 team that beat the United States, 3-2, in UAE '03 qualifying last fall.
Goalkeepers: Lars Hirschfeld (Tottenham Hotspurs); Pat Onstad (Rochester Raging Rhinos)
Defenders: Paul Fenwick (Hibernian); Carl Fletcher (Atlanta Silverbacks); Marco Reda (Sogndal); Tony Menezes (Ganzu Nongken); Kevin Harmse (ICSF Inter); Atiba Hutchinson (Oesters)
Midfielders: Chris Pozniak (Oerebro); Richard Hastings (Graz AK/AUT); Tam Nsaliwa (Saarbruecken); Daniel Imhof (St. Gallen)
Forwards: Julian de Guzman (Hannover); Davide Xausa (Livingston); Dwayne de Rosario (San Jose Earthquakes)
JAN. 18 MATCH vs. CANADA AVAILABLE ON LIMITED PAY-PER-VIEW: Setanta Sports has contracted to broadcast the USA v. Canada friendly on Jan. 18 live on a pay-per-view basis. Currently fans can only order the match via DirecTV for $19.95. The USA's first match of 2003 kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET from Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Fans can also follow the action live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
MATHIS CHAT LIVE ON JAN. 15 EXCLUSIVELY ON USSOCCERFAN.COM: U.S. forward Clint Mathis will be available to answer questions live during a Live Chat event on ussoccerfan.com on Wednesday, January 15 at 2 p.m. ET. Mathis, 26, led the United States in scoring in 2002, recording seven goals and two assists for 16 points, including one of the finest goals in the World Cup to give the USA a 1-1 draw against Korea. Fans can access the chat by logging onto www.ussoccerfan.com and selecting "Interact -> Live Chat" from the menu.
THEY SAID IT:
"There's three weeks left until the transfer deadline. I'm happy at Nurnberg, but it's my dream to play in England. At this point, anything is possible."
- Tony Sanneh, on the current status of the negotiations with West Bromwich Albion.