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Training Camp Update: U.S. MNT Head South to Face Honduras

U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Update
March 17, 2005
Colorado Springs, Colorado

HEADING SOUTH: The U.S. Men's National Team is shifting operations south today, as the team buses to Albuquerque in advance of the friendly against Honduras on March 19.  The team completed a 75-minute session on the field turf at the Air Force Academy this morning, as the grass field (just 200 feet higher in elevation) remained covered in a blanket of snow. Kickoff against the 'Catrachos' at University Stadium is set for 2 p.m. MT, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and HDNet. Fans can also follow the match live on's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. For ticket info, click here.

GAVEN HEADS WEST WITH U-20s: MetroStars midfielder Eddie Gaven changes hats today, departing the senior team camp to join his teammates on the Under-20 MNT as they head to Korea for the Suwon International Youth Tournament. The U.S. will arrive in South Korea early on Sunday, March 20, and have two days of training before opening the round-robin tournament against Argentina on Tuesday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. local time (2:30 a.m. ET). The U.S. will then meet the host two days later at 7 p.m. local time (5 a.m. ET), before concluding play against Egypt on Saturday, March 26 at 12:30 p.m. local time (10:30 p.m. ET on Friday, March 25). All of the matches in the tournament will be played at Suwon World Cup Stadium, the location of the full U.S. Men’s National Team’s historic 3-2 upset of Portugal in their opening match of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Meantime, Kerry Zavagnin will rejoin the squad in Albuquerque after the Kansas City Wizards play the return leg of their CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinal matchup against Deportivo Saprissa tonight in San Jose, Costa Rica (live on Fox Soccer Channel at 9 p.m. ET).

HEJDUK HEADS HOME: U.S. defender Frankie Hejduk has returned to Columbus, unable to make significant progress on the ankle injury which has sidelined him since the start of camp. Hejduk picked up the injury in training prior to his arrival in the Carson camp at the end of February, and has been participating in conditioning exercises throughout the month. No timetable has been set on his return to action.

ALL_ACCESS - TRIPLE DOSE: All_Access, the exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the U.S. MNT, will track the team's progress throughout this exciting month of action. In the latest installments, presents another edition of 'a mile in my boots', this time tracking the process of defender Chris Albright. Take an always interesting look inside the head of Clint Mathis in this week's Center Circle Spotlight, and hear the excitement of Eddie Johnson as the Florida native experiences snow days. For all the latest All_Access video, click here and check out the USA's World Cup qualifying competitions page.

GATORADE GOING DOWN: One of the noticeable affects of training at altitude is dehydration. Fluid intake is expected to be nearly double what is normal at sea level. Always prepared, the training staff picked up several dozen cases of Gatorade, as well as water, to help the players stay hydrated. To date, the team has blown through 25 cases of water (32 bottles a case), and 14 cases of Gatorade (24 bottles a case). You can do the match, but that seems like a lot ...

HONDURAS HEADS TO NEW MEXICO: The Honduran National Team is expected to arrive into Albuquerque today, the 18-man squad of Chelato Ucles holding their final training session at the Estadio Morazan last night before departing this morning from San Pedro Sula. Honduras was recently a finalist at the UNCAF Nations Cup, losing in the championship game to Costa Rica, but successfully qualifying for this summer's 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Chicago Fire fans will get their first glimpse of new signing Ivan Guerrero. Honduras was scheduled to play Trinidad & Tobago on March 22 in Hialeah, Fla., but the match has been canceled.

Honduras Roster  vs. United States
Goalkeepers (3): Henry Enamorado, Christian Garden, Junior Morales
Defenders (5): Maynor Figueroa, Sergio Mendoza, Milton Reyes, Mauricio Sabillon, Erick Vallecillo
Midfielders (7): Mario Gomez, Elkin Gonzalez, Ivan Guerrero, Walter Hernandez, Walter Lopez, Elmer Marin, Carlos Moran
Forwards (3): Denilson Costa, Milton Nunez, Wilmer Velasquez

GUATEMALA ROSTER ANNOUNCED, MEXICO RELEASING TODAY: Guatemala head coach Ramon Maradiaga announced a 21-man squad that will train in advance of the their upcoming qualifiers against Trinidad on March 26 and the U.S. on March 30 in Birmingham, Ala.  The team, which includes Los Angeles Galaxy striker Carlos Ruiz and Guatemala team captain Guillermo 'El Pando' Ramirez, began training today with a double session at el Proyecto Goal. Guatemala earned an away point in their first match of the final round of World Cup qualifying, a scoreless draw in Panama. Meantime, the Mexican Federation is expected to announce their training camp roster today.

Guatemala Training Camp Roster
Goalkeepers (3): Miguel Klee, Paulo Motta, Richard Trigueno
Defenders (7): Gustavo Cabrera, Denis Chen, Nestor Martinez, Pablo Melgar, Nelson Morales, Carlos Quinonez, Angel Sanabria
Midfielders (7): Carlos Castillo, Maynor Davila, Carlos Figueroa, Gonzalo Romero, Guillermo Ramirez, Mario Rodriguez, Fredy Thompson
Forwards (4): Dwight Pezzarossi, Juan Carlos Plata, Carlos Ruiz, Hernan Sandoval

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