CHICAGO (Wednesday, March 20, 2002) - United States Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena has named a 20-man roster to face three-time World Champion Germany on Wednesday, Mar. 27 in Rostock, Germany. Kickoff at the Ostseestadion is set for 2:45 p.m. ET (8:45 p.m. local), and the match will be shown tape delayed on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. ET and Telemundo at 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the action live from Germany online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics, beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.
With a record of 6-1-1 in 2002, the U.S. is currently off to their best-ever start with just one loss in eight games (at Italy on Feb. 13) and a run to their second Gold Cup championship. The USA has outscored its opponents 14-2 along the way, posting six shutouts. Keeping with his pre-World Cup plan, Arena has called upon a mostly European-based side for the away fixture.
"We are continuing to search for the right combinations on the field and will get another chance to see our European-based players in this match," said Arena, who with a career record of 28-13-13 is just two wins from tying Bora Milutinovic for most all-time wins by a U.S. coach (30). "Our domestic players have performed strongly in 2002, and we hope to continue to see that team spirit and intensity in the upcoming matches. We have emphasized the need to face quality opposition to challenge our team in advance of the FIFA World Cup, and an away match against one of the top teams in the world in Germany certainly provides that chance."
U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller will lead a largely European-based squad very similar to the team that fell to Italy in February. Keller has been in stellar form for the United States in 2002, posting an unblemished 5-0-1 record and five shutouts, leading the U.S. to the 2002 FC Gold Cup championship. The squad includes Earnie Stewart, the 2001 Chevrolet Male Athlete of the Year and one of two U.S. players to appear in every match of final round qualifying for the 2002 World Cup. Eddie Lewis has continued to impress in the new year, highlighted by a spectacular left-footed blast that gave the U.S. a 1-0 win against Ecuador in Birmingham on March 10. Making his first appearance in a camp for the U.S. senior team is FC St. Pauli defender Cory Gibbs. The 22-year old was a member of the U.S. Under-23 side that one a bronze medal in the 1999 Pan-American Games in Winnipeg, Canada.
Eight domestic-based players fill out the roster, the MLS contingent coming off a tremendous two-match performance in early March. The U.S. attack has been particularly potent, led by Columbus Crew forward Brian McBride, who has already amassed 10 points in seven matches (4G, 2A). Both Clint Mathis and Landon Donovan each netted a pair in the USA's 4-0 dismantling of Honduras on Mar. 2 in Seattle, then eight days later the U.S. battled to the 1-0 defeat of Ecuador despite playing a man short for the final 32 minutes.
U.S. defensive stalwart Jeff Agoos has now appeared in the last 16 matches for the United States, last missing a game back on June 7, 2001. Agoos has reached the 125-cap mark, and is only three caps shy of catching former U.S. defender Marcelo Balboa for second all-time in U.S. Soccer history. Cobi Jones improved his total to 151 international appearances, now alone in fourth place on the all-time international capwinners list.
The U.S. MNT will be looking to extend an unprecedented streak against one of the top teams in the world. The U.S. has shutout Germany in their last two encounters, winning 3-0 on Feb. 6, 1999, in Jacksonville, Fla., and 2-0 on July 30, 1999,at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. Those matches mark the only time the U.S. has posted consecutive shutouts against a European team in a calendar year, and represent the first ever U.S. wins against Germany.
The match on March 27 will be the first time the USA has played on German soil since the country’s unification. The U.S. and Germany became familiar foes in the 1990s, playing seven times (including two U.S. matches against East Germany). The U.S. holds a 2-3-0 record against Germany, and a 0-2-0 record against East Germany. The Germans last lifted the World Cup in Italy 1990 and are the only team in history to reach the championship game in three straight tournaments (1982, 1986, 1990). In addition, they are three-time winners of the European Championship (1972, 1980 & 1996.)
Following the Germany match, the U.S. travels to Denver for an international friendly against regional rivals Mexico on Wednesday, April 3 at INVESCO Field. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. MT, and the match will be televised live on Telemundo and can be heard live on the Futbol de Primera Radio Network. The match is part of a doubleheader with Major League Soccer, with the Colorado Rapids meeting three-time MLS Cup champion D.C. United at 5:30 p.m.
U.S. Men's National Team Roster
|Agoos, Jeff||D||5'10"||175||05/02/68||125/4||Dallas||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Armas, Chris||M||5'7"||150||08/27/72||43/2||Brentwood, N.Y.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Berhalter, Gregg||D||6'1"||175||08/01/73||23/0||Tenafly, N.J.||Crystal Palace (England)|
|Cherundolo, Steve||D||5'6"||145||02/19/79||9/0||San Diego, Calif.||Hannover 96 (Germany)|
|Donovan, Landon||F||5'8"||148||03/04/82||17/4||Redlands, Calif.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Gibbs, Cory||D||6'3"||178||01/14/80||0/0||Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.||FC St. Pauli (Germany)|
|Hejduk, Frankie||D/M||5'8"||155||08/05/74||36/5||Cardiff, Calif.||Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)|
|Jones, Cobi||M||5'7"||145||06/16/70||151/14||Westlake Village, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Keller, Kasey||GK||6'2"||190||11/29/69||56/0||Lacey, Wash.||Tottenham Hotspur (England)|
|Kirovski, Jovan||F||6'1"||175||03/18/76||53/7||Escondido, Calif.||Crystal Palace (England)|
|Lewis, Eddie||M||5'10"||155||05/17/74||36/3||Cerritos, Calif.||Fulham FC (England)|
|Mathis, Clint||M||5'10"||170||11/25/76||16/5||Conyers, Ga.||MetroStars (MLS)|
|McBride, Brian||F||6'1"||170||06/19/72||57/18||Arlington Heights, Ill.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Meola, Tony||GK||6'1"||205||02/21/69||97/0||Kearny, N.J.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Moore, Joe-Max||F||5'9"||150||02/23/71||93/24||Irvine, Calif.||Everton (England)|
|O'Brien, John||M||5'9"||150||08/29/77||12/1||Playa del Rey, Calif.||Ajax (Holland)|
|Pope, Eddie||D||6'1"||180||12/24/73||45/4||High Point, N.C.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Regis, David||D||5'11"||160||12/02/68||24/0||Valenciennes, France||F.C. Metz (France)|
|Sanneh, Tony||D/M||6'2"||190||06/01/71||27/1||St. Paul, Minn.||F.C. Nürnberg (Germany)|
|Stewart, Earnie||M/F||5'9"||145||03/28/69||75/15||Point Arena, Calif.||NAC Breda (Holland)|
|Head Coach||Bruce Arena||Fairfax, Va.|
|Assistant Coach||Dave Sarachan||Ashburn, Va.|
|Assistant Coach||Glenn Myernick||Denver|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Milutin Soskic||Bakersfield, Calif.|
|General Manager||Pam Perkins||Evanston, Ill.|
|Athletic Trainers||Bruce Snell||Seattle|
|Larry Grine||Washington, D.C.|
|Team Doctor||Dan Kalbac||Miami|
|Chiropractor||George Billauer||Los Angeles|
|Equipment Manager||Aaron Barrett||Chicago|
|Director of Security||Gene Williams||New York|
|Press Officer||Michael Kammarman||Chicago|