CHICAGO (Friday, May 30, 2003) - United States Men’s National Team Manager Bruce Arena has selected a 23-man roster to represent the U.S. in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup to be held June 18-29 in France. The squad will begin training camp on June 1 in Washington, D.C., and will depart on June 11 for their home base in Lyon.
"We have selected a group of players that combines experience and youth," said Arena, who has led the U.S. to a 4-1-1 record in 2003. "The Confederations Cup presents a great challenge to our team and an opportunity to compete against some of the best countries in the world. For many of these players, it will be their first experience in a competition of this caliber, so the games can only benefit our group as we progress towards World Cup qualifying in 2004."
As part of their preparation, the U.S. will play a send-off match against New Zealand on June 8 in Richmond, Va. Kickoff at the University of Richmond Stadium is set for 1 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Radio Unica. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. In continuation of the celebration of the 90-year Anniversary of U.S. Soccer, the U.S. Men’s National Team will wear a special limited edition Retro Jersey that matches the style of the uniform worn by the 1950 U.S. World Cup team that defeated England 1-0 in Brazil.
Ten players from the U.S. squad that reached the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup will head to France. Landon Donovan, tied for the scoring lead for the USA in 2003, was one of five players to start all five matches in Korea and netted two goals. MetroStars defender Eddie Pope, also a five-time starter in Korea, is joined by fellow backliner Gregg Berhalter. D.C. United midfielder Earnie Stewart is a veteran of three World Cups and the USA’s all-time leader in World Cup appearances (11). Preston North End midfielder Eddie Lewis, the Chevrolet Man of the Match in the 2-0 win against Wales on May 26, has four goals and nine assists in 44 appearances for the senior team. Hannover 96 defender Steve Cherundolo, on the roster but injured in Korea, joins the U.S. squad for the second time since last June.
Five players on the roster were a part of the team that placed third in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico. Along with fellow 2002 World Cup veteran Frankie Hejduk and Birmingham City forward Jovan Kirovski, Berhalter, Lewis and Stewart were all part of the side that defeated Saudi Arabia in the third-place match after beating New Zealand and Germany in the group phase. Kirovski scored the game-winning goal in the USA’s 2-1 win against New Zealand in the opening match, before the U.S. team fell to eventual champions Mexico 1-0 in the semifinal. The U.S. qualified for the tournament on one other occasion, collecting a third-place finish in a four-team tournament in Saudi Arabia ’92.
MLS makes a major contribution to the effort, as 16 players on the roster ply their trade in the domestic league. The MetroStars, Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire send the largest contingent, each contributing three players to Confederations Cup squad. MetroStars forward Clint Mathis leads the way, having completed 2002 as the U.S. MNT’s leading scorer with seven goals and three assists. Tim Howard, a member of the 2002 MLS Best XI, holds a 4-1-1 record for the MNT, with two shutouts.
Fire defender Carlos Bocanegra, the 2002 MLS defender of the Year, is tied with Donovan at the head of the U.S. scoring charts in 2003, recording the first two goals of his national team career. Fire team captain Chris Armas is joined by midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, the youngest player to appear on the 2002 World Cup roster.
Youth is well served on the France roster. In addition to Beasley, a pair of MLS award winners make their first trip to an international tournament with the senior team. Revolution forward Taylor Twellman led the league in scoring in 2002 with 23 goals and six assists, while Columbus Crew midfielder Kyle Martino was voted Rookie of the Year. D.C. United midfielder Bobby Convey, a member of the U.S. U-17 and U-20 teams that competed at the World Youth Championships, is the youngest player on the roster, having celebrated his 20th birthday just five days ago.
The U.S. will travel to France without a few familiar faces. U.S. captain Claudio Reyna is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered last November, and is targeting the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July for a return to action. Tottenham-based goalkeeper Kasey Keller has a similar rehabilitation schedule after undergoing minor surgery to remove bone chips from his elbows. Fellow international ‘keeper Brad Friedel is receiving a much-needed break after playing in 52 competitive matches in less than a year, while forward Brian McBride is given a similar opportunity after playing continuously since January of 2002.
Arena has named four alternates for the U.S. roster. New England Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston scored the first goal of his national team career vs. Canada earlier this year and has ten caps. Kansas City Wizards defender Nick Garcia has played four times for the U.S., all in 2003. Also making the reserve’s list is San Jose midfielder Richard Mulrooney and F.C. St. Pauli defender Cory Gibbs.
The USA will defend its regional championship in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup to be held from July 12-23 in Boston, Miami and Mexico City. In Group C action, the U.S. meets El Salvador (July 12) and Martinique (July 14), with both matches to be played at Gilette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
U.S. CONFEDERATION’S CUP ROSTER FACTS
Average Age: 26.1 years
Average Caps: 24.4
Oldest Player: Earnie Stewart (34 years, 89 days when the tournament begins on June 18)
Youngest Player: Bobby Convey (20 years, 22 days old when the tournament begins on June 18)
Player with the Fewest Caps: Joe Cannon (0 caps, as of 5/30/03)
Player with the Most Caps: Earnie Stewart (87 caps, as of 5/30/03)
U.S. Men's National Team
|Armas, Chris||M||5'7"||150||08/27/72||47/2||Brentwood, N.Y.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Beasley, DaMarcus||F||5'7"||126||05/24/82||20/3||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Berhalter, Gregg||D||6'1"||175||08/01/73||29/0||Tenafly, N.J.||Energie Cottbus (Germany)|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0"||170||05/25/79||12/2||Alto Loma, Calif.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Califf, Dan||D||6'1"||175||03/17/80||6/0||Orange, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Cannon, Joe||GK||6'2"||190||01/01/75||0/0||Los Altos Hills, Calif.||R.C. Lens (France)|
|Cherundolo, Steve||D||5'6"||145||02/19/79||12/0||San Diego, Calif.||Hannover 96 (Germany)|
|Convey, Bobby||M||5'8"||150||05/27/83||9/0||Philadelphia, Pa.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Cunningham, Jeff||F||5'8"||155||08/21/76||8/0||Crystal River, Fla.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Donovan, Landon||F||5'8"||148||03/04/82||35/9||Redlands, Calif.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|Hahnemann, Marcus||GK||6'3"||220||06/15/72||3/0||Seattle, Wash.||Reading FC (England)|
|Hejduk, Frankie||D/M||5'8"||155||08/05/74||46/5||Cardiff, Calif.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Howard, Tim||GK||6'3"||210||03/06/79||6/0||North Brunswick, N.J.||MetroStars (MLS)|
|Kirovski, Jovan||F||6'1"||175||03/18/76||56/8||Escondido, Calif.||Birmingham City (England)|
|Klein, Chris||M||6'1"||180||01/04/76||12/2||St. Louis, Mo.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|Lewis, Eddie||M||5'10"||155||05/17/74||44/4||Cerritos, Calif.||Preston North End (England)|
|Martino, Kyle||M||5'10"||144||02/19/81||1/0||Atlanta, Ga.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|Mastroeni, Pablo||D/M||5'10"||170||08/26/76||19/0||Phoenix, Ariz.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|Mathis, Clint||M/F||5'10"||170||11/25/76||30/11||Conyers, Ga.||MetroStars (MLS)|
|Pope, Eddie||D||6'1"||180||12/24/73||57/5||High Point, N.C.||MetroStars (MLS)|
|Stewart, Earnie||M/F||5'9"||145||03/28/69||87/15||Point Arena, Calif.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|Twellman, Taylor||F||5'11"||170||02/29/80||3/0||St. Louis, Mo.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Vanney, Greg||D||5'11"||169||06/11/74||19/0||Tempe, Ariz.||F.C. Bastia (France)|
Alternates (4): Nick Garcia (Kansas City Wizards), Cory Gibbs (FC St. Pauli), Richard Mulrooney (San Jose Earthquakes), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution).
- U.S. Men’s National Team Staff -
Head Coach: Bruce Arena (Fairfax, Va.)
Assistant Coach: Glenn Myernick (Denver)
Assistant Coach: Curt Onalfo (Oak Hill, Va.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Milutin Soskic (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Strength Coach: Pierre Barrieu (Charlottesville, Va.)
General Manager: Pam Perkins (Evanston, Ill.)
Trainers: Nelson Minn (Wilmington, Del.) / Jim Hashimoto (Wilmington, Del.)
Bruce Snell (Seattle) / Dave Andrews (Seattle)
Team Doctors: Bill Hazel (Herndon, Va.) / Mel Hayashi (Los Angeles) - Bert Mandelbaum (Los Angeles)
Chiropractor: George Billauer (Los Angeles)
Equipment Manager: Joe Ahearn (Chicago)
Press Officer: Michael Kammarman (Chicago)