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Bruce Arena Unveils 23-Man U.S. Roster for October 7 Showdown with Jamaica at Foxboro Stadium


 CHICAGO (Sunday, September 30, 2001) - United States Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena has named a 23-man squad that will train for the team’s upcoming qualifier against Jamaica on Sunday, October 7 at Foxboro Stadium. Matchday 9 of final round qualifying will kickoff at 2 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ABC, as well as the Futbol de Primera radio network.

"We have said from the beginning that qualification was going to be a long process, and we feel confident going into this match knowing our destiny is in our own hands.” said Arena. ”We have enjoyed tremendous success at Foxboro Stadium in the past, and we are looking forward to getting back to the task of securing a place in the 2002 World Cup. We think there will be a special atmosphere at the stadium Sunday, and our players will certainly be ready.”

Midfielder Claudio Reyna returns to captain the side after missing the last three qualifiers to suspension and injury. Also returning from injury is Ajax-based midfielder John O’Brien, out of the U.S. lineup since July. Four players on the roster have been in the first team for all of the USA’s final round qualifying matches: Jeff Agoos, Chris Armas, Tony Sanneh, and Earnie Stewart, the all-time leading scorer for the United States in World Cup qualifying play. Arena has once again called upon the world-class goalkeeping tandem of Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller, who combined have recorded seven shutouts in the 2002 qualifying tournament.

Arena has called on 13 players from MLS squads, 12 of whom are currently involved in the MLS playoff race. Chris Armas, U.S. Soccer's 2000 Chevrolet Athlete of the Year, leads a quartet of Chicago Fire players that also includes forward Ante Razov, goalkeeper Zach Thornton, and Carlos Bocanegra. The sophomore defender for Chicago is making his first appearance on a World Cup qualifying roster. Arena has called on the services of three players from the San Jose Earthquakes, including 19-year old forward Landon Donovan, the current leader on the MLS playoff scoring charts with three goals and one assist.

The United States hold a 4-3-1 record in final round qualifying play, their 13 points equal with Mexico in third position in the Hexagonal. Jamaica currently sits in fifth place, posting a 2-4-2 record. The USA has never lost to the Reggae Boyz, holding an unblemished 5-0-5 all-time record in the series. The teams battled to a scoreless draw in the first leg of the series June 16 at the National Stadium in Kingston.

On 13 points, the United States controls its own qualifying destiny. Costa Rica has already secured one of the three places reserved for CONCACAF by collecting 19 points. With second-place Honduras (14 pts) and Mexico (13 pts) facing a head-to-head meeting on the final matchday, the USA can clinch a berth in the World Cup finals by earning all six points in its final two matches.

In 1998 Jamaica became the first English-speaking Caribbean nation to qualify for the World Cup finals. The Reggae Boyz will be led by the coaching duo of Carl Brown and Peter Cargill, who were appointed to replace Coach Clovis de Oliveira following the team’s 1-0 losst to Honduras on September 5. Jamaica boast an array of attacking options led by Kansas City Wizards forward Onandi Lowe. Lowe has recorded six goals in 2002 qualification thus far. MLS has contributed four other players to the Jamaican side, midfielders Andy Williams (New England Revolution) and Christopher Dawes (Kansas City Wizards), and forwards Wolde Harris (New England Revolution) and Tyrone Marshall (Miami Fusion FC).

This match marks the final international soccer event at Foxboro Stadium before the opening of the new CMGI Field. The USA has enjoyed unprecedented success at Foxboro, boasting an unbeaten 6-0-3 lifetime record at the venue, including three World Cup qualifying victories. The U.S. last took the field here June 20, Ante Razov netting the fastest goal in U.S. World Cup qualifying history en route to a 2-0 victory against Trinidad and Tobago.

The U.S. will face the same T&T squad in its final match of Hexagonal play Saturday, November 11 at the National Stadium in Port of Spain. The match will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 2 p.m. ET, meaning that fans of the U.S. men will have seen 7 of 8 road qualifiers broadcast on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, with the eighth going to fans live on pay-per-view.

United States Men's National Team Roster
2002 World Cup Qualifyier vs. Jamaica
(Foxboro, Mass.; October 7, 2001)

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Birthdate

Caps
/Goals

Hometown

Club

Agoos, Jeff

D

5'10"

175

05/02/68

114/3

Dallas

S.J. Earthquakes (MLS)

Armas, Chris

M

5'7"

150

08/27/72

33/2

Brentwood, N.Y.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Bocanegra, Carlos

D

6'0"

170

05/25/79

0/0

Alto Loma, Calif.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Cherundolo, Steve

D

5'6"

145

02/19/79

8/0

San Diego, Calif.

Hannover 96 (Germany)

Donovan, Landon

F

5'8"

148

03/04/82

6/1

Redlands, Calif.

San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

Fraser, Robin

D

6'1"

175

12/17/66

28/0

Denver, Colo.

Colorado Rapids (MLS)

Friedel, Brad

GK

6'4"

202

05/18/71

71/0

Bay Village, Ohio

Blackburn Rovers (England)

Jones, Cobi

M

5'7"

145

06/16/70

142/14

Westlake Village, Calif.

Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)

Keller, Kasey

GK

6'2"

190

11/29/69

50/0

Lacey, Wash.

Tottenham (England)

Kirovski, Jovan

F

6'1"

175

03/18/76

51/7

Escondido, Calif.

Crystal Palace F.C. (England)

Lagos, Manny

M

6'1"

165

06/01/71

0/0

St. Paul, Minn.

San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

Moore, Joe-Max

F

5'9"

150

02/23/71

90/22

Irvine, Calif.

Everton (England)

O'Brien, John

M

5'9"

150

08/29/77

9/1

Playa del Rey, Calif.

Ajax (Holland)

Pope, Eddie

D

6'1"

180

12/24/73

42/4

High Point, N.C.

D.C. United (MLS)

Radosavljevic, Preki

M

5'9"

165

06/24/63

28/4

Overland Park, Kan.

Miami Fusion (MLS)

Razov, Ante

F

6'1"

175

03/02/74

18/5

Whittier, Calif.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Regis, David

D

5'11"

160

12/02/68

22/0

Valenciennes, France

F.C. Metz (France)

Reyna, Claudio

M

5'9"

160

07/20/73

83/8

Springfield, N.J.

Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)

Sanneh, Tony

D/M

6'2"

190

06/01/71

25/1

St. Paul, Minn.

FC Nürnberg (Germany)

Stewart, Earnie

M/F

5'9"

145

03/28/69

72/15

Point Arena, Calif.

NAC Breda (Holland)

Thornton, Zach

GK

6'3"

210

10/10/73

6/0

Edgewood, Md.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Vanney, Greg

D

5'11"

169

06/11/74

14/0

Tempe, Ariz.

Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)

Williams, Richie

M

5'5"

145

06/03/70

17/0

Middletown, N.J.

NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS)

  

Team Staff

Head Coach

Bruce Arena

Fairfax, Va.

Assistant Coach

Dave Sarachan

Ashburn, Va.

Goalkeeper Coach

Milutin Soskic

Bakersfield, Calif.

General Manager

Pam Perkins

Evanston, Ill.

Trainers

Jim Hashimoto

Wilmington, Del.

Dave Andrews

Tacoma, Wash.

Equipment Manager

Aaron Barrett

Chicago

Director of Security

Gene Williams

New York

Press Officer

Michael Kammarman

Chicago

 

 

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