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Arena Selects 25 Candidates for January 29 Match in Chile


CHICAGO (Thursday, January 20, 2000) - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena has selected 25 players as candidates to make the final roster for the USA's match against Chile at Francisco Sanchez Stadium in Coquimbo, Chile, on January 29, 2000 at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

The preliminary roster features an American-based core and is highlighted by the return of a pair of defenders, Eddie Pope (D.C. United, MLS) and Robin Fraser (Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS), who missed the opening training camp of 2000 in Claremont, Calif.

Pope, who played only three games for the National Team in 1999, returns to the team following his recent wedding, while Fraser has spent the last few months recovering from a fractured left clavicle suffered in MLS Cup '99.

"It's good to be able to add two experienced players who can help organize our defense," head coach Bruce Arena noted. "Eddie is a player who will play an important part in the National Team this upcoming year, and Robin is coming off a tremendous league season in 1999."

The U.S. Men's National Team will gather in South Florida on Friday (Jan. 21) and train at Ft. Lauderdale's Lockhart Stadium for four days before departing on January 25 for the match in Chile. The USA, who hold a 2-4-1 record against the South American side, have never played in Chile. The Americans return to the South American Continent for the first time since October 16, 1996, when they dropped a 4-1 decision to Peru at the National Stadium in Lima, Peru.

"This is another step toward our goal of preparing ourselves for the Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying," Arena continued. "This year is critical to the success and development of the National Team program."

Ten of 12 Major League Soccer teams are represented on the preliminary 25-player roster, with three-time champion D.C. United contributing seven players to the squad (Jeff Agoos, Carlos Llamosa, Ben Olsen, Tom Presthus, Carey Talley, Richie Williams, and Pope).

Talley, still seeking his first international cap, and Agoos, with 97 international appearances under his belt, represent the wide range of experience and youth on the team. In addition to Agoos, the Florida camp will feature World Cup veterans Eric Wynalda (102 caps; Miami Fusion, MLS), John Harkes (89 caps; New England Revolution, MLS), Cobi Jones (120 caps; Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS), and Tony Meola (90 caps; Kansas City Wizards, MLS). In contrast, the team will also spotlight several players with 10 of fewer caps to their credit, including Henry Gutierrez of the Miami Fusion.

The Chile match will be televised back to the United States on select pay-per-view outlets and on DISH Network for just $19.95. The live broadcast is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and is available on pay-per-view on the DISH Network, on C-Band TVN Satellite and on the following cable systems: Time-Warner in New York City, Cablevision Systems in the NY/NJ Metropolitan, Boston and Connecticut, and Cox in Northern Virginia and Las Vegas. For more information, contact Innovative Sports Marketing at 201-610-0200.

Following the match against Chile, the U.S. Men will assemble in Ft. Lauderdale on February 4 to begin final preparations for the Football Confederation's Gold Cup. The United States will meet Haiti (Feb. 12) and Peru (Feb. 16) at the Orange Bowl in Miami in opening round play of the prestigious tournament, which will continue through Feb. 27.

U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
U.S. vs. Chile * January 29, 2000
NamePos.Ht.Wt.BirthdateCaps/GHometownClub
Agoos, JeffD5'10"1755/2/6897/3Dallas, TexasD.C. United (MLS)
Armas, ChrisM5'7"1508/27/729/1Brentwod, N.Y.Chicago Fire (MLS)
Balboa, MarceloD6'1"1758/8/67128/13Cerritos, Calif.Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Brown, C.J.D6'0"1856/15/759/0Hayward, Calif.Chicago Fire (MLS)
Deering, ChadD/M6'1"1659/2/7013/1Plano, TexasDallas Burn (MLS)
Fraser, RobinD6'1"17512/17/6621/0Denver, Co.Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Gutierrez, HenryM5'7"1508/28/681/0Miami, Fla.Miami Fusion (MLS)
Harkes, JohnM5'11"1653/8/6789/6Kearny, N.J.New England Revolution (MLS)
Jones, CobiM5'7"1456/16/70120/8Westlake Village, Calif.Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Kirovski, JovanF6'1"1753/18/7637/6Escondido, Calif.Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Kreis, JasonF5'10"15512/29/729/1Omaha, Neb.Dallas Burn (MLS)
Lassiter, RoyF5'10"1603/9/6929/4Raleigh, N.C.Miami Fusion (MLS)
Lewis, EddieM5'10"1555/17/7415/1Cerritos, Calif.San Jose Clash (MLS)
Llamosa, CarlosD5'11"1666/30/696/0Maspeth, N.Y.D.C. United (MLS)
McBride, BrianF6'1"1706/19/7236/9Arlington Heights, Ill.Columbus Crew (MLS)
Meola, TonyGK6'1"2052/21/6990/0Kearny, N.J.Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Olsen, BenM/F5'8"1405/3/779/2Middletown, Penn.D.C. United (MLS)
Pope, EddieD6'1"18012/24/7329/3High Point, N.C.D.C. United (MLS)
Presthus, TomGK6'4"2054/5/751/0Dallas, TexasD.C. United (MLS)
Razov, AnteF6'1"1753/2/744/0Whittier, Calif.Chicago Fire (MLS)
Talley, CareyD6'2"1808/8/760/0Cordova, Tenn.D.C. United (MLS)
Thornton, ZachGK6'3"21010/10/736/0Edgewood, Md.Chicago Fire (MLS)
Vanney, GregD5'11"1696/11/744/0Tempe, Ariz.Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Williams, RichieM5'5"1456/3/708/0Middletown, N.J.D.C. United (MLS)
Wynalda, EricF6'1"1726/9/69102/33Westlake Village, Calif.Miami Fusion (MLS)

TEAM STAFF
General ManagerPam PerkinsEvanston, Ill.
Head CoachBruce ArenaFairfax, Va.
Assistant CoachDave SarachanHerndon, Va.
Goalkeeper CoachMilutin SoskicAliso Viejo, Calif.
TrainerIvan PierraFullerton, Calif.
Equipment ManagerCharles RaycroftHerndon, Va.
Press OfficerRich SchneiderChicago

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