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Soccer Wire: U.S. MNT Heads to Camp, Prepares for World Cup Qualifying Hexagonal

1/24/05 6:21 PM


ARENA CALLS 28 PLAYERS INTO CAMP TO PREPARE FOR FINAL ROUND OF QUALIFYING: U.S. Men’s National Team manager Bruce Arena has called 28 players into camp to train for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 9 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Kickoff at the Queen’s Park Oval is set for 2:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. local), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The team will train at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and will depart for Trinidad on Feb. 7 after relocating to South Florida. Several European-based players are expected to join the squad in Florida either Feb. 6 or 7 after competing in their league matches that weekend. The experience in the squad starts in the back, led by MetroStars captain Eddie Pope, the top capwinner in the team with 66 international appearances. He is joined by fellow 2002 World Cup backliners and Columbus Crew teammates Frankie Hejduk and Tony Sanneh. Combined, the trio made 14 starts in Korea/Japan, including Sanneh’s standout performance against Germany in the 1-0 quarterfinal loss. FC Dallas striker Ed Johnson is coming off a remarkable first year with the full team, netting five goals in three games, including a hat trick in the 6-0 win against Panama on Oct. 13. Real Salt Lake striker Clint Mathis returns to the fold for the first time since returning to the United States, joined by fellow Georgia native and Wizards forward Josh Wolff, whose eight appearances for the senior team in 2004 marked the second most in his international career. D.C. United forward Alecko Eskandarian joins the squad after a stellar league campaign, highlighted by a two-goal performance in United’s 3-2 MLS Cup championship victory against Kansas City that earned him MVP honors. Arena has called four goalkeepers into camp, led by MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Joe Cannon. The Rapids netminder led the league in saves (150) and save percentage (.80), earning a nomination as a finalist for the league MVP award. Jon Busch, Kevin Hartman and Nick Rimando round out the goalkeeping corps. Kansas City, New England and Columbus each contribute four players to the camp, including first-timer and MLS Rookie of the Year finalist Chad Marshall. Also making his debut appearance for the senior team is Chicago Fire midfielder Justin Mapp, Wizards defender Jimmy Conrad, MetroStars forward Mike Magee and midfielder Clyde Simms from the Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer Leagues are also in their first camp with the team.
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GOALKEEPERS (4) – Jon Busch (Columbus Crew), Joe Cannon (Colorado Rapids), Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles Galaxy), Nick Rimando (D.C. United); DEFENDERS (8) – Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Nick Garcia (Kansas City Wizards), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Ritchie Kotschau (Colorado Rapids), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Eddie Pope (MetroStars), Tony Sanneh (Columbus Crew); MIDFIELDERS (9) – Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), Diego Gutierrez (Kansas City Wizards), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Clint Mathis (Real Salt Lake), Brian Mullan (San Jose Earthquakes), Ben Olsen (D.C. United), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution), Clyde Simms (Richmond Kickers); FORWARDS (7) – Brian Ching (San Jose Earthquakes), Alecko Eskandarian (D.C. United), Ed Johnson (FC Dallas), Mike Magee (MetroStars), Pat Noonan (New England Revolution), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards)
 

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Chad Marshall is a star! And Mapp has da game to compete w/ beasley..too bad he lacks effort or he would be crazy good :strong:
 

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Lets not get your hopes up. Busch wont make the final cut. My guess it will be Freidel, Howard, maybe Hartman.
Most of the European based players will be available so those on the cusp will be going home.
 

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I hope Eskandarian does well. I don't like him when he's for club, but he showed fantastic finishing ability in the MLS Cup final and the matches before it, showing he can rise when the occasion is there, which is what you need to be an international striker. Well, maybe not if take a look at a certain Mr. Henry...
 

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Whores. Country before club, always. Beasley would totally play if he could, though. Same with others...except Donovan. Don't want to make him uncomfortable, of course not! How dare we? Don't want to make him fly all the way back to here to play as one of the best 11 players in the nation, he'd gotta be as comfortable as he can be!
 

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Where's Beasley, Donovan, Howard, McBride, Bocanegra, etc...No European players??? :dazed:
They will be available for the match just not to training camp.
 

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Dempsey , Wolff , Hedjuk , Johnson , conrad all made da cut...da rest will go home! I know Bruce will luv Dempsey...it is his kinda playa...big , strong , calm on ball and is agressive :strong:
 

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Johnson again, it's 1-0 at Half Time. I was dissapointed with the U.S. play, they look terribly out of shape, especially when compared to the Trinidad and Tobago players. We should still win the match fairly comfortably, but with such a huge game coming up so soon against Mexico, we need to step it up or we'll get hammered down south.
 

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Trinidad is horrible long balls to no one all day
 

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When do we play Mexico?
 
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