Bruce Arena Unveils USA's 20-Man Roster for Saturday's Friendly vs. Scotland
GLASGOW Scotland (From USSoccer.com) — U.S. Men’s National Team Manager Bruce Arena has selected 20 players to face Scotland at famed Hampden Park on Saturday Nov. 12 in Glasgow.
The match will be the 20th of the year for the USA and will kickoff at 4 p.m. in Scotland (9 a.m. MT). The match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and fans can also follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker presented by Philips Electronics.
The squad blending a mix of European and domestic-based players arrived in Glasgow on Tuesday and began training in the late afternoon.
"Despite the fact we’ve had a rash of injuries and some conflicts with clubs we feel this game is an excellent test for our veteran players in Europe as well as some new players in the team said Arena. "We have a solid group and are looking forward to the challenge."
The roster boasts a wealth of experience led by Fulham forward Brian McBride. With 90 caps to his credit the USA’s second all-time leading scorer (29 goals) is just five shy of the team record.
At the other end veteran goalkeeper Kasey Keller has collected an amazing 44 shutouts in 88 career matches an average of one shutout for every two games played. Also in the goalkeeping department Manchester United ‘keeper Tim Howard returns after blanking Panama 2-0 in the USA’s final World Cup qualifier on Oct. 12 in Boston.
PSV Eindhoven midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has had a banner year for both club and country posting career highs in both goals (4) and assists (4) for the national team while becoming the first American ever to play in the semifinals of the prestigious UEFA Champions League.
The U.S. backline looks to have a largely European flavor as well with 2002 World Cup veterans Gregg Berhalter (Energie Cottbus) and Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96) being called upon along with Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham). Jonathan Spector on loan to Charlton Athletic from Manchester United makes his third appearance in the U.S. camp while newcomers Benny Feilhaber Heath Pearce and Chris Rolfe are all in search of their first cap with the senior team. Feilhaber’s impressive performance at the 2005 World Youth Championship earned him a contract with Hamburger SV in the German Bundesliga.
D.C. United and the Kansas City Wizards each contribute three players to the squad heading to Glasgow. From the Wizards MLS Defender of the Year Jim Conrad and forward Josh Wolff join United midfielders Ben Olsen and Santino Quaranta. All four helped the U.S. side capture the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup in July the third time the USA has won the regional championship.
The U.S. has played Scotland five times in their history holding a lifetime record of just 1-3-1 but hasn’t played in Scotland in 53 years. The team’s lone match in Scotland came way back on Aug. 30 1952 when the Scots blanked the U.S. 6-0 in Glasgow. The teams last met in the USA’s final preparation match before the 1998 FIFA World Cup playing to a scoreless draw on May 30 1998 in Washington D.C.
The United States has already made history in 2005 collecting its highest-ever win total with an overall record of 13-3-3. The U.S. hit a pair of high marks in their 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign finishing in the top spot in the group for the first time ever and qualifying first out of the CONCACAF region for the first time in 71 years. In addition to winning the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup the U.S. also reached a record-high sixth place in the FIFA rankings earlier this summer (currently ranked seventh).
The U.S. is one of 32 finalists that will compete in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The Draw to determine group pairings will take place Dec. 9 in Leipzig Germany. The USA has chosen the northern port city of Hamburg as its base of operations in Germany.
U.S.A. ROSTER VS. SCOTLAND (By Position):
Goalkeepers (2) – Tim Howard (Manchester United) Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
Defenders (7) –Gregg Berhalter (Energie Cottbus) Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC) Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96) Jim Conrad (Kansas City Wizards) Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege) Heath Pearce (FC Norjælland) Jonathan Spector (Charlton Athletic)
Midfielders (7) –DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven) Brian Carroll (D.C. United) Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV) Eddie Gaven (MetroStars) Ben Olsen (D.C. United) Santino Quaranta (D.C. United) Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards)
Forwards (4) – Brian Ching (San Jose Earthquakes) Brian McBride (Fulham FC) Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire) Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards)