Rapids Captain Pablo Mastroeni Called Into U.S. National Team

COMMERCE CITY COLO. (Sunday May 24 2008) – U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 24 players that include Colorado Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni that will train in advance of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras.
The U.S. will be seeking their first-ever victory away to Costa Rica when they meet at Estadio Saprissa in the fourth match of the 10-game final round of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Kickoff on June 3 is set for 8 pm MT and the match will be broadcast live on the ESPN Networks and Galavision.
Mastroeni has earned 63 caps with the National Team and has played in both the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. Colorado’s captain has also been a part of three CONCACAF Gold Cup champion sides.
Three days later the city of Chicago will host its first World Cup qualifier when the U.S. welcomes Honduras to Soldier Field. More than 40000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s third home match of the final round where the U.S. will face the team who delivered them their last home loss in World Cup qualifying a 3-2 defeat on Sept. 1 2001 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. The match will be broadcast live at 6 pm MT on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can follow both matches live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
The U.S. is in first place in the final round hexagonal with an undefeated 2-0-1 record. Costa Rica sits one point behind while Honduras holds the third position. The U.S. along with Costa Rica El Salvador Honduras Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago is competing in the 10-game round-robin format through Oct. 14 2009 with the top three teams automatically advancing to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The fourth-place team will compete in a two-game playoff to be held Nov. 14/18 against the fifth-place finisher in South American qualifying.
The U.S. team will begin assembling on May 26 in Miami and depart June 1 for San Jose. Several players will join camp following weekend club competition including the MLS-based players who will travel to Miami following their league matches this week.
As a result Mastroeni will remain with Colorado and not report to camp with the National Team till May 31 therefore not missing the Rapids’ game next Saturday May 30 against the New York Red Bulls at Giants Stadium.
ROSTER BY POSITION


GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 5/3 SO) Tim Howard (Everton: 9/7 SO)

DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 19/2) Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA: 1/0) Danny Califf (Midtjylland: 4/0) Jay DeMerit (Watford: 1/0) Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 17/2) Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 14/1) Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 9/0) Jonathan Spector (West Ham United: 2/1) Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Freddy Adu (Monac 5/1) DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers: 24/6) Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 9/4) Maurice Edu (Rangers: 4/0) Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus: 0/0) Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 9/0) Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids: 13/0)José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 4/0)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Xerez: 6/5) Brian Ching (Houston Dynam 15/6) Charlie Davies (Hammarby: 1/1) Clint Dempsey (Fulham: 15/4) Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 28/9)
*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals