U.S. National Team Calls Conor Casey for Confederations Cup

COMMERCE CITY COLO. (Sunday June 7 2009) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named the 23-man roster that includes Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey that will compete in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup from June 14-28 in South Africa.
The Major League Soccer Player of the Month for May has 10 career caps with the National Team; the most recent in the USA's 2-1 World Cup qualifying win against Honduras on June 6.
The U.S. kicks off action against defending World Cup champion Italy on June 15 at Loftus Versfeld in Tshwane/Pretoria (ESPN 12:25 pm MT) and then faces Brazil on June 18 in the same venue (ESPN2 7:55 am MT). The United States finishes group play on June 21 against Egypt at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg (ESPN2 12:25 pm MT). All 16 matches of the tournament will be available in high definition on the ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD. Fans can also follow all the USA’s matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
The U.S. team will depart June 8 for South Africa setting up camp in Tshwane/Pretoria the following day. The FIFA Confederations Cup is made up of the six champions of each regional confederation the defending World Cup champions and the host nation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The U.S. is playing in its fourth FIFA Confederations Cup tournament having appeared most recently in the 2003 event in a group with Brazil Turkey and Cameroon. The team reached the semifinals of the 1999 tournament beating Germany and New Zealand in group play before losing to hosts Mexico in the semifinals. The 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup matches will represent the USA’s second time playing on South African soil the team having defeated South Africa 1-0 on Nov. 11 2007 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
The U.S. qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup by winning their second consecutive CONCACAF Gold Cup. In front of 60000 fans the U.S. erased a 1-0 deficit and defeated regional rivals Mexico 2-1 in the final on June 24 2007 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The U.S. is in the midst of a grueling summer schedule. Following two World Cup qualifiers on June 3 and June 6 and their participation in the FIFA Confederations Cup the U.S. returns to home soil to defend the Gold Cup title from July 3-26 in 13 venues across the United States. Now halfway through the final round of qualifying and sitting in second place with 10 points the U.S. next travels to face Mexico on Aug. 12 at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
U.S. Men's National Team Roster by Position
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
June 14-28 2009 - South Africa
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) Tim Howard (Everton) Luis Robles (Kaiserslautern)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes) Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA) Danny Califf (Midtjylland) Jay DeMerit (Watford) Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege) Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock) Jonathan Spector (West Ham United) Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco) DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers) Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach) Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo) Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus) Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA) José Francisco Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Xerez) Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids) Charlie Davies (Hammarby) Clint Dempsey (Fulham) Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)