CHICAGO IL (Aug. 27 2009) — U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey to the roster of 24 players that will train in advance of the USA's critical FIFA World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago next week.
Casey will be available to the Rapids for their match this Sunday Aug. 30 against Western Conference leaders Houston Dynamo at 1pm at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and will join the National Team early next week.
Casey's status regarding his availability for Colorado for their home match vs. Toronto FC next Saturday Sept. 5 will be determined after Bradley names his final roster for the two World Cup Qualifiers next week.
The U.S. first host El Salvador on Sept. 5 in Sandy Utah. Kickoff at Rio Tinto Stadium is set for 6pm MT and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and TeleFutura.
Four days later the U.S. return to Hasley Crawford Stadium to take on Trinidad & Tobago. The match kicks off in Port-of-Spain at 5pm MT with live coverage on ESPN Classic and Galavision.
Fans can follow both matches live online via ussoccer.com’s newly upgraded MatchTracker.
The U.S. team will begin gathering Aug. 30 in Utah for training. Following the match against El Salvador the U.S. team will travel on Sept. 7 to Trinidad.
The U.S. currently sit in third place in the final round hexagonal collecting 10 points and a 3-2-1 record through six games. Costa Rica lead the pack with 12 points while Honduras hold second place based on a superior goal differential to the United States.
The top three teams automatically advance to the 2010 FIFA World Cup while the fourth place team will participate in a two-leg playoff against the fifth place team from South America.
The U.S. are playing for the first time at Rio Tinto Stadium and only their second-ever match in the state of Utah. During qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup two goals from Landon Donovan paced the U.S. to a 3-0 win against Costa Rica on June 4 2005 at Rice Eccles Stadium in front of more than 40000 fans.
Holding a lifetime record of 13-1-5 against El Salvador the U.S. have never lost to the Salvadorans in World Cup qualifying (4-0-3). The team will be without the services of defender Oguchi Onyewu who will be serving a one-match suspension due to yellow card accumulation.
This is the fourth consecutive World Cup qualifying cycle in which the U.S. and T & T have faced off and the sixth overall since 1985. The U.S. hold a 10-1-2 record in qualifying against Trinidad & Tobago including a 3-1-1 record on the road.
Following these matches the U.S. will close out the 10-game round robin final round with matches against Honduras and Costa Rica. The United States will travel to face Honduras on Oct. 10 and finish group play on Oct. 14 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.
U.S. Men’s National Team Training Camp Roster
Aug. 30-Sept. 4
Park City Utah
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes) Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA) Steve Cherundolo (Hannover) Jay DeMerit (Watford) Clarence Goodson (IK Start) Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew) Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan) Jonathan Spector (West Ham)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach) Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo) Clint Dempsey (Fulham) Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus) Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo) Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew) José Francisco Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Hull City) Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids) Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo) Charlie Davies (FC Sochaux) Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy) Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)