CHICAGO (From USSoccer.com) - U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named the 23-man roster that will seek to defend their CONCACAF Gold Cup title in the 2007 edition of the tournament that takes place from June 6-24 in six cities across the U.S.
The USA kicks off action on June 7 vs. Guatemala at The Home Depot Center in Carson Calif. at 7pm MT and will also play their second group match there on Saturday June 9 vs. Trinidad & Tobago at 3pm MT. The group stage will end for the U.S. on June 12 vs. El Salvador at 5 p.m. MT after a cross country trip to Foxborough Mass. All three U.S. group matches will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura. Fans can also follow all the USA’s matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
The European-based players will begin arriving into the Los Angeles area on May 27 to start training with the MLS contingent reporting to the Gold Cup camp on June 3.
"As I have said winning the Gold Cup is our most important priority this year and I believe we have assembled a team capable of doing that said Bradley. "We have a very good blend of talent youth and experience. This is a great opportunity to continue to secure our place as one of the top teams in the region as well as obtain valuable experience as we progress towards World Cup qualifying in 2008."
The U.S. returns eight players from the 2005 championship team led by Golden Boot winner DaMarcus Beasley. Kasey Keller who is the all-time leader in Gold Cup appearances for the USA (21) can become the only player in U.S. history to appear in six of the regional championship tournaments. Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan who already has five goals and one assist in 2007 is tied for second on the all-time U.S. Gold Cup scorers list with Brian McBride at eight goals. At the other end of the spectrum a total of 14 players will be vying for their first-ever Gold Cup cap.
The roster is a near even split of players based in Europe and at home with Bradley calling on the services of 11 players from overseas. Oguchi Onyewu who was named Man of the Match in the 2-0 win against Canada on July 9 2005 in Seattle scored his first career goal in second-half stoppage time to lift the U.S. to a 2-1 win past Honduras and into the 2005 final. Fulham send the duo of Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey with Bocanegra having started all five matches in the USA’s run to the 2002 Gold Cup crown. Seven of the ‘Euro’s’ will have the chance to make their Gold Cup debuts including goalkeeper Tim Howard who has already amassed eight shutouts in 18 international appearances. Michael Bradley who is expected to be part of the team that represents the U.S. in the U-20 World Cup in Canada this summer is part of the youth movement along with Benny Feilhaber and Jonathan Spector.
The U.S. claimed the regional crown in 2005 by topping Panama in penalty kicks following 120 minutes of scoreless soccer at Giants Stadium. Conversions by Santino Quaranta Landon Donovan and Brad Davis as well as a key save from Kasey Keller clinched the trophy for the U.S. Donovan and Beasley led the U.S. through the tournament scoring three goals each and Onyewu and Jimmy Conrad established themselves in the center of the U.S. defense.
The U.S. is 18-0-1 all-time in group play at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. In addition to the three aforementioned titles in the first eight editions of the regional championship the U.S. has also finished second twice and third twice. Overall the U.S. has a 29-4-5 record in Gold Cup play and the U.S. is 3-1 in penalty shootouts. Brazil and Mexico are each responsible for two of the U.S. defeats while Colombia eliminated the U.S. on penalties in the 2000 quarterfinals.
The U.S. is gearing up for a busy summer beginning with a tune-up match against China on June 2 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose (tickets). Following the Gold Cup the U.S. will participate in the 2007 Copa America the regional championship of South America. The 12-team tournament will run from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. For the United States the appearance will mark their third entrance into CONMEBOL’s signature event and the first since a third place finish in 1995. The United States will play its first match on European soil in 2007 when they travel to face 11-time World Cup finalists Sweden on Wed. Aug. 22 at Ullevi Stadium in Goteborg Sweden.
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps/G Hometown Club
1 Howard Tim GK 6'3" 210 03/06/79 18 North Brunswick N.J. Everton FC (England)
2 Hejduk Frankie D 5'8" 155 08/05/74 72/5 Cardiff Calif. Columbus Crew (MLS)
3 Bocanegra Carlos D 6'0'' 170 05/25/79 44/6 Alto Loma Calif. Fulham FC (England)
4 Mastroeni Pablo M 5'10" 170 08/26/76 52/0 Phoenix Ariz. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
5 Feilhaber Benny M 5'9" 150 01/19/85 2/0 Irving Calif. Hamburger SV (Germany)
6 Bradley Michael M 6'2" 175 07/31/87 4/0 Cedar Grove N.J. SC Heerenveen (Holland)
7 Beasley DaMarcus M 5'8" 145 05/24/82 62/12 Ft. Wayne Ind. PSV Eindhoven (Holland)
8 Dempsey Clint M 6'1" 170 03/09/83 26/6 Nacogdoches Texas Fulham FC (England)
9 Johnson Eddie F 6'0" 180 03/31/84 24/9 Palm Coast Fla. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
10 Donovan Landon F 5'8" 148 03/04/82 88/30 Redlands Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
11 Ching Brian F 6'1" 195 05/04/78 21/4 Haleiwa Hawaii Houston Dynamo (MLS)
12 DeMerit Jay D 6'0" 185 12/09/79 1/0 Green Bay Wisc. Watford FC (England)
13 Bornstein Jonathan D 5'9" 145 11/07/84 2/1 Los Alamitos Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
14 Ralston Steve M 5'9" 160 06/14/74 32/4 St. Louis Mo. New England Revolution (MLS)
15 Simek Frank D 5'11" 163 10/13/84 1/0 St. Louis Mo. Sheffield Wednesday (England)
16 Parkhurst Michael D 5'11" 155 01/24/84 0/0 Providence R.I. New England Revolution (MLS)
17 Spector Jonathan D 6'0" 180 03/01/86 5/0 Arlington Heights Ill. West Ham United (England)
18 Keller Kasey GK 6'2" 190 11/29/69 97/0 Lacey Wash. Bor. M'gladbach (Germany)
19 Clark Ricardo M 5'10" 150 05/10/83 3/0 Jonesboro Ga. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
20 Twellman Taylor F 5'11" 170 02/29/80 20/5 St. Louis Mo. New England Revolution (MLS)
21 Mapp Justin M 5'10" 140 10/18/84 2/0 Brandon Miss. Chicago Fire (MLS)
22 Onyewu Oguchi D 6'4" 210 05/13/82 18/1 Olney Md. Standard de Liege (Belgium)
23 Guzan Brad GK 6'4" 210 09/09/84 1/0 Home Glen Ill. Chivas USA (MLS)
ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA) Tim Howard (Everton FC) Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
DEFENDERS (8) –Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC) Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA) Jay DeMerit (Watford FC) Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew) Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege) Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution) Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday) Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (8) – DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven) Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen) Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo) Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC) Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV) Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire) Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids) Steve Ralston (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (4) – Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo) Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy) Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards) Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
Head Coach: Bob Bradley