"We are happy to be able to see so many of our foreign-based players in action and to put them in another challenging environment said Bradley who is 10-3-1 in 2007 and making his first trip to Europe with the team. "We are continuing to develop our team as World Cup qualifying approaches and this group will certainly play a large role in that process. Sweden is bringing a very competitive roster so it should be a great match."
Sixteen of the 19 players on the roster ply their trade in six different countries in Europe (Belgium England Germany Holland Scotland and Sweden). Fulham FC send the duo of Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey with Bocanegra one cap shy of his 50th international appearance. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard who minded the nets in the Gold Cup final has already posted ten shutouts in 23 games for the United States. Glasgow Rangers midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has three goals and three assists in 2007 and was the USA’s second leading scorer in the Gold Cup. Hannover 96 vice-captain Steve Cherundolo returns to the U.S. fold having missed the USA’s summer tournaments with a back injury while Reading FC goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann and 1860 Munich striker Josh Wolff are both making their first trip with the U.S. since the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
While Donovan leads all capwinners on the roster with 94 total there are nine players heading to Sweden with 10 caps or less. SC Heerenveen midfielder Michael Bradley 20 is the only player to have appeared in both the 2007 Gold Cup for the full team and then the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. Sal Zizzo who earned a contract with Hannover 96 after his performance in Canada was also part of the U.S. U-20 team that won their group and reached the quarterfinals. Hammarby IF striker Charlie Davies the only Swedish-based player on the roster got his first action with the full team this summer as part of the USA’s squad for Copa America in Venezuela.
Sweden currently ranked No. 20 in the world has competed in 11 World Cup finals highlighted by a second-place finish in the 1958 tournament and a third-place finish in USA ’94. In 2006 they advanced out of Group B along with England before falling in the Round of 16 to hosts Germany. Sweden head coach Lars Lagerbäck has called upon a nearly full strength side led by team captain and West Ham United midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has amassed 18 goals in 43 international appearances and helped hoist the Serie A trophy with Italian league champion Inter Milan last spring after scoring 15 goals in 26 league appearances.
The USA and Sweden have met only four times previously with the series split evenly at 2-2-0. The teams last met more than nine years ago with the U.S. grabbing a 1-0 victory on Jan. 24 1998 in Orlando Fla. on the strength of a Roy Wegerle finish. Besides a 3-2 win by the U.S. in Stockholm on Aug. 20 1916 the only other meeting on Swedish soil saw the hosts capture a 1-0 win on Aug. 16 1995 in Norrkoping.
Next up on the U.S. schedule is the showdown with No.1 ranked Brazil on Sunday Sept. 9 in Chicago. The "Clash of Champions" will mark the five-time World Champion’s first-ever visit to the Windy City. Kickoff at Soldier Field is set for 3 p.m. CT and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. After the Brazil clash the U.S. then takes advantage of a double FIFA date in October first facing Catalonia on Oct. 14 at the Nou Camp in Barcelona Spain and then traveling to face Switzerland on Oct. 17 in Basel. Both October matches will also be televised on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision.
Aug. 22 2007 – Göteborg Sweden
Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2) – Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC) Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (6) – Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC) Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA) Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96) Jay DeMerit (Watford FC) Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege) Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (6) – DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers) Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen) Bobby Convey (Reading FC) Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC) Benny Feilhaber (Derby County) Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
FORWARDS (5) – Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy) Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF) Kamani Hill (VfL Wolfsburg) Josh Wolff (1860 Munich) Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Rami Shaaban (Fredrikstad FK) Johan Wiland (IF Elfsborg)
DEFENDERS (6): Matias Concha (VfL Bochum) Erik Edman (Stade Rennais FC) Petter Hansson (Stade Rennais FC) Daniel Majstorovic (FC Basel) Olof Mellberg (Aston Villa) Mikael Nilsson (Panathanaikos)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Niclas Alexandersson (IFK Göteborg) Daniel Andersson (Malmö FF) Kennedy Bakircioglü (Ajax Amsterdam) Dusan Djuric (Halmstads BK) Samuel Holmén (IF Elfsborg) Kim Källström (Lyon) Tobias Linderoth (Galatasary) Fredrik Ljungberg (West Ham United) Christian Wilhelmsson (Bolton FC)
FORWARDS (5): Marcus Allbäck (FC Copenhagen) Johan Elmander (Tolouse) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan) Rade Prica (Aalborg BK) Markus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen)