The U.S. will open 2006 action against Canada on Jan. 22 in San Diego (5 p.m. PT) then host Norway on Jan. 29 at The Home Depot Center (2 p.m. PT ESPN2). The U.S. will play Japan for only the second time in history when they meet at SBC Park on Feb. 10 in San Francisco. The USA’s first match in the city in 26 years kicks off at 8 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
"We eagerly look forward to seeing our domestic players said U.S. Manager Bruce Arena. "We want to do the best job we can of making the roster as competitive as possible over the next six months so we can position our team to be successful in the World Cup. We view this camp and the games in January and February as critical towards our preparation for Germany."
2005 U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year finalist Landon Donovan headlines the group that has 29 of 30 players based in MLS. Donovan was the U.S. leader in scoring in 2005 setting a career high for assists (6) while notching an equal number of goals. With 73 international appearances he is also the most capped player on the roster alongside Real Salt Lake defender Eddie Pope. Pope and Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk are the only two players in the group who have played in two World Cups to date.
The two MLS Cup finalists contribute the most players with league champion Los Angeles Galaxy and the New England Revolution sending five men apiece. In addition to Donovan defender Chris Albright returns to the fold after making seven appearances in 2005 the most of his international career. Meantime the Revolution send their regular quartet of attacking players led by midfielder Steve Ralston. The 31-year old tied Donovan for most appearances for the USA (15) while collecting three assists good for third best on the U.S. list.
FC Dallas striker Eddie Johnson returns to the fold after missing five months of action with a toe injury. Johnson who had three goals and one assist in six games played in ’05 became the first player in MNT history to score in his first four games when he scored the opening goal in the USA’s 2-1 qualifying win against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 9 in Port of Spain. FC Nordsjælland defender Heath Pearce who made his debut for the senior team in the 1-1 draw against Scotland on Nov. 12 in Glasgow is the only European-based player on the roster and is available because the Danish Super League is shut down for the winter break.
Arena has called four goalkeepers into camp including both starters from MLS Cup ’05 in Kevin Hartman and Matt Reis. Brad Guzan becomes the first player called from Chivas USA to a U.S. camp and is one of five players making their debut. Freddy Adu Todd Dunivant Ugo Ihemelu and Nate Jaqua round out the rookie class.
The U.S. will play two friendlies in March including a visit to three-time World Cup champions Germany. The 2002 FIFA World Cup runners up will host the U.S. on March 22 2006 in Dortmund Germany one off 12 cities hosting matches in the tournament next summer. Kickoff at the Westfalenstadion is set for 8 p.m. in Germany (12 p.m. MT) and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN.
The USA was drawn into Group E for the 2006 FIFA World Cup along with the Czech Republic Ghana and Italy. The U.S. plays their opening match against the Czechs on June 12 in Gelsenkirchen at 12 p.m. ET. Five days later the USA faces Italy in Kaiserslautern and then finishes off group play against Ghana on June 22 in Nuremberg. The U.S. has chosen the northern port city of Hamburg as their base of operations throughout the tournament.
U.S. Men's National Team January Training Camp Roster:
Name P Ht. Wt. DOB C/G Hometown Club
Adu Freddy M 5-8 140 06/02/89 0/0 Potomac Md. D.C. United (MLS)
Albright Chris D 6-1 185 01/14/79 18/1 Philadelphia Pa. Los Angles Galaxy (MLS)
Carroll Brian M 5-10 150 07/20/81 2/0 Springfield Va. D.C. United (MLS)
Ching Brian F 6-1 195 05/24/78 11/2 Haleiwa Hawaii Houston (MLS)
Clark Ricardo M 5-10 150 05/10/83 1/0 Jonesboro Ga. Houston (MLS)
Conrad Jimmy D 6-2 185 02/12/77 8/0 Temple City Calif. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Dempsey Clint M 6-1 170 03/09/83 14/2 Nacogdoches Texas New England Revolution (MLS)
Donovan Landon M 5-9 148 03/04/82 73/25 Redlands Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Dunivant Todd D 6-0 174 12/26/80 0/0 Wheat Ridge Colo. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Guzan Brad GK 6-4 210 09/09/84 0/0 Home Glen Ill. Chivas USA (MLS)
Hartman Kevin GK 6-1 174 05/24/74 3/0 Palos Verdes Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Hejduk Frankie D 5-8 155 08/05/74 68/5 Cardiff Calif. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Ihemelu Ugo D 6-0 184 04/04/83 0/0 Cedar Hill Texas Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Jaqua Nate F 6-3 180 10/28/81 0/0 Eugene Ore. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Johnson Eddie F 6-0 180 03/31/84 9/8 Palm Coast Fla. FC Dallas (MLS)
Mapp Justin M 5-10 140 10/18/84 1/0 Brandon Miss. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Marshall Chad D 6-3 190 08/22/84 4/1 Riverside Calif. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Martino Kyle M 5-10 144 02/19/81 7/1 Westport Conn. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Mastroeni Pablo M 5-10 170 08/26/76 43/0 Phoenix Ariz. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Noonan Pat M 6-0 170 08/02/80 10/1 Baldwin Mo. New England Revolution (MLS)
Olsen Ben M 5-8 140 05/03/77 27/4 Middletown Pa. D.C. United (MLS)
Pearce Heath D 5-10 175 08/13/84 1/0 Modesta Calif. FC Norjælland (Denmark)
Pope Eddie D 6-1 180 12/24/73 73/6 High Point N.C. Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Quaranta Santino M 6-1 185 10/14/84 9/0 Baltimore Md. D.C. United (MLS)
Ralston Steve M 5-9 160 06/14/74 32/4 St. Louis Mo. New England Revolution (MLS)
Reis Matt GK 6-1 196 03/28/75 0/0 Atlanta Ga. New England Revolution (MLS)
Rolfe Chris F 5-8 145 01/17/84 1/0 Kettering Ohio Chicago Fire (MLS)
Twellman Taylor F 5-11 170 02/29/80 13/1 St. Louis Mo. New England Revolution (MLS)
Walker Jonny GK 6-3 180 09/13/74 3/0 Memphis Tenn. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Wolff Josh F 5-8 160 02/25/77 38/8 Stone Mountain Ga. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA) Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles Galaxy) Matt Reis (New England Revolution) Jonny Walker (Columbus Crew)
DEFENDERS (8) – Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy) Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards) Todd Dunivant (Los Angeles Galaxy) Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew) Ugo Ihemelu (Los Angeles Galaxy) Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew) Heath Pearce (FC Nordsjælland) Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake)
MIDFIELDERS (12) –Freddy Adu (D.C. United) Brian Carroll (D.C. United) Ricardo Clark (Houston) Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution) Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy) Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire) Kyle Martino (Columbus Crew) Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids) Pat Noonan (New England Revolution) Ben Olsen (D.C. United) Santino Quaranta (D.C. United) Steve Ralston (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (6) – Brian Ching (Houston) Nate Jaqua (Chicago Fire) Eddie Johnson (FC Dallas) Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire) Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution) Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards)