Mastroeni Called Up for Wednesday's US World Cup Qualifier

CHICAGO (From US Soccer release) — U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named Rapids Team Captain Pablo Mastroeni to his roster of 18 players that will travel to Trinidad in advance of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying game against Trinidad & Tobago this Wednesday October 15 in Port of Spain.
Kickoff for the match which is crucial for T&T’s hopes of advancing to the Final Round is set for 6 p.m. MT and the match will be shown live on ESPN and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live on's MatchTracker.

Following the USA’s 6-1 victory against Cuba that clinched their place in the final round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Bradley released nine players from the roster while adding four players from Major League Soccer. The team departed Sunday afternoon for Trinidad.

Veteran midfielder Mastroeni was added to the team as well as Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein and 2008 Olympians Marvell Wynne and Robbie Rogers. Wynne met up with the team in Trinidad on Sunday while the remaining trio will arrive on Monday.

Carlos Bocanegra Michael Bradley Steve Cherundolo Brian Ching Jay DeMerit Clint Dempsey Landon Donovan Tim Howard and Oguchi Onyewu returned to their clubs after helping the U.S. win their sixth-consecutive World Cup qualifier in this cycle and their seventh straight qualifier overall.

The U.S. is in first place in Group 1 of semifinal round qualifying CONCACAF with 12 points while T&T is tied with Guatemala on five points with two matches remaining. Despite having zero points from four matches Cuba could still advance to the final round hexagonal.

(Numbers in parentheses indicate all time World Cup Qualifing Matches/Goals Scored)

GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 2/2 SO) Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF: 0/0)

DEFENDERS (6): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA: 0/0) Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 2/0) Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 13/1) Michael Orozco (San Luis: 0/0) Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 6/0) Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (AS Monac 3/0) DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 20/6) Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 3/0) Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 4/0) Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids: 11/0) Danny Szetela (Brescia Calci 1/0) José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 1/0)

FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal C.F.: 1/1) Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF: 0/0) Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew: 0/0)