USA Turns to Mastroeni for Match at Spain

CHICAGO (From US Soccer Release) — Following their 2-0 defeat at England on Wednesday U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named Rapids Team Captain Pablo Mastroeni to his initial 24-man roster for the USA’s encounter with fourth-ranked Spain this coming Wednesday June 4 at the Estadio El Sardinero in Santander.
Mastroeni is set to make his return to the national team for the first time this year; he last played for the United States against Sweden in August of 2007.
The match will be shown live exclusively on at 2 p.m. MT and broadcast on tape delay on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. MT and Galavision at 5 p.m. MT.
All 17 of the European-based players that appeared on the U.S. roster for the match against England have traveled to Santander. Decisions on the remaining seven players including Landon Donovan will be made this weekend. Donovan remains one cap shy of reaching 100 international appearances after being ruled out of the England match due to a groin strain.
The MLS contingent named to the squad also includes the four players who appeared against England on Wednesday as well as Mastroeni.

Managed by Luis Aragones Spain has qualified for Euro 2008 and has been drawn into Group D of the tournament with Russia Greece and Sweden. Boasting a wealth of talent and experience the Spaniards are led by Liverpool striker Fernando Torres whose 24 goals in the English Premier League this season set a record for the most goals by a foreigner in his debut season in the EPL.

The U.S. will head back across the Atlantic to face No. 1-ranked Argentina on June 8 at 5:30 p.m. MT in New Jersey. More than 53000 tickets (buy tickets) have been sold for the USA’s final match at Giants Stadium which will be Presented by Visa®. The USA’s last match before the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision.

The U.S. opens qualifying play for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in a Second Round series with Barbados that begins Sunday June 15 at The Home Depot Center in Carson California. Kickoff for the first leg series is set for 3 p.m. MT and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. The second leg will be played on June 22 in Barbados with details still to be finalized.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Detailed Roster)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Dominic Cervi (out of contract) Brad Guzan (Chivas USA) Tim Howard (Everton FC)

DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (out of contract) Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland) Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96) Jay DeMerit (Watford FC) Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew) Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege) Michael Orozco (San Luis) Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock) Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica) DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers) Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen) Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo) Maurice Edu (Toronto FC) Eddie Lewis (Derby County) Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)

FORWARDS (5): Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC) Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy) Nate Jaqua (out of contract) Eddie Johnson (Fulham FC) Josh Wolff (out of contract)