Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Give Way For The USA
By Imtiaz Mussa

Keep it here at Sportszilla as in the coming months, we will get you prepared for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The first match takes place on June 9th.

Today, Bruce Arena named the 23 players who will represent the United States in June’s World Cup. Of the 16 players that I projected to be part of the team in January, all 16 were named to the team. Here is the roster Bruce Arena has put together.

Kasey Keller (Borussia Monchengladbach, Germany)
Marcus Hahnemann (Reading, England)
Tim Howard (Manchester United, England)

Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege, Belgium)
Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham, England)
Eddie Lewis (Leeds United, England)
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96, Germany)
Cory Gibbs (Den Haag, The Netherlands)
Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew)
Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake)
Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards)

DeMarcus Beasley (PSV, Holland)
Bobby Convey (Reading, England)
Clint Dempsey (New England)
Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
John O'Brien (Chivas USA)
Claudio Reyna (Manchester City, England)
Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Ben Olsen (D.C. United)

Brian McBride (Fulham, England)
Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards)
Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo)
Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards)

Tony Meola (New York Red Bulls)
Matt Reis (New England Revolution)

Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Gregg Berhalter (Energie Cottbus)
Todd Dunivant (Los Angeles Galaxy)

Chris Armas (Chicago Fire)
Chris Klein (Real Salt Lake)
Pat Noonan (New England Revolution)
Steve Ralston (New England Revolution)
Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards)

Conor Casey (FSV Mainz)
Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire)
Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)

Bruce Arena has put together a solid roster. The one surprise is the addition of Ching instead of Twellman but with Josh Wolff on the team, a stronger striker like Ching was necessary. There are 11 newcomers to the team. Twelve of the players are with European clubs, and 11 are from Major League Soccer - exactly the same as the 2002 roster. Keller is the oldest player at 36, and the youngest is Johnson, who turned 22 on March 31. Reyna, the U.S. captain, and Keller set up records by making a World Cup roster for the fourth time. McBride, Pope and Hejduk are headed to their third World Cups.

The team will begin their pre-World Cup training camp May 10 in Cary, N.C., when 20 players are expected to report. Both Steve Cherundolo and Kasey Keller will join camp after the German Bundesliga season ends on May 13. Additionally, Eddie Lewis may still be competing in the promotion playoffs in the English League Championship. The United States will play matches in the Send-Off Series on May 23 in Nashville, May 26 in Cleveland and May 28 in East Hartford, Conn., with all three games airing live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. The team is scheduled to depart for Germany on June 1 from Newark, N.J., arriving into Hamburg the following day. The United States plays its opening match against the Czechs on June 12 in Gelsenkirchen before meeting Italy in Kaiserslautern on June 17, then finishing group play against Ghana on June 22 in Nuremberg.


Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

I think it's a solid squad all around .. I was very happy to see Brian Ching make the cut, but I would have definitely taken Twellman over Josh Wolff

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