October 3, 2008
Dempsey, Davies on U.S. roster for Cuba game
CHICAGO--Former New England Revolution striker Clint Dempsey and one-time Boston College standout Charlie Davies were called into the U.S. National Team for its World Cup qualifier vs. Cuba in Washington, D.C. Oct. 11.
|Former Revolution forawrd Clint Dempsey was called into the U.S. National Team.
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The roster is headlined by Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan, who became the fourth youngest male player in history to reach 100 caps when he went 90 minutes on June 8 against Argentina, leads the roster with 24 qualifying appearances. His eight career goals in World Cup qualifying are also a team best.
The Group 1 leaders, the U.S. (nine points) can clinch a place in the final round of qualifying with a victory against Cuba at RFK Stadium at 4 p.m. PT Oct. 11. The team will begin gathering in Washington, D.C. Oct 5, in preparation for the match. Following the game, National Team coach Bob Bradley will announce the travel roster for the qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago, which takes place at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain Oct. 15 (ESPN, 5 p.m. PT).
Fourteen leagues from 12 countries are represented on the roster as the U.S. seeks to extend its five-match shutout streak in qualifying. Each of the starters from the last two victories against Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago return, led by Fulhamís Dempsey, who has amassed four goals in the four qualifiers he has played this year, including the lone goal in the Americanís 1-0 win in Cuba Sept. 6. Houston Dynamo forward Bring Ching has three goals.
At the other end of the park, the defense is backstopped by former MetroStars goalkeeper Tim Howard, the man of the match against Guatemala, who has posted six shutouts in qualifiers. U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra anchors a backline that has not conceded a goal in a team record six consecutive matches, dating back to the 0-0 draw against Argentina at Giants Stadium June 8.
Former MetroStars midfielder Michael Bradley and defender Heath Pearce are the only two U.S. players to start all five of the qualifiers this year.
Youngsters Freddy Adu, Maurice Edu, Danny Szetela, Davies and Josť Francisco Torres also were called into the team.
The U.S. has a 10-3-4 record in the nationís capital, including a 3-1-1 qualifying record. With an average attendance of over 30,000, Washington, D.C., has witnessed several memorable matches, including a 4-0 victory against Mexico in 1995 and a 1-0 win against Argentina in 1999. RFK last hosted the U.S. men on Oct. 13, 2004, when an Eddie Johnson hat-trick paced the U.S. to a 6-0 victory over Panama during 2006 WCQ..
The U.S. roster (with players' club, appearances and either goals or shutouts in parentheses:
Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 2/2 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 6/5 SO), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF: 0/0). Defenders (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 16/2), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96: 17/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC: 1/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 13/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 11/0), Michael Orozco (San Luis: 0/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 5/0). Midfielders (7): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco: 1/0), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 19/4), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach: 5/2), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 3/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 3/0), Danny Szetela (Brescia Calcio: 0/0), Josť Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 0/0). Forwards (5): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal C.F.: 0/0), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 9/4), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF: 0/0) Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 11/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 24/8).