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November 11, 2008
Parkhurst called in

CHICAGO---New England Revolution defender and Cranston, R.I., native Michael Parkhurst has been invited to join the U.S. Men’s National Team for its upcoming training camp, which will be conducted from Nov. 12-15 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

Parkhurst is among the 19 players called into camp by head coach Bob Bradley in advance of the team’s 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Guatemala on Nov. 19, which will also take place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Parkhurst, who was recently honored with Major League Soccer’s Fair Play Award for the second consecutive season, has made three appearances for the U.S. National Team. The 24-year-old center back most recently appeared for the full national team on Jan. 20, 2008, playing the second half of the U.S.’ 2-0 victory against Sweden.

A three-time MLS All-Star and the 2007 MLS Defender of the Year, Parkhurst most recently represented his country at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as he was named as one of three “overage” players on Under-23 head coach Peter Nowak’s 18-man roster. Parkhurst played all 270 minutes as the U.S. went 1-1-1 in group play and did not qualify for the medal round.

The 19-man group assembling in Commerce City is comprised mainly of domestic-based players, with all but three of the group coming from Major League Soccer. Goalkeepers Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF, Norway) and Matt Pickens (out of contract) and defender Clarence Goodson (IK Start, Norway) are the only players called to camp not currently playing for an MLS club.

Following the completion of the camp and the next round of club matches, Bradley will announce the roster that will train in advance of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Guatemala that is scheduled for Nov. 19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

The U.S. has locked up first place in Group 1 of the Semifinal Round of FIFA World Cup qualifying, holding 12 points from five matches. The other participant from the group to advance will be determined on the final matchday, as Trinidad & Tobago holds a three point lead over Guatemala. The Guatemalans will be pressing for a victory against the U.S. at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, needing a win to keep their dreams of advancement alive. T&T will be hosting Cuba on the same day.

U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Roster
Commerce City, Colo.
Nov. 12-15
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brian Edwards (Toronto FC), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF), Matt Pickens (out of contract)
DEFENDERS (6): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Cory Gibbs (Colorado Rapids), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Nick LaBrocca (Colorado Rapids), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
FORWARDS (5): Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Chad Barrett (Toronto FC), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas)

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