February 8, 2009
ON THE ROSTER
Dempsey, Davies on U.S. Squad
COLUMBUS, Ohio---Former New England Revolution forward Clint Dempsey and former Boston College standout Charlie Davies were named to the U.S. roster to prepare for the World Cup qualifying game against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday.
|Former Revolution forward Clint Dempsey was the National Team's leading scorer last year.
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They were among the 20 players named by coach Bob Bradley for the match, which will be televised on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday
Eighteen of the 20 players on the roster participated in the first two rounds of World Cup qualifying last year. Bradley has called in 12 players from foreign-based clubs, led by U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra and goalkeeper Tim Howard, the 2008 U.S. Soccer male athlete of the year. Howard is unbeaten in four matches against Mexico and has posted five shutouts in five all-time World Cup qualifying appearances.
Dempsey finished 2008 tied for the team lead in goal scored (four), with all of his goals coming during qualifying. DaMarcus Beasley is one of four players on the roster who started in the last World Cup qualifier against Mexico, scoring the insurance goal in the 2-0 win on Sept. 3, 2005, in Columbus.
Defender Oguchi Onyewu, who set up Steve Ralston for the game-winner that day, scored a career-high three goals for the U.S. in 2008, including a header against Mexico in the 2-2 draw in Houston. Michael Bradley, who scored the game-winning goal in the 3-0 semifinal round qualifying win against Trinidad & Tobago, tied with Heath Pearce for the most appearances for the team in 2008, each starting in 11 of 14 matches. Midfielder José Francisco Torres, who plays in the Mexican Primera División, is the only player on the roster not based in Europe or the United States.
The LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan, who is on loan with Bayern Munich in Germany, is the leading cap-winner on the roster with 105 international appearances, the U.S.’s all-time leader in goals and assists. He one goal shy of tying Brian McBride for career qualifying goal (10). Donovan has been a particular nemesis to El Tri, having scored four times in his career, highlighted by the second goal in a 2-0 win in the second round of the 2002 World Cup in Korea.
The roster (with appearances and goals or shutouts for the goalkeepers):
Goalkeepers (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 4/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 7/5 SO). Defenders (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 16/2), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA, 1/0), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 3/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 14/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 12/1), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 7/0), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0). Midfielders (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 21/6), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 6/2), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 3/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 6/0), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew: 0/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 1/0).Forwards (5): Jozy Altidore (Xerez C.D.: 3/1), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 12/6), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF: 1/1) Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 12/4), Landon Donovan (Bayern Munich: 25/9).