February 4, 2010
Alston gets National team call
CHICAGO---New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston has been invited to join the U.S. Menís National Team for training camp ahead of the upcoming friendly against El Salvador on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. This is Alstonís second consecutive call-up to the U.S. National Team following his participation in the first training camp of 2010, from Jan. 4 Ė 23.
All 23 players called into camp will report on Feb. 10 to U.S. Soccerís National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., where the team will stay until departing for Tampa on Feb. 21. The game against El Salvador will be played on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. ET, and will be televised live on ESPN Classic and Telefutura. All players will then return to their clubs the following day, on Feb. 25.
Although Alston, 21, took part in the U.S. Menís National Teamís most recent training camp, his participation was limited by a hamstring injury and he was subsequently not named to the game day roster for the culminating match against Honduras. Alston has since recovered from the injury, however, and has been participating in full training sessions with the Revolution, which opened preseason training camp this past Monday, Feb. 1.
Alston is entering his second year with the Revolution after he was the clubís top selection in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft (first round, 10th overall) out of Indiana. A speedy defender with the ability to get forward down the wing, Alston locked up the starting right back role from the beginning of the season, missing just four games because of injury. Overall, Alston made 26 starts in the regular season Ė recording one assist Ė and also played every minute of the Revolutionís postseason series against the Chicago Fire.
U.S. national coach Bob Bradley, is bringing in 23 players to camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Feb. 10. The group is comprised entirely of domestic-based players.
"These are important opportunities for these players as we continue to formulate our plans for the roster for the World Cup," Bradley said in a statement. "This camp and the game against El Salvador provide a chance for the coaching staff to get one more long look at this group. El Salvador demonstrated during World Cup qualifying that they are a difficult team to beat, so we expect a good match. We had great fan support in our last visit to Raymond James Stadium, and we are looking forward to getting back to Tampa."
The group features 23 players from MLS, many of whom were a part of the training camp which opened 2010 last month. Twenty-one players return from that roster, including 10 of the starting 11 from the Jan. 23 match against Honduras. The match against El Salvador will be one of the last games before the World Cup roster is named in May and gives the group a chance to make an impression on Bradley's coaching staff with an eye towards South Africa.
The U.S. roster:
Goalkeepers (3): Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Zach Thornton (Chivas USA)
Defenders (7): Kevin Alston (New England Revolution), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Orozco (Philadelphia Union), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
Midfielders (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
Forwards (4): Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)