May 23, 2011
Revs’ Feilhaber on Gold Cup roster
CHICAGO — New England Revoution midfielder Benny Feilhaber is among the 23 players named on Wednesday to the U.S. roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup. The tournament takes place June 5-25 in 13 venues across the country.
|Midfielder Benny Feilhaber will leave the Revolution for National Team training after the team’s May 28 home match against the LA Galaxy.
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The roster includes 14 players from the USA’s 2010 World Cup squad, and 11 players with a Gold Cup title to their credit, with Landon Donovan a three-time winner. Donovan, who is the USA’s all-time leader in Gold Cup scoring with 12 career goals, is one appearance shy of tying Kasey Keller (23) for the most ever by a U.S. player. Carlos Bocanegra, who has captained the United States since 2007, Clint Dempsey and Oguchi Onyewu have each collected a pair of championships. At the other end of the spectrum, nine players will be playing in their first Gold Cup finals.
Feilhaber is one of only seven MLS players on the Gold Cup roster, while the other 16 ply their trade overseas. Three players enter the tournament having collected honors with their clubs. Forward Clint Dempsey finished a fantastic season at Fulham where he set both the single-season record for an American scoring in the English Premier League (12 goals) and set the club mark for career goals in the EPL (33). Midfielder Maurice Edu helped Rangers complete the domestic double, capturing their third-straight Scottish Premier League crown as well as the Scottish FA Cup. And defender Oguchi Onyewu, on loan to FC Twente, was part of the team that won the Dutch FA Cup. Forward Freddy Adu has been included in the full team for the first time since the 2009 Gold Cup.
The team will train in Cary, NC beginning May 26. Players who are still involved in league competition will join camp following their weekend matches.
“We have said since the start of the new cycle that winning the Gold Cup this year is a top priority, and that was our focus as we built this roster,” said Bradley. “We have a very experienced group, and we know that in a tournament like this all 23 players will need to contribute in order for us to be successful.”
The Gold Cup squad will get a test run June 4 at 4:40 pm ET against FIFA World Cup champions Spain at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
The USA will begin Group C play on June 7 against Canada at Ford Field in Detroit at 8 p.m. ET. Group play continues June 11 against Panama at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., with kickoff slated for 8 p.m. ET. The team closes our Group play against Guadeloupe June 14 at LIVESTRONG Park in Kansas City, Kan. (8 p.m. CT).
The United States has won four Gold Cup championships since the tournament began in 1991, including three of the last five, and has reached the final of the last three editions of the event. Incredibly, the U.S. has never lost a match in group play, holding a 23-0-2 lifetime record. Overall, the U.S. has a 38-5-6 record in Gold Cup action.
The winner of the 2011 Gold Cup will represent CONCACAF at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil. In 2007, the U.S. parlayed a 2-1 victory against Mexico in the Gold Cup final into an historic performance at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, reaching its first ever final of a major FIFA tournament after defeating No.-1 ranked and eventual World Cup Champion Spain in the semifinal.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Eric Lichaj (Leeds), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Freddy Adu (Rizespor), Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)