Tuesday, April 04, 2006

US announces roster for Jamaica

Bruce Arena has put out the roster for the April 11th match against Jamaica in Cary, NC.

The big news of this lineup is the inclusion of Tony Meola on the list. Meola is the most capped goalkeeper in US history. He was a starter in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups and has been in the MLS for all 11 years. The match on the 11th will mark his 100th appearance for the US team. His last match for the US was on May 16,2002 at Giants Stadium against Jamaica.

"Tony Meola has had an outstanding career for the national team with three World Cups to his credit, as well as 11 years in MLS,” said Arena. “It's an honor for me and U.S. Soccer to recognize Tony's achievements in our sport by watching him earn his 100th cap for his country. We look forward to a special evening and recognizing Tony for an illustrious career."

Since the three goalkeepers for Germany are pretty much a lock, giving Meola this opportunity is pure class.

As far as other players on the list, I'm only a bit surprised by Nick Garcia. I didn't think Garcia had much of a chance at the final roster, but the Bruce might just see something I do not.

One other bit, I think it is safe to say Freddie Adu is not going to be in Germany. Over the weekend Arena said they had narrowed the field of players down to 35. I would think that if you are based in the MLS and are not injured, then you should be on this roster. If you are not, your odds should be close to zero. I could be wrong, but that is what logic would say.

Anyway, here is the full roster:

Goalkeepers (2) – Tony Meola (New York Red Bulls), Matt Reis (New England Revolution)

Defenders (5) – Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Nick Garcia (Kansas City Wizards), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake)

Midfielders (7) – Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Pat Noonan (New England Revolution), John O’Brien (out of contract), Ben Olsen (D.C. United), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards)

Forwards (4) – Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards)

Team breakdown: New England 5, KC 4, LA 2, Houston 1, Colorado 1, Columbus 1, New York 1, DC 1, Salt Lake 1 (Chivas 1 once they annouce the arrival of John O'Brien?)

US vs. Jamaica
April 11 @ 7pm ET



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