Conrad, Wolff named to U.S. Gold Cup roster
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - U.S. Men's National Team manager
Bruce Arena has selected the 23 players that will compete in the 2005
CONCACAF Gold Cup, the regional championship of North America, Central
America and the Caribbean. Included on the 23-man roster are Wizards
defender Jimmy Conrad and forward Josh Wolff. The Wizards duo will join the
U.S. National Team on June 26th in Portland, Oregon before moving to Seattle
on July 3rd.
The 12-team Gold Cup tournament runs from July 6-24 in six cities across the
United States. The U.S. will compete in Group B along with Canada, Costa
Rica and Cuba, opening the tournament July 7 against Cuba at Qwest Field in
Seattle. Kickoff is set for 9:30 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast
live on Telefutura.
The U.S. continues group play against Canada on July 9 in Seattle (3:30 p.m.
CT, Telefutura), then heads East to finish out the opening round against
Costa Rica at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. (6 p.m. CT, Telefutura).
Fans can follow all the U.S. matches live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker,
presented by Philips Electronics.
"This is a great opportunity to further the continuity of our group, and to
get a chance to look at players in meaningful matches," said Arena, who
holds a 10-1-2 lifetime record in the Gold Cup and a championship title in
2002. "We have a blend of experience and some new faces, and these games
will be very important in terms of formulating our roster for the rest of
qualifying. We are certainly entering the tournament with the goal of
winning the competition."
Wolff returns to the National Team following his participation in the last
series of World Cup qualifiers earlier this month. He started against Costa
Rica on June 4th, picking up his 31st cap with the senior team. He has seven
career goals in his 31 appearances, including the game-winning goal against
Costa Rica in the 2002 Gold Cup Championship match.
Conrad seeks to earn his first cap after earning his first taste of National
Team camp back in February. He was called in to the U.S. squad in advance of
the their World Cup Qualifier match against Trinidad & Tobago and
accompanied the team to Port-of-Spain, but did not dress for the match. He
joins San Jose midfielder Brad Davis and New England goalkeeper Matt Reis as
the only three players on the Gold Cup roster in search of their first
The U.S. has appeared in all seven Gold Cup competitions since 1991,
capturing two titles and reaching at least the semifinals in six of seven
events. The U.S. enters the 2005 tournament with an unblemished 16-0-0
record in group play, having posted shutouts in 19 of 31 all-time Gold Cup
Should the U.S. advance as the first or second place finisher in the group,
their quarterfinal matchup would take place July 16 in Foxboro, with the
semifinals slated for July 21 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The 2005 Gold Cup Final will also be played at Giants Stadium, with kickoff
scheduled for July 24 at 3 p.m. ET.
U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION
Goalkeepers (3) - Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia
Moenchengladbach), Matt Reis (New England Revolution)
Defenders (7) - Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City
Wizards), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege),
Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake), Tony Sanneh (Chicago Fire), Greg Vanney (FC
Midfielders (9) - Chris Armas (Chicago Fire), DaMarcus Beasley (PSV
Eindhoven), Brad Davis (San Jose Earthquakes), Clint Dempsey (New England
Revolution), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado
Rapids), John O'Brien (ADO Den Haag), Ben Olsen (D.C. United), Steve
Ralston (New England Revolution)
Forwards (4) - Conor Casey (FSV Mainz), Eddie Johnson (FC Dallas), Pat
Noonan (New England Revolution), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards)