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FC Dallas forward Eddie Johnson called in to U.S. Soccer camp

Chicago, Illinois - U.S. Men's national team manager Bruce Arena has called 22 players into camp to begin preparations for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Mexico on March 27 and Guatemala three days later. Kickoff at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City is set for 12 p.m. (CST), while the match against Guatemala is set for 7 p.m. (CST) on March 30 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

Johnson, 20, will look to continue his torrid scoring pace with the men's national team, scoring six goals in four matches. He is the only player in U.S. history to score in his first four appearances, and one of only three players to score in four consecutive matches. On Oct. 13 against Panama, Johnson became the first substitute in U.S. men's soccer history to record a hat trick and the eighth total player to accomplish the feat. Despite playing in only four World Cup qualifiers, he is currently tied for third on the U.S. all-time World Cup qualifying scoring list (table below).

The 22-man training camp squad that will gather in Carson, California, is composed entirely of domestic-based players. The European-based players are expected to begin arriving into camp on March 20.

After Mexico, the USA will open its home schedule of final round qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday, March 30 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The U.S. will play 10 matches in the final round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup from Feb. 9 - Oct. 13, 2005. The USA, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago are competing for three automatic berths to the World Cup finals in Germany. The fourth-place finisher will face the fifth-place team from the Asian Football Confederation in a home-and-home series to determine the last entrant into the tournament.

The U.S. defeated Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 on Feb. 9 in their first match of the final qualifying round.

ALL-TIME LEADING SCORERS IN U.S. WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

PLAYER	         WORLD CUP YEAR(S)	MATCHES 	GOALS
Earnie Stewart	1998, 2002, 2006	  30	 10
Brian McBride	1998, 2002, 2006	  20	  7
Eddie Johnson	2006	            4	  6
Willy Roy	         1966, 1970, 1974	  11       6
Joe-Max Moore	1998, 2002	  20	  5
Eric Wynalda	1998	           11	  5

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