After an outstanding 2008 campaign, San Jose Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez has been called into the United States National Team training camp in Carson, Calif. by head coach Bob Bradley. Hernandez will join his teammates Tuesday night at the camp, which started Jan. 4. He will be making his debut at a U.S. National Team training camp.
Hernandez had a career year in 2008 for the Earthquakes, starting 28 games and helping San Jose post the fourth-best goals against average in the league. Hernandez played both center back and left back for the Quakes, as the team posted nine shutouts. The 28 starts were a career high and he also notched his first career assist last season. The former Seton Hall star came to San Jose after being selected in the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft from Chivas USA. He is entering his fifth year in Major League Soccer.
The national team camp is comprised mostly of players from Major League Soccer. The group is preparing for the USA's first match of 2009, a friendly against Sweden on Jan. 24 at The Home Depot Center. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision beginning at 5:30 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow the game live via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.