U.S. WRAPS UP FIRST DAY IN SOUTH AFRICA
After arriving on the evening of May 31, today marked the first full day and full schedule for the U.S. Men's National Team. Bob Bradley and Carlos Bocanegra addressed a small group of media at an afternoon press conference, and the team trained at Pilditch Stadium. A sampling of what Bradley and Bocanegra had to say is included below, and a selection of quotes is available at ussoccer.com.
U.S. SUBMITS ROSTER, PLAYER JERSEY NUMBERS ANNOUNCED
June 1 was the FIFA deadline for teams to submit their 23-player rosters. Here is the roster submitted by U.S. Soccer to FIFA, including jersey numbers for each player.
U.S. Numerical Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Brad Guzan, 23-Marcus Hahnemann, 1-Tim Howard
DEFENDERS (7): 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 12-Jonathan Bornstein, 6-Steve Cherundolo, 15-Jay DeMerit, 21-Clarence Goodson, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 2-Jonathan Spector
MIDFIELDERS (9): 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Ricardo Clark, 8-Clint Dempsey, 10-Landon Donovan, 19-Maurice Edu, 22-Benny Feilhaber, 11-Stuart Holden, 16-José Torres
FORWARDS (4): 17-Jozy Altidore, 14-Edson Buddle, 20-Robbie Findley, 9-Herculez Gomez
TODAY FROM STUDIO 90
U.S. Soccer's popular web show Studio 90 will feature two shows a day during the FIFA World Cup, and here's a look at June 1's rundown.
Studio 90: Studio 90 begins from South Africa with a look at the team's arrival in South Africa. After a 17 hour trans-atlantic flight, the team touched down in Johannesburg where they were greeted by Ambassador Gips. The team received the warmest of welcomes from their hotel staff at Irene County Lodge and the guys settled in to their first night in South Africa. Also on the show is the first in an ongoing series of World Cup Memories, w ith former MNT defender Gregg Berhalter taking us back to the 2002 win against Mexico.
Studio 90 Extra Time: Studio 90 Extra Time kicks off with an interview with U.S. Men's National Team defender Jonathan Bornstein. The California native talks with host Aaron Heifetz about his time as a professional, his dream of playing in the World Cup and his famous goal against Honduras. Bornstein is also enlisted to make his favorite sandwich, a subject in which he is an expert, and he answers questions from fans who responded to twitter.com/studio_90.
FROM THE MNT BLOG
A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:
QUOTEABLE: June 1, 2010
U.S. Head Coach BOB BRADLEY
On the travel and arrival in South Africa:
"Our arrival was a good one and travel seemed quite easy, maybe we're just used to it by now. So far, the organization on all ends has been great and we certainly appreciate the efforts of the Local Organizing Committee, the South African Police and the U.S. State Department but I think everything has run very smoothly. The team is excited to get started."
On the biggest challenge in the first round:
"I think we have a tough group. Of course, so much attention has been put on the first match against England. It's a tremendous opportunity for us. The spotlight on that game is huge. It already has generated amazing interest in the United States. But at the same time, we've watched Slovenia and Algeria so much. We've seen the way that they've played in order to qualify for the World Cup, we've continued to follow them since and we understand that each opponent is talented and now we look forward to just going match by match and understanding what it takes to advance."
U.S. MNT Captain CARLOS BOCANEGRA
On arrival in South Africa:
"For the players, it's been a long time thinking all the way through qualifying and now it's finally here – we're in South Africa. We're excited for the games to start. It just feels real now that we're in South Africa and set up at our hotel and we can see all the World Cup fanfare and all these things."
On his fitness level after having surgery:
"I feel good. It was nice to get the 75 minutes. They've done a good job, the trainers and the coaches, with my program and easing me into it and not just throwing me out there full blast. I held up well. I just need to work on sharpening up the last five percent or so."
More quotes available at ussoccer.com. (http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Mens-National-Team/2010/05/June-1-Press-Conference-Bob-Bradley-Carlos-Bocanegra.aspx)
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