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Bradley taps nine uncapped players for Calif. camp

Posted on 30 December 2008 by ASN Staff

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U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named nine uncapped players to his 25-man training camp roster that will begin workouts Jan. 4 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The group will prepare for the USA’s first match of 2009, a friendly against Sweden on Jan. 24 at The Home Depot Center.

The annual camp held in January for players in their offseason is a largely domestic-based group that includes 20 players who ply their trade in the United States. The MLS teams are well represented, with 10 of 15 clubs contributing players to the Carson camp. The roster boasts several year-end award winners, including MLS Goalkeeper of the Year (Jon Busch), Defender of the Year (Chad Marshall), Comeback Player of the Year (Kenny Cooper), and Rookie of the Year (Sean Franklin). The defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew contribute five players to the Carson camp, the most of any club.

FC Midtjylland defender Danny Califf leads four players based in Scandinavia, the seven-year international having appeared in three matches in 2008, including a start in the 0-0 draw against Argentina on June 8 at Giants Stadium. Troy Perkins backstopped Valerenga to the Norwegian Cup championship in 2008, while IK Start defender Clarence Goodson started in the victory against Guatemala in November. Hammarby striker Charlie Davies was part of the USA’s squad at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The quartet is available because the Scandinavian leagues are shut down for the winter break.

Nineteen players on the roster have 10 caps or less, and nine will be in search of their first-ever appearance with the full team:

U.S. Men’s National Team Training Camp Roster

Carson, Calif., Jan. 4-25, 2008

GOALKEEPERS (4): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF), Matt Pickens (out of contract)
DEFENDERS (8): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Cory Gibbs (Colorado Rapids), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Chris Wingert (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Jack Jewsbury (Kansas City Wizards), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), John Thorrington (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire)

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Bradley taps nine uncapped players for California camp

Posted on 30 December 2008 by ASN Staff

Bob Bradley ©ASN

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named nine uncapped players to his 25-man training camp roster that will begin workouts Jan. 4 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The group will prepare for the USA’s first match of 2009, a friendly against Sweden on Jan. 24 at The Home Depot Center.

Read the full story at ASN’s U.S. Men’s National Team page
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Marshall says ‘nein’ to Mainz, resigns with Crew

Posted on 26 December 2008 by ASN Staff

Chad Marshall in action last season

Chad Marshall will return to the Columbus Crew next season after signing a new contract with the 2008 MLS Cup champions, the club announced Friday, Dec. 26. The 24-year old defender was out of contract and spent a week-long trial with Mainz of the German second division while negotiationing with the Crew.

Marshall had four goals in the regular season and two more in the playoffs, including the winner against New York on Nov. 23 in the MLS Cup that gave Columbus its first title.

Crew fans, how do you feel about your title defense chances now?

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Marshall resigns with Crew

Posted on 26 December 2008 by ASN Staff

Chad Marshall in action last season

Chad Marshall will return to the Columbus Crew next season after signing a new contract with the 2008 MLS Cup champions, the club announced Friday, Dec. 26. The 24-year old defender was out of contract and spent a week-long trial with Mainz of the German second division while negotiationing with the Crew.

Read on here on the Columbus Crew’s page.

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Gooch to Marseille?

Posted on 26 December 2008 by ASN Staff

Standard Liege and U.S. men’s national team defender Oguchi Onyewu could join French side Olympique Marseille in the January transfer window, reports No Short Corners. According to the story, Olympique Marseille have reduced the candidates for their winter defense expense down to Onyewu and Galatasaray’s Servet Çetin.

Dec. 26 update: Olympique Marseille coach Eric Gerets is still keen to possibly sign Onyewu. According to France Football, Gerets was at Standard’s recent UEFA Cup match against Sampdoria to observe Onyewu, who scored in his team’s 3-0 win. More from Letters From Vagabondia blog.

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Chad Marshall at Mainz (updated update to update)

Posted on 26 December 2008 by ASN Staff

The Columbus Crew’s Chad Marshall is training with German second division side FSV Mainz 05, the club reported on its Web site. The 24-year old was due to start tonight’s exhibition match with Darmstadt but is only training with the team through Thursday, the site reports.

Update, Dec. 9:
A German press report says the team will decide by Thursday if it is to offer Marshall a contract. Marshall was closely watched during last night’s game with Darmstadt, the report adds.


Update, Dec. 10:
Marshall was in “good form” today (Wednesday), according to a German press report. Mainz coach Joerg Andersen will take another look at Marshall in training Thursday. On Saturday, he will fly back to the U.S. to wait for a decision, the story adds.

Update Dec. 17: In a German-language interview with a local paper, Mainz manager Christian Heidel said Marshall made a good impression and “flew back [to the U.S.] with a good feeling [about the trial],” implying Marshall has an offer in hand.

Update Dec. 26: The Columbus Crew announced Marshall had resigned with the club. See story.

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Donovan Ricketts signed to international slot

Posted on 24 December 2008 by ASN Staff

The LA Galaxy have signed Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, the club announced Tuesday. An experienced goalkeeper at the international level, Ricketts joins the Galaxy after previous stints with Village United of the Digicel Premier League in Jamaica, Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League and Bradford City of League Two in England. Ricketts, 31, will officially be added to the Galaxy’s roster, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Clearance (ITC). Per league and team policy, details of the contract were not disclosed.

Galaxy General Manager and Head Coach Bruce Arena conceded the goalkeeper position was one “that we felt the need to improve.”
At 6-foot-4, Rickets is a commanding presence in the box. A member of Jamaica’s 1998 World Cup squad as a 21-year-old, Ricketts has made 67 international appearances for his country. He boasts an impressive 11-7-6 record in 24 World Cup qualifying matches, including all eight of Jamaica’s games during qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Despite recording three consecutive shutouts at the end of the qualifying campaign, including one in a 1-0 win over Mexico in Kingston, Jamaica on October 10, Ricketts and the Reggae Boyz narrowly missed out on advancing to the final stages of the 2010 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, losing out to Mexico on goal difference. Earlier this month, he helped lead Jamaica to the 2008 Digicel Caribbean Championships where they defeated Grenada 2-0 in the final.

A native of Montego Bay, Jamaica, Rickets started his professional career playing for his hometown club of F.C. Waddadah before signing with Village United, who plays in Jamaica’s top league, in 2002. In January 2004, he moved to England, signing with Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League. Ricketts never played a game for Bolton and in July 2004 was signed on loan by League Two side Bradford City, who then signed him on a permanent basis at the end of that season. He spent four years with the Bantams, appearing in more than 115 games for the club before returning to Jamaica to again sign with Village United this summer.

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Transaction: LA Galaxy sign goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts

NAME: Donovan Ricketts
NUMBER: TBD
POSITION: Goalkeeper
DATE OF BIRTH: June 7, 1977
HOMETOWN: Montego Bay, Jamaica
LAST CLUB: Village United (Jamaica)
NATIONALITY: Jamaica
ROSTER DESIGNATION: International

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Galaxy sign Jamaican keeper Ricketts to international slot

Posted on 23 December 2008 by ASN Staff

The LA Galaxy have signed Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, the club announced Tuesday. An experienced goalkeeper at the international level, Ricketts joins the Galaxy after previous stints with Village United of the Digicel Premier League in Jamaica, Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League and Bradford City of League Two in England. Ricketts, 31, will officially be added to the Galaxy’s roster, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and international transfer clearance. Per league and team policy, details of the contract were not disclosed.

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Schmid taps Schmetzer

Posted on 23 December 2008 by ASN Staff

Brian Schmetzer has been named the top assistant coach for the Seattle Sounders FC staff, head coach Sigi Schmid announced today.

The 46-year old joins Sounders FC following seven seasons as the head coach of the Sounders’ United Soccer Leagues First Division club. He guided Seattle to USL-1 championships in 2005 and 2007, and U.S. Open Cup semifinal advancements in 2007 and 2008.

“I’m excited to work with Brian,” said Schmid, who became head coach Dec. 16. “He brings great knowledge of the Seattle area, the history of the USL-1 Sounders, and a wealth of coaching experience. That, coupled with his past playing experience, makes him the ideal assistant coach.”

Schmetzer has nine years of experience coaching and 15 years of playing at the professional level. He was a member of six championship teams during that span.

“Having been born and raised in Seattle, and having lived most of my life here, I love this city and I couldn’t have scripted a more perfect career path,” said Schmetzer. “I feel lucky, first to have been chosen to coach the USL Sounders, then to be considered along with Sigi and some other outstanding candidates for the MLS head coaching job. Now, I’m working with a great coach in Sigi, in my home city for what is rapidly becoming the best club in the business. It seems everything is falling into place.”

As coach of the USL-1 Sounders from 2002-07, Schmetzer’s teams also twice won the Commissioner’s Cup for the league’s best record and qualified for the playoffs six of seven years. He was chosen USL-1 Coach of the Year in 2002 after going 23-1-4. The Sounders were league runners-up in 2004. His overall regular season record was 100-54-44.

Previously, he had served two seasons (1996-97) as an assistant coach for the Seattle SeaDogs, winning the Continental Indoor Soccer League title with Seattle in 1997.

“Having worked with Brian for seven years, I can’t imagine a better representative of what Sounders soccer means,” said general manager Adrian Hanauer. “He has a combination of passion, competitiveness, experience and a mind for the game. I have never met anyone who hates losing as much as Brian, and that mentality has consistently driven his teams to succeed. I couldn’t be happier that he’s going to continue having a key role for Sounders FC.”

A Seattle native, Schmetzer signed with the Sounders’ North American Soccer League franchise following his graduation from Nathan Hale High School in 1980. He played three seasons as a midfielder for Seattle before going to Tulsa for the final NASL season in 1984.

Schmetzer signed with the San Diego Sockers in 1984 and played seven seasons in the Major Indoor Soccer League with San Diego (1984-88), Tacoma (1988-90) and St. Louis (1990-91). He was a member of the Sockers’ MISL championship teams in 1985, 1986 and 1988. He returned to Seattle for the Sounders’ inaugural A-League season in 1994 before completing his playing career with the SeaDogs from 1995-96.

In 1985, Schmetzer played on loan to FC Seattle, scoring twice in a 2-1 friendly win over Brazil’s Santos. While with Tacoma and FC Seattle, Schmetzer’s teammates included younger brothers Andy and Walter.

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Matkovic calls 72 to ‘mega camp’

Posted on 23 December 2008 by ASN Staff

Recently appointed Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Mike Matkovic will hold his first training camp, a 72-player mega camp at The Home Depot Center, from Dec. 28-Jan. 4. Matkovic and an expanded staff will train and evaluate the 72 players by dividing them into four groups.

The split squads will train together and play intrasquad scrimmages throughout the week (see schedule). A total of 56 players represent clubs from U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy. Each player at the camp was born in 1991, making them eligible for both the U-18 MNT and both the 2009 and 2011 FIFA Under-20 World Cups. The U-18 program was created to aid in the transition for younger players between the Under-17 Men’s National Team and the Under-20 side.

U-18 MNT Mega-Camp Roster

GOALKEEPERS (6): Rafael Diaz (Rockaway, N.J; PDA), Michael D’Arrigo (Tucscon, Ariz.; Tuscon Rush), Alex Long (Cary, N.C.; CASL), Justin Luthy (Dublin, Ohio; Premier Soccer Academy), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.; Maryland), Cody Mizell (Woodstock, Ga.; GSA Phoenix)
DEFENDERS (19): Gale Agbossoumonde (Syracuse, N.Y.; IMG Academy), Chad Barson (Lewis Center, Ohio; Columbus Crew Juniors), Ian Christianson (Belvedere, Ill.; Chicago Fire), Paolo DelPiccolo (Lakewood, Colo.; Colorado Rush), Will Donovan (Jamaica Plains, Mass.; FC Greater Boston), Jesus Gonzales (Chino Hills, Calif.; FC Barcelona), Alex Herrerra (Arlington, Va.; D.C. United), Sacir Hot (Fairlawn, N.J.; New York Red Bulls), Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.; Seacoast United), Nick Millington (Raleigh, N.C.; Wake Forest), Cesar Morales (St. Charles, Ill.; Sockers FC), Trey Perry (Ocoee, Fla.; South Florida), CJ Phelps (Boynton Beach, Fla.; Schulz Academy), Andrew Quintana (Miami, Fla.; Miami FC), Jossimar Sanchez (Patterson, N.J.; PDA), Zarek Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.; PA Classics), Korey Veeder (St. Petersburg, Fla.; Clearwater Chargers), London Woodberry (McKinney, Texas; FC Dallas Juniors)
MIDFIELDERS (32): Latif Alashe (Northville, Mich.; Vardar), Jose Altamirano (San Diego, Calif.; Del Mar Sharks), Eder Arreola (Chino Hills, Calif.; UCLA), Antonio Benitez (Azusa, Calif.; LAFC), Miles Byass (San Bernardino, Calif.; Arsenal), Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.; New England Revolution Academy), Alejandro Cobarubias (Cudahy, Calif.; LA Galaxy), Pablo Cruz (Azusa, Calif.; LAFC), Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y; Met Oval), Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.; UCSB), Michael Hoyos, Paul Islas (Fresno, Calif.; Cal Odyssey), Will Mayhew (Concord, N.C.; North Meck), Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, N.Y.; FC Westchester), Dylan Mencia (Honedale, Pa.; New York Red Bulls Academy), Chris Ortega (Chula Vista, Calif.; Arsenal), Patrick Otte (Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Middlesborough Academy), Steve Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.; Seacoast United), Harrison Petts (Zionsville, Ind.; Carmel United), Travis Pittman (Manassas, Va.; D.C. United), Scott Prozeller (Sudbury, Mass.; FC Greater Boston), Giovanni Rollie (Los Angeles, Calif.; LAFC), Michael Roman (Oxnard, Calif.; Real So Cal), Carl Rumph (South Hampton, N.Y.; Met Oval), Nicholas Ryan (San Jose, Calif.; Central Valley United), Anthony Salciccia (San Jose, Calif.; De Anza Force), Sito Sasieta (Overland, Mo.; Scott Gallagher), Wesley Sever (Belleair, Fla.; Clearwater Chargers), Alex Tuch (Tampa, Fla.; Clearwater Chargers), Justin Watson (Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Bridge FA), Cameron Wilder (Kennesaw, Ga.; Concorde Fire)
FORWARDS (15): Ade Akinsanya (Sacramento, Calif.; San Juan Lightning), Will Bates (Chester, Va.; Richmond Strikers), Ryan Bauer (O’Fallen, Mo.; Scott Gallagher), Orr Baroush (Reseda, Calif.; Chivas USA Academy), Marquis Brooks (Chula Vista, Calif.; LA Galaxy Academy), Zack Foxhoven (Littleton, Colo.; Colorado Rush), Chris Hegngi (Silver Spring, Md.; D.C. United), Adam Jahn (El Macero, Calif.; San Juan Lightning), Zach Kupfer (North Bellmore, N.Y.; Albertson), Andrew Lubahn (Erie, Pa.; Premier Soccer Academy), Josue Madueno (Castroville, Calif.; Santa Cruz Breakers), Martin Ontiveros (Austin, Texas; Lonestar), Hasani Sinclair (Coral Springs, Fla.; Schulz Academy)

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