RICH FIDLER - Sunday, February 6, 2005
Although US head coach Bruce Arena has not officially announced his final training camp roster for the USMNT's first World Cup qualifier of the hex against Trinidad & Tobago, the players have begun arriving in Miami.
"I think for the most part we got as much out of this camp as possible in a short period of time," Arena told YA prior to leaving for Florida.
"We've got a pretty good group that's going to join our European-based players and hopefully help us to be successful."
The 23 man roster includes surprise selection Marcus Hahnemann of Reading who has been called in as one of the three keepers.
Joining Hahnemann, are regulars Kasey Keller, now of Borussia Mönchengladbach, Fulham duo Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride and PSV Eindhoven's goal scoring sensation DaMarcus Beasley.
Landon Donovan will also be making his return to the national team for the first time since rejoining Bayer Leverkusen in Germany during the winter transfer period.
Among those brought to Florida from the recently concluded training camp in Carson, California, are long-time national team members Eddie Pope, now of ReaL Salt Lake, and the newest offensive weapon for the national team, FC Dallas' Eddie Johnson.
Making a reappearance with the team is DC United's Ben Olsen, who was a regular on the national team before a series of unfortunate injuries significantly reduced his visibility to Arena and the national team staff.
The MLS players began arriving in Florida after departing the West Coast over the weekend, while the remaining roster is expected to trickle in after the completion of their European fixtures this weekend.
The squad will hold a series of practices in Miami before heading off to Trinidad for their match on Wednesday, February 9th at 2:30pm (EST) at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
This crucial first match in the hexagonal will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
Training Camp Roster for qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago
Cannon, Joe - Colorado Rapids (USA)
Hahnemann, Marcus - Reading (England)
Keller, Kasey - Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)
Albright, Chris - Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
Bocanegra, Carlos - Fulham (England)
Berhalter, Gregg - Energie Cottbus (Germany)
Cherundolo, Steve - Hannover 96 (Germany)
Conrad, Jimmy - Kansas City Wizards (USA)
Gibbs, Cory - Feyenoord (Holland)
Hejduk, Frankie - Columbus Crew (USA)
Pope, Eddie - Real Salt Lake (USA)
Beasley, DaMarcus - PSV Eindhoven (Holland)
Dempsey, Clint - New England Revolution (USA)
Donovan, Landon - Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
Lewis, Eddie - Preston North End (England)
Mastroeni, Pablo - Colorado Rapids (USA)
Mathis, Clint - Real Salt Lake (USA)
Olsen, Ben - DC United (USA)
Ching, Brian - San Jose Earthquakes (USA)
Johnson, Eddie - Dallas Burn (USA)
McBride, Brian - Fulham (England)
Twellman, Taylor - New England Revolution (USA)
Wolff, Josh - Kansas City Wizards (USA)
[note]Yanks Abroad's Andrea Canales contributed to this report[/note]