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Posted at 2:03 PM ET, 01/21/2011

U.S. national team opens 2011 schedule with friendly vs. Chile Saturday at Home Depot Center

By Steve Goff

It's the beginning of a new year and the start of a new four-year World Cup cycle for the U.S. men's national soccer team,which will face Chile in a friendly Saturday night at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The match does not fall on a FIFA international fixture date, so neither side will offer its top forces. Young MLS players fill out much of the U.S. roster slots, while Chile, which performed admirably in South Africa last summer, has brought a domestic-based squad with one World Cup player (forward Esteban Paredes).

You can watch the match on Spanish-language Telefutura or, beginning at 10 p.m. ET. For a full explanation why neither the ESPN TV networks nor Fox Soccer Channel is providing coverage, review my blog entry from earlier this week.

The ESPN3 announcers are Adrian Healy and John Harkes, who will call the match from network headquarters in Bristol, Conn.

As of Thursday, 11,000 tickets had been sold, which should translate into attendance of at least 14,000 -- a satisfactory turnout for the annual January friendly at HDC.

The match concludes a 19-day training camp for the young squad and U.S. Coach Bob Bradley, who will select a more experienced and Euro-centric roster for the Feb. 9 friendly against Egypt in Cairo and the March home matches against Argentina and Paraguay.

For Saturday, 18 of the 23 players will be in uniform. Two goalkeepers will be left off the game-day list, leaving three field players out of luck. The roster:

Goalkeepers: Dom Cervi (Celtic, Scotland), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Matt Pickens (Colorado), Sean Johnson (Chicago).

Defenders: Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), A.J. DeLaGarza (Los Angeles), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles), Zach Loyd (Dallas), Ryan Miller (Halmstads, Sweden), Tim Ream (New York), Anthony Wallace (Colorado), Marvell Wynne (Colorado).

Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro, Sweden), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek, Norway), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado), Dax McCarty (D.C. United), Brek Shea (Dallas), Eric Alexander (Dallas), Sam Cronin (San Jose), Eugene Starikov (Zenit St. Petersburg, Russia).

Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New York), Teal Bunbury (Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose).

Average age: 23.4.
Oldest: Rimando 31.
Youngest: Agudelo 18.
Average caps: 1.1.
Most caps: Bedoya with six.
Players without a cap: 12.
Bradley's record vs. South America opponents: 1-7-2 (defeated Ecuador in March 2007).

Who was on the field and how did they fare in the first match of the 2007-10 cycle? Keep reading.....

USA 3, Denmark 1
Jan. 20, 2007
Home Depot Center

Goal scorers: Landon Donovan, Jonathan Bornstein (in his first cap), Kenny Cooper.

Lineup: Matt Reis; Chris Albright, Bobby Boswell, Jimmy Conrad (captain), Jonathan Bornstein; Landon Donovan, Pablo Mastroeni, Ricardo Clark, Chris Rolfe; Nate Jaqua, Eddie Johnson. Subs used: Bryan Namoff, Danny Califf, Kyle Beckerman, Heath Pearce, Justin Mapp, Kenny Cooper.

By Steve Goff  | January 21, 2011; 2:03 PM ET
Categories:  Chile, TV, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  U.S. men's national soccer team  
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Cool that Namoff was on the field back in 2007. Wish he could get back on RFK's field in 2011:(

Posted by: I-95Exit43 | January 21, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Based on that lineup, is it safe to say that one of the defensive midfielders in tomorrow's match will single-handedly ruin our World Cup hopes in 2014? ;)

Posted by: beach3 | January 21, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I like the historical comparison Goff. I am really just excited to see the kids, don't care too much about the overall result.

Posted by: grubbsbl | January 21, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Very excited to see this game.

Guesses on the two goalies and three field players left off? I say Cervi, Perkins, Cronin, de la Garza, and, toughest one, I'll say Alexander.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | January 21, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Dom, Brek, Teal, Dax... I mean, c'mon. Whatever happened to normal names, like T'Shawnn, FReD and Chauncey?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | January 21, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Word out of camp is that Pickens showed up just a little too slim.

Posted by: benonthehill | January 21, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

@Beach3: good one.

Posted by: Matte | January 21, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse


At least it is on after the NFL matches.

Posted by: Reignking | January 21, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Buddle goal.

Posted by: Reignking | January 21, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Buddle scored? WHo'da thunk it? Soitanly not Bob Bradley.

Posted by: fischy | January 21, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

**warning** GIANT post...

with 2010 in the books i feel inspired to reflect on the modern era of USMNT (basically beginning with the years leading up to italia 90) and perhaps the beginning of a new one.

in that spirit ive created my 'all-modern era USMNT'. whataya think? debate. vamos united!

Criteria: 60+ caps for red, white and blue. The rest is subjective based on output for both club and country…

23-man roster:

starting: (4-4-1-1)
friedel; caligiuri, pope, balboa,
donovan, dooley (C), reyna, dempsey;
moore, mcbride

Subs: keller, meola; bocanegra, hejduk, lalas; harkes, jones, mastroeni, ramos, stewart; murray, wynalda

notable cuts: agoos, beasley, perez

Honorable mention: tony sanneh – who I thought was the best RB in 2002 WC. Alas, less than 50 caps…

Discussion: in choosing starting 11 I wanted to put together a team I would actually start if all 11 were in their prime…

G: what can I say? Just think friedel is most dominating keep we’ve seen.

CB: pope was an obvious choice for me – best pure CB. The question became who is the best option to partner him. balboa gets the call – big, rugged, with a dash of south american flash and finesse. pope cleans up anything that gets through with his superior athleticism, impeccable timing and great speed and quickness. Also the perfect calm to balboa’s fiery leadership…

LB/RB: no-brainers for me. These guys are both professional outside backs, through and through. caligiuri on left, cherundolo on right. Favor dolo to hejduk as dolo is a pure RB with more impressive club resume…

CM: For me, dooley gets the armband and either plays in front of pope on back line or sits in front of back 4 in DM role. Opted for DM – providing tactical awareness, calmness on ball, great distribution and rugged tackling – really the only great DM option. reyna is the creator, but can provide a bit of grit when needed, allowing his flankers plenty of opportunity to roam forward.

LW/RW: donovan Is another no-brainer, just a question of where he plays. I like him on the wing, with some room to run at people. I think another (surprise) no-brainer is dempsey. His offensive production is simply superior to guys like harkes, jones, ramos, stewart… and I like him on the wing too.

F: got to go with mcbride as the work-horse/warrior target man. I don’t see mcbride and wynalda being a good combo, and I just love mcbrides attitude, toughness and knack for getting the ball in the net. I think mcbride partners best with a 2nd forward sitting underneath. Maybe surprisingly I think J-M moore provides the perfect foil. Moore is maybe the most unsung USMNTer of all-time. This guy quietly racked up 100 caps and sits 4th on the scoring list (24). In this team I think he would be devastating sitting in between mcbride and the mids…

Posted by: rainORshine | January 21, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't Starikov be Evgeny or Yevgeni and not "Eugene"?

Posted by: OWNTF | January 21, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

And if we call our DC United midfielder "Esteban" King, will he play with greater flair?

Posted by: OWNTF | January 21, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

My starting lineup:


F - Bunbury
LW - Agudelo
RW - Bedoya
CM - Diskerud
DMF - Larentowicz
DMF - McCarty
LB - Wallace
CD - Ream
CD - Gonzalez
RB - Franklin
GK - Pickens

Posted by: no_recess | January 21, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Believe that Denmark game was Namoff's first and last cap.

Posted by: OWNTF | January 21, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

According to Wikipedia Paredes plays forward for Colo Colo. Maybe DC will have an eye for him. He is 30 years old and the last player that DC had from Colo Colo turned out to be one of the all time great players in MLS.

Posted by: no_recess | January 21, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

WNT lost to Sweden in China. This is not a good start to a World Cup year.

Posted by: OWNTF | January 21, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Starting elevens already? I'll bite.






Unless it's 442, in which case I'll say




Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | January 21, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

WNT lost to Sweden in China. This is not a good start to a World Cup year.

Posted by: OWNTF


Posted by: Reignking | January 21, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

No, OWNTF, if Steven King changed his name to Esteban he would try to dribble the ball into the net.

Posted by: b18bolo | January 21, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I like Jacobs starting 11. That's the one I hope to see tomorrow.

Posted by: grubbsbl | January 21, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

OT: can you win, and win clean?

The Messiah Men's soccer team was the only men's soccer team in the country (NCAA DI, DII, DII) to receive the NSCAA's Silver Team Ethic Award (maximum 5 yellow cards and no reds). The team was booked 3 times this past fall.

They won the DIII national championship this year.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | January 21, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

The refs won't book Messiah because they're afraid they'll to hell.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 21, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Messiah bought dispensations.

I live in Old York (as opposed to New York) and I hate Messiah College!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | January 21, 2011 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow, rainORshine, now that's a post! First thought: Ramos must start. Watch the old footage, if you can find it. Tab was the best, ask Harkes, he actually admitted it a few years back despite the alleged spitting incident. I guess we sit Joe-Max, and move Dempsey into a reserved forward role. (Side note: best US players to hear pronounced on the Spanish channels: Joe-Max Moore, Josh Wolff, Big John Studd.) Mastroeni over Dooley to start? Yes, you risk the red card (still a joke 8 years later), but his tenacity and spark outway Dooley's calm and leadership. Although the leadership in '98 may not count as a plus. Defenders: Frankie over Caligiuri, despite the best goal ever vs. TnT for Paul. Frankie is steady, and nuts, at the same time. And Mexico hates him, which is a plus for qualifying. Dude.

Any love for Ben Olson as D-Mid? And Captain is Reyna with this line-up.

Well done.

Posted by: jojosbo | January 22, 2011 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Would LOVE to see Perry Kitchen in the back against Chile tonight! Zach Loyd, Anthony Wallace & Tim Ream...are they really the future in the back for the U.S.? I guess we will find out soon enough.

Kitchen offers tremendous upside as he pushes forward & joins the attack... and lord knows we need an attack.

Posted by: Zipfutbol | January 22, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Loyd has been playing left back in training all camp. Wouldn't be surprised to see him start, though I really want to see Wallace's service with this team.

Posted by: Jooseppi | January 22, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Americans scoring in Europe this weekend, Dempsey notches *both* of Fulham's goals im a 2-0 win over Stoke, and Spector scores the first match of the goal (against Timmy H) in West Ham's 2-2 draw in Liverpool versus Everton.

Posted by: bartapest1 | January 22, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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