Thursday, March 17, 2011

Nashville USA Friendly and Caps

US Roster Released

US Coach Bob Bradley announced the roster for the USA v Paraguay match on March 29th and the match against Argentina three days earlier in New Jersey.  If you are one of the 15,000 already for tickets for the match at LP Field, we should see a pretty good squad line up for the US.  Sixteen of the twenty-four named played on the World Cup squad and the FIFA international date allows most of the European contingent to travel in preparation for the summer's Gold Cup.  This year's Gold Cup is being taken seriously as the winner will qualify for the 2013 Confederations Cup.  One interesting name on the list is outside back Timothy Chandler who has been strong for a surprisingly good Nürnberg team in the Bundesliga.

Here's the full list.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton), David Yelldell (MSV Duisburg)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres), Timothy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United), Zak Whitbread (Norwich City)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Mikkel Diskeruud (Stabaek), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt)

USA Fan Caps

Preparing this post got me thinking about all of the US games I've been to.  Serious USMNT fans track the games they've witnessed first hand and award themselves caps just like the players.  Now, I'm no Cobi Jones (164 caps), but I think I've done pretty well.  The USA v Paraguay game will be my 15th cap.  That would put me equal with Freddy Adu!

Here are my caps and the results:
  1. May 30, 1992, USA v Ireland, 3:1 W, Washington, DC
  2. June 18, 1995, USA v Mexico, 4:0 W, Washington, DC
  3. June 12, 1996, USA v Bolivia, 0:2 L, Washington, DC
  4. November 3, 1996, USA v Guatemala, 2:0 W, Washington, DC
  5. November 10, 1996, USA v Trinidad & Tobago, 2:0 W, Richmond, VA
  6. August 7, 1997, USA v Ecuador, 0:1 L, Baltimore, MD
  7. October 3, 1997, USA v Jamaica, 1:1 D, Washington, DC
  8. May 30, 1998, USA v Scotland, 0:0 D, Washington, DC
  9. June 13, 1999, USA v Argentina, 1:0 W, Washington, DC
  10. June 3, 2000, USA v South Africa, 4:0 W, Washington, DC
  11. September 3, 2000, USA v Guatemala, 1:0 W, Washington, DC
  12. September 1, 2001, USA v Honduras, 2:3 L, Washington, DC
  13. November 17, 2002, USA v El Salvador, 2:0 W, Washington, DC
  14. April 1, 2009, USA v Trinidad & Tobago, 3:0 W, Nashville, TN
My record is 9 wins, 2 draws, and 3 losses. Most of those games came during the 1995-9 period when I was living in DC the US basically used RFK as their home stadium.  This didn't work out to well when the other team had a large population of immigrants in the area and they outnumbered the "home" crowd (see Honduras).  Fortunately, there's little chance of Paraguay crowding out US fans on the 29th. 

How many caps do you have?

1 comment:

  1. According to this link from the Rocket City United website, the club will provide bus travel to the game free of charge to those who wish to attend. Is this plan still a go with RCU? If so you might find ways to mention it on your blog in the next several days. I would go myself but have work commitments which will prevent me.