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USA aims to end skid against Swiss
by Paul Kennedy, October 17th, 2007 7AM



You have to go back more than 30 years to find when the USA lost at least six international matches in a row, but Bob Bradley's Americans will match that mark if they lose on Wednesday to Switzerland at Basel's St. Jakob Park (TV: Fox Soccer Channel, live, 2:30 pm ET; Galavision, delay, 7 pm ET/PT).

After a 10-0-1 start that culminated in its 2-1 victory over Mexico in the final of the 2007 Gold Cup, the USA has lost its last five games under Bradley, going down to defeat in all three matches at the Copa America and falling to Sweden and Brazil in recent friendlies.

The USA lost 12 games in a row in 1973-75. That streak included the legendary German coach Dettmar Cramer's two-game run as national team coach. It also included Bruce Arena's one game in goal for the USA against Israel.

With the MLS playoffs just around the corner, Bradley is going with a team dominated by European-based players. Eleven players on the current roster are age-eligible for the 2008 Olympic Games: Freddy Adu, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Robbie Findley, Tally Hall, Steve Purdy, Chris Seitz, Danny Szetela, Preston Zimmerman and Sal Zizzo.

Adu has only played briefly since his much-publicized transfer to Benfica, but that more than some of the others have played. Hall, Purdy, Szetela, Zimmerman and Zizzo have yet to play for their clubs in a first-team league game.

HISTORY. The USA will be searching for its first win over Switzerland in seven games. The Swiss lead the series with three wins and three ties. The most memorable meeting took place in the teams' opening match of USA '94 on June 18 at the Silverdome, where Eric Wynalda's free kick goal just before halftime gave the USA a 1-1 tie a crucial point that would eventually allow it to advance to the knockout phase.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Marcus Hahnemann (Reading/England), Tally Hall (Esbjerg/Denmark), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham/England), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/Germany), Dan Califf (AaB/Denmark), Jay Demerit (Watford/England), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege/Belgium), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock/Germany), Steve Purdy (1860 Munich/Germany)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (Benfica/Portugal), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers/Scotland), Michael Bradley (Heerenveen), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County/England), Eddie Lewis (Derby County/England), Danny Szetela (Racing Santander/Spain).
FORWARDS (5): Clint Dempsey (Fulham/England), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution), Preston Zimmerman (Hamburg/Germany), Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96/Germany).

Switzerland Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Diego Benaglio (Nacional Funchal/Portugal), Fabio Coltorti (Racing Santander/Spain), Germano (FC Sion), Pascal Zuberbuehler (Neuchatel Xamax).
DEFENDERS (6): Johan Djourou (Birmingham City/England), Stephane Grichting (Auxerre/France), Stephan Lichsteiner (Lille/France), Ludovic Magnin (VfB Stuttgart/Germany), Christoph Spycher (Ein. Frankfurt/Germany), Steve Von Bergen (Hertha Berlin/Germany).
MIDFIELDERS (5): Tranquillo Barnetta (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany), Fabio Celestini (Getafe/Spain), Gelson Fernandes (Manchester City/England), Gokhan Inler (Udinese/Italy), Xavier Margairaz (Osasuna/Spain).
FORWARDS (5): David Degen (FC Basel), Daniel Gygax (Metz/France), Blaise Nkufo (Twente/Netherlands), Marco Streller (FC Basel), Hakan Yakin (Young Boys).

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