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Nine World Cup 2002 vets on roster for Mexico match
April 29th, 2003 3:21PM

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The 18-man roster U.S. coach Bruce Arena has named for the May 8 friendly against Mexico in Houston includes nine players from the 2002 World Cup squad. Six of them -- Brian McBride, Landon Donovan, Eddie Pope, Pablo Mastroeni, Earnie Stewart and Cobi Jones -- played against Mexico in the second-round 2-0 victory that earned the Americans a quarterfinal appearance.

Clint Mathis, a World Cup player who didn't see action against Mexico in Korea, returns to the national team after recovering from a hernia injury. DaMarcus Beasley and Frankie Hejduk round out the list of World Cup veterans on the roster.

''The match against Mexico is another important element in our preparation for the upcoming tournaments this summer [Confederations Cup and Gold Cup],'' said Arena. ''A match against one of our biggest rivals in front of a huge crowd is a great learning experience for our younger players, and provides another important step as we continue to build our team in advance of World Cup qualifying next year. We expect it to be a great challenge.''

The USA-Mexico match (8 pm ET live on ESPN2 & Telemundo) also marks the return of Chris Armas, who was downed with an ACL tear one month before the World Cup.

U.S. ROSTER FOR MEXICO GAME:

Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (MetroStars) 5 caps/0 goals Adin Brown (New England) 0/0

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Chicago) 11/2 Dan Califf (Los Angeles) 5/0 Nick Garcia (Kansas City) 4/0 Frankie Hejduk (Columbus) 45/5 Eddie Pope (MetroStars) 56/5

Midfielders: Chris Armas (Chicago) 46/2 DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago) 19/3 Bobby Convey (D.C. United) 7/0 Chris Klein (Kansas City) 11/2 Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado) 18/0 Richard Mulrooney (San Jose) 6/0 Earnie Stewart (D.C. United) 85/15

Forwards: Landon Donovan (San Jose) 33/8 Cobi Jones (Los Angeles) 159/14 Clint Mathis (MetroStars) 29/11 Brian McBride (Columbus) 66/20



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