Arena invites 34 players to January camp

U.S. coach Bruce Arena has named 34 players to his training camp roster for the team's first session of 2000, which begins Jan. 5 in Claremont, Calif. The camp will last nine days in preparation of the team's Jan. 14 arrival into Los Angeles for its showdown with Iran on Jan. 16 at the Rose Bowl (live on ESPN at 2 p.m. PT). "This is as close to a full team that we've had since I've been coach," said Arena. "Obviously this is a critical year for us with World Cup qualifying approaching at the end of summer, so it's important for us to start on a positive note. We want to make some real progress in 2000, but that can only be measured by what we do when qualifying starts." Following their match with Iran, the U.S. men will travel to Chile for the first time on Jan. 25 for a match on Jan. 29 in Coquimbo. The team's January schedule is being used as preparation for the 2000 Gold Cup, being staged in Miami and then San Diego and Los Angeles from Feb. 12-27. U.S. Training Camp Roster Agoos, Jeff (D.C. United) Armas, Chris (Chicago Fire) Balboa, Marcelo (Colorado Rapids) Berhalter, Gregg (Cambuur/Netherlands) Brown, C.J. (Chicago Fire) Cherundolo, Steve (Hannover 96/Germany) Deering, Chad (Dallas Burn) Friedel, Brad (Liverpool/England) Gutierrez, Henry (Miami Fusion) Harkes, John (New England) Hartman, Kevin (Los Angeles Galaxy) Hejduk, Frankie (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany) Jones, Cobi (Los Angeles Galaxy) Kirovski, Jovan (Borussia Dortmund/Germany) Kreis, Jason (Dallas Burn) Lassiter, Roy (Miami Fusion) Lewis, Eddie (San Jose Clash) Llamosa, Carlos (D.C. United) Mathis, Clint (Los Angeles) McBride, Brian (Columbus Crew) Meola, Tony (Kansas City Wizards) O'Brien, John (Ajax/Netherlands) Olsen, Ben (D.C. United) Presthus, Tom (D.C. United) Ralston, Steve (Tampa Bay Mutiny) Razov, Ante (Chicago Fire) Regis, David (Metz/France) Reyna, Claudio (Glasgow Rangers/Scotland) Sanneh, Tony (Hertha Berlin/Germany) Talley, Carey (D.C. United) Thornton, Zach (Chicago Fire) Vanney, Greg (Los Angeles) Williams, Richie (D.C. United) Wynalda, Eric (Saarbruecken/Germany)
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