U.S. SOCCER: Arena calls 28 players to training camp

In the wake of an agreement between U.S. Soccer and the national team playersÆ union to continue negotiations while competing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, Coach Bruce Arena has called in 27 MLS players and one USL player to training camp at the Home Depot Center to prepare for the Feb. 9 qualifier at Trinidad & Tobago.

Clyde Simms of the USLÆs Richmond Kickers, one of 22 replacement players brought into camp last Monday, has been retained by Arena.

The USA will depart for Trinidad on Feb. 7 after relocating to South Florida, where several European-based players are expected to join the squad after competing in their league matches that weekend.

U.S. training camp roster:

GOALKEEPERS

Jon Busch (Columbus Crew), Joe Cannon (Colorado Rapids), Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles Galaxy), Nick Rimando (D.C. United);

DEFENDERS

Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Nick Garcia (Kansas City Wizards), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Ritchie Kotschau (Colorado Rapids), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Eddie Pope (MetroStars), Tony Sanneh (Columbus Crew).

MIDFIELDERS

Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), Diego Gutierrez (Kansas City Wizards), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Clint Mathis (Real Salt Lake), Brian Mullan (San Jose Earthquakes), Ben Olsen (D.C. United), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution), Clyde Simms (Richmond Kickers).

FORWARDS

Brian Ching (San Jose Earthquakes), Alecko Eskandarian (D.C. United), Ed Johnson (FC Dallas), Mike Magee (MetroStars), Pat Noonan (New England Revolution), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards)

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