2009 Confederations Cup: Team USA announced

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Luis Robles (Kaiserslautern)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Danny Califf (Midtjylland ), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Xerez), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Charlie Davies (Hammarby), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)

The US is in a very tough group with current Confederation Cup champion Brazil, World Cup winners Italy, and African champions Egypt. Their campaign begins June 15th against Italy.
The USA had their best showing in the 1999 Confederations Cup, when they finished third. Their high point was a 2-0 defeat of a German team led by Lothar Matthaus which also featured Jens Lehmann, Mehmet Scholl, and Michael Ballack. The goals came from Joe Max Moore and Ben Olson. With Frankie Hejduk out with injuries there is no one left in the present team that participated in the 1999 competition. The USA lost to Mexico in the semi-finals on a goal scored by Chicago Fire’s Cuauhtemoc Blanco. El Tri went onto win the Cup beating Brazil, 4-3 in a thriller. The 1999 Cup also launched Ronaldinho’s international career with his six goals and the Golden Player and Golden Boot award.

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