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American Soccer Team in World Cup Football 2006
This is the 5th time for the U.S. Menís National Team to qualify consecutively for the World Cup. Earlier the team appeared in the World Cup in 1930, 1934, and 1950. The United States Soccer team has been drawn into the Group E with the Czech Republic, Ghana and Italy in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
The U.S. will be the country which opens Group E play against Czech Republic on June 12 in Gelsenkirchen. That game will be followed with matches against three-time World Cup champions Italy on June 17 in Kaiserslautern and against Ghana in Nuremberg on June 22. Under the condition the U.S. team advances to the second round, it would play against a team from Group F (Brazil, Australia, Croatia and Japan) in either Dortmund (June 27) or Kaiserslautern (June 26).
After a 4-year process in which the U. S. has used 85 players in 59 general matches, the manager of the U.S. Menís National Team, Bruce Arena has selected the 23 players who will proudly represent the United States at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. There are five players in the U.S. team who have played professionally in Germany (Cherundolo, Keller, Donovan, Reyna and McBride).
There are four forwards in the U.S. team: Eddie Johnson (2006), Brian Ching (2006), Josh Wolff (2002, 2006), Brian McBride (1998, 2002, 2006) (Raindull, L., 2001)
The United States Menís National Team started its World Cup preparations on January 4. The preparations were started at the National Training Center in Carson, California with a six-week training camp and with a series of test matches. The Men's National Team remained undefeated in eight out of ten test games played this year. In May, the team was reconvened for a final training camp. The team played Morocco (0:1), Venezuela (2:0) and Latvia (1:0) in a three game Send-Off Series in May. The team has got their highest ever position in the FIFA World Rankings in April 2006. In such a way it moved up one spot to fourth place. This puts the team in front of lots of traditional football countries.
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