July 15, 1999
After five days of training in Denver, Bruce Arena has named the 20 players who will represent the United States at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico. Leading the team are five former UCLA players - Brad Friedel, Frankie Hejduk, Cobi Jones, Eddie Lewis and Joe-Max Moore.
The eight-team tournament, which runs from July 24 - Aug. 4, is the first test for the U.S. national team in a FIFA competition since the 1998 World Cup in France.
The U.S. has been training in Denver (altitude 5,280 feet) all week in preparation for the conditions the team will face in Guadalajara (5,000 feet).
The United States will open the Confederations Cup against New Zealand on July 24 (2:30 p.m. CT), continue on to face Brazil on July 28 (8:30 p.m. CT) and will close out group play against reigning European Champion Germany on July 30 (6 p.m. CT). All three of the USA's matches and the entire Group B schedule will be played at the Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara. The matches in Group A, which includes Mexico, Egypt, Bolivia and Saudi Arabia, will take place at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Only the top two teams in each group will advance to the semifinals.
On July 16, the 12 members of the U.S. team who will participate in the MLS All- Star Game will depart Denver to join the festivities in San Diego. The U.S. national team will gather as a group in Dallas on Sunday (July 18) to make the trek to Guadalajara.
Here is the U.S. roster:
Goalkeepers -- Brad Friedel (Liverpool, England), Kasey Keller (out of contract from Leicester, England).
Defenders -- Jeff Agoos (D.C. United), Marcelo Balboa (Colorado Rapids), Gregg Berhalter (Cambuur, Netherlands), C.J. Brown (Chicago Fire), Robin Fraser (Los Angeles Galaxy), Carlos Llamosa (D.C. United), David Regis (Metz, France).
Midfielders -- Chris Armas (Chicago Fire), Frankie Hejduk (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Cobi Jones (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Lewis (San Jose Clash), Ben Olsen (D.C. United), Richie Williams (D.C. United).
Forwards -- Paul Bravo (Colorado Rapids), Jovan Kirovski (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Brian McBride (Columbus Crew), Joe-Max Moore (New England Revolution), Ernie Stewart (NAC Breda, Netherlands).