Bradley names home-based squad
Forward Brian Ching and defender Michael Orozco are among the 23 home-based players called up by USA coach Bob Bradley for a training camp prior to this month's 2010 FIFA World Cup™ tune-up against El Salvador.
The group features 21 players from the training camp that preceded a 23 January friendly against Honduras, and 10 of the 11 players that started that match - which Honduras won 3-1. The 24 February match against El Salvador in Tampa, Florida, will be one of the last before the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad is named in May.
New additions to the training camp roster are Ching, who plays for the Houston Dynamo and was a member of the Germany 2006 squad, and Orozco. Ching is the veteran on the roster with 10 goals in 43 international appearances. Orozco was acquired by the Major League Soccer expansion club Philadelphia Union on 29 January from the Mexican club San Luis.
"These are important opportunities for these players as we continue to formulate our plans for the roster for the World Cup," Bradley said. "This camp and the game against El Salvador provide a chance for the coaching staff to get one more long look at this group.
"El Salvador demonstrated during World Cup qualifying that they are a difficult team to beat, so we expect a good match. We had great fan support in our last visit to Raymond James Stadium, and we are looking forward to getting back to Tampa."
USA, preparing for a sixth consecutive FIFA World Cup appearance, will meet England on 12 June in their opener in South Africa and then also face Slovenia and Algeria in the first round.