REAL SALT LAKE FORWARD ROBBIE FINDLEY NAMED TO USA ROSTER FOR FRIENDLY v. BRAZIL
Striker to Be Reunited with Head Coach Bob Bradley for High-Profile Contest next Tuesday, Aug. 10 at New Meadowlands Stadium;
Findley to Be Available for RSL for Both Games of Club’s Upcoming Road Trip to Kansas City & Philadelphia
SANDY, Utah (Wednesday, August 4, 2010) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named 18 players to the roster that will face five-time FIFA World Cup champions Brazil on Tuesday, Aug. 10, for the USA’s first match since the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Included in that group is Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley, who will be looking to tack onto an already memorable year with the U.S. Men’s National Team after his three-“cap” performance with the Red, White & Blue in South Africa in June.
With the U.S. side not gathering in the New York City area until Sunday, Findley will be available for selection for Real Salt Lake’s road contest at the Kansas City Wizards this Saturday, Aug. 7 (6:30 p.m. MT, live on KUSG 2.2/Comcast 111). Findley is also expected to rejoin his RSL teammates in time for next Wednesday’s contest at the Philadelphia Union in what will mark the defending MLS Cup champion’s first-ever visit to the new PPL Park in Chester, Penn. (5:30 p.m. MT kickoff, live on KUSG 2.2 / Comcast 111).
More than 55,000 tickets have already been sold for the first meeting between the United States and Brazil at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. MT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, Univision and ESPN Deportes Radio (1600-AM locally). Fans can also follow the match live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer.
Findley is one of 14 players on the U.S. roster for the Brazil match that were part of the squad that led the U.S. to a first place finish in group play at the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 80 years. The team’s dramatic performances garnered record television ratings for the ESPN and Univision Networks and captured the imagination of millions of Americans.
“This game is a great opportunity to showcase many players from the World Cup team who earned the respect and appreciation of fans across the country," said Bradley. “At the same time, our goal continues to be to compete and succeed against the best teams in the world. With an extremely talented group of players, Brazil will be another difficult test.”
With his three starting nods against England, Slovenia, and Ghana during the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Findley has now amassed nine career appearances (seven starts) with the U.S. senior squad, eight of which have already come in 2010. After making appearances in three friendlies across the winter (Jan. 23 v. Honduras, Feb. 24 v. El Salvador & March 3 @ Holland), Findley would be named to the 30-man preliminary World Cup roster on May 11 and made the final cut two weeks later, after which he would also take part in tune-up contests against Turkey (May 29) and Australia (May 5) before the tournament began.
The United States and Brazil last met in the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, where the U.S. jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Clint Dempsey and Donovan before Brazil rallied for a 3-2 victory.
The U.S. played six times in the former Giants Stadium, collecting a 3-1-2 record. After defeating Panama in the final of the 2005 Gold Cup, the U.S. played then No. 1-ranked Argentina to a thrilling 0-0 draw on June 8, 2008, in front of more than 78,000 fans.
U.S. MNT Roster by Position Click
here for detailed roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston
Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra
(Saint-Étienne), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover),
Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Jonathan Spector
(West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya
(Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Landon Donovan (Los
Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Jermaine
Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
FORWARDS (3): Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Pachuca)