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US Team Named for Preliminary Soccer Match Before World Cup


United States National Soccer Team coach Bruce Arena has named 18-players to face Jamaica on April 11 in Cary, North Carolina, in the last match before announcing his 23-man roster for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Goalkeeper Tony Meola, who was the starter for Team USA at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, is among the players named by Arena. The keeper, 37, who has not played for the national squad since May of 2002, will be making his 100th international appearance.

Arena said Tuesday it is an honor for him "and U.S. Soccer to recognize Tony's achievements" by watching him earn his 100th cap for his country.

Star midfielder Landon Donovan also returns to the team after an injury caused him to miss the March 22 road loss to Germany. Other Major League Soccer players included on the roster include Eddie Pope, Ben Olsen, Taylor Twellman, Josh Wolff, Eddie Johnson, and Frankie Hejduk.

The United States is undefeated in 16 meetings with Jamaica, with nine wins, no losses and seven draws against the so-called Reggae Boyz.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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