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US World Cup Football Team Unveiled


The final 23-man roster for the U.S. World Cup team has been unveiled. It is a blend of veterans and newcomers who will play in Germany in June.

U.S. coach Bruce Arena Tuesday named 12 players who were part of the successful 2002 World Cup squad that reached the quarterfinals in South Korea and Japan. He added 11 players who are joining the team for the first time.

Forward Brian Ching of U.S. Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo, defender Jimmy Conrad and forward Eddie Johnson, both of the Kansas City Wizards, are among the newcomers selected.

Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Kasey Keller, Fulham striker Brian McBride, Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Claudio Reyna of Manchester City are among the returning veterans.

The U.S. team's final training camp opens May 10 in Cary, North Carolina. At the World Cup in Germany, the United States opens against the Czech Republic on June 12, meets Italy five days later and closes the first round against Ghana on June 22.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.
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