During the course of Bob Bradley’s announcement of his 30-man US Men’s National Team training camp roster Tuesday afternoon, the names Clint Dempsey, Pat Noonan, Michael Parkhurst, Matt Reis and Taylor Twellman all emerged. After the customary merry holiday cheer and well wishes for a Happy New Year, the Revolution quintet will soon be packing their bags and heading cross-country, destination Carlson, CA, to heed the call and report to training camp, which will commence on January 4. The five representatives from New England are second only to DC United (six) in terms of the most represented MLS club on the Bradley’s roster.
For Parkhurst, the announcement of his first US MNT camp invitation represents what has to be another feather in the hat for the 2005 MLS Rookie of the Year. The Cranston, RI, native has been a solid defender within a Revolution contingent that allowed the fewest goals (35) during the 2006 MLS season. Just weeks ago, his Generation adidas counterparts came away with a 2-1 record in a 10-day tour overseas after facing English reserve team competition.
Dempsey leads the Revolution contingent with 23 career caps, followed by Twellman (19), Noonan (13) and Reis (1). In fact, it was Dempsey who scored the lone US goal during the 2006 World Cup, on a cracking shot fed to him by DeMarcus Beasely during the 2-1 loss to Ghana. Noonan, Reis and Twellman were named as US MNT alternates for the World Cup, but were not called to Germany by former US MNT manager Bruce Arena for the event.
The reporting date of January 4 is in preparation for the January 20, 2007 tilt vs. Denmark, which will take place at The Home Depot Center in Carlson, CA. The match will be the US MNT’s first game action in nearly six months, after their 2-1 loss to Ghana during the World Cup on June 22, 2006.