U.S. by the numbers: Sampson confirms his 22.
CHICAGO (Tuesday, June 2, 1998) -- United States coach Steve Sampson made
official what he had confirmed on Saturday -- his 22-man squad to participate in
the 1998 World Cup in France, which starts June 10 in Paris with Scotland meeting
defending champion Brazil.
Today was the deadline for the 32 participating nations to submit their
rosters to FIFA, the world governing body.
For the first time in U.S. Soccer history, all 22 American players have first
division professional experience, compared to 10 players in 1994 and five players in 1990.
"I am very happy with these 22 players," Sampson said. "I believe the blend
of experience and youth will lift this team to greater levels. We are a confident
group right now."
The U.S. team will go into its opener on June 15 against three-time World Cup
champion, Germany, with a four-game shutout streak. The last goal surrendered by
the U.S. defense came in the 75th minute on March 14 in a 2-2 tie with Paraguay,
making the scoreless streak 375 minutes.
The U.S. World Cup team by the numbers:
International appearances (caps): 53.
Goals scored: 6.
Tallest: Juergen Sommer (6-5).
Shortest: Tab Ramos and Cobi Jones (5-7).
Oldest: Thomas Dooley (37).
Youngest: Frankie Hejduk (23).
Most capped: Marcelo Balboa (126).
Least capped: David Regis (2).
States of residence: California 7, Florida 2, Michigan 2, New Jersey
2, Texas 2.
Regional breakdown: West (IV) - 8; South (III) - 5; Midwest (II) -
5; East (I) - 3. (David Regis has no U.S. residence.)
Colleges: UCLA 4, Indiana 3, San Diego State 2, Virginia 2.
Club teams: Columbus Crew 4, VfL Wolfsburg (Germany) 2, New England
Revolution 2, (Washington) D.C. United 2, Tampa Bay Mutiny 2, (New Jersey)
Players in Major League Soccer: 16.
Players playing abroad (6): Chad Deering, Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller,
Regis, Claudio Reyna, Ernie Stewart.
Players on U.S. 1994 World Cup team (13): Balboa, Burns, Dooley,
Friedel, Jones, Alexi Lalas, Joe-Max Moore, Ramos, Reyna, Sommer, Stewart,
Roy Wegerle, Eric Wynalda.
Players on U.S. 1990 World Cup team (4): Balboa, Keller, Ramos, Wynalda.
Players on all three World Cup teams (3): Balboa, Ramos, Wynalda.
Players with World Cup goals (2): Stewart and Wynalda (one each).
Number of players who have played professionally abroad: 1998 - 22;
1994 - 13; 1990 - 5.
Players with first division pro experience: professional experience:
1998- 22; 1994 - 10; 1990- 5.
Players born outside of U.S. (7): Agoos, Dooley, Preki Radosavljevic,
Ramos, Regis, Stewart, Wegerle.
Played in 1995 Copa America (13): Balboa, Burns, Dooley, Friedel,
Jones, Keller, Lalas, Moore, Ramos, Reyna, Sommer, Stewart, Wynalda.
Players who did not play World Cup qualifying (2): Deering, Regis.