Harkes called in for Confederations Cup.
DENVER (Friday, July 16, 1999) -- Midfielder John Harkes was added to the United States’ Confederations Cup roster today, marking a return to the U.S. national team after an absence of 16 months.
Harkes replaces David Regis, who in the last 36 hours has developed swelling in his left knee and will not be available for the Cup which will be played between July 24 and August 4 in Mexico.
"I called John in because he's in good form right now," said U.S. coach Bruce Arena. "He's an experienced player and will give us some cover in the midfield."
Although the Americans’ official 20-player roster for Mexico was submitted to FIFA on Wednesday, U.S. Soccer received verbal approval from the sport's world governing body to make the roster substitution, which according to FIFA regulations can be done for medical reasons prior to the tournament. Written documentation from FIFA is expected in the next day.
Regis entered camp this week healthy after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on June 1 to clean out loose cartilage. The speedy defender suffered the knee injury earlier this year while playing with his club, F.C. Metz in France.
Harkes, the long-time team captain who has six goals in 86 international appearances, last played for the United States on February 25, 1998 in a 2-0 loss to Belgium. He was dropped by then-coach Steve Sampson before the 1998 World Cup in a much-publicized and debated event.
The U.S. opens Confederations Cup play against New Zealand on July 24 at 3:30 p.m. (ET), Brazil on July 28 at 9:30 p.m. and Germany July 30 at 7 p.m. All three of the USA's matches -- and the entire Group B schedule -- will be played at the Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara.
The matches in Group A, which include Mexico, Egypt, Bolivia and Saudi Arabia, will take place at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Only the top two teams in each group will advance to the semifinals.
U.S. Confederations Cup roster
Goalkeepers: Brad Friedel (Liverpool), Kasey Keller (to be determined).
Defenders: Jeff Agoos (D.C. United), Marcelo Balboa (Colorado Rapids), Gregg Berhalter (Cambuur Leeuwarden), C.J. Brown (Chicago Fire), Robin Fraser (Los Angeles Galaxy), Carlos Llamosa (D.C. United).
Midfielders: Chris Armas (Chicago Fire), Frankie Hejduk (Bayern Leverkusen), Eddie Lewis (San Jose Clash), Ben Olsen (D.C. United), Richie Williams (D.C. United).
Forwards: Paul Bravo (Colorado Rapids), Cobie Jones (Los Angeles Galaxy), Jovan Kirovski (Borussia Dortmund), Brian McBride (Columbus Crew), Joe-Max Moore (New England Revolution), Ernie Stewart (NAC Breda).