Arena calls in 16 to travel to Morocco for Wednesday friendly.(Friday, November 12, 1999) -- A small squad of 16 players has been called in by United States national team coach Bruce Arena for Wednesday's match against Morocco at Harti Stadium in Marrakech's at 2 p.m. (ET).
There will be no television broadcast of the match.
In other news, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced a match against Iran January 16 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Missing from the squad because of minor injuries will be midfielders Tony Sanneh and John O'Brien. Also not called up is forward Ernie Stewart because his club team is playing this weekend.
The European-based contingent called in features standouts midfielder Claudio Reyna (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland) and goalkeeper Kasey Keller (Rayo Vallecano, Spain). Also coming to Morocco from Europe are goalkeeper Brad Friedel (Liverpool, England), defenders Gregg Berhalter (Cambuur Leeuwarden, the Netherlands), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany) and David Regis (Metz, France) as well as midfielders Jovan Kirovski (Borussia Dortmund, Germany) and Frankie Hejduk (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany).
Forward Joe-Max Moore, who is about to sign with English Premier League side Everton, will travel to Morocco and then head for England.
Coming from the United States and Major League Soccer are Chicago Fire midfielder Chris Armas and defender C.J. Brown; striker Jason Kreis and defender\midfielder Chad Deering from the Dallas Burn; Miami Fusion forward Eric Wynalda and defender Brian Kamler; and forward Steve Ralston from the Tampa Bay Mutiny.
Players from D.C. United, the Columbus Crew and the Los Angeles Galaxy were not considered because the teams are still in contention for the MLS championship.
The match will be extremely important for both Wynalda and Deering. Wynalda is coming off a serious injury and needs a solid appearance to get back into the national team on a regular basis. For Deering, this is his first call-up since Arena took over the squad a year ago and this will a chance to impress.
Morocco is currently rated No. 28 by world governing body FIFA and is Africa's top-rated nation.