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    Final World Cup training will be done in Cary, N.C.; knee ails Albright..

    CHICAGO (Thursday, January 19, 2006) -- The United States men will return to the friendly confines of SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. for their final training camp before departing for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

    The Americans will spend approximately two weeks training in Cary, starting May 9. The team's itinerary in North Carolina has not been finalized.

    "We're extremely pleased that Cary will once again be our base for training camp prior to the World Cup," U.S. manager Bruce Arena told the U.S. Soccer Federation web site. "The facilities are outstanding and our players and staff felt extremely welcome in the area. There's no question the camp in Cary was important to our success in the 2002 World Cup, and we're looking forward to another great experience as we prepare our team for Germany."

    The U.S. used Cary as its base of operations prior to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan, and the Americans surprised the world by reaching the quarterfinals for the first time in 71 years. During the camp that kicked off May 1 of that year, the national team played a friendly against the Richmond Kickers of the second-division A-League (now the United Soccer Leagues Division I) at SAS Soccer Park.

    "It is an honor to welcome these outstanding players to Cary," Cary Mayor Ernie McAlister said. "Hosting this camp for the second time in a row only strengthens the fact that our facilities are second to none, and we look forward to bringing more professional players to Cary to take advantage of our recreational resources."

    Discussion for Cary to serve as a site for a U.S. men's training camp began in September and dialogue continued until U.S. assistant coach Glenn Myernick visited the stadium in December. Negotiations intensified and a contract was signed earlier this month.

    The U.S. was drawn into the World Cup's Group E with the Czech Republic, Ghana, and Italy. The Americans open against the Czechs June 12 in Gelsenkirchen. Five days later, The U.S. takes on Italy in Kaiserslautern. On June 22, the U.S. battles Ghana in Nurnburg to end the group phase.

    The U.S. will use the northern port city of Hamburg as its base of operations throughout the event that begins June 9 and runs until July 9.


    Albright will miss 3-6 weeks with bad knee

    CARSON, Calif. -- U.S. men's defender Chris Albright will be sidelined three-to-six weeks after exploratory surgery revealed a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee.

    The tear was repaired by U.S. national-team doctor Bert Mandelbaum in Los Angeles.

    The 27-year-old defender suffered the injury January 5 during the first full day of the current training camp. An initial MRI revealed no damage.


    U.S. training camp roster at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
    (teams in parentheses; all teams from MLS, unless otherwise noted)

    Goalkeepers (4): Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles Galaxy), Matt Reis (New England Revolution), Zach Wells (MetroStars).

    Defenders (6): Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Todd Dunivant (Los Angeles), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Ugo Ihemelu (Los Angeles), Heath Pearce (FC Nordsjślland, Denmark), Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake).

    Midfielders (11): Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Brian Carroll (D.C. United), Clint Dempsey (New England), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Chris Klein (Kansas City, Kyle Martino (Columbus), Pat Noonan (New England), Ben Olsen (D.C. United), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United), Steve Ralston (New England), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards).

    Forwards (6): Brian Ching (Houston), Nate Jaqua (Chicago Fire), Eddie Johnson (FC Dallas), Chris Rolfe (Chicago), Taylor Twellman (New England), Josh Wolff (Kansas City).

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