Bradley selects 18-man roster for Japan

February 16, 2007

U.S. U-23 head coach Bob Bradley has selected 18 players to travel to Kumamoto, Japan, for a two-match tour highlighted by a Feb. 21 meeting with the Japan U-22 men's national team. From the initial roster of 23 players that began training camp on Feb. 10 in Carson, six have been returned to their clubs.

The team will arrive into Kumamoto on Sunday. The matches against Japan and JFL side Rosso Kumamoto are the first two of the campaign in preparation for qualifying for the 2008 Olympics, and the first under Bradley.

U.S. U-23 Roster

GOALKEEPERS (2): Justin Hughes (Colorado Rapids), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake).

DEFENDERS (7): Sean Franklin (Cal State Northridge University), Hunter Freeman (Colorado Rapids), Michael Harrington (Kansas City Wizards), Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Nathan Sturgis (Los Angeles Galaxy), Rob Valentino (University of San Francisco), Tim Ward (Columbus Crew).

MIDFIELDERS (5): Arturo Alvarez (FC Dallas), Quavas Kirk (Los Angeles Galaxy), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Peter Lowry (Santa Clara University), Ryan Solle (New England Revolution).

FORWARDS (4): Adam Cristman (New England Revolution), Jacob Peterson (Colorado Rapids), Jamie Watson (Real Salt Lake), Sal Zizzo (UCLA).