Three Bruins Named To U.S. Olympic Soccer Team
July 17, 2008
UCLA alumni Benny Feilhaber (2003-04), Patrick Ianni (2003-05) and Marvell Wynne (2004-05) were selected to the 18-man U.S. Olympic soccer squad today. In addition, Frankie Hejduk (1992-94) was named as an alternate.
Feilhaber, a midfielder for Derby County in England, was a walk-on at UCLA in 2003 and 2004. After a sophomore season in which he earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors, he was called up to play with the U.S. Under-20 National Team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships. Feilhaber starred for the U.S. at WYC and parlayed his success into a professional contract with Hamburg SV in the German Bundesliga. In 2007, he moved on to the English Premier League, playing for Derby County. Feilhaber is a regular with the U.S. Men's National Team, recording 16 caps in the last two years.
Ianni, a defender with the Houston Dynamo, earned second-team NSCAA All-America honors in 2005 and was a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy. In 2004, he was named the Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year. After his junior season at UCLA, he was selected by the Dynamo as the No. 8 overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft and has been a member of two MLS Cup championship teams.
Wynne, a defender with Toronto FC, was a first-team NSCAA All-American and M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalist as a sophomore at UCLA. The No. 1 pick by the New York Red Bulls in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft, Wynne was named the team's 2006 Young Player of the Year and then was traded in 2007 to Toronto FC, where he has been a full-time starter for the upstart club. Wynne got his first cap with the U.S. Men's National Team at the 2007 Copa America.
Feilhaber, Ianni and Wynne were all starters on the U.S. Under-20 World Youth Championships team that made history in 2005 by recording three consecutive shutouts.
Hejduk, a defender with the Columbus Crew and a six-time MLS All-Star, was an NSCAA All-American at UCLA in 1994. He has amassed 78 career caps with the full national team and was selected to the U.S. Olympic teams in 1996 and 2000. Hejduk was also named to the U.S. World Cup teams in 20206, 2002 and 1998.
UCLA has now produced 19 Olympians in men's soccer. The Bruins had four players (Brad Friedel, Hejduk, Pete Vagenas and Sasha Victorine) on the 2000 Olympic squad that finished a U.S.-best fourth at the Games. Six Bruins were on the 1992 squad, the most from any collegiate institution.
2008 U.S. MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Danny Szetela (Brescia Calcio)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Brian McBride (out of contract), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
Quotes courtesy U.S. Soccer:
Defender Marvell Wynne:
On being part of the Olympic experience:
Growing up, I think every one of us watched the Olympics and wondered if we could ever be a part of it. To be able to say that I'm going to make it there is pretty amazing.
On being an Olympian:
The fact that we're going to China and going to be part of the Olympics is just being a part of something that a small percentage of people in the world will ever experience. It's something that no one can ever take away from us. We are now and forever Olympians, and that's something special.