Former Stanford Star Called Up to National Team

June 25, 2009

CHICAGO - Former Stanford soccer star Chad Marshall was named to the United States National Team that will play in July's Gold Cup, head coach Bob Bradley announced Thursday.

After the U.S. plays Brazil in the Confederations Cup final on Sunday, it must begin preparations for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, to take place July 3-26, in the U.S. The biennial event decides the champion of North and Central America and the Caribbean region.

The 23-member squad includes four players on the Confederations Cup side -- Freddy Adu, Charlie Davies, Heath Pearce and Luis Robles -- as well as injured regulars Steve Cherundolo and Brian Ching. The team will gather June 30 in Seattle.

Marshall, in his sixth season with Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, has four international caps and has scored one goal for the U.S.

He helped lead Stanford to the 2002 NCAA Final under coach Bret Simon and was named national Freshman of the Year by Soccer America. Marshall, a defender, played one more season at Stanford, earning All-Pacific-10 Conference first-team honors in 2003, before moving on to the pros after being a first-round choice by the Crew in the MLS SuperDraft.

Twelve teams will vie for the Gold Cup, including regional power Mexico. The U.S. has won four of the nine tournaments, including the past two. Its 2007 victory qualified the team for the Confederations Cup in South Africa.

The following is the United States' first-round group-play schedule (all times Pacific):

July 4 (Sat.): U.S. vs. Grenada, in Seattle (Qwest Field), 6 p.m.
July 8 (Wed.): U.S. vs. Honduras, in Washington, D.C. (RFK Stadium), 6 p.m.
July 11 (Sat.): U.S. vs. Haiti, in Foxborough, Mass. (Gillette Stadium), 4 p.m.

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