Five UCLA Alumni Called Into U.S. National Team Camp For World Cup Qualifying
May 27, 2009
Five UCLA soccer alumni are amongst 24 players who have been called into U.S. National Team training camp in advance of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica (June 3) and Honduras (June 6). Four of those five Bruins are defenders - Carlos Bocanegra (1997-99), Jonathan Bornstein (2004-05), Frankie Hejduk (1992-94) and Marvell Wynne (2004-05). The fifth is midfielder Benny Feilhaber (2003-04).
Hejduk has the most caps of the Bruin players with 84 in his career, to go along with seven goals. Bocanegra has 65 caps and 10 goals. Feilhaber has 16 caps and two goals, Bornstein has 14 caps and one goal, and Wynne has two caps and one goal.
The U.S. is in first place in the final round hexagonal with a 2-0-1 record. Costa Rica sits one point behind, while Honduras holds the third position. The top three teams will automatically qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
In other U.S. Soccer news, the 2009 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship was rescheduled for June 17-21 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The tournament had originally been scheduled for Apr. 29-May 3 but was postponed due to swine flu concerns. The U.S. is coached by UCLA assistant coach Eddie Soto. Amongst the team members are team captain Zak Ibsen, who played at UCLA from 1990-92, and Jason Leopoldo, who just finished up his senior season at UCLA this year.
In addition, Bruin signee Amobi Okugo is currently with the U.S. Under-18 National Team at the Lisbon International Tournament. The U-18s play Finland on May 27, Germany on May 28 and Portugal on May 30.