Four Former Pac-10 Men's Soccer Players Named To 2010 FIFA World Cup Team
May 31, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Four former Pac-10 men’s soccer players, including UCLA defenders Carlos Bocanegra and Jonathan Bornstein, midfielder Benny Feilhaber, and OREGON STATE forward Robbie Findley, were named to U.S. World Cup Team who will compete at the 2010 FIFA World Cup this June, U.S. Soccer recently announced.
The team departs for South Africa on May 30 and plays its opening match of the tournament against England on June 12 in Rustenberg live on ABC at 2 p.m. ET. Joining the U.S. and England in Group C are Algeria and Slovenia.
Bornstein, Feilhaber and Findley are three of 15 players who are making their first World Cup roster, while Bocanegra will be participating in soccer’s greatest stage for the second time in his career. He was also a member of the U.S. squad that played in the 2006 World Cup where the U.S. reached the round of 16, its best finish ever. Bocanegra has the second most international experience on the squad and has netted 12 goals, the fourth most, with 77 caps.
Bocanegra, of Alta Loma, Calif., is a key component to the U.S. back line. He has a powerful aerial presence and is equally adept at both heading away attacks and finishing off set pieces on the opposite end of the field. A two-time Major League Soccer (MLS) Defender of the Year for the Chicago Fire, Bocanegra became one of a handful of players in U.S. soccer history to simultaneously captain both his club team as well as the national team, which he did after captaining Fulham to a 3-3 draw against Tottenham on Sept. 1, and then took the armband for the U.S. in their game against Brazil on Sept. 9, 2007 in Chicago. Playing for UCLA from 1997-1999, he earned second team NSCAA All-America honors and was a first team selection for College Soccer Online All-America squad in 1999. He was also chosen to the first team All-Far West Team three-consecutive years. In 1997, he helped UCLA capture an NCAA title and concluded his three seasons with the Bruins playing 57 career games, including 55 starts, tallying nine goals scored and 10 assists.
A speedy left back, Bornstein tested in the 99th percentile for agility and speed at Nike’s SPQRA testing at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase. He is one of seven players to make more than 10 appearances in their first calendar year with the 2009 U.S. National team. Bornstein has international experience with 29 caps where he has netted two goals. After being drafted in the fourth round by Chivas USA in the 2006 MLS Draft, the Los Alamitos, Calif., native earned MLS Rookie of the Year honors after making 32 appearances and leading all rookies with six goals scored and 19 total points. A year later, after helping Chivas earn the best record in the Western Conference, the defender was named to the MLS Best XI Team. Bornstein attended UCLA after transferring from Cal Poly Pomona in 2004. During his senior campaign, he started every game en route to scoring five goals and adding four assists. For his efforts, he earned second team All-Pac-10 honors.
A native of Irvine, Calif., Feilhaber is a skillful and deft passer who brings vision and composure on the ball to the U.S. midfield. After sustaining successive knee injuries which kept him sidelined for nearly 15 months, he made his first appearance for the U.S. team in a 2-1 victory over Honduras on June 6 in Chicago. He is one of two players to appear in FIFA World Cup qualifying, the Confederation Cup and the Gold Cup in 2009 for the U.S. Feilhaber signed his first professional contract in 2005 for Hamburg SV of the German Bundesliga. No stranger to international play, Feilhaber has 31 caps. As a walk-on for the Bruins in 2003, he played 16 games that season. The next season, he earned second team All-Pac-10 honors after playing in every match, scoring five goals and three assists for 13 points, helping UCLA to a 14-2-2 record and a third-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Findley, of Phoenix, Ariz., is a striker who racked up career highs in games played (27), starts (18), minutes played (1,751) and goals scored (12), to help Real Salt Lake hoist the MLS Cup in 2009 after being drafted in the second round of the 2007 MLS Superdraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy, then was traded during the season to Real Salt Lake. Findley has the least amount of international experience on the roster with only four caps. Findley attended Oregon State (2003-2006) and finished his career as the Beavers’ third all-time leading scorer with 28 goals. He became the first player in school history to be named to the All-Pac-10 first team three times (2004-2006). In 2003, he was named Co-Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after leading the Beavers to a 13-6-0 overall record and a second place finish in the Conference.
Group play begins June 11 and goes through June 26 and the Round of 16. Single elimination begins with the Round of 16. The final match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup takes on July 11, 2010.