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Chivas USA's Bornstein, Braun, Kljestan And Thornton Named To U.S. National Team's January Training

December 22, 2009 - Major League Soccer (MLS) Club Deportivo Chivas USA

CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009) - Chivas USA players Jonathan Bornstein, Justin Braun, Sacha Kljestan and Zach Thornton have been named to the United States National Team's January training camp in Carson, CA. The four players will gather on Jan. 4 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson. The group will prepare for the USA's first match of 2010, a friendly against fellow FIFA World Cup finalists Honduras on Jan. 23 at The Home Depot Center. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision beginning at 6 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow the game live via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.

Chivas USA supply a team-leading four players to the 30-player roster, led by defender Jonathan Bornstein, whose game-tying goal in the closing moments of the USA's 2-2 draw against Costa Rica secured the top spot in final round qualifying while guaranteeing Honduras' place in the World Cup. Bornstein, a native of Los Alamitos, has 26 caps with the National Team and two goals. Kljestan, from Huntington Beach, has 21 caps and three goals, and was a member (with Bornstein) of the United States National Team for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa this past summer. MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, Zach Thornton, from Edgewood, Md., has eight caps with the National Team. Forward Justin Braun earned his first-ever U.S. National Team call-up.

The U.S. Men's National Team has been drawn into Group C with England, Slovenia and Algeria for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. will open its sixth consecutive World Cup finals tournament against England on June 12 in Rustenburg, and will follow that game with matches against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria.

ROSTER BY POSITION - Detailed Roster

GOALKEEPERS (4): Kevin Hartman (Kansas City), Troy Perkins (Valerenga), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Zach Thornton (Chivas USA)

DEFENDERS (8): Kevin Alston (New England Revolution), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)

MIDFIELDERS (12): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (=D6rebro), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Jeff Larentowicz (New England Revolution), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)

FORWARDS (6): Justin Braun (Chivas USA), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Brandon McDonald (San Jose Earthquakes), Marcus Tracy (Aalborg.

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