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Revs quartet at US camp

June 29, 2005 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - New England Revolution News Release

FOUR MEMBERS of the New England Revolution are now three days into a US Men's National Team training camp at the Nike World Headquarters as part of Bruce Arena's 23-man squad for the forthcoming 2005 CONCACAF Gold CupÔ.

New arrivals continue to bolster the group, with 22 of 23 players now in camp in Portland. DaMarcus Beasley, Steve Cherundolo and Landon Donovan joined the squad on Wednesday morning. Kasey Keller is the remaining absentee, but the Seattle native is expected to join the team on Friday.

Revolution stars Pat Noonan, Clint Dempsey, Steve Ralston and Matt Reis felt the pace and intensity gradually increase after Arena had allowed the group time to recover from busy MLS schedules and the effects of down time for the European-based players. There are now only seven days until the USA's opening match of the 2005 CONCACAF Gold CupÔ against Cuba at Qwest Field in Seattle. The match will be shown live on Telefutura at 10.30pm EST.

After facing Canada on July 9 in Seattle, the US heads to Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts to take on Costa Rica at 7pm on Tuesday, July 12. Later that evening Canada meets Cuba at 9pm, also in Foxboro. Gillette Stadium hosts Gold Cup quarterfinal action on July 16 at 1pm and 4pm.

Of the 23-man US roster, nine players will have an opportunity to play a game for the national team for the first time this year. Six players (Chris Armas, Brad Davis, Ben Olsen, Santino Quaranta, Matt Reis, Tony Sanneh) are appearing in their first camp of 2005, while Davis and Quaranta are getting their-first ever taste of the senior national team. Reis and Jimmy Conrad join BD and 'Tino as the only players without a cap. Quaranta replaced injured FC Dallas striker Eddie Johnson on the US roster.

Canada coach Frank Yallop left a number of European based players including Julian de Guzman of Deportivo La Coruna out of his squad, but has selected players from the Scandinavian and English leagues. He has also chosen US-based players, including Dwayne DeRosario of the San Jose Earthquakes.

Costa Rica has returned from a tour of China where they finished 0-1-1 in two games against the Chinese National Team. Costa Rica has lost talented striker Winston Parks who must participate with his club Lokomotiv Moscow in the preliminary stages of the European Champions League.

Cuba will make its third consecutive participation in its fourth overall Gold Cup participation and will be led by head coach Armelio Luis Garcia.

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