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May 20, 2008

CHICAGO, Ill. – United States Men’s Soccer National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a 33-man player pool that will be used to select rosters for the upcoming trio of friendlies against England, Spain and Argentina. Two former Gamecocks were selected to the group, as goalkeeper Brad Guzan and forward Josh Wolff vie for a spot to represent the U.S. All three of the United States’ World Cup qualifying preparatory matches will be shown on the ESPN and Univision networks.

Guzan, the reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, has five caps to his credit, while Wolff, who plays for 1860 Munich in Greece, has 50 caps and nine career goals during his U.S. National Team career.

The trio of matches begins with the U.S. traveling to Wembley Stadium in London to face England, a match that will be shown live on ESPN Classic at 3 p.m. on May 28. The U.S. will then face Spain on June 4 at the Estadio el Sardinero in Santander. The match will be shown live on and tape delayed on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. ET. The USA returns to its own soil for the third match, facing Argentina on June 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET in New Jersey at Giants Stadium. The match will be shown live on ESPN Classic.

The U.S. is currently riding a five-match unbeaten run that includes back-to-back victories on European soil for the first time in team history. Prior to the USA’s first qualifying match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup cycle, the U.S. will have played in two major international tournaments, defended their Gold Cup title, qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and competed against four teams who were ranked in the top 10 in the world when they faced the United States (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Spain).