Former Gamecock goalie playing in World Cup
When the U.S. opens its sixth-consecutive World Cup appearance against England on June 12 in Rustenburg, South Africa, Gamecock soccer alumnus Brad Guzan will be suited up and ready to play.
Guzan's selection to the U.S. World Cup team marks the third U.S. World Cup roster with a former Gamecock selected -- Clint Mathis was on the 2002 roster and Josh Wolff was a two-time selection in 2002 and 2006. All three former Gamecocks played for South Carolina's head men's soccer coach Mark Berson.
In January 2005, Guzan made MLS history when he was the No. 2 overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft, selected by CD Chivas USA. In the fall of 2007, Guzan was selected as the 2007 Panasonic MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. He received his first invitation to the U.S. National Team Camp in January 2006 and was selected as the starting goalkeeper on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that competed in Beijing.
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. Following its opener versus England, the U.S. will follow with matches against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria.
By Web Communications