Four Former ACC Men's Soccer Student-Athletes Represent United States in 2010 FIFA World Cup

June 18, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four former Atlantic Coast Conference men’s soccer student-athletes represent the United States in South Africa this month for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Two former Maryland men's soccer standouts and two former Clemson stars headline head coach Bob Bradley’s 23-man roster.

Maryland midfielder Maurice Edu and defender Clarence Goodson landed on the final roster that is currently competing for the U.S. Men's National Team. The pair is joined by fellow ACC competitors Clemson defender Oguchi Onyewu and midfielder Stuart Holden.

The U.S. Men's National Team was drawn into Group C with England, Slovenia and Algeria for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The team departed for South Africa on May 30, and tied its opening match with England, 1-1, on June 12 in Rustenburg. The squad then battled back from an early deficit to tie Slovenia, 2-2, on June 18 in Johannesburg, and will next face Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria. That match is slated for 10 a.m. ET and will be shown live on ESPN.

Edu, one of the most gifted players in Maryland soccer history, played three seasons for the Terrapins, becoming a first-team NSCAA All-American and Hermann Trophy semifinalist in 2006. The 6-0, 170-pound midfielder was a 55-game starter over the three seasons, helping the Terps to a national championship in 2005, an NCAA semifinal appearance in 2004 and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2006. Edu also was dangerous and effective in attack, totaling 10 goals and 11 assists during his career.

Goodson also played three years of soccer at the University of Maryland, which he joined in 2000. After redshirting in 2001, the 6-4, 165-pound defender helped anchor the defense of one of the best teams in college soccer. Over his career at Maryland, Goodson, who was a great target for the Terps on corner kicks, played 66 games, registering 10 goals and 11 assists.

After two seasons at Clemson (2003-04), Holden signed with Sunderland in the English Premier League in 2005 and joined the Dynamo in 2006. The 5-10, 160-pound Clemson Tiger was named second team All-ACC in 2004.

Onyewu played for Clemson in the 2000 and 2001 seasons and was named to the Soccer America MVP team in 2001 and was named a NSCAA All-American in 2001. The 6-2, 180-pound defender was a Hermann Award Finalist in 2001. During his career at Clemson, Onyewu was named first-team All-ACC in 2000 and 2001. He also scored the game-winning goal in the ACC Championship match against North Carolina and two goals in the closing minutes of the NCAA Tournament match vs. Alabama-Birmingham. He was also named to the 55-member all-sport ACC 50-Year Anniversary Team in 2002.

US World Cup Roster (World Cup Appearances) - College

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (2010) – South Carolina, Marcus Hahnemann (2006, 2010) – Seattle Pacific University DII, Tim Howard (2006, 2010)­ Montclair Kimberley Academy.

DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (2006, 2010) – Grand Canyon College/UCLA, Jonathan Bornstein (2010) – Cal Poly/UCLA, Steve Cherundolo (2002, 2006, 2010) - Portland, Jay DeMerit (2010) – Illinois-Chicago, Clarence Goodson (2010) - Maryland, Oguchi Onyewu (2006, 2010) - Clemson, Jonathan Spector (2010).

MIDFIELDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (2002, 2006, 2010), Michael Bradley (2010) - Villanova, Ricardo Clark (2010) - Furman, Clint Dempsey (2006, 2010) - Furman, Landon Donovan (2002, 2006, 2010), Maurice Edu (2010) - Maryland, Benny Feilhaber (2010) - California, Stuart Holden (2010) - Clemson, José Torres (2010) – Mexico.

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (2010), Edson Buddle (2010) – St. Fair Community College, Robbie Findley (2010) – Oregon State, Herculez Gomez (2010) – Mexico.