Oct. 9, 2007
CHICAGO, Ill. - Former California All-American Steve Purdy has been selected to the United States National Team camp, U.S. head coach Bob Bradley announced Tuesday. Purdy is one of 21 players named to the initial roster that will train in Europe for the team's international match against Switzerland on Oct. 17.
The U.S. team will begin training Wednesday (Oct. 10) in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, and will move on to Basel on Oct. 15. The final roster for the United States-Switzerland match, which will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 11:30 a.m. PT, will be announced following next weekend's competitions.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for Steve and the Cal soccer program," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "This is the highest honor a soccer player can achieve, to be called in to represent their country at the highest level. The current Cal players and fellow alumni are all very proud of Steve."
Purdy, who is currently playing for 1860 Munich in Germany, is one of seven defenders on the initial roster. Other notable names on the roster include Freddy Adu, DeMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Lewis, Oguchi Onyewu and Sal Zizzo.
During Purdy's collegiate career, he started 80 of 82 games as a Bear. He received All-Pac-10 honors all four years, once as a first-team selection and a second-team selection and twice as an honorable mention choice. During his senior campaign, he was picked as a second-team All-American by the NSCAA and College Soccer News. He also earned the team's Bob DiGrazia award as the Golden Bears' MVP for the 2006 season. He took home Cal's Defensive MVP honors. While he was Cal's leading defender, he was also Cal's second-leading scorer with 12 points (5 goals, 2 assists), and he scored two game-winning goals.