The Chicago Fire Soccer Club and U.S. Soccer announced today that Fire midfielder Logan Pause has been called up to the U.S. Men’s National Team by Head Coach Bob Bradley for the upcoming friendly match against South Africa at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 1 PM CT (ESPN2/Galavision). Pause received his first career appearance for the U.S. Men’s National Team July 4, 2009 in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Grenada. Pause has registered five caps while donning the red, white and blue. In the Fire’s 2010 MLS campaign, the defensive midfielder started 26 matches and tallied one goal and three assists.
The Nelson Mandela Challenge, an annual one-off event typically hosted in South Africa, began in 1994 and has seen South Africa face opponents like Brazil, Argentina, Holland, Nigeria and a host of others.
Combined with the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup - in which the United States reached its first final of a major FIFA competition after defeating No.1-ranked and current FIFA World Cup Champion Spain in the semifinal - the U.S. will play its 12th game on South African soil in three years.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Dominic Cervi (Celtic), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (Estoril Praia), Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Bornstein (Tigres), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Teal Bunbury (Kansas City Wizards), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)