May 2, 2006
CHICAGO - Former University of North Carolina All-America Eddie Pope was named to the 23-man United States roster for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, U.S. Men's National Team manager Bruce Arena announced Tuesday. Fellow Tar Heels Gregg Berhalter and Kerry Zavagnin were selected as alternates by Arena.
One of the national team's top center backs since 1996 and its most experienced defender, Pope also played in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. He has played in 78 international matches and has scored eight goals.
An annual Major League Soccer all-star selection, Pope is in his second season with Real Salt Lake after stints with D.C. United and the MetroStars. Pope, a High Point native, started 71 games from 1992-95 at Carolina and was a first-team All-America choice in 1994.
Berhalter, a member 2002 World Cup roster, is a standout defender with Germany's Energie Cottbus, while Zavagnin is an MLS all-star midfielder with the Kansas City Wizards.
The team will open its training camp May 10 in Cary. A member of Group E, the United States plays its first World Cup match June 12 against the Czech Republic. Rounding out the group are Italy and Ghana.
Eddie Pope was named to his third World Cup roster Tuesday.