The Revolution's Adam Cristman was called into national duty with the U.S. U-23 Team. (Photo credit: CHRIS ADUAMA/aduama.com)
"This is an excellent opportunity to begin preparing to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Nowak said in a statement. "We will have the chance to get in a good week of training before playing two matches against a very good opponent. As we have seen in the past, the possibility of getting to travel and play in the host country before a tournament is especially valuable, so we are going to take full advantage of it.
In his first professional season in 2007, Cristman scored four goals and added four assists in 28 appearances for the Revolution, and was a finalist for MLS 2007 Gatorade Rookie of the Year award. He also made three postseason appearances as New England advanced to MLS Cup 2007.
In the spring of 2007, Cristman earned two caps with the U.S. squad, scoring a pair of goals in the teams tour of Japan. In three overall games in February, Cristman scored goals.
Davies, meanwhile, made 10 appearances, mostly as a substitute, for the US U-20 team, but did not make the roster for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. He made his debut for the senior US team on June 2 as a substitute in a 4-1 friendly match victory over China in San Jose. He was named to the 22-man squad that took part in the 2007 Copa America in Venezuela.
The Manchester, N.H. native was a 2006 Hermann Award finalist during his junior year at Boston College. He currently plays for Hammarby IF of the Swedish Allsvenskan.
The heavily-MLS laden roster features the 2007 Rookie of the Year Maurice Edu as well as two winners from the MLS Cup-winning Houston Dynamo, midfielder Stuart Holden and defender Patrick Ianni.
The Full U.S. U-23 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Hunter Freeman (New York Red Bulls), Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Jon Leathers (Furman University), Mike Randolph (Los Angeles Galaxy), Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake), Tim Ward (Columbus Crew), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Arturo Alvarez (FC Dallas), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Michael Harrington (Kansas City Wizards), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (CD Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (6): Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Adam Cristman (New England Revolution), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96)