JEFF AGOOS

Position: DefenderHt: 5-10 Wt: 175

Club: D.C. United

Notable: One of the last players cut from the 1994 World Cup team, he burned his uniform in frustration. . . . He played in a U.S. indoor league and with a German third-division outdoor team before joining MLS. . . . He figures to play off the bench in France unless the United States abandons its three-defender alignment or he fits into the crowded midfield.

MARCELO BALBOA

Position: Defender

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 175

Club: Colorado Rapids

Notable: Balboa, whose father was a former professional in Argentina, played in all seven games in 1990 and 1994 . . . He is the all-time U.S. scoring leader for defenders, with 12 goals, and was the first U.S. soccer player to record 100 international appearances. . . . He hasn't been in the starting lineup recently.

MIKE BURNS

Position: Defender

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 165

Club: New England Revolution

Notable: He was the first U.S. player to participate in all four international outdoor world championships: under-16, under-20, Olympics and World Cup. . . . Aside from a brief stint in Denmark in 1995, Burns has played all of his youth, high school, college and professional soccer on teams within 250 miles of his birthplace in Marlboro, Mass. . . . In the first match of the final World Cup qualifying round, he preserved a 0-0 tie in Kingston, Jamaica, by clearing a rebound shot away from the goal mouth.

CHAD DEERING

Position: Midfielder

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 165

Club: VfL Wolfsburg (Germany)

Notable: Having played eight years in Germany, he combines so well with Claudio Reyna for Wolfsburg that U.S. coach Steve Sampson thought the same arrangement might work for the national team. . . . He wasn't called in for any qualifiers. . . . A phenom from Plano, Texas, Deering was a two-time Parade Magazine all-American and captained the U.S. under-16 team in 1986. . . . He will probably team with Brian Maisonneuve as a defensive midfielder in the starting lineup.

THOMAS DOOLEY

Position: Def./Mid.

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 170

Club: Columbus Crew

Notable: Dooley, the son of a U.S. Army veteran who married in Germany, received his U.S. passport only in 1992. . . . He played 12 professional seasons in Germany, including nine in the Bundesliga. . . . He was the only U.S. midfielder to play every minute of the 1994 World Cup. . . . While playing for Kaiserslautern, he took architecture courses at the local university and later designed his own home. . . . He is the oldest player on the U.S. team. . . . He will start as a sweeper on the defensive line but can move into a midfield slot as well.

BRAD FRIEDEL

Position: Goalkeeper

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 202

Club: Liverpool (England)

Notable: After backing up Tony Meola in the 1994 World Cup, he will probably play behind Kasey Keller this summer. . . . At Bay High in Bay Village, Ohio, Friedel earned 11 varsity letters and was an all-state basketball player. MLS goalkeeper of the year in 1997, he signed with Liverpool in the English Premier League after getting a long-denied work permit from the British. . . . His career highlight might have been a 0-0 shutout against Mexico in Azteca Stadium during World Cup qualifying in November before 114,000 fans.

FRANKIE HEJDUK

Position: Midfielder

Ht: 5-8 Wt: 155

Club: Tampa Bay Mutiny

Notable: He led San Dieguito High to state and national surfing championships, and proposed marriage to his girlfriend while surfing. She accepted. . . . On dry land, Hejduk (pronounced HAY-duck) was an all-American in soccer. . . . Dropped from U.S. plans after missing a team flight in 1997, Hejduk got back in the picture this year with a hard-running game along the midfield wing. . . . He played every minute of the 1996 Olympics for the United States. . . . He has scored two international goals, and - a devotee of Bob Marley's music - he punctuated each with a reggae dance of questionable propriety. . . . He could be a starter if healthy.

COBI JONES

Position: Midfielder

Ht: 5-7 Wt: 145

Club: Los Angeles Galaxy

Notable: Known for his dreadlocks, Jones is one of the fastest players on the team. . . . A member of the 1992 Olympic team, he played for professional teams in England and Brazil before signing with MLS. . . . He made his 100th international appearance this year. He also once made a guest appearance on "Beverly Hills 90210". . . . Jones was a track athlete as well as a soccer player at Westlake High in Westlake Village, Calif . . . He appears set to start at a wide midfield slot this summer.

KASEY KELLER

Position: Goalkeeper

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 190

Club: Leicester City (England)

Notable: Tony Meola's backup in the 1990 World Cup at age 20, he was not called in for 1994 by coach Bora Milutinovic. . . . He grew up on an egg farm in Lacey, Wash. . . . He played at Portland for Clive Charles, now a U.S. assistant. . . . His father was a semipro fast-pitch softball pitcher. . . . Shut out powerful Brazil in Gold Cup match earlier this year. . . . He is a world class talent. . . . Acrobatic ability and keen sense of the game have kept the United States in games they otherwise should have dropped.

ALEXI LALAS

Position: Defender

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 190

Club: NY/NJ Metro Stars

Notable: A guitarist, Lalas has produced two rock albums. . . . He recently chopped off his long strawberry-blond locks but kept his trademark goatee. . . . He is expected to play off the bench, if at all, this time around. . . . A big guy with a lot of heart and an infectious competitiveness that masks his lack of speed.

BRIAN MAISONNEUVE

Position: Midfielder

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 175

Club: Columbus Crew

Notable: He scored two goals for the 1996 Olympic team, one that provided a win over Tunisia, the other a tie with Portugal. . . . He didn't play in 1997 qualifying because of a strained hamstring. . . . He started 92 games in college, scoring 44 goals. . . . Three of his Crew teammates were also on his Indiana teams. . . . He is expected to team with Chad Deering in the defensive midfield.

BRIAN McBRIDE

Position: Forward

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 175

Club: Columbus Crew

Notable: A creative striker who is best with the ball in the air, he twice scored goals in MLS that became the CNN "Play of the Day." . . . As a teenager, McBride cried every time he grew an inch, wailing that there are no great tall soccer players. . . . Unless Eric Wynalda is out with an injury, McBride will stay on the bench until needed.

JOE-MAX MOORE

Position: Forward

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 150

Club: New England Revolution

Notable: His father owned the Tulsa Roughnecks of the old NASL. . . . Though hampered by injuries for the last two years, he is a great possession midfielder who can go forward with the ball when healthy. . . . He played two seasons in the German second division before joining MLS and is now the Revolution's all-time leading scorer. . . . He is a veteran of the 1992 Olympics. . . . In a match against El Salvador in 1993, Moore became the first U.S. player to score four goals in an international match since 1934. Television replays show he actually scored a fifth, but the ball went through a small hole in the net and the referee missed the call. . . . He'll be a reserve on this team.

EDDIE POPE

Position: Defender

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 180

Club: D.C. United

Notable: The best pure man-marker on the U.S. roster, he was given the opposition's top scoring threat to shadow during World Cup qualifying. . . . At Southwest Guilford High in North Carolina, he was a placekicker as well as a soccer star. His longest field goal was 48 yards. . . . He scored the winning goal in the first MLS Cup championship, a header for D.C. United against the Los Angeles Galaxy. . . . He started all three games in the 1996 Olympics. . . . He will start at right marking back in the World Cup.

PREKI RADOSAVLJEVIC

Position: Midfielder

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 165

Club: Kansas City Wizards

Notable: A native of Yugoslavia, Preki (real name Predrag) began his soccer career with a season at Red Star Belgrade. . . . He then played nine seasons of indoor soccer in the United States. . . . Back outside, he played for Everton in the English Premier League in 1992. . . . He obtained his U.S. citizenship on Oct. 25, 1996, and played just nine days later for the national team. . . . Extremely clever and gifted with the ball, the left-footed Preki is a great offensive creator but not very dependable defensively. . . . He'll be used when the U.S. needs a goal; he scored the only goal in the historic 1-0 victory over Brazil this year.

TAB RAMOS

Position: Midfielder

Ht: 5-7 Wt: 140

Club: NY/NJ MetroStars

Notable: He has come back from two complete anterior cruciate ligament tears in his left knee since 1996. . . . A deft playmaker, Ramos wears No. 10, the number given in international soccer to the linchpin of a team's spirit. . . . He will be making his third World Cup roster. . . . Ramos was the 1983 New Jersey high school player of the year at St. Benedict's in Newark, the school attended by Claudio Reyna, the new U.S. starting playmaker. He was also a childhood teammate of former U.S. captain John Harkes'. . . . He played in the Spanish second division and Mexican first division before joining MLS. . . . He is expected to provide spark off the bench.

DAVID REGIS

Position: Defender

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 160

Club: Karlsruhe (Germany)

Notable: After gaining his citizenship on May 20, he played for the United States for the first time on May 24. . . . A French-speaking native of Martinique, Regis has been married three years to an American woman he met while playing in Strasbourg, France. . . . The left-footed defender is physical and fast. . . . He signed his first professional contract as an 18-year-old and has played in French and German leagues since. . . . He scored five goals for Karlsruhe this season. . . . He is the youngest of 10 children of a retired French Navy officer and a teacher. . . . He is expected to start as a man-marker on the defensive line.

CLAUDIO REYNA

Position: Midfielder

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 160

Club: VfL Wolfsburg (Germany)

Notable: He played on the 1992 and 1996 Olympic teams and made his first appearance with the full national team when he was 20, in January 1994. . . . He helped lead Virginia to three straight NCAA titles in 1991-93, and was voted college player of the year by the Missouri Athletic Club in 1992 and 1993. . . . His wife, Danielle Egan, is a former member of the U.S. women's team. . . . Perhaps the only way the United States can suceed in France '98 is if Reyna plays well. . . . One of the few U.S. players who can possess the ball for long periods and create scoring opportunities with it. . . . Is at his best when given the freedom to roam forward. . . . His experience playing in the German league could help the U.S. play with the European powers.

JUERGEN SOMMER

Position: Goalkeeper

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 160

Club: Columbus Crew

Notable: Likely will only see action if there's an injury to two other U.S. keepers. . . . Has played eight times for the national team. . . . Was considered being dropped from the squad by coach Steve Sampson for another attacking forward, but in the end Sampson figured only having two keepers on the roster would be too risky.

ERNIE STEWART

Position: Midfielder

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 160

Club VfL Wolfsburg (Germany)

Notable: Scored only field-of-play goal for the United States in the 1994 World Cup, against Colombia off a feed from Tab Ramos. Of the other two U.S. goals, one was an own-goal by Colombia and the other was a set piece, a free kick by Eric Wynalda. . . . His father was a U.S. Air Force veteran and former football player, and his mother was a Dutch sprinter. . . . He is the only national team player ever to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. . . . He has played in the Dutch professional league since 1988. . . . He will team with Claudio Reyna in the attacking midfield position. Exceptionally fast, he will make long sprints toward the goal, looking to take the ball on the run.

ROY WEGERLE

Position: Forward

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 170

Club: Tampa Bay Mutiny

Notable: Forgotten in most of 1995 and 1996, Wegerle was resurrected in 1997 after an absence of 23 months from the national team. He scored two second-half goals in the win over Canada, which clinched a Cup berth. . . . One of a few active survivors of the NASL, he played for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1984. Two years of indoor soccer followed before nine seasons in England. . . . Before settling on the United States, Wegerle was technically eligible to play on five national teams: United States (American wife), England (residency), South Africa (country of birth), Germany (grandfather) and Scotland (mother). . . . He will back up Eric Wynalda and perhaps Brian McBride.

ERIC WYNALDA

Position: Forward

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 172

Club: San Jose Clash

Notable: The United States' top scorer will be playing in his third World Cup. . . . Occasionally hot-tempered, he has cooled significantly since 1990, when he earned a red card in World Cup play for retaliating against a Czech player. . . . He spent three seasons in Germany, including one in the first division, before signing with MLS. . . . His father, Dave, played football at Princeton. . . . His wife, Amy, was also a star soccer player at San Diego State. . . . He will start at forward if not feeling the effect of a recent arthroscopic knee surgery.