Jan. 12, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Currently training at the Home Depot Center under the tutelage of U.S. Soccer head coach Bob Bradley, former Matador defender Sean Franklin (Palmdale, Calif./Highland HS) is one of just 23 individuals to receive a prestigious invitation to train as a member of the national team.
One of 22 players currently participating at training camp in preparation for the team's upcoming friendly against Chile on Jan. 22, Franklin is one of three defenders from the Los Angeles Galaxy - A.J. DeLaGarza and Omar Gonzalez being the other two - who are currently training with Bradley at their home facility.
On a squad filled with youthful exuberance and energy, Franklin is one of 12 players who are looking to compete in their inaugural match on the national stage, with another six having only one cap's worth of experience.
Last season with the Galaxy, Franklin earned a spot in the starting 11 in all but one of the 25 games he competed in, finishing the 2010 season with a career high 2,126 minutes played, six assists (third-highest mark on the team), and nine shots taken.
Matador soccer fans can see Franklin and his teammates compete against Chile in friendly match on Saturday, January 22 at the Home Depot Center. Tickets for this match are still available and can be purchased at the Home Depot Center box office or online at Ticketmaster.com.