New Zealand's World Cup roster includes Elliott, Lochhead
Former Galaxy midfielder Simon Elliott, who has been training with the club since mid-April, and former UC Santa Barbara defender Tony Lochhead are on the 23-man roster New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert announced Monday he would take to the World Cup.
Elliott, 35, has been working out with the Galaxy since he was released by the San Jose Earthquakes, for whom he played last season. The former Stanford University star was a fixture in the Galaxy midfield from 1999 to 2003, then spent two seasons with Columbus and 2½ years at Fulham before returning to MLS last year.
Lochhead, an All-American at UCSB, played one season with Orange County Blue Star of the USL Premier Development League while in college. He was with the New England Revolution from September 2005 to April 2007, then returned home to play for Wellington Phoenix, the lone New Zealand-based club in Australia's A-League.
Others based in the U.S. on Herbert's roster are New York Red Bulls defender Andrew Boyens and midfielder Jeremy Christie, who plays for the USSF D2 Pro League's Tampa Bay Mutiny.
Several others have American ties. Blackburn Rovers defender Ryan Nelsen is a former D.C. United captain, Wellington Phoenix midfielder Tim Brown played at the University of Cincinnati, and midfielder Andy Barron spent part of 2008 with second-division Minnesota Thunder.
The full roster:
Goalkeepers: James Bannatyne (Team Wellington), Glen Moss (Melbourne Victory/Australia), Mark Paston (Wellington Phoenix)
Defenders:Andy Boyens (New York Red Bulls/MLS), Tony Lochhead (Wellington Phoenix), Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn Rovers/England), Winston Reid (Midtjylland/Denmark), Ben Sigmund (Wellington Phoenix), Tommy Smith (Ipswich/England), Ivan Vicelich (Auckland City)
Midfielders: Andy Barron (Team Wellington), Leo Bertos (Wellington Phoenix), Jeremy Brockie (Newcastle Jets/Australia), Tim Brown (Wellington Phoenix), Jeremy Christie (Tampa Bay Mutiny/USSF D2), Aaron Clapham (Canterbury United), Simon Elliott (unattached), Michael McGlinchey (Motherwell/Scotland), David Mulligan (unattached)
Forwards: Rory Fallon (Plymouth/England). Chris Killen (Middlesbrough/England), Shane Smeltz (Gold Coast United/Australia), Chris Wood (West Bromwich Albion/England)