U.S. Soccer

2002 FIFA World Cup

On This Day: Captain Carlos Earned His First Cap for His Country

On this day in 2001, five players, including former captain Carlos Bocanegra, earned their first cap with the U.S. Men’s National Team in a 1-0 loss to Korea Republic at Jeju World Cup Stadium in Seogwipo, Jeju Province. Manny Lagos, Diego Gutierrez, Jeff Cunningham and Richard Mulrooney also made their team debuts in the U.S. MNT’s final match of 2001.  

Bocanegra went on to play 110 matches with the U.S., including 64 as captain, prior to his retirement last year. His 14 international goals stand as the all-time record among USA defenders and 9,222 career minutes are fifth most of any player in team history. The Alta Loma, Calif., native played in two FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010), appearing in six matches.  He also captured two CONCACAF Gold Cup titles in four tournaments. Domestically, Bocanegra was named the MLS Rookie of the Year during his rookie campaign with the Chicago Fire in 2000 and earned back-to-back MLS Defender of the Year honors in 2002 and 2003.

The match against South Korea took place less than six months prior to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan, and began a streak of three consecutive World Cup appearances by the USA that were preceded by an acclimatization regimen in the host country. The U.S. would play Poland (1-0 victory on March 1, 2006) and Germany (4-1 loss on March 22, 2006) on German soil prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup; then five matches in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup that included a 2-0 win against then No. 1-ranked Spain in the semifinal that earnedits first appearance in the final of a major FIFA tournament, a year prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. MNT also held January camp in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the base camp it would later use in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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MNT Dec 9, 2015

Captain Claudio Recalls the Greatest 'Dos a Cero' of All

The U.S. Men’s National Team rode a shock opening win against fourth-ranked Portugal, a draw against the host Korea Republic and a little help from the goalposts to advance to the Round of 16 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Finishing second in the group meant that the MNT would have less than three full days rest to turn around and face regional rivals Mexico in the highest stakes match the two Read more
MNT Oct 7, 2015

Gallery: Remembering the Biggest Dos A Cero

It was 13 years ago, but the memory of the win is still as sweet as ever. The U.S. Men’s National Team played its way through to a berth in the Round of 16 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and waiting for them was their arch nemesis and rival Mexico. In what would be the most important match in the 70 years of competition between the next-door nations, goals from Brian McBride and Landon Donovan Read more
MNT Jun 17, 2015

World Cup Rewind: U.S. Turns Heads on the World Stage in 2002

When the U.S. Men’s National Team clashes with Germany on Thursday, June 26 (live on ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio and Univision), memories of the nation’s 2002 World Cup match are sure to come to the surface. The two countries met with a spot in the semifinals on the line, and although the USA fell 1-0, the result was a giant step in the right direction for U.S. Soccer. ussoccer.com cau Read more
MNT Jun 25, 2014

Games of the Future Past

For its second group game, the U. S. Men’s National Team will battle Portugal in the Arena Amazonia, while immersed in the steamy, jungle conditions of Manaus. The matchup on Sunday, June 22, which is live on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision, brings up memories of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, when these two combatants met in group play, with the United States knocking off Portugal 3-2. ussoccer.com Read more
MNT Jun 19, 2014

Point-Counterpoint w/ coaches Bruce Arena and Bob Gansler

Every month, we'll pose a question or make a statement about something in soccer that will be debated by two individuals from the same walk of life. Be it a coach, player, general manager or whomever, the two will each give their side of the story, so to speak. In this case, we've enlisted the help of two of the most important figures in the current state of the U.S. Men's National Team program. I Read more
MNT Dec 6, 2001



Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
MNT vs Germany 0-1 L Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium; Ulsan 37,337
MNT vs Mexico 2-0 W Daejon World Cup Stadium; Daejon 36,380 McBride, Donovan
MNT vs Poland 1-3 L Daejon World Cup Stadium; Daejon 26,482 Donovan
MNT vs Korea Republic 1-1 D Daegu World Cup Stadium; Daegu 60,778 Mathis
MNT vs Portugal 3-2 W Suwon World Cup Stadium; Suwon 37,306 O'Brien, Costa (og), McBride