U.S. Soccer

2006 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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A Hitchhikers Guide to USA-Ghana

The U.S. Men’s National Team will go head to head with Ghana in its first group game on June 16, live on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision. It’s the third consecutive FIFA World Cup these teams have walked out of the tunnel together and to get ready for Rd. 3, ussoccer.com caught up with some players past and present to reflect on the matches in 2006 and 2010. 2006 Like 2014, the 2006 dra Read more
MNT Jun 16, 2014

Conference Call: Bruce Arena

Opening remarks:"We’re finally beginning World Cup qualifying and we’re all excited about it. We remember the last time around how difficult it was and experienced the highs and lows and we're just excited about getting it going again. Our goal is certainly to qualify for Germany in 2006. It all starts on Sunday and I’m very confident that our team will be ready to play."On getting players motivat Read more
MNT Jun 10, 2004



Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
MNT vs Ghana 1-2 L Frankenstadion; Nuremberg 41,000 Dempsey
MNT vs Italy 1-1 D Fritz-Walter Stadion; Kaiserslautern, Germany 46,000 Zaccardo (Own Goal)
MNT vs Czech Republic 0-3 L FIFA World Cup Stadium Gelsenkirchen; Gelsenkirchen 52,000 --