U.S. - Holland MatchDay Update
U.S. UNBEATABLE ON HOME SOIL TO START 2002: The U.S. Men’s National Team has been nbeatable on home soil this year, cruising to a 9-0-1 mark in the U.S. The U.S. has outscored opponents an amazing 22-2 at home, posting eight shutouts in 10 matches.
May 18, 2002
U.S. UNBEATABLE ON HOME SOIL TO START 2002: The U.S. Men’s National Team has been unbeatable on home soil this year, cruising to a 9-0-1 mark in the U.S. The U.S. has outscored opponents an amazing 22-2 at home, posting eight shutouts in 10 matches.
Date Opponent Result Location
Jan. 19 ... Korea ^ ... 2-1 W ... Pasadena, Calif.
Jan. 21 ... Cuba ^ ... 1-0 W ... Pasadena, Calif.
Jan. 27 ... El Salvador ^ ... 4-0 W ... Pasadena, Calif.
Jan. 30 ... Canada ^ ... 0-0 T (4-2 pks) ... Pasadena, Calif.
Feb. 2 ... Costa Rica ^ ... 2-0 W ... Pasadena, Calif.
March 2 ... Honduras ... 4-0 W ... Seattle, Wash.
March 10 ... Ecuador ... 1-0 W ... Birmingham, Ala.
April 3 ... Mexico ... 1-0 W ... Denver, Colo.
May 12 ... Uruguay ... 2-1 W ... Washington, D.C.
May 16 ... Jamaica ... 5-0 W ... East Rutherford, N,J.
^ - CONCACAF Gold Cup
ARENA PASSES BORA TO BECOME WINNINGEST COACH IN MNT HISTORY: With the 5-0 win against Jamaica, U.S. head coach Bruce Arena became the winningest coach in U.S. MNT history with 31 wins, passing Bora Milutinovic. Arena’s all-time record as the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team now stands at an impressive 31-15-13 and includes championships at the 2000 Nike U.S. Cup and the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Milutinovic coached the squad from 1991-1995, posting a 30-35-31 record. He was at the helm of the U.S. during the 1994 World Cup when the U.S. topped pre-tournament favorite Colombia and advanced to the Round of 16.All-Time U.S. Men’s National Team Coaching Registry Years Coach W-L-T
1916 ... Tom Cahill ... 1-0-1
1924 ... George Collins ... 2-2-0
1925-26 ... Nat Agar ... 2-1-0
1928 ... Elmer Schroeder ... 0-1-1
1930 ... Robert Miller ... 2-2-0
1934-36 ... Elmer Schroeder ... 1-1-0
1937 ... Bill Lloyd ... 0-3-0
1947 ... Andrew M. Brown ... 0-2-0
1948-49 ... Walter Giesler ... 1-5-1
1950 ... William Jeffrey ... 1-2-0
1952 ... John Wood ... 0-1-0
1953-55 ... Erno Scwartz ... 2-4-0
1957 ... George Meyer ... 0-4-0
1959-61 ... Jim Reed ... 0-3-1
1964 ... John Herberger ... 0-1-0
1965 ... George Meyer ... 1-1-2
1968 ... Phil Woosnam ... 4-4-1
1969 ... Gordon Jago ... 0-2-0
1971-72 ... Bob Guelker ... 0-3-1
1973 ... Max Wosniak ... 0-2-0
1973 ... Eugene Chyzowych ... 3-7-0
1974 ... Dettmar Cramer ... 0-2-0
1975 ... Al Miller ... 0-2-0
1975 ... Manfred Schellscheidt ... 0-3-0
1976-80 ... Walter Chyzowych ... 8-14-10
1982 ... Bob Gansler ... 1-0-0
1983-85 ... Alkis Panagoulias ... 6-5-7
1986-88 ... Lothar Osiander ... 4-10-5
1989-91 ... Bob Gansler ... 14-15-6
1991 ... John Kowalski ... 1-1-1
1991-95 ... Bora Milutinovic ... 30-35-31
1995-98 ... Steve Sampson ... 26-22-14
1998-2002 ... Bruce Arena ... 31-15-13
U.S. OPENS "NIKE ROAD TO KOREA WITH 2-1 WIN AT RFK STADIUM: The U.S. Men’s National Team opened the "Nike Road to Korea" with a 2-1 win over World Cup-bound Uruguay on May 12 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Tony Sanneh and DaMarcus Beasley each scored their second career goal for the U.S. in the win. The victory was the USA’s fifth of the year against teams that have qualified for the 2002 World Cup (in eight matches). Chevrolet Man of the Match Beasley was dangerous all afternoon, scoring the game-winner in the 40th minute. Beasley also helped create the first goal, earning a corner kick with his work on the left flank. Agoos curled the ensuing free kick to the near post, where an onrushing Sanneh nodded the ball just under the bar into the upper left corner of the net.
USA: 1-Brad Friedel (capt.); 6-David Regis, 12-Jeff Agoos, 23-Eddie Pope, 22-Tony Sanneh (2-Frankie Hejduk, 68); 14-Chris Armas (4-Pablo Mastroeni, 24), 13-DaMarcus Beasley, 8-Earnie Stewart (21-Landon Donovan, 46), 13-Cobi Jones; 11-Clint Mathis, 20-Brian McBride (9-Joe-Max Moore, 67).
Subs Not Used: 19-Tony Meola, 3-Gregg Berhalter, 15-Josh Wolff, 16-Carlos Llamosa.
WOLFF, DONOVAN LEAD U.S. TO 5-0 WIN OVER JAMAICA: U.S. forward Josh Wolff recorded two goals and one assist, and Landon Donovan added one goal and one assist to lead the U.S. to a 5-0 pasting of Jamaica tonight at Giants Stadium in the second game of the "Nike Road to Korea." The U.S. tied for its best-ever start in team history, posting a 9-3-1 record through 13 games, as part of that the U.S. is an undefeated 9-0-1 at home this year. With the win, U.S. head coach Bruce Arena becomes the winningest coach in U.S. MNT history with 31 wins. In a relatively uneventful first half, Josh Wolff capitalized on one of the USA’s few chances, nodding home a Joe-Max Moore cross. Donovan and Wolff combined to set up Clint Mathis in the 47th minute, and Mathis scored with his first touch of the game. Donovan and Wolff combined again for the USA’s third goal, with Wolff blasting a rocket into the net from 18 yards out at the hour mark. Eddie Lewis set up the final two scores, assisting on goals by Donovan and Beasley.
USA: 18-Kasey Keller (19-Tony Meola, 53); 24-Greg Vanney (22-Tony Sanneh, 49), 3-Gregg Berhalter (16-Carlos Llamosa, 46), 4-Pablo Mastroeni, 2-Frankie Hejduk; 10-Claudio Reyna (Capt.;12-Jeff Agoos, 46), 21-Landon Donovan, 5-John O’Brien (7-Eddie Lewis, 46), 8-Earnie Stewart (11-Clint Mathis, 46); (17-DaMarcus Beasley, 63); 9-Joe-Max Moore, 15-Josh Wolff.
Subs Not Used: 1-Brad Friedel, 6-David Regis, 13-Cobi Jones, 20-Brian McBride, 23-Eddie Pope.
U.S. MNT UNDEFEATED AT FOXBORO: The opening of CMGI Field this month officially marked the close of Foxboro Stadium. The U.S. MNT posted a 7-0-3 record at Foxboro Stadium, outscoring their opponents 26-10. Foxboro Stadium served as the team's most used venue in the 1998 and 2002 World Cup qualifying campaigns, where the U.S. posted four wins and one draw in five qualifiers. The USA topped Jamaica 2-1 on October 7, 2001, in the MNT’s last match in Foxboro. That win - coupled with other results across CONCACAF that same day - clinched a spot in the 2002 World Cup for the U.S. It marked the first time in the U.S.Men's National Team's 86-year history, the team celebrated a berth in the World Cup on U.S. soil.
Foxboro Stadium: 7-0-3 GF: 26 GA: 10 Average Attendance: 35,378
Date Opponent Result Attend.
06/01/91 Republic of Ireland 1-1 T 51,273
06/09/93 England 2-0 W 37,652
06/11/95 Nigeria 3-2 W 22,578
06/09/96 Ireland 2-1 W 25,332
04/20/97 Mexico 2-2 T * 57,407
11/16/97 El Salvador 4-2 W * 53,193
06/06/00 Ireland 1-1 T 16,319
08/16/00 Barbados 7-0 W * 18,334
06/20/01 Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 W * 31,211
10/07/01 Jamaica 2-1 W * 40,483
*World Cup qualifiers
FOXBORO FANS: In 10 matches at Foxboro Stadium, the U.S. MNT enjoyed a tremendous home field advantage, drawing an average of 35,378 fans. The all-time high at Foxboro for a MNT match came on April 20, 1997, when 57,407 witnessed the U.S. and Mexico draw 2-2 in World Cup qualifying. Three times the attendance cracked 50,000 at Foxboro for a Men’s National Team match.
U.S. TOPS JAMAICA 2-1 AT FOXBORO TO QUALIFY FOR 2002 WORLD CUP: Facing a must-win situation in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying, the U.S. Men’s National Team earned a berth in the 2002 World Cup with a 2-1 win over Jamaica on October 7, 2001, at Foxboro Stadium. Chevrolet Man of the Match Joe-Max Moore scored goals in the 4th and 81st minutes to help the U.S. to the win. With the victory, combined with a scoreless draw between Costa Rica and Mexico, and an upset 1-0 win by Trinidad & Tobago over Honduras the USA is assured of a spot in the 2002 World Cup.
Lineups - U.S. v Jamaica - Oct. 7, 2001
USA: 1-Brad Friedel; 22-Tony Sanneh, 3-Eddie Pope, 12-Jeff Agoos, 6-David Regis 10-Claudio Reyna (Capt.), 14-Chris Armas 5-John O’Brien, 8-Earnie Stewart; 9-Joe-Max Moore (13-Cobi Jones, 86), 20-Landon Donovan.
Subs not used: 2-Steve Cherundolo, 4-Robin Fraser, 7-Jovan Kirovski, 18-Kasey Keller, 19-Manny Lagos, 21-Richie Williams.
U.S. FALLS TO HOLLAND 2-0 IN MIAMI IN TEAMS’ FIRST-EVER MEETING: In the run up to the 1998 World Cup, the U.S. and Holland met at Pro Player Stadium in Miami on Feb. 21, 1998. Ronald de Boer scored two minutes in and Clarence Seedorf added a goal in the 46th minute to give Holland a 2-0 win. The match was the first-ever match between the two nations. Holland would go on to advance to the semifinals of the 1998 World Cup, topping Argentina in a thrilling quarterfinal match-up.
Lineups - U.S. v Holland - Feb. 21, 1998
USA: Keller; Burns, Harkes, Lalas, Agoos; Stewart, Kirovski (Lassiter, 62), Moore, Reyna; Wegerle (Jones, 46), Radosavijevic (Wynalda, 62).
Holland: Van der Sar; Reiziger, Stam (Bogarde, 46), F.de Boer, Numan; Winter (Overmars, 46), Jonk, Seedorf, Cocu; Mols (Van Hooydonk, 73), R.de Boer.
SUPER-SIZED WIN ON THURSDAY: The USA’s 5-0 win against Jamaica was one of the biggest wins in U.S. Soccer history. Prior to the win, the U.S. MNT had posted wins by five or more goals only six times - most recently the 7-0 win against Barbados at Foxboro Stadium on August 16, 2000.
U.S. Men’s National Team’s Biggest Wins
Date Opponent Result Location
11/08/25 Canada 6-1 W Brooklyn, N.Y.
11/06/26 Canada 6-1 W Brooklyn, N.Y.
04/04/92 China 5-0 W Palo Alton, Calif.
12/05/93 El Salvador 7-0 W Los Angeles, Calif.
08/16/00 Barbados 7-0 W Foxboro, Mass.
05/16/02 Jamaica 5-0 W East Rutherford, N.J.
11/14/93 Cayman Isls 8-1 W Mission Viejo, Calif.
WINNING, AND WINNING BIG: The U.S. has now won three matches this year by four or more goals, topping El Salvador 4-0 on Jan. 27, Honduras 4-0 on March 2 and Jamaica 5-0 on May 16. Only one other time in Men’s National Team history has the U.S. won three matches by four or more goals - in 2000. That year, Bruce Arena guided the U.S. to 4-0 wins against South Africa (June 3) and Barbados (Nov. 15) and a 7-0 win against Barbados on August 16.
POINTS, POINTS FOR EVERYONE: Just 12 games into 2002 and already Brian McBride, Clint Mathis and Landon Donovan have hit double figures in points. Mathis has scored six goals to go along with one assist (13 points), McBride has recorded four goals to go along with two assists (10 points), and Donovan has four goals and two assists (10 points). In 2001, Earnie Stewart (five goals, 10 points) was the only U.S. player to reach double figures in points. Not since 1993 have three U.S. players reached double figures in points.
CROWDS GATHER AS U.S. MAKES WAY TO WORLD CUP: The U.S. MNT is undefeated on U.S. soil this year, and much of that impressive record is due to the support of the pro-American crowds that have greeted the U.S. throughout their first ten home matches. On Thursday - for the seventh time in 2002 - more than 30,000 fans gathered to watch the MNT play. At Giants Stadium, 30,659 fans turned up to watch the U.S. hammer Jamaica 5-0. In ten home matches this year, the attendance has totaled 298,877 fans - an average of of 29,888 fans per match. The highest attendance total came when the U.S. topped Mexico 1-0 in Denver on April 3. In 2001, the U.S. played nine home matches and averaged 28,309 fans.
Attendance at 2002 MNT Matches In the U.S.
Date Opponent Venue Attendance
Jan. 19 Korea ^ Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) 42,117
Jan. 21 Cuba ^ Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) 31,244
Jan. 27 El Salvador ^ Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) 31,628
Jan. 30 Canada ^ Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) 7,241
Feb. 2 Costa Rica ^ Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) 14,432
March 2 Honduras Safeco Field (Seattle, Wash.) 38,534
March 10 Ecuador Legion Field (Birmingham, Ala.) 24,133
April 3 Mexico INVESCO Field at Mile High (Denver, Colo.) 48,476
May 12 Uruguay RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.) 30,413
May 16 Jamaica Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.) 30,659
^ - CONCACAF Gold Cup
WORLD CUP WARM-UPS: With the World Cup just around the corner, World Cup bound teams are in the midst of final preparations. On Thursday, South Korea exploded for four goals, topping Scotland 4-1. Perugia’s Ahn Jung-hwan scored two goals for Korea, as Korea scored the most goals the team has scored since Guus Hiddink took over the squad in early 2001. Just four days after falling to the U.S. Uruguay topped China 2-0 in China, with Sebastian Abreu scoring twice. Nigeria pulled of a surprising 2-1 win against Ireland at Landsdowne Road in Dublin, Ireland. In Stockholm, Sweden, Paraguay topped Sweden 2-1, as Roque Santa Cruz and Carlos Paredes each tallied for Paraguay. Denmark topped African champions Cameroon 2-1 in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the game-winning goal coming on a disputed penalty that even the Danish coach Morten Olsen later said was unfair.
USA POSTS FIVE WINS AGAINST WORLD CUP BOUND TEAMS IN 2002: The USA’s win against Uruguay was the team’s fifth win of 2002 against teams that have qualified for the 2002 World Cup. Overall, the U.S. has posted a 5-3 record against 2002 World Cup teams, including a perfect 5-0 in home matches, where they have allowed only two goals.
Date Team Result Location
Jan. 19, 2002 Korea 2-1 W Pasadena, Calif.
Feb. 2, 2002 Costa Rica 2-0 W Pasadena, Calif.
Feb. 13, 2002 Italy 0-1 L Catania, Italy
March 10, 2002 Ecuador 1-0 W Birmingham, Ala.
March 27, 2002 Germany 2-4 L Rostock, Germany
April 3, 2002 Mexico 1-0 W Denver, Colo.
April 17, 2002 Ireland 1-2 L Dublin, Ireland
May 12, 2002 Uruguay 2-1 W Washington, D.C.
DONOVAN MATURING IN A HURRY: A teenager when 2002 began, Landon Donovan had played just nine matches and scored only one goal before this year. Thirteen games into 2002 and Donovan is the only American to play in all 13 games, starting 12, and he has recorded four goals and two assists. Since making his debut on October 25, 2000, against Mexico, Donovan has tallied four goals and three assists in 20 matches for the MNT. His most valuable contribution to the MNT to date came in the World Cup berth-clinching win against Jamaica on Oct. 7, 2001. Donovan played a nifty one-two with Claudio Reyna and then drew a foul from Tyrone Marshall that set up Joe-Max Moore’s winning penalty kick.
ARMAS OUT OF WORLD CUP WITH TORN ACL: U.S. midfielder Chris Armas, one of the standout performers for the United States over the last three-and-a-half years, suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during the first half of the USA's 2-1 win against Uruguay at RFK Stadium on May 12. The injury will force Armas to miss the 2002 FIFA World Cup. "I'm extremely disappointed for Chris," said U.S. head coach Bruce Arena. "Chris has been an outstanding performer with our team and a fine professional. We are indebted to his service to the U.S. National Team. He will certainly serve as an inspiration to his teammates this summer." The non-contact injury occurred in the 16th minute, when the Bronx, N.Y. native was tracking down Uruguay's Fabian O'Neill along the right wing. Following the match he was taken to Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax, Va., where an MRI revealed the tear. Armas has returned to New York, and surgery has not yet been scheduled. "I'm extremely disappointed," said Armas. "More so for my family, parents and friends who had all booked their tickets to the World Cup. It was a very odd play; a movement that I have made a thousand times. I had just planted on my right foot and I felt the knee go. In life these things happen. Right now I don't think it's fully sunk in, but I will be focusing on supporting my teammates in the World Cup." The untimely injury for one of the USA’s strongest players unbelievably means for the third time in his career, Armas will miss a major international tournament through injury (including the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2000 Olympics). Armas led the U.S. in minutes played (1200) in 2000, tied with Jeff Agoos for the team lead in 2001 with 1170 minutes and led the team in minutes played in 2002 prior to the Uruguay match.
AGOOS SETS U.S. SOCCER RECORD WITH 119th CAREER START: With his start against Uruguay, Jeff Agoos added to his ever-increasing presence in the U.S. Soccer record book, passing Marcelo Balboa at the top of the Games Started list. Agoos has now started 119 internationals, one more than Balboa. Agoos, who has started all 11 matches he has played in this year, got his 119th start in his 128th appearance - the same number of appearances Balboa made in his legendary career. Coincidentally, Agoos and Balboa made their MNT debut together, as both started in a 1-0 loss to Guatemala on January 10, 1988 in Guatemala City. With an appearance against Jamaica, Agoos passed Balboa to claim second-place in All-Time Games Played. Cobi Jones is the USA’s all-time leader in that category, with 154 caps heading into the match against Holland.
BIRTHDAY BOYS: U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis and goalkeeper Brad Friedel both celebrated birthdays during the team’s stay in the Boston-area during the "Nike Road to Korea." Lewis turned 28 years old on May 17, and Friedel turned 31 years old on May 18. DaMarcus Beasley will turn 20 years old on May 24, just as the MNT are scheduled to arrive in Korea.
MEOLA APPROACHING CENTURY MARK: Tony Meola recorded his 99th career cap when he replaced Kasey Keller in the win against Jamaica. Meola is the USA’s all-time leader in appearances for a goalkeeper and is just one appearance away from the magic century mark. Only five U.S. players have ever played in 100 internationals, and Meola would be the only U.S. goalkeeper in that exclusive club. Brad Friedel is second all-time in appearances among U.S. goalkeepers, earning 74 caps with the U.S. In addition to being the all-time goalkeeper leader in appearances, Meola is the USA’s all-time leader in wins (36) and shutouts (31). Meola shutout Mexico 1-0 on April 3 in his only appearance of 2002.
YOUNG MR. BEASLEY: U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley is the youngest player on the U.S. World Cup Team, and will be 19-years-old through the entire "Nike Road to Korea". When the U.S. kicks off the World Cup on June 5, Beasley, will be 20 years and 12 days old. Beasley turns 20 on May 24, the day the U.S. squad is scheduled to land in Korea. However, Beasley is not the youngest player to make a U.S. World Cup roster, that honor belongs to Joseph Martinelli, who was 17 years, 279 days old at the 1934 World Cup. James Brown was the youngest U.S. player ever to play in a World Cup match at 19 years, 194 days old at the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay. Brown was on the field all 270 minutes that the U.S. played in the tournament, where they reached the semifinals. Brown scored the lone goal for the U.S. in a 1-6 loss to Argentina in the semifinal.
MEDIA BLITZ: During the "Nike Road to Korea, the U.S. Men’s Team is getting an early taste of the non-stop media focus which will greet them when they arrive in Korea next week. During the team’s 10-day training Camp in North Carolina, more than two dozen media outlets made special arrangements to cover the team and obtain advance interviews for use during the run-up to the World Cup. In addition to a media contingent in excess of 150 at RFK Stadium in D.C., more than 350 total media are expected to cover the USA’s final two matches in NY/NJ and Boston. The team appeared on Wednesday on the outdoor set of "The Today Show" with wacky weatherman Al Roker. In addition, an upcoming episode of ESPN’s "The Life" will feature Landon Donovan and the crew for E’s "Wild On …" was on-hand covering the team’s Washington, D.C. appearance for a "Wild On D.C." episode.
U.S. MNT STRUTTING THEIR STYLE: While in Cary, N.C., members of the U.S. team posed for an upcoming fashion essay in The New York Times Sunday Magazine. Clint Mathis, Brian McBride, Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller, Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Pablo Mastroeni were all photographed for the spread that will appear in the May 26 issue.
"SURVIVING" THE WOLRD CUP WITH "ETHAN ZOHN’S ZONE": To bring the excitement of the World Cup to life for U.S. fans, U.S. Soccer and Philips Electronics will launch "Ethan Zohn’s Zone," an online World Cup journal hosted by Ethan Zohn. A former professional soccer player and coach, Ethan’s latest achievement is capturing the title of million-dollar champion of the nation’s hottest reality programs, Survivor: Africa. With an understanding of what survival of the fittest means, Ethan will provide fans with a behind-the-scenes look inside the U.S. Men’s National Team and the athletes taking part in the 2002 World Cup. Designed to satisfy the curiosity of every fan, the online journal will offer exclusive video footage of both on- and off-the-field moments. People will be able to walk with Ethan onto the team's Seoul-based training field to get up-close-and-personal with the squad as they prepare to battle the world's best soccer teams. Outside of Seoul, fans will get to experience the pageantry and competition of other World Cup sites throughout Korea as Ethan follows the team from city to city.
ussoccer.com UNVEILS "WORLD CUP PLUS": U.S. Soccer has launched a comprehensive new home page at www.ussoccer.com which will bring fans and media the most detailed information on the U.S. World Cup Team as they travel the "Nike Road to Korea" and then face the world's best at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. "World Cup Plus" is every fan's source for the USA and the rest of the World Cup. With several updates a day ranging from notes and quotes to unique features, "World Cup Plus" will be the freshest place for media and fans to stay in tune with everything happening in Korea. Featuring exclusive on-line chats, player Q&As, and quote sheets from Korea, as well as up-to-date training camp notes and game recaps, "World Cup Plus" will have it all. With features on players and coaches, as well as on past U.S. World Cup exploits, every visit to "World Cup Plus" promises something new.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
"There is no training ground in the world for this job. You can be the best club coach in the world, but you start from the ground up when you take the national team."
-- Bruce Arena, on serving as a national team coach
"I think he just finds a way to get the best out of everybody. As much as you guys like him for being as honest as he is, we like him for being honest with us as well. Not all the time do you like what you hear, but you always respect him. I think man management for him is the most important thing. A lot of guys come through here with good players, a lot of coaches have good players on club teams, and they just don’t man manage nearly as well as he does."
-- Tony Meola, on why head coach Bruce Arena has had the success he’s had with the U.S. MNT
"When you compare us to teams like Portugal on paper, we may not match up against them individually. But we can be a better "team" than the teams we will be playing in June and that is what can make the difference for us. So individually they may have some brilliance, but as a "team" we can be better."
-- Jeff Agoos, on the team’s first round chances
"Although our opponent was not as strong as Uruguay and not as talented as Holland will be, I think we played quite well and improved in many areas. I'm pleased with seven goals in the first two games and only giving up one. However, I think we can improve in the defensive end of the field. As usual, our goalkeeping has been outstanding. Clearly our emphasis on improving fitness has paid off. That was evident last night."
-- Bruce Arena, on his overall impressions of the 5-0 victory against Jamaica
"We want to show improvement from our previous two games against arguably one of the most talented national teams in the world. We will be tested at the defensive end of the field, and it will be interesting to see if we can create quality chances against their formidable backline. This game should provide us with good preparation for our World Cup opponents. "
-- Bruce Arena, on what he hopes to accomplish in the "Nike Road to Korea" finale against Holland