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A stern reminder about an upcoming U.S. Soccer-related event, whether you plan to check it out live and in person, on the "tele" or that wacky world wide web.

Riding high after a best-ever Gold Cup tournament finish in which the U.S. Men’s National Team finished 4-0-1 and conceded just one goal on their way to the FC Gold Cup 2002 finish on their home turf, the World Cup-bound boys now face a daunting overseas schedule over the next three months.

This challenging three-game European set against stellar opponents that themselves are headed to Korea/Japan 2002 begins on Wednesday, Feb. 13 when the U.S. meets top 5-ranked Italy in Catania, Sicily. With the last meeting between the two countries coming way back in the 1992 Nike U.S. Cup (a 1-1 draw at Soldier Field in Chicago), this unique match-up should provide a useful measuring stick for both countries as they whittle their rosters down for this summer.

While the Gold Cup squad was more or less a "best of the U.S." gathering of Major League Soccer players, the Feb. 13 friendly will mark a mixing of those domestic player who showed well during this past month and a good number of European-based players who will be traveling South for the week for this telling tune-up.

To see how the U.S. stacks up against one of the top teams in the world with less than four months until it all matters, tune in to ESPN or get over to the U.S. Soccer website and follow along via live updates on’s fancy schmancy MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics, at 2:30 p.m. ET, with pre-game updates beginning about 30 minutes prior to kickoff.

Following the match against Italy, the U.S. will play Honduras on March 2 at Seattle's Safeco Field and Ecuador on May 10 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. The two international friendlies are part of the USA's intense World Cup preparation. The match against Honduras will be televised live on ESPN at 1 p.m. PT and tickets are available by calling TicketMaster at 206-628-0888. A national ABC television audience will watch the USA-Ecuador game at 3 p.m. CT on March 10, with tickets for that game available by calling TicketMaster at 800-277-1700. For more complete information on entire U.S. Soccer schedule, log on to


Table of Contents
In this second issue of 2002 of U.S. Soccer’s monthly fan newsletter / e-zine, you’ll find pieces on a pair of CyberRays, a pair of Gold Cup 2002 champions, a pair of MLS Drafts and a pair of Women’s National Team coaches in the eight items listed below. Some will return next month, others will be brand spankin’ new for March.

1) Armchair Midfielder (A Look at the MLS Allocation and Dispersal Drafts)
2) DJ for a Day (w/ MNT defender Pablo Mastroeni)
3) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ MNT forward Josh Wolff)
4) Making it in the Show (w/ WNT goalkeeper LaKeyshia Beene)
5) Superstar!!! (w/ WNT defender Brandi Chastain)
6) Mark That Calendar (MNT vs. Italy -- Feb. 13)
7) Point/Counterpoint (w/ current WNT coach April Heinrichs & former WNT coach Tony DiCicco)
8) "You Don’t Know Jack (Marshall)" (MLS Draft trivia)  

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