Arena Passes Bora as Winningest Coach in MNT History
FOXBORO, Mass. (Friday, May 17, 2002) - 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.
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. this year. The U.S. has outscored opponents an amazing 22-2 at home, posting eight shutouts in 10 matches.
“NIKE ROAD TO KOREA” TAKES U.S. TO BOSTON: Twelve hours after topping Jamaica 5-0, the U.S. MNT departed the New York area and headed north for Boston and their final stop on the “Nike Road to Korea”. The U.S. team bussed north to the Boston area and will stay near the stadium for the three days the team will be in the area. The bus ride took just over four hours, with the team, staff and equipment taking up two charter busses. Upon arrival in the Boston area, the U.S. team ate a late lunch and then departed for the practice field, where they went through a light training session.
INJURY UPDATE: Greg Vanney had an MRI on his right knee this evening, and results are expected to be known tomorrow. Clint Mathis (right big toe contusion) trained lightly this afternoon and is expected to be ready to play on Sunday. Kasey Keller (left knee contusion) did light jogging and stretching at the training field today and is listed as day-to-day.
U.S. UNDEFEATED AT FOXBORO: The opening of CMGI Field this month officially marked the close of Foxboro Stadium. Located next door to the new CMGI Field, Foxboro helped produce nothing but good results for the U.S. 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, as the U.S. posted four matches 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.
POINTS, POINTS FOR EVERYONE: With one goal and one assist in the win against Jamaica, Landon Donovan (four goals, two assists) became the third U.S. player to record 10 points this year (along with McBride, Mathis). Not since 1993 have three U.S. players reached double figures in points.
FOXBORO FANS: In 10 matches at Foxboro Stadium the U.S. MNT enjoyed a tremendous home field advantage. One of the reasons the U.S. never lost in Foxboro was the tremendous support of the crowd. In those 10 matches – dating back to 1991 - the U.S. drew an average of 35,378 fans. The all-time high at Foxboro for a MNT match came on April 29, 1997, when 57,407 witnessed the U.S. and Mexico draw 2-2 in World Cup qualifying. Three times the attendance has cracked 50,000.
T-MINUS: There are 19 days until the U.S. Men's National Team opens 2002 FIFA World Cup play against Portugal on June 5 in Suwon, which also happens to correspond to the age of U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley. Beasley, who has scored goals in consecutive matches for the MNT, will turn 20 years old on May 24.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“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.”
-- U.S. goalkeeper Tony Meola, on why head coach Bruce Arena has had the success he’s had with the U.S. MNT