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Friedel's Penalty Save; U.S. vs. Poland History


SEOUL (June 12, 2002) - Brad Friedel’s first-half save of a Eul Yong Lee penalty against Korea was the first penalty saved in regulation time of a World Cup since the 1990 World Cup.  “They changed shooters right before, and generally speaking, that would tell me that whoever is taking the penalty kick might not be prepared for it, and I might feel in that situation the shooter might go to the side of the goal where he opens up his body, since it's easier to hit the area of the goal doing that as supposed to trying to drag it,” said Friedel.  “A lot of times you might drag it too far right. It was just a thought I had in my mind, and it was fortunate for us that it worked that way.”  The last player to make a save in regulation time of a World Cup was Rene Higuita on June 14, 1990.

CHERUNDOLO INJURY PUTS WORLD CUP FUTURE IN DOUBT:  U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo may have been ruled out of the 2002 World Cup with a knee injury, U.S. Soccer officials reported today. Cherundolo, 23, suffered a bone bruise in his right knee in training prior to the USA's 1-1 draw against Korea on Monday.  Team doctors will evaluate Cherundolo to determine the extent of his injury and the expected recovery period.

TEAM TRAVELS TO DAEJEON TOMORROW:  The U.S. Men's National Team will travel to Daejeon on Thursday (June 13) in preparation for Friday's showdown with Poland at 8:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. ET in the United States).  Prior to their departure, U.S. head coach Bruce Arena and select players will be available at a press conference at 11 a.m. at the J.W. Marriott in Seoul (Thursday, June 13).  Upon arrival in
Daejeon, the team will practice at Daejeon World Cup Stadium beginning at 6 p.m. (the practice will be open to the media for the first 15 minutes).  On gameday (Friday, June 14), the team will be unavailable to the media until the post-game mixed zone access.  The team returns to Seoul via bus on Friday evening following the match, and Saturday's schedule will be announced at that time.

TO ADVANCE, THE U.S. NEEDS TO ... :  With the U.S. entering their final group match on Friday, a win or a draw against Poland will secure them a spot in the second round.  What follows is a complete breakdown of the U.S. and the possible situations resulting from their result on Friday.
- The U.S. advances to the second round with a win.  If Korea also wins, tiebreakers will determine which team goes in first and which in second.  If Korea-Portugal tie or Portugal wins, the U.S. goes through in first place.
- If the U.S. ties, the U.S. also advances, but goes through in second place regardless of the result in the other game.
- If the U.S. loses, they still advance if Korea tops Portugal.  If the U.S. loses and Portugal tops Korea, the U.S. advances if Korea’s margin of defeat is tow or more goals greater than the U.S. margin of defeat or if Korea’s margin of defeat is one more than the U.S. margin of defeat and the U.S. maintains its edge in goals scored (4-3 entering Friday’s games).
- It is possible for Korea and the U.S. to lose and to end up second on points and tied with goal differentials.  In that case, the teams would draw lots to determine who joins Portugal in the next round.

U.S. vs. POLAND HISTORY:  The U.S. and Poland have met 11 times in their history, with the U.S. winning four times – including the last two matches.  The teams have not met since 1990, and they have played only three times since 1975.  In the 3-1 win against Poland on May 9, 1990, Kasey Keller played in goal for the U.S.  When the teams met five months later on May 9, Tony Meola played in goal for the U.S.
U.S. v Poland
(4-6-1; GF: 13, GA:30)
Date                  Result      Location
June 10, 1924     3-2 W     Warsaw, Poland
June 10, 1928     3-3 T      Warsaw, Poland
March 20, 1973  0-4 L      Lodz, Poland
August 3, 1973    0-1 L     Chicago, Ill.
August 10, 1973  0-4 L     San Francisco, Calif.
August 12, 1973  1-0 W    New Britain, Conn.
March 26, 1975   0-7 L     Poznan, Poland
June 24, 1975      0-4 L     Seattle, Wash.
July 13, 1988       0-2 L     New Britain, Conn.
May 9, 1990       3-1 W     Hershey, Pa.
Oct. 10, 1990     3-2 W     Warsaw, Poland

GERMANY-CAMEROON SET RECORD WITH 16 CAUTIONS:  Germany’s 2-0 win over Cameroon on Tuesday included 16 cautions handed out by Spanish referee Antonio Lopez Nieto.  The 16 cautions were the the highest number of cautions issued in a single match in FIFA World Cup history.  Earlier on the same day, Senegal and Uruguay combined for 12 cautions - the second highest number in World Cup history - in their 3-3 draw.  Prior to the 2002 World Cup, 10 cautions were the most that had been handed out in one game, and that came in a Mexico-Bulgaria draw in 1994.

U.S. – KOREA SETS MORE RATINGS RECORDS: The U.S. MNT continued to set even more TV ratings records, getting a 1.62 cable rating for the match against Korea that started at 2:30 a.m. ET on Monday morning.  The match was seen in an average of 1.36 million households.  U.S. - Korea was watched by about 918,000 males in the 18-34 age bracket, the most-watched program from 1-6 a.m. ET among that group on a cable network with advertising since records began in August 1991.  The previous high for a soccer broadcast on ESPN2 was 1.26 million households for the U.S. – North Korea match during the 1999 Women’s  World Cup.

RECORDS CONTINUE TO FALL WITH FIFAWORLDCUP.COM:  fifaworldcup.com has shattered records since kicking off on May 31.  From May 31 - June 7, the site registered 464,183,919 page views, making it the most successful sports-event website ever. On June 7 the site registered 106,736,781 page views, a new single-day record.  Previously, the record for total page views on sports websites was 350 million set by NBCOlympics.com and Olympics.com (combined) during the Salt Lake City Olympic Games.  FIFAworldcup.com passed that number on  June 6, after just one week of the tournament.

BRIAN HALL BREAKING DOWN THE CUP:  U.S. Soccer referee Brian Hall, who refereed the England-Nigeria match on Wednesday, describes his first week in Japan as a part of ussoccer.com’s “Breaking Down the Cup.”  In addition to Hall, U.S. Soccer Under-17 MNT Head Coach John Ellinger, WNT star Brandi Chastain and Under-23 goalkeeper D.J. Countess are all sharing their thoughts and opinions on the World Cup with fans at ussoccer.com.

REYNA, STEWART JOIN ARENA AT THURSDAY PRESS
CONFERENCE: 
  Bruce Arena, Earnie Stewart and captain Claudio Reyna will be available at a U.S. Soccer press conference at the J.W. Marriott in Seoul at 11 a.m. on Thursday.  This will be the only media availability for the U.S. team prior to the U.S. - Poland match on Friday at 8:30 p.m. in Daejeon.  A quote sheet fom the press conference will be available on ussoccer.com later that evening.

WORLD CUP BY THE NUMBERS:
0 - Goals scored by defending World Cup champion France in the 2002 World Cup

2 - Goals scored by pre-tournament favorite Argentina in the first round

3- Number of World Cup Champions eliminated in the First Round to date (Argentina, France, Uruguay)

4 - Goals scored by the U.S. in their first two games, which happens to equal the total output in their previous seven games

9 - The amount of points Spain earned in their first three wins.  The number also matches the amount of goals Spain scored in their first three matches.

18 - Total number of U.S. players who have played in the first two World Cup matches

THEY SAID IT:
"We've seen some of the articles in the press, some of their reactions on television, and certainly the gathering of fans, for example, at Columbus Crew Stadium and a variety of establishments in the U.S., in the early morning hours to support the team, and the fact that we've gotten favorable ratings on television as well, all-time highs, that's terrific.  And I'm hopeful that it continues, I'm hopeful that our play in this World Cup will help the sport grow in the United States, help our professional league, and help everyone down the line (in soccer), as well. It's very encouraging to see that kind of support, we're real thrilled by it and proud of it."

Bruce Arena, on the fan reaction back home in the U.S. to the team's success, and the communication they have had with friends and families in the U.S.


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