U.S. Defender Jeff Agoos to Miss Remainder of 2002 FIFA World Cup with Calf Injury
SEOUL (Saturday, June 15, 2002) — U.S. veteran defender Jeff Agoos will miss the remainder of the 2002 FIFA World Cup due to a calf injury, team officials announced today. Agoos, 34, suffered a moderate strain of the medial gastrocnemius in his right calf during the first half of the USA's 3-1 loss to Poland last evening. There was no contact involved in the injury. The San Jose Earthquakes defender will be sidelined for approximately 4-6 weeks.
With 133 caps, Agoos is second on the USA's all-time capwinners list behind Cobi Jones, and holds the U.S. record for starts with 123, including all three group matches during this year's World Cup.
"We are very disappointed for Jeff," said U.S. head coach Bruce Arena. "He has made an outstanding contribution to this team, and we will wish him a speedy recovery. We selected this 23-man roster with the belief that every player is capable of making a contribution, and we are confident that whoever we put on the field will help us to be succesful on Monday."
The United States advanced to the second stage of the 2002 FIFA World Cup by finishing second in Group D, and will play their Round of 16 match against Mexico on Monday, June 17 at 3:30 p.m local time (2:30 a.m. ET) in Jeonju, South Korea. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision.