U.S. Men Grab Confederations Cup Bronze Medal with 2-0 Victory over Saudi Arabia
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Tuesday, August 3, 1999) - Forwards Paul Bravo and Brian McBride each scored this evening as the U.S. Men's National Team defeated Saudi Arabia, 2-0, tonight to take the bronze medal at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico. For the Americans, the third-place finish equals the top overall finish for the senior men's team in a FIFA competition. The 1930 U.S. World Cup Team finished third in Uruguay.
"We earned everything we received in this tournament," said U.S. Head Coach Bruce Arena. "It's been a great experience for these players to come into this tournament and perform as well as they did under some tough conditions."
With Arena at the helm, the U.S. has amassed a record of 7-3-1 this year, highlighted by impressive victories over France '98 entrants Germany (twice), Argentina, Chile and Saudi Arabia.
Bravo's game-winning goal came in the 28th minute when he received a long ball from defender Gregg Berhalter. The ball took an unexpected bounce inside the penalty area and squirted past Saudi defender Moshin Harthi. Bravo made no mistake with his opportunity, controlling the ball in the box and slamming a hard shot past the helpless Saudi goalkeeper and to the near post from 8 yards out. The goal was the first of Bravo's international career in just his fourth international appearance.
McBride, meanwhile, tallied his 80th-minute goal on a patented far-post header on a brilliant looping cross from midfielder Eddie Lewis from the left touch line. McBride banged his eighth international goal and his second of the tournament in off the right post from six yards.
The U.S. played the final 26 minutes with 10 men after twice-capped defensive midfielder Matt McKeon received consecutive yellow cards in the 57th and 64th minutes.
Earlier in the day Kasey Keller was named to the Confederations Cup's FIFA All-Star Team, the only American to be named to the team of 16 players despite finishing third in the eight-team tournament. Keller edged out Mexico's Jorge Campos and Brazil's Dida as the top goalkeeper in the Confederations Cup.
The U.S. concludes the FIFA Confederations Cup with a 3-2 record after defeating New Zealand (2-1), Germany (2-0) and Saudi Arabia (2-0), while losing to Brazil (1-0) and Mexico (1-0; overtime).
1999 U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
|Participants:||U.S. Men's National Team vs. Saudi Arabia|
|Competition:||1999 FIFA Confederations Cup - Third Place|
|Venue:||Jalisco Stadium (Guadalajara, Mexico)|
|Date:||Aug. 3, 1999 (9:00 p.m. CT kickoff)|
|Weather:||78 degrees - Partly Cloudy|
USA - Paul Bravo, (unassisted), 28,
USA - Brian McBride (Eddie Lewis) 80.
USA - Brad Friedel (Capt.), Gregg Berhalter (Robin Fraser, 75), Marcelo Balboa, C.J. Brown, Frankie Hejduk, Matt McKeon, Eddie Lewis, Ben Olsen, Jovan Kirovski (Richie Williams, 68), Paul Bravo (Cobi Jones, 59), Brian McBride.
KSA - Mohammed Al Deayea, Abdullah Zubromawi, Mohammed Al Khilaiwi, Mohsin Harthi, Hussein Sulimani, Ibrahim Al Harbi (Khaled Gahwji, 70), Addullah Al Shahrani, Mohammed All Jahani (Fahad Al Subaie, 60), Nawaf Al Temyat, Abdullah Bin Shehan, Marzouk Al Otaibi.
|Paul Bravo (caution)||9,|
|Bin Shehan (caution)||24,|
|Al Temyat (caution)||26,|
|C.J. Brown (caution)||26,|
|Frankie Hejduk (caution)||43,|
|Matt McKeon (caution)||57,|
|Matt McKeon (ejection)||64.|
|Peter Kelly||(Trinidad & Tobago)|