SEOUL (June 15, 2002) - The U.S. will be without left-sided defender Frankie Hejduk in their second round match-up against Mexico on Monday, after Hejduk received his second caution of the first round in the 72nd minute of the 3-1 loss to Poland. Hejduk was also cautioned in the USA’s draw with Korea (30th minute).
JOE-MAX MOORE EARNS 100th CAP IN 3-1 LOSS TO POLAND: Joe-Max Moore entered Friday’s match against Poland in the 58th minute, earning his 100th cap with the U.S. Men’s National Team. Moore debuted with the U.S. MNT on Sept. 3, 1992 against Canada, recording an assist in a 2-0 win in St. John’s Canada. Moore became just the sixth U.S. player to enter the exclusive century club, joining Marcelo Balboa, Paul Caliguiri, Cobi Jones, Eric Wynalda and Jeff Agoos. Moore is the USA’s second all-time leading goalscorer with 24 international goals. U.S. goalkeeper Tony Meola has played in 99 internationals for the U.S. and will become the first goalkeeper to earn 100 caps with his next appearance.
PRESS CONFERENCE ON SUNDAY AT 10 a.m.; PRACTICE OPEN FOR 15 MINUTES AT JEONJU WORLD CUP STADIUM AT 5:30 p.m.: The U.S. Men's National Team will travel to Jeonju on Sunday (June 16) in preparation for Monday's showdown with Mexico at 3:30 p.m. local time (live on ESPN & Univision at 2:30 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 Sunday press conference beginning at 10 a.m. at the J.W. Marriott in Seoul. Upon arrival in Jeonju, the team will practice at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in the late afternoon at approximately 5:30 p.m., and the session will be open to the media for the first 15 minutes. On gameday (Monday, June 17), the team will be unvailable to the media until the post-game mixed zone access. The team returns to Seoul via bus on Monday evening following the match.
SITTING DOWN WITH STEWART: U.S. midfielder Earnie Stewart served as the U.S. captain in Claudio Reyna’s absence in the USA’s 3-2 opening win against Portugal. Following the USA’s advancement into the Round of 16, ussoccer.com sat down and had a quick chat with the Dutch-based veteran.
On the USA's poor start to the match:
Stewart: “How do you explain? I don't know. We went out with intensity. We waited in the hotel all day for this moment, and after five minutes you blow it. After we went behind, it looked like we were trying to score two goals with every shot. We didn't use the patience we needed for the remaining 80 minutes."
On qualifying despite the bad performance:
Stewart: "It's a weird feeling going into the next round losing. There's definitely mixed emotions. But sometimes it's better to be lucky than good."
On playing regional rivals Mexico:
Stewart: "We've seen them on numerous occasions. You can toss a coin. We win a few, then they win a few. It's a great rivalry in CONCACAF, and I'm pretty sure you'll see that on the field on Monday. It's a hate-love relationship. It's a good hate; a sportsmanship hate."
STEWART, JONES EQUAL RAMOS’ WORLD CUP APPEARANCE RECORD: With appearances in the USA’s loss to Poland on Friday, Earnie Stewart and Cobi Jones played in their ninth World Cup game, equaling a record held by Tab Ramos. Both Stewart and Jones played in USA ’94 and France ’98, before appearing in the June 5 match against Portugal and then the June 14 game with Poland. Ramos played nine World Cup matches for the U.S. across Italy ’90, USA ’94 and France ’98. Cobi Jones is the all-time U.S. leader in caps with 157, and Earnie Stewart is the all-time U.S. leader with 27 World Cup qualifying appearances.
CONFEDERATION BREAKDOWN: The first round is complete, and has been filled with more shocking results than any tournament in recent history. When the first round numbers were done and accounted for, a few stood out:
-The CONCACAF region and Asia both had more teams advance than did Africa.
-Africa’s five teams combined for one more win that CONCACAF’s three teams (5-4).
-Africa (3 wins, 6 losses) and Asia (4 wins, 6 losses) are the only two confederations that recorded more losses than wins.
Here is a complete, confederation-by-confederation breakdown of the first round results.
UEFA (15 Teams): 17 wins, 13 draws, 15 losses
NINE Teams Into Round of 16: Turkey, England, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Belgium
CAF (5 Teams): 3 wins, 6 draws, 6 losses
ONE Team Into Round of 16: Senegal
CONCACAF (3 Teams): 4 wins, 3 draws, 2 losses
TWO Teams Into Round of 16: Mexico, United States
AFC (4 Teams): 4 wins, 2 draws, 6 losses
TWO Teams Into Round of 16: Korea, Japan
CONMEBOL (5 Teams): 6 wins, 4 draws, 5 losses
TWO Teams Into Round of 16: Brazil, Paraguay
EURO 2000 … TWO YEARS LATER: Of the four semifinalists from EURO 2000, amazingly, only one team (runner-ups Italy) advanced to the Round of 16 in Korea/Japan. The Netherlands did not qualify for the World Cup and France and Portugal were both eliminated in the first round – combining for one victory. One team (Ireland) that did not qualify for EURO 2000 in Belgium and the Netherlands advanced to the second round of the World Cup.
MORE THAN 3,500 WATCH U.S. - POLAND AT COLUMBUS CREW CUP HEADQUARTERS WATCH U.S. ADVANCE: More than 3,500 fans were in attendance at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday morning to watch the U.S. qualify for the second round of the 2002 World Cup. The Crew’s “Best Buy Viewing Parties” have now attracted more than 10,500 people in the first 15 days. The fans have watched the games on a 13-by-17 foot mobile videoboard, six big screen TVs, five smaller TVs as well as the stadium videoboard. Overflo w patrons have been filtered into the stands to watch the game on the stadium videoboard.
OVER 700 GATHER AT ARROWHEAD TO ATTEND WIZARDS WATCH PARTY: More than 700 fans turned up at the Pavilion at Arrowhead to watch the U.S. advance to the second round of the World Cup early on Friday morning. Friday’s crowd of 709 topped the 657 fans who turned up on Monday to watch the U.S. battle Korea to a 1-1 draw. Fans began arriving as early as 3:30 for Monday’s 6:30 a.m. CT kick-off. The crowd watched both the U.S. game, as well as the Korea – Portugal game, and erupted when the final whistle blew in the Korea match, allowing the U.S. to advance to the final round.
TOMORROW’S MATCH-UPS: Two more teams will advance to the quarterfinals tomorrow, as Spain faces Ireland in Suwon, Korea, at 8: 30 p.m. local time. In Japan, Sweden and Senegal will meet at 3:30 p.m. in Oita. For a full preview of tomorrow’s match-ups, please visit the “Game Previews” section of “World Cup Plus” at ussoccer.com.