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U.S. World Cup Qualifying Schedule Finalized; ABC to Televise Final Two Games Live

CHICAGO (Tuesday, April 17, 2001) - The final 2002 World Cup qualifying schedule for the U.S. Men's National Team was solidified today with kickoff times for the team's final two matches being locked down by CONCACAF. In the second to last match, the U.S. will face Jamaica at Foxboro Stadium outside Boston on Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. ET, and one month later will close out qualifying at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, on Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET).

Both of those matches will be broadcast live and exclusively on ABC, marking the end of the most comprehensive World Cup qualifying television schedule in U.S. Soccer history. Including the six semifinal round matches, 14 of 16 U.S. qualifiers will have been broadcast live on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, including four total matches on ABC.

In addition to those 14 broadcasts, one game (March 28 at Honduras) was available on pay- per-view and tape-delay and the USA's upcoming match on July 1 at Mexico will be aired live on Telemundo at 12 p.m. CT. Telemundo will broadcast a total of seven final round U.S. qualifiers (along with ESPN and ESPN2).

The comprehensive World Cup qualifying schedule for the U.S. is a marked improvement over the team's 1998 qualifying campaign, when just nine of 16 matches were shown live in the U.S. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 (including just one English-language road telecast).

The U.S. is off to their best start ever in World Cup qualifying final round play, winning their first two matches and taking a maximum six points. The U.S. opened qualifying on Feb. 28 with an important 2-0 win over Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium in Ohio and then earned a critical 2-1 victory on March 28 in Honduras. The road victory against the high-scoring Hondurans was just the third-ever World Cup qualifying victory for the U.S. in Central America. The top three teams from the six-team, 30-game CONCACAF final round, which concludes on Nov. 11, will advance to 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan.

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