U.S. National Team Facing Re-Match Versus Brazil Tonight During Confederations Cup
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Wednesday, July 28, 1999) - Fresh off a 2-1 opening game victory over New Zealand, the U.S. National Soccer Team will continue play in the FIFA Confederations Cup tonight (8:30 p.m. CT kickoff) against Brazil, who dismantled Germany, 4-0, on Saturday. The USA has not faced Brazil since Feb. 10, 1998, when a spectacular American performance led to a 1-0 victory over the world's top ranked national team. If either team should win tonight, they would be virtually guaranteed one of Group B's two spots in the semifinals.
The USA has mounted an exceptional 5-1-1 record thus far in 1999, highlighted by victories over Germany (3-0 on Feb. 6) and Argentina (1-0 on June 13). Brazil is the third former World Cup champion that the USA will have faced this year. The American men will close out the tournament's opening round on Friday with another tough re-match, this one against Germany, a team it defeated 3-0 nearly five months ago.
In Group A action yesterday in Mexico City, Saudi Arabia and Bolivia played to a scoreless draw, while Egypt bucked the odds - after going down two goals and having a player ejected - with a late comeback to tie Mexico 2-2 at the Azteca Stadium.
ARENA AVAILABLE TOMORROW DURING MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL: U.S. National Team Head Coach Bruce Arena will be available to the media TOMORROW (Thursday, July 29) at 2 p.m. ET during a media conference call from Mexico. Arena will discuss the USA-Brazil match and preview the all-important USA-Germany match, which will take place on Friday here in Guadalajara. Media who wish to participate in the conference call should dial 800-720-5850 shortly before 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 29. U.S. National Team Press Officer Brian Remedi will moderate the call.