U.S. Soccer Wire: Arena Gets First Win in Europe
BEASLEY GOAL IN 26TH MINUTE, FRIEDEL SHUTOUT EARNS FIRST WIN OF 2004: The U.S. Men's National Team earned a strong 1-0 victory over Poland on March 31 at Kazimierza Gorskiego in Plock, Poland, marking the team's first victory of 2004 and the first victory for the U.S. in Europe under head coach Bruce Arena in nine matches. DaMarcus Beasley scored the lone goal of the match in the 26th minute, finishing a nice combination passing play from Josh Wolff and Conor Casey (who made his MNT debut), and goalkeeper Brad Friedel picked up his 24th career shutout, returning to the U.S. nets for the first time since his 2002 World Cup heroics. On Beasley's first-half strike, the 21-year-old midfielder finished his shot from 14 yards through the legs of Polish goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek on a perfect one-time pass into the area from Wolff. The victory for the U.S. marked the team's first triumph in Europe in six years, dating back to a 3-0 win against the host Austrians on April 22, 1998 (a span of 12 games). Arena's teams had gone 0-7-1 in Europe before the victory over Poland, losing matches to host nations like Russia, Italy, Germany and Holland. For Beasley, the goal was his fifth in 31 international appearances for the U.S. and the second of Beasley's career on European soil, having scored his last goal at the Confederations Cup in France in the USA's 2-1 loss to Turkey on June 19, 2003.
HEINRICHS NAMES 27 PLAYERS FOR OLYMPIC PREPARATION AT N.T.C.: The U.S. Women’s National Team’s begins its four-month Residency Training Camp today at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Deport Center in Carson, Calif., to train full-time in preparation for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. The team will train through July, with several week-long breaks in between in order to compete in six domestic matches all across the USA. Matches already confirmed include April 24 vs. Brazil in Birmingham, Ala., May 9 vs. Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., and a July 21 meeting with Australia in Blaine, Minn. After winning three major tournaments over the last three months, the U.S. team has already trained and played together for more days than they did in 2003. U.S. head coach April Heinrichs has named 27 players to the full-time Residency Camp, all competing for a spot on the 18-player Olympic Team that will participate in just the third Olympic tournament for women’s soccer. This training period represents the fifth time the U.S. women have gone into a residency camp situation, also coming together in 1995, 1996 and 1999 in Orlando, Florida, and in 2000 in San Diego, Calif. Without a professional league, the Residency Camp provides a proper training environment for the U.S. team at the state of the art facilities at the Home Depot Center. The WNT Residency Camp represents another significant investment by U.S. Soccer towards the Women’s National Team. The Residency Camp roster features 19 of the 20 players who were on the 2003 Women’s World Cup Team, plus eight players who are trying to make their first world championship roster led by forward Heather O’Reilly and midfielder Lindsay Tarpley.
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jenni Branam, Kristen Luckenbill, Briana Scurry, Siri Mullinix; DEFENDERS (9): Kylie Bivens, Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett, Amy LePeilbet, Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts, Amy LePeilbet, Christie Rampone, Cat Reddick; MIDFIELDERS (11): Shannon Boxx, Lori Chalupny, Julie Foudy, Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly, Joanna Lohman, Leslie Osborne, Tiffany Roberts, Lindsay Tarpley, Stacey Tullock, Aly Wagner; FORWARDS (6): Mia Hamm, Shannon MacMillan, Heather O’Reilly, Cindy Parlow, Abby Wambach, Christie Welsh.
COLUMBUS CREW STADIUM TO HOST WORLD CUP QUALIFERS ON JUNE 13, NOV. 17: The U.S. Men's National Team's road to the 2006 FIFA World Cup will begin on Sunday, June 13, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, where the USA will take on Grenada in the first of a two-game World Cup qualifying series that will conclude in St. George's, Grenada on June 20. The June 13 match in Columbus kicks off at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Telemundo. The winner of the USA-Grenada aggregate goals series will advance to the semifinal round of qualifying, where they will play six round-robin games against three other teams starting on Aug. 18. Should the U.S. advance past Grenada, the semifinal round finale on Nov. 17 would also be hosted at Crew Stadium. An advance sale for U.S. Soccer fans registered at ussoccerfan.com begins on April 26 for series tickets to both matches. Tickets range from $25-$65 for the June 13 match against Grenada, while tickets for the potential match on Nov. 17 against Jamaica or Haiti range from $35-$85. Fans can also buy series tickets for both games in a public sale from April 30 to May 13. If available, single game tickets for the June 13 match will go on sale May 14.
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TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR USA-MEXICO BORDER BATTLE IN DALLAS ON APRIL 28: Tickets went on sale last week for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s border battle with arch rival and 2002 World Cup foe Mexico on Wednesday, April 28 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Kickoff for the game is set for 7:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live coast-to-coast on Telemundo. Fans can also follow the game live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Advance tickets ranging in price levels from $28 to $60 are on sale now at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Texas (including Fiesta and Foley's), by phone at 214-373-8000, and online at ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can call 312-528-1290 starting today. The USA has dominated the series of late, winning five of the last seven meetings, with all of the victories coming by shutout. Mexico leads the lifetime series with a record of 28-10-10, dating all the way back to 1934. The competition between the two nations reached its pinnacle in the summer of 2002 when the teams met for the first time as World Cup opponents in the Round of 16 on June 17 in Jeonju, Korea. In their last meeting, the U.S. and Mexico played to a spirited 0-0 draw in 2003 in front of 69,582 fans at a sold-out Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. That match marked the sixth shutout for the U.S. in their past seven games against the Mexicans and third in a row.
MNT TO MAKE 11-YEAR RETURN TO CHICAGO ON JULY 11 TO FACE POLAND: After the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 1-0 win over Poland in Plock on March 31, the U.S. will host its home leg of the two-game series on Sunday, July 11 at Soldier Field in Chicago at 6 p.m. CT live on ESPN2 in what marks the U.S. MNT’s first match in the Windy City in more than 11 years. Fans can also follow the game live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Tickets to the general public are expected to go on sale in late April, but members of the U.S. Soccer family and Fire season ticket holders have the first chance to secure tickets to the match in a pre-sale that began last week. Tickets prices are $80, $60, $45, $35 and $28. For more information or to purchase tickets, fans can call 1-888-MLS-FIRE or visit ussoccerfan.com. The match is part of a unique doubleheader that also features the Chicago Fire hosting the New England Revolution at 8:30 p.m. CT. The USA took the spoils in the last meeting on U.S. soil, a 3-1 victory on May 9, 1990 in Hershey, Pa. The U.S. Men are making their first appearance in the city that is home to the U.S. Soccer Federation since June 13, 1993, a 4-3 loss to Germany. Overall, the U.S. holds a 1-2-1 record in Chicago, including a 1-0 loss in 1973.
U.S. MEN’S HOME, AWAY MATCH DATES SET FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFYING SEMIFINALS: CONCACAF, the governing body of soccer for the North American, Central American and Caribbean region, announced the results of the draw to determine the schedule and order of matches of the semifinal round of 2006 World Cup Qualifying last week. The United States, should it advance to the semi-final round, would open the four-team, six-match round robin competition on the road on Aug. 18 in Jamaica or Haiti. The first U.S. home game is scheduled for Sept. 4, likely against El Salvador or Bermuda. The U.S. would play three of their first four games on the road before closing with home matches on Oct. 13 and Nov. 17. Sites for all of the U.S. World Cup qualifying games have yet to be determined.
2004 MNT Schedule
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U.S. WOMEN HEADED BACK TO BLAINE FOR MATCH VS. AUSTRALIA ON JULY 21: U.S. Soccer announced last week that the U.S. Women’s National Team will take on Australia at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., on Wednesday, July 21. The match, which will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. CT, will mark one of the team’s final matches prior to the 2004 Athens Olympics in August. Advance tickets ranging in price levels from $20 to $50 are available for purchase starting tomorrow with a private sale to U.S. Soccer’s registered fan membership group via ussoccerfan.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday (April 8) at 10 a.m. CT at all Minnesota and Wisconsin area Ticketmaster outlets, including Rainbow Foods, Dayton’s, Hy-Vee Foods, Marshall Field’s and Mervyn’s California. Tickets are available by phone by calling one of the following numbers – 651-989-5151 (Minneapolis); 218-727-2121 (Duluth); 507-625-7919 (Mankato); 507-252-1010 (Rochester); 320-253-3131 (St. Cloud) – or visiting ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can get a $2 discount and avoid per ticket convenience charges by calling the National Sports Center at 763-785-5601.
MORE THAN 10,000 TICKETS SOLD FOR U.S. WNT MATCH IN ALBUQUERQUE ON MAY 9: More than 10,000 tickets have already been sold for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s match versus Mexico on Sunday, May 9, at University Stadium on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. As of March 23, 10,190 total tickets had been sold since they went on sale Friday, March 12, marking the most tickets sold over the first 10 days for a U.S. WNT friendly since a trio of matches that made up the Nike Victory Tour in October 1999 following that summer’s Women’s World Cup title. The top two tiers of tickets, which include a limited number of special $125 “Best Seat in the House” on-field seats, are close to selling out. But tickets ranging in price levels from $18 to $32 are still available by calling 505-925-5858 or (toll free) 1-800-905-3315, or by visiting any Raley's or Western Warehouse stores in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Fans can also get tickets online at ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can order discounted tickets through U.S. Soccer by calling 312-528-1290. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. MT as fans can watch the U.S. women in their continuing preparation for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. The match will be the first ever for the U.S. Women’s National Team in New Mexico, which will become the 30th state, along with the District of Columbia, to host a U.S. Women’s match.
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U-19s LEARN OPPONENTS FOR CONCACAF WOMEN’S QUALIFYING: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s Nationalk Team learned its three first round opponents for the 2004 CONCACAF Under-19 Women’s Qualifying tournament, which will take place from May 28-June 6 in Canada. As the defending FIFA U-19 World Champions, the USA will compete in Group B along side Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago and Dominican Republic at the CONCACAF event. The host nation is in Group A along with Mexico, Panama and Jamaica. The eight-team tournament will be played in Ottawa’s Frank Clair Stadium and Montreal’s McGill University Molson Stadium and will produce two CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship in Thailand from Nov. 10-27. This is the second time that CONCACAF has staged a qualifying event for the U-19 World Championship the previous one taking place in Trinidad & Tobago in 2002. Last time around in qualifying, the U.S. U-19s cruised by their three opponents by a combined score of 34-1.
2004 CONCACAF U-19 Final Round Qualification
Group A: Canada, Mexico, Panama, Jamaica
Group B: USA, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, Dominican Republic
U-19 WNT WC Qualifying Schedule (Group B)
Date Opponent City Kickoff (ET)
May 28 Dominican Republic Ottawa 7 p.m.
May 30 Trinidad & Tobago Montreal 6 p.m.
June 1 Costa Rica Montreal 7 p.m.
June 4 Semi-finals * Montreal 5:30 / 8 p.m.
June 6 Final / Third Place * Ottawa 10 a.m. / 1 p.m.
* if necessary
FIRST-EVER PHILIPS LIGHTING U-19 WOMEN'S SOCCER INVITATIONAL STARTS TUESDAY: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team will play in its first major domestic competition this week (April 6-10) as China, Japan and Holland join the hosts for the first-ever Philips Lighting U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational to be held at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The round-robin competition will feature three match days – April 6, 8 and 10 – as the USA squares off against Asia’s top two U-19 teams as well as the always competitive Dutch. The U.S. team, under head coach Mark Krikorian, is preparing for the CONCACAF U-19 Women’s Qualifying Tournament that will be held in Ottawa and Montreal, Canada, from May 28-June 6, 2004. The top two finishers at that tournament qualify for the 2nd FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship to be held in Thailand from November 10-27, 2004. The USA will play its first match tomorrow (April 6) at 6:30 p.m. PT against Holland, then face Japan on Thursday (April 8) at 6:30 p.m. PT before finishing the tournament on Saturday (April 10) at 1 p.m. PT against China. All the U.S. matches will be held on Field 5 at the Home Depot Center, which is Field Turf, as the USA’s qualifying matches in Canada will be played on the same surface. All the other matches will be held on the adjacent Field 4. Krikorian brought 21 players to the event and will choose 18 to suit up for the matches.
U-19 WNT Schedule
Date Opponent Kickoff (PT)
April 6 Holland 6:30 p.m.
April 8 Japan 6:30 p.m.
April 10 China 1 p.m.
U-19 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.), Ashley Phillips (West Peabody, Mass.); DEFENDERS (6): Jen Buczkowski (Notre Dame), Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Portland), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia); MIDFIELDERS (5): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Chioma Igwe (Belmont, Calif.), Stacy Lindstrom (UCLA), Jennifer Redmond (Morristown, N.J.), Carrie Schmit (Texas); FORWARDS (8): Bristyn Davis (UCLA), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), Kia McNiel (Avon, Conn.), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), Julie Schnugg (Florida State), Angie Woznuk (Portland).
U-18 MNT FALL 2-0 IN FIRST MATCH OF SUPER GROUP AT DALLAS CUP: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team fell 2-0 to CA Paranaense yesterday afternoon (April 4) in their opening match in the U-19 Super Group at the 25th Dallas Cup in Dallas, Texas. The U.S. had the best chance in the 20th minute when midfielder Danny Szetela ripped a 20-yard rocket that caromed off the crossbar. In the second half, Bob Jenkins’ squad should have put points on the scoreboard a couple of times, but in the end it was Paranaense that notched two goals. The first goal came in the 55th minute, when Evandro Goebel played a nice give-and-go with a teammate at the top of the box, pushing him through on goal against goalkeeper Stephen Sandbo for an easy finish. The second goal came with five minutes remaining as the Brazilian side doubled their lead when Anderson Aquino got behind the U.S. defense and raced onto a long ball from midfield. Sandbo came out to cut off his angle, but Aquino was able to slip it by him, ending any chance the U.S. had of finding an equalizer. The U-18s have two more matches in Group B play, facing Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica today and then CF Monterey of Mexico on Wednesday (April 7). The U.S. will need to grab some points in their next two matches to have a chance of qualifying for the semifinals, which will consist of each group winner and one wild card spot.
U-18 MNT Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
April 4 C.A. Paranaense 0-2 L ---
U-18 MNT Schedule
April 5 Deportivo Saprissa
April 7 CF Monterey
April 9 Semifinal *
April 11 Final *
* if necessary
U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Marcus Rein (Modesto, Calif.), Stephen Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio); DEFENDERS (7): Greg Folk (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Mike Orosco (Stanton, Calif.), Karl Schilling (Canton, Conn.), Adam Sloustcher (Pleasanton, Calif.), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Tim Ward (Waukesha, Wis.); MIDFIELDERS (7): Eric Avila (Encinitas, Calif.), Michael Bradley (Pennington, N.J.), Nico Colalluca (Coventry, R.I.), Christian Jimenez (San Dimas, Calif.), Dax McCarty (Maitland, Fla.), Daniel Szetela (Clifton, N.J.), Mike Videira (Milford, Mass.); FORWARDS (4): Mike Grella (Glen Cove, N.Y.), Rodrigo Hidalgo (Atlantis, Fla.), Robbie Rogers (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Jamie Watson (Coppell, Texas).
U-17 '88 MNT ARRIVES IN FRANCE, GETS SET FOR INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-17 ’88 Men’s National Team arrived in France at the end of last week to take part in the 32nd Mondial Minimes Montaigu Vendee Tournament in Montaigu, France this week from April 7-12. The team arrived on April 3 and have held a few days of training in preparation for their first match against Italy on Wednesday (April 7). The ‘88s will then face England a day later, before finishing group play against Ivory Coast on Saturday (April 10). Depending on how they finish in their group, the U.S. will play in a classification match on April 12. The international matches will be the first of the year for the U-17 ‘88s. Head coach John Ellinger is bringing an 18-player roster to France. Before the Under-17s left for France, they drew 0-0 with the University of South Florida on March 31 at IMG Academy.
U-17 ’88 MNT Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
March 31 South Florida 0-0 ---
U-17 ’88 MNT Schedule
April 7 Italy
April 8 England
April 10 Ivory Coast
April 12 Placement Match
U-17 ’88 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Evan Newton (Virginia Beach, Va.), Bryant Rueckner (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.); DEFENDERS (4): Richard Edgar (Mechanicsville, Md.), Eric Lichaj (Downer’s Grove, Ill.), Ofori Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Michael Balogun (Houston, Texas); MIDFIELDERS (7): Kevin Alston (Silver Spring, Md.), Tony Ampaipitakwong (Carrollton, Texas), Carlos Borja (Anaheim, Calif.), Michael Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Jeremy Hall (Tampa, Fla.), Jonathan Villanueva (Dallas, Texas), Blake Wagner (Tampa, Fla.); FORWARDS (5): Gabriel Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Quavas Kirk (Aurora, Ill.), Michael Stevens (Woodridge, Ill.), Ryan Soroka (Langhorne, Pa.), Preston Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.).
U-15 MNT FIGHT BACK FOR 1-1 DRAW WITH INTER BLACK AT DALLAS CUP: Giuseppe Carotenuto converted a penalty kick in the 71st minute to give the U.S. Under-15 Men’s National Team a 1-1 draw against Dallas Inter Black yesterday in their first match of the Dallas Cup in Dallas, Texas. Playing in the older Under-16 Bracket, the Under-15 MNT came out flat in the first 20 minutes and fell behind early in the match as David Reed got in on goal and finished past ‘keeper Matt Walker in the fifth minute. In the second half, Walker was sent off after pulling down an Inter Black striker who gotten a breakaway when defender Douglas Ferner, who had a terrific game in the back, slipped and fell. Down to 10 men for most of the second, substitute ‘keeper Brian Perk came up with some huge save as the U.S. was able to keep it just a one-goal game. After a number of chances, the U.S. found finally found the elusive equalizer when second half substitute Cesar Nunez was fouled in the penalty area. Nunez had beaten three players in the box and was near the endline when he was whacked from behind. Carotenuto scored on the penalty to give the U.S. the draw and kept them in position to advance to the quarterfinals. The U.S. will next play Ruckus, a club team from Redwood City, Calif., on Monday, April 5 before facing CJSO of Jackson, Mississippi on April 7. The U.S. has to win their group to advance into the quarterfinals.
U-15 BNT Results
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorers
April 4 Dallas Inter Black 1-1 T Carotenuto
U-15 BNT Schedule
April 5 Atlanta Ruckus
April 7 CJSO
April 9 Quarterfinals*
April 10 Semifinals *
April 11 Final *
* if necessary
U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brian Perk (R.S. Margarita, Calif.), Matthew Walker (Grand Blanc, Mich.); DEFENDERS (4): Douglas Ferner (Bloomfield, Mich.), Cameron Lamming (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Steven Morales (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Darryl Tom (Los Altos, Calif.); MIDFIELDERS (6): Bryan Arguez (Miami, Fla.), Cameron Brown (Garland, Texas), Guiseppe Carotenuto (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Victor Cortez (El Sobrante, Calif.), Peri Mesosevic (Guilford, Ill.), Anthony Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.); FORWARDS (6): Andrew Giallombardo (Manalapan, N.J.), Brett King (Wilmington, N.C.), Cesar Nunez (Gurnee, Ill.), Joseph Sorrentino (Trenton, N.J.), John Tardy (Staton Island, N.Y.), Justin True (Lee’s Summit, Mo.).
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PARALYMPIC TEAM TO PLAY IN INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN HOLLAND: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team will be participating in an International Tournament in the Netherlands from April 8-13 in preparation for the 2004 Paralympic Games this summer. The tournament is the team’s first international competition since qualifying for the 2004 Paralympic games in Athens last October and will be their only international event prior to the Paralympic Games, which will be played in Athens this summer from Sept. 19-27 at the Helliniko Olympic Complex. The U.S. will start off against two fellow Olympic qualifiers in the tournament, facing Ireland on Friday (April 9) and Holland on Saturday (April 10). The U.S. will then finish against Finland on Sunday (April 11) before playing in the Placement Match the following day on April 12. The next camp for Jay Hoffman’s squad is the final team trials, scheduled for May 11-16 in Chula Vista at ARCO OTC. Qualifying players can join the team's official player pool at any time until May 16, at which time the team's final player pool must be submitted for a player to be eligible for participation in Greece this summer. The U.S. qualified for this summer's Paralympic Games in October 2003. Paralympics soccer is played seven-a-side and on smaller fields by athletes with Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury or stroke survivors.
Paralympic Team Schedule
April 9 Ireland
April 10 Holland
April 11 Finland
April 12 Placement Match
Paralympic Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Keith Johnson (Anchorage, Ala.), Bosco Hawkins (Anchorage, Ala.); DEFENDERS (4): John Clore (Culpeper, Va.), Jon McCullough (Washington, D.C.), John Theobald (Syracuse, N.Y.), Dave Woosnam (Roswell, Ga.); MIDFIELDERS (4): Tom Latsch (Cleveland, Ohio), Josh McKinney (Princeton, W.Va.), Jason Slemons (Eagle River, Ala.), Chris Wolf (Gainesville, Fla.); FORWARDS (2): Josh Blue (Denver, Colo.), Eli Wolff (Boston, Mass.).
*** "CENTER CIRCLE" SPOTLIGHT ***
PEAK PERFORMER: D.C. forward Jaime Moreno looked like his old self this weekend, scoring United’s first goal in the 12th minute and setting up the second goal in the 39th minute of a solid 2-1 win over the defending MLS champions on April 3. After a disappointing 2003 with the MetroStars, a healthy Moreno was dangerous all game while back with his original team, scoring his 80th career goal for D.C.
MARQUEE MATCH-UP: Saturday’s marquee MLS match will be a rematch of the 2003 MLS Cup final as both the San Jose Earthquakes and Chicago Fire will be looking for their first win of the 2004 campaign and U.S. MNT teammates DaMarcus Beasley and Landon Donovan continue their friendly pro rivalry. The match kicks off at 4 p.m. ET live on ESPN2.
SOCCER SHOCKER: Most of the crowd at RFK Stadium and the national TV audience had to be a little surprised that much-ballyhooed forward Freddy Adu was not in the starting lineup of the MLS opener on April 3 after all the hype that had been built up over the last two weeks. But their patience was rewarded in the final third of the match when he came on for last year’s #1 MLS SuperDraft selection Alecko Eskandarian. What was not surprising was that the Earthquakes defense was able to limit Adu’s touches and stifle his attacks, providing a preview of what could be a challenging first year as a pro for the youngster.
QUOTABLE: "I'm happy. We have a good team, and over the last two years we have played some very difficult teams on the road, some very difficult teams to play against. We knew we would win one of these games along the way, and we were fortunate that we were able to win today."
--U.S. MNT manager Bruce Arena, on breaking his winless streak against European teams