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U.S. Continues Gold Cup Defense vs. Brazil in Semifinal

U.S. MNT Gold Cup Notes
July 23, 2003
Coral Gables, Florida

The U.S. MNT continues its defense of the Gold Cup title when they face Brazil tonight at the Orange Bowl in Miami.   Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on Galavision.  Fans can follow the action live on’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The United States and Brazil are meeting for the third time in a Gold Cup semifinal.  In the most recent encounter, the U.S. capturing their first-ever victory against Brazil with a 1-0 upset in the 1998 edition of the tournament.

-  Landon Donovan’s four-goal performance against Cuba marked only the fourth time in U.S. history a scorer has posted four goals in a match.  The most recent came Dec. 5, 1993, when Joe-Max Moore put four in against El Salvador en route to a 7-0 U.S. win

- Donovan tops the U.S. scoring charts in 2003, his seven goals and three assists good for 17 points.  Donovan has already topped his career single-season best for both goals and assists, his previous best six goals and two assists coming in 2002

- The United States and Brazil have previously met in the semifinals of the Gold Cup.  On Feb. 10, 1998, at the L.A. Coliseum in Los Angeles, Preki Radosavljevic scored in the 65th minute to give the United States a 1-0 victory against the then-ranked  No. 1 team in the world.  Scoring its first goal in 68 years against Brazil, the U.S. were backstopped by the phenomenal goalkeeping display of Kasey Keller, who made 10 saves (including five on Romario alone) in leading the U.S. to the '98 final against Mexico.

- The U.S. has a lifetime record of 1-10-0 against Brazil.  Seven of the 11 meetings have ended in 1-0 decisions, including the USA's lone victory

- Bobby Convey got his first-ever start for the MNT against Brazil on March 3, 2001, while still only 17 years old.  "Well, I was still 17 years old at the time," said Convey. "The game was out in L.A., and there were like 60,000 people there. The match was broadcast live on ESPN, and I had to mark Cafu. That's a nice way to get your first start."  

- Landon Donovan and McBride have started seven matches for the MNT as strike partners.  The U.S. has posted a 5-1-1 record in those games, outscoring their opponents 13-4.  McBride has scored five times for the partnership, Donovan's four goals all coming against Cuba

- Danny Califf is suspended for tonight's match after picking up two yellow cards in the first three matches.  Tournament rules stipulate that players who received one yellow card through the quarterfinal round shall have their record expunged going into the semifinal round.

U.S. assistant coach Curt Onalfo provided the scouting report on Brazil in advance of tonight's Gold Cup semifinal.  Onalfo, who is responsible for the MNT's video editing, talks about Brazil's unique 4-2-2-2 formation, their gifted attack, and where to find the holes in their defense.
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On the field for USA
July 19, 2003 – Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass. – 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Quarterfinal
United States       5    Landon Donovan 22’, 26’, 55’, 76’; Steve Ralston 42’
Cuba                      0
Attendance: 15,627

USA (4-4-2)  — 18-Kasey Keller; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 12-Danny Califf, 4-Cory Gibbs, 3-Greg Vanney; 19-Steve Ralston, 25-Pablo Mastroeni (13-Richard Mulrooney, 46), 10-Claudio Reyna (Capt.) (8-Earnie Stewart, 46), 7-Eddie Lewis; 21-Landon Donovan, 20-Brian McBride (11-Clint Mathis, 46).
CUB (4-4-2) — 1-Odelin Molina (Capt.); 16-Reizander Perez, 5-Alexander Cruzata, 4-Silvio Minoso, 3-Jeniel Marquez; 2-Nayuri Rivero (18-Alain Cervantes, 46), 17-Pedro Adriani Faife, 7-Jorge Ramirez, 10-Lester More (6-Livan Perez, 46); 9-Lazaro Dacourt (15-Lazaro Ruiz, 69) 13-Maikel Castaneda.

On the field for Brazil
July 19, 2003 – The Orange Bowl, Miami, Fla. – 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Quarterfinal
Brazil           2    Kaka 42’, 66’
Colombia    0   
Attendance: 23,425

COL (4-4-2) - 1-Farid Mondragon, 16-Ruben Dario Bustos, 5-Jose Mera, 6-Luis Perea, 2-Kilian Virviescas, 7-Jairo Patino, 17-John Restrepo, 15-Ruben Dario Velasquez (11-Jairo Castillo 46), 10-Giovanni Hernandez (9-Julian Vasquez 46), 14-Mauricio Molina, 11-Elkin Murillo.
BRA (4-2-2-2) - 1-Gomes, 2-Maicon, 3-Luisao, 4-Alex, 5-Adriano, 8-Kaka, 6-Paulo Almeida, 7-Julio Baptista, 10-Diego, 15-Nilmar, 11-Robinho (17-Carlos Alberto 79).

Vs. Brazil
June 21, 2003 –Stade Gerland, Lyon, France –Confederations Cup, Group B
Brazil                  1    Alex 22’
United States    0   
Attendance: 20,306

USA (4-4-2)  — 18-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 3-Gregg Berhalter, 12-Carlos Bocanegra, 23-Cory Gibbs (15-Bobby Convey, 78); 4-Pablo Mastroeni (20-Taylor Twellman, 84), 8-Earnie Stewart (Capt.), 17-DaMarcus Beasley, 22-Chris Klein (7-Eddie Lewis, 57), 10-Landon Donovan; 11-Clint Mathis.
BRA (4-2-2-2) — 1-Dida; 2-Belleti (13-Maurinho, 70), 3-Lucio, 4-Juan, 16-Kleber; 5-Emerson (Capt.), 7-Ronaldinho, 8-Kleberson, 10-Ricardinho, 20-Alex (11-Gil, 73); 9-Adriano (21-Ilan, 89).

Vs. Brazil in the Gold Cup
February 10, 1998 –L.A. Coliseum, Los Angeles, Calif. – CONCACAF Gold Cup, Semifinal
United States    1    Preki Radosavljevic 65’
Brazil                  0   
Attendance: 12,298

USA — Kasey Keller, Mike Burns, Alexi Lalas, Eddie Pope, Jeff Agoos, Frankie Hejduk, John Harkes, Joe-Max Moore, Cobi Jones, Eric Wynalda (Brian McBride 81), Roy Wegerle (Preki Radosavljevic, 60).
BRA — Taffarel, Ze Maria, Junior Baiano, Goncalves, Mauro da Silva (Doriva, 7), Junior, Edmundo, Flavio Conceicao (Marcos dos Santos Assuncao, 71), Zinho, Sergio Manoel (Elber, 76), Romario 

The United States has advanced to the semifinal round in six of seven Gold Cup tournaments.  They have reached the final four times, winning the inaugural championship in 1991 and the most recent title in February of 2002.  Both losses in the championship match came at the hands of Mexico, a 4-0 loss in Mexico City  in 1993, and a 1-0 loss in the '98 final in Los Angeles.  The only event in which the U.S. did not reach the final four came in 2000, when the U.S. drew 0-0 with Colombia in regulation and overtime, before being knocked out in the penalty kick phase.

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