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U.S. MNT Notes - July 10, 2004


U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Update
July 10, 2004
Chicago, Illinois

ONE TO GO: The U.S. will hold its final training session this afternoon at Soldier Field in Chicago, just over 24 hours before their final FIFA World Cup qualifying tuneup against Poland.  Kickoff for the match is set for 6 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Telemundo.  Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. 

QUICK HITS
  • The U.S. will dress 19 players for the Poland match.  As of Saturday afternoon, all were reporting fit and healthy.  According to new FIFA Guidelines in effect as of July 1, 2004, the maximum number of substitutions is six in a friendly match.
  • Nine players on the roster appeared in the USA’s 3-2 victory against Grenada on June 20, including eight starters and all three goal scorers.  The victory advanced the U.S. to the semifinal round of FIFA World Cup qualifying.  Seven started the home leg of that series, a 3-0 win on June 13 in Columbus, Ohio.
  • DaMarcus Beasley, who leads the U.S. in scoring in 2004 with four goals, tallied the lone goal of the game against Poland at Kazimierza Gorskiego on March 31 in Plock, Poland.  Beasley also leads the team in games played (8) and minutes played (630).
  • A total of eight players on this weekend’s roster appeared in that game, including five starters.  The full list: DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo, Bobby Convey, Pablo Mastroeni, Clint Mathis, Josh Wolff, and Kerry Zavagnin.
  • The victory was the first for the U.S. in 2004, and launched a five-game winning streak that included four consecutive shutout victories by four different goalkeepers.  The streak also included wins against Mexico (1-0), Honduras (4-0), and a 3-0 World Cup Qualifying win against Grenada.  Overall the team looks to improve on its 5-1-2 record in 2004.
  • Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard will marshal the U.S. defense, the 2004 PFA Goalkeeper of the Year in England making his second appearance with the national team this year after posting a shutout in the victory against Honduras on June 2 in Foxboro.
  • Brian McBride is the most capped player on Sunday’s roster, with 76 appearances for the MNT.  The Arlington Heights, Ill., native moved ahead of Joe-Max Moore into second place on the U.S. all-time goal scoring charts (25) when he tallied a pair against Honduras last month.
  • The San Jose Earthquakes make the largest contribution to the roster with three players, led by forward Landon Donovan.  The 2003 Chevrolet Male Athlete of the Year became the youngest player in U.S. history to reach 50 caps when he started in the USA’s victory against Grenada to open 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying in Columbus.  He is joined by ‘Quakes strike partner Brian Ching, currently tied for second place on the MLS scoring charts with seven goals and one assist, and midfielder Brian Mullan, who is one of two players on the roster in search of his first cap.
  • The other potential debutant is MetroStars midfielder Eddie Gaven, who at 17 years and 260 days of age could become the fourth youngest player in U.S. history to make an appearance for the senior team. A member of the U-17 team that took fifth place at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland, he was the youngest player ever to sign a contract with MLS when he inked a deal last year, and recently become the youngest player ever voted as a starter for an MLS All-Star game.
  • A total of nine players on today’s roster were voted as starters for the 2004 MLS All-Star Game.  Joining Gaven on the East team are Chris Armas, DaMarcus Beasley and Eddie Pope, while the West team is represented by Chris Albright, Brian Ching, Landon Donovan, Cory Gibbs, and Pablo Mastroeni.
  • Two months after climbing back into the Top 10 in the FIFA World Rankings, the U.S. Men’s National Team continued its climb up the ladder by moving up two notches to seventh place, their highest ranking ever.  This is the 16th time the U.S. has been ranked in the Top 10 since breaking in for the first time in August of 2002 after their remarkable quarterfinal run in the 2002 World Cup.
  • The U.S. men are making their first appearance in the Windy City 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 to the Poles in 1973. Chicago area soccer fans were honored by U.S. Soccer in 2003 as the Best Soccer Fans in the country in ussoccer.com's annual Best of Series voting.
  • In their history, the U.S. has played Poland more times than any other European opponent (13, dating all the way back to 1924). Poland leads the all-time series with a 7-5-1 record, including a 3-1 victory in the final Group D match in the 2002 World Cup. However the United States is looking for its second consecutive win against the side this year.  The USA took the spoils in the last meeting on U.S. soil, a 3-1 victory on May 9, 1990 in Hershey, Pa.
ROSTERS:
USA
Goalkeepers (2): Tim Howard (Manchester United), Zach Thornton (out of contract)
Defenders (6): Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Cory Gibbs (Dallas Burn), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Eddie Pope (MetroStars)
Midfielders (7): Chris Armas (Chicago Fire), DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago Fire), Bobby Convey (D.C. United), Landon Donovan (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars), Brian Mullan (San Jose Earthquakes), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards)
Forwards (4): Brian Ching (San Jose Earthquakes), Clint Mathis (Hannover 96), Brian McBride (Fulham FC), Josh Wolff
(Kansas City Wizards)

POLAND
Goalkeepers (2): Artur Boruc, Waldemar Piatek
Defenders (6): Jaroslaw Bieniuk, Dariusz Dudka, Pawel Kaczorowski, Rafal Lasocki, Mariusz Mowlik, Michal Stasiak   
Midfielders (8): Marcin Burkhardt, Vahan Gevorgyan, Michael Golinski, Tomasz Jarzebowski, Lukasz Madej, Sebastian Mila, Patryk Rachwal, Maciej Scherfchen   
Forwards (2): Ireneusz Jelen, Piotr Wlodarczyk

ARENA TO HIT THE BIG 5-0:
With a victory against Poland this Sunday, U.S. Manager Bruce Arena would record his 50th career win for the United States.  During a six-year run that began in 1998, Arena has already established several records, including most victories (49), highest winning percentage (.644), and longest tenure, while leading the U.S. to it's historic quarterfinal finish in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.  It would be the second time Arena could establish a personal milestone against Poland, having earned his first victory in Europe in the 1-0 win way to Poland on March 31 in Plock.

FIRE REUNION:
Chicago Fire stalwarts Chris Armas and DaMarcus Beasley enjoyed getting the old crew back together, stepping on the training field with former mates Carlos Bocanegra, Zach Thornton and Josh Wolff.  All five were members of the 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup winning side.  Bocanegra, a two-time MLS Defender of the Year, left the Fire in January to join Fulham of the English Premier League.   Thornton, the current MLS all-time leading goalkeeper in victories (91),  had a six-month spell at Benfica this past season.  Wolff, a member of the Kansas City Wizards since 2003, remains the Fire's second all-time leading scorer (32) behind Ante Razov (76).

YOUTH A BLESSING?:
Former D.C. United midfielder Mike Slivinski holds the record as the youngest player ever to appear for the United States men’s team, appearing against Jamaica on Sept. 14, 1991 at the age of 16 years, 318 days.  Ironically, teammate Mark Jonas became the second youngest player to get a cap on that same day, at the age of 16 years, 332 days.  Neither Slivinski nor Jonas ever made another appearance for the senior team.

BY WAY OF HAWAII:
Brian Ching is the only player with Hawaiian ancestry to ever suit up for the U.S. Men's National Team, getting his first cap in 2003. But after an injury last season, it was up in the air if we'd ever see the island native again. Well, he's back and in Chicago as the U.S. MNT get set for Poland on Sunday, July 11. Click here to find out how he's made it back and what he has to say about growing up playing soccer in his home state.

POLISH LEGEND LATO SERVING AS HEAD OF DELEGATION IN CHICAGO:
Traveling with Poland on their trip to Chicago as the Head of Delegation is famed Polish forward Grzegorz Lato. Lato starred for his country in three consecutive World Cups from 1974 to 1982, leading Poland to an astonishing streak of top five finishes (taking third place in 1974, fifth place in 1978 and third place in 1982). A prolific striker gifted with speed and a formidable shot, Lato is one of only 11 players to ever score 10 or more goals in World Cup history, knocking in seven goals in '74, and two in '78, before recording his final tally in '82. With his seven strikes in the '74 World Cup in Germany, Lato finished as the tournament's top goal scorer, the only Polish player to accomplish that feat. Even more amazing, of the 10 goals he supplied Poland during World Cup play, seven were game winners (five in '74 alone), including the only tally in Poland's 1-0 victory over Brazil in the '74 Third Place match. Lato also led the talented Polish team to a gold medal at the 1972 Olympic Games in Germany. During his international career, Lato registered 95 caps from 1971-84 and scored 42 goals, the second most in Polish history. On Sunday at Soldier Field, Lato will lead the Polish team on to the field as they are introduced to supporters.

SOCCER HOUSE: The visit to Chicago will allow many players their first look at the home of the U.S. Soccer Federation, affectionately known as "Soccer House."  The home base of the U.S.S.F. since 1991, Soccer House started as two separate mansions built in the late 1800's in Chicago's historic Prairie District.  Many moviegoers have seen the inside of the building, but might not know it.  To read about the history of the "home of U.S. Soccer," click here.

UP NEXT:
The next game for the United States will be their first in the Semifinal Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying when they travel to Kingston, Jamaica for an Aug. 18 meeting with the Reggae Boyz.  Overall, the U.S. has an 8-0-5 record against Jamaica, including 2-0-4 record in qualifying since 1988.  The most recent qualifier against Jamaica was a 2-1 win on October 7, 2001 in Foxboro, Mass. that propelled the United States into the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan.

LAST TIME…
On the field for USA
June 20, 2004 – National Stadium, St. George’s Grenada – FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Second Round, Second Leg
USA           3      Landon Donovan 6, Josh Wolff 19, DaMarcus Beasley 77
Grenada     2     Jason Roberts 12 (pen), Ricky Charles 78      
Att: 15,267

USA  — 18-Kasey Keller; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 25-Pablo Mastroeni, 12-Cory Gibbs, 15-Bobby Convey (3-Greg Vanney, 88); 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.) (5-Kerry Zavagnin, 80), 14-Chris Armas, 21-Landon Donovan, 17-DaMarcus Beasley; 20-Brian McBride, 16-Josh Wolff (8-Earnie Stewart, 63).

GRN — 1-Kellon Baptiste; 11-Anthony Modeste (capt.), 5-Franklin Baptiste, 14-Brian Benjamin, 15-Kennedy Phillip (21-Kitson Bain, 59), 10-Ricky Charles; 16-Byron Bubb (19-Ricky Morris, 89), 9-Shalrie Joseph (23-Arkenson Neckles, 65), 20-Anthony Bedeau, 12-Patrick Modeste; 30-Jason Roberts.

For a full match report, click here

On the field for Poland
June 5, 2004 – Stockholm, Sweden - Friendly
Sweden     3    Henrik Larsson 42, Andreas Jacobsson 54,  Marcus Allbaeck 72
Poland      1    Damian Gorawski (89)

SWE: Andreas Isaksson; Mikael Nilsson, Olof Mellberg (62., Johan Mjaellby), Andreas Jacobsson, Erik Edman; Tobias Linderoth (62., Alexander Oestlund), Christian Wilhelmsson (75., Pontus Farnerud), Kim Kallstroem, Fredrik Ljungberg (62., Anders Andersson); Zlatan Ibrahimovic (62., Mattias Jonson), Henrik Larsson (62., Marcus Allbaeck).

POL: Jerzy Dudek; Michał Żewłakow, Bartosz Bosacki, Tomasz Kłos, Tomasz Rząsa (78., Paweł Kaczorowski); Maciej Żurawski, Arkadiusz Radomski (88., Damian Gorawski), Mariusz Lewandowski (81., Kamil Kosowski).


Vs. Poland
March 31, 2004 – Kazimierza Gorskiego Stadium, Plock, Poland – Friendly
Poland        0   
USA            0    DaMarcus Beasley 26
Att: 10,500

POL: 1-Jerzy Dudek; 2-Tomasz Klos, 3-Tomasz Rzasa, 4-Marcin Baszczynski (17-Tomasz Hajto, 46), 5-Arkadiusz Radomski (15-Miraslaw Szymkowiak, 46); 6-Jacek Bak (capt.), 7-Euzebiusz Smolarek (16-Damian Gorawski, 62), 8-Jacek Krzynowek, 9-Grzegorz Rasiak (18-Marek Saganowski, 46); 10-Mariusz Lewandowski (14-Sebastian Mila, 72), 11-Maciej Zurawski.

USA: 1-Brad Friedel; 13-Greg Vanney, 3-Gregg Berhalter, 25-Pablo Mastroeni (4-Carlos Bocanegra, 52), 6-Steve Cherundolo; 22-Chris Klein (5-Tony Sanneh, 74), 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 17-DaMarcus Beasley, 9-Clint Mathis (8-Kerry Zavagnin, 85); 16-Josh Wolff (15-Bobby Convey, 46), 11-Conor Casey.

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