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U.S. MNT Finishes Day 2 of Gold Cup Training

U.S. MNT Gold Cup Notes
July 9, 2003
Providence, R.I.

BOCA'S BACK: U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra returns to pen "Off the Ball," a personal chronicle about the team's daily events while participating in the Gold Cup.  Bocanegra's musings from France during the Confederations Cup, ranging from training updates to food critiques to his famous "four questions," were an extremely popular segment of's coverage of the tournament.  Today, Carlos talks about the unofficial world tour, day two of training, and sits down with a new set of queries for Danny Califf and Earnie Stewart.

LISTEN IN: Check out the sound bytes from today's interview session in the sights and sounds section of  Hear Cory Gibbs talk about his first experience with the national team; Landon Donovan talk about the pressure on the U.S. team heading into the Gold Cup; Claudio Reyna describe how he handles the responsibility of being a role model on the MNT, and more.

BEASLEY SIDELINED: Chicago Fire midfielder DaMarcus Beasley suffered a mild sprain in his right ankle during training today and was forced to the sideline for the remainder of the session. Beasley will be evaluated this evening, and is currently listed as day-to-day.

Six players on the U.S. roster were selected to play in the 2003 MLS All-Star Game, to be held on Saturday, August 2 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Danny Califf, Landon Donovan, Frankie Hejduk, and Clint Mathis are part of the 16-man roster that will face famed Mexican club Chivas in a unique match that will be televised nationally live on ABC at 3:30 p.m ET.  Mathis leads the U.S. contingent, making his fourth consecutive appearance in an MLS All-Star game.

The USA has had three players named as the tournament MVP, the most of any nation.  Tony Meola earned Golden Ball honors in 1991, posting three shutouts in leading the U.S. to the first-ever Gold Cup championship.  Fellow netminder Kasey Keller was awarded the trophy in 1998, putting on one of the most incredible goalkeeping displays in U.S. history during the team's 1-0 semifinal victory against Brazil. The team finished second after a 1-0 to Mexico in the final.  U.S. forward Brian McBride earned both the Golden Ball and the Golden Shoe in the 2002 event, his four goals leading all scorers and pushing the  U.S. to its second Gold Cup title, an effort which served as the catalyst to the USA's quarterfinal run in the 2002 World Cup.