U.S. MNT World Cup Update
June 4, 2010
Irene, South Africa
ALTIDOREâ€™S STATUS REMAINS DAY TO DAY
U.S. forward Jozy Altidore was held out of field training Friday afternoon as he continues to recover from a mild sprain to his right ankle suffered in training two days ago. He continues to make favorable progress, and his status remains day to day.
U.S. TO FACE AUSTRALIA IN FINAL WORLD CUP PREPARATION MATCH
The U.S. will play its final tune-up match precisely one week before their Group C opener against England when they travel down the road from base camp in Irene to face fellow World Cup finalists Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort. Kickoff at Ruimsig Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer.
USA-AUSTRALIA QUICK HITS
- This will be third meeting between the U.S. and Australia, with the U.S. holding a 0-1-1 record with matches in 1992 and 1998. The teams have combined for one goal in those two meetings.
- All 23 players can dress and there will be six substitutes available to each manager.
- The referee crew will be from South Africa, with Addul Ebrahim running the center.
- The U.S. will wear their all white strip, while Australia will wear yellow-green-yellow.
- Complete game notes can be found at ussoccer.com.
TODAY FROM STUDIO 90
U.S. Soccerâ€™s popular web show Studio 90 will feature two shows a day during the FIFA World Cup, and hereâ€™s a look at June 4â€™s rundown:
Studio 90: On todayâ€™s Studio 90, U.S. assistant coach Jesse MarschÂ previewed the Australia match with host Aaron Heifetz, we had Part 2 of Fitness Focus with the U.S. team and we featured some quotes on the upcoming Australia match from U.S. head coach Bob Bradley and several U.S. players.
Sounds from South Africa: Donâ€™t have time to get online and check out all the content on ussoccer.com? With Sounds from South Africa, weâ€™ve put together a daily podcast that you can download to catch up on all the dayâ€™s news. Todayâ€™s features U.S. Men's National Team assistant coach Jesse Marsch previewing the upcoming friendly between the USA and Australia. Goalkeeper Tim Howard, defender Steve Cherundolo and forward Robbie Findley also feature on the show. Listen now.
FROM THE MNT BLOG
A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:
- Weâ€™ve got it coveredÂ
- The MNT Blog goes down to the farm
- U.S. Menâ€™s National Team dines al frescoÂ
- The ranch at Irene Country Lodge
QUOTEABLE: June 4, 2010
U.S. MNT Goalkeeper TIM HOWARD:
On what heâ€™s looking to get out of the game against Australia:
â€œNo injuries, first of all. I think we need a good performance going into this game. Our second half performance against Turkey was very good so thatâ€™s a positive. If we can build on that and go into next week feeling like it was a good performance, everyone seemed to play well and weâ€™re in a good rhythm, I think thatâ€™ll be important. I donâ€™t think the result is too much of an issue, obviously weâ€™d like to win, but no injuries and everyone feeling like theyâ€™re getting up to speed would be good.â€
On his experience with Australian and fellow Everton teammate Tim Cahill:
â€œTim is the ultimate competitor. I always say heâ€™s miserable to play against and that makes him a fantastic teammate. Heâ€™s a guy who is very fun-loving off the field, but every single game Iâ€™ve played with him at Everton heâ€™s been the first one to take the fight to the other team, to get stuck in, to push and shove and really push the tempo. He gives 100 percent of himself all the time, and itâ€™s great to have a teammate and friend like that.â€
U.S. MNT Defender STEVE CHERUNDOLO:
On how the U.S. and Australia will play to avoid injuries so close to the World Cup:
â€œI certainly donâ€™t expect anybody to be playing in a reckless manner tomorrow, but the best way to get injured is to go out and try not to get injured. Guys are going to go into tackles, and play hard, but I donâ€™t think youâ€™ll see any reckless tackles or any sort of dirty tackles that would be rewarded with a red card during a game. But itâ€™ll be hard, and there will be some tackles, and there will definitely be some body contact which is good, itâ€™ll get us ready for next week.â€
U.S. MNT Forward ROBBIE FINDLEY:
On the effect Jozy Altidoreâ€™s mild ankle sprain has had on him:
â€œIt didnâ€™t impact me much. Iâ€™ve just tried to mainly focus on being ready, if Iâ€™m given that opportunity to step on the field, whether itâ€™s starting or coming off the bench. Hopefully he gets better real soon, and Iâ€™ll just make sure Iâ€™m ready to step up if I need to.â€
FIFA WORLD CUP FACTS: GROUP A
- Group A is the only group with two former Cup winners, with Uruguay (1930, 1950) and France (1998).
- This is the fifth-consecutive FIFA World Cup appearance for Mexico (the group leader with 13 all-time appearances), fourth-consecutive for France and first since 2002 for Uruguay and South Africa.
- Group A features a tournament-high three teams with 10 or more previous finals appearances (Mexico-13, France-12, Uruguay-10)
- Each of the four teams in Group A has hosted a World Cup
- France (1938, 1998)
- Â Mexico (1970, 1986)
- South Africa (2010)
- Uruguay (1930)