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U.S. MNT Arrives in Hamburg, Germany, as June 12 World Cup Opener Approaches


U.S. Men's National Team
2006 FIFA World Cup Update
Hamburg, Germany
June 2, 2006

HAMBURG ARRIVAL:
The U.S. Men’s National Team arrived in Germany on Friday morning (photos), landing at the Hamburg Airport at 6:03 a.m. The red carpet was laid out for the team as U.S. Soccer staff, FIFA officials and a swarm of media members welcomed the players and coaches. Lead by a police escort, the team bus swerved through the Hamburg streets before dropping them off at the hotel, where they had breakfast, slept for a bit and then got the ball rolling with their first training session later this afternoon.

SEND-OFF APPEARANCES: Before departing for Germany, some of the players actually flew into New York a day early to appear on Good Morning America. Jimmy Conrad, Brian Ching, Marcus Hahnemann, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Chris Albright and Oguchi Onyewu knocked it around with GMA’s weatherman, who donned a U.S. jersey and goalie gloves as each player took a turn shooting on him. On Wednesday, ESPNews featured Onyewu in a one-on-one interview, asking him about everything from his physical style of play to, of course, “The Stare Down”. Check out both spots right here in the latest all_access videos.

10 DAYS OUT: The U.S. is just 10 days from their first match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup on June 12 against the Czech Republic at FIFA World Cup Stadium Gelsenkirchen. Kickoff for the match is at 6 p.m. local (12 p.m. ET) and fans can follow the match live on ESPN and Univision. The U.S. will train in Hamburg the morning of Saturday, June 10,before traveling the 148 miles to Gelsenkirchen. The team will then train the following day at the stadium, it’s final training session before facing the Czechs.

TRAINING AT HSV: During their time in Hamburg, the U.S. Men will be training at Hamburg SV training ground. Hamburg finished third in the German Bundesliga this past season behind Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich, putting them in a playoff series for a spot in next season’s Champions League. MNT midfielder Benny Feilhaber and U-20 MNT forward Preston Zimmerman were both signed by HSV and are playing with the HSV reserves. Later this week, check out a Studio 90 feature where Zimmerman gives us a tour of the training grounds.

STUDIO 90 LAUNCH: Starting Friday, June 2, fans can get the most comprehensive coverage of the U.S. Men’s National Team by tuning in to see the new daily webcasts of Studio 90, an informative news and interview show available exclusively on ussoccer.com. Studio 90 will provide daily features and interviews that dissect the team and its personalities as they make their way through Germany. The daily video news show will feature behind-the-scenes access, exclusive in-studio interviews with players and coaches, pre- and post-game reactions from players, as well as all the preparation, desire and passion that it takes to compete in a World Cup.

WORLD CUP BLOG: Even with all the video, audio and print coverage of the U.S. MNT on ussoccer.com, we figured some of those slight everyday details, those little tantalizing nuggets most people usually never find out, would continue to fall through the cracks. We can’t have that during a World Cup. So, to bring you even more, we’re writing down all we see and hear in our 24-hour-a-day blog, Bits, Laughs, Outtakes…Germany, right here on ussoccer.com. In our first entry, read up on how Landon and Chris almost missed being on Good Morning America, the activities on the team’s flight over and how they cut the usual 30-minute airport-to-hotel trip down to just 11 minutes.

BRUCE TALKS: After arriving early Friday morning, U.S. Manager Bruce Arena, captain Claudio Reyna and defender Steve Cherundolo spoke with the media on hand at the hotel. We’ve got a quote sheet available for you and if you want to hear their voices yourself, check out the podcast.

TRAINING CAMP PHOTOS: ussoccer.com continues in the tradition of bringing you the U.S. Men’s National Team photos from training camp and matches. Check out some of the pics from the team’s first training at the HSV fields in Hamburg.

DAILY CENTER CIRCLE: The Center Circle e-magazine has transformed from the once-a-month newsletter on ussoccer.com, to an interactive page that will be updated on a regular basis with new features on all the U.S. National Teams. Launched last week, all your favorite CC sections are still available, such as Armchair Midfielder, In 3s and You Don’t Know Jack (Marshall) trivia, mixed in with more podcast interviews, new video segments, a chance for you to rant opinions and ask questions, and much, much more. Our little Center Circle baby is all grown up. Come check it out.

COVER TIME: The 1999 U-17 alumni quartet of DaMarcus Beasley, Bobby Convey, Landon Donovan and Oguchi Onyewu grace the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated as part of the magazine's 2006 FIFA World Cup preview. The story recaps the legacy of the U-17 squad that finished in fourth place at the 1999 World Youth Championship in New Zealand, where Donovan picked up the Golden Ball as the tournament MVP and Beasley took him the silver ball. The SI cover follows Beasley's appearance on the front of ESPN the Magazine last week, marking the second consecutive World Cup in which the PSV midfielder got his mug on the cover.

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