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Inspired U.S. National Team Stuns Germany 3-0


JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Saturday, February 6, 1999) - The U.S. Men's National Team exploded for three goals in a 11-minute span during the first half to earn a crushing 3-0 victory over European Champs Germany today at Jacksonville's Alltel Stadium. The win was the first for the U.S. under new head coach Bruce Arena, who took over in October '98, and the first victory over Germany in four matches.

The United States received goals from three of its German-based professionals - Jovan Kirovski (Fortuna Cologne), Tony Sanneh (Hertha Berlin) and Claudio Reyna (VfL Wolfsburg) - and relied defensively on MLS stars, including goalkeeper Tony Meola and defenders Robin Fraser, Jeff Agoos and C.J. Brown.

"This was a great team effort for us today," said U.S. head coach Bruce Arena. "But I don't want to dwell on one good performance. What I'm most happy about is the fact that we have improved each week we have been together."

The United States hadn't scored a goal in 288 minutes of action before Kirovski started the American goal spree in the 16th minute. Jeff Agoos started the play with a pass out of the midfield to a streaking Kirovski on the left side. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder collected the pass and side-stepped German defender Markus Babbel before unleashing a ferocious, 23-yard right-footer that slammed into the upper-right corner, well out of the reach of German 'keeper Oliver Kahn.

"I think the early goal put a lot of pressure on them," said Kirovski. "I'm very happy with the overall team performance and think this is something good we can build on."

Eight minutes after the Kirovski goal, Sanneh doubled the U.S. lead with an exceptional individual effort. Pressuring the German defense, Sanneh stripped the ball from German World Cup midfielder Jens Jeremies and cruised in on a breakaway, drawing the keeper out and slipping a shot to the left corner past Kahn.

The final strike came on 26 minutes after a nifty U.S. combination at the top of the area. A clever interchange between Reyna and Chris Armas resulted in Armas flicking a pass to Eddie Lewis inside the area on the left side. Lewis sent a low, curling pass to a wide-open Reyna, who knocked home an empty-netter to seal the win.

Defensive midfielder Armas was once again the unsung hero in eliminating Germany's most experienced midfielder Andreas Moller. Armas provided cover for Reyna, who organize the American attack throughout the match.

The win mirrored another historic U.S. victory that occurred almost one year ago to the day, when the U.S. pulled off an equally daunting feat with a victory over then World Champion Brazil on Feb. 10, 1998 in Los Angeles.

The U.S. National Team next travels to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 15 in preparation for a Feb. 21 full-international match versus Chile at Lockhart Stadium. The Feb. 21 match will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET and will televised live on ESPN. Tickets can be purchased by calling 888-FUSION4.

1999 U.S. Men's National Team Game Report

Participants:United States National Team vs. Germany National Team
Competition:Full-International Friendly
Venue:Alltel Stadium (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Date:February 6, 1999
Kickoff: 1:00 PM (ET)
Attendance:17,259
Weather:72 degrees, sunny and clear

Team 1 2 Total
USA 3 0
3
Germany 0 0
0

USA - Jovan Kirovski, (Jeff Agoos), 16,
USA - Tony Sanneh, (unassisted), 24,
USA - Claudio Reyna, (Eddie Lewis), 26.

USA - 1-Tony Meola, 4-Robin Fraser, 12-Jeff Agoos, 5-C.J. Brown, 7-Eddie Lewis (2-Frankie Hejduk, 77), 14-Chris Armas, 10-Claudio Reyna (Capt.), 17-Tony Sanneh, 8-Jovan Kirovski (9-Joe-Max Moore, 86), 13-Cobi Jones (15-Roy Lassiter, 86), 20-Brian McBride.

GER - 1-Oliver Kahn, 10-Lothar Matthaus (Capt.), 2-Markus Babbel, 5-Marko Rehmer, 13- Alexander Zickler (17-Marco Bode, 46), 16-Jens Jeremies, 20-Carsten Ramelow (8-Christian Nerlinger, 46), 18-Lars Ricken, 7-Andreas Moller, 9-Michael Preetz, 11-Olaf Marschall.

Statistical Summary
USA GER
Shots
17
8
Saves
2
6
Corner Kicks
3
6
Fouls
10
14
Offsides
3
2

Misconduct Summary:

USA - Sanneh, (caution), 42,
GER - Zickler, (caution), 42,
USA - Armas, (caution), 50,
GER - Moeller, (caution), 50.

Officials
Referee: Gilberto Alcala (MEX)
Referee's Assistants: Francisco Ramirez (MEX)
Juan Vasquez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Brian Hall (USA)

U.S. Soccer In March, U.S. Soccer will host the Nike U.S. Cup '99 in Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif. The tournament, which will be played as two double-headers, features a four-team lineup that includes Guatemala, Bolivia and two-time U.S. Cup defending champion Mexico. The USA will face Guatemala at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on March 11, and then travel to San Diego to face border rival Mexico at Qualcomm Stadium on March 13. Following is a look at the USA's confirmed 1999 schedule.

U.S. Men's National Team Schedule
DateOpponentLocationKickoff / TVTickets
Feb. 21ChileLockhart Stadium
(Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
3:30 p.m. (ET) /
ESPN
888/FUSION4
(for more info)
1999 U.S. Cup
March 11U.S. vs. Guatemala Memorial Coliseum
(Los Angeles, Calif.)
5:30 p.m. (PT) /
ESPN
213/413-3951
(for ticket info)
March 11Mexico vs. Bolivia Memorial Coliseum
(Los Angeles, Calif.)
8:00 p.m. (PT) / 213/413-3951
(for ticket info)
March 13U.S. vs. Mexico Qualcomm Stadium
(San Diego, Calif.)
12:30 p.m. (PT) /
ABC
619/460-7612
(for ticket info)
March 13Guatemala vs. BoliviaQualcomm Stadium
(San Diego, Calif.)
3:00 p.m. (PT) / 619/460-7612
(for ticket info)
1999 FIFA Confederations Cup (Group B)
July 24New ZealandJalisco Stadium
(Guadalajara, Mex.)
TBA /
TBA
TBA
July 28BrazilJalisco Stadium
(Guadalajara, Mex.)
12:30 p.m. (CT) /
TBA
TBA
July 30GermanyJalisco Stadium
(Guadalajara, Mex.)
6:00 p.m. (CT) /
TBA
TBA
1999 FIFA Confederations Cup (Potential Elimination-Round Games)
Aug. 1Semifinal - A1 vs. B2Guillermo Canedo Stadium
(Mexico City, Mex.)
12:30 p.m. (CT) /
TBA
TBA
Aug. 1Semifinal - B1 vs. A2Jalisco Stadium
(Guadalajara, Mex.)
TBA /
TBA
TBA
Aug. 3Third Place MatchJalisco Stadium
(Guadalajara, Mex.)
8:30 p.m. (CT) /
TBA
TBA
Aug. 4Championship MatchGuillermo Canedo Stadium
(Mexico City, Mex.)
TBA /
TBA
TBA

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