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U.S. MNT Training Camp Update - June 17, 2004


U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Update
June 17, 2004
Franklin Square, New York

BACK TO BUSINESS: The U.S. Men's National Team training camp resumed in Long Island on Tuesday, the slightly revamped group of 18 going through the paces at the N.Y. Hota Bavarian Football Club. The team went through a spirited session in the typically hot and humid New York summer. Thursday afternoon the team was slated for a scrimmage with the Long Island Rough Riders, but after 11 minutes the skies opened up as a thunderstorm rolled in and the match was called off. The team will depart for Grenada via Kennedy Airport early Friday morning.. The U.S. will face Grenada in the second leg of second round FIFA World Cup qualifying June 20 at the National Stadium in St. George's, Grenada. Kickoff for the match, which the USA enters with a 3-0 aggregate lead, is set for 4 p.m. ET, and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Telemundo.  Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

Roster: /articles/viewArticle.jsp_71471.html

HOMECOMING: U.S. Manager Bruce Arena is staying very close to home this week, the Long Island native having grown in up Franklin Square, less than a mile from the USA's training site. Arena played for N.Y. Hota in his playing days, and attended nearby Nassau Community College before heading to Cornell University. Read accounts of Arena's memories from home in Wednesday's editions of The New York Times.

Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/16/sports/soccer/16vecsey.html

HOMECOMING, PART II:  Arena isn't the only man making a trip home.  Chicago Fire captain Chris Armas grew up in Brentwood, and played for NY Hota and several other local clubs before going to Adelphi University, located less than 10 minutes from the team's training site.  "This experience connects the real world to my soccer world," says Armas.  "Soccer is such a small world.  I'm proud to represent where I came from."  Read ussoccer.com's interview with Armas here.

Armas Q & A: /articles/viewArticle.jsp_72971.html

STEWART ONE AWAY:  With his appearance in the USA's 3-0 win against Grenada, Earnie Stewart has now collected 99 caps for the United States, one shy of the coveted "Century Club."  The 14-year veteran of the national team also made his team-leading 28th career appearance in World Cup qualifier.  Stewart will have a chance to hit 100 in the second leg of the series this Sunday.

AWAY GOALS ARE GOLDEN: In accordance with the rules of competition set forth for FIFA 2006 World Cup qualifying, the "away goals" rule is in effect for the second round of qualifying.  If the teams are tied in aggregate goal scoring after the second game, goals scored away from home will count double.  If the teams are still tied, a 30-minute "golden goal" extra-time period will be played, followed by penalty kicks.  Having recorded a shutout in the first leg, any goals scored by the U.S. in Grenada will put the host nation that much farther in the hole.

LOSING BY THREE?  In order to force a playoff after the second leg, Grenada would at the very least have to win by three goals.  The United States last lost a World Cup qualifier by three goals on Nov. 9, 1980, a 5-1 defeat in Mexico.  The team surrendered last surrendered three goals in the 3-2 defeat to Honduras on Sept. 1, 2001, in game seven of the 10-match final round hexagonal.

GETTING TO KNOW GRENADA:  On Friday, the U.S. Men’s National team heads to St. George’s, the capital of the small island nation. Acapacity crowd of 15,000 is expected at the National Stadium, which normally serves as the cricket grounds.  American fans might not know much about Grenada or the people who live there, so ussoccer.com takes a brief glimpse into the world surrounding the “Spice Boyz." 

Grenada: /articles/viewArticle.jsp_69883.html


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