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U.S. Men Open World Cup Qualifying Sunday vs. Grenada

U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Update
June 12, 2004
Columbus, Ohio

ONE TO GO: The U.S. will hold its final training session this afternoon at Columbus Crew Stadium, exactly 24 hours before their opening match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign against Grenada.  Kickoff for the match is set for 1 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Telemundo.   Fans can also follow the match live on's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.  The Grenadian team arrived into Columbus on Friday evening after spending three days training at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and will hold a single session at Crew Stadium today at 11 a.m.

    * All 18 players on the U.S. roster are currently reporting fit and healthy.  D.C. United midfielder Earnie Stewart returns to Columbus on Sunday morning (more later)
    * Stewart may be next in line to join the 100-cap club, sitting on 98 caps coming into Sunday’s contest.  He played 13 times for the USA in 2003, the most appearances in one year in his 13-year international career. Stewart is the all-time U.S. leader in World Cup qualifying appearances (27) and goals (9).
    * The U.S. has posted a 3-1-2 record in 2004, including three consecutive shutout victories against Poland, Mexico and Honduras.   Next generation stars DaMarcus Beasley and Bobby Convey hold the lead in both games and minutes played for the USA in 2004, each appearing in six games and logging 450 minutes of action.
    * The shutout streak now stands at 291 minutes, the last goal surrendered by the Americans coming in the 69th minute of the 1-1 draw against Haiti on March 13 in Miami.
    * The United States and Grenada have never met in international competition.  This is the first time the U.S. has entered FIFA World Cup qualifying prior to the semifinal stage since prior to hosting the 1994 World Cup.
    * In the second round stage of 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying, an aggregate goal scoring system is used.  If the score is tied after regulation time at the end of the second match, the teams will play 30 minutes of Golden Goal extra time.  If still tied, penalties will decide who advances to the semifinal round.
    * Nearly 1,000 Grenadian supporters from D.C., New York and Canada are expected to make the trip to Columbus.
    * The USA collected an 8-4-4 record in the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, including eight shutouts.  Earnie Stewart led all U.S. internationals in appearances (15) and minutes played (1,300).  Kasey Keller led the netminders with eight games played and five clean sheets.
    * Five players on the USA’s current roster vs. Grenada have not appeared in a World Cup qualifier (Carlos Bocanegra, Conor Casey, Bobby Convey, Cory Gibbs, Jonny Walker).  Damarcus Beasley made just one appearance in the last campaign, playing the first 45 minutes of the final match against Trinidad and Tobago before being sidelined by injury.
    * Since opening in 1999, Columbus Crew Stadium has hosted the U.S. Men's National Team four times, including two World Cup qualifying games during the 2002 World Cup cycle. The U.S. has never lost a game or surrendered a goal in Columbus, compiling a 2-0-2 lifetime record that includes two scoreless draws.
    * U.S. captain Claudio Reyna became the seventh American man in team history to reach 100 caps when he went the distance in the USA’s 4-0 rout of Honduras on June 2.
    * Also entering the history books that night was Brian McBride, whose two goals upped his career total to 25 all-time, good for second-best in U.S. history behind Eric Wynalda (34).

Goalkeepers (2): Kasey Keller (Tottenham Hotspur), Jonny Walker (MetroStars)
Defenders (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Bobby Convey (D.C. United), Cory Gibbs (Dallas Burn), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Eddie Pope
(MetroStars), Greg Vanney (FC Bastia)
Midfielders (6): Chris Armas (Chicago Fire), DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago Fire), Landon Donovan (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Lewis (Preston North End), Claudio Reyna (Manchester
City), Earnie Stewart (D.C. United)
Forwards (3): Conor Casey (FSV Mainz), Jovan Kirovski (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian McBride (Fulham FC)

Goalkeepers (2): Kellon Baptiste (GBSS), Desmond Noel (QPR).
Defenders (7): Anthony Modeste (QPR), Brian Benjamin (GBSS), Franklyn Baptiste (ESS), Kennedy Phillip (Fontenoy FC), Ricky Charles (USC Spantanburg), Eric George (Springs) Anthony Bedeau (Torquay United, England).
Midfielders (5): Patrick Modeste (QPR), Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution), Byron Bubb (Aylesbury United, England), Ricky Morris (Hurricanes FC), Arkenson Neckles (QPR).
Forwards (4): Jason Roberts (Wigan Athletic, England), Nigel Bishop (GBSS), Kithson Bain (Ball Dogs), Everetts Watts.

STEWART PULLING DOUBLE DUTY: Responding to an urgent request from his club, Earnie Stewart has returned to D.C. in order to be available for United's match against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night. Stewart, the USA's all-time leader in World Cup qualifying appearances (27) and goals (9), will return to Columbus on Sunday morning in time for the USA's opening qualifier against Grenada. D.C. United management contacted U.S. Manager Bruce Arena on Thursday afternoon with the request for Stewart's return, citing a severely depleted roster due to numerous injuries. After consulting with Stewart, Arena agreed to the release.  "This is not something we had to do. Nonetheless, D.C. United presented an emergency circumstance with a lack of available players for their game Saturday night. In the end, we left it up to Earnie, and he decided to go back. We look forward to his return, and we are confident that our group will be prepared to be succesful on Sunday."

ONALFO ON GRENADA:  U.S. Assistant Coach Curt Onalfo once again delivers the low-down on the opponent, breaking down a Grenada side that he says is strong, athletic, and hungry for a win against their giant neighbors to the north.  Read the Onalfo Scouting Report.

IN QUALIFYING FOR THE USA: Overall, the U.S. holds a 38-28-24 lifetime record in FIFA World Cup qualifying play, posting a 22-7-12 mark since 1990.  In the last two qualifying cycles, the U.S. is boasting an impressive 16-1-5 record on home soil, with 39 goals scored and only 11 given up.  For a complete view of facts and figures on the U.S. in FIFA World Cup qualifying, click here.

IN QUALIFYING FOR GRENADA: The Grenadians hold a 4-5-1 lifetime record in qualifying competition, with a 2-2-1 mark on the road (10 GF, 15 GA). They advanced to face the United States after defeating Guyana in the first round series by an aggregate score of 8-1.  Eight different scorers tallied for Grenada over the two legs, which included a 5-0 rout on Feb. 18 in St. George’s, Grenada, followed by a 3-1 win away on March 14 in Blairmont, Guyana.  The Grenada results and lineups:

February 28, 2004 – National Stadium, St. George’s, Grenada – CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier,First Round, Group One, First Leg
Grenada    5     Bishop 34, Phillip 39, Augustine 72, A. Modeste 81, Rennie 90
Guyana     0

Grenada: 1-K. Baptiste, 4-James, 5-Baptiste, 8-Bishop (7-Rennie, 75), 9-Joseph, 15-Phillip (11-A. Modeste 64) , 13-Augustine, 14-Benjamin, 16-Bubb, 19-Morris (12-P. Modeste, 60), 10-Charles

March 14, 2004 - Blairmont Community Centre, Blairmont, Guyana – CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier, First Round, Group One, Second Leg
Guyana    1     Harris 29
Grenada   3     Charles 15, Roberts 69, Bubb 89

Grenada: 1-K. Baptiste, 4-James, 5-F.Baptiste, 10-Charles (8-Bishop 80), 9-Joseph, 11-A. Modeste, 12-P. Modeste, 14-Benjamin, 15-Philip (27-Lee 51), 20-Bedeau (16-Bubb), 30-Roberts

USA IN AGGREGRATE PLAY:  There have been four times in the USA's World Cup qualifying history that the team has faced a two-game, aggregate goal series, producing evenly split results.  Losing the first two series to Mexico (1960) and Haiti (1969), the U.S. rebounded to post series victories against Netherlands Antilles (1984) and Jamaica (1988).  Only once has the U.S. started a series at home, drawing 3-3 with Mexico, while picking up two wins and a loss in their other matches on U.S. soil. The complete history:

Year         Opponent                Results  
1960         Mexico                   3-3 H, 0-3 A (Mexico wins 6-3)
1969         Haiti                        0-2 A, 0-1 H (Haiti wins 3-0)
1984         Netherlands Antilles 0-0 A, 4-0 H (USA wins 4-0)
1988         Jamaica                   0-0 A, 5-1 H  (USA wins 5-1)

REMEMBERING THE MEXICAN FREEZE-OUT IN COLUMBUS: Crew Stadium, of course, is home to one the most famous victories in U.S. history when the United States downed Mexico 2-0 in 2002 World Cup qualifying play on a blustery winter evening on February 28, 2001.  With game time temperature around 28 degrees, Josh Wolff and Earnie Stewart getting the strikes as the U.S. earned it’s first qualifying win against Mexico since 1980.  To re-live the memorable moments of the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, click here


On the field for USA
June 2, 2004 – Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass. - Friendly
USA              4      McBride 22, 37; Lewis 77, Sanneh 81
Honduras     0     
Att: 11,553

USA  — 13-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 22-Tony Sanneh, 4-Carlos Bocanegra (12-Cory Gibbs, 72), 3-Greg Vanney (15-Bobby Convey, 46); 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 14-Chris Armas (25-Pablo Mastroeni, 46), 21-Landon Donovan, 17-DaMarcus Beasley (7-Eddie Lewis, 46); 20-Brian McBride, 9-Conor Casey (8-Earnie Stewart, 63).

HON — 5-Victor Coello (1-Hector Medina, 15); 6-Milton Palacios (24-Victor Bernardez, 46), 2-Nery Medina, 3-Maynor Figueroa, 23-Mauricio Sabillon (17-Roy Posas, 73), 16-Victor Mena, 20-Amado Guevara (capt.), 12-Maynor Suazo, 14-Wilson Palacios (5-Elmer Marin, 63); 9-Carlos Pavon (11-Milton Nunez, 59), 8-Jerry Palacios (13-Emil Martinez, 46).

On the field for Grenada
June 2, 2004 – National Stadium, St. George’s, Grenada – Friendly
Grenada     2    Roberts 7, Bain 65   
St. Lucia    0

GRN: 1-K. Baptiste (31-Noel 88), 11-A. Modeste, 5-F.Baptiste, 14-Benjamin, 10-Charles, 15-Philip (Neckles 55), 8-Bishop (9-Bain 59), 21-P. Modeste, 20-Bedeau, 30-Roberts (2-George 66), 19-Morris

LCA: 1-Deterville, 2-Joseph (14-Henry 79), 3-Samuel, 4-Lastic, 13-Valcin (11-Sandiford 51), 6-Tobie, 7-Mark, 17-Baptiste 16-Blanchard 56), 12-Mathurin, 10-Skeete (9-Laurencin 89), 20-Emmanuel, 15-Joseph

On the field for the USA in Columbus
July 6, 2003 – Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio – Friendly
USA             2    Donovan 12,  Stewart 95+  
Paraguay    0
Att: 14,103

USA  — 18-Kasey Keller (Capt.); 3-Greg Vanney, 6-Cory Gibbs (23-Nick Garcia, 87), 4-Carlos Bocanegra, 2-Frankie Hejduk; 22-Richard Mulrooney, 17-DaMarcus Beasley, 15-Bobby Convey (10-Claudio Reyna, 61), 8-Earnie Stewart; 21-Landon Donovan (20-Brian McBride, 90), 11-Clint Mathis (7-Eddie Lewis, 71).

PAR — 12-Justo Villar; 14-Rodrigo Mendoza, 4-Ruben Maldonado, 5-Celso Ayala (Capt.), 21-Jorge Nunez; 2-Diego Gavilan (20-Walter Avalos, 69), 8-Angel Ortiz; 16-Carlos Bonet, 11-Jorge Campos (15-Victor Ortiz, 46); 7-Derlis Soto (19-Jorge Acucharro, 70), 9-Juan Samudio (17-Fredy Bareiro, 46).