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Daily World Cup Update: June 10


U.S. MNT World Cup Update
June 10, 2010
Rustenburg, South Africa


U.S. ARRIVES IN RUSTENBURG AHEAD OF WORLD CUP OPENER: Following a morning training session at Pilditch Stadium in Pretoria, the U.S. Men’s National Team boarded two busses for a two-hour drive to Rustenburg where they arrived just prior to dusk. The team’s stadium training session on Friday evening at Royal Bafokeng Stadium will be the first visit to the venue since the 3-0 win against Egypt during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, which put the U.S. into the semifinals of that event. Saturday’s opening match against England for the U.S. kicks off at 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on ABC and Univision.

FROM SALT LAKE CITY TO SOUTH AFRICA: Robbie Findley has made the transition from the roster bubble to national team starter, going all 90 minutes in last Saturday’s 3-1 victory against Australia. ussoccer.com caught up with the speedy, 24-year-old Real Salt Lake forward to talk about his rise to the 2010 FIFA World Cup team.

TODAY FROM STUDIO 90
U.S. Soccer’s popular web show Studio 90 will feature one to two shows a day during the FIFA World Cup. Here’s a look at the rundown for the June 10 show.

Studio 90: On today’s show we take you to a massive rally for the South African team in Sandton, a section of Johannesburg where more than 60,000 fans turned out to cheer their team on. We also take a look at Soccer City Stadium, site of the opening match between South Africa and Mexico on June 11 as well as the World Cup Final on July 11. We have news on the newest board for the U.S. Bid Committee for the 2018/2022 World Cup and we have a World Cup memory from former U.S. midfielder John O’Brien.

Studio 90 Extra Time: On today’s show, we feature the USA’s travel day from its base camp outside of Pretoria to Rustenburg, site of the opening match against England on June 12, and we sit down with the USA’s all-time leading scorer, Landon Donovan.

FROM THE MNT BLOG
A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:

• A little adjustment for ESPN
• Jersey assembly complete
• Daily Show presents World Cup features, including visit to U.S. team


QUOTABLE: June 10, 2010
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U.S. MNT Goalkeeper TIM HOWARD
On the mentality of the team:
“Our mentality is good. Anybody who’s been in this situation knows what I’m talking about when I say we’re tired of kicking each other, we’re tired of training, we’re together forever. This is everything that we’ve dreamed of, and everything that everyone is talking about, and so we’re ready to just get it on and see what we’re made of. All the talk is over, or soon will be over, and we’re excited for that. We are prepared, we know exactly what kind of game we’re going to be in, we’re under no illusions. I think it couldn’t be a better challenge to be the first game for us.”

U.S. MNT Forward JOZY ALTIDORE
On the rehab he’s been doing to get back to full strength and fitness after spraining his ankle last week:
“Just a lot of treatments, two or three times a day. As it healed, as it got better, I’d do some fitness away from the group, just trying to make sure I keep that up. Little things like that, there’s not much more I can do. I’m hopeful, mentally I’m ready to go if called upon. My fitness level is fine, I think we’ve done a lot of fitness throughout the week and I actually did a lot of fitness as soon as I left England. I went over to L.A. and worked with Pierre. I’ve been running for awhile, so hopefully I’ll be alright on the field.”

FIFA WORLD CUP FACTS: GROUP F
• Slovakia is the only country making its FIFA World Cup debut.
• Paraguay will look to become the fifth team to beat the champion in the first game of the next World Cup when they take on Italy. Italy was the first defending champion to lose the first game of its next World Cup falling to Sweden 3-2 in 1950 – a tournament in which they also faced Paraguay.
• There are 22 players with nine or more goals in the FIFA World Cup, and three hail from Italy, third most behind Germany and Brazil who each have six players with nine or more goals.
• Paraguay tied for the most wins in COMNEBOL qualifying with 10, although they finished third in the group, one point behind Brazil and two goals behind Chile.

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