CARY, N.C. (Wednesday, May 8, 2002) - The USMNT drew 2-2 in a scrimmage against the Richmond Kickers tonight at the SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. More than 4,800 fans took advantage of the opportunity to see the MNT during their open-door practice. Josh Wolff and Earnie Stewart providing the scoring for the U.S. in the 90-minute session, which included a free-substitution rule for both teams.
"I thought it was a good practice," said U.S. head coach Bruce Arena. "We were a little sluggish in second half with the team still getting accustomed to the heat, and I don't think our finishing was quite what we needed on a day like today. I thought Richmond did well. All in all, a good practice."
The players spent 30 minutes after the match signing autographs for the local followers.
AGOOS TO CHAT ONLINE AT USSOCCERFAN.COM ON FRIDAY: Jeff Agoos will chat live with fans on Friday (May 10) at 1 p.m. ET before the team departs Cary, N.C., for Washington, D.C. and the first game of the "Nike Road to Korea" on Sunday (May 12) against Uruguay at RFK Stadium. The match will be broadcast live on ABC at 2 p.m. ET. The veteran defender, who just turned 34 on May 2 and is the oldest member of the 23-player U.S. World Cup roster, became the Major League Soccer’s only four-time champion when he helped lead the San Jose Earthquakes form worst to first and capture the 2002 MLS Cup. He previously won three titles with D.C. United in 1996, 1997 & 1999.
HOMECOMING: Cary, N.C., sits close to the former stomping grounds of three players in the U.S. selection. Gregg Berhalter and Eddie Pope matriculated together at the University of North Carolina, the campus located about 25 minutes from the team hotel. Both have served as local tour guides, suggesting restaurants and hang out spots for their teammates. Even closer to home is Pablo Mastroeni, who played his college ball a few miles down the road at nearby N.C. State in Raleigh. The trio have been the subject of intense interest from the local media, fielding radio, print and television interview requests on a daily basis.
CAMP CARY WINDING DOWN: After one week in Cary the MNT's time in North Carolina is coming to an end. Arena will put the squad through a training session on Thursday morning before giving his troops the afternoon in what will likely serve as the final day of golf for some and much-needed rest for others. The team will go through their final training session at beautiful SAS Soccer Park on Friday morning, before departing that afternoon for Washington, D.C.
BYE, BYE CARY; HELLO D.C.: The U.S. MNT will train just once in Washington D.C. before facing Uruguay on Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m. ET. The team will train at RFK Stadium on Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. ET.
U-20 GOALKEEPER FORD WILLIAMS JOINS MNT CAMP: Ford Williams, former U.S. Under-17 MNT goalkeeper and current member of the U.S. Under-20 MNT, was called in to give the U.S. a third goalkeeper in camp. Williams, who hails from nearby Raleigh, N.C., sat on the bench during today's scrimmage and will join the team in training on Thursday and Friday. In the last Under-20 camp, Williams earned the victory against the L.A. Galaxy in a 1-0 win by the Under-20s on April 24.
FROM MASTROENI'S MOUTH: Pablo Mastroeni sat down today to give his thoughts on his inclusion in the World Cup Team, his time in North Carolina and more. You can listen to some of Pablo's answers by visiting MediaWorld at ussoccer.com. If you missed the interview, the entire transcript can be viewed on ussoccer.com.
T-MINUS: There are 28 days until the U.S. Men's National Team opens 2002 FIFA World Cup play against Portugal on June 5 in Suwon, which also happens to correspond the number of career clean sheets for goalkeeper Kasey Keller. Keller has 57 appearances for the senior team, and is second all-time on the shutout list behind Tony Meola (32).