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World Cup Update for June 8, 2010

U.S. MNT World Cup Update
June 8, 2010
Irene, South Africa

U.S. forward Jozy Altidore returned to full training with the team this afternoon after recovering from a mild right ankle sprain suffered on June 2. Altidore had been doing individual fitness work since last Friday, and is now focused on getting ready for the USA’s opening game on June 12 against England in Rustenburg.

“I feel great. The ankle feels fine,” said Altidore following Tuesday’s session at Pilditch Stadium. “It’s a little sore, but I had no issues participating in all the exercises today. I’m happy to part of the group again.”

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 8 show.

Studio 90: Today on Studio 90, we give you an inside look at what the players did on their day off from training. We also have a feature on U.S. defender Jay DeMerit as he plays for his club Watford in England, then immediately travels to Holland to play for his country. Finally, we have yet another in our series of World Cup memories. This time we visit with one of the most decorated goalkeepers in U.S. history, Kasey Keller.

Studio 90 Extra Time: On the show today, we sit down with the Mayor of Hannover, long-time German league veteran and U.S. MNT veteran Steve Cherundolo. Also on the show, a special guest appearance from U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra and as the U.S. team returned to the training field today, our Studio 90 cameras were there to capture the action.

Sounds from South Africa: Sounds from South Africa for June 8 heads to media round tables, where the U.S. Men's National Team spoke to media members at the team's base camp outside of Pretoria. The podcast listens in on interviews with Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey. Also on the show is Steve Cherundolo's interview on Studio 90 Extra Time, where the defender speaks about his career in Germany his status as a veteran on the national team and his trouble adjusting back to American culture. Listen now.

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QUOTABLE: June 8, 2010
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On the U.S.’ chances of going through into the second round:
“We’re an optimistic team. I think the past results we’ve had recently means we’re not going to sneak up on anyone this year. Obviously getting to the final of the confederations cup last year was a highlight of U.S. Soccer, so I think teams have done their homework on us. We’re still the underdog I think, and it’s going to take a lot for us to get out of the group, but I think we’ve got as good a chance as anybody else.”

On the life of the U.S. team in such a rural location:
“I like where we are, we’ve got a nice setup where we can relax and get away from football when we’re hanging out in the hotel. Obviously it’s a little bit of different circumstances, you wouldn’t picture your hotel being in the middle of a dairy farm, but it’s cool to have a bit of culture and have something that’s different from the usual commercial hotels we get in the U.S.”


  • Heading into the 2010 FIFA World Cup, all seven of Australia’s FIFA World Cup matches have been played on German soil. Their opener on June 13 will have a familiar feel, as they face Germany. 
  • Germany’s track record at the FIFA World Cup nearly parallel’s Brazil, as each nation has played 92 matches and appeared in seven finals. 
  • Germany not lost in their last 15 group matches. 
  • Competing as Serbia for the first time, previously they matched the largest margin of victory as Yugoslavia with a 9-0 win against Zaire in 1974 but also finished last in 2006 as Serbia & Montenegro.