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Nearly One Year on the Job, Arena to Discuss State of the National Team During Wednesday, Sept. 22 Conference Call


CHICAGO (Monday, September 20, 1999) - Bruce Arena was named head coach of the U.S. National Team on Oct. 27, 1998. Since that time, the Virginia resident has made tremendous strides with the team, earning impressive victories over Germany (twice), Argentina and Chile - among others - as well as a third place finish at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico.

In this year of experimentation, Arena used a total of 45 different players, as the American team when 7-3-3 in 13 international matches. Now, with World Cup 2002 Qualifying a little more than a year away, Arena will spend the coming months preparing the American team for a tough CONCACAF qualifying campaign.

IN LESS THAN A YEAR WITH BRUCE ARENA, THE U.S. NATIONAL TEAM HAS...

  • Used 45 different players in the USA's 13 international matches
  • Seen a total of 58 different players in training
  • Scored 18 goals in 13 matches... an impressive 1.38 goals per game
  • Allowed just 9 goals (with 6 shutouts), good for a 0.75 GAA
  • Conceded two goals in a single game on just two occasions
  • Defeated four teams who participated in France '98 - Germany (twice), Argentina, Chile and Saudi Arabia - as well as Guatemala and New Zealand
  • Recognized and nurtured new National Team talent in Eddie Lewis, Chris Armas, Ben Olsen, Richie Williams, C.J. Brown and Carlos Llamosa (among many others)
  • Seen 11 different players score
  • Spent a total of 80 days on the road training and competing
  • Not conceded more than 2 goals to any opponent
  • Scored first in 8 of 11 matches that did not end with a 0-0 tie. Also, NEVER lost after scoring first
  • Won a bronze medal in a FIFA tournament - the 1999 Confederations Cup
  • Demonstrated the depth of the American player pool - Arena used all 20 players during the Confederations Cup, including a revamped lineup that shocked Germany, 2-0, in the critical group match. In addition, seven Americans played for the first time ever when the U.S. came from behind to tie Jamaica, 2-2, in Kingston

U.S. NATIONAL TEAM HEAD COACHES: Following is a statistical look at the most recent national team coaches and how they fared in international competition.

Coach Tenure Record (home/away) Winning % Games Avg. GF/GA
Bruce Arena 10/27/98 - present
7-3-3 (4-1-1 / 3-2-2)
.653
13
1.38 / 0.69
Steve Sampson 4/22/95 - 6/25/98
26-22-14 (21-9-8 / 5-13-6)
.532
62
1.34 / 1.11
Bora Milutinovic 5/5/91 - 3/25/95
30-35-31 (24-19-25 / 6-16-6)
.474
96
1.22 / 1.15
Bob Gansler 4/16/89 - 4/7/91
15-19-7 (9-7-4 / 6-12-3)
.451
41
1.12 / 1.12
Lother Osiander 2/5/86 - 9/22/88
9-13-7 (5-6-4 / 4-7-3)
.431
29
1.14 / 1.24

RESULTS UNDER ARENA

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goals Location Attendance
Nov. 6, 1998 Australia 0-0 T - San Jose, Calif. 15,074
Jan. 24, 1999 Boliva 0-0 T - Santa Cruz, Boliva 39,000
Feb. 6, 1999 Germany 3-0 W Kirovski, Sanneh, Reyna Jacksonville, Fla. 17,259
Feb. 21, 1999 Chile 2-1 W Olsen, Lewis Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 14,898
March 11, 1999 Guatemala 3-1 W Moore, McBride, Hejduk Los Angeles, Calif. 34,154
March 13, 1999 Mexico 1-2 L Hejduk San Diego, Calif. 50,324
June 13, 1999 Argentina 1-0 W Moore Washington, D.C. 40,119
July 24, 1999 *New Zealand 2-1 W McBride, Kirovski Guadalajara, Mexico 60,000
July 28, 1999 *Brazil 0-1 L - Guadalajara, Mexico 54,000
July 30, 1999 *Germany 2-0 W Olsen, Moore Guadalajara, Mexico 53,000
Aug. 1, 1999 *Mexico 0-1 (OT) L - Mexico City, Mexico 80,000
Aug. 3, 1999 *Saudi Arabia 2-0 W Bravo, McBride Guadalajara, Mexico 35,000
Sept. 8, 1999 Jamaica 2-2 T Kreis, Albright Kingston, Jamaica 20,000
* FIFA Confederations Cup (Mexico '99)

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, interested U.S. media will have the opportunity to listen to Arena's thoughts on the state of the U.S. National Team. A Question & Answer session with Arena will begin after some brief opening comments. The call will begin at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT). Members of the media interested in participating in the conference call should contact U.S. National Team press officer Brian Remedi, 312-528-1246.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthday Caps/G Hometown Club
Agoos, Jeff D 5'10" 175 5/2/68 96/3 Dallas D.C. United (MLS)
Albright, Chris F 6'1" 185 1/14/79 1/1 Philadelphia, Penn. D.C. United (MLS)
Armas, Chris M 5'7" 150 8/27/72 7/0 Brentwood, N.Y. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Baba, Imad M 5'10" 170 3/15/74 1/0 Humble, Texas New England Revolution (MLS)
Balboa, Marcelo D 6'1" 175 8/8/67 127/13 Cerritos, Calif. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Berhalter, Gregg D 6'1" 175 8/1/73 8/0 Tenafly, N.J. Cambuur Leeuwarden (Holland)
Bravo, Paul F 6'0" 175 7/19/68 4/1 San Jose, Calif. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Brown, C.J. D 6'0" 185 6/15/75 8/0 Hayward, Calif. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Cherundolo, Steve D 5'6" 145 2/19/79 1/0 San Diego, Calif. Hannover 96 (Germany)
Chung, Mark M 5'7" 155 6/18/70 24/2 Pembroke Pines, Fla. NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS)
Cullen, Leo D 5'8" 160 2/28/76 2/0 Burnsville, Minn. Miami Fusion (MLS)
Deering, Chad M 6'1" 165 9/2/70 12/1 Plano, Texas Dallas Burn (MLS)
Dooley, Thomas D 6'1" 168 5/12/61 81/7 Mission Viejo, Calif. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Fraser, Robin D 6'1" 175 12/17/66 22/0 Denver Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Friedel, Brad GK 6'4" 200 5/18/71 59 Bay Village, Ohio Liverpool F.C. (England)
Gutierrez, Henry M 5'7" 150 8/28/68 1/0 Miami, Fla. Miami Fusion (MLS)
Harkes, John M 5'11" 165 3/8/67 89/6 Kearney, N.J. New England Revolution (MLS)
Hartman, Kevin GK 6'1" 174 5/24/74 1/0 Palos Verdes, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Hejduk, Frankie M 5'8" 155 8/5/74 22/4 Cardiff, Calif. Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
Jones, Cobi M/F 5'7" 145 6/16/70 119/8 Westlake Village, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Keller, Kasey GK 6'2" 190 11/29/69 38 Lacey, Wash. Rayo Vallecano (Spain)
Kirovski, Jovan F 6'1" 170 3/18/76 35/6 Escondido, Calif. Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Kreis, Jason M 5'10" 155 12/29/72 8/1 Omaha, Neb. Dallas Burn (MLS)
Lassiter, Roy F 5'10" 160 3/9/69 29/4 Raleigh, N.C.  D.C. United (MLS)
Lewis, Eddie M 5'10" 155 5/17/74 14/1 Cerritos, Calif. San Jose Clash (MLS)
Llamosa, Carlos D 5'11" 166 6/30/69 5/0 Maspeth, N.Y. D.C. United (MLS)
Mathis, Clint M 5'10" 170 11/25/76 3/0 Conyers, Ga. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
McBride, Brian F 6'1" 170 6/19/72 35/9 Arlington Heights, Ill. Columbus Crew (MLS)
McCarty, Chad D 5'11" 175 10/5/77 1/0 Clovis, Calif. Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS)
McKeon, Matt M 6'2" 190 9/24/74 2/0 St. Louis Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Meola, Tony GK 6'1" 205 2/21/69 90 Kearny, N.J. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Moore, Joe-Max F 5'9" 150 2/23/71 78/20 Irvine, Calif. New England Revolution (MLS)
Olsen, Ben M 5'8" 140 5/3/77 8/2 Middletown, Penn. D.C. United (MLS)
Pope, Eddie D 6'0" 175 12/24/73 29/3 High Point, N.C. D.C. United (MLS)
Presthus, Tom GK 6'4" 205 4/5/75 1/0 Dallas, Texas D.C. United (MLS)
Razov, Ante F 6'1" 175 3/2/74 4/0 Whittier, Calif. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Regis, David D 5'11" 160 12/2/68 6/0 Valenciennes, France F.C. Metz (France)
Reyna, Claudio M 5'9" 160 7/20/73 65/7 Springfield, N.J. Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)
Sanneh, Tony M 6'2" 160 6/1/71 5/1 St. Paul, Minn. Hertha Berlin (Germany)
Stewart, Ernie F 5'9" 145 3/28/69 56/6 Point Arena, Calif. NAC Breda (Holland)
Thornton, Zach GK 6'3" 210 10/10/73 6 Edgewood, Md. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Vanney, Greg D 5'11" 169 6/11/74 4/0 Tempe, Ariz. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Walsh, Billy M 6'2" 185 10/7/75 1/0 Chatham, N.J. NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS)
Williams, Richie M 5'5" 145 6/3/70 8/0 Middletown, N.J. D.C. United (MLS)
Wolff, Josh F 5'8" 160 2/25/77 1/0 Stone Mountain, Ga. Chicago Fire (MLS)

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