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World Cup Daily Update for June 6, 2010


News and notes from the U.S. Men's National Team in South Africa.

U.S. MNT World Cup Update
June 6, 2010
Irene, South Africa

U.S. HOSTS OPEN TRAINING SESSION
Following Saturday’s 3-1 victory against Australia in Roodepoort, the U.S. team saw a festive atmosphere for the second consecutive day holding an open training session at Pilditch Stadium that included hundreds of vuvuzela-blowing, flag-waving children from the area. The open training session is typically one of the highlights of the U.S. team’s participation in the FIFA World Cup. The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria assisted in distributing tickets to the event to outreach groups that are part of the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), that included the embassy’s local educational partners, the United States Agency for International Development and the U.S. Peace Corps. U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Donald H. Gips and U.S. head coach Bob Bradley welcomed all of the guests to the hour-plus session that was followed by 30 minutes of interaction with the players complete with photos and autographs for more than 400 children.

QUOTEABLE: June 6, 2010 – OPEN TRAINING SESSION
U.S. Defender CARLOS BOCANEGRA
“You don’t often get exposed to the great work being done by local charity organizations, so when you have the chance to see all these kids and see the smiles on their faces when they got a photo or an autograph, it is very special.”

U.S. Goalkeeper BRAD GUZAN
“It’s fantastic. It’s a win-win for everybody. For the kids and for us as well, to come out and put smiles on their faces is a great opportunity for us. We are fortunate as athletes to be able to have an impact on their lives, even if it’s only in a small way. It’s very rewarding.”

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, and here’s a look at June 6’s rundown.

Studio 90: Today on Studio 90, host Aaron Heifetz and the crew come to you on location as they set up at Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort for the USA’s 3-1 victory against Australia. The show opens with exclusive field-level highlights from the game, post-game sound bites from players, a one-on-one at the Studio 90 desk with Edson Buddle, who tallied two goals in the match, and a World Cup memory from former MNT assistant Dave Sarachan.

Sounds from South Africa: Sounds from South Africa for June 6 features post-game sound from the U.S. Men's National Team's victory against Australia. Jay DeMerit and Michael Bradley give their thoughts on the USA's 3-1 victory and Studio 90 sits down with two-goal scorer Edson Buddle.

USA-AUSTRALIA RECAP
A pair of goals by Edson Buddle and a stoppage-time tally by Herculez Gomez gave the U.S. a 3-1 victory against Australia in Roodepoort in the final preparation before Saturday’s FIFA World Cup opener for the U.S. against England.

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

FIFA WORLD CUP FACTS:
GROUP B

  • Despite their worst-ever finish of 18th in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, group favorite Argentina has won the same number of games in the last two World Cups (4) as Korea Republic and Nigeria (4 each) have won all-time in the World Cup in 10 total World Cups. 
  • Greece, winner of Euro 2004, is the only European champion never to win a FIFA World Cup match and looks for its first coming in as the 13th-ranked team in the world rankings. 
  • With 149 million people, Nigeria is the third most populated country participating the FIFA World Cup behind the USA and Brazil.

 

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