U.S. MNT Takes on Cameroon in Final Game of Confederations Cup on Monday
TAME THE LIONS:The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Cameroon for the first-ever meeting between the two countries at the Stade Gerland in Lyon, France in their third and final game of Group B action. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast same-day delay at 9 p.m. ET and PT on Galavision. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics, beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
WORKING OVERTIME: Tim Howard, Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley are the only U.S. players that have played all 180 minutes during the team’s first two games against Turkey and Brazil. Defender Gregg Berhalter is close behind, playing 169 minutes during the tournament so far, replaced by forward Taylor Twellman in the 79th minute of the 2-1 loss to Turkey as the U.S. pressed to gain the equalizer.
DOWN TO THE WIRE: In both of Cameroon’s first two matches, against Brazil and Turkey, the Indomitable Lions have snatched 1-0 victories with last-minute heroics. Against Brazil, forward Samuel Etoo blasted a dipping strike past goalkeeper Dida in the 83rd minute, while Geremi coolly knocked home a penalty in the 92nd minute to overcome Turkey.
- Cameroon will most likely start an almost entirely new lineup against the U.S., having used the same starting XI in their first two matches.
- During the first two games, the U.S. has used 18 different starters.
- Chris Armas will get his 50th cap with the MNT if he plays tomorrow against Cameroon. His first cap was Nov. 6, 1998 vs. Australia in San Jose, which also served as the debut for U.S. Manager Bruce Arena.
- Taylor Twellman will not be available for Monday’s game due to an upper respiratory infection that he has been battling since his arrival in France. Despite his illness he came on as a substitute in both of the team’s first two games in the tournament.
- The back-to-back losses to Turkey and Brazil marked the first time in 21 months the MNT has dropped consecutive games. After losing three straight World Cup qualifiers to Mexico, Honduras and Costa Rica - the last Sept. 5, 2001- the USA went 31matches without losing twice in a row.
- Members of the U.S. Soccer staff played a friendly this afternoon against a local French club comprised of journalists. The U.S. emerged victorious, defeating their French counterparts by a score of 10-9.
CONFEDERATIONS CUP FACTBOX:
How qualified - 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions
No. of appearances - 2 (1992, 1999)
Confederations Cup record: 4-5-0 (12 GF, 11 GA)
Best finish - 3rd place (1992, 1999)
How qualified – African Champions
No. of appearances – 1 (2001)
Confederations Cup record: 3-2-0 (4 GF, 4 GA)
Best finish – 6th place (2001)
GROUP B BOX SCORES:
June 21, 2003 – Stade Gerland, Lyon – Confederations Cup, Group B
BRAZIL 1 Adriano 22
USA: 18-Tim Howard; 3-Gregg Berhalter, 23-Cory Gibbs (15-Bobby Convey, 78), 12-Carlos Bocanegra,; 4-Pablo Mastroeni (20-Taylor Twellman, 84), 22-Chris Klein (7-Eddie Lewis, 57) 8-Earnie Stewart (capt.) 17-DaMarcus Beasley, 11-Clint Mathis; 10-Landon Donovan.
Subs Not Used: 1-Joe Cannon, 19-Marcus Hahnemann, 2-Frankie Hejduk, 4-Greg Vanney, 9-Jovan Kirovski, 13-Kyle Martino, 14-Chris Armas, 21-Jeff Cunningham
BRA: 1-Dida; 2-Belletti (13-Maurinho, 70), 3-Lucio, 4-Juan, 16-Kleber; 5-Emerson (capt.), 7-Ronaldinho, 8-Kleberson, 10-Ricardinho, 20-Alex (11-Gil, 73); 9-Adriano (21-Ilan, 89).
Subs Not Used: 12-Julio Cesar, 23-Fabio; 6-Gilberto, 14-Fabio Luciano, 15-Edu Dracena, 17-Eduardo Costa, 18-Dudu, 19-Adriano (de Souza), 22-Luis Fabiano.
June 21, 2003 – Stade de France, Saint Denis – Confederations Cup, Group B
CAMEROON 1 Geremi 91 (PK)
TUR: 1-Rustu Recber; 4-Fatih Akyel, 6-Ergun Penbe 8-Volkan Arslan (22-Gokdeniz Karadeniz, 60), 9-Tuncay Sanli (18-Huseyin Kartal, 89), 10-Yildiray Basturk 14-Deniz Baris 16-Okan Yilmaz (19-Necati Ates, 76), 17-Servet Cetin, 20-Selcuk Sahin, 21-Ibrahim Toraman.
Subs Not Used: 12-Omer Catkic, 23-Murat Sahin;, 2-Fatih Sonkaya, 5-Alpay Ozalan, 3-Bulent Korkmaz, 15-Ibrahim Uzulmez; 13-Ahmet Yildirim 7-Serkan Balci, , 11-Nihat Kahveci.
CAM: 1-Idris, Kameni; 2-Bill Tchato (16-Valery Mezague, 78), 3-Jean Joel Perrier Doumbe, 4-Rigobert Song (Capt.), 7-Modeste Mbami, 8-Geremi, 9-Samuel Etoo, 13-Lucien Mettomo, 17-Marc-Vivien, 18-Mohamadou Idrissou (21-Joseph-Desire Job, 56), 19-Eric Djemba Djemba (5-Thimothee Atouba, 70).
Subs Not Used: 12-Eric Kwekeu, 23-Andre Eboue, 6-Pierre Njanka, 10-Achille Emana, 11-Pius Ndiefi, 14-Joel Epalle, 15-Gustave Bahoken, 20-Ngassam Falemi, 22-Parfait Ngon Adjam.
CONFEDERATIONS CUP STANDINGS:
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
France 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 6
Japan 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 3
Colombia 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 3
New Zealand 2 0 2 0 1 6 -5 0
Wednesday, June 18
Japan 3, New Zealand 0
France 1, Colombia 0
Friday, June 20
Colombia 3, New Zealand 1
France 2, Japan 1
Sunday, June 22
Japan vs. Colombia
France vs. New Zealand
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Cameroon 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 6
Turkey 2 1 1 0 2 2 --- 3
Brazil 2 1 1 0 1 1 --- 3
USA 2 0 2 0 1 3 -2 0
Thursday, June 19
Turkey 2, USA 1
Cameroon 1, Brazil 0
Saturday, June 21
Cameroon 1, Turkey 0
Brazil 1, USA 0
Monday, June 23
Brazil vs. Turkey
Cameroon vs. USA
REMAINING TV BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
Date Match-Up Venue Kickoff Television
June 23 Brazil vs. Turkey St. Etienne 7 p.m. ET & PT (SDD) Galavision
June 23 USA vs. Cameroon Lyon 9 p.m. ET & PT (SDD) Galavision
June 26 Semifinal (1st B-2nd A) Lyon 7 p.m. ET & PT (SDD) Galavision
June 26 Semifinal (1sr A-2nd B) Paris 9 p.m. ET & PT (SDD) Galavision
June 28 Third Place Match St. Etienne 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT (LIVE) TeleFutura
June 29 Final Paris 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT (LIVE) Univision
CONFEDERATIONS CUP FACT: Cameroon became the first African team in Confederations Cup history to win the second of three games in group play when it downed Turkey 1-0 on Saturday night. Here are the other previous matches: (1995) Nigeria-Argentina 0-0; (1997) South Africa-United Arab Emirates 0-1; (1999) Egypt-Mexico 2-2; (2001) Cameroon-Japan 0-2.
OFF THE BALL GOING OFFLINE: U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra will publish the final chapter of Confederations Cup journal, OFF THE BALL, in advance of the team’s final match against Cameroon tomorrow. Bocanegra’s inside look at the workings of the U.S. MNT has received heavy attention from U.S. Soccer fans and reporters alike. The last installment, along with all of Bocanegra’s previous entries, can be found at ussoccer.com.
NO REST FOR THE WEARY: While the team’s three-week odyssey comes to inclusion, important work sits on the horizon. After reconvening in early July, the U.S. will host Paraguay on July 6 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus (ESPN2, 3 p.m. ET), before heading to the Boston area in preparation for its defense of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which kicks off July 12 against El Salvador at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Should the U.S. reach the final July 27 in Mexico City, it will have spent 51 days together since assembling June 1 in Fairfax, Va.