SEOUL, Korea (Saturday, May 25, 2002) - The U.S. Men went through their first training session in Korea on Saturday morning, going through a nearly two hour session at Misa-ri Practice Stadium to try and shake the jet lag from their bodies. Strength and Conditioning Coach Pierre Barrieu led the team through an extended warm-up, before the team broke up to play small-sided possession games in a grid. Arena then brought the team together for small-sided games to goal. The teams were divided up and they played three-minute matches “golden goal” matches, before rotating the teams on the field. Barrieu ended the session by putting the team through some light fitness work.
MEDIA TURN OUT EN MASSE TO COVER U.S.:As the U.S. MNT arrived at Misa-ri to train on Saturday, they were greeted by approximately 50 members of the media, clamoring to get inside the training facility. The media were put through “airport-like” security before they were allowed to enter Misa-ri. Just as it was when the team arrived in Korea on Friday, the security presence was larger than expected for the team’s practice. With the increased security, it took the entire media corps nearly 25 mintues to enter the practice grounds.
ONE-ON-ONE WITH BRUCE ARENA: Bruce Arena sat down and talked with reporters Saturday morning, about 15 hours after landing in Korea. Highlights of what Arena had to say can be found in ussoccer.com’s “World Cup Plus”. Be sure to check out what Coach Arena has to say about Claudio Reyna, Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller, Tony Meola, the starting U.S. goalkeeper and more.
T-MINUS: There are 12 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 to the number of starts for Jeff Agoos in 2002. Earlier this year, Jeff Agoos passed Marcelo Balboa at the top of the U.S. Soccer records book for
most career starts. Agoos now has 120 starts in his career.