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U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Update
October 13, 2004

Washington, D.C.

ussoccer.com has compiled a comprehensive look at the matchup against Panama where the U.S. is just a win away from advancing to the final round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.  From stats and scores, to highlights and notes, ussoccer.com is the best place to find info as the USA's qualifying campaign continues from RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Oct, 13.  Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and tape delayed on Telemundo at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.  Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

BY THE NUMBERS:  Remember who's late game heroics gave the U.S. a 1-1 draw in their last meeting in Panama City?  Know the USA's record at famed  RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.?  Can you guess Bruce Arena's all-time World Cup qualifying record?  For the complete statistical breakdown of the U.S.-Panama series, click here.


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QUICK HITS:
  • The U.S. is also enjoying a remarkable 27-match unbeaten run against CONCACAF opponents dating back to Sept. 5, 2001, a 2-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Costa Rica.
  • The entire 20-man roster will train this afternoon at RFK Stadium, with players available for selection to tomorrow night's 18-man roster. 
  • Cory Gibbs returned to the Dallas Burn after arriving back in the U.S. on Sunday morning, the defender unavailable for Wednesday's game after picking up his second caution of the tournament.  Five players on the U.S. roster (Casey, Convey, Hejduk, Lewis, Pope) are carrying cards into the match.
  • Meanwhile, Panama has reported to Washington, D.C., with no players excused for either injury or suspension.
  • The U.S. has a 1-0-1 lifetime record against Panama, having met in their first-ever World Cup qualifier Sept. 8, 2004 in Panama City. 
  • Eleven players on the U.S. roster appeared in that 1-1 draw, with eight (Keller, Hejduk, Pope, Bocanegra, Beasley, Donovan, Mathis, Casey) making the starter's list.
  • The U.S. holds a 24-6-10 record at home in World Cup qualifying.  RFK Stadium has hosted four qualifiers, with the USA's account at 2-1-1.  Overall, the team is 9-3-3 lifetime in the nation's capital.
  • During Bruce Arena's tenure, the USA holds a perfect 25-0-0 home record when leading at halftime.  The overall record is 25-0-2, the draws coming against Korea during the 2002 World Cup and Guatemala in a qualifier on July 16, 2000.  Conversely, the team is 1-12-4 overall when trailing at the half, and 1-3-3 at home.
  • DaMarcus Beasley continues to set the pace for U.S. attackers, his four goals best for the U.S. in 2004, and he remains the only player to appear in all 13 of the USA’s matches this year.  Beasley has recorded three goals in 2006 World Cup qualifying action so far, including a pair in the USA’s 3-2 victory against Grenada on June 13 in Columbus.
  • Landon Donovan is the overall points leader, his three goals and five assists good for 11 points.  Donovan is second in games played (12) and minutes played (1,063).
  • Brian McBride, who tallied his seventh career goal against El Salvador in leading the U.S. to a 2-0 win last Saturday, now has 26 career goals for the MNT, eight behind the all-time U.S. marksman, Eric Wynalda.
  • With his goal against El Salvador, Eddie Johnson became the seventh player since 1986 to record a goal in his first international appearance.  Additionally, Johnson is the first MNT player in 29 years to accomplish the feat in a World Cup qualifying game. (The last player to make his U.S. MNT debut in a World Cup qualifying game and score a goal was Boris Bandov in 1976.)
  • Kerry Zavagnin made his first start in a road qualifier against El Salvador last Saturday, his second-ever start in World Cup qualifying play.  The 30-year old midfielder has played seven times for the USA in 2004, including the start against El Salvador on Sept. 4 in Foxboro.
  • Standard de Liege defender Oguchi Onyewu is the only rostered player yet to earn his first cap for the U.S.
  • The U.S. has shown itself to be a 90-minute team in 2004, a credit to the side's conditioning and mentality.  Of the 21 goals scored in 2004, eleven have come in the final 15 minutes.  Two of those goals sealed a U.S. victory, and five of them secured a draw after the team trailed 1-0.
  • Kasey Keller is tops on the all-time win list for U.S. goalkeepers with 40 wins in 73 appearances, having surpassed Tony Meola in the USA's 3-0 win against Grenada in the first leg of second round qualifying on June 13 in Columbus. With the clean sheet against El Salvador, Keller upped his record-setting tally to 35 career shutouts.
LAST TIME…

On the field for the USA
October 9, 2004 – Estadio Cuscatlan, San Salvador – FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Semifinal Round, Matchday 4
El Salvador    0   
USA                2    Brian McBride 29’, Eddie Johnson 75’   
Attendance: 20,000

SLV – 1-Misael Alfaro; 2-Rafael Tobar, 3-Marvin Gonzalez, 5-Victor Velasquez (Capt.); 13-Deris Umanzor, 7-Victor Merino, 17-Jorge Rodriguez (21-Josue Galdamez, 80), 8-Santos Cabrera (16-Isaac Zelaya, 80), 4-Marvin Benitez; 9-Fredy Gonzalez (23-Jose Martinez, 70), 11-Ronald Cerritos.

USA –
18-Kasey Keller; 23-Eddie Pope, 3-Gregg Berhalter, 12-Cory Gibbs; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 5-Kerry Zavagnin, 17-DaMarcus Beasley, 21-Landon Donovan (Capt.), 11-Clint Mathis (7-Eddie Lewis, 68); 20-Brian McBride (19-Ed Johnson, 71), 16-Josh Wolff (13-Cobi Jones, 88).

On the field for Panama
October 9, 2004 – Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City – FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Semifinal Round, Matchday 4
Panama    1    Roberto Brown 22
Jamaica    1    Theodore Whitmore 73

PAN –
Donaldo González, Luis Moreno, José Anthony Torres, Carlos Rivera; Luis Henríquez, Alberto Blanco, Engi Mitre (Manuel Torres, 63), Julio Medina (Víctor Miranda, 79), Ricardo Phillips, Roberto Brown (Jorge Dely Valdés, 85), Julio Dely Valdés.

JAM -
Donovan Ricketts (Aaron Lawrence, 60), Claude Davis, Tyrone Marshall, Ricardo Gardner, Craig Ziadie, James Lawrence (Ian Goodison, 46), Micah Hyde, Theodore Whitmore, Damani Ralph, Marlon King (Andy Williams, 62), Ricardo Fuller.

Vs. Panama
September 8, 2004 –Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama – FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Semifinal Round, Matchday 3
Panama    1    Roberto Brown 69
USA    1    Cobi Jones 92+

PAN –
1-Donaldo Gonzalez; 2-Carlos Rivera, 3-Luis Moreno, 4-Luis Henriquez, 5-Anthony Torres; 6-Engin Mitre, 7-Alberto Zapata (15-Ricardo Phillips, 38), 8-Manuel Torres (14-Juan Carlos Cubilla, 78), 9-Julio Dely Valdes (18-Jorge Dely Valdes, 72); 10-Julio Medina, 11-Roberto Brown.

USA –
18-Kasey Keller; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 23-Eddie Pope, 4-Carlos Bocanegra, 3-Greg Vanney; 10-Claudio Reyna, 17-DaMarcus Beasley, 21-Landon Donovan, 11-Clint Mathis (13-Cobi Jones, 57); 25-Brian Ching (7-Eddie Lewis, 77), 9-Conor Casey (20-Brian McBride, 62).

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