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U.S. MNT vs. Canada - Pre-Game Notes
Seattle, Washington
July 8, 2005


QUICK TURNAROUND: After downing Cuba 4-1 in their opening match of the 2005 Gold Cup last night, the U.S. Men's National Team is already less than 24 hours away from kickoff for game two. The players split into two groups for today's workout, the starters from the Cuba game last night going through hydrotherapy in the hotel pool while the reserves went for just under an hour in the light rain at the Seahawks training facility in Kirkland, Wash.  The USA's quest for their third Gold Cup title continues Saturday when they take on Canada at 1:30 p.m. PT at Qwest Field in Seattle.  The match will be broadcast live on Telefutura, which has added English closed-captioning for all USA Gold Cup matches for U.S. fans who don’t speak Spanish. As always, fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

INJURIES/CARDS: U.S. forward Conor Casey suffered a knee sprain in the Cuba match, forcing a substitution in the 66th minute. Casey is undergoing an MRI this afternoon to determine the extent of the injury.  Meantime, Tony Sanneh and Frankie Hejduk picked up yellow cards, meaning their next caution in group play would result in a one-match suspension.  On the Canadian side of the equation, five players were shown the yellow card (Bernier, Brennan, Hutchinson, Gerba, McKenna), and team captain Kevin McKenna was issued his second yellow card in the 81st minute, making him unavailable for the match against the USA.

GROUP A GAMES DELAYED: Due to the advancing Hurricane Dennis, the CONCACAF Gold Cup Group A games at Miami’s Orange Bowl will be played a day later than originally scheduled. The 24-hour delay was issued by CONCACAF late on Friday evening. The seriousness of the storm, which has already caused havoc in parts of the Caribbean, especially Cuba, led to State and City of Miami authorities ordering many emergency procedures, including the closing of the Orange Bowl. The doubleheader scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, July 9) at the Orange Bowl will now be played on Sunday, July 10, with Honduras vs. Colombia at 7 p.m. ET and then Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago at 9 p.m. ET. The matches scheduled for Monday (July 11), will now go ahead on Tuesday, (July 12) with Colombia vs. Trinidad & Tobago at 5 p.m. ET and then Honduras vs. Panama at 7 p.m. ET. This is the first time since 1998, when El Nino caused a postponement in Los Angeles, that weather has interfered with the Gold Cup.

ALL_ACCESS VIDEO - POST-GAME PRESS: Witness the post-match press conference with U.S. Manager Bruce Arena and ussoccer.com's Man of the Match Landon Donovan as they talk about the important victory in the tournament opener, as well as Landon's newfound experience of coming off the bench.  Listen in to soundbites from two players returning to the U.S. fold, midfielder, and last night's captain, Chris Armas and John O'Brien. It's all part of All_Access Video, the exclusive video content at ussoccer.com.

ONALFO BREAKS DOWN CANADA: U.S. assistant coach Curt Onalfo is the chief scout for the national team, and today he takes us through a Canada side that, despite a youthful look with an eye towards building for the future, has brought some experience and attacking threats to the tournament.  From the familiar face of Dwayne Desario to the crafty leadership of former San Jose Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop, the Canadians will be anything but a rollover.  And with the 1-0 loss to Costa Rica, the Canadians will have no choice but to search for three points. Find out the strengths of their side and the keys to the matchup as Onalfo breaks down Canada in this exclusive podcast on ussoccer.com.

DONOVAN A MENACE TO CUBA: With his two goals last night, Landon Donovan increased his career tally against Cuba to six goals, all coming in Gold Cup play, as he netted four in the quarterfinals of the 2003 matchup, helping the U.S. cruise to a 5-0 victory.  Donovan now has seven career goals in the Gold Cup - the other coming in the 2-1 victory over Korea on Jan. 19, 2002 - good for third on the USA's all-time list behind Eric Wynalda (9) and Brian McBride (8).

THE EARLY GROUP B LEADER: The 4-1 win against Cuba gave the USA the early lead in Group B standings, with Costa Rica just behind by virtue of their 1-0 win against Canada in the opening match of the group.  With the U.S. taking on Canada next, Costa Rica faces Cuba in the first game Saturday morning at Qwest Field in Seattle.  That match kicks off at 11:30 a.m. PT, and will be broadcast live on Telefutura.

GROUP B - Standings/Results

Team   GP   W    L    T    GF   GA   GD   Pts.
USA      1      1    0     0     4      1     +3     3
CRC     1      1    0     0     1       0     +1     3
CAN     1      0    1     0     0       1      -1     0
CUB     1      0    1     0     1       4      -3     0

July 7, 2005 - QWEST Field,  Seattle, Wash. – CONCACAF Gold Cup, Group B
CANADA           0
COSTA RICA    1      Jafet Soto 30'

Att: 15,831

CAN: Greg Sutton, Adam Braz, Kevin McKenna (capt.), Patrice Bernier, Ali Gerba ( Ian Hume, 70), Jim Brennan, Sandro Grande (Jaime Peters, 90), Atiba Hutchinson, Dwayne De Rosario, Josh Simpson, Patrick Leduc (Adrian Serioux, 83)

CRC: Roy Miller, Michael Umana, Dany Fonseca, Jose Luis Lopez, Bryan Ruiz, Jafet Soto (Oscar Rojas, 76), Christian Bolanos, Victor Cordero, Harold Wallace (Geiner Segura, 56), Steven Bryce (Douglas Sequeira, 85), Jose Francisco Porras (capt.)

July 7, 2005 - QWEST Field,  Seattle, Wash. – CONCACAF Gold Cup, Group B
CUBA     1          Lester More 18'
USA        4          Clint Dempsey 44’, Landon Donovan 87’, 93’; DaMarcus Beasley 89’

Att: 15,831

USA: 1-Marcus Hahnemann; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 12-Jimmy Conrad, 22-Tony Sanneh; 14-Chris Armas (capt.), 15-Ben Olsen (16-Josh Wolff, 76), 9-Santino Quaranta, 21-Brad Davis (5-John O’Brien, 76), 8-Clint Dempsey; 11-Conor Casey (10-Landon Donovan 66), 7-DaMarcus Beasley
Subs not used: 18-Kasey Keller, 4-Oguchi Onyewu, 6-Steve Cherundolo, 19-Steve Ralston

CUB: 1-Odelin Molina (capt.); 16-Reysander Fernandez, 3-Yenier Marquez, 5-Alexander Cruzata, 2-Silvio Minoso; 8-Disney Aquino, 14-Jaime Colone, 6-Enrique Villauruttia, 9-Alain Cervantes; 10-Lester More (18-Leonel Duartes, 57), 13-Maykel Galindo (11-Mario Gil, 77)
Subs not used: 12-Alexis Aviles, 4-Mario Rodriguez, 15-Gisbel Morales, 17-Pedro Faife, 19-Jensis Munoz

LAST TIME V. CANADA:

January 18, 2003 - Lockhart Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - Friendly
USA          4    Carlos Bocanegra 7', Clint Mathis 31', Chris Klein 32', Steve Ralston 61'
Canada    0


USA: 18-Tim Howard (24-Nick Rimando, 46); 15-Bobby Convey (16-Pete Vagenas, 68), 4-Carlos Bocanegra, 2-Dan Califf, 12-Sasha Victorine (3-Nick Garcia, 77); 25-Pablo Mastroeni (8-Richard Mulrooney, 36), 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 17-Chris Klein (13-Steve Ralston, 46), 21-Landon Donovan; 9-Clint Mathis (Capt.; 11-Taylor Twellman, 68), 20-Jeff Cunningham (14-Ben Olsen, 46).
Subs not used: none.

CAN:
1-Lars Hirschfeld; 3-Carl Fletcher, 4-Tony Menezes (Capt.), 5-Richard Hastings; 6-Chris Pozniak, 7-Atiba Hutchinson, 8-Daniel Imhof, 2-Tam Nsawila, 10-David Xausa (16-Rob Friend, 62); 9-Sita-Taty Matondo (15-Chris Williams, 68), 11-Maycoll Canizalez.
Subs not used: 22-Pat Onstad, 12-Kevin Harmse, 13-Marco Reda, 14-Winston Marshall.

QUICK HITS:

  • Seven players on the U.S. roster appeared in the team's last meeting with Canada in the Gold Cup, a 0-0 draw in the semifinal one by the USA 4-2 in penalties. The U.S. players on the field: Armas, Beasley, Donovan, Hejduk, Keller, Mastroeni, Wolff
  • U.S. midfielder Steve Ralston scored his first international against Canada, netting the fourth in the USA's 4-0 rout on Jan. 18, 2003.  Carlos Bocanegra and Chris Klein also got their debut goals in that game
  • With the 4-1 victory against Cuba, the U.S. increased its undefeated record in Gold Cup group play to 17-0-0
  • Landon Donovan’s two goals against Cuba gave him 24 in his international career, putting him tied with Joe-Max Moore for third all-time in U.S. men’s national team history
  • Donovan’s two-goal performance was his fifth multi-goal game of his MNT career and his second in the Gold Cup (the first also coming against Cuba in 2003)
  • Santino Quaranta, Brad Davis and Jimmy Conrad all obtained their first MNT cap against Cuba
  • Quaranta picked up his first-ever point with the MNT when he assisted DaMarcus Beasley on the USA’s third goal
  • Armas wore the captain’s armband for his fourth time, getting the honor in his 10th career Gold Cup match.  Hear Armas talk about the special moment of being captain in today's All_Access video
  • With Marcus Hahnemann getting the nod in goal for the U.S. against Cuba, Kasey Keller’s streak of 10 consecutive starts for the U.S. in Gold Cup play was snapped
  • Frankie Hejduk is now the only player to play every minute of the last 11 Gold Cup matches
  • Clint Dempsey has the most appearances for the U.S. team this year, having earned minutes in eight of nine matches
  • John O’Brien’s appearance in the second half against Cuba marked his first match for the national team in over two years, his last action coming in the same stadium (Qwest Field) against Venezuela on March 29, 2003.  To listen to O'Brien talk about getting back on the field and the thought of making his first start, tune into to this edition of podcasting at ussoccer.com
  • Donovan is former teammates with Canadian forward Dwayne de Rosario, the pair picking up two MLS Cup titles in San Jose in 2001 and 2003.  Frank Yallop, the Canadian head coach, was their manager during the championship seasons.
ALL ABOUT CANADA

THE SQUAD: Canada are in the midst of building for the future, having lost out on the chance to compete at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.  Canada head coach Frank Yallop has assembled a group with little experience at the international level, yet boasts a host of players plying their trade in Europe as 11 players are on rosters in England, Germany, Scotland and Norway.  The Canadians are typically strong, direct and organized, looking to build their attack on the flanks.  They perhaps feel a bit hard done from their opening match, a suspect penalty call resulting in the only goal.  Despite playing down a man for the last nine minutes, Canada was able to create several quality chances in search of the equalizer.

HISTORY: The U.S. holds the edge in the lifetime series, going 10-8-8 in a rivalry that dates back to 1925.  The USA has held the advantage of late over their border neighbors,  going unbeaten in the last ten meetings (5-0-5) going back to 1985.  Eight of those matches have been shutouts for the  U.S., including the last four encounters.  The teams  engaged in an epic duel in the semifinals of the 2002 Gold Cup that ended in penalties after a 0-0 draw through regulation and extra time.  The U.S. outshot the Canadians 36-10, but 'keeper Lars Hirschfeld had a career performance on the night, at one point making four saves in a span of several seconds.  The USA advanced to the finals 4-2 in the penalties, with Donovan, Clint Mathis, Brian McBride and Jeff  Agoos netting their attempts and Kasey Keller making two outstanding saves.  Click here to read the match report from that terrific Gold Cup encounter.

TOP PLAYERS:
The Canadian side is anchored by team captain Kevin McKenna, who is now teammates with Gregg Berhalter at Energie Cottbus.  McKenna will be sorely missed in tomorrow's game after being sent off with two yellow cards against Costa Rica.  Goalkeeper Greg Sutton is tall, athletic and in good command of his area. On the attacking, look for the flow to go through their most potent scoring threat, striker  Dwayne De Rosario.  He is quick and crafty, with seven goals in 30 international matches to his credit. DeRosario has a history of scoring goals in big games, his overtime strike against the Los Angeles Galaxy giving San Jose their first-ever MLS Cup championship in 2001.

GOLD CUP FOR DUMMIES: The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the regional championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. With 12 teams participating in the finals, the winner will represent CONCACAF in the next FIFA Confederations Cup.  The tournament consists of two phases - the group phase and the knockout phase.  In the group phase, three groups of four teams will play round-robin style, with the top two teams in each group advancing, plus the two best third-place teams.  In the knockout phase, beginning with the quarterfinals, matches are single elimination.  Each team is permitted up to 23 players on the roster, with 18 players dressing for each game.  Any player accumulating two yellow cards will be suspended for the next game.  Single cards will not carry over from the group phase to the knockout phase.

Group A:
Colombia, Honduras, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago
Group B: Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, United States
Group C: Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, South Africa

For all the updated news, scores, and standings on the Gold Cup, visit the Gold Cup competition page on ussoccer.com.

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