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CONVEY’S FIRST FULL INTERNATIONAL GOAL IS GAME WINNER IN MIAMI: Second-half goals by midfielders Bobby Convey and Earnie Stewart highlighted a superior comeback as the U.S. Men’s National Team erased a 2-1 deficit and defeated Costa Rica 3-2 at the Orange Bowl in Miami on July 26, earning the USA third place honors in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Defender Carlos Bocanegra became only the fourth U.S. defender to score four goals in one year when he finished a clever backheel from Landon Donovan to equalize at 1-1 in the 28th minute. The last time a defender scored four goals in a year for the U.S. was Marcelo Balboa in 1994. Stewart helped the U.S. equalize a second time after a long, looping cross from Vanney found him unmarked on the back post 12 yards from goal.  With time to set up, Stewart unleashed a wicked volley to the upper left corner in the 56th minute to tie it the score at 2-2. The game-winning strike came after goalkeeper Kasey Keller collected a Costa Rica free kick and found Donovan on a breakout.  Donovan turned defender Mauricio Wright before slotting a ball to Convey, who was making a run all the way from the U.S. penalty area and sliced in behind the Costa Rican defense.  Just one step inside the area, Convey tucked a curling, left-footed strike just inside the near post for his first career international goal in the 66th minute. With the victory, the U.S. remains undefeated against CONCACAF opponents in the Gold Cup since the 1998 final, a string of nine matches.  The U.S. ended up in the third place match after falling 2-1 in overtime to Brazil in the semifinals in Miami. The U.S. went up 1-0 on a goal by Bocanegra in the 62nd minute, but Brazil stormed back to tie the match in the 89th minute before Diego converted a penalty kick in the 10th minute of overtime to earn a spot in the final. In the final, Mexico edged Brazil 1-0 on a golden goal from Daniel Osorno for its fourth confederation title. The U.S. finishes its 2003 campaign with a 10-4-2 record, including nine shutouts.
U.S. MNT Results – 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Date: Opponent, Result - U.S. Goal Scorers
July 12: El Salvador, 2-0 W - Lewis, McBride
July 14: Martinique, 2-0 W - McBride (2)       
July 17: Cuba, 5-0 W - Donovan (4), Ralston
July 23: Brazil, 2-1 L (ot) - Bocanegra
July 26: Costa Rica, 3-2 W - Bocanegra, Stewart, Convey

U.S. UNDER-21 WOMEN GO UNDEFEATED IN WINNING SIXTH TITLE IN SEVEN TOURNEYS: The U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team won its fifth consecutive Nordic Cup championship, and sixth in the last seven years, with a 2-1 victory over Sweden in the title game of the world's top competition for U-21 women.  Team captain Joanna Lohman (Penn State) scored both goals for the USA, including the game-winner in the 55th minute, as the Americans continued their amazing streak on European soil. U.S. head coach Chris Petrucelli won his first Nordic Cup and becomes the fourth U.S. coach to win the tournament. The USA opened the scoring in the 14th minute as 18-year-old Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.) crossed from the right side to Lindsey Huie (Portland), whose shot was knocked down by the Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.  Lohman pounced on the rebound to finish from five yards out.  Sweden came back quickly right after the kickoff and earned a corner kick, on which they scored to tie the game. Tied 1-1 at halftime, Lohman made it 2-1 when she rose above the Swedish defense to head in a perfectly struck free kick from Cat Reddick (UNC) for the winning goal. Earlier in the week, the U.S. began with Nordic Cup play with a 1-0 win over host Denmark on July 23, then dominated Iceland 3-0 before finishing group play with a 1-1 tie with Norway. In the other placement games yesterday, Denmark picked up a big win for their program, defeating Germany, 3-2, for third place.  Norway defeated Greece, 2-1, for fifth place and Finland took seventh place, defeating Iceland, 8-7 in penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw in regulation time.
U.S. U-21 WNT Results – 2003 Nordic Cup
Date: Opponent, Result - U.S. Goal Scorers
July 21: Denmark, 1-0 W - Tarpley
July 23: Iceland, 3-0 W - Tarpley, Huie, Lohman
July 25: Norway, 1-1 T - McDonald
July 27: Sweden, 2-0 W - Lohman (2)

Group A Standings
Teams     W  L  T  Pts GF GA GD
USA       2  0  1   7  5   1 +4
Denmark   1  1  1   4  3   2 +1
Norway    0  0  3   3  3   3  0
Iceland   0  2  1   1  1   6 -5

– FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP USA 2003 UPDATE –

USA TO FACE SWEDEN, NIGERIA AND NORTH KOREA IN GROUP A PLAY ON EAST COAST: At the Final Draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 on July 17 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the U.S. Women’s National Team learned that its opening round opponents in Group A are Sweden, Nigeria and Korea DPR (North Korea). The top-ranked U.S. WNT will open Group A play against the No. 5 team in the world, Sweden, on Sept. 21 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Following that game, the U.S. will play matches against Nigeria on Sept. 25 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and against North Korea on Sept. 28 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Should the U.S. advance to the quarterfinals, the team will play one of the top two teams from Group B at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Both semifinals will be played at PGE Park in Portland, Ore., on Sunday, Oct. 5, while the final and third place match will be played as stand alone games on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, respectively, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. In the rest of the draw, the other teams ranked in the top four in the FIFA Women’s World Ranking –Norway, Germany and China – were given top seeds in the other three groups. Joining Norway in Group B are Brazil, France and South Korea. Joining Germany in Group C are Canada, Japan and Argentina. And finally, in Group D with China are Ghana, Russia and Australia. The top two teams in Group C and D will face each other in the quarterfinals at PGE Park.
FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 – Groups
Group A: USA, Sweden, Nigeria, North Korea
Group B: Norway, Brazil, France, South Korea
Group C: Germany, Canada, Japan, Argentina
Group D: China, Ghana, Russia, Australia
FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 – U.S. WNT Schedule
Date: Opponent - Venue; City - Kickoff
Sept. 21: Sweden - RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. - 12:30 p.m. (ET)
Sept. 25: Nigeria - Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia - 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Sept. 28: Korea DPR - Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio - 3:45 p.m. (ET)
Oct. 1: Quarterfinals* - Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass. - 4:30 / 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Oct. 5: Semifinals* - PGE Park; Portland, Ore. - 4:30 / 7:30 p.m. (PT)
Oct. 11: Third Place* - The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. - 12:30 p.m. (PT)
Oct. 12: Final* - The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. - 10 a.m. (PT)
*if necessary

FIFA ANNOUNCES KICKOFF TIMES FOR ALL 32 WWC MATCHES: FIFA announced the kickoff times for all 32 matches of the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003. The complete schedule is below:
Group A
No Date: Match-up - Venue - Kickoff (ET)
 2 Sept. 20: NGA vs. PRK - Lincoln Financial - 2:45 p.m. 
 5 Sept. 21: USA vs. SWE - RFK Stadium - 12:30 p.m. 
13 Sept. 25: SWE vs. PRK - Lincoln Financial - 4:45 p.m. 
14 Sept. 25: USA vs. NGA - Lincoln Financial - 7:30 p.m. 
21 Sept. 28: SWE vs. NGA - Crew Stadium - 1 p.m. 
22 Sept. 28: PRK vs. USA - Crew Stadium - 3:45 p.m. 
Group B
No Date: Match-up - Venue - Kickoff (ET)
 1 Sept. 20: NOR vs. FRA - Lincoln Financial - 12 p.m. 
 6 Sept. 21: BRA vs. KOR - RFK Stadium - 3:15 p.m.
 9 Sept. 24: NOR vs. BRA - RFK Stadium - 5 p.m. 
10 Sept. 24: FRA vs. KOR - RFK Stadium - 7:45 p.m. 
17 Sept. 27: KOR vs. NOR - Gillette Stadium - 12:45 p.m. 
19 Sept. 27: FRA vs. BRA - RFK Stadium - 12:45 p.m. 
Group C
No Date: Match-up - Venue - Kickoff (ET)
 3 Sept. 20: GER vs. CAN - Crew Stadium - 5:45 p.m. 
 4 Sept. 20: JPN vs. ARG - Crew Stadium - 8:30 p.m. 
11 Sept. 24: GER vs. JPN - Crew Stadium - 5:45 p.m. 
12 Sept. 24: CAN vs. ARG - Crew Stadium - 8:30 p.m. 
18 Sept. 27: CAN vs. JPN - Gillette Stadium - 3:30 p.m. 
20 Sept. 27: ARG vs. GER - RFK Stadium - 3:30 p.m. 
Group D
No Date: Match-up - Venue - Kickoff (PT)
 7 Sept. 21: AUS vs. RUS - Home Depot Center - 5:30 p.m. 
 8 Sept. 21: CHN vs. GHA - Home Depot Center - 8:15 p.m.      
15 Sept. 25: GHA vs. RUS - Home Depot Center - 4:15 p.m. 
16 Sept. 25: CHN vs. AUS - Home Depot Center - 7 p.m. 
23 Sept. 28: GHA vs. AUS - PGE Park - 5:15 p.m.
24 Sept. 28: RUS vs. CHN - PGE Park - 8 p.m. 
Quarterfinals
No Date: Match-up - Venue - Kickoff (local)
25 Oct. 1: 1st B vs. 2nd A - Gillette Stadium - 4:30 p.m. ET
26 Oct. 1: 1st A vs. 2nd B - Gillette Stadium - 7:30 p.m. ET
27 Oct. 2: 1st C vs. 2nd D - PGE Park - 4:30 p.m. PT
28 Oct. 2: 1st D vs. 2nd C - PGE Park - 7:30 p.m. PT
Semifinals
No Date: Match-up - Venue - Kickoff (PT)
29 Oct. 5: W25 vs. W27 - PGE Park - 4:30 p.m.
30 Oct. 5: W26 vs. W28 - PGE Park - 7:30 p.m.
Third Place/Final
No Date: Match-up - Venue - Kickoff (PT)
31 Oct. 11: L29 vs. L30 - Home Depot Center - 12:30 p.m.
32 Oct. 12: W29 vs. W30 - Home Depot Center - 10 a.m.

 – 2003 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE –

PDL’s FUEGO UPSET PATRIOTS AS U.S. OPEN CUP THIRD ROUND CONCLUDES: The PDL’s Fresno Fuego pulled off the biggest upset of the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on July 22 as they topped the El Paso Patriots of the A-League by a 5-2 margin at Dudley Field in El Paso, Texas. Fresno is now the final amateur team still alive in Open Cup play, which ensures that the team will take home $10,000 in prize money as the team from their level to advance the furthest in the tournament.  The Fuego will now face the Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center in the fourth round. In the final third round match, Milwaukee Wave United made easy work of the Milwaukee Bavarians with a 4-1 win on July 23. Wave United will host the Chicago Fire in the fourth round of the Open Cup, which begins on Aug. 5 as the San Jose Earthquakes travel north to take on the A-League’s Seattle Sounders. The seven other fourth round games will be played the following day on Aug. 7.  For complete coverage of the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, log on to the “Competitions” section at ussoccer.com.
Third Round Results
No Date: Result
11 July 16: Seattle Sounders (A-League) 1, Minnesota Thunder (A-League) 0
12 July 16: Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A-League) 1, D.C. United (MLS) 2
14 July 16: Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League) 1, Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL) 2
15 July 16: Carolina Dynamo (USL-PSL) 0, Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League) 5
17 July 16: MetroStars (MLS) 4, Mid Michigan Bucks (PDL) 0
18 July 16: New Hampshire Phantoms (USL-PSL) 1, Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) 4
13 July 22: Fresno Fuego (PDL) 5, El Paso Patriots (A-League) 2   
16 July 23: Milwaukee Wave United  (A-League) 4, Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) 1
Fourth Round Schedule
No Date: Match-Up - Venue, City - Kickoff
19 Aug. 5: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (A-League) - Univ. of Washington; Seattle, Wash. - 7 p.m. PT
20 Aug. 6: Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League) at D.C. United (MLS) - Maryland Soccerplex; Boyds, Md. - 7:30 p.m. ET
21 Aug. 6: Fresno Fuego (PDL) at Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) - The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. - 7 p.m. PT
22 Aug. 6: Dallas Burn (MLS) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL) - Legion Sports Complex; Wilmington, N.C. - 7:30 p.m. ET
23 Aug. 6: Kansas City Wizards (MLS) at Colorado Rapids (MLS) - North Area Athletic Complex; Arvada, Colo. - 7 p.m. MT
24 Aug. 6: Chicago Fire (MLS) at Milwaukee Wave United (A-League) - Uihlein Soccer Park; Milwaukee, Wisc. - 7:30 p.m. CT
25 Aug. 6: MetroStars (MLS) at Columbus Crew (MLS) - Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio - 7:30 p.m. ET
26 Aug. 6: Rochester (A-League) at New England (MLS) - Lusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass. - 7:30 p.m. ET

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

ELLINGER NAMES U.S. U-17 MNT ROSTER FOR FINLAND 2003: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Ellinger announced his 20-player squad to represent the USA at the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Finland from August 13-30. Ellinger has called on all 18 of the players that competed in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying in Guatemala in early March. The Under-17s will travel to Manchester, England, on Wednesday (July 30), where the team has four matches scheduled before it travels on to Finland on August 10. The U.S. will face two local club teams – Blackburn and Manchester United – and two U-17 national teams – Australia and Nigeria, both of whom are in the 16-team world championship field. At Finland 2003, the U.S. will face South Korea on Aug. 14, Sierra Leone on Aug. 17 and Spain on Aug. 20 in Group D.
U.S. U-17 MNT Roster – Finland 2003
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Phil Marfuggi (West Windsor, N.J.), Quentin Westberg (Saint Cloud, France), 20-Steve Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio);
DEFENDERS (6): Adrian Chevannes (Ft. Worth, Texas), Kyle Helton (Alpharetta, Ga.), Brandon Owens (Murrieta, Calif.), Jonathan Spector (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Chris Germani (Yardley, Pa.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Steven Curfman (Raleigh, N.C.), John DiRaimondo (St. Louis, Mo.), Corey Ashe (Virginia Beach, Va.), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars), Danny Szetela (Clifton, N.J.), Brian Grazier (Edwardsville, Ill.), Guillermo Gonzalez (L.A. Galaxy), Michael Harrington (Greenville, N.C.);
FORWARDS (3): Freddy Adu (Potomac, Md.), Jamie Watson (Coppell, Texas), Jacob Peterson (Portage, Mich.).
U.S. U-17 MNT Schedule
Date: Opponent
Aug. 2: Blackburn
Aug. 4: Australia
Aug. 7: Manchester United
Aug. 9: Nigeria

UNDER-20 MNT OPENS USASA SOCCER FESTIVAL WITH 1-0 WIN OVER MIDWEST REGION: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team opened its week of action at the 2003 USASA Soccer Festival in Houston, Texas, with a 1-0 win over the Midwest Region yesterday, as forward Ed Johnson provided the lone tally in the 49th minute. The tournament marks the first time that the team has played a match since early March, when it took second in the Madeira International Tournament in Portugal. The U-20s will next take on three international teams, facing El Salvador on July 29, then Honduras on July 31, and Canada on Aug. 2.
U.S. U-20 MNT Schedule 2003 USASA Soccer Festival
Date: Opponent - Result - U.S. Goal Scorers
July 27: USASA Midwest - 1-0 W - E. Johnson
July 29: El Salvador
July 31: Honduras
Aug. 2: Canada

U-18 MNT FINISHES THIRD AT NORTHERN IRELAND MILK CUP WITH PK SHOOTOUT WIN: The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team downed Denmark 5-4 in penalty kicks on July 25 to grab third place at the Northern Ireland Milk Cup. The match was even at 1-1 after regulation before the U.S. hit five of its last six PKs to clinch the result. Denmark opened the scoring in the seventh minute, but the U.S. would answer before the half. Defender Chad Marshall notched the equalizer in the 40th minute off an assist from Arturo Alvarez on a corner kick. The game was even for the entire second half, despite second-half sub Chad Barrett being sent off for the U.S. in the 80th minute with a red card. Denmark took a 1-0 edge in the shootout as Danny Karbassiyoon missed the first U.S. attempt, but the next five U.S. players – Marc Burch, Hunter Freeman, Craig Capano, Arturo Alvarez and Heath Pearce – all converted their chances, while Denmark missed its second and sixth try. In group play, the U.S. went 1-1-1, tying Poland 1-1 in their opener, falling to Paraguay 1-0 and then stopping Scotland 2-0.
U.S. U-18 MNT Results
Date: Opponent, Result - U.S. Goal Scorers
July 19: Poland, 1-1 T - Karbassiyoon
July 21: Paraguay, 0-1 L - ---
July 23: Scotland, 2-0 W - Karbassiyoon, Freeman
July 25: Denmark, 1-1 T (5-4 PKs) - Marshall

U-17 WOMEN TO FACE MEXICO U-19s, REGIONAL TEAMS AT USASA SOCCER FESTIVAL: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will play its first game of the week-long USASA Soccer Festival today against the U-19 WNT of Mexico. The U-17 Women, who are a perfect 4-0 in 2003, will then face all-star teams from USASA West on Wednesday (July 30) and USASA South on Friday (Aug. 1) before a rematch with Mexico on Saturday (Aug. 2).
U.S. U-17 WNT Schedule – 2003 USASA Soccer Festival
Date: Opponent
July 28: Mexico U-19s
July 30: USASA West
Aug. 1: USASA South
Aug. 2: Mexico U-19s

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

FIFA EMERGENCY COMMITTEE MAKES IMPORTANT DECISIONS FOR ATHENS 2004: The FIFA Emergency Committee, which convened to ratify matters related to the Olympic Football Tournaments Athens 2004, announced today that it had given its formal approval of the venue and kick-off time for the men’s Final, as well as the format and match schedule for the women’s competition. The Final of the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament is set to take place on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004 in Athens’ Olympic Stadium at 10 a.m. (local time) instead of Noon. The FIFA Emergency Committee also approved the adoption of a modified format and match schedule for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. The group stage of the 10-team competition will be played with two groups of three and one group of four, with eight teams advancing to the knockout quarter-final stage. The new schedule allows fans to enjoy women’s group round games as double-headers with men’s matches and sets the women’s Final for Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004 at 9 p.m. (local time) at Karaiskaki.

MLS BEST TO TAKE ON CHIVAS ON SATURDAY AT H.D.C. AT 3:30 P.M. ET ON ABC: The best of MLS will take on legendary Mexican club Chivas of Guadalajara on Saturday (Aug. 2) for the 2003 Pepsi MLS All-Star Game at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., live on ABC at 12:30 p.m. (PT). The complete roster for the 18-man MLS All-Star Team is below:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kevin Hartman (L.A. Galaxy); Zach Thornton (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Chicago Fire), Danny Califf (L.A. Galaxy), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Hong Myung-Bo (L.A. Galaxy), Ryan Nelsen (D.C. United), Eddie Pope (MetroStars);
MIDFIELDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago Fire), Mauricio Cienfuegos (L.A. Galaxy), Amado Guevara (MetroStars), Kyle Martino (Columbus Crew), Clint Mathis (MetroStars), Preki (K.C. Wizards);
FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (S.J. Earthquakes), Ante Razov (Chicago Fire), Carlos Ruiz (L.A. Galaxy), Taylor Twellman (N.E. Revolution).

MISL ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 2003-04 SEASON: The Major Indoor Soccer League announced its 2003-2004 regular season schedule last week, celebrating the entry of two new clubs for the season. With Monterrey (Mexico) and St. Louis entering the 2003-04 campaign, the regional rivalries heat up as the MISL goes to a three-division format. Each team will play other teams within their division six times and teams outside their division four times. The schedule calls for each MISL team to play a 36-game unbalanced schedule. The latest schedule features the Eastern Division consisting of the defending champion Baltimore Blast, Cleveland Force, and 2002-03 Eastern Conference Champion Philadelphia KiXX.  The Central Division, will have last season’s Western Conference winner Milwaukee Wave, the Kansas City Comets and the St. Louis Steamers.  In the Western Division, the new Monterrey (Mexico) Fury and the Dallas Sidekicks will team up with the San Diego Sockers.

YOUTH CLUB SOCCER CHAMPIONS DECIDED AT 2003 SNICKERS CUP: Boys and girls youth club soccer champions from six different age levels were decided yesterday at the 2003 Snickers Cup, played at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. Below are the winners for each age level.
Boys Results
U-19: FC Delco Arsenal (E-PA) 2, Chicago Sockers 1
U-18: Michigan Wolves 2, Marin (Calif.) Utd. 2 (Wolves win 4-3 on PKs.)
U-17: Chicago Magic 2, Sereno Golden Eagles (Ariz.) 0
U-16: So. Cal Utd. 2, Albertson (N.Y.) Red Storm Clash 0
U-15: Casa Mia Bays (Md.) 2, Lou Fusz (Mo.) 0
U-14: CASL Elite (N.C.) 2, Nether Mustangs (Pa.) 1
Girls Results
U-19: Peachtree City (Ga.) Lazers 2, Elk Grove (Calif.) Utd. 1
U-18: Dallas Texans Red 2, Tsunami Sota (Minn.) 0.
U-17: Sereno Golden Eagles (Ariz.) 3, Carmel (Ind.) Utd. Commotion 0
U-16: Bethesda (Md.) Excel 1, San Diego Surf 1 (Excel wins 5-4 on PKs)
U-15: PDA (N.J.) Wildcats 1, Sereno Golden Eagles (Ariz.) 0.
U-14: Newport Beach Slammers (Calif.) 1, FC Delco Fusion (Pa.) 1 (Slammers win 4-2 on PKs)

- U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT -

PEAK PERFORMER: Forward Landon Donovan continues to light it up for the U.S. Men’s National Team, with the 2002 World Cup star earning the Golden Boot at the 2003 Gold Cup as the tournament's leading scorer.  With his four-goal performance in the quarterfinal against Cuba, and two assists (including the game-winner) in the 3-2 win against Costa Rica in the third place match, the 21-year-old star upped his team-leading point total to 19 on seven goals and five assists this year. Although he only has 44 career caps, Donovan moved into a tie with Cobi Jones for sixth place on the all-time U.S. goal-scoring list with 14 career goals.

MARQUEE MATCH-UP:  In a way, this Saturday’s 2003 MLS All-Star Game will present another battle between the USA and Mexico, as the Best of MLS host CD Guadalajara (or Chivas, to most), one of the top clubs from Mexico. U.S. MNT players like Clint Mathis, Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley will have a chance to square off against the likes of Mexican MNT standouts Oswaldo Perez, Omar Bravo and Ramon Morales in the battle that will be broadcast live on ABC at 12:30 p.m. (PT).

SOCCER SHOCKER: The Colorado Rapids head into the MLS All-Star break as the hottest team in the league, as their 1-0 victory over the MetroStars on Saturday was their fourth in a row, marking the club's longest streak since early in the 1999 season. After starting the season with a disappointing 0-5-1 record, losing Gilles Grimandi to personal reasons and Zizi Roberts to injury, the Rapids have rebounded to grab third place in the Western Conference just past the midway point of the 2003 campaign.

QUOTABLE:  "You can't give up a goal in the last minute. You just can't. It's just heartbreaking."
--U.S. MNT forward Landon Donovan, after the team conceded an 89th minute equalizer to Brazil, then gave up a penalty kick in overtime to lose 2-1 in the Gold Cup semifinals

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