U.S. Men’s National Team
2006 FIFA World Cup Update
June 15, 2006
ITALY UP NEXT: While the U.S. fell, 3-0, to the Czechs in their World Cup opener, Italy posted a convincing 2-0 victory against Ghana behind goals by Andrea Pirlo and Vincenzo Iaquinta. [Schedule/Results | Standings] Next up, the U.S. faces the Italians looking for three points this Saturday at Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch the match live on Univision and follow along on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.
• The team departed from Hamburg to Kaiserslautern on Thursday, June 15, touching down at Ramstein Air Base at approximately 5:50 p.m. local time. The U.S. will train at Fritz-Walter Stadion on Friday
• All 23 players will dress on Saturday and are available for selection
• During his eight-year tenure with the national team, Manager Bruce Arena has compiled an overall record of 71-29-27, with a 2-3-1 record in World Cup play
• Two players on the U.S. roster are tied for the most appearances in 2006, with Eddie Johnson and Josh Wolff both appearing in 10 of the team’s 11 matches. Wolff, Eddie Pope and Landon Donovan have the most starts (8). Donovan holds the lead in minutes played, reporting for 745 minutes during eight matches
• The U.S. will wear white shirts, blue shorts and white socks, while the Italians will wear their familiar azzuri (blue) top, white shorts and blue socks
• The U.S. has a 0-3-2 record vs. Italy, with the three losses coming in Italy and the two ties occurring on U.S. soil
• The last meeting vs. Italy came on February 13, 2002, a 1-0 loss in Catana, Italy. Donovan, Wolff, Gregg Berhalter, John O’Brien, Claudio Reyna and Eddie Lewis played in that match
• This will be the third meeting for the U.S. vs. Italy in the FIFA World Cup. The first meeting came on May 27, 1934, when the U.S. lost, 7-1, in Rome. The second meeting, also in Rome, was a 1-0 loss at the 1990 FIFA World Cup
• Brian Ching suffered a laceration over his right eye on Friday, June 9, during a training session. The cut required 13 stitches, but did not prevent Ching from being available for the first match
• Fritz-Walter-Stadion, the home of FC Kaiserslautern, has already hosted one match in the tournament, with Australia surprising many with a 3-1 victory against Japan
• The U.S. topped Poland, 1-0, at Fritz-Walter-Stadion on March 1 of this year. The match, which was played in near-blizzard conditions, is the only stand-alone friendly match ever hosted by the U.S. Soccer Federation outside of the continental U.S. Dempsey scored the game-winner for the U.S., and 14 of the 23 players on the U.S. World Cup roster appeared in that match (all_access highlights)
• Four U.S. players made their World Cup debuts on June 12, with Bobby Convey, Oguchi Onyewu and Steve Cherundolo in the starting lineup, while Eddie Johnson came on as a second-half substitute. Cherundolo was on the U.S. roster in 2002, but did not play due to injury
• The 3-0 defeat to the Czech Republic dropped the U.S. record to 0-7-0 vs. European teams in the World Cup in Europe. The three-goal setback was only the third such loss for the U.S. under Arena
• Under Arena, the U.S. has a 21-3-4 record after a loss, and, coincidentally, the same record (21-3-4) when coming off a shutout. With Arena at the helm, the U.S. has had losing streaks of more than one game only two times. In 2001, the U.S. lost three consecutive World Cup qualifiers and in 2003 the team lost to Turkey and Brazil in back-to-back matches at the FIFA Confederations Cup
• Reyna, Pope and Brian McBride are tied for fourth on the list of U.S. players with the most appearances in World Cup. Each has eight, tied with Marcelo Balboa and Eric Wynalda. Tab Ramos (9) is third, and Cobi Jones and Earnie Stewart have the record with 11 each
• Both Reyna and Kasey Keller are making their fourth appearances on a World Cup roster. Keller is the only player in the 2006 FIFA World Cup to have been included on the roster during Italia ‘90
• Overall, 11 players have appeared on a World Cup roster prior to 2006, with 10 having played in at least one World Cup match prior to 2006
• McBride is the only player in U.S. history to score goals in multiple World Cups (1998, 2002). His three career World Cup goals are good for second place on the all-time U.S. chart, one behind Bert Patenaude who scored four in the 1930 World Cup. With 30 career goals in all competitions, McBride sits four behind Wynalda
• At 24 years old, Donovan is already the leading assist man in U.S history (23), and is third on the scoring list with 25 goals
• Seven players on the roster have scored at least one goal in 2006, with Dempsey leading the pack with a trio after scoring the insurance goal against Venezuela, his fifth for the senior team. Three players have recorded a pair in Ching, Pope and Ben Olsen. Olsen netted the USA’s lone goal in the 1-1 draw against Jamaica on April 11 in Cary; and Pope scored in back-to-back games for the first time in his international career, against Norway and Japan, respectively. Cherundolo got his first-ever goal for the national team in the 4-1 loss to Germany, McBride tallied No. 30 in his career with the game-winner against Latvia, and Johnson rounds out the ’06 goal scorers
• As in 2002, the U.S. made two changes to the roster prior to the start of the tournament. Chris Albright replaced Frankie Hejduk just one day after the team was announced when Hejduk suffered a torn ACL. Berhalter then came in for Cory Gibbs after the defender injured his knee
STUDIO 90: Throughout the USA’s two-plus weeks in Germany, ussoccer.com's Studio 90 has been giving fans all the behind-the-scenes access they could ever have dreamed. An informative news and interview show, Studio 90 has allowed fans an inside look at the team's trip to Germany by providing highlights from training and daily press conferences, and conducting in-studio player interviews that dissect the team and its personalities as they make their way through the World Cup. A new episode of Studio 90 will be available every day during the U.S. Men's journey through the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Look for each day's episode at http://studio90.ussoccer.com/ in the early evening (ET).
BITS, LAUGHS OUTTAKES…GERMANY: ussoccer.com brings you photo galleries, videos, podcasts and even a daily web show, but there are still some things that slip through the cracks. For those moments, ussoccer.com presents “Bits, Laughs, Outtakes … Germany,” the 24-hour-a-day blog that brings you those moments when the camera isn’t rolling.
PHOTO GALLERIES FROM GERMANY: U.S. Soccer continues the tradition of bringing you the best sights of the U.S. MNT camp in Germany. Check out ussoccer.com’s latest photo galleries that include shots from the U.S. vs. Czech Republic match, photos from each training session and a handful of other team events from their time in Germany.
PODCASTS: Hear all about how the U.S. Men are fairing in Germany straight from the coaches and players themselves in ussoccer.com’s podcasts. Listen as Oguchi Onyewu, Bobby Convey and Eddie Johnson talk about the loss to the Czech Republic and look forward to the Italy match. Also, catch Bruce Arena’s press conferences from June 13 and June 15. [Subscribe to ussoccer.com’s free podcasts]