U.S. IMPROVE 2002 HOME MARK TO 8-0-1: The U.S. Men’s National Team opened the “Nike Road to Korea” with a 2-1 win over World Cup bound Uruguay on Sunday at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Tony Sanneh and DaMarcus Beasley each scored their second career goal for the U.S. in the win. The victory was the USA’s fifth of the year against teams that have qualified for the 2002 World Cup (in eight overall matches). Playing in front of a boisterous crowd of 30,413 fans, the U.S. extended its undefeated home record to 8-0-1 in 2002 and will look to continue that streak when they face Jamaica on Thursday at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Chevrolet Man of the Match Beasley was dangerous all afternoon, recording the game-winning goal in the 40th minute. Beasley helped create the first goal, earning a corner kick with his work on the left flank. Agoos curled the ensuing free kick to the near post, where an onrushing Tony Sanneh nodded the ball just under the bar into the upper left corner of the net.
ARMAS OUT OF WORLD CUP: U.S. midfielder Chris Armas, one of the standout performers for the United States over the last three-and-a-half years, suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during the first half of the USA's 2-1 win against Uruguay at RFK Stadium on Sunday. The injury will force Armas to miss the 2002 FIFA World Cup. "I'm extremely disappointed for Chris," said U.S. head coach Bruce Arena. "Chris has been an outstanding performer with our team and a fine professional. We are indebted to his service to the U.S. National Team. He will certainly serve as an inspiration to his teammates this summer." A decision on a replacement is expected to take place in the next few days. The non-contact injury occurred in the 16th minute, when the Bronx, N.Y. native was tracking down Uruguay's Fabian O'Neill along the right wing. Following the match he was taken to Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax, Va., where an MRI revealed the tear. Armas has returned to New York, and surgery has not yet been scheduled. "I'm extremely disappointed," said Armas. "More so for my family, parents and friends who had all booked their tickets to the World Cup. It was a very odd play; a movement that I have made a thousand times. I had just planted on my right foot and I felt the knee go. In life these things happen. Right now I don't think it's fully sunk in, but I will be focusing on supporting my teammates in the World Cup." The untimely injury for one of the USA’s strongest players unbelievably means for the third time in his career, Armas will miss a major international tournament through injury (including the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2000 Olympics).
ARENA & MATHIS AVAILABLE AT RAMOS PRESS CONFERENCE ON TUESDAY: Major League Soccer's MetroStars have scheduled a major press conference for Tuesday afternoon involving the professional future of longtime U.S. Men's National Team star Tab Ramos. The press conference coincides with the U.S. World Cup Team's arrival in the New York area for the team's Thursday evening clash with Jamaica. The press conference begins at 1:30 p.m. ET and will take place at St. Benedict's Prep (The Board Room) in Newark, N.J. (520 MLK Jr. Boulevard, between Springfield Avenue & William Street). U.S. head coach Bruce Arena and Ramos' MetroStars teammate Clint Mathis will both take part in the press conference and will be available to the media. MLS commissioner Don Garber will also take part in the press conference. For more information, please contact the MetroStars Communications Department.
U.S. MEDIA AVAILABILTY IN NY/NJ: The U.S. spent most of Monday traveling by bus to New Jersey where they will stay through Friday morning. While Tuesday’s practice session will be closed, the team will have a media availability at the team hotel. Please call Michael Kammarman’s voice-mail message at U.S. Soccer to confirm Tuesday’s schedule. On Wednesday, the U.S. will again have media availability at the team hotel and will have an open practice session at 7:30 p.m. ET at Giants Stadium, with limited coach and player availability afterward.
MEDIA BLITZ: During the “Nike Road to Korea, the U.S. Men’s Team is getting an early taste of the non-stop media focus which will greet them when they arrive in Korea next week. During the team’s 10-day training Camp in North Carolina, more than two dozen media outlets made special arrangements to cover the team and obtain advance interviews for use during the run-up to the World Cup. In addition to a media contingent in excess of 150 at RFK Stadium in D.C., more than 350 total media are expected to cover the USA’s final two matches in NY/NJ and Boston. This week the team will also appear on the outdoor set of “The Today Show” on Wednesday (May 15) during the 9 a.m. ET hour with wacky weatherman Al Roker. In addition, an upcoming episode of ESPN’s “The Life” will feature Landon Donovan and at yesterday’s RFK Stadium game, the crew for E’s “Wild On …” was on-hand covering the team’s D.C. appearance for a “Wild On D.C.” episode.
AGOOS SETS U.S. RECORD: U.S. defender Jeff Agoos set a U.S. Men’s National Team record in yesterday’s victory with his 119th career start for the USA, passing Marcelo Balboa’s previous record of 118 matches started during his 13-year career. In addition, Agoos began the game with 9,999 international minutes to his credit and became just the third player to pass the 10,000-minute plateau when the match kicked off (along with Cobi Jones and Balboa).
JAMAICA NEXT FOR U.S.: Next up for the U.S. is a battle against Jamaica on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET live on ESPN2 from Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. In 11 all-time matches against the Jamaicans, the U.S. has never lost, compiling a 6-0-5 mark, which includes a World Cup-clinching 2-1 victory for the U.S. in their last match-up on Oct. 7, 2001 at Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The match at Giants Stadium will also feature a marquee doubleheader with the MetroStars taking on legendary Italian club A.C. Milan after the U.S. at 9:30 p.m. ET. Tickets for the doubleheader are available at all local Ticketmaster outlets, at the Continental Airlines Arena box office, at www.metrostars.com and by calling 1-888-4-METROTIX.
Goalkeepers: Donovan Ricketts (Galaxy FC-JAM), Aaron Lawrence (Reno FC-JAM);
Defenders: Linval Dixon (Hazard United-JAM), Marco McDonald (Tivoli FC-JAM), Robert Scarlet (Harbour View FC-JAM), Fabian Davis (Arnett Garden FC-JAM), Ricardo Gardner (Bolton Wanderers-ENG), Claude Davis (Hazard United-JAM);
Midfielders: Keith Kelly (Paris Saint Germain-FRA), Theodore Whitemore (Hull City-ENG), Jermaine Johnson (Bolton Wanderers-ENG), James Lawrence (Bradford City-ENG), Andrew Williams (New England Revolution-MLS), Micah Hyde (Watford-ENG), Fitzroy Simpson (Walsall-ENG);
Forwards: Deon Burton (Derby County-ENG), Ricardo Fuller (Heart of Midlothian-SCO), Kevin Lisbie (Charlton Athletic-ENG), Onandi Lowe (Rushden & Diamonds-ENG), Tyrone Marshall (Los Angeles Galaxy-MLS);
Head Coach: Carl Brown.
HOLLAND BRINGS STAR-STUDDED TEAM TO BOSTON: Holland is bringing an impressive squad to face the U.S. Men’s National Team in the finale on the USA’s “Nike Road to Korea” on May 19 at CMGI Field in Foxboro, Mass. (live on ABC at 2 p.m. ET / delayed on West Coast). England’s PFA Player of the Year Ruud van Nistelrooy had originally been named to the team, but has withdrawn with a groin injury. Widely considered to be the best team to have not qualified for the 2002 World Cup, Holland defeated the U.S. 2-0 back in 1998 in the team’s only other meeting. Tickets for the USA-Holland clash, which will be followed by an MLS encounter between the New England Revolution and the Chicago Fire, are available at all icketmaster outlets and on-line at www.ussoccer.com. For more information call 877-GET-REVS.
Goalkeepers: Ronald Waterreus (PSV Eindhoven), Sander Westerveld (Real Sociedad - Spain);
Defenders: Frank de Boer (Barcelona - Spain), Arthur Numan (Rangers FC - Scotland), André Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven), Michael Reiziger (Barcelona - Spain), Fernando Ricksen (Rangers FC - Scotland), Jaap Stam (Lazio - Italy);
Midfielders: Phillip Cocu (Barcelona - Spain), Edgar Davids (Juventus - Italy), Denny Landzaat (Willem II), Boudewijn Zenden (Chelsea - England);
Forwards: Pierre van Hooijdonk (Feyenoord), Patrick Kluivert (Barcelona - Spain), Roy Makaay (Deportivo La Coruna - Spain), Andy van der Meyde (Ajax Amsterdam), Victor Sikora (Vitesse).
Head Coach: Dick Advocaat (NED).
EPL SEASON CONCLUDES FOR THREE U.S. WORLD CUP PLAYERS: U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller lost 2-1 to his old club Leicester City on Saturday. Former Tottenham first choice Neil Sullivan was on the subs bench as Keller played all 90 minutes in his seventh straight match for Tottenham. In the last seven games, Keller posted a 2-2-3 record with a goals against average of 1.14. Eddie Lewis returned to the field for Fulham, earning a start and going all 90 minutes on the left wing in Fulham’s last match of the season. The action was the first of the season (and first in 18 months) with Fulham’s first team for Lewis. Claudio Reyna helped Sunderland to a 1-1 draw with Derby, securing Sunderland’s spot in the Premiership for the 2002-03 season. Reyna went the entire match for Sunderland.
VANNEY MISSES FRENCH CUP FINAL: Greg Vanney did not play in the French Cup final on Saturday, and Bastia lost 1-0 to Lorient to give Lorient the French Cup for the first time in their history.
O’BRIEN WINS THE DOUBLE: John O'Brien helped Ajax win the sixth double in their history, as Ajax topped FC Utrecht 3-2 in extra-time in the Amstel Cup final on Sunday. John O'Brien was substituted in the 78th minute and was replaced by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored the winner three minutes into extra time. Amazingly, Ajax sent the game into extra time when Brazilian midfielder Wamberto scored 90 seconds into injury time.
— U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE —
U.S. U-19 WOMEN EARN BERTH TO FIFA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team earned a berth to the 12-team 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship with a dominating performance last week at the CONCACAF Under-19 Women's Championships in Trinidad & Tobago. The U.S. U-19s outscored Suriname, Haiti and Costa Rica by a combined 34-1 margin and out-shot their opponents 123-5 during the tournament to win Group B and book its tickets to Canada. Needing just a tie in the final group match against Costa Rica to earn a spot at the world championship in Canada, the USA won 14-1 to the delight of 4,000 fans on the island of Tobago, who adopted the team as their own over the course of the tournament. Forward Kelly Wilson won the Top Scorer Award for Group B with 10 goals over the three games. Forward's Lindsay Tarpley and Heather O'Reilly each had seven goals. Defender Jill Oakes was named the MVP of Group B, and also added three goals from her center back position. It was the first-ever world championship qualifying competition for a U.S. women's youth team.
U.S. U-18 MNT TO PLAY IN FRENCH TOURNAMENT THIS WEEK: The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team, under the guidance of National Staff Coach Bob Jenkins who is filling in for U-18 head coach George Gelnovatch (who is currently assisting Bruce Arena in the build-up to the World Cup) will head to Europe this week on a foreign tour which will include participation in the Bordeaux Tournament in France (a regional club tournament) from May 18-20 and a friendly on May 22 in San Sebastian, Spain. The U.S. squad are led by midfielder Craig Capano of the Chicago Fire (MLS) and forward Sergio Flores, who plays for the Argentinean club Chacarita Juniors.
U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team
Goalkeepers (2): Andrew Kartunen (Irvine Strikers - Calif.), Jason Landers (F.C. Delco ‘84 - Pa.);
Defenders (5): Greg Dalby (San Diego Surf - Calif.), Hunter Freeman (Dallas Texans - Texas), Patrick Phelan (Oakwood SC - Conn.), Kareem Smith (South Shore United Blazers - Mass.), Michael Zaher (Premiere 86 – N.Y.);
Midfielders (6): Craig Capano (Chicago Fire - MLS), Jeffrey Chambers (F.C. Delco Black - Pa.), Ian Etherington (LaJolla Nomads - Calif.), William Hall (Eastmeadow Hawks - N.Y), Patrick Ianni (San Juan Force - Calif.), Joshua Villalobos (Charlotte FC - N.C.);
Forwards (5): Arturo Alvarez (Bear Creek United - Texas), Chad Barrett (West Side Metro Rangers - Ore.), Adam Cristman (Richmond Strikers - Va.), Sergio Flores (Chacarita Juniors - ARG), Nathan Norman (Vardar III - Minn.).
Bordeaux Tournament (Bordeaux, France)
May 18 vs. Talence & vs. Bayonne
May 19 vs. RE Mouscron & vs. Libourne
May 20 Placement Matches
May 22 vs. Euskadi Selection (in San Sebastian, Spain)
— AROUND THE SOCCER NATION —
“ETHAN ZOHN’S ZONE” HITS ussoccer.com: To bring the excitement of the World Cup to life for U.S. fans, U.S. Soccer and Philips Electronics will launch “Ethan Zohn’s Zone,” an online World Cup journal hosted by Ethan Zohn. A former professional soccer player and coach, Ethan’s latest achievement is capturing the title of million-dollar champion of the nation’s hottest reality programs, "Survivor: Africa." With an understanding of what survival of the fittest means, Ethan will provide fans with a behind-the-scenes look inside the U.S. Men’s National Team and the athletes taking part in the 2002 World Cup. Designed to satisfy the curiosity of every fan, the online journal will offer exclusive video footage of both on- and off-the-field moments. Through Ethan’s eyes, fans will be invited to join in-depth interviews with players and coaches. “Hosting the online journal at ussoccer.com allows me the chance to bring the flavor of the World Cup experience and the player’s personalities to life for soccer fans,” said Zohn.
ussoccer.com UNVEILS WORLD CUP PLUS: U.S. Soccer has launched a comprehensive new home page at ussoccer.com which will bring fans and media the most detailed information on the U.S. World Cup Team as they travel the "Nike Road to Korea" and then face the world's best at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. "World Cup Plus" is every fan's source for the USA and the rest of the World Cup. With several updates a day ranging from notes and quotes to unique features, "World Cup Plus" will be the freshest place for media and fans to stay in tune with everything happening in Korea. Featuring exclusive on-line chats, player Q&As, and quote sheets from Korea, as well as up-to-date training camp notes and game recaps, "World Cup Plus" will have it all. The site will also feature daily historical notes on the history of U.S. Soccer in the World Cup and how the team advanced to Korea. With features on players and coaches, as well as on past U.S. World Cup exploits, every visit to "World Cup Plus" promises something new.
U.S. FUTSAL TEAM FALLS IN PKs IN 2002 GENK CUP QUARTERFINALS: The U.S. Futsal National Team lost a dramatic penalty kick shootout in the quarterfinals of the 2002 Genk Cup in Belgium on Friday night after battling Futsal Club Action 21 Charleroi of Belgium to a 1-1 draw after regulation play. Forward Lee Tschantret (Baltimore Blast-MISL) gave the USA an early lead with a goal in the second minute of play, but Action 21 Charleroi, who finished second at the 2002 UEFA Futsal Cup in February, leveled the score eight minutes later. The crowd of 1,420 at the Genk Arena saw both squads battled for the game-winner throughout the second half but it would be Action 21 Charleroi that would prevail by the slimmest of margins, 1-0 in the penalty kick shootout. The Americans advanced to the quarterfinals of the 24-team tournament after capturing the Group G title with back-to-back victories over Belgium club's Oquido Affligemon on Wednesday (May 8) and the host ZVK Ford Genk on Thursday (May 9). Midfielder Greg Howes (Milwaukee Wave-MISL) scored twice in the 3-1 win over Oquido Affligemon. The USA closed out Group G play with a 5-0 blanking of ZVK Ford Genk.
U.S. FUTSAL NATIONAL TEAM – Genk, Belgium
Date / Opponent / Result / Goals
May 8 / Oquido Affligemon (BEL) / 3-1 W / Greg Howes (2), Dewayne Gilpatrick
May 9 / ZVK Ford Genk (BEL) / 5-0 W / Lee Tschantret (2), Gilpatrick, Howes, John Ball
May 10 / Action 21 Charleroi (BEL) / 1-1 T (0-1 pk) / Tschantret
U.S. PARALYMPIC TEAM WINS TOURNAMENT IN HOLLAND: The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team defeated England 3-2 in overtime on May 2 in Kerkrade, Holland, to claim the first international CP Soccer Tournament of the year. Held in the southeastern part of Holland, near the German border, the U.S. were paired against Scotland, Spain and Ireland in group play, compiling a 2-0-1 record, which included an impressive 5-0 victory over Scotland in their opener on April 29, 2002. The team drew Spain 1-1 in their second match and clinched a spot in the final with a 4-3 win over Ireland in their final group match. In the final U.S. captain Josh McKinney picked up a hat trick and after the tournament was awarded the Golden Boot as the tournaments top goal scorer with an impressive seven goals in four games. The U.S. will continue training during the summer as they prepare for the Pan American Championships in September. A first-place finish in that tournament would guarantee the USA a berth in the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games.
U.S. PARALYMPIC TEAM ROSTER: Captain - Josh McKinney (Princeton W. Va.), Adolfo Aguilar (Dallas, Texas), Josh Blue (Denver, Colo), Roman Grier (Atlanta, Ga.), Tommy Latsch (Euclid, Ohio), Jon McCullough (Washington, D.C.), Aaron Myers (Flagstaff, Ariz), Colin Ryan (Massapequa, N.Y.), George Sansonetis (Winter Park, Colo.), John Theobald (Syracuse, N.Y.), Eli Wolff (Boston, Mass.) and Dave Woosnam (Atlanta, Ga.). Head Coach - Rick Moss (Austin, Texas); Assistant Coach - Jim Grier (Atlanta, GA)
U.S. PARALYMPIC SOCCER TEAM – Kerkrade, Holland
Date / Opponent / Result / Goals
April 29 / Scotland / 5-0 W / Josh McKinney (2), Eli Wolff, Adolfo Aguilar, Jon McCullough
April 30 / Spain / 1-1 T / Josh McKinney
May 1 / Ireland / 4-3 W / Josh Blue (2), Josh McKinney, Eli Wolff
May 2 / England 3-2 W / Josh McKinney (2), Josh Blue
U.S. SOCCER ISSUES GUIDELINES FOR HEAT ILLNESS PREVENTION FOR KIDS: Children are more susceptible to heat illness than adults. With this in mind and with summer heat approaching, U.S. Soccer has taken a leadership role to develop and distribute Youth Soccer Heat Stress Guidelines for youth coaches and parents. The goal is to help prevent the potentially deadly effects of heat illness among the 14 million U.S. children who play soccer. The guidelines provide coaches with an overview of the latest research and information regarding: 1) the physiological factors and soccer-specific factors that place young athletes at risk for heat illness, 2) heat illness prevention techniques and 3) the signs and symptoms of dehydration and heat illness. “As a U.S. Soccer coach for more than 20 years, I think it’s critical to educate coaches, parents and young players about heat illness, which is the most preventable sports injury,” said John Ellinger, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team. To ensure the key points from the guidelines are memorable for coaches, parents and kids, the U.S. Soccer Federation has developed the acronym – G.O.A.L. – which stands for: Get acclimated; On a schedule, drink up; Always bring a Gatorade; Learn the warning signs.
U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT
PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley made the most of his start against Uruguay yesterday, setting up the first U.S. goal by winning a corner kick and then scoring the second on a darting run through the Uruguayan defense. The goal was the second of the year for Beasley, and the second of his career. The wily midfield speedster used his speed to confound Uruguay all-day, cementing his selection to the World Cup roster as a potentially disruptive player coming off the bench.
MARQUEE MATCH-UP: The “Nike Road to Korea” continues this Thursday against Jamaica, but soccer fans across the U.S. focusing on Sunday’s battle with the mighty Dutch. Long-respected as one of the world’s great teams, the Dutch will have nothing to play for but their pride on Sunday after failing to qualify for the World Cup last year. Kluivert and crew will be a great challenge for the U.S. as they fine tune their game before heading to Korea. Don’t miss any of the action on ABC on Sunday (May 19) live at 2 p.m. ET (delayed on the West Coast).
SOCCER SHOCKER: Ajax has a fabled history in European soccer, including league and cup championships and European Cup glory, however, you will be hard pressed to find a more stunning moment in the team’s history than Sunday’s 3-2 victory in the Amstel Cup over F.C. Utrecht. John O’Brien’s side was trailing 2-1 well into injury time, but manage to score goals in the 92nd and 93rd minutes to steal victory from the jaws of defeat and claim the sixth double in club history. Brazilian midfielder Wamberto tied the match before Zlatan Ibrahimovic (who came on as a sub for O’Brien in the 78th minute) stole the game three minutes into extra time.
“He looked pretty good to me. The problem is that Keller is going to have a good game on Thursday. Those guys rarely have bad games. They are never disappointing. I think the two of them are very fine ‘keepers.”
- Bruce Arena on whether Brad Friedel’s 13-save performance against Uruguay on Sunday helped clarify the team’s goalkeeper situation.