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U.S. Men Arrive in Washington, D.C. Ahead of Saturday Clash With Cuba

U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Update
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
October 7, 2008 - Washington, D.C.

FINAL ROUND IN SIGHT: With an unblemished 3-0-0 record in the Semifinal Round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. has the chance to secure a berth in the Final Round of qualifying with a win against Cuba on Saturday, Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C. Kickoff for Saturday’s match, which can be seen live on ESPN Classic and Galavision, is set for 7 p.m. ET at RFK Stadium. Fans can also follow the match live on’s MatchTracker.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 2/2 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 6/5 SO), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF: 0/0)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 16/2), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96: 17/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC: 1/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 13/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 11/0), Michael Orozco (San Luis: 0/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 5/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco: 1/0), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 19/4), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach: 5/2), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 3/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 3/0), Danny Szetela (Brescia Calcio: 1/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 0/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal C.F.: 0/0), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 9/4), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF: 0/0) Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 11/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 24/8)
*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals

USA TOPS GROUP 1 AFTER THREE: The U.S. sits in sole possession of first place with nine points from three matches, snagging away victories in their first two matches against Guatemala and Cuba. Tied on four points, Guatemala is ahead of Trinidad & Tobago based on superior goal differential. The Chapines picked up an important road point in Port-of-Spain in their second game, then trounced Cuba with a 4-1 win in Guatemala City. The swing match could be Oct. 11 in Guatemala City, where T&T will be looking to get back the points lost in the home leg. Cuba has yet to earn a point in the group, but is nowhere near mathematically eliminated from advancing. The two best teams will move on to the final round hexagonal, which kicks off in February of 2009.

Group 1 GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
United States 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9
Guatemala 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
Trinidad & Tobago 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
Cuba 3 0 3 0 2 8 -6 0

August 20, 2008
Guatemala 0, USA 1
Cuba 1, Trinidad & Tobago 3

September 6, 2008
Cuba 0, USA 1
Trinidad & Tobago 1, Guatemala 1

September 10, 2008
USA 3. Trinidad & Tobago 0
Guatemala 4, Cuba 1

October 11, 2008
USA vs. Cuba
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guatemala

WHAT LIES AHEAD: With the first half of Semifinal Round qualifying complete, the U.S. will reverse its home and away opponents in the final three games. After hosting Cuba, the U.S. will travel to Port-of-Spain to play Trinidad & Tobago on October 15. The team will reconvene in Commerce City, Colo. ahead of a November 19 clash with Guatemala to close out the semifinal round.

U.S. Schedule – Semifinal Round, 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
Date          Opponent                          Result / Time                    TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 20    @ Guatemala                     1-0 W                                 Bocanegra
Sept. 6     @ Cuba                               1-0 W                                 Dempsey
Sept. 10    vs. Trinidad & Tobago     3-0 W                                 Bradley, Dempsey, Ching
Oct. 11     vs. Cuba                              7 p.m. ET                          ESPN Classic, Galavision
Oct. 15     @ Trinidad & Tobago       8 p.m. ET                          ESPN, Galavision
Nov. 19    vs. Guatemala                    6 p.m. MT                         ESPN2, Galavision

IN OTHER CONCACAF ACTION: In Group 2, Mexico is holding on to the top spot halfway through the Semifinal Round with nine points from three wins. Honduras is hanging in contention in second place leading into their key match up against Canada, currently in third, at home. Jamaica is tied with Canada with one point so far, and is set for a tough battle with Mexico on October 11 at “The Office” in Kingston.

Group 2 GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Mexico 3 3 0 0 7 2 +5 9
Honduras 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 6
Canada 3 0 2 1 3 5 -2 1
Jamaica 3 0 2 1 1 6 -5 1

August 20, 2008
Canada 1, Jamaica 1
Mexico 2, Honduras 1

September 6, 2008
Mexico 3, Jamaica 1
Honduras 2, Canada 1

September 10, 2008
Honduras 2, Jamaica 0
Mexico 2, Canada 1

October 11, 2008
Jamaica vs. Mexico
Honduras vs. Canada

Costa Rica has put its mark on Group 3, collecting the maximum points from the first three games, including a 7-0 win against Surinam and a 3-1 victory against El Salvador, who are currently in second. Haiti and Surinam have a long road ahead to try to battle for that second spot, as both currently hold one point.

Group 3 GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Costa Rica 3 3 0 0 11 1 +10 +10
El Salvador 3 2 1 0 7 1 +6 +6
Haiti 3 0 2 1 3 10 -7 -7
Surinam 3 0 2 1 2 11 -9 -9

August 20, 2008
Costa Rica 1, El Salvador 0
Haiti 2, Surinam 2

September 6, 2008
El Salvador 5, Haiti 0
Costa Rica 7, Surinam 0

September 10, 2008
El Salvador 2, Surinam 0
Costa Rica 3, El Salvador 1

October 11, 2008
Haiti vs. El Salvador
Surinam vs. Costa Rica

OFF TO A FLYING START: The U.S. has begun the rigorous road that is CONCACAF qualifying with impressive numbers, collecting an unblemished 5-0-0 record with 14 goals scored and not a single surrendered. Consider this:

• With wins against Barbados, Cuba and Guatemala, the U.S. posted three straight road victories in World Cup qualifying for the first time ever.
• These three victories were all by shutout, the first time in history that the U.S. has earned three away qualifying shutout victories in a FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.
• Overall, the U.S. is 16-23-15 in away FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Since 1988, the U.S. is 12-8-11 with 16 shutouts.
• Including the 2-0 win against Panama on Oct. 12, 2005, the U.S. has not lost, tied or been scored upon in their last six World Cup qualifiers, a team record. (The U.S. posted five consecutive victories during the final round of qualifying for ’06.)
• The win against Guatemala was the first-ever in a FIFA World Cup qualifier on Guatemalan soil, and only the second victory in the Central American country in 20 years.

BLOG ON: The MNT Blog is back in full swing to bring you the latest inside scoop from training camp in Washington, D.C. From highlights of training to exclusive interviews, there’s no better place to keep up-to-date on the activities of the U.S. men. You’re welcome to offer your insight too!

D.C. CONNECTIONS: U.S. assistant coach Peter Nowak, midfielder Freddy Adu and goalkeeper Troy Perkins return to the home of their former club, D.C. United. Nowak served as the team’s head coach from 2004-2006, racking up a 42-27-25 career record that includes an MLS Cup title in his first season. Adu was the top pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by United and played with the club until 2006. That same year, Troy Perkins posted a league best record of 16-6-7 on the way to earning honors in 2006 as the Goalkeeper of the Year.

ALL_ACCESS VIDEO – THE CUBA EXPERIENCE: While we look forward to the USA's return to RFK and meeting Cuba on Saturday, it's hard not to look back at the experience of being the first full U.S. National Team to travel and play in Cuba since 1947. From the thriving culture to the unusual landmarks, the match and all its surroundings provided the team a truly unique memory. Take a peek behind the scenes at this two-part series of the USA's Cuba Experience.

And don't forget the highlights from on the field, including Clint Dempsey's game-winning goal that delivered the U.S. a 1-0 win and is part of his team-leading four goals in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

NINE OLYMPIANS ON BOARD: A total of nine players from the 2008 Olympic Games link up with the full team, with eight of those players plying their trade overseas. Bradley, who scored the game-winning goal in the 3-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago while also earning Sierra Man of the Match honors, leads the full team in minutes played in 2008. Midfielder Sacha Kljestan scored two goals in China, while Michael Orozco and Maurice Edu, recently transferred to Glasgow Rangers of the Scottish Premier League, played all three games in the U.S. backline. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan returns to the fold having collected consecutive shutouts against Barbados in the second round series, while Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, Charlie Davies and Danny Szetela wear the U.S. colors for the first time since Beijing.

ANALYZE THIS: In a continuing effort to provide U.S. Soccer fans with the most in-depth coverage of our national teams, we've put together a stat analysis of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s qualifying match against Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 10 in Bridgeview, Ill. The stat breakdown is provided by ProZone, a soccer match analysis system that provides team and player specific technical and tactical statistics.

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