U.S. Men Preparing Under South Florida Sun for Saturday Visit to Jamaica
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%SOUTH FLORIDA SUN: The national team now has two training sessions under their belt in Ft. Lauderdale, and the team is quickly discovering what the climate in Kingston will be like. With temperatures at 92 degrees and the humidity reaching 55 percent, the outside temperature equates to 100 degrees fahrenheit. The team ran through a 75-minute practice in the morning, with new arrivals Earnie Stewart and Ante Razov participating for the first time. Only two players remain to join the U.S. squad, goalkeeper Kasey Keller and defender Jeff Agoos. A second training session kicks off Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m.
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%COBI JONES SUSPENSION REDUCED TO TWO TOTAL GAMES: U.S. Soccer has received word from the FIFA Disciplinary Committee that U.S. forward/midfielder Cobi Jones' three-game suspension (steming from his red card in the USA's 2-1 victory on March 28 at Honduras) has been reduced to two games. Having already sat out the USA's 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on April 25 in Kansas City, Mo., Jones will be forced to miss this Saturday's match in Jamaica (on ABC at 2 p.m ET & PT). Although not on the current 23-player U.S. roster, Jones will be eligible for selection for the team's fifth final-round World Cup qualifying match on June 20 against Trinidad & Tobago at Foxboro Stadium in Massachusetts (live at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2).
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%SPECTATORS: The team training sessions have been monitored under the watchful eye of Jack Reyna, two-year old son of Claudio and wife Danielle. The Reynas have a home in South Florida and the family has been enjoying the last month together in the States. Jack has already been gifted his own water bottle by the team, a special commodity in the heat of Ft. Lauderdale.
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%TRAVELLING MEDIA: Twenty-four media members from the United States have been accredited for the away match in Kingston. Most of the media will be staying at the team hotel. The U.S team will be depart by charter from Ft. Lauderdale to Kingston on Friday morning. The accredited outlets include: Associated Press (NY), the Boston Globe, the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, internetsoccer.com, the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, the New York Daily News, the New York Times, Soccer America, Sports Illustrated and the Washington Post.
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%JAMAICA MATCH FACT: Jamaica's last loss at "The Office" came November 22, 1994 against the United States. Two players on the current roster started in that match: defender Jeff Agoos and forward Jovan Kirovski. Kirovski notched a goal in the 3-0 defeat of the Reggae Boyz, former U.S. and Chicago Fire midfielder Frank Klopas netting the other two.
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