PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Sunday, November 11, 2001) - The U.S. Men's National Team finished the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying today with a 0-0 draw versus Trinidad & Tobago at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Making his first appearance in a World Cup Qualifer and his first appearance for the U.S. in 2001, goalkeeper Zach Thornton was named "Chevrolet Man of the Match" after making four saves and thwarting several dangerous T&T attacks to preserve the shutout.
"(It was) a tough game today. Obviously, the conditions were difficult out there with the heat and the humidity," said U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena, whose overall qualifying record now stands at 8-4-4. "We are happy that qualifying is now over and we can fully place our attention on preparing for World Cup. It was a pretty even game. I think the result was fair for both teams."
Like Mexico, who defeated Honduras 3-0 this afternoon at Azteca to become the third and final CONCACAF team to earn a berth to the 2002 World Cup, the U.S. finished the 10-game final round with a 5-3-2 record and 17 points. But with Mexico's superior goal differential (+7 to the USA's +3), Mexico settles into second place and the U.S. slips to third.
In the other CONCACAF qualifying match of the day, first place Costa Rica increased their group-leading point total to 23 with a 1-0 win in Jamaica that gave them a final record of 7-1-2.
All three qualified teams from CONCACAF -- Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States -- will learn their opening round opponents when the FIFA 2002 World Cup Final Draw takes place in Korea on Dec. 1. Media and fans can follow the draw live on the new U.S. Soccer/Philips DrawTracker at www.ussoccer.com.
The U.S. team will gather later this month at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., before they travel to South Korea for a Dec. 9 friendly that will close out the team's 2001 schedule.
2001 U.S. Men's National Team Game Report
Participants: United States vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Competition: CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying — Final Round
Venue: Hasely Crawford Stadium — Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
Date: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001 — Kickoff 2:07 p.m. (ET)
Weather: 90 degrees; Sunny, humid
Scoring Summary: 1 - 2 - F
USA 0 - 0 - 0
TRI 0 - 0 - 0
TRI — 1-Shaka Hislop (Capt.); 4-Marvin Andrews, 13-Ansil Elcock (7-Nigel
Daniel, 75), 15-Stokely Mason, 5- Brent Sancho (6-Addison Belfon, 73);
9-Arnold Dwarika, 8-Angus Eve, 3-Dale Saunders, 17-Anthony Rougier;
14-Stern John, 18-Nigel Pierre (11-Errol McFarlane, 83).
USA — 1-Zach Thornton; 3-Greg Vanney, 12-Jeff Agoos, 23-Eddie Pope, 2-Steve Cherundolo; 5-John O'Brien, 19-DaMarcus Beasley (13-Cobi Jones, 46), 8-Earnie Stewart (Capt.), 7-Jovan Kirovski; 21-Landon Donovan (15- Josh Wolff, 67), 9-Joe-Max Moore (4-Jesse Marsch, 82).
Substitutes Not Used: 16-Carlos Llamosa, 17-Carlos Bocanegra, 22-Richard Mulrooney, 24-Nick Rimando.
Statistical Summary: USA - TRI
Shots 12 - 13
Saves 4 - 1
Corner Kicks 3 - 2
Fouls 11 - 9
Offside 3 - 2
Referee: Peter Prendergast (Jamaica)
Assistant Referee #1: Michael Mitchell (Jamaica)
Assistant Referee #2: Anthony Garwood (Jamaica)
Fourth Official: n/a
Chevrolet Man of the Match: Zach Thornton