BRING ON THE CHAMPS:After falling to an impassioned Turkish side in their first game of Group B, the U.S. faces another difficult climb as it battles 2002 World Cup champions Brazil tomorrow at the Stade de Gerland in Lyon, France. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on Telefutura beginning at 3 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
IN SEARCH OF POINTS: Both the United States and Brazil are desperate to gain at least one point tomorrow night, a loss for either side spelling elimination from the tournament. The world champions fell 1-0 to Cameroon at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis in their opening match last night. Cameroon forward Samuel Etoo scored in the 83rd minute to lead the Indomitable Lions to their first victory and put them tied atop Group B with three points.
CHANGING IT UP: With three games in five days, expect U.S. manager Bruce Arena to use almost an entirely new line-up against Brazil compared to the team he put out Thursday night. While a few players may get their second start of the tournament against Brazil, the majority will be rested for the final Group B game against Cameroon. Arena has a total of 23 players (three goalkeepers and 20 field players) at his disposal.
NOT MUCH BRAZILIAN LUCK: The U.S. MNT has faced Brazil 10 times in their history, only managing one victory. The lone victory came Feb. 10, 1998, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, as Preki Radosavljevic scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory. In the 10 previous meetings, the U.S. has only netted five times, while surrendering 16 goals to the ‘Selecao’.
GROUP B BOX SCORES:
June 19, 2003 – Stade Geoffroy Guichard, St. Etienne – Confederations Cup, Group B
TURKEY 2 Okan Yilmaz 39 (pk), Tuncay Sanli 70
USA 1 DaMarcus Beasley 36
USA: 18-Tim Howard; 2-Frankie Hejduk (Capt.), 3-Gregg Berhalter (20-Taylor Twellman, 79), 16-Dan Califf, 4-Greg Vanney; 7-Eddie Lewis (8-Earnie Stewart, 72), 17-DaMarcus Beasley, 14-Chris Armas, 15-Bobby Convey; 10-Landon Donovan, 9-Jovan Kirovski (11-Clint Mathis, 59).
Subs Not Used: 1-Joe Cannon, 19-Marcus Hahnemann; 4-Pablo Mastroeni, 12-Carlos Bocanegra, 13-Kyle Martino, 21-Jeff Cunningham, 22-Chris Klein, 23-Cory Gibbs.
TUR: 12-Omer Catkic; 2-Fatih Sonkaya, 5-Alpay Ozalan, 3-Bulent Korkmaz (Capt.), 15-Ibrahim Uzulmez; 13-Ahmet Yildirim (6-Ergun Penbe, 42), 8-Volkan Arslan, 22-Gokdeniz Karadeniz, 20-Selcuk Sahin; 9-Tuncay Sanli (21-Ibrahim Toraman, 80), 16-Okan Yilmaz (Huseyin Kartal, 92+).
Subs Not Used: 1-Rustu Recber, 23-Murat Sahin; 4-Fatih Akyel, 7-Serkan Balci, 10-Yildiray Basturk, 11-Nihat Kahveci, 14-Deniz Baris, 17-Servet Cetin, 19-Necati Ates.
June 19, 2003 – Stade de France, Saint Denis – Confederations Cup, Group B
CAMEROON 1 Samuel Etoo 83
BRA – 1-Dida; 2-Belletti, 3-Lucio, 4-Juan, 16-Kleber; 5-Emerson (capt.), 7-Ronaldinho, 8-Kleberson (19- Adriano (de Souza), 78), 10-Ricardinho, 11-Gil; 9-Adriano (21-Ilan, 65).
Subs Not Used: 6-Gilberto, 12-Julio Cesar, 13-Maurinho, 14-Fabio Luciano, 15-Edu Dracena, 17-Eduardo Costa, 18-Dudu, 20-Alex, 22-Luis Fabiano, 23-Fabio
CAM - 1-Idris Kameni; 2-Bill Tchato, 3-Jean Joel Perrier Doumbe, 4-Rigobert Song, 7-Modeste Mbami; 8-Geremi, 9-Samuel Etoo (11-Pius Ndiefi, 89), 13-Lucien Mettomo, 17-Marc-Vivien Foe (5-Thimothee Atouba, 63), 18-Mohamadou Idrissou (21-Joseph-Desire Job, 66), 19-Eric Djemba Djemba
Subs Not Used: 6-Pierre Njanka, 10-Achille Emana, 12-Eric Kwekeu, 14-Joel Epalle, 15-Gustave Bahoken, 16-Valery Mezague, 20-Ngassam Falemi, 22-Parfait Ngon Adjam, 23-Andre Eboue
GROUP STANDINGS:GROUP A
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Japan 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3
France 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
Colombia 1 0 1 0 0 1 -1 0
New Zealand 1 0 1 0 0 3 -3 0
Wednesday, June 18
Japan 3, New Zealand 0
France 1, Colombia 0
Friday, June 20
Colombia vs. New Zealand
France vs. Japan
Sunday, June 22
Japan vs. Colombia
France vs. New Zealand
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Turkey 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
Cameroon 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
Brazil 1 0 1 0 0 1 -1 0
USA 1 0 1 0 1 2 -1 0
Thursday, June 19
Turkey 2, USA 1
Cameroon 1, Brazil 0
Saturday, June 21
Cameroon vs. Turkey
Brazil vs. USA
Monday, June 23
Brazil vs. Turkey
Cameroon vs. USA
CONFEDERATIONS CUP FACTBOX:
How qualified - 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions
No. of appearances - 2 (1992, 1999)
Confederations Cup record: 4-4-0 (12 GF, 10 GA)
Best finish - 3rd place (1992, 1999)
How qualified – 2002 World Cup Champions
No. of appearances – 3 (1997, 1999, 2001)
Confederations Cup record: 9-4-3 (35 GF, 12 GA)
Best finish – 1st place (1997)
USING HIS HEAD: Beasley’s header in the 36th minute against Turkey was the midfielder’s first goal of the year for the MNT, and the first since May 16, 2002, when the U.S. trounced Jamaica 5-0 at Giants Stadium during the "Nike Road to Korea."
WELCOME BACK? When the U.S. walks onto the field at the Stade Gerland against Brazil on Saturday, it might stir some not-so-fond memories for several players in the American contingent . Five years ago to the day, the U.S. lined up against Iran at the Lyon stadium for its second match in Group F of the ’98 World Cup. Despite a goal by Brian McBride – the team’s only score of the tournament, the U.S. fell 2-1 on June 21, 1998.
RECORD NUMBER FOLLOWS ussoccer.com’s MATCHTRACKER: Thursday’s match against Turkey drew the highest audience ever to ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The online, up-to-the minute updates from St Etienne provided the only real-time information in the United States, since the match was not broadcast live on television. The online service is available for all senior team matches, both men and women, and for select YNT games.
CONFEDERATIONS CUP FACT: Four out of six times South American teams have entered into the Confederations Cup, their second match of group play has ended in a scoreless draw. The history: 1995 Argentina-Nigeria, 1997 Brazil-Australia, 1999 Bolivia-Saudi Arabia and 2001 Brazil-Canada.
LISTEN TO THE "CONVERSATION WITH CLINT": U.S forward Clint Mathis covered a wide variety of topics in a session with reporters this morning, including how the team must perform against Brazil, his role with the national team, and his relationship with U.S. Manager Bruce Arena. Mathis entered in the 59th minute of the 2-1 loss to Turkey, creating several scoring chances, including a shot that was cleared off the line by Turkish captain Bulent Korkmaz. The MetroStars forward was tagged by Arena as a starter for tomorrow night’s key contest with Brazil. Audio clips of today’s interview can be found in the "Sights and Sounds" section of ussoccer.com.