U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Update
March 25, 2005
Colorado Springs, Colorado
GETTING ACCLIMATED: Friday is day five for some, day 14 for others as the fully integrated U.S. squad concludes high-altitude training in Colorado Springs. U.S. Manager Bruce Arena is slowly shifting gears as the hard work winds down and the team puts the finishing touches on its preparation for MatchDay 2 of FIFA World Cup qualifying and the duel against Mexico at the Estadio Azteca on March 27 (live on ESPN2 and Telemundo at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT). It's no rest for the weary as the team then heads back to the States to host Guatemala on March 30 live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. CT at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
QUOTE SHEET: As one of the most-covered games in CONCACAF, there's no shortage of ink being printed on both sides of the ball as kickoff is now less than three days away. Players and coaches are clearly juiced for what the Spanish press have labeled the "Clash of the Titans", each with the expectation of victory. "0-21-1? It really doesn't mean anything to me," said Landon Donovan to USA Today. "We really have this belief that we should have a good chance to win when we go anywhere in (North or) Central America and the Caribbean. First of all, we're better prepared than we've ever been." On the other end, Mexican captain Rafael Marquez still appears to have memories of Jeonju, Korea. "I have a bad taste in my mouth, a bad memory of them," said Marquez to El Universal. "I am waiting to take out my anger." For a more extensive quote sheet from the U.S. and Mexican teams, click here.
TWO MORE RETURN HOME: Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Joe Cannon and Real Salt Lake forward Clint Mathis have returned to their clubs, making a total of six players from the original group to have left camp. They follow Rapids defenders Ritchie Kotschau and Nat Borchers, San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Brian Mullan and Columbus Crew midfielder Kyle Martino. A total of 24 players are expected to travel to Mexico City.ALL_ACCESS VIDEO: Check out the latest three behind-the-scenes videos from the USA's World Cup qualifying preparation. The popular and exclusive ussoccer.com videos have been tracking the team's progress all year long, and the latest installments feature:
- "Memories of Mexico" - The first in a series features Claudio Reyna, Pablo Mastroeni, Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley recalling past Mexico clashes.
- "A Mile in My Boots" - Get up close and personal with Chris Albright as he shows you a 'day in the life.'
- "Center Circle Video Spotlight with Steve Ralston" - A look at Ralston's recent success with the MNT.
USA V. MEXICO – BY THE NUMBERS: ussoccer.com has compiled a comprehensive array of facts, figures and stats to satisfy the most hungry of soccer junkies as the U.S. and Mexico face off for the 50th time in their history. From all-time leaders to World Cup qualifying results to a competition breakdown of records, ussoccer.com has it all. A sample of the content follows, but if you want to know the only U.S. player to start all nine of the USA's World Cup qualifiers in this campaign?, or the last time the USA lost a World Cup qualifier, or the number of wins Mexico has in qualifying at home?, then you will want to visit the By The Numbers page at ussoccer.com for a comprehensive summary.
SERIES RECORD: 11-28-10 (since 1934)
U.S. Goals: 53 Mexico Goals: 113
- Nine of the 11 U.S. wins vs. Mexico have been shutouts. The U.S has posted shutouts in six of the last seven meetings between the teams.
- The U.S. has a 9-6-8 record vs. Mexico at home, dating back to 1957.
- U.S Manager Bruce Arena has a 6-3-1 record vs. Mexico, and is 5-1-1 in home games. Under Arena, the U.S. has outscored Mexico 12-4.
RECENT RUN: While past performances have no bearing on future results, the U.S. has nonetheless put together an impressive run against the previously dominant neighbors to the south, adding fuel to an already well burning fire. A snapshot of the recent performances against Mexico:
June 11, 2000 3:0 W Hejduk, McBride, Razov
Oct. 25, 2000 2:0 W Donovan, Wolff
Feb. 28, 2001 2:0 W Wolff, Stewart
July 1, 2001 0:1 L
April 3, 2002 1:0 W Mathis
June 17, 2002 2:0 W McBride, Donovan
May 8, 2003 0:0 T
April 28, 2004 1:0 W Pope
For a complete history of U.S. results against Mexico, click here.
ESPN TAKES USA V. MEXICO OUTSIDE THE LINES: The U.S. Men's National Team's rivalry with Mexico will be the featured topic this Sunday morning on ESPN's acclaimed series "Outside the Lines" at 9:30 a.m. ET. Hosted by Bob Ley, the show will examine the intense, sometimes intimidating and volcanic atmosphere that exists in games played IN Mexico. "Outside the Lines" will also take a historical look at past games played between the two countries and will offer viewers a unique, behind the scenes look at the U.S. team as they prepare for their World Cup qualifying match against their biggest rival. Two former U.S. National Team standouts will preview the latest installment of the rivalry during the show: Marcelo Balboa (the current color analyst for U.S. MNT matches on ESPN) and Alexi Lalas (currently the general manager of Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes). A second version of the show, recapping Sunday's result, will also air on "Outside the Lines" daily episode at 11:58 p.m. ET on Monday evening (March 28).