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U.S. MNT Training Camp Update - Nov. 10, 2004

U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Update
November 10, 2004
Columbus, Ohio

The U.S. Men's National Team continues preparation for the Nov. 17 clash with Jamaica in the increasingly cooler climes of Columbus, with temperatures dipping near 30 degrees in the evening.  This will be most unwelcome news for the Reggae Boyz, who suffered through a night-time low of 78 degrees tonight in Kingston.  Kickoff for the USA's final semifinal round qualifier, presented by Philips Electronics, is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.  Fans can also follow the match live on's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

  The latest installment of's exclusive all_access video will chronicle the fortunes of Ed Johnson through camp on the heels of one of the finest rookie performances in U.S. Soccer history.  The 20-year-old Dallas Burn forward recorded his first international goal just four minutes into his first-ever appearance for the full U.S. Men’s National Team in the 2-0 win in El Salvador on Oct. 9, then exploded four days later for a history-making hat-trick in helping the U.S. to a 6-0 victory against Panama that secured their place in the final round of 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying.  It won't be hard to follow E.J. in his golden Nike boots, but see if you can keep up all camp long as he walks you a mile in his boots.

GROUP ONE WRAP-UP: While the U.S. has already advanced to final round hexagonal, Match Day 6 promises plenty of intrigue for the other members of Group 1.  The Reggae Boyz, who have never beaten the U.S. at the full MNT level, cannot afford to slip up as a defeat will send them back to Kingston with a three-year wait until their next shot at qualifying.  Jamaica holds six points from five matches, while Panama is just one point behind and host El Salvador in their last group game. Jamaica advances with a win, or a tie coupled with a Panama tie or loss. Panama clinches with a win and a Jamaica loss or tie, or a tie and a Jamaica loss. Even El Salvador can sneak in with a win and a loss by Jamaica, meaning Match Day 6 will see the drama that is World Cup qualifying unfold.  For those inclined to skipping to the last page, a preview of the schedule for the final round of qualifying can be found by clicking here.

Group 1 Standings
Teams            GP    W    L    T    GF  GA  GD  Pts.
y-USA            5       3     0    2    12    2    +10  11
Jamaica           5       1     1    3     6     4    +2     6
Panama           5       1     2    2     5    11    -6    5
El Salvador      5      1     2     1    2     8     -6     4

MNT FIFA World Cup Qualifying Results
Date             Opponent      Venue; City                                                                  Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
Aug. 18        Jamaica         National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica                             1-1 T    Ching
Sept. 4         El Salvador    Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass                                   2-0 W   Ching, Donovan
Sept. 8         Panama         Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama        1-1 T    Jones
Oct. 9          El Salvador    Cuscatlan Stadium; San Salvador, El Salvador              2-0 W    McBride, Johnson
Oct. 13        Panama         RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.                                  6-0 W    Donovan (2), Johnson (3), (Own Goal)

MNT FIFA World Cup Qualifying Schedule

Date            Opponent      Venue; City                                                                  Kickoff (local)    TV
Nov. 17       Jamaica         Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio                                   7:30 p.m. ET      ESPN2 (live); Telemundo (tape delay at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT)

With Columbus gearing up to host the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team’s FIFA 2006 World Cup qualifying match against Jamaica on Nov. 17, Philips and Best Buy are on a quest to find fans in the Columbus area who display the most passionate support for the home team. With that in mind, all Columbus-area fans are being invited to don their most spirited apparel and show off their moves on the makeshift runway this Sunday, Nov. 14 at Best Buy at 3840 Morse Road (HQ Plaza). Veteran U.S. Men's National Team defender and Columbus Crew all-star Frankie Hejduk will be on hand to sign autographs and serve as a celebrity judge. Three lucky winners will be crowned “Simply the Best Fans” and will win prizes including VIP tickets to the game. All attendees are also eligible to win the chance to play “Sumo Soccer” during halftime at the Nov. 17 U.S-Jamaica match at Crew Stadium. (Sumo Soccer is exactly as it sounds – participants wear huge sumo suits and will play 6-on-6 soccer with radio personalities and Columbus team mascots.) For more information, contact Mandy O’Donnell at 212-468-3648.

DON'T MESS WITH A STREAK:  The 6-0 win against Panama extended the USA's record unbeaten streak to 12 games, the longest in team history. The USA has twice put together nine-game streaks, in 1991 and 1998. The U.S. is 8-0-4 during the streak and improved the team’s overall record to 8-1-5 in 2004.  The streak included at one point four consecutive shutouts by four different goalkeepers.  The U.S. is also enjoying a remarkable 28-match unbeaten run against CONCACAF opponents dating back to Sept. 5, 2001, a 2-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Costa Rica.

The last time the U.S. hosted Jamaica in qualifying was a day U.S. Soccer fans will never forget: October 7, 2001 at Foxboro Stadium. With the U.S. having suffered three straight qualifying losses prior to that day, the seemingly easy road to the 2002 World Cup was now in jeopardy, and only an improbable set of circumstances could see the U.S. through to Korea on that brisk afternoon.  As a solemn nation watched, the U.S. turned in a shining performance led by a pair of goals by New England favorite Joe-Max Moore, and the improbable turned into the undeniable as a Trinidad and Tobago road victory against Honduras sealed the USA's ticket to Korea.  For a full recap of that glorious day, click here