U.S. and Germany Face-Off Tomorrow for Spot in Semifinals
ULSAN, Korea (Thursday, June 20, 2002) - The U.S. and Germany will meet in the World Cup quarterfinals tomorrow (June 21) at Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan. The match will kick off at 8:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. et). The U.S. will wear navy jerseys with white shorts and navy socks, while the Germans will wear their traditional white tops with black shorts and white socks.
U.S., ARENA HAVE SUCCESS AGAINST GERMANY: Under Bruce Arena, the U.S. has experienced surprising success against Germany. The U.S. has posted a 2-1-0 record against Germany since Arena took over in late 1998, including a 2-0 win in the teams' only tournament meeting under Arena. The U.S. topped Germany twice in 1999, winning 3-0 on Feb. 6, 1999, in Jacksonville, Fla., and 2-0 on July 30, 1999, at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. Those matches mark the only time the U.S. has posted consecutive shutouts against a European team in a calendar year. The U.S. and Germany became familiar foes in the 1990s, playing seven times (including two U.S. matches against East Germany). The U.S. holds a 2-4-0 record against Germany, and a 0-2-0 record against East Germany.
DONOVAN TALLIES IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES: Twenty-year-old sensation Landon Donovan has scored in the USA’s last two games, tallying the only U.S. goal in a 3-1 loss to Poland on June 14, and scoring the second goal against Mexico in a 2-0 win on June 17. If Donovan scores against Germany, he will become only the third U.S. player to score in three straight U.S. matches since Arena took over the team. Cobi Jones scored in three straight matches from Jan. 29 – Feb. 16, 2000, and Ante Razov scored in three straight matches from June 6 – July 16, 2000.
U.S. IRONMEN: Tony Sanneh, John O’Brien and Brad Friedel are the only U.S. players to play all 360 minutes of the first four U.S. matches at the World Cup.
CARRYING CAUTIONS: Five U.S. players received cautions in the USA’s win over Mexico in the Round of 16. Gregg Berhalter, Eddie Pope, Josh Wolff, Brad Friedel and Pablo Mastroeni were all shown yellow cards by referee Vitor Melo Pereira. If any of the five are shown a caution against Germany they would miss the semifinal match should the U.S. advance.
GOALS, GOALS, GOALS FOR THE RED, WHITE & BLUE: The talented trio of Brian McBride, Clint Mathis and Landon Donovan have racked up goals at an unprecedented pace in 2002. Clint Mathis is the team’s leading scorer with seven goals, while Brian McBride and Landon Donovan have each found the net six times. Entering this year, a U.S. player had scored six or more goals in a calendar year only six times since 1991, and no more than two players accomplished that feat in the same year. The U.S. record for goals in one year is nine, something Joe-Max Moore accomplished in 1993 and Eric Wynalda matched in 1996.
USA IN THE 2002 WORLD CUP: The U.S. has played four games in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and has used a different line-up in each match.
USA vs. Mexico - June 17, 2002 – Jeonju, Korea (2-0 Win)
USA: 1-Brad Friedel; 3-Gregg Berhalter, 23-Eddie Pope, 22-Tony Sanneh; 4-Pablo Mastroeni (16-Carlos Llamosa, 92+), 7-Eddie Lewis, 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 5-John O’Brien, 21-Landon Donovan; 20-Brian McBride (13-Cobi Jones, 79), 15-Josh Wolff (8-Earnie Stewart, 59).
USA vs. Poland – June 14, 2002 – Daejeon, Koera (3-1 Loss)
USA: 1-Brad Friedel; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 12-Jeff Agoos (17-DaMarcus Beasley, 36), 23-Eddie Pope, 22-Tony Sanneh; 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 8-Earnie Stewart (13-Cobi Jones, 68), 5-John O’Brien, 21-Landon Donovan; 11-Clint Mathis, 20-Brian McBride (9-Joe-Max Moore, 58).
USA vs. Korea – June 10, 2002 – Daegu, Korea (1-1 Draw)
USA: 1-Brad Friedel; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 12-Jeff Agoos, 23-Eddie Pope, 22-Tony Sanneh; 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 17-DaMarcus Beasley (7-Eddie Lewis, 75), 5-John O’Brien, 21-Landon Donovan; 11-Clint Mathis (15-Josh Wolff, 83), 20-Brian McBride.
USA vs. Portugal – June 5, 2002 – Suwon, Korea (3-2 Win)
USA: 1-Brad Friedel; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 12-Jeff Agoos, 23-Eddie Pope (16-Carlos Llamosa, 80), 22-Tony Sanneh; 4-Pablo Mastroeni, 17-DaMarcus Beasley, 5-John O’Brien, 8-Earnie Stewart (capt.; 13-Cobi Jones, 46); 21-Landon Donovan (9-Joe-Max Moore, 75), 20-Brian McBride.
BY THE NUMBERS – U.S. Players In the 2002 World Cup:
19 - U.S. Players Who Have Played in this World Cup (Friedel, Berhalter, Pope, Sanneh, Mastroeni, Lewis, Reyna, O’Brien, Donovan, McBride, Wolff , Hejduk, Agoos, Stewart, Mathis, Beasley, Llamosa, Moore, Jones)
16 - Players Who Have Started at Least One Match in This World Cup (Friedel, Berhalter, Pope, Sanneh, Mastroeni, Lewis, Reyna, O’Brien, Donovan, McBride, Wolff, Hejduk, Agoos, Stewart, Mathis, Beasley)
11 - Players Who Have Made Their World Cup Debut in Korea/Japan (O’Brien, Berhalter, Lewis, Mathis, Sanneh, Donovan, Wolff, Agoos, Beasley, Mastroeni, Llamosa)
8 - Players Who Have Received Yellow Cards (Friedel, Hejduk, Berhalter, Mastroeni, Agoos, Wolff, Beasley, Pope)
7 - Players Who Have Played As Substitutes (Jones, Stewart, Llamosa, Beasley, Moore, Wolff, Lewis)
4 - Players Who Haven’t Played in the 2002 World Cup (Meola, Cherundolo, Keller, Regis)
4 - Players Who Have Scored in Korea/Japan 2002 (Donovan, McBride, O’Brien, Mathis)
2 - Players Who Have Scored in Their World Cup Debut at Korea/Japan (O’Brien, Mathis)
U.S. MNT STRIKES FIRST, BUT FALLS 4-2 TO GERMANY IN ROSTOCK IN MARCH: The U.S. Men's National Team struck first, but they were eventually overpowered in the second half and fell to Germany 4-2 at Osteestadion on March 27 in Rostock, Germany. After defeating Germany in the last two meetings by a combined score of 5-0, this loss drops the USA’s record to 2-4-0 all-time against the three-time World Cup champions. Clint Mathis scored both goals for the U.S, giving him at least one point in six straight starts. The MetroStars forward has recorded six goals and two assists during the streak, including another pair against Honduras on March 2 in Seattle. Mathis' two goal performance also marks the first time since Joe-Max Moore in 1993 that any U.S. player has tallied two multiple-goal games in a calendar year.
USA vs. Germany
Osteestadion (Rostock, Germany)
March 27, 2002
USA - Clint Mathis (Jovan Kirovski), 17.
GER - Christian Ziege (unassisted), 44.
GER - Oliver Neuville (unassisted), 61.
GER - Oliver Bierhoff (Bernd Schneider), 65.
GER - Torsten Frings (Oliver Bierhoff), 68.
USA - Clint Mathis (Joe-Max Moore), 71.
USA - 18-Kasey Keller; 2-Steve Cherundolo (22-Tony Sanneh, 72), 12-Jeff Agoos (3-Gregg Berhalter, 72), 23-Eddie Pope, 6-David Regis; 14-Chris Armas, 7-Eddie Lewis (13-Cobi Jones, 69), 8- Earnie Stewart (Capt.), 21-Landon Donovan; 11-Clint Mathis, 19-Jovan Kirovski (9-Joe-Max Moore, 59).
Subs not used: 1-Tony Meola, 4-Frankie Hejduk.
GER - 1-Frank Rost (12-Hans Jorg Butt, 46); 2-Frank Baumann, 4-Thomas Linke, 5-Carsten Ramelow; 6-Jens Jeremies (15-Joerg Heinrich, 69), 7-Torsten Frings, 8-Dietmar Hamman, 10-Bernd Schneider (14-Gerald Asamoah, 75), 3-Christian Ziege (Capt.; 16-Joerg Boehme, 61); 9-Oliver Bierhoff, 11-Oliver Neuville (18-Thomas Brdaric, 80).
Subs not used: 13-Michael Ballack, 17-Ingo Hertzch.
QUOTES FOLLOWING THE MARCH 27 MATCH IN ROSTOCK:
"I thought the key to the game was their physical strength. We could have defended better and at times shown more commitment. They won a lot of the battles, and in the end they were the better team."
- Bruce Arena
"Obviously they are a very big and strong team. And when you are a little bit smaller, you have to want it that much more, and we got pushed around a bit today."
- Kasey Keller
"I was disappointed. I thought we had a pretty fresh start, but they didn't panic and stuck to their game plan. We were disappointed in the way we came out the second half. We had a bad 15 minutes. But in all fairness, we changed it around a bit and had chances to get back into the game. They beat us on the day, and we have to hold our heads up and learn from it."
- Kasey Keller
"Apart from the first 20 minutes of the second half, I thought we did well against a tough German team. They have so many big boys in there that sometimes, especially with corner kicks, they start to push and shove, and they get that physical advantage."
- Earnie Stewart
GERMANY TOPS U.S. 2-0 TO OPEN 1998 WORLD CUP: Germany and the U.S. met in the 1998 World Cup, with Germany recording a 2-0 win in Paris and sending the U.S. on its way to a 32nd place finish. Six players on the current World Cup team (Kasey Keller, David Regis, Eddie Pope, Claudio Reyna, Earnie Stewart and Cobi Jones) started in the match, and Frankie Hejduk came off the bench to make his World Cup debut.