U.S. MNT Training Camp Update
Somerset, New Jersey
July 19, 2005
NOW IN NEW JERSEY: The U.S. is settling into new digs for the final time in the 2005 Gold Cup, having completed the six-hour bus ride from Boston to Somerset, N.J., early Monday evening. The team will conduct it's first session in the Garden State in the early afternoon, with temperatures expected to climb into the low 90's. All 21 players are expected to participate in the last intense training prior to the semifinal duel with Honduras on July 21 in East Rutherford, N.J. Kickoff at Giants Stadium is set for 6 p.m. ET, and the match will be shown live on Telefutura. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
MAYBE NEXT TIME?: With Mexico's early departure from the tournament, the streak of not facing the United States in the Gold Cup reaches eight years and four tournaments. Mexico was dropped 2-1 by Colombia in the quarterfinals, a nearly half-field strike by forward Abel Aguilar catching Mexican 'keeper Moises Muñoz off his line for the game-winning goal. Colombia faces Panama in the second semifinal Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET. The Panamanians reached the final four by beating South Africa 5-3 in penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation and a scoreless 30 minute extra time period.
ALL_ACCESS VIDEO - PABLO'S ESPANOL: Despite being a native of Mendoza, Argentina, Spanish doesn't always come easy for U.S.-raised Pablo Mastroeni. He's made a concerted effort to improve, and as one of the few Spanish-speaking members of this current U.S. squad, he's gotten plenty of practice in the Gold Cup. Hear Pablo's light-hearted self-evaluation of his language skills in this latest edition of All_Access Video, the exclusive video content on ussoccer.com.
POST-MATCH PODCASTING: In case you missed it, review the post-match comments from U.S. Manager Bruce Arena and ussoccer.com Man of the Match DaMarcus Beasley as they fielded questions from the press after the USA's thorough 3-1 victory against Jamaica in the Gold Cup quarterfinals. Hear Arena describe the team's "best performance of the tournament," while Beasley talks about execution of the perfect game plan. Be sure to browse the entire archive at ussoccer.com for a complete listing of available podcasts.
NEW JERSEY NATIVE: U.S. assistant coach Glenn "Mooch" Myernick stood up and saluted as the team bus crossed the Jersey state line as returning to his native state. Hailing from Trenton, Mooch has been an assistant coach for the full team since 2002. Myernick is one of two U.S.coaches in history to play on and then coach the U.S. National Team and the Under-23 team. He has played more games for the national team than any other U.S. national team coach, appearing for the USA from 1975-79 and serving as team captain in 1978.
KEEPING TRACK OF THE GOLD CUP: In addition to providing exclusive All_Access content, ussoccer.com also has a place to follow all of the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup action. Keep track of group standings, results and all of the latest news from the U.S. camp by logging on to the ussoccer.com Gold Cup competition section.