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U.S. MNT Gold Cup Notes - July 17, 2003


 U.S. MNT Gold Cup Notes
July 17, 2003
Providence, R.I.

UP NEXT
The United States meets Cuba in the quarterfinals of the 2003 Gold Cup on July 19 in Foxboro, Mass.  Kickoff at Gillette Stadium is set for 3 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on Univision.  Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.  The United States met Cuba in last year's Gold Cup, winning 1-0 in the second match of Group A.  Brian McBride scored from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute to improve the USA's all-time record against Cuba to 3-1-1, and ensuring their advancement to the quarterfinals.

MORE QUARTERFINAL BERTHS TO BE SETTLED TONIGHT
Group play in the 2003 Gold Cup is winding down, with the qualifiers to the knockout phase from Group B set to be determined tonight when Colombia meets Guatemala.  Holding three points along with Jamaica, Colombia need only a draw to advance, while a victory would guarantee first place in the group.  Mexico will play the final match of the opening phase tomorrow night, hosting Honduras at 9 p.m. ET in a match broadcast live on Galavision.  Along with the United States and Cuba, Costa Rica and El Salvador have secured their spots in the quarterfinal round.  

CARLOS CONTINUES
Carlos Bocanegra is back with another edition of "Off the Ball", a personal chronicle about the team's daily events while participating in the Gold Cup.  Today, Carlos assesses the Martinique match, tells how Frankie Hejduk nearly knocked himself out of the tournament, and poses his famous four questions to U.S. head honcho Bruce Arena.

Link: /teams/mens/cgc/index.jsp.html

INJURY UPDATE
DaMarcus Beasley trained at full speed this morning, his first full session since suffering an ankle sprain in a training session on July 9.  The Chicago Fire midfielder has 48 hours to prove match fitness prior to the quarterfinal against Cuba.  Despite playing two matches in two days, no other injuries have been reported.

CONCACAF GOLD CUP FACT
The U.S. continues to move up the charts in the Gold Cup record books.  With his two goals against Martinique, Brian McBride moves to third place on the all-time scoring chart with eight goals, just one behind former U.S. international Eric Wynalda.   Meantime, the U.S. posted its record-setting sixth straight shutout in Gold Cup play, improving its lifetime total to 17 clean sheets in 28 matches.

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