CHICAGO (Friday, May 10, 2002) - U.S. Soccer has launched a comprehensive new World Cup section at ussoccer.com which will bring fans and media the most detailed information on the U.S. World Cup Team as they travel the "Nike Road to Korea" and then face the world's best at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
"World Cup Plus" is every fan's source for the USA and the rest of the World Cup. With several updates a day ranging from notes and quotes to unique features, "World Cup Plus" will be the freshest place for media and fans to stay in tune with everything happening in Korea.
Featuring exclusive on-line chats, player Q&As, and quote sheets from Korea, as well as up-to-date training camp notes and game recaps, "World Cup Plus" will have it all. The site will also feature daily historical notes on the history of U.S. Soccer in the World Cup and how the team advanced to Korea. With features on players and coaches, as well as on past U.S. World Cup exploits, every visit to "World Cup Plus" promises something new.
"World Cup Plus" will also include “Ethan Zohn’s Zone,” presented by Philips Electronics, an online World Cup journal hosted by "Survivor: Africa" winner and former pro soccer player Ethan Zohn. With an understanding of what survival of the fittest means, Ethan will provide fans with a behind-the-scenes look inside the U.S. Men’s National Team and the athletes taking part in the 2002 World Cup. Fans will be able to access Ethan’s daily entries designed to satisfy the curiosity of every fan. The online journal will offer exclusive video footage of both on- and off-the-field moments.
With details that no one else can provide, "World Cup Plus" will feature daily factoids and trivia that will satiate even the most rabid soccer fans. The site also has a countdown clock as the U.S. looks toward Sunday's match with Uruguay (at RFK Stadium at 2 p.m. ET live on ABC) and then to games against Jamaica (on May 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2) and Holland (on May 19 at 2 p.m. live on ABC), before the second-by-second countdown begins for the world's largest event: the FIFA World Cup.
For the Media, a special media-only section, will provide affiliated organizations with password-protected access to exclusive schedule information for the U.S., including interview availability and contact information for U.S. Soccer's PR personnel in Korea. In addition to information on getting around in Korea, the media-only area will allow organizations to download mug shots of the players and coaches on the U.S. World Cup Team. Media must apply on-line at ussoccer.com to access the media-only section of the website.
Another special feature available only at ussoccer.com will be first-person accounts of the World Cup experience from the eyes of Brian Hall, who will file a number of reports from Japan as he becomes the first American-born referee to work a World Cup. Hall's reports will be featured in the "Breaking Down the Cup" section of ussoccer.com, which will also see U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team head coach John Ellinger offer his World Cup commentary on the games and action. Former U.S. U-17 and U-20 goalkeeper D.J. Countess, a starter for the U.S. at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand and at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina, will offer his views on the World Cup from a young professional hoping to get there someday.
If you are a U.S. Soccer fan and you want to send a "Good Luck Message" to U.S. Soccer referee Brian Hall or the U.S. World Cup Team, you can do it at ussoccer.com. In the "Chats, Polls, Interaction" section fans can send a message of encouragement to the team, ask a favorite player a question about their World Cup preparation or tell U.S. Soccer about their plans to watch the World Cup. A selection of the best e-mails and messages will be posted in U.S. Soccer's "World Cup Plus" section and entered to win an official U.S. Soccer World Cup jersey.