U.S. MNT World Cup Update
June 15, 2010
Pretoria, South Africa
U.S. TURNS FULL ATTENTION TO SLOVENIA
Following a day off, the U.S. return to training on Tuesday as preparations began in earnest for Friday’s match against Group C leaders Slovenia. Speaking with the media, the U.S. players have called the game both a ‘can’t lose’ and a ‘must win’ and in either case they are correct as the U.S will need to take points against the group leader in the pivotal second game of the group. Kickoff at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park is set for 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) and the match will be televised live in the U.S. on ESPN, TeleFutura and ESPN3.com and fans can follow online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or at twitter.com/ussoccer.
Group C Standings
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AUGUST 10 OPPONENT WINS WORLD CUP OPENER
Brazil, who will face the U.S. at the New Meadowlands Stadium on Tuesday, Aug. 10, opened their 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win against Korea DPR on a cold Tuesday night at Ellis Park, the site of Saturday’s U.S. game. Maicon scored the first goal from an acute angle, while Elano added the second on a great pass through by Robinho. More than 25,000 tickets have already been sold for the USA-Brazil clash and tickets are available at ussoccer.com.
TODAY FROM STUDIO 90
U.S. Soccer’s popular web show Studio 90 features daily shows during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Here’s a look at the rundown for the June 15 show.
Studio 90: Today on Studio 90, we have some video of the Friends and Family visiting with the U.S. players for the first time since the team arrived in South Africa. We’ll also take you behind the scenes with The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as Senior Annoying British Correspondent John Oliver is embedded with the U.S. team during its pre-World Cup Training Camp in Princeton, N.J. Also on the show, we take you through the “car wash” at ESPN with Jozy Altidore, Carlos Bocanegra, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Oguchi Onyewu and we have a World Cup Memory from U.S. defender Jimmy Conrad.
Studio 90 Extra Time: Today on Studio 90 Extra Time, we sit down with U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark who played all 90 minutes in the USA’s 1-1 draw with England to open its 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign.
Sounds from South Africa: On the June 15 episode of Sounds from South Africa Jay DeMerit and Clint Dempsey discuss the U.S. Men's National Team preparations for the game against Slovenia on June 18. Ricardo Clark also sits down for an interview on Studio 90 Extra Time. The laid-back center midfielder discusses his first appearance in the World Cup and also answers questions from fans.
FROM THE MNT BLOG
A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:
QUOTABLE: June 15, 2010
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U.S. Defender and Captain CARLOS BOCANEGRA
On his impression of Slovenia based on their match against Algeria:
“They looked good, they look like a solid group. Very disciplined, they stay compact and look to hit you on the counterattack. A few times in the game I think the excitement got to both teams and it opened up a little but, but they’re very technical and organized defensively. It’s going to be a good game for us.”
U.S. MNT Forward ROBBIE FINDLEY
On the millions reportedly watching the United States’ first match against England:
“It’s a good feeling. To me, it means the sport’s definitely growing and getting bigger and bigger every year. That’s a lot of support for us, which is a good feeling and helps us out. It’s always good to know that people are pulling for you and watching to see how successful you are.”
FIFA WORLD CUP FACTS: Goal Scorers
- Brazil’s Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in FIFA World Cup history with 15 goals.
- Just Fontaine, of France, holds the mark for a single tournament, scoring 13 goals at the 1958 edition. Fontaine opened with a hat trick against Paraguay in the group opener followed by a brace against Yugoslavia in the second match. He rounded out group play with one goal against Scotland before scoring twice against Northern Ireland in the tournament quarterfinals. Fontaine managed to score once in a 5-2 loss to Brazilian in the semifinals before scoring four goals in a 6-3 win against Germany in the third-place match.
- Miroslav Klose leads all players participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup with 11 goals, including his strike in the 4-0 win against Australia on June 13.