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U.S. Men Hit the Ground in Grenada


U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Update
June 19, 2004
St. George's, Grenada

ONE TO GO: The U.S. will hold its final training session this afternoon at the National Stadium in St. George's, less than 24 hours before the second leg of the second round 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying series against Grenada.  Kickoff for the match is set for 4 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Telemundo.   Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.  The U.S. captured a 3-0 victory in the first-ever meeting between the nations June 13 in Columbus, Ohio.

QUICK HITS

    * All 18 players on the U.S. roster are currently reporting fit and healthy.  The team trained yesterday afternoon at the soccer stadium, which sits adjacent to the cricket grounds, site of tomorrow's match.
    * Expect several changes to the U.S. starting lineup for the second leg tomorrow.  "I think giving some other players an opportunity will help me solidify my thinking as we approach the semifinal round," said U.S. Manager Bruce Arena.  To read the full transcript of his interview with ussoccer.com, click here.
    * In accordance with the rules of competition set forth for FIFA 2006 World Cup qualifying, the "away goals" rule is in effect for the second round of qualifying.  If the teams are tied in aggregate goal scoring after the second game, goals scored away from home will count double.  If the teams are still tied, a 30-minute "golden goal" extra-time period will be played, followed by penalty kicks.
    * Shalrie Joseph is the only player on either team carrying a yellow card into Sunday's game.  Players who acquire two yellow cards are automatically forced to sit for next game in World Cup qualifying competition.  The U.S. players who earned cautions in the first leg, Eddie Lewis and Eddie Pope, are not on the USA's roster.
    * Earnie Stewart may be next in line to join the 100-cap club, sitting on 99 caps after appearing in Columbus last Sunday.  He played 13 times for the USA in 2003, the most appearances in one year in his 14-year international career. Stewart is the all-time U.S. leader in World Cup qualifying appearances (28) and goals (9).  Stewart would become the eighth U.S. player to reach the century remark, following U.S. captain Claudio who recently achieved that milestone in the 4-0 win against Honduras on June 2 in Foxboro.
    * While Stewart has had numerous memorable moments throughout 99 international appearances for the United States, none reaches the height of his game-winning goal against Colombia in the USA's second group match of the 1994 World Cup.  Almost 10 years to the day - June 22, 1994 -93,194 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena witnessed Stewart's strike that helped propel the U.S. to a 2-1 victory and into the second round of the tournament, where they would fall 1-0 to eventual champion Brazil.  Stewart and others reminisced about that moment in this Center Circle feature.
    * The U.S. has posted a 4-1-2 record in 2004, including four consecutive shutout victories. Remarkably, four different goalkeepers have minded the nets during the shutout run.
    * The shutout streak now stands at 381 minutes, the last goal surrendered by the Americans coming in the 69th minute of the 1-1 draw against Haiti on March 13 in Miami.
    * DaMarcus Beasley, who recorded his first-ever multiple-goal game for the national team against Grenada, leads the team in games played (7), minutes played (540), and goals (3) for the USA in 2004.
    * Kasey Keller made just one save in goal for the U.S in the first leg, passing Tony Meola on the all-time win list for U.S. goalkeepers with 38 wins in 69 appearances. Keller’s clean sheet was the 34th of his career, extending his U.S. record.
    * Greg Vanney wrote his name in the scoring ledger for the first time, his important strike in stoppage time marking the first goal of his U.S. career after 29 appearances.
    * Like last week, five players have the opportunity to earn their first cap in a World Cup qualifier (Bobby Convey, Cory Gibbs, Pablo Mastroeni, Jonny Walker, Kerry Zavagnin).  Carlos Bocanegra and Conor Casey earned their first stripes in Columbus.  Mastroeni, who rose to prominence in the USA's quarterfinal run in Korea/Japan, was the only player on the 2002 World Cup roster not to have appeared in a qualifier.

ROSTERS:
USA
Goalkeepers (2): Kasey Keller (Tottenham Hotspur), Jonny Walker (MetroStars)
Defenders (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Bobby Convey (D.C. United), Cory Gibbs (Dallas Burn), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Greg Vanney (FC Bastia)
Midfielders (6): Chris Armas (Chicago Fire), DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago Fire), Landon Donovan (San Jose Earthquakes), Claudio Reyna (Manchester City), Earnie Stewart (D.C. United), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards)
Forwards (3): Jovan Kirovski (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian McBride (Fulham FC), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards)

GRENADA
Goalkeepers (2): Kellon Baptiste (GBSS), Desmond Noel (QPR).
Defenders (7): Anthony Modeste (QPR), Brian Benjamin (GBSS), Franklyn Baptiste (ESS), Kennedy Phillip (Fontenoy FC), Ricky Charles (USC Spantanburg), Eric George (Springs) Anthony Bedeau (Torquay United, England).
Midfielders (5): Patrick Modeste (QPR), Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution), Byron Bubb (Aylesbury United, England), Ricky Morris (Hurricanes FC), Arkenson Neckles (QPR).
Forwards (4): Jason Roberts (Wigan Athletic, England), Nigel Bishop (GBSS), Kithson Bain (Ball Dogs), Everetts Watts.

USA IN AGGREGRATE PLAY:  There have been four times in the USA's World Cup qualifying history that the team has faced a two-game, aggregate goal series, producing evenly split results.  Losing the first two series to Mexico (1960) and Haiti (1969), the U.S. rebounded to post series victories against Netherlands Antilles (1984) and Jamaica (1988).  Only once has the U.S. started a series at home, drawing 3-3 with Mexico, while picking up two wins and a loss in their other matches on U.S. soil. The complete history:

Year         Opponent                  Results  
1960         Mexico                        3-3 H, 0-3 A (Mexico wins 6-3)
1969         Haiti                             0-2 A, 0-1 H (Haiti wins 3-0)
1984         Netherlands Antilles   0-0 A, 4-0 H (USA wins 4-0)
1988         Jamaica                      0-0 A, 5-1 H  (USA wins 5-1)

LOSING BY THREE?  In order to force a playoff after the second leg, Grenada would at the very least have to win by three goals.  The United States last lost a World Cup qualifier by three goals on Nov. 9, 1980, a 5-1 defeat in Mexico.  The team surrendered last surrendered three goals in the 3-2 defeat to Honduras on Sept. 1, 2001, in game seven of the 10-match final round hexagonal.

LAST TIME…
vs. Grenada
June 13, 2004 – Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio - FIFA World Cup Qualifier – Second Round, First Leg
USA              3      Beasley 46+, 71, Vanney 92+
Grenada       0     
Att: 9,137

USA: 18-Kasey Keller; 6- Steve Cherundolo, 23-Eddie Pope, 4-Carlos Bocanegra, 3-Greg Vanney; 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 14-Chris Armas (7-Eddie Lewis, 73), 21-Landon Donovan, 17-DaMarcus Beasley; 20-Brian McBride (8-Earnie Stewart, 92+), 9-Conor Casey (11-Jovan Kirovski, 21).
Subs not used: 24-Jonny Walker, 2-Frankie Hejduk, 12-Cory Gibbs, 15-Bobby Convey.

GRN: 1-Kellon Baptiste; 11-Anthony Modeste (capt.), 5-Franklin Baptiste, 14-Brian Benjamin (2-Eric George, 67), 15-Kennedy Phillip (16-Byron Bubb, 75), 10-Ricky Charles; 9-Shalrie Joseph, 20-Anthony Bedeau, 12-Patrick Modeste; 30-Jason Roberts, 13-Everett Watts (8-Nigel Bishop, 52).
Subs not used: 31-Desmond Noel, 19-Ricky Morris, 21-Kitson Bain, 23-Arkenson Neckles.

For the full match report, click here.

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