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U.S. Men's National Team Notes - Oct. 6, 2004


U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Update
October 6, 2004
Washington, D.C.

 

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PRESENT AND ACCOUNTED FOR: The U.S. roster for the upcoming qualifiers against El Salvador and Panama has finally reached its full complement with the arrivals of the Fulham duo of Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride, and Eddie Lewis, yesterday afternoon. The team will conduct its first complete session this morning.  So far, the only entry on the injury report has been defender Tony Sanneh, who suffered a mild hamstring strain over the weekend.  Sanneh has done fitness exercises for the first two days, and is expected to be available for Saturday's match against El Salvador (9:30 p.m. ET, live on pay-per-view and ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips).

COBI CONTINUES TO CLIMB:  Having enjoyed a long stint at the top of the USA's all-time capwinner list, Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Cobi Jones is working his way towards the top of the international list as well.  The 34 year-old midfielder now sits on 163 caps, tied for fourth in the world with Hossam Hassan of Egypt.  He needs just one more appearance to equal Adnan Khamees Al Talyani of the United Arab Emirates, and sits nine caps behind the all-time leader, Claudio Suarez. Jones is currently second on the U.S. list for World Cup qualifying appearances (29), one behind Earnie Stewart.

ALL_ACCESS IS BACK:  Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the U.S. MNT training camp with all_access video, the exclusive content of ussoccer.com.   Today's installment has ussoccer.com talking to Pablo Mastroeni, Josh Wolff, and Tony Sanneh about their layoffs from the national team, and their hopes for the qualifying campaign as the team marches towards Germany 2006.  See previous clips from other U.S. camps in the sights and sounds section of ussoccer.com.

IT'S A TOUGH ROAD: Of the 15 World Cup Qualifying matches the U.S. Men's National Team has played in Central America since 1965, the team has won only three of them, with all three of those victories coming in Honduras. That means that heading into El Salvador on Saturday night the U.S. is a whopping 0-for-11 in earning three points in World Cup qualifying games in Central America not played in Honduras. Of those 15 overall games in Central America, the U.S. has lost five times and tied seven, demonstrating just how difficult it is to qualify for the World Cup against countries that take home-field advantage to the next level. To read more about the U.S. Men's difficult path on the road to the World Cup, click here.

STREAKING: With the 1-1 draw against Panama on Sept. 8 in Panama City, the U.S. extended its unbeaten run to 10 games, the longest in team history. The USA has twice put together nine-game streaks, in 1991 and 1998. The U.S. is 6-0-4 during the streak and improved the team’s overall record to 6-1-5 in 2004.  The streak included at one point four consecutive shutouts by four different goalkeepers.  The U.S. is also enjoying a remarkable 26-match unbeaten run against CONCACAF opponents dating back to Sept. 5, 2001, a 2-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Costa Rica.

BEASLEY BLAST FOR PSV: DaMarcus Beasley continues to light the lamp for both club and country, his latest effort the middle goal in PSV's 3-0 win against FC Groningen last Saturday.  The tally, Beasley's third since joining PSV, earned the midfielder Man of the Match honors and a large bottle of champagne.  Beasley continues to set the pace for U.S. attackers, his four goals best for the U.S. in 2004, and he remains the only player to appear in all 12 of the USA’s matches this year.  Beasley has recorded three goals in 2006 World Cup qualifying action so far, including a pair in the USA’s 3-2 victory against Grenada on June 13 in Columbus, Ohio.

IN EL SALVADOR: The USA holds a 1-1-2 record playing in El Salvador, the lone victory coming in the teams' first meeting September 15, 1977.  The lone qualifying matchup at the Estadio Cuscatlan ended in a 1-1 draw on June 29, 1997.  U.S. Manager Bruce Arena spoke about the challenges of playing in El Salvador and many other topics in a conference call last week previewing the upcoming qualifiers.  For a full transcript of that session, click here.

U.S. SITS ATOP GROUP, BUT IT'S ANYONE'S GROUP TO WIN: Halfway through the six-game semifinal round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. Men’s National Team is sitting in first place in Group 1 with an undefeated 1-0-2 record. Although they’ve done it in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion, the U.S. MNT has accomplished its goals in earning valuable points with two 1-1 road draws in Jamaica (Aug. 18) and Panama (Sept. 8). In its lone home match, the U.S. dominated El Salvador 2-0 behind goals from forwards Brian Ching and Landon Donovan on Sept. 4 in Foxboro, Mass. El Salvador, meanwhile, is at the bottom of the group standings - but a win at home vs. the U.S. and a tie in the Panama vs. Jamaica game, and El Salvador could be the shocking leader of Group 1 after four games.

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