U.S. Soccer Wire: U.S. Men Beat Mexico 2-0 to Reach World Cup Quarterfinals; U.S. to Meet Germany on Friday at 7:25 a.m. ET, Live on ESPN2
McBRIDE, DONOVAN EACH SCORE SECOND GOALS OF TOURNAMENT IN HISTORIC WIN: In easily the most anticipated and important match of an intense 68-year soccer rivalry with CONCACAF foe Mexico, the U.S. Men’s National Team used clinical finishing from Brian McBride and Chevy Man of the Match Landon Donovan, as well as smothering defense and more solid goalkeeping from Brad Friedel, to post a 2-0 shutout win today in the Round of 16 in Jeonju, Korea. With the historic victory, the U.S. advances to the World Cup quarterfinals, where they will meet Group E winner Germany Friday live on ESPN2 and Univision at 7:25 a.m. ET. The result helped the U.S. equal their best ever performance at a World Cup, having also advanced to the quarterfinals, scoring a total of seven total goals and winning two games at the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay. The win also had significance in that it was the first time the U.S. has won a single-elimination game in World Cup history, and it was the USA’s first World Cup shutout since a huge 1-0 upset of England at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil. “It was tough getting our guys back from the game on Friday … We had to go with a lineup that made sense for our guys to endure over 90-95 minutes,” said Bruce Arena, who helped the U.S. improve its all-time World Cup record to 6-13-2. “Our guys left everything on the field today. They played great; I’m proud of them … It’s a great day for U.S. Soccer.” McBride opened the scoring in the 8th minute, after Reyna’s individual effort down the right flank and a quick touch by Josh Wolff let him slot a shot through three defenders and past Mexico goalkeeper Oscar Perez. The goal was McBride’s second of the tournament and his third career World Cup goal (McBride scored the lone U.S. goal in the World Cup ’98 in a 2-1 loss to Iran). Donovan made it 2-0 in the 65th minute when he nodded home a perfect Eddie Lewis cross to the far post.
U.S. HAS WON FIVE OF LAST SIX MATCHES VERSUS MEXICO, IS 5-3-0 UNDER ARENA: The U.S. has now won five of the last six contests against its neighbor from the South, and improved to 10-28-9 all-time against the Tricolores. Today’s match was the first time the two teams have met in World Cup play. Under Arena, the U.S. is 5-3-0, including a 1-0 victory earlier this year in Denver on April 3.
HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE CONTINENT: With such a landmark result and such a bitter rivalry between the two countries, it’s no surprise that U.S., Mexican and international media have given the once-in-a-century World Cup match-up so much attention. Below are some of this morning’s headlines from Mexican papers and other websites:
- “USA Ends Mexico's Dream and Eliminates Them From the World Cup” (from Mundosoccer.com)
- “Death Penalty in the U.S.: Half of them are Mexicans” (La Cronica de Hoy in Mexico City, D.F.)
- “USA Ends 'The Giants Reign' “ (Univision.com)
- “Mexico Suffers The Most Painful Defeat” (El Universal in Mexico City, D.F.)
- “It's Over! Mexico Couldn't Open The USA's Lock” (La Jornada in Mexico City)
- “Goodbye Mexico!; You're Eliminated From The World Cup” (El Siglo de Torreon in Torreon, Mexico
- “The Dream Is Over! Mexico Loses 2-0 To U.S.A.” (La Opinion in Veracruz, Mexico)
KOREA/JAPAN HOME TO TWO OF THE BIGGEST U.S. WINS IN WORLD CUP HISTORY: On the way to advancing to the quarterfinals and securing the team's best showing since reaching the semifinals in 1930, the U.S. Men’s National Team has posted two of the biggest wins in its World Cup history. First came the shocking 3-2 win over Portugal in the opening match that set the team in motion and on their way to the second round, then came today’s 2-0 shutout of rival Mexico. Those two automatically rank up there with the shocking 1-0 win over England in 1950, which many still refer to as the biggest upset in World Cup history, and the 2-1 win over pre-tournament favorite Colombia in 1994.
STEWART, JONES TOP RAMOS’ WORLD CUP APPEARANCE RECORD: After tying Tab Ramos’ all-time World Cup appearance record at nine games by appearing in the Poland match on June 14, veteran midfielders Stewart and Jones both came off the bench in the second half (in the 59th and 79th minutes, respectively) to help preserve the lead and now hold the U.S. record at 10 World Cup caps. Ramos played on the 1990, ’94 and ’98 squads, while Jones and Stewart made their World Cup debuts in 1994 and have appeared in the last two Cups.
U.S. FALLS TO POLAND 3-1 IN FINAL OPENING ROUND MATCH, BUT STILL ADVANCES: Needing just a draw in their third and final opening round match, the U.S. Men’s National Team surrendered two surprising goals in the first five minutes and came up short in their comeback bid, falling to Poland 3-1 in Daejeon today. Despite the loss, they finished in second place in Group D with a 1-1-1 record and four points and advanced to the second round thanks to Korea, who defeated Portugal 1-0 and won the group with a 2-0-1 record and seven points. Portugal finished in third place with a surprising 1-2-0 record, joining France and Argentina on the list of pre-tournament favorites that have shockingly failed to advance out of the opening round. Poland finished in last place in Group D with a 1-2-0 record and three points in their first World Cup appearance since 1986. “We were disappointed in the performance, but elated to be in the Round of 16,” said Bruce Arena. “Give our opponent credit – Poland played pretty well. Giving up two goals in the first five minutes made the game extremely difficult. It’s been a strange World Cup, but we deserve to be where we are.” U.S. forward Landon Donovan scored the lone U.S. goal in the 83rd minute, after a looping pass from Clint Mathis beat the Polish defense. Donovan appeared to have scored in the 4th minute in between the Poland goals in the 3rd and 5th minutes, but his header on an empty net was called back after he was ruled to have fouled a defender in the process of scoring from the six-yard box.
JOE-MAX MOORE EARNS 100th CAP IN POLAND MATCH: Joe-Max Moore entered Friday’s match against Poland in the 58th minute, earning his 100th cap with the U.S. Men’s National Team. Moore debuted with the U.S. MNT on Sept. 3, 1992 against Canada, recording an assist in a 2-0 win in St. John’s Canada. Moore became just the sixth U.S. player to enter the exclusive century club, joining Marcelo Balboa, Paul Caliguiri, Cobi Jones, Eric Wynalda and Jeff Agoos. Moore is the USA’s second all-time leading goalscorer with 24 international goals. U.S. goalkeeper Tony Meola has played in 99 internationals for the U.S. and will become the first goalkeeper to earn 100 caps with his next appearance.
AGOOS OUT FOR WORLD CUP WITH CALF INJURY: U.S. veteran defender Jeff Agoos will miss the remainder of the 2002 FIFA World Cup due to a calf injury. Agoos, 34, suffered a moderate strain of the medial gastrocnemius in his right calf during the first half of the USA's 3-1 loss to Poland on June 14. The San Jose Earthquakes defender will be sidelined for approximately 4-6 weeks. With 133 caps, Agoos is second on the USA's all-time cap winners list behind Cobi Jones, and holds the U.S. record for starts with 123, including all three group matches during this year's World Cup.
CONCACAF STANDS UP WELL IN “ROUND OF 16” CONFEDERATION BREAKDOWN: The first round was completed last week, and has been filled with more shocking results than any tournament in recent history. When the first round numbers were done and accounted for, a few stood out: 1) The CONCACAF region and Asia both had more teams advance than did Africa; 2) Africa’s five teams combined for one more win that CONCACAF’s three teams (5-4); 3) Africa (3 wins, 6 losses) and Asia (4 wins, 6 losses) are the only two confederations that recorded more losses than wins. Here is a breakdown of the first round results by confederation:
UEFA (15 Teams): 17 wins, 13 draws, 15 losses
NINE Teams Into Round of 16: Turkey, England, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Belgium
CAF (5 Teams): 3 wins, 6 draws, 6 losses
ONE Team Into Round of 16: Senegal
CONCACAF (3 Teams): 4 wins, 3 draws, 2 losses
TWO Teams Into Round of 16: Mexico, United States
AFC (4 Teams): 4 wins, 2 draws, 6 losses
TWO Teams Into Round of 16: Korea, Japan
CONMEBOL (5 Teams): 6 wins, 4 draws, 5 losses
TWO Teams Into Round of 16: Brazil, Paraguay
— U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE —
U.S. WOMEN TO FACE NORWAY ON JULY 21 IN BLAINE, MINNESOTA LIVE ON ESPN: The U.S. Women's National Team will face long-time rival Norway on July 21 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., in a match to be televised live on ESPN at 12 p.m. CT (1 p.m. ET). Tickets are currently at all TicketMaster outlets or charging by phone at 651-989-5151. More ticket information is available at ussoccer.com. For group tickets of 10 or more people, fans can call the Minnesota Thunder at 763-785-3668. The USA played in Blaine last summer, defeating Canada 1-0 in front the largest crowd ever to watch a soccer game at the National Sports Center when 15,614 fans showed up to cheer on the U.S. women. The NSC holds 10,000 fans but additional seats can be added to accommodate an overflow. The U.S. women will be looking to break a frustrating four-game losing streak to the Norwegians, a streak which has seen the USA play equal to or better than Norway over the four matches, dating back to the 2000 Olympic gold medal game in Sydney, Australia, a crushing 3-2 sudden death overtime loss. Norway remains the only team in the world with an all-time winning record against the U.S. women, who are 13-18-2 vs. the Scandinavians.
-- U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --
U.S. U-19 WOMEN ON TOUR OF EUROPE FOR WORLD CUP WARM-UPS: The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team embarked on a 15-day tour of Europe last week that will take them to Germany and Sweden for five matches, three against national teams and two against top women's club teams. The tour marks the first action for the U-19s since winning the 2002 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament in dynamic fashion at the beginning of May in Tobago, thereby earning a berth to the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Cup to be held in Canada from Aug. 17-Sept. 1. U.S. head coach Tracey Leone's squad will get some excellent preparation for the world championship, beginning tomorrow against Germany's U-19 Women's National Team in Dusseldorf. Germany, the reigning U-19 European champion, will be one of the favorites in Canada. The USA will also play the German Under-21 side that is currently preparing for the Nordic Cup in Finland, as well as the Duisburg, a member of the German Women's Bundesliga. The USA will then travel to Sweden to face the Swedish U-19s, who remarkably did not qualify for the FIFA U-19 World Championship despite hosting the European qualifying tournament. The U.S. team will also play the Hammarby FC women before returning home. Leone brought 23 players to Europe, all 18 that represented the USA at CONCACAF Qualifying, plus several players who missed that tournament with injuries -- defender and team captain Keeley Dowling (ankle), goalkeeper Kim Bingham (foot) and defender Amy Steadman (knee). Leone will also take another look at defender Stephanie Ebner and forward Angela Woznuk as she continues her the evaluation process to pick the roster that will go to Canada. Following is the U.S. roster that traveled to Europe:
Goalkeepers: Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.), Megan Rivera (Miami, Fla.), Kim Bingham (San Ramon, Calif.);
Defenders: Jessica Ballweg (Metuchen, N.J.), Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Stephanie Ebner (Taylorsville, Utah), Kendall Fletcher (Cary, N.C.), Amy Steadman (Bevard, N.C.), Jessica Trainor (Sparta, N.J.);
Midfielders: Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Alison Graham (Fayetteville, Ga.), Sarah Huffman (Flower Mound, Texas), Manya Makoski (Trumbell, Conn.), Jill Oakes (West Hills, Calif.), Leslie Osborne (Menomonee Falls, Wisc.), Annie Schefter (Yakima, Wash.);
Forwards: Kerri Hanks (Allen, Tex.), Megan Kakadelas (Carlsbad, Calif.), Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Kelly Wilson (Odessa, Tex.), Angela Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.).
— 2002 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE —
FOUR D3 PROS, FOUR AMATEURS SURVIVE FIRST ROUND OF OPEN CUP: The 2002 Open Cup First Round began last week as nine amateurs clubs (five Premier Development League, four U.S. Amateur Soccer Association) and seven D3 Pro League teams battling with only eight squads advancing to the Second Round where eight A-League teams await on June 26. South Jersey Barons (D3) opened the single-elimination tournament with a 4-0 blanking of the host Vereinigung Erzgerbirge, Pa. (USASA Region I), while three tallies by forward Jerome Lee Yaw led the Greenville Lions (D3) to a 3-1 win over visiting Real Madrid, Tx. (USASA Region III). Two days later (June 11), the amateur clubs took two of the three opening round matches against D3 teams, as the Raleigh CASL (PDL) and Mexico S.C., Calif. (USASA Region IV) were victorious and earned spots in the next round. Raleigh posted a convincing 5-2 home win over the Carolina Dynamo (D3), while Mexico S.C. topped the host San Diego Gauchos (D3) 6-5 on penalty kicks after both teams battled to a 2-2 draw at the end of regulation and two sudden death overtime periods. Also joining the two amateur squads in the Second Round is the PDL’s Des Moines Menace, who defeated the visiting New Jersey Stallions (D3) 3-1. The First Round concluded on June 12, with the Utah Blitzz (D3), Memphis Express (PDL) and New York Freedoms (D3) earning spots in the 2002 Open Cup Second Round after posting shutout wins. Two goals by midfielder Sterling Wescott earned Utah a 2-0 win over the host Chico Rooks (PDL), while forward Tony Kuhn also had two tallies for visiting Memphis in the 2-0 shutout of the Texas Spurs (PDL). N.Y. Freedoms took the final spot after earning a hard-fought 1-0 home-win over the AAC Eagles (USASA Region II) in sudden death overtime. Forward Shalrie Joseph notched the game-winner in the 119th minute for the Freedom, who are making their first appearance in the tournament since 1999.
2002 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP SECOND ROUND FIXTURES SET: U.S. Soccer announced last week the Second Round tournament pairings for the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Four amateur clubs (three PDL, one USASA) and four D3 Pro League teams will take on eight A-League squads in the Second Round that will run from June 25-26, with the winners advancing to meet eight Major League Soccer (MLS) teams in the Third Round slated for July 17. The 89-year-old tournament continues when the Second Round begins with one encounter on June 25, as the A-League’s Seattle Sounders travel to Salt Lake City to face D3’s Utah Blitzz at Cottonwood High School. The Second Round concludes the next day (June 26) with seven match-ups as the A-League’s Minnesota Thunder starts off “Elimination Wednesday” as they host the U.S. Amateur Soccer Association’s Region IV representative Mexico S.C. of Fresno, Calif., at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The 1995 U.S. Open Cup winner Richmond Kickers (A-League) enter the 2002 competition in the Second Round on June 26, and will travel to meet the Raleigh CASL Elite from the Premier Development League (PDL) at the SAS Stadium in Cary, N.C., while another former champion (1999) Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) host the Des Moines Menace (PDL) at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y. The New York Freedoms (D3) – the last team to win back-to-back Open Cup titles in 1982-83 – visit the Milwaukee Rampage Sports Complex in Franklin, Wisc., to take on the host Milwaukee Rampage (A-League) on June 26, while the South Jersey Barons (D3) welcome the Hampton Road Mariners (A-League). Rounding out “Elimination Wednesday” are the Greenville Lions (D3) greeting the Charleston Battery (A-League) at Sirrine Stadium in Greenville, S.C., and the Memphis Express (PDL) traveling to Clarkston, Ga., to meet the Atlanta Silverbacks at DeKalb Memorial Stadium.
MLS TEAMS JOIN THIRD ROUND PAIRINGS: The Third Round kicks off with the eight Second Round survivors facing eight MLS teams – Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, Dallas Burn, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, NY/NJ MetroStars and San Jose Earthquakes – on July 17. U.S. Soccer placed the MLS squads into the Third Round brackets and have confirmed the following fixtures for July 17: the Columbus Crew will host the winner of the Raleigh-Richmond match, while the Colorado Rapids, Dallas Burn, Kansas City Wizards and NY/NJ MetroStars will be on the road for their respective Third Round games. The Rapids take on the winner of the Greenville-Charleston encounter, the Burn meets the victor of the Memphis-Atlanta game, the Wizards will travel to either Des Moines or Rochester, and the MetroStars battle the Hampton Roads-South Jersey winner. The remaining Third Round fixtures for MLS teams will be determined pending the results from the Second Round as follows: The San Jose Earthquakes will either host Seattle or visit Utah; defending Open Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy will either travel to face Minnesota or play Mexico S.C. at a site to be determined; and the Chicago Fire will either greet the N.Y. Freedoms or head north to take on Milwaukee. U.S. Soccer also determined the respective home teams for the 2002 quarterfinals via a lottery conducted. The winners from the following Third Round regional brackets will host quarterfinal matches on August 7:
1) NY/NJ MetroStars vs. South Jersey/Hampton Roads
2) Chicago Fire vs. Milwaukee/N.Y. Freedoms
3) Dallas Burn vs. Memphis/Atlanta
4) San Jose Earthquakes vs. Utah/Seattle
— AROUND THE SOCCER WORLD —
U.S. U-17 YOUNGSTER FREDDY ADU FEATURED ON SPECIAL WORLD CUP “NIGHTLINE”: A feature on U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team forward Freddy Adu and the state of the U.S. Soccer Youth programs was part of a special World Cup edition of ABC’s evening news show “Nightline” last Friday evening. While the piece dealt with how much the U.S. has improved, it also talked about how the sport is still looking for its Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan to captivate the massive U.S. sports audience the way soccer has in just about every other country in the world. In discussing what a phenomenon the 13-year-old Ghana-born striker has become and what he might mean to the future of U.S. Soccer (upon his naturalization) down the road, “Nightline” interviewed U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Ellinger, as well as Washington Post soccer writer Brian Straus and Adu’s mother. “Nightline” also did a feature on English superstar David Beckham and ended with a piece on the intensity of soccer fans around the world and different ways it is expressed during the World Cup.
NATIONAL SOCCER HALL TO HOST SECOND "BREAKFAST AT THE WORLD CUP" ON FRIDAY: Following the successful “Breakfast at the World Cup” last Friday for the Poland match, the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., will be hosting another special event this Friday (June 21), in which fans are invited to watch the USA against Germany in the quarterfinals at the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan. Admission is only $10, and includes breakfast (bagels, quiche, fresh fruit, coffee, juice and muffins, etc.), admission to the museum, and a chance to watch the match on the Hall’s enormous video wall. For more information, call 607-432-3351 or visit their website at www.soccerhall.org. Also, the NSHoF has announced its Induction Weekend 2002, which is set to take place on Columbus Day weekend from Oct. 12-14.
U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT
PEAK PERFORMER: Besides establishing himself as the All-American poster boy for U.S. Soccer off the field, forward Brian McBride has established himself as the "go-to" guy for the U.S. MNT on the field, and he’s proved both in the 2002 World Cup. McBride has scored two goals at Korea/Japan, with both having been game-winners (3-2 vs. Portugal on June 10 and 2-0 vs. Mexico on June 17). McBride is also the first U.S. MNT player to score in two consecutive FIFA World Cups (France 1998, Korea/Japan 2002) and his three overall tallies ranks him second on the U.S. All-Time WC Scoring List behind forward Bert Patenaude, who has four goals in the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay.
MARQUEE MATCH-UP: The biggest U.S. Men’s National Team match in the program’s 72-year World Cup history is just four days away, as the U.S. will try to advance to the World Cup semifinals for the first time ever when they meet Germany in Ulsan, Korea on Friday live on ESPN2 at 7:25 a.m. ET. After succumbing 4-2 earlier this year on their home soil, the U.S. will try to get back to its winning ways against the Germans, having posted its only two career wins versus Germany under Arena.
SOCCER SHOCKER: After stunning France 1-0 in the tournament's opener and finishing second ahead of the defending champions and Uruguay in Group A, Senegal continued its Cinderalla run at the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan by topping Sweden 2-1 in sudden death overtime yesterday for a berth in the quarterfinals. Senegal’s Henri Camara scored two goals, the second being the game-winner in the overtime period that knocked out Sweden in their round-of-16 meeting at Oita Stadium in Japan. Senegal becomes the first Africa nation since Cameroon in Italy 1990 to advance into the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
“On days like this, it’s better to be lucky than good.”
- U.S. MNT goalkeeper Brad Friedel, after the U.S. advanced to the Round of 16 despite the 3-1 loss to Poland, partly because Korea defeated Portugal 1-0 to win Group D.