CHICAGO (Thursday, May 30, 2002) - U.S. Men's National Team stars Clint Mathis, Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley are featured on the cover of the June 10 issue of "ESPN The Magazine," which hit newsstands yesterday in most major cities.
The trio of young goal scorers, standing with arms crossed in the photo with the title "Why Not US?", are highlighted as part of The Magazine's 2002 World Cup Preview, which includes a "World Cup: A to Z" section written by Jeff Bradley, Michael J. Agovino and Liam McHugh.
The front page appearance of Mathis (MetroStars - MLS), Donovan (San Jose Earthquakes - MLS) and Beasley (Chicago Fire - MLS) marks the first time soccer has ever been featured on the publication's cover. Mathis was also featured on the cover of "Sports Illustrated" last week (May 27, 2002 issue) and in The Magazine's "Next" issue in December of 2001.
Mathis leads the U.S. team in scoring in 2002 with six goals and one assist and is seen as the team's breakout player. Although just 25 years of age and having earned just 22 caps in his young international career, the crafty forward already has nine career goals for the USA.
Donovan and Beasley, who have been U.S. teammates since competing on the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team that finished in fourth place at the FIFA World Youth (U-17) Championships in 1999, are the two youngest members of the team at age 20. Depsite their youth, they've proved that they belong at the full National Team level, with Donovan notching four goals and two assits this year, followed by Beasley with three goals and one assist.
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