CHICAGO (Tuesday, February 26, 2002) - U.S. Soccer fans will have a rare opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the U.S. Men’s National Team with Fox Sports World’s “Primed For the Cup”, which will air on Thursday, February 28, at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT on Fox Sports World.Primed For the Cup” will focus on the Men’s National Team’s recent trip to Italy, where they fell 1-0 to the three-time World Champions.
"Primed For the Cup” features behind-the-scenes, off-the-field footage from the team’s trip to Italy and will show some to the team’s candid moments in the days ahead of the midweek friendly against Italy. The 30-minute show also includes interviews with Bruce Arena, Earnie Stewart, Jeff Agoos, Cobi Jones, Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasely and representatives from Nike. The show also contains a Fox Sports World exclusive, as Nike displays the new Nike U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup uniforms and the new Nike shoe, “The Mercurial Vapor."
The U.S. spent three days in Italy in February, arriving in Sicily just two days before their match against the Italians at the Stadio Cibali in Catania, Sicily on Feb. 13. Despite a strong first-half performance for the U.S., which saw the team outshoot the Italians 9 to 3 in the first 45 minutes, the USA fell victim to second-half substitute Alessandro Del Piero’s 62nd minute goal.
The U.S. had the better of the play in the first half, with Landon Donovan creating the game’s two best chances. Donovan unluckily hit the post on a breakaway in just the eighth minute of the game, knocking knocked a well-placed shot off the lower left side of the post after pouncing on a poor back-pass from the Italian midfield. He had another excellent chance in the 36th minute, taking a ball from Earnie Stewart down the left wing and then skillfully dribbling around world-renown defender Fabio Cannavaro in the penalty area to set himself up for a bending right-footed shot that just missed the upper-right corner of the goal.
The USA next meets Honduras on Saturday, March 2 at SAFECO Field in Seattle. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN. The team then moves to Birmingham, Ala. where they will face Ecuador on March 10 at Legion Field in a match broadcast live on ABC at 3 p.m. CT. Fans can also follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.