U.S. MNT World Cup Update
June 21, 2010
Pretoria, South Africa
FIRST TWO ROUNDS OF GROUP PLAY IN THE BOOKS: Every team has played its first two games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup with the games starting with a shortage of goals and ended with a surplus of surprises. Only two teams have been mathematically eliminated, Cameroon and Korea DPR, and only two have clinched passage to the Round of 16, Netherlands & Brazil. Gonzalo Higuainâ€™s hat trick leads all scorers with three goals, and only Brazil, Germany and Portugal have scored more goals as a team than the Argentine and the 2006 finalists, Italy and France, have combined for three total goals. Tuesday kicks off four-straight days of four games per day, with the action kicking off at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) as Mexico faces Uruguay and South Africa faces France in the final set of games in Group A.
U.S. CONTROLS DESTINY: The U.S. has its sole focus a win against Algeria in the final Group C match on Wednesday, June 23, at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. With a win, the U.S. will advance to the Round of 16 for the third time in the last five FIFA World Cups. A tie and certain results in the England-Slovenia match that kicks off at the same time would also see the U.S. advance. There are also scenarios in which a U.S. victory could clinch the top position in Group C. Wednesdayâ€™s match kicks off at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision, as well as online and on the radio in both English and Spanish.
- U.S. winÂ
- U.S. tie and England lossÂ
- Tie and England-Slovenia tie, and the U.S. maintains itâ€™s +2 goals scored advantage (USA 3 GF, England 1 GF)
- U.S. tie and England win
USA Advances and Wins Group:
- Win by a greater goal difference than England wins byÂ
- Win and England win by same goal differential while the U.S. maintains its +2 goals scored advantageÂ
- Win by two or more goals and England / Slovenia tieÂ
- Win by one goal and England / Slovenia tie while scoring more goals than Slovenia
Group C Standings
TODAY FROM STUDIO 90
U.S. Soccerâ€™s popular web show Studio 90 features daily shows during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Hereâ€™s a look at the rundown for the June 21 show.
Studio 90: Just two days before the USAâ€™s crucial game against Algeria, Studio 90Â takes you Inside the Lines at the teamâ€™s training session on Monday morning. We also revisit jay DeMerit in the second part of his journey to the top of professional soccer and hear the latest World Cup Memory from defender Eddie Pope.
Studio 90 Extra Time: On todayâ€™s show, weâ€™ll sit down with U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber and talk about his second half performance against Slovenia, playing in front of a such a pro-U.S. crowd at Ellis Park and if he was at the bottom of the dog pile after Michael Bradleyâ€™s equalizer. Weâ€™ll also have another edition of the popular Studio 90 segment â€œRoomies for Lifeâ€ as Jonathan Bornstein joins his childhood friend and teammate in-studio. But first,Â weâ€™ll take a look at the making of the No. 1 accessory for South African football fans: The Makarapa.
Sounds from South Africa: Sounds from South Africa for June 21 features U.S. Men's National Team players Steve Cherundolo and Landon Donovan talking toÂ media about the upcoming match against Algeria on June 23. Benny Feilhaber is interviewed and the California-native discusses being born in Brazil, his first World Cup appearance and also answers questions form fans.
FROM THE MNT BLOG
A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:
QUOTABLE: June 21, 2010
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U.S. MNT Defender STEVE CHERUNDOLO
On the challenge of playing as well as they did in the second half across 90 minutes:
â€œSoccer is a continuous sport, itâ€™s changing every minute. A lot of it depends on the opponent, you can never forget the other 11 standing on the other side of the field. That changes the elements of our game continuously. But I think when we sharpen up our passing and have a good attitude of attacking guys and putting defenders on their heels, I think thatâ€™s when weâ€™re at our best. We can move all of our lines forward and put other teams under pressure. Thatâ€™s when weâ€™ll create chances, make the other team make mistakes, and we tend to scoop up a lot of those mistakes and reward ourselves.â€
U.S. MNT Midfielder MICHAEL BRADLEY
On the Algerian team and what they present:
â€œAlgeria is a good team. The performances they put together in the African Cup of Nations were all really good. They didnâ€™t start the tournament off great, but they were able to work themselves into it and go on a really good run. Qualifying in Africa, playing teams like Egypt home and away, is not easy. We watched a good bit of tape on them and have a good feel for their players. A lot of guys are comfortable on the ball, but theyâ€™re still an athletic team thatâ€™s fit and mobile, so we know itâ€™s going to be a difficult game.â€
U.S. MNT Midfielder LANDON DONOVAN
On what type of game he expects against Algeria:
â€œItâ€™ll be interesting to see how they approach the game. They have no choice but to win, there are scenarios where we could tie and advance so their approach to the game would most likely be an aggressive approach to get a goal and win the game. But theyâ€™re a team that, as much as we can watch tape and know about their players, as a team they can be unpredictable. On their day theyâ€™re a very good team. We have to see what the game presents early, but our clear objective is to go out and try to win the game.â€
FIFA WORLD CUP FACTS: Blowouts
- Todayâ€™s 7-0 victory by Portugal against Korea DPR is the most lopsided scoreline of this yearâ€™s FIFA World Cup, and the seventh most lopsided all-time.Â
- The 7-0 scoreline today was the most lopsided result since Germany beat Saudi Arabia 8-0 in 2002.Â
- The most lopsided results in FIFA World Cup history are games won by nine goals. First was a 9-0 win by Hungary against Korea Republic in 1954, next was a 9-0 victory by Yugoslavia against Zaire, and most recently in 1982 a record 10 goals were scored by Hungary in a 10-1 win against El Salvador.