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June 12, 2010: U.S. Men vs. England

World Cup Update For June 14

U.S. MNT World Cup Update
June 14, 2010
Pretoria, South Africa

ON DAY OFF, U.S. RECIEVES POSITIVE HOWARD NEWS: After a physical examination this morning, the medical staff has determined there is no need to conduct additional testing on goalkeeper Tim Howard. He continues to make substantial improvement and is expected to be available for the match against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg. During the U.S. Men's National Team opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on June 12 against England, Howard took a boot from forward Emile Heskey to his right side in the 29th minute while making an excellent diving clearance on a dangerous cross. Howard stayed down on the play for three minutes, but returned to action to help the USA earn a 1-1 draw and Man of the Match honors.

Group C Standings

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
SVN 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
USA 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1
ENG 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1
ALG 1 0 1 0 0 1 -1 0

RATING RECORD FOR OPENING MATCH: The U.S. Men’s National Team’s highly anticipated opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup against England on ABC was the most viewed World Cup first round match and fifth most-viewed World Cup match ever. The match, which ended in a 1-1 draw, was the most watched U.S. MNT match since 1994. The two-hour match window averaged a 7.3 household rating (8,391,000 households and 12,956,000 viewers) based on fast nationals. The three-hour telecast, which included one hour of pre-match coverage, delivered a 6.1 household rating (7,034,000 households, and 10,763,000 viewers). In addition, 3.8 million watched the Spanish-language broadcast on Univision.

U.S. Soccer’s popular web show Studio 90 features daily shows during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Here’s a look at the rundown for the June 14 show.

Studio 90: Today on Studio 90 we take you to the FIFA Fan Fest in Rustenburg, South Africa, for the opening game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup between South Africa and Mexico. We also have a feature on Landon Donovan and his day of “motion capturing” for EA Sports back in Los Angeles before the World Cup. We’ll also update you on the USA’s first post-World Cup match against Brazil on Aug. 10 at the New Meadowlands Stadium (hint: tickets are going fast) and we’ll have a World Cup memory from Tony Sanneh.

Studio 90 Extra Time: Today on Studio 90 Extra Time, we sit down with Robbie Findley, who started his first-ever World Cup match against England on June 12, one of six U.S. players to make their first World Cup start.

Sounds from South Africa: Sounds from South Africa for June 14 features U.S. Men's National Team forward Robbie Findley. The Phoenix native made his first World Cup appearance on Saturday, starting for the USA in the 1-1 draw with England in Rustenburg. Findley answers questions about the game, his rise to make the World Cup team and he also takes questions from fans.

A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:


  • The four-goal outburst by Germany against Australia for a 4-0 win marked the only of the first 11 games with more than two goals, and two of those were scored after Australia was reduced to 10 men after a Tim Cahill red card. 
  • Four games have finished 1-0, three have finished 1-1 and there was one scoreless tie. 
  • The tournament has averaged 1.64 goals per game through 11 matches, down from 2.09 through 11 matches in 2006. 
  • For the second consecutive FIFA World Cup, Germany opened with four goals (in 2006 they opened with a 4-2 win against Costa Rica).
  • The goal averages in the first 10 games not to include Germany is 1.40 in 2010 and was 1.70 in 2006. 
  • Lionel Messi took four shots on goal in Argentina’s 1-0 win against Nigeria. Not including Argentina, only eight of the 21 teams who have played have more than four shots on goal.