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World Cup Update For June 9, 2010

U.S. MNT World Cup Update
June 9, 2010
Irene, South Africa

A crowd estimated at anywhere from 60,000 to 100,000 attended a pep rally for the South African national team, Bafana Bafana, in the Johannesburg business district Sandton on Thursday. While the parade snarled traffic as local fans showed support by blowing their vuvuzelas, to the northeast the U.S. team continued to quietly prepare for their opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Pretoria. Thursday will be the final training session for the U.S. at Pilditch Stadium before departing for Rustenburg where they will take on England live on ABC and Univision at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 12.

U.S. Soccer’s popular web show Studio 90 will feature one to two shows a day during the FIFA World Cup. Here’s a look at the rundown for the June 8 show.

Studio 90: Today on Studio 90, we take you to Dodger’s Stadium last Mother’s Day as U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein threw out the first pitch…to his mom. Studio 90 host Aaron Heifetz also takes you on a tour of the Irene Dairy Farm which is adjacent to the USA’s base camp. Finally, we also have a World Cup memory from the most capped player in U.S. history, Cobi Jones.

Studio 90 Extra Time: Due to technical difficulties in South Africa, Studio 90 Extra Time will not be available today. The Studio 90 crew is diligently working through the situation and will hopefully have Wednesday’s show up as soon as possible.

Sounds from South Africa: Sounds from South Africa for June 9 listens in on a press conference with U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley and midfielder Landon Donovan. Both discuss the USA's preparations for the World Cup and preview the game against England on June 12.

A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:

QUOTABLE: June 9, 2010
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On the importance of this year’s World Cup as far as building the game in the U.S.:
“The game keeps growing in our country. There are more and more people who follow MLS teams, more and more kids playing all over the place. The game has tremendous roots, it has diversity. So every time we step on the field as a national team, we represent all the people who are involved in soccer in the United States. The ability to perform at the highest level and be successful, we understand what that would mean to everyone.”

On the meaning of the U.S. hosting a World Cup in 2018 or 2022:
“I think of how far soccer has come since I started, and I have some very vivid memories—my first soccer game I went to was in 1994, Argentina vs. Romania. I know first hand how much we love this sport in our country, and how much all of us have put into this. Bob talks about us going on the field, playing for all the different people we played with growing up, we’re representing all those people. Our country is very proud, and I think we’re all excited at the opportunity to host another World Cup. My only regret would be not being able to play in a World Cup in my own country, but I think we’re not only athletes and coaches, we’re ambassadors for our game, and there’s no greater place in the world to host a World Cup.”

U.S. Soccer President SUNIL GULATI
On whether the success of the sport in the U.S. hinges on the results of the national team:
“Part of the future is associated with the national team, but we’ve got millions of kids that are playing, we’ve got a professional league with 16 teams and 15 years under its belt. So the national team is symbolic of where the sport is, and in some ways the national team is probably a leading indicator, and by leading I mean one that is in the forefront. Our league is relatively new by European standards, but it’s done pretty well in 15 years. So our national team is definitely the most symbolic, certainly the most visible, so from that perspective it’s clearly very important.”


  • Cameroon’s Roger Milla is Africa’s all-time leading scoring with five goals in the FIFA World Cup. He’s also the oldest player to score at 42 years and 39 days. 
  • Although they have only qualified for four FIFA World Cups, Denmark is fourth behind Brazil, Germany and France averaging 1.85 goals per game. Their .538 winning percentage is fifth best behind Brazil, Germany, Portugal and Italy. 
  • The Netherlands is one of two teams that have finished second in consecutive World Cups (1974, 1978). The other was Germany (1982, 1986).