WASHINGTON, D.C. (Friday, August 2, 2002) - Members of the 2002 U.S. World Cup Team enjoyed a private visit with President George W. Bush in the Oval Office this morning. During the 20-minute meeting the President spoke of the pride he and the nation felt following the team in their run to the 2002 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals, and the congratulations that he received from international leaders.
U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia presented the President with a U.S. Soccer vase, while head coach Bruce Arena presented him a U.S. Men's National Team jersey with #43 on the back. (Bush is the 43rd President of the United States of America.) The team spent several minutes answering questions from the White House press corps before departing for the MLS All-Star Press Conference in Germantown, Md.
" It was certainly an honor to have the opportunity to meet with President Bush," said Arena. "He was extremely gracious and expressed his appreciation and support for U.S. Soccer. We were proud to represent everyone who has contributed to the success of our team over the last four years."
The USA will battle the best of MLS in the 2002 MLS All-Star Game on Saturday, August 3 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be televised live on ABC.
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