SEOUL, Korea (Monday, May 27, 2002) - The U.S. Men's National Team completed another day of training this morning, going for nearly two hours at Misari Practice Stadium on the outskirts of Seoul. After warming up for 20 minutes, the attacking players broke up for shooting exercises on two separate goals, while assistant coach Glenn Myernick worked with the defenders. Josh Wolff, Landon Donovan, Clint Mathis, Joe-Max Moore and Brian McBride put Brad Friedel through a workout on one goal, while the rest of the U.S. midfielders tested Tony Meola and Kasey Keller on a separate goal. The team then worked on possession, before breaking up into a full-field scrimmage to conclude practice. The U.S. has increased their sharpness in training each day since arriving in Seoul, and today was no different.
TUESDAY'S TRAINING SESSION CLOSED TO THE MEDIA:The U.S. Men's National Team will hold a closed training session tomorrow (May 28). No media will be allowed access to the training site tomorrow. The team will hold its usual daily press conference at the J.W. Marriott Hotel at 1:30 p.m. on the third floor. Selected players and coaches will be available to speak with the media at that time.
PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES: U.S. Assistant Coach Glenn Myernick had a trip worthy of the record books. After traveling with the U.S. delegation on a 14-hour flight from New York to Seoul on May 24, “Mooch” embarked the following morning on a scouting trip to view the Portugal v. China match on the island of Macau, off the coast of China. Departing the team hotel by car at 8:30 a.m., he took a three-hour flight from Seoul to Hong Kong that took off at 11 a.m. Upon his arrival at 2:30 p.m. local time, he boarded a bus for a 45-minute ride to the station, where a taxi took him to Hong Kong coastline. A one-hour ferry ride shepherded Myernick to neighboring Macau, where another bus carried him to his hotel for the evening. After a brief pitstop to drop off his luggage, a taxi finally delivered Mooch to the stadium at 7:25 p.m., nearly 11 hours after his journey began and five minutes prior to the opening whistle. At
approximately 11 a.m. the next day, a taxi took him to a bus ...
THIS DAY IN WORLD CUP HISTORY: On May 27, 1934, the opening day of the 1934 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Italy. The tournament features 16-teams with a straight single-elimination knockout stage from the first round all the way to the final. Eight teams, including the U.S., compete in eight different venues. The host Italians, who are the first host nation in history that needed to qualify for the competition, easily topped the U.S. Men’s National Team 7-1 at the PNF Nationale Stadium in Rome. Italian midfielder Angelo Schiavio notched a hat-trick in the win. His final goal of the game would be credited as the 100th Goal at the FIFA World Cup with only 23 games played in its short history. The first overtime match was played as Austria battled France to a 1-1 draw after regulation, but prevailed in the extra period posting a 3-2 final at the Benito Mussolini Stadium in Turin. That day also saw Egypt become the first African nation to compete at the World Cup, dropping a 4-2 decision to Hungary at the Giorgio Ascarelli Stadium in Naples. Along with Egypt, a total of eight nations were making their first appearance at a World Cup competition: Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.
First Round Results – Italy 1934
Match # Teams Score Venue / Stadium
1 Spain vs. Brazil 3:1 Genova / Luigi Ferraris
2 Austria vs. France 3:2 ot Turin / Benito Mussolini
3 Germany vs. Belgium 5:2 Florence / Giovanni Berta
4 Switzerland vs. Holland 3:2 Milan / San Siro
5 Czechoslovakia vs. Romania 2:1 Trieste / Littorio
6 Italy vs. USA 7:1 Rome / PNF Nazionale
7 Hungary vs. Egypt 4:2 Naples / Giorgio Ascarelli
8 Sweden vs. Argentina 3:2 Bologna / Littorale
JOHN O'BRIEN STORY REVISITED: John O'Brien, one of the most talented U.S. players on the field, is one of the team’s most unknown players off of it. If you haven't checked out the John O'Brien feature story now in the "World Cup Plus" section of ussoccer.com, you can learn more about the talented midfielder who started his career in Holland in 1994.
T-MINUS:There are 10 days until the U.S. Men's National Team opens 2002 FIFA World Cup play against Portugal on June 5 in Suwon, which also happens to correspond to the number of goals Clint Mathis (six) and Brian McBride (four) have tallied in 2002. The duo have started up top together in three of the USA's last four matches.
THEY SAID IT:
"I was only six years old then!"
- DaMarcus Beasley, when told that Jeff Agoos earned his first cap in 1988.