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A stern reminder about an upcoming U.S. Soccer-related event, whether you plan to check it out live and in person, on the "tele" or that wacky world wide web.

As if the U.S. Men's National Team's Dec. 9 match versus South Korea wasn't already important BEFORE the 2002 World Cup Final Draw. Now that the U.S. has fallen into Group D with the Cup co-hosts, what was an innocent friendly is now a rare chance to get a good, hard look at what kind of team we could be facing on June 10 in Daegu. Combined with another previously scheduled Gold Cup match versus South Korea on January 19, and we'll have the chance to know them almost better than our usual CONCACAF foes.

Basically, Dec. 9 will be a preview of what we could see in the opening round of the World Cup: a quick, technical, well-coached, energetic team with a stadium full of support helping them to achieve better results than they may normally be capable of. Even though we're sending over a relatively inexperienced, all-MLS version of the U.S. MNT, it should present a good idea of what we will be facing when it all counts next summer.

Although not broadcast on live TV in the U.S., insomniac fans can follow the match via live updates on the U.S. Soccer / Philips MatchTracker at 3 a.m. ET. Soccer moms and those lucky fans who can take a two-hour lunch break can watch the tape delay broadcast the following day (Monday, December 10) on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.

 

Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (Dissecting the 2002 World Cup Final Draw)
2) All I Want for Christmas... (w/ U.S. National Teams staff and players)
3) At the Movies (w/ U-21 WNT midfielder Aly Wagner)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ MNT midfielder Chris Armas)
5) Making it to the Show (w/ U-17 MNT forward Ed Johnson)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ WNT forward Cindy Parlow)
7) Mark That Calendar (MNT vs. South Korea -- Dec. 9)
8) Point-Counterpoint (w/ coaches Bruce Arena and Bob Gansler)
9) From the Bleachers (w/ U.S. Soccer fan Dave Brett Wasser)
10) "You Don't Know Jack (Marshall)" (College Soccer Trivia)

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