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U.S. Men Begin Mexico Qualifier Preparations in Columbus

 U.S. MNT Training Camp Update
Columbus, Ohio
August 29, 2005

The U.S. began preparations for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Mexico under cloudy skies this morning in Columbus, the team going through a light session lasting under an hour.  U.S. Manager Bruce Arena will have to wait until Tuesday to have his full compliment available for training, as players will continue to arrive during the week.  It's only five days out until "Columbus II", when Columbus Crew Stadium hosts its second consecutive USA home qualifier against Mexico in front of a sold-out crowd on MatchDay 7 of final round qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.  Check back in Wednesday afternoon as Arena plans to announce the full roster exclusively at
WIN AND THEY'RE IN: All the talk about ‘scenarios’ and ‘magic numbers’ can be left to the hard-core supporters, but the simple math heading into this weekend is this:  With a victory, the U.S. would clinch it's fifth-consecutive trip to the World Cup finals.  The U.S. can still advance on Sept. 3 with a draw under one circumstance: Trinidad must tie Guatemala AND Costa Rica cannot win against Panama.  If you want to crunch the numbers yourself, start by reviewing the full standings and schedules on the competitions page at

ALL_ACCESS VIDEO - DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME: Full games less than 24 hours earlier, long travel, and crowded schedules are what players usually carry into their first day of national team training camp.  U.S. fitness guru Pierre Barrieu has a special remedy to help relieve the symptoms, which could be described as 'hot and cold.'  To hear a scientific explanation of the process (serious), and see guys in conditions some might describe as 'uncomfortable' (entertaining), check out the latest of what is creeping towards truly all_access video at

EJ ON ESPN2 TOMORROW: U.S. forward Eddie Johnson will discuss his return to the national team fold on ESPN2's 'Hot List' during the 4 p.m. hour (ET) Tuesday afternoon.  Making his debut in camp since being sidelined with a toe injury in May, Johnson had been on a goalscoring tear for the U.S., notching eight goals in eight career appearances.  The 21-year-old striker already has seven career goals in only six World Cup qualifying appearances, incredibly moving him into a tie with Brian McBride for second all-time in U.S. World Cup qualifying history.  Stay tuned for more information on MNT players appearing on 'The Deuce' later this week.
Heading into MatchDay 7, the U.S. sits in second place with 15 points, one behind leaders Mexico.  Guatemala pushed past Costa Rica on goal differential by pulling out a last gasp 2-1 victory against Panama on Aug. 17, while the Ticos were blanked 2-0 in Mexico City.  Despite having only four points from six games, Trinidad still remain in the hunt for third place, while Panama will have to get on track quickly if their dreams of reaching Germany have any chance of becoming a reality.  A look at the current table, and the schedule for the next double-date kicking off this weekend.

2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Schedule – CONCACAF Final Round

Team            P    W    L     D    GF:GA    GD    PTS
Mexico         6     5     0     1      11:3       +8      16
USA             6     5     1      0      12:3       +9      15
Guatemala   6    2      3     1       9:9          0        7
Costa Rica  6     2      3     1      6:10        -4        7
T&T              6     1      4     1       4:10       -6        4
Panama      6     0      4     2       3:10       -7        2

Date        Matchup                                          Location                                                          Time
Sept. 3    Panama vs. Costa Rica                   Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City      9 p.m. ET
Sept. 3    Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guatemala  Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain         4:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 3    USA vs. Mexico                                Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio     7:30 p.m. ET

Sept. 7    Mexico vs. Panama                         Estadio Azteca; Mexico City                             9 p.m. CT
Sept. 7    Guatemala vs. USA                         Estadio Mateo Flores; Guatemala City             8 p.m. CT
Sept. 7    Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago   Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Panama City            8 p.m. CT

U.S. v. MEXICO BY THE NUMBERS:  Back by popular demand, these are the numbers that truly tell the story of the USA's history against Mexico. From a complete list of all-time meetings, to Bruce Arena's record against Mexico, to some very interesting stats you might not know on the USA's recent run on home soil, you can find a comprehensive breakdown of the rivalry as we break down U.S.-Mexico By the Numbers.

GOALS, GOALS, GOALS: U.S. internationals Claudio Reyna, Brian McBride and DaMarcus Beasley put their names on the scoresheet in Europe this weekend, each netting key goals for their sides as the young season starts to take shape. Reyna, who will captain the U.S. in their crucial World Cup qualifier against Mexico next week, helped Manchester City move into second place when scored the equalizer from 12 yards out.  The Light Blues went on to improve their unbeaten record to 3-0-1 with a 2-1 victory against Portsmouth.  Brian McBride delivered Fulham their first win of the year, getting on the end of a service from Moritz Volz and drilling home from a dozen yards.  The U.S. international striker's second goal of the season proved the only goal of the match, disappointing his former club Everton in handing them a 1-0 defeat.  DaMarcus Beasley made his return from injury for PSV, scoring just 11 minutes into his debut appearance this season in helping his team roll to a 3-0 win against Roda.  To hear a complete recap of the national team players abroad, tune into this week's edition of the MNT European Update, part of the exclusive audio podcasting content at is the official site of U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in the United States.