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U.S. Goes Through Light Practice After Drawing With Korea


SEOUL (June 11, 2002) - Coming the morning after a huge 1-1 draw with the host nation, the U.S. MNT had a brief training session Tuesday morning at Misari Practice Stadium.  The U.S. starters just did some light jogging, before sitting down to watch the rest of the team play a variety of small-sided games.  The reserves played a possession game, a match to small goals and then games with goalkeepers manning the regulation goals.  The training session concluded with some fitness work for Monday’s non-starters.

USA RECORDS JUST SECOND DRAW IN WORLD CUP HISTORY:  With a draw against Korea, the U.S. extended their all-time World Cup record to 5-12-2.  The USA’s only previous draw came in their 1994 World Cup opener against Switzerland, a 1-1 affair in Detroit.  Eric Wynalda scored with one of the best free kicks in U.S. Soccer history to equalize just before halftime.

U.S. PLAYERS SCORING IN THEIR WORLD CUP DEBUTS:  Clint Mathis scored yesterday in his World Cup debut, becoming just the ninth U.S. player to score in their first World Cup appearance.  Just five days earlier, John O’Brien scored in his World Cup debut.

USA – POLAND REFEREE NAMED:  The U.S. and Poland learned the official for their June 14th encounter will be Jun Lu of China.  Bomer Fierro (Ecuador) and Jaap Pool (Netherlands) will be the two assistant referees.  Interestingly, the U.S. has played Ecuador and the Netherlands this year.  Jun Lu refereed the Mexico-Croatia match on June 3 that Mexico won 1-0.

POLISH MIDFIELDER SWIERCZEWSKI OUT FOR MATCH WITH US:  When Poland faces the U.S. on June 14, they will be without midfielder Piotr Swierczewski, who received a caution in each of the first two Poland matches and will be suspended from the USA-Poland match.  Swierczewski plays with Marseille in France and has been a fixture with the team since 1992.

FRANCE FAILS TO ADVANCE; FOUR TEAMS QUALIFY FOR SECOND ROUND:  France became the first defending champ to be eliminated in the first round of the World Cup since 1962 Champion Brazil made an early exit from England '66, as Denmark posted a 2-0 victory over France to send them packing with a 0-2-1 mark and zero goals scored. In today's other Group A match, Senegal squandered a three-goal lead and escaped with a 3-3 draw with Uruguay to advance to the Round of 16. Robbie Keane gave Ireland an early lead in their must-win match with Saudi Arabia, but Germany needed a short-handed second-half goal to secure their win over Cameroon to clinch first place in Group E, in an intense, physical match that saw each side finish with ten men.

KOREANS WATCH TEAM DRAW WITH U.S.:  More than a quarter of a million red-shirted South Korean soccer fans braved driving rain in front of giant television screens in the capital Seoul on Monday to watch a nail-biting 1-1 World Cup draw with the United States. The National Police Agency estimated some 660,000 people took to the streets at 81 outside sites to watch the match on big screens across a country gripped by soccer fever.

APPROACHING THE CENTURY CLUB: With their next apperance with the U.S. MNT, Joe-Max Moore and Tony Meola will both enter the exclusive century club.  Only five previous players have made 100 or more appearances with the U.S. squad.  Meola would be the first U.S. goalkeeper to earn 100 caps. The U.S. has a 4-1 mark in matches when players make their 100th appearance.  A breakdown of those matches when players have entered the century club:
Player; Date; Opponent, Result; Venue
1) Marcelo Balboa; Nike U.S. Cup 1995; June 11, 1995; vs. Nigeria , 3:2 Win; Foxboro, Mass.
2) Paul Caligiuri; Copa America 1995; July 14, 1995; vs. Argentina, 3:0 Win; Paysandu, Uruguay
3) Cobi Jones; CONCACAF Gold Cup 1998; February 10, 1998; vs. Brazil, 1:0 Win; Los Angeles, Calif.
4) Eric Wynalda; World Cup 1998; June 15, 1998; vs. Germany, 0:2 Loss; Paris, France
5) Jeff Agoos; Nike U.S. Cup 2000; June 3, 2000; vs. South Africa, 4:0 Win; Washington, D.C.

CREW PARTY:  More than 3,000 fans packed Columbus Crew Stadium's "Cup Headquarters" at 2:30 a.m. ET on early Monday morning to watch the U.S. draw 1-1 with  Korea.  The "Best Buy Viewing Parties" at Crew Stadium have now attracted more than 6,300 people over the first 11 days and 32 games of the World Cup. 
 

CONCACAF CONTINUES TO ROLL, POST UNDEFEATED RECORD THROUGH FIRST SIX MATCHES:  CONCACAF remains the only undefeated confederation in this World Cup, as Mexico, Costa Rica and the USA have combined to post a 4-0-2 record and all three remain very much alive for a berth in the Round of 16. "CONCACAF has done well,” said Bruce Arena. “ Who can argue that?  We are the only confederation that is undefeated in this World Cup.  That speaks for itself.  I have always said that I would like to see a lot of these other teams have to go to Azteca Stadium (Mexico) and Saprissa Stadium (Costa Rica) and Honduras and Guatemala to play. I would like to see how they would do. It is a tough region to play in.  The home games are one thing, but the traveling is another animal that not too many realize.”

JONES, STEWART STILL ONE APPEARANCE AWAY FROM U.S. SOCCER RECORD: After playing one half in the USA’s 3-2 win over Portugal, Earnie Stewart and Cobi Jones are each one World Cup appearance away from tying the U.S. Soccer record of nine appearances, held by Tab Ramos.  Ramos played nine World Cup matches for the U.S. across Italy ’90, USA ’94 and France ’98.  Both Stewart and Jones played in USA ’94 and France ’98, before appearing on June 5.  The two tied Eric Wynalda, whose eight World Cup appearances rank second all-time.  Cobi Jones is the all-time U.S. leader in caps with 156, and Earnie Stewart is the all-time U.S. leader with 27 World Cup qualifying appearances.

MATHIS, LEWIS, WOLFF EARN FIRST WORLD CUP CAPS IN DRAW WITH KOREA:  Three more U.S. players earned their first World Cup caps against Korea, with Clint Mathis, Eddie Lewis and Josh Wolff logging their first World Cup minutes yesterday.  Gregg Berhalter, Steve Cherundolo and David Regis are the only remaining field players who have not seen time yet in this World Cup.

BRIAN HALL TO WORK NIGERIA – ENGLAND TOMORROW:  U.S. Soccer  Referee Brian Hall earned quality reviews for his work in the middle of the Italy – Ecuador match on June 3, and has been named by FIFA as the referee for the Nigeria – England on June 12 in Osaka.  Hall served as the fourth official for the highly anticipated England – Argentina match on June 7, which England won 1-0.  The match against Nigeria is crucial to England, who are in position to qualify for the second round with a draw or a win against the African team. Working with Hall in Osaka will be assistant referees Hector Vergara (Canada) and Evzen Amler (Czech Republic) and fourth official Toru Kamikawa (Japan).  Vergara served as an assistant in the Italy - Ecaudor match that Hall worked earlier in this tournament.

BREAKING DOWN THE CUP:  U.S. Under-17 MNT head coach John Ellinger chimes in with his opinions about the surprising first two rounds of group play and what he expects in the next round as part of ussoccer.com’s “Breaking Down the Cup.”  In addition to Ellinger, U.S. Soccer and World Cup referee Brian Hall, WNT star Brandi Chastain and Under-23 goalkeeper D.J. Countess are all sharing their thoughts and opinions on the World Cup with fans at ussoccer.com.

THEY SAID IT:
"No, I just hoped.  They changed shooters right before, and generally speaking, that would tell me that whoever is taking the penalty kick might not be prepared for it, and I might feel in that situation the shooter might go to the side of the goal where he opens up his body, since it's easier to hit the area of the goal doing that as supposed to trying to drag it. A lot of times you might drag it too far right. It was just a thought I had in my mind, and it was fortunate for us that it worked that way."

--- Brad Friedel on whether he had a feeling which way the Korean shooter might be going on the penalty kick.

 


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