CHICAGO (Wednesday, June 19, 2002) - After numerous appearances on the three major network morning shows and in the nation's top sports magazines over the past month, members of the U.S. World Cup will make their first appearances on the late-night talk show circuit this week.
The team will make its debut tonight on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno", which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT/11:30 p.m. PT. A group of four players -- Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones, Clint Mathis and Joe-Max Moore -- will be doing a live interview with the wacky host immediately after his monologue, answering questions both serious and comical about the World Cup and the team's recent success.
The team will also appear tomorrow night (Thursday) on the "Late Show with David Letterman", which is also broadcast at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT/11:30 p.m. PT. A group of 10 U.S. players will help Dave read a World Cup-themed Top 10 list about 20-25 minutes into the show.
Having ousted bitter rival Mexico 2-0 on Monday to advance to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, the best showing since 1930, the U.S. is less than two days away from a tough match-up with three-time World Cup champion Germany with a trip to the semifinals on the line. The historic match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision in Friday morning, with coverage beginning on both networks at 7 a.m. ET/6 p.m. CT/4 a.m. PT.