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U.S. Continues Preparation in Jacksonville for World Cup Rematch with Germany on Saturday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Wednesday, February 3, 1999) - The U.S. National Team will be looking to avenge their first round loss to Germany in the '98 World Cup when the two teams meet this Saturday at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. at 1 p.m. (ET).

The match is the first of two against the three-time world champions this year, with the other game set for the first round of the FIFA Confederations Cup in August. Having had a week off after their Jan. 24 match in Bolivia, the U.S. squad returned to training on Monday at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. A second match pitting Olympic teams from both the U.S. (Under-23s) and Germany (U-21s) will follow the televised broadcast and kick off at 3:45 p.m.

PRESS AVAILABILITY THIS FRIDAY AT NOON AT ALLTEL STADIUM: U.S. Soccer will stage a press availability for the U.S. Men's National Team and Under-23 Olympic Team between their back-to-back practice sessions at Alltel Stadium on Friday afternoon beginning at 12 noon. The Under- 23 Team is scheduled to train from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., while the full men's team will practice from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The availability will feature the head coaches of both teams (Bruce Arena and Clive Charles) as well as select players from each roster.

WHAT: Press availability featuring U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena and U.S. Under- 23 National Team head coach Clive Charles, as well as select players from both teams.
WHERE: Alltel Stadium (southwest corner).
WHEN: Beginning at 12 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 (between practice sessions for the Under-23s and the Men's National Team, which kickoff at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively).

AGOOS CLEARED TO PLAY: U.S. defender Jeff Agoos, who was originally left off the National Team roster due to lower back pains, has been cleared to play by the national team medical staff. Agoos joined the team in Jacksonville, Fla., on Tuesday morning for team's early training session. The 30-year-old Agoos is the most experienced defender (88 caps) in the current squad.