CHICAGO (Wednesday, July 24, 2002) - The United States Men's National Team's historic run to the quarterfinals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup has been recognized as one of the top 10 sports achievements of the last year in the recently released list of The ESPN 100. The inaugural ESPN 100 is a single list that ranks, in order, the most important people, places, events, achievements, teams and trends of the past 12 months.The list was selected with input from more than 400 ESPN experts, including executives, editors, producers, directors and on-air talent. The list, which was revealed during as special one-hour program last night, is featured in this week's ESPN The Magazine, due on newsstands today.
The United States, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time in more than 70 years and captivated a nation in doing so, finished tenth on the list, ahead of Michael Jordan's return to the NBA and the Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup victory. Other top ten honorees included Tiger Woods, Barry Bonds record-setting home run count, and the Lakers capturing their third consecutive NBA Championship.
The USA next takes the field in the 2002 MLS All Star Game on Saturday, August 3 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be televised live on ABC. In the spirit of acknowledging the contributions so many have made to the growth of Major League Soccer and the sport in this country during the modern era, a U.S. Men’s National Team comprised of players who have represented the U.S. in the last four World Cups ('90, '94, '98, '02) will battle the best of MLS. For ticket information, call the D.C. United sales office at 703-478-6600.