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USA Captures Nike U.S. Cup with Dominating 3-0 Victory Over Mexico

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Sunday, June 11, 2000) - The United States turned in a dominating performance on a sweltering day at Giants Stadium and reclaimed the Waterford Crystal Nike U.S. Cup trophy, defeating Mexico, 3-0, before 45,008 on Sunday afternoon. Brian McBride, Frankie Hejduk, and Ante Razov scored in the win, giving the United States its first win over Mexico since June 18, 1995.

The United States controlled the run of play from the opening whistle, penetrating the Mexican defense almost at will from the right flank. Earnie Stewart and John O'Brien combined on a give-and-go to produce the USA's first good scoring chance, but Stewart's left-footed attempt bounced wide of the right post in the 16th minute.

Claudio Reyna nearly put the United States on the scoreboard in the 28th minute after an amazing run through the midfield. Reyna's long, twisting dribble through traffic beat several Mexican defenders, but his shot from inside the penalty area skipped wide.

McBride, voted Chevrolet Man of the Match, opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, and again the right flank was the point of attack for the USA. Stewart and Cobi Jones traded passes before Stewart found the endline, spun and delivered to McBride, who powered a low shot from eight yards out.

Jones, who eclipsed Marcelo Balboa's record of 128 appearances with the Men's National Team to become the new all-time USA cap leader, was especially dangerous after the halftime break. His threatening passes and probing runs stretched the opposing defense thin, and resulted in the ejection of Christian Ramirez, who was forced to drag Jones down after he had beaten his marker.

Playing with a man advantage the United States fully assumed control of the match. Ben Olsen was denied from close range by goalkeeper Sergio Bernal, and a wild scramble produced a great chance for Reyna, but his shot was cleared off the line by Luis Ignacio Gonzalez and smothered by Bernal.

But the Mexican defense could not keep the ball out of the net in the 79th minute, when Frankie Hejduk started and finished a scoring chance to double the lead at 2-0. Hejduk darted toward the goal and played a short chip to Jones, who fired at the goal. The shot was partially deflected by a falling Bernal and skipped off the left post before Hejduk charged into the six-yard box and forced the ball home.

Razov slammed the door on Mexico, increasing the lead to 3-0 with his second international goal in as many games. Taking advantage of poor passing by the Mexican defense, Razov pounced on an errant back pass and slotted the ball through Bernal's legs.

United States goalkeeper Kasey Keller made four saves in the match, posting his second consecutive shutout and the 18th of his career. Keller, who commanded his penalty area with authority on the afternoon, was also in goal for the Unites States when the USA last defeated Mexico in the 1995 U.S. Cup.

The United States set a number of team records during the tournament, including most goals scored (8), fewest goals allowed (1), and best goal differential (+7).

In the final match of the tournament, Ireland claimed second place with a 2-1 victory over South Africa behind goals from Steven McPhail and Niall Quinn, whose 20th international goal tied Ireland's Frank Stapleton for the country's all-time scoring mark.


Participants:U.S. Men's National Team vs. Mexico National Team
Competition:Nike U.S. Cup 2000
Venue:Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)
Date:June 11, 2000 - Kickoff 1 p.m. ET
Weather:90 degrees - Hazy, 50 percent humidity

Scoring Summary:1st2ndFinal
United States

USA - Brian McBride, (Earnie Stewart), 33,
USA - Frankie Hejduk, (Cobi Jones), 79,
USA - Ante Razov (unassisted), 85.

USA - 18-Kasey Keller; 17-Tony Sanneh, 16-Carlos Llamosa (3-Gregg Berhalter, 71), 12-Jeff Agoos, 6-David Regis; 8-Earnie Stewart (2-Frankie Hejduk, 76), 14-Chris Armas, 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 5-John O'Brien (19-Ben Olsen, 64); 20-Brian McBride (15-Ante Razov, 81), 13-Cobi Jones (11-Jovan Kirovski, 89).

MEX - 1-Sergio Bernal; 3-Joaquin Beltran, 5-Isreal Lopez (capt.), 6-Gerrado Torrado, 7-Luis Perez (10-Luis Ignacio Gonzalez, 66), 8-Paulo Cesar Chavez (18-Carlos Carino, 85), 9-Horacio Sanchez (16-Jaime Lozano, 46), 11-Jesus Olalde, 14-Christian Ramirez, 17-Raul Lapizar, 20-Daniel Orsono (19-Ignacio Flores, 77).

Statistical Summary:USAMEX
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Misconduct Summary:
Regis (caution) 39,
Lopez (caution) 39,
Ramirez (caution) 41,
Ramirez (ejection) 70,
Hejduk (caution) 86.


Participants:South Africa Men's National Team vs. Ireland National Team
Competition:Nike U.S. Cup 2000
Venue:Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)
Date:June 11, 2000 - Kickoff 3:30 p.m. ET
Weather:90 degrees - Hot, Hazy

Scoring Summary:1st2ndFinal
South Africa

RSA - Benni McCarthy, (Shaun Bartlett), 14,
IRL - Steven McPhail (unassisted), 43,
IRL - Niall Quinn, (Mark Kennedy), 69.

RSA - 1-Andre Arendse, 2-Cyril Nzama, 5-Andrew Rabutla, 19-Jacob Lekgetho, 22-Aaron Mokoena, 7-Quinton Fortune (15-Arthur Zwane, 75), 10-Dumisi Ngobe (14-Patrick Mayo, 46), 11-Helman Mkhalele (8-Thabo Mngomeni, 75), 17-Benni McCarthy (13-Dillon Sheppard, 46), 18-Delron Buckley (12-Godfrey Sapula, 46), 9-Shaun Barlett (capt.).

IRL - 22-Shay Given, 2-Stephen Carr, 3-Terry Phelan, 4-Phil Babb, 5-Gary Breen, 7-Jason McAteer (11-Mark Kennedy, 45), 8-Matt Holland, 12-Stephen McPhail (18-Barry Quinn, 86), 17-Alan Mahon (6- Kevin Kilbane, 42), 14-Dominic Foley (10-Robbie Keane, 46), 9-Niall Quinn (capt.).

Statistical Summary:RSAIRL
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