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U.S. Men's National Team to Face El Salvador in Gold Cup Opener


U.S. MNT Gold Cup Notes
July 11, 2003
Providence, R.I.

ONE DAY TO GO:  The U.S. MNT conducted its final training session this afternoon in advance of opening round action in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which kicks off tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. ET when the U.S. faces El Salvador at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  The USA were forced to move training from the stadium field after continuous rains fell throughout Friday, with the one-hour session held at a nearby facility. Fans can follow tomorrow's action live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.  The match will be broadcast via next-day delay on Galavision, with the broadcast scheduled for July 13 at 7 p.m.  ET. 

QUICK HITS

- Seven players on the current roster started in the 2-0 championship victory in the Gold Cup final last year against Costa Rica.  Kasey Keller earned his fourth shutout in five matches during the Gold Cup, while Brian McBride captured tournament honors as MVP and leading goalscorer.  Also on the field that day were Carlos Bocanegra, Landon Donovan, Frankie Hejduk, Eddie Lewis and Pablo Mastroeni

- All told, 10 players return from the 2003 Gold Cup championship side

- Bobby Convey is the only U.S. player to appear in all 11 of the team’s matches in 2003.  Making eight starts, Convey has logged two assists in 704 minutes of action

- Meanwhile, Fire defender Carlos Bocanegra has turned up the production, sitting in second place for scoring. His first two goals with the senior national team (v. Canada, 1/18, v. Jamaica, 2/12) and two assists have helped earn the center back Chevrolet Man of the Match honors twice this year.  Bocanegra leads the team in minutes played, logging 781 minutes in 2003

- Landon Donovan tops the U.S. scoring charts in 2003, his three goals and three assists include game-winners against Wales (5/26) and Paraguay (7/6)

- Kasey Keller is enjoying a remarkable unbeaten run on home soil, amassing a 15-0-4 record in matches played in the United States since 1998.  Keller is second on the USA’s all-time goalkeeping list for victories (32), and with 30 career shutouts is just two behind  U.S. leader Tony Meola

- Eddie Lewis is one appearance shy of his 50th cap for the United States.  Known for his wicked crossing ability, the 29-year old left midfielder has 49 appearances and four goals in a six year career with the MNT

- In the USA’s 12 matches since the World Cup, already nine players (Barrett, Garcia, Martino, Rimando, Twellman, Buddle, Gibbs, Cannon) have made their debut with the MNT.  All tolled, 49 players have earned their first cap since Bruce Arena took the reigns in Nov. 1998

- Brian McBride’s next goal for the national team will move him into a tie for third place on the all-time list.  With 20 goals, McBride sits behind Eric Wynalda (34), Joe-Max Moore (31) and Bruce Murray (21)

vs EL SALVADOR
The United States holds an 9-1-4 lifetime advantage against El Salvador, and has never lost a meeting on home soil.  The July 12 match will mark the second contest between the CONCACAF nations in Foxboro, Mass, where the U.S. holds a lifetime record of  7-1-3. Their last encounter in Foxboro came in the final match of 1998 World Cup qualifying, as Brian McBride netted a pair in leading the U.S. to a 4-2 victory on Nov. 16, 1997.  McBride would again lead the charge for the U.S. in the teams' encounter in the quarterfinals of the 2002 Gold Cup, his three goals pacing the U.S. to a 4-0 shutout victory.  In their last match of the 2002 campaign, Ben Olsen and Sasha Victorine tallied and Tim Howard recorded a shutout in his first appearance for the MNT en route to a 2-0 victory on Nov. 17 at RFK Stadium.  The teams from the USA's 2002 Gold Cup victory:

January 27, 2002 –The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California – CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal
United States    4    Brian McBride 9, 11, 21; Ante Razov 72
El Salvador       0  
Attendance: 31,628

USA: 18-Kasey Keller; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 25-Pablo Mastroeni, 12-Jeff Agoos - capt., 17-Carlos Bocanegra (4-DaMarcus Beasley, 46); 13-Cobi Jones, 14-Chris Armas, 7-Eddie Lewis, 21-Landon Donovan (10-Brian Maisonnueve, 61); 20-Brian McBride (5-Clint Mathis, 63), 11-Ante Razov.

SLV: 1-Santos Rivera; 4-Marvin Benitez, 5-Victor Velasquez, 6-Jamie Bladimir Cubias (13-Deris Ariel Umanzor, 46), 8-Santos Cabrera - capt. (14-Rudy Corrales, 46), 11-Ronald Cerritos, 16-Adonay Martinez (2-William Osorio, 80), 17-Jorge Rodriguez, 18-Oscar Navarro, 19-Elmer Martinez, 20-Guillermo Garcia.

CONCACAF GOLD CUP FACT
The United States holds an imposing 14-0-0 record all-time in Gold Cup group play, the best of any nation.  The U.S. has outscored their opponents 29-8, posting eight shutouts.  The shutouts have been spread out amongst the USA's triumvirate of goalkeeping elite, with Tony Meola and Kasey Keller each collecting three shutouts, with the remaining two credited to Brad Friedel.

For all the latest updated results, standings, news and information, log onto to the Gold Cup section at ussoccer.com


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