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U.S. Prepares to Face El Salvador in Sunday's 2002 Gold Cup Quarterfinal

PASADENA, Calif. (Thursday, January 24, 2002) - The U.S. Men's National Team resumed training after a day off, learning last night they would face El Salvador in the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup this Sunday at the Rose Bowl.  Kickoff is set for 2:30 PT at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

The team spent 30 minutes with warmups and a brief fitness regimen before getting the balls out of the equipment bag.  While longtime goalkeeper coach Milutin Soskic worked the goalkeeping corps on close-range exercises, the available field players engaged in a possession game. 

The session continued with a 30-minute scrimmage, the side looking increasingly sharp after nearly three weeks of training and match play. U.S. coach Bruce Arena ended the nearly two-hour workout with a series of finishing exercises, the quartet of goalkeepers deciding to rotate duty on an "in and you're out" system, proceeding from oldest to youngest. Younger appeared wiser on the day, Tim Howard making several excellent saves. 

The subject of increasing media interest, the team spent the afternoon conducting interviews with several domestic and international news outlets.