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Camp Cary Winding Down; MNT Leaves for D.C. on Friday Afternoon

CARY, N.C. (Thursday, May 9, 2002) - The U.S. Men’s National Team enjoyed somewhat of a down day today, attending a team meeting in the morning immediately followed by a workout in the hotel pool.  The focus of the workout was to regenerate the legs after Wednesday’s scrimmage.  After the team had lunch together in the hotel, the players were given the afternoon off for a final free day in North Carolina.

FLYING ON FRIDAY:  The U.S. Men’s National Team bids adieu to Camp Cary on Friday after 10 days in North Carolina.  The U.S. Men’s National Team will train once more on Friday morning, before departing for Washington, D.C. on Friday afternoon.

AGOOS TO CHAT ONLINE AT USSOCCERFAN.COM ON FRIDAY:  Jeff Agoos will chat live with fans on Friday (May 10) at 1 p.m. ET before the team departs Cary, N.C., for Washington, D.C. and the first game of the "Nike Road to Korea" on Sunday (May 12) against Uruguay at RFK Stadium.  The match will be broadcast live on ABC at 2 p.m. ET.  The veteran defender, who just turned 34 on May 2 and is the oldest member of the 23-player U.S. World Cup roster, became the Major League Soccer’s only four-time champion when he helped lead the San Jose Earthquakes form worst to first and capture the 2002 MLS Cup.

PSRA LUNCHEON TO FOLLOW USMNT PRACTICE ON SATURDAY:  The Professional Soccer Reporters Association (PSRA) will be hosting a media luncheon at the Capitol View Grill at RFK Stadium Saturday, May 11, starting approximately at 3:30 p.m. ET.  The United States men's national team will practice at RFK that Saturday at 2 p.m. ET with player interviews scheduled after completion. The luncheon will follow at the Capitol View room on the fourth floor, located above the stadium's front entrance. This event is intended to provide an informal, relaxed atmosphere for media members covering the U.S.-Uruguay "Nike Road to Korea" match along with officials from U.S. Soccer, MLS and the Washington-area professional teams who are able to attend.

URUGUAY IN D.C.:  The Uruguay Men’s National Team arrived into Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, ahead of Sunday’s clash with the U.S. Men’s National Team.  Uruguay will train twice on Friday at American University ( 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.) and then on Saturday at RFK Stadium from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  The Saturday session at RFK Stadium is open to the media.

D.C. – COLUMBUS FOLLOWS U.S. v URUGUAY:  An Eddie Pope-less D.C. United will take on a Brian McBride-less Columbus Crew on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in the second half of the doubleheader at RFK Stadium that opens with the U.S. vs. Uruguay.

URUGUAY IS USA’s EIGHTH WORLD CUP OPPONENT IN 2002:  When the U.S. meets Uruguay on May 12 it will mark the eighth time in 2002 that the U.S. will play a team that is qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.  To date, the U.S. has posted a 4-3-0 record against 2002 World Cup teams, including a perfect 4-0 in home matches, allowing only one goal.

Date        Team          Result        Location
Jan. 19    Korea          2-1 W       Pasadena, Calif.
Feb. 2     Costa Rica     2-0 W      Pasadena, Calif.
Feb. 13     Italy           0-1 L        Catania, Italy
March 10   Ecuador      1-0 W     Birmingham, Ala.
March 27   Germany     2-4 L      Rostock, Germany
April 3      Mexico        1-0 W      Denver, Colo.
April 17     Ireland        1-2 L       Dublin, Ireland

TRAINS, PLANES AND AUTOMOBILES:  The USA’s team will travel about a third of the Eastern Seaboard in the next nine days, when they journey from Cary N.C., to Washington, D.C., to East Rutherford, N.J., and then Foxboro, Mass.  The U.S. team will fly to Washington, D.C. from Cary on Friday, and will then use buses to get to the remaining two venues.  Monday morning the team will bus from Washington, D.C., to New Jersey, and then on Friday morning the team will bus to Foxboro, Mass.  From there the team will split up until gathering on May 23 to fly to Korea.

T-MINUS: There are 27 days until the U.S. Men's National Team opens 2002 FIFA World Cup play against Portugal on June 5 in Suwon, which also happens to correspond to the number of CONCACAF qualifying matches that Earnie Stewart has played in.  In those 27 matches, Stewart has played 2,322 minutes.  Stewart is the all-time U.S. leader in qualifying appearances (27) and qualifying goals (9).