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World Cup Update For June 22


U.S. MNT World Cup Update
June 22, 2010
Pretoria, South Africa

WIN AND WE’RE IN: After a stunning two-goal comeback against Slovenia that held their position in second place in Group C, the U.S. heads into the third group game with the knowledge that a victory guarantees a spot in the knockout phase. They face an Algerian team still with everything to play for following their 0-0 draw with England, the Desert Foxes knowing that a victory could still be enough to see them through. Kickoff at Loftus Versfeld Stadium is set for 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision, with radio coverage on ESPN Radio and Futbol de Primera. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. Read more in the game notes.

USA SCENARIOS:
USA Advances:

  • U.S. win 
  • U.S. tie and England loss 
  • Tie and England-Slovenia tie, and the U.S. maintains it’s +2 goals scored advantage (USA 3 GF, England 1 GF)

USA Eliminated:

  • U.S. tie and England win 
  • Lose

USA Advances and Wins Group:

  • Win by a greater goal difference than England wins by 
  • Win and England win by same goal differential while the U.S. maintains its +2 goals scored advantage 
  • Win by two or more goals and England / Slovenia tie 
  • Win by one goal and England / Slovenia tie while scoring more goals than Slovenia

Group C Standings

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
SVN 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 4
USA 2 0 0 2 3 3 0 2
ENG 2 0 0 2 1 1 0 2
ALG 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1 1

TODAY FROM STUDIO 90
U.S. Soccer’s popular web show Studio 90 features daily shows during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Here’s a look at the rundown for the June 22 show.

Studio 90: Today on a packed pre-game edition of Studio 90, we talk to some of the fantastic U.S. fans outside of Ellis Park before the USA-Slovenia match. We also get some insight on the huge match against Algeria from the U.S. players and from asst. coach Jesse Marsch, who joins us at the Studio 90 desk. For our Extra Time segment, we sit down in-studio with U.S. forward Jozy Altidore and we’ll have a World Cup memory from former U.S. striker Brian McBride.

Sounds from South Africa: On the June 22 episode of Sounds from South Africa U.S. Men's National team players preview the upcoming match against Algeria. ussoccer.com interviews Jozy Altidore and the forward discusses his World Cup experience thus far and also answers questions from fans.

FROM THE MNT BLOG
A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:

QUOTABLE: June 22, 2010
For more quotes, visit ussoccer.com

U.S. MNT Head Coach BOB BRADLEY
On the rise in popularity of soccer in the U.S.:
“Soccer in the United States continues to grow, there’s been so many important steps along the way. We understand that each World Cup takes on extra importance, and we understand the responsibility as a team of representing the United States and representing our sport.”

U.S. MNT Defender CARLOS BOCANEGRA
On the team’s experience in big-game situations:
“We’ve had some tough experiences along the way. Last year’s Confederations Cup was a nice dress rehearsal, we were in this situation where we had to win, last time we had to get some help but this time we just need to win. We’ve been here before and our team is prepared, so we’re looking forward to going out there tomorrow.”

FIFA WORLD CUP FACT: Milestone

  • With an appearance on Wednesday, Landon Donovan will earn his 11th FIFA World Cup cap, tying Cobi Jones and Earnie Stewart for most by a U.S. player.

FIFA WORLD CUP FACTS II: Round of 16

  • Since the tournament expanded from 16 to 24 teams in 1982, Argentina has only missed out on the Round of 16 once, in 2002. 
  • Mexico has qualified for its fifth consecutive Round of 16. 
  • Uruguay has qualified for its first Round of 16 since 1990. 
  • The only other time Korea Republic has qualified for the Round of 16 was 2002, when they finished fourth as hosts.

 

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