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U.S. Men Set For Clash With Colombia on Wednesday


24 HOURS UNTIL COLOMBIA: ussoccer.com has compiled a comprehensive look at the matchup against Colombia in the first of the USA's four matches in March. From stats and scores, to highlights and notes, ussoccer.com is the best place to find info as the USA's 2005 campaign continues at Titan Stadium on Wed., March 9 in Fullerton. Kickoff for the match is set for 7:30 p.m. PT, and fans can follow the match live exclusively on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

COMING SOON - ALL_ACCESS PREVIEWS AND REVIEWS: All_Access, the exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the U.S. MNT, will take a look back at the team's week of preparations and preview the USA's first friendly of 2005.  From training highlights to interviews, you'll get an inside look at the USA's run up to the Colombia match tomorrow night.  For a look at the this week's previous videos, click here to go to the competitions page.

UP NEXT: The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team will face Honduras on Saturday, March 19, in Albuquerque, N.M. at 2 p.m. MT at University Stadium on the campus of the University of New Mexico in an important tune up for the most difficult match of its World Cup Qualifying schedule. For ticket info, click here. The U.S. is 5-2-3 all-time vs. Honduras in a series that dates back to a 1-0 win for the U.S. in World Cup qualifying play in 1965. The U.S. is coming off of a pair of 4-0 wins in consecutive friendly matches vs. Honduras in 2002 and 2004, with the most recent being played on June 2 of last year in Foxboro, Mass. In that game, a warm up for the opening match of World Cup qualifying for the U.S., forward Brian McBride scored a pair of goals to move into second on the U.S. career scoring chart and captain Claudio Reyna earned his 100th cap. 

USA V. MEXICO EN VIVO: For the first time in U.S. Soccer history, an away qualifier in Mexico will be broadcast live on English language television. ESPN2 will televise the March 27 match from the Estadio Azteca at 1 p.m. ET. With both qualifying matches in March being broadcast live on ESPN2 (including the USA-Guatemala match on March 30 from Birmingham, Ala.), the USA will have seen all 10 of their 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches aired live in the United States across the past 10 months. The match can also be seen live on Telemundo, and fans can follow the action on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

TICKETS STILL ON SALE WEDNESDAY: Tickets ranging in price levels from $15 to $40 are still available on the day of the game at at all Ticketmaster centers throughout Southern California (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records). Tickets will go on sale at Titan Stadium beginning at 5:30 p.m. and only cash will be accepted. There will be no phone or internet sales on Wednesday.

EXPECTING: Three players on the current squad are poised to build rosters of their own.  Ritchie and Meredith Kotschau are expecting their first child March 10, while Pablo and Kelly Mastroeni are hoping for more than just a victory against Guatemala on March 30.  To kickoff off the MLS campaign, Brian and Kersten Mullan will welcome their first child on April 14.

THEY SAID IT:
"Most of these players haven't played an international match - much less a league match - in several months, so getting a game of this level is critical for our ability to move players along in terms of their match fitness, as well as making determinations about our roster for Mexico and Guatemala." -- U.S. Manager Bruce Arena, on the significance of playing Colombia

QUICK HITS:
  • With Ben Olsen and Kerry Zavagnin on club duty and Frankie Hejduk (ankle) and Eddie Pope (pelvis) out through injury, the 18-man roster for the Colombia friendly is set.
  • Four players on the U.S. roster appeared in the team's 2-1 qualifying victory against Trinidad on Feb. 9: Chris Albright, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson, and Pablo Mastroeni.
  • Johnson continued to re-write the history books that day.  With his eight-yard header into the lower right side, Johnson became the first player in MNT history to score in his first four matches and tied William Looby (1955) and Brian McBride (2001) as the only players to score goals in four consecutive games.
  • Johnson now has six goals in four games (all World Cup qualifiers) with the MNT and is already tied for third in all-time World Cup qualifying scoring for the U.S., just one behind McBride and three behind Eddie Stewart.
  • Clint Mathis is the leading capwinner on Wednesday's roster, having compiled 44 appearances and 11 goals in an international career that began in 1998.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, four players on the U.S. roster will have the chance to earn their first cap: Nat Borchers, Jon Busch, Ritchie Kotschau, and Chad Marshall.
  • Marshall adds a local flavor to the matchup as a native of Riverside, Calif, just up the road from Fullerton.  The 2003 MLS Rookie of the Year finalist was a member of the U-20 and U-23 national teams, starting all five games as the U.S. placed fifth at the World Youth Championship UAE 2003.
  • With only five appearances under his belt, Brian Ching has already made a big impact for the senior team.  He scored the 89th minute equalizer to give the U.S. a 1-1 draw in Jamaica on MatchDay 1 of the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying, then scored the game-winner against El Salvador the following game on Sept. 4, 2004, in Washington, D.C.
  • The U.S. is currently riding a record setting 14-match unbeaten run, the last loss coming over a year ago when they fell 1-0 to Holland on Feb. 18, 2004 in Amsterdam. The team has posted a 9-0-5 record during the streak.
  • The U.S. is 2-8-2 all-time vs. Colombia in a series that dates back to a 2-0 loss for the U.S. in Bogata, Colombia, in 1961.
  • The biggest game of the series was a 2-1 win for the U.S. in the Rose Bowl during the 1994 FIFA World Cup. An Earnie Stewart goal gave the U.S. its first win in a World Cup match since the famed 1950 U.S. team defeated England 1-0.
  • Since 1994, the U.S. has faced Colombia four times with a 0-2-2 record, including falling in penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the 2000 Gold Cup.
  • The March 9 match will be first appearance for the U.S. Men's National Team in Fullerton, Calif., since late 1994. All seven of the U.S. appearances in Fullerton were during a two-year span from 1993-1994, with the U.S. compiling a 3-0-4 record with six of those matches serving as preparation for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
LAST TIME…

On the field for the USA
February 9, 2005 – Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad – FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Final Round, MatchDay 1
Trinidad          1    Angus Eve 89
USA                 2    Eddie Johnson 30, Eddie Lewis 54
Att: 18,000

USA: 18-Kasey Keller; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 23-Eddie Pope, 12-Cory Gibbs, 4-Carlos Bocanegra; 25-Pablo Mastroeni (8-Clint Dempsey, 66), 10-Landon Donovan (Capt.), 17-DaMarcus Beasley, 7-Eddie Lewis (5-Chris Albright, 82); 20-Brian McBride, 9-Ed Johnson (3-Gregg Berhalter, 87).

TRI: 1-Shaka Hislop; 2-Marlon Rojas; 4-Marvin Andrews; 5-Bret Sancho; 7-Leslie Fitzpatrick (13-Cornell Glenn, 71); 10-Anthony Rougier (8-Angus Eve, 46); 15-Kenwyne Jones; 11-Carlos Edwards (12-Densil Theobold, 74); 14-Stern John; 16-Anton Pierre; 19-Dwight Yorke.

On the field for Colombia
February 23, 2005 - Estadio Carlos Gonzalez y Gonzalez - Culiacan, Mexico - Friendly
Mexico         1      Fransisco Fonseca 55
Colombia     1      Edixon Perea  58

MEX: Oscar Pérez (Moisés Muñoz, 71), Salvador Carmona (Héctor Altamirano, 46), Francisco Javier Rodríguez, Aarón Galindo, Carlos Salcido (Gonzalo Pineda, 46), Israel López, Luis Pérez (Daniel Osorno, 46), Jaime Lozano (Fernando Arce, 61), Antonio Naelson (Juan Pablo Rodríguez, 59), Francisco Fonseca y Alberto Medina (Omar Bravo, 63). DT Ricardo La Volpe (ARG).

COL: Breiner Castillo, Humberto Mendoza, Yulián Anchico, Andrés Orozco, Aquibaldo Mosquera, Juan Carlos Ramírez, Edwin García, Javier Restrepo (Andrés Casañas, 69), Víctor Pacheco (Leao Ramírez, 71), Neider Preciado (Edixon Perea, 46) y Luis Gabriel Rey (Héctor Hurtado, 61). DT Reinaldo Rueda.

USA vs. Colombia
February 3, 2001 – Orange Bowl, Miami, Fla. – International Friendly
USA    0   
Colombia    1    Freddy Grisales 53
   

USA: 1-Tony Meola; 4-Greg Vanney (21-Richie Williams 80), 12-Jeff Agoos, 16-Carlos Llamosa (Capt.), 23-Eddie Pope; 6-Clint Mathis (9-Josh Wolff 63), 7-DaMarcus Beasley (17-Chris Klein 72), 13-Cobi Jones, 14-Chris Armas; 11-Chris Albright, 22-Landon Donovan.
 
COL: 22-Farid Mondragon; 20-Gerardo Bedoya (Capt.), 16-Jerson Gonzalez, 15-Wilmer Ortegon; 21-Felipe Arce (18-David Ferreira 33, 3-Luis Asprilla 93+), 13-Arley Dinas (7-Carlos Castro, 83), 11-Luis Alberto Garcia, 8-Freddy Grisales; 4-Alexander Viveros (14-Ivan Lopez 78), 9-Julian Vasquez (17-Rubiel Quintana 75), 19-Nestor Salazar.

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