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CORNER PICKS is Back For the Final Hexagonal Round of CONCACAF Qualifying

Fans Can Win Great Prizes from Philips & U.S. Soccer by Logging on to
and Playing Corner Picks Before Every U.S. MNT World Cup Qualifying Match

CHICAGO (February 2, 2005) — Corner Picks is back at for the final hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying.

Fans can log on to right now and once again test their prognostication skills with fans from across the United States. The U.S. Men’s National Team continues their World Cup quest on Feb. 9 when they take the field against Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain, Trinidad, at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Participating fans can immediately start earning points toward great prizes that include a Philips FlatTV, a VIP experience for two at a U.S. MNT match in 2006 and other great prizes from U.S. Soccer and Philips. Winners will be declared after each of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifying games. The “Grand Prize” Philips FlatTV and VIP experience for two at a U.S. Men’s National Team match in 2006 will be awarded to the contestant with the highest combined overall score across the semifinal and final rounds.

The popular interactive prediction game at is available before every U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup qualifying game. To play, fans just simply predict the answers to five Corner Picks questions, one question for each corner flag and a Center Circle bonus question. Correctly predict the final score of the game, or who will score the first goal or whether forward Ed Johnson will extend his three-game goal scoring streak and you could suddenly find yourself watching U.S. MNT games on a Philips FlatTV.
Scoring for each answer will be weighted to reflect the likelihood of it occurring. For example, choosing forward Brian McBride (the USA’s second all-time leading goal scorer) to score the first goal of the game will be worth fewer points than choosing defender Steve Cherundolo who has never scored a goal with the national team. In that way, the scoring system is designed to reward riskier selections. Bonus points will also be given to fans who invite others to play against them in the friendly competition.

After opening the final hexagonal round of World Cup Qualifying play on Feb. 9, the U.S. faces arch-rival Mexico at the Estadio Azetca on March 27 at 12 p.m. CT. The U.S. then plays two consecutive home games against Guatemala on March 30 and Costa Rica on June 4. The game against Guatemala will take place at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., at 7 p.m. CT (live on ESPN2).

The U.S. will then travel to Panama on June 8, followed by two more consecutive home games on August 17 against Trinidad & Tobago and Sept. 3 against Mexico (at venues to be determined). Guatemala will host the U.S. just four days later on Sept. 7 before the U.S. heads to Costa Rica for a match on Oct. 8 or 9. The final game of the hexagonal round for the MNT is at home against Panama on Oct. 12. Check for updates as more information becomes available.

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