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Confidence better than in '98, says USA's Pope

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May 8, 2002 (DS) --

United States international defender Eddie Pope is hoping for a change in overall fortune for both club and country over the coming months. Pope, a mainstay at Major League Soccer club D.C. United since the American top-flight league's inception in 1996, says that there is no doubt in his mind that the USA can erase the bad memories of the last-place overall finish suffered in the 1998 championships in France.

In fact, Pope feels that the USA can definitely advance from first-round play out of a tough Group D that includes Portugal and Poland in addition to co-hosts South Korea, and learn from the poor experiences that occurred four years ago.

"To compare it to 1998, I think team chemistry is quite a bit better. The team spirit is a bit better as well. There are quite a few more smiling faces walking around right now," Pope said from USA coach Bruce Arena's pre-World Cup training camp in Cary, North Carolina on Tuesday.

"We're a little more focused and sharp. Those of us who were involved in 1998 are attempting to use that experience to our advantage," he added. "The things that we've learned from that experience are being applied in this training camp. The mistakes that were made are mistakes that we don't want to repeat."

Pope feels that MLS has had an influence on the growth of a team that under Arena's leadership is improving quite well on the international stage.

"I feel like I have a lot more professional experience. The guys who have been here to build the League and those World Cup runs from before when there wasn't a professional league to speak of, will certainly agree with me on that," said Pope.

"The fact that we do have a professional league and that we are able to play on a consistent basis and train on a consistent basis with other professional players has certainly helped this World Cup team. It's helped my preparations and I think its helped a lot of guys like Clint [Mathis], Landon [Donovan], DaMarcus [Beasley] to prepare for this World Cup," added Pope.

And Pope maintains fantastic praise for Arena, a coach that helped him develop as a budding professional while at D.C. United before taking the reins of the USA in 1998.

"I don't think our relationship has changed too much. He uses the same principles and has the same demands of me as a player. The only difference would be that he has cranked it up again and expects more of me and I'm ready for that challenge," said Pope. "He's a great people person as far as being a player's coach. We've had a good relationship and hopefully it will continue to grow."

Pope also feels that the fortunes of his club team, D.C. United, will improve despite starting the current MLS season with just two wins in its first seven games in coach Ray Hudson's first season in charge after replacing Thomas Rongen in the offseason.

"As far as D.C. United goes, I think we just have to get back on the winning track again," said Pope. "Sometimes losing can be contagious. I think everyone is still positive there and that Ray (Hudson) has helped the team out quite a bit. Once we get a little more team chemistry and start winning a little bit, we'll get on a roll."

A possible move to a European club is still considered as a long-term goal by Pope, who was reportedly linked to Italian Serie 'A' giants A.C. Milan a few years ago at the height of D.C. United's MLS Cup-winning successes.

"Certainly Europe would be an option for me. I think at the time, the whole situation wasn't right for me. There were a lot of circumstances that were involved," said Pope. "I've talked with several guys on the [national] team about playing in Europe. Right now, I just want to focus and concentrate on what's ahead and making the country and MLS proud. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it."


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WASHINGTON, May 10 (AFP)
Penpics for key players of World Cup Group D contenders USA:

CLINT MATHIS
Age: 25
Position: Forward
Club: MetroStars
Hailed from age five as a goal-producing prodigy, Mathis saw Argentina legend Diego Maradona at the 1986 World Cup and got one of the star's jerseys. That's when he knew he wanted a football career. His break came when he joined the MetroStars of Major League Soccer in 2000. He suffered torn knee ligaments in 2001, but so impressed US coach Bruce Arena during World Cup qualifying that he was promised a spot on the final team.
At least now Mathis will get to Asia. Mathis thought he was going with the US squad to the World Under-17 Championships in Japan but was a last-minute cut from the team. Mathis still has that jersey buried in a dresser at his home.
Mathis is among 11 Cup finals debutants on the US roster. He had a recent run of at least a goal or assist in seven consecutive starts and has eight goals and six assists in 19 caps. His finishing will be vital to US hopes.

LANDON DONOVAN
Age: 20
Position: Midfielder
Club: San Jose Earthquakes
Dubbed the great US World Cup 2002 hope before his 16th birthday, Donovan began his pro career with Germany's Bayer Leverkusen in 1999. But he tired of waiting for a chance to play for the European powerhouse and returned home to California to make a name in 2001.
Donovan sparked the San Jose Earthquakes to the MLS title last season, was the leading scorer in the playoffs and took Most Valuable Player honors in last year's MLS All-Star Game.
Having just turned 20 in March, Donovan will be among the youngest players at the World Cup. He has four goals in 20 international appearances. Donovan's ability to control the middle and speed US transitions to the attack should play a major role in deciding whether or not the US team improves upon its last-place 1998 showing.

FRANKIE HEJDUK
Age: 27
Position: Defender
Club: Bayer Leverkusen (Ger)
A US veteran making his second Cup finals appearance. Hejduk will rely on speed and versatility as a disruptor along the wing for the US team. Endurance is a trademark for the 38-capped defender, who has spent four years overseas since breaking into the pro ranks with Major League Soccer's Tampa Bay Mutiny in 1996.
In three MLS seasons, Hejduk scored five goals and added nine assists over 50 games. But when opposing wingers take off on critical runs, it will be Hejduk who must deny them.
Outside of US ace defender Jeff Agoos and regular Eddie Pope, Hejduk is the most experienced US defender in international play. Setting a tone will be key for the US defense and Hejduk will spark that effort.


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Preview: USA v. Uruguay

05/11/2002.

Uruguay and the United States clash on Sunday at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. in the first of three quick tune-ups before the World Cup for both sides. Coach Victor Pua named 27 players for matches against team USA, China and Singapore over the next ten days, during which the embattled coach will make evaluations and decisions on how best to pare his side down to the mandatory 23.

In a day where coaches are highly criticized for omitting old stars (e.g. Trapattoni and Baggio, Scolari and Romario), Pua has come under fire for the inclusion of veteran Daniel Fonseca. The unpopular veteran has bounced from Juventus to River Plate and to Nacional since the beginning of the year, seeing scant minutes.

For team USA, the complete side has been named and the only real controversy within the squad is over whom coach Bruce Arena will name as his #1 'keeper. Brad Friedel will get an opportunity to audition for the top goalkeeping spot on the team. Kasey Keller is on club duty with Tottenham, meaning Friedel can expect to go the full 90 for the Americans on Sunday. Keller then will hope to get the call against Jamaica and/or Holland, USA's next two opponents.

Also on display likely will be attacker Clint Mathis, who's club future has been speculated endlessly in American online media ever since his two-goal performance in Rostock. Another good performance from the current NY/NJ MetroStar may have the forward inking a deal with a European club within the next few weeks. But Mathis will be under pressure all afternoon by Pua's able defensive unit, led by captain Paolo Montero.

In midfield, Alvaro Recoba may have the opportunity to run rampant with USA skipper Claudio Reyna absent for club duty. Arena may experiment with a 3-5-2 during part of the match in an attempt to slow down any Uruguayan counter attacks.


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United States soccer national team profiles

United States soccer national team profiles
May 15, 2002

By Jamie Trecker
SportsTicker Contributing Editor

JEFF AGOOS (Defender) Born: Geneva, Switzerland Age: 34 Height, Weight: 5-10, 175. Club: San Jose (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 128/4

Involved with the U.S. National team since 1985, Agoos has often been the bridesmaid, helping the U.S. qualify in 1994 and 1998 but failing to make the World Cup finals squad. Has proven to be the backfield leader. STRENGTHS: Vocal leader, gutsy, impossible to remove from field. Natural left-footed player. WEAKNESSES: Can makes poor decisions that lead to costly mistakes.

DAMARCUS BEASLEY (Midfielder) Born: Fort Wayne, Indiana Age: 20 Height, Weight: 5-8, 145 Club: Chicago Fire (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 10/2

The young midfielder has used raw speed and an uncanny knack for goal to become one of the rising stars in the American offense. One of the youngest players ever to turn pro in the U.S., he signed with MLS at 16. STRENGTHS: Very swift, good dribbler and an opportunistic scorer. WEAKNESSES: Slight; can be pushed off the ball with ease.

GREGG BERHALTER (Defender) Born: Tenafly, New Jersey Age: 28 Height, Weight: 6-1, 175 Club: Crystal Palace (England) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 25/0

A strong central defender, Berhalter possesses good ball-control skills and tenacity. Trained overseas in Holland. STRENGTHS: Gutsy, fast and quick to react. Cleans up messes effectively. WEAKNESSES: Snakebit. Has suffered from injury and often gets raw deals from refs; called for a phantom penalty kick at Costa Rica in qualifying.

LANDON DONOVAN (Midfielder/Forward) Born: Ontario, California Age: 20 Height, Weight: 5-8, 148 Club: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 21/4

A rising star, Donovan is a sure striker with the gifts and potential to become a breakout player. Quick on his feet, Donovan is opportunistic and willing to shoot the ball. STRENGTHS: Can be magical, and is one of the few Americans able to impose his will on a game. WEAKNESSES: Erratic, he gets frustrated and tends to disappear, a sign of immaturity.

BRAD FRIEDEL (Goalkeeper) Born: Bay Village, Ohio Age: 31 Height, Weight: 6-4, 202 Club: Blackburn Rovers (England) U.S. National Team Caps, GAA: 75, 1.06

Friedel is a hulking keeper who has managed to claw his way up the ladder to become the American number one, passing the equally talented Kasey Keller. A superb netminder, Friedel's strengths are in his distribution of the ball and his management of the backfield. Enjoyed as good a season as any keeper in English Premier League. STRENGTHS: Solid shot-blocker, good organizer. WEAKNESSES: If he has any, it would be in comparison to Keller; Keller is considered the better reactor to the run of play.

FRANKIE HEJDUK (Defender) Born: La Mesa, California Age: 29 Height, Weight: 5-8, 155 Club: Bayer Leverkusen (Bundesliga) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 39/5

An erratic winger, Hejduk has languished with the reserves at Leverkusen since leaving the States. Has speed, but is chaotic on the field. Can play either as a defender or midfielder. STRENGTHS: Speedy, best U.S. player during poor outing in 1998 World Cup, upbeat attitude makes him a positive influence in squad WEAKNESSES: Many; small, struggles with crosses, a poor finisher and not always seem to be involved in the game.

COBI JONES (Midfielder) Born: Detroit, Michigan Age: 31 Height, Weight: 5-7, 145 Club: Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 54/14

Jones, the third-most capped player in the world, is the sparkplug off the bench. One of the few players on the American roster who can change the flow of the game with his speed. STRENGTHS: Speed, good ball control, experience. WEAKNESSES: Tends to hold the ball; can be inconsistent.

KASEY KELLER (Goalkeeper) Born: Olympia, Washington Age: 32 Height, Weight: 6-2, 190 Club: Tottenham Hotspur (England) U.S. National Team Caps, GAA: 58, 0.76

Keller performed well during the 1998 World Cup team, and was crucial in getting the Americans into the 2002 Cup. Has suffered this year because he sits behind Neil Sullivan on Tottenham's roster. STRENGTHS: Can make big, spectacular plays and, when he is on, can seem unbeatable. WEAKNESSES: Maligned for his ball distribution, Keller does not look comfortable with the ball at his feet.

EDDIE LEWIS (Midfielder) Born: Cerritos, California Age: 28 Height, Weight: 5-10, 155 Club: Fulham (England) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 38/3

An odd selection for the national team. A stable yet unthreatening left-sided midfielder who consistently has struggled with crosses. Opposing teams frequently leave him unmarked as a result. One of three players on the roster who is not playing regularly for his club team. STRENGTHS: Speedy, defensively responsible. WEAKNESSES: His game and confidence seem to have regressed in England.

CARLOS LLAMOSA (Defender) Born: Palmeira, Colombia Age: 32 Height, Weight: 5-11, 166 Club: New England Revolution (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 26/0

Big and strong, Llamosa was a key member of the team in the early stages of qualification. Seems to have aged badly and his game seems to have been weakened by MLS play. No longer a first-choice in central defense. STRENGTHS: His size. WEAKNESSES: He is slow and is prone to committing ill-advised fouls.

PABLO MASTROENI (Defender) Born: Mendoza, Argentina Age: 25 Height, Weight: 5-10, 170 Club: Colorado Rapids (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 9/0

One year since acquiring citizenship, Mastroeni has become a key member of the team. With Chris Armas out (ACL), Mastroeni may be the defensive midfielder called on to clean up messes. Big, strong and gutsy. STRENGTHS: Tough, fast and skilled. Gets better every game. WEAKNESSES: Inexperience, but so far his performances have been relatively mistake-free.

CLINT MATHIS (Forward) Born: Conyers, Georgia Age: 25 Height, Weight: 5-10, 170 Club: MetroStars (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 20/8

Mathis is the key member of the team, both psychologically and in terms of the offense. One of the most dynamic forwards the U.S. has ever produced and his play sparked the national team into the World Cup. STRENGTHS: Can score from anywhere, fearless, free-kick specialist. WEAKNESSES: Fitness is questionable. NOTABLE: Rumored to be on the move to Bayern Munich of Germany's Bundesliga for a reported transfer fee in the range of $3 million to $6 million.

BRIAN MCBRIDE (Forward) Born: Arlington Heights, Illinois Age: 29 Height, Weight: 6-1, 170 Club: Columbus Crew (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 59/18

McBride is the target man in the air, forcing opponents to mark him all the time. A gifted passer and striker, he is essential to U.S. success in Korea. Scored the only goal for U.S. in 1998 World Cup. STRENGTHS: Big, strong, and plays with abandon, willing to give up his body for the team. WEAKNESSES: Injured frequently. Struggled with a blood clot that caused him to miss games.

TONY MEOLA (Goalkeeper) Born: Belleville, New Jersey Age: 33 Height, Weight: 6-1, 205 Club: Kansas City Wizards (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/GAA: 98 games, 1.12

Despite being on the scene for what seems like forever (was the keeper in both the 1990 and 1994 World Cups), Meola is ageless and is unquestionably still among the best American keepers. STRENGTHS: Organizing the defense, toughness. WEAKNESSES: If the U.S. needs to play him, then he is a step down in class from Friedel and Keller.

JOE-MAX MOORE (Forward) Born: Irvine, California Age: 31 Height, Weight: 5-9, 150 Club: Everton (England) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 96/24

Moore is a warrior and useful on free kicks. However, his stock has diminished dramatically as he has not been able to get off Everton's bench. His effectiveness is questionable. STRENGTHS: Tough player, good shooter, great work rate. WEAKNESSES: Lack of play means lack of game rhythm.

JOHN O'BRIEN (Midfielder) Born: Los Angeles, California Age: 24 Height, Weight: 5-9, 150 Club: Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 13/1

A key member of Ajax (Dutch League champion, Cup winner) this season, O'Brien is a critical member of the American team. Composed and polished, O'Brien has everything you look for in a midfielder. STRENGTHS: Great ball control, superb vision. WEAKNESSES: Oft-injured.

EDDIE POPE (Defender) Born: Greensboro, North Carolina Age: 28 Height, Weight: 6-1, 180 Club: D.C. United (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 49/5

The mercurial Pope was one of the breakout stars in 1998, but as soon as he signed a big MLS contract, problems surfaced. Injuries have disrupted his career and there are questions about his drive. Has not been 100 percent for the U.S. for some time. STRENGTHS: Rangy, good in the air on set pieces, when on his game he is a very solid defender. WEAKNESSES: Injury-prone, refuses to play hurt. Questions about his guts persist.

DAVID REGIS (Defender) Born: La Trinite, Martinique Age: 33 Height, Weight: 5-11, 160 Club: FC Metz (France) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 26/0

Though hampered by the language barrier (Regis speaks French), Regis perhaps the U.S.'s best defender. A skilled crosser and a natural left-footed player, he also is strong going forward. STRENGTHS: Athleticism, speed, useful in attack. WEAKNESSES: With Metz playing a 3-5-2 system, Regis can get caught drifting forward and expose an already vulnerable defensive unit. NOTABLE: Expressed desire to join MLS this season.

CLAUDIO REYNA (Midfielder, Captain) Born: Livingston, New Jersey Age: 28 Height, Weight: 5-9, 160 Club: Sunderland (England) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 86/8

Reyna is unquestionably a very gifted midfielder, but while he is the captain of the team, he is better suited to a complementary player than a leadership role. Reyna still is one of the only Americans who can hold the ball and pass it with grace. STRENGTHS: Can pass, can dribble, can shoot, can score. WEAKNESSES: Questionable passion and willingness to play hurt. NOTABLE: May retire or take hiatus from the national team after the World Cup, citing travel as the reason.

TONY SANNEH (Defender) Born: St. Paul, Minnesota Age: 30 Height, Weight: 6-2, 190 Club: FC Nuremberg (Germany) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 30/2

Tall, powerful and good on set pieces, Sanneh still hasn't found his proper role on the team. He looks out of place on the right side and his limitations have been exposed by teams of such dubious credentials as Uruguay. STRENGTHS: Very good on set pieces. WEAKNESSES: Makes positional errors which negate his speed when defending.

EARNIE STEWART (Midfielder) Born: Veghel, Holland Age: 33 Height, Weight: 5'9", 145 Club: NAC Breda (Netherlands) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 78/15

A vital member of the national team, Stewart's goals often lead to U.S. wins. He must get involved in the attack for the U.S. to succeed. STRENGTHS: Speed, very experienced, very gifted and very good at disrupting opponents. WEAKNESSES: Gets frustrated and can take himself out of games.

JOSH WOLFF (Forward) Born: West Palm Beach, Florida Age: 25 Height, Weight: 5-9, 160 Club: Chicago Fire (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 16/4

A speedy young striker, Wolff, alongside close friend Mathis, sparked the U.S. in qualifying. Has had trouble recovering from an ankle injury. STRENGTHS: Goes at the goal with abandon. WEAKNESSES: Lacks technical finesse.


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May 16, 2002


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) --

One by one, they hobbled off the field: Greg Vanney, Kasey Keller and Clint Mathis. The U.S. soccer team was losing players faster than it was scoring goals.

For a while, it appeared Thursday night's 5-0 victory over Jamaica would prove costly to the Americans, who leave next week for the World Cup. But after the game, U.S. coach Bruce Arena didn't think the players were seriously hurt.

``Man, these games are starting to hurt us more than helping us,'' U.S. forward Josh Wolff said.

Keller bruised a bone just below his left knee, Mathis broke the nail on his right big toe while scoring and Vanney sprained his right knee.

During Sunday's 2-1 win over Uruguay, defensive midfielder Chris Armas tore a ligament in his right knee, which will force him to miss the tournament. Now it seems like the goal for Sunday's game against the Netherlands -- the Americans' last World Cup warmup -- is to not get hurt.

Still, the games are a must for a team trying to rebound from a last-place finish at the 1998 tournament in France.

``How do you prepare for a World Cup? You don't play and you don't get touched?'' said Arena, who had his 31st victory to surpass Bora Milutinovic as the winningest coach in U.S. national team history.

Young players drove the offense for the United States, which improved to 10-3 this year. Josh Wolff scored twice, and Mathis, Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley got one each.

None of the four have ever appeared in a World Cup. Mathis and Wolff are both 25, Donovan is 20 and Beasley is 19. When the Americans play Portugal, co-host South Korea and Poland at the tournament next month, their performances probably will be the keys to U.S. success.

``The younger guys have been doing well,'' Wolff said. ``When you come on the field, you expect to be doing this.''

Keller, competing with Brad Friedel for the starting job in goal, was hurt in a 51st-minute collision with Jamaica's Deon Burton. Keller, wincing, stumbled as he tried to walk around the goal area and was replaced two minutes later by Tony Meola, a New Jersey native who was the U.S. starter in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups.

``I thought I could shake it off a bit,'' Keller said. ``If it had been a World Cup game, I don't think I would have come out.''

After the game, the knee hurt and was swollen.

``I think they're going to take a look at him,'' defender Jeff Agoos said. ``He seems to be walking with just a little bit of a limp.''

Mathis, who plays at Giants Stadium for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, entered as a halftime substitute and provided an immediate spark, scoring in his second minute on the field off a pass from Wolff, his former teammate at the University of South Carolina.

Connecting from 16 yards out, he was hit on the toe as he took the shot. He stayed in the game until the 63rd.

``Somebody either landed on it or kicked me,'' Mathis said. ``I scored so I didn't notice. Then it got worse and worse. I thought I could walk it off, but I couldn't. There was a lot of blood going there, and the nail was hanging off. It's no problem. It will be fine in a couple of days.''

Vanney, an alternate who appears the likely choice for Armas' spot on the 23-man roster, sprained his right knee and came out four minutes into the second half.

Arena experimented with his shaky defense, starting Frankie Hejduk and Vanney as his outside backs and replacing Vanney with Tony Sanneh. Claudio Reyna dropped back into Armas' spot, John O'Brien took over as a playmaking midfielder and Donovan started on the right side.

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After a listless start, the United States went ahead in the 32nd minute when Donovan picked up the ball near midfield and sent a long pass to Joe-Max Moore, who crossed to a wide-open Wolff for a diving header from 6 yards.

Mathis made it 2-0 with his ninth goal in 21 international appearances and Wolff, who has six goals in 17 games, scored again in the 60th from 18 yards off a pass from Donovan.

Donovan, whose bad backpass led to Uruguay's goal last weekend, beat goalkeeper Aaron Lawrence from a sharp angle in the 84th minute and Beasley scored two minutes into second-half injury time.

``I kind of wanted to come out and just do a better job and score, and totry to make up for it,'' Donovan said, ``and luckily that happened.''


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Dutch dump US in final Cup tuneup

FOXBORO, Massachusetts, May 19 (AFP)

Only four days before their departure for South Korea, the United States World Cup players were rudely reminded of the thin line between success and failure.
The Americans surrendered goals on defensive errors here Sunday and dropped a 2-0 decision to Cup-absentee Netherlands in an international friendly, the final tuneup for the 32-team football showdown in Asia.
"It was a matter of capitalizing on mistakes, which they did and we didn't," said US defender Jeff Agoos, who suffered a minor calf strain in the match.
The Americans completed their final warm-up series 2-1 but are 0-4 this year against European teams -- not a good omen for a team in a World Cup group that includes Poland, Portugal and the host South Koreans.
US captain Claudio Reyna, who battled Dutch midfield general Edgar Davids for most of the afternoon before a crowd of 36,778, realized the US team was done in by mental lapses.
"It's got to be concentration for 90 minutes," he said. "We concentrated probably for 88 minutes, maybe even more. It's just like 10-15 seconds here and there, and that gave them the chances. That's the difference. Great players will punish you and they did.
"It's not that bad we lost today. You don't like to lose. If we have perhaps won this game everyone would have been setting high expectations for us."
On the first goal, US defender Eddie Pope and Dutch standout Roy Makaay got tangled outside the right side of the goal box, but the Dutch striker got up before Pope did and beat goalkeeper Brad Friedel.
"Bad goal to give up in the 45th minute," US coach Bruce Arena said. "Bad second goal."
That second goal was due to poor communication between US defenders Gregg Berhalter, who replaced Agoos and David Regis in the 76th minute.
Andy van der Meyde beat Regis and dribbled around Kasey Keller for a 2-0 bulge. Keller had replaced Friedel at halftime, which was planned by Arena.
The US team tested goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus, who made 11 saves, including a diving stop of Eddie Pope's 25-yard blast in the 30th minute.
"Our finishing was discouraging," Arena said. "We need to finish better."
The most dangerous U.S. player this year, Clint Mathis, was far from 100 percent due to the broken big toenail he suffered against Jamaica and never was a factor. He didn't take a shot before exiting in the 56th minute.
"Clint wasn't right physically," Arena said. "Maybe he shouldn't have played."
The US team also announced that defender Steve Cherundolo would replace defensive midfielder Chris Armas, whose World Cup hopes were dashed after injuring his knee last week.
Cherundolo, 23. who plays for Hannover 96 of the German Second Division, has made 10 international appearances.



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"The best team we've ever had," says USA's Meola

May 26, 2002 (www.DailySoccer.com) --

Tony Meola may be United States coach Bruce Arena's third-choice goalkeeper, but the veteran of his third World Cup finals camp has a lot of perspective to offer teammates, regardless of whether they've been there before or are making their maiden journeys into what may be uncharted waters for them.

Meola was a 21-year-old starter when the USA ended a 40-year drought between finals appearances in 1990, and he gave a good account of himself for a young team in the finals in Italy. Four years later, when the USA hosted the tournament, Meola turned out to be a revelation as its focal point, helping guide Bora Milutinovic's side into a second-round berth where they gave eventual champions Brazil all it could handle.

But Meola has made the most of his opportunities to prove himself again on the international stage after Arena, his former collegiate coach at the University of Virginia back in the late 1980's, gave him the chance to show his wares as a backup to Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller.

Meola, who plays his club soccer domestically with the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer, likes the USA's chances to advance out of a Group D pool that sees the Americans facing Portugal on June 5, co-hosts South Korea on June 10 and Poland four days after that.

"Everyone is pretty upbeat, we all realize that this is the best team we have ever had. I think we are all pretty confident that getting through the first round is certainly achievable. It wouldn't be a surprise like it was in 1994," Meola told ussoccer.com, the U.S. Soccer Federation's official website, from the team's World Cup headquarters in Seoul on Sunday.

Arena has credited MLS for its role in being responsible for expanding the depth of the USA's international player pool, something which Meola and his teammates have been a witness to.

"People always want to know the difference between 1990 and now-- and it is night and day," said Meola, who has 99 international caps to his credit. "In 1990, Coach Bob Gansler was looking for players #20, #21 and #22 to fill out the roster. We had to scan the whole country to try to find guys for those roles. And now Bruce has the luxury of releasing probably that many guys."

"MLS has really helped the player pool and its depth and it has helped a lot of individuals play at this level. Hopefully we will see the fruits of that in the next couple of weeks," added Meola.

Meola also feels that the team's nucleus of plans is well in place, as Arena appears to have the right mindset among the coaching staff, and extending that spirit onto all 23 players on the team's roster.

"The process right now, from the coaching staff point of view, has to be to solidify a starting 11, and then for everybody else to understand their roles. Right now, everyone needs to get as sharp as they possibly can," said Meola.

"Perfection is what we have to strive for, although it is very difficult to achieve. Everyone has to be critical of themselves, but at the same time they have to be loose enough not to worry about making mistakes because in the World Cup if you worry too much about making mistakes you're not concentrating on some of the other things you need to do. I think this team has a pretty good attitude about the whole thing, and only time will tell how far we go," he added.

As the team's third goalkeeper, Meola has a unique focus of his own, maintaining his focus should he have to replace either Friedel or Keller during the flow of a game. He has experienced the perspective of this from either side during his career, first in a CONCACAF Gold Cup game against Mexico in 1999, when he was forced to exit the proceedings following a goalmouth collision that left him with a concussion, and then midway through the second half a recent friendly against Jamaica that saw him replacing Keller, who had suffered a minor knock to his knee.

"Right now, I have to approach it to be ready at all times. Anything can happen," said Meola. "I know I'm not going to be the starter, but you never know, crazier things have happened. If I have the opportunity to contribute on the field, I have to do it, but if not I have to do what I've got to do to contribute off the field."



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Edgar Davids Dutch international star predicts that the US will advance out of there Group. In an interview with fox sports he said that although the dutch beat the US in Massachusetts the 2-0 score was flattering. The US had 18 shots on goal and 11 of those were saved in spectacular fashion. The US team had played with heart and they should advance from there group.


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Style strikeout: U.S. players ribbed for fashion shoot

May 27, 2002


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The U.S. soccer team is hoping that clothes don't make the man.

Players chuckled and turned a little red Monday as they ribbed each other over a fashion shoot that appeared in Sunday's style section of The New York Times Magazine.

After seeing Pablo Mastroeni in a turquoise-studded white linen shirt and matching pants by Roberto Cavalli, and others dolled up with come-hither looks on their faces, players thought the shoot deserved a red card.

``I think we're going to get a whole new fan base for our next games in New York and San Francisco,'' Kasey Keller said Monday.

Fellow goalkeeper Tony Meola yelled from a few feet away: ``Isn't he pretty?''

The Boys of Soccer shoot by Matthias Vriens featured Keller in Calvin Klein athletic wear, Brian McBride in Prada, Landon Donovan in Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, DaMarcus Beasley in Jil Sander, Clint Mathis in Gucci and Cobi Jones in Miu Miu. Another shot in the magazine had a bare-chested Mathis.

``Everybody's laughing about it,'' McBride said. ``If you can't laugh about it, you have severe problems.''

The U.S. Soccer Federation said it pitched various promotional ideas heading into the World Cup. The pictures were taken about a month ago, and players expected more traditional shots.

``I thought we were going to get suits,'' said McBride, adding ``all the clothes were not perfect fitting.''


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May 29, 2002


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Bruce Arena is focusing strictly on the June 5 World Cup opener against Portugal.

The games against South Korea and Poland seem distant right now, and his future beyond the World Cup is off his map.

``I don't think I have the say in that,'' he said Wednesday, one week before the United States' World Cup opener against Portugal.

First comes this event, a culmination of the rebuilding program he launched on October 1998 following the Americans' last-place finish in France. Then the U.S. Soccer Federation has to decide if it wants him back.

No coach has led the American team at more than one World Cup.

Bob Gansler quit eight months after the United States went 0-3 in 1990. Bora Milutinovic left nine months after the Americans' were eliminated in the second round in 1994. Steve Sampson quit four days after the team's last game in 1998, when they went 0-3 and finished 32nd.

It's not unusual. None of the 32 coaches at this tournament, which starts Friday when defending champion France plays Senegal, were at the last World Cup with the same country.

``I have to look at what opportunities I may have,'' Arena said.

The U.S. team's goal is to advance from its first-round group, which also includes co-host South Korea and Poland. Getting to the quarterfinals would be the greatest accomplishment for United States soccer in more than a half-century.

Arena, the winningest U.S. national team coach with a record of 31-16-13, led the University of Virginia soccer program from 1978-95 and Major League Soccer's DC United from 1996-98. He also coached the 1996 U.S. Olympic team.

He is a big proponent of MLS, often citing it as a reason why the U.S. team is more talented now than four years ago. Eleven of his 23 players are with MLS teams.

``We'll only be as good as our professional league,'' he said. ``If the league keeps improving, our national team will improve.''

That doesn't mean he wouldn't want to leave the United States for a chance to lead a club in one of the world's top leagues. He pushes his players to prepare for bigger challenges and also pushes himself.

``I'd love to consider an opportunity in England,'' he said, citing both the quality of the Premier League and the language factor.

Italy, with its large turnover of coaches, is less appealing. To his recollection, seven of the top eight teams in Italy replaced their coaches during one short stretch.

``That's an insane amount,'' he said. ``I don't think I'm prepared for that.''

Actually, only three teams replaced coaches last season, but there have been stretches of constant turnover in the past. And unlike Brazil, where national team coaches have said they feel the weight of their nation, Arena feels less public pressure.

``The weight of a youth soccer club in Rhode Island, perhaps,'' he said. ``That's the good part of coaching the U.S. team. Our challenge is verydifferent, because we don't have a great soccer culture in our country.''

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Following Uruguay's withdrawal from Tuesday's scheduled scrimmage, the U.S. team scheduled a Thursday scrimmage against regional rival Costa Rica. ... The Americans have the day off Friday. Each player can choose between visitingthe DMZ between North and South Korea or playing golf

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United States soccer national team profiles

May 29, 2002
By Jamie Trecker
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JEFF AGOOS (Defender) Born: Geneva, Switzerland Age: 34 Height, Weight: 5-10, 175. Club: San Jose (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 128/4

Involved with the U.S. National team since 1985, Agoos has often been the bridesmaid, helping the U.S. qualify in 1994 and 1998 but failing to make the World Cup finals squad. Has proven to be the backfield leader. STRENGTHS: Vocal leader, gutsy, impossible to remove from field. Natural left-footed player. WEAKNESSES: Can makes poor decisions that lead to costly mistakes.

DAMARCUS BEASLEY (Midfielder) Born: Fort Wayne, Indiana Age: 20 Height, Weight: 5-8, 145 Club: Chicago Fire (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 10/2

The young midfielder has used raw speed and an uncanny knack for goal to become one of the rising stars in the American offense. One of the youngest players ever to turn pro in the U.S., he signed with MLS at 16. STRENGTHS: Very swift, good dribbler and an opportunistic scorer. WEAKNESSES: Slight; can be pushed off the ball with ease.

GREGG BERHALTER (Defender) Born: Tenafly, New Jersey Age: 28 Height, Weight: 6-1, 175 Club: Crystal Palace (England) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 25/0

A strong central defender, Berhalter possesses good ball-control skills and tenacity. Trained overseas in Holland. STRENGTHS: Gutsy, fast and quick to react. Cleans up messes effectively. WEAKNESSES: Snakebit. Has suffered from injury and often gets raw deals from refs; called for a phantom penalty kick at Costa Rica in qualifying.

LANDON DONOVAN (Midfielder/Forward) Born: Ontario, California Age: 20 Height, Weight: 5-8, 148 Club: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 21/4

A rising star, Donovan is a sure striker with the gifts and potential to become a breakout player. Quick on his feet, Donovan is opportunistic and willing to shoot the ball. STRENGTHS: Can be magical, and is one of the few Americans able to impose his will on a game. WEAKNESSES: Erratic, he gets frustrated and tends to disappear, a sign of immaturity.

BRAD FRIEDEL (Goalkeeper) Born: Bay Village, Ohio Age: 31 Height, Weight: 6-4, 202 Club: Blackburn Rovers (England) U.S. National Team Caps, GAA: 75, 1.06

Friedel is a hulking keeper who has managed to claw his way up the ladder to become the American number one, passing the equally talented Kasey Keller. A superb netminder, Friedel's strengths are in his distribution of the ball and his management of the backfield. Enjoyed as good a season as any keeper in English Premier League. STRENGTHS: Solid shot-blocker, good organizer. WEAKNESSES: If he has any, it would be in comparison to Keller; Keller is considered the better reactor to the run of play.

FRANKIE HEJDUK (Defender) Born: La Mesa, California Age: 29 Height, Weight: 5-8, 155 Club: Bayer Leverkusen (Bundesliga) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 39/5

An erratic winger, Hejduk has languished with the reserves at Leverkusen since leaving the States. Has speed, but is chaotic on the field. Can play either as a defender or midfielder. STRENGTHS: Speedy, best U.S. player during poor outing in 1998 World Cup, upbeat attitude makes him a positive influence in squad WEAKNESSES: Many; small, struggles with crosses, a poor finisher and not always seem to be involved in the game.

COBI JONES (Midfielder) Born: Detroit, Michigan Age: 31 Height, Weight: 5-7, 145 Club: Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 54/14

Jones, the third-most capped player in the world, is the sparkplug off the bench. One of the few players on the American roster who can change the flow of the game with his speed. STRENGTHS: Speed, good ball control, experience. WEAKNESSES: Tends to hold the ball; can be inconsistent.

KASEY KELLER (Goalkeeper) Born: Olympia, Washington Age: 32 Height, Weight: 6-2, 190 Club: Tottenham Hotspur (England) U.S. National Team Caps, GAA: 58, 0.76

Keller performed well during the 1998 World Cup team, and was crucial in getting the Americans into the 2002 Cup. Has suffered this year because he sits behind Neil Sullivan on Tottenham's roster. STRENGTHS: Can make big, spectacular plays and, when he is on, can seem unbeatable. WEAKNESSES: Maligned for his ball distribution, Keller does not look comfortable with the ball at his feet.

EDDIE LEWIS (Midfielder) Born: Cerritos, California Age: 28 Height, Weight: 5-10, 155 Club: Fulham (England) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 38/3

An odd selection for the national team. A stable yet unthreatening left-sided midfielder who consistently has struggled with crosses. Opposing teams frequently leave him unmarked as a result. One of three players on the roster who is not playing regularly for his club team. STRENGTHS: Speedy, defensively responsible. WEAKNESSES: His game and confidence seem to have regressed in England.

CARLOS LLAMOSA (Defender) Born: Palmeira, Colombia Age: 32 Height, Weight: 5-11, 166 Club: New England Revolution (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 26/0

Big and strong, Llamosa was a key member of the team in the early stages of qualification. Seems to have aged badly and his game seems to have been weakened by MLS play. No longer a first-choice in central defense. STRENGTHS: His size. WEAKNESSES: He is slow and is prone to committing ill-advised fouls.

PABLO MASTROENI (Defender) Born: Mendoza, Argentina Age: 25 Height, Weight: 5-10, 170 Club: Colorado Rapids (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 9/0

One year since acquiring citizenship, Mastroeni has become a key member of the team. With Chris Armas out (ACL), Mastroeni may be the defensive midfielder called on to clean up messes. Big, strong and gutsy. STRENGTHS: Tough, fast and skilled. Gets better every game. WEAKNESSES: Inexperience, but so far his performances have been relatively mistake-free.

CLINT MATHIS (Forward) Born: Conyers, Georgia Age: 25 Height, Weight: 5-10, 170 Club: MetroStars (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 20/8

Mathis is the key member of the team, both psychologically and in terms of the offense. One of the most dynamic forwards the U.S. has ever produced and his play sparked the national team into the World Cup. STRENGTHS: Can score from anywhere, fearless, free-kick specialist. WEAKNESSES: Fitness is questionable. NOTABLE: Rumored to be on the move to Bayern Munich of Germany's Bundesliga for a reported transfer fee in the range of $3 million to $6 million.

BRIAN MCBRIDE (Forward) Born: Arlington Heights, Illinois Age: 29 Height, Weight: 6-1, 170 Club: Columbus Crew (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 59/18

McBride is the target man in the air, forcing opponents to mark him all the time. A gifted passer and striker, he is essential to U.S. success in Korea. Scored the only goal for U.S. in 1998 World Cup. STRENGTHS: Big, strong, and plays with abandon, willing to give up his body for the team. WEAKNESSES: Injured frequently. Struggled with a blood clot that caused him to miss games.

TONY MEOLA (Goalkeeper) Born: Belleville, New Jersey Age: 33 Height, Weight: 6-1, 205 Club: Kansas City Wizards (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/GAA: 98 games, 1.12

Despite being on the scene for what seems like forever (was the keeper in both the 1990 and 1994 World Cups), Meola is ageless and is unquestionably still among the best American keepers. STRENGTHS: Organizing the defense, toughness. WEAKNESSES: If the U.S. needs to play him, then he is a step down in class from Friedel and Keller.

JOE-MAX MOORE (Forward) Born: Irvine, California Age: 31 Height, Weight: 5-9, 150 Club: Everton (England) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 96/24

Moore is a warrior and useful on free kicks. However, his stock has diminished dramatically as he has not been able to get off Everton's bench. His effectiveness is questionable. STRENGTHS: Tough player, good shooter, great work rate. WEAKNESSES: Lack of play means lack of game rhythm.

JOHN O'BRIEN (Midfielder) Born: Los Angeles, California Age: 24 Height, Weight: 5-9, 150 Club: Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 13/1

A key member of Ajax (Dutch League champion, Cup winner) this season, O'Brien is a critical member of the American team. Composed and polished, O'Brien has everything you look for in a midfielder. STRENGTHS: Great ball control, superb vision. WEAKNESSES: Oft-injured.

EDDIE POPE (Defender) Born: Greensboro, North Carolina Age: 28 Height, Weight: 6-1, 180 Club: D.C. United (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 49/5

The mercurial Pope was one of the breakout stars in 1998, but as soon as he signed a big MLS contract, problems surfaced. Injuries have disrupted his career and there are questions about his drive. Has not been 100 percent for the U.S. for some time. STRENGTHS: Rangy, good in the air on set pieces, when on his game he is a very solid defender. WEAKNESSES: Injury-prone, refuses to play hurt. Questions about his guts persist.

DAVID REGIS (Defender) Born: La Trinite, Martinique Age: 33 Height, Weight: 5-11, 160 Club: FC Metz (France) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 26/0

Though hampered by the language barrier (Regis speaks French), Regis perhaps the U.S.'s best defender. A skilled crosser and a natural left-footed player, he also is strong going forward. STRENGTHS: Athleticism, speed, useful in attack. WEAKNESSES: With Metz playing a 3-5-2 system, Regis can get caught drifting forward and expose an already vulnerable defensive unit. NOTABLE: Expressed desire to join MLS this season.

CLAUDIO REYNA (Midfielder, Captain) Born: Livingston, New Jersey Age: 28 Height, Weight: 5-9, 160 Club: Sunderland (England) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 86/8

Reyna is unquestionably a very gifted midfielder, but while he is the captain of the team, he is better suited to a complementary player than a leadership role. Reyna still is one of the only Americans who can hold the ball and pass it with grace. STRENGTHS: Can pass, can dribble, can shoot, can score. WEAKNESSES: Questionable passion and willingness to play hurt. NOTABLE: May retire or take hiatus from the national team after the World Cup, citing travel as the reason.

TONY SANNEH (Defender) Born: St. Paul, Minnesota Age: 30 Height, Weight: 6-2, 190 Club: FC Nuremberg (Germany) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 30/2

Tall, powerful and good on set pieces, Sanneh still hasn't found his proper role on the team. He looks out of place on the right side and his limitations have been exposed by teams of such dubious credentials as Uruguay. STRENGTHS: Very good on set pieces. WEAKNESSES: Makes positional errors which negate his speed when defending.

EARNIE STEWART (Midfielder) Born: Veghel, Holland Age: 33 Height, Weight: 5'9", 145 Club: NAC Breda (Netherlands) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 78/15

A vital member of the national team, Stewart's goals often lead to U.S. wins. He must get involved in the attack for the U.S. to succeed. STRENGTHS: Speed, very experienced, very gifted and very good at disrupting opponents. WEAKNESSES: Gets frustrated and can take himself out of games.

JOSH WOLFF (Forward) Born: West Palm Beach, Florida Age: 25 Height, Weight: 5-9, 160 Club: Chicago Fire (MLS) U.S. National Team Caps/Goals: 16/4

A speedy young striker, Wolff, alongside close friend Mathis, sparked the U.S. in qualifying. Has had trouble recovering from an ankle injury. STRENGTHS: Goes at the goal with abandon. WEAKNESSES: Lacks technical finesse.


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Budweiser Man of the Match 16 USA:POR – Brian McBride

Budweiser Man of the Match 16 USA:POR – Brian McBride

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Brian McBride was awarded the Budweiser Man of the Match award after leading the United States to a rousing 3-2 victory over heavily favoured Portugal in Suwon World Cup Stadium.
McBride, who is always a threat in the air, headed in the third goal for the Americans as they took a 3-1 lead in the 36th minute. From an outstanding Tony Sanneh cross, McBride was quicker to the ball than the sluggish Portuguese defence and his diving header left Vitor Baia no chance.

Beyond the goal, it was McBride’s header from the corner kick that Vitor Baia pushed down to John O’Brien who scored the first goal. He also displayed his typically outstanding work-rate and his ability to flick-on balls for his team mates. He was truly dominant in the air as the U.S. controlled much of the flow of the game.

Describing the goal that he scored, McBride said, “The ball got wide to Tony (Sanneh). We joked about it in the locker room, it is a play we have done a thousand times in college. I took a step in at the far post and lost my marker. He delivered a beautiful cross and I knocked it home.”

Technical Study Group representative Frank Farina said, "He was an obvious choice for man of the match. the first goal he set up, the second he scored. All night him and Donovan worked hard. he held the ball up exceptionally well, and he was causing Couto enormous problems."


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The only man who scored for the US four years ago, McBride wasted no time to show his scoring prowess! He's da man!
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Osf ... and you know it seems that it was only yesterday that we talked about those blood clots he had in his arm.. Thanx the Lord he came out of that OK and look at his performance today !!!

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Xtratime is FULL of BULLIES, and not enough Indians.

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Yeah, and we missed him while he was out too! Let's hope he can stay away from injuries!
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