U.S. MNT World Cup Update
June 20, 2010
Pretoria, South Africa
U.S. BEGINS TRAINING WITH FOCUS ON ALGERIA: The U.S. resumed training with the full team today with the sole focus a win against Algeria in the final Group C match on Wednesday, June 23, at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. With a win, the U.S. will advance to the Round of 16 for the third time in the last five FIFA World Cups. A tie and certain results in the England-Slovenia match that kicks off at the same time would also see the U.S. advance. There are also scenarios in which a U.S. victory could clinch the top position in Group C. Wednesday’s match kicks off at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision, as well as online and on radio in both English and Spanish.
FIFA RELOCATES U.S. TRAINING ON TUESDAY: The U.S. and Algeria won’t get a feel for the field at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday as is the custom as FIFA has notified the U.S. team that they will not be able to train there in order to preserve the pitch. The U.S. holds a familiarity advantage when it comes to the venue, having played two matches there to start the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
- U.S. win
- U.S. tie and England loss
- Tie and England-Slovenia tie, and the U.S. maintains its +2 goals scored advantage (USA 3 GF, England 1 GF)
- U.S. tie and England win
- U.S Loss
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
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 20 show.
Studio 90: On today’s show, we’ll have some sounds bites from the USA’s daily press conference as the team prepares to face Algeria in its final Group C match on June 23. We’ll also have a sit-down interview with former U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel in England as he discusses his experiences at the 2002 FIFA World Cup among other topics. Lastly, we’ll have a World Cup memory from former U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis.
Studio 90 Extra Time: On today’s show, we’ll sit down with U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber and talk about his second half performance against Slovenia, playing in front of such a pro-U.S. crowd at Ellis Park and if he was at the bottom of the dog pile after Michael Bradley’s equalizer. We’ll also have another edition of the popular Studio 90 segment “Roomies for Life” as Jonathan Bornstein joins his childhood friend and teammate in-studio. But first, we’ll take a look at the making of the #1 accessory for South African football fans: The Makarapa.
Sounds from South Africa: Today’s episode features U.S. Men's National Team players speaking to media in a press conference at the team's base camp outside Pretoria. Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore discuss the game against Slovenia and also give insight into the teams preparations for the June 23 matchup against Algeria.
FROM THE MNT BLOG
A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:
- Tough times for the big boys
- A different kind of Interview (Magazine)
- U.S. against Slovenia was ESPN’s most watched soccer telecast
- Kudos to the scribes
QUOTABLE: June 20, 2010
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U.S. MNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard
On the team’s mentality going into Wednesday:
“I think we’ve been training for this for six months when we found out the draw, and we’ve been saying all along that we felt it was going to take three games to get through. A win the other day would have been great, maybe would have seen us through but it’s not like we’re disappointed because we knew that if we played well throughout three games that we would get through the group so that’s still on our minds.”
U.S. MNT Forward Jozy Altidore
On whether he’s frustrated that he hasn’t scored:
“Not really. I haven’t really even thought of it like that. It’s more important how we do (as a team). I think the moment we put individual wants or needs over what we’re doing as a team is when we crash. In the locker room before the game you can see that everybody cares how we do as a team. That’s all that matters. It doesn’t matter who scores or how we score as long as we get the results.”
U.S. MNT Midfielder Clint Dempsey
On the approach to the Algeria game:
“Algeria is a good team. They’re athletic, they’re good defensively, they made some big tackles during that game against England. We just have to play our game, keep moving the ball and trying different things, take our opportunities when we can. The positive that we’re taking from this World Cup is that we’ve scored in each game that we’ve played in so far, so on that front we’re doing well. We’re just going to go out and play our game and I think our game is good enough to win if we play our best.”
FIFA WORLD CUP FACTS: Record by Confederation at 2010 FIFA World Cup
Through Match 29
- AFC: 2-4-1
- CAF: 1-7-4
- CONCACAF: 1-1-3
- COMNEBOL: 7-0-2
- OFC: 0-0-2
- UEFA: 8-7-8