U.S. Men: U.S. to face England's Derby County at Mile High Stadium

The U.S. men's national team will appear in Colorado for the first time in seven years when it faces Derby County of the English Premier League as part of a July 13 doubleheader with a Colorado Rapids third-round U.S. Open Cup match. The USA-Derby County game kicks off at 6:00 p.m. (MT), with the Rapids' U.S. Open Cup game to follow. The U.S. side has only played twice at Mile High Stadium, with the last encounter a 1-0 loss to Scotland on May 17, 1992. The other Colorado appearance was a 1-0 win over Uruguay on May 5, 1991, with the game-winning goal scored by current Rapids defender Peter Vermes. Rapids sweeper Marcelo Balboa also appeared in both games. "As a member of the local soccer community myself, I am looking forward to welcoming the U.S. men's national team to Denver as much as anyone," said U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia. "Having a match of this stature in Denver after so many years is a tribute to the growing Colorado soccer community. The game is an important tune-up for our men's team as they head into the FIFA Confederations Cup, which is their biggest challenge of the year." Derby County finished eighth in the English Premier League in the 1998-99 season which just came to a close this month. The "Rams," as they are known, just completed their third season in the Premiership, after earning promotion from the First Division in 1996. After finishing a very impressive 12th in the Premier League in their first season at the top flight, the Rams then bettered that performance with a ninth-place finish last season. Managed by Jim Smith, Derby is a team boasting several very attractive players, led by the attacking trio of Costa Rican Paulo Wanchope (9 league goals in 1998-99), Jamaican Deon Burton (9 league goals) and Englishman Dean Sturridge (5 league goals). For more information on the US-Derby County and Colorado Rapids U.S. Open Cup doubleheader, contact the Colorado Rapids at (303) 299-1599.
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