• World Cup Television
    The U.S. World Cup Goalkeepers By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor Brad Friedel Pos.: Goalkeeper. Club: Blackburn (ENG). Age: 31. GP: 76. G: 0. Size (6-foot-4, 202 pounds) and incredible wing span enable him to reach shots and crosses many keepers miss. Excellent with feet and has a powerful throw. Tough on breakaways and has a good history of saving penalties. Has a tendency to concede rebounds on low shots. Kasey Keller Pos.: Goalkeeper. Club: Tottenham (ENG). Age: 32. GP: 60. G: 0. Best shot-stopper of the American keepers. Especially tough on balls driven on or near the ground. Judgment and ...
  • France 1998
    The U.S. World Cup Goalkeepers By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor Brad Friedel Pos.: Goalkeeper. Club: Blackburn (ENG). Age: 31. GP: 76. G: 0. Size (6-foot-4, 202 pounds) and incredible wing span enable him to reach shots and crosses many keepers miss. Excellent with feet and has a powerful throw. Tough on breakaways and has a good history of saving penalties. Has a tendency to concede rebounds on low shots. Kasey Keller Pos.: Goalkeeper. Club: Tottenham (ENG). Age: 32. GP: 60. G: 0. Best shot-stopper of the American keepers. Especially tough on balls driven on or near the ground. Judgment and ...
  • Building a Bridge for Latinos
    The U.S. World Cup Goalkeepers By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor Brad Friedel Pos.: Goalkeeper. Club: Blackburn (ENG). Age: 31. GP: 76. G: 0. Size (6-foot-4, 202 pounds) and incredible wing span enable him to reach shots and crosses many keepers miss. Excellent with feet and has a powerful throw. Tough on breakaways and has a good history of saving penalties. Has a tendency to concede rebounds on low shots. Kasey Keller Pos.: Goalkeeper. Club: Tottenham (ENG). Age: 32. GP: 60. G: 0. Best shot-stopper of the American keepers. Especially tough on balls driven on or near the ground. Judgment and ...
  • U-19s Romp to Canada
    The U.S. World Cup Goalkeepers By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor Brad Friedel Pos.: Goalkeeper. Club: Blackburn (ENG). Age: 31. GP: 76. G: 0. Size (6-foot-4, 202 pounds) and incredible wing span enable him to reach shots and crosses many keepers miss. Excellent with feet and has a powerful throw. Tough on breakaways and has a good history of saving penalties. Has a tendency to concede rebounds on low shots. Kasey Keller Pos.: Goalkeeper. Club: Tottenham (ENG). Age: 32. GP: 60. G: 0. Best shot-stopper of the American keepers. Especially tough on balls driven on or near the ground. Judgment and ...
  • Strengths & Weaknesses: The U.S. Goalkeepers
    The U.S. World Cup Goalkeepers By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor Brad Friedel Pos.: Goalkeeper. Club: Blackburn (ENG). Age: 31. GP: 76. G: 0. Size (6-foot-4, 202 pounds) and incredible wing span enable him to reach shots and crosses many keepers miss. Excellent with feet and has a powerful throw. Tough on breakaways and has a good history of saving penalties. Has a tendency to concede rebounds on low shots. Kasey Keller Pos.: Goalkeeper. Club: Tottenham (ENG). Age: 32. GP: 60. G: 0. Best shot-stopper of the American keepers. Especially tough on balls driven on or near the ground. Judgment and ...
  • Strengths & Weaknesses: The U.S. Midfielders
    The U.S. World Cup Midfielders By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor DaMarcus Beasley Pos.: Midfielder. Club: Chicago Fire. Age: 20. GP: 12. G: 3. Once more of a winger. Now is maturing into a two-way midfielder or emergency left back. Recovers and closes down players quickly. First U.S. goal was a stoppage-time volley that downed South Korea in Gold Cup. Good work rate and great attitude. Needs to take players on more often. Landon Donovan Pos.: Midfielder. Club: San Jose Earthquakes. Age: 20. GP: 23. G: 5. Speed, acceleration, touch, vision, creativity, audacity, courage ... it's all there. Melds physical gifts ...
  • Strengths & Weaknesses: The U.S. Defenders
    The U.S. World Cup Defenders By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor Jeff Agoos Pos.: Defender. Club: San Jose Earthquakes. Age: 34. GP: 130. G: 4. Strong tackler reads the game well and attempts to pass the ball. Fiercely competitive and leader of the back. Won't win many footraces or aerial duels; sometimes can compensate by positioning, sometimes not. Usually serves ball on free kicks but netted one goal in Gold Cup final. Gregg Berhalter Pos.: Defender. Club: Crystal Palace (ENG). Age: 28. GP: 27. G: 0. Like Agoos, is left-footed and plays with ferocity. English experience and height (6-foot-1) make him ...
  • Strengths & Weaknesses: The U.S. Goalkeepers
    The U.S. World Cup Goalkeepers By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor Brad Friedel Pos.: Goalkeeper. Club: Blackburn (ENG). Age: 31. GP: 76. G: 0. Size (6-foot-4, 202 pounds) and incredible wing span enable him to reach shots and crosses many keepers miss. Excellent with feet and has a powerful throw. Tough on breakaways and has a good history of saving penalties. Has a tendency to concede rebounds on low shots. Kasey Keller Pos.: Goalkeeper. Club: Tottenham (ENG). Age: 32. GP: 60. G: 0. Best shot-stopper of the American keepers. Especially tough on balls driven on or near the ground. Judgment and ...
  • Marketplace
    Friday, May 31 in Seoul (7:30 am ET) Group A: FRANCE (0-0-0, 0 pts.) vs. SENEGAL (0-0-0, 0 pts.) (TV: Live, ESPN2, Univision, 7:30 am ET; Tape, Telefutura, 10 am ET/PT, Galavision, 7:30 p.m. ET/PT) First, Robert Pires. Now, Zinedine Zidane. France opens its defense of the World Cup without its two playmakers. Pires was lost for the tournament with a knee injury in April; Zidane is out for the first two games with a thigh injury. Thierry Henry was moved back into midfield when Pires went down. Three months ago, 34-year-old Youri Djorkaeff wasn't assured of making the French ...
  • Short Passes
    Friday, May 31 in Seoul (7:30 am ET) Group A: FRANCE (0-0-0, 0 pts.) vs. SENEGAL (0-0-0, 0 pts.) (TV: Live, ESPN2, Univision, 7:30 am ET; Tape, Telefutura, 10 am ET/PT, Galavision, 7:30 p.m. ET/PT) First, Robert Pires. Now, Zinedine Zidane. France opens its defense of the World Cup without its two playmakers. Pires was lost for the tournament with a knee injury in April; Zidane is out for the first two games with a thigh injury. Thierry Henry was moved back into midfield when Pires went down. Three months ago, 34-year-old Youri Djorkaeff wasn't assured of making the French ...
  • SoccerTalk: Enjoy the Players, Forget the Other Stuff
    Friday, May 31 in Seoul (7:30 am ET) Group A: FRANCE (0-0-0, 0 pts.) vs. SENEGAL (0-0-0, 0 pts.) (TV: Live, ESPN2, Univision, 7:30 am ET; Tape, Telefutura, 10 am ET/PT, Galavision, 7:30 p.m. ET/PT) First, Robert Pires. Now, Zinedine Zidane. France opens its defense of the World Cup without its two playmakers. Pires was lost for the tournament with a knee injury in April; Zidane is out for the first two games with a thigh injury. Thierry Henry was moved back into midfield when Pires went down. Three months ago, 34-year-old Youri Djorkaeff wasn't assured of making the French ...
  • Strengths & Weaknesses: The U.S. Forwards
    The U.S. World Cup Forwards By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor Clint Mathis Pos.: Forward. Club: MetroStars. Age: 25. GP: 22. G: 9. Sniper extraordinaire. Punctures defenses with sharp first steps. Will try anything to burst through defenders or bamboozle them. Accurate with either foot and can shoot in stride. Keeper night-mare on free kicks. Not fast. Prickly temperament will be tested by kicks and elbows. Sometimes betrayed by lazy first touch. Brian McBride Pos.: Forward. Club: Columbus Crew. Age: 29. GP: 60. G: 18. Can hold his ground and the ball with his back to goal. Flicks balls with head ...
  • Shaping the Crew
    Consider Group H the World Cup's gift to JAPAN. The host with the most is in the group with the least, and passage to second round - and perhaps the quarterfinals - looks well within grasp. Experienced RUSSIA will have plenty to say about this, and so might BELGIUM. If the pressure of playing at home doesn't affect performance, Japan could be one of the Cup's surprises. Frenchman Philippe Troussier has the finest generation of Japanese talent at his disposal, but injury, illness and difficult seasons for players abroad haven't helped preparations. Japan's speed and tactical superiority must ...
  • Hidetoshi
    Consider Group H the World Cup's gift to JAPAN. The host with the most is in the group with the least, and passage to second round - and perhaps the quarterfinals - looks well within grasp. Experienced RUSSIA will have plenty to say about this, and so might BELGIUM. If the pressure of playing at home doesn't affect performance, Japan could be one of the Cup's surprises. Frenchman Philippe Troussier has the finest generation of Japanese talent at his disposal, but injury, illness and difficult seasons for players abroad haven't helped preparations. Japan's speed and tactical superiority must ...
  • Patrick Mboma
    Consider Group H the World Cup's gift to JAPAN. The host with the most is in the group with the least, and passage to second round - and perhaps the quarterfinals - looks well within grasp. Experienced RUSSIA will have plenty to say about this, and so might BELGIUM. If the pressure of playing at home doesn't affect performance, Japan could be one of the Cup's surprises. Frenchman Philippe Troussier has the finest generation of Japanese talent at his disposal, but injury, illness and difficult seasons for players abroad haven't helped preparations. Japan's speed and tactical superiority must ...