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Loss to Yugoslavia Leaves U.S. With Nothing
American Brian Maisonneuve is in disbelief after Yugoslavian goal
File Photo
Yugoslavia's Slobodan Komljenovic scored the game's only goal after four minutes as Yugoslavia defeated Brian Maisonneuve (No. 19) and the United States, 1-0, in the final Group F match of the World Cup for the Americans. Coach Steve Sampson went back to the 3-6-1 formation but the United States could not muster any solid offensive chances. Said Forward Eric Wynalda: "We deserve to be disappointed. This was terrible."

Lacking a Spark, U.S. Is Burned by the Germans
American Claudio Reyna Is Dismayed After the U.S. Loss to Germany
Michael Urban/Reuters
For all the talk about how far its World Cup team has come, the United States got a reality check Monday, losing 2-0 to Germany in Paris. Except for a 10-minute stretch in the second half, the Americans were dismantled by the better organized and more disciplined Germans, who have won this tournament three times. "I think some of us were a little in awe," said U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna (pictured). The United States now needs at least a win and a tie against Iran and Yugoslavia to advance past the first round.

WILLIAM GILDEA: Americans Must Find Confidence or Be Prepared to Leave Early

From The Post

 JUNE 11:U.S. Can't Kick About Salaries
 JUNE 12: German Slight Irks Sampson
 JUNE 13: As Hejduk Grows, U.S. Goes
 JUNE 15: U.S. World Cup Team Saves Its 'Best' for First
 JUNE 14: An Unrelenting Will to Succeed Drives U.S. Coach
 JUNE 15: Future Is Now for Reyna
 JUNE 16: Klinsmann, Moeller Lift Germany Over U.S., 2-0
 JUNE 16: Lacking a Spark in Their Opener, U.S. Gets Burned
 JUNE 17: U.S. Players Irked With Lineup, Changes Planned
 JUNE 18: Sampson Not Upset About Players' Complaints
 JUNE 18: Good Sports, Not Bad Blood, Spur Players
 JUNE 20: Coach Adds Forward to Punchless Attack
 JUNE 21: U.S., Iran Find Politics Are Afoot
 JUNE 21: U.S. Loses to Iran, 2-1, Fades From World's Vie
 JUNE 23: U.S. Team Remains Optimistic After Loss
 JUNE 24: Some U.S. Players Unhappy With Sampson
 JUNE 25: Sampson, on Defensive, Seeks More Respect
 JUNE 26: U.S. Ends Up With Nothing
 JUNE 27: USSF to Fine Players Critical of Sampson
 JUNE 30: Sampson Resigns as U.S. Coach
 JULY 2: Rothenberg, Milutinovic Keep U.S. Job Out of Talks
 JULY 4: Agoos, Pope Grow From U.S. Team Experience
 JULY 10: U.S. Soccer Will Target Youth
 JULY 13: U.S. Talks Coaching Vacancy With 3 Candidates

From AP

JUNE 26: U.S. to Shake Up Lineup After 2-0 Loss

World Cup Highlights

 Sixth participation in World Cup finals (1930, '34, '50, '90, '94, '98)
 Reached semifinal in 1930 World Cup in Uruguay
 Reached last 16 twice (1950, 1994)
 Made semifinal of the Copa America in 1995

First-Round Results

Day Opponent Site
Monday, June 15 Germany 2, U.S. 0 Paris
Sunday, June 21 Iran 2, U.S. 1 Lyon
Thursday, June 25Yugoslavia 1, U.S. 0 Nantes

Complete First-Round Results


No.Pos. Name Age Club
1GKBrad Friedel26Liverpool
18GK Kasey Keller28Leicester City
24GK Juergen Sommer29Columbus Crew
12D Jeff Agoos29D.C. United
17D Marcelo Balboa30Colorado Rapids
4DMike Burns27New England Revolution
5D Thomas Dooley36Columbus Crew
22D Alexi Lalas27New York/New Jersey MetroStars
3DEddie Pope24D.C. United
6DDavid Regis29Karlsruhe
15MChad Deering27VfL Wolfsburg
2M Frankie Hejduk23Tampa Bay Mutiny
13MCobi Jones27Los Angeles Galaxy
19MBrian Maisonneuve 24Columbus Crew
14F Preki Radosavljevic 34Kansas City Wizards
10MTab Ramos23NY/NJ Metrostars
21M Claudio Reyna24VlF Wolfsburg
8MErnie Stewart29NAC Breda
20FBrian McBride25Columbus Crew
9M Joe-Max Moore27New England Revolution
7F Roy Wegerle34Tampa Bay Mutiny
11F Eric Wynalda28San Jose Clash

Road to France

Won Lost Tied GF GA
How Qualified: Second place in CONCACAF
Nov. 16, 1997United States 4, El Salvador 2
Nov. 9, 1997Canada 0, United States 3
Nov. 2, 1997Mexico 0, United States 0
Oct. 3, 1997 United States 1, Jamaica 1
Sept. 7, 1997 United States 1, Costa Rica 0
June 29, 1997 El Salvador 1, United States 1
April 20, 1997 United States 2, Mexico 2
March 23, 1997 Costa Rica 3, United States 2
March 16, 1997 United States 3, Canada 0
March 2, 1997 Jamaica 0, United States 0
CONCACAF Semifinal Round
Dec. 21, 1996 Guatemala 2, United States 2
Dec. 14, 1996 United States 2, Costa Rica 1
Dec. 1, 1996 Costa Rica 2, United States 1
Nov. 24, 1996 Trinidad & Tobago 0, United States 1
Nov. 10, 1996 United States 2, Trinidad & Tobago 0
Nov. 3, 1996 United States 2, Guatemala 0

Facts and Figures

Location: North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico
Population: 263.8 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: Washington, D.C.
Comparative area: About half the size of Russia; about three-tenths the size of Africa; about one-half the size of South America (or slightly larger than Brazil); slightly smaller than China; about 2 times the size of Western Europe (Note: Comparisons include only the 50 states and District of Columbia)
Religions: Protestant 56 percent, Roman Catholic 28 percent, Jewish 2 percent, other 4 percent, none 10 percent (1989)
Landscape: Ranges from warm beaches of Florida and Hawaii to the frozen northlands of Alaska, and from the level Midwestern prairies to the snow-capped Rocky Mountains; the largest state is Alaska, which stretches almost as wide as the mainland United States

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