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Should the U.S. men have done better in Summer Olympics? Did leadership fail?

Cameroon wins shootout 5-3 over Spain to take Olympic gold.

Penalty kick decisive for Chile which takes bronze medal 2-0.

Strong American effort unravels after needless penalty gives Chile lead.

Spain stifles American gold medal hopes with dominant 3-1 triumph.

United States is simply outclassed in semifinal by talented Spaniards.

U.S. men defeat Japan 5-4 on penalty kicks after 2-2 draw, moving into medal round.

Despite being outplayed, U.S. character provides an amazing result.

Americans advance to quarters for first time by beating Kuwait 3-1.

After prerequisite nail-biting, U.S. is convincing in must-win over Kuwait.

After tying Cameroon 1-1 in penalty exchange, it's beat Kuwait or bust.

After settling twice for draws, U.S. has no choice but beat Kuwait.

Were the Americans that good or the Czechs just bad?

United States dominates, but settles for 2-2 draw with Czech Republic

Politics drain quality from men's Olympic field.

Keep your listings close and check frequently.

U.S. Olympic men face modest expectations.

By chance, Friedel, Victorine will strengthen U.S. menís Olympic team.

Friedel, Victorine added to roster by Charles, replacing injured pair.

Goalkeeper Brown gets hurt again, is dropped from roster; replacement must be in place Friday.

Olympic team sports decided MLS flavor.

Charles stays loyal to his crew, ignoring the deeds of several budding young MLS stars.

Revisiting Olympic team choices and seamy side to World Cup selection.

Charles denies reports saying he has selected Olympic overage trio.

Charles faces several difficult decisions for his final Olympic side.

With some effort, U.S. should be booking trip to Sydney for Olympics.

Despite respect for Americans, Guatemalans expect Olympics berth.

Despite hostile crowd, U.S. gains driversí seat in Olympic qualifying.

Charles: ĎThe U.S. will play exciting, attacking soccer.í

Attackers dominate in final tune-up, a 4-0 romp over Hershey.

Canada, Honduras are United Statesí group opponents in Hershey.

United States will know its opponents after Saturday games.

Charles picks final 18 for qualifying tourney.

Canada, Guatemala join U.S. in final group.

Despite surprising omissions, Charles needs to be comfortable with his Olympic roster.

Charles picks Olympic pool of 25, must still reduce his squad to 18.


U.S. Olympic men
Penalty kick decisive for Chile which takes bronze medal 2-0.

SYDNEY, Australia (Friday, September 29, 2000) -- The United States men gave their most spirited, aggressive performance of these Summer Olympics, but it was Chile that took home the bronze medal, using a pair of goals from striker Ivan Zamarano -- including a decisive penalty kick -- to defeat the Americans 2-0 in the third-place match.   Full story.

Men's Olympic analysis
Strong American effort unravels after needless penalty gives Chile lead.

(Friday, September 29, 2000) -- For the first 65 minutes or so, the United States demonstrated it was capable of playing as well as any team in the Summer Olympics. After playing dead even for the first half and almost 20 minutes after intermission of the bronze medal match, a needless penalty call handed Chile a 1-0 lead and an insurmountable edge.   Full story.

Men's Team | Women's Team

USA 2000 U.S. Men's Olympic Team
Jeff Agoos
Chris Albright
Danny Califf
Conor Casey
Ramiro Corrales
Joey Digiamarino
Landon Donovan
Brian Dunseth
Brad Friedel
Frankie Hejduk
Tim Howard
Chad McCarty
John O'Brien
Ben Olsen
Pete Vagenas
Sasha Victorine
Evan Whitfield
Josh Wolff
Alternate Injured   Coach
Matt Napoleon
Chris Armas
Adin Brown
Clive Charles

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Brad Friedel, 29 (Bay Village, Ohio, Liverpool, English Premier League), Tim Howard, 21 (New Brunswick, N.J., MetroStars, MLS), Matt Napoleon, 22 (Feasterville, Pa., Columbus Crew, MLS).

Defenders: Jeff Agoos, 32 (Dallas, D.C. United, MLS), Danny Califf, 20 (Orange, Calif., Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS), Ramiro Corrales, 23 (Salinas, Calif., MetroStars, MLS), Brian Dunseth , 23 (Upland, Calif., New England Revolution, MLS), Chad McCarty, 22 (Clovis, Calif., Tampa Bay Mutiny, MLS), Evan Whitfield, 23 (Phoenix, Chicago Fore, MLS).

Midfielders: Joey DiGiamarino, 23 (Corona, Calif., Colorado Rapids, MLS), Frankie Hejduk, 26 (Cardiff, Calif. Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), John OíBrien, 22 (Playa del Rey, Calif., Ajax Amsterdam), Ben Olsen, 23 (Middletown, Pa., D.C. United, MLS, Pete Vagenas, 22 (Pasadena, Calif, Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS), Sasha Victorine, 22 (Carmichael, Calif., Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS).

Forwards: Chris Albright, 21 (Philadelphia, D.C. United, MLS), Conor Casey, 19 (Denver, University of Portland), Landon Donovan, 18 (Redlands, Calif., New England Revolution, MLS), Josh Wolff, 23 (Stone Mountain, Ga., Chicago Fire).

Injured: Chris Armas, 27 (Brentwood, N.Y., Chicago Fire, MLS), Adin Brown, goalkeeper, 22 (Pleasant Hill, Calif., Colorado Rapids, MLS).

Notes: The menís Olympic competition is for under-23 national teams with three players allowed to exceed the age limit. A third goalkeeper is kept on the roster (Matt Napoleon), but does not count against the 18-player limit. He can be activated only if one of the two other keepers is sidelined by injury.

U.S. Olympic men
Spain stifles American gold medal hopes with dominant 3-1 triumph.

SYDNEY, Australia (Tuesday, September 26, 2000) -- The United States menís improbable run to the Summer Olympics semifinals came to a distinct halt tonight when Spain put a 3-1 beating on the Americans who managed but one shot on goal.   Full story.

Men's Olympic analysis
United States is simply outclassed in semifinal by talented Spaniards.

(Tuesday, September 26, 2000) -- All good things come to an end. And the Americans' unexpected run into the Summer Olympics medal round ran aground at the hands of Spain which methodically made the U.S. pay for its mistakes.   Full story.


 Round 1

  Group A

Team             W   L   T  Pts GF  GA   
x-Italy          2   0   1   7   5   2  
x-Nigeria        1   0   2   5   7   6
Honduras         1   1   1   4   6   7  
Australia        0   3   0   0   3   6 

  Group B

Team             W   L   T  Pts GF  GA   
x-Chile          2   1   0   6   7   3  
x-Spain          2   1   0   6   6   4
Korea            2   1   0   6   2   3  
Morocco          0   3   0   0   1   7 

  Group C

Team             W   L   T  Pts GF  GA   
x-United States  1   0   2   5   6   4  
x-Cameroon       1   0   2   5   5   4
Kuwait           1   2   0   3   6   8  
Czech Republic   0   1   2   2   5   6 

  Group D

Team             W   L   T  Pts GF  GA   
x-Brazil         2   1   0   6   5   4  
x-Japan          2   1   0   6   4   3
South Africa     1   2   0   3   5   5  
Slovakia         1   2   0   3   4   6 

x - advance to quarterfinals

September 13
United States 2, Czech Republic 2 
Honduras 3, Nigeria 3
Cameroon 3, Kuwait 2
Italy 1, Australia 0

September 14
Spain 3, South Korea 0
Brazil 3, Slovakia 1
Japan 2, South Africa 1
Chile 4, Morocco 1

September 16
Italy 3, Honduras 1
Kuwait 3, Czech Republic 2
Nigeria 3, Australia 2 
Cameroon 1, United States 1

September 17
Chile 3, Spain 1
Korea 1, Morocco 0
South Africa 3, Brazil 1
Japan 2, Slovakia 1

September 18
United States 3, Kuwait 1 
Nigeria 1, Italy 1
Cameroon 1, Czech Republic 1
Honduras 2, Australia 1

September 19
Korea 1, Chile 0
Brazil 1, Japan 0

September 20
Slovakia 2, South Africa 1
Spain 2, Morocco 0


September 23
United States 2, Japan 2
 (United States wins penalty kicks 5-4)
Spain 1, Italy 0
Chile 4, Nigeria 1
Cameroon 2, Brazil 1 (2OT)


September 26
Spain 3, United States 1
Cameroon 2, Chile 1

           Gold Medal Match

September 29
Cameroon 2, Spain 2
 (Cameroon wins penalty kicks 5-3)

          Bronze Medal Match

September 28
Chile 2, United States 0

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