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World Cup 2002

Friday's Games

June 20, 2002|Grahame L. Jones

*--* United States vs. Germany Friday, 4:30 a.m. PDT, at Ulsan, South Korea TV: ESPN, Ch. 34. Delayed: Ch. 46, 2:30 p.m.; Ch. 7, Saturday, 10:30 a.m How they got here: The U.S. finished second in Group D, then defeated Mexico, 2-0, in the second round; Germany won Group E, then defeated Paraguay, 1-0, in the second round U.S. update: Coach Bruce Arena is worried about the Germans' size and power. "We have to be good in a lot of areas to neutralize their physical prowess," he said, noting that the Germans don't face the same concern. "I don't think the German team is spending a whole lot of time worrying about who we're putting on the field," he said. The U.S. will be without three injured players, defenders Jeff Agoos and Steve Cherundolo and forward Joe-Max Moore Germany update: Coach Rudi Voeller has praised the Americans' progress through the tournament. His assistant, Michael Skibbe, has been less fearful of predicting victory. "I and the team are convinced we are going to beat the U.S.," Skibbe said. "You have to respect your opponent, but you also have to have confidence in yourself." Germany is at full strength Outlook: The countries have played each other six times, with Germany holding a 4-2 edge and having outscored the U.S., 13-10. The only American victories were in 1999, when they won, 3-0, in a friendly in Jacksonville, Fla., and 2-0 in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico City. This time, however, Germany should win by two goals

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