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 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

United States star player, Brad Friedel
World Cup record:
 1930   Semi-finals
 1934   First round
 1950   First round
 1990   First round
 1994   Second round
 1998   First round
 2002   Quarter-finals

Did you know?
Brad Friedel saved penalties against South Korea and Poland. Ironically the only other man to save two World Cup spot-kicks was Poland's Jan Tomaszewski in 1974.

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Bruce Arena
Brad Friedel
I was knocked out by the "Hand of God" in 1986 and the USA must feel they were stopped in their tracks by a similar fate in the Far East.

But to debate whether it was ball to hand or hand to ball on the German goal line in the quarter-final takes away from the USA's achievement.

Americans aren't supposed to like football - sorry "soccer" - let alone be able to play it, but they reached the quarter-finals playing some great stuff.

And they took the bull by the horns straight away in their opening match against Portugal. A goal after four minutes and 3-0 up half-an-hour later.

They bounced back from a mauling against Poland to beat Mexico with a mature performance and they dictated the last-eight meeting against Germany.

Who knows where it will end if they can build on this. They've got the money to build an infrastructure for success, and now it looks as if they've got the players too.

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Group D: v Portugal 3-2; v South Korea 1-1; v Poland 3-1; Second round: v Mexico 2-0; Quarter-finals: v Germany 0-1.



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